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Forum: Steam Gauges 11-27-2022, 01:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,140
Posted By Snowflake
By far a fuel flow meter is the most accurate way...

By far a fuel flow meter is the most accurate way to determine how much fuel has flowed through to the engine. Sadly, it can't tell you when the tank has sprung a leak.

I have a Vans sender in each...
Forum: Polishing your RV 11-26-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By Snowflake
I've been using Windex, but I dissolve a...

I've been using Windex, but I dissolve a tablespoon or two of S polish (from PerfectPolish) in it. Spray on, buff with a microfiber cloth until dry. The Windex removes the bugs, and the small...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,094
Posted By Snowflake
For something in the 8" screen size range, take a...

For something in the 8" screen size range, take a look for a Samsung Galaxy Tab Active 3. It's a couple of years old now, but can still be found at some retailers, and if you're used to a Nexus 9...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,266
Posted By Snowflake
Unannounced bill for an amount that wasn't agreed...

Unannounced bill for an amount that wasn't agreed to in advance? I have a trash can for that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,859
Posted By Snowflake
Congrats to both of you, its been a long time!

Congrats to both of you, its been a long time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 285
Posted By Snowflake
There was the RV Wiki on the Matronics website,...

There was the RV Wiki on the Matronics website, but it appears that's been removed sometime since April of this year. I wonder what happened to it?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 400
Posted By Snowflake
Assuming you mean nose up/down trim, the most...

Assuming you mean nose up/down trim, the most common thing i've seen here on VAF is a failed switch, followed by a failed wire somewhere along the path to the servo. They have to go through a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,631
Posted By Snowflake
Could also look at electric longboards. I find...

Could also look at electric longboards. I find the body geometry during use to be better if you need to make an unexpected stop... You're ready and poised to jump and run. The onewheels just...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-12-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,603
Posted By Snowflake
Not sure I agree with that. I got my pilot's...

Not sure I agree with that. I got my pilot's license in Cessna 150's, checked out in a Cessna 140, and flew my local club's Duine Turbi (also tailwheel) for about a year. With about 100 hours total...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 11-12-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,489
Posted By Snowflake
I think from the description of the events that...

I think from the description of the events that it's clear that there wasn't any control at all. I can't even conceive how this could happen...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-12-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,013
Posted By Snowflake
I know, only a rough sketch of what it "could"...

I know, only a rough sketch of what it "could" look like, but it made me wonder... With the Radiator that far back, will the weight of it and the coolant inside be something the W&B can tolerate? I...
Forum: Canada 11-09-2022, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 170
Posted By Snowflake
I imported my RV-6 about 10 years ago and will...

I imported my RV-6 about 10 years ago and will try to help if I can. I'm not familiar with a "B3 form" though?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 281
Posted By Snowflake
The uavionix website has a Windows-based...

The uavionix website has a Windows-based simulator for the AV-20S. Maybe you can use that to see how to set the transponder code when connected to a tailBeaconX?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,162
Posted By Snowflake
I have had good experiences buying from...

I have had good experiences buying from https://skycraftsurplus.com/. They do warn you when wire may come as cut lengths, and when it will be continuous. Their prices were much better than anything...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-07-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,732
Posted By Snowflake
I missed this when it was posted, so let me first...

I missed this when it was posted, so let me first join others in passing on condolences... Sorry for your loss.

That said, my curiosity is killing me... What college didn't he want you to go to? :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-07-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,329
Posted By Snowflake
How much do you weigh? If you and your usual...

How much do you weigh? If you and your usual passenger are under 200lb, you probably don't need the extra width or carrying capacity of the -14.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-05-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,307
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, the builder of my -6 used something like...

FWIW, the builder of my -6 used something like these. He chose to fix the studs in the wing (looks like they are safety wired, not sure if that's all) and they stick out about half an inch. The...
Forum: RV-4 11-03-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,125
Posted By Snowflake
Looks like no matter how much fixing up you do,...

Looks like no matter how much fixing up you do, it will always look a little "RUF". :)

Congratulations on the new bird, and have fun modifying. That's what i've been doing to my -6 and it's been a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2022, 10:37 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,810
Posted By Snowflake
It should be easier, as a 3-bladed prop will...

It should be easier, as a 3-bladed prop will usually be a smaller diameter than an "equivalent" 2-bladed prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,173
Posted By Snowflake
UHMW plastics can't really be "sanded", they have...

UHMW plastics can't really be "sanded", they have to be "machined". They're specifically used to avoid damage due to abrasion, which is what sanding is. They need to cut, so you need something with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,299
Posted By Snowflake
Well, if you know you're going to hit something...

