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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 859
Posted By Tim Lewis
I just had a hard failure of a red cube after...

I just had a hard failure of a red cube after less than 100 hours (my first one lasted over 900 hours). Location: suspended in fuel line between fuel servo and spider, per EI FP-5 instructions,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-30-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,033
Posted By Tim Lewis
Alternate Air (Filtered Airbox Bypass) is not the...

Alternate Air (Filtered Airbox Bypass) is not the same thing as carb heat. Filtered Airbox Bypass is a separate control for use in case of intake filter blockage....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2018, 08:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,546
Posted By Tim Lewis
91.417 Maintenance records. (a) Except for work...

91.417 Maintenance records.
(a) Except for work performed in accordance with 91.411 and 91.413, each registered owner or operator shall keep the following records for the periods specified in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,546
Posted By Tim Lewis
91.417 applies

That appears to be not quite correct. The requirement to record and keep records of maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alterations is levied by FAR 91.417. 91.417 also levies a requirement for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,121
Posted By Tim Lewis
Vans Ammeter

My only Van's gauge is my (secondary) ammeter (charge/discharge type, center reads zero). I've had two of these Van's ammeter gauges fail on my RV-10. In both cases, the ammeter gauge worked OK for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,181
Posted By Tim Lewis
Replace engine driven fuel pump (?)

- If you apply takeoff power with the boost pump off (as an experiment), does your fuel pressure drop, or stay up in the 20+ psi range? If pressure drops at high fuel flow, that could point to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By Tim Lewis
Problem solved

"The Scuba Diver Store" in Milwaukee, WI assembled an adapter for me. CGA 540 nipple (part Global 4521 1oxC) to Scuba port Converter Block (part Global 4502 1ox). Cost including shipping was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,725
Posted By Tim Lewis
See minute 10 of this video from...

See minute 10 of this video from Tempest:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BfwuUjh_lA
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 938
Posted By Tim Lewis
Filling Oxygen tank - DIN adapter needed

I want to get my portable oxygen tank (with what I believe is a CGA 540 connector) filled at the local scuba store, but they don't have an adapter to connect to my tank. The scuba store's output...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 10-09-2017, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,098
Posted By Tim Lewis
EAA 186 tech counselors

EAA chapter 186 (http://eaa186.org/) at Manassas has many tech counselors.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 07:35 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 26,479
Posted By Tim Lewis
In prior years, the owner who wanted to stay...

In prior years, the owner who wanted to stay informed could buy a set of service letters/service instructions/service bulletins (SL/SI/SB) from Lycoming, and subscribe to annual Lycoming updates for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-31-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 38,065
Posted By Tim Lewis
Post-failure experience with Plane Power

At about 800 hours tach time, 950 hrs hobbs time, my Planepower alternator dropped to 1/2 output (26-28 Amp) maximum output enroute to OSH last week. I spoke to PlanePower's reps at OSH last week...
Forum: Propellers 07-31-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 26,340
Posted By Tim Lewis
MT Service Bulletin - misleading conditions

As some have noted, MT's service bulletin 31 (http://www.mt-propeller.com/pdf/sbs/sb31.pdf) says the MT governor flyweight failure problem applies to engines "modified with electronic ignitions or...
Forum: RV-10 04-23-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,158
Posted By Tim Lewis
On my engine (IO-540), the mag timing gear was...

On my engine (IO-540), the mag timing gear was easily removed/replaced through the accessory case hole that was opened up by removing the mag. On my engine, there are two rubber cushions in the mag...
Forum: RV-10 01-30-2017, 10:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,983
Posted By Tim Lewis
I had an MT governor with Hartzell CS prop. I...

I had an MT governor with Hartzell CS prop. I flew that combo 800 hours or so. The MT governor's serial number was not covered by the recent MT SB. But the disingenuous way MT promulgated their SB...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2016, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,682
Posted By Tim Lewis
I recommend contacting AFS -...

I recommend contacting AFS - Info@Advanced-Flight-Systems.com

Their customer support is normally exceptional.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2016, 09:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,149
Posted By Tim Lewis
Shimmy damper

I had a similar problem at 30 knots or so. Balancing didn't help much, neither did stiffening the wheel pant mount. I fabricated and attached wooden shimmy dampers on the back side of the main gear...
Forum: Propellers 09-20-2016, 05:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,727
Posted By Tim Lewis
PCU 5000

I'm considering replacing my MT governor with a PCU 5000.

