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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 12:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,939
Posted By skylor
Talking Thread?

Well, I have a factory Lycoming in my RV-8 with parts made by Lycoming and their subcontractors. For example, I'm pretty sure the oil thermostat A.K.A "Vernatherm Valve" was made by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 784
Posted By skylor
Wedge?

I’m not at all familiar with the RV-14, but the OP’s pictures almost look as if the trailing edge wedge is backwards.

EDIT: I see that this is by design...

Skylor
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2018, 12:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,960
Posted By skylor
Safety Wire

I highly recommend safety wiring the prop bolts. I witnessed a prop departure at Reno this year and it wasnít pretty. I honestly donít know the reason for the departure but I can tell you that the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2018, 12:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,449
Posted By skylor
More Tests

Also try to see if the noise changes in pitch or volume at different air speeds. This should help identify if the noise is coming from something vibrating from wind or slipstream.

Skylor
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2018, 12:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 653
Posted By skylor
Sunrise Aviation Aerobatic Manuals

I took aerobatic training at Sunrise Aviation in Southern California and they sell some good aerobatics manuals written by Michael Church, the owner. They can be purchased here...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2018, 01:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,846
Posted By skylor
Short Wingtips

I made some carbon fiber wingtips for my -8 to use at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,463
Posted By skylor
Leak Check

Thread drift, but...

I'm curious why you don't do the leak check before replacing the lower cowl?

Skylor
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2018, 12:31 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,345
Posted By skylor
Certificated

I think in the context youíre referring to:

The instrument rating applicant is required by 14 CFR part 61 toprovide an airworthy, certificated aircraft for use during the practical test.

this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,158
Posted By skylor
Reno Course Measurement

A little bakground on Reno course measurement:

Historically through 2002, RARA used the current course measurement method which is the straight line distance between the pylons. In 2003, RARA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,406
Posted By skylor
I don't doubt that. I know in previous years...

I don't doubt that. I know in previous years when comparing the sound of Jeff LeVelle's plane to John Parker's thunder mustang Jeff's had far less prop noise so I assume Jeff has his engine dialed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,406
Posted By skylor
RPM

Sure!

;)

Skylor
RV-8
Reno Sport 80
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,484
Posted By skylor
Yes, you’re correct about the plans. My bad....

Yes, you’re correct about the plans. My bad. It’s been a while since I rigged mine.

The comment I made about using the point on the firewall is due to the fact that the point furthest away from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,484
Posted By skylor
Centerline Reference

As others have said, 1/8Ē error is quite insignificant in the overall scope of things. However, I noticed that you are using several different centerline references for your HS with different...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-22-2018, 12:40 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 7,353
Posted By skylor
Ross, I always appreciate your openness and...

Ross,

I always appreciate your openness and honesty in discussing your EFI hardware and where it is beneficial relative to mechanical FI. Itís refreshing to see this honesty from a business owner...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2018, 11:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,406
Posted By skylor
Hints?

Guessing the two are out of these 3:

14
36
37

Am I close?

Skylor
"80"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,458
Posted By skylor
Tite-Seal

A light coating of Titeseal on the gasket keeps them from sticking so they won't tear when you adjust the timing.

Skylor
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-01-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,882
Posted By skylor
MMO

I don't recall seeing this before, but those considering using MMO might want to at least read this NTSB...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-20-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,940
Posted By skylor
This is a nice sounding marketing feature, but I...

This is a nice sounding marketing feature, but I suspect it is of limited usefulness in cases of lost prop-control oil pressure at high air speeds. It might help limit the over-rev but likely the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 952
Posted By skylor
Engine/Prop Combo

Constant speed (Hartzell) and counter-balanced crank.

Skylor
Forum: Rocket 07-08-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 25
Vne
Views: 3,524
Posted By skylor
I think you may be too quick to discount how the...

I think you may be too quick to discount how the Rocket structural modifications you've listed may affect flutter.

First of all, the Harmon Rocket wings aren't just clipped. They have the same...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,178
Posted By skylor
Root Rib Tooling Holes

If itís the tooling holes in the stabilizer root ribs that you are attempting to use for reference...well, I would not completely trust them. I recall that these particular ribs are sometimes...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-06-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,330
Posted By skylor
Magnetometer

Don't rule out the magnetometer. It's info is critical to the AHARS attitude solution. If you haven't calibrated it, if it isn't accurately aligned to the aircraft yaw, roll, and pitch attitudes,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-05-2018, 12:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,632
Posted By skylor
Fouled Plug?

