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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 2,901
Posted By thompsonbr87
I've been using Avare on my phones since their...

I've been using Avare on my phones since their earliest days. A couple of years ago, I picked up a Galaxy Tab S2 (8"), and it has worked great. Never once had it overheat like I hear iPad/ForeFlight....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,422
Posted By thompsonbr87
I know a guy who, not long after getting his...

I know a guy who, not long after getting his private certificate, decided to take a girl for a $100 hamburger. After about an hour flight, they landed, and walked a half a mile or so to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,658
Posted By thompsonbr87
I would reach out to local EAA chapters. Or I...

I would reach out to local EAA chapters. Or I imagine someone on here would have a connection.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2020, 03:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 850
Posted By thompsonbr87
Congrats! I did the same about a month ago. I'm...

Congrats! I did the same about a month ago. I'm looking for somewhere to do a multi add-on as well once COVID is in the rear view. I'm considering Eagle Flight Academy at JQD (just SE of Owensboro)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By thompsonbr87
During our ground portion, she seemed...

During our ground portion, she seemed particularly interested in how I made a go/no-go decision without calculationing takeoff performance from a published chart. While she very understanding of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By thompsonbr87
Thanks, everyone! My RV met the TAA...

Thanks, everyone!



My RV met the TAA requirements. Dual G5s and an S-Tec 30 w/ altitude hold coupled to a 430W.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By thompsonbr87
Talking Passed my commercial checkride!

Caught enough of a break in the weather yesterday evening to squeeze in a checkride with Catherine Cavagnaro. She runs Ace Aerobatic School out of Sewanee, TN (KUOS) and was just named the GA Award's...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 02-07-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,704
Posted By thompsonbr87
The closest guidance I could find regarding what...

The closest guidance I could find regarding what constitutes "different type of navaids" are two legal interpretations Glaser 2008...
Forum: GPS 01-17-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 643
Posted By thompsonbr87
If I could have a do-over, I would've gone with...

If I could have a do-over, I would've gone with the GNC-355 over my 430W. With the caveat that my #2 radio is a nav/com. VORs may be going the way of ADF, and GPS may be reliable, but with GPS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,202
Posted By thompsonbr87
As a buyer, I found the differences between 6A vs...

As a buyer, I found the differences between 6A vs 7A to be insignificant. To me, what seemed to be the biggest advantage of the 7 over the 6 is the simplification of the build process with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 694
Posted By thompsonbr87
I'm working on my commercial and have already...

I'm working on my commercial and have already talked with Catherine Cavagnaro about using my RV-6A. She's based out of Sewanee, TN (KUOS). I expect you'll be able to find one closer, but you might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,935
Posted By thompsonbr87
Some character combinations just seem to roll off...

Some character combinations just seem to roll off the tongue easily while other seem very "clunky".

-1EM vs -6XQ

I'll take -1EM all day. But if you want something unique, pick the one that makes it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,455
Posted By thompsonbr87
I didn't have any trouble using the G5's internal...

I didn't have any trouble using the G5's internal antenna.
Forum: Texas (North) 11-19-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 280
Posted By thompsonbr87
Visiting Dallas area end of the year

I'll be visiting the Dallas area the week after Christmas. I'll be staying a day or two with a friend in Aledo near Parker Co (WEA).

Also will be spending some time with family in the downtown...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,904
Posted By thompsonbr87
Auto vs Aircraft registration aren't 100%...

Auto vs Aircraft registration aren't 100% analogous in every aspect, but in some senses, yes. If someone else has that plate, it's theirs. I can't just tell Mr. Government to take it away from them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 13,904
Posted By thompsonbr87
The government also doesn't mandate that you have...

The government also doesn't mandate that you have to buy a specific N-number, so let's not set up that straw man, either...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By thompsonbr87
A couple of other thoughts I had were increasing...

A couple of other thoughts I had were increasing the panel cut-out size and making a mounting plate just large enough to accommodate the full body of the jack. Or slightly counterboring to the size...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By thompsonbr87
:D I've found that a good solution for that...

:D

I've found that a good solution for that whine is direct application of more wine! :eek: Send a search party
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By thompsonbr87
I located my ground loop a while back, but though...

I located my ground loop a while back, but though it would be good to post a quick follow-up on this that might help someone in the future.

I had checked and double checked all of my headset jacks,...
Forum: Tools 11-13-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,550
Posted By thompsonbr87
Anyone ever use an exhaust pipe...

Anyone ever use an exhaust pipe cutter?
https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/71mLkaX%2BEoL._SX466_.jpg

I've had access to a friend's oil filter cutter for all of my oil changes so far,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,120
Posted By thompsonbr87
Belly skin hole

I recently replaced my fuel pump which has left me with probably a 10mm hole in the belly skin where the old Weldon pump had an overboard drain. I planned on figuring out what to do about it later,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,972
Posted By thompsonbr87
Well, technically it is "off road".