Well, if you know you're going to hit something you can always activate it with the remote.

If you don't know you're going to hit something, chances are it doesn't matter if it goes off or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 694
Posted By Snowflake
While seeming reasonable on first glance, this...

While seeming reasonable on first glance, this attitude ("I'll accept/reject this even though what you want to do meets the regulations") leads to more trouble with MD-RA than it solves. Having a...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-24-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,213
Posted By Snowflake
It's amazing, isn't it? And with fancy computers...

It's amazing, isn't it? And with fancy computers today, you'd think we'd be able to perfect those designs even further.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-24-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,544
Posted By Snowflake
2200 rpm? Try pushing the throttle in a bit......

2200 rpm? Try pushing the throttle in a bit... :)

Yes, fairings and wheel pants will be significant.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-24-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,570
Posted By Snowflake
I used the gauge on the fuel pump, and added 5L...

I used the gauge on the fuel pump, and added 5L at a time as accurately as I could with the displayed gauge and my squeezing capability on the handle. It's accurate enough for me, and agrees with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,966
Posted By Snowflake
It looks like there are pieces of tubing or...

It looks like there are pieces of tubing or something RTV'd to the edge of the stringer, probably to protect the cable where it's cable tied in place. Dried blood would be darker. :P
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-23-2022, 11:22 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,213
Posted By Snowflake
TV = ? Torque Vibration?

TV = ? Torque Vibration?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,213
Posted By Snowflake
Because you can get these apart with a razor...

Because you can get these apart with a razor blade... They're not soldered together.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2022, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,241
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe a key from a similar sized drill from...

Maybe a key from a similar sized drill from another manufacturer will fit adequately?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-15-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,189
Posted By Snowflake
So the pilot of an RV-4/8 must be able to see it...

So the pilot of an RV-4/8 must be able to see it as well.

At least in Canada it says "while entering the aircraft", so you can put it somewhere both people can see it, but not necessarily on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-15-2022, 10:01 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,189
Posted By Snowflake
You're allowed to remove those warnings once the...

You're allowed to remove those warnings once the product is delivered to the consumer. :) None of my house guests will see a "don't dry hair in shower" warning...
Forum: Safety 10-14-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,398
Posted By Snowflake
It's called VCAS - Visual Collision Avoidance...

It's called VCAS - Visual Collision Avoidance System.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-14-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,189
Posted By Snowflake
It's sad because it's not even technically...

It's sad because it's not even technically correct. Correct wording would be "this aircraft has not shown compliance with federal safety regulations for standard aircraft."

The RV series was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-13-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 651
Posted By Snowflake
That green line definitely looks like an infant...

That green line definitely looks like an infant mortality issue with the LCD. I would contact the vendor and arrange for a return.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2022, 08:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,155
Posted By Snowflake
I agree with Steve. (less noteworthy, but I do...

I agree with Steve.

(less noteworthy, but I do have a degree in Mechanical Engineering with an Aeronautical specialization...)
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 10-12-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,920
Posted By Snowflake
Well, given that the flaps apply a pitching...

Well, given that the flaps apply a pitching moment that would tend to lower the nose, raising the flaps would be the first thing to try. Adding power might raise the nose as well... Maybe getting...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-10-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,082
Posted By Snowflake
Since the buffeting is the aileron stalling,...

Since the buffeting is the aileron stalling, that's not surprising. In fact, you should find that reducing aileron deflection to just the point before buffeting starts should increase the roll rate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2022, 10:02 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,962
Posted By Snowflake
If you value your sanity, I highly recommend...

If you value your sanity, I highly recommend *not* using these bins. They are neither closed on top (so dropping one will spill it everywhere) and when wall-mounted on rails are prone to working...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2022, 09:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,426
Posted By Snowflake
Does your estate not also include half of...

Does your estate not also include half of everything that you and your wife are joint owners of?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,189
Posted By Snowflake
Interesting. In Canada the requirement is that...

Interesting. In Canada the requirement is that the warning be visible on entry to the aircraft, and many have placed it on the outside of the canopy rail (on sliding canopies) or on the portion of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,699
Posted By Snowflake
I think the 4 rudder is unbalanced like the 6. ...

I think the 4 rudder is unbalanced like the 6. That means the tip fiberglass on the vertical stab is longer, and you can get the strobe far enough back that the forward portion of the tip is enough...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-24-2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,084
Posted By Snowflake
We're all just jealous that we can't afford to do...

We're all just jealous that we can't afford to do that too. :)
Forum: Formation Flying 09-24-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By Snowflake
With CS prop you should have more control over...

