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Forum: Glass Cockpit Today, 10:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 135
Posted By KatieB
G3X Training at OSH 2018

Hi VAF friends, long time no see!

In December I began working for Garmin in Olathe, KS on the Aviation Product Support team. I develop and deliver avionics maintenance and installation training for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By KatieB
Even if your plan covers being a "General...

Even if your plan covers being a "General Aviation" pilot, it still might not cover death in an Experimental aircraft. I asked HR about aviation exclusions for the AD&D policy at work, and they said...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 13,890
Posted By KatieB
Haha! I love it! The RV's in my life all have...

Haha! I love it!

The RV's in my life all have names. Sarahndipity, Mojo (a good friend's RV-6A) and of course Tony Boy. Ships are named because when you depend on a machine to carry you safely over...
Forum: Midwest 11-13-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By KatieB
Thanks for the welcomes and advice! We found a...

Thanks for the welcomes and advice!

We found a hangar of our own in Topeka (KTOP). It's a hike from Olathe, but we'll be living halfway there in Lawrence. I really like it there....
Forum: Midwest 11-10-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By KatieB
Hangar space in Kansas City

Hi all,

It's been a crazy year. I've accepted a new job in Olathe and looking for a home for our Jabiru J200. She's a small high wing that fits nicely with a small RV in a normal sized T hangar. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 01:06 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,471
Posted By KatieB
I doubt resale will be affected. Most parts can...

I doubt resale will be affected. Most parts can be made from scratch. I made a wing leading edge skin, rudder skin, stiffeners, tail tips, hinge brackets, instrument panel, half my canopy frame,...
Forum: GPS 10-24-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,160
Posted By KatieB
Manual? What's that? ;) Garmin offers online and...

Manual? What's that? ;)

Garmin offers online and in-person courses about it as well... https://static.garmincdn.com/apps/fly/training/garmin-aviation-training-catalog.pdf
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-24-2017, 09:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,558
Posted By KatieB
Flyways and Byways - WigWags On!

I delivered an airplane from Tennessee to Nebraska a couple years ago in early November. I'd read a lot about waterfowl migration flyways when I was a bird-nerd kid, but it didn't quite prepare me...
Forum: ADS-B 10-16-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,788
Posted By KatieB
Hi David, Any updates on this story? Just...

Hi David,

Any updates on this story? Just curious how it all worked out. I'm about to start working on the documentation for installing the GRT SafeFly GPS and EchoUAT into the fleet of about 110...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2017, 12:59 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,713
Posted By KatieB
Congrats, Jeff!! That's a great photo, too. The...

Congrats, Jeff!! That's a great photo, too. The first time I ever manipulated the controls of an airplane in flight, I was about 10 years old in the back seat of a Breezy. I will never forget it. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,813
Posted By KatieB
Your link worked for me. FWIW, I gave up on...

Your link worked for me. FWIW, I gave up on Google Photos long ago. They don't have BBC code for embedding in forum posts! Now I use Flickr.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,813
Posted By KatieB
Here's a picture of my RV-3's EFIS harness. The...

Here's a picture of my RV-3's EFIS harness. The main trunk bundle is a mess right now because it's just held together with temporary zip ties and there are a few other cables laying there, but you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,813
Posted By KatieB
On our LSAs, I run the EFIS wires from the main...

On our LSAs, I run the EFIS wires from the main wiring harness trunk, which passes a few inches behind the panel face on the bottom of the panel box, up to the far upper corner of the EFIS cutout....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-28-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,912
Posted By KatieB
Jeez... I'm doing well if I get 3 or 4 connectors...

Jeez... I'm doing well if I get 3 or 4 connectors wired in a weekend!

It depends on the quality and design of the wiring in the panel to begin with and how accessible it is. Sure, you could stuff a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,875
Posted By KatieB
It's fun to get there a few days early, but don't...

