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Forum: Alternative Engines 02-12-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,336
Posted By Rick_A
Lot's of good info in general

I never took a close look at the EPI website before yesterday. In addition to the engine that the OP referenced, there is a ton of good information on internal combustion engine design and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-31-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,782
Posted By Rick_A
Why no X340 or X370 on list

Jim,
Why don't you have the X340 or X370 on the pull down list on the Titan/Vans page?

I think you are doing yourself a disservice by not listing them as an option.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-27-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 32,294
Posted By Rick_A
Yep, some were backwards

You are correct. I had to re-do some because they were backwards!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-22-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 466
Posted By Rick_A
FS GTN-750 (maybe)

I would like to upgrade my GTN-750 to the new Xi model if I can work the right deal with someone.

I will sell you my 3 year old 750 for $12,000 with the brand new rack & connectors which I will...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-22-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 892
Posted By Rick_A
Another option

If you are looking for something in the 200 hp range, check out the parallel valve Titan IO-370. It's the same dimensions as an IO-360 mentioned above.

Last year, I swapped my 180 hp O-360 for the...
Forum: RV-14 01-19-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,612
Posted By Rick_A
Keep the condo and buy a house with a 3 car...

Keep the condo and buy a house with a 3 car garage. Rent the house with the caveat that the tenants don’t get to use the garage!

Give them a break on the rent to compensate for the noise you make...
Forum: GPS 01-08-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,664
Posted By Rick_A
Garmin must have known ....

They must have known that I still have money in my bank account. I’ll probably do the upgrade from my 750 to the 750 Xi soon.

So what’s my 2 year old 750 worth?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-21-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,822
Posted By Rick_A
Love my Garmin panel

When I first built my 7A, I had dual GRT WS's, a Garmin 480 and an SL 40, PS Engineering audio panel and TruTrak AP.

I still had the original avionics in my 7A when I built a 12. I did the full...
Forum: Reviews 11-11-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,468
Posted By Rick_A
Easy install

I just installed one of these in my plane yesterday. Per the instructions, it was just a matter of adding 3 new pins into one of the GEA 24 connectors and then doing a few simple configuration...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-07-2019, 08:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 981
Posted By Rick_A
When I did my 7A panel, the 7" G3X touch screens...

When I did my 7A panel, the 7" G3X touch screens were not available so I did two, 10" screens which I like quite a lot. However, since I share a hanger with Walt, I've seen his plane as he has done...
Forum: RV-14 11-07-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 83,954
Posted By Rick_A
Thumbs up Looks great

Great looking plane. I hope to see it in person one of these days.
Forum: RV-4 09-17-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 685
Posted By Rick_A
I still use these on my 7A. Best I recall, there...

I still use these on my 7A. Best I recall, there is a set screw in the base of the grip.

Mine turn a little bit but I like the fact that I can adjust as needed for comfort..
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,028
Posted By Rick_A
Silicone tape

I think it is different then Rescue tape. This is the stuff that Spruce sells.
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/uniwrap.php

I is very useful for chafe protection and it works well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,611
Posted By Rick_A
Pulse Oximeter - recommendations ?

There seems to be a very large number of cheap Pulse Oximeters on the market (under $25) but there are also some higher priced models. I would like to buy a good quality Pulse Oximeter that is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-05-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By Rick_A
Flight Director mode

Once you turn on the flight director, using either the TOGA button or the FD button on the AP controller, it is very important to monitor the flight director mode.

One of the best lessons I was...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2019, 07:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,250
Posted By Rick_A
Both eventually

The 1/4” 20-150 in lb will do the job for about 90% of the build. However, at some point you will need a Ft Lb wrench for a few items. At which point a 3/8 ft lb torque wrench is a good option. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-23-2019, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,363
Posted By Rick_A
Thumbs up Great engine

I agree with Walt 100%. Walt's plane was already faster than mine, so I was "forced" :D to upgrade my engine when Walt did his - so we now have identical engines and props.

I am very happy with the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-22-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,296
Posted By Rick_A
Consider copper jumper bar also

I had to re-make the copper jumper bar between the Master Contactor and the Started contactor also.

The copper bar that I used was just wide enough to drill a hole that fit the M8 lug. The copper...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-22-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,296
Posted By Rick_A
The M8 lugs were the reason I picked the GX11 vs...

The M8 lugs were the reason I picked the GX11 vs the GX12.

I would have used the MX version if one was available when I ordered mine.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-22-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,296
Posted By Rick_A
GigaVac

I replaced my master contactor a few months back when I did my engine swap with a GivaVac contactor.

