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Forum: RV-6/6A 05-19-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,054
Posted By newt
The later -6 kits shipped with an -8 rudder...

The later -6 kits shipped with an -8 rudder because Van wasn't happy with the -6's spin characteristics.

If the designer doesn't like it, that has to count for something.

I have the original small...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2022, 05:09 PM
Replies: 468
Views: 178,674
Posted By newt
Some jurisdictions include regulations requiring...

Some jurisdictions include regulations requiring fuel calibration before flight.

I think the FAA only requires fuel gauges to be accurate when the tank is empty, but some of us aren't airworthy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,968
Posted By newt
In my glider days, doing fiberglass repairs, we...

In my glider days, doing fiberglass repairs, we used to painstakingly and accurately sand scarf-lines by hand to prepare for a wet lay-up patch. It took many hours of filing, sanding and measuring...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-11-2022, 12:05 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 111,637
Posted By newt
Two things: 1. There is provision in the G3X...

Two things:

1. There is provision in the G3X Touch system to wire a switch to a discrete input and assign it to ESP enable/disable. A lot of people use a toggle switch with a launch-control switch...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-07-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 468
Views: 178,674
Posted By newt
fill in missing data

G3X Touch has the capability to display weather, SIGMET and NOTAM information received via SiriusXM or 978UAT.

SiriusXM and 978UAT are unavailable outside the USA, so those features are unobtanium....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,149
Posted By newt
FINALLY had my biannual flight review. It was...

FINALLY had my biannual flight review.

It was due in February, but plan-A, B, C, D and E were all scrubbed due to the massive rains we've had on the east coast of Australia.

Plan-F was able to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,207
Posted By newt
Threads like this are entertaining because I've...

Threads like this are entertaining because I've been seeing them come up every few months for the last 11 years, with people trying to find the one loophole nobody has yet discovered for doing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2022, 03:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,320
Posted By newt
I'm traveling at the moment and don't have my RV...

I'm traveling at the moment and don't have my RV with me, so I had to fly this instead.

Still brought the hat.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2022, 08:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,319
Posted By newt
I've been maintaining this for...

I've been maintaining this for years:

https://www.octa.com.au/landings

126 and counting.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 01:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,817
Posted By newt
Well, that's sure as heck beaten my contribution...

Well, that's sure as heck beaten my contribution :)

Massive congratulations!

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,817
Posted By newt
Glenn organized a 7-ship Sydney Harbour Scenic,...

Glenn organized a 7-ship Sydney Harbour Scenic, with Martin, Brayden, Pete, Kevin, Eddie and me. Anne-Marie, Kelly, Jordan, Don and (Pete's mate whose name I can't remember) as pax.

A minute and a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-22-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,749
Posted By newt
I don't think the Germans had to refuel many...

I don't think the Germans had to refuel many allied airplanes :)

- mark
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,751
Posted By newt
Are you far enough into the process to have a...

Are you far enough into the process to have a wiring diagram that shows circuit protection? The part count of circuit breakers required for a system like this was eye opening for me.

(Are the toggle...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 1,323,748
Posted By newt
RV-6 with: GDU 460 and 470 G5 backup GMC 307 GMA...

RV-6 with:

GDU 460 and 470
G5 backup
GMC 307
GMA 340
GNS 430W
GEA 24
GSU 25
GMU 11
Forum: Flight Testing 11-18-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,189
Posted By newt
You're expecting sound to carry without air...

You're expecting sound to carry without air molecules to vibrate? :D

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2021, 12:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 17,374
Posted By newt
Quick question, Justin: Is this release...

Quick question, Justin:

Is this release recommended for people who haven't experienced the audible alert issues?

- mark
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 823
Views: 963,552
Posted By newt
VH-SOL

I've been having too much fun flying it to take photos. Finally got a decent one :)


- mark
Forum: Canada 11-10-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,726
Posted By newt
No. It does require a magnetometer calibration,...

No. It does require a magnetometer calibration, though.

(details of how to do it are in the installation manual; It only takes ten minutes, just follow the prompts on the PFD in setup mode)

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,929
Posted By newt
Handing out RV Grins

Randall is building a Sonex.

In theory, at least. In practice he's been moving unfinished bits of Sonex kit out of the way in his garage for about a decade. Carried them across two house moves.

One...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 01:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,890
Posted By newt
Flying with friends!

I got back into the formation saddle. On wing from Bankstown to Shellharbour, lunch, then leading back to Bankstown.

Between having the plane out of the air for upgrades and then COVID lockdowns,...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-31-2021, 05:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in...

I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in 2011.

We chatted for close to an hour, about the bits in SOL he was happy with and other bits he’d have done different if he started again. Lots of...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-19-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
I thought about it, but concluded that it wasn’t...

I thought about it, but concluded that it wasn’t worth the cost and complexity and would add one more set of things to fail.

If I did have electric flaps and trim, I might have used a GAD 27 to...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-19-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
This pic is during construction, so it's a bit...

