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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-21-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,081
Posted By snopercod
We finally, FINALLY!, got some decent flying...

We finally, FINALLY!, got some decent flying weather today, so Owen, Darwin and I saddled up and flew to Gwinnett County [LZU] for lunch today at the Flying Machine. It was roughly a 45 minute flight...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,347
Posted By snopercod
I'm afraid not. I threw the tube out over twenty...

I'm afraid not. I threw the tube out over twenty years ago. Here's what it did to my engine mount, though:

https://imagizer.imageshack.com/v2/800x600q90/923/Ysozf2.jpg

I wire brushed it down to...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,347
Posted By snopercod
You have to be careful choosing a fire barrier...

You have to be careful choosing a fire barrier caulk. On my Lancair I used the stuff that came with my Firewall 2000 Ceramic Blanket kit - 3M, I think. Over the years, it ate into my engine mounts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,120
Posted By snopercod
Oh, Scott is going to like this! From the...

Oh, Scott is going to like this! From the Wikipedia entry:
Forum: COMM 01-16-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,832
Posted By snopercod
You might want to re-consider Foreflight. It will...

You might want to re-consider Foreflight. It will annunciate alerts on your iPad/iPhone, and you can couple those to a Bluetooth device of your choice, or hard wire them to your audio panel. Let's...
Forum: RV-12 01-14-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,236
Posted By snopercod
Ausgezeichnet!

What a great feeling! I think "She flies!" is exactly what I said to myself on my first takeoff.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-13-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,660
Posted By snopercod
I commend you for doing this on a regular basis....

I commend you for doing this on a regular basis. You can also fly a triangle pattern using the Ed Williams formulae. http://www.edwilliams.org/avform.htm#3gsI made a "Numbers" spreadsheet of this in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-13-2018, 04:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,588
Posted By snopercod
So the SIM card would just plug into the...

So the SIM card would just plug into the Switchbox device as if it were a cell phone?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,120
Posted By snopercod
Awesome job, Scott, and a very helpful writeup....

Awesome job, Scott, and a very helpful writeup. It gave me chills looking at you gouging out the crack with a Dremel tool. I could just see the tool skittering across the canopy :eek: I don't know...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-13-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,588
Posted By snopercod
The deal breaker for me is that I would have to...

The deal breaker for me is that I would have to pay F'n Verizon $20 per month for an extra "line". No Wi-Fi at my hangar.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-12-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By snopercod
Yes on the oil filter and I did always use DC-4...

Yes on the oil filter and I did always use DC-4 on the gasket. This last oil change, though, I installed a Tempest EZ-spin so in 25 hrs. we'll see if that makes a difference. I also have the RTV...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-12-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 314
Posted By snopercod
I'll take it. PM sent.

I'll take it. PM sent.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-11-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By snopercod
Go ahead. Make a liar out of me :D My hoses are...

Go ahead. Make a liar out of me :D My hoses are green on the outside and red on the inside. They are coolant hoses for 18 wheel trucks. Maybe the anti-splat hoses are lined?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,134
Posted By snopercod
I have a fiberglass airplane and have never EVER...

I have a fiberglass airplane and have never EVER found any water when draining the gascolator or the wing tanks. Every annual, when I pull the bowl and inspect, I never find any debris in the bowl or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 07:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,332
Posted By snopercod
I solved that problem by taking my plugs to the...

I solved that problem by taking my plugs to the maintenance shop at the FBO. They blasted, cleaned, and gapped my 8 plugs at a minimal cost. It took them about 10 minutes. IIRC, I paid them $20...
Forum: COMM 01-11-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 666
Posted By snopercod
Inquiring minds want to know

Please let us know what the fix was, if they tell you.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-11-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 690
Posted By snopercod
High Silicon in Oil Analysis Solved (I think)

Ever since my first flight in 2014, my oil analysis has come back "high silicon". The standard response has been "Your air filter sucks". It's a K&N, which is known to let more "stuff" through than...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,555
Posted By snopercod
I have an AFS "Sport" AoA. It's a stand-alone...

I have an AFS "Sport" AoA. It's a stand-alone unit with a small .040" port on the top of the outboard wing and another on the underside. I mounted the LED bar graph display immediately to the left of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,332
Posted By snopercod
Oil Filter Cutter

If someone hasn't already posted it, an oil filter can cutter (https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?PRODUCT_ID=FC01).

Differential Compression Tester...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2018, 12:45 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 10,901
Posted By snopercod
Now you tell me!

