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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,049
Posted By digidocs
Very cool! What's involved in installing these...

Very cool! What's involved in installing these in an completed and painted RV-10?
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,678
Posted By digidocs
FWIW, I consider the flap sensor 100%...

FWIW, I consider the flap sensor 100% optional.

It's also difficult to get the sensor to reliably register the difference between -2 deg (reflex) and 0 deg (TO).

I find that a few sharpie marks on...
Forum: RV-10 09-14-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,419
Posted By digidocs
I think you'll find that 1876 BTU just isn't...

I think you'll find that 1876 BTU just isn't enough. My experience is that 8000 BTU is barely adequate.

Also, welcome to VAF!
Forum: Texas (North) 09-14-2021, 12:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 596
Posted By digidocs
Question Grand Prarie airport PIREP?

I'm planning to fly in to KGPM later this week to drop off a passenger. What's the scoop there?

Anybody know if it's possible to get through the gate in the evening (say after 7pm)? Looks like...
Forum: RV-10 09-12-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,852
Posted By digidocs
When you do the Silpruf method before paint, you...

When you do the Silpruf method before paint, you leave a ring around the outer edge of the window without Silpruf. After the paint has cured, you come back and fill in this area.

This is all...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-08-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,082
Posted By digidocs
+1 on support for TOD/BOD with the GTN 6XX...

+1 on support for TOD/BOD with the GTN 6XX series. These are expensive units and software support should continue.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,198
Posted By digidocs
Chart airspace question

In western New Mexico there is an area of airspace surrounded with a thick grey line (see picture below). What kind of airspace is this? I don't recognize this marking. Thanks for the help!
Forum: RV-14 08-30-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,943
Posted By digidocs
The instructions I have specify staking with a...

The instructions I have specify staking with a punch as an alternative.

Staking took about 5 minutes total and I suspect that you could remove the screws if you really wanted to without damaging the...
Forum: RV-10 08-28-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,852
Posted By digidocs
Carl, I think there is a good chance this...

Carl,

I think there is a good chance this combination wonít work well.

- Silpruf is silicone based and even a *tiny* amount of silicone residue will prevent a good epoxy bond on the carbon layup. ...
Forum: Alternative Engines 08-25-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 11,724
Posted By digidocs
Can I provide my own ignition and save $18K? I...

Can I provide my own ignition and save $18K? I can buy quite a few SDS systems for that amount!
Forum: RV-10 08-23-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,271
Posted By digidocs
PIREP on a similar system: I run a cooler in the...

PIREP on a similar system:

I run a cooler in the back (with bilge pump and heater core in the lid) that holds about 30lbs of ice. *Two* 4" ducts connect the cooler to the rear bulkhead and then a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,810
Posted By digidocs
Hi Tim, Try disconnecting your field...

Hi Tim,

Try disconnecting your field plug/connection and measuring the resistance from the field terminal to ground. I don't know the exact resistance for a B&C alternator but I'd guess in the 3-6...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,570
Posted By digidocs
Follow up: I hooked up a new ignition coil to...

Follow up:

I hooked up a new ignition coil to the tester in place of the very old one. After doing so, all the spark plugs I tested worked consistently to 140 psi (the maximum for the machine).

So...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2021, 11:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,570
Posted By digidocs
Sounds neat, but I unfortunately don't have a...

Sounds neat, but I unfortunately don't have a 14mm adapter.
Forum: RV-10 08-14-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,840
Posted By digidocs
Interested, but would want to understand what...

Interested, but would want to understand what level of airframe ice testing TKS would do during development.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2021, 11:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,570
Posted By digidocs
Question Spark plug pressure testing (insight requestsed)

Hi all,

I recently got access to a Vixen spark plug pressure testing machine that allows you to test how well your spark plugs fire under increased pressure.

So far I've tested half a dozen ~300...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 08-12-2021, 12:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,665
Posted By digidocs
Animas

Maybe also consider Animas (00C)?

Little closer to town, maybe a little friendlier too?
https://www.airnav.com/airport/00C
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-30-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,166
Posted By digidocs
Does it hail where you are based? I'd have a...

Does it hail where you are based?

I'd have a hard time sleeping every night there's a big TS if so...
Forum: RV-10 07-27-2021, 05:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 848
Posted By digidocs
Hi Allan, This is an interesting modification. ...

Hi Allan,

This is an interesting modification. Would you mind sharing a picture a set of modified RV-10 wheels? What size bearing is used in the replacement?

Thanks!
Forum: RV-10 07-16-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,860
Posted By digidocs
TO/Climb: 2500rpm, WOT, 120 KIAS Cruise:...

TO/Climb: 2500rpm, WOT, 120 KIAS
Cruise: 2300-2400, WOT, 10.5-12.5gph, 165-170KTAS (FF varies with alt)

I find these numbers will keep you below 380F even on ISA +16C days. If your CHTs get too...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,028
Posted By digidocs
Get some Permatex valve grinding compound and put...

