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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-06-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By rightrudder
Also, check out the Engine Cooling sticky under...

Also, check out the Engine Cooling sticky under the Traditional Aircraft Engines subforum....also post #15. It shows a photo of the extra channel on the #2 baffle.

I did baffle mods on both #2 and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,975
Posted By rightrudder
Ah...thanks for that.

Ah...thanks for that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,975
Posted By rightrudder
Hello Michael, I'm really satisfied with the...

Hello Michael,

I'm really satisfied with the Crow harnesses...well made and priced right. I went with the rotary style (not that much more with Crow, IIRC) as they're what I'm used to from my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-14-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,781
Posted By rightrudder
My airspeed indication is slightly pessimistic,...

My airspeed indication is slightly pessimistic, by about 1-2 kts, but that's within experimental error. Standard Van's setup with the rivet static ports.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-10-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,953
Posted By rightrudder
My experience as well. Those clamps get tightened...

My experience as well. Those clamps get tightened at every annual, but there's a point where the rubber hardens and even a thorough tightening won't stop them from leaking a little. I'm only talking...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-10-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,350
Posted By rightrudder
For hot starts on an IO-320, I have really good...

For hot starts on an IO-320, I have really good luck with a 1-sec. prime with mixture set at full rich, just to get any vaporization bubbles out of the lines. Then ICO and throttle cracked; smoothly...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-24-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 728
Posted By rightrudder
One other thing to consider: When you mount the...

One other thing to consider: When you mount the servo into the elevator, the forward part of the actuation arm can extend through the hole in the spar. Some builders route the servo's wires through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,069
Posted By rightrudder
You're gonna need a whole 'nuther kind of bladder...

You're gonna need a whole 'nuther kind of bladder tank with that kind of range!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,069
Posted By rightrudder
I had a seven-RV formation fly over my house...

I had a seven-RV formation fly over my house yesterday at about 1500' agl. All those engines running together made a sound a bit like a warbird. :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-28-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,132
Posted By rightrudder
When you complete the lower cowling and it's...

When you complete the lower cowling and it's painted, you might want to apply some clear 3M Stone Guard film to the semicircle in back of the spinner. The paint is easily chipped here during cowling...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-22-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,969
Posted By rightrudder
White tire crayon reference mark for valve stem...

White tire crayon reference mark for valve stem alignment. But I make sure that both inside and outside sidewalls of tire are marked...that way, when I'm rolling the plane fore/aft by tugging on the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-15-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By rightrudder
Just use the time-honored formula for the amount...

Just use the time-honored formula for the amount the rivet shank protrudes:

1.5 x shank diameter
Forum: COMM 02-12-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By rightrudder
Yeah, it's a pretty sweet little unit for $30 (8...

Yeah, it's a pretty sweet little unit for $30 (8 MB). The case/fit of the buttons is not quite to iPod standards but it seems well made and sound quality is quite good. Has a slot for a micro SD card...
Forum: COMM 02-11-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By rightrudder
Turns out iPhones don't, but a lot of others do....

Turns out iPhones don't, but a lot of others do. With an iPhone, you can buy an app to get radio stations.

Got the SanDisk player today and loaded in about 4 hours' worth of songs. The integral FM...
Forum: COMM 02-10-2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By rightrudder
Thanks for all the input, guys. I like the car...

Thanks for all the input, guys. I like the car radio solution, alcladrv! I guess I was just curious about FM reception flying across the country...might be fun to get a little local flavor by picking...
Forum: COMM 02-08-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By rightrudder
Just looking at different options.

Just looking at different options.
Forum: COMM 02-08-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By rightrudder
Cheap AM/FM radio and GTR-200

Hi guys,

I've got the GTR-200 radio (non-Bluetooth) and I want to listen the a cheap portable AM/FM through the system. I've got the Garmin's audio jack wired up...is it as simple as getting a...
Forum: Autopilots 02-06-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 413
Posted By rightrudder
I've got an installed GRT servo pic too....will...

I've got an installed GRT servo pic too....will be happy to send it if you PM me your email.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,036
Posted By rightrudder
It's fairly inexpensive/easy to replace all...

It's fairly inexpensive/easy to replace all flange/cyl head gaskets and the rubber intake tube couplers. Mine were 6 years old and the crusty, heat-hardened couplers were the source of the leak. Did...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-06-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,612
Posted By rightrudder
Can you reach into the lower cowling and put some...

Can you reach into the lower cowling and put some drain tubing on by feel? It's possible in my -9A, but I've never done it because I'm on 50-hour intervals for oil/filter change, and at that point...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,775
Posted By rightrudder
If you try to grip the battery at the top by its...

If you try to grip the battery at the top by its sides and pull up, yeah, it is a royal pain. Best way is to push up on the battery with a dowel or something through the bottom opening (I used the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-30-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,485
Posted By rightrudder
A gasket scraper might be the ticket. A little...

A gasket scraper might be the ticket. A little sharper than the typical flat blade screwdriver.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,149
Posted By rightrudder
Started my annual inspection; finished the tail...

