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Forum: RV-9/9A 10-04-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 466
Posted By Finley Atherton
I have installed “The Works” on my 9A and you are...

I have installed “The Works” on my 9A and you are correct that it does not exactly fit the profile, especially on the left side. You are probably aware that the wing tip cutouts on the 9 are smaller...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-28-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,334
Posted By Finley Atherton
1020 hours on my 9A with an 0-320 and Hartzell...

1020 hours on my 9A with an 0-320 and Hartzell CS. I have been happy with the overall performance and the c of g is just where I want it.
If I was doing it again I would consider an I0-360 with a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,491
Posted By Finley Atherton
My comment in post 2 was for group A cylinders....

My comment in post 2 was for group A cylinders. As I understand it group B cylinders must be replaced.

Fin
9A
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2018, 05:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,491
Posted By Finley Atherton
1020 hours and no problems. Fin 9A

1020 hours and no problems.

Fin
9A
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-03-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By Finley Atherton
This is my experience with the Trio and my RV 9A...

This is my experience with the Trio and my RV 9A - don’t know if it is relevant to the RV 8.

Installed as per the plans my Trio pitch servo was over sensitive and prone to oscillations and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 53,311
Posted By Finley Atherton
Tom, I have a 9A and donít know much about the 7...

Tom, I have a 9A and donít know much about the 7 but 3.68 gals unusable fuel sounds excessive.

Fin.
9A NSW AUSTRALIA
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 14,495
Posted By Finley Atherton
Mark, THIS POST...

Mark,

THIS POST (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=780329#post780329) quoting figures from Vans for the 14, 9 and 7 may be useful. (Note that apparently experience has shown...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,056
Posted By Finley Atherton
My prop will go coarse when windmilling. RV9A, 0...

My prop will go coarse when windmilling. RV9A, 0 320, 9:1 pistons, Hartzell prop and MT governor.

At 70 kts with the mixture at idle cut-off and prop control full in:
Oil pressure 55 psi
RPM...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,056
Posted By Finley Atherton
Just to slightly complicate your simple...

Just to slightly complicate your simple procedure.

If you are doing a practice engine failure to low atlitude followed by a climb make sure to put the prop full fine at least a few seconds before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,056
Posted By Finley Atherton
Also depends on the type of governor if a...

Also depends on the type of governor if a windmilling Prop will go coarse.
On my 0 320 with a Hartzell Prop it will go coarse with an MT governor but not with a Hartzell governor. Going coarse...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,857
Posted By Finley Atherton
I have no medical training but this is my...

I have no medical training but this is my experience.

I have been flying since the mid 1970's but went through a period a few years back when I would sometimes feel mildly nauseous when not flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 995
Posted By Finley Atherton
Another one with this issue on my 0-320. Over the...

Another one with this issue on my 0-320. Over the years I have tried just about everything. The best solution was installing the FC-10 Fuel Computer (http://www.fdatasystems.com/fc-10/) as it has a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,864
Posted By Finley Atherton
I agree with the idea that you should not rely on...

I agree with the idea that you should not rely on the AP however my instructor put it this way. Single pilot IFR is one of the most difficult, task intensive things you can do in aviation and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-09-2017, 06:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,353
Posted By Finley Atherton
Downloaded the update to a FAT32 formatted card...

Downloaded the update to a FAT32 formatted card but the GTN did not like it. I then put the same download on my spare Garmin card and everything updated perfectly.

Just went and did an LNAV+V and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2017, 02:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,529
Posted By Finley Atherton
http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb6/fpgath/DSCN...

http://i211.photobucket.com/albums/bb6/fpgath/DSCN2758.jpg


The lower surface of the nose cone can be cut away and reglassed to just below the big nut/lower end of the strut for extra ground...
Forum: Reviews 04-27-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,542
Posted By Finley Atherton
With the S3 you can't text so there is only the...

With the S3 you can't text so there is only the cost of the S3 and the monthly plan cost.

