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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 364
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wouldn’t you know it.. the one time I had a plane...

Wouldn’t you know it.. the one time I had a plane with Matco calipers in the shop, I only had Cleveland pad kits on the shelf. Had to run across town to a truck repair shop to get the longer rivets
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 887
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have a tall friend that pretty much resorted to...

I have a tall friend that pretty much resorted to a chunk of carpet on the seat pan when ever he borrowed my 6 or 7A. He keeps saying he is going to rig up a fiberglass bucket (like a racecar bucket...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-11-2018, 11:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 300
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just a thought, any chance you are using an older...

Just a thought, any chance you are using an older magnetometer from an early D10 efis?
The 9 pin connectors on later D10A / D6 (current) magnetometers are wired differently.
Forum: Autopilots 04-11-2018, 12:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 432
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Don't forget to put a spacer washer in the...

Don't forget to put a spacer washer in the bellcrank so the bolt doesn't deform it.
Forum: RV-10 04-09-2018, 10:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,164
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The advice I’ve always followed from old time...

The advice I’ve always followed from old time mechanics (& shops) is to run an engine hard & hot during break in, between 380 & 400, to insure the rings seat and not glaze the cylinders. Lycoming red...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-07-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 886
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I've got a TOSTEN grip on the shelf too! CS-2...

I've got a TOSTEN grip on the shelf too!

CS-2 model, swivels, PPT & another switch below. never installed, $80(usd) $100(cdn)


& the Infinity grip is on the way to j-red!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-06-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 886
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Grip I have is a Right Hand, will let go for $180...

Grip I have is a Right Hand, will let go for $180 (cdn) / $140 (usd)
this one is configured (refer to Infinity pictoral wiring schematic for switch numbering)
1. top hat trim sw (standard)
2. red...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-06-2018, 12:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 886
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have one, will check tomorrow morning which...

I have one, will check tomorrow morning which side it is.
Forum: Canada 04-05-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,785
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Claude The process for getting a Canadian C of R...

Claude

The process for getting a Canadian C of R for a project is a bit convoluted. I'll try to lay it out in sequence:

Re: TC not receiving your application, did you pay for it, did the cheque...
Forum: Propellers 03-23-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 713
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, call a prop shop (as mentioned above), but...

Yes, call a prop shop (as mentioned above), but before that, talk to Vans to see if they think it's actually too much diameter for your airframe, & even call Hartzell for their thoughts of cutting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 646
Posted By Ralph Inkster
AK450 will be toast anyway when the battery...

AK450 will be toast anyway when the battery expires, as Ameri King isn't supplying replacements.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-19-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 560
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You should call Vans for guidance. I found this...

You should call Vans for guidance.

I found this type damage on one mount while performing an annual, not quite as deep as yours & had a welder fish patch a 4130 piece over the damaged area with TIG....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,083
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Add tightening intake tube clamps to your...

Add tightening intake tube clamps to your diagnostic list.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-12-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,013
Posted By Ralph Inkster
depending on engine model, you may also find that...

depending on engine model, you may also find that the accessory cover may not be machined for a push rod, or the idler gear is plain & without the lobe to push the push rod. Also if it is a narrow...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,982
Posted By Ralph Inkster
When I perform these tests, I use a calibrated...

When I perform these tests, I use a calibrated container to pore fuel into the tank in 1 or 2 gallon units, this insure I have an accurate record of what went in. I also have my 5 gallon containers...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 05:26 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,259
Posted By Ralph Inkster
D2G should have Dynafocal mounts, the aft surface...

D2G should have Dynafocal mounts, the aft surface of the mount tabs should be angled.

My thoughts are that maybe this engine might be some sort of ground propulsion unit, like the O290-G. Some...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,259
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another rendom thought. I've heard that 290 &...

Another rendom thought.

I've heard that 290 & 320 cases were quite similar. So wonderig if there was ever an O320-G
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 02:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,259
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The 4 rear mounting eye tabs have large double...

The 4 rear mounting eye tabs have large double tapered holes? Conical shaped bushings go in these holes, 4 facing forward & 4 facing backwards. Therefore called 'Conical Mounts'.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,113
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Reminds me of the time my wife was out shopping &...

Reminds me of the time my wife was out shopping & I used the oven to bend up some landing light lenses, she came back early & caught me... that didn't go over too well, but the lenses came out...
Forum: RV-14 03-01-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 535
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The firewall structure is quite different between...

The firewall structure is quite different between those two models. I also think the 14 fuselage is wider than the 7, but can't confirm from looking at the un-dimensioned plans.
My guess is they are...
Forum: Interiors 02-27-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,196
Posted By Ralph Inkster
BSwayze Quote: Originally Posted by Skypunk ...

