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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 11:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 668
Posted By Ironflight
Of course you have to observe all operating...

Of course you have to observe all operating limits -but you descend at speed, throttling back just enough to observe Those limits, and get a nice fast ride downhill - you donít have to pull all the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 12:05 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 668
Posted By Ironflight
Why would you pull off power for that descent?...

Why would you pull off power for that descent? Just keep the throttle in, trim nose down, keep it lean, reduce throttle as you hit 75% and enjoy the speed!

At least thatís how I fly long...
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,476
Posted By Ironflight
I have never felt the need for a BRS, (partly...

I have never felt the need for a BRS, (partly because if the airplane isn’t designed for it, you are building an untested compromise, and partly because there is a limited corner of the risk box...
Forum: Propellers 09-19-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By Ironflight
Yes Clockwise to increase RPM Yes (unless you...

Yes
Clockwise to increase RPM
Yes (unless you bought a special aerobatic prop)
No
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 757
Posted By Ironflight
I can tell you that as someone who most of the...

I can tell you that as someone who most of the week at teh aces, I greatly appreciated the tent - a place to relax between events, in the shade, with a comfy couch and recliner - and all right in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 9
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Views: 738
Posted By Ironflight
I have been flying the GRT HUD now for better...

I have been flying the GRT HUD now for better than a half a year, and it actually works very well. I wrote a review on it in Kitplanes for the October 2018 issue (should be available now) if you want...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-17-2018, 10:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 666
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - Iím lucky to I guess - 13 years, 1900 hours...

Yup - Iím lucky to I guess - 13 years, 1900 hours on the RV-8 flap motor, cleaned once Avery long time ago.

RV-6 kit #4, closing in on 4,000 hours and no record of any issues with the flap...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 375
Posted By Ironflight
Give DJM a call - Dayton makes the Deluxe...

Give DJM a call - Dayton makes the Deluxe throttle quadrant that ACS and Van’s sells, and can probblay come up with a solution for you.

Paul
Forum: RV-3 09-16-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,831
Posted By Ironflight
A thread resurrrection! When we were building...

A thread resurrrection!

When we were building our -3, it was amusing to chat with the Van’s Tecj support folks. Ken Scott was always brutally honest....”No one here has ever built one, except Van,...
Forum: Safety 09-15-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,491
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks for sharing the story, and for the debrief...

Thanks for sharing the story, and for the debrief - professional all the way around - great job!

Here’s one additional thing for everyone to think about. Why have switches for the EFIS screens at...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,740
Posted By Ironflight
JIm - the asymmetry you describe sounds to me...

JIm - the asymmetry you describe sounds to me like you are getting uneven where in the notch in the steering arm. Iíve had this happen, and it develops slowly, so you don;t really register that it is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,740
Posted By Ironflight
Personally I like the link style becasue they are...

Personally I like the link style becasue they are clean and easy to maintain, and I like tight-coupled steering. We have Silver Bullets on all our RV’s. However, our Tundra has chains, and it flies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,234
Posted By Ironflight
As others have said, Tech counselors are supposed...

As others have said, Tech counselors are supposed to be volunteers who offer their services for free. That said, if they have to travel significantlyto get to you, then offer to pick up expenses, or...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-12-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 430
Posted By Ironflight
My rule of thumb is to use my thumb - the first...

My rule of thumb is to use my thumb - the first joint should be able to fit between the tire and teh wheel pant all the way around.....

FWIW, I wear a large sized glove - pretty normal size...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,651
Posted By Ironflight
Iím with you on that one Dan - especially for...

Iím with you on that one Dan - especially for those of us living at high density altitudes! Donít Panic......
Forum: RV-14 09-11-2018, 04:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 764
Posted By Ironflight
This might work out for some, but when you count...

This might work out for some, but when you count the rental, the gas, and time to drive it yourself (including one way transportation to get in position) the percentage saved is small. I have a kit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,921
Posted By Ironflight
The neat thing here is that none of has to guess...

The neat thing here is that none of has to guess - although we may very much not like what we find. Google “FAA legal interpretations, and you’ll find a search page where you type in terms to search...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By Ironflight
Bruce Bohanon - Angleton, TX. Search the archives...

Bruce Bohanon - Angleton, TX. Search the archives for his contact info.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,819
Posted By Ironflight
Build more airplanes - then you can get fleet...

Build more airplanes - then you can get fleet insurance, which is cheaper per plane.... :)
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
Posted By Ironflight
Are you breaking in a new engine? If so, you want...

Are you breaking in a new engine? If so, you want as much cooling air as possible to carry away the heat of break-in. The best cooling is at faster speeds, and the amount of cooling is not linear...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-19-2018, 10:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 963
Posted By Ironflight
Iíve flown over it at altitude a few times, never...

