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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-11-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 213
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A good automotive grease (red if that is what you...

A good automotive grease (red if that is what you have) will work fine. There is nothing aviation specific about this application, just keep the tailwheel maintained in good condition and you will be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-09-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 982
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Dan, I suggest you continue troubleshooting but...

Dan,

I suggest you continue troubleshooting but just want to make an observation. I just got back from flying the RV-6 and the density altitude at DCU was nearly 3000' (going to be higher next...
Forum: COMM 07-05-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,192
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I was referring to an external whip...

I was referring to an external whip antenna.

Yes, providing a good ground plane for a COM antenna in the vertical stab would be problematic. Maybe extend wire ground plane radials into the horiz...
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,722
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I often land the RV-6 (left seat, right throttle)...

I often land the RV-6 (left seat, right throttle) then jump into the Fokker biplane for a flight (center seat, left throttle). I never give a thought to which hand is working the throttle or holding...
Forum: COMM 07-05-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,192
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have no personal experience with composite...

I have no personal experience with composite aircraft but if building one I think the only place I would locate an Archer COM antenna is in the vertical stab. But there isn't any operational reason...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-04-2020, 04:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,907
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A high resistance master switch can play havoc...

A high resistance master switch can play havoc with the charging system by creating random breaker trips.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-04-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,907
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well.....if you don't know where all the fuses...

Well.....if you don't know where all the fuses and circuit breakers in your plane are located and what each one does......guess this is a good time to figure all that out.

Your alternator is...
Forum: RV-4 07-04-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 590
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have no experience with a Culver on an RV but...

I have no experience with a Culver on an RV but can tell you the Culver on my biplane is a work of art. Alaina really knows how to carve a prop at a reasonable price and once you provide her with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, that's it, quite the project. Thanks for...

Yep, that's it, quite the project. Thanks for chasing it down. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just like your RV-6, it will cost more than you...

Just like your RV-6, it will cost more than you expected. 😉
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I can help with that, just let me know what you...

I can help with that, just let me know what you need.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Scott, back in December when I was working on my...

Scott, back in December when I was working on my pedal plane I found a video of an RV-8 builder in France (I think) who built a gorgeous aluminum RV-8 pedal plane. But I can't find it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 12:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If anyone wants to see some in-progress build...

If anyone wants to see some in-progress build photos of the pedal RV let me know and I'll start a new thread....don't want to hijack this one. :)
Forum: Propellers 07-02-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,956
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Probably the most valid prop comparison notes for...

Probably the most valid prop comparison notes for RV-8 and earlier aircraft that we've seen.

If you want an above-average performing RV.......build it light!

Thank you, Smokey, good to hear from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Scott, it doesn't meet the Vans dictate of...

Scott, it doesn't meet the Vans dictate of keeping it light......

The pedal plane is pretty hefty, my guess would be at least 30 lbs....or more than the weight of a full sheet of 3/8" plywood. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,458
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I also fell victim to the urge to build a pedal...

I also fell victim to the urge to build a pedal plane, no doubt influenced by the arrival a very special little potential co-pilot. The co-pilot is still a fledgling but there is no reason why her...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-02-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,773
Posted By Sam Buchanan
As usual, Scott, superb photos and write up of an...

As usual, Scott, superb photos and write up of an interesting and informative trip. Thank you for taking us along on the flight.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 30,528
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep.....seems to be mostly about grinding axes...

Yep.....seems to be mostly about grinding axes now.......

Thread closed.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-29-2020, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,789
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the screw head could have been drilled off...

Yep, the screw head could have been drilled off and a new nut plate installed in half the time it took to type all these suggestions....... :)

(Had to do that a few weeks ago when the baggage...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-27-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,907
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The "new" alternator may actually be an off-shore...

The "new" alternator may actually be an off-shore reman or clone. It is possible to get good service from these remans or it is possible to get a real clinker with sketchy workmanship. If you have a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 02:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,562
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Welcome to VAF! Your concern is valid for...

Welcome to VAF!

