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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-07-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 316
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Offer

Hi Derek, interested and Pm sent.
Forum: Canada 12-06-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 807
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Copa

Copa VIP gold worked for me. In-motion coverage from the moment it moved out of the garage until now (30 hours so far)

Simon
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-28-2017, 05:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,877
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Right on

I have the same engine and a Sensenich fixed pitch prop. The quoted static RPM is around 2150 which is bang on. As the speed increases and the load on the prop decreases you'll get an increase in...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-25-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 60,578
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Classic profile pic

VFR OTT

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By Simon Hitchen
same

Ive just completed my flight test period and my glide tests showed the same, 11:1 at 85 mph. 1400 pounds.

I have a fixed pitch prop and that makes a huge difference. I used to fly an 8 with a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-16-2017, 05:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,804
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Wheel

I wheel landed an 8 with an unknown flat right main gear and it felt odd as I started to slow. Feeling the drag to the right I used rudder then brake to keep straight. Not knowing exactly what had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By Simon Hitchen
There it is....

I slotted both brackets and moved the aileron down by 1/32 of an inch. All sorted, heavy wing problem fixed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Exactly

Exactly what I thought, slot the brackets to find the correct placement and then drill the new brackets to match permanently.

:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Interesting

On further examination the left aileron outboard end is sitting a little higher with respect to the wing top skin and tip than the right aileron outboard end. I think I'll slot this bracket and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 939
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Heavy wing/aileron dispalcement

Hi guys, I've searched and searched but can't quite find what I'm looking for.

My 7 does has an aileron issue. On the ground everything, all wing trailing edges, line up beautifully. The angle of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-03-2017, 05:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,946
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Agreed

Exactly as I've been taught and practiced for years Jim.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2017, 04:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,983
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thank you

Thanks everyone very much! I've loved every minute of the build, I was concerned that the flying may be a bit of an anti-climax because I fly all the time. It wasn't and isn't! It's far better...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-31-2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,946
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Tailwheel technique

I was taught the following technique by some very competent instructors and have used it ever since in many different tail draggers. It varies from type to type but in an RV type with a steerable...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,983
Posted By Simon Hitchen
First flight

I'm really pleased to report that on the 25th of October/2017, after a longer than expected build time, RV-7 C-FCSH took to the air for the first time.

Everything went as expected with no major...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-24-2017, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,064
Views: 869,044
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Ace

That does look very sharp Bret.. nicely done!

One of the best I've seen
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Hollow crank shaft

I've recently converted a constant speed engine to a fixed pitch. The service instruction dictates that the rear crank shaft plug is pierced, that an expansion plug is inserted into the front end...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-30-2017, 08:51 AM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Apparently airworthy!

On Sept 18th C-FCSH was inspected by not one, but two Canadian MD-RA inspectors (one inspector and one trainee inspector).

All went very well, the inspection itself took around three hours with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2017, 02:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,320
Posted By Simon Hitchen
It's all in the design

While I've got to say that I detest getting in there upside down. I did a fair amount of planning so that everything would be accessible from beneath. It's all quite straight forwards and doable. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 417
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Sywell fly in UK

Any UK flyers flying into sywell fly in tomorrow with a spare seat for a BA pilot on reserve?

Simon
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks you

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 627
Posted By Simon Hitchen
RV7 Flap area

Hi guys, I'm filling out the TC paper work and need the flap area for the 7. I'm away from the hanger at the moment. Would anyone happen to know the dimensions of each flap please?

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-23-2017, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 693
Posted By Simon Hitchen
FP Static RPM and RPM for 110 mph

Hi guys, just about to do some flight testing. Could someone with a 7, an IO-360 with a sensenich FP prop give me some figures for static full power RPM and 110 mph level flight please?

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-10-2017, 04:13 AM
Replies: 524
Views: 571,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Don, expect to see yours posted here soon!

Thanks Darwin, I hold you responsible for giving me the confidence to paint it myself :) , and for providing the bench mark for all the fibreglass...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 524
Views: 571,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
at last...

It's been a long time coming but the weigh in happened today.

Empty weight 1068 pounds, C of G 79.6 inches. Pretty normal I think.

Hope to start the engine on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
From concept to reality

After a lot of ideas and modifications and colours (red then silver then yellow then finally blue...) we finally agreed on the scheme below. I stuck with it and am happy that it worked out ok. Weigh...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-06-2017, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Wings on, and a guard dog :)

Finally got the wings on.
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Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 830
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Tanks on

Did mine a few days ago with the tanks on. No problem at all
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-25-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Matrix

I spoke with the Matrix rep and he recommended MP-201 if I recall. I scuffed and used alodine on the aluminium before priming. Worked out really well, at one point a I got the design on the Vs...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-24-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Dave,

Yes I painted it myself at home in a homemade booth. I used matrix base/clear and although it was a lot of work I really enjoyed the process.

Highly recommend giving it a go.

Simon
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-24-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
The big day arrived and it was time to go to the...

The big day arrived and it was time to go to the airport. Drove really slowly and arrived in one piece. Now the fuselage is tucked up in its new home and the wings will join it for final assembly...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-15-2017, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,417
Posted By Simon Hitchen
options

Option 1 is to shim the left wheel out by 1/2 a degree to make both wheels equal and have no toe in or out in the three point attitude.

Option 2 is to shim the right wheel inboard to give both...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-14-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,417
Posted By Simon Hitchen
8 wheel alignment

I've read as many posts as I can find so I'm asking for some help.

