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Forum: RV-3 Yesterday, 09:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 962
Posted By Snowflake
Cessnas don't lend themselves to having quite as...

Cessnas don't lend themselves to having quite as much "fun" as RV's do. Sure, you can loop an original RV-3 and keep the G's below 3.5. But if you screw up, and it happens, you'll be over 4.5 in a...
Forum: Canada Yesterday, 09:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By Snowflake
Those rates are about right for your first year...

Those rates are about right for your first year with a tailwheel RV. In my experience they will come down as you gain more experience in the plane and on type without making any claims... :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 09:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 565
Posted By Snowflake
I think the point of removing the cylinder is so...

I think the point of removing the cylinder is so you can get the piston out to gain access to the valve seats. If you're going to leave the piston in, there's no point in removing the cylinder at...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-12-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 402
Posted By Snowflake
They're not offering the Tutors to the Snowbird...

They're not offering the Tutors to the Snowbird pilots are they? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 526
Posted By Snowflake
Why will Transport Canada be looking at the logs?...

Why will Transport Canada be looking at the logs? Transport Canada hasn't ever looked at my logs since i've been flying.
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 895
Posted By Snowflake
If the wingtips don't have provision for lights...

If the wingtips don't have provision for lights now, you'll need to either get good at fiberglass and lexan-forming work, or you'll need a new set of wingtips. Vans doesn't make the -4 wingtips...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,298
Posted By Snowflake
How do these tips affect the stall speed? I'd...

How do these tips affect the stall speed? I'd expect it to come up, but I don't see any mention of the new stall speed here.
Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,586
Posted By Snowflake
I think this would be great if used in...

I think this would be great if used in conjunction with a counterweight lock. That would give you support ~1/3 from the bottom, and at the top, which might be just enough to hold the loads.

The...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By Snowflake
I've seen it done on other aircraft with no ill...

I've seen it done on other aircraft with no ill effect. Not on an RV though. It would be a good way to cover the over-the-bow screw line on the side-by-side tip-up canopies.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,974
Posted By Snowflake
I think you answered your own question. The only...

I think you answered your own question. The only times i've come close to issues at controlled fields have been when I was near task saturation and the tower says to do something and I haven't the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,603
Posted By Snowflake
I like the Skybolts on the cowling. What primer...

I like the Skybolts on the cowling. What primer did you use? :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-02-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,006
Posted By Snowflake
I think if I could get a (1/4" OD?) Pitot tube...

I think if I could get a (1/4" OD?) Pitot tube through, I would try to use it as a fish to pull the cable through behind it... tape one to the other as smoothly as possible and pull carefully.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,741
Posted By Snowflake
All commercial operations are having the same...

All commercial operations are having the same issues with the supply chain. Redesigning to use different components is really the only option.
Forum: RV-15 07-20-2022, 07:06 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,849
Posted By Snowflake
Take away the STOL/Bush capabilities and you're...

Take away the STOL/Bush capabilities and you're describing an RV-10, which could easily cost that to build these days. It's a lot of coin, but at least building it you get the option to pay it out...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,558
Posted By Snowflake
Your ELT battery lasts 10 years because it's (a)...

Your ELT battery lasts 10 years because it's (a) huge, and (b) never used.

Wireless headsets in an airplane are a gimmick. In light aircraft you never leave your seat in flight, so there's no...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,558
Posted By Snowflake
On the other hand, $100 in AA's puts $100 worth...

On the other hand, $100 in AA's puts $100 worth of AA's into the landfill. A LEMO setup will never contribute batteries to e-Waste.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By Snowflake
As you can see in the photos of the panel at the...

As you can see in the photos of the panel at the top of the post, the only places where corrosion occurred was around the holes where the aluminum wasn't protected. Under the bulk of the film...
Forum: Safety 07-14-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,844
Posted By Snowflake
The final configuration which nobody would like...

The final configuration which nobody would like to test, is when a crankshaft fails and you have a truly windmilling propellor (that has no backpressure from pushing the cylinders around). That will...
Forum: RV-15 07-11-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,595
Posted By Snowflake
If you treated it as a way to carry more gas to...

If you treated it as a way to carry more gas to use while on an extended trip with multiple legs, rather than a way to extend the range of a single flight, then you could just make them essentially...
Forum: RV-15 07-10-2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,849
Posted By Snowflake
Odd, Van never struck me as being a Rebel in this...

Odd, Van never struck me as being a Rebel in this industry... ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-08-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,157
Posted By Snowflake
I doubt it's double-sided tape, if it was, you'd...