I am on an old plan that is not offered anymore; $15 USD per month which includes 7 hours @ 2 minute...
Forum: Reviews 04-27-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,542
Posted By Finley Atherton
Don't know much about Spot but I have used...

Don't know much about Spot but I have used Spidertracks with the basic S3 Spider for many years and couldn't be happier.

The "Spiders" are expensive but are suited to aircraft use. Once you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2017, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,618
Posted By Finley Atherton
Don't know about the Dynon probe but some time...

Don't know about the Dynon probe but some time ago there was a discussion about some carb temp probes measuring the temp of the carb body where the probe screws in rather than the temp of the air in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2017, 06:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,776
Posted By Finley Atherton
I have fluctuating fuel flow readings on my 0-320...

I have fluctuating fuel flow readings on my 0-320 and have determined that it fluctuates with g force. In smooth air the FF is always steady.
I have tried every conceivable fix but nothing helped. If...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-27-2016, 05:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 12,206
Posted By Finley Atherton
Can't comment on a blocked/partially blocked...

Can't comment on a blocked/partially blocked pitot but an intermittently blocked static port (rain/water) will cause an erratic pitch display on the Skyview.

Fin.
9A
Forum: Propellers 09-09-2016, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
Posted By Finley Atherton
I have not contacted Hartzell. The governor is...

I have not contacted Hartzell. The governor is otherwise performing as expected so I suspect this is normal for this governor with my Hartzell prop.

Fin.
Forum: Propellers 09-09-2016, 04:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
Posted By Finley Atherton
If I recall correctly from a thread years ago...

If I recall correctly from a thread years ago some were surprised that the prop would go coarse at idle power as the accepted wisdom was that there is insufficient oil pressure/rpm at idle for the...
Forum: Propellers 09-09-2016, 04:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
Posted By Finley Atherton
Governor. MT v Hartzell?

Just replaced my MT P-860-4 with the HZ 320/360 from Vans (Hartzell p/n S-1-10). One difference I found is that the Hartzell governor will not make the Hartzell prop go to coarse pitch at idle power...
Forum: Safety 09-01-2016, 03:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,063
Posted By Finley Atherton
One way to get rid of a...

One way to get rid of a drone.

http://http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2016/08/65-year-old-woman-takes-out-drone-over-her-virginia-property-with-one-shot/...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-17-2016, 12:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,196
Posted By Finley Atherton
To Central Australia

Recently flew to Alice Springs in central Australia for a demanding six day walk on the spectacular Larapinta Track (http://www.australia.com/en/itineraries/nt-larapinta-trail.html). Unfortunately I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2016, 02:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,882
Posted By Finley Atherton
I have the panel mounted Lightspeed timing...

I have the panel mounted Lightspeed timing display and it accurately displays the timing advance. Not sure though if it would display accurately if there was a fault in the brain box?

Fin
9A
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-26-2016, 04:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,344
Posted By Finley Atherton
Correct Bob. My wording was not clear. I was...

Correct Bob. My wording was not clear. I was making the point that the Sandia comes with an integrated backup battery whereas the G5 requires the battery to be purchased in addition to the G5...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-26-2016, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,344
Posted By Finley Atherton
By way of comparison. G5 about $2,150??...

By way of comparison.

G5 about $2,150?? including accessory kit, optional battery and STC for AI or turn coordinator.

Sandia SAI 340 Quattro $2,995 (Gulf Coast Avionics) including install kit and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-09-2016, 09:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,062
Posted By Finley Atherton
So the G5, Skyview and the G3X use air data...

So the G5, Skyview and the G3X use air data (pitot and static) for the attitude display but will still display reasonably accurate attitude if air data is not available. But what happens to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2016, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,815
Posted By Finley Atherton
If you glue on rivets (AN 470) and the IAS is too...

If you glue on rivets (AN 470) and the IAS is too high you can try filing a small amount off the top of the rivets in situ to bring the IAS back a bit rather than removing them. Worked for me.

