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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-14-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,176
Posted By calpilot
I used the auto plugs with my P-mags. Cyl temps...

I used the auto plugs with my P-mags. Cyl temps were HOT!!! Replaced with 14mm NGK BR9ES, temps normal!

DAR Gary
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-14-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,647
Posted By calpilot
Quit telling everyone how great it is here "out...

Quit telling everyone how great it is here "out west" or we will have an influx!!!! Wait..... isn't that what the Indians (er- first nations people) felt???
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 299
Posted By calpilot
clamp stinger and weldment, bore to a metric...

clamp stinger and weldment, bore to a metric oversize!
DAR Gary
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-11-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,976
Posted By calpilot
OK, so "external" timing may be set correctly at...

OK, so "external" timing may be set correctly at 25 degrees, however the internal timing (e-gap) is the point opening at the highest break down of the coil for the hottest spark. As the rubbing...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-11-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,978
Posted By calpilot
Not uncommon full power right after take off to...

Not uncommon full power right after take off to have a valve stick momentarily. Causes a shot of cold urine directly to the heart! Issue goes away in seconds, hard to diagnose. Some engines have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 14,602
Posted By calpilot
I worked with other groups for several years to...

I worked with other groups for several years to convince the FAA to allow safety pilots in EAB aircraft during Flight Test. The result of much arm wrestling was AC 90-116, which was responsible for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-10-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By calpilot
High EGT rise can be a lot of things. 1....

High EGT rise can be a lot of things.
1. glowing carbon in cylinder or plug
2. running on only 1 plug per cylinder
3. leaking, sticking or bent exhaust valve.

So, lets start with wringing out Mag,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-09-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By calpilot
If no flap pre-select installed, I highly...

If no flap pre-select installed, I highly recommend an ON-OFF-(ON) switch, which would allow momentary for flaps extending, but positive "up" for flap retraction. During a go around, it is a busy...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-05-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By calpilot
Yes, worth a try! However, you might make sure...

Yes, worth a try! However, you might make sure the data is accurate, fly as is and note the density altitude, power settings, and true airspeed, also record CHT's. If you retard only 1 mag, run on...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-05-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By calpilot
Any aircraft would benefit from drag reduction...

Any aircraft would benefit from drag reduction and optimum engine performance. The amount of measurable difference starts with the amount of drag that can be reduced. Some aircraft, like the RV...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,976
Posted By calpilot
I would again check the "e-gap" timing...

I would again check the "e-gap" timing (internal). Most Bendix mags have a point gap set to open when shaft is 15 degrees past e-gap. You may find a Bendix point protractor paper scale online, or...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-05-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By calpilot
True! I don't think I can reduce drag much more,...

True! I don't think I can reduce drag much more, everything is faired, James cowl, winglet wing tips, very small gaps in the control surfaces, filled butt ribs, no antenna drag. At 9500'; standard...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-04-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By calpilot
I have timing set at 2 degrees AFTER top dead...

I have timing set at 2 degrees AFTER top dead center, jumper in. Therefore, max advance is 32 degrees vs 34, doesn't sound like much, but in cruise (9500 feet, 65 degree OAT, full throttle, 2300 RPM...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-04-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 770
Posted By calpilot
P-Mag timing

I have had P mags (114's) on 3 aircraft with parallel Lycoming O-360's. My current aircraft has a FI O-360 with 9:1 pistons, venturi cut intake seats, performance camshaft, counterweighted crank,...
Forum: RV-14 07-02-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,919
Posted By calpilot
I have seen weak "sniffle valves" opening and...

I have seen weak "sniffle valves" opening and closing at idle, causing slight surging and rough running at an idle. I threw mine away, as it is a tailwheel bird, any pooled fuel in the sump would...
Forum: Northwest 06-26-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,530
Posted By calpilot
The DAR only needs to see the aircraft at the...

