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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By vic syracuse
CHT's north of 400 do not constitute an...

CHT's north of 400 do not constitute an emergency. I think we need to be careful here as there are lots of new builders and inexperienced pilots who may find themselves taking unnecessary action and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 05:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 219
Posted By vic syracuse
Check all fuel line fittings FORWARD of the...

Check all fuel line fittings FORWARD of the electric fuel pump. A loose one will cause this symptom, as will a cracked flare fitting.

Vic
Forum: Safety 08-12-2019, 04:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By vic syracuse
You never know when...

Unfortunately, I got to try my skills out with this scenario on Father's Day this year. The Stearman threw a connecting rod on #5 cylinder just after level off, about 5 minuts into the flight. Home...
Forum: Safety 08-09-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,045
Posted By vic syracuse
Check those ELT's

For those of you who haven't seen my presentations, I've been pointing out for some time now that the lack of ELT arming is almost as prevalent as the jamnut plague. YTD alone 3 RV's have come...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,237
Posted By vic syracuse
Quit whining

Improving OSH every year is a huge focus at Headquarters, I assure you. There are so many moving parts it is absolutely amazing. In spite of all of the weather problems this year, and mechanical...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-03-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,317
Posted By vic syracuse
It kept me sane during all of those years in IT....

It kept me sane during all of those years in IT. :)

Vic
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2019, 04:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,317
Posted By vic syracuse
More often than not when I smell fuel in the...

More often than not when I smell fuel in the cockpit of the 12 in climb it can be traced back to the carb floats, so I would recommend checking those as well.

VIc
Forum: Propellers 07-21-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By vic syracuse
Take the spinner off. You will see 2 large nuts...

Take the spinner off. You will see 2 large nuts acting as jam nuts to each other. Loosen the outside one and then turn the inside one. If I remember correctly turning it out should increase pitch,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,415
Posted By vic syracuse
This argument has been around for as long as...

This argument has been around for as long as Experimentals, with probably just as many opinions as there are airplanes and owners, and everyone can find some "data" somewhere to back up their...
Forum: ADS-B 06-18-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 981
Posted By vic syracuse
I had another customer tell me his wasn't working...

I had another customer tell me his wasn't working yesterday near South Atlanta as well.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,141
Posted By vic syracuse
Absolutely wonderful approach to OSH preparation....

Absolutely wonderful approach to OSH preparation. My hat is off to you!!!

Vic
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2019, 04:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,441
Posted By vic syracuse
Wrong. Actually, pressure is increasing within...

Wrong. Actually, pressure is increasing within the static line. Outside atmospheric pressure is dropping as you climb. Due to the static line being a closed loop system due to the blockage, the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-09-2019, 07:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,441
Posted By vic syracuse
You have a blockage in the STATIC line. Check to...

You have a blockage in the STATIC line. Check to make sure your lines are installed properly in the tailcone area with no low spots in whcih water can collect. That is usually the primary...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,701
Posted By vic syracuse
Actually, this was originally meant to address...

Actually, this was originally meant to address the large influx of Eastern Bloc aircraft coming into the country. They in fact have many life-limited parts, especially rotor blades, and they are...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2019, 04:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,470
Posted By vic syracuse
I really don't think there is anything wrong with...

I really don't think there is anything wrong with those temps. Hitting 220 or so in the climb in the summer is fine, especially since you are getting back into the 180's in cruise. Make sure the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-27-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By vic syracuse
My bad. I saw O-320 and assumed carb. Definitely...

My bad. I saw O-320 and assumed carb.

Definitely look at the injectors. Pressure is very low at idle.

Vic
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-27-2019, 05:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By vic syracuse
An intake leak would cause HIGHER EGT's. Have you...

An intake leak would cause HIGHER EGT's. Have you looked at the ignition side? Wires/plugs/gaps?
Do check the idle mixture setting on the carb as well. At idle, slowly pull mixture to cutoff and...
Forum: RV-10 05-26-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,738
Posted By vic syracuse
With 1500+ hours on my current RV-10 setup I...

With 1500+ hours on my current RV-10 setup I have not seen any of the cracking that I have seen on the 4 cylinder aircraft.

Vic
Forum: Safety 05-24-2019, 04:17 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,427
Posted By vic syracuse
This is a great thread, if nothing else than to...

This is a great thread, if nothing else than to have us all constantly pay attention and not get complacent with our airplanes. We’ve seen a huge down tick in Experimental aviation accidents over the...
Forum: Safety 05-23-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,721
Posted By vic syracuse
For those of you going to OSH, I was there...

For those of you going to OSH, I was there yesterday and we are going to redo this presentation on Tuesday and Thursday of OSH week in the Homebuilt Hangar. Watch for actual times as we get closer to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,136
Posted By vic syracuse
The safest thing to do would to temporarily place...

