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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-15-2018, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 365
Posted By Low Pass
Guessing you're not comfortable with the idle oil...

Guessing you're not comfortable with the idle oil pressure. Yes? I've been in that boat. And yes, check your gauges first before anything else.

Those numbers really aren't too bad. You might...
Forum: Safety 06-12-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,207
Posted By Low Pass
For practical purposes, wouldn't the rotor wash...

For practical purposes, wouldn't the rotor wash be pretty much proportionate to the flying weight of the aircraft? I understand disk loading, but it's really about moving air mass equal to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 861
Posted By Low Pass
3 blades sound much better! :cool: But - as...

3 blades sound much better! :cool:

But - as mentioned, they're heavier, more expensive to overhaul. The weight and larger spinning mass would be a concern to me, personally.

As for harmonics as...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,996
Posted By Low Pass
I flew behind an IO-320 with a CS prop for many...

I flew behind an IO-320 with a CS prop for many years. The only time you'll really notice is when you're flying with other RV owners who have bigger engines that won't wait on you. My *good*...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 05-31-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By Low Pass
If they do it like years passed, FedEx will have...

If they do it like years passed, FedEx will have a tent facility set up. The pre-printed forms linked are good for arriving packages. My misplaced box involved return shipment and using the hand...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 05-31-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By Low Pass
FedEx in and out worked well for me. But be sure...

FedEx in and out worked well for me. But be sure to fill out your paperwork/address carefully and attach it to your box personally for the return home trip. Mine got lost for a few weeks on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,070
Posted By Low Pass
Same for the (Texas) Gulf Coast region. Over the...

Same for the (Texas) Gulf Coast region. Over the last few decades, all bird populations have increased significantly, including the (big!) brown pelicans. Most are low flyers. But I pass a lot of...
Forum: Reviews 05-24-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 630
Posted By Low Pass
First of all, I'm glad to see some competition...

First of all, I'm glad to see some competition with the portable sat devices. I've personally been an Inreach user for a little over a year. Probably have close to 300 hours of time in the field on...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-15-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,008
Posted By Low Pass
I experienced the same thing on my initial test...

I experienced the same thing on my initial test flight. Maybe a little slow and ran out of elevator. Not pleasant dropping it in like that on the first landing. Ballast in the back might have...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,693
Posted By Low Pass
Sorry, but I read no "anti-authority" attitude...

Sorry, but I read no "anti-authority" attitude anywhere above. I have read where people believe that in the name of improved safety, radio calls might be made different than specified in an advisory...
Forum: Safety 05-03-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,693
Posted By Low Pass
Thinking back on the decades of flying at...

Thinking back on the decades of flying at non-towered fields, I only identify an N-number called over the radio with a plane when it's someone I know very well. The rest of the time, all I hear is,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-20-2018, 02:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,277
Posted By Low Pass
Edited the original post to have photo links that...

Edited the original post to have photo links that actually work...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-18-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,277
Posted By Low Pass
Byrd's Adventure Center

I spent the weekend with four friends at the Byrd's Adventure Center in Northwest Arkansas and thought I'd pass along a little trip report.

This was my second visit. Last time I camped along the...
Forum: RV-10 12-21-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,710
Posted By Low Pass
Be prepared for spontaneous human combustion and...

Be prepared for spontaneous human combustion and instant death!
Forum: RV-14 12-13-2017, 07:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,579
Posted By Low Pass
Welcome to the world of custom aircraft ownership.

Welcome to the world of custom aircraft ownership.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,642
Posted By Low Pass
There are aircraft appraisers who can help you. ...

There are aircraft appraisers who can help you. Look carefully for someone who will provide a realistic market value assessment. Ask around. Propose that you hire the appraiser. In my case, the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-11-2017, 01:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,175
Posted By Low Pass
If you end up with a -9A (nosewheel) plane, just...

If you end up with a -9A (nosewheel) plane, just be very, very careful to NEVER land on the nosewheel!!! So many people transitioning from Pipers and Cessnas have a tendency to do this. You can get...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-11-2017, 10:02 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,492
Posted By Low Pass
Vertical rise from pivot to centerline of joint,...

Vertical rise from pivot to centerline of joint, ~10.5" and the run from first joint aft is ~5.5". The angle is probably ~15 degrees off perpindicular.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-11-2017, 08:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,492
Posted By Low Pass
Cold fusion. As for the -8 stick, after 3 tries,...

Cold fusion.

As for the -8 stick, after 3 tries, I have a good config that's high enough and set back enough to be comfortable. But as Scott shows, it has to be cut and welded. Bending won't get...
Forum: Reviews 12-06-2017, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,481
Posted By Low Pass
Second the compliments. I've used most of the...

Second the compliments. I've used most of the others in the 17 year, 1935 hr life of my -8, and the JDAir is the best by far.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Posted By Low Pass
Now that's a good idea! But, they're not...

