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Forum: ADS-B 05-17-2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 359
Posted By vic syracuse
The 327 is a great unit. If you want some extra...

The 327 is a great unit. If you want some extra "IN" functions, like weather and traffic, consider the Echo Uat. It has WIFI out and you can also hardwire it to an EFIS.

We've done lots of setups...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-10-2022, 11:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,016
Posted By vic syracuse
This looks really bad. Some filiform corrosion...

This looks really bad. Some filiform corrosion too underneath some of the screw heads as well.

I don't know if this is easily*fixable. My guess is that they left the rear row of nutplates off during...
Forum: Propellers 01-07-2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 15,077
Posted By vic syracuse
The grease recommendations keep changing over the...

The grease recommendations keep changing over the years, but I certainly wouldn't stop greasing them. We send out about 2-3 Hartzell C/S props every 2 month, and about half of them come back with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,689
Posted By vic syracuse
These look good to me. Vic

These look good to me.

Vic
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-22-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,447
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks for the kind words. I agree wholeheartedly...

Thanks for the kind words. I agree wholeheartedly with regards to AFS. They really set the bar for customer service and quality products!

Vic
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-15-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,304
Posted By vic syracuse
I just wrote a column on this. Two things are...

I just wrote a column on this. Two things are usually the cause of the field CB tripping----overvoltage and a short. Usually, there could be some sign of an overvoltage event in the logs (glass...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-30-2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,601
Posted By vic syracuse
I have traveled all over the country performing...

I have traveled all over the country performing DAR work. in 2019 I was in 30+ states. COVID has put a little damper on that, unfortunately. If you are close enough to get there in my RV-10 we can...
Forum: Southeast 11-28-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,677
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks for the kind words, Gene! Vic

Thanks for the kind words, Gene!

Vic
Forum: Southeast 11-28-2021, 04:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,677
Posted By vic syracuse
Hi, Thomas. I received your email around noon...

Hi, Thomas. I received your email around noon yesterday, but was traveling doing a prebuy. We do try to respoond to all inquries within 24 hours. Yes, we will work you in for a CI. I have sent you a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,815
Posted By vic syracuse
What sheer coupling are you using? Try the ones...

What sheer coupling are you using? Try the ones from B&C. I think they are made a little differently than the typical vaccum pump ones.

I assume you cleaned out the drive assembly from the first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 20,183
Posted By vic syracuse
I may have posted this already, but I have been...

I may have posted this already, but I have been using the Challenger series of filter on my aircraft for years (RV-10, Stearman, and the Hughes 269C). They really seem to do a better job of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,165
Posted By vic syracuse
Get someone familiar with your model

Seriously, get a DAR familiar with your type of aircraft. Someone who knows where to look. I can't tell you how many times I've shown up and heard "I've had my A&P and IA and my buddies look at it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-06-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,261
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, you have to take the cap off. It is held in...

Yes, you have to take the cap off. It is held in place by 3 screws.

Vic
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,017
Posted By vic syracuse
Oil is a cheap part of caring for the engine. I...

Oil is a cheap part of caring for the engine. I change the oil in the helicopter (IO-390) every 25 hours because it is running at 3100 RPM's all the time. That's a lot more power strokes with wear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,564
Posted By vic syracuse
Water is very hard to pull through a carb's jet....

Water is very hard to pull through a carb's jet. That's how a carb works--it sucks the fuel up through the jet. Hence, gascolators are used on carb'd engines to hopefully trap the water before it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,261
Posted By vic syracuse
[QUOTEAnd to be clear, in order to access the...

[QUOTEAnd to be clear, in order to access the alignment pin hole in the mag, it is necessary to remove the housing that holds the ignition wires, correct?[/QUOTE]

Yes, you have to remove the cap to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
Posted By vic syracuse
Absolutely agree that fuel still runs down from...

Absolutely agree that fuel still runs down from the lines.

As well as it is needed for parking in the rain. We had one that was parked in extrememly heavy rain in Florida. The intake can hold a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 982
Posted By vic syracuse
Correct. Not needed on the carberuated engines....

Correct. Not needed on the carberuated engines. It is needed on the injected engines with the snorkel, as fuel does drain past the spyder after shutdown and into the cylinders. This allows the fuel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,261
Posted By vic syracuse
We've seen a few come through lately with the...

We've seen a few come through lately with the threaded rod instead of the hole. It is the proper mark to line up the flywheel marks, as we've verified it.

Vic
Forum: Safety 10-20-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,019
Posted By vic syracuse
No, it was just the brush failure. Guys, it's...

No, it was just the brush failure. Guys, it's really hard to tell if SB's were complied with on amateur-built aircraft just based on SN's without documentation, especially when it's a field...
Forum: Safety 10-19-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,019
Posted By vic syracuse
With regards to rebuild vs. adding an electronic...

With regards to rebuild vs. adding an electronic ignition, it comes down to choices and budget for many pilots.

