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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve never used Weatherspork, so I can’t give you...

I’ve never used Weatherspork, so I can’t give you any kind of comparison, but I’ve been using Weathermeister since it was new - probably over a dozen years, and it has always served me well.

Your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 630
Posted By Ironflight
I upgraded the Valkyrie to all-LED’s a couple of...

I upgraded the Valkyrie to all-LED’s a couple of years ago. I had those original halogens in the wing tip cavity, and just as a data point, the Whelen light options were an easy retrofit - I think it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,755
Posted By Ironflight
Before we get yet another thread with over a...

Before we get yet another thread with over a hundred posts, how about we refer to the last one:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=16788

BTW - Steve’s description above is, in...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-05-2019, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 485
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Steve - you’re absolutely right - Lovelock is...

Hey Steve - you’re absolutely right - Lovelock is in the middle of nowhere - but it is only about 60 miles from our place. I’ll call you.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 05:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By Ironflight
By the time you have fitted and installed a new...

By the time you have fitted and installed a new wheel pant, you will have learned all of the fiberglass skills that you need to do a repair of your current pants, and if you repair instead of...
Forum: Safety 09-26-2019, 07:47 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,541
Posted By Ironflight
Sure - Google “Caving Supplies” - cave explorers...

Sure - Google “Caving Supplies” - cave explorers use bags that need to keep things dry when completely submerged in muddy water, and they need to be able to find them in muddy caves, so they are...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,114
Posted By Ironflight
Iíve installed P-Mags on a few planes, and...

Iíve installed P-Mags on a few planes, and something always gets in the way of the long studs Dan - the P-Mags just have some odd bumps and shapes, and while you can find a way to line it up so that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,638
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry about your friend, but in a standard Vanís...

Sorry about your friend, but in a standard Vanís filtered air box, the carb heat door is outside of the filter - no way it can get into the carburetor throat.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 09-20-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By Ironflight
My impression is that he was working out bugs...

My impression is that he was working out bugs most of the week - I think he didnít really have his testing and development finished when he showed up with the entirely new FWF package. He was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,345
Posted By Ironflight
As has been pointed out above, this isnít a show...

As has been pointed out above, this isnít a show like Airventure or SnF - there is never any intent on the part of RARA to bring in lots of vendors. A few who are unique supporters of racing do show...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,345
Posted By Ironflight
I agree that if you have RARA on your list, do it...

I agree that if you have RARA on your list, do it now - you just never know when it will go away. As great as the upswing in Sport is for all of us homebuilders, I wouldn’t be confident that they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 09:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,988
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with Steveís comments (above) - we use...

I agree with Steveís comments (above) - we use Silver Bullet links (no longer available, but the same concept) on all of our RVís - thousands of hours, no issues, no problems, crisp handling, very...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-02-2019, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By Ironflight
You should try carrying one home on the airliner...

You should try carrying one home on the airliner from SnF! No way I was taking it through security, and I was even nervous about putting it in my checked bag, figuring theyíd see a mortar round on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-01-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By Ironflight
I couldn’t tell any difference at all flying with...

I couldn’t tell any difference at all flying with the BOM on our airplanes Oliver - physics says that there is an impact, but it is going to be in the noise (1 or 2 knots at most I’d think) unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,341
Posted By Ironflight
I think we’ve got about three of the $30(ish)...

I think we’ve got about three of the $30(ish) ones, and they all give the same readings on the same person right about the same time - so they seem to be pretty consistent in calibration. O2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,252
Posted By Ironflight
Ahhh..but when (if) NextGen kicks in for real, it...

Ahhh..but when (if) NextGen kicks in for real, it (ADS-B) will be the ONLY way of separating traffic because radar goes away. That is, if you believe the plan....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,061
Posted By Ironflight
The only problem you might find with the hook...

The only problem you might find with the hook side on the airframe is that it will collect every little bit of fluff, thread, or lint that floats through the air and become pretty messy (and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,061
Posted By Ironflight
My -8 has done fine with flat black rattle can...

My -8 has done fine with flat black rattle can paint for fourteen years and almost two thousand hours as well....but another alternative is to cover the glareshield with fuzzy Velcro - gives you a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,285
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - we’ve been using SPOT trackers for about...

Yes - we’ve been using SPOT trackers for about eight years now - very useful!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,181
Posted By Ironflight
Actually Steve, the laser method doesnít depend...

Actually Steve, the laser method doesnít depend on transparency of the material at all. You take the part off, line the laser up on the underlying bracket, bulkhead, nutplate....then put the part on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,210
Posted By Ironflight
Agree completely, and further suggest that no...

Agree completely, and further suggest that no matter what you do with the pants, the bottom half should be a Krylon (or Rustoleum) color for easy repairs.... with three sets of low-slung RV wheel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By Ironflight
I hate autocorrect.....:rolleyes: Fixed it -...

