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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Today, 09:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 139
Posted By mbell
I have seen the shuttles coming and going from...

I have seen the shuttles coming and going from the hotels in Appleton. I have never been able to get a schedule prior to OSH. I just saw a nice article from AOPA about the Appleton Airport which says...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-20-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By mbell
PM sent for the RP4.

PM sent for the RP4.
Forum: Safety 06-09-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,463
Posted By mbell
If you have cataracts that deserve surgery you...

If you have cataracts that deserve surgery you will probably be amazed at how much better you can see afterwards. More light gets through the lens, and it's not yellowed, so colors will be brighter....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,481
Posted By mbell
At Rotax school we were told to drain carb bowls...

At Rotax school we were told to drain carb bowls if they were going to sit more than three weeks. That was because of the fuel deteriorating and leaving deposits in the bowls. You don't have carb...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-09-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,864
Posted By mbell
Congrats! The Verner makes a proper round engine...

Congrats! The Verner makes a proper round engine sound.
Forum: Safety 02-18-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,504
Posted By mbell
Have you tried the Anti-Splat one in the cockpit?...

Have you tried the Anti-Splat one in the cockpit? My experience with under-$40 pulsox is they don't work except indoors.
Forum: Safety 02-17-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,504
Posted By mbell
Has anyone found a pulse oximeter that works in a...

Has anyone found a pulse oximeter that works in a bright cockpit? The two I have tried are washed out in sunlight and read falsely low.
Forum: Tools 01-01-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By mbell
My nearly-new Taylor 3X began sticking; pull the...

My nearly-new Taylor 3X began sticking; pull the trigger and it would pause, then decide to operate at some random time and speed. Taylor said it was due to Marvel tool oil being too thick. They...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By mbell
Koroseal lacing is perfect for that....

Koroseal lacing is perfect for that.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/lacing.php
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 553
Posted By mbell
The guy who bought my Searey kept it for a few...

The guy who bought my Searey kept it for a few weeks in one of the giant hangars at McClellan. Check with the FBO.
Forum: Primers 10-02-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,338
Posted By mbell
With the right setup it will yield a super-smooth...

With the right setup it will yield a super-smooth finish. I use 85-90 PSI at the wall, Fineline 1.3, 10 PSI with the trigger pulled (regulated at the gun), air open about 1/8 turn, and fluid 1/8-1/4...
Forum: Safety 09-23-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,644
Posted By mbell
Get progressives, but specify non-polycarbonate....

Get progressives, but specify non-polycarbonate. The opticians seem to default to polycarbonate, and it can cause terrible distortion in progressives.
Forum: RV-14 09-02-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 120
Views: 179,163
Posted By mbell
Nice!! Who did your paint?

Nice!! Who did your paint?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,471
Posted By mbell
I believe with some policies the open pilot is...

I believe with some policies the open pilot is not personally covered. You and the hull are protected from his liability but the insurer may subrogate him. Worth asking your broker.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-25-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,904
Posted By mbell
I just switched out my Rotax-brand plugs at 200...

I just switched out my Rotax-brand plugs at 200 hours. I run strictly mogas but 400 hours seemed like pushing it. Changed to the standard auto plugs. The connectors fit fine. Just don't mix and match...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,435
Posted By mbell
Yeah, I ended up with probably 30-40 square feet...

Yeah, I ended up with probably 30-40 square feet of filters and it still wasn't enough.
Forum: Painting your RV 08-05-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,435
Posted By mbell
Consider how you will exhaust the paint mist. I...

Consider how you will exhaust the paint mist. I built an elaborate booth including an explosion-proof 220v exhaust fan. Turns out even though it was variable-speed it would only run at full speed....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By mbell
And Aircraft Spruce, Home Depot, and Lowes have...

And Aircraft Spruce, Home Depot, and Lowes have military discounts too.
Forum: California 06-16-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,321
Posted By mbell
PM me if you want to see one under construction.

PM me if you want to see one under construction.
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,317
Posted By mbell
Same here; invaluable resource. This, VAF, and a...

Same here; invaluable resource. This, VAF, and a handful of the best builder sites save Vans a lot of tech support work.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-05-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,927
Posted By mbell
I have used T&P in Salinas, and Kracon twice....

I have used T&P in Salinas, and Kracon twice. Two of the best paint jobs I have ever seen were from T&P and ArtCraft. Both of those planes looked like they were dipped in plastic, and one was an...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-03-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,899
Posted By mbell
[QUOTE It's hard to imagine that both modules are...

