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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By Ron RV8
ZTron

My ZTron landing lights failed at about 1 year / 100 hrs and I got no response in my efforts to contact them. I replaced them with AeroLEDs Microsun which appear to be a much higher quality product...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,530
Posted By Ron RV8
Pretty easy to do in aluminum. Do a card stock...

Pretty easy to do in aluminum. Do a card stock stretch-out first... I took out the drink holder, too much chance of water bottle interference with the stick... Water bottle now lays forward of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ron RV8
My RV-8 with an Aero Sport O-375 does the same...

My RV-8 with an Aero Sport O-375 does the same thing every flight or two, right from the first taxi test. The fuel pressure will at some point show a drop to 0.5 or 0 then will either recover on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 660
Views: 126,403
Posted By Ron RV8
For what it's worth...

my model is does not include all of the brake features and adding half round up the sides would be difficult because of interference issues....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 660
Views: 126,403
Posted By Ron RV8
For what it's worth... Full length plus half the...

For what it's worth...

Full length plus half the upright tubes, suitably notched could not turn. Snap into position may be sufficient. Various extension lengths may then be possible without hazard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ron RV8
Further information on lock

Joe has had a few requests for further information on the locks so here is his response...

"The location of the pin is .500" (1/2") back from the front edge and .136" (about 9/64") to the right of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 955
Posted By Ron RV8
O-Rings and additional words///

O-Rings

and additional words///
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2018, 04:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,148
Posted By Ron RV8
I have flown both and second Mark's comments...

I have flown both and second Mark's comments above..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2018, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ron RV8
There are two 1/8" (or #30) holes required, one...

There are two 1/8" (or #30) holes required, one for the closed position, and one for the "ventilation" position if desired. With a padlock in place, the vertical piece keeps the screw from turning...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-28-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,206
Posted By Ron RV8
Would it be even possible to open a slider canopy...

Would it be even possible to open a slider canopy while inverted in water? Takes a pretty good tug in air... Remember it has to lift to open - against ? water pressure...

I have pip pins on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ron RV8
I look at it as encouragement for a thief to move...

I look at it as encouragement for a thief to move on to the next airplane. A determined thief could probably pry it off more quietly than breaking the canopy but that's a risk we take...

At a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,337
Posted By Ron RV8
Sliding Canopy Lock

Shortly after completing our -8, I fabricated this canopy lock from bar stock. It has served me well for 3 years.

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p488/rwtownson/20180227_113517_zpsh3hvtony.jpg...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-04-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 488
Posted By Ron RV8
Did that once with a router bit to do some...

Did that once with a router bit to do some trimming on a piece of wood I was shaping. First touch and it ran right up the piece of wood and bit my thumb. Be careful, if it grabs itíll move real...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 866
Posted By Ron RV8
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p488/rwtownson...

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p488/rwtownson/Fuel%20Pump%20Test_zpsbo5wqbgl.jpg (http://s1152.photobucket.com/user/rwtownson/media/Fuel%20Pump%20Test_zpsbo5wqbgl.jpg.html)
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,765
Posted By Ron RV8
If you like I can expand a bit on the...

If you like I can expand a bit on the characteristics of the Precise Flight brakes I had on the Mooney. YMMV on the -10...

They came with the plane and I quite liked them. When I looked at them...
Forum: RV-10 12-20-2017, 07:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,765
Posted By Ron RV8
Had a set of Precise Flight brakes in the Mooney....

Had a set of Precise Flight brakes in the Mooney. At cruise power, popping the brakes would give me 1500fpm down right now... I would reduce that to about 1000fpm with trim for ear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,653
Posted By Ron RV8
Annual soon, I will have a look at it...

Annual soon, I will have a look at it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,653
Posted By Ron RV8
After reading about loose bits getting sucked...

After reading about loose bits getting sucked into the engine, cracking etc I encapsulated a .040 aluminum ring on the bottom of the air box. The clevis is R/C model vintage. So far so good @ 370...
Forum: ADS-B 11-01-2017, 07:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,553
Posted By Ron RV8
Mine also will not boot up below freezing and...

Mine also will not boot up below freezing and tells me it is too hot...:mad:
Forum: RV-10 09-12-2017, 07:46 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,477
Posted By Ron RV8
Water containers... Whatever you own or can...

Water containers... Whatever you own or can borrow...

The idea of putting something abrasive or corrosive in my new airplane did not appeal to me...

This was an RV-8 @ max gross & rearward...
Forum: Safety 08-14-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
Scott, pls check your PMs

Scott, pls check your PMs
Forum: Safety 08-14-2017, 03:06 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
Lets be nice guys, the objective here is to...

