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Forum: RV-8/8A Today, 02:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 216
Posted By chrispratt
+1 for what Sam said. Chris

+1 for what Sam said.

Chris
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2019, 08:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,429
Posted By chrispratt
Sheepskin for me

I've never understood why more people don't choose sheepskin. They are never hot nor cold, they wick away the sweat and are very durable. Mine are sheepskin upholstery not covers.

After 14 years of...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-17-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 816
Posted By chrispratt
YOU NEVER NOW WHO YOU MIGHT SEE ON A SATURDAY

Nice to see Gary Platner out and about exercising “Smokey” on Saturday morning.
It pays to get your flying in early this time of the year in Texas as you can probably tell from the long early morning...
Forum: ADS-B 08-10-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 414
Posted By chrispratt
Kudos to Garmin and Walt Aronow

Perhaps this information will be of help to someone operating a Garmin GTX345.

I was an early adopter on the ADS-B requirement and had one installed about 2.5 years ago -- A Garmin GTX345 ADS-B...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,680
Posted By chrispratt
Gee, and to think that stuff sat deep underground...

Gee, and to think that stuff sat deep underground for 60 million years without expiring. Isn't marketing amazing :D What next, putting a date on beer? Oh, wait...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-08-2019, 06:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 257
Posted By chrispratt
See Walt Aronow, EXP Aircraft at 52F (Northwest...

See Walt Aronow, EXP Aircraft at 52F (Northwest Regional) 972-746-5154

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 08-07-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,138
Posted By chrispratt
Welcome. Just wait until the really hot weather...

Welcome. Just wait until the really hot weather gets here :eek:

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,893
Posted By chrispratt
Doug: The taildraggers are no better when it...

Doug: The taildraggers are no better when it comes to losing a brake. I had a brake master cylinder failure (left brake) on one of my early Phase 1 landings and promptly exited the runway surface...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,893
Posted By chrispratt
Brake update

Hey Scott: Here's an update for you. I removed the right brake caliper today and sure enough, I put that puck in the wrong way as well. At least my "Gremlin" was consistent. Everything is back...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,893
Posted By chrispratt
Amen, brother. Chris

Amen, brother.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,893
Posted By chrispratt
That is my Sunday chore, Scott. Thanks for...

That is my Sunday chore, Scott. Thanks for reading.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,893
Posted By chrispratt
BACON SAVED – AIRPLANE MECHANICS ROCK

I’ll admit right up front that the problem was my fault. But the reason for my posting is to thank Orin Baudette for saving my bacon and helping me get back in the air when I was away from home base....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By chrispratt
Northwest Regional for now. Hopefully Aero Valley...

Northwest Regional for now. Hopefully Aero Valley in the near future.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-21-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,536
Posted By chrispratt
I noticed this same thing years ago. I had stains...

I noticed this same thing years ago. I had stains under the wing near a leaky fuel quick-drain. I replaced the quick-drain. A few weeks later the stains were gone through no effort of my own. I think...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 12:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By chrispratt
I used it for my flaps. 14 years and counting. I...

I used it for my flaps. 14 years and counting. I put it on the underside of wing where the flap retracts rather than the flap itself so that if it yellows you won't see it. It will scuff the paint a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 686
Posted By chrispratt
Amen to what Phil said. At a minimum use covers...

Amen to what Phil said.

At a minimum use covers for the pitot tube, cowling inlets (such as Bruce's Custom Covers provides), fuel vents. Exhaust and static ports not a bad idea either. The southern...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-18-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,670
Posted By chrispratt
Hmmm! Would be the perfect replacement for my GNC...

Hmmm! Would be the perfect replacement for my GNC 250XL.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 318
Posted By chrispratt
Milestones

Maybe I’m just sentimental, but as I just passed 800 hours on the airplane I built, it gave me pause to think about some of the great memories this airplane has helped create. Of course my first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 953
Posted By chrispratt
Let's say "a little more than surprised". Trying...

Let's say "a little more than surprised". Trying to figure out what was going on at 300 ft altitude is a real lesson in flight discipline and very revealing about what your mental check-list tells...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 953
Posted By chrispratt
FWIW If you have an Infinity stick grip or...

FWIW If you have an Infinity stick grip or similar you can inadvertently depress the autopilot button on the stick and it will engage the Track mode. I did this once while practicing touch and go's....
Forum: ADS-B 06-10-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,764
Posted By chrispratt
Maybe Fis-B is showing the future weather :-). I...

Maybe Fis-B is showing the future weather :-). I flew to Bowie, Texas 0F2 on Sunday morning. Sky clear. Ten miles out from Bowie the ADS-B weather on my Aera 660 showed red and yellow covering all of...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-13-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 871
Posted By chrispratt
Keep at it. You'll have the satisfaction of...

