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Forum: RV-6/6A 03-01-2016, 12:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,976
Posted By Steve Sampson
I used 1020' comfortably for a -4, see here...

I used 1020' comfortably for a -4, see here (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vgHldaYISI).

Practice elsewhere and DONT do it until you know you can. Once you can its not stressy and easily within...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,208
Posted By Steve Sampson
This...

This (http://gikonfinsh.blogspot.co.at/2007/07/canopy-taxi-and-safety-latch.html#links) works for me.
Forum: GPS 08-26-2013, 12:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 873
Posted By Steve Sampson
Matt, that makes lots of sense. I dont know how I...

Matt, that makes lots of sense. I dont know how I have done it but will look. Thanks, Steve.
Forum: GPS 08-21-2013, 04:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 873
Posted By Steve Sampson
Garmin 496 not tripping to the next waypoint

Help please!

I have a Garmin 496 driving a wing leveler. In the past when I arrived at a waypoint it automatically passed the next waypoint to the wing leveler. I must have changed something. Now...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2013, 02:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
Dayton, I am pleased to hear I am not alone. I...

Dayton, I am pleased to hear I am not alone.

I just flew two legs, about 800 miles in total. The first leg both tanks behaved pretty well flawlessly. The second leg suddenly one tank dropped to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2013, 10:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
Ian, they are certainly getting the supply from...

Ian, they are certainly getting the supply from the aircraft bus, a very steady 14.6V. I just remembered they operated at 5V and could not remember where the voltage was dropped. So the supply...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2013, 09:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
Randle, it will be getting the correct voltage,...

Randle, it will be getting the correct voltage, just my memory faulty there. I had a PM from another to say he had the same problem.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-09-2013, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
Brian, thanks for that clarification. I did not...

Brian, thanks for that clarification. I did not see the converters mentioned, but I will look again.

Randle, your comments are practical and helpful. I am flying home on Friday but think the idea of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-09-2013, 12:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
Cant see the point of jumpering for the reason...

Cant see the point of jumpering for the reason you give. I wonder if its a fault right at the sender? I was hoping others would chime in re Dynon senders, but since none have I guess this is unique...
Forum: RV-4 07-07-2013, 02:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,019
Posted By Steve Sampson
Doug, I am not much into sport so perhaps you can...

Doug, I am not much into sport so perhaps you can explain this to me?

Also, Wimbledon, how did the Australians do? :-)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-03-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
No, just a canopy warning diode, but the canopy...

No, just a canopy warning diode, but the canopy stays shut in flight!
Forum: RV-4 07-03-2013, 10:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,019
Posted By Steve Sampson
Vlad, I havnt refilled it yet, so dont know. It...

Vlad, I havnt refilled it yet, so dont know. It was €2.26 at Tannheim. It will be cheaper here I think. Landing was €9.70. Best not to think about it.

Doug, I cant see a reason not to go down and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-02-2013, 01:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
Randle, thanks for the interest. There is no...

Randle, thanks for the interest.

There is no pattern I can discern. At any time, one or both tanks can suddenly go to zero and then a random time later refill. It has only happened a couple of times...
Forum: RV-4 07-02-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,019
Posted By Steve Sampson
U/C resonance.

Thanks for the replies guys.

As a first step I will drop the pressures. From memory I am up at 36 or 38. I will give 26 a try for starters since the aircraft does not have to be pulled around much...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-02-2013, 03:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,785
Posted By Steve Sampson
AFS3400/Dynon Capacative senders/Fuel Readings

I have a very disconcerting fuel gauge reading problem.

I have an AFS3400 connected to Dynon capacitive senders at the tanks. Every few minutes in flight a tank will, on the gauge drain to zero,...
Forum: RV-4 07-02-2013, 02:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,019
Posted By Steve Sampson
Out and About finally! U/C resonance.(aka landing gear shimmy)

Its over 4 years since G-IKON was ready for the first overseas trip but family illness prevented it. Last week, she finally did 3 new countries in two days: France, Germany & Austria. There are a few...
Forum: RV-4 12-19-2012, 11:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,802
Posted By Steve Sampson
There are several references that might help you...

