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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 505
Posted By SMO
Be careful buying used - the insides of some of...

Be careful buying used - the insides of some of those may be significantly dirty.....see here: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=119048&highlight=Christen
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 402
Posted By SMO
My die grinder and my orbital sander run...

My die grinder and my orbital sander run noticeably stronger with the 3/8 line. I use 1/4" line for my 1/4" drill, rivet squeezer, cleco remover, and pull riveter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By SMO
I installed one on my Rocket two months ago....

I installed one on my Rocket two months ago. Replaced the Andair that I had mounted in a poor location. So far so good - I like the fact it has a finer filter than the Andair and is much easier to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,855
Posted By SMO
I have drilled lots of holes in aluminum with a...

I have drilled lots of holes in aluminum with a hole saw - have to clean up the edges a bit when done but does an acceptable job. A fly cutter is cleaner. In both cases be sure to clamp the material...
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 747
Posted By SMO
Just replaced the PC680 in my Rocket - bought it...

Just replaced the PC680 in my Rocket - bought it from SaskBattery - 169.50 CDN includes shipping.
Forum: RV-4 02-23-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 940
Posted By SMO
This pic shows my roll bar. I had a shop in...

This pic shows my roll bar. I had a shop in Calgary make the bends for me. They used a thick wall mild steel, said a thinner wall would not make the bend. Added ~15 lbs to the plane as compared with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-16-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,283
Posted By SMO
Mine came from Pacific Coast Avionics and was...

Mine came from Pacific Coast Avionics and was dated January 26, 2018. I was pleasantly surprised.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-16-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,283
Posted By SMO
Hmm, maybe ACK got wind of this thread. Here is...

Hmm, maybe ACK got wind of this thread. Here is the new battery I received yesterday:

http://www3.telus.net/public/molsons/F1%20Rocket%20Parts/ELT%20Battery.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 11:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 534
Posted By SMO
Buying an airplane with a VP-200?

I am thinking about relisting my F1 EVO Rocket, and one of the potential downsides for a buyer is the VP-200. I have a complete spare that would go with it, but I wonder if a lot of folks would...
Forum: Rocket 01-29-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,266
Posted By SMO
Yes, that is the VP-200, no longer produced or...

Yes, that is the VP-200, no longer produced or supported. I really like it, and when I redid my panel in 2015 I decided to keep it. It does everything the VP-X does plus quite a bit more. I have a...
Forum: Rocket 01-28-2018, 02:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,266
Posted By SMO
Here is a pic of the panel in my Rocket. 10" G3X...

Here is a pic of the panel in my Rocket. 10" G3X in the middle, GNS 430W underneath, transponder below that and, being in Canada, the required compass is below that again (no electrons allowed).

To...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 900
Posted By SMO
On my Rocket, I mounted the magnetometer in the...

On my Rocket, I mounted the magnetometer in the middle of the rear section of the fuse. I made a shelf that spans the upper longerons and put it on there. My elevator AP servo is at bellcrank (just...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 412
Posted By SMO
I used an Andair separator for a while, but was...

I used an Andair separator for a while, but was constantly getting lots of oil on the belly even though maneuvers are mostly positive. I took that off and installed a half Raven and have been happy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2017, 05:11 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 12,474
Posted By SMO
Interesting, you might get them to check their...

Interesting, you might get them to check their website which says it is a 50 mesh screen - which converts to 297 micron!
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,109
Posted By SMO
I haven't built a -14, my responses are based on...

I haven't built a -14, my responses are based on building my Rocket:

1. I bought a 1/4" drill. I have used tools for most of my 63 years, and wish I had bought one of these years ago. I really like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 01:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,957
Posted By SMO
I expect you can find someone locally to offer...

I expect you can find someone locally to offer this, however if not, you are welcome to come up to Salmon Arm. I can show you the tools I used to build my Rocket, we can drive a few rivets (I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,957
Posted By SMO
The MDRA (Ministers Delegates - Recreational...

The MDRA (Ministers Delegates - Recreational Aviation) controls the process of inspection in Canada. Happy reading: http://www.md-ra.com/en/
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-09-2017, 09:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,757
Posted By SMO
It's time to close this thread. The type of...

It's time to close this thread. The type of bashing being done by Paisley has no place on this forum.
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 10:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,553
Posted By SMO
I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I...

I don't know the specific brand of tape, but I believe I bought it with the foil from McMaster Carr.
Forum: RV-10 11-05-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,553
Posted By SMO
I have 185 hours on mine. I used stainless tape...

I have 185 hours on mine. I used stainless tape to seal up the stainless foil encasing ceramic fiber. I had a major oil exposure event at about the 60 hour mark - left the dipstick in the hangar :o -...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2017, 10:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,847
Posted By SMO
Here is where you can find tailwheel...

