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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 09:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 789
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Now you tell me..... :D

Now you tell me..... :D
Forum: Safety 10-04-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 383
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N646RV Prelim Report

Location: Aztec, AZ Accident Number: WPR22FA348
Date & Time: September 16, 2022, 13:30 Local Registration: N646RV
Aircraft: Trom Wayne Vans RV6A Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91:...
Forum: Safety 10-01-2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 469
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N992KS Prelim Report

Location: Preston, ID Accident Number: WPR22FA347
Date & Time: September 14, 2022, 10:54 Local Registration: N992KS
Aircraft: Skiles Kenneth C RV-6A Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91:...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 09-28-2022, 08:09 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 512
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Final Report N69HF

Location: Hitchcock, Texas Accident Number: CEN21LA080
Date & Time: December 8, 2020, 15:40 Local Registration: N69HF
Aircraft: Vans RV6 Aircraft Damage: Destroyed
Defining Event: Loss of control in...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-23-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 985
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Your question is sorta like asking "I want to buy...

Your question is sorta like asking "I want to buy a car, what should I buy?".

Many (most?) RVs have been painted with automotive finish systems, with emphasis on systems. It is imperative that...
Forum: Safety 09-20-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,037
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If the autopilot doesn't have an auto trim...

If the autopilot doesn't have an auto trim function, the usual method is get the aircraft stabilized in cruise and carefully trimmed. Then the autopilot is engaged and the servo doesn't need to fight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2022, 10:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,363
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Just for clarification, the original poster is...

Just for clarification, the original poster is inquiring about just salvaging the finish kit components and some avionics. That airframe is totaled.
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-15-2022, 07:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,822
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I said "most likely" which means it may not be...

I said "most likely" which means it may not be entirely true. :)

But I think as a general rule a carbed engine is not going to achieve the same degree of balanced LOP as one with calibrated...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-15-2022, 06:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,822
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have a digital tach so can see a 10 rpm drop.

I have a digital tach so can see a 10 rpm drop.
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-14-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,822
Posted By Sam Buchanan
;) Most likely you will never achieve true LOP...

;)

Most likely you will never achieve true LOP with your carbed engine, the fuel delivery to each cylinder is too inconsistent. I pull mixture to where rpm is ~10 lower than full rich and that has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,729
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Tom, your links aren't working. But.....you have...

Tom, your links aren't working.

But.....you have an impressive resume! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2022, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,729
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Balsa is in the Build Manual for the RV-6

The build manual for my RV-6 shows balsa as one of the acceptable options for closing the elevator tip. That's what I used in 1997 and it still looks as good now as it did then. It is encapsulated...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-12-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,822
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Why don't you post the numbers you are getting...

Why don't you post the numbers you are getting with your RV (and prop, rpm, and weight) and we can see if they fall into what is expected. Also, are all fairings installed cleanly on your RV?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 998
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Be advised the metal Sensenich prop for the O-320...

Be advised the metal Sensenich prop for the O-320 has a 2600 rpm restriction due to harmonics that couldn't be engineered out the O-320 installation. The 70x79 should be a good prop for your -9. If...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-07-2022, 07:14 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,761
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I've been disappointed over the years by critical...

I've been disappointed over the years by critical comments by VAFers directed at owners who have decided to retire their RV. No doubt the decision to retire an RV was made only after careful...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-04-2022, 01:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,500
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RV-3 spring, the -8 never had a non-swivel...

RV-3 spring, the -8 never had a non-swivel tailwheel spring. This failure was an outlier due to the way it was modified in the past and doesn't create any concern for similar failure of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 940
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Give this vendor a call, they are a go-to place...

Give this vendor a call, they are a go-to place for Huntsville, AL high-tech printing.

https://alliedprintinghsv.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2022, 07:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,220
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Birmingham FSDO did everything by mail for a...

Birmingham FSDO did everything by mail for a friend of mine who recently received his certificate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2022, 07:28 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,827
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Wishing you a smooth and speedy recovery! The...

Wishing you a smooth and speedy recovery! The RV-6 is patiently awaiting.... :)
Forum: Safety 08-31-2022, 07:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,083
Posted By Sam Buchanan
N184DJ Prelim Report

Location: Scio, OR Accident Number: WPR22FA312
Date & Time: August 21, 2022, 14:03 Local Registration: N184DJ
Aircraft: Jackson Dennis RV-8 Injuries: 2 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Delta Pop's antennae have a good reputation at a...

