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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 06:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,477
Posted By Scott Hersha
JB Aircraft Engine Service, Sebring, FL....

JB Aircraft Engine Service, Sebring, FL. (863)655-5000. You can park your airplane on their ramp and hand Jimmy the keys, and he will take it from there. Jimmy is among the best in the business.
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2019, 08:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,010
Posted By Scott Hersha
I have used dipsticks for some time and consider...

I have used dipsticks for some time and consider them to be quite reliable. Iíve used oak hardwood that I sanded to a very fine finish, so, not as much (or any) Ďwickingí. My latest dipstick is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,490
Posted By Scott Hersha
Itís funny that this subject came up. Yesterday,...

Itís funny that this subject came up. Yesterday, my grandkids came out to the airport for some fun. They like some of the cool things that are there. Iíve been teaching my 8 year old granddaughter to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By Scott Hersha
DMAT, Iíve just done about the same thing on my...

DMAT,
Iíve just done about the same thing on my RV4. On the wingtips, I replaced the standard Whelen POS bulbs (bayonet style) with LED bulbs from aero-lites.com. It took approximately 5 minutes to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,556
Posted By Scott Hersha
My tank has 3 gallons left when the dipstick...

My tank has 3 gallons left when the dipstick stops Ďgetting wetí, so thatís what it says at the bottom of the stick - 3 gallons. Below that is a guess if you care to takeoff on that tank..... I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,358
Posted By Scott Hersha
For those of you with light weight props and...

For those of you with light weight props and start systems involving two toggles type switches and a push button starter - try spinning the engine with the starter with the toggles (ignition...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-29-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,556
Posted By Scott Hersha
Iíve made dip sticks for all my RVís - RV6, RV8...

Iíve made dip sticks for all my RVís - RV6, RV8 (2), and my current RV4. Marks every 2 gallons. I used a half inch wide piece of oak on most of them (the end of which is shaped to open the fuel tank...
Forum: Safety 10-29-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 15
Poll: Slosh poll
Views: 5,224
Posted By Scott Hersha
Unfortunately, even the red slosh is subject to...

Unfortunately, even the red slosh is subject to the SB, which requires a fairly extensive inspection program of the entire fuel system at intervals not to exceed 25 hours. If anything is found, it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-29-2019, 06:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,239
Posted By Scott Hersha
My FloScan is also mounted on the cool side of...

My FloScan is also mounted on the cool side of the firewall and it also reads all over the place on my O-360, carbureted RV4. Occasionally it seems accurate, but as far as being a useful gage of fuel...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-26-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 227
Posted By Scott Hersha
Iíll have a G-meter soon. Iím updating my panel...

Iíll have a G-meter soon. Iím updating my panel on my recently acquired RV4. My G-meter is 2 1/4Ē, probably a Falcon, but Iíll need to check if your interested. The airplane was finished and flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,358
Posted By Scott Hersha
Another thing to consider is what prop you have....

Another thing to consider is what prop you have. If you have a light weight prop, it might not have enough flywheel effect to carry it through the compression stroke. The newer versions of the Pmag...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,736
Posted By Scott Hersha
I would say Ďno problemí if you donít have the...

I would say Ďno problemí if you donít have the landing gear attached. I built an RV8 in my basement - completely - and then removed the landing gear, and wings to get it out. I know the RV14 is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,114
Posted By Scott Hersha
Proving the 51% build shouldnít be a problem,...

Proving the 51% build shouldnít be a problem, especially if it wasnít a QB kit. Even if it was, you should be able to document builder participation based on normal Vans supplied documentation. You...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-15-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,714
Posted By Scott Hersha
It might be a 68 INCH pitch prop, but I doubt...

It might be a 68 INCH pitch prop, but I doubt itís a 68 degree pitch. Props pitch isnít measured in this way. Where is that 68 degree pitch taken, as the pitch changes as you transition out the cord...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-15-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By Scott Hersha
Iím #3 in line.

