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Forum: International Yesterday, 09:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 453
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Canada has a category called Recreational Pilot...

Canada has a category called Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP). This category requires a Cat 4 Medical which is similar to Basic Med. Cat 4 Medicals only apply to RPP holders, PPL holders must still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,175
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Thanks Sam for the vice jaw pinch tool pictures,...

Thanks Sam for the vice jaw pinch tool pictures, exactly what I was trying to describe!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 216
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If the Steinair ones are like the older SafeAir...

If the Steinair ones are like the older SafeAir ones, just press the line in, & to disconnect, just press the yellow ring in & the line slides out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 517
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another item to check. Remove upper gear leg...

Another item to check. Remove upper gear leg fairing & check if the gear leg mount cover plate is loose. Can produce a fairly high buzzing sound if screws are loose or missing, seems influenced by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 507
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wink If you are getting your Lycoming from any other...

If you are getting your Lycoming from any other engine builder, will usually be std pallet size.
Aerosport Power is 48"x40"x32". Don't know what that is in Kiwi lingo
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,437
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note too that on every RV I've seen, that there...

Note too that on every RV I've seen, that there is about a 1/8" gap between the bottom skin and the threaded tiedown bracket that's bolted to the spar. If you tighten the tiedown ring under the wing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 11:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,175
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have used .125-3/4"x3/4" aluminum angle to...

I have used .125-3/4"x3/4" aluminum angle to support oil coolers in the past, never any issues.

If you do the squashed tubing approach, I'd suggest upsizing the tubing to 4130 .049x5/8". Squash the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-25-2022, 10:27 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 443
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hi Mitch Sending a PM for everything except the...

Hi Mitch
Sending a PM for everything except the transponder
Cheers
Forum: Engine Monitors 05-22-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 311
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Tried the old test in boiling water trick?

Tried the old test in boiling water trick?
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-21-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 346
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, go F6103 OVSC, more material is always a...

Yes, go F6103 OVSC, more material is always a good starting point, & its wide enough to accommodate either slider or tip up, what ever your flavor.

Strip down your old panel & use it as a template...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-21-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 692
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Does the Canpass subscription some how register...

Does the Canpass subscription some how register the ArriveCan app? This is the only thing changing pre or post Covid operation of the customs arrival process.

Will be interesting to see if they...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-20-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 608
Posted By Ralph Inkster
My FAB Alt Air Door gripes & solutions Missing...

My FAB Alt Air Door gripes & solutions

Missing base plate rivets - I replace the rivets with AN507-8R8 screws, requires dimpling the base plate for the countersunk screws, using nutplates mounted to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-20-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No expert here, so am looking at any & all angles...

No expert here, so am looking at any & all angles to see what's out there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 465
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Look for dark or blue stains around the edge or...

Look for dark or blue stains around the edge or screw heads.

You could seal the screws by dabbing some proseal (or other proven sealant) under the heads before tightening them down.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 484
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- Sometimes condensate (water, fuel, or carbon)...

- Sometimes condensate (water, fuel, or carbon) can contaminate a MAP sensor. Insure sensor is mounted in a position that does not allow anything to migrate 'down' the hose & collect in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-19-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By Ralph Inkster
4 potential units so far...

4 potential units so far...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By Ralph Inkster
D-100/120/180 possible Superbright solution

Hi all

I am in conversations with a LCD panel supplier who may be able to supply a solution for our dim screens. The big issue is the existing Toppoly screen Interface format (Parallel RGB (1ch,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-17-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 270
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I assume you are running the SDS EM-5 system? 4...

I assume you are running the SDS EM-5 system? 4 cyl?

My fuel flow K factor setting is about 22000. You could use that as a starting point.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 727
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Cad color shouldn't matter, each batch is...

Cad color shouldn't matter, each batch is different. Also the mfg head of the rivet heads pictured have the single dimple meaning the proper 2117T rivets.
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 384
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another option is to have the freight company...

Another option is to have the freight company call you when it arrives in Calgary, pick up the shipping documentation and run it over to Canada Customs & self clear them. Customs is at the NW corner...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-14-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 765
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If that's the only option you have because of a...

