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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 09:25 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 7,647
Posted By vic syracuse
Do take the time to check these floats. I just...

Do take the time to check these floats. I just checked 4 on an RV-12 that had all of them replaced late last year with the latest and greatest floats.

I weighed them yesterday and they were 10.6...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 06:38 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 246
Posted By vic syracuse
Update on Customer Appreciation Day

Well, the weather has been a little touch and go for our Saturday Customer appreciation day but the forecast now looks for really high ceilings beginning around 8 AM on Saturday, so we are a go. The...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-14-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,855
Posted By vic syracuse
Update

Well, the weather has been a little touch and go for our Saturday Customer appreciation day but the forecast now looks for really high ceilings beginning around 7 AM on Saturday, so we are a go. :)...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-10-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,855
Posted By vic syracuse
Good news

A couple of things I want to share:

First, our youngest son, Nick, earned his Private Pilot's license this week. He's been working with me in the business for a while, too. It's really heartwarming...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-15-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 671
Posted By vic syracuse
They will still fire with high resistance, but it...

They will still fire with high resistance, but it is eating your points in the mag. The cost of fine wires can turn some people off, and I understand that. You could also try some UREM37BY plugs....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-15-2019, 06:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 671
Posted By vic syracuse
I have found lots of failed Champion plugs from...

I have found lots of failed Champion plugs from that vintage. I have been replacing them with Tempest plugs. I bet if you checked them on a resistance tester you will find they fail.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2019, 06:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,878
Posted By vic syracuse
Jamnuts. Jamnuts. Jamnuts! I have only found 2...

Jamnuts. Jamnuts. Jamnuts! I have only found 2 airplanes WITHOUT loose jaunts in over 10 years of inspections. On the most recent Intitial Certification I found 14 loose jamnuts. :(

Vic
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 742
Posted By vic syracuse
I'm with Walt on this one. IFR navigators should...

I'm with Walt on this one. IFR navigators should be mounted in compliance with the instructions. I always put the WAAS antenna for these on the outside.

Yes, I know---it slows the airplane down by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2019, 06:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,274
Posted By vic syracuse
Happy New Year, Doug, to you and your family, and...

Happy New Year, Doug, to you and your family, and the VAF "family" as well.

We are all very thankful and lucky you chose to do this website!!! Keep up the great work. :)

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,784
Posted By vic syracuse
Try not to focus on it having to be done on a...

Try not to focus on it having to be done on a certain date. So what if it takes an extra month/year. What you will discover is that the kids grow up really fast, and they will never be like they were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 633
Posted By vic syracuse
I am fairly certain it is a 3/4Ē, but I am...

I am fairly certain it is a 3/4Ē, but I am traveling and canít check it right now.

Vic
Forum: Safety 12-14-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,673
Posted By vic syracuse
On my first airplane, the RV-4, I drilled right...

On my first airplane, the RV-4, I drilled right through an aluminum sheet into my finger. That hurt. I went inside and put a bandaid on it. Went back to the garage and proceeded to drill another hole...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,609
Posted By vic syracuse
Cleveland wins

When I was a district manager at Hewlett-Packard back in the 80ís, one of our customers was the Ravenna Arsenal, located between Cleveland and Erie. I asked why the arsenal was built there, seeing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 574
Posted By vic syracuse
Yep. Dave Gardner at Rendrag works (KOPN). I...

Yep. Dave Gardner at Rendrag works (KOPN). I don't have the equipment to certify.

John Stark in Columbus works, too.

Vic
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-26-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,709
Posted By vic syracuse
It would be REALLY hard to build one of these...

It would be REALLY hard to build one of these that stalls 12 knots higher than the fleet. Itís probably an indication error at the low speed or a static leak.

If you donít have th tools to check...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,040
Posted By vic syracuse
This is the new wording according to the latest...

This is the new wording according to the latest Order:

THIS AIRCRAFT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR STANDARD AIRCRAFT

The pilot is not considered a passenger. He/she is the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,002
Posted By vic syracuse
The lifetime subscription from Seattle avionics...

The lifetime subscription from Seattle avionics is a great deal if you intend to keep flying with the same equipment.

Vic
Forum: Safety 11-23-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
There is no place to review the draft NOTAM that...

There is no place to review the draft NOTAM that I am aware of yet. We do have an annual FAA summit meeting in early February at OSH. Iíd be willing to be it will be a topic then. I know they need to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2018, 05:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,210
Posted By vic syracuse
What kind of gauge do teh both of you have (OP...

What kind of gauge do teh both of you have (OP and Ed, since Ed is having the same problem)? It is a bad ground or a bad gauge.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,012
Posted By vic syracuse
Everyone, let's keep this thread about how we are...

