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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 03:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 782
Posted By mike newall
The 5 point is much more comfortable, but I am a...

The 5 point is much more comfortable, but I am a fan of Crow belts. Had 3 sets so far and all super comfy and cheaper than Hooker last time I looked.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 227
Posted By mike newall
Wrong technique. Search for bonding plexiglass,...

Wrong technique.

Search for bonding plexiglass, if the two parts fit well, then Tensol or similar will bond the plexiglass perfectly, it can then be buffed out.

Search CAF warbirds canopy repairs -...
Forum: RV-10 10-07-2021, 01:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By mike newall
SB, you are referring to the SL ;)

SB, you are referring to the SL ;)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-05-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 344
Posted By mike newall
A friend had similar with his RV10 elevator trim...

A friend had similar with his RV10 elevator trim hinge.

Try and see where it is binding, or - with it assembled with the pin in, start drilling rivets out from the centre. As soon as it is free,...
Forum: RV-10 10-04-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By mike newall
Apparently, this is an unpublished SB and is sold...

Apparently, this is an unpublished SB and is sold when noticed by owners.

I am assuming this only has affected a few aeroplanes with high hours when operated off unprepared strips. 2 in the UK thus...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By mike newall
Interesting - thanks for that. I also see that...

Interesting - thanks for that.

I also see that the weldments are $1200 !!!

We will operate off tarmac, so I am thinking we will be careful :D:D
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By mike newall
SB 00007 - The Missing SB !

This relates to the service letter 00033 from February this year about cracks to WD-1021 and the replacement with a new design part.

There are currently 2 failed aeroplanes in the UK, one has been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,018
Posted By mike newall
Some years ago, a friend who flew a BN Islander...

Some years ago, a friend who flew a BN Islander for a skydiving club lost a cylinder in the climb - came out of the cowling.

Landed.

They said - OMG, what are we going to do ?

He said - "I'm off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,269
Posted By mike newall
Dan speaks wise words, as he says, the Odyssey is...

Dan speaks wise words, as he says, the Odyssey is a splendid battery, requires a correct charger/maintainer, and should last ages.

Our RV7 has had 2 PC680's in 10 years. The old battery is still in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 655
Posted By mike newall
How bizarre........... My build buddy, Derek and...

How bizarre...........

My build buddy, Derek and I took a ride in Colin's RV10 at Wickenby in UK today.

We are 50% through our build and hoping that these brake lines from someone in SC fit.........
Forum: Propellers 09-13-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,192
Posted By mike newall
We operate a 7 with an IO-360 and MT 3 blade...

We operate a 7 with an IO-360 and MT 3 blade prop. 10 years, 600 hours, 1 low use overhaul on calendar life at 6 years - cost $1500US.

Would I use another prop - No !

The MT is super smooth,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-13-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By mike newall
Our 10 year old stinger was suffering from a bit...

Our 10 year old stinger was suffering from a bit of sag.

The knuckle was also a little wobbly, so we just overhauled it.

Had it cold bent down by 5° and put taper bolts through the original bolt...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-27-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,578
Posted By mike newall
Wilco. It is inbound and we should flight test...

Wilco. It is inbound and we should flight test next week.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,745
Posted By mike newall
MT 3 blade prop 2 P-Mags Come into the 21st...

MT 3 blade prop

2 P-Mags

Come into the 21st Century and enjoy......:D
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 825
Posted By mike newall
Pay attention, go slowly, go bare...... 4 times...

Pay attention, go slowly, go bare......

4 times now and arrow straight traiing edges..;)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-23-2021, 02:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By mike newall
We found that the kit has suffered from...

We found that the kit has suffered from technology creep !

As originally designed, the number of cables going that route were less than a more modern version. We used a second passing and used...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-22-2021, 04:16 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,021
Posted By mike newall
Having done 3 first flight and fly off's in...

Having done 3 first flight and fly off's in 12ULS's now, I would agree that the aeroplane will fit in to any pattern speed and accommodate slower, or faster traffic.

However...... Until you have...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,021
Posted By mike newall
Simply put, the RV12 can pretty much be built...

Simply put, the RV12 can pretty much be built single handed in 2 years.

Any of the others will take 5 years and need some assistance.

We did 2 in 2 years, side by side in our shop.

They fly well,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,578
Posted By mike newall
Well guys... Lots of great suggestions,...

Well guys... Lots of great suggestions, fortunately I have found some old tailwheels in the local airfield box of trash bits.

I think I can resurrect this one for now. But it is work in progress...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-18-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,578
Posted By mike newall
Vans Tailwheel Bearings

Standard Vans tailwheel.....

Bolt is wobbly, the bearing is worn, but the tyre is OK.

Can you replace the bearings, and if so - do you have a reference for the bearing please.
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 805
Posted By mike newall
This happened to us with our aileron for our RV8...