I hate autocorrect.....:rolleyes:

Fixed it - thanks!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,971
Posted By Ironflight
Of all our planes, the one with the most...

Of all our planes, the one with the most comfortable seat is the RV-3, and it is sheepskin. That one was upholstered that way by Oregon Aero, and has held up very well. We have cloth on the two-seat...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-22-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,436
Posted By Ironflight
Nice write-up Joe - sounds like a great trip, and...

Nice write-up Joe - sounds like a great trip, and I know the basic route well....

Regarding the turn to 27 - I have done that many times, with the regular tower and with the Airventure controllers....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By Ironflight
CB - give John Stahr a call or drop him a note -...

CB - give John Stahr a call or drop him a note - yes, he’s busy, but he loves worthy projects, and he also loves to come to your location and work long hours...so he can get jobs done in short...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-21-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 717
Posted By Ironflight
For what its worth....Sonex plans are generally...

For what its worth....Sonex plans are generally dimensioned to the nearest 64th - but I think that is an artifact of doing them in CAD, and having the program dimension the drawing automatically. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,885
Posted By Ironflight
2350 and WOT numbers sound pretty sweet to me...

2350 and WOT numbers sound pretty sweet to me Dayton - lean it as far as you can to save fuel, riches it up to go faster. We canít keep up anyway.....

No need to make it complicated - these engines...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-17-2019, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,596
Posted By Ironflight
Condor - I have too many different EFIS’s and...

Condor -

I have too many different EFIS’s and navigators in the different airplanes to keep them all up to date, so we primarily use ForeFlight and Pilot on our iPads (phones as backup) for up to...
Forum: RV-3 08-15-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,046
Posted By Ironflight
Ever since we flew ours for the first time, I...

Ever since we flew ours for the first time, I tell folks to be careful - flying a -3 will ruin you for anything else.....they are just a kick!

Congrats!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-14-2019, 05:18 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,706
Posted By Ironflight
Hmmmm....10,000+ flying and I hear of a couple of...

Hmmmm....10,000+ flying and I hear of a couple of hot brake events per year - not sure that they REALLY need any kind of modifications!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-14-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,222
Posted By Ironflight
A lot to think about when proposing a...

A lot to think about when proposing a jet.....

1) Yes, with the Subsonex, I figure that leg lengths of about 220 nautical miles is comfortable, 250 and you better be dang sure you land on the first...
Forum: RV-3 08-14-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By Ironflight
I’d be really surprised if there are holes...

I’d be really surprised if there are holes already drilled or punched in the ribs of a -3 kit! More likely you will have the holes in the skin already, so backdrilling through the ribs won’t work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 597
Posted By Ironflight
I admit thatI haven;t had time to look at the new...

I admit thatI haven;t had time to look at the new FREE online builder’s log that EAA announced at Airventure...but it sounds to me like it should do what you want - and you dont; have to develop...
Forum: RV-3 08-14-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By Ironflight
Assuming that you have the holes drilled (or...

Assuming that you have the holes drilled (or punched) in the skins, draw center lines on the ribs and a line on the spar that represents the center of al of the holes. Then push/pull the structur...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-11-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,056
Posted By Ironflight
I have 8 of the plastic Jegs Jugs I use, and yes...

I have 8 of the plastic Jegs Jugs I use, and yes - they fuel fast! However, I am not using them for Avgas - keeping Jet A in them to top off when I need it. No special grounding seems to be needed...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-01-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,822
Posted By Ironflight
Iím With Dan - I stopped doing brake break-in...

Iím With Dan - I stopped doing brake break-in decades ago, and usually get several years out of my brake pads on all of my taildraggers.

Just my experince.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-31-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 9,118
Posted By Ironflight
Angle valve 360 - important difference! The...

Angle valve 360 - important difference! The parallel valve is really too light and will cause issues with CG youíll have to solve. The angle valve 360 is pretty close to the 390. I flew both on Vanís...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-29-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 826
Posted By Ironflight
We carry a roll of 2” wide vinyl “Bundling tape”...

We carry a roll of 2” wide vinyl “Bundling tape” (check out Home Depot’s electrical aisle) in Louise’s RV-6 just to cover the tip-up seams (even under the canopy cover) if it looks like its goign to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-29-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,737
Posted By Ironflight
Of course its never too late to buy a tool - and...

Of course its never too late to buy a tool - and I use my pneumatic squeezers all the time, well after my first airplane was completed. I used it on my second, and my third, and my fourth......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,228
Posted By Ironflight
Glad the folks who get it “get it!” - thanks to...

Glad the folks who get it “get it!” - thanks to all of the Boomers out there! Now how low can I get you guys to meet me....you know I am VFR only, so can’t get into the Flight Levels.....unless, of...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-27-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By Ironflight
Concur! If you saw your little jet at Oshkosh,...

