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Forum: GPS 08-07-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By SMO
.....with the G3X EFIS I connected the serial pin...

.....with the G3X EFIS I connected the serial pin #41 off the GDU465 for the signal to the Ack, pin #35 provides signal ground, pins 31 and/or 32 provide power.

Seemed pretty simple when I did it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-24-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By SMO
Good guess, but not required in Canada.

Good guess, but not required in Canada.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,212
Posted By SMO
I would suspect the CAN bus. I had a similar...

I would suspect the CAN bus. I had a similar intermittent problem. I ended up redoing all the connections - I found one connection where I had sliced into one of the wires when stripping the outer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,330
Posted By SMO
I have used drywall spackle to fill pinholes....

I have used drywall spackle to fill pinholes. Just rubbed it in with my fingers, let dry, sand, wipe (don't blow), and primer. Works great! 200 plus hours now and no issues with the technique.
Forum: Safety 06-06-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,885
Posted By SMO
Certainly agree with this. I sump my tanks before...

Certainly agree with this. I sump my tanks before every flight but have never found water - 200 hours on the Rocket, 100 hours on the Decathlon, 100 hours on the RV-4, and many rental planes before...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-06-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,316
Posted By SMO
Sold 3 years ago :)

Sold 3 years ago :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,860
Posted By SMO
Yep, came within ~50' of an eagle a week or so...

Yep, came within ~50' of an eagle a week or so ago. Not sure if it was deliberately diving on me, came from above. His wing span looked big enough to wrap right around my fuse! Have been wearing my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I have to switch it off manually, it will not go...

I have to switch it off manually, it will not go off by itself. I also really like the feature, along with many others in this unit. See this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I have the Vertical Power VP-200 electrical unit,...

I have the Vertical Power VP-200 electrical unit, and this is one of the many features. The VP-200 was discontinued a number of years ago.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
Thank for your response Claudio, good to hear...

Thank for your response Claudio, good to hear from you. Can you confirm when you did the test quoted above, was your auxiliary pump on or off?

I found 2 new symptoms today I have never before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I will check the floor for vibration, certainly...

I will check the floor for vibration, certainly nothing visible - I suspect my turned down exhausts mitigate that quite a bit.



Not a flow issue. I have burned over 20 gph without the boost pump...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I had the same thought. I took the gascolator...

I had the same thought. I took the gascolator apart and looked at this piece in particular but it became obvious that it is not the problem. The cylinder that shuts off the fuel is on top of the rod...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
Here is an update - I bypassed the Aerolab...

Here is an update - I bypassed the Aerolab gascolator and went flying. Fuel pressure stayed above 20 psi. Max pull was 3.5 g's.

The Aerolab is designed such that the inlet is at the side of the bowl...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-10-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By SMO
Steve, if you analyze your pins you might find...

Steve, if you analyze your pins you might find you are using a higher amperage pin for a lower amperage purpose and just swap some wires around. Looking at my worksheet the things I see using 3 or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I have done some more research into my data logs...

I have done some more research into my data logs and have also flown a test flight.

Test flight confirmed this is a "g" related problem, not fuel flow. I can fly 20 gph without the boost pump on and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 11:08 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
Ok, I have a few things to check but will have to...

Ok, I have a few things to check but will have to wait till next week now. Any further flights will stay within gliding distance of the airport till I get this sorted out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 10:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
Frequency between the top and bottom is ~5...

Frequency between the top and bottom is ~5 seconds, between tops ~ 10 seconds, 2300 rpm. Same EFIS/EIS as you, sampling rate is 1 per second.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
Without looking/measuring my guess is 12 - 16"...

Without looking/measuring my guess is 12 - 16" aft of the exhaust. It is in the stick well.



True.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
This I will do Of that I have no doubt.

This I will do



Of that I have no doubt.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I should have been more clear, the normal fuel...

I should have been more clear, the normal fuel pressure fluctuates between ~22 and ~25. If I look at this on a graph it has a very constant oscillation - is that oscillation normal?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
I have had 10 flights since the change where I...

I have had 10 flights since the change where I performed some aerobatics, only the last 3 - 4 have shown these symptoms. BTW, the other change I made at the same time was replacing my Andair...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,079
Posted By SMO
Fuel Pressure loss on Loop upline

Airplane - F1 Rocket, IO-540 D4A5, recent install of Red Cube between fuel servo and spider. Engine driven fuel pump has ~350 hours.

