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Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 08:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 234
Posted By rightrudder
Mine could use a little bigger gap. Currently at...

Mine could use a little bigger gap. Currently at about 1/8" and there are a few small scuffs on top of the wheel pant.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-11-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,584
Posted By rightrudder
Neat photos, Bruce! Some cloud cover/rain near...

Neat photos, Bruce! Some cloud cover/rain near Cable kept me from making it out there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-06-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,026
Posted By rightrudder
I made a 0.125 top plate for the FAB (IO-320-D1A...

I made a 0.125 top plate for the FAB (IO-320-D1A vertical induction) and it's holding up well at 320 hours. I put a gasket between it and the fuel servo, and Pro-Sealed a 0.063 plate inside the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,878
Posted By rightrudder
Mine is similar, from the vacuum pump pad to my...

Mine is similar, from the vacuum pump pad to my grounding point on the firewall. I used a longish cable in a U-shape (plan view) to allow for engine twist.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,104
Posted By rightrudder
I used some quality wheel bearing grease as well.

I used some quality wheel bearing grease as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 09:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,566
Posted By rightrudder
That's the value for some of us.

That's the value for some of us.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 960
Posted By rightrudder
The feel-good story of the week, Luke! So true,...

The feel-good story of the week, Luke!

So true, you meet the nicest people flying RVs...and flying in general.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,566
Posted By rightrudder
I really like that you've incorporated some...

I really like that you've incorporated some backup steam gauges. They break up the tyranny of the rectangle!

I think it's a very clean design.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-02-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,396
Posted By rightrudder
The hardest part is positioning everything and...

The hardest part is positioning everything and getting the nut started, as you mentioned. I super-glued the stack together (nut, washer and shim), and then made a tool out of a strip of scrap...
Forum: Safety 02-02-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,378
Posted By rightrudder
You do want to have some give in the belts to...

You do want to have some give in the belts to slow deceleration, but not so much as to allow occupants to impact the instrument panel/glareshield. The way the shoulder harness anchor points are set...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,772
Posted By rightrudder
The site itself looks fresh and modern. I like...

The site itself looks fresh and modern. I like the new fonts for the body text, headlines, etc.

But I'm NOT a fan of that new logo. Veterans Administration??? I so prefer "Van's Aircraft" spelled...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-31-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,252
Posted By rightrudder
I've got an AvStar fuel servo, and it's been...

I've got an AvStar fuel servo, and it's been working flawlessly for 315 hours. I did some GAMI testing and determined that cylinder EGTs were peaking so close together it wasn't worth changing...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-21-2019, 09:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,439
Posted By rightrudder
I'd fit the steps now, but wait as long as...

I'd fit the steps now, but wait as long as possible to permanently attach them. Before I bolted on the wings, I kept bumping into the steps by accident as I walked around the plane...ultimately I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,922
Posted By rightrudder
I'd always tell people, "I built it as if my life...

I'd always tell people, "I built it as if my life depended on it."

It did (and does)!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2019, 05:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 729
Posted By rightrudder
Another way is to put a small scissor jack...

Another way is to put a small scissor jack directly beneath the big castle nut... slide in a small square of plywood to protect the threads, then jack away. Tire needs to only come up 1/4" off the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2019, 02:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 23,069
Posted By rightrudder
You seem to have a very healthy engine at 2000+...

You seem to have a very healthy engine at 2000+ hours...congrats! But your CHTs vary by quite a lot. Have you thought of making some changes to the baffling to even them out?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-04-2019, 09:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,057
Posted By rightrudder
^ My experience as well. This heat muff surrounds...

^ My experience as well. This heat muff surrounds both crossover tubes, so there is very generous surface area for heat transfer. It's crazy effective!
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,005
Posted By rightrudder
Bogi-Bar here as well. I put some large snap...

Bogi-Bar here as well. I put some large snap bushings in the wheel pant holes for the tow bar...goes a long way toward protecting the paint.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-31-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,683
Posted By rightrudder
My -9A does about 155-157 KTAS at 7.5 gph, WOT &...

My -9A does about 155-157 KTAS at 7.5 gph, WOT & LOP at a DA 0f 9000' to 10,000'.

Stock 160-hp IO-320-D1A w/ Slick magnetos, FP Catto 70x70 2-blade prop, with a TOW of about 1500 lb.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By rightrudder
Yes, the blue tape trick has worked many times...

Yes, the blue tape trick has worked many times for me! A really good magnetized screwdriver is also an option.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By rightrudder
Yes, I just did this. Decided to hardwire the #20...

Yes, I just did this. Decided to hardwire the #20 pin to the EchoUAT. Just loosen those two screws from the front with a long Phillips screwdriver, and then you can pull away the D-sub...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By rightrudder
I Installed a forest of tabs high up and pretty...

