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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 07:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 247
Posted By Snowflake
Take care doing this. While 4 layers of cotton...

Take care doing this. While 4 layers of cotton T-shirt or sweatshirt material may approach the filtering equivalency of an N95 mask, the effort required to breathe through a single layer of fabric...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,547
Posted By Snowflake
Having the engine maintained in a certified state...

Having the engine maintained in a certified state won't affect the value of the plane. It would only affect the value of the engine if you were to take it off the plane and try to sell it into a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,249
Posted By Snowflake
Ooh, I forgot about that. A couple of months ago...

Ooh, I forgot about that. A couple of months ago I did that, but the door didn't jump up until I left the runway on takeoff. Thankfully, long enough runway that I just cut the power and landed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,249
Posted By Snowflake
Well, I know "a guy" who was checked out in a...

Well, I know "a guy" who was checked out in a friend's retractable high-performance amateur-built and managed to put 5 hours on it before landing it gear-up...

Mind you, this was a Vari-Eze, so the...
Forum: Safety 04-03-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 400
Posted By Snowflake
In my limited experience birds haven't seen me...

In my limited experience birds haven't seen me soon enough to move, or I haven't seen them move before I was past them. I'd rather raise the nose and take the hit in the belly than lower it and take...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 316,066
Posted By Snowflake
The belly is also the first to see the added...

The belly is also the first to see the added weight, it seems. It's a lot harder to lose weight the older you get, so the best defense against high weight in old age is to start with a lower weight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,769
Posted By Snowflake
There's two ways to do it... SW has clamped down...

There's two ways to do it... SW has clamped down on the people who only get a subscription one year out of every three or four by requiring that anyone who re-joins after being away for X years pays...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-01-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,740
Posted By Snowflake
Look along the baffle seals and along the...

Look along the baffle seals and along the underside of the cowling where they rub. You should see evidence of continuous contact all around the perimeter, with no "folds" in the baffle seals that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,769
Posted By Snowflake
Note that Solidworks starts around $2K/year, not...

Note that Solidworks starts around $2K/year, not $10K. $10K will get you all of the add-ons, which by no means are necessary for the simple CAD work most people looking for "hobby" use would need. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,047
Posted By Snowflake
Wow, the first photo looks like... well... a...

Wow, the first photo looks like... well... a photo! Nice work!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,769
Posted By Snowflake
Been using Solidworks for 20 years, after...

Been using Solidworks for 20 years, after switching from older 2D CAD packages (started with GenericCAD at university, then AutoCAD after that until switching to SW). Have the EAA version at home...
Forum: RV-14 03-28-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 695
Posted By Snowflake
My 1996 RV-6 has never had a rubber piece on that...

My 1996 RV-6 has never had a rubber piece on that fairing. No contact with elevator in aerobatic manoeuvering.
Forum: ADS-B 03-28-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 706
Posted By Snowflake
What benefit does the pilot in the air get from...

What benefit does the pilot in the air get from having these private receivers on the ground?
Forum: ADS-B 03-26-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,571
Posted By Snowflake
Every installation, bar none, will have some axis...

Every installation, bar none, will have some axis along which the transmission is muted by the airframe. The question is, will the blocked axis be significant in the overall performance of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,806
Posted By Snowflake
Do you lift the tailwheel off the ground while...

Do you lift the tailwheel off the ground while moving, or does it just pull the tail along with the wheel running on the ground?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,334
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, I track fuel prices in Canada...

FWIW, I track fuel prices in Canada (www.100ll.ca) and have seen a decrease in prices over the last month or so. I was told this morning by one of my regular contributors that "significant"...
Forum: ADS-B 03-18-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 384
Posted By Snowflake
Stratux will still be the cheapest way to get...

Stratux will still be the cheapest way to get ADS-B in to Avare. I suggest getting on the Stratux Slack channel and asking for help there. If it worked but "just stopped working," it's possible an...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-17-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,216
Posted By Snowflake
Well, a water manometer is at least as accurate,...

Well, a water manometer is at least as accurate, if not more so, but as someone pointed out you need something like a 20' U-tube to set one up to test to full altitude. So not really practical.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 17,364
Posted By Snowflake
I've heard of a pilot who stood up too quickly in...

I've heard of a pilot who stood up too quickly in the officer's mess one day and smacked his head on the TV hanging from the ceiling, then flailed around trying not to fall down. He became known...
Forum: ADS-B 03-17-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 968
Posted By Snowflake
Usually the first suggestions from the Stratux...

Usually the first suggestions from the Stratux team are to check that you have a strong enough power supply, a quality USB cable, the latest software, and a good SD card. Those four things seem to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,384
Posted By Snowflake
I bought my -6 from the US in late 2009, after...

