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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,659
Posted By highflight42x
I was about 20mi inland from Newport OR at...

I was about 20mi inland from Newport OR at 11,300'. There were maybe a dozen other airplanes in the area that called in - everyone was being good about reporting their altitude and location on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2016, 07:42 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 426,970
Posted By highflight42x
http://i63.tinypic.com/6z8mtu.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/6z8mtu.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2016, 03:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,402
Posted By highflight42x
Solar Eclipse 2017: high density traffic problem?

I was thinking of renting and piloting a C-172 to take family members up to share the eclipse experience over western Oregon. What sort of airborne traffic problems do you think can be expected? I'm...
Forum: RV-3 04-25-2016, 08:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,403
Posted By highflight42x
news from the rumor mill ...

omg can we puhleeze stop with the speculation on RV-3 pitch force reversal during high-G maneuvers? In the 20-odd years I've been flying my -3 (and in many acro-formations and dogfights with -4s,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-29-2016, 02:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,210
Posted By highflight42x
I've got a thousand hours flying an 0-320-E2D...

I've got a thousand hours flying an 0-320-E2D with just the oil screens (btw, there are two: the coarse suction screen in the sump and the fine screen at the back of the accessory case). There just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2016, 06:04 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,833
Posted By highflight42x
constant-chord wings rock

Ho-kay, everybody who's actually built a pair of tapered wings raise your hands (maybe ten guys).

Now, everbody who's actually built constant-chord wings raise your hands (hundreds of hands go up,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2016, 09:57 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,689
Posted By highflight42x
I got this shot last summer. The guy pulled out...

I got this shot last summer. The guy pulled out of his hanger, started up, taxied past my hanger, pulled over, ran 'er up, sat there for awhile ... then taxied back past my hanger again, pulled over,...
Forum: RV-3 01-21-2016, 08:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,219
Posted By highflight42x
similar setup ...

I've got an O-320-E2D, 7:1 pistons (150hp), and a 3-blade Catto, 69dia x 70pitch. That's somewhat of a climb prop - on a std day I'll get 2200fpm climb at sea level. Typically I'll cruise at 150kts,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,613
Posted By highflight42x
Think about building costs: You'll need an 0-360...

Think about building costs:

You'll need an 0-360 + CS to get all the performance out of an -8. An RV3 will fly fabulously on a O-320 + FP, at probably half the cost.

200lb pilot + parachute + gas =...
Forum: RV-3 08-24-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,159
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 engine mount cracking

The RV3 engine mount will often crack like that when the two center-mount points are not present (there are six through-the-firewall mount bolts on the RV3 engine mount - the two center points were...
Forum: RV-3 06-25-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,703
Posted By highflight42x
got the answer from earlier email - thanks Paul,...

got the answer from earlier email - thanks Paul, I'll give the "ratchet screwdriver" a try

- Steven
Forum: RV-3 06-25-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,884
Posted By highflight42x
wait'll you get to the fuselage - I had to...

wait'll you get to the fuselage - I had to replace the entire upper contour of two of the aft fuselage bulkheads, as well as use maybe 20 shims here and there to keep the skin smooth. The kit is not...
Forum: RV-3 06-25-2015, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,703
Posted By highflight42x
RV-3 magneto removal question

Has anyone removed Slick Mags from an RV3? The left one has about 1" clearance from the firewall, Rt one has more. It's for the 500hr inspection - last time I did it the engine was already off. Don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2015, 02:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,704
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 flight prep

I built my -3 prior to getting a PPL. Took 15 hours dual in a 7AC Champ, then four hours dual in a couple different RV4's (bless my gang for putting me in the front seat). Got my PPL and my -3...
Forum: RV-3 04-17-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,685
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 gross weight acro

RV3 gross weight limit for acro is 1050lb minus weight of fuel in wings - check with Van's on this.

