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Forum: RV-6/6A Yesterday, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By plehrke
Thank you for the response I was hoping for. We...

Thank you for the response I was hoping for. We are arguing the same point. I was just approaching it differently. I would not recommend randomly increase gross weight, Vne, or anything else...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 263
Posted By plehrke
Minor thread drift

Do people re-use star washers?
I tend not to as I feel once used they become fairly flat and loose some of there locking potential.
Forum: RV-6/6A Yesterday, 10:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 646
Posted By plehrke
Do you what that "decent" margin is? Do you know...

Do you what that "decent" margin is? Do you know how much of that margin you have used up with the variability in you build?
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 8,017
Posted By plehrke
What is the structural mode interaction (SMI)...

What is the structural mode interaction (SMI) frequencies of your aircraft? What is the air load, buffet, control stick, gust/turbulence input, autopilot, input frequencies? If you do not know any...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2020, 06:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By plehrke
Exactly my thoughts. Have an iPad on board but...

Exactly my thoughts. Have an iPad on board but not in the panel. I like it as an old fashioned kneeboard.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2020, 06:04 AM
Replies: 30
Poll: EFIS Poll
Views: 1,917
Posted By plehrke
I love my steam gauges with iPad. Simple, easy,...

I love my steam gauges with iPad. Simple, easy, reliable, inexpensive, and classic. Flame suit on.


But I am starting to plan the new glass panel that goes in shortly as my first “after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 576
Posted By plehrke
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 597
Posted By plehrke
Everything is done on my iPad. I use FlyQ efb and...

Everything is done on my iPad. I use FlyQ efb and it records all my flights. I export the GPX file out of FlyQ into iOS app called MotionX GPS. I then color code each to different color and move them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 597
Posted By plehrke
RV Flying I did in 2019

I did not do any cross countries in 2019 but did do a lot of local flying around STL.

49 flights, 50.4 hours, >7000 nm

Not a typical year due to loosing 3 months of flying due to airport and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,149
Posted By plehrke
RV full Holiday

Lots of RV stuff this Christmas but nothing spectacular.

-Great weather for 3 days before Christmas therefore 4 hours of local flying in smooth, cool, morning air even one flight with the wife...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-24-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,052
Posted By plehrke
All I want for Christmas is smooth, cold air.

All I want for Christmas is smooth, cold air.
Forum: RV-14 12-24-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,318
Posted By plehrke
One of the top RV videos of the year.

One of the top RV videos of the year.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-24-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,728
Posted By plehrke
Since they are designed to be unattached to...

Since they are designed to be unattached to anything, Trimming the stiffener at angle does not effect the “as designed” strength since the load in an unattached vertical leg of a stiffener goes to...
Forum: Midwest 12-22-2019, 05:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 944
Posted By plehrke
Great pictures and trip write up, like...

Great pictures and trip write up, like always.

It’s been 35 years since I used to fly up and down the St Croix in sub freezing temps. Miss the beautiful scenes that clear and cold MN winter days...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-22-2019, 04:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,413
Posted By plehrke
I don’t know how people that don’t lean on the...

I don’t know how people that don’t lean on the ground get through a mag check. If I don’t lean aggressively, either after landing or taxing out for takeoff, my mag check will run rough. I then need...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,328
Posted By plehrke
Of coarse the obvious. If you want to be light,...

Of coarse the obvious. If you want to be light, best way is cut the comforts and nice-to-haves. Adds up way faster than titanium fasteners and lightening holes.

Empty Weight items (all weights...
Forum: Propellers 12-15-2019, 05:19 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,788
Posted By plehrke
Like others have said, depends on your flying. I...

Like others have said, depends on your flying. I did not see a benefit having constant speed prop as take off performance is already outstanding with fix pitch on my 180 hp RV6A. Flying almost...
Forum: ADS-B 12-09-2019, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,640
Posted By plehrke
All tactical aircraft are on their own schedule...

All tactical aircraft are on their own schedule of when, and potentially if, they will have ADSB Out. You would not believe the cost of getting FAA approval of a military solution to trying to be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-02-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,533
Posted By plehrke
I had lots of broken Adel clamps but never the...

I had lots of broken Adel clamps but never the flattened rod. No more broken clamps once I realized I was scarring them right at the edge of the bolt in the corner due to the way I was squeezing them...
Forum: COMM 12-02-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 677
Posted By plehrke
I got a cheapy from Amazon wired to main bus and...

I got a cheapy from Amazon wired to main bus and works great. Mounted right by the radio stack and no issues. Also have a cheapy cigarette lighter plug only a foot away with a twin USB adapter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,902
Posted By plehrke
Makes you wonder how ignorant or oblivious they...

