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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2019, 03:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Go to ebay, search Magneto Harness in Aviation...

Go to ebay, search Magneto Harness in Aviation Parts.
Look at the pictures and compare to your own equipment.
I have Bendix mags, there is an old style Harness Plate that has threaded gland nuts to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-28-2019, 11:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,063
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I don't mean to be trite, but Oregon Aero seats...

I don't mean to be trite, but Oregon Aero seats only hurt once.
(the wallet) :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-28-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 824
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You might be over-thinking this. I started by...

You might be over-thinking this.
I started by building a Turbocharged Mazda Rotary so I could out-do any Lycoming. I certainly did that, with an airspeed that indicated over 220 HP.
However, living...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 800
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My experience: I have a Yak-55. The Russian...

My experience:
I have a Yak-55. The Russian batteries were held on the firewall in 2 composite cases with lids held on by about 12 safety wired screws...24 volt system. Heavy, Complex, Over...
Forum: RV-10 03-21-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,680
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I use a Cubcadet ZTG 54" zero turn mower. 26 hp!...

I use a Cubcadet ZTG 54" zero turn mower. 26 hp! ELECTRIC START! Hydrostatic drive! It perfectly positions my planes using a conventional tow bar strapped to the rear bumper (I could improve that a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 11,398
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Ron; Take some comfort in knowing that this RV...

Ron;
Take some comfort in knowing that this RV flier got a sweet deal on a YAK-55.
In my heart, I'm still an RV-8 builder and flier.
Yes, aerobatics make me urpy. mostly because they don't come...
Forum: Northwest 03-12-2019, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 675
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I agree with Rainier Flight for a first visit....

I agree with Rainier Flight for a first visit. I've taken lessons there and had some dinners and meetings, they seem very versatile. Call them and tell them what you need.
Galvin at Boeing Field has...
Forum: Tools 03-09-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,087
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The 16x30 polypropylene tool cart is very good,...

The 16x30 polypropylene tool cart is very good, plus it won't scratch if accidentally bumped into your plane. $99, some assembly required.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 490
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The one offered by VANs is steel, and very thin...

The one offered by VANs is steel, and very thin (think light weight). I used one on my Narrow Deck O-360 mounting a DENSO mini alternator, and it cracked. The mini alternator does not have a 3 point...
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,882
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The propeller dome was removed when I replaced...

The propeller dome was removed when I replaced the propeller blades on my Yak-55. There was a lot of sludge in the pitch control cylinder/piston area. This is centrifugally thrown outward where the...
Forum: Safety 02-25-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,169
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I attended a Slick maintenance presentation at...

I attended a Slick maintenance presentation at the Washington Aviation Trade Show.
Joe Logie was the presenter.
He talked about current service bulletins, and how to find them on their...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-22-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,998
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
When I started, you couldn't "buy" an RV-8, you...

When I started, you couldn't "buy" an RV-8, you had to build it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-10-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 770
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
It's happened to me once, it quit in flight. I...

It's happened to me once, it quit in flight. I took it out and checked it over externally, and the connectors. Dynon said 'send it up' but it kept booting up OK on the bench, so I put it back in. Go...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-02-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,903
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Larry is correct. Autolite 386 is a resistor...

Larry is correct.
Autolite 386 is a resistor plug. I use them with a Bendix mag on top of an O-290. I set the gap .016, the same as aircraft spark plugs to protect the mag. The engine runs fine.
They...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-29-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,026
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Be fair. IIRC Bendix/Avstar/Precision have gone...

Be fair. IIRC Bendix/Avstar/Precision have gone thru changes of ownership.
AFP does not necessarily end with Don. When he is done, someone else will probably pick up the company and maybe even grow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,746
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_TqOB6_Jk link...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_TqOB6_Jk link shows Tom Hunter & his T-18 'drop tank' that does not drop. 3.7 gallons if I recall.
I'm making an aluminum under wing tank now. It's got an 8"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 4,782
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Hmm; That's a lot to digest. I ran my RV-8 with...

Hmm;
That's a lot to digest.
I ran my RV-8 with EFI (Tracy Crook EC-2T) on a Mazda Turbo Rotary.
When I converted to Lycoming IO-360, I used Airflow Performance mechanical Bendix style injection but...
Forum: RV-3 01-10-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,173
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I agree with the 'Rod Gear' crowd. I built an...

I agree with the 'Rod Gear' crowd. I built an RV-8, my wife has an RV-4. I fly them both.
I wish my RV-8 had the rod gear, the landing and ground handling are better, and I could "MAN SPREAD" in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,371
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I noticed the snaproll in the Intermediate...

I noticed the snaproll in the Intermediate Sequence is at the top of a loop.
This has got to be the most gentle snap roll. Low airspeed, minimal positive G.
I don't see this as a high stress maneuver...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2018, 10:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,792
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My son Peter had trouble with fuel flow using a...

