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Forum: ADS-B Today, 03:02 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 2,405
Posted By Toobuilder
Maybe for the millennials, but this Gen Xer is...

Maybe for the millennials, but this Gen Xer is going to cling to it until my deathbed.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Today, 02:50 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 35,923
Posted By Toobuilder
That's pretty clever Ross. This is a very useful...

That's pretty clever Ross. This is a very useful feature; I wonder how many people are going to completely miss just how slick this is? If the pilot takes the time to optimize this "single ignition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 03:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 638
Posted By Toobuilder
Thumbs up Good stuff Otis. Hard data is in short supply...

Good stuff Otis. Hard data is in short supply these days.
Forum: Alternative Engines Yesterday, 01:11 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,921
Posted By Toobuilder
One point seemingly overlooked here (and it might...

One point seemingly overlooked here (and it might be me) is the fact that aircraft using fuel for cooling "stuff" are dealing with thousands of gallons and rely on huge thermal mass. There is very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 12:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 399
Posted By Toobuilder
If the survey does not accurately reflect the...

If the survey does not accurately reflect the situation of the survey taker and he/she is forced to "game" the system to move on, how is the data useful?

To what end is the info being used? What...
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 921
Posted By Toobuilder
I'll revise my statement. At your altitude, you...

I'll revise my statement. At your altitude, you will not see any gain in speed due to an ignition advance. I have done full throttle, sea level testing and I've swept from 20 to 30 degrees and...
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 921
Posted By Toobuilder
Not sure what altitude you are going to fly but I...

Not sure what altitude you are going to fly but I can tell you that the timing bump you have proposed will probably not have a measurable effect on speed. I did a timing sweep at best power mixture...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-10-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,597
Posted By Toobuilder
This thread is a reminder to me that we (the...

This thread is a reminder to me that we (the collective) are easily led to be slaves to our displays instead of the masters. The configuration options provided by the MFD vendors are there to HELP...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Toobuilder
Yep, we would need a sticky to firm up the intent...

Yep, we would need a sticky to firm up the intent of the subforum, and maybe even provide a "template" for the initial post just to frame the project and make it useful as a research asset (like the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Toobuilder
Think bigger, gents. While the minutiae of data...

Think bigger, gents. While the minutiae of data collection is certainly encouraged, the real essence of any particular thread in my immaginary world is "concepts validated by test". Or more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2019, 11:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Toobuilder
Well, that illustrates part of the problem. The...

Well, that illustrates part of the problem. The concept is less about the process of conducting a flight and more about validating an idea with data. You don't need to be a formal tester to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2019, 12:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Toobuilder
Good point David. I honestly didnt even know the...

Good point David. I honestly didnt even know the existing Flight Test forum was there. And considering that there have only been a handful of posts in the last year, perhaps many others dont know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 696
Posted By Toobuilder
Question Could we use a Test and Evaluation Subforum?

Recent posts have shown a need for a "Test and Evaluation" technical forum IMHO. In my mind VAF would benefit from a distinct section where new ideas are not only hatched (plenty of that already),...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
I support this too. In fact I have pushed for...

I support this too. In fact I have pushed for and received verbal agreement to start a "DT/OT" (Developmental test/operational test) on another forum. Each thread will document an idea from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,060
Posted By Toobuilder
Certainly a fair question but anyone who has run...

Certainly a fair question but anyone who has run either wrap or ceramic can attest to a significant to radical reduction in transmitted temps. Often the measurement is as crude as the accidental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,060
Posted By Toobuilder
Well, even 1700 is still acceptable. Fortunately...

Well, even 1700 is still acceptable. Fortunately we don't need to use our imagination - there are plenty of people who have been flying with fully wrapped pipes for years and can tell us what their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2019, 08:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,060
Posted By Toobuilder
For mild steel, maybe. Concerning Stainless...

For mild steel, maybe. Concerning Stainless (According to the internet):

HIGH TEMPERATURE PROPERTIES. Stainless steels have good strength and good resistance to corrosion and oxidation at elevated...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 11:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By Toobuilder
Im no insurance salesman but rates should be...

Im no insurance salesman but rates should be based upon a loss history. Rockets end up on their noses a whole lot, so the insurance companies pay a whole lot. The "Super -8" is very rare so there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
Were getting off track with your thread, Steve,...

Were getting off track with your thread, Steve, but I wanted to give some context to the cowl shape:

http://i63.tinypic.com/t5kf3d.jpg

Hard to see in this picture, but the bottom of the cowl from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
In this case the "ducts" are 12 inches long (aft...

In this case the "ducts" are 12 inches long (aft of the firewall). These are augmented, as the exhaust will terminate right at their inlet within the cowl. The centerbody and yet to be installed L/R...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
There's quite a bit of real estate aft of the...

