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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By calpilot
Jeff, you are spot on! I am a DAR in the...

Jeff, you are spot on! I am a DAR in the Northwest, and yes, these documents get audited, and if the -88 appears to be false, the local FSDO
may get involved to nullify the C of A.

Regards,

Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,381
Posted By calpilot
The Vans bill of sale should have "Aircraft"...

The Vans bill of sale should have "Aircraft" crossed out, and "Kit" inserted before; Talk to Barbara at Vans, she may be able to help. Regards,

DAR Gary
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,323
Posted By calpilot
There is a graph in the operators manual, takes...

There is a graph in the operators manual, takes into consideration density altitude.
A quick and dirty rule of thumb is RPM in hundreds and manifold pressure:

43 - 55% 45=65% 48 = 75%
Most run...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-27-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By calpilot
spend a little time on the default nav page, it...

spend a little time on the default nav page, it does many things for y0u.

Gary
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-27-2021, 07:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 435
Posted By calpilot
If your engine is a certified engine, then yes,...

If your engine is a certified engine, then yes, they do apply. If you have modified the data plate to reflect the experimental status of the engine,then not unless the AD specifically addresses the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-27-2021, 07:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,227
Posted By calpilot
I have found on several aircraft that turning on...

I have found on several aircraft that turning on the boost pump seems to put out some RF, and along with the lights, can make the gauges erratic. Play with the boost pump switch and see if it makes...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-27-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 330
Posted By calpilot
I assume if you are using a Jurassic VOR, then...

I assume if you are using a Jurassic VOR, then you will have your NAV in VOR, not GPS (which can be used to intercept the radial as well). Set the course for the inbound reciprocal or outbound...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-22-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 369
Posted By calpilot
I use BR9ES stock gap with a pumped up engine,...

I use BR9ES stock gap with a pumped up engine, otherwise the BR8ES.

DAr Gary
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-22-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,041
Posted By calpilot
pUT A "t" IN THE LINE FROM YOUR MANIFOLD PRESSURE...

pUT A "t" IN THE LINE FROM YOUR MANIFOLD PRESSURE GAUGE OR TRANSDUCER, THEN TO BOTH P MAGS. GIVING THEM THEIR OWN MP FROM SEPARATE CYLINDERS HAS CAUSED ISSUES WITH TIMING FLUCTUATION. rEGARDS,

dar...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-21-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,368
Posted By calpilot
Former airline, been flying IFR 45 years, my dual...

Former airline, been flying IFR 45 years, my dual G3X with Garmin FTN 650 is as good or better than the 787!!!! Mostly depends on user set up and understanding the system, just like any computer. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 655
Posted By calpilot
I fabricated an "anti - cowl flap on a servo,...

I fabricated an "anti - cowl flap on a servo, closes up the scoop at the exit, noise is less, speed increases, and temps are where they should be.

It is 5 inches at the forward end with the hinge,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,101
Posted By calpilot
Requires "Amended" C of A per the operating...

Requires "Amended" C of A per the operating limitations. Easy, send me an email to my private email, and I'll send you what you need!

DAR Gary calpilot123@gmail.com
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,416
Posted By calpilot
Does it work? yes Are there some heat issues? ...

Does it work? yes Are there some heat issues? sometimes!!

DAR Gary
Forum: Rocket 02-07-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,276
Posted By calpilot
I had my HVAC roll the boot cow, also found some...

I had my HVAC roll the boot cow, also found some 100 degree countersunk stainless pull rivets, rated stronger than bucked rivets, saved a lot of contortion, cuss words, and heat stroke!

DAR Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,682
Posted By calpilot
OK, first, an RV by definition can never be...

OK, first, an RV by definition can never be "Airworthy", therefore, it does not get an "annual" inspection, reserved for Type Certified aircraft. It receives a "Condition Inspection" instead, to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,020
Posted By calpilot
All that is required on the data plate is the...

All that is required on the data plate is the Make (Manufacture); Model; and Serial Number, must EXACTLY match the registration, no added punctuation.

Joe Doaks
Barnburner II
12123

That's all!...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 698
Posted By calpilot
i USE A COOLER PLUG, NGK BR9ES, WORKS GREAT!

i USE A COOLER PLUG, NGK BR9ES, WORKS GREAT!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,020
Posted By calpilot
year on registration, usually year of completion,...

year on registration, usually year of completion, but not necessarily.

DAR Gary
Forum: Safety 01-28-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,148
Posted By calpilot
It is IAS!

It is IAS!
Forum: Fiberglass 01-02-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,392
Posted By calpilot
I had lots of issues with the James cowl. ...

I had lots of issues with the James cowl. Everything, cowl halves and plenum must have come out of the mold very green. Lost of fiberglass work on the cowl to get it to fit, I kept just the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 132
Views: 21,110
Posted By calpilot
Quite a bit! I fly IFR a lot around the Pacific...

