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Forum: RV-14 Today, 07:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 463
Posted By BillL
I removed my engine w/mount several times for...

I removed my engine w/mount several times for access during FWF. Do what needs to be done, don't compromise now.

BTW - -I opted not to install tailwheel brakes.
Forum: Safety Today, 07:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 432
Posted By BillL
New Title?: Don't fly when smitten. or . . . . .

New Title?: Don't fly when smitten. or . . . . .
Forum: Glass Cockpit Today, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 162
Posted By BillL
My 10-friend has this matched with 2 Garmin G3X...

My 10-friend has this matched with 2 Garmin G3X large touch screens. It is a fully functional EFIS with small format.

Personally, today, I would choose the G5 for integration, but don't know it is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 07:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 557
Posted By BillL
Savvy Aviation is a service founded by Mike...

Savvy Aviation is a service founded by Mike Busch. (https://www.savvyaviation.com/savvyanalysis/) You can upload (free) your EFIS data files and plot for analysis and share with others for help. I am...
Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 06:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,653
Posted By BillL
Doit right.

Absolutely!! Get a good unit. I recommend 35-or 45 amp version of this MFJ unit. They have adjustable voltage so you can use it to test low voltage on the bus and up to charging volts. I have a 30...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 06:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 327
Posted By BillL
Most people just bought 10 or more and posted...

Most people just bought 10 or more and posted here for their friends to share. If it is a NPT, then its a very long taper and 1/16 at largest.

Go to the source guys, why just jam anything that...
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 04:44 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,404
Posted By BillL
Yep at 2 AM. I have his pictures and Alan Judy's...

Yep at 2 AM. I have his pictures and Alan Judy's too. Bob concluded that they did not help his 6A. I think he would admit that they may provide benefit for others. I think Dave Anders has some of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,362
Posted By BillL
Hartzell sells an extended hub that works fine,...

Hartzell sells an extended hub that works fine, talk to them then Vans about numbers for ordering.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,154
Posted By BillL
To compare to your 3 mph estimate . . . . I used...

To compare to your 3 mph estimate . . . . I used Kevin Hortons performance spreadsheets and methods to establish a performance profile for my stock M1B powered -7. Using the resulting drag-speed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 931
Posted By BillL
Mine got really stiff and I just used LPS#2 spray...

Mine got really stiff and I just used LPS#2 spray and basically washed them with the light oil.

Mineral spirits, WD40, LPS2 all (petroleum based) work, not sure about the rest.
Forum: Florida (Central) 10-22-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By BillL
Old memory - he is over 5000 now!! I think he is...

Old memory - he is over 5000 now!! I think he is still looking for the longest field test and a new prize engine from Lycoming - - or a special discount from Vans for a second engine.

Maybe Vans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,779
Posted By BillL
Additional restricted area will have an adverse...

Additional restricted area will have an adverse effect on climate change by forcing longer distances to go around. I think this is the correct language.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 774
Posted By BillL
Reiff for mine, both sides of the oil pan and...

Reiff for mine, both sides of the oil pan and cylinder base bands. Use time: ~4 yrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,725
Posted By BillL
Thanks, Pete. My (push-pull) throttle will back...

Thanks, Pete. My (push-pull) throttle will back out as the normal friction is low, but the friction works quite well even if the application curve is steep. HOT during, but after TO (5-800') the hand...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-20-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 192
Posted By BillL
That photo orientation probably appears correct...

That photo orientation probably appears correct for a rocket guy. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,725
Posted By BillL
Discussion?

Dumb question? Should I expect my throttle cable to stay in place on TO without engaging the friction lock?

I thought that is what the lock was for, and yes mine backs out if the lock is not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 372
Posted By BillL
Funny, the Lester 14824 translates as a Bosch...

Funny, the Lester 14824 translates as a Bosch alternator in my catalogs.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-20-2021, 04:40 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 557
Posted By BillL
Frustrated in MA, Not saying Bob, isn't right,...

Frustrated in MA,

Not saying Bob, isn't right, but what prop do you have? Does this excursion happen suddenly then resolve or last for a few seconds? Do you have any panel data you could up load...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,269
Posted By BillL
Ivan, Scott has the most experience in the ports...

Ivan, Scott has the most experience in the ports and effects. Here (https://www.kitplanes.com/static-port-location-and-altitude-calibration/)is a Kitplanes article on static ports that might be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-18-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 72,653
Posted By BillL
Hmmmm. 17217

Hmmmm.
17217
Forum: Fiberglass 10-17-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 861
Posted By BillL
The white gel coat could be thick or thin. It...

The white gel coat could be thick or thin. It provides little strength. Feel free to sand it down the glass if needed. I had to cut slits to expand some parts and shrink others. These white parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,449
Posted By BillL
Who knew Pheasant hunting needed such aircraft?

