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Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 11:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 134
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I’ve seen much worse. Clean up the edges of the...

I’ve seen much worse. Clean up the edges of the existing cut outs & fashion panels to fill in with, .032 is plenty heavy enough, cherry max or LP4-3 pull rivets would work. Might be good idea to plan...
Forum: GPS 11-09-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 454
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If there is a good mounting spot on a RV-8 for...

If there is a good mounting spot on a RV-8 for the ELT antenna, I'm still looking for it.
Less than ideal spots
- Best less than ideal spot- right above the F-807-1 bulkhead, on the front edge of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 477
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you totally strike out & have to go another...

If you totally strike out & have to go another route- google RB Racing for electric scavenge pumps.
Forum: Canada 11-08-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have others check your work as you build. Don't...

Have others check your work as you build. Don't wait for a MD-RA inspection to get build feedback. It would be prudent to seek out other local builders to act as advisors. They will be a source of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 763
Posted By Ralph Inkster
2 ss countersunk washers, 1 AN507 screw, & a...

2 ss countersunk washers, 1 AN507 screw, & a nylock. Plus some RTV.
Nice finished result.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-07-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 480
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you gone through the Service Bulletins on...

Have you gone through the Service Bulletins on Van's website to insure safety updates are addressed in the project build?
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 886
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A friend with a RV-10 detected a creaking noise...

A friend with a RV-10 detected a creaking noise coming from his gear, he jacked the plane and found a slight rotating movement of the leg in the mount. He has some oversized bolts & reamer on order...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 679
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Or lift front with engine hoist is one is...

Or lift front with engine hoist is one is available.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Center of notch. Allows for edge distance...

Center of notch. Allows for edge distance clearance and leaves spacing away from other parts in assembly
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,358
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just had another thought Angle valve or parallel...

Just had another thought
Angle valve or parallel valve? They have different timing specs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,358
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Random thoughts Can you disable one ignition at a...

Random thoughts
Can you disable one ignition at a time & try to see which is causing the issue? Would insure that your adjustments are being applied to the culprit. If you are using 2 switches, would...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-29-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,556
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Scott makes a good point about defining a...

Scott makes a good point about defining a specific spot & angle to measure from.
I buy a 3/4" x 30" dowel from Lowes aviation dept. and make a few copies of the calibrated sticks (specific to each...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 258
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No experience, but noting these are PMA'd parts,...

No experience, but noting these are PMA'd parts, they would most definitely work.
There are alternate non-cert options out there that would be cheaper though.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-28-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 504
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Be sure the control module and coil pack housings...

Be sure the control module and coil pack housings are WELL grounded, otherwise follow the factory install instructions which are straight forward.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 457
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wildly speculating here, check the hole spacing...

Wildly speculating here, check the hole spacing on both top & bottom sides of the spars, is there any difference in the hole spacings? Is the mid ribs mounted with flanges facing in right direction...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-28-2019, 12:51 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
MANY times I have run into planes where the base...

MANY times I have run into planes where the base plate had worked loose if it was riveted to the fiberglass per plans. Especially in the vertical filter, not so much in the horiz filter arrangement. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Drawing 17A, cross section G-G, wing tip rib #...

Drawing 17A, cross section G-G, wing tip rib # W-412
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-23-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 657
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Thoughts on installing the wire harnesses on the...

Thoughts on installing the wire harnesses on the engine & having reasonable serviceability later. Consider not using grommets to pass the harnesses thru the baffling, instead create a plate/grommet...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2019, 02:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,736
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you have a suitable trailer, sure. Consider...

If you have a suitable trailer, sure. Consider insurance.

As for gear width, give consideration to building with the fuselage on low table or similar support & installing gear later when it goes to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-17-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,198
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You have high usage navigation/communication...

You have high usage navigation/communication controls directly over your critical SDS engine switches Also the lean knob should be well away from anywhere it could be accidentally be knocked....
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-16-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Look at the other legs & engine mount carefully. ...

Look at the other legs & engine mount carefully. Engine & prop notations in the logs? Be suspicious if there isn't.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2019, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 615
Posted By Ralph Inkster
One day my engine wouldn’t idle under 1000 rpm....

