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Forum: RV-4 Today, 10:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 683
Posted By Ironflight
Post the photo (or a link to it) so we can see...

Post the photo (or a link to it) so we can see what youíre talking about - Iím always interested in little jets!
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-19-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By Ironflight
Compared to light, single engine airplanes? The...

Compared to light, single engine airplanes? The airlines are far more reliable in getting you there reliably.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-19-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, you do have to cancel, but as stated above,...

Yes, you do have to cancel, but as stated above, you can wait until 15 minutes before the flight...and frankly, youíd already be in line to board by that point, so I think youíd know by then if you...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-19-2018, 10:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,226
Posted By Ironflight
We use a ticket on our friends at Southwest as a...

We use a ticket on our friends at Southwest as a back-up for those trips when we “absolutely, positively have to be there”. A Southwest ticket is fully “bankable” - if you don’t use it, the money...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 326
Posted By Ironflight
You can fly out to Nevada and borrow Tsam’s for a...

You can fly out to Nevada and borrow Tsam’s for a few minute! :):):)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,156
Posted By Ironflight
I have a box that looks almost exactly like that...

I have a box that looks almost exactly like that Ernie .... well, actually, it’s not a box, its an entire drawer! I do, of course, have a couple of indexed drill boxes in the drawer, and most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,672
Posted By Ironflight
We have “rocket-style” vent loops on the RV-3,...

We have “rocket-style” vent loops on the RV-3, and aside from burping a little more fuel out if you park sideways on a steep slope, we haven’t had any issues. I was told by a DAR that he refused to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-12-2018, 04:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,043
Posted By Ironflight
Thatís a serious bargain, and a great way to go!

Thatís a serious bargain, and a great way to go!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,039
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds like you have a realistic, workable plan....

Sounds like you have a realistic, workable plan. For others considering this in the future, a few thoughts.

Time is a funny thing - when I started my -8, I just knew that when it came time to buy...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-10-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,043
Posted By Ironflight
Youíre right - it is a significant challenge, and...

Youíre right - it is a significant challenge, and putting a never before run engine on a never before flown airframe is indeed notching the risk up significantly. It has been done many times, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,553
Posted By Ironflight
Just a single data point for you - Louise and I...

Just a single data point for you - Louise and I have lived at two airparks - one was “private owned, private use”, and the current one is “private owned, public use”. Teh first was a short, narrow...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,009
Posted By Ironflight
I found tat the better I get at making baffles,...

I found tat the better I get at making baffles, the flatter the sit on the rocker box flange, and when they sit flat, the large seal just lays over the edge, and still seals fine. That and torquing...
Forum: Safety 02-08-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,324
Posted By Ironflight
Great! Iíve been looking for an excuse to buy one...

Great! Iíve been looking for an excuse to buy one of those USB scopes.....;)

Paul
Forum: Safety 02-07-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,324
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds interesting Duane - how about writing up a...

Sounds interesting Duane - how about writing up a guide for what to look for - what’s a healthy one look like? What’s a dying one look like?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-07-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,716
Posted By Ironflight
He didn’t mention it to me. I am using a stick pc...

He didn’t mention it to me. I am using a stick pc to run the app and drive the Hudly. Wireless would be nice to clean things up in the cockpit, but frankly, I have so many pieces of stuff I am...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2018, 10:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,716
Posted By Ironflight
The GRT HUD is Great!

I finally got a chance to connect with Greg on a demo HUD, and installed in the RV-8 last week. I had a nice long flight into a wicked headwind up to Yakima the Sunday (and an equally delightful...
Forum: RV-10 02-06-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,310
Posted By Ironflight
This doesnít actually work, as the angled oil...

This doesnít actually work, as the angled oil filter adapters use a filter with a check valve that traps oil inside so that the engine doesnít have to fill the filter on each start (thereby letting...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 02-03-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,950
Posted By Ironflight
I know of at least three cases where equipped...

I know of at least three cases where equipped airplanes went over, but like Jesse, I donít have pictures. Just proves what they say about ďif you make something foolproof....Ē

Always be careful with...
Forum: GPS 02-03-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,956
Posted By Ironflight
Yes and....it appears to be OK to do so!...

Yes and....it appears to be OK to do so! (Experience with using IFDís and GNSís in the same slot, with the same antennas).
Forum: RV-12 01-31-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,745
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve heard a lot of rumors within the industry...

I’ve heard a lot of rumors within the industry and via other sources....but that’s not one of them Vern.
Forum: ADS-B 01-31-2018, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,639
Posted By Ironflight
The plan is, of course, to go ALL ADS-B...