I doubt it's double-sided tape, if it was, you'd have a heck of a time getting that cover off to replace a light bulb. As others have suggested, it's likely just anti-chafe tape, so either a vinyl...
Forum: RV-14 07-07-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,075
Posted By Snowflake
Ron, it's important to note that you're looking...

Ron, it's important to note that you're looking for a "one-off" approval for your aircraft, not an approval for all RV-14's. The MD-RA document is a summary, and you'll note that nothing mentions...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-03-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By Snowflake
I haven't done it yet, but my plan was to move...

I haven't done it yet, but my plan was to move the existing support brackets towards the middle and place them on either side of the radio stack, and then make two new ones to go outboard of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-03-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,593
Posted By Snowflake
Link worked for me... But now I have to figure...

Link worked for me... But now I have to figure out how to install them on Ubuntu... :P
Forum: Tools 07-02-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By Snowflake
Probably some grit stuck in the valve that the...

Probably some grit stuck in the valve that the trigger actuates, that's preventing it from fully shutting off when you release it. Is it disassemble-able? If so you may be able to get in and clean...
Forum: COMM 07-02-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 739
Posted By Snowflake
So one vote "for" and another vote "against"? ...

So one vote "for" and another vote "against"? :)

I bought the 200 before the 200B was announced. I would have bought the B.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-28-2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,220
Posted By Snowflake
I haven't heard of this solution before, but it's...

I haven't heard of this solution before, but it's possible that he's had one too many hard landings on the tailwheel and the tailcone has started to deform the and lead to oil-canning of the aft...
Forum: ADS-B 06-28-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,408
Posted By Snowflake
A number of them are already in service in that...

A number of them are already in service in that location with no issues reported.
Forum: Polishing your RV 06-28-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 995
Posted By Snowflake
I'll add one tip that came to me a few years back...

I'll add one tip that came to me a few years back and has proven useful. For day-to-day touchups (I do this after every flight to remove bugs from the leading edges), mix about 1 tsp of IIS polish...
Forum: ADS-B 06-27-2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,408
Posted By Snowflake
Any damage I could incur while manoeuvering on...

Any damage I could incur while manoeuvering on the ground would mean that I was manoeuvering in a manner that would probably take out the rudder as well.

By far the largest risks are moving the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,001
Posted By Snowflake
Attended my first fly-in in two years! :P

Attended my first fly-in in two years! :P
Forum: ADS-B 06-18-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 723
Posted By Snowflake
Mine is in the rudder on my -6. No issues with...

Mine is in the rudder on my -6. No issues with FOD yet. I expect the larger issue will eventually be someone walking past it and breaking off an arm, or me accidentally hitting it with the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-03-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 22,850
Posted By Snowflake
You really had my hopes up that it would be a...

You really had my hopes up that it would be a road bike... :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 712
Posted By Snowflake
It should stick to the spinner as well as any...

It should stick to the spinner as well as any other paint...
Forum: Tools 05-30-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By Snowflake
I've had a Prusa since the MK2 came out, it's...

I've had a Prusa since the MK2 came out, it's been upgraded as far as I think makes economic sense and is now a "MK2.5" I guess. The MK3 would be my choice if buying today.

I've used an Ultimaker...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,584
Posted By Snowflake
YMMV. One day I came out to the airport and saw...

YMMV. One day I came out to the airport and saw one of the planes that had a fake owl on the prop just like this... With an Eagle sitting on the fake owl's head.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,275
Posted By Snowflake
Did you re-balance the control surfaces after...

Did you re-balance the control surfaces after painting?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,815
Posted By Snowflake
Living where it's common to put motorcycles away...

Living where it's common to put motorcycles away for 5-6 months at a time over winter, the procedure was always to fill the tank to the top, drain the carbs, and park it. Come spring, turn the fuel...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-21-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,135
Posted By Snowflake
Clarification: Everyone on board needs to hold a...

Clarification: Everyone on board needs to hold a CANPASS-AIR. The CANPASS you can get for land crossings is not valid for CANPASS-AIR entry.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-21-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,135
Posted By Snowflake
The value in CANPASS AIR is that you can land at...

The value in CANPASS AIR is that you can land at a network of smaller airports that are probably closer to your destination/route but may not be staffed full time by border officers. If you're...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,021
Posted By Snowflake
The OP did say that he only had ~200 hours PIC,...

The OP did say that he only had ~200 hours PIC, which no doubt contributes.
Forum: ADS-B 05-10-2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,995
Posted By Snowflake
Mike, how are you disconnecting the LED light?