Iím #3 in line.
Forum: Tools 10-14-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,607
Posted By Scott Hersha
Disc sander for making things flat and taking...

Disc sander for making things flat and taking material off, scotch brite wheel for deburring/polishing. My scotch-brite grinder (Chinese-made), pedestal mounted, has been in operation for almost 20...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 824
Posted By Scott Hersha
Not sure if this would induce any twist, but if...

Not sure if this would induce any twist, but if you are willing to deviate from the plans of an engineered airplane, I think you are in trouble going forward on basic construction of the first kit if...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Scott Hersha
Jon, You most likely have a loose wire somewhere....

Jon,
You most likely have a loose wire somewhere. When you do your mag check, if the RPM reading on your EIS goes to zero when selecting the P-mag, then you are getting RPM information from your mag....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-06-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Scott Hersha
If you need a socket for a .625 tailspring,...

If you need a socket for a .625 tailspring, FlyBoys has that. Screaming Eagle tailwheel socket - fits a screaming eagle or JD Air fork. Vans tailsprings were .635, but FlyBoys also has the ones...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,480
Posted By Scott Hersha
Most RV8 pilots I fly with do wheel landings, as...

Most RV8 pilots I fly with do wheel landings, as I usually did in the 800+ hours I had in the RV8, and always when flying formation. The reason may have to do with the stiffer main landing gear on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-06-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 456
Posted By Scott Hersha
The Vans tailspring should fit fine. Pulling the...

The Vans tailspring should fit fine. Pulling the old one out may be a little difficult, but some WD-40 and patience will help. The challenge will be drilling the front hole in the new tailspring in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,066
Posted By Scott Hersha
Steve, I took your advice, and the advice of a...

Steve,
I took your advice, and the advice of a few others, but your advice to bleed the fuel pressure sender (VDO) worked. I checked the grounds first and they were fine, then I pumped fuel through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,066
Posted By Scott Hersha
Iím anxious for an answer to this one too. I...

Iím anxious for an answer to this one too. I have exactly the same indications with my new (to me) O-360 powered RV4, except mine is carbureted and I have the GRT VDO pressure sender/EIS 4000. So...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,516
Posted By Scott Hersha
Congratulations Jake. You’re going to love flying...

Congratulations Jake. You’re going to love flying the RV4. I also recently bought one that sounds similar to yours - O-360/fixed pitch Sensenich. I’m in to mods on mine as well, the biggest being an...
Forum: RV-4 09-18-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By Scott Hersha
Bernie, Iím actually doing just what you describe...

Bernie,
Iím actually doing just what you describe on my RV4 right now. I should have it done by tomorrow. I moved my roll bar back 2.75Ē. I moved the seat bottom hinge aft 1.75Ē. This will give me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Scott Hersha
Paul, If you have a gascolator in your RV7A, you...

Paul,
If you have a gascolator in your RV7A, you donít need to also have a separate inline filter. The gascolator does the filtering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Scott Hersha
Dan, That filter is similar to what I have now,...

Dan,
That filter is similar to what I have now, and I have two of them - one for each tank, and the way they are mounted might be causing me some errors in fuel flow indications. Or maybe not. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Scott Hersha
Tom, Not sure yet, Iíll be checking the planned...

Tom,
Not sure yet, Iíll be checking the planned setup soon. Iím currently involved in moving the pilot seat aft about 2.75Ē (big job), which involves several structural considerations. Should be done...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Scott Hersha
Thanks Ben...... apparently it can, and should...

Thanks Ben...... apparently it can, and should be put forward of the firewall, and downstream of the mechanical pump. Iím sure thereís a way. Iíll need a new fuel hose setup, which is fine since I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Scott Hersha
Thanks Steve. I think thatís what I had in my...

Thanks Steve. I think thatís what I had in my first RV8. It might be a little too long to go where I wanted to put it (them - 2) so I will check. The current filters and whatever I end up with are...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-16-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,421
Posted By Scott Hersha
There have been plenty of RV people that have...

