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Forum: Alternative Engines 06-21-2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,036
I flightplan for 8500’ economy cruise at 150kts...

I flightplan for 8500’ economy cruise at 150kts TAS @ 7.0gph with 160hp, 0-320, dual mags. Usually comes out pretty close to this. Can do a bit better if I climb up above 10-11K.
Forum: RV-4 05-27-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
Your tailwheel steering arm is probably getting...

Your tailwheel steering arm is probably getting worn. They need to be replaced periodically as well. As others suggested, check the spring pin as well.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,975
Same here but just use a piece of 1-1.5Ē diameter...

Same here but just use a piece of 1-1.5Ē diameter pvc cut lengthwise and place under filter while unscrewing slightly.
Learned this trick here on VAF and has resulted in the cleanest filter...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-01-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 889
Yes, still working on what, if anything, to do...

Yes, still working on what, if anything, to do about priming. Sounds like adhesion can be a bit problematic with a primer. And, while Van's recommends removing the blue plastic right away to avoid...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-01-2022, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 889
Thanks Bevan--I appreciate the step-by-step...

Thanks Bevan--I appreciate the step-by-step recommendations! Been learning a lot reading this as well as a couple of the other good wrapping threads. Going to watch some of the YouTube tutorials and...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-31-2022, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 889
Thanks Jereme and Butch! Sounds more doable than...

Thanks Jereme and Butch! Sounds more doable than I thought. Appreciate the encouragement!
Forum: Painting your RV 03-31-2022, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 889
difficult to vinyl wrap undersides?

Been flying for almost 10 years now, still haven't painted, but think it's time to do something. Because I've been pretty committed to building the entire plane myself, all the way down to slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,437
If you have any interest in tailwheel flying at...

If you have any interest in tailwheel flying at all, then absolutely yes, get the endorsement if for no other reason than it will confirm what you’d be willing to purchase. I had no tailwheel time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2022, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,696
Huh?! Are you just talking about the rudder or...

Huh?!

Are you just talking about the rudder or also the elevators? It appears from the wording of the original post that the need (or lack thereof) to balance the elevators is also in play...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 706
This is an example of how a lot of little...

This is an example of how a lot of little decisions can add up to make a $100K build a $150K build. The regular black/relatively cheap adel clamps work just fine and, even if they were to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,004
If you close the ends you lose a valuable ability...

If you close the ends you lose a valuable ability to inspect inside every year at condition inspection time.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-21-2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,955
I just drilled a round hole for my ACS key...

I just drilled a round hole for my ACS key switch. Hasn't rotated significantly in 600 hours/8 years of flying.
Forum: RV-14 02-16-2022, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 766
Just a suggestion that if you are a non-builder...

Just a suggestion that if you are a non-builder owner you should at least order the pdf plans for that aircraft from Vans. Having them is important for just the question you ask about but also for...
Forum: Job Board 02-08-2022, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,587
My former flight instructor has flown for Cal...

My former flight instructor has flown for Cal Fire for the past 10 years or so. What he has to do/what he gets to do is amazing! There's a lot more skill to aerial firefighting than there is to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,837
EAA chapters are community groups, not service...

EAA chapters are community groups, not service providers. If you join in and participate in their community I'm guessing you'll find plenty of help, and maybe some friends.
All that said, not all...
Forum: Autopilots 02-02-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,259
You don't indicate definitively in the above, but...

You don't indicate definitively in the above, but imply that you might not have...

Have you followed the Dynon instructions for how to dial in your autopilot? They are very specific in the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,484
Yes, I've wondered if anyone just uses a regular...

Yes, I've wondered if anyone just uses a regular solid washer. If both the sump surface area and the bolt are smooth, why do we have to use a crush washer here?

Getting the crush washers...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,632
Before you get concerned about the negativity...

Before you get concerned about the negativity toward the DRDT above, pretty much my entire -9 was done with it and I never had troubles with not getting a nice crisp dimple. Nor did I ever see a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Thanks Paul. Yes, reading sender on D180. Will...

Thanks Paul. Yes, reading sender on D180.
Will work on finding another gauge to confirm present indications.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
help troubleshooting unusually high oil pressure

I don't know a ton about oil pressure and, unfortunately, DanH is not my next door neighbor, so I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction...

I haven't been flying much over the past...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,892
I'd be interested, Alan. Have your cowl flap...

I'd be interested, Alan. Have your cowl flap already so expecting great things!
Sent email with address/contact info.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,285
I have a TPMS. Itís a chock designed to fit a...

