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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
Looking at this photo, with the wheel pant below...

Looking at this photo, with the wheel pant below it, makes me wonder if the solution shouldn't be shaped more like the wheel pant. Approximating the pressure recovery shape isn't very difficult in...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 01-19-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 362
Posted By Snowflake
Not when you're flying an aircraft with an...

Not when you're flying an aircraft with an afterburner. :)

The HOTAS philosophy is for the left hand to control how much power you have, and for the right hand to point that power in the direction...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 01-19-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 387
Posted By Snowflake
When I bought my already-flying RV-6, I called...

When I bought my already-flying RV-6, I called Van's and ordered a hard-copy of the plans and a digital copy on CD. I guess now they use thumbdrives, not a bad idea. The digital copies have been...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-19-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,058
Posted By Snowflake
Lycoming or Subaru power?

Lycoming or Subaru power?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
One knot per SPF. That's Small Plastic Fairing. ...

One knot per SPF. That's Small Plastic Fairing. So add as many as you can, to everything that sticks out... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 948
Posted By Snowflake
If you have good cables and smooth routing, you...

If you have good cables and smooth routing, you won't notice the extra drag. But the throttle at the end of the chain will have more hysteresis in it's operation, due to the stackup of slop in the...
Forum: COMM 01-17-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,837
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe it would work in metric... :P

Maybe it would work in metric... :P
Forum: COMM 01-17-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,837
Posted By Snowflake
Update on that: I asked on the Slack channel to...

Update on that: I asked on the Slack channel to see if anyone knew about work in this area. Apparently it was suggested, but quickly put on the lowest-priority rung as most of the EFB packages...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
How will you install the "plunger" piece? Looks...

How will you install the "plunger" piece? Looks like it would have to come in from the front...
Forum: COMM 01-16-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,837
Posted By Snowflake
I believe this is one of the things the Stratux...

I believe this is one of the things the Stratux team is working on... The RasPi it's based on has an audio jack, and the traffic data is there. All someone has to do is code up something to convert...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 948
Posted By Snowflake
Great way to keep the motivation up! :) ...

Great way to keep the motivation up! :) Congrats on the PPL!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 997
Posted By Snowflake
You may not have the strength to deploy them all...

You may not have the strength to deploy them all at once, but you might be able to do it in stages. The first few times I flew my -6 I was deploying all of the flap at once, as I hit Vfe. It's a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,957
Posted By Snowflake
Dan, I think the big difference for an RV wrap...

Dan, I think the big difference for an RV wrap compared to a truck, is that the RV will likely spend more of its time in a hangar away from UV. So on that front, you'd probably be better off for...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-13-2018, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By Snowflake
Well, an incident rate of 1 in 1000 is going to...

Well, an incident rate of 1 in 1000 is going to hit a group of 200 a lot slower than it's going to hit a group of 5000. The accident rate on the RV-14 is pretty stellar right now as well, isn't it? ...
Forum: Safety 01-12-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,455
Posted By Snowflake
You can make a no-go gauge for your tire...

You can make a no-go gauge for your tire pressure, using 1" PVC pipe.

Inflate (or deflate) your tires to the point where you would want to pull out the compressor and tools to pump them up again. ...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-09-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By Snowflake
If you dribble acetone and ATF around and it gets...

If you dribble acetone and ATF around and it gets on the outside where the paint is, you may get to paint the tail of the airplane, too! :rolleyes:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-09-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,553
Posted By Snowflake
Thanks for connecting those. It's a good way to...

Thanks for connecting those. It's a good way to lifter spirits after finding something like this. Hopefully nobody will bore us with more engine puns though. People might get cranky or go off...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-02-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,491
Posted By Snowflake
Me too, then I heard the witness statement on the...

Me too, then I heard the witness statement on the video that it appeared that the wing had detached from the aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,896
Posted By Snowflake
Assuming these were crashes where there were no...

Assuming these were crashes where there were no survivors, how would you know whether it was intentionally run dry and control was merely lost while startled/confused/fumbling to switch tanks?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
Have you tried an acetone vapour bath? That...

Have you tried an acetone vapour bath? That would clean those ABS parts up quite nicely regardless of filing/sanding/etc. marks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2017, 04:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,939
Posted By Snowflake
Latest...

Latest update:

https://www.bcaviation.ca/bcga-news/boundary-bay-lower-mainland-landing-fees-dec21

TL;dr: The fee will apply to any aircraft that doesn't buy at least 15L of gas.

No word on how it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,939
Posted By Snowflake
This has been confirmed to be *false* via direct...

This has been confirmed to be *false* via direct communication with YPK.

Edited to add:
False for YNJ
False for YXX (up to 6000lbs free)

still waiting to hear from ZBB
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-21-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 920
Posted By Snowflake
When a tip-up is on its back, it sits on the...

