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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By agirard7a
Try these

Here you go. Give these a go
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,590
Posted By agirard7a
3M 5200

3m 5200 is amazingly strong and bonds very well to metals. Scotch bright and clean as prep. Home Depot sells it in a small tube. Get the quick cure. Be aware it is a permanent bond. I used it on my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,058
Posted By agirard7a
Wire color

Personally i used Red for power and black for grounds. White on most everything else and used shrink wrap labels. Also used fuse blocks hinged for drop down access behind the panel vs. pull breakers...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,541
Posted By agirard7a
Fitting the cowl. My method.

I fit my top cowl to the fire wall first. I first put the forward edge of 2” blue tape on the leading edge of the forward skin mounted to the fire wall. . The aft edge of the tape is adhered onto the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-14-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,242
Posted By agirard7a

Having had a break failure on a recent landing. Im putting replace brake puck O-rings
on the list. Using Vton higher temp O rings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 786
Posted By agirard7a
Cg finder app

I use this app. Once you enter the station data, your good to go.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 901
Posted By agirard7a

I had a t-shirt designed for our local Rv flying group.

I sourced the design internationally with It is a bid process after you tell the community
What you are looking for.

A guy...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-04-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,171
Posted By agirard7a
Agree fully. I converted my 9a to a 9 and very...

Agree fully. I converted my 9a to a 9 and very happy with it. Many advantages to the tail wheel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 535
Posted By agirard7a
Northern WI diversion PIREP

On our route touring the south coastline of Lake Superior,
We ended up making a diversion due to low ceilings.
I have to say it became a very pleasant stopover.
The folks at KLNL couldn’t have been...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-04-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,609
Posted By agirard7a

Very cool Vic and son! Nicely done and look forward to seeing more.
My main thought is you will inevitably be saving someones butt by providing this info. Good on you guys!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,274
Posted By agirard7a
Cylinder temp

Be prepared that you may get higher ChT’s on climb.
Jetting out the carb or getting a higher flow carb may be in order.

I converted from 150 -160 with higher compression cylinders and have been...
Forum: RV-3 06-19-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,239
Posted By agirard7a

I owned and flew this for 250 hours while building my 9.
Loved the plane. 0320 160 hp with Ram air. Was a rocket and very fun to fly.
Now on the west coast
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-02-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,940
Posted By agirard7a
Local Sign maker

Went to my local sign maker. Printed and cut on standard vinyl sign material. Holding up well so far. Asked for a carbon fiber look.
Forum: RV-4 05-27-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,535
Posted By agirard7a
0320 carb w/ ram air

I owned an older RV-3. It had an 0320 160 hp with a direct ram air intake. On ground opps it had a flap controlled in the cockpit which would cover the air inlet and force air to pass through a...
Forum: Northeast 05-26-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,711
Posted By agirard7a
I have to respectfully disagree. Katama airstrip...

I have to respectfully disagree. Katama airstrip on Martha’s Vineyard is one of the nicest places in the NE. Park your plane and walk across the street to a beautiful sandy beach that extends for...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-08-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,558
Posted By agirard7a

Bar Harbor is a great spot. They have a loner car and lots of great places to check out. Another great spot is KIWI Wiscasset. They have a nice rental car. Nice area to explore or AirB&B.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-07-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,745
Posted By agirard7a

I converted my 9a to a 9. I had an issue with the motor mount. The prop on the 9 mount was about 1/4” closer to the fire wall. I had to shim the mount off the fire wall and shim behind the prop in...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-14-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,405
Posted By agirard7a

Congratulations. Nice to see another 9 flying.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,774
Posted By agirard7a
Foldable bike

Here you go. This fits in the baggage compartment without removing the wheels. Great quality bike. As good as any normal size bike i have ridden.
Forum: RV-3 12-24-2020, 02:15 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 190,415
Posted By agirard7a

Hi. As a former owner of this beautiful bird, i had to post.
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2020, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,226
Posted By agirard7a

I had a crack in the same spot exactly. Stop drilled it with 1/16” hole.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-12-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 876
Posted By agirard7a
Torque value An bolts

Here you go Tom. The nut is an AN310 castle nut.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-06-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,012
Posted By agirard7a
Rv-8 numbers.

