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Forum: RV-15 12-05-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,640
Posted By chrispratt
I would have to build one of those. Chris

I would have to build one of those.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,592
Posted By chrispratt
I "test drove" the new site a few days ago and...

I "test drove" the new site a few days ago and IMO it is a vast improvement. The search function works much better and is more forgiving if you don't know the exact nomenclature for what you are...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-18-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Don. I like the double nut approach since...

Thanks Don. I like the double nut approach since I have the old unit and can use that nut as well.

Cheers,

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-18-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By chrispratt
FUEL PRESSURE TRANSDUCER INSTALL HELP

Does anyone have a suggestion for best way to tighten down the nut that connects to the IE 411AB transducer? I canít find a place to anchor a wrench that will offset the tightening pressure on the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-16-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 891
Posted By chrispratt
Thoughts and prayers to Susie, you and family...

Thoughts and prayers to Susie, you and family Doug. It sounds as though your mother-in-law had a good life and was surrounded by a loving family.

All the best my friend,

Chris
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 523
Posted By chrispratt
"Normal" is a very elusive term when it comes to...

"Normal" is a very elusive term when it comes to the O-360-A1A fuel pressure. It's a much discussed topic here and you can search for other threads on the topic on this site. I don't know if it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By chrispratt
Good. Maybe the two of them can hook up at some...

Good. Maybe the two of them can hook up at some point. I thought for sure I read a post about a competed RV-8 in Thailand a few years ago, but haven't been able to find it in the archives.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,133
Posted By chrispratt
Thailand needs another RV

I think thereís at least one RV flying in Thailand, and thereís hopefully one more coming. Last Thursday I had the pleasure of meeting a 737 pilot for the Thailand subsidiary of Lion Air (yeah, that...
Forum: Safety 09-03-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,061
Posted By chrispratt
+1 for jrs14855 and DanH comments. Chris

+1 for jrs14855 and DanH comments.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-11-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,969
Posted By chrispratt
I discovered a crack within the first 50 hours...

I discovered a crack within the first 50 hours (16 years ago). Stop-drilled it and has been fine ever since. Engine is an O-360-A1A, Hartzell constant speed prop, and Vetterman 4 into 2 exhaust. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 07:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,485
Posted By chrispratt
WHAT A DIFFERENCE A YEAR MAKES

Just thinking that a year ago (June 13, 2020) a gallon of 100LL at KXBP Bridgeport, Texas was $2.60 point 9. On July 4, 2021 it was $3.90 point 9. Oh well, I remember itís been worse and may be yet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,485
Posted By chrispratt
About time :D. Does the captain know? Chris

About time :D. Does the captain know?

Chris
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 06-21-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,259
Posted By chrispratt
Sorry guys but this is a stupid topic to be...

Sorry guys but this is a stupid topic to be discussing especially as it relates to RV's. You need brakes. I hate to be a meanie but I'm closing this thread before it gets out of hand.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,275
Posted By chrispratt
CELEBRATED 16 YEARS OF FLYING MY RV-8

I canít believe it was 16 years ago that I first flew my RV-8 (officially May 30, 2005). Talk about time flying (pun intended). While the total hours arenít all that high (about 900), every one of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 02:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,739
Posted By chrispratt
I'll log the 0.2 as glider time. I have the...

I'll log the 0.2 as glider time. I have the rating ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,739
Posted By chrispratt
My first flight instructor told me that from the...

My first flight instructor told me that from the moment you start the engine you are pilot-in-command and responsible for anything that happens until you shut the engine down whether the aircraft is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,999
Posted By chrispratt
While the antenna has a "Do not paint" warning...

While the antenna has a "Do not paint" warning engraved into it, I must confess I painted my original white GPS 56 antenna (mounted on top of the glareshield) with a single coat of matte black from a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,999
Posted By chrispratt
I did this for awhile with my old Garmin 496 GPS...

I did this for awhile with my old Garmin 496 GPS receiver and found that you need to be sure the antenna is well forward of the firewall. Whenever flying in a northerly direction my Sirius weather...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,075
Posted By chrispratt
Finally. Nice to see this has been addressed....

Finally. Nice to see this has been addressed. After 16 years on my RV-8 I've replaced the mounting plate three times due to cracks. Replaced the hinge for the carburetor heat door door once, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,232
Posted By chrispratt
Soap and water. My -8 is painted with Sherwin...

Soap and water. My -8 is painted with Sherwin Williams AcryGlo. I asked SW what wax to use. They said, don't wax it just use soap and water. 16 years on and it still looks good.

Chris
Forum: The RV Grin 04-26-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,065
Posted By chrispratt
Teach her to fly Don and join the RV community....

Teach her to fly Don and join the RV community. Congratulations. Wonderful photo. You made my day.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-19-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,380
Posted By chrispratt
I think it's also called a "B" Nut and can be...

I think it's also called a "B" Nut and can be found at Aircraft Spruce and other hardware sites.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,115
Posted By chrispratt
Craig: Perhaps this can help. It's some examples...

