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Forum: Fuel Injection Systems Yesterday, 12:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,019
Posted By Thermos
Alan, In what year did you buy your original...

Alan,

In what year did you buy your original pump? Reason I ask is that I had a similar conversation with Andair and they said my pump was too many revisions behind to be upgraded.

Many thanks...
Forum: Interiors 03-23-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By Thermos
+1. I love mine...they really class up the...

+1.

I love mine...they really class up the cockpit. Hope you're able to connect with Guy.

Dave
Forum: Reviews 03-19-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 874
Posted By Thermos
Another satisfied customer...

I had a great experience working with Bill. He was extremely responsive and did a great job on my panel. He patiently went through a lot of iterations in AutoCad as I tweaked and refined the layout...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-15-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,940
Posted By Thermos
Was just looking for that myself, it's at Harbor...

Was just looking for that myself, it's at Harbor Freight -

https://www.harborfreight.com/dual-cup-suction-lifter-46134.html?_br_psugg_q=suction+cup

HTH

ds
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2020, 03:50 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
Those are good words, Ross. These are PMA'd...

Those are good words, Ross. These are PMA'd crankshafts so Superior/ECi had to show that they meet the same design and production standards as the original Lycoming part. To the best of my knowledge,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2020, 03:41 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
I respect your opinion based on experience but I...

I respect your opinion based on experience but I must disagree with your blanket categorization of the FAA as fact-resistant, especially in an area like this where engineering analysis is involved....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2020, 06:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
Not making ‘em up, just passing on the...

Not making ‘em up, just passing on the information I was given. Feel free to call the FAA directly to confirm.

And yes, the crankshafts were made by ECi. In fact, the last Superior engine kit my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
Information from the FAA

I just finished a phone call with the FAA certification engineer who's overseeing this AD process. The affected crankshafts were actually made by ECI, not Superior.

The FAA has given to Superior the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
I just got off the phone with my engine builder,...

I just got off the phone with my engine builder, who had just finished a conversation with Bill Ross from Superior.

Bill Ross and Superior claim that the crankshafts that failed had all been tested...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,706
Posted By Thermos
Thanks Darin, I'm thinking of the same location....

Thanks Darin, I'm thinking of the same location. When you curved the cover plates to fit, did the prepunched screw holes line up ok with the doublers?

Dave
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-26-2020, 06:32 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
IIRC from the conversation with my engine...

IIRC from the conversation with my engine builder, the crankshaft he replaced (one of the three failures that triggered the AD) had a little under 700 hours on it.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2020, 06:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,233
Posted By Thermos
Many thanks Steve, that helps a lot! Dave

Many thanks Steve, that helps a lot!

Dave
Forum: Northeast 02-22-2020, 04:36 PM
Replies: 148
Views: 65,929
Posted By Thermos
Vlad, Doesn't look like Alton Bay will be open...

Vlad,

Doesn't look like Alton Bay will be open this year, according to the airport manager's Facebook posts. Looks like you've found some other ice to land on!

Dave
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-20-2020, 01:45 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,964
Posted By Thermos
The FAA’s comment period for this AD closes on 16...

The FAA’s comment period for this AD closes on 16 March. At that point they will look at inputs from Superior, AOPA and other interested parties and decide to either keep the AD as-is (likely), amend...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,233
Posted By Thermos
Related question - do any of these polishes...

Related question - do any of these polishes (Rolite, Nuvite, Purple, etc) impact the ability to paint the airplane later on? I'd like to buff out some small scuffs/scratches but plan to paint...
Forum: ADS-B 02-14-2020, 01:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,061
Posted By Thermos
Sheeple, huh? In the last nine months I've had...

Sheeple, huh?

In the last nine months I've had three NMACs in patterns at non-towered airfields, all of which were caused by others in the pattern who chose to disregard normal procedures and radio...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,706
Posted By Thermos
Good stuff, thanks Scott! Dave

Good stuff, thanks Scott!

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,706
Posted By Thermos
Awesome!!!

Greg,

Thanks to you and Vans for this, it's really great to see the response to a need for access in this area!

Some of us - well, me at least - could better use access on the curved sides of that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-27-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,543
Posted By Thermos
Sorry - just a little bit of thread creep... I...

Sorry - just a little bit of thread creep...

I recently read a post in VAF where a builder was supposedly dinged by the FAA inspector to whom he applied for a repairman certificate because the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2020, 05:25 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,677
Posted By Thermos
Been thinking about this too since I'm preparing...

Been thinking about this too since I'm preparing to fly my -7 with a -9 rudder. The -14 rudder structure is based on the -9 but appears to be stiffer.

(Warning - possible thread creep!)

In an...
Forum: RV-14 01-06-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,775
Posted By Thermos
I bought a 3.3" Visaton speaker (as recommended...

I bought a 3.3" Visaton speaker (as recommended by the Garmin Team X guys) while wiring my RV-7 tipup panel. I played around a lot with various locations and considering the noise level in an RV, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,270
Posted By Thermos
It looks like Van's used vinyl (electrical?) tape...

