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Forum: RV-8/8A 08-17-2020, 05:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 798
Posted By Mark Dickens
I can't remember what I did but if I had thought...

I can't remember what I did but if I had thought about this idea, I'm sure I would have done it. Of course, you'll need a longer rivet, maybe
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-17-2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mark Dickens
If the snorkel will fit, the interface should be...

If the snorkel will fit, the interface should be fairly straightforward. Depending on how much room you have, you could just bolt on a flange on the snorkel side the same diameter as the intake...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-16-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,083
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have a FM200A mounted to an IOX 370. You will...

I have a FM200A mounted to an IOX 370. You will have some fiberglass work to do. Either a bulge in the lower cowl to accommodate Vans snorkel or you'll have to create and mount a chin scoop and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2020, 12:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,848
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yes, I should have mentioned this. I got a very...

Yes, I should have mentioned this. I got a very good deal on the A3 because one of the holes had been misdrilled and when Mark offered me the tug for basically the cost of the A2, well, the only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,848
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have a Best Tugs Alpha 3 and it gets the job...

I have a Best Tugs Alpha 3 and it gets the job done. Customer service is awesome. I happened to call before they opened one day and Mark Patey answered the phone. Nothing like talking to the owner to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2020, 12:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,179
Posted By Mark Dickens
Although dirt daubers don't seem to care how it's...

Although dirt daubers don't seem to care how it's oriented. Upside down makes a lot of sense and I'd think about using screen door mesh (the soft plastic kind) to cover the openings
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 08-13-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,175
Posted By Mark Dickens
Fayette County, my home base (KFYE). Gas is...

Fayette County, my home base (KFYE). Gas is 3.31/gal and it's outside the class B
Forum: Interiors 08-12-2020, 05:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,105
Posted By Mark Dickens
I painted my interior with rattle can Rustoleum....

I painted my interior with rattle can Rustoleum. The silver hammered look stuff. I'm sure that using two part urethane is better but I'm happy with what I have for the money I spent (maybe 2-3 cans...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,061
Posted By Mark Dickens
After shutting down, I always get gas out of the...

After shutting down, I always get gas out of the sniffle valve for a little bit. I have a AFP injector without the purge line, so between the fact that ICO doesn't really cut off all the fuel and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-22-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,388
Posted By Mark Dickens
Many of today's CFIs are snowflakes. They were...

Many of today's CFIs are snowflakes. They were trained that way. Many have never landed on a runway shorter than 5000 ft. They are the product of part 141 pilot mills and their only motivation is get...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-20-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,653
Posted By Mark Dickens
It might be affected by the FI system you're...

It might be affected by the FI system you're running. For example, having the mixture at ICO with a Airflow Performance FM200A doesn't actually seal anything off completely. ICO on the system just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,570
Posted By Mark Dickens
If you get a hummingbird in your hangar/garage,...

If you get a hummingbird in your hangar/garage, place something bright red outside the door and eventually, they'll fly out to investigate. Been there, done that. I think my one of my kids told me...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-19-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 944
Posted By Mark Dickens
I had a different issue last year when I...

I had a different issue last year when I converted to CS and installed my WW prop. Jeremy is who you will talk to. He has a lot of different spinner designs and sizes, and it's possible you got the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-19-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,653
Posted By Mark Dickens
Wouldn't it be logical to expect Emagair to note...

Wouldn't it be logical to expect Emagair to note that a particular hot start technique is a problem? Yet they don't. Call Emagair and ask them. I would bet that your "source" at the airport also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,210
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yet Van sends the aluminum fittings in the finish...

Yet Van sends the aluminum fittings in the finish kit with the oil cooler....I'm not an engineer and surely steel would be the best, but those -8 fittings are beefy and since both ends of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 908
Posted By Mark Dickens
The sensor is mounted vertically on my firewall...

The sensor is mounted vertically on my firewall and it's definitely above the cylinder fitting, and it does sag before going uphill so I think I'm ok there but the wiring connection to the sensor...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 908
Posted By Mark Dickens
Since I've replaced the sensor once for the same...

Since I've replaced the sensor once for the same issue, I'm thinking it's the wiring and/or the restrictor fitting. The latter needs to be cleaned up anyway since that's not been done. Those wires on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-16-2020, 07:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 807
Posted By Mark Dickens
It might help if you posted a few photos of the...

It might help if you posted a few photos of the damage, inside and out. Also, I'd engage Vans on this myself.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 908
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have the same setup and have seen my MP...

I have the same setup and have seen my MP fluctuate in flight up to unrealistic values and then back down. This isn't a new thing. I replaced my MP sensor and it's happening again as recently as...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2020, 01:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,538
Posted By Mark Dickens
Here's what works on my Titan IO-370 with AFP...

