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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-21-2022, 04:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,545
Posted By Captain Avgas
I donít want to cast further darkness on your day...

I donít want to cast further darkness on your day but that damage quite clearly indicates that you have extremely poor adhesion of the paint topcoats to the primer.
Forum: RV-14 03-01-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,863
Posted By Captain Avgas
Here's an RV14A for sale today on VansAirforce....

Here's an RV14A for sale today on VansAirforce. This is the third owner of a QB kit that presumably is not even on its wheels yet ...looking to sell it to a fourth owner. In the end someone will...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-20-2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,264
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 I think Dan has succinctly summarised what...

+1 I think Dan has succinctly summarised what many have felt but not been inclined to comment on. Prophesying about the inevitability of a nuclear apocalypse is a very glass half empty view of...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-09-2022, 12:51 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,276
Posted By Captain Avgas
Top quality journalism....well presented and...

Top quality journalism....well presented and extremely researched and informative. Essential viewing for amateur builders who might be toying with the idea of doing a home brew auto conversion.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2022, 07:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,466
Posted By Captain Avgas
No fancy equipment Mickey....just my iPad with a...

No fancy equipment Mickey....just my iPad with a freebie recording app. A mate recorded it from the ground as I did a low pass at 300 ft agl down the runway. I was doing about 180 kts TAS.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2022, 12:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,466
Posted By Captain Avgas
Forget the Harley hog sound...this is the RV growl.

This is a 23 second sound grab I uploaded to Sound Cloud. It's recorded from ground level and features me approaching, flying directly overhead, and receding into the distance. RV7A with IO360...
Forum: RV-14 01-23-2022, 09:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,863
Posted By Captain Avgas
Scott, you're misquoting me. What I actually said...

Scott, you're misquoting me. What I actually said was: "It has been estimated that only about one-third of RV builders who start at the empennage kit ever finish the aircraft to flying stage".

In...
Forum: RV-14 01-22-2022, 07:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,863
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 This is the correct answer.....ie. no real...

+1 This is the correct answer.....ie. no real answer at all.

The problem with these type of threads is that they tend to attract posters who are keen to brag about how fast they built their...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2022, 07:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,344
Posted By Captain Avgas
Groundhog day

This is another groundhog day thread. The same thread pops up every year....mostly the same answers....mostly defence of product choice...it's all in the archives.

As previously submitted this...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-15-2022, 12:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,399
Posted By Captain Avgas
Discussions in isolation about fuel savings with...

Discussions in isolation about fuel savings with the Continental CD-155 are pointless. One needs to look at the big picture.

The CD-155, which is basically just an auto conversion based on a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-03-2022, 08:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,731
Posted By Captain Avgas
I think that they are both quite reliable units...

I think that they are both quite reliable units but it is most likely that the Plasma 11+ is slightly more reliable than the later Plasma 111. It is my understanding that the longer spark duration of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,942
Posted By Captain Avgas
Hmmm, people queuing in their cars for social...

Hmmm, people queuing in their cars for social welfare. There must be some irony in that statement considering that only the wealthiest 13% of the world's population can afford to own a car ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,942
Posted By Captain Avgas
Inflation

The annual inflation rate in the US accelerated to 6.8% in November. That's the highest inflation rate in 40 years. In that economic environment significant kit prices are to be expected.
Forum: RV-4 12-16-2021, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,442
Posted By Captain Avgas
Unless itís a black holeÖ.then thereís nothing...

Unless itís a black holeÖ.then thereís nothing heavier :D
Forum: RV-4 12-15-2021, 11:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,442
Posted By Captain Avgas
Well, they may be lightening holes, or they may...

Well, they may be lightening holes, or they may be lightning holes....but I doubt they are lighting holes, unless of course you plan to put lights behind them. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 05:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,876
Posted By Captain Avgas
Yes, itís an amazing camera. Very interesting....

Yes, itís an amazing camera. Very interesting. Thanks for posting. Incidentally, do you by any chance have a heavy left wing?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,739
Posted By Captain Avgas
Interesting...the OP, Flying Banker, has been...

Interesting...the OP, Flying Banker, has been "requoted" by SPX in post #9 as saying he aborted the take-off because he noticed his oil door was open. But I cannot find any post whereby Flying Banker...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,739
Posted By Captain Avgas
Why did you need to abort the take-off?

Why did you need to abort the take-off?
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-07-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,142
Posted By Captain Avgas
Oh my goodness, lying about having cancer to...

Oh my goodness, lying about having cancer to facilitate extorting money from people. I mean, how low can you go. Have these scammers no shame at all.

The coming of the internet has been a miracle....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-27-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,424
Posted By Captain Avgas
Most potential purchasers on VansAirforce...

Most potential purchasers on VansAirforce obviously do the same....they check out the posting history. But it provides absolutely no guarantee that you won't be scammed. Smart scammers can hack into...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-26-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,386
Posted By Captain Avgas
The fuel pressure plot shows that your fuel...

