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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 05:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 390
Posted By plehrke
That sure keeps those valves clean looking. One...

That sure keeps those valves clean looking.
One thing I am looking forward to in the new aviation fuel is the elimination of lead deposits on valves and spark plugs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,444
Posted By plehrke
Congratulations Now you also change from saying...

Congratulations

Now you also change from saying you are a builder to saying you are a test pilot.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Yesterday, 01:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 778
Posted By plehrke
Completely agree. Just to pick on the liability...

Completely agree.

Just to pick on the liability issue. If I have a forced landing from an engine out, can my insurance carrier deny coverage based on the Hartzel or Lycoming statements about my EI...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2022, 04:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,350
Posted By plehrke
In my 6A I have same set up as you and yes, I get...

In my 6A I have same set up as you and yes, I get a very pronounced stream of warm air. I only have it on passenger side (for the wife) but feel it fine on pilot side even with battery box and fuel...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,906
Posted By plehrke
Brad, What is in the free VFR database? ...

Brad,
What is in the free VFR database?
Sectionals? Airport diagrams? Ground obstacles?
Forum: Steam Gauges 11-28-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,196
Posted By plehrke
Reason why I will not post my experience over...

Reason why I will not post my experience over last 16 years with my fuel gages.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2022, 01:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,509
Posted By plehrke
Open ended wrench will work fine. NO adjustable...

Open ended wrench will work fine. NO adjustable wrench please.
I do have the quick drain show in post above and highly recommend.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 629
Posted By plehrke
Long thread of the cutaway art...

Long thread of the cutaway art here
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=38927&highlight=Cutaway
Unfortunately looks like a lot of the art image links are no longer valid. Post 456...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2022, 07:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,617
Posted By plehrke
Fyi I have not bought one of the newer PC680s as...

Fyi I have not bought one of the newer PC680s as last one purchased was back in 2016. That being said, here is MY PC680 experience.

-My first PC680 lasted through build and first 200 hours (2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,452
Posted By plehrke
One issue I always think about is after a flight...

One issue I always think about is after a flight and engine is hot, how soon can I button up the cowl and throw blankets over the top and not “cooking” the cowl fiberglass? I have checked the cowl...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-23-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,617
Posted By plehrke
Is the SBS J16 also an Odyssey battery made by...

Is the SBS J16 also an Odyssey battery made by EnerSys? At aircraft spruce it is called PowerSafe but listed under Odyssey. Looks like it is the same as a PC680 but FAA PMA?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 763
Posted By plehrke
Laser HUD

There was a guy trying to make a HUD laser about 15-20 years ago. You mount a small laser projector on your glare shield and it draws the information at infinity on the back of your propeller. I...
Forum: Safety 11-22-2022, 05:09 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,010
Posted By plehrke
For those that are using the Forensic CO detector...

For those that are using the Forensic CO detector (or similar), what do you do with the detector after the 3 year life? Does it get pitched and need to buy a new one?
Any portable digital...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,942
Posted By plehrke
Happy retirement!

As a person new to retirement myself, I can vouch that it is everything you imagined it to be.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2022, 05:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,010
Posted By plehrke
Finished up Condion Inspection. Now that I...

Finished up Condion Inspection. Now that I crossed 1000 hours I am starting to do more preventative maintenance as well a some cosmetic fixes. The threads here on VAF forum were very helpful....
Forum: Tools 11-19-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,184
Posted By plehrke
What does gyroscopic mean in a screwdriver? Is...

What does gyroscopic mean in a screwdriver?
Is the battery removable?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2022, 05:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,720
Posted By plehrke
True aviation pioneer

Happy Birthday, Van!

Your airplane designs and company have been a game changer in experimental amateur built aviation and even in the larger general aviation sector. But just as important you have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2022, 04:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,758
Posted By plehrke
Total agree and one reason building a metal...

Total agree and one reason building a metal airplane is so much better than working with composites/fiberglass (and anything else that cures like proseal).

And your chance for mistakes...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,511
Posted By plehrke
I am simple so use one number for everything. I...

I am simple so use one number for everything. I have a Hobbs meter connected to an oil pressure sensor and use it for my pilot log book and maintenance logs. I don’t need to do any mandatory hourly,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-18-2022, 04:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 766
Posted By plehrke
To your question, yes, I would balance your your...

To your question, yes, I would balance your your wheel. I always balance all my wheels after a tire/tube change. Only takes a couple of minutes.
Will it help your shimmy issue? possibly but you...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-17-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By plehrke
Doing same but doing a few hose at each condition...

Doing same but doing a few hose at each condition inspection. Made may own but want to upgrade to Teflon.
I guess I won’t try and sell my fitting since you haven’t had any inquiries. I think making...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2022, 04:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,203
Posted By plehrke
Great to find the way your engine starts since...

