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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By Ironflight
Tie downs and guest accommodations available…..;)

Tie downs and guest accommodations available…..;)
Forum: Propellers 01-08-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 522
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - I tested the three blade composite Hartzell...

Yes - I tested the three blade composite Hartzell Raptor and the three blade Whirlwind 300 - check out the July 21 issue of Kitplanes for my results and thoughts.
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-08-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By Ironflight
Both baggage compartment and the passenger seat -...

Both baggage compartment and the passenger seat - with the seat back removed! And….she was lightly drugged. When we got her out, she had this glazed look, sort of “like wow man…I thought I WAS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2022, 07:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,341
Posted By Ironflight
Well heck John, we’re in Nevada…… ;)

Well heck John, we’re in Nevada…… ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 660
Posted By Ironflight
Uhhh…three bladed prop is going to be hard to fit...

Uhhh…three bladed prop is going to be hard to fit in a ski bag! ;)

But I like the concept. When my little jet engine had to go back to the Czech Republic, the shipping price (paid for by PBS) was...
Forum: Safety 01-07-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,328
Posted By Ironflight
Probably the best summary I could give in terms...

Probably the best summary I could give in terms of what is in my vest…plus the PLB, of course! I look at food as something to just give my mouth something to do - not really trying to keep me alive,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 460
Posted By Ironflight
We generally use the microphone in the earphone...

We generally use the microphone in the earphone cup when doing videos for our web products as well - very low tech, but it does seem to work, and doesn’t take a lot of engineering. We have even done...
Forum: Safety 01-06-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,328
Posted By Ironflight
And I’d expand on Dave’s idea with this common...

And I’d expand on Dave’s idea with this common survival adage “If you’re not wearing it when you go down, you don’t have it!” Which translates into a survival vest with the essentials (PLB is always...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2022, 12:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By Ironflight
Of course, thinking outside the box, you could...

Of course, thinking outside the box, you could post a “Want to Buy” for a PDA-360EX, and se if anyone has one…..
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Carl, Because of the nature of what I do, I...

Hi Carl,

Because of the nature of what I do, I have stuff from just about every manufacturer in my various panels. Our Xenos project as an S6 Comm radio, and while we haven’t flown with it, just...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,855
Posted By Ironflight
I was really hoping you’d comment on this one...

I was really hoping you’d comment on this one Dan, because I knew that you were the one that spearheaded the data collection, and because to be honest, I couldn’t really remember the conclusions….or...
Forum: Safety 01-02-2022, 12:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,246
Posted By Ironflight
And a huge amount of speculation based on a news...

And a huge amount of speculation based on a news report - not even an NTSB preliminary…..

DR can unlock it if I have been unfair.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,351
Posted By Ironflight
You do realize that Bearhawk brought their...

You do realize that Bearhawk brought their six-seater to market last year….right? :)

Bottom line though - you are correct that it was far simpler for them, with the tube/fabric fuselage than it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,855
Posted By Ironflight
This has been a big topic of discussion here on...

This has been a big topic of discussion here on the forums over the years - it goes back to the very beginning of VAF, so you should be able to do a search and find some great threads. A lot of data...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-01-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 717
Posted By Ironflight
You’ve been researching a long way back! ;) Yes,...

You’ve been researching a long way back! ;)

Yes, generally speaking you have better fine motor control with your dominant hand, and that is preferred for complex fine control tasks. Tuning a radio...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 12-30-2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 750
Posted By Ironflight
Louise flew her 110 lb Malamut in the RV-6 once,...

Louise flew her 110 lb Malamut in the RV-6 once, but no pictures….we were busy evacuating for a hurricane!
Forum: RV-15 12-30-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,415
Posted By Ironflight
Have you ever met Mel ?! ;) His airport is,...

Have you ever met Mel ?! ;)

His airport is, after all, named “Short Stop”……. :p
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,283
Posted By Ironflight
Dang! I knew what it was as soon as I saw it, but...

Dang! I knew what it was as soon as I saw it, but I didn’t see it until just now because I was out in the shop playing with a magazine project.

And I have a strip of aluminum with holes drilled...
Forum: Propellers 12-27-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,009
Posted By Ironflight
First, I’m REALLY appreciating Joe’s contribution...

First, I’m REALLY appreciating Joe’s contribution here! Great to have someone who has done this for a living….

My interpretation (from prop shops is that you put no more than 1 ounce in - and if,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-24-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,588
Posted By Ironflight
I think the blue spot is a reflection of the...

I think the blue spot is a reflection of the spark plug hole….
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-22-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,312
Posted By Ironflight
Strakes were a common topic of discussion back...

Strakes were a common topic of discussion back when I was finishing my -8….but folks discovered that upper intersection fairings did the same thing as the strakes, and reduced drag to boot…haven’t...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,496
Posted By Ironflight
It’s been probably six or seven weeks since I put...