The DAR only needs to see the aircraft at the time of inspection, however, many DAR's like myself are Tech Counselors, and there are lots of other RV guys and tech counselors ready to help! Contact...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-26-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,909
Posted By calpilot
I run BR9ES, engine runs cooler, no fouling. DAR...

I run BR9ES, engine runs cooler, no fouling.

DAR Gary
Forum: California 06-13-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 518
Posted By calpilot
I'm a DAR on Oregon, could fly down there next...

I'm a DAR on Oregon, could fly down there next week, however you could save money by perhaps contacting a local EAA chapter, see if there are any tech counselors or RV owners that are knowledgeable,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-09-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 364
Posted By calpilot
SkyTec Starter Leaking Goo!

My RV-7 with a Skytec Starter (149 series) has been leaking "goo" out of the drain hole, the airflow under the cowl has caused the "goo" to exit the James cowl at the joining halves, and smear aft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 23,053
Posted By calpilot
try louvers on bottom aft cowl, they extract in...

try louvers on bottom aft cowl, they extract in climb, behind boundary layer separation in cruise.
DAR Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,041
Posted By calpilot
couple of items that my be of help. 1. check...

couple of items that my be of help.

1. check the resistance of the spark plugs with an Ohm meter. Anything over 5000 ohms, toss it!
2. Any long run of wire should be shielded (they can act as an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-13-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,591
Posted By calpilot
OK, here it is.... some may disagree, but I have...

OK, here it is.... some may disagree, but I have been flying for over 45 years, over 30,000 hours, ATP A&P IA CFI DAR. The skinny on engine management...
1. for certification, engines must meet the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-11-2021, 04:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,192
Posted By calpilot
Does the Nav Data (approach charts) update for my...

Does the Nav Data (approach charts) update for my GTN 650 also update the G3X, or do I need separate nav data in the G3X to update the charts - frequencies?

Thanks,
Gary
Forum: Northwest 04-25-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,530
Posted By calpilot
I can help. Gary Brown calpilot123@gmail.com

I can help.

Gary Brown
calpilot123@gmail.com
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-22-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,134
Posted By calpilot
I was able to bring climb temps on hot summer day...

I was able to bring climb temps on hot summer day to 405 degrees or less,
added an air bypass to go around the short fins on the front of #2 cylinder, and the aft of #3 cylinder. Also, on #2, I...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-17-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,300
Posted By calpilot
I have dual "P" mags with 9:1 pistons,...

I have dual "P" mags with 9:1 pistons, performance cam, ventury cut seats, etc. I run BR9ES plugs, a bit cooler. NGK plugs of the same number, ie
BR8ES can come with screw on caps or solid caps. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,056
Posted By calpilot
Mitch at Vans is dealing in a most professional...

Mitch at Vans is dealing in a most professional manner with a quality control issue of corrosion in some airframes delivered from the Philippines. The problem has been solved, and future kits will...
Forum: Northwest 04-11-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,530
Posted By calpilot
I am in Everett often, can easily go to...

I am in Everett often, can easily go to Anacortes. Have inspected over 300 aircraft. Send me an email, I will send you a couple of forms and an easy to follow guide on how to enter the project into...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-11-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,152
Posted By calpilot
leave the mixture rich for a cold start. Need...

leave the mixture rich for a cold start. Need gas, just like a choke on the jurassic autos.

g.
Forum: Oregon 04-02-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 862
Posted By calpilot
I do pre buys. issue Certificate of...

I do pre buys. issue Certificate of Airworthiness, etc.
DAR Gary
calpilot123@gmail.com
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,544
Posted By calpilot
Registration must be displayed, the C of A must...

Registration must be displayed, the C of A must only be "available to the pilot".

DAR Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 583
Posted By calpilot
I usually receive delegation from the FAA in 24...

I usually receive delegation from the FAA in 24 -48 hours, then contact the applicant and make an appointment for inspection, usually able to inspect within a couple of days. HOWEVER... aircraft...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 927
Posted By calpilot
They are not cheap, but if they sag, replace...