Have you checked for a fouled plug?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By skylor
Fuel System Restrictions

There are a number of things that could contribute to this behavior. If you can answer several questions below, it might help identify the root cause and possible solutions.

1. What kind of fuel...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-23-2018, 01:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,039
Posted By skylor
API

Hi Evan,

That looks like an Aviation Products Inc. assembly with stock Vanís chains:

http://apitailwheels.com

Skylor
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-18-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 63,707
Posted By skylor
Actually I find the OBS button to be quite useful...

Actually I find the OBS button to be quite useful at times. It essentially allows you to create a radial to the waypoint in your flight plan...useful if you need to fly an intercept to a specific...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-18-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 63,707
Posted By skylor
The "OBS" button on the 430W is not for tuning...

The "OBS" button on the 430W is not for tuning the OBS on the NAV radio and it is disabled in VLOC mode. The 430W OBS button is used for selecting a bearing to a GPS way point.

There is a CDI...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2018, 12:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,308
Posted By skylor
Super Decathlon VS. RV-8

I recommend getting transition training in a 6 or 7 over a Decathlon. I earned my PPL in a Citabria and had a fair amount of time in Decathlons and Super D.'s, but i received additional transition...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2018, 12:24 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 43,608
Posted By skylor
Torque Limits for Landing Gear Bolts

Van's recommendation (on the plans) is 240 in-lbs. You don't want to exceed this because additional torque will cause the outboard landing gear brackets to bend excessively.

Skylor
RV-8
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-23-2018, 12:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,216
Posted By skylor
Squeezer

An Alligator jaw pneumatic squeezer is tremendously useful for these kinds of locations. I was able to find one on e-bay for a descent price after several months of watching. This was probably 12 or...
Forum: Safety 05-19-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,757
Posted By skylor
AN Cap

Thatís either a -2 or -3 AN cap (I donít recall the exact size) that should go over the fitting. Aluminum ones can be found here:


http://www.aircraftspruce.com/menus/ha/an.html

Some prefer steel...
Forum: Safety 05-19-2018, 01:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,757
Posted By skylor
Something Odd

Vic,

Something strikes me as odd here. Was this originally installed as a new engine or an aftermarket/rebuilt one? The cap that you show looks like a schrader valve cap. The factory Lycoming...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-12-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,500
Posted By skylor
Alternator wire size

4 AWG is overkill for the alternator wire. 6 or 8 should be more than adequate. At any rate, my alternator wire doesnít go through the gear tower. It runs right underneath the sub panel (baggage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,400
Posted By skylor
Not really. At least in the eyes of other...

Not really. At least in the eyes of other branches of government as well as government contractors, this type of behavior is considered both unethical and illegal. The example you gave is very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,400
Posted By skylor
If a person is charging for aerial photography or...

If a person is charging for aerial photography or skywriting in an EAB, aren't they "being carried for hire"? I think this could be why the "or" is in 2).

Regarding EAB aircraft compensation for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,779
Posted By skylor
Vne

And Vne is even quoted as IAS in older Van's Builder's Manual such as the one for my RV-8.

I suspect that the real reason Van's changed from IAS to TAS is because they saw a trend of higher-power...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,542
Posted By skylor
Restrictor Fitting

Youíll want to use Vanís restrictor fitting in this application:

http://www.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/store.cgi?ident=1525623422-172-444&browse=engines&product=va-128


Skylor
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2018, 12:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,087
Posted By skylor
I specifically chose the Grove non-airfoil gear...

I specifically chose the Grove non-airfoil gear for a couple of reasons:

1. Even with fiberglass fairings, theyíre at least several pounds lighter.

2. I used modified F1 Rocket fairings and I...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-27-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,839
Posted By skylor
Wing

The wing choice may not be as bad as you think. At very high pitch angles, the prop is producing a significant amount of the "lift" therefore the wing's angle of attack may be pretty low. An...
Forum: California 04-25-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,244
Posted By skylor
KTOA

I am based at KTOA and we have several other RV's there as well. It's not really so bad, but the noise abatement department can be pretty vigilant. As long as you follow their guidelines it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,073
Posted By skylor
Fuel Pressure Head Effects

One thing that I havenít seen mentioned in all these threads about low fuel pressure is the potential fluid-head pressure effects on the pressure reading. If, for example, you have your fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By skylor
Impulse Coupling

If you take a look at the parts list in the slick overhaul manual, the 4372 and 4373 mags use different impulse couplings but have the same frame part numbers. This tells me that the impulse lag is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 778
Posted By skylor
15 degree lag

The 15 degree lag impulse mag is what lycoming supplies on the 20 degree BTDC IO-360 angle valve engines.

