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Forum: Autopilots Yesterday, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By Ironflight
Just a suggestion - when you pack it up, put...

Just a suggestion - when you pack it up, put labels and signs and notes that are imp0ossible for the ďunpackerĒ at Dynon to ignore that say ďdonít move the output arm until on a test benchĒ. Since...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,087
Posted By Ironflight
Just takes a little more time. I cut four of...

Just takes a little more time. I cut four of those into our Tundra panel, and did the entire thing in a couple of hours.

Again - nothing at all against the guys that cut them for customers, or for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 758
Posted By Ironflight
I pretty much agree with everything Mark wrote...

I pretty much agree with everything Mark wrote here, and would only add a couple of thoughts. First - Bob Nuckollís isnít just another homebuilder. He is a professional GA aircraft electrical systems...
Forum: California 04-18-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,033
Posted By Ironflight
BIG Puddle!! ;) I’ll probably miss the event -...

BIG Puddle!! ;)

I’ll probably miss the event - I’m in Oshkosh until Friday and get back to Reno that night - and that’s after last week in Florida, so I think I’ll stay put for at least a few...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-18-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,638
Posted By Ironflight
Tight chains vs slack in chains is a religious...

Tight chains vs slack in chains is a religious argument that I believe started between Wilbur and Orville.....I have great friends who are great (and we’ll respected)pilots on both sides of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,330
Posted By Ironflight
When I have really strong crosswinds, I generally...

When I have really strong crosswinds, I generally leave the flaps up becasue I am goign to keep some speed up to maintain better control, and once I am on teh ground, I want as little lift as I can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,389
Posted By Ironflight
Mike saw the light and moved over the hill to...

Mike saw the light and moved over the hill to live in Nevada, right next door to us. We are seeing an upswing in interest in our airpark these days - much of it from folks looking too get away from...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-13-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,027
Posted By Ironflight
I can sympathize with you on the 30 knot wind at...

I can sympathize with you on the 30 knot wind at Fredericksburg - we landed at Dumas (up in teh panhandle) yesterday on our way back from SnF, and the winds were 35, gusting to 45 at the time....
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-10-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 504
Posted By Ironflight
I sent this on to one of my friends who is a...

I sent this on to one of my friends who is a denizen of Fallbrook.....will let you know if I hear anything.

Paul
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-09-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 582
Posted By Ironflight
Skydiving? At Ely? Are you sure youíre not...

Skydiving? At Ely? Are you sure youíre not thinking about Eloy AZ?

Last time we were in Ely, there was a courtesy car, but no rental. Summer before last, we kept our Four-Runner out there becasue...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-07-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By Ironflight
FYI - Someone recently told me they closed up...

FYI - Someone recently told me they closed up shop - and I canít go check it out personally becasue the runway is torn up until the end of June.....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,965
Posted By Ironflight
I personally agree with the skepticism about the...

I personally agree with the skepticism about the bearings moving once assembled properly - I was just supplying information that Lycoming’s school has presented. I think the more likely issue is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By Ironflight
I have never noticed a delay in oil pressure that...

I have never noticed a delay in oil pressure that bothered me. I doubt I get instantaneous 60 psi (I think Iíd suspect the instrumentation if I did), but within a few seconds, yes.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 11:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By Ironflight
I have that same angle adapter on two different...

I have that same angle adapter on two different engines, and the filters on both of them retain oil for a very long time - the anti-drainback valves appear to be working, at least with the Tempest...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,965
Posted By Ironflight
I used to do it that way until I learned why...

I used to do it that way until I learned why Lycoming doesnít recommend that.

The problem with the stack of washers is that generally people use steel, and as they tighten the bolt, the washer can...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,965
Posted By Ironflight
Lycoming will tell you that this is a bad thing -...

Lycoming will tell you that this is a bad thing - and it probably can be. However, you wonít be the first that has done it and not had a problem. If the airplane is going to sit without jugs for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,926
Posted By Ironflight
Iím definitely with Dan on this one. I fly a LOT...

Iím definitely with Dan on this one. I fly a LOT of different airplanes - some kit company demonstrators, some personal homebuilts, and some ďone of a kindsĒ, and youíd be surprised how often the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-30-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,152
Posted By Ironflight
I have unfortunatley seen flywheels that would go...

I have unfortunatley seen flywheels that would go on in any direction - not supposed to, but they did. So I am always suspicious now - put #1 at TDC and check the timing mark on teh back of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-27-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,600
Posted By Ironflight
We've built RVís (drill from scratch, pre...

We've built RVís (drill from scratch, pre drilled, and matchódrilled) and are now building a Xenos from Sonex. Donít worry about the complexity of an RV - youíll find that its a trade off between the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 673
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had a pair that allow regular sounds until...

I’ve had a pair that allow regular sounds until you reach a level of shop noise where the ANR kicks in - they are “OK”, but not great. Last Christmas, Louise gave me a pair of really great passive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ironflight
Not withstanding the excellent discussions above,...

