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Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,814
Posted By Berchmans
Strenght is king

I live in Alaska and fly a RV8, Cessna 182 and a Citabria 7GCBC on floats. if this going to a true back country aircraft it will get used and abused here in AK. Strength is king. I fully intend to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,677
Posted By Berchmans
Cracking

I have a 2011 vintage fuselage kit, YIO360M1B, Vetterman 4 into 2 exhaust with turn down tips...plane flying since 2013 with 250 hours TT so far...no cracks. Another data point
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-05-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,740
Posted By Berchmans
Correction

Denali is the highest point in the continental US, Mt Whitey is the highest point in the contiguous 48 states...or was we in Alaska all it the lower 48...good writeup otherwise...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2020, 01:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,788
Posted By Berchmans
IPad Advice

I have an RV8 and I am currently using a 10" older iPad for my foreflight display. I am looking to upgrade and am torn between the 11" Pro and the Mini. The 10" takes up quite a bit of room in the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-23-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,993
Posted By Berchmans
Everyones a bit different

From top to bottom, Infinity Stick Grip

Upper Left
Toggle Switch Flaps Up/Down

Middle
Coolie Hat Switch Aileron/Elevator Trim

Upper Right
Green Button Starter
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-22-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,247
Posted By Berchmans
recommendation

I recommend removing the tank, it is not that big a deal. Once removed it will be much easier to work on removal, cleaning and reinstallation of the cover plate and sending unit.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-29-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,774
Posted By Berchmans
I just had a similar problem. The EGT on my No. 1...

I just had a similar problem. The EGT on my No. 1 Cylinder would be running along at about 1400 and then drop off the scale, or pop up to 2400! Replaced the probe. it's now running a bit warmer than...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-21-2020, 11:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,202
Posted By Berchmans
Interiors

Here is what my interior looks like done by Flightline...been in service for 7 years now. No issues with it. I did mine in vinyl as I knew it would get foot prints on if from people getting in and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-15-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,314
Posted By Berchmans
Nice Plane

Nice looking plane but I would be very careful about that 2,000 lb utility weight. There are a few threads on GW increases you should look up on this forum. In a nut shell they are a fiction without...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-28-2020, 06:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,590
Posted By Berchmans
Nut Plates

I did a write up with photos on how to install a nut plate in hard to reach area. You could remove the old nut plate by drilling out the retaining rivets, oversizing the bolt hole and sliding another...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-28-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,792
Posted By Berchmans
Small gap filling

I have installed a pair of Aerosport covers of the ends of my cowling split line pin ends. There is a very small gap, 1/16 to 1/8th inch around the edge of the covers. What is the best method for...
Forum: Polishing your RV 09-17-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,448
Posted By Berchmans
Polishing Equipment

What have folks been using to get into the tight spaces to polish. I have a cyclo and orbital buffer but there are some places it just difficult to polish, like the fuselage/wing root area.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,541
Posted By Berchmans
My 2 cents

I built my 8 with manual trim. Later I decided to install stick grips with the collie hat trim and installed electric aileron trim. In hind site I should have doe this I the first place. Much easier...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,747
Posted By Berchmans
Cowling Hinge Pin End Cover

Does anyone make or know of a vendor on this site who makes a cover for the hinge pin for an RV8? something that can be mounted flush on the forward end of the cowling or are these always custom...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 186,955
Posted By Berchmans
Also

Also known as the "Tree of Utah"...
Forum: COMM 08-31-2020, 10:27 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 946
Posted By Berchmans
ICOM 16 handheld Bluetooth

I have recently purchased an ICOM 16 Handheld and can not get it to pair with my Lightspeed PFX's. The PFX's do pair with my iPhone so I believe its not a problem with the headsets. I get the ICOM...
Forum: RV-4 08-25-2020, 06:00 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,648
Posted By Berchmans
Total time

Brian,
With good transition training and right attitude you should have no problem with an RV4. I have an RV8, Citabria and 182. The Citabria on tundra tires on asphalt is much more of a handful than...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-10-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,081
Posted By Berchmans
FAR 91.119

FAR 91.119 Begins,

Except when necessary for takeoff or landing, no person may operate an aircraft below the following altitudes:

Seems to me avoid unnecessary low passes....
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,390
Posted By Berchmans
Engine mounting

Tail low, jacking the tail induces other issues not necessary to the operation. If wings and tailfeathers are on then no reason to worry about nosing over.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-15-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,520
Posted By Berchmans
another approach

I built a frame with straps lined with very soft fabric, old towels and such. I put the canopy upside down in the frame and lowered the canopy frame into it. this greatly helped with adjustments....
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-05-2020, 05:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 931
Posted By Berchmans
Also Flightline Interiors...did a great job on my...

