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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Bend the washer???

Bend the washer???
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 680
Posted By Sam Buchanan
McMaster-Carr (https://www.mcmaster.com/) has...

McMaster-Carr (https://www.mcmaster.com/) has aluminum washers very close to this size.

https://www.mcmaster.com/#93286A058
Forum: Safety 04-20-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,425
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Several documented instances of a tip-up being...

Several documented instances of a tip-up being unlatched during takeoff, mine included. The canopy will ride open about 6" without significant trim change, at least that is the case at pattern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 645
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don, aircraft insurance cost is very dependent on...

Don, aircraft insurance cost is very dependent on pilot age and recent experience in type. If you used a reputable broker it is unlikely you received a bogus quote.
Forum: Safety 04-20-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,170
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The correct sleeves are copper.........

The correct sleeves are copper.........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have not deleted anything in this thread. Did...

I have not deleted anything in this thread.

Did some checking. Your post was in an earlier thread today that was deleted by a different moderator.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When this thread winds down I'm gonna move it to...

When this thread winds down I'm gonna move it to General for safe keeping, this is too good to lose. :p

[thread moved; S. Buchanan]
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Man...I knew this would be fun! :D

Man...I knew this would be fun! :D
Forum: RV-4 04-18-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 865
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That type of damage is often caused by careless...

That type of damage is often caused by careless use of a wrench to tighten the bearing. Good catch!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This request for an illegal use of an RV has been...

This request for an illegal use of an RV has been deleted once already but I'm gonna leave this one up to see what kind of response it gets. ;)
Forum: Tools 04-12-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 601
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That compressor requires 230 volts, may not be an...

That compressor requires 230 volts, may not be an option for the original poster (and he stated he isn't priming or painting).

Having said that I have a similar compressor in the shop but it is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My RV-6 uses the following pads, not sure which...

My RV-6 uses the following pads, not sure which brakes you have:

Rapco RA66-106-4K

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/lgpages/rapco_brklinig2.php

Yes, the rivet tool is an excellent addition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 864
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Plans and manuals are available on a USB flash...

Plans and manuals are available on a USB flash drive:

http://www.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?ident=1522985153-16-348&browse=videos&product=fd_plans
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-09-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,711
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If I was a potential buyer of the 180hp Viking I...

If I was a potential buyer of the 180hp Viking I would need to factor in the cost of the Lycoming that would eventually replace the Viking....... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,730
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've used the baggy trick on oil filters for many...

I've used the baggy trick on oil filters for many years and it works fine...most of the time. To catch those infrequent spills/drips I put a doggy training pad on the floor under the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 846
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You don't want to see where the fuel tank is...

You don't want to see where the fuel tank is located in the RV-12..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,779
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It would be interesting to try using the high...

It would be interesting to try using the high pressure port on the LRI probe for pitot sensing. I suspect it would work, but I've never tried it. The high pressure port points straight into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A check sent to Stark Avionics ($2150) put the...

A check sent to Stark Avionics ($2150) put the ESG in my hands. The device performs flawlessly per the FAA performance report.
Forum: COMM 04-05-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 917
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here, have never seen any problems with...

Same here, have never seen any problems with rigidity and don't consider it anything to be concerned about.
Forum: COMM 04-04-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 917
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One of our RV brothers produces a nice antenna...

One of our RV brothers produces a nice antenna for the price:

http://www.deltapopaviation.com/Home.html
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-02-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,487
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One the best April Fool's jokes in a while!

It was a superb example of an April Fool's joke because so many people got sucked into it. And the comments below the article are hilarious to read because there are a bunch of pilots who apparently...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,799
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Been using Tempest filters for several oil...

Been using Tempest filters for several oil changes. The new ones don't require any lube on the gasket.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 266
Posted By Sam Buchanan
AOPA video about Vans safety award

Prospective builders who need to address spousal concerns about safety would do well to offer this video for consideration:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9GxCFB65fo0&feature=youtu.be

A letter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,921
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Link is in my signature. :)

Link is in my signature. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,921
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I agree with all the above, just wondering about...

I agree with all the above, just wondering about the posts that inferred they had used the "X" prefix and 2" numbers on an RV.

I used both the "X" and 2" numbers on my latest project, but it is an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,921
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm reading AC 45-2E (10/01/2015)...

I'm reading AC 45-2E (10/01/2015) (https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_45-2E.pdf) and I can't find where an RV can use the "X" prefix or 2" N-numbers.

Is there a newer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 651
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Historically RVers with carbs have seen a wide...

Historically RVers with carbs have seen a wide range of fuel pressure, often within the same flight. This variability seems to be related to pressure sensors not being consistent at low pressures....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-28-2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,352
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ok...it's been five years but I will bite....... ...

Ok...it's been five years but I will bite....... ;)

When conducting a condition inspection on my plane over the course of a week or so, nothing goes into the logs until the inspection is complete....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-28-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 12,352
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wow...we may have a new record.....a reply to a...

Wow...we may have a new record.....a reply to a post that is over five years old! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,602
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm 'bout to reload the popcorn popper, which do...

I'm 'bout to reload the popcorn popper, which do you guys prefer.....buttered or unbuttered?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 798
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Based on the OP's public profile and previous...

Based on the OP's public profile and previous posts it appears he purchased a flying RV-6.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 798
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The bottom half of the cowl can certainly be a...

The bottom half of the cowl can certainly be a handful until some technique is acquired but I've never considered the top half of the cowl to be a two-person job. The side pins can be inserted first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 989
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You didn't tell us the type of filter but if it...

You didn't tell us the type of filter but if it is the common 48110 the nipple is part of the filter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
True. My point is that my personal decision is...