The 4-cylinder and 6 cylinder mags direct-drive are pretty cheap to overhaul at 500...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,019
Posted By vic syracuse
Slick 500 SB

We see many airplanes come in way past the recomended Slick magneto 500 hr SB. Most of them have some worn parts in them, and some are potentialy pretty serious. I opened one up today that had right...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,140
Posted By vic syracuse
Replace the hoses when replacing the gaskets....

Replace the hoses when replacing the gaskets. They're less than $10 each.

Vic
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-21-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,645
Posted By vic syracuse
Clean it often

A couple of weeks ago I added a picture to another thread, so I will redo it here. You REALLY need to pay attention to the attachment at the exhaust pipe, ESPECIALLY if you have an engine that has...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-13-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,763
Posted By vic syracuse
Check the breather lines

Any uptick in crankscase pressure will also cause leaks. Today we had a Lycoming IO-540 on an RV-10 that seemed to be leaking in lots of places. I noticed the air oil separator was plumbed into the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-08-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,949
Posted By vic syracuse
You might consider replacing the throttle springs...

You might consider replacing the throttle springs with the newer ones, and take a look at the throttle lever wher it hits the stop. It could be the picture, but it looks like the stop has worn a slot...
Forum: RV-10 08-07-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 20,947
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, absolutely agree with Don on this. However,...

Yes, absolutely agree with Don on this. However, I don't think we have ever seen one come in that was correctly set. It takes a lot of time to do it, requiring very fine adjustments, and unless done...
Forum: RV-10 08-07-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 20,947
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, all is good, except, BELOW 75% power it is...

Yes, all is good, except, BELOW 75% power it is OK to run at peak.

Vic
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 20,947
Posted By vic syracuse
Dan, respectfully, it is not. I've been to the...

Dan, respectfully, it is not. I've been to the factory and spent time with them. I would NOT give bad advice to anyone.

I also have enough experience across many different isntallations at those...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 20,947
Posted By vic syracuse
yes, it allowed the temp to remain at 435. You...

yes, it allowed the temp to remain at 435. You are right in how it did it. But it kept it nailed. I had hundreds of hours flying it.

As as you can see form your other specs, 435 is just fine. That...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 20,947
Posted By vic syracuse
I've avoided jumping in on this thread, but I've...

I've avoided jumping in on this thread, but I've received a number of private emails asking me to weigh in. So, hear are my opinions, based on 10,000 hours of GA piston experience, as well as looking...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,950
Posted By vic syracuse
Nothing we will show you is a setup. We had 2...

Nothing we will show you is a setup. We had 2 RVíS come in during the same week with both owners saying it was time to have someone else look at it. One was maintained for the past 9+ years by the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-04-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,950
Posted By vic syracuse
Base Leg You Tube

In the spirit of trying to get maintenance information out a lttle sooner than my columns and books, we've decide to start publishing a 15 minute segment each Friday on Youtube. The thought being...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-09-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,442
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, do it now. Vic

Yes, do it now.

Vic
Forum: Safety 05-09-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,042
Posted By vic syracuse
Sorry, been pretty busy. I agree with Waltís...

Sorry, been pretty busy. I agree with Waltís opinion here that structural mods not approved by the designer or done with proper engineering could actually be worse than nothing at all. You really...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-21-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 14,435
Posted By vic syracuse
I agree on not using molex connectors in...

I agree on not using molex connectors in aircraft. Most of the intermittent electrical problems I've seen can usually be traced back to molex connectors. Most of them are only good for 5 amps, and we...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-03-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,587
Posted By vic syracuse
So you mentioned the heater vent. Try it with the...

So you mentioned the heater vent. Try it with the fresh air vents. That's when a leak for sure will show a decrease on the altimeter.

But with the 400' leak you mentioned, you do have a leak. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-03-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,933
Posted By vic syracuse
Continental choices are a good option for the...

Continental choices are a good option for the Lycomings as well. We've installed a few of them lately. The rings come pre-gapped, and they break in super fast.

We've bee getting them from Air Power...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-03-2021, 05:54 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,590
Posted By vic syracuse
The D4A5's were originally sent with impulse...

The D4A5's were originally sent with impulse mags. There has been some concern that there are possibly harmonics on that engine that could cause the impulse mag to disintegrate and cause serious...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-03-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,858
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, as stated, this was most likely caused from...

Yes, as stated, this was most likely caused from an earlier backfire. We see a few of these very year. Somehow it gets missed on the preflight. I seriously doubt it could happen in flight without a...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-02-2021, 04:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,702
Posted By vic syracuse
They are the new coils provided by Klaus. Vic

They are the new coils provided by Klaus.

Vic
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-01-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,702
Posted By vic syracuse
I've got over 100 hours on the new, larger coils,...

I've got over 100 hours on the new, larger coils, now and they seem to be working well. Yes, the form factor is different, but making a new bracket isn't that hard. They are larger, and hopefully...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,751
Posted By vic syracuse
I've never seen these come loose. I don't think...