One day my engine wouldn’t idle under 1000 rpm. Found one intake runner totally loosened away from the cylinder.
Forum: Propellers 10-10-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,555
Posted By Ralph Inkster
That post was so long ago, I couldn't remember my...

That post was so long ago, I couldn't remember my reasoning...
I've r&r'd probably 8 props for overhaul & Murphy with out fail positions the 6 spinner holes just that bit out of phase, close enough...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-09-2019, 05:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 824
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mort. To determine how much twist you may have...

Mort. To determine how much twist you may have introduced into the structure, fabricate 2 brackets that will suspend the hinge pins 3” above your table. Space the inboard trailing edge 3” above the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,769
Posted By Ralph Inkster
One day I experienced severe turbulence which...

One day I experienced severe turbulence which resulted in an oxygen bottle I though was securely stowed, break loose & partially go thru the canopy. The airflow took the broke out plexi pieces and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,422
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have to sometimes run a ground wire from one of...

Have to sometimes run a ground wire from one of the mounting screws to the airframe. Sometimes a bad connection somewhere on the sense wire.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,197
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Also, check that the spade connector is on good &...

Also, check that the spade connector is on good & tight and not arcing to the male terminal, building up resistance and take the coil off line. Cleaning the terminal with scotch bright is a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,285
Posted By Ralph Inkster
That looks great for the '5 year back ache'. ...

That looks great for the '5 year back ache'.
Any solutions for the 'annual back aches'? As in maintaining fuel pump filters & brake pedals in a 8?
I sure could use some.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-17-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Two things: 1. Are you still running the original...

Two things:
1. Are you still running the original timing settings that came with the CPi?
Check your CPi timing settings, if you are still running the initial factory map, it may have only 10 BTDC at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,583
Posted By Ralph Inkster
& not all first flights are done with factory new...

& not all first flights are done with factory new engines...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,272
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Main gear legs are not interchangable between A...

Main gear legs are not interchangable between A models & tail draggers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 785
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have put 2" panel strips below the main panel on...

Have put 2" panel strips below the main panel on a number of RVs. These were fabricated from .063 bent in a 'S' shape, vertical drop about 2". The top flange of the 'S' strip sits atop the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,152
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Dave320 - You didn't state which ignition system...

Dave320 - You didn't state which ignition system you are looking at, or if you plan a single or dual EI setup. Different scenarios require different charging solutions. Please elaborate so the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-19-2019, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,081
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You could drill to #12, but before doing that,...

You could drill to #12, but before doing that, read page 11-1 to understand following steps.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-15-2019, 10:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,582
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"Mudfly I like that idea Dave While building my...

"Mudfly I like that idea Dave
While building my wings I thought it would be cool if someone, not me, mounted two small jet engines on the top of the wings like the HondaJet..,or if they preferred...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,272
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Nose gear 6A & 7A are the same, assuming the 6A...

Nose gear 6A & 7A are the same, assuming the 6A has the later version of gear leg, which you should definitely check (not to be confused with the new RV14A type nose gear arrangement just announced)....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,143
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I agree with Walt.

I agree with Walt.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-14-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,359
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yeh, all for the 'Metal Mafia' continuing the...

Yeh, all for the 'Metal Mafia' continuing the tradition of 'Harrassing the Glass'!!!

Have a great race, unfortunately can't be a race fan this year, family stuff happening.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-14-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,582
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I imagine there is a nitch market for a jet,...

I imagine there is a nitch market for a jet, don't know it would be universal enough to warrant a RV jet model.
One quality I like about RVs is that they are all traveling machines. Did you note how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,780
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I use carb heat through rain if the engine is...

I use carb heat through rain if the engine is equipped. I haven't seen much effect from rain in the injected planes I've flown, but I wouldn't fly in heavy rain conditions.

Paint wise, rain damage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Abbotsford. Probably enough time but if you need...

Abbotsford. Probably enough time but if you need fuel might be tough.
Call Canada Customs up & ask for Langley, they might be ok with that.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-06-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,038
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Only 3 airpark developments in Alberta that I can...

Only 3 airpark developments in Alberta that I can think of;
Westlock - northwest of Edmonton. They were advertising lots a while back.
Fort Macleod - about 100 miles south of Calgary, also were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 10:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yep, done that in the past too. Just pointing out...

Yep, done that in the past too. Just pointing out that they now also list the
Decal # on the second receipt....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Do you really need CANPASS?

