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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By Dugaru
Also a plus one, this time for Hampton

Good food at that place, and lots of friendly small-town airport types wandering around. We really liked it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 531
Posted By Dugaru
+1 on Chatham

The food there was pretty good. Definitely a crowd to get in.

Provincetown (KPVC) is also a good place to visit. Airport is beautifully located, and a quick Uber ride from the town itself, which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,601
Posted By Dugaru
Very punny

I see what you did there. :D
Forum: ADS-B 06-19-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By Dugaru
Foreflight

I pinged them when I thought it was only my problem. They got back to me and told me they are investigating a "possible tower transmission issue."
Forum: ADS-B 06-19-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By Dugaru
Aircraft owners are weird

So it turns out a multi-zillion-dollar system imposed as an expensive regulatory requirement appears to be urping with respect to the one real benefit it gives GA pilots.....

....but as an aircraft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,130
Posted By Dugaru
Serviceability is big

Your priorities are wise. I recently did some work on a particularly well-hidden piece of gear behind my panel, and found myself wishing that its installation had been better thought out.

It...
Forum: ADS-B 06-18-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 561
Posted By Dugaru
ADS-B Nexrad AWOL

Anyone else have any trouble getting ADS-B Nexrad in the air yesterday (I was in the Mid-Atlantic area)?

My Foreflight/iPad/Scout combo showed a good signal, identified a number of towers, and was...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-18-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 398
Posted By Dugaru
Virginia to Provincetown, MA

Went from W96 (New Kent International Aerodrome) to Provincetown, MA in under 3 hours last Saturday.

The RV is truly a time machine. I've taken (much) longer than that just to drive to Cape Cod...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 560
Posted By Dugaru
Additional considerations

It would be worth your while to confirm (a) that the seller actually owns the airplane and (b) that there are no liens on it. See generally: ...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-10-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 930
Posted By Dugaru
Great photo

As cool as KFFA is, I think it's still underrated. Next time you're in that area, head south a bit and check out Ocracoke Island. Really nifty.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,606
Posted By Dugaru
We don’t actually disagree of course....

“As a practical matter, I think a certified GPS IFR navigator is the bare minimum for a usable IFR training and traveling platform.”
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,606
Posted By Dugaru
Further comments on good advice

Agreed, for this kind of investment it would make sense for you to get a share of the plane. I think the overall plan is a good one; even though a 7A might not be the perfect basic IFR trainer I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 09:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Dugaru
AHRS-ectomy complete!

Well it took some doing, but a combination of passenger stick & seat removal let me wriggle in there and extract the ancient AHRS—albeit at some length and with copious cursing appropriate to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Dugaru
Trying to picture this

So you're saying to use the same shelf, but to have the replacement (Adaptive) AHRS hang from that shelf, rather than sit on top of it?

If I understand what you're getting at, this strikes me as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 01:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Dugaru
Thanks

Just the kind of info I needed, many thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 08:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 726
Posted By Dugaru
Difficult AHRS-ectomy

So my old GRT AHRS has developed the leans. After some attempted fixes based on advice from GRT, it looks like it's flown west for good. I've decided to upgrade it to their new Adaptive AHRS. I'm...
Forum: ADS-B 05-17-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 844
Posted By Dugaru
Interesting you would mention this

I flew to AVL for the first time a few months ago, and was amazed that the tower was able to "see" me even while I was pretty much nestled among the mountains to the east.

Absolutely beautiful...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,213
Posted By Dugaru
autopilots

I agree. And I don't think this is limited to RVs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,213
Posted By Dugaru
Tried it once

Yes. I'd say it was like bringing a .22 to a gunfight: not perfect gear for the job, but vastly better than nothing.

Meanwhile, I've flown a non-precision GPS approach with a Garmin G5 and an iPad...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 03:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,213
Posted By Dugaru
Solid point

Emphasis on FULLY charged. Not something I fully appreciated. I'll spare everyone a repeat of my saga. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 19,705
Posted By Dugaru
About insurers denying coverage

This is a very common, and frequently expressed, belief among general aviation pilots, but I've never seen any data suggesting it's true. My lawyer sense tells me that coverage denials for minor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,556
Posted By Dugaru
Wish I had thought of that

The text-message system is a GREAT idea.

I'd love to get a text if/when the hold gets saturated; something like "FREAKING FURBALL AT FISKE UFN" would be sufficient.