I'm flying an 8 that is rock solid to wheel land but as I transition to three point or land three point it gets a little squirely....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,614
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Conditioning

I'm just about to start my taxi trials and have brake conditioning in the schedule, is it really not necessary or a good idea?
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-19-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Clear

Hey Bret,
I put one good coat of clear on the airframe but two coats on the cowling because I think it'll get a little abused. Not many problems burning through the clear but I used a very soft...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Cowl

Thanks Dave, I'd encourage anyone to try and paint it at home. Yes I've damaged a few bits here and there but I've learned how to repair painted parts and blend them in which is nice to be able to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thank you Dan Horton

The painting has been interesting for sure. Love the end result but boy what a lot of work. I went base/clear knowing that i could follow Dan's advice on color sanding and buffing. Worked like a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-17-2017, 03:36 AM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Almost ready to go the...

Almost ready to go the airport!

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Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2017, 06:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,099
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thank you

Well, im sat here having my breakfast, cruising VAF with the whole day to work on the fuselage paint job...procrastinating a little at the daunting task..BUT that trip write up has got me motivated...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1,777
Views: 860,378
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Final stages

The final piece to be painted.... getting ever closer to the move to the airport :)
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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2017, 06:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,557
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Clearances

Hi Andy, i can't see the photos either, any of them.

Not sure why you're having clearance issues.. I've just installed the trombone exhaust on a Titan io-360, superior cold air horizontal sump,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-23-2016, 05:44 AM
Replies: 770
Views: 845,182
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Very nice !

Beautiful colour scheme Dennis, look forward to hearing about the first flight.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-16-2016, 10:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,326
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Nicely put

Well said Steve, Couldn't agree more. I did check the clearance to the cowl and I have lots of room for engine movement :). I'm going to address the mixture cable interference in the morning with a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2016, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,326
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Me too

No mine is a standard ECI parallel valve, 180 HP! stock IO-360. I too was under the impression that the snorkel fit the 200 Hp version neatly and would require major modifications. Was very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-14-2016, 07:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,929
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Imminent

Jeff I have exactly the same setup and I'll be running my control cables later this week, I'll let you know if you like.

Btw, it's no trouble to make these holes with the engine in place.

Simon
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2016, 07:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,326
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Snorkel success

Having read about so much grief concerning the snorkel installation I got stuck in. Im really pleased to say that the snorkel fits beautifully. This is the VA 132-2 snorkel 7/8.
The only cutting...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2016, 02:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,321
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Superior cold air induction threads

I'm currently away from home, could anyone give me the specs of the studs protruding from the front of the superior cold air induction sump please? They're used to attach the fuel servo.

Many thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2016, 01:08 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,031
Posted By Simon Hitchen
A THUNDER of Rv's .. Derived from a thunder of...

A THUNDER of Rv's .. Derived from a thunder of Dragons..:)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-04-2016, 08:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,108
Posted By Simon Hitchen
So I decided to give it a try

Thanks for the replies guys, considering I had already painted the wing without the screws in place I decided to go ahead and give painting the screws a try..

Ill let you know how it works...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-03-2016, 08:29 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,108
Posted By Simon Hitchen
I agree, that's why I left them out during the...

I agree, that's why I left them out during the paint job, just incase I have to remove a tank at some point. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-03-2016, 06:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,108
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Paint the screws or not

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Im well into the painting process now and have finished both wings. Question I have is should I paint the screws that hold the fuel tank to the spar? I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2016, 08:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,931
Posted By Simon Hitchen
congratulations!

Looking sharp Darwin, nicely done!
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2015, 05:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,253
Posted By Simon Hitchen
WTB Sensenich prop. 72FM8S9-1 (85)

Just wondered if any one had a prop they wanted to sell before i go to Van's. 72 inch, 85 pitch, 2.5 inch spacer, 1/2 inch bolts.

Many thanks.
Simon
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2015, 07:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,234
Posted By Simon Hitchen
thanks

Stein blocks it is. Just what I needed, thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,234
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Nav/strobe/landing/taxi terminal block

Can someone please give me some guidance on how to split the various wires out to the respective wing tips and tail. At the moment I have the main wires from the switches bundled together terminating...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2015, 09:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,057
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thank you

Thanks everyone, I managed to get the cable length down to 10 feet and the experts seem to feel that regular RG400 will be just fine.

Thanks for the help
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-14-2015, 05:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,057
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Correct coax for GTX-327 antenna

Just wondered if anyone could shed some light on the Coax people are using for the antenna on the transponder. The manual States rg400 is ok with a max length of 8.8 feet. My installation routing...
Forum: GPS 05-07-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,169
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks for the replies Gents, most helpful indeed.

Congrats on the inspection Don, very exciting times ahead for you, you'll be flying before you know it :)

Thanks
Forum: GPS 05-06-2015, 07:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,169
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Exactly..

The extra stuff is nice to have, primarily fuel info, range and endurance.

I'm not building an complex machine and it'll be VFR, but it would nice to have some of the little luxuries if I can use a...
Forum: GPS 05-05-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,169
Posted By Simon Hitchen
GPS feed to a Dynon EMS-120

Just wondering if anyone knows of an inexpensive GPS unit that I can tie in to my Dynon EMS-120 please. I've been looking at the Garmin 18x that will provide position information to my ACK 406 elt...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2015, 02:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 770
Posted By Simon Hitchen
WTB: Garmin GTR-200

I know these are relatively new but thought I'd ask before going to ACS..

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-24-2015, 05:51 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,159
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Larry
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-24-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,159
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Vans supplied flap switch

Im away from home and about to put in an order for electrical supplies. Does anyone know which wire terminal connectors I need to wire the vans flap switch? The one supplied with my kit doesn't have...
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