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Forum: COMM Today, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 180
Posted By SMRacer
Dynon SV Com

I installed the Dynon radio about two months ago. Mine is in a AFS 5600 system and the functions work well. It is even more functional in a Skyview system. I like, and use, the buttons.

One thing...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-06-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,285
Posted By SMRacer
Adding components to AFS panel

I just added a Garmin GPS 175 to my AFS 5600 panel. The panel has the Advanced Control Module so adding the Garmin was as simple as cutting a hole in the panel and plugging in the harness. Then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 974
Posted By SMRacer
Be very careful

Notice that they say they will not seek any enforcement actions. They apparently have not extended the term of the document or inspection. So technically you will be proceeding forward after...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-23-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 304
Posted By SMRacer
I have one of these

https://nirvana-aviation.myshopify.com/
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,486
Posted By SMRacer
G Limits over aerobatic gross weight

Mel,
We are all familiar with "gross weight" and G limits BELOW "aerobatic gross weight". Are there any published G limits for weights between aerobatic gross weight and gross weight?
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-13-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 251
Posted By SMRacer
FS: TCW back-up battery

New in box TCW IBBS-12-3ah Integrated Back-UP Battery...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-06-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By SMRacer
SOLD Switch panel

For anyone interested in this ignition, I have an unused switch panel. (Vertical)

http://www.electroair.net/switchPanel.html

The EA-13000 panel is priced at $269 on the Electroair site.

Offered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,177
Posted By SMRacer
Ipad vs. Ipad Mini

Don't confuse the iPad with the iPad Mini.
The iPad 2, 3 and 1st generation iPad Mini are all ineligible and excluded from upgrading to iOS 10.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,177
Posted By SMRacer
Not obsolete

My iPad Mini 1 was very capable of running my aviation app. I was using it for a repeater in the rear seat of my RV8 through Wi-Fi from my AFS system. True, it cannot be upgraded to the most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,134
Posted By SMRacer
Desser

Right now Desser is selling the 5x5.00 Flight Special II for $79. Any reviews on that tire?
Forum: GPS 01-23-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By SMRacer
Garmin 175

I just finished the install of a Garmin GPS 175. Although the screen is small, it functions well, and is probably the best bang for the buck among GPS navigators. Note that mine is installed in a...
Forum: COMM 01-21-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By SMRacer
I rarely fly at night so the AFS display is...

I rarely fly at night so the AFS display is generally on full bright. I will check to insure that is the case the next time I am at the airport. The Dynon is perfectly readable now if I aim the...
Forum: COMM 01-19-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By SMRacer
Are you talking about the AFS display brightness?...

Are you talking about the AFS display brightness? I have found no way to change the brightness of the Dynon only. Only information I've found on the Dynon Com is in the Skyview HDX manual on the...
Forum: COMM 01-19-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By SMRacer
Dynon COM display

I recently installed a Dynon COM 25 replacing my Garmin SL30 in my RV8. The radio is positioned in the same spot as the Garmin, just below the AFS 5600 EFIS. The Dynon display washes out...
Forum: GPS 01-03-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,705
Posted By SMRacer
What's in the box

The Garmin GPS 175 includes the antenna, but does it also include an antenna cable and/or the TNC connectors?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,333
Posted By SMRacer
Without a doubt...the Ipad

Easy choice for the back seat. The Ipad will be cheaper and provide much more information for the passenger.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 12-30-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 863
Posted By SMRacer
14A

There is a 14A builder at Leesburg (KJYO) that is well into the empennage build. This would be a good example of what it takes to get started.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-24-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,065
Posted By SMRacer
Deep well in RV8

I put the smoke tank in my RV8 front deep well. That caused the bulkhead to push out and rub the castle nut/screw on the rudder pedal. I did not notice the wear until it rubbed a hole through the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-11-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 838
Posted By SMRacer
Easy choice

Dave,
I have the AFS 5600T and love it. The choice between the 5400 and 5500 seems like a no brainer. The screens are the same size, and the 5500 is $500 cheaper. The 5500 is very similar to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-11-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 452
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 Z brace

I'm contemplating adding a Garmin GNC 355 to my RV8 panel. I'd like to put it in the same place that I now have my SL30. The height of the SL30 is 1.3 inches and fits nicely under the Z brace. The...
Forum: Reviews 12-11-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By SMRacer
Thanks

Thanks for all your input. I have all the information I need. This thread can be closed.
Forum: Reviews 12-10-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By SMRacer
Stark Avionics

Does anyone have a PIREP on Stark Avionics, Colombus, GA?
Forum: Reviews 12-04-2019, 10:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,015
Posted By SMRacer
AFS avionics

Before you make any decision to purchase avionics, you should talk with Rob Hickman.
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,409
Posted By SMRacer
I would take it at a "very reasonable...

