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Forum: Virtual Hangar Yesterday, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 673
Posted By LouFly
Thumbs up Really appreciate you posting this Mark. I'm on...

Really appreciate you posting this Mark. I'm on somewhat of a parallel path behind you with our RV6A. Interesting you had left the manual flaps and trim...I was thinking of going electric.
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-05-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 16
CG
Views: 835
Posted By LouFly
IO-320 Hartzell CSP Slider Steam Gauge IFR 1105...

IO-320 Hartzell CSP Slider Steam Gauge IFR 1105 lb. 71.5 in.
Good point, yes, possible to load aft of CG with pax, full baggage and lower fuel.
100 lb. is a lot of baggage though.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 812
Posted By LouFly
"You can always get an external engine heating...

"You can always get an external engine heating system that blows hot air into the cowl."

True - but some hangar agreements only allow "installed" preheaters to be used when the tenant or owner is...
Forum: RV-15 08-06-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 234
Views: 33,135
Posted By LouFly
Slats

Fixed slats are awesome until you're going somewhere. I don't know that the A-4 gravity slats would make sense but the Belite 'Chipper' (RIP) was going to have removable slats. Fly 200 nm, then...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 778
Posted By LouFly
Question Van's Fuel Valve Recommended Maintenance

20 yo original Van's Fuel Valve in RV-6A. Doesn't seem too stiff -- no issues. In Vic's seminar he recommended a PM I think. Any recommendations for PM -- simple lubrication, or take apart and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-19-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,244
Posted By LouFly
Smile Base Leg - book and youtube

I recently got a couple books on building EA-Bs that were supposed to be the "Bible" and was a little disappointed.

Got my copy of Vic's book today and it's great. I skimmed it and am looking...
Forum: Safety 07-19-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,387
Posted By LouFly
<<When we designed the aural AOA logic, we...

<<When we designed the aural AOA logic, we mimicked the system McDonnell had in the F-4>>

I wonder why they dropped it after the F-4. Lots of documented base turn accidents since then.
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,144
Posted By LouFly
RV-14 cruise speed higher than RV-9.

as a nonbuilder not sure how much the kit refinement makes in ease of build, but I think the RV-14 will be a much better long term market value.
Forum: California 07-12-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 680
Posted By LouFly
Thanks for the feedback. Looks like a lot of...

Thanks for the feedback. Looks like a lot of great choices.
Forum: California 07-12-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 680
Posted By LouFly
Ontario CA area

Iím contemplating spending 4-6 months a year, maybe more as time goes on- in SoCal starting this fall. Interested in feedback on RV/EAB friendly airports, great EAA chapters and, of course, leads on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 07:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,487
Posted By LouFly
George, 1. What is this aftermarket team you're...

George,
1. What is this aftermarket team you're talking about? One of my (many) next projects is new maingear fairings and pants on my -6A.
2. I'm assuming you're saying RVG doesn't like the larger...
Forum: RV-4 06-28-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,656
Posted By LouFly
I got a reference from this forum for Pettit boat...

I got a reference from this forum for Pettit boat primer and paint. Very easy to apply and seems to be working well. I put it over a thin (not diluted) layer of epoxy.

Tried the tinting with poor...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-27-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
With help from VAF, Vetterman and others-- have...

With help from VAF, Vetterman and others-- have made a lot of progress and helped also with my confidence in solving problems with the '6.

1. used the rubber hose / stainless tube exhaust mount. ...
Forum: Midwest 06-04-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 472
Posted By LouFly
Moe, check PM's

Moe, check PM's
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-30-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,784
Posted By LouFly
Thumbs up I was dreaming of an EarthX battery last year and...

I was dreaming of an EarthX battery last year and the same exact thought occurred to me. So I cut 43 lb of pilot weight over a few months and will install an Odyssey when the Concorde is shot.

The...
Forum: Safety 01-20-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 15,790
Posted By LouFly
I was flying a Cessna for a friend doing Young...

