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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 825
Views: 584,888
Posted By penguin
I've recently installed a Whirlwind prop, after...

I've recently installed a Whirlwind prop, after the first ground run (no spinner, no cowling) the sun was setting and captured this picture.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-11-2021, 04:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 670
Posted By penguin
You could try 380x150 tyres on 5" wheels?

You could try 380x150 tyres on 5" wheels?
Forum: RV-4 06-27-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 969
Posted By penguin
Keep the manual trim - you will thank us in...

Keep the manual trim - you will thank us in time!!
Keep the stick top free from anything except a PTT!

Van's will sell a kit to convert to electric flaps.
Pete
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,086
Posted By penguin
They are basically the same, Raven is less...

They are basically the same, Raven is less expensive.

An inverted oil system is two oil scavenge and breather systems ported into one pump. When erect you would not know the inverted portion was...
Forum: GPS 05-19-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 229
Posted By penguin
Use the General RS232 IN/OUT on P891 (the 25 pin...

Use the General RS232 IN/OUT on P891 (the 25 pin connector) Pin 1(In) & 2(Out), Pin 14 is ground. The box then must be configured correctly. Send me a PM with your email and I will send Install...
Forum: ADS-B 04-08-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 675
Posted By penguin
It depends ... Running nav light & TBX cables...

It depends ... Running nav light & TBX cables together is no problem. There may be a problem with running the TBX cable next to the strobe cable. What type of strobe do you have (conventional or...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 03-28-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,505
Posted By penguin
Even with a tipper you will spend plenty of time...

Even with a tipper you will spend plenty of time with head under the panel. Get a very thick cushion to make it more comfortable. From my perspective planning to minimise the need to access that area...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-28-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,559
Posted By penguin
Good plan! The shape is the important thing,...

Good plan! The shape is the important thing, doesn't matter how you achieve it. Needs to have a slight step on the edge.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-28-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 817
Posted By penguin
I have one of these (15v version) trimmed to...

I have one of these (15v version) trimmed to 14.4v.
https://www.meanwell.com/webapp/product/search.aspx?prod=HRP-600
I have a pigtail from the bus with an XLR socket on the end.
If I don't need much...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 04:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,866
Posted By penguin
The whole deal with a CAN bus is tolerance to...

The whole deal with a CAN bus is tolerance to noise, poor installation and other in-service problems. Garmin have to come up with a length, but its not pass or fail. A bus length of 67' doesn't mean...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-28-2021, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,559
Posted By penguin
This is your problem, it has been demonstrated by...

This is your problem, it has been demonstrated by many builders over the years, the 10kt error you found is typical. The Van's pop rivet solution looks a little hokey but it works. Can you drill an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 633
Posted By penguin
Don't you need a DME hooked up to the Nav box,...

Don't you need a DME hooked up to the Nav box, and tuned by that box?
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-28-2021, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,524
Posted By penguin
Using the Van's recommended static ports will...

Using the Van's recommended static ports will give quite accurate airspeed reading, within 1 to 2kt through out the speed range. Flush static ports will give around a 10kt error. Inaccurate airspeed...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-19-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,527
Posted By penguin
Thanks, all, now on order.

Thanks, all, now on order.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-18-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,527
Posted By penguin
Fuel Level Sender

I need to replace my fuel level senders, but I cannot find the senders on the Van's website. Can anyone send a link?

Are the Stewart-Warner type senders available elsewhere?

Thanks, Pete
(Feeling a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 963
Posted By penguin
What Mike W said, switching the trim needs a...

What Mike W said, switching the trim needs a double pole double throw momentary switch wired in a particular way. Simple single pole switches won't work. The coolie hat must be used to switch a relay...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-23-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 486
Posted By penguin
Trim Switching

In another thread an RV-9 builder relates a trim runaway experience, rather than cluttering up that thread I have started another. Its in the electrical section as the most appropriate place.

The...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,536
Posted By penguin
Assuming the ASI is accurate ... Final approach...

Assuming the ASI is accurate ...
Final approach at 70kt.
Climb at anywhere between 90kt and 115kt it doesn't make much difference to climb rate, faster is usually better for engine cooling and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-16-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,649
Posted By penguin
The full answer to your simple question could get...

The full answer to your simple question could get quite complex. If you can only rev to 2500rpm at full throttle at say 6000' then there is something wrong somewhere. I had the same set up as you and...
Forum: International 09-24-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,581
Posted By penguin
In the UK there is the rule or 2 out of 3. The 3...

In the UK there is the rule or 2 out of 3.
The 3 factors are aircraft country of registration, pilot country of certification and place where flight takes place. Any 2 of those must be the same for...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-23-2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,723
Posted By penguin
So the answer is the senders are not...

So the answer is the senders are not available?

Pete
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-20-2020, 02:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,723
Posted By penguin
VM1000 parts

I'm looking for a VM1000 oil temp sender.
Now that Reggie (http://vmsupport.weebly.com/) is no longer available does anyone know of a source for senders?
Pete
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-19-2020, 02:22 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 59,592
Posted By penguin
James, Is is not at all uncommon for 6s to run...

