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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-11-2018, 01:14 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 196
Posted By Simon Hitchen
FS Dynon unheated pitot tube

Iíve decided to install a heated pitot tube so am listing the unheated version for sale.
It is currently installed on my 7 and has been carefully match drilled and tapped to the Gretz chrome pitot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Any time

Glad to help, I’ll take that beer �� at the HBC pavilion!

ATB

Simon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 05:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Too Kind

Too kind guys, thanks.

Gary! Nice to hear from you, have you painted your 6 yet? Clare asks about you often, will we see you at Oshkosh this year?

Simon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By Simon Hitchen
The lower fairing has a lip built into the front...

The lower fairing has a lip built into the front so it that fits under the top fairing.

https://i.postimg.cc/xTcKg1Nx/53-C2-E760-C835-489-C-A505-57-B8622-F60-B7.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By Simon Hitchen
I went straight into the top longeron And tapped...

I went straight into the top longeron And tapped for 6-32 screws. I didnít attach it to the HS. The only attachment to the HS is the most rearward screw on the top fairing because it just wouldnít...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Three shots for you

Hi Dave, a friend of mine was at this exact stage and asked for a few photos of mine. I still have them so I’ll forward on to you. The fairing does take a lot of work to get right but it’s worth it....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Lots of online info

And guys I know this has been hashed out many times...https://i.postimg.cc/T1NtxK55/F9-DBAC37-7091-4-D10-A7-E3-C2-A3-EDC8-C66-B.png
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2018, 05:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Whole plane

For wnplt,

https://i.postimg.cc/BbkByxHt/64-E19-A93-97-C6-4582-BF05-00-B958-E33873.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Cooling

Thanks guys,

Scott, thanks for your reply. I had many chats with the guys at the continental booth/Oshkosh this year about LOP ops. I was quite proud of the fact that at 50 degrees LOP my CHT’s...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 871
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Winter Ops

Thought I’d share my cold weather mod.

Up here in cold Canada I was having issues running too cold. The engine has always run cool but with an OAT of 5F I was running at 280 CHT at cruise.

First I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 801
Views: 914,496
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Top notch

I had the pleasure of looking over Donís beautiful aircraft prior to the inspection. The workmanship is superb, I know itíll fly as well as it looks.

Many congrats on finishing. See you up there!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-11-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 310
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Lost my ASI so WTB Dynon Heated pitot

So I flew a long cross country today in snow showers and for the first time in this aircraft my ASI slowly decreased to zero, no problem I thought, Iíve got AOA...That disappeared a few minutes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,432
Posted By Simon Hitchen
+1 for the trombone system

I installed the Vetterman trombone system on mine with the superior cold air induction. Itís a great system and allows exceptionally easy routing of the throttle and mixture cables directly under the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,182
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Talc

Jon jay, Iíve got a friend of mine who worked for Michelin tires for decades. He came round as i was changing a tire last week and saw me using a bit of talc. His expert opinion was that only the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-13-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 28,962
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Very sad

I’m over in the Uk and learned of this a few hours ago.

Very very sad, a huge loss. I bought an engine from Jon a few years back, he was a true gentleman.

So sad and upsetting.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-11-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,095
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Close-up take off

Dropped in on a friend a few days ago for lunch. On departure he took this video

Love the sound of these aircraft. IO-360 with a Vetterman trombone exhaust system.

https://youtu.be/muk8lFOzVGE
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,908
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks guys

Iíll replace the tire.

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,908
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Tire help please

Hi guys, I’m just into my first annual and I’ve found this cut on the outside of the tire. It’s an inch long, does the necessitate a new tire?

Many...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,392
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Beauty

Looks beautiful!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 713
Views: 430,383
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Ahhhhhh, yes.

Was a good show!

https://s15.postimg.cc/98f78jm2z/AE2_FBFC8-5634-4112-_B9_D9-991_CEEA10616.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2018, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,172
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Mine too

Yeah, mine was per the plans and worked fine too.

