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Forum: Flight Testing 06-22-2022, 05:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 22,506
Posted By Tim Lewis
Kevin's VERY helpful airspeed/static system error...

Kevin's VERY helpful airspeed/static system error flight test page link in his original 2005 post (above) doesn't seem to work (clicking the VAF link in the 2005 post, that is). Here's a link that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-18-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,152
Posted By Tim Lewis
Lycoming recommends the SB 388C "wobble test" at...

Lycoming recommends the SB 388C "wobble test" at 1000 hours (per SI 1485).
Forum: RV-10 06-07-2022, 06:06 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tim Lewis
That was not my question. - The fact that the new...

That was not my question.
- The fact that the new flap motor has a built in position *sensor* means we don't need an external flap position *sensor* to drive the flap display on the EFIS. That's...
Forum: RV-10 06-06-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,556
Posted By Tim Lewis
Flap position system options (retrofit)

I have the original RV-10 flap motor, and the Show Planes flap positioning system (FPS). Apparently, the FPS doesn't work with the retrofit motor (according to...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 04-01-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,972
Posted By Tim Lewis
What days are Homebuilt Parking (HB) open?

I'm planning to arrive LAL 3 Apr (Sunday), park in HB parking, depart 12 Apr. That's outside the show's official days of operation.

I'm wondering:
- Is HB parking open on 3 Apr (Sunday) and 12...
Forum: Autopilots 03-26-2022, 07:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,086
Posted By Tim Lewis
DFII manual and screen shot attached. FLG...

DFII manual and screen shot attached.

FLG apparently means VDI is high right now. Expected sequence of events for DFII is FLG, HLD, ARM, CPLD.

A call to Advanced Flight Systems might shed some...
Forum: Autopilots 03-26-2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,086
Posted By Tim Lewis
I fly a TruTrak "Advanced Autopilot", which is a...

I fly a TruTrak "Advanced Autopilot", which is a TT Digiflight 2 VSGV modified by TT, targeted to interface with the AF-4500. I had some problems getting the TT to couple with a local approach, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-24-2022, 06:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,984
Posted By Tim Lewis
20 years ago a cold compression check in the 60s...

20 years ago a cold compression check in the 60s on my first RV scared me. I added some heat, suddenly it was at 78/80. A significant emotional event, which showed me the value of doing compression...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,248
Posted By Tim Lewis
Ditto. I've tried several of the competing EFBs,...

Ditto. I've tried several of the competing EFBs, none worked as well as Foreflight. I'll pay a little more to have an EFB that just works.

My preflight wx brief starts with EzWxBrief (flexible...
Forum: Autopilots 03-18-2022, 03:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 639
Posted By Tim Lewis
When Bendix King bought TruTrak, Bendix seemed to...

When Bendix King bought TruTrak, Bendix seemed to farm out support to Mid Continent. The last time I contacted them regarding a TruTrak servo the contact info was:

Mid Continent at 316-630-0101...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-01-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,726
Posted By Tim Lewis
BTW, here's a good document on assembling the...

BTW, here's a good document on assembling the accu-link belt (Harbor Freight sells a 1/2" one for $35 or...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-01-2022, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,726
Posted By Tim Lewis
Thanks, Larry. My RV-10 w/ B&C alternator uses a...

Thanks, Larry. My RV-10 w/ B&C alternator uses a Gates 7355XL (or Dayco 15355), which is .41" wide at the top. That's right between the available 3/8" and 1/2" adjustable v-belt widths available...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2022, 05:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,849
Posted By Tim Lewis
Mine go to Wilkerson aircraft tires in Blackstone...

Mine go to Wilkerson aircraft tires in Blackstone Virginia. They make an outstanding, economical aircraft retread tire using our used cores.

https://wilkersonaircrafttires.com/
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2022, 06:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,204
Posted By Tim Lewis
Lycoming SB480, Table 1, entry two, calls for oil...

Lycoming SB480, Table 1, entry two, calls for oil change, filter replacement, and sump screen cleaning/inspection every 50 hours.

That's what I do.
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By Tim Lewis
Aft pax compartment heat deflector wanted

I'd like to find a way to direct the aft heater air (which exits the tunnel under the pilot/copilot seat) more toward the aft of the plane. In the stock configuration, the hot air blows laterally,...
Forum: Propellers 01-21-2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 16,598
Posted By Tim Lewis
I agree on both counts. I learn a lot from Joes...

