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Forum: Engine Monitors Yesterday, 08:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 514
Posted By andoman
Another huge fan of the Dynon EMS D-10 here. ...

Another huge fan of the Dynon EMS D-10 here. There is nothing obsolete or old school about it: Rich, easy to read display.
Find a used one and live happily ever after.
Forum: Steam Gauges 11-28-2022, 04:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,105
Posted By andoman
I built an early -7A that first flew in ‘03 with...

I built an early -7A that first flew in ‘03 with vans gauges. 75% of the time one or both of the stock Van’s gauges would die to zero during start and not come back alive. Cycling the master always...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,235
Posted By andoman
Thanks to those that have shared that the...

Thanks to those that have shared that the Registry is expediting initial registrations.
Questions:
1. Would it be appropriate to write on the envelope "Initial EAB" in red (similar to an import) so...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-20-2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By andoman
I replied to your PM. Thanks for sharing your...

I replied to your PM. Thanks for sharing your experience.
A copy of my reply follows:

No resolution.
It has stopped charging and shows full at battery percentages anywhere from 60-90%. It has...
Forum: RV-3 11-18-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 303
Posted By andoman
+1 on Mr. Marshall’s suggestion. To make it even...

+1 on Mr. Marshall’s suggestion. To make it even more effective, aim a 2” scat tube at the back of the oil cooler. No fancy bracket required as it can be zip tied in place.
Also, I highly...
Forum: RV-4 11-18-2022, 07:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,441
Posted By andoman
Tim, Your tail wheel should NOT unlock at full...

Tim,
Your tail wheel should NOT unlock at full rudder deflection.
I recommend some adjustment to your TW linkage.
IIRC there is an informative thread (or a few) ref Rocket Links causing some wild...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-17-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,768
Posted By andoman
LOL

That cracked me up!
+1
I use it primarily as a gasket release agent for the future removal of the component.
Saves the effort of removing an old, stubborn baked-on gasket.
Forum: RV-4 11-16-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 374
Posted By andoman
Since I think my questions would serve the...

Since I think my questions would serve the community I’ll ask here vice PM:
Can you bend existing sticks?
Can you bend a custom offset?

Thanks!

Dan
Forum: RV-4 11-14-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 770
Posted By andoman
I'll Start the Controvercy...

I agree that this is a good place to discuss; I disagree in said TW instructor's blanket conclusion...
-Critical AOA ("full stall") is a function of airspeed and WEIGHT
-At touchdown, the weight...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 770
Posted By andoman
+1 IMHO, there are many other dealbreakers way...

+1
IMHO, there are many other dealbreakers way above gear length.
FWIW, I have a short gear -4. The flatter landing attitude means that it flys onto the deck with all 3 points. I find the lower AOA...
Forum: RV-4 11-12-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,120
Posted By andoman
Mount Pix

+1.
With 2 AV30’s and a backup 6 pack available on the Aera, the steam gauges are clumsy left overs. FWIW I have experience behind the AV30 and the G5. I much prefer the readability of the G5.
To...
Forum: RV-4 11-10-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,120
Posted By andoman
I wouldn’t give the minor wrinkles in the...

I wouldn’t give the minor wrinkles in the firewall another thought.
If the lower mounts are the thinner version you can add a .050 doubler on the outside. Replace the rivets one at a time with...
Forum: RV-4 11-10-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By andoman
AN

I used AN from Spruce. But that was before Amazon. I bet you can get a 100 pack of stainless pretty cheap nowadays.
Forum: RV-4 11-10-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 324
Posted By andoman
I built a -7A and used the screws and acorn...

I built a -7A and used the screws and acorn nuts.
Just make sure the hols in the plexi are a little over size and the screws are not tightened to tight.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-06-2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 627
Posted By andoman
A Different G5 Battery Issue

Ive read all that I can ref the G5 Battery saga.
I have an issue that I haven't seen described before.
Its a new unit (not subject to recall) with current software and the most current battery...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-25-2022, 11:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,516
Posted By andoman
You may get a specific response, but I’m betting...

You may get a specific response, but I’m betting there are few data points on speed gains that would account for just the drag reduction.
I doubt the speed gain would be measurable.
I believe...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,799
Posted By andoman
Walt, please elaborate on what sets the -6 owners...

