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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 493
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting David - I like playing around with O2...

Interesting David - I like playing around with O2 equipment, and hadn’t heard of the PHODS. I did a quick Google, and came up with the user manual, and the pictures of the control box are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,128
Posted By Ironflight
I built the Val’s pedals that way and flew it...

I built the Val’s pedals that way and flew it without issues for years. When Louise started flying the airplane, she didn’t like the extensions (didn’t;t work well with her foot geometry), so I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,154
Posted By Ironflight
Not All “building” is “building”

In addition to a lot of great ideas and thoughts in earlier posts, since you are just getting started, you probably have not yet discovered that a lot of “building” is not done in the shop[ it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,157
Posted By Ironflight
Your Tiger was bonded together in a factory under...

Your Tiger was bonded together in a factory under carefully controlled conditions. The same thing CAN be accomplished in a Homebuilder’s workshop, but can also be done incorrectly, and no one will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,087
Posted By Ironflight
Wow - the end of an era! When I started building...

Wow - the end of an era! When I started building my -8, I got on the internet and found two web sites - Kevin’s and Mickey’s - both of which were treasure troves of details that helped me immensely....
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,345
Posted By Ironflight
Before folks get too enamored with the idea of...

Before folks get too enamored with the idea of helmets, you should ask the question “just how many injuries or fatalities in aircraft accidents are caused by head injuries that could be addressed by...
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,896
Posted By Ironflight
I took my commercial pilot flight test so many...

I took my commercial pilot flight test so many decades ago (closer to the middle of the last century than the end….), so I don;t know about now, but we had to demonstrate the “steep spiral” maneuver,...
Forum: Propellers 10-04-2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By Ironflight
I think you’ve laid out a good test program for...

I think you’ve laid out a good test program for the data you want - the only thing I’ll suggest is that the easiest way to get good data with the least Ned for post-test manipulation is to do your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, the P-Mag doesn’t care about orientation....

Yes, the P-Mag doesn’t care about orientation. Once you bolt it down in the most convenient orientation, you time it by putting the prop at TDC and blowing twice into a tube…done!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve used both straight nipples and a 45 degree...

I’ve used both straight nipples and a 45 degree fitting (like yours) on those ports on our airplanes, all of which have P-Mags, with no problems. None of the P-Mags are mounted level however - they...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-24-2021, 09:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,719
Posted By Ironflight
Dylan - You’ll get lots of advice here, but for...

Dylan -

You’ll get lots of advice here, but for anything structural, you really need to contact Van’s for an engineering judgement - everything else (including what I might say) is sort of a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 622
Posted By Ironflight
I bought my pneumatic squeezer when I started my...

I bought my pneumatic squeezer when I started my RV-8, and have never owned a hand squeezer. I think I have used one once or twice out of curiosity - have never felt the need to add one to my tool...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,581
Posted By Ironflight
You are correct Kelly - your airplane is...

You are correct Kelly - your airplane is experimental - legally, you can run moonshine if you want! All sorts of posts (above) on the engineering, but from a paperwork standard, you can run what you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 610
Posted By Ironflight
You can always use bicycle grip tape - comes in...

You can always use bicycle grip tape - comes in many styles, colors, and thicknesses - and some of them are padded! They usually come with an end plug that MIGHT fit your handle….
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,042
Posted By Ironflight
We’re in and out up there most of the week -...

We’re in and out up there most of the week - usually a few hours each day. Just look for “Kitplanes” shirts…..
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-13-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,501
Posted By Ironflight
As someone who has gotten briefed (by EAA FAA...

As someone who has gotten briefed (by EAA FAA Liaison guys) on MOSAIC several times a year for as long as it has been discussed, all I can tell you is that it keeps changing every time we hear about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 611
Posted By Ironflight
Perfect thing for paint job development! When we...

Perfect thing for paint job development! When we had an artist friend working on the concept for our RV-3, we got an all white model from the Philippines for him to use as a blank canvas. Yeah…smart...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-07-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 970
Posted By Ironflight
My experience says that yo0u should be able to...

My experience says that yo0u should be able to fit an average sized male thumb in between the pant and the tire all the way around. Less than that and you risk tearing up your pants if a compressed...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-06-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,806
Posted By Ironflight
That’s really the way its designed. The first...

That’s really the way its designed. The first part of the week, its a mega-gigantic aviator social event/fly-in, and the end of the week, its an airshow for the general public. So the shows build up...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-06-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,806
Posted By Ironflight
The vast majority of homebuilders are there from...

The vast majority of homebuilders are there from the first weekend until mid-week, so if community is what you want….early is better.

Homebuilt parking gets pretty deserted by the final weekend.
Forum: RV-15 09-03-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,809
Posted By Ironflight
Not only Aircam - the Legend MOAC has a third...

Not only Aircam - the Legend MOAC has a third tandem seat as well!
Forum: Safety 09-02-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,727
Posted By Ironflight
Excellent decision Dylan - there is always more...