I agree on both counts. I learn a lot from Joes posts, and his tip netted me a tube of Aeroshell 5&6. Thanks, Joe!
Forum: RV-10 01-13-2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 931
Posted By Tim Lewis
I remove the RV-10 heater shields for each...

I remove the RV-10 heater shields for each condition inspection. 43.13-1B para 8-48 has guidance, as does AC 91-59A. Note the language about loosening/removing heat shields to permit inspecting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 02:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,613
Posted By Tim Lewis
I tried to get smooth limits for yesrs. Falcon...

I tried to get smooth limits for yesrs. Falcon was able to get $1M smooth from USAIG for my RV10 starting in 2016. USAIG has continued to let me renew it each year, but Falcon told me USAIG are no...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-07-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 357
Views: 101,963
Posted By Tim Lewis
I've used some Superior parts on previous engine...

I've used some Superior parts on previous engine overhauls, but never will again.

I've added Superior to my periodic calendar reminder of companies never to use. I didn't get burned by this...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-07-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,444
Posted By Tim Lewis
Continental and Lycoming have very different...

Continental and Lycoming have very different valve rotator designs. Here's a good short description of different design...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,619
Posted By Tim Lewis
Impressive observations/analysis. It certainly...

Impressive observations/analysis. It certainly does look like combustion ceased at 1:18:52. Fuel pressure dropped as RPM decreased, consistent with not having used the boost pump. Fuel flow then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,361
Posted By Tim Lewis
Id suggest a phone call or email. I toured the...

Id suggest a phone call or email. I toured the factory yesterday. Our RV tires are in production. Bill says he has adequate stock, too. Our tour group bought half a dozen RV tires...
Forum: Autopilots 11-02-2021, 04:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By Tim Lewis
Is there reason to believe it will become...

Is there reason to believe it will become unavailable? The Auto Trim module appears to be in stock at Spruce and other places:

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/xcruze_autotrim.php
Forum: Autopilots 10-31-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,540
Posted By Tim Lewis
I understand that Honeywell/TruTrak service is...

I understand that Honeywell/TruTrak service is now provided by Mid Continent at 316-630-0101 (also 800-821-1212), http://mcico.com. Last time I called, Bruce was their TruTrak guy.

In the case of...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-27-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,741
Posted By Tim Lewis
Thanks for sharing that experience. I tested...

Thanks for sharing that experience. I tested several cans of Rustoleum I've had for years, and my experience lined up with yours - they still work fine. So I'm switching to Rustoleum. I have...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2021, 04:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,253
Posted By Tim Lewis
When carb heat is applied, that carb air door...

When carb heat is applied, that carb air door should block air entry from the front air inlet. As shown, the door is not closed as far as it should be.

There are 3 nuts showing on the face of the...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,263
Posted By Tim Lewis
APS

There were multiple reports of the Rapco pads deteriorating - the edges sort of crumbled. I don't use anything but APS now. Long lasting, good price.

Post lubricant - I shoot some teflon spray on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,758
Posted By Tim Lewis
Exactly. Competently used, it's a great way to...

Exactly. Competently used, it's a great way to highlight fasteners that we inadvertently missed during assembly/maintenance. The FAA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,235
Posted By Tim Lewis
I use my local technical diving store (SCUBA). ...

I use my local technical diving store (SCUBA). They have rows of giant ABO tanks, and a "jammer" to increase O2 pressure when needed. I pay $6 to $8 to fill my portable tank.

I needed an adapter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 18,349
Posted By Tim Lewis
See attached Letts Letter from FAA legal. FAA...

See attached Letts Letter from FAA legal. FAA says if you have both (strobes and beacon), you gotta use both, and both (strobes and beacon) generally have to be working.

Sigh. No good deed goes...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-12-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,534
Posted By Tim Lewis
Three things I do to avoid Lighspeed coil...