Keep paint to an absolute minimum (interior, exterior), go after every spare ounce, put on a Catto...
Forum: RV-3 12-26-2014, 04:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,133
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 engine mnt cracks

That crack is typical of an RV3 that does not have the two additional engine mnt-to-firewall attach points near the center of the firewall. These were introduced in the design around 1985 or so. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 21,718
Posted By highflight42x
formation hazards

what happens if someone in a large formation has a birdstrike or encounters some clear air turbulence when over a stadium? What happens if one of us old farts has a stroke or heart attack or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 19,875
Posted By highflight42x
low time pilot, RV3

I had 90hrs total when I first flew my -3, most of that in 172 and 152's. However, I also had 15hrs in a 7AC Champ, and four hours in RV4's (thanks to my RV4 pals in Arlington WA :). The -3 is much...
Forum: RV-3 10-13-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,963
Posted By highflight42x
rv3 prop?

Do you mean re-pitch a metal prop? In earlier years a number of those threw blades. Maybe they're better at it now

I've got a 2010 3-blade Catto 68dia 70pitch on my stock 0320-E2D with 7:1 pistons:...
Forum: RV-3 03-20-2014, 03:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,550
Posted By highflight42x
skimpy edge margin on the hole for the upper...

skimpy edge margin on the hole for the upper attach fitting - strong enough to handle normal opening cycles, but ought to readily tear out if the canopy goes
Forum: RV-3 03-19-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,550
Posted By highflight42x
rollbar ideas

A couple more thoughts about overturn structures:

When a plane flips, it will first impact the ground inverted, then slide backwards, tail first. If the overturn structure does not have enough...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-31-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,278
Posted By highflight42x
remembering Wes

I met Wes at Arlington in 1988 when I got the hanger he was moving out of. I was finishing my RV build, he was about done with his, and he came by often to keep track of my progress. Later, he gave...
Forum: RV-3 01-11-2014, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,664
Posted By highflight42x
metal

It's a butt-seal in front and all around. Cut & sand, shut canopy to fit. Repeat. Then glue on rubber molding to seal (shown in the photo). No air or water gets in.

- Steven
(800 RV3 hours -
no...
Forum: RV-3 01-08-2014, 10:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,664
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 canopy skirt

I took a couple attempts at the fiberglass/epoxy/resin canopy skirt before discarding the mess and going with

metal

This skirt has 6 individual pieces, .032 2024-T3:

- a piece around the front
-...
Forum: RV-3 01-01-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,591
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 rudder

Plans for RV3 have never specified V-stab offset (I assume that is what you meant, as you can only trim the rudder, not put offset into its positioning). Plans have shown, however, an engine mount...
Forum: RV-3 11-13-2013, 12:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,237
Posted By highflight42x
RV-3 operations

An -8 will probably cost 2x that of a -3, both to build and operate (IMHO). You need an IO-360 with CS prop in a -8 to get best performance, whereas the -3 gets by fine with a carbureted 0-320 and FP...
Forum: Formation Flying 10-19-2013, 10:13 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 45,398
Posted By highflight42x
formation safety?

This was indeed a grand fund raiser and for a most important cause.
My only concern was the fact that the formation occurred over tens of thousands of people, making me wonder what thought was given...
Forum: RV-3 09-15-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,538
Posted By highflight42x
cheap seat

stack up some foam into the seat pan, then get a seat cover from an auto-parts store to cover. Support under the thighs is important - takes weight off the tail bone. Cost about...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2013, 10:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,215
Posted By highflight42x
PAE to RHV (Reid Hillview)

Bernardo - I flew a very similar first long XC exactly one year ago, from PAE to RHV, in San Jose. Wow, seeing your photos sure brings back the feeling of the first long one! I basically followed I-5...
Forum: RV-4 08-21-2013, 07:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,583
Posted By highflight42x
Mk-2Kne autopilot

http://i43.tinypic.com/2pydp1z.jpg

- Steven :)
800+ RV3 hours
(four more last Sunday!)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2013, 07:45 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,870
Posted By highflight42x
never been, never will. Nothing in OSH I need to...

never been, never will. Nothing in OSH I need to know about to keep an RV in the air.

Steven
800+ RV-3 hours
(four more yesterday!)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2013, 12:24 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 45,094
Posted By highflight42x
... and the original ...

http://i48.tinypic.com/iwqbh4.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2013, 12:18 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 45,094
Posted By highflight42x
escape velocity

http://i45.tinypic.com/903hqg.jpg

- Steven
700+ RV3 hours
(three more last weekend!)
Forum: Reviews 02-04-2013, 06:33 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,830
Posted By highflight42x
attitude display and GPS - linkage?

