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Forum: Safety Today, 02:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 215
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- Be a good Mentor - help where you can, point...

- Be a good Mentor - help where you can, point out questionable items as you run into them, the owner will be grateful every time.

- support organizations like EAA (& others) that have multiple...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 55
Posted By Ralph Inkster
sending PM to you.

sending PM to you.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-10-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 468
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Give the folks at Aerosport Power a call. I’m...

Give the folks at Aerosport Power a call. I’m sure they would be happy to advise you what to look at. It’s their product after all.
Same advise for the Hartzell. Call them.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-10-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I pretty much leave that knob in the neutral...

I pretty much leave that knob in the neutral position now in my plane for all modes of operation, from start up thru to shut down. Only real adjustment being when I flip the LOP switch in cruise.

I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Try 20 - 25 Inch lbs for AN3 bolts.

Try 20 - 25 Inch lbs for AN3 bolts.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-05-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 189
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I wonder if it refers to early cowls, that were...

I wonder if it refers to early cowls, that were built before they incorporated a honeycomb structure.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Could be primer solenoid valve is leaking, or...

Could be primer solenoid valve is leaking, or momentary primer switch is stuck on.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-27-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 628
Posted By Ralph Inkster
ADS-B Deviation Authorization form - gets you...

ADS-B Deviation Authorization form - gets you permission - & you have record of it! They can't grump at you.
https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/adapt/
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 03-27-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 769
Posted By Ralph Inkster
forward access panels

Not much. You would get access to the back of long radio trays as an example. Easier access to brakes, easier access for one man riveting of the front cowl panel and maybe some remote electrical...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-27-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 386
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe a bit of fuel flushed out through tank...

Maybe a bit of fuel flushed out through tank vents during stall & washed back along the intersection fairings?
I've never done a stall series with absolute full tanks so haven't experienced this my...
Forum: RV-4 03-25-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 347,269
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Brings back memories! I completely foamed Bill...

Brings back memories!
I completely foamed Bill Beaton's supercharged engine to fashion its custom cowl. Looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy's plane. Some how I managed to do it without any sticky...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-24-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 653
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I got a couple pairs of the old style RV pants,...

I got a couple pairs of the old style RV pants, no brackets though. These are the narrow shaped pant with an inboard bulge for the caliper.
Yours for the cost of shipping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,547
Posted By Ralph Inkster
New, never squeezed, from Avery so you old guys...

New, never squeezed, from Avery so you old guys know how long I've had these

100 per bag,
US$70 per bag - plus shipping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,888
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Had an interesting flying adventure in my RV-6A...

Had an interesting flying adventure in my RV-6A C-GEOY this past Friday & Saturday. Friend Bill Beaton sold his Lancair and had to deliver it to Boise ID. As Canada has strict Covid travel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I'd be very interested to see what Steve's...

I'd be very interested to see what Steve's thoughts would be on this...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,398
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looking for leaks, I usually start at the...

Looking for leaks, I usually start at the instrument and work outwards toward the static port, checking at every connection.
Sometimes the leak might be the static port its self, where the vacuum...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No need & yes easiest way to route wiring is...

No need & yes easiest way to route wiring is through the fairing.
Don't forget to drill a small drain hole in fairing at lowest point.
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,974
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another thought If you have not done the...

Another thought
If you have not done the elevators yet - the same basic alignment process applies there too.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-09-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 601
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Easy enough to calculate with modifying your W&B...

Easy enough to calculate with modifying your W&B values.
I think the new combo will move your CofG back slightly, Which means pack lighter!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 594
Posted By Ralph Inkster
When I built up replacement tanks for my current...

When I built up replacement tanks for my current 6A, Vans sent me 7 ribs instead, something about 6 ribs no longer available. I had to cut off the rear flanges & fabricate new ones to conform to the...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-09-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 888
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Dang, Bob. Why didn't you make that suggestion...

Dang, Bob. Why didn't you make that suggestion 20 years ago... could have saved me grief probably 100s of times over the years.

My preference AN507 screws with large diameter Tinnerman washers.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Extremely easy to do your self. With a flat punch...

