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Forum: Safety 05-21-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,951
Posted By douglassmt
True confessions

I read this with interest because the same thing happened to me. I helped a friend finish his RV-7, including getting it painted (by someone else), final assembly, panel design and procurement,...
Forum: RV-10 04-13-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,353
Posted By douglassmt
Best Advice

The best advice I got during the build was: if you want to fly your plane a lot when you finish it, look at people who are flying theirs a lot and do what they did.

The implication is that you avoid...
Forum: RV-10 03-13-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 899
Posted By douglassmt
Me too

I used them where the screws attach the hinges at the top.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,122
Posted By douglassmt
Tach or Hobbs?

Dumb question, but on all these hours do you typically use Tach time or Hobbs? Since our modern EFISs track both, and there is a decent difference, 15% or so.
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,110
Posted By douglassmt
+5 for Seager

Mike is the best. I've trained with him three times. Once about halfway through my build, again 3 months before first flight and then again a few years later for a refresher and BFR. Vernonia is a...
Forum: RV-10 01-30-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,059
Posted By douglassmt
Japanese saw

I used one of these japanese saws on my cowl once it got down to the final touches. It has a very narrow kerf and makes a nice straight, narrow gap. It is useful for the gaps on the sides and front....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 950
Posted By douglassmt
Thankful indeed

Today I was struck in a unusual way about the freedoms we enjoy in this country. Just before daybreak I took off from Missoula, Montana in an airplane that I assembled with my own two hands from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,808
Posted By douglassmt
Vlad ok?

https://m.facebook.com/MoabTimesIndependent/posts/10155575532050860
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,916
Posted By douglassmt
New owner

Wait, did I read correctly that Wally sold Synergy Air? Hadn't heard that. Hope they keep up the same level of quality in their training classes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2017, 01:35 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,959
Posted By douglassmt
Already did

Same thing happened to me on my first one. They gave me a part number when it broke again but I was unable to find it on ACS. I'll call them again.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2017, 12:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,959
Posted By douglassmt
Where to buy

Did you find where to buy the replacement shroud? Seems like they could make it out of a better metal - the stuff feels pretty cheap.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,959
Posted By douglassmt
Puzzling

For some reason my email notices of replies to this thread went to spam, which I just noticed. Since my original PP failure at 250 hours TT (I think), I have had no issues. I check it carefully for...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-15-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,482
Posted By douglassmt
Options

We live in Missoula and it has been smoky but we had a nice soaking rain Sunday that knocked a lot of the smoke down. It's creeping back but not sure what it's like around GNP. You could look at...
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,042
Posted By douglassmt
1000 hrs ok

Mine is fine after 1000 hrs. I've got 1/4 turn fasteners on the bottom cowl. They're also powder coated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,720
Posted By douglassmt
Other mods

You can also look into this:

http://antisplataero.com/products/main-wheel-bearing-mod

I haven't done it but I have other products from them and they are good. I also static balance my wheels/tires...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,720
Posted By douglassmt
Stuck brake

The brake cylinders will stick unless you install an aftermarket return spring. I have them on the pilot side and they've worked flawlessly for 1000 hours. I don't have them on the copilots side so...
Forum: RV-10 03-06-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,766
Posted By douglassmt
Seager

Mike Seager. Vernonia, OR. He's just the best.
Forum: RV-10 10-14-2016, 10:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,834
Posted By douglassmt
+1

I get this all the time, people asking me what plane would I like to "upgrade" to "next." I have to stop and think. If money were no object, sure I'd have a Kodiak, Caravan, Epic, or a Jet - or all...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-09-2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,903
Posted By douglassmt
Herman, you're the best!

Herman, you're the best!
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2016, 04:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,415
Posted By douglassmt
McMaster Carr

This stuff has worked great on two airplanes. It's black, squeezes on and stays on, looks good, cheap.

http://www.mcmaster.com/#8451a22/=14gx93x
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-04-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,704
Posted By douglassmt
Failure, but...

I just saw this poll and had to vote for a failure but...I was one of the early VPX Pros that had low voltage to the flaps. But I had over 800 hours on it before it caused the flaps to stop working....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2016, 03:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,391
Posted By douglassmt
+1 for VP-X

I have over 900 hours on my VP-X pro now and would echo the sentiment that I would never build a panel again without it. I've had a couple issues - mine was one with the low flap circuit voltage -...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-28-2016, 11:13 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 36,306
Posted By douglassmt
Free gas

If you are coming near Missoula you must stop and have another Moose Drool (or 6). I will fill you up so plan to arrive on fumes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2016, 02:39 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 98,646
Posted By douglassmt
RV10, no cracks

Checked mine, RV-10, 4.5 years, 880 hours, no cracks. Also, I was able to inspect thoroughly the upper aileron bracket without removing the aileron or cutting away the aileron gap fairing...by...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-06-2016, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 7,367
Posted By douglassmt
This is the answer, but you should use 36 grit to...

