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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 12:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,118
Posted By airguy
I'm thinking of trying the hydrogen generator...

I'm thinking of trying the hydrogen generator thing... :cool:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:11 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 28,779
Posted By airguy
Detonation is affected by several factors -...

Detonation is affected by several factors - compression, temperature, engine speed, and perhaps most importantly for us - cylinder size. Large bore, slow moving engines are more prone to detonation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 130
Views: 28,779
Posted By airguy
I just picked up 125 gallons of 93E10 at my local...

I just picked up 125 gallons of 93E10 at my local Walmart for $3.30 per gallon.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-21-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,108
Posted By airguy
As some have noticed, different manufacturers...

As some have noticed, different manufacturers have different ratings and methods for reaching them. The only rating that really matters is the one that is done by the aircraft owner - and the result...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-20-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,423
Posted By airguy
Yep, that one is a parts donor now.

Yep, that one is a parts donor now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,019
Posted By airguy
Super-secret sauce. For the most part, the race...

Super-secret sauce.

For the most part, the race teams are generally not very willing to share modification and test data.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-19-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,743
Posted By airguy
Better check your crank too - the "standard" L2A...

Better check your crank too - the "standard" L2A build comes with a solid crank, I think.
Forum: Safety 09-19-2022, 07:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,424
Posted By airguy
In a couple thousand hours of flying, I've had...

In a couple thousand hours of flying, I've had exactly ONE instance where the controller was wrong, everyone knew it, and he still tried to argue with me on the frequency. I just let it slide, he...
Forum: Reviews 09-19-2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,325
Posted By airguy
Nothing wrong with belt and suspenders.

Nothing wrong with belt and suspenders.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,174
Posted By airguy
Great way of looking at it. I know I've collected...

Great way of looking at it. I know I've collected three PPL's so far doing that, with a couple more probables still in process.

I'm apparently more efficient, however, at selling Vans aircraft to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-16-2022, 06:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,785
Posted By airguy
You'll also need an open end wrench to break some...

You'll also need an open end wrench to break some loose. Once you've broken the torque, you should be able to spin them with fingertips or with a small socket held in your fingers.
Forum: Reviews 09-16-2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,325
Posted By airguy
I'm quite happy with it - it saved my airplane in...

I'm quite happy with it - it saved my airplane in several ugly storms, including one in which other airplanes were damaged and mine was not. The big storm in Oshkosh a couple years ago BENT my ASA...
Forum: Propellers 09-16-2022, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 783
Posted By airguy
I had some similar rock chips in my WW200RV prop...

I had some similar rock chips in my WW200RV prop - called Whirlwind and sent them some pics, they said as long as the fibers under the epoxy are not "damaged" then repair with epoxy and smooth it out...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-16-2022, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 402
Posted By airguy
Check your coax between the antenna and the tray....

Check your coax between the antenna and the tray. You may have bent over the center conductor of the coax during the radio install, shorting it - this would present as a very high VSWR and generate...
Forum: Safety 09-14-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
What other kit manufacturers publish their...

What other kit manufacturers publish their testing methods and specifics on each model?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,910
Posted By airguy
What about redundant systems? SDS, for instance,...

What about redundant systems?

SDS, for instance, has dual boards available - each of which fire one set of spark plugs and either can fire the injectors with a flip of one switch. The primary board...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 02:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 863
Posted By airguy
That is true if using the old...

That is true if using the old capacitance-to-voltage converters originally supplied by Vans, but the Princeton version is much better.

If you go ahead and tell it you added fuel despite the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,910
Posted By airguy
While that attitude is still prevalent today, I...

While that attitude is still prevalent today, I think within a decade (possibly 2) the idea will be mainstream. Vans Aircraft is putting more airplanes in the sky each year than Piper and Cessna...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,910
Posted By airguy
We're not stuck there - at least not "we" in...

We're not stuck there - at least not "we" in collective sense in the EAB world. Those of us running SDS or EFII systems have shown it can be done, and even with E10 premium pump gas. The entirety of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 11:37 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,910
Posted By airguy
Yes I did - but not until after I had posted....

Yes I did - but not until after I had posted. :eek:

Statement retracted. I was thinking of ethanol, not TEL.
Forum: RV-10 09-06-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 11,506
Posted By airguy
It just gives Vans plausible deniability in...

It just gives Vans plausible deniability in todays litigious environment.

I can completely understand their position, especially after weeks of threads here on VAF screaming about the 7 rudder being...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,693
Posted By airguy
The plane would have some decent value "as-is,...

