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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,449
Posted By ericwolf
Craig - Yes, mine said E2315 also. Hopefully...

Craig - Yes, mine said E2315 also. Hopefully what I ordered will be the same thing - looked like it in the pictures.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2014, 08:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,449
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks Craig, now that I look at the pictures and...

Thanks Craig, now that I look at the pictures and my pump, I can see it would take some additional plumbing modification beyond dealing with the no return line. Since I just want to get back in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2014, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,449
Posted By ericwolf
This is timely as my older style pump suddenly...

This is timely as my older style pump suddenly locked up and blew a fuse. I will probably tinker with it first, but will probably end up getting a new pump. Does the new pump have the same distance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,793
Posted By ericwolf
John - Thanks a ton for posting your success. I...

John - Thanks a ton for posting your success. I had been putting up with this exact same issue for about a year. I did exactly what you did with reseating the ribbon cable. I was skeptical that it...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2011, 11:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,372
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks for sharing. The same thing happened to...

Thanks for sharing. The same thing happened to me on my first flight - http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=43207 . I SWEAR that I tightened the B-nut connecting the governor line...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2011, 04:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,068
Posted By ericwolf
There is a guy in my EAA chapter that developed...

There is a guy in my EAA chapter that developed his own line of "magic boxes" that can operate off of a land line or a track phone (cell tower service). Several guys in the chapter were used as a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2011, 10:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,064
Posted By ericwolf
Building a new set of tanks

After spending a week in Oshkosh camping next to my unpainted -8A, I'm strongly considering building a new set of tanks. Why? I am planning to have my airplane painted by the end of this year and...
Forum: Midwest 09-07-2010, 07:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 839
Posted By ericwolf
Racine, WI EAA838 Pancake Breakfast

My EAA chapter, EAA838 of Racine, WI will be hosting our annual Pancake breakfast on September 11 & 12 from 7:00AM - Noon. It will be inside the Southeastern Wisconsin Aviation Museum, part of our...
Forum: COMM 08-13-2010, 09:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,798
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks for posting that Chris. Maybe I will see...

Thanks for posting that Chris. Maybe I will see if they can upgrade the mic on mine. In addition to my issues with breaking the squelch, some people have told me that I sometimes sound quiet when I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2010, 07:35 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 25,948
Posted By ericwolf
The "weight" portion looks good to me. Good...

The "weight" portion looks good to me. Good point about the grove gear.

For the brake failure section, I would say what you have is well written, except maybe change the 25mph to 10-15mph. The...
Forum: COMM 08-12-2010, 02:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,798
Posted By ericwolf
Hmmm...this is an interesting topic for me. I...

Hmmm...this is an interesting topic for me. I have a Halo and love it, but my problem is that the mic is not hot enough. It works fine if I turn the squelch way down on my PM3000 intercom, but then...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2010, 09:35 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 25,948
Posted By ericwolf
Bill Palmer's summary I think does a good job of...

Bill Palmer's summary I think does a good job of comparing the two models. I slightly disagree with the brake failure / rudder steering comment. When I taxi, I use rudder and only feed in brake...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-06-2010, 07:01 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 25,948
Posted By ericwolf
There was an article in the RVator some time ago...

There was an article in the RVator some time ago stating that the -8A should actually be slightly lighter due to the heavy bar style gear of the -8 and the extra weight of the gear towers. I seem to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2010, 08:44 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,100
Posted By ericwolf
Interesting. For what it's worth, I'm an...

Interesting. For what it's worth, I'm an engineer that has worked with lots of things that have some sort of plenum. Plenum basically refers to any large chamber in an air/liquid circuit. I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2010, 10:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,688
Posted By ericwolf
I also flew in for the first time. Awesome...

I also flew in for the first time. Awesome experience. I can't imagine why anyone wouldn't register and get that fantastic mug. It was great to have Jeff park me in a sweet spot.

As Jeff said, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2010, 11:03 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 17,133
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks for the ideas. The studder is in the raw...