Fin
9A
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-04-2016, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,493
Posted By Finley Atherton
Two other possible contributing issues. With...

Two other possible contributing issues.

With trees around some of the headwind component may have been lost near the ground.

Airspeed may have dropped below your desired 60 kts as the natural...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-18-2016, 10:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,263
Posted By Finley Atherton
If my memory is correct the thread was closed and...

If my memory is correct the thread was closed and moved from the Electrical Systems Forum to the Temp / Test / Misc. Forum which auto deletes after two weeks.??

Fin
9A
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-18-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,263
Posted By Finley Atherton
I am the guy from Australia who had the EarthX...

I am the guy from Australia who had the EarthX issues. I had cell movement of about 1/4" when gently shaking the battery from side to side and a bit less shaking up and down (when viewed from the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-29-2016, 02:46 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 35,806
Posted By Finley Atherton
Congratulations. If you are ever in the Armidale...

Congratulations.
If you are ever in the Armidale area or just looking for a place to fly, contact me and we can have a mini 9A convention!
Fin
9A (860 hrs)
Forum: International 03-15-2016, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,351
Posted By Finley Atherton
Hi Randy, Check your PM. Fin.

Hi Randy,

Check your PM.

Fin.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-04-2016, 02:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 32,029
Posted By Finley Atherton
Great videos - very enjoyable. I am really...

Great videos - very enjoyable.
I am really impressed how you managed to fit in all the gear you need and two bikes! My only suggestion is you really need a Kroger sunshade...
Forum: Reviews 02-26-2016, 02:48 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 784
Posted By Finley Atherton
Sandia Aerospace - great support for international customers

Installed the recently released Sandia 340 Quattro EFIS (TSO) (http://sandia.aero/product/sai-340-quattro/) purchased from a local dealer in Australia. Apparently there were some problems with the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-26-2015, 01:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,520
Posted By Finley Atherton
The flap not lining up with the fuselage could be...

The flap not lining up with the fuselage could be caused by a twist in the aileron, flap or wing.

Check for twist in the aileron by locking it in place and measure the incidence at both the inboard...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-11-2015, 04:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,814
Posted By Finley Atherton
Do you have any details? Fin 9A Australia

Do you have any details?

Fin
9A Australia
Forum: Autopilots 10-14-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,009
Posted By Finley Atherton
To clarify. On the Trio with the servos engaged...

To clarify. On the Trio with the servos engaged if you push the momentary switch on the stick it will disconnect the servo/servos. If the switch is held down for 3 seconds or more and then released...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2015, 05:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,497
Posted By Finley Atherton
I used the audio mixer above. Much cheaper than...

I used the audio mixer above. Much cheaper than an Audio Panel and works very well.
My audio inputs are GTN 650, Icom A200, Skyview, Trio Propilot and a Sigtronics intercom.

Fin
9A
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,103
Posted By Finley Atherton
Tim, I think you should talk to someone from the...

Tim,

I think you should talk to someone from the SAAA or similar with specific knowledge of the Australian requirements for IFR instrumentation in Experimental aircraft. Currently I believe that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2015, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,408
Posted By Finley Atherton
This happened to me conducting an approach in...

This happened to me conducting an approach in heavy rain during my IFR training. Instructor next to me so no real problems.

I can't recall exactly what happened but I am sure the Skyview ATTITUDE...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-22-2015, 10:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Would also need an approved (TSO?) altimeter for...

Would also need an approved (TSO?) altimeter for vertical separation especially outside radar/ADSB coverage.

Fin
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-19-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
With the addition of a TSO altimeter and ASI, my...

With the addition of a TSO altimeter and ASI, my panel was approved for IFR operations by the CASA representative.

Fin
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-18-2015, 05:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Allan, Thanks for your comments. Hijacking is...

Allan,

Thanks for your comments.
Hijacking is always a risk especially when someone gets a "bee in their bonnet" however I could not let the suggestion that myself (and others) are flying around...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-18-2015, 02:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
From my Certificate of Airworthiness: Point 5. In...

