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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,113
Posted By Sam Buchanan
But even with an alarm we can't manually shut...

But even with an alarm we can't manually shut down the alternator in milliseconds as a crowbar would. Guess the alarm would be silenced as the electronics are being fried......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,113
Posted By Sam Buchanan
How many of us can conduct a flight all the way...

How many of us can conduct a flight all the way to conclusion without taking our eyes off the voltmeter....and manually shut the system down a few milliseconds after an over-voltage event.....

Just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,113
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If every thread that contained misinformation...

If every thread that contained misinformation over the history of VAF had been shut down the archives would be much, much smaller.....and a lot of good info lost..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,021
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just smile when you read the post....and move on....

Just smile when you read the post....and move on. :)
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-08-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Deke, $150 and I'll drop them in a box and ship...

Deke, $150 and I'll drop them in a box and ship them to IL. Send me an email or PM if you need to provide shipping details.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-08-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,676
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very sorry for the passing of your dear wife. May...

Very sorry for the passing of your dear wife. May the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort and strength in the days to come.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-08-2019, 08:32 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,676
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very sorry for the passing of your dear wife. May...

Very sorry for the passing of your dear wife. May the wonderful memories you have bring you comfort in the days to come.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-07-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Deke, I have a pair of 1999 RV-6 pants. Here...

Deke, I have a pair of 1999 RV-6 pants. Here they...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-03-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Be sure you receive a builders log showing the...

Be sure you receive a builders log showing the original owner assembling the wings. That should remove any doubt about them being amateur-built when airworthiness inspection occurs.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,608
Posted By Sam Buchanan
....or just use 3/8" steel brake line....readily...

....or just use 3/8" steel brake line....readily available.....easy to swage....only takes a couple of minutes.....and last a long time...... ;)
Forum: Northwest 12-02-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 444
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I believe Mike is only authorized for transition...

I believe Mike is only authorized for transition training in the RV he uses in an official capacity, but not for issuing a tailwheel endorsement.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-01-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,608
Posted By Sam Buchanan
3/8" solid steel rod can be used instead of the...

3/8" solid steel rod can be used instead of the flattened tubing, that's what I use for the hanger that goes between the tailpipes.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,608
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here are the tubing swaging dies I made from...

Here are the tubing swaging dies I made from aluminum angle to make a swage that isn't prone to stress cracks:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/tubing_swager-2.jpg

Put them in the vice and squeeze the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,091
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have a tail stand about 3' tall made from a 4x4...

I have a tail stand about 3' tall made from a 4x4 with 1x6 legs that I used for over 15 years to prop up the tail of my RV-6. Just grab the tail spring and rest it on the tail stand.

Until I found...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,397
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Before you do anything drastic get a local...

Before you do anything drastic get a local experienced painter to take a look and offer recommendations.

What brand paint are you using? Do you have all the data sheets for that system?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,825
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks like deciding who is 'qualified' for...

Looks like deciding who is 'qualified' for additional pilot duties is just adding stress to the first flight!

Get transition training for your RV and do the flight yourself (or have a test pilot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,825
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thorough aircraft prep and adequate transition...

Thorough aircraft prep and adequate transition training are the keys to a stress-free first flight. If you are apprehensive about first flight that is your little voice telling you that you aren't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,091
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yes, the eye bolt is inserted into a hole in the...

Yes, the eye bolt is inserted into a hole in the rail as a safety lock.

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/tailhoist-19.jpg
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-26-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,884
Posted By Sam Buchanan
An even worse scenario would have been if the...

An even worse scenario would have been if the buck had spooked....jumped...and landed in the canopy........
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 11-25-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,884
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The unfairness of this turn of bad luck is...

The unfairness of this turn of bad luck is heartbreaking....I can't imagine how it must feel to see your "new" RV damaged before it arrives home....

Very glad there were no injuries to the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-22-2019, 11:12 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,946
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Unlikely you will find an externally regulated...

Unlikely you will find an externally regulated alternator in stock, been many years since external regulators were in common use. The 14184 is a good alternator....buy an extra if you are concerned...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 317
Posted By Sam Buchanan
1975 Ford LTD, a common number that can be...

1975 Ford LTD, a common number that can be crossed over is VR166. I've used these regulators on my RV-6 with the 35a alternator since...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,085
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well...after watching this thread run off the...

Well...after watching this thread run off the rails the good folks at Gallagher may be inclined to keep their suggestions to themselves from now own and we will lose a good resource.

This thread is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 493
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not trying to blow off your inquiry but there are...

Not trying to blow off your inquiry but there are several threads in the archives from the last year of so about jacking the RVs.

Use the Search engine and the word "jack" in "Thread Title" to find...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,283
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My thoughts exactly, the long scratch is where...

My thoughts exactly, the long scratch is where the elevator would contact the rudder. Has the rudder been flexed sufficiently to crack the trailing edge?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,230
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've rebuilt my 'homemade' hoses twice due to...

I've rebuilt my 'homemade' hoses twice due to service time by using the same fittings. Only expense was new hose stock.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
Posted By Sam Buchanan
In experimental aircraft?

In experimental aircraft?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,671
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Another nit to pick....I haven't found a direct...

Another nit to pick....I haven't found a direct link from the home page for subscribers to download a PDF of the current issue. I eventually have to dig around and find the magazine archives and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-11-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 729
Posted By Sam Buchanan
After an encounter with severe turbulence and...

After an encounter with severe turbulence and pondering what would happen if my flailing arms had snagged and unlatched the stock Vans harness release I installed a five-point G-Force 3" racing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,359
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RV-4 PreLim Report; 10/14/2019

This fatal accident has some unusual...
Forum: RV-4 11-01-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,018
Posted By Sam Buchanan
New weight and balance calculations are highly...