I was flying a Cessna for a friend doing Young Eagles. Spent 20 min encouraging an autistic boy to fly without success until on final about 300 AGL he gave the yoke death grip. Luckily I was twice...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
one problem for a flying RV is that it looks like...

one problem for a flying RV is that it looks like it will be really difficult to get a rivet squeezer between the lateral member of the engine mount and the flange at the bottom of the firewall. ...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Thanks Skid and Kyle. The #8 screws are definite...

Thanks Skid and Kyle. The #8 screws are definite food for thought. I have been close to making peace with getting the bottom hinges in and out, threading around the exhaust pipes, on my back in...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Plans Help

Looking for help from RV-6 builders...

Pretty pleased with fiberglass progress. Looking to do the job right --

Roger on bonding the piano hinge. Proseal, JB Weld. Probably use proseal as I think...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,878
Posted By LouFly
Stop Drilling in FG

I did some cowl work last year that cracked in a similar location and found stop drilling in FG to be completely ineffective unfortunately.

A flapper wheel on the dremel has turned to be the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-10-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
<Edited by moderator to conform to VAF rules> ...

<Edited by moderator to conform to VAF rules> Planning some crack repairs tomorrow. Current plan is to sand off the rest of the micro I left on there, bevel the cracks in x and y, and use flox in...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-08-2020, 07:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Problem #2 - Cowl Cracking

The immediate problem is that within a couple flights I started to get cracking at the trailing edge of the cowl where we'd bonded the scoop cowl on. (I know drilling out cracks in fg is not really...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-08-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Problem #1 - Filing w/ Micro

First problem. I filled the cowling with a mix of epoxy, micro and cabosil. Struggled to get a big enough batch. I used a Surform while in the "cheese grating" stage. and then when attempting to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-08-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 758
Posted By LouFly
Dan I have one it's very complete, it included a...

Dan I have one it's very complete, it included a new KN air filter, lots of hardware, etc. The bad news is that it may be a slightly different shape than your existing one. I bought one and decided...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Working on the inside of the cowl. Tried a thin...

Working on the inside of the cowl. Tried a thin layer of epoxy but decided to go ahead and paint. Brushed / rolled the Pettit boat primer/paint and self adhesive reflective stuff from ACS. Edges of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
I ground down to raw fiberglass and then "glued"...

I ground down to raw fiberglass and then "glued" the removable cowl down with flox & epoxy feathered the edges and laid 3 plies of bidi about 2" wide at the seam. I cut out the really warped pieces...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 09:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
The original bottom cowl was two piece. The aft...

The original bottom cowl was two piece. The aft was warped and had chronically pulled out the nutplates. Also studying the seam, it looked like going back to one piece would help create another 1/2...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 09:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
OK cowl was next. The inside was a mess. I...

OK cowl was next. The inside was a mess. I tried some of the recommended cleaners but in the end MEK and rags with thick rubber gloves seemed to help the best. After cleaning off the cowl could...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Next item is to address the exhaust. My 6A has...

Next item is to address the exhaust. My 6A has nice metalwork as built by an aviation sheet metal mechanic. But the custom exhaust mount was a problem. It allowed the port side pipe to touch and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
One of the first things I ran into was that the...

One of the first things I ran into was that the new Vans nose fairing interfered with my existing FAB. So now I dive into learning about fiberglass fabrication, thanks to Dan H and others. Notched...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 09:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
One of the next items was to replace the beat up...

One of the next items was to replace the beat up nose fairing and work to get a better fit than we had in the past. Van's parts are not cheap but their prices sure beat certified parts. Also in...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2020, 08:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,904
Posted By LouFly
Red Tail 6A Fixes

After about 4 years of flying I decided it was time to take a bigger hammer to some of the chronic issues with the 6A this year. Like an old house, starting one project often gets you into other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2017, 07:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,074
Posted By LouFly
VF80

Longshot but if anyone knows of any VF80 survivors, please PM me. http://www.cv14.com/vipers.html. my buddy is John D Foy
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,074
Posted By LouFly
I remember hearing a story of a guy going #2 in a...

I remember hearing a story of a guy going #2 in a skyraider. canopy opened and wing saw crumpled maps flying out. :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2017, 07:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,074
Posted By LouFly
Not sure why the pic sometimes won't show in Edge...

