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Forum: RV-6/6A 07-30-2018, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,835
Posted By ChiefPilot
I agree. Once you get used to something, it...

I agree. Once you get used to something, it becomes automatic. I hand flew from Cedar Key, FL back to St. Paul MN (with fuel stops, of course), because the shear screw in the Dynon AP roll...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-29-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,835
Posted By ChiefPilot
Thanks! Lots of the credit goes to Laird Owens...

Thanks! Lots of the credit goes to Laird Owens though who made/sold the fiberglass panel. I then cut the insets for the instruments, radio stack, and engine cluster myself from the .062 aluminum...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-29-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,835
Posted By ChiefPilot
Yes, there's a picture of it in my plane's thread...

Yes, there's a picture of it in my plane's thread over in the Virtual Hangar section:

link (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=945883&postcount=23)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 02:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,453
Posted By ChiefPilot
I'd echo what Mike said, and add some tools: ...

I'd echo what Mike said, and add some tools:


Phillips head screw driver
Pliers (if you need them to pull cowl pins)
Safety wire pliers
Allen wrench (the nosewheel fairing will have to come off...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 07-21-2018, 10:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 15,394
Posted By ChiefPilot
Favorite Picture of N164BL So Far...

This was a frame grab from a video taken by a friend. The interesting thing about this was that just a few moments earlier, we were lined up on the end of the runway staring down a coyote who...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-12-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By ChiefPilot
I balance mine yearly during the condition...

I balance mine yearly during the condition inspection, and there are usually minor changes. I attribute this to wear, as mentioned, and also small balance changes due to dressing the aluminum prop...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-09-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,835
Posted By ChiefPilot
If your IFR skills are sharp, the RV will be no...

If your IFR skills are sharp, the RV will be no problem in IFR conditions. An autopilot is nice, as others have said, but if you know how to trim the aircraft then I wouldn't consider it a go/no-go...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-10-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,386
Posted By ChiefPilot
With the amount of normal movement the pipes...

With the amount of normal movement the pipes have, I'd be concerned that they'd contact the bottom of the firewall - they look pretty close there. The pipes on my -6A naturally point back and down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,428
Posted By ChiefPilot
As usual, you're spot on. Even a piece of 8oz...

As usual, you're spot on. Even a piece of 8oz fiberglass cloth (not bonded or anything, just dry cloth) under the foil makes a noticable difference.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
Same altitude is good for the short wing RVs. ...

Same altitude is good for the short wing RVs. The aspect ratio / spanwise loading is only one factor in overall efficiency that can be reduced or even overcome by other factors. Carbed vs. FI,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,678
Posted By ChiefPilot
Seconded. Just...wow.

Seconded. Just...wow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,090
Posted By ChiefPilot
I think the question is what happens to the shop...

I think the question is what happens to the shop head of the drilled out AN426AD-3 rivet. The manufactured head snaps off, you push out the shop head, put in the sealed blind rivet, and then the...
Forum: ADS-B 04-06-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 9,883
Posted By ChiefPilot
Not sure if you meant that in a good or bad way...

Not sure if you meant that in a good or bad way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2018, 06:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,472
Posted By ChiefPilot
You make an assumption that is not entirely...

You make an assumption that is not entirely accurate. What if there's an interest in exploring the use of auto filters because of other benefits they provide? For example, what if I'm interested...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,472
Posted By ChiefPilot
Yes, we know, you've shared that opinion before.

Yes, we know, you've shared that opinion before.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,472
Posted By ChiefPilot
Looks like the 1995 Toyota Landcruiser with the...

Looks like the 1995 Toyota Landcruiser with the 4.5l v6 uses a Napa Gold 1515 as well, which means that the K&P equivalent should work, but I haven't found any information on what the K&P part #...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,472
Posted By ChiefPilot
I'd hazard a guess that since Challenger doesn't...

I'd hazard a guess that since Challenger doesn't actually make the filters, it's K&P Engineering that has an equivalent. I'd look for an equivalent to the Napa 1515, for example. In fact, I went...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-02-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 165
Views: 24,227
Posted By ChiefPilot
As a data point to consider - I put dual 114...

As a data point to consider - I put dual 114 series P-Mags on my IO-360 for first flight of my RV in late 2012. I just sent both of them back to emagair after >900hrs during which they performed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,595
Posted By ChiefPilot
I hear you...I've had a couple of discussions...

I hear you...I've had a couple of discussions like that myself. Children of the magenta can be pretty stubborn.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,595
Posted By ChiefPilot
I agree with you. Someone needs some quality...

I agree with you.