Three things I do to avoid Lighspeed coil failures (gleaned from my conversations with Klaus):
- Replaced the spark plug wires at 500 hours (per the Lightspeed manual). Klaus will make them for you...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-03-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,741
Posted By Tim Lewis
Air brush gun, zinc phosphate/chromate, prop paint

My experience with Tempo (ACS) zinc phosphate and prop paint cans is that the spray cans become useless after one or two uses. I mostly use them every couple of years to paint a small area of prop...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,114
Posted By Tim Lewis
It looks like that after use on his RV. I'm...

It looks like that after use on his RV. I'm confident it was symmetrical when new.

See the photo of Air Trac tires on Aircraft Spruce's site, for example. Symmetrical tread grooves.
Forum: RV-10 10-01-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,114
Posted By Tim Lewis
What is the brand/model of tire that you describe...

What is the brand/model of tire that you describe as asymmetrical?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2021, 06:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,980
Posted By Tim Lewis
On my RV-10 Slick Start installation (driving a...

On my RV-10 Slick Start installation (driving a Bendix mag, so maybe there are differences from your installation) the Slick Start Vin line is connected to the starter relay output. So Slick Start...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 05:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,152
Posted By Tim Lewis
I believe there's supposed to be a bolt/nut...

I believe there's supposed to be a bolt/nut holding the slip joint components together. In this picture, the bolt appears to be almost completely corroded away.
Forum: Safety 09-13-2021, 02:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,714
Posted By Tim Lewis
Flight Data

RV-10 N31TD, 31 Sep 2021, 2244lbs

Flight data: https://apps.savvyaviation.com/flights/5238942/97225197-56f5-4724-aaa4-454f35c15144

Excel data: ...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,714
Posted By Tim Lewis
Nicely done

Joe,

Nicely done. Gunnison is an eye-opening example. An excellent first approximation. Thanks for posting this.

If we're trying to get out of Gunnison (for example), I think we could possibly...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-10-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,884
Posted By Tim Lewis
B&C overvoltage troubleshooting experience (new LX60)

When I installed the new B&C LX60 alternator on my RV-10, I used the new LX60's "improved" field plug. I cut my old field plug off the field wire (the wire from regulator to alternator) and used...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-10-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,884
Posted By Tim Lewis
B&C Resolution

I investigated getting my B&C 460-H repaired by B&C in time for a planned trip. Next day air shipping to/from B&C was $125 each way. Overhaul at B&C was $305, plus a $50 AOG charge. That cost...
Forum: RV-10 09-05-2021, 06:00 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,997
Posted By Tim Lewis
Lowes is a U.S. home supply store. I think I...

Lowes is a U.S. home supply store. I think I used Ash.
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,997
Posted By Tim Lewis
I solved similar problem (mine happened...

I solved similar problem (mine happened decelerating through about 35 knots as I recall) by adding wooden shimmy dampers to the aft side of each main gear leg.

Van's RV-6 plans (attached) include...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-27-2021, 06:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,089
Posted By Tim Lewis
Some resources that may help

Troubleshooting High Oil Temps: http://www.yeeles.com/Reference/Hi-Temps.pdf

https://www.avweb.com/ownership/oil-temperature-control-systems/

https://www.lycoming.com/content/understanding-oil-flow
Forum: RV-10 08-25-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,133
Posted By Tim Lewis
I pulled my MT governor (which was "hunting" rpm...

I pulled my MT governor (which was "hunting" rpm anyway) after I saw what MT did to Todd's engine (and others). Especially egregious is MT's counterfactual service bulletin, claiming the exploding...
Forum: RV-4 08-24-2021, 06:24 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,122
Posted By Tim Lewis
Hmmm. You are certainly right that the Lycoming...

Hmmm. You are certainly right that the Lycoming Table of Limits calls out 204-228 in-lbs for 5/16 fasteners. But Vetterman's web site, as of today, says

"What is the correct torque on the exhaust...
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,122
Posted By Tim Lewis
Vetterman recommends checking the torque of...

Vetterman recommends checking the torque of exhaust gasket mounting nuts at each condition inspection. I do. Vetterman spec'd mine (RV-10) at 140 in-lbs.

Per page 29 of Van's "What's Your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-22-2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,590
Posted By Tim Lewis
Maybe a broken valve spring on #4, causing one of...