The safest thing to do would to temporarily place a direct-reading oil pressure gauge on it to compare the 2. Somebody at the airport should have one. If not, the local auto parts store will have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
Wow!!! Now, if only everyone had this same...

Wow!!! Now, if only everyone had this same mindset.... :) Kuddos to you!

(Sorry, I couldnt let this one go, even though I said I was done)

Vic
Forum: Safety 05-11-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,721
Posted By vic syracuse
Yep, some mount differently. I was doing a prebuy...

Yep, some mount differently. I was doing a prebuy once and mentioned to the owner that he should safety wire that bolt. He argued it wasnít necessary and I was being too picky. When we pulled off the...
Forum: Safety 05-11-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,721
Posted By vic syracuse
Weíre always blaming the lawyers. From what I see...

Weíre always blaming the lawyers. From what I see in my shop some of them pass the inspection and some donít. I guess Iíd rather not be flying around with one that might not pass. 😀


Vic
Forum: Safety 05-08-2019, 05:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,721
Posted By vic syracuse
My understanding is that it is being worked so as...

My understanding is that it is being worked so as to post it to youtube. They are going to try to incorporate the slides into the video so they are readable.

Vic
Forum: Safety 05-08-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,721
Posted By vic syracuse
"Hartzell 2 bladed props with AL hubs that have...

"Hartzell 2 bladed props with AL hubs that have been manufactured after 4/1997 (i.e., "B" hubs) have recommended O/H periods of 2400 flight hours/72 months."

You are correct here. It is 72 months...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
I think I have written enough here already about...

I think I have written enough here already about everyone's hard work and how a lot of people are working on LOTS of areas. For those of you who still just want to blame the controllers, you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2019, 05:23 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
C'mon, Mark. Falcon Flight is a very small...

C'mon, Mark. Falcon Flight is a very small percentage of the arrivals, and they are card-carrying formation pilots. The Bonanzas number in the hundreds. They practice together and have been doing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
Oh yes, I assure you we listened to tapes. To be...

Oh yes, I assure you we listened to tapes. To be honest, the pilot behavior was embarrassing to hear.

I guess I’m not being real clear here, or at least I thought I said it: there was no single...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
There are still lots of details being worked out,...

There are still lots of details being worked out, including ground transportation such as welcome wagon, food, and camping. I was just there last week and as you can guess OSH is just now coming out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
The arrivals will be published. The plan right...

The arrivals will be published. The plan right now is that if they miss their slot they will have to go use the normal approach. The exception will most likely be the Bonanzas, as they land faster...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks, Mark, for being up front and...

Thanks, Mark, for being up front and acknowledging that some of the problems last year were due in part to our own behaviors. The blame game does no one any good. I've said this enough times that I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
That could very well happen. 😄

That could very well happen. 😄
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
Personally, Walt, I think you are better than...

Personally, Walt, I think you are better than this. I thought I was clear that they have been involved. There is controller training going on and they are looking at ways to get experienced...
Forum: RV-14 05-02-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,559
Posted By vic syracuse
I wrote a KitPlanes article recently about this....

I wrote a KitPlanes article recently about this. Been installing a lot of B&C standby alternators ever since (although that was not my intent). You canít go wrong with B&C.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,337
Posted By vic syracuse
Be patient, and letís not get into a blame game....

Be patient, and letís not get into a blame game. There were lots of actors last year, from weather, mass arrival timing, controllers, pilot behavior , etc.

As I mentioned last year in a similar...
Forum: Safety 04-24-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,772
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, it is possible to have the master contractor...

Yes, it is possible to have the master contractor fail. Iíve had it happen to one of my customers.
On my airplane I run a separate properly-rated switch directly from the battery through a 20 amp...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-23-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 772
Posted By vic syracuse
Yep. Same thing here. Vic

Yep. Same thing here.

Vic
Forum: ADS-B 04-18-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,044
Posted By vic syracuse
What threshold numbers are you using? I set it at...

What threshold numbers are you using? I set it at 1340 and get a 2% failure rate on Baro. Are you going even lower?

Echo UAT with GTX 327.

Thanks.

Vic
Forum: Safety 04-14-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,097
Posted By vic syracuse
I have peformed the first flights many times...

I have peformed the first flights many times using the Additional Pilot Program. In fact, I will be doing it again on Tuesday for an RV-14 builder in Jacksonville, FL.

I'm a firm believer that done...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,514
Posted By vic syracuse
Relax. We have been working on them with this...

Relax. We have been working on them with this since last year. We have our Winter Summit meeting with the FAA in May and it is on the docket.

Vic
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,558
Posted By vic syracuse
Be careful here. #1 needs to be at the firing...

Be careful here. #1 needs to be at the firing position, not TDC, when installing the mag. Usually you find TDC, and then turn the prop backwards to the 20 or 25 DEGREES BTDC and then install the mag,...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,569
Posted By vic syracuse
Hereís a simple way to think about it. If you had...

