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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What kind of IFR "certification" did you get? ...

What kind of IFR "certification" did you get? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 278
Posted By Sam Buchanan
How do you prove compliance with the 51%...

How do you prove compliance with the 51% amateur-built rule with no builder's log?
Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 10:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,660
Posted By Sam Buchanan
80 kts is an excellent downwind speed, that is...

80 kts is an excellent downwind speed, that is what Mike Seager (RV factory transition pilot with a gazillion RV hrs....) taught me when transitioning to the RV-6. If your instructor is uncomfortable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,153
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very easy to suggest ripping out wiring......on...

Very easy to suggest ripping out wiring......on somebody else's plane..... ;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,226
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't be surprised if your "cheap" alternator...

Don't be surprised if your "cheap" alternator goes a lot further than 300 hours. :)

However...I usually drop the belt off the alternator pulley during condition inspection to I can spin the the...
Forum: Tools 10-11-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 896
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One of the best I've seen

http://vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1313398&postcount=3

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/679/20284682264_0a54edf7ff_c.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is no quick and dirty way to remove the...

There is no quick and dirty way to remove the wings from a -6......nearly eighty bolts! But a good set of tools should have everything needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 05:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,733
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Probably because for most of us (thousands?) the...

Probably because for most of us (thousands?) the PC680 works very nicely. That B&C sure looks like a PC680 .....but glad you are pleased with the larger B&C.

My first PC680 went eight years, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,733
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This has been discussed in many threads over the...

This has been discussed in many threads over the years. To summarize:

The AGM batteries will hold a very high percentage of their full charge for several months.

Many PC680 batteries have suffered...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-07-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,061
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As a datapoint, I've painted several projects...

As a datapoint, I've painted several projects including my RV-6 with PPG Concept single stage. I've always considered single stage (non-metallic) to be an excellent choice for a novice painter. Each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,733
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Glad you are getting good service with the...

Glad you are getting good service with the Apex....I've also used non-PC680 batteries and found them to be a reasonable alternative for mild-climate operations. But I've found the Odyssey to be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,158
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is important that you establish communication...

It is important that you establish communication with your DAR prior to the visit. He will inform you of all the items that need attention and will most likely get a headstart on the paperwork.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 987
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A finger dipped in avgas and run around the...

A finger dipped in avgas and run around the o-ring when refueling has been working for twenty years on my RV-6.......the cap needs to be adjusted properly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 519
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This topic has been discussed many times on the...

This topic has been discussed many times on the forum. Here is one of the more recent threads:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=165587&highlight=partnership

The Search engine will...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Leave off the pancakes at the fly-in breakfast...

Leave off the pancakes at the fly-in breakfast and you will have the 1% performance increase....... ;)
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-29-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,660
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Let the plane fly.....and only interrupt it when...

Let the plane fly.....and only interrupt it when necessary........

Learn how to use the trims. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-25-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 389
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It may be the 35a externally regulated alternator...

It may be the 35a externally regulated alternator that Vans sold for many years. It is from a 1978 Honda CVCC (no air conditioning). A common rebuild part number for this alternator is 14184. But...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-22-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 444
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hit this link for many VAF threads about exhaust...

Hit this link for many VAF threads about exhaust hangers from the past several...
Forum: RV-10 09-17-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have no idea why you have that stuff but I...

I have no idea why you have that stuff but I would not put it in the fuel tanks. QB tanks should be good to go as they were shipped. Adding a slosh sealer is asking for problems which may require...
Forum: ADS-B 09-10-2019, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,345
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't want to undercut Jim's offer, but if...

I don't want to undercut Jim's offer, but if unable to get in his group buy call Stark Avionics in Columbus, GA. I bought mine there, shipped promptly, and I think you will like the price. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-09-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There ya go.... :)

There ya go.... :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-08-2019, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 632
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is quite common with the rudders with 0.016"...

This is quite common with the rudders with 0.016" skins. The stiffeners are not anchored to the spar so the skin flexes in the slipstream. The cracks relieve the stress and usually do not propagate...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-08-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,204
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You just need to replace the o-ring in the valve,...

You just need to replace the o-ring in the valve, an easy two-minute job. Here it is at Aircraft Spruce:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/oring010.php?clickkey=92808

Order...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,591
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Which kinda makes one wonder.......why do RV...

Which kinda makes one wonder.......why do RV builders obsess over these build techniques?

2019-1946 = 73 yrs

2019 + 73 = 2092 AD

How long do our RVs need to last? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,591
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It would be kinda silly for me, as a...

It would be kinda silly for me, as a non-engineer, to claim anything is over or under engineered.... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,290
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree, and that is what I stated in one of my...

I agree, and that is what I stated in one of my earlier posts (#17) about the app. I'm not trying to promote this app....wish I had never mentioned it so I could continue to use it in anonymity.... ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,290
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No, it definitely reports live much like APRS, my...

No, it definitely reports live much like APRS, my wife has watched me in flight and the little bubble refreshes every few seconds (not sure of the exact interval).

Just try it....it's free...... :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-29-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 73
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Views: 6,811
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Any concern about tape looking ok during the...

Any concern about tape looking ok during the ground run then coming loose during flight and creating serious air flow issues (blocking a cylinder) before the plane can be landed?

Think I would come...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,317
Posted By Sam Buchanan
See post #8 in this thread.

See post #8 in this thread.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-28-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Lubing the tailwheel really is a non-event, it...

