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Forum: RV-4 Today, 11:57 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,613
Posted By Ironflight
I just finished doing this on our -3, and with...

I just finished doing this on our -3, and with only one test flight in the box, I can still give a pretty definitive “yes” to the question. Our wooden stiffeners were on there from day one, and with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2022, 02:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,383
Posted By Ironflight
And while I agree with you that in most cases,...

And while I agree with you that in most cases, crimping is better than soldering in aircraft, as they always say “there are NO absolutes!!” :)

Even the acknowledged expert in aircraft wiring, Bob...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By Ironflight
Debris isn’t the problem - a flat tire and...

Debris isn’t the problem - a flat tire and scraping off the bottom two inches of the pant is the problem! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 300
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, I have often said that all our wheel paints...

Yes, I have often said that all our wheel paints have a paint color that can be matched with inexpensive rattle can colors because that way you will worry less about flying into grass or rough strips...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah….they are very compartmentalized though, so...

Yeah….they are very compartmentalized though, so make sure to send pictures to Chris!! :rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By Ironflight
Let’s Flood EAA With RV Pictures!

Many of you are aware that Airventure is going to be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Van’s Aircraft big-time on Monday, culminating in a two-hour session at Theater in the Woods (starting at 7:00...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-22-2022, 08:19 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,683
Posted By Ironflight
One of the things I find exciting about Teal’s...

One of the things I find exciting about Teal’s project is that we might finally get some long-term experience with these engines. The competition STOL guys have done great with them, but don’t fly as...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-21-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 456
Posted By Ironflight
Our host Doug Reeves used to sit backwards in...

Our host Doug Reeves used to sit backwards in Danny King’s back seat (RV-8) and got some great pictures- how he managed to turn around in there after takeoff, I don;t know….

For magazine shoots, we...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-21-2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 656
Posted By Ironflight
If you want to know exactly what you’ve got, give...

If you want to know exactly what you’ve got, give Lycoming a call - explain that you have a serial number, and they’ll be able to look up the build records. I did that with the factory Lyc on...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-19-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,683
Posted By Ironflight
Keep up the reports! I have flown other aircraft...

Keep up the reports! I have flown other aircraft with the Yamaha engines, and have wondered when someone would try one on an RV….so it will be great to hear your experiences. As has been pointed out,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2022, 08:42 AM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,165
Posted By Ironflight
Four and a half months for me over the past...

Four and a half months for me over the past winter for an N-Number reservation for our motor glider project. However….you could have gamed the system (if you’re not TOO picky) by simply sending in...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-16-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,639
Posted By Ironflight
For a gouge on what is currently available, might...

For a gouge on what is currently available, might be available, or used to be available, folks can start their research with Tom Wilson’s deep dive into the market in the Kitplanes Engine Buyer’s...
Forum: Rocket 06-16-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,006
Posted By Ironflight
After moving to northern Nevada from Texas, I...

After moving to northern Nevada from Texas, I have determined that when it comes to these aircraft, if you say “Rocket” west of Salt Lake, everyone assumes you’re talking about a Harmon, and if you...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-15-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,670
Posted By Ironflight
Just so the record is clear, you can power a...

Just so the record is clear, you can power a P-Mag with a 9 volt battery and get a good start….I’ve done it just to see if what Brad says works - and it does.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-13-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,090
Posted By Ironflight
Hey - I think I recognize that!! :) The heavy...

Hey - I think I recognize that!! :)

The heavy black “wrap” is actually thick heat-shrink tubing that was handy. Diameter adjustments might have been made with various wrap material that passed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2022, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,162
Posted By Ironflight
Steve - I’d consider making a “stud” sticking out...

Steve - I’d consider making a “stud” sticking out from the back of the panel - either with a CLickBond (or homemade) glue on stud, or drill a hole in the panel, put a screw through from the front...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2022, 11:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s a report I did on the GRT FLIR back when...

Here’s a report I did on the GRT FLIR back when it first became available:

https://www.kitplanes.com/seeing-in-the-dark/
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By Ironflight
Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel - but put drop...

Dremel tool with a cut-off wheel - but put drop clothes underneath to collect the dust and stuff - vacuum well afterwards.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-06-2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,926
Posted By Ironflight
For those looking for something to do Monday...

For those looking for something to do Monday night, it is going to be a celebration of Van’s 50th at Theater in the Woods - I think starting at 1900. Dan is going to kick off the RV Social early so...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 09:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 944
Posted By Ironflight
Make a pair of test leads with D-Sub pins and...

Make a pair of test leads with D-Sub pins and sockets on the end of two-foot-long pieces of wire. Then you can slip them on the pins (or in the sockets) one at a time at each end of the cable to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,631
Posted By Ironflight
From a work standpoint, it can be easy or hard,...

From a work standpoint, it can be easy or hard, depending on the engine you find to put on versus the one coming off. It’s always easy at the overview level - the devil is ALWAYS in the details when...
Forum: RV-3 06-05-2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 450
Posted By Ironflight
Our RV-3 flaps are full at about 35 degrees if I...

