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Forum: My RV Build Project 04-30-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 158
Views: 106,482
Posted By Terry Lutz
Super News Marty!! I think you had a very good...

Super News Marty!! I think you had a very good test pilot because he made a conservative decision to do an RTB when the vibration was first noticed. That gave everyone some thinking time, then he...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2022, 06:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By Terry Lutz
There is another indication that you have an...

There is another indication that you have an ungrounded mag, and you will notice it before flying. When you do the runup and turn off one mag, if the rpm does not drop at all, you are still running...
Forum: Reviews 04-19-2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 939
Posted By Terry Lutz
I agree with TankerPilot. When I see builders...

I agree with TankerPilot. When I see builders preparing an A-Model from Van's the first piece of advice I give them is the nose gear kit from AntiSplat Aero. Statistically you will have a safer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,010
Posted By Terry Lutz
It is possible to own a aircraft in France that...

It is possible to own a aircraft in France that was built in another country if the airplane remains registered in another country and can be maintained to that country's standards. For example the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-31-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 106,482
Posted By Terry Lutz
Take a break Marty, but a short one. Now begins...

Take a break Marty, but a short one. Now begins Phase I, which has it's own challenges!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,100
Posted By Terry Lutz
I will use a Hero9. Thanks for the link,...

I will use a Hero9. Thanks for the link, although I might try to find something less expensive.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 09:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,100
Posted By Terry Lutz
Aircraft Audio To GoPro

I need to record aircraft audio to a GoPro. What is the best connecting harness or wiring diagram to use? Would like to plug into the headphone jack in the rear seat while flying. Any advice or...
Forum: ADS-B 01-18-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 971
Posted By Terry Lutz
ADS-B Antenna

Ditto on the Delta Pop antennas. They have tested better than some others.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126
Posted By Terry Lutz
RV-8 Flap Position Sensor Install

I'm going to install a Ray Allen position sensor for my flaps, which I can display on my G3X and use for a specific performance program. I know that the position sensor has a very small travel...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-05-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,573
Posted By Terry Lutz
Godspeed Ted

It is so hard to find words to properly describe Ted, particularly from the sense of loss that we all feel. The memories are flowing out. Our airplanes were side-by-side in the shop, and Ted worked...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-17-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,771
Posted By Terry Lutz
Prayers

Prayers on the way.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-07-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,319
Posted By Terry Lutz
PEC Spreadsheet

Here is a link from the National Test Pilot School on position error correction. There is a spread sheet available there.

https://www.ntps.edu/information/downloads.html
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2021, 12:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 523
Posted By Terry Lutz
Tech Counselor in South Central Michigan

Carl Franz. The best, just won the Tony Bingellis award at AirVenture. Check your PMs for his phone number.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-18-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,773
Posted By Terry Lutz
Tailwheel Bearings

Yes, it can be done. Not at the hangar right now, but the original bearings are hard to find. You can get essentially skateboard bearings, but the inside diameter will be wrong for the bolt, so you...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-14-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,170
Posted By Terry Lutz
RV-8 Ingress/Egress

Here is the way I brief it: When getting in, step right on the seat. Some folks will put a towel or something on the seat, temporarily, to keep the seat clean and neat. Then once standing on the...
Forum: Autopilots 04-14-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 849
Posted By Terry Lutz
Thanks for the reply Justin. We did the initial...

Thanks for the reply Justin. We did the initial setup on the ground with the auto trim disabled, as directed on page A-1. However, it doesn't say to enable the auto trim later on for the ground...
Forum: Autopilots 04-14-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 849
Posted By Terry Lutz
Thanks for the responses. Walt, I'll try to call...

Thanks for the responses. Walt, I'll try to call on Thursday afternoon, if you will be in the shop. We did verify that trim moves in the proper direction when on the autopilot, but wondered if...
Forum: Autopilots 04-12-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 849
Posted By Terry Lutz
Ground Test For Autopilot Autotrim Function

I've just completed an autopilot install on my RV-8. The panel has a G3X Touch, a GPS175, and a GMC507. The avionics tech I've worked with and myself have done the ground set up with basic settings...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-28-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 675
Posted By Terry Lutz
RV-8 Pitch Servo Install

I'm doing a Garmin autopilot install, and need some advice on riveting the brackets for the pitch servo. My airplane is a fairly early RV-8QB, s/n 80-462. Unlike later versions, I need to remove...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-07-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 16,811
Posted By Terry Lutz
SMA Diesel

Congrats on starting an RV-10 build! The discussion about diesel engines makes good sense, because we don't truly know what the future of 100LL will be. One engine that wasn't mentioned in the post...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-21-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By Terry Lutz
Shop Info

Could you pass along the name of the shop who did the work? I have some questions about the mechanical part of the install. Thanks!
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-14-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 7,231
Posted By Terry Lutz
Thanks for posting this, Steve. The last time I...

