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Forum: RV-9/9A 01-09-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,183
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, 11:55 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,735
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, 02:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 748
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, 05:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,183
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, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
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, 04:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,351
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, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
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, 10:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
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, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,386
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, 08:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,886
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, 08:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 989
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, 01:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,999
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, 11:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,473
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, 09:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,381
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, 09:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,315
Posted By rightrudder
That's my reasoning as well. :)

That's my reasoning as well. :)
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-07-2017, 08:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
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, 06:58 PM
Replies: 375
Views: 322,064
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, 07:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
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, 07:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,885
Posted By rightrudder
Elky McElkface? :)

Elky McElkface? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 06:15 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,086
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, 01:03 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,086
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...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-30-2017, 02:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 891
Posted By rightrudder
I re-bent the vent lines on mine too! I think I...

I re-bent the vent lines on mine too! I think I used the same ones and just "recountoured" them a little, as the shape is not important; just getting sufficient clearance is.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-30-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,562
Posted By rightrudder
I did this during my Phase 1 testing back in...

I did this during my Phase 1 testing back in mid-2016, so the memory's a little fuzzy, but I think it was in the 2850-rpm range. I'm uncomfortable spinning the engine that high for any length of...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-28-2017, 09:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,562
Posted By rightrudder
I've got a -9A (160-hp IO-320-D1A) with a 70x70...

I've got a -9A (160-hp IO-320-D1A) with a 70x70 two-blade Catto. Going back to Oshkosh I achieved 145 KTAS at around 7.0-7.2 gph, and 155 KTAS at 8.0 gph, with DA ranging from 10,500 to 12,000 feet....
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-21-2017, 02:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,529
Posted By rightrudder
I used terminal blocks and ring connectors for...

I used terminal blocks and ring connectors for the position lights/strobes, and just hardwired everything else, leaving a little slack for a future cut & splice. The only time the wings will ever...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-21-2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 378
Posted By rightrudder
I'd suggest doing it the way Van's suggests in...

I'd suggest doing it the way Van's suggests in the instructions. It seemed to go very smoothly during my build.

Here's my $0.02...rivet the bottom skin of the horizontal stab first. It's almost...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2017, 11:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,279
Posted By rightrudder
Just about any rubber part FWF will be toast in...

Just about any rubber part FWF will be toast in 10 years. Heat, vibration and ozone all take their toll. A new set of mounts is cheap insurance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,260
Posted By rightrudder
I used 60 lb. bags of cement, each wrapped in a...

I used 60 lb. bags of cement, each wrapped in a Hefty bag just in case of a leak. Not as dense as lead shot, but close!! And cheap too; I think I paid about $4 a bag.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-11-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,565
Posted By rightrudder
Agreed. I so enjoyed doing a build thread on my...

Agreed. I so enjoyed doing a build thread on my RV-9A, and it's semi-worthless now without pictures. Depressing.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-11-2017, 10:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 889
Posted By rightrudder
Just keep your engine test runs short and keep...

Just keep your engine test runs short and keep CHTs below 300 degrees F. I bedded the brakes by doing back-and-forth runs in front of my hangar. Hard braking from about 30 mph to 5 mph; accelerate;...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-09-2017, 03:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,113
Posted By rightrudder
Great writeup! Sounds like you really maximized...

Great writeup! Sounds like you really maximized the AirVenture experience. What time did you arrive on Saturday? We flew in right around 6 p.m. and traffic was very light...only 4 to 5 planes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,194
Posted By rightrudder
Probably too slow for the OP, but my -9A did 180...

Probably too slow for the OP, but my -9A did 180 mph true on a recent trip, with a fuel burn of 8.0 gph at roughly 12,000' DA. Definitely "performance cruise" territory, at 2650 rpm or so with a FP...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2017, 08:32 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 21,876
Posted By rightrudder
Good to hear you're back safe, Dan. Fantastic...

Good to hear you're back safe, Dan. Fantastic speed/economy numbers for your craft!!!

Loafers in, cowboy boots out for Tom. :) Actually, the -9A wasn't too cramped considering the combined 450 lb....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 21,876
Posted By rightrudder
I had a great first-time experience flying to...

I had a great first-time experience flying to Osh. The -9A performed flawlessly at maybe 10-20 lb. over gross, with a rearward cg well within limits. Increased pitch sensitivity was not an issue at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 01:26 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,600
Posted By rightrudder
Osh first-timer here. So looking forward to the...

Osh first-timer here. So looking forward to the event! I have a very experienced pilot flying right seat with me, all the better to spot traffic converging on Ripon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2017, 01:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 632
Posted By rightrudder
I second the Sedona suggestion. I'll be flying...

I second the Sedona suggestion. I'll be flying over it on Friday en route to AirVenture! :D:D
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-06-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,308
Posted By rightrudder
Yeah, when I got stumped on a certain area of the...

Yeah, when I got stumped on a certain area of the build, I'd work on something else that seemed easier. That way, I gave myself some time to ruminate on the problem area, and it was always easier...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-06-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By rightrudder
Nice! Good to keep a little blue on there....for...

Nice! Good to keep a little blue on there....for modesty, y'know. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2017, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 920
Posted By rightrudder
Go to Michaels or any big craft store and get the...