Thanks for the ideas. The studder is in the raw video. I copied a large (1.9GB) file to the camera via the USB cable and after settling out, it was transferring at 5.2MB/s, which I believe is well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2010, 09:14 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 17,133
Posted By ericwolf
I tried out my MD80 camera yesterday by duct...

I tried out my MD80 camera yesterday by duct taping it to my tie down ring under the left wing. I used some bunched up felt between the ring and camera to get the right angle. Overall, it seemed to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-19-2010, 07:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,463
Posted By ericwolf
Hi Michael - I bonded my canopy to the frame...

Hi Michael -

I bonded my canopy to the frame with Sikaflex. I decided to use the same Sikaflex to bond the skirts to the canopy. I did not use a gap for the skirts as I don't think that it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2009, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,779
Posted By ericwolf
My -8A is still perfect after 85 hours and 7...

My -8A is still perfect after 85 hours and 7 months. Still happy that I did it.
Forum: Autopilots 11-23-2009, 07:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,146
Posted By ericwolf
That's a fair description. I could gently move...

That's a fair description. I could gently move the stick from side to side and it would sort of tick in the direction that I was moving it.

For what it's worth, the problem slowly came on. It...
Forum: Autopilots 11-22-2009, 06:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,146
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks for the hint Rick. Another guy had a...

Thanks for the hint Rick. Another guy had a similar problem that gave me an idea to check the servo. I checked in on the ground and the servo appears to be trying to do something, but not moving...
Forum: Autopilots 11-21-2009, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,146
Posted By ericwolf
Trutrak Misbehavior

I have a Trutrak ADI Pilot II that I have been using since first flight 6 months ago. It has been great to me until recently. After engaging the autopilot, it flies true for a short while then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2009, 07:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,481
Posted By ericwolf
I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet...

I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned this yet - although I do enjoy cruising at 240 kts TAS @ 6 GPH, I think the best feature of the RV's is the fact that you don't have to clean the bugs off of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2009, 04:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,120
Posted By ericwolf
Just to qualify some of my statements, although...

Just to qualify some of my statements, although ELT's have no doubt saved some peoples lives, I believe more in the more effective technologies such as Spot. Our local CAP gave a presentation at our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2009, 09:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,120
Posted By ericwolf
I mounted the antenna in the aft fairing. I had...

I mounted the antenna in the aft fairing. I had my airplane inspected by the local FSDO. The inspector (who had a background in avionics) said that he thought the antenna should be mounted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2009, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,788
Posted By ericwolf
Congrats Don! Great picture also. I kind of...

Congrats Don! Great picture also. I kind of know what you mean about feeling moving from building to flying. However, if you are like the rest of builders, you will be sort of doing both for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2009, 07:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,991
Posted By ericwolf
For what it's worth, today my back seat was...

For what it's worth, today my back seat was occupied by a Navy pilot who flew in Vietnam and also flew for the airlines for a short time after the war. He couldn't stop complimenting the design and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2009, 12:32 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,936
Posted By ericwolf
Phil - You make a good point - if you are going...

Phil -

You make a good point - if you are going to be flying the thing well after first flight, you should know how to deal with emergencies anyway. IMHO, most of dealing with emergencies (i.e....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2009, 10:11 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 25,903
Posted By ericwolf
In 50 hours of flying my -8A, I discovered very...

In 50 hours of flying my -8A, I discovered very quickly that I feel a ~2 gallon difference in the tanks in the aileron trim. I generally trim it out, but it acts as a good reminder to switch tanks. ...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-07-2009, 09:10 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 26,765
Posted By ericwolf
I also thought the price for the engine and turbo...

I also thought the price for the engine and turbo system was exaggerated until I looked it up. Van's sells discounted certified IO-360A1B6's for $37k. MSRP from Lycomings website is ~$45k. As Ted...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-06-2009, 10:43 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 26,765
Posted By ericwolf
Where does the $62+ figure come from? I couldn't...

Where does the $62+ figure come from? I couldn't find it on their website, was it quoted at Oshkosh?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2009, 08:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,324
Posted By ericwolf
At my former job I designed a heat exchanger with...

