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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 199
Views: 11,366
Posted By AlexPeterson
Sent mine on the 19th, received 27th. Fargo...

Sent mine on the 19th, received 27th. Fargo close to me, but mine came from Wichita FSDO. Kudos to the FAA for getting these out so quickly. (MN driver's license address change took 2 months...)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,067
Posted By AlexPeterson
Interesting - what O-ring material will you use?

Interesting - what O-ring material will you use?
Forum: Aircraft Camping 07-21-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,234
Posted By AlexPeterson
Be warned that we've had IFR conditions on and...

Be warned that we've had IFR conditions on and off over the past few weeks due to Canadian forest fire smoke wafting into MN.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-30-2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 863
Posted By AlexPeterson
There is a lot of evidence in multiple threads in...

There is a lot of evidence in multiple threads in this forum to suggest not running an engine driven fuel pump for 12 years. I'm not sure what the correct interval should be, but 6 to 8 years might...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-28-2021, 06:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,887
Posted By AlexPeterson
And if the prop does break, there likely won't be...

And if the prop does break, there likely won't be any need to fix it or the aircraft either...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-25-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,584
Posted By AlexPeterson
Ha, yes, this style of mounting was not uncommon...

Ha, yes, this style of mounting was not uncommon before we all realized that the steps crack... I have a tiny crack on the underside of the pilot's side of mine I'm watching at 1750 hours...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-23-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,908
Posted By AlexPeterson
True, but immeasurably so.

True, but immeasurably so.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,299
Posted By AlexPeterson
Inside a hangar, having a large enough chock such...

Inside a hangar, having a large enough chock such that it would damage a wheel fairing in the event of a flat is adding risk with no gain. In a hangar, even those with some slope, only a tiny chock...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,299
Posted By AlexPeterson
Pete - the chocks one needs for these small RV...

Pete - the chocks one needs for these small RV wheels do not need to be vary large, pieces of 1/2" pvc pipe are enough. The back side of the chock shown in the first post appears to be quite...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,299
Posted By AlexPeterson
The "manually" part of rolling over that will...

The "manually" part of rolling over that will take some grunting. Also, consider what will happen if a main goes flat while on that - the wheel fairing might be crunched.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
Scott - I meant that there is about 1/8" of...

Scott - I meant that there is about 1/8" of compression on the filter when it is installed. The 1/8" gap is between the top plate and the banjo as the filter makes contact.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
Ah, understood, height shrinkage. I've never...

Ah, understood, height shrinkage. I've never measured that. There is usually about an 1/8" gap or so when the filter makes contact before tightening the banjo attachment screws on mine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
The filter shrinkage is notable after only one...

The filter shrinkage is notable after only one year, and probably less than that, since I only take that apart at annual inspection time. My theory (unproven) is that the fab bottom wear is due to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,073
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow, that's a lot of mass to be hanging off the...

Wow, that's a lot of mass to be hanging off the bottom of the induction system... how thick is the flange?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,088
Posted By AlexPeterson
I've been using baby powder for 20 years.

I've been using baby powder for 20 years.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,309
Posted By AlexPeterson
Yesterday I was going for a short joy ride -...

Yesterday I was going for a short joy ride - taxied out, during runup switched ignitions from both to R, engine died. Taxied back to hangar. Troubleshooting revealed one dead LightSpeed Plasma III...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-23-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,613
Posted By AlexPeterson
One other thing that may be related - completely...

One other thing that may be related - completely shutting off the fuel with the newer style AFP servo might be a factor in the fuel pressure (Kavlico) sender leaks. No where for the warming, and...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-22-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,613
Posted By AlexPeterson
Fly a while without using it and see what you...

Fly a while without using it and see what you think, then decide.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,952
Posted By AlexPeterson
This stuff is fantastic! I bought some after I...

This stuff is fantastic! I bought some after I saw this and did one wing. Thanks for the tip!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,316
Posted By AlexPeterson
The threads on the adapters do erode over time. ...

The threads on the adapters do erode over time. The innermost threads on mine were getting very pitted after maybe 12 years and 800 hours, so I replaced them with the LSE ones. For 14 years, I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,968
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow Doug!!! Way to do it in style, with...

Wow Doug!!! Way to do it in style, with grandkids and the RV!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,968
Posted By AlexPeterson
Took a sunset flight which was delightful! Of...

Took a sunset flight which was delightful! Of course the pictures never do it justice.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-11-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,191
Posted By AlexPeterson
I did this, and it was configured "disabled". ...