If that's the only option you have because of a solid crank...?

MTs are usually more expensive thasn others, subject to their mandatory 72 month overhaul requirement, slow reacting to prop pitch...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-13-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wow. That's scary! Imagine if the valve core...

Wow. That's scary! Imagine if the valve core shifted around to the full off position...

Was it the brass fuel valve? If so was the center core nylon or brass (real old style) also?
Forum: Canada 05-12-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 452
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You can get current Covid related information...

You can get current Covid related information here:
https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions

You can get list of open AOE airports...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,080
Posted By Ralph Inkster
540s & 550s I've played around with had the dip...

540s & 550s I've played around with had the dip stick on top of the engine. The 540 had a plenum I fabricated for it which involved putting a bowl around the dipstick housing up to the plenum skin. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,640
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Caution. If it was an certified aircraft that...

Caution. If it was an certified aircraft that was converted into the Canadian 'Owner Maintenance' category, it may not be a candidate for importation as the FAA does not recognize this category of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-07-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 894
Posted By Ralph Inkster
SB-06-2-23

Easy to miss during build, check Vans SB-06-2-23 and see if it (or part of it) applies to your situation.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-06-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,931
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you checked for proper idle cut off...

Have you checked for proper idle cut off adjustment? Sometimes that needle screw can back off.
Have you (after doing the idle cut off setting) adjusted for a resonable idle speed? That adjustment...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I just looked up the EIS 4000 manual on the GRT...

I just looked up the EIS 4000 manual on the GRT website. That manual had page 46.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 758
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Page 46 of the installation manual is pretty...

Page 46 of the installation manual is pretty straight forward.
The float sender has just the 1 terminal which you would connect the excitation wire/resister/Aux input wire to (per diagram on page...
Forum: ADS-B 04-30-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,813
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vern - did you reshape your fairing to better fit...

Vern - did you reshape your fairing to better fit the 'X' housing? It looks more bell shaped than stock in your pic (could be the pic angle).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,644
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe a fancy cover box for somebody's garage...

Maybe a fancy cover box for somebody's garage electrical circuit breaker box?
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-30-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 200
Views: 119,580
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I collected a bunch of cheap (garage sale)...

I collected a bunch of cheap (garage sale) wrenches and bent & grind them to fit in each unique area, each specific to a particular nut. I think I ended up with 6 unique wrenches.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-28-2022, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 425
Posted By Ralph Inkster
22 - 18 gauge red connectors 16 - 14 gauge...

22 - 18 gauge red connectors
16 - 14 gauge blue
12 - 10 gauge yellow
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,661
Posted By Ralph Inkster
That's a name from the past! Fine gentleman! I...

That's a name from the past! Fine gentleman! I had Hal inspect my first homebuilt (purchased) project, a Maranda, sold it when I realized I couldn't fit in it. The second one, a Cavalier, did fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,907
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looking closer the thing under the belly skin...

Looking closer the thing under the belly skin looks like a CM4MS studded rod end bearing like used on flap linkage.
The thing inside on the floor looks like some sort of pillow block mount.
So the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-23-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sub panel is 0.040"

Sub panel is 0.040"
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,907
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Video camera base? Muffler hangar? Variable angle...

Video camera base?
Muffler hangar?
Variable angle ground strap attach port?
Lidar sensor mount?
Laser cannon or torpedo hard point?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Scott, to preserve the original thread, please...

Scott, to preserve the original thread, please give me a call & I can talk you thru the process. You have my number.
Ralph
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Take your current W&B numbers and add the...

Take your current W&B numbers and add the following weight,

40 lbs at 150" aft of datum (RV7, 7A)

You will get a good idea of its effect to your empty CG without adding weight forward
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 913
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A friend had a BRS installed in a 7A he purchased...

A friend had a BRS installed in a 7A he purchased some years ago. IO360 180hp, Hartzell prop, legacy D-180 VFR setup. Unfortunately I don't have a W&B report on file for this plane, but I do know...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,790
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I've always used 1/2" hard wood dowel sticks,...

I've always used 1/2" hard wood dowel sticks, unvarnished. I use a soldering iron to mark it every 5 gallons (never fades). As far as accuracy, I always opt to error on the lesser value of the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-20-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,170
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Also check that the bellcrank in one wing was...

