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Forum: Glass Cockpit Today, 07:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 229
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - you can easily add a second (or third?)...

Yes - you can easily add a second (or third?) ADAHRS into a Garmin network, and all G3X screens have access to all ADAHRS. People add the G5 for unlock redundancy - the code is all completely...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 310
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah, 50 hours is “probably” OK since that is...

Yeah, 50 hours is “probably” OK since that is what Lycomings recommends with a filter…… ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 05:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 302
Posted By Ironflight
The aviation “line of the year” was spoken by Van...

The aviation “line of the year” was spoken by Van at Airventure….

“People always ask why we recommend Lycoming engines for our airframes. teh truth is, they are pretty good - they’re so good in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Today, 10:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 222
Posted By Ironflight
Larry is exactly right - and I’d openly add that...

Larry is exactly right - and I’d openly add that (especially in the experimental world), you can;t assume that the studs on your engine came from Lycoming. I have seen folks run to the hardware or...
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 06:06 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,204
Posted By Ironflight
Show of hands - who has flown an A-N range...

Show of hands - who has flown an A-N range approach? I got to do it in an old Link Trainer a few times …. Made me appreciate ADF’s, to be honest! ;)
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 10:55 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,204
Posted By Ironflight
While I agree with your basic premise of this...

While I agree with your basic premise of this post Greg (and we have VHF Nav capability in all of our IFR-Equipped airplanes), I want to pick on this statement just a little - not for you, but for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2022, 06:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,080
Posted By Ironflight
Come on, be adventurous…build a -3….if for no...

Come on, be adventurous…build a -3….if for no other reason than to make Ken Scott start to twitch…. ;)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2022, 02:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,080
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, I do drill through the tool (as...

Actually, I do drill through the tool (as mentioned in the reticle that HFS referenced when he started the thread)….but as I mentioned in the artcile, this will eventually wear the tool out....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2022, 08:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,203
Posted By Ironflight
Before you decide to start kicking Garmin in the...

Before you decide to start kicking Garmin in the teeth, you might try reading Post #14 in this thread, which explains the problem pretty succinctly….and then work with YOUR government to get them to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-02-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 696
Posted By Ironflight
Look at it this way - now you have an excuse to...

Look at it this way - now you have an excuse to upgrade! :)
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-30-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,529
Posted By Ironflight
To be honest, that is a matter of debate in our...

To be honest, that is a matter of debate in our household right now, and we haven’t settled on which way to go. Out here in the Great Basin, it is rare to have ANY airport in glide range for a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-30-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,529
Posted By Ironflight
You’ll note that I was doing this about 6,000...

You’ll note that I was doing this about 6,000 AGL…for a reason! I do a lot of flight testing….. But for those who might be playing with this for their airplane, yes - test your engine/prop’s...
Forum: Autopilots 11-30-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,022
Posted By Ironflight
I’ll second the comment to not move the airplane...

I’ll second the comment to not move the airplane until you see it finish its boot-up cycle - you’ll know that when it says “autopilot Off” (at least on our TT’s - not absolutely sure what you’ll...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-29-2022, 07:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,529
Posted By Ironflight
All my planes have the PCU5000…I wasn’t quite...

All my planes have the PCU5000…I wasn’t quite sure how low it’d go, and the first pullback it sounded like it was going to fully feather….. :eek:
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-29-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,529
Posted By Ironflight
RV-6 Glide Variation with Prop Pitch

I have been doing a lot of Garmin SmartGlide testing recently (yup - look for a possible future article in Kitplanes....), and today I took the RV-6 out in very smooth air to quantify the difference...
Forum: Steam Gauges 11-28-2022, 10:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,282
Posted By Ironflight
In an Experimental? Sure - unless the Operating...

In an Experimental? Sure - unless the Operating Limits say otherwise. Generally speaking, E-AB aircraft require no instrumentation at all to be legal to fly….

I would, however placard something that...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-27-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,642
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry for the loss Doug and Susie - try to dwell...

Sorry for the loss Doug and Susie - try to dwell on all the good years you had with little Moondog!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 803
Posted By Ironflight
This pretty much describes the main headquarters...

This pretty much describes the main headquarters in Corona as well - they are a mail order house, not a retail shopping store…..

I’ll stop to pick up a “will call” order when I am in SOCAL, but I...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-27-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By Ironflight
SnF 23 Tickets - Free for a donation to VAF….

Two “Day Tickets” to Sun ‘n Fun 2023 are yours for the asking (I’ll even pay the postage….) if only you make a donation to VansAirforce.net ! PM me with the amount you donated (come on - don’t make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,715
Posted By Ironflight
As soon as you have the necessary BOS paperwork,...

As soon as you have the necessary BOS paperwork, you can do it before you’ve driven rivet-one. the FAA doesn’t care - but your taxing authority might!

When we joined a bush plane project that had...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 925
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve done the pins in the middle on all three of...

