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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 09:58 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 189
Posted By Ironflight
There used to be an alternate “torquing” method...

There used to be an alternate “torquing” method printed on Tempest filters that said “3/4 of a turn after the gasket touches”. That has always worked well for me - no leaks and easy to remove. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 930
Posted By Ironflight
Writing as one who has flown every model of RV...

Writing as one who has flown every model of RV (except the -5, and that might happen), I’d say that no, they don't all fly alike...but yes, they are all honest airplanes that aren’t out to get you....
Forum: California Yesterday, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 695
Posted By Ironflight
Just make sure to get an up to the minute report...

Just make sure to get an up to the minute report on the Chicken Strip - it wrecks a lot of airplanes because it is quite challenging and the conditions can change drastically with a flash flood...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 12:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,439
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - I have the Mountain High system with a...

Yes - I have the Mountain High system with a remote bottle and their remote switch - it works just fine. I use their O2D1 for the single seater downstream of the outlet on the panel. The remote fill...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,289
Posted By Ironflight
Maintenance DebateÖ

So we live at an airpark with 30 homes. By my count, 17 have or have had experimental aircraft, 11 do right now. 18 have had certified – so its about an even mix. Of the current aircraft, 25 are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,439
Posted By Ironflight
It's also easy to build a small 540 to 870...

It's also easy to build a small 540 to 870 adapter to carry with you - I do that in the tiny jet because the built in O2 system needs filling often....
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-11-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 420
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve got a variety of 2” and 3” in our various...

I’ve got a variety of 2” and 3” in our various airplanes, and honestly don't even think about which is which most of the time. I prefer the 3” in the planes in which I routinely fly aerobatics just...
Forum: Propellers 11-05-2019, 09:48 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,255
Posted By Ironflight
Randy Lervold did the back to back comparison of...

Randy Lervold did the back to back comparison of the straight blades versus the BA blades back about the time I was building the Valkyrie. At the time, the price difference between teh two options...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2019, 09:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 999
Posted By Ironflight
Hey, you don't have to be old...Turbine oil still...

Hey, you don't have to be old...Turbine oil still comes in cans for some reason! I had to go searching far and wide for an opener when I started using it....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,018
Posted By Ironflight
Iíve used their retreads for over forty years - i...

Iíve used their retreads for over forty years - i think the last time I ordered Monsters. Man, I havenít ordered tires for a couple of years now!

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,018
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks Erich - I have been aware of those tubes...

Thanks Erich - I have been aware of those tubes from Desser for years, and know quite a few that have tried them - and no one has reported that they hold air as long as the Michelins (I have had the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 533
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Tim, Although I don't have part numbers in...

Hi Tim,

Although I don't have part numbers in front of me, we are running a fuel injected, parallel valve Superior 360 with the Hartzell BA aluminum prop, on our Dream Tundra, and have about 300...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-31-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,029
Posted By Ironflight
Just an observation from someone that lived in...

Just an observation from someone that lived in the aviation world in Texas for over thirty years.....airparks or fly-in communities seem to be extremely hard to bring to fruition. I can think of only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,989
Posted By Ironflight
This is a little tough for me to answer because...

This is a little tough for me to answer because we’ve got three RV’s in the hangar, flown by two pilots (along with a couple of other flying contraptions....), but looking at log books, we can...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2019, 07:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironflight
This is why I donít do aerobatics in my -8 at aft...

This is why I donít do aerobatics in my -8 at aft CG or at anything over aerobatic gross ..... which means I donít do acro with passengers.

Paul
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-29-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ironflight
“Platinum or carbon”? Heck, the real question (as...

“Platinum or carbon”? Heck, the real question (as always ) is “experimental or certified”?! Remember, you can work on your own if it’s experimental....

And don't forget, now’s the time to add an...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2019, 07:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironflight
Unfortunately, a lot of RV-8 pilots never test...

Unfortunately, a lot of RV-8 pilots never test the aft CG position until they put a passenger back there, and then discover that if you get slow on approach, the pitch forces can get VERY light (or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,544
Posted By Ironflight
As others have noted Steve, this is incorrect,...

As others have noted Steve, this is incorrect, but its typical of FSDO inspectors who don't deal with Experimentals very often. They like to speak with authority about the regs, even when they don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 09:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,544
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, if you get a mechanic with airframe and...

Yes, if you get a mechanic with airframe and power plant (which is what is referred to as an ďA&PĒ certificate). However, if you can get a FSDO to authorize you to test for an A&P based on building...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-23-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,998
Posted By Ironflight
There’s little that can go wrong with them except...

There’s little that can go wrong with them except the O-rings. I have spares on hand so if I have a leaky, I replace it, then change the O-ring on the “bad” one and put it back in the spares drawer...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-23-2019, 12:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,376
Posted By Ironflight
Just so you know, using washers on the bolts is...

