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Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-20-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,751
Posted By rv7charlie
Got a web link for us non-attendees?

Got a web link for us non-attendees?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,537
Posted By rv7charlie
Just start with a little extra altitude, and pull...

Just start with a little extra altitude, and pull the power back to idle before you start your strafing run, like the Night Witches did on their bombing runs. That way, they'll almost certainly hear...
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,086
Posted By rv7charlie
This might be worthy of a separate thread, but it...

This might be worthy of a separate thread, but it struck a nerve. I moved the rudder pedals in my -4 (owned since 2003) as far forward as I could get them, and I'm only 5'9". Quite comfortable in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,590
Posted By rv7charlie
Tom, Michael, Any idea what the largest diameter...

Tom, Michael,

Any idea what the largest diameter heat shrink that model 160 printer will take? Dymo's data says '1/2" labels', but obviously, a 1/2" heat shrink tube will be wider than that, when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 10:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,034
Posted By rv7charlie
Quite possibly the funniest thing ever on TV. I'm...

Quite possibly the funniest thing ever on TV. I'm laughing just thinking about it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,034
Posted By rv7charlie
At a private airport, there shouldn't be too many...

At a private airport, there shouldn't be too many issues with FAA type rules. We used to do flour bombing events here at Slobovia Outernational, before moving on to pumpkin drops. We maintain safe...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,180
Posted By rv7charlie
(Apologies to the OP for thread drift; I'll shut...

(Apologies to the OP for thread drift; I'll shut up after this.)

Pilotjim,

That sounds nice, but basic microeconomics would indicate your strategy depends on an incredible turn of good luck...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,180
Posted By rv7charlie
It's not destruction of the toy, or the home....

It's not destruction of the toy, or the home. It's about putting the home in jeopardy if you can't make the note. If one has *liquid* assets to cover the note through a financial setback, then no big...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,180
Posted By rv7charlie
I realize that everybody's finances are...

I realize that everybody's finances are different, and maybe the only reason some of us even have a loan on our house is to get the (relatively) free interest available these days, but I can't...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-11-2019, 09:28 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,503
Posted By rv7charlie
And I won't buy anything tethered to Apple....

And I won't buy anything tethered to Apple....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,180
Posted By rv7charlie
If you really want to borrow money, try your...

If you really want to borrow money, try your local credit union. When I was younger and dumber, so was my credit union. They gave me the same rate as they were charging to finance..wait for it...RVs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,267
Posted By rv7charlie
While a DAR might be the path of least...

While a DAR might be the path of least resistance, we've already paid once for the service; why should we have to pay again? And I have a serious problem with 'privatizing' regulation.

Someone once...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,267
Posted By rv7charlie
Hi Scott, I can't offer much for solutions, but...

Hi Scott,

I can't offer much for solutions, but on the subject of test area, I can tell you that the last time I got mine changed, I was told that test areas must now be requested/approved each...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-10-2019, 09:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 451
Posted By rv7charlie
Have you tried to contact Matt...

Have you tried to contact Matt directly?
sales@matronics.com
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-10-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,503
Posted By rv7charlie
Looks great, and I've lusted after this concept...

Looks great, and I've lusted after this concept for years. But any idea on whether the Flightbox guys will support the android platform? I moved on from Apple a looong time ago, in favor of more...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By rv7charlie
Or do what the VariEze guys did; make them out of...

Or do what the VariEze guys did; make them out of fiberglass. (No kidding.)
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-09-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By rv7charlie
One reference to the start contactor issue is at...

One reference to the start contactor issue is at the end of chapter 11 in AEC v.12A. He does mention horizontal motion (fore/aft) of the start contactor that's sold by B&C (...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2019, 10:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By rv7charlie
I sincerely apologise. I promise that my flippant...

I sincerely apologise. I promise that my flippant remark wasn't intended to put you down, or directed at you, at all. I was referring to how unsubstantiated stuff gets passed forward, as it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 589
Posted By rv7charlie
First, listen to Joe. Next, explore need. Weigh...

First, listen to Joe. Next, explore need. Weigh the moving parts in a solenoid, and multiply by 10 (or 15, if you want headroom for for an Extra). Now, measure the force needed to collapse the return...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 753
Posted By rv7charlie
Ahh... makes sense. I really hate dealing with...

Ahh... makes sense. I really hate dealing with the Cleveland bearings at annual, and tubeless would be great, too. I've got a pair of old 6x6 pulloffs from a Citabria running tubeless on spun...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 753
Posted By rv7charlie
Have people with A models been running out of...

Have people with A models been running out of braking performance, with excessive pedal pressure needed?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By rv7charlie
Are you saying that you have a 'cusp' on the...

Are you saying that you have a 'cusp' on the bottom surface; a down-turn? If both are that way, as a wild guess, any chance you have the skins inverted?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-07-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,411
Posted By rv7charlie
John, Have you measured the battery you...