When a tip-up is on its back, it sits on the canopy. Trying to kick out the hinges at that point may give you something to do, but it won't get you out of the airplane unless you can lift the entire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,939
Posted By Snowflake
Sounds like fake news. None of the pilots I know...

Sounds like fake news. None of the pilots I know in the lower mainland have heard of this. I fly out of Victoria, a major international airport, and there are no plans for such a fee for private GA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, I wonder... Given how little load there is...

Steve, I wonder... Given how little load there is on these bolts rotationally, if you shaped the snap-in covers to fit the bolt and nut heads, do you even need cotter pins? A fitted cover would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,317
Posted By Snowflake
Of course the RV-8 can have a tip-up canopy as...

Of course the RV-8 can have a tip-up canopy as well... I think it's been done on some with fastbacks?

And -3, -4, and -8 can have fastback conversions... Yet more loops for the Vans diagram? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 04:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,987
Posted By Snowflake
That's my expectation as well. With the canopy...

That's my expectation as well.


With the canopy release pulled, I hope it would flip forward with enough force to *depart* the aircraft before it flips over. I suspect pulling the release in flight...
Forum: RV-14 12-16-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,149
Posted By Snowflake
If I recall, both packages are installed at the...

If I recall, both packages are installed at the same time, but ExpressSCH is a different program... You have to start it from the Windows Start menu, not from within ExpressPCB.
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-15-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By Snowflake
It came to me years ago, so I cannot provide a...

It came to me years ago, so I cannot provide a source... It may even have been the Matronics list! :) I've taken it as gospel because it seems reasonable, but I admit I haven't looked into it in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,112
Posted By Snowflake
The Nexus 9 was also a great tablet... I was just...

The Nexus 9 was also a great tablet... I was just about to buy one when they were discontinued!

Yes, over time, you'll find that it gets slower. Android OS will upgrade, Garmin Pilot (or FltPlanGo,...
Forum: GPS 12-09-2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 579
Views: 175,740
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, I have weighed a number of nosegear model...

FWIW, I have weighed a number of nosegear model RV's, and have found the easiest way to level one is to lower the nosewheel, not to raise the mains. Run the front tire off the edge of the taxiway...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2017, 11:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,112
Posted By Snowflake
I've used an original iPad, first- and second-gen...

I've used an original iPad, first- and second-gen Nexus 7's, and now have a Samsung Galaxy Tab S2 8". It's about the same size as the second gen Nexus 7, with a slightly larger viewable area. I...
Forum: Canada 12-07-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By Snowflake
Check with Marsh as well... They used to be...

Check with Marsh as well... They used to be COPA's insurer, I went to C-Plan for a year and then came back to Marsh after they were disassembled from COPA. They still offer the Gold/Silver plans,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,697
Posted By Snowflake
I too would wonder about compromising the...

I too would wonder about compromising the structure by not closing the two surfaces together. I understand leaving it more open to close the gap more, but if nothing else, i'd want to rivet a spacer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
Looks like (based on the tape lines) it swung to...

Looks like (based on the tape lines) it swung to one side (tail end to right) once you got up to speed... I think you'll definitely need to get the trailing portion of the antenna clamped in there to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-03-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,146
Posted By Snowflake
It's to carry the 50lb nosewheel... :) I was...

It's to carry the 50lb nosewheel... :)

I was told the limitation is the FAR 23 maximum landing load on the landing gear at gross weight. The nosegear + mains can carry just a hair more than the...
Forum: Formation Flying 12-02-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 735
Posted By Snowflake
Pete, in the first video, I have a question: ...

Pete, in the first video, I have a question: When you go into "Spear" formation, when the rear Vic forms line astern behind the lead Vic, it looks like #6 pulls in *in front of* #5. #5 calls "5...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, why add a counterweight at all? It looks...

Steve, why add a counterweight at all? It looks like this is being made in two pieces, and screwed together... Just use the two pieces to clamp around the "vertical" piece, and at the base where the...
Forum: GPS 11-29-2017, 08:51 AM
Replies: 579
Views: 175,740
Posted By Snowflake
If we're looking at feature requests, maybe the...

If we're looking at feature requests, maybe the ability to read ADS-B traffic from a Stratux would be possible. The 660 already has the capability to receive and display ADS-B traffic, and it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 08:59 AM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
That seems... Um... Optimistic, to say the...

That seems... Um... Optimistic, to say the least.

I look forward to more detailed data from two successive flights, one with fairings and one without, on the same day... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,972
Posted By Snowflake
This is common. I frequently get errors from...

This is common. I frequently get errors from IGES or STEP files downloaded from McMaster. Sometimes you can resolve the errors with the import diagnostics wizard, but it's usually not worth the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2017, 09:06 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,614
Posted By Snowflake
To be clear - I have nothing against trying to...

To be clear - I have nothing against trying to keep scheduled flights on-time, and agree ATC should do everything possible to make that happen. However:
It shouldn't be done at the expense of GA. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,614
Posted By Snowflake
Then don't delay... :) You're flying a company...