I have a TPMS. Itís a chock designed to fit a properly inflated tire. If the chock is ever hard to remove on preflight, I know my tire pressure is low. :p
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-21-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,041
Just try to get the vertex of the angle to be as...

Just try to get the vertex of the angle to be as parallel to the stiffening groove in the rib (or back baffle) as possible. Then, IIRC and as you presume, you’ll have a chance to adjust for any...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-16-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 17,537
Cheap and effective idea from Sport Avation good...

Cheap and effective idea from Sport Avation good for cables such as carb heat or in this case oil cooler shutter. Just drill a 3/16 hole lengthwise through a bolt of sufficient diameter (maybe...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,503
Full flaps, my -9 slips great. Comes down like a...

Full flaps, my -9 slips great. Comes down like a rock so long as I use full rudder as well. Partial rudder seems to reduce sink rate significantly.

Do note, however, that your airspeed may not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,755
What Paul says. That said, the adhesive that...

What Paul says. That said, the adhesive that comes on many zip tie mounts can be a bit weak so, if it matters that it stays exactly where placed, I remove the original tape adhesive and use shoe goo...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,796
Don’t need to purchase any tools. Run a piece of...

Don’t need to purchase any tools. Run a piece of fishing line or dental floss through all parts and pull them into place. Then insert bolt or drift pin and pull out the floss.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-18-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,712
If you use the search tab above and enter "AOA"...

If you use the search tab above and enter "AOA" you will find a large number of threads that should keep you reading for awhile.
https://vansairforce.net/community/search.php?searchid=52890752
Good...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,098
You DO NOT need a iPad with cell data or built in...

You DO NOT need a iPad with cell data or built in GPS to have full functionality including location and moving map on foreflight if its input is an Echo UAT with Skyfyx. Echo creates its own mini...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,045
Yeah, sorry it came off that way. You made a...

Yeah, sorry it came off that way. You made a good call. What I worry about is all of those builders who don't pay the same attention to detail. Having built myself I know there are too many places...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-30-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,394
Cylinder boroscope tutorial?

Anyone have a link to a tutorial that covers how to boroscope cylinders to complement the annual condition inspection compression test?

Need to know what, where, and how to boroscope. Then ideally...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,893
Whatever you can find at Home Depot or Lowes will...

Whatever you can find at Home Depot or Lowes will work fine. It's the blade that matters more. That's easy to swap out.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,893
Maybe not absolutely needed, but you're going to...

Maybe not absolutely needed, but you're going to be building a $100K plane (at least). You might as well spend $150 on a bandsaw that will easily earn its keep over the life of the build, and then...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-02-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,407
1.3-1.35 Vso or Vs1 (depending what landing...

1.3-1.35 Vso or Vs1 (depending what landing configuration is being used) is what I found works best for me. At solo weight that means my full flap final approach is about 54kias, no flaps about...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 812
Yes, I think the OP might be over-thinking this a...

Yes, I think the OP might be over-thinking this a bit. I suspect Van's added that additional instruction to make sure the hole was drilled square because that's really the first time in the kit where...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,423
Be careful. A solution in search of a...

Be careful. A solution in search of a (non-existent) problem often leads to (real) problem.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,478
Have you properly calibrated/confirmed your...

Have you properly calibrated/confirmed your airspeed indicator first using a proper calibration method. If IAS is off so too may TAS be off.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-13-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,366
Friday Harbor or Orcas in the San Juans is always...

Friday Harbor or Orcas in the San Juans is always a good bet. Both of hotels, B&Bs, etc. close by. Sandpoint, ID likewise though there’s lots of smoke there this year. Port Townsend another good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 11:06 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 27,438
Check your spam folder. The automated response...

Check your spam folder. The automated response they sent is the kind that typically gets filtered out. Thatís what happened with me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 27,438
Are people who are getting quick turn around...

Are people who are getting quick turn around approvals using the email address the FAA set up for this purpose or emailing their local FSDOs directly?
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-29-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 892
Beyond what Mel said, the best way to judge is to...

Beyond what Mel said, the best way to judge is to hire an RV-knowledgeable inspector if you are not a builder yourself. Good luck.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-10-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,820
Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? ...

Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? Thanks for the update. No snow/softness in runway this early in the season?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-25-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,463
Ditto. 500hrs, mine hasnít budged. Wouldnít...

Ditto. 500hrs, mine hasnít budged. Wouldnít really matter even if it did.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,084
After many messy oil changes trying to invent...