Now you tell me :( I thought I was going to fly on the cheap when I paid $15,975 for my Lancair kit. What I forgot to consider, though, was the cost of the engine, prop, instruments, paint,...
Forum: Job Board 01-07-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 678
Posted By snopercod
This posting sounds like your job. Are you...

This posting sounds like your job. Are you leaving us?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 06:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 962
Posted By snopercod
There are also Counter-Snap...

There are also Counter-Snap (http://www.squeakyfloor.com/counter-snap/) screws for fixing squeaky hardwood floors. You screw them in and then the head breaks off below the surface, leaving only a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-27-2017, 02:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 833
Posted By snopercod
Nylon hardware is another option.

Nylon hardware is another option.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-25-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,294
Posted By snopercod
I also shared your concerns, and chose not to run...

I also shared your concerns, and chose not to run the starter current through my Master relay. The obvious risk of doing that, of course, is that if the starter solenoid sticks, the starter will...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-24-2017, 05:48 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,489
Posted By snopercod
Now that's a great idea!

Now that's a great idea!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-24-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,489
Posted By snopercod
Fluorescent Leak Detection Dye

When I had an oil leak that I couldn't find, in desperation I added Fluorescent Leak Detection Dye...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,225
Posted By snopercod
Congratulations!

Congratulations!
Forum: COMM 12-22-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 666
Posted By snopercod
Hi Darwin. On my recent cross-country trip, when...

Hi Darwin. On my recent cross-country trip, when I got out into the sparsely-populated center of the Country, the squelch stayed open on my A210. When I got back to civilization, it fixed itself. I...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-19-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 668
Posted By snopercod
Aircraft Spruce

Aircraft Spruce is the obvious choice. They're in Atlanta and most shipments arrive in NC in two days if you request shipping by FedEx. UPS takes three days for some reason. Also, FedEx delivers on...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-19-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,468
Posted By snopercod
So would it be "legal" for me to...say...change a...

So would it be "legal" for me to...say...change a propeller on my aircraft without a Repairman's Certificate?
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 12-19-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,468
Posted By snopercod
Basic Med?

I switched to Basic Med this year, and the "certificate" is attached to my logbook, which I don't carry in the plane. That info is online, though, so the FAA (or anyone) could check. I carry my...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-17-2017, 05:39 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,081
Posted By snopercod
That was Owen! He was with our group, but parked...

That was Owen! He was with our group, but parked well away from the "front row" so that's why he's not in the photo. If I heard right, Steve's RV-8 is Suburu powered. Hopefully he's on the forum and...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-16-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,081
Posted By snopercod
Pretty plane! Sorry we missed you! Heck, we were...

Pretty plane! Sorry we missed you! Heck, we were probably sitting right next to each other! Where did you fly in from?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-16-2017, 02:11 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,081
Posted By snopercod
The winter weather finally allowed some of us to...

The winter weather finally allowed some of us to meet up at GMU for lunch. Darwin had a previous engagement, but Owen, Steve and I made it.

Steve and Owen in front of Steve's beautiful RV-8, which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2017, 06:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,048
Posted By snopercod
I recently installed an old wooden prop on my...

I recently installed an old wooden prop on my plane and the vibration was in the "really bad" range according to the seat of my pants and my video cameras which were shaky. So I had the prop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 62,250
Posted By snopercod
Yes! That's the stuff! I was quoting Aircraft...

Yes! That's the stuff! I was quoting Aircraft Spruce prices. Thanks for the tip.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-10-2017, 06:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,526
Posted By snopercod
OK, put it on the 2000 or 20K range and it should...

OK, put it on the 2000 or 20K range and it should read something other than "1".
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-10-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,526
Posted By snopercod
Is it this...

Is it this one?

https://i5.walmartimages.com/asr/0929460c-b940-4a8a-b1cb-f1c42c98f44b_1.17ae0fddef1fcbb5c6685bf8f84e11c6.jpeg?odnHeight=450&odnWidth=450&odnBg=FFFFFF
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2017, 06:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,704
Posted By snopercod
Here's my Dad (on the left in the photo) in front...

Here's my Dad (on the left in the photo) in front of a Hellcat. Probably taken on the Bennington in 1945, but I'll never know for sure. I fly with his wings attached to my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,948
Posted By snopercod
I don't see how that could possibly hurt...

I don't see how that could possibly hurt anything. That's what I would do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,948
Posted By snopercod
Those things are great but, be aware that...

