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Forum: Reviews 12-02-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 362
Posted By catmandu
I second Jason's experience. Multiple products...

I second Jason's experience. Multiple products over many years, most recently the main bearing mod to our -8. Good communication, quick turnaround, and James was very helpful in promptly correcting...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,174
Posted By catmandu
HF freebies in tool bags that travel or get...

HF freebies in tool bags that travel or get forgotten. Craftsman (just because all my other hand tools are Craftsman) in more permanent locations: one at the hangar, one in the garage, etc. I buy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,996
Posted By catmandu
Worked on re-Americanizing the -8. Prior owner...

Worked on re-Americanizing the -8. Prior owner spent $3k removing N-numbers and adding Canadian Registration. I don't have that money right now to reverse the process. So I found the closest 3M...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-27-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 349
Posted By catmandu
Jim, definitely figure out a rental car for a...

Jim, definitely figure out a rental car for a four day stay. I have dropped off a couple airplanes with Vic and each time the local Uber driver for the trip from FFC to ATL said, "You are lucky I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 268
Posted By catmandu
I concentrated on getting my fuel flow...

I concentrated on getting my fuel flow calibration very accurate, and trust it very much. The float senders were also calibrated, but I only really pay attention how they behave near empty, since I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By catmandu
Not sure what gouge you need, just gotta start...

Not sure what gouge you need, just gotta start pushing buttons on the ground and get used to it. But, I fly a plane with a similar configuration, I use the Horizon for Engine Instruments, and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,201
Posted By catmandu
2nd class $125 last month.

2nd class $125 last month.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-20-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,344
Posted By catmandu
If it is a quality build and visually appealing,...

If it is a quality build and visually appealing, given the specifications you gave, I'd say $110k is fair to you both. You would get a nice gain thanks to this market, your friend would get a deal...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-17-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 825
Posted By catmandu
A life well lived, and well loved. Prayers of...

A life well lived, and well loved. Prayers of support to you all.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 756
Posted By catmandu
I have a fuse under the panel. So I simply...

I have a fuse under the panel.

So I simply pull up to the hangar, leaned for ground ops, 900 RPM.

ACS Switch to P-Mag only, then shut down ALT, BATT, and E BATT.

Engine runs (slightly...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-11-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 469
Posted By catmandu
The title "Toys for Tots at RMN" excited me for a...

The title "Toys for Tots at RMN" excited me for a moment.

How appropriate for Stafford to host this, since they are right next to Quantico!

Oh, Ramona, RNM. :rolleyes: Still, nice of them to host.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-10-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,619
Posted By catmandu
Which sucks so bad. I have done so many friendly...

Which sucks so bad. I have done so many friendly transactions on VAF, "I'll send it now, pay me later." Etc.

<SIGH>

We had our happy little island here, and then the scammers got driven down...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,114
Posted By catmandu
Is that bare aluminum (looks like it, and I see...

Is that bare aluminum (looks like it, and I see your profile pic)? Whole lot of brown there, not the tell-tale blue of a leak (if you're using 100LL). It seems to me someone played with it already,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,177
Posted By catmandu
I used a plain white zip tie just today. Stuck...

I used a plain white zip tie just today. Stuck it in until bottomed out, pinch the part sticking out of the mouth of the opening with two fingers to reference FULL, pull it out and read the level...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,678
Posted By catmandu
Just want to say 225 hours in the first year-ish...

Just want to say 225 hours in the first year-ish is the way one should fly these planes. You've found issues some would take ten years to find. Well done!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,218
Posted By catmandu
Butyl, not rubber, and free Prime...

Butyl, not rubber, and free Prime delivery:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07NQ89SYS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,793
Posted By catmandu
Shoot, brother. I got scared in the plane I have...

Shoot, brother. I got scared in the plane I have had forever just yesterday. Scared is good, makes you look for what's wrong! Guess what? I found it, after only a few seconds! Lived to tell the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,218
Posted By catmandu
Like the certified world, your key is a proper...

Like the certified world, your key is a proper pre-buy from a suitable person. The difference is that pre-buy could be done by someone other than a mechanic, like a knowledgeable builder.

Do your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By catmandu
Jim, It is more like a cranberries to apple...

Jim,

It is more like a cranberries to apple situation. The -6a policy has multiple named pilots on it, including a student (I am a sucker, I promote RV-ating as much as I can).

I am not exactly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By catmandu
Dunno, just asked the kids, they said there was...

Dunno, just asked the kids, they said there was an app for that! :D

https://i.imgur.com/btAsUDrl.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By catmandu
Late 80's, flying P-51's were in the (future)...

