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Forum: RV-3 03-27-2021, 11:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,063
Posted By oaklandaviator
Vne

185 knots TAS on the 3, I believe. Not hard to manage, especially with any EFIS that varies the redline for true airspeed. Just pull back the go-go lever a bit and don't overspeed. Start a slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,930
Posted By oaklandaviator
Corrosion

Thank you for looking into this. Looks like sweat drops that were allowed to get going and then not cleaned prior to applying the anti corrosion treatment. At least that's what it looks like to me.
Forum: RV-3 02-09-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By oaklandaviator
Wing thickness

The wing is thinner on the 3 than the 4. I've wondered if the lighting options could be cut to size and made to fit but don't know. I'm sure the Duckworks kit for the 4 would be a good starting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By oaklandaviator
Raven

I added Raven inverted oil systems to both my RV-8 and my wife's RV-3. We are in Little Rock but if you're this way I'd be happy to show you the installs. If you need specific info don't hesitate to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2021, 02:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,366
Posted By oaklandaviator
Tailwheel chains

I much prefer chains on the tailwheel. If they are kept slightly loose, the transition between slow speed flying and tail on the ground steering is much better. I find the Rocket Link to be too stiff...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,135
Posted By oaklandaviator
Speeds

I use exactly what you just described, Mark. Generally use 120 knots or so as I'm approaching the marker, slow as I'm going down off on glideslope and at the most half flaps until I break out, then...
Forum: RV-3 12-22-2020, 03:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,559
Posted By oaklandaviator
Tank

I'd strongly suggest you just fix the leak. The fuselage tank takes up a huge amount of room and makes for tight quarters behind the instrument panel making upgrades tricky.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2020, 12:12 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,135
Posted By oaklandaviator
Hand flown cat III

Hand flown CAT III approaches with the heads up display has been the standard at my airline for years.

Airliners can be fairly sensitive at speed and the same arguments for autopilot usage can be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-17-2020, 04:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,258
Posted By oaklandaviator
Caliper

As was said earlier, two 7/16 bolts and the caliper slides out. Sounds like an easy five minute job after getting the wheel pants off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By oaklandaviator
Hmmm...

I would very much like to learn how you soldered the holes shut, which ones, and why this fixes a mixture distribution problem. I am running an air straightener and still have mixture problems at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2020, 04:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By oaklandaviator
Mixture distribution

The Vans airbox causes the Ellison to have mixture problems at wide open throttle. It runs rich at full throttle anyway because off the number of holes in the fuel tube, but also gets poor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 706
Posted By oaklandaviator
Mixture

I just pull the mixture back a bit on mine. Could look at putting a stop on the mixture throw as well.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2020, 04:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 720
Posted By oaklandaviator
Full throttle

I can't imagine not wanting full throttle with the Ellison. I run two of them and there is a significant amount of power at the top. You might have to lean much earlier than with other fuel delivery...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-01-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,822
Posted By oaklandaviator
GRT

I have an HX screen from GRT and it is a very nice system. I also have been flying a friend's plane with the Garmin setup. My take is that the GRT is similar to Android in the cellphone world. It...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2020, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,580
Posted By oaklandaviator
RPM

Depending on weight and altitude, 2200 - 2300 gives 130 knots indicated which I use for lollygagging around.

Cross country I run 2550 to 2600 which gives 162 - 168 knots true at 9.2 gph or so.

With...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,028
Posted By oaklandaviator
Pressure

We've run our RV-3 down to about 15. It squats a lot and starts to rub the wheel pants. We've fought with shimmy for a while including two new sets of gear legs and stiffeners on and off. Finally...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-18-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,457
Posted By oaklandaviator
Pressure

That's normal, Danny. Mine and all the other carb RV's around our local area indicate extremely low pressure in the climb without the electric pump on. I leave my electric pump on until level off but...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-17-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,614
Posted By oaklandaviator
Rubber grommet

I have heard that you can take a lycoming pushrod tube seal, the green rubber one, place it over the rivet and fill it with proseal. Use a flush rivet set on a gun turned low and force it in by...
Forum: RV-4 09-26-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,380
Posted By oaklandaviator
Hose clamp

Put a hose clamp on the tapered rod gear and use a floor jack resting on the clamp. Cheap, easy, and secure.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-27-2020, 06:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,180
Posted By oaklandaviator
Plug

Hmmm. Interesting. I've had something similar happen at altitude with dirty plugs. Harder to make a spark at high altitude and lean mixtures. Try cleaning your plugs and see if that helps. After...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-27-2020, 02:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,180
Posted By oaklandaviator
Sticking valve

