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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-06-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,050
Posted By Boyd Birchler
At such a low power setting I would go to peak on...

At such a low power setting I would go to peak on the leanest cylinder. The engine is running too cold! The higher EGT would help to keep from sticking a valve caused by combustion deposits. Lycoming...
Forum: Safety 06-06-2019, 06:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,922
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We had a Rans 7 that more than once we would gain...

We had a Rans 7 that more than once we would gain altitude while on base,power off, nose pointed down,full flaps,at max flap speed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,210
Posted By Boyd Birchler
"Definitely running rich and oil soaked. The...

"Definitely running rich and oil soaked. The crack is the least of your concerns."

It looks oil fouled because a plug that is not firing cannot get hot enough to clean it self!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,210
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I doubt the erosion of the electrode is of any...

I doubt the erosion of the electrode is of any significance,you are allowed 50% wear, this plug is nowhere near that. Can not tell if it is in gap tolerance.

Sometimes the porcelain just developes a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,212
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Generally the valve that is causing the problem...

Generally the valve that is causing the problem is the exhaust, but your question about removing the intake makes me think you isolated it as an intake valve.

I have staked a few valves but it never...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,516
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have 2 G3X screens and a standby dynon 10A. I...

I have 2 G3X screens and a standby dynon 10A.
I mount a full size Ipad on a RAM mount to the far right. The RAM ball is permanently attached to the panel.

My reasoning is if everything else fails...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Ebay has them for about $20 with free shipping.

Ebay has them for about $20 with free shipping.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,473
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Probably "safer" to use a multi pole switch than...

Probably "safer" to use a multi pole switch than to trust a single set of relay contacts powering the entire electronics buss...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-01-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,376
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I've had a few friend that flew Cherokee's with...

I've had a few friend that flew Cherokee's with that engine and did so for 3000 hours. A couple of mechanic friends had a Cherokee 140 with 2700 hours that went 40 hours on a quart of oil. They...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-14-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,014
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I'll 2nd the exhaust tube expander. Used it on...

I'll 2nd the exhaust tube expander. Used it on turbo exhaust systems that leaked excessively. Be careful you can over do it easily;so do a little then check.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2019, 08:44 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,190
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I just finished installing a SkyBeacon on my...

I just finished installing a SkyBeacon on my wifes Decathlon. The weight of the skybeacon was about a half ounce less than the piggyback combo position/strobe fixture that was removed. The real...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-04-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 14,506
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My RV7's mount has the gussets. By 300 hours the...

My RV7's mount has the gussets. By 300 hours the gussets had cracked and needed to be rewelded. You might rethink the placement of the gussets and the thickness of the gussets. Every time you land...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 07:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,824
Posted By Boyd Birchler
There are lots of different type of powder...

There are lots of different type of powder coatings. Polyester, polyester TGIC and epoxy are the main three groups. Polyester is the most likely to be removed with acetone or MEK. The ability to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2019, 08:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,824
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I spent 34 years in the metal coatings removal...

I spent 34 years in the metal coatings removal business. Most likely cause is improper application of the powder coating. Incomplete precleaning/prep,insufficient thickness applied or underbake.

In...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-30-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,540
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Converted a 0-360 A4M to a hollow crank from it's...

Converted a 0-360 A4M to a hollow crank from it's original solid crank.

I found out about this by due diligence research and good luck before I built the engine back up. The mod was quite easy to...
Forum: Propellers 12-28-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,201
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Of the fixed pitch wood props I have flown behind...

Of the fixed pitch wood props I have flown behind the Pacesetter was absolutely the best. It got off the ground nearly as well as a CS and cruised quite well. Once you get a spinner on, it will load...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-22-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,367
Posted By Boyd Birchler
As long as it is a conventional alternator (not a...

As long as it is a conventional alternator (not a permanent magnet dynamo) they all regulate by sensing the out put voltage, then modulating the voltage going to the field to keep the output voltage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,141
Posted By Boyd Birchler
In the past 46 years the wife an I have owned 21...

In the past 46 years the wife an I have owned 21 different planes (for pleasure) and flown them collectively about 8500 hours. We have had 2 blow outs on touch down and 2 tires loose air pressure in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My plan is to cut the loops off of the lower...

My plan is to cut the loops off of the lower hinges, then rivet 2 pieces of .062 going forward from the firewall side, on top of what's left of the hinge metal strip. This forms 2 ledges on each...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,176
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have knowledge of a IO360 that did similar. It...

I have knowledge of a IO360 that did similar. It had trash in the fuel spider. The trash was from dissimilar metals corrosion of steel fittings in the aluminum
spider. It was flushed out,fittings...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-05-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,891
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I'm 70 pounds heavier and an inch taller. Wife...