[QUOTE
It's hard to imagine that both modules are independently having the same problem, unless there is a common point. Any other thoughts? Mark[/QUOTE]

If these are the old-style green-band...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-02-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,899
Posted By mbell
My old 2009 Aerotrek had both modules fail in...

My old 2009 Aerotrek had both modules fail in this way. The diagnostic trick from Lockwood is this: if it won't start don't touch a thing except to put an ice pack on the top module for a few...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,019
Posted By mbell
Is the UV canopy an option from Vans, or...

Is the UV canopy an option from Vans, or something aftermarket?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,596
Posted By mbell
I sent two at the same time last year. One...

I sent two at the same time last year. One arrived in 2 days. The other was written off after a month or two, but eventually arrived.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-24-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,061
Posted By mbell
I think the old one was a Honeywell, and that's...

I think the old one was a Honeywell, and that's what I'm going to try next.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-07-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,061
Posted By mbell
Decent charcoal respirator?

I use a forced-air system for the nasty stuff, but a charcoal respirator is nice for the occasional rattle-can and non-isocyanate spraying. My old mask worked perfectly but the cartridges are no...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-04-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,264
Posted By mbell
The downside to the 0 degree overload clutch is...

The downside to the 0 degree overload clutch is you cannot do the "fish scale" clutch inspection. So iS engines require a 600 hour gearbox inspection, even if operated 100% on mogas.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-25-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,854
Posted By mbell
There is no minimum coolant temp. The only reason...

There is no minimum coolant temp. The only reason I can think of for a coolant thermostat is if you want cabin heat from the coolant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,653
Posted By mbell
Not a hangar item but stuff you gotta have: a...

Not a hangar item but stuff you gotta have: a canopy breaker tool, if it's not already equipped.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-31-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,083
Posted By mbell
I have had good luck with red Loctite to help...

I have had good luck with red Loctite to help prevent rivnuts from spinning. Recent Kitplanes article recommends epoxy. Also, when able it can help a lot to avoid countersinking the flush rivnut...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,869
Posted By mbell
It's my understanding that the throttle springs...

It's my understanding that the throttle springs are there to allow for flexible-wire (pull-only) throttle cables, and to allow for better carb synchronization. The springs can be set for...
Forum: California 08-15-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,320
Posted By mbell
There have been several recent sales at Cameron...

There have been several recent sales at Cameron Airpark. Sometimes there is hangar space on the airpark side. Might try contacting Friends of Cameron Airport (Focafly.org). In the past they have been...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,846
Posted By mbell
You will probably find that some humdrum Cessna...

You will probably find that some humdrum Cessna 172 or Piper Cherokee is a lot easier to insure than LSA. Many more underwriters are in the game.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-02-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,416
Posted By mbell
I was on the grounds at Kaiser Roseville and I...

I was on the grounds at Kaiser Roseville and I can tell you two things:

1. You looked great.

2. The staff really appreciated it. There was a lot of coin-tossing going on to determine who got to go...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-17-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 781
Posted By mbell
Your best yet!

Your best yet!
Forum: COMM 04-09-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,825
Posted By mbell
I have been flying with the panel control unit...

I have been flying with the panel control unit and remote radio for about 75 hours. I like the panel control function. Only downside is the panel unit failed intermittently, then altogether. Same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,879
Posted By mbell
Effective this weekend, Angel Flight West has...

Effective this weekend, Angel Flight West has suspended all flights till the pandemic subsides.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,888
Posted By mbell
Mine were out of synch afterwards, but the AirCam...

Mine were out of synch afterwards, but the AirCam has a one-off throttle cable arrangement. As the local Rotax guru says, "never miss an opportunity to check your carb synch."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,465
Posted By mbell
I must have used 20 feet of it on the last...

I must have used 20 feet of it on the last project. Looks better than spiral wrap but less abrasion resistance in the areas where that is a bigger concern. One downside is it has very low heat...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-22-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,980
Posted By mbell
Thank you all for the info, and Bruce check your...

Thank you all for the info, and Bruce check your PM.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-21-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,980
Posted By mbell
Anyone have a recent pirep on Kracon? I used T&P...

Anyone have a recent pirep on Kracon? I used T&P initially but need some trim colors and Kracon is close by.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 14,138
Posted By mbell
If both planes are sitting on the ramp in front...

