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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 08:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Snowflake
That's what would get it under $40K. Pick up a...

That's what would get it under $40K. Pick up a used O-320 for $10-15K and you're flying, apart from your time to do the install.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-18-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By Snowflake
If you don't mind a little work...

If you don't mind a little work first:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=165135
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-16-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,117
Posted By Snowflake
Some photos here: ...

Some photos here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/4dpWm1PoPoEbKvuBA
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 331
Posted By Snowflake
If you're referring to the panel that is riveted...

If you're referring to the panel that is riveted to the top skin, and has longitudinal ribs riveted to it that extend forward to the firewall, yes, it is structural.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe a flip-down rear-view mirror?

Maybe a flip-down rear-view mirror?
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-08-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,406
Posted By Snowflake
Perhaps consider replacing the assembly with this...

Perhaps consider replacing the assembly with this updated design:
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=157963
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,166
Posted By Snowflake
This was my thought as well. Why not in the...

This was my thought as well. Why not in the middle, right above the throttle?

Otherwise, if the mag switches can stay on one side, the starter could as well. If you can reach one, you can reach...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
Where did you get the Leatherman model? That's...

Where did you get the Leatherman model? That's the same one I carry all the time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,879
Posted By Snowflake
This is only true if profit is charged as a fixed...

This is only true if profit is charged as a fixed amount on every part, and not a percentage markup on cost. At least in the consumer electronics space, percentage markup on cost is the way it...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-02-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,304
Posted By Snowflake
Yay! 15 years, and probably one of the few RV's...

Yay! 15 years, and probably one of the few RV's in Canada with legal registration marks... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,970
Posted By Snowflake
My flying school did that as well, and we only...

My flying school did that as well, and we only had a problem if the RPM was higher than 1000rpm. At or below that, you could shut the key off, wait long enough to hear the engine had stopped firing,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-01-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,335
Posted By Snowflake
Please do not follow this advice. Constantly...

Please do not follow this advice. Constantly increasing the pull all the way around with no reference to G is a good way to stall or snap roll off the top unexpectedly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,970
Posted By Snowflake
I agree with the "keep it simple" doctrine as...

I agree with the "keep it simple" doctrine as well, so I have three toggle switches side by side: Left, Right, and Start. Left and Right are ON-OFF toggles, Start is (ON)-OFF (ie. momentary ON). ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,070
Posted By Snowflake
True, but while balancing a prop you will go to...

True, but while balancing a prop you will go to full throttle to get a complete vibration profile.

The point someone made about vibration readings changing with/without the cowl may be valid... If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,918
Posted By Snowflake
Might want to check that. In Canada at least, if...

Might want to check that. In Canada at least, if you're flying out of an uncontrolled field but you have an operable radio, you must make radio calls. Are the regs in the US different?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,521
Posted By Snowflake
You're right. On further searching, I found that...

You're right. On further searching, I found that the sites offering them in the $100-130 range here in North America all offer that they can be made in custom stroke lengths and with custom...
Forum: ADS-B 09-24-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,181
Posted By Snowflake
I believe the FlightBox implementation has a...

I believe the FlightBox implementation has a read-only filesystem. As @akschu says, the default on the self-built Stratux boxes is for read/write.

I've been running one for two years, updating the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 810
Posted By Snowflake
This is how I tighten mine as well. The filter...

This is how I tighten mine as well. The filter says right on it to tighten 3/4 turn after contact, i've never considered using a torque wrench.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,521
Posted By Snowflake
I don't see a 5" stroke on any of those, but...

I don't see a 5" stroke on any of those, but earlier in the thread it was said that these ones are the same 5" stroke as the stock actuator. Is it a 6" that's been limited somehow? Let's be sure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,586
Posted By Snowflake
There are other reasons for the change, though. ...

There are other reasons for the change, though. The original -6 tip-up had arms that came straight back from the hinge points to the canopy frame. The slots were necessary to allow the canopy to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,373
Posted By Snowflake
Try keeping an aerodynamically indeterminate...

Try keeping an aerodynamically indeterminate shape like a canopy in a straight line at 150mph... Given the starting orientation, it's likely it will climb as it departs, possibly clearing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,373
Posted By Snowflake
Definitely a consideration, which is why the...