Not sure why the pic sometimes won't show in Edge but does for me in Chrome. Using Google Photos.. all sharing settings seem OK. The look on John's face is amazing. A local blogger turned it into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,074
Posted By LouFly
Smile Old Eagles

Last weekend I was able to take an old F6F pilot up. Actually had to completely pick him up to get him in a 182 - said he didn't mind. He can't see well but I watched him feeling the controls. We...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2017, 09:16 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,901
Posted By LouFly
David, You are welcome to come fly with me in...

David,

You are welcome to come fly with me in the 6A anytime @ ksus. PM or text me a couple days ahead of most weekends. We have the quartering tailwind mod :-)))

Bob Miller
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-27-2017, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,182
Posted By LouFly
Thanks Gila. I looked at ACS - it actually looks...

Thanks Gila. I looked at ACS - it actually looks most like the Cleveland (ouch $559), I may dive into the builder documentation and see if I can find it to be sure.

Steve M - I'm just the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-27-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,182
Posted By LouFly
Leaky Parking Brake

We have a small leak coming from the parking brake manifold (1999 RV-6A) Is this repairable with an o-ring? I don't mind buying a new one it would just be interesting to understand what's going on,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2017, 02:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,769
Posted By LouFly
Something like this? We seem to have the same...

Something like this? We seem to have the same thing. Pilot's side LH cylinder. Pilots side RH cyl is dry. Fluid appears to be coming out where the piston exits the cyl. Also a tiny leak in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 17,236
Posted By LouFly
at the home drone, we have a recommended noise...

at the home drone, we have a recommended noise abatement alt of 1300 agl for pistons on the south rwy so that's standard, and the C/S RV6A at idle, full flaps and a little top rudder will make that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-20-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,934
Posted By LouFly
Yeah that looks like a phishing...

Yeah that looks like a phishing link.

https://lookaside.fbsbx.com/ ??
Forum: APRS Tracking 08-01-2017, 06:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,805
Posted By LouFly
Spot Tracker

Hey thanks for the feedback yall. I see Garmin has a nifty Inreach too.
Forum: APRS Tracking 07-18-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 12,805
Posted By LouFly
Question Spot Tracker

As the list of squawks on the 6A has shrunk was planning to use it for more remote adventures. The SPOT tracker seemed attractive and at $75 (50% off this summer) + $150 per yr sounded interesting...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-15-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 13,221
Posted By LouFly
Palmyra WI (88C) has one of the smoothest grass...

Palmyra WI (88C) has one of the smoothest grass strips I've been to and about a 100 yard walk to the typical WI family restaurant, Edge of Town Cafe. The business park is right over a berm, pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2017, 12:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,127
Posted By LouFly
Thumbs up Holy Game of Thrones!... I have an old...

Holy Game of Thrones!...

I have an old survival knife. Been thinking about mounting it to the airframe, Murphy says mine will be hard to reach upside down with one broken arm.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2017, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,665
Posted By LouFly
Unhappy Oh man. I feel like I spent a week last year in...

Oh man. I feel like I spent a week last year in that position working replacing the fuel line penetration thru the firewall due to a small crack. Oh well! There's no easy way out; no shortcut home!...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,665
Posted By LouFly
Question Avionics Question

Looking for advice on wiring. (Our avionics guy likes to avoid crawling under the panel).

We came into a good deal on a Gemini ADI which can show GPS track. It's pretty straightfwd to figure out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,214
Posted By LouFly
Thanks, appreciate the welcome. I had a modded...

Thanks, appreciate the welcome. I had a modded J-bar Mooney, manual flaps, manual spoilers for several years; simple spartan beautiful plane. Great plane; the RV6 is even more Cro Magnon and those...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-05-2016, 09:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,005
Posted By LouFly
6A Nosegear

Getting the feel of this 6A I've been developing a squawk list. Last couple of condition inspections have been in March via an experienced (though RV not so much) IA.

Getting a little manageable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2016, 07:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,214
Posted By LouFly
Talking LouFly

Hi All,

Been in aviation a while incl USN a while back and typ brand M, C, P, and B spamcans for family and business travel. Now that the four kids are moving towards - off - and beyond college I'm...
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