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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,119
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I pulled that stunt departing from Jackson Hole....

I pulled that stunt departing from Jackson Hole. Barely got to the nearby runup area and all I could do was taxi in circles. Had to be towed back to the shop. 😂

I now always keep a pair of brake...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,458
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Yup. This past July taking off out of Salida, CO...

Yup. This past July taking off out of Salida, CO on a chilly Rocky Mountain morning just before sunrise with virga in the sky around Poncha Pass. Barely made it over the low hills around the airport....
Forum: Safety 12-07-2020, 10:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,779
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I'm based in Durango (KDRO) and have flown my...

I'm based in Durango (KDRO) and have flown my RV-8 out to SoCal, NorCal and the PNW several times. It's a spectacularly beautiful area to fly over. But I agree with the consensus regarding the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-24-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,090
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
For some reason, I can’t recall many folks...

For some reason, I can’t recall many folks talking about how good it feels to grease a 3-point landing in the RV-8. Perhaps my memory is failing me. ;)

Go with what works best for you.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,979
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I smoked for a couple of years after my wife...

I smoked for a couple of years after my wife passed. As Bruce and I were heading back to his field on the last day of transition training I commented “ Boy I could use a smoke right now!” A couple of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-24-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,720
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Thats a great bit of safety advice. I will update...

Thats a great bit of safety advice. I will update my emergency checklists accordingly. Lol! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2020, 02:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,932
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I use something like this, but with a screw-on...

I use something like this, but with a screw-on cap. Works great.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B06VWLSV52/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_imm_t1_.XYxFb4D93AGF

I velcro the reservoir to the floor next to the stick....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,703
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Tell them “Life is a journey, not a...

Tell them “Life is a journey, not a destination.”

Some people row a boat across the ocean, some people climb Mt . Everest, and some people live their life without accomplishing anything notable at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-24-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,558
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Am currently upgrading the 20 year old 10-3878...

Am currently upgrading the 20 year old 10-3878 carb on my O-360-A1A with a rebuilt 10-4164-1 carb.

Spoke with the tech support engineer at Tempest/Marvel-Schebler today. They advise the 10-4164-1...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,798
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Am currently upgrading the 20 year old 10-3878...

Am currently upgrading the 20 year old 10-3878 carb on my O-360-A1A with a rebuilt 10-4164-1 carb.

Spoke with the tech support engineer at Tempest/Marvel-Schebler today. They advise the 10-4164-1...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 02:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,635
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Take a look at Puma driving shoes. Perfect...

Take a look at Puma driving shoes. Perfect footwear for the taildragger tapdance. 👍
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,668
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Very cool! 👌

Very cool! 👌
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-27-2020, 05:34 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,918
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Thank you so much for your comment on carb...

Thank you so much for your comment on carb setup.

The majority of my takeoffs are at higher DA airports. When I do get out to the West Coast takeoff power and performance has been very impressive,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-27-2020, 12:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 16,918
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
FWIW, Im based at 6600 ft MSL. 9000 ft MSL DA is...

FWIW, Im based at 6600 ft MSL. 9000 ft MSL DA is dead common in the summer. I never lean for takeoff. Got plenty of power and it helps keep CHTs below 400. Takeoff fuel flow is about 13.6 gph.
Forum: Safety 07-26-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,607
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
In industry, its common practice for critical...

In industry, its common practice for critical filters to be equipped with internal bypasses which will open at a set "cracking pressure". A 10 micron filter is very fine as far as liquid filters go,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,740
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Beautiful looking -8, Rob. I wish you many...

Beautiful looking -8, Rob.

I wish you many years of fun and happiness with her. 👍
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,316
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Im normally at 94% on O2. Being based in Durango...

Im normally at 94% on O2. Being based in Durango probably lowers my O2 demand at 10,000 ft.

Eat more steak. 😄
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,316
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
My MH system practically lasts the entire summer...

My MH system practically lasts the entire summer season between refills. Based in Durango, most of my flying is on O2. Refilling is so infrequent that its not an inconvenience whatsoever.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2020, 08:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,460
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I wholeheartedly recommend Bruce Bohannon down in...

I wholeheartedly recommend Bruce Bohannon down in Angleton, TX. He's an excellent instructor..a legendary pilot with wealth of experience and ~33 world records to his name. Better to get ones...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 07:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,715
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Interesting. That could explain the sloppy...

Interesting. That could explain the sloppy soldering work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,041
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Spoke with my insurer today. They advise that...

Spoke with my insurer today. They advise that depending on your state of residence, certain assets may be shielded from such lawsuits including funds in a retirement account, your primary residence...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,715
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I had a similar problem. The avionics guy was...

I had a similar problem. The avionics guy was stumped. Ended up replacing the servo and indicator and grip. Found a broken soldered connection in the Ray Allen grip. I was not impressed with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 03:24 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,041
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Interesting. Looks like I need some legal advice...

