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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-27-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,367
Posted By mfshook62
SDS-CPI-2 Status Report

My SDS CPI-2 ignition has been running reliably now for about 16 months. At every oil change I inspect the wiring, coil and pickup mounts and there have been no issues at all. I have not had to...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-18-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,175
Posted By mfshook62
Those Red and Purple Wires

I converted to a CPI-2 ignition on my RV-9a and I now have over 50 trouble free hours. I'm very satisfied with this new ignition and described this conversion in a previous post. Last year I had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 569
Posted By mfshook62
Silicone Tubing 1/8" I.D. Works Fine for P/S and MAP

I have plumbed 5 RV's including my own with 1/8" ID silicone tubing for pitot static and MAP plumbing without any problems. I use the barbed fittings and tees and never had a leak or kinked tube,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,928
Posted By mfshook62
Desser Retreads

I have purchased 2 sets of Desser Elite Premium 2 Groove 5.00x5-6ply retreads ($70 ea) for my RV-9a. These last me about 4 years or 400 hours. The grooves are about twice as thick as the Hawks and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-12-2020, 03:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,367
Posted By mfshook62
I Just Converted From Pmags to a CPI-2 Ignition

I removed both Pmags and installed an SDS CPI-2 ignition on my RV-9a with a carburated Lycoming O235-L2C engine. There were a few reasons for this conversion;

1. I was tired of sending the Pmags...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-08-2019, 04:06 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 18,837
Posted By mfshook62
Cranking Time v Battery Life

I didn't read much in this thread about the engine size, compression ratio, charging voltage, and the amount of time and cranking power required to start engines when folks reported problems with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 684
Posted By mfshook62
Will a Dynon HDX Control a Trutrak Digiflight II VS Autopilot

I finished the installation and can now answer my own question.

I retrofitted my avionics panel and just installed a new Dynon HDX with ADSB in and out to replace my Garmin 430 stack and assorted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 684
Posted By mfshook62
Will Dynon HDX Control a Trutrak Digiflite II VS Autopilot v2.43

I am doing a full panel upgrade on my RV9a. I am installing a Dynon HDX and would like to keep my existing Digiflite II VS autopilot and servos. Will the industry standard full NMEA serial output...
Forum: Autopilots 01-15-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 472
Posted By mfshook62
Will Dynon HDX Control a Trutrak Digiflite II VS Autopilot v2.43

I am doing a full panel upgrade on my RV9a. I am installing a Dynon HDX and would like to keep my existing Digiflite II VS autopilot and servos. Will the NMEA serial output from the HDX GPS control...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,431
Posted By mfshook62
My Iphone has a Level

You should have a Level app that was included with the latest software update. Look for "Measure". I use it all the time. My Iphone compass seems to work fine for me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,301
Posted By mfshook62
Much Easier to Get out of my 9a Using the Easy Out

I'm getting older and it now takes just about all my arm strength to lift up high enough to get my feet underneath and extricate myself from my 9a. Just installed the Easy Out and it is a big...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-13-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 82,702
Posted By mfshook62
Want to Keep My Key Switch

Hello Ross,

I'm sure many folks, myself included, will be converting from traditional magnetos or PMags to the CPI2, and we all need to decide what to do with the key switch and existing p-leads....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,367
Posted By mfshook62
Pitot Static Lines

This is the easiest, most reliable, and least expensive way to install a pitot static plumbing system. I used 1/8" ID 1/4" OD flexible silicone tubing from McMaster-Carr on 4-5 experimentals and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-07-2018, 04:12 PM
Replies: 341
Views: 82,702
Posted By mfshook62
Considering a Larger Backup Battery

Hello Ross,

I am impressed with your progress and game plan for the CPI2 and have pretty much made my mind up to purchase one this winter. I have a question regarding a backup battery. I will be...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-30-2017, 02:41 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,382
Posted By mfshook62
Using the "A" Curve

