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Forum: Propellers 10-29-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 907
Posted By David-aviator
That spinner is so amazing, makes me think about...

That spinner is so amazing, makes me think about building another airplane just to use it. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,519
Posted By David-aviator
Your wrong about that. One tour guide said he...

Your wrong about that.

One tour guide said he did not like communists, they caused his parents to flee during cultural revolution....he stuck it out working in silk factory, learned to speak...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,519
Posted By David-aviator
Van's Aircraft in China

I just completed a 12 trip to China. It was very informative and a totally satisfying experience.

One day, a local guy, can't remember what he was doing with the group, maybe loading bags, pointed...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-14-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,740
Posted By David-aviator
Good show Ron! What is RPM when running...

Good show Ron!
What is RPM when running 35%?
Would be cool to have MT CS prop like with Subby.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-11-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,418
Posted By David-aviator
A scotch wheel is very useful for debuting edges,...

A scotch wheel is very useful for debuting edges, takes forever by hand.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-09-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,784
Posted By David-aviator
Flying St. Louis Seattle Anchorage...

Flying St. Louis Seattle Anchorage today...737-900 Alaska Airlines...no RV but will do in a pinch. :)
Visiting relatives Homer and Palmer, some fishing, and break from Midwest heat.
RV-12 canopy...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-08-2018, 08:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,300
Posted By David-aviator
Monty Barrett set the bar high for engines, he...

Monty Barrett set the bar high for engines, he will be missed.
Rhonda and Allan have followed in his tradition...,great people, great company.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 991
Posted By David-aviator
I had similar issue with high fuel flow at idle. ...

I had similar issue with high fuel flow at idle. It should be about 1 gph not 3. Somedays engine would quit after landing due to rich fuel flow.

After much local messing with it, sent it to AFP. ...
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2018, 01:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,145
Posted By David-aviator
I did with RV-8, only mod was to clear starter,...

I did with RV-8, only mod was to clear starter, both ends fit well.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-07-2018, 01:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,301
Posted By David-aviator
I believe it will be ok also. Spray the spar...

I believe it will be ok also.
Spray the spar mating areas with a little Corrosion X, they will slide together nicely.
Forum: RV-12 06-05-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 887
Posted By David-aviator
Skyview Install Instructions

Really having fun now....

The basic install document for Skyview is Section 42C, 13 pages, came with the avionics kit.

Fired off a question today to a 12 builder already flying, what's with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,506
Posted By David-aviator
Congrats on first flight and welcome to very...

Congrats on first flight and welcome to very special club of those who have built and flown an RV, especially the RV-8. :)
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-27-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,361
Posted By David-aviator
Congrats on first flight Rick, sure enjoyed the...

Congrats on first flight Rick, sure enjoyed the video.

Don't feel bad about the 5 landings, I've done it many a time, especially in the 6 and the 7. The 8 has stiffer gear legs and behalves much...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,030
Posted By David-aviator
FWIT I installed 1/4" aluminum brake lines to...

FWIT I installed 1/4" aluminum brake lines to caliper on RV-12 this morning and noticed after flaring the end of tube, the flaring device left a neat cut mark around the tube about 1/2" from flare. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
RV-12 is a delight to fly....not quite the...

RV-12 is a delight to fly....not quite the git-up-and-go of the RV-8 but flying qualities are excellent.

Was very bumpy day ahead of weather system but all went well, no skids or slips to final...:)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
Apologize for ruffling feathers here, I am...

Apologize for ruffling feathers here, I am getting old and crotchety and know it.

Best thing going on right now is helping friend complete an RV-12. At present installing flight control system and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
Found this video on skidding and slipping stalls...

Found this video on skidding and slipping stalls turning final....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zfwLglHEYvQ

Interesting....good reason to fly with ball centered. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
Off course not....but RV's have been lost doing...

Off course not....but RV's have been lost doing unusual attitude maneuvers, why test it over and over.

The FAA has de-emphasized (somewhat) stick and rudder skills in favor of using your head to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
All good stuff to think about, whatever works,...

All good stuff to think about, whatever works, works.

I just feel no one would attempt this in transport airplane because end would not be nice, why not fly same in small airplane?

I am concern...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
Am 79, flying since 18, and still alive.... How...

Am 79, flying since 18, and still alive....
How many times does one have to stall an airplane or induce an unusual attitude to know it can kill you?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,559
Posted By David-aviator
I am missing something here, why are you doing...

