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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-10-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,675
Posted By JohnInReno
New FAB with split baffle

At 600 hours, I built a new FAB and split the baffle material so that the bottom half is attached to the cowl and the top half is attached to the FAB. Seems to be working well and it makes installing...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-30-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 340
Posted By JohnInReno
I'm interested. Text sent.

I'm interested. Text sent.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-23-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,675
Posted By JohnInReno
Gasket

My top plate was cracked and replaced at 500 hours. The new plate is showing signs of cracking after only 75 hours. I talked to Allan at Precision Airmotive and he confirmed that there should be a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-16-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,675
Posted By JohnInReno
Air flow performance mixture

fyi
Airflow Performance can provide a mixture control that works in the reverse direction. In other words, you can put the arm above the pivot and eliminate the "notch" in the Filtered Air Box. My...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 834
Posted By JohnInReno
Stiffeners

I was chasing main gear vibration and I glassed-in the wooden gear leg stiffeners. The fairings are now a force fit but I have not experienced any problems in 400+ hours.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-05-2018, 05:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,606
Posted By JohnInReno
Not mine

Nothing like that - ever. First 10 hours was dirty with no wheel pants or legs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 287
Posted By JohnInReno
In Flight

The 335 has several ways to know when it is in flight. My professionally installed 335 failed the first FAA test because it didn't recognize when I was on the ground. It turned out that you had to...
Forum: Flight Testing 09-29-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,496
Posted By JohnInReno
Kitplanes Designers Notebook

The January 2018 issue of Kitplanes magazine has what you are looking for:

Wind Tunnel
Design process, part 2—how high should you fly?

By Barnaby Wainfan

My quick takeaway is 8,000 to 9,000 is the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-28-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,982
Posted By JohnInReno
Good choice

I am pushing 600 hours on my 9A. It has a Superior IO-320 with dual Pmags and a Whirlwind constant speed. Previously I put 250 hours on an RV4 with an O-320, regular mags, and a Prince P-tip...
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 849
Posted By JohnInReno
Alternator size

My understanding from talking to EarthX is that the alternator output determines the size. The 680 is limited to 60 amps and the 900 is sized for 70 amps.

Call EarthX to confirm.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 462
Posted By JohnInReno
Fellow RV9A in Prescott

I am not qualified to do a pre-buy, but I built my 9A and I am at Prescott.

Send a PM with your contact info.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,324
Posted By JohnInReno
I believe the correct weight is 5.4 pounds.

I believe the correct weight is 5.4 pounds.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-12-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,078
Posted By JohnInReno
KIAS

That sounds about right. KIAS is not a data point in the calculation so I don't think of it in cruise. My memory is roughly 135 KIAS LOP and 145 KIAS ROP.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-12-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,078
Posted By JohnInReno
There is a very nice spreadsheet to calculate...

There is a very nice spreadsheet to calculate True AirSpeed from gps ground speed. Look for gps-pec.xls.

RV9A 160hp Whirlwind CS:

Point 5 Vwind Wind dir Vtrue 1/24/2018 South of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,063
Posted By JohnInReno
Paint?

My painter used the vinyl numbers that I supplied as a mask for the paint. The whole plane was painted white. Then the numbers were applied. Next, the red paint was applied over the vinyl and...
Forum: RV-14 08-05-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,136
Posted By JohnInReno
Search this forum for EarthX. I am very happy...

Search this forum for EarthX. I am very happy with EX900 for over 2 years. It weighs 10 lbs less than the 680 and will spin the prop fast enough to taxi.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-01-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By JohnInReno
Thanks!

N95LG was what I was looking for.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-01-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By JohnInReno
Engineering Drawing Paint Scheme

I am looking for pictures of an RV that shows the engineering drawings on the outside. I think it is an RV3 in SoCal.

Thanks,
Forum: RV-12 06-26-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,604
Posted By JohnInReno
RV9A

Try this thread:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=154530
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2018, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,137
Posted By JohnInReno
Go big

The local flat bed tow truck chickened out at the last minute. I hired the services of a company that rents heavy equipment. My little RV9A was loaded onto a hydraulic trailer with a 50,000 gross...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-19-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,646
Posted By JohnInReno
Buy

I had a similar incident and I was able to find an acceptable rudder already built. There are more tail kits than airplanes.

