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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-19-2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 810
Posted By Ironflight
If you think you;re getting good flow, then the...

If you think you;re getting good flow, then the electric pump is probably working fine. There is a long history in the carbed RV’s of folks seeing what seem to be fairly low fuel pressures, but very...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-19-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, the CCR264 series are a bit odd - if you...

Yes, the CCR264 series are a bit odd - if you look them up on the Cherry web site, they are specifically called “nut plate rivets”. They are pretty soft, and the stem is designed to pull through....
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 06-19-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 780
Posted By Ironflight
In my experience, your best bet for “take it home...

In my experience, your best bet for “take it home with you” for building supplies or parts is the Aircraft Spruce booth - it is usually four deep in customers though, so go during the...
Forum: RV-4 06-15-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 440
Posted By Ironflight
The -8 is well known for wagging its tail if you...

The -8 is well known for wagging its tail if you don’t have your feet pin the pedals because the rudder is essentially free to swing, cutting your effective “fin” area in half - put your feet on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By Ironflight
It’s basically the North 40 and the South 40...

It’s basically the North 40 and the South 40 areas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Posted By Ironflight
If we had brakes on the right side of our -6, I’d...

If we had brakes on the right side of our -6, I’d probably fly it from that side most of the time. I can fly just fine with either hand, but for some reason, the geometry of the -6 makes it feel like...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 696
Posted By Ironflight
Unfortunately, the only way to get the...

Unfortunately, the only way to get the Safe-T-Cable tool cheaper is to look for a used one. It’s definitely a luxury tool, but if you do enough props, and you add up the time it takes to safety wire,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By Ironflight
I hate to tell you this after all that work, but...

I hate to tell you this after all that work, but all you have to do to make it operate the reverse direction is to swap the two wires wherever they are connected - no motor disassembly required.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2021, 11:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 696
Posted By Ironflight
Like Mel says - if you get a picky overhaul shop...

Like Mel says - if you get a picky overhaul shop and there is a mark on the web, you might be buying a new hub! And like Walt says, Hartzell doesn’t require you to safety wire at all - but it is hard...
Forum: Safety 06-11-2021, 04:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,202
Posted By Ironflight
I can tell you that at the soaring school where I...

I can tell you that at the soaring school where I got my glider rating, failure to verbalize the pre-flight briefing before signaling the tow plane to go ensured that you’d have a 200’ rope brake,...
Forum: RV-4 06-11-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By Ironflight
They were made by Larry Vetterman, and the same...

They were made by Larry Vetterman, and the same question comes up about every three months here. We’ve got two of them on our RV-3 - beautiful little vents, but we put them in a spot that doesn’t...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-11-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 217
Posted By Ironflight
They come as sets (at least, in my experience, a...

They come as sets (at least, in my experience, a box has both halves of each bearing).

If in doubt, the folks at Aircraft Specialties are great on the telephone - and they are probably even in your...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,970
Posted By Ironflight
The rear seat in the -8 is far more comfortable...

The rear seat in the -8 is far more comfortable if you build it up about two or three inches with a wedge-shaped structure. Without it, you are just sitting on teh floor, and you’re not going to last...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,970
Posted By Ironflight
Louise and I routinely flew Houston to LA in a...

Louise and I routinely flew Houston to LA in a day, and usually plan Reno to Oshkosh as a day. But - we trade off legs, so we alternate flying and sleeping in back. Then there was the time she caught...
Forum: Safety 06-10-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By Ironflight
Guys, this is a huge deal, which is why ALL the...

Guys, this is a huge deal, which is why ALL the alphabet groups have gotten together to challenge the FAA on it. What can YOU do about it? Support the alphabet groups and write your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-09-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,507
Posted By Ironflight
For parts, try Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa...

For parts, try Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa (http://www.aircraftspecialties.aero/) - they seem to have every part imaginable, and at good prices.

Paul
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 477
Posted By Ironflight
The quickest way to figure out what to look for...

The quickest way to figure out what to look for is to buy Vic Syracuse’s book! I believe you can buy it online and it has years and years of experience packed in as to what you want to look for - and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By Ironflight
Slight correction - the Task Based Phase 1 is...

Slight correction - the Task Based Phase 1 is coming, but has not yet been made official. Supposed to be “soon”, but I am not sure what timescale they are using- human, governmental, or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 548
Posted By Ironflight
We have an “emergency” back seat throttle in the...

We have an “emergency” back seat throttle in the RV-8 - its simple an aluminum tube with a hook on one end, and a knob on the other. There is a velcro loop hanging down from the center welded...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-06-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,123
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve had a set of those in our RV-3 since it was...

We’ve had a set of those in our RV-3 since it was almost new - we carry a pair of carabiners that fit perfectly through the large holes, and use those to interface to whatever rope or chain is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,045
Posted By Ironflight
In addition to the differences in Tailwheel s,...

In addition to the differences in Tailwheel s, you will find that there are a number of different steering setups - chains, cable, single-sided links....they all feel different. And every airplane...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-06-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 960
Posted By Ironflight
The answer is essentially “all of them” - Dynon,...

