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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 406
Posted By chrispratt
I've been using Van's canopy cover for my -8 for...

I've been using Van's canopy cover for my -8 for 15 years. I like it because it's light as a feather, sheds rain, doesn't take up much space. I only use it a couple of times a year and it has held up...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 398
Posted By chrispratt
From my experience, the main concern is the...

From my experience, the main concern is the originally supplied tubes more than the tires. I feel it was a real time/frustration saver for me to install Michelin Air Stop tubes over the original....
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-07-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,887
Posted By chrispratt
22 inches is about right. On longer trips, I like...

22 inches is about right. On longer trips, I like to fly at 7500-8500 feet and full throttle because that's where the O-360 is most efficient. So you're at full throttle there. At those altitudes, my...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-07-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,887
Posted By chrispratt
Keith: Welcome to the world of small...

Keith:

Welcome to the world of small aircraft.

For what's it's worth (since I fly an -8) but have the O-360 with Hartzell C/S here are my typical settings:

MP: 24 inches (or full throttle at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2018, 09:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,192
Posted By chrispratt
Mine on my RV-8 O-360 with B&C 40 amp alternator...

Mine on my RV-8 O-360 with B&C 40 amp alternator is a NAPA 7360 (note that the 7365 supplied by B&C was too long by about a half- inch). The 7360 also worked well with my original Nippon Densu...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 501
Posted By chrispratt
If you are referring to the Michelin "air stop"...

If you are referring to the Michelin "air stop" tubes (not tires) then the recommended pressure in the documentation is 50 pounds. If you are used to factory built Cessna and Pipers then the 50...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By chrispratt
Congratulations Fred and welcome to the world of...

Congratulations Fred and welcome to the world of the RV-8. I predict you will love flying this plane.

Most of us had a few issues after first flight - minor though they might be. My experience was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,972
Posted By chrispratt
FAA stats show that most GA hobby planes on...

FAA stats show that most GA hobby planes on average fly 40 or 50 hours a year. So aging of the tire and structural deterioration are real factors to consider. Perhaps that was the issue with yours...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-30-2018, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By chrispratt
Wink Could it be that you were not starting your check...

Could it be that you were not starting your check from the "both" position? ;)
If the switch isn't in both but actually is in the "right" mag, your first check will actually be the left mag, and your...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-25-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By chrispratt
:D I hear you Mel. I'm part time these days and...

:D I hear you Mel. I'm part time these days and still can't get away to fly much.
Forum: Texas (North) 06-25-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you

She has a great smile and a big heart, so Texas is an appropriate place for her. My wife thanks you for the compliment Steve, and so do I.

I think you'd enjoy the trip. Fredericksburg is known for...
Forum: Texas (North) 06-24-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By chrispratt
Nice Place to Take a Break in Texas

Traded the Dallas heat for the Hill Country heat in Fredericksburg, Texas this past Friday. Nice break and change of pace for a day and a night. Parked and stayed at the Hangar Hotel on T82...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By chrispratt
Good point Mel. I'll keep that in mind. Chris

Good point Mel. I'll keep that in mind.

Chris
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By chrispratt
After looking at the package today, I think the...

After looking at the package today, I think the XL may be just a marketing term for Xtened Life or Extra Long Life as it was on my original as well. I removed my cowl today and saw no more cowling...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-15-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By chrispratt
My B&C experience

Hmm, interesting Carl. The belt B&C sent me was a 7365 and that was too long - by about a half inch. It rubbed the cowl and dug a nice furrow into it. I went back to a 7360 like I had on my old Van's...
Forum: Reviews 05-24-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 778
Posted By chrispratt
Works well for me

I have the original SPOT messenger. It's never failed to send a position message for me. I use it every time I fly. I press the "OK" button at every landing so that I can check that it is working....
Forum: Texas (North) 05-19-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,050
Posted By chrispratt
Be careful

Thanks Mike. I was there yesterday and though the Friday crowd is light, there was plenty of auto traffic on the taxiway -- and they don't always seem aware of the rules of the road regarding...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-30-2018, 07:05 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 129,366
Posted By chrispratt
VAF HAT SIGHTING

Chris Pratt at Angkor Wat, Siem Reap, Cambodia, April 4,2018.
https://photos.smugmug.com/VAF-Postings/i-gmGXzrT/0/36917308/L/IMG_1404-L.jpg...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-21-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,778
Posted By chrispratt
Thumbs up Two thumbs up!! Chris

Two thumbs up!!

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By chrispratt
Next time Scroll.

