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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2013, 05:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,237
Posted By Bob Axsom
The Flight of the Feral Chihuahua, Jeremiah D. Jackson's Book

I ordered mine through Amazon and it was an enjoyable read. He used his RV-6A to set a transcontinental round trip record from San Diego, California to Jacksonville, Florida with two stops for fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2013, 12:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,121
Posted By Bob Axsom
Brian I feel more that way every day

There is something about the flight characteristics of the RV and its dependable performance that make the flying itself to a remote destination in your part of the country enjoyable. It was so...
Forum: Propellers 10-23-2013, 04:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,849
Posted By Bob Axsom
I'm Sorry

After I got the new prop last week I worked day and night to make the conversion in time to fly several hundred miles to get to the race site in southeast Texas. The recurring mysterious source oil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2013, 08:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,314
Posted By Bob Axsom
We were trying for something like that ...

I think that is right. I first coordinated with Hartzell and they said they could not go along with operating their prop over 2700 rpm and they felt a fixed pitch prop with a closed and well faired...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2013, 11:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,314
Posted By Bob Axsom
Speed

I made the change in a desperate attempt to beat Jeff Barnes in SARL Cross Country Air Racing for the Experimental Gold National Championship. it was a completely wishful fast response attempt not...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-22-2013, 04:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,630
Posted By Bob Axsom
Well you are taking it off

It only matters that it comes off not what its now useless body looks like. I use a standard metal automotive oil filter strap wrench. I sometimes leaves small indentions in the side of the can but...
Forum: Propellers 10-21-2013, 11:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,849
Posted By Bob Axsom
Using the special bypass cover plate in a C/S to FP conversion

Deleted in the interest of safety - It is too complex an issue and the risk of misinterpretation is too great. Bob Axsom
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2013, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,322
Posted By Bob Axsom
All of my tanks are totally independent

Essentially that is correct. Each tank is completely independent including the tips with their pickup and vent ports at the wing tip which never vent fuel onto the ramp (there is a metal ball...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2013, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,314
Posted By Bob Axsom
I just went the other way

Just to back up what Scott said, I have had two different Hartzell C/S props on the RV-6A (one blended airfoil and one not). I aligned the original cowl installation with the non-constant speed...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-20-2013, 10:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,364
Posted By Bob Axsom
True

but when it is, it is nice to have the ability to fly. Is Dan Berry in that group?

Bob Axsom
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2013, 12:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,322
Posted By Bob Axsom
Not exactly the same thing

The tips may empty first but unless the fuel goes directly from them to the engine it burns first only in concept.

Bob Axsom
Forum: Formation Flying 10-20-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 93
Views: 44,427
Posted By Bob Axsom
OMG do they ever!

I have been flying for over 30 years, I'm instrument rated, I race, I fly a lot of cross country, I was in the Air Force in my youth etc. but to got to the Pylon Racing Seminar (PRS) at Reno I had to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2013, 08:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,322
Posted By Bob Axsom
The fuel system is as you make it.

As stated I have tip tanks which I remove for racing even though the original concept was driven by the Aircraft Spruce race distance for the 1996 "Great Cross Country Flying Race" from Denver to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2013, 01:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,382
Posted By Bob Axsom
Axel if it matters

I was exceptionally impressed.

Bob Axsom
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-18-2013, 01:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By Bob Axsom
Success!

It's almost 2 in the morning and I just got back from the airport I did use my little sledge hammer and a thick wooden dowel (~1.5" dia.). After a few high mass low velocity whacks it popped loose...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-17-2013, 09:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By Bob Axsom
Thanks Bill

Tired as can be and up against a time wall - time to step back and take a breath. I communicated with my friend Red Hamilton as well and the thought is consistent that it is bonded. He suggested a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-17-2013, 07:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,074
Posted By Bob Axsom
Governor removal difficulty

Removed the four mounting nuts and lock washers and the governor is still solid attached to the adapter. What am I missing?

Bob Axsom
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2013, 09:29 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,803
Posted By Bob Axsom
I never reordered any parts in building of our RV-6A

When I first went to work on the F-101 Voodoo production line at McDonnell Aircraft in St. Louis I was a new inspector fresh out of a four year enlistment as a radio mechanic in the USAF. I learned...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-15-2013, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,927
Posted By Bob Axsom
Expanded response

http://i446.photobucket.com/albums/qq186/raxsom/IMG_zps4bb0fb6d.jpg

Unless you are prepared to build in your private hangar you are going to have to transition back and forth a bit especially with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-15-2013, 05:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 959
Posted By Bob Axsom
I just replace it each year.

I went through the cleaning and oiling process one time but after that I just put in a new one each year.

Bob Axsom
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-14-2013, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,927
Posted By Bob Axsom
Yes

That is what I did.

