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Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,131
Posted By Bill Palmer
Terrific Photos

Pete & Jeremy, Wonderful Photos! Thanks for posting.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-09-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,660
Posted By Bill Palmer
A Perspective from the Peanut Gallery

With all due respect to the EFII bashers who started this back-and-forth:

You are obviously tooting your own horn relative to what you have, your own personal opinions, or where you are from.

For...
Forum: Safety 10-19-2017, 01:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,565
Posted By Bill Palmer
Battery Type / Chemistry

One Comment:

A few readers might be viewing this incident report as confirming their fears of lithium batteries, but, if so, the authors would recommend that these readers consider what might...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2017, 02:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,565
Posted By Bill Palmer
IN-FLIGHT SMOKE ? PROBABLE CAUSE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS

PROBABLE CAUSE WITH RECOMMENDATIONS

NOTE: This PROBABLE CAUSE is SPECULATION . . . a definitive cause of this incident based on detailed technical analysis is UNKNOWN.

PROBABLE CAUSE (Automotive...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2017, 01:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,565
Posted By Bill Palmer
IN-FLIGHT SMOKE ? TECHNICAL

TECHNICAL REPORT:

The battery involved was an EarthX Model ETX-680 Lithium-Iron-Phosphate aviation battery with a dual-redundant Battery Management System (BMS). The EarthX battery was the...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2017, 01:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,565
Posted By Bill Palmer
IN-FLIGHT SMOKE ? THE INCIDENT

INCIDENT REPORT:

On February 8, 2017, the incident aircraft (an RV-8A purchased by the pilot from its original builder), departed Sedona Airport (KSEZ) on a return flight to Phoenix Deer Valley...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2017, 01:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,565
Posted By Bill Palmer
IN-FLIGHT SMOKE INCIDENT REPORT

IN-FLIGHT SMOKE INCIDENT ? INTRODUCTION, DISCLAIMER, and ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

INTRODUCTION:

On Feb. 8, 2017, an RV-8A experimental aircraft experienced smoke in the cockpit; in-flight. The following...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,697
Posted By Bill Palmer
Contact EFII

Hello Todd,

Recommend you e-mail EFII at info@flyefii.com or call EFII at 951-317-3473 for some assistance.

Regards,
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-22-2017, 05:38 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 32,208
Posted By Bill Palmer
Bus Manager

Hello Dan,

In response to your comments:

1. I don’t think Robert (EFII) is trying to be misleading. He has clearly published his Bus Manager schematics online via his downloads page (link below)....
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-21-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 32,208
Posted By Bill Palmer
Lightbulb A Positive Perspective

+1 on Robert's and John's posts.

Dan, you might want to stop this negative "sky is falling" stuff. What you wrote can apply to virtually any aircraft electrical architecture (Bob Nuckolls, EFII,...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-20-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 22,370
Posted By Bill Palmer
Report

In the interest of safety:

I was meeting a friend at the Corona airport cafe for lunch and happened to pass by the Rocket about two hours after the accident. I thought it was an RV at first, but I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-17-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,296
Posted By Bill Palmer
Thumbs up Kangaroo Island!

Great Episode; Very Well Done! Pam & I just added Kangaroo Island to our ?Bucket List.? :) Thanks, Haydn & Alicia!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2016, 12:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 10,817
Posted By Bill Palmer
Experimental

Okay, Bill! Now that?s ?Experimental? worthy of an honorary member of the ?Chino Gang!? It looks like your mods are worth at least 10 knots. ;) Well, maybe a little less, but you?re certainly well...
Forum: RV-14 12-17-2016, 10:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 8,428
Posted By Bill Palmer
Alluring Technology

Just an Opinion: In these days of alluring, constantly-improving glass panels driven by various CPUs, specialized hardware, competing software architectures, etc., the permanent panel, or at least...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-13-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,963
Posted By Bill Palmer
Great Trip!

Hi Bill,

Thanks for posting. . . Terrific photos including the one of your very nice RV-7! A Dream Trip for sure! Wonderful scenery!