This is the answer, but you should use 36 grit to rough up the aluminum to give it tooth.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2016, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,295
Posted By douglassmt
What Upgrade?

Geoff -

What did they upgrade? I have the same unit as yours and the last update I heard Bill talk about was to turn it into a dual band receiver so we could receive both UAT and 1090ES. Is that...
Forum: RV-10 04-14-2016, 08:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,791
Posted By douglassmt
Van's

Here:
http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/speeds.pdf

A must related read here:
http://vansaircraft.com/pdf/hp_limts.pdf
Forum: RV-10 04-13-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,895
Posted By douglassmt
Mine

I replied earlier to this thread and just noticed someone asked what I did once I figured out my FS-14 only produced 13+ V. I sent it back to Plane Power and they converted it to the FS-14b for me...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2016, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,643
Posted By douglassmt
Not crazy, smart.

I had this discussion a short time ago with my hangar mate, a serious aviator who now flies a beautiful Cirrus G3 Turbo for a client (He also built and flies an RV-8, so he knows):

Him: Hey, your...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-04-2016, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,892
Posted By douglassmt
Panel frame

Is that Geoff's standard symmetrical panel? If so, I might be talked into the big screen in the middle if I don't have to change the panel frame.
Forum: RV-14 04-04-2016, 08:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,695
Posted By douglassmt
+10

Mike is the best. Take full advantage of your training time in beautiful Vernonia.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2016, 08:36 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 9,147
Posted By douglassmt
2008 Beach Party

I was still a student pilot in April 2008 when my instructor invited me to fly up to a fly-in BBQ on the beach at Flathead Lake. After arriving and making a landing on the sand in our humble 172, a...
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,248
Posted By douglassmt
Another neighbor

You have some -10s nearby. You've already heard from Jack in Prosser. I'm in Missoula and come to Spokane fairly often. Let us know if you need any help. Jack's younger and better looking than me but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2015, 01:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,971
Posted By douglassmt
Typo?

$1,500,000?
Forum: Aircraft Camping 08-13-2015, 10:26 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 28,937
Posted By douglassmt
Intel

As it happens we are planning to overfly Alvord Friday on our way to the Bay Area, then return Sunday night or Monday. We may decide to drop in to check it out, maybe even spend the night on Sunday...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-28-2015, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,962
Posted By douglassmt
Nice

Fabulous pictures Vlad, especially the one of the lady and the masted sailing ship. You must have circled for days to get that picture.

If you're planning a new Great West Adventure, Jack and I hope...
Forum: ADS-B 05-28-2015, 06:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,134
Posted By douglassmt
ADS-B Save

I suspect as ADS-B becomes more widespread (the traffic portion specifically) these types of incidents (or not incidents) will become more commonly reported. Yesterday I was descending into...
Forum: RV-10 05-07-2015, 08:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,583
Posted By douglassmt
+10

Ditto on everything. The nutplates on the back of the seat rails may be the best mod. If you have to remove your seats even once it is worth it vs the bruised knuckles and blue words that go with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-07-2015, 08:10 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 10,568
Posted By douglassmt
Data point

One more option. I have a 60 amp Plane Power main alternator and the 30 amp FS-1 backup alternator. I have their fields controlled through a single switch that can be Main-Off-Backup. So, if the main...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2015, 10:17 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 19,807
Posted By douglassmt
Yikes, headset testimonial

If that headset still works you can probably sell the video to the manufacturer as a testimonial. Good job flying the plane.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-24-2015, 07:11 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 63,959
Posted By douglassmt
GIB

I bet I'm one of the very few Gringos who has ridden in back in Bastien's RV-8. Looking good Bastien, hope all is well!
Forum: RV-10 04-20-2015, 05:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,286
Posted By douglassmt
Maybe

I may have this data somewhere from when I was calibrating fuel tanks. I'll let you know if I find it.
Forum: RV-10 04-06-2015, 09:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,342
Posted By douglassmt
I love mine

It's definitely your decision but I have the Aerosport OH console with lights, air (with the NACA vents and Aerosport controller), and it made a lovely conduit for wiring and hid the GPS antenna...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2015, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,297
Posted By douglassmt
Thanks all

Thanks to the responders, keep them coming. I still have not heard from Angus Aviation. However, I have it on good authority that the composite material used to build the pitot tubes changed when it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,297
Posted By douglassmt
When did you buy it? I might be interested.

