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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2018, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 532
Posted By rightrudder
You'll love the instant speed gain... I picked up...

You'll love the instant speed gain... I picked up about 15 knots with the wheel pants + gear leg/intersection fairings installed. Harder to bleed the speed off when approaching the airport too!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 08:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,020
Posted By rightrudder
Under empennage fairing, directly ahead of...

Under empennage fairing, directly ahead of horizontal stabilizer. I've got electric trim, so no big steel cable nearby to mess with magnetic field. This location has worked great for me (GRT Sport SX...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,076
Posted By rightrudder
A thief would probably pick an adjacent plane...

A thief would probably pick an adjacent plane with non-locking caps if he wanted to siphon fuel out. They tend to go for the easy opportunity.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-29-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 454
Posted By rightrudder
Yep, that job alone pays for the angle drill!

Yep, that job alone pays for the angle drill!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,661
Posted By rightrudder
I have mine in that precise location, with no...

I have mine in that precise location, with no issues whatsoever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,825
Posted By rightrudder
I don't have autopilot on my -9A and it was great...

I don't have autopilot on my -9A and it was great on my trip from California to Osh last year. Once it's trimmed out, it takes minimal corrections to maintain altitude, or at least +/- 50 ft of where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2018, 02:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 812
Posted By rightrudder
I'd order linings through Matco, and get a set of...

I'd order linings through Matco, and get a set of linings already riveted to the backing plates. This way, when you wear out one set, you have another set ready to go.

Have you got the "Avery tool"...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 834
Posted By rightrudder
Yes, my engine came with a data sheet from the...

Yes, my engine came with a data sheet from the test cell. IIRC, it was run for about 1.5 hours as well. Don't know about the balancing.

I felt like I needed a good 20 hours for full-break-in in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,691
Posted By rightrudder
If you've got a boost pump and engine-driven pump...

If you've got a boost pump and engine-driven pump plumbed in series, just use the boost pump for priming, takeoffs, landings and emergencies. Some like to use it when doing practice maneuvers and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,624
Posted By rightrudder
Another good thing is to grab both sides of the...

Another good thing is to grab both sides of the elevator and check for differential movement. If any is detected, it most likely means your control horns-to-pushrod bolt is loose!
Forum: Safety 04-25-2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,511
Posted By rightrudder
Good advice. Should be a part of every preflight...

Good advice. Should be a part of every preflight inspection.

If you're still building, make a backing plate with two nutplates behind each counterweight, so you won't need to make an access hole to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,064
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks...gotta order the hard copy. I'm going for...

Thanks...gotta order the hard copy. I'm going for the full-immersion HBC experience this time, and I do mean full immersion if it rains hard!!
Forum: California 04-24-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,473
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks. Looking at the TAC more closely, it seems...

Thanks. Looking at the TAC more closely, it seems like you would need to be in the "to surface" circle of Burbank to get close enough to the sign for a decent picture.
Forum: California 04-24-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,473
Posted By rightrudder
Sounds like a fun loop. Make sure there's no game...

Sounds like a fun loop. Make sure there's no game going on at Dodger Stadium so you don't bust the TFR. You could come in from the East over El Monte, fly over City Hall, then make a big right 180...
Forum: Safety 04-19-2018, 02:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,737
Posted By rightrudder
Wow! Good catch by the paint shop! Tip 'em an...

Wow! Good catch by the paint shop! Tip 'em an extra $50. :D So glad that the bolt managed to stay in place for your flights.

$2K for an inspection (which sounds way overpriced) and he didn't catch...
Forum: Safety 04-18-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,315
Posted By rightrudder
Related thought...make sure there's a rubber boot...

Related thought...make sure there's a rubber boot on the positive battery terminal. Without one, if you drop a wrench when, say, removing the cap from the brake fluid reservoir (directly above...
Forum: ADS-B 04-08-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,053
Posted By rightrudder
Yeah, that's why I'm waiting till after OSH to...

Yeah, that's why I'm waiting till after OSH to make my final decision.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,067
Posted By rightrudder
Love the Catto on my -9A. I've got the two-blade...

Love the Catto on my -9A. I've got the two-blade 70x70 with nickel leading edges. Super smooth operation, and hits the Van's speed numbers nicely.

Minimal issues with W&B on my plane, even with a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-02-2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,434
Posted By rightrudder
I'd be curious to see what others have done. I've...

I'd be curious to see what others have done. I've just got a single landing light in the left wingtip, so I find myself doing S-turns on dark taxiways to see the lines. :eek:
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-26-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,481
Posted By rightrudder
That's the pass-through for the map box.

That's the pass-through for the map box.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,804
Posted By rightrudder
The fluid level in the reservoir (standard...