Craig: Perhaps this can help. It's some examples of my RV-8 weight and balance to remind me of limits on my aircraft.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-04-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,914
Posted By chrispratt
Does anyone know if any of the Todd's Canopies...

Does anyone know if any of the Todd's Canopies have cracked? Just wondering if there is a significant enough difference between Todd's and Van's that it might provide a clue for a more permanent...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-30-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 18,430
Posted By chrispratt
On my BFR review (technically it's just FR now)...

On my BFR review (technically it's just FR now) last week, my instructor talked me through something similar to what Dan is suggesting. I slowed the RV-8 down to pattern speed, started a left turn...
Forum: The RV Grin 03-25-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,839
Posted By chrispratt
Precious memory. No one can take that away.

Precious memory. No one can take that away.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 902
Posted By chrispratt
Joe: Welcome. I'm sure you'll enjoy your RV-12....

Joe:

Welcome. I'm sure you'll enjoy your RV-12. With COVID hanging over our heads this past year I wouldn't say that there are any "regular" get togethers. But I am sure that as restrictions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 902
Posted By chrispratt
VAF Cap Sighting

You never know when a VAF cap sighting will occur. Hereís me after my second COVID vaccine injection. Shot (literally) :rolleyes: at Methodist Medical Center, Dallas, TX. Moderna is the juice of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,486
Posted By chrispratt
But then I'll need the JD fork also, right? There...

But then I'll need the JD fork also, right? There you go spending my money again. But hey, does it come in red? :D

Good to speak to you as well. Thanks for the quality products.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,486
Posted By chrispratt
I've been using the lightweight tailwheel for a...

I've been using the lightweight tailwheel for a number of years now. Dayton Murdoch (sp?) manufactures these (and originally sold them I believe). JD Air Parts sells them now.

When I first switched...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,486
Posted By chrispratt
JD Air Parts - Anodized Tail Wheel

Received my lightweight ďredĒ anodized tailwheel from JD Air Parts. Matches my RV-8 paint scheme nicely. Installed today and took it for a test flight. Yes, the RV does appear to go faster...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-03-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,777
Posted By chrispratt
Correct. I learned this the hard way. When I...

Correct. I learned this the hard way. When I built my -8 I had never seen a blueprint before. The first piece I made from supplied stock was the bracket that holds the throttle, mixture, prop cables...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-23-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,133
Posted By chrispratt
Hello Curt. Chris Pratt here. Do you remember me...

Hello Curt. Chris Pratt here. Do you remember me from the Atlantic Aviation days back in the mid to late 80s. Long time ago. I was AAC's VP Advertising. I built and still fly an RV-8. 15 years of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,327
Posted By chrispratt
I replaced my original Whelen strobes with the...

I replaced my original Whelen strobes with the Whelen Orion series LED. Same footprint as the originals so there are no new holes to drill. Just remove old Powerpacks(s), splice the wires and you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,919
Posted By chrispratt
Gotta Have It

Oh man!! Just as I was trying to save money. Gotta have it. Heading to the order page now.

I think it will...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 16,727
Posted By chrispratt
Happy New Year

Happy New Year, Jay. Get that -8 in the air. I just donated to the site as well, more than requested as usual. We think alike. Gotta keep Doug in business.

Chris
Forum: RV Threads: The Best Of The Best (copies) 12-14-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 9,331
Posted By chrispratt
Congratulations Mel and thank you for all you do...

Congratulations Mel and thank you for all you do to support experimental aviation. You inspected my RV-8 back in May 2005, signed her off and she still flies great.

Cheers.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,587
Posted By chrispratt
I have more than 850 hours on my -8 tailwheel...

I have more than 850 hours on my -8 tailwheel assembly. I clean and grease the assembly about every 6 months (or 25-30 hours typically) using generic auto grease. Works fine. Don't use too much...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-04-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,197
Posted By chrispratt
Jay: The oil filter on my O-360-A1A is mounted...

Jay:

The oil filter on my O-360-A1A is mounted going straight back. Other than the mis-manufactured oil mount used by Lycoming (you may recall that incident from 15 years ago) the configuration...
Forum: Tools 12-02-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,589
Posted By chrispratt
A nice to have but not necessary if you have the...

A nice to have but not necessary if you have the proper bolt to begin with. Van's kits supply the proper bolts, so you should be good to go without the tool. I built an RV-8 and never had to drill a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-01-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,326
Posted By chrispratt
VANíS SB-00031

As a data point and possible help for those who havenít checked yet, I inspected my RV-8 today and found the AN3 bolts in question are installed. This QB fuselage was received in 1999. My Serial...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2020, 09:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,579
Posted By chrispratt
RAPCO has worked well for me for 15 years. Rivets...

RAPCO has worked well for me for 15 years. Rivets are included. I usually buy a pack of 8 pads which saves $$$ and I always have some on hand. Typically Iíll replace pads every two years, but Iím...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,159
Posted By chrispratt
Philip: I departed for Oshkosh in 2005 with 25...