This pic is during construction, so it's a bit ratty. Shows the general arrangement. I don't think I have one from a better angle, but I can always take another if there's something specific you want...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
Post-upgrade impressions With lockdown over,...

Post-upgrade impressions

With lockdown over, back to flying.
https://youtu.be/EBRQhg9LDDA

I'm fully aware that because this project started in February, then Sydney entered a 3-month COVID-lockdown...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
Engine reinstallation The FAB needed...

Engine reinstallation

The FAB needed reconstructing due to the dimensional change between the carb and the FCU.

New fuel lines were fabricated.

A high pressure electric pump and filter were...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
First power-up was a nail-biting experience which...

First power-up was a nail-biting experience which became anticlimactic because, incredibly, everything worked first time. A couple of sensors were off-by-one pin, but other than that the whole system...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,819
Posted By newt
RV-6 VH-SOL Mark Newton

I bought this airplane from its second owner ten years ago.

By GA standards, it's been a cheap couple of seats. It's been reliable, maintenance has been painless, and an RV grin every weekend is a...
Forum: Safety 10-04-2021, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,041
Posted By newt
Same. Perhaps turn this around: Is the crowd's...

Same.

Perhaps turn this around: Is the crowd's wisdom aware of any annunciators on a navigator supported by the G3X Touch system which aren't mirrored on the G3X Touch PFD?

(referring to "navigator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 03:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,380
Posted By newt
Mine was bare until a year ago, when I got...

Mine was bare until a year ago, when I got annoyed by the effect of sunscreen and sweat making it slippery on hot days.

Foam handle grip, $6 from a bike shop. They come in pairs, so I have another...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-19-2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,404
Posted By newt
I agree with Walt, having got some advice from my...

I agree with Walt, having got some advice from my engine builder when I asked about oil analysis:



I've been happy to go with his advice -- He didn't get to be a builder of Matt Hall's Red Bull Air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 02:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,877
Posted By newt
That's gorgeous. - mark

That's gorgeous.


- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 02:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,833
Posted By newt
As someone who's just gone through a similar...

As someone who's just gone through a similar planning exercise on an O-320 built in 1992:

If you take a look at a 1978 camshaft that's done 1900 hours, you'll find some kind of defect on it which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,151
Posted By newt
Correct! A loop should remain positive g...

Correct!

A loop should remain positive g throughout the entire manoeuvre. Indeed, maintaining positive g should be one of the outcomes if you're using slow loops as a proficiency building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,151
Posted By newt
You shouldn't need to unload to 0g though. Even a...

You shouldn't need to unload to 0g though. Even a small fraction of positive g keeps the oil system running, just need to make sure the oil pickup in the sump isn't unported.

It is astonishing to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 12:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,151
Posted By newt
Has anyone played with how slowly you can fly a...

Has anyone played with how slowly you can fly a loop a loop in an RV without stalling-out?

Assuming your spin recovery technique is competent: Try it! It's great fun, and it's pretty eye-opening to...
Forum: Autopilots 08-18-2021, 02:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,125
Posted By newt
I've just replaced Trutrak Vizion servos with...

I've just replaced Trutrak Vizion servos with Garmin GSA 28's.

Astonishingly, although the brackets look different, the holes line up, and yield roughly equivalent geometry. I kept the old brackets...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2021, 01:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,621
Posted By newt
You can see it with the canopy open during an oil...

You can see it with the canopy open during an oil change here, which should give you a bit of an idea about how it's attached.

- mark
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2021, 01:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,621
Posted By newt
Amazon sells 6" wide self adhesive vinyl paint...

Amazon sells 6" wide self adhesive vinyl paint protection film tape from 3M.
https://www.amazon.com.au/Clear-Paint-Protection-Vinyl-Choose/dp/B01LWPKZCF

Cut two lengths, long enough to cover the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,915
Posted By newt
If they are capable of getting there first thing...

If they are capable of getting there first thing in the morning, they probably aren't slow. Maybe the NOTAM should recommend being in a position to do the Fisk arrival last thing in the afternoon...
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 21,018
Posted By newt
Approach/Landing Don’t go full rich on final, it...

Approach/Landing
Don’t go full rich on final, it is very hard on engine

Why is this? It's hard to think any movement of the mixture control at all is "very hard on the engine" at idle power. What's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,658
Posted By newt
Imagine if manifold pressure was measured in hPa...

Imagine if manifold pressure was measured in hPa or mm.Hg instead of in.Hg, we’d never have heard the made-up term “oversquare” in our entire lives, and nobody would have ever tried to argue about...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-21-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,333
Posted By newt
Outstanding :) I figured this'd be a G3X feature...

Outstanding :) I figured this'd be a G3X feature when I saw the videos popping up in the Gamin Aviation feed for certified aircraft.

Notwithstanding the optional panel button to activate/deactivate...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2021, 01:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,761
Posted By newt
I don't know why someone starting from scratch in...