Bob Axsom
Forum: Formation Flying 10-14-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 13,212
Posted By Bob Axsom
Just some personal experience with the change

When Jeanine and I built our RV-6A I had no intention of ever flying formation and we installed vernier controls for throttle, prop and mixture. For 8 years I flew it with nothing but smooth...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-11-2013, 04:18 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,437
Posted By Bob Axsom
Instrument Rating - mixed blessing

I got my instrument rating in 1984 and from 1988 through 2004 I flew to work daily in the Los Angeles basin an a Piper Archer II. Very stable airplane with an autopilot but I never used it. My wife...
Forum: Propellers 10-09-2013, 04:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,194
Posted By Bob Axsom
I have a phone number

Ron I saw the same information I believe on the website. There is contact us button with a craig@cattoprops.com e-mail address. For immediate information you could try 209-754-3553 this the number...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-09-2013, 12:04 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bob Axsom
Nothing - You are correct.

I whipped out an answer on a calculator long after the flight and I was so happy to see greater than a half hour I ran with it. I'll correct that.

Bob Axsom
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2013, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,977
Posted By Bob Axsom
I was there exactly 1 year ago

Is Jim Doebler still the instructor? What a special experience! He said at the time he thought he would stay on for two years. I was thinking just the other day that it would be worth doing again...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-08-2013, 01:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bob Axsom
I cross check the gauges real time and post flight

I have a little over 1150 hrs on the airplane and I am the only one that has ever flown it. The EI gauges are very reliable. I know the last 2 gallons in each tank do not show up on the digital...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-08-2013, 09:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,057
Posted By Bob Axsom
Comant removable elements on VS

This has come up several times I believe. When building the plane I considered one of the "in the wingtip" NAV antennas and called the company direct. The man that answered said their antenna was...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-08-2013, 12:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bob Axsom
Fuel supply is never a concern for me once I reach to point of slipping

No, I usually bank to the left for visibility but where I was coming from there was no risk of not making it because of unporting a fuel pick up or loss of power. That is always the case in my...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-07-2013, 03:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bob Axsom
Yesterday (10-6-13)

Returning non-stop to Fayetteville, Arkansas from the race in Waupaca, Wisconsin (northwest of Oshkosh) with standard 38 gallons capacity. I have a new EI fuel flow gauge and EI fuel quantity gages...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2013, 04:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,342
Posted By Bob Axsom
I advise all my competitors to use modest power settings

None of them seem to pay any attention. I do not have a 540 but I would be very surprised if those that do anything less than max power all the way, There has been a shortage of Rockets this year...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-02-2013, 02:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,851
Posted By Bob Axsom
That was my conclusion as well

The source is highly respected so I tried to mentally make it work. I must have misinterpreted the input - my fault in word mismanagement I'm sure - thanks for the reality nudge. I'm sure in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-02-2013, 12:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,851
Posted By Bob Axsom
The Crankshaft front plug

I received a message that told me the front plug in the crackshaft is to be removed with this new adapter cover plate. Any thoughts on that? I'm struggling to see how that can work.

Bob Axsom
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2013, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,638
Posted By Bob Axsom
I am confident that it is the best option

I'm calling this the best option at this point. Tests and race results will tell for sure but after 50+ races my gut says it's time to leap in this very high potential direction. I am well aware of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,638
Posted By Bob Axsom
Thanks for the information and Photos

It is a little like herding cats and it is good to see an actual supported implementation. This makes the cover designed for installation on the adapter and leaving the tube in place with no plugs...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2013, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,638
Posted By Bob Axsom
Catto

This is the manufacturer that is beating me and from my research and personal contact I am convinced it has the fastest potential. I've gone through the original Hartzell C/S with 72" dia 7666...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-01-2013, 02:43 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,438
Posted By Bob Axsom
I slip every landing in the RV-6A

I slip every landing I think. It's just a tool and I use it but I do not go slow in the slip. I use it for altitude fine tuning and gross corrections in special cases but I give myself a good margin...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2013, 01:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,638
Posted By Bob Axsom
Yes I saw that in my research

I believe that is the STD-784 cover mounted on the adapter. It is one of the two implementations that I am looking at. It still requires removal of the governor which is buried in there amongst my...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2013, 12:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,905
Posted By Bob Axsom
OK I Gotta Go See It

OK I watched the Long Beach flight in the theater news reel shortly after it happened in 1947, I visited the Evergreen museum when it was located at an airport north of Tucson where I refueled one...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2013, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,638
Posted By Bob Axsom
The vagueness of C/S to F/P conversion requirements

I have been forced to admit that for racing one has to have a fixed pitch prop to win against competition with high performance fixed pitch props. Since I like to win I am forced to look into...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-30-2013, 10:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,905
Posted By Bob Axsom
Thanks for posting the photos

I would like to see it but absent that I'm glad you posted your photos. In 1947 The flight of the giant seaplane by Howard Hughes was in the news reels at all the theaters and I saw it at that time....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2013, 05:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,516
Posted By Bob Axsom
MARK!!!!