James,
Is is not at all uncommon for 6s to run somewhat hot. I guess you have no idea what temps it ran at before you bought it? I've been running P-mags since 2004 and doubt you have purely a timing...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-15-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,603
Posted By penguin
Epoxy + microballoon = filler, light but little...

Epoxy + microballoon = filler, light but little strength
Epoxy + chopped cotton or epoxy + colloidal silica (Aerocil) = Bonding paste (flox)

I believe West 403 = chopped cotton, West 406 = Aerocil,...
Forum: Southeast 08-15-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,118
Posted By penguin
Send it back to Vetterman, their repairs are...

Send it back to Vetterman, their repairs are very, very good. It may take a day or two longer but anything else may well turn out to be only temporary.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-15-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,219
Posted By penguin
I asked Van's the same question a few months ago....

I asked Van's the same question a few months ago. I can't find the email right now but the RV-6 engine mount and cowl are no longer available, RV-7 items must be used. A 6A cowl could be used for a 6...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2020, 02:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,221
Posted By penguin
The construction manual talks about arranging the...

The construction manual talks about arranging the cockpit for additional leg room, but it is something done at build. If thin cushions wont work it is probably major surgery? Can the rudder pedal...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-05-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,510
Posted By penguin
In my RV-6 I installed it on the frame behind the...

In my RV-6 I installed it on the frame behind the baggage bay bulkhead. Also had an autopilot servo mounted just behind the bell crank so magnetometer was close but was not affected. I made a small...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,477
Posted By penguin
There are around 100 bolts to remove! I used a...

There are around 100 bolts to remove!

I used a rivet gun with a brass snap to ease out the bolts, must be available elsewhere but is easy to find on ACS...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-07-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,903
Posted By penguin
My view is that you need a really good reason to...

My view is that you need a really good reason to install VP, not just that it seems a neat piece of equipment or that a few others have one, but solid reasons where it gives you added useful...
Forum: Tools 04-05-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,610
Posted By penguin
Just be careful that you don't load up the...

Just be careful that you don't load up the cheater rivets - its possible to pull the head off if too much torque is applied to the nut plate. Other than that its a great time saver - about 10 turns...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-17-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 59,592
Posted By penguin
Becker 3201 is a great radio. Don't join 10 & 11,...

Becker 3201 is a great radio. Don't join 10 & 11, they are mic high & low - the drawing shows one is the shield of the other, you can use a twisted shielded pair (or 2 from a twisted shielded...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-01-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,288
Posted By penguin
How many development $$ have been spent on the...

How many development $$ have been spent on the VPX in the last 5 years and how much on the G3X series? What testing has been documented of the features advertised for the VPX, particularly the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2019, 04:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,817
Posted By penguin
Hi Luca, Are they available direct in Europe? Pete

Hi Luca,
Are they available direct in Europe?
Pete
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-26-2019, 04:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,288
Posted By penguin
I would not add a 'trim in motion light' - just...

I would not add a 'trim in motion light' - just more complexity. My advice would be to carefully consider what you want to achieve.

VPX and G3X both offer similar functionality so be careful what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2019, 03:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,734
Posted By penguin
Is your main jet too small? The advice about...

Is your main jet too small?

The advice about baffling is accurate, but you may also be running lean because your main jet is too small. There are several different variants of carbs supplied with an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2019, 01:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,819
Posted By penguin
Use a solid plastic plug in the reservoir, I've...

Use a solid plastic plug in the reservoir, I've never found a vent that didn't leak during acro, esp rolling circles! Be aware that the brakes will feel soft at some point, take the plug out and let...
Forum: RV-4 11-05-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 806
Posted By penguin
The injector body is shorter than the carb on an...

The injector body is shorter than the carb on an O-360, so a spacer (I believe around 0.5") will be required to but the mouth of the injector in the same place as the carb so your current induction...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-02-2019, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,374
Posted By penguin
Something like Aircraft Spruce #120-38 for...

Something like Aircraft Spruce #120-38 for lighter cloth or 7725 for slightly heavier will work (European = 92110 or 92125 but doesn't translate to US specs easily). It is not critical, but a 2 x2...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-02-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,393
Posted By penguin
I have a regular compression O-320 and have been...

I have a regular compression O-320 and have been running one Slick and one E-Mag (then P-mag) since around 2005. Initially I used BR8ES exclusively, but found they wore quite quickly, although it was...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,482
Posted By penguin
You will end up adjusting the AP controller more...

You will end up adjusting the AP controller more than the G5 so I would swap the two over as it is easier to turn the knobs at the bottom of the panel.

What software did you use to draw the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-28-2019, 03:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,578
Posted By penguin
Do you mean the seat cushions or the seat...

Do you mean the seat cushions or the seat back?
The seat back is designed to have 3 positions adjusted with hinges and pins, did you get the plans with the aircraft? You could check it has been built...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-08-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,194
Posted By penguin
Is an SD-8 alternator sufficiently powerful?

