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Forum: RV-3 Today, 12:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By Ironflight
I'd check with Van's - I thought this was on...

I'd check with Van's - I thought this was on their web site at one time, but if not, they certainly should have a copy. Straight to the source!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 635
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Jeff, It looks like you might be new to the...

Hi Jeff,

It looks like you might be new to the experimental aircraft world - if that's not true, I apologize. The thing is, when people specify a year for a homebuilt, all it tells you is when it...
Forum: GPS 11-19-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By Ironflight
Another way to make it look good is to cut the...

Another way to make it look good is to cut the hole the size you need to pass the then use a piece of wide srickyback fuzzy velcro with a slit in it to cover hole and allow the cables to pass...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-19-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By Ironflight
I'll come in with agreement to the notes above....

I'll come in with agreement to the notes above. teh panel in the Val has always been removable with about ten minutes of work,and a few disconnects. These days, the advent of huge EFIS screens makes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 324
Posted By Ironflight
You can also get shoulder pad covers from Crow...

You can also get shoulder pad covers from Crow that Velcro on - if I understand what you're doing, they'd work fine as well.
Forum: COMM 11-18-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Ironflight
Trick question.....anybody who knows those temps...

Trick question.....anybody who knows those temps knows the answer! :p
Forum: COMM 11-18-2017, 12:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Ironflight
I get what you're saying Heinrich, but I don't...

I get what you're saying Heinrich, but I don't think I have ever missed an odd sound during start-up that I would have caught without a headset. Headsets attenuate, they don't make sounds disappear....
Forum: COMM 11-17-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 645
Posted By Ironflight
Haven't had a speaker in an airplane in decades....

Haven't had a speaker in an airplane in decades. But then, my background has me put a headset on as soon as I get in the cockpit - every time.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2017, 12:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,837
Posted By Ironflight
That's a classic! great video Rusty - thanks for...

That's a classic! great video Rusty - thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,241
Posted By Ironflight
It's especially bad if you've just filled up an...

It's especially bad if you've just filled up an -8....the underwing air vent really picks up the fumes of anything that spills from the fuel tank vents!
Forum: COMM 11-15-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,328
Posted By Ironflight
122.75 is the only real "party line" frequency...

122.75 is the only real "party line" frequency listed, so that is what we generally use. It can, of course, get crowded, and we just live with it. I have never heard of a homebuilder actually getting...
Forum: COMM 11-15-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,328
Posted By Ironflight
https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/60...

https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Order/6050.32B%20Chg%201.pdf

Scroll down to about the fourth page, paragraph 908: SPECIAL USE OF 123.45. It's used for Fight test - but NOT for Air to Air....
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-15-2017, 02:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,435
Posted By Ironflight
I think I've had two flats landing RV...

I think I've had two flats landing RV taildraggers, and both of them were completely controllable - like someone mentioned above, it was hard to figure out there was a problem until I got slow. One...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2017, 10:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By Ironflight
Glad that you found that (or anything I have...

Glad that you found that (or anything I have written) useful Craig.

The "Build it Better" series was something I did in Kitplanes back before I became the editor. It grew out of a presentation I...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2017, 07:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,253
Posted By Ironflight
Geee....adding a constant speed prop means he's...

Geee....adding a constant speed prop means he's going to have to upgrade his throttle quadrant! I told him I might have a recommendation..... :)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-12-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,025
Posted By Ironflight
I use the push-in "Y" connectors that are used...

I use the push-in "Y" connectors that are used for pitot/static systems. They are behind the baffles, so the temps aren't extreme, and have worked fine for years. Also makes it really easy to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,167
Posted By Ironflight
We've got a can of a graphite spray lube that...

We've got a can of a graphite spray lube that coats the pins and then dries on them.Not a dry graphite - it leaves and actual black(ish) coating that seems to last, and actually does a really good...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By Ironflight
The Val's original (its the cube shaped one)...

The Val's original (its the cube shaped one) failed after about 10 years and maybe 1800 hours - so yeah....you're about on timeline.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By Ironflight
Charlie, you are right, and I apologize. I saw...

Charlie, you are right, and I apologize. I saw the "pumping while not cranking", and actually grabbed the wrong post to quote. Not my intent top impugn you.

We do, however see lots of folks (I had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2017, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 726
Posted By Ironflight
It's an interesting idea, but the truth is that...

It's an interesting idea, but the truth is that being a mechanic and beeing a builder are two different things. Many mechanics build beautiful, solid experimental aircraft. Some will just drill holes...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-11-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,222
Posted By Ironflight
Did you drain the carb bowl? If you had that much...

Did you drain the carb bowl? If you had that much water in the system, you might have water in the bottom of the bowl.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2017, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 942
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry, in the interest of safety, I just have to...

