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Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 10:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,553
Posted By Ironflight
1. Don't know 2. Nope

1. Don't know
2. Nope
Forum: RV-3 Yesterday, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 131
Posted By Ironflight
Airplaneplastics.com is where Van's has (or had)...

Airplaneplastics.com is where Van's has (or had) them made - they also do custom work.
Forum: RV-4 12-11-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 910
Posted By Ironflight
Fair enough - you're right! But....that was a jam...

Fair enough - you're right! But....that was a jam nut that was loose and the rod end bearing backed out of the pushrods. Totally different cause than a unlock coming off. Control disconnect, just the...
Forum: RV-4 12-10-2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 910
Posted By Ironflight
You can replace all of the bolts and nuts if you...

You can replace all of the bolts and nuts if you like Chris, but remember - there are over 10,000 RV's flying out there in the world, the majority of which have been built to plans - which mean with...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-10-2017, 04:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 435
Posted By Ironflight
We've been using the EFII pump package on our...

We've been using the EFII pump package on our RV-3 (with Bendix-style Fuel Injection) for about six years and over 650 hours now - works great, nicely designed, good package.

We have the AirFlow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,053
Posted By Ironflight
Wow - talk about a straightforward, logical...

Wow - talk about a straightforward, logical process and App - will be excited to see it go live!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 09:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,377
Posted By Ironflight
I'd be very cautious about doing anything other...

I'd be very cautious about doing anything other than the factory design with control surfaces. I'll be honest - I've been doing the RV thing now for a long time, and have flown a huge number of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By Ironflight
I had the same thought as Scott. With Van's...

I had the same thought as Scott. With Van's baffles, assuming you installed the deflectors in front of #1 and #2 cylinders, it is very common to see #2 warmer than the other cylinders, because the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 06:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By Ironflight
Enterprise works well at most small airports...

Enterprise works well at most small airports during the week (for business). Unfortunatley, they usually aren't open weekends, so unles an FBO has an arrangement, you can get stuck with no car if you...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 12-02-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 333
Posted By Ironflight
Let me know what you need Bill - the Val is...

Let me know what you need Bill - the Val is sitting here with dual P-Mags and the EIC installed.....

You know how to reach me!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,957
Posted By Ironflight
Congratulations to Van, the Van's team, and all...

Congratulations to Van, the Van's team, and all of the 10,000 builders that made this happen!

(We must have gotten the press release at the same time DR!)


[ed. I bet you're right, Paul. I just...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,820
Posted By Ironflight
This is why the homebuilder's math (90% + 90% =...

This is why the homebuilder's math (90% + 90% = 100%) is actually true.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,462
Posted By Ironflight
A quart in 15? If it was mine, I'd say it was...

A quart in 15? If it was mine, I'd say it was broken in about as much as it is going to get. I also suspect that it went down from 6.5 to 6 more quickly that from 6 to 5.5, because most of these...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-30-2017, 10:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 552
Posted By Ironflight
What kind of tach - mechanical, or electronic? I...

What kind of tach - mechanical, or electronic? I have seen mechanical tacos reading off by 150 rpm when doing prop balancing - it is a significant difference!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,462
Posted By Ironflight
I've seen engines with an hour and half factory...

I've seen engines with an hour and half factory run-in that broke in within an hour of flight time, others took five, others took ten....and some just keep burning oil.

In reading your original...
Forum: RV-4 11-29-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,782
Posted By Ironflight
Not sure what Smoky is saying, unless he means...

Not sure what Smoky is saying, unless he means you have to put it back into Phase 1 for a period of time. We should read your Ops Lims to make sure what version you have - but its not going to be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,323
Posted By Ironflight
Rule #3 - Any hangar you build will, by...

Rule #3 - Any hangar you build will, by definition, be too small.....:)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-29-2017, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,072
Posted By Ironflight
The Lycoming school has a home-made slide hammer...

The Lycoming school has a home-made slide hammer that works great for this. They welded a socket that fits the large through-studs on to a regular slide hammer. You screw it on the studs, and bang...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 565
Posted By Ironflight
When we were in Texas, Sal was the man. Louise...

When we were in Texas, Sal was the man. Louise had the -6 in Fort Worth for the Condition Inspection, and there was an intake valve leak on one jug. They pulled it, I think Doug and Tate may have run...
Forum: Propellers 11-27-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Posted By Ironflight
Not all prop hubs have grease fittings of...

Not all prop hubs have grease fittings of course......the three-blade Whirlwind doesn't - they are sealed at assembly with whatever they have in them.
Forum: Propellers 11-26-2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,066
Posted By Ironflight
I may be remembering this wrong, but I believe...

