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Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
RV-12 is a delight to fly....not quite the...

RV-12 is a delight to fly....not quite the git-up-and-go of the RV-8 but flying qualities are excellent.

Was very bumpy day ahead of weather system but all went well, no skids or slips to final...:)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
Apologize for ruffling feathers here, I am...

Apologize for ruffling feathers here, I am getting old and crotchety and know it.

Best thing going on right now is helping friend complete an RV-12. At present installing flight control system and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
Found this video on skidding and slipping stalls...

Found this video on skidding and slipping stalls turning final....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfwLglHEYvQ

Interesting....good reason to fly with ball centered. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
Off course not....but RV's have been lost doing...

Off course not....but RV's have been lost doing unusual attitude maneuvers, why test it over and over.

The FAA has de-emphasized (somewhat) stick and rudder skills in favor of using your head to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
All good stuff to think about, whatever works,...

All good stuff to think about, whatever works, works.

I just feel no one would attempt this in transport airplane because end would not be nice, why not fly same in small airplane?

I am concern...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
Am 79, flying since 18, and still alive.... How...

Am 79, flying since 18, and still alive....
How many times does one have to stall an airplane or induce an unusual attitude to know it can kill you?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By David-aviator
I am missing something here, why are you doing...

I am missing something here, why are you doing this and recommending others do it?

There is a proper way to safely fly an airplane in the pattern, this is not it.

It would be better to practice...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-29-2018, 06:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,496
Posted By David-aviator
New RV-8 Pilot

Have flown with new owner a few times with him in back seat doing air work and making simulated approaches. The machine has throttle and Vans rudder pedals.

His control of airplane has been very...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-13-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,496
Posted By David-aviator
Thanks guys, will go at this with some caution. ...

Thanks guys, will go at this with some caution. I have the Vans pedals but they are not optimal. What is needed is an old fashioned grass field a mile wide and a mile long. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,496
Posted By David-aviator
RV-8 SOLD BUT STILL FLYING IT :)

Had great time yesterday flying the airplane I built and sold to a friend....shot 6 landings at 3 airports and then gave first check out ride to new owner.

My friend is good tail dragger pilot but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,041
Posted By David-aviator
...did it with Catto, let it wind up to 2450 or...

...did it with Catto, let it wind up to 2450 or so, maintained rpm in climb rather than speed. Did ok, made it to 10 grand in about 8:30. Interesting but no barn burner, another guy did it in less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,041
Posted By David-aviator
You don't have to be shooting for a record, it's...

You don't have to be shooting for a record, it's fun to do just for the fun of it.

Take off WOT, leave it there and let it rip, i've done it to 10,000 a number of times.

I knew Lyle Shelton years...
Forum: Midwest 02-14-2018, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,200
Posted By David-aviator
Cool Nice pictures Pete, but having come from...

Nice pictures Pete, but having come from Minnesota and milking cows when it was below zero, its not for me anymore forever.

It is good though for controlling mosquitos. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-14-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,680
Posted By David-aviator
Rebuilding an engine may be advisable for someone...

Rebuilding an engine may be advisable for someone familiar with the process but most of us are not.

A good aircraft mechanic spends a lot of time in a school or as hands on assistant as trainee in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,443
Posted By David-aviator
Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've...

Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've flown the 6, 7, 8, ....do not understand why Vans is so married to the springy gear system of the 6 and 7. The gear legs are like spaghetti taking off or...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-07-2018, 08:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,590
Posted By David-aviator
Beautiful photos Scott. Sure better than...

Beautiful photos Scott.

Sure better than California wild fires and mud slides.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,609
Posted By David-aviator
Definitely, suggest the engine be disassembled to...

Definitely, suggest the engine be disassembled to determine cause of low oil usage. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2018, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,280
Posted By David-aviator
With a tight fit, I found gently spraying each...

With a tight fit, I found gently spraying each part with Corrosion X helped a lot.

A little lub is better than 2 dry surfaces.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-22-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,054
Posted By David-aviator
Thank you for quick response.

Thank you for quick response.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-22-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 8,054
Posted By David-aviator
How complex is converting Rotax 912 from 2...

How complex is converting Rotax 912 from 2 carburetors?
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2017, 09:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,680
Posted By David-aviator
Engine needs fuel to start. WOT, electric pump...

