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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 11:51 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 14,375
Posted By petehowell
S15 cleaning

Mastered, hahaha. I'm not good at anything, but I do this - I'm sure there are better ways........

Walmart brake clean is your friend - it's cheap.


Remove o-ring

I have a straw that goes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 14,375
Posted By petehowell
Anecdotal Info

I've been running an S15 on my O-320 for ~800 hours now. N=1, but my engine seems to like it. it catches a lot of carbon, have not seen much else in in it. The magnet always has ferrous dust on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-09-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,406
Posted By petehowell
Circuit Breaker??

I've got a 60 amp breaker in the B lead Circuit. My voltage dropped from 14.3 to 13.7 one day and never went back - we isolated the breaker and found the voltage drop across it. 16 years and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-07-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Posted By petehowell
Circuit Breaker

At 16 years and almost 2600 hours - the low volt gremlins hit my -9A. I've had this before and it's either been my Samurai alternator or a loose wire in the alternator plug.

This time it showed up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,729
Posted By petehowell
Practice.....

I went out and practiced flying 90 kts at 1800 ft. I tried to land on imaginary dots, too.

Andi gathered camping gear and we found our window sign. Excitement is building......
Forum: Northwest 06-23-2022, 09:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,456
Posted By petehowell
That's beautiful, Dan - Andi wants to head west...

That's beautiful, Dan - Andi wants to head west again....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,521
Posted By petehowell
All is well - I run mostly 92 Mogas(boat gas)...

All is well - I run mostly 92 Mogas(boat gas) here in Minnesota. UL94 runs much like 100LL in my engine when I use it. I run an advanced B-curve fall/winter/spring and the A-curve in the summer to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-14-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,374
Posted By petehowell
Boring Scope

It's cheap and simple.

- Linux Mint on an old laptop running the "Cheese" app
- 7mm camera on a wire supported by safety wire
- Insert in plug hole
- Position to point at valve
- Snap...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,374
Posted By petehowell
Hi Mickey, I am not regularly doing oil analysis.

Hi Mickey,

I am not regularly doing oil analysis.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,374
Posted By petehowell
2550 Hour Report

9er-Pop-Hotel turned 2550 on the hobbs flying back from South Bend to see Mom the other day! So I drained the oil after landing and went back the next day and cleaned the K&P filter and Suction...
Forum: COMM 04-11-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,112
Posted By petehowell
Cheap drivers

Just a heads up - if you want to try this cheap, here are some good drivers for about $13 delivered (https://www.ebay.com/itm/265171121588)

These are the same drivers used in the Etymotic ER4 and...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,112
Posted By petehowell
Bluetooth

Hi Claude,

Thanks for the kind comment. For now the BT is receive only from my phone via a $10 adapter, it works well. I might see if I can hack an handsfree car adapter with a mic to be able to...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,112
Posted By petehowell
DIY Headset Part 2

Now it was time to hook it all up. I wanted to have Bluetooth in to listen to tunes and podcasts, so I designed and printed up a box to hold the...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,112
Posted By petehowell
DIY Headset

After 16 years and over 2500 hours, the Clarity Aloft headset was getting a bit tired - the right earbud was static-riddden and would cut out if I moved my head the wrong way. It owed me nothing at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,401
Posted By petehowell
2500 Hours!

Turned 2500 on the hobbs yesterday! Dropped the oil after landing. Went back this morning and checked the filter and screen, scoped the valves, and checked to see if she still holds pressure in the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,046
Posted By petehowell
Frickin' Lasers!

Pew, Pew Pew Pew!! Laser "space gun" sounds.......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,046
Posted By petehowell
Follow up.......

This past weekend on a tailgating trip to Ames, the LS starter spun slowly again. So I pulled the solenoid, got a free replacement and put it all back together. Really an easy repair. Easier than...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-12-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,883
Posted By petehowell
Ratio

1:300-ish

Just enuf to make the exhaust smell minty fresh!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-12-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,883
Posted By petehowell
Tips?

Well,

Just a few things at almost 2500 hrs now:

- Fly as much as possible - 2 or 3 times a week
- I think the mogas really helps keep things clean
- I run LOP almost all of the time
- Keep the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-06-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,756
Posted By petehowell
Added to the list!

