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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 694
Views: 400,556
Posted By KatanaPilot
Having the plane painted before first flight was...

Having the plane painted before first flight was my preference, the advice of many of my neighbors here and the current practice at Synergy Air who assisted me in my build.

That being said, Jonathan...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 694
Views: 400,556
Posted By KatanaPilot
Congratulations!

That is a beautiful plane. Jonathan and his crew are true artists and craftsmen.

My RV-7A is right behind yours in line at Evoke. Hope it turns out half as nice!
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-21-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 497
Posted By KatanaPilot
Does anyone know a good source and part numbers...

Does anyone know a good source and part numbers for this or equivalent tape? I know I can get it from Van's, but the shipping will cost as much as the tape. If I can source it locally, I can get it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 535
Posted By KatanaPilot
There are limited hookup sites available at Camp...

There are limited hookup sites available at Camp Scholler, but they are fairly expensive and you have to pay from the time you reserve until the end of the show. They are power and water, no...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-16-2018, 07:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 655
Posted By KatanaPilot
Or use this tool designed for this task...

Or use this tool designed for this task -

http://www.cleavelandtool.com/Drill-Jig-for-RV-Trailing-Edge-Wedge/productinfo/DJ25/#.WyUQD6knbu4
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 883
Posted By KatanaPilot
Ask the experts

Call or email SynergyAir (http://synergyair.com/). 541-603-8175

They have built most of the S-LSA RV-12's for Van's and have helped quite a few homebuilders with their RV-14's. I expect they have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2018, 05:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 634
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed!

http://www1.und.edu/features/2015/01/aerobatic-team.cfm

My son went there after visiting several other colleges with aviation programs. He could have been on the beach in Florida, but he thought...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,039
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hey Joop! Glad to hear you will be at OSH this...

Hey Joop!

Glad to hear you will be at OSH this year. Will your son be there with you?

Hope to have the RV-7A there and our other RV (a motorhome). We will have you over for dinner one night....
Forum: Safety 06-05-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,655
Posted By KatanaPilot
FAR 23.335 - Design Airspeeds

Clean stalling speed V sub s.

If the published stall speeds are flaps down and the calculations for maneuvering speed(s) by the OP are using those speeds, then I believe the Va speeds being...
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,911
Posted By KatanaPilot
All understood. I've submitted my order with the...

All understood. I've submitted my order with the items I wanted to delete and now I'm just waiting to hear back from Barb or Anne-Marie.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,170
Posted By KatanaPilot
There is a wealth of information regarding the...

There is a wealth of information regarding the Alaska Capstone project and the positive impact on safety that the SV and ADS-B installations provided.

My son had a summer job between college...
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,911
Posted By KatanaPilot
Seat Assembly?

Anyone delete the seat assembly (CA SEAT ASSEMBLY -10) and purchase aftermarket?

What I can't tell from the packing list is if these are both the seat structure and the upholstered cushions or...
Forum: RV-10 05-12-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,911
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the advice and the suggestions. Hope...

Thanks for the advice and the suggestions. Hope to order the finish kit next week.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 493
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed

Jonathan did the design for our RV-7A and is painting it, as well. Highly recommended.
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,266
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question

Would registering the airplane as an assembly of parts vs. a kit also prevent use of the additional pilot during Phase I testing per AC 90-116?
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 05:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,911
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-10 Finish Kit deletions

I did a rudimentary search, but I'm lazy and it's easier to start a new thread.

I'm getting ready to order my RV-10 finish kit. I deleted the main windscreen from the fuselage kit and plan to use...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2018, 04:06 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,421
Posted By KatanaPilot
+1 for in-use training. Since Stein built and...

+1 for in-use training. Since Stein built and wired my panel, I don't need training on how-to wire a panel. Training on the operation of the G3X, G5, GTN series, etc. would be quite valuable. I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 966
Posted By KatanaPilot
Only 19 hours into Phase 1 testing, but I've been...

Only 19 hours into Phase 1 testing, but I've been pretty happy with these -

https://bullerent.com/product/rv-canopy-guide/

I was too lazy to make my own. Had Stein make my panel too since I like...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 788
Posted By KatanaPilot
You can do the same with the Christen. Christen...

You can do the same with the Christen. Christen sells the vacuum pad adapter, Raven sells a less expensive one which works with either system. We installed the Christen system and used the Raven...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By KatanaPilot
My A&P son was there helping. We expected the...

My A&P son was there helping. We expected the usual mess, but there was none.

Further research with Champion and Continental/ECI indicates this is normal and the way these filters work with 90...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2018, 03:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Bill. The anti-drainback valve (flapper)...

Thanks Bill. The anti-drainback valve (flapper) was intact. The issue seems to be that it only covers the intake (dirty) side of the filter. There is nothing preventing the oil from seeping through...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By KatanaPilot
Unless the Tempest or K&N anti-drainback valve...

