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Forum: Safety 10-16-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,950
Posted By pvalovich

Checkout - the best website I've found for both wind and cloud cover depiction. Not iron-clad, but gives an excellent idea of where the clouds are - and their bases. Also allows future...
Forum: ADS-B 10-11-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 471
Posted By pvalovich
RV-8A ADS-B Solution - Looking for Feedback

After what seems like endless data gathering, analysis and forum feedback I've narrowed my ADS-B options to two:
1. EchoUAT/SkyFYX with SkyFYX mounted on glareshield; UAT inputs AFS 4500 and IPad.
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-02-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,271
Posted By pvalovich
The Edge Is Still Part of the Envelope

As a former Navy A-4 Adversary pilot who spent a lot of time maneuvering the A-4 at the edge of a departure, the primary thing to keep in mind when maneuvering - the airplane doesn't know or care...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,757
Posted By pvalovich
RV 192NM

There are a lot of slower white airplanes out there. I always use RV 192NM to let pattern traffic know that there will be a faster RV approaching the pattern.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,022
Posted By pvalovich
Hot Starts in the Desert

FWIW - may not apply 100% but it always works for me at IYK where the temp is over 100 degrees every summer afternoon. Use this after restarting after an engine shutdown; fist start of the day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,322
Posted By pvalovich
Sierra Roller

It's not necessarily the known areas of turbulence that will get you. I regularly fly over the Southern Sierra so some turbulence is usually a part of every flight.

-8A, 7500 enroute home from Kern...
Forum: Safety 06-07-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,315
Posted By pvalovich
Brake Stupidity - How?

Doing my 7th condition inspection on my -8A. Replace the brake pads every year. Right brake showed normal wear and assembly - however, I discovered I had riveted the left brake pads backwards with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,104
Posted By pvalovich

-8 looks better - but with my -8A I don't have serious issues with Eastern Sierra crosswinds. The -8A seems comfortable up to at least 15 kts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,514
Posted By pvalovich
Not for Everyone - But Works for Me

I have a different condition inspection philosophy. I start through the checklist - but where feasible don't immediately "button up" - but will let it sit overnight and come back the next day and...
Forum: RV-10 03-14-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,846
Posted By pvalovich
Why Not an -8A Rudder Trim Kit?

Anyone have a rudder trim system installed on their -8/-8A? If so, where did you get it - or did you design your own?

Just did a 23-hour trek from IYK (CA) to FWQ (PA) and back and even though it...
Forum: ADS-B 02-21-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,634
Posted By pvalovich
A New Old Thread - Updated ADS-B Performance

Indecision might be the key to flexibility, but I'm tired of pondering ADS-B options so have narrowed my options to:
1. Garmin: GDL 82, GDL 52R interfacing with Aera 660
2. echoUAT, SkyFYX-EXT...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,315
Posted By pvalovich
Biased AOA opinion

I'm a former Navy carrier guy so including AOA was a no-brainer decision for me. However I screwed up on the display design/placement.

Use it with an AFS 4500 which shows AOA within the display at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,364
Posted By pvalovich
Remember How You Got Here

Certified vs EAB research should have been one of the main inputs when determining what kind of airplane YOU were going to have. After deciding to go EAB, one of the key early disclaimers was the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By pvalovich

After experiencing manual trim in a Cessna 172 and a friend's RV, I don't see why any reason for it. Electrical trim is much easier, and except for nose up trim in the landing configuration, not an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2017, 09:22 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,324
Posted By pvalovich
Fuel Management

I regularly fly my -8A from California to Pennsylvania and back normally with two fuel stops going east and three flying west.. Have spent a lot of time considering optimum fuel management based on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,158
Posted By pvalovich
What Are Transitions?

I'm not much of a shopper and nearest Costco is 86 miles away.

What are Transition Lenses - and are they available at Rite Aide, Walmart, Walgreens, etc?
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 04:01 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,922
Posted By pvalovich
Altitude Factors

Couple additional things to consider:
1. Outside air temp. My -8A was designed for 100+ degree summer days in the desert. Heating - even with second heat muff - is marginal at best. I start to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,954
Posted By pvalovich
Aircraft Costs

Did you log all expenditures during the build? I tried and probably recorded over 95% of the cost of kit, tools, hardware and "stuff".

Discount the big items that require overhaul based on hours /...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,094
Posted By pvalovich
Wiring Lessons Learned

Nearing seven years and 950 hours, even though my -8A operates flawlessly, the one thing about the build I regret is not taking the time/attention to detail installing the wiring. Its not the ops its...
Forum: ADS-B 11-22-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 29,602
Posted By pvalovich
echo UAT

Just discovered this after talking to Trish at AFS.

I have an RV-8A with GTX 327 / 496 /AFS 4500 / iPad with Foreflight.
Thinking about the combo echo UAT / skyFYX system to interface with 327, AFS...
Forum: ADS-B 11-16-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,998
Posted By pvalovich
ADS-B Options - Update

Does anyone know where an updated list of experimental ADS-B options can be found?