Definitely a consideration, which is why the thought was that you'd try to get the tail into the water first to bleed off some speed, then the mains and one wing the same time... Gut feel is that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,373
Posted By Snowflake
Luigi, do you recall, when you contacted the...

Luigi, do you recall, when you contacted the water, decelerated, and ultimately flipped, was it more of a gradual change, or did it feel like a very sudden, jarring stop?

I fly over water regularly...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,649
Posted By Snowflake
Ditto, with one additional note... I love the...

Ditto, with one additional note... I love the link for steering on the ground, i'm sure it saves on brake pad wear. That said, I had the locking pin wear on me at one point and before I got to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,586
Posted By Snowflake
Here's a thought... If the struts are attached,...

Here's a thought... If the struts are attached, and the canopy is trying to exit up and back, the struts should help raise the front of the canopy into the slipstream (and perhaps over your head) as...
Forum: Safety 09-11-2018, 07:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,299
Posted By Snowflake
It's in my signature...

It's in my signature...
Forum: Safety 09-10-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,299
Posted By Snowflake
If I were to fly a 60kt circuit i'd have the...

If I were to fly a 60kt circuit i'd have the tower asking me to speed up to accommodate the Cessna traffic behind me... :)

With manual flap, I find that it's not practical to apply all the flap at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,269
Posted By Snowflake
I read someone suggesting this here a few months...

I read someone suggesting this here a few months ago and have found it's made my wheel landings a lot more consistent. There's almost always a *little* bit of a crosswind, and I find if I "feel" for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 814
Posted By Snowflake
The aluminium adjusters appear to be an...

The aluminium adjusters appear to be an alternative to having the short fabric tab to pull on when you want to loosen your belt. You can see the difference if you compare the "black anodized...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-07-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By Snowflake
How much closer is your head to the roll bar on...

How much closer is your head to the roll bar on the canopy with that mod? From where the seat back is in your photo, I suspect I would bump it while wearing my helmet...
Forum: Safety 09-04-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By Snowflake
Owners of -6, -7, and -12 tip-ups have had...

Owners of -6, -7, and -12 tip-ups have had canopies open in flight (usually due to forgetting to latch on departure) and they can be flown normally apart from the canopy sitting partly open (6" or so...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-04-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,907
Posted By Snowflake
I haven't seen anyone mention MGL in this thread,...

I haven't seen anyone mention MGL in this thread, but they too have glass panel fully integrated systems. I understand that the layout and presentation is nearly completely customizable as well, so...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 441
Views: 269,494
Posted By Snowflake
Those "nuts" look like inserts used in injection...

Those "nuts" look like inserts used in injection molding... They give you a solid brass thread when molded into a plastic body. The knurling on the outside is to give good security in the plastic. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By Snowflake
My -6 had a removable scoop when I bought it. ...

My -6 had a removable scoop when I bought it. About 15 screws hold it on, with tinnerman washers and nutplates in the cowl. For access, I love it. I can do an oil change by just removing the top...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
I wouldn't want to give up the stiffness of the...

I wouldn't want to give up the stiffness of the complete ring. I'd rather unscrew the arms from the front plate if I needed access.
Forum: Rocket 09-02-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,535
Posted By Snowflake
Won't that just add drag? :P

Won't that just add drag? :P
Forum: Rocket 08-31-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,535
Posted By Snowflake
Could save yourself some time and effort and pick...

Could save yourself some time and effort and pick up this one:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=163710

I can vouch (as a passenger) that it lives up to it's name. Built by a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 9,373
Posted By Snowflake
What I remember most about that video was seeing...

What I remember most about that video was seeing the canopy slid back before touchdown... And being 100% certain that it would slam shut when contact was made with the water. I have to duck a bit to...
Forum: Rocket 08-31-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,535
Posted By Snowflake
I haven't flown either, but my impression of...

I haven't flown either, but my impression of sitting in the -8 and an HRII on the ground is that there is more room for the pilot in an HRII (I expect the F-1 is similar). This seems...
Forum: Safety 08-30-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,731
Posted By Snowflake
And if I recall correctly, eliminating those...

And if I recall correctly, eliminating those three alone is enough to make it safer than driving.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
No, but there are a lot more old panels that have...

No, but there are a lot more old panels that have them. I was thinking more for retrofit applications... Due to changes over the years i've ended up with two spare 3" holes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
Here's a thought... How about fitting 6 switches...