The fluid level in the reservoir (standard location) on my RV-9A doesn't change perceptibly between oil changes. Not too difficult to check the level through the oil filler door...a tie-wrap makes a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,541
Posted By rightrudder
I don't think I used any washers, but I did file...

I don't think I used any washers, but I did file down one weld slightly that was interfering with smooth operation of the pedal. Rustoleum gloss white is great for touch up paint...matches the newer...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-03-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,427
Posted By rightrudder
Good to know. Thanks! I'll configure my EFIS to...

Good to know. Thanks!

I'll configure my EFIS to show TAS next time I do a steep dive.
Forum: RV-10 03-03-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,099
Posted By rightrudder
On mine (RV-9A, but similar), I just applied...

On mine (RV-9A, but similar), I just applied another three layers of fiberglass cloth, and it's plenty stiff. Certainly a foam/fiberglass laminate is a more elegant solution. I had to build up the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-02-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,427
Posted By rightrudder
Shouldn't that be KIAS instead of KTAS?

Shouldn't that be KIAS instead of KTAS?
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-28-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,156
Posted By rightrudder
If you've got a pax and you know you're in for a...

If you've got a pax and you know you're in for a water landing, hand him or her the Life Hammer and start breaking that sucker into little pieces!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,294
Posted By rightrudder
A nice design, and beautifully made!!

A nice design, and beautifully made!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 11:58 PM
Replies: 288
Views: 109,085
Posted By rightrudder
Congrats!! Now clean your EFIS screen. :D As of...

Congrats!! Now clean your EFIS screen. :D

As of now I'm in the 186-kt club with my -9A. :o One of these days I'll find the perfect tailwind.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-22-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,671
Posted By rightrudder
Which is exactly the point. I like a mix of the...

Which is exactly the point. I like a mix of the old and new, the best of both worlds. I've got a whiskey compass too! :D
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2018, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,671
Posted By rightrudder
I've got a GRT Sport SX, but put a steam ASI and...

I've got a GRT Sport SX, but put a steam ASI and altimeter alongside the display. I like to cross-check the EFIS with the steam gauges. I'll admit that part of the reason is aesthetics....I like a...
Forum: COMM 02-09-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By rightrudder
The GTR 200 is performing flawlessly once again!...

The GTR 200 is performing flawlessly once again! Must've been a plug contact with some oxidation or something. The fix was just unplugging/replugging a couple of times. What a relief!
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-08-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,505
Posted By rightrudder
I'm very satisfied with the workmanship of my QB...

I'm very satisfied with the workmanship of my QB tanks. 220 hours TT, flying since February 2016, no sign of any leaks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,645
Posted By rightrudder
My IO-320-D1A has used between 1/2 to 2/3 quart...

My IO-320-D1A has used between 1/2 to 2/3 quart between 25-hour oil changes since new. It used a bit more at higher power settings on a long cross country, but on a lot of my flights to breakfast,...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,475
Posted By rightrudder
I used ProSeal, and held the vents in place from...

I used ProSeal, and held the vents in place from the inside with 3M blue tape.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,951
Posted By rightrudder
I have exactly that setup. Love the iFly!!!

I have exactly that setup. Love the iFly!!!
Forum: COMM 01-31-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By rightrudder
No second radio in the plane. I'll check all...

No second radio in the plane. I'll check all connections, and look into the mic gain screw, if my headset has one.

Thanks for the replies, everyone. I'll report back when it's fixed.
Forum: COMM 01-31-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By rightrudder
GTR 200 issue when transmitting

I have a Garmin GTR 200 radio/intercom which has worked flawlessly for 215 hours, but now there's an issue. The intercom works just fine, but when I'm transmitting, it sounds like I'm talking into a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-31-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,443
Posted By rightrudder
I did the same...I was worried that jack screw...

I did the same...I was worried that jack screw would chafe the wiring.
Forum: California 01-31-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By rightrudder
Can a friend come who doesn't have an RV? He's...

Can a friend come who doesn't have an RV? He's got an Experimental Starduster bipe, and we flew to Osh together in my RV, if that counts. :o
Forum: California 01-31-2018, 02:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 656
Posted By rightrudder
That sounds great! I've been meaning to fly down...

That sounds great! I've been meaning to fly down there to catch up with Bruce Hill and his wife.

On the calendar...in pen.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 791
Posted By rightrudder
I made an aluminum mounting bracket with a...

I made an aluminum mounting bracket with a 20-degree bend from horizontal. It angles the antenna inward so there's not contact with the canopy.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-09-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,437
Posted By rightrudder
I like to have both....indicated and true...

I like to have both....indicated and true airspeed in knots on the EFIS, and ground speed in mph on the backup GPS.