They are not cheap, but if they sag, replace them!

g.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-17-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,240
Posted By calpilot
My 2 cents worth..... Many of the Continental and...

My 2 cents worth.....
Many of the Continental and Lycomings are rated maximum continuous power. Thew were tested to maximum oil temperature and maximum CHT at full rated power for 50 hours. then...
Forum: Propellers 03-14-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,996
Posted By calpilot
First, make sure you have the correct bushings in...

First, make sure you have the correct bushings in the right holes. They actually drive the prop, the bolts only hold the prop on the bushings. Second, check static balance, don't chase your tail. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-14-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 510
Posted By calpilot
Perhaps need to put a lazy "Z" in the lateral arm...

Perhaps need to put a lazy "Z" in the lateral arm to pull the float back from structure. Since most no longer use the thick Neoprene gasket, the pro sealed in floats are moved inboard a bit, and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-14-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,221
Posted By calpilot
I suggest drilling a hole in the firewall whee...

I suggest drilling a hole in the firewall whee the cowl hinge can slide into about 1/2". That sc\ecures the hinge, and if it ever breaks, as it has at times, one can push the broken hinge out from...
Forum: RV-4 03-12-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By calpilot
This is a bit off the subject, but a friend much...

This is a bit off the subject, but a friend much better at trigonometry than I am said to calibrate True Airspeed: Fly at a fixed indicated airspeed ( say 150 mph indicated) at 360 for a minute, ...
Forum: Northwest 03-06-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 458
Posted By calpilot
I can. Gary Brown, DAR for the Portland FSDO and...

I can.
Gary Brown, DAR for the Portland FSDO and Seattle MIDO.
No big deal. I will be available for that small project after March 12th.
Contact me at calpilot123@gmail.com

DAR Gary
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 732
Posted By calpilot
Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but I had a...

Yes, I know this sounds crazy, but I had a similar issue years ago on my former RV-6. Thought it was a ground loop / RF combination, and don't ask how, because I don't really remember, but I cut the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-04-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,176
Posted By calpilot
I had the first winglet type of zip tips made...

I had the first winglet type of zip tips made overseas. The early light package interfered with the GN\TN 650/750. The later mod resolved that issue. My only complaint is it is almost impossible...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,449
Posted By calpilot
Jeff, you are spot on! I am a DAR in the...

Jeff, you are spot on! I am a DAR in the Northwest, and yes, these documents get audited, and if the -88 appears to be false, the local FSDO
may get involved to nullify the C of A.

Regards,

Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,449
Posted By calpilot
The Vans bill of sale should have "Aircraft"...

The Vans bill of sale should have "Aircraft" crossed out, and "Kit" inserted before; Talk to Barbara at Vans, she may be able to help. Regards,

DAR Gary
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,118
Posted By calpilot
There is a graph in the operators manual, takes...

There is a graph in the operators manual, takes into consideration density altitude.
A quick and dirty rule of thumb is RPM in hundreds and manifold pressure:

43 - 55% 45=65% 48 = 75%
Most run...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-27-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By calpilot
spend a little time on the default nav page, it...

spend a little time on the default nav page, it does many things for y0u.

Gary
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-27-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 801
Posted By calpilot
If your engine is a certified engine, then yes,...

If your engine is a certified engine, then yes, they do apply. If you have modified the data plate to reflect the experimental status of the engine,then not unless the AD specifically addresses the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-27-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,256
Posted By calpilot
I have found on several aircraft that turning on...

I have found on several aircraft that turning on the boost pump seems to put out some RF, and along with the lights, can make the gauges erratic. Play with the boost pump switch and see if it makes...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-27-2021, 06:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By calpilot
I assume if you are using a Jurassic VOR, then...

