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Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 02:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 704
Posted By John Tierney
Its hard to tell from the photo, but it looks...

Its hard to tell from the photo, but it looks like there may be Teflon tape on the blue threaded fitting going into the red cube. If that is the case it should be removed and replace with a more...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 358
Posted By John Tierney
I don't know about the shuttle, but hotel rooms...

I don't know about the shuttle, but hotel rooms book up months in advance. Best to call the hotel directly, and not rely on an online reservation. Appleton area hotels are probably completely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,440
Posted By John Tierney
And for those not yet building, don't forget the...

And for those not yet building, don't forget the Sheet Metal 101 workshops, 8:30 and 1:00 every day. Located in Building 12 in the green roofed Forums and Workshops Plaza.

For all you experienced...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-24-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 383
Posted By John Tierney
When I had questions for Van's support about my...

When I had questions for Van's support about my IO, 7A baffles, ramps and snorkel, they sent me the RV-14 baffle plans (RV-14_47). They were more helpful in some places, but not in others. They do...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-21-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,965
Posted By John Tierney
Is that the flap hinge, inboard side of the wing?...

Is that the flap hinge, inboard side of the wing? I don't think there are hinges on the ailerons on the RV-7.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-11-2022, 03:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By John Tierney
Thanks, still troubleshooting

Thanks to everyone for your suggestions. I checked all the usual suspects and found no smoking gun so far. The EMS download showed all CHT and EGT matched during the problem period, so I haven't...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-10-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By John Tierney
Engine Rough/Black Smoke/Quit

Today I had my IO-360 run rough at low RPM and quit on short final. Witnesses report seeing black smoke puffing from the exhaust before the engine quit. I was able to roll out and off the runway on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 511
Posted By John Tierney
Use the regulator at your tank to control...

Use the regulator at your tank to control pressure.
Use the brass device for air flow control, or in the case of a rivet gun, for repetition rate control.
Forum: GPS 06-01-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By John Tierney
Bruno, Sent you an email with a couple of my...

Bruno,

Sent you an email with a couple of my wire diagrams.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,399
Posted By John Tierney
Not according to the FAA...

Not according to the FAA map:
https://tfr.faa.gov/tfr_map_ims/html/index.html
Forum: Northeast 05-24-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By John Tierney
Thanks everybody for the great information. Will...

Thanks everybody for the great information. Will definitely consider stopping at SkyManor N40 along the way.

FOK may be a bit out of the way, but I'm not ruling it out.

Can anyone share...
Forum: Northeast 05-21-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
Posted By John Tierney
Arrow Long Island Trip

I’m considering a trip from Knoxville, TN to New York to see family on Long Island. Route of flight would be up the Shenandoah Valley, west of DC and Philly (avoiding Camp David), to a point west of...
Forum: RV-14 05-10-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,864
Posted By John Tierney
I used Darwin Barrie's articles in the VAF link...

I used Darwin Barrie's articles in the VAF link below to stiffen my wing tips, to reduce the chance of paint cracking.
https://vansairforce.net/articles.htm
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-07-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,140
Posted By John Tierney
I installed the optional "Trap Door" in the first...

I installed the optional "Trap Door" in the first interior rib, to reduce the rate of fuel leaving the inboard bay. It is on the fuel tank plans, related to the flop tube. I didn't install the flop...
Forum: Autopilots 05-02-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 897
Posted By John Tierney
You could try contacting MidContinent...

You could try contacting MidContinent Instruments, as they are now the warranty and service provider for TruTrak now that it is part of Bendix King.
https://www.mcico.com/
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,490
Posted By John Tierney
I think I added an additional screw or two with...

I think I added an additional screw or two with different size nylon washers to move the plexi away from the roll bar and stabilize the bottom aft end of the windscreen, to make it stable for the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-14-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,169
Posted By John Tierney
I think leaving St. Louis at 5 am and arriving at...

I think leaving St. Louis at 5 am and arriving at OSH at 9 am, with a stop for fuel and the Fisk Arrival is ambitious. You will more likely get to OSH closer to noon, especially if there is fog or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2022, 01:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,094
Posted By John Tierney
Watch out for Taxes

My wife wanted to be added to the registration of the plane. We have a trust. As noted above, the FAA wanted the full trust document, and a bill of sale and registration, selling it from me to the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 668
Posted By John Tierney
If you leave the parts in sunlight, that is...

If you leave the parts in sunlight, that is usually enough heat to loosen up the blue plastic.
I used a dowel, broom handle or small diameter PVC pipe to roll the plastic off the part and onto the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-03-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By John Tierney
Thanks guys. I will check the plug next time I'm...

Thanks guys. I will check the plug next time I'm at the hangar, though I did pot the connector with RTV based on Dan H's experience.
May need to get that Sumitomo connector with isolators.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-03-2022, 07:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 533
Posted By John Tierney
Alternator Drop Out

Electrical problems are so much fun...