Cheers,
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-30-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,353
Posted By Bill Palmer
Good Report

I just heard the opposite from a pilot friend who attended Copperstate yesterday: ?Seemed like better attendance to me. Lots of homebuilts flew in.?
Forum: California 10-09-2016, 12:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,733
Posted By Bill Palmer
Chino A&P

Hello Bart,

I?m not aware of an A&P who is a ?go-to? person at Chino for the RV community. That doesn?t say there isn?t one, but I personally don?t know whom he/she might be. I think most of us...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-16-2016, 10:29 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,296
Posted By Bill Palmer
Grade "A"

Thanks for posting, Haydn

Pam and I enjoyed watching your bicycle ride down the Riesling Trail through Clare Valley. The countryside looks very similar to some parts of central and southern...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-28-2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 19,026
Posted By Bill Palmer
A final hope: If ?ruled,? then ruled through...

A final hope: If ?ruled,? then ruled through unbiased lab test data, actual performance parameters/numbers, successful installations, good flying, forward thinking, and great customer experiences...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-27-2016, 02:09 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 19,026
Posted By Bill Palmer
Power Source Low RPM Limitations

From the E-Mag 114 Installation & Operating Guide, V27, Page ?22? of the guide:

? Emergency Power - The P-model?s internal alternator power output rises in proportion with engine rpm. Unlike...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2016, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,209
Posted By Bill Palmer
Thumbs up Kitplanes and Booth Shopping

Thanks, Mark! Great Idea . . . I feel better already! :D

That ?Commuter Craft? looks like a T-37 and a Velocity had a hot date!

I see that Avmap has entered the Mini-EFIS fray (. . . maybe not an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2016, 08:33 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,209
Posted By Bill Palmer
Question Oshkosh New Products?

On behalf of us woefully stuck at home, can our fellow VAFers attending Oshkosh inform us about any interesting new product debuts or developments that have not been posted on VAF so far? There?s...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-25-2016, 03:01 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 19,026
Posted By Bill Palmer
Electroair and Our Hot Air

FasGlas,

Electroair has more installs than EFII, because it has been out much longer and is an older design. The Electroair performs similarly to the Lightspeed Plasma III CDI in that it has a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-25-2016, 08:59 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 19,026
Posted By Bill Palmer
EFII is the Best

As far as electronic ignition systems are concerned, I think the best one is, by far, EFII. After studying all the current options, EFII is what I and many others have purchased. EFII has the most...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-19-2016, 03:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,730
Posted By Bill Palmer
A P-Mag Perspective and Challenge

For awhile, I?ve hesitated posting this opinion piece / report / review, but for the sake of RV safety, discussion, and a P-Mag status check, I have decided to go ahead and post the following. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2016, 11:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,289
Posted By Bill Palmer
Chino Hangar Use and Rent

At Chino (KCNO), it seems that virtually all the county-owned and leased hangars have aircraft, or aircraft projects, in them. The larger commercial (privately-owned) hangars (leasing county land)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2016, 09:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,773
Posted By Bill Palmer
Good Guy Todd

Obviously, Todd is, and now was, one of our ?good guys.? This is terrible news. I?m so sorry for his immediate family, and I?m also sorry for us, his extended VAF family. We have relatively few...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2016, 05:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,011
Posted By Bill Palmer
Alts & Batts

I believe all Robert is saying is that it is always preferable to have a good battery online from an electronics standpoint.

I personally think it?s a great idea to test dual-alternator, single...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2016, 02:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,011
Posted By Bill Palmer
Alternator Output

Hi Erich,

It?s Bob Nuckolls (spelling). Through Aeroelectric Connection and his various articles, Bob has contributed a tremendous amount to experimental aviation. I?m somewhat following Bob?s...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-10-2016, 10:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 12,011
Posted By Bill Palmer
Dual Everything

Dual Alternators (B&C 40-amp Alternator and SD-8-amp Dynamo); Dual Batteries (EarthX ETX680C's); all through an EFII Bus Manager here.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,268
Posted By Bill Palmer
Set and Forget

Hi Bruce,

In the case of EFII and I assume the other systems as well, the adjustment features are excellent for initial set-up and tuning. Ultimate performance/efficiency buffs like to adjust...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2016, 09:28 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 32,538
Posted By Bill Palmer
Good News