And if I inadvertently left...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,704
Posted By Dugaru
You said it

As Ernest Gann pointed out years ago, the Appalachians are surprisingly effective producers of bad weather. Usually nothing like the towering t-storms (and worse!) of the great plains, of course, but...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-06-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 891
Posted By Dugaru
Same here

Same here. Mine arrived with a little packet of anti-seize. I made it "good and tight" and then safety wired. IIRC, I used a Tempest oil filter torque wrench, just pushing past the click at 17...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,057
Posted By Dugaru
Really, really cool.

Great pics!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 13,551
Posted By Dugaru
I've also been an "Army" RVator

I try to make it clear, but people sometimes hear "Army."

I was once asked what I was flying by.... a "fellow" Army pilot!

A passenger once thought I called my Cherokee a "turkey," for what that's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,123
Posted By Dugaru
This is key

Excellent idea.

Mine was NOT set up this way by the original builder. It was spring-loaded to return to center from the down position, but would stay in the "up" position. And (just as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,116
Posted By Dugaru
First flight

This thread is stupendous!! Well done.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,795
Posted By Dugaru
Important points

I'm not an electrical engineer, I don't play one one TV, and I didn't spend last night at a Holiday Inn Express.

BUT, perhaps for these very reasons, I actually am a guy who experienced a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 682
Posted By Dugaru
Not a Yaesu fan

I have been very, very unhappy with my Yaesu FTA-550.

(1) The battery status indication on the screen is misleading. I checked mine before one flight, it read "half." I figured I was good to go. ...
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
I did not claim, and do not think, that there is...

I did not claim, and do not think, that there is any "conspiracy about trying to sell GMC 307 units over 507 units."

I did claim--correctly--that Garmin and others were continuing to market the...
Forum: Autopilots 03-08-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
A different perspective

Levi:

I very much appreciate your response. I understand what you're trying to say, but as an early adopter of the 307/G5 combination, I can't help but look at it a bit differently. Let me explain...
Forum: Autopilots 03-08-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
Garmin will know, but...

...I don't think the 307 has any audio alert capability. If you are like me, with a G5 and 307 combination (rather than a G3X), I don't think you'll get any audio related to the autopilot.

This has...
Forum: Autopilots 03-06-2019, 02:05 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
Another idea

I was thinking more along the lines of a trade-in deal. The GMC 307 was superseded pretty quickly, and since the 507 is significantly better and costs the same, I'm feeling some pain as a result of...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,648
Posted By Dugaru
Great idea

I’m totally stealing this idea. My padding is kind of kludgy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,843
Posted By Dugaru
That time of year: improving cabin heat

I've had some modest success improving the cabin warmth of my RV-9A, and I owe it all to the various posts here. So I thought I would list what I've done, in the hope that some other freezing RVer...
Forum: RV-10 03-01-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,648
Posted By Dugaru
My gust lock solution

Rudder: I made a rectangle out of PVC piping (it's really more of a trapezoid, because it's wider at the front end and narrower at the rear, like the RV's tail). I added some padding, and I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 881
Posted By Dugaru
One easy solution

I use one of those plastic document holders that auto repair shops use to hold paperwork. It has a grommet at the top, and I just zip tied it to a spot near the "entrance" to the RV-9A. :)
Forum: Autopilots 02-27-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
Makes sense

Any upgrade path available for us early adopters?
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 02-26-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,101
Posted By Dugaru
Oh no!

Yet ANOTHER reason to crave a Grumman Widgeon. As if I needed another reason. Those things are SO cool.

True, when I mentioned that I might want a Grumman flying boat some day, my insurance agent...
Forum: Reviews 02-20-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,351
Posted By Dugaru
I had a different setup

My plane was originally equipped with Duckworks lights (I think) with a rectangular mounting hole in a bracket near the wingtip.

I removed the existing light and mounted one of the Squadron Pro...
Forum: Reviews 02-20-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,351
Posted By Dugaru
S2 Pros

That's pretty impressive!!! Starting to think I should save $ and install one of those for my taxi light. Did you install "spots," "driving," or "flood"?
Forum: Reviews 02-20-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,351
Posted By Dugaru
Suspect I'll end up with something similar

First I need to figure out my current setup (I'm not the builder). I've got a rocker switch for the landing light (right wing), a rocker switch for the taxi light (left wing), and a rocker switch...
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,351
Posted By Dugaru
Being a "flasher" seems like a good idea...

