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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 89
Posted By Ironflight
This! GPS doesn’t know heading, it knows track,...

This! GPS doesn’t know heading, it knows track, and wind correction angles of ten degrees aren’t that outlandish - especially if you consider that the magnetic compass can easily be off by five...
Forum: RV-8/8A Today, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 381
Posted By Ironflight
The angle adapter doesn’t help much with the mess...

The angle adapter doesn’t help much with the mess Chris - the filter traps oil so that when you spin it off, it drips straight down before you can get it flipped upright.

I’ve got two airplanes...
Forum: RV-3 12-02-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By Ironflight
My guess is that these tractor valves are built...

My guess is that these tractor valves are built with whatever generic o-rings they have on hand at the time....but I think you might find Vito in the correct sizes as well. Some one will probably...
Forum: Propellers 12-01-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,395
Posted By Ironflight
The Hartzell in this test was the newer...

The Hartzell in this test was the newer F7497A.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 01:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By Ironflight
Doug’s Off Topic 12/1/2020 – Buttons of Mission Control

https://youtu.be/ri_7vfzyamQ

What great memories! One of the greatest things about my long career in MCC is that I spent about half of it in the “old” control center, built in the early 1960’s with...
Forum: RV-3 11-30-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 292
Posted By Ironflight
Before you go to the trouble of replacing the...

Before you go to the trouble of replacing the valve, you might try servicing the one you have - very likely all it needs are a couple of O-rings. The valve stem comes out the front, very easy to do....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,769
Posted By Ironflight
I flew with Larry Vetterman in his Super Cub a...

I flew with Larry Vetterman in his Super Cub a few years back, and he’s got a knob to a ball valve to control flow to the cooler. No vernatherm installed. He says this is pretty common in the back...
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By Ironflight
Not Scott, but as others have said, using the...

Not Scott, but as others have said, using the lock nuts and in-drilled bolts is far easier than trying to get cotter pins in. If you look through the usual certified airplane suspects, you’ll find...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-28-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,075
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been flying with an IR camera pod supplied...

I’ve been flying with an IR camera pod supplied by GRT for goose to seven or eight years now, hung under the wing of the RV-8. GRT actually has software that puts the camera view in the background of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2020, 02:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 997
Posted By Ironflight
I can’t find the part number right now, but you...

I can’t find the part number right now, but you can buy the -4 rivets from Spruce and with a little finessing with a countersink bit on a debuting handle, it fits fine after up-drilling the hole....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-26-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By Ironflight
Actually....want to really frost your noodle? I...

Actually....want to really frost your noodle? I have read FAA legal interpretations (on their web site) that have determined that “flight time” is a thing of value. (Don’t think so? Well if you’re...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Ironflight
Uh, point of order...calling a Caver a...

Uh, point of order...calling a Caver a “spelunker” is like calling a marathon runner a “jogger”.....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By Ironflight
The thing about researching something like this...

The thing about researching something like this on the forums is that you get a lot of folks that have never finished an airplane who have lots of time to postulate on forums....

More than 10,000...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 936
Posted By Ironflight
Well technically speaking, a “TMX” engine is...

Well technically speaking, a “TMX” engine is Experimental, it has no TCDS, so it isn’t really possible to have an AD against it. Now there could be AD’s against an extremely similar engine, and those...
Forum: Safety 11-23-2020, 06:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,067
Posted By Ironflight
Absolutely the right approach! To answer your own...

Absolutely the right approach! To answer your own questions, go to the Kitplanes website and search for any and all articles by Ron Wanttaja - he has probably the best personal database of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-17-2020, 07:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 870
Posted By Ironflight
What adhesive are you using and how are you...

What adhesive are you using and how are you cleaning the cavity before you glue the seal in place? It has to be microscopically clean of oil, or any adhesive will fail.

Paul
Forum: Propellers 11-16-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - you just pull it into position.

Yes - you just pull it into position.
Forum: Propellers 11-16-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 424
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve done this a number of times using a bolt,...

I’ve done this a number of times using a bolt, washers, nut, and large socket, and never had to tap on anything with a hammer - just use the force generated by turning the nut on the bolt. Note that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2020, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,618
Posted By Ironflight
Glad to see some folks taking advantage of this -...

Glad to see some folks taking advantage of this - we’ve been trying to figure out a way to get folks autographed copies in a world with no in-person events, and having Speleobooks step in to help is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,248
Posted By Ironflight
The RV-8 at aft CG and heavy weight isn’t to be...

The RV-8 at aft CG and heavy weight isn’t to be trifled with. Honestly, I wouldn’t fly it there with a live weight in back until I’d flown it ballasted to the same configuration - you owe it to your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 892
Posted By Ironflight
There are two seals, one at each end of the...