Walt, please elaborate on what sets the -6 owners and maintainers apart from those of other other RV’s that would make you avoid them? Not questioning your decision; I’m genuinely curious as most...
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 550
Posted By andoman
Over the top on my Rocket. I like the cooler...

Over the top on my Rocket.
I like the cooler environment away from all radiated exhaust heat found underneath.
Not sure what bracket I have since it came with the project.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-14-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,227
Posted By andoman
2 Cycle Oil Flashpoints

Typical 2 stroke engines do not have valves. The oil added to the fuel is for bottom end lubrication.
2 stroke oil flashpoints vary from less than 200F to over 500F. Most are below traditional...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-26-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 8
Poll: poll
Views: 1,272
Posted By andoman
A single flap deployment for me. I put out full...

A single flap deployment for me.
I put out full flaps abeam the numbers allowing me one and done trimming for flap deployment.
Last item on my landing checklist is flaps thus minimizing distractions...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 868
Posted By andoman
I apologize for offering an opinion vice a...

I apologize for offering an opinion vice a specific answer. Especially since my opinion is based mostly on research and not actual experience, but since no one has chimed in…
Switch to SDS EFI and...
Forum: Propellers 09-21-2022, 12:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 458
Posted By andoman
I have a Twin Comanche prop and governor on my...

I have a Twin Comanche prop and governor on my -4.
I don’t have a feather detent in my prop lever so the prop can’t be commanded to feather. I also have course pitch stops that were installed at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-13-2022, 09:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,186
Posted By andoman
The loads on the 9’s larger flaps necessitate the...

The loads on the 9’s larger flaps necessitate the more robust hex rods.
The standard rods are fine but have less margin should a flap over speed occur.
The standard rods are also less forgiving of...
Forum: RV-4 08-16-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,688
Posted By andoman
I’m just finishing the install of an IFR package...

I’m just finishing the install of an IFR package in the rocket.
I second Carl’s “integrates” and “plays well” wisdom: I recommend sticking with a complete system from one manufacturer.
FWIW, I...
Forum: RV-4 08-16-2022, 04:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 740
Posted By andoman
Space

My -4 has one of these. My rocket is quadrant is from a -8. For the space savings the Baxter unit seems a better fit in the -4.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-13-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,104
Posted By andoman
+1 I’ve washed dirt bikes thousands of times. ...

+1
I’ve washed dirt bikes thousands of times. Any starting issue afterwards has always been water intrusion into the ignition system.
Questions: Was it washed with the cowl off? Do you have an EI?
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,295
Posted By andoman
Ha! I built and covered a set of Kitfox wings in...

Ha!
I built and covered a set of Kitfox wings in the living room.
At least the aluminum won’t reek of MEK and Stits Poly-Brush… I still can’t believe I survived that one.
BEST WIFE EVER!!
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2022, 02:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,295
Posted By andoman
Pulling the wings is easy and straight forward. ...

Pulling the wings is easy and straight forward.
-pull flaps and ailerons
-Use 2 helpers (3 is better)
-need some means of support. Coolers with pillows and blankets or old sofa cushions work well....
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,295
Posted By andoman
Great advice so far. -Place the Trim servo on...

Great advice so far.
-Place the Trim servo on the deck under the vertical stab.
-Duckworks mount and Fly LED’s for landing and taxi lights in the leading edge
-External position lts and strobes on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-19-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 355
Posted By andoman
IO-540 non-impulse Mag on Left Side

I searched and couldn’t find an answer so I’ll ask the brain trust:
IO-540C4B5 with SDS CPI2 on the right and Slick on left.
Id like to run a non-impulsed coupled mag on the left side to eliminate...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-13-2022, 12:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,183
Posted By andoman
I have had success on a -7A (200 hp angle valve)...

I have had success on a -7A (200 hp angle valve) and a -4 (IO320) by spacing the oil cooler aft, off the baffle. I also angled it downward a few degrees. This creates a dedicated mini plenum in...
Forum: RV-4 06-30-2022, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,912
Posted By andoman
I, too have a nose heavy plane. I worked up to...