With two daughters, I'm one of those dads breathing a sigh of relief! :D

Go Pie!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2016, 11:43 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,268
Posted By Bill Palmer
Eagle EMS Data

Hi Kevin,

Thanks for the correction on the Eagle EMS mixture adjustment knob. I didn?t see a mixture adjustment knob in the list of Eagle EMS components in the ?System Components? section of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2016, 03:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,268
Posted By Bill Palmer
Eagle EMS FADEC

My hangar mate has an Eagle EMS system successfully flying in an RV-9A with well over 400 hours, and he likes it a lot. His 9A is smooth-running and fuel efficient as are EFII-equipped airplanes. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2016, 03:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 15,268
Posted By Bill Palmer
EFII FADEC

As someone who has carefully examined the FADEC marketplace for a number of years and decided to go with EFII, I am naturally biased toward EFII, but I?ll try to offer some objective, factual...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2016, 12:18 AM
Replies: 107
Views: 32,538
Posted By Bill Palmer
Cutie Pie

Andy,

Pam and I wish ?Cutie Pie,? you, and your family great success in winning this tough confrontation with e-coli.

Best Wishes and Prayers,
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-04-2016, 11:52 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,296
Posted By Bill Palmer
Wilpena Pond

Hi Haydn & Alicia,

Pam and I enjoyed your flight to the amazing ?Wilpena Pond!?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wilpena_Pound

Alicia,

We were impressed by your ?packet food? skills . . . You might...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-23-2016, 11:22 AM
Replies: 877
Views: 1,144,145
Posted By Bill Palmer
Great!

Great-Looking Paint Jobs, Dave and Bob! :D
Forum: RV-10 05-09-2016, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,024
Posted By Bill Palmer
Installation Visualization

Hi Cliff,

The fitting types are very much dependent on your particular RV-10 installation. On my 8A, I ended up specifying two AN6 male fittings and four AN6 banjo fittings. I was initially...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-06-2016, 08:45 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,296
Posted By Bill Palmer
Broken Hill!

Hi Haydn & Alicia,

Pam and I enjoyed Episode 3! (Broken Hill)

http://australianadventure.net/episode-3-broken-hill-and-beyond/

We?re looking forward to the next one!

Thanks and Cheers :D,
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-03-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,809
Posted By Bill Palmer
Brake?

Who left the parking brake on?
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-28-2016, 11:16 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,325
Posted By Bill Palmer
EarthX Perspective

Just to add some personal perspective:

1. EarthX batteries are being operated, successfully, in motorcycles and ATVs which are not exactly vibration-friendly from an operational standpoint.

2. ...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-04-2016, 08:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,068
Posted By Bill Palmer
Pete Krok

I?m sorry to hear of Pete?s passing. I knew him when he was assigned to Norton AFB; now San Bernardino International Airport. Pete was a good, hard-working man and a very, very nice person.
Forum: California 03-31-2016, 10:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,650
Posted By Bill Palmer
Congratulations

CONGRATULATIONS, Dave! SoCal gets a GREAT DAR! :D
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-27-2016, 04:39 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 39,296
Posted By Bill Palmer
Thanks

Haydn & Alicia,

What a wonderful adventure enabled by your RV . . . what we all dream about! Australia is certainly beautiful and interesting, and in the opinion of this particular “Yank,”...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2016, 09:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,192
Posted By Bill Palmer
Hi Larry, Please check your PMs or email.