Now that's a good idea! But, they're not recommended by the manufacturer... ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-02-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,720
Posted By Low Pass
Sorry if I missed it, but have you replaced your...

Sorry if I missed it, but have you replaced your plug wires on the suspect cylinder? Not checked - replaced. Much cheaper and easier to address - and probable -
than lifters. Ignition wires can...
Forum: GPS 12-01-2017, 06:55 AM
Replies: 601
Views: 207,015
Posted By Low Pass
Question for you Steve, After many months of...

Question for you Steve,

After many months of being thrilled with the 660, I experienced a significant issue yesterday. Was ending a flight and being south of the field in a nice position to test my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,436
Posted By Low Pass
Just did that with my recent overhaul. $5 wrench...

Just did that with my recent overhaul. $5 wrench from Northern Tool. Ground the top and bottom of the neck down and heated with a propane torch to dull red. Bent, cooled, ready to use in just a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By Low Pass
If you were building fresh overhaul and had no...

If you were building fresh overhaul and had no price advantage to mixing, I agree. But practically you're looking at less than a 0.5% difference in cyl power and piston mass. I wouldn't worry about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,493
Posted By Low Pass
I believe you're referring to 178 seconds to...

I believe you're referring to 178 seconds to live.

https://youtu.be/b7t4IR-3mSo

And that's a non-inst rated/capable pilot in IMC (with or without gyros). On this flip side, don't get too...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 897
Posted By Low Pass
Thanks very much for the offer!! I believe I...

Thanks very much for the offer!! I believe I have a nice package deal of tagged parts. If it falls through, I'll keep you in mind.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-01-2017, 01:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 897
Posted By Low Pass
Thanks Bob, Jesse. I appreciate the info and...

Thanks Bob, Jesse. I appreciate the info and offer of assistance. Way more -360 series crank p/n's than I had imagined. And I am going to have to buy rods. They failed as well. Same person can...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-01-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 897
Posted By Low Pass
Counterweighted/Non Counterweighted Crankshafts

After believing I had found a deal on a serviceable crankshaft to replace one from an O-360-A1A, I have been thrown a curve. The replacement crankshaft is counterwighted. (Owner referenced p/n for...
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,807
Posted By Low Pass
Highly recommend you not drill any more holes in...

Highly recommend you not drill any more holes in the components. I'd put a 1/4" socket head fastener (might clear the radius of the bracket without trimming) in it and go. Second best would be a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-16-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,302
Posted By Low Pass
An articulated fiberscope could be used to get up...

An articulated fiberscope could be used to get up to the camshaft from the opening in the crankcase above the sump. As for what's visible with oil film on the lobes and follower, etc, that might...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,571
Posted By Low Pass
Before buying, see if you can pull the mags and...

Before buying, see if you can pull the mags and take a good look inside at the accessory gears. Look at the gear faces particularly. Might give an idea of what you have going on inside the rest of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2017, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By Low Pass
Crankcase O-Ring Groove Mod

Anyone have experience with having an o-ring groove cut in their crankcase split line flange lately? Haven't heard much about this mod in the last 8-10 years. Would you do it again?

Correction -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2017, 08:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,098
Posted By Low Pass
I would think the floor would have to be wet with...

I would think the floor would have to be wet with ATF to cause much issue, but I get the concern. I'd recommend first trying a detergent. I was once facing having to replace a section of driveway...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-04-2017, 01:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,453
Posted By Low Pass
Thank you! My thoughts exactly.

Thank you! My thoughts exactly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2017, 02:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,614
Posted By Low Pass
Two cowl flaps installed. Adds significant...

Two cowl flaps installed. Adds significant operating (temp) flexibility. Does cost money, weight, noise, and drag when open. Am I'm just about trained to connect the power to the actuators when...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2017, 01:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,728
Posted By Low Pass
I'd vote for the castellated nut with 0.062 (or...

I'd vote for the castellated nut with 0.062 (or bigger) safety wire.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-30-2017, 09:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,403
Posted By Low Pass
Since you're in the conceptual stage, what about...

Since you're in the conceptual stage, what about a Rocket or similar motor mount with gear mounts. The tailwheel adaptation is relatively easy. Should be a piece of cake for a 10-20 EAB builder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 27,790
Posted By Low Pass
I've been using stainless (austenitic) hex and...

I've been using stainless (austenitic) hex and Torx head screws for ~14, 15 years and they work just fine for a hangared plane. Every no 6, 8, and many of the non structural 10 screws in my plane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2017, 02:19 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,412
Posted By Low Pass
That's what I use. 60 amp fuse iirc. I find...

That's what I use. 60 amp fuse iirc. I find marine eqpt works pretty well on little planes in many cases.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-26-2017, 05:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,080
Posted By Low Pass
If they'll guarantee that the paint and primer...

If they'll guarantee that the paint and primer won't debond for 40 years.
Forum: RV-12 09-26-2017, 05:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,674
Posted By Low Pass
I hear the women like some mystery in a guy,...

