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Forum: RV-9/9A 10-26-2020, 06:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,607
Posted By whd721
Brake Maintenance

In early September, I Discovered the importance of two working brakes in a RV9A. I taxied up to the hold short line, stepped on the brakes and started doing left donuts.
The O-Ring had overheated...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-04-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 980
Posted By whd721
Sorry for the confusion, I had two threads on...

Sorry for the confusion, I had two threads on this subject, split into tank issues and Tank sealant issues. Probably should have been one.

The situation currently is, I was able to remove the Tank...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-03-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 980
Posted By whd721
Pro-seal Guidance

I am going to start the cleanup and repair of my left tank.

My question,Can the new MC-236 Fuel Tank Sealant be used over the old Pro-Seal?

The situation is, that the new sealant will overlap...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-03-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,785
Posted By whd721
Leaky Tank Access Plate

Thanks 74-07 and N941WR,

Thanks to your encouragement I pressed on and was able to get the Tank Access Plate off. Two screwdrivers and a small Micro pry bar were sacrificed and modified in the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-01-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,785
Posted By whd721
Leaky Left Tank of an RV9A

My left fuel tank appears to be leaking on the Inboard Tank Access Plate. The only penetration on that Tank Access plate is the Fuel pickup fitting. The blue dye stains appear to be coming from...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-11-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 733
Posted By whd721
Solo Wing installation

You can do it by yourself if you wish.

I used several hardware store bolts matching the four main spar bolts. Grind off the threads and grind a bullet nose on the bolt. Chuck the bolt in a drill...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-29-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,411
Posted By whd721
RV9A Control

PaulvS,

I had a simular issue with my RV9A. I had remained current in my Cherokee 140, but had not flown a lot during the construction. My first flights were "all over the sky" with...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-12-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,242
Posted By whd721
I have only flown my RV9A and none of the other...

I have only flown my RV9A and none of the other Vans aircraft.

I owned a Cherokee 140 before the RV9A.

I find the RV9A to be : Easy to Fly, Difficult to control and very forgiving.

It is very...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-12-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,242
Posted By whd721
RV9A with a YO-233-exp

I built a Lyc YO-233-exp powered RV9A. The empty weight ended up at 1005lbs with all fairings, seat cushions ready to fly. My normal solo takeoff weight is about 1450 with full fuel. Cruise is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-05-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 715
Posted By whd721
air Filter

Eric,

This may help. I use a K&N 3260 filter with a K&N 99-5000 Recharge kit. I have a Lyc Y0-233-exp engine. It is a little brother to the 235 engine.

Good Luck
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-25-2019, 01:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,558
Posted By whd721
N7212WD moving day

This was my day in 2014.





https://kmmvphoto.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Posts/n-8dRfk/i-tBcPmst/A


Keep plugging away it will happen.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-30-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 794
Posted By whd721
RV9A flight simulator

Is anyone aware of a flight simulator that has a RV9A profile?
Forum: GPS 11-17-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 775
Posted By whd721
RV9A GTN 650 REQUEST

Does anyone have experience with adding a GTN 650 to a Dynon SkyView system?

Any experiences, tips, cautions or advice you can offer?

Thanks for any help.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-26-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,970
Posted By whd721
The vertical stab would be the correct...

The vertical stab would be the correct answer.

Typing in this little box seems to lower my IQ by a bunch.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-23-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Thanks to all who have added their knowledge to...

Thanks to all who have added their knowledge to this thread. I started it to help others avoid the hours of searching required to complete this upgrade.

I have been happy with the conversion. ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-21-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,970
Posted By whd721
Thanks to all that replied. In the long gap...

Thanks to all that replied.

In the long gap between my original post and today, I had come to the same solution posted by gmcjetpilot above.

I now have a Comat 157p and plan to mount it on the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-10-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,970
Posted By whd721
RV9a VOR/ILS Antenna location

Does anyone have have any Photos or installation guidance on the installation of a Comant CI-157P antenna on an RV9A?
Where, how and advice.