Engine needs fuel to start. WOT, electric pump on, purge valve in for 7 seconds, purge valve knob out, engine primed for start. Engage starter, purge valve in to keep fuel coming, engine will start,...
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,680
Posted By David-aviator
The purge valve provides better control over fuel...

The purge valve provides better control over fuel to distribution lines.
There are differing techniques to use it, but invariably start hot or cold and shut down are more predictable.
In 245 hours I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-09-2017, 08:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
Delivered RV-8 to new owner yesterday. Had...

Delivered RV-8 to new owner yesterday.

Had excellent flight with excellent landing on 1500' turf runway.

Am going out of TW ops with good feeling. Building and flying RV-8 was great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2017, 08:00 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,211
Posted By David-aviator
Bob, when I clicked the poll on, did not...

Bob, when I clicked the poll on, did not see

THIS POLL IS ONLY OPEN TO BUILDERS WHO COMMENCED CONSTRUCTION AFTER JANUARY 2005

The data is not accurate.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
The deal is done, just waiting for pieces to fall...

The deal is done, just waiting for pieces to fall into place. Meanwhile I fly. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,696
Posted By David-aviator
Congrats on first flight Matt, welcome the...

Congrats on first flight Matt, welcome the exclusive club of those who have built and flown an airplane. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
Thanks Bob. I am busy working with hangar...

Thanks Bob. I am busy working with hangar neighbor on RV-12 project plus he has RV-7 I can fly...still have the 8, have had a couple very good flights recently, am going out feeling good about it...
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,457
Posted By David-aviator
Yes, have been wondering about that...have hangar...

Yes, have been wondering about that...have hangar neighbor with UL powered Zenith, loves it.

Are you flying with UL?

I assume you had to go E-LSA to do it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-28-2017, 08:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
I agree with all above. Did not get serious...

I agree with all above.

Did not get serious about TW ops until age 72 and started RV-8 build. It has been a very interesting late chapter in my flying book. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,450
Posted By David-aviator
A pilot's night mare for sure...good luck...

A pilot's night mare for sure...good luck discovering what is going on.
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,457
Posted By David-aviator
Yes, was inside it today running wires.

Yes, was inside it today running wires.
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,457
Posted By David-aviator
Getting spun up on RV-12

Just want to let you-all know getting spun up on building the 12 helping a friend with his project.

Found out today a fuel injected engine is now available but not for older kits. Will be going...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-27-2017, 07:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
That's generally what I try to do but as tail is...

That's generally what I try to do but as tail is coming down there is period with no directional control (except brakes). The rudder is in relative calm wind state, no directional control until tail...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2017, 08:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
Well I have difficulty with it on hard surface,...

Well I have difficulty with it on hard surface, grass less so.
Just have to be, as you say, on your toes. Have not departed runway yet. :) :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2017, 08:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
Adrian, just wondering if you've landed the 7ECA...

Adrian, just wondering if you've landed the 7ECA with quartering tail wind and how it went?
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2017, 10:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
Had great dawn patrol along Missouri River,...

Had great dawn patrol along Missouri River, sector west of St. Louis is secure, no enemy sighted.
Three good landings, no tail wind to screw me up. :)
Landing with tail wind not good idea with tail...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2017, 06:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
It is landing with less than a head wind...

It is landing with less than a head wind component that I find so challenging.

There is a transition from landing to taxi where there is no directional control until tail wheel planted, that is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
Thanks, I appreciate that. :)

Thanks, I appreciate that. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2017, 08:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By David-aviator
I have sold the RV-8

Yes, the airplane is sold to much younger friend who helped me build it.

It was tough decision but it hit me this week, if I keep flying it I will wreck it.

Problem is I like to fly - often....
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 11-23-2017, 07:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,005
Posted By David-aviator
From old pilot perspective, excellent...

From old pilot perspective, excellent introduction to flying.
Wish I had seen something like that in beginning.
Good luck developing your training system, it will work for TW or NW.
Forum: California 11-20-2017, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,203
Posted By David-aviator
Well, you guys have convinced me to try wicking...

Well, you guys have convinced me to try wicking some green lock tite into weeping rivets.
It just might work as it has for you and sure a lot easier than removing tank, cutting holes in aft baffle...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-16-2017, 05:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,639
Posted By David-aviator
What you been smoking, smokyray? Everyone knows...

