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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I googled and searched VAF Forums.. for Tuckey...

I googled and searched VAF Forums.. for Tuckey Tanks. I found a dead link to Patrick "Glider" Fuel Tank. Can you guide me to reference.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Joel questions: > 9.87 Gal - Is that total for...

Joel questions:

> 9.87 Gal - Is that total for L and R sides?
> You plumb direct to valve, one or two tanks?
> What do you do for vents of Aux tank?
> How do you fill Aux Tank(s)?

The LE outboard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Adding Auxiliary Fuel to your RV

Looking for suggestions, designs, recommendations of ways RV'ers added Auxiliary Fuel. Recent thread about longest range RV's, reminded me I would like to add some range / endurance, say 16 to 20 Gal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 13,586
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Fuel in the wing (weight) relieves wing (lift)...

Fuel in the wing (weight) relieves wing (lift) stress!!! :D :D :D

The issue is always CG. The RV has reserve lift obviously.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,589
Posted By gmcjetpilot
New skin and rib is my voite. The good side is...

New skin and rib is my voite. The good side is these are CNC punched skins and ribs, so parts and putting the new one on will be easier. However you might have to drill out the upper skin aft of the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-05-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,665
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Get a MAP gauge as well as FF. MAP is cheaper....

Get a MAP gauge as well as FF. MAP is cheaper. Yes new gear leg fairing, wheel pants and intersection fairings will help. COOLING DRAG. Make sure the baffles are well sealed.

My old RV-4 cruised at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,009
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Do you have an airman medical? I'd say the best...

Do you have an airman medical? I'd say the best Noise canceling headset with good hear-aid (ear amplifiers tuned for voice only). I'm not a doctor but assume an audiologist ENT doctor has been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 334
Posted By gmcjetpilot
No expert on RV-A's (only built tail drag'ers),...

No expert on RV-A's (only built tail drag'ers), but I believe they all come with steps. Call Van Aircraft and tell them you want steps and support structure for your RV-7, they should be able to help...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,804
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Best Tug A2 starts at $2995. Just buy one of...

Best Tug A2 starts at $2995. Just buy one of those. Mike Patey needs the money to build a new Draco II. :D

I had a light (heavy twin) I use to pull slightly up hill into my hanger. I put an electric...
Forum: Safety 04-02-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,783
Posted By gmcjetpilot
As a CFI (Inst, ME) 30 years, it has been around....

As a CFI (Inst, ME) 30 years, it has been around. There is no rule to it. Some people lose control and crash within seconds of losing visual clues at night or IMC.

https://youtu.be/b7t4IR-3mSo

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,239
Posted By gmcjetpilot
It is up to the builder. I do recommend as...

It is up to the builder. I do recommend as suggested above, if you have no primer, do not pump the throttle until you are cranking the engine.

Some O-320's have carbs ( MA-3A is one ) with out an...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 03-31-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 507
Posted By gmcjetpilot
RV10 vs Cirrus SR22 AOPA fly off Video

https://youtu.be/8AppTy3Fu2Y

Enjoy. PS New SR22 is $629K base price
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,766
Posted By gmcjetpilot
What does EAA charge for Solidworks?

What does EAA charge for Solidworks?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 809
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Even though you don't want to compete suggest you...

Even though you don't want to compete suggest you join the IAC and go to some competitions to observe.
Forum: COMM 03-24-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,263
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Thanks Bob, Yes frequency bandwidth not audio...

Thanks Bob, Yes frequency bandwidth not audio bandwidth. That is what I meant :rolleyes: Ha ha.

Antenna is tuned optimally for 126.5 Mhz. Wide element will maintain more gain across the band, I...
Forum: COMM 03-24-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,263
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Jim Weir is Da man and contributes to Kit plane....

Jim Weir is Da man and contributes to Kit plane. He has written about this for decades. He had RST kits and still sells some things. He is a kit for $29 that is enough to make several antennas (VOR,...
Forum: COMM 03-24-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 148
Posted By gmcjetpilot
COM - Trig TY-91 or VAL COM 2KR Garmin SL40 - Comments, Recommendations

Thinking going GRT EFIS and they have remote control of Com of Trig TY-91 or VAL avionics COM-2KR or Garmin SL40

Does anyone have experience with these, even better if using remotely with GRT HXr.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 751
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Pencil of course is hard graphite and scratches...

Pencil of course is hard graphite and scratches and graphite corrodes aluminum so not the best choice.

Fine felt tip is best for me. Have one pen you use sparingly only for fine work so it stays...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,338
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Yes, did it once before but it has been a while.

Yes, did it once before but it has been a while.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By gmcjetpilot
RVaitor when it was in print, had some great...

RVaitor when it was in print, had some great articles on this induction when it first came out. The did some flight test and recorded pressure recovery. The reduction in drag from a separate lower...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 9,933
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Carbon Fiber is about 3 times stiffer than...

Carbon Fiber is about 3 times stiffer than fiberglass and also stronger. Stiffness is the key here. Could fiberglass work? May be.