I bought my -6 from the US in late 2009, after the housing crisis in the US had people panicking and getting rid of their toys. The person I bought from wasn't financially strapped, but the market...
Forum: Canada 03-17-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,044
Posted By Snowflake
FYI - You don't need a US license to do...

FYI - You don't need a US license to do this.

You can transfer the registration to Canadian and then fly it back yourself using your own license. The FAA will issue a flight permit that's valid...
Forum: Canada 03-16-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
I'll try one last time because you're still not...

I'll try one last time because you're still not getting it: What *I* paid for it has nothing to do with *anyone else's* potential installation. Of course any other customer will have to compare the...
Forum: Canada 03-15-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
Since a UAT unit like the EchoUAT meets all of...

Since a UAT unit like the EchoUAT meets all of the requirements for ADS-B in the US (for now), I do agree that the tailBeaconX isn't something someone in the US would be interested in. It's...
Forum: Canada 03-15-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
That's a good point, the rudder on the -6 isn't...

That's a good point, the rudder on the -6 isn't counterbalanced. My strobe sits far enough back on the tip of the vertical stab that the front of the tip on the vertical stab shields the cockpit...
Forum: Canada 03-15-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
This is true. But what I paid, or didn't pay,...

This is true. But what I paid, or didn't pay, for it is irrelevant.


Cheaper, yes. Easier, no. The difficulty of installation doesn't change with what I paid, or didn't pay, for it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,224
Posted By Snowflake
It would take two swallows to carry a coconut......

It would take two swallows to carry a coconut... It's a simple question of weight ratios...
Forum: Canada 03-14-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
Not really relevant. Someone implied that you...

Not really relevant. Someone implied that you "had to" lose your tail beacon if you install a tailBeaconX. I was merely offering that there are other locations for tail beacons.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 702
Posted By Snowflake
Give FltPlan.com and FltPlanGo a try before you...

Give FltPlan.com and FltPlanGo a try before you fork out the $$$ for FF. It's free, you have literally nothing to lose.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-13-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,195
Posted By Snowflake
Cessna hoped that too. :)

Cessna hoped that too. :)
Forum: Canada 03-13-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
FYI - My strobe is on the tip of my vertical...

FYI - My strobe is on the tip of my vertical stabilizer, so I haven't lost anything.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,058
Posted By Snowflake
I looked around through the hole and was fairly...

I looked around through the hole and was fairly certain that the interference was the fibreglass taper before the aluminum, but maybe I need to look again.
My fairing is riveted on, not screwed, so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,058
Posted By Snowflake
Yes. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZA9Lc5iVhZJmNnvc8

Yes. https://photos.app.goo.gl/ZA9Lc5iVhZJmNnvc8
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,122
Posted By Snowflake
Mine's been stuck on for 10 years and hasn't...

Mine's been stuck on for 10 years and hasn't shown any signs of sagging in that time. It is pressure-sensitive adhesive, so take the time to press on it firmly for the recommended duration during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,058
Posted By Snowflake
FYI - Depending on the age of your kit, the...

FYI - Depending on the age of your kit, the tapered bump that fairs in the tail light mounting spot may or may not be large enough to take the tailBeacon. I installed a tailBeaconX in my -6 as part...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-08-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 610
Posted By Snowflake
Dropbox wants me to register to access any of the...

Dropbox wants me to register to access any of the images...
Forum: ADS-B 03-04-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 968
Posted By Snowflake
Just found this for joining the Stratux Slack: ...

Just found this for joining the Stratux Slack: http://slack.stratux.me/
Forum: ADS-B 03-04-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 9,613
Posted By Snowflake
I agree our visibility should be no worse than an...

I agree our visibility should be no worse than an automobile. But at the very least, the pilot and aircraft databases shouldn't be public. That alone would go a long way to ensuring privacy for...
Forum: ADS-B 03-04-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 968
Posted By Snowflake
Another thought: Have you tried turning off...

Another thought: Have you tried turning off cellular data? It's possible the iPhoneX routes IP requests differently and the call to the Stratux is getting routed to cellular data rather than the...
Forum: Safety 03-03-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,012
Posted By Snowflake
I understood that the AK-450 (121.5 only) was...

I understood that the AK-450 (121.5 only) was quite reliable, and it was the AK-451 (406) that had all the issues... Have I got the numbers mixed up?
Forum: ADS-B 03-03-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 968
Posted By Snowflake
If none of that works, and if you use Slack, you...

If none of that works, and if you use Slack, you could try posting on the Stratux general slack channel. The Stratux developers are there and while I do recall some discussion about Foreflight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 316,066
Posted By Snowflake
It would have to be pretty watery epoxy to...

It would have to be pretty watery epoxy to penetrate the part. While 3D printed parts are slightly porous, the holes are not large. The most i'd expect a coat of epoxy to do is smooth the printing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 794
Posted By Snowflake
They wouldn't. Which is why Skygeek ends up with...