It was Friday, but delivered a friend for opening day of pheasant season. Lots of wind, and uncertain return, but all went smooth as silk. My first RV landing, night in the rain and it was a perfect...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-17-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,137
Posted By BillL
Nice design!

:D I like the way you did the angle, it has two rivets preventing rotation, and long enough to allow a nut-plate to allow use of the second hand to seduce the adel.

BTW, I like using a bandsaw and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-16-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,208
Posted By BillL
I think you should have started with this...

I think you should have started with this information. The Vans pieces come with some extra material. Also they once sold some plans for making your own. The Back sides are straight across, 90 deg to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 516
Posted By BillL
Nothing wrong with the parts!

Probably, likely a polyester resin. It will not cure on the outside where exposed to the air. The mold side is clearly not exposed. They can use a wax that floats to the surface if that is needed,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,269
Posted By BillL
Please post a picture of your static port as...

Please post a picture of your static port as installed. This will help.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 72,653
Posted By BillL
I was just wondering, the AD only affected a...

I was just wondering, the AD only affected a specific range but I assumed a single part number. Sometimes numbers are changed after something like this to prevent future confusion. So, if the cranks...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-13-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,592
Posted By BillL
I am with the other guys - - 1. make dang sure...

I am with the other guys - - 1. make dang sure the fore/aft is correct for your prop/spinner/cowl clearance. 2. cut and creep up on the aft cut to fit the firewall - a big task to get it all flat and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 302
Views: 72,653
Posted By BillL
Meanwhile, is Superior shipping engines with this...

Meanwhile, is Superior shipping engines with this crankshaft?
Forum: Tools 10-13-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 878
Posted By BillL
I ran off mine too, began using a magnet. It...

I ran off mine too, began using a magnet. It slowed me down too, no more get-er-done. :D

The bar should be as long as the cord of what is being riveted. My Avery is machined, so it is smooth. Pretty...
Forum: Propellers 10-13-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,429
Posted By BillL
A two blade Hartzell should be aligned with the...

A two blade Hartzell should be aligned with the crank throws, at TDC it would be basically horizontal. The engine won't stop at TDC, but in-between anyway.

There are no hard rules, though,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-12-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 791
Posted By BillL
One can go to the DMC site...

One can go to the DMC site (https://dmctools.com/products/crimp-tools/indent-crimp-tools/) and find all the turrets and positioners for this tool.

I have the AFM8 and got come knockoff positioners...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,402
Posted By BillL
Not where I thought this thread would go . . .

Surprising (to me) that the stick-start option has foundation in a solid safety aspect and the added unintended-start failure mode can be (should be) mitigated by design.

Needing 4 hands for the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 269
Posted By BillL
+1 .

+1 .
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,248
Posted By BillL
Tippers Tip

This thread is a good warning to builders and those bought flying.

1. Install guides for the latches
2. Ensure that the canopy has a good gap between that corner and the angle brace just below it....
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-11-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 485
Posted By BillL
Cool - - a .2 ktas change on my garmin can make a...

Cool - - a .2 ktas change on my garmin can make a 1.0 kt change due to rounding. It only shows or records airspeed in 1 kt increments.

I could not record any change on my -7 by full opening or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 05:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 732
Posted By BillL
Practice, change techniques.

Try shorter bursts
definitely tape
try lower pressure
try firmer pressure
try combinations
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,223
Posted By BillL
I was told by a good friend (RV7 builder) that...

I was told by a good friend (RV7 builder) that the Stitts Van bought/modified was built in a garage near him in Cornell, IL. I'll get more information, but wanted to post as he has been in EAA all...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-09-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By BillL
You likely got expired product, this what...

You likely got expired product, this what happens. Quality product will have the expiration date - if not - don't buy it.
Forum: Safety 10-08-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,501
Posted By BillL
Thanks for the heads-up!

I usually keep the heading bug on the current track heading just in case. It is good for deviations around build-ups too. If outage affects approaches, then that is trouble. The jammers are usually...
Forum: Primers 10-08-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 367
Posted By BillL
Forget stripping it . . . that is a superior...

Forget stripping it . . . that is a superior primer and is an active corrosion inhibitor. Better than you will likely get at the paint shop. Leave it there. In fact, if I build another plane I will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 06:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,087
Posted By BillL
YES! That KP article on engine power was EPIC! ...

YES! That KP article on engine power was EPIC! I have developed some additional spreadsheets and used this for my -7 and a friends -10. Then used Kevin's SS to make the POC fuel performance tables...
Forum: Safety 10-08-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,896
Posted By BillL
ROTFL . . . . . . .

ROTFL . . . . . . .
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-08-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By BillL
+1 Good seal, actually a tear drop, - same as...