Here's a thought... How about fitting 6 switches into a standard 3" instrument hole?
Forum: RV-10 08-18-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,897
Posted By Snowflake
Hmm... In formation, you could give a BEEP and...

Hmm... In formation, you could give a BEEP and let lead know you're in position. Or get his attention when your radio conks out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2018, 09:23 AM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
These look really good, so I offer this as...

These look really good, so I offer this as constructive feedback that may improve the product! The two posts out to the panel for the DB9 connector seem to be less beefy than one might want......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
Resistors will work, but they do generate heat......

Resistors will work, but they do generate heat... More dimming, more heat.

The best way to dim an LED is through Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) where you pulse the LED at high frequency to reduce the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 980
Posted By Snowflake
I just ordered parts from them a few weeks ago...

I just ordered parts from them a few weeks ago and used a rather obviously made-up company name using my last name. No questions, no issues, and I had the parts in two or three days. It appears the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 641
Posted By Snowflake
I've seen a few RV-8's with an access panel...

I've seen a few RV-8's with an access panel between the back of the avionics space and the forward baggage compartment. It may be possible to add that now, while you have everything open, if you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,135
Posted By Snowflake
Only if he has 20" letters under one...

Only if he has 20" letters under one wing!


Righto, never mind then... :)

Congratulations on the first flight!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-08-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 42,433
Posted By Snowflake
Note that the nosewheel is off the ground as...

Note that the nosewheel is off the ground as well. If the nosewheel were lowered the mains would come off the ground with the jacks that far extended.
Forum: Job Board 08-03-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By Snowflake
That's awesome. :D Sounds like a great place to...

That's awesome. :D

Sounds like a great place to work, if I were US-based I would probably apply! :P
Forum: Safety 08-02-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,959
Posted By Snowflake
It would be great if a company like Bison...

It would be great if a company like Bison Mountain would make a triangle-shaped bag that could go in this location, to help contain the items up there. You could lock it in place with a flap that...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,798
Posted By Snowflake
Looking very, very nice. Congratulations!

Looking very, very nice. Congratulations!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 755
Views: 151,703
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe a silly question, but why not just use one...

Maybe a silly question, but why not just use one of the buttons as a test button? or if a different size/shape is desired for identification, then just a simple round pushbutton?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,418
Posted By Snowflake
Note that most RV's do not have cowl flaps, so...

Note that most RV's do not have cowl flaps, so this one must have a reason. Possibly just because it's in California, needs a little extra airflow?


I'd recommend doing a search on here for RV-6...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2018, 07:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,551
Posted By Snowflake
It would be good to know where exactly the extra...

It would be good to know where exactly the extra hole is. Is it in the carry through structure, in the wing spar, or is it just a close tooling hole?

A photo might show you whether it's in an area...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-19-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,949
Posted By Snowflake
I think i've posted this before in other photo...

I think i've posted this before in other photo threads, but for anyone who hasn't seen it, this image resizer has to be the easiest way for a user to resize before uploading: ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,949
Posted By Snowflake
Any thread that had picasa/etc. images...

Any thread that had picasa/etc. images linked.
Any thread that has halie images linked.

I'd love to go back and update any posts i've made with links to the photos moved to a new site. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,949
Posted By Snowflake
Oddly enough, it works from my office in...

Oddly enough, it works from my office in Victoria, but not my house in Sidney. Both in BC, Canada. I guess the geofencing isn't perfect... :)
Forum: COMM 07-18-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 929
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, if you wired an external intercom to the...

Steve, if you wired an external intercom to the pilot's headset jacks, how would the GTR know that an intercom was connected instead of a heaset? Many portable intercoms work specifically by...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-17-2018, 03:23 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,949
Posted By Snowflake
A cautionary note for people using Halie.com: It...

A cautionary note for people using Halie.com: It has become geofenced in some areas due to abuse, which means a number of photos here have "disappeared." Over time, as more people (outside of VAF)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,416
Posted By Snowflake
Is that for all photos on Halie? Darn, and I...

Is that for all photos on Halie? Darn, and I thought that was going to be a good solution for the image hosting problem here. Another one bites the dust?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,416
Posted By Snowflake
No photo for me either, and i'm at home not at...

No photo for me either, and i'm at home not at work.
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