Canpass is good for some reasons and doesn't really help you for others.
Canpass is good for the most part for pre-screening you.
Canpass opens you up to more AOE airports, technically only Canpass...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The TOPS decal- this year of course I remembered...

The TOPS decal- this year of course I remembered to order too late, 16 days before OSH.
When ordering the decal there are 2 receipts- one acknowledging the order, & one when they have processed the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,754
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Each engine / sensor installation will give...

Each engine / sensor installation will give different readings. What you should do is operate your engine as you normally do & see what your indicator values are at each power setting. Full Rich,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-31-2019, 11:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Fuselage I repaired was a splice from 608...

Fuselage I repaired was a splice from 608 back.

I assume 608 & the longerons are not damaged.
Study the luggage bulkhead skin overlap joint and plan to duplicate it on your 607 splice joint. I'd...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-31-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 775
Posted By Ralph Inkster
What I think you are saying is that he would...

What I think you are saying is that he would remove the damaged portion & splice a new repair panel in, all the way back to the rudder, right?
First call I think should be to Vans for their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There was a time when it was that simple. AOPA &...

There was a time when it was that simple.
AOPA & COPA (Canadian Owners Pilot Association) web sites outline the process & steps required to cross the border. Most of this is to satisfy US Customs &...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,493
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sunday flight across from Calgary smooth & easy,...

Sunday flight across from Calgary smooth & easy, last Fuel stop in Eau Clair and get an OSH arrival update. At 4:20 we booked a room there, of course shortly later OSH opened for arrivals... But...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-18-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,158
Posted By Ralph Inkster
maybe it's a case of milling a taper around the...

maybe it's a case of milling a taper around the top edge of the piston for more clearance.
I remember something about folks swapping C-85 pistons into a O-200 for increased CR and having to taper the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-18-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,158
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Jim- the 4.775 confuses me a bit as I just...

Jim- the 4.775 confuses me a bit as I just measured 3 engines (cases assembled, flange to flange) and come up with
360 wide deck = 9" across
540 wide deck angle valve = 9 1/16"
320 narrow deck = 9...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,554
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Glad to see you are getting lots of usage of your...

Glad to see you are getting lots of usage of your 9.
Caliper orings can loose their seal as they stiffen up & loose their round shape in the bore. Best to replace it if you already have it apart. O...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-30-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 786
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The SDS 550 installation I'm finishing up will...

The SDS 550 installation I'm finishing up will have the sensor about 10" from the tailpipe outlet, only place I could mount it. it is a dual three into one with big (Canada eh) heat muffs & ball...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,297
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Engines I've received (Aerosport & others) have...

Engines I've received (Aerosport & others) have come on standard pallets with plywood sides & tops, so they were too big to get the engine hoist under if the driver set the pallet directly on the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-25-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 460
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If Mark's deal doesn't work out, Search Spruce...

If Mark's deal doesn't work out, Search Spruce for 164-01700. There are choices & a wide price range.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-25-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Best to manually remove as much sealant as you...

Best to manually remove as much sealant as you can before applying Polygone, saves the big mess, & actually speeds the process.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-12-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 902
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I remember mounting the valve higher to better...

I remember mounting the valve higher to better align actuator linkage or control cable. So pedal interference wasn’t an issue.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-12-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 872
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I’ve done a 500x5 fork mod on a RV7A, the...

I’ve done a 500x5 fork mod on a RV7A, the increased nose height made it sit tail low like a stock 6A. If you did it to a 6A without using the longer 7A (or 9A) main gear legs, the plane would have...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-23-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,889
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I agree with Girraf For RV construction, you will...

I agree with Girraf
For RV construction, you will find that the majority (90+%) of drilling will be done with a hand drill, it is still nice to have the drill press for some functions. A light, high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,648
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I used to use 'Experimental RV-7 ...' and was...

I used to use 'Experimental RV-7 ...' and was once told to skip the 'Experimental' part and just use 'RV-7' as FAA actually has all the Vans models listed as A/C Type Designators per FAA Order 7360...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 627
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The variance in distance is to achieve an exact...

The variance in distance is to achieve an exact straight hinge line with the other rod ends on the control surfaces. The suggested range of depths insures that the rod ends have sufficient thread...
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