Started my annual inspection; finished the tail feathers and I'm moving forward. Good motivation to keep at it so I can fly next weekend!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 678
Posted By rightrudder
A word of caution from my experience: I've got...

A word of caution from my experience:

I've got the Airflow Performance electric pump for my IO-320-D1A, and I can attest that the engine runs fine on solely the electric pump...courtesy of an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 744
Posted By rightrudder
A couple of big glass panels can ease...

A couple of big glass panels can ease maintenance, though, because when they're removed it leaves some pretty large apertures to reach through when something else needs servicing.

Panel dives are...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-16-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By rightrudder
Here's what the Matco calipers look like: Uh,...

Here's what the Matco calipers look like:

Uh, link didn't work.

Try this one. Page 14 of the thread, posts 134 & 140:


https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=111298
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-16-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By rightrudder
If you have the Matco brakes, you can get backing...

If you have the Matco brakes, you can get backing plates with pads already riveted on (SWFT-1E, about $86 a set) or buy just the linings and do it yourself (WHLBRL-1, about $36 per set). The website...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-10-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,483
Posted By rightrudder
Hey John, I've got a nice light Catto prop and...

Hey John,

I've got a nice light Catto prop and the lightweight SkyTec starter, and with an hour's fuel in worst W&B scenario, I have to reduce baggage max load from 100 lb. to 90 lb. Of course your...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2021, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,334
Posted By rightrudder
Agreed, adjacent to the rib will be fine. Since...

Agreed, adjacent to the rib will be fine. Since it's near the inspection hole, reach in there and hold a small chunk of wood on the backside of the hole location...this should keep flex to a minimum...
Forum: Safety 12-17-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,902
Posted By rightrudder
I carry one of the Life Hammers for...

I carry one of the Life Hammers for emergencies.

Check out this video (fast forward to about 6:50). Earlier, he tries one of the spring-loaded center punches and it was pretty...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2020, 11:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,823
Posted By rightrudder
Or put a wrap of silicone rescue tape under the...

Or put a wrap of silicone rescue tape under the zip tie.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,180
Posted By rightrudder
Agreed, the map box is one of the most useful...

Agreed, the map box is one of the most useful things you can have in the aircraft. It does extend through the sub panel by quite a bit, so that requires a good-sized cutout. A great place for fuel...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-07-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,987
Posted By rightrudder
+2 Matco axle. Properly adjusted, the stock...

+2 Matco axle. Properly adjusted, the stock bearings will not contribute to shimmy whatsoever.
Forum: Safety 12-07-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,821
Posted By rightrudder
The sponge approach is all wrong. He shoulda used...

The sponge approach is all wrong. He shoulda used white rice, of course! :rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 476
Posted By rightrudder
Offhand, I can't tell you what the composition...

Offhand, I can't tell you what the composition is, but I prefer the Matco linings over the Rapco ones...better bite and pedal feel.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,086
Posted By rightrudder
I used Adel clamps wherever possible, but when...

I used Adel clamps wherever possible, but when you have just a few wires to secure to the engine mount, wrap the tube with silicone rescue tape, then secure wire(s) to that with a conventional...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,908
Posted By rightrudder
You'll need to remove the aluminum top section to...

You'll need to remove the aluminum top section to install the plate. I used a nice fat layer of ProSeal to bond the plate to the fiberglass airbox. Good luck!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,312
Posted By rightrudder
Hi Mark, Tax is not so bad on CA aircraft...it's...

Hi Mark,

Tax is not so bad on CA aircraft...it's actually property tax that's payable to the county where the aircraft is hangared. I pay about $750 a year for my RV-9A, which I keep out at Cable...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-07-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,498
Posted By rightrudder
Mine's on the back side of the seat crossbar,...

Mine's on the back side of the seat crossbar, behind the right seat. Gets in the way a little bit when loading stuff in the cargo area, but I like the location for the most part.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2020, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,446
Posted By rightrudder
What a thrill! Congrats! :D Takes me back to my...

What a thrill! Congrats! :D

Takes me back to my first flight. It's a great payoff for those hundreds (thousands?) of hours of building.

For all you guys out there still pounding rivets, eye on the...
Forum: Safety 10-01-2020, 07:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,279
Posted By rightrudder
Yes, and it's curious why folks will try to...

Yes, and it's curious why folks will try to reinvent the fuel system to be totally dependent on electrical power. I like the mechanical pump/electric pump setup just fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,572
Posted By rightrudder
I thought about where I'm gonna fly next week,...

I thought about where I'm gonna fly next week, when the temperatures are 15 degrees cooler! It hit 120 degrees in Chino yesterday. :eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,328
Posted By rightrudder
That's my experience in the -9A as well. I'm...

That's my experience in the -9A as well. I'm pretty tall, and that helps me see over the nose in a properly flared attitude.

Although the -9A nose gear will take quite a bit of abuse, it's best to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,851
Posted By rightrudder
Yep, power screwdriver is a must. I end up...

