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Forum: Propellers 10-31-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,440
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I had a aerobatic 3 blade Hoffmann that had...

I had a aerobatic 3 blade Hoffmann that had similar problems. The counterweights were in the wrong position.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-30-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 553
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Last year we did a 10,700 mile trip around the...

Last year we did a 10,700 mile trip around the perimeter of the lower 48 states of the US. Lots of temperatures above 100F.

Our RV7 has a tip up and I can say it was never a problem in the heat. We...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-27-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By Boyd Birchler
A few years ago there was an outfit making them...

A few years ago there was an outfit making them out of billet aluminum ( they were slanted toward the airboat market). The word "Billet" was part of their name.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-24-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 693
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have heard that people have changed the lug...

I have heard that people have changed the lug sockets on an O-320 crank flange, to the lugs used on the O-360,
and were able to use the Prop from a O-360. They also needed to change the low pitch...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-15-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 49,302
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I wonder if anyone has taken the method used for...

I wonder if anyone has taken the method used for some car window motors. On Toyota's the window motor shuts off when the running amperage goes up,IE when the window gets to the end of it's travel, in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,151
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Had the same chattering noise on my wifes...

Had the same chattering noise on my wifes plane.
Changed pads,changed to pads with different composition,used anti squeal spray,angled the front/rear edge of the pad. Never cured it,but spent...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 808
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have replaced that seal a few times. It was...

I have replaced that seal a few times. It was part of the overhaul gasket kit for the C90/O-200.

I think in the past I had purchased it from Aero Tech of Louisville, who is a rebuilder of starters...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 687
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Before I changed my engine to fuel injection (it...

Before I changed my engine to fuel injection (it now will run inverted), mine did nearly the same thing: zero to 2 PSI during climb. It never missed a beat,but I always wondered it it was ready to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,132
Posted By Boyd Birchler
2 G3X screens with integrated autopilot, adding...

2 G3X screens with integrated autopilot, adding 2nd comm (Icom A220),Echo ADSb with skyfix, Reusing: Garmin 430 WAAS,garmin 327 TPX,Garmin 340 audio panel and Dynon D10a with internal battery.

Once...
Forum: California 09-02-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,243
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Often the hanging rudder pedals,during the build,...

Often the hanging rudder pedals,during the build, are moved further forward or aft to individualize the leg room for short or long legged pilots.

Just a thought...in my RV7 ,once in the air, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,121
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My 7 is 15 years old and worked fine with the...

My 7 is 15 years old and worked fine with the push on fittings. I'm now changing to a heated pitot (placed further out in the wing)and using the same style push on fittings from Mac-Master Carr...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Had the same prop on a O-360 on my 7. My pitch...

Had the same prop on a O-360 on my 7. My pitch was 85". It was the most efficient prop, more efficient then my Hartzell C/S. The C/S,however, offers more choices of operation and kills the float on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-16-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,977
Posted By Boyd Birchler
First re-start? I would look at the timing and...

First re-start? I would look at the timing and hook ups to the mags. It looks like it fired advanced.

That could be because the mag switch is grounding the mag with the impulse coupler instead of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-18-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,087
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I just went to the Jo-Ann's fabric store and...

I just went to the Jo-Ann's fabric store and bought a piece of Nauga-hide and cut it to fit. Used the wife's sewing machine to sew the fuzzy side of the velcro on. By the way the measurement between...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-11-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,200
Posted By Boyd Birchler
It could of course be a bad sender, but 2...

It could of course be a bad sender, but 2 different senders acting up at the same time may be a clue that something else,that is common to both, is the culprit. Grounds between the engine and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-10-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,477
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have an Electroair and a Slick with impulse and...

I have an Electroair and a Slick with impulse and start using both. Never a problem.

If I were you I would give Clause a call at Lightspeed and ask if there is any reason not to use both when...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-02-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,598
Posted By Boyd Birchler
One year ago the wife and I flew our RV7 rotating...

One year ago the wife and I flew our RV7 rotating legs as PIC, around the perimeter of the lower US. The trip was 10,700 NM. We averaged 7.5 GPH (LOP)/155 knots per hour (179MPH), block to block,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,367
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Having stop drilled many cracks, my suggestion is...

Having stop drilled many cracks, my suggestion is to use no larger than a 1/16" drill. Drill with minimum pressure just past the end of the crack. The crack will eventually make it to the hole....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-06-2019, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,619
Posted By Boyd Birchler
At such a low power setting I would go to peak on...

At such a low power setting I would go to peak on the leanest cylinder. The engine is running too cold! The higher EGT would help to keep from sticking a valve caused by combustion deposits. Lycoming...
Forum: Safety 06-06-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,640
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We had a Rans 7 that more than once we would gain...