Great Write-up Steve!

If you have not been to Pictured Rocks a bit to the east - It was a nice trip as well! The UP is really beautiful.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,883
Posted By petehowell
2450 Hour Report!

Andi and I took a nice little daytrip up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Saturday. Highly recommended - in the very pretty and relatively untouched UP of Michigan and just 2 RV-9A hours by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 731
Posted By petehowell
Vouch for Doug

He may have been from New Mexico, but NM Doug is now MN Doug, and part of the crew in Minneapolis. I've been helping with the nose gear and can vouch that we will return anything that he borrows. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,036
Posted By petehowell
Woo-hoo!

Congrats! Keep her flying!!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
2021 Speed Data

It was a beautiful spring day in Minne, so I got out today to do my annual speed testing. TLDR - nothing much has...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
Cheap-o-scope

Mickey and Bryan,

The scope is cheapie off of DX.com (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=147063&highlight=microbrew). A huge value in the world of aviation.

Get a spare - they...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
Compressions

Got the data on the cylinders tonight - took the data on a cold engine.

78 75 78 77

#2 has always been the red-headed step-child, but is hanging in there.....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
Next Time

Bob,

The one I got she did not like - I'll get a good one next time.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
Hi Al, Yep 2400 on the original engine, original...

Hi Al,

Yep 2400 on the original engine, original cylinders. I run mostly 91 Mogas LOP and have used Phillips XC oil from the very first start.

I agree - flying and changing oil is key.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
No chance!

The more I fly, the further ahead you get Vlad!! Always chasing!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By petehowell
2400 Hour Report

Mom is 2 weeks post vax and I have not seen her for a year, so it was time to go have lunch in South Bend!! Got six hours of seat time and 3 hours with mom. We kept our distance, but had a great...
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,546
Posted By petehowell
Well....

I was just born in '66 and as Kyle said, Susanna Hoffs was memorable........

Haha - I love Simon and Garfunkle, too!
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,546
Posted By petehowell
Hazy Shade of Winter

Got a nice snap of Minne in the haze while cruising over St. Paul. Great day to fly after calls from the hangar.......

The snowglobe starts again tomorrow!

my Apologies to the...
Forum: Midwest 01-03-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,674
Posted By petehowell
Poppin' Up thru the Haze

Bernie and I took a quick flight out west today and the normally prominent Minne Skyline was missing on takeoff from Anoka. We managed to find her after climbing out of the haze a bit. The Wells...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 244
Views: 193,694
Posted By petehowell
Very interesting!

Great Pics Vlad! Cool how the ice forms - more info here (https://mtstandard.com/news/local/freeze-up-in-rivers-not-a-simple-process/article_8002be52-d329-51c9-b345-35e10a867116.html).

Ours just...
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,938
Posted By petehowell
Thanks!

Stan and Nathan,

Thank you!

I missed this in the Wiki "Many wing dams are often underwater and may be difficult to see, and can easily be struck by vessels."
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,938
Posted By petehowell
Not wing dam(I dont think)

Hi Nathan,

Did not look like a wing dam. Hopefully the pic will show up for everyone - Google Photos can be fussy, but they usually show up.
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,938
Posted By petehowell
THnks

Hey Larry,

That makes perfect sense to me. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,938
Posted By petehowell
River Bumps

Was flying over the Upper Mississippi this morning and got a good look at something I had seen before. I called them river bumps. (Circled in red)

Here is the pic. They are too uniform not to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-05-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,422
Posted By petehowell
Little dude!

Loved the pic of your little dude with the polished plane - he is getting big!!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-05-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,422
Posted By petehowell
2350 Report

Flew down to Iowa yesterday to have lunch with a college buddy who is a doctor in Cedar Rapids. Had a great lunch on the tarmac discussing families, covid and the good old days(like 2019). On the...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-02-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,198
Posted By petehowell
DDRR for APRS

DDRR for APRS! I had some fun with materials from home depot a few years back.