Just so you know, using washers on the bolts is considered a no-no by Lycoming because if they spin they can scratch the mating surface for the cylinder. That why they have the torque plates....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,952
Posted By Ironflight
One other thought for you Andy. I originally had...

One other thought for you Andy. I originally had Cerminil cylinders (circa 2004) on my RV-8 engine. It never did much better than a quart in six hours, and then at about 1400 hours total time, the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,952
Posted By Ironflight
The four-cylinder Lycs in our application...

The four-cylinder Lycs in our application generally quickly throw out anything above 6 quarts, so if your increase in consumption came coincidently with running it at 8, I’d think that there’s your...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-21-2019, 12:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 634
Posted By Ironflight
Your question prompted me to pull out my old and...

Your question prompted me to pull out my old and brittle copy of Abbott & Von Doenhoff’s “Theory of Wing Sections”. I seem to recall that the RV3 uses an NACA 23012 airfoil, and A&VD show this to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,257
Posted By Ironflight
Sure, I expect everyone on the Subsonex community...

Sure, I expect everyone on the Subsonex community (all thirty or so...) know the score. It’s something to check before you buy if its on your concern list.



Liability seems to be available, and as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,257
Posted By Ironflight
This is essentially the route that we are having...

This is essentially the route that we are having to take with the Subsonex. I was fortunate that I earned the rating in the factory jet because I was a journalist, so I had three hours in type when I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,763
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve never used Weatherspork, so I can’t give you...

I’ve never used Weatherspork, so I can’t give you any kind of comparison, but I’ve been using Weathermeister since it was new - probably over a dozen years, and it has always served me well.

Your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,041
Posted By Ironflight
I upgraded the Valkyrie to all-LED’s a couple of...

I upgraded the Valkyrie to all-LED’s a couple of years ago. I had those original halogens in the wing tip cavity, and just as a data point, the Whelen light options were an easy retrofit - I think it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,583
Posted By Ironflight
Before we get yet another thread with over a...

Before we get yet another thread with over a hundred posts, how about we refer to the last one:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=16788

BTW - Steve’s description above is, in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 426
Posted By Ironflight
By the time you have fitted and installed a new...

By the time you have fitted and installed a new wheel pant, you will have learned all of the fiberglass skills that you need to do a repair of your current pants, and if you repair instead of...
Forum: Safety 09-26-2019, 08:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,445
Posted By Ironflight
Sure - Google “Caving Supplies” - cave explorers...

Sure - Google “Caving Supplies” - cave explorers use bags that need to keep things dry when completely submerged in muddy water, and they need to be able to find them in muddy caves, so they are...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,356
Posted By Ironflight
Iíve installed P-Mags on a few planes, and...

Iíve installed P-Mags on a few planes, and something always gets in the way of the long studs Dan - the P-Mags just have some odd bumps and shapes, and while you can find a way to line it up so that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,742
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry about your friend, but in a standard Vanís...

Sorry about your friend, but in a standard Vanís filtered air box, the carb heat door is outside of the filter - no way it can get into the carburetor throat.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 09-20-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,423
Posted By Ironflight
My impression is that he was working out bugs...

My impression is that he was working out bugs most of the week - I think he didnít really have his testing and development finished when he showed up with the entirely new FWF package. He was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,499
Posted By Ironflight
As has been pointed out above, this isnít a show...

As has been pointed out above, this isnít a show like Airventure or SnF - there is never any intent on the part of RARA to bring in lots of vendors. A few who are unique supporters of racing do show...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,499
Posted By Ironflight
I agree that if you have RARA on your list, do it...

I agree that if you have RARA on your list, do it now - you just never know when it will go away. As great as the upswing in Sport is for all of us homebuilders, I wouldn’t be confident that they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 10:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,122
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with Steveís comments (above) - we use...

I agree with Steveís comments (above) - we use Silver Bullet links (no longer available, but the same concept) on all of our RVís - thousands of hours, no issues, no problems, crisp handling, very...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-02-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Posted By Ironflight
You should try carrying one home on the airliner...

You should try carrying one home on the airliner from SnF! No way I was taking it through security, and I was even nervous about putting it in my checked bag, figuring theyíd see a mortar round on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-01-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 890
Posted By Ironflight
I couldn’t tell any difference at all flying with...

I couldn’t tell any difference at all flying with the BOM on our airplanes Oliver - physics says that there is an impact, but it is going to be in the noise (1 or 2 knots at most I’d think) unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,502
Posted By Ironflight
I think we’ve got about three of the $30(ish)...

I think we’ve got about three of the $30(ish) ones, and they all give the same readings on the same person right about the same time - so they seem to be pretty consistent in calibration. O2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,803
Posted By Ironflight
Ahhh..but when (if) NextGen kicks in for real, it...

Ahhh..but when (if) NextGen kicks in for real, it (ADS-B) will be the ONLY way of separating traffic because radar goes away. That is, if you believe the plan....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Ironflight
The only problem you might find with the hook...