Late 80's, flying P-51's were in the (future) attainable six figure range.

Super-8 has a 540 up front.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,319
Posted By catmandu
Finally, the plane I wanted all along!

Back before we started college funds, M'lady and I thought, "Yeah, P-51! If things go as we plan, we just might have to do one of those down the road." Well, we probably should have invested in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 678
Posted By catmandu
I rebuilt the panel on our tip up in stages, so I...

I rebuilt the panel on our tip up in stages, so I never quite got around to removing the old one. In the end, I had three sub panels screwed to the original that house the new arrangement and cover...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,369
Posted By catmandu
I understand the 'nose under the tent' fear from...

I understand the 'nose under the tent' fear from the GA side. But I have been on the other side of the current CFA. The number of manhours and tax dollars that get wasted at times because of a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,462
Posted By catmandu
"Hey Siri, airplane on deck, start the...

"Hey Siri, airplane on deck, start the engine!"

A boy can dream, can't he? :)
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,989
Posted By catmandu
Enjoyable thread drift, thank you!

Enjoyable thread drift, thank you!
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,721
Posted By catmandu
First hockey players, now bush pilots! All my...

First hockey players, now bush pilots! All my heroes are getting soft.

Oh wait, fighter pilots started it all.

Disregard. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,391
Posted By catmandu
I use this one with good...

I use this one with good results:

https://www.harborfreight.com/motorcycle-wheel-balancing-stand-98488.html
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,858
Posted By catmandu
Start buying three packs of cheap reading...

Start buying three packs of cheap reading glasses. Leave them everywhere you might need them, and carry a set as well. I started with +0.05’s and moved up every few months to +2.00’s. Then the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,745
Posted By catmandu
I was well away from any influence from Ida, even...

I was well away from any influence from Ida, even had tailwinds from the west at 15 knots.



Hemingway’s is good, but we are more partial to The Narrows’ cakes!
Forum: Southeast 08-31-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By catmandu
I got permission to park at NC26 across the lake,...

I got permission to park at NC26 across the lake, and Enterprise in Mooresville was willing to pick me up there for a rental, probably would do the same for you.
Forum: Safety 08-31-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,842
Posted By catmandu
A sad but true statement. On a forum of ATP...

A sad but true statement.

On a forum of ATP types there is a thread about "Dangers of GA flying" and for sure a glaring theme is lack of preparedness or training for the unexpected amongst GA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,745
Posted By catmandu
Well, not my RV, but a friend's new to him...

Well, not my RV, but a friend's new to him (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=198279). My first almost Coast to Coast cross country in a little...
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 17,842
Posted By catmandu
Having had a tip-up latch come from secure in...

Having had a tip-up latch come from secure in flight, there are noticeable (but controllable) effects on pitch at higher speeds, not so much at low speed (we were able to secure the rear of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-22-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,292
Posted By catmandu
ACS has a copy...

ACS has a copy (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/pdf/08-06512bulletin.pdf) of the service bulletin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,203
Posted By catmandu
Walking along South Lake this morning we could...

Walking along South Lake this morning we could not see any peaks. I joked it was one day the boats on the lake that normally look goofy sporting a radar might just be useful. I feel bad for anyone...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,613
Posted By catmandu
Let me just say: I intercept Vy when I take off...

Let me just say:

I intercept Vy when I take off (on the RV-10 I am most gratefully able to fly), until 600' AGL (return to field height for me).

Even after several hundred hours, the pitch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,531
Posted By catmandu
Nice, Darwin! SportsCenter Top Ten shoutout...

Nice, Darwin! SportsCenter Top Ten shoutout maybe? :)
Forum: Tools 08-01-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,946
Posted By catmandu
Thanks for the tip! I went for the two pack set...

Thanks for the tip! I went for the two pack set (https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B000T6A99W?psc=1&smid=A1FMUOMSDTCB8X&ref_=chk_typ_imgToDp) that includes a 6 inch version to get prime shipping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,140
Posted By catmandu
Thanks for your tips, lights and towel on the...

Thanks for your tips, lights and towel on the wish list!

We have a Walmart faux-yeti cooler that we use as luggage in transit, keeps purchased ice for two days at the destination.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-26-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 30,265
Posted By catmandu
I keep going to...

I keep going to https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-15/ hoping they publish a page during the presentation. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,542
Posted By catmandu
I did not receive an automated reply, just a...

I did not receive an automated reply, just a single reply with my LODA's attached.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,542
Posted By catmandu
RNO got me two LODA's this morning, one for me in...