I did this, and it was configured "disabled". Somehow the software update changed that. The elevator trim position indicator is back on the display again.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,191
Posted By AlexPeterson
Thanks, will try it!

Thanks, will try it!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-08-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,191
Posted By AlexPeterson
I did the update this week, all ok except the...

I did the update this week, all ok except the elevator trim display disappeared. It has previously persistently been displayed on the main PFD display, approximately below the airspeed tape. It now...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,446
Posted By AlexPeterson
Pulled the prop 3 weeks ago for an overhaul. ...

Pulled the prop 3 weeks ago for an overhaul. Started the annual condition inspection today and the prop should be back this week, so I hope to be back in the air by the end of the week.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By AlexPeterson
This is exactly what I believe the problem was in...

This is exactly what I believe the problem was in my case with identical symptoms. I believe there is a beat frequency between the data sampling rate and the cyclic pulses physically present in the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 06:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,624
Posted By AlexPeterson
FYI: 2024 not weldable in any reasonable sense.

FYI: 2024 not weldable in any reasonable sense.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-14-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,810
Posted By AlexPeterson
What is your fuel flow and RPM during the climb...

What is your fuel flow and RPM during the climb where you see the high cht's? Carb/injected? Mixture plays a dominant role in CHT's. Also please report the OAT, since CHT will track that.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 06:35 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,492
Posted By AlexPeterson
Back to the OP: Ten years ago I did an oil...

Back to the OP:

Ten years ago I did an oil change after coming home from a long cross country of about 22 hours.

Upon inspecting the oil filter at that change, I caught the huge problem shown in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 09:11 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,686
Posted By AlexPeterson
I've heard a teaspoon in the pan makes for...

I've heard a teaspoon in the pan makes for cooking really good popcorn.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,734
Posted By AlexPeterson
RV's slip well - just practice at altitude. The...

RV's slip well - just practice at altitude. The deck angle (and angle of descent near the ground in a full flaps descent) could be alarming to someone who hasn't experienced it. It will take a bit...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,357
Posted By AlexPeterson
I stop drilled 3 cracks in 6A rudder at about 200...

I stop drilled 3 cracks in 6A rudder at about 200 hours. Haven't done anything further for the next 1540 hours.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,295
Posted By AlexPeterson
Vlad, I wouldn't think anyone is close to you for...

Vlad, I wouldn't think anyone is close to you for TT on a 9/9A! Only a couple RV's of any type have more than that.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 548
Posted By AlexPeterson
There are several things that can cause shimmy,...

There are several things that can cause shimmy, and a couple different "shimmy" modes. A slightly loose fitting nose gear attachment bolt has been reported to cause problems.

You mentioned the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2021, 05:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,223
Posted By AlexPeterson
OP said it is dripping out of the airbox, not the...

OP said it is dripping out of the airbox, not the weep hole of the pump.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By AlexPeterson
Have you had another RV pilot try it in your...

Have you had another RV pilot try it in your plane for comparison, or vice-versa? And, are you sure that your feet aren't mainly pushing on the rudder cross bars, instead of tilting the brake pedals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,681
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow, interesting surface. Must make quite a...

Wow, interesting surface. Must make quite a rumble in the plane!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
I like this idea. I have a small white led light...

I like this idea. I have a small white led light (might be for cargo beds, not sure) that I plan to hook to mine as a "I'm on" indicator. I like the timer idea better. A simple latching timer relay...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,480
Posted By AlexPeterson
The high temps here have been below zero F for...

The high temps here have been below zero F for two weeks... This weekend's temps ranged from -30 to a high of -10, so, to answer the threads question - nothing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,383
Posted By AlexPeterson
I recall in 2001, if I'd chose Crystal (instead...

I recall in 2001, if I'd chose Crystal (instead of Anoka Cty.), I'd have had a narrow corridor leading north for one flight out, with no return until phase 1 done. They obviously have relented on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,383
Posted By AlexPeterson
Bob - it is the FSDO's rule, anyway, right? Not...

Bob - it is the FSDO's rule, anyway, right? Not the airport?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
That might work if you get get a big enough bite....

That might work if you get get a big enough bite. It would depend on how likely a main is to hit resistance such as a small step in the concrete, a chunk of ice, etc. When pushing a trike...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 05:53 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
Mickey - steal away. Your point about the...

Mickey - steal away. Your point about the nosewheel needing to be securely attached using the tow bar points if important. The nosewheel can't simply be lifted, even if it were chocked on the lift...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
The nosewheel weight on my plane is around...