The down side with wrapping the gear regardless of material is you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 01:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,338
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Reserved N-number does NOT equal Registered...

Reserved N-number does NOT equal Registered Aircraft N-number.

Not sure you can register an aircraft that has no airworthiness certificate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,688
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Thumbs up What a great photo log of the building, mod,...

What a great photo log of the building, mod, fabrication, installation processes. Thanks for taking the time to share this with the VAF forum. I have updraft and Van's FAB filtered airbox, but 5 STAR...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,594
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Either let it expire, don't go. -GO- Don't...

Either let it expire, don't go.

-GO-

Don't touch your face, wash hands often, keep distance from others as you can; When you get home wash clothes, take a shower and wipe things down with bleach...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,143
Posted By gmcjetpilot
You have gone full non sequitur "appeal to...

You have gone full non sequitur "appeal to authority". No pee-pee match, I have Grad degree in Mechanical engineering, published reports and trained 100's of pilots and flown a wide range of planes...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-19-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,789
Posted By gmcjetpilot
https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-7/ Click...

https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-7/

Click performance tab near bottom of page and download brochure. I assume the Catto is fixed pitch, Carburetor is fine but is not quite as efficient as FI....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,143
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I don't think anyone has heard of E3. This is...

I don't think anyone has heard of E3. This is apparently something Mr. Ed Wischmeyer coined. Ed in video is introduced as Aerospace Engineer. There is no indication of flight ratings. I'm sure he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,143
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I don't think anyone has heard of E3. This is...

I don't think anyone has heard of E3. This is apparently something Mr. Ed Wischmeyer coined. Ed in video is introduced as Aerospace Engineer. There is no indication of flight ratings. I'm sure he...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-19-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 769
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Roughness, tried to quit are a little vague but...

Roughness, tried to quit are a little vague but take it serious. As other suggest:

Ignition? Unlikely both would fail but one misfiring badly (not just shutting down) can all but kill power much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,775
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Mike tell us about yourself, as you like. Are you...

Mike tell us about yourself, as you like. Are you a pilot? Do you have a current project or just planning? All the best. Welcome aboard.
Forum: Reviews 03-19-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 958
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Nice panel. Can you say total cost of service to...

Nice panel. Can you say total cost of service to cut panel and total cost of panel with all those goodies. If you are afraid his wife will see it, PM me...:D:rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,253
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Old school time honored drill and hand tools...

Old school time honored drill and hand tools works. Lay out pattern. Use spring loaded center punch to drill 1/8" to 3/16" holes inside your pattern. Space the holes (2) diameters apart (leaving 1...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-18-2020, 05:40 PM
Replies: 26
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 14,801
Posted By gmcjetpilot
BA

Submerged NACA ducts are problematic for an oil cooler, many test, experience, articles has shown this success is not automatic with a NACA scoop. Love to see your whole NACA oil cooler set up.

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,125
Posted By gmcjetpilot
As others have said: stop drill skin and watch...

As others have said:

stop drill skin and watch (avoid drilling sub structure)
stop drill skin and metal bond an external patch, *
Re-skin Rudder with 0.020t skin (or best make a new rudder all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,143
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Expanded Envelope Exercises (E3) Commercial...

Expanded Envelope Exercises (E3)

Commercial Pilot Rating maneuvers will expand your flying envelope and skill. My stick and rudder skills improved noticeably training and receiving my Commercial....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,006
Posted By gmcjetpilot
That is true. Repairman is a separate request....

That is true. Repairman is a separate request. However that is the beauty of amateur built being able to do your own condition inspections.

PRO SHOPS... Van's kits are so good now that even a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,376
Posted By gmcjetpilot
If there is a world wide depression it is...

If there is a world wide depression it is possible some people may elect to sell their RV due to finances and be more flexible on price. If you think you might be a victim of financial hardship due...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,006
Posted By gmcjetpilot
This is not new and has been going on for a long...

This is not new and has been going on for a long time. Many kit manufactures have or had "builder assist" centers. They provided space, tools and expertise assisting the owner/builder. Is it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,068
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Frankly regardless of engine and prop combo........

Frankly regardless of engine and prop combo..... electronic ignition, aftermarket fuel injection, high flow headers, ram air box... nothing is "certified" around it. What is 15 hours more of flight...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,075
Posted By gmcjetpilot
RV's are versatile but jump-plane or banner...

RV's are versatile but jump-plane or banner towing are not two uses I'd not recommend, not safe. Banner towing? Unless you know what you are doing don't do it. You will likely overheat due to very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,217
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Was it this one? Location: Boulder, CO Accident...

Was it this one?

Location: Boulder, CO
Accident Number: CEN14FA072
Date & Time: 11/27/2013, 1150 CDT
Registration: N3786A
Aircraft: BIESEMEIER DAVID I SMYTH SIDEWINDER
Aircraft Damage:...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-15-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,275
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I am a Lycoming man.... (Continental if I have...