Great to find the way your engine starts since not all Lycoming engines need the exact same procedure. I remember years back when going through the learning curve to start my engine it was a great...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-16-2022, 04:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 407
Posted By plehrke
Down for maintenance

They were down for maintenance. See below.
Got email a few hours ago they are back up now
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,758
Posted By plehrke
Building I don’t cut on the line. I cut just...

Building
I don’t cut on the line. I cut just short of the line and hand file to the line. I know it takes a lot of extra time but I still do it because I always have.
Drilled holes at #40 then...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,584
Posted By plehrke
Truly the first question to be answered....

Truly the first question to be answered. Definitely a fuzzy line these days.

I define as anything that is not flight critical therefore my “avionics master” is one switch that I can flick to get...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-10-2022, 10:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,426
Posted By plehrke
What rpm do you idle at during warm up before...

What rpm do you idle at during warm up before taxi?
I always wonder the trade of a bit higher rpm to warm faster and therefore less time at idle or low rpm idling which will take a bit more time to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-10-2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,426
Posted By plehrke
I just have a dual 200W pad Rief heater that gets...

I just have a dual 200W pad Rief heater that gets the oil up above “cold” to “warm” after an hour or two. I use cell phone switch to turn it on from home.
I stick a 100w incandescent light bulb up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 838
Posted By plehrke
Won’t know for a few years until this year’s kits...

Won’t know for a few years until this year’s kits get completed. As they said, they were doing half that (400-500) kits just last year.
Forum: Safety 11-03-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,478
Posted By plehrke
I carry phone when I crawl inside airplane. Since...

I carry phone when I crawl inside airplane. Since I am no longer as flexible as I used to be, I am worried I may not be able to get out.



Being in a metal hangar does no good to cell coverage. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2022, 05:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 994
Posted By plehrke
I do same. If logged into your account you can...

I do same. If logged into your account you can add stuff to your cart that stays there it seems indefinitely so just add stuff that I need in future and when I get enough I buy what I have in cart....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-27-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By plehrke
The Report Card and Tend report are not free....

The Report Card and Tend report are not free. Only free plots are pretty much the same you get in the plotting software from your engine analyzer vender.

In the Trend Report are there options on who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2022, 04:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,717
Posted By plehrke
Same here. Took dock delivery for kits and engine.

Same here. Took dock delivery for kits and engine.
Forum: Propellers 10-26-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,270
Posted By plehrke
How does anyone know their prop was not standing...

How does anyone know their prop was not standing on end in the truck all the way from the factory?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2022, 07:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,322
Posted By plehrke
I did same last year replacing American-king with...

I did same last year replacing American-king with ACK-04. Note in Addition to above is telephone cable from ELT to remote can be used but there is an adapter that needs to be used that comes with the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2022, 05:33 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,871
Posted By plehrke
I am guessing belt life is a function of heat...

I am guessing belt life is a function of heat (including heat cycles), belt tension, belt quality (brand, material, manufactured on Friday or Monday), belt load, belt cycles of changing RPM, plus...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 10-25-2022, 05:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,096
Posted By plehrke
Are there any post flight pictures of the...

Are there any post flight pictures of the horizontal tail and elevator? I am interested in seeing how damaged they were and still able to fly home and land with a go around. Amazing the elevator did...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-24-2022, 07:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,269
Posted By plehrke
Great Blook. The pictures were amazing and...

Great Blook. The pictures were amazing and knowing that photos never do justice to the views we get from flying our RVs, it had to be …………….., and ……………., Even more …………….., or even maybe …………..
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-23-2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 783
Posted By plehrke
Follow the trail from stick to control surface...

Follow the trail from stick to control surface checking each element, joint, and bearing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,247
Posted By plehrke
I would never use bonded on nuts for anything...

I would never use bonded on nuts for anything that you have no access to the back side and definitely not were you have dozens required to work. That just multiples the chance of an issue and at some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2022, 05:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,308
Posted By plehrke
Since you ordered a -10 kit and therefore you are...

Since you ordered a -10 kit and therefore you are going to be builder, by the time you have both airplanes fully assembled you no doubt will have work benches, cabinets, and many free standing tools...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2022, 04:19 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,930
Posted By plehrke
Peak colors here in STL looks like it will be in...

Peak colors here in STL looks like it will be in next week or two. Of coarse I took the round about way to get to the picture location (blue dot)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-14-2022, 02:03 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,211
Posted By plehrke
The whole thing is a farce as the passengers have...

The whole thing is a farce as the passengers have no idea what that means or really what kind of risk they are taking. It can be widely different from one EAB to another even if same kit. Plus by the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2022, 05:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 19,710
Posted By plehrke
Not many RV-8s have round instruments. Can you...

Not many RV-8s have round instruments. Can you upgrade the panel?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2022, 05:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,641
Posted By plehrke
Dis-owning is an awfully strong word. I built a...