There are two seals, one at each end of the pushrod - very common for the outboard seal (O-ring) to start leaking after a time. But I have found that one of the reasons for these to start leaking is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,331
Posted By Ironflight
When I was in college, I ran diving operations on...

When I was in college, I ran diving operations on Superior, and we’d occasionally ferry a zodiac (inflatable boat) from south to north shore. Even though they were pretty redundant, I usually wore a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2020, 01:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,891
Posted By Ironflight
I can tell you of at least one RV-3 that can do...

I can tell you of at least one RV-3 that can do that as well, but I am certainly not going to publish a number...:rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,891
Posted By Ironflight
I saw 235 knots true on the EFIS yesterday at 60%...

I saw 235 knots true on the EFIS yesterday at 60% power....but I’ll admit I was in a slight descent....and I was in the jet..... (that thing is SO slippery with the nose pointed down!) :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,886
Posted By Ironflight
“Bake until done, or when a toothpick comes out...

“Bake until done, or when a toothpick comes out clean....”. Oh wait, that’s for cupcakes!

I’ve baked many parts in an old toaster oven in the shop in the past, and there’s no science behind my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,145
Posted By Ironflight
This! I have unintentionally cut grooves in...

This! I have unintentionally cut grooves in cowlings with the alternator pulley, so the larger you go, the more you might need a blister.

Dan, you can calculate the drag increase from the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,835
Posted By Ironflight
I recently swapped a metal Hartzell BA prop for a...

I recently swapped a metal Hartzell BA prop for a composite Whirlwind three-blade 300 series and saved about 26 pounds on the RV-8. Our -6 tends towards being tail heavy already though, so that...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-11-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,283
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, uplinks were always encrypted.... many...

Actually, uplinks were always encrypted.... many just weren’t aware of it.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-11-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,283
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry - no way I am “clicking here” without more...

Sorry - no way I am “clicking here” without more of an explanation than that....;)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-10-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,148
Posted By Ironflight
Referring to Rob Hickman only as a “salesman” is...

Referring to Rob Hickman only as a “salesman” is the same as referring to Dick VanGrunsven as “that guy who sells RV kits”.....:rolleyes:

For those that don’t know, Rob is the creator of the AFS...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-10-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,883
Posted By Ironflight
Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa has just about any...

Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa has just about any part you need - once you look up the part number.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,470
Posted By Ironflight
If a person wants an avionics master, that is up...

If a person wants an avionics master, that is up to them - but I put all EFIS components (displays, AHRS, EIS, etc) on breakers directly off the main buss. In an airplane with a glass cockpit, you’re...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-07-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Ironflight
By the time your landing light reflected off the...

By the time your landing light reflected off the highway reflectors, you’d already be in the flare or on the runway, and your landing isn’t would be lighting up the centerline (which is reflective)...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-07-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Ironflight
None at all - you really don't notice it at night.

None at all - you really don't notice it at night.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 11-07-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By Ironflight
As a general rule we don’t, although I don’t have...

As a general rule we don’t, although I don’t have any real objections to landing on an unlit runway with reasonable illumination from the moon. The biggest risks (so long as you can see the outline...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,790
Posted By Ironflight
Mine is happy to do either a Basic Med or Medical...

Mine is happy to do either a Basic Med or Medical Certificate.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-02-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,878
Posted By Ironflight
I agree on the heated vest - I have one that...

I agree on the heated vest - I have one that operates off its own battery pack for flying the little jet at altitude (there is no exhaust or bleed air for heat, and not enough amps to power a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,542
Posted By Ironflight
Your Ops Lims will probably only reference 91.205...

Your Ops Lims will probably only reference 91.205 when talking about night or IFR flight - not Day VFR, for which nothing in 91.205 is required.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,419
Posted By Ironflight
Since we’re comparing scars..... ;) It could be...

Since we’re comparing scars..... ;)

It could be worse - all of the commenters here are in the US. Shipping international can be prohibitive. The little 42 pound engine of mine had to go back to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,759
Posted By Ironflight
Great interview!

Great interview!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,205
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s what I have done - after pulling the...

Here’s what I have done - after pulling the rivets on my first RV, then pulling the remaining mandrel out from the inside, someone said “why did you pull the rivet?! Just push the mandrel out and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-29-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,649
Posted By Ironflight
There is a LOT to learn about aviation insurance...

There is a LOT to learn about aviation insurance - one way to find lots of reading is to use the search function here - just search for “insurance” and sit down for a lot of reading.....

Then find a...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-29-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,970
Posted By Ironflight
I hate to agree with authorities....but that is a...

I hate to agree with authorities....but that is a particularly “embedded” airport - I flew a Cassutt for a magazine test that was based there, and asked the owner to ferry it to Tooele (where I flew...
Forum: Tools 10-28-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,827
Posted By Ironflight
For very low torques, I use a torque screwdriver...