Get some Permatex valve grinding compound and put a dab on the tip of whatever screwdriver you use. It's amazing how much extra torque it enables you to deliver...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-06-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,657
Posted By digidocs
Chris, Can you measure the OD of the stator...

Chris,

Can you measure the OD of the stator (dark steel) as shown in the attached image? It would help narrow down the parts that might fit...

I'm guessing the OD will be 100mm or 110mm (with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,657
Posted By digidocs
Bill, The steel part is permanently attached to...

Bill,

The steel part is permanently attached to the aluminum SRE frame, and I don't think the screw is intended to be removed.

I haven't tried installing this housing, but the rear bearing appears...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,657
Posted By digidocs
Here is a photo of the replacement 70A housing I...

Here is a photo of the replacement 70A housing I mentioned above.

It's interesting that it has a separate steel part that holds the rear bearing rather than using a simple recess machined into the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,657
Posted By digidocs
Dan, I have seen the same rear bearing race wear...

Dan,

I have seen the same rear bearing race wear on a 70A Plane Power alternator. As in your case, the unit turned smoothly and had no externally obvious play.

If your unit has the 118mm OD...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-03-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By digidocs
Excellent, thank you!

Excellent, thank you!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-03-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 797
Posted By digidocs
Question G3X Touch Control Tower hours?

Anyone know how to use the G3X Touch to find control tower operating hours? I'm sure it's in there, but I haven't found it.

Thanks!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,925
Posted By digidocs
My O'Reilly Auto was able to get it next business...

My O'Reilly Auto was able to get it next business day:

https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/c/xtra-seal/xtra-seal-tire-talc/xts0/14550?q=tire+talc&pos=0
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-12-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,278
Posted By digidocs
There's nothing wrong with solid state current...

There's nothing wrong with solid state current sensing, but I think I'd go with a different style.

Something more like...
Forum: GPS 02-05-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,604
Posted By digidocs
I too was bummed to find out that the quick...

I too was bummed to find out that the quick navigation feature is not in the GTN update. That would be really neat! :D
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-07-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,065
Posted By digidocs
Great post Jim! Question: How far did you have...

Great post Jim!

Question: How far did you have to hear the alternator down to get to those wires?

Maybe it would be possible to put some silicone or other vibration damping material on them to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-06-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 857
Posted By digidocs
I bet VAL would be worth...

I bet VAL would be worth checking:
https://www.valavionics.com/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2020, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,311
Posted By digidocs
Hangar situation at KAPA?

Hi VAF,

It's possible that we'll be moving up to central or southwest Denver in the reasonably near future. What are the hangar options at Centennial?

I figure space will be pricey, but are...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,528
Posted By digidocs
That is correct.

That is correct.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,528
Posted By digidocs
"Rivets" indicates whether rivets were included...

"Rivets" indicates whether rivets were included in the pad package or not. The Matco pads have been installed with "not included" rivets. The other pads are sitting next to it for comparison.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2020, 07:29 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,528
Posted By digidocs
Arrow Brake pads compared - Matco, Rapco, APS

I recently bought three sets of brake pads from Matco, Rapco, and APS to get a better idea of how they compare to each other. I was halfway expecting that they would be virtually identical, but they...
Forum: Safety 11-08-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,511
Posted By digidocs
The conditions for icing are very predictable, if...

The conditions for icing are very predictable, if there is visible moisture and the temperature is near or below 0C, ice can form. It's easy to anticipate and avoid this scenario!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-05-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 13,794
Posted By digidocs
I had a very similar experience at the Dynon tent...

I had a very similar experience at the Dynon tent several years back. The salesman really didn't take the time to show me the system in the way that Garmin did. It was a definite turn off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,014
Posted By digidocs
I've found that some "Doc in a box" places will...

I've found that some "Doc in a box" places will do BasicMed. It's another option if your regular doc has heartburn.
Forum: Flight Testing 10-28-2020, 08:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 10,400
Posted By digidocs
How about getting the DAR or FSDO to approve your...

How about getting the DAR or FSDO to approve your airport/test area and then not saying much about it at the airport. It's only 40 hours, I'd be surprised if anyone even noticed.

If they do ask,...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,765
Posted By digidocs
FYI, I talked with David of MotoPod a couple of...

FYI, I talked with David of MotoPod a couple of weeks ago about pod availability. He is hoping to get production up and running again next year.

If you're interested in a pod, it might be worth...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,622
Posted By digidocs
Maybe a drill press or milling machine setup?

Maybe a drill press or milling machine setup?
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,358
Posted By digidocs
Keep in mind that you might run into a variety of...

Keep in mind that you might run into a variety of systems and mechanical issues during phase I that may require head scratching and tinkering to resolve. This can take a lot of time.
Forum: RV-10 10-04-2020, 01:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,261
Posted By digidocs
Hi togaflyer, Do you have these extra springs...