Here's what works on my Titan IO-370 with AFP FM200A injector:

Mixture: Full
Throttle: 1/2"
Fuel Pump: On until fuel pressure stabilizes (usually takes about 5 seconds)
Fuel Pump: Off
Mixture:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,393
Posted By Mark Dickens
Patrick is right, not RV related specifically....

Patrick is right, not RV related specifically. One motivation for posting was to give a heads up on the notice, which I've never received before, but I let my frustration bleed into a rant for what I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,858
Posted By Mark Dickens
Love it. Simple and effective. Heading to your...

Love it. Simple and effective. Heading to your website now
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,393
Posted By Mark Dickens
First, I'd point out again that I am a paying...

First, I'd point out again that I am a paying Garmin Pilot user. Fltplan is a feature of that software, so that point is null and void. Secondly, maintaining someone's information costs almost...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,393
Posted By Mark Dickens
Fltplan.com Notice

So, I got this today from the geniuses at Fltplan.com:

Hello FltPlan.com user.

Our records indicate that it has been more than 120 days since you last logged into your account on FltPlan.com with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-13-2020, 05:07 AM
Replies: 856
Views: 1,071,440
Posted By Mark Dickens
The plane looks very nice and I'm sure it'll fly...

The plane looks very nice and I'm sure it'll fly that way! Congratulations from another "super slow builder"!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 03:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,477
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yeah you can do it. You just have to have a...

Yeah you can do it. You just have to have a uncompromising approach to it. Failure is not an option, neither is quitting! If you screw a part up, then buy a new piece and do it right the next time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,849
Posted By Mark Dickens
If you're the one thinking of making an offer,...

If you're the one thinking of making an offer, then offer what it's worth to you. If the deal happens, it happens, if not, move on. If I'm selling this plane, it's either airworthy with all damage,...
Forum: Safety 06-21-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,562
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have Allan's RV-8 control lock. It may take me...

I have Allan's RV-8 control lock. It may take me 15 minutes to get it installed, but I know I won't forget it!
Forum: Safety 06-21-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,562
Posted By Mark Dickens
This sickens me...I don't even have my rear stick...

This sickens me...I don't even have my rear stick installed unless I am going to have a pilot passenger. Then I remove it when I get back. I have to move my stick to even get into my seat. I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mark Dickens
I'm surprised that Appleton, Fond du Lac. Wautoma...

I'm surprised that Appleton, Fond du Lac. Wautoma or one of the other close airports isn't sponsoring a little flyin for a few days. I can say with certainty that getting up to WI for a couple days...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-20-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,705
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have mine powered directly from the battery bus...

I have mine powered directly from the battery bus (not through the master switch) through a fuse. During run up, after I check the P lead connections, I then shut the both power switches to the pmags...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-20-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,558
Posted By Mark Dickens
I have the capacitance probes that were current...

I have the capacitance probes that were current around 1999. They work, but they are only accurate at certain points. The float senders have the same issue. I'd just go with floats, do you best to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 10,520
Posted By Mark Dickens
Here's my "contribution" to the tail jack...

Here's my "contribution" to the tail jack discussion. It's my first welding project so it's wildly overbuilt but it works. Basically you pull the tail wheel up a piece of channel so no trolley is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,554
Posted By Mark Dickens
Going back to the OP's comment about learning to...

Going back to the OP's comment about learning to fly out of a small field, I took my first lesson on 5/31/81 at Lucien Field in Shreveport, LA. 1,900 ft strip with pine trees off of one end. Solo was...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-05-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,573
Posted By Mark Dickens
Take a look at this thread:...

Take a look at this thread: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=148389
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2020, 04:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By Mark Dickens
They do vary and that's why I'd check. Yes, in...

They do vary and that's why I'd check. Yes, in theory, you are supposed to pay use tax in lieu of sales tax (really it's the same thing with a different name) each time you make an out of state...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By Mark Dickens
I don't know about MI, but use taxes on aircraft...

I don't know about MI, but use taxes on aircraft aren't usually required until that pile of parts IS an aircraft...and that doesn't happen until you have your final inspection! Just because you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 916
Posted By Mark Dickens
I don't remember exactly, because I used the...

I don't remember exactly, because I used the torque wrench to determine what torque it took to rotate the bolt without the nut on it. As I dimly recall, the values were different from bolt to bolt.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 916
Posted By Mark Dickens
Boy oh boy, this is so much fun. I decided to...

Boy oh boy, this is so much fun. I decided to change the nuts to the 12 point high strength NAS version (see this thread: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=42630 for more info)....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,014
Posted By Mark Dickens
Last summer, I bypassed my heat muff to convert...

Last summer, I bypassed my heat muff to convert my heat outlet to a fresh air outlet so I had two fresh air outlets. Heaven. I plan to do it again. I had no issues with oil temps, but then again, I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,425
Posted By Mark Dickens
Joe, in re the fuel sensor issue, make sure that...

