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Forum: RV-3 11-23-2022, 08:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 907
Posted By agirard7a
Tail wheel

Before i bought and flew my Rv-3, i got my transition training and tail wheel endorsement in an RV-6. Invaluable experience. The V speeds where close. At least close enough to not be completely green...
Forum: RV-4 11-14-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,475
Posted By agirard7a
Rv-3 panel

This worked well on my RV-3
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-09-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 490
Posted By agirard7a
FS: Garmin 430w

Have decided to not install this unit in my RV-9.
Bought it from another VAF member who upgraded in his RV-10.
Comes with a back plate and rack and i will throw in a new in the box
GA-35 Wass...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-03-2022, 04:40 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,252
Posted By agirard7a
Stewart systems

I am also considering the Stewart System approach. Having recently installed a 60 Gal Dewalt 220 v. Compressor. The one thing i find promising about the set up is the gun they are selling for $200...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,229
Posted By agirard7a
Looks good

Looks like a decent bike for the money. I have two similar size bikes by Mini Cooper. If you remove the wheels, you can fit two in the baggage area.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-16-2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,232
Posted By agirard7a
Carpenters square

Used this tool often.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,298
Posted By agirard7a
Peel and stick

I did my panel with peel and stick mahogany veneer.
Worked well, easy and no mess. Holding up well 5 years so far.
Forum: Primers 07-14-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,181
Posted By agirard7a

The product is great and adheres well to a clean, scuffed surface.
My interior finish paint is SEM gray primer and it has held up very well.
Forum: Northeast 05-21-2022, 07:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 790
Posted By agirard7a
Over the top

Get on flight following and go over the top. 7500
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2022, 08:21 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
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, 01:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
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, 09:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,126
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, 12:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,298
Posted By agirard7a
Peel and stick

I used a peel and stick Mahogany veneer. Very easy and has held up well.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-17-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,450
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, 10:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,450
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, 08:44 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,450
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: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,261
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, 09:08 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 37,673
Posted By agirard7a
Model #

For my 0320 160 hp.

MSA 10-3678-32-H
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2022, 08:52 AM
Replies: 108
Views: 37,673
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, 05:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,881
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, 11:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,881
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, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 772
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, 08:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,766
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, 08:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,800
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, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,161
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, 03:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,369
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, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,114
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, 05:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,356
Posted By agirard7a

Wow! Beautiful Video
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2022, 07:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,557
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, 07:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,582
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, 07:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,595
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, 10:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,557
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, 12:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,800
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, 11:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
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, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 885
Posted By agirard7a
Try these

Here you go. Give these a go
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,314
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, 10:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,235
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, 03:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,873
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, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,683
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, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,449
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, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,441
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, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,249
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, 08:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 801
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, 06:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,537
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, 10:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,971
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, 12:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 10,075
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, 08:03 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 14,712
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, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,664
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, 09:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,702
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, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,693
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, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,295
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, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,374
Posted By agirard7a

Congratulations. Nice to see another 9 flying.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,781
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, 02:15 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 214,138
Posted By agirard7a

Hi. As a former owner of this beautiful bird, i had to post.
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,904
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, 04:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,089
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, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,962
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, 01:41 PM
Replies: 271
Views: 207,830
Posted By agirard7a

Ill go with the water suggestion. Check out the erosional vein stemming downhill from most.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 11-23-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,414
Posted By agirard7a

Sent you a PM
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,676
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, 10:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,243
Posted By agirard7a

I hardly look at my airspeed on the EFIS. Prefer the round gauge.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-24-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,149
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, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,733
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, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,266
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...
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