I had a few of these moments during my build where I thought “surely I’m right and the plans are wrong”.. turned out to NEVER be the case LOL. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,272
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Tommy, much appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2018, 03:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,272
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Filters..

Hi Tommy, Iím having a noise issue with one of my LED lights. Iíd appreciate a helping handwith a filter, how exactly did you construct one?

Many thanks

Simon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 430,383
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Many years ago, as I started this build, I met a...

Many years ago, as I started this build, I met a gentleman who would become a close friend. He owned a picture perfect grass airfield and loved flying, people and life. One fine summer day he took...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,282
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Epoxy

I used two part epoxy paint, decal pro fx for all the lettering then Matt clear coat over it all. Bullet proof.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,428
Posted By Simon Hitchen
I tried that

Due to ease of installation I initially mounted the shutter on the rear of the cooler too but It didnít work effectively. To raise the oil temperature I still had to tape the front of the cooler...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,925
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same same

Max crosswind, half or no flaps and wheel landings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,428
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Yes indeed...

It wouldíve melted by now....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,428
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Photos

I’ve just installed mine and it works great. I keep it closed until the oil temp reaches 180 then modulate it to keep it that way. I live up in Canada so it’s still cold, even at 20 degrees OAT it’s...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-07-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 3
LOP
Views: 939
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks Guys

Great advice, thank you
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-06-2018, 03:54 AM
Replies: 3
LOP
Views: 939
Posted By Simon Hitchen
LOP

Hi guys,

I’m running a Titan IO-360 with an Avstar FI unit monitored by a dynon skyview. In the cruise I lean the engine to LOP and then continue to lean until the first cylinder to peak (#4)...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-04-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,264
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same idea

Use a square piece of aluminiun stock, drill the correct size hole through it using a drill press, clamp it in place between the rivets and use it as a guide. Thatíll get you a square hole so to...
Forum: Canada 02-18-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 981
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same here

Iíve put 40 hours on a new 7 with this fuel in the tanks. No issues whatsoever. Iíve got the standard vanís float level sensors so no issues there and the red cube fuel flow has been spot on.

I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2018, 07:12 AM
Replies: 548
Views: 621,908
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Brampton!

I look forward to seeing it in person, I’m out of Oshawa. I’ll pop down and see you in the spring when the deep freeze is over :). Are you current or ex-airforce? We have the same engine-prop set...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-07-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 621,908
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Another Canadian!

Can tell youíve put some real effort into that paint scheme, nicely done, very distinctive!

Where are you in Canada?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,905
Posted By Simon Hitchen
iPad useability

Hi Steve, I’ve been using the IPad with foreflight for some years now so I wanted it in the RV and don’t regret that decision at all. It’s paired up with the skyview via WiFi so I get the ahars and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,905
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Yeah

It does, during the phase 1 first 25 hours that has to be there legally.

Itís been removed now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,905
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Very economical

Here’s mine and it was quite inexpensive.
A used 7 inch dynon skyview
Used ASI & ALT
Used Garmin GTX-327
New Garmin GTR-200 com radio
IPAD Pro running ForeFlight connected via WiFi to the skyview...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-01-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,531
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same same

I had exactly the same issue. I followed Vanís advice and slotted the heavy wing aileron brackets thereby moving the aileron vertical position 1/32 of an inch. It fixed the heavy wing instantly. ...
Forum: Canada 12-06-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,248
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Copa

Copa VIP gold worked for me. In-motion coverage from the moment it moved out of the garage until now (30 hours so far)

Simon
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-28-2017, 05:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,495
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Right on

I have the same engine and a Sensenich fixed pitch prop. The quoted static RPM is around 2150 which is bang on. As the speed increases and the load on the prop decreases you'll get an increase in...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-25-2017, 06:18 AM
Replies: 118
Views: 66,590
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Classic profile pic

VFR OTT

https://s33.postimg.org/6dw01b3of/IMG_2023.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,187
Posted By Simon Hitchen
same

Ive just completed my flight test period and my glide tests showed the same, 11:1 at 85 mph. 1400 pounds.

