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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 208
Posted By SMO
I used an Andair separator for a while, but was...

I used an Andair separator for a while, but was constantly getting lots of oil on the belly even though maneuvers are mostly positive. I took that off and installed a half Raven and have been happy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,430
Posted By SMO
Interesting, you might get them to check their...

Interesting, you might get them to check their website which says it is a 50 mesh screen - which converts to 297 micron!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-13-2017, 12:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 202
Posted By SMO
I sold my Trutrak stuff a couple years ago. I...

I sold my Trutrak stuff a couple years ago. I will PM you contact for the buyer - you could contact him and see if he is using the ARINC box.
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 12:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,360
Posted By SMO
I haven't built a -14, my responses are based on...

I haven't built a -14, my responses are based on building my Rocket:

1. I bought a 1/4" drill. I have used tools for most of my 63 years, and wish I had bought one of these years ago. I really like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,669
Posted By SMO
I expect you can find someone locally to offer...

I expect you can find someone locally to offer this, however if not, you are welcome to come up to Salmon Arm. I can show you the tools I used to build my Rocket, we can drive a few rivets (I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,669
Posted By SMO
The MDRA (Ministers Delegates - Recreational...

The MDRA (Ministers Delegates - Recreational Aviation) controls the process of inspection in Canada. Happy reading: http://www.md-ra.com/en/
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-09-2017, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,478
Posted By SMO
It's time to close this thread. The type of...

It's time to close this thread. The type of bashing being done by Paisley has no place on this forum.
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 11:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,701
Posted By SMO
I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I...

I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I believe I bought it with the foil from McMaster Carr.
Forum: RV-10 11-05-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,701
Posted By SMO
I have 185 hours on mine. I used stainless tape...

I have 185 hours on mine. I used stainless tape to seal up the stainless foil encasing ceramic fiber. I had a major oil exposure event at about the 60 hour mark - left the dipstick in the hangar :o -...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2017, 11:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,446
Posted By SMO
Here is where you can find tailwheel...

Here is where you can find tailwheel parts:
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm

And here is where you can download a good document on these tailwheels - it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2017, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 433
Posted By SMO
Don't believe that is correct. What you do have...

Don't believe that is correct. What you do have to have is certified nav systems - 2 of them. Otherwise you should be good to go. Tom Martin may chime in as his Rocket is IFR certified, and I don't...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-20-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,383
Posted By SMO
Is this the same document? This is put together...

Is this the same document? This is put together by Lycoming, no reference to Superior.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 06:14 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 89,098
Posted By SMO
You were in my back yard on this part of the...

You were in my back yard on this part of the flight. Revelstoke is a ~20 minute flight from home, I have lived in the Rocky Mountain Trench where Fairmont is located, and used to work at that coal...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-27-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,020
Posted By SMO
Or an LSE, or an SDS, or EFII ...... BTW, after...

Or an LSE, or an SDS, or EFII ......

BTW, after the early problems were resolved, the emags have been stable for the last few years. "Failing constantly" is not a fair assessment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 09:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By SMO
That helps a lot also. Most of the turbulence I...

That helps a lot also. Most of the turbulence I have encountered would be categorized as light.

Would be really interesting to know if there is any correlation between gust levels and what a person...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 05:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By SMO
I bolded/capped the critical piece of your...

I bolded/capped the critical piece of your response that starts to answer my primary question - if I read you correctly, for your risk tolerance you would get below Vno at the first sign of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By SMO
Ok, so is there a way to measure this? How would...

Ok, so is there a way to measure this? How would this feel in the cockpit?

FYI, my Rocket has a Vno of 160 knots. My normal cruise at 23 squared, 3000 ft ASL, LOP, is >170 knots. This seems to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,899
Posted By SMO
Exceeding Vno, where is the danger?

Curious as to how others approach exceeding Vno, into the yellow arc on the ASI. The normal cautions are to only be in that regime when in smooth air, but what defines smooth air?

Can I use my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,289
Posted By SMO
I also did transition training with Mike Seagar...

I also did transition training with Mike Seagar in Oregon. Used the -7 mostly but put a little time in the -6A to get used to the constant speed prop.

The insurance company accepted that time to...
Forum: Propellers 07-03-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 667
Posted By SMO
Don't think you are missing anything except the...

Don't think you are missing anything except the magnitude of the change in glide ratio seems a bit severe. I expect you will test it to confirm.

On my Rocket I get between 2 and 3 difference, eg:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2017, 11:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,656
Posted By SMO
Thanks for posting that, Jack. Really good...

Thanks for posting that, Jack. Really good information to know.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 10:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,656
Posted By SMO
My backup plan is quite simple. I have three...