From my Certificate of Airworthiness:
Point 5.
In accordance with CAR (1988) 262AP (6), I hereby authorise the operation of this aircraft under the IFR in IMC.
Point 6.
The aircraft logbook shall...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-17-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Moderators. Would it be possible to "unscramble...

Moderators.

Would it be possible to "unscramble the egg" removing the posts concerning IFR certification in Australia to another new, appropriately named thread?

Fin
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-14-2015, 11:08 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
You should have been with us on the South Coast...

You should have been with us on the South Coast Track instead. What could be better? In the wilderness and talking RVs for 9 days!

If you handled the Overland Track OK and are looking for the next...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-13-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
http://i58.tinypic.com/vzed7c.jpg Hi Smokey, It...

http://i58.tinypic.com/vzed7c.jpg

Hi Smokey,

It would have been no worries landing there but it was just not practical to do so.
The track finishes at Cockle Creek about 85km away so I would have...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-13-2015, 02:32 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Hi Eddie, We were lucky with the weather but I...

Hi Eddie,

We were lucky with the weather but I get the impression that it is often VMC on or just off the coast when the inland is non VMC. The day that Par Avion flew us to the start of the track...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-13-2015, 02:04 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Hi Bob, Who knows what CASA is thinking. My...

Hi Bob,
Who knows what CASA is thinking. My understanding is that the CASA Project is a "works in progress" and a final determination/clarification/recommendation has not been made.

My RV was put...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-12-2015, 11:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Southwest Coast Looking inland. We had planned...

Southwest Coast

Looking inland. We had planned to track somewhat inland from the coast but it was non VFR so we followed the coast where the weather was...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-12-2015, 10:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
The day of departure showed marginal VFR...

The day of departure showed marginal VFR conditions so I filed a detailed VFR plan via the South and Southwestern coasts of Tasmania to Flinders Island with the comfort that I could upgrade to IFR if...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-12-2015, 07:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
We were in a group of ten plus two guides. The...

We were in a group of ten plus two guides. The South Coast Track goes through magnificent pristine wilderness and is considered one of the toughest walks you can do in Australia unless you are into...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-12-2015, 06:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,800
Posted By Finley Atherton
Tasmania Australia South Coast

I live near the East coast of Australia and have flown the 9A to the North coast (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=89259) the West coast...
Forum: Autopilots 12-02-2014, 01:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,345
Posted By Finley Atherton
Tygon tubing...

Tygon tubing (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/tygon.php) works well on the Trio fittings. It does not go hard with age like vinyl tube.

Fin
9A
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2014, 11:10 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 22,559
Posted By Finley Atherton
Vans says the 14 burns about 9 g/h and the 9...

Vans says the 14 burns about 9 g/h and the 9 burns about 7.5 g/h at 155 to 160 kt cruise.

Fin
9A
Forum: GPS 11-13-2014, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,848
Posted By Finley Atherton
I have completely replaced my panel but I had a...

I have completely replaced my panel but I had a 795 (same dimensions as the 796) installed in my old panel without the Airgizmo panel dock. At the time I installed it with the panel in place on the...
Forum: Safety 11-12-2014, 11:27 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 25,193
Posted By Finley Atherton
We have this in Australia plus you can add all...

We have this in Australia plus you can add all the approaches etc on to the basic PIFR (Private Instrument Flight Rules) rating, however we still need a certified IFR GPS....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-02-2014, 11:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,588
Posted By Finley Atherton
I also found that the beeping started at a slower...

I also found that the beeping started at a slower speed with the new AoA.

I have now got it beeping like the old one by doing a "make believe stall" a few knots before the real stall during the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,787
Posted By Finley Atherton
Did my IFR rating in my 9A. All planning and...

Did my IFR rating in my 9A. All planning and flights were done at 120 Kts TAS which helped reduce the workload.

Fin
9 A
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