John,

Have you measured the battery you received, and compared with the advertised spec? That might be your best starting point when looking for a solution. Gruber might be willing to work with you...
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-07-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 420
Views: 57,234
Posted By rv7charlie
I assume you simplified the drawing; not showing...

I assume you simplified the drawing; not showing the Hobbs system being wired after your master contactor. As drawn, the relay is a parasitic drain on the battery when the engine isn't running.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-07-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,921
Posted By rv7charlie
Start contactors are designed to repeatedly...

Start contactors are designed to repeatedly make/break extreme currents; master contactors are only expected to *carry* extreme currents, with the assumption that breaking extreme currents would be a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-07-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,921
Posted By rv7charlie
Problem solved, but only temporarily. That...

Problem solved, but only temporarily. That contactor isn't going to last, and when it fails, there's a good chance that it will fail with the contacts welded closed. There's a reason mfgrs make a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 765
Posted By rv7charlie
I feel your pain. And not really an answer to...

I feel your pain. And not really an answer to your question, but (and it may be a matter of semantics) this:
Permatex Thread Sealant with PTFE #80632 (used on aluminum AN hose fittings (never use...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,411
Posted By rv7charlie
And don't be afraid to oversize a battery box by...

And don't be afraid to oversize a battery box by a bit. Properly strapped down, it'll never move side to side or fore/aft unless it's the last thing to get 'rearranged'.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 73,859
Posted By rv7charlie
Honestly, I didn't even read the article, beyond...

Honestly, I didn't even read the article, beyond the essential point that USA mogas is an average of two octane rating methods vs avgas using one of them. Looks like it was basically a commercial for...
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 680
Posted By rv7charlie
Not cheap, but an alodine pen would be really...

Not cheap, but an alodine pen would be really fast for something like that, and protect at least as well as any paint/primer you can...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 73,859
Posted By rv7charlie
https://www.aviationpros.com/fbos-tenants/article/...

https://www.aviationpros.com/fbos-tenants/article/10387611/octane-101-autogas-vs-avgas
That applies to the usa. Don't know the Aussie systems.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,394
Posted By rv7charlie
Well, shucks. I was hoping that comparison chart...

Well, shucks. I was hoping that comparison chart would let us tie Champion's a/c heat range numbers to the automotive numbers, but no such luck. That Brisk chart shows Champion ranging from 57 (cold)...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,394
Posted By rv7charlie
Hi Ross, Since I just installed some 386s, &...

Hi Ross,

Since I just installed some 386s, & obviously don't want to hurt my engine, can you expand on that a bit? According to Champion's info on their aviation plugs, they have a heat range from...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-03-2019, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,554
Posted By rv7charlie
You should be able to find something no farther...

You should be able to find something no farther than Huntsville; RVs seem to grow like weeds up there. For just looking/sitting, don't limit models to just the -9. -6s & -7s both have a virtually...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-03-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By rv7charlie
Good point. I've got a 'hot post' in my -4, but...

Good point. I've got a 'hot post' in my -4, but it's accessible through the oil door. I never intend to use it for jump starting; only for charging the battery. Obviously not as safe as nothing at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-03-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,394
Posted By rv7charlie
I just swapped out my Denso plugs for 386's on my...

I just swapped out my Denso plugs for 386's on my Lightspeed system. At annual (just bought the plane) I found one of the Denso-s about 2/3s of the way backed out of its adapter. Decided the 386s...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-03-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 808
Posted By rv7charlie
If you want to roll your own, those connectors...

If you want to roll your own, those connectors are used as charge connectors on electric fork lifts, and I think I've seen them on electric golf carts, as well.

If the goal is primarily emergency...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By rv7charlie
And at the purchaser's 1st fuel stop on the way...

And at the purchaser's 1st fuel stop on the way back home, the FAA ramp checks him and....
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-02-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,924
Posted By rv7charlie
Yeah, you can't find anyone who cut their teeth...

Yeah, you can't find anyone who cut their teeth in C-172's or Cherokees who will believe you when you tell 'em that 75% is 9+ GPH. They're so used to flying around at 55% and *thinking* it's 75%...
Forum: RV-4 07-02-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,520
Posted By rv7charlie
To be clear, the closest thing I have to...

To be clear, the closest thing I have to credentials on the subject was a literal stay in a Holiday Inn Express a couple of weeks ago. And when I posed the question to Van's, it was about the -7 I'm...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-01-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,924
Posted By rv7charlie
If wishes were horses..... (we'd all go 300) A...

If wishes were horses..... (we'd all go 300)

A stock Lyc will do no better than .43 lbs per HP per hour. In the real world, it'll be closer to .45-.48, properly leaned. It's there to read, in any...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-01-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,741
Posted By rv7charlie
I was really addressing the OP's question, but...

I was really addressing the OP's question, but forgot to include the significant point of 'properly leaned for best power'. My bad; I've seen this stuff for so long I sometimes forget details.

Best...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-01-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,741
Posted By rv7charlie
Perusing the Lycoming power/altitude charts for a...