Dis-owning is an awfully strong word.
I built a pre prepunched kit from 1997. I have never felt dis-owned or abandoned by Vans in the 25 years since. Everything I have ever needed to support my 6A...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,848
Posted By plehrke
Which is why sliders out sell tip-ups and tail...

Which is why sliders out sell tip-ups and tail dragger builders/fliers are always commenting on tri-gear.
Now we can really get the popcorn popping on this thread.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,848
Posted By plehrke
What ever shoes I have on at the time I decide to...

What ever shoes I have on at the time I decide to go fly. Maybe if you can’t get a feel for the rudder pedals you need to move your seat forward. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2022, 05:12 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,996
Posted By plehrke
If you got kids, sorting washers sounds like a...

If you got kids, sorting washers sounds like a great game to get them involved. You just need to use a bit of Huck Finn logic.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-29-2022, 05:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,303
Posted By plehrke
It all starts with what are the loads on the...

It all starts with what are the loads on the aircraft and then how are those loads distributed throughout the airframe. In my 37 years of aircraft design, loads can be one of the most debated things...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-28-2022, 01:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,303
Posted By plehrke
Terry is correct but one other thing to be aware...

Terry is correct but one other thing to be aware of is that in aviation at limit load (no safety factor), the structure is allowed to deform permanently, it just cannot fail. Therefore if you exceed...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2022, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,979
Posted By plehrke
Has anybody looked at difference in hole...

Has anybody looked at difference in hole roundness between air and chordless? I would think the lower rpm of chordless could potential cause non-round holes. Maybe not too big deal on rivets but for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,314
Posted By plehrke
Call a broker. You will get way better and...

Call a broker. You will get way better and specific information to your situation from them then you will get here on the forum. I highly recommend Arthur Gallagher and talk to Leah.
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2022, 05:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,979
Posted By plehrke
With kits changing so may the tools. Back when I...

With kits changing so may the tools. Back when I built my 6A before prepunched holes and early, slow, short battery life chordless drills it was a no brainer to use air drill.
I love my air drill...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2022, 05:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,260
Posted By plehrke
Not as good as riveted. The major aircraft...

Not as good as riveted. The major aircraft manufacturer I worked for didn't allow using them on production aircraft for that reason.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2022, 05:02 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,660
Posted By plehrke
I have a 1” hole with a metal snap plug. The hole...

I have a 1” hole with a metal snap plug. The hole was originally 3/4” and I spent sometimes 20-30 minutes getting hole and valve stem lined up and valve cap removed through that little hole. It would...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-12-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,243
Posted By plehrke
Do forum search and you should get quite a few...

Do forum search and you should get quite a few hits.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,660
Posted By plehrke
Caps keep dirt and brake dust out of the stem...

Caps keep dirt and brake dust out of the stem opening. That dirt is pushed into the valve when putting air in. There is potential for that dirt to hold the value open causing a value stem leak.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-10-2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,081
Posted By plehrke
My order for tempest AA48109 has just shipped...

My order for tempest AA48109 has just shipped according to email from Aircraft Spruce plus I have a charge to my credit card. I ordered them on august 5 and told then that they would ship on Sept 12....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 01:45 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,238
Posted By plehrke
I believe trailblazing is very cyclical. It...

I believe trailblazing is very cyclical. It starts with people in their garage (in aviation that is us), moves to small entrepreneurs selling to people in their garage, then [maybe] catches on with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,238
Posted By plehrke
Did you watch the AvWeb’s Paul Bertorelli...

Did you watch the AvWeb’s Paul Bertorelli interview of Paul Millner? (https://www.avweb.com/multimedia/paul-millner-on-avgas-market-realities/)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 05:53 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,238
Posted By plehrke
According to an interview that AvWeb’s Paul...

According to an interview that AvWeb’s Paul Bertorelli (https://www.avweb.com/multimedia/paul-millner-on-avgas-market-realities/) did with a guy in the avgas industry, refineries make good profit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2022, 07:32 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,238
Posted By plehrke
It will be like ADSB, 406mz ELTs, etc were very...

It will be like ADSB, 406mz ELTs, etc were very few make switch (spend money) until they absolutely have to either by previous option goes away or they mandate all must make change. And even then it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-06-2022, 03:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,592
Posted By plehrke
4 years old since you put it on or 4 years since...

4 years old since you put it on or 4 years since you bought it? Tires sitting around can dry out even if not in use. Goodyear says auto tires can crack from dry rot in 5-6 years greatly depends on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,322
Posted By plehrke
I am sure Lycoming will be as quick to embrace...

I am sure Lycoming will be as quick to embrace and approve changes in engine operations and maintenance as they have been in the past.

My guess is that if current published procedures do not hurt...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-04-2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 19,509
Posted By plehrke
It seems at my airport there are quite a few Cubs...

It seems at my airport there are quite a few Cubs and Cub clones that just fly the pattern as well as a Cherokee 140 that never gets more than a couple miles from the airport. These are flown mostly...
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