I've never seen these come loose. I don't think there is a need for a lockwasher.

Vic
Forum: RV-10 02-10-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,402
Posted By vic syracuse
I am not an engineer, and I didn't stay at a...

I am not an engineer, and I didn't stay at a Holiday Inn last night, but I do get to see a lot of the RV-10's during the course of my work. I'm just not comfortable with the whole outboard leading...
Forum: RV-10 02-10-2021, 05:06 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,402
Posted By vic syracuse
Scott, I donít think you are being misinterpreted...

Scott, I donít think you are being misinterpreted in a bad way. The problem with the written word is that inflection and intent get missed.

As with anything in aviation, there are risks and merits....
Forum: RV-10 02-09-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 11,402
Posted By vic syracuse
We stopped installing them because of the poor...

We stopped installing them because of the poor workmanship. I really wish they would get their act together because they do work well.

Scott, I hear you on the moment of inertia and it is correct....
Forum: Reviews 02-01-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,170
Posted By vic syracuse
Sorry to hear that. I will get EAA to follow...

Sorry to hear that. I will get EAA to follow up.

Vic
Forum: RV-10 01-24-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 9,226
Posted By vic syracuse
Depends on the prop. Not so with the MT. Been...

Depends on the prop. Not so with the MT. Been running the ETX 1200 for years in the 10, and have installed many in other RV-10's.

Vic
Forum: Autopilots 01-24-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,722
Posted By vic syracuse
Did you check to see that the 430 has the...

Did you check to see that the 430 has the vertical labels enabled?

Vic
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,476
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, all the time. Works much better. Haven't...

Yes, all the time. Works much better. Haven't seen any come loose.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,756
Posted By vic syracuse
David, thought we discussed this. No need to go...

David, thought we discussed this. No need to go through the AWC. Just mail 8130-6 to FFA OKC for a records update.

Vic
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-21-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,749
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, that is correct. Vic

Yes, that is correct.
Vic
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 06:42 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 11,476
Posted By vic syracuse
We have been seeing the use of nordlocks on...

We have been seeing the use of nordlocks on props, brake calipers, etc for quite a while now, and have been using them ourselves on brake calipers regularly. Saves time and seems to be very...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-16-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,266
Posted By vic syracuse
I have always used the Goodyear Flight Custom...

I have always used the Goodyear Flight Custom II's or Michelin Aviators. We install them on our customer's airplanes as well. Pilots are reporting that they are getting at least double the number of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,074
Posted By vic syracuse
"there are a lot of great presenters planned...

"there are a lot of great presenters planned during the week - some guys that you don’t get to see very often"---Paul Dye


Yep. Should be a wonderful week covering almost every facet of HB aviation....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,074
Posted By vic syracuse
Homebuilder's week

Here are the links to a couple of my presentations during the EAA Homebuilder's Week, January 26-30. One will be on Buying a Used Homebuilt, and one will be on Condition Inspections.

The one on...
Forum: Engine Monitors 01-09-2021, 08:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,797
Posted By vic syracuse
Most likely you have a blocked hose to the...

Most likely you have a blocked hose to the sensor. They tend to fill with fuel and oil, especially if they are not routed "UP" after leaving the cylinder.
disconnect the hose at the cylinder and to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,255
Posted By vic syracuse
The last few times I ordered them from Spruce...

The last few times I ordered them from Spruce they came with switches that were not momentary, so it required a changeout of most of them.

Vic
Forum: COMM 12-19-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,724
Posted By vic syracuse
I have the Avidyne in my RV-10 with the antenna...

I have the Avidyne in my RV-10 with the antenna underneath the tail on the bottom of the fuselage, and have never had any problems with blanking. As mentioned, check your splitter, as well as the...
Forum: Reviews 12-19-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,100
Posted By vic syracuse
With over 4000 hours behind B&C alternators on my...

With over 4000 hours behind B&C alternators on my own airplanes, I've only ever had a failure of one of the older-style regulators (LR3B). IT was no big deal as we just activated the standby B&C and...
Forum: RV Threads: The Best Of The Best (copies) 12-15-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 11,757
Posted By vic syracuse
Thatís way cool, Mel!! Vic

Thatís way cool, Mel!!

Vic
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 04:22 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,768
Posted By vic syracuse
Sorry, not here to point out any person or shops....

Sorry, not here to point out any person or shops. I share findings so all of you have examples of where to look when inspecting or building your airplane, just like in my books. In reality, we all...
Forum: Safety 12-03-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 21,768
Posted By vic syracuse
Please don't do this

I'm trying to contain myself as I write this. We have an RV-10 in the shop that is having heading issues, along with some intermittents. Configuration is a G3X (non-touch).

Removing the PFD show's a...
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2020, 08:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,871
Posted By vic syracuse
As someone mentioned, the stock brakes are...

As someone mentioned, the stock brakes are adequate until you really need them. We don't plan for those scenarios---they just happen. The stock brakes do fade with aggressive braking. I had that...
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