1125 lbs
76.86 cg.
200 hp angle valve
Metal CS
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2020, 01:41 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 173,077
Posted By agirard7a

Ill go with the water suggestion. Check out the erosional vein stemming downhill from most.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 11-23-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,327
Posted By agirard7a

Sent you a PM
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,859
Posted By agirard7a

My choice is West System Epoxy mixed with 410 filler. It’s s the easiest to sand and will hold up well. The epoxy can be mixed with many various fillers depending on the strength you need. Including...
Forum: RV-14 11-12-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,825
Posted By agirard7a

I hardly look at my airspeed on the EFIS. Prefer the round gauge.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-24-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,175
Posted By agirard7a
Pad replacement.

Very easy. You first need this tool.

Remove the two bolts (7/16” hex head) that are wire tied from the inboard...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,981
Posted By agirard7a
Cowl rivets

Wow. I can’t imagine glassing over the rivets personally. If you over counter sink so the rivets are below the surface, you can then apply West System epoxy with 410 filler (easiest to sand). Sand...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-04-2020, 11:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,432
Posted By agirard7a
Rivet spec

I second the post above. Notice also there is no max diam. The mil spec has a bit more flexibility for sizes of driven rivets. I have the above numbers for 1/8 and 3/32 rivets written on my work...
Forum: Reviews 09-25-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,075
Posted By agirard7a
Yard store

Fantastic operation. Get their catalog!!
Great source for many different tools new and old
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-24-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,200
Posted By agirard7a

I have a GRT Sport SX. It networks well with my Garmin Aera 660 GPS. (Nice GPS)
I enter flight plan info into my Garmin often by blue tooth from Garmin pilot on my phone. It auto loads into the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,773
Posted By agirard7a
Edge distance

When doing the wing incidence on any of the Vans aircraft. The plans call for a specific edge distance for positioning and drilling the rear spar attachment. You end up drawing a box measured in from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2020, 09:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,690
Posted By agirard7a

Here is some RV 8 example data: This is from a handy CG
App called “CG Finder”
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 08:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,283
Posted By agirard7a
Hammer drill

Hi Vlad. Hope all is well. Miss you out East.

Just a thought.... For the rock: Rent a large hammer drill from
HD or local tool rental. Drill a hole and put in some expansion or epoxy set
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,899
Posted By agirard7a
Are you sure that’s not mph? Vans says 51 mph...

Are you sure that’s not mph? Vans says 51 mph dirty. (Solo) That’s what mine stalls at.
By the way, slow flight at 1.2-1.3 VSo builds confidence. You need to know how much throttle (RPM)you need for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,899
Posted By agirard7a
Yea I edited that as I forgot he has an 8a and...

Yea I edited that as I forgot he has an 8a and was speaking of the 3 point of the tail dragger.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2020, 10:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,899
Posted By agirard7a
Slow flight

I have an 8 that stalls Vso at The Vans numbers of 51mph. 1.2 x 51=62 mph roughly. Practice slow flight at altitude at 1.2 Vso and see how much throttle you need to have a zero decent rate.

When I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2020, 09:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,558
Posted By agirard7a

I used round 1/8” screening bead that I bought at the local hardware store. Can cut them and leave them in.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-26-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
Posted By agirard7a

How about a GDL 39 3D or GDL52r? That will give you backup attitude using Garmin pilot. I personally prefer Pilot over Foreflight. Do your flight planning/Bluetooth, traffic, to the 650 and attitude...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-19-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,297
Posted By agirard7a
Best practice

Best practice would be to protect the 20g purple wire with the appropriate size fuse. The size that is recommended in the install instructions.
Forum: Reviews 07-18-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,630
Posted By agirard7a

After I installed the product, my #2 cylinder went from being the hottest to the coldest.
I obviously had an induction leak. Recommend the product. SDS makes nice products with great machining.
Forum: GPS 07-17-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,451
Posted By agirard7a

