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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 05:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 367
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, can't emphasize Canadian Joy's comments...

Yes, can't emphasize Canadian Joy's comments enough. The metal props are really big tuning forks. It's just not worth putting it on your RV-14 when there are viable 3-blade composite props available....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 602
Posted By vic syracuse
Synergy is an option, as mentioned, and a great...

Synergy is an option, as mentioned, and a great one at that. You can also order the tool kit from van's and build it. You might be surprised. :)
We ALL had to learn at one time, and the kits 40 years...
Forum: RV-10 11-16-2017, 06:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,167
Posted By vic syracuse
I had a customer who mentioned he smelled fuel at...

I had a customer who mentioned he smelled fuel at takeoff and climb out as well in his RV-10. Looking at all of the usual culprits identified in this thread produced no telltale blue stains. With the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-14-2017, 09:10 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,355
Posted By vic syracuse
Come out to Atlanta and fly the rv14. It's a...

Come out to Atlanta and fly the rv14. It's a really nice airplane. As is the 7! The 14 just has all of the creature comforts we like as we get older, like more space. 😀
Forum: RV-12 11-13-2017, 04:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 785
Posted By vic syracuse
Jeff, use a tech counselor that understands the...

Jeff, use a tech counselor that understands the aircraft and/or the technique. If you have particular questions and have a good network connection I find that Facetime will work really well. :)

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 07:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,985
Posted By vic syracuse
As mentioned here before GET RID of tye flow...

As mentioned here before GET RID of tye flow restrictor and use a regulator, just like you would use for a paint gun. Either attach it at the base of the gun, which sometimes makes the gun a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By vic syracuse
It was a pretty good show. Got to meet some new...

It was a pretty good show. Got to meet some new friends and reaquaint with old friends. My favorite part of the Van's role. :)

Vic
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2017, 06:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 604
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, I do have the RV-14A South of Atlanta...

Yes, I do have the RV-14A South of Atlanta available for prospective builder demos or pictures just to help answer some building questions. Although I live in Locust Grove, for those of you who are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2017, 06:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,864
Posted By vic syracuse
Very nice!!!

Very nice!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 06:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,071
Posted By vic syracuse
Wait until you crawl back into the tail cone of a...

Wait until you crawl back into the tail cone of a nose gear RV to replace an ADAHRS unit and forget to put a saw horse under the fuselage. Now you have to crawl UP, in reverse, with your arms above...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2017, 08:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 655
Posted By vic syracuse
Deland Sport Aviation Showcase

I will be at the Deland Sport Aviation Showcase this week with the RV-14A. I will have a few autographed hats from the man himself (yes, Van!) for a few lucky RV builder pilots who fly their airplane...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,768
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, I am seeing the new ones like that as well.

Yes, I am seeing the new ones like that as well.
Forum: COMM 10-24-2017, 06:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, but there are ways to address this. Use some...

Yes, but there are ways to address this. Use some Dow 4 on the connectors and then wrap it with the silicone rescue tape. Should keep the moisture out.

Vic
Forum: COMM 10-23-2017, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 513
Posted By vic syracuse
Not if done correctly, meaning no strands from...

Not if done correctly, meaning no strands from the shield splayed out from under the crimp.

Vic
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2017, 02:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 431
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, the plans are correct and tails aren't...

Yes, the plans are correct and tails aren't falling off. Everytime you beef up something, the stress just gets moved somewhere else. Not saying the anti-splat part is or could cause a problem. The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-21-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 4,599
Posted By vic syracuse
Heat is the bane of all electronics. Adding a...

Heat is the bane of all electronics. Adding a blast tube can't hurt and as mentioned, some have seen better results by doing so. In the early days many of us experimented with automotive alternators,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-21-2017, 07:52 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,066
Posted By vic syracuse
Very well done! What standby alternator are you...

Very well done! What standby alternator are you planning on using? A practice of mine is to use a very good one with enough capacity to not really have to make any changes to aircraft operation if...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 934
Posted By vic syracuse
Honestly, it's not that hard and a reading...

Honestly, it's not that hard and a reading without bleeding it down isn't really worth much. These engines are really old technology and most everything is out in the open and easy to get at. It's...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2017, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 934
Posted By vic syracuse
Using the method of having it sit so they get...

Using the method of having it sit so they get compressed can make it easier to get the rocker arms off but it doesn't mean they are compressed enough to get an accurate measurement of dry clearance....
Forum: RV-10 10-18-2017, 07:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes it will. Much easier to get the air in it,...

Yes it will. Much easier to get the air in it, too. :)

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,082
Posted By vic syracuse
Nice job! Barrett does a really nice job with the...