I am missing something here, why are you doing this and recommending others do it?

There is a proper way to safely fly an airplane in the pattern, this is not it.

It would be better to practice...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-29-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,844
Posted By David-aviator
New RV-8 Pilot

Have flown with new owner a few times with him in back seat doing air work and making simulated approaches. The machine has throttle and Vans rudder pedals.

His control of airplane has been very...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-13-2018, 08:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,844
Posted By David-aviator
Thanks guys, will go at this with some caution. ...

Thanks guys, will go at this with some caution. I have the Vans pedals but they are not optimal. What is needed is an old fashioned grass field a mile wide and a mile long. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,844
Posted By David-aviator
RV-8 SOLD BUT STILL FLYING IT :)

Had great time yesterday flying the airplane I built and sold to a friend....shot 6 landings at 3 airports and then gave first check out ride to new owner.

My friend is good tail dragger pilot but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,266
Posted By David-aviator
...did it with Catto, let it wind up to 2450 or...

...did it with Catto, let it wind up to 2450 or so, maintained rpm in climb rather than speed. Did ok, made it to 10 grand in about 8:30. Interesting but no barn burner, another guy did it in less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,266
Posted By David-aviator
You don't have to be shooting for a record, it's...

You don't have to be shooting for a record, it's fun to do just for the fun of it.

Take off WOT, leave it there and let it rip, i've done it to 10,000 a number of times.

I knew Lyle Shelton years...
Forum: Midwest 02-14-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,732
Posted By David-aviator
Cool Nice pictures Pete, but having come from...

Nice pictures Pete, but having come from Minnesota and milking cows when it was below zero, its not for me anymore forever.

It is good though for controlling mosquitos. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-14-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,895
Posted By David-aviator
Rebuilding an engine may be advisable for someone...

Rebuilding an engine may be advisable for someone familiar with the process but most of us are not.

A good aircraft mechanic spends a lot of time in a school or as hands on assistant as trainee in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,655
Posted By David-aviator
Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've...

Neophyte that I am with tail wheel ops, I've flown the 6, 7, 8, ....do not understand why Vans is so married to the springy gear system of the 6 and 7. The gear legs are like spaghetti taking off or...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-07-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,261
Posted By David-aviator
Beautiful photos Scott. Sure better than...

Beautiful photos Scott.

Sure better than California wild fires and mud slides.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,841
Posted By David-aviator
Definitely, suggest the engine be disassembled to...

Definitely, suggest the engine be disassembled to determine cause of low oil usage. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-07-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,785
Posted By David-aviator
With a tight fit, I found gently spraying each...

With a tight fit, I found gently spraying each part with Corrosion X helped a lot.

A little lub is better than 2 dry surfaces.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-22-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 16,872
Posted By David-aviator
Thank you for quick response.

Thank you for quick response.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-22-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 16,872
Posted By David-aviator
How complex is converting Rotax 912 from 2...

How complex is converting Rotax 912 from 2 carburetors?
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2017, 10:54 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,214
Posted By David-aviator
Engine needs fuel to start. WOT, electric pump...

Engine needs fuel to start. WOT, electric pump on, purge valve in for 7 seconds, purge valve knob out, engine primed for start. Engage starter, purge valve in to keep fuel coming, engine will start,...
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2017, 11:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,214
Posted By David-aviator
The purge valve provides better control over fuel...

The purge valve provides better control over fuel to distribution lines.
There are differing techniques to use it, but invariably start hot or cold and shut down are more predictable.
In 245 hours I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-09-2017, 09:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
Delivered RV-8 to new owner yesterday. Had...

Delivered RV-8 to new owner yesterday.

Had excellent flight with excellent landing on 1500' turf runway.

Am going out of TW ops with good feeling. Building and flying RV-8 was great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,890
Posted By David-aviator
Bob, when I clicked the poll on, did not...

Bob, when I clicked the poll on, did not see

THIS POLL IS ONLY OPEN TO BUILDERS WHO COMMENCED CONSTRUCTION AFTER JANUARY 2005

The data is not accurate.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 06:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
The deal is done, just waiting for pieces to fall...

The deal is done, just waiting for pieces to fall into place. Meanwhile I fly. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,073
Posted By David-aviator
Congrats on first flight Matt, welcome the...