Delta Pop's antennae have a good reputation at a reasonable price. I've been flying one on my RV-6 for many years and am very pleased with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,827
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Some have installed an armrest between the seats...

Some have installed an armrest between the seats so you have something to apply leverage against with your right hand as you push up out of the seat. At one time there was an armrest for sale be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,827
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You didn't mention the type canopy you have but...

You didn't mention the type canopy you have but if tip-up taildragger you may find pushing yourself up out of the seat to exit may be the most challenging. That first slide up the backrest requires...
Forum: Safety 08-22-2022, 12:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 607
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Heartbreaking......

Heartbreaking......
Forum: Safety 08-02-2022, 07:51 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 537
Posted By Sam Buchanan
RV-7 N283S PreLim

Location: Topeka, KS Accident Number: WPR22FA254
Date & Time: July 16, 2022, 11:53 Local Registration: N283S
Aircraft: Stucky Steven D RV-7 Injuries: 1 Fatal
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 103,870
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Somebody will do it to wring out the last knots....

Somebody will do it to wring out the last knots. :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-24-2022, 07:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,123
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Same way the current gets pushed through the...

Same way the current gets pushed through the crimps at the ends of the cables..... :)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2022, 03:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, maybe it was a capacitor instead of a diode....

Yep, maybe it was a capacitor instead of a diode. But I didn't have to do any reprogramming to get the SureFly rpm to read correctly, the uMonitor must think it is still seeing the Slick.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By Sam Buchanan
No, just replaced the impulse Slick with the...

No, just replaced the impulse Slick with the SureFly. I think there may be a diode(s) somewhere in the RMI p-lead circuit but I don't recall the details, been 24 years since I wired it. ;)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-20-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My RMI uMonitor works fine with the SureFly, both...

My RMI uMonitor works fine with the SureFly, both ignitions check the same as two mags.
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 03:40 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 103,870
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Maybe they can move it a couple of times during...

Maybe they can move it a couple of times during the week to reduce the dust/mud where the grass used to be...... :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,468
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Rear seat throttle.

Rear seat throttle.
Forum: RV-4 07-06-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,336
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The material is common baffle seal. Cut, roll,...

The material is common baffle seal. Cut, roll, and rivet as necessary.

http://https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/siliconecowlseals5.php...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-06-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 710
Posted By Sam Buchanan
That link states "regulations require an...

That link states "regulations require an Operator’s Handbook". Is this a new regulation, I've not seen that before.

Mel...what say ye?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 910
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If you are using the FP metal Sensenich prop the...

If you are using the FP metal Sensenich prop the prop pitch might indicate which version of engine you have. When I upgraded my E2D to 160hp I added 3" of pitch per Vans published recommendations.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-28-2022, 12:05 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,619
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I have the Trio Pro Pilot, a full featured roll...

I have the Trio Pro Pilot, a full featured roll and pitch system. But many, many RVs are flown by hand--I've never considered hand-flying mine 'tiresome' and that is what I do if turbulence is more...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-28-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,619
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Well.....guess I (and no doubt hundreds of RV...

Well.....guess I (and no doubt hundreds of RV owners) am not the 'typical Vans buyer' either, no interest in aerobatics or playing fighter pilot, just a lot of great cruising in my RV-6 for the past...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-27-2022, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 968
Posted By Sam Buchanan
If it ain't broke....don't fix it...... ;) My...

If it ain't broke....don't fix it...... ;)

My AGM RV batteries over the past nearly 20years (mix of Odyssey and "off-brand") usually last several years before a noticable decline in starter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,569
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Excellent! Even though very sorry you are having...

Excellent! Even though very sorry you are having to deal with this it is good to see your plane is secured and you've started the claim process. Just sit tight and let the carrier determine what to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,879
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yes, PCS and aviationoiloutlet.com are one and...

Yes, PCS and aviationoiloutlet.com are one and the same but shipping offers may be different on each site. The PCS site is geared toward servicing several industries in addition to aviation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,215
Posted By Sam Buchanan
We don't like to admit that insurance carriers...