The plane would have some decent value "as-is, where-is" to an experienced builder as a renovation project.
Forum: Texas (North) 09-03-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 236
Posted By airguy
Mel Asberry out of Dallas is top-shelf.

Mel Asberry out of Dallas is top-shelf.
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 09-02-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,304
Posted By airguy
That's a very astute observation. Similar to...

That's a very astute observation. Similar to ground leaning - lean it enough so that any application of power will bog down and make it obvious.
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 09-01-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,304
Posted By airguy
Something interesting here.... You can see the...

Something interesting here....

You can see the older work done by Precision Aircraft (Frank Hinds) for the annual and other work - note the dates and Tach time.

Then Poor Boy did the panel install...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 08-30-2022, 03:32 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,304
Posted By airguy
To my knowledge, there is only one shop on the...

To my knowledge, there is only one shop on the field there that will do panel installs on experimentals. I know the field quite well.

That still doesn't tell us if it was that particular shop that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2022, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By airguy
The starter relay grounds itself to the firewall...

The starter relay grounds itself to the firewall via it's mount points. If there is a poor electrical connection (corrosion) in the rivets holding the relay to the mount bracket, it may not pass...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 08-30-2022, 02:54 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,304
Posted By airguy
The shop obviously did not test for full-power...

The shop obviously did not test for full-power runup and match the fuel flow to what should be consumed - the difference there should have been way obvious during any attempt to calibrate the fuel...
Forum: Safety 08-28-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
Red corvettes are more likely to be involved in...

Red corvettes are more likely to be involved in wrecks than blue ones. It must be the paint. We need to change the paint. Why isn't anybody changing the paint?
Forum: Safety 08-28-2022, 01:18 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
Fair enough - but the rudder failures are a...

Fair enough - but the rudder failures are a symptom - not a cause. By masking the symptom you're just transferring the problem somewhere else. The root cause here is flying the aircraft beyond the...
Forum: GPS 08-28-2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,715
Posted By airguy
Same here. I'm not going to live long enough to...

Same here. I'm not going to live long enough to be convinced to fly IFR without a VHF receiver for an ILS.
Forum: Safety 08-27-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
Can you define "better"? What particular type of...

Can you define "better"? What particular type of behavior are you trying to fix?
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-25-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,299
Posted By airguy
If done properly, it can be done and it will...

If done properly, it can be done and it will work.

Having said that - I'm an engineer by trade, a tinkerer and gearhead by choice, and I love turning wrenches on my plane almost as much as I love...
Forum: Safety 08-25-2022, 07:14 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
Do you want to end up paying V-tail prices for a...

Do you want to end up paying V-tail prices for a Vans airplane? Because that's exactly where you'll end up, by treating them like a V-tail and expecting the same standards.

It's part and parcel of...
Forum: Safety 08-25-2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
Why do high school kids wreck the Shelby Mustang...

Why do high school kids wreck the Shelby Mustang that daddy bought them on their 16th birthday? Should we put age/experience restrictions on the things we want to buy/use? Minimum 200 hours in a...
Forum: Safety 08-24-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
If there were something noteworthy to add, yes....

If there were something noteworthy to add, yes.

So far this is nothing but conjecture that "something is wrong" - but it's all based on pilots exceeding the published limits of the airplane. Vans...
Forum: California 08-23-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 723
Posted By airguy
Move to Texas! :D

Move to Texas! :D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-23-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,357
Posted By airguy
Yes, that would be the main crankshaft seal in...

Yes, that would be the main crankshaft seal in the front of the engine case.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,533
Posted By airguy
I had another good cross country trip (not like...

I had another good cross country trip (not like I'm lacking there). My uncle and I departed west Texas and went up to Blackfoot Idaho to pick up his Rans S7 that was in a shop up there to bring back...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2022, 07:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,821
Posted By airguy
Yep, clean it, buff it up, prime it, move on.

Yep, clean it, buff it up, prime it, move on.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 730
Posted By airguy
You can pull a tank on 9/9A in a couple hours, it...

You can pull a tank on 9/9A in a couple hours, it sure makes it easier to access the fuel sender plate, and it will be required if you are trying to seal leaks that need access to the rear baffle....
Forum: Safety 08-23-2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
The two primary ways to increase the margins of...

The two primary ways to increase the margins of ANY aircraft...

1) Hire a competent engineer to find the weak points, and be ready to write the check.
2) Buy an airplane with the flight envelope you...
Forum: Safety 08-23-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
I used sand in mine for a "dead blow hammer"...

I used sand in mine for a "dead blow hammer" effect to dampen the vibrations. I sealed the hole with some epoxy, and then put a strip of non-slip material on top of that.
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,396
Posted By airguy
A much cleaner belly, to start with. I clean my...