This happened to us with our aileron for our RV8 - I called Barb and she shouted out to the office " We found it " :D

The other aileron arrived via air freight within 7 days, I then waited and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,212
Posted By mike newall
Finger and thumb......... Only need a fingertip...

Finger and thumb.........

Only need a fingertip grip :D
Forum: Painting your RV 08-11-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
Posted By mike newall
Having done 4 interiors and another one about to...

Having done 4 interiors and another one about to start, they are not pleasant.

We use a neutral grey for sides etc and a darker one for the panel as well. You can get the RV14 mix ratio from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-29-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,892
Posted By mike newall
Get it off.....ASAP You will Scotch prior to...

Get it off.....ASAP

You will Scotch prior to painting so .....whatever.
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2021, 02:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,524
Posted By mike newall
A little vid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mcFAgD5yabk
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-14-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,423
Posted By mike newall
Any system such as a Raven or Christen needs...

Any system such as a Raven or Christen needs either positive or negative G.

It is just a big ball bearing rattling up and down that diverts oil one way or another.

If you dither around zero g, the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 608
Posted By mike newall
I would not hesitate, however, the 2 we built...

I would not hesitate, however, the 2 we built were for an engineering exercise so would be sold.

If I were building one for myself, an absolute no brainer.

Hated drilling those holes.
Forum: Autopilots 07-11-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,387
Posted By mike newall
So, Through this, Andrew from Honeywell has been...

So,

Through this, Andrew from Honeywell has been emailing me with suggestions and work alongs.

We agreed to go back to base settings - complete new install etc etc.

Erect the unit while still on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-05-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,309
Posted By mike newall
Perhaps you can do an episode of all the gotchas...

Perhaps you can do an episode of all the gotchas in the RV10 plans...... This is my 5th RV build and the most frustrating due to plans and instruction issues.

Subscribed !
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 650
Posted By mike newall
Use stock bolts, I use standard nuts from Home...

Use stock bolts, I use standard nuts from Home Despot and put some bright pink mason line around the area to remind me not to leave them in :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 04:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,939
Posted By mike newall
They need to contact Stephen Coonts and share...

They need to contact Stephen Coonts and share experiences.

He did it in a Stearman and wrote it up in his first non fiction book, The Cannibal Queen.

A very good read btw.
Forum: Autopilots 06-16-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,387
Posted By mike newall
DigiTrak only does left and right stuff, so more...

DigiTrak only does left and right stuff, so more likely an alignment issue.
Forum: Autopilots 06-16-2021, 03:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,387
Posted By mike newall
Thanks Andrew

Thanks Andrew
Forum: Autopilots 06-15-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,387
Posted By mike newall
Digitrak going bonkers !

We have a basic DigiTrak in our RV7.

All good except every so often, you turn it on - smooth conditions - and once you engage it, it dives left or right, won't hold heading etc etc.

Turn off, leave...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2021, 04:01 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 448
Posted By mike newall
Avidyne replacement for G430 - no wind display

Recently swapped out an old Garmin430 that fried its screen.


Thus far, the slide in IFD440 is very good, however we notice we have lost the wind display on the D100.


I snapped all the base...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 11,100
Posted By mike newall
Came to the aeroplane and found this. Thanks to...

Came to the aeroplane and found this.

Thanks to the visiting aerobatic crowd, someone had stabbed my prop with his ironmongery on his wing tip.

Cost me $2500

12018
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2021, 01:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,927
Posted By mike newall
I would delete the undercarriage and get a gun...

I would delete the undercarriage and get a gun drilled aluminium set from Grove. Lighter and an easier install with no brake lines down the leg.

https://www.groveaircraft.com/gundrill.html

Also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 06:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,918
Posted By mike newall
The UN has been consulted....... My take is...

The UN has been consulted.......

My take is this.

All internal surfaces are primed with a decent etch primer.

Anywhere there is a skin overlap, I Scotch the outside mating surface an inch or so...
Forum: GPS 05-21-2021, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By mike newall
Avidyne IFD440 Garmin430 swap

When the manufacturer says - Slide Out - Slide In, you expect that to work.....

A big heads up to save some grief for others.

When you slide your new IFD unit into the Garmin tray - slip a steel...
Forum: Reviews 05-20-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 372
Posted By mike newall
PS Engineering - Good Guys

Doing panel planning and needed some confirmation on what the PDA360EX panel will do interfacing with an Avidyne IFD540.

Info provided, questions answered in 3 emails in under 3 hours.

Order being...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-18-2021, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,652
Posted By mike newall
Had we known how loud it was we would have put a...

Had we known how loud it was we would have put a switch in the line, but after it was all installed - too complex.

We cut up an old yellow Bic pen and glued a length onto the fuse. A short loop of...
Forum: RV-10 05-18-2021, 02:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,277
Posted By mike newall
Never Prosealed any trailing edges and all arrow...