On the other hand, building the rudder is fairly easy if you have the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-13-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 879
Posted By JohnInReno
Fuse blocks

I used fuse blocks for the main bus and mounted them on a swing down panel on the passenger side....
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-10-2018, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 995
Posted By JohnInReno
air flow

I have the same setup on my 9A.

“As high as possible” means you want to picture the air flow through the cooler. If mounted too low, the #4 cylinder blocks much of the air flow.

I hope these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,610
Posted By JohnInReno
Snood

I could not get the Mutt Muffs to work on my Welsh Terrier. I am currently working with earplugs and a "snood" that covers his ears. Think of a stretchy tube commonly used on show dogs to keep their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 403
Posted By JohnInReno
Split

On mine, the right pmag fires the top right and the bottom left. Left pmag is obviously opposite. If you have one electronic, I believe the recommendation is for the electronic to fire the bottoms...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-07-2018, 04:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,723
Posted By JohnInReno
Yerington

Mathews Aviation in Yerington, NV (near Reno). They painted my RV9A 4 years ago and I love it. See previous posts and search for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,390
Posted By JohnInReno
Upgrade

An EarthX battery will draw as much as the alternator can produce. Keep that in mind if you ever decide to upgrade.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-04-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 930
Posted By JohnInReno
Thanks

Thanks Walt,

I'll leave the gap at 030 and monitor for wear.

One more question. I have seen the BR9 recommended for high compression engines and the BR8 for lower compression. I have an IO320 with...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-03-2018, 09:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,855
Posted By JohnInReno
Photo

I searched for the N99552 number and found this photo:

http://www.airport-data.com/aircraft/photo/001152142.html

You can just barely see the light on the lower left side of the cowl.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-03-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 930
Posted By JohnInReno
Pmag BR8EIX Iridium Electrode life?

I have been using the NGK BR8ES plugs and replacing them every year. I would like to try the Iridium plugs and I have a couple of questions:

1. Do they last more than 1 year?

2. What should the gap...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-18-2018, 12:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,609
Posted By JohnInReno
Stein

Another plug for Stein. Installed for months and no radio interference or problems.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-13-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 823
Posted By JohnInReno
Same as Odyssey

I replaced an Odyssey PC680 with an EX900 using the same wires. The EX900 is physically the same as the EX680. A 1/4 inch ring terminal should work fine. You should be aware that the EX batteries...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-12-2018, 04:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,633
Posted By JohnInReno
Battery

How about a different approach. An EarthX Lithium Iron battery has about 20% higher voltage to the starter. It made my starter problems disappear and saved 10 pounds in the process.
Forum: RV-10 02-25-2018, 02:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,708
Posted By JohnInReno
Stair tape

I installed the usual rubbery wing walk material but it disintegrated in flight. I believe that my paint was too "slippery" and allowed the material to separate. If I used that again, I would prep...
Forum: RV-12 02-06-2018, 05:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,373
Posted By JohnInReno
RV8A

All of the Cafe Foundation reports are available here:

http://cafe.foundation/v2/research_aprs.php
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 590
Posted By JohnInReno
Smile FF

My plane is similar to yours with completely different vendors. I have an RV9A with a Superior IO-320, dual Pmags, and AFS panel.

I also see a fluctuation in Fuel Flow even though my "Red Cube" is...
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,373
Posted By JohnInReno
RV9A Cafe

The Cafe report for the RV9A shows 12 to 1 at 1738lbs and 95mph.

Edit: Idle power coarse pitch
Forum: RV-4 02-01-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,709
Posted By JohnInReno
No pics

Me too - no pics.

I want to see how this turns out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,332
Posted By JohnInReno
Fit my 9A

The bolt pattern absolutely did match the firewall on my 9A. No problems at all.

