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Forum: RV-10 06-09-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 400
Posted By Skysailor
You will want to cover the flox with two layers...

You will want to cover the flox with two layers of glass once you have sanded to the dimensions you like. The glass will bond it to the other fiberglass of the cowl making it one strong piece. Make...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2018, 03:39 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,879
Posted By Skysailor
Great idea Gil. Sign me up for three. Email sent.

Great idea Gil. Sign me up for three. Email sent.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2018, 06:16 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,419
Posted By Skysailor
Teeth?

Jim,

Do you know the number of teeth the starter is set up to run? I have an old Prestolite (should just be Presto...nothing light about it) in the shop I'm not using. You might either use it as is...
Forum: RV-4 12-15-2017, 07:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Posted By Skysailor
I just cut and test fit until I got the clearance...

I just cut and test fit until I got the clearance I needed. I do not remember the amount removed.
Forum: RV-4 12-14-2017, 05:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Posted By Skysailor
I have the Infinity grip in my 4. You will...

I have the Infinity grip in my 4. You will probably have to shorten the stick slightly to prevent panel interference but the wires will run inside easily and you do not need to cut the slot.
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,164
Posted By Skysailor
There is a roll pin

There is a roll pin in the top of the dipstick that goes horizontally through the cap. Carefully measure from the cap to the 12 Qt line. Drive the roll pin out of the dipstick assembly. Insert new...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-25-2017, 03:33 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,941
Posted By Skysailor
Alternate method

For the original poster I have another suggestion to offer. In the Glasair (IO360 with fuel injection) I start with the mixture off, bring on the boost pump until pressure stabilizes at full value...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-12-2017, 05:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,420
Posted By Skysailor
As long as the cowl is off while you look into...

As long as the cowl is off while you look into the float, check that all intake tubes are secure to the cylinders. An intake leak will also manifest itself most at idle but be tolerated at higher...
Forum: RV-10 09-06-2017, 04:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,035
Posted By Skysailor
Pre balanced if mounted correctly

Just remember to mount the tires with the red dot next to the stem. The factory did the balance on manufacture. The red dot is the light spot so the valve stem goes adjacent to that. I have never...
Forum: Safety 08-10-2017, 04:55 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,893
Posted By Skysailor
Remember that any air that leaks past the intake...

Remember that any air that leaks past the intake and does not enter the induction system will also cause you problems. That is high pressure air and adding that below the cylinders will decrease the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-27-2017, 06:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 757
Posted By Skysailor
Look at the RV4

The RV4 has the seat belt anchors in the same position you do by design. A hole is cut low on the seat back just large enough for the buckle. This way the seat back is still easily removable. The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-18-2017, 01:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,023
Posted By Skysailor
Trim servo stays in fuselage

If you do not want to rebuild your elevator to encompass the trim servo and then be concerned with balance, leave the electric trim servo in the fuselage. I helped do this with a friend. We had a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-31-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,076
Posted By Skysailor
I put a left throttle in my RV6 when I had it. I...

I put a left throttle in my RV6 when I had it. I disconnected the center mounted one and tied it back clear of the engine leaving everything aft of the firewall in position. There will be too much...
Forum: RV-4 05-03-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,574
Posted By Skysailor
Tie downs

Your tie downs on the wings make great places to support the aircraft with the engine off. Either make or buy (they are not expensive) the jack points. These will be cone shaped on the bottom with a...
Forum: RV-4 03-19-2017, 07:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,430
Posted By Skysailor
Pictures sent via email.

Pictures sent via email.
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2017, 09:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,430
Posted By Skysailor
My 4 has a NACA scoop in each cheek cowl...

My 4 has a NACA scoop in each cheek cowl extension. Everything glasses together well and since the scoops are lower than centerline rain is not an issue. I also have one under the right wing for the...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,790
Posted By Skysailor
Cheapest A/C is climb performance

Although it will not help in the pattern, remember the outstanding climb performance of all the Vans series allows a very short time to altitude. With standard lapse rates, ten thousand feet of...
Forum: RV-10 02-25-2017, 05:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,015
Posted By Skysailor
Check the mag timing. The mag itself (if new) is...

Check the mag timing. The mag itself (if new) is likely fine.
Forum: RV-10 02-05-2017, 05:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,877
Posted By Skysailor
The entire airframe would be subject to the...

The entire airframe would be subject to the higher TAS. You would be constructing a completely new aircraft which might look like an RV 10. I doubt Vans would endorse such a project and likely would...
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2016, 07:07 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,827
Posted By Skysailor
Any idea how he chose one position clockwise as...

Any idea how he chose one position clockwise as correct or was the plan to start with that?
Forum: RV-4 12-26-2016, 07:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,171
Posted By Skysailor
Dan, I converted my very early 4. I went with JD...