Pulling 3 g's at the start of a loop I am experiencing a fuel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 971
Posted By SMO
Be careful buying used - the insides of some of...

Be careful buying used - the insides of some of those may be significantly dirty.....see here: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=119048&highlight=Christen
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By SMO
My die grinder and my orbital sander run...

My die grinder and my orbital sander run noticeably stronger with the 3/8 line. I use 1/4" line for my 1/4" drill, rivet squeezer, cleco remover, and pull riveter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 613
Posted By SMO
I installed one on my Rocket two months ago....

I installed one on my Rocket two months ago. Replaced the Andair that I had mounted in a poor location. So far so good - I like the fact it has a finer filter than the Andair and is much easier to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,279
Posted By SMO
I have drilled lots of holes in aluminum with a...

I have drilled lots of holes in aluminum with a hole saw - have to clean up the edges a bit when done but does an acceptable job. A fly cutter is cleaner. In both cases be sure to clamp the material...
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 961
Posted By SMO
Just replaced the PC680 in my Rocket - bought it...

Just replaced the PC680 in my Rocket - bought it from SaskBattery - 169.50 CDN includes shipping.
Forum: RV-4 02-23-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,185
Posted By SMO
This pic shows my roll bar. I had a shop in...

This pic shows my roll bar. I had a shop in Calgary make the bends for me. They used a thick wall mild steel, said a thinner wall would not make the bend. Added ~15 lbs to the plane as compared with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-16-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,415
Posted By SMO
Mine came from Pacific Coast Avionics and was...

Mine came from Pacific Coast Avionics and was dated January 26, 2018. I was pleasantly surprised.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-16-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 14,415
Posted By SMO
Hmm, maybe ACK got wind of this thread. Here is...

Hmm, maybe ACK got wind of this thread. Here is the new battery I received yesterday:

http://www3.telus.net/public/molsons/F1%20Rocket%20Parts/ELT%20Battery.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
Posted By SMO
Buying an airplane with a VP-200?

I am thinking about relisting my F1 EVO Rocket, and one of the potential downsides for a buyer is the VP-200. I have a complete spare that would go with it, but I wonder if a lot of folks would...
Forum: Rocket 01-29-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,319
Posted By SMO
Yes, that is the VP-200, no longer produced or...

Yes, that is the VP-200, no longer produced or supported. I really like it, and when I redid my panel in 2015 I decided to keep it. It does everything the VP-X does plus quite a bit more. I have a...
Forum: Rocket 01-28-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,319
Posted By SMO
Here is a pic of the panel in my Rocket. 10" G3X...

Here is a pic of the panel in my Rocket. 10" G3X in the middle, GNS 430W underneath, transponder below that and, being in Canada, the required compass is below that again (no electrons allowed).

To...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,451
Posted By SMO
On my Rocket, I mounted the magnetometer in the...

On my Rocket, I mounted the magnetometer in the middle of the rear section of the fuse. I made a shelf that spans the upper longerons and put it on there. My elevator AP servo is at bellcrank (just...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 536
Posted By SMO
I used an Andair separator for a while, but was...

I used an Andair separator for a while, but was constantly getting lots of oil on the belly even though maneuvers are mostly positive. I took that off and installed a half Raven and have been happy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 14,535
Posted By SMO
Interesting, you might get them to check their...

Interesting, you might get them to check their website which says it is a 50 mesh screen - which converts to 297 micron!
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,880
Posted By SMO
I haven't built a -14, my responses are based on...

I haven't built a -14, my responses are based on building my Rocket:

1. I bought a 1/4" drill. I have used tools for most of my 63 years, and wish I had bought one of these years ago. I really like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,133
Posted By SMO
I expect you can find someone locally to offer...

I expect you can find someone locally to offer this, however if not, you are welcome to come up to Salmon Arm. I can show you the tools I used to build my Rocket, we can drive a few rivets (I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,133
Posted By SMO
The MDRA (Ministers Delegates - Recreational...

The MDRA (Ministers Delegates - Recreational Aviation) controls the process of inspection in Canada. Happy reading: http://www.md-ra.com/en/
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-09-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,188
Posted By SMO
It's time to close this thread. The type of...

It's time to close this thread. The type of bashing being done by Paisley has no place on this forum.
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 10:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,508
Posted By SMO
I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I...

I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I believe I bought it with the foil from McMaster Carr.
Forum: RV-10 11-05-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,508
Posted By SMO
I have 185 hours on mine. I used stainless tape...

