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Forum: RV-8/8A Today, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,155
Posted By Ironflight
There are so many inspiringly clever ideas in...

There are so many inspiringly clever ideas in this thread that I am almost embarrassed to admit how I do it – but I will just to let folks know that it is possible because someday, you’ll have to do...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 09:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 718
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Bill - Fiberglas repair, although sometimes...

Hey Bill - Fiberglas repair, although sometimes messy, really isn’t that hard, and there are lots of ways to do it “right”. And a wheel pant is - for all practical considerations - a practice project...
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 10:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By Ironflight
That’s not a typical RV. Ur e - I think Mickey...

That’s not a typical RV. Ur e - I think Mickey just grabbed an example. The variation in climb rate for my RV-8 is about 50 rpm between 90 and 115 knots - that’s pretty flat compared to a lot of...
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By Ironflight
What Mickey said...... :D

What Mickey said...... :D
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By Ironflight
The discrepancy probably comes when people don’t...

The discrepancy probably comes when people don’t specify units! The Vfe four the RV-8 is 100 mph, or 87 knots. Those are design numbers, so are the same for all examples of the...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 09:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 422
Posted By Ironflight
Already being discussed...

Already being discussed here....

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=194215
Forum: Safety 04-14-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,383
Posted By Ironflight
You’re right guys - there are also special...

You’re right guys - there are also special requirements for other Experimental certificates - I just figured that the vast majority of folks here are registering their RV’s as E-AB, not for R&D,...
Forum: Safety 04-13-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,383
Posted By Ironflight
Many years ago, “special” airworthiness...

Many years ago, “special” airworthiness certificates (Experimental certificates are special) expired every year. Not so today.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-13-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,099
Posted By Ironflight
Internet opinions are interesting, but the most...

Internet opinions are interesting, but the most complete answer will come from a place like Aircraft Specialties (http://www.aircraftspecialties.aero/), the folks in Tulsa that overhaul and certify...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,042
Posted By Ironflight
My last bike (a plane-Jan Honda Shadow I used for...

My last bike (a plane-Jan Honda Shadow I used for occasional commuting to my hangar when I lived in Houston) is sitting in the hangar at Big Bear where it hasn’t moved since, golly....we moved to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,349
Posted By Ironflight
Oops....that’s what I get for working on a small...

Oops....that’s what I get for working on a small iPhone...... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,349
Posted By Ironflight
Interview with Van’s Rian and Greg!

Marc Cook did a fairly in-depth interview with Rian and greg from Van’s, talking about the industry and the work surrounding the issues with corrosion in the quick build kits - worth the time to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 512
Posted By Ironflight
Guys, Mel is completely and accurately correct in...

Guys, Mel is completely and accurately correct in terms of what the regs say.

I have ben to numerous FAST and Wings briefings by FA field inspectors who have very little knowledge of the...
Forum: California 04-10-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks everyone - flew over and back today, went...

Thanks everyone - flew over and back today, went slick - the transient ramp at the south end has a combo-lock gate (with the combo written on the inside, as usual....), and it was about a 200 yard...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 729
Posted By Ironflight
The thing about the CLickBond adhesive is that...

The thing about the CLickBond adhesive is that when it is cured, you can still scratch it with your fingernail - it doesn’t get rock hard like resin/hard er/filler. I think that slight give makes it...
Forum: California 04-09-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By Ironflight
Any Tips on Flying into Concord (KCCR)?

I might have to pop over the hill to visit a shop that is walking distance from Concord in the very near future - probably won’t need any services but a place to park, and a way to get on and off the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,534
Posted By Ironflight
Traditional engine cleaning is done with Stoddard...

Traditional engine cleaning is done with Stoddard Solvent or Varsol an a sprayer. For anything you are worried about (mags, electric is, etc), cover with aluminum foil. Interestingly enough, the...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-08-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,770
Posted By Ironflight
OK, just to make this RV - related, I can’t tell...

OK, just to make this RV - related, I can’t tell you the cruise speed, but i can tell you that the RV-1 couldn’t outrun it.... Here’s an article I wrote for Air and Space a few years...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,124
Posted By Ironflight
If you’re ready for airworthiness inspection, I’d...

If you’re ready for airworthiness inspection, I’d get it done and get flying. AC drops can happen fast or slow, and it can be hard to predict. The bottom line in this case is that a good flight test...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-07-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,048
Posted By Ironflight
And new Hartzells are being delivered with plugs...

And new Hartzells are being delivered with plugs in the trailing edge holes now, so its hard to screw up.....
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-06-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 804
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve flown our -3, -6, and -8 all in winds up to...

I’ve flown our -3, -6, and -8 all in winds up to 25 knots with gusts higher than that, and significant crosswind components, so I think whomever it was simply has different personal limits. The short...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-06-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By Ironflight
Years ago, I used to carry a case of oil in teh...