It looks like Van's used vinyl (electrical?) tape when masking the RV-14 canopy in their "Canopy Fiberglass Fairing: How-To Video Series"...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-16-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By Thermos
That's all I did as well. I've found that once...

That's all I did as well. I've found that once it's fully dried, JetFlex WR is really tough stuff and even sticks well to some surfaces that aren't so well-prepared.

Dave
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-25-2019, 06:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 788
Posted By Thermos
...and another +1 for Bill at Up North. Patiently...

...and another +1 for Bill at Up North. Patiently handled all my revisions and did a great job cutting my panel.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,026
Posted By Thermos
+1. I've been flying a Citabria to keep my...

+1. I've been flying a Citabria to keep my tailwheel skills current and when doing my transition training with Mike Seager I found the -7 to be easier to handle.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,486
Posted By Thermos
Mike Busch on air/oil separators

I can't resist throwing out this video and associated analogy (read the YouTube comment :p) from Mike Busch -

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_pRXfPp5wQ

but to each his own, and we all get to...
Forum: Reviews 11-11-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,528
Posted By Thermos
I never paid much attention to CO detectors until...

I never paid much attention to CO detectors until I listened to these two episodes from Max Trescott’s Aviation News Talk podcast -

https://aviationnewstalk.com/tag/detector/

Thanks everyone who...
Forum: ADS-B 11-09-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,296
Posted By Thermos
Got it, thanks! Who knew? Not me, apparently......

Got it, thanks! Who knew?

Not me, apparently... :)
Forum: ADS-B 11-08-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,296
Posted By Thermos
I can't find anything when I google "third party...

I can't find anything when I google "third party callsign." Anybody else have luck with that?

But apparently you *can* buy your own callsign from ICAO for the bargain price of $4,000... :eek:

ds
Forum: ADS-B 11-06-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,296
Posted By Thermos
Exactly. Rotating random 1090ES codes won't fix...

Exactly. Rotating random 1090ES codes won't fix the problem but it'll make it harder for the casual airplane tracker to specifically identify us.

The hard reality is that if you're flying around and...
Forum: ADS-B 11-06-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,296
Posted By Thermos
It's a good start, and a huge initial step by the...

It's a good start, and a huge initial step by the FAA in overcoming their own bureaucracy. The business aviation and RTCA have been pushing 1090 privacy for awhile and it's nice to see some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2019, 05:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By Thermos
With enough satellites in view, non-WAAS GPS...

With enough satellites in view, non-WAAS GPS receivers *might* have sufficient accuracy and integrity for ADS-B Out over the time and route of your flight but you'd have to use a coverage prediction...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,410
Posted By Thermos
The FAA picked a bad title for that webpage, as...

The FAA picked a bad title for that webpage, as it doesn't show ADS-B ground segment availability. It shows areas where TSO C129 (ie., non-WAAS) GPS receivers have sufficient integrity to be used as...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,669
Posted By Thermos
One "Ask Vans" data point on the -14 rudder

Matt,

I saw the same connections as you did between RV-9/10/14 rudder parts and was wondering the same thing. So when I was at the Vans factory in late June, I asked Sterling Langrell if they had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,462
Posted By Thermos
Bjorn, That’s exactly the configuration that I...

Bjorn,

That’s exactly the configuration that I have and I had no problems powering the converters from the GEA-24.

I’m not sure which Princeton probes/converters Garmin refers to in the G3x install...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2019, 06:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,462
Posted By Thermos
I might be able to help as I just finished...

I might be able to help as I just finished calibrating the Princeton senders on my RV-7. Mine are two-point but the process is similar. Can you tell me which RV you’re building and which capacitive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,221
Posted By Thermos
Not for...

Not for...
Forum: ADS-B 08-22-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,973
Posted By Thermos
This is a function of ADS-B FIS-B's weather data...

This is a function of ADS-B FIS-B's weather data transmit scheme. Ground stations broadcast higher-definition radar returns only in the area they're located in order to save bandwidth.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-21-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 157,843
Posted By Thermos
Go back for the airshow!...

Go back for the airshow! :D

https://nationalwarplanemuseum.com/airshow/

Dave
Forum: ADS-B 08-19-2019, 07:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 11,028
Posted By Thermos
Add me to the list of satisfied DeltaPop...

Add me to the list of satisfied DeltaPop customers, Don is a great guy and makes great antennas. If you need an external 978/1090 antenna, buy one of his.

Dave
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,700
Posted By Thermos
Many thanks Carl, that's an excellent description...

Many thanks Carl, that's an excellent description of building and tuning this antenna. Despite being an EE and a Ham, I'm not as sharp on antennas as I probably should be.

I have a Comet CA500...
Forum: RV-14 08-03-2019, 06:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,700
Posted By Thermos
Carl, Thanks very much for this, you've talked...

Carl,

Thanks very much for this, you've talked me into building my own antenna. Just to be clear, you lengthened the extending part outboard of the gamma match? I assume the match lengths and angle...
Forum: Northeast 07-31-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,558
Posted By Thermos
Suresh, If you're still looking for a home base...

