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Forum: Tools Yesterday, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,196
Posted By Captain Avgas
Light glare

I've had a Vividia for a number of years and the reticulating feature is very good for viewing the exhaust valves. However as others have noted the resolution is pretty ordinary.

My biggest beef...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-01-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,285
Posted By Captain Avgas
It's hard to comprehend why anyone would pay more...

It's hard to comprehend why anyone would pay more for an "Experimental" unit than a unit that has an STC for over 700 certificated aircraft. Presumably they're the same hardware anyway.

At any rate,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-01-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,285
Posted By Captain Avgas
Aircraft Spruce are selling the Garmin 175 new...

Aircraft Spruce are selling the Garmin 175 new with full warranty for $4495. See here.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/stpages/gps175.php
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 11:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,033
Posted By Captain Avgas
You have to watch this video to truly appreciate...

You have to watch this video to truly appreciate how complex and demanding the head bolt torquing on this Subaru engine really is. Just amazing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,033
Posted By Captain Avgas
Scott, I sense your frustration re the...

Scott, I sense your frustration re the application, or lack thereof, of proper torques for fasteners. Good on you for raising this important issue... however futile it may be. However it's the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-29-2021, 12:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,902
Posted By Captain Avgas
I'd look at this from a different perspective....

I'd look at this from a different perspective. One of the big advantages of a Slick Magneto is that you can probably get service on it, or a quick replacement or loaner, just about anywhere....even...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-28-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,902
Posted By Captain Avgas
Walt, you're at it again.

That's the problem with you Walt....you're always raising inconvenient FACTS. :D

Why can't you just be like most other people and simply base your product opinions on defence of purchase choice...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-27-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,902
Posted By Captain Avgas
Are you saying that you had one magneto and one...

Are you saying that you had one magneto and one Lightspeed EI and that when you removed the mag and added the second Lightspeed EI your hot starting improved. Read the OP. That's the question here....
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-26-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,902
Posted By Captain Avgas
In all my many years on VansAirforce I've never...

In all my many years on VansAirforce I've never read a single post by anyone claiming they could empirically calculate ANY performance gain or fuel improvement after adding a second EI. That means...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By Captain Avgas
Hi Larry, I thought that was the case and in fact...

Hi Larry, I thought that was the case and in fact I have been swapping my massive plugs to follow the firing order of 1, 3, 2, 4. ie 1 to 3, 3 to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 1.

But just wanted to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By Captain Avgas
Rotating lower plugs to extend life

I have a Lightspeed EI firing my 4 upper auto plugs on my IO 360. I do not rotate them because I am not aware that there is any benefit in doing so.

However I have a Slick 4371 Magneto firing my 4...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-21-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,954
Posted By Captain Avgas
And that folk is the big danger with the el...

And that folk is the big danger with the el cheapo click type torque wrenches. At very low torques (and an AN3 has VERY low torque) it is extremely easy to miss the very subtle click and keep on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-17-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,348
Posted By Captain Avgas
Here's a few comments: 1. Firstly, you may be...

Here's a few comments:

1. Firstly, you may be building in a knowledge vacuum. Are you a member of an EAA chapter. If not it might be a good idea to join one.

2. The flared fittings require no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By Captain Avgas
Sika 209 primer is not without risk also. The 209...

Sika 209 primer is not without risk also. The 209 primer is 20% Ethyl Acetate, 25% MEK, and 0.5% Isocyanate Monomer. All of these solvents are "N" class which means that on acrylic sheet "immediate...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-15-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,348
Posted By Captain Avgas
Yep, way undersized...not within spec.

Yep, way undersized...not within spec.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By Captain Avgas
Eric, virtually all alcoholic drinks contain...

Eric, virtually all alcoholic drinks contain ethanol (ethyl alcohol) which in its pure form is a Class D reactant on acrylic and almost certain to precipitate microscopic cracking. A Budweiser is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By Captain Avgas
The 3M vinyl is a good product (and priced...

The 3M vinyl is a good product (and priced accordingly). However whether it leaves a residue will depend on a number of factors including how long it is left on for, how much heat and sun exposure it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By Captain Avgas
There are literally dozens of different alcohols...

There are literally dozens of different alcohols (and blends thereof)....and nearly all of them will exacerbate cracking in a perfectly good acrylic canopy in short time. You can use isopropyl...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,502
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 Don't flirt with the devil.

+1 Don't flirt with the devil.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,848
Posted By Captain Avgas
I wouldn't ignore that exhaust leakage....FWF CO...

I wouldn't ignore that exhaust leakage....FWF CO leakage in any quantity is not good.

On the other hand this problem is common with the Vetterman slip joints but is easy to fix. The slip joint has...
Forum: RV-4 09-14-2021, 06:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,499
Posted By Captain Avgas
Better still, insist that your passenger has to...

Better still, insist that your passenger has to fly naked as well :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-12-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 921
Posted By Captain Avgas
It's a pretty good example of how little...

