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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 02:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By Ironflight
Mammoth, June, and all of the Tahoe resorts got...

Mammoth, June, and all of the Tahoe resorts got buried during the holidays, and are still doing fairly well!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 11:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By Ironflight
For the Skiers……

Just saying….you don’t need a ski tube in an RV-6 to carry a pair of 174’s….

Caveats:

1) Yes, this makes it a one-person transport … but then again, you don’t have the payload for two people (in...
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 10:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 541
Posted By Ironflight
One of the frustrating things for builders new to...

One of the frustrating things for builders new to the world of experimental kit aircraft is the fact that not all hardware call-outs are going to be correct all of the time. Van’s is pretty good -...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 663
Posted By Ironflight
And….if you’re a Kitplanes subscriber, go to the...

And….if you’re a Kitplanes subscriber, go to the online archives and search for “Maintenance Matters” articles - written by Dave Prizio (and before him, Steve Ells), they are there specifically to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,304
Posted By Ironflight
Multiple uses of a single bag (until full) works...

Multiple uses of a single bag (until full) works fine - I have utilized this technique many times as I criss-crossed this big continent. Beats descending out of a smooth tailwind ride at 14k+ into...
Forum: California 01-22-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By Ironflight
Well nuts - I thought I was available, but the...

Well nuts - I thought I was available, but the schedule is more complicated than I thought, so likely that I’ll miss this one - ya’ll have fun!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-21-2022, 09:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 19,750
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting history John - in the case that...

Interesting history John - in the case that started this thread, I had actually talked to Sal, and at least at that time, he said he had a pile of junk Cerminil cylinders out in the grass behind his...
Forum: RV-3 01-20-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 779
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah - let me emphasize this. High Speed Taxi...

Yeah - let me emphasize this. High Speed Taxi testing is really for brand new designs - not aircraft whose designs are proven already. This is because a lot can go wrong in a hurry, including...
Forum: California 01-19-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 779
Posted By Ironflight
Hmmm….which airplane wants to go…… ;) I’ll throw...

Hmmm….which airplane wants to go…… ;)

I’ll throw this up on the calendar and see if it works out!

Paul
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2022, 12:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By Ironflight
BTW- the old VDO senders almost always failed...

BTW- the old VDO senders almost always failed “high”- I’ll be interested to know if the Kavlico does the same thing….
Forum: Safety 01-19-2022, 12:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,390
Posted By Ironflight
So here’s the thing….once you light it off, its...

So here’s the thing….once you light it off, its going to keep putting out fog until it is finished - even if you put the fire out right away. It’ll just keep fogging up the cockpit, and there’s...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 01-19-2022, 12:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By Ironflight
I’ll be talking about How to Choose a Homebuilt...

I’ll be talking about How to Choose a Homebuilt kit on Monday at 1900 CST, and giving my presentation on Flight Test 101 on Friday at 1600 CST. I guess I’m sort of book-ending the week!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 328
Posted By Ironflight
Steve - you told us about the sender....what are...

Steve - you told us about the sender....what are you reading the pressure on? EFIS? Dedicated gauge?

Hate to say it, but the first thing to do is figure out if it is instrumentation or actual high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2022, 11:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,173
Posted By Ironflight
As a lot of you know, I am friends with many of...

As a lot of you know, I am friends with many of the folks at Vans, as well as many of the people that work in other kit companies around the country (and the globe). I can count on the fingers of one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,433
Posted By Ironflight
Tie downs and guest accommodations available…..;)

Tie downs and guest accommodations available…..;)
Forum: Propellers 01-08-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - I tested the three blade composite Hartzell...

Yes - I tested the three blade composite Hartzell Raptor and the three blade Whirlwind 300 - check out the July 21 issue of Kitplanes for my results and thoughts.
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-08-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By Ironflight
Both baggage compartment and the passenger seat -...

Both baggage compartment and the passenger seat - with the seat back removed! And….she was lightly drugged. When we got her out, she had this glazed look, sort of “like wow man…I thought I WAS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,433
Posted By Ironflight
Well heck John, we’re in Nevada…… ;)

Well heck John, we’re in Nevada…… ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 737
Posted By Ironflight
Uhhh…three bladed prop is going to be hard to fit...

Uhhh…three bladed prop is going to be hard to fit in a ski bag! ;)

But I like the concept. When my little jet engine had to go back to the Czech Republic, the shipping price (paid for by PBS) was...
Forum: Safety 01-07-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,401
Posted By Ironflight
Probably the best summary I could give in terms...

Probably the best summary I could give in terms of what is in my vest…plus the PLB, of course! I look at food as something to just give my mouth something to do - not really trying to keep me alive,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Ironflight
We generally use the microphone in the earphone...

We generally use the microphone in the earphone cup when doing videos for our web products as well - very low tech, but it does seem to work, and doesn’t take a lot of engineering. We have even done...
Forum: Safety 01-06-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,401
Posted By Ironflight
And I’d expand on Dave’s idea with this common...