I'm 70 pounds heavier and an inch taller. Wife and I swap out legs. We just flew a 10,700 NM trip in our 7 earlier this summer (perimeter of lower 48 states).

For all intents, the 7 cockpit is the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-11-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,786
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Remember the soft isolator is opposite side on...

Remember the soft isolator is opposite side on the bottom versus the top!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,040
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Used Walmart 93 octane premium for hundreds of...

Used Walmart 93 octane premium for hundreds of hours with the Rotas 912S 100HP engine. At 1200 hours pulled the gear box for R&R and it had no Lead paste what so ever. Also never found any lead paste...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-15-2018, 06:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,865
Posted By Boyd Birchler
This is from Magnecor's web site! KV85...

This is from Magnecor's web site!
KV85 COMPETITION CABLE CN25 SERIES 8.5mm

Features Magnecor's exclusive 2.5mm Metallic Inductance Suppressed CN25 conductor, consisting of a special alloy wire...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-15-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,865
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have mild problems of the same nature with my...

I have mild problems of the same nature with my RV7 and Electroair system (same set up as yours: one EI+1 impulse mag). Be nice to know if the red set of wires makes the problem go away.

Very...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,216
Posted By Boyd Birchler
46 years of using talc on many hundreds aircraft...

46 years of using talc on many hundreds aircraft tires. I have never seen any adverse effects even though I did not use it sparingly!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,335
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I see no one has said anything about a loose...

I see no one has said anything about a loose connection. I have seen connections that would not leak fuel, but would suck air enough to cause this type of problem. If the phenomena is truly only on...
Forum: RV-10 09-24-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,684
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Changing the aileron rigging will not cure a...

Changing the aileron rigging will not cure a heavy wing! The ailerons will always trail where the forces are equal. If one trails low and the other high; that means they are in equilibrium. The...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,214
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Sensenich CS prop that you have; can not find any...

Sensenich CS prop that you have; can not find any information on it. Did not know Sensenich made a CS prop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,993
Posted By Boyd Birchler
You can buy 327 TPX all day long for less than...

You can buy 327 TPX all day long for less than Garmin's flat rate, but I guess you're taking a chance buying a supposedly operating as removed versus a factory overhauled...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,528
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Check the cams in the mags. On a Slick the cam is...

Check the cams in the mags. On a Slick the cam is a little plastic paddle, there was a batch of them a few years back that wore very quickly.

If the points are not opening enough because of a worn...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-17-2018, 08:08 AM
Replies: 959
Views: 491,585
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Engine mount isolaters

Do not forget: the Lord or Barry rubber isolaters should be opposite on the bottom mounts from the top mounts. This is because the static compression on the mount rubbers is opposite on the bottom...
Forum: RV-10 08-09-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,505
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Fuel flow transducer

My guess is the transducers are not the problem, but an intermittent wiring connection is. What is the probability that you could see that many failures when the rest of us almost never see failures...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2018, 08:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,712
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Hikari LED H4 bulbs

I bought the Hikari H4/9003 LED bulbs. I find out my reflector housing is for H3 halogen bulbs that have a much smaller mount ring that is attached by a screw. I have looked through Duck Works stuff...
Forum: RV-4 08-04-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,712
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I managed to find the answers to my questions....

I managed to find the answers to my questions. Only the high beams are lit for our use. The H4 / 9003 plug when held so the prongs are pointing at your face, center prong up: left prong is negative,...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,712
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Only high beam is used. These lights are dual...

Only high beam is used. These lights are dual beam (I'm guessing that actually means bright and dim/low beam or high beam is on one or the other is off.). You need to power neutral and high beam...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-08-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,278
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My plane had your carbureted engine with a fixed...

My plane had your carbureted engine with a fixed Sensenich prop when I bought it.

On take off,full throttle, I got 2300 RPM during climb.

I have since changed the engine over to fuel injection...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-27-2018, 09:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Wx from the gulf tropical depression "Alberto"...

Wx from the gulf tropical depression "Alberto" has kept us in Newport News/Norfolk area. No use to go from here until reasonable VFR is available to the south, which may take most of a week. I know...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-26-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We flew the Hudson River Corridor yesterday!...

We flew the Hudson River Corridor yesterday! Fantastic experience I recommend to every pilot who doesn't have a problem with TFRs. More about the flight...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,607
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We are lucky guys who have wives that share the...

We are lucky guys who have wives that share the experience with us!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Absolutely will take a look, thanks for the...

Absolutely will take a look, thanks for the suggestion.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Kind of obvious Judy is often my ghost writer...

Kind of obvious Judy is often my ghost writer...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-21-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Today we departed KIAG Niagara Falls, flew the...

Today we departed KIAG Niagara Falls, flew the Lake Ontario shoreline, across the top of Vermont & New Hampshire, across the mountains to 59B, Jackman, Maine. We were late departing so suffered...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-20-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Not sure I can do this on the fly from my phone...

