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Forum: Painting your RV 09-23-2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 663
Posted By tgmillso
Whatever paint you decide to use, just make sure...

Whatever paint you decide to use, just make sure you rebalance the control surfaces afterwards so you donít get flutter. Heaps of threads on this forum regarding control surface balancing if you go...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-14-2022, 11:16 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,681
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Dave. The whole unleaded avgas debacle has...

Hi Dave. The whole unleaded avgas debacle has been because they have been trying to find a one-size-fits-all solution so they only have to use one fuel type per airport. It's been the 20% of aircraft...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-14-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,681
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Dave. I'm not giving up that easily. This is...

Hi Dave. I'm not giving up that easily. This is not rocket science. Infact rocket science and jet engines are likely the reason we lost a lot of this understanding for a generation. People like...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-14-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,681
Posted By tgmillso
You're totally overthinking the fuel flow meter....

You're totally overthinking the fuel flow meter. I have a stupid amount of money tied up in avionics and engine monitoring, but frankly now I just use the red knob and listen to the engine, and use...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-14-2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,681
Posted By tgmillso
The short version is get that manifold pressure...

The short version is get that manifold pressure back to 22" or below, grab that big red knob, pull it out until the engine stumbles, then richen slightly until smooth.
I have essentially the same...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2022, 05:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By tgmillso
Thanks guys. I would have thought they would have...

Thanks guys. I would have thought they would have published this in their documentation somewhere and not be something that you'd find in the FAQ's, but hey, at least there's a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2022, 02:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,482
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Kay, Before you part with your hard earned...

Hi Kay,

Before you part with your hard earned cash, it may pay to read some of John Deakinís articles. Hereís one to get you started, but heís got plenty on engine operation, leaning etc....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 527
Posted By tgmillso
GAMI G100UL RVP

Hi All. Does anyone know the Reid Vapor Pressure of G100UL? I have been unable to find anything in any of their flight manual supplements or elsewhere.

Thanks.

Tom
RV-7
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2022, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 836
Posted By tgmillso
Gila Static Cling

Gila static cling film is the best solution if you don't want to go down the sunshade route. I purchased a shade originally, but didn't want to be drilling into the canopy frame, and went with the...
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,070
Posted By tgmillso
I'm with Paul on this one. With the regular...

I'm with Paul on this one. With the regular toggle, you can add shuttle switch protectors, as you will eventually clip your shoe on them when you are getting into the aircraft. I have them on every...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,366
Posted By tgmillso
7, not a 14, but my switch is on the Tosten...

7, not a 14, but my switch is on the Tosten military grips and I wouldnít have it any other way. I did my training in a 7 that had flaps on the panel and that had me looking in the cockpit on final...
Forum: GPS 11-03-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,357
Posted By tgmillso
Sure, it may last this relatively small job, but...

Sure, it may last this relatively small job, but the real issue is you can't adjust the crimp depth, which is important when you are trying to crimp a variety of wire gauges. The added benefit of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-03-2021, 01:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,626
Posted By tgmillso
You may want to look into building an engine...

You may want to look into building an engine dehumidifier that circulates dry air from the dipstick tube through a bed of desiccant and back into the crankcase vent. This will keep the engine at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2021, 05:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,118
Posted By tgmillso
There is a way to have many red wires that are...

There is a way to have many red wires that are distinctly different and thatís to use a red wire with a trace. Whilst white may look more like what the big boys use, they also use wire printers so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-22-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,521
Posted By tgmillso
Keep in mind that going to the IO-390 may reduce...

Keep in mind that going to the IO-390 may reduce the ability to use mogas or other UL fuels, unless you get it custom built with a lower CR, in which case you will be giving up some of the...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 09-17-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,931
Posted By tgmillso
They should be mandatory. By far my #1 mod on the...

They should be mandatory. By far my #1 mod on the aircraft. Shouldnít be that hard to do as a retrofit.
Tom
RV-7
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,029
Posted By tgmillso
Using a lead acid battery in an aeroplane this...