Then don't delay... :) You're flying a company jet that has a revenue stream to cover its hourly rate... I don't. Any complaints, take them up with ATC for their poor planning.
Forum: COMM 11-24-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 836
Posted By Snowflake
Intercom can be disabled in the settings, but I...

Intercom can be disabled in the settings, but I believe it is enabled by default. Voice-activated, yes. It's worked well in my -6 with Lightspeed, David Clark, and Headsets-Inc. upgraded headsets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 12:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,614
Posted By Snowflake
Kinda makes me wonder that too, when i'm sitting...

Kinda makes me wonder that too, when i'm sitting in an armchair and have time to think about it. But it's hard to break training that generally says thou shalt do what ATC tells you, when you're on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 12:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,072
Posted By Snowflake
Okay, thinking outside the box here... How about...

Okay, thinking outside the box here... How about just running the finer O2 lines that you typically find in GA O2 systems up the Jet mask hose, and fitting a cannula into the jet mask somehow, so it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2017, 06:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,614
Posted By Snowflake
What burns my tailfeathers the most is when the...

What burns my tailfeathers the most is when the tower asks you to keep the speed up so they can fit you in ahead of something, and then when they clear you to land and you slow down at the last...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,503
Posted By Snowflake
The exemption allows it on either the fuselage...

The exemption allows it on either the fuselage *or* inside on the panel. If it goes on the panel, there is no height requirement, other than it must be legible.

Note that the common way to get it...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,503
Posted By Snowflake
I just did the wing loading calculation for the...

I just did the wing loading calculation for the base Chapter 549 requirements on the RV-10. These were my inputs:

Wing Span: 31'9" (Vans' website)
Flap Span: 95.515" (measured from Vans' 3-view...
Forum: Canada 11-22-2017, 09:09 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,503
Posted By Snowflake
Interesting. I found the exemption gave me more...

Interesting. I found the exemption gave me more panel space... What parts were easier outside the exemption?



Wing area, wing span, and fuselage width are all on the Vans website. Area = (span -...
Forum: Canada 11-20-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,503
Posted By Snowflake
Wing loading and placards are the two differences...

Wing loading and placards are the two differences I found other than the three stated purposes. Someone here on VAF suggested that the exemption allows you to build without a gascolator but I don't...
Forum: Canada 11-20-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,503
Posted By Snowflake
Just received a reply from TC on my...

Just received a reply from TC on my questions:

Question 1 For an Amateur-Built aircraft built and registered prior to 2006, does the Exemption apply? Or is the aircraft bound by the non-exempted...
Forum: COMM 11-19-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By Snowflake
The installation manual for the GTR200 tells you...

The installation manual for the GTR200 tells you how to wire it for Mono headsets if you must.

That said, I would highly recommend upgrading to stereo wiring, I bet you'd find it's not as hard to...
Forum: COMM 11-18-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 621
Posted By Snowflake
I found it easier to change out the tray and...

I found it easier to change out the tray and rewire with a Garmin GTR200, after $800 in costs that didn't get my 210 working again. No ribbon cables, and it nicely matches my GTX327.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2017, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By Snowflake
If the -6 page was still direct linked on the...

If the -6 page was still direct linked on the website, they would spend a lot of time answering the question "why can't I order the -6?"
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-16-2017, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,164
Posted By Snowflake
I have a pair of Glider...

I have a pair of Glider (https://www.glidergloves.com/) gloves that worked wonderfully on my phone and tablet for just over a year. Now they don't work at all, and I don't know why... They haven't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2017, 08:56 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 69,711
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, that print job is just aching for a...

Steve, that print job is just aching for a multi-material printer and soluble supports... :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,281
Posted By Snowflake
Bill, the best place to start would be the free...

Bill, the best place to start would be the free version of Solidworks that the EAA offers to its members. There are tutorials within the Solidworks Help (within the program) and many, many YouTube...
Forum: Rocket 11-13-2017, 12:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 790
Posted By Snowflake
How about a Gloster Gauntlet? :)

How about a Gloster Gauntlet? :)
Forum: Rocket 11-12-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 790
Posted By Snowflake
My first guess is that Julie wants it out of the...

My first guess is that Julie wants it out of the front hallway PDQ... :)

Can't be a Spitfire or Hurricane control column as the head isn't articulated... Chipmunk, perhaps?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2017, 09:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,229
Posted By Snowflake
Interesting idea. You would need a flexible...

Interesting idea. You would need a flexible material that is heat resistant, and you'd probably still need baffles to attach to the engine. But it might be an interesting option for an alternative...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-11-2017, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,315
Posted By Snowflake
Ouch. If I held my -6 a foot off the runway...

Ouch. If I held my -6 a foot off the runway until it stalled for a 3-pointer, i'd bang the tailwheel first, and get a heck of a bounce off the mains.


Depends whether you want to fly a 3 degree...
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