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Forum: Autopilots Yesterday, 07:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By BillL
I failed one as my servo froze up. In looking at...

I failed one as my servo froze up. In looking at it, it is brass, threaded with a reduced diameter under the head. You can take a good look at your failed one. The key, it seems, is to ensure the...
Forum: Rocket 11-10-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 425
Posted By BillL
I affixed my fairings to a very secure clamp on...

I affixed my fairings to a very secure clamp on top. I did crack one with a bounce (1/3 up from the intersection fairing) and have wondered if they are too rigid. It seems the only thing really...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-10-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,658
Posted By BillL
Now, THIS is advice I can follow!! Thanks

Now, THIS is advice I can follow!!

Thanks
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-10-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,529
Posted By BillL
A design perspective.

There assumptions here that all valve stems and valve guides are the same. Changes are made to engines constantly. You may just have a valve guide wear, but it could be valve stem wear too. As a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,798
Posted By BillL
I found that measuring fuel delta was useful in...

I found that measuring fuel delta was useful in providing a dimension. Fill both tanks full, and fly on heavy side until it flies balanced and record fuel delta Then vary speeds, climb and descend to...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,658
Posted By BillL
It was on a point to point 600nm cross country,...

It was on a point to point 600nm cross country, and I filed/got 8000, so it 13-14 hand offs at that altitude. I did accept an altitude change for traffic and stayed at 10k. I don't remember if it was...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 04:00 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,658
Posted By BillL
Negative, Bob, that method avoided congestion . ....

Negative, Bob, that method avoided congestion . . .after two calls spaced a couple few minutes apart where I apparently stepped on someone on the other frequency with the full report, he says, "I am...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,658
Posted By BillL
FWIW

Lately, I had several issues when checking in (IFR flight plan). Three times on long cross countries, the controllers were working multiple frequencies and although I could not hear, they were busy....
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,021
Posted By BillL
+1 on dip stick

Getting a dipstick calibrated drove me nuts. I found two things. The fuel wicks up a lot more than you think. 1/2 gal on my 7. The second is that a little roll knocks off the measurements. So - set...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-06-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 911
Posted By BillL
On the battery. The health of the alternator to...

On the battery. The health of the alternator to run the system and keep the battery charged is voltage. Amps will show what the system demand is if the alternator quits.

On the B lead, if the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-02-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,599
Posted By BillL
I read that post having to admit the same...

I read that post having to admit the same thoughts have crossed my mind. I am 10 years behind, but it struck a cord. Ya never know. I watched a lady pilot at out airport walking across the tarmac. I...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-01-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 571
Posted By BillL
I wonder what the additional cost of...

I wonder what the additional cost of certification and insurance is on that part. QC and addition testing in the manufacturing process and the supply stream. Like an alternator belt. Experimental...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,922
Posted By BillL
Good question, doesn't the 152 have a collection...

Good question, doesn't the 152 have a collection screen in the gascolator?

So in that case it would have been something from service work downstream of the gascolator. Two colors sounds like a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-30-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,276
Posted By BillL
Tim Did you get my email? BTW - look at the...

Tim Did you get my email?

BTW - look at the clocking of the adjustment arm lug vs the attachment lug for the B&C. That clocking is the same as the units rocket bob promotes. 180 deg.

Now, note the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 607
Posted By BillL
Well, if you bought a new one already you are...

Well, if you bought a new one already you are going to use it if even if it does not work, right?

Just be sure to test it after installation. Install a line after the pump with a restrictor and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By BillL
Dear Mr Internet Expert, the OP stated that the...

Dear Mr Internet Expert, the OP stated that the alternator is a PLANE POWER. ;)

It has a special brush holder with the tab that usually connects to the B buss severed and attached only to the "I"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 691
Posted By BillL
Back to basics . . .

First, the alternator wire that has the jumper (the I terminal in the center) must be connected to the hot side of the battery (+12V). As Carl mentions, that should be your first stop with the volt...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-19-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 925
Posted By BillL
Do what you can with the cowl off.

Easy to test, and timing is too. Both while the cowl is off. Others will require flight testing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 06:43 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,946
Posted By BillL
If I was back in grad school this would present...

If I was back in grad school this would present quite an interesting engineering mechanics derivation challenge. Natural frequency calculation of a tapered rod with a spinning mass at the end....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 06:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,583
Posted By BillL
Size (swage) the holes an the NAS require much less pounding.

I measured all the holes and confirmed the fit was caused by minute misalignment of the various layers of the thinner webs. So - rather than accept a onetime installation of the NAS, or reaming (eek)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 05:57 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,583
Posted By BillL
Looking good!!