I Installed a forest of tabs high up and pretty much centered on the firewall, and I used zero tabs on the engine side....only the engine grounding strap went there. As with BillL, I used lots on the...
Forum: ADS-B 12-23-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 991
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks for the info, guys. I'll check into...

Thanks for the info, guys. I'll check into Flightaware.
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-23-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 86,351
Posted By rightrudder
That's beautiful, Walt! BTW, it was good meeting...

That's beautiful, Walt!

BTW, it was good meeting you at Osh...I was the red/silver -9A camped to your left.
Forum: ADS-B 12-22-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 991
Posted By rightrudder
Clean install there. I've got the same setup, and...

Clean install there. I've got the same setup, and just got a clean PAPR from the FAA. My only problem is that I don't show up on Flightradar24, even though I'm in an area with excellent ADS-B...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,861
Posted By rightrudder
I've got the manual aileron trim, so for access I...

I've got the manual aileron trim, so for access I think I'll make a box that sits on the horizontal part of the seat pan, just aft of the fuel selector. I just want a convenient place to put my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,425
Posted By rightrudder
Love my FP Catto! (just to add balance to the...

Love my FP Catto!

(just to add balance to the thread. :) )
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2018, 10:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,686
Posted By rightrudder
That's exactly what I did. Rustoleum Gloss White...

That's exactly what I did. Rustoleum Gloss White is a pretty close match...works well!
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-17-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,861
Posted By rightrudder
I like that a lot! A perfect rainy day project.

I like that a lot! A perfect rainy day project.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-11-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 522
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks for setting this up! I've already RSVP'd...

Thanks for setting this up! I've already RSVP'd through the Yahoo SoCal RV List. Looking forward to it.

--Doug Kott
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,289
Posted By rightrudder
It's great having both steam and glass, as you...

It's great having both steam and glass, as you can cross-check the values. Part of the reason I went this route was simply aesthetics...the round dials break up the tyranny of the rectangle. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-13-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,219
Posted By rightrudder
I've got the same engine with 300 hours and have...

I've got the same engine with 300 hours and have similar consumption. It varies a little depending on how hard I run it. Half-hour breakfast runs? Typically 2400-2500 rpm or so. Going to Osh? 2700...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 23
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 6,340
Posted By rightrudder
I finished the baffle modifications for cylinders...

I finished the baffle modifications for cylinders 2 & 3 (quite similar to the pic that BillL posted) and am extremely happy with the results. No. 2 (the hottest) dropped about 25 degrees and is now...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-01-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 983
Posted By rightrudder
Hey Jimbot, The rudder stops didn't seem to work...

Hey Jimbot,

The rudder stops didn't seem to work for mine when done per plans. Just make them oversize and keep filing/cutting until the rudder comes with about 1.5" of contacting the elevators....
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-01-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,152
Posted By rightrudder
Hey John, You'll love the Catto. Mine's a 70x70...

Hey John,

You'll love the Catto. Mine's a 70x70 with the nickel leading edges. With a 160-hp IO-320, you should see 153-155 KTAS at 2700 rpm, with a fuel burn of about 7.5 gph. That's what I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-01-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,607
Posted By rightrudder
Enjoyed your video! I've gotta get another camera...

Enjoyed your video! I've gotta get another camera and start making more myself.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-29-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,971
Posted By rightrudder
Agree w/ Ralph. I found the basic kit and diagram...

Agree w/ Ralph. I found the basic kit and diagram to be very helpful. I'm sure that if I'd ordered one of the premade harnesses I'd end up cutting and splicing it a bunch. Why not start with fresh...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-28-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,152
Posted By rightrudder
FWIW, I am extremely happy with my fixed pitch...

FWIW, I am extremely happy with my fixed pitch Catto 2-blade (70x70) on an IO-320-D1A. Less weight, complexity, cost & maintenance than CS, and solo I can climb at 1500 fpm on a cool day with full...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 424
Posted By rightrudder
I really like having my flap switch on the panel...

I really like having my flap switch on the panel right above the throttle/mixture controls. I have it positioned so I can easily actuate the flaps with my thumb with my hand resting on the throttle.
Forum: California 09-16-2018, 11:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By rightrudder
I'm out at Cable in Upland, and the Foothill...

I'm out at Cable in Upland, and the Foothill Flying Club there has a Sport Cub that rents for $124/hr wet. I'm sure it would be much cheaper to do it there instead of Sunrise...at John Wayne it's...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-04-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,648
Posted By rightrudder
I went with GRT (Sport SX) for a number of...

I went with GRT (Sport SX) for a number of reasons...reasonable price, integrated AHRS and the fact they've been in biz for a while and continue to innovate.

