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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 05:58 AM
Replies: 583
Views: 535,647
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Loving that winter performance!

https://i.postimg.cc/Wz5KrH3z/Screen-Shot-2020-12-02-at-5-29-29-PM.png

keep on building, no matter how long it takes...totally worth it!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,494
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Possibilities

I had a similar issue. Turned out to be a sticking exhaust valve. Have a look at
Lycoming service instruction. 1425A. What you?re describing is ?a miss?.
...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,922
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Made it longer

I made it longer but had way too much vibration so had to make a triangular brace to the lower wing surface. Works like a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2020, 06:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,922
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Bottom...

It?s a good point. Being a flatter curve it would have made the front bracket shorter and therefore more rigid...good idea. Maybe I?ll try that and use a longer boom..

I?ll report back
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,922
Posted By Simon Hitchen
for sure

Yes for sure with the correct measurements. The forward mount does need quite a bit of rigidity, its 1/4 aluminum stock.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,922
Posted By Simon Hitchen
video

HI David, yes it can be duplicated but I made the pieces to match the holes I had already drilled to attach the wing tip. Not even the same as my other wing...

Here's a video in flight before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,922
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thickness

I?d say probably 1/8th inch wall thickness
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,922
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Extended go pro mount

If you’re looking for a little quarantine project....

I Wanted a better perspective for inflight photos so I made this mount to extend ahead of the wing by 2 feet. Makes a real difference.

I used...
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2020, 06:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,055
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Longer bolt

How about using the next bolt size up to hold the step and use an adel (cushion) clamp under the nut to secure the cable. Don?t leave it loose.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,142
Posted By Simon Hitchen
For sale if interested

If anyone wants a set of these (8), I have them ready to go. They’ve got around 400 hours on them, gaps are still like new, electrode perfect, resistance like new. They do indeed pay for themselves...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-27-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,668
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Sizes

I went with 0.024” on cylinders 3 and 4,
0.023” on cylinder 1 and 0.0235” on cylinder 2.

Stock injector size is 0.028” so I enrichened the servo mixture slightly to Ensure I get adequate flow on...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-26-2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,668
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Great results

Thanks for the help guys. I contacted Don at Airflow performance, he recommended four new injector nozzles of differing sizes based on my Gami data.
I installed them last night and went flying. Took...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,583
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Much prefer the clean look

I too put the antennas under to cowl. I prefer the clean uncluttered look.
https://i.postimg.cc/ZYDf3rkF/52-C20-EB2-C7-E9-4967-A94-A-888-A1-AACA0-C0.png
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-18-2020, 02:41 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,668
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

That?s exactly what I?m looking for. Thanks guys, I?ll give Don a call.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-18-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,668
Posted By Simon Hitchen
swapping injectors

HI Guys,

Looking for a bit of engine advice please. Im running two Pmags and I'm very happy with their performance. Im able to run significantly LOP very smoothly but thats brought up another...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,542
Posted By Simon Hitchen
frequently

I frequently (more often than not) slip the 7 in on base to final. Before I enter the circuit i always select the high tank (right tank in the left circuit) to allow me the capability of an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,099
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same

Came back to my 7 the other night after visiting relatives to find it covered in frost. I used simple winter car windshield wash and a micro fibre towel. All frost melted, and stayed liquid. No...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,325
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Moto

Throughout my build I developed a motto that served me very well.

Do what’s right, not what’s easy. Many times I thought I knew better than Vans and considered an easier approach, most times I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Be ware

I pop the flash drive into the back of the skyview after each flight lately and upload it to savvy right away. You can spend hours looking at all your parameters, very useful.

Following my valve...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2019, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 831
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Savvy analysis

Hi Gary,

Do you subscribe to savvy analysis? Following my engine issues I found the free service invaluable when it came to diagnosing exactly what was going on second by second.

Did you check...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Update

Hi Guys,

Thought I’d update you with the results.

