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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Today, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 205
Posted By snopercod
Lithium

I use Energizer Lithium batteries in all my "stuff". Flashlights, handheld radios, TV remotes, cameras. They're expensive but last a lot longer. They also function in extremely cold weather and have...
Forum: ADS-B Yesterday, 05:44 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
Now THAT's enlightening. Thanks.

Now THAT's enlightening. Thanks.
Forum: COMM Yesterday, 05:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 859
Posted By snopercod
My Icom A-210 has 8W of carrier power and I can...

My Icom A-210 has 8W of carrier power and I can be heard (and receive) from 40 NM away. I'm satisfied with that.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 02:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By snopercod
Two weeks

Mine takes a couple weeks but probably one third of that involves the retractable gear. Also, I always have a list of little things that need to be taken care of while my plane is dismantled.
Forum: ADS-B Yesterday, 02:08 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
I just called Asheville Approach, but didn't...

I just called Asheville Approach, but didn't really learn anything...yet. My first question was, "Do aircraft on your radar display show up while on the ground?" Answer: Sometimes, depending on your...
Forum: ADS-B Yesterday, 08:56 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
How about powering up the ADS-B before the...

How about powering up the ADS-B before the transponder? Would that work?
Forum: ADS-B Yesterday, 08:52 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
I'll have to check that with ATC next time I'm at...

I'll have to check that with ATC next time I'm at the airport. I'll just turn on the Transponder/ADS-B on the ground in Anonymous mode and let ATC tell me what they see on their screen. Actually, I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-20-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,083
Posted By snopercod
What a beautiful story and photo. It almost looks...

What a beautiful story and photo. It almost looks like it was taken N of Denver. Where was it?
Forum: ADS-B 02-20-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
Somewhere I read that if you want to go...

Somewhere I read that if you want to go Anonymous, you should throw the switch before powering up the unit. I don't recall where I read that.
Forum: ADS-B 02-18-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
I only drive old cars and only use old cell...

I only drive old cars and only use old cell phones with no GPS tracking. (wink)
Forum: ADS-B 02-18-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
I installed a Garmin GDL-82 over a year ago and...

I installed a Garmin GDL-82 over a year ago and have been very pleased with it. My transponder is a Garmin GTX-327 and it didn't need to be touched. The GDL-82 is just inserted in the coax line...
Forum: Midwest 02-17-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By snopercod
Man, that scenery just looks COLD!

Man, that scenery just looks COLD!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 497
Views: 220,732
Posted By snopercod
This was taken in the eighties when I was an...

This was taken in the eighties when I was an Instrumentation Engineer on the Space Shuttle. I was out at Edwards to dump the flight recorders. Good times while they lasted. Now I just work on my own...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,897
Posted By snopercod
You can buy your own bottle and regulator and...

You can buy your own bottle and regulator and have it filled at a welding supply house.
Forum: ADS-B 02-16-2019, 06:04 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
Very crypto-like.

Very crypto-like.
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,897
Posted By snopercod
Amazon

Would something like this work for you?...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-15-2019, 07:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By snopercod
I took a look at the COSTCO website and they have...

I took a look at the COSTCO website and they have a lot of different hearing aids. Just be sure that the ones you pick will work with streaming audio, not just cell phones. Even my audiologist wasn't...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-14-2019, 10:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By snopercod
That's another good idea. Yes, I have two extra...

That's another good idea. Yes, I have two extra AUX inputs on my Icom A-210 (no audio panel). One is being used for my AoA. I wonder how the prioritization would work. Right now, if I am hearing ATC...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-14-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 345
Posted By snopercod
Bluetooth Enabled Hearing Aids for Foreflight Audio

As we all know, Foreflight issues various audio alerts via an iPad. The problem is getting the alerts to ones' ears. With the engine running, I certainly can't hear them through the tiny iPad...
Forum: ADS-B 02-13-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
I've tried it, and you're just mistaken. I took...

I've tried it, and you're just mistaken. I took off from a Class C with the switch in the anonymous mode. When I left the Class C and approach told me to squawk VFR, I switched to 1200 and continued...
Forum: ADS-B 02-13-2019, 06:15 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
Flightaware does - or did six months ago. I'm not...

Flightaware does - or did six months ago. I'm not sure about the FAA "system".
Forum: ADS-B 02-12-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 5,337
Posted By snopercod
If you depart with a code, like from a Class C,...

If you depart with a code, like from a Class C, then switch to anonymous mode when ATC tells you to squawk VFR, "the system" continues to track your flight under your N-number. Doing it the other way...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,202
Posted By snopercod
No. On the space shuttle, the specs allowed 3...