The answer is essentially “all of them” - Dynon, GRT, Garmin, AFS - all are very simple to upgrade by adding equipment.Most of them automatically recognize the new equipment and keep on ticking.

It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 787
Posted By Ironflight
I don’t think you’ll find any FAA reference that...

I don’t think you’ll find any FAA reference that is more specific than what you have already found, so I wouldn’t overthink it. I have always used what amounts to Hobbs time for anything aircraft log...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-03-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,298
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Cole, Just saw this thread - sorry to hear...

Hi Cole,

Just saw this thread - sorry to hear about the tail strike! But there is always something to work on.....

We definitely want to have a good look at the vertical stab spar while the rudder...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-03-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 959
Posted By Ironflight
Well its all about the specific individual’s...

Well its all about the specific individual’s requirements for the airplane, isn’t it? Everyone should build what they need/want. In our case, we wanted a fast, efficient traveling machine that I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-03-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By Ironflight
Great looking airplane!

Too bad he couldn’t find someone more qualified to take pictures of RV’s in flight..... :p;):D:D:D

Paul
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-02-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 959
Posted By Ironflight
Well actually Aden, I’d have to disagree - Our...

Well actually Aden, I’d have to disagree - Our R-3 is fully IFR capable, and has been used that way. It has a full autopilot and G3X system, and is a very capable airplane in the clouds. Hand flying...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 910
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been doing the same thing - never a problem!

I’ve been doing the same thing - never a problem!
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,643
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve flown that engine in Steve Henry’s plane,...

I’ve flown that engine in Steve Henry’s plane, and it is awesome .... for that purpose. It’s a very specialized purpose, and lots of fun, but not what the -14 airframe was designed for.

I agree...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-01-2021, 01:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,464
Posted By Ironflight
When I got mine a few years back, we (me and the...

When I got mine a few years back, we (me and the FSDO inspector - he was extremely helpful in my quest!) put together a package listing all of the work I had done in my previous years working on my...
Forum: Tools 06-01-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 472
Posted By Ironflight
I haven’t pulled out my old digital level since I...

I haven’t pulled out my old digital level since I discovered that my iPhone has a built in level App..... stuff just gets obsolete so fast! ;)
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-31-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,648
Posted By Ironflight
It sounds like a lot, but we verified our own...

It sounds like a lot, but we verified our own data with that of others, as well as from Van’s. this was all ten or more years ago, so I don’t have any of the data easily obtainable...but yes,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,266
Posted By Ironflight
To be open, I pretty much quit updating Nav and...

To be open, I pretty much quit updating Nav and terrain databases in the EFIS’es because:

A) I have up to date NAV data on my iPad and iPhone all the time
B) In the IFR airplanes, I have an IFR...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,266
Posted By Ironflight
We’re still flying the original non-touch G3X’s...

We’re still flying the original non-touch G3X’s in our -3, and also have GRT HX’s in the RV-8. All still work and do everything required of them, and software is still supported. Would I put them in...
Forum: RV-3 05-31-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 304
Posted By Ironflight
We love our Oregon Aero seat for the -3, but be...

We love our Oregon Aero seat for the -3, but be aware it isn’t light either. Doesn;t make a difference for us with our constant speed prop - the airplane goes like a scalded feline, both horizontally...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-31-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,648
Posted By Ironflight
I flight tested this pretty extensively years ago...

I flight tested this pretty extensively years ago with our RV-6. The pants themselves are worth 6-7 knots. The gear leg fairings a couple - the intersection fairings are worth about 12-14v knots!...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,458
Posted By Ironflight
From your signature, you haven’t finished your RV...

From your signature, you haven’t finished your RV yet....you’re in for a treat!

Most single and two-seat RVs with a constant speed prop will slip the brakes or skid at full power on the ground....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,880
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - I had to hand prop Louise’s RV-6 when the...

Yes - I had to hand prop Louise’s RV-6 when the idiot at the ignition switch (it wasn’t Louise....) double-bumped it on a start and the nose piece of the SkyTech fractured (it was the old design -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,735
Posted By Ironflight
In truth, no logbook entry is actually required...

In truth, no logbook entry is actually required for that - as silly as it might sound to those familiar with certified aircraft. That doesn’t mean it isn’t a good idea to log the work for the record,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,735
Posted By Ironflight
Actually any pilot qualified to do the Phase 1...

Actually any pilot qualified to do the Phase 1 (which is practically just about anyone with a Private and a medical...or BasicMed) can make the sign off into Phase 2.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,735
Posted By Ironflight
Honestly, if the airplane was well built (proven...

Honestly, if the airplane was well built (proven by a good pre-purchase inspection) and built to plans (see first parentheses....), then I wouldn’t expect a huge discount for it not being out of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 580
Posted By Ironflight
On my RV-8, mine is mounted under the belly...

On my RV-8, mine is mounted under the belly behind the rear seat - directly by the aft mounted battery. Probably not applicable to a -7....however, if you’re ever going to use it for a jump start,...
Forum: California 05-25-2021, 06:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 916
Posted By Ironflight
Truth is - if you’re going to rent a car and...