Thanks for posting this, Steve. The last time I saw Jon was in Grand Ledge, MI. He and another RV-8 took off in formation ahead of me. Jon was an inspiration to all of us, and showed us who we...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,259
Posted By Terry Lutz
I put one of those stick-on bullet holes over the...

I put one of those stick-on bullet holes over the top of mine. Never know it was there!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-10-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,641
Posted By Terry Lutz
There is just enough room to slide in the edge of...

There is just enough room to slide in the edge of a 6-inch scale. Rotate that and it moves up enough that you can grab it with your hand.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 27,079
Posted By Terry Lutz
RV Thinking And Assistance

RV Colleagues, This is a terrific discussion, and an example of how we can brainstorm by ourselves and through industry contacts to innovate and make the RV both accessible and useful for Jessica.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 27,079
Posted By Terry Lutz
Flying the RV

Jessica,

We are all amazed at your willingness and success in mastering flight! I think that now is the time to consider new methods of control for you, rather than trying to adapt the existing...
Forum: Flight Testing 08-30-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,641
Posted By Terry Lutz
Flow Visualization

Many years ago we did a study to determine where the flow transition from laminar to turbulent was on a Blanik L-13 sailplane. We tried two techniques, the oil method and sublimating chemicals. For...
Forum: Midwest 08-29-2020, 05:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,965
Posted By Terry Lutz
I live in Williamston and keep my RV-8 in Mason. ...

I live in Williamston and keep my RV-8 in Mason. I can do the instruction for you.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,592
Posted By Terry Lutz
Wingtip lenses

If these are the ones that fit the bat-style wingtips, I will take a L/R pair to get the sales going. And if it works, remember to save the buck - someone will need more in the future.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,019
Posted By Terry Lutz
Buss Architechture

I am doing a panel upgrade to make my RV-8 IFR capable. It will include a G3X, GPS 175, and remote transponder. Back up instruments will be conventional airspeed and altimeter, plus an AV-30 for...
Forum: Engine Monitors 04-21-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By Terry Lutz
GRT Forum

Just tried to log onto the GRT Forum with no luck. Sent you a PM on that subject.
Forum: Engine Monitors 04-21-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By Terry Lutz
GRT Help

Thanks Bob. I didn't realize there was a GRT forum. I'll pass that word along. When the dust settles and we are all back in action, would you be available if needed? Thanks!
Forum: Engine Monitors 04-21-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,137
Posted By Terry Lutz
Yelp For Help - Programming the GRT EIS

I share my hangar with some guys who did a good job building a GlaStar. They are trying to program their GRT EIS 4000, and need a bit of help. GRT has not responded to their calls and messages. Is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,559
Posted By Terry Lutz
Many thanks, Doug for all that you do for us. ...

Many thanks, Doug for all that you do for us. We've known your family and you've made us feel like a part of it, as you have become part of the larger VAF family. All of us are better builders,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-29-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,570
Posted By Terry Lutz
GAP 26 Installation

Does anyone have good advice for the sequence of preparing and installing the GAP 26 in an existing RV-8 wing using the kit from SteinAir? Garmin wants you to keep the length of the aluminum tubing,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,174
Posted By Terry Lutz
Not a silly question! Take a look at the heater...

Not a silly question! Take a look at the heater vents in your car. Pick one that has good outflow and make an adapter that fits over it. Park your car close to the nose of the airplane. Then...
Forum: ADS-B 02-07-2020, 06:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,619
Posted By Terry Lutz
Yup, replace it with a blade from Don Pansier at...

Yup, replace it with a blade from Don Pansier at deltapopaviation.com. Great products!
Forum: COMM 01-05-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,147
Posted By Terry Lutz
Mic Switch

I am of the same way of thinking. On my RV-8, I have a standard throttle on the left side. The handle is basically a tube, so I installed a miniature coolie hat switch in the end of the tube. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 7,314
Posted By Terry Lutz
Source For Spark Plug Adapters

Spent some time with a local RV-7 builder, and he told me he purchased spark plug adapters from the following source: ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-23-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,280
Posted By Terry Lutz
Avionics Shop

You could also try Beacon Aviation at the Grand Ledge Airport, just west of Lansing.
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-28-2019, 08:48 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 82,005
Posted By Terry Lutz
I like the clever use of the yellow trim line on...

I like the clever use of the yellow trim line on the nearby taxiway!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,804
Posted By Terry Lutz
Flew today and adjusted the squelch as suggested....

Flew today and adjusted the squelch as suggested. The noise is there all the time, not just during transmissions that break squelch. Then I received a note from Aviolights that a 10uf capacitor is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,804
Posted By Terry Lutz
The lighting system comes from AvioLights, a...

The lighting system comes from AvioLights, a company in Poland that makes lighting systems for aircraft in Europe. http://aviolights.com/ The LEDs and their power supply are molded together in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 05:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,804
Posted By Terry Lutz
Those are good thoughts, thanks!

