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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,111
Posted By agirard7a

Yes!!! When the filter was removed!!! You have to.

If you run with Ram air the carb will need to be adjusted to not run to rich.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,111
Posted By agirard7a
Bob. Without a filter you cant even taxi the...

Bob. Without a filter you cant even taxi the plane unless you lean. The unrestricted airflow sucks in an excess of fuel from the Venturi effect in the carb.
You have to lean for best power at run up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2022, 08:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,111
Posted By agirard7a
Ram air

I had a Ram air setup on my RV-3. It had a bypass to filtered air for ground opps or dusty conditions. It was a very fast plane. Light with an 0320 160 hp. At altitude 8k running at 2500 rpms. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,904
Posted By agirard7a
Peel and stick

I used a peel and stick Mahogany veneer. Very easy and has held up well.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-18-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 927
Posted By agirard7a
FS: 430w

Garmin 430w for sale. Came out of an Rv-10 for an upgrade. $5,500
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,861
Posted By agirard7a
6 oz

I think you should be fine with the 6 oz. Don't be afraid to sand away the damaged areas. The lower the recess in this case the better as you will be able to build up more new cloth that will bond to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,861
Posted By agirard7a
Damaged area

If you sand down the damaged area to a recess and and create a feathered edge, you can apply the cloth with multiple layers. This will be a better way and the pro way of fixing this. After you sand...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,861
Posted By agirard7a
Epoxy prime

I would not gelcoat. Difficult for future repairs. Sand/wet sand the finish 220.
Do the various structural repairs with epoxy and FB cloth. Personally I like West System. Sand the repair then coat...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-15-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,164
Posted By agirard7a

Hi. Sent you a pm.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 07:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,797
Posted By agirard7a
Transition training

I received my transition training and tail endorsement at the same time in an RV-6. I later bought an RV-3 and was insurable.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-09-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 33,039
Posted By agirard7a
Model #

For my 0320 160 hp.

MSA 10-3678-32-H
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2022, 07:52 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 33,039
Posted By agirard7a
Hi chts

I tried everything to lower my climb CHT. 0320 160 hp. Including jetting out my carb and cowl flaps. What finally worked was contacting Marvel Schibler. I upgraded to a new carb with a higher flow...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,441
Posted By agirard7a
Yes. I had fitted the cowl with the A-model...

Yes. I had fitted the cowl with the A-model engine mount. The tail dragger mount was slightly shorter. I ended up shimming the mount off the firewall aprox 1/4” with spacers. This prevented the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,441
Posted By agirard7a

I did the opposite conversion on my 9. Nose to TW. My suggestion is find someone that wants to change from a nose to a tail and swap gear.
Worked well in my case.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-20-2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 466
Posted By agirard7a
2x8 ply

I used 2’x8’x3/4” mdf. Have the store rip the mdf at 2’ on their panel saw. Mdf is heavy and hard to Handel a 4 x 8.

With the remaining 2’, cut two pieces 3 1/2” ( perfectly straight) with a good...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-15-2022, 07:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,773
Posted By agirard7a
Stop drill

I recommend also a 1/16” bit slowly. Then use a debur tool to soften the edges both sides. 1/8” is very large and not needed.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-15-2022, 07:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,182
Posted By agirard7a

First. Here is an alternative mounting for the ipad and saves panel space, more shaded, and a great place to store your headset when tucked away.
Second. I would put the AP power near the flap....
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-10-2022, 07:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By agirard7a
Check out. Click on the map...

Check out.
Click on the map function for camping
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-09-2022, 02:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,738
Posted By agirard7a
Tint film

I bought some tint film in the auto section of Walmart. Give it a bit of static electricity rubbing it on your pants leg. Great for shading the IPAD.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-06-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 697
Posted By agirard7a
Aera 660

Hello. My Garmin Aera 660 has a serial connection to my Efis. (GRT Sport Sx)
This allows flight plan info from the Aera to sinc over to the efis which then allows the auto pilot to fly a Nav heading....
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-25-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,821
Posted By agirard7a

Wow! Beautiful Video
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2022, 06:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,074
Posted By agirard7a

