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Forum: RV-9/9A 02-20-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 385
Posted By Dugaru
I bought a 9A with an O-320, and a CS prop...

I bought a 9A with an O-320, and a CS prop already installed. I love the absurdly (ABSURDLY) good climb performance, but assuming resources are limited, I think I still lean toward your view on...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-20-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 509
Posted By Dugaru
Love these photos

Come visit us near Richmond VA (at W96) if that's any help with your new logistical equation. Relatively cheap gas, too. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,205
Posted By Dugaru
I don't know much about batteries, but I've been...

I don't know much about batteries, but I've been amazed at the 680's ability to recover after being fully discharged. Those things are tough.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,468
Posted By Dugaru
This is super useful info, many thanks. So I've...

This is super useful info, many thanks.

So I've got a Reiff standard system - four 50-watt band heaters and a 100-watt HotStrip. If I'm reading the Odyssey specs correctly, the 1-hour AH rating for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,468
Posted By Dugaru
Preheating with battery and inverter

Guy - what kind of battery life/heating capability are you getting? I've got a spare Odyssey PC925 and an inverter that I can devote to powering my Reiff (sump and piston rings). But I'm wondering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 809
Posted By Dugaru
Good choice going RV

I moved to an RV after owning and flying a Warrior for a number of years. You're going to love the upgrade. :)

People here, me among them, love to debate which model is best for which mission. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By Dugaru
Think hard about it

WAAS is nice. I had a non-WAAS 430 in my Warrior before buying my RV, which has a 430W. Now I can fly coupled LPVs and my autopilot can also fly holds. And the refresh rate of the screen is faster,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,469
Posted By Dugaru
Big fan of the Halo

I think the Halo is basically a better mousetrap. I would never go back to clamp-on headsets.

I'm sure the in-ear thing isn't for everyone, but I wear hearing aids (hearing loss is a family curse)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,601
Posted By Dugaru
You'll be impressed

Having moved from a Warrior to a -9A, let me just say: prepare to grin.

Oh. My. God.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 9,601
Posted By Dugaru
I'm biased but

I'd go with the 9. That's a long trip, and the 9 was designed to be a cross-country airplane. Its efficiency, especially at altitude, is little short of amazing.

But let's face it, you could go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By Dugaru
I'll try to remember to get one the next time I'm...

I'll try to remember to get one the next time I'm out at the hangar. Basically I replicated the original u-shaped bracket, flipped it upside down, and sandwiched the hinge between the two brackets. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 393
Posted By Dugaru
Mine also failed

Mine cracked on both ends and then the whole assembly sort of flopped down into the intake area. At the suggestion of someone here, I discovered that it was rubbing/bucking against the cowling,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,858
Posted By Dugaru
Get the G5

You won't be sorry. It's a great gadget. Huge bang for the buck in terms of redundancy, reliability, etc. when you include the backup battery.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,982
Posted By Dugaru
+1. The guy who built my -9A did a superb job....

+1.

The guy who built my -9A did a superb job. But he put the starter switch on the stick. This was a TRULY HORRIBLE idea, in my humble opinion.

Note that there may someday be a person (e.g.,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-14-2017, 01:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,876
Posted By Dugaru
In an effort to reduce thread drift that I helped cause....

I've got a slider -9A with an O-320, carbureted, Hartzell CS prop. I pretty consistently see 150KTAS at 5-6000ft and 23/23. Less sure of fuel burn at that setting, it seems to vary, but I'm...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 04:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,876
Posted By Dugaru
This is extremely useful info. I'm going to...

This is extremely useful info. I'm going to start heading for the teens on my standard mission between Richmond VA and Allentown PA (about 215 nm). Perhaps the harried controllers in that area will...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,876
Posted By Dugaru
I'm starting to explore higher altitudes in my...

I'm starting to explore higher altitudes in my (relatively) new (to me) RV-9A. I've got O2. Over what distances do you think it makes sense to climb to 10K or more?
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-12-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,765
Posted By Dugaru
You'll like any RV, including the 9

A while back I bloviated at some length about transitioning to the RV-9A. On the off chance that would be useful for you, here's a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-11-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,065
Posted By Dugaru
What Ron said! Terrific trip report. I'm dying...

What Ron said! Terrific trip report. I'm dying to visit Australia.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,274
Posted By Dugaru
VPZ and DKB are favorite stops of ours on the way...