Well, technically it is "off road".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By thompsonbr87
I had a B8001-G in mine. As far as I can tell, it...

I had a B8001-G in mine. As far as I can tell, it had about 1200 hrs while in the RV. I'm led to believe it had even more hours before that. It started to go out recently, and I saw the price tag on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 847
Posted By thompsonbr87
Red face Oh, goodness. :o Sorry, wasn't trying to steal...

Oh, goodness. :o Sorry, wasn't trying to steal your thunder! Normally I've got 3 or 4 episodes from various shows backed up, but when I got the notification for this one this morning, it jumped the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 847
Posted By thompsonbr87
Van's Aircraft's Greg Hughes on EAA's The Green Dot podcast

This has become one of my favorite podcasts. The most recent episode features an interview with Greg Hughes, the Director of Media, Marketing, and Community for Van's Aircraft.

Enjoy!

EAA’s The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2019, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,312
Posted By thompsonbr87
The IFD 440 uses the 430 tray and shares the same...

The IFD 440 uses the 430 tray and shares the same pinout. It was designed to be a seamless, slide-in replacement for the 430.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,312
Posted By thompsonbr87
I recently added a 430W and remember having the...

I recently added a 430W and remember having the exact same thought. I can't help with the particulars of the Dynon interconnections (I've got dual G5), but I remember thinking I surely had done...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-21-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 594
Posted By thompsonbr87
Wingtip lenses

My wingtip lenses are cloudy and a bit discolored, and I would like to replace them. The way they diffuse the strobes at night is pretty distracting. From searching the forum, I know there are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,928
Posted By thompsonbr87
https://photos.shutterfly.com/album/30210298898/fu...

https://photos.shutterfly.com/album/30210298898/full/34721752911 was in the IMG code (but no photo appeared). Following the link, just to the album (https://photos.shutterfly.com/album/30210298898)...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-05-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 500
Posted By thompsonbr87
Touching up an unknown paint

While removing anti-chafe tape from the flap, I managed to pull the paint off in a few spots (maybe 2"x2"ish). There are also some scratches and rash spots that could benefit from some attention....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,409
Posted By thompsonbr87
I can only imagine the look on the insurance...

I can only imagine the look on the insurance agents face when he called in a claim for a fish strike! :D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By thompsonbr87
I've got similarly high chromium. Blackstone...

I've got similarly high chromium. Blackstone suggested excess wear on piston rings. My engine runs fine. Good compressions, clean filter, and borescope looked fine, so just monitoring it for now.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-18-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,323
Posted By thompsonbr87
Sounds simple enough. I was gonna try to get to...

Sounds simple enough. I was gonna try to get to it today. Too hot to function right now though... Why do people live here again?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-17-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,323
Posted By thompsonbr87
Flap Tape removal

The anti chafe tape on my flaps is looking pretty rough. I've read on a few threads and picked up some new tape and one of the eraser wheels. I've read and been told that I would need to "drop the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-10-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By thompsonbr87
Whine in headset

After installing a new radio, audio panel, and stereo headset jacks, I have introduced some sort of electrical whine into my audio system. The tone seems to be RPM dependent - high RPM = higher...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,225
Posted By thompsonbr87
You trashed something that you bought from Return...

You trashed something that you bought from Return Everything Indefinitely? Bet they would've taken it in for exchange! :D

How did you get your Basecamp while already at OSH? Have someone pick one...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-05-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By thompsonbr87
Glad to report that this was indeed the case. I...

Glad to report that this was indeed the case. I talked with several people at Oshkosh, including Charlie Duffie with CJ Aviation who helped clear up my understanding of electric motors and also...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2019, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,905
Posted By thompsonbr87
Yes. Pressing the CDI button on the 430 should...

Yes. Pressing the CDI button on the 430 should swap your indicator from GPS to VOR/LOC/ILS.
Forum: COMM 08-04-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By thompsonbr87
Yeah, sorry, I can see my wording being...

Yeah, sorry, I can see my wording being confusing. When I first started, we would start the plane, taxi to run-up area to get the ATIS and call for clearance (class C), so engine was running. Later I...
Forum: COMM 08-04-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By thompsonbr87
I've done this with other planes. It was helpful...

I've done this with other planes. It was helpful when renting. Kinda sucked to pay for listening to ATIS. Then I got a handheld.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,325
Posted By thompsonbr87
Is it too much to ask for the airshow to stick to...