I don't know why someone starting from scratch in 2021 would choose a 1930s-design magneto over P-Mags.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2021, 03:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,869
Posted By newt
I'm not a builder, but I've always figured we're...

I'm not a builder, but I've always figured we're all custodians for the next owners. If we're neglectful, how are they going to get as much enjoyment out of these machines as we do?

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-15-2021, 01:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,865
Posted By newt
Closing the loop on this

Here's what I ended up doing.

It works very well.

The 2-pole switch completely isolates the battery (from charge supply and from load) when it's opened. That seemed "safe."

The battery is a 4.5...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-05-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 641,574
Posted By newt
Orange light, smoke in the air from nearby...

Orange light, smoke in the air from nearby wildfires. Nil wind, after the rain.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 648,888
Posted By newt
Selfie! (Near YBTH, New South Wales)

Selfie!

(Near YBTH, New South Wales)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-21-2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,717
Posted By newt
Having just gone through the process of...

Having just gone through the process of retrofitting a G3X dual-screen panel to an RV-6 with a tip-up canopy:

Layout photo attached.

There's enough room between the panel and subpanel for the GDUs,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 05:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,860
Posted By newt
VH-SOL refurb "second first flight"

VH-SOL, RV-6 s/n 21068, has been down for refurbishment since mid February.

Engine overhaul. Rewiring. Instrumentation refit. Gazillions of little fixes and improvements.

We returned to the skies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 133
Views: 31,655
Posted By newt
I seem to recall that one of the failed PAFI...

I seem to recall that one of the failed PAFI candidates (the Shell one?) seemed to run okay in the engines, but was found to also function extremely well as a paint stripper.

Which immediately took...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 14,455
Posted By newt
A friend flew a Pik-20D glider on a 250km cross...

A friend flew a Pik-20D glider on a 250km cross country flight without securing the main pin.

The trailer dolly that carries the wing root on a lot of gliders is held on by a bolt inserted through...
Forum: Safety 05-06-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,850
Posted By newt
There's a bit of philosophy embedded in these...

There's a bit of philosophy embedded in these discussions about what the fire extinguisher is for.

The fire dept folks who show up at our industrial sites at work don't look at them the same way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,318
Posted By newt
I'd been led to believe that pressure drops...

I'd been led to believe that pressure drops during steep climbs were a sensor artifact caused by the way the fuel pressure sender...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,711
Posted By newt
Where do they show up, Walt? Any speciffic...

Where do they show up, Walt? Any speciffic problem areas?

(2000-hour RV-6 here, always interested in tips about cumulative degradation)

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 02:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,332
Posted By newt
My RV-6 is in the shop for a new fuel system, new...

My RV-6 is in the shop for a new fuel system, new panel, O-320 to IO-320 conversion. Grounded and put on insurance lay-up four weekends ago.

Withdrawal symptoms.

Glenn asked if I wanted to come out...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-02-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,700
Posted By newt
Because most of the G3X Touch system's sensors...

Because most of the G3X Touch system's sensors are external, Garmin can effectively upgrade the system via software (perhaps with new remote-mounted LRUs).

The only drivers for a new display would...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-02-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,319
Posted By newt
Vans told me the lead time on a new XIO-320-D1B...

Vans told me the lead time on a new XIO-320-D1B was 6 months when I called them last Friday.

- mark
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 12:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,680
Posted By newt
I'm also going the dry transfer route, should be...

I'm also going the dry transfer route, should be sending an order as soon as I get a quote from a local supplier.

Really interested to see people in this thread reporting about longevity without...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,865
Posted By newt
Perfect, that's pretty much exactly where my mind...

Perfect, that's pretty much exactly where my mind has been heading. Very pleased to hear it's gone well for you!

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,865
Posted By newt
No, the aircraft has manual flaps and trim,...

No, the aircraft has manual flaps and trim, there's no GAD27 in this installation.

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,865
Posted By newt
G3X Touch Power

Working through some final details here:

The GEA24 and the GDU displays have "Aircraft Power #2" inputs.

Section 2.1.1.18 in the G3X Touch Installation Manual mentions the use of third party backup...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-14-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,320
Posted By newt
We already know enough about aerodynamics to make...

We already know enough about aerodynamics to make very low-drag airplanes (the Eta sailplane exceeds 70:1), but the "normal" planform for a 2-seat sport aircraft or a 4-seat utility aircraft places a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 187,104
Posted By newt
Near Harrowgate, South Australia

A copse of trees in hilly terrain near Harrowgate (http://media.dotat.org/~newton/jesus-lives.jpg)

Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/dWdCZjFUGcJ1PwCL7

I've often wondered if they were planted...
Forum: Safety 12-07-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,009
Posted By newt
Australia has night VFR, but it requires training...

Australia has night VFR, but it requires training and a rating (which I hold).

The training is essentially IFR enroute with visual approach and departure procedures. You typically come out of it...
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