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Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 03:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 219
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sounds like you are a prime candidate to follow...

Sounds like you are a prime candidate to follow the EAA Flight Test Manual & Test Cards process. You will really 'learn' your aircraft & the process will give you valid (for your aircraft) data to...
Forum: Job Board Today, 03:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 204
Posted By Ralph Inkster
They would be happy to hear from...

They would be happy to hear from you!
https://www.eaa.org/eaa/support-eaa/volunteer
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 11:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 448
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note that Drippy edited post #7 to read...

Note that Drippy edited post #7 to read 'NUTS'

Another concern to check out would be to carefully inspect the case around the smaller 3/8" studs as they have been taking all the load for the last...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-02-2022, 12:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Oh, now more of the story comes out… My comments...

Oh, now more of the story comes out…
My comments refer to augmenting good structure, not alternate methods for damage repairs!
Forum: RV-3 07-01-2022, 04:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,943
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I was referring to the style of clamp Al used for...

I was referring to the style of clamp Al used for mounting his bar to the gear leg.

I guess AntiSplat has discontinued his Nose Job product. I assume the market for that product dried up with the...
Forum: RV-3 07-01-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,943
Posted By Ralph Inkster
AntiSplat?

Maybe AL at AntiSplat should consider this issue as thought for a future product offering...
I think his clamping method would be more superior for this than the Adell clamp approach.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-01-2022, 12:02 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,037
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Ross at SDS will most likely not be at OSH. He...

Ross at SDS will most likely not be at OSH. He prefers to stay at the shop & attend to his customers & business. There might be some modules displayed by some engine suppliers but they would be...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-28-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 962
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Using paint sticks seems to be a pretty novel...

Using paint sticks seems to be a pretty novel approach, as long as it doesn't collect or trap moisture, I don't see anything wrong with it.

Oil canning in the bay behind the luggage bulkhead is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,129
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you wish - PM me with your ph#. I could talk...

If you wish - PM me with your ph#. I could talk you thru my experiences field disassembling a 6A & a 9A in the field for salvage & rebuild.
Way too much info to type with 2 fingers…
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I don't understand the "your double counting the...

I don't understand the "your double counting the chute in your calculations".
I used the 40# as an average weight as quoted here
https://brsaerospace.com/rv-7-9/
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-20-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,906
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Actually - UL Power USA is targeting the lions...

Actually - UL Power USA is targeting the lions share of the RV (& homebuilt) market - as the RV6/A (2703) , 7/A (1904), & 9/A (1171) are essentially the same, with interchangable firewalls, cowlings,...
Forum: Canada 06-19-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,753
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"Good afternoon Canadian builders. I'm have my...

"Good afternoon Canadian builders.

I'm have my final inspection in a few days. My configuration includes the VANs supplied gascolator on the firewall and the the VANs supplied AFP pump and filter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,444
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Determined size needed with balsa wedge. Than...

Determined size needed with balsa wedge. Than reproduced the wedge out of fiberglass on one plane, milled down UDHW plastic block on a few planes, & in one case bent up a wedge out of .025 6061 for a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 451
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Installation manual calls for a 60k resistor on...

Installation manual calls for a 60k resistor on the Wh/Gr tach wire. Try 80K resistor & see if that clears it up. Note- you should comfirm your tach readings are accurate with some sort of hand...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-16-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ralph Inkster
What works for me. Tape a 12" drill bit along...

What works for me.
Tape a 12" drill bit along the top crank case split, extended thru a hole in the forward baffle so it was within 1/8" of flywheel. Made timing mark very prominent by using white...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 702
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Go the 7360 belt, probably more common for RV...

Go the 7360 belt, probably more common for RV type planes. If you need slightly shorter or longer belt, you can whip down to your local auto parts store & ask for what you need. Same thing as your...
Forum: Canada 06-11-2022, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 334
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Could be a 3 ring binder, or even a series of...

Could be a 3 ring binder, or even a series of note books, no specifics required here. Inspectors like pictures, and notations if you used professional help, otherwise it is your tool to document...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,989
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Squeeze it flat. Won't look perfect, but after...

Squeeze it flat. Won't look perfect, but after paint only you will know it's there.
Do Not hammer it flat as there is potential of stretching the metal.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 302
Posted By Ralph Inkster
+1 for Paul's suggestion. Another option if space...

+1 for Paul's suggestion.
Another option if space allows- drill 4 corner holes & a large central hole, step drills work perfectly for this. Using Lt & Rt offset snips make a series of cuts radiating...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-07-2022, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,393
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note that the A2A (if it has the original crank)...