My exhaust valves were too tight in their guides with a little resistance felt as the valves approached their closed position. I reamed all...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-10-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Photos

It?s been an evolutionary discovery process for sure.

I?ll take some photos of the process and post the findings.

Thanks guys.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-10-2019, 05:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Clarity

Perhaps I should explain,

I value the opinion and experience of guys on this forum, that’s why I post here and have done for 10 years.

Of course it’s not my only source of guidance. I’ve...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2019, 03:52 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Agreed

After a lot of reading and a lot of data analysis I?m in complete agreement.

I?ll follow the Lycoming procedure and ream the exhaust valves. I?ll report back.

Thanks
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-01-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Surgery

Today I removed both valve springs to check for stuck valves and found both the intake and exhaust valves in perfect working order. Smooth gliding motion for full travel. So that’s something. I’ll...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks Tim

Tim, thanks for pointing out Mike?s write up. Just what I needed.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks guys,

Upon examination I found quite a bit of blue dye on the number 1 injector leading me to believe maybe it was partially plugged. I cleaned it again and flew for thirty minutes. No...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,333
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Engine stumble

Hi guys, I’ve recently completed another annual inspection. FWF I checked everything, removed and cleaned the fuel injection nozzles, cleaned the spark plugs, checked the mag timing..all the usual...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-29-2019, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,090
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Percent power and fuel flow down too

https://i.postimg.cc/2SzpVv2s/2-A3-CE58-E-8-E97-4-C67-AC33-E7048-AB1-EA40.png
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-29-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,090
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Other occurence

The other occurence is identical, but a little less...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-29-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,090
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Engine stumble help

Hi guys, I’ve recently completed another annual inspection. FWF I checked everything, removed and cleaned the fuel injection nozzles, cleaned the spark plugs, checked the mag timing..all the usual...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-25-2019, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,013
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same

I've got the same engine too. Always had the standard Niagara cooler mounted on the baffles behind the number 3 cylinder. No issues whatsoever. Rarely gets close to 200 degrees even in the height of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-02-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,099
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Empty

Empty, my 7 weight distribution is 500/501/67 in a level attitude.

The typical arms for payload and fuel for the RV7 are listed on Vansaircraft.com. Shouldn?t be much of an effort to calculate the...
Forum: Safety 03-21-2019, 02:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,929
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Safety trim

I have the safety trim system in my 7, Dual axis and its great. 3 seconds is more than adequate, I have the trim rate dialled down to half speed above 105 mph which is great for cruise trimming and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 600
Posted By Simon Hitchen
yeap

I did the same, I used a normal deburing tool lightly and then sanded down the entire spinner, then emery cloth, then super fine sandpaper, then buffing pads and finally polishing compounds. Turned...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-07-2019, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,921
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Yeap

I had the same issue with my Skyview, couldn?t isolate it at all and I tried everything.

Finally sent it back to Dynon, they knew the issue immediately and swapped out some of the circuitry and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 11:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Any time

Glad to help, I’ll take that beer �� at the HBC pavilion!

ATB

Simon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 05:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Too Kind

Too kind guys, thanks.

Gary! Nice to hear from you, have you painted your 6 yet? Clare asks about you often, will we see you at Oshkosh this year?

Simon
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
The lower fairing has a lip built into the front...

The lower fairing has a lip built into the front so it that fits under the top fairing.

https://i.postimg.cc/xTcKg1Nx/53-C2-E760-C835-489-C-A505-57-B8622-F60-B7.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
I went straight into the top longeron And tapped...

