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Forum: RV-10 06-30-2022, 05:33 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,497
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Most vendors in the experimental community will...

Most vendors in the experimental community will have something to offer the RV universe.....that's a lot of vendors. :)
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-28-2022, 12:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,801
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have the Trio Pro Pilot, a full featured roll...

I have the Trio Pro Pilot, a full featured roll and pitch system. But many, many RVs are flown by hand--I've never considered hand-flying mine 'tiresome' and that is what I do if turbulence is more...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-28-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,801
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well.....guess I (and no doubt hundreds of RV...

Well.....guess I (and no doubt hundreds of RV owners) am not the 'typical Vans buyer' either, no interest in aerobatics or playing fighter pilot, just a lot of great cruising in my RV-6 for the past...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-27-2022, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 576
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If it ain't broke....don't fix it...... ;) My...

If it ain't broke....don't fix it...... ;)

My AGM RV batteries over the past nearly 20years (mix of Odyssey and "off-brand") usually last several years before a noticable decline in starter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,072
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent! Even though very sorry you are having...

Excellent! Even though very sorry you are having to deal with this it is good to see your plane is secured and you've started the claim process. Just sit tight and let the carrier determine what to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,443
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yes, PCS and aviationoiloutlet.com are one and...

Yes, PCS and aviationoiloutlet.com are one and the same but shipping offers may be different on each site. The PCS site is geared toward servicing several industries in addition to aviation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,589
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We don't like to admit that insurance carriers...

We don't like to admit that insurance carriers can pull our strings but the sad truth is you may have problems as a new 70 yr-old TW pilot getting coverage at a reasonable (any) cost. Best option...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-23-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 445
Posted By Sam Buchanan
These are the most recent struts I installed on...

These are the most recent struts I installed on my RV-6, they have a bit more strength than the stock struts:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/392355653925
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,443
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My last case of Phillips from PSC was $20 less...

My last case of Phillips from PSC was $20 less than Spruce even after shipping. Final cost may depend on how close the customer is to PSC or a Spruce warehouse.

I am very aware of considering...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,443
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Awful lot of thinkin' going on here........ ...

Awful lot of thinkin' going on here........ ;)

You asked for a source for aviation oil. I use this vendor and have had excellent service at a price considerably lower than that big aviation supply...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2022, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,723
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Does this count? Take off speed is really high...

Does this count? Take off speed is really high due to excessive wing loading....granddaughter hasn't yet been able to achieve needed velocity....but ground maneuvers are impressive.

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Forum: RV-14 06-14-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,412
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The breaker is to protect the wire in case of a...

The breaker is to protect the wire in case of a short to ground.....you definitely want to install it.....a fat wire on fire is bad.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,810
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One of our local RVs had a flap rod failure...

One of our local RVs had a flap rod failure several years ago but not sure if it was due to operational or installation error.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,810
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Rest assured you are not the only RV pilot to...

Rest assured you are not the only RV pilot to blow past flap speed.

Most likely there is no damage to the airframe but the first thing you want to check is the flap pushrods to make sure they...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-10-2022, 06:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,378
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Peace of mind.

Peace of mind.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,007
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have fuel injection but I had a situation...

You have fuel injection but I had a situation with my carbed engine that resulted in the same results as your incident.

A tiny piece of trash got lodged in the carb needle. This stuck the valve open...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-10-2022, 03:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,378
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Glad it worked for you and you were able to make...

Glad it worked for you and you were able to make the best of a bad situation. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,857
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My 20-year-old Reiff sump heater is showing its...

My 20-year-old Reiff sump heater is showing its age so I may be looking for a replacement at some point. I run the heater 24/7 for four months in an insulated hangar because the heater is...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-10-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,378
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is an interesting thread for me on several...

This is an interesting thread for me on several levels. My RV-6 is of similar vintage and I've often wondered what I would do when my time with it comes to an end. Mine also started life with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,740
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prelim Report

Location: Huntsville, AL Accident Number: ERA22LA213
Date & Time: May 1, 2022, 17:05 Local Registration: N1218B
Aircraft: Vans RV7 Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,419
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think it's that abandoned cone-shaped thing out...

I think it's that abandoned cone-shaped thing out at the airport that they still have to mow around......
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,419
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To avoid poking your eye out when cleaning the...

To avoid poking your eye out when cleaning the plane install the excellent Archer antenna in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,667
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Lot’s of $$$$’s…………

Lot’s of $$$$’s…………
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,434
Posted By Sam Buchanan
...and then wait for all the comments about how...

...and then wait for all the comments about how it would never work.....just sayin'...... ;)
Forum: Autopilots 06-01-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't have the exact numbers but the Trio servos...

Don't have the exact numbers but the Trio servos are similar mechanically (but much more sophisticated digitally) to the Navaid so weights should be similar.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,718
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Or maybe having more lithium (or whatever battery...

Or maybe having more lithium (or whatever battery tech is current at the time) battery capacity than fuel to complete a flight.

Just the natural progression of mechanical being replaced by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,718
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, belt-driven alternators will most likely...

Yep, belt-driven alternators will most likely eventually have the same status as vacuum pumps......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-26-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,086
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ask Continental?

Ask Continental?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,781
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Swaging tool

Here is what I use for forming a swaged end on tubing to prevent stress fractures at the flattened area:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-21-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Still using proper air pressure?

Still using proper air pressure?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,019
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to...

Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to be addressed in some fashion if sanity is to be maintained, too many acquired skills to let go to waste......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,086
Posted By Sam Buchanan
So what does Continental say about this?

So what does Continental say about this?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-17-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 90,527
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My SureFly is configured for fixed timing so it...