Never Prosealed any trailing edges and all arrow straight. Decent back rivet plate, work alternately out from the centre of the piece and plenty of clecos. Also, make sure the wedge is correctly...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,514
Posted By mike newall
Thanks.... Working on similar M

Thanks....

Working on similar

M
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,514
Posted By mike newall
Been there, done that... Can't decide whether it...

Been there, done that...

Can't decide whether it is tail or main wheel shimmy at the mo....

Think it is tailwheel...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,514
Posted By mike newall
Tailwheels..... Do they work ?

Our 7 is 11 years old, we have had the original, an alternate, a forked unit etc.

We still get plagued by lack of steering or shimmy.

The two are not necessarily connected btw. The locking pin...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-22-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,415
Posted By mike newall
I will muse a little..... Back in the day, our...

I will muse a little.....

Back in the day, our first long haul flights in the 757 were MAN to BGR. My word, I was excited. We are talking 1994, ish.

We stayed at the Ramadan, opposite...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2021, 03:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,271
Posted By mike newall
Yea - saw that but a lot of threads were...

Yea - saw that but a lot of threads were relatively old.

Was hoping for some revelation out of PP saying that this year's model is bigger, better, faster, more......:rolleyes:
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-19-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,862
Posted By mike newall
Well............ We are trying our best in Old...

Well............

We are trying our best in Old Blighty to actually be the first on an RV10.

Thanks for the info and all the feedback from Les.

By 2025, we should be good to go ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-19-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,271
Posted By mike newall
Alternator Reliability

There are a couple of threads in the UK about issues with failures on Plane Power alternators around 250 - 400 hours.

As we are about to spec our RV10, I looked at previous threads here and found an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,988
Posted By mike newall
The sense pipe from the inlet manifold had split...

The sense pipe from the inlet manifold had split and detached from the T piece between the mags. The rest is what Brad said as best as I can remember.

In our case, when you got to altitude and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2021, 03:47 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,988
Posted By mike newall
Re time the P-Mags to TDC. Also check all of...

Re time the P-Mags to TDC. Also check all of your pipes from the inlet manifold to the P-Mags.

We had exactly the same issues accompanied by low power. Brad was brilliant and said check for leaks...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 484
Posted By mike newall
Ditto here. We lay things out on the bench so we...

Ditto here.

We lay things out on the bench so we get our heads around mirror images.

The most frustrating thing is the way Vans label parts L & R. This does not necessarily mean it relates to a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,560
Posted By mike newall
Wish I was there...... only second time in about...

Wish I was there...... only second time in about 15 years i haven't been there :(

Enjoy and anyone passing E-Mag booth say to brad - Mike says Hi !!!!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2021, 01:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,323
Posted By mike newall
Probably the old grease contamination. Strip the...

Probably the old grease contamination. Strip the motor/gearbox and check for grease from the gearbox getting into the motor.
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2021, 01:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,238
Posted By mike newall
Alt is in the Cessna split Master...

Alt is in the Cessna split Master Switch.

Avionics Master after start.
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,238
Posted By mike newall
We have a standard ignition/start switch. On the...

We have a standard ignition/start switch.

On the switch panel with all the lights, strobes, avionics etc, we have 2 switches for the P-Mags.

All our switches are switch breakers to avoid...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 429
Posted By mike newall
Fractionally wider than a standard...

Fractionally wider than a standard trailer......

Speak with your local car recovery company and ask for a cash only surprise deal.......

Tell them it is an off road vehicle, which technically it is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-05-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,123
Posted By mike newall
The factory supplied springs are about as much...

The factory supplied springs are about as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

We built 2 RV12's and during the initial fly off testing 6 springs failed !

We replaced all of them with after market...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-05-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,158
Posted By mike newall
They stall.... Not much notice, but thoroughly...

They stall....

Not much notice, but thoroughly benign.

You have full authority in all 3 axes down to the stall. I do a demonstration at min speed with full inputs - it moans a bit but doesn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-05-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,679
Posted By mike newall
Yep.... sell that one and buy a 7 :D;):p

Yep.... sell that one and buy a 7 :D;):p
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,840
Posted By mike newall
These threads on VAF wander this way and that -...

These threads on VAF wander this way and that - that makes them so useful. Yes, your original question may have been answered, but the thread acts as a reminder to others to have a think about how...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,840
Posted By mike newall
Carlos, What we do is similar enough... I...

Carlos,

What we do is similar enough... I wouldn't leave oil in for 50 hours unless it was flying daily ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 04:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,840
Posted By mike newall
The design and history of our engines is the...

The design and history of our engines is the reason. They have 70 plus year old ditch pumps and tractor motors in their history. Low compression, lots of blow by, lots of lead, oil gets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 8,475
Posted By mike newall
Bizarrely, in the UK it was called Redex. Red...

Bizarrely, in the UK it was called Redex.

Red upper cylinder lubricant.

You used to pay tuppence a squirt into your petrol tank as you fuelled. they assured you it would stop your motor from...
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