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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 240,960
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, why not print the holes? They're just...

Steve, why not print the holes? They're just clearance for the locking screw, so even if they don't print perfectly round that shouldn't be a problem... Just print them a few thou larger to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-20-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By Snowflake
I agree with Steve. Try to bring the other three...

I agree with Steve. Try to bring the other three cylinders *down*, not #4 up.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-19-2019, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,143
Posted By Snowflake
Correction: FltPlanGo is the cheapest way to...

Correction: FltPlanGo is the cheapest way to obtain NavCanada data. Unless you're getting Foreflight and the Canadian add-on for free.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-18-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,948
Posted By Snowflake
Something along the lines of a Tutor would make...

Something along the lines of a Tutor would make sense... Tail-cone mounted engine, intakes on either side of the...
Forum: ADS-B 08-16-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,988
Posted By Snowflake
Give it time. Google already tracks car...

Give it time. Google already tracks car movements for traffic monitoring purposes, using the phones everyone carries with them. Dash cam popularity is growing, as is the availability of in-car...
Forum: ADS-B 08-15-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,988
Posted By Snowflake
First thought: Encryption will kill the Stratux...

First thought: Encryption will kill the Stratux market, unless the encryption protocol is publicised. But if it's publicised, is there any point of encrypting it in the first place?

Second...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 240,960
Posted By Snowflake
Steve, does the mirror sit far enough forward...

Steve, does the mirror sit far enough forward that it feels natural to use? Or do you have to think about sitting back to get your head far enough back to use it? In the side view it looks like...
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,247
Posted By Snowflake
Not IFR specific, but the latest research I read...

Not IFR specific, but the latest research I read into night vision suggested that preserving night vision was correlated much closer to brightness than to colour. Red, Green, Yellow, doesn't really...
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,507
Posted By Snowflake
With Aireon online now, i'd rather wait for a...

With Aireon online now, i'd rather wait for a crash-sensing ADS-B-out solution. At least that would give me something useful for the rest of my flight, rather than be dead weight until I crash.
Forum: ADS-B 08-09-2019, 08:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,988
Posted By Snowflake
And the future is... No privacy.

And the future is... No privacy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,232
Posted By Snowflake
I think the way the rules were intended, yes, it...

I think the way the rules were intended, yes, it does invalidate your current medical. But in practise, I think it's a grey enough area that it's left to the discretion of the doctor. I went...
Forum: Reviews 08-09-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,507
Posted By Snowflake
Bruno, keep in mind that when i'm moving that...

Bruno, keep in mind that when i'm moving that fast i'm also generally following a track, and won't be 180 degrees behind the last waypoint. If I go missing, i'm most likely going to be in a 5 degree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,968
Posted By Snowflake
Has the name changed to something other than...

Has the name changed to something other than WingX on Android? Searching for WingX in the Android app store doesn't find it... But it does offer FltPlanGo and Garmin Pilot... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,092
Posted By Snowflake
Given how much else is going on there that...

Given how much else is going on there that weekend, i'd say you'd be better off choosing another airport. Boundary Bay (CZBB), about 10 miles to the west, is also an airport of entry. They don't...
Forum: Primers 08-07-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,230
Posted By Snowflake
Not until you're on fire, and would literally...

Not until you're on fire, and would literally give your life to make it stop.
Forum: ADS-B 08-07-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,988
Posted By Snowflake
Regardless of all the anonymizing, if you're...

Regardless of all the anonymizing, if you're operating from/to a controlled airport you'll be given a discrete code on first ATC contact and that will de-anonymize your entire flight even if you were...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-06-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 547
Posted By Snowflake
The Courtenay Airpark is located immediately...

The Courtenay Airpark is located immediately adjacent to the city of Courtenay, but it's not an airport community. No residences on the strip.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,092
Posted By Snowflake
I applied for and received my CANPASS Air when I...

I applied for and received my CANPASS Air when I was based at an AOE/CANPASS, but only afterwards clued in that anyone with me would have to have it as well. You can't even bring someone with...
Forum: Reviews 08-06-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,507
Posted By Snowflake
My recollection is that my First-gen SPOT said it...

My recollection is that my First-gen SPOT said it could use Alkalines, but they recommended Lithiums. I only tried Alkalines once, and the battery life was poor. The Lithiums last an entire flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2019, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 240,960
Posted By Snowflake
How about one of those dog-bone-shaped things...

How about one of those dog-bone-shaped things people use to wrap up their iPod headphone cords so they don't tangle? You might have a way to produce a larger version for the ropes... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Posted By Snowflake
I think you'll find that requiring a switch...