There's quite a bit of real estate aft of the firewall on the RV that can be used to corral and accelerate the exit air. Here is a high fineness ratio (4:24) aft body stuck on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,060
Posted By Toobuilder
Concerning the "unknown" ceramic product - I was...

Concerning the "unknown" ceramic product - I was also wary of using the good looking automotive stuff as it only goes to 1200, so I went with a rough, black 2000 degree product from Jet Hot. Worked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
That's true but he also has a bit of help from...

That's true but he also has a bit of help from the aurgmented exhaust too. As evidence I have had some extensive conversations with a well known high HP RV driver with tiny inlets that can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
Great minds Mark... I have the big inlets now...

Great minds Mark...

I have the big inlets now but after looking at the benefits of a sealed lower cowl and the dynamic extraction of an exhaust augmentor, there is compelling evidence that adequate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 09:47 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,374
Posted By Toobuilder
Interesting and timely thread since I'm working...

Interesting and timely thread since I'm working on my cowl right now. Looks like I'm not as clever as I thought I was considering the same ideas I'm implementing are being discussed here.

Mr...
Forum: Rocket 02-03-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 238
Posted By Toobuilder
...and another idea if you are planning to follow...

...and another idea if you are planning to follow the Rocket plans to the letter:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=155984&highlight=Axle
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,720
Posted By Toobuilder
Part of the engine conforming to the TCDS is the...

Part of the engine conforming to the TCDS is the processes in place to maintain that engine - notably - licensed mechanics. With the EAB world that important element of configuration control is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,720
Posted By Toobuilder
I wonder what this IA is writing in the records? ...

I wonder what this IA is writing in the records? Certainly can't be "conformance with the TCDS"... What is he inspecting for, and why does his IA pixie dust make him uniquely qualified?

Some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2019, 02:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,225
Posted By Toobuilder
" To qualify for the military discount, the...

" To qualify for the military discount, the customer must be active or retired from...."


I understand what ACS means, but taking the above literally, I, like scores of other Vets do not qualify. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By Toobuilder
Have at it! It came about because I changed to a...

Have at it!

It came about because I changed to a locking tailwheel so had zero means of gust lock. Not a big deal in my hangar but I was preparing to go out of town and realized the airplane was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-25-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 614
Posted By Toobuilder
Because you have a split system (one EI), this...

Because you have a split system (one EI), this makes a straightforward answer tough. In general, the mag should be timed to the data plate value and the EI's curve should drive optimal PCP/crank...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By Toobuilder
Just a simple piece of .063 and some fuel...

Just a simple piece of .063 and some fuel hose.

http://i64.tinypic.com/2m6u5wz.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 455
Posted By Toobuilder
I have a "v" shaped aluminum piece that grabs the...

I have a "v" shaped aluminum piece that grabs the TE of the rudder, then I run a bungie strap to the center hinge cutout of each elevator.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-24-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,244
Posted By Toobuilder
Better to err on the safe side and go "too...

Better to err on the safe side and go "too retarded". Its the initial advance of the Pmag curve that's the spooky part, but fortunately that high power range just happens to be the most insensitive...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-24-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,462
Posted By Toobuilder
This thread stated out about spark plugs, and...

This thread stated out about spark plugs, and that has been answered. But since this has turned into another Pmag review let's throw some reality on the fire...

First off, per company guidance the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-23-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,462
Posted By Toobuilder
He states that he runs the G3i "solution" on his...

He states that he runs the G3i "solution" on his Slick mag... And a CPI on the other. In other words, one mag, one CPI- all with auto plugs, just like the OP is considering.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,542
Posted By Toobuilder
There are many threads on this subject. Several...

There are many threads on this subject. Several commercial and one off solutions as well. A search should provide plenty of reading material
Forum: Rocket 01-23-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,691
Posted By Toobuilder
There is a Reno proven Super Six that switched...

There is a Reno proven Super Six that switched from the std tail to the RV-8 with good flight test data before and after. IIRC, the bigger -8 tail cost some speed on the straights. You might reach...
Forum: Rocket 01-22-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By Toobuilder
Thats the one hard and fast rule about the Rocket...

Thats the one hard and fast rule about the Rocket variants that every new pilot needs to heed: If you get a bounce, go around. No exceptions.

Unlike Cessnas and even RV's, the second and subsequent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,713
Posted By Toobuilder
My hangar is 60x70 and I wish I went bigger.

My hangar is 60x70 and I wish I went bigger.
Forum: Rocket 01-20-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By Toobuilder
An important element I forgot to mention is that...

An important element I forgot to mention is that I carry liability only.
Forum: Rocket 01-20-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,412
Posted By Toobuilder
I never had any transition training in a Rocket...

I never had any transition training in a Rocket and my insurance company didn't require any before writing my policy. I had a bunch of RV -8 and tons of tailwheel time however.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,995
Posted By Toobuilder
Otis- with all that said- have you looked at the...