At my former job I designed a heat exchanger with a Lexan (polycarbonate) piece bolted on. It had studs going through holes in the Lexan plate and nuts to hold it down. The mechanic who built it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-05-2009, 11:58 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,796
Posted By ericwolf
I guess that it depends on what you mean by...

I guess that it depends on what you mean by loading down an engine. As you apply more load to an engine at full throttle, the RPM will decrease and you will not be able to produce as much power. An...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-04-2009, 11:07 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 37,796
Posted By ericwolf
Exactly. HP is a unit of power, or force applied...

Exactly. HP is a unit of power, or force applied over a unit of time. Torque is not an independent and elusive property as some people seem to treat it.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-03-2009, 07:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,638
Posted By ericwolf
Out of curiosity, what is the empty weight of...

Out of curiosity, what is the empty weight of this machine?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2009, 11:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,407
Posted By ericwolf
Well said, I totally agree. I am currently...

Well said, I totally agree. I am currently helping on and off a couple of guys build a Sonex. It is somewhat of a nightmare and if it ever gets completed, I don't want to fly in it. Most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2009, 07:31 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 6,407
Posted By ericwolf
As others have probably told you already and will...

As others have probably told you already and will tell you - don't look at the project in its entirety, but rather many smaller projects. There were times throughout my project that I became...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-26-2009, 06:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,446
Posted By ericwolf
Just for another data point, I placed my stack on...

Just for another data point, I placed my stack on the left side and am very happy that I did. Paul made a good argument for the right side, but I'm still of the opinion that the fidgeting should be...
Forum: Midwest 07-23-2009, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,290
Posted By ericwolf
Looking for Hangars in Bartlett, IL area

I am considering moving to West Chicago suburbs or further West. I have a job opportunity and I would like to check out the area to help me make the decision. The job is in Bartlett, although I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2009, 11:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,798
Posted By ericwolf
OK, time for a dumb question. What are most...

OK, time for a dumb question. What are most people referring to with the hours - hobbs or tach hours?

I've been using tach hours for my oil changes since that makes sense to me.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-17-2009, 11:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,326
Posted By ericwolf
Steve, I was getting way too high oil temps with...

Steve,

I was getting way too high oil temps with my FADEC 180HP IO-360 in my -8A. I was getting around 230?F at 24"/2400 at ~55?F OAT. I tried the Setrab -113 based on other success stories and it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2009, 12:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,780
Posted By ericwolf
Pierre, This is how I would prefer to do it,...

Pierre,

This is how I would prefer to do it, however I currently have no present work. I'm a mechanical engineer and was laid off in January with no work since. It's not a good position to be in,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2009, 11:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,780
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks for all the great replies, I appreciate...

Thanks for all the great replies, I appreciate everyone's honesty and helpfulness. Thanks to the Sonex builders for providing feedback also. And thanks for the great post Stein, I don't look at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2009, 02:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,780
Posted By ericwolf
Builder Assist Center Idea - Input Needed

All ?

I?m considering opening a builder assist center with another guy (let?s call him Jon, because that?s his name) and am looking for input. It is actually Jon?s idea, he has a nice building...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-29-2009, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,640
Posted By ericwolf
Tom - Not sure if you saw my write up -...

Tom -

Not sure if you saw my write up - http://www.rv8.ch/files/RV-8CanopyGluingProcedure.pdf

I had some of the same concerns dealing with the ~2 hour time. I came up with a procedure to deal with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-27-2009, 07:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,888
Posted By ericwolf
Nice. She even has a clear and easy to read...

Nice. She even has a clear and easy to read attitude indicator.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-20-2009, 10:57 AM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,658
Posted By ericwolf
Unfortunately I can't help you here. I know very...

Unfortunately I can't help you here. I know very little about pumps.


What I meant was that the velocity will be much higher through two series coolers compared to two parallel coolers. Assuming...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-19-2009, 06:02 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,658
Posted By ericwolf
A little heat transfer theory...

I just read through the last couple pages of posts and since I'm an engineer and designed heat exchangers for 8 years, I figure that I should contribute.

A two pass cooler increases heat transfer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,518
Posted By ericwolf
I think that this is well said and puts into...