It’s been probably six or seven weeks since I put in a reservation request for our motorglider N-Number. Thing is….we really don’t care THAT much about it, and I didn’t ;t realize that when you go to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 968
Posted By Ironflight
George, you’re a great example of someone who has...

George, you’re a great example of someone who has the patience to take your time and do it right - now go out an enjoy that machine!

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-19-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,507
Posted By Ironflight
As a general rule, the Lycs will spit out...

As a general rule, the Lycs will spit out anything above 6 quarts in our installations - how hey spit that out, and how your breather tube is routed will determine if it goes on the belly directly,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-16-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 691
Posted By Ironflight
Honestly? I have added and removed a couple of...

Honestly? I have added and removed a couple of autopilots, changed lighting, re-routed antenna cabling - all in the sixteen years and 2000+ hours I have flown and worked on my -8, and I have removed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,725
Posted By Ironflight
It really depends on the quality of the tie-wraps...

It really depends on the quality of the tie-wraps you use - I have tie-wraps in engine compartments that have been there for fifteen years….

For wire bundles, mostly I use lacing cord to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,196
Posted By Ironflight
Legally, yes - no instrumentation is required at...

Legally, yes - no instrumentation is required at all for Day VFR - totally blank panel. Can you get a DAR to approve that? Depends on your rationale and ability to persuade.

Paul
Forum: Flight Testing 12-11-2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 576
Posted By Ironflight
Bill - the July 2021 issue of Kitplanes has an...

Bill - the July 2021 issue of Kitplanes has an article describing exactly how I do prop comparisons - the test cards are a natural fallout of the procedures.

Paul
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-11-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,052
Posted By Ironflight
Dredging up memories….another month, and the...

Dredging up memories….another month, and the coverage will be thick enough for ice diving!! Yeah….that was fun when I was young…… ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,734
Posted By Ironflight
Wholeheartedly agree with Ralph - static ports,...

Wholeheartedly agree with Ralph - static ports, and their locations, take some time for a designer to pin down, and once they do, there is little reason to reinvent the wheel;. Use the standard...
Forum: Tools 12-06-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ironflight
I asked the same question when I was buying...

I asked the same question when I was buying cables, and came up with the answer that it makes no difference - which was good, because the source in San Diego was selling Inconel for a better price...
Forum: Tools 12-05-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ironflight
For cables, there is an EBay supplier - a surplus...

For cables, there is an EBay supplier - a surplus house down in San Diego, near the water - that regularly sells bags of the 18” Inconel cables at a good price. I bought about 250 cables, and figure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2021, 11:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,073
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had a three-blade Catto hanging on the wall...

I’ve had a three-blade Catto hanging on the wall for a number of years, with the intent of making a ceiling fan out of it - just never seem to have the spare time to find a motor….. Don’t really care...
Forum: Tools 12-04-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,467
Posted By Ironflight
Mine came with the short one, and I occasionally...

Mine came with the short one, and I occasionally think the middle length might be nice, but so far I have done everything I needed with the standard short one….
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-02-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,603
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks Joe - this makes me feel better, as my...

Thanks Joe - this makes me feel better, as my “build log” with the Sonex machines has been nothing more than dating and highlighting steps on the drawings (for RV builders, there is no step-by step...
Forum: RV-3 12-01-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 810
Posted By Ironflight
Our Setup

We’ve been running the Bell fork and a DJM solid (small) tailwheel since day 1 on our -3B, and like the setup. We rarely operate off of anything but pavement or gravel, and if you hit an airport with...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 12-01-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,710
Posted By Ironflight
Wait! You didn’t even consider the “tip-over” !! ...

Wait! You didn’t even consider the “tip-over” !! ;)

It’s hard to beat the unobstructed visibility forward from the tip-up (our RV-6) or the tip-over (RV-3. Then again, last week I flew down to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,603
Posted By Ironflight
One thing to remember is that there are two...

One thing to remember is that there are two potential “official” uses for the builder log - one is for the DAR granting the airworthiness certificate for the airplane. The other is for the FSDO to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,327
Posted By Ironflight
You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be...

You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be a Fluke!” ;)

My most recent is a Klein, replacing a no-name Fluke clone I had for probably 25 years.

(Fluke was the only multimeter in the Space...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,356
Posted By Ironflight
Many folks don't get the subtlety (or subtle...

Many folks don't get the subtlety (or subtle difference) between teh final radius of the trailing edge bend itself, and the “flatness” of the slopes leading up to it - this is the thing that needs to...
Forum: RV-3 11-24-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 505
Posted By Ironflight
David - given the very tight clearance between...

David - given the very tight clearance between the engine and firewall, I’d mount everything that you can on the back of the engine before putting it in place. Mel pointed out the oil pressure...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 680
Posted By Ironflight
This has been a problem for many of us for as...

This has been a problem for many of us for as long as I have been involved with RV’s. Distilling all of the threads I have read on binding control cables (from memory), the greatest enemy of these...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,322
Posted By Ironflight
Check the profile of the notch in your steering...