I'm interested in the practical experience of PCU 5000 owners regarding the PCU's ability to govern the engine to slow rpm when the prop...
Forum: Propellers 09-17-2016, 03:12 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 30,121
Posted By Tim Lewis
According to Kevin Ryan, Hartzell tech support...

According to Kevin Ryan, Hartzell tech support (kryan@HartzellProp.com), the following is the case:
- The max rpm of the S-1-26 is 2570 rpm.
- The correct governor for the IO-540-D4A5 narrow deck...
Forum: Propellers 09-12-2016, 08:30 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 30,121
Posted By Tim Lewis
Neat. Where'd you get the info on converting the...

Neat. Where'd you get the info on converting the Hartzell from wide to narrow deck configuration? I'd like to look in to this some more.
Forum: RV-10 09-05-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,156
Posted By Tim Lewis
Supplier of Hartzell S-1-26

Have you found an reasonable priced supplier of the S-1-26?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2016, 09:56 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 101,754
Posted By Tim Lewis
Condolences - that sucks. Thanks for sharing the...

Condolences - that sucks. Thanks for sharing the photos. Good eye catching that one on the left.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2016, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,210
Posted By Tim Lewis
On my RV-6A (painted wih Imron auto system, as I...

On my RV-6A (painted wih Imron auto system, as I recall), I ended up having to paint the rivet lines with high build primer, and sand off the high build. The high build remaining in the dimple of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2016, 12:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,149
Posted By Tim Lewis
I finally solved this problem using the...

I finally solved this problem using the replacement 4psi flow divider spring per Lycoming SI-1539. I bought mine from AFP.

This spring increases pressure in the FI lines enough to substantially...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2016, 09:53 PM
Replies: 308
Views: 101,754
Posted By Tim Lewis
AMOC for RV-10 Aileron Bracket inspection

Attached is a photo of my RV-10's right aileron bracket (top side, the portion behind the gap seal) taken with a borescope (ViVida AbleScope VA-400, $150 from Amazon). I've not trimmed the gap...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,443
Posted By Tim Lewis
Hmmm. FAR 91.407 address the requirement for...

Hmmm. FAR 91.407 address the requirement for ".... the maintenance record entry required by 43.9 or 43.11...". But 43.1(b) says part 43 does not apply to experimental aircraft. So the 91.407...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-08-2014, 06:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,252
Posted By Tim Lewis
Where did you go to find out which spring was...

Where did you go to find out which spring was appropriate for your installation? I have similar behavior in an IO-540.
Forum: RV-10 09-10-2014, 09:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,023
Posted By Tim Lewis
Sure: abrupt decrease in rudder pedal force,...

Sure: abrupt decrease in rudder pedal force, accompanied by abrupt decrease in yaw stability. The phenomena has been observed by multiple RV-10 pilots, including my RV-10 transition instructor. ...
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,023
Posted By Tim Lewis
My rule is: Slips prohibited w/ flaps reflex or...

My rule is:
Slips prohibited w/ flaps reflex or trail
Slips permitted w/ flaps 1/2 or full deployment, at a minimum speed of 80 knots

Background: ...
Forum: Autopilots 06-25-2012, 11:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,622
Posted By Tim Lewis
Tru Trak Yaw Damper Problem On Preflight - solved.

Earlier this week during preflight I found the rudder was difficult to move. When swung vigorously from side to side, the rudder would fight the applied force, jerking through it's range of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2012, 09:30 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 18,000
Posted By Tim Lewis
Axial load rating

I am intrigued by the idea of eliminating the need to repack bearings every year. However...

Wikipedia says "Tapered roller bearings are bearings that can take large axial forces (i.e., they are...
Forum: RV-10 06-11-2012, 05:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,121
Posted By Tim Lewis
I had exactly the same experience.

I had exactly the same experience.
Forum: RV-10 06-07-2012, 06:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,557
Posted By Tim Lewis
I have the same concern. I shorten the long leg...

