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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,366
Posted By newt
I've been maintaining this for...

I've been maintaining this for years:

https://www.octa.com.au/landings

126 and counting.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 02:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By newt
Well, that's sure as heck beaten my contribution...

Well, that's sure as heck beaten my contribution :)

Massive congratulations!

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By newt
Glenn organized a 7-ship Sydney Harbour Scenic,...

Glenn organized a 7-ship Sydney Harbour Scenic, with Martin, Brayden, Pete, Kevin, Eddie and me. Anne-Marie, Kelly, Jordan, Don and (Pete's mate whose name I can't remember) as pax.

A minute and a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-22-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,473
Posted By newt
I don't think the Germans had to refuel many...

I don't think the Germans had to refuel many allied airplanes :)

- mark
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 10:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,783
Posted By newt
Are you far enough into the process to have a...

Are you far enough into the process to have a wiring diagram that shows circuit protection? The part count of circuit breakers required for a system like this was eye opening for me.

(Are the toggle...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 1,150
Views: 1,267,713
Posted By newt
RV-6 with: GDU 460 and 470 G5 backup GMC 307 GMA...

RV-6 with:

GDU 460 and 470
G5 backup
GMC 307
GMA 340
GNS 430W
GEA 24
GSU 25
GMU 11
Forum: Flight Testing 11-18-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,540
Posted By newt
You're expecting sound to carry without air...

You're expecting sound to carry without air molecules to vibrate? :D

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2021, 01:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 14,129
Posted By newt
Quick question, Justin: Is this release...

Quick question, Justin:

Is this release recommended for people who haven't experienced the audible alert issues?

- mark
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2021, 01:23 AM
Replies: 771
Views: 914,351
Posted By newt
VH-SOL

I've been having too much fun flying it to take photos. Finally got a decent one :)


- mark
Forum: Canada 11-10-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,779
Posted By newt
No. It does require a magnetometer calibration,...

No. It does require a magnetometer calibration, though.

(details of how to do it are in the installation manual; It only takes ten minutes, just follow the prompts on the PFD in setup mode)

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 11:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,039
Posted By newt
Handing out RV Grins

Randall is building a Sonex.

In theory, at least. In practice he's been moving unfinished bits of Sonex kit out of the way in his garage for about a decade. Carried them across two house moves.

One...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 02:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,382
Posted By newt
Flying with friends!

I got back into the formation saddle. On wing from Bankstown to Shellharbour, lunch, then leading back to Bankstown.

Between having the plane out of the air for upgrades and then COVID lockdowns,...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-31-2021, 06:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in...

I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in 2011.

We chatted for close to an hour, about the bits in SOL he was happy with and other bits he’d have done different if he started again. Lots of...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-19-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
I thought about it, but concluded that it wasn’t...

I thought about it, but concluded that it wasn’t worth the cost and complexity and would add one more set of things to fail.

If I did have electric flaps and trim, I might have used a GAD 27 to...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-19-2021, 01:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
This pic is during construction, so it's a bit...

This pic is during construction, so it's a bit ratty. Shows the general arrangement. I don't think I have one from a better angle, but I can always take another if there's something specific you want...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
Post-upgrade impressions With lockdown over,...

Post-upgrade impressions

With lockdown over, back to flying.
https://youtu.be/EBRQhg9LDDA

I'm fully aware that because this project started in February, then Sydney entered a 3-month COVID-lockdown...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
Engine reinstallation The FAB needed...

Engine reinstallation

The FAB needed reconstructing due to the dimensional change between the carb and the FCU.

New fuel lines were fabricated.

A high pressure electric pump and filter were...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
First power-up was a nail-biting experience which...

First power-up was a nail-biting experience which became anticlimactic because, incredibly, everything worked first time. A couple of sensors were off-by-one pin, but other than that the whole system...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,953
Posted By newt
RV-6 VH-SOL Mark Newton

I bought this airplane from its second owner ten years ago.

By GA standards, it's been a cheap couple of seats. It's been reliable, maintenance has been painless, and an RV grin every weekend is a...
Forum: Safety 10-04-2021, 01:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 806
Posted By newt
Same. Perhaps turn this around: Is the crowd's...

Same.

Perhaps turn this around: Is the crowd's wisdom aware of any annunciators on a navigator supported by the G3X Touch system which aren't mirrored on the G3X Touch PFD?

(referring to "navigator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 928
Posted By newt
Mine was bare until a year ago, when I got...

Mine was bare until a year ago, when I got annoyed by the effect of sunscreen and sweat making it slippery on hot days.

Foam handle grip, $6 from a bike shop. They come in pairs, so I have another...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-19-2021, 02:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,705
Posted By newt
I agree with Walt, having got some advice from my...

I agree with Walt, having got some advice from my engine builder when I asked about oil analysis:



I've been happy to go with his advice -- He didn't get to be a builder of Matt Hall's Red Bull Air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 03:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,990
Posted By newt
That's gorgeous. - mark

That's gorgeous.


- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 03:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,339
Posted By newt
As someone who's just gone through a similar...

As someone who's just gone through a similar planning exercise on an O-320 built in 1992:

If you take a look at a 1978 camshaft that's done 1900 hours, you'll find some kind of defect on it which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,943
Posted By newt
Correct! A loop should remain positive g...

Correct!

A loop should remain positive g throughout the entire manoeuvre. Indeed, maintaining positive g should be one of the outcomes if you're using slow loops as a proficiency building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,943
Posted By newt
You shouldn't need to unload to 0g though. Even a...

You shouldn't need to unload to 0g though. Even a small fraction of positive g keeps the oil system running, just need to make sure the oil pickup in the sump isn't unported.

It is astonishing to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,943
Posted By newt
Has anyone played with how slowly you can fly a...

Has anyone played with how slowly you can fly a loop a loop in an RV without stalling-out?

Assuming your spin recovery technique is competent: Try it! It's great fun, and it's pretty eye-opening to...
Forum: Autopilots 08-18-2021, 03:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 885
Posted By newt
I've just replaced Trutrak Vizion servos with...

I've just replaced Trutrak Vizion servos with Garmin GSA 28's.

Astonishingly, although the brackets look different, the holes line up, and yield roughly equivalent geometry. I kept the old brackets...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2021, 02:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By newt
You can see it with the canopy open during an oil...

You can see it with the canopy open during an oil change here, which should give you a bit of an idea about how it's attached.

- mark
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2021, 02:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,319
Posted By newt
Amazon sells 6" wide self adhesive vinyl paint...

Amazon sells 6" wide self adhesive vinyl paint protection film tape from 3M.
https://www.amazon.com.au/Clear-Paint-Protection-Vinyl-Choose/dp/B01LWPKZCF

Cut two lengths, long enough to cover the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,756
Posted By newt
If they are capable of getting there first thing...

If they are capable of getting there first thing in the morning, they probably aren't slow. Maybe the NOTAM should recommend being in a position to do the Fisk arrival last thing in the afternoon...
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2021, 09:45 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 17,391
Posted By newt
Approach/Landing Don’t go full rich on final, it...

Approach/Landing
Don’t go full rich on final, it is very hard on engine

Why is this? It's hard to think any movement of the mixture control at all is "very hard on the engine" at idle power. What's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,720
Posted By newt
Imagine if manifold pressure was measured in hPa...

Imagine if manifold pressure was measured in hPa or mm.Hg instead of in.Hg, we’d never have heard the made-up term “oversquare” in our entire lives, and nobody would have ever tried to argue about...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-21-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,955
Posted By newt
Outstanding :) I figured this'd be a G3X feature...

Outstanding :) I figured this'd be a G3X feature when I saw the videos popping up in the Gamin Aviation feed for certified aircraft.

Notwithstanding the optional panel button to activate/deactivate...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2021, 02:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,132
Posted By newt
I don't know why someone starting from scratch in...

I don't know why someone starting from scratch in 2021 would choose a 1930s-design magneto over P-Mags.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2021, 04:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,021
Posted By newt
I'm not a builder, but I've always figured we're...

I'm not a builder, but I've always figured we're all custodians for the next owners. If we're neglectful, how are they going to get as much enjoyment out of these machines as we do?

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-15-2021, 02:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,606
Posted By newt
Closing the loop on this

Here's what I ended up doing.

It works very well.

The 2-pole switch completely isolates the battery (from charge supply and from load) when it's opened. That seemed "safe."

The battery is a 4.5...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-05-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 620,079
Posted By newt
Orange light, smoke in the air from nearby...

Orange light, smoke in the air from nearby wildfires. Nil wind, after the rain.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 593
Views: 623,713
Posted By newt
Selfie! (Near YBTH, New South Wales)

Selfie!

(Near YBTH, New South Wales)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-21-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,143
Posted By newt
Having just gone through the process of...

Having just gone through the process of retrofitting a G3X dual-screen panel to an RV-6 with a tip-up canopy:

Layout photo attached.

There's enough room between the panel and subpanel for the GDUs,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,930
Posted By newt
VH-SOL refurb "second first flight"

VH-SOL, RV-6 s/n 21068, has been down for refurbishment since mid February.

Engine overhaul. Rewiring. Instrumentation refit. Gazillions of little fixes and improvements.

We returned to the skies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 128
Views: 23,951
Posted By newt
I seem to recall that one of the failed PAFI...

I seem to recall that one of the failed PAFI candidates (the Shell one?) seemed to run okay in the engines, but was found to also function extremely well as a paint stripper.

Which immediately took...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 12:18 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,582
Posted By newt
A friend flew a Pik-20D glider on a 250km cross...

A friend flew a Pik-20D glider on a 250km cross country flight without securing the main pin.