Mike, how are you disconnecting the LED light?
Forum: ADS-B 05-01-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,995
Posted By Snowflake
Note that the fairing in question isn't the Van's...

Note that the fairing in question isn't the Van's tail fairing, it's the fairing for the tail on his Rans S-21...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,460
Posted By Snowflake
When I put this wiki page...

When I put this wiki page (http://www.matronics.com/wiki/index.php/Gluing_Your_Canopy) together in 2008, I recall there were about a dozen people who had done it, and some long before I put the page...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,954
Posted By Snowflake
What's strange is someone latching onto *one*...

What's strange is someone latching onto *one* report when so many others are available...

Kitplanes: Homebuilt Accidents - Comparing the Rates...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,954
Posted By Snowflake
I'd like to see your statistics that show that...

I'd like to see your statistics that show that E-AB is as safe as Certified.
Forum: Canada 04-21-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 655
Posted By Snowflake
I had my RV-6 de-registered when it was still in...

I had my RV-6 de-registered when it was still in the US, and re-registered with the Canadian letters before I flew it back. It'll take longer now to get TC to do the registration, but should still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,666
Posted By Snowflake
Thinking out loud... If one had a straight piece...

Thinking out loud... If one had a straight piece of shaft or pipe that fit the white bearings, one could 3D print some collars that would fit between that shaft and the hub of the wheel. No...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-18-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 53,747
Posted By Snowflake
That looks slick! What material did you use? ...

That looks slick! What material did you use? And are you mounting it on top of your glareshield? If so, the unit is upside-down... The arrows are normally on the bottom of the display. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-17-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 53,747
Posted By Snowflake
We thought about making a 3D printed bracket for...

We thought about making a 3D printed bracket for it, but the number of mounting possibilities people want to try would mean modifying the design for most installations. The simple folded sheet metal...
Forum: RV-14 04-17-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,851
Posted By Snowflake
They did, actually... Twice. ...

They did, actually... Twice. :)

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1601791&postcount=18
https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1602445&postcount=22
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,851
Posted By Snowflake
Unfortunately doing so will allow the wind to...

Unfortunately doing so will allow the wind to thrash back and forth at the slop in your controls... Rudder cables, aileron and elevator pushtubes and linkages, etc., and you'd never see any damage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,289
Posted By Snowflake
I've used a Nexus 7 with FltPlanGo for almost 10...

I've used a Nexus 7 with FltPlanGo for almost 10 years. It's the best bang-for-the-buck setup.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-08-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,771
Posted By Snowflake
Now you just need an intern to put it all away...

Now you just need an intern to put it all away under the panel for you. You've done the hard work.
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,446
Posted By Snowflake
Are they really anodized, or are they actually...

Are they really anodized, or are they actually Alodyned?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 907
Posted By Snowflake
For things like stickers from avionics shops, you...

For things like stickers from avionics shops, you could keep a (smaller) physical book to stick them in, and make a line in the electronic book referencing the entries in the physical one when...
Forum: RV-14 04-03-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By Snowflake
It's probably easier to convert a nosewheel pilot...

It's probably easier to convert a nosewheel pilot to a tailwheel pilot.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-03-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By Snowflake
FWIW, there's been an RV Wiki for close to 20...

FWIW, there's been an RV Wiki for close to 20 years, ever since the Matronics mailing list days. It was started by a fellow RV builder and amassed a large amount of information from the local RV...
Forum: RV-14 04-03-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,851
Posted By Snowflake
Nothing mysterious about it... Your rudder has...

Nothing mysterious about it... Your rudder has contacted your elevator, more than once. If you look carefully you'll probably see impact marks on the edge of the elevator as well, but they'll be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,947
Posted By Snowflake
Given the remote location and little activity...

Given the remote location and little activity after dark, there's not much you can do to prevent break-ins or theft. At best, you can get pictures/video of the acts in progress. Some motion-sensing...
Forum: Canada 03-31-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,585
Posted By Snowflake
...or $162,720 CDN at today's rate according to...

...or $162,720 CDN at today's rate according to Google.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-26-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 53,747
Posted By Snowflake
Note that a D10A connection will need an HS34 to...

Note that a D10A connection will need an HS34 to get a spare serial port.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 544
Posted By Snowflake
It probably works just like it would in your...

It probably works just like it would in your car... If it's playing over your car's stereo, all your passengers hear it. To make it private, pick up the phone and switch it to handset instead of...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-20-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,672
Posted By Snowflake
Just received this in my news feeds, a report...

Just received this in my news feeds, a report that zelle is not only becoming rife with fraud/scammers, the banks aren't interested in doing anything to protect people from...
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