I was going the Navworx route, but we all know how that worked out. Plan B was Garmin - GDL 53, GDL 82 and Aera...
Forum: Safety 11-06-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,754
Posted By pvalovich
Mountain Flying - More Lessons Learned

Saturday afternoon passenger drop-off flight over the Southern Sierra Nevada Mountains from Inyokern (IYK) to Kern Valley (L05) - less than 30 miles. Wind 260/12 at IYK. Climbed to 8500 in clear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,005
Posted By pvalovich
Strobe / LED Swap

-8A with 930+ hrs. About to bite the bullet and swap my trouble-prone strobes with LEDs after a blown 10-amp fuse event of unknown origin. Trying to figure out the better option.

Paul Dye chose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 690
Posted By pvalovich
Exhaust Hangers

-8A with Aerosport IO-360; 900+ hours.

When changing oil, discovered right exhaust hanger tube broken at aft bolt fitting. Anyone know the part number for ordering replacement?

Got to thinking...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-20-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,615
Posted By pvalovich
Gatorade Bottles

The most important tool in the cockpit for 4+ hr. flights by us 70+ year olds.

The A-7 was the first plane I flew that had a pee tube - a cone with the opening about 4 inches wide. The LTV tech rep...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,829
Posted By pvalovich
Everything Is a Compromise

As a former A-4, A-7, F/A-18 pilot, I lean toward low weight max performance. As a long-leg cross country flier (I regularly fly from CA to PA with 650 nm legs) I then appreciate the advantages of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 08:44 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,884
Posted By pvalovich
Each Homebuilt Is Unique

Just to reiterate an earlier post: Use "Standard" gouge from abeam to final as advisory only - although it should be good to within a few knots. Use Phase 1 and beyond to determine what your...
Forum: Autopilots 08-26-2017, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 996
Posted By pvalovich

I've had a TruTrac ADI II in my 8A along with a Garmin 496 and AFS 4500. 900+ hrs. with no complaints. Put a Direst To destination into the 496, hit Alt Hold and Nav and just sit back and watch the...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2017, 08:27 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,790
Posted By pvalovich
Search the Forum

There have been multiple forum discussions regarding ignition systems going back several years. Kitplanes ran a long article about ignition systems when Paul Dye replaced mags with Pmags. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2017, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,289
Posted By pvalovich

Please check your post - I don't understand the problem.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 953
Posted By pvalovich
Garmin ADS-B Solution - What Am I Missing?

After lurking and being confused and observing and studying, I may have somehow reached a workable level of understanding about ADS-B options.

Current configuration is -8A with AFS-4500, GTX-327...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,914
Posted By pvalovich
We're Spoiled!

I have been a Foreflight user since my first flight. No complaints, great customer service, and regular improvements in capabilities. Although not a user, comments indicate the other apps are just as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,628
Posted By pvalovich
Dirt Tiedowns

Heading north next month to view the eclipse and for the first time may have to park my -8A in the dirt. Searched Forum for Tiedown discussions, but as often happens, found a lot of conflicting...
Forum: ADS-B 07-19-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 18,539
Posted By pvalovich
Replacing 327

Paul - any chance you can report the details of your 327 replacement with a 345? I'm thinking of doing the same but am worried about space and wiring.
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By pvalovich
Mag Configuration

I have 1 Lightspeed and 1 mag on my IO-360. Mag is on left behind cylinders 2 and 4. Wires go to lower aviation plugs. Lightspeed wires go to top auto-style plugs. Have a B&C SD-8 on the second mag...
Forum: Safety 06-17-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,831
Posted By pvalovich
An iPad Gotcha

Three hours into a late afternoon flight from Sullivan, MO (UUV) to Rostraver, PA (FWQ) VFR at 9.5 on autopilot. Perfect weather but with a rapidly developing line of showers ahead (they weren't...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 06-12-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,756
Posted By pvalovich
No, Bob

There are things that happen in aviation when the truth ought to be addressed with no regard to niceties and feelings. In my opinion, this is the ultimate example.

There is no logical, reasonable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2017, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,125
Posted By pvalovich
Don't Fear the Mountains in an RV

I'm based at Inyokern, CA, (IYK) on the eastern side of the Sierra. I encounter the Sierra or the Owens Valley turbulence on nearly every flight in my -8A (870 hrs.). I've learned a few things.
1. if...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 06-09-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,756
Posted By pvalovich
Alma, GA, RV-10 Final NTSB Report.

Alma, GA, RV-10 Final NTSB Report.

We can usually get away with bypassing some regs -...
Forum: GPS 06-06-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,924
Posted By pvalovich
XM Weather Compatibility

I was going to purchase a 660 when it first came out but didn't because it could not display XM weather like my current 496.

