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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2021, 01:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
1. She wonít find out. 2. This is such a small...

1. She wonít find out. 2. This is such a small thing, itís truly no big deal. 3. She isnít expressing her concerns, so thereís nothing to listen to. I am simply taking care of the issue before it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2021, 01:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
People on this journal love to say that somebody...

People on this journal love to say that somebody is a troll when they donít agree with them. I am not a troll, and as a matter of fact, have met many members of this site, both individually, and at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
Ouch. Iím definitely not lying to my passengers....

Ouch. Iím definitely not lying to my passengers. My engine is in fact a YO360 which means that the engine is in fact experimental. Granted that perhaps I am not telling the whole story, but Iím doing...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,274
Posted By Earl Findlay
Oil analysis vendor

Who is the best oil analysis company to send my oil sample to?
I tried Black stone, but they take months to send me the results. I’m looking for something quicker
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
Are you saying that the instrument panel advisory...

Are you saying that the instrument panel advisory isnít enough?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
My ex used to ask me the same thing. But, after...

My ex used to ask me the same thing. But, after not using a checklist, and nearly gearing up a cezzna 210 I now always use the checklist. It is not worth the risk
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
The amateur built verbiage on the instrument...

The amateur built verbiage on the instrument panel is all that the pilot is required to show. There is no need to verbally advise passengers that the aircraft is amateur built.

As I mentioned, if a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,305
Posted By Earl Findlay
Do you tell ladies that their flying in a kit airplane

Iím back in the dating scene. For the first date, I usually take ladies flying. Inevitably the question comes up of who makes the airplane. I usually just tell them vans because they donít know...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-23-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,406
Posted By Earl Findlay
Iíd be scared flying with you as well. Some...

Iíd be scared flying with you as well. Some polish would be useful.

I have found passengers donít want to hear an emergency briefing aloud of what youíre going to do in the event of an engine...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-27-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,695
Posted By Earl Findlay
I just did a repair for nearly this exact...

I just did a repair for nearly this exact problem. It was not nearly as bad as I thought it might be, using the proper tools. Iíd estimate 12-15 hours of work and $35 of parts. Donít let this stop...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,980
Posted By Earl Findlay
Slow down. You must look at the oil screen and...

Slow down. You must look at the oil screen and also send the oil out for analysis. Only after the results of cutting the filter, reviewing the oil screen and reviewing the oil analysis can you feel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,083
Posted By Earl Findlay
Your favorite RV memory

I previously owned an RV-9A, and also was building an RV-14A. I had to give those both up, but recently bought myself an RV-7A which I am having a ball with.

This morning while sipping my coffee I...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-09-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
Well folks, it is time to admit defeat. The RV-14...

Well folks, it is time to admit defeat. The RV-14 kit has defeated me. My build is officially over and I am selling the kit. Without Hal's assistance, it was not going to be possible to finish the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,205
Posted By Earl Findlay
You are underflaring. To properly fly a nosewheel...

You are underflaring. To properly fly a nosewheel rv you MUST have the nose up on landing such that you are unable to see over the nose. Anything less and the nose is too low to the ground.

Source-...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-03-2020, 12:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,880
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you for the assistance everyone. I am but...

Thank you for the assistance everyone.

I am but just a student. I've exceeded VNE on accident but truthfully, I bet most of us have. It happens, and the trick is to not let it happen too often or...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,880
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you. I began reading about a bussbar last...

Thank you. I began reading about a bussbar last night and will also read Aeroelectric's words on them too.

Are most builders using copper for the bussbar? Is it easiest to run it along the bottom...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,880
Posted By Earl Findlay
It is a small chapter with no technical counselor...

It is a small chapter with no technical counselor available. And nobody has built an RV 14 series airplane. The suggested battery came from a 1441 member, but it is being shot down here. We are all...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,880
Posted By Earl Findlay
Can you suggest a battery with the same cold...

Can you suggest a battery with the same cold cranking amps but weighs less? My last RV had problems with warm starts due to not having enough power in the battery. It would die if you turned the prop...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 12:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,880
Posted By Earl Findlay
Electrical help needed

I am ashamed to admit that I have relied too much on my previous build partner and to this point have not used a tech counselor. I am at the point now where I need to install my panel. I feel lost. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,724
Posted By Earl Findlay
Naysayers are everywhere, including here on Vans...

Naysayers are everywhere, including here on Vans Air Force. Simply IGNORE them. Thereís jealousy and envy everywhere. People wish that they had your money, your airplane, your skills, your wife, your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,875
Posted By Earl Findlay
If I buy this under the LLC that owns my...

If I buy this under the LLC that owns my airplane, do you have any issue with it being sold with the airplane? Selling my RV9A but would like this book.

Is there a discount code available for Vans...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-21-2020, 11:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
The engine and panel has been mounted. The build...

The engine and panel has been mounted. The build is in the hanger at the airport.

Hal doesnít do too much with me anymore. We had a bit of a falling out and he told me that he felt we were best to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2020, 10:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,901
Posted By Earl Findlay
I have attended a number of webinars that Vic has...

