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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,151
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Resistance Wins

Jask, you were right. I checked both wires (positive and negative) going from the panel switch to the strobe power supply. Continuity on the ground side was excellent indicating my ground was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,151
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Related question (I think)

My RV7A is having “ xenon strobe light” issues and I’m wondering if I might have a ground problem. My strobes quit working and after talking to a Whelen representative I’ve accomplished the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-12-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 473
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Team Aerodynamics Offers a Whelen kit

About two years ago I changed out my Vans halogen landing lights to LED lights. I used the kit sold through Team Aerodynamics which uses the Whelen 71685 LED light. The kit cost was $155 per light....
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-11-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 158
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have no idea what the European rules are for...

I have no idea what the European rules are for strobe lighting but I was told by a Whelen sales rep that their cheaper experimental Microburst II led light set does not meet FAR 91.205c certification...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 693
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I hope you have or also ordered a brake rivet...

I hope you have or also ordered a brake rivet tool. If not Aircaft Spruce sells a good one for $37.50. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/RapcoBrake.php
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,294
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The comments you provided him were useful...

The comments you provided him were useful “cautions” but I don’t agree with your “recommendation.” It’s true build quality can very significantly from RV to RV but a thorough prebuy by a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-09-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,596
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Check your p-lead on you mags and confirm...

Check your p-lead on you mags and confirm everything is tight. I experienced similar intermittent problems and discovered my p-lead ground that screws into the left mag was loose. Once tightened...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-08-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By Tankerpilot75
What LED system did you use to replace your...

What LED system did you use to replace your Whelen system with? Was it hard or easy to convert to LED? Cost?
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-07-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 681
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Help: strobe quit working

I promise not to clean my tail lens again!

My tail navigation/strobe light lens was extremely dirty so I decided to pull the bottom rudder flairing where the tail position light/strobe light...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-22-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,200
Posted By Tankerpilot75
It’s been a while since I’ve flown international...

It’s been a while since I’ve flown international so take this advice with caution. However, there are two considerations whether you fly VFR or IFR internationally you should consider, and that is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-16-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 596
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Like others have said, primary should be the...

Like others have said, primary should be the 430W. But let me throw a couple cautions and suggestions your direction.

1. It is very easy when your just starting out to become “equipment...
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,221
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Don’t forget tax base for most of us include ...

Don’t forget tax base for most of us include “income taxes, sales taxes, capital gains taxes, personal and real property taxes.” Also check to see “what types of income” are tax exempt or taxed at...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-13-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By Tankerpilot75
That’s why God invented “crosswinds.”

That’s why God invented “crosswinds.”
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,180
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I also wanted an independent means of tracking...

I also wanted an independent means of tracking time. My RV already had a Hobbs meter in the panel but was unfortunately wired to start running whenever electrical power was turned on ( ie battery...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 04-12-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 619
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I the biggest problem I see immediately is what...

I the biggest problem I see immediately is what happens when someone flys an IFR approach in instrument conditions and has an accident. Will they’re insurance cover any claims resulting from the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks

I appreciate the assistance. Did my order and included the brake rivet tool.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 539
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Brake Pad kit Question

I have an RV7A and I’m getting ready for my annual condition inspection and want to have a brake pad kit on hand “just in case.” I know Vans sells the brake pad kit but I’d rather pay shipping just...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-06-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 975
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Gerry, Let me also clarify what I meant by...

Gerry,
Let me also clarify what I meant by checking your “counter.”

In the general setup menu of your EFIS there is a serial port that shows “AHRS-1/Air Data Computer #1.” That serial port is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-06-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 975
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Wing tip for magnetometer

I had serious electro-magnetic interference every time I keyed my radio when the magnetometer was located on the shelf below the rudder. There is a test you can do before securing the magnetometer...
Forum: Autopilots 04-02-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,303
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Good question

I’ve also asked the question once before and no one ever commented. It’s a shame because Lucas brought a lot of good will to Trutrack from positive customer relationships.

Like some other folks...
Forum: Interiors 03-31-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 465
Posted By Tankerpilot75
EZ Out Console Caddy Question

I’m thinking about purchasing and installing the EZ Out Console Caddy into my RV7A. It looks like a good solution to storage problems in my RV. My concerns basically have to do with “space.” Since...
Forum: GPS 03-25-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 797
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I concur. Asked Garmin several months ago about...

I concur. Asked Garmin several months ago about purchasing a 430 non-WAAS subscription and they told me they only sold 430W subscriptions. Jeppesen is the only provider for what you want.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2018, 11:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,002
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks. I’ll check this out with GRT.