They have many different models, there are only a couple that are the right models to use for our...
Forum: Safety 05-07-2019, 07:44 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,401
Posted By Rick_A
Have her learn how to operate the autopilot

If you have a good autopilot that is easy to use, a non-pilot could get the airplane on the ground - the landing itself may not be pretty, but it would be survivable.

The Garmin GMC 305/307 AP has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,182
Posted By Rick_A
Any community college that has an A&P

You will save a ton of money if you can find a community college with an A&P program.

There may be a few schools like Embry Riddle that are worth the extra money but unless you have Uncle Sam...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 889
Posted By Rick_A
Locking toggles

I use locking toggles on my Main/alternator and my mags. I originally had guards to prevent an inadvertent action but guards don’t prevent user error.

Locking toggles make you think more when you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-22-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,160
Posted By Rick_A
I've been using a wrench like this...

I've been using a wrench like this https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/AA472.php?clickkey=23192 for 10 years on my oil filters.

It was worth the investment.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,012
Posted By Rick_A
Torque seal (or a similar product) is useful to...

Torque seal (or a similar product) is useful to tell a fastener was torques at a point in time, it does not guarantee that the fastener is properly torqued after it has been in service for a period...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-14-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 733
Posted By Rick_A
Many people park in the lot that used to be for...

Many people park in the lot that used to be for the (now closed) Blue Hanger Cafe. It is on the north end of the airport on the east side.

If you were to exit the runway on the north end, turn...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 471
Posted By Rick_A
Digital sender??

What is a “modern digital fuel sender”? Is it a replacement for float sender?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-10-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,223
Posted By Rick_A
Love it

I'm still breaking in the new engine, so I'm flying at high power setting. I can definitely tell the difference. Take-off climb has improved but I'm trying to keep the CHT lows so only slow climbs...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-10-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,223
Posted By Rick_A
IO-375 question

I just replaced my O-360 with a Titan IO-370 (195 HP). My understanding is that when TCM bought ECI, they dropped the name ECI and now have the Titan line of engines. Titan has a "360" and a "370"...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,073
Posted By Rick_A
13 year old tubes !!

You must be living right. I would have thought that age and dry rot would have put those tubes out to pasture a long time ago.

Maybe I’m “wasting” money but I replace the tubes every time I change...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 17,940
Posted By Rick_A
Titan 371 ????

What's a Titan 371? I just installed a new Titan IO-370 in my plane and never heard of a 371.

Titan and Superior are two unrelated companies and this thread is about Superior engines.
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,822
Posted By Rick_A
Yep. I guess maybe I'm dating myself calling it...

Yep. I guess maybe I'm dating myself calling it a fan belt. I remember having many old cars were the fan belt actually drove a fan. :)
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,822
Posted By Rick_A
Fan Belt

I think the real question should be how often do you replace your fan belt?

On average, I replaced my fan belt every three years and cleaned out the sludge while the prop was off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2019, 08:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,413
Posted By Rick_A
USB / USB-C

I just swapped out my cigarette lighter power plug for a dual USB plug a couple of weeks ago. I did the Blue Sea plug.

Then this past week, I finally upgraded my Ipad to the new Ipad Pro. I knew...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-18-2019, 08:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,211
Posted By Rick_A
good pics

Good pics in this thread:
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=167628&highlight=fuel+pump

I just installed the AFP pump but I did NOT make the modification to the mount shown in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2019, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,220
Posted By Rick_A
Transponder & IFR check entries and Annuals

So for you guys that do digital logbooks what do you do to maintain your "official" Transponder, IFR check and Annual entries?

The Transponder & IFR checks need an offical entry signed by a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,829
Posted By Rick_A
Transponder ?

What are you doing for a transponder, encoder and ADSB? Another reason why center stack could be useful.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,211
Posted By Rick_A
I just went through this in the process of...

I just went through this in the process of converting my fuel system from carb to FI. The plumbing shown on Van OP-21 plan page is much simpler now but the Fuel Filter and Fuel Pump mount are...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,935
Posted By Rick_A
Andair

I have Andair locking fuel caps. They have been working without problem for 9 years.

Custom flanges get prosealed into the stock opening. This does reduce the size of the opening a little bit but...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 847
Posted By Rick_A
I just removed the engine from my 7A. I took...

I just removed the engine from my 7A. I took notes as was taking things apart so that I would have a checklist to refer to when I install the new engine.

My task list is specific to my plane and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2018, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,072
Posted By Rick_A
With the nut in hand (not on the plane), you...

With the nut in hand (not on the plane), you should be able to tighten the set screw and see it protrude into center of nut. This screw should screw in easily when there is no cable installed.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 911
Posted By Rick_A
VA-187

I just installed a VA-187 yesterday. It is pre-punch and it is fairly soft. The flange deformed when I riveted it in place.