Makes you wonder how ignorant or oblivious they are to other safety and flying related stuff.
Forum: ADS-B 11-28-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,105
Posted By plehrke
Same thought. No need for ADSB In when you should...

Same thought. No need for ADSB In when you should be looking out the window. I can just turn off transponder or turn it to standby. No transponder, no ADSB out. Pulling the common breaker also...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2019, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By plehrke
Hoping to not drift this thread into a LOP...

Hoping to not drift this thread into a LOP debate, I just wonder why individuals and magazine article writers think they know more than the engine manufacturers who have decades of test and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-26-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By plehrke
I figured the % power would be an issue. How...

I figured the % power would be an issue. How these computers calculate (estimate) % power needs to be know to understand if you can really use % power as a plotting variable in this type of flight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,590
Posted By plehrke
Did my Biennial flight review then flew another...

Did my Biennial flight review then flew another hour to celebrate.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-24-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,389
Posted By plehrke
Not needed

Standard practice in military to liquid shim to take up a bit of slop that is designed in to adjust for tolerances or between dis-similar materials. The gap is very tightly controlled and if to big,...
Forum: Interiors 11-24-2019, 05:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,382
Posted By plehrke
Completely agree. I bank on the heating factor...

Completely agree. I bank on the heating factor for half the year.

I fly mostly in the morning or evening and would never give up the great view the RV provides. I sometimes take for granted the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 04:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
Posted By plehrke
I would start about a year before ready to go to...

I would start about a year before ready to go to the airport looking/inquiring and getting on wait lists. Good to let people know you are interested because, at least around here, hanger space is...
Forum: RV-10 11-24-2019, 04:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,351
Posted By plehrke
Home is were the family is. You have just...

Home is were the family is. You have just expanded what is called home out to the airport.
Forum: Tools 11-18-2019, 06:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,145
Posted By plehrke
Make friends with others at the airport that will...

Make friends with others at the airport that will allow you to borrow a tool now and again. Do not abuse this relationship and make sure you return the tool IMMEDIATELY after you are done using it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,246
Posted By plehrke
Flying with no particular destination

Just flying around enjoying the smooth, cold...
Forum: Job Board 11-14-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,870
Posted By plehrke
Hired into my company 35 years ago directly into...

Hired into my company 35 years ago directly into “conceptual design”. I was one of the first new hires at the company to go directly to adv design. Been there ever since. I have been lucky and now...
Forum: Job Board 11-14-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,870
Posted By plehrke
You think so? In my experience an aero...

You think so?
In my experience an aero engineering degree is considered same as a ME degree and some instances it is viewed higher tech therefore more desirable. I have never thought or heard it...
Forum: Job Board 11-06-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,870
Posted By plehrke
Boeing St. Louis is hiring a lot of engineers....

Boeing St. Louis is hiring a lot of engineers. 750 total in...
Forum: GPS 11-06-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By plehrke
Scuffed mine and painted it flat back with a...

Scuffed mine and painted it flat back with a rattle can of Rustoluem. Works great.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-02-2019, 04:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,410
Posted By plehrke
I met Dave about 2000 at a EAA local chapter...

I met Dave about 2000 at a EAA local chapter event. At the time he was finishing up his Cozy project. Although I never really have connected, even with him in the same city as I, I have followed him...
Forum: Autopilots 11-01-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,357
Posted By plehrke
Auto land Technically feasible- absolutely...

Auto land
Technically feasible- absolutely
Economically practical for general aviation- maybe
Market demand if to be used only for emergencies - very little
Market demand if can be used for any...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2019, 05:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,050
Posted By plehrke
I DO know which ones to NEVER EVER get. The...

I DO know which ones to NEVER EVER get. The yellow and blue ones the guy sells at Oshkosh. Don’t know what stripper the guy demonstrating the stripper is using but the one you get in the box works...
Forum: Safety 10-26-2019, 05:32 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,001
Posted By plehrke
Yes, as I feel it can be an interference when I...

Yes, as I feel it can be an interference when I carry a passenger. I only put it in if the passenger is a pilot and I plan on him/her taking a turn flying.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 02:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,879
Posted By plehrke
Not going to tempt fate by responding to this...

Not going to tempt fate by responding to this pole:)
Forum: Safety 10-26-2019, 02:38 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,001
Posted By plehrke
My passenger stick is stored remotely in a...

My passenger stick is stored remotely in a cabinet in my hangar. I don’t see need to install during flight.
I carry a safety hammer stored between the seat that is perfect for its intended job of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2019, 01:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 728
Posted By plehrke
My IO-360 is about 150-200 rpm.