I have a fixed pitch prop and that makes a huge difference. I used to fly an 8 with a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-16-2017, 05:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,004
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Wheel

I wheel landed an 8 with an unknown flat right main gear and it felt odd as I started to slow. Feeling the drag to the right I used rudder then brake to keep straight. Not knowing exactly what had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 05:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By Simon Hitchen
There it is....

I slotted both brackets and moved the aileron down by 1/32 of an inch. All sorted, heavy wing problem fixed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 06:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Exactly

Exactly what I thought, slot the brackets to find the correct placement and then drill the new brackets to match permanently.

:)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Interesting

On further examination the left aileron outboard end is sitting a little higher with respect to the wing top skin and tip than the right aileron outboard end. I think I'll slot this bracket and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2017, 05:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Heavy wing/aileron dispalcement

Hi guys, I've searched and searched but can't quite find what I'm looking for.

My 7 does has an aileron issue. On the ground everything, all wing trailing edges, line up beautifully. The angle of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-03-2017, 05:28 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,887
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Agreed

Exactly as I've been taught and practiced for years Jim.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2017, 04:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,658
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thank you

Thanks everyone very much! I've loved every minute of the build, I was concerned that the flying may be a bit of an anti-climax because I fly all the time. It wasn't and isn't! It's far better...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-31-2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,887
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Tailwheel technique

I was taught the following technique by some very competent instructors and have used it ever since in many different tail draggers. It varies from type to type but in an RV type with a steerable...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,658
Posted By Simon Hitchen
First flight

I'm really pleased to report that on the 25th of October/2017, after a longer than expected build time, RV-7 C-FCSH took to the air for the first time.

Everything went as expected with no major...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-24-2017, 06:13 AM
Replies: 1,069
Views: 933,476
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Ace

That does look very sharp Bret.. nicely done!

One of the best I've seen
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2017, 09:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Hollow crank shaft

I've recently converted a constant speed engine to a fixed pitch. The service instruction dictates that the rear crank shaft plug is pierced, that an expansion plug is inserted into the front end...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-30-2017, 08:51 AM
Replies: 1,792
Views: 936,002
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Apparently airworthy!

On Sept 18th C-FCSH was inspected by not one, but two Canadian MD-RA inspectors (one inspector and one trainee inspector).

All went very well, the inspection itself took around three hours with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2017, 02:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,880
Posted By Simon Hitchen
It's all in the design

While I've got to say that I detest getting in there upside down. I did a fair amount of planning so that everything would be accessible from beneath. It's all quite straight forwards and doable. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2017, 10:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 530
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Sywell fly in UK

Any UK flyers flying into sywell fly in tomorrow with a spare seat for a BA pilot on reserve?

Simon
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2017, 10:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 787
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks you

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-24-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 787
Posted By Simon Hitchen
RV7 Flap area

Hi guys, I'm filling out the TC paper work and need the flap area for the 7. I'm away from the hanger at the moment. Would anyone happen to know the dimensions of each flap please?

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-23-2017, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 840
Posted By Simon Hitchen
FP Static RPM and RPM for 110 mph

Hi guys, just about to do some flight testing. Could someone with a 7, an IO-360 with a sensenich FP prop give me some figures for static full power RPM and 110 mph level flight please?

Many thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-10-2017, 04:13 AM
Replies: 548
Views: 621,908
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Don, expect to see yours posted here soon!

Thanks Darwin, I hold you responsible for giving me the confidence to paint it myself :) , and for providing the bench mark for all the fibreglass...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 548
Views: 621,908
Posted By Simon Hitchen
at last...

It's been a long time coming but the weigh in happened today.

Empty weight 1068 pounds, C of G 79.6 inches. Pretty normal I think.

Hope to start the engine on...
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