I, too have a nose heavy plane. I worked up to my aft CG comfort level with weights in backpacks secured in the rear seat and baggage compartment.
I can fly comfortably with 200 lbs. in the back.
Forum: Rocket 06-16-2022, 11:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,564
Posted By andoman
Adding to the Drift

To the OP: Between tail feathers, wings, canopies and FWF, the “Rocket” may be the most mixed and matched EAB aircraft flying.



Ditto: Mark and Vince are great!

vlittle, or Mark, care to share...
Forum: Rocket 06-06-2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 636
Posted By andoman
I, too am trying to picture it. How far will...

I, too am trying to picture it.
How far will the ribs shift?
If you are only moving them a wee bit, say the width of a flange, you could swap “L” and “R” flanged ribs to keep the center of the...
Forum: Rocket 06-03-2022, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,169
Posted By andoman
Amen! Makes me want to scream… Thanks for the...

Amen!
Makes me want to scream…
Thanks for the info and please resurrect this thread after you have flown behind it.
Forum: RV-3 05-30-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By andoman
Here is a recent thread in the -4 forum that may...

Here is a recent thread in the -4 forum that may help: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=206401
Try this google search for more threads: aileron rigging vaf site:vansairforce.net
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-28-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 790
Posted By andoman
Read this: ...

Read this: https://blog.aopa.org/aopa/2015/03/19/champion-from-denial-to-acceptance/
We had lots of fouling and marginal mag checks on a 182’s 0-470. Resistance of the older vintage Champions...
Forum: RV-4 05-20-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By andoman
Has anyone had to remove material into the...

Has anyone had to remove material into the longeron to some degree in order to get the hole big enough?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-09-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,274
Posted By andoman
For my take on what Paul is describing try this...

For my take on what Paul is describing try this link: ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-03-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,197
Posted By andoman
I’m surprised no one has chimed in. I was about...

I’m surprised no one has chimed in.
I was about to ask the same question in the Rocket forum.
The stick is perfect in the -4 but is awkwardly forward for me in the HRII.
For $50 I’ll roll the...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,329
Posted By andoman
Here’s my experience/understanding as an owner...

Here’s my experience/understanding as an owner of a sweet short gear 160hp CS -4:
-Our weldments were replaced before we owned it. They hadn’t cracked; the PO just wanted it done. If not cracked,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2022, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By andoman
Thanks, Art. I think that is twice the thickness...

Thanks, Art. I think that is twice the thickness of the Van’s material. The 6 in. width does give more shaping options though.
I’m hoping someone will chime in with an exact match. When initially...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-17-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By andoman
Thanks, Steve

Thanks, PM sent
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-17-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By andoman
AIRSEAL Baffling Source

Van’s has been out of the AIRSEAL material for some time.
Does anyone know of an alternate source for the same material?
Not looking for a discussion on alternative material.
I searched but couldn’t...
Forum: RV-4 04-01-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,401
Posted By andoman
I have Steve Sampson’s mod. I think Aerosport...

I have Steve Sampson’s mod. I think Aerosport Power has been doing this on their engines destined for -4’s. It can be done with the engine in place:
-Use a long drill bit to drill a 1/8 dia. hole in...
Forum: RV-4 02-16-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 414
Views: 410,976
Posted By andoman
Couple of thoughts: -My V6 had the exact same...

Couple of thoughts:
-My V6 had the exact same issues out of the box. I tossed it in favor of a Trigg.
-Had the exact same high CHT issue after install of an E-Mag. First adjustment was to the max...
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,561
Posted By andoman
-I find the many builder blogs very helpful....

-I find the many builder blogs very helpful. Here’s a great one: http://gikonhome.blogspot.com/2008/11/flying-and-testing.html
-Vince Frazier’s Rocket blog has some specific gear leg fairing info. ...
Forum: RV-4 02-09-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 946
Posted By andoman
Curious as to why those dates are relevant....

Curious as to why those dates are relevant.
Aren’t the weldments part of the fuselage kit and the gear part of FWF kit? Lots of “older” kits with the upgraded components incorporated during the...
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2022, 10:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,442
Posted By andoman
I agree that the fwd CG is more of a benefit than...