Suresh,

If you're still looking for a home base for your RV, definitely check out Stow Minuteman (6B6). It's about the same distance from Cambridge as Lawrence, has a great restaurant and the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-30-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,196
Posted By Thermos
In career #1 I was one of those people who sat...

In career #1 I was one of those people who sat around hypothesizing how a bad actor would get into safety-critical aerospace systems. It's a good way to drive yourself nuts.

I'll sleep tight tonight...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-19-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 14,374
Posted By Thermos
G3x engine monitoring on Garmin Pilot?

From the press release, it looks like Touch users now get engine data transmitted to Garmin Pilot over Bluetooth?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 400
Posted By Thermos
Reattaching coax connector on Princeton senders

Hey all,

I need to reattach a ring connector to the coax cable on one of my Princeton senders (don't ask why :D). The install manual cautions against cutting the cable and recommends calling...
Forum: Reviews 07-16-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 566
Posted By Thermos
Here's hoping...

I dunno, just tried to call them and got the voice-mailbox-is-full message. I sent an email and am hoping for a reasonably fast response - my converter installation is on hold until can get some...
Forum: RV-14 06-11-2019, 06:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,121
Posted By Thermos
I owned an Archer for a few years and we applied...

I owned an Archer for a few years and we applied Corrosion X to the wings in response to a fuel tank/wing spar SB. It was amazing how that stuff worked its way through every joint and faying surface....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By Thermos
Steve, Thanks for such a fast reply! I...

Steve,

Thanks for such a fast reply! I originally thought the Princeton converters drew more than 50 mA because of the caution on page 24-27 of the install manual. After your post I did a quick test...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2019, 06:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By Thermos
Anyone using Princeton capacitive converters with G3x Touch?

Fellow G3x users -

I installed Princeton capacitive converters to provide fuel level to my G3x Touch system and they're powered by the GEA-24. I just noticed a post elsewhere on VAF that the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,675
Posted By Thermos
The law of remembering parts to order

You will always think of something else you needed from Spruce (or Van's, or Stein, or whomever) right after you click on "send order."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Thermos
Good catch, thanks Mike. Vibra-Tite's VC-3 web...

Good catch, thanks Mike.

Vibra-Tite's VC-3 web page shows compatibility with ECTFE, EPDM, FEP, Nylon 6/6, PE, PEEK, PET, PFA, PP, PPS, PTFE, TFE and UHMW. Are any of these plexi?

It also says...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Thermos
Got it wide-screen, thanks. I had read the manual...

Got it wide-screen, thanks. I had read the manual and had no intention of using Loctite.


Thanks Steve, that's the one I was looking for. I saw it mentioned years ago on Dan Checkoway's website but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2019, 09:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 662
Posted By Thermos
Plexiglass-safe threadlocker?

Hi all,

It's time to reinstall my rear canopy and I plan to use threadlocker on the canopy-to-rollbar screws. This thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=46503) mentions...
Forum: COMM 04-16-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 856
Posted By Thermos
Insertion loss

You shouldn't have an issue with good quality RF connectors like the Amphenol ones that Stein sells. They're spec'd for 0.2db insertion loss at 3 GHz so at VHF frequencies you shouldn't have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,388
Posted By Thermos
Very cool! Levi/G3xpert, what's the difference...

Very cool!

Levi/G3xpert, what's the difference between the certified GSU-25D and the experimental GSU-25?

Dave
Forum: Northeast 03-21-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,097
Posted By Thermos
Vlad, Спасибо, мой друг! Paul, Come on up to...

Vlad,

Спасибо, мой друг!

Paul,

Come on up to the Nashua NH airport. We have lots of flying RVs... 3, 4, 8 and now a 10, and I'm almost done with a -7. Also some new starts coming up soon. Check...
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,508
Posted By Thermos
+1 on Vern's idea...forcing the elevator trim...

+1 on Vern's idea...forcing the elevator trim position away from neutral by changing CG is a good test. It may be difficult to tell with more than light pressure applied to the stick, but can you...
Forum: ADS-B 02-14-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 244
Views: 28,917
Posted By Thermos
The FAA's regulation for UAT transponder approval...

The FAA's regulation for UAT transponder approval is TSO-C154. That document is essentially a shell for the industry-standard DO-282 UAT Minimum Operational Performance Specification (MOPS) mentioned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,526
Posted By Thermos
That's correct, it doesn't. Diversity isn't...

That's correct, it doesn't. Diversity isn't required in the US for the ADS-B transponder class specified for light GA, even when used above 18,000 feet.

There's no ADS-B mandate yet in Canada...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,526
Posted By Thermos
I've installed a Garmin GTX-45R remote-mount...

I've installed a Garmin GTX-45R remote-mount transponder with my G3x system. It does ADS-B Out on 1090 MHz and receives ADS-B In on both 1090 and UAT. The GTX-345 is a panel-mount version of the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2019, 04:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,526
Posted By Thermos
You'll certainly get a stronger signal to...

You'll certainly get a stronger signal to Aireon's satellite ADS-B receivers if you have a diversity transponder and an upper antenna. But they've released some early test data that show their...
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