I hear the women like some mystery in a guy, Jerry! ;)
Forum: Safety 09-25-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,581
Posted By Low Pass
Same story, +1. Loose screws. Locktite on...

Same story, +1. Loose screws. Locktite on screws, drilled heads, safety wire. No more problem.

Not a surprise in hindsight. The carb sits quite a way from the centerline of the engine, rigidly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,868
Posted By Low Pass
Mine only stubbles when it has reached full...

Mine only stubbles when it has reached full operating temp. Not below.

Thanks for all the ideas/suggestions! Chris, hope you don't mind me piggybacking your post...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 09-15-2017, 06:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,220
Posted By Low Pass
So you've been to Rock Springs, Wyoming, too? ! ...

So you've been to Rock Springs, Wyoming, too? ! ;)

Seriously, your remarks are some of the best technique comments I've read on this board.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2017, 06:51 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,868
Posted By Low Pass
With mine, no. Pressure and flows, steady. No...

With mine, no. Pressure and flows, steady. No fuel smell inside the plane. Same conditions, right or left tank. Something in the servo? Possibly.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,868
Posted By Low Pass
No, I've not tried leaning at full power. But I...

No, I've not tried leaning at full power. But I will.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,868
Posted By Low Pass
Interesting. I'm having similar symptoms. New...

Interesting. I'm having similar symptoms. New Silverhawk system on IO-360. Please reply back with the findings on your FI system from the evaluation.
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 09-12-2017, 06:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,220
Posted By Low Pass
Thumbs up Bill - you have a -9, 150' wide runway, 30 kt...

Bill - you have a -9, 150' wide runway, 30 kt wind... Just land across the runway!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,593
Posted By Low Pass
One plane, two Pmags. 5, 6 years with PMags, 630...

One plane, two Pmags. 5, 6 years with PMags, 630 and 530 hours. One had the case bolt failure this last summer. Repaired no charge. A residual intermittent issue remained in the same unit. Board...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 09-08-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,220
Posted By Low Pass
So there are people like me! It's a badge of...

So there are people like me! It's a badge of honor making a sweet crosswind landing riding down the runway on one wheel as long as you can hold it. I believe tailwheel (RV) is easier really, with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,748
Posted By Low Pass
Oh yea, didn't say I was good! But it is fun....

Oh yea, didn't say I was good! But it is fun. Occasionally.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,748
Posted By Low Pass
What I posted was a targeted, short landing over...

What I posted was a targeted, short landing over no obstacle. Had a group of 5-6 practicing using center of turnoff as runway end.

Over an obstacle is way longer, obviously.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,748
Posted By Low Pass
On dry asphalt or concrete, yes. Less on a good...

On dry asphalt or concrete, yes. Less on a good day with a nice flare. I recall a 3-5 kt wind when this video was made.

https://youtu.be/aAoJyhFkiDI

Second Vlad's point about a -9. I've got a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-21-2017, 01:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,032
Posted By Low Pass
Creating a potential point of failure

I'll cut the wires if I ever need to remove the wings. Then I'll install proper, robust connectors -or splice - when I put the wings back on. 17 years and the wings are still as installed...
Forum: Safety 08-15-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,578
Posted By Low Pass
+1 from 1997. And I put a more than a dab. I...

+1 from 1997. And I put a more than a dab. I squeezed in quite a bit knowing I didn't want the skins moving/vibrating. No cracks or issues after 17 years and 1925 hrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,902
Posted By Low Pass
Bearings and working with flammable liquids

I like to think I'm a pretty conscientious person when it comes to fire and chemical exposure after worked in petrochem mfg for 15 years and working on cars and planes for the last 35 or so years...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-11-2017, 07:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,545
Posted By Low Pass
Thanks for taking time to reply. Guess these...

Thanks for taking time to reply. Guess these units can have issues - mine have worked flawlessly for many years. Now to find a time to take the plane down for a few weeks to ship it off to the...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-10-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,545
Posted By Low Pass
Also beginning to have bad current indications...

Has anyone experienced problems with the D120 or possibly D180 regarding current indication? Shunt checks out, leads check out, all connections clean.

Checking for possible unknown solutions before...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,728
Posted By Low Pass
Lasers operate at or very near the speed of...

Lasers operate at or very near the speed of light. This thing claims to update 500 times per second. Light travels about 373 miles per 1/500 second.
My RV is pretty fast, but not that fast!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,369
Posted By Low Pass
Ditto. Harbor Freight. Grind, heat, bend if...

Ditto. Harbor Freight. Grind, heat, bend if necessary. Then you have a highly specialized, custom airplane tool.
Forum: GPS 06-02-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,164
Posted By Low Pass
The 660 is a fantastic "portable" device. Mine...

The 660 is a fantastic "portable" device. Mine is flush mounted in my panel and connected to my Dynon EFIS/auto pilot, audio system, GDL-39 3D, and Bluetooth to Garmin pilot app. It's rock solid,...
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