Sounds like a sticking valve to me.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,544
Posted By oaklandaviator
Aileron attach

Sounds like the way you inspect the aileron hinge brackets. Don't know about a lower false spar.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,601
Posted By oaklandaviator
3/4 inch siphon

Use a 3/4 inch siphon hose with the shaker check valve to start it. Will empty a five gallon container faster than you can pour it. No mess. I take a rag and sit the container on the wing to get it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 13,408
Posted By oaklandaviator
Flaps

I just figure anyone who leaves them up is a new RV pilot. I don't even want the chance of someone stepping on them!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,642
Posted By oaklandaviator
Experience

About 25 years ago I worked on my A&P under supervision of an experienced mechanic. I used the time my father and I built a small homebuilt plus the on job experience with the mechanic. No questions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,454
Posted By oaklandaviator
Jacking

I haven't done it on a 14, but so far any RV with round gear I've had good luck by putting a hose clamp on the tube and using that as I jack pad for a floor jack. Cheap and effective.
Forum: RV-3 06-01-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,309
Posted By oaklandaviator
Adapter

I haven't put the adapter on because we're replacing the O-320 with an O-340 from Titan. I'll measure the spacer later when at the airport. It's still in the box and I'll probably use it in the new...
Forum: RV-3 05-31-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,309
Posted By oaklandaviator
Oil filter

A 90 degree adapter from B&C Speciality will work. You'll need the extension that goes with it if you want to use an aviation oil filter, or without the extension you can use a K&N HP 1002 that is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 22,447
Posted By oaklandaviator
IOX-340

Looking forward to the 340 we have ordered for our RV-3. Can't wait to see the performance increase!
Forum: RV-3 04-20-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,300
Posted By oaklandaviator
Open canopy

We do it all the time. It's fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,031
Posted By oaklandaviator
Snorkel

If yours has the snorkel underneath and you want s bit bigger project, cut it off and glass in a new back plate with dzeus receptacles. If the snorkel is removable, it is much easier to get the lower...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 20,497
Posted By oaklandaviator
GPS outage

Just flew through a GPS outage a couple days ago. Military jamming exercise. I'd prefer a GPS navigator that included an ILS receiver and VOR in the box. Doesn't take up any more space and you'd at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-27-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,500
Posted By oaklandaviator
Ground issue?

I think I'd lean toward a ground or sender issue. Mine varies that much between flights, in the middle of flights, and I can occasionally see it jump up or down. I'm pretty sure it's just a ground...
Forum: RV-3 02-17-2020, 01:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 8,040
Posted By oaklandaviator
Raven

I put the full Raven inverted on ours. It doesn't take up that much more space and gives unlimited inverted capability. Glad we made the extra hoses. We use motorcycle electric heated jacket and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,320
Posted By oaklandaviator
Electric jacket

Get a motorcycle heated jacket liner and wire her in a quick disconnect from the battery. She'll have heated front, back, arms, and neck. Easily add heated gloves as well. This and sealing the aft...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,595
Posted By oaklandaviator
RV-8?

If it's an RV-8 then there's a good chance it's the canopy. Two up at about 4 g or so doing a loop will cause slight separation at the wing root which grabs at the canopy as you go around. Tries to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,152
Posted By oaklandaviator
Functionality

I have GRT in my plane and have used Garmin in many others. The Garmin interface with the flight director using the control panel is very intuitive. The GRT isn't as much. The HUD would be driven by...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-30-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,346
Posted By oaklandaviator
HX Boot problem

I had this same problem on mine and it turned out to be the supplied memory stick became "corrupted" and prevented a good boot. Took it out and all was well. Tried a new one for a while then it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,543
Posted By oaklandaviator
Lightweight

If you're going to remove the second seat anyway and want light, why not just build an RV-3? That'll save you about 100 pounds from the 4 and have the same engine. Probably take just as long to get...
Forum: RV-3 12-19-2019, 05:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,206
Posted By oaklandaviator
Tire pressure

We run 23 to 25 psi to control any shimmy tendencies. Lower pressures seem to shimmy less at the expense of tire life. Much under 20 and I start worrying about where we'll have the rubber spin on the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-12-2019, 03:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,228
Posted By oaklandaviator
Back seat

I have an eight and have given transition training to someone using the puck rudder pedals. It's not ideal at all due to the pedals, lack off brakes, and lack of most engine controls so it would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 07:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,269
Posted By oaklandaviator
Harbor Freight tool ditto

I used to fight and cuss like mad. Super cheap motorcycle tool pops them off hardly trying and requires no press. Just a bit of a pry in a couple spots and its done. Best solution by FAR in my...
Forum: RV-3 09-18-2019, 07:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,125
Posted By oaklandaviator
Hose clamp