Thanks. I’ll check this out with GRT.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-20-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,002
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Bob, The nice thing about VAF is someone always...

Bob,
The nice thing about VAF is someone always points out something not known to to me. I am familiar with setting upper and lower fuel tank limits on my Horizon WS EFIS and having it display...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,210
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Not engine savvy

I’m certainly not the brightest person when it comes to engine diagnostics but here’s an idea. Check your sensors first. I have the GRT EIS system and experienced erratic EGT readings last year. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2018, 01:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Abbey’s cover

I’m fortunate because when I bought my 7 a Flightline cover came with. Fits well, holds up well and is light weight. Only use it traveling since my RV7A is normally hangared.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-17-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,002
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Fuel calibration - it’s not easy

A gentleman at Vans support once told me that a “full” tank reading usually occurs when the indicator shows about 16 gallons due to the nature of resistance type fuel senders and how they fit in the...
Forum: RV-10 03-17-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,109
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Here’s a thought and a question. Is your heavy...

Here’s a thought and a question. Is your heavy wing still heavy when you have a passenger in the right seat or only when you’re solo? Mine was generally noticeable when I was solo and not when...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,073
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Vans USB question

Last summer I purchased the RV7 usb from Vans at OSH. I don’t want to hijack this thread but can someone tell me how to display and print only one page. My stick always displays two pages and I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 537
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Slick Magneto Problem - Rave to Eric Muelburg!

I want to express my sincere appreciation to Eric Muelburg for diagnosing and then fixing a left magneto problem on my RV7A. Eric is an EAA Chapter 24 Tech Counselor and an A&P. He also volunteers...
Forum: Builder Website Links 02-26-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,255
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Keith, You know that Larry Eversmeyer in our EAA...

Keith,
You know that Larry Eversmeyer in our EAA chapter 24 just finished his RV14 build. His Lancair that he finished two years ago won Grand Champion at Sun n Fun in 2016. He builds a great...
Forum: Interiors 02-26-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,413
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Carpets, both front and rear, do help reduce...

Carpets, both front and rear, do help reduce noise. I also have 1/2” styrofoam pads under the front pilot/copilot carpet which also helps. I use spray 3M glue to secure the carpet to the styrofoam....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Welcome

I am also a retired military pilot (KC-135 A/E/R) and joined VAF 3 years ago. It’s a great resource for everything RV. The experimental aircraft world is a very helpful community and RVs are great...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-22-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 481
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Fine wire plug cleaning

I’m sure this has probably been discussed many times but I still need the information. I heard from a person I respect, that fine fine wire plugs should never be cleaned using an abrasive blast plug...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 692
Posted By Tankerpilot75
New Style Brackets - FS

I have a set of the new style brackets (no other kit parts) for sell. I just got them in from Vans three weeks ago when I ordered the replacement nose kit but decided to use my existing brackets on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,645
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Agree. My “peeks” are more towards the panel and...

Agree. My “peeks” are more towards the panel and keeping the eyes outside - except on final where it’s closer to 50/50. I never fully trust ATC - been surprised too many times (retired military...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2018, 04:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,645
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Rusty pilot - way too often!

When I’ve gone a period of time without flying I tend to do the following on the first flight out of my home airport (KRQO) which is uncontrolled (no tower).

1. Start engine, Taxi, Takeoff and...
Forum: Midwest 02-10-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,716
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Keith

I did post a comment on ForeFlight and I noticed someone else added a follow on comment. I’ve started repair/replacement work on my nose wheel skirt. Not being the original builder or having build...
Forum: COMM 01-31-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 476
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Check Antenna Connection

Since it only seems to be a problem when you transmit on the radio I would examine your antenna connection.
Forum: Midwest 01-28-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,716
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Followed your suggestion - he could care less

[QUOTE=swaltner;1235473]Sorry to hear about the trouble while visiting 1K1. The ramp was pretty full today yesterday as this was the first nice flying day in a while. While I wouldn’t expect or...
Forum: Midwest 01-28-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,716
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Steve, Thanks for your concern. Yesterday the...

Steve,

Thanks for your concern. Yesterday the concrete pads south of the restaurant were also occupied. It was a nice day for flying.

I do not expect the owners to compensate me for my loss but I...
Forum: Midwest 01-27-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,716
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Be careful parking in the grass at Loyd Stearman Field

Flew up today for lunch at the Loyd Stearman Field restaurant. This airport has very limited ramp parking so I taxied north of the restaurant and turned off the taxiway to park on the grass. This...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-27-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 286
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Intermittent Dynon D10A Magnetometer Problem

Experiencing what I think is an intermittent failure of my D10A remote magnetometer. This is my backup EFIS with my primary system being the GRT Horizon WS system.