Someone needs some quality time with a good CFI at their next flight review. It seems pretty clear that the individual lacks a good understanding of TAS vs. IAS vs. ground speed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,221
Posted By ChiefPilot
Field elevation is kind of important. I can...

Field elevation is kind of important. I can best almost anyone's time to reach 10,000 MSL if they start at sea level and I start from Leadville :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,430
Posted By ChiefPilot
I think many would love to read the NTSB...

I think many would love to read the NTSB summary/report if you've got a link. Otherwise, aircraft type/state/date would be helpful for searching for it.
Forum: GPS 02-14-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,562
Posted By ChiefPilot
I bought my IFD540 from Stein (actually Christer...

I bought my IFD540 from Stein (actually Christer - I didn't see Stein there when I picked it up). The installation kit was extra since it was a new install; if you are replacing a 430/530 you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 663
Posted By ChiefPilot
The hardest part of wiring the KX-155 is finding...

The hardest part of wiring the KX-155 is finding the molex pins. After that, it's actually pretty trivial, especially given that you're going to need to plug the other ends of the wires into ...
Forum: RV-10 02-02-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,752
Posted By ChiefPilot
I did something similar, but glued a piece of the...

I did something similar, but glued a piece of the tubing on at a 90 angle about 2" from the end, then capped the end with a piece of rubber with a small drain hole. This provides an "inertial...
Forum: GPS 02-01-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,081
Posted By ChiefPilot
No, but there are options. I believe...

No, but there are options. I believe WiFi/Bluetooth is an option, for example - not sure.

The mistake I made was looking at the IFD540. It has those options built-in, came with a small keyboard...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-30-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 17,308
Posted By ChiefPilot
Well...that sucks. Dogs are proof that there is...

Well...that sucks. Dogs are proof that there is such a thing as unconditional love. Sorry to hear about your loss Pete!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
The PFD does not show any kind of "nose down"...

The PFD does not show any kind of "nose down" indication. And, "Looks pretty level to me" would seem to contradict "it is still nose down".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
The picture you posted earlier in this thread, in...

The picture you posted earlier in this thread, in post #8, shows this to be false.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
Tom wasn't referencing Vne. Max structural...

Tom wasn't referencing Vne. Max structural cruise speed, Vno, is something different.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,990
Posted By ChiefPilot
Does this data take into account flight hours or...

Does this data take into account flight hours or fleet sizes? If not, what value does this data provide?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,214
Posted By ChiefPilot
Their web site makes it very clear that a v41...

Their web site makes it very clear that a v41 update only service request is not free. Their web site, and not here or any other, is probably the place you should have looked. It doesn't seem fair...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
Wrong. The EMS-D10 in the -6 computes MPG via...

Wrong. The EMS-D10 in the -6 computes MPG via groundspeed; it has no access to TAS data.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
Uh huh. And yet there is that pesky video that...

Uh huh.



And yet there is that pesky video that seems to suggest otherwise.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 12:26 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
The video I posted shows the short wing RV going...

The video I posted shows the short wing RV going 5kts faster on 5.8GPH. That's pretty close - and there is no doubt the short wing could slow down while the long wing may or may not be able to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,514
Posted By ChiefPilot
Not going to get into the debate, but will point...

Not going to get into the debate, but will point out that the difference between the 7/9 in terms of cruise efficiency is fairly small, and easily overshadowed by other factors such as attention to...
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,038
Posted By ChiefPilot
I agree. I can pick up VORs at distances well...

I agree. I can pick up VORs at distances well beyond their service volume with the archer antenna on an Avidyne IFD. But it was installed according to directions, as I suspect your was.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,504
Posted By ChiefPilot
Using the same logic, one shouldn't put the...

Using the same logic, one shouldn't put the N-number on their airplane either, since airplanes seem to fall out the sky now and again too.

I have my N number on my fuel caps, and I'd do it again. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,364
Posted By ChiefPilot
This has already been done. The E-AB Lancair ES...

This has already been done. The E-AB Lancair ES was the basis for the type certificated Columbia 300.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,364
Posted By ChiefPilot
The AA-1 was not, as you point out, certified in...

The AA-1 was not, as you point out, certified in the aerobatic category. The spin recovery criteria I referenced are for aerobatic category aircraft. I've done 14 turns in my -6A and it recovers...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,364
Posted By ChiefPilot
Anecdotal evidence from other builders here, and...

Anecdotal evidence from other builders here, and empirical evidence gathered during phase 1 and 2 testing in my RV-6A. A fully developed spin requires about 1 3/4 revolutions to recover following...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,364
Posted By ChiefPilot
Those aircraft have alternate methods of...

