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Forum: Safety Today, 08:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 933
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, it is possible to have the master contractor...

Yes, it is possible to have the master contractor fail. Iíve had it happen to one of my customers.
On my airplane I run a separate properly-rated switch directly from the battery through a 20 amp...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 08:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By vic syracuse
Yep. Same thing here. Vic

Yep. Same thing here.

Vic
Forum: ADS-B 04-18-2019, 05:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,018
Posted By vic syracuse
What threshold numbers are you using? I set it at...

What threshold numbers are you using? I set it at 1340 and get a 2% failure rate on Baro. Are you going even lower?

Echo UAT with GTX 327.

Thanks.

Vic
Forum: Safety 04-14-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,645
Posted By vic syracuse
I have peformed the first flights many times...

I have peformed the first flights many times using the Additional Pilot Program. In fact, I will be doing it again on Tuesday for an RV-14 builder in Jacksonville, FL.

I'm a firm believer that done...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,756
Posted By vic syracuse
Relax. We have been working on them with this...

Relax. We have been working on them with this since last year. We have our Winter Summit meeting with the FAA in May and it is on the docket.

Vic
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,205
Posted By vic syracuse
Be careful here. #1 needs to be at the firing...

Be careful here. #1 needs to be at the firing position, not TDC, when installing the mag. Usually you find TDC, and then turn the prop backwards to the 20 or 25 DEGREES BTDC and then install the mag,...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,060
Posted By vic syracuse
Hereís a simple way to think about it. If you had...

Hereís a simple way to think about it. If you had a fixed pitch prop on the front of the RV-10 you probably wouldnít pull the power back. So, noise considerations aside (and temps of course), why...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 5,881
Posted By vic syracuse
I almost hate to jump into this one, but itís...

I almost hate to jump into this one, but itís kind of hard for me to stay out of it. 😀

I get a fair number of airplanes that come to my shop due to electrical problems, and some are quite shocking....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2019, 04:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,290
Posted By vic syracuse
They are both great products. I have been flying...

They are both great products. I have been flying with AFS for many years and have them in my RV-10, but I also fly Garmin in the RV-14 and Dynon in the RV-12 demo aircraft. So, I get to fly all 3 on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2019, 04:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,150
Posted By vic syracuse
Just route the safety wire from the bolt head...

Just route the safety wire from the bolt head around the bracket to the cotter key. OR, you could just drill a hole in the bracket itself and safety wire it there.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,998
Posted By vic syracuse
I've carried both for many years, especailly on...

I've carried both for many years, especailly on our trips to Alaska. The SPOT provides 10 minute tracking updates to everyone back home, so at least there is a trail.

Yes, I hope to be able to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-24-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,064
Posted By vic syracuse
I agree with Walt. Iíve used the rubber hose...

I agree with Walt. Iíve used the rubber hose hangars on all of my airplanes. I do use the heavie MIL 6000 hose, as it seems to stay clamped to the he tubes much better. Yes, once in a while th adel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-24-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,064
Posted By vic syracuse
I would watch this kind of setup closely....

I would watch this kind of setup closely. Attaching the exhaust system so ridigdly to the airframe may cause undue stress and cracking on the exhaust system. That engine shakes pretty good at start...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2019, 04:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,607
Posted By vic syracuse
Check the upper gear leg fairings. They may be...

Check the upper gear leg fairings. They may be the source of the noise as they can rub the fuselage as the gear move around over rough terrain. I have seen that.

I doubt your wings are rocking and...
Forum: Autopilots 03-16-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 436
Posted By vic syracuse
Have you checked to make certain the shear pin on...

Have you checked to make certain the shear pin on the servo is not sheared?

Vic
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 759
Posted By vic syracuse
I was just in Conroe to do a prebuy. What an...

I was just in Conroe to do a prebuy. What an enthusiastic bunch of RV builders!!! They told me they have 41 RV's under construction, and I did see one RV-14 that is getting pretty close.
My guess is...
Forum: RV-10 03-08-2019, 05:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 727
Posted By vic syracuse
You've already got great advice here. The gear...

You've already got great advice here. The gear assembly can be pulled out and turned. However, pull out the rubber cushions first so you don't drop them into the crankcase.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2019, 04:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,368
Posted By vic syracuse
You didn't mention when you received your...

You didn't mention when you received your operating limitations. The last few Orders allow night and IFR if properly equipped after completion of Phase I.

Here is the exact wording form Order...
Forum: Propellers 03-06-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,624
Posted By vic syracuse
So, I was annoyed at that article, quite...

So, I was annoyed at that article, quite candidly. The engine manufacturer, which had a reputation for exaggerating HP, claimed 310 HP at 2800 RPM. Most of our engines will make a lot more than 260...
Forum: Propellers 03-06-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,624
Posted By vic syracuse
I hate to say it again, but comparing TWO...

I hate to say it again, but comparing TWO different airframes is not a valid test in any way.