Hi togaflyer,

Do you have these extra springs installed?
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2020, 11:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,261
Posted By digidocs
I've definitely seen issues with the linings...

I've definitely seen issues with the linings cracking. Replaced the steel lining plates and the sliding pins/bushings at Matco's recommendation. Maybe this is better but it's not clear that's the...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,951
Posted By digidocs
Heinrich, It's really neat to see someone flying...

Heinrich,

It's really neat to see someone flying a system of their own design. Would you share some more pictures and information about your system?

It looks like you have an accessory case drive...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-29-2020, 01:06 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 16,883
Posted By digidocs
Randy, As a sanity check, how about pushing in...

Randy,

As a sanity check, how about pushing in the mixture and the throttle to see if the pressure goes away? Is it possible that your system holds pressure very well after shutdown?
Forum: Safety 09-28-2020, 07:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,474
Posted By digidocs
Sensorcon CO Inspector

Another great product is the Sensorcon CO Inspector. It's an industrial grade device and I know several pilots using it. It shows CO concentration accurately down to 0ppm, responds in <20 seconds,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-28-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 930
Posted By digidocs
Question Serviceability of 10 y/o yellow tagged mag?

Question for the VAF braintrust:

When looking for a spare mag to keep on the shelf, I came across a clean mag that had been yellow tagged about 10 years ago. Is there a reason that this mag would...
Forum: Tools 09-24-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,337
Posted By digidocs
Lots of flying RVs built with standard speed...

Lots of flying RVs built with standard speed electric drills out there. One big point in your favor is that the shank of a solid rivet expands when driven and thus fills out the hole.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2020, 02:21 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,988
Posted By digidocs
Check out the California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S...

Check out the California Air Tools CAT-1P1060S compressor---I have one at the hangar and I think it's quiet enough you could get away with it in an apartment. You can easily have a conversation with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-23-2020, 10:20 AM
Replies: 468
Views: 178,548
Posted By digidocs
I would also enjoy the ability to select regional...

I would also enjoy the ability to select regional radar only on the main map page (or have it follow the setting from the WX page). I find myself frequently switching back and forth between the WX...
Forum: Northwest 09-14-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,961
Posted By digidocs
Thanks for all the advice. I think I'll postpone...

Thanks for all the advice. I think I'll postpone and make the trip another time---perhaps this spring will be nicer on many fronts!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2020, 06:15 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 8,767
Posted By digidocs
From this thread I have learned that you guys are...

From this thread I have learned that you guys are way more committed to flying than I am. I would never have imagined catheters and urine sacks as a flight bag accessories!
Forum: Engine Monitors 09-10-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,633
Posted By digidocs
Check out the UMA Sending Unit P/N 1A3-4. It...

Check out the UMA Sending Unit P/N 1A3-4. It screws onto the accessory case tach drive port and provides pulses for your engine monitoring...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 31,516
Posted By digidocs
Hi Steve and Tom, Can you share the filter area...

Hi Steve and Tom,

Can you share the filter area specs on the filter that is used in the inline option?
Understand that you're up against space constraints, but compared to the filter recommended...
Forum: Northwest 09-06-2020, 02:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,961
Posted By digidocs
Question PIREP requested for SEA/FHR weather in early October

Hi VAF,

I'm considering a RV trip up to the SEA/FHR area in the first or second week of October. Is this a time for feasible flying weather or will it be getting rainy and icy that time of year? ...
Forum: GPS 09-03-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,910
Posted By digidocs
Tom, This is a great point! It would be awesome...

Tom,

This is a great point! It would be awesome if the GTN 625 knob would zoom. Seems like a simple yet very valuable feature.

David
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-21-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,431
Posted By digidocs
Definitely Jet Center Santa Fe. Really great...

Definitely Jet Center Santa Fe. Really great people and went above and beyond to be helpful on multiple occasions. Lobby is very charming as well.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-18-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,657
Posted By digidocs
Local ground will be fine. Just do it correctly....

Local ground will be fine. Just do it correctly. Here is what Aero-Electric has to say on the subject:
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 41,318
Posted By digidocs
I talked to Tempest about installing the pump and...

I talked to Tempest about installing the pump and they claim that you can actually reach in the L mag hole and hold the plunger up with your hand (where it contacts the camshaft). Not verified, but...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-24-2020, 02:21 PM
Replies: 468
Views: 178,548
Posted By digidocs
Add another one for the tire pressure!

Add another one for the tire pressure!
Forum: RV-14 01-07-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,633
Posted By digidocs
Thanks for all the great reports so far!

Thanks for all the great reports so far!
Forum: RV-14 01-04-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,633
Posted By digidocs
Arrow Andair pump PIREPs?

Any PIREPS good or bad on the Andair fuel pump that Van's is using in the RV-14? Thanks for sharing your experience.
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