It's fun to tell passengers how fast we're going over the ground in units they're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 10:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,232
Posted By rightrudder
I'm a proponent of always having an hour's worth...

I'm a proponent of always having an hour's worth of reserve fuel!! Just simpler, with less that could potentially go wrong that way. My typical longer stints are about 3 hours, which leaves closer to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 983
Posted By rightrudder
I'd make sure the nose wheel is balanced as well...

I'd make sure the nose wheel is balanced as well as possible. My -9A had no shimmy at all until about the 150-hour mark, but tire wear resulted in a minor imbalance. I bought a $30 motorcycle wheel...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2017, 04:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,437
Posted By rightrudder
Just to add some more data for a typical -9A....

Just to add some more data for a typical -9A. Mine's got a 160-hp IO-320 with a Catto 70x70 FP 2-blade prop. Box-stock engine with two magnetos.

At around 11,000 feet DA (where I simply lean the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-13-2017, 03:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 743
Posted By rightrudder
You're doing it right. Doesn't take much, and the...

You're doing it right. Doesn't take much, and the part about leaving the first two threads dry is really important.

I'm happy with leaving the bead of sealant in place, but it won't hurt to wipe it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,598
Posted By rightrudder
Or leave it alone. Completely normal for the...

Or leave it alone. Completely normal for the Alclad to form a light layer of oxide. If you're going to prime, then yeah, I'd hit it with a Scotchbrite.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 711
Posted By rightrudder
I painted the outside as well, with Rustoleum...

I painted the outside as well, with Rustoleum paint. Takes forever to dry, but it sticks to raw fiberglass with a vengeance!
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-01-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 640
Posted By rightrudder
I'm getting some light nose-wheel shimmy on...

I'm getting some light nose-wheel shimmy on landings at 200 hours...it has developed in the last 20 hours or so, and I'm thinking it might have something to do with imbalance of the wheel/tire as a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,761
Posted By rightrudder
Congrats, from one Delta Kilo tail number to...

Congrats, from one Delta Kilo tail number to another!! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,221
Posted By rightrudder
Panel dives are the worst! I got cramps in...

Panel dives are the worst! I got cramps in places I've never had cramps before, like my hips. :eek:

Now that the upholstery and carpet are in, it's much more comfortable.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-19-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,180
Posted By rightrudder
To get the latch piece and welded pin on the roll...

To get the latch piece and welded pin on the roll bar on the same plane, grind down the tube for the pivot shaft. (This assumes that the windscreen and canopy plexi are already aligned to final...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2017, 12:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,530
Posted By rightrudder
I'm a little biased because I've flown my -9A for...

I'm a little biased because I've flown my -9A for about 200 amazing hours, but when I sat in the demo RV-14 at Oshkosh, it just looked/felt too bulky. And some of the cabin width gain is offset by...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,549
Posted By rightrudder
Vlad is spot on. :) Couldn't hurt to apply some...

Vlad is spot on. :)

Couldn't hurt to apply some light machine oil to the cable now, and wipe off the excess.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,656
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks for posting that, Vlad. It's the one part...

Thanks for posting that, Vlad. It's the one part I'm most paranoid about...I'm checking the bolt every 25 hours for tightness and any sign of movement.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 08:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,598
Posted By rightrudder
That's my reasoning as well. :)

That's my reasoning as well. :)
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-07-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By rightrudder
Call Sam to be sure. I've got a 320-D1A on a -9A...

Call Sam to be sure. I've got a 320-D1A on a -9A with a fixed-pitch Catto 2-blade, and IIRC it's a 2.25" extension. The extension-to-crank flange bolts were the larger of the two sizes listed, so...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-12-2017, 05:58 PM
Replies: 389
Views: 336,237
Posted By rightrudder
Lookin' good, Bruce! I can attest it was easy to...

Lookin' good, Bruce! I can attest it was easy to spot in HBP this year at OSH. :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,203
Posted By rightrudder
Mount them where you can easily reach them in...

Mount them where you can easily reach them in flight. The first thing you need to do in a lost comm situation is to jiggle those plugs!

I like the stock Vans location. The headset wires just tuck...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2017, 06:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,526
Posted By rightrudder
Elky McElkface? :)

Elky McElkface? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 05:15 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,984
Posted By rightrudder
I slapped my right seater's hand, put the power...

I slapped my right seater's hand, put the power back in and made a perfect landing. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,984
Posted By rightrudder
The fixed-pitch -9s do tend to float! Here's what...

The fixed-pitch -9s do tend to float! Here's what works for mine. I get full flaps in early (on crosswind entry, or on the 45) and fly the pattern at 75 kts till I'm abeam the numbers. It takes about...
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