Iíve flown over it at altitude a few times, never dropped down into the caldron of Caravans goign to and from Reno - what are these flights of which you speak, and do you have a link?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 941
Posted By Ironflight
Flew the RV-3 from home base down to Big Bear...

Flew the RV-3 from home base down to Big Bear this morning to do some evaluating on a new airplane tomorrow - airplanes, smooth air, and majestic mountains....can’t be beat!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-19-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 757
Posted By Ironflight
Go in to the configuration pages and find the...

Go in to the configuration pages and find the transponder - I believe it will give you some information on data transfers. You might also go to a serial link page to see if there are in and out bits...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 637
Posted By Ironflight
That way they could charge you more, since you...

That way they could charge you more, since you were getting more aluminum....:p
Forum: RV-4 08-17-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 543
Posted By Ironflight
On all of our Rv’s, the wing-mounted landing...

On all of our Rv’s, the wing-mounted landing lights are switched separately, and one aimed for “landing” and the other aimed for “taxi” - so the switches are labeled that way as well. So yup - I have...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-12-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,815
Posted By Ironflight
Welcome aboard - and I believe the performance...

Welcome aboard - and I believe the performance numbers on Van’s spec sheets are TAS.
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-09-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,136
Posted By Ironflight
At the rate I get press releases from them on new...

At the rate I get press releases from them on new products, call him up and ask - it will probably ready next month! :rolleyes:
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-09-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,136
Posted By Ironflight
What youíre looking for can be found at BeLite...

What youíre looking for can be found at BeLite Aircraft - their Radiant series of instruments were designed specifically be low priced:

http://www.beliteaircraftstore.com/radiant-engine-monitor/

I...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,082
Posted By Ironflight
Three RVís appears to be just right to us. But...

Three RVís appears to be just right to us. But then you also have to add our Tundr, Xenos (under construction), and the new kit to come this fall - the little jet!

No, you donít have a problem with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 73,451
Posted By Ironflight
I enjoyed the Vashon when I flew it - but it...

I enjoyed the Vashon when I flew it - but it really isn’t relevant in a discussion of kit airplanes - it is not available as a kit, and it is my understanding that’s kit isn’t in the cards.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry - missed that you wanted them in parallel -...

Sorry - missed that you wanted them in parallel - I was thinking Sending units. Walt is correct that trying to parallel the gauges is not easy. Using the existing sending units for the G3X is simple.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,722
Posted By Ironflight
Air and O2 are two very different things. With...

Air and O2 are two very different things. With diving air, you had to worry about oil contamination from the compressor. Such a thing would take care of itself in the O2 delivery industry because any...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 597
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - they hooked up fine on two planes I’ve got...

Yup - they hooked up fine on two planes I’ve got with G3X.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,722
Posted By Ironflight
I tested a couple of concentraters a few years...

I tested a couple of concentraters a few years back, and they worked great. I think the only reason they don’t make headway versus bottled O2 in our community is that the cost, and the fact that you...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-01-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By Ironflight
Rob Holmes, rph142 here on the forums. Lives in...

Rob Holmes, rph142 here on the forums. Lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2018, 09:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,074
Posted By Ironflight
We started up in HBC at 0710 on Saturday morning,...

We started up in HBC at 0710 on Saturday morning, taxied without a stop all the way to 36L where we were #1 for take-off, and kept the wheels rolling until liftoff. A very good time to depart it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,499
Posted By Ironflight
The ďLumbering BeastĒ is home....

...RV-6 is on its way!

Louise and I traded airplanes at the show, so I got to bring the Tundra back. Two long days with some storm dodging in Nebraska on Saturday, overnight in Rawlins (WY) Saturday...
Forum: Safety 07-28-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,831
Posted By Ironflight
For those who think you can call out airplanes by...

For those who think you can call out airplanes by N-Number based on visual identification from the ground - put a plane half a mile away from you with three inch N-Numbers, and try reading at an...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-28-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By Ironflight
Just make sure to check it again after you have...

Just make sure to check it again after you have put the prop on - there can be a small change in geometry sometimes, unless you have the flywheel torqued to speck.

Personally, I don't do alternator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 36,303
Posted By Ironflight
There is not even a shadow of a doubt that the...

There is not even a shadow of a doubt that the entire system collapsed this year, and while its really interesting to think of ideas to make it work better, none of those thoughts really matter until...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2018, 05:38 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,070
Posted By Ironflight
So....knowingly break the rules and take up space...

So....knowingly break the rules and take up space that a Homebuilt airplane could be using when all of the GA parking is shut down because it is full?

