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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,754
Posted By plehrke
I think it sounds better to increase stuff since...

I think it sounds better to increase stuff since loosing stuff is hard.

Increase my RVís useful load by 50 lbs
Increase my 401k to my retirement goal dollar figure
Increase my flying hours by...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 01-03-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,176
Posted By plehrke
I donít think vans tracks that. I asked them for...

I donít think vans tracks that. I asked them for that data a year ago and they said they did not have that data. I asked for number flying data. They probably have number sold but not sure they will...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-01-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,583
Posted By plehrke
I do not have a lot of experience with border...

I do not have a lot of experience with border patrol and/or customs but do with other types of government investigators. My opinion is that getting people uncomfortable and being picky about the...
Forum: COMM 12-27-2018, 05:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 244
Posted By plehrke
Thanks from me too. I hate to say it but I have...

Thanks from me too. I hate to say it but I have been using my GX65 for 10 years and never have figured out the squelch. I need to use it so rarely I never remember to look it up in the manual when I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,977
Posted By plehrke
I called it my Project or my Hobbie. Tried to...

I called it my Project or my Hobbie. Tried to stress it was not an airplane until I received the airworthiness certificate. That always seemed to make visitors feel like there was a formal process to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,048
Posted By plehrke
I agree with rocketbob. If you have adaquate...

I agree with rocketbob. If you have adaquate sealing on the firewall and vents to clear cabin smoke, which I hope you have as that is a must, you will have adaquate cabin vent to deal with fumes.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2018, 04:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By plehrke
My CFI asked if I had a MEL as part of discussion...

My CFI asked if I had a MEL as part of discussion on what could be failed on my aircraft and I would still feel safe to fly. He did not force me to make it. I decided on my own that it would be a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-15-2018, 04:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By plehrke
I had my CFI during a BFR ask for my Min Equip...

I had my CFI during a BFR ask for my Min Equip List 10 years ago. He must have read about it or had to do something with it at his work (chief pilot for a charity flying patients to receive treatment...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 549
Posted By plehrke
Sounds like a fantastic event. Excellent work by...

Sounds like a fantastic event. Excellent work by all and sounds like the ultimate in understanding the Christmas spirit.

How many years has this been going on? Does this happen in other states...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,496
Posted By plehrke
Very good point Everyone, in the USA, drives...

Very good point

Everyone, in the USA, drives left handed (so they can text right handed). Flying left handed is very natural and leaves the right hand to run the electronics, just like in the car....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 06:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,935
Posted By plehrke
Bought one of the cheap bore scopes off amazon...

Bought one of the cheap bore scopes off amazon with mirror and high resolution Bluetooth to my phone. Issue is I did not pay attention to focal length. The camara works great but you need to be 2Ē...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,860
Posted By plehrke
That would be some great formations flying to get...

That would be some great formations flying to get 864 airplanes in each of the 12 pictures.
Forum: Safety 11-17-2018, 06:00 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 17,570
Posted By plehrke
Since I have not read in this thread anyone do it...

Since I have not read in this thread anyone do it yet, I want to thank all those working very hard to help improve the arrival procedures in order to avoid last yearís perfect storm of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,044
Posted By plehrke
I think you answered your own question. Aviation...

I think you answered your own question. Aviation pretty much is standarized on KTS.



Exactly, which units you use are not as important is being consistent and using the correct values.


Same...
Forum: GPS 10-23-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 697
Posted By plehrke
I have 3 different brand gps antennas on my glare...

I have 3 different brand gps antennas on my glare shield spaced about 4” apart. All work great with no interference. One of the I even painted black with rattle can rustoleum.
Ran a 12 volt 2 amp...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-29-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,748
Posted By plehrke
I have never had any issues with the hinge pin...

I have never had any issues with the hinge pin along the side holding top and bottom together. That is the pin the Original post, I believe, is asking about. Very straight pin lubed with a little LPS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 06:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 843
Posted By plehrke
https://patents.google.com/patent/US6808143B2/en h...

https://patents.google.com/patent/US6808143B2/en
https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/3a06/aa5a5a0edaecf08a52d9fe020b09ebc63ba2.pdf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 843
Posted By plehrke
Large amount of tooling and fixtures is on the...

Large amount of tooling and fixtures is on the way out in aerospace due to large capital investments required and inability to scale with production rates changes. This along with desire to increase...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,872
Posted By plehrke
I canít sleep good just wearing the T-shirt.

I canít sleep good just wearing the T-shirt.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,872
Posted By plehrke
Your doctor is your consultant on your personal...

Your doctor is your consultant on your personal health care. You are your own primary care provider. It is your decision on doing the test. Since you are questioning your doctor, maybe you have some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 658
Posted By plehrke
Opening the oil cooler door does not do anything...