Nice job! Barrett does a really nice job with the IRAN. It is the right way to go for piece of mind without breaking the bank.

Vic
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-16-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 318
Posted By vic syracuse
Check PM. Vic

Check PM.
Vic
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,833
Posted By vic syracuse
As has been mentioned already, but want I want to...

As has been mentioned already, but want I want to emphasize: the key to the RV-12 is SPEED CONTROL. Unlike in some other airplanes where excess speed and altitude can be aggressively corrected by...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,902
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes! If you use a magnet you take a chance on...

Yes! If you use a magnet you take a chance on magnetizing the ball and then it may not work properly. Expensive mistake.

Vic
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-15-2017, 07:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,902
Posted By vic syracuse
You shouldn't use a magnet to get the lifters...

You shouldn't use a magnet to get the lifters out. Use a piece of safety wire.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,160
Posted By vic syracuse
Usually an engine that ingests a valve is...

Usually an engine that ingests a valve is followed shortly by catastrophic failure, but nothing is certain. If just a little peice breaks off of the valve and it is your lucky day the piece just...
Forum: Safety 10-13-2017, 01:10 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 12,702
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks. That's better. I was so happy to just be...

Thanks. That's better. I was so happy to just be able to find it. :)

Vic
Forum: Safety 10-13-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 12,702
Posted By vic syracuse
Here you...

Here you go:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=127942&highlight=Earthx&page=7
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2017, 06:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,708
Posted By vic syracuse
Wow. Glad everyone is OK. Kind of rare for up...

Wow. Glad everyone is OK. Kind of rare for up there, isn't it?

Vic
Forum: Safety 10-12-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 191
Views: 12,702
Posted By vic syracuse
Greg, I ran some tests on my RV-10 which are...

Greg, I ran some tests on my RV-10 which are posted on this site and in a KP article. Basically, the Earthx battery supplies enough juice to crank an IO-540 twice for 20 seconds, then run a full up...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,605
Posted By vic syracuse
I agree. I never needed support much as the...

I agree. I never needed support much as the product was really solid, but he knew the answer when needed!

Vic
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-11-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,543
Posted By vic syracuse
Way nice!!!!

Way nice!!!!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-11-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 144
Views: 11,569
Posted By vic syracuse
Some of the emotion centers around the timing...

Some of the emotion centers around the timing failures, as they can be very inconvenient at times when we are expecting a reliable airplane. As mentioned, the same failure phenomenon applies to many...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-10-2017, 06:49 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 16,964
Posted By vic syracuse
Bob is dead on here. I fly the same way all the...

Bob is dead on here. I fly the same way all the time---flight plan created on the Avidyne 540 and then just fly the EFIS, using the GPS/NAV1 as the source. IT's much easier to quickly make changes to...
Forum: Southeast 10-07-2017, 06:47 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 19,840
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, these are photos of the actual parts as...

Yes, these are photos of the actual parts as removed.

Vic
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 903
Posted By vic syracuse
The 10 is a really nice cross-country traveling...

The 10 is a really nice cross-country traveling machine, and because of that you will most likely fly in the weather once in a while, at least we do. I don't fly in any serious weather, but it is...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, that clip does hold the outer bearing in...

Yes, that clip does hold the outer bearing in place. Make sure the groove is clean.

Vic
Forum: RV-10 10-04-2017, 05:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,108
Posted By vic syracuse
JonJay hit the nail on the head. It's hard for...

JonJay hit the nail on the head. It's hard for one to imagine howa fiber nut could fail in this particualr case. But keep in mind the fleet is young. Who knows what happens over the years as the...
Forum: RV-10 10-03-2017, 08:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,108
Posted By vic syracuse
It's amazing to me that someone would post that...

It's amazing to me that someone would post that they are using nylocs in place of castellated nuts because they look better! These are airplanes we are talking about and the use of non-standard...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2017, 04:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,335
Posted By vic syracuse
Yaw servo

Yes it is much easier to do it now rather than crawl back in there later to do it. No, you will not need trim. You might still need a trim piece on the rudder, as he yaw servo only trims the ball to...
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,478
Posted By vic syracuse
Congratulations to you!

Congratulations to you!
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 08:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,951
Posted By vic syracuse
Well done!

Jared did a superb job of building this kit, making my job on both the inspection and the first flight, utilizing the Additional Pilot Program, a piece of cake. :)

Congrats to Jared!

Vic
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2017, 07:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,188
Posted By vic syracuse
You should get the ultimate Perseverence Award!...

You should get the ultimate Perseverence Award! Congratulations!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2017, 07:34 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By vic syracuse
It is common practice to put these on the...

