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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 04:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 194
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Ah, yes. I was going on the mind set that the...

Ah, yes. I was going on the mind set that the original ports were (or soon to be) drilled off.
Great idea to instead leave the old port in place and bore it out to #30 & glue the pop rivet (less...
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 224
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I'm with Walt. I think the wing option (per...

I'm with Walt.

I think the wing option (per Garmin) would be the easiest way to go.
If you wish to do different, check TruTrak or Dynon documentation for alternate methods.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 12:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 546
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I see you are in Texas - tons of RV builders in...

I see you are in Texas - tons of RV builders in Texas! Scout around for one that would be willing to advise and lend tools to get your project done.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 12:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 194
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"rvbuilder2002 I agree with Mel, but the simpler...

"rvbuilder2002 I agree with Mel, but the simpler remedy might be to do what others have done...
Drill the existing static port to #30 and then install the specified rivet (with the mandrel removed)...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,517
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Any truck brake shops near you? Take a sample to...

Any truck brake shops near you? Take a sample to see if they can match it up.
I had to do this years ago, & it got the plane going quick.
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 11:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 123
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Checked a Lycoming parts manual - they list the...

Checked a Lycoming parts manual - they list the carb mount gasket for a 360 as 66224, available through Spruce & others. It's reasonable to assume you use 2 of these?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-12-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,495
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have seen many FAB air boxes with same issues...

I have seen many FAB air boxes with same issues you describe.
Those missing alt air plate rivets, do you wonder where they go? I once had a spark plug mysteriously short out (knocked flat), replaced...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-11-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 380
Posted By Ralph Inkster
The first rendition was a D-10 EFIS, later...

The first rendition was a D-10 EFIS, later replaced by the D-10A EFIS. Each had their specific magnetometer, but I seem to remember the older magnetometer being able to be used by the newer with...
Forum: RV-4 05-09-2021, 12:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 566
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Search for ĎLidarí

Search for ĎLidarí
Forum: RV-14 05-08-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,862
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Don't know how this might affect in the resulting...

Don't know how this might affect in the resulting failure, but looking at the pictures and than to the plans, it appears (to me anyhow) the mounting brackets are positioned farther back on the wheel...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-08-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,114
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I would be interested hearing why RV74ME wants to...

I would be interested hearing why RV74ME wants to change from the Slick mag.

Are you looking for Added reliability? Added redundancy? Added performance? Or preceive that newer must be better, &...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-05-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,063
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wasn't there someone around Edmonton looking for...

Wasn't there someone around Edmonton looking for a RV-14 kit not too long ago?

Must have been over a month ago, cant find the post.
Forum: RV-14 05-05-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 285
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Better to dimple rather than countersink. I...

Better to dimple rather than countersink. I assume you want the flush rivets to be smooth on the inside of the box.

You need a bench vice, a 2x4, #10 drill bit, male die set, place the male die in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,221
Posted By Ralph Inkster
;) Yeh, my flock of RV drivers are pretty sedate...

;) Yeh, my flock of RV drivers are pretty sedate with their planes. I would assume you ask more of your airframe than this bunch!
Cheers
Forum: Fiberglass 05-05-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,872
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You could trim it a bit but be mindful that the...

You could trim it a bit but be mindful that the butterfly valve blade doesn't hang up on the flange.
Forum: Safety 05-05-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,354
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I mentioned iPhone5 just to illustrate it being...

I mentioned iPhone5 just to illustrate it being an older phone, I have updated my equipment a couple times since.
Kinda reminds me of the state of instrument panels & efisís, wait 5 minutes & itís...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-04-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,221
Posted By Ralph Inkster
SB-14-01-31

Haven't had the pleasure of encountering an RV requiring the service bulletin work being done, yet. Hope it stays that way.

The RVs I perform annuals on get thoroughly inspected (action items on my...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-04-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,158
Posted By Ralph Inkster
One good strut & one weaker one, not a good idea...

One good strut & one weaker one, not a good idea IMO.
Both struts will eventually wear, but not evenly going forward. When the stronger of the two finally gives out, the other one will be so...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,354
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sometimes 911 isn't enough. Back in the iPhone5...

Sometimes 911 isn't enough.
Back in the iPhone5 days I was installing ceiling fans in the hangar, alone, and up 15ft on the ladder when it slipped and I came crashing down on the concrete floor. I...
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,666
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you checked out the fibre cable illuminated...

Have you checked out the fibre cable illuminated label strips
offered by
Sptpanel.com ?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-02-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 449
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Cleco in place, run the drill thru the holes,...

