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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-23-2018, 11:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By mikerkba
RV8 subpanel layout for Advanced Flight Sys.

I'm getting ready to start the install of an AFS 5600 system with the Advanced Control Module. Wondering how other RV8/A builders placed the ACM and other boxes on the subpanel. Any pictures or...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By mikerkba
FS: RV-7 or RV-8 Airspeed UMA 16-311-241D

One removed UMA 16-311-241D airspeed indicator removed from my RV8A, working perfectly when in my plane. Has RV8 markings (same as RV7) as I recall. Face and glass are perfect -- no flaws. Rear...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By mikerkba
FS: SSI technologies fuel pressure sensor

One working when removed SSI technologies fuel pressure sender. P51-100-G-B-I36-5V-000-000. This is 100 PSI max, for a fuel injected system. Installed about 2 years ago in the 8A that I later...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By mikerkba
Air vents

FS: Two stock kit-supplied Van's Air vent sets (SV-2 and SV-5, two each). Removed for Stein vents, which, one day, you will too.
Well used, but still usable. Lovingly cleaned in the dishwasher. ...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 248
Posted By mikerkba
SOLD: Sennheiser HMEC 300 headset -- LEMO; STILL F/S: more items

SOLD: Lightly used Sennheiser 300 headset with TWO LEMO power plugs....
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-18-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,419
Posted By mikerkba
DC Special Flight Rules Area - Mandatory Training

Vlad makes a good point: Any flights within 60 miles of the DC VOR, even transiting the airspace without landing, requires you take an online course and carry the paper certificate card, for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 844
Posted By mikerkba
See the doc

As I understand it, basic med starts with the basic med signoff from a licensed physician, not the date of (or the paperwork from) the now 2 year old Third Class physical.
The 2 year "refresher"...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-12-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By mikerkba
Online tickets

Here is a link for online tickets for one day or the whole 4 day event: F-1 air races in Ely, Nevada.

(Thanks for the support Rockwood.)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,302
Posted By mikerkba
Increased gross in my RV7A

Not advocating one way or the other...
I wrote up my RV7A (2009 inspection year) with a gross weight of 2000 pounds in normal category (knowingly not consistent with Van's specs), 1800 (factory...
Forum: RV-12 05-08-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 784
Posted By mikerkba
Lithium battery powered, no hoses, and 450 rivets...

Lithium battery powered, no hoses, and 450 rivets battery life.


"No cords, no hose that you don't...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-29-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By mikerkba
Ely, Nevada KELY F-1 pylon races, 6/13-16

This is a first ever Formula One air race in Ely -- one of the two sanctioned F-1 pylon events in the entire US this year. June 13-16.

The airport (KELY) will be open for transient visitor flights...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-09-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,127
Posted By mikerkba
Ely, from a resident. KELY airport

I have lived in Ely for 8 years. Never have seen a skydiver here. But imagine my excitement at seeing our little town in a post! Random info for transients follows:

The FBO has a loaner pickup...
Forum: RV-10 02-08-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,232
Posted By mikerkba
ACS Turbo Heat Cabin Heat Muff

This thread reminded me of a (reportedly new) cabin heat muff offering from Aircraft Spruce. One of the user comments mentions an RV8 installation with great results. I am considering installing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 599
Posted By mikerkba
Stein Air

Stein Air. They are an advertiser here.
Good technical advice. Fast availability by phone. No BS in the sales. And zero defects products.

Bona fides: I've...
Forum: Tools 01-29-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,674
Posted By mikerkba
Or a bathroom carpet

Dollar Store bathroom carpets with rubber backing and enough cushioning to protect the wing surface. No compartments, per se, but stuff doesnt want to roll off. Absorbent too. $6.
Forum: Midwest 01-28-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,722
Posted By mikerkba
Signs, signs, everywhere should have a sign....

Mr. Stearman will find that one hour of his lawyers time will cost a lot more than a few caution signs and a comment in the "remarks" section of the AFD. I see there is no such comment in the Airnav...
Forum: Tools 01-22-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,674
Posted By mikerkba
Our Friends at Harbor Freight ...

Our Friends at Harbor Freight have a similar one, appears to be larger with bigger wheels. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 936
Posted By mikerkba

Thanks Gary. I couldn't find one either. Some will mate to copper tubing. But either say "not for aluminum" or are silent.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-15-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 936
Posted By mikerkba
Push on connectors for pitot (not flared)

I am replacing my pitot tube (Dynon heated AOA pitot tube). I wondered if I could avoid flaring the new aluminum tubes (at the aluminum to plastic ends) by using a push on connectors, like those use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,234
Posted By mikerkba
Nose gear tug

We have my old lawn tractor (not quite as cleaned up) in our group hangar with a simple hook on the front bumper for backing up to pull aircraft over the hangar door tracks when needed (no second...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,411
Posted By mikerkba
Breaker version of the control module

Hi Rob:
Will the circuit breaker version (compared to the fused version) of the control module allow modification of the specific circuit breaker amperage or is that set?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 17,893
Posted By mikerkba
Cal-Nev-Ari (yes, Cal-Nev-Ari)

A year or so ago, CalNevAri airport in far southern Nevada was for sale for $8 Million, as I recall. Named for the 3 adjacent states. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,892
Posted By mikerkba

You come into thie endeavor with far more relevant experience than most of us,
and a great attitude. With family support behind you, start moving.