Somehow we keep missing that through this thread. Randy did some testing, I did, and I think that is...
Forum: RV-14 03-05-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,736
Posted By vic syracuse
You are fine with your B&C. Vic

You are fine with your B&C.

Vic
Forum: Propellers 03-05-2019, 04:44 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,624
Posted By vic syracuse
To each their own. :) Saying the other airplane...

To each their own. :)

Saying the other airplane was faster because one had a 2 blade and one had a 3 blade means nothing.

The only way to verify for sure is to take the same airplane, at the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,501
Posted By vic syracuse
I don't think so. I know Van's did some testing...

I don't think so. I know Van's did some testing on the RV-14 by actually measuring the crankcase pressure, since the breather hose is reduced on the 14, and they found it to be within Lycoming's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,611
Posted By vic syracuse
Vic - how do you manage the transfer? Do you set...

Vic - how do you manage the transfer? Do you set a timer for 25 minutes and then switch off?

There are 2 ways--- a simple clock timer as others have mentioned. or...

Use a DPDT switch for the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,611
Posted By vic syracuse
Hmmm... You might check your time-to-empty again....

Hmmm... You might check your time-to-empty again. I have the same setup on my 10 for over 1600 hours with no problems. But my time to empty is about 25 minutes, not 35. I've checked it multiple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2019, 04:50 AM
Replies: 304
Views: 110,795
Posted By vic syracuse
Well done! Looks very nice. :) Vic

Well done! Looks very nice. :)

Vic
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-18-2019, 05:03 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 13,883
Posted By vic syracuse
Black Floats

The floats were BLACK.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,308
Posted By vic syracuse
Hmmm---the new address is on the contact page,...

Hmmm---the new address is on the contact page, but I have changed it to reflect the location on the home page.


Sorry for the inconvenience.

Thanks!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 13,883
Posted By vic syracuse
I have no idea on that. These are the floats on...

I have no idea on that.

These are the floats on the 912 ULS.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,308
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks for all of the kind words. For those who...

Thanks for all of the kind words. For those who asked about what I do, just check out my website.

Vic
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-16-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 13,883
Posted By vic syracuse
Do take the time to check these floats. I just...

Do take the time to check these floats. I just checked 4 on an RV-12 that had all of them replaced late last year with the latest and greatest floats.

I weighed them yesterday and they were 10.6...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-15-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 772
Posted By vic syracuse
They will still fire with high resistance, but it...

They will still fire with high resistance, but it is eating your points in the mag. The cost of fine wires can turn some people off, and I understand that. You could also try some UREM37BY plugs....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-15-2019, 05:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 772
Posted By vic syracuse
I have found lots of failed Champion plugs from...

I have found lots of failed Champion plugs from that vintage. I have been replacing them with Tempest plugs. I bet if you checked them on a resistance tester you will find they fail.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2019, 05:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,150
Posted By vic syracuse
Jamnuts. Jamnuts. Jamnuts! I have only found 2...

Jamnuts. Jamnuts. Jamnuts! I have only found 2 airplanes WITHOUT loose jaunts in over 10 years of inspections. On the most recent Intitial Certification I found 14 loose jamnuts. :(

Vic
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 856
Posted By vic syracuse
I'm with Walt on this one. IFR navigators should...

I'm with Walt on this one. IFR navigators should be mounted in compliance with the instructions. I always put the WAAS antenna for these on the outside.

Yes, I know---it slows the airplane down by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,398
Posted By vic syracuse
Happy New Year, Doug, to you and your family, and...

Happy New Year, Doug, to you and your family, and the VAF "family" as well.

We are all very thankful and lucky you chose to do this website!!! Keep up the great work. :)

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,075
Posted By vic syracuse
Try not to focus on it having to be done on a...

Try not to focus on it having to be done on a certain date. So what if it takes an extra month/year. What you will discover is that the kids grow up really fast, and they will never be like they were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2018, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 685
Posted By vic syracuse
I am fairly certain it is a 3/4Ē, but I am...

I am fairly certain it is a 3/4Ē, but I am traveling and canít check it right now.

Vic
Forum: Safety 12-14-2018, 01:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,812
Posted By vic syracuse
On my first airplane, the RV-4, I drilled right...

On my first airplane, the RV-4, I drilled right through an aluminum sheet into my finger. That hurt. I went inside and put a bandaid on it. Went back to the garage and proceeded to drill another hole...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2018, 07:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,786
Posted By vic syracuse
Cleveland wins

When I was a district manager at Hewlett-Packard back in the 80ís, one of our customers was the Ravenna Arsenal, located between Cleveland and Erie. I asked why the arsenal was built there, seeing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 630
Posted By vic syracuse
Yep. Dave Gardner at Rendrag works (KOPN). I...

Yep. Dave Gardner at Rendrag works (KOPN). I don't have the equipment to certify.

John Stark in Columbus works, too.