Not withstanding the excellent discussions above, Aircraft Spruce does offers phenolic sheet in various thicknesses.....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-25-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, some of the automotive plug caps are so air...

Yes, some of the automotive plug caps are so air tight that you have to burp them when you install them on the plug, or a pressure change will pop them off. I’ve had this happen a couple of times in...
Forum: RV-3 03-25-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By Ironflight
I donít know, and canít speak for, Heinz, but in...

I donít know, and canít speak for, Heinz, but in Phase 1 testing we also got 193 knots (which is 222 mph) in level flight, at zero MSL, wide open and best power. Prop is a Whirlwind 151 three-blade...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 03-23-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,883
Posted By Ironflight
I’ll be getting there the weekend before to do...

I’ll be getting there the weekend before to do some test flying, then staying through Friday...magazine work you know (yeah, tough job....). No fixed location - just catch me wandering around!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By Ironflight
I very rarely leave completely square corners on...

I very rarely leave completely square corners on any part, especially sheet metal panels, if for no other reason that they snag things - clothing, rags, hands..... If you can’t run your hand over it...
Forum: RV-4 03-20-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,142
Posted By Ironflight
Very likely this is not a coincidence - what you...

Very likely this is not a coincidence - what you describe sounds very much like gear shimmy, and that (as mentioned by someone above) is very dependent on tire pressure. Find out what the previous...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,525
Posted By Ironflight
I know that the OP already rejected the...

I know that the OP already rejected the individual reservoirs, and thatís a fair decision for anyone to make. However, for future readers of this thread, I would like to point out that I have four...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 586
Posted By Ironflight
The VDO sensors are known to gradually fail high...

The VDO sensors are known to gradually fail high (if they are going to fail - so I’d say it’s a better than even bet that is what you’re seeing. AS others have said - confirm with a mechanical gauge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,039
Posted By Ironflight
Of course - if you have the passion to build,...

Of course - if you have the passion to build, then build! The thing folks have to watch out for is if they really just want to fly, and donít have the deep desire to build - they need to buy.

I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,028
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, you need an actual external GPS - the...

Actually, you need an actual external GPS - the hockey puck is more than antenna, it is the GPS reciever as well.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-11-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By Ironflight
I have been one of the moderators on the Yahoo...

I have been one of the moderators on the Yahoo group since the earliest days and youíre right - it was a very active place at one time, but has since dropped off to next to nothing, I see the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-11-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,807
Posted By Ironflight
From a piloting standpoint, you won’t notice the...

From a piloting standpoint, you won’t notice the difference. From a bookkeeping standpoint, measure it, weight the two wheels, do the calculation, and update the numbers so that you don’t get behind...
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,466
Posted By Ironflight
I own full systems of both in our airplanes, and...

I own full systems of both in our airplanes, and use both (as well as GRT, MGL, and AFS....), but I’m not going to tell you which I like best, because that is irrelevant. The only thing important at...
Forum: RV-3 03-04-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By Ironflight
Opinion? Sure - based on flight test experince...

Opinion? Sure - based on flight test experince and many discussions with the engineering and design staff at Vanís. I flew three RV-8ís on the same day one time, one with concave ailerons, one with...
Forum: RV-3 03-03-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By Ironflight
We used the stock aileron bellcranks supplied in...

We used the stock aileron bellcranks supplied in the 3B kit, and our stick forces are feather light. Lots have guys have messed with the bellcrank geometry over the years, but I personally think the...
Forum: COMM 03-03-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By Ironflight
I donít recommend a blanket silencing of terrain...

I donít recommend a blanket silencing of terrain warnings - but there are times when it makes sense. Our airport, for instance, is surrounded by rising terrain in three directions - so if you leave...
Forum: COMM 03-03-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 823
Posted By Ironflight
On the G3X Systems, it is under the ďTerainĒ menu...

On the G3X Systems, it is under the ďTerainĒ menu - turn off ďAlertsĒ. You have to do it for each flight (unless there is a global setting I donít know about in setup....which is always possible - I...
Forum: RV-3 03-03-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,931
Posted By Ironflight
JonJay has it right - you can make any RV with...

JonJay has it right - you can make any RV with folded trailing edges lighter or heavier (by huge amounts!) by checking the concaivty or convexity of the upper and owner surfaces as they die into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2018, 04:40 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 21,532
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s a little report on flying the...

Here’s a little report on flying the Ranger:

https://newsline.kitplanes.com/2018/02/22/experimental-roots-vashon-ranger/

Paul
Forum: RV-4 02-27-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 854
Posted By Ironflight
Standard procedure is just to block off flow to...

Standard procedure is just to block off flow to the oil cooler (to some extent - maybe not completely). As Terry said, don’t block off cooling flow to the engine itself. Popular certified airplanes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,818
Posted By Ironflight
I donít like it because no matter how careful you...