Extremely easy to do your self.
With a flat punch inserted from the opposite side, tap around the inner edge of the bearing cup. Repeat procedure for the second cup.
re-installation is basically the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-09-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you wrap the wiring to the mount all the way,...

If you wrap the wiring to the mount all the way, one, it is expensive, two, silicone tape is easy to snag & rip in places making a big mess.
My practice is a couple loops of silicone tape around the...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,974
Posted By Ralph Inkster
First, I would separate ONE side skin from the...

First, I would separate ONE side skin from the glued trailing edge wedge.
Install the hinge rod end bearings in the spar.
Fabricate 2 metal angles that you can attach to the table, drill a hole in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 731
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Les, I have the 7 plans disk you can borrow, or...

Les,
I have the 7 plans disk you can borrow, or real hold it in your hands PAPER plans.
Just drop over & pick em up.
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2021, 11:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,974
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As Mel & I were likely typing at the same time,...

As Mel & I were likely typing at the same time, note that I agree with him, but go further and describe a jigging procedure that has worked (I forget how many rudders...) for me to produce straight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,004
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Also check that your priming valve is not leaking...

Also check that your priming valve is not leaking into the intake runner. Rough running at lower RPM, & fuel running back through intake down through carb throat to air cleaner...
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,974
Posted By Ralph Inkster
To accommodate the rudderís tapering spar, I...

To accommodate the rudderís tapering spar, I would fabricate 2 angle brackets that would temporarily bolt the rudder hinge rod end bearings parallel to the table surface. Than I would cut a board...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 708
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There are threads on VAF covering multiple...

There are threads on VAF covering multiple different solvents NOT to use on acrylic for cleaning off glue & Sharpie marks - that cause crazing.
Laquer thinner being one of the big offenders.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-03-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Talking Wait till you get to wiring schematics:D

Wait till you get to wiring schematics:D
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-01-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 996
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If the rudder skins forward edges aren't rolled...

If the rudder skins forward edges aren't rolled to a round enough shape, this can can cause the interference described.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,356
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Your comments are leaning you toward the 7. ...

Your comments are leaning you toward the 7.

Slightly more usable carrying capacity (luggage weight)
W&B issues can be managed with engine/prop choices, slightly heaver combo means more forward...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,603
Posted By Ralph Inkster
There are BUILDERS and there are FLYERS. This...

There are BUILDERS and there are FLYERS. This forum is blessed with a high percentage of BUILDER/FLYERS. Your tough task is figuring out which group you fit in.

Here is a possible path you might...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-22-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Talking Not much to look at look at it laying down

Not much to look at
look at it laying down
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-22-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Email sent

Email sent
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 633
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another difference from most other grips is the...

Another difference from most other grips is the forward pistol grip angle on those Tosten units. You are pretty much on your own for stick dimensions & deflections. Wait till you get the panel...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 633
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Most stick grips slide over the control stick,...

Most stick grips slide over the control stick, like a bicycle grip. Tosten grips are different as they mount to the end of the stick, so you would cut down the stick length to accommodate the Tosten...
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By Ralph Inkster
My method of checking for fuel leaks at fittings...

My method of checking for fuel leaks at fittings is to wrap my (clean dry) finger around the B nut and check for dampness, I don't solely rely on visual cues. & is my practice to touch every fitting...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,795
Posted By Ralph Inkster
maybe makes more sense this way

maybe makes more sense this way
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,795
Posted By Ralph Inkster
" it wasn't long into my RV ownership that I...

" it wasn't long into my RV ownership that I simply left off the valve stem cap."

Not perfect all the time, but my solution was a short length of 3/8 fuel line which I glued a shorter bit of 3/8...
Forum: Canada 02-20-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Hi Congrats on nearly completing your 14 build. ...

Hi
Congrats on nearly completing your 14 build. It would be great to meet you if you do end up being posted to Calgary.
I'm sending you a PM that hopefully helps a bit with the questions you have.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-20-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,358
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Now, now... Back to the original topic,...

Now, now... Back to the original topic, again.



Jt rotor guy - can you describe the shortfalls in your current FI system you want to improve on, & what performance/operational improvements you...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-20-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 770
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I too am a believer in just running standard (3...

I too am a believer in just running standard (3 buck) plugs. Don't see any advantage in changing them every 50 or 100 hours, or running more expensive or exotic plugs in our low revving engines. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-19-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,538
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe check the timing marks on the flywheel...