It's fun to get there a few days early, but don't forget they'll charge you $27/day every day you're there. And it gives the wonderful Wisconsin weather more time to jack up your plane. :eek: It's...
Forum: RV-12 04-25-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,476
Posted By KatieB
GRT has had that feature since FOREVER! :D I've...

GRT has had that feature since FOREVER! :D I've heard more than one story of it saving someone's butt in weather they got caught up in. For emergency or VFR-playtime use only... Obstacle clearance...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-17-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,887
Posted By KatieB
We wire our AeroLED Wig Wags similar to what Leok...

We wire our AeroLED Wig Wags similar to what Leok said, but not with the strobe, just with the landing and taxi lights. Landing light is in the Left wing (angle however you want it to be angled for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-14-2017, 10:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,231
Posted By KatieB
I'm far from a gentleman, but voted anyhow. ;) We...

I'm far from a gentleman, but voted anyhow. ;) We owned an -8 and it's quite roomy in the back. A 220 pounder (100 kilogrammer?) won't fit in the back of the -4, especially for acro.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,871
Posted By KatieB
Yes, that is awesome!!! We just spent a week at...

Yes, that is awesome!!! We just spent a week at SNF guarding against careless parents with kids wanting to step on wheel pants, hang on props, spill drinks on the leather seats, and climb everywhere....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2017, 09:31 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 11,871
Posted By KatieB
I always wanted to fly as a kid, but my...

I always wanted to fly as a kid, but my (non-aviator) parents had a very modest income and I accepted that it was financially out of reach. "We can't afford it" was a phrase I grew OK with because I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-08-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,382
Posted By KatieB
Bob, based on all your wonderful posts in the GRT...

Bob, based on all your wonderful posts in the GRT help threads, I'd guess that you're already nuts! ;)
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-03-2017, 05:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,832
Posted By KatieB
I riveted mine from the center of each stiffener...

I riveted mine from the center of each stiffener out to the trailing edge then to the leading edge. I doubt it makes much difference, but the thing NOT to do is run the rivet set off the edge of the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-01-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,283
Posted By KatieB
This is a great thread! All I can say is, I've...

This is a great thread!

All I can say is, I've spent 10X more time thinking about how to do stuff during this project than actual metal-manipulation, and sometimes even that creates scrap! But the...
Forum: Safety 02-27-2017, 06:57 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,999
Posted By KatieB
Congrats, Walt! Now when people ask if they will...

Congrats, Walt! Now when people ask if they will really need that latest gizmo in the soup, you'll be able to tell them how YOU use it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-25-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Silkscreening the Panel Face

First of all let me say that Stein was right when he said on here a while back that silkscreening instrument panel labels is a pain in the rear!

I did a lot of screen printing of art prints in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-25-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,920
Posted By KatieB
This course is wonderful. I took it back in...

This course is wonderful. I took it back in October and learned a lot. Look for an article about it in an upcoming issue of Kitplanes! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,754
Posted By KatieB
Congratulations, Josh! :D You'll remember that...

Congratulations, Josh! :D You'll remember that flight for the rest of your life.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2017, 09:23 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,397
Posted By KatieB
Wow... what a powerful post, Brian. Prayers for...

Wow... what a powerful post, Brian. Prayers for you and Kris and hope for the best possible outcome!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2017, 05:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
It looks big in the photos, but it's only 1.5"...

It looks big in the photos, but it's only 1.5" tall. Just high enough to mount the 1" throttle and 1 1/8" mixture controls with labels. I've crawled in and out of it with the sub panel in place with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Lower Panel

Today I built the lower panel for the throttle, mixture, circuit breakers, cabin heat, cabin lighting, and headset jacks. I used a scrap of .025" 2024 out of an old RV-6 kit that our friend Nick...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2017, 08:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Thanks, Pahan! :D Hi Jim! Yeah the corners of...

Thanks, Pahan! :D



Hi Jim! Yeah the corners of the screen will be close to the canopy bow. I did measure it all the way around, but before I go too much further with the panel face, I suppose it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Hi Larry, The GRT Sport is a great lightweight...