We’ve done the pins in the middle on all three of our RV’s - love it!! :)

(Sorry Carl)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 392
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - 1612 RV-8’s flying, and I have never heard...

Yup - 1612 RV-8’s flying, and I have never heard of anyone with a problem with the flap design…..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 939
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve got An Oregon Aero seat with sheepskin in...

We’ve got An Oregon Aero seat with sheepskin in the RV-3, and have flown it for 800 hours in eleven years - all over the country, all seasons, two different pilots….seat is still in excellent...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-25-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,427
Posted By Ironflight
Hmmm…I haven’t actually checked pricing recently,...

Hmmm…I haven’t actually checked pricing recently, but with Avidyne (I have two IFD440’s), you have to buy Jepp Databases. With Garmin, you have the choice of Garmin or Jepp. When Garmin came out with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,828
Posted By Ironflight
I dont know anymore, but the first couple that...

I dont know anymore, but the first couple that ACS sold (well before EarthX existed) had pretty much NO internal BMS. The well-circulated video of a “smoke event” in a homebuilt was one of those, and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,407
Posted By Ironflight
A phone call to Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa...

A phone call to Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa will connect you up with experts who can tell you what is possible, what parts will fit what, and most importantly, what is safe. I visited them a couple...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-24-2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 440
Posted By Ironflight
Good table!!

Good table!!
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds like a good technique, and easy to do....

Sounds like a good technique, and easy to do. Just for reference, I’ve had the nylon bushings on the RV-8 for 18 years and 2100 hours, and have yet to see any sign of wear or degradation - in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 723
Posted By Ironflight
This is one place where either a beam-type toque...

This is one place where either a beam-type toque wrench, or modern, a torque load cell (check Harbor Freight) comes in handy - either one allows you to measure the drag of the nut, which you then add...
Forum: RV-3 11-23-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,551
Posted By Ironflight
Everything that Greg said! The RV-3 is a push...

Everything that Greg said!

The RV-3 is a push at to fly if you have tailwheel time - not just an endorsement, but additional hours beyond that, just to have a broader experience base. That’s for...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 508
Posted By Ironflight
Ahhh…the infamous NED - the “Noise Emitting...

Ahhh…the infamous NED - the “Noise Emitting Diode” - works only once……
Forum: RV-10 11-23-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,065
Posted By Ironflight
The Sling aircraft are all built using pulled...

The Sling aircraft are all built using pulled rivets, and they fill every one of them with a polyester body filler for a very nice, clean look. I had pictures of the process in our Kitplanes review...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, this is pretty common, especially with...

Actually, this is pretty common, especially with older engines. Mechanics tend to get a little careless with spark plug wrenches and hit the extremely thin-walled tubes, creating dents…then cracks....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 790
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been using the HUDLY provided by GRT with my...

I’ve been using the HUDLY provided by GRT with my GRT EFIS for a number of years in my -8. What I like about it is that the look of the display is what I am used to in more sophisticated HUD’s(think...
Forum: RV-3 11-20-2022, 12:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,610
Posted By Ironflight
While there is still some noticeable...

While there is still some noticeable “flexibility” to the main gear with the metal dampers, on our airplane, they are a huge upgrade from the wooden stiffeners. With the wood, which was actually...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-19-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,851
Posted By Ironflight
So I can send you my Dynavibe Classic and you’ll...

So I can send you my Dynavibe Classic and you’ll send me your incredibly cool prop balancer in trade? ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2022, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,851
Posted By Ironflight
A) Take the left Mag. Yup, you CAN get the safety...

A) Take the left Mag. Yup, you CAN get the safety wire on without doing that, but you might actually save time overall by removing and replacing (and re-timing) the mag….

B) Use a Safe-T-Cable ! :)
Forum: Tools 11-17-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,106
Posted By Ironflight
For folks just getting started working on...

For folks just getting started working on aluminum airplane parts, and wondering what this Scotchbrite Wheel is all about, take a look at this video (go to the last couple of minutes) to see how we...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-16-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,851
Posted By Ironflight
Permatex aviation gasket (#3) always works for me…

Permatex aviation gasket (#3) always works for me…
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 09:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,816
Posted By Ironflight
I always disconnect an air tool from its hose...

I always disconnect an air tool from its hose when I put the tool down on a bench - I’ve broken enough drill bits when the weight of the hose (or someone tripping on it) pulled the drill motor off...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 799
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting tools. Just for info, the way that...

Interesting tools. Just for info, the way that they split the case at the factory (and the factory school) is to pull the through-bolts with a slide hammer (a modified slide hammer that can be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,620
Posted By Ironflight
This! And next, define “avionics”…… :)

This!

And next, define “avionics”…… :)
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-14-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 10,571
Posted By Ironflight
Message from a Moderator - information is good,...

Message from a Moderator - information is good, better if backed up by facts!

Name calling and personal attacks are not. Keep the thread informative, keep away from personal attacks, and you’ll be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By Ironflight
Honestly, this is a question for the engineering...