I'm going from a baffle mounted oil cooler to a firewall mounted cooler,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-28-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,760
Posted By Rick_A
Ram mount?

David, thanks for the review. I'm planning to upgrade to the new 11" Pro soon.

Do you know which Ram mount works with the new Pro?

I already have a Ram ball mount installed that I used for my...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-27-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,301
Posted By Rick_A
Thanks for the info. PM sent

Thanks for the info. PM sent
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-26-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,301
Posted By Rick_A
Vans AFP Install Kit - what's in it?

So I've decided to make it simple and go with the Van's dog house mount method. I called the Mothership but they said they would have to do some
research to provide me the part numbers I need to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,506
Posted By Rick_A
I pulled my prop off about a week ago and also...

I pulled my prop off about a week ago and also used an engine hoist but it's still difficult.

The problem I always have is keeping the prop perpendicular to crankshaft. As the prop starts to come...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-25-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,301
Posted By Rick_A
Larry, good pictures there in your blog. ...

Larry, good pictures there in your blog. Thanks.

It never occurred to me to mount the pump and filter side-by-side. The only way I thought to do it is in-line. Fuel lines are a bit more involved...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-25-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,301
Posted By Rick_A
AFP Pump install questions, pictures (7A) ?

I'm converting my 7A to fuel injection and I'm looking for ideas on how best to install the AFP fuel pump/filter.

This is a retro fit, so I'm working around existing brake lines and a large wire...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-17-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,394
Posted By Rick_A
You mentioned looking for a home between a barn...

You mentioned looking for a home between a barn and DFW. Depending on where in "N Dallas" you want to be, the Arglye/Bartonville/Double Oak area is very horse friendly.

I drive though that area...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-15-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,524
Posted By Rick_A
Like S-21 but still very early in life cycle

I spent quite a bit of time looking at the S-21 at Osh this year. I think eventually it will be a great plane.

My biggest concern at this point is that in my opinion it is still not fully baked -...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-31-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 939
Posted By Rick_A
I see that you are in Slovakia, so your...

I see that you are in Slovakia, so your regulations maybe different but do you really need a Marker Beacon and DME?

For Marker Beacon, the internal wing tip mounted antenna works well. I had a MB...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-29-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 540
Posted By Rick_A
GTN User data field question

I keep playing with the User selected data fields on my GTN 750. I've never been able to get the one called "Tuned VOR" to display any data.

When I select Tuned VOR as a data field, I just get...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,742
Posted By Rick_A
From the original question, it sounds like you...

From the original question, it sounds like you are new to the world of experimental aircraft. If that the case, welcome to our world.

If you are new to experimental aircraft in general, Vans...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-24-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 963
Posted By Rick_A
FYI. A battery tender/charger is not the same as...

FYI. A battery tender/charger is not the same as a ground power supply. A ground power supply provides a clean power output. A battery charger output is not a clean power source.

Unless you have a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,267
Posted By Rick_A
When I bought Azko from Skygeek the product...

When I bought Azko from Skygeek the product shipped from a major aviation supplier in Dallas. I was very surprised when it showed up on my doorstep the next day.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,354
Posted By Rick_A
Why ELSA

Randy, I don't currently own or fly an RV-12 but I built and flew one for a while.

When I built my 12, I was pretty sure I would only keep it for a short time. I also have a -7A and I promised my...
Forum: Tools 08-14-2018, 08:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,725
Posted By Rick_A
At Osh this year

Saw this at Osh. It's a bit pricey and it doesn't adjust while you're on it, but it looks pretty darn nice.

https://www.aerocreeper.com/

In case your interested, the Osh discount code is OSH18,...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,185
Posted By Rick_A
Get #6 & #8

I used both the #6 & #8 jigs quite a lot while building my QB 7A. I agree that the one's that ones that can do both the 2 lug & single lug nutplates are very handy.

I respect the folks that like to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 855
Posted By Rick_A
Both good

I had a light weight cover from Flightline that lasted many years. It worked great and I was very happy with it.

Last year, I noticed that the cover was leaving some residue marks on the paint. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-11-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 912
Posted By Rick_A
G3X is great

I upgraded to a full Garmin suite about 18 months ago and love it. The seamless integration of all the components makes the system easy to use and the support is great.

I have dual G3X Touch (10")...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,759
Posted By Rick_A
G3X bundle

Steve, thanks for the quick reply. I feel more comfortable purchasing the GTN update now.

Whats odd is that I can find the $149 bundle if I start at the flyGarmin page, then click on the "Database...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,759
Posted By Rick_A
Can't find G3X N. America DB bundle

I started to download my DB updates for my G3X and GTN 750. When I got to my GTN, I discovered that my subscription had expired.

I have been using the $299 Nav Data subscription on the GTN. I...
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