Chapter 7 in the Pilot User Guide indicates that there is a significant linkage between the attitude display and the GPS lock. Has anyone seen the behavior of the attitude display in the case of...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2013, 09:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,904
Posted By highflight42x
another primer story (yawn)

I used skydive out of C170/180/185's a lot, which also got used to fly salmon in Alaska. Every unprimered interior surface had that gray scruff all over it, badly corroded. The salt air no doubt, and...
Forum: RV-3 12-25-2012, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,206
Posted By highflight42x
metal canopy skirt

I am not good with composites and badly flubbed my first attempt at the canopy skirt. Then I tried using .025 2024-T3 sheet alum, making cardboard patterns, and doing some simple sheet-forming, with...
Forum: RV-3 12-10-2012, 11:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,287
Posted By highflight42x
taper pins on RV3 center spar

Very early RV3 blueprints called out "Use High Strength Bolts or Taper Pins 100,000 PSI Shear minimum" for the wing spar center section. Later plans called for "NAS 1305-25" and "NAS 1304-25" bolts,...
Forum: RV-3 11-13-2012, 07:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,825
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 elevator flutter testing

I tested all my control surfaces to 210mph IAS at 5000' (what's that in TAS? Well ... it's faster, so I was above redline). Typical profile: get it going fast downhill, ease up and get the velocity...
Forum: RV-3 11-13-2012, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,801
Posted By highflight42x
Oil Cooler temps

Mine ranges 180-205F, winter-summer. Lyc 0-320, 150hp. Cooler is mounted in the standard location, on the baffling behind cyl #4.

One thing to keep in mind with most of these small Lycomings, the...
Forum: RV-3 11-13-2012, 01:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,287
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 spar splice plates

I have seen several sets of RV3/4 spar splice plates from Vans, some as old as 1982, and they all have nicely rounded corners, with the bolt-holes very symmetrically and accurately pilot-drilled. I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-02-2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,569
Posted By highflight42x
alt air/carb heat, Lyc 0320 with MA4SPA carb

FWIW: For a long time, I flew with an alt air capability, but not carb heat. The carb placement (on the hot oil pan of the 0320) is in my case particularly resistant to carb ice. I fly in the...
Forum: RV-3 10-22-2012, 01:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,291
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 CG w/Jabiru engine

There would be a *severe* cg problem in a standard RV3 with an engine 80-100lbs lighter than a Lycoming.

With such an engine, the engine mount will need to be re-designed and the fwd fuselage...
Forum: RV-3 10-15-2012, 11:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,746
Posted By highflight42x
fwd fuselage

ok, here's the best pic I've got of my interior fwd fuselage.

From left to right: first is the angle bar that attaches the side skin to the floorboard. Then comes a short rail for the left side of...
Forum: RV-3 10-14-2012, 01:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,746
Posted By highflight42x
bottom fwd fuselage rivets ...

With current RV3 plans, those rows of rivets are meant to attach the triangular webs to the cockpit floor that brace the two inner engine-mount points to the firewall. In earlier RV3 plans, they...
Forum: RV-4 10-08-2012, 01:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,686
Posted By highflight42x
keeping your RV outside ...

... and oh, btw, use two covers on the canopy. If you use just one, condensation will form under the cover and the canopy will get drippy wet. Also, a single cover will beat against the canopy in the...
Forum: RV-4 10-08-2012, 12:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,686
Posted By highflight42x
keeping your RV outside

I parked my RV3 outside on the ramp at PAE (Everett WA) for seven years. This area is 600feet up from the Puget Sound waterways, and that seemed to eliminate the salt corrosion problem. I monitored...
Forum: RV-3 09-28-2012, 10:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,095
Posted By highflight42x
further "more fuel numbers for the RV3"

... forgot to mention:

Cruise alt: 9000'

RPM: ~2600

... and the fires around Mt. Shasta forced me up to 10500' to stay VFR (although you could easily have descended through it to a forced landing...
Forum: RV-3 09-28-2012, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,095
Posted By highflight42x
more fuel numbers for the RV3