My backup plan is quite simple. I have three switches that all bypass the VP-200 and have their own fuses. One is for my EFIS and Autopilot, one is for my 430W, and the third is for the fuel pump....
Forum: RV-4 06-28-2017, 02:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,826
Posted By SMO
Just another point of view: I would have failed...

Just another point of view:

I would have failed all of Smoky's questions when I bought my RV-4. Got a tailwheel checkout with Mike Seagar which gave me enough time on type to get insurance. Spent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,656
Posted By SMO
Text sent.

Text sent.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2017, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By SMO
Hmm, good luck with that, be great if you...

Hmm, good luck with that, be great if you actually get a positive response. VP has not been supporting this model for a number of years. Marc Ausman ("MCA" on this forum) might know what the light on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 11:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,650
Posted By SMO
Just in case it is implied otherwise - Garmin...

Just in case it is implied otherwise - Garmin servos do the same.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2017, 05:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,823
Posted By SMO
As long as you define getting one strand of the...

As long as you define getting one strand of the wire shield contacting the bus wire as a "major wiring failure". Since fixing that issue it has been rock solid.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2017, 01:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By SMO
You have to go into "Setup". There is an...

You have to go into "Setup". There is an "Instrument Layout" page in the Engine section. At the bottom of this page you will see the timers. You can reset these as required.

Note there are 3...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-19-2017, 08:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,854
Posted By SMO
Ditto on the reply above. A PC680 starts my...

Ditto on the reply above. A PC680 starts my IO-540 just fine, cold and hot.

Hot start procedure is simple: Throttle full, cycle the mixture once (full rich and back to ICO), crank.

Works every...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-18-2017, 12:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,289
Posted By SMO
FYI Wentworth has a wrecked -8 that appears to...

FYI Wentworth has a wrecked -8 that appears to have a good canopy, they are auctioning the salvage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2017, 10:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,700
Posted By SMO
Well we all hope it really isn't an "extinction"...

Well we all hope it really isn't an "extinction" of your body! :eek:

Hopefully more like an "extension". :D:D
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-31-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,418
Posted By SMO
Wayne, thanks for posting this. I don't have an...

Wayne, thanks for posting this. I don't have an answer to your question. I started my IFR, passed the written and was half way through the flight training when I came to the same conclusion as Rob -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,059
Posted By SMO
Hmmm, somewhere in a dusty corner of my brain...

Hmmm, somewhere in a dusty corner of my brain there is the thought that here in Canada we have looser rules on WHO does the building - that we can use more professional help than a U.S. builder can....
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2017, 12:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,118
Posted By SMO
Yep, he lived (longer) and learned (more).

Yep, he lived (longer) and learned (more).
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2017, 11:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,118
Posted By SMO
Here is an article that addresses trees versus...

Here is an article that addresses trees versus water. The conclusion is that both have a similar survival rate, with trees being slightly ahead (but probably within the margin of error). The risk of...
Forum: RV-4 05-02-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,988
Posted By SMO
Suspect he meant FPM, not RPM

Suspect he meant FPM, not RPM
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-30-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,169
Posted By SMO
My experience with my IO-540 using standard...

My experience with my IO-540 using standard timing with Slick mags is that, after balancing the injectors to peak within .4 GPH, I could go significantly lean of peak. I don't have the degrees lean,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-30-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,169
Posted By SMO
Balancing the injectors would be an easier less...

Balancing the injectors would be an easier less expensive solution and, IMHO, should be done anyway for a smooth running engine. Don Rivera at Airflow Performance can help you with that.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2017, 11:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,987
Posted By SMO
Just putt,...... putt.....putt...putt putt PUTT...

Just putt,...... putt.....putt...putt putt PUTT RRRRRRR.

Never did have much coughing or sputtering on a hot start, but when it caught it was quite a bit quicker to roar to life and I had to be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2017, 08:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,987
Posted By SMO
I put SDS on one side and use it to start....

I put SDS on one side and use it to start. Procedure did not change for hot starts though - Leave mixture at ICO, full throttle, cranks for a few seconds (5?) before firing up.

The SDS does provide...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,552
Posted By SMO
I bring it up because I believe that was my...

I bring it up because I believe that was my experience as related in this thread: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=125054&highlight=plastic
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,552
Posted By SMO
And the level of risk you are willing to accept....

And the level of risk you are willing to accept. A plastic bag blocking the air intake can stop your engine, an alternate air source can keep it running.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2017, 03:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,594
Posted By SMO
Been reading this thread, and can add another...

Been reading this thread, and can add another data point. IO-540-D4B5. I have an SDS ignition running the top plugs and a mag timed to 25* running the bottom plugs. Most of my flying is local, ~3000'...
Forum: Rocket 04-13-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,708
Posted By SMO
Hi Lee, not sure this is a lot of help as my F1...