Interesting. Looks like I need some legal advice myself. Beneficiaries can sure get weird and contentious....BTDT.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,041
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I am a neophyte on this particular subject, but...

I am a neophyte on this particular subject, but the bolded part seems a very broad statement. For example, the deceased?s estate is bound by the terms of the will or trust...I have served as an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,725
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I?m a steam gauge guy myself, except for the...

I?m a steam gauge guy myself, except for the Garmin Aera 660....love that! I have engine monitor and FF compuer too.

What happens if your partner presses the wrong button by mistake? Or even a few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 11:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,937
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I installed an AntiSplat oil mist separator with...

I installed an AntiSplat oil mist separator with the collected oil drained back to the crankcase. However, we routed the vent line overboard in the vicinity of the exhaust outlet. Did not tie the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-05-2019, 04:44 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,440
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I've not had that much weight in the back seat of...

I've not had that much weight in the back seat of my RV-8. It's very helpful to know about this. I will be sure to adopt a conservative approach to establishing my "working" aft CG limit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-02-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,440
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
The Utility Category aft CG line at circa 86.75"...

The Utility Category aft CG line at circa 86.75" looks like the commonly "published" location in the various RV-8 POH's I've seen.

Veetail88's comment suggests stick force reversal perhaps 1/2"...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-01-2019, 11:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,440
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
You're a wise man, Paul. Sounds like the...

You're a wise man, Paul.

Sounds like the allowable max aft CG location might possibly be located too far aft.

When my friend experienced the deep stall in the Velocity, he actually climbed out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 01:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,088
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I'm averaging 100 hrs/yr. Would be around 200,...

I'm averaging 100 hrs/yr. Would be around 200, but I spend half the year out of the country. Love my RV-8. Cant think of ANY other plane I'd prefer to fly. Buying it was one of the best decisions...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2019, 01:27 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,440
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Stick force reversal is an indication of...

Stick force reversal is an indication of potential longitudinal instability. I would be reluctant to stall the plane at altitude with such an aft CG and gross weight unless I had a parachute and was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,550
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I agree. I would let the foreign buyer assume all...

I agree. I would let the foreign buyer assume all costs for disassembly, preservation, packing, documentation, export crating, handling, insurance and shipping. Point of delivery being Sellers...
Forum: Safety 09-20-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,970
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
s/n 80039. One of the oldest ones. RIP to the...

s/n 80039. One of the oldest ones.

RIP to the unfortunate owner and passenger. Very sad. :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,271
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Pendleton, OR, Mather/Sacramento , Flagstaff and...

Pendleton, OR, Mather/Sacramento , Flagstaff and home to Santa Fe, NM. Second loop through the PNW this summer.

An amazing machine, indeed. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 949
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Recently overhauled my right Cleveland 10-30...

Recently overhauled my right Cleveland 10-30 cylinder using the appropriate overhaul kit from Aircraft Spruce. Catch it now before you find yourself going in circles in the run-up area at Jackson...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,452
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
That would be an interesting study. I view...

That would be an interesting study.

I view flying and navigating an airplane in three dimensional space as a fundamentally analog experience. Artificial horizons are always an analog representation,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 02:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,452
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
My main concern with proprietary black boxes is...

My main concern with proprietary black boxes is obsolescence and loss of support. Seen this happen too many times with industrial controls over the course of my engineering career. My UBG-16, FP-5,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,401
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I would expect that significant cummulative time...

I would expect that significant cummulative time above 400F is more of a concern. But if you briefly exceed 400F during initial takeoff climb but spend 99% of the time cruising at 330F CHT, it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 11,189
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
This is the route I've taken as well. Glad to...

This is the route I've taken as well. Glad to hear it's working so well for you. I've not used it yet in winter conditions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2019, 05:28 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,164
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I like flying my 8 with O-360 just a tad below...

I like flying my 8 with O-360 just a tad below WOT (to close enrichment circuit) at 2280 rpm, 7.2 gph and 182 mph TAS. Typically at 19-20 inHg MP (12,500 - 10,500 ft MSL). CHTs circa 320 F, EGTs...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,909
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
So, late yesterday afternoon after "Shop A"...

So, late yesterday afternoon after "Shop A" allegedly found the mag timing at 30 BTC, they reset the timing to 25 BTC despite the final alignment between timing mark on the flywheel and the casing...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2019, 02:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,909
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I'm going to have another shop review this in the...

I'm going to have another shop review this in the morning. I'm getting conflicting advice.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-08-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,909
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Steve, I use 100LL...I didn't want to reduce...