SD-8 8amps, 2.9lb Alternator $545 with regulator, 8 amps (at 13.8v) at 2700 engine rpm, 7amps at 2300 engine rpm, but engine must be turning 1500 rpm before 2amps are produced. Link...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-12-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 899
Posted By penguin
I mounted mine on the bottom - works very well!

I mounted mine on the bottom - works very well!
Forum: Tools 04-25-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 11,258
Posted By penguin
Yes More characters to get to minimum!

Yes

More characters to get to minimum!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-24-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,047
Posted By penguin
When using the ARINC interface the EFIS takes...

When using the ARINC interface the EFIS takes over some of the autopilot calculations and inserts data directly into algorithms rather than purely specifying a heading or altitude. You will have to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,268
Posted By penguin
Also consider the fluid each component is...

Also consider the fluid each component is designed to use. Matco master cylinders have seals compatible with red fluid, all the Beringer components I have worked on use Yellow (Dot 4) fluid. It is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-08-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 11,894
Posted By penguin
Some interesting opinions here! I like the 5...

Some interesting opinions here! I like the 5 factors to assess the quality of any system. I am not smart enough to foresee all the practical implications of my design decisions at the design stage,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,525
Posted By penguin
I would use a Trig TY96 radio, or possibly Garmin...

I would use a Trig TY96 radio, or possibly Garmin GTR200. Always worthwhile investing a little more in a good radio.
Pete
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,311
Posted By penguin
Sorry, this isn't true! The core material...

Sorry, this isn't true! The core material generally has much higher temperature limits than the epoxy resin. It very much depends on exactly which resin and which core material we are talking about,...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-30-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 9,311
Posted By penguin
Yep, dark surfaces often get to 200* in the sun....

Yep, dark surfaces often get to 200* in the sun. But don't worry much for your RV parts.

The Tg depends on the resin used and the post-cure heat treatment applied. Not all resins can take a...
Forum: Autopilots 12-27-2018, 02:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,204
Posted By penguin
Vizion is a drop in replacement using the same...

Vizion is a drop in replacement using the same servos. Additional wiring is required to enable the level button, etc.

Contact TT to get a reduced price if you trade in the Digitrack.
Pete
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 03:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,311
Posted By penguin
My vote is for Andair, the AFP I used 8 years ago...

My vote is for Andair, the AFP I used 8 years ago was a bit awkward to plumb in. Andair is much more straight forward, particularly with filters in the wing roots.
Pete
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,771
Posted By penguin
Please PM me also! I have made some in the past...

Please PM me also!
I have made some in the past but these are for another airplane, aim is to be out for minimum time...
Thanks., Peter
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,429
Posted By penguin
They are certainly not inevitable! I have approx...

They are certainly not inevitable!

I have approx 700hrs on a 6A and many, many landings on grass of all grades with no "nose wheel" accidents. Without intending to insult anyone (but comments on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2018, 05:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,771
Posted By penguin
W-415 wing tip wedge for lights

I'm looking for a wedge that fits the W-415 wingtip to enable a combined nav/strobe light unit to mounted vertically. Anyone know if these are still available?
Pete
Forum: Autopilots 11-13-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,302
Posted By penguin
Autopilots should be all about how the box...

Autopilots should be all about how the box controls the aircraft. I would take a poor looking controller if it did a better job of flying. Happily in this case Garmin make on of the best performing...
Forum: International 11-07-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,154
Posted By penguin
The rules in each country are different....

The rules in each country are different. Homebuilts are not EASA aircraft and so are nationally regulated. In general you must contact the homebuilders' association in each country.



Yes, but ......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,789
Posted By penguin
Look in an early build manual - it contains a...

Look in an early build manual - it contains a listing of all the engines.
You are concerned about more than the crank. Is there a governor pad? If there is, are the internal gears fitted to drive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2018, 02:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,902
Posted By penguin
The additional layer is not required - see most...

The additional layer is not required - see most sailplane repair manuals. 30:1 scarf is certainly more usual than 12:1 (50:1 only with carbon). However...if only an inch has been cut off a (say) 2mm...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,252
Posted By penguin
For most of the airframe build everything is laid...

For most of the airframe build everything is laid out for your Van's. Once you are on to the wiring its up to the builder to design the system he wants. Many find the VPX fills in a gap here, but it...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-20-2018, 01:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,440
Posted By penguin
Most places have 200' limit on precision...

Most places have 200' limit on precision approaches :) There's always more than one way to do most things!

For my skills and my airplane I don't plan to go anywhere that is forecasting below 500',...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-18-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,440
Posted By penguin
Sorry, I don't fly approaches like that at all. I...

Sorry, I don't fly approaches like that at all. I think your CFI is trying to prepare you for an airliner.

90kt is near the minimum sink speed for an RV, so very little power is required, meaning...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-30-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,702
Posted By penguin
From cruise speed, pull the stick back until only...

From cruise speed, pull the stick back until only blue is visible outside.
Continue to pull until only brown visible, pull some more until the normal attitude is back. Stop pulling. Keeps the wings...
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