Hi Lee, not sure this is a lot of help as my F1 has the EVO wing, but solo with 20 - 30 gallons of fuel I stall at ~57 knots, full power or full flap both drop the stall speed by ~5 knots.

With...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-10-2017, 03:52 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 12,408
Posted By SMO
Wonder what would have happened with a PC680 in...

Wonder what would have happened with a PC680 in this case. How much can it take before it comes apart? And what happens if it does come apart? Worst case could be pretty dramatic - maybe the EarthX...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,339
Posted By SMO
Lee, suggest you make up one of...

Lee, suggest you make up one of these:

http://www.iflyez.com/manometer.shtml

Simple, cheap, and accurately confirms your ASI. Allows you to check for leaks as well. You could borrow mine but you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2017, 11:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,339
Posted By SMO
Lee, seems like you have a pitot leak somewhere,...

Lee, seems like you have a pitot leak somewhere, don't think your static system would cause this kind of error. See if you can find a way to pressure test the pitot system (balloon test, water...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2017, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,555
Posted By SMO
Could you expand on that a bit? The F1 Rockets...

Could you expand on that a bit?

The F1 Rockets have tapered titanium gear legs.......but maybe I am not understanding your comment.
Forum: RV-4 03-19-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,980
Posted By SMO
Another option is to put the inlet right at the...

Another option is to put the inlet right at the wing root on the leading edge. In the picture below you can see my air inlet there (idea shamelessly copied from others). Behind the air inlet it turns...
Forum: Safety 03-13-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,766
Posted By SMO
Had a similar event with my RV-4. No airspeed on...

Had a similar event with my RV-4. No airspeed on takeoff. Went high and did a few stalls just to remind myself what it felt like. Also came in ~10 knots fast. Turned out some little critter thought...
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2017, 10:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,447
Posted By SMO
Probably best to start a new thread on your AC...

Probably best to start a new thread on your AC question. Lots of folks click the "new posts" button on the home page and just review titles for new threads they may be interested in. Starting a new...
Forum: Tools 03-06-2017, 08:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,523
Posted By SMO
Were you able to source those locally, Ron?

Were you able to source those locally, Ron?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,421
Posted By SMO
Suggest you send an email to g3expert at garmin...

Suggest you send an email to g3expert at garmin dot com with your questions. Fast and friendly service - and it seems like they never sleep!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2017, 11:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,307
Posted By SMO
I have a very sensitive CO detector in my plane....

I have a very sensitive CO detector in my plane. It sometimes bleeps just after take-off, and once in a while after landing. Never a peep in flight. My pipes have a turndown on the ends.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2017, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,072
Posted By SMO
One data point: I flew yesterday, OAT at 8000'...

One data point:

I flew yesterday, OAT at 8000' was ~0* F, OT was 153*.
A flight last Oct, OAT at 8000' was ~31*F, OT was 174*.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,846
Posted By SMO
Thanks for all your insight, Bob. I normally...

Thanks for all your insight, Bob.



I normally do the Big Mixture Pull to a target fuel flow so don't monitor the peak EGT. Would be interesting to see data relating peak EGT and OAT. Perhaps my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2017, 11:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,846
Posted By SMO
In both cases I am running lean of peak at ~11.7...

In both cases I am running lean of peak at ~11.7 gph, 2300 RPM. These are pretty standard Rocket speeds, lots are a fair bit quicker than mine.



Didn't think about OT - was 153*F today and 174*F...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,846
Posted By SMO
Speed differences

When I do a speed test I use the 3 leg process and putting the results into a spreadsheet to determine the accurate speed.

Last October I got TAS of 197 knots.

Today I got TAS of 193 knots.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2017, 07:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,454
Posted By SMO
Sometimes they are not curved. I think my...

Sometimes they are not curved. I think my airplane is scared!

http://www3.telus.net/public/molsons/Rocket%20Pics/Many%20Props%20(719x800).jpg

And no, I won't tell you how :D
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-24-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,174
Posted By SMO
John, I would check that very very carefully! ...

John, I would check that very very carefully! Not saying it ain't so, but the Deutsch pins I have looked at were all round. The pins out the back of the switch panel (male) are flat, and the female...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,174
Posted By SMO
That is correct. FYI, here is a source for the...

That is correct.

FYI, here is a source for the connector and pins, http://www.digikey.com/products/en?keywords=WM17409-ND and http://www.digikey.com/products/en?keywords=WM2979CT-ND .
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-22-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,174
Posted By SMO
Clocking is a function of a couple things. First...

Clocking is a function of a couple things. First check is to take set the switch 2 positions to the right (Both position) and take the knob off (loosen the 2 set screws in the knob, 5/64). Is the...
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