A much cleaner belly, to start with.

I clean my exhaust checkvalve every other oil filter change, 100hr intervals. That time interval has shown itself to be just about right with my flying habits,...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-20-2022, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 871
Posted By airguy
That wasn't targetted at you specifically - more...

That wasn't targetted at you specifically - more generically to everyone. :cool:
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-19-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 871
Posted By airguy
This. I'm not sure how we could get a fuel-fed...

This.

I'm not sure how we could get a fuel-fed engine fire in the FWF area with SDS or EFII unless there is a break in the fuel line somewhere. Shut off the fuel pressure source and sacrifice the...
Forum: Safety 08-19-2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,580
Posted By airguy
If I want to go that fast, I'll do it in an...

If I want to go that fast, I'll do it in an airframe designed for it. The RV's are terrific all-around airplanes but they are not intended for 250+ knots.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-18-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By airguy
Tell him you are fine with that location, as long...

Tell him you are fine with that location, as long as he will agree to perform all the labor for free to relocate when/if that installation location turns out to be a poor one - which it will.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 439
Posted By airguy
Same here. If one of them is getting weak, I want...

Same here. If one of them is getting weak, I want to know about it sooner rather than later. I do the same thing with my dual fuel pumps, and for the same reason.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-15-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 975
Posted By airguy
Yes, it can be removed without pulling the tank....

Yes, it can be removed without pulling the tank. I would argue with the previous posters about the use of the word "easily" :D but yes it can be done.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-11-2022, 07:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By airguy
Some of us just buy cheap fuel. I outfitted my...

Some of us just buy cheap fuel. I outfitted my plane to eat a steady diet of 93E10, which is currently selling well under $4. I didn't build a fast plane to fly it slow. 90 knots is for the climb and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-10-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,185
Posted By airguy
I'm with Carl on this one, the Dynon AOA has...

I'm with Carl on this one, the Dynon AOA has worked remarkably well for me, and is something I listen for, never look for.
Forum: RV-15 08-07-2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 75
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 10,996
Posted By airguy
The group of guys I fly with have already told me...

The group of guys I fly with have already told me to order 2 kits immediately when they are available - they know I'll be watching.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 940
Posted By airguy
The proper way to check the tension actually is...

The proper way to check the tension actually is with a torque wrench on the alternator, twisting until the alternator pulley slips in the belt, and compare that the MFR spec.

Most of us use the...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,041
Posted By airguy
I flew mine a year and a half naked because I...

I flew mine a year and a half naked because I couldn't bear to take it down for paint - I was having too much fun flying it.

I'll paint the next one before flight.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 08-04-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,385
Posted By airguy
Nicely done! I got my IFR ticket in my RV as...

Nicely done! I got my IFR ticket in my RV as well, and had no trouble finding an instructor or an examiner that would work with me in my plane.

My instructor, when I first called him up and asked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 06:08 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,641
Posted By airguy
Why did Champion stopped manufacturing?

Why did Champion stopped manufacturing?
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2022, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,070
Posted By airguy
They also have multiple taps on the transformers...

They also have multiple taps on the transformers to deal with voltage losses - we don't.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-24-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,207
Posted By airguy
First off - to each their own. I run the dual...

First off - to each their own.

I run the dual pump module from SDS, with two switches. Every time I switch tanks, I also switch pumps. Left for left, right for right. It makes zero difference in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,994
Posted By airguy
I did a bunch of flying this weekend, but the...

I did a bunch of flying this weekend, but the biggest part of it was flying chase for a good friend of mine on his first flight of his 9A that he just finished building. I set the hook with Mike...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-15-2022, 10:43 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,178
Posted By airguy
No more batteries - ever. I put them in all three...

No more batteries - ever. I put them in all three airplanes and they will go in my -10 as well.
Forum: RV-10 07-15-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,395
Posted By airguy
The fuel savings and efficiency gains with the...

The fuel savings and efficiency gains with the SDS are real. I'll post my numbers right up there with Toolbuilder for comparison, in my 9A with IO360. I fly too many hours each year behind SDS to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-08-2022, 07:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,166
Posted By airguy
The post-filter only needs to have small enough...

The post-filter only needs to have small enough filtration to protect the injectors - nothing else is needed. 40 micron is sufficient for that - smaller is not needed. Go do your homework on the...
Forum: Flight Testing 07-04-2022, 08:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,947
Posted By airguy
My home base was a private strip that didn't even...

My home base was a private strip that didn't even officially exist on paper at the time, so no way to identify it. Your base just has to be inside the test area.
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