I have a 9 i originally started building as a 9a. The steps had been installed prior to the change. I find the steps very useful at the standard height. No need to shorten. I cant imagine landing...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-06-2022, 06:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,289
Posted By agirard7a

From my sailing background, i have found this technique very easy and secure.
Only requires a three or four wraps. Very quick and easy. Dental floss works great in a...
Forum: ADS-B 01-27-2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,314
Posted By agirard7a

I have a GRT setup with a Sport SX and use the Uavionics Eco with Skyfix.
I have traffic on Foreflight (wifi) and my EFis. (Hardwired)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2022, 09:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,300
Posted By agirard7a

The pneumatic squeezer, although convenient, does not provide enough force for a proper dimple. Re-dimple with a c- frame dimpler and you will see the diflection around the dimple go away. Or in your...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-06-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,314
Posted By agirard7a
Auto pilot

“If you ever upgrade to a GFC 500 autopilot, the Aera 760 can be one of the navigators that will directly drive the GFC 500.”

I have a GRT Sport Sx with GRT servos for the AP. I also have a 660...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-06-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 443
Posted By agirard7a
Panel Design

Check out Free panel design software. Register and it keeps your designs. Works great.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 719
Posted By agirard7a
Try these

Here you go. Give these a go
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,793
Posted By agirard7a
3M 5200

3m 5200 is amazingly strong and bonds very well to metals. Scotch bright and clean as prep. Home Depot sells it in a small tube. Get the quick cure. Be aware it is a permanent bond. I used it on my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,674
Posted By agirard7a
Wire color

Personally i used Red for power and black for grounds. White on most everything else and used shrink wrap labels. Also used fuse blocks hinged for drop down access behind the panel vs. pull breakers...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,690
Posted By agirard7a
Fitting the cowl. My method.

I fit my top cowl to the fire wall first. I first put the forward edge of 2” blue tape on the leading edge of the forward skin mounted to the fire wall. . The aft edge of the tape is adhered onto the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-14-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,234
Posted By agirard7a

Having had a break failure on a recent landing. Im putting replace brake puck O-rings
on the list. Using Vton higher temp O rings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,199
Posted By agirard7a
Cg finder app

I use this app. Once you enter the station data, your good to go.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,257
Posted By agirard7a

I had a t-shirt designed for our local Rv flying group.

I sourced the design internationally with It is a bid process after you tell the community
What you are looking for.

A guy...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-04-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,718
Posted By agirard7a
Agree fully. I converted my 9a to a 9 and very...

Agree fully. I converted my 9a to a 9 and very happy with it. Many advantages to the tail wheel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 652
Posted By agirard7a
Northern WI diversion PIREP

On our route touring the south coastline of Lake Superior,
We ended up making a diversion due to low ceilings.
I have to say it became a very pleasant stopover.
The folks at KLNL couldn’t have been...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-04-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,918
Posted By agirard7a

Very cool Vic and son! Nicely done and look forward to seeing more.
My main thought is you will inevitably be saving someones butt by providing this info. Good on you guys!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,731
Posted By agirard7a
Cylinder temp

Be prepared that you may get higher ChT’s on climb.
Jetting out the carb or getting a higher flow carb may be in order.

I converted from 150 -160 with higher compression cylinders and have been...
Forum: RV-3 06-19-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,369
Posted By agirard7a

I owned and flew this for 250 hours while building my 9.
Loved the plane. 0320 160 hp with Ram air. Was a rocket and very fun to fly.
Now on the west coast
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-02-2021, 07:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,574
Posted By agirard7a
Local Sign maker

Went to my local sign maker. Printed and cut on standard vinyl sign material. Holding up well so far. Asked for a carbon fiber look.
Forum: RV-4 05-27-2021, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,131
Posted By agirard7a
0320 carb w/ ram air

I owned an older RV-3. It had an 0320 160 hp with a direct ram air intake. On ground opps it had a flap controlled in the cockpit which would cover the air inlet and force air to pass through a...
Forum: Northeast 05-26-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,418
Posted By agirard7a
I have to respectfully disagree. Katama airstrip...