Using a lead acid battery in an aeroplane this far into the 21st century makes about as much sense as using feathers for ballast in a boat. Why wouldn't you get a lithium iron phosphate (eg. EarthX)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2021, 04:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,630
Posted By tgmillso
If it fires, then starts to die, just flick the...

If it fires, then starts to die, just flick the boost pump on again for a few seconds to keep the fuel up to it and it should pick up again.

Tom.
RV-7 IO-360M1B
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 04:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,174
Posted By tgmillso
Regular automotive grease and wax remover is all...

Regular automotive grease and wax remover is all you need. None of this stuff is magic. It just needs to pick up anything in the surface and leave it clean for the pro seal to adhere to. You just...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2021, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,366
Posted By tgmillso
If engine and airframe manufacturers would stop...

If engine and airframe manufacturers would stop making or specifying engines with high CR that require avgas it would be a start. You donít see the auto industry getting around still building engines...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,881
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Dean, As others have indicated, this may not...

Hi Dean,

As others have indicated, this may not be the root cause of your problems. Because the mechanical fuel pump is mounted directly to the back of the engine, what may be more important is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-18-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,366
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Steve, You can use a DMC AFM8 crimp tool for...

Hi Steve,

You can use a DMC AFM8 crimp tool for the DTM connectors, then you just need to positioners. If you can't justify shelling out the crazy $ for the legit positioners, there's the to get...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-15-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,366
Posted By tgmillso
Excellent. I've been really impressed with them....

Excellent. I've been really impressed with them. If you are ever concerned about them pulling apart, there are also connector locks...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,794
Posted By tgmillso
https://www.lycoming.com/content/hard-facts-about-...

https://www.lycoming.com/content/hard-facts-about-engine-break

This should answer your question.

Tom.
Forum: Primers 08-14-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,399
Posted By tgmillso
Spraying a completed structure with primer will...

Spraying a completed structure with primer will only protect the parts you can see. It won't do much to protect the faying surfaces of lap joints and skin to rib interfaces. Sure, you can use...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-14-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,366
Posted By tgmillso
I too am another supporter of the Deutsch DT and...

I too am another supporter of the Deutsch DT and DTM seriese connectors. I used them often in areas outside the cockpit, such as in the wingtips, rear fuselage (for the elevator trim connector) etc....
Forum: RV-15 08-12-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,607
Posted By tgmillso
“Some people say, "Give the customers what they...

“Some people say, "Give the customers what they want." But that's not my approach. Our job is to figure out what they're going to want before they do. I think Henry Ford once said, "If I'd asked...
Forum: Rocket 08-10-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,248
Posted By tgmillso
They just use the stock 5.00x5 tube from Vans....

They just use the stock 5.00x5 tube from Vans.

Tom.

Edit: I see Chuck beat me to it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,676
Posted By tgmillso
There arenít a whole lot of options in that...

There arenít a whole lot of options in that regard. Linton and Warren at Aircraft Props and Spares in Moorabbin are probably a good starting point, but I found the best bet was to get a Myus.com...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,676
Posted By tgmillso
Cool. Probably explains why Van's don't offer the...

Cool. Probably explains why Van's don't offer the Newton caps anymore. I was so frustrated with the flanges on the originals.
Mickey brings up a good point that you don't want to paint yourself into...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-09-2021, 02:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,676
Posted By tgmillso
Don't get the steel pitot mount, They are...

Don't get the steel pitot mount, They are ridiculously heavy (and over priced).

This is what I have in my -7:
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/inpages/alumpitotmast12-04764.php

You need to...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-05-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,726
Posted By tgmillso
I’m not saying this is the root cause, but it is...

I’m not saying this is the root cause, but it is something I have noticed with the way Van’s sets up the fuel system in the RV-7. If you fill the tanks near full then taxi on rough ground, some fuel...
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2021, 02:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,480
Posted By tgmillso
You can buy small sheets of stainless steel...