My son Peter had trouble with fuel flow using a MGL RDAC-XF.
MGL tried to help him many times. The customer relations were good. He tried all the recommendations and we reviewed the circuit,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-13-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,012
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Just a warning: I SIKA'd my RV-8 canopy, and at...

Just a warning:
I SIKA'd my RV-8 canopy, and at about 50 hours TTAF it cracked at the base of the hoop around the back. It cracked at the weld where the two side bars come together and a single tube...
Forum: COMM 09-21-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,441
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Joe on the Peltor. I also modified a set...

I'm with Joe on the Peltor. I also modified a set with the ANR kit, which worked great, but I realize you want a passive headset.
Don't hold your nose against a cheap Flightcom headset.
Those things...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,207
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Well Then! Thank You, Terry, Vince and Tom. I...

Well Then!
Thank You, Terry, Vince and Tom.
I just upgraded to the steering link + Tie Down Ring, I think it's a big improvement in steering stability on my RV-8. Slowing down thru 50 MPH is more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,572
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My wife Marilyn's RV-4 had hangar rash trailing...

My wife Marilyn's RV-4 had hangar rash trailing edge damage from pushing too far into a Tee hangar (before she bought it) when it happened a second time, I called VANs and ordered a pair of Quick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 802
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I flew my RV-8 in the Corvalis Corkscrew because...

I flew my RV-8 in the Corvalis Corkscrew because my Yak-55 failed the mag check prior to take-off for the event!
So Marilyn and I repacked into the RV-8 and went anyway!
I had a few major screw-ups,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-18-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,720
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm completely opposed to your idea, here is...

I'm completely opposed to your idea, here is why:
I'm an operating engineer, and I have to troubleshoot and repair 40 year old stuff as well as operate it.
Things Fail. Obsolete stuff must be...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-13-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,903
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I purchased the Bendix 'Old Style' ignition...

I purchased the Bendix 'Old Style' ignition harness plate (has gland nuts holding the wires) from an eBay ad, it easily adapted to 8.5mm MSD spiral core wire & 90 degree boots.
It fired BR8ES plugs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,146
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You can preserve the backing plate by using a...

You can preserve the backing plate by using a slightly smaller drill and stopping early, then drive out the remaining bit of rivet with a punch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2018, 09:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,381
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I tried the Power Sportsman 2018 Known yesterday...

I tried the Power Sportsman 2018 Known yesterday in my RV-8. It's O-360, Catto 3 blade and has Airflow Performance fuel injection. It does not have inverted fuel or oil.
It never missed a beat and...
Forum: APRS Tracking 05-20-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,872
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a Technician class Ham Radio license....

I have a Technician class Ham Radio license. (don't use it much) My son has mentioned the:
http://www.bigredbee.com/
Locator as 'best solution' to personal location now that ELT's are out of date.
I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-18-2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 43,086
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a 40A Denso mini that has 160 hours. It...

I have a 40A Denso mini that has 160 hours. It had an early failure: The plastic Brush boxes were warped and stuck the brushes so eventually they lost contact with the com rings. a few bux for a new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,096
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Nigel et al; Except that I have manual...

I'm with Nigel et al;
Except that I have manual trim, and roll in a couple of half turns nose down, especially if there is a back seater.
I usually take off with flaps, about 20%. Adding flaps moves...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-12-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,797
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
So far, no mention of Weight and...

So far, no mention of Weight and Balance.
Calculate your weight and Balance so you know what you are starting with.
RV-8s come in a variety of configurations (go figure?) I built a very light O-360...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-08-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,543
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Toolbuilder: good contribution on problems with...

Toolbuilder: good contribution on problems with non-resistor plugs on electronic controlled ignition systems, I understand Lightspeed Ignition specifically sells DENSO spark plugs, for much the same...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-07-2018, 11:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,543
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Smokey on 18mm automotive plugs. I use...

I'm with Smokey on 18mm automotive plugs.
I use Autolite 386 thru a Pmag on my low compression O-290 powered T-18. (Bendix mag and Autolite aircraft plugs on the other side)
I've purchased Champion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,199
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Upset Recovery Training, or some Aerobatic...

Upset Recovery Training, or some Aerobatic Training is the best way to learn how to avoid (and recognize if you are getting into) stall/spin situations.
Flight instruction does cost a few $$$, but is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-23-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,133
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have the Vetterman Crossover for Superior cold...

I have the Vetterman Crossover for Superior cold air sump on my RV-8.
I think 4 straight pipes are louder, and tune to a narrower RPM powerband.
If you run a constant speed propeller, 4 straight...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-19-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 70,830
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I received the Megajolt/E controller yesterday....

I received the Megajolt/E controller yesterday. It is the new (just released!) Mark II version, and has been upgraded including a USB mini port for programming and a new smaller case.
This morning,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2018, 12:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,766
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
When I first flew my RV-8, I had a Mazda Turbo...

When I first flew my RV-8, I had a Mazda Turbo Rotary engine. It was so loud (even with the turbo to mince the exhaust!) that I had to add a muffler.
I installed 4 large plate nuts in the two keel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-09-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,149
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I looked at your pictures. That is interesting....

