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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 08:18 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,124
Posted By Jim Percy
Resurrecting this thread to ask if anyone has had...

Resurrecting this thread to ask if anyone has had success with a DIY repair to the (Stratus 2) mini USB connection. My problem started with finicky positioning of the cable (pushing up seemed to work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2013, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 898
Posted By Jim Percy
There's a Yahoo group for the 480, and it seems...

There's a Yahoo group for the 480, and it seems to have a number of very knowledgable folks. You might try asking there.

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/gns480-users/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,666
Posted By Jim Percy
See if you can find a certified low wing fuel...

See if you can find a certified low wing fuel injected airplane with an STC for auto gas... then copy it... ;)
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-19-2012, 04:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,786
Posted By Jim Percy
This topic seems to come up fairly regularly, and...

This topic seems to come up fairly regularly, and I've never quite understood this argument- my experience is that water will evaporate just fine well below boiling temperature. Heck, a swimming pool...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2012, 01:52 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 26,407
Posted By Jim Percy
Sounds like he must've built 5 RV's then... :D

Sounds like he must've built 5 RV's then... :D
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-29-2012, 09:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,676
Posted By Jim Percy
I use a torque wrench on the bottom plugs but the...

I use a torque wrench on the bottom plugs but the baffles don't allow room for that on the top plugs. I do the top plugs by feel, using the bottom plugs as a reference.

I like the $nap-on socket,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2012, 08:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,638
Posted By Jim Percy
Information from Superior says minimum for...

Information from Superior says minimum for takeoff is 75 degrees F.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-25-2012, 09:29 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,438
Posted By Jim Percy
http://www.mcmaster.com/#needle-applicators/=fyl7j...

http://www.mcmaster.com/#needle-applicators/=fyl7ji
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2012, 09:09 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,438
Posted By Jim Percy
Not very specific, but I use MM for EVERYTHING...

Not very specific, but I use MM for EVERYTHING that calls for a light/penetrating type oil, at the hangar and at home. I think it's great stuff- penetrates well and lasts well too. That little can of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2011, 04:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,888
Posted By Jim Percy
My engine-driven pump dripped oil from day one...

My engine-driven pump dripped oil from day one until I replaced it at about 100 hours. Not a lot, but really annoying. I tried tightening the screws to no avail. Haven't seen a drop from the fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2011, 10:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 9,386
Posted By Jim Percy
I have a pair of Hazebusters and I think the...

I have a pair of Hazebusters and I think the quality is top notch, but I prefer a wrap-around style that they don't have. I recently got some of these and really like them. The optical quality seems...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-13-2011, 08:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,480
Posted By Jim Percy
Affirmative.

Affirmative.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2010, 08:50 AM
Replies: 357
Views: 90,204
Posted By Jim Percy
It may be worse than that- have you noticed the...

It may be worse than that- have you noticed the "RunwayFinder" watermark on the ForeFlight charts?
Forum: COMM 09-27-2010, 08:40 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 13,488
Posted By Jim Percy
I'm not able to open the service bulletin PDF on...

I'm not able to open the service bulletin PDF on the CT site- says I need to log in to view it and I'm not a member. Can someone please email me a copy?

This is it:...
Forum: GPS 09-08-2010, 05:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,406
Posted By Jim Percy
I've had something similar happen at least once...

I've had something similar happen at least once with my 560. It was a very warm day, and the 560 was in the sun and quite hot to the touch when I took it out of the cradle. I wondered if the high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2010, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,282
Posted By Jim Percy
I've been to APA twice and used TacAir both...

I've been to APA twice and used TacAir both times. I posted a question similar to yours on the AOPA board before my first visit and TacAir was the one most recommended. Tiedowns are $10 per night (as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2010, 08:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,400
Posted By Jim Percy
Beautiful? No question. Variety? Not so much. In...

Beautiful? No question. Variety? Not so much. In all honesty, I think it'd get boring after a fairly short time. At RV speeds you can circle any of the islands pretty quickly, check out all the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2010, 08:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,262
Posted By Jim Percy
Not deliberate I know, but Rivethead's avatar...

Not deliberate I know, but Rivethead's avatar doesn't seem like it helps...:eek:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-17-2010, 03:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By Jim Percy
Thanks again Vic!

Thanks again Vic!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-16-2010, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By Jim Percy
Update: I disconnected the wire, looked at it,...

Update: I disconnected the wire, looked at it, wiped it off (it didn't look dirty or corroded), and reconnected it. I also put a wrench on the sender and tightened it about 1/8 turn (or less) to at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-10-2010, 09:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By Jim Percy
Already got it: 360-004 Spruce has it for the...

Already got it: 360-004

Spruce has it for the same price:http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/inpages/mglopvdo.php

I didn't have time to pop the top cowl off last weekend so I plan to do that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2010, 08:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By Jim Percy
EXACTLY what I was hoping to hear!! Thanks Vic!