Skylor
Forum: RV-4 03-27-2018, 12:33 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 10,485
Posted By skylor
Just because someone once got away with speeds...

Just because someone once got away with speeds well above VNE without flutter and destruction does not necessarily mean there is a "fair amount of structural and flutter margin." It just may mean...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 836
Posted By skylor
Ameri-King ELT Batteries

In the AD, the last sentence of paragraph g states:

"Operators are not required to get replacement batteries from Ameri
-King Corporation. "

The lithium batteries used in the Ameri King ELT's can...
Forum: Autopilots 03-16-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By skylor
Maybe, maybe not. The Vizion control head only...

Maybe, maybe not. The Vizion control head only weighs a few ounces and is the only extra weight you would add with a stand-alone AP. As far as functionality goes, I’m not sure about other mfg’s but...
Forum: Autopilots 03-15-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,401
Posted By skylor
TruTrak AP

...or you could go with a TruTrak system and in the future use it with any of the other EFIS vendors' systems. I use a TruTrak Vizion 385 with the GRT Horizon. The nice thing about this set-up is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-10-2018, 11:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,119
Posted By skylor
Tail Belly Skin Oil-Canning

If the skin oil-cans in that area it's likely because the bulkhead flanges weren't bent to the correct angle prior to riveting.

Skylor
RV-8
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 12:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 965
Posted By skylor
Reno RVís

A few of us die-hard sport class RVers still hope to get in again this year!

Skylor
RV-8
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,185
Posted By skylor
Spin from Slips?

This seems to be something that varies from pilot to pilot/plane to plane. I can pull my RV-8 into a stall while in a full-rudder slip (in either direction), and it does not have any tendency to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 06:52 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 7,695
Posted By skylor
I think the popular term for this these days is...

I think the popular term for this these days is "Flight Proven"

Skylor
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2018, 11:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,282
Posted By skylor
Yes! (5 or 6 years ago now)...

Yes! (5 or 6 years ago now)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-22-2018, 12:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,635
Posted By skylor
-1 Fuselage

The fuselage kits after ~2007 or 2008 are designated as the “dash 1” fuselage. These later kits incorporated significant design changes of the internal structure to facilitate the matched hole pre...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-20-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,411
Posted By skylor
Roll Bar Drilling

Sorry that I missed this question earlier. In my case, i drilled the roll bar and installed the handles while I was building the plane.

Skylor
Forum: RV-4 01-19-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,223
Posted By skylor
EIS

While I understand that panel space in the -4 is even more of a premium than the -8, I will say that I have my EIS in the panel and I'm really happy that I do. It provides nearly instantaneous...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,360
Posted By skylor
Tail one Stuff

In my RV-8 Tailcone, I have:

Tail light & strobe wires
Wehlen power supply (I built before LED strobes)
Autopilot pitch servo
ELT
Battery and Battery bus fuse block
Transponder antenna (mounted on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,282
Posted By skylor
RV-8 Storage

As others have said, an awful lot of stuff can fit into an -8.

Here's an example of what I can carry with 2 people (and we had a little room to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,051
Posted By skylor
Dead Plug/ignition

Usually when one of the 2 plugs on a cylinder stops firing the EGT rises due to the slower mixture burn, and the CHT will drop.

Skylor

RV-8
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-15-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,126
Posted By skylor
You missed the price of the second one he posted...

You missed the price of the second one he posted for 26-20 gauge.

$2939.73
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-13-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By skylor
Revision Number

The suffix (A, G, H) just represents the revision of the Mil-spec that the fluid was made to. Rev H. is the most recent version and has been out since 2002 (actual Mil-PRF-5606 is technically an...
Forum: Safety 01-05-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,273
Posted By skylor
What aircraft are you referring to? Parts "fall...

What aircraft are you referring to? Parts "fall off" of aircraft for for reasons other than improper installation or other air frame faults . Several causes are: 1. Over-stress (exceeding G limits...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-31-2017, 12:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,411
Posted By skylor
I made very careful measurements to lay out the...

I made very careful measurements to lay out the holes, then used a small drill press to drill them.

Skylor
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