That looks good Michael - making measurements indicates you are being careful. My bolts were a bit different in size but this will do the job, and you can remove them when the wing spar is partially...
Forum: RV-10 10-17-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,670
Posted By BillL
Yes . . . it is sobering to look back and say, I...

Yes . . . it is sobering to look back and say, I flew my first flight in a TD as my first RV and TD solo.

Congratulations on the progress . . sorry, but building phase overlaps Phase I as there are...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-16-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
Posted By BillL
+1

Note in my post I said "good connections"? When testing a PP alternator on my "bench" I was using some alligator clips. It was impossible to get a good, consistent voltage out of the unit and had to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-16-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 857
Posted By BillL
Alternator system would be my first check, in...

Alternator system would be my first check, in depth. Remove and bench test it. Check for AC content (>.03v), ground the F terminal and see if the voltage rises, remove the rear shield, check the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,946
Posted By BillL
Curious . . .not challenging . .

I thought the carbon fibers was around 77(million), with steels in the 28-30 range? Are you talking about the composite modulus with weaving and resin in a finished state?

Ok, I looked it up,...
Forum: Propellers 10-14-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,393
Posted By BillL
+1

This happened to me and wasted a lot of time with the leak test, and governor work.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-13-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,685
Posted By BillL
The Plane Power has a 2.75" pulley & runs...

The Plane Power has a 2.75" pulley & runs 9570RPM @ 2700 engine RPM. The bearings/grease are rated for 15,000.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2019, 01:42 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,685
Posted By BillL
Paul, do you have the plane power 60 A or an...

Paul, do you have the plane power 60 A or an automotive alternator now?
Picture maybe?? Email sent.
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,204
Posted By BillL
Maybe it is just a case of greener grass . . but . .

I wished I had had one for my 7, and told my self I'd have one next time.

But, not having one did train me to think differently about where/how to do some things to avoid doing it again. I do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,155
Posted By BillL
And so it begins . . . .

Your first lesson learned. This way of thinking will serve you well, look, think, ask, then choose a course of action satisfying your needs for information. Otherwise, you will get new parts then...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,443
Posted By BillL
Where would you put the strain gages, Dan, inside...

Where would you put the strain gages, Dan, inside the crank nose, it would need to be hollow in the front bearing area? That might be the cleanest location, for length, to get torsional data. Then...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,443
Posted By BillL
Be organized.Very!

You will have to know your planes performance vs density, gross weight, temperature, and humidity, and use the engine correction factors. Not an easy task, but doable.

BTW is is very difficult to...
Forum: Tools 10-01-2019, 07:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 696
Posted By BillL
Very nice!! This is the best (only actually)...

Very nice!! This is the best (only actually) identification of the two 6" wheels I have seen. Bob Avery asked which wheel I wanted. But the way he asked, suggested there was more to this . . . I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-01-2019, 07:38 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,141
Posted By BillL
Good description of the function . . . The...

Good description of the function . . .


The force needed is very low and consistent with the right lube and adjustment. Although a fingernail works for me, the tool is easier and need not be very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 954
Posted By BillL
Thanks for this link!!!

Nice to see the reviews, and multiples at that. It would be recommended that they be checked before purchase.

I have been using an MWJ 25 amp power supply for a couple of years. Adjustable voltage...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2019, 08:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,555
Posted By BillL
Well, the volumetric efficiency with the shorter...

Well, the volumetric efficiency with the shorter stroke is the same a the 360 running at 2400 rpm. This might allow a touch better breathing and better power. 193 seems a little much, more than 180...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-28-2019, 09:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 650
Posted By BillL
In a word -NO I was loaned one you mentioned for...

In a word -NO

I was loaned one you mentioned for my RV7 and the wheels are too tall fit under the fuse for lifting the tail wheel. It did not work.

I got a Bogert bar for specifically for the 7...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-28-2019, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By BillL
Send me an email, that gives me yours, and I'll...

Send me an email, that gives me yours, and I'll send all the copies of SJ instructions that I have. PDF files.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2019, 05:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By BillL
I have an assortment of scrapers of various...

I have an assortment of scrapers of various width. A couple made from old screwdrivers. The best tip shape I have found is not a wedge to a point, but a truncated wedge to a .020-.040" blunt end....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-25-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,659
Posted By BillL
Keith, is this seal for a press-in replacement...

Keith, is this seal for a press-in replacement for the felt seals?

Thanks, Bill
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-23-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,121
Posted By BillL
I have no experience with this chatter, but you...

I have no experience with this chatter, but you might want to check the alignment with the disc to the backing plate of the caliper. If the bracket, or pins, cause it to be twisted, then the twist of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,590
Posted By BillL
Excellent thread progression, Andy. The CHT/oil...

