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Forum: RV-10 02-08-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,449
Posted By mikerkba
ACS Turbo Heat Cabin Heat Muff

This thread reminded me of a (reportedly new) cabin heat muff offering from Aircraft Spruce. One of the user comments mentions an RV8 installation with great results. I am considering installing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 559
Posted By mikerkba
Stein Air

Stein Air. They are an advertiser here.
Good technical advice. Fast availability by phone. No BS in the sales. And zero defects products.

Bona fides: I've...
Forum: Tools 01-29-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,428
Posted By mikerkba
Or a bathroom carpet

Dollar Store bathroom carpets with rubber backing and enough cushioning to protect the wing surface. No compartments, per se, but stuff doesnt want to roll off. Absorbent too. $6.
Forum: Midwest 01-28-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,590
Posted By mikerkba
Signs, signs, everywhere should have a sign....

Mr. Stearman will find that one hour of his lawyers time will cost a lot more than a few caution signs and a comment in the "remarks" section of the AFD. I see there is no such comment in the Airnav...
Forum: Tools 01-22-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,428
Posted By mikerkba
Our Friends at Harbor Freight ...

Our Friends at Harbor Freight have a similar one, appears to be larger with bigger wheels. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 848
Posted By mikerkba

Thanks Gary. I couldn't find one either. Some will mate to copper tubing. But either say "not for aluminum" or are silent.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 848
Posted By mikerkba
Push on connectors for pitot (not flared)

I am replacing my pitot tube (Dynon heated AOA pitot tube). I wondered if I could avoid flaring the new aluminum tubes (at the aluminum to plastic ends) by using a push on connectors, like those use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,887
Posted By mikerkba
Nose gear tug

We have my old lawn tractor (not quite as cleaned up) in our group hangar with a simple hook on the front bumper for backing up to pull aircraft over the hangar door tracks when needed (no second...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,180
Posted By mikerkba
Breaker version of the control module

Hi Rob:
Will the circuit breaker version (compared to the fused version) of the control module allow modification of the specific circuit breaker amperage or is that set?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 16,590
Posted By mikerkba
Cal-Nev-Ari (yes, Cal-Nev-Ari)

A year or so ago, CalNevAri airport in far southern Nevada was for sale for $8 Million, as I recall. Named for the 3 adjacent states. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,405
Posted By mikerkba

You come into thie endeavor with far more relevant experience than most of us,
and a great attitude. With family support behind you, start moving.

Best of luck.
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,035
Posted By mikerkba
Bicycle case

Many of the folding bike manufacturers offer a case, which would help avoid snagging and scratching. Or you could make your own.

I'm looking at a folding Montague (or equivalent "full wheel size)...
Forum: RV-10 12-21-2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,205
Posted By mikerkba
Flightaware has something you might like

From the main page at, you can pull down the "live flight tracking" menu and pick "browse by aircraft type." There, in order of the number of each aircraft type, is a count of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-20-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,287
Posted By mikerkba
Advanced flight systems

I had dual AFS 3400s in my RV7A in the past, and am putting an AFS 5600 and power control module in my adopted RV8A that had a mix of GRT and Dynon screens. I considered a full Dynon EFIS/Com/ADS-B...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-03-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,413
Posted By mikerkba

The RV9 is sure efficient at cruise. The standard tanks are smaller than the 7-8 part of the family. I wonder how high the fuel capacity of a 9 has been taken with aux tanks, and what sort of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,170
Posted By mikerkba
Stein vents

I have used Stein vents, and been totally satisfied. Never saw the better metal ones sold at a major aircraft wood/parts place, so can't speak to them.

I think I can say this because they are an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 16,428
Posted By mikerkba
Flying tunes, some others.

Switchfoot: Oh, Gravity.
Three Doors Down: The Better Life
Fall Out Boy: Thanks for the Memories
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,468
Posted By mikerkba
a place for the MX

Wish someone (Hi Ron!) could come up with a housing/fairing for the (AeroLEDS <-- shameless insertion of search term) MX that would conform (or readily conformable) to the landing gear/wing junction.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,468
Posted By mikerkba

AeroLeds has a variety of wingtip lighting suitable for RVs, including landing/taxi lights. I just upgraded a duckworks 55w halogen fixture to an AeroLed PAR-36 LED bulb. Took about two hours to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-02-2017, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 585
Posted By mikerkba

Like Dan, I am preparing to upgrade a panel that has, in part, a Dynon AP74 and Dynon SV32 servos. Which EFIS/autopilot systems are compatible with the dynon servos? I think the Dynon and Advanced...
Forum: Job Board 09-29-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,487
Posted By mikerkba
Tony Cutter