And I’d expand on Dave’s idea with this common survival adage “If you’re not wearing it when you go down, you don’t have it!” Which translates into a survival vest with the essentials (PLB is always...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2022, 12:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,111
Posted By Ironflight
Of course, thinking outside the box, you could...

Of course, thinking outside the box, you could post a “Want to Buy” for a PDA-360EX, and se if anyone has one…..
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,111
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Carl, Because of the nature of what I do, I...

Hi Carl,

Because of the nature of what I do, I have stuff from just about every manufacturer in my various panels. Our Xenos project as an S6 Comm radio, and while we haven’t flown with it, just...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ironflight
I was really hoping you’d comment on this one...

I was really hoping you’d comment on this one Dan, because I knew that you were the one that spearheaded the data collection, and because to be honest, I couldn’t really remember the conclusions….or...
Forum: Safety 01-02-2022, 12:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,500
Posted By Ironflight
And a huge amount of speculation based on a news...

And a huge amount of speculation based on a news report - not even an NTSB preliminary…..

DR can unlock it if I have been unfair.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,597
Posted By Ironflight
You do realize that Bearhawk brought their...

You do realize that Bearhawk brought their six-seater to market last year….right? :)

Bottom line though - you are correct that it was far simpler for them, with the tube/fabric fuselage than it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ironflight
This has been a big topic of discussion here on...

This has been a big topic of discussion here on the forums over the years - it goes back to the very beginning of VAF, so you should be able to do a search and find some great threads. A lot of data...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-01-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 826
Posted By Ironflight
You’ve been researching a long way back! ;) Yes,...

You’ve been researching a long way back! ;)

Yes, generally speaking you have better fine motor control with your dominant hand, and that is preferred for complex fine control tasks. Tuning a radio...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-30-2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By Ironflight
Louise flew her 110 lb Malamut in the RV-6 once,...

Louise flew her 110 lb Malamut in the RV-6 once, but no pictures….we were busy evacuating for a hurricane!
Forum: RV-15 12-30-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,522
Posted By Ironflight
Have you ever met Mel ?! ;) His airport is,...

Have you ever met Mel ?! ;)

His airport is, after all, named “Short Stop”……. :p
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,500
Posted By Ironflight
Dang! I knew what it was as soon as I saw it, but...

Dang! I knew what it was as soon as I saw it, but I didn’t see it until just now because I was out in the shop playing with a magazine project.

And I have a strip of aluminum with holes drilled...
Forum: Propellers 12-27-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,157
Posted By Ironflight
First, I’m REALLY appreciating Joe’s contribution...

First, I’m REALLY appreciating Joe’s contribution here! Great to have someone who has done this for a living….

My interpretation (from prop shops is that you put no more than 1 ounce in - and if,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-24-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,508
Posted By Ironflight
I think the blue spot is a reflection of the...

I think the blue spot is a reflection of the spark plug hole….
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-22-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,643
Posted By Ironflight
Strakes were a common topic of discussion back...

Strakes were a common topic of discussion back when I was finishing my -8….but folks discovered that upper intersection fairings did the same thing as the strakes, and reduced drag to boot…haven’t...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,598
Posted By Ironflight
It’s been probably six or seven weeks since I put...

It’s been probably six or seven weeks since I put in a reservation request for our motorglider N-Number. Thing is….we really don’t care THAT much about it, and I didn’t ;t realize that when you go to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,062
Posted By Ironflight
George, you’re a great example of someone who has...

George, you’re a great example of someone who has the patience to take your time and do it right - now go out an enjoy that machine!

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-19-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,652
Posted By Ironflight
As a general rule, the Lycs will spit out...

As a general rule, the Lycs will spit out anything above 6 quarts in our installations - how hey spit that out, and how your breather tube is routed will determine if it goes on the belly directly,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-16-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By Ironflight
Honestly? I have added and removed a couple of...

Honestly? I have added and removed a couple of autopilots, changed lighting, re-routed antenna cabling - all in the sixteen years and 2000+ hours I have flown and worked on my -8, and I have removed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,821
Posted By Ironflight
It really depends on the quality of the tie-wraps...

It really depends on the quality of the tie-wraps you use - I have tie-wraps in engine compartments that have been there for fifteen years….

For wire bundles, mostly I use lacing cord to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,310
Posted By Ironflight
Legally, yes - no instrumentation is required at...

Legally, yes - no instrumentation is required at all for Day VFR - totally blank panel. Can you get a DAR to approve that? Depends on your rationale and ability to persuade.

Paul
Forum: Flight Testing 12-11-2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 637
Posted By Ironflight
Bill - the July 2021 issue of Kitplanes has an...

Bill - the July 2021 issue of Kitplanes has an article describing exactly how I do prop comparisons - the test cards are a natural fallout of the procedures.

Paul
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-11-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,084
Posted By Ironflight
Dredging up memories….another month, and the...