Unless the Tempest or K&N anti-drainback valve works differently from the one installed on the Champion, I see no benefit.

Despite being a big fan of K&N and Amsoil synthetic media oil filters for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By KatanaPilot
90 degree adapter and anti-drainback valve

I have a Titan IO-360-EXP in our RV-7A. It came with an installed 90 degree oil filter adapter and uses the Champion CH48108-1 filter. This filter has both a bypass and anti-drainback valve...
Forum: RV-14 03-19-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 815
Posted By KatanaPilot
Proto J5100

I used this set of Proto torque adapters along with a torque wrench on my RV-7 flight controls. Not inexpensive, but these adapters are pretty versatile and I've used them for other purposes. Set at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 1,787
Views: 898,067
Posted By KatanaPilot
First Flight!

First flight of RV-7A S/N 74594 temporary tail number N859DF from Mallard's Landing (GA04) this afternoon.

Flew about 45 minutes, ran engine hard, then performed clean and dirty 1G stalls and back...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2018, 04:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 864
Posted By KatanaPilot
I bought an RV-7A project with a Titan O-360...

I bought an RV-7A project with a Titan O-360 engine. The engine had been run in the test cell, pickled and then hung on the mount. It sat for several years in a dry climate controlled space until I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-10-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,231
Posted By KatanaPilot
Problem Solved

Today I pumped out all of the fuel using the electric fuel pump, then pulled the sump drains. Although the fuel remaining was not a couple of ounces, the total unusable fuel for my airplane with a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-08-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 964
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks again

Talked to the Aviat Pitts test pilot. As has been posted by several of you, given the extended flow path and restrictions due to elbows, springs and check balls - it is expected that the oil...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 493
Posted By KatanaPilot
Tip-up Canopy Lift Handle

I've searched but have unable to find what I'm looking for - a nicely made (read CNC) exterior handle for a tip up canopy.

The standard aluminum angle just doesn't do it for me as a permanent...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-08-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 964
Posted By KatanaPilot
Understood. We have changed the oil pickup point...

Understood. We have changed the oil pickup point from directly below the pump in the sump where it now has to flow out the lower sump hose, through the inverted ball valve and back through the pick...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-08-2018, 06:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 964
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Jon!

Do you know why it affects the oil pressure? I know there is additional plumbing and a big change to the oil flow pattern of the engine, but I'm not sure I understand why it affects the pressures.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-08-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 964
Posted By KatanaPilot
Christen Inverted Oil System

We have a full Christen inverted oil system on our Titan/ECI IO-360. First ground run on the airplane occurred the other day. The oil pressures were consistently lower than those from the test cell...
Forum: Reviews 03-07-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 612
Posted By KatanaPilot
Same here. I had an original Van's (Vetterman)...

Same here. I had an original Van's (Vetterman) exhaust that came with the RV-7A project I bought. Sent it back to Clint and he credited me towards a new 4 into 2 dual muffler exhaust. He said the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,231
Posted By KatanaPilot
Yes, QB tanks. Flop tube installed at Synergy,...

Yes, QB tanks. Flop tube installed at Synergy, anti-hangup brackets installed per the plans.

Easiest "fix" would be inaccurate meter on buddy's fuel trailer.

Doubtful there is a problem with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,231
Posted By KatanaPilot
Unfortunately, the tanks are now full from the...

Unfortunately, the tanks are now full from the calibration. At some point, I will again pump them out and then remove the quick drains.

I'm not overly worried about this right now - too busy...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-06-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 599
Posted By KatanaPilot
I've stayed at a Holiday Inn Express before...

Any chance it's related to engine RPM/alternator output/bus voltage - more than any effect from exhaust that is several feet away?
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,231
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks All

We have tried several methods of measuring unusable fuel and both have led to the same result - several gallons unusable. I still suspect the flop tube may be part of the problem.

The airplane was...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 05:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,231
Posted By KatanaPilot
Unusable fuel quantity

Just performed the FF tests for inspection, as well as calibration of the fuel senders/gauges (G3X through GEA).

We leveled the airplane for the calibrations and pumped all we could out of the...
Forum: Reviews 03-06-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Joop!

It was really enjoyable meeting you and your son and getting to know both of you! Great to hear you are making progress on your plane.

First engine run on the plane was yesterday, first flight...
Forum: RV-12 03-04-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air?

You are right there at the home of the SLSA "factory" for the RV-12. I know Synergy also does build assist with the ELSA versions. It certainly adds to the cost of getting a plane, but you end up...
Forum: Reviews 03-04-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

And thanks to you too Tom for the kind words and the fabulous customer service.

Looking forward to first flight soon.

Iíll fix the link later tonight, sorry.
Forum: Reviews 03-04-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By KatanaPilot
Darcom - Vern Darley

I just wanted to express my gratitude and appreciation to Vern Darley, who came to my hangar at Mallard's Landing in Locust Grove for the inspection of our RV-7A.