Lets be nice guys, the objective here is to figure out what happened and perhaps avoid someone having an accident...
Forum: Safety 08-14-2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
Weighing method

Thanks to Jarvis (the owner) for entering the discussion as it is much better to have first hand answers to the questions this has raised. My apologies to the group for not responding more promptly...
Forum: Safety 08-13-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
Comment from owner

"There was no damage prior to the flight. I was stopped for ten minutes
total at Unity where I never left the airplane. The elevator trailing
edge was flawless up until this point. The auto pilot...
Forum: Safety 08-13-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
Re-post of photos

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p488/rwtownson/IMG_0286_zpsvl8hyyzh.jpg...
Forum: Safety 08-12-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
The cause of the failure is unknown There is no...

The cause of the failure is unknown

There is no way to know if there was damage at the fly-in. I will ask the owner, (he lives in another city), to look at the crack at the trailing edge to see if...
Forum: Safety 08-12-2017, 04:00 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,621
Posted By Ron RV8
RV-8 Elevator Failure

I am posting this event on behalf of a friend who does not wish to enter
the conversation directly. It is however a potentially catastrophic
safety issue which should be brought to the attention of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-30-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,052
Posted By Ron RV8
Works...

Works well

http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p488/rwtownson/IMG_0242_zpsbybi7dqz.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2017, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,676
Posted By Ron RV8
This is where I put mine. It works well but is...

This is where I put mine. It works well but is difficult to access with one hand now that the turtleneck is on.

I think it would be easier to work on if it were mounted under the longeron and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-28-2017, 10:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,043
Posted By Ron RV8
Find some PVC pipe a little larger OD than the ID...

Find some PVC pipe a little larger OD than the ID of the NACA vent

Cut 2 rings for each vent and cut each lengthwise, to allow insertion and give some spring tension to hold in place

Sandwich your...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-17-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,566
Posted By Ron RV8
In Canada we have a 10 year mandatory overhaul on...

In Canada we have a 10 year mandatory overhaul on constant speed props. My last constant speed overhaul without issues on the Mooney cost me more than my 3 blade catto... I've flown through heavy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,787
Posted By Ron RV8
On my first start attempt, the engine would...

On my first start attempt, the engine would occasionally fire but not start. I checked and cranked at intervals until the battery was getting weak. No start.

When I was climbing out of the...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-07-2017, 07:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,536
Posted By Ron RV8
Just a data point Tremclad Textured rattle...

Just a data point

Tremclad Textured rattle can
4th season wearing well, photos are when built
applied before assembly
applies easily, can spray over remodelled parts without detection
dries very...
Forum: Tools 03-07-2017, 09:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,748
Posted By Ron RV8
Wera Screwdrivers... You used to be able to...

Wera Screwdrivers...

You used to be able to get them through Lee Valley Tools but they have stopped carrying them. A quick search shows them listed on Amazon, Acklands and others...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,225
Posted By Ron RV8
Overkill maybe but 300+ hrs, no cracks so far... ...

Overkill maybe but 300+ hrs, no cracks so far...

1/8 T6 plate and hardware store angle. Plate got cut down a bit and got some lightning holes before final...
Forum: Tools 03-06-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,748
Posted By Ron RV8
I now have several Wera screwdrivers which are...

I now have several Wera screwdrivers which are the best I have come across. The difference is that the points are laser grooved to help prevent cam-out. http://www.wera.de/lasertip.html?&L=1
Forum: Autopilots 03-05-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 911
Posted By Ron RV8
There is a routine you have to run where Skyview...

There is a routine you have to run where Skyview searches the "network" and identifies components attached to it. The servos have to be powered. It's not the calibrate routine...

I just searched...
Forum: Autopilots 03-04-2017, 07:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 911
Posted By Ron RV8
There's an initialize routine you have to run if...

There's an initialize routine you have to run if it's the first time it's been connected. It's in the manual. Sorry I can't be more specific...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-02-2017, 07:59 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,233
Posted By Ron RV8
Also consider knee room, wouldn't work for me... ...

Also consider knee room, wouldn't work for me... Put my iPad mini on a ram yoke mount attached to the right canopy rail... Movable, works well...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2017, 07:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,186
Posted By Ron RV8
Stein eyeball vents, no leaks... Option for air...

Stein eyeball vents, no leaks... Option for air if you want it...

If you want good heat, seal the back of the canopy well and install mufflers with heat muffs... Search for details...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,186
Posted By Ron RV8
I would NOT use a 12" double offset back rivet...

I would NOT use a 12" double offset back rivet set for the top skins. Could not get consistent shop heads. It broke so I started using swivel mushroom set with tungsten bucking bar. Much better...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,924
Posted By Ron RV8
I have in-flight adjustable pedals and have never...

I have in-flight adjustable pedals and have never detected any wobble... I can't speak to ease of conversion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-21-2017, 10:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,724
Posted By Ron RV8
The exhaust is a Vetterman cross-over with...