I have to respectfully disagree. Katama airstrip on Martha’s Vineyard is one of the nicest places in the NE. Park your plane and walk across the street to a beautiful sandy beach that extends for...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-08-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,110
Posted By agirard7a

Bar Harbor is a great spot. They have a loner car and lots of great places to check out. Another great spot is KIWI Wiscasset. They have a nice rental car. Nice area to explore or AirB&B.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-07-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,046
Posted By agirard7a

I converted my 9a to a 9. I had an issue with the motor mount. The prop on the 9 mount was about 1/4” closer to the fire wall. I had to shim the mount off the fire wall and shim behind the prop in...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-14-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,926
Posted By agirard7a

Congratulations. Nice to see another 9 flying.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,143
Posted By agirard7a
Foldable bike

Here you go. This fits in the baggage compartment without removing the wheels. Great quality bike. As good as any normal size bike i have ridden.
Forum: RV-3 12-24-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 202,176
Posted By agirard7a

Hi. As a former owner of this beautiful bird, i had to post.
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2020, 06:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,640
Posted By agirard7a

I had a crack in the same spot exactly. Stop drilled it with 1/16” hole.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-12-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 997
Posted By agirard7a
Torque value An bolts

Here you go Tom. The nut is an AN310 castle nut.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2020, 06:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,561
Posted By agirard7a
Rv-8 numbers.

1125 lbs
76.86 cg.
200 hp angle valve
Metal CS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2020, 12:41 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 186,661
Posted By agirard7a

Ill go with the water suggestion. Check out the erosional vein stemming downhill from most.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 11-23-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,821
Posted By agirard7a

Sent you a PM
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,840
Posted By agirard7a

My choice is West System Epoxy mixed with 410 filler. It’s s the easiest to sand and will hold up well. The epoxy can be mixed with many various fillers depending on the strength you need. Including...
Forum: RV-14 11-12-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,004
Posted By agirard7a

I hardly look at my airspeed on the EFIS. Prefer the round gauge.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-24-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,257
Posted By agirard7a
Pad replacement.

Very easy. You first need this tool.

Remove the two bolts (7/16” hex head) that are wire tied from the inboard...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,477
Posted By agirard7a
Cowl rivets

Wow. I can’t imagine glassing over the rivets personally. If you over counter sink so the rivets are below the surface, you can then apply West System epoxy with 410 filler (easiest to sand). Sand...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-04-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,832
Posted By agirard7a
Rivet spec

I second the post above. Notice also there is no max diam. The mil spec has a bit more flexibility for sizes of driven rivets. I have the above numbers for 1/8 and 3/32 rivets written on my work...
Forum: Reviews 09-25-2020, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,515
Posted By agirard7a
Yard store

Fantastic operation. Get their catalog!!
Great source for many different tools new and old
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-24-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,426
Posted By agirard7a

I have a GRT Sport SX. It networks well with my Garmin Aera 660 GPS. (Nice GPS)
I enter flight plan info into my Garmin often by blue tooth from Garmin pilot on my phone. It auto loads into the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,337
Posted By agirard7a
Edge distance

When doing the wing incidence on any of the Vans aircraft. The plans call for a specific edge distance for positioning and drilling the rear spar attachment. You end up drawing a box measured in from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,844
Posted By agirard7a

Here is some RV 8 example data: This is from a handy CG
App called “CG Finder”
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,595
Posted By agirard7a
Hammer drill

Hi Vlad. Hope all is well. Miss you out East.

Just a thought.... For the rock: Rent a large hammer drill from
HD or local tool rental. Drill a hole and put in some expansion or epoxy set
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,111
Posted By agirard7a
Are you sure that’s not mph? Vans says 51 mph...

Are you sure that’s not mph? Vans says 51 mph dirty. (Solo) That’s what mine stalls at.
By the way, slow flight at 1.2-1.3 VSo builds confidence. You need to know how much throttle (RPM)you need for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,111
Posted By agirard7a
Yea I edited that as I forgot he has an 8a and...

Yea I edited that as I forgot he has an 8a and was speaking of the 3 point of the tail dragger.
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