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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 08:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,414
Posted By Thermos
What kind of primer did JPL use on the...

What kind of primer did JPL use on the helicopter?

There, it's an RV thread again...:p

ds
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,019
Posted By Thermos
+3. I have the Aithre EX 2.0 wired to one of the...

+3. I have the Aithre EX 2.0 wired to one of the analog inputs on my G3x Touch with caution and warning limits programmed to generate CAS messages. The sensor goes through a powerup self-test routine...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-12-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 383
Views: 137,171
Posted By Thermos
Some suggestions -

For the Garmin crew -

A trim-in-motion audio annunciation would be helpful, especially with autotrim enabled. RV control forces are light enough that some unintended stick force could cause the...
Forum: Northeast 02-10-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,758
Posted By Thermos
Alton Bay (B18) is opening!

Good news from the frozen northeast - the Alton Bay, NH ice runway (B18) is opening this afternoon or tomorrow morning, check NOTAMS for latest info. More info on the Alton Bay FB page -


Dave
Forum: RV-10 02-09-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,197
Posted By Thermos
Not to be critical, but that's not correct....

Not to be critical, but that's not correct. Adding mass to the wings, even symmetrically, will most definitely increase moment of inertia about the yaw and roll axes and will affect all the stability...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-06-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 584
Posted By Thermos
Luca, Did you open and close/save the G3x log...

Luca,

Did you open and close/save the G3x log file in Excel before you tried uploading it to the Savvy website? I did, and even though I didn't change the file at all, the Savvy file reader wouldn't...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,256
Posted By Thermos
Whatever method you choose, please make sure you...

Whatever method you choose, please make sure you take into account the connector backshells and associated wires that hook to each box when you're developing your layout. I didn't, and had a few...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-24-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,954
Posted By Thermos
Miss Lily wants more dog posts too, and would...

Miss Lily wants more dog posts too, and would love to see some Vansdogforce swag!

Were looking forward to flying Pilots n Paws missions!

:)
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-24-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,954
Posted By Thermos
Quoting Warren Oates in Stripes..."lighten up,...

Quoting Warren Oates in Stripes..."lighten up, Francis!"

:p
Forum: RV-4 01-23-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 252,177
Posted By Thermos
Thanks all for your kind words! About access in...

Thanks all for your kind words!

About access in flight, I agree 100 percent with Nick.

In almost 40 years of flying and instructing in rental airplanes, and in flying the Archer I owned for...
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,724
Posted By Thermos
A side question - how many times can Nordlocks be...

A side question - how many times can Nordlocks be reused, if at all? The manufacturer's website says they can as long as some resistance is felt when removing the associated fastener. OTOH, Matco...
Forum: Reviews 01-21-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,989
Posted By Thermos
I'm using the Condor pneumatic tailwheel and fork...

I'm using the Condor pneumatic tailwheel and fork from Flyboy with Lynx tailwheel cables/springs. Can't speak to the difference between Matco and Condor, but I love the steering authority on the...
Forum: RV-4 01-21-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 231
Views: 252,177
Posted By Thermos
I wanted a clean, uncluttered panel and also to...

I wanted a clean, uncluttered panel and also to retain the canopy hinge release handle so Com 2 (GTR-20) and transponder (GTX-45R) went under the panel. Electrical protection is all fuses except for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-16-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By Thermos
Same here. Many of the connections to the GAD-27...

Same here. Many of the connections to the GAD-27 are higher current draw items like flaps and landing lights that also go to the fuse blocks. My alternator/battery power bus feeds come in from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,880
Posted By Thermos
Thanks Steve, and I appreciate all your help and...

Thanks Steve, and I appreciate all your help and advice! :)

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,880
Posted By Thermos
Thanks Vlad! That's Newfound Lake, 1P1 and...

Thanks Vlad! That's Newfound Lake, 1P1 and Plymouth NH are 3 miles or so past the mountains at the north end of the lake.

Ice is indeed forming on Alton Bay. Still a ways to go, but we're supposed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,880
Posted By Thermos
Burned off some more of my 40 hours on Saturday...

Burned off some more of my 40 hours on Saturday and Sunday. The air in central New Hampshire was glass-smooth yesterday so it was a perfect opportunity to do some checkouts of the G3x Touch autopilot...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 858
Posted By Thermos
I had a Insight Strikefinder in the Archer I...

I had a Insight Strikefinder in the Archer I co-owned for several years, it had been installed by the previous owner. We were never able to get rid of nuisance strikes on the display that I assume...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-27-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 546
Posted By Thermos
Hi Mickey, I installed one of...

Hi Mickey,

I installed one of these...

https://www.enginebridge.com/product/eiwifi/

In addition to controlling/programming E/PMags, it generates analog voltages for a bunch of PMag parameters like...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-14-2020, 12:37 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
One RVer's experience dealing with the Superior crankshaft AD

Good words, Martin. I went through the same stages of grief, denial, resignation...it's no fun at all.

I had just scheduled my airworthiness inspection when the AD NPRM dropped. My DAR and I agreed...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-14-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
That info should be in the AD NPRM docket...

