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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 04:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,027
Posted By Ironflight
This is what I generally do - replaced one last...

This is what I generally do - replaced one last week using this technique, and it was very quick.
Forum: RV-15 Today, 04:40 PM
Replies: 56
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,701
Posted By Ironflight
The S21 is a totally different sized airplane...

The S21 is a totally different sized airplane than the -15….the Sportsman is a reasonably close comparison.
Forum: RV-6/6A Today, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 353
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - it IS bad for the avionics! Many have used...

Yes - it IS bad for the avionics! Many have used a heavy fabric cover that goes from the panel to the sub-panel, velcroed in place to divert the water from getting into the expensive stuff. It...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 10:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,982
Posted By Ironflight
Just to close the loop on this - my neighbor read...

Just to close the loop on this - my neighbor read through the thread, and together we looked for potential grounding problems. Cleaned up a few places where ground wires were on painted surfaces, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,626
Posted By Ironflight
No - its not required by the FAA at all. However,...

No - its not required by the FAA at all. However, I have done more Flight Advisor consultations than I can remember, and you’d be surprised at how many experienced professional pilots decide that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,193
Posted By Ironflight
Condor - Like you and your Dad, I never liked the...

Condor - Like you and your Dad, I never liked the old oil screens - and I rejoiced when I got my first engine with a spin-on filter. But technology changes - I have spent a lot of time the past week...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,193
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, its about a 50/50 split between the 108...

Actually, its about a 50/50 split between the 108 filters and the 110 filters (one has the nipple, the other doesn’t) in the RV world in my experience.
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2022, 07:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 734
Posted By Ironflight
You might not like this (but you HAVE to fix this...

You might not like this (but you HAVE to fix this problem….) - you can change those switches to standard toggles instead of lever locks. Or move the switches.

These are the kinds of things that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,193
Posted By Ironflight
Rather than start a FOURTH thread on the topic -...

Rather than start a FOURTH thread on the topic - there are already three running on re-usable oil filters here on the forums - do a VAF search for “S-15” and you’ll find a bunch of info on what folks...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 14,775
Posted By Ironflight
The S15 “as-is” does not have a nipple, and the...

The S15 “as-is” does not have a nipple, and the 110-1 does - so if you are trying to replace a 110-1, you ned to also by the 3/4x16 x 3/4x16 nipple that K&P sells.

An yes, the K&P S15 has a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 14,775
Posted By Ironflight
So just to add to the database…. I have been...

So just to add to the database…. I have been researching these filters for a magazine article, and it does appear that all of the units that look the same are being manufactured by K&P - but not all...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-08-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,982
Posted By Ironflight
Help us solve a weird Rotax problem!

OK, this might be the first time I have ever posted in the R-12 forum…. But I just don’t have much experince in working on Rotaxes (except in my old jet ski days), and I have a neighbor with a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By Ironflight
“I wish I had less horsepower!”…..said no pilot,...

“I wish I had less horsepower!”…..said no pilot, ever! :)

But honestly, the difference in performance between the two (assuming you;re talking angle valve to angle valve) is going to be pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,969
Posted By Ironflight
As interesting as this is getting, it has gone...

As interesting as this is getting, it has gone completely off the track of the original post, so I think we’ll close it….
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 14,775
Posted By Ironflight
So I have two engines with angle adapters, and...

So I have two engines with angle adapters, and two with straight back adapters….and the way I remember it is that the angle adapters use filters with the anti-drain back flapper (108), and the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By Ironflight
Need More Info….

What brand of alternator, and is it internally or externally regulated?
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-06-2022, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 718
Posted By Ironflight
An even si miler way, and a way to make sure that...

An even si miler way, and a way to make sure that the avionics works as stated, is to use Steinair as an escrow agent. Info on their web site I think - or give them a call.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-06-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 14,775
Posted By Ironflight
Condor - you can find K&P’s discussion of microns...

Condor - you can find K&P’s discussion of microns and filtration comparison to paper in their FAQ’s:

https://kandpengineering.com/faqs/

I have a call in to Challenger (who site K&P as their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2022, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By Ironflight
Generally, a Zero-G parabola is fun to do, but...

Generally, a Zero-G parabola is fun to do, but not easy to do precisely without practice. It is more challenging to do with a non-aerobatic airplane like your -9A, because you have pitch limits to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,739
Posted By Ironflight
Pretty much any AoA system is superior to a...

Pretty much any AoA system is superior to a vane-type stall switch, and for my purposes, I have no need for one, since I use AoA on all my planes.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-05-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,369
Posted By Ironflight
So this begs the question - what engine IS going...

So this begs the question - what engine IS going on the S-21 now?!?!? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,969
Posted By Ironflight
Just reading these posts, I’d make one comment...

Just reading these posts, I’d make one comment that is not in any way intended to criticize the OP, but something that those who haven’t been in to OSH a bunch of times might not know. Don’t worry...
Forum: RV-3 08-04-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,547
Posted By Ironflight
I brute forced the project Larry - I ordered four...