Hi Larry,

The GRT Sport is a great lightweight system for the Panther and the -3. I seriously considered it for a long time, but I didn't want to give up Garmin's touch screen and bells and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-25-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Thanks, Vic! Have you ever heard of a problem...

Thanks, Vic! Have you ever heard of a problem with a fold-down fuse panel being secured upside-down in an airplane? Do the fuses ever vibrate out? I'm planning to use fuses for the lighting and other...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2017, 10:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Avionics Shelf

The top nose skin of the RV-3 was designed to be removable to access the fuselage fuel tank, but this is an RV-3B, so my fuel tanks are in the wings. It has a tip-over canopy, which isn’t sexy like a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2017, 10:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Magnetometer Installation

One of the quirks of the Garmin installation is its super-sensitive magnetic field sensor. Like the GRT systems, the Garmin magnetometer does much more than function as a compass—it provides data to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
Panel Layout

The layout of any instrument panel should reflect the intended mission profile of the airplane. I plan to use my airplaneís speed for quick, long VFR cross-country trips. Iím instrument-rated, but...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,951
Posted By KatieB
10" G3X Touch in an RV-3B...

So after years of poking around with pipe dreams, drawings, lists, budgets, and mission evaluations, Iíve begun installing the brains of my -3. It was a long and arduous road, but Iíve decided to go...
Forum: RV-10 01-24-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,720
Posted By KatieB
Did you dimple the piece before breaking the...

Did you dimple the piece before breaking the edge? If so, next time try to remember to break the edge before you dimple it. I've forgotten a few times and it is possible to do it after the dimples...
Forum: Engine Monitors 01-18-2017, 12:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,733
Posted By KatieB
Yes, the shield is required!! The system is...

Yes, the shield is required!! The system is quite sensitive and it will pick up erratic interference if you don't do it.
Forum: RV-14 01-18-2017, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,166
Posted By KatieB
My first exposure to EFIS systems was flying the...

My first exposure to EFIS systems was flying the first production Diamond DA-40s equipped with the newly-certified G1000 in 2005. I thought, why would anyone want a computer in a plane? Computers...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-17-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,132
Posted By KatieB
Where is your magnetometer? If it's near the...

Where is your magnetometer? If it's near the baggage area, did you put something back there that might be throwing it off? It's been known to happen.

How old is your AHRS? The newer ones (since...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-14-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,448
Posted By KatieB
I'd contact AFS if I were you and see if they can...

I'd contact AFS if I were you and see if they can write the code to make them talk to each other. When I worked for GRT, our programmer often did projects like this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,837
Posted By KatieB
I think Team AeroDynamix did this with their...

I think Team AeroDynamix did this with their RV's. It looks like fire coming out the exhaust at night-- really cool. Ask Kahuna!
Forum: RV-12 01-05-2017, 12:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,374
Posted By KatieB
Yay Bob, glad to hear that!! I hope to see a...

Yay Bob, glad to hear that!! I hope to see a beautiful polished RV-12 gleaming like a beacon in the middle of OSH HBC real soon!
Forum: Safety 01-03-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,376
Posted By KatieB
Thanks for the suggestion!! Ben's Panther is...

Thanks for the suggestion!!

Ben's Panther is flying now, so I'm looking to get some training to fly that until TB is done. TBII(I) still has a long way to go, but... I know this is dangerous......
Forum: Safety 01-03-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,376
Posted By KatieB
RV Tailwheel Training in the South?

Hi all,

Looking for good RV tailwheel transition training and upset recovery training in the Southeast or Wisconsin or Michigan... Any recommendations?

Thanks!
Katie
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,772
Posted By KatieB
Old IFR panels may look like dinosaur-poo but...

Old IFR panels may look like dinosaur-poo but they do have a lot of redundancy because the 6-pack is broken into 3 different systems. If the vacuum system (attitude, heading) goes, you use your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2016, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,047
Posted By KatieB
Knowing the helpful nature of VAF people, I'm...

