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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 08:52 PM
Replies: 321
Views: 78,880
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Obviously Bill Ross is in a difficult position...

Obviously Bill Ross is in a difficult position and his own credibility and reputation has been damaged by Superiorís corporate management decisions. Every year at AirVenture, Superior has its own...
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 08:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Sid, My 60 amp alternator usually fully recharges...

Sid,
My 60 amp alternator usually fully recharges my ETX900 after starting within a few minutes (based on observed amperage drop).
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 565
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You might want to consider the ETX 900 battery. ...

You might want to consider the ETX 900 battery. More cranking power. Same size.
Forum: Autopilots 11-01-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Based on your description of the intermittent...

Based on your description of the intermittent failure I would closely look at the wiring on the elevator trim motor.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,261
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I second the choice for experimental aviation and...

I second the choice for experimental aviation and the need for a thorough pre-buy by an ďexperienced, qualified builder/mechanic.Ē However, remember the airplane you eventually purchase will not be...
Forum: Safety 10-19-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,460
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Vic, Iím sure youíve developed some thoughts on...

Vic,

Iím sure youíve developed some thoughts on the issue of not rebuilding but just replacement of Slick (or even Bendix) magnetos with electronic magnetos at the 500 hour overhaul time. Would you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,734
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks guys. Iíll look into the Craigís list...

Thanks guys. Iíll look into the Craigís list idea for a reasonably priced bottle.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,734
Posted By Tankerpilot75
We discussed this but he is a wealthy gentleman...

We discussed this but he is a wealthy gentleman and was sued not long ago by someone seriously hurt while they were illegally on his property stealing. Of course he won the law suit but his legal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,734
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Portable Oxygen Bottle Refill

Iím sure Iím not the only RVíer to be frustrated by this but Iím having a heck of a time trying to get my portable oxygen bottle refilled at a reasonable price. Itís a small Mountain High AL-415...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,210
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Or have TS Flightlines just make you a new hose...

Or have TS Flightlines just make you a new hose with the proper fittings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,221
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Tom Stafford Museum - Weatherford OK

I highly recommend you consider stopping at Weatherford (KOJA) and visit the Tom Stafford Air and Space Museum. Itís right on the airport and is an excellent stop. You will want to allow a day to...
Forum: Autopilots 08-29-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 652
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iím told the XCruise 100 is the same as the...

Iím told the XCruise 100 is the same as the TruTrac Vision 385. Those manuals should also work.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-27-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Are you willing to acknowledge this?

Greg,

Throughout the thread Iíve said GRT builds good equipment at a competitive price. However I honestly believe, as have others whoíve commented here, your product documentation is scattered,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-26-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Itís a DPDT Switch Problem!

I used the test harness GRT sent me and it appears the problem is the DPDT Switch wiring. The harness they made up and mailed proved there is a problem with my DPDT Switch wiring. The GRT test...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-24-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Need to apologize a little

Got back from CA this evening. In my mail was a test harness from GRT - no instructions. It looks like the direct connection to the autopilot from the ARINC they mentioned several weeks ago.

Oh...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-23-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Bob, I’ll give it a try when I return and...

Thanks Bob,
I’ll give it a try when I return and let you know.

Question: If it goes into GPSS mode from the EFIS switch position with the G430 pin 56 RS232 wire connected to both sides what does...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-23-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Bob, Iíve pushed the mode button several times...

Bob,
Iíve pushed the mode button several times inflight to try to force it to enter GPSS mode to no avail.

Issac,
EFIS/ARINC power are wired together so that when I turn on the EFIS system switch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,391
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Glad youíre okay. Itís always a quick judgment...

Glad youíre okay. Itís always a quick judgment call on what to do when things are not right during takeoff.

On a recent test flight I also discovered after takeoff my oil inspection door was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-21-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just answering the question whether I got my EX...

Just answering the question whether I got my EX talking correctly to the autopilot and the answer is NO! GRT said theyíd send me a test cable to run between my ARINC and autopilot but they never...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-11-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,629
Posted By Tankerpilot75
My iPad washes out in bright sunlight. Donít...

My iPad washes out in bright sunlight. Donít think Iíd want that to happen to my Primary Flight Display in flight. Steveís done a lot of good work to create this product but I believe iPad...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-11-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Bob Turner suggested a G430/ARINC/EFIS interface...

Bob Turner suggested a G430/ARINC/EFIS interface test where I insure good satellite coverage and then set the PDF screen to display the Primary Flight Display and the HSI display side by side. With...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-11-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Jim, I checked the ARINC settings you described...

Jim,
I checked the ARINC settings you described above. Mine are exactly the same except for:

ARINC: Send Baroset. Mine is set to ďyesĒ. Shouldnít make any difference in this instance but I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I’m more than willing to pay for some...