I have 185 hours on mine. I used stainless tape to seal up the stainless foil encasing ceramic fiber. I had a major oil exposure event at about the 60 hour mark - left the dipstick in the hangar :o -...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,237
Posted By SMO
Here is where you can find tailwheel...

Here is where you can find tailwheel parts:
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm

And here is where you can download a good document on these tailwheels - it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 688
Posted By SMO
Don't believe that is correct. What you do have...

Don't believe that is correct. What you do have to have is certified nav systems - 2 of them. Otherwise you should be good to go. Tom Martin may chime in as his Rocket is IFR certified, and I don't...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-20-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,916
Posted By SMO
Is this the same document? This is put together...

Is this the same document? This is put together by Lycoming, no reference to Superior.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 101,723
Posted By SMO
You were in my back yard on this part of the...

You were in my back yard on this part of the flight. Revelstoke is a ~20 minute flight from home, I have lived in the Rocky Mountain Trench where Fairmont is located, and used to work at that coal...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-27-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,849
Posted By SMO
Or an LSE, or an SDS, or EFII ...... BTW, after...

Or an LSE, or an SDS, or EFII ......

BTW, after the early problems were resolved, the emags have been stable for the last few years. "Failing constantly" is not a fair assessment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,618
Posted By SMO
That helps a lot also. Most of the turbulence I...

That helps a lot also. Most of the turbulence I have encountered would be categorized as light.

Would be really interesting to know if there is any correlation between gust levels and what a person...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,618
Posted By SMO
I bolded/capped the critical piece of your...

I bolded/capped the critical piece of your response that starts to answer my primary question - if I read you correctly, for your risk tolerance you would get below Vno at the first sign of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,618
Posted By SMO
Ok, so is there a way to measure this? How would...

Ok, so is there a way to measure this? How would this feel in the cockpit?

FYI, my Rocket has a Vno of 160 knots. My normal cruise at 23 squared, 3000 ft ASL, LOP, is >170 knots. This seems to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,618
Posted By SMO
Exceeding Vno, where is the danger?

Curious as to how others approach exceeding Vno, into the yellow arc on the ASI. The normal cautions are to only be in that regime when in smooth air, but what defines smooth air?

Can I use my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,744
Posted By SMO
I also did transition training with Mike Seagar...

I also did transition training with Mike Seagar in Oregon. Used the -7 mostly but put a little time in the -6A to get used to the constant speed prop.

The insurance company accepted that time to...
Forum: Propellers 07-03-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 796
Posted By SMO
Don't think you are missing anything except the...

Don't think you are missing anything except the magnitude of the change in glide ratio seems a bit severe. I expect you will test it to confirm.

On my Rocket I get between 2 and 3 difference, eg:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2017, 10:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,330
Posted By SMO
Thanks for posting that, Jack. Really good...

Thanks for posting that, Jack. Really good information to know.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,330
Posted By SMO
My backup plan is quite simple. I have three...

My backup plan is quite simple. I have three switches that all bypass the VP-200 and have their own fuses. One is for my EFIS and Autopilot, one is for my 430W, and the third is for the fuel pump....
Forum: RV-4 06-28-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,976
Posted By SMO
Just another point of view: I would have failed...

Just another point of view:

I would have failed all of Smoky's questions when I bought my RV-4. Got a tailwheel checkout with Mike Seagar which gave me enough time on type to get insurance. Spent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,330
Posted By SMO
Text sent.

Text sent.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 860
Posted By SMO
Hmm, good luck with that, be great if you...

Hmm, good luck with that, be great if you actually get a positive response. VP has not been supporting this model for a number of years. Marc Ausman ("MCA" on this forum) might know what the light on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,838
Posted By SMO
Just in case it is implied otherwise - Garmin...

Just in case it is implied otherwise - Garmin servos do the same.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2017, 04:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,537
Posted By SMO
As long as you define getting one strand of the...

As long as you define getting one strand of the wire shield contacting the bus wire as a "major wiring failure". Since fixing that issue it has been rock solid.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2017, 12:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By SMO
You have to go into "Setup". There is an...

You have to go into "Setup". There is an "Instrument Layout" page in the Engine section. At the bottom of this page you will see the timers. You can reset these as required.

Note there are 3...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-19-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,357
Posted By SMO
Ditto on the reply above. A PC680 starts my...

Ditto on the reply above. A PC680 starts my IO-540 just fine, cold and hot.

Hot start procedure is simple: Throttle full, cycle the mixture once (full rich and back to ICO), crank.

Works every...
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