There have been plenty of RV people that have installed Pmags (me included). The difference in performance with one electronic ignition and one standard mag is noticeable. The increased performance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,111
Posted By Scott Hersha
Fuel Filter

Need some advice on where to find an acceptable fuel filter(s) for my new to me RV4. I have an O-360-A1A with a Sensenich prop. I just bought this airplane, and Iím in the initial phases of Ďmaking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,552
Posted By Scott Hersha
Iíve heard of the 14.9 hp/gal rule before, but...

Iíve heard of the 14.9 hp/gal rule before, but that works out to an SFC of .403 lb/hr/hp. That seems very low. Is that due to it being a LOP number? The SFC charts Iíve seen from Lycoming seem to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 06:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,246
Posted By Scott Hersha
Iíve used sheets for that while in the hangar a...

Iíve used sheets for that while in the hangar a few times, but I cover the whole airplane. My wife knows not to throw away old sheets - theyíre too useful in my hangar. And so are all the old...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,246
Posted By Scott Hersha
Oops.... I donít think most of us considered the...

Oops.... I donít think most of us considered the benefits of covering the canopy in the hangar. In fact, I donít think Iíve ever seen someone put on a canopy cover on in a hangar. The only reason...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 06:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,208
Posted By Scott Hersha
Safety wiring those two bolts would serve no...

Safety wiring those two bolts would serve no purpose. You want to keep the nut from coming off, which is what the nylock is for. If youíre concerned about that, you could use a castellated nut with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,568
Posted By Scott Hersha
Yep. Silicone, self fusing tape. You can get it...

Yep. Silicone, self fusing tape. You can get it at Home Depot, Lowes, Menards, Ace, etc.......
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-01-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By Scott Hersha
Cosmetically, fill it, sand it, and paint it so...

Cosmetically, fill it, sand it, and paint it so it doesnít show (to you only). Aerodynamically, leave it like it is and paint it. Nobody will ever notice (except you), and because of the location...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 432
Posted By Scott Hersha
If you get a piloted reamer for #30 and #40 rivet...

If you get a piloted reamer for #30 and #40 rivet holes, you can run them through some of the holes that are a little tight, and it should make it easier for the rivets to go in. In fact, if you have...
Forum: RV-10 08-27-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,973
Posted By Scott Hersha
I bonded my plexi on my showplanes fastback RV8...

I bonded my plexi on my showplanes fastback RV8 with a product called PRO-SET. I called the Gougeon Brothers in Bay City, MI (West System) and asked them what I could use for this application. This...
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 06:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,889
Posted By Scott Hersha
Yep. Made mine out of steel from the beginning. ...

Yep. Made mine out of steel from the beginning. No failures..
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 08-13-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,054
Posted By Scott Hersha
Jon Thocker Tribute

A group of us at KHAO purchased a memorial brick for Jon to go under the Brown Arch at Oshkosh. Last month at Airventure, we dedicated that brick and gave Jon a Gone West toast. A large group of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-04-2019, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,302
Posted By Scott Hersha
Split the firesleeve and just wrap it around. ...

Split the firesleeve and just wrap it around. Use safety wire wrap to hold it in place. You might be able to use some silicone tape, but that may melt if itís not the right kind. Firesleeve is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-04-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,302
Posted By Scott Hersha
I also have (had) an AWI exhaust, and had a...

I also have (had) an AWI exhaust, and had a similar control cable situation. I used firesleeve like you did, but also used the exhaust heat shield like Kyle recommends. That worked for me. I used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 1,123
Views: 265,617
Posted By Scott Hersha
Scott, This can probably be patched, but if you...

Scott,
This can probably be patched, but if you decide to build a new rudder (I would), I can help - I have the time, and, um, the place for a while at least. Of course you donít need to order new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,316
Posted By Scott Hersha
I used piloted reamers in most pre-punched holes...