Lubing the tailwheel really is a non-event, it takes longer to find the correct wrench to remove the nut than having the tailwheel disassembled ready to lube. It's also the perfect time to inspect...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-25-2019, 07:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To prevent the pin from sticking gently radius...

To prevent the pin from sticking gently radius the long edges of the pin so it won't jam in the bore when the grease gets a bit firm. If this mod is done the mechanism should only need a cleaning and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,290
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I usually use the app at low altitudes so...

I usually use the app at low altitudes so broadband service is available. I don't know how high is too high for solid broadband service. This may not be a good app for many users, I just mentioned it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,290
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is an option for iPhone....just not as...

There is an option for iPhone....just not as full-featured as the Android version. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,290
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I use Greenalp.com (free) with an Android phone...

I use Greenalp.com (free) with an Android phone so the spouse can watch flights in my non-APRS equipped biplane. I think they now have an option for iPhone users.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-21-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 6,226
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The 35a alternator Vans sold for many years...

The 35a alternator Vans sold for many years didn't have a fan......
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,711
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mike is a true gentleman and diplomatic...

Mike is a true gentleman and diplomatic instructor.....he was probably just trying to make you feel better...... :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,628
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think the scenario under discussion was about a...

I think the scenario under discussion was about a previous builder who now owns an RV for which no Repairman's Certificate has been issued. My point was that it is hard to argue that someone who has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,628
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Huhhh??? An A&P with no experience whatsoever...

Huhhh??? An A&P with no experience whatsoever with E-AB and the systems often found in our aircraft (but legally entitled to perform a condition inspection) is better prepared to perform a condition...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-11-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 232
Views: 40,251
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A wonderful tribute to the Light that will guide...

A wonderful tribute to the Light that will guide you all your days......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 916
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Details are in the thread I...

Details are in the thread I linked.

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/aircraft-tug-2-small.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 916
Posted By Sam Buchanan
http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t...

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=156723&highlight=tug


http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/aircraft-tug-small.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,900
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your priorities are commendable and will keep you...

Your priorities are commendable and will keep you on the path to making this project happen in a manner so your family will share in the endeavor. Trust your judgment, you will be fine.....and enjoy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,733
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It will make a great garden tractor battery. :)

It will make a great garden tractor battery. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-23-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 982
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The grease fitting is worthless, the only way to...

The grease fitting is worthless, the only way to really service the yoke is to disassemble it as you did. This is a good item for your annual Condition Inspection and will assure your tailwheel will...
Forum: Rocket 07-22-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,405
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here, been a customer of SkySmith for twenty...

Same here, been a customer of SkySmith for twenty years and multiple aircraft. The carrier with the best rates for my RV-6 for the past few years has been Global.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-08-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,858
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The first time I started my O-320, it would run...

The first time I started my O-320, it would run for a few seconds then quit with fuel running out the carb. This continued even after checking the float needle to make sure it wasn't stuck.

The pump...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,607
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The battery box can't be removed and slightly...

The battery box can't be removed and slightly modified?
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-01-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,417
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is close to what I see with my 1999 RV-6...

That is close to what I see with my 1999 RV-6 that has similar equipment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,012
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Previous discussion that pretty much covers these...

Previous discussion that pretty much covers these questions:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=169230&highlight=toggle
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,245
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Clever. :)

Clever. :)
Forum: Safety 06-28-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,218
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Irrelevant....there would be far more factors to...

Irrelevant....there would be far more factors to consider than their smoking habit, age and weight.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2019, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,494
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I like having both foam plugs connected to each...

I like having both foam plugs connected to each other with a rope that is draped over the spinner. I suspect starting the engine with the plugs in place would result in them being jerked out by the...
Forum: Safety 06-27-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,218
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Previous...

Previous discussion:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=169780&highlight=age
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 03:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,387
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What kind of car and engine is that??????

What kind of car and engine is that??????
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,482
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think the more proper term is subrogation.

I think the more proper term is subrogation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,482
Posted By Sam Buchanan
And...as I understand it, if a claim is paid to a...

And...as I understand it, if a claim is paid to a renter, the insurer then sues the owner of the plane to recover their loss.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 10:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oops...fat-fingered the 'ol keyboard....wasn't...

Oops...fat-fingered the 'ol keyboard....wasn't trying to let any of Vans's secrets escape. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A lot of RVs have used mogas for many years with...

A lot of RVs have used mogas for many years with no tank problems. Most
RV-15's use mogas (with ethanol) nearly all the time due to it being the recommended fuel for the Rotax engine.

I really...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,726
Posted By Sam Buchanan
School buses historically have been the safest...

School buses historically have been the safest form of transportation (as far as fatalities go....not counting whatever happens on the bus.......).

[recent retiree as a juvenile haulage...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-26-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,095
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you are absolutely adverse to pulling the cowl...

If you are absolutely adverse to pulling the cowl for the intermediate oil change you might consider adding a small service access door under the oil sump drain. A hose could be connected to a...
Forum: RV-14 05-23-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,290
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have a different model (RV-6) but as a general...

I have a different model (RV-6) but as a general rule I never turn my back on the plane with the canopy open.....just too high a risk to run if something happens and it slams shut. My RV-6 is twenty...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-12-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 555
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the install in my RV-6 many years...

Here is the install in my RV-6 many years ago:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/sportcraft.htm
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