Quite a bit! I fly IFR a lot around the Pacific Northwest inspecting aircraft. I try to avoid Ice like the plague, but sometimes it is there even when forecasts say no. I have anti icing vents...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,391
Posted By calpilot
In the G3X manual, and on the configuration page,...

In the G3X manual, and on the configuration page, there is a vibration test. run it and see what the result is.

DAR Gary
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 164,604
Posted By calpilot
Always keep a supply of those hard to get...

Always keep a supply of those hard to get hourglass shaped rivets on hand!

Pay attention to areas of the drawing where no rivet is to be installed until later in the process.

Tors head screws (100 ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-26-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 611
Posted By calpilot
Read your Operating Limitations. Most likely, it...

Read your Operating Limitations. Most likely, it is a minor change, just a maintenance record entry and an updated weight and balance.

DAR Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,404
Posted By calpilot
I am a DAR in the Northwest. The applicant...

I am a DAR in the Northwest. The applicant uploading the log is optional as long as it is available at the time of inspection. Also, on the AWC site, there is reference to a document 8000-38 (...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,046
Posted By calpilot
i have had my hangar door transmitter set off my...

i have had my hangar door transmitter set off my ELT, changed transmitters.

gary
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,040
Posted By calpilot
I use stainless rod for model aircraft flight ...

I use stainless rod for model aircraft flight controls from the hoppy shop, thread the ends, double lock the aftend , use a compression spring and then washer and nut on the front, works great!

gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,404
Posted By calpilot
I'm a DAR in the Northwest. "Major portion" or...

I'm a DAR in the Northwest. "Major portion" or the "51%" rule is a bit grey. Any evidence that a builder can produce such as photos, build logs, build manuals with notations and dates, etc. can...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,024
Posted By calpilot
I have had 3 circuit breaker failures, all were...

I have had 3 circuit breaker failures, all were Potter Brumfield, now TYCO which were made in Mexico. They are now made in Taiwan, no problems with these.
I opened the mexican made units after...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,544
Posted By calpilot
Use the 8ES plugs and lean the **** out of it on...

Use the 8ES plugs and lean the **** out of it on the ground, including as soon as you exit the runway after landing. When the engine is cooling after landing, the lead is being scavenged and ends...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,440
Posted By calpilot
To add my 2 cents worth, I am an A&P; IA; and...

To add my 2 cents worth, I am an A&P; IA; and DAR. If a major component on the aircraft is of a certified nature and failure of which would make the aircraft unsafe, yes, they apply. For instance,...
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,882
Posted By calpilot
I have seen a lot of this, and the engineers at...

I have seen a lot of this, and the engineers at Vans usually suggest if the edge distance is sufficient, and the material is thick enough, go with the oversize rivet.

Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,492
Posted By calpilot
I am a DAR, and I do a lot of pre purchase...

I am a DAR, and I do a lot of pre purchase inspections. I take photos of anything that may be suspect, such as glaze in the cylinders, pitting on valve seats, etc. I give the client a detailed...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-03-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,983
Posted By calpilot
Built new "Super" 7, paint4d identical as my...

Built new "Super" 7, paint4d identical as my first 7. Lots of mods, fast!

g.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-01-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,164
Posted By calpilot
When flaps are up, grin bearing wedged against...

When flaps are up, grin bearing wedged against bottom skin. Make hole a bit larger.
Forum: Rocket 10-31-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,276
Posted By calpilot
I took my boot cowl to my local heating and air...

I took my boot cowl to my local heating and air conditioning shop, they rolled the sides and edges, great fit. Also, I located some 100 degree stainless "pull" rivets that has a higher shear...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-31-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
Posted By calpilot
If your cowl seal and or plenum is good, you...

If your cowl seal and or plenum is good, you should never have an issue with accessory case temperature. Having said that, I like to hedge my bet, always add cooling tubes to the Mags or electronic...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-31-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,453
Posted By calpilot
I chose for weight consideration the (I) O-360. ...

I chose for weight consideration the (I) O-360. Due to the 9-1 pistons, ventury cut seats, performance camshaft, flow matched cylinders, DUAL "P" MAGS, AND LIGHTENED FLYWHEEL, and the HARTZELL 74"...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-31-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,693
Posted By calpilot
Try removing and plugging the "overprimne" or...

Try removing and plugging the "overprimne" or "sniffle valve" from the bottom of the pan. Some cycle open and closed, causing erratic idle.

Regards,

Gary
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-25-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,244
Posted By calpilot
In the Garmin system, I'm not sure if the "Ident"...

In the Garmin system, I'm not sure if the "Ident" feature will do anything for you if the transponder is not receiving any serial input. Perhaps a Garmin GURU can step in and enlighten us? I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,880
Posted By calpilot
Check with your electrical company. Where I...

Check with your electrical company. Where I live, the energy trust subsidized the purchase of the square LED arrays for the hangar. When I turn on the lights, I need sunglasses!

Gary
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,801
Posted By calpilot
I do a lot of pre buy inspections. No one can...