The fuel pressure plot shows that your fuel pressure dropped to 3 psi when you touched down. Of course the fuel injected engine could not continue running at that low pressure. Do you have an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-18-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,454
Posted By Captain Avgas
Here's another CURRENT thread on VansAirforce...

Here's another CURRENT thread on VansAirforce relating to repetitive shear coupling failures in less than 250 hours on the Plane Power FS1-14B. This is their 30 amp alternator that bolts to the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,454
Posted By Captain Avgas
The following poll on VansAirforce was started in...

The following poll on VansAirforce was started in 2016 and after 4 years it had accumulated a massive sample base of 497 users. I don't think anyone could describe it as...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-15-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,407
Posted By Captain Avgas
I have long suspected this to be true. I have a...

I have long suspected this to be true. I have a Matco parking brake. Do you have any tips on how to tackle bleeding the beast.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,828
Posted By Captain Avgas
And I don't doubt for a minute Tom that what you...

And I don't doubt for a minute Tom that what you say is true. An AN spec is certainly no guarantee that the item is defect free. What it does guarantee however is that the item is CONSIDERABLY less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,828
Posted By Captain Avgas
Yes they did....no problems. The closer I looked...

Yes they did....no problems. The closer I looked the more I could see it was like chalk and cheese. And it gave me a greater appreciation of what AN actually means.

Intrinsically everyone wants to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,828
Posted By Captain Avgas
Some years back I inherited a stash of new...

Some years back I inherited a stash of new aluminium fittings from an RV builder mate who built and promptly sold his aircraft. They were Earl's. They were not AN. On my aircraft I only used AN...
Forum: Tools 10-25-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,870
Posted By Captain Avgas
Light glare

I've had a Vividia for a number of years and the reticulating feature is very good for viewing the exhaust valves. However as others have noted the resolution is pretty ordinary.

My biggest beef...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 11:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,693
Posted By Captain Avgas
You have to watch this video to truly appreciate...

You have to watch this video to truly appreciate how complex and demanding the head bolt torquing on this Subaru engine really is. Just amazing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,693
Posted By Captain Avgas
Scott, I sense your frustration re the...

Scott, I sense your frustration re the application, or lack thereof, of proper torques for fasteners. Good on you for raising this important issue... however futile it may be. However it's the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-29-2021, 12:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,197
Posted By Captain Avgas
I'd look at this from a different perspective....

I'd look at this from a different perspective. One of the big advantages of a Slick Magneto is that you can probably get service on it, or a quick replacement or loaner, just about anywhere....even...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-28-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,197
Posted By Captain Avgas
Walt, you're at it again.

That's the problem with you Walt....you're always raising inconvenient FACTS. :D

Why can't you just be like most other people and simply base your product opinions on defence of purchase choice...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-27-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,197
Posted By Captain Avgas
Are you saying that you had one magneto and one...

Are you saying that you had one magneto and one Lightspeed EI and that when you removed the mag and added the second Lightspeed EI your hot starting improved. Read the OP. That's the question here....
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-26-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,197
Posted By Captain Avgas
In all my many years on VansAirforce I've never...

In all my many years on VansAirforce I've never read a single post by anyone claiming they could empirically calculate ANY performance gain or fuel improvement after adding a second EI. That means...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By Captain Avgas
Hi Larry, I thought that was the case and in fact...

Hi Larry, I thought that was the case and in fact I have been swapping my massive plugs to follow the firing order of 1, 3, 2, 4. ie 1 to 3, 3 to 2, 2 to 4, 4 to 1.

But just wanted to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-26-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By Captain Avgas
Rotating lower plugs to extend life

I have a Lightspeed EI firing my 4 upper auto plugs on my IO 360. I do not rotate them because I am not aware that there is any benefit in doing so.

However I have a Slick 4371 Magneto firing my 4...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-21-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,337
Posted By Captain Avgas
And that folk is the big danger with the el...

And that folk is the big danger with the el cheapo click type torque wrenches. At very low torques (and an AN3 has VERY low torque) it is extremely easy to miss the very subtle click and keep on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-17-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,844
Posted By Captain Avgas
Here's a few comments: 1. Firstly, you may be...

Here's a few comments:

1. Firstly, you may be building in a knowledge vacuum. Are you a member of an EAA chapter. If not it might be a good idea to join one.

2. The flared fittings require no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
Sika 209 primer is not without risk also. The 209...

Sika 209 primer is not without risk also. The 209 primer is 20% Ethyl Acetate, 25% MEK, and 0.5% Isocyanate Monomer. All of these solvents are "N" class which means that on acrylic sheet "immediate...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-15-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,844
Posted By Captain Avgas
Yep, way undersized...not within spec.

Yep, way undersized...not within spec.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
Eric, virtually all alcoholic drinks contain...

Eric, virtually all alcoholic drinks contain ethanol (ethyl alcohol) which in its pure form is a Class D reactant on acrylic and almost certain to precipitate microscopic cracking. A Budweiser is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
The 3M vinyl is a good product (and priced...

The 3M vinyl is a good product (and priced accordingly). However whether it leaves a residue will depend on a number of factors including how long it is left on for, how much heat and sun exposure it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
There are literally dozens of different alcohols...