Truth is - if you’re going to rent a car and leave the plane for five nights, and you don’t like leaving it in the desert, you can always fly into Big Bear and drive down from there (check on rental...
Forum: California 05-25-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 916
Posted By Ironflight
I can;t comment on the particular airports, but...

I can;t comment on the particular airports, but as much as I like my Bruce’s covers (I have them for all our planes), I don’t use them when tied down in the desert because if you have any sand/silt...
Forum: RV-10 05-24-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,532
Posted By Ironflight
I had to have a custom cable made up, and went to...

I had to have a custom cable made up, and went to our local Cablecraft fabricator/distributor. I asked for the exact same configuration as the cables Van’s sells for trim and engine controls, and the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-24-2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 496
Posted By Ironflight
I “infamously”lost one one time that I thought...

I “infamously”lost one one time that I thought was tight - now I only get the ones that have a safety wire hole, and I tether it to something convenient nearby. Like Mahlon says, it’s not a big deal...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-23-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 822
Posted By Ironflight
1) yup - wire wheel, prime, paint as desired -...

1) yup - wire wheel, prime, paint as desired - that’s just surface stuff.
2) I’m guessing they were installed as bare metal, and got some moisture on them. Even painted, they are going to get...
Forum: GPS 05-21-2021, 02:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By Ironflight
I have to agree to your experience being odd Mike...

I have to agree to your experience being odd Mike - I swapped two of them and have never had a problem getting them in or out....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,072
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, but if you are using most of the EI systems...

Yes, but if you are using most of the EI systems out there (instead of mags), the spark plug connectors aren’t really designed to work very well with aviation plugs. I would also be using aircraft...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,072
Posted By Ironflight
I don’t automatically replace them at the annual...

I don’t automatically replace them at the annual - I do it based on how the electrodes look and a check of the gap, based on information like Dan presented. When I only had my RV-8, and flew it 300...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By Ironflight
Its an interesting thought, and the truth is that...

Its an interesting thought, and the truth is that it is both easy to put a radiant heat shield on the exhaust (you can buy them at Spruce and other places), but the regulator on the ND alternators...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,630
Posted By Ironflight
On the other hand, one of the biggest growing...

On the other hand, one of the biggest growing safety (and maintenance headache) concerns in our world is second and third owners having no clue how their aircraft is wired, plumbed or - in general -...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 932
Posted By Ironflight
As someone who used to operate some very...

As someone who used to operate some very complicated aerospace vehicles, I can tell you that automatic load sheds can be very frustrating - especially when they happen due to a failed transducer, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 761
Posted By Ironflight
Trying to use the forum search engine........

Trying to use the forum search engine..... :D:rolleyes:;)

(Paul runs for cover from Doug.....)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-17-2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,732
Posted By Ironflight
There are many who swear by it, but personally, I...

There are many who swear by it, but personally, I never have - and just overhauled a 2500 hour, first-run Lycoming in Louise’s airplane where the Cam and followers were still like mirrors. Not sure...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-17-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,682
Posted By Ironflight
Try having your auto parts store search for a...

Try having your auto parts store search for a Lester 14684 - tat’s the 60 Amp ND that Van’s sold for years....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 909
Posted By Ironflight
I can tell you that I have never seen a crack...

I can tell you that I have never seen a crack from rivet holes on any of my RV’s - but our Dream Tundra came home from Oshkosh two years ago with spider cracks from dozens of holes on the leading...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-16-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,302
Posted By Ironflight
I doubt you can find ANY of the “rivets to...

I doubt you can find ANY of the “rivets to nowhere” on my RV’s - and there is at least one on each of them....put a rivet in it and forget about it....Its not a safety or maintenance issue - and it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,135
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah, as much work as it might be, now is the...

Yeah, as much work as it might be, now is the time to get it squeaky clean - then you always know what you’re starting with, and the new Pro-Seal will do a good job on the access cover.
Forum: Flight Testing 05-14-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,445
Posted By Ironflight
You see - now you’re thinking like a flight test...

You see - now you’re thinking like a flight test safety analyst! That’s what anyone should be doing for any test they plan to do with specific equipment included.

BTW - the operational control for a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,563
Posted By Ironflight
One other option, if you haven’t drilled any...

One other option, if you haven’t drilled any holes yet, is to use ClickBond nut plates. Yup, they are much more expensive than a regular nut plate, but you don’t have to buy any tools - so the total...
Forum: Flight Testing 05-14-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,445
Posted By Ironflight
It would be simple to safety wire the flap to...

It would be simple to safety wire the flap to structure inside the RV-8 once you removed the linkage. And the standard flap actuation system doesn't have “stops” - its just analog as long as you hold...
Forum: Flight Testing 05-14-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,445
Posted By Ironflight
Ever since I saw Paul’s (the OP) post, I have...

Ever since I saw Paul’s (the OP) post, I have been thinking about how to do this testing, just to see what kind of rolling moment you’d get, and how much aileron it would take to counteract it. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-14-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,252
Posted By Ironflight
Not unless you happen to have a pyrotechnic...

Not unless you happen to have a pyrotechnic license....;)

Then again, there’s a reason I always wear a fire suit and helmet when flying the Subsonex - its all about that BRS rocket right behind my...
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