Sorry, in the interest of safety, I just have to comment. WIth an updraft carb, there is no value in pumping the throttle with the engine not cranking - you just pump fuel into the air box. One...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 04:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,132
Posted By Ironflight
Having flown both, I'd say that the airframe...

Having flown both, I'd say that the airframe improvements are significant enough that I'd definitely go with all of the changes there.

Did I notice a lot of difference in the engine? As a pilot -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 9,354
Posted By Ironflight
I'm starting to se some posts here getting a bit...

I'm starting to se some posts here getting a bit "Scoldy", and I'd suggest that is counterproductive in a safety discussion. The OP clearly understands that he made a mistake (one that has been made...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 07:57 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,171
Posted By Ironflight
I deal with most of the major (and minor) kit...

I deal with most of the major (and minor) kit companies on a daily basis, and what many builders dont realize is just how thin the margins are in this business. Limiting support for older models is a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By Ironflight
It totally depends on your experience with...

It totally depends on your experience with engines, systems, and avionics. It sounds like the kit you're looking at is 90% done....which means there is 90% left to go.

We jumped into a metal...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2017, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,106
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - I have a can of it that will most likely...

Yup - I have a can of it that will most likely last my lifetime. Not very expensive - you can find it quickly on the internet, a Loctite product if I recall. Lyconign specifies a number of...
Forum: Safety 11-06-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,815
Posted By Ironflight
Good reminders Paul! Flying on the eastern...

Good reminders Paul! Flying on the eastern slopes of the Sierra this time of year can be sobering - clear skies plus winds can mean...wham!!

We fly up and down the Owens Valley between Carson City...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 10:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 557
Posted By Ironflight
You can buy a set from folks who make canopy...

You can buy a set from folks who make canopy covers (like Bruce's) - but they aren't going to be cheap! On the other hand, anything lightweight is probably not going to survive in a windy environment...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,323
Posted By Ironflight
If my magic works, this will be in "Tips" ....or...

If my magic works, this will be in "Tips" ....or it will be vaporized in the transfer....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2017, 08:15 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,323
Posted By Ironflight
Try never to do any riveting at the end of a...

Try never to do any riveting at the end of a build session. If you have an assembly all ready to rivet - drilled, demurred, clecoed together....quit for the night, and come back to do a sanity check...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2017, 11:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 959
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with Bob Martin - the amount of...

I agree with Bob Martin - the amount of interference looks almost like the amount that the flange on the valve cover appears to be bent outward. I'd roll that back in somehow and see if it fits then....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,360
Posted By Ironflight
I know of cases where FAA Inspectors licensing a...

I know of cases where FAA Inspectors licensing a homebuilt required the owner to remove the dataplate from the engine and replace it with something homemade because "once the engine was hung on an...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2017, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 780
Posted By Ironflight
Per plans static systems on all three of our RV's...

Per plans static systems on all three of our RV's - zero issues, zero problems, and as accurate as can be measured. Cost is a few cents for the rivets, and a little more for teh aquarium tubing.

I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2017, 12:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,842
Posted By Ironflight
That's how my latest Hartzell came configured...

That's how my latest Hartzell came configured from the factory Dan - a Zerk in the leading edge position, and a plug on the aft.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By Ironflight
Our canopy come with the kit from you rusty - and...

Our canopy come with the kit from you rusty - and we're very glad for it!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 06:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,267
Posted By Ironflight
I've always found the Michelin's to leak far less...

I've always found the Michelin's to leak far less than the Leakguards - and the Michelin's only cost a couple of bucks more (last time I checked).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2017, 06:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 367
Posted By Ironflight
The canopy on our -3 is a Todd's "Tall Man" - not...

The canopy on our -3 is a Todd's "Tall Man" - not as short as the stock canopy from van's. We love it - gives a little more room in the cockpit, and we've had some very tall guys be able to get in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,842
Posted By Ironflight
Bill - I think that the way you stated the...

Bill -

I think that the way you stated the Hartzell greasing protocal might be just a little misleading. You said "pump it in the leading edge until it comes out the rear, but no more than six...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,663
Posted By Ironflight
It's shocking how often I see the same thing...

It's shocking how often I see the same thing Scott - and its pilots in all different types and sizes of airplanes. Folks just don't seem to have any idea what's going on back there...I blame it on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,323
Posted By Ironflight
Actually Ross, the thread title is "Charging...

Actually Ross, the thread title is "Charging System Health", and it has included thoughts on electrical as well as mechanical issues. What kills electronics? Usually heat and vibration. Moisture if...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-25-2017, 09:12 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,323
Posted By Ironflight
I have seen many bad installations Ross - poor,...

I have seen many bad installations Ross - poor, butchered "let's make it fit" brackets that have poor alignment have been the biggest problem. I've see folks use incorrect hardware, which leads to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-25-2017, 09:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 890
Posted By Ironflight
If you really want simple, the old Grumman...