I looked at your pictures. That is interesting. You can machine out the mount ears to take the conical mount, and it would work. To my eye, the bottom mounts are not conical, they just have squished...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-07-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,311
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm running a Pmag and a Bendix mag (mag is due...

I'm running a Pmag and a Bendix mag (mag is due for 500 hr inspection).
I'm making a Ford EDIS system as per the thread on this...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-04-2018, 11:38 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 70,830
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Thanks Dan; I took the file Graham sent me to a...

Thanks Dan;
I took the file Graham sent me to a local waterjet shop, but the proprietor backed out on the old 'Liability' excuse when he asked me what it was for...I just couldn't lie.
Also, he...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2018, 11:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 782
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm nobody, but if you have a large amount of...

I'm nobody, but if you have a large amount of ring blow by, it can be ring ends in alignment, or worn/stuck rings or broken rings.
Loss of ring seal means hot gas along the cylinder wall, making it...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-30-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,315
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Nice! You are looking good! I'll need to work...

Nice!
You are looking good!
I'll need to work harder to keep up! :cool:
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-29-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 70,830
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Graham; PM Sent! Thanks.

Graham;
PM Sent!
Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,948
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My wife informs me that this is common with...

My wife informs me that this is common with Quilters as well. :D
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-28-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 194
Views: 70,830
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
OK; I emailed Graham too. Here's hoping...

OK;
I emailed Graham too.
Here's hoping...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-27-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 194
Views: 70,830
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Time to revive the EDIS discussion. I just...

Time to revive the EDIS discussion.
I just ordered the new Mk-2 Megajolt, promised shipping April 20, 2018.
https://www.autosportlabs.com/product/megajolte-mk2_crank_fired_ignition/
A pull from the...
Forum: Oregon 03-24-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,730
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Washington has no Income Tax. Oregon has no Sales...

Washington has no Income Tax.
Oregon has no Sales Tax.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,318
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
+1 on what Jerry said. You may have an other...

+1 on what Jerry said. You may have an other problem, just starting to call for your attention.

That is an interesting...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-22-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,318
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I see in the OP's picture that the Helicoil...

I see in the OP's picture that the Helicoil insert end is short of the end of the spark plug hole into the combustion chamber.
I see the same in some of my cylinders.
Although I would like to have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 09:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,504
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You can make your own vortex generators and...

You can make your own vortex generators and install them with double sticky carpet tape. I made 4 "Hall" type V-Gs and put them in front of the ailerons (2 ea) on my T-18. It had a profound effect on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,840
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My SIKAflex'ed RV-8 canopy cracked at the back,...

My SIKAflex'ed RV-8 canopy cracked at the back, left side on a cold high altitude flight. It started behind the back seat passenger, where the lower canopy frame tube joins the upper tube. The crack...
Forum: Northwest 03-16-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,480
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Westport WA has a restaurant within 100 yards of...

Westport WA has a restaurant within 100 yards of the runway, and the Bremerton airport has one on the runway. Tacoma Industrial has a restaurant too. Skagit Regional also. I also like to get the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,350
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Every 200 feet along both sides of a 2400 foot...

Every 200 feet along both sides of a 2400 foot turf runway, 4 across each end.
These lights are directional, they can be seen clearly while taking off or landing, but not so much from the side.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,350
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
We use solar powered Dock Lights. We get them at...

We use solar powered Dock Lights. We get them at various places (Costco, Amazon, Box...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-05-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,846
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
That's at least 3 RV-8s in Puget Sound area...

That's at least 3 RV-8s in Puget Sound area 3-3-2018, I met Andy Karmy gassing up to head out at Crest when Marilyn and I were headed to Skagit Regional to visit with a T-18 friend at the restaurant,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,149
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
O-290G engine cases are like a conical mount, but...

O-290G engine cases are like a conical mount, but only have bolt holes bored through, not the conical shapes milled into the mount ears for the rubber cone mounts cushions. Yours may have only the...
Forum: RV-4 02-26-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,817
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I got a 7 gallon seat...

I got a 7 gallon seat tank:
https://www.leadingedgeairfoils.com/7-6-gallon-seat-fuel-tank-combination.html
It's for an ultralight, but it is well made. I've been trying it in various planes and even...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,775
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm glad that I fit into the average for drill...

I'm glad that I fit into the average for drill bit and rivet tool handling and storage.
I also keep 2 boxes of drills: The standard fractional drill set, and a 60 pc Numbered drill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 769
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Dirty oil looks cleaner when it is very thin,...

Dirty oil looks cleaner when it is very thin, like warm on your finger, compared to thick and cold on the dipstick. the suspended carbon makes it dark, so it looks half as dirty if the sample is half...
Forum: Tools 02-02-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,360
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with George (above) also, get out your trusty...

I'm with George (above) also, get out your trusty Ohm Meter and measure the spark plug resistor. Put one probe down in the top of the plug, and the other on the center electrode. File or sand the...
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