Best of luck.
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,491
Posted By mikerkba
Bicycle case

Many of the folding bike manufacturers offer a case, which would help avoid snagging and scratching. Or you could make your own.

I'm looking at a folding Montague (or equivalent "full wheel size)...
Forum: RV-10 12-21-2017, 12:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,306
Posted By mikerkba
Flightaware has something you might like

From the main page at, you can pull down the "live flight tracking" menu and pick "browse by aircraft type." There, in order of the number of each aircraft type, is a count of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-20-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,488
Posted By mikerkba
Advanced flight systems

I had dual AFS 3400s in my RV7A in the past, and am putting an AFS 5600 and power control module in my adopted RV8A that had a mix of GRT and Dynon screens. I considered a full Dynon EFIS/Com/ADS-B...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-03-2017, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,566
Posted By mikerkba

The RV9 is sure efficient at cruise. The standard tanks are smaller than the 7-8 part of the family. I wonder how high the fuel capacity of a 9 has been taken with aux tanks, and what sort of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,322
Posted By mikerkba
Stein vents

I have used Stein vents, and been totally satisfied. Never saw the better metal ones sold at a major aircraft wood/parts place, so can't speak to them.

I think I can say this because they are an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 17,197
Posted By mikerkba
Flying tunes, some others.

Switchfoot: Oh, Gravity.
Three Doors Down: The Better Life
Fall Out Boy: Thanks for the Memories
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,212
Posted By mikerkba
a place for the MX

Wish someone (Hi Ron!) could come up with a housing/fairing for the (AeroLEDS <-- shameless insertion of search term) MX that would conform (or readily conformable) to the landing gear/wing junction.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2017, 08:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,212
Posted By mikerkba

AeroLeds has a variety of wingtip lighting suitable for RVs, including landing/taxi lights. I just upgraded a duckworks 55w halogen fixture to an AeroLed PAR-36 LED bulb. Took about two hours to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-02-2017, 06:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 625
Posted By mikerkba

Like Dan, I am preparing to upgrade a panel that has, in part, a Dynon AP74 and Dynon SV32 servos. Which EFIS/autopilot systems are compatible with the dynon servos? I think the Dynon and Advanced...
Forum: Job Board 09-29-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,574
Posted By mikerkba
Tony Cutter

I recommend Tony Cutter, an A&P/IA in NorCal, that does roadwork. I observed him working on an engine installation, annual inspection, and turbo repair at my home airport in Ely. (There is no shope...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-27-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,293
Posted By mikerkba
Premier Aviation KTUS

I asked a friend down there. He suggested checking with Premier Aviation at KTUS, ask for owner "Ash" at 520-889-6327, mention referred by Mark Rhodes. Has some hangars at $350/month reportedly. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2017, 11:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,529
Posted By mikerkba
Tanks and trailer

I have been told that the federal standards for non-tool-of-the-trade fuel transport trailers AND portable tanks in a trailer is 110 gallons. Supposedly that is based on a weight calculation --...
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 821
Posted By mikerkba
Oops rivets

Did you know about these, actually called "oops rivets" for this situation and other applications. 3/32 rivet head on a 1/8 rivet shaft. Search on "oops rivets" and find multiple sources and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,771
Posted By mikerkba

6 quarts is adequate for operation in all attitudes, and has always been my minimum level at takeoff. In my experience, and often reported, 7 or 8 quart level leads to venting overboard to a stable...
Forum: Reviews 09-15-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,815
Posted By mikerkba
Available at reduced price now.

I looked up the Suaoki U-10 portable jump starter to see what it was. The link posted by roofus4 below is no longer active, but this one is: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By mikerkba
Whelen specifications

From the Whelen catalog for experimental aircraft light, I found this:

Whelen Parmetheus PAR36 LED bulb: 40 degree focus: 15,000 candela
Whelen Parmetheus PAR36 LED bulb: 10 degree focus: 60,000...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,649
Posted By mikerkba
Not necessarily so.

Better wording would be:
"This aircraft is not required to conform to...."

I don't remember seeing a notice and comment opportunity on this, if it was deemed a regulatory change.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By mikerkba
Whelen 71685 Lumen rating or comparative brightness

I am looking for a replacement for the standard Duckworth halogen bulb fixture. (My new-to-me 8A has just one of those in the wing for its only landing light.) I hope to find I an upgrade that 1/...
Forum: Propellers 08-12-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By mikerkba
Understanding the RPM restriction....