Next time Scroll.
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 666
Posted By chrispratt
Meet on the ramp

So the man says: meet on the ramp at 11:30. Hmmh.

https://photos.smugmug.com/VAF-Postings/i-5WVnZxM/0/135edd23/L/Watch%202-L.jpg

Wait. What’s that noise? Overhead...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,003
Posted By chrispratt
Have you tried using one of those drill bit hole...

Have you tried using one of those drill bit hole guides we all buy to identify #30, #40, etc. drill bit sizes? That should get you there.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 01-12-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 764
Posted By chrispratt
According to a friend of mine who owns a hangar...

According to a friend of mine who owns a hangar at TKI (McKinney) there is a waiting list of about three years for a hangar. So you might to get your name on the list now if that's your preference....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 7,550
Posted By chrispratt
A related suggestion

Hopefully this is not too far off topic, but 5 or 6 years ago, after hearing of a rash of cracked canopies that occurred in cold weather with the aircraft parked in the hangar, I decided that when my...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-10-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,174
Posted By chrispratt
Andy: If you can find a "Tail-Mate" buy it. It...

Andy:

If you can find a "Tail-Mate" buy it. It will become one of your favorite tools for the -8. I don't believe they are manufactured anymore but someone may have one for sale. That someone would...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-13-2017, 04:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,190
Posted By chrispratt
Oh that's an easy one, Vic. You put the torque...

Oh that's an easy one, Vic. You put the torque seal on, and overnight the bolt torques itself to the proper value. :rolleyes:

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,060
Posted By chrispratt
Interesting. With my O-360 I've always run cool...

Interesting. With my O-360 I've always run cool even here in Texas whereas most of the IO-360 guys tend to run hot especially in climb.

During the hottest part of summer I'll get slightly above 180...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 07:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,060
Posted By chrispratt
What engine do you have? Big difference between...

What engine do you have? Big difference between an IO-360 and a carbureted O-360.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-11-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,582
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Gill. I'll consider this on my next...

Thanks Gill. I'll consider this on my next change.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-10-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,582
Posted By chrispratt
That may be, Walt. That's the wire that came with...

That may be, Walt. That's the wire that came with the original unit and being a rookie builder at the time (about 14 years ago) I used what the OEM sent. I replaced it with Tefzel wire.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-10-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,582
Posted By chrispratt
FOULED PLUG and IT PAYS TO LOOK AROUND ANTIME THE COWLING IS OFF

If you’ve never seen a fouled spark plug, this is an example of what one looks like. Note on the right side of the photo the bridged gap between anode and cathode effectively shorting out the plug....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,528
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Bob. Very thoughtful piece of writing....

Thank you Bob. Very thoughtful piece of writing. Doug deserves a huge THANK YOU for an immeasurable contribution to the RV community and flying in general.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks guys. Chris

Thanks guys.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,056
Posted By chrispratt
Electrical System Supplies

Any suggestions on where to buy electrical hardware such as Tefzel wire and electrical connectors. Specifically I need some Push On connectors, female, 18-22 gauge. (And NO, I am not looking for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By chrispratt
What Jeff said +1. If the slot is worn it won't...

What Jeff said +1. If the slot is worn it won't hold the pin in place and so the tailwheel freewheels. Makes the steering feel like your driving on ice, i.e. very sensitive.

A similar issue has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 65,767
Posted By chrispratt
Second Plane?

I want an AirCam -- on floats!
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By chrispratt
Honestly, I can't recall ever seeing them...

Honestly, I can't recall ever seeing them either.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By chrispratt
Taxiway markings per AIM

My curiosity has been piqued, so I grabbed my trusty 2011 FAR|AIM from ASA publications and looked up Section 3 Airport Marking Aids and Signs. Please note the words below are my opinion and not an...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By chrispratt
I will leave that to be answered by a higher...

I will leave that to be answered by a higher authority ;)

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-02-2017, 06:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By chrispratt
What he said

If I read the construction drawings correctly (Page 17) the area with all the parallel yellow lines that look like parking spaces is intended to be a "No Taxi" zone. The runway hold short position is...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-01-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,257
Posted By chrispratt
52F OPEN

What a pleasure to bring my RV-8 home to 52F and its new runway -- not repaved but a new runway. It's as smooth as any runway I've ever landed on. In fact, as I waited for my tail wheel to settle...
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 14,236
Posted By chrispratt
Check the ground wire and surface its attached...

Check the ground wire and surface its attached to. So many of my problems early in flying my airplane were poor grounding.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,318
Posted By chrispratt
If you use this piece, you can temporarily attach...