It's a pretty good example of how little corrosion protection the Alclad (pure aluminium) layer actually provides. But easy to rectify minor corrosion on the exterior which will be prepped and...
Forum: RV-4 09-12-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,499
Posted By Captain Avgas
I suppose the real question is.....why bother????

I suppose the real question is.....why bother????
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,151
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 Your engine is complaining...and it might be...

+1 Your engine is complaining...and it might be trying to tell you something important. I wouldn't ignore the complaints and keep flying.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 847
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 More common sense from Walt. It's the...

+1 More common sense from Walt. It's the "Experimental" category but in reality it doesn't pay to get too experimental. I see the OP is from New Zealand....there's a LOT of very inhospitable...
Forum: Safety 08-28-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,572
Posted By Captain Avgas
I'm imagining that as his old friend was sinking...

I'm imagining that as his old friend was sinking slowly beneath the surface to his watery grave he would have been saying to the pilot "Why didn't you look after me better".
Forum: Safety 08-28-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,572
Posted By Captain Avgas
Change the thread title

Now that we've absolutely confirmed that the aircraft that ditched was an RV6A can we please have the thread title corrected accordingly....otherwise this plane is going to be an RV9A forever....
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,625
Posted By Captain Avgas
I'm thinking that if that is the problem then the...

I'm thinking that if that is the problem then the wing sweep angles may be way off. And they may vary between the individual wings. The OP should check this out.

The bent flap rods are a sure sign...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,625
Posted By Captain Avgas
Really good observations by Chris Oborn in post...

Really good observations by Chris Oborn in post #13.

My goodness, that is just disgraceful workmanship. I recommend that the OP pursue the following actions.

1. Refer this matter to Vans Aircraft...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-22-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,158
Posted By Captain Avgas
David, nice shot. You must have been tempted to...

David, nice shot. You must have been tempted to push on for a moon landing. At 150 kts (economy cruise LOP) flying non stop you would have been there in 58 days.
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,217
Posted By Captain Avgas
This is a web page from Industrial Specialties...

This is a web page from Industrial Specialties Manufacturing. Click on the link and then download their complete Acrylic Chemical Compatibility...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,217
Posted By Captain Avgas
The problem with "mineral spirits" is that it is...

The problem with "mineral spirits" is that it is a generic name encompassing a wide range of chemical solvents, some of which are more dangerous than others. Here's an extract from Wikipedia.

White...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,780
Posted By Captain Avgas
I now hear on the grapevine that Evoke has a...

I now hear on the grapevine that Evoke has a standard charge for prepping and painting RV10s of US $28,000.

Now I'm not criticising that price at all....as with just about everything in life you...
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,780
Posted By Captain Avgas
No response from the OP on the price of the paint...

No response from the OP on the price of the paint job. It must be a secret. I'm guessing it was HUGELY expensive and the OP doesn't want his wife to find out :D
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,217
Posted By Captain Avgas
I wouldn't be putting any "mineral spirits"...

I wouldn't be putting any "mineral spirits" anywhere near that windscreen. That would be a really good way to end up with multiple stress cracks and a total loss of the windscreen.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-19-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,876
Posted By Captain Avgas
I agree. That is not a good solution. Good chance...

I agree. That is not a good solution. Good chance of a piece of RTV or a piece of safety wire being sucked into the fuel servo. That's an area of extreme vibration. There's so much vibration of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-18-2021, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,311
Posted By Captain Avgas
Another vote for Loctite 567. HOWEVER for fuel...

Another vote for Loctite 567. HOWEVER for fuel fittings in particular make sure not to get ANY of the sealant on the first two or three threads of the NPT fitting. You do not want any traces of...
Forum: RV-10 08-17-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,780
Posted By Captain Avgas
It looks classy, better than most. But the big...

It looks classy, better than most. But the big question is....who did all the prep work including the composite prep...and what did the paint job cost???
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,431
Posted By Captain Avgas
Given that by your own admission your electrical...

Given that by your own admission your electrical expertise is "next to nil", and you are attempting a complex upgrade of an IFR panel originally built by Aerotronics, maybe it's time for you to dust...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-26-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 112
Views: 27,547
Posted By Captain Avgas
One of the cornerstones of the Vans success story...

One of the cornerstones of the Vans success story has been their determination to design their aircraft only around proven highly reliable aviation powerplants. They are most unlikely to deviate from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,645
Posted By Captain Avgas
Uncomfortable in rear seat.

Well the RV8 is very comfortable in the front for very long periods...if it has comfortable seats. But I was really surprised how uncomfortable it was for me in the rear seat on a recent trip. I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2021, 12:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,797
Posted By Captain Avgas
Yes Mickey, I constantly come across RVs that...

Yes Mickey, I constantly come across RVs that have firewall penetrations made with nylon snap bushings covered with a blob of "high temperature" red RTV such as Permatex Silicon Gasket Maker or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,797
Posted By Captain Avgas
That statement is entirely incorrect. The truth...

That statement is entirely incorrect. The truth is that aircraft built in the Experimental Category are hugely more dangerous than factory-built aircraft.