BSwayze
Quote:
Originally Posted by Skypunk View Post
I'm looking for input from anyone who carpeted their RV. I have a 7, and recently added the front carpet which significantly reduced the noise....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 879
Posted By Ralph Inkster
identifying unlabeled dimple dies

I have a dimple die kit from Spruce, also un-labeled. The set I use regularly are from Cleveland, and are marked. Results when compared below:

Die 1: 0.185” - #10 screws

Die 2: 0.134” - #6...
Forum: RV-14 02-20-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,505
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I use the same P/S plumbing kits on both Garmin &...

I use the same P/S plumbing kits on both Garmin & Dynon installs. The old Safe Air kits (Virtually same as sold by Cleveland & Dynon) super easy to install & I have NEVER had a leak.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-15-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 444
Posted By Ralph Inkster
VA-161 Yes you need it to stabilize the flexing...

VA-161
Yes you need it to stabilize the flexing motion from engine vibration transmitting into the firewall & causing cracking. Also if the gascolator has aluminum lines running to it, you don't...
Forum: Safety 01-27-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 560
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, make it as easy as possible so it can be...

Yes, make it as easy as possible so it can be part of every pre-flight.
I have seen gascolators with extension plumbing to position the drain valve accessible thru the air exhaust ramp- don’t like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,076
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Adam, is there anyone on your field that has gone...

Adam, is there anyone on your field that has gone the IFR approval process with TC for their homebuilt. Would be well worth your time to find out what they had to do to qualify their installation....
Forum: RV-10 01-24-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,032
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Curious what power settings you use when flying....

Curious what power settings you use when flying. If low power settings or running lean you might not be producing enough heat in the exh pipes. What is your EGT temps during these conditions.
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,994
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There are more robust, specialized vinyl...

There are more robust, specialized vinyl materials that I think the jets would be using, not your 1080 or equivalent versions which we (& automotive) wrappers use.
As for application, I decided to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Floor & firewall center space is used up with...

Floor & firewall center space is used up with fuel lines, pump, heater housing.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 559
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No problem at all. I use Red for all the air gaps...

No problem at all. I use Red for all the air gaps around the baffles
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,158
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Caution to not add too many extra layers to this...

Caution to not add too many extra layers to this area & make it too strong. It's near inevitable that this area will be damaged again in the future... you don't want a small damage patch to turn...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-05-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By Ralph Inkster
HA! good one John! Drawing 38, view A-A, when...

HA! good one John!


Drawing 38, view A-A, when the control column is mounted, note that the sticks in vertical position should be centered in the cut outs on the F904 carry through top flange....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Antenna access. strobe packs, cubby holes, etc? ...

Antenna access. strobe packs, cubby holes, etc? When needed, I fabricate them.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just looked at one of the airframes in my shop, I...

Just looked at one of the airframes in my shop, I note the control stick is positioned a little inboard than the center line between the seat position and pedals by design. This is to make more room...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-01-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Your control stick should have about 20 degree...

Your control stick should have about 20 degree swing from neutral in all directions. This will vary a bit (plane to plane) depending on how you configured your control stops.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-21-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Check out some of the fuse blocks offered in the...

Check out some of the fuse blocks offered in the Off Road vehicle or Boating aftermarket suppliers. They offer strips ranging from 6 fuses up to 20. Great if your schematic calls for split buss for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 09:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,861
Posted By Ralph Inkster
After you have increased the heat coming into the...

After you have increased the heat coming into the cockpit you should work on steps to keep the warmth in.
Biggest heat loss is bleeding air flowing out the sides of canopy, install some sort of seal...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-10-2017, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Ah. Checked their site and their boost pump is...

Ah. Checked their site and their boost pump is different than what I was thinking and looks like it is intended for the mechanical injection installations.

A few years ago I purchased a dual...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-10-2017, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 693
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Mechanical fuel injection runs on lower pressures...

Mechanical fuel injection runs on lower pressures than electronic fuel injection systems. the Airflow Performance pump system from Vans, Andair fuel pump and similar pumps are designed for this. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,619
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You can get the basic (generic) items for the...

You can get the basic (generic) items for the schedule by reviewing CARs 625 App B & C. Add or subtract items you deem appropriate to your airframe. Also list items dealing with CARS 571 App B, F,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2017, 09:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 590
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Think how you would feel finding it leaking 6...

Think how you would feel finding it leaking 6 months after everything is put together and flying.

Open it up & re-do it. Same sealing process, with a little more torque on the elbow fitting nut &...
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-26-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 18,839
Posted By Ralph Inkster
DJ good luck with your build. Would be...

DJ good luck with your build.
Would be interesting to see the W&B of the V-8 RV.