FWIW: I recently took a round-trip from Seattle to SanFrancisco, perfect wx, light winds. Here's some data to compare the 0-290 data with:

Engine: Lyc 0320-E2D, 7:1 pistons, MA4-SPA carb, Slick...
Forum: RV-3 09-04-2012, 02:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,907
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 Takeoff/Landing methods

On takeoff, smooth application of throttle, a little fwd stick to bring the tail up ... until you can juuust see over the top of the cowling. Now hold it there (don't look at the ASI), and let it fly...
Forum: RV-3 08-12-2012, 01:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,128
Posted By highflight42x
one more pic of the overturn structure

... sorry for making the earlier pic too big. Here is one more shot, showing the gas-spring extended. The structure is merely a modification of Van's original box-design, same materials.

-...
Forum: RV-3 08-12-2012, 12:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,128
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 overturn structure retrofit

I installed this behind the cockpit after flying for a year. It seemed to me the cockpit overturn structure must do two things: protect against a point-impact upon the initial flipover, then survive...
Forum: RV-3 08-01-2012, 03:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,240
Posted By highflight42x
RV3 tailwheel fork

"Any advice welcome". Ok, here's a contrary opinion for your consideration:

A friend of mine with an -8 had his full-swivel tailwheel unlock on rollout. If he'd had a x-wind, it would have been a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-05-2012, 01:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,679
Posted By highflight42x
solution to one gear-leg shimmy problem

For the first 500 hours on my RV3, I used Goodyear tires that had a relatively flat-bottom cross-section. I always had gear shimmy at ~30mph. I reduced the tire pressure to <25 psi and that helped,...
Forum: RV-3 05-04-2012, 08:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,880
Posted By highflight42x
wing tanks vs. fuselage tank

If it's within your budget, you could build and retrofit new -3B wings to an older -3 kit. I hear that Van's gives a good discount for new wings for older -3 owners (kit or flying).

Project or...
Forum: RV-3 04-29-2012, 12:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,361
Posted By highflight42x
removing magnito's from an RV3

Thanks guys! I'll let you know how it turns out.

- Steven
700+ RV3 hours
(another one today!)

http://i49.tinypic.com/2v1rbs9.jpg
Forum: RV-3 04-26-2012, 11:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,361
Posted By highflight42x
removing magneto's from an RV-3?

I've got the old 4271 and 4270 Slick mags on my RV3 (O-320-E2D), and I want to pull them off for inspection. Is it possible to get them off without removing the engine first? As anyone with a -3...
Forum: Safety 04-23-2012, 11:50 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,483
Posted By highflight42x
walk around

Long ago in flight school, an old-timer instructor taught me to *always* do just one more simple walk around from ten feet away, just before climbing in. Takes 15 seconds - no matter what you did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2012, 08:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,747
Posted By highflight42x
tie-down RV outside

I kept mine out on the ramp in the NW for seven years - 2miles away and 600' up from salt water. The steel barrels on my 0-320 would get a little rust in winter - clean 'em & spray lyc gray on...
Forum: Safety 04-14-2012, 10:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,101
Posted By highflight42x
"unless it's single-seat ..."

Ah, but there are good ways to train for first-flight in a single seater like the -3. I took ten hours in an Aeronca Champ, then four more in RV4's before I took my -3 up. And on its first flight,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2012, 10:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,137
Posted By highflight42x
carb temp sensor - Yes

I've read too many NTSB reports : "engine failure on takeoff, unknown cause". I imagine that many of those are carb-ice. I live in the NW, where it is wet and cold often. When taxiing out, I monitor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2012, 02:57 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,188
Posted By highflight42x
have you ever been overwhelmed?

When I first got the plans sheets, I looked at them carefully for a couple weeks and concluded, "This is impossible, there is no way I can build an airplane". The blueprints got used for fire-starter...
Forum: RV-3 03-25-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,629
Posted By highflight42x
flap pushrods

concur - don't bend the flap pushrods. (IMHO: the aluminum tubing is too light for that duty - I fabricated mine out of 4130 steel.) Now, I think I know what you are describing, and I think I...
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