My IO-360 is about 150-200 rpm.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-19-2019, 05:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,179
Posted By plehrke
I use the Specialty Tire AirHawk 6 ply tires,...

I use the Specialty Tire AirHawk 6 ply tires, pretty inexpensive. I had to modify my wheel pants slightly to fit them from the original Aero Trainer 6 ply tires from Vans. I get 250-300...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 173
Views: 111,245
Posted By plehrke
Looks like two 787s as well.

Looks like two 787s as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,419
Posted By plehrke
My GDL82 is mounted 2” above the L band TED...

My GDL82 is mounted 2” above the L band TED antenna. Coax is 8” long. Longer then needed but wanted large bend radius and some length for easy install/remove
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2019, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By plehrke
Still using original Matco but self modified it...

Still using original Matco but self modified it after first 10 hours to be able to clamp up tight in axel without clamping up on bearing. 900 hours and no issues except I get a slight shimmy when I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-10-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By plehrke
Logging Software updates

A post today from Garmin on a software update for the GDL82 (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1379103&postcount=1) got me thinking about logging software versions. I do not have a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,664
Posted By plehrke
Finished GDL82 install. Flew flight to verify it...

Finished GDL82 install. Flew flight to verify it worked. Got confirmation all good. Collected my $500 rebate. Went up to turn some of that rebate into fuel then into Horsepower. Put on almost 2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,419
Posted By plehrke
I installed the GDL82 with the provided harness....

I installed the GDL82 with the provided harness. Powered up and tried to connect with the installation software and everything in filled in with “Unknown”. The laptop seems to know the GDL82 is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 08:12 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,473
Posted By plehrke
Was supposed to rain most of the weekend so...

Was supposed to rain most of the weekend so decided to get my RV ADS-B compliant. Completed 50% of install of GDL 82
Forum: Safety 09-22-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,749
Posted By plehrke
We had a guy in our EAA chapter a few years ago...

We had a guy in our EAA chapter a few years ago that slipped and cut himself, I think on the SS firewall, and bled to death before someone found him.

Also I can’t over emphasize the importance of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-22-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,490
Posted By plehrke
I think that is a wise plan. I am sure the...

I think that is a wise plan. I am sure the majority of the readers understand.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,308
Posted By plehrke
I have the UHMW tape and put sharpie marks at...

I have the UHMW tape and put sharpie marks at each flap setting before first flight, mainly for quick indication during phase 1 flight test. Did not expect marks to last very long. 13 years later and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-21-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,490
Posted By plehrke
Exceeding Vans design max gross weight

I am amazed at the number of people who appear to question the engineers that have much more data. Lots of rationalizing why they can and antidotes of good performance at higher weight. Is there a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,375
Posted By plehrke
Concur. “Over engineered” means doing too much...

Concur.

“Over engineered” means doing too much engineering. Definitely not a description on a Vans aircraft as prices are so reasonable there probably was not an excess of analysis or testing. In...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-22-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,161
Posted By plehrke
You should have drain holes where ever water may...

You should have drain holes where ever water may collect. I put in 8-10 drain holes. Plans just said to put in drain holes if I remember correctly. I am guessing less than 5% of RVs have any drain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,202
Posted By plehrke
The guy in the blue suit, most likely not a pawn,...

The guy in the blue suit, most likely not a pawn, is reaching for his gun, just in case the bishop tries to move illegally and tries to take the Queen.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,387
Posted By plehrke
Of coarse that is his answer. Shell put the date...

Of coarse that is his answer. Shell put the date on so they are going to say you need to follow it. Liability is reason for why they put the date on and liability for why his only answer could be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,387
Posted By plehrke
Difference is, if you are doing it right, beer...

Difference is, if you are doing it right, beer should not sit in frig without drinking or you are not buying beer you like or having enough down time to relax and enjoy. Oil on the other hand, if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,967
Posted By plehrke
Paying for room and board and expenses is not...

Paying for room and board and expenses is not considered compensation, just ask IRS as they tax everything as income but not my room and board and expenses when on business travel for my work.

And...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,927
Posted By plehrke
Used 2 or three different hand squeezers with...

Used 2 or three different hand squeezers with half a dozen yokes for build and never used pneumatic sqeezer, even though I had one available. I thought pneumatic was too heavy and not as maneuverable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,136
Posted By plehrke
Watching Jim Cone enter the pattern in his RV6A....

Watching Jim Cone enter the pattern in his RV6A. He wrote a great monthly newsletter for us midwestern RVers. Anybody remember paper newsletters that came in your US postal mailbox?
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