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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,895
Posted By crabandy
Jack Stands

I always hated borrowing my airport neighbors slightly teetering and leaky wing jacks. I generally have to work in “an hour here, 2 hours there” type increments at the hangar. I wanted a secure way...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-21-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 846
Posted By crabandy
Vans and Langair have both advised the loose gear...

Vans and Langair have both advised the loose gear leg isn’t cause for major concern, more of a fly and keep an eye on it. I think it’s worth a try to fix the wobble now instead of flying with it...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-19-2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,276
Posted By crabandy
Pretty sure it’s already been done with the...

Pretty sure it’s already been done with the RV8/7/6.
Pretty sure any properly leaned 320/360 powered RV8/7/6 is faster and burning less fuel than a 12 above 100knts. Much less than 120knts in mine...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 718
Posted By crabandy
Nothing a sanding drum can’t make room for!

Nothing a sanding drum can’t make room for!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 846
Posted By crabandy
Sorry, different computers and software. Try it...

Sorry, different computers and software. Try it again
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 846
Posted By crabandy
RV7 loose gear leg

Doing the condition inspection on my RV7 (590hours) I found the left gear leg had some slop in it. It seems to be loose in the lower socket of the leg, the top bolt is tight and the leg doesn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,732
Posted By crabandy
Condition inspection stuff.

Condition inspection stuff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,625
Posted By crabandy
Pillows and blankets from Goodwill are the best...

Pillows and blankets from Goodwill are the best topped with wood planks. At the time I used garbage bags of packing peanuts under the planks….
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,257
Posted By crabandy
Mine’s boring compared to the previous...

Mine’s boring compared to the previous weekends!

The RV turned an 8+ hour drive into 2-50ish minute flights. I was able to arrive in time to service and winterize our boat and have dinner with my...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,287
Posted By crabandy
I thought Vans had brought up the issue of the...

I thought Vans had brought up the issue of the loose wheel pant brackets, the aluminum spacers needed to be replaced with something harder. Now I can’t find it, I was going to address it soon as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,756
Posted By crabandy
I was giving a bi-annual in an ARROW once on a...

I was giving a bi-annual in an ARROW once on a short grass field where the long time owner had leaned a little too much for the density altitude, scary indeed.

I agree with Steve and others above...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 10-30-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,896
Posted By crabandy
Bill, I think the last of the season has last but...

Bill,
I think the last of the season has last but when it warms up again go to the Burger Burn!
https://m.facebook.com/burgerburn/
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 10-30-2021, 12:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,896
Posted By crabandy
Bill, Double Thumbs up as he knows his stuff,...

Bill,
Double Thumbs up as he knows his stuff, utilizes it around the country weekly and plays a decent guitar with not a half bad singing voice!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 10:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
Posted By crabandy
Awesome, look forward to bumping into you and...

Awesome, look forward to bumping into you and Collin someday!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
Posted By crabandy
Ya I think next year maybe we can make a couple...

Ya I think next year maybe we can make a couple balloons look like the ones on the briefing sheets!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,271
Posted By crabandy
Nice work Rob! I’m looking forward to teaching...

Nice work Rob! I’m looking forward to teaching more skills to the kiddos, can’t wait till they can work under the panel for me:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,297
Posted By crabandy
Proud Dad

I snagged Lil’ Dude after school and we headed to the airport to check off some items on the Condition Inspection Checklist (Thx Walt!).
I’ld already Torqued the prop bolts but he observantly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,934
Posted By crabandy
A 30 minute flight sure beats a 2+ hour drive to...

A 30 minute flight sure beats a 2+ hour drive to watch my oldest daughter in the regional XC meet, their girls team took 1st!
No car at the airport and ironically 3.2 miles to the golf course where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,384
Posted By crabandy
2 1/2 years and 250hours+ on the oil door/cowl...

2 1/2 years and 250hours+ on the oil door/cowl flap with no issues just cooler temps, my carb fuel boiling issue has been 95% resolved and battery temp alarms are drastically reduced. One of my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,346
Posted By crabandy
The weekend was kinda blur, seeing old friends...

The weekend was kinda blur, seeing old friends and meeting new ones was the best part. Popping Balloons was definitely second!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,346
Posted By crabandy
Petit Jean for me and my littles, what a Great...