You can buy small sheets of stainless steel screen mesh from McMaster Carr relatively inexpensively. Just decide what size you need based on bug size, trim to shape with tin snips, then bond in place...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 05:47 AM
Replies: 159
Views: 38,943
Posted By tgmillso
Fear not, Wrights Law will save the day. This...

Fear not, Wrights Law will save the day. This rollout is no different from the introduction of electric vehicles. At the start with low volumes, electric vehicles were seen by many as being an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2021, 01:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,081
Posted By tgmillso
If you want an aircraft quicker, save a bit...

If you want an aircraft quicker, save a bit longer and buy a quick build, or buy a fully built aircraft. If you are getting into this because you think you want to build, buy a tail kit and have the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-25-2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,450
Posted By tgmillso
Iím with Turner on this one. If you are doing...

Iím with Turner on this one. If you are doing your entire panel, get the real deal AFM-8 crimper (Steinair typically has them fir a good price) and the knockoff positioners . I had the cheap crimp...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,107
Posted By tgmillso
Al's ideal sounds like a pretty neat solution...

Al's ideal sounds like a pretty neat solution also. Do you really need another drain point at the bottom of the gascolator? Probably not. This isn't your average Cessna with 13 drain points at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,107
Posted By tgmillso
I'm by no means the first person to do this, so I...

I'm by no means the first person to do this, so I can't take credit for any of it. It's really common in Canada where they have to install gascolators.

Here are a couple of pics I found, some during...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2021, 02:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,107
Posted By tgmillso
I'm a fan of pair of filters so that you have the...

I'm a fan of pair of filters so that you have the ability to switch over to the other should one ever become plugged for some reason. I have Andair gascolators/filters mounted in each wing root. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2021, 11:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,378
Posted By tgmillso
If you ever want to run Mogas or unleaded ULP,...

If you ever want to run Mogas or unleaded ULP, the youíre likely limited to 8.5:1 compression ratio. Handy if you end up somewhere that doesnít have 100LL available, or you just donít want to fill...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-17-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 16,825
Posted By tgmillso
This seems to echo the global chip shortage. A...

This seems to echo the global chip shortage. A few chips are delayed because of the pandemic, then buyers panic and try to tie up their next 4 years requirements exacerbating the problem, for most of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-10-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,954
Posted By tgmillso
Someone smarter than me may have to confirm this,...

Someone smarter than me may have to confirm this, but I think you might find that lowering flap and trying to product more drag will only allow you to marginally increase the RPM in a fixed pitch...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-06-2021, 01:31 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,337
Posted By tgmillso
Yes Glenn, you are right. I meant angle valve....

Yes Glenn, you are right. I meant angle valve. Was writing late at night and the brain was not functioning as it should. The 320 mount is a little longer. With my IO-360 cowl, there were still a few...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-04-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,337
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Glenn, With the M1B and a Catto propeller you...

Hi Glenn,

With the M1B and a Catto propeller you may want to look at using the slightly longer O-320 engine mount instead of the O-360 to avoid having to use the ballast weight. The RV-7 has a...
Forum: Propellers 06-29-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,500
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Ariel, Just because you are parked in the...

Hi Ariel,
Just because you are parked in the desert doesnít mean you are immune from corrosion. After shutdown your engine is full of water vapor. The propeller is a massive heat sink that will cool...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-24-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 16,825
Posted By tgmillso
If we were changing the NGK plugs every 100hrs,...

If we were changing the NGK plugs every 100hrs, what replacement interval should we be using for the Denso 5312-ik27 as they appear to be more of a weapons grade plug.

Tom
2x PMag IO-360 M1B RV-7
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2021, 03:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,405
Posted By tgmillso
If youíre into a bit of DIY, hereís a solution of...

If youíre into a bit of DIY, hereís a solution of Danís that Iíve copied and works great. Super easy to build if youíve got access to a welder....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-09-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,869
Posted By tgmillso
I found the best option was to get a plan...

