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Forum: Painting your RV Today, 03:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 404
Posted By KatanaPilot
+2 for Jonathan

You can read my recommendation for Jonathan and Plane Schemers here (https://planeschemer.com/plane-schemer-blog/1y4x7gcbqjygpftup3yfewsjjfc9kp) and why we chose them over the other design firm. His...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Today, 03:30 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,735
Posted By KatanaPilot
Interesting discussion

Seems to be two camps on pMags and LSE too. One side has been relatively problem free, the other (like me now) - multiple issues. My concern with LSE is dealing with the owner, given the large...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Yesterday, 07:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,735
Posted By KatanaPilot
Sure

Until they don't. Three failures in 160 hours doesn't exactly instill confidence in them.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Yesterday, 01:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,735
Posted By KatanaPilot
Beyond frustrating. The temperature sticker on...

Beyond frustrating.

The temperature sticker on both pMags is gray. The issue with the sticker is it is one time use and you have no clue as to when the sticker changed color. Possibly after...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Yesterday, 09:07 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,735
Posted By KatanaPilot
Time to ditch the pMags

This morning, we had our third failure of one pMag in 160 engine hours over about two years. The pMags were about 5 years old when we bought the project and I sent them both back initially for...
Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 04:41 AM
Replies: 466
Views: 453,481
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The insert color was chosen to coordinate with the interior colors. The Aerosport carbon fiber panel clear coated very nicely.

The folks at Stein were...
Forum: RV-10 05-28-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 466
Views: 453,481
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just finished!

Just got this photo from SteinAir. Looking forward to installing the panel very soon.

https://i.postimg.cc/9QtcHPL6/IMG-4373.jpg (https://postimages.org/)
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 626
Posted By KatanaPilot
Airflow Systems

We installed an Airflow Systems oil cooler on our RV-7A. I believe it was a 2006X and we mounted it on the firewall using the AFS mounting kit. We have too much oil cooling (hard to get to 180 on a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2020, 05:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,010
Posted By KatanaPilot
Slightly different experience

I hate to disagree with Gary, since he has years more experience than I do with RV's. However, my RV-7A extended James Cowl (built by Will James) fit really well and the quality of the exterior...
Forum: RV-10 05-26-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,607
Posted By KatanaPilot
Probably these

I assume Kyle is referring to these (https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/rv10-wheel-pant-axle-extenders-pair?_pos=1&_sid=34633f5c0&_ss=r&variant=18378241900606) as the machined...
Forum: RV-10 05-25-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 2,607
Posted By KatanaPilot
Congrats!

Turner, as I'm sure you know, the 10 kit is not as refined as the 14 and the cabin cover and doors on the 10 are challenging. Good news is that Synergy now has a shop in Georgia and there are at...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-25-2020, 04:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hangar for overnight near Houston

My son is flying our RV-7A (https://planeschemer.com/plane-schemer-blog/1y4x7gcbqjygpftup3yfewsjjfc9kp) from Atlanta to the Houston area this Friday (weather permitting, of course). He is thinking...
Forum: RV-10 05-23-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 308
Posted By KatanaPilot
Van's Aircraft/Hartzell Prop

Special ordered the Hartzell D-4798-1P polished spinner though Van's. $1540 plus shipping. You need to reach out to Barb at Van's if you want to special order this spinner.

The spinner that Van's...
Forum: Interiors 05-22-2020, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By KatanaPilot
Weight?

Their interiors are very nice looking. I would be curious to know how much their full up interior weighs. I asked Eliane about that a few years ago and never could get a straight answer. Based on the...
Forum: RV-10 05-18-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 897
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the offer

That's the beauty of the experimental world. I have seen RV-10's that are more utilitarian (and have a better payload). Mark's plane is more Lexus like. My wife drives an LS and I have a Platinum...
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 897
Posted By KatanaPilot
The problem with looking at Mark's beautiful...

The problem with looking at Mark's beautiful airplane is that the bar is set so high - it will be difficult, if not impossible, to come anywhere close. At least that has been the issue for me. The...
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,050
Posted By KatanaPilot
Different model, same issue.

Not a simple solution, but at the recommendation of several on this forum, we engineered a locking handle cable release on our RV-7A installed by the left knee of the pilot. Since the mechanism is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By KatanaPilot
Pretty thorough answer to your question here -...

Pretty thorough answer to your question here - http://www.aeroelectric.com/articles/anl/anlvsjjs.html
Forum: RV-14 04-27-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By KatanaPilot
Take a fundamentals class

Your best bet would be to take one of the classes given by EAA or one of the build assist centers like Synergy Air. (https://synergyair.com/) You will have the opportunity to try many of the tools...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed

There is a lot of useful (and some less so) information and it's really difficult to navigate.