Maybe check the timing marks on the flywheel being correct? Maybe possible wrong flywheel on the engine?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-15-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,073
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, would think less chance of air...

Yes, would think less chance of air contamination.

I'm also thinking of putting smoke in, definitely would be installed in the other tail pipe as I think it would be instant death for any O2...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 719
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Possible explanation, your friend may have his...

Possible explanation, your friend may have his stock pickup tube right down near the floor of the tank (where it should be). That is 3/8" above the floor if the tank, so next to no 'unusable'.
The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Best way would be to have 2 fittings into the...

Best way would be to have 2 fittings into the base of the reservoir, for bleeding purposes. Next best solution would be to tee the lines as close to the reservoir as possible, as Vans does.
Forum: Rocket 02-11-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By Ralph Inkster
RV8 throttle arrangement

how Vans does it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-11-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 631
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Same concept but different approach. I have...

Same concept but different approach.
I have spun up a .032 stainless steel wire (safety wire) coil that I stretched it out a bit and wound it around the tail pipe, than installed the heat muff...
Forum: Rocket 02-10-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 818
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you have access to RV-8 plans , or $10...

If you have access to RV-8 plans , or $10 condensed plan set from Vans, drawing OP02 shows lever & linkage Iíve seen in a number F-1 & Harmons.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-10-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 12,073
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The bung I have is about 3/4” long. The Bosch 4.9...

The bung I have is about 3/4” long. The Bosch 4.9 & NTK sensors are about 1” to the top of the thread so sensor extends into the pipe about 1/4” . You might enquire with the sensor pkg mfgr what...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,336
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you done a trial W&B on it? Maybe you are...

Have you done a trial W&B on it? Maybe you are worrying about non-issues.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By Ralph Inkster
$30 buck jack - vs - $100k plane...

$30 buck jack - vs - $100k plane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 15,200
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A great solution! For it to work for me up here,...

A great solution! For it to work for me up here, would need knobby tires & maybe 200+ lbs of ballast.
2 weeks ago I had a tough time getting the 6A back into the hangar, 1.5" of snow over glare...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-07-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Well, sounds like you have a process & plan. Good...

Well, sounds like you have a process & plan. Good luck with it.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,833
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Intake leak testing back woods style My dad used...

Intake leak testing back woods style
My dad used to lay a thick bead of axle grease around the intake ports of the old cars, one runner at a time. Idle for a short period, if no change move on to...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-06-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Michael- try in the setup prompts to change the...

Michael- try in the setup prompts to change the O2 type, maybe another choice may play nicer with your O2 sensor pkg. Another possibility might be in the advance settings where you can set the 0 - 5...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 800
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wing harness through grommet in fuselage side,...

Wing harness through grommet in fuselage side, ring connectors screwed to a terminal block as is the body harness. Weather proof, easy, cheap, fool proof, secure- but oh so old school.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-05-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you guys got the SDS Dash (data downloader)...

Have you guys got the SDS Dash (data downloader) from Ross? Invaluable for tuning for the right AFR ranges.
What ever O2 sensor unit you have installed, be sure it's data is uploading to the SDS...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-05-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Ross's base installed map is a good starting...

Ross's base installed map is a good starting point, I strayed away from it initially thinking I had a better idea, but after many renditions and gaining more understanding of how all those charts...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-04-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
11:1 preferable during climb out, but no issues...

11:1 preferable during climb out, but no issues with the 12 to 13:1 during normal or high power cruise.
These settings have been OK for our late summer/fall/winter (in Canada) so far but you might...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-04-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yep. I hate gas cans...

Yep. I hate gas cans...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-04-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,655
Posted By Ralph Inkster
O-360 SDS map

Mine is a O360A4A fixed pitch in a 6A
Set up for basically 12 to 13:1 in normal flight, slightly richer in climb out, & 16:1 in LOP operation, max 33 BTDC when appropriate - hands off.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Most of my panels were powder coated & very...

Most of my panels were powder coated & very robust in the counter sinks, not damaged by screws. The painted panels did sometimes show scuffing in the countersinks, I cleaned them up with a c/s bit &...
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