Joe, in re the fuel sensor issue, make sure that you have selected the right kind of sensor in the Dynon set up menu. See page 7-59 and 7-60 in the install manual. As I don't have the Advanced...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,090
Posted By Mark Dickens
Of course, this is a religious issue so take my...

Of course, this is a religious issue so take my input however you want. I have my red cube mounted vertically on top of the engine immediately preceding the fuel distribution spider (ie after the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2020, 08:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,417
Posted By Mark Dickens
I just bought a pair of blind spot mirrors off of...

I just bought a pair of blind spot mirrors off of Amazon and stuck them on the roll bar with some velcro:...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-12-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By Mark Dickens
Well, that sucks...what was wrong with your SV...

Well, that sucks...what was wrong with your SV display?
Forum: COMM 05-10-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Mark Dickens
I've tested that by powering my USB outlet down...

I've tested that by powering my USB outlet down in flight (I have it on a separate VPX circuit), and it didn't help. The one I have is a Quiet Power QP-100 so I wasn't surprised when powering it off...
Forum: COMM 05-10-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Mark Dickens
There's one I haven't tried...on the list, thank...

There's one I haven't tried...on the list, thank you!
Forum: COMM 05-10-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yes, I've done that several times. Weirdly, the...

Yes, I've done that several times. Weirdly, the Dynon comm does a better job of rejecting it than the 650 does. I've adjusted the squelch on the 650 a couple of time and it improves things a little,...
Forum: COMM 05-10-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Mark Dickens
It's on the list to check now, thank you!

It's on the list to check now, thank you!
Forum: COMM 05-10-2020, 07:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 498
Posted By Mark Dickens
Static Interference Puzzle

I know we have some "wicked smart" guys here and I ain't one of them, so I am hoping one of them can steer me in a good direction to resolving an intermittent static issue I'm having with both of my...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-06-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By Mark Dickens
And by the way, assuming your failure is the same...

And by the way, assuming your failure is the same as mine was, Dynon didn't charge me anything to fix it. It's a known problem
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-06-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By Mark Dickens
Yep, this just happened to me as well. In my...

Yep, this just happened to me as well. In my case, I have a VPX Pro which has it's own trim controller and when I installed the AP panel, I disconnected the VPX trim controller and wired everything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,433
Posted By Mark Dickens
This appears to be a low powered CO2 laser so it...

This appears to be a low powered CO2 laser so it can't cut or really engrave metal. It can mark the surface of metal if the metal is anodized or has a special coating applied to it and in that case...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 04-26-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,554
Posted By Mark Dickens
I love doing these flights as well. That little...

I love doing these flights as well. That little puppy may not have made all the way to the destination! What a cutie!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-26-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,062
Posted By Mark Dickens
Very cool...love it!

Very cool...love it!
Forum: Southeast 04-15-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,104
Posted By Mark Dickens
Look into KEQY. I've been there and it's about a...

Look into KEQY. I've been there and it's about a 30 min drive into Charlotte as I remember, but not too bad.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2020, 05:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,108
Posted By Mark Dickens
David, I just want to say thank you for...

David, I just want to say thank you for volunteering in the ICU. With as many doctors who died in Italy, it's obvious that choosing to do this is putting your life on the line. It is truly a BFD that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-12-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,531
Posted By Mark Dickens
And for the truly anal, use the EI barrel splices...

And for the truly anal, use the EI barrel splices as I did: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/inpages/eioverlapolc-1-10-05470.php. Stagger them inside a piece of heat shrink and you have an...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2020, 05:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By Mark Dickens
As side thought: it seems that when Van designed...

As side thought: it seems that when Van designed the -8, there was no thought that any avionics might be installed or that an ELT might be required. Routing wires and cables in the -8 takes some...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 744
Posted By Mark Dickens
I did exactly the same thing

I did exactly the same thing
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-10-2020, 05:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,531
Posted By Mark Dickens
Personally I wouldn't take the risk and I can...

Personally I wouldn't take the risk and I can tell you from experience that disconnecting and reconnecting those leads isn't that bad. I'm not sure, but having dsub pins and sockets in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 617
Posted By Mark Dickens
Sean, that governor is a relabeled Jihostroj....

Sean, that governor is a relabeled Jihostroj. Whirlwind Propellers in Ohio may be able to help on any needed maintenance as they are one of the authorized Jihostroj dealers. My guess is it won't need...
Forum: COMM 04-08-2020, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 976
Posted By Mark Dickens
I don't really use the dedicated buttons, but...

I don't really use the dedicated buttons, but that's more because I am old school and dial everything in by hand. The radio has good quality sound and every time I've asked for a radio check I get a...
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