For very low torques, I use a torque screwdriver or (my secret weapon) a modern bicycle torque wrench which goes to very low values of torque. It’s really important with modern carbon-fiber bike...
Forum: Safety 10-27-2020, 12:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,125
Posted By Ironflight
For a fairly new pilot, I’d say that you leave...

For a fairly new pilot, I’d say that you leave Colorado Springs southbound and take it south until you turn the corner at the south end of the Sanger de Cristos, then follow Route 66, just like in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,230
Posted By Ironflight
What it does is to slow the deceleration rate...

What it does is to slow the deceleration rate that you get at idle (I am talking about airplanes with C/S props, which is probably a majority of RV-8’s). The RV-8 has been shown to have a bit of a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 472
Posted By Ironflight
I went through this same exercise and asked the...

I went through this same exercise and asked the same question a few months ago - the answer I came up with is 12” - you can see the details and discussion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2020, 10:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,442
Posted By Ironflight
Try adding a touch of power just before...

Try adding a touch of power just before touchdown. If you have a constant speed prop, and the engine is at idle, you have a massive speed brake deployed, and you’ll slow below a point where you can’t...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-24-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,230
Posted By Ironflight
I choose not to write about religious...

I choose not to write about religious issues....and this comes right after “How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head of a Pin”..... ;)
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 833
Posted By Ironflight
Using the search function on the EAA page (Find a...

Using the search function on the EAA page (Find a Tech Counselor), it looks like the closest to you is Steve Barnes in Redding.

Name: Steve Barnes
City, State: Redding, CA
Phone:...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,259
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, many of the early RV’s have rudder...

Actually, many of the early RV’s have rudder return springs per plans.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2020, 12:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,230
Posted By Ironflight
Steve is right - there are many, many threads on...

Steve is right - there are many, many threads on landing an -8, despite that fact that it is a really honest tail dragger. What you’ll probably find when you do some searching is that most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2020, 12:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,797
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been flying with Crow harnesses for 15 years...

I’ve been flying with Crow harnesses for 15 years now, installing them in every new airplane I have built, and their buckles have gotten smaller and smoother over The years. The latest design is far...
Forum: Oregon 10-22-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,277
Posted By Ironflight
+100 on this! We spent a huge amount of time...

+100 on this! We spent a huge amount of time finding a friendly environment when picking our retirement airpark, and passed on several interesting locations because we had heard (and confirmed)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,871
Posted By Ironflight
We went liability only a couple of years back on...

We went liability only a couple of years back on all our flying machines - made sense for us, but everyone is different. We probably saved as much on insurance as we spend on fuel in a year!

(Note...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-20-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 570
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting - I’ve got a stack of 5.00X5...

Interesting - I’ve got a stack of 5.00X5 carcasses in my hangar Because Desser has told me in the past that they’d pay so little it wasn’t worth my hauling them to LA - maybe that’s changed, and I...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2020, 04:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,073
Posted By Ironflight
One thing that bears pointing out - local...

One thing that bears pointing out - local knowledge is very important no matter which mountains you fly, because not all mountain ranges have the same winds and weather. As has been said in this...
Forum: RV-10 10-18-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 953
Posted By Ironflight
Hate to say it, but you’re going to wish you had...

Hate to say it, but you’re going to wish you had the one that out don’t have.... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,626
Posted By Ironflight
No reason that you can’t - and I know of a number...

No reason that you can’t - and I know of a number of people who have. I think we’ve gotten away from them with good strobes being available, and now with LED strobes all around, folks decide a beacon...
Forum: RV-3 10-16-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,575
Posted By Ironflight
This is how we did ours as well - shamelessly...

This is how we did ours as well - shamelessly copied from Randy Lervold’s web site.... has worked very well for almost 800 hours now.
Forum: RV-4 10-16-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,339
Posted By Ironflight
Agree 100% that the flaps need to be up, stick...

Agree 100% that the flaps need to be up, stick back, and anything over about 1900 rpm is excessive for run-up on these plans. You will have to figure out for your airplane what the minimum RPM is for...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-15-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,953
Posted By Ironflight
I rarely buy fuel when there is anyone around - I...

I rarely buy fuel when there is anyone around - I choose out of the way airports with self-serve fuel islands. The only “attendants” I see at places like these are likely to be cows, and I figure the...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,358
Posted By Ironflight
Don’t let the “high timers” influence you - one...

Don’t let the “high timers” influence you - one of the biggest influences in lowering the accident rates for experimentals Has ben the increased emphasis in type-specific transition training -...
Forum: Safety 10-14-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,681
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah - I wish we could definitively ID the seat...

Yeah - I wish we could definitively ID the seat manufacturer to narrow it down, but I don't have access to anything but these pictures, so I’d take a look. I already looked at my stock seat just to...
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