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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 524
Posted By cajunwings
Leaking brakes

A brake failure on a steer-by-brake plane can range from a problem to a catastrophe depending on when/where it happens. A number of planes have taxied into others or went off somewhere unintended...
Forum: California 04-12-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 202
Posted By cajunwings
Painting

Just a note of Caution about overspray. A couple weeks ago a close friend got his brand new Legend MOAC SuperCub oversprayed by the next door T-hangar neighbor who was doing some touch up work. ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-07-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,089
Posted By cajunwings
Taper pin

On the 6A there was enough room. On the 9A I used the end of a wooden broom handle to form a small rounded dent/depression in the stainless firewall at the nut location. The material is pretty soft...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-07-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,089
Posted By cajunwings
Both times I left the mount in place on the...

Both times I left the mount in place on the firewall and reamed from the top down. It took a lot of inward pressure on the reamer to get it to cut. If you wanted to ream from the bottom up I think...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-05-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 12,089
Posted By cajunwings
Nose gear taper pin

Done this on a 6A & 9A. Donít see how it could be done without removing the engine. Might be possible to do this job on a long day with some good help and no snags. Both times I left the prop &...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,104
Posted By cajunwings
No Brake

A inop brake is best discovered before landing. If your plane is of the steer-by-brake variety itís especially important. Iíve practiced and taught for years to check the brakes as part of the...
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,061
Posted By cajunwings
Baffle Paint

Painted mine with same PPG hardened enamel that Iím using on the panel & interior



Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: RV-4 03-06-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 854
Posted By cajunwings
380ís

Any of you have to shim the brake disc away from the new 380 tire?

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: Fiberglass 03-03-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,519
Posted By cajunwings
Oil cooler duct

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: Fiberglass 02-27-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 666
Posted By cajunwings
Epoxy scale

The $9 digital gram scale from Harbor Freight has worked well for me. It stays in a quart size thin Ziploc. I use plastic squirt bottles to hold resin & hardener and unwaxed paper cups in 2 sizes....
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-25-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 704
Views: 242,148
Posted By cajunwings
Big Congrats

Congratulations Jeremy. Be as methodical flying as you have been during your build.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-16-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,839
Posted By cajunwings
Injection lines

Was the IA at a busy shop for years and occasionally found cracks in the solder joint where the SS line goes into the end fitting. Usually it would be a hairline crack and the line would get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,814
Posted By cajunwings
Congratulations Doug

Big Congrats on your successful Type Rating in the Phenom. Itís a huge undertaking and accomplishment. My first one took all of the brain cells and energy I could muster. Onward & upward.

Don...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,569
Posted By cajunwings
Panel boxes mock up

I really feel like Garmin or someone could market and sell plastic dummy boxes for mock up and panel planning. In the meantime pink foam board from Loweís glued together to make blocks then cut to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-31-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,206
Posted By cajunwings
Freeze plug removal

Each to his own and if you donít drill you canít make drill shavings or chips. The first 50 of these I changed used the hammer and punch method and that works as advertised. The next 50 or so Iíve...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 680
Posted By cajunwings
Prop Shops

Jason at Texas Aircraft Propeller 281-485-4400. in Houston area re pitched and re worked my FP Sensenich on my Pacer. They run a truck around TX & LA picking up and delivering props and may be...
Forum: Tools 01-26-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,887
Posted By cajunwings
Rivet storage

A rack on one end of my build table holds cans that D&L nuts come in. They have secure lids that twist on/off. Rivet types & sizes are organized by rows and for most jobs I work out of the top row....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-20-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,206
Posted By cajunwings
Crank bore corrosion

AD or not this is a area that should be inspected on some interval. Not all but many engines build up oil sludge in this area which contains combustion byproducts. Sometimes this gunk will cause...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2021, 10:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,070
Posted By cajunwings
Mid life A&P

Good info from previous posters. I got my A&P right after high school 45 years ago and the IA 10 years later. Spent 20 really enjoyable years in GA maintenance in a variety of positions ending up...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By cajunwings
Overspray

You might try some Motherís aluminum polish (the mag wheel stuff) in a small inconspicuous spot to see what it does. Iíve seen it work well on overspray before.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,266
Posted By cajunwings
After paint

Lots of good suggestions from previous posters, maybe use those to make a checklist. Take your time. Look at the attachments for everything that was removed and reinstalled. Control surfaces,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,240
Posted By cajunwings
Done a lot of Mooney work in my time and would...

