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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,569
I remember talking to him and your mom. He was...

I remember talking to him and your mom.

He was in the Air Force back in the day wasn't he?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,569
The RV heroes among us

I'm fishing out old articles I've written that are no longer available on the Internet. This one, from March 2007, is as pertinent to me today as it was then. I haven't had stick time in an RV since...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,185
The question I pose isn't about perfection. It's...

The question I pose isn't about perfection. It's about understanding when good enough is good enough and being true to that standard and yourself.

It might be the most important skill.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2020, 06:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,185
Given the number of things that broke in the...

Given the number of things that broke in the Wright Flyer before it flew a few feet, no.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,185
When is good enough good enough?

I got a really nice note this morning from a builder whom I won't identify because I don't have his permission to who stumbled across a message in the middle of an old,old thread...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 13,241
We had to cancel my mother's funeral. Her remains...

We had to cancel my mother's funeral. Her remains will be buried in a small ceremony attended by almost nobody.

It's funny how in the course of a few weeks, what disappoints you can change.

Good...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 26,417
That would be a neat trick since the FAA would be...

That would be a neat trick since the FAA would be basically arguing with the FAA.

https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/light_sport/media/lsa_cert_8july2013.pdf
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 26,417
Fix completed

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My new nose gear arrived today(new one on the right) and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 26,417
We're spoiled. It's absurd to question how Van's...

We're spoiled. It's absurd to question how Van's runs a business. Is there a problem with flying your RV-12 in the next 8 to 10 weeks?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 26,417
I have the finishing kit and apparently Section...

I have the finishing kit and apparently Section 46 does not come with the finishing kit. My nose gear and wheel, however is on, which I believe is Section 35 of the finishing kit (I'm going by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,826
My brother has a house on the bluff in Truro...

My brother has a house on the bluff in Truro (just below P-town) overlooking Cape Cod Bay. When I visit I like to sit on the porch and watch small planes heading for P-town.

They're usually at eye...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,826
That's a drop-dead gorgeous paint job.

That's a drop-dead gorgeous paint job.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-05-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 29,992
Get thee over to KSGS airspace. :D

Get thee over to KSGS airspace. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,240
My builder-only policy quote went up 10%. "It's...

My builder-only policy quote went up 10%. "It's across the board," the Gallagher rep said.

I canceled.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,402
Yes, the closed end rivet is great. The drilled...

Yes, the closed end rivet is great. The drilled out part of the rivet will stay in the ProSeal. Especially when you add the goop to the closed end rivet.

https://youtu.be/lG8IbjFFyz8
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-30-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 23,064
The reflective N-number is just the icing on a...

The reflective N-number is just the icing on a very nice cake.
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-30-2019, 06:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,588
Wow. What a story. I can't recall ever been so...

Wow. What a story. I can't recall ever been so engrossed by a VAF post.

I know everyone is pointing to aluminum brake lines but I can't figure out why if there was a puddle under the brakes before...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-29-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,794
Back when I had to make a decision (involving...

Back when I had to make a decision (involving nutplates on the instrument panel. Obviously a decision that can be changed), I did some napkin math with the numbers of the Van's site and actually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,754
I am aware of the reasons for the hearing loss...

I am aware of the reasons for the hearing loss (Meniere's Disease) and various options but I haven't reached that point yet and it's an unknown as to whether I will. A cochlear implant, for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,754
I'm lucky that I bought topnof the line in-ear...

I'm lucky that I bought topnof the line in-ear pixels (Phoneak) so that as the hearing changes, they can be reprogrammed. Also I can have several different programs and switch etween them. I have an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,754
That's great, Dan. Thank you. If you want, give...

That's great, Dan. Thank you. If you want, give him my email, bcollinsrv7a@centurylink.net.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,754
We've discussed it but I'm not at that point for...

We've discussed it but I'm not at that point for everyday living quite yet.

Interestingly, I'm an usher at Target Field, which is VERY challenging for a hearing impaired person. But I can function...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,754
Awesome. I will test this next. Who'd like to...