Thanks
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2018, 11:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,047
Posted By whd721
RV9A Panel upgrade (Maybe)

I have a RV9A with a simple panel built around the Dynon Skyview with auto pilot, ADSB out , ADSB in by Foreflight and the Dynon COM 25 radio.

I am considering the installation of a Garmin GTN 650...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-14-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,754
Posted By whd721
Two tips that worked for me. Polish the hardware...

Two tips that worked for me.

Polish the hardware store bolts in a drill press with sandpaper till smooth and clean. Lube them well.

Pre fit the temp bolts in the wing before attempting to fit it...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-24-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
Posted By whd721
Galin, Thanks for the reply. Judging by the...

Galin,

Thanks for the reply. Judging by the number of views vs the number of replies, I (We) have once again found a set of weird problems needing resolution.

Your post closely mirrors my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-21-2018, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,234
Posted By whd721
SkyView Gremlins

It started with the EGT #1 display starting up with a red X showing. Somewhere between startup and takeoff EGT#1 would finally come alive , and indicate temps consistent with the other EGTs. I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-22-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,739
Posted By whd721
Part of my post got dropped. The symptom of my...

Part of my post got dropped.

The symptom of my engine was; #3 temp would increase in climb, however, once in cruise, #3 would fall back in line with the other cyls.

Good Luck!
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-22-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,739
Posted By whd721
What Dbro172 said, Start with the cheap tests. ...

What Dbro172 said,

Start with the cheap tests.

Get a flashlight and an inspection mirror and inspect every inch of your baffles. Shine the light on the engine side and inspect the outside of all...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-19-2017, 10:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,301
Posted By whd721
OIL cooler bypass

Has anyone installed an oilcooler bypass valve in an RV9?

I am running low oil temps all times.
I have installed a Vans oil cooler shutter on the rear on my oil cooler. It is closed always,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-04-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,436
Posted By whd721
You do have to be concerned about the CG, a lot,...

You do have to be concerned about the CG, a lot, if you try to lower the weight a significant amount.

Most weight savings available are forward of the CG. Removing weight aft of the CG is almost...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-10-2017, 11:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
I did not use the Vitron o-rings because I could...

I did not use the Vitron o-rings because I could never find a specific spec for a correct Vitron o-ring. Lots of posters recommend them, but no PN#, brand or spec. The stock o-rings are about $1...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-09-2017, 10:42 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
In early September, I Discovered the importance...

In early September, I Discovered the importance of two working brakes in a RV9A. I taxied up to the hold short line, stepped on the brakes and started doing left donuts.
The O-Ring had overheated...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-08-2017, 10:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Hi Guys, I must have gotten the last Rapcos. I...

Hi Guys,

I must have gotten the last Rapcos. I ordered Rapco 164-09900s and received them in three days.
I installed new brake liners and the discs today. I used teflon pipe dope on the AN...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-03-2017, 11:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Gasman, I think I have assembled my upgrade kit,...

Gasman,

I think I have assembled my upgrade kit, discs are in hand, bolts here and I have Al 1/8" stock is waiting fabrication. The Arbor Shims arrive tomorrow.

One last question how did you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-01-2017, 07:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,103
Posted By whd721
Do you know what parking brake you have? I think...

Do you know what parking brake you have? I think most used a Matco it is a dark near black block with brake lines two on top and two coming out the front. the control lever is on the left...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-01-2017, 01:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
I must not have the ?Magic decoder ring?. I have...

I must not have the ?Magic decoder ring?.

I have spent several hours searching the forum and have not found a thread that shows issues found with the installation. I have found the Rapco disc is a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-25-2017, 05:58 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Found the Rapco site. It is not apparent what...