I think you'll find that requiring a switch activation every time will mean you occasionally forget it. Or you'll find you want the light on just slightly longer than the timer allows, so you'l...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-05-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,044
Posted By Snowflake
That said, if this switch is going to parallel...

That said, if this switch is going to parallel the way the automotive industry has switched, you don't need a 3.5hr endurance to jump-start it. People are happily buying electric cars with half- to...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-05-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,227
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe since Van started off putting a better wing...

Maybe since Van started off putting a better wing on an existing kitplane, he should target improving another existing kitplane... The BD-4? Not that it's a bad airplane on its own, but it does have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Posted By Snowflake
Trying to understand the control logic in how...

Trying to understand the control logic in how this works... So when the switch is in the "always on" mode, the lights go on and off with the master, that makes sense. When it's off, nothing happens....
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,227
Posted By Snowflake
Have you ever flown one? Because it doesn't...

Have you ever flown one? Because it doesn't sound like it.

The Vari-Eze isn't significantly more "tight" than an RV-3 or RV-4. It's extremely comfortable to sit in while flying. And the flight...
Forum: Reviews 08-03-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,507
Posted By Snowflake
I'd really love to know why some people have...

I'd really love to know why some people have performance issues with their Spot, and I and others I know have had none. The only time i've had trouble with my Spot is when I forget and turn it on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 788
Posted By Snowflake
Is it possible to export all of your data from it...

Is it possible to export all of your data from it on a regular basis, in a format that's usable without the website, to hedge against yet another free site going down once it becomes so popular they...
Forum: COMM 08-01-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 431
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, i've recently noticed the same problem, but...

FWIW, i've recently noticed the same problem, but i've been running three different USB chargers while I work on different configurations of power sources to drive my HUD, Stratux, Spot, Tablet, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,092
Posted By Snowflake
Correct. The wording is something to the effect...

Correct. The wording is something to the effect of "without causing injury to persons or property". So backcountry roads, that you've flown along first to check for traffic and wildlife, crown land...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-31-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,736
Posted By Snowflake
Did anyone ask about making a tapered wing option?

Did anyone ask about making a tapered wing option?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 240,960
Posted By Snowflake
That *is* what I was suggesting, but I don't...

That *is* what I was suggesting, but I don't think it's the ideal solution. Much better is to prevent the motion in the first place.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,092
Posted By Snowflake
Wrong. You can land on any surface in Canada...

Wrong. You can land on any surface in Canada provided you don't p*ss anyone off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 240,960
Posted By Snowflake
I still think the best rudder stop is the...

I still think the best rudder stop is the U-shaped metal rod that goes between a hole in the rudder horn and a hole in the rudder stop... Just be sure to hang a long red flag from it so you'll see it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-26-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,016
Posted By Snowflake
I think the popularity of the Stratux ADS-B-in...

I think the popularity of the Stratux ADS-B-in system bears that out. A bunch of off-the-shelf hardware, a couple of custom boards (they're making their own AHRS and SDR boards now) and the user...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 915
Posted By Snowflake
Is this the same device? http://www.ifd-net.com/

Is this the same device? http://www.ifd-net.com/
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-24-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,016
Posted By Snowflake
That's too bad. I was hoping for an "assemble a...

That's too bad. I was hoping for an "assemble a kit and then tweak the software to my needs" package, not a "here's all the parts, but you have to write all the software from scratch"...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-23-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,016
Posted By Snowflake
ebbe, You say that "no complete software will be...

ebbe, You say that "no complete software will be posted for now..."

How would someone duplicate any of what you've done with out the software? Or is it just that you haven't put together a package...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,016
Posted By Snowflake
When you get a chance perhaps you could make a...

When you get a chance perhaps you could make a complete package (.zip) that could be downloaded, rather than having to click through the tree one file at a time?

Also, if the plan is to make this an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-21-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,016
Posted By Snowflake
Eagerly awaiting the day one could duplicate this...

Eagerly awaiting the day one could duplicate this on another aircraft.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-19-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,479
Posted By Snowflake
A spray bottle with some water in it is a great...

A spray bottle with some water in it is a great way to remove bugs. Spray water on, let sit for a few seconds, and come back over it with a microfiber cloth. Bugs come right off.

At least the bugs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,067
Posted By Snowflake
Nice! And some words to make it long enough to...

Nice!

And some words to make it long enough to post.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-17-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,641
Posted By Snowflake
Spars... Aluminum. Skins... Aluminum. I'd hazard...

Spars... Aluminum.
Skins... Aluminum.

I'd hazard a guess that people have all the parts together in their shop and are building that way. Whether the shop is heated or cold, shouldn't matter unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2019, 07:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 722
Posted By Snowflake
Since we don't allow "professionally built"...