Vern was exceptionally thorough,...
Forum: RV-10 02-18-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,730
Posted By KatanaPilot
I believe that Synergy Air...

I believe that Synergy Air (http://synergyair.com/) will be opening a southern division at Newnan airport (KCCO) on or about July 1 of this year. You might want to consider at least taking the...
Forum: RV-14 02-05-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,487
Posted By KatanaPilot
Per Ron's suggestion some time ago, we did that...

Per Ron's suggestion some time ago, we did that for our RV-7A tip up. The execution would be a little different, but conceptually this would also work on your RV-14. I know another RV-14 builder...
Forum: Oregon 02-03-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By KatanaPilot
There is plenty of tie down parking on the south...

There is plenty of tie down parking on the south end of the Atlantic ramp. I have seen numerous GA aircraft tied down there during visits over the past year and a half. Rental cars and taxis are...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-03-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,611
Posted By KatanaPilot
There are other choices as well

Van's now sells the Thunderbolt line of Lycoming engines - which I understand you can customize.

My engine (ECI/TItan) had only test stand hours but had sat on the airplane for a couple of years. I...
Forum: Oregon 02-02-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By KatanaPilot
If you are going to see Synergy, they are on the...

If you are going to see Synergy, they are on the west side of the field, just south of the Atlantic FBO.

Depending on traffic, tower will let you land on 34L/16R. It's a bit of a taxi from the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-31-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,857
Posted By KatanaPilot
Congratulations Bill! Looking forward to...

Congratulations Bill!

Looking forward to performance reports on the wide chord composite Hartzell and on your beautifully made plenum. I'm about a month behind you with a similar setup.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,055
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'll PM you tomorrow.

I'll PM you tomorrow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,055
Posted By KatanaPilot
Our Dream RV-7A

We are within a month (we hope) of flying ours. It was a QB project we bought, but ended up doing over much of the previous owner's work.

Penn-Yan modified ECI Titan IO-360, 9.5 to 1, converted from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the link and the information. Guess I...

Thanks for the link and the information. Guess I need to visit the news and releases page more often.

As long as we are only taxed once, there probably is some benefit to spreading the payments out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
Posted By KatanaPilot
Guess I didn't get the memo from Van's. Kyle,...

Guess I didn't get the memo from Van's.

Kyle, are you saying that there will be a one for one reduction in tax liability upon registration provided you can properly account for Georgia sales tax...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-20-2018, 05:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By KatanaPilot
Check your work table!

Having recently built new flaps to replace the twisted QB flaps in my kit, I would stress the importance of having a very flat work table.

When I was at Synergy, we spent about 30 minutes shimming...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,015
Posted By KatanaPilot
Sales Tax on Van's purchases in Georgia

I just received a small order from Van's. For the first time ever, I was charged sales tax. I suspect I know the reason, but does anybody know for sure?

If this is the future, it will add thousands...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,279
Posted By KatanaPilot
Congratulations!

We hope to follow with our RV-7A within a month.

Favor to ask - could you have him take some clear pictures as to how he implemented the key lock with the JD Air canopy release handle?

Thanks!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-12-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 539
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have two sets of pre-terminated 4 cylinder...

I have two sets of pre-terminated 4 cylinder wires that have only been used for the test stand runs of my engine. They are the E-Mag OEM wires that come with the P-Mags. If you buy them from E-Mag...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 02:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,108
Posted By KatanaPilot
I can assure you the landing gear on Diamond...

I can assure you the landing gear on Diamond aircraft is pretty robust. I have a 20 year old DA20 and the landing gear is very similar to the design on the RV-14. A DA20 weighs about 1650 pounds vs....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks!

We had a good deal of discussion at Synergy about this. They had not done a SJ cowl in a while and never a Bill Lane plenum (which the folks at Synergy were quite impressed with).

The diffusers...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By KatanaPilot
How about SCEET?

Has anyone with the James Cowl tried SCEET hose instead? If so, any Pireps?

The neoprene hose idea doesn't seem durable enough, but it sounds like some of you have had good results.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 538
Posted By KatanaPilot
On our RV-7A...

We went with the Superior cold air sump on our ECI IO-360 - primarily because Clint at Vetterman indicated he had an exhaust that would work with the Superior, but not the ECI sump. We installed a...
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,704
Posted By KatanaPilot
Today's high bypass turbofans all have high idle...

Today's high bypass turbofans all have high idle thrust. Some have a "flight idle" mode triggered by flap extension. Primary reason is to meet Part 25 requirements for an 8 second limit from idle...
Forum: Southeast 12-21-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 833
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'm sure you know this, but Atlanta is a big town...

I'm sure you know this, but Atlanta is a big town with almost 6 million people in the metro area and close to a dozen GA airports. If you could narrow down the area, it would help us locals provide...
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