I recommend Tony Cutter, an A&P/IA in NorCal, that does roadwork. I observed him working on an engine installation, annual inspection, and turbo repair at my home airport in Ely. (There is no shope...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-27-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,178
Posted By mikerkba
Premier Aviation KTUS

I asked a friend down there. He suggested checking with Premier Aviation at KTUS, ask for owner "Ash" at 520-889-6327, mention referred by Mark Rhodes. Has some hangars at $350/month reportedly. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2017, 11:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,456
Posted By mikerkba
Tanks and trailer

I have been told that the federal standards for non-tool-of-the-trade fuel transport trailers AND portable tanks in a trailer is 110 gallons. Supposedly that is based on a weight calculation --...
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 779
Posted By mikerkba
Oops rivets

Did you know about these, actually called "oops rivets" for this situation and other applications. 3/32 rivet head on a 1/8 rivet shaft. Search on "oops rivets" and find multiple sources and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,631
Posted By mikerkba

6 quarts is adequate for operation in all attitudes, and has always been my minimum level at takeoff. In my experience, and often reported, 7 or 8 quart level leads to venting overboard to a stable...
Forum: Reviews 09-15-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,725
Posted By mikerkba
Available at reduced price now.

I looked up the Suaoki U-10 portable jump starter to see what it was. The link posted by roofus4 below is no longer active, but this one is: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By mikerkba
Whelen specifications

From the Whelen catalog for experimental aircraft light, I found this:

Whelen Parmetheus PAR36 LED bulb: 40 degree focus: 15,000 candela
Whelen Parmetheus PAR36 LED bulb: 10 degree focus: 60,000...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,409
Posted By mikerkba
Not necessarily so.

Better wording would be:
"This aircraft is not required to conform to...."

I don't remember seeing a notice and comment opportunity on this, if it was deemed a regulatory change.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By mikerkba
Whelen 71685 Lumen rating or comparative brightness

I am looking for a replacement for the standard Duckworth halogen bulb fixture. (My new-to-me 8A has just one of those in the wing for its only landing light.) I hope to find I an upgrade that 1/...
Forum: Propellers 08-12-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,646
Posted By mikerkba
Understanding the RPM restriction....

Do I read this correctly to mean that the RPM restrictions (particularly the 2600 RPM at cruise constraint) only apply if partnered with Lightspeed or other electronic ignition? Or does it apply to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-12-2017, 12:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,956
Posted By mikerkba
Did either of you gents see this plane in person?...

Did either of you gents see this plane in person? I talked to the owners, am waiting for logbook entries by email, and a considering making the 10 hour drive to Alamosa on Friday. If its a solid...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,587
Posted By mikerkba
Preventative maintenance.

I agree with Vern. Recently, an arriving Cherokee at our airport blew a main tire and sat for a while on the runway before FBO and fire department could assist in movement. Not a fun time. Could...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2012, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,780
Posted By mikerkba
My baggage door

With the help of Bobbi Boucher, the IA that supervised my build, I put a baggage door on my 7A. A wood mold was made for the fiberglass portion, and the resulting mold conforms to the inside of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 975
Posted By mikerkba
Say not to MEL

Those limitations are not required and there is no good reason to encumber yourself with a minimum equipment list for operations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,679
Posted By mikerkba

Thanks Stein.


Very cool. I have always appreciated those connectors that came with extended screws, as opposed to the mini slotted...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,685
Posted By mikerkba
Replacement plan documents

I had occasion to call Vans today to place an order.

I learned this about replacement plans. Each serial number can order a full set of full-size replacement plans ONCE for $100. Another...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,291
Posted By mikerkba

Its pretty hard to beat the reliability, accuracy, and low weight of a sight glass. I was wondering, if a builder had leak problems with a sightglass, would sealing it up and adding a different...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-12-2012, 02:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,773
Posted By mikerkba
Runway lights, we don't need no stinkin' runway lights

Did you know that you can legally land and depart under Part 91 without runway lights - even without an aircraft landing light?

From Rosie: Yes, I do Mike, however, it's an airport issue (and a very...
Forum: Northwest 03-11-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,147
Posted By mikerkba
Your website

Jay: Your travel website is very nicely done. I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of a trip to AK for a preview of terrain and weather. (Anyone thinking of a long adventure trip would find it...
Forum: Northwest 03-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,147
Posted By mikerkba

Greg: I recall you've flown this route, with international ports of entry, several tiimes. What are your preferred airports departure from the US and entry customs for Canada? How long do you plan...
Forum: Northwest 03-10-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,147
Posted By mikerkba
fuel capacity/ fuel management.


You are right on the money: cant make this trip with time pressure. And, even more than the usual long cross country, unexpected overnights are to be expected.

What is your fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 20,321
Posted By mikerkba

I think there is an Apple published specification about using the GPS above 10,000 feet, and once heard that the limit was a certification issue. I'd like to know more.