There are literally dozens of different alcohols (and blends thereof)....and nearly all of them will exacerbate cracking in a perfectly good acrylic canopy in short time. You can use isopropyl...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 Don't flirt with the devil.

+1 Don't flirt with the devil.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,986
Posted By Captain Avgas
I wouldn't ignore that exhaust leakage....FWF CO...

I wouldn't ignore that exhaust leakage....FWF CO leakage in any quantity is not good.

On the other hand this problem is common with the Vetterman slip joints but is easy to fix. The slip joint has...
Forum: RV-4 09-14-2021, 06:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,009
Posted By Captain Avgas
Better still, insist that your passenger has to...

Better still, insist that your passenger has to fly naked as well :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-12-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,374
Posted By Captain Avgas
It's a pretty good example of how little...

It's a pretty good example of how little corrosion protection the Alclad (pure aluminium) layer actually provides. But easy to rectify minor corrosion on the exterior which will be prepped and...
Forum: RV-4 09-12-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,009
Posted By Captain Avgas
I suppose the real question is.....why bother????

I suppose the real question is.....why bother????
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,620
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 Your engine is complaining...and it might be...

+1 Your engine is complaining...and it might be trying to tell you something important. I wouldn't ignore the complaints and keep flying.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-06-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,643
Posted By Captain Avgas
+1 More common sense from Walt. It's the...

+1 More common sense from Walt. It's the "Experimental" category but in reality it doesn't pay to get too experimental. I see the OP is from New Zealand....there's a LOT of very inhospitable...
Forum: Safety 08-28-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 23,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
I'm imagining that as his old friend was sinking...

I'm imagining that as his old friend was sinking slowly beneath the surface to his watery grave he would have been saying to the pilot "Why didn't you look after me better".
Forum: Safety 08-28-2021, 09:10 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 23,480
Posted By Captain Avgas
Change the thread title

Now that we've absolutely confirmed that the aircraft that ditched was an RV6A can we please have the thread title corrected accordingly....otherwise this plane is going to be an RV9A forever....
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,926
Posted By Captain Avgas
I'm thinking that if that is the problem then the...

I'm thinking that if that is the problem then the wing sweep angles may be way off. And they may vary between the individual wings. The OP should check this out.

The bent flap rods are a sure sign...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,926
Posted By Captain Avgas
Really good observations by Chris Oborn in post...

Really good observations by Chris Oborn in post #13.

My goodness, that is just disgraceful workmanship. I recommend that the OP pursue the following actions.

1. Refer this matter to Vans Aircraft...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-22-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,750
Posted By Captain Avgas
David, nice shot. You must have been tempted to...

David, nice shot. You must have been tempted to push on for a moon landing. At 150 kts (economy cruise LOP) flying non stop you would have been there in 58 days.
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,639
Posted By Captain Avgas
This is a web page from Industrial Specialties...

This is a web page from Industrial Specialties Manufacturing. Click on the link and then download their complete Acrylic Chemical Compatibility...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,639
Posted By Captain Avgas
The problem with "mineral spirits" is that it is...

The problem with "mineral spirits" is that it is a generic name encompassing a wide range of chemical solvents, some of which are more dangerous than others. Here's an extract from Wikipedia.

White...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,389
Posted By Captain Avgas
I now hear on the grapevine that Evoke has a...

I now hear on the grapevine that Evoke has a standard charge for prepping and painting RV10s of US $28,000.

Now I'm not criticising that price at all....as with just about everything in life you...
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,389
Posted By Captain Avgas
No response from the OP on the price of the paint...

No response from the OP on the price of the paint job. It must be a secret. I'm guessing it was HUGELY expensive and the OP doesn't want his wife to find out :D
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2021, 09:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,639
Posted By Captain Avgas
I wouldn't be putting any "mineral spirits"...

I wouldn't be putting any "mineral spirits" anywhere near that windscreen. That would be a really good way to end up with multiple stress cracks and a total loss of the windscreen.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-19-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,409
Posted By Captain Avgas
I agree. That is not a good solution. Good chance...

I agree. That is not a good solution. Good chance of a piece of RTV or a piece of safety wire being sucked into the fuel servo. That's an area of extreme vibration. There's so much vibration of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-18-2021, 10:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,008
Posted By Captain Avgas
Another vote for Loctite 567. HOWEVER for fuel...

Another vote for Loctite 567. HOWEVER for fuel fittings in particular make sure not to get ANY of the sealant on the first two or three threads of the NPT fitting. You do not want any traces of...
Forum: RV-10 08-17-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,389
Posted By Captain Avgas
It looks classy, better than most. But the big...

It looks classy, better than most. But the big question is....who did all the prep work including the composite prep...and what did the paint job cost???
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,573
Posted By Captain Avgas
Given that by your own admission your electrical...

Given that by your own admission your electrical expertise is "next to nil", and you are attempting a complex upgrade of an IFR panel originally built by Aerotronics, maybe it's time for you to dust...
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