Hmmmmmm......might as well grow a gum wrapper...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,433
Posted By Ironflight
I made it in with Mikey on Thursday afternoon -...

I made it in with Mikey on Thursday afternoon - pushed through a lull in the weather across Iowa and an hour later it had exploded into that mass of tornadoes that hit the center of the state....
Forum: Tools 07-21-2018, 06:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,105
Posted By Ironflight
But you still have to countersink for, and...

But you still have to countersink for, and squeeze, rivets to mount a regular nut plate.

ClickBond - one hole, squirt adhesive, pull the fixture through the hole - done!
Forum: Tools 07-20-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,105
Posted By Ironflight
I donít see a price, but I am guessing that with...

I donít see a price, but I am guessing that with a name like Deutsch, you could use all ClickBond nutplates And come out ahead - and save a LOT of time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,101
Posted By Ironflight
230+ knots (with a 58 knot wind assist crossing...

230+ knots (with a 58 knot wind assist crossing in to Iowa...not bad for RV-6 kit #4!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,101
Posted By Ironflight
The Thursday Arrival....

All that practice - 90knots (+/- 1), 1800 feet, dead over the tracks, be ready for anything....and today I needed none of it! For a variety of reasons, I like to make it to the show early so that I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By Ironflight
Plumbing that isnít there canít leak.....

Plumbing that isnít there canít leak.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 852
Posted By Ironflight
Hmmmm. I must be doing it wrong then. I have...

Hmmmm. I must be doing it wrong then. I have pedal mounted reservoirs on all four of our airplanes, and never have to do anything at the reservoirs. I have the sintered bras caps to allow air in and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-17-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 480
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks Steve - I was just wondering if the system...

Thanks Steve - I was just wondering if the system was OK with multiple updates in parallel (as I was updating two screens serially this afternoon) - good to know this works!

Paul
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-17-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,316
Posted By Ironflight
Went fine - just got an ADS-B report on it...

Went fine - just got an ADS-B report on it yesterday, and it is running perfectly.

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 727
Posted By Ironflight
This is a well known problem with older Ray Allen...

This is a well known problem with older Ray Allen relays. Very common years ago. I think they must have changed the design, becasue I haven’t heard of any recent failures in newer installations.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,458
Posted By Ironflight
Well dang - I bet you can guess what topic Iíll...

Well dang - I bet you can guess what topic Iíll add to the HAC debrief of the show. EAA shouldnít be putting out anything that contradicts the NOTAM! And yup - the NOTAM over-rides anything else that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,458
Posted By Ironflight
You know, EVERYONE that is flying to Oshkosh...

You know, EVERYONE that is flying to Oshkosh should have a copy of this by now, so there is no needs to guess or spread information based on memory. Here is what the NOTAM says on Page 4 about...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-15-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,189
Posted By Ironflight
Nothing new under the sun......

the Archives are your friend.....

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=33413
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,303
Posted By Ironflight
For any of our -3 compadres who are waiting for...

For any of our -3 compadres who are waiting for Tsam to sign up, weíre leaving her home this year due to other travel considerations (a week of camping on teh way home) and the need for more...
Forum: Propellers 07-09-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 532
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, this is normal. The front cylinder doesn’t...

Yes, this is normal. The front cylinder doesn’t always end up at exactly the same spot when the prop is re-assembled. I have never slotted the bolt holes - have either made a new bulkhead or if the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-07-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,033
Posted By Ironflight
Very sorry to hear that but thanks for sharing...

Very sorry to hear that but thanks for sharing the news. Monty was such a wealth of experience! He’ll be missed.
Forum: RV-10 07-05-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,592
Posted By Ironflight
Weíve had ours mounted in that spot, hanging from...

Weíve had ours mounted in that spot, hanging from the sump bolts, for 650hours on the RV-3 with no issues.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-04-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,633
Posted By Ironflight
Well.....some of us ARE.....or were.....(and I...

Well.....some of us ARE.....or were.....(and I know of one former Shutle commander building one right now.....:D
Forum: Tools 07-03-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 747
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve made a lot of those on my lathe - really...

I’ve made a lot of those on my lathe - really easy, even for a lathe hacker like myself. If you have access to a lathe, or a friend who can do it for you, just make one up out of 4130 stock.

Paul
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-03-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 297
Views: 122,756
Posted By Ironflight
That looks like Johnson Creek - we were there a...

That looks like Johnson Creek - we were there a couple of weeks ago, but not with the RVís - playing with some back country airplanes!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By Ironflight
Itís steady- not erratic - just reading low. We...

Itís steady- not erratic - just reading low. We did a prop balance for Dayton the other day, and when he set it at 2350 by the EFIS, I was seeing 2525 on the Dynavibe. Totally repeatable on each run....
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