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Forum: Safety 06-07-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 972
Posted By pvalovich
Brake Stupidity - How?

Doing my 7th condition inspection on my -8A. Replace the brake pads every year. Right brake showed normal wear and assembly - however, I discovered I had riveted the left brake pads backwards with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,807
Posted By pvalovich
Cool

-8 looks better - but with my -8A I don't have serious issues with Eastern Sierra crosswinds. The -8A seems comfortable up to at least 15 kts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,127
Posted By pvalovich
Not for Everyone - But Works for Me

I have a different condition inspection philosophy. I start through the checklist - but where feasible don't immediately "button up" - but will let it sit overnight and come back the next day and...
Forum: RV-10 03-14-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,529
Posted By pvalovich
Why Not an -8A Rudder Trim Kit?

Anyone have a rudder trim system installed on their -8/-8A? If so, where did you get it - or did you design your own?

Just did a 23-hour trek from IYK (CA) to FWQ (PA) and back and even though it...
Forum: ADS-B 02-21-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,263
Posted By pvalovich
A New Old Thread - Updated ADS-B Performance

Indecision might be the key to flexibility, but I'm tired of pondering ADS-B options so have narrowed my options to:
1. Garmin: GDL 82, GDL 52R interfacing with Aera 660
2. echoUAT, SkyFYX-EXT...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,102
Posted By pvalovich
Biased AOA opinion

I'm a former Navy carrier guy so including AOA was a no-brainer decision for me. However I screwed up on the display design/placement.

Use it with an AFS 4500 which shows AOA within the display at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,106
Posted By pvalovich
Remember How You Got Here

Certified vs EAB research should have been one of the main inputs when determining what kind of airplane YOU were going to have. After deciding to go EAB, one of the key early disclaimers was the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By pvalovich
Trim

After experiencing manual trim in a Cessna 172 and a friend's RV, I don't see why any reason for it. Electrical trim is much easier, and except for nose up trim in the landing configuration, not an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,290
Posted By pvalovich
Fuel Management

I regularly fly my -8A from California to Pennsylvania and back normally with two fuel stops going east and three flying west.. Have spent a lot of time considering optimum fuel management based on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,344
Posted By pvalovich
What Are Transitions?

I'm not much of a shopper and nearest Costco is 86 miles away.

What are Transition Lenses - and are they available at Rite Aide, Walmart, Walgreens, etc?
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 04:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,458
Posted By pvalovich
Altitude Factors

Couple additional things to consider:
1. Outside air temp. My -8A was designed for 100+ degree summer days in the desert. Heating - even with second heat muff - is marginal at best. I start to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,632
Posted By pvalovich
Aircraft Costs

Did you log all expenditures during the build? I tried and probably recorded over 95% of the cost of kit, tools, hardware and "stuff".

Discount the big items that require overhaul based on hours /...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,833
Posted By pvalovich
Wiring Lessons Learned

Nearing seven years and 950 hours, even though my -8A operates flawlessly, the one thing about the build I regret is not taking the time/attention to detail installing the wiring. Its not the ops its...
Forum: ADS-B 11-22-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 27,552
Posted By pvalovich
echo UAT

Just discovered this after talking to Trish at AFS.

I have an RV-8A with GTX 327 / 496 /AFS 4500 / iPad with Foreflight.
Thinking about the combo echo UAT / skyFYX system to interface with 327, AFS...
Forum: ADS-B 11-16-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,704
Posted By pvalovich
ADS-B Options - Update

Does anyone know where an updated list of experimental ADS-B options can be found?

I was going the Navworx route, but we all know how that worked out. Plan B was Garmin - GDL 53, GDL 82 and Aera...
Forum: Safety 11-06-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,501
Posted By pvalovich
Mountain Flying - More Lessons Learned

Saturday afternoon passenger drop-off flight over the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains from Inyokern (IYK) to Kern Valley (L05) - less than 30 miles. Wind 260/12 at IYK. Climbed to 8500 in clear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Posted By pvalovich
Strobe / LED Swap

-8A with 930+ hrs. About to bite the bullet and swap my trouble-prone strobes with LEDs after a blown 10-amp fuse event of unknown origin. Trying to figure out the better option.

Paul Dye chose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By pvalovich
Exhaust Hangers

-8A with Aerosport IO-360; 900+ hours.

When changing oil, discovered right exhaust hanger tube broken at aft bolt fitting. Anyone know the part number for ordering replacement?

Got to thinking...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-20-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,254
Posted By pvalovich
Gatorade Bottles

The most important tool in the cockpit for 4+ hr. flights by us 70+ year olds.