Steve,

I use 100LL...I didn't want to reduce power because of the shallow climb rate and being lower than usual to the ground. I normally reduce rpm to 2400 rpm for climbout at around 400 ft AGL and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-08-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,909
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Workshop screw-up

I had a local service shop replace my left magneto early this week (Slick 4371 IC mag). On my first post-work flight I noticed the cyl # 1 EGT climb to possibly over 1450F with Cyl #1 CHT of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 12,425
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
This is consistent with TT's total lack of...

This is consistent with TT's total lack of support with my recent tech query.

Hopefully Honeywell issues a statement of ongoing support soon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 06:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Lemme see... 1. I read the TT manual multiple...

Lemme see...

1. I read the TT manual multiple times (I'm an engineer). It's not a very well written or comprehensive manual. It deals mostly with installation and tuning, but not so much with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 01:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I took it up for the first flight of the season...

I took it up for the first flight of the season this morning. A nice flight up past Taos to the CO border, west across the vast valley to the Jemez Range then back south to Santa Fe. A glorious start...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I'll inspect for a sheared shear pin, but as...

I'll inspect for a sheared shear pin, but as overriding the pitch and roll servos encounters a similar amount of resistance, there's a good chance the pins are okay. I'll let you know. I sincerely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 05:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Bob, I've pulled the following excerpt out of...

Bob,

I've pulled the following excerpt out of the TruTrak manual (Rev B, Dec 2009):

The reason for setting the torque to a setting less than its maximum (12) is to reduce the current draw of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
That's interesting, Bob. Can you kindly point me...

That's interesting, Bob. Can you kindly point me to a document somewhere that states this?

Where does this rabbit hole end? :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
My TruTrak must use some kind of slip clutch as...

My TruTrak must use some kind of slip clutch as it didn't require much stick force to override it...which I'm glad to have discovered while still on the ground.

My initial thought was that it was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
TruTrak simply referred me to the manual and said...

TruTrak simply referred me to the manual and said they could not answer my question. No attempt to troubleshoot it by them. You'd think they'd have somebody around there, or who they could call, who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Very interesting, Chris. I didn't know that about...

Very interesting, Chris. I didn't know that about the a/p disengage button also engaging the a/p....I can now confirm that is true for mine as well. It's the only a/p button on my grip. Yes, looks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
There is a setting for this, I honestly don't...

There is a setting for this, I honestly don't know what it is. Not sure it applies here. But while stationary it does go into Alt Hold mode and Trak mode and takes control of the stick...it just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 08:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,770
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
TruTrak ADI Pilot II autopilot...problem or not?

Hey guys, I have what may be a simple question regarding basic operation of the subject autopilot. I've contact TruTrak who cannot provide any insights.

My plane just came out of annual. While...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,076
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Sorry for the late reply, bro. At cruise (12,500...

Sorry for the late reply, bro.

At cruise (12,500 ft, 182 mph TAS, MP=19.25", 2280 rpm, ~6.8-7.0 gph), I'm typically getting:

#1 1396/325
#2 1389/326
#3 1345/345
#4 1383/303

I've got one PMag which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,487
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I use both Foreflight and Garmin Pilot on my...

I use both Foreflight and Garmin Pilot on my iPad. I use a Garmin Aera 660 for navigation/autopilot and do my planning in Garmin Pilot and upload it to the Aera 660 via Connext. I also have a Garmin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,863
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
I redid my tailwheel endorsement a few years ago...

I redid my tailwheel endorsement a few years ago in Ft. Collins, CO with the following folks. Great school. Plus you'll get it under high density altitude conditions. We did the training in Mike...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,076
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
For cruise, I pull the throttle back a scoshe to...

For cruise, I pull the throttle back a scoshe to reduce manifold pressure about 0.25" from WOT which, in addition to increasing turbulence, also serves to close the mixture enrichment circuit in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,686
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Use the units you're most comfortable with and...

Use the units you're most comfortable with and have an intuitive feel for. If you know all your key airspeeds and other performance parameters in "mph" and "SM", then its safer to stick with that...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,662
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Thank you, Capt. I agree with your comment. :) I...

Thank you, Capt. I agree with your comment. :)

I typically don't let my fuel draw down below 1/3 full in either tank, and always top them off at the next opportunity after every 2 hours of flight....
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,389
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Smokey/Bruce/Steve, As I want to be prepared for...

Smokey/Bruce/Steve,

As I want to be prepared for more off-pavement flying, you've sold me on converting to the Lynx Cables set-up. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,389
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
Steve, I discussed the geometry issue at length...

Steve,

I discussed the geometry issue at length with the rocket link manufacturer several months ago. He's aware of community concerns about the link-steering arm geometry issue but considers it a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,389
Posted By Tom @ N269CP
My RV-8 had a rocket link already installed when...

My RV-8 had a rocket link already installed when I bought it. I prefer the positive steering control with the link over the tap-dance-inducing hysteresis of chains/springs. Steering with the link is...
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