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Forum: Tools 08-14-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,192
Posted By Rick_A
At Osh this year

Saw this at Osh. It's a bit pricey and it doesn't adjust while you're on it, but it looks pretty darn nice.

https://www.aerocreeper.com/

In case your interested, the Osh discount code is OSH18,...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 931
Posted By Rick_A
Get #6 & #8

I used both the #6 & #8 jigs quite a lot while building my QB 7A. I agree that the one's that ones that can do both the 2 lug & single lug nutplates are very handy.

I respect the folks that like to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 467
Posted By Rick_A
Both good

I had a light weight cover from Flightline that lasted many years. It worked great and I was very happy with it.

Last year, I noticed that the cover was leaving some residue marks on the paint. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-11-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 541
Posted By Rick_A
G3X is great

I upgraded to a full Garmin suite about 18 months ago and love it. The seamless integration of all the components makes the system easy to use and the support is great.

I have dual G3X Touch (10")...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,921
Posted By Rick_A
G3X bundle

Steve, thanks for the quick reply. I feel more comfortable purchasing the GTN update now.

Whats odd is that I can find the $149 bundle if I start at the flyGarmin page, then click on the "Database...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,921
Posted By Rick_A
Can't find G3X N. America DB bundle

I started to download my DB updates for my G3X and GTN 750. When I got to my GTN, I discovered that my subscription had expired.

I have been using the $299 Nav Data subscription on the GTN. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,553
Posted By Rick_A
VIRB works well

I used a Garmin Virb to do my G3X videos last year.

It took me a while to figure out the best way to get reliable audio. I found that using the headset patch cord that came with the Virb aviation...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-13-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,132
Posted By Rick_A
Please explain. My Hartzell has been trouble...

Please explain. My Hartzell has been trouble free for 9 years & 900 hours. So my only maintenance cost is a little bit of grease once a year.

I know that Hartzell states the recommended overhaul...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,877
Posted By Rick_A
Convinced I need a 10599

I'm glad I started this discussion before I started surgery on my lower cowl. I'm convinced that the real solution is changing to the 10599 cooler.

I'm glad to hear from grubatt on the last post...
Forum: Safety 04-26-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,371
Posted By Rick_A
Basic Med

I just did my Basic Med last week. I've been seeing the same Primary Care doctor for the last 8 years, so I have an established relationship with her.

I was her first Basic Med patient. Prior to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,877
Posted By Rick_A
Good idea on trying to get some air pressure...

Good idea on trying to get some air pressure measurements, but to be honest I don't have a clue regarding how to actually rig the test apparatus to do this.

To Dan's idea on the 10599 type cooler. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,877
Posted By Rick_A
Using SW 8406R

I'm using a Stewart Warner 8406R oil cooler and it is mounted as high as possible on the rear baffle.

This is about as big an oil cooler that I know of that can be mounted on the rear baffle. Off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,434
Posted By Rick_A
4 Paws Aviation

Check out 4PawsAviation.com. We were using a set of Mutt Muffs but switched to the 4 Paws Aviation product.

If you compare them side by side, the difference is obvious. I think I saw 4 Paws at Osh...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,877
Posted By Rick_A
Not a vernatherm problem

Checking the vernatherm is a good idea but I checked it last year when I had the oil cooler serviced.

I also replaced my oil cooler hoses when I re-installed the oil cooler.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,877
Posted By Rick_A
High Oil temps - Louvers vs Cowl Flap

Now that summer is approaching, I'm thinking again about what I need to do to lower the oil temps in my 7A.

I have "real" S&W oil cooler mounted on the left rear baffle. I've worked hard making...
Forum: Safety 04-17-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,813
Posted By Rick_A
I got to our hanger not long after the smoke...

I got to our hanger not long after the smoke event occurred and saw the damage. It's was an eye opener.

I've been thinking about my wiring and decided to add an in-line fuse from the aux battery...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 709
Posted By Rick_A
Terminal block

I did a retrofit of the Garmin heated pitot. I ran the 2 wires from the pitot to a terminal block mounted under the seat pans in my 7A.

I then put a jumper between the two 16's and ran a single...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,288
Posted By Rick_A
I agree 100%, especially FWF !

I agree 100%, especially FWF !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,288
Posted By Rick_A
I've got an 8 pages checklist that gets a bit...

I've got an 8 pages checklist that gets a bit longer every year.

I'll do one section at a time over the course of 2 or 3 weeks and sign it off when I've completed all the sections. I probably...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,029
Posted By Rick_A
Pool supply places have something like that. ...

Pool supply places have something like that. They are used to lock in the interchangeable tools that go on the end of the long handles for leaf rakes, brushes, etc.

The one I thinking are plastic...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-26-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,224
Posted By Rick_A
The OP made reference to not trusting crimps and...

The OP made reference to not trusting crimps and my interpretation of the statement is that he wanted to use Solder Seals in lieu of crimps.

Professional avionics use crimp connectors for almost all...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-26-2018, 04:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,571
Posted By Rick_A
There may be a better answer then this one, but...