Hi Larry,

Please check your PMs or email.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-03-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,030
Posted By Bill Palmer
Sunset RV Air Show

Thanks for posting, Tomas. I like how long your sunsets last! Those of us at lower latitudes have somewhat shorter ones. RVs flying in formation with a beautiful sunset background . . . Terrific!...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2015, 11:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,663
Posted By Bill Palmer
Old Pilots

Hi Craig,

Just a personal perspective (opinion):

I would agree that the “no mod” rule is an excellent guideline; particularly with regard to flying as soon as possible. I would also say that many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2015, 10:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,547
Posted By Bill Palmer
Sennheiser Exit

Thanks for the ?heads up,? Perry. Sennheiser?s exit is an unwelcome surprise. I tried their Digital ANR S1 at Oshkosh; liked it. The exit announcement was made on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2015, 11:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,547
Posted By Bill Palmer
Cordless Market

The other one; similar technology; out longer:

http://www.wirelessaviationheadsets.com/

$800 here:

http://www.mypilotstore.com/mypilotstore/sep/9148

Looks like the cordless headset market is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 11-17-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,315
Posted By Bill Palmer
Ramona Airport Fly-In

Thanks for posting, Bruce! A real nice fly-in! Maybe next year . . . ?! ;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 193
Views: 73,500
Posted By Bill Palmer
8A Step Modification

This is just my attempted solution for the cracking step problem; for an 8A step in my case. I should note that I?m not a welder, so I used what I had. If I was a welder, I probably would have...
Forum: California 11-05-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,511
Posted By Bill Palmer
Chino

Hi Yves,

The best day to visit Chino would be Saturday. If you’re interested, send me a PM. Welcome to Southern California. :D

Peter McCoy (RV-9A) and I (RV-8A in-work) are at B260, Hangar 9 on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,326
Posted By Bill Palmer
Unhappy Zaon Gone

Zaon ceased operations two years ago:

http://www.avweb.com/avwebflash/news/Portable-traffic-alert-system-maker-Zaon-ceases-operation-220938-1.html

Several used XRX units are available online. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,326
Posted By Bill Palmer
Monroy ATD-300

Looks like the Monroy ATD-300 is still available. Provides direct line-of-sight detection of transponder-equipped aircraft. Self-contained. Does not require ground processing, transmission, and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-29-2015, 12:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,470
Posted By Bill Palmer
Cool Peering at the Horizon

Yes, I agree that the 1300-nit, $900 iFly 740 is excellent . . . I played with it at Oshkosh . . . Very bright and super-easy to read/operate . . . A winner for sure.

On the other hand, a 1000-nit...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2015, 09:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,470
Posted By Bill Palmer
Question 1000-Nit Tablet Display on the Horizon?

Announced over a year ago:

http://www.androidauthority.com/jdi-1000-nit-7-inch-display-389518/

Anyone heard anything about an Android or iPad tablet coming to market with this new, or a similar,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-25-2015, 11:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,944
Posted By Bill Palmer
A P-Mag Too Far!

Thanks for the correction, Bill!

As I recall, there was an RV-7 advertised for sale with an A1B6D converted to run an Electroair ignition and a single Bendix 1200 magneto. I just assumed that a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-25-2015, 08:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,944
Posted By Bill Palmer
Electronic Ignition

An option for the A1B6D is to install a dual electronic ignition system with two crank triggers (two forward or one forward plus one aft on the magneto drive). A second option is an electronic...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-11-2015, 09:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,062
Posted By Bill Palmer
Solutions

A. Weight (. . . just add dollars!):

# 1: EarthX LiFePo4 Batteries (ETX680 is 3.9 pounds; PC680 is 15.4 pounds)

http://earthxmotorsports.com/product-category/experimental-aircraft/

#2: B&C SD-8...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-01-2015, 12:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,062
Posted By Bill Palmer
Smile It's Okay

?Electrically dependent aircraft . . .?

Redundant Electrical System = EFII Bus Manager (or the equivalent):

http://www.flyefii.com/bus_manager/bus_manager.htm

?Field Serviceability . . .?

Spare...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2015, 08:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,588
Posted By Bill Palmer
Sunburn and Insects

I have a nurse friend who has occasionally volunteered at Oshkosh. She says the two most common Oshkosh maladies are swollen lips and sunburn. In other words, lip balm and sunscreen are essential. ...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-05-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,981
Posted By Bill Palmer
Bee Boxes

Great Photos as usual, Pete. I?ve never seen one like the ?bee boxes? photo before . . . very Interesting. Thanks for Posting!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-04-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,437
Posted By Bill Palmer
209

Great photos, Bruce! Thanks for posting. Picture #209 is awesome . . . That?s as good as it gets!
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