Cheap and fun to experiment!

https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=39797&highlight=ddrr
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-29-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Fire Danger

Hi Tim,

They closed the field to new arrivals after we arrived. They posted no fires and no generators after our first night there. The RAF knew we were there and allowed us to stay and depart...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-29-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Ryan Field Info

Hi Scott,

Your write ups are legendary. The latest with the pup was the best so far!

The overview for using Ryan Field can be found here (https://theraf.org/ryan-field/). You must make sure it is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Polebridge

We did go thru Polebridge, but the bar was not open.......
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Jeremy, Thanks for this info, what an...

Jeremy,

Thanks for this info, what an interesting place!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
It was 85 and sunny during the days and 48 and...

It was 85 and sunny during the days and 48 and crisp at night. We saw no rain. Winds over the mountains were our only obstacle. It is really dry there right now - they need some rain.

It is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Glacier 3

Weds evening we sadly broke camp and got ready to head home. I flew back to KGPI to get gas and we got cleaned up at a hotel before the long ride home early Thursday morning.

Just departed Ryan...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Glacier 2

We've all seen the pics of Glacier, but it really is different in person. There was smoke from the Cali fires, but even so it is breathtaking. Here are some of my favorites:

St Mary's Lake - this...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 10,902
Posted By petehowell
Glacier....Just Wow!

The Trip Out......

My buddy at work laughed when I told him we were trying to get to Glacier again in the little plane..... he called it my "White Whale". The last 4 years we have tried and failed...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,569
Posted By petehowell
Thanks

Hi Bill - thanks for the reply on Hanley Field. I might check it out one weekend.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,569
Posted By petehowell
Beautiful!

This trip is on our list! Did you take a look at the little strip at Munising 5Y7?

Would be interested to see if it is RV friendly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,315
Posted By petehowell
Cal and X from this thread were the inspiration! ...

Cal and X from this thread were the inspiration! I have built the transmission line and 0.4x Karlsonators as well. All sound pretty good!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-02-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,008
Posted By petehowell
Wow!

Great pics from a beautiful part of the country!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,315
Posted By petehowell
Got Hangar Tunes???

I spend a fair amount of time at the hangar and have been craving a bigger sound than my phone for music and podcasts. I could have bought a stereo, but how "experimental" is that? I could...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-29-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,817
Posted By petehowell
we tried!

Vlad,

We were headed to Idaho - but the wx this week was not tent camping friendly and work got in the way. We have another window in August.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-29-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,817
Posted By petehowell
5Qts

Hi Tim,

I have been running 5 qts since about hour 100. Any more just blows out the breather very quickly - I do not run an oil separator.

I use about 1-2 qt per 50 hours, it has been that way...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-29-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,817
Posted By petehowell
Mogas....

Hi Mickey,

I do think that mogas keeps things cleaner, but I think it is observational and can't quantify it.

Sadly I forgot to buy the oil analysis kit. Maybe next time.

I have only run Phillips...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-29-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,817
Posted By petehowell
2300 Hour report!

Not much has changed at 2300 hours. She is still running great.


Filter and screen had some carbon chunks, nothing more.

Compression #'s were 77-76-77-78 with a warm engine. Valves looked...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-29-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,659
Posted By petehowell
Traction

Bit of valve grinding compound on the screwdriver bit might give you the traction to get it moving.

Good luck!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,263
Posted By petehowell
Congrats!

Larry,

Congrats on the first family trip! Flown over Beaver, but have not landed. Maybe this summer!
Forum: Midwest 06-07-2020, 11:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,217
Posted By petehowell
Cornucopia Getaway

About mid-week, Andi and I decided we were going to get out of town and head up north to camp, so I searched for destinations. Bowstring is nice, but we were just over there for lunch. Browsing...
Forum: Midwest 04-30-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,401
Posted By petehowell
Hey Mark

Mark,

Great to hear from you! Glad you are back!
Forum: Midwest 04-02-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,401
Posted By petehowell
Get da Jet!

Would be a quick trip in the Super-Sub-Sonex!! How far you have come!

Hope all is well out West!
Forum: Midwest 03-31-2020, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,401
Posted By petehowell
We can still have nice things.....

Corona curve smashing is not much fun for anyone, but I can socially isolate and still find some beauty out there.

Sunsets over the Mississippi still get me every time. Tonight was a keeper.

Just...
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