I would take it at a "very reasonable price".
Forum: Northwest 12-02-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 811
Posted By SMRacer
I don't believe this statement is correct. Mike...

I don't believe this statement is correct. Mike Seager has been doing this type of training in his (Van's leased?) RV7 for many years. I did my insurance required RV tail wheel transition in his...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,759
Posted By SMRacer
Please update

I've used these springs on my RV4 and RV8. It's been about 4 years since I installed them on my RV8. It seems to me that piece that had to be drilled and possibly shortened to determine the overall...
Forum: Reviews 11-24-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,765
Posted By SMRacer
Are you interested in selling the old Bell fork...

Are you interested in selling the old Bell fork and/or the lightweight tail wheel?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,566
Posted By SMRacer
Hangar orientation

I too oriented my hangar to avoid NW winds and hot afternoon sun. But what I ended up with was the sod in front of my hangar stayed wet and soggy after rains, and snow was slow to melt. So if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,233
Posted By SMRacer
Getting stranded

Without the help of local RV builders/flyers, I would have been stranded two weeks ago.
I would be very interested in a list of all the contents of this "go bag".
Thanks,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 841
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 Center section roll bracket

I think Tru Track got tired of builders buying the install brackets without buying the servos. So they jacked up the price to stop this from happening.

I ran into the same situation several years...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 10,563
Posted By SMRacer
Toggle switches

I'll never put toggle switches (especially unguarded) at the bottom of the panel. Too much opportunity to damage the switch or inadvertently activate (deactivate) the switch when entering or exiting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,119
Posted By SMRacer
Try normal procedure

Mine finally downloaded properly with normal actions.
So I suggest you uncheck everything except the "Sectionals" and try to
download them. I'd try this once before you go through the Seattle...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-20-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 991
Posted By SMRacer
Procedures?

This airport is in Philadelphia Bravo to the surface. Any hints on the best way to approach the airport? Do you monitor any CTAF frequency?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-20-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 19,098
Posted By SMRacer
Poll

If you want a more comprehensive base from which to make your decision, I suggest you read this thread.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=138805&highlight=alternator+failure+poll
Forum: Reviews 08-03-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,068
Posted By SMRacer
What to do?

Don't buy your avionics before you have a chat with Rob Hickman.

Love my AFS 5600T, and love their customer support.
Forum: RV-10 07-28-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 560
Posted By SMRacer
Start your research here

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=167104&highlight=red+cube

Start by reading this thread.

I'm having the same problem right now. I've got a new FT-60 on the shelf and plan to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-17-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,268
Posted By SMRacer
Watch and learn

If you spent some time behind a Skyview panel and watched it do its thing...you would have your answer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,240
Posted By SMRacer
Airplanes in general ARE indoor creatures.

Anyone keeping an aircraft on the ramp when hangars are available should carefully consider the real cost of that decision.

I'm paying $600 monthly at KJYO (Leesburg, VA) and I wouldn't have it any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By SMRacer
Another look

I purchased my RV8 flying, so I can't vouch for the entire history of the aircraft. But I'm pretty sure I've never had a landing event that could have bent anything. Anyway I have always been a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,786
Posted By SMRacer
Rota cutters

I don't know why these cutters are not a more common tool amongst builders.
They cut a perfect hole in sheet metal. No distortion.

https://www.mrmtool.com/Hougen-11075-Rotacut-Cutter-Kit_p_755.html
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-26-2019, 06:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,022
Posted By SMRacer
Simpson aviation

http://simpsonflight.com/Home.html

It seems there are aviation and RV specific harnesses available.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 06-13-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,696
Posted By SMRacer
Fuel

Any fuel discounts negotiated for the event?
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 06-06-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,696
Posted By SMRacer
KPYM

Hey Bullock, we could be in Plymouth by 4pm on Jun 15.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=172167
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,155
Posted By SMRacer
Too much information?