The nosewheel weight on my plane is around 320lbs, maybe 30-40lbs higher with full fuel and no pilot. The tug I made might put an additional 40 lbs on the drive wheels. So, Keith, if you could put...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 06:58 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
Keith - the most elegant engineering is the...

Keith - the most elegant engineering is the simplest! I tip my hat to your solution. I also like the idea of the operator being the ballast, both for practical traction purposes and for sport. Do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
Doug - thanks, but don't give me too much credit...

Doug - thanks, but don't give me too much credit - Mark Erickson has built several, each more sophisticated than mine! I freely swiped ideas from him and others!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
Thanks Dan, for the kind words. Regarding the...

Thanks Dan, for the kind words.

Regarding the PWM and twist grip controller... The twist grip came without any documentation of any sort (can't complain - $20 to my door for it and the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 18,895
Posted By AlexPeterson
Nose Wheel Version

Dan and I have been in loose formation in building our respective tugs. I just gave mine its first test in pulling the airplane on Sunday, and am very happy that I won't have to deal with pulling...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,117
Posted By AlexPeterson
I put these PAR36 bulbs in a few years...

I put these PAR36 bulbs in a few years ago:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NAB4RTV/

They have spot and flood. I had to very slightly modify the bezel ring as they are more bulged or...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-29-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Posted By AlexPeterson
Regarding the actual drilling, that can be tricky...

Regarding the actual drilling, that can be tricky also. Use a small bit, slow rpm, oil, lots of pressure. Enlarge it to size with a Unibit. Stuff makes razor sharp chips - be careful!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-25-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,510
Posted By AlexPeterson
Little tears or rips in the sidewall of the tube...

Little tears or rips in the sidewall of the tube will happen if a lot of talc/baby powder is not used when assembling the tube and tire. Much written about this topic on these forums. My theory is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-22-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,611
Posted By AlexPeterson
As others have said, change out that nosewheel...

As others have said, change out that nosewheel bearing setup asap. Please see and read this thread (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=121430)carefully, particularly the parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,713
Posted By AlexPeterson
I get a similar scam for renewing an LLC,...

I get a similar scam for renewing an LLC, something like $85 for what, in MN, is free at the state's SOS website.

I also got that scam a/c registration letter.
Forum: RV-14 01-09-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,759
Posted By AlexPeterson
You can figure it out, assuming you have an EFIS...

You can figure it out, assuming you have an EFIS that records the pitch angle. See this post (https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1460570&postcount=9).

The 6A has shorter main gear...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-09-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,845
Posted By AlexPeterson
It will be worth your while to simply get a good...

It will be worth your while to simply get a good collection of terminals/connectors from Stein or other aviation supplier. Almost all Amazon or similar snack-packs of terminals out there are junk. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,331
Posted By AlexPeterson
See my earlier post... the can itself doesn't...

See my earlier post... the can itself doesn't have to deform, the plate does (filter end cap or whatever it's called), allowing leakage and removing contact pressure/torque holding. The plate...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,331
Posted By AlexPeterson
??? What o-ring?

??? What o-ring?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-08-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,331
Posted By AlexPeterson
The "loose on removal" reminded me of a problem I...

The "loose on removal" reminded me of a problem I worked through quite a few decades ago. I had just changed oil on a car, but for whatever reason, the car sat overnight in a cold shed before I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,712
Posted By AlexPeterson
Welding cable often used for this, as the cable...

Welding cable often used for this, as the cable is much more flexible. I used that and soldered the terminals onto each end.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-06-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,940
Posted By AlexPeterson
Don't use EZ-Turn if you plan on being in any...

Don't use EZ-Turn if you plan on being in any cold weather. You'll cuss trying to get the cap off, and then you'll cuss even more when you try to remove all the sticky muck from the o-rings. It is...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-03-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,090
Posted By AlexPeterson
This is not true. You would still be awake to...

This is not true. You would still be awake to see the wings break. The airplane does not care how short the duration of the g-event is, while your body does. The sticks in all RV's are very...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,331
Posted By AlexPeterson
Assuming the maintenance DID include a new...

Assuming the maintenance DID include a new filter, is it possible that the old gasket remained on the adaptor such that there are now two gaskets?

As Dan said, we need to know if the maintenance...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-31-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,588
Posted By AlexPeterson
Aircraft Spruce sells both LSE and Emag supplied...

Aircraft Spruce sells both LSE and Emag supplied adapters. I have begun replacing the adapters (LSE) at around 1000 hours, as they erode somewhat. Specifically, it is difficult to get the adapter...
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