Also Flightline Interiors...did a great job on my RV8
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-03-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 906
Views: 1,267,422
Posted By Berchmans
Sweet

Very nice looking aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 13,217
Posted By Berchmans
Tent Recommendation

For plane camping I can't say enough about the North Face VE 25. Mine is 30 years old this year and still looks like new. It's been up Denali and down the Grand Canyon. When the wind blows it does...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-11-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,974
Posted By Berchmans
Gear Alignment

I did not use the plumb bob approach to aligning my gear. With the fuselage upside down I installed two pieces of aluminum angle 4 feet long to each gear leg that were held in place with the inboard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2020, 06:40 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 13,217
Posted By Berchmans
Getting some sleep

I have some experience with camping and I would recommend using a Go-Kot and Thermarest pad over any type of on the ground air mattress or pad. Works on sand, gravel, rocks, tundra...you name it...I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-01-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,144
Posted By Berchmans
Some things baffle you

Flew last evening with the new restrictor in the MP line. Seems to have done the trick. Where the pressure was fluctuating by 10 its now in the decimal range. I operated over the full range of power...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-31-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,144
Posted By Berchmans
Orifice installed

I fabricated and installed an orifice in the MP line last night, will fly this evening to see if that has any impact on the fluctuation. The MP has always moved around a bit but the most recent...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-30-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,144
Posted By Berchmans
Now I have a project to work on

I do not have a restrictor in the MP line...its as it came from Dynon...will look at wiring as well...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-28-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,144
Posted By Berchmans
Fluctuating Manifold Pressure

During a flight today I had widely fluctuating manifold pressure, at cruise it would constantly bounce between 20 and 30 or higher. The conditions of flight were as follows:

YIO360 M1B Lycoming with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,271
Posted By Berchmans
Fly is an option

I had a leaky rivet in my tank one time...took it up and flew it until there was only about 2 gallons in the tank, took out drain and ran it into a gas can...and yep, I grounded it while draining.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-12-2020, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,002
Posted By Berchmans
Foot wells, my 2 cents

I built my RV8 per the plans originally. And yes with some gentle bending and twisting the forward panel can be removed for the condition inspection. It does however take some effort and the...
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,445
Posted By Berchmans
Cool in every way possible

Very cool...just don't know what else to say...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2019, 06:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,934
Posted By Berchmans
Planned

Did you plan that or just get lucky?
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2019, 03:59 PM
Replies: 994
Views: 866,170
Posted By Berchmans
Location

I would also highly recommend moving the ELT Mounting forward into the baggage compartment as reaching is where it is currently shown will be very difficult once it's all closed up and the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,619
Posted By Berchmans
Thanks for help

Danny,
You and I have corresponded on the Infinity Grips before and I installed them just like you said. I installed the rear grip as you describe with a kill switch on the common grounds. Put in the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-30-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,619
Posted By Berchmans
Connector

I was hoping that someone could identify a connector that would fit inside the control stick that would allow for it's removal and installation...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-30-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,619
Posted By Berchmans
Removable Rear Stick

I have been pondering some method of making the rear stick in my RV8 easily removable. I have Infinity grips front and rear with limited function on the rear stick. I would like to retain the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 12:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,833
Posted By Berchmans
Best Investment

I have been flying now for 38 years and owned aircraft for 34 of those 38 years. The biggest mistake I made 34 years ago was not BUYING a hangar before I purchased an airplane. I did purchase a...
Forum: GPS 04-26-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 15,163
Posted By Berchmans
345 to 660 connection

I have hardwired 345 to 660. I have entered the tools function of the 660 and got to the point where I am ready to connect with the 345 but for the life of me I cannot find any info on the button...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,815
Posted By Berchmans
Installation complete

I have finished installation of my GTX 345, had a successful test flight and applied for rebate. I have one question regarding installation however if anyone can answer. Everything works except the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-18-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 742
Posted By Berchmans
Dynon FightDEK 180 Display

I am having an issue with display of the trim settings for Elevator and Aileron on my Dynon FlightDEC 180. I have sent a query off to Dynon but was wondering is others here might have encountered...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-08-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,271
Posted By Berchmans
You should do the following checks. Level the...

You should do the following checks.