Our RV-3 flaps are full at about 35 degrees if I recall correctly (might be 40, but I’m not with the airplane right now). We use full flaps for all normal landings - maybe less if the cross-wind is...
Forum: Tools 06-05-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 899
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve actual;ly gotta couple of pieces of Tungsten...

I’ve actual;ly gotta couple of pieces of Tungsten that were never intended as bucking bars, but work great where they fit. One is a cube, sort of like the OP describes, and another is a cylinder that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2022, 08:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By Ironflight
We set many -5 rivets when we built our Xenos...

We set many -5 rivets when we built our Xenos spars using an old squeezer body on a bench-mounted custom yoke/frame. Works just fine. The factory-recommended method was to use a big hammer…so there...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-04-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 512
Posted By Ironflight
Unless there has been a recent software update...

Unless there has been a recent software update that I don’t know about…no. I have talked with programmers from all of the EFIS manufactures about P-Mag data display, and most have said “they’d look...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2022, 11:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,531
Posted By Ironflight
Getting to 550 that quickly….I have to echo the...

Getting to 550 that quickly….I have to echo the thoughts to check timing - in all my years of running these engines, that is what seems to quickly create very high temps most quickly. And it is so...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2022, 09:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,608
Posted By Ironflight
Assuming that your fairing configurations are the...

Assuming that your fairing configurations are the same before and after paint, I would find it hard to believe that the flow would change significantly enough to raise the stall warning by close to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,717
Posted By Ironflight
You can also get those exact ends from Vetterman...

You can also get those exact ends from Vetterman Exhausts - call and talk to Clint.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,142
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve done numerous sets of wheel pants without...

I’ve done numerous sets of wheel pants without the wings on the airplane - WAY easier to work on as you don’t hit your head on the lift generators every time you stand up…..

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,352
Posted By Ironflight
I try every day to remember that my ancestors a...

I try every day to remember that my ancestors a couple generations back moved through dense forest in northern Minnesota with EVERYTHING they owned contained in a single wooden chest - and survived...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-17-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 950
Posted By Ironflight
You might check out the November 2017 issue of...

You might check out the November 2017 issue of Kitplanes - I reviewed the -12iS that month, and did some comparing and contrasting with the earlier design….

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,251
Posted By Ironflight
As someone who has built kits from several...

As someone who has built kits from several different manufacturers, I can honestly say that both Vans system and the system where all hardware is delivered by specific types have their pluses and...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 969
Posted By Ironflight
I recently visited a kit manufacturer that...

I recently visited a kit manufacturer that alodines EVERYTHING - they make the parts, peel off the protective plastic, then run everything through the dip tanks before packaging. Not only does...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 553
Posted By Ironflight
I generally buy several RAPCO RA66-106 4 Packs...

I generally buy several RAPCO RA66-106 4 Packs from Aircraft Spruce when I ned pads - that way I always have the “in stock” when one of our airplanes needs them. Those are for the Clevelands of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,169
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Jim, The problem with directing you to...

Hi Jim,

The problem with directing you to drawings is that since all of these airplanes are homebuilt, there are many different throttle quadrants that could have ben used, and many builders do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,313
Posted By Ironflight
Hold on there a second….Lycomings move around a...

Hold on there a second….Lycomings move around a lot relative to their cowlings - that’s what those big rubber LORD mounts are for. The reason that flexible baffle seals are used to seal the baffle...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,920
Posted By Ironflight
Find a Good Mentor…

You’re correct that these engines are pretty simple, but there are lots of little tips and tricks that aren’t in the manual, are often things you just wouldn’t think of, and aren’t quite like...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-08-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 16,174
Posted By Ironflight
I have no idea where my originals might be, but...

I have no idea where my originals might be, but honestly - its a stick with a ball on one end, and a right-angle hook on the other….. the stick is an aluminum tube about 3/8” OD, the ball is a wooden...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-06-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,811
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been flying the Monkworkz generator on the...

I’ve been flying the Monkworkz generator on the back of the engine on my RV-8 for a couple of months now, and it has been flawless. With LED lighting, EFIS, modern radios….30 Amps is generally...
Forum: Autopilots 05-02-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Ironflight
Following up on this, and easy thing to do would...

Following up on this, and easy thing to do would be to change the torque value up and down just to see if you get different results.

Sorry I wasn’t more helpful yesterday - I had just gotten off a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-01-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,083
Posted By Ironflight
Correct - you can do it any way you wish. In the...

Correct - you can do it any way you wish. In the jet, the key energizes the master relay, so it actually IS the master switch.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-01-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,083
Posted By Ironflight
You can get a key switch with is simply in series...

You can get a key switch with is simply in series with your starter, or your master, or whatever. In my Subsonex, the key switch is essentially the master switch, and without the master on, you can’t...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-21-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By Ironflight
I had this a few years ago on one of our...