Years ago, I used to carry a case of oil in teh baggage compartment when flying around local. then I more regularly started carrying a person in the back and going cross-country - the oil came out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,190
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah....just for follow-up, that is not actually...

Yeah....just for follow-up, that is not actually “aviation grade”. The reason behind a self-locking feature is that the engineer can be fairly certain that the fastener is retained by design. It...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 583
Posted By Ironflight
The reason is simple - not every pilot is above...

The reason is simple - not every pilot is above average, as we all think! ;)

The EAA and FAA (in this country) have spent a lot of time looking over accident statistics, and have found that...
Forum: RV-10 04-04-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,434
Posted By Ironflight
A lot depends on your definition of “Back...

A lot depends on your definition of “Back Country” Flying in Idaho, many consider Johnson Creek a back country strip - until they fly into some of the REAL out of the way places - then Johnson Creek...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By Ironflight
Flock of drones?

Flock of drones?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By Ironflight
You think that’s bad? In the REALLY old days,...

You think that’s bad? In the REALLY old days, inspectors just seemed to make up whatever Ops Limits they wanted. I have a copy of the original Ops Lims for the RV-1 (they were re-issued every year...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-04-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,221
Posted By Ironflight
That’s exactly how we’re installing the canopy on...

That’s exactly how we’re installing the canopy on our Xenos....screws instead of rivets.
Forum: RV-14 04-04-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,729
Posted By Ironflight
I stay pretty well connected with most of the...

I stay pretty well connected with most of the major manufacturers Mike, and I think “offer” is a fairly generous term. Yes, they will talk with you about different engine options, and for a price,...
Forum: RV-14 04-04-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,729
Posted By Ironflight
That sounds kind of sinister.... Seriously,...

That sounds kind of sinister....

Seriously, when you design an airplane, you start with an engine. Van has traditionally designed around Lycomings because they are well understood, pretty reliable,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,495
Posted By Ironflight
Time to sacrifice a tool to the Lycoming...

Time to sacrifice a tool to the Lycoming gods....grind on a box-end wrench until it fits in there, and you might have to put the torque on the bolt head instead of the nut (figure out the additional...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-03-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,221
Posted By Ironflight
Actually yes! You drill the holes in the plex...

Actually yes! You drill the holes in the plex oversize to 1/4” and get a length of surgical rubber tubing with an interior diameter of 1/8” (the size of the rivets), and an O.D. Of 1/4”. You cut very...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-03-2021, 03:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 464
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had this happen once or twice on my unit,...

I’ve had this happen once or twice on my unit, and I figured out what I had done to make it happen - but the last time was so long ago that I don’t recall. It was something like double clicking the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,171
Posted By Ironflight
But...nothing prevents you from photocopying the...

But...nothing prevents you from photocopying the package to keep at home or in the hangar file cabinet so that if your cockpit gets flooded, or you need to look something up hen you’re not in the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By Ironflight
Good to point out that it is different for the...

Good to point out that it is different for the -10....but I looked up the OP’s “RV of interest”, and he had put down a -7, so I answered that way (since he wasn’t specific in the original...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By Ironflight
There are actually a lot of different LORD mount...

There are actually a lot of different LORD mount part numbers and designs, so before I followed the procedures in the book for another aircraft, I’d see which specific LORD mounts it uses, and how...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-01-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,221
Posted By Ironflight
I have kept a mental tally of crack reports on...

I have kept a mental tally of crack reports on -8’s for a lot of years, and can think of several that were glued on that cracked. It does not seem to be a panacea....

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-31-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By Ironflight
Soooo...if its a taildragger, and all the wheels...

Soooo...if its a taildragger, and all the wheels are on the ground, the back of the oil filter ) on a horizontal filter mount) is going to be measurably lower than the engine end. Punching a hole at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-31-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 876
Posted By Ironflight
I just got one of these from HFS yesterday, and...

I just got one of these from HFS yesterday, and really look forward to trying it out - but unfortunately, I fairly recently changed oil on both of our airplanes with horizontal filters, so it’ll be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 894
Posted By Ironflight
I actually like to order everything that I can...

I actually like to order everything that I can afford at once - that way I can move from one building job to another at will, especially if I get stuck on some task, and need my brain to work out the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,190
Posted By Ironflight
You won’t find the terminology in any place in...

You won’t find the terminology in any place in the AIM except with reference to flying a specific Transition segment of an instrument procedure. “Transiting” an airport’s airspace is acceptable of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,190
Posted By Ironflight
When I took over as Editor in Chief at Kitplanes...

When I took over as Editor in Chief at Kitplanes way back when, I was introduced to the “Style Guide”, a document that sets standard ways of using words, punctuation, and capitalization so that the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,024
Posted By Ironflight
Ditto all that for me, except that I have the...