We had a Rans 7 that more than once we would gain altitude while on base,power off, nose pointed down,full flaps,at max flap speed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,475
Posted By Boyd Birchler
"Definitely running rich and oil soaked. The...

"Definitely running rich and oil soaked. The crack is the least of your concerns."

It looks oil fouled because a plug that is not firing cannot get hot enough to clean it self!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,475
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I doubt the erosion of the electrode is of any...

I doubt the erosion of the electrode is of any significance,you are allowed 50% wear, this plug is nowhere near that. Can not tell if it is in gap tolerance.

Sometimes the porcelain just developes a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,414
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Generally the valve that is causing the problem...

Generally the valve that is causing the problem is the exhaust, but your question about removing the intake makes me think you isolated it as an intake valve.

I have staked a few valves but it never...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,108
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have 2 G3X screens and a standby dynon 10A. I...

I have 2 G3X screens and a standby dynon 10A.
I mount a full size Ipad on a RAM mount to the far right. The RAM ball is permanently attached to the panel.

My reasoning is if everything else fails...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,158
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Ebay has them for about $20 with free shipping.

Ebay has them for about $20 with free shipping.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,816
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Probably "safer" to use a multi pole switch than...

Probably "safer" to use a multi pole switch than to trust a single set of relay contacts powering the entire electronics buss...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-01-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,888
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I've had a few friend that flew Cherokee's with...

I've had a few friend that flew Cherokee's with that engine and did so for 3000 hours. A couple of mechanic friends had a Cherokee 140 with 2700 hours that went 40 hours on a quart of oil. They...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-14-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,171
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I'll 2nd the exhaust tube expander. Used it on...

I'll 2nd the exhaust tube expander. Used it on turbo exhaust systems that leaked excessively. Be careful you can over do it easily;so do a little then check.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,100
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I just finished installing a SkyBeacon on my...

I just finished installing a SkyBeacon on my wifes Decathlon. The weight of the skybeacon was about a half ounce less than the piggyback combo position/strobe fixture that was removed. The real...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-04-2019, 11:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 15,313
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My RV7's mount has the gussets. By 300 hours the...

My RV7's mount has the gussets. By 300 hours the gussets had cracked and needed to be rewelded. You might rethink the placement of the gussets and the thickness of the gussets. Every time you land...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,108
Posted By Boyd Birchler
There are lots of different type of powder...

There are lots of different type of powder coatings. Polyester, polyester TGIC and epoxy are the main three groups. Polyester is the most likely to be removed with acetone or MEK. The ability to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,108
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I spent 34 years in the metal coatings removal...

I spent 34 years in the metal coatings removal business. Most likely cause is improper application of the powder coating. Incomplete precleaning/prep,insufficient thickness applied or underbake.

In...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-30-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,039
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Converted a 0-360 A4M to a hollow crank from it's...

Converted a 0-360 A4M to a hollow crank from it's original solid crank.

I found out about this by due diligence research and good luck before I built the engine back up. The mod was quite easy to...
Forum: Propellers 12-28-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,242
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Of the fixed pitch wood props I have flown behind...

Of the fixed pitch wood props I have flown behind the Pacesetter was absolutely the best. It got off the ground nearly as well as a CS and cruised quite well. Once you get a spinner on, it will load...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,430
Posted By Boyd Birchler
As long as it is a conventional alternator (not a...

As long as it is a conventional alternator (not a permanent magnet dynamo) they all regulate by sensing the out put voltage, then modulating the voltage going to the field to keep the output voltage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,539
Posted By Boyd Birchler
In the past 46 years the wife an I have owned 21...

In the past 46 years the wife an I have owned 21 different planes (for pleasure) and flown them collectively about 8500 hours. We have had 2 blow outs on touch down and 2 tires loose air pressure in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2018, 09:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My plan is to cut the loops off of the lower...

My plan is to cut the loops off of the lower hinges, then rivet 2 pieces of .062 going forward from the firewall side, on top of what's left of the hinge metal strip. This forms 2 ledges on each...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,291
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have knowledge of a IO360 that did similar. It...

I have knowledge of a IO360 that did similar. It had trash in the fuel spider. The trash was from dissimilar metals corrosion of steel fittings in the aluminum
spider. It was flushed out,fittings...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-05-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,251
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I'm 70 pounds heavier and an inch taller. Wife...

I'm 70 pounds heavier and an inch taller. Wife and I swap out legs. We just flew a 10,700 NM trip in our 7 earlier this summer (perimeter of lower 48 states).

For all intents, the 7 cockpit is the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-11-2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,554
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Remember the soft isolator is opposite side on...