I may be remembering this wrong, but I believe that the three-blade hub on our Whirlwind is a copy of a McCauley, and it uses shims to keep the blades tight and not leak. If the shim has worn in,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-25-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,906
Posted By Ironflight
And that LOP operation....wow, the damage is...

And that LOP operation....wow, the damage is unbelievable!! ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By Ironflight
A lot depends on which pulley you have on the...

A lot depends on which pulley you have on the alernator, which alternator bracket you have, and which belt size you have. There is enough variation between different brand alternators that it is hard...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-24-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,387
Posted By Ironflight
Video!

Here's a little video I shot of the accelerator pump in action:

https://youtu.be/VtMB-3U6sc8


For a description, you can see my blog post from a few months back on...
Forum: RV-3 11-22-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 618
Posted By Ironflight
I'd check with Van's - I thought this was on...

I'd check with Van's - I thought this was on their web site at one time, but if not, they certainly should have a copy. Straight to the source!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 775
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Jeff, It looks like you might be new to the...

Hi Jeff,

It looks like you might be new to the experimental aircraft world - if that's not true, I apologize. The thing is, when people specify a year for a homebuilt, all it tells you is when it...
Forum: GPS 11-19-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By Ironflight
Another way to make it look good is to cut the...

Another way to make it look good is to cut the hole the size you need to pass the then use a piece of wide srickyback fuzzy velcro with a slit in it to cover hole and allow the cables to pass...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-19-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ironflight
I'll come in with agreement to the notes above....

I'll come in with agreement to the notes above. teh panel in the Val has always been removable with about ten minutes of work,and a few disconnects. These days, the advent of huge EFIS screens makes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 408
Posted By Ironflight
You can also get shoulder pad covers from Crow...

You can also get shoulder pad covers from Crow that Velcro on - if I understand what you're doing, they'd work fine as well.
Forum: COMM 11-18-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 785
Posted By Ironflight
Trick question.....anybody who knows those temps...

Trick question.....anybody who knows those temps knows the answer! :p
Forum: COMM 11-18-2017, 12:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 785
Posted By Ironflight
I get what you're saying Heinrich, but I don't...

I get what you're saying Heinrich, but I don't think I have ever missed an odd sound during start-up that I would have caught without a headset. Headsets attenuate, they don't make sounds disappear....
Forum: COMM 11-17-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 785
Posted By Ironflight
Haven't had a speaker in an airplane in decades....

Haven't had a speaker in an airplane in decades. But then, my background has me put a headset on as soon as I get in the cockpit - every time.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,201
Posted By Ironflight
That's a classic! great video Rusty - thanks for...

That's a classic! great video Rusty - thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,382
Posted By Ironflight
It's especially bad if you've just filled up an...

It's especially bad if you've just filled up an -8....the underwing air vent really picks up the fumes of anything that spills from the fuel tank vents!
Forum: COMM 11-15-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,529
Posted By Ironflight
122.75 is the only real "party line" frequency...

122.75 is the only real "party line" frequency listed, so that is what we generally use. It can, of course, get crowded, and we just live with it. I have never heard of a homebuilder actually getting...
Forum: COMM 11-15-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,529
Posted By Ironflight
https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/60...

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/6050.32B%20Chg%201.pdf

Scroll down to about the fourth page, paragraph 908: SPECIAL USE OF 123.45. It's used for Fight test - but NOT for Air to Air....
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-15-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,353
Posted By Ironflight
I think I've had two flats landing RV...

I think I've had two flats landing RV taildraggers, and both of them were completely controllable - like someone mentioned above, it was hard to figure out there was a problem until I got slow. One...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 881
Posted By Ironflight
Glad that you found that (or anything I have...

Glad that you found that (or anything I have written) useful Craig.

The "Build it Better" series was something I did in Kitplanes back before I became the editor. It grew out of a presentation I...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,782
Posted By Ironflight
Geee....adding a constant speed prop means he's...

Geee....adding a constant speed prop means he's going to have to upgrade his throttle quadrant! I told him I might have a recommendation..... :)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-12-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,244
Posted By Ironflight
I use the push-in "Y" connectors that are used...

I use the push-in "Y" connectors that are used for pitot/static systems. They are behind the baffles, so the temps aren't extreme, and have worked fine for years. Also makes it really easy to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,351
Posted By Ironflight
We've got a can of a graphite spray lube that...

We've got a can of a graphite spray lube that coats the pins and then dries on them.Not a dry graphite - it leaves and actual black(ish) coating that seems to last, and actually does a really good...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 719
Posted By Ironflight
The Val's original (its the cube shaped one)...