Your concern is valid for someone with limited mechanical background. A visit to a builder who is well into their project and willing to candidly discuss the process would be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-27-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,907
Posted By Sam Buchanan
They can do it, lots (most?) of older vehicles...

They can do it, lots (most?) of older vehicles had external regulators.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-27-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,907
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Have you taken your old alternator to an...

Have you taken your old alternator to an automotive parts store to have it tested?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-26-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,879
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Moderator request: Out of consideration for...

Moderator request:

Out of consideration for Wolfgang and the challenging time he is facing, why don't we take flight sim discussion to a new thread?

Thank you
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,879
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That, my friend, is the way to do it. Seventy-two...

That, my friend, is the way to do it. Seventy-two years is a very long aviation career. Best wishes on an enjoyable new chapter.

Be sure you include in the paperwork the right to lean up against the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-25-2020, 10:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here are the notes from my manual to electric...

Here are the notes from my manual to electric conversion on the RV-6:

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/fuse7.html#flaps

http://home.hiwaay.net/~sbuc/journal/flaps-1.jpg

As far as difficulty...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-22-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 12,210
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I see 70 rpm drop on the right Slick and 50 rpm...

I see 70 rpm drop on the right Slick and 50 rpm drop with the Surefly.
Forum: Safety 06-22-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,461
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The pilot's seat belt in the RV-6 is a pretty...

The pilot's seat belt in the RV-6 is a pretty good gust lock and can't be overlooked. I have a more refined lock for extended use but the belt works fine for a lunch stop.

Back to the subject of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,907
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It could still be a bad connection. The...

It could still be a bad connection. The connection heats up due to high resistance, breaks continuity, cools enough to regain continuity, cycle repeats.

Take a close look at the connections on the...
Forum: ADS-B 06-19-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 674
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The receivers can get VERY hot. A case with...

The receivers can get VERY hot. A case with built-in fan will exhaust much of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-18-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 142
Views: 94,326
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Almost makes you wonder if the runs are the...

Almost makes you wonder if the runs are the result of something that happened after the plane was returned to the teen build site.....maybe an amateur attempt at repairing some shop damage? It's hard...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-12-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,795
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Fine-grit sandpaper will work, you just want to...

Fine-grit sandpaper will work, you just want to smooth off any sharp edges on the pin.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-12-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 17,625
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The DIP switches in my SureFly are set for 25*...

The DIP switches in my SureFly are set for 25* fixed timing, the same as the Slick mag it replaced. SureFly recommends fixed timing for any engine that may use auto gas and I wanted to have that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-12-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,795
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The most important thing is to lightly file or...

The most important thing is to lightly file or sand the long edges of the pin. Wear creates burrs on those edges making the pin stick and causing the issues you are seeing. I'm still using the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,008
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If I decide to scrap my RV-6...and I might one of...

If I decide to scrap my RV-6...and I might one of these days....I'll do it regardless of whether the internet experts think it is justified or not. I will have my own reasons....and that is the only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,400
Posted By Sam Buchanan
http://www.kathrynsreport.com/search?updated-max=2...

http://www.kathrynsreport.com/search?updated-max=2020-06-10T14:48:00-04:00&max-results=1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,008
Posted By Sam Buchanan
In regard to the builder who decided to scrap his...

In regard to the builder who decided to scrap his RV:

We didn't question his personal decision to build his RV....why do we criticize his decision to retire it?

In both cases, it was his decision...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,420
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is the fuel transfer station I built for my...

Here is the fuel transfer station I built for my Fokker biplane. My RV-12 hangar neighbor likes it so much he furnished a replacement battery for it.

It uses a Carter automotive fuel pump and an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-10-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have every right to be pleased, you will have...

You have every right to be pleased, you will have a fine performing RV-7. Your first launch in cold weather with a light fuel load will result in a super-sized 'RV Grin'. :)

It is unfortunate that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 30,528
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I added paragraph breaks to the two above posts...

I added paragraph breaks to the two above posts since they were difficult to read as originally posted.

However...there is no new info in the posts, all the comments about the Vans gear design have...
Forum: Propellers 06-08-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,296
Posted By Sam Buchanan
It is very crude but the way props are repitched...