No. On the space shuttle, the specs allowed 3 washers on one side. If it's good enough for NASA, it's OK for you.

Edit: I agree with Jereme that you should try different AN-5 bolts. The tolerance on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,660
Posted By snopercod
That's what I did. Comparable sales were about...

That's what I did. Comparable sales were about half of my original assessed value, so the nice people at the tax office reduced my assessed value accordingly.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-06-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,445
Posted By snopercod
Zolatone

+1 for the Zolatone. It's somewhat difficult to spray, being thick with chunks in it, but the results are worth it. The first coat puts the base color on and the second coat adds the splatters. I...
Forum: COMM 02-06-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 214
Posted By snopercod
The E-04 is very finicky. Low battery voltage can...

The E-04 is very finicky. Low battery voltage can cause the 5 beeps and low temperatures can cause low battery voltage. Try warming up your battery pack with a hair dryer and repeating the self-test.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,592
Posted By snopercod
I never thought about that. The RG142 coax to my...

I never thought about that. The RG142 coax to my comm antenna pases probably 12" away from my magnetometer back in the tail cone. I haven't noticed any problems so I guess that's enough separation.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,373
Posted By snopercod
I have an O-290-D2 which is pretty much like an...

I have an O-290-D2 which is pretty much like an O-320 only with an MA-3SPA carb. Mine will idle down to 500 RPM with a wood prop. Looking at the Marvel Schebler troubleshooting guide for rough idle,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-03-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,026
Posted By snopercod
Your Marvel-Schebler carb specifies a maximum of...

Your Marvel-Schebler carb specifies a maximum of 6 PSI fuel pressure, I think. Too much pressure can overcome the weight of the floats and give you an excessively rich mixture. Somebody help me out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,931
Posted By snopercod
I was flying yesterday at 5,500' and saw a target...

I was flying yesterday at 5,500' and saw a target pop up on my iPad. He was off to my left, crossing in front of me left to right, 1,500' below and climbing. I was also with ATL Center, and the...
Forum: ADS-B 02-03-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 819
Posted By snopercod
Yes, that's true. My problem was that my GDL-82...

Yes, that's true. My problem was that my GDL-82 broadcasts both on 1090 and 978 so I needed the broadband antenna which would cover both bands. Delta Pop makes a blade type UAT antenna as well as the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-03-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,094
Posted By snopercod
Exactly correct. There's a one second latency on...

Exactly correct. There's a one second latency on my Garmin Virb Elite. I take this into account when reviewing my Ground Speed on takeoff or touchdown. (I have to take the wind into account as well.)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-01-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,094
Posted By snopercod
Yeah. I was sure I posted an answer, but it's not...

Yeah. I was sure I posted an answer, but it's not here today. (Cue Twilight Zone music)

OIC, there are TWO threads. I posted on the other one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,331
Posted By snopercod
Is it just me or does this sound like something...

Is it just me or does this sound like something Airbus or Boeing would build into their system?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 623
Posted By snopercod
I made a spreadsheet to calculate the distance...

I made a spreadsheet to calculate the distance between two lat-long points in the .gpx file for my Garmin Virb Elite and then calculate the speed between them based upon the 1 second sample rate. The...
Forum: ADS-B 01-30-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 819
Posted By snopercod
It's not really a matter of looks. The el cheapo...

It's not really a matter of looks. The el cheapo antennas are cut for the 1030-1090 MHz transponder band and performance is degraded at the 978 MHz ADS-B band. The blade-type antennas are broadband...
Forum: ADS-B 01-30-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 819
Posted By snopercod
I fly with the Delta Pop...

I fly with the Delta Pop (http://www.deltapopaviation.com/Transponder_Antenna.html) blade type transponder/ADS-B antenna and am very happy with it. It's half the price of the Comant.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-30-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By snopercod
You might try using 3M Primer 94 on the...

You might try using 3M Primer 94 on the substrate. You apply it, let it dry, then stick on your tape. 3M says:I used Primer 94 on the ends of my vinyl graphics to keep them from lifting in the air...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 867
Posted By snopercod
Would vinyl electrical tape work?

Would vinyl electrical tape work?
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,177
Posted By snopercod
I went ahead and ordered the headset hangar....

I went ahead and ordered the headset hangar. Heck, I built an entire airplane so I guess I can figure a way to attach it to the fiberglass "ceiling" of the baggage compartment. I'm s-o-o-o-o tired of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,460
Posted By snopercod
High five! I went with the Knight Kit VTVM myself.