With CS prop you should have more control over your speed than lead does with a FP. Be more aggressive on the throttle, your CS prop will slow you down faster than his and it will speed you up...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,387
Posted By Snowflake
The form won't "Submit" for me either on...

The form won't "Submit" for me either on Chrome.

For those who don't want to give their info, give fake data.
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-22-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,288
Posted By Snowflake
If you have it, maybe post the serial number of...

If you have it, maybe post the serial number of the kit so it comes up in future searches. If that does happen to get bolted together into a complete airframe, you'd never see the condition of those...
Forum: Safety 09-20-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,705
Posted By Snowflake
The pitch change in this failure mode isn't...

The pitch change in this failure mode isn't because the trim is moving, I agree that would be too slow and you'd catch it. The pitch change is because the trim moves and the autopilot corrects for...
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,633
Posted By Snowflake
None of that matters if you've made the decision...

None of that matters if you've made the decision to get out, because the alternative is worse.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2022, 09:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,705
Posted By Snowflake
Maybe someone could use the rudder on their -7...

Maybe someone could use the rudder on their -7...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,956
Posted By Snowflake
A friend with a 660 and two G5's in his Cardinal...

A friend with a 660 and two G5's in his Cardinal had the same issue this week. I'll be following this to pass info to him, please let us know how it works out!
Forum: Safety 09-13-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,705
Posted By Snowflake
I'm aware of a similar situation a friend...

I'm aware of a similar situation a friend experienced... While looking at a paper map, it was resting on the hat switch on the stick, and slowly trimming nose up. As this was happening the autopilot...
Forum: Canada 09-12-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Snowflake
No. The only places to get Canadian (NavCanada)...

No. The only places to get Canadian (NavCanada) charts on a screen are through FltPlanGo (free) or Foreflight ($$$) on a tablet, or on a Garmin GPS like the Aera series (again, $$$).
Forum: Safety 09-10-2022, 10:19 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
Does this chart factor in the standard decline in...

Does this chart factor in the standard decline in temperature with altitude?
Forum: ADS-B 09-09-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,489
Posted By Snowflake
I tied my suppression wire to ground right at the...

I tied my suppression wire to ground right at the unit.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-05-2022, 10:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,529
Posted By Snowflake
While you're in Paint, crop it to just the part,...

While you're in Paint, crop it to just the part, and resize to no larger than 1280x1024. Don't need anything larger than that online.
Forum: Safety 09-05-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
Well, the files were on different drives and in...

Well, the files were on different drives and in different folders... But yeah, same date, same everything else. That's pretty poor document management.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,011
Posted By Snowflake
Do you know how the fire started?

Do you know how the fire started?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By Snowflake
Did you get any "click" from the starter when you...

Did you get any "click" from the starter when you tried turning the key? Like the starter gear was trying to extend/engage but wouldn't? If not, that suggests something electrical like the...
Forum: Safety 08-29-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
One of many differences. - Frontal area, which...

One of many differences.
- Frontal area, which you mention, is also different.
- Canopy configuration, affecting airflow around the tail, is also different.
- Landing gear configuration, which...
Forum: Safety 08-28-2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
It appears to be irrelevant for most of these...

It appears to be irrelevant for most of these accidents... Where the aircraft were being flown beyond even the IAS limits. No SB would have stopped that.
Forum: Safety 08-25-2022, 08:34 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
You're missing one important factor: These are...

You're missing one important factor: These are not the first failures in the accident chain. They are not the "root cause", using the same failure analysis/production engineering language that you...
Forum: Safety 08-25-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
It's only a fair question if you want to be...

It's only a fair question if you want to be exceeding the design limits of the aircraft. It's pretty clear that both rudders are adequately strong if you stay within the limits.
Forum: Safety 08-23-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
While the vertical stabs have failed in these...

While the vertical stabs have failed in these accidents, it's happened after other items failed first (ie. the rudder). The forward spar on the vertical stab is a red herring. Reinforcing the...
Forum: Safety 08-22-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 291
Views: 43,060
Posted By Snowflake
Until someone from Van's weighs (sorry) in on...

Until someone from Van's weighs (sorry) in on this I don't think we can conclude what the designer's intent was. We can only conclude that instructions for balancing were not included in the...
Forum: ADS-B 08-21-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 707
Posted By Snowflake
Sadly, it's not. The 660 does also accept GDL39...

Sadly, it's not.

The 660 does also accept GDL39 over the wired serial port. A couple of guys on the Stratux (not Stratus) team has been working on the GDL39 code for the Stratux to feed a 660, and...
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