Done a lot of Mooney work in my time and would say that the sealant has a approximate useable service life of 25 years. This is also the approximate service life of a fuel bladder in the planes that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-30-2020, 04:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,044
Posted By cajunwings
Crank work

Highly Recommend Aircraft Specialties Service in Tulsa. Unfortunately the crank needs to come out. Consider other things that may make sense to do with the engine apart.

Don Broussard
RV9...
Forum: RV-14 12-30-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,136
Posted By cajunwings
Fan Grills

I just made my own out of .030Ē aluminum to fit the computer fan mount screw pattern. Painted flat black and they look like they belong there.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-29-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,562
Posted By cajunwings
Panel CAD

Kent: I’ve used your point & shoot method before with good results. This time however on my pet project I’m aiming higher. I want the final product to look professional, be logically laid out,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-27-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,562
Posted By cajunwings
Panel CAD

I have emailed the Vanís CAD drawing to a local water jet shop and they have cut out several RV9 Slider blanks that fit my plane perfectly. We have been working with cheap 3/16Ē plywood for now to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-19-2020, 01:40 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,111
Posted By cajunwings
Trim runaway

Is there a airplane made that the pilot is physically strong enough to counter full deflection pitch trim at cruise speed? I would bet not many. Trim runaway is a real emergency. Ideally there...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 783
Posted By cajunwings
Conical gusset

Clamp one end of a piece of pvc to a sturdy workbench.
Forum: RV-10 12-16-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By cajunwings
Wera tips are good and I get them from Brown tool...

Wera tips are good and I get them from Brown tool too. Good results can also be had with Dewalt tips from Loweís, the ones with the yellow band on the shank. I look at mine frequently with a mag...
Forum: RV-10 12-15-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,149
Posted By cajunwings
Screws

Donít forget to use a good screwdriver. I see a lot of screws damaged by worn or cheap screwdrivers. Causes problems and takes time to deal with. Recommend using high quality replaceable bits and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-14-2020, 01:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,958
Posted By cajunwings
Oil leak

Airflow does mysterious things around the front of the engine. I chase hard to find leaks but completely cleaning the engine, spraying on some dye penetratnt developer (powder) on suspect areas and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-04-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,300
Posted By cajunwings
Oil Filter

If all else fails I have a couple of AirWolf Remote remote oil filter setups. The part that fits on the engine is fairly short.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,274
Posted By cajunwings
Tugs

Donít have much snow removal equipment down here in the south, but in my travels I see new snow blowers at Home Depot with elec start and lights for $600 or so. Looks like a great starting point to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,251
Posted By cajunwings
Sealer

Have had great success with Hylomar Aerograde or Permatex #2 non-hardening.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-17-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,546
Posted By cajunwings
Oil seal

I never lube the seal/crank flange anymore because of the difficulty of cleaning off all of the lubricant before applying the adhesive. I use a clean dry plastic grocery bag over the flange which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,083
Posted By cajunwings
Firewall rivets

Many production aircraft have aluminum rivets in the firewall. Have seen some firewall rivets that were not aluminum which were riveted to the aluminum structure behind the firewall. This is not a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-12-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By cajunwings
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-12-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 887
Posted By cajunwings
Aircraft Extras FPS

I have a new, never installed FPS Plus nt with install paperwork. $75 plus shipping

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-09-2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,318
Posted By cajunwings
Cutting filter media

Lots of ways to do this, but a hacksaw or just a hacksaw blade work fine. Saw thru the paper until you contact the center tube and work your way around. Once the paper element is removed I divide...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,873
Posted By cajunwings
Redundancy, things to think about

Good friend was out flying his plane last week and his recently installed Garmin panel upgrade (G3x, 175, 507 ect) went dark. G5 stayed up as intended on its own backup battery. Wasnít a big deal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-06-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,349
Posted By cajunwings
Old Rivets

30 to 40 year old AN426 & 470 rivets seem to be just fine. Always alert for quality issues no matter the age.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,707
Posted By cajunwings
Smooth custom ducts

First try at making these. Wrapped a 3Ē pool noodle with packing tape and waxed it up. Used 1 layer of 9 0z cloth with 1Ē of overlap. Using a hotel room key card spread the red silicone on the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-28-2020, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,807
Posted By cajunwings
Mag/EI

Iím going to run 1 impulse Slick and 1 Electroair. I thought a decent plan would be to have the Slick run the top plugs and the EI the bottom. Is there a better way?