...especially in the busy airspace I tend to tool around in.

But this means I'm going to have to (a) find the circuit that my builder installed to flash the old incandescent lights, then (b)...
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,351
Posted By Dugaru
Report: Baja Designs Squadron Pro as landing light

Just installed a Squadron Pro to replace my old landing light. I was absolutely shocked at the performance!! That thing is not big but it is seriously freaking bright. Highly recommended.

I used...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 02-16-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,101
Posted By Dugaru
Agree

My previous IFR experience was in a Warrior, and the 9A is noticeably more sensitive in pitch (or perhaps it just seems that way because it climbs a lot faster!).

My autopilot took a nap on me once...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,858
Posted By Dugaru
Also happy with the Mountain High O2D2

+1. It's a tremendous gadget, really cuts down on the O2 usage. Looks like they recently introduced an improved model, as well.

I was pondering getting my own setup to fill O2 tanks but discovered...
Forum: Autopilots 02-07-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
G5 based systems

Also my conclusion! Is there an upgrade path?

The 307's lack of an audible warning of autopilot disconnect is a major disadvantage.

Also, given that they are the same price, is there any reason...
Forum: Autopilots 02-04-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dugaru
GMC 307 vs. GMC 507

Both the GMC 307 and the GMC 507 appear to be available for sale currently, and it looks like they're the same price. This prompts two questions:

1. Is there any reason anyone would still choose...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-04-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,214
Posted By Dugaru
Pretty similar to mine

My -9A, 160hp O-320 and a CS prop, gets about 158KTAS at 7000-8000, wide open, and about 7.7 gph, TOW maybe 1550.
Forum: Autopilots 02-01-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By Dugaru
Forgot I had this

From about a year ago. This was a fairly gentle turn at cruise speed, and the overshoot was about 6 degrees, with maybe +/- 30 feet on the altitude. Both would be more pronounced on a 90-degree...
Forum: Autopilots 02-01-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By Dugaru
We should compare notes

GFB, what are your current settings for your autopilot? Since we fly the same aircraft, I'm thinking we should probably compare notes.

I'll try to get out to the hangar this weekend and write mine...
Forum: Autopilots 02-01-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By Dugaru
Interesting point

Starting to wonder if this is my issue. Or perhaps I'm not allowing the AP to fly a steep enough bank angle.
Forum: Autopilots 01-31-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 845
Posted By Dugaru
Next Garmin autopilot question

So I've got the 307, G5, and two GSA28s in an RV-9A. What kind of "accuracy" should I be seeing in turns if the autopilot is properly configured?

For example, let's say the autopilot is flying this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,203
Posted By Dugaru
Another possibility

Could also have been somebody on the ground. Hence the ILS Hold Short line.

But antenna is probably the best theory.
Forum: Autopilots 01-29-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,368
Posted By Dugaru
Got it

This was an extremely helpful explanation -- and I can't wait to try it out. Many thanks for the prompt and detailed response.

Agree completely about GPS approaches being preferable to ILSs, for...
Forum: Autopilots 01-28-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,368
Posted By Dugaru
Okay so I remain clueless

So:

- I've got the latest software installed, and the latest pilot guide for the G5.

- My gear is a G5, a 307, and a 430W.

- I can set up and fly a coupled GPS approach, including an LPV with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 957
Posted By Dugaru
Same here.

+1. We flew in a gaggle of small planes to the Dominican Republic with one of Jim Parker's groups a few years back and couldn't have asked for better treatment from the various government types....
Forum: Northeast 01-24-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,943
Posted By Dugaru
Was just going to say the same thing

Love the "airplane sitting on the lake" shot!
Forum: Autopilots 01-22-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,368
Posted By Dugaru
I need to RTLFM (read the LATEST freaking manual)

Ah. This is all becoming clear to me now. I really appreciate the info.
Forum: Autopilots 01-22-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,368
Posted By Dugaru
Excellent

Many thanks. I'm definitely getting the green diamonds. So now comes the hard part: figuring out what I'm doing wrong! :)

I was thrown off by pages 169 and 172 of the G5 Install Manual and Pilot...
Forum: Autopilots 01-22-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,368
Posted By Dugaru
coupling to VOR/ILS

Thanks -- so my G5/307/430W should be able to do this?
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