The Val's original (its the cube shaped one) failed after about 10 years and maybe 1800 hours - so yeah....you're about on timeline.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,015
Posted By Ironflight
Charlie, you are right, and I apologize. I saw...

Charlie, you are right, and I apologize. I saw the "pumping while not cranking", and actually grabbed the wrong post to quote. Not my intent top impugn you.

We do, however see lots of folks (I had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2017, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 892
Posted By Ironflight
It's an interesting idea, but the truth is that...

It's an interesting idea, but the truth is that being a mechanic and beeing a builder are two different things. Many mechanics build beautiful, solid experimental aircraft. Some will just drill holes...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-11-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,804
Posted By Ironflight
Did you drain the carb bowl? If you had that much...

Did you drain the carb bowl? If you had that much water in the system, you might have water in the bottom of the bowl.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2017, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,015
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry, in the interest of safety, I just have to...

Sorry, in the interest of safety, I just have to comment. WIth an updraft carb, there is no value in pumping the throttle with the engine not cranking - you just pump fuel into the air box. One...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By Ironflight
Having flown both, I'd say that the airframe...

Having flown both, I'd say that the airframe improvements are significant enough that I'd definitely go with all of the changes there.

Did I notice a lot of difference in the engine? As a pilot -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,870
Posted By Ironflight
I'm starting to se some posts here getting a bit...

I'm starting to se some posts here getting a bit "Scoldy", and I'd suggest that is counterproductive in a safety discussion. The OP clearly understands that he made a mistake (one that has been made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 07:57 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,524
Posted By Ironflight
I deal with most of the major (and minor) kit...

I deal with most of the major (and minor) kit companies on a daily basis, and what many builders dont realize is just how thin the margins are in this business. Limiting support for older models is a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,459
Posted By Ironflight
It totally depends on your experience with...

It totally depends on your experience with engines, systems, and avionics. It sounds like the kit you're looking at is 90% done....which means there is 90% left to go.

We jumped into a metal...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,251
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - I have a can of it that will most likely...

Yup - I have a can of it that will most likely last my lifetime. Not very expensive - you can find it quickly on the internet, a Loctite product if I recall. Lyconign specifies a number of...
Forum: Safety 11-06-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,993
Posted By Ironflight
Good reminders Paul! Flying on the eastern...

Good reminders Paul! Flying on the eastern slopes of the Sierra this time of year can be sobering - clear skies plus winds can mean...wham!!

We fly up and down the Owens Valley between Carson City...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 600
Posted By Ironflight
You can buy a set from folks who make canopy...

You can buy a set from folks who make canopy covers (like Bruce's) - but they aren't going to be cheap! On the other hand, anything lightweight is probably not going to survive in a windy environment...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,781
Posted By Ironflight
If my magic works, this will be in "Tips" ....or...

If my magic works, this will be in "Tips" ....or it will be vaporized in the transfer....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,781
Posted By Ironflight
Try never to do any riveting at the end of a...

Try never to do any riveting at the end of a build session. If you have an assembly all ready to rivet - drilled, demurred, clecoed together....quit for the night, and come back to do a sanity check...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2017, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,095
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with Bob Martin - the amount of...

I agree with Bob Martin - the amount of interference looks almost like the amount that the flange on the valve cover appears to be bent outward. I'd roll that back in somehow and see if it fits then....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,771
Posted By Ironflight
I know of cases where FAA Inspectors licensing a...

I know of cases where FAA Inspectors licensing a homebuilt required the owner to remove the dataplate from the engine and replace it with something homemade because "once the engine was hung on an...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2017, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 891
Posted By Ironflight
Per plans static systems on all three of our RV's...

Per plans static systems on all three of our RV's - zero issues, zero problems, and as accurate as can be measured. Cost is a few cents for the rivets, and a little more for teh aquarium tubing.

I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,056
Posted By Ironflight
That's how my latest Hartzell came configured...

That's how my latest Hartzell came configured from the factory Dan - a Zerk in the leading edge position, and a plug on the aft.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Ironflight
Our canopy come with the kit from you rusty - and...

Our canopy come with the kit from you rusty - and we're very glad for it!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,364
Posted By Ironflight
I've always found the Michelin's to leak far less...

I've always found the Michelin's to leak far less than the Leakguards - and the Michelin's only cost a couple of bucks more (last time I checked).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Ironflight
The canopy on our -3 is a Todd's "Tall Man" - not...

The canopy on our -3 is a Todd's "Tall Man" - not as short as the stock canopy from van's. We love it - gives a little more room in the cockpit, and we've had some very tall guys be able to get in...
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