I had this a few years ago on one of our dual-PMag planes. Discovered it when I was trying to chase down a vey slight roughness that hadn’t been there before. Discovered that it seemed to be due to a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,297
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Fred, Congratulations on getting close! Its...

Hey Fred,

Congratulations on getting close! Its the culmination of a lot of work for anyone to finish an airplane, and asking good questions is the right thing - and what you;re doing.

I’d suggest,...
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 04-14-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,303
Posted By Ironflight
While it might seem to many folks getting into...

While it might seem to many folks getting into the experimental world from certified that the rules allowing us to operate Day VFR without ANY instrumentation are wildly insane and unsafe, you have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 726
Posted By Ironflight
I always figured there was a secret to how...

I always figured there was a secret to how beautiful your welding is HFS….
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2022, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,390
Posted By Ironflight
Regardless of whether o9r not you can cut it...

Regardless of whether o9r not you can cut it shorter (I know of some cases where folks cut only the CENTER shorter - sort of a notch in the bottom - I think. You’re going to find that your avionics...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,084
Posted By Ironflight
You can put anyone that you want on the...

You can put anyone that you want on the registration, and it will have no effect on the Repairman’s Certificate.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 946
Posted By Ironflight
Well yeah, but I put that on when I walk in the...

Well yeah, but I put that on when I walk in the hangar on the way to an airplane, so don’t even think about it…..

And more directly to the OP’s question, most folks I know have built side pockets...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 946
Posted By Ironflight
I actually pretty much gave up on flight bags...

I actually pretty much gave up on flight bags years ago.

In my own airplanes, the headset(s) live in the planes, all connected up. I have an iPad that has ALL my flight information (charts, etc),...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 894
Posted By Ironflight
I‘ve never made this recommendation before, but...

I‘ve never made this recommendation before, but it sounds right up Savvy Analysis’s alley - you might check with them!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,026
Posted By Ironflight
Bingo! I agree with Mike on far more than a...

Bingo! I agree with Mike on far more than a majority of things, but pulling a Lycoming jug is in the manuals and considered standard for these engines. And yes - Lycoming says you need to use torque...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,343
Posted By Ironflight
Repairing wheel pants really isn’t that hard, and...

Repairing wheel pants really isn’t that hard, and doesn’t take that long - you just have to have a few materials and be willing to make a little bit of a mess. You can leave the old paint on there,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,607
Posted By Ironflight
Well your first problem is that you’re in...

Well your first problem is that you’re in Houston….….. ;)

The second thing to know is that once you’re flying, unless you have the magical perfect engine, the tailwheel spring will always have a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-03-2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,846
Posted By Ironflight
GRT used to sell a FLIR camera packaged in a...

GRT used to sell a FLIR camera packaged in a carbon fiber mount that fit under the wing - I still carry one on my RV-8. Not sure if they can still supply them, or what you’d need to interface it with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-31-2022, 11:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,173
Posted By Ironflight
Couple of thoughts…

1) Have you priced CherryMax rivets? you’re talking about a buck a pop - so count all the rivets!

2) CherryMax rivets are usually found in -4 (1/8”) diameter - I am not sure I have ever actually...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-31-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 919
Posted By Ironflight
This is how John Stahr painted my little jet - it...

This is how John Stahr painted my little jet - it is not overall one color with other colors on top. It is all primed, then he laid out the pattern for the “pinstripes” - all colors are separated by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,354
Posted By Ironflight
I’m with Dan on this - flying is worth it, no...

I’m with Dan on this - flying is worth it, no matter what you’re flying. My first airplane, a Yankee, cost me $4900. Yup, it was the local “rent-a-wreck” before I got it, and that was in the early...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Posted By Ironflight
We carry liability-only on our machines, and for...

We carry liability-only on our machines, and for the past several years, it has been $295 per RV, very year. Our broker (SkySmith) basically said that Louise and I have enough experience and ratings...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-31-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,776
Posted By Ironflight
In my experience (in about the last fifteen...

In my experience (in about the last fifteen years), the real problem with Sun ‘n Fun weather for those coming from “away” isn’t the weather in Lakeland (although those who survived the 2011...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-29-2022, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Mike - just saw this, and as a Sonex builder...

Hi Mike - just saw this, and as a Sonex builder myself, I understand your concern because once those tails are on, they are pretty much on. As was pointed out above, that is not so with the RV’s - it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-29-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 694
Posted By Ironflight
Better than 90% chance this is a cable -...

Better than 90% chance this is a cable - disconnect it from the governor and test it that way. I haven’t heard of a governor being a cause of this….but there is always a first time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2022, 02:16 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 11,165
Posted By Ironflight
We just registered “N66EV” - I really didn’t care...

We just registered “N66EV” - I really didn’t care what the numbers were, but we wanted it to end in “EV” because it doesn’t have a fuel tank - it has a battery…

Lesson Learned - I sent in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2022, 05:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,836
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah, he said he went around the back and south...

Yeah, he said he went around the back and south side of a huge low that was crossing the country, so got sling-shotted around.
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