The plan is, of course, to go ALL ADS-B eventually, assuming the project gets funding. As for the controllers not knowing it, well, they have no reason to worry about it until the equipment hits...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 06:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 742
Posted By Ironflight
if The sludge is really thick, it can be hard to...

if The sludge is really thick, it can be hard to get with a paper towel, so I’ll use a long thin plastic scraper to carefully work it out. A West Systems stir stick (black plastic)works well. Lift...
Forum: RV-4 01-31-2018, 06:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,667
Posted By Ironflight
I’m not seeing the pics on the last two posts...

I’m not seeing the pics on the last two posts Dayton - guess I’ll have to stop by again....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,986
Posted By Ironflight
I read accident stuff for two reasons - one is to...

I read accident stuff for two reasons - one is to get an idea of the RATE of accidents, and in that case, this data doesnít;t tell us anything.

But the more important reason for reading accident...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By Ironflight
Went to both classes a couple of years ago -...

Went to both classes a couple of years ago - great experience! All of your friends will then want you to build engines for them......

The long-time instructor has retired since, so Iíll be...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-26-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 630
Posted By Ironflight
Not far from our cabin at Big Bear - glad you...

Not far from our cabin at Big Bear - glad you enjoyed the territory!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 10:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,291
Posted By Ironflight
You asked for opinions, so I’ll just say that...

You asked for opinions, so I’ll just say that you’ve asked the factory - the guys responsible for the design - and their answer is that it is fine as is. If you don’t trust them on this, how can you...
Forum: RV-3 01-25-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,447
Posted By Ironflight
I think the Radial -8 is pretty neat - I got to...

I think the Radial -8 is pretty neat - I got to see it long before it flew, and then several times after - butthe firwwall on an -8 is much bigger than on a -3, and even at that, he had to make the...
Forum: Safety 01-25-2018, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By Ironflight
Check your favorite online or paper sources for a...

Check your favorite online or paper sources for a skydiving operation, and give them a call to see if they can check them out and repack for you.

There should be a repacking card, usually tucked in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,406
Posted By Ironflight
I canít tell you the price, but I have done the...

I canít tell you the price, but I have done the upgrade from a 430W to an IFD400, and all it takes is an Allen wrench - no rewiring, no tray changes. Just photograph all of your set-up pages on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,468
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Condor - remember the old saying “you get...

Hey Condor - remember the old saying “you get what you pay for”.....

We have five Halo’s spread around the RV’s we own, and one Clarity. Obviously, we like the Halo’s. But like anything different,...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-24-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,510
Posted By Ironflight
You might check those plug wires again - the...

You might check those plug wires again - the P-Mag manual calls for 180 Ohms per foot of plug wire - so if you really only have .5 ohms on each of the cylinder #2 wires, youíve got something...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-23-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By Ironflight
I checked a few references and didnít find a...

I checked a few references and didnít find a recommended size either. If it were me, Iíd use a #30 just to make sure I gave the stress sufficient area to spread out, then put a daub of clear silicone...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-23-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,510
Posted By Ironflight
I had a very similar issue last year on our...

I had a very similar issue last year on our -3...turned out to be some corrosion on the end of one of th plug wires. Emagair calls for resistance checks on the plug wires (I think at each annual),...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,073
Posted By Ironflight
If you’re truly “just starting” the canopy, you...

If you’re truly “just starting” the canopy, you have a lot of trimming to do before you make the “Big Cut”....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-13-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 557
Posted By Ironflight
Monkey

Randy Richmond (Monkey) at 52F up in Fort Worth is a short flight for you, and has a great eye for things that arenít right. Since you didnít build the airplane, and its your first condition...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-13-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,854
Posted By Ironflight
The ďPiperĒ style is actually a standard plug and...

The ďPiperĒ style is actually a standard plug and socket in the trucking industry. truck parts are WAY less expecnsive than airplane parts......;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,228
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, I was told (by my test prep school and...

Actually, I was told (by my test prep school and the DME) that the FAA also assigns which practical projects he has to give you, teh same way they do for the Oral. In other words, the DME has no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2018, 02:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,357
Posted By Ironflight
Itís be nice if someone actually answered your...

Itís be nice if someone actually answered your question, wouldnít it? ;)

I used thin wires, and ran them down the outside face of the throttle arm, taping them in place with thin tape. Then I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,357
Posted By Ironflight
Just a single datapoint - our -3 has the PTT both...

Just a single datapoint - our -3 has the PTT both on the stick trigger and on the throttle. I like the feel of both of them, but nine time out of ten, I use the stick trigger, probably just becasue...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-12-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,570
Posted By Ironflight
I'm with Mel (and Dan, really....) - the TailMate...

I'm with Mel (and Dan, really....) - the TailMate is for lifting, a padded saw-horse is used if we're goign to get in the airplane. I don't crawl under a car that's just on a jack (without jack...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2018, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,228
Posted By Ironflight
I used it last year and found that the questions...