There may be a better answer then this one, but if I were flying in my plane with the GTN and GMC 305, the way I would do it is:
1. Once cleared for the approach, I would push the APR botton on the...
Forum: GPS 02-07-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 787
Posted By Rick_A
If itís challenging for Walt, that means it next...

If itís challenging for Walt, that means it next to impossible for us mere mortals.:)
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,340
Posted By Rick_A
Thumbs up Congratulations Mike !!!

I've been wondering if had your first flight yet. Glad to hear all went well but I was confident that you and the plane would both do great.

You did a great job on the build. Now the real fun...
Forum: COMM 12-29-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 569
Posted By Rick_A
I find that having 2 comm's and an audio panel...

I find that having 2 comm's and an audio panel just makes life easier. You can have 4 frequencies loaded and ready to go.

I currently have a GTN 750 as Com1 and a GTR 20 as Com2. Having an audio...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-12-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By Rick_A
By weight

Don't overlook that the 10-to-1 is by weight.

Use a digital postal scale set to grams
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-12-2017, 04:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,715
Posted By Rick_A
This is what I used -

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/hapages/alummanifoldfit.php?clickkey=6557

I needed 3 manifold pressure outputs, 2 for the Pmags and another for the MAP sensor.

I mounted one of the "1 IN,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-03-2017, 08:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 890
Posted By Rick_A
Thanks for the replies. The reason for my...

Thanks for the replies. The reason for my original question is that I was hoping that the new style AFP would allow for a low profile dog house. I really don't like the dog house forward of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2017, 08:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,841
Posted By Rick_A
My experience is that torque seal only indicates...

My experience is that torque seal only indicates that the fastener was torqued at a point in time. That fact that you don't see a break in the seal (or other movement) does NOT mean the the fastener...
Forum: RV-12 10-26-2017, 12:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,361
Posted By Rick_A
Van's has a good list of most of the tools you...

Van's has a good list of most of the tools you will need but are always more tools that you may want just to make things easier.

You will need various abrasives - some for power tools others that...
Forum: GPS 10-26-2017, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,270
Posted By Rick_A
What else do you have in your panel? Do you have...

What else do you have in your panel? Do you have an autopilot and/or EFIS?

Learning the GTN 650 maybe be only part of learning how to get the most out of your complete avionics systems.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-18-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 890
Posted By Rick_A
Question AFP pump (New style) dog house / pump cover

I'm starting to get serious about converting my O-360 to an AFP FM-200 system on my 7A.

I know that the new style AFP boost pump is much more compact than the old one that required a large dog house...
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2017, 02:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,560
Posted By Rick_A
Mehrad, The backup battery is just for avionics....

Mehrad,
The backup battery is just for avionics. It has a separate switch that I turn ON prior to engine start and leave it ON until I land and shut down. When on turn the BU bat on, the G3X (PFD)...
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2017, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,560
Posted By Rick_A
Start-up question

I have a backup battery that I use to power up my primary PFD screen an a few of the critical supporting components prior to engine start. It takes maybe 2 minutes to boot the system so that I can...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-01-2017, 09:17 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,278
Posted By Rick_A
Question New runway markings question

I have not quite figured out the new markings of the paved area that is outside of the runway edge markings (as seen on the south side of the Runway 17 picture on the front page).

Is this the new...
Forum: Autopilots 08-28-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,792
Posted By Rick_A
A few answers

I can't answer all the questions but I do know some of the answers.

2. Do I have to enter values into the altitude preselect window, and if so, which altitudes? (DA, 2000', 3100'???)

Yes, you need...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,274
Posted By Rick_A
The back story ..

The back story is that my wife entered this "best traveler" contest a few months ago. We both did lots of business travel while we were working but she thought that the RV would be a unique spin on...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-14-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,011
Posted By Rick_A
Just curious

Why paint the baffles at all? They sure don't need it for corrosion protection and a coating is more likely to hide any cracks.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-01-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,088
Posted By Rick_A
The Director's Cut (Flight Director, that is...)

I just published a short (8 minute) video on the G3X Flight Director. In this video I fly by hand so you get a better view of the flight director indicator. I switch between Dual & Single cue while...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-29-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,273
Posted By Rick_A
1. Baro mini's are "information only". They do...

1. Baro mini's are "information only". They do not control AP. As you surmised, it is the altitude setting on the top of the altimeter tape that controls the autopilot.

2. The altitude that in the...
Forum: RV-12 07-23-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,623
Posted By Rick_A
Why I did dual screens

When I built my 12, I did the dual G3X's. I think my reasons for going dual would also apply to the Skyviews.

The main reason I did duals was redundancy. In general, I did not use the second...
Forum: RV-12 07-23-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 21,437
Posted By Rick_A
Canopy question

Was the forward canopy bow (along the lower front edge of the windshield ) re-designed to provide better clearance for the G3X Touch screens?