Honestly, this is a question for the engineering team at Van’s - you can collect random inputs from a variety of internet players (myself included), but the only real answer can come from the folks...
Forum: RV-4 11-12-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,046
Posted By Ironflight
Mini sits on my thigh when I need it out in the...

Mini sits on my thigh when I need it out in the RV-3 - also use it that way in my little jet, which has a smaller cockpit. There are a few different knee boards for mounting a mini if you don’t want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,869
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had both the RV-8 and the RV-3 into the...

I’ve had both the RV-8 and the RV-3 into the Flight Levels - one went to 230, one to 210 if I recall correctly (long time ago, don’t feel like going back and searching the databases….). Fun thing to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,636
Posted By Ironflight
The whole point is to stop shimmy fore and aft,...

The whole point is to stop shimmy fore and aft, without affecting the up and down motion of the leg…..and experience is showing that the aluminum bar does a pretty job at this.
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-09-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,094
Posted By Ironflight
I keep waiting for someone to try the 300 HP...

I keep waiting for someone to try the 300 HP Yamaha (that some of the STOL Drag guys are using) in an RV-3. Would make an interesting hot rod with all sorts of limitations on speed - but it would...
Forum: RV-4 11-08-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,424
Posted By Ironflight
I won’t cite specific crosswind numbers, as it is...

I won’t cite specific crosswind numbers, as it is almost impossible to know what the wind conditions actually are at your moment of touchdown….but as to the OP’s question on flaps, yes - if crosswind...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By Ironflight
Gary is right about the slide hammer for REMOVING...

Gary is right about the slide hammer for REMOVING the studs - and you can make one from a standard slide hamper by welding on the right threaded nut. For ASSEMBLY, the special tool is nothing more...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 641
Posted By Ironflight
Almost sounds like water somewhere in the pitot...

Almost sounds like water somewhere in the pitot lines…..
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-03-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 718
Posted By Ironflight
Not uncommon to find little chunks of debris in...

Not uncommon to find little chunks of debris in the suction screen - and as long as it is soft, you know you’re not making metal, so not much to worry about.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 786
Posted By Ironflight
From a practical standpoint, in the U.S....

From a practical standpoint, in the U.S. Experimental world at least, it really doesn;t make much difference. Since we don’t have to abide by factory recommended TBO’s, if you’re looking to buy an...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-01-2022, 11:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Ironflight
I just put a new DJM wheel on our RV-6 last...

I just put a new DJM wheel on our RV-6 last weekend - the original was getting so bad it sounded like it was grinding up metal splinters when you pushed the airplane around. Dirt strip operations are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2022, 11:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,709
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s a short article on the latest set I built....

Here’s a short article on the latest set I built. I still have the set I made in 2007, and they still work - these are just prettier, and less...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - almost all of the O-360’s have a 2700...

Yes - almost all of the O-360’s have a 2700 redline. Check with Catto to see if you have any mid-range yellow arcs for the prop. These would be for harmonic problem areas.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By Ironflight
Usually the maximum RPM is shown on the data...

Usually the maximum RPM is shown on the data plate (its the RPM for rated power in most cases). There really isn’t a “yellow arc” for most Lycomings in terms of the engine - you can run maximum as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,782
Posted By Ironflight
Have you got any scraps of canopy that you...

Have you got any scraps of canopy that you trimmed off? These are great for trying out different solvents to see if they attack the material or not….
Forum: RV-3 10-26-2022, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,428
Posted By Ironflight
Do not, under ANY circumstances, accept an...

Do not, under ANY circumstances, accept an invitation to fly someone’s -3, or you will be ruined. Either the -9 will go on the shelf (or in the classifieds) or you’ll be ending up with two...
Forum: Primers 10-25-2022, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,851
Posted By Ironflight
You do realized that Alodine and Anodize are two...

You do realized that Alodine and Anodize are two different processes…right?

I can’t comment on Van’s response, but I will tell you that in the kits built by Sling Aircraft, 100% of their aluminum...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,984
Posted By Ironflight
That has been discussed here many times. Two...

That has been discussed here many times. Two problems with it on RV’s:
1) The design of RV forward baffles make it almost impossible to do.
2) The spare belt sees as much heat as the primary one over...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2022, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 823
Posted By Ironflight
Overhaul costs at a shop should be essentially...

Overhaul costs at a shop should be essentially the same. If you have the factory do it, I don’t know their pricing….
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-21-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironflight
Mechanical pumps do fail gradually - I’ve seen...

Mechanical pumps do fail gradually - I’ve seen and had it happen. Slow degradation over years and hours. Can’t say for sure that it is your problem, but the fact that your pressure comes right up and...
Forum: RV-10 10-21-2022, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,741
Posted By Ironflight
Superior, Lycoming, and Continental (who now...

Superior, Lycoming, and Continental (who now makes Titan “Lycoming-type” engines) are all struggling with their own suppliers of components, and all three have parts that are back-ordered for very...
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