Found the Rapco site.
It is not apparent what the Rapco advantage is. The disc appears to a replacement for the Cleveland disc. The caliper is the existing Cleveland 30-9. I am interested in any...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-25-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Additional info for those who still...

Additional info for those who still care.

Cleveland Wheel and Brake Product Catalog Pub Num is AWBPC0001-20/USA

The Vans stock wheel assembly is listed on page 5-33 - 34. The actual assy. part...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-24-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Search "upgrade kit 199-93" on AirCraft Spruce. ...

Search "upgrade kit 199-93" on AirCraft Spruce. $674
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-24-2017, 10:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Cleveland upgrade kit 199-93

typeing error the kit is 199-93 not 100-93.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-24-2017, 10:11 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,137
Posted By whd721
Cleveland upgrade kit 199-93

I just experienced the thrill of loss of braking on the right brake. Red 5606 dribbling everywhere. Cutting donuts at the hold short line WOO HOO!

Does anyone have experience/ opinions about the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-13-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,043
Posted By whd721
I also built a RV9A solo. It can be done. ...

I also built a RV9A solo.
It can be done. Hanging the engine, mounting the wings, fitting the cowls and fitting the tip up solo, require a bit of planning, but can be done.

PS (your Harbor...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-04-2016, 06:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,983
Posted By whd721
One additional long range planning tip. Make...

One additional long range planning tip.

Make several copies of the three view drawing and start ( With a pencil) to sketch the locations of major components in the proposed locations and their...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-04-2016, 10:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,983
Posted By whd721
Many tape full scale cutouts of the panel...

Many tape full scale cutouts of the panel components and sit and rearrange them frequently.

One advantage of the tip-up is that the back of the panel as well as the sub-panel are accessible ( sort...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-26-2016, 09:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,227
Posted By whd721
My experience, iPad air on a Ram mount infront of...

My experience,
iPad air on a Ram mount infront of glove box (similar to the pic by Zuldarin except on right side). This was almost useless due to glare. Next was a 9 iPad pro in the same position,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-25-2016, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,715
Posted By whd721
"Me three" I have started a draft for my RV9A. ...

"Me three"

I have started a draft for my RV9A. Additional input would be welcome.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-27-2016, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,212
Posted By whd721
+1 on what Victor said.

+1 on what Victor said.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-01-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,066
Posted By whd721
I built a RV9A TU in my garage. Leave the top...

I built a RV9A TU in my garage.
Leave the top skins aft of the cockpit and aft of the firewall off as long as possible. I started with a project purchase that had the rear top skins already on. A...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-27-2016, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,086
Posted By whd721
whd721@msn.com Thanks

whd721@msn.com

Thanks
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-19-2016, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,459
Posted By whd721
Buy some Confor foam in the 1" Green (firm)...

Buy some Confor foam in the 1" Green (firm) sheet.

I cut this to shape and placed it under the Oregon Aero seat cushion. I only used a 1" piece in my RV9A. I have about 2" clear below the canopy...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-17-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,110
Posted By whd721
Flight Instructions

Down Load Advisory Circular (AC) 90- 116, The Additional Pilot Program for Phase I Flight Testing.

This AC program was published in 2015. I had a paragraph added in my "Experimental Operating...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-19-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,227
Posted By whd721
iPad Pro 12.9 or 9.7 glare

Does anyone have experience with either the 12"or 9" iPad pro?
I am struggling with horrendous glare on my current iPad air. The claim from Apple is a 40% glare reduction for the iPad Pro 9 ". I am...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-24-2016, 08:04 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
Engine Failure? Oh Yes! Search for posts by...

Engine Failure? Oh Yes!

Search for posts by whd721 titled "Do not stray far in Phase I". I posted a several page write up in ~ July 2015.

I started Phase I in Dec 2014 and finished Phase I this...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-23-2016, 11:15 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
It finally worked, I posted an image. Doug, When...

It finally worked, I posted an image.