Everyone, let's keep this thread about how we are going to improve ourselves with regards to flying to OSH 2019.

I will be very clear about this----- we as RV pilots are beginning to get a bad...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,380
Posted By vic syracuse
I may have mentioned it in another thread, but...

I may have mentioned it in another thread, but the FAA doesn't want to include a list of alternates in the NOTAM because they don't have a real time picture as to what is going on at the various...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2018, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,551
Posted By vic syracuse
Most likely a bad ground to the sensor or a...

Most likely a bad ground to the sensor or a failed sensor. If it is directly attached to the engine they tend to fail prematurely due to the pulses from the oil pump and the engine vibrations.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,012
Posted By vic syracuse
There is an axiom that says we are ALL only 6 or...

There is an axiom that says we are ALL only 6 or 7 people away from knowing everyone in the world. By spending time communicating, writing articles, working with other aviation conduits, etc., we...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,012
Posted By vic syracuse
No Whining Allowed

No whining on this thread about what others have done to you. WE are past that. This thread is about what each of us as pilots are going to do to insure our safety.

This is a movement. :)

If I see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,012
Posted By vic syracuse
Paul, thanks for getting this started. Some...

Paul, thanks for getting this started.

Some other thoughts:

As a member of the pilot community I will help to get the word out that there are new procedures coming. I will attend Chapter meetings...
Forum: Safety 11-19-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Wow. What a great attitude!!! I've tried to be...

Wow. What a great attitude!!!



I've tried to be a communications conduit here and it doesn't seem to be working real well. This is the last response I am going to provide to this thread. It is now...
Forum: Safety 11-19-2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, our desire is to spread out the arrivals,...

Yes, our desire is to spread out the arrivals, but over more days, not longer geography.

Remember Iíve said everyone is still working their responsible areas. Itís not all worked out yet, but one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,337
Posted By vic syracuse
I have personally witnessed 3 nose gear fold ups,...

I have personally witnessed 3 nose gear fold ups, and they were all on the third bounce, with all of us yelling to go around, to no avail.

I’ve lived on grass runways for over 20 Years with no...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
That is one of the things we track, and I donít...

That is one of the things we track, and I donít remember the numbers off the top of my head. And obviously they get distorted by events like this last year. On a good VFR Friday we would land a whole...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Ok guys, I am amazed at the rush to the the dark...

Ok guys, I am amazed at the rush to the the dark side. No, it won’t be a lottery. But when things get really saturated there needs to be the flexibility early on in the game to start diminishing the...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Some of you have made the comment that the new...

Some of you have made the comment that the new procedure just kicks the problem down the road, so I want to clarify something.

You may get to Waupon, but then ATC will decide if you are going any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,213
Posted By vic syracuse
He was a wonderful guy. I knew him, and had spent...

He was a wonderful guy. I knew him, and had spent time with him recently. Very actively engaged in growing his flight school. A real loss to the he community.

😓

Vi
Forum: Safety 11-17-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Team, I am trying to communicate everything here...

Team, I am trying to communicate everything here and sometimes I guess it isn't getting through. There was a very good reason why some of the experienced controllers weren't there last year and it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-16-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 478
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, the individual leads are replaceable. It...

Yes, the individual leads are replaceable. It does take a special tool. The Kelly harnesses do seem a little better and yes they fit on an RV-10.

Vic
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
There are training courses being developed, and...

There are training courses being developed, and hopefully there will even be "wings" credit for participating. This is a huge change, and if anyone thinks they are just going to show up at OSH next...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 09:24 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Someone made a comment regarding the mass...

Someone made a comment regarding the mass arrivals causing problems. BE careful with a broad brush.
Some of them are very experienced and fly a really good formation "pack" and actually land...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Work is being done within the FAA to fix what...

Work is being done within the FAA to fix what precluded some of them from attending last year.
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
The square hold as you mention it will not be a...

The square hold as you mention it will not be a "hold" per se. The intent is for the Conga line from Ripon to either land at OSH or Fond du Lac. While it might be possible for ATC to rapidly fix...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
I'd rather not argue with you, but the problem is...

I'd rather not argue with you, but the problem is not airspace, it is available concrete. Lots of new stuff is being implemented to help with the flow of aircraft after they arrive on the ground so...
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 18,091
Posted By vic syracuse
Fellow pilots, we spent A LOT of time on this....

Fellow pilots, we spent A LOT of time on this. Lots of calls and lots of face-time. While you may have not been contacted, the letters you submitted with ideas, and ideas posted on forums were...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-12-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 439
Posted By vic syracuse
Hmmm. Not certain what that means. The Airwolf...