Here is where you can find tailwheel parts:
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/RV-and-Homebuilt-Tailwheel-Products-s/1.htm

And here is where you can download a good document on these tailwheels - it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2017, 08:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 591
Posted By SMO
Don't believe that is correct. What you do have...

Don't believe that is correct. What you do have to have is certified nav systems - 2 of them. Otherwise you should be good to go. Tom Martin may chime in as his Rocket is IFR certified, and I don't...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-20-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,643
Posted By SMO
Is this the same document? This is put together...

Is this the same document? This is put together by Lycoming, no reference to Superior.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 94,924
Posted By SMO
You were in my back yard on this part of the...

You were in my back yard on this part of the flight. Revelstoke is a ~20 minute flight from home, I have lived in the Rocky Mountain Trench where Fairmont is located, and used to work at that coal...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-27-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By SMO
Or an LSE, or an SDS, or EFII ...... BTW, after...

Or an LSE, or an SDS, or EFII ......

BTW, after the early problems were resolved, the emags have been stable for the last few years. "Failing constantly" is not a fair assessment.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 08:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,344
Posted By SMO
That helps a lot also. Most of the turbulence I...

That helps a lot also. Most of the turbulence I have encountered would be categorized as light.

Would be really interesting to know if there is any correlation between gust levels and what a person...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,344
Posted By SMO
I bolded/capped the critical piece of your...

I bolded/capped the critical piece of your response that starts to answer my primary question - if I read you correctly, for your risk tolerance you would get below Vno at the first sign of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 01:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,344
Posted By SMO
Ok, so is there a way to measure this? How would...

Ok, so is there a way to measure this? How would this feel in the cockpit?

FYI, my Rocket has a Vno of 160 knots. My normal cruise at 23 squared, 3000 ft ASL, LOP, is >170 knots. This seems to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2017, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,344
Posted By SMO
Exceeding Vno, where is the danger?

Curious as to how others approach exceeding Vno, into the yellow arc on the ASI. The normal cautions are to only be in that regime when in smooth air, but what defines smooth air?

Can I use my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,527
Posted By SMO
I also did transition training with Mike Seagar...

I also did transition training with Mike Seagar in Oregon. Used the -7 mostly but put a little time in the -6A to get used to the constant speed prop.

The insurance company accepted that time to...
Forum: Propellers 07-03-2017, 04:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 726
Posted By SMO
Don't think you are missing anything except the...

Don't think you are missing anything except the magnitude of the change in glide ratio seems a bit severe. I expect you will test it to confirm.

On my Rocket I get between 2 and 3 difference, eg:...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2017, 10:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,986
Posted By SMO
Thanks for posting that, Jack. Really good...

Thanks for posting that, Jack. Really good information to know.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,986
Posted By SMO
My backup plan is quite simple. I have three...

My backup plan is quite simple. I have three switches that all bypass the VP-200 and have their own fuses. One is for my EFIS and Autopilot, one is for my 430W, and the third is for the fuel pump....
Forum: RV-4 06-28-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,448
Posted By SMO
Just another point of view: I would have failed...

Just another point of view:

I would have failed all of Smoky's questions when I bought my RV-4. Got a tailwheel checkout with Mike Seagar which gave me enough time on type to get insurance. Spent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2017, 06:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,986
Posted By SMO
Text sent.

Text sent.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2017, 06:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 774
Posted By SMO
Hmm, good luck with that, be great if you...

Hmm, good luck with that, be great if you actually get a positive response. VP has not been supporting this model for a number of years. Marc Ausman ("MCA" on this forum) might know what the light on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,265
Posted By SMO
Just in case it is implied otherwise - Garmin...

Just in case it is implied otherwise - Garmin servos do the same.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2017, 04:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,629
Posted By SMO
As long as you define getting one strand of the...

As long as you define getting one strand of the wire shield contacting the bus wire as a "major wiring failure". Since fixing that issue it has been rock solid.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2017, 12:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 392
Posted By SMO
You have to go into "Setup". There is an...

You have to go into "Setup". There is an "Instrument Layout" page in the Engine section. At the bottom of this page you will see the timers. You can reset these as required.

Note there are 3...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-19-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,632
Posted By SMO
Ditto on the reply above. A PC680 starts my...

Ditto on the reply above. A PC680 starts my IO-540 just fine, cold and hot.

Hot start procedure is simple: Throttle full, cycle the mixture once (full rich and back to ICO), crank.

Works every...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-17-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,409
Posted By SMO
FYI Wentworth has a wrecked -8 that appears to...

FYI Wentworth has a wrecked -8 that appears to have a good canopy, they are auctioning the salvage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2017, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,158
Posted By SMO
Well we all hope it really isn't an "extinction"...

Well we all hope it really isn't an "extinction" of your body! :eek:

Hopefully more like an "extension". :D:D
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 05-31-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,666
Posted By SMO
Wayne, thanks for posting this. I don't have an...