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,323
Posted By cajunwings
Break in

It would be safe to assume that the break in process is likely not complete at 8 hrs. Definitely will not hurt anything to run mineral oil for awhile. If it were my engine I would be very pleased...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,912
Posted By cajunwings
LOP

Depends on the mission of the day, but have been running LOP successfully about 15 years now on a number of planes. It takes a engine monitor and some understanding to do it correctly. Not lean...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-20-2020, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,091
Posted By cajunwings
Rivets in fiberglass

After a few flight hrs many RVs will exhibit paint cracking around rivets that are set in fiberglass. In these situations I like to install rivets with some adhesive. G-flex, pro seal or Hysol all...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-11-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,794
Posted By cajunwings
Breaker Removal

Always a great idea to disconnect the battery before a job like this. Good suggestions listed above. I like to polish the end of the socket that will contact the panel glass smooth. You can also...
Forum: Reviews 10-08-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,810
Posted By cajunwings
WW props pirep

Good friend has a SuperCub clone with O-320/150hp. He just removed his metal Sensinich (33 lbs) and installed a new WW ground adjustable (18 lbs). About 2 week delivery after order and he says...
Forum: RV-4 09-25-2020, 06:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,282
Posted By cajunwings
Spinner Gap

One way to adjust spinner gap. My rebuild project had lots of mismatch.

Glued some hardware store 1/4” nuts with bondo on the inside.
Installed 1/4” bolts and set the desired gap. Waxed the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-24-2020, 12:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,473
Posted By cajunwings
Garmin

Would suggest that anytime you touch or change something check the scoreboard/status bar at the top of the PFD to ensure what you really want is active or armed. Sophisticated flight guidance...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-22-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,860
Posted By cajunwings
Oil pressure

First thing I would do is plumb a mechanical gauge into the same line as the sender. Ground run or fly it if possible and verify that the oil pressure indicating system is not giving you incorrect...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2020, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,663
Posted By cajunwings
9 Flying

I’m a experienced pilot and have flown a few RVs, but only 2 RV-9’s. Compared to the planes you have been flying I observed the following: In the landing flare the pitch sensitivity increases a bit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-18-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,037
Posted By cajunwings
Ground transport

Use caution when hauling taildraggers to not damage the most aft fuselage bulkhead. The bolts that secure the vertical fin rear spar to the most aft bulkhead also secure the tail spring socket to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,825
Posted By cajunwings
You going to need it anyway. Don Broussard...

You going to need it anyway.

Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,825
Posted By cajunwings
Timing

Absolutely verify thatís itís correct before first start. I got stories.

Don Broussard A&P-IA-ATP
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,757
Posted By cajunwings
Oops

Good post Kurt: Donít beat yourself up, everyone including the hi time guys have their own stories that became a lesson. +10 on your awareness of what happened and what it will take to improve. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2020, 09:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,448
Posted By cajunwings
Vacuum pump drive pad.

Just a cover plate and a gasket where the vac pump used to live. The 1.5Ē tall drive adapter housing needs to stay.



Don Broussard
RV9 Rebuild in Progress
57 Pacer
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 15,905
Posted By cajunwings
Jessica

Jess: Iíve followed your story for years. You are a very impressive lady. Youíve come to the right place, the brain trust will do their best to come up with something. My first thought was the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 11:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,011
Posted By cajunwings
Pre oil

I usually never fill the cooler in advance. With the spark plugs out you can turn the prop by hand for a minute or 2 and get oil flow and pressure. The oil pump is positive displacement and any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 12,893
Posted By cajunwings
Stiffners

Many 7ís & 8ís Iíve looked at have various degrees of bulging in this area and/or working rivets on the bottom of the rear bulkheads. A little bit of extra beef in this area is a good thing. On my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-17-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,179
Posted By cajunwings
9A

Several flights Iíve been in a buddyís 9A with IO-320, Hartzell CS, 1 Slick-1 ElectroAir and Lean of Peak at 7-8000í cruise altitude this plane will consistently do about 155 kts TAS burning around 8...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2020, 11:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,049
Posted By cajunwings
Sump

Sump air inlets are either on the back, bottom or front of the engine (talking RVs not pusher configurations). RVs donít have the room to mount the fuel injector or carb on the rear of the sump. ...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-14-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,225
Posted By cajunwings
Aft bulkhead damage

Use caution if weight is on the tail gear and vertical stab is not installed. The tail spring socket aft flange bolts to the rear bulkhead and also captures the vert fin rear spar. When these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,441
Posted By cajunwings
Nuts

That tiny amount of relative motion could over time loosen/unscrew/unload that bolt. Sort of like why the wheel pant axel bolt gets safety wired even though it screws into a self locking nutplate. ...
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