I brute forced the project Larry - I ordered four of each size from -21 to -9 from B&B and had enough of everything, plus a bunch left over (I was low on stock anyway, and they are cheap, so it all...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,568
Posted By Ironflight
Good question - and good point! We’ve got...

Good question - and good point! We’ve got single-arm steering links on al our RV taildragger. They aren’t solid - they have springs to add a little flexibility - but pretty darn stiff.

Our big load...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,920
Posted By Ironflight
One year, I actually took a bent aluminum tent...

One year, I actually took a bent aluminum tent pole to Emergency Aircraft Repair, and they were happy to let me use their bench vice to bend it back into shape….. full service! ;)

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,920
Posted By Ironflight
That’s a very generous thought, and the EAA has...

That’s a very generous thought, and the EAA has had it for many years! They have an outstanding facility and group of volunteers that provide “Emergency Aircraft Repair” on the grounds, and while...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,568
Posted By Ironflight
Correct! Original -8 and original -6...

Correct! Original -8 and original -6 rudders…..both folded.
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,568
Posted By Ironflight
So long as the rudder is within about 25 degrees...

So long as the rudder is within about 25 degrees of center, the tailwheel is locked to the rudder (for steering). So if you have you’re tailwheel straight on the ground, the rudder will be locked to...
Forum: Safety 08-03-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,568
Posted By Ironflight
VAF Forum Policy says that if you want to suggest...

VAF Forum Policy says that if you want to suggest to EAA how to do something, you do it on their forum. And fortunately, a thread has been started over there to discuss exactly...
Forum: Safety 08-03-2022, 06:18 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,568
Posted By Ironflight
All our RV’s (two of which were at the show this...

All our RV’s (two of which were at the show this year) are taildraggers, and we let the tailwheel locking pin hold the rudder. We generally use seat belts for the elevator/aileron. In twenty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2022, 04:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,547
Posted By Ironflight
Generally speaking, Wednesday is the day that...

Generally speaking, Wednesday is the day that lots of homebuilt start packing up and departing, so yup - plenty of holes in which to park!
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 820
Posted By Ironflight
I love the dead grass picture!

I love the dead grass picture!
Forum: Midwest 07-31-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,040
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - it costs almost nothing extra to stay...

Yup - it costs almost nothing extra to stay another night, and my Friday mid-morning departure had me alone on the taxiway and runway from the moment I started up. Stress-free…..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By Ironflight
Theater in the Woods Video - Van’s at 50

In case you want to see/re-see the Van’s 50th celebration that was held at Theater in the Woods on Monday night, it is now available on the EA web...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,739
Posted By Ironflight
Let’s see - the answer to your first question is...

Let’s see - the answer to your first question is an emphatic “yes!!” - we have AoA in all five of our flying aircraft, and the only thing I use the ASI for is to make sure I am slow enough to deploy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,452
Posted By Ironflight
I left South St. Paul (Fleming) this morning at...

I left South St. Paul (Fleming) this morning at 0600, scooted around the southern edge of the MSP Class B, climbed to 6500 and headed for Hot Springs. Didn’t like the 20 knot headwind, climbed to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,166
Posted By Ironflight
If I understand some conversations I heard...

If I understand some conversations I heard correctly, Tempest is and has been making filters at the same rate as always, and shipping them. The problem is that Champion’s output dropped to zero, and...
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 04:10 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,835
Posted By Ironflight
I think Rian is working on shaping the stick so...

I think Rian is working on shaping the stick so that you can get in and out with your legs going between the stick and the seat. When I have climbed in to the -15, we always pushed the seat back,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2022, 04:03 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,452
Posted By Ironflight
The Valkyrie was camped right across the road...

The Valkyrie was camped right across the road from Van’s tent all week, so she definitely didn’t want to move out of the main gear divots when the Viking horn blew that it was time to charge for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,556
Posted By Ironflight
This is how the larger, more sophisticated kit...

This is how the larger, more sophisticated kit companies have ben doing it since the days of the Christen Eagle, and essentially the way that Van does it - hardware is packaged by sub-assembly or...
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2022, 07:40 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,835
Posted By Ironflight
I agree - I have sat in the airplane and operated...

I agree - I have sat in the airplane and operated the flap handle, and the overhead is simple to operate, simple to engineer, and you can get a lot of weight advantage when trying to extend those...
Forum: Midwest 07-26-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,040
Posted By Ironflight
Based on the event I did last year, I’d expect it...

Based on the event I did last year, I’d expect it to be available in a few days - they do record and post the links. But I don’t have any specifics for you at this time.
Forum: RV-15 07-25-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,527
Posted By Ironflight
Kitplanes Exclusive RV-15 Coverage!

With the RV-15 sitting in the Van’s booth, welcomed by a crowd that reminded us of Lindberg’s appearance in Paris, we were given the OK by Van’s COO Greg Hughes to release the link to our exclusive...
Forum: Midwest 07-23-2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,040
Posted By Ironflight
We took a drive this evening from our rental...