On the last few flights my 60 amp Plane Power Alternator has dropped offline, then a while later in flight come back on. I did an oil change last week and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,254
Posted By John Tierney
iFlightPlanner

If you are an AOPA member, iFlightPlanner is free. I can also upload the flight plans to my iFlyGPS.
https://www.aopa.org/travel/aopa-flight-planner
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-16-2022, 02:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,350
Posted By John Tierney
Edited my post to reflect an injected engine.

Edited my post to reflect an injected engine.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-16-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,350
Posted By John Tierney
Here is a photo of my Andair gascolator. Use...

Here is a photo of my Andair gascolator.
Use the Van's Standard location and support/reinforcement on the cabin side of the firewall, and fabricated a bracket for FWF. Added a short pipe nipple,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-11-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 821
Posted By John Tierney
For repairs you could try Chris Short. I have no...

For repairs you could try Chris Short. I have no personal experience, but the guys on the GNS-480 group have had success.
The GNS-480/CNX-80 is essentially a SL-30 married to a GPS navigator. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,960
Posted By John Tierney
Superior Dipstick - Oil Fill

Does anyone know what the thread size/pitch is for the Superior engine dipstick tube? It is a very nicely machined system, and I would like to cobble together some fittings (PVC or otherwise) to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-01-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,006
Posted By John Tierney
You may want to check your Idle Mixture. See...

You may want to check your Idle Mixture. See page 501 of this manual:
https://precisionairmotive.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/15-338e.pdf

When you shut-down, slowly retard the mixture to idle...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-14-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,226
Posted By John Tierney
When I was first setting the idle mixture on my...

When I was first setting the idle mixture on my IO-360 I didn't let the engine warm up enough. After correcting that error I followed the Lycoming engine manual.

When the idling speed has been...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-12-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 582
Posted By John Tierney
I'll leave it to someone smarter than me to...

I'll leave it to someone smarter than me to answer the first question about corrosion, but as far as the fasteners, the Van's step kit gives builder the option of solid rivets or pull rivets. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-09-2022, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By John Tierney
Check out Darwin Barrie's wingtip "Tips" in VAF...

Check out Darwin Barrie's wingtip "Tips" in VAF Articles under the Construction heading:
https://vansairforce.net/articles.htm
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 862
Posted By John Tierney
Bought most of my wire from...

Bought most of my wire from Stein:
https://www.steinair.com/?s=twisted&post_type=product&dgwt_wcas=1
Forum: RV-4 01-25-2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,073
Posted By John Tierney
My pants from Van's came with a back bulkhead. ...

My pants from Van's came with a back bulkhead. There is a small hole in the bottom of the pants (1/8") behind the bulkhead to allow pressure balancing in the closed off void so the wheel pant...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-24-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,338
Posted By John Tierney
The first "option" in the empennage kit is manual...

The first "option" in the empennage kit is manual or electric trim. Get the correct hardware.
In the wings, if you intend to put in an autopilot, you need to purchase the appropriate bracket for the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-23-2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,822
Posted By John Tierney
My fuel smell in the cockpit problem was from the...

My fuel smell in the cockpit problem was from the rubber gasket under the fuel level sender unit. The fuel leak was initially not visible.
My early RV-7 plans/instructions showed the gasket, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By John Tierney
I think you are looking for Transition Training,...

I think you are looking for Transition Training, and Van's has a nice page with descriptions and instructors listed:
https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-flight-training/
VAF also has a...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-14-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By John Tierney
You need to build up the area with fiberglass...

You need to build up the area with fiberglass tapes and/or flox, as a liquid shim. I ended up with too much and had to grind/sand down. Lots of discussion in the VAF archives.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2022, 03:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,390
Posted By John Tierney
I really like this tire inflation tool from...

I really like this tire inflation tool from Cleaveland:
https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/cleaveland-valve-stem-inflation-tool
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-12-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,596
Posted By John Tierney
My engine came with a 45-degree fitting on the...

My engine came with a 45-degree fitting on the oil pressure tap. I replaced the standard straight hose (for oil pressure) with a braided hose that has a 90-degree bend at the end, which allowed some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,610
Posted By John Tierney
Also had a Reznor unit hung from the ceiling in...

Also had a Reznor unit hung from the ceiling in my southeast Wisconsin garage and was a great help. The only issue is circulation of heat, as it liked to stay on the ceiling, and your legs get cold....
Forum: Safety 01-04-2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,210
Posted By John Tierney
Back in Navy flight school in the 1980's, the...

Back in Navy flight school in the 1980's, the bail out procedure for the T-34 was to stand/squat on the seat then dive for the wing, in order to avoid the tail surfaces. Presumably you would never...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-04-2022, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,743
Posted By John Tierney
Perhaps post your starting procedure for review...

Perhaps post your starting procedure for review by the group.
For my IO-360-M2S with Avstar (Bendix) injection:
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-29-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 796
Posted By John Tierney
The manual aileron trim drawing for the RV-7/9 is...

The manual aileron trim drawing for the RV-7/9 is OP-20. I didn't see an OP drawing listed for the -6. Do you think that would be similar for the RV-6?
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 553
Posted By John Tierney
It really depends on a number of things, like...