Edit: I installed an ETX900.
Forum: RV-14 01-15-2018, 11:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,776
Posted By JohnInReno
Hope this helps

This is the only picture I can find. The round orange object below and in front of the oil filter is the B&C 8amp PM alternator. The orange part is always rotating when the engine is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,986
Posted By JohnInReno
wheel chocks

I realize that the OP wants to monitor the tire pressure from his bedroom:), but I thought I'd throw this out anyway. A pair of properly or accidentally constructed U shaped wheel chocks act like a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-06-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By JohnInReno
Use the pmag

The pmag generates a tack signal even when it is grounded(like on a mag check). Look on page 8 of the 114 manual available here:

http://www.emagair.com/downloads/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By JohnInReno
An idea

If you are looking for ideas, how about the ability to manually move the trim servo? I recall that the servo in the elevator is a pretty tight fit but you might be able to get about 1/2 inch of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 06:23 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 15,532
Posted By JohnInReno
Grumman Trainer

While building my 9A, I purchased a Grumman AA1B with an O-320 and stock gas tanks. 11 gallons on each side and an 8 gal/hr motor flying around the middle of Nevada makes for critical fuel...
Forum: Reviews 12-18-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,312
Posted By JohnInReno
More helpful?

Googling "MilSpec" isn't very helpful. Can you be a little more specific?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 698
Posted By JohnInReno
Servos

When I faced this choice, I went with the Trio because the servo was completely disconnected when the auto-pilot was off. The Tru Track had a "gritty" feel to the stick when the auto pilot was...
Forum: RV-10 11-18-2017, 04:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 786
Posted By JohnInReno
Chandler

Hi Dan,

Reach out to the local EAA chaper:

http://www.1445.eaachapter.org/

I am sure you will get plenty of help.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-15-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,002
Posted By JohnInReno
Havasu

I had a flat in the air in an RV4. It became very obvious half way through the roll out and barely made it off the runway. Easy to control with the wheel pant acting as a skid. Ground off some...
Forum: ADS-B 11-13-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,932
Posted By JohnInReno
Ground mode

I am not trying to high-jack this thread, but my professionally installed 335 won't go into ground mode like it should. The shop said it is a Garmin problem and Garmin confirmed. I manually used...
Forum: ADS-B 10-31-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,795
Posted By JohnInReno
Check out this Sonerai

I ran across this add for a Sonerai and he had an ipad only setup for front or back. Worth a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4OD95B4pXzo
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,660
Posted By JohnInReno
Yes

I have used this set-up for a Grumman Yankee and my RV9a. The box on top of the jack fits over the parallel feet and the table on top of that is 2' x 4' and then hard foam on top of that. It supports...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2017, 02:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 929
Posted By JohnInReno
cpvc

I used 1/2 inch cpvc (not pvc) from the local hardware store. The hangers are standard joist hangers from the same...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,986
Posted By JohnInReno
Cut existing?

I too am interested in this. My exhaust sticks down at an angle and it looks like a cut parallel to the fuselage would help. However, I know Vetterman would be the answer man.
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,408
Posted By JohnInReno
A little less messy

I am fond of these from Wal mart:

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Super-Flex-Spout/23591348

At $1.26 they are hard to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-06-2017, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By JohnInReno
My engine builder purposely ordered a "reversed"...

My engine builder purposely ordered a "reversed" mixture control for the injector body. The lever is above the intake and no bell crank needed. This is for a vertical induction IO-320.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 742
Posted By JohnInReno
More info please

Where can I find a copy of this PDF file?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2017, 02:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,963
Posted By JohnInReno
Practical

I tried to approach the W&B from a practical point of view.

1. Accurately weigh the unpainted plane in preparation for the Airworthy Certificate.

2. 40+ hours of phase I testing that included what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 06:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,571
Posted By JohnInReno
MAP and RPM

I did transition training in "old blue" RV6A C/S with Mike 7 years ago. Basically, on the decent to the pattern he taught MAP and on base and final switched to RPM.
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,486
Posted By JohnInReno
cpvc

One solution for wing conduit. Half inch cvpc (not pvc) and plumbing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,522
Posted By JohnInReno
Nose weight

I opted for a 320 and I am happy with that decision. If you are going with the bigger engine, pay attention to the weight on the nose wheel as well as the weight and...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,807
Posted By JohnInReno
ETX900

I have been flying behind an ETX900 since February 2016. Promptly replaced when I called about a cell imbalance warning. No issues since then.

Not only does this battery spin the prop faster than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2017, 06:32 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 573
Posted By JohnInReno
Where?

Location? I would be interested.
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