True. My point is that my personal decision is based on careful consideration of several factors unique to RVs, not on some sort of "non-thinking".
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2018, 03:18 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Based on my 'reasoned analysis' and personal...

Based on my 'reasoned analysis' and personal 'thinking' over the past couple of decades, I have concluded that if I ditch my RV-6 it will flip over and I'll die. There are several reasons I reached...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,724
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Slight digression here but I replaced all the 4'...

Slight digression here but I replaced all the 4' fluorescent tubes in my 24x24 shop with LEDs similar to what is in the above fixtures. It is a huge improvement over the old tubes which I had a hard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Those are interesting articles, but how many of...

Those are interesting articles, but how many of the crashes in the statistics used for the article involved short-coupled, fixed-gear, high-CG aircraft with bubble canopies being the only means of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,506
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm thinking you probably need to keep the...

I'm thinking you probably need to keep the Mooney.....unless your wife gets onboard with an experimental aircraft.

But in spite of that....welcome to VAF! :)
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You could use the Dynon D-10A servos with a Dynon...

You could use the Dynon D-10A servos with a Dynon Skyview system.
Forum: Autopilots 03-13-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,019
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The only cross compatibility I've seen is the...

The only cross compatibility I've seen is the Trio autopilots can drive the old Navaid servo in roll control. Even though the Navaid servo works with the Trio, these servos are now many years old...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That seems to be a common way of sealing around...

That seems to be a common way of sealing around the cut-out. Try to make the seal in a way that would prevent any sealant from being sucked past the filter. I don't obsess over making a perfect...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I assume you have recently acquired your RV. I...

I assume you have recently acquired your RV. I can't offer a 'better' solution but can tell you this method has worked well for hundreds of carbed RVs. Yes, it looks kinda crude, but it works.

My...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I couldn't find a photo but I built the handle a...

I couldn't find a photo but I built the handle a little different from the plans and it looks more finished. The aluminum angle that is the handle is mounted inside the canopy skirt and only the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,534
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That is pretty clever, but in the nearly twenty...

That is pretty clever, but in the nearly twenty years of taxiing my RV-6 tip-up I've never felt the need for that modification. The propwash keeps the canopy down against the roll bar when in the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-07-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,534
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I found out after the fact that I should have...

I found out after the fact that I should have slowed the plane more, I was climbing out in a mass departure and was not yet at cruise speed. But the canopy was so hard to close (115 kts?) that I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,534
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is a photo I found in the VAF archives of a...

Here is a photo I found in the VAF archives of a tip-up in the taxi position:

http://i.imgur.com/xzLQ1uX.jpg

Once the fan is blowing a lot of air moves through the canopy, TX summers will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,927
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not trying to be argumentative, but where in the...

Not trying to be argumentative, but where in the NTSB report does it state the crash was due to defective fuel or fuel system? There is no indication in the report that the fuel system hadn't been...
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2018, 06:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Google 'PC680' and you will find many sources for...

Google 'PC680' and you will find many sources for the battery. I've purchased from BatteryMart, looks like they offer free shipping.
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-26-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I had the Sensenich metal prop on my O-320 RV-6...

I had the Sensenich metal prop on my O-320 RV-6 repitched by a local prop shop (went from 77" to ~80") (http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/fairings.htm#repitch). However, I suggest you return the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,086
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RVs have static ports on both sides of the...

RVs have static ports on both sides of the fuselage......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,721
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The flap hex pushrods are a common upgrade and I...

The flap hex pushrods are a common upgrade and I think they are supplied in more recent kits, probably available in the Vans store.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,941
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Very nice, Karl! Consider using a "safety pin"...

Very nice, Karl! Consider using a "safety pin" when you start hoisting your plane.

I made a small mod on my lift, guess we can now call it ver. 2.1.

Slots were cut in the sides of the dolly so the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-21-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,546
Posted By Sam Buchanan
In that case I see lots of dollar$$$....and huge...

In that case I see lots of dollar$$$....and huge technological capabilities....

Those round clock dials look exactly the same as they did sixty years ago.....kinda boring, eh?

To each his own. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,546
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have a large red lamp wired to an oil pressure...

I have a large red lamp wired to an oil pressure switch but mine is primarily a "Turn Off the Master You Idiot" light...... :(

It also has a loud audio transducer in the circuit (with a kill switch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,941
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have a prop that I slide into place under the...

I have a prop that I slide into place under the tailwheel spring then the lift is moved out of the way. That's about as complicated as I can make it.... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,941
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My first "design" was going to have rollers cut...

My first "design" was going to have rollers cut out of delrin rod, similar to the original TailMate. But I decided to try the 2x4 wood sliders first and they worked so well the roller idea was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,941
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The lift will work beautifully wood-on-wood if...

The lift will work beautifully wood-on-wood if set up properly, no additional material needed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,941
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There is more going on with these simple lifts in...

There is more going on with these simple lifts in regard to engineering than might be at first apparent. My engineering background is limited to the shadetree variety but some simple analysis might...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-15-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Why not use the same paint as you used originally?

Why not use the same paint as you used originally?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,548
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Odyssey ought to pay you for a testimonial...... ...

Odyssey ought to pay you for a testimonial...... ;)

Wow....14 years.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,572
Posted By Sam Buchanan
When I feel rusty several circuits of the pattern...

When I feel rusty several circuits of the pattern with different types of landings restores confidence in all flight maneuvers. When the pattern work is really sharp, so is everything else because of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,694
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe somebody needs to build one out of wood. ...

Maybe somebody needs to build one out of wood. :D

Hmmmm........
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