New weight and balance calculations are highly recommended. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,254
Posted By Sam Buchanan
http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/10/vans-rv-8-n2...

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/10/vans-rv-8-n249bw-fatal-accident.html

Our condolences to family and friends.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 642
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Sounds like the same scenario I had when the...

Sounds like the same scenario I had when the mechanical pump started failing....a new Tempest pump made everything right.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I would try cutting off the first hinge eye,...

I would try cutting off the first hinge eye, that should expose enough of the pin to pull it out and won't compromise the hinge strength. When you make a new pin, be sure there is sufficient radius...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,385
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mine is attached between the passenger seat and...

Mine is attached between the passenger seat and sidewall with a couple of broom clips. The use of the stick for canopy breakage is part of the passenger pre-takeoff safety briefing.
Forum: Safety 10-25-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,385
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mine is secured between the passenger seat and...

Mine is secured between the passenger seat and sidewall with a couple of broom clips.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,618
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've found a pair of Habba Fright rubber gloves...

I've found a pair of Habba Fright rubber gloves (in the flight kit along with the spare valve) and standing in front of the leading edge...
Forum: Safety 10-24-2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,385
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My concern is being upside-down in soft earth...

My concern is being upside-down in soft earth with reduced clearance between longerons and the ground......
Forum: Safety 10-23-2019, 10:17 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 10,385
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Words escape me......

Words escape me......
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-23-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,618
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Stand beside the leading edge and reach under the...

Stand beside the leading edge and reach under the wing to the drain valve instead of getting under the wing and reaching up to the valve. This will prevent fuel from running down your arm and letting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 909
Posted By Sam Buchanan
In regard to "IFR certification" on our RV's, the...

In regard to "IFR certification" on our RV's, the only thing the avionics shop might do is certify your transponder and pitot-static system. Anything in addition to that is not applicable to our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,227
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You really think so?

You really think so?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 909
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What kind of IFR "certification" did you get? ...

What kind of IFR "certification" did you get? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,227
Posted By Sam Buchanan
How do you prove compliance with the 51%...

How do you prove compliance with the 51% amateur-built rule with no builder's log?
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-16-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,928
Posted By Sam Buchanan
80 kts is an excellent downwind speed, that is...

80 kts is an excellent downwind speed, that is what Mike Seager (RV factory transition pilot with a gazillion RV hrs....) taught me when transitioning to the RV-6. If your instructor is uncomfortable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,758
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very easy to suggest ripping out wiring......on...

Very easy to suggest ripping out wiring......on somebody else's plane..... ;)
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-14-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,946
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't be surprised if your "cheap" alternator...

Don't be surprised if your "cheap" alternator goes a lot further than 300 hours. :)

However...I usually drop the belt off the alternator pulley during condition inspection to I can spin the the...
Forum: Tools 10-11-2019, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One of the best I've seen

http://vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1313398&postcount=3

https://farm1.staticflickr.com/679/20284682264_0a54edf7ff_c.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 573
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is no quick and dirty way to remove the...

There is no quick and dirty way to remove the wings from a -6......nearly eighty bolts! But a good set of tools should have everything needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,643
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Probably because for most of us (thousands?) the...

Probably because for most of us (thousands?) the PC680 works very nicely. That B&C sure looks like a PC680 .....but glad you are pleased with the larger B&C.

My first PC680 went eight years, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,643
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This has been discussed in many threads over the...

This has been discussed in many threads over the years. To summarize:

The AGM batteries will hold a very high percentage of their full charge for several months.

Many PC680 batteries have suffered...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-07-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As a datapoint, I've painted several projects...

As a datapoint, I've painted several projects including my RV-6 with PPG Concept single stage. I've always considered single stage (non-metallic) to be an excellent choice for a novice painter. Each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,643
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Glad you are getting good service with the...

Glad you are getting good service with the Apex....I've also used non-PC680 batteries and found them to be a reasonable alternative for mild-climate operations. But I've found the Odyssey to be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,401
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is important that you establish communication...

It is important that you establish communication with your DAR prior to the visit. He will inform you of all the items that need attention and will most likely get a headstart on the paperwork.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,342
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A finger dipped in avgas and run around the...

A finger dipped in avgas and run around the o-ring when refueling has been working for twenty years on my RV-6.......the cap needs to be adjusted properly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 07:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This topic has been discussed many times on the...

This topic has been discussed many times on the forum. Here is one of the more recent threads:

http://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=165587&highlight=partnership

The Search engine will...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,559
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Leave off the pancakes at the fly-in breakfast...

Leave off the pancakes at the fly-in breakfast and you will have the 1% performance increase....... ;)
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-29-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,928
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Let the plane fly.....and only interrupt it when...

Let the plane fly.....and only interrupt it when necessary........

Learn how to use the trims. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-25-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 586
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It may be the 35a externally regulated alternator...

It may be the 35a externally regulated alternator that Vans sold for many years. It is from a 1978 Honda CVCC (no air conditioning). A common rebuild part number for this alternator is 14184. But...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-22-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 548
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hit this link for many VAF threads about exhaust...

Hit this link for many VAF threads about exhaust hangers from the past several...
Forum: RV-10 09-17-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,030
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have no idea why you have that stuff but I...

I have no idea why you have that stuff but I would not put it in the fuel tanks. QB tanks should be good to go as they were shipped. Adding a slosh sealer is asking for problems which may require...
Forum: ADS-B 09-10-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,957
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't want to undercut Jim's offer, but if...

I don't want to undercut Jim's offer, but if unable to get in his group buy call Stark Avionics in Columbus, GA. I bought mine there, shipped promptly, and I think you will like the price. :)
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