I am a Lycoming man.... (Continental if I have to).

Every new engine is the best, latest and "modern". The only "new engine" to catch on in USA market in decades is Rotax, due to FAA adding Light...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,217
Posted By gmcjetpilot
As a CFI and ATP I have received and gave very...

As a CFI and ATP I have received and gave very little instructions on Bird Strike but the obligatory expletive after I hit the bird "Oh ****". It is a good topic. It cost airlines US millions $400M...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,190
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Talking True modern avionics runs on 10-30 volts, have...

True modern avionics runs on 10-30 volts, have their own regulated power supply which should handle spikes. However ships voltage can drop below 10V on start. Most EFIS has a back up battery that...
Forum: Safety 03-13-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,219
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I follow Mark's channel on YouTube. I saw the...

I follow Mark's channel on YouTube. I saw the video. It looked like an Avgas-fueled fire. A little tiny 5 lb dry chemical or Halon fire extinguisher, you're probably screwed. Fire extinguisher is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Not sure why you needed a spacer. You could take...

Not sure why you needed a spacer. You could take the rudder fairing off the bottom and trim the aluminum rudder skin slightly to make more clearance. I suppose a little fiberglass work also might be...
Forum: Safety 03-11-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,343
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Hate hearing this but at least he was not hurt....

Hate hearing this but at least he was not hurt. It could have been far worse. Obviously there was no intent to hand prop start. I have some experience with a J3 no starter. Decades ago a plane parked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,283
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Yep. I had a mechanical MAP gauge in my first...

Yep. I had a mechanical MAP gauge in my first RV-4. I was getting oil and fuel residue on the inside of the gauge glass. I re-routed the line with a service dip and put a restriction in (drilled...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,428
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Your scenarios are confusing my brain. :D I see...

Your scenarios are confusing my brain. :D I see you are adding more great information to my equally great post. To make it super simple.... Two private pilots in a rented C-172 both current,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 08:39 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,408
Posted By gmcjetpilot
COOL! Oh yes. Post WWI Pre WWII it was IFR "I...

COOL! Oh yes. Post WWI Pre WWII it was IFR "I follow Roads" or light beacons, akin to ship light houses. They flew light to light at night. Day time they read the towns name on Water towers, aka...
Forum: Propellers 03-06-2020, 07:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 628
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I am interested as well. MY RV4 had his spinner.

I am interested as well. MY RV4 had his spinner.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 06:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,204
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Regardless of "REQUIRED" and should do......

Regardless of "REQUIRED" and should do... obviously do a short flight test program. Does it affect airworthiness, performance and critical systems? W&B yes a redo.

At minimum do common sense post...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 351
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Roll your own. However 0.032 is typically min...

Roll your own. However 0.032 is typically min gauge but 0.040 is typical for making a light duty bracket assuming a light weight LED.

When I built my RV-6 I made my own leading edge landing lights,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 02:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,428
Posted By gmcjetpilot
You did not read my post my friend. "Fun fact...

You did not read my post my friend. "Fun fact per FAR's the safety pilot can log PIC if current and rated in Cat/Class (and not be CFI) when acting as safety pilot as required crew member." BOTH...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,428
Posted By gmcjetpilot
It is pretty much "common sense" and nothing...

It is pretty much "common sense" and nothing changed. It has to be equitable. I am sure people abused the intent of the Reg. 50%/50% is OK. 1%/99% is not.

When getting my Inst Rating with another...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,333
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I am going for ghost flames... is this your first...

I am going for ghost flames... is this your first go at it. Nice. Tell us about materials. process....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,078
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Did you really come to a full stop? The FAA...

Did you really come to a full stop? The FAA hides in the bushes to check pilots are getting tail dragger night currency legitimately... :D:D:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,905
Posted By gmcjetpilot
GO CHEAP.... buy more AV Gas.... A G5 and...

GO CHEAP.... buy more AV Gas.... A G5 and portable/panel GPS or iPad with Foreflight and some of those cool ADS-B in Bluetooth deals you will be flying in style.

If you plan on upgrading your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,408
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Anyone pondering? Yes everyone. This topic is...

Anyone pondering? Yes everyone. This topic is beat to death from time to time. Let the flogging began. Ha ha. :) Short answer is what is your mission, but for VFR sport pilot GPS is fine. IFR...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,847
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Go to the EAA website or call them. It is all on...

Go to the EAA website or call them. It is all on the site.

There are areas approved for generators and of course they have hours of operations. This is the camper area with RV's and Travel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-29-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,146
Posted By gmcjetpilot
This cost...

This cost $1000.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/ncpreheater.php

I could make something with a small propane heater and some dryer flex duct for $100 - $200 that would work better.......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,146
Posted By gmcjetpilot
You can by an inverting Ryobi gas generator 2000W...

You can by an inverting Ryobi gas generator 2000W (2200W surge). Runs about 4 hours on a gal. Love it. Goes for about $500 Home Depot at today prices. I bought my a few years ago on sale for about...
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