Go to Michaels or any big craft store and get the dots designed to mount photos in albums. You can get varying degrees of stickiness. They work great!

Edit: Of course, Gil, that's exactly what you...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-04-2017, 12:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,308
Posted By rightrudder
Congrats!! A big step to be sure. I like how you...

Congrats!! A big step to be sure. I like how you put lots of conduit beneath the baggage floor. It WILL come in handy later on! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By rightrudder
Great! I'll get to see the "Purple Flash" in...

Great! I'll get to see the "Purple Flash" in person. :):) See you there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks for the replies, guys. And Jimbot, I'm...

Thanks for the replies, guys. And Jimbot, I'm glad you're going and look forward to seeing you there! Bruce, are you going? Plan is arrive on Sunday mid-day, and leave on Thursday morning.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 999
Posted By rightrudder
Osh photographers?

Oshkosh first-timer here. I'm so looking forward to going and have read the NOTAM at least three times.

I was hoping to get a picture of my plane landing at Osh. Are there commercial photographers...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 726
Posted By rightrudder
Dave's great. I met him when he did the DAR...

Dave's great. I met him when he did the DAR inspection on my friend's RV-7A.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,249
Posted By rightrudder
Go, Keith! A fun and safe day for everyone. It...

Go, Keith!

A fun and safe day for everyone. It was great to be on hand to witness the flight.

http://i251.photobucket.com/albums/gg307/ex914/Keith%20RV7A/IMG_5882.jpg...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-14-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,227
Posted By rightrudder
Yep, we think alike. Just a big paddle switch and...

Yep, we think alike. Just a big paddle switch and eyeball verification.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-07-2017, 11:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By rightrudder
Yeah, just grind the tube down a little. I used...

Yeah, just grind the tube down a little. I used an angle grinder with a coarse sanding disc and did a small amount at a time. It doesn't take long!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2017, 11:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By rightrudder
Good call. I made sure I could get my thumb...

Good call. I made sure I could get my thumb between the tire and wheel pant opening all the way around, and my thumb's about 3/4" wide.
Forum: ADS-B 05-30-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,255
Posted By rightrudder
I'm going that route. I've got a Sport SX EFIS...

I'm going that route. I've got a Sport SX EFIS and 327 transponder, so the hardest part will be routing a new coax and mounting the antenna. Doing it at the next annual when the plane is partially...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2017, 09:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,608
Posted By rightrudder
Here's my experience after replacing the linings...

Here's my experience after replacing the linings for the first time:

1) Did the break-in procedure...about four hard successive applications, from about 35 mph to 5 mph. Keep it rolling; no stopping...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,006
Posted By rightrudder
I used a couple of terminal blocks in the build....

I used a couple of terminal blocks in the build. Here, on the sub panel, it makes for easy, organized connections from the main harness to the instrument panel harness. I used another one just aft of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,688
Posted By rightrudder
Check out the ADS-B subforum...there's a thread...

Check out the ADS-B subforum...there's a thread there. I'm also very interested in this system, as it's affordable, and I have the GTX 327 transponder and I don't want to change it. Will be going...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-08-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,304
Posted By rightrudder
Me too. Lower kinetic energy in an off-airport...

Me too. Lower kinetic energy in an off-airport landing is a very good thing!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,526
Posted By rightrudder
Nice!!! Congrats.

Nice!!! Congrats.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2017, 09:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,601
Posted By rightrudder
Nice results, Karl! I probably have more...

Nice results, Karl!

I probably have more landings at Apple Valley than anywhere else...I'm based at Cable and the high desert was my Phase 1 practice area. Many fond memories of flying up that bumpy...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-01-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,986
Posted By rightrudder
My RV-9A with a 2-blade Catto composite prop has...

My RV-9A with a 2-blade Catto composite prop has idle set low enough where it would probably die if I left it there for 10 seconds or so. I'm always making little adjustments to rpm, so it's second...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-01-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 778
Posted By rightrudder
I'm curious why the instructions call for fitting...

I'm curious why the instructions call for fitting the pedals at this stage...seems so much easier when canoe is right side up. I've got long legs, so pedals were mounted within 3/4" of being all the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-01-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 931
Posted By rightrudder
You can always use ratchet straps to pull the...

You can always use ratchet straps to pull the gear in a couple of inches. It deflects a lot more than this on a hard landing!
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-01-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 83,085
Posted By rightrudder
Awesome, Bruce! I wanna come down and see it in...

Awesome, Bruce! I wanna come down and see it in person. Maybe we can fly somewhere to meet for lunch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2017, 03:19 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 69,139
Posted By rightrudder
If you ask me, it's much ado about mutton... :D

If you ask me, it's much ado about mutton... :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2017, 11:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,007
Posted By rightrudder
I've got one, and while it was a bit of a hassle...

I've got one, and while it was a bit of a hassle to install (involves cutting and reinforcing the sub panel), I find it extremely handy and useful. Contents right now: Life Hammer for breaking Plexi,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2017, 10:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,350
Posted By rightrudder
I flew that way yesterday, just north of the Palm...

I flew that way yesterday, just north of the Palm Springs TRSA en route to Desert Center (old crumbling military airstrip that was bought by Chuckwalla Raceway).

Nice that he set it down without...
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