Concur!

If you saw your little jet at Oshkosh, you saw John implementing just the level of ďblingĒ I wanted. Of course, I told him he could go crazy on my helmet...and he did...and I love it!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,383
Posted By Ironflight
We heard that an incoming C5A had a brake lock up...

We heard that an incoming C5A had a brake lock up and catch fire on 36 this evening, and everything was shut down while they were trying to clean it up. The STOL competition was on hold at 2000...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,955
Posted By Ironflight
Randy Lervold’s RV-8, and then his RV-3.

Randy Lervold’s RV-8, and then his RV-3.
Forum: Reviews 07-17-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,215
Posted By Ironflight
It’s so good that I took my oxygen mask off at...

It’s so good that I took my oxygen mask off at 17.5K (for a minute) to enjoy the last little bit in my pre-Oshkosh bag.....

Beer - its not just for drinking!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,030
Posted By Ironflight
Currently staged in Winner, SD..poised to launch...

Currently staged in Winner, SD..poised to launch for HBC tomorrow morning - see you if/when the weather works out!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 730
Posted By Ironflight
Louise spoke very highly of Yankton where she...

Louise spoke very highly of Yankton where she spent two or three nights last year, waiting on Oshkosh weather. Said they had a real party going!

I am looking at Winner for a possible overnight if I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 857
Posted By Ironflight
I honestly cant tell you if it good or bad for...

I honestly cant tell you if it good or bad for the engine, but I can say that possibly increases your chance for an intake fire (possibly....who knows).

The thing is, if it is below 40 degrees,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,588
Posted By Ironflight
The first question we have to ask is “are you an...

The first question we have to ask is “are you an engineer?” If the answer is yes, then the documentation question is answered - complete, step-by-step annotation of the plans, pictures with every...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,148
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s the FAA job-aid...all 83 pages of it!...

Here’s the FAA job-aid...all 83 pages of it! Sounds long (and it is), but it is very complete and has lots of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,148
Posted By Ironflight
The essence of the 51% rule is that 51% of the...

The essence of the 51% rule is that 51% of the tasks specified in the NKET checklist (there are about 185 points on that FAA document) have to be completed by amateurs for the purpose of "education...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Posted By Ironflight
I can attest to the fact that starting with a...

I can attest to the fact that starting with a Van’s baffle kit works well - even for non-RV aircraft. They fit the engine perfectly and then you just have to match to the cowl.

I’ve done it a couple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,809
Posted By Ironflight
Can you make me some itty bitty Sidewinders so I...

Can you make me some itty bitty Sidewinders so I can go after the faster violators? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,949
Posted By Ironflight
Volunteer!

One thing youíll notice if you arrive early is the sheer amount of work being done to set things up - you donít need any formal invitation or training to jump in and lend a hand!

Paul (two-year...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,382
Posted By Ironflight
I think some may have misunderstood my comments...

I think some may have misunderstood my comments above. I am not so much looking for every single rivet to be perfect. I am very satisfied with a number of bad rivets (even quite a few) in an airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By Ironflight
I hope so....but Iíd guess everyone neuron at EAA...

I hope so....but Iíd guess everyone neuron at EAA HQ is occupied with something else right now....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By Ironflight
Fortunately, there’s a book for that! The new...

Fortunately, there’s a book for that!

The new Flight Test Manual (and the Flight test Cards) from EAA has detailed instructions for flying the tests needed to come up with good POH charts and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 08:18 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,382
Posted By Ironflight
Two things would render an aircraft “junk” in my...

Two things would render an aircraft “junk” in my book - poor riveting, and grooves or cuts in critical structural components. The truth is, wiring and plumbing can be fixed, as can cosmetics...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ironflight
Glad you are o far able to keep the airplane high...

Glad you are o far able to keep the airplane high and dry. I have been getting some pictures from my “Dawn Patrol” friends at Liberty Landing, and their hangars are all underwater, with water up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,684
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Dan, if you could fit in the RV-1, you can...

Hey Dan, if you could fit in the RV-1, you can fit in the -5...oh....never mind....;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By Ironflight
Take off he handle by removing the center screw....

Take off he handle by removing the center screw. Unscrew the top with a big wrench, and the rest is so obvious you donít need any instructions. Unless you are changing to a different type (brand) of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 6,789
Posted By Ironflight
With all respect Doug, no matter what you want to...

With all respect Doug, no matter what you want to call it, using the high road to get past everyone else is line cutting. On top of that, while you might find that it is safer for YOU, it definitely...
Forum: Primers 06-22-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ironflight
If you feel that you must use Corrosion-X (a good...

If you feel that you must use Corrosion-X (a good product) on your airplane, make sure to use it AFTER your exterior paint job is finished, as others have said above - or your paint job will be a...
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