VPZ and DKB are favorite stops of ours on the way to/from OSH. Highly recommend both.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,952
Posted By Dugaru
This site is a big deal

Sellers should definitely consider promoting this site to potential buyers. I think it's capable of adding to the sales value of your aircraft.

I'm a third owner, and this site was incredibly...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-01-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,229
Posted By Dugaru
Well done

Really, really nice setup there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 589
Posted By Dugaru
My vote is "no problem." If it's been flying for...

My vote is "no problem." If it's been flying for 16 years, has complete logs, and has been inspected by an A&P you trust, that's the key info.

Meanwhile, logs that are "clean, easy to read, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,483
Posted By Dugaru
Wow

None of us gets out of here alive. But few of us get such an awesome sendoff.

My hat is off to him and to his family!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,681
Posted By Dugaru
Yup, my O-320 promptly barfs out anything above...

Yup, my O-320 promptly barfs out anything above 6.5 quarts. My Warrior, also with an O-320, did exactly the same thing, only its number was 7.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-21-2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 309
Posted By Dugaru
I know nothing about the airport but...

...I congratulate you on your choice of destination. I thought that place was really cool!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 10:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,828
Posted By Dugaru
You'll be grateful for this. The cooling effect...

You'll be grateful for this. The cooling effect of being able to open a big door opposite the open hangar door is huge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,376
Posted By Dugaru
It was O2. Most dive shops around here have it...

It was O2. Most dive shops around here have it (don't know about elsewhere). They handle various types of fills for tech divers, fill oxygen bottles that are standard safety gear on dive boats, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,595
Posted By Dugaru
The airspeed indicator is The Gauge that...

The airspeed indicator is The Gauge that Lies.

http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/hp_limts.pdf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 08:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,376
Posted By Dugaru
Here in Richmond VA, the medical places AND the...

Here in Richmond VA, the medical places AND the welding shops balked at refilling my Mountain High bottle (which is marked "aviation oxygen"). Both said I would have to do a tank exchange, it would...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-09-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,301
Posted By Dugaru
A great museum

I paid the extra $ for the full tour of the Spruce Goose and it was a real highlight. What a machine.

Alas, I traveled there by car, so I'm jealous. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 04:40 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 10,667
Posted By Dugaru
Good point. It's important to remember that a...

Good point. It's important to remember that a fair number of VMC into IMC accidents happen to instrument-rated pilots who, for whatever reason, weren't prepared for the transition or proficient...
Forum: Autopilots 11-07-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,066
Posted By Dugaru
Yup, that was probably...

Yup, that was probably me:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=150742

Both of mine appear to be working correctly now.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks for the info

Much appreciated.

Another aircraft ownership adventure looms. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2017, 09:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By Dugaru
Although my photos above now appear to be dead, I...

Although my photos above now appear to be dead, I had a similar stop-drilled crack give way, although at the front of the airbox. Per Vans, the solution was fabrication rather than replacing with an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-06-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 371
Posted By Dugaru
GRT Horizon WS

My 2007 -9A came with a GRT Horizon WS. Not the newest box, but I've been really impressed with its functionality so far (especially compared to my Warrior's steam gauges.....).

One small problem,...
Forum: ADS-B 11-06-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 699
Posted By Dugaru
Okay so I answered my own question....

I think. I mounted the Scout right on the windscreen, behind the center bar (I have a slider) so that it didn't obscure my view from the left seat.

This turns out to be an excellent spot so far: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,204
Posted By Dugaru
We've probably all done it

I try to be careful, but I'm sure at some point I've failed to realize what was behind me before starting up. Good thread and a good reminder.

For the OP, it sounds like enough of a hassle that it...
Forum: ADS-B 10-27-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 699
Posted By Dugaru
Scout ADS-B gadget in a slider 9

For those who have picked one of these up, where's the best place you've found to mount it?

My current Stratux setup seems to get blanked where it has to see through the aircraft, which is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2017, 06:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,444
Posted By Dugaru
I’m not a “commuter” but I’ve been regularly...