After about 30 minutes of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,288
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Oh what a relief it is!

As a retired USAF Command Pilot I can assure you that air sickness can be over come if you work at it. I held my UPT (Under Graduate Pilot Training) class record for air sickness incidents. Too...
Forum: ADS-B 01-20-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,738
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Sorry haven’t checked this thread in a while - been traveling!

Mr Butcher,

Thanks for the info on the WS software update. I’ll look into this update. My only real concern is that it appears to be a “beta” update. I’ll have to visit with GRT about this...
Forum: Safety 01-10-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,238
Posted By Tankerpilot75
A little different experience

About a year and a half ago I experienced the opposite tire failure. I did my normal preflight with everything looking normal and a friend and I climbed into the RV then taxied. Taxi seemed slow...
Forum: Northeast 12-19-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,229
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Caribou (Loring AFB)

I spent three years stationed at Loring AFB which is now closed. Your pictures reminded me of both the beauty and the severe cold. Flying in that environment made me a much better pilot but living...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2017, 08:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I also maybe able to help a little

Like Steve, I fly a GRT EFIS panel RV and live in the OKC area, but mine is the old GRT Horizon WS. My transition from steam gages to EFIS began with this system and it’s been a true learning curve. ...
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,745
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Antenna?

I had a similar problem (I think) a while back. What fixed my problem was the connection from the lower comm antenna to the antenna itself was frade and once I replaced that connection with a new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 769
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I installed my under the fiberglass cowl

Last summer I installed a GTX335 and put the WAAS antenna under my engine cowl near the back firewall on a shelf I made for its mounting. Make sure it’s mounted clear of the metal rim the cowl hooks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,624
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Great fun!

Like you I’m a second owner of an RV7A. I’ve been tearing into my RV for over two years (also a first time aircraft owner). So far I’ve converted from manual trim to electric, installed new...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-26-2017, 06:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 971
Posted By Tankerpilot75
GRT WS

While I do not have the HX EFIS, my WS has always been slow to boot up often taking several minutes. For comparison I also have a Dynon D10A as a backup EFIS and it’s relatively quick to boot. ...
Forum: Autopilots 10-26-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By Tankerpilot75
What?

What happened to Lucas? Where did he go?
Forum: Canada 10-19-2017, 05:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,354
Posted By Tankerpilot75
RV14

I will always look first to resale value and ease of build. It’s my humble opinion that a “used” RV14 will most likely sell quicker (in the future) and at a higher price than either the RV9 or RV12....
Forum: Texas (North) 10-17-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Saturday @ KHSD (Sundance Airport) OKC

Miles,

This Saturday at KHSD there will be a pancake breakfast (starting at 8:00 am) followed by a talk by Rep Steve Russell and then our EAA Chapter will be doing YE flights. There will likely be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,267
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Glad everyone is okay

There’s nothing like a Tornado to cause massive destruction. I live in Tornado Alley (Oklahoma City) and our bad weather season is early-May to mid-June. It’s been several years since we’ve...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2017, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,944
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Manual Trim Failure

I converted to electric in my RV7A a year ago but only after experiencing a manual trim failure right after takeoff (twice). It seemed the elevator trim cable had come unscrewed from the elevator...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-26-2017, 04:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 883
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I concur!

I used Pat Hatch's "Ultimate TRB" servo board this time last year when I converted my manual trim system to electric trim for both elevator and aileron trim functions and installed Tosten Military...
Forum: ADS-B 09-17-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 581
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Emailed response

I emailed you a response to you private email. Please read. We have similar systems and reasons for the swap out. One thing I didn't discuss in the email is the programming of the 335. With that...
Forum: ADS-B 09-17-2017, 02:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,904
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Not one to state the obvious, (But I guess I am)...

Not one to state the obvious, (But I guess I am) have you talked to GRT tech support? They should be able to quickly identify the problem. I have the WS system and installed the Garmin GTX 335. I...
Forum: RV-10 09-10-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,918
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I have in the past used an old tractor lawn mower...

I have in the past used an old tractor lawn mower with a toe bar for my RV7A. You can often buy a good used one for under $500 and remove the mower deck. I also recommend welding a front pin holder...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-31-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,559
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My vote - have your panel built

Steve,
I agree with everything you said however my vote is to have someone like Steinair, Aerotronics, Jesse St. James, or Walt A. build the new panel and if possible even install it. Time and...
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