They wouldn't. Which is why Skygeek ends up with a bunch of cut ends they can't do anything with other than ship them out piecemeal when someone orders a single length.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,887
Posted By Snowflake
Sunday proved to me once again that aircraft...

Sunday proved to me once again that aircraft ownership is a never-ending learning experience, this community we're part of is amazing and always willing to help, and luck flies along with us whether...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-01-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,433
Posted By Snowflake
Understood! I was suggesting that the article go...

Understood! I was suggesting that the article go on the Wiki, but not on the Sikaflexing page... that was just an example. A different page could be added for Repairing Canopy Cracks.

It was an...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-29-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,433
Posted By Snowflake
I wonder if some of this could be exacerbated by...

I wonder if some of this could be exacerbated by assembling the canopy in a relatively cold shop, vs doing it in a warm shop? If it were assembled and allowed to cure at the upper end of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-28-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,433
Posted By Snowflake
I thought the benefit was that canopies wouldn't...

I thought the benefit was that canopies wouldn't have stress concentration points (like screw holes). So the chance of cracking would be *reduced*. I don't think anyone could guarantee no cracks...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-27-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,433
Posted By Snowflake
It's interesting that so many screwed on canopies...

It's interesting that so many screwed on canopies have developed them as well.
Forum: ADS-B 02-25-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,571
Posted By Snowflake
There is no provision for disabling the light on...

There is no provision for disabling the light on the tailBeaconX without disassembling the unit. Likely that would mean your warranty is void as well.

FWIW, I did run a new set of shielded wires to...
Forum: Canada 02-24-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,015
Posted By Snowflake
They underestimated how much flying people would...

They underestimated how much flying people would be able to do in the cold north in a rainy, cloudy season... So they asked for more people, in the hopes that when a window opened up, they'd get more...
Forum: ADS-B 02-23-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,571
Posted By Snowflake
I'm not concerned about static buildup, but I am...

I'm not concerned about static buildup, but I am concerned about any colorants or dyes that may contain compounds that attenuate RF.

Given how small these units are, I would guess they are operating...
Forum: ADS-B 02-22-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,571
Posted By Snowflake
The AV-10, 20, and 30 all have Static connections...

The AV-10, 20, and 30 all have Static connections on the backside, and provide the encoder function for the transponder.

A controller can certainly be devised that would offer a different interface...
Forum: ADS-B 02-20-2020, 09:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,571
Posted By Snowflake
Answering both questions above: Dave: My unit...

Answering both questions above:

Dave: My unit shipped with an AV-10 like Ivan's. Unlike Ivan, I haven't gone glass yet so I had to work with the AV-10. I have to say, the UI is painful once...
Forum: RV-4 02-20-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By Snowflake
On my -6, I put it one bay ahead of the...

On my -6, I put it one bay ahead of the inspection cover under the horizontal stab. Had good access to it with the stab fairing removed, and backup access through the inspection cover if needed. ...
Forum: ADS-B 02-20-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,571
Posted By Snowflake
The beta test units were shipped with an AV-10,...

The beta test units were shipped with an AV-10, which is an even further simplified unit that fits in a 2-1/4" hole, and *just* controls the tailBeaconX.

The tailBeaconX isn't the simple "pull the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,254
Posted By Snowflake
The simple one-step process for maintaining bare...

The simple one-step process for maintaining bare aluminum is *paint*.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,662
Posted By Snowflake
Everything in aviation can be done "fairly...

Everything in aviation can be done "fairly inexpensively", some things more than others and some people care about the cost/benefit. Batteries were rarely a cause of failed ELT's, and in the case...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 316,066
Posted By Snowflake
That does make a huge difference... If...

That does make a huge difference... If water-resistance is really the consideration, not water-proofing, then that should be fine.

The only concern is that with an O-ring seal on the base, if water...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,662
Posted By Snowflake
There are still way too many accidents where the...

There are still way too many accidents where the 406 doesn't activate, or activates with a broken antenna and the signal doesn't get out anyway. There is better technology available that provides...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 316,066
Posted By Snowflake
Water entrapment is only part of it... Just...

Water entrapment is only part of it... Just having water run past that joint, it *will* get under the screw head and into the cavity below. Part of my job is designing IP-rated enclosures, we have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 316,066
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe, but all it would take is a little piece of...

Maybe, but all it would take is a little piece of grit under one of them and you'd lose that seal. Perhaps better yet would be to just use a screw with a short enough head that there's still some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 1,322
Views: 316,066
Posted By Snowflake
If you need these to truly "seal" against the...

If you need these to truly "seal" against the skin, the screws will need to be on the *outside* of the O-ring... Otherwise you'll need O-rings under the screw heads as well.
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