Hmmm. Not certain what that means. The Airwolf adapter is installed in place of the oil filter on the back of the engine, and then the filter is remote mounted, usually on the firewall.
Works great....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-12-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 585
Posted By vic syracuse
We've all been hearing this question for a ong...

We've all been hearing this question for a ong time now (3-4 years?), and yet Rob and team keep putting out new features and new panels. You are most familiar with the operation of the AFS units. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,449
Posted By vic syracuse
Iíve had the same leaking lord mount on the RV-10...

Iíve had the same leaking lord mount on the RV-10 at about 900 hours. I replaced all of them. Not cheap.

Vic
Forum: Propellers 11-04-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,508
Posted By vic syracuse
I've been balancing props for a few years now....

I've been balancing props for a few years now. One difference I notice is that there seems to be a lot less cracking of baffling and other metal parts on the airplanes that have their props...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-04-2018, 07:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 917
Posted By vic syracuse
I test flew an RV-10 that had the ignition...

I test flew an RV-10 that had the ignition advanced 45 degrees. Everything ran fine on the ground, with temps seemingly a little higher than normal for a new engine, but not show stopping.

On the...
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 829
Posted By vic syracuse
Work with your DAR. I don't ask anyone to run the...

Work with your DAR. I don't ask anyone to run the engine on the ground for an hour. It should be run once to check for leaks at a low power setting, and then once at full power to check for proper...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,298
Posted By vic syracuse
With that kind of amps when you add power make...

With that kind of amps when you add power make sure the starter isn't still engaged.

Vic
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,079
Posted By vic syracuse
I really can't speak to the future (or I'd buy...

I really can't speak to the future (or I'd buy all of the winning numbers for that lottery right now!), but the fact that they work now is no gurantee that they will continue to work in the future....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-23-2018, 06:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,530
Posted By vic syracuse
I have done this conversion to many of my...

I have done this conversion to many of my customers' airplanes. It has been my experience that the B&C alternators are more reliable. They get the voltage regulator out of the hot alternator...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,079
Posted By vic syracuse
They ALL need to run in parallel. As mentioned,...

They ALL need to run in parallel. As mentioned, each of them needs a full +12v supply.

Vic
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-22-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,530
Posted By vic syracuse
Those are also internally regulated and typically...

Those are also internally regulated and typically this is the way the regulators fail.

My B&C LR3-B regulator failed in this same way this past week. After I verified it was the regulator and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-22-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,482
Posted By vic syracuse
Baggage bulkhead access panel

There is an aft baggage bulkhead access panel that allows access to this area.

Vic
Forum: Texas (North) 10-22-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,800
Posted By vic syracuse
Are you sure you are just not seeing an optical...

Are you sure you are just not seeing an optical illusion caused by the paint striping?

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,982
Posted By vic syracuse
It is per each aircraft. Vic

It is per each aircraft.

Vic
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-13-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 30,092
Posted By vic syracuse
What a horrible tragedy. There are no words. Just...

What a horrible tragedy. There are no words. Just prayers for friends and family.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,982
Posted By vic syracuse
I was disqualified in the Stearman as I had a...

I was disqualified in the Stearman as I had a Garmin 496 driving the Trig Mode S transponder for a few years. They told me since they already detected OUT from the aircraft, it was ineligible, even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 912
Posted By vic syracuse
As I mentioned in another thread, a lot is being...

As I mentioned in another thread, a lot is being discussed with the FAA on the next rewrite of the rules pertianing to Amateur-Built aircraft. But it is really all discussions at this time. The good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2018, 06:15 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,952
Posted By vic syracuse
I've used Hotel Whiskey tanks in both of my 10's...

I've used Hotel Whiskey tanks in both of my 10's and the 7, and have installed them in other customer's airplanes as well. Be patient. I'm sure they will get back to you. It is a good product, tried...
Forum: Tools 10-08-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By vic syracuse
With the Dynavibe GX (around $4K), it calculates...

With the Dynavibe GX (around $4K), it calculates the weights and tells you where to put them. Usually done in 3 runs.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,844
Posted By vic syracuse
Not to put a damper on anything we all want and...

Not to put a damper on anything we all want and hope for, but this is not even close to reality yet. Some of us are involved in these discussions, and at best the FAA will begin to start on new rule...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,056
Posted By vic syracuse
I see you are in Illinois. I am headed to the...

I see you are in Illinois. I am headed to the AOPA convention today in Carbondale. Come down if you get a chance and we can talk RV's.

Vic
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-02-2018, 06:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,270
Posted By vic syracuse
Use Registration as a source

Make sure the data plate matches the information on your registration card, in the same format. Make (usually your name unless SLSA or you decide something else like a corporation, model (usually...
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