It is common practice to put these on the firewall so you don't have a hot, unprotected B-lead running directly into the cockpit, as was practiced for many years.

If you have a 60 amp alternator,...
Forum: Southeast 09-25-2017, 06:16 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 19,840
Posted By vic syracuse
I took a look at this when it failed and it was...

I took a look at this when it failed and it was interesting to me that both of the pendulum weights had broken the pins on the crankshaft. Whether the crank broke first and then the weights sheared...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-25-2017, 06:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,789
Posted By vic syracuse
What you described works fine. B&C specialty has...

What you described works fine. B&C specialty has pictures of them on their website.

http://www.bandc.aero/anlcurrentlimiterbase-1.aspx


Vic
Forum: Southeast 09-25-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,248
Posted By vic syracuse
I will try to remember to let you know when we...

I will try to remember to let you know when we are going. As for some of the comments---yes, I have ridden the Drag 8 times, but really love the Cherahola and the Blue Ridge a whole lot more, as...
Forum: Southeast 09-24-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,248
Posted By vic syracuse
Flying and riding motorcycles

For those of you who love to ride bikes as well as fly, I thought I would share a neat opportunity with you. My son and I both ride, but live on the South side of Atlanta. All of the great roads are...
Forum: RV-12 09-20-2017, 05:51 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,462
Posted By vic syracuse
I've built the Kitfox models II, IV, and Seven...

I've built the Kitfox models II, IV, and Seven over about a 20 year spread. They are definitely a square wing and we build washout in those wings, as per the plans.

Vic
Forum: RV-10 09-19-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 774
Posted By vic syracuse
I flew with Van himself in the 10 and watched so...

I flew with Van himself in the 10 and watched so I could learn. He pushed the stick to the right to lower the left aileron and then matched it with flap for takeoff. I have done that ever since....
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,554
Posted By vic syracuse
I'm with, Mel. I always use them for takeoff,...

I'm with, Mel. I always use them for takeoff, especially in the 10.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2017, 07:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,098
Posted By vic syracuse
Well done. Congratulations!!!

Well done. Congratulations!!!
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-17-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By vic syracuse
Agree with Dan. Your battery is so dead that the...

Agree with Dan. Your battery is so dead that the chharger doesn't know which way to go. Hook up a high amp charger for a few minutes and see if you can get it started taking a charge. It may take a...
Forum: ADS-B 09-15-2017, 05:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,416
Posted By vic syracuse
[QUOTE=maus92;1204142]Question: Does Orlando's...

[QUOTE=maus92;1204142]Question: Does Orlando's approach radar support TIS-A, and are you able to receive those targets from your transponder?


Yes, I see TIS-A targets in the Atlanta area (it...
Forum: ADS-B 09-14-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,416
Posted By vic syracuse
I feel your pain, if you want to call it that. I...

I feel your pain, if you want to call it that. I am just getting over what should have been a mid air a couple of weeks ago. It gave me the chills all the way home and for a couple of weeks, quite...
Forum: RV-12 09-14-2017, 07:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,556
Posted By vic syracuse
Cold solder joint

Out of curiosity I took apart the failed regulator to understand the root cause. It was a cold solder joint on a large wire on the printed circuit board. Clearly the board is wave soldered and that...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2017, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,567
Posted By vic syracuse
Unless you live in an area where you know will...

Unless you live in an area where you know will have dirty fuel and need some extra filtering, the current fuel systems with one filter have been running pretty well on thousands of flying RV's. One...
Forum: RV-12 09-12-2017, 04:39 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,587
Posted By vic syracuse
Why not just have fun?

I think Randy has the absolute right attitude towards the RV-12! To me it seems the 12 is an airplane that will fly for 2-3 hours and still have a comfortable amount of fuel left. Yes, it's nice to...
Forum: RV-12 09-12-2017, 08:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,587
Posted By vic syracuse
I don't think "nothing" is the right answer...

I don't think "nothing" is the right answer regarding the carb screws. The idle mixture is usually adjusted when doing a carb sync, which should be checked annually.

The egt's are adjusted as per...
Forum: ADS-B 09-11-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 548
Posted By vic syracuse
I have seen them fail without the integrity set...

I have seen them fail without the integrity set to IE7.

Vic
Forum: COMM 09-11-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 487
Posted By vic syracuse
There's a good chance the power button could have...

There's a good chance the power button could have been hit. Ask me how I know. :)

Vic
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,587
Posted By vic syracuse
On the first leg of the trip to the Expo I flew...

On the first leg of the trip to the Expo I flew 2.7 hours and put in 15.4 gallons of fuel when I landed. The routing was from GA04 to KCTJ and a landing at KHVC. My figures show that as 276NM.

We...
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