I’m more than willing to pay for some professional help but the avionics shops I’ve talked to either don’t have the time right now or in several cases have said they won’t touch GRT stuff because of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Jim The bottom G430 just feeds the CDI and is not...

Jim
The bottom G430 just feeds the CDI and is not connected to this EFIS, A/P setup.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I said Iíd let people know if this was the error...

I said Iíd let people know if this was the error I made. Weíll, it wasnít!!! Once again I checked all my wiring and confirmed all ďAsĒ and Ann ďBsĒ are only talking to their correct ARINC inputs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,279
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Remember, if you find yourself trying to land...

Remember, if you find yourself trying to land with an adverse aft cg condition, apply full nose down trim and leave it there throughout the landing. While not the best landing condition you want, it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
In another review of the vast and scattered...

In another review of the vast and scattered documentation I may have discovered the problem. The ARINC has two sets of ARINC inputs. One is G430 GPS ARINC output P4001 pins 46 & 47 (46 = GPS ARINC...
Forum: Autopilots 08-07-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,094
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Contact Andrew Barker at Honeywell (Bendix King)....

Contact Andrew Barker at Honeywell (Bendix King). He used to own TruTrac. Iíve found him quite helpful with this type of question.

His email address is: Andrew.Barker@Honeywell.com
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-07-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Skid, Iíve done what youíve suggested at least...

Skid,
Iíve done what youíve suggested at least two dozen times because I realize my electrical expertise is next to nil and felt the likelihood of a wiring error on my part was high. However, after...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Answer: yes. Pin 17 switches serial port input...

Answer: yes. Pin 17 switches serial port input data when I go from FMS to EFIS. The dpdt switch also switches autopilot pins 14 and 15 from G430 pins 46 &47 to ARINC pins C5 & C9 when moved from...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Yes, counters show changing data.

Yes, counters show changing data.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Hereís an email from GRT after I told Jeff the...

Hereís an email from GRT after I told Jeff the results of what happened when I reinstalled the old WS unit as he requested and I told him of the G430 error message that said ďnot receiving input data...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Jim, As I pointed out above, the G430 to TruTrac...

Jim,
As I pointed out above, the G430 to TruTrac (dpdt switch = FMS) works exactly as it should. Itís the (dpdt switch = EFIS) that isnít working with the result being no A/P control through the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just got off the phone with Eric at GRT. They...

Just got off the phone with Eric at GRT. They said they are going to make some test cables and send them out to collect some data. Again, itís unfortunate that there appears to be only one ďexpertĒ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
It eliminates the EFIS on the FMS side. On the...

It eliminates the EFIS on the FMS side. On the EFIS side everything is sent through through the ARINC and EFIS. As I said above. All wiring has been confirmed by a avionics expert (Andre from...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 8,330
Posted By Tankerpilot75
GRT Product Support

I donít believe in vendor bashing but after two agonizing months of trying to get my new Horizon EX EFIS units to communicate GPSS data to my TruTrac Vizion 385 autopilot itís time to let the VAF...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 907
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Canopy compression struts

Iím sure this has been asked before but what compression psi should the canopy struts have. I know theyíre 16Ē long but when I went to replace them OíReillyís air parts had two different strengths...
Forum: Safety 07-22-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,760
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Steve, Point taken. I have experienced the...

Steve,

Point taken. I have experienced the scenario you mentioned personally during military upgrade training when my instructor emphasized the need for doing ďsafety checksĒ on final by verbally...
Forum: Safety 07-21-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,760
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Steve, Is the AOA system you refer to the GRT...

Steve,
Is the AOA system you refer to the GRT EFIS warning system? If so that system is (I believe) airspeed based on a calibration process you go through when setting it up. It works well in level...
Forum: Propellers 07-14-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,854
Posted By Tankerpilot75
This whole propeller thread got me thinking and I...

This whole propeller thread got me thinking and I read again my Hartzell Propeller Manual and Logbook. Upon re-examining it I still couldn’t find anything other than a statement relating to...
Forum: GPS 07-09-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Figs, I’ve been fighting an ARINC issue too with...

Figs,
I’ve been fighting an ARINC issue too with my new GRT EX EFIS system. It was not wanting to communicate gps data to my TruTrac autopilot through the remote ARINC. I’ve learned that you have to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-07-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,066
Posted By Tankerpilot75
As a second owner: my response is ďmore often...

As a second owner: my response is ďmore often than youíd think!
Forum: Propellers 07-07-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,854
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iíve never seen this prop rpm restriction for the...

Iíve never seen this prop rpm restriction for the standard Hartzell 72Ē CS aluminum propeller. I too like to cruise ďcomfortablyĒ and usually set my flight rpm at 2350. Please give a reference for...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-04-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,796
Posted By Tankerpilot75
High Altitude Approach

A long, long time ago I use to fly military aircraft and there was something called a ďHigh Altitude ApproachĒ that we often flew.