My SureFly is configured for fixed timing so it is 25* regardless of the rpm. I see 10-15 rpm higher with the SureFly than the mag when doing a 1700 rpm runup, probably due to my mag having a bunch...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-16-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,770
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This is a tough one......

This is a tough one......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,347
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That's a keeper! :D

That's a keeper! :D
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-08-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,348
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This thread has progressed far beyond just a...

This thread has progressed far beyond just a notice of an accident. The thread is being closed as we are veering into speculation mode. Condolences to all who suffered a tragic loss.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-05-2022, 11:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,116
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This was discussed at length in a recent thread....

This was discussed at length in a recent thread. No programming is lost if power is interrupted.
Forum: Reviews 05-05-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,709
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As another datapoint I placed an online order...

As another datapoint I placed an online order with Petroleum Service Company for a case of XC20W-50 on May 2 and it arrived today, May 5. It was ~$30 less than Aircraft Spruce when shipping was...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-04-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,116
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This discussion is prompting me to put some sort...

This discussion is prompting me to put some sort of boot over the power terminal on the SureFly.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-03-2022, 09:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 465
Posted By Sam Buchanan
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?...

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=205534&highlight=Compass
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,740
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We have another local aircraft that is a Bearhawk...

We have another local aircraft that is a Bearhawk Patrol but the database shows it as a Sonex Waiex motorglider. I know for a fact that it has proper registration, looks like the FAA database has...
Forum: Safety 04-27-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 313
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm not trying sound snarky, and you may get an...

I'm not trying sound snarky, and you may get an answer here, but doesn't AOPA have a forum? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,810
Posted By Sam Buchanan
So.................

So.................
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 10:42 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,492
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This thread has drifted far from the original...

This thread has drifted far from the original poster's question and devolved into snarky discourse.

Thread closed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,987
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You mean there are still pilots shooting ILS...

You mean there are still pilots shooting ILS approaches?? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,987
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Good results for me as well. Here are my...

Good results for me as well. Here are my installation notes from back in the previous century...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,920
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Mel, Are the RV-3, RV-4 and RV-6 eligible for...

Mel,

Are the RV-3, RV-4 and RV-6 eligible for the 'NX' numbering (and elimination of the experimental decal) due to the age of the designs?
Forum: APRS Tracking 04-05-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 861
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I was an APRS early adopter and really enjoyed...

I was an APRS early adopter and really enjoyed using it. It was reliable in my area of the country and provided much higher resolution tracking than what was then available in Flightaware. My wife...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,209
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here are some photos of the above referenced...

Here are some photos of the above referenced repair in my thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194892&highlight=bird+strike+club). However, my bird strike didn't have as many...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-30-2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,292
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No need to drain the tank or plug the vent. But...

No need to drain the tank or plug the vent. But you need to stand beside the leading edge of the wing while you quickly remove the old valve and insert the new valve or a 1/8" pipe plug. If you lie...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,484
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Google 14684 alternator, this is internally...

Google 14684 alternator, this is internally regulated, originally appeared on Suzuki and other small vehicles. Presently available on Amazon but I don't know if it will fit your current...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-23-2022, 02:17 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,653
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We decide to build an RV and we learn skills we...

We decide to build an RV and we learn skills we didn't have before. Riveting, removing rivets, reading engineering drawings, wiring, installing an engine, fiberglass work, installing a canopy without...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 05:28 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,536
Posted By Sam Buchanan
There probably isn't much engineering rational...

There probably isn't much engineering rational for the extra bolt, but our thinking back in the '90's was along the lines of redundancy. As unlikely as it would be, if the pushrod bolt fell out the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 02:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,536
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This question got bounced around in the late...

This question got bounced around in the late '90's. I, and I'm sure some other builders, added the second bolt securing the two elevator horns together. So far after 22 years....no issues. :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-19-2022, 10:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,829
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The landing light thing keeps popping up….always...

The landing light thing keeps popping up….always unsure if it’s a serious suggestion. But it would be a huge no, no, cutting a hole in the leading edge somewhere other than at the tip would involve...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-15-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,031
Posted By Sam Buchanan
May be time for me to make the switch to a NAPA...

May be time for me to make the switch to a NAPA or K&N filter.....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-12-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Nearly impossible to answer your question without...

Nearly impossible to answer your question without knowing how the bracket is designed. Much more important is making sure proper thickness, edge clearance, grain direction, bending technique, stress...
Forum: Tools 03-10-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,659
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent! But....you need a couple more bench...

Excellent! But....you need a couple more bench grinders.....and good to see your retirement isn't being squandered.... :D
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-08-2022, 01:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,859
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Given the power feed for my SureFly is less than...

Given the power feed for my SureFly is less than 24" long and is carefully insulated and secured, what trivial or easily remedied failure would occur? If the power fuse (link) blows.....the SureFly...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,212
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I don't know if the landing light comment was...

I don't know if the landing light comment was serious or not.....but don't do it. There are structural reasons why landing lights are located near the tip of the wing.

As a bird strike victim...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-07-2022, 03:49 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,859
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The config for the SureFly is set with DIP...

The config for the SureFly is set with DIP switches, not user-defined software. The switches are set to determine either fixed or variable timing and the base timing. Once the switches are set, the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,212
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the thread about the leading edge damage...

Here is the thread about the leading edge damage and repair of the duck strike on my RV-6.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194892&highlight=bird
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-06-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,859
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've been flying the SureFly for a couple of...

I've been flying the SureFly for a couple of years. The keep-alive circuit has never caused any issues on my plane, the $40 PC680 wannabe battery has always started it even after a 3-4 week break...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,846
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Semantics

A kill switch was that thing on a motorcycle that stops the engine. The lights, etc, would still work on my old bikes even when I hit the kill switch to coast into the driveway too late at...
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