I used it last year and found that the questions matched the questions in the actual test pool exactly - in other words, I didn't see any questions on the written that weren't in the King course....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-11-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,856
Posted By Ironflight
Did that years ago....bottom line is that they...

Did that years ago....bottom line is that they compare well for things like approaches, where bank angle is low and things aren't;t changing rapidly. During heavy maneuvering, with all axes changing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 5,724
Posted By Ironflight
I think that another consideration is...

I think that another consideration is an"initiating event" while the canopy is under stress. My 8's canopy cracked on a cold winter's day in Big Bear. Overnight temps were in the tens, and I rolled...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,190
Posted By Ironflight
Ahh....but that's the thing. If you look at the...

Ahh....but that's the thing. If you look at the completed aircraft, the kit price is only about a third - figure a third for the kit, and a third for avionics and other equipment as well. So the 34...
Forum: Safety 01-05-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,574
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with you that causes are way more...

I agree with you that causes are way more important than numbers - and the only way to get at those causes is to read final reports. There are lots and lots of final reports you can read - its not...
Forum: Tools 01-05-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,721
Posted By Ironflight
Actually Steve, the AFM8 will do a better job on...

Actually Steve, the AFM8 will do a better job on both standard and miniature D-Subs, and if you do a LOT of them, it makes a big difference. I have both, but haven't touched my red one since I bought...
Forum: RV-14 01-05-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
Posted By Ironflight
The answer would be....it depends....

The answer would be....it depends. Aerodynamically, it is probably generally applicable. Structurally, you'd need to examine both the loads and the design of the spars to see if attaching the racks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,667
Posted By Ironflight
One thought for you - the EAA has studied the...

One thought for you - the EAA has studied the issue of liability to builders towards subsequent owners, and has yet to find a successful lawsuit filed against a builder by a subsequent owner (or...
Forum: Safety 01-04-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,574
Posted By Ironflight
Ron Wantajja wrote a great series of articles in...

Ron Wantajja wrote a great series of articles in Kitplanes http dealt in detail with acccident statistics in the E-AB world back about five years ago. If you're a subscriber, you can search the...
Forum: RV-14 01-04-2018, 05:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,841
Posted By Ironflight
I'm currently building a pair of racks based on...

I'm currently building a pair of racks based on the Murphy plans for our Dream Tundra. Racks are done and we've flight tested them bare with no issues. Hung bikes on them and weren't satisfied with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2018, 11:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 498
Posted By Ironflight
Ours was dead on, without any need for adjustment.

Ours was dead on, without any need for adjustment.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-01-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,923
Posted By Ironflight
Copied from Mike Newell's post on another...

Copied from Mike Newell's post on another thread:

https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/100278011/police-responding-to-reports-of-light-plane-crash-in-northland
Forum: Steam Gauges 01-01-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,291
Posted By Ironflight
Wow - that's a unique anomaly! I'm curious (if...

Wow - that's a unique anomaly! I'm curious (if you care to share) who built up the engine?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-31-2017, 12:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,759
Posted By Ironflight
The thing that Mel forgot is that rate of climb...

The thing that Mel forgot is that rate of climb is proportional to EXCESS horsepower- not total horsepower. So if it takes (for example) 75 HP to maintain level fight, you have 75 HP that can be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,167
Posted By Ironflight
Not "the Monster" Mike - the bench-mounted one...

Not "the Monster" Mike - the bench-mounted one that we used for the Xenos spars - still about 70 lbs.....

Definitely come down Bob and Steve - I never seem to find time to get up to Stead!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By Ironflight
Absolutely! I meant to write that, and...

Absolutely! I meant to write that, and forgot.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By Ironflight
To keep the engine "certified", it will need to...

To keep the engine "certified", it will need to be overhauled in acordance with the Lycomning Direct Drive Overhaul Manual (you can Google that, and find a PDF of it online). Section 7 deals with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,182
Posted By Ironflight
Axel - a couple of ways you can go here,...

Axel - a couple of ways you can go here, depending on what regulators you can find in good, operating condition.

Here's what Elliot uses: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 10:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,027
Posted By Ironflight
Nothing in the RV universe is smaller than a...

Nothing in the RV universe is smaller than a -3.....

When we were building ours, we filled the spaces between bulkheads with pillow (or pillow-like objects), then used thick moving blankets folded...
Forum: COMM 12-27-2017, 12:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 830
Posted By Ironflight
We have a full three-screen Skyview in one of our...

We have a full three-screen Skyview in one of our planes, with Dual Dynon Comms, and a PDA 360 Audio Panel, and I like having the second Comm because it gives us the ability to use the 3D audio...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,110
Posted By Ironflight
You've proven that the motor will run in either...

You've proven that the motor will run in either direction - so you most likely have a wiring issue. Check for a loose connection in the part of the circuit that drives the motor in the direction that...
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