If you use this piece, you can temporarily attach to the rudder using some of the aluminum tape like you use inside the cowling. It will hold but comes off easily when you need to adjust it. Fly the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,318
Posted By chrispratt
If you find it is rigging, Cleaveland Tools...

If you find it is rigging, Cleaveland Tools (http://www.cleavelandtool.com/RUDDER-TRIM-TAB/productinfo/9883/#.WcBQKa3Mz64) has a plastic rudder tab you can try. Fly it and trim as necessary. Then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,915
Posted By chrispratt
Amen. I have a friend who always lands his -8...

Amen.

I have a friend who always lands his -8 shorter than me. But he's quite aggressive on the brakes whereas I let the airplane bleed off speed until the tail wants to come down on its own before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 07:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,915
Posted By chrispratt
Well Steve, items like this concern me: "...while...

Well Steve, items like this concern me: "...while dropping nose and holding 70mph for the turn to base, half way in base full flaps, hold airspeed and 1800 rpm, turn final, point to threshold, begin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,915
Posted By chrispratt
I would certainly caution anyone reading the...

I would certainly caution anyone reading the above posts to try these things at altitude first. Airspeed calibrations on E-AB aircraft vary widely as do handling characteristics in different RV...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-08-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,036
Posted By chrispratt
Would be interesting to take a census. 616...

Would be interesting to take a census. 616 airplanes is a lot of airplanes and might make this one of the most populous airports in the USA. I doubt it. Sounds more like a promotion than a fact. I'd...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-16-2017, 12:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By chrispratt
I've had the same issue with uploads to TinyPic...

I've had the same issue with uploads to TinyPic for several recent posts. The issue seems to be random in that I've tried to upload pictures and some will show an image on first try and others will...
Forum: Reviews 08-11-2017, 11:03 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 36,554
Posted By chrispratt
Sounds like there's more to this story. Care to...

Sounds like there's more to this story. Care to share?

Chris
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 36,554
Posted By chrispratt
Amen to that Andy. Chris

Amen to that Andy.

Chris
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 124
Views: 36,554
Posted By chrispratt
I, obviously, was not aware of that Paul. Thanks...

I, obviously, was not aware of that Paul. Thanks for the clarification. I'll file it away in my memory banks. ;)

Chris
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2017, 11:34 AM
Replies: 124
Views: 36,554
Posted By chrispratt
Not sure what you're looking at Mani. I installed...

Not sure what you're looking at Mani. I installed a set of Crow's in my RV-8 a few months ago and they work as you'd expect: everything pulls/pushes toward the central latch. Perhaps you're...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-05-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,036
Posted By chrispratt
Steve: I don't know the answer to the first...

Steve: I don't know the answer to the first question and I don't want to guess other than somewhere around $500k. Maybe the POA can answer. I think the POA website www.fly52.org has the data.

But...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-05-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,036
Posted By chrispratt
Amen to that. Wish we could lure the Beacon Cafe...

Amen to that. Wish we could lure the Beacon Cafe from T67 over to 52F. They used to be here and we miss them. Put it on the project list :rolleyes:

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 08-05-2017, 08:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,036
Posted By chrispratt
Yeah, it'll do for the moment I guess :D If only...

Yeah, it'll do for the moment I guess :D If only mine were half this cool.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,878
Posted By chrispratt
John From my perspective, the answer is "no" it...

John

From my perspective, the answer is "no" it is not worth it. I agree that XM has better resolution. I used it for ten years. When I switched to ADS-B and its FIS- B weather, I immediately...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-04-2017, 06:21 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,036
Posted By chrispratt
While that is a great idea, I don't see that...

While that is a great idea, I don't see that happening. I'm not privy to all the details but like everything else at this airport ... it's complicated. I do believe that runway 17 when reopened will...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-04-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,036
Posted By chrispratt
52F CONSTRUCTION AERIAL UPDATE

For 52F users and those of us who just like to watch others work, here’s a few aerial views of de-construction day 4 at 52F (Northwest Regional Airport, Roanoke, TX). The runway already looks...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-01-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 134
Views: 31,254
Posted By chrispratt
My mentor and my avionics guru finally talked me...

My mentor and my avionics guru finally talked me into upgrading my Vans Nippon Denso internally regulated 60 amp alternator (no longer available from Van). The impetus was some new and expensive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By chrispratt
Have you tried Aircraft Engravers at...

Have you tried Aircraft Engravers at Engravers.net?

Chris
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-20-2017, 05:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,961
Posted By chrispratt
Sounds like a great trip TJ. Glad you enjoyed it.

Sounds like a great trip TJ. Glad you enjoyed it.
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