+1 Good seal, actually a tear drop, - same as Vans recommends/sells. Be sure the use by date has not expired for the adhesive. I tested it for the dynamic pressures to Vne and it did not leak.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,087
Posted By BillL
Welcome to the Midwest! Parting with you RV has...

Welcome to the Midwest! Parting with you RV has to be a major event.

You will less than 2 RV time units away and OSH in your back yard! Bring warm clothes. :D

Are you thinking about building an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By BillL
One last thing - - pay attention when spacing the...

One last thing - - pay attention when spacing the cowl splits on each side. One side is longer than the other. I did not use the Skybolt mounts on the bottom, I made a single piece, two SB, and one...
Forum: COMM 10-07-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 996
Posted By BillL
The FCC license search site by geography has one...

The FCC license search site by geography has one tower located where the interference was the worst in a previous flight. It broadcasts at 161.67MHz and 425.xxxMHz. The power is listed as 100 and ERP...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 637
Posted By BillL
I have not, but . . . I don't know why the new...

I have not, but . . .

I don't know why the new gear would affect the top and sides of the spacing. Across the bottom use a screw not the SB for the inboard location next to the cowl exit. These two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,727
Posted By BillL
Thanks for the links, added to the archive. Can...

Thanks for the links, added to the archive.

Can this be CLOSED now?
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 06:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,896
Posted By BillL
Around here in fly-over country spring and...

Around here in fly-over country spring and especially fall (now) there is overcast and many times, broken. Yes it is hard to descend through a hole and I occasionally do use the spiral technique to...
Forum: COMM 10-07-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 996
Posted By BillL
HELP PLEASE . . . ...

I have the same issue PAR100EX, 123.000 only one location, Burlington, IA airport KBRL.

It sounds like music barely making it but it is strong enough to prevent communications. This flight, with...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-06-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,154
Posted By BillL
Not a woe - just normal

This is normal for the 7/9, brace yourself, there are much greater challenges ahead, but all doable.

Here are what I did and worked well. There are others in the archives.

16825
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 04:59 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 671
Posted By BillL
Heat Shield Tape Failure - PIREP

I was attempting to improve my cowl exit flow and needed to replace some heat shield. I had used some HVAC tape in the past, but it was not at the hangar so purchased some from the local hardware. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 04:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,727
Posted By BillL
5 RV7's have had catastrophic emp failures in...

5 RV7's have had catastrophic emp failures in flight. Some had data indicating overspeed with G loading, but not all. Lots of discussion as to why. Not saying flutter. Rudders came apart, VS came...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-05-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 786
Posted By BillL
I had the same dilemma with a 7 cowl and found...

I had the same dilemma with a 7 cowl and found it worked to mount to the outside you may need the clearance inside. Be sure there is no gel coat where you mount, then you can grind off the excess...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 671
Posted By BillL
What's all this talk about screws and washer...

What's all this talk about screws and washer spacing - - that is a bandaid for the shallow fins - - it only applies to aft #5 and front of #2. #6 has full fin depth on the aft side.

Randy, I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2021, 05:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 985
Posted By BillL
+1 Except I installed some new bearings.

+1 Except I installed some new bearings.
Forum: Tools 10-04-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,224
Posted By BillL
Yeah, I use a quality wood blade for the alloys...

Yeah, I use a quality wood blade for the alloys Vans uses. The softer, not heat treated will get hotter and cause trouble for larger pieces. I used a single blade for nearly my entire 7 build. The...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-04-2021, 04:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 462
Posted By BillL
The HF diamond wheels work great on well cured...

The HF diamond wheels work great on well cured product, but the coarse carbine wheels are needed for fresh work. The HF fine diamond wheels will collect material and clog. YMMV

I really like the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2021, 04:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,252
Posted By BillL
You found the cause.

Most definitely this could be the root cause. That flange is supposed to be on the inside as you state. Definitely repair these ports. The Vans are quite sensitive to any shape of the port except the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-03-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
Posted By BillL
Trick for Skybolt Cowl removal

The Skybolts grab everything like a bunch of treble hooks in a tackle box.

Getting the painted upper cowl on/off was risky.

I just added a few vegetable rubber bands and it keeps them retracted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 522
Posted By BillL
Like you, I got tired of cans and mixing and...

Like you, I got tired of cans and mixing and cleaning larger paint guns. I got an Iwata airbrush and mixed primer and top coats for several small area touchups. They worked well, mixing the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-03-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 922
Posted By BillL
Not defending the virtue of PP, but if you load...

Not defending the virtue of PP, but if you load that B&C to 55 amps and dump the load off via master it is going to blow the OV too. That voltage will rise in milliseconds with instant release of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 867
Posted By BillL
One way to measure your heavy right wing is to...

One way to measure your heavy right wing is to fly off the right tank until it is balanced then record/measure how many gallons it is. Do this before all the work to have a baseline.
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