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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 615
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just thread it into one of these....it'll...

Just thread it into one of these....it'll probably be ok........ ;)

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/cache/370-320-/catalog/graphics/a1776-4z-1d.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,957
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Hey Bill, fly that shiny bird up to CMD (Cullman)...

Hey Bill, fly that shiny bird up to CMD (Cullman) in the morning, some of us will probably be there for breakfast. There is also a breakfast at Guntersville.
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-09-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This entire discussion was prompted by post #1 of...

This entire discussion was prompted by post #1 of this thread. Read it and look at the beacons on Gary's flight. You will see what we are discussing. :)
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-09-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Thanks for the reply, Glen. I still understand...

Thanks for the reply, Glen. I still understand the situation to be one where only the website knows the location of the igate, not the tracker. So if heading to igate info appears on the website...
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-08-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Glen, not sure I fully follow your reply, but are...

Glen, not sure I fully follow your reply, but are you saying it was igates that were submitting the "bearing to igate" data to the web interface? I don't look at heading data on my beacons so don't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-08-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 644
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Take a good look at your local big box building...

Take a good look at your local big box building supply store (Lowes, etc) to see if they carry plastic push-on fittings with NPT threads that will be compatible with your 1/4" poly tubing. Some folks...
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-08-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 623
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Gary, it seems to me this would have to be a...

Gary, it seems to me this would have to be a problem with the web interface. Your tracker and the G5 don't know the location of the iGate, only the web interface has that info. I would fly the...
Forum: RV-12 07-07-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,809
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The FAA flight tests for both fuels was...

The FAA flight tests for both fuels was discontinued a few weeks ago. OSH should be interesting..... ;)

https://www.faa.gov/about/initiatives/avgas/
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-07-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,388
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The bottle of MMO that I have recommends 4oz per...

The bottle of MMO that I have recommends 4oz per 10gal of gas. Sounds like that is close to what you had in your tank.
Forum: Southeast 07-05-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 555
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent compilation of TN and north AL events!...

Excellent compilation of TN and north AL events! Please strike DCU from the breakfast list so nobody will make a trip and leave hungry. However, breakfast and lunch is available at the cool little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,492
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Anything can fail but the failure mode is a very...

Anything can fail but the failure mode is a very simple one. The toggles and pushbutton on my RV-6 have been flawless since 1999 (hope I don't jinx them...) but a failed switch is easily diagnosed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,492
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Toss that flakey switch and install a couple of...

Toss that flakey switch and install a couple of toggles and a pushbutton. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-25-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
What many of us have done is abandon the "attach...

What many of us have done is abandon the "attach to the engine mount" method. Instead, all the exhaust supports (still with isolating rubber hoses) are attached to the engine, usually a couple of...
Forum: Safety 06-24-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,005
Posted By Sam Buchanan
First...glad to see your tanks aren't sloshed,...

First...glad to see your tanks aren't sloshed, that is going to prevent you from enduring a major hassle.

The only possibilities I can think of:

1) The tank had a small amount of slosh at some...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-24-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I suspect the screen and o-ring I linked will...

I suspect the screen and o-ring I linked will work regardless of the vintage of your gascolator (if you decide to keep it). The machined head of each of these appear to be quite similar.
Forum: Safety 06-24-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,943
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N19MM; RV-7A

N19MM; RV-7A
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-24-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've done it with pieces of soft, rounded-edge...

I've done it with pieces of soft, rounded-edge wood in the vice but when I needed to make several of these swages on a different project I made some dies out of aluminum angle. I'll see if I have a...
Forum: Safety 06-24-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,943
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Alexander City, AL accident

Does anyone know whether or not an RV was involved in an accident Sunday morning in Alexander City, AL? The Twitter photos look like the aircraft might have been an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-24-2018, 11:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A couple of items I've learned after nearly...

A couple of items I've learned after nearly twenty years of fiddlin' with exhaust hangers on the RV-6:

1) If you use steel tubing, the flattened end should be made with a gradual swage, not an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It does look like an Usher. Here are the o-rings...