The A-7 was the first plane I flew that had a pee tube - a cone with the opening about 4 inches wide. The LTV tech rep...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,402
Posted By pvalovich
Everything Is a Compromise

As a former A-4, A-7, F/A-18 pilot, I lean toward low weight max performance. As a long-leg cross country flier (I regularly fly from CA to PA with 650 nm legs) I then appreciate the advantages of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 08:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,027
Posted By pvalovich
Each Homebuilt Is Unique

Just to reiterate an earlier post: Use "Standard" gouge from abeam to final as advisory only - although it should be good to within a few knots. Use Phase 1 and beyond to determine what your...
Forum: Autopilots 08-26-2017, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 938
Posted By pvalovich
ADI II

I've had a TruTrac ADI II in my 8A along with a Garmin 496 and AFS 4500. 900+ hrs. with no complaints. Put a Direst To destination into the 496, hit Alt Hold and Nav and just sit back and watch the...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,899
Posted By pvalovich
Search the Forum

There have been multiple forum discussions regarding ignition systems going back several years. Kitplanes ran a long article about ignition systems when Paul Dye replaced mags with Pmags. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,215
Posted By pvalovich
Huh?

Please check your post - I don't understand the problem.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 880
Posted By pvalovich
Garmin ADS-B Solution - What Am I Missing?

After lurking and being confused and observing and studying, I may have somehow reached a workable level of understanding about ADS-B options.

Current configuration is -8A with AFS-4500, GTX-327...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,471
Posted By pvalovich
We're Spoiled!

I have been a Foreflight user since my first flight. No complaints, great customer service, and regular improvements in capabilities. Although not a user, comments indicate the other apps are just as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,516
Posted By pvalovich
Dirt Tiedowns

Heading north next month to view the eclipse and for the first time may have to park my -8A in the dirt. Searched Forum for Tiedown discussions, but as often happens, found a lot of conflicting...
Forum: ADS-B 07-19-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 16,947
Posted By pvalovich
Replacing 327

Paul - any chance you can report the details of your 327 replacement with a 345? I'm thinking of doing the same but am worried about space and wiring.
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 932
Posted By pvalovich
Mag Configuration

I have 1 Lightspeed and 1 mag on my IO-360. Mag is on left behind cylinders 2 and 4. Wires go to lower aviation plugs. Lightspeed wires go to top auto-style plugs. Have a B&C SD-8 on the second mag...
Forum: Safety 06-17-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,731
Posted By pvalovich
An iPad Gotcha

Three hours into a late afternoon flight from Sullivan, MO (UUV) to Rostraver, PA (FWQ) VFR at 9.5 on autopilot. Perfect weather but with a rapidly developing line of showers ahead (they weren't...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 06-12-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,062
Posted By pvalovich
No, Bob

There are things that happen in aviation when the truth ought to be addressed with no regard to niceties and feelings. In my opinion, this is the ultimate example.

There is no logical, reasonable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,985
Posted By pvalovich
Don't Fear the Mountains in an RV

I'm based at Inyokern, CA, (IYK) on the eastern side of the Sierra. I encounter the Sierra or the Owens Valley turbulence on nearly every flight in my -8A (870 hrs.). I've learned a few things.
1. if...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 06-09-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,062
Posted By pvalovich
Alma, GA, RV-10 Final NTSB Report.

Alma, GA, RV-10 Final NTSB Report.

https://app.ntsb.gov/pdfgenerator/ReportGeneratorFile.ashx?EventID=20150916X80028&AKey=1&RType=Final&IType=FA

We can usually get away with bypassing some regs -...
Forum: GPS 06-06-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,144
Posted By pvalovich
XM Weather Compatibility

I was going to purchase a 660 when it first came out but didn't because it could not display XM weather like my current 496.

Has XM weather capability been added?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-31-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,131
Posted By pvalovich
-8A Glide Ratio

I've done several semi-accurate glide tests (didn't shut the motor down) but had prop full low rpm, throttle at idle, 90 kts. Wind will have a significant effect.

I came up with an optimistic 1.5...
Forum: Southeast 05-26-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Posted By pvalovich
Huntsville

Head out to Moontown Airport.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,292
Posted By pvalovich
Tire Wear II

One "what if" that hasn't been addressed during this interesting thread- What if the wear was uniform across the whole tread? No advantage then to flipping. At what point would you replace the tire?...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2017, 09:46 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 13,292
Posted By pvalovich
Tire Replacement

I disagree with Walt's very presumptive post. Too bad we all aren't so all-knowing with the desire to control what gets posted.

The original post asked a very rationale question - how do you manage...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-11-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 14,082
Posted By pvalovich
Get Electric Bob Involved

I will second the much earlier suggestion that the folks at Aeroelectric Connection get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,147
Posted By pvalovich
Grady

Concur - Glo will work with you to develop and finalize a design then superbly translate that into real paint.

I flew my -8A from CA to 52F for painting. No issues.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By pvalovich
660 XM - What's the Problem?

Hopefully the Garmin guys will follow this thread.

I'm another guy who is more than willing to immediately send Garmin my $$$ for a 660 - if XM weather is included.

