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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,895
Posted By KatanaPilot
I can highly recommend either of these two...

I can highly recommend either of these two gentlemen-

Vern Darley. Former military pilot (not a TPS grad) and airline pilot. I know he does many of the first flights for Synergy Air South builders....
Forum: RV-10 08-13-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,705
Posted By KatanaPilot
Builders regularly delete parts from kit orders...

Builders regularly delete parts from kit orders to add aftermarket parts. I know I signed a some sort of waiver when I did that.

What I donít remember is signing a waiver specifically indicating I...
Forum: RV-10 08-12-2022, 06:26 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,705
Posted By KatanaPilot
I think Vans may have an issue with many RV-10...

I think Vans may have an issue with many RV-10 and 14 owners deleting a bunch of tank parts and building Kenís tanks (lost revenue for Vans).

I also think that the guy who did a lot of the design...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2022, 10:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By KatanaPilot
You might want to call Synergy Air in Eugene....

You might want to call Synergy Air in Eugene. They have (had) a very experienced pilot they used for first flights, etc. Sorry, I canít remember his name.
Forum: RV-10 08-07-2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,236
Posted By KatanaPilot
Motor mount

One downside of the CAI is (was) the need to modify the engine mount to clear the sump - at least with the old style 10 mount and the Barrett CAI.

I have heard, but not verified, that the newer...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2022, 10:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,986
Posted By KatanaPilot
With the EIC, the pMags are taken out of setup...

With the EIC, the pMags are taken out of setup mode during the boot sequence of the EIC. You have a few seconds early in the boot process to ďpress any keyĒ to keep the pMags in setup mode, but if...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-19-2022, 07:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,986
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have had several problems with my pMags similar...

I have had several problems with my pMags similar to yours. The EIC has been invaluable in showing timing divergences.

Brad has also suggested disconnecting the EIC, which I will not do.

I ended...
Forum: RV-10 07-16-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,959
Posted By KatanaPilot
Bill, If you are ready to make a plenum for the...

Bill,

If you are ready to make a plenum for the 10 similar to the ones you made for the 7 - Iíll send you a check today!
Forum: Painting your RV 07-09-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,153
Posted By KatanaPilot
Evoke Aviation?

I know that one of the services that Jonathan and his team provide is paint masks. Donít know if they only do that for their own designs, but it might be worth inquiring. I donít think they are...
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2022, 02:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,061
Posted By KatanaPilot
No doubt. However, the divergence alerts can be...

No doubt. However, the divergence alerts can be an indicator of issues with one or both pMags. I normally see 2 degrees as well, but seeing 7 and the flashing warning screen gets your attention....
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2022, 04:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,061
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-7A, not an RV-14

My pMags had a bearing issue on one and an alternator phase failure on the other at virtually the same time around 85 hours.

Recently, one of them failed the "range check" on power up (this after...
Forum: RV-10 06-14-2022, 05:52 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,792
Posted By KatanaPilot
Congrats Kyle! Yesterday was hotter than blazes,...

Congrats Kyle! Yesterday was hotter than blazes, so really good job on the baffle seals, etc. for those CHT's.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-10-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,577
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just so you are not surprised like I was - the...

Just so you are not surprised like I was - the Emag website still discusses the $135 flat fee check up. When I sent my pMags in fairly recently to have this done, I was billed $295 each.

I would...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2022, 07:34 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,422
Posted By KatanaPilot
More info requested

Just trying to confirm what is being suggested -

Install BOTH a Vernatherm AND a viscosity valve (spring and plunger)? If I read the SB correctly, you remove the viscosity valve when you install...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2022, 01:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,789
Posted By KatanaPilot
Check the probe configuration

I saw this exact same scenario at Synergy Air in Eugene a few years back with a new RV-14 on the first flight. Turned out to be incorrectly configured thermocouple probes. Hope that is the case here...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-26-2022, 12:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,833
Posted By KatanaPilot
You might want to consider the possibility of bad...

You might want to consider the possibility of bad cylinder(s), similar to what I reported in my post here (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=206080)

I would not be surprised if the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,018
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-10 Slow Build Tanks

I have a set of slow build tanks that will be removed from our RV-10 when we install the new ER tanks. They have Newton caps (much better than stock), are plumbed for HW tanks and have a return...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 04:17 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,018
Posted By KatanaPilot
Me too!

I agree, since I'm one of the first retrofits being done. Sure would have been easier to do when we were building the wings and tanks originally.

Either way, Ken's design is top notch and I think...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,018
Posted By KatanaPilot
There are five RV-10 builders at Synergy Air...

There are five RV-10 builders at Synergy Air South all adding Ken’s ER tanks. Some of us are already flying and others are getting ready to build their wings - (Tank parts just arrived from Sky...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,969
Posted By KatanaPilot
I assume one would be flamed if they mentioned...

I assume one would be flamed if they mentioned that the filters provided by SDS for their systems are very high quality and are cleanable? That was just one of several reasons I chose SDS over EFII....
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-13-2022, 04:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,200
Posted By KatanaPilot
Closed loop will be nice, but wonít it require...