Otis- with all that said- have you looked at the SDS pump module? Since these pumps already have built in check valves, all you would need to do is add a single relief valve downstream of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,995
Posted By Toobuilder
One thing not mentioned with this style pump is...

One thing not mentioned with this style pump is the threads on the inlets/outlets. Its a metric thread similar in size to the familiar 1/8 NPT. Seems to be fine for well supported fuel lines and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-16-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,683
Posted By Toobuilder
Thanks for the heads up Bill. I generally buy...

Thanks for the heads up Bill. I generally buy these dozens at a time since all my airplanes have them; recently when doing the pre install ohm check, I found one that fell outside the generally very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,065
Posted By Toobuilder
Keep in mind that much of what drives quadrant...

Keep in mind that much of what drives quadrant design is "comonality"- the WW-II designs were often just a common OTS item. I have one of these vintage pieces laying around and you can flip data...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,065
Posted By Toobuilder
I think what people are telling you is that there...

I think what people are telling you is that there are endless mechanical details that would make providing you "dimensions" worthless. My throttle pivot is at the floor, so the total travel of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,065
Posted By Toobuilder
There are some ideas...

There are some ideas here:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=121723&highlight=Throttle

Edit: I see you are actually in the above thread...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-13-2019, 07:11 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 19,853
Posted By Toobuilder
I do not think Ross supplies the tube to sump O...

I do not think Ross supplies the tube to sump O ring found on the AV and other similar engines. Yes, as long as you are in there, I'd replace them unless they are very low time. They are subject to...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-12-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 230
Views: 35,923
Posted By Toobuilder
Glad you're sticking with both products... The...

Glad you're sticking with both products... The original CPI is an outstanding system, forgetting for a moment its the lowest price EI option out there.
Forum: RV-3 01-10-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 989
Posted By Toobuilder
Certainly an option. My neighbor had an RV-4...

Certainly an option. My neighbor had an RV-4 converted to a nosewheel and it featured a Grove style spring gear for the mains. Worked just fine.
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-09-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,921
Posted By Toobuilder
Smile Thanks Tim. Appreciate the time to respond. ...

Thanks Tim. Appreciate the time to respond. Reading between the lines it seems that the primary driving factor for you is the "experiment" of advancing technology. There is nothing wrong with...
Forum: RV-3 01-09-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 989
Posted By Toobuilder
But if the -3 is like the -4 and Rocket and...

But if the -3 is like the -4 and Rocket and features the central keel, then you are going to have almost no room for your feet once you add the -8 gear towers. At least the -8 has the center of the...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-08-2019, 08:41 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,921
Posted By Toobuilder
Captain Huneycutt I appreciate the information...

Captain Huneycutt

I appreciate the information you've presented here- I too was very interested in the monolithic cylinders for my 540 build so I'm somewhat familiar with this impressive company. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2019, 02:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,878
Posted By Toobuilder
Dynon remote magnetometer hard fail (rain) Dynon...

Dynon remote magnetometer hard fail (rain)
Dynon non heated pitot tube fail (LOTS of rain)
Dynon D-10A screen fail (backlight died)
Bendix RSA Injector line broke at injector
Hartzel CS prop threw...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-03-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 627
Posted By Toobuilder
Agreed. Sounds like the all too common leaking...

Agreed. Sounds like the all too common leaking tubes. Pick up the kit from SDS to fix the problem once and for all.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=161030
Forum: Rocket 12-31-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,293
Posted By Toobuilder
What is your mission? What might be a strength...

What is your mission? What might be a strength for one person might be a weakness for another.

To me the biggest strength of the Rocket over the -8 is performance: The Rocket driver can always...
Forum: California 12-29-2018, 02:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,037
Posted By Toobuilder
What route did you decide on? Heard another RV...

What route did you decide on? Heard another RV on flight following, was wondering if it was you guys.
Forum: California 12-28-2018, 12:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,037
Posted By Toobuilder
Yep, I did the trip today and the Victorville to...

Yep, I did the trip today and the Victorville to Blythe section was rough. Spent too much time @13.5 to get over the cloud tops but was rewarded with a strong tail wind. Not a great day to fly, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,495
Posted By Toobuilder
State Farm - never an issue. As an aside, after...

State Farm - never an issue.

As an aside, after years with SF, I finally broke down and got a formal quote from USAA to see if all the savings my friends claimed would be realized. Bottom line: ...
Forum: Rocket 12-25-2018, 10:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,293
Posted By Toobuilder
Never measured it, but a light Rocket should do...

Never measured it, but a light Rocket should do as well as a heavy -8. In any case a Rocket will land shorter than just about any other 250 MPH homebuilt yet conceived.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2018, 01:19 PM
Replies: 314
Views: 123,897
Posted By Toobuilder
To be fair, my OAT was 70 degrees that day... At...

To be fair, my OAT was 70 degrees that day... At cruise altitude...
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