Hi Hank. Looking for the same info. Sent you a pm.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-14-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,297
Posted By agirard7a

Here is how I wired my system. Click on the image
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-14-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,187
Posted By agirard7a
Valve clearance

Actually the opposite applies. If you have the cylinders overhauled, the valve seats and/or the valves, may need to be reground. This causes the valve to sit lower, effectively making the valve...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-13-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,297
Posted By agirard7a
4 circuit bus

I posted earlier. Here is the four circuit bus I used. Made by Blue Seas.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,000
Posted By agirard7a

I have a vote for Flight Jacket by Aero Shell. It’s liquid with a very fine polish.
Does a great job cleaning and polishing. I also use Plexus for a quick clean.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-10-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 16,297
Posted By agirard7a

I do my run up check using the controller. It’s very easy and efficient. The system from the control head, momentarily shuts off a coil for a few seconds and then it fires back up automatically. It...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-28-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,049
Posted By agirard7a

Which also looks to be the indicated AS in this case?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2020, 06:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 711
Posted By agirard7a

Glen. If you can get by with that small a gap you?re doing much
better than I. If it doesn?t bind you?re all set. Otherwise keep filing until it doesn?t bind you may need more than you think.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-03-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,529
Posted By agirard7a

Hi Bill. The reason for the suggestion is that I had a similar system setup that I discovered online as a DIY system using the aquarium pump. I ended up having to dry out the desiccant often (once a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-01-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 20,529
Posted By agirard7a

I like this design and idea. I have a question. Would it be better if it was a closed loop cycling air within the engine so not to have to remove the humidity from the ambient air constantly? Just a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,244
Posted By agirard7a
Vlad the man

Vlad. We all miss your happy face out East.
Hope you’re enjoying your new location. Can’t wait to visit and explore some remote areas. Looks like you’re having fun
flying and landing in some very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,244
Posted By agirard7a
Posting photos

I may have figured this out. Hope you guys can see the pic now. Any luck?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,244
Posted By agirard7a
Nice day to fly in the NE

I love flying the coast of RI and Mass this time of year. The water is so clear with an amazing color. This is the SE point of Cape Cod. No seals yet thus no big fish...
Forum: GPS 03-11-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,419
Posted By agirard7a
Push frequencies

I am almost 100% sure that I read in earlier posts by the g3 expert that the 175 and 375 does not push frequencies to the radios.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2020, 09:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,013
Posted By agirard7a
Maybe give you some versatility to find your...

Maybe give you some versatility to find your sweet spot. The more aggressive cruise prop is good for what it is but lacks when the engine has to work harder, creating more heat on climb. Just...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-22-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,125
Posted By agirard7a

Well. This is timely. I cracked the book this morning on the maintenance of this mag. I?ve come to the conclusion it?s a complex mag, has an expensive 500 hour overhaul, requires quite a bit of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-14-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,076
Posted By agirard7a

Don’t agree at all with the switch’s above. Bellow is normal and works fine.
I would suggest putting the flap switch,(paddle switch) AP servo power, and AP activation/deactivation switch above the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-21-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 370
Views: 215,980
Posted By agirard7a

Hi Vlad. That is very cool! Man you rock. Give a shout if your ever up in the NE.
Would be very fun to fly the 9?s.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2019, 09:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,785
Posted By agirard7a
1/4? gap

I think I had almost a 1/4? gap between the forward skin and the glare shield skin
On the pilot side. You have to shim up the rib or cut off the flanges and make new ones. I matched the curve with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-15-2019, 03:49 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 40,693
Posted By agirard7a

Vern. I like this. Can I buy one? Or the parts? I like that you have a number, I assume angle on the AOA. Nice work. It’s slick.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 13,848
Posted By agirard7a (cheap SIM card)

I bought one of these and am pleased with it. You can get an inexpensive SIM card from (runs off T-Mobil towers) for $9.00/mo. ( good for 100 text messages.) Check in with them before you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,629
Posted By agirard7a

I converted my 9a build to a 9. Kept the steps the standard size and would not change them and happy to have them.
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