Dan,

I converted my very early 4. I went with JD Airparts tailwheel as I considered it superior to all the others. Instead of bushing the vertical shaft there is a needle bearing and a sealed ball...
Forum: RV-4 12-01-2016, 07:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,036
Posted By Skysailor
I thought Clint said the crossover had been...

I thought Clint said the crossover had been discontinued for the 360 but was still made for the 320. Did you tell him you had a 320?
Forum: RV-4 12-01-2016, 07:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,071
Posted By Skysailor
You may want to try putting the OAT sensor in the...

You may want to try putting the OAT sensor in the access panel for the aileron bellcrank. I put mine there and have been very pleased. Not difficult to run the wire if tanks happen to be off but not...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-14-2016, 08:19 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 116,166
Posted By Skysailor
Possible problem

For those of you who believe the NASA report is a "get out of jail free card" there is another consideration. One of the instances the immunity is not automatically granted is an intentional...
Forum: RV-10 09-06-2016, 05:35 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,890
Posted By Skysailor
Some EFIS will help with the install

The Dynon system has a feature not widely known that uses manifold pressure to act in the same way Vic used a microswitch so the canopy light is not on unless the power is advanced above idle. The...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-06-2016, 05:18 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 13,956
Posted By Skysailor
The Dynon also has a nice feature to have the Vne...

The Dynon also has a nice feature to have the Vne displayed as TAS right on the airspeed indicator tapes. Red line will always be correct for your current condition since it moves. I find this very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-31-2016, 06:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,100
Posted By Skysailor
Just helped a friend install the Supertracks in...

Just helped a friend install the Supertracks in his 6 and I strongly agree with the previous poster. Plan to put the Supertracks in. We just moved his comm antenna back. I was very impressed with the...
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2016, 05:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,867
Posted By Skysailor
I have had exactly the same issue with my...

I have had exactly the same issue with my Glasair. It is definitely heat related. Current practice is to leave boost pump on to level off. This has solved the issue for the time being. My thought is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-20-2016, 05:53 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,395
Posted By Skysailor
Brian, How about the GNS 480?

Brian,

How about the GNS 480?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,974
Posted By Skysailor
I am running a 74" Hartzell on my RV4 with no...

I am running a 74" Hartzell on my RV4 with no issues.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2016, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,234
Posted By Skysailor
Look outside too

I had this on my 4. Take a look at the exhaust for possible contact with the engine mount.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-28-2016, 06:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,935
Posted By Skysailor
Cooling issue...not you, the engine

I went with NACA scoops on the side of the fuselage for two reasons. The first is that they provide a huge amount of air. You will even get flow from the prop at idle on the ground. No CO problem as...
Forum: RV-4 01-28-2016, 07:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,295
Posted By Skysailor
Available

My friend (and RV4 builder) has an engine mount and gear legs he got in his kit. He switched to the longer gear during the build so these have never flown. The gear legs are match drilled to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-12-2016, 07:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,331
Posted By Skysailor
480 is WAAS

The 480 is superior in every way to the 430. All 480's are WAAS. It is the reason Garmin bought the company (was originally the CNX 80) as they wanted the ability to make the 430/530 WAAS and the 480...
Forum: RV-4 10-30-2015, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,815
Posted By Skysailor
Want a cleaner look?

My GPS antenna is mounted just underneath the top rear edge of the cowl in the engine compartment. No external antenna and the GPS signals do know the fiberglass is there. Paint is metallic but GPS...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-12-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,297
Posted By Skysailor
You are using the worng setting in the Dynon

Even though your probes are capacitive, you need to set the Dynon for resistive senders. The reason is the Princeton outputs voltage, not capacitance. That is why you had to calibrate the sender...
Forum: RV-4 09-10-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,411
Posted By Skysailor
One possibility is vapor lock. Take a look at the...

One possibility is vapor lock. Take a look at the routing of the fuel lines FWF. A great deal of heat up there with little airflow in the situations you mention. Are the lines wrapped in firesleeve...
Forum: RV-4 08-27-2015, 06:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,393
Posted By Skysailor
I think it is fabricated with layers of...

I think it is fabricated with layers of fiberglass. My canopy is bonded to the frame as well. My canopy skirt was made from fiberglass so I have a fairing all the way around from the skirt onto the...
Forum: RV-4 08-26-2015, 07:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,393
Posted By Skysailor
Are you sure?