Opening the oil cooler door does not do anything to cool the plenum area that is the typical problem with hot starts or even to cool the engine itself. All the oil door will do is vent out a little...
Forum: ADS-B 08-24-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,983
Posted By plehrke
If I told you want it was then I would have to ....

If I told you want it was then I would have to . . . . . .
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-19-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 92,410
Posted By plehrke
Nope, Don’t need no computer program. Design is...

Nope, Don’t need no computer program. Design is creative, not computative. If computative it will just look like the “base design” as you call it.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-19-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 392
Views: 92,410
Posted By plehrke
Good luck. As an airplane configurator in my day...

Good luck. As an airplane configurator in my day job, large, highly funded airplane companies have been trying to replace me with just such a computer program for over 30 years. They hate to admit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,413
Posted By plehrke
Aviated for 2 hours this morning going absolutely...

Aviated for 2 hours this morning going absolutely no where, just flying here and there.
Note: The way I play golf I require way more than one ball.
Forum: Midwest 08-18-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,650
Posted By plehrke
I looked into it a bit last year but never got...

I looked into it a bit last year but never got further than just looking at their website (http://norwalklanding.com). Lots looked way to small for what I wanted. Could get several lots to get...
Forum: Safety 07-29-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 17,570
Posted By plehrke
Hey, there is no critiquing in brainstorming...

Hey, there is no critiquing in brainstorming
Maybe require all to tape large last 3 digits of n-number under wing. If they do not have then they obviously did not read NOTAM and send them to their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 253
Views: 39,614
Posted By plehrke
Why do they continue to have both runways be fed...

Why do they continue to have both runways be fed from Ripon to FISK. The runways operate completely independent so why not have a separate VFR arrival path for 18/36? It would half the traffic...
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 625
Posted By plehrke
Although you apply torque to the nut, it is the...

Although you apply torque to the nut, it is the bolt that sets proper torque. You will never break a nut from over torgueing but you will break the bolt. Bolt sets joint strength, nut just ensures...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,634
Posted By plehrke
Never do it at my airport

There were hangars that had the spray foam at our airport. Since our airport has been involved in several major floods due to it being only a couple hundred yards from the Missouri River. In the 93...
Forum: Safety 07-14-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 21,092
Posted By plehrke
Cracks in trim tab attach

Found this a few years ago in pre-flight. Cracks at several of the rivets. Ended up repairing it with a pretty ugly external doubler. See repair thread...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-14-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,156
Posted By plehrke
Installed CPI last year and thought very easy to...

Installed CPI last year and thought very easy to install. Was a little timid drilling on the flywheel but good instructions and provided drill block made it a non-event.

The ease of a hot starts,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,260
Posted By plehrke
Landing 27 last year they had me go around when 5...

Landing 27 last year they had me go around when 5 sec from touch down telling me to turn left and head to right hand down wind for 36. Luckily, as I was trying to adjust radio for 36 tower freq....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2018, 09:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,213
Posted By plehrke
Full set of vans gages have been working for over...

Full set of vans gages have been working for over 800 hours with no issues, except a burnt out light bulb. My frequent check of accuracy, being an engineer, with alternate sources I have within...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,988
Posted By plehrke
I go with what Lycoming recommends. They have...

I go with what Lycoming recommends. They have lots of data and financial skin in the game. No brand names called out just oil...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-16-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,119
Posted By plehrke
Pretty cheap IR thermometers are available...

Pretty cheap IR thermometers are available everywhere...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,209
Posted By plehrke
Most excellent drawing to go with explanation. I...

Most excellent drawing to go with explanation. I have sketched many such drawings on my whiteboard to visualize what is really happening.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2018, 05:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,840
Posted By plehrke
I have used the term "maintenance induced...

I have used the term "maintenance induced maintenance". Just had this happen when working on my shower drain. Fixing the leak I caused another leak that was even harder to fix then the...
Forum: RV-10 05-27-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,930
Posted By plehrke
And make sure you remove when carrying load with...

And make sure you remove when carrying load with aft CG.
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-26-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,724
Posted By plehrke
Someone with a vision to develop electric...

Someone with a vision to develop electric airplanes that are more than just adequate, like Elon Musk did for cars, needs to step in soon. Yes, it maybe possible to do a trainer or LSA size aircraft...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,840
Posted By plehrke
Do you rotate your injectors?

I heard years ago that at condition inspection you should clean and inspect your fuel injectors but always put them back in the same cylinder from where they were removed. I have been trying to find...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,334
Posted By plehrke
Flap hinge pin lubrication (and rod ends)

I am doing my 12th condition inspection and looked at the flap hinge and they look a bit dirty after collecting dust for the the 12 years. I typically squirt some LPS2 on them every year and that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,886
Posted By plehrke
Gross weight on your airworthiness certificate...