But foremost, I like their graphical...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 23
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 6,340
Posted By rightrudder
Thumbs up Great thread, and timely for me as I'm going to...

Great thread, and timely for me as I'm going to do some baffle modifications at the next oil change to lower CHTs

I think this would make an excellent sticky....great photos and links to threads...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 818
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks for giving me the rough dimensions on...

Thanks for giving me the rough dimensions on this. Just installed a wedge that was 1" x 6" made from trailing edge stock, and on the first try it brought my trim back to neutral (with me aboard and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,015
Posted By rightrudder
No, once you do the initial alignment, the...

No, once you do the initial alignment, the intersection fairings will keep the gear leg fairings in proper orientation. I went with the optional wooden gear leg shimmy dampers, and when these are...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-25-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,516
Posted By rightrudder
WD-40 does contain a lubricant, and yes, its...

WD-40 does contain a lubricant, and yes, its water displacement properties are well known.

I'll concede that it's not the best lubricant for most/all aviation applications! Great stuff in general.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2018, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,595
Posted By rightrudder
1/8" difference in the HS tip to firewall...

1/8" difference in the HS tip to firewall measurement is insignificant in the grand scheme of things. Build on!!!

You're getting to a critical step of drilling the holes for HS mounting. Take a ton...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,465
Posted By rightrudder
I think a -9 would fit your mission well. 155 kts...

I think a -9 would fit your mission well. 155 kts true on 7.5 gph, stall speed of 39 kts, a super docile but responsive airplane. You mention resale value, which should remain quite high on an RV. An...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-18-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,105
Posted By rightrudder
My method too. Simple & reliable.

My method too. Simple & reliable.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-06-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,004
Posted By rightrudder
Nice pics! We're spoiled with our beautiful...

Nice pics! We're spoiled with our beautiful coastline.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-29-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,234
Posted By rightrudder
I was lucky. Did GAMI spread testing to see if I...

I was lucky. Did GAMI spread testing to see if I could improve over factory nozzles, but spread was right around 0.5 gph. Close enough for me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,069
Posted By rightrudder
So much easier leaving Osh than arriving! I...

So much easier leaving Osh than arriving! I headed south to Ft. Worth, TX to visit some good friends. High overcast at first, but then a wall of weather in mid-Oklahoma forced me from 8500 feet down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,945
Posted By rightrudder
Not only is 27 a tight right approach, but you're...

Not only is 27 a tight right approach, but you're supposed to be descending mid-field, so you may be a little lower than you're accustomed to.

I'm planning on a late afternoon Saturday arrival,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,214
Posted By rightrudder
I hadn't seen that before. Very interesting, and...

I hadn't seen that before.

Very interesting, and thanks for posting it!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2018, 09:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,484
Posted By rightrudder
Another option with a runaway engine would be to...

Another option with a runaway engine would be to switch off the magnetos/ignition, and switch it back on briefly if you need a burst of power. That would be my first instinct in a stuck throttle...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-19-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,382
Posted By rightrudder
My advice is don't be in a rush to be an early...

My advice is don't be in a rush to be an early adopter. Let others work out the hardware/software bugs, and wait for a more mature, improved product.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,176
Posted By rightrudder
You'll love the instant speed gain... I picked up...

You'll love the instant speed gain... I picked up about 15 knots with the wheel pants + gear leg/intersection fairings installed. Harder to bleed the speed off when approaching the airport too!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,119
Posted By rightrudder
Under empennage fairing, directly ahead of...

Under empennage fairing, directly ahead of horizontal stabilizer. I've got electric trim, so no big steel cable nearby to mess with magnetic field. This location has worked great for me (GRT Sport SX...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,573
Posted By rightrudder
A thief would probably pick an adjacent plane...

A thief would probably pick an adjacent plane with non-locking caps if he wanted to siphon fuel out. They tend to go for the easy opportunity.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,760
Posted By rightrudder
I have mine in that precise location, with no...

I have mine in that precise location, with no issues whatsoever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,429
Posted By rightrudder
I don't have autopilot on my -9A and it was great...

I don't have autopilot on my -9A and it was great on my trip from California to Osh last year. Once it's trimmed out, it takes minimal corrections to maintain altitude, or at least +/- 50 ft of where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,230
Posted By rightrudder
I'd order linings through Matco, and get a set of...

I'd order linings through Matco, and get a set of linings already riveted to the backing plates. This way, when you wear out one set, you have another set ready to go.

Have you got the "Avery tool"...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-09-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 995
Posted By rightrudder
Yes, my engine came with a data sheet from the...

Yes, my engine came with a data sheet from the test cell. IIRC, it was run for about 1.5 hours as well. Don't know about the balancing.

I felt like I needed a good 20 hours for full-break-in in...
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