Vic
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-26-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,095
Posted By vic syracuse
It would be REALLY hard to build one of these...

It would be REALLY hard to build one of these that stalls 12 knots higher than the fleet. Itís probably an indication error at the low speed or a static leak.

If you donít have th tools to check...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,218
Posted By vic syracuse
This is the new wording according to the latest...

This is the new wording according to the latest Order:

THIS AIRCRAFT DOES NOT COMPLY WITH FEDERAL SAFETY REGULATIONS FOR STANDARD AIRCRAFT

The pilot is not considered a passenger. He/she is the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,083
Posted By vic syracuse
The lifetime subscription from Seattle avionics...

The lifetime subscription from Seattle avionics is a great deal if you intend to keep flying with the same equipment.

Vic
Forum: Safety 11-23-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
There is no place to review the draft NOTAM that...

There is no place to review the draft NOTAM that I am aware of yet. We do have an annual FAA summit meeting in early February at OSH. Iíd be willing to be it will be a topic then. I know they need to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,346
Posted By vic syracuse
What kind of gauge do teh both of you have (OP...

What kind of gauge do teh both of you have (OP and Ed, since Ed is having the same problem)? It is a bad ground or a bad gauge.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,344
Posted By vic syracuse
Everyone, let's keep this thread about how we are...

Everyone, let's keep this thread about how we are going to improve ourselves with regards to flying to OSH 2019.

I will be very clear about this----- we as RV pilots are beginning to get a bad...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,700
Posted By vic syracuse
I may have mentioned it in another thread, but...

I may have mentioned it in another thread, but the FAA doesn't want to include a list of alternates in the NOTAM because they don't have a real time picture as to what is going on at the various...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,676
Posted By vic syracuse
Most likely a bad ground to the sensor or a...

Most likely a bad ground to the sensor or a failed sensor. If it is directly attached to the engine they tend to fail prematurely due to the pulses from the oil pump and the engine vibrations.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,344
Posted By vic syracuse
There is an axiom that says we are ALL only 6 or...

There is an axiom that says we are ALL only 6 or 7 people away from knowing everyone in the world. By spending time communicating, writing articles, working with other aviation conduits, etc., we...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,344
Posted By vic syracuse
No Whining Allowed

No whining on this thread about what others have done to you. WE are past that. This thread is about what each of us as pilots are going to do to insure our safety.

This is a movement. :)

If I see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,344
Posted By vic syracuse
Paul, thanks for getting this started. Some...

Paul, thanks for getting this started.

Some other thoughts:

As a member of the pilot community I will help to get the word out that there are new procedures coming. I will attend Chapter meetings...
Forum: Safety 11-19-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
Wow. What a great attitude!!! I've tried to be...

Wow. What a great attitude!!!



I've tried to be a communications conduit here and it doesn't seem to be working real well. This is the last response I am going to provide to this thread. It is now...
Forum: Safety 11-19-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, our desire is to spread out the arrivals,...

Yes, our desire is to spread out the arrivals, but over more days, not longer geography.

Remember Iíve said everyone is still working their responsible areas. Itís not all worked out yet, but one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,424
Posted By vic syracuse
I have personally witnessed 3 nose gear fold ups,...

I have personally witnessed 3 nose gear fold ups, and they were all on the third bounce, with all of us yelling to go around, to no avail.

I’ve lived on grass runways for over 20 Years with no...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
That is one of the things we track, and I donít...

That is one of the things we track, and I donít remember the numbers off the top of my head. And obviously they get distorted by events like this last year. On a good VFR Friday we would land a whole...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
Ok guys, I am amazed at the rush to the the dark...

Ok guys, I am amazed at the rush to the the dark side. No, it won’t be a lottery. But when things get really saturated there needs to be the flexibility early on in the game to start diminishing the...
Forum: Safety 11-18-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
Some of you have made the comment that the new...

Some of you have made the comment that the new procedure just kicks the problem down the road, so I want to clarify something.

You may get to Waupon, but then ATC will decide if you are going any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 06:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,320
Posted By vic syracuse
He was a wonderful guy. I knew him, and had spent...

He was a wonderful guy. I knew him, and had spent time with him recently. Very actively engaged in growing his flight school. A real loss to the he community.

😓

Vi
Forum: Safety 11-17-2018, 05:13 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
Team, I am trying to communicate everything here...

Team, I am trying to communicate everything here and sometimes I guess it isn't getting through. There was a very good reason why some of the experienced controllers weren't there last year and it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-16-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 616
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, the individual leads are replaceable. It...

Yes, the individual leads are replaceable. It does take a special tool. The Kelly harnesses do seem a little better and yes they fit on an RV-10.

Vic
Forum: Safety 11-16-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 19,005
Posted By vic syracuse
There are training courses being developed, and...

There are training courses being developed, and hopefully there will even be "wings" credit for participating. This is a huge change, and if anyone thinks they are just going to show up at OSH next...
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