Level the plane, place a level on each flap and be sure that they have the same incidence. Do the same of the Ailerons. They should have the same incidence as...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2019, 06:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,208
Posted By Berchmans
One of those days

Ya ever have one of those days were it seems to all go wrong. I am installing a GTX345 to replace my old KT76C and get ADS-B in and out. While doing that I decided what the heck, lets install...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-30-2019, 04:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,668
Posted By Berchmans
D sub pins in lieu of butt splice

What are the downsides to using male/female D sub pins and heat shrink tubing in lieu of a but splice where no tension will be place on the connection? This makes a very compact connection.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-27-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,623
Posted By Berchmans
Ignition points

I have been routing through my drawings and cannot find the layout for the ignition switch in my RV8. I have the standard ignition sold by Vans. Which terminals on the switch do I want to land the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-27-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,815
Posted By Berchmans
GTX 345 Installation

I am installing the Garmin GTX 345 with ADS-B in and out. Aircraft is equipped with Dynon FlightDEK 180 using the 1/4 inch pitot/static tubing system with quick disconnect fittings. Does anyone know...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-04-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,623
Posted By Berchmans
Infinity Grips

I am installing the Garmin GTX345 in/out in my RV8 and am going to take to opportunity to change things up a bit. I am going to install the Infinity Stick Grip and was looking for some input on stick...
Forum: RV-4 01-04-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,407
Posted By Berchmans
Oil filler pipe interference

Does anyone have experience with installation of the IO360 on the RV4 and interference between the motor mount and the oil filler pipe? With engine hung its not possible to install the tube.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-09-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,617
Posted By Berchmans
Vent

I used the standard locations for the Vents, upgraded the plastic Eyeballs to the metal ones. The work great at regulating the airflow and look much better than the plastic ones. Your plane costs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-04-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,065
Posted By Berchmans
Tight fit

Another alternative is check the McMaster Carr catalog for steel pins of slightly smaller diameter. As the eyelets wear over time you can increase the size of the pin for a tighter fit. Working so...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-03-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,406
Posted By Berchmans
My Biggest was 280 LP

I have flown a 280 LB Pax and I could loose a few pounds Myself. Was within CG at take off and landing, here are my numbers. Plane handled as expected, but I am used to flying "heavy" aircraft as...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,780
Posted By Berchmans
What is Normal

Actually I built my RV8 per the plans, mounted everything including wheel pants before fist flight, everything was mounted dead nuts straight. I can fly with my feet flat on the floor with no rudder...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,364
Posted By Berchmans
Lubricating rod end bearings

I do not remember seeing this suggestion posted so thought I would share my method of lubricating the rod end bearings as my condition inspection is coming up. I hate trying to clean up the mess from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-22-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,385
Posted By Berchmans
Sika

I use Sika Flex for the entire canopy both windscreen and bubble on my RV8. 180 hours since first flight in 2013 without any issues. No holes drilled in any of the plexi...I should note that I have...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-21-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,693
Posted By Berchmans
Take off and Landing...short form

Takeoff
Line up with runway, push throttle forward, buildings go by faster, keep pointed in direction of runway, ease back stick, buildings get smaller.

Landing
Line up with runway, pull throttle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 05:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,499
Posted By Berchmans
Replace...it will drive you crazy every time you...

Replace...it will drive you crazy every time you look at it otherwise.
Forum: Safety 07-12-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 30,183
Posted By Berchmans
Oh Yeah

1. Leaking fuel tank, 172
2. Cracked Spinner, 172
3. Rental Plane following inspection, half of the cowling fasteners not installed.
4. Trailing edge of left wing bent upwards 5 inches, aileron bent...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,627
Posted By Berchmans
Grips

Be sure and leave room for you thumb on top of the grip.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-14-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,851
Posted By Berchmans
Second Seat Belt

Thanks for the replies. I have installed a ratchet on my Crow 5 point but just can get it tight enough to really hold my butt tight to the seat while inverted. Lower across the legs looks worth at...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-05-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,652
Posted By Berchmans
Tail weight

With the empennage installed I found no additional weight was necessary to hang a YIO360M1B with Hartzell C/S prop.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,547
Posted By Berchmans
Training

I own a Citabria and had many hundreds of hours in it. Insurance company still required transition training. RV6 with Mike Seager in Vernonia Oregon was fine with insurance company. Training is cheap...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-07-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 22,070
Posted By Berchmans
Highway

There are lots of paved strips and the majority of village strips (generally gravel) are just fine with wheel pants. Off airport or very small villages can be another story. When taxiing use minimum...
Forum: RV-4 02-28-2018, 01:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,248
Posted By Berchmans
Shutter and more

It's cold in Alaska...in order to get my oil heat to an acceptable range I have installed the shutter system on the front of the oil cooler and a aluminum plate on the back.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-04-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,602
Posted By Berchmans
My real reason

I didn't want the scoop on the bottom of the cowl...I think it looks better without...drove me the M1B...
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