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Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2018, 01:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 906
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Mine too

Yeah, mine was per the plans and worked fine too.

I had a few of these moments during my build where I thought “surely I’m right and the plans are wrong”.. turned out to NEVER be the case LOL. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,067
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Tommy, much appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2018, 02:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,067
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Filters..

Hi Tommy, Iím having a noise issue with one of my LED lights. Iíd appreciate a helping handwith a filter, how exactly did you construct one?

Many thanks

Simon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 707
Views: 414,696
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Many years ago, as I started this build, I met a...

Many years ago, as I started this build, I met a gentleman who would become a close friend. He owned a picture perfect grass airfield and loved flying, people and life. One fine summer day he took...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2018, 04:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,902
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Epoxy

I used two part epoxy paint, decal pro fx for all the lettering then Matt clear coat over it all. Bullet proof.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2018, 04:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,021
Posted By Simon Hitchen
I tried that

Due to ease of installation I initially mounted the shutter on the rear of the cooler too but It didnít work effectively. To raise the oil temperature I still had to tape the front of the cooler...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,734
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same same

Max crosswind, half or no flaps and wheel landings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,021
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Yes indeed...

It wouldíve melted by now....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,021
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Photos

I’ve just installed mine and it works great. I keep it closed until the oil temp reaches 180 then modulate it to keep it that way. I live up in Canada so it’s still cold, even at 20 degrees OAT it’s...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-07-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
LOP
Views: 868
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks Guys

Great advice, thank you
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 02:54 AM
Replies: 3
LOP
Views: 868
Posted By Simon Hitchen
LOP

Hi guys,

I’m running a Titan IO-360 with an Avstar FI unit monitored by a dynon skyview. In the cruise I lean the engine to LOP and then continue to lean until the first cylinder to peak (#4)...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-04-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,061
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same idea

Use a square piece of aluminiun stock, drill the correct size hole through it using a drill press, clamp it in place between the rivets and use it as a guide. Thatíll get you a square hole so to...
Forum: Canada 02-18-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same here

Iíve put 40 hours on a new 7 with this fuel in the tanks. No issues whatsoever. Iíve got the standard vanís float level sensors so no issues there and the red cube fuel flow has been spot on.

I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 603,808
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Brampton!

I look forward to seeing it in person, I’m out of Oshawa. I’ll pop down and see you in the spring when the deep freeze is over :). Are you current or ex-airforce? We have the same engine-prop set...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-07-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 603,808
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Another Canadian!

Can tell youíve put some real effort into that paint scheme, nicely done, very distinctive!

Where are you in Canada?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 10:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,269
Posted By Simon Hitchen
iPad useability

Hi Steve, I’ve been using the IPad with foreflight for some years now so I wanted it in the RV and don’t regret that decision at all. It’s paired up with the skyview via WiFi so I get the ahars and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,269
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Yeah

It does, during the phase 1 first 25 hours that has to be there legally.

Itís been removed now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,269
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Very economical

Here’s mine and it was quite inexpensive.
A used 7 inch dynon skyview
Used ASI & ALT
Used Garmin GTX-327
New Garmin GTR-200 com radio
IPAD Pro running ForeFlight connected via WiFi to the skyview...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-01-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,409
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same same

I had exactly the same issue. I followed Vanís advice and slotted the heavy wing aileron brackets thereby moving the aileron vertical position 1/32 of an inch. It fixed the heavy wing instantly. ...
Forum: Canada 12-06-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,063
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, 04:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,330
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, 05:18 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 64,517
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Classic profile pic

VFR OTT

https://s33.postimg.org/6dw01b3of/IMG_2023.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,097
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, 04:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,630
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, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
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, 05:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
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, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
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, 04:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
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, 04:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,560
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Agreed

Exactly as I've been taught and practiced for years Jim.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2017, 03:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,427
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, 05:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,560
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, 06:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,427
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, 05:13 AM
Replies: 1,069
Views: 912,097
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, 08:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
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, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 01:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,716
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, 09:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 496
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, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 734
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks you

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2017, 05:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 734
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, 04:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 799
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, 03:13 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 603,808
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, 04:35 PM
Replies: 543
Views: 603,808
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, 08:11 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Wings on, and a guard dog :)

Finally got the wings on.
https://s2.postimg.org/63g20ci21/ABD2_AA79-_CB81-43_D2-_B550-73127_B3_ECA5_F.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 944
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, 08:30 AM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 01:52 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 08:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,659
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, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,659
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, 12:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,076
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, 06:39 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 05:11 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 02:36 AM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Almost ready to go the...

Almost ready to go the airport!

https://s23.postimg.org/wo599vxbv/20170515_110520.jpg
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-26-2017, 05:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,088
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, 03:28 PM
Replies: 1,789
Views: 908,305
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, 05:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,227
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, 04:44 AM
Replies: 789
Views: 887,974
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, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,730
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, 04:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,730
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, 06:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,193
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
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