Cleco in place, run the drill thru the holes, dimple as before. 10 minutes later itís a memory...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 667
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Pure speculation here. It looks (to me anyway)...

Pure speculation here.
It looks (to me anyway) the crack is caused by stress around the latch hole. Any glue repair will fail again unless you relieve the cause. I suggest you remove the latch...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-01-2021, 01:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Possibly a bad MAPsensor but before changing it,...

Possibly a bad MAPsensor but before changing it, try restricting the hose going to the manifold to stem some of the pulsation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 01:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,626
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Got some parts from Vans last week (which...

Got some parts from Vans last week (which included a 9 leading edge & outboard skins). They originally said it might take a week or more to get it out the door but was shipped 3 days later. Great...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,710
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If KISS is your goal, maybe it looks like this. ...

If KISS is your goal, maybe it looks like this. & remember most EFIS systems have their own internal BU batteries.
Check the P-Mag manual, it suggests it would be operational anything above 900 rpm...
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 746
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I post the Max Baggage decal. I donít bother with...

I post the Max Baggage decal. I donít bother with a Passrnger area decal as that would vary based on loading & your W& B calculation. Never had any inspection issue.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-28-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Newer baffle kits may be easier to install but an...

Newer baffle kits may be easier to install but an aluminum box is a box and baffling material is just that. Instead of replacing the whole thing, review the baffle you have for air leaks. Check...
Forum: Safety 04-28-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,407
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Is that the plan for this plane's situation? ...

Is that the plan for this plane's situation? Hope so.
Have you gone as far as to review the battery schematic to insure it makes sense for it's 'advanced systems' also? And (NOT really your job,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,914
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Doppers

How big are these pests?
I don't live in Mud Dopper country & wonder if my technique is sufficient. I have been drilling my vents through at 60 degree angles, than inserting small lengths of safety...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,054
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Would think you could go to a Goldsmith & get one...

Would think you could go to a Goldsmith & get one made cheaper!

Price to cut 1, or a few shims ranging from .005 to .020 can't cost but a tiny fraction of that Unobtanium plated Lycoming piece!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,807
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Tip 1 - to prevent scratches, apply a thin strip...

Tip 1 - to prevent scratches, apply a thin strip of self adhesive weather stripping or duct tape to the back surface of the bucking bar that rubs against the spar.
Tip 2 - to help hold bucking bar...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-24-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By Ralph Inkster
round connector

https://www.triumphexp.com/phile/6/59902/alternator_denso_wiring_diagram_03.jpg

IGN is your 12v field lead.
Note - check a schematic for the original automotive application- sometimes the other...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Its not possible to change the 43 degree flap...

Its not possible to change the 43 degree flap swing to something less because of the permanently welded lever dimensions on the torque shaft. You can adjust the flaps with a bit more neutral 'UP'...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 309
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As a rough rule, range of movement in the stick...

As a rough rule, range of movement in the stick will be about 20 degrees from neutral in all directions.
This is dictated by properly adjusted control stops installed for the elevator and ailerons,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-23-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 316
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes - rivetted to the outside skin, but in under...

Yes - rivetted to the outside skin,
but in under the luggage floor is a tube running inboard & plastic bushing with a through bolt. You will have to remove at least the bolt to slide the step...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-23-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,033
Posted By Ralph Inkster
tie down rings

Tie down loops screw into the wings easily with finger force. Engaging the threads over an inch is plenty strong enough for the loops to do their tie down duties. Caution - there is about 1/8"...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-22-2021, 04:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Time to cruise your airfield & make friends with...

Time to cruise your airfield & make friends with some homebuilder folks (or mechanics) to help you with this maintenance issue.

Panel lights should be a simple circuit, but this could be wired in a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 396
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As Bill mentioned, When the 8 is jacked up using...

As Bill mentioned, When the 8 is jacked up using the tie down locations and you raise the tail level, it will become nose heavy. Be sure to add at least 75 pounds of weight to the tail. Conveniently,...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-14-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Real experience - NOT a concern. If anything,...

Real experience - NOT a concern.
If anything, just attach a short length of tube to the bulkhead fitting bent to direct returning fuel away from the pickup.



Practical experiment - Build a simple...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 848
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Panel should be canted forward 8 degrees compared...

Panel should be canted forward 8 degrees compared to the side longeron (after the bend at the spar bulkhead).
Back in the days of vacuum AI instruments, you had to specify the 8 deg offset.
Forum: Safety 04-12-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 7,036
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- Be a good Mentor - help where you can, point...