That info should be in the AD NPRM docket (https://beta.regulations.gov/docket/FAA-2018-1077/document) along with the metallurgical analyses for each failed crank.

HTH

Dave
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
The applicability of ADs to E-AB aircraft is a...

The applicability of ADs to E-AB aircraft is a hot topic. Rather than reignite it I'll just say that legalities aside, an insurance company would take a justifiably hard look at paying out for an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-11-2020, 02:28 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
UPDATE - FAA published final Superior crankshaft AD today

The Superior Air Parts crankshaft AD went final today. View/download it at -

https://rgl.faa.gov/Regulatory_and_Guidance_Library/rgad.nsf/0/A075F4B8A321D68F8625863B0064921B?OpenDocument

It becomes...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-09-2020, 08:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 847
Posted By Thermos
Is your GTX-23 software up to date? I had some...

Is your GTX-23 software up to date? I had some problems with my G3x Touch and GTX transponder, called Garmin and found out my transponder software was a couple of versions behind. Might be worth a...
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 05:10 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 13,425
Posted By Thermos
Which shop did this work?

Several posters have mentioned knowing the shop that did this work, but are reluctant to name them. If you did, you'd help others avoid a hack job like this.

My $0.02.

Dave
Forum: Safety 11-13-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,241
Posted By Thermos
With the utmost respect, testing an ice...

With the utmost respect, testing an ice protection system can be extremely risky - you'd be jumping into a potentially (probably, really) critical flight condition just to see if the tape works. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,911
Posted By Thermos
Hey Vlad, come on back to 1P1...we'll have some...

Hey Vlad, come on back to 1P1...we'll have some chili!

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,911
Posted By Thermos
Our RV flew for the first time this weekend...

Our RV flew for the first time this weekend :D

https://youtu.be/GxmjAy2emno

Big thanks to Mike Henning (RV-4, KASH) for shooting the videos!

Dave
Forum: Safety 10-13-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 737
Posted By Thermos
Maybe a typo? "Mmt" isn't in the FAA's official...

Maybe a typo? "Mmt" isn't in the FAA's official contraction guide, but "mnt" (monitored)...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-20-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 652
Posted By Thermos
Are you using the hollow rivets (or something...

Are you using the hollow rivets (or something shaped like them) and locations for static source as specified by Van's? If not, there's a good chance that this is part or all of the problem. The plans...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,008
Posted By Thermos
TJ, Are your Princeton senders packaged in black...

TJ,

Are your Princeton senders packaged in black plastic boxes? If so, you’ll have to take the cover off to access the button and blinky LED.

Being the gEEk that I am, I measured the sender’s...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,008
Posted By Thermos
Yes, if you have the two-point senders you'll...

Yes, if you have the two-point senders you'll need to calibrate them with the tanks empty and full. You'll calibrate intermediate points through the G3x fuel calibration menu.

Dave
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 05:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 803
Posted By Thermos
Mike, Cleaveland's back rivet set has a much...

Mike,

Cleaveland's back rivet set has a much thinner sleeve. Or you could do what I did and sand off a bit of my thick-collar rivet set sleeve so that it fits between the flange and rivet.

Hope...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-01-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,555
Posted By Thermos
Hi Tom, When you say your j-pole doesn't seem to...

Hi Tom,

When you say your j-pole doesn't seem to work do you mean that it doesn't work at all, or that you aren't getting the APRS transmission range you expect?

Wingtip-mounted dipole antennas...
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 04:44 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,453
Posted By Thermos
Oops. and more words

Oops.

and more words
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-15-2020, 09:31 AM
Replies: 41
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Views: 9,092
Posted By Thermos
Thanks, that's good to hear. Did they happen to...

Thanks, that's good to hear. Did they happen to mention if they're doing an update for the standalone AoA Sport/Pro systems as well? Would probably mean a box or ROM swap, but I'd be interested.

Dave
Forum: COMM 07-08-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,437
Posted By Thermos
Don, I'd love to hear more about how this works...

Don,

I'd love to hear more about how this works for you. Been thinking about a little airborne-mobile operation myself...but gotta get airborne first!

73

Dave
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-05-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 992
Posted By Thermos
Compensating for gear leg fairing twist?

Fellow VAFers -

I carefully followed the directions for eliminating twist in my gear leg fairings, but as I work through aligning the left fairing it appears that I still have a little twist - maybe...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-02-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Good evening JP, Unfortunately, I don't have any...

Good evening JP,

Unfortunately, I don't have any better information...sorry! I know it's frustrating. This has been going on for months now and I decided to forge ahead on my own path.

Happy to...
Forum: Tools 06-26-2020, 09:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,203
Posted By Thermos
That's a great deal even with the wifi dongle....

That's a great deal even with the wifi dongle. Thanks for mentioning it, I just placed an order!

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,826
Posted By Thermos
Ron, I've lived your spectrum pain most of my...

Ron,

I've lived your spectrum pain most of my USAF military/civilian engineering career. Getting any frequency assignment, let alone one in the VHF AM Air band, requires hugely bureaucratic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2020, 07:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By Thermos
Dean, Not sure if you're still in Mass, if you...