Closed loop will be nice, but wonít it require either (a) unleaded fuel or (b) an O2 sensor that can handle lead? My O2 sensor gave up in about 3 hours.
Forum: Job Board 05-10-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 709
Posted By KatanaPilot
Suggest you call Allen Nelson at Synergy Air...

Suggest you call Allen Nelson at Synergy Air South (https://synergyair.com/). 678-854-6498

I don't think they will come to you, but you can certainly go to them. Pretty convenient about 30 miles...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 02:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,607
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just an opinion...

You are correct - these engines are pretty robust and overall, pretty simple.

That being said, you and your passengers are depending on this one engine to get you safely and reliably to and from...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-04-2022, 04:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,278
Posted By KatanaPilot
Are you saying that ECI/Titan reworked AD...

Are you saying that ECI/Titan reworked AD cylinders and then sold them as new in the experimental engine kits at some point? Or were these cylinders marketed to experimental owners as overhauled?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-02-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,278
Posted By KatanaPilot
I don't have the tapered fin cylinders, so my...

I don't have the tapered fin cylinders, so my hope is the existing baffles will fit the Lycoming cylinders without modification. Should know next week when the engine arrives from Penn Yan.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-02-2022, 04:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,278
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the follow up

I was not there for the second teardown and investigation that followed. I do know that a Lycoming cylinder that had been nickel plated (and therefore honed after plating) did not exhibit the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-01-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,278
Posted By KatanaPilot
Titan/ECI Cylinder Issues

Our RV-7A has a Titan/ECI IO-360 (originally O-360) with about 300 hours over four years.

During our first condition inspection, cylinders #2 & #4 had low compression - in the mid-50's. I ran the...
Forum: Interiors 04-28-2022, 03:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,291
Posted By KatanaPilot
Very happy with Classic Aero interior

Four years in and a little over 300 hours - my Classic Aero interior is like new. Luke and Jeremiah are exceptional to work with and they stand behind their products.

Additionally, they are long...
Forum: RV-10 04-24-2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,527
Posted By KatanaPilot
Pretty easy if you install the AirWard tunnel...

Pretty easy if you install the AirWard tunnel access cover at least on one side. Some folks install one on each...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-24-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,113
Posted By KatanaPilot
One advantage of using SDS (at least on 6...

One advantage of using SDS (at least on 6 cylinder models) is to have completely separate power sources to feed one ECU, fuel pump, coil pack and allow fuel injector power and triggers to be switched...
Forum: Reviews 04-21-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,474
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thumbs up Jonathan is one of those unique individuals you...

Jonathan is one of those unique individuals you wish you could clone. Exceptionally hard working (not unusual to get an email from him at 0100), talented (look at all the award winning planes he has...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,060
Posted By KatanaPilot
Check your private messages

Tom, I am forwarding a contact to you via private message.
Forum: RV-10 04-06-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 829
Views: 808,980
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Tom and Brad. Tom, I could not have done...

Thanks Tom and Brad.

Tom, I could not have done this without you and Steve. Given all of the custom components on this build, it would have been extremely difficult to make it happen otherwise. ...
Forum: RV-10 04-06-2022, 03:40 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 808,980
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks very much guys! Randy, seeing your...

Thanks very much guys!

Randy, seeing your beautiful airplane last year at SNF helped keep me motivated. Hope mine turns out half as nice!
Forum: RV-10 04-05-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 808,980
Posted By KatanaPilot
It's an Airplane!

After 3975 hours over 36 non-consecutive months, N10KE is officially an airplane.

Many thanks to DAR Vern Darley, for his thorough inspection today while he was being "inspected" by the local FAA...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2022, 04:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,594
Posted By KatanaPilot
One thing not mentioned in the installation...

One thing not mentioned in the installation instructions, but probably good to know - unless you or your panel builder leaves a gap (1/8" or so) between the panel and the glareshield - there won't be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-31-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,887
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have two CiES senders in the stock location...

I have two CiES senders in the stock location (inboard) on our RV-10 tanks. They are powered by 12 VDC from a fused source and the output is wired to the GEA. The inputs are configured as digital...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-26-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 653
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question

Is there a compelling reason to wire the pMag ships power through the VPX? We deliberately did not do that so in the unlikely event of a VPX failure - we could still get the engine started and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,295
Posted By KatanaPilot
Still love my Classic Aero interior

Three plus years and 300 hours - interior still looks and smells like new.

U.S. based company and a long time VAF sponsor.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 471
Posted By KatanaPilot
My CiES senders require 9-28 VDC - which I...

My CiES senders require 9-28 VDC - which I believe will require you to provide power from another source than the GEA. We did a fused 12VDC power source for ours. There was no Canbus connection...
Forum: RV-10 03-13-2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 728
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just completed the installation of the Showplanes...

Just completed the installation of the Showplanes cowl, with Airflow Systems a/c. Also have a custom Hartzell “I” hub three bladed wide chord composite prop (now available for purchase through...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,065
Posted By KatanaPilot
That is trueÖ

However, if the internal alternator is not working in the one pMag that is having ships power removed, you will see an RPM drop the same as you would if you turned it off. If there is no change in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,001
Posted By KatanaPilot
I think Bill Lane (BillL on VAF) has some pretty...