Yep, power screwdriver is a must. I end up heavily padding the crossbar behind the seats with towels so it's not too uncomfortable to lean against during this part of the annual. Having long arms...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-22-2020, 12:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,675
Posted By rightrudder
I can't comment on useful load, but a couple of...

I can't comment on useful load, but a couple of other observations:

You'll feel turbulence a little more in the -9. And I found the -7 a little easier to land...the -9 will float more, especially...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,453
Posted By rightrudder
As others have said, you're in for a very...

As others have said, you're in for a very satisfying part of the build!

I think the hardest part here is to make sure that all control cables, scat tubes and wiring are neatly routed and that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,861
Posted By rightrudder
Vans shoes are great...I used to go to the store...

Vans shoes are great...I used to go to the store in Costa Mesa, CA to get Vans navy blue tennis shoes for my 89-year-old father. So hard to find the "classic" tennis shoe anywhere else.

I like the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-17-2020, 01:26 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 54,296
Posted By rightrudder
James, congrats on getting your RV-6 flying! I...

James, congrats on getting your RV-6 flying!

I too was having trouble keeping the CHTs down when climbing out in 100-degree ambient temps, but it now runs significantly cooler with baffle...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-17-2020, 01:24 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 54,296
Posted By rightrudder
[accidental double post]

[accidental double post]
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,817
Posted By rightrudder
Flaps up while parked in the hangar...eliminates...

Flaps up while parked in the hangar...eliminates unnecessary cycling of flap motor, and I'm long legged enough that the step to clear them is not an issue.

If I've got pax, I'll lower the flaps...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,952
Posted By rightrudder
Good call. With rubber parts it's a combination...

Good call. With rubber parts it's a combination of the mileage (engine hours) and calendar age taking their toll. 16 years is a long time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,432
Posted By rightrudder
I wanted something very similar to the aircraft I...

I wanted something very similar to the aircraft I trained in, a Diamond DA-20 Eclipse. The RV-9A checked many of those boxes.

--low wing
--side-by-side seating
--trike gear with free castering nose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,653
Posted By rightrudder
If you want to fly an RV-9A at RV-12 speeds, with...

If you want to fly an RV-9A at RV-12 speeds, with similar fuel burn, you can just throttle way back and run LOP. But I built a -9A because I wanted to fly faster!!
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-25-2020, 07:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,909
Posted By rightrudder
With my Catto 70x70 2-blade and 160-hp IO-320-D1A...

With my Catto 70x70 2-blade and 160-hp IO-320-D1A I saw 166 KTAS during my Phase 1 testing at 8000' DA. This required spinning the engine to just over 2800 rpm...fine to do once but I don't care to...
Forum: Safety 07-25-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,895
Posted By rightrudder
Great story and great outcome! Sneaky little...

Great story and great outcome! Sneaky little pests, those mud daubers.

Yes, altitude is your friend...and mine. When I lost my mechanical fuel pump I was at about 5500' and made the decision to fly...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-28-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,082
Posted By rightrudder
Yep, part of the fun/education of the...

Yep, part of the fun/education of the Experimental world. Just to throw my Vy number out there, it's 82 KIAS, which also happens to be best glide speed at max gross. My -9A has an IO-320-D1A and a FP...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-18-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,161
Posted By rightrudder
For my -9A I use 76 KIAS (solo weight with 1/2...

For my -9A I use 76 KIAS (solo weight with 1/2 fuel) and 82 KIAS (max gross).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,896
Posted By rightrudder
AKA Rose joint, or Heim joint.

AKA Rose joint, or Heim joint.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,176
Posted By rightrudder
In some applications, Nord-Lock washers instead...

In some applications, Nord-Lock washers instead of safety wire work great. My Matco brake calipers came with them.

You do have to be careful to install them in the correct orientation...the "cams"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 879
Posted By rightrudder
Ah, I think you meant the elevator and rudder...

Ah, I think you meant the elevator and rudder counterbalances. When you said horns, I thought you were referencing the control horns of these surfaces.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2020, 06:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,471
Posted By rightrudder
Mine's a -9A with an IO-360-D1A, and cross...

Mine's a -9A with an IO-360-D1A, and cross country I'm usually between 2650 and 2700 rpm. Prop is a FP Catto 2-blade, 70x70, which can can safely spin to 3200 rpm.

At a DA of 9500' I can typically...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-09-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 40,512
Posted By rightrudder
I've decided to replace the filter at every other...

I've decided to replace the filter at every other annual. Some shrinkage, yes, but the hard, fossilized seals are of more concern.

I lined the bottom of the airbox with .063 sheet, ProSealed in...
Forum: ADS-B 02-05-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,707
Posted By rightrudder
My experience as well. My EchoUAT system aced the...

My experience as well. My EchoUAT system aced the PAPR first time out.

This location gives a little more than a semicircle for a ground plane...and I was fully prepared to make it a full circle with...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-04-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,638
Posted By rightrudder
Box-stock I0-320 here. 150-plus KTAS at 7.5 gph...

Box-stock I0-320 here.

150-plus KTAS at 7.5 gph and a huge RV grin to go along with it! :D
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