Excellent decision Dylan - there is always more to learn, and I’d be just a little nervous about a “spur of the moment” instructional moment from a CFI that probably didn’t check to see if the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-02-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,032
Posted By Ironflight
Sure seems true in the RV world Sam! But then...

Sure seems true in the RV world Sam! But then again, they are the ONLY ones out there that will even quote on my jet - and then liability only….

So they have a place in the market (just not the RV...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,603
Posted By Ironflight
Clay - looking at your resume (in your signature)...

Clay - looking at your resume (in your signature) I hope you realize just much of your life you have been dependent on nylon lock nuts…..just saying! ;)

Bottom line - they are everywhere in critical...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,603
Posted By Ironflight
Clay - my R-8 was from the 2003 timeframe, so I...

Clay - my R-8 was from the 2003 timeframe, so I don't; know if there was an earlier design, but mine has two bolts with fiber lock nuts holding the weight in place, so no other locking method is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,268
Posted By Ironflight
Acetone is the “final clean” solvent we use most...

Acetone is the “final clean” solvent we use most of the time in our shop. We use a lot of white gas (Coleman) for cleaning oil and grime off of airplane bellies, but it leaves a residue, so if we’re...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-31-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,603
Posted By Ironflight
Thread locker (LocTite) is rarely used in...

Thread locker (LocTite) is rarely used in aviation because you can’t reliably inspect a component or assembly to verify that it was actually used when it was assembled - an inspector can see safety...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,134
Posted By Ironflight
The thing to do is call one of the good brokers,...

The thing to do is call one of the good brokers, and get direct answers from them - anything here (unless it is from one of the brokers who regularly contribute) is goign to be speculation.

We have...
Forum: Propellers 08-29-2021, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,565
Posted By Ironflight
OK, so I THINK that what you have said is that...

OK, so I THINK that what you have said is that you want a constant speed prop, and the question is, would you want the Blended Airfoil design or the older “paddle blade” design - and the answer I can...
Forum: Propellers 08-29-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,565
Posted By Ironflight
Before the comments and answers get too far out...

Before the comments and answers get too far out of hand, perhaps we should settle on terminology, to make sure we answer the correct question. As stated, the question is a bit like “do you like...
Forum: RV-15 08-29-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,003
Posted By Ironflight
Becasue a large number of people that want to...

Becasue a large number of people that want to visit the beautiful back country don’t live anywhere near it, like you do! Like you, I now live pretty close to spectacular places to go land….but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 807
Posted By Ironflight
In addition to checking the manual for acceptable...

In addition to checking the manual for acceptable part numbers, you might give Lycoming a call and get a surprise. When we were rebuilding Louise’s O-360, we found that the part numbers on the rods...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-27-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,633
Posted By Ironflight
Exactly what Bob said - nothing is legally...

Exactly what Bob said - nothing is legally required.
Forum: RV-4 08-26-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,073
Posted By Ironflight
Remember that you really BUILD -3’s, -4’s, and...

Remember that you really BUILD -3’s, -4’s, and early -6’s. The tail fairing on our -3 was so far off we just cut it up and used pieces of it as forms to make a new one. I’d be surprised if a -4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,051
Posted By Ironflight
If I am just doing plane old “lets have fun”...

If I am just doing plane old “lets have fun” loops (not competition stuff) in my RV’s with C/S props, I usually loop from normal cruise speed/power settings, so I don’t touch a thing on the power...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-24-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,475
Posted By Ironflight
THAT would be worth a magazine article, showing...

THAT would be worth a magazine article, showing people exactly how to do it! Bravo!!

Paul
Forum: RV-15 08-24-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,003
Posted By Ironflight
It takes careful paint job planning to...

It takes careful paint job planning to effectively change the shape of an airplane…. ;)

The funny thing is that over on the Sonex forums and FB page, people are saying how pretty the high wing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,610
Posted By Ironflight
Well now this is curious Scott, or maybe I am...

Well now this is curious Scott, or maybe I am just wrapped up in to many posts with double negatives….but my RV-8 flaps are built exactly the way to OP’s are built - with the angle standing the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,797
Posted By Ironflight
I sort of hate to give a contrary opinion to a...

I sort of hate to give a contrary opinion to a post with a lot of good detail, but fogging is not ALWAYS the best solution for every airplane in every situation. My experience with fogged airplanes...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-23-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,355
Posted By Ironflight
You figured it out Charlie - but just for anyone...

You figured it out Charlie - but just for anyone else that is worried, my original comments were for the OP who was talking about an RV-7. All airplanes are not alike - there are numerous elevator...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,653
Posted By Ironflight
I think my 12 volt bench power supply is a 60...

I think my 12 volt bench power supply is a 60 Amp, so have never had to worry about overloading it for normal avionics testing. My 24 volt (for the little jet) is from the internet, and looks liek a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-21-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,355
Posted By Ironflight
Might be one reason that the Vne for the RV-3 is...

Might be one reason that the Vne for the RV-3 is lower than the rest of the RV’s…… You’re correct, the elevator isn’t balanced really at all!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-21-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,355
Posted By Ironflight
Rememebr that you balance control surfaces to...