EXACTLY what I was hoping to hear!!
Thanks Vic!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2010, 08:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,848
Posted By Jim Percy
Oil pressure suddenly higher

XP-360 with about 300 hours, EIS 4000 monitor. Oil pressure has always run around 80 psi. Day before yesterday it was steady at 92, yesterday was fluctuating between 96 and 99. All other parameters...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-25-2010, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,705
Posted By Jim Percy
My PP alternator is rock steady at 14.35 volts- ...

My PP alternator is rock steady at 14.35 volts- I know this because my EIS is constantly going back and forth between 14.3 and 14.4 volts...
Forum: GPS 07-20-2010, 03:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 10,026
Posted By Jim Percy
Not sure what you mean by "homebuilder's hand...

Not sure what you mean by "homebuilder's hand tools", I'm assuming you have a suitable crimper. Here are some instructions for a specific tool that should be somewhat universal (with the above...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,586
Posted By Jim Percy
Thanks for the responses! From what I've heard...

Thanks for the responses! From what I've heard here and elsewhere, seems like TAC Air might work best, though I intend to call Jim's neighbor as well.


Care to elaborate?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2010, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,586
Posted By Jim Percy
Visiting Centennial (KAPA), suggestions?

I'm planning to fly into Centennial next Friday to visit my sister. Will probably stay 2 nights. Does anyone have recommendations on where to tie down, or maybe hangar, depending on...
Forum: GPS 06-09-2010, 02:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 823
Posted By Jim Percy
Thanks Brian. I hadn't gotten around to looking...

Thanks Brian. I hadn't gotten around to looking for it locally- the 6 weeks came from the Garmin site. Sure would seem from a manufacturing perspective that the cables would be the same, but I...
Forum: GPS 06-09-2010, 08:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 823
Posted By Jim Percy
Aera cable

I'm interested in connecting the GPS output from my Aera to an A-B switch for my autopilot (as a backup/alternate for my panel-mount). I know I can buy the bare wire mount for $65 (and wait 6...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-08-2010, 08:50 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,595
Posted By Jim Percy
Pretty sure DWG 11 applies to the "A" models as...

Pretty sure DWG 11 applies to the "A" models as well. In fact, I don't see any reason to have the washers under the lower bolt heads on a tail dragger.



This is good adivce!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2010, 01:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,276
Posted By Jim Percy
Thanks for the info! I'll check into getting...

Thanks for the info! I'll check into getting some from SW.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2010, 09:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,276
Posted By Jim Percy
Hartzell BA silver paint

Does anyone know of a suitable paint to touch up the leading edge of the BA props? Their color is more silver than gray, and the prop paint sold by ACS doesn't come close to matching.

Thanks in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2010, 05:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,113
Posted By Jim Percy
Even though is says "Complete and return this...

Even though is says "Complete and return this form ONLY if the information provided on the reverse side is incorrect"?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2010, 09:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,843
Posted By Jim Percy
Yes. (cheap filler here to make message more than...

Yes. (cheap filler here to make message more than 10 characters)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2010, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,843
Posted By Jim Percy
NO!!! Use hardware store bolts, preferrably with...

NO!!! Use hardware store bolts, preferrably with the threads ground off. There is no need to use nuts at all, just use the bolts as pins.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-08-2010, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,270
Posted By Jim Percy
Are you bragging or complaining?:) Those temps...

Are you bragging or complaining?:) Those temps seem perfectly fine to me, not sure why you think they need to be changed. I'm sure I'll be soundly rebuffed by the "oil temps must go over 210...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2010, 04:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,925
Posted By Jim Percy
Personally I don't think vibration IS a...

Personally I don't think vibration IS a significant concern with firewall-mounted fittings. Mounted ON the engine, maybe, but on the firewall, no. I used aluminum as called out in the plans. Again,...
Forum: APRS Tracking 02-25-2010, 04:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 18,269
Posted By Jim Percy
Is the GPS antenna internal, or is that what the...

Is the GPS antenna internal, or is that what the 9-pin connector is for? If it is external, any chance it will accept gps data from my panel-mount at 9600 baud?

Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2010, 10:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,237
Posted By Jim Percy
My XP-360 came with BOTH mags impulse, maybe...

My XP-360 came with BOTH mags impulse, maybe yours will too. In that case, both can be hot for starting. I've been told that the spacer (like Gary said) is the way to easily identify an impulse...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-21-2010, 08:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,041
Posted By Jim Percy
I took a little off the end of the spar. Didn't...

I took a little off the end of the spar. Didn't take much, and it didn't compromise any edge distance.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-17-2010, 08:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,102
Posted By Jim Percy
The stud doesn't need to and shouldn't hit...

The stud doesn't need to and shouldn't hit bottom. I discovered the same thing while changing studs to install a prop governor. The important spec is the torque that it takes to turn it in- if it...
Forum: Primers 01-03-2010, 09:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,286
Posted By Jim Percy
FWIW, I used brush-on or dip alumiprep and...

FWIW, I used brush-on or dip alumiprep and alodine for all of the non-alclad parts, and did not use primer on top. I figured this gave at least as much protection as the wash primer used by the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2009, 08:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,077
Posted By Jim Percy
Unfortunately I'll be out of town on Saturday and...