Dean,

Not sure if you're still in Mass, if you are (or even if you aren't) try Joe Edmunds at Coastal Milling Works in Medford MA - http://www.coastalmillingworks.com.

I'm sure Joe would be happy...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-03-2020, 01:31 PM
Replies: 383
Views: 137,171
Posted By Thermos
Anthony, You should be able to do that right now...

Anthony,

You should be able to do that right now with the G3x Touch, just get a Ray Allen position sender -

http://www.rayallencompany.com/products/indsens.html

Find a good place to mount it,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-26-2020, 09:23 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Last week I emailed Bill Ross at Superior, spoke...

Last week I emailed Bill Ross at Superior, spoke with the FAA's engineer and called AOPA as well.

Nothing new from Superior - they disagree with the AD and Bill says they're working with the FAA....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By Thermos
Thank the 99s...

...they paint compass roses all over the country! Perhaps one of the airports on this page is close to you -

http://colorado99s.org/airmarking.aspx

HTH

Dave
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-29-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,428
Posted By Thermos
Another vote for "fat" rivets

+1 for Steve's post!

This is one my favorite riveting "cheats". It doesn't take much of a squeeze to fatten a -4 or -4 rivet enough to fill a slightly-oversized hole. As a side benefit, the rivet...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-23-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Still an NPRM. ds

Still an NPRM.

ds
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2020, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,240
Posted By Thermos
+1 for CDI

I bought one of these CDI wrenches from Avery Tools years ago when I started my project. Cleaveland sells them now...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-22-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
I spoke with the FAA engineer overseeing this AD,...

I spoke with the FAA engineer overseeing this AD, I think that's their position as well. But they haven't publicly released their metallurgical analyses so we only have Superior's side of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-22-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Interesting, can you share the source of that...

Interesting, can you share the source of that information? But it doesn't surprise me...my engine builder says there are a limited number of companies producing crankshafts for Lycoming, Superior and...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,973
Posted By Thermos
I also used a local towing company for my RV-7...

I also used a local towing company for my RV-7 fuselage. IIRC it cost $240 or so for a 35 mile trip, and was money well spent IMO. Getting our airplane on the tilt ramp was dirt simple and the driver...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-17-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,072
Posted By Thermos
Another vote for Garmin backshells

Brian,

Like you I spent a ****-ton of time looking for good quality, completely metal backshells, not plastic ones sprayed with a metal coating for shielding. I couldn't find anything better than...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-01-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,161
Posted By Thermos
Alan, In what year did you buy your original...

Alan,

In what year did you buy your original pump? Reason I ask is that I had a similar conversation with Andair and they said my pump was too many revisions behind to be upgraded.

Many thanks...
Forum: Interiors 03-23-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,115
Posted By Thermos
+1. I love mine...they really class up the...

+1.

I love mine...they really class up the cockpit. Hope you're able to connect with Guy.

Dave
Forum: Reviews 03-19-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,090
Posted By Thermos
Another satisfied customer...

I had a great experience working with Bill. He was extremely responsive and did a great job on my panel. He patiently went through a lot of iterations in AutoCad as I tweaked and refined the layout...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-15-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,721
Posted By Thermos
Was just looking for that myself, it's at Harbor...

Was just looking for that myself, it's at Harbor Freight -

https://www.harborfreight.com/dual-cup-suction-lifter-46134.html?_br_psugg_q=suction+cup

HTH

ds
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Those are good words, Ross. These are PMA'd...

Those are good words, Ross. These are PMA'd crankshafts so Superior/ECi had to show that they meet the same design and production standards as the original Lycoming part. To the best of my knowledge,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2020, 04:41 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
I respect your opinion based on experience but I...

I respect your opinion based on experience but I must disagree with your blanket categorization of the FAA as fact-resistant, especially in an area like this where engineering analysis is involved....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Not making ‘em up, just passing on the...

Not making ‘em up, just passing on the information I was given. Feel free to call the FAA directly to confirm.

And yes, the crankshafts were made by ECi. In fact, the last Superior engine kit my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
Information from the FAA

I just finished a phone call with the FAA certification engineer who's overseeing this AD process. The affected crankshafts were actually made by ECI, not Superior.

The FAA has given to Superior the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
I just got off the phone with my engine builder,...

I just got off the phone with my engine builder, who had just finished a conversation with Bill Ross from Superior.

Bill Ross and Superior claim that the crankshafts that failed had all been tested...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,574
Posted By Thermos
Thanks Darin, I'm thinking of the same location....

Thanks Darin, I'm thinking of the same location. When you curved the cover plates to fit, did the prepunched screw holes line up ok with the doublers?

Dave
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-26-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 35,930
Posted By Thermos
IIRC from the conversation with my engine...

IIRC from the conversation with my engine builder, the crankshaft he replaced (one of the three failures that triggered the AD) had a little under 700 hours on it.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,109
Posted By Thermos
Many thanks Steve, that helps a lot! Dave

Many thanks Steve, that helps a lot!

Dave
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