I can say that my ipad1...
Forum: Northwest 03-09-2012, 08:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,147
Posted By mikerkba
Alaska, with overflight of Canada

Jay: I have a tentative plan to depart the US from Bellingham/KBLI on June 23 or 24, weather dependent of course. The initial destination is Ketchican/PAKT to avoid the costs and hassles of...
Forum: RV-3 03-02-2012, 02:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,264
Posted By mikerkba
Cant come off!

Paul: I have the Tosten in both positions, and have flown with others -- mostly the Infinity. I like the Infinity for looks, but the Tosten had more than enough buttons (as in, lots of them), high...
Forum: Canada 03-02-2012, 01:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,898
Posted By mikerkba

Tim: I have never heard of insurance implications regarding or requiring a pre-buy inspection? Is that a Canadian thing?

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 18,751
Posted By mikerkba

Bob: Can you say more about the tip tanks? Capacity, gravity or pumped? Flow to main tanks?
Forum: Northeast 02-23-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,064
Posted By mikerkba
Local responsibilities

Mike: As a general rule, the airport "sponsor" / local government has authority over surface issues, principally including noise, environmental, and security, while the FAA is responsible for what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,936
Posted By mikerkba
Tie down hole plug bolts.

These issues, like taping vs. bolting tiedown holes, are readily resolved with info available on VAF regarding relevant critical issues. Its easy.

Formula for speed of your particular aircraft =...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,863
Posted By mikerkba
Fly it until the cats come home.

I flew my first year, 130 hours +/-, with the bare brackets. Didn't do the gear fairings the wheel pants until the first condition inspection.

No issues inflight until I popped what I hope was a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2012, 11:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 16,770
Posted By mikerkba
flip flop (not a political commentary)

Lamps, its an audio panel function in my plane and its on one button of the grip. Com1, Com2, Com1 .. alternating.
I know that coms with flip flop button functions, and that is a bunch of them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 18,751
Posted By mikerkba

The plane rocks. Its fast. Its highly maneuverable. Its a fashion statement too.
You'll love all the aspects. Just keep staring.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2012, 07:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,736
Posted By mikerkba
Headset cannula

Here is one:
Only $99. !!

And the Sporty's version:
Only $79, and slightly...
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2012, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,344
Posted By mikerkba
Need more info

How long did it take to run out a gallon? What engine are you running? What is the manufacturer rated fuel flow at 100% power? 15 gph = four minutes for a gallon. 20 gph = 3 minutes for a gallon....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2012, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,622
Posted By mikerkba
Excellent news

Lets be positive here: unlike many other parts you could mess up, the elevator skin is an excellent source of raw sheet stock you will need later in the build and for years after you are flying. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2012, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,733
Posted By mikerkba
Tire wear and landing cycles.

Kevin: I assume you mean uneven across the tread of each tire. Such wear is expected and typical. The spinup of the tire at contact on landing literally smokes the tire and creates rapid wear. ...
Forum: California 02-18-2012, 11:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,750
Posted By mikerkba
I highly recommend San Carlos. Fuel service is...

I highly recommend San Carlos. Fuel service is fast and easy off a truck that will be there in one or two minutes. Rental cars available there, or a short cab ride up to BART (subway) at SFO. Nice...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-18-2012, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,508
Posted By mikerkba

I think the most common "stall warning" system used on RVs, if any, is and angle of attack system rather than a traditional GA stall detector vane. If you plan to use an EFIS, you might want to see...
Forum: RV-4 02-17-2012, 12:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,302
Posted By mikerkba
Archer NAV antenna in wingtip

Scott: I have had total satisfaction with a Bob Archer placed internally in a wingtip. No evidence of shadowing or electrical interference from Whelen strobes. (Note: The Archer COMM did not work...
Forum: GPS 02-16-2012, 11:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,645
Posted By mikerkba
Lightbulb Reliability/redundancy

What's so wrong with airway lighting towers?
If the power goes out, they can be lit with kerosene (diesel, Jet A, (wood fire)), right? And a number of them are still in place (or stored on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2012, 09:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,461
Posted By mikerkba
Oil, CHT, smooth

Following the guidance from superior and general literature, I expect:
75 degrees oil temp,
CHT of 150+ (some say 125),
oil pressure in the green,
and smooth acceleration to run up RPM.

In my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2012, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,270
Posted By mikerkba
switch options

On a related note, don't forget to consider the possible use of mini-switches for some applications, such as nav source selection or backup battery options. Less prominent and easier to place, etc. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2012, 11:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,270
Posted By mikerkba

SteinAir has a good selection of switches. In my experience, its all high quality stuff -- good feel and function. Great advice/info and fast shipping.
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