Unfortunately I'll be out of town on Saturday and Sunday (by car...) I've linked this thread on the SoCal RV list (Yahoo), hopefully someone there can step up. Your -8 looks beautiful!

Good luck!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2009, 04:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,077
Posted By Jim Percy
I'm planning to be at Chino Airport tomorrow...

I'm planning to be at Chino Airport tomorrow (Friday) morning and would be happy to give you a ride in my 7A. Sometime around 9:30 perhaps? Let me know.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2009, 08:48 AM
Replies: 1,788
Views: 906,156
Posted By Jim Percy
Chad- What kind of compass is that? Is it a...

Chad- What kind of compass is that? Is it a stand-alone or is it tied to something else?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2009, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,964
Posted By Jim Percy
From Van's web store: PROP C2YL-1BF/F7663-4...

From Van's web store:

PROP C2YL-1BF/F7663-4 (I)O-320 diameter: 72"
Application: RV-3, RV-4, RV-6/6A, RV-7/7A, RV-8/8A, RV-9/9A

PROP C2YR-1BF/F74972 (I)O-360 (180/200hp) diameter: 72"
...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2009, 08:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,453
Posted By Jim Percy
I vote no conduit

I didn't use conduit and have no regrets. I've added a wire or two without incident. The only "challenge" is near the root with the closely-spaced ribs. Just tape the wire to a leftover piece of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2009, 07:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,070
Posted By Jim Percy
My plans had the note quoted above. I went so far...

My plans had the note quoted above. I went so far as to call PP to ask specifically where on the rear to aim the tube and was told pretty much anywhere is fine. I aimed my blast tube toward the heat...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-13-2009, 08:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 10,951
Posted By Jim Percy
I put mine here (far left side of picture, just...

I put mine here (far left side of picture, just below the panel):

http://lh6.ggpht.com/_cB7qWOFdNRE/Sv1plWyb7qI/AAAAAAAAAU4/o7y01hns9nA/s800/DSC03421-1.JPG

Same on the co-pilot side. Short and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2009, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,017
Posted By Jim Percy
I can't speak for most people, but I went with...

I can't speak for most people, but I went with choice "A".
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2009, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,017
Posted By Jim Percy
My (quickbuild) ailerons and flaps were exactly...

My (quickbuild) ailerons and flaps were exactly like yours. I didn't mess with them and have no regrets.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2009, 03:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 904
Posted By Jim Percy
I believe SOP is to use plain nuts with internal...

I believe SOP is to use plain nuts with internal tooth lockwashers, no safety wire. That's how mine was equipped from the factory.

I used shielded wire for the entire run from mag to switch, using...
Forum: GPS 10-11-2009, 10:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,537
Posted By Jim Percy
Something else to consider, especially if the...

Something else to consider, especially if the problem persists or worsens...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=46981&highlight=unexpected+solution
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-23-2009, 05:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,362
Posted By Jim Percy
I was told by Garmin support that an RS-232...

I was told by Garmin support that an RS-232 output on my GNS-480 can feed up to 3 devices. Not sure what (if anything) happens if you go for four...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2009, 03:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jim Percy
Agree. And yes, I did do that at someone's...

Agree. And yes, I did do that at someone's suggestion (can't remember who).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-19-2009, 03:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,540
Posted By Jim Percy
GPS problem, unexpected solution

In the interest of increasing the knowledge base, I'll share a recent problem and solution.

I have a CNX-80 (GNS-480), but it seems possible other GPS's might be subject to the same thing. Some...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-13-2009, 08:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,105
Posted By Jim Percy
My Nav/Com is the CNX-80/GNS-480. I have a...

My Nav/Com is the CNX-80/GNS-480. I have a TruTrak autopilot- Digitrak with Altrak, though I have them wired together so the disengage button drops both. The Altrak must be engaged, and can be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-12-2009, 03:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,105
Posted By Jim Percy
I have the same grip. I don't have aileron trim,...

I have the same grip. I don't have aileron trim, so my setup is:

Hat:
fore/aft- elevator trim
side/side- nav/comm flip (comm to left (easier, more frequently used), nav to right)

right button- AP...
Forum: Safety 08-08-2009, 09:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,485
Posted By Jim Percy
When rich of peak there is an oxygen deficiency,...

When rich of peak there is an oxygen deficiency, when lean of peak there is an oxygen excess. So (I'm guessing this is what Frank means) when lean of peak it's more likely that all of the fuel is...
Forum: Tools 07-10-2009, 06:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,843
Posted By Jim Percy
For anyone who's interested- I broke down and...

For anyone who's interested-
I broke down and bought this tool and frankly I think it IS perfect. Plenty of leverage, small and fairly light but seems sturdy. I'd previously tried the avgas trick...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-06-2009, 07:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,531
Posted By Jim Percy
When taxiing in a crosswind I frequently hold the...

When taxiing in a crosswind I frequently hold the rudder against the stop to minimize brake use ("A" model). I'm not considering selling.



None of the force is transmitted to the spars- the cables...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-04-2009, 09:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,948
Posted By Jim Percy
Has this issue been resolved with version 5.1.1?

Has this issue been resolved with version 5.1.1?
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