Also check that the bellcrank in one wing was installed in the right orientation. If one was installed upside down, deflection angles would be different between the two wings. Consult the plans...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 531
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vans drawing OP-10 calls for 5Amp breaker, 18...

Vans drawing OP-10 calls for 5Amp breaker, 18 gauge wire
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-15-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just Google: Lycoming DOCUMENT PART NO....

Just Google:

Lycoming DOCUMENT PART NO. 60297-23P for TIO-540 Parallel Valve

or

Lycoming DOCUMENT PART NO. 60297-23A for TIO-540 Angle Valve
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-15-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Pretty easy to download the Lycoming Operators...

Pretty easy to download the Lycoming Operators Manual for these engines
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,135
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Aerosport Power engines come on wood pallet...

Aerosport Power engines come on wood pallet topped with plywood box & heavy metal brackets to secure the engine
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,135
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A friend used one to ship his engine off for...

A friend used one to ship his engine off for overhaul. That left 2 others that recently went to the dump.
Forum: Canada 04-14-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,088
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I sent the PM to the original poster.

I sent the PM to the original poster.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have not experienced any adverse effects (mains...

I have not experienced any adverse effects (mains off/nose on) or vice versa. I never tried but assume there would be a yaw effect if you tried flying with one main pant off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Should be fine. Lots fly with wheel pants...

Should be fine. Lots fly with wheel pants removed, especially during winter to keep the pant from clogging with snow/ice.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-11-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 34,962
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I've done 2 two nose legs in the past. The trick...

I've done 2 two nose legs in the past. The trick I found was to have a number of dies handy, when the threading resistance starts building, switch out to a fresh die. The process was still pretty...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-07-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 439
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Anything closer than 1" center to center gives...

Anything closer than 1" center to center gives the potential of electrical shorting between the two.
Place the sockets side by side and rotate each to determine your clearances.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,401
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Practice, practice, practice before you dive in!

Practice, practice, practice before you dive in!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Remember the side baffle panels should be a bit...

Remember the side baffle panels should be a bit shorter because your glass plenum cover will have some thickness too.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2022, 05:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,038
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you suffer from the short arm syndrome, you...

If you suffer from the short arm syndrome, you could consider installing an access panel in the bottom wing skin, third most outboard bay, just behind the spar. This would give you bucking bar...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 398
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I did this panel in 3 removable panels. Left...

I did this panel in 3 removable panels. Left triangle shaped panel with switches, center one with flight instrumentation, the right side with not much on it. The bottom horizontal line of switches...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Phone Vans, give them the serial# and ask if it...

Phone Vans, give them the serial# and ask if it is one of their factory built 12s.
Forum: RV-14 04-01-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,888
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, if the rudder isn't secured, this could...

Yes, if the rudder isn't secured, this could result... The rudder WILL warp that much in gusty winds.

Many threads on VAF on this subject.
Forum: Canada 04-01-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,088
Posted By Ralph Inkster
PM sent with a lead.

PM sent with a lead.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 01:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I go with 1/2". Some engines really dance around...

I go with 1/2". Some engines really dance around on start up!

In your case, that would be 1/2" from the top plenum cover to the cowl.
So 5/8" ?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 01:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 506
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I go with 1/2". Some engines really dance around...

I go with 1/2". Some engines really dance around on start up!
Forum: Painting your RV 04-01-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 847
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Before I did my vinyl wrap, I purchased a variety...

Before I did my vinyl wrap, I purchased a variety of rattle can spray primers & tested each to determine if the vinyl would adhere to it. Suprisingly, most didn't stick well. I found Rustoleum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,797
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have an Andair F20 valve (180 deg between Left...

I have an Andair F20 valve (180 deg between Left & Right positions) and a Vans brass valve lying around, so decided to to try to map the flow based on lever position.

Andair F20 - (I'm not sure all...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Not critical if you make the hinge a bit taller,...

Not critical if you make the hinge a bit taller, but might affect how easy it is to install/remove the pin during maintenance. What will be affected is how you mount the hinge onto the cowl. Either...
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