Perusing the Lycoming power/altitude charts for a stock engine, I find that at roughly 8500', standard day, it takes wide open throttle *and* 2700 rpm (or the rpm for rated max HP) to generate 75%...
Forum: RV-4 07-01-2019, 03:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,520
Posted By rv7charlie
Well, we could believe you, or the guys at the...

Well, we could believe you, or the guys at the factory....

Seriously, I asked.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 457
Posted By rv7charlie
-7/-9 exhaust heat shield pics?

I'm told that 7/9 finish kits now come with clamp-on heat shields for the bottom of the exhaust pipes to protect the bottom of the cowl. Anyone have any pics of them, as installed? (Not glue-on foil,...
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,054
Posted By rv7charlie
Thread drift...

Hey Bob,

Any idea whether those seat heat pads can be cut to shape/size?
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,054
Posted By rv7charlie
No experience with the -14, but I bought prepared...

No experience with the -14, but I bought prepared foam for my -7 from Oregon Aero:
https://www.oregonaero.com/vans-rv-14-seat-cushion-system
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-29-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,484
Posted By rv7charlie
svyolo, Here's one...

svyolo,

Here's one source:
https://www.newark.com/w/search/prl/results?brand=nkk-switches&st=miniature%20toggle%20switch
The NKK switches can be ordered with either gold or silver contacts.

FWIW,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-28-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,193
Posted By rv7charlie
Another data point, from the alternative engine...

Another data point, from the alternative engine community: Some of those flying automotive style injection with 'deadend' fuel systems (where the regulator is on the cold side of the firewall) have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 254
Posted By rv7charlie
pitot protection on a Dynon AOA probe?

Has anyone with a Dynon heated AOA probe used an 'automatic' protector, like:
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/fb/covers_pitot/ptubeprotector10-02100.php

successfully? I've used them for many...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,389
Posted By rv7charlie
After a dirt dobber (hey, it's Mississippi;...

After a dirt dobber (hey, it's Mississippi; dauber wasp to you guys north of the Willie Dixon Line) built a giant incubation suite in my -4's carb inlet, I improvised with a chunk of carpet foam and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-27-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,211
Posted By rv7charlie
Had a more extreme version of that symptom with...

Had a more extreme version of that symptom with an O-360 many years ago. During cruise flight, pulled power back to start a decent, and engine went full rough. Pushed the throttle back in; smoothed...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-27-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,258
Posted By rv7charlie
Just a heads-up: I'm doing my 1st annual on my...

Just a heads-up: I'm doing my 1st annual on my new to me Lightspeed Plasma II equipped -6. I downloaded the manual today from the LSE website; here's a quote:
quote:
2.4 SPARK PLUG ADAPTORS AND SPARK...
Forum: Safety 06-27-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 606
Posted By rv7charlie
That's interesting....

"Potassium nitrate is a chemical compound with the chemical formula KNO3. It is an ionic salt of potassium ions K+ and nitrate ions NO3−, and is therefore an alkali metal nitrate.

It occurs in...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-27-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,484
Posted By rv7charlie
While theoretically correct, that principle has...

While theoretically correct, that principle has little application at our voltage levels. If you look at the ratings for switches with both AC & DC current ratings, the 12V DC rating typically is the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-26-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,051
Posted By rv7charlie
Hi Trent, RE: your original post; I suspect that...

Hi Trent,

RE: your original post; I suspect that you are overthinking it a bit. Note that, for instance, the TE-AMP 36154 you linked is spec'd as having a wire gauge of 22-18 in milspec, and 22-16...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-26-2019, 02:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,008
Posted By rv7charlie
Given the title of the thread, that BBQ must be...

Given the title of the thread, that BBQ must be 'to die for'....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 618
Posted By rv7charlie
My -4 valve is mounted just below the top of the...

My -4 valve is mounted just below the top of the center section spar. Any fuel level below ~1/2 tank (both tanks, of course) gets the level below the level of the valve.
If you look at your setup...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2019, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 251
Posted By rv7charlie
http://www.advanced-flight-systems.com/forum/threa...

http://www.advanced-flight-systems.com/forum/threads/1035-Manifold-pressure-transducer

Less expensive 'shotgun'...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2019, 09:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,484
Posted By rv7charlie
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_time_between_fa...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mean_time_between_failures

Remember, if some don't fail, there would be no meaning to MTBF.

They're good switches; you should be able to look up the MTBF specs on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-25-2019, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 578
Posted By rv7charlie
Measure, then order a nitrile o ring assortment...

Measure, then order a nitrile o ring assortment that includes the size you nee on ebay, amazon, etc. Likely to be roughly the same price as one o ring plus shipping.
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,520
Posted By rv7charlie
Is the structure ok, and you just have cracks in...

Is the structure ok, and you just have cracks in the stainless firewall? If so, fill the cracks with intumescent caulk. The firewall isn't structural. My -4 firewall has cracks, with no damage at...
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