The RV4 is a very fast airplane. Make sure you are comfortable with the aerodynamic implications of not using a fairing here. If Van thought you could do without it, it would not be in an RV4 kit. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2015, 05:27 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 11,816
Posted By Skysailor
Very early failure

My first red cube failed at less than 50 hours and it was mounted to the firewall. Unfortunately EI said the warrantee was 1 year from purchase. Guess that should have been the last piece bought to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-15-2015, 06:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,982
Posted By Skysailor
Skysmith

Scott at Skysmith has always done a great job.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-10-2015, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,222
Posted By Skysailor
Cleanable

I used the Ray Allen product as well. I like the fact the texture is not supplied with abrasive so that you may wash the wing walk area when washing the plane. You can clean it back to the new look...
Forum: RV-10 05-08-2015, 06:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,377
Posted By Skysailor
Caution

The primary reason for fuel tank vents is to let air IN to replace fuel being burned. Failure of the vents to function in flight can lead to engine failure due to fuel starvation.
Forum: RV-4 04-25-2015, 09:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 905
Posted By Skysailor
Both the PCU and the MT would fit easily in my 4....

Both the PCU and the MT would fit easily in my 4. I tried both during the build.
Forum: RV-10 04-19-2015, 08:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,903
Posted By Skysailor
Drilled!

Make sure you get a plug drilled for safety wire or do it yourself. Had a friend lose a beautiful RV because his backed out which causes unrecoverable engine failure with possible fire. Fortunately,...
Forum: RV-4 04-17-2015, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,897
Posted By Skysailor
Number

Even if the number above were zero that would be small consolation if it were to happen to you. A fire in an aircraft is never good. A fire in an aircraft fed by pressurized oxygen could make for a...
Forum: RV-4 04-04-2015, 05:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,050
Posted By Skysailor
I took a look at my long gear RV 4. The highest...

I took a look at my long gear RV 4. The highest point is 1 1/4" above the firewall and is 14" behind the front edge of the cowl.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2015, 06:23 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 22,017
Posted By Skysailor
Torque for adapters

Check your installation manual. I think the adapters are set to a higher torque than the plugs so they remain in the engine when plugs are removed as was mentioned before.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2015, 06:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,902
Posted By Skysailor
Brackets or servos?

The Dynon servos will fit in other mounting brackets. I think Tru Trac is a bolt up but there may be others. That said, the Dynon system will only actually drive Dynon servos. The servos have...
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2014, 07:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,211
Posted By Skysailor
Cabosil

Take it from a plastic airplane builder (Glasair), the suggestion to add cabosil is the answer. It is, indeed, a thixotropic agent. That causes the mixture to form temporary bonds while wet. The mix...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2014, 06:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,814
Posted By Skysailor
Easy check

Scott is right. I built both my planes to show current in/out of the battery. As such, when the battery is fully charged and the alternator is performing correctly there is very little current shown...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-13-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,894
Posted By Skysailor
Resin type is the key

You may want to check on the resin type used to produce the fiberglass tip tanks. They may be polyester resin based. If so, the fiberglass is impervious to the 100LL. The Glasair wing is built using...
Forum: RV-4 10-12-2014, 07:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,716
Posted By Skysailor
Location, location, location

It's not just for real estate. The place on the skirt you have is a low pressure area. I was helping a friend with this very problem and we eventually gave up on using the existing NACA vents in that...
Forum: RV-4 10-06-2014, 07:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,160
Posted By Skysailor
Air vs seat

The canopy does not seal well enough in any 4 I have flown to stand up to a Montana winter depending on heated air from the engine. I would definitely mount the heater as it is a nice addition but...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-04-2014, 05:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 900
Posted By Skysailor
Which wire?

#8 wire to supply the alternator output to the battery will be fine but I doubt you want to use #8 wire for the battery lead. You will probably have starting issues as starters can use extremely high...
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2014, 08:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,022
Posted By Skysailor
More than one cowl

The note you got regarding the early cowl being different for the fixed and CS cowls is accurate. That said, my four had the later cowl so no modification was required. Take a look at both and you...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2014, 07:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,830
Posted By Skysailor
Value

You can likely sell the sump on the Glasair forum. I needed one when I built mine.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-11-2014, 05:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,300
Posted By Skysailor
Size matters

The only difference in the units is in the range of travel. If you can use a smaller radius of action off of the attach point so you stay inside the max range, any will work.
Forum: RV-4 07-28-2014, 05:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,799
Posted By Skysailor
Spacers

The spacers do sound right. Do you have pictures? I can send pics of my RV4 as I should have the cowl off later today or tomorrow.
Forum: RV-3 04-18-2014, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 837
Posted By Skysailor
3 vs 4?

I know someone who may have what you need from an RV4. Any idea if it is the same shape/size in the portion you need? It should be but I do not know.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2014, 05:58 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,948
Posted By Skysailor
Works great

I have the Dynon GPS puck under the cowl in an RV4 and inside the fuselage on a Glasair and both work well. You should have no problems.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2014, 06:14 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,495
Posted By Skysailor
Reference material from the source

Vans has a nice two page detailed description of the process the recommend for wing heavy fixes all listed in the order you can follow. It is under the Support tab and FAQ.
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