Petit Jean for me and my littles, what a Great Fly-In! A little weather delayed our arrival Friday but the next 2 days were fabulous.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 11:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,670
Posted By crabandy
Bought the transfill hose from mountain high and...

Bought the transfill hose from mountain high and my own large O2 bottle from the local PraxAir store. Love to eventually buy another bottle for $350ish, but as it is I exchange a mostly full bottle...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-13-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,158
Posted By crabandy
Marvin, I’m gonna need Sandy to call my copilots...

Marvin, I’m gonna need Sandy to call my copilots in sick for half a day Friday so we can make it there by early afternoon…..
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-05-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,067
Posted By crabandy
Getting rid of the reverse bend for a radius...

Getting rid of the reverse bend for a radius makes so much sense, if I ever take mine off I’ll make a new one with the rolled upper edge.
Forum: Polishing your RV 10-05-2021, 12:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,918
Posted By crabandy
Depends on your level of OCD…… Don’t care who...

Depends on your level of OCD……

Don’t care who you are but fingerprints on any state of polish is maddening, everyone just wants to touch it.

Had mine polished up decently about 4 years ago,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,237
Posted By crabandy
Kudos for the quality plenum you made, looks like...

Kudos for the quality plenum you made, looks like it will serve you better than what you started with!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,635
Posted By crabandy
Alas the goats would probably be standing on top...

Alas the goats would probably be standing on top of any unattended airplane, does it count if I have any of the aforementioned animals in my freezer?

County approved the zoning without the use of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,635
Posted By crabandy
Still building hours, I haven’t signed him off...

Still building hours, I haven’t signed him off yet…..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2021, 12:01 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,635
Posted By crabandy
No real progress besides a water meter over our...

No real progress besides a water meter over our wet summer, finally dry enough again but not sure it’s gonna last. Mowed the area for the airstrip/driveway/house/hangar. Thin section mowed shows the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,452
Posted By crabandy
Busted my kiddos out of school for the day Friday...

Busted my kiddos out of school for the day Friday and flew to KFYV for a pitot static check and brunch with an uncle I hadn’t seen for over 10 years. Met my parents at the lake and did some skiing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-07-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 9,237
Posted By crabandy
After the high pressure air flows through the...

After the high pressure air flows through the engine cooling fins/oil cooler it pressurizes the lower cowling that causes the cowling to bulge on the top rear edge. Leaks in baffling/plenum lead to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 430
Posted By crabandy
Thx for the report!

Thx for the report!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 430
Posted By crabandy
Wings avionics KFYV Pirep

Anyone have a Pirep for Wings Avionics at KFYV? Just looking for a transponder/alt/static IFR cert.
Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2021, 01:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,519
Posted By crabandy
My solution for ground cooling, can’t believe...

My solution for ground cooling, can’t believe it’s been 2 1/2 years ago but it’s been the best mod I’ve done on the airplane.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=171987

Prior I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,109
Posted By crabandy
Polar bear soft cooler

I LOVE my Polar Bear soft cooler, I’ve had it for 6-7 years and use it weekly. It’s lightweight and dimensionally fits just about anywhere in my RV7 slider usually the baggage area or passenger...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-14-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,490
Posted By crabandy
Great use of that airplane!

Great use of that airplane!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-08-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,034
Posted By crabandy
Great trip Steve! Nice upgrade on the camping...

Great trip Steve!
Nice upgrade on the camping gear!
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-30-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,907
Posted By crabandy
What a Dad, condolences to you and your family.

What a Dad, condolences to you and your family.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,462
Posted By crabandy
Fueled it up and updated databases in...

Fueled it up and updated databases in anticipation of flying to the lake after an OT shift. Wx ended up being fly-able but horrible lake weather so I stayed home and did other projects.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,122
Posted By crabandy
I did several flights with em the wheel pants and...

I did several flights with em the wheel pants and leg fairings minus the intersection fairing with minor shifting an no issues.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By crabandy
Dan, If memory serves me correctly it was at the...

Dan,
If memory serves me correctly it was at the aft edge of the fiberglass inlet at 3/16-1/4” gap at the metal baffling. Visually the front of my inlets were slightly larger and tapered backwards in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,615
Posted By crabandy
“Like Button”

“Like Button”
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By crabandy
Dan, Pic and area of my vertical induction cowl....

