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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By chrispratt
Yup 😎😎😎 Chris

Yup 😎😎😎

Chris
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By chrispratt
Since my earlier post, I've seen this battery...

Since my earlier post, I've seen this battery advertised at battery specialty shops that are widely available. Apparently it is used in a number of Garmin devices. The price is in line with the $26...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-17-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 876,229
Posted By chrispratt
Sorry all, I had a Homer Simpson moment (Doh!) :D...

Sorry all, I had a Homer Simpson moment (Doh!) :D Of course the CG will move rearward with fuel and people. Nevermind :)

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-16-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 1,000
Views: 876,229
Posted By chrispratt
Just curious. I'm not trying to be a downer here...

Just curious. I'm not trying to be a downer here but I notice this CG is out of the CG range in Van's plans, at least per my earlier RV-8 (1999 start and 2005 finish). My plans reference says the CG...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,210
Posted By chrispratt
WEEKEND ACTIVITY

I always love to take people for their first RV ride, and itís even better when itís their first ride in a light aircraft.

I had the pleasure of introducing Thomas (pics below) for his first flight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By chrispratt
GARMIN AERA 660 Ė BATTERY CONDITION

For those readers who fly with a Garmin Aera 660, this might of interest.

Iíve noticed on my last few flights that the battery condition indicator on my Aera 660 shows the battery is only...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-02-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By chrispratt
Do you have the exhaust turndowns that Vetterman...

Do you have the exhaust turndowns that Vetterman sells? I installed these on my -8 and they made a huge difference in the vibration level.

Chris
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-30-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 510
Posted By chrispratt
Search for a 4-10-22 thread "B&C starter as...

Search for a 4-10-22 thread "B&C starter as opposed to skytec LS that went south 2 times." that discusses this at length.

Bottom line is if you are going to switch starters the Skytec 149NL is a...
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2022, 01:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,652
Posted By chrispratt
I'm not near the airport at the moment but...

I'm not near the airport at the moment but perhaps this will help. The image below is from Plans Drawing 48. The red arrow points to the area where the gouges occurred (disregard the gray arrow; it's...
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,652
Posted By chrispratt
Brian: We checked the timing and it was perfect....

Brian:

We checked the timing and it was perfect. I have Slick mags that were overhauled at 600 hours (about 875 hours at time of incident). My A&P did notice that the engine ring gear showed some...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2022, 07:18 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,652
Posted By chrispratt
Brian: You're right, kick back is how I...

Brian:

You're right, kick back is how I described the experience to the locals here. It was quite violent and I had never experienced it before. On my second try at starting the engine engaged fine...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,652
Posted By chrispratt
I replaced my flyweight Skytec (standard...

I replaced my flyweight Skytec (standard equipment on new engines from Van's) with their 149NL back in November 2021 on my O-360-A1A. It is much heavier than the original lightweight starter but fits...
Forum: Primers 03-16-2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By chrispratt
The reason to apply Corrosion X after you paint...

The reason to apply Corrosion X after you paint is because it will "weep" continually for years after applying and new paint will not stick (at least not well). The point of the X is to create a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-12-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,328
Posted By chrispratt
Thank you Jereme. Chris

Thank you Jereme.

Chris
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-12-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,328
Posted By chrispratt
Item 6 ??? Unless there is some new twist on ELT...

Item 6 ??? Unless there is some new twist on ELT configuration this puzzles me.

First of all you would "ARM" the ELT not turn it "ON".

Second, you may have noticed no one else responded with this...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 938
Posted By chrispratt
Tom: Try the link below or use the search...

Tom:

Try the link below or use the search function to look for a post dated 7-07-2008 named "Varying Fuel Pressure on Lycoming O-320". It may help in your search for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-02-2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 938
Posted By chrispratt
Tom: There have been a number of threads on this...

Tom: There have been a number of threads on this site over the years about the fuel pressures on the carbureted engines -- both high and low readings. I can't say that anyone has ever figured it out...
Forum: Texas (North) 02-19-2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 306
Posted By chrispratt
MATCHING NUMBERS

Having spent way too much time on the ground lately, I took advantage of a beautiful day in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to exercise my RV-8 and take in some lunch. I hadnít visited the Red Barn Cafť...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,063
Posted By chrispratt
I have placed several orders for small,...

I have placed several orders for small, lightweight items (gaskets, bolts, etc.) with ACS in the past few months. I live in Dallas and all have shipped from the Texas facility wherever that is. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-14-2022, 01:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,811
Posted By chrispratt
A friend at Lycoming told me to keep the oil in...

A friend at Lycoming told me to keep the oil in my O-360 between 5 and 6 quarts. Anything above 6 is subject to going overboard. You can go lower as others have noted.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,484
Posted By chrispratt
Pmatt: Just go to Lowe's or Home Depot and for...

Pmatt:

Just go to Lowe's or Home Depot and for about $2.00 you can get a single-pivot hinge that will work fine. They're about 8 or 9 inches per side of the hinge. I've used one for 16 years. Make...
Forum: RV-15 12-05-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,995
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, 06:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,617
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, 06:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
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, 12:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
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, 08:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,461
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, 12:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
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, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,548
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, 05:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,548
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, 11:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,543
Posted By chrispratt
+1 for jrs14855 and DanH comments. Chris

+1 for jrs14855 and DanH comments.

Chris
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-11-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,803
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, 06:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,413
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, 06:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,413
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, 11:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,712
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, 08:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,968
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, 01:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,402
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, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,402
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, 07:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
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, 08:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,530
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, 08:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,587
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, 01:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 15,284
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, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,648
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, 06:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,691
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, 04:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,376
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, 05:36 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,600
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, 09:12 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 21,375
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, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,462
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, 08:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 992
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, 11:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 992
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, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,767
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, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,767
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, 03:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,767
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, 04:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,475
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, 05:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,258
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, 01:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,682
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, 10:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,246
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, 09:45 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 21,514
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, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 12,277
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, 08:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,236
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, 02:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,647
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, 09:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,911
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, 02:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,781
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, 08:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,713
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, 03:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,586
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...
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