Keep at it. You'll have the satisfaction of flying your very own creation and have fun along the way. Very few people can say that.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 05-12-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 871
Posted By chrispratt
Beautiful Mother's Day for Flying

After a lot of rain in the North Texas area lately, it was great to see blue skies and cool air for Sunday’s flying.

https://photos.smugmug.com/VAF-Postings/i-WM25DMK/0/3eaaed98/M/IMG_3257-M.jpg...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-03-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,481
Posted By chrispratt
Just for reference, here's my install under the...

Just for reference, here's my install under the vertical stabilizer in my RV-8.

https://photos.smugmug.com/VAF-Postings/i-dXMqNbQ/0/7fb04be6/L/IMG_3888-L.jpg...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
Posted By chrispratt
Curious-er and curios-er as the saying goes. I'd...

Curious-er and curios-er as the saying goes. I'd like to hear what your A&P says. Hopefully it's something as simple as a shorter belt.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-18-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,492
Posted By chrispratt
Check the belt designation. In case it is a 7365,...

Check the belt designation. In case it is a 7365, then here's my post from June 2018. If it's a 7360 then -- "never mind" as Gilda Radnor would say.

"mm, interesting Carl. The belt B&C sent me was a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,250
Posted By chrispratt
Miles: Speaking of similarities -- I see the...

Miles:

Speaking of similarities -- I see the Cessna 170B in your signature line. My dad bought one for my brother and I to fly back when we were in college and still learning to fly. 1956 was the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,250
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you, Tom. It was fun to do. Chris

Thank you, Tom. It was fun to do.

Chris
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,167
Posted By chrispratt
Many years ago I asked an Aeroshell rep this same...

Many years ago I asked an Aeroshell rep this same question. He said that for the Texas climate the 100W+ was fine year-round and also the least expensive.

Unless you do a lot of cross-country...
Forum: Tools 01-02-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,738
Posted By chrispratt
Talking Ron: The phrase "We're not worthy" comes to...

Ron:

The phrase "We're not worthy" comes to mind. Pure admiration for your setup. I'll put it on my "to do" list :D

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 12-16-2018, 06:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,734
Posted By chrispratt
We look forward to meeting you. Welcome.

We look forward to meeting you. Welcome.
Forum: Texas (North) 12-15-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,734
Posted By chrispratt
Beautiful Day for BBQ in Texas

It was one of those days you hope for because they never seem to happen on the days you have free to fly.

It was CAVU in Texas with cool temps that make the airplane perform its best, no...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 12-10-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,612
Posted By chrispratt
I noticed that Joe used full flaps in this...

I noticed that Joe used full flaps in this particular video. And in Post #8 referenced above he suggests experimenting with and without flaps. I'd be curious if Joe ever came to a conclusion as to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-05-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By chrispratt
If you go the replacement route, you can also...

If you go the replacement route, you can also check with Whelen. Their replacement LEDs use the same form factor as the original style and importantly the same holes for mounting. This is the route I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,548
Posted By chrispratt
Michael: This is how I hold my static lines in...

Michael:

This is how I hold my static lines in place in my RV-8. No drilling needed. Cable clamps have held up for 13 years to date. Buy online at RadioShack.com Part...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-16-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,243
Posted By chrispratt
Mike: I think you'll find Prosper and Argyle are...

Mike:

I think you'll find Prosper and Argyle are pretty far away from what we locals consider N Dallas. I live in "N Dallas" -- about two miles from Addison airport.

Addison is expensive, has a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,545
Posted By chrispratt
My 2 cents is that an 80 gallon compressor from...

My 2 cents is that an 80 gallon compressor from Home Depot or Lowe's will work fine unless you're a commercial shop; and it will cost way less than $2K.

My Home Depot compressor cost about $800 at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,633
Posted By chrispratt
LYLE: I hope you've solved your issue by now. If...

LYLE:

I hope you've solved your issue by now. If not, here's my recent experience.

(Note: My engine is an O-360-A1A, pressure transducer is from Van's kit and mounted on the firewall)

I started...
Forum: Reviews 11-08-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,564
Posted By chrispratt
Plus 1

+1 for this wheel/tire. I've had one for a couple of years now and it is so much better than the standard wheel/tire that comes with the kits. Much softer ride, less noise, less vibration. It's worth...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-05-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,456
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you for the comments. My friend was...

Thank you for the comments. My friend was surprised when I told him there were no charges for landing fees or using the airspace for smaller planes. He was impressed with the whole idea. Can't do...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,456
Posted By chrispratt
Carl (RV8JD) - if you're reading this your...