In 2013 the Australian Transport Safety...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,797
Posted By Captain Avgas
Miserable quality loves company.

Well, in reality the proverb is actually: "Misery loves company". But on VansAirforce it might well be interpreted as: "Miserable quality loves company".

In other words people who have built to a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-31-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,845
Posted By Captain Avgas
As the OP pointed out the problem is not with the...

As the OP pointed out the problem is not with the Sikaflex 295 Sealant but with the Sikaflex 209 Primer.

The Sikaflex 295 Sealant will not adhere to the acrylic without the prior application of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2021, 10:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,576
Posted By Captain Avgas
I agree entirely. The personal standard you set...

I agree entirely. The personal standard you set at the start for the empennage is your benchmark for the whole aircraft. Compromise here to save a paltry few dollars and you're setting a very low...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-27-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,790
Posted By Captain Avgas
Yes, but look inside the wing of a NEW Cessna or...

Yes, but look inside the wing of a NEW Cessna or Piper and youíll see full two-pack epoxy priming. Why? Because much of the older GA fleet are now Alclad rust buckets giving rise to a multi million...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,846
Posted By Captain Avgas
I think that posters who request and receive...

I think that posters who request and receive technical advice from VansAirforce members have a responsibility to finally report if any of the suggestions solved their problem (or did not solve their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,991
Posted By Captain Avgas
I have to chuckle when I read builders on...

I have to chuckle when I read builders on VansAirforce who are maybe half way through their empennage kit are calling Cessnas “spam cans”. There are literally 1000s of RV owners who learnt to fly in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,846
Posted By Captain Avgas
So what was the outcome for the OP after...

So what was the outcome for the OP after requesting and receiving advice on his problem. Inquisitive minds would like to know and that would also be of benefit to others.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2021, 02:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,150
Posted By Captain Avgas
I think that believing in the benefits of...

I think that believing in the benefits of Camguard is a bit like believing in God....thereís absolutely no scientifically empirical evidence whatsoever to support the belief...itís just whatever...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,846
Posted By Captain Avgas
Thatís not what Iím seeing. The photo of your EMS...

Thatís not what Iím seeing. The photo of your EMS shows that when you moved the #3 probe to the #1 cylinder the #3 probe was reading high suggesting that the #1 cylinder is reading high. Conversely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,846
Posted By Captain Avgas
The OP said in his first post that he had already...

The OP said in his first post that he had already performed a probe swap and the high EGT stayed with the offending cylinder #1 (didn't move with the probe). So obviously not a probe. But he then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 12,991
Posted By Captain Avgas
I agree 100% with this very astute statement. As...

I agree 100% with this very astute statement. As I always say....I'd rather fly an RV but I'd rather crash a Cessna. :)
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-08-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,368
Posted By Captain Avgas
More broadband wasted on yet another crazy diesel...

More broadband wasted on yet another crazy diesel alternative engine with zero chance of commercial success. And I just have to laugh when I see the 2000 hours TBO figure. They just pluck these...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-06-2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,416
Posted By Captain Avgas
Well, I was kind of expecting an answer from the...

Well, I was kind of expecting an answer from the OP to whom my question was addressed.

A check on the OP's recent posts indicates that he does not even own an RV7A so flying one across the really...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-05-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,416
Posted By Captain Avgas
For what reason???

For what reason???
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,381
Posted By Captain Avgas
I think you're being unrealistic. Insurance...

I think you're being unrealistic. Insurance companies set their premiums and their decisions to insure purely on the basis of broad statistics. That's all they've got to work with. If they charge...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-24-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,243
Posted By Captain Avgas
$76,000 and that doesnít even include a starter...

$76,000 and that doesnít even include a starter motor.....ridiculous!! You can currently buy an IO540 for the RV10 from Vans for $49,200....and that DOES include a starter motor. ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-23-2021, 11:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,279
Posted By Captain Avgas
Paul, I think your comments on this are quite...

Paul, I think your comments on this are quite relevant. I too have my two external B&C regulators behind the firewall (where they should be). But what this says is that the "never switch the...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-23-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,688
Posted By Captain Avgas
No need to be concerned....this is...

No need to be concerned....this is VansAirforce....the forum floats on speculation. :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2021, 12:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,841
Posted By Captain Avgas
Because I started this thread I thought I might...

Because I started this thread I thought I might update everyone on the direction I finally took in my search for a personal mobility device to fit in the luggage compartment of my slider RV7A.

In...
Forum: Propellers 04-21-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 889
Posted By Captain Avgas
Iíd go for max ground clearance

Lots of anecdotal evidence on past VansAirforce threads that the 72 flies a bit faster and the 74 climbs a bit better....but the differences, if they exist at all, are obviously really minimal....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,279
Posted By Captain Avgas
I spoke to Bill Bainbridge at B&C years ago and...

I spoke to Bill Bainbridge at B&C years ago and he said that switching their alternators on or off while the engine is running will not damage them. I have 2 B&C alternators and cycle the fields at...
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