Dan,
Pic and area of my vertical induction cowl. I found my inlets were noticeably smaller than my buddy’s horizontal induction “smooth” cowl. Maybe the horizontal cowl inlets were sized bigger for...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-23-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,606
Posted By crabandy
Extra fuel can be nice, but imagine the...

Extra fuel can be nice, but imagine the performance gains from not hauling an extra 30ish gallons around. I realize the stock 9 has 5 gallons less than my 7 (41) but it is more than enough to explore...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,145
Posted By crabandy
I used the RV to see my dad for an early Fathers...

I used the RV to see my dad for an early Fathers Day, he was recovering at a clinic after hip replacement surgery. Thankfully everything went well and I flew back home for an overtime shift. Jumped...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,635
Posted By crabandy
Finally dry enough to move some dirt. We cut...

Finally dry enough to move some dirt. We cut trees and limbed for weeks last fall thinning out the hedgerow that had gotten out of control, first step was removing the stumps and pushing everything...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-18-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,583
Posted By crabandy
Great Raft is one of my fav’s when in Sherevport!

Great Raft is one of my fav’s when in Sherevport!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-18-2021, 12:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,354
Posted By crabandy
Nice trip Steve! Agreed on the camping gear,...

Nice trip Steve!

Agreed on the camping gear, I’ve been shopping the backpacking specials for several years now. Found my fairly large tent that works well for 2 people and gear is 8.5 lbs and easy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 11:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,392
Posted By crabandy
Finished my long weekend with my favorite lil’...

Finished my long weekend with my favorite lil’ dude who demanded to fly home with me. He’s been RV flying most of his life, bottles and carriers to boosters and sippy cups. Last year I had to set him...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
The improvised flight plan, biggest wx issue was...

The improvised flight plan, biggest wx issue was the 50 knt gusts in western Ks/OK we choose to “fly over” instead of stop. A little over 10 hours flight time in 11 1/2 hours, a new record I’m not...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
We started out direct knowing we would be making...

We started out direct knowing we would be making some changes on the fly, luckily the massive Tstorms stayed out of the way.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
Time to strategically load almost 100 lbs of...

Time to strategically load almost 100 lbs of stuff for the ride home.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
Couple of his pics on the way back, I love the...

Couple of his pics on the way back, I love the video commentary “a little bit smoother than Moose Creek.”

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-ZK9MQs9
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
Pretty dizzying takeoff video on...

Pretty dizzying takeoff video on 22.

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-SgggKCB
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
I’ll let my cousin John...

I’ll let my cousin John narrate....

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-RFh6XZ4

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-4QWqCjR
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
So thankful to see the OVC breaking up and almost...

So thankful to see the OVC breaking up and almost clear to the west, a quick dip below the clouds and another thrilling approach to RWY 4.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
I had been watching and deciphering the weather...

I had been watching and deciphering the weather nonstop for almost 2 days, I had also chatted with a local back country regular about routes and weather. I was eying a break in the wx forecasted...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
Wonderful Camp...

Wonderful Camp Hosts!

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-HWn3Z8f
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
“Kayak Tom” heading down...

“Kayak Tom” heading down River.

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-FcJkCjb
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
And the weather hits Moose...

And the weather hits Moose Creek.....

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-29x8GFD

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-sbL669F
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
The next...

The next episode...

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-MVRLncN

https://andycrabtree.smugmug.com/Moose-Creek-2021-Arthur-and-John/i-sdG3hmp
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-12-2021, 12:03 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
Our plan was to leave Wed morning, Wx was...

Our plan was to leave Wed morning, Wx was supposed to be good but the rain started at 3 am. By 8 the wx looked doable and I loaded up Arthur and his gear and took off. I left my cousin with his gear...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-10-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
I did fly back once to check weather and grab a...

I did fly back once to check weather and grab a few supplies. Also brought in some requested ice cream, Reese’s, Twinkies etc for the forest service crew that keeps the trails open. Also left some...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-10-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,506
Posted By crabandy
Sun setting over the confluence of the Selway and...

Sun setting over the confluence of the Selway and Moose Creek.
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