Congrats on first flight Matt, welcome the exclusive club of those who have built and flown an airplane. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
Thanks Bob. I am busy working with hangar...

Thanks Bob. I am busy working with hangar neighbor on RV-12 project plus he has RV-7 I can fly...still have the 8, have had a couple very good flights recently, am going out feeling good about it...
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,778
Posted By David-aviator
Yes, have been wondering about that...have hangar...

Yes, have been wondering about that...have hangar neighbor with UL powered Zenith, loves it.

Are you flying with UL?

I assume you had to go E-LSA to do it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-28-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
I agree with all above. Did not get serious...

I agree with all above.

Did not get serious about TW ops until age 72 and started RV-8 build. It has been a very interesting late chapter in my flying book. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,277
Posted By David-aviator
A pilot's night mare for sure...good luck...

A pilot's night mare for sure...good luck discovering what is going on.
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 09:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,778
Posted By David-aviator
Yes, was inside it today running wires.

Yes, was inside it today running wires.
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 08:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,778
Posted By David-aviator
Getting spun up on RV-12

Just want to let you-all know getting spun up on building the 12 helping a friend with his project.

Found out today a fuel injected engine is now available but not for older kits. Will be going...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-27-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
That's generally what I try to do but as tail is...

That's generally what I try to do but as tail is coming down there is period with no directional control (except brakes). The rudder is in relative calm wind state, no directional control until tail...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
Well I have difficulty with it on hard surface,...

Well I have difficulty with it on hard surface, grass less so.
Just have to be, as you say, on your toes. Have not departed runway yet. :) :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2017, 09:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
Adrian, just wondering if you've landed the 7ECA...

Adrian, just wondering if you've landed the 7ECA with quartering tail wind and how it went?
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2017, 11:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
Had great dawn patrol along Missouri River,...

Had great dawn patrol along Missouri River, sector west of St. Louis is secure, no enemy sighted.
Three good landings, no tail wind to screw me up. :)
Landing with tail wind not good idea with tail...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
It is landing with less than a head wind...

It is landing with less than a head wind component that I find so challenging.

There is a transition from landing to taxi where there is no directional control until tail wheel planted, that is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
Thanks, I appreciate that. :)

Thanks, I appreciate that. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,598
Posted By David-aviator
I have sold the RV-8

Yes, the airplane is sold to much younger friend who helped me build it.

It was tough decision but it hit me this week, if I keep flying it I will wreck it.

Problem is I like to fly - often....
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 11-23-2017, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,464
Posted By David-aviator
From old pilot perspective, excellent...

From old pilot perspective, excellent introduction to flying.
Wish I had seen something like that in beginning.
Good luck developing your training system, it will work for TW or NW.
Forum: California 11-20-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,552
Posted By David-aviator
Well, you guys have convinced me to try wicking...

Well, you guys have convinced me to try wicking some green lock tite into weeping rivets.
It just might work as it has for you and sure a lot easier than removing tank, cutting holes in aft baffle...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-16-2017, 06:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,981
Posted By David-aviator
What you been smoking, smokyray? Everyone knows...

What you been smoking, smokyray?
Everyone knows fighters are targets of all other fighters and spooky missiles!! :) :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,580
Posted By David-aviator
I am no ME but know one. He works for Boeing,...

I am no ME but know one.

He works for Boeing, F-18 program, and gave video explanation at recent EAA Chapter meeting on why any hole in any piece of structure reduces strength. Program is used...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-16-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,981
Posted By David-aviator
You are admiring the paint job....I like RV's...

You are admiring the paint job....I like RV's painted or not.

Climb into and fly an airplane never painted and the experience is the same, they are a delight to fly.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-16-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 847
Posted By David-aviator
Could be it is as it is because it is best way to...

Could be it is as it is because it is best way to go, established many years ago.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,432
Posted By David-aviator
If you depart Vans recommendation for an engine...

If you depart Vans recommendation for an engine for the 9, there are gazzilions of choices. It does complicate the entire build process.

Are any of the choices better, who knows? You sure can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 10:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,192
Posted By David-aviator
Also known as Coffin Corner.

Also known as Coffin Corner.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,192
Posted By David-aviator
Went to 45,000' in stock F-86 about 60 years...

Went to 45,000' in stock F-86 about 60 years ago....yea, I know that's not fair. :)

Have been up in your territory but not long, it got cold.

Another thing that's fun is a WOT climb to 10,000 from...
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