We took a drive this evening from our rental house out Omro Road ( about five miles northwest of KOSH), through Oshkosh and down along the lake to Penells (for perch!), looking for an open...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-22-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 755
Posted By Ironflight
And if ACS is out of stock on something, B&B...

And if ACS is out of stock on something, B&B Airparts is another good place to check….
Forum: Midwest 07-22-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,972
Posted By Ironflight
Mikey and the Val Are Here!

Louise and I landed Thursday afternoon and are parked over near the Van’s tent by HBHQ (at least for now….). Hanging out in HBC Friday, and around the show all next week - hope to see lots of...
Forum: RV-15 07-19-2022, 08:02 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,835
Posted By Ironflight
Besides, you’re in Australia, which means that...

Besides, you’re in Australia, which means that the wing on the RV-6 is already upside down relative to the factory…. :D
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-19-2022, 07:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 371
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Mickey - check your PM’s - this might be...

Hey Mickey - check your PM’s - this might be exactly what I was looking for!
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,835
Posted By Ironflight
Let’s see….there are now 26 pages on this thread...

Let’s see….there are now 26 pages on this thread alone - do you think folks are interested in seeing something - ANYTHING - related to the RV-15? If the airplane is there, I suspect the Van’s tent...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-16-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By Ironflight
Right on your thigh…right?! :)

Right on your thigh…right?! :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,121
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting - I’ve used nothing but the Rapco’s...

Interesting - I’ve used nothing but the Rapco’s for years and never had a problem. Usually get several years out of a set on each of the planes. What kind of issues have you had? Just curious…..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2022, 09:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 513
Posted By Ironflight
Do a search for “bent stick” (or maybe just...

Do a search for “bent stick” (or maybe just “bent” - the search function is wonky…) in the Rv-8 forum, and you’ll find lots of information on what folks have done.
Forum: Safety 07-16-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,819
Posted By Ironflight
Feel lucky that they’re just deer…out here, we’ve...

Feel lucky that they’re just deer…out here, we’ve got wild horses!!

(And then there are the coyotes chasing jackrabbits….)
Forum: West (and Southwest) 07-15-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 410
Posted By Ironflight
Probably the best thing you can do is to find an...

Probably the best thing you can do is to find an EAA FLight Advisor to talk with about your specific experience, goals, and options - no two builder/pilot’s situations are the same, and generic...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,408
Posted By Ironflight
While I don’t doubt your boat experience, I’d...

While I don’t doubt your boat experience, I’d point out that if your airplane is moving around at the tie-down as much as a boat moves at a pier, you’ve got some real problems! Airplane tie-downs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2022, 11:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,408
Posted By Ironflight
This - we carry climbing carabiners that we know...

This - we carry climbing carabiners that we know will fit through our tie-downs, and that gives us a larger interface to whatever we find on the ground….

Check REI or your other favorite climbing...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-13-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,205
Posted By Ironflight
Depends on what you call a top overhaul. To most,...

Depends on what you call a top overhaul. To most, that means replacing all the jugs - price four jugs, and you’ve got the parts costs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,354
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve been flying with an EarthX on the firewall...

We’ve been flying with an EarthX on the firewall of our Tundra for about five years with no problems or difficulties. The FAA Considers them “ready for prime time”, having certified them for use on...
Forum: RV-15 07-10-2022, 07:12 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,835
Posted By Ironflight
It’s a stabilator, not a horizontal...

It’s a stabilator, not a horizontal stab.




Uhhhh…from a Tundra builder and owner….no. Just No…… (Besides, the company is no longer actually doing business, and last I was told, the assets are for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-07-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,204
Posted By Ironflight
What goes around, comes around …. This is pretty...

What goes around, comes around …. This is pretty much the exact procedure every mechanic used when all engines had oil screens instead of spin-on, disposable filters back in “the day”….and yes, I am...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-06-2022, 03:32 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,204
Posted By Ironflight
Just ordered one for each Lycoming….

I’ve been impressed that these are used on teh certified helicopters I’ve been flying, and talked with the school mechanic about how he likes them - all positive!

I’ve thought about these for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-04-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,364
Posted By Ironflight
Probably not your case, but the -8 is well known...

Probably not your case, but the -8 is well known to give a fuel smell with full tanks in the pattern because it burps a little fuel out the tank vents, and this migrates into the under-wing passenger...
Forum: COMM 07-03-2022, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,043
Posted By Ironflight
I’m using a V16 in my little jet, with the round...

I’m using a V16 in my little jet, with the round 2 1/4” two-knob head, and yeah…it is quirky to use! Works as designed, it is just a bit unforgiving. Fortunately it is tied to the MGL EFIS, and that...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-02-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 550
Posted By Ironflight
Sure, many, many folks have done this - including...

Sure, many, many folks have done this - including us. Just move the support brackets - search the forums for pictures - there are lots of them.
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