Philip:

I departed for Oshkosh in 2005 with 25 hours on my RV-8 (I had a factory certified engine so my Phase I only required a 25 hour test period). By the time I had reached 25 hours of testing, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,808
Posted By chrispratt
That is him. I'll let him know. I flew that...

That is him. I'll let him know. I flew that airplane and you're right, it is nice. I'll pass along the compliment -- it only took him 11 years to complete ;). Lots of TLC.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,808
Posted By chrispratt
Flyinghood: I saw you practicing landings, nice...

Flyinghood:

I saw you practicing landings, nice work with the one wheel touches. I have a few hours many years ago in a Luscombe and enjoyed it very much.

I did not install the rudder pedals for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,808
Posted By chrispratt
RV-8 CHECK RIDE

They say life gets in the way of things we want to really do. So it was a bit of a surprise that it had been four years since my younger brother Mike had flown my RV-8. Time to get him back in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,473
Posted By chrispratt
NEW RV-8 JOINS VANS FLEET

On Saturday September 26, 2020, Dallas EAA Chapter 168 recognized Tom White and his newly certificated RV-8 with the presentation of a First Flight plaque. The presentation was held at Tomís hangar...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,595
Posted By chrispratt
Yes, it will. I have the Doug Bell fork and used...

Yes, it will. I have the Doug Bell fork and used the Van's wheel on it for some time without issue.

I have switched to the Lightweight Tailwheel from Flyboy Accessories ($120). This is more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,546
Posted By chrispratt
The crowds will be back soon. Why change it...

The crowds will be back soon. Why change it temporarily only to have to change it back again. Your RV can fly around the stadium in about 1 minute. Or above it. Most, if not all, Stadium TFRs only...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-04-2020, 11:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,515
Posted By chrispratt
I used the original tubes supplied by Van's with...

I used the original tubes supplied by Van's with the kit during my build. Even in my garage without the wings on I would have to air them up every few weeks. Before my first flight, I bought Michelin...
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,058
Posted By chrispratt
Sully: 1. I have an RV-8. I did not install a...

Sully:

1. I have an RV-8. I did not install a gascolator. The sumps in the wings are the low points for fuel where the water will collect so, to your point, why add a gascolator. Fifteen years of...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-26-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 238
Views: 238,889
Posted By chrispratt
Hmmm. A dog named "Piper". Covering up a plane...

Hmmm. A dog named "Piper". Covering up a plane named "Cheetah". Wearing a Vans Air Force cap. Well, 1 out of 3 ain't bad. We'll let it pass ;)
Forum: Interiors 08-11-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,448
Posted By chrispratt
Check with Glo Custom on the airport (52F) to see...

Check with Glo Custom on the airport (52F) to see if they can help. Otherwise, everybody I know of (including me) painted the interior themselves. I seem to recall I used PPG Concept paint available...
Forum: Interiors 08-11-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,448
Posted By chrispratt
Mark: Check with Abby at Flightline Interiors...

Mark:

Check with Abby at Flightline Interiors
http://www.flightlineinteriors.com/storefront . She has carpeting and sidewalls in a variety of colors and materials that should cover most...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,633
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Walt. Looks awesome. I've got to get...

Thanks Walt. Looks awesome. I've got to get there.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-16-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,761
Posted By chrispratt
Congratulations Delta Kilo. My -8 wouldn't exist...

Congratulations Delta Kilo. My -8 wouldn't exist without you. I remember visiting you and Marthajane in the workshop pounding rivets on the slow build. Quite a journey.

Stay safe.

Chris
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,367
Posted By chrispratt
Thanks Tracy. I was going to increase the...

Thanks Tracy. I was going to increase the thickness of the aluminum when I realized it was already .064 and figured if that is going to crack then anything might. But I'll give that a try next time,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-15-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,367
Posted By chrispratt
That first picture is of a new "quick change...

That first picture is of a new "quick change access panel" for air filters :D. Still in the test phase.:rolleyes:

Seriously, I'm on my third FAB 360 air box but never because of that problem. Mine...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-09-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,793
Posted By chrispratt
Beautiful, Luke. That's what I aim for in my -8....

Beautiful, Luke. That's what I aim for in my -8.

Chris
Forum: Safety 06-23-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,025
Posted By chrispratt
Doug: Engine Start -- Propellor should be...

Doug:

Engine Start -- Propellor should be Propeller with an "e'".

Chris
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 06-21-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 653
Views: 288,000
Posted By chrispratt
I?m holding out for a two-place jet. Chris

I?m holding out for a two-place jet.

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,566
Posted By chrispratt
Must be that jet powered RV that Van is working...

Must be that jet powered RV that Van is working on ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,566
Posted By chrispratt
THE PRICE OF AVGAS

Didn?t think I?d ever see AvGas below $3.00 again. $2.60/gal at Bridgeport (KXBP) was a pleasant surprise this morning. It?s been, let?s say, a few years at least. Too bad it?s taken a virus to help...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,885
Posted By chrispratt
Check the two SBs on the horizontal stabilizer....

Check the two SBs on the horizontal stabilizer. Some people have found cracks and others like myself have not. If you haven't already found it, look on Van's website for a list of downloadable SBs by...
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