I assume if you are using a Jurassic VOR, then you will have your NAV in VOR, not GPS (which can be used to intercept the radial as well). Set the course for the inbound reciprocal or outbound...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-22-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,219
Posted By calpilot
I use BR9ES stock gap with a pumped up engine,...

I use BR9ES stock gap with a pumped up engine, otherwise the BR8ES.

DAr Gary
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-22-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,088
Posted By calpilot
pUT A "t" IN THE LINE FROM YOUR MANIFOLD PRESSURE...

pUT A "t" IN THE LINE FROM YOUR MANIFOLD PRESSURE GAUGE OR TRANSDUCER, THEN TO BOTH P MAGS. GIVING THEM THEIR OWN MP FROM SEPARATE CYLINDERS HAS CAUSED ISSUES WITH TIMING FLUCTUATION. rEGARDS,

dar...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-21-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,714
Posted By calpilot
Former airline, been flying IFR 45 years, my dual...

Former airline, been flying IFR 45 years, my dual G3X with Garmin FTN 650 is as good or better than the 787!!!! Mostly depends on user set up and understanding the system, just like any computer. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 945
Posted By calpilot
I fabricated an "anti - cowl flap on a servo,...

I fabricated an "anti - cowl flap on a servo, closes up the scoop at the exit, noise is less, speed increases, and temps are where they should be.

It is 5 inches at the forward end with the hinge,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,134
Posted By calpilot
Requires "Amended" C of A per the operating...

Requires "Amended" C of A per the operating limitations. Easy, send me an email to my private email, and I'll send you what you need!

DAR Gary calpilot123@gmail.com
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 8,226
Posted By calpilot
Does it work? yes Are there some heat issues? ...

Does it work? yes Are there some heat issues? sometimes!!

DAR Gary
Forum: Rocket 02-07-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,365
Posted By calpilot
I had my HVAC roll the boot cow, also found some...

I had my HVAC roll the boot cow, also found some 100 degree countersunk stainless pull rivets, rated stronger than bucked rivets, saved a lot of contortion, cuss words, and heat stroke!

DAR Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,047
Posted By calpilot
OK, first, an RV by definition can never be...

OK, first, an RV by definition can never be "Airworthy", therefore, it does not get an "annual" inspection, reserved for Type Certified aircraft. It receives a "Condition Inspection" instead, to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,699
Posted By calpilot
All that is required on the data plate is the...

All that is required on the data plate is the Make (Manufacture); Model; and Serial Number, must EXACTLY match the registration, no added punctuation.

Joe Doaks
Barnburner II
12123

That's all!...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,608
Posted By calpilot
i USE A COOLER PLUG, NGK BR9ES, WORKS GREAT!

i USE A COOLER PLUG, NGK BR9ES, WORKS GREAT!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,699
Posted By calpilot
year on registration, usually year of completion,...

year on registration, usually year of completion, but not necessarily.

DAR Gary
Forum: Safety 01-28-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,281
Posted By calpilot
It is IAS!

It is IAS!
Forum: Fiberglass 01-02-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,453
Posted By calpilot
I had lots of issues with the James cowl. ...

I had lots of issues with the James cowl. Everything, cowl halves and plenum must have come out of the mold very green. Lost of fiberglass work on the cowl to get it to fit, I kept just the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 25,539
Posted By calpilot
Quite a bit! I fly IFR a lot around the Pacific...

Quite a bit! I fly IFR a lot around the Pacific Northwest inspecting aircraft. I try to avoid Ice like the plague, but sometimes it is there even when forecasts say no. I have anti icing vents...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,100
Posted By calpilot
In the G3X manual, and on the configuration page,...

In the G3X manual, and on the configuration page, there is a vibration test. run it and see what the result is.

DAR Gary
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 173,691
Posted By calpilot
Always keep a supply of those hard to get...

Always keep a supply of those hard to get hourglass shaped rivets on hand!

Pay attention to areas of the drawing where no rivet is to be installed until later in the process.

Tors head screws (100 ...
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