There are several references that might help you if you go to 'flaps' in the index (http://gikonindex.blogspot.co.at/2010/10/work-in-progress-index-to-blog.html) to my blog.
Forum: RV-4 11-09-2012, 01:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,604
Posted By Steve Sampson
Camillo, one more thought. I very nearly went...

Camillo, one more thought.

I very nearly went for the oil cooler that Porsche use. Its a Swedish thing but I cant remember its name. The O-320 overcools badly and the great big thing...
Forum: RV-4 11-09-2012, 01:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,604
Posted By Steve Sampson
Hi Camillo, sorry not to reply to your email...

Hi Camillo, sorry not to reply to your email earlier but I was 15 hours a day doing my ski instructor exams not so far N of your Northern border in Austria. Working hard at 9000' every day left me...
Forum: RV-4 11-09-2012, 01:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 24,407
Posted By Steve Sampson
Tim, by having two separate tanks you have two...

Tim, by having two separate tanks you have two completely separate sources of fuel. If they were interconnected and you had a leak on one you could loose all your fuel.

The process you describe...
Forum: RV-4 10-29-2012, 11:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,629
Posted By Steve Sampson
Here is a link to G-IKON...

Here is a link to G-IKON (http://gikonfwf.blogspot.co.at/2008/02/oil-cooler-oil-lines-and-control-cables.html#links).To date I have still never seen the oil get to 200F. If doing it again I would put...
Forum: RV-4 07-23-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,982
Posted By Steve Sampson
Are Gvt regulation........... Why not put the...

Are Gvt regulation...........

Why not put the gascolator forward of the fuel valve inside the fuselage, and if you want the springy thing easily accesible just put an extender pipe between the...
Forum: RV-4 07-22-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,982
Posted By Steve Sampson
Ron, unless the goal is to increase leaks, weight...

Ron, unless the goal is to increase leaks, weight and cost why would you do that? What are you trying to achieve?
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2012, 12:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,942
Posted By Steve Sampson
This...

This (http://gikonfuse.blogspot.com/2007/10/tru-trak-role-servo.html#links#links) is what I did in my -4. Its a Trutrak but could be adapted I expect for a Dynon.
Forum: RV-4 01-11-2012, 11:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,284
Posted By Steve Sampson
Becki supplied ALL the materials, I just chose...

Becki supplied ALL the materials, I just chose the colour/quality of the exterior. I am very happy with the comfort.

As to Austria yes, best snowfall for 30 years I am told. It was becoming hard for...
Forum: RV-4 01-10-2012, 10:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,284
Posted By Steve Sampson
Becki Orndorf did a good job for me. You can see...

Becki Orndorf did a good job for me. You can see a picture here (http://gikonfuse.blogspot.com/2006/10/front-seat-goes-in.html#links).
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2011, 03:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,900
Posted By Steve Sampson
Fredrik, the big difference is that the current...

Fredrik, the big difference is that the current cowls are what VANS calls 'pre peg'. Not sure I understand the term but it is a sort of sandwich to make it stiffer. There are two types today. One...
Forum: RV-4 09-17-2011, 10:59 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,266
Posted By Steve Sampson
60mph

I guess I am about the slowest. I use 60mph if calm and and up to 65 if not. The ASI is pretty accurate according to the GPS. There are a couple of ccts here...
Forum: Propellers 06-14-2011, 12:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,757
Posted By Steve Sampson
Morten, I am in a long gear -4 so I wont address...

Morten, I am in a long gear -4 so I wont address prop size.

I fly behind an MTV11. For price see here...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2011, 03:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,155
Posted By Steve Sampson
I do have an AoA and I cant agree more that it...

I do have an AoA and I cant agree more that it does not help with short field landings. For me it is all about deciding on a speed, sticking with it, ALL the way to the ground, and when a wheel...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-29-2011, 04:30 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,155
Posted By Steve Sampson
Why not put a marker 800' from the start. When...

Why not put a marker 800' from the start. When you can stop EVERY TIME before reaching it you will be nearly ready for your 1500' with trees.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-24-2011, 11:23 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,155
Posted By Steve Sampson
Glen, I have never actually tried because without...