Rememebr that you balance control surfaces to prevent flutter, and flutter only has to happen once to ruin your whole day (and/or your whole life). Usually, aircraft manuals (and good practice) say...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-21-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,610
Posted By Ironflight
This one is puzzling, and a bit troubling Moe - I...

This one is puzzling, and a bit troubling Moe - I have never heard of anyone bending those pushrods to make them work on an -8, and I would be fairly nervous about doing so, since they are tubes in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By Ironflight
Couple of thoughts/questions…. 1) It sounds like...

Couple of thoughts/questions….
1) It sounds like you aren’t the builder, so the first question is - do you have an E-Mag or a P-Mag? The E-Mag was the early product of EMagair (the company), and it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 810
Posted By Ironflight
In general, yes - there are delays throughout our...

In general, yes - there are delays throughout our industry due to parts availability issues. Remember that if thee are 1,000 parts in your engine, it doesn’t make any difference if 999 of them are on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Ironflight
The simplest thing to do is probably place a...

The simplest thing to do is probably place a “Want to Buy” add in the classifieds, and see if someone has one that they took out (working) to put in a 405…..might get a response, might not….
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,212
Posted By Ironflight
BTW - one advantage of the Torsten grips is that...

BTW - one advantage of the Torsten grips is that the rotation angle is fixed by a set screw - so you can change it whenever you want (or if you dont like it).
Forum: RV-15 08-13-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,003
Posted By Ironflight
I recently flew a three seat Tandem….anything is...

I recently flew a three seat Tandem….anything is possible! ;)
Forum: RV-15 08-12-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,620
Posted By Ironflight
Certainly no reason that can’t be done. I was...

Certainly no reason that can’t be done. I was just finishing up an article on the latest American Legend Cub, and if you go through their order form, you start with a simple, basic Super Cub and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,212
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - its YOUR airplane, so sit in the cockpit...

Yup - its YOUR airplane, so sit in the cockpit with the stick grip in place, but able to rotate. Put your hand on the grip in the most comfortable position, and see where the grip ends up. Mark and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 932
Posted By Ironflight
You know, the guy to check with would be Ken...

You know, the guy to check with would be Ken Scott - I think he edited it for the majority of the run, and I would bet that (like most editors) he has kept at least one copy of every issue.

Paul
Forum: RV-15 08-09-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,003
Posted By Ironflight
Anyone that knows Van, or Van’s, knows that above...

Anyone that knows Van, or Van’s, knows that above all, he (and the company) are practical above all else. That tells me that they are thinking back country access with enough equipment to enjoy the...
Forum: RV-15 08-09-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,003
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with you on the Murphy airplanes Smokey,...

I agree with you on the Murphy airplanes Smokey, but unfortunately no one in the industry ca figure out company is actually in business or not. We generally can’t get ahold of them anymore, and it’s...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,844
Posted By Ironflight
Mine have been bare (just paint) for fifteen...

Mine have been bare (just paint) for fifteen years - makes them easy to clean when they get messy from either feet or the snacks and snack wrappers that inevitably find their way to those spots when...
Forum: RV-3 08-06-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By Ironflight
1) I recall there being a premise oil door, but...

1) I recall there being a premise oil door, but it was pink link our pink cowl….so not sure about your gel-coated cowl blank. I don’t recall the part number - the plans should show it.
2) I recall...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,630
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve also got the pulse demand Mountain High...

I’ve also got the pulse demand Mountain High system in my little jet, and it is shocking how efficient it is. I have a tiny little bottle, and use it any time I am above 12K (which is probably 80% of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-05-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 185
Views: 17,878
Posted By Ironflight
I rarely join in on these popcorn discussions,...

I rarely join in on these popcorn discussions, but just an observation to keep the debate on equal terms….I often hear folks who have gone with an electronic bus control system (ECB system) say that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-04-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,643
Posted By Ironflight
If you want the nitty-gritty on a DIY overhaul,...

If you want the nitty-gritty on a DIY overhaul, we did a series in Kitplanes that started in (if I recall correctly - I am still on the road and don’t have my archives drive with me…) December of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-04-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By Ironflight
I can't tell you how it is getting in, but I can...

I can't tell you how it is getting in, but I can tell you that it needs to be getting out via drain holes in the lower skin! If you don't have any, make sure that you add them.
Forum: RV-15 08-01-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 34,003
Posted By Ironflight
And how many people will still be deep into STOL...

And how many people will still be deep into STOL in a few years? That’s what I am wondering…..
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,198
Posted By Ironflight
On the shutdown, yes - sequentially, per the...

On the shutdown, yes - sequentially, per the procedure.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2021, 04:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,198
Posted By Ironflight
I had a lot of time to think on this on my trip...

I had a lot of time to think on this on my trip to OSH Mike - I got to wondering if the fact that you have the backup SD-8 alternator on all the time might have something to do with creating a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,488
Posted By Ironflight
Since I built the little jet entirely with...

Since I built the little jet entirely with ClickBond products, I’ve got quite a number of silicone stems/fixtures in various sizes - and I do re-use them on occasion. I hadn’t tried using the dyes...
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