Note that the A2A (if it has the original crank) is a solid crank. Would be fantastic on a Super Cub type plane.
Still a good deal though - too bad it's SO far away from me...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-07-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,052
Posted By Ralph Inkster
junkyard and dig around for good alternators

Brings back memories. Some years ago our local junk yard was hosting it's usual spring $5 sale. All small parts excepting engines & trannys for $5, you bring your own tools. So I decide to go down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By Ralph Inkster
On those stiffeners - doesn't matter either...

On those stiffeners - doesn't matter either way.
Keep on building!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,096
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As long as it 'breaths' well & is cleaned out...

As long as it 'breaths' well & is cleaned out regularly, shouldn't be a problem.
I once saw an old plane with a Budweiser can dangling from the engine mount...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Probably more likely caused by some unknowing...

Probably more likely caused by some unknowing person leaning against your plane & pressing down with their elbow (I had this happen at OSH of all places...)
My solution is installing a rib made from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,693
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looks like Surefire is installed & timed...

Looks like Surefire is installed & timed differently than a mag.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,693
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I agree here. They could be influenced by many...

I agree here. They could be influenced by many things, including sensor uneven installation distances on the exhaust tubes.


You don't mention if the fuel system has been adjusted for idle cut off...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-31-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,638
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I treat my axle & nut alignment a bit...

I treat my axle & nut alignment a bit differently. I want to have (or have available) finer adjustability of the bearing preload so instead of 60 degree, I drill the axle with a second hole to allow...
Forum: International 05-27-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,189
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Canada has a category called Recreational Pilot...

Canada has a category called Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP). This category requires a Cat 4 Medical which is similar to Basic Med. Cat 4 Medicals only apply to RPP holders, PPL holders must still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,811
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Thanks Sam for the vice jaw pinch tool pictures,...

Thanks Sam for the vice jaw pinch tool pictures, exactly what I was trying to describe!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 431
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If the Steinair ones are like the older SafeAir...

If the Steinair ones are like the older SafeAir ones, just press the line in, & to disconnect, just press the yellow ring in & the line slides out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another item to check. Remove upper gear leg...

Another item to check. Remove upper gear leg fairing & check if the gear leg mount cover plate is loose. Can produce a fairly high buzzing sound if screws are loose or missing, seems influenced by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,205
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wink If you are getting your Lycoming from any other...

If you are getting your Lycoming from any other engine builder, will usually be std pallet size.
Aerosport Power is 48"x40"x32". Don't know what that is in Kiwi lingo
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,188
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note too that on every RV I've seen, that there...

Note too that on every RV I've seen, that there is about a 1/8" gap between the bottom skin and the threaded tiedown bracket that's bolted to the spar. If you tighten the tiedown ring under the wing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,811
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have used .125-3/4"x3/4" aluminum angle to...

I have used .125-3/4"x3/4" aluminum angle to support oil coolers in the past, never any issues.

If you do the squashed tubing approach, I'd suggest upsizing the tubing to 4130 .049x5/8". Squash the...
Forum: Engine Monitors 05-22-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Tried the old test in boiling water trick?

Tried the old test in boiling water trick?
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-21-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 602
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, go F6103 OVSC, more material is always a...

Yes, go F6103 OVSC, more material is always a good starting point, & its wide enough to accommodate either slider or tip up, what ever your flavor.

Strip down your old panel & use it as a template...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-21-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 972
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Does the Canpass subscription some how register...

Does the Canpass subscription some how register the ArriveCan app? This is the only thing changing pre or post Covid operation of the customs arrival process.

Will be interesting to see if they...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-20-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 822
Posted By Ralph Inkster
My FAB Alt Air Door gripes & solutions Missing...

My FAB Alt Air Door gripes & solutions

Missing base plate rivets - I replace the rivets with AN507-8R8 screws, requires dimpling the base plate for the countersunk screws, using nutplates mounted to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-20-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No expert here, so am looking at any & all angles...

No expert here, so am looking at any & all angles to see what's out there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Look for dark or blue stains around the edge or...

Look for dark or blue stains around the edge or screw heads.

You could seal the screws by dabbing some proseal (or other proven sealant) under the heads before tightening them down.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 624
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- Sometimes condensate (water, fuel, or carbon)...

- Sometimes condensate (water, fuel, or carbon) can contaminate a MAP sensor. Insure sensor is mounted in a position that does not allow anything to migrate 'down' the hose & collect in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-19-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Ralph Inkster
4 potential units so far...