It really depends on a number of things, like whether you are fuel injected or carbureted, length of wire, etc.. In my IO setup, with the legacy Airflow Performance high-pressure pump and filter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,753
Posted By John Tierney
I don't have a finished picture, but these shows...

I don't have a finished picture, but these shows clecos where the pull rivets connect the filter bracket to the snorkel.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By John Tierney
My Superior IO-360 came from Aerosport Power with...

My Superior IO-360 came from Aerosport Power with a 149NL. I had to trim off a couple of mounting bosses on the starter to fit the snorkel around it.

Per the Skytec Install...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-05-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,064
Posted By John Tierney
Are you looking for a bus bar for multiple...

Are you looking for a bus bar for multiple circuits downstream of the capacitor? If so, Stein has some buss bar...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,092
Posted By John Tierney
I jury-rigged a contraption to drill conduit...

I jury-rigged a contraption to drill conduit holes in similar places. It uses a 9 mm socket and a step drill whose stem I filed into a hex pattern. I used duct tape around the stem to lock/jam the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-28-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,833
Posted By John Tierney
You could consider the Antisplat Aero "Almost a...

You could consider the Antisplat Aero "Almost a 14" modification. Their literature says it works for an RV-6 "slider".
https://antisplataero.com/products/almost-a-rv14-seat-mod
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,626
Posted By John Tierney
Do you have PMAGs for ignition? The reason I ask...

Do you have PMAGs for ignition?

The reason I ask is my experience during a bumpy Phase 1 flight, where my hand inadvertently bumped off my PMAG switch-breakers (now guarded). The engine ran fine...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By John Tierney
If you are talking about the pushrods, here are...

If you are talking about the pushrods, here are some clips from my plans.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,368
Posted By John Tierney
The narrower sets are handy in tight spots. I...

The narrower sets are handy in tight spots. I use one similar to the link below from ATS as a poor man's longeron yoke set.
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=AE1727
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,284
Posted By John Tierney
Here is a set of wig-wag options from the...

Here is a set of wig-wag options from the Aeroelectric website. I used the dual switch shown on the 5th page of the PDF.
Sounds like your system is a little different.
If I only have one switch...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,197
Posted By John Tierney
Here is my cowl trolley for an "A" model, made...

Here is my cowl trolley for an "A" model, made from a device that Harbor Freight used to carry, as an motor stand. Had to get around the nosewheel.
It doesn't lift the cowl, but it could probably be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,086
Posted By John Tierney
My Dynon oil temp sender requires a crush washer,...

My Dynon oil temp sender requires a crush washer, and is not NPT, on my IO-360 w/90-degree oil filter adapter.
I ended up using a Dynon specified "option for sealing the sensor to the engine case...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-18-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,500
Posted By John Tierney
I think this happened on my new installation a...

I think this happened on my new installation a couple years ago. I thought I had a pretty good cowl fit, but after the move to the airport (on a trailer) and the first engine run (and wet-dog shake...
Forum: Autopilots 11-05-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,350
Posted By John Tierney
I recently replaced my ADI Pilot II with a TT...

I recently replaced my ADI Pilot II with a TT Gemini / Bendix King xCruze 110.
With manual pitch trim I also needed to replace my pitch servo, and the new xCruze head tells me when it needs my help...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-02-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,596
Posted By John Tierney
On my -7A (mostly same fuselage as a 9) the...

On my -7A (mostly same fuselage as a 9) the right/passenger side control stick is removable, but the pilot side is not. It would require a lot of fastener/spacer removal and replacement in order to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-27-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,313
Posted By John Tierney
ATS has a selection, probably from Bob Avery's...

ATS has a selection, probably from Bob Avery's old supply.
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/search.aspx?qid=6274&page=1
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-27-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,251
Posted By John Tierney
Previously made by Avery Tools, now offered by...

Previously made by Avery Tools, now offered by ATS.
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=AE282
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-27-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,411
Posted By John Tierney
I went to Tom Berge in the Twin Cities for my...

I went to Tom Berge in the Twin Cities for my insurance required transition training. Very good experience.
http://www.rvtransition.com/
Forum: Primers 10-26-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 10
Poll: Rust-Oleum
Views: 1,902
Posted By John Tierney
Have not tried Rust oleum but did use SEM,...

Have not tried Rust oleum but did use SEM, Duplicolor and other auto-parts/auto paint supply store self-etch primer, with acceptable results. Note that most rattle can primers will wipe off with...
Forum: RV-14 10-25-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,767
Posted By John Tierney
Not sure what an EXP 119 is, but on my Superior...

Not sure what an EXP 119 is, but on my Superior sump and cross-over exhaust on an IO-360 with the Lycoming standard sniffle valve I had space conflicts. Switched over to the Airflow Performance...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,394
Posted By John Tierney
I would not final trim the aft end of the plexi...

I would not final trim the aft end of the plexi until all other plexiglass cuts are made and the latch hole is done. Trim it to clear the aft top skin, but leave extra.

For the final trimming of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,911
Posted By John Tierney
Unit Heater

I tried space heaters in my garage during my 7A slow build in southeast WI, but ended up having a Reznor unit heater (propane) installed near the ceiling, vented thru the roof. Several other quality...
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