Has XM weather capability been added?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-31-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,458
Posted By pvalovich
-8A Glide Ratio

I've done several semi-accurate glide tests (didn't shut the motor down) but had prop full low rpm, throttle at idle, 90 kts. Wind will have a significant effect.

I came up with an optimistic 1.5...
Forum: Southeast 05-26-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By pvalovich

Head out to Moontown Airport.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 14,167
Posted By pvalovich
Tire Wear II

One "what if" that hasn't been addressed during this interesting thread- What if the wear was uniform across the whole tread? No advantage then to flipping. At what point would you replace the tire?...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2017, 09:46 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 14,167
Posted By pvalovich
Tire Replacement

I disagree with Walt's very presumptive post. Too bad we all aren't so all-knowing with the desire to control what gets posted.

The original post asked a very rationale question - how do you manage...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-11-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 15,152
Posted By pvalovich
Get Electric Bob Involved

I will second the much earlier suggestion that the folks at Aeroelectric Connection get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,191
Posted By pvalovich

Concur - Glo will work with you to develop and finalize a design then superbly translate that into real paint.

I flew my -8A from CA to 52F for painting. No issues.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 897
Posted By pvalovich
660 XM - What's the Problem?

Hopefully the Garmin guys will follow this thread.

I'm another guy who is more than willing to immediately send Garmin my $$$ for a 660 - if XM weather is included.

Seems to be a credibility / BS...
Forum: RV-14 03-27-2017, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,123
Posted By pvalovich
The Mountains

In SoCal you'll be exposed to mountain flying. The random instantaneous vertical excursions will keep telling you, 5-point.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,983
Posted By pvalovich
I'm Confused

OK - I'll admit to ADS-B overload and slow brain numbness by way too many data sources.

I have an AFS-4500-equipped -8A. Is this stuff compatible? If so, what do I have to do? If not, what can I do?
Forum: Safety 02-24-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,831
Posted By pvalovich

The beautiful Cessna 421 that was the subject for the start of this thread has been declared a total loss. Wing spars deformed.

Pilot (owner of a construction company flying into IYK for business)...
Forum: RV-14 02-23-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,982
Posted By pvalovich
QB - Still 6 1/2 Years

I opted for a -8A QB but it still took me 6 1/2 years. I had a day job that involved a lot of travel so there always seemed to be a proficiency / learning curve when I did get back in the shop. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,468
Posted By pvalovich
Stick Length

I have that configuration but can't get to the airplane to measure until Wed afternoon.
Forum: Safety 02-13-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,979
Posted By pvalovich
Trust in Our Airplanes

This is a take-off on a previous thread that raised concerns about the trust we have in our airplanes. I have a different take:

I have trust in the theory that stuff will happen, things will fail,...
Forum: Safety 02-07-2017, 11:33 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 14,831
Posted By pvalovich
Extreme Turbulence - Owens Valley, CA, Today (Tuesday, 07Feb2017)

Extreme turbulence in the southern part of Owens Valley yesterday and today.

Had a Cessna 421 heading south to north yesterday afternoon between Mojave and Inyokern. Tried to go underneath clouds in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,655
Posted By pvalovich
The Southern Sierra

I'm based out of Inyokern (IYK) near China Lake. I regularly fly up and down Owens Valley - and also go over the Sierra Crest and fly in the mountains from Kearsarge Pass to Walker Pass - realizing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-22-2016, 01:49 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 26,266
Posted By pvalovich
Does Not Apply To -8A

Called Vans yesterday afternoon to ask if SB applied to -8A. They said it did not.

I checked anyway - bolts were installed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2016, 10:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 11,177
Posted By pvalovich
Don't Forget the Backup Go Around Button

The one between your ears - to be immediately activated after you determine that all that automation isn't performing as programmed.

1. Simultaneous full power, enough nose up attitude for positive...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2016, 10:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,613
Posted By pvalovich
AFS Customer Service

I purchased an early AFS 3500 way before I needed it probably about nine years ago. Since upgraded to a 4500.

You can't make a bad decision WRT Dynon / AFS - but for me, the AFS customer service was...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2016, 03:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,155
Posted By pvalovich
RV-10 Accident

One of the more controversial threads is from some years ago after fivadult bodies were pulled from an RV-10 along with questions about pilot training and currency. Thread was shut down - with...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2016, 12:37 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 33,181
Posted By pvalovich
Stamper RV-10 accident Preliminary Report

Door came open. Check out this prelim report:

Have you RV-10 folks - and others with pop-up canopies - really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2016, 02:44 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,490
Posted By pvalovich

RV's display excellent flying qualities throughout the flight envelope. Even if you get behind the airplane, it probably will not bite you. Having said that, I did a very extensive "What if?" drill...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-06-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,113
Posted By pvalovich

I did a -8A quickbuild and it still took 6 1/2 years. I have a real job that requires extensive travel.

Building the plane was a great experience, but not nearly as wonderful as flying it. 5 1/2...
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