When did you buy it? I might be interested.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2015, 09:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,297
Posted By douglassmt
Melted Gretz Heated Pitot

On Sunday I took off for a fun flight in VFR. I have had the Gretz Heated pitot since first flight in February 2012, used it occasionally in IMC but less than handful of times. It has been tested in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2015, 05:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 906
Posted By douglassmt
Thanks

Thanks for the info. Dont bother digging out the paperwork. I'll let you know if we need it. I'll see if anyone else weighs in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2015, 01:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 906
Posted By douglassmt
Louisiana Plane taxes

I am helping a guy who built an RV in MT to finish it as he has moved to Louisiana. In MT there is no sales tax, no property tax and only $20 to license the plane in the state. Nice.

I am not...
Forum: RV-10 03-20-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,839
Posted By douglassmt
I have the same engine with a Slick mag on the...

I have the same engine with a Slick mag on the left and Lightspeed on the right. Starts first time every time. Almost no mag drop on the Lightspeed alone, it is very efficient.

My sensor package...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2015, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By douglassmt
Adel

I don't seem to have a picture of it but I used the TS braided fuel line from the tank to the tunnel wall. I secured the line through the fuse skin with an adel clamp. Works good, no problems after...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-03-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 34,072
Posted By douglassmt
My jack top

I looked at my jack top last night and noticed that I did it a little differently. I screwed the pipe cap on top of a coupling that fits loosely over the ram and overlaps several inches. The bolt is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-02-2015, 08:14 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 34,072
Posted By douglassmt
Wow, Jack, that really sucks. Thanks for posting...

Wow, Jack, that really sucks. Thanks for posting as I'm getting ready to do this for my third annual. I'll look over my design and modify accordingly. I have always lifted one side at a time and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 16,600
Posted By douglassmt
Deakin/Braley

If I recall correctly from the GAMI seminar I attended last year, reducing MP lowers internal cylinder pressures (ICP) and correspondingly CHTs. However, contrary to my belief - and most others I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2015, 08:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,056
Posted By douglassmt
Stroboscopic/Wagon Wheel effect

The prop is turning clockwise as viewed from the cockpit. You are seeing the stroboscopic or "wagon wheel" effect.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stroboscopic_effect
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2015, 01:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,848
Posted By douglassmt
Boy are you ever quick. At the speed you are...

Boy are you ever quick. At the speed you are working you could have a -10 finished in a couple weeks. :)

I might have to order those door handles now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,628
Posted By douglassmt
PM Sent

Check your PMs....
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,837
Posted By douglassmt
Mine

Assuming you have the IO-540 with standard compression, running 100LL fuel...

My cruise setting at altitude (>8500 ft) is wide open throttle, 2360 rpm. At lower altitudes I run 23x2360. When...
Forum: RV-10 01-03-2015, 05:44 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 27,980
Posted By douglassmt
Mine

My plane has always needed the boost pump on in the climb if climbing to more than 8-9000 ft. If I turn off the boost pump before leveling off in cruise the fuel pressure will drop below 10 psi,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-29-2014, 09:43 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 61,332
Posted By douglassmt
Various

#1
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt346/douglassmt/Flying%20RV-10/DSC_0131_zps2cecc53d.jpg

#2
http://i626.photobucket.com/albums/tt346/douglassmt/Flying%20RV-10/DSC_0083_zps1925f7ca.jpg

#3
http:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,726
Posted By douglassmt
Dry it up

I work in the haz waste business every day. I also happen to be a certified environmental manager in Nevada. If you open the cans and let it dry, or catalyze it first if it helps dry better and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2014, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,678
Posted By douglassmt
Quantico bound USMC RV-newbie

Yesterday I met (through a mutual friend) a nice young active-duty USMC Captain (helo driver) just back from deployment who was interested in building a plane - not very familiar with RVs. He...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-22-2014, 09:55 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 27,992
Posted By douglassmt
Crosswind landings

http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq197/N666BK/Museums/sc15.jpg (http://s447.photobucket.com/user/N666BK/media/Museums/sc15.jpg.html)

Those are for crosswind landings, silly. Don't they have those...
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