Wayne, thanks for posting this. I don't have an answer to your question. I started my IFR, passed the written and was half way through the flight training when I came to the same conclusion as Rob -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,356
Posted By SMO
Hmmm, somewhere in a dusty corner of my brain...

Hmmm, somewhere in a dusty corner of my brain there is the thought that here in Canada we have looser rules on WHO does the building - that we can use more professional help than a U.S. builder can....
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2017, 11:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,823
Posted By SMO
Yep, he lived (longer) and learned (more).

Yep, he lived (longer) and learned (more).
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2017, 10:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,823
Posted By SMO
Here is an article that addresses trees versus...

Here is an article that addresses trees versus water. The conclusion is that both have a similar survival rate, with trees being slightly ahead (but probably within the margin of error). The risk of...
Forum: RV-4 05-02-2017, 06:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,700
Posted By SMO
Suspect he meant FPM, not RPM

Suspect he meant FPM, not RPM
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-30-2017, 06:53 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,462
Posted By SMO
My experience with my IO-540 using standard...

My experience with my IO-540 using standard timing with Slick mags is that, after balancing the injectors to peak within .4 GPH, I could go significantly lean of peak. I don't have the degrees lean,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-30-2017, 02:30 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 9,462
Posted By SMO
Balancing the injectors would be an easier less...

Balancing the injectors would be an easier less expensive solution and, IMHO, should be done anyway for a smooth running engine. Don Rivera at Airflow Performance can help you with that.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,326
Posted By SMO
Just putt,...... putt.....putt...putt putt PUTT...

Just putt,...... putt.....putt...putt putt PUTT RRRRRRR.

Never did have much coughing or sputtering on a hot start, but when it caught it was quite a bit quicker to roar to life and I had to be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2017, 07:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,326
Posted By SMO
I put SDS on one side and use it to start....

I put SDS on one side and use it to start. Procedure did not change for hot starts though - Leave mixture at ICO, full throttle, cranks for a few seconds (5?) before firing up.

The SDS does provide...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2017, 06:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,003
Posted By SMO
I bring it up because I believe that was my...

I bring it up because I believe that was my experience as related in this thread: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=125054&highlight=plastic
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,003
Posted By SMO
And the level of risk you are willing to accept....

And the level of risk you are willing to accept. A plastic bag blocking the air intake can stop your engine, an alternate air source can keep it running.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2017, 02:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 9,461
Posted By SMO
Been reading this thread, and can add another...

Been reading this thread, and can add another data point. IO-540-D4B5. I have an SDS ignition running the top plugs and a mag timed to 25* running the bottom plugs. Most of my flying is local, ~3000'...
Forum: Rocket 04-13-2017, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,869
Posted By SMO
Hi Lee, not sure this is a lot of help as my F1...

Hi Lee, not sure this is a lot of help as my F1 has the EVO wing, but solo with 20 - 30 gallons of fuel I stall at ~57 knots, full power or full flap both drop the stall speed by ~5 knots.

With...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-10-2017, 02:52 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,540
Posted By SMO
Wonder what would have happened with a PC680 in...

Wonder what would have happened with a PC680 in this case. How much can it take before it comes apart? And what happens if it does come apart? Worst case could be pretty dramatic - maybe the EarthX...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2017, 08:18 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,476
Posted By SMO
Lee, suggest you make up one of...

Lee, suggest you make up one of these:

http://www.iflyez.com/manometer.shtml

Simple, cheap, and accurately confirms your ASI. Allows you to check for leaks as well. You could borrow mine but you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,476
Posted By SMO
Lee, seems like you have a pitot leak somewhere,...

Lee, seems like you have a pitot leak somewhere, don't think your static system would cause this kind of error. See if you can find a way to pressure test the pitot system (balloon test, water...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2017, 07:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,734
Posted By SMO
Could you expand on that a bit? The F1 Rockets...

Could you expand on that a bit?

The F1 Rockets have tapered titanium gear legs.......but maybe I am not understanding your comment.
Forum: RV-4 03-19-2017, 10:43 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,319
Posted By SMO
Another option is to put the inlet right at the...

Another option is to put the inlet right at the wing root on the leading edge. In the picture below you can see my air inlet there (idea shamelessly copied from others). Behind the air inlet it turns...
Forum: Safety 03-13-2017, 10:01 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,395
Posted By SMO
Had a similar event with my RV-4. No airspeed on...

Had a similar event with my RV-4. No airspeed on takeoff. Went high and did a few stalls just to remind myself what it felt like. Also came in ~10 knots fast. Turned out some little critter thought...
Forum: RV-14 03-08-2017, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,690
Posted By SMO
Probably best to start a new thread on your AC...

Probably best to start a new thread on your AC question. Lots of folks click the "new posts" button on the home page and just review titles for new threads they may be interested in. Starting a new...
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