What you been smoking, smokyray?
Everyone knows fighters are targets of all other fighters and spooky missiles!! :) :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,109
Posted By David-aviator
I am no ME but know one. He works for Boeing,...

I am no ME but know one.

He works for Boeing, F-18 program, and gave video explanation at recent EAA Chapter meeting on why any hole in any piece of structure reduces strength. Program is used...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-16-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,639
Posted By David-aviator
You are admiring the paint job....I like RV's...

You are admiring the paint job....I like RV's painted or not.

Climb into and fly an airplane never painted and the experience is the same, they are a delight to fly.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-16-2017, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 700
Posted By David-aviator
Could be it is as it is because it is best way to...

Could be it is as it is because it is best way to go, established many years ago.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,942
Posted By David-aviator
If you depart Vans recommendation for an engine...

If you depart Vans recommendation for an engine for the 9, there are gazzilions of choices. It does complicate the entire build process.

Are any of the choices better, who knows? You sure can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,747
Posted By David-aviator
Also known as Coffin Corner.

Also known as Coffin Corner.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 06:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,747
Posted By David-aviator
Went to 45,000' in stock F-86 about 60 years...

Went to 45,000' in stock F-86 about 60 years ago....yea, I know that's not fair. :)

Have been up in your territory but not long, it got cold.

Another thing that's fun is a WOT climb to 10,000 from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,582
Posted By David-aviator
Van's is a business, decisions are made in that...

Van's is a business, decisions are made in that context.

View it from that perspective and it makes sense.

They can not support last year's model forever any more that GM supports old classic...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2017, 06:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,721
Posted By David-aviator
Don't know why they aren't responding....but...

Don't know why they aren't responding....but getting back to issue of having satisfactory airplane to fly, have your priced the RV-8 kit shipped to your home?

A basic VFR 8 can be built for a lot...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2017, 07:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,721
Posted By David-aviator
A Cessna! If you're going to fly in your...

A Cessna!

If you're going to fly in your retirement Adrian, pick up or build a Vans Airplane. You will not regret it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,612
Posted By David-aviator
If you love to fly sooner than later, build...

If you love to fly sooner than later, build according to plan.

If you love to experiment, waste a lot of money, be chronic test pilot, go with an auto engine.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-03-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,309
Posted By David-aviator
I am no expert on the 8 but do have one and love...

I am no expert on the 8 but do have one and love it. So will you.

As far as I know, it is a clean design coming after the RV-4. There have been no major changes except matched drilled holes with...
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2017, 07:09 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 25,209
Posted By David-aviator
I ordered 600 EXP in August 2016, it was not...

I ordered 600 EXP in August 2016, it was not delivered.

Yes, I want an experimental unit, have experimental airplane, certified unit not required.
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 25,209
Posted By David-aviator
I have formally protested, jumped through all the...

I have formally protested, jumped through all the hoops, no good because itís been over a year.
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2017, 12:13 PM
Replies: 217
Views: 25,209
Posted By David-aviator
And is there any way a customer who paid $1890 to...

And is there any way a customer who paid $1890 to Navworx and received nothing can take advantage of this deal?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2017, 08:54 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,676
Posted By David-aviator
WOW!! Almost as many parts as engine...

WOW!!

Almost as many parts as engine itself.

Good work Bill.

I still dream about upgrading to CS from FP, what a kick in butt that would be with the 8!

dd
Forum: ADS-B 10-29-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,476
Posted By David-aviator
If there is any money left, would be good to...

If there is any money left, would be good to refund customers rather than let government take if.
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-23-2017, 07:42 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,684
Posted By David-aviator
I was involved in an effort to get MT to come to...

I was involved in an effort to get MT to come to US and do vibration analysis of MT prop and H6 engine.

The results were very good which gave confidence to continue the effort.
So far as engine,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2017, 02:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 842
Posted By David-aviator
The flow to the cooler is always open. The...

The flow to the cooler is always open.
The vernatherm opens and closes the port to the engine depending on temperature.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 14,069
Posted By David-aviator
Rather than looking for answers here, call GRT...

Rather than looking for answers here, call GRT and pose your questions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2017, 12:05 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 14,069
Posted By David-aviator
FWIW the FAA has been to GRT and approved the...

FWIW the FAA has been to GRT and approved the manufacture and sale of the product.
I want and need ADS-B, itís a safety item.
Navworx came to grief going to war with FAA. GRT had not done...
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