It does look like an Usher. Here are the o-rings and screens:

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/ep/gascolators/usher.php

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/cache/370-320-/catalog/graphics/05-00632.jpg
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,835
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RVers have been repairing exhaust hangars...

RVers have been repairing exhaust hangars since....there were RV exhaust hangars. :)

Go to your local auto parts store and pick up a length of 3/8" steel brake line. A piece a couple of feet long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 21,293
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I installed a set of these struts on my RV-6 last...

I installed a set of these struts on my RV-6 last week. They work fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 597
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A couple of thoughts: 1) That gap looks awfully...

A couple of thoughts:

1) That gap looks awfully tight, be sure to allow for paint buildup.

2) Make sure you have the lift struts installed before determining final gap, they will tend to push the...
Forum: Safety 06-19-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,000
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your judgment is overlooking the possibility of...

Your judgment is overlooking the possibility of two or three small flakes completely obstructing the fuel pickup screen in the tank. Yes, it is unlikely that both tanks would be starved at the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 841
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You can remove the drain valve and clean/repair...

You can remove the drain valve and clean/repair it without draining the tank. Have a spare drain valve handy (or a 1/8" NPT pipe plug) while standing next to the leading edge of the wing. Loosen the...
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,202
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Now that you mention it.....I have never seen my...

Now that you mention it.....I have never seen my 1999 RV-6 in flight. I suspect standing on the ramp and seeing it fly for the first time would have been an unforgettable memory.

As it turned out, I...
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,620
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe due to turbulence below 1000' AGL that 30...

Maybe due to turbulence below 1000' AGL that 30 kts of wind could generate?
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-08-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,037
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The iFly app is another excellent choice and...

The iFly app is another excellent choice and works on many platforms and is a very easy software to learn.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,154
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here, found that the ferrous material in...

Same here, found that the ferrous material in that area doesn't prevent the Dynon mag from working properly. Just be sure the device is protected from water that can leak in around the fairing. My...
Forum: RV-12 06-06-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,621
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don, what about your other RV-12, I don't see it...

Don, what about your other RV-12, I don't see it in your signature. Just curious after following your build and blog over the years. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2018, 05:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,818
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The WAAS GPS for my Stratus ESG is under the RV-6...

The WAAS GPS for my Stratus ESG is under the RV-6 cowl. This has been a common location for gps for many years.
Forum: Reviews 05-30-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,333
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It seems the proper brand name is...

It seems the proper brand name is Icaro......oops, y'all beat me to it. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your OpLims will state what is required for a...

Your OpLims will state what is required for a major change.
Forum: Propellers 05-29-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,185
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Are those oil stains on the inner bore of the...

Are those oil stains on the inner bore of the flywheel? Maybe the crank seal leaked at some point in the past? Not sure how that would happen but the flywheel looks oily....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,223
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For those who want to experiment with a POV...

For those who want to experiment with a POV camera without spending GoPro money (and don't need audio), one of the inexpensive Chinese clones can be an attractive option. I've used a couple of them...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-25-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,392
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As of now electric propulsion isn't legal for...

As of now electric propulsion isn't legal for aircraft certified in the light sport category, another case where the FARs need to catch up with technology.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,475
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You need to find a local DAR (preferably the one...

You need to find a local DAR (preferably the one that would be conducting the certification inspection) and discuss your situation and see if he is likely to issue a certificate. He can point out the...
Forum: Web Site Development 05-22-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,807
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same here. I have used the same local hosting...

Same here. I have used the same local hosting firm (http://www.hiwaay.net/) since my earliest web sites over twenty years ago. Every photo I have posted in that time span is still available at the...
Forum: RV-12 05-18-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,475
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Sounds like it is working very nicely! :) The...

Sounds like it is working very nicely! :)

The aircraft is going to stall at more nose-high attitude (slower airspeed) at light weight than when flown with a heavy load. The AOA is doing just what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,406
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Before running new wire why not try new...

Before running new wire why not try new connectors on each end? Do you have a connection mid-stream? It may be corroded.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-13-2018, 07:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 762
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Original poster stated his engine is fuel...

Original poster stated his engine is fuel injected.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,984
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well, Ed....it appears you definitely believe in...