RNO got me two LODA's this morning, one for me in my plane, one for me as CFI. Pleasantly surprised the CFI one is not tied to a make and model, as the application implied. I can instruct in any...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-10-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,402
Posted By catmandu
"He wouldn't be the oldest . . . " Ouch!...

"He wouldn't be the oldest . . . "

Ouch! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,978
Posted By catmandu
Nope. Per the actual FAA document to be...

Nope. Per the actual FAA document to be published, applicaiton line item #7, emphasis added:

Aircraft make/model in which you will receive or provide instruction
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,978
Posted By catmandu
As I read it, I have to apply for a LODA for each...

As I read it, I have to apply for a LODA for each individual aircraft I wish to provide instruction in, since E-AB 'Make' is unique to the aircraft. Brilliant!

And asking for the home base for...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-29-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,960
Posted By catmandu
I sympathize, Smokey. I lost my father this...

I sympathize, Smokey. I lost my father this year, similar profile. I expect they will share time at Heaven's O-Club, and the stories will be LEGENDARY!

God will be amused, and He needs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,352
Posted By catmandu
Another pilot directed me to The RAF...

Another pilot directed me to The RAF (https://theraf.org/) for hiking opportunities.

Not that RAF.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-02-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,030
Posted By catmandu
Six screws for the forward bulkhead. Maybe those...

Six screws for the forward bulkhead. Maybe those 25 year old plate nuts need replacing to tighten things up.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-02-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,030
Posted By catmandu
Spinner wear only at hub?

A nice crack popped up on my spinner, so I planned my standard fix of backing the area with some carbon fiber thread to strengthen it and fill on the top. Upon removal of the spinner, I found that...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-24-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By catmandu
One problem solved

For no particular reason I decided to do a long format of the 16gb sd card and load the update software one more time. That worked. The new G5 saw the update on its own, and now all software...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-23-2021, 05:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By catmandu
Oh no! Now there's an AUTOPILOT PRE-FLIGHT TEST...

Oh no! Now there's an AUTOPILOT PRE-FLIGHT TEST FAIL!

Garmin death spiral, look out below! :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,269
Posted By catmandu
Timely! I just had one 26-year-old eye break,...

Timely! I just had one 26-year-old eye break, this is a very nice fix.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-21-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By catmandu
16gb Same card and update file worked...

16gb

Same card and update file worked successfully on the older unit.

Mike
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-20-2021, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By catmandu
G5 Software Update issue

Dagnabbit! I got caught up in a car repair and forgot to call the help line before the weekend, since my follow up email has gone unanswered. Maybe someone here can help.

A second “experimental”...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,915
Posted By catmandu
Don't be a daft frick, take your plane back, she...

Don't be a daft frick, take your plane back, she needs your love!
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-14-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,672
Posted By catmandu
Thanks for that insight, Rob. Looked over my...

Thanks for that insight, Rob. Looked over my welds today and they look pretty good. Except for the one that is missing. :( I'll put that check on my condition inspection checklist.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-12-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 988
Posted By catmandu
Sorry to tag on (and thanks for the reset tip),...

Sorry to tag on (and thanks for the reset tip), but V6.76 is the most current software I can find for a stand alone Experimental G5. Is V7.10 only available as a push from a G3X?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,849
Posted By catmandu
Both! (Thanks, GRT)

Both! (Thanks, GRT)
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-04-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,672
Posted By catmandu
JMHO, if you don't know any better, a...

JMHO, if you don't know any better, a non-stiffened tip-up canopy is not all that bad. I was five years into ownership before I knew I had a 'flawed' (in another's words) canopy. I decided not to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,481
Posted By catmandu
Oooo! Look right below! There's a new G3x...

Oooo! Look right below! There's a new G3x Touch! ;)
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-04-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,179
Posted By catmandu
I love your optimism: First RV indeed!

I love your optimism: First RV indeed!
Forum: The RV Grin 03-25-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,815
Posted By catmandu
Vice versa'd for me: Mom was in a wheelchair by...

Vice versa'd for me: Mom was in a wheelchair by the time I bought my RV, but I got to fly my Dad in the RV, another Naval Aviator, once. Upside down in an airplane for the first time in a long time...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-07-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,236
Posted By catmandu
Decided to go cheap for my 5.00 x 5's, just...

Decided to go cheap for my 5.00 x 5's, just because, you know, experimental! Six months, no air added. Takes a little effort to get an air chuck on them, but pretty happy thus...
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