Dredging up memories….another month, and the coverage will be thick enough for ice diving!! Yeah….that was fun when I was young…… ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,819
Posted By Ironflight
Wholeheartedly agree with Ralph - static ports,...

Wholeheartedly agree with Ralph - static ports, and their locations, take some time for a designer to pin down, and once they do, there is little reason to reinvent the wheel;. Use the standard...
Forum: Tools 12-06-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By Ironflight
I asked the same question when I was buying...

I asked the same question when I was buying cables, and came up with the answer that it makes no difference - which was good, because the source in San Diego was selling Inconel for a better price...
Forum: Tools 12-05-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By Ironflight
For cables, there is an EBay supplier - a surplus...

For cables, there is an EBay supplier - a surplus house down in San Diego, near the water - that regularly sells bags of the 18” Inconel cables at a good price. I bought about 250 cables, and figure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2021, 11:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,171
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had a three-blade Catto hanging on the wall...

I’ve had a three-blade Catto hanging on the wall for a number of years, with the intent of making a ceiling fan out of it - just never seem to have the spare time to find a motor….. Don’t really care...
Forum: Tools 12-04-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,533
Posted By Ironflight
Mine came with the short one, and I occasionally...

Mine came with the short one, and I occasionally think the middle length might be nice, but so far I have done everything I needed with the standard short one….
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-02-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,702
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks Joe - this makes me feel better, as my...

Thanks Joe - this makes me feel better, as my “build log” with the Sonex machines has been nothing more than dating and highlighting steps on the drawings (for RV builders, there is no step-by step...
Forum: RV-3 12-01-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By Ironflight
Our Setup

We’ve been running the Bell fork and a DJM solid (small) tailwheel since day 1 on our -3B, and like the setup. We rarely operate off of anything but pavement or gravel, and if you hit an airport with...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 12-01-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,805
Posted By Ironflight
Wait! You didn’t even consider the “tip-over” !! ...

Wait! You didn’t even consider the “tip-over” !! ;)

It’s hard to beat the unobstructed visibility forward from the tip-up (our RV-6) or the tip-over (RV-3. Then again, last week I flew down to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,702
Posted By Ironflight
One thing to remember is that there are two...

One thing to remember is that there are two potential “official” uses for the builder log - one is for the DAR granting the airworthiness certificate for the airplane. The other is for the FSDO to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,452
Posted By Ironflight
You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be...

You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be a Fluke!” ;)

My most recent is a Klein, replacing a no-name Fluke clone I had for probably 25 years.

(Fluke was the only multimeter in the Space...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,463
Posted By Ironflight
Many folks don't get the subtlety (or subtle...

Many folks don't get the subtlety (or subtle difference) between teh final radius of the trailing edge bend itself, and the “flatness” of the slopes leading up to it - this is the thing that needs to...
Forum: RV-3 11-24-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 526
Posted By Ironflight
David - given the very tight clearance between...

David - given the very tight clearance between the engine and firewall, I’d mount everything that you can on the back of the engine before putting it in place. Mel pointed out the oil pressure...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 696
Posted By Ironflight
This has been a problem for many of us for as...

This has been a problem for many of us for as long as I have been involved with RV’s. Distilling all of the threads I have read on binding control cables (from memory), the greatest enemy of these...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,397
Posted By Ironflight
Check the profile of the notch in your steering...

Check the profile of the notch in your steering arm. If the corner has started to round off, the pin will retract very easily, and your wheel will go into castor mode more easily than it should. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,695
Posted By Ironflight
“Gravity wave” To quote the old sage….“I don’t...

“Gravity wave”

To quote the old sage….“I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means…….”

;)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 674
Posted By Ironflight
You might take a look at this...

You might take a look at this thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=74302

Originally intended to collect useful things pilots needed to know when flying a GRT….
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,557
Posted By Ironflight
I was going to suggest the same thing David - the...

I was going to suggest the same thing David - the ball-bar is easy to fly, and can be built passive for daytime only., or with lights (active) for night flying. Or….build it with both! It’s a good...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,286
Posted By Ironflight
Very, very cool - much nicer than my long-time...

Very, very cool - much nicer than my long-time method of supporting the cowling on a knee with that foot off the floor, while standing one-legged on the other foot!

Will have to consider this as the...
Forum: GPS 11-19-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,718
Posted By Ironflight
I have replaced a couple of 430W’s with 440’s,...

I have replaced a couple of 430W’s with 440’s, and the audio worked just fine with my standard GMA audio panels. However, there is supposedly the capability to use the “standby monitor” function in...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-19-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,623
Posted By Ironflight
So if an RV-10 and an F1 Rocket leave Houston at...

So if an RV-10 and an F1 Rocket leave Houston at the same time, headed for Oshkosh, and the RV-10 flies at FL250, who gets to Mahoney’s first? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,047
Posted By Ironflight
Glad to help out - its a nice flying airplane,...

Glad to help out - its a nice flying airplane, and George will soon be enjoying Phase 1 himself!
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