Take a look here (http://www.aeroelectric.com/PPS/Adobe_Architecture_Pdfs/) for the various Z...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 979
Posted By KatanaPilot
One technique

The technique that worked for me on an RV-7 and RV-10 - layout the pattern on the leading edge. Figure the centerpoint of the radius at the corners and drill a small (#40) pilot hole there. You can...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-22-2020, 08:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By KatanaPilot
The 4 cylinder relay box(es) are different from...

The 4 cylinder relay box(es) are different from what I understand. Barry was able to modify the 6 cylinder box for redundant power. This was an important upgrade for me.

I suggest you reach out to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-22-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By KatanaPilot
I lost a lot of sleep over this very issue. ...

I lost a lot of sleep over this very issue. Don't know if you have a 4 or 6 cylinder engine and a single or dual channel SDS, but they operate differently depending on which setup you have.

If you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 818
Posted By KatanaPilot
James Burgess is the gentleman who was making...

James Burgess is the gentleman who was making these. I bought two adapters for my RV-10.

As I recall, he had a few sets made and sold what he wasn't using for his build. Sorry, I don't have any...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2020, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By KatanaPilot
Page 5-5, Figure 5-6 of the latest version of the...

Page 5-5, Figure 5-6 of the latest version of the G3X Installation Manual (http://static.garmin.com/pumac/190-01115-01_al.pdf) shows the blue discrete wire going to a discrete input on a GEA 24, GSU...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just make sure that stall speed was determined at...

Just make sure that stall speed was determined at 1650 pounds. If you did the stall tests at 1800 pounds, your stall speed at 1650 would be about 4% less (square root of 1650/1800 times stall speed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By KatanaPilot
Varies with aircraft weight

Assuming an aerobatic weight for an RV-7(A) of 1650 pounds, you need to determine your 1G stall speed (clean). Multiply that times the square root of the aerobatic load factor of 6 positive G's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-02-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,237
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have a couple of charts for an IO-360-M1A that...

I have a couple of charts for an IO-360-M1A that will probably work just fine for you. Send me your email and I'll send them to you.

krea dot ellis at gmail dot come
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-27-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,355
Posted By KatanaPilot
Working on it

Email sent. I'll get a write up done this weekend.
Forum: Tools 03-25-2020, 04:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 933
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have a fairly new Sioux 3X and have the same...

I have a fairly new Sioux 3X and have the same issue - feathering trigger doesn't feather well at all. I end up using my much less expensive gun more often than the Sioux.

Please report back what...
Forum: RV-14 03-22-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,957
Posted By KatanaPilot
My RV-10 fuselage (built to QB status) along with...

My RV-10 fuselage (built to QB status) along with a crated wing kit and later my nearly compete RV-7A (on wheels) was moved from Eugene to Atlanta by Stewart under contract with Partain. This was...
Forum: RV-14 03-21-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,957
Posted By KatanaPilot
I think you will find that Tony Partain sold out...

I think you will find that Tony Partain sold out to Stewart Transport (https://www.stewarttransport.com/services/auto-aviation-transport/) last year. They had some initial growing pains. Hopefully...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 03:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,312
Posted By KatanaPilot
"Pro Shops"

A recent thread about another topic mentioned an airplane built by a "Pro Shop" and later explained that this shop "in Florida was paid to build it".

I'm a little surprised and disappointed that no...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-05-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,176
Posted By KatanaPilot
MA663.75 Space Gray?

You can check out Steinís color choices here
https://www.steinair.com/services/finish/automotive-paint/
Forum: RV-14 03-04-2020, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 834
Posted By KatanaPilot
There is a completed RV-14 at Synergy Air South...

There is a completed RV-14 at Synergy Air South (http://synergyair.com/) at KCCO (Newnan-Coweta County). It just had a Classic Aero interior installed (which is beautiful).

If you reach out to...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,115
Posted By KatanaPilot
Never said I wouldn't inspect the new gear leg....

Never said I wouldn't inspect the new gear leg. Simply stated that I wanted the improved part since I also operate off a grass strip. It's easy for me to replace now and more difficult later. The...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,115
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed!

Not sure why you are getting grief. It's your money and your plane. I see it as similar to a terminating action on an AD.

I'm replacing a never used nose gear leg while it is dirt simple to do...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2020, 09:40 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,115
Posted By KatanaPilot
Great

I ordered mine last week to replace the leg we just installed. Now I assume I will have to delay hanging the engine until the gear leg arrives. I wonder if finish kits will be delayed as well.
Forum: RV-10 02-29-2020, 04:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,115
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'm going to push back a bit. I can only assume...

I'm going to push back a bit.

I can only assume your SB naming convention has changed quite recently. Previous service bulletins for the RV-10 -...
Forum: RV-10 02-28-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,115
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have a few questions - 1. The date of the SB...

I have a few questions -

1. The date of the SB seems to indicate it was written September of last year, but yet itís just now being released. Why so long?
2. If finish kits shipped since October of...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-20-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 913
Posted By KatanaPilot
Cold Lake, Alberta to Gadsden, Alabama. That will...