Awesome. I will test this next. Who'd like to host the test platform?
Forum: ADS-B 12-23-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
I Privacy isn't mentioned in the Constitution. ...

I

Privacy isn't mentioned in the Constitution.

It is considered by the Supreme Court to be in the Fourth Amendment:

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and...
Forum: ADS-B 12-23-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
I never said any such thing. I can conceive of...

I never said any such thing. I can conceive of all sorts of scenarios, but that's not the question I asked.

I asked what of those scenarios are or have been experienced in the GA world which -- if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,754
Deaf pilots

Just wondering if there are any pilots here with severe hearing loss using two hearing aids who've come up with a solution to properly amplify the radio.

I ask because yesterday I flew with a friend...
Forum: ADS-B 12-21-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
This gets back to my original question: what...

This gets back to my original question: what scenarios is everyone concerned about (the tracking of a daughter is a complete non-starter for me; that's tinfoil hat stuff, imho)?

There are...
Forum: ADS-B 12-17-2019, 01:35 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
Im one of the few people left on the planet who...

Im one of the few people left on the planet who actually stops and looks up when a plane flies over. I find it magical and do not think being interested in it's travels is any weirder than being...
Forum: ADS-B 12-17-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
Yeah, stalking. I get it. I presume it's done all...

Yeah, stalking. I get it. I presume it's done all the time in Walmart parking lots (I stay away from Walmarts). I'm just not aware of how this is being done with FlightRadar24 etc. Is this a...
Forum: ADS-B 12-16-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
Creepy? Ouch!. To me it's not much different than...

Creepy? Ouch!. To me it's not much different than virtually hanging out at the airport and watching planes. I like to look at N numbers and google who they are and where they're from.

Or sitting on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,288
I would also highly recommend hiring Tom Berge to...

I would also highly recommend hiring Tom Berge to do a pre first flight inspection. He's got a list and is incredibly detailed.

Also, once you tell a knowlegeable DAR you just had a Tom Berge...
Forum: ADS-B 12-15-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,302
I really enjoy calling up various RVs that I'm...

I really enjoy calling up various RVs that I'm aware of and seeing where they are and what they're doing, via FlightAware or FlightRadar24. It's the only flying I get to do anymore.

I'd miss it if...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,859
One of the interesting things about the RV-12iS...

One of the interesting things about the RV-12iS ki (vs. the RV-7A I built years ago) is all references are to numbers, not names of parts.

I have an inordinate amount of references in my 12 build...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-14-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,859
For the ROTAX it's only about 2-3 weeks. Canopy...

For the ROTAX it's only about 2-3 weeks.

Canopy not an option until summer. Too cold in MN right now to be working with plexi.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-14-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,859
More sequence

Just to extend the "flow chart" a bit:

It's get a little tricky near the end of the finish kit and that's where I'm stuck at the moment. I'm pretty sure I have no choice but to order an engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,235
Take your mom flying

https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-2VmYxUUlrsc/XdRfkHXuWSI/AAAAAAAA1gk/M4mu9ClFiWofyo6eI2PYqFSq2mAS_El1gCPcBGAYYCw/s400/smileyflyer.jpg

As I've written in the past, my biggest regret in building an airplane...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,552
I'm a long-time member of the George Orndorff...

I'm a long-time member of the George Orndorff (ask your parents) "use a ton of sealant" club.

I'd be interested in hearing stories of ProSeal "breaking off" inside a tank but in almost 20 years on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-21-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,236
Packing bears with rubber seal

Unlike the RV-7A, the bearings that come with the RV-12iS mains have the rubber seals. I used the Handy Packer as I did with open bearings, but you can't really see proof that the grease when where...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-17-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,685
Boy, I miss flying this route on the way back to...

Boy, I miss flying this route on the way back to new England. It was two years ago I flew the old RV-7A for the final time and haven't flown an RV -- or any other plane -- since. So your pictures are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,718
I feel your pain. I was just thinking of this...

I feel your pain. I was just thinking of this yesterday. I used to love flying my plane back to Mass. to visit my mom and today marks one year since I've seen her. I just haven't been able to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,372
Just be careful about dropping coverage and...