I have attended a number of webinars that Vic has put on (thank you!) and they are packed full of information. However, Vicís strength is not showing us whatís wrong, but rather more of an ďOMG! This...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-10-2020, 10:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,937
Posted By Earl Findlay
Point taken, BUT sometimes “it just is”. I had a...

Point taken, BUT sometimes “it just is”. I had a 20+ psi drop for a few flights and added a quart of oil and it took care of the OP drop. Pressure has been back to normal since. On here I was told...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-09-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,931
Posted By Earl Findlay
I can still make 2700 RPM at altitude though....

I can still make 2700 RPM at altitude though.

Is a 10-12 knot speed penalty usual for a climb prop versus a cruise prop? It sounds excessive, but I really donít have any information to base that on.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-09-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,931
Posted By Earl Findlay
Gee, I really am not sure. I believe the prop is...

Gee, I really am not sure. I believe the prop is set for climb pitch.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-09-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,931
Posted By Earl Findlay
Right. That was in a descent and before I...

Right. That was in a descent and before I realized that our Vne is a TAS not IAS.

Remember, when people questioned whether I was ďrealĒ (I still donít know how a fake person can write on a web...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-09-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,931
Posted By Earl Findlay
True airspeed in knots.

True airspeed in knots.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-09-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 13,931
Posted By Earl Findlay
9A too slow. Frustrated

My IO-360 RV-9A will not go faster than 148 knots at 2600 RPM. Fixed pitch prop. Iím frustrated constantly hearing others saying theyíre 160 or 165 knots. What can I check on my airplane to hopefully...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,958
Posted By Earl Findlay
An apology -- I don't know what I don't know

Some months back, I posted a message on here that referred to a subject that I was misinformed about. I responded to honest attempts to correct my thinking in a negative way. The thread has since...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-20-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,292
Posted By Earl Findlay
Oil type used in engines with a stuck valve

A simple survey on stuck valves, and the oil type in use when they occurred. For the purpose of this survey, I am only interest in AeroShell vs Phillips, and whether each was in use at the time of a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-08-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
1200 man hours done and the avionics have...

1200 man hours done and the avionics have arrived. Working on the wiring necessary for the panel. We opted for a Dynon HDX panel with a GTN 650.

Stepped on a flap and really messed it up. Likely to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,882
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thanks but no thanks. My CFI has given me a good...

Thanks but no thanks. My CFI has given me a good checkout, and he knows his stuff.

This ?NO 360!!? Policy stems from one thing and only one thing. Vans did not want big engines in the RV9A for fear...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,882
Posted By Earl Findlay
No documents that I have on the RV9A show the Vne...

No documents that I have on the RV9A show the Vne as an TAS. I spoke to my instructor about this, and he confirms Vne is an IAS. Please folks, off the high horse.

From the RV9A manual, chapter 15...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,882
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you rv8ch. I have been fortunate enough to...

Thank you rv8ch. I have been fortunate enough to fly with a "really good rv-qualified CFI" A check out was required by a CFI when I bought the airplane and one of the local instructors in Washington...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 15,882
Posted By Earl Findlay
Set a new personal speed record in my RV9A

I fitted my RV9A with a portable oxygen tank and before taking it on a trip on Friday I decided to do a solo check on the system today. I had my RV9A at 17,500 feet today and was impressed with the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2020, 12:56 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,920
Posted By Earl Findlay
I look around under the cowling for any...

I look around under the cowling for any possibilities.

-Spark plugs are in tight.
-Magneto looks good.
-Sampled fuel, and it does not appear to be contaminated.
-Traced lightspeed wiring and did...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-09-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,480
Posted By Earl Findlay
Landing attitude in the RV9A

My granddaughter and I flew my RV9A today. On the Vans' RV Webinar a few nights ago we were told that we should not be able to see out the window straight ahead in the landing flare. I am finding...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,920
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you. This is an injected motor.

Thank you. This is an injected motor.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,920
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you for this valuable information. It...

Thank you for this valuable information.

It seems that the engine immediately stops, as if it goes from normal power to no power to normal power in a half a second, similar to what would be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-07-2020, 09:23 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,920
Posted By Earl Findlay
Engine momentarily dies

For the last 25 hours, since I finished the condition inspection, about five times now, when cruising or descending, the engine stalls out for just a split second and then comes back alive. By the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2020, 12:15 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,218
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you for all of the wonderful replies. I...

Thank you for all of the wonderful replies.

I am not afraid of the speed, I have flown faster airplanes. I am afraid that I am too much of a test pilot.

Even in this thread, there is no...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-02-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,218
Posted By Earl Findlay
I am afraid of my 360 powered RV 9A

I have spent extensive time online reading about overpowered 9As. My 9A is a 360 powered one, and I've realized that I am in over my head.

I am wondering, to be cautious should I make redline of my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,391
Posted By Earl Findlay
Today I flew from my home base to get some gas...

