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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 08:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,457
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, 09:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,322
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, 09:56 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,967
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, 09:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,154
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, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,917
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, 07:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,634
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, 07:37 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,899
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, 08:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,144
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, 08:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,326
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, 07:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,142
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, 07:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,899
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, 07:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 565
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, 09:19 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 07:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
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, 09:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,288
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, 08:57 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 07:46 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,940
Posted By Snowflake
Do you know how the fire started?

Do you know how the fire started?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2022, 07:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,178
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, 07:46 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 09:56 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 07:34 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 07:26 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 07:47 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 07:42 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
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, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 347
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...
Forum: Safety 08-21-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
Posted By Snowflake
Yes, but they are also used differently... The...

Yes, but they are also used differently... The aileron is designed to carry an aerodynamic load during flight... The rudder is essentially intended to float in trail most of the time until it's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,259
Posted By Snowflake
Plans, we need plans! :)

Plans, we need plans! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,023
Posted By Snowflake
I have a $30-40 one that I picked up from an...

I have a $30-40 one that I picked up from an overseas vendor many moons ago, and it works great. However my Garmin Vivoactive 4 watch now has an SpO2 sensor and records and reports 24/7. I can pull...
Forum: Safety 08-18-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
Posted By Snowflake
Posts like this worry me. The point of the...

Posts like this worry me. The point of the counterbalance is to balance the rudder, just like the elevators.


Nor is mine. But it's a different design, with different size and shape and different...
Forum: Safety 08-17-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,969
Posted By Snowflake
I have the full report on C-GNDY from the TSB. ...

I have the full report on C-GNDY from the TSB. In addition to the overspeed in flight (also over 240 kt if I recall) the conclusion was that the rudder was severely unbalanced. It had been...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 663
Posted By Snowflake
The batwing tips are hard to come by, but they do...

The batwing tips are hard to come by, but they do look nice. I suggest selling them to someone who wants them, and buying a set of straight-back tips instead.
Forum: RV-3 08-14-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,625
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 08-14-2022, 09:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,184
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 08-14-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,231
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: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 766
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: 1,385
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: 5,035
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: 3,114
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: 8
Views: 950
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: 9,332
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 Building Tips/Techniques 08-02-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,375
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: 3,761
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: 102,597
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: 3,282
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: 3,282
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: 834
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: 2,132
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: 5,892
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: 102,597
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: 1,312
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: 1,180
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: 604
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: 2,653
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: 664
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: 822
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: 1,288
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: 1,634
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: 1,148
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: 1,634
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: 2,134
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: 933
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: 23,501
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: 759
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: 3D Printed Parts 05-30-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
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...
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