Just be careful about dropping coverage and stuff. It's illogical to me to go through all the hoops some builders go through -- hello, primer! -- to guard against things that aren't likely to happen...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-16-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,374
Boy, this takes me...

Boy, this takes me back.

https://youtu.be/-84oX4tkVvw
Forum: Virtual Hangar 07-22-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 18,932
They used to leave the hole in the fence over on...

They used to leave the hole in the fence over on your hangar side of the field open, I think, so that the coyotes could get in and get the geese. I presume the FAA has since ordered them to close it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-21-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,842
Cool. I guess I'll just make it work according to...

Cool. I guess I'll just make it work according to the schematic and ignore the labels.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-21-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,842
Not this year. Life is moving too fast for me to...

Not this year. Life is moving too fast for me to keep up. Hope to retire next year and resume living it properly.

Been working part-time gig at Target Field (usher for the Twins) in addition to...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-20-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,668
Videos are great but I just like hearing a...

Videos are great but I just like hearing a Massachusetts accent again
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,842
Disagreement on numbers in brake cylinder

On the RV-12iS instructions, chapter 28, page 2 figure 4, the call-out for WD1211-L&R show different orientations of the Tabs on the drawing that what the actual part shows.

It would appear that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,023
Thanks, fixed. I've been chatting with Jessica...

Thanks, fixed.

I've been chatting with Jessica w.r.t. the new parts. I have to say I've been very impressed with Van's conscientiousness in rolling out the RV-12iS and the anticipated very design...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-19-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,023
Yeah, the tank is now directly behind the seats....

Yeah, the tank is now directly behind the seats. The fuel line and return line come out of the tank bottom center, the lines go aft through the channel back to a shutoff and the fuel pump which sit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2018, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,672
Guil Barros' by any chance?

Guil Barros' by any chance?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 662
RVers always welcome

RVers always welcome
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 662
Oshkosh enroute housing available

KSGS -- South St. Paul, MN -- is a great place to overnight if you're flying into Oshkosh. You can tie down the bird, spend an evening in the not-that-luxurious Casa Collins, and after a night's rest...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-18-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,023
Fuel line vs. Flaperon mixture arm

Apparently, there is a missing step in the RV-12iS instructions. You have to countersink or enlarge the holes on the three plastic "holders" for the fuel lines through the main channel. Otherwise you...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-15-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,186
Tom Irlbeck

Famed RV-8 pilot Tom Irlbeck was killed in an accident in Florida today.

Tom is near the top of the list of a who's who of RV builders and pilots.

http://www.mnwing.org/completed-rvs/tom-irlbeck/
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2018, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,436
Curious. What's on the other side of that?...

Curious. What's on the other side of that? Doesn't look like there's a nutplate.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,436
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-CHcyGo7JITA/Wq-xvxWh1PI...

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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2018, 06:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,436
Yikes. A lot of thread drift in that one, but...

Yikes. A lot of thread drift in that one, but good info on that line of rivets. I'll go ahead and zip those up. But, there are two holes, in particular, that have no rivet call out that were my...
Forum: Midwest 03-19-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,932
... if you guys are ever looking for 172 pounds...

... if you guys are ever looking for 172 pounds of ballast....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-18-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,436
Open holes in RV-12 side skin attach

Somewhere around page 7 or 8 of the RV-12iS instructions of Section 23, when you get to actually rivet on the side skins, it refers to Figure one and the line of rivets on the bottom row of the side...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,664
I like to think I come by the term...

I like to think I come by the term honestly.:)

https://youtu.be/DbAEuFbFaco
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,664
Ah, OK, that makes sense. I thought it was...

Ah, OK, that makes sense. I thought it was referring to knocking down the sharp edges.

I always referred to this task as "rolling the edges" or "forming the edges" (thus edge-rolling and/or...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-16-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,664
Right but if you're already deburring the side...

Right but if you're already deburring the side skins, wouldn't that involve breaking an edge. I'm curious why there would be separate attention for the bottom and aft edges?
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