Knowing the helpful nature of VAF people, I'm sure if you post a thread before any show about wanting to try on an -8 at the show, someone would connect with you. Sun 'n Fun homebuilt traffic has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2016, 11:40 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,115
Posted By KatieB
Doug, I'm breaking your donation-post rule. Just...

Doug, I'm breaking your donation-post rule. Just once. Deal with it. ;)

Ok you aviation aficionados out there. Think of all the flying magazines you subscribe to. With the paper pubs, it's...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-02-2016, 01:46 PM
Replies: 362
Views: 153,310
Posted By KatieB
This picture makes me want to run upstairs, dig...

This picture makes me want to run upstairs, dig through my box of rubber-powered scale free-flight plans and build a model airplane! :D

Wait, I mean... go to the shop and work on my RV-3... yeah ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2016, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,969
Posted By KatieB
Check out the mosaic portrait of Van on the Year...

Check out the mosaic portrait of Van on the Year at a Glance page. That's just amazing!! :eek:
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-18-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,492
Posted By KatieB
Brian usually gives some good seminars for using...

Brian usually gives some good seminars for using the G3X Touch at fly-ins. I learned a lot of tips at his Oshkosh forum, and I'm sure he will do the same thing at Sun 'n Fun and Sebring.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2016, 04:21 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,996
Posted By KatieB
Advocacy. Advocacy. Advocacy. We are the...

Advocacy. Advocacy. Advocacy. We are the minority, and we need all the voices we can get in Washington. I am a member of both.

AOPA offers life insurance that is not subject to exclusions for dying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2016, 07:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,972
Posted By KatieB
I did that with my rudder. That thud is the most...

I did that with my rudder. That thud is the most sickening sound, isn't it? :( The .016 skin tore. I said swear words I didn't even know existed. :mad: I cut a new skin out of some .016 sheet we had...
Forum: RV-3 10-20-2016, 09:26 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,240
Posted By KatieB
You mean the new Sport Aviation Showcase event? I...

You mean the new Sport Aviation Showcase event? I will be there with Jabiru North America. Should be interesting...
Forum: RV-3 10-19-2016, 03:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,240
Posted By KatieB
Yep, based on your picture, the skin needs to be...

Yep, based on your picture, the skin needs to be replaced. That is a bad kink with a crack already forming.

If you haven't drilled out rivets before, practice removing the heads of the rivets for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2016, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,313
Posted By KatieB
Your feature ideas all sound great. I especially...

Your feature ideas all sound great. I especially like the emphasis on a mobile app. Maybe you could make it work with an established photo upload service-- that would cut the storage costs down. If...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-18-2016, 02:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,718
Posted By KatieB
I can just imagine getting to Pin 301... D'OH!!...

I can just imagine getting to Pin 301... D'OH!! :eek:

Thanks for all the great suggestions... I have lots of homework now!
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-18-2016, 11:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,718
Posted By KatieB
It took me a long time to download EAA's...

It took me a long time to download EAA's SolidWorks package last night, but it went OK. There is a section of the EAA forums devoted to it. Right now most of the forum content surrounds the download...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-18-2016, 10:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,718
Posted By KatieB
Electrical diagram software?

Hey you guys. What programs do you like to use to create electrical diagrams?

I'm looking for something easily obtainable--free or cheap--that doesn't require an engineering degree to use. I could...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2016, 04:26 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,953
Posted By KatieB
I thought the article was well-written and...

I thought the article was well-written and thought provoking. The basic human reaction since the beginning of time is to assume after a few similar encounters that "they're all like that..." whether...
Forum: RV-3 10-17-2016, 02:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,240
Posted By KatieB
Hi Richard, Can you post pictures of the dents?...

Hi Richard,

Can you post pictures of the dents? Some small/shallow dents can be filled, but you have to be cautious about adding weight to the control surfaces. If the dents are severe, they might...
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