Ditto all that for me, except that I have the standard four-in-to-two cross-over exhaust. The stop-drilled cracks have been there now for fifteen years, and my thought is that the down-turned tips...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,493
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah but Turbo....not that many sailboats powered...

Yeah but Turbo....not that many sailboats powered with air-cooled Lycomings....:;

This popcorn needs more butter! :p
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-28-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,412
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve currently got two injected airplanes, and...

We’ve currently got two injected airplanes, and two with carburetors - all work just fine, and while the injected airplanes get leaner smoother, the carbed ones can be flown LOP without any real...
Forum: RV-3 03-28-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 591
Posted By Ironflight
Just to reinforce the good points made so far, if...

Just to reinforce the good points made so far, if you decided to “beef things up”, you’d have absolutely no idea if you’d done any good (or harm?) anyway - flutter is just too complicated for the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-27-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,179
Posted By Ironflight
If Larry’s method doesn’t work, in this case you...

If Larry’s method doesn’t work, in this case you can just slit the grommet with a razor blade, put it on the tube, and pop it into the hole. The slit won’t pass any significant amount of air - but if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,493
Posted By Ironflight
While I wait for my popcorn to come out of the...

While I wait for my popcorn to come out of the microwave, I’ll just say that the only engine I have ever used MMO in was the C65 in the old J-3 in which I was a partner. I have no idea if it did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,176
Posted By Ironflight
Wow! In this country, if that loophole existed,...

Wow! In this country, if that loophole existed, EVERYONE would structure sales of significant items as “winnings” from a game of some sort....

Beating the tax man is a national sport here!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,250
Posted By Ironflight
here’s a second vote for Bruce’s covers - we have...

here’s a second vote for Bruce’s covers - we have one for all our low-wing airplanes, and though pricey, they are well worth it. Even so - our tip-up -6 can get water through the hinge slots if it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,924
Posted By Ironflight
The biggest truth you need to remember is that...

The biggest truth you need to remember is that you’re not alone - literally. There are so many RV pilots and owners along you’re route of flight that if you have ea mechanical issue of any kind, you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 429
Posted By Ironflight
I totally agree with your concerns David - the...

I totally agree with your concerns David - the RV-3 canopy is a pretty big sail attached to a pretty flimsy structure (the hinge). One of the advantages the RV-4 guys have is the mid-cockpit...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,838
Posted By Ironflight
For guys worried about his use of the term...

For guys worried about his use of the term “engineer”, be aware that the term doesn’t always translate the way you think it does. In many languages, and “engineer” is the term used for “mechanic”.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 900
Posted By Ironflight
The Valkyrie is only about 20 hours behind you...

The Valkyrie is only about 20 hours behind you Tom - but we’ve got five total airplanes to divide into two pilots, so each one gets less.....

Congrats on the milestone! Here’s to another 2,000 in...
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,838
Posted By Ironflight
In answer to your question of “why can’t it be...

In answer to your question of “why can’t it be exported back to the United States”, the answer is that it would have to qualify for a US Airworthiness Certificate, and if it was built for profit (if...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-23-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,897
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been reading these kind of threads for...

I’ve been reading these kind of threads for years, and every post has value - but just be aware that none of the ideas will work in every situation, mostly because of the variation in engine and...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-23-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 192,881
Posted By Ironflight
Add us to the “maybe” list if a date gets...

Add us to the “maybe” list if a date gets proposed - I can put the bush wheels back on the Tundra and lumber over there.....
Forum: RV-3 03-22-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,288
Posted By Ironflight
Derek, you are in excellent hands!

Derek, you are in excellent hands!
Forum: RV-3 03-22-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,288
Posted By Ironflight
Hello Derek, Just looking at your last two posts...

Hello Derek,

Just looking at your last two posts on both servo mounts, I’d urge you to find a local builder to have a close look and talk it over with. First, forget about the epoxy for mounting...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-22-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 634
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Sam - I was going to say that Russ McCutcheon...

Hey Sam - I was going to say that Russ McCutcheon knows exactly what you need, but you already got the answer. I can, however, tell you that when Russ fixed our -6 mount last year, he had to do a...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-19-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,232
Posted By Ironflight
From our observations at Kitplanes, this is true...

From our observations at Kitplanes, this is true across the industry - all of the kit manufacturers are saying that they have more sales than they can handle, and lead times are getting ridiculous. I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-18-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,956
Posted By Ironflight
And as someone who tries to keep an eye on the...

And as someone who tries to keep an eye on the entire kit industry, this is not just unique to Van’s - building has skyrocketed in the past twelve months all over the country (and the world I think),...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,534
Posted By Ironflight
We published an article about the usual spots...

We published an article about the usual spots that leak in a Lyc in Kitplanes last year - if you’re in to chasing down your leak, you might have a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 715
Posted By Ironflight
Completely your choice what you’d like to do! Now...

Completely your choice what you’d like to do! Now folks know they have a choice.
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