Carl (RV8JD) - if you're reading this your suggestion works. With Apple's "Photo" open on my iMac you can drag an HEIC formatted photo into SmugMug where it will appear as a JPG file. Thanks, this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,562
Posted By chrispratt
Uh, try hand scuffing. As Mel said, you don't...

Uh, try hand scuffing. As Mel said, you don't need that much.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,456
Posted By chrispratt
Just when we thought we were out of the rain, it...

Just when we thought we were out of the rain, it pulled us back in, to paraphrase the Godfather. Rained all day Wednesday, but the weekend was Beautiful with a capital B.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,456
Posted By chrispratt
Trying it, but slowly. Still working middle of...

Trying it, but slowly. Still working middle of the week. Hey, this retirement thing is expensive.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 11-01-2018, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,456
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Carl. I'm discovering some of this the...

Thank you Carl. I'm discovering some of this the hard way. I appreciate the suggestion and will try that with SmugMug this evening. It will certainly save some extra steps and aggravation.

Chris
Forum: Texas (North) 10-31-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,456
Posted By chrispratt
I LOVE MONDAYS

What better way to spend a beautiful Monday than some formation flying on the way to get barbecue. I have a friend visiting from Thailand and wanted to introduce him to the RV world and create a...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,271
Posted By chrispratt
I think this is about the fourth time in 13 years...

I think this is about the fourth time in 13 years this runway has been under water at least partially. I'm more worried about the restaurant which has been flooded four times in that same period and...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,271
Posted By chrispratt
If you are referring to the trailing edge side of...

If you are referring to the trailing edge side of the tip it is just the original style wingtip from Van and not the "batwing" tip style used later. As Vic says below, it may be an optical illusion...
Forum: Texas (North) 10-21-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,271
Posted By chrispratt
RAIN CHECK for NORTH TEXAS

After several weeks of miserable rain in North Texas, we finally got some relief in the form of a gorgeous Fall day. So everyone with a plane seemed to be out flying today.

With record setting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,114
Posted By chrispratt
I used .032 aluminum with nutplates (3 per side)...

I used .032 aluminum with nutplates (3 per side) for the lower cowl on my RV-8. After 13 years (765 hours) the aluminum cracked near the inboard nutplate on both sides. I think this is a good...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-26-2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,598
Posted By chrispratt
Doug: I practice them at cruise speed. I thought...

Doug: I practice them at cruise speed. I thought the whole point of a Chandelle was to get you out of a suddenly dicey situation such as flying into a box canyon. It's meant to get you turned around...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,692
Posted By chrispratt
I switched from chains to the "Silver Bullet",...

I switched from chains to the "Silver Bullet", very similar to other steering links like the rocket, when it first became available about 10-11 years ago. I've never gone back to the chains....
Forum: Fiberglass 09-09-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,968
Posted By chrispratt
I used the same paint and process - Sherwin...

I used the same paint and process - Sherwin Williams Acry Glo -- that I used on the outside. It has held up well for 13 years.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-09-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,646
Posted By chrispratt
It's on my to do list.;) Chris

It's on my to do list.;)

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 760
Posted By chrispratt
Evangelist

Danny has probably "sold" more RV-8s for Van than Van. I mean he's an evangelist for the design and is passionate about the -8 over any other Vans model. He (along with my younger brother) certainly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,685
Posted By chrispratt
This is what my Lycoming contact told me also. He...

This is what my Lycoming contact told me also. He said cool is good for engines.

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,176
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you, Chris

Thank you,

Chris
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,176
Posted By chrispratt
Results

Steve;

Thanks for the advice on configuring my G5 standalone setup. The picture below shows the result after calibration. Obviously not all of the G5’s capabilities are being used since it’s a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2018, 06:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 738
Posted By chrispratt
Joe: If this is the cable you receive from Vans,...

Joe:

If this is the cable you receive from Vans, pretty much all of them split especially wherever they make contact with structure and rub. These cables were not designed for aviation use (it says...
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2018, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,433
Posted By chrispratt
Jason: When I built my RV-8 15 years ago there...

Jason:

When I built my RV-8 15 years ago there was no option from Vans, only the standard 2515. When I spoke with a Vans rep back then I was told that darker tints were not legal for night flying...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-28-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,646
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you. Chris

Thank you.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 43,637
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks for this. I didn't know about the "get out...

Thanks for this. I didn't know about the "get out of jail free card". I've had the same problem that Kenny and others complained about - not having a pass for the day I am leaving. It is ridiculous....
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