Those things are great but, be aware that different sumps require different heaters. Mine has a cutout so as to miss the sump drain. I glued it on with J-B...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,948
Posted By snopercod
I have a 120V oil pan heater on my plane and...

I have a 120V oil pan heater on my plane and would carry a 100' extension cord with me if I were flying somewhere cold. I've seen people use an electric hair dryer, too.
Forum: Engine Monitors 12-02-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 299
Posted By snopercod
What kind of DVM? Fluke or Harbor Freight?

What kind of DVM? Fluke or Harbor Freight?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,177
Posted By snopercod
You may have more than one problem here. If it...

You may have more than one problem here. If it were me, I'd track down that burning electrical smell first because that should be the easiest. Just offhand, the only things I can think of which would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
That's just heartbreaking.

That's just heartbreaking.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 07:21 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
I think that's the key, and that's what ATC...

I think that's the key, and that's what ATC recommended when I spoke to them after another "situation". My airport is in a shallow valley with 6,000' mountains about 5 miles on either side. I have...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-28-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,941
Posted By snopercod
I did a full-power static runup today with my...

I did a full-power static runup today with my fixed pitch prop and got 2,300 RPM.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 04:29 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
No offense taken, and I agree with you. Tower's...

No offense taken, and I agree with you. Tower's request was more annoying than hazardous because I have an AoA which I count on to alert me if I get too slow. His request required me to apply full...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 06:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
Like doing a 360 while on a 2 mile final? Tower...

Like doing a 360 while on a 2 mile final? Tower "made" me do that once and I went up and bitched about it afterwords. They explained that there was IFR traffic overtaking me and they would have had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 16,095
Posted By snopercod
Tangerine Dream

Here's the video set to Dream Phantom of the Common Man by Tangerine Dream. It was taken at Page, AZ, and is a little shaky because I was flying behind an old, beat up prop at the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-26-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,237
Posted By snopercod
Awesome photos. Thank you!

Awesome photos. Thank you!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 05:51 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 16,095
Posted By snopercod
Tangerine Dream

I just downloaded three cuts by Tangerine Dream from Amazon.

Minor Turbulence
Roaring of the Bliss
Dream Phantom of the Common Man

I created one (awesome, if I dare say so myself) video using #3,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 06:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,009
Posted By snopercod
Photos?

Solving mixture problems is a black art, but look at the good side: You've given your fuel system a good cleaning and that's one less thing to worry about. I'm not sure the problem is your airbox...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-24-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,652
Posted By snopercod
What Canadian JOY said. In this photo, you can...

What Canadian JOY said. In this photo, you can see the accelerator pump discharge nozzle aiming up inside the venturi. That's where the fuel squirts out when you pump the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 04:51 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
Oh, I found another video where I had a 70 Kt...

Oh, I found another video where I had a 70 Kt overtake on a Centurion. I really wanted to find the guy after we landed and tell him I was only teasing... Centurions are Really Slow...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2017, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,164
Posted By snopercod
They work!

The touch-screen gloves arrived in the mail and they actually work on my iPad, just like Vlad wrote. I have large hands, too, but the smallish looking gloves are stretchy and actually fit. Thanks for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
I haven't had that happen yet, but there was this...

I haven't had that happen yet, but there was this time I was indicating 160 Kts just before entering downwind and tower asked me to slow down......
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 11-22-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,678
Posted By snopercod
Those rules apply to tricycle gear planes with...

Those rules apply to tricycle gear planes with castering nose wheels too. A crosswind from the left will try and push us off the left side of the runway on takeoff or landing. Using the brakes won't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 501
Posted By snopercod
...or you can upload it to Dropbox and post the...

...or you can upload it to Dropbox and post the link.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 11-22-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,678
Posted By snopercod
Excellent!

Excellent! That was every bit as good at the old ABC Wide World of Flying videos. Keep em' coming!

Aside: I recognized the Oceano/Nipomo coastline right away (being a Cal Poly grad).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 07:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,608
Posted By snopercod
My Lancair isn't as fast as an RV (wink), but I...

My Lancair isn't as fast as an RV (wink), but I did have a 20 Kt overtake on a Citation a few months ago. I couldn't help myself:...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,878
Posted By snopercod
The position of the throttle butterfly has a...

The position of the throttle butterfly has a major impact on front vs. back EGTs. At WOT my front cylinders run rich and my rear cylinders run lean until I get in the cruise configuration. In cruise,...
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