I have a question. I am using the "A" curve (jumper) on my 2 PMags. The manual states, that when using the "A" curve, the ignition follows the Base Curve alone, and also, any EICAD changes to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2017, 03:38 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 14,261
Posted By mfshook62
Oil Shutter vs Vernatherm

It is my understanding that many Lycoming engines are equipped with a vernatherm to regulate oil flow thru the oil cooler. The vernatherm remains closed until the oil temperature reaches 180 deg F....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2017, 01:21 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 20,080
Posted By mfshook62
Get Your Eyes Examined First

My family doctor asked about my eyes. Fortunately I brought my latest eye exam results with me. He then signed the certificate without any more hesitation. When I got home I passed the test and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2017, 12:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,777
Posted By mfshook62
All My Photobucket Photos Hijacked

Opened a few of my and other VAF posts and found that the photos were hijacked by Photobucket, and they now want a $400 ransom to view or download them. Don't remember getting a notice from PB. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,607
Posted By mfshook62
Amateurs, Really

Many of us on VAF have 10's of thousands of hours of experience in fields of aeronautics, science, and engineering and feel our opinions are relevant.
I chuckle at the suggestion that we are all...
Forum: California 04-27-2017, 11:47 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,650
Posted By mfshook62
Welcome to California

There is a personal property tax on aircraft based in California. I think its about 1% of the assessed value per year. The assessed value is somewhat negotiable. The county tax assessor is somehow...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-17-2017, 11:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,211
Posted By mfshook62
Pmag Timing Questions

After I set the timing on both Pmags (ver. 4.0) according to the Operating Guide and then rotate the prop one or two turns, I observe that both green LED's don't turn on at exactly the same time, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-30-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,960
Posted By mfshook62
Replacing Fuel Sending Unit Rubber Gasket

Just replaced the fuel float rubber gasket on my 2007 RV-9a with Flamemaster (Proseal). I purchased one pint of 1/2 hour work-life, which was way more than is required, so I will store it in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,398
Posted By mfshook62
Stud Removal Tool

Double nutting sometimes does not provide enough clamping force to remove the stud. You need to borrow a collet type stud removal tool. I think its a 5/16" coarse thread. And, one lesson that I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-17-2017, 06:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,207
Posted By mfshook62
Tip: A Place to Hang Your Headsets

One of the first things that I noticed on my RV-9a was there was not a convenient place to hang my headsets after a flight. So initially, I set them on top of the dash and after a while I noticed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,453
Posted By mfshook62
Dsub Pin Crimping and Insertion

First of all, be sure you are crimping the end of the pin, usually near the orange paint ring. The larger diameter metal belt a little closer to the center of the pin holds the pin into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,859
Posted By mfshook62
Four Words: Desser Tire Elite Retreads Bought...

Four Words: Desser Tire Elite Retreads

Bought two sets and they seemed to last twice as long as the Vans originals. And they are about the same cost.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2016, 05:12 PM
Replies: 310
Views: 118,812
Posted By mfshook62
Recommended Rivet Placement for Bracket

Looks like rivets that attach the Aileron Bracket can be placed with the factory head inside or outside. Mine have the factory head facing the inside of the wing, where some of the photos have the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 310
Views: 118,812
Posted By mfshook62
RV-9A 1020 Hours - No Cracks

Rv-9a built in 2007 with 1020 hours. Inspection photos revealed excellent workmanship by original builder and no cracks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2016, 11:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 14,112
Posted By mfshook62
ELT-451 Replacement Battery Cost

The replacement batteries for the Ameriking AK-451 are Ultralife U10013 - 3 ea, and U10014 - 1 ea. A set can be purchased from http://ultralifecorporation.com The total cost including shipping is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2015, 05:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,969
Posted By mfshook62
Temporary Tube Sealants

Anyone ever used Slime tube sealant as a temporary fix to seal a small leak enough to get you home?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2015, 05:36 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,454
Posted By mfshook62
3.6v Lithium D size Battery for ELT

