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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,342
Posted By JDeanda
‘Nother Way to Go

Beech airplanes have double wall landing gear doors, and the inner walls have lightning holes, that, while they seem to do a good job of letting lightning thru, they also let dirt, rocks and grime...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,981
Posted By JDeanda
Photos, Phinally

Aw, man. I goofed up the photos… here are the correct ones. Sorry for the mess! So here’s how I did it. I scored a piece of .125” 7075-T6 at the local metal supply for the pivoting ring thingy....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,895
Posted By JDeanda
Aw, Dang

Braly actually says his fuel has been tested and fully FAA approved twice for all certified piston aero engines in the United States. The feds are now reviewing their certification system and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,663
Posted By JDeanda
Those Link Belts

I’ve seen just a couple of belt failures in my 40-odd year career of fooling with little airplanes. I’ve seen a few spare belts wired and zip tied into place and I might have tied a couple in place...
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,981
Posted By JDeanda

I’ll get on it ASAP.
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,981
Posted By JDeanda
Our Airplane

Here’s what I did on the wingtips or our RV-6 after my local RV pals gave me grief for leaving the eyebolts under the wings. Besides, the tiedown rope or chain on the left usually fouls on the pitot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 10:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,363
Posted By JDeanda
Well, Here’s How We Saw It

First, I think I’ve met exactly one guy building experimentals as an investment. He built Glassairs for sale and did OK, especially with the boost from his marijuana sales. A friend built a high $...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-05-2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 585
Posted By JDeanda
Santa Paula Weighs In

Hey TechSupport, there are several RVs of various types at SZP. My wife and I keep an RV-6 there. Two Rockets and an RV-8 under construction. You and Mrs. TechSupport are welcome any time. And...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2022, 08:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,339
Posted By JDeanda

There are stainless cotter pins. That sure would be a chunk of
a big one, though.
Forum: Safety 03-21-2022, 01:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,533
Posted By JDeanda
So awful

Cherokee 6 has a baggage compartment between the firewall and the front bulkhead of the cabin. Must have been a really nasty fire to burn its way aft of the baggage compartment.
I pull the suction...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2022, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,085
Posted By JDeanda
Old Lightspeeds

I had two Lightspeed headsets and parts of another that came with a dismantle/ sell project. One had broken stirrups attaching the earcups, two were sticky and gooey. Two worked and actually one...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-21-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,402
Posted By JDeanda

Bought a $45 Apex 12180 for our RV-6. It fit nicely in the battery box but the terminals are reversed from the PC680 and they’re vertical tabs, so I had a bit of wiring tweaking to do. It cranked...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,095
Posted By JDeanda
Too Loud, I'm Told

My A&P buddy runs a shop down at the end of the airport. He can't see the runway but says he always knows when an RV launches because they're noticeably louder than the spam cans, Citabrias and...
Forum: ADS-B 03-04-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,788
Posted By JDeanda
SkyBeacon, Too?

Hm. We have a UAV SkyBeacon on the wingtip of our RV-6. Should I watch for the same things?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 894
Posted By JDeanda
Me Too

Plexus and a microfiber cloth is the best combo I’ve found. Mirror Glaze is a lot more work. Actually, clear water and the microfiber cloth does fairly well, but the Plexus is like magic.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-17-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,076
Posted By JDeanda
How Much Rudder Do You Have?

I've never seen an Official Posted Max Crosswind Component for an RV. In fact, I've only seen max demonstrated crosswind component for any airplane. I'd think an RV-9A should be able to handle a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,155
Posted By JDeanda

Looks like the male die is rough or worn. Maybe it could be smoothed up a bit? Also, a little grease might help.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,233
Posted By JDeanda
And ‘Nother Thing

While that $653,000 Cessna Turbo 182 should be able to run a good long time without requiring a lot of maintenance, (should!) eventually it will need parts from Cessna and their parts prices are far...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,829
Posted By JDeanda
Engines! This is not a thread drift.