Those aircraft have alternate methods of compliance and are "spin resistant". An RV cannot be categorized as spin resistant.

In any event, the point was simply that RVs would not meet all the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,364
Posted By ChiefPilot
Lots of stuff. Here's a sampling. - Documented...

Lots of stuff. Here's a sampling.
- Documented performance data. This varies from RV to RV, if the builder even bothered to do it at all (most don't).
- Spin recovery. The side by sides don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By ChiefPilot
A #10 screw is too big. I think I used #8...

A #10 screw is too big. I think I used #8 screws.

The installation manual will have the proper hardware callouts in any event.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2018, 07:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,570
Posted By ChiefPilot
I agree with this, but would go further. Leaving...

I agree with this, but would go further. Leaving aside the concept of currency vs. proficiency, if you need to do six approaches and a hold every six months to stay current, shouldn't a similar...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 794
Posted By ChiefPilot
I don't think Van's style is to drop subtle...

I don't think Van's style is to drop subtle hints. I've heard him say things like "How high is the sky?" or "How long is a piece of rope?" when asked open ended questions like that.

I wouldn't read...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2017, 04:45 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,367
Posted By ChiefPilot
Such performance characteristics are a speciality...

Such performance characteristics are a speciality interest, to be sure.
Forum: RV-14 12-19-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,034
Posted By ChiefPilot
With inverted systems, negative G stuff is...

With inverted systems, negative G stuff is perfectly safe in an aerobatic RV, same as positive G stuff. :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-14 12-18-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,034
Posted By ChiefPilot
I found during phase one testing that my...

I found during phase one testing that my IO-360-B1B, at 65% cruise power settings, will run for approximately 22 seconds beyond turning the fuel selector to off. YMMV, of course.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,367
Posted By ChiefPilot
Which ones have the best turn rate and radius? ...

Which ones have the best turn rate and radius? And which ones can generate the best specific energy in the shortest period of time? What about spanwise loading, or more to the point, energy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2017, 09:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,367
Posted By ChiefPilot
What makes you think a -7 isn't roomy inside? ...

What makes you think a -7 isn't roomy inside? Have you ever flown one?
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-14-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,471
Posted By ChiefPilot
Did Van's provide this to you directly or did it...

Did Van's provide this to you directly or did it come from VAF / Internet? I'm curious because I was under the impression that the difference was due to the main gear weldments adding additional...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-09-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,238
Posted By ChiefPilot
RatFlight Departure

Wiki (lead) and Polack (wing) departed today for a great formation flight that included fingertip, breakups, and rejoins as well as scissors, yo-yos, rollers, and more. The air was smooth, and the...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-06-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,491
Posted By ChiefPilot
I can't say enough good things about my IFD. I...

I can't say enough good things about my IFD. I wish I had done it sooner.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,840
Posted By ChiefPilot
I don't believe I ever said anyone should use any...

I don't believe I ever said anyone should use any specific thing, only that I use ATF. I also don't pretend to be morally superior by claiming to use something just because it's certified and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,840
Posted By ChiefPilot
The irony with your statement is almost too much.

The irony with your statement is almost too much.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,840
Posted By ChiefPilot
I've been using Mobil ATF in my brakes for the...

I've been using Mobil ATF in my brakes for the last 5 years and 900+ hours. No problems. It has a higher flash point than 5606 - I had a much harder time inducing ATF to combustion than 5606 when...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-30-2017, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,384
Posted By ChiefPilot
They fly closely enough that most wouldn't be...

They fly closely enough that most wouldn't be able to tell a difference between the two. There are, of course, subjective opinions but for the most part I think builder preferences and options are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 16,319
Posted By ChiefPilot
My guess? Something that is easier to build...

My guess? Something that is easier to build than the RV-8, but isn't quite as fast or as maneuverable.

I'm pretty much in the F-4 Raider camp for my next project at this point.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By ChiefPilot
I had worse luck with those than I did with the...

I had worse luck with those than I did with the AN stainless screws. I've since thrown them all out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,347
Posted By ChiefPilot
Plans showed blind rivets I believe. Builders...

Plans showed blind rivets I believe. Builders often upgraded; I used #6 screws with tinnermans and nutplates. Piano hinge was/is another common method. Best way would be to look at the particular...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,502
Posted By ChiefPilot
Check your operating limitations doc. It likely...

Check your operating limitations doc. It likely says something about the aircraft along these lines:

(6) This aircraft is prohibited from operating in congested airways or over densely populated...
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