If both planes are sitting on the ramp in front of you, this crowd is going to say go for the RV. Even on the Beech forum you might get the same advice. But if you are talking about a flying Bonanza...
Forum: California 10-22-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,817
Posted By mbell
Thanks Mike, and he says OK to post his...

Thanks Mike, and he says OK to post his email:

dardilly51 (at) gmail.com
Forum: California 10-22-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,817
Posted By mbell
As of a few weeks ago, there's a new DAR in...

As of a few weeks ago, there's a new DAR in California. Richard "Dilly" Dilbeck inspected many homebuilts when he was with the SAC FSDO. Now he's a DAR. I had the pleasure of working with him on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,634
Posted By mbell
At least in El Dorado County they do add the use...

At least in El Dorado County they do add the use tax to the valuation.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-28-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,600
Posted By mbell
Well, I spoke too soon about the circlips being...

Well, I spoke too soon about the circlips being available. CPS sent me the wrong parts. In following up, it seems they won't be available for another month or so. LEAF says the same.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-24-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,600
Posted By mbell
CPS has the parts in stock. And Rotax Owner has a...

CPS has the parts in stock. And Rotax Owner has a free video showing how to perform the SB.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,276
Posted By mbell
I called EAA Government Relations and Paul Dye is...

I called EAA Government Relations and Paul Dye is correct. This limitation has been on the books for years and was meant to apply to heavy jet warbirds and the like. For some reason some FSDOs have...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-06-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,940
Posted By mbell
You would be well-served to take a factory Rotax...

You would be well-served to take a factory Rotax class from Lockwood, LEAF, CPS, etc. The class is fun, and you will be in a much better position to do the installation, not to mention the...
Forum: California 12-29-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 977
Posted By mbell
It was 5+ years ago but Sullivan Propeller in...

It was 5+ years ago but Sullivan Propeller in Hayward did a nice job for me.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-01-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,106
Posted By mbell
I used Aerographics on my 6A and would use them...

I used Aerographics on my 6A and would use them again.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-23-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,913
Posted By mbell
Bob Nuckolls' AeroElectric Connection shows a...

Bob Nuckolls' AeroElectric Connection shows a schematic for the Rotax that includes OVP, and B&C sells the parts. Seems easy enough to do, but obviously not a common thing to do. I didn't realize the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,913
Posted By mbell
Over-Voltage Protection

Does the RV-12 have any built-in over-voltage protection? I know of at least one SLSA make without it, so it must not be a certification requirement. If so, is the Rotax charging system not prone to...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-13-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,174
Posted By mbell
I replaced the stripes on my RV-6A dry and ended...

I replaced the stripes on my RV-6A dry and ended up with plenty of little bubbles. They eventually went away. Recently placed lots of vinyl trim around some AirCam windows using Rapid Tack, with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2018, 04:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,571
Posted By mbell
Works great

Changed 3 tires last week, and this tool made it a piece of cake.
Forum: California 07-12-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 746
Posted By mbell
Monterey Bay Academy

Anybody been in there lately? Wondering about the runway condition.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,990
Posted By mbell
Plain water works fine, especially if used...

Plain water works fine, especially if used immediately after flying. Wet one end of a bath towel with water, and use the rest of the towel to wipe off the water.

If you apply Rejex (available from...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-13-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,878
Posted By mbell
Gorgeous paint! Your design or a pro?

Gorgeous paint! Your design or a pro?
Forum: California 02-11-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,398
Posted By mbell
California is super slow sending out the tax...

California is super slow sending out the tax bill, but eventually they will find you. I'm in the same situation and from their website I see that the tax is not delinquent for over a year from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2016, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,765
Posted By mbell
Liquid white-out lasts a long time.

Liquid white-out lasts a long time.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-14-2016, 09:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,723
Posted By mbell
How about The Flying Cacti at Glendale? Per Van's...

How about The Flying Cacti at Glendale? Per Van's website, they have one at their school.
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2016, 09:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,232
Posted By mbell
If you look on the Cherry website they show that...

If you look on the Cherry website they show that the shop end can stick out and still be OK. It could be "flush" and not be OK, because the manufactured head determines whether or not the rivet set...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-01-2016, 10:29 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,861
Posted By mbell
If the black comes out fine then there's a...

If the black comes out fine then there's a problem with Stewart's yellow. Have you tried another batch from them?
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