The trailer dolly that carries the wing root on a lot of gliders is held on by a bolt inserted through...
Forum: Safety 05-06-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 14,206
Posted By newt
There's a bit of philosophy embedded in these...

There's a bit of philosophy embedded in these discussions about what the fire extinguisher is for.

The fire dept folks who show up at our industrial sites at work don't look at them the same way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,913
Posted By newt
I'd been led to believe that pressure drops...

I'd been led to believe that pressure drops during steep climbs were a sensor artifact caused by the way the fuel pressure sender...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,340
Posted By newt
Where do they show up, Walt? Any speciffic...

Where do they show up, Walt? Any speciffic problem areas?

(2000-hour RV-6 here, always interested in tips about cumulative degradation)

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 03:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,942
Posted By newt
My RV-6 is in the shop for a new fuel system, new...

My RV-6 is in the shop for a new fuel system, new panel, O-320 to IO-320 conversion. Grounded and put on insurance lay-up four weekends ago.

Withdrawal symptoms.

Glenn asked if I wanted to come out...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-02-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,562
Posted By newt
Because most of the G3X Touch system's sensors...

Because most of the G3X Touch system's sensors are external, Garmin can effectively upgrade the system via software (perhaps with new remote-mounted LRUs).

The only drivers for a new display would...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-02-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,190
Posted By newt
Vans told me the lead time on a new XIO-320-D1B...

Vans told me the lead time on a new XIO-320-D1B was 6 months when I called them last Friday.

- mark
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 01:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,733
Posted By newt
I'm also going the dry transfer route, should be...

I'm also going the dry transfer route, should be sending an order as soon as I get a quote from a local supplier.

Really interested to see people in this thread reporting about longevity without...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 11:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,606
Posted By newt
Perfect, that's pretty much exactly where my mind...

Perfect, that's pretty much exactly where my mind has been heading. Very pleased to hear it's gone well for you!

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,606
Posted By newt
No, the aircraft has manual flaps and trim,...

No, the aircraft has manual flaps and trim, there's no GAD27 in this installation.

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,606
Posted By newt
G3X Touch Power

Working through some final details here:

The GEA24 and the GDU displays have "Aircraft Power #2" inputs.

Section 2.1.1.18 in the G3X Touch Installation Manual mentions the use of third party backup...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-14-2020, 10:31 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 11,586
Posted By newt
We already know enough about aerodynamics to make...

We already know enough about aerodynamics to make very low-drag airplanes (the Eta sailplane exceeds 70:1), but the "normal" planform for a 2-seat sport aircraft or a 4-seat utility aircraft places a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 175,828
Posted By newt
Near Harrowgate, South Australia

A copse of trees in hilly terrain near Harrowgate (http://media.dotat.org/~newton/jesus-lives.jpg)

Google Maps link: https://goo.gl/maps/dWdCZjFUGcJ1PwCL7

I've often wondered if they were planted...
Forum: Safety 12-07-2020, 05:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,419
Posted By newt
Australia has night VFR, but it requires training...

Australia has night VFR, but it requires training and a rating (which I hold).

The training is essentially IFR enroute with visual approach and departure procedures. You typically come out of it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,967
Posted By newt
Left the plane in the hangar. It's 110ºF and...

Left the plane in the hangar. It's 110ºF and blowing 42 knots. :D

Sent orders to eMagAir, an avionics shop and Vans; RFQ to Classic Aero for an interior, and the engine shop for the upcoming o/haul....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-12-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,396
Posted By newt
Large zip-loc sandwich bag from your local...

Large zip-loc sandwich bag from your local supermarket. Pull it over the filter and unscrew it inside the bag.

It takes some practice, but the location the oil spews from is pretty obvious and...
Forum: Autopilots 11-10-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,571
Posted By newt
The local Trutrak distributor has been in touch...

The local Trutrak distributor has been in touch with BendixKing:

"Small repairs need to be sent to the US and assessed (1 week turnaround). We can get the Vizion 385 unit overhauled or exchanged for...
Forum: Autopilots 11-08-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,571
Posted By newt
Mine developed what sounds like a similar fault...

Mine developed what sounds like a similar fault just this last week.

The unit seems to work fine, and if the light is falling on the display from the right angle, you can see that it "works."...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,593
Posted By newt
I went through that shift very rapidly when I...

I went through that shift very rapidly when I went from being a renter to an owner.

I've been tracking where airplanes have taken me ever since.

http://www.octa.com.au/marks-landings.html
...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-26-2020, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,592
Posted By newt
When you have one altimeter, you always know...

When you have one altimeter, you always know exactly how high you're flying.

When you have two, you're never quite sure.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 11:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,456
Posted By newt
There's a good li'l RV community in the Sydney...

There's a good li'l RV community in the Sydney area, plenty of us at Bankstown and Wedderburn. Don't be a stranger!


- mark
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2020, 12:54 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 26,186
Posted By newt
You'd better not get any bugs on that paint...

You'd better not get any bugs on that paint during phase 1. :)

- mark
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