The only problem you might find with the hook side on the airframe is that it will collect every little bit of fluff, thread, or lint that floats through the air and become pretty messy (and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 12:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,145
Posted By Ironflight
My -8 has done fine with flat black rattle can...

My -8 has done fine with flat black rattle can paint for fourteen years and almost two thousand hours as well....but another alternative is to cover the glareshield with fuzzy Velcro - gives you a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,482
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - we’ve been using SPOT trackers for about...

Yes - we’ve been using SPOT trackers for about eight years now - very useful!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,270
Posted By Ironflight
Actually Steve, the laser method doesnít depend...

Actually Steve, the laser method doesnít depend on transparency of the material at all. You take the part off, line the laser up on the underlying bracket, bulkhead, nutplate....then put the part on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,300
Posted By Ironflight
Agree completely, and further suggest that no...

Agree completely, and further suggest that no matter what you do with the pants, the bottom half should be a Krylon (or Rustoleum) color for easy repairs.... with three sets of low-slung RV wheel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By Ironflight
I hate autocorrect.....:rolleyes: Fixed it -...

I hate autocorrect.....:rolleyes:

Fixed it - thanks!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,076
Posted By Ironflight
Of all our planes, the one with the most...

Of all our planes, the one with the most comfortable seat is the RV-3, and it is sheepskin. That one was upholstered that way by Oregon Aero, and has held up very well. We have cloth on the two-seat...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-22-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,629
Posted By Ironflight
Nice write-up Joe - sounds like a great trip, and...

Nice write-up Joe - sounds like a great trip, and I know the basic route well....

Regarding the turn to 27 - I have done that many times, with the regular tower and with the Airventure controllers....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By Ironflight
CB - give John Stahr a call or drop him a note -...

CB - give John Stahr a call or drop him a note - yes, he’s busy, but he loves worthy projects, and he also loves to come to your location and work long hours...so he can get jobs done in short...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-21-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 769
Posted By Ironflight
For what its worth....Sonex plans are generally...

For what its worth....Sonex plans are generally dimensioned to the nearest 64th - but I think that is an artifact of doing them in CAD, and having the program dimension the drawing automatically. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 5,091
Posted By Ironflight
2350 and WOT numbers sound pretty sweet to me...

2350 and WOT numbers sound pretty sweet to me Dayton - lean it as far as you can to save fuel, riches it up to go faster. We canít keep up anyway.....

No need to make it complicated - these engines...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-17-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,697
Posted By Ironflight
Condor - I have too many different EFIS’s and...

Condor -

I have too many different EFIS’s and navigators in the different airplanes to keep them all up to date, so we primarily use ForeFlight and Pilot on our iPads (phones as backup) for up to...
Forum: RV-3 08-15-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,143
Posted By Ironflight
Ever since we flew ours for the first time, I...

Ever since we flew ours for the first time, I tell folks to be careful - flying a -3 will ruin you for anything else.....they are just a kick!

Congrats!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-14-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,877
Posted By Ironflight
Hmmmm....10,000+ flying and I hear of a couple of...

Hmmmm....10,000+ flying and I hear of a couple of hot brake events per year - not sure that they REALLY need any kind of modifications!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-14-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,632
Posted By Ironflight
A lot to think about when proposing a...

A lot to think about when proposing a jet.....

1) Yes, with the Subsonex, I figure that leg lengths of about 220 nautical miles is comfortable, 250 and you better be dang sure you land on the first...
Forum: RV-3 08-14-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By Ironflight
I’d be really surprised if there are holes...

I’d be really surprised if there are holes already drilled or punched in the ribs of a -3 kit! More likely you will have the holes in the skin already, so backdrilling through the ribs won’t work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 614
Posted By Ironflight
I admit thatI haven;t had time to look at the new...

I admit thatI haven;t had time to look at the new FREE online builder’s log that EAA announced at Airventure...but it sounds to me like it should do what you want - and you dont; have to develop...
Forum: RV-3 08-14-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By Ironflight
Assuming that you have the holes drilled (or...

Assuming that you have the holes drilled (or punched) in the skins, draw center lines on the ribs and a line on the spar that represents the center of al of the holes. Then push/pull the structur...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-11-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,232
Posted By Ironflight
I have 8 of the plastic Jegs Jugs I use, and yes...

I have 8 of the plastic Jegs Jugs I use, and yes - they fuel fast! However, I am not using them for Avgas - keeping Jet A in them to top off when I need it. No special grounding seems to be needed...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-01-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,043
Posted By Ironflight
Iím With Dan - I stopped doing brake break-in...

Iím With Dan - I stopped doing brake break-in decades ago, and usually get several years out of my brake pads on all of my taildraggers.

Just my experince.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-31-2019, 04:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,936
Posted By Ironflight
Angle valve 360 - important difference! The...

Angle valve 360 - important difference! The parallel valve is really too light and will cause issues with CG youíll have to solve. The angle valve 360 is pretty close to the 390. I flew both on Vanís...
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