Good to see you posting - it's been a long time.

Bob Axsom
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-30-2013, 01:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,507
Posted By Bob Axsom
Seriously ...

I have nothing to say in response to your dominant concern for the state of your state's economy. I have flown 286 hours so far this year so when I say something about fuel prices it is about...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-30-2013, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,507
Posted By Bob Axsom
Not much to add

My cruise fuel burn rate is higher 10-11 gph with a O-360-A1A and C/S Hartzell. I used to get exactly 10 gph with a O-360-A4M in the Archer II we had based at SNA for 22 years (Tiedown #304 - there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2013, 12:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,513
Posted By Bob Axsom
How did that Shelby Cobra work out?

I see in your signature data that you completed it. I remember when you said once that you were planning on building it. How did it work out for you?

Bob Axsom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2013, 09:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,513
Posted By Bob Axsom
Mountain Crossing is the problem

I'm not sure what the performance limitations are on a RV-12 but your idea of following highway 80 (in general) is not a bad idea. Besides the Rockies you will have the Sierra Nevada Mountains to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-29-2013, 02:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,180
Posted By Bob Axsom
Had the problem years ago in the Archer II

Many years ago I had that problem when the pinion did not slide forward to engage the ring gear when power was applied to the starter. In that case following my mechanic's instruction I manually...
Forum: Texas (North) 09-28-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,540
Posted By Bob Axsom
I was there last Sunday

Can't think of anywhere around there better than Amarillo itself. Maybe it's just me but I'm not seeing any appealing places to eat anymore in this strange economy. If you just want to "fly any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2013, 02:25 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 18,330
Posted By Bob Axsom
Yes Bob I have posted my solution here in the VAF forum

Unrelated link removed - Bob Axsom

It took many years for Jeanine and I to build our RV-6A and I learned very early to think ahead and not limit myself to common tools and solutions if I could not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2013, 01:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 18,330
Posted By Bob Axsom
It can be done very effectively

It gets a little frustrating when you go trouble of explaining with photographs and word descriptions time after time how this has been done and how well it works but it seems that no one really gets...
Forum: Safety 09-27-2013, 11:34 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 84,297
Posted By Bob Axsom
Well...

Sharp edges dig into spar ...
Forum: Safety 09-26-2013, 12:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,428
Posted By Bob Axsom
Don't overate "Fresh eyes"

.

I think you as the builder with a thorough inspection and action worklist for the annual condition inspection can do the work best. You must focus on every item, the requirements must be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2013, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,182
Posted By Bob Axsom
Started with 1 probe EGT now have 4

It is not essential for flight but if you are trying to extract maximum performance it is pretty essential. When Jeanine and I built the plane I put a probe in the cylinder 4 exhaust only - like our...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-24-2013, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,971
Posted By Bob Axsom
Yes I think it is normal

When we built our RV-6A with manual trim I saw the play and called Van's. They assured me it is normal and after 1000+ flight hours over 9 years and over 50 air races at well over 200 mph I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2013, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,851
Posted By Bob Axsom
You flew your Bonanza in the speed trials at Courtland, AL in 2010

I was impressed by you performance and the obvious attention to detail on your airplane. As mentioned earlier there is a wide range of quality of workmanship and system integration in experimental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2013, 10:18 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,212
Posted By Bob Axsom
Builder inconvenience is not an excuse for the FAA to yield responsibility

I personally do not want the FAA to reduce the requirements in any way. These arguments are trivial compared to the requirements for the average builder to go through the process of building an...
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2013, 12:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,630
Posted By Bob Axsom
A little uneasiness here

This is of course a critical part of the airplane and the possible implementations are many. I did not build an RV-10 so I don't know the context you are working in.

Valves - I used the standard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2013, 12:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,331
Posted By Bob Axsom
I did as you have been instructed to do in 2004

I went to the FAA Office in Long Beach, California with my builders log & photo album and the required documentation. All of this was thoroughly reviewed and I received the Repairman Certificate for...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-17-2013, 02:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,749
Posted By Bob Axsom
Some Ideas

Well I go through that area still but I now come from Arkansas so my orientation is different. But when I was based at John Wayne I flew up there a few times. Unfortunately my info is not current. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2013, 07:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 969
Posted By Bob Axsom
Thank you

I tested it by logging off and going back to the same post and found that the "green light" went out. I feel better now.

Bob Axsom
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2013, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 969
Posted By Bob Axsom
The "button" code after the poster's name

After the name for each post for years I have seen this little "button" after the poster's name. Sometimes they are green and sometimes they are not. What does the "green light" mean? Does it have...
Forum: RV-10 09-16-2013, 10:04 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,634
Posted By Bob Axsom
The inner plug should be in the crankshaft for C/S

Your statement: "However, I cannot get the prop to cycle. Tried a few different times with no luck. I then decided to take the prop back off to see if I missed a plug or something and no luck....
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