I found the best option was to get a plan together and settle on a manufacturer relatively early, then buy some avionics trays from Stein Air so that you at least have something to get the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 01:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,471
Posted By tgmillso
John, The cheapest thing you can do is do it...

John,
The cheapest thing you can do is do it right the first time. If you haven't got the time and money to do it right the first time, when are you ever going to find the time or money to do it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 38,943
Posted By tgmillso
It’s not going to be over until we are 100%...

It’s not going to be over until we are 100% carbon neutral, which is unfortunately going to be some time out. Getting the lead out would be a step in the right direction and would show that we...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-26-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,495
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Larry and Larry, LR172 Larry, do you know of...

Hi Larry and Larry,

LR172 Larry, do you know of any definitive test data, analysis or publication by Lycoming that says lead on the valve face prevents wear? I have been unable to find anything in...
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,620
Posted By tgmillso
I typically go to the source....

I typically go to the source.
https://www.lycoming.com/CONTENT/OPERATOR%27S-MANUAL-IO-390
The RV-14 manual should have everything else you need.

Tom
RV-7
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-25-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,922
Posted By tgmillso
Ed, You can get a Gigavac GV200 which has...

Ed,
You can get a Gigavac GV200 which has substantial lower current draw that traditional master relays, so you can run single bus, not to mention they are an amazing, quality piece of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 29,527
Posted By tgmillso
To both Capt and MacCool, there is the...

To both Capt and MacCool, there is the opportunity to enlighten yourself, and there's plenty of information freely available from credible sources to do so.

20min 30sec onwards is worth listening to...
Forum: Tools 05-20-2021, 04:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,391
Posted By tgmillso
If you just want a ratcheting crimper, there is...

If you just want a ratcheting crimper, there is one from available from an online experimental avionics supply store (not sure if I am able to mention their name due to the whole sponsorship thing,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,213
Posted By tgmillso
I used lightweight ribbed marine carpets. They...

I used lightweight ribbed marine carpets. They typically have good fire resistance properties and are available in light weight versions. Typically easy to get data sheets for. They can be easily...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-13-2021, 03:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,497
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Paul, I used a K-Sun BEE3 printer that I had...

Hi Paul,

I used a K-Sun BEE3 printer that I had purchased as a heat shrink printer for the wiring, and just changed out the cartridge for a white on black sticky backed version. It gives you a few...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-12-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,497
Posted By tgmillso
Shuttle switch protectors can be sourced...

Shuttle switch protectors can be sourced inexpensively from a number of vendors online. All my toggle switches either have shuttle switch protectors or missile switch protectors. Toggle switches are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,673
Posted By tgmillso
Chad, I honestly think you would be nuts to...

Chad,

I honestly think you would be nuts to build an RV-7, and that's coming from an RV-7 builder/driver.
Let's do some simple math. You say you want to use the aircraft for aerobatics. The RV-7 has...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-20-2021, 01:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,905
Posted By tgmillso
There is an option, and that creating a harness...

There is an option, and that creating a harness that is relatively easily removable from the aircraft. In that situation, you will still need to lay on your back to get all the wiring run lengths...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,370
Posted By tgmillso
Sounds like the OP should really get some bigger...

Sounds like the OP should really get some bigger tires. Definitely makes landing on grass runways a smoother affair. Easy to install as a retrofit if the original builder installed the original tires...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 06:55 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 59,637
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Tim, I used 2/3rd of a cartridge when I did...

Hi Tim,

I used 2/3rd of a cartridge when I did the firewall and belly insulation in my RV-7. If you're needing any more than that you're probably making your filets a little on the large side, and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-19-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,594
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Alex, My readings were similar to yours with...

Hi Alex,
My readings were similar to yours with the glass fuses. Even with a new set of fuses, it didn't take long before they would start throwing erratic readings. I have since replaced them with...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 04:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,378
Posted By tgmillso
Hi Jon. I think you will find that painting...

Hi Jon. I think you will find that painting before final assembly will be easier if you intend to get it done off-airport. It also makes the components much more manageable to paint, as it allows you...
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