If you really want simple, the old Grumman singles (derived from the BD-1) used a single NED (Noise Emitting Diode - makes a very loud noise when connected backwards across a sufficiently large...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By Ironflight
Those are obviously the right things to have...

Those are obviously the right things to have around - but builders often use PK screws in the fiberglass fairings, and you don't know until you take a close look.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2017, 11:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 544
Posted By Ironflight
That is an area of the kit where details are...

That is an area of the kit where details are largely left up to the builder - hence, there is no way of knowing what the builder of your particular aircraft did, and what you need. Teh best thing I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2017, 08:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,769
Posted By Ironflight
Sam is right - the PC680 is the default standard...

Sam is right - the PC680 is the default standard these days. I have found, however, that in our -6 (kit #4), the battery box between teh rudder pedals fits the lawn tractor battery perfectly, but the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2017, 07:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,961
Posted By Ironflight
Beautiful star pics Mark - too bad I had to miss,...

Beautiful star pics Mark - too bad I had to miss, looks like it was a great night!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2017, 07:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,176
Posted By Ironflight
It's not a bad idea at all, but as others have...

It's not a bad idea at all, but as others have pointed out, there can be hidden limitations and issues. In addition to a few other recommendations I'd say you should study the weather at both ends of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 11,234
Posted By Ironflight
Ian - I need to talk you in to writing a magazine...

Ian - I need to talk you in to writing a magazine article on the topic of GPS ADS-B compliance so that your message reaches the full experimental audience!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2017, 07:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,961
Posted By Ironflight
Well nuts - looks like I am stuck in Houston an...

Well nuts - looks like I am stuck in Houston an extra day, so I doubt I am going to make it there this year..... Louise will hold down the fort though, and I hope everyone has a relaxing time.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2017, 08:36 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,323
Posted By Ironflight
All I can say Ross is that you and I have had...

All I can say Ross is that you and I have had different experiences - but when I went to blast tubes on the internal regulators (which costs nothing but a short piece of hose) and stopped switching...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2017, 03:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 963
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with Larry and Vic - if the lifters bleed...

I agree with Larry and Vic - if the lifters bleed down sufficiently to allow an accurate measurement with just spring pressure, then there's a good chance they are leaking. I have always collapsed...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2017, 02:51 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 5,323
Posted By Ironflight
I've been watching folk's reports of alternator...

I've been watching folk's reports of alternator failures here on VAF (and on other forums) for a dozen years, and for internally regulated automotive alternatOrs, the two biggest killers seem to be...
Forum: RV-3 10-19-2017, 09:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,266
Posted By Ironflight
If I was home, I'd have this for you in a...

If I was home, I'd have this for you in a heartbeat Rusty - but I won't be back with Tsam until Sunday or Monday. Ill get it then if someone else doesn't measure theirs first....
Forum: Reviews 10-19-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By Ironflight
I've used this for years - definitely worth the...

I've used this for years - definitely worth the small price!

It's almost like using a spray gun - but without the clean-up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,961
Posted By Ironflight
I just checked the forecast for this weekend, and...

I just checked the forecast for this weekend, and its looking like it will be beautiful! Clear skies and fall weather - perfect for a campfire.

I might be a little late arriving on Saturday, but I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2017, 02:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,971
Posted By Ironflight
Nope - the Mag port won't get you to the cam...

Nope - the Mag port won't get you to the cam lobes either. the only real way in to teh cam is to pull jugs. That's either a no-brained or a horrifying thought, depending on your experience.

If you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-12-2017, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,294
Posted By Ironflight
That sounds like an outstanding deal! Just be...

That sounds like an outstanding deal! Just be aware that having chrome jugs means there is little chance of rust IN THE JUGS. You can still have corrosion on the cam and/or followers - or other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2017, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 987
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds like what you need is a thin washer-like...

Sounds like what you need is a thin washer-like "thing" with a hole diameter of 1" and an OD of 1.5".....you could make one out of thin aluminum....pop it on the plugs you have, and voila!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-11-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,655
Posted By Ironflight
You know folks, there is a huge amount of useful...

You know folks, there is a huge amount of useful (and some not so useful - you can sort that out...) data in this thread, but very little of it has to do with "PMAG Reliability in 2017". So most of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,488
Posted By Ironflight
This is almost exactly the age distribution we...

This is almost exactly the age distribution we got when we did a reader poll at Kitplanes- not surprising! A little depressing that we can't seem to crack the deficit at the younger ages....but not...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-09-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
Posted By Ironflight
I recently did a full LED upgrade on the Valkyrie...

I recently did a full LED upgrade on the Valkyrie using the kits from Team Aerodynamix, and it all worked out well. Yes, a little re-wiring in the fuselage where I had the single strobe power supply,...
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