It was mentioned in a previous post that a set of 4 batteries for the 451 costs about $130 from Ameriking. There are many battery vendors on line including Amazon that sell these batteries, p.n....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2014, 04:36 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 34,433
Posted By mfshook62
Just wondering

Glad everyone is OK. To me this is an incredibly scary situation and I was wondering what should a person do if your plane flips over and you are trapped inside with fuel running everywhere. Do you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
Posted By mfshook62
Electrical conductivity of SS screws

The screws main function is to hold the wire connector tightly against the switch lug. Since the electrical conductivity of SS and steel is low compared to the connector and the lug, the majority of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 23,356
Posted By mfshook62
Silicone Tubing 1/8 I. D. Works Fine for Pitot Static Lines

I have used flexible silicone tubing 1/8" I. D. pitot static lines in four RVs including my own without any problems at all. I use plastic barbed connectors with pipe threads for the instruments,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,896
Posted By mfshook62
Loss of power

P-Mags with all the latest revisions caused a significant loss of power in my engine on three different occasions, two of them resulted in emergency landings, and on each occasion the mags were sent...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,928
Posted By mfshook62
Nice Xmas Present

Just received my new engine from Lycoming, can't wait to install it and get back into the air. Very satisfied with the decision to purchase a new engine. Thanks for all the good...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-01-2014, 05:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,928
Posted By mfshook62
New Engine

We wanted a drop in replacement and did not want to change the mount, baffles, exhaust, cowling, etc. We are content with the 4.1 gph and 135 knph airspeed we get with the O-235.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-01-2014, 03:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,928
Posted By mfshook62
Rebuild or Replace

Here is our decision to either replace or rebuild a tired old Lyc O-235-L2C engine. We got quotes from some of the major rebuilders in N Cal and Canada. They were all in the range of $17-18K, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2013, 12:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,514
Posted By mfshook62
Vans 2014 Calendar Cover Photo Question

I just received the new Van's 2014 calendar and was intrigued by the cover photo of Steve Barnes RV-6. It doesn't really look like a 6, the cowling, fuselage, and gear legs appear longer than...
Forum: GPS 10-08-2013, 05:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,487
Posted By mfshook62
Memory Battery Replacement

Here is a thread on replacing the memory battery.


www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=89709&referrerid=8935
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2013, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,928
Posted By mfshook62
Rebuild a Tired Old Engine or Buy a New One?

Is there a limit on the number of hours or the number of factory overhauls that an engine is capable of before it becomes prudent to buy a new one? I was told that when you send an engine to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2013, 12:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,416
Posted By mfshook62
Recommendation for a Good Engine Rebuilder

I need my lyc O235 l2c rebuilt and live on the west coast. Can you recommend an honest and reasonably priced rebuilder to do the work.

Thanks for your time,
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-08-2013, 11:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,127
Posted By mfshook62
Switching to PMags

I'm assuming this is not a new engine and you upgraded to PMags from a standard magneto. If so, then:

The same thing happened to me when I removed the Slick mags and installed Pmags. I was...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-19-2013, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,800
Posted By mfshook62
What Plug Do You Recommend for PMags

Bill,
I have been using BR8ES, which are replaced at about 75 hours. Some folks are recommending the 9ES, and others are recommending Iridium plugs.

In your experience, what plug(s), heat...
Forum: GPS 11-30-2012, 11:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,563
Posted By mfshook62
This Solved My Problem with the 430

A few months ago my 430 displayed "GPS Signal Lost" at least once a flight. The GPS antenna is located on the cowling just in front of the canopy. Garmin said I needed a new antenna. Also, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2012, 05:09 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 29,292
Posted By mfshook62
Its Surprising How Many Builders Overlook These Bolts

Changed the oil today and removed the floor panels to see if the original builders had installed the bolts. I was a dismayed to see that all 4 bolts were missing, but luckily the nut plates were in...
Forum: GPS 08-12-2012, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 43,502
Posted By mfshook62
Garmin GNS 430 Memory Battery Replacement