Those are good thoughts, thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,804
Posted By Terry Lutz
Noise From Strobe System

I recently installed an LED strobe system, and I'm getting some radio noise. It sounds like "ssit-ssit-ssit-sist" each time the wingtip strobes flash (they flash in sync). The manufacturer...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,383
Posted By Terry Lutz
Actually, it has a very clever mounting system...

Actually, it has a very clever mounting system for cars. They come with a thin piece of metal that has slots cut in it so you can bend the metal between the slots and form almost any mounting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-30-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,383
Posted By Terry Lutz
Canopy Mirrors

One of my mirrors was broken, so I went to the aviation department at Auto Zone to see what they had. I found a set of two small blind spot mirrors that have a ball and socket adjustment with a good...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2019, 03:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 924
Posted By Terry Lutz
Measurement

Photo sent in PM.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-01-2018, 03:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,578
Posted By Terry Lutz
It was an OEM ND.

It was an OEM ND.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-01-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,578
Posted By Terry Lutz
ND Alternator

I agree with the reliability of the ND and other alternators, but everyone should be aware that they can and will fail. I did not have overvoltage protection external to the ND alternator that Van's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,652
Posted By Terry Lutz
Weight On The Tail

We used an old inner tube, cut it in thirds, took one piece and folded one end together and held it with a hose clamp, filled it with sand, then sealed the other end the same way with a hose clamp. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,169
Posted By Terry Lutz
I had a similar problem with a carbureted O-360. ...

I had a similar problem with a carbureted O-360. The fuel pressure would fluctuate intermittently and trigger a low fuel pressure warning. I never experienced a stumble in the engine due to the low...
Forum: RV-4 01-15-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 352
Views: 451,665
Posted By Terry Lutz
Very nice RV-4! Welcome to the world of RVs. ...

Very nice RV-4! Welcome to the world of RVs. There are plenty of RVs in central Michigan, and although you won't see many of us in the winter months, we will enjoy your company this summer!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2017, 03:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,207
Posted By Terry Lutz
All the numbers are absolutely amazing. ...

All the numbers are absolutely amazing. Individually, we've made airplanes. Altogether, we've made aviation history. Congrats to Van himself for his vision, to his employees who have raised the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-19-2017, 05:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,628
Posted By Terry Lutz
Thanks for the ideas and pictures. I like a...

Thanks for the ideas and pictures. I like a traditional panel, and with the one I have now, I can remove the GRT EIS on the left side, and my Garmin 296 on the right side and get both arms in to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-19-2017, 04:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,628
Posted By Terry Lutz
RV-8 Access Behind Instrument Panel

I'm working on a panel upgrade, and looking for ideas to improve access behind the panel. Besides access from the baggage area, are there any innovative ideas out there for the cockpit side, such as...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,576
Posted By Terry Lutz
RV10 Flight Testing

I am an active test pilot in the Lansing area and would be happy to assist you with your first few flights. Send me a PM and we can connect and see what might work best for you.
Forum: Fiberglass 10-14-2017, 08:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 13,932
Posted By Terry Lutz
Flying sans pants

Did formation training with an RV-8 pilot whose airplane had no gear leg fairings or wheel pants. His nickname became "Nopants". He finally put them on, so we changed it to "Gopants".
Forum: Safety 09-17-2017, 10:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,463
Posted By Terry Lutz
Canopy Breaker Tool

The Lifehammer obviously does the job. There are several such hammers on the market. One thing they lack is a loop down the shaft which acts as a guard to protect your fingers. You will typically...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-10-2017, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,250
Posted By Terry Lutz
CF Control Surface

The cause of the F-117 accident was not due directly to aileron flutter. Four of 5 one-inch bolts holding the outer wing panel were missing. There is no reason a CF aileron or flap cannot be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2017, 11:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,499
Posted By Terry Lutz
Short Field

Van flew the RV-3 off the family farm in North Plains, Oregon. The runway was 650 feet long. He and his brother flew a Cub off that strip when they were young, so he knew it very well. I've been...
Forum: Midwest 08-07-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,205
Posted By Terry Lutz
Michigan RV Owners

There are several RVs in the Mid-Michigan area, from St. Johns down to Mason, and over to Livingston County Airport near Howell. Any of us would be glad to show you our airplanes and share...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,444
Posted By Terry Lutz
You can come as you are, and will always be...

You can come as you are, and will always be welcome! However, an RV-8 pilot in our area that we fly formation with has the nickname "NoPants" because his airplane does not have them (yet!).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,356
Posted By Terry Lutz
Congratulations Audrey! If the VAF family has...

Congratulations Audrey! If the VAF family has given you wings, you should know you give us a very special kind of hope. Hope that your work, your values, and your perseverance will serve mankind in...
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