Check the profile of the notch in your steering arm. If the corner has started to round off, the pin will retract very easily, and your wheel will go into castor mode more easily than it should. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,649
Posted By Ironflight
“Gravity wave” To quote the old sage….“I don’t...

“Gravity wave”

To quote the old sage….“I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means…….”

;)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 659
Posted By Ironflight
You might take a look at this...

You might take a look at this thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=74302

Originally intended to collect useful things pilots needed to know when flying a GRT….
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,531
Posted By Ironflight
I was going to suggest the same thing David - the...

I was going to suggest the same thing David - the ball-bar is easy to fly, and can be built passive for daytime only., or with lights (active) for night flying. Or….build it with both! It’s a good...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,228
Posted By Ironflight
Very, very cool - much nicer than my long-time...

Very, very cool - much nicer than my long-time method of supporting the cowling on a knee with that foot off the floor, while standing one-legged on the other foot!

Will have to consider this as the...
Forum: GPS 11-19-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,630
Posted By Ironflight
I have replaced a couple of 430W’s with 440’s,...

I have replaced a couple of 430W’s with 440’s, and the audio worked just fine with my standard GMA audio panels. However, there is supposedly the capability to use the “standby monitor” function in...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-19-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,513
Posted By Ironflight
So if an RV-10 and an F1 Rocket leave Houston at...

So if an RV-10 and an F1 Rocket leave Houston at the same time, headed for Oshkosh, and the RV-10 flies at FL250, who gets to Mahoney’s first? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,021
Posted By Ironflight
Glad to help out - its a nice flying airplane,...

Glad to help out - its a nice flying airplane, and George will soon be enjoying Phase 1 himself!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,547
Posted By Ironflight
The way that the relief valve can cause a low oil...

The way that the relief valve can cause a low oil pressure is simple - the “relief valve” is actually the oil pressure regulator - if it sticks open, the pressure in the system drops. It’s badly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,547
Posted By Ironflight
If the oil pressure relief valve stuck open for a...

If the oil pressure relief valve stuck open for a few seconds, this is what you’d see. You might remove it, check the ball and seat, and look for any debris in the spring or housing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,940
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Ron - I’m interested enough to go look them...

Hey Ron - I’m interested enough to go look them up - I didn’t see a “C4 housing” listed on the web site page of products….. did I miss it, or did you mean something else?

Paul
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,215
Posted By Ironflight
Go do a little searching in the Bede aircraft...

Go do a little searching in the Bede aircraft world on the inter webs - they glue a lot of structure together!
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,460
Posted By Ironflight
From the course description, looks like a couple...

From the course description, looks like a couple of good guys to listen to on the topic!

On minimum standoff distance, I’d say 1/8” is plenty of you can get a ring of tubing to hold together that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,460
Posted By Ironflight
Larry’s idea works, but can also make a standoff...

Larry’s idea works, but can also make a standoff out of a 1/8” piece of tubing, captured in a tie wrap (a fake figure eight) that threads through another tie wrap at right angles around the first...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,892
Posted By Ironflight
Remember that as the manufacturer of your air...

Remember that as the manufacturer of your air raft, you can choose to use whatever you want, and a real manufacturer will do qualification testing on anything from a new supplier (or an old one) - so...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-13-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,123
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been buying these plugs from RockAuto for...

I’ve been buying these plugs from RockAuto for over ten years - big name. Mine arrived yesterday, so they are definitely shipping. Or were…..;)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-12-2021, 11:52 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,123
Posted By Ironflight
Just a quick update to this thread - RockAuto has...

Just a quick update to this thread - RockAuto has the 3961 back in stock - I just bought four dozen ($1.57 each) to restock because I have four airplanes using them…..

That should hold me for a few...
Forum: Job Board 11-12-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,702
Posted By Ironflight
I can assure you Carl, we take things like this...

I can assure you Carl, we take things like this very seriously, and Marc and Myron will be looking in to it.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 529
Posted By Ironflight
Look no further than the Van’s Aircraft Web Page...

Look no further than the Van’s Aircraft Web Page itself…..

https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-flight-training/

I’m sure there are others around the country but this is a list of factory recognized...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-10-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,547
Posted By Ironflight
This was buried in another thread, and I moved it...

This was buried in another thread, and I moved it to its own for folks (like me) who had missed the sad news of Marshall’s passing. We only interacted a few times, but every one of those events was...
Forum: Safety 11-09-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 9,691
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks for the report Dan - I’d say “go forth and...

Thanks for the report Dan - I’d say “go forth and sin no more….” But the truth is, we are all only as good as our next small screw up, no matter how long we fly.

I know that an entire generation and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,436
Posted By Ironflight
I use my Tailmate to lift the tailwheel, place a...

I use my Tailmate to lift the tailwheel, place a stand under the fuselage, lower the fuselage onto the stand, and remove the Tailmate for the rest fo the maintenance task…..
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