Is it too much to ask for the airshow to stick to the NOTAMed times?
Forum: ADS-B 08-02-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 888
Posted By thompsonbr87
What he said. Had one hard wired into mine for a...

What he said. Had one hard wired into mine for a while.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-29-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,601
Posted By thompsonbr87
This was my experience. It could be that the...

This was my experience. It could be that the owner is relating the numbers he typically sees based his personal flying, not the full performance capabilities of the aircraft. I used to see speeds...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-27-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 15,183
Posted By thompsonbr87
Fwiw, if you're still at Airventure, Gardner Lowe...

Fwiw, if you're still at Airventure, Gardner Lowe Avionics has the the kit for $225. They're supplying it with a Davtronics OAT, standard D-sub connector, and no CAN Terminator. About half of the...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-21-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By thompsonbr87
The pump itself may be fine. I think it's just...

The pump itself may be fine. I think it's just the motor. That was just my initial reaction to flipping the switch and not getting any (desirable) reaction.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-21-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By thompsonbr87
Pretty sure. Power lead to ground shows no...

Pretty sure. Power lead to ground shows no resistance.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-20-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By thompsonbr87
Perfect! Wasn't really sure where to start...

Perfect! Wasn't really sure where to start learning about these things. Thanks!



Weldon pump. It's marked 8850-5, but it looks like that may just the p/n for the electric motor portion of the...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-20-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By thompsonbr87
Electric fuel pump internally shorted

All packed up for Oshkosh and ready to go. Aaaaand electric boost pump appears to be shot. Power lead is shorted to ground. Besides discovering that the boost pump circuit is not protected :eek:...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-18-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,909
Posted By thompsonbr87
Kinda expected this. Great addition to the...

Kinda expected this. Great addition to the product line!
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-17-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 991
Posted By thompsonbr87
I'm not looking to keep it hooked up regularly as...

I'm not looking to keep it hooked up regularly as a maintainer or trickle charger. Typically I fly enough that it is not a problem. Recently, though, I haven't been installing some new avionics...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-17-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 991
Posted By thompsonbr87
Solar panel battery charging

I have a "primitive" hangar. Walls, a roof, and a concrete floor. No power, running water, or anything else in the way of amenities. I already have a solar panel and charge controller to charge a...
Forum: GPS 07-16-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By thompsonbr87
Well, problem is resolved. Unfortunately, never...

Well, problem is resolved. Unfortunately, never figured out what that problem was. Honestly couldn't tell you what I did differently, but I re-connected the cables after re-confirming continuity and...
Forum: GPS 07-16-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By thompsonbr87
Yep. That was suspect #1.

Yep. That was suspect #1.
Forum: GPS 07-16-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By thompsonbr87
Continuity between the pins is good. Same for the...

Continuity between the pins is good. Same for the shields. I connected a different antenna/cable combination into the backplate, and the 430 began picking up satellites slowly (which I understand is...
Forum: GPS 07-15-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By thompsonbr87
Garmin 430W won't acquire satellites

I'm finishing up installation of a Garmin 430W and it is not acquiring satellites. After about 10 minutes, I get, "GPS is not responding. Check GPS antenna." I've tried the 430w in another airplane,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,492
Posted By thompsonbr87
These are a lot of fun. A couple of suggestions...

These are a lot of fun. A couple of suggestions based on events I've participated in:


Selection of your target zone is important. An active taxiway/runway could be problematic.
Set a minimum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,480
Posted By thompsonbr87
"...but what if the airplane on the conveyor belt...

"...but what if the airplane on the conveyor belt has square wheels?"
Forum: GPS 06-30-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,139
Posted By thompsonbr87
GPS antenna under cowling

For those who have mounted GPS antennas under the cowl, can you share some pics? Did you build a shelf on the firewall? Engine mounts?
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By thompsonbr87
Looks like the same stuff I've been using from...

Looks like the same stuff I've been using from SteinAir (https://www.steinair.com/product/red-silicone-tape/). Slightly cheaper on Amazon per foot, but I've gotten much better customer service from...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By thompsonbr87
Ok, so kinda what I figured. Connector kit didn't...

Ok, so kinda what I figured. Connector kit didn't have any bushings or anything, so I'll find something to fill the extra space before tightening the ring down. Thanks!
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By thompsonbr87
Connector backshell/strain relief

Wiring a 430W, and the back shell with the connector kit doesn't have any strain relief. Or maybe it does, but 3 wires in a back shell sized for a 44 pin connector doesn't quite fill it. Am I missing...
Forum: COMM 06-20-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 932
Posted By thompsonbr87
What is this? (Answer: A “notch” filter.)

This is in-line between the Com connector on my KX-155 and the antenna. No markings on it. What is it?

http://i65.tinypic.com/5yxggh.jpg
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