The high altitude approach basically allows aircraft, when cleared...
Forum: Autopilots 06-25-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,262
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Just in case

If this happens again you might want to look at the A/P GPSS Source DPDT switch.

Iíve been trying to upgrade my old WS system to a dual EX EFIS system and after many frustrating hours and four...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 723
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Brakes

Does anyone know whether the brake disks can be turned? If so what are the disk limits? If not whereís a good place to purchase new disks and at about what price?
Forum: Autopilots 06-21-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,262
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I donít see serial port 1 listed. Do you have an...

I donít see serial port 1 listed. Do you have an ARINC 429 installed? If so I would expect that to be identified later in your setup menu as GPS1. If you have an internal GPS that could be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,730
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I didn’t build my RV7A, I’m definitely not a gear...

I didn’t build my RV7A, I’m definitely not a gear head, and I do use an A&P every year at inspection time. However, owning the aircraft that I now have has taught me so much about airframe, avionics...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 527
Posted By Tankerpilot75
The dsub pin crimper, wire stripper tools sold by...

The dsub pin crimper, wire stripper tools sold by Steinair are adequate for most of the work youíll do and well priced. However for the removal of the high density dsub pins used in Garmin equipment...
Forum: COMM 06-07-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 605
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Thanks Bob! I appreciate the clarification and...

Thanks Bob! I appreciate the clarification and suggestion. I will be sure to secure for mechanical support.

I’m thinking they might go to the EIS. I understand some older EIS’ had a tone...
Forum: COMM 06-07-2021, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 605
Posted By Tankerpilot75
EFIS audio to Garmin 340

Iím upgrading my old GRT WS EFIS units to the GRT Horizon EX units. Iíve had to run new wiring for the warning audio output from the EX units to the Garmin 340 intercom system (WS units didnít have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,477
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I made myself an iPad sun shade out of thick...

I made myself an iPad sun shade out of thick paper stock and then had it laminated at Office Depot. I use Velcro to secure it to the top of my iPad mount. In Oklahoma it gets pretty hot in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 745
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iíd still be hesitant to fly him in your RV. My...

Iíd still be hesitant to fly him in your RV. My older brother has for years wanted me to take him flying and Iíve refused because Iím afraid his mobility issues will cause significant difficulties...
Forum: ADS-B 06-04-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,356
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I use the Stratux for Adsb in and power it...

I use the Stratux for Adsb in and power it through a usb plugged into my panel outlet. The Stratus also is hardwired to my two GRT EFIS’. Works great! Price was right.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,373
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iím also not a builder but a ďbuyer and flyer.Ē...

Iím also not a builder but a ďbuyer and flyer.Ē However I too have my concerns with the quality Iíve seen on some experimental aircraft. And for that matter many older certificated aircraft too! ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,449
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Three Flats

Iíve experienced three flats in my RV7A. One just as I was buying it, another taxing to the runway, and the third pulling it out of the hangar. I would say two of these flats were do to poor...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2021, 04:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,191
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I just swapped out my old GRT WS units and ARINC...

I just swapped out my old GRT WS units and ARINC for two new GRT Horizon EX units and ARINC module. Love the increased functionality (SV, voice warnings, touch screen on primary PDF, faster...
Forum: RV-10 05-19-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,990
Posted By Tankerpilot75
You definitely donít want ejection seats in an...

You definitely donít want ejection seats in an RV. Too much weight and the likelihood of leg amputation around the knees very high with the seating in all RVs.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-14-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I used the plastic wedge. Works great.

I used the plastic wedge. Works great.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,533
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Brian, Did you get the stuff I emailed you last...

Brian,

Did you get the stuff I emailed you last week?

I highly recommend you check out the ďsafetyĒ forum on this website and read the Training Syllabus thread and the attachments that Mike Vacarro...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-07-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,598
Posted By Tankerpilot75
No problem. I already have the Garmin 340 in my...

No problem. I already have the Garmin 340 in my panel. Right now Iím waiting on delivery of my two new GRT Horizon EX units and a new ARINC 429 module. One these units are installed Iíll get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,256
Posted By Tankerpilot75
I recommend adding one more limit - winds! ...

I recommend adding one more limit - winds! Greater than 20 knots (any direction) VFR or IFR!

While I know for a fact the RV7A can handle greater, it becomes a real challenge when those winds...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 18,151
Posted By Tankerpilot75
Iím glad Sam that youíre safe. Judging from the...

Iím glad Sam that youíre safe. Judging from the dent size it appears a new world altitude record for flying turkeys has been established.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,194
Posted By Tankerpilot75
UTRB

When I installed my Tosten military style grips I used d-sub pins because the wire gage is so small. I then put the d-sub pins into a d-sub pin connector and ran additional wires to a Pat Hatch UTRB...
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