I do a lot of pre buy inspections. No one can catch everything, but an experienced eye knows what to look for, and inspecting the aircraft and logs is just part of the puzzle. Looking at the FAA...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-25-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,244
Posted By calpilot
IFR with ADHRS failure

I have an RV-7 with dual Garmin ADHRS and dual G3X screens. The PFD (ADHRS 1) and MFD (ADHRS 2) are on separate busses, the PFD can be powered from normal ships power or one or both batteries (Main...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-24-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
Yes, the indication on my efis is the same as the...

Yes, the indication on my efis is the same as the lED on the battery, either slow flash, fast flash, or steady. In my case, it was steady, and having that light on for months waiting for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,707
Posted By calpilot
Take a look at FAR part 45. Must be 3"; Roman...

Take a look at FAR part 45. Must be 3"; Roman block; spacing 1/2 distance of height, contrasting color. Having said that, I have never heard of a Fed busting a guy for fancy N numbers as long as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,229
Posted By calpilot
I am a DAR for the MIDO and FSDO. Yes, there are...

I am a DAR for the MIDO and FSDO. Yes, there are times where you can get the fSDO to inspect the aircraft at no charge. Many who go this route have regrets due to the time awaiting the inspection,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-17-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
It will annunciate "BATT 1", and either flash or...

It will annunciate "BATT 1", and either flash or steady state just as the LED on the battery, it is how it is to be set up.

g.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
Yes have. "BATT 1" on efis, responds exactly as...

Yes have. "BATT 1" on efis, responds exactly as led on unit. Solid steady state means there is a fault, but battery still working. Additional fault on second " brain" renders battery tango uniform...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-14-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
I think you missed my point. When there is a...

I think you missed my point. When there is a failure of the type I encountered last week, there is an EFIS warning that "som ting wong". Yes, the battery can still function normally. HOWEVER......
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-13-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
Been doing this over 45 years, including...

Been doing this over 45 years, including designing many small and large aircraft electrical systems. In the stated case, there was a fault, indicating the battery was not totally well, and an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-12-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
Might be useful to include in the manual that...

Might be useful to include in the manual that depending on the regime of flight (IFR, etc.) consideration should be made to exit IFR conditions and/or land at nearest suitable...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-12-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
Earth-x Battery

So, I just had a call from Cathy at Earth-x; she was quite helpful, and is sending me out a replacement battery. She also explained that one of the issues I had heard about with the Earth-x battery...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,022
Posted By calpilot
An understanding wife!!!!

An understanding wife!!!!
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,470
Posted By calpilot
I have been sharing your shimmy "fix" with a lot...

I have been sharing your shimmy "fix" with a lot of builders. Seeems after talking with the gear manufacture, there is more variance in the gear leg alignments than one would assume. The hole in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,792
Posted By calpilot
how to calibrate

Some EFIS have airspeed calibration ability, some do not. Best way to determine accuracy is to
Fly heading 360, 135 knots or 155 mph indicated, write down your ground speed and true airspeed; do...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-11-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,470
Posted By calpilot
I think your fix was spot on, the lateral flex of...

I think your fix was spot on, the lateral flex of the directional carbon fiber does dampen landing loads, and the stiffness of the fore and aft either prevents the shimmy or dampens it, at any rate, ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-10-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
redundancy does not help you get started when the...

redundancy does not help you get started when the battery is tango uniform, you are flying IFR, or in a remote area.

Had similar experience in a 727 with low batteries, couldn't start the APU, so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,470
Posted By calpilot
shimmy

it does fit under the fairings! It absorbs lateral landing loads due to its ability to flex laterally, but dampens the fore and aft motion that is the shimmy.

g.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,470
Posted By calpilot
Gear Shimmy

My RV-7 has had violent gear shimmy since first flight, occurred around 23 mph. I tried different tire pressure, different profile tires, wood slats, wrapping the main gear with carbon fiber,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-10-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,080
Posted By calpilot
EarthX Battery issue

After 14 months and 200 hours, I had two issues with the 690 battery. After running the master switch and PFD for 12 minutes on a fully charged battery, the next engine start resulted in the starter...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-04-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,631
Posted By calpilot
gear shimmy

I have tried everything to stop the shimmy, different tires, pressure, wood slats, wrapping legs with carbon fiber, etc. I just bought a new pair of gear legs, seem to have just a bit more toe in. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-16-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,217
Posted By calpilot
The G3X in the "date fields" will track the time...

The G3X in the "date fields" will track the time from master on, and in a separate window, track time from RPM over 1300.
G.
Forum: Propellers 08-16-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 943
Posted By calpilot
governor

Those are the same as the MT governor. Several service bulletins on those; I think MOD F deal with that issue.

Regards,

Gary
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,591
Posted By calpilot
my siphon issue

My RV-7 QB would siphon when a full tank was then left in the sun and volume expanded... BUT...it kept up even after the fuel level was below the filler neck where the vent line terminates. It...
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