Glen, I have never actually tried because without a strong headwind I would not be able to do it. I take the tail wind. When it is truly in that direction the vis is horrible normally and I dont fly...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-24-2011, 03:16 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,155
Posted By Steve Sampson
I thought I replied to this yesterday but I must...

I thought I replied to this yesterday but I must have pressed the wrong button!

I fly a -4 out of 1020' at 200'ASL. My view of what you want to do is this. The 50' trees will mean you have perhaps...
Forum: RV-4 04-30-2011, 04:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,260
Posted By Steve Sampson
Hans, that hole will not be big enough. I have...

Hans, that hole will not be big enough. I have looked for a photo which shows the hole in my -4 but can only find this (http://gikonhome.blogspot.com/2007/07/3-greens.html#links) rather poor one. In...
Forum: RV-4 04-27-2011, 02:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,398
Posted By Steve Sampson
Remember these are not pre-punched. The slightest...

Remember these are not pre-punched. The slightest misalignment of the wing bulkhead with respect to the engine frame would do this. I dont think you need a hard landing, just a minute build error...
Forum: RV-4 03-11-2011, 08:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,895
Posted By Steve Sampson
I will be interested to hear what the final W&B...

I will be interested to hear what the final W&B ends at. The graphics, seats, radios etc will add a bit, but if titanium comes in at 55% of the steel I suspect you have saved a lot there. I am still...
Forum: RV-4 03-10-2011, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,895
Posted By Steve Sampson
Hi Bill, is there something your not telling! How...

Hi Bill, is there something your not telling! How on earth do you get it down to 915? Do you have seats, oil in the engine etc? Helium in the aft fuse'?
Forum: RV-4 03-09-2011, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,478
Posted By Steve Sampson
The third picture here shows my solution...

The third picture here shows my solution (http://gikonfuse.blogspot.com/2007/04/rear-seat-cont.html#links). The stick is available for installation. You do have to pull the pip pin and push it into...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-25-2011, 03:42 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,593
Posted By Steve Sampson
While I would expect some power loss, if the...

While I would expect some power loss, if the Bendix is working fine, what you describe is a bit extreme I would have thought. Still, nobody else has picked up on it so perhaps my expectations of a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2011, 02:21 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,593
Posted By Steve Sampson
Are you saying this happened while another...

Are you saying this happened while another Electroair unit was working 100% normally?
Forum: RV-4 02-23-2011, 09:05 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 175,290
Posted By Steve Sampson
Thomas, for what it is worth my own view is that...

Thomas, for what it is worth my own view is that you should have the steam driven ASI up nearer to your line of sight if you ever land in difficult gusty places. You can see how I did it here...
Forum: RV-4 02-15-2011, 03:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,312
Posted By Steve Sampson
Dan, my view is that this is how -4 are. In roll...

Dan, my view is that this is how -4 are. In roll my -4 is only arguably stable. It is very quick as a result and feels great.

In pitch though I always find the stick forces very high solo, but put...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-01-2011, 03:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,317
Posted By Steve Sampson
While I agree the set screws are on the face of...

While I agree the set screws are on the face of it an 'ugly' way of doing it they in fact appear to work well. The wires take on a set ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-20-2010, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,524
Posted By Steve Sampson
Dean, there is a Bosche relay, # 0 332 002 150...

Dean, there is a Bosche relay, # 0 332 002 150 you may want to take a look at. Its designed for Fork Lift trucks. It runs up to 400amps for > 1 sec, which is more than we need.

Its very compact. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2010, 03:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,365
Posted By Steve Sampson
Hi Elippse, you have mentioned carb heat before...

Hi Elippse, you have mentioned carb heat before and it always interests me when you do. I certainly have used it a little in the cruise, though not enough to draw my own empirical conclusions though...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2010, 02:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,365
Posted By Steve Sampson
Pierre - I dont lean to the gauge because it...

Pierre - I dont lean to the gauge because it bounces about too much I find, but I do download the post flight data and calculate the MPG (or at least the miles per litre ) from that.

It turns out to...
Forum: RV-4 11-20-2010, 01:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,417
Posted By Steve Sampson
I am from the SW of the UK, but now I live in the...