Seems to be a credibility / BS...
Forum: RV-14 03-27-2017, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,976
Posted By pvalovich
The Mountains

In SoCal you'll be exposed to mountain flying. The random instantaneous vertical excursions will keep telling you, 5-point.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,563
Posted By pvalovich
I'm Confused

OK - I'll admit to ADS-B overload and slow brain numbness by way too many data sources.

I have an AFS-4500-equipped -8A. Is this stuff compatible? If so, what do I have to do? If not, what can I do?
Forum: Safety 02-24-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,255
Posted By pvalovich
Update

The beautiful Cessna 421 that was the subject for the start of this thread has been declared a total loss. Wing spars deformed.

Pilot (owner of a construction company flying into IYK for business)...
Forum: RV-14 02-23-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,713
Posted By pvalovich
QB - Still 6 1/2 Years

I opted for a -8A QB but it still took me 6 1/2 years. I had a day job that involved a lot of travel so there always seemed to be a proficiency / learning curve when I did get back in the shop. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,308
Posted By pvalovich
Stick Length

I have that configuration but can't get to the airplane to measure until Wed afternoon.
Forum: Safety 02-13-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,853
Posted By pvalovich
Trust in Our Airplanes

This is a take-off on a previous thread that raised concerns about the trust we have in our airplanes. I have a different take:

I have trust in the theory that stuff will happen, things will fail,...
Forum: Safety 02-07-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,255
Posted By pvalovich
Extreme Turbulence - Owens Valley, CA, Today (Tuesday, 07Feb2017)

Extreme turbulence in the southern part of Owens Valley yesterday and today.

Had a Cessna 421 heading south to north yesterday afternoon between Mojave and Inyokern. Tried to go underneath clouds in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,553
Posted By pvalovich
The Southern Sierra

I'm based out of Inyokern (IYK) near China Lake. I regularly fly up and down Owens Valley - and also go over the Sierra Crest and fly in the mountains from Kearsarge Pass to Walker Pass - realizing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-22-2016, 01:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 24,728
Posted By pvalovich
Does Not Apply To -8A

Called Vans yesterday afternoon to ask if SB applied to -8A. They said it did not.

I checked anyway - bolts were installed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,519
Posted By pvalovich
Don't Forget the Backup Go Around Button

The one between your ears - to be immediately activated after you determine that all that automation isn't performing as programmed.

1. Simultaneous full power, enough nose up attitude for positive...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2016, 10:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,161
Posted By pvalovich
AFS Customer Service

I purchased an early AFS 3500 way before I needed it probably about nine years ago. Since upgraded to a 4500.

You can't make a bad decision WRT Dynon / AFS - but for me, the AFS customer service was...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2016, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,096
Posted By pvalovich
RV-10 Accident

One of the more controversial threads is from some years ago after fivadult bodies were pulled from an RV-10 along with questions about pilot training and currency. Thread was shut down - with...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2016, 12:37 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 31,874
Posted By pvalovich
Stamper RV-10 accident Preliminary Report

Door came open. Check out this prelim report:

http://www.ntsb.gov/_layouts/ntsb.aviation/brief.aspx?ev_id=20161105X23019&key=1

Have you RV-10 folks - and others with pop-up canopies - really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,069
Posted By pvalovich
Priorities

RV's display excellent flying qualities throughout the flight envelope. Even if you get behind the airplane, it probably will not bite you. Having said that, I did a very extensive "What if?" drill...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-06-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,499
Posted By pvalovich
Time

I did a -8A quickbuild and it still took 6 1/2 years. I have a real job that requires extensive travel.

Building the plane was a great experience, but not nearly as wonderful as flying it. 5 1/2...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-05-2016, 08:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,419
Posted By pvalovich
Weight

My -8A was weighed unpainted. Not sure how much, but paint will add more than a few pounds. Didn't worry about CG implications - paint was mostly distributed over entire aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2016, 02:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,358
Posted By pvalovich
Sika - But Watch Out for Stress Points

-8A; 5+ years with 760+ hours. Used Sika - not a single rivet in the canopy structure - but still ended up with approximately 4 inch cracks in the area of the rear canopy frame cross brace - one on...
Forum: Safety 09-08-2016, 02:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,626
Posted By pvalovich
Attitudes - Unusual and Other

FWIW, I have a slightly different take on this (I'm 73+).

The opportunity to fly is just one admittedly very important part of aging. I feel one's whole lifestyle activities should be integrated...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-29-2016, 08:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,702
Posted By pvalovich
Lycoming

There was an internet rumor a few years ago that stated on one day in the late 90's Lycoming actually produced two identical engines with similar designations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2016, 01:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,164
Posted By pvalovich
Design Factors

Just talked to Bethany at Navworx. The 5 ft. requirement is indeed dictated by the possibility (likelihood?) the UAT signal would burn out the box.

Anyone considered mounting the UAT antenna on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2016, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,164
Posted By pvalovich
Navworx Antenna Plan

Thinking about buying a Navworx ADS600-exp box for my ADS-B solution (RV-8A). However, the install manual has a very stern warning about minimum 5 ft. separation between the UAT antenna and current...
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