About a month ago a "Memory Battery Low" message was displayed on my Garmin 430. I read a few posts online about replacing the battery at home rather than sending the unit to Garmin along with...
Forum: GPS 06-16-2012, 04:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,415
Posted By mfshook62
GPS Signal Dropped in my 430

My 430 started to display "GPS signal lost" at least once a flight. Garmin said I needed a new antenna. The engine was also running a little rough at times. During a spark plug inspection I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2012, 01:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,530
Posted By mfshook62
How About Density Altitude

Another consideration that needs to be factored in to this discussion is density altitude.
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-08-2012, 04:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,595
Posted By mfshook62
sent you a pm

sent you a pm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2012, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,454
Posted By mfshook62
Ameriking Customer Service

About a year ago I had to deal with Ameriking customer service to resolve an AK451 warranty issue. Most of the experimental aircraft vendors that I have dealt with over the years have gone out of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2012, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,402
Posted By mfshook62
Tire Wear Benchmark

A few pilots submitting replies here mention the number of hours they get on a set of tires. Wouldn't it be more informative to mention the number of landings they get on a set of tires and tubes. ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-05-2012, 07:04 PM
Replies: 789
Views: 562,297
Posted By mfshook62
Returning Home

Just flew 5 young eagles at Cloverdale, Ca, now heading home with my wife.


http://i907.photobucket.com/albums/ac278/mfshook62/235.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,651
Posted By mfshook62
My Experience and Opinion on Adhesive Expiration Dates

Was the product stored in a cool dry place, does it have a manageable viscosity, and there is no separation of the solid or resin portion? If the answers are all yes, then it is good to use. When...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-09-2011, 05:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,907
Posted By mfshook62
Set Both PMags Together

You mentioned that you set one Pmag and than the other.

Both of my Pmags are attached to the same MAP tube, so I blow into the tube, and watch both led's to set the timing for both PMags at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2011, 06:30 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,902
Posted By mfshook62
Entry or Exit Wound

Lightning usually starts on the ground and sends a streamer up into the atmosphere, so the melted metal on the VS most likely is an exit rather than an entry wound. There may be more damage where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2011, 04:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,934
Posted By mfshook62
Oil Cooler Bracket Separated

What would be the best way to repair this. The bracket that attaches the oil cooler has separated. Actually the baffles on both sides were cracked in a couple of places because they were joined...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2011, 09:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,029
Posted By mfshook62
Remove the Screw

Jim,
The locking bar can be placed in 4 different positions indexed by the 2 pins and the screw, then tighten the screw to hold the bar in place.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2011, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,831
Posted By mfshook62
Type K Thermocouples and Wire Color

Type K thermocouples are typically used in high temperature applications and are very accurate up to about 2400 deg F (1350 C). The wires are composed of chromel-alumel alloys and the wire color...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2011, 04:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,831
Posted By mfshook62
Check the EGT thermocouple probes

I noticed the same problem on a Lyc IO360 engine with about 250 hours and equipped with a set of Vans EGT hose clamp probes. I removed the probes and the ceramic exterior coating was completely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2011, 10:00 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,796
Posted By mfshook62
Togetherness

My wife really likes our 9a. She would not be able to fly with me if she was not able to instantly grab my thigh very firmly whenever we experience turbulence.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2011, 12:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,764
Posted By mfshook62
Gauges Bouncing

I had the same static line problem. My ASI vibrated about +/- 3 mph and it was inaccurate. So, I bought a new ASI from Spruce which was more accurate, but the bouncing got worse, so I sent it back....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2011, 03:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,846
Posted By mfshook62
Proseal Remover

That's the most interesting technique that I've ever heard of to remove Proseal. Maybe there is a market opportunity for those sticky little guys.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2011, 04:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,954
Posted By mfshook62
Vans R L Both Start Switch Question

My schematic shows that the R post on the R L Both start switch is connected to the right mag p-lead, and the L post is connected to the left mag p-lead. The jumper to the right p-lead is removed. ...
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