Here is W&B of two very similar airframes to compare. Both were weighted on the same certified scales.

RV-7 IO360,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2017, 12:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Our field is controlled and has a lot of training...

Our field is controlled and has a lot of training traffic mixed in with everything up to private jet traffic. I think the controllers actually appreciate the RV traffic here because they are very...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-24-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,964
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Actually, with proper transition training in what...

Actually, with proper transition training in what ever model of RV you end up with, I'm pretty sure the apprehension would be a non event.
Also, as the market goes, (personally) I'd pick the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2017, 07:50 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,669
Posted By Ralph Inkster
PM me if you don't locate one thru the...

PM me if you don't locate one thru the venders.

I should have at least one hiding on the shelves.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-14-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,300
Posted By Ralph Inkster
900 hrs? Spark- How is mag timing? Has the 500...

900 hrs?
Spark- How is mag timing? Has the 500 hr mag inspections been performed?

Fuel- Any difference with & without boost pump on? Checked fuel primer lines and connections?

Carb- overhaul...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,528
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes to Alt air door, no to following install plans

My first build suffered FOD damage as described by Brett, so agree with his concerns. But I still see the value of installing this safety device on filter housings. The valve was installed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-08-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Before cutting further holes in the side of the...

Before cutting further holes in the side of the fuselage, I'd experiment with installing a 'T' in the scatt tube, running to a second eyeball vent. I've found the NACA scoops provide lots of air...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 747
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Measured 90 degrees from canopy side rail. 41"...

Measured 90 degrees from canopy side rail. 41" high. How you trim your plexi when fitting will cause slight variation of this height in your project.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2017, 11:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,305
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Space out the screw head with washers if need be,...

Space out the screw head with washers if need be, but don't grind the V/Cover flange, you will cause uneven gasket tension & leaks will result. Plus, your nice chromed V/C will rust there...
Forum: Canada 10-20-2017, 03:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,279
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hi Nedim You are welcome to drop by my hangar at...

Hi Nedim
You are welcome to drop by my hangar at Springbank anytime & talk the various models. I have flown the 9's & 12, plus 6's, 7's, & 8's. So could give you some perspective on each. You would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2017, 03:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,039
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I've had to rework baffles that suffered from...

I've had to rework baffles that suffered from poor fit between cowl & baffle. Once that was accomplished, and Vans rubber seals fitted to lie smoothly against the cowl, I've not had to touch them...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-16-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 722
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vern Hop in one of your wonder machines & point...

Vern
Hop in one of your wonder machines & point it East for 90 minutes or so. Ross & or I can show you how complicated (or not) to install the system. We might even buy you lunch!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,215
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You don't have a set of plans? The few parts...

You don't have a set of plans? The few parts required would be called out on them & the arrangement for installing also illustrated.

Difficulty would depend on how many parts the original builder...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-10-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 15,465
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"maus92 I've determined that I would need...

"maus92 I've determined that I would need to install a second alternator (or another backup battery) which would essentially equalize the cost between P-Mags and the SDS CPI for a split EI/mag...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-02-2017, 05:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If I remember correctly we used the Skyview base...

If I remember correctly we used the Skyview base map & Jeppesen North America obstacle & nav data pkg. We have used them on a 6, 7A & 12. Things like frequency migration & synthetic vision work...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,143
Posted By Ralph Inkster
In past builds and panel upgrades I have mounted...

In past builds and panel upgrades I have mounted the jacks; at the rear of the arm rests, front of the arm rests, mid way below the arm rests, between the seats, the position I (& the owners) like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,028
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Bevan, you should have a Gascolator (Canada eh?)...

Bevan, you should have a Gascolator (Canada eh?) after your boost pump, this should catch & illustrate any debris before it becomes an issue down stream. Is it a good idea to string a series of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By Ralph Inkster
i have mounted them in the tail cone like Gary,...

i have mounted them in the tail cone like Gary, mid tail cone up high, mid wing & on outboard wing rib, all with good results. Just be mindful to keep magnetometer at least 36" away from any powered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,407
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The folks at Wentworth Aircraft Salvage once told...

The folks at Wentworth Aircraft Salvage once told me that about half the salvage inventory they buy comes from aircraft that was parked in hangars.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-17-2017, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,096
Posted By Ralph Inkster
While you are at it, don't forget to drill the...

While you are at it, don't forget to drill the corresponding hole thru the side of the fuselage for the (maybe) return line, easy to plug off for now with an appropriate sized grommet (center hole...
Forum: Canada 08-02-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,746
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The West Coast Ravens came up a few days early...

The West Coast Ravens came up a few days early and put on a formation clinic for a few of us prior to the Calgary Springbank airshow. What a great & fun experience! Thankyou!

The Ravens performed...
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