Do I read this correctly to mean that the RPM restrictions (particularly the 2600 RPM at cruise constraint) only apply if partnered with Lightspeed or other electronic ignition? Or does it apply to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-12-2017, 12:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,015
Posted By mikerkba
Did either of you gents see this plane in person?...

Did either of you gents see this plane in person? I talked to the owners, am waiting for logbook entries by email, and a considering making the 10 hour drive to Alamosa on Friday. If its a solid...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2012, 06:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,611
Posted By mikerkba
Preventative maintenance.

I agree with Vern. Recently, an arriving Cherokee at our airport blew a main tire and sat for a while on the runway before FBO and fire department could assist in movement. Not a fun time. Could...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2012, 09:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,874
Posted By mikerkba
My baggage door

With the help of Bobbi Boucher, the IA that supervised my build, I put a baggage door on my 7A. A wood mold was made for the fiberglass portion, and the resulting mold conforms to the inside of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2012, 09:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 986
Posted By mikerkba
Say not to MEL

Those limitations are not required and there is no good reason to encumber yourself with a minimum equipment list for operations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2012, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,704
Posted By mikerkba

Thanks Stein.


Very cool. I have always appreciated those connectors that came with extended screws, as opposed to the mini slotted...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2012, 10:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,735
Posted By mikerkba
Replacement plan documents

I had occasion to call Vans today to place an order.

I learned this about replacement plans. Each serial number can order a full set of full-size replacement plans ONCE for $100. Another...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,360
Posted By mikerkba

Its pretty hard to beat the reliability, accuracy, and low weight of a sight glass. I was wondering, if a builder had leak problems with a sightglass, would sealing it up and adding a different...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-12-2012, 02:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,896
Posted By mikerkba
Runway lights, we don't need no stinkin' runway lights

Did you know that you can legally land and depart under Part 91 without runway lights - even without an aircraft landing light?

From Rosie: Yes, I do Mike, however, it's an airport issue (and a very...
Forum: Northwest 03-11-2012, 12:40 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,412
Posted By mikerkba
Your website

Jay: Your travel website is very nicely done. I'd recommend it to anyone thinking of a trip to AK for a preview of terrain and weather. (Anyone thinking of a long adventure trip would find it...
Forum: Northwest 03-10-2012, 11:32 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,412
Posted By mikerkba

Greg: I recall you've flown this route, with international ports of entry, several tiimes. What are your preferred airports departure from the US and entry customs for Canada? How long do you plan...
Forum: Northwest 03-10-2012, 11:14 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,412
Posted By mikerkba
fuel capacity/ fuel management.


You are right on the money: cant make this trip with time pressure. And, even more than the usual long cross country, unexpected overnights are to be expected.

What is your fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2012, 07:13 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 20,506
Posted By mikerkba

I think there is an Apple published specification about using the GPS above 10,000 feet, and once heard that the limit was a certification issue. I'd like to know more.

I can say that my ipad1...
Forum: Northwest 03-09-2012, 08:03 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,412
Posted By mikerkba
Alaska, with overflight of Canada

Jay: I have a tentative plan to depart the US from Bellingham/KBLI on June 23 or 24, weather dependent of course. The initial destination is Ketchican/PAKT to avoid the costs and hassles of...
Forum: RV-3 03-02-2012, 02:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,274
Posted By mikerkba
Cant come off!

Paul: I have the Tosten in both positions, and have flown with others -- mostly the Infinity. I like the Infinity for looks, but the Tosten had more than enough buttons (as in, lots of them), high...
Forum: Canada 03-02-2012, 01:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,967
Posted By mikerkba

Tim: I have never heard of insurance implications regarding or requiring a pre-buy inspection? Is that a Canadian thing?

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2012, 08:05 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,168
Posted By mikerkba

Bob: Can you say more about the tip tanks? Capacity, gravity or pumped? Flow to main tanks?
Forum: Northeast 02-23-2012, 08:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,175
Posted By mikerkba
Local responsibilities

Mike: As a general rule, the airport "sponsor" / local government has authority over surface issues, principally including noise, environmental, and security, while the FAA is responsible for what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2012, 10:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,975
Posted By mikerkba
Tie down hole plug bolts.

These issues, like taping vs. bolting tiedown holes, are readily resolved with info available on VAF regarding relevant critical issues. Its easy.

Formula for speed of your particular aircraft =...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2012, 01:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,881
Posted By mikerkba
Fly it until the cats come home.

I flew my first year, 130 hours +/-, with the bare brackets. Didn't do the gear fairings the wheel pants until the first condition inspection.

No issues inflight until I popped what I hope was a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2012, 11:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 17,043
Posted By mikerkba
flip flop (not a political commentary)

Lamps, its an audio panel function in my plane and its on one button of the grip. Com1, Com2, Com1 .. alternating.
I know that coms with flip flop button functions, and that is a bunch of them...
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