Not sure I can do this on the fly from my phone but will try. We're off in moments!

http://www.ladieslovetaildraggers.com/perimeter-flight/and-were-off-the-usa-perimeter-flight-begins/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,115
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Wife said she did not want to be in the back,...

Wife said she did not want to be in the back, especially if we are IFR; so we have a 7. However her plane is a Decathlon and I ride in back. Go figure?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-19-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Thanks for all of the suggestions. Kind of scary...

Thanks for all of the suggestions. Kind of scary that there are tethered balloons out there that are not marked: Yikes!

Had no idea Arizona had a Monsoon season, but had looked for a way through the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-18-2018, 07:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,013
Posted By Boyd Birchler
RV7 USA Perimeter Flight

My wife and I will be flying our RV7 around the perimeter of America over the next 6 weeks. We are watching the weather and hope to depart KMQJ, Indianapolis, Indiana, Monday, 5/20/18. Our trip...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 676
Views: 687,893
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Panel

So is your back up for a screen failure an independent autopilot?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2018, 06:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,983
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Have stop drilled plexiglass cracks at least 20...

Have stop drilled plexiglass cracks at least 20 times. Never had a problem. Always used a 1/16" bit. Drill past the visible end of the crack 1.5 time the bit diameter. Use something like the end of a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-15-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,387
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I would look at whether there is a difference in...

I would look at whether there is a difference in egt/cht evident at full throttle altitude. When cruising at 23 square at say 3000 feet the inside of the manifold is below ambient, so it can suck air...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,704
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Some times funny indications are because of...

Some times funny indications are because of indicator errors,problems with senders,wiring etc. Sometimes fuel pressure fluctuations are caused by a leak in the suction side of the fuel system that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 06:56 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,890
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Never had a Lycoming pump fail! That is with 6000...

Never had a Lycoming pump fail! That is with 6000 plus hours of owing 20+ (Only 16 had lycomings) airplanes. Only mechanical pump I ever had fail, was on a Rotax 912, there was a service letter about...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-24-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,885
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We used strakes in an identical manor on a Pitts...

We used strakes in an identical manor on a Pitts S1t experimental. The stock fabric covered gear had no problems, but when that was changed to aluminum gear; it limited max G in high G pulls. Adding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 11,669
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My plane (RV7) had no gear leg stiffeners. The...

My plane (RV7) had no gear leg stiffeners. The gear would only occasionally shimmy.
The main reason for installing "Woodman's" stiffeners was to eliminate the little skipping and bouncing on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have seen it done on both Continentals and...

I have seen it done on both Continentals and Lycomings and they ran fine. I have knowledge of a V8 Indy car engine that had 7 cylinders .125" over and one that was standard ( it isn't cheat'n if you...
Forum: COMM 11-14-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 851
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Antenna placement would not be an issue with the...

Antenna placement would not be an issue with the com antenna until it is transmitting. Your issue is occurring prior to any transmitting.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2017, 01:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,708
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I've only done a bit over 50 aircraft cylinders....

I've only done a bit over 50 aircraft cylinders. I have seen a good amount of broken rings, but never one broken that close to the end. Makes me wonder if it was partially cracked before it was ever...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-29-2017, 06:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,829
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Originally Posted by maniago View Post If it has...

Originally Posted by maniago View Post
If it has a CS prop, I'd pull that for sure and look at the sludge for a warm fuzzy.


I used to pull 2 Hartzell props every 3 years for a recurrent AD. Never...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-22-2017, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,025
Posted By Boyd Birchler
The Sylvania Zevo 194 LED, I'm guessing most of...

The Sylvania Zevo 194 LED, I'm guessing most of the LED bulb is made out of plastic, while the original was/is glass. My tail light has a strobe tube circling around the bulb, it gets pretty hot. Is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-20-2017, 08:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,806
Posted By Boyd Birchler
651 NM / 750 statute on 29 gallons. RV7 with 42...

651 NM / 750 statute on 29 gallons. RV7 with 42 gallon tanks, down low +- 3500 msl. LOP 7.2 GPH.
KSLR/ Sulfur Springs,Tx to KMQJ/ Indy Regional to KBAK/ Columbus,In.
Forum: Southeast 08-23-2017, 06:37 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 24,045
Posted By Boyd Birchler
More proof: altitude is your friend!

More proof: altitude is your friend!
Forum: Safety 08-18-2017, 08:24 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 15,710
Posted By Boyd Birchler
There have been 3 "A" model RV's flip in the...

There have been 3 "A" model RV's flip in the Indianapolis area,all on grass strips. Despite their directional control issues there have been no tail wheel RV's flip during the same period of...
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