I'd like to add my compliments to the re-design. It...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-20-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,273
Posted By Rick_A
Part 2 is now avialable

Part 2 of this video has been uploaded.

https://youtu.be/8SvskWzYAEs

Thanks for all the positive comments.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-19-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,273
Posted By Rick_A
The movie you've all been waiting for ...

Well, maybe some of you have been waiting for it.:)

https://youtu.be/tm8EoWW9NXo


I just uploaded my newest G3X - GTN video to YouTube. This video ran a bit long so I split it into 2 parts. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2017, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,743
Posted By Rick_A
Congratulations Audrey !!!

You've got an amazing future in store for you. Getting into a Doctoral program in Chemical Biology is quite an accomplishment.

My son-in-law went down a similar path (Bio-informatics) and is now a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-26-2017, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 974
Posted By Rick_A
Garmin avionics videos Third video is online

The second half of the 52F to KLUD flight is available now. Production quality is getting better and I think I have solved most of the background noise issues.

https://youtu.be/wGRtFu7QSRM

I have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-25-2017, 01:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,182
Posted By Rick_A
New Garmin video posted - 2nd in the series

I just posted the second video in my Garmin avionics series. It is the first half of a flight from 52F to KLUD. The production quality has improved but I'm still working through audio problems.

I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-24-2017, 02:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By Rick_A
Garmin avionics videos - 1st in a new series

I uploaded a video to Youtube that will be a first in a series that I am making.

I have installed a mount in my RV-7A for a Garmin VIRB that lets me film my panel while I'm flying - just the panel,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-12-2017, 08:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,129
Posted By Rick_A
Since we're talking Ipads ...

I'm thinking of upgrading to one of the new 10.5's and giving my wife my Air 2 (Wifi & cell).

My wife currently has a 64GB Wifi only Air 2. Any thoughts on the value of her Ipad?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,052
Posted By Rick_A
I maybe biased but I have to agree with my...

I maybe biased but I have to agree with my brother on this one - unless were just talking semantics of a discrepancy.

Without exception, I have found fasteners that need to be re-tightened every...
Forum: GPS 04-25-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,012
Posted By Rick_A
I did the same thing for my second G3X antenna (I...

I did the same thing for my second G3X antenna (I have an antenna plugged in to each G3X screen). Just a very light coat of paint.

I've been flying like this for over a year and no problems.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2017, 07:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,673
Posted By Rick_A
The free gauge you have will work but if you want...

The free gauge you have will work but if you want one that's quite a bit easier to use try this one: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/hapages/boltgauges.php?clickkey=201883
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2017, 12:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,183
Posted By Rick_A
Cleveland tools

This one will do the job for you for 90% of the fasteners on an RV (20 - 150 in lb)

http://www.cleavelandtool.com/CDI-Torque-Wrench/productinfo/WT/36/#.WNqwG2_yvIU

Eventually, you will also need...
Forum: Photography 03-22-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,592
Posted By Rick_A
Canon T6s

I'd been thinking about upgrading to a DSLR for quite a while. I started by looking at the entry level Nikon like the D3400.

As I began researching the various models, I decided that I wanted a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-09-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,368
Posted By Rick_A
750 all the way !!!!

There are many things to like about the 750 . For me the 2 big items are:
1. A map that is VERY useable. I refer to the map on my 750 as much as the one on my 10" G3X. It great to have them...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-07-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,180
Posted By Rick_A
Don't know about the extended tip, but I use NGK...

Don't know about the extended tip, but I use NGK BR9EIX (3089) with my P-Mags. This is the solid tip Iridium plug. You've got to get to 3089 for the solid tip.

I just replaced a set of my plugs. ...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-26-2017, 12:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,996
Posted By Rick_A
Just out of curiosity. Are you an A&P and...

Just out of curiosity. Are you an A&P and planning to do your own inspection or are you hiring an A&P to do it?

If you are hiring an A&P, it would be worth finding one that has experience with RV's...
Forum: Safety 02-26-2017, 12:21 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,286
Posted By Rick_A
Kudo's to Matt

Everything Walt said about Matt is spot on. I was way out of being Instrument current and needed an IPC. I flew a bunch with Matt last Fall and learned a ton.

Even though Matt hadn't done a lot...
Forum: RV-12 02-13-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,239
Posted By Rick_A
Certified - Ignorance is Bliss

This may or may not apply to the original poster, but I think many people that fly certified aircraft are blissfully unaware of the innards of the planes they fly.

When you build a plane, you become...
Forum: Interiors 12-23-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,430
Posted By Rick_A
Back to finishes

Regarding the original question on finishes - paint, powder coat, etc. You might think about how you will deal with changes to your panel.

I contend that no matter how well you plan your panel,...
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,573
Posted By Rick_A
It's going to be a tight fit. There's not much...

It's going to be a tight fit. There's not much room for additional avionics with a dual G3X in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2016, 10:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,773
Posted By Rick_A
How I use TOGA

I have my TOGA button just to the right of my 307 panel, which very close to my Mixture control. This gives me quick easy access to it when manipulating the engine controls and 307.

I've been doing...
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