I used piloted reamers in most pre-punched holes in all three airplanes Iíve built. No cracks, and the hole was cleaner and easier to deburr without taking too much material off. Never had a crack,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,980
Posted By Scott Hersha
Plane Plastics, the company that makes canopies...

Plane Plastics, the company that makes canopies for Vans Aircraft uses isopropyl alcohol on their (our) plexiglass. They buy it by the case. I had to drive up to Troy when my canopy cracked on my...
Forum: COMM 07-18-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 651
Posted By Scott Hersha
My money is on the Ďnot seating in the rackí...

My money is on the Ďnot seating in the rackí idea. If I recall, the connector at the back of the rack is not a pin/socket arrangement. I had this problem on a radio in my former C-182RG, and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,119
Posted By Scott Hersha
I would say no. I think you need at least one...

I would say no. I think you need at least one washer under the nut since its going on the aluminum engine casing. I think what they mean is that you can add extra washers here if you need to in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,354
Posted By Scott Hersha
John, If you can compile a list of RV7’s for sale...

John,
If you can compile a list of RV7’s for sale on VAF, xxxxxxxx, and then come up with a list for each for: age, hours (engine & airframe), equipment (cockpit), engine, prop, paint, and interior -...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-13-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,480
Posted By Scott Hersha
Nice!! Look at all those maps! Too bad you can...

Nice!! Look at all those maps! Too bad you can use them to follow the R/R tracks to FISKE. - but your wife can....
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-10-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,020
Posted By Scott Hersha
Try to cheat on the arrival procedure and youíll...

Try to cheat on the arrival procedure and youíll find out what it is.... the hard way!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 04:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,984
Posted By Scott Hersha
Hey Dan - Hate to say it.... YOUíRE BUSTED!!! ...

Hey Dan - Hate to say it.... YOUíRE BUSTED!!! 7/22 is MONDAY. Trying to sneak in late?
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-08-2019, 10:11 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 49,125
Posted By Scott Hersha
Way to go!! One of the best instructors I had...

Way to go!! One of the best instructors I had during the countless semi-annual checkrides I had to take told me - it doesnít matter what happened to cause an abnormal or emergency situation or what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By Scott Hersha
Richard sent me an email today, and I also got a...

Richard sent me an email today, and I also got a message with shipping details, so it is on itís way. I totally understand life events and appreciate the products he makes that I canít get...
Forum: RV-10 07-05-2019, 07:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,057
Posted By Scott Hersha
Thanks for the report Scott. There are some nice...

Thanks for the report Scott. There are some nice lakes around Angola. I went to Hoosier basketball camp for a week at Lake James - about 1966! It was nice back then too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,233
Posted By Scott Hersha
Pi arenít square, pie are round, cornbread are...

Pi arenít square, pie are round, cornbread are square!
Forum: RV-10 07-02-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,711
Posted By Scott Hersha
I decided long ago that paying interest on...

I decided long ago that paying interest on anything that depreciates in value, sometime quickly, like a car, boat, motorcycle, isnít very smart if thereís a way to avoid it. Getting rid of debt that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,176
Posted By Scott Hersha
I have the push button starter protected by the...

I have the push button starter protected by the keyed switch labeled Ďstart enableí. I also have a Ďtrunk monkeyí hiding in the back. You wouldnít want to excite the trunk monkey - it would end...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By Scott Hersha
Duckworks Aviation

Does anybody here know if Duckworks is still in business? I ordered a new landing light lens for my RV8 a couple weeks ago. The payment went through right away, but I havenít heard anything from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,539
Posted By Scott Hersha
A cheap alternative if you donít need to use them...

A cheap alternative if you donít need to use them every day - a large yellow sponge from Walmart and other places like you would use to wash your car. Shaped like a loose figure 8. Squish it a...
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,394
Posted By Scott Hersha
Larry - you are right. You are pulling to coarse...

Larry - you are right. You are pulling to coarse pitch/low RPM against the return spring. If the cable breaks, the governor will move the prop to fine pitch/high RPM. With the strong spring and...
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