It is very crude but the way props are repitched if the hydraulic apparatus isn't available. My prop has been flawless for nearly twenty years following the repitch.
Forum: RV-10 06-08-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,271
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Be looking for some pushback from your post.... ...

Be looking for some pushback from your post.... :D
Forum: Propellers 06-08-2020, 01:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,296
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This article from my build log is ancient history...

This article from my build log is ancient history but probably still interesting for those considering a repitch of the metal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,160
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've tried that and after a short time trying to...

I've tried that and after a short time trying to time random swings in turbulence I decide the benefit isn't worth the effort....instead of concentrating on killing Dutch Roll I just keep my feet on...
Forum: COMM 06-05-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,784
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Effective range will depend on a bunch of...

Effective range will depend on a bunch of variables. Don't trust the rubber ducky for dependable communication in an emergency.
Forum: RV-10 06-05-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 611
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Many threads in the archives on this subject,...

Many threads in the archives on this subject, here are a couple that pop up with a Search (http://vansairforce.com/community/search.php) of the...
Forum: COMM 06-04-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,784
Posted By Sam Buchanan
This will make a huge difference in the...

This will make a huge difference in the performance of your hand-held. Here is a source of excellent antennae at a reasonable...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-03-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 983
Posted By Sam Buchanan
A length of bare wire clipped to a metal part of...

A length of bare wire clipped to a metal part of the RV with the other end dropped into the bottom of the plastic should reduce the possibility of static spark discharge.
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,053
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I'm very pleased with bang for the buck of the...

I'm very pleased with bang for the buck of the Wen 12" drill...
Forum: Autopilots 06-01-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,487
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't hesitate for a moment to call the guys at...

Don't hesitate for a moment to call the guys at Trio for suggestions and settings. You will find them to be excellent resources.

Wow....hard to believe the Pro Pilot has been in my RV-6 for twelve...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-01-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,043
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just for grins, download and install the free...

Just for grins, download and install the free Avare app. You can run it with FltPlanGo installed on your device. You may like the ADS-B rendering better and I think it has AHRS enabled. You can then...
Forum: RV-10 05-31-2020, 09:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,824
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Looks good to me! Just grateful that I've been...

Looks good to me! Just grateful that I've been able to live in a wonderful house for twenty years that I would most likely never have if Vans hadn't built it. ;)
Forum: RV-10 05-30-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,824
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I resisted the temptation to describe the build...

I resisted the temptation to describe the build process of my 1999 RV-6.....didn't want to sound like one of those old coots who make fun of the youngsters...... ;)
Forum: RV-10 05-30-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,824
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Oh boy.......if it's getting frustrating with the...

Oh boy.......if it's getting frustrating with the tail section, wait until the fuse.....wings.....canopy.....cowl.....engine.....instruments...... :D

Yep, time to walk away and take some deep...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,037
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The model name can be whatever you want it to be...

The model name can be whatever you want it to be as long as it matches exactly the registration paperwork. Take a look at the FAA registry and you'll see some aircraft makes you have never heard of. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,037
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Another small point.....don't choose a Model name...

Another small point.....don't choose a Model name that is too long to fit the data plate! :o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,037
Posted By Sam Buchanan
For my last project I used the data plate that...

For my last project I used the data plate that came in EAA's registration packet. It has pretty black borders with bare metal fields for the data.

I received a call from the trophy shop that was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 968
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep....good practice is to never turn your back...

Yep....good practice is to never turn your back on an open tipper.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,540
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep...that really sounds straight forward...........

Yep...that really sounds straight forward........ ;)

A good DAR would be very helpful.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,540
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You need to enlist the help of a good DAR.

You need to enlist the help of a good DAR.
Forum: COMM 05-25-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 836
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Here is what a simple Rami aviation base station...

Here is what a simple Rami aviation base station antenna looks like:

https://www.rami.com/product/base-antenna_av-5

The ground radials are about the same length as the radiating element. Follow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,678
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent. It would have been a shame to send...

Excellent. It would have been a shame to send your panel back to 1995.... :)
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