I donít like it because no matter how careful you are, eventually, youíll have oil and oil residue firewall forward, and youíll also be using solvent on the engine to wash it down. Corrugated tubing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-24-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By Ironflight
OK - I get that you don;t want to bother the...

OK - I get that you don;t want to bother the previous owner. But I have to tell you I am surprised that youíd think that the engineer (thatís your word for a mechanic...right?) checked out the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-24-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,195
Posted By Ironflight
Can you still get ahold of the person that sold...

Can you still get ahold of the person that sold you the plane? If you can, get with them for an hour to learn how they did simple tasks like this - no two planes are identical, and builders all have...
Forum: RV-4 02-22-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,138
Posted By Ironflight
Post the photo (or a link to it) so we can see...

Post the photo (or a link to it) so we can see what youíre talking about - Iím always interested in little jets!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 485
Posted By Ironflight
You can fly out to Nevada and borrow Tsam’s for a...

You can fly out to Nevada and borrow Tsam’s for a few minute! :):):)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,760
Posted By Ironflight
I have a box that looks almost exactly like that...

I have a box that looks almost exactly like that Ernie .... well, actually, it’s not a box, its an entire drawer! I do, of course, have a couple of indexed drill boxes in the drawer, and most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,070
Posted By Ironflight
We have “rocket-style” vent loops on the RV-3,...

We have “rocket-style” vent loops on the RV-3, and aside from burping a little more fuel out if you park sideways on a steep slope, we haven’t had any issues. I was told by a DAR that he refused to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-12-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,350
Posted By Ironflight
Thatís a serious bargain, and a great way to go!

Thatís a serious bargain, and a great way to go!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,438
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds like you have a realistic, workable plan....

Sounds like you have a realistic, workable plan. For others considering this in the future, a few thoughts.

Time is a funny thing - when I started my -8, I just knew that when it came time to buy...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-10-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,350
Posted By Ironflight
Youíre right - it is a significant challenge, and...

Youíre right - it is a significant challenge, and putting a never before run engine on a never before flown airframe is indeed notching the risk up significantly. It has been done many times, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,698
Posted By Ironflight
Just a single data point for you - Louise and I...

Just a single data point for you - Louise and I have lived at two airparks - one was “private owned, private use”, and the current one is “private owned, public use”. Teh first was a short, narrow...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,215
Posted By Ironflight
I found tat the better I get at making baffles,...

I found tat the better I get at making baffles, the flatter the sit on the rocker box flange, and when they sit flat, the large seal just lays over the edge, and still seals fine. That and torquing...
Forum: Safety 02-08-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,522
Posted By Ironflight
Great! Iíve been looking for an excuse to buy one...

Great! Iíve been looking for an excuse to buy one of those USB scopes.....;)

Paul
Forum: Safety 02-07-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,522
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds interesting Duane - how about writing up a...

Sounds interesting Duane - how about writing up a guide for what to look for - what’s a healthy one look like? What’s a dying one look like?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-07-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,398
Posted By Ironflight
He didn’t mention it to me. I am using a stick pc...

He didn’t mention it to me. I am using a stick pc to run the app and drive the Hudly. Wireless would be nice to clean things up in the cockpit, but frankly, I have so many pieces of stuff I am...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,398
Posted By Ironflight
The GRT HUD is Great!

I finally got a chance to connect with Greg on a demo HUD, and installed in the RV-8 last week. I had a nice long flight into a wicked headwind up to Yakima the Sunday (and an equally delightful...
Forum: RV-10 02-06-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,599
Posted By Ironflight
This doesnít actually work, as the angled oil...

This doesnít actually work, as the angled oil filter adapters use a filter with a check valve that traps oil inside so that the engine doesnít have to fill the filter on each start (thereby letting...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-03-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,896
Posted By Ironflight
I know of at least three cases where equipped...

I know of at least three cases where equipped airplanes went over, but like Jesse, I donít have pictures. Just proves what they say about ďif you make something foolproof....Ē

Always be careful with...
Forum: GPS 02-03-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,335
Posted By Ironflight
Yes and....it appears to be OK to do so!...

Yes and....it appears to be OK to do so! (Experience with using IFDís and GNSís in the same slot, with the same antennas).
Forum: RV-12 01-31-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,672
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve heard a lot of rumors within the industry...

I’ve heard a lot of rumors within the industry and via other sources....but that’s not one of them Vern.
Forum: ADS-B 01-31-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,566
Posted By Ironflight
The plan is, of course, to go ALL ADS-B...

The plan is, of course, to go ALL ADS-B eventually, assuming the project gets funding. As for the controllers not knowing it, well, they have no reason to worry about it until the equipment hits...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 05:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 806
Posted By Ironflight
if The sludge is really thick, it can be hard to...

if The sludge is really thick, it can be hard to get with a paper towel, so I’ll use a long thin plastic scraper to carefully work it out. A West Systems stir stick (black plastic)works well. Lift...
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