How did we ever move engines in the backs of pickups without old used airplane tyres to cushion them? I keep a few for that, to my wife’s consternation. The rest go to the local trash/recycling...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-05-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,672
Posted By JDeanda

RTFM = Read The Freaking Manual
What does the propeller manufacturer say?
Almost certainly the manual says how and how often to do that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 692
Posted By JDeanda
Weep No More
Here’s your answer. They’re the go-to guys for integral tanks on Mooney, BT-13 and yes, RVs. Highly recommended.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-20-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,469
Posted By JDeanda
Ernie Gann’s Derringer

Ernie Gann (yeah, that Ernie Gann… Fate is the Hunter, others…) came to the home drome (Santa Paula Airport in SoCal) many years ago to visit friends on the field. He arrived in his Derringer. It...
Forum: Propellers 01-20-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 607
Posted By JDeanda
Me Too

Catto did great work for us, too. There was a misteak on our spinner and they fell all over themselves to get it right. Catto propellers are a bit pricey, but they’re pretty much the gold standard...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-09-2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,469
Posted By JDeanda

I’m not a big believer in the concept of the light twin. Universally poor single engine performance on takeoff and added complexity are too hard to fix. By the time those issues are handled, it’s...
Forum: RV-4 01-09-2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 510
Posted By JDeanda
Vacuum Stuff

Removing a couple of vacuum instruments will not likely change the vacuum pressure much, but in case you need to fiddle to keep it in the majickal 4.6 - 5.4” range… The vacuum regulator on most light...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-03-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,914
Posted By JDeanda
Thread Drift....Sorry

Our Plasma III has about 200 hours over about, um, three years I think. Absolutely, perfectly flawless. Klaus saw my installation, in fact made up the spark plug wires for me and insisted on being...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-03-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,950
Posted By JDeanda

Michel, so glad you brought that up. I was going to mention that when removing weight you need to pay attention the CG movement. I left that out for brevity and also because I figured builders and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-03-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,914
Posted By JDeanda
We Went Simple

Installed a Plasma III on our RV-6 and kept the left magneto. There. Nearly all the advantages of a dual Plasma with the simple, lightweight backup of the magneto that does not notice or care if...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-02-2022, 11:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,950
Posted By JDeanda
Airplanes Get Heavier

Mm hmm, airplanes get heavier due to meteorite dust, if nothing else. 1037 lbs. for an RV-6 with a constant speed prop seems pretty good to me. It's surprising how much weight builds up in stuff...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,507
Posted By JDeanda
No. My $.02

Longtime A&P here, private pilot ASEL, ASES. The jump from a two seater to a four seater has been demonstrated to be a large jump indeed by the RV-10. The jump to a six seater would be at least as...
Forum: RV-15 12-31-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,869
Posted By JDeanda
Yup, Trimotor

There ya go, Carl! I was thinking of the Ford when I typed that. And you found pix! Actually, my second time in the air was in a Ford giving short rides at Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA) when I was...
Forum: RV-15 12-30-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,869
Posted By JDeanda
High Wingity Wing Lockers

Wing lockers could swing down from the bottom surface. Just sayin’. Making big non-structural holes would sure compromise a cantilever wing, though.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-18-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,178
Posted By JDeanda
VIP for Me

I’ve run the lower cost Barry isolators in our RV-6 for years. We have an O-320D1A with a Catto propeller and a Landoll dampener. It’s pretty smooth.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,140
Posted By JDeanda
Rod End Tales

I used to work on Pitts Specials a lot. They have antifriction bearings of one sort or another at all the pivot points in the flight control systems. Some are self aligning ball bearings and some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,736
Posted By JDeanda
A Voice of Experience

I had my groundloop in a Champ, landing downwind. Once you get past that point of no return, it doesn’t seem to matter much what you do. I think staying off the brakes is a good idea. Braking or...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,019
Posted By JDeanda
Teaching YourOwnSelf

My buddy’s Dad was an Air Force instructor back in the brown shoe days. He said flying aerobatics is fun but scary to teach. Akro students try hard to kill you. Naturally, his CFI kid ended up...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-07-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,066
Posted By JDeanda

What does the Y mean in the engine name?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 11:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By JDeanda

I found some RV-6 specific jewelry items by poking around on eBay.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,283
Posted By JDeanda
Mmm hmm.

I've followed this thread and it's interesting. This A&P is really not sure what to tell owners of experimentals about all this. What's legal, what's common practice and somebody finding out are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,124
Posted By JDeanda
Huh? too

Yeah, I noticed that in the article, too. I suppose a broken ring could raise crankcase pressure, but it's hard to imagine it getting so high from such a failure in one cylinder that it would push...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,233
Posted By JDeanda
Cumulo Bumpus

An old glider pilot told those Cumulo Matatusses.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,490
Posted By JDeanda
Slip and Slide

Seems like some airplanes, especially low wing types don’t come down much steeper in a slip if you let the speed get high. You may need to make a conscious effort to watch the speed and be ready to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,079
Posted By JDeanda
“Only” 24 lbs.