I have the same concern. I shorten the long leg of the cotter pin after installation (using dremel cutting wheel) so there's no chance of the cotter pin leg wearing against the wheel bearing's outer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2012, 08:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,349
Posted By Tim Lewis
I think that's ridiculous. I'd find another DAR,...

I think that's ridiculous. I'd find another DAR, or use the FSDO. I went the FSDO route with my RV-6A and RV-10. Never a peep about wanting an A&P inspection.
Forum: Safety 04-19-2012, 04:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,915
Posted By Tim Lewis
I think the topic is discussed in this thread....

I think the topic is discussed in this thread. http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=85219

Summary: Bearings replaced with permanent bearings, wheel balanced, tire shaved to be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-05-2012, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,663
Posted By Tim Lewis
Garmin Pilot vs Foreflight

I've been a Foreflight user for 2 years or so. Great product. A game changer in terms of reduced cockpit clutter, ease of flight planning, and situational awareness.

I've tried Garmin Pilot for a...
Forum: Autopilots 03-17-2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,654
Posted By Tim Lewis
Components aren't very heavy: a featherweight...

Components aren't very heavy: a featherweight control head, a servo (same as the elevator servo), an aluminum bellcrank, and 3 rods with rod ends. Even with the TT Yaw Damper installed, my RV-10...
Forum: Autopilots 03-13-2012, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,654
Posted By Tim Lewis
TruTrak yaw damper problem resolved

I've been trying to resolve poor yaw damper (YD) performance in my RV-10 for 2 years. Even flew it to TT HQ, where they found a wiring error I'd made. But issues persisted, including a long period (6...
Forum: Autopilots 05-27-2011, 04:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,683
Posted By Tim Lewis
Tru Trak Torque Enhancer - safety strap

It occurred to me that there's a small chance that the T.T. Torque enhancer could suffer a break in the cable (or a cable end). If that were to occur, there's the risk of the torque enhancer...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 05-18-2011, 07:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,219
Posted By Tim Lewis
Manassas (KHEF) has a very active EAA chapter...

Manassas (KHEF) has a very active EAA chapter (www.eaa186.org) and many RVs on the field.
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2011, 12:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,016
Posted By Tim Lewis
I see 27-30 psi, independent of engine speed.

I see 27-30 psi, independent of engine speed.
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2011, 08:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,016
Posted By Tim Lewis
IO-540 Idle Speed

What ground idle speed (throttle all the way out) have people been setting on the RV-10's IO-540 fuel injection system? I have an IO-540 C4B5 (d.b.a. D4A5). Minimum ground idle (warm engine,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2010, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,471
Posted By Tim Lewis
Worth it

I used the legal service plan several years ago following an off field landing. AOPA was helpful finding a good local attorney. The attorney was instrumental in fending off an overzealous,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-18-2010, 07:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,972
Posted By Tim Lewis
I ran ethanol free mogas in one tank of my RV-6A...

I ran ethanol free mogas in one tank of my RV-6A (O-360, carb) for a few hundred hours. I had problems with icing on the mogas side (winter), and with a white residue that would clog the aux fuel...
Forum: Safety 07-15-2010, 08:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,860
Posted By Tim Lewis
FAA shuts off e-STMp the 3 days it's needed most

https://www.fly.faa.gov/estmp/index.html is the web page used to get an IFR slot reservation, which is required to file IFR to OSH during Airventure. Slot reservations can be requested 3 days prior...
Forum: RV-10 06-20-2010, 07:29 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 382,617
Posted By Tim Lewis
N31TD Flying

RV-10 N31TD achieved first flight on 20 March 2010.

Powerplant is an IO-540 that I overhauled under the guidance of IA/Tech Counselor/Bax Seat Award winner Dick Koehler. Avionics includes...
Forum: Safety 06-09-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 25,295
Posted By Tim Lewis
Updated fix

Lucas,

This solution looks much better than the first clip.

I'd like to see photos of the fix that you'll apply to torque enhancer models - I have two (RV-10 pitch and yaw damper).

Thanks,

Tim
Forum: RV-10 06-05-2010, 10:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,742
Posted By Tim Lewis
I installed the stock Vans secondary latch system...