I think Bill Lane (BillL on VAF) has some pretty good data on oil pressure rise on his RV-7.

One of the purported benefits of the K&P/Challenger oil filters is the lower internal resistance of the...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2022, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 745
Posted By KatanaPilot
We have

We have done exactly what you are contemplating, but for a different reason. We also have A/C, but the bigger issue for us was an O2 bottle located where the battery tray normally is on an RV-10. We...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-13-2022, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,685
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just curious - do you have any data you care to...

Just curious - do you have any data you care to share with us to support this claim?

As to the thread, I have a Saf-Air valve on my RV-7A and it has been problem free for 300+ hours. Had to replace...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-09-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 9,339
Posted By KatanaPilot
Take a look at the Diamond Aviators forum and...

Take a look at the Diamond Aviators forum and maybe youíll get your answer. The Austro has been subjected to numerous MSBís and a few ADís requiring extensive component replacements. Mercedes no...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,226
Posted By KatanaPilot
Same thing happened to me today. Contacted Russ...

Same thing happened to me today.

Contacted Russ McCutcheon about repairing my steps (mine donít have the reinforcing gusset) and he quickly got back to me.

So Iím going to remove the cracked step...
Forum: RV-10 02-05-2022, 07:51 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,936
Posted By KatanaPilot
Weight?

I have asked SFSA several times for the weight of their interior, but have never received an answer.

Do you have the installed weight of yours?
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2022, 05:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,154
Posted By KatanaPilot
One other perceived advantage of the remote oil...

One other perceived advantage of the remote oil filter is that the filter can be mounted vertically so it does not drain out after each engine run. I assume oil pressure will build immediately...
Forum: Reviews 02-01-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 441
Posted By KatanaPilot
Kudos to Garmin and G3X Team

We recently powered up our panel in the plane and unfortunately heard a pop, followed by a release of the magic smoke. We could not determine where the smoke came from.

Troubleshooting commenced...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-23-2022, 06:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,951
Posted By KatanaPilot
PM sent

Check your private messages please.
Forum: RV-15 01-18-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 22,168
Posted By KatanaPilot
Really don't understand the disdain for the Rotax...

Really don't understand the disdain for the Rotax 912/914 series of engines. They are beautifully engineered, fuel efficient and will run well beyond TBO if properly maintained.
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,821
Posted By KatanaPilot
The overhead works

I have all four MH O2 outlets in the Aerosport overhead console. There is another RV-10 over at Synergy Air South that has them in the armrest. Iíll try to get pictures this week when Iím over there....
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2022, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,252
Posted By KatanaPilot
Another vote for Newton Caps

We had the Newton caps on our Diamond aircraft (DA20 and two DA40's) and we installed them on our slow build RV-10 tanks.

I don't think they will work on the stock flange, however. We installed the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-10-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,895
Posted By KatanaPilot
Challenger or K&P?

If you want to buy the FAA-PMA version from Challenger it's CP-48110-C. Since experimental aircraft don't require PMA'd parts, you could try to find the K&P equivalent which I found is the C4...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,703
Posted By KatanaPilot
Add two more to the database

My RV-7A with QB wings/tanks has a couple of small paint bubbles now about three years in. Another recent build RV-7A over at Synergy Air South had both tanks with multiple leaks. Once opened up,...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2021, 03:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,470
Posted By KatanaPilot
Much appreciated Tim! We will hook up both sides.

Much appreciated Tim! We will hook up both sides.
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,470
Posted By KatanaPilot
Adequate heat?

As a follow up to previous posts, Iím now not sure that a single heat muff will be adequate given my exhaust system.

I was looking at two of the RV-10ís under construction at Synergy Air South today...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,149
Posted By KatanaPilot
Suggest you spend the time and money to build the...

Suggest you spend the time and money to build the empennage at a build assist center.

1. You will make incredible progress in two weeks.
2. You will move up the learning curve rapidly.
3. You...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-23-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,187
Posted By KatanaPilot
John Goodman

The RV-10 with the LS1 is (was) owned by John Goodman, user name johngoodman on this forum.

When I saw the airplane last year over at Synergy Air South, it had a Lycoming IO-540 in it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,530
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not that crazy at all

Certainly a good enough idea that Beringer developed a system for some of their wheels - https://www.beringer-aero.com/en/sensair

I would use this if I had Beringer wheels on the RV-10, but couldn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,001
Posted By KatanaPilot
Vanís has reportedly added Flyer in Brazil as a...

Vanís has reportedly added Flyer in Brazil as a second QB manufacturing location. I wonder if shipping to/from Brazil is any different than to/from the Philippines?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,001
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air?

What several Synergy Air South customers have done is to convert their QB orders to slow build and then have Synergy build their SB kits to QB levels. Probably a little more expensive, but...
Forum: RV-10 12-19-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,387
Posted By KatanaPilot
I know Iím beating a dead horse here, but you...

I know Iím beating a dead horse here, but you might want to set aside some additional funds to replace the cheap Chinese bearings provided by Matco with some decent ones made by Timken or a reputable...
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