Hereís a simple way to think about it. If you had a fixed pitch prop on the front of the RV-10 you probably wouldnít pull the power back. So, noise considerations aside (and temps of course), why...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,336
Posted By vic syracuse
I almost hate to jump into this one, but itís...

I almost hate to jump into this one, but itís kind of hard for me to stay out of it. 😀

I get a fair number of airplanes that come to my shop due to electrical problems, and some are quite shocking....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2019, 04:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,042
Posted By vic syracuse
They are both great products. I have been flying...

They are both great products. I have been flying with AFS for many years and have them in my RV-10, but I also fly Garmin in the RV-14 and Dynon in the RV-12 demo aircraft. So, I get to fly all 3 on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2019, 04:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,517
Posted By vic syracuse
Just route the safety wire from the bolt head...

Just route the safety wire from the bolt head around the bracket to the cotter key. OR, you could just drill a hole in the bracket itself and safety wire it there.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,387
Posted By vic syracuse
I've carried both for many years, especailly on...

I've carried both for many years, especailly on our trips to Alaska. The SPOT provides 10 minute tracking updates to everyone back home, so at least there is a trail.

Yes, I hope to be able to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-24-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,340
Posted By vic syracuse
I agree with Walt. Iíve used the rubber hose...

I agree with Walt. Iíve used the rubber hose hangars on all of my airplanes. I do use the heavie MIL 6000 hose, as it seems to stay clamped to the he tubes much better. Yes, once in a while th adel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-24-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,340
Posted By vic syracuse
I would watch this kind of setup closely....

I would watch this kind of setup closely. Attaching the exhaust system so ridigdly to the airframe may cause undue stress and cracking on the exhaust system. That engine shakes pretty good at start...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,756
Posted By vic syracuse
Check the upper gear leg fairings. They may be...

Check the upper gear leg fairings. They may be the source of the noise as they can rub the fuselage as the gear move around over rough terrain. I have seen that.

I doubt your wings are rocking and...
Forum: Autopilots 03-16-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 568
Posted By vic syracuse
Have you checked to make certain the shear pin on...

Have you checked to make certain the shear pin on the servo is not sheared?

Vic
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 905
Posted By vic syracuse
I was just in Conroe to do a prebuy. What an...

I was just in Conroe to do a prebuy. What an enthusiastic bunch of RV builders!!! They told me they have 41 RV's under construction, and I did see one RV-14 that is getting pretty close.
My guess is...
Forum: RV-10 03-08-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 895
Posted By vic syracuse
You've already got great advice here. The gear...

You've already got great advice here. The gear assembly can be pulled out and turned. However, pull out the rubber cushions first so you don't drop them into the crankcase.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2019, 04:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,566
Posted By vic syracuse
You didn't mention when you received your...

You didn't mention when you received your operating limitations. The last few Orders allow night and IFR if properly equipped after completion of Phase I.

Here is the exact wording form Order...
Forum: Propellers 03-06-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,059
Posted By vic syracuse
So, I was annoyed at that article, quite...

So, I was annoyed at that article, quite candidly. The engine manufacturer, which had a reputation for exaggerating HP, claimed 310 HP at 2800 RPM. Most of our engines will make a lot more than 260...
Forum: Propellers 03-06-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,059
Posted By vic syracuse
I hate to say it again, but comparing TWO...

I hate to say it again, but comparing TWO different airframes is not a valid test in any way.

Somehow we keep missing that through this thread. Randy did some testing, I did, and I think that is...
Forum: RV-14 03-05-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,134
Posted By vic syracuse
You are fine with your B&C. Vic

You are fine with your B&C.

Vic
Forum: Propellers 03-05-2019, 04:44 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 9,059
Posted By vic syracuse
To each their own. :) Saying the other airplane...

To each their own. :)

Saying the other airplane was faster because one had a 2 blade and one had a 3 blade means nothing.

The only way to verify for sure is to take the same airplane, at the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,717
Posted By vic syracuse
I don't think so. I know Van's did some testing...

I don't think so. I know Van's did some testing on the RV-14 by actually measuring the crankcase pressure, since the breather hose is reduced on the 14, and they found it to be within Lycoming's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,042
Posted By vic syracuse
Vic - how do you manage the transfer? Do you set...

Vic - how do you manage the transfer? Do you set a timer for 25 minutes and then switch off?

There are 2 ways--- a simple clock timer as others have mentioned. or...

Use a DPDT switch for the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,042
Posted By vic syracuse
Hmmm... You might check your time-to-empty again....

Hmmm... You might check your time-to-empty again. I have the same setup on my 10 for over 1600 hours with no problems. But my time to empty is about 25 minutes, not 35. I've checked it multiple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 308
Views: 115,418
Posted By vic syracuse
Well done! Looks very nice. :) Vic

Well done! Looks very nice. :)

Vic
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