Well, Ed....it appears you definitely believe in redundancy..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,984
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The whole point of AOA is avoid getting into an...

The whole point of AOA is avoid getting into an inadvertent low altitude stall or spin........

Oh well, I just know the thing is very useful and it is my primary instrument for pattern operations...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,984
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There ya go. With a little patience, the Dwyer...

There ya go. With a little patience, the Dwyer gauge bezel can be unscrewed, the needle gently pulled from the shaft, and the LRI dial face inserted in place of the generic Dwyer face. Instant LRI...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,984
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Naw...I don't buy any of that. I've been flying...

Naw...I don't buy any of that. I've been flying an analog LRI in the RV-6 for over 15 years and 1200 hrs and there is absolutely no issue with including the LRI in the normal visual landing scan. And...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the engine lift point was designed to handle...

Yep, the engine lift point was designed to handle the weight of the engine, not an entire airframe. The engine mount is a safe location for the hoist, but I also just jack up one side at a time and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,764
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Vic, this is excellent advice, I've moved your...

Vic, this is excellent advice, I've moved your thread to General for greater exposure, hope you don't mind.
Forum: Safety 05-07-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,911
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We have a local airport where some "locals" are...

We have a local airport where some "locals" are prone to calling out their position by referencing local landmarks.

I'm sorry, but somebody calling "Cessna NXXXX over the cedar mill" or "over the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,829
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don, thank you for your followup. After buying...

Don, thank you for your followup. After buying insurance for an RV for nearly twenty years I strongly suspected your first posts calling into question the business ethics of the companies we use were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,829
Posted By Sam Buchanan
So Don, you made some pretty strong claims about...

So Don, you made some pretty strong claims about the insurance industry not being ethical. It seems you have a different opinion now, could you enlighten us as to why your position has changed? A...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-05-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,108
Posted By Sam Buchanan
OP has dual mags per his quoted post.

OP has dual mags per his quoted post.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,523
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One unfortunate aspect of this situation is that...

One unfortunate aspect of this situation is that you have not experienced the real RV performance envelope. Because you are always flying heavy, your plane never performs as Van intended. Excess...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,108
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have it backwards. If a mag is grounded, it...

You have it backwards. If a mag is grounded, it won't fire. To test the L mag, the R mag is grounded when the switch is in the L position which kills the R mag.

If a P-lead is disconnected, you...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,911
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yeah, but it makes them sound like big-shot...

Yeah, but it makes them sound like big-shot pilots, not like the poor untrained slobs that are piddling around VFR.......sorta like those premier pilots who are calling out all those "key" positions...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,911
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mel, for clarification: The newer Op Lims don't...

Mel, for clarification:

The newer Op Lims don't have verbage requiring "experimental" radio calls. But does 91.319(d)(3) require "experimental" radio calls to towered airports even though that...
Forum: ADS-B 05-03-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,796
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The APRS tracker in my plane is most likely on...

The APRS tracker in my plane is most likely on borrowed time, too. But it still works very well and doesn't require any attention on my part and the aprs.fi web interface has proven to be more...
Forum: Safety 05-03-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,911
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The Op Lims for my 1999 RV-6 has the comment...

The Op Lims for my 1999 RV-6 has the comment about including "experimental" in the initial radio call to a control tower.

The Op Lims for my 2016 Fokker replica does not have that comment but does...
Forum: ADS-B 05-03-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,796
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Not worried about flight privacy

I have a PiAware receiver feeding data to FlightAware and as a perk for contributing to the FlightAware network I receive a complimentary Executive level FlightAware account. One feature of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,959
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Could we go back to talking about RV's? ;) My...

Could we go back to talking about RV's? ;)

My RV-6 has 3" numbers! :D
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2018, 11:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,630
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That was my thought as well, and it appears to me...

That was my thought as well, and it appears to me seven of the plugs would fail the erosion test.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-28-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,523
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have a very heavy RV-6A (my RV-6 hit the...

You have a very heavy RV-6A (my RV-6 hit the scales at 1010 lbs...painted). Guess your choice is to be satisfied with the performance you have or get a different airplane.....me thinks the O-320 and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,993
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think you need a different pump......

I think you need a different pump......
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