Just put a hose clamp on the rod gear down by the brake caliper with the screw section facing down. A floor jack will lift on the screw portion of the clamp just like a jack point. Easy and cheap.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 12:04 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,802
Posted By oaklandaviator
Baffle

I would try making a curved aluminum piece to wrap over the number four cylinder and reduce the air lost over the oil cooler. By slowing the air down with a curved blocking plate, you'll increase...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 04:44 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,802
Posted By oaklandaviator
Oil cooler

Is the oil cooler mounted on the baffle behind the number four cylinder?
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,418
Posted By oaklandaviator
X/C

Right on the Phillips site it says the X/C is recommended during break in and beyond.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-18-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,433
Posted By oaklandaviator
Night

I fly mine at night all the time. Wheel landings are easiest for visibility and once you lower the tail just get to the side of the centerline so you can see the runway turnoff taxiway lines. If...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-09-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,385
Posted By oaklandaviator
Oil pump

I would doubt the oil pump failed. Since you added a governor and the plug, one of them is almost certainly the culprit. Maybe the wrong gasket under the governor. I don't know, but a failure of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-08-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,385
Posted By oaklandaviator
Sad news

So sorry about the outcome. Hopefully not much damage done and it'll be an easy tear down and repair!

Tommy
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-08-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,385
Posted By oaklandaviator
Sad news

So sorry about the outcome. Hopefully not much damage done and it'll be an easy tear down and repair!

Tommy
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-06-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,385
Posted By oaklandaviator
Undo what you did

I once had a mechanic who was helping me get my A&P say if the engine quits after gear retraction what should you do? Answer, undo what you did and put the gear back down. Incidentally this was just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,272
Posted By oaklandaviator
Dark paint

Two quick stories with dark paint. Having built two Titan Tornados with one black and one white, the difference in skin temperature at Sun-n-fun was so great that you could literally cook on the...
Forum: RV-3 03-23-2019, 01:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 880
Posted By oaklandaviator
Thanks

Thanks for the info. Doesn't sound too hard... Guess I'll try and call Vans to see what parts are needed.
Forum: RV-3 03-22-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 880
Posted By oaklandaviator
Adding fifth point for seat belt

Does anyone know how to add the crotch strap attach point to an airplane that wasn't built with one? We're thinking about the Simpson six point system instead, but want to see how difficult doing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 734
Posted By oaklandaviator
GRT Android

Easiest thing is to get the Bluetooth dongle and use their app to drive an old android tablet. Works great, no wires, little weight, and totally removable!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 20,883
Posted By oaklandaviator
Acro training

I'd be more than happy to help anyone interested in learning aerobatics in their RV. I'm reasonably light weight and located at KORK. If I can help anyone, just let me know.

Tommy
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-24-2019, 05:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,124
Posted By oaklandaviator
ILS frequency

Silly thought, but make sure you don't have an ILS frequency in the 430 as active. Even with it in GPS mode the bars will be displayed if there's any ILS frequency in the active nav side of your 430.
Forum: RV-3 12-10-2018, 04:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,068
Posted By oaklandaviator
Catto

We have a custom Catto on ours with 160 hp and it climbs like a bat out of Hades. My Fixed pitch Sensenitch 180 hp RV-8 gets left in the dust when the wife throttles up the 3. The 8 was showing 173...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2018, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,932
Posted By oaklandaviator
Removal?

I can't imagine why you would remove the most important piece of any aerobatic plane!
Forum: RV-3 12-05-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,787
Posted By oaklandaviator
Reservoirs

With a fuselage fuel tank, the master cylinder mounted reservoirs would be a nightmare to service... Can't fathom how you would know when they were full. On the 3A with fuselage tank I would keep the...
Forum: RV-3 12-03-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,787
Posted By oaklandaviator
Replacement

I'm sure if you want to get creative a speed shop could make more robust hoses. Hopefully it's just a simple leak.
Forum: RV-3 12-03-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,787
Posted By oaklandaviator
Very coincidental

What an interesting coincidence in that my wife's RV-3 just had this exact problem. We would get to the airport and a puddle of brake fluid would be under the center of the plane dripping from the...
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,668
Posted By oaklandaviator
Glad I was wrong

Very good to hear that the rebate applies to more combinations than I thought. I've got to get our RV-3 compliant soon.
Forum: ADS-B 11-02-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,668
Posted By oaklandaviator
FAA rebate

I believe the FAA rebate this time is only for certified systems. So, just the expensive all in one new transponders.
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