High five! I went with the Knight Kit VTVM myself.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,460
Posted By snopercod
You got that right. Back in my power plant days,...

You got that right. Back in my power plant days, we saw the results of trying to check the buss voltage on a 480V MCC with a Simpson set on ohms. Now those Simpsons have an inline fuse, but it's only...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,460
Posted By snopercod
I carry a cheap Harbor Freight meter with me in...

I carry a cheap Harbor Freight meter with me in my parts bag when flying cross country, but use a Fluke 87V at my home base. I can depend upon the Fluke to be accurate, and it has several useful...
Forum: RV-10 01-27-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,177
Posted By snopercod
I like the looks of those. How are they mounted?

I like the looks of those. How are they mounted?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-26-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 29,366
Posted By snopercod
Rutherfordton

The Brotherhood had a last-minute fly-out to Rutherfordton [KFQD] for lunch today. The gusty winds beat the stuffing out of us and we reported moderate turbulence to ATC. The lunch at 57A was good,...
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,871
Posted By snopercod
What I did was to mock up the pilot seat and make...

What I did was to mock up the pilot seat and make sure I fit while sitting in the plane.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By snopercod
This is getting weird. Apparently, the serial...

This is getting weird. Apparently, the serial altitude fails when I turn on the avionics buss at a 1,000' MSL or lower airport. When I start out from a 2,000' MSL airport, it works OK all the way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,707
Posted By snopercod
What the heck was that?

What the heck was that?
Forum: RV-10 01-23-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 575
Posted By snopercod
Just a SWAG on my part, but I think the inverter...

Just a SWAG on my part, but I think the inverter would be liable to cause a noise problem and the freezer would be heavy. How much can a couple of pounds of dry ice in a cooler effect your CG, anyway?
Forum: RV-14 01-23-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,871
Posted By snopercod
I fly a Lancair 235, but the solution is the...

I fly a Lancair 235, but the solution is the same: Lower the seat, recline the seat back, make sure your knees won't hit the instrument panel, move the rudder pedals back. I had to do all this stuff.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,714
Posted By snopercod
So you won't use the best available lock washer...

So you won't use the best available lock washer in order to save 53 cents? :rolleyes:

On my plane, I use Nord Locks to secure the prop extension onto the crankshaft, the prop bolts onto the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-20-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,504
Posted By snopercod
Idea

I've been thinking that this would be a great business opportunity for some enterprising soul: Design and build a small electronic device which would decode and display the serial altitude output...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-19-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,873
Posted By snopercod
Awesome! Great photos.

Awesome! Great photos.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,504
Posted By snopercod
Reviving this ancient thread, does anyone know...

Reviving this ancient thread, does anyone know what format the altitude data is in and the range? It can't be straight binary coded decimal because it's possible see negative altitudes displayed on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-18-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By snopercod
NTF

So I went to the airport today to check the altitude tape on the D-6 as Bob suggested. Would you believe the serial data is working again? All I know to do now is have a checklist to switch the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-17-2019, 05:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,750
Posted By snopercod
I have a buddy with an RV-12 and his NGK plugs...

I have a buddy with an RV-12 and his NGK plugs keep fouling, even after he completed his 200 hr. carb maintenance. Could this be his problem?

BTW, in my youth we used to call NGK plugs the "No Good...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-16-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By snopercod
I'm really embarrassed to report that I didn't...

I'm really embarrassed to report that I didn't even look. I only installed the D-6 for the directional gyro and fly by my steam gauge altimeter. Thank you for asking the obvious question :o I'll also...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-16-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By snopercod
Yes, they're both hooked up. Are you thinking...

Yes, they're both hooked up. Are you thinking there is some kind of fight going on? I can certainly disconnect the Grey Code wiring, but it's been working with both hooked up for over a month. Here's...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-16-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By snopercod
Serial Altitude Encoder Reading 2,000' Low Today

Last month I decided to "upgrade" my GTX-327 transponder by feeding it serial altitude information from my Dynon D-6 rather than from my ancient parallel encoder. It's been working fine and I love...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,924
Posted By snopercod
On the Space Shuttle they sanded with 320 grit...

On the Space Shuttle they sanded with 320 grit wet/dry to get a "water break". Then etched with phosporic acid. Then flushed with copious amounts of water, then tested with Litmus paper strips to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,063
Posted By snopercod
You might check the internal power supply. That...

You might check the internal power supply. That would be pretty easy, I think.
Forum: Safety 01-09-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,135
Posted By snopercod
You crack me up, dude! Did he harsh your mellow?

You crack me up, dude! Did he harsh your mellow?
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