I am from the SW of the UK, but now I live in the N. Not so far from Richmond. Where you are is very beautiful. I flew a couple of times from Drottningholm out to the West. Good luck with the -4. Let...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2010, 12:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 945
Posted By Steve Sampson
The way they come from MT they have a heavy black...

The way they come from MT they have a heavy black polymer protection on the inner end and stainless steel the rest of the way, so I dont understand the question. You can see it here...
Forum: RV-4 11-19-2010, 12:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,566
Posted By Steve Sampson
You also need to make sure she has footwells...

You also need to make sure she has footwells (http://photos1.blogger.com/blogger/2531/2999/1600/HPIM0304.jpg). Then she will be fine.
Forum: RV-4 11-18-2010, 10:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,417
Posted By Steve Sampson
Fredrik, greetings from the UK! I question if...

Fredrik, greetings from the UK!

I question if you need to remove it? I would be tempted to leave one in a bath of petrol for a week and see if there is any change. If its a good quality epoxy I...
Forum: RV-4 11-17-2010, 01:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,589
Posted By Steve Sampson
This...

This (http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_n0oPgd-_rrk/SeIEejmNTAI/AAAAAAAABVE/L2gvrer5pAI/s1600-h/HPIM2079.jpg) has worked well for me.

Cyls are standard from VANS, reservoirs from 'Spruce.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2010, 11:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,411
Posted By Steve Sampson
Doug, (post 3) is my view also.

Doug, (post 3) is my view also.
Forum: RV-4 11-02-2010, 01:26 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,870
Posted By Steve Sampson
RV-4 Blog Indexed.

Just a note to the several RV4 builders who appear to finding my blog useful judging by the access stats. I have made a major effort to index it. It is still work in progress, but now the weather is...
Forum: RV-4 11-02-2010, 12:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,848
Posted By Steve Sampson
Bruno, there is a section about this subject...

Bruno, there is a section about this subject here. (http://gikonfinsh.blogspot.com/2007/06/what-i-wish-i-had-understood-about.html#links) Hope it helps. More related stuff at earlier and later dates...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-27-2010, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,052
Posted By Steve Sampson
Trim Fuel Flaps Mixture Mags Instruments...

Trim
Fuel
Flaps
Mixture
Mags
Instruments
Hatches
Harnesses
Controls
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-27-2010, 07:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,052
Posted By Steve Sampson
I operated a -9a with a C/S prop of of 1020'...

I operated a -9a with a C/S prop of of 1020' quite succesfully (except when it was soft). You can see it here. (http://gikonwhy4.blogspot.com/2006_05_01_gikonwhy4_archive.html#links)
You need to know...
Forum: RV-4 10-25-2010, 02:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,469
Posted By Steve Sampson
I did my footwells to that plan and they can fit....

I did my footwells to that plan and they can fit. It depends on exactly where you locate them fore and aft. Perhaps best to see the complete blog entries at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2010, 03:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 866
Posted By Steve Sampson
Performance and rough air?

We have very low aspect ratio wings on our RV. Are low A/R wings particularly susceptible to performance degradation in rough air?

I am based in the lee of a line of hills which cause considerable...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2010, 02:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,175
Posted By Steve Sampson
Sig, yes I would rather a little over rich than...

Sig, yes I would rather a little over rich than lean on full power, though as you see I use it minimally. I had it richer but decided I wanted it a little closer to the Lyco spec., but it was a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2010, 01:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,175
Posted By Steve Sampson
Dave & Trina, your 75% question I really can not...

Dave & Trina, your 75% question I really can not answer because that is not a power setting or height I use.
I do run around a lot at 58-60% power and there is a good graph here...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2010, 02:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,175
Posted By Steve Sampson
Sorry I wasted my time writing to you. If you...

Sorry I wasted my time writing to you. If you don't read the reference I gave you, you will not know the answers to your questions. They are all there.

WRT Kelly, I think Aerosport Power know their...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2010, 01:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,175
Posted By Steve Sampson
Dave & Trina, after a lot of reading and research...

Dave & Trina, after a lot of reading and research I enlarged the main jet. At least Aerosport Power did. They said typically an O-320 in an RV typically run lean. I now have a jet with a #39 hole in...
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