Hmmmm, Our RV-6 runs tailheavy with the fixed Catto prop and lightweight starter. Yeah, 24 pounds up there could be a boon, and so much more useful than just iron ballast. Then if the cabin heat...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-19-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,580
Posted By JDeanda

Installed a Plane Power altercator on our RV-6 nine years and 640 hours ago. It popped the circuit breaker on initial startup. I took a deep breath and reset it. It’s been perfect ever since. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-17-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,493
Posted By JDeanda
Lycoming Isolators

I've added a washer to the bottom mounts on sagging Lycomings a time or two over a 40-odd year career. It works, I guess, but it's not really the recommended fix for a saggy engine. Hey, you have...
Forum: Safety 11-17-2021, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,719
Posted By JDeanda
Not Me. I hope.

Interesting discussion, but pretty academic for us, I think.
It's highly unlikely I'd ever run into tailplane ice, given that I'm not instrument rated and I'm such a gladiola about scud running...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By JDeanda
Wear Limits

At A&P school, they told us a tire was legal to use until the cord actually wears, but never provided any documentation. I 'spect that's only true unless the airplane manufacturer says otherwise. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 32,949
Posted By JDeanda
It It Happening Now?

FAA has approved 100 octane lead-free fuel...
Forum: RV-4 10-20-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,635
Posted By JDeanda

The cool thing about the Desser recaps is that they add more rubber than the tyre originally had so they last significantly longer than new tyres for less $. Not really relevant for RVs, but when...
Forum: Propellers 10-20-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,295
Posted By JDeanda
My 2 Cents

Many years ago my boss contacted Grumman about flying an AA-5B Tiger without the spinner, pending long a lead-time spinner delivery when the installed one cracked. (poor design, another tale) They...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By JDeanda
5 Point!

I installed a Crow 5 point system in both seats of our RV-6 after reading an accident report where the pilot reported being forced to park a -6 in a trailer park. When the noise stopped, he was in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,128
Posted By JDeanda
It Was a Homebuilt at First

Worked for a Grumman dealer for a couple of years. The story I got was that Jim Bede planned the airplanes as a bonded homebuilts but decided that gluing aluminum properly was beyond the skills and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,197
Posted By JDeanda
Awl or Drill

Pushing the awl thru works almost every time. But if the drill motor is in my hand I just push the drill but thru without running the motor. Works about the same. And yeah, I clecos seem to be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-16-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,123
Posted By JDeanda
Small Thing

I’ve flared a few tubes, aluminum, stainless and even copper. Sometimes, if a new flare leaks, it just needs to be loosened and retightened a time or two.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-31-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,706
Posted By JDeanda
Or the Mark on the Tube

Once upon a time, aircraft inner tubes came with a balance mark on them and we’d line that up with the red dot. No mark on the tube, then put the valve stem on the red dot. The mark was a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-29-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,541
Posted By JDeanda
One Weird Quick Drain Problem

The Piper Arrow III was delivered with a special low profile drain valve and a removable plug-in tube, stored on a clip on the cooling baffle. Reason was that the nose gear retracted all close and...
Forum: Safety 08-15-2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 21,312
Posted By JDeanda
Not Just Altitude

In one of the recent seminars, an owner of a Cherokee with a tired engine learned that the higher he went, the further from the airport he would crash. His climb gradient was less than his glide...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,629
Posted By JDeanda
Under Pressure

+1 with Brian. I’ve never owned a pressure tester but worked in a couple of shops that had them. I don’t recall ever rejecting or even suspecting a sparking plug or solving any troubleshooting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,541
Posted By JDeanda
“And Don’t Forget To Tip Your Waiter!”

I’ve not been fortunate enough to do much cross country flying in our RV-6 lately, but I always tip at least 5 bucks to the line person who comes out to fuel the airplane. Well, usually $10. Most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,566
Posted By JDeanda
Ruggless Scales

Joe Ruggless sold his scales for race cars years ago. Certainly someone still has a set lying around that they’d sell cheap. Here’s an old link but some checking around should reveal more. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-10-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,411
Posted By JDeanda
All Those Wingtips

Mel's experience is pretty common, except he's more honest than some owners who changed wingtips. Over the last 50 years I've seen a few scientific wingtip fads swoosh by. Hoerner, upswept,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-04-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,304
Posted By JDeanda
Mine Wants to be Tailheavy, Too

Our RV-6 has an O-320, featherweight Catto prop and a lightweight starter. CG likes to run toward the aft limit. I installed a Flyboys lightweight tailwheel and used the kinda hat-shaped nuts on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,733
Posted By JDeanda
Move Sparking Plugs?

Move both spark plugs from #1 to another cylinder, see if the problem follows. Cheap, easy, fast.
Forum: California 07-23-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 14,619
Posted By JDeanda
Penciling This In

No guarantees, but 10 ayem on 4 September is in my calendar.
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