Doug,
When you removed the from air dams did the climb CHT temps drop? In your post before you reached 445 on #1. any improvements?
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-23-2016, 11:06 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
Guys, This is N721WD. I am at about 43 hours....

Guys,

This is N721WD.

I am at about 43 hours. So far, in the first 43 hours, I have had one engine failure, one Red Cube failure and last week my GDL 39 quit...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-05-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
For the record, N721WD passed 40 hours on April...

For the record, N721WD passed 40 hours on April 2, 2016.

I am still trying to sort where I am in my Flight test/POH data.
I had two engine break-in periods and one Red Cube failure in the 40...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-05-2016, 09:45 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
For the record, N721WD passed 40 hours on April...

For the record, N721WD passed 40 hours on April 2, 2016.

I am still trying to sort where I am in my Flight test/POH data.
I had two engine break-in periods and one Red Cube failure in the 40...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-13-2016, 12:49 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
Phase I considerations

Phase I Considerations

All Phase I experiences are different and mine is more different than most. I hope this is useful to those who are nearing the start of Phase I.

Overall Summary:

I found...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-08-2016, 02:13 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
Right rudder, I have the old whitish cowls. I...

Right rudder,

I have the old whitish cowls. I will check on my next flight for any pluckers. I have flat black anti-glare at that junction and may not have noticed any slight pucker. However, I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-07-2016, 03:51 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 19,636
Posted By whd721
Before you start modifying anything, back up and...

Before you start modifying anything, back up and think about the big picture.

Your photo looks like SkyBolt fastening system. I also have Skybolt cowl fasteners. I have no puckering. And you are...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-11-2016, 12:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,258
Posted By whd721
Some tips that worked for me. Chuck the Hardware...

Some tips that worked for me.

Chuck the Hardware bolts in a drill press and polish the shaft to a smooth satin finish. Then cut the threads off and taper the nose of the bolt.

Lube the bolt and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-01-2015, 09:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,249
Posted By whd721
I delayed the wing installation until after the...

I delayed the wing installation until after the fuselage was nearly completed. I finished the wings except for the bottom skins. Then I built the fuselage, installed the hor stab and rudder,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-03-2015, 10:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,679
Posted By whd721
Wheel Fairing Inflation doors

Several vendors sell small ~ 3/4 inch inspection doors for adding air to RV aircraft tires.

Do you find these to be useful? Convenient? Worth the effort?

Thanks for comments.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-24-2015, 03:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,141
Posted By whd721
1bigdog, I was finally able to go out to the...

1bigdog,

I was finally able to go out to the hangar today. The approximate dimension from the aft end of the tail cone to the firewall is 174 inches. From the aft end of the tail cone to the front...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-20-2015, 12:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,613
Posted By whd721
Sibriggs, Remember the 16 number is an...

Sibriggs,

Remember the 16 number is an approximation.
The Horizontal stab moment arm is close ( I eye-balled the CG position). However, the Prop moment arm could vary several inches depending on...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-20-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,613
Posted By whd721
BilL, Did you calculate the CG of the wings,...

BilL,

Did you calculate the CG of the wings, landing gear, fuselage, .........

If so how?

Thanks
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-19-2015, 12:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,141
Posted By whd721
Firewall to aft of tailcone is 175.75 inch for me.

Firewall to aft of tailcone is 175.75 inch for me.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-19-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,613
Posted By whd721
One last pass at this. The weight of paint at 20...

One last pass at this.
The weight of paint at 20 - 30 lbs is for the entire RV9 and includes primer. It is a very variable number depending on the paint system chosen and the skill of the painter. ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-18-2015, 08:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,613
Posted By whd721
In my case. the Horizontal stab weighed 19.25 lbs...

In my case. the Horizontal stab weighed 19.25 lbs assembled and the right elevator was 5.75 lbs and the left elevator was 6.31 lbs. This was completed, unprimed components from a stock Vans RV9A kit...
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