No, I want all the data I can get. I won't let the analysis spook me, since any abnormality will be further checked. If you fly 100 hours a year, it will only cost $50 per year. Do it every other...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-04-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By SMRacer
D sub pins for trim connections

https://www.steinair.com/documents-and-support/videos/

SteinAir suggests just using D sub pins to make this connection. See video.
They can sell you the pins.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-30-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 592
Posted By SMRacer
http://grtavionics.com//media/Autopilot-Install-an...

http://grtavionics.com//media/Autopilot-Install-and-Setup-071718.pdf

Go to page 5 for a nice picture of a GRT pitch servo install in an RV4.

GRT will sell servo install kits.
Forum: Safety 04-20-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,448
Posted By SMRacer
I'm not sure "brave" is the correct...

I'm not sure "brave" is the correct word.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,896
Posted By SMRacer
Exception or rule

I would think that the first thing that needs to be established here is if the situation of the OP is the exception or the rule. Are we indeed responsible for the sins of our aircraft...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-09-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,913
Posted By SMRacer
Failure

In the three years since I installed my AFS system, I have had one failure. It involved a solder sleeve. Might have been my technique, who knows.
Forum: RV-10 04-09-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,575
Posted By SMRacer
Also would like to know the answer to this question

Also interested in this question. Does anyone here have the technical expertise to answer?

I'm getting tired of having a belly full of oil after a not so stellar aerobatic maneuver, but I don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,710
Posted By SMRacer
I already sent an email to Ken Chard of AFS. He...

I already sent an email to Ken Chard of AFS. He does their software programming. I told him that I thought the Garmin 175/375 were going to be wildly popular and that the quicker AFS announced they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,481
Posted By SMRacer
It is really a stretch to define ANY value added...

It is really a stretch to define ANY value added from this company.
You can search available numbers on the FAA web site.
And this one is even better: www.TailNum.com
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,481
Posted By SMRacer
Short changed

1. I have previously communicated with the FAA on this issue. They don't care.
2. The very simple fix is to make these reservations non-transferable. That would end it quickly.
3. See item 1.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,878
Posted By SMRacer
WOW

WOW! Congratulations. Go for it. ALL of it.

I suspect that a lot of members in this forum can relate to your varied feelings.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-07-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,175
Posted By SMRacer
Fine Wire Plugs

I've recently moved my RV8 with O-360AIA to an airport that requires a lot more taxiing. And I'm apparently experiencing more plug fouling. If I want to change to fine wire, is the Tempest UREM38S...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2019, 09:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By SMRacer
Scales

If you don't get any help here, go to the EAA web site and search for chapters in IA. Contact the nearest.
If your have any amateur racing friends, they can generally find scales for you.
Forum: Reviews 02-17-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 18,203
Posted By SMRacer
Monster problems

From my viewpoint I think "inconsistent" might be a good description of the Monster retreads. Some pilots have good experiences and some not so good.
Never had to balance a tire prior to purchasing...
Forum: Florida (Central) 02-17-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,139
Posted By SMRacer
Grass runways

Unfortunately the type of soil that you have can be the biggest determining factor in a successful turf runway. If it drains too well or not well enough, you have problems. Wet soils are more...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,265
Posted By SMRacer
Racing Seats

Racing seats are not meant to be really comfortable. They have to be very firm
to avoid compression during G forces since that can lead to slackening of the harness system.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 860
Posted By SMRacer
Hex screws

I started using hex screws in places where a screwdriver could not get a direct shot such as floorboard in corners and along the fuselage skin. Got tired of stripping out phillips screws.
I used...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-24-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,566
Posted By SMRacer
Airpark HOAs

I think everyone will agree that a bad HOA can make your life miserable. I will probably never invest in an Airpark again, but if I do, I will make certain that it is pilot friendly and has pilots...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,687
Posted By SMRacer
Simple advice

I would only give the same advice for building a hangar that I would give to someone building an airplane: Someday you will have to sell it. Build accordingly.
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