Maybe a broken valve spring on #4, causing one of the two valves in #4 not to completely close at high RPM. On the Lycomings I've worked on, there are two springs (concentric) for each valve. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-22-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,590
Posted By Tim Lewis
Hmmm. When you increase power, EGT 4 drops. ...

Hmmm.

When you increase power, EGT 4 drops. When you reduce power, EGT 4 rises to be in family with the others. Puzzling.

Some ideas:
- Post the full URL of the Savvy Analysis browser page for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-21-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,884
Posted By Tim Lewis
Good idea. Variable in the 1Mohm range. Seems...

Good idea. Variable in the 1Mohm range. Seems likely bad brushes.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,884
Posted By Tim Lewis
B&C 60Amp alt failure - repair experiences requested

My 4 year old B&C 60 Amp alternator (BC 460-H) died today. I see 12.7V at the field plug of the alternator, no charge from the alternator.

B&C is closed till Monday, so a couple of questions to VAF...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-19-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,590
Posted By Tim Lewis
When you go to full power, #4 EGT is falling...

When you go to full power, #4 EGT is falling while all the others rise. Maybe an induction leak on #4, causing it to go lean?

I'd want to do an in-flight spark plug check, lean sweep, and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,690
Posted By Tim Lewis
Lord mounts

For my stock RV-10, I have Lord J-3804-20 mounts. For reference, Lord kit number J-3804-20 includes two isolators, part J3049. Inspection process, thickness and eccentricity limits for J3049 are in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,726
Posted By Tim Lewis
40 hours

I'm in the 40 hour range, including some maintenance items. My checklist is 9 pages long.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 28,912
Posted By Tim Lewis
The risk of being orphaned

A risk of the integrated system approach is the risk of being orphaned. It has already happened to Vertical Power VP-50, VP-100, and VP-200...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2021, 05:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,476
Posted By Tim Lewis
I've used the Vividia VA-400 (original...

I've used the Vividia VA-400 (original resolution, 640x480) since 2016. It is adequate for cylinder inspection and the RV-10 aileron hinge bracket SB inspection. But I always wished it had better...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2021, 06:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,297
Posted By Tim Lewis
Flap speeds, Vne TAS

The last section of the RV-10 Construction Manual is entitled "Final Inspection and Flight Test." Page 21, last paragraph, lists flap speeds:

"On the RV-10, 140 mph statute for "trail" (3 degree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 05:31 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,949
Posted By Tim Lewis
Midshipman's Hitch

https://www.netknots.com/rope_knots/midshipmans-hitch
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,936
Posted By Tim Lewis
I used to have same problem. Fuel pump cooling...

I used to have same problem. Fuel pump cooling shroud was no help. What fixed the problem (very significant improvement) was installing the new spider spring (4psi) called out in Lycoming SI 1539...
Forum: Tools 06-30-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,050
Posted By Tim Lewis
Locking Feature

From Oasis Scientific: ...
Forum: Propellers 06-28-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,192
Posted By Tim Lewis
Nope (for U.S....

Nope (for U.S. rules).

https://resources.savvyaviation.com/wp-content/uploads/articles_eaa/EAA_2011-12_intervals.pdf
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-26-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 840
Posted By Tim Lewis
IO-540 (narrow deck, page 6-9 and 6-10) parts...

IO-540 (narrow deck, page 6-9 and 6-10) parts manual calls for MS20823-4, Elbow, 1/4 tube, 1/8 NPT, 45 degree.

Wicks appears to have much better price than Spruce.
Forum: Tools 06-26-2021, 06:27 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,746
Posted By Tim Lewis
Also consider Proto safety wire pliers (made by...

Also consider Proto safety wire pliers (made by Stanley Black and Decker). The reversing mechanism on my large Milbar safety wire pliers broke. Milbar "lifetime warranty" experience was painful and...
Forum: Reviews 04-06-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,214
Posted By Tim Lewis
+1 for Weather Spork

Ive subscribed for a couple of years. Great product. The graphical grid and profile views are great products. I especially like it for finding ice-free IFR options in the winter.

When Ive had...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 12,437
Posted By Tim Lewis
Latest renewal

Jan 2021 renewal, $180K hull, $1M smooth (apparently no longer available to new customers, but still available on renewal) $2335/year. USAIG through Falcon.

Me: 3500 total time, 1400+ in RV-10, ...
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