We don't like to admit that insurance carriers can pull our strings but the sad truth is you may have problems as a new 70 yr-old TW pilot getting coverage at a reasonable (any) cost. Best option...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-23-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 652
Posted By Sam Buchanan
These are the most recent struts I installed on...

These are the most recent struts I installed on my RV-6, they have a bit more strength than the stock struts:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/392355653925
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,879
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My last case of Phillips from PSC was $20 less...

My last case of Phillips from PSC was $20 less than Spruce even after shipping. Final cost may depend on how close the customer is to PSC or a Spruce warehouse.

I am very aware of considering...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-22-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,879
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Awful lot of thinkin' going on here........ ...

Awful lot of thinkin' going on here........ ;)

You asked for a source for aviation oil. I use this vendor and have had excellent service at a price considerably lower than that big aviation supply...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2022, 12:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,304
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Does this count? Take off speed is really high...

Does this count? Take off speed is really high due to excessive wing loading....granddaughter hasn't yet been able to achieve needed velocity....but ground maneuvers are impressive.

27087
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-14-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,658
Posted By Sam Buchanan
The breaker is to protect the wire in case of a...

The breaker is to protect the wire in case of a short to ground.....you definitely want to install it.....a fat wire on fire is bad.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,830
Posted By Sam Buchanan
One of our local RVs had a flap rod failure...

One of our local RVs had a flap rod failure several years ago but not sure if it was due to operational or installation error.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,830
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Rest assured you are not the only RV pilot to...

Rest assured you are not the only RV pilot to blow past flap speed.

Most likely there is no damage to the airframe but the first thing you want to check is the flap pushrods to make sure they...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,268
Posted By Sam Buchanan
You have fuel injection but I had a situation...

You have fuel injection but I had a situation with my carbed engine that resulted in the same results as your incident.

A tiny piece of trash got lodged in the carb needle. This stuck the valve open...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,362
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My 20-year-old Reiff sump heater is showing its...

My 20-year-old Reiff sump heater is showing its age so I may be looking for a replacement at some point. I run the heater 24/7 for four months in an insulated hangar because the heater is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 7,085
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Prelim Report

Location: Huntsville, AL Accident Number: ERA22LA213
Date & Time: May 1, 2022, 17:05 Local Registration: N1218B
Aircraft: Vans RV7 Injuries: 1 Serious
Flight Conducted Under: Part 91: General...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,933
Posted By Sam Buchanan
I think it's that abandoned cone-shaped thing out...

I think it's that abandoned cone-shaped thing out at the airport that they still have to mow around......
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,933
Posted By Sam Buchanan
To avoid poking your eye out when cleaning the...

To avoid poking your eye out when cleaning the plane install the excellent Archer antenna in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,987
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Lot’s of $$$$’s…………

Lot’s of $$$$’s…………
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,768
Posted By Sam Buchanan
...and then wait for all the comments about how...

...and then wait for all the comments about how it would never work.....just sayin'...... ;)
Forum: Autopilots 06-01-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 464
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Don't have the exact numbers but the Trio servos...

Don't have the exact numbers but the Trio servos are similar mechanically (but much more sophisticated digitally) to the Navaid so weights should be similar.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Or maybe having more lithium (or whatever battery...

Or maybe having more lithium (or whatever battery tech is current at the time) battery capacity than fuel to complete a flight.

Just the natural progression of mechanical being replaced by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-30-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,075
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, belt-driven alternators will most likely...

Yep, belt-driven alternators will most likely eventually have the same status as vacuum pumps......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-26-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,987
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Ask Continental?

Ask Continental?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,134
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Swaging tool

Here is what I use for forming a swaged end on tubing to prevent stress fractures at the flattened area:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-21-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,200
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Still using proper air pressure?

Still using proper air pressure?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,377
Posted By Sam Buchanan
Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to...

Yep, the empty shop syndrome is real and has to be addressed in some fashion if sanity is to be maintained, too many acquired skills to let go to waste......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,987
Posted By Sam Buchanan
So what does Continental say about this?

So what does Continental say about this?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-17-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 96,483
Posted By Sam Buchanan
My SureFly is configured for fixed timing so it...

My SureFly is configured for fixed timing so it is 25* regardless of the rpm. I see 10-15 rpm higher with the SureFly than the mag when doing a 1700 rpm runup, probably due to my mag having a bunch...
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