Since we don't allow "professionally built" amateur-builts in Canada, the point would seem to be moot? What do you mean by "professionally built"?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-15-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,641
Posted By Snowflake
Scott, I think the concern is that nobody has...

Scott, I think the concern is that nobody has explained the mechanism by which this works. The math has been done, and .030" in 4' appears to be nearly the biggest expansion you'd be likely to see. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,224
Posted By Snowflake
And the car world. Daytime Running Lights are...

And the car world. Daytime Running Lights are mandatory on all new vehicles (cars and motorcycles) now.

Even better, a wig-wag (for two) or flasher circuit (for one) for the landing light, similar...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,641
Posted By Snowflake
Unless you match-drilled them with heated skins,...

Unless you match-drilled them with heated skins, and kept the frame cool, i'd be surprised if you could have any effect on skin tightness. Once dimpled, the dimples will key each hole and prevent...
Forum: GPS 07-13-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 733
Posted By Snowflake
Note that the AHRS update rate won't keep up with...

Note that the AHRS update rate won't keep up with the RV's roll rate. I have a Hudly that displays the Stratux HUD and one roll and it's tumbled just like a mechanical gyro. It will reset itself,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,224
Posted By Snowflake
That will help people in the US see you if they...

That will help people in the US see you if they have ADS-B in, but that's all it will do. Sadly, in Canada, there is no mandate to supply an ADS-B in for aircraft. All data goes to NavCanada, none...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,188
Posted By Snowflake
Tell the bank you'd like to buy an RV. Don't be...

Tell the bank you'd like to buy an RV. Don't be specific.

Seriously though, I bought mine using my line of credit on my mortgage, about a year before renewing the mortgage. When I renewed the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,009
Posted By Snowflake
I have to wonder if the real value in a GPWS is...

I have to wonder if the real value in a GPWS is in larger aircraft where the pilot sits way up at the nose and the main gear is halfway (or more?) back on a 100' long fuselage. I've watched Q400's...
Forum: Steam Gauges 07-07-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 353
Posted By Snowflake
I created some generic 3-1/8 and 2-1/4...

I created some generic 3-1/8 and 2-1/4 instruments, based on the MGL instruments. If you check the body lengths they may be adjustable for your needs or at least close enough? Done in Solidworks a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,621
Posted By Snowflake
I, too, would like to see the CARAC report,...

I, too, would like to see the CARAC report, especially if it recommends alternatives to a 406MHZ ELT.

They've been trying to legislate installation of 406MHZ ELT's for 10 years, and it looks like it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,621
Posted By Snowflake
I want to stack the deck as far in my favour as...

I want to stack the deck as far in my favour as possible, that won't include spending money on an "upgraded" ELT that in its base installation doesn't address any of the issues of the 121.5 ELT. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 482
Posted By Snowflake
Another option if you can't find one or if a -7...

Another option if you can't find one or if a -7 panel won't fit: Vinyl wrap. The Carbon-fibre-look vinyl wrap is very nice, my laptop has been wrapped with it since I bought it and it has stood up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1,051
Views: 240,960
Posted By Snowflake
Not enough threads showing on the Nylock... :) ...

Not enough threads showing on the Nylock... :) Otherwise, looks great!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-26-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,251
Posted By Snowflake
Why not wire a three position switch as...

Why not wire a three position switch as OFF-ON-ON, with the TEST mode in the middle? That way you move through TEST to ON when starting and running, but can drop to TEST briefly to TEST. If you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,529
Posted By Snowflake
Unless you're having an emergency, what good is...

Unless you're having an emergency, what good is any safety equipment?

The 7 plans set shows both canopy configurations. Or used to.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,529
Posted By Snowflake
Its the handle that goes on the instrument panel...

Its the handle that goes on the instrument panel that when pulled will release the two forward hinge pins on the tip-up canopy. It's definitely in your plans.
Forum: Canada 06-23-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 764
Posted By Snowflake
It isn't a simple checkbox in the US either. The...

It isn't a simple checkbox in the US either. The process in the US is the same as in Canada... If it's not on the list, it gets evaluated for 51% compliance. In Canada that costs $540, i'm not sure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,529
Posted By Snowflake
I've removed mine twice using the handle. Both...

I've removed mine twice using the handle. Both times it went back into place just as easily as when it was removed. I expected to have to jiggle it around a bit to get it to align, but it "just...
Forum: Reviews 06-23-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,372
Posted By Snowflake
It is refreshing to hear positive feedback about...

It is refreshing to hear positive feedback about a company online. It's much more common for people to post widely and loudly about a negative experience, but stay silent when good service is...
Forum: RV-3 06-22-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,371
Posted By Snowflake
That's also the method used to do a vertical 8 in...

That's also the method used to do a vertical 8 in a Harvard (or T-6).
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