4 potential units so far...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 535
Posted By Ralph Inkster
D-100/120/180 possible Superbright solution

Hi all

I am in conversations with a LCD panel supplier who may be able to supply a solution for our dim screens. The big issue is the existing Toppoly screen Interface format (Parallel RGB (1ch,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-17-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 448
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I assume you are running the SDS EM-5 system? 4...

I assume you are running the SDS EM-5 system? 4 cyl?

My fuel flow K factor setting is about 22000. You could use that as a starting point.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,045
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Cad color shouldn't matter, each batch is...

Cad color shouldn't matter, each batch is different. Also the mfg head of the rivet heads pictured have the single dimple meaning the proper 2117T rivets.
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another option is to have the freight company...

Another option is to have the freight company call you when it arrives in Calgary, pick up the shipping documentation and run it over to Canada Customs & self clear them. Customs is at the NW corner...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-13-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,143
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wow. That's scary! Imagine if the valve core...

Wow. That's scary! Imagine if the valve core shifted around to the full off position...

Was it the brass fuel valve? If so was the center core nylon or brass (real old style) also?
Forum: Canada 05-12-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 617
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You can get current Covid related information...

You can get current Covid related information here:
https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions

You can get list of open AOE airports...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,352
Posted By Ralph Inkster
540s & 550s I've played around with had the dip...

540s & 550s I've played around with had the dip stick on top of the engine. The 540 had a plenum I fabricated for it which involved putting a bowl around the dipstick housing up to the plenum skin. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,698
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Caution. If it was an certified aircraft that...

Caution. If it was an certified aircraft that was converted into the Canadian 'Owner Maintenance' category, it may not be a candidate for importation as the FAA does not recognize this category of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-07-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,143
Posted By Ralph Inkster
SB-06-2-23

Easy to miss during build, check Vans SB-06-2-23 and see if it (or part of it) applies to your situation.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-06-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,329
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you checked for proper idle cut off...

Have you checked for proper idle cut off adjustment? Sometimes that needle screw can back off.
Have you (after doing the idle cut off setting) adjusted for a resonable idle speed? That adjustment...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I just looked up the EIS 4000 manual on the GRT...

I just looked up the EIS 4000 manual on the GRT website. That manual had page 46.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Page 46 of the installation manual is pretty...

Page 46 of the installation manual is pretty straight forward.
The float sender has just the 1 terminal which you would connect the excitation wire/resister/Aux input wire to (per diagram on page...
Forum: ADS-B 04-30-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,392
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vern - did you reshape your fairing to better fit...

Vern - did you reshape your fairing to better fit the 'X' housing? It looks more bell shaped than stock in your pic (could be the pic angle).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,837
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe a fancy cover box for somebody's garage...

Maybe a fancy cover box for somebody's garage electrical circuit breaker box?
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-30-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 123,098
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I collected a bunch of cheap (garage sale)...

I collected a bunch of cheap (garage sale) wrenches and bent & grind them to fit in each unique area, each specific to a particular nut. I think I ended up with 6 unique wrenches.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-28-2022, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 469
Posted By Ralph Inkster
22 - 18 gauge red connectors 16 - 14 gauge...

22 - 18 gauge red connectors
16 - 14 gauge blue
12 - 10 gauge yellow
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,764
Posted By Ralph Inkster
That's a name from the past! Fine gentleman! I...

That's a name from the past! Fine gentleman! I had Hal inspect my first homebuilt (purchased) project, a Maranda, sold it when I realized I couldn't fit in it. The second one, a Cavalier, did fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,088
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looking closer the thing under the belly skin...

Looking closer the thing under the belly skin looks like a CM4MS studded rod end bearing like used on flap linkage.
The thing inside on the floor looks like some sort of pillow block mount.
So the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-23-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 267
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sub panel is 0.040"

Sub panel is 0.040"
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,088
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Video camera base? Muffler hangar? Variable angle...

Video camera base?
Muffler hangar?
Variable angle ground strap attach port?
Lidar sensor mount?
Laser cannon or torpedo hard point?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Scott, to preserve the original thread, please...

Scott, to preserve the original thread, please give me a call & I can talk you thru the process. You have my number.
Ralph
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Take your current W&B numbers and add the...

Take your current W&B numbers and add the following weight,

40 lbs at 150" aft of datum (RV7, 7A)

You will get a good idea of its effect to your empty CG without adding weight forward
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