Cold Lake, Alberta to Gadsden, Alabama. That will be an interesting trip. Hope to meet you while you are down here.
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2020, 04:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,212
Posted By KatanaPilot
One perspective

I slow built my RV-10 fuselage and wings, but I did them with the assistance of Synergy Air (fuselage in Eugene, wings in Newnan). We compared the end result with several quick built fuselages and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,029
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air South

I would suggest you sign up for the next Fundamentals Class (https://synergyair.com/builder-assistance-classes/fundamentals/) taught at Synergy Air South in Newnan (KCCO). You will learn a lot even...
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2020, 11:22 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,783
Posted By KatanaPilot
+1 for Best Tugs

Spouse bought me a B5 at SNF last year. A bit overkill for the RV-7A, but will be perfect for when the RV-10 is done. Really nice piece of engineering and manufacturing.

Prepare for sticker shock,...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-05-2020, 05:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,475
Posted By KatanaPilot
Yes, but...

Performance wise, absolutely. I've flown both and the 757 (-200 version) is an amazing airplane.

However, passengers want cheap seats and the airlines oblige so they are interested in cost per...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,175
Posted By KatanaPilot
+1 for Zaino

Not the easiest to apply, but it really works.

https://i.postimg.cc/VJ6N8WRw/UNADJUSTEDNONRAW-thumb-c33c.jpg (https://postimg.cc/VJ6N8WRw)
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 29,739
Posted By KatanaPilot
So what do you do Bill when the producer is also...

So what do you do Bill when the producer is also the engineer? :D
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Bob

I will check out the online sources. Plenty of bearing companies around Atlanta too.

I agree on the bearings, as long as they are name brand. No name Chinese bearings don't give me warm fuzzies....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2020, 02:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,717
Posted By KatanaPilot
You are probably right

Or maybe just prudent about managing risks. Suspect it's a personality defect of mine for 35 years in a career where one is expected to be risk averse.

As I said in a previous post, I'll give both...
Forum: RV-10 01-31-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 709
Posted By KatanaPilot
Matco wheel bearings

I recently purchased an upgraded brake and wheel package for my RV-10 from Matco. I was disappointed to find that the wheel bearings were not the Timken bearings specified in the installation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,717
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'm really surprised

I guess I'm the only one surprised that you were able to list an LLC as the manufacturer on an E-AB plane. I would like to do that as well, but I thought it violated the letter of the law. I'll ask...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,717
Posted By KatanaPilot
Precisely my concern

So where would one buy insurance to cover themselves as the manufacturer of the airplane in the event you choose to sell the plane? I'm not sure that's available and if it is, probably not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2020, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,062
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

I appreciate the information.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,062
Posted By KatanaPilot
Greg, do you think the reliability issues might...

Greg, do you think the reliability issues might be due to a PWM dimmer not being ideally compatible with the type of load from a seat heater?
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,062
Posted By KatanaPilot
Seat heaters

OK I need a EE for this.

Is it acceptable to use a PWM dimmer (say 8A capacity) for a resistive load like a seat heater (6 amps)?

Use of dimmer would allow variable control and elimination of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2020, 02:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,728
Posted By KatanaPilot
Assuming the builder is willing to sell AND to...

Assuming the builder is willing to sell AND to accept the liability of being the manufacturer of the airplane, then sure.

Some of us don't want to do that, myself included. I will give the RV-7 to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,728
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air South

I built my RV-7A with Synergy Air out in Eugene.

I was so impressed with Synergy, I helped them open Synergy Air South in 2018 in Newnan, GA (KCCO) - suburb of Atlanta. I'm no longer involved as an...
Forum: RV-14 01-27-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,306
Posted By KatanaPilot
Is there no benefit from getting immediate oil...

Is there no benefit from getting immediate oil pressure during start? I wait at least 5-6 seconds for oil pressure to rise with the angled adapter as the oil filter drains back to the crankcase....
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-26-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 36,114
Posted By KatanaPilot
The two 6 cylinder coils make it easy to provide...

The two 6 cylinder coils make it easy to provide separate power from independent busses. Dual channel ECU’s and dual fuel pumps too.

It’s the fuel injectors that are difficult. One can provide...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-24-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 36,114
Posted By KatanaPilot
Maybe one of the experts will weigh in and...

Maybe one of the experts will weigh in and provide a better answer/solution.

I'm sure there are other possibilities, but it seems the choices are -

1. Run all injector power through a double...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-24-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 36,114
Posted By KatanaPilot
Still working through it

I was originally leaning towards a switch to transfer power for the injectors, but now I'm seriously considering the approach that AdamB has suggested - a small "injector bus" fed by both aircraft...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-24-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 36,114
Posted By KatanaPilot
Probably true on 4 cylinder SDS

From the 6 cylinder dual ECU supplement -

ďIn NORMAL position both ECUís will operate and each ECU will control 3 injectors.Ē
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