Excellent thread progression, Andy. The CHT/oil temps might have a larger delta on a max angle of climb at full throttle. At cruise and steady speeds I have similar results to you (for changes), a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,291
Posted By BillL
A couple of questions. Reliability - have you...

A couple of questions.

Reliability - have you found and identifiable issues with the additional connections?

Wire Identification - I see a lot of white wires, a) how do you mark./identify the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,059
Posted By BillL
I used these spring clamps. Hose Clamp, Dia...

I used these spring clamps.

Hose Clamp, Dia 17mm x0.85mm from Grainger.com item #2UTG4

It was an experiment with 6000 hose from Spruce. It is dry as a bone for last 100 hrs, at least from the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,059
Posted By BillL
If there is oil inside the cowl and drips...

If there is oil inside the cowl and drips observed on the bottom of points on the underside of the engine, there is a leak. I have chased and found a number of small leaks on my engine since first...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-16-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By BillL
Thanks, Paul, it appears the company is in...

Thanks, Paul, it appears the company is in Israel, and will be in the mail for a while. It was the only source I could find.

I bought 3 just in case. :D I was thinking about casting the same...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-15-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,540
Posted By BillL
If you use them, use the ones with a lock tab...

If you use them, use the ones with a lock tab from Spruce. I tried the serrated style from HF on a test piece and they would spin too easily. Even when crimped well. I used nut plates instead for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-15-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 446
Posted By BillL
Zenon Flash tube for Whelen Tip??

I have my Whelen HDACF system on the bench and apparently the tip strobes are no good. The plan is to get it working and sell it.

New ones (A610) from Whelen are $200+. Since we are experimental,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,493
Posted By BillL
Looking at his FlightAware history, it looks like...

Looking at his FlightAware history, it looks like he might have some reserve. The streaming is fantastic! Not highly processed or crystal clear, but fuels the spirit real time.

Bob Mills placed...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-14-2019, 08:07 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 332
Posted By BillL
Shoot me an email and I'll send a pdf of...

Shoot me an email and I'll send a pdf of instructions/templates. They are old and you will need to judge if they are what you need.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,150
Posted By BillL
You might want to weigh it Steve. It is a liquid...

You might want to weigh it Steve. It is a liquid in there, the pressure is vapor pressure at unit temperature. I think the gage shows full until the liquid is depleted. My unit loses weight each...
Forum: RV-14 09-11-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,598
Posted By BillL
Let's not discredit a factual post . . . but

Why move the cube when you can install a longer heat shield? Honestly . . . stock or not, it looks sorta short and exposed to the upper exhaust pipe. And your experience is an indication it could use...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-11-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Posted By BillL
Probably not epoxy, but the good news is that...

Probably not epoxy, but the good news is that epoxy will stick to any of the possibilities. So just use epoxy for assembly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 11:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,281
Posted By BillL
Actual numbers, all fun

As a data point,

10038' AltB, 8.1C OAT (+23.4F) 159 KTAS (yes, it is slow)

Ambient from Chart = 20.55 in-Hg absolute
Dynamic pressure = .8642 in-Hg
MAP from G3x = 20.7 in-hg
Pressure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 326
Posted By BillL
KBLI, Bellingham, WA Hangars 9/11-17?

I am headed from Illinois to Bellingham to visit my son and do some area flying including Vancouver Island.

Does anyone have some information on hangar availability in the area?

Thanks,

Bill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 07:04 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,827
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up My vote: Best answer.

My vote: Best answer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,304
Posted By BillL
Perfect, worthy of an inspirational poster. ...

Perfect, worthy of an inspirational poster.



Then you should not feel bad, he truly had a chance and assumed the risk.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2019, 09:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,754
Posted By BillL
Will James gave me a tip, he said take a piece of...

Will James gave me a tip, he said take a piece of plexiglas and 4 to 6 screws from the backside of the cowl face, Slide the plexiglas behind the spinner, and advance the screws until it pushes the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-02-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,744
Posted By BillL
The combustion side is looking great, I assume...

The combustion side is looking great, I assume the oil sample analyses remaining consistent?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,155
Posted By BillL
Great Job Team!!

It is great to see collaboration of a common design emerging for builders to use and remove some of the experimental risk of a build while adding durability and reliability to our birds. Congrats to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By BillL
Anecdotal Story

More than 45 years ago I discovered the wonder of Permatex Aviation #3 and it became my go-to sealant all those years for anything NPT. I used it for gasket and gasket-less (VW cases) with perfect...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,927
Posted By BillL
Dragging up the past here, but I am doing some...

Dragging up the past here, but I am doing some research for this job and page 11/13 of the SB says that the contact point of the dial indicator (measurement point) should be 1.19" relative to the...
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