I agree that the fwd CG is more of a benefit than a liability. Aft CG is the -4’s Achilles heel. My CG is close to the fwd limit solo: IO-320 CS prop. It’s easy to fly with a 180 pounder in the...
Forum: RV-4 01-31-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,470
Posted By andoman
Enforcer

Or a Navion…

Piper had the chance with the Enforcer project. They stuck with the tailwheel. I’m betting that at least a tiny part of that decision was aesthetics.
Forum: RV-4 01-28-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,262
Posted By andoman
For the rudder I made a simple lock from scrap...

For the rudder I made a simple lock from scrap that pins the rudder horn to the rudder stop:
- I drilled a vertical hole in the rudder horn and the rudder stop.
- I placed two pins in a 7/8W X 4ishL...
Forum: RV-4 01-16-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,698
Posted By andoman
Hopefully someone chimes in with a link to a...

Hopefully someone chimes in with a link to a documented repair effort.
My short geared -4 came from Canada and the weldments were replaced some years ago. I’ve built a 7A so I’ve installed those...
Forum: RV-4 12-20-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,504
Posted By andoman
I found some pix at the HP Aircraft LLC website...

I found some pix at the HP Aircraft LLC website here: https://hpaircraftblog.wordpress.com/short-wingtips-for-rv-4-through-rv-8/
The pix are of tips without the lighting provision so I’m looking...
Forum: Rocket 11-23-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,632
Posted By andoman
I acquired my rocket project with the flaps...

I acquired my rocket project with the flaps already built and fitted. Their “stops” are set up opposite of the plans:
There is no overlap of flap / fuselage on the bottom.
Rather, there are angles...
Forum: Rocket 11-18-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,124
Posted By andoman
I fly formation with a local Super Six. A very...

I fly formation with a local Super Six. A very sexy plane. It has a 14 in. stretch in the center fuselage section in addition to the long nose.
Essentially a one-off build.
A 215 HP IO-390 -7 would...
Forum: RV-4 11-11-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,497
Posted By andoman
Hmmmm… My parts list for the -4 ends at W-424....

Hmmmm…
My parts list for the -4 ends at W-424.
The “list” in the mothership store returns no items for W-431 and 2
Forum: RV-4 10-21-2021, 12:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,201
Posted By andoman
Combo Light

I second Fly LED’s combo light. Got mine from Flyboys.
Ask for an extra diffuser disk to spread the light more.
Fits in the Duckworks mount with minor tweaking.
Forum: Rocket 09-25-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,453
Posted By andoman
The original vents on the RV4 had chaffed through...

The original vents on the RV4 had chaffed through where they passed through a loose adel.
I replaced them with the Rocket style vents: No siphoning and I have over filled them a few times.
I built...
Forum: RV-4 09-21-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,773
Posted By andoman
I don’t mind the creep: I’m at the same stage as...

I don’t mind the creep: I’m at the same stage as the OP.
Sully, please keep us updated on what what you learn and your experience through the final result.
Thanks!!
Forum: RV-4 07-09-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,595
Posted By andoman
I installed the throttle exactly as above. I...

I installed the throttle exactly as above.
I also added a rear flap switch below the throttle.
Rudder pedals are of my own design: “c” shaped weldments of 1/2 in CrMo. tubing. They are secured by...
Forum: RV-4 06-30-2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,529
Posted By andoman
You will be very happy. I have similar simple...

You will be very happy.
I have similar simple panel: G5, Dynon EMS and a dock mounted 796
I couldn’t be happier.
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2021, 01:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,006
Posted By andoman
I second the electric flap kit from Vans. As for...

I second the electric flap kit from Vans.
As for trim: I’m about to ditch my manual trim. I want the trim on my stick grip where it belongs. So I’ll be fitting a servo to the end of the stock...
Forum: RV-4 06-14-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,574
Posted By andoman
The AOA at the 3pt attitude is lower than stall...

The AOA at the 3pt attitude is lower than stall AOA. So it can’t be stalled near touchdown and plonked down on 3 points. It has to be flown on to the deck in a 3 pt attitude.
Trying to do a “full...
Forum: RV-4 06-13-2021, 02:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,574
Posted By andoman
Short or Long Gear?

The rudder is plenty effective in the 3 point attitude. If you have short gear that attitude is fairly flat with several knots of flying speed above the stall. No real full stall landing possible...
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