Remember the soft isolator is opposite side on the bottom versus the top!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,243
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Used Walmart 93 octane premium for hundreds of...

Used Walmart 93 octane premium for hundreds of hours with the Rotas 912S 100HP engine. At 1200 hours pulled the gear box for R&R and it had no Lead paste what so ever. Also never found any lead paste...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-15-2018, 07:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,141
Posted By Boyd Birchler
This is from Magnecor's web site! KV85...

This is from Magnecor's web site!
KV85 COMPETITION CABLE CN25 SERIES 8.5mm

Features Magnecor's exclusive 2.5mm Metallic Inductance Suppressed CN25 conductor, consisting of a special alloy wire...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-15-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,141
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have mild problems of the same nature with my...

I have mild problems of the same nature with my RV7 and Electroair system (same set up as yours: one EI+1 impulse mag). Be nice to know if the red set of wires makes the problem go away.

Very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,240
Posted By Boyd Birchler
46 years of using talc on many hundreds aircraft...

46 years of using talc on many hundreds aircraft tires. I have never seen any adverse effects even though I did not use it sparingly!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,618
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I see no one has said anything about a loose...

I see no one has said anything about a loose connection. I have seen connections that would not leak fuel, but would suck air enough to cause this type of problem. If the phenomena is truly only on...
Forum: RV-10 09-24-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,125
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Changing the aileron rigging will not cure a...

Changing the aileron rigging will not cure a heavy wing! The ailerons will always trail where the forces are equal. If one trails low and the other high; that means they are in equilibrium. The...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,484
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Sensenich CS prop that you have; can not find any...

Sensenich CS prop that you have; can not find any information on it. Did not know Sensenich made a CS prop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,278
Posted By Boyd Birchler
You can buy 327 TPX all day long for less than...

You can buy 327 TPX all day long for less than Garmin's flat rate, but I guess you're taking a chance buying a supposedly operating as removed versus a factory overhauled...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2018, 06:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,777
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Check the cams in the mags. On a Slick the cam is...

Check the cams in the mags. On a Slick the cam is a little plastic paddle, there was a batch of them a few years back that wore very quickly.

If the points are not opening enough because of a worn...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-17-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 961
Views: 510,317
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Engine mount isolaters

Do not forget: the Lord or Barry rubber isolaters should be opposite on the bottom mounts from the top mounts. This is because the static compression on the mount rubbers is opposite on the bottom...
Forum: RV-10 08-09-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,839
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Fuel flow transducer

My guess is the transducers are not the problem, but an intermittent wiring connection is. What is the probability that you could see that many failures when the rest of us almost never see failures...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,129
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Hikari LED H4 bulbs

I bought the Hikari H4/9003 LED bulbs. I find out my reflector housing is for H3 halogen bulbs that have a much smaller mount ring that is attached by a screw. I have looked through Duck Works stuff...
Forum: RV-4 08-04-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,129
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I managed to find the answers to my questions....

I managed to find the answers to my questions. Only the high beams are lit for our use. The H4 / 9003 plug when held so the prongs are pointing at your face, center prong up: left prong is negative,...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,129
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Only high beam is used. These lights are dual...

Only high beam is used. These lights are dual beam (I'm guessing that actually means bright and dim/low beam or high beam is on one or the other is off.). You need to power neutral and high beam...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-08-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,668
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My plane had your carbureted engine with a fixed...

My plane had your carbureted engine with a fixed Sensenich prop when I bought it.

On take off,full throttle, I got 2300 RPM during climb.

I have since changed the engine over to fuel injection...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Wx from the gulf tropical depression "Alberto"...

Wx from the gulf tropical depression "Alberto" has kept us in Newport News/Norfolk area. No use to go from here until reasonable VFR is available to the south, which may take most of a week. I know...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-26-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We flew the Hudson River Corridor yesterday!...

We flew the Hudson River Corridor yesterday! Fantastic experience I recommend to every pilot who doesn't have a problem with TFRs. More about the flight...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,797
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We are lucky guys who have wives that share the...

We are lucky guys who have wives that share the experience with us!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Absolutely will take a look, thanks for the...

Absolutely will take a look, thanks for the suggestion.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Kind of obvious Judy is often my ghost writer...

Kind of obvious Judy is often my ghost writer...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Today we departed KIAG Niagara Falls, flew the...

Today we departed KIAG Niagara Falls, flew the Lake Ontario shoreline, across the top of Vermont & New Hampshire, across the mountains to 59B, Jackman, Maine. We were late departing so suffered...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-20-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Not sure I can do this on the fly from my phone...

Not sure I can do this on the fly from my phone but will try. We're off in moments!

http://www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com/perimeter-flight/and-were-off-the-usa-perimeter-flight-begins/
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