Gross weight on your airworthiness certificate should be 100% based on safety and 0% based on legality when flying.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,693
Posted By plehrke
Landed and parked durning The Show at Appleton...

Landed and parked durning The Show at Appleton many times mainly because I was staying at B&B in Appleton. Easy in with plenty of places to park. Several years were not very easy out due to T-storms...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,355
Posted By plehrke
Issue at non-towered Airport that gets me going...

Issue at non-towered Airport that gets me going are those doing an instrument approach into a non-towered Airport. Their radio call is typically based on waypoint or position on an approach plate....
Forum: Propellers 04-01-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 973
Posted By plehrke
I asked that same question in this thread...

I asked that same question in this thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=68127) thinking another couple inches of pitch would give me WOT, 2700 rpm red line, and 182 ktas Vne...
Forum: Propellers 03-31-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 973
Posted By plehrke
Info out there if you search. I posted this in...

Info out there if you search. I posted this in 2011 (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=71444) for a 180HP and Sensenich 85" pitch prop but it is for my 6A. Weight empty was...
Forum: Midwest 03-19-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,008
Posted By plehrke
Looks like it requires a ballast adjustment for...

Looks like it requires a ballast adjustment for flight home.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,527
Posted By plehrke
Actually received draft copy of the joint...

Actually received draft copy of the joint revocable trust we are setting up yesterday. Wife and next in line in the trust know plenty of contacts at my airport with aircraft buying/selling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,436
Posted By plehrke
Canít beat a set of Greenlee punches. Pricey but...

Canít beat a set of Greenlee punches. Pricey but work great. A&P in hangar a couple over has almost every size. Way better than flycutter and safer....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2018, 04:56 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 15,143
Posted By plehrke
Yes, the nose vs tail wheel debate always starts...

Yes, the nose vs tail wheel debate always starts from a tail wheel person. They seem to be most insecure about the position of their little wheel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,761
Posted By plehrke
https://imgur.com/IVlKRla.png You missed the one...

https://imgur.com/IVlKRla.png

You missed the one and only decision point question?

Which one do you want?

In the end you need to be happy with it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 06:58 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,093
Posted By plehrke
Watching Jim Cone enter the pattern in his RV-6A...

Watching Jim Cone enter the pattern in his RV-6A at Smartt Field, do overhead break into the downwind while I was pre-flighting a barely flyable rental Cherokee 140 is why I decided to build an RV.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 872
Posted By plehrke
What do you think the Average flight hours are per airplane on the 10,0000?

Unbelievable!. 10,000 RVs have flown. Another amazing thing about RVs, in my opinion, is not only that many have flown but that they fly many hours. Lots of experimentals get built that accumulate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,414
Posted By plehrke
Congratulations to Vans and all of us builders...

Congratulations to Vans and all of us builders and flyers. A true aviation accomplishment that ranks at the top not just of homebuilding but of all general aviation.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-26-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,342
Posted By plehrke
No belt failures but replaced twice in 800 hours....

No belt failures but replaced twice in 800 hours. Once when I had to replace a cracked alternator bracket and replaced it just because I had it all apart. Cheap insurance. Second time was to put on...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-26-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,336
Posted By plehrke
Use a band clamp wrapped around the connector and...

Use a band clamp wrapped around the connector and attach to an adel clamp. Mine currently is attached with zip ties but will make more permanent with the band clamp next time the cowl comes off.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2017, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,752
Posted By plehrke
Extra holes in the longeron seems to me to be a...

Extra holes in the longeron seems to me to be a condition I would want to fix. Not knowing where you have extra holes or where longeron cross sectional sizing is critical, as an aerospace structural...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,265
Posted By plehrke
I expect zero! Vans product and support are...

I expect zero!
Vans product and support are already way past anything else in his business. Van has to make desicions that are right for Van.

Since original poll question was what did I expect when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 798
Posted By plehrke
We bought and installed a home furnace that runs...

We bought and installed a home furnace that runs off a 100 gallon propane tank. It heats the air in the hangar in no time but the floor stays cold and eventually your feet get cold and whole body...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,078
Posted By plehrke
Sales tax (use tax in this case) is collected by...

Sales tax (use tax in this case) is collected by the state you live in. Pay it now or later when you register the plane, I would guess states may differ.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-05-2017, 05:29 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,754
Posted By plehrke
Know when the engineering...

Know when the engineering (planning/thinking/deciding/designing/changing/etc) stops and building has started. Never try to mix the two.

This is true at every new task you start on the project....
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