The exhaust is a Vetterman cross-over with mufflers. Heat for both seats is still not wide open at -10 deg C. Right side just blows to back from rear baggage bulkhead. Most common complaint from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-20-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,724
Posted By Ron RV8
For what it's worth...

I ran all my grounds to a forest of tabs on the left side, passes through firewall with 3/8 bolt to battery / engine ground & more tabs firewall forward. Final version is spiral wrapped.

If you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2017, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,535
Posted By Ron RV8
Probably as good as it gets...

This is what I did... for what it's worth.

"Hat shelf" idea shamelessly borrowed...
http://i1152.photobucket.com/albums/p488/rwtownson/Canopy%20hat%20shelf_zps09sn9a7a.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,686
Posted By Ron RV8
I purchased the wiring harness, got a start on...

I purchased the wiring harness, got a start on wiring, then purchased about 3x more wire and all the other stuff I really wanted. I did not follow the plan except for wire gauges, recommended...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-03-2017, 02:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,138
Posted By Ron RV8
Rudders bare with heel rests added, if I ever...

Rudders bare with heel rests added, if I ever have em out I will bend the heel rests back a bit more...

Floor bare, have not slipped yet but could if wet. Some slip good for large rudder...
Forum: Tools 02-03-2017, 08:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,356
Posted By Ron RV8
Just to give you an idea, in December 2010 the...

Just to give you an idea, in December 2010 the prices and part numbers I ordered from Cleaveland Tools was as follows. I already had a couple of additional yokes.

So the basic unit was $750, to...
Forum: Tools 01-30-2017, 07:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,356
Posted By Ron RV8
When I purchased mine through Cleaveland Tools,...

When I purchased mine through Cleaveland Tools, you could also get a dimpling head which worked very well...

Unfortunately I no longer see it...
Forum: Tools 01-29-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,356
Posted By Ron RV8
I used one for my -8 and I love it... Still...

I used one for my -8 and I love it...

Still available from the manufacturer...

http://www.numatx-tools.com
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2017, 04:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,648
Posted By Ron RV8
We were going to keep quiet Perry,,,, but since...

We were going to keep quiet Perry,,,, but since you brought it up;)
Forum: Canada 01-24-2017, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,750
Posted By Ron RV8
One point I don't recall seeing in all the good...

One point I don't recall seeing in all the good advise is to be sure to call CANPASS at least 2 hours ahead to arrange customs. 1-888-CANPASS. They get a bit testy if you don't......
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2017, 10:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,286
Posted By Ron RV8
Buffet before stall = stall warning...

I get a nice tail buffet about 2 kts before the stall with fairings installed.

I see it as a warning that I am very close to stall and am happy to leave it as is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-13-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,755
Posted By Ron RV8
Does anyone know if thicker rotors are available...

Does anyone know if thicker rotors are available to fit Matco brakes?
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-11-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,622
Posted By Ron RV8
Platenuts with # 6 stainless... All my tips are...

Platenuts with # 6 stainless... All my tips are that way... Looks good to me...

#6 allow GoPro mount, I wouldn't feel comfortable with #4.

I have landing and nav lights / strobes in the wingtips....
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-04-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,036
Posted By Ron RV8
Don't dimple them if you haven't already... If...

Don't dimple them if you haven't already...

If you have, squeeze em flat... You're the only one that's gonna know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,732
Posted By Ron RV8
Are there similar rotors available for Matco...

Are there similar rotors available for Matco brakes?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2016, 09:42 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,859
Posted By Ron RV8
"Any tips on how to get fabric to conform to the...

"Any tips on how to get fabric to conform to the curve on three sides? Perhaps I need to use two strips in a diagonal fashion?"

The over-riding rule with fibreglass is to do what you need to do to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2016, 01:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,859
Posted By Ron RV8
As Dan sugggested, tapering back the gelcoat a...

As Dan sugggested, tapering back the gelcoat a bit more is a good idea structurally. Dan also picked up on your latest pics that show too sharp a radius near the tip. Glass layup is reluctant to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 07:39 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,859
Posted By Ron RV8
Looks good Rob... A suggestion would be to taper...

Looks good Rob...

A suggestion would be to taper back the gelcoat a little more, particularly on the inner edge, to a point where the glass is flush with the aluminum. Right now the glass is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,859
Posted By Ron RV8
I agree with Dan, no need to move the weight. ...

I agree with Dan, no need to move the weight. His diagrams are quite exaggerated for clarity.

Dan shows adding sheet fibreglass or plywood ahead of the lead, but you can also just wrap the new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2016, 09:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,859
Posted By Ron RV8
Tightly tape the counterweight and spray with...

Tightly tape the counterweight and spray with release agent (PVA, polyvinyl alcohol). You do have to trim the lead slightly to the shape of the aluminum.

Feather (taper the glass) of the leading...
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