I went straight into the top longeron And tapped for 6-32 screws. I didn?t attach it to the HS. The only attachment to the HS is the most rearward screw on the top fairing because it just wouldn?t...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,894
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Three shots for you

Hi Dave, a friend of mine was at this exact stage and asked for a few photos of mine. I still have them so I’ll forward on to you. The fairing does take a lot of work to get right but it’s worth it....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,821
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Lots of online info

And guys I know this has been hashed out many times...https://i.postimg.cc/T1NtxK55/F9-DBAC37-7091-4-D10-A7-E3-C2-A3-EDC8-C66-B.png
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2018, 05:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,821
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Whole plane

For wnplt,

https://i.postimg.cc/BbkByxHt/64-E19-A93-97-C6-4582-BF05-00-B958-E33873.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2018, 05:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,821
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Cooling

Thanks guys,

Scott, thanks for your reply. I had many chats with the guys at the continental booth/Oshkosh this year about LOP ops. I was quite proud of the fact that at 50 degrees LOP my CHT’s...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,821
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Winter Ops

Thought I’d share my cold weather mod.

Up here in cold Canada I was having issues running too cold. The engine has always run cool but with an OAT of 5F I was running at 280 CHT at cruise.

First I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 856
Views: 1,088,950
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Top notch

I had the pleasure of looking over Don?s beautiful aircraft prior to the inspection. The workmanship is superb, I know it?ll fly as well as it looks.

Many congrats on finishing. See you up there!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2018, 03:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,055
Posted By Simon Hitchen
+1 for the trombone system

I installed the Vetterman trombone system on mine with the superior cold air induction. It?s a great system and allows exceptionally easy routing of the throttle and mixture cables directly under the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,317
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Talc

Jon jay, I?ve got a friend of mine who worked for Michelin tires for decades. He came round as i was changing a tire last week and saw me using a bit of talc. His expert opinion was that only the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-13-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 86
Views: 36,517
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Very sad

I’m over in the Uk and learned of this a few hours ago.

Very very sad, a huge loss. I bought an engine from Jon a few years back, he was a true gentleman.

So sad and upsetting.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-11-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,779
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Close-up take off

Dropped in on a friend a few days ago for lunch. On departure he took this video

Love the sound of these aircraft. IO-360 with a Vetterman trombone exhaust system.

https://youtu.be/muk8lFOzVGE
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,876
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks guys

I?ll replace the tire.

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,876
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Tire help please

Hi guys, I’m just into my first annual and I’ve found this cut on the outside of the tire. It’s an inch long, does the necessitate a new tire?

Many...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,404
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Beauty

Looks beautiful!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-10-2018, 06:19 AM
Replies: 778
Views: 536,726
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Ahhhhhh, yes.

Was a good show!

https://s15.postimg.cc/98f78jm2z/AE2_FBFC8-5634-4112-_B9_D9-991_CEEA10616.jpg
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2018, 02:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,718
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Mine too

Yeah, mine was per the plans and worked fine too.

I had a few of these moments during my build where I thought “surely I’m right and the plans are wrong”.. turned out to NEVER be the case LOL. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,758
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks

Thanks Tommy, much appreciated.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2018, 03:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,758
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Filters..

Hi Tommy, I?m having a noise issue with one of my LED lights. I?d appreciate a helping handwith a filter, how exactly did you construct one?

Many thanks

Simon
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-04-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 778
Views: 536,726
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Many years ago, as I started this build, I met a...

Many years ago, as I started this build, I met a gentleman who would become a close friend. He owned a picture perfect grass airfield and loved flying, people and life. One fine summer day he took...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2018, 05:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,774
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Epoxy

I used two part epoxy paint, decal pro fx for all the lettering then Matt clear coat over it all. Bullet proof.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2018, 05:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,075
Posted By Simon Hitchen
I tried that

Due to ease of installation I initially mounted the shutter on the rear of the cooler too but It didn?t work effectively. To raise the oil temperature I still had to tape the front of the cooler...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,824
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Same same

Max crosswind, half or no flaps and wheel landings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,075
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Yes indeed...

It would?ve melted by now....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 05:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,075
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Photos

I’ve just installed mine and it works great. I keep it closed until the oil temp reaches 180 then modulate it to keep it that way. I live up in Canada so it’s still cold, even at 20 degrees OAT it’s...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-07-2018, 06:50 AM
Replies: 3
LOP
Views: 1,213
Posted By Simon Hitchen
Thanks Guys

Great advice, thank you
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