I’m not a “commuter” but I’ve been regularly flying between Richmond VA and Allentown PA for many years. The advice below is good advice. My key learnings:

1. You’ll want a car at the destination....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 61,752
Posted By Dugaru
Here's one idea

A friend and I are building a Zenith 801. What better to complement his classic Cessna 120, and my RV-9A, than a four-seat and ugly airplane that hauls a ton of stuff and has copious shoulder room?...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-12-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,854
Posted By Dugaru
Terrific paint scheme

I'm such a sucker for the checkerboard. It looks awesome!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,883
Posted By Dugaru
Yeah I was sort of going for a joke there. But...

Yeah I was sort of going for a joke there. But you are correct.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2017, 02:41 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,883
Posted By Dugaru
This. My RV-9A is probably on the porky side (CS...

This. My RV-9A is probably on the porky side (CS prop, leather, IFR instruments, autopilot). On the other hand, it replaced my trusty but decidedly pokey 1979 Warrior.

So yes, a heavy RV seems...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,069
Posted By Dugaru
I'll be sure to keep the static coefficient of...

I'll be sure to keep the static coefficient of friction in mind next time! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,069
Posted By Dugaru
As I lowered the nose of my trusty 1979 Warrior...

As I lowered the nose of my trusty 1979 Warrior to the runway one night while returning to the center of the aviation universe, New Kent International (W96), I saw three pairs of deer eyes staring...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-12-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,552
Posted By Dugaru
That is very cool. I have no doubt that this...

That is very cool. I have no doubt that this thing outperforms my old-school Whelen strobes at a fraction of the heat and cost. Think of the money I'd save not having to replace melted wingtip...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-12-2017, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,552
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks for the heads up!

A major improvement - plenty bright, easy to replace, cheap, and saves power. What's not to like?!?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,296
Posted By Dugaru
That's a really good idea.

That's a really good idea.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By Dugaru
Kyle, you got this exactly right. Upon closer...

Kyle, you got this exactly right. Upon closer inspection, my airbox and cowl have apparently been swapping paint (literally) for a while, which no doubt led to this failure. I'll be sanding the air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2017, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By Dugaru
Very interesting. I didn't actually notice when...

Very interesting. I didn't actually notice when I took the cowl off. I'll look into this. Thanks!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2017, 09:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By Dugaru
Broken carb heat assembly

The portion of the airbox structure supporting the hinge for my carb heat door gave way recently. Here are some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,024
Posted By Dugaru
A really good question -- and my intuition is...

A really good question -- and my intuition is just the opposite! :)

The RV-9 is presumably a pretty forgiving taildragger. But the RV-9A is so unbelievably easy to land I can't imagine it would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,024
Posted By Dugaru
N=1 but...

My hangar neighbor is basically the guy you're talking about. He is a very experienced taildragger pilot and owns several aircraft, conventional and tri. He says he prefers to fly a nosedragger if he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2017, 01:47 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,024
Posted By Dugaru
I think we actually agree then. I don't think...

I think we actually agree then. I don't think it's really a night/IFR issue either. I've chosen to avoid the "little bit more in the last 30 seconds" demanded by the taildragger, which (as you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,024
Posted By Dugaru
I'm definitely not working off of much data --...

I'm definitely not working off of much data -- n=1, really. The rate on our Sportsman definitely went up when we converted it to taildragger. The hull value on that thing was relatively high,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,024
Posted By Dugaru
Another way of looking at it

It's not really a day/night or IFR/VMC issue.

It's a travel vs. non-travel issue.

If you built or bought an RV for travel purposes, perhaps getting to a specific airport is the whole candle --...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,024
Posted By Dugaru
FWIW, I'm in exactly the same boat, and chose a...

FWIW, I'm in exactly the same boat, and chose a nosedragger for the same reason.

Until you get very proficient with a taildragger, and STAY that good, winds at your destination will likely affect...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2017, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,066
Posted By Dugaru
That really is cool

Obviously I'm going to steal this idea and technique! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2017, 06:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,948
Posted By Dugaru
Look, this isn't the biggest issue on earth. ...

Look, this isn't the biggest issue on earth. You'll be relieved to know that I'm already going on with my life.

I'm actually more concerned right now with a new nosewheel shimmy....

And your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2017, 05:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,948
Posted By Dugaru
In terms of customer satisfaction, I'm not sure...

In terms of customer satisfaction, I'm not sure what percentage of Garmin servo owners I represent (and neither are you). :)

But if we're talking statistics, here's an interesting issue: From...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2017, 10:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,948
Posted By Dugaru
No. They both died, one after the other.

No. They both died, one after the other.
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