After many messy oil changes trying to invent methods myself, a few after that that were quite clean but a bit finicky using a "form-a-funnel," this PVC is my new favorite trick. Way easier,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,353
What you are describing is very common. Handles...

What you are describing is very common. Handles on side canopy skirts particularly. .

Slider will slide easier over time.

Until it does, and if on the inside, just push up on the fore-afte canopy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,708
Anyone have recent quotes to inspect 2 mags? ...

Anyone have recent quotes to inspect 2 mags? Mine are about to come due and it would be nice to know what to expect $-wise generally. My mags have worked flawlessly for their first 500 hours, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,925
Hi Matt-Looks great! Do you have any plans to...

Hi Matt-Looks great!

Do you have any plans to provide any reinforcement to the piece over the roll bar? It's very subject to damage from climbing in and out of the plane--especially from being...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,051
So you are a full-time (presumably graduate)...

So you are a full-time (presumably graduate) student and you anticipate having enough time over four years to build a plane? As a former graduate student myself I can tell you that, for me, there's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-22-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,795
One more thing for you to check. Relative to the...

One more thing for you to check. Relative to the shorter-wing RV's, the flaps on a -9/9A are REALLY long and are REALLY hard to build with absolutely no twist because of that. There's a good chance...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,460
Not correct as far as I understand. Absolute ...

Not correct as far as I understand. Absolute values mean almost nothing for EGT. They are highly dependent upon probe placement, for example. It could just be that the OP’s probes are a ways down...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,745
Mark. No offense intended, but if youíre already...

Mark. No offense intended, but if youíre already to the point of installing engine mount weldments to longerons and not pretty automatic about knowing these bolt torques, even without looking at the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-10-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,527
Just out of curiosity, is this an IFR thing...

Just out of curiosity, is this an IFR thing mostly?
RVs have so much excess power that there’s not really a need to do anything immediately, even with full flaps. I’ve never thought I needed a TOGA. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,915
Same, except I step on spar right in front of the...

Same, except I step on spar right in front of the stick and hold onto the rollbar support brace.. Put a strip of no slip tape there to provide some grip for my heel.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,839
Yes, everyone one needs to decide what they are...

Yes, everyone one needs to decide what they are comfortable with. Whether your plane is financed or paid for may also factor into your thinking. So I'm not dogging your decision either.

That said,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,534
Easy and nicer aesthetically: Use a doubler for...

Easy and nicer aesthetically:
Use a doubler for your switch row behind the panel. Then just drill holes for the anti rotation tab in the doubler and not in the panel itself.
Forum: ADS-B 04-05-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,782
Donít worry. Iím guessing there are a lot of 747...

Donít worry. Iím guessing there are a lot of 747 pilots flying passengers from point A to point B who have something that looks more like a RV on their iPads! :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,016
Generally you'll get less distortion with factory...

Generally you'll get less distortion with factory head on thinner metal side, so that's a general rule of thumb. However, I routinely violate that rule of thumb if the potential for having to drill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,311
Hi Dan- I was just down at Bend a couple weeks...

Hi Dan-
I was just down at Bend a couple weeks ago and was surprised at how busy it is. I too fly at an airport with a large college flight program, but Bend was substantially busier than it. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,440
Welcome to experimental aviation. If companies...

Welcome to experimental aviation. If companies hired the number of employees it would take to help every builder then the cost savings that attract us to experimental aviation wouldn’t exist. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,265
I used short pieces of very thin angle...

I used short pieces of very thin angle aluminum--maybe left overs from elevator or rudder stiffeners--that I riveted onto the fiberglass door. Also, make sure you have enough of a lip on the opening...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,191
Just to close out the thread. Flew down to bend,...

Just to close out the thread. Flew down to bend, or and picked up a new-to-me 56cm road bike. Per comments in first couple posts, once fork and handlebars came off it fit no problem. I chose to go...
Forum: Interiors 03-13-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,604
Or just go to your local office supply store and...

Or just go to your local office supply store and buy a clear zippered pocket. They usually come in multiples sizes and are usually a lot cheaper than (anything) from ACS.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-10-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,191
Thanks for the confirmations!

Thanks for the confirmations!
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-09-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,191
56cm road bike fit in RV-7/9?

Am looking to purchase a 56cm road bike out of town--hoping to fly to pick it up.

Can any other road bike riders out there confirm that if I pull the wheels, fork, and handlebars that the frame...
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