I think that this is well said and puts into perspective the difficulty of hitting a target at 500 yards / 1500'. I think that option C is still a real possibility since I believe in statistics - it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2009, 01:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,418
Posted By ericwolf
Gee I hope that your transition aircraft is...

Gee I hope that your transition aircraft is painted the same color as yours as well. I got transition training through Mike Seager in the RV-6A and insurance from Nationair through Global Aerospace....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2009, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,582
Posted By ericwolf
Mike - I have a FADEC controlled 180HP IO-360...

Mike -

I have a FADEC controlled 180HP IO-360 Mattituck engine in my -8A, now with 12 hours on it. I am getting very high oil temps - ~230?F in cruise (24"/2400 RPM) at 55?F OAT. Certainly this is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2009, 10:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,833
Posted By ericwolf
Thanks for posting this Kelley. I used sika on...

Thanks for posting this Kelley. I used sika on my -8A canopy and would do it again. There will be many people that will be dismissive of your test for various reasons. This stuff is very strong...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2009, 08:35 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 29,141
Posted By ericwolf
I'm currently in Phase I testing of my -8A. When...

I'm currently in Phase I testing of my -8A. When the aircraft is ready to fly Young Eagles, I definitely want to do it. It is something I believe in and look forward to doing it.
Forum: Midwest 05-15-2009, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,591
Posted By ericwolf
Pancake Breakfast Racine, WI (RAC)

I realize that I'm posting this as a late notice. EAA Chapter 838 is having its annual fundraiser Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 from 7:00-Noon. My newly flying RV-8A will...
Forum: Safety 05-08-2009, 08:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,003
Posted By ericwolf
Gee Paul, you didn't bring this up because of my...

Gee Paul, you didn't bring this up because of my first flight report (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=43207) did ya?;)


I'm glad that I'm not the only one that did this! I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2009, 08:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,620
Posted By ericwolf
Well I now have 4 flights on N184EW and 3 hours...

Well I now have 4 flights on N184EW and 3 hours hobbs time. Everything is great, except that CHT's are around 400 and oil temp is around 235. Hopefully it comes down as the engine breaks in.


Bill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2009, 10:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,620
Posted By ericwolf
First Flight Report (also keep first flights short)

On Sunday, May 3 the airplane that I have been building for 5 years, 3 months, and 10 days flew for the first time out of Racine, WI (RAC). I was the test pilot. There were a couple minor issues...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2009, 10:23 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,759
Posted By ericwolf
Milt, Good post and thanks for clarifying the...

Milt,

Good post and thanks for clarifying the wording on your website. I noticed this a long time ago, but I didn't say anything as to not "rock the boat". Maybe it's time to take it off your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2009, 06:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,969
Posted By ericwolf
No offense taken. I am very close to flying and...

No offense taken. I am very close to flying and I'm thinking of moving things around a bit during Phase 1 testing to correct for a CG that is further forward than I would like. My bird is currently...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2009, 11:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,969
Posted By ericwolf
Of course most of the paint weight is in the...

Of course most of the paint weight is in the wings, but the tail has a significant amount of surface area and a few extra pounds back there can make a difference. I'm looking for actual before &...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2009, 11:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,969
Posted By ericwolf
Paint Effect on CG

I have read plenty of posts on the effect of paint on empty weight (~10-30 lbs), but what about the CG? I assume that it would shift it back, but how much have you seen?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-28-2009, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,868
Posted By ericwolf
Mike, I don't think there is a need to add 1/4"...

Mike,

I don't think there is a need to add 1/4" space for the angles. I think the best way is to just buy the battery and layout the angles with the battery in place to make sure that you get a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2009, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,574
Posted By ericwolf
As others have said, wait as long as you can to...

As others have said, wait as long as you can to rivet the forward deck skin. I waited until I had to mount the windscreen.

When I riveted the forward deck skin, I had the panel installed with all...
Forum: Autopilots 04-21-2009, 08:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,625
Posted By ericwolf
Good to find out that it isn't just me. I...

Good to find out that it isn't just me. I searched for it and couldn't find it. Thanks guys.
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