Today I flew from my home base to get some gas about 35 miles away. Came back and stopped at a local 2000' runway airport. First try I was too fast, at about the 1000' point I was still airborne. I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
Another great flight today. I added 1/2 a quart...

Another great flight today. I added 1/2 a quart of oil, and then took her flying. Oil pressure 82 - 87 psi once warmed up. Yahoo!!

Blackstone Labs report came back. "Hi Earl. Very impressive...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-08-2020, 11:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
Added 7.5 hours to the engine this weekend....

Added 7.5 hours to the engine this weekend. Lowest oil pressure I saw at cruise was 78, highest was 88. Right there I'd expect it!

Oil sample should be back early this week, but I am feeling...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-01-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
We spent the last few hours taking the various...

We spent the last few hours taking the various suggestions listed in this thread.

1. Relief valve cover was checked. It?s the ?stove pipe? type, and all checks out.
2. Suction screen is clean....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-29-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
No, not at all. Should it? I am not an engine...

No, not at all. Should it? I am not an engine expert my any means. If you have some concern or suggestions, I?m all ears. I?m here to learn.

My belief is that the engine has ALWAYS been run a bit...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-29-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
We have about 850 hours into the kit. Looks very...

We have about 850 hours into the kit. Looks very promising that we will he flying by the years end. This has been a blast.

Engine should arrive in about 4 months (grr). Panel arriving in early May....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-29-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
I have flown twice more since adding more oil to...

I have flown twice more since adding more oil to the motor. Oil pressure is solid at 80 - 85 psi inflight. Looks like I dodged a bullet. :cool:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-26-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
Flew it again and the oil pressure was normal....

Flew it again and the oil pressure was normal.

Is the general consensus to fly the airplane and be sure that there are no more oil pressure excursions? Is there anything to "check" at this point?...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-25-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you for these details. I know that you...

Thank you for these details.

I know that you say that it should not make a difference, but I serviced with two quarts of oil yesterday, and went flying today. Oil pressure was in the high 90's on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-24-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,498
Posted By Earl Findlay
ECI-360 oil pressure problem solved

I've been BUSY building my -14, but still managing to take the -9A up once per week or so. Anyhow I've been having a bit of a low oil pressure problem on it recently. I've been running the motor at 5...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-18-2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
Three months in .. Tail - DONE QB Fuselage &...

Three months in ..

Tail - DONE
QB Fuselage & Wings - DONE
Finish Kit - Waiting for delivery
Engine - Ordered. Delivery 7/2020
Avionics - Ordered. Delivery 5/2020

We stand a good chance of flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,068
Posted By Earl Findlay
Radio communications

I was flying my RV-9 out of Spokane last weekend and got absolutely admonished by ATC.

I called the tower "Spokane Tower, Experimental RV N123AB five south, inbound"

ATC responds "There is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,822
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you. I realize also, I am fearful that as...

Thank you.
I realize also, I am fearful that as I eventually fly my airplane to events (Oshkosh! Local EAA Chapter, etc.) I don?t want to be embarrassed if any of my imperfections show. But as I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,822
Posted By Earl Findlay
What is the end goal of a build?

I am working away, making rather fast progress on my RV-14 kit. Days go by as I build, and I feel on top of the world. Other days, I feel completely incapable.

I am learning so much about myself...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-08-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
As of this evening, we have 525 man hours into...

As of this evening, we have 525 man hours into our project. I continue to learn a bunch working alongside Hal. I am in need of a short break, so I am going to take all of next week off, away from the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-04-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
Hal and I have been hard at work on our RV-14. We...

Hal and I have been hard at work on our RV-14. We ordered the fuselage kit some time back, and as of today, according to our build log we have 243 man hours into the build.

Everything is going...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-01-2019, 10:50 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,539
Posted By Earl Findlay
Changing fuel cap o-ring

I need to change the fuel cap brown o-rings on my new to me RV-9. How do I get the old o-ring off, and what?s the best way to get the new one on?

My current o-rings have gotten sticky to the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-13-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,690
Posted By Earl Findlay
Well folks, I bought the 9A. I?ve put 20 hours on...

Well folks, I bought the 9A. I?ve put 20 hours on it and love it.

Now I must say, y?all have scared me about the quality of the build. Everything seems fine to me, and the pre buy was good, but...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-31-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,690
Posted By Earl Findlay
A $55k RV-9A!?

I have placed the first order for my RV-14 (at Oshkosh). I realize it will be a few years before the kit is complete. In the meantime...

Today I came across a 2012 RV-9A at a local airport. It has...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-20-2019, 02:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 12,965
Posted By Earl Findlay
Earl and Hal's RV-14

I ordered an RV-14 kit in Oshkosh, and I while nervously await the arrival, I began asking myself just how the heck I was going to build this thing, given my fairly limited experience building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 12:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,374
Posted By Earl Findlay
Thank you. Do those guys have shops, or do they...

Thank you. Do those guys have shops, or do they simply operate out of their hangars? I found contact info for Reuven, from a CFI page, but nothing for Donnie.
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