I installed the stock Vans secondary latch system (after I'd already painted the aircraft). With 65 hrs flown so far, I like it and am glad I installed it.

When the secondary latch is clicked...
Forum: Safety 05-05-2010, 09:12 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 25,295
Posted By Tim Lewis
I found the same problem on my roll servo at...

I found the same problem on my roll servo at about 13 hours, when I inspected it after inadvertently breaking the shear pin. The screw (new type, with blue "reusable" locktite) had backed out a turn...
Forum: RV-10 04-25-2010, 09:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,637
Posted By Tim Lewis
My recollection of a recent phone call to TruTrak...

My recollection of a recent phone call to TruTrak on this subject: the shear pin will break at 75 in-lb static load (+/- 2 in lb). Less torque is required to shear the pin under an impulse load. The...
Forum: RV-10 04-25-2010, 07:00 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,449
Posted By Tim Lewis
In Praise of Van's Safety Latch

Before first flight I installed the stock Van's safety latch. Installation wasn't very hard -- I just had to be careful because my plane was already painted.

I now have 26 hours on the plane, and I...
Forum: RV-10 03-13-2010, 05:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,220
Posted By Tim Lewis
Weight and Balance Moment Arms

The weight and balance section of the RV-10 plans says "... the airplane should be weighed in the empty condition and in a level attitude..Use plumb lines or vertical levels to measure the locations...
Forum: RV-10 03-13-2010, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
Posted By Tim Lewis
Leftover parts - AN Spacer 4D, AN Spacer 6D

Well this is embarrassing. My RV-10 is finished, and I have left over parts. Bag 1452 contained 4 each "AN Spacer 4D" and 4 each "AN spacer 6D." I can only find two mentions of these parts in the...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2010, 07:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,490
Posted By Tim Lewis
Brake conditioning/break-in?

Is there a pad break-in or conditioning procedure for the brakes/pads that Van's ships with the RV-10 kit? I think I recall a conditioning procedure for my RV-6 brakes from a decade ago, but I...
Forum: RV-10 02-07-2010, 02:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,197
Posted By Tim Lewis
That's an interesting claim, but in my experience...

That's an interesting claim, but in my experience it's not true.

My doors came in at 14.5 lbs each, including wx seal, exterior paint, interior paint (no fabric), and the stock door handle/latch...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-13-2009, 08:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 21,030
Posted By Tim Lewis
As far as I know, there is no such prohibition in...

As far as I know, there is no such prohibition in regulation, nor in the standard 8130.2f operating limitions.
Forum: GPS 11-05-2009, 07:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,787
Posted By Tim Lewis
Link update

The link cited earlier appears to be broken. Here's a link that works as of today (Nov 2009):

http://www.gpsinformation.org/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=4701&st=0&sk=t&sd=a
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2009, 08:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,406
Posted By Tim Lewis
That's the approach I've taken. Here's a photo...

That's the approach I've taken. Here's a photo of my plane being moved. I've not yet finished applying the blue vinyl stripe that extends aft and up from the baggage door. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2009, 05:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,617
Posted By Tim Lewis
The avionics tech who does my RV-6A IFR cert...

The avionics tech who does my RV-6A IFR cert every two years connects his vacuum system to my plane's alternate static port (in the cockpit), and seals the static ports with tape so the ports won't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2009, 09:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,996
Posted By Tim Lewis
According to the forum at OSH last year, and...

According to the forum at OSH last year, and according to FAA Order 8900.1, volume 5, it doesn't appear at first reading that a FSDO has the authority to refuse to evaluate homebuilt time. I wonder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2009, 08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,530
Posted By Tim Lewis
I painted my RV-6A with Imron 10 years ago...

I painted my RV-6A with Imron 10 years ago (single stage) - no previous painting experience. Didn't care for the way it (didn't) cover rivet edges. For my RV-10 (this year) I used single stage (as...
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2009, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,725
Posted By Tim Lewis
Todd, Peter, Thanks for your suggestions. I...

Todd, Peter,

Thanks for your suggestions. I heard the "UHMW to underside of wing skin" recommendation from several RV-10 builders at OSH this week. That's what I'll do.

Tim
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