- Be a good Mentor - help where you can, point out questionable items as you run into them, the owner will be grateful every time.

- support organizations like EAA (& others) that have multiple...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-12-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 179
Posted By Ralph Inkster
sending PM to you.

sending PM to you.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-10-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Give the folks at Aerosport Power a call. I’m...

Give the folks at Aerosport Power a call. I’m sure they would be happy to advise you what to look at. It’s their product after all.
Same advise for the Hartzell. Call them.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-10-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I pretty much leave that knob in the neutral...

I pretty much leave that knob in the neutral position now in my plane for all modes of operation, from start up thru to shut down. Only real adjustment being when I flip the LOP switch in cruise.

I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,166
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Try 20 - 25 Inch lbs for AN3 bolts.

Try 20 - 25 Inch lbs for AN3 bolts.
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-05-2021, 10:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 359
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I wonder if it refers to early cowls, that were...

I wonder if it refers to early cowls, that were built before they incorporated a honeycomb structure.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 611
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Could be primer solenoid valve is leaking, or...

Could be primer solenoid valve is leaking, or momentary primer switch is stuck on.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-27-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By Ralph Inkster
ADS-B Deviation Authorization form - gets you...

ADS-B Deviation Authorization form - gets you permission - & you have record of it! They can't grump at you.
https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/equipadsb/adapt/
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 03-27-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,200
Posted By Ralph Inkster
forward access panels

Not much. You would get access to the back of long radio trays as an example. Easier access to brakes, easier access for one man riveting of the front cowl panel and maybe some remote electrical...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-27-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe a bit of fuel flushed out through tank...

Maybe a bit of fuel flushed out through tank vents during stall & washed back along the intersection fairings?
I've never done a stall series with absolute full tanks so haven't experienced this my...
Forum: RV-4 03-25-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 505
Views: 351,383
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Brings back memories! I completely foamed Bill...

Brings back memories!
I completely foamed Bill Beaton's supercharged engine to fashion its custom cowl. Looked like the Pillsbury Doughboy's plane. Some how I managed to do it without any sticky...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,671
Posted By Ralph Inkster
New, never squeezed, from Avery so you old guys...

New, never squeezed, from Avery so you old guys know how long I've had these

100 per bag,
US$70 per bag - plus shipping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,111
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Had an interesting flying adventure in my RV-6A...

Had an interesting flying adventure in my RV-6A C-GEOY this past Friday & Saturday. Friend Bill Beaton sold his Lancair and had to deliver it to Boise ID. As Canada has strict Covid travel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 644
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I'd be very interested to see what Steve's...

I'd be very interested to see what Steve's thoughts would be on this...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,540
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looking for leaks, I usually start at the...

Looking for leaks, I usually start at the instrument and work outwards toward the static port, checking at every connection.
Sometimes the leak might be the static port its self, where the vacuum...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No need & yes easiest way to route wiring is...

No need & yes easiest way to route wiring is through the fairing.
Don't forget to drill a small drain hole in fairing at lowest point.
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,299
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another thought If you have not done the...

Another thought
If you have not done the elevators yet - the same basic alignment process applies there too.
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-09-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 742
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Easy enough to calculate with modifying your W&B...

Easy enough to calculate with modifying your W&B values.
I think the new combo will move your CofG back slightly, Which means pack lighter!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 644
Posted By Ralph Inkster
When I built up replacement tanks for my current...

When I built up replacement tanks for my current 6A, Vans sent me 7 ribs instead, something about 6 ribs no longer available. I had to cut off the rear flanges & fabricate new ones to conform to the...
Forum: Fiberglass 03-09-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,083
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Dang, Bob. Why didn't you make that suggestion...

Dang, Bob. Why didn't you make that suggestion 20 years ago... could have saved me grief probably 100s of times over the years.

My preference AN507 screws with large diameter Tinnerman washers.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,585
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Extremely easy to do your self. With a flat punch...

Extremely easy to do your self.
With a flat punch inserted from the opposite side, tap around the inner edge of the bearing cup. Repeat procedure for the second cup.
re-installation is basically the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-09-2021, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 795
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you wrap the wiring to the mount all the way,...

If you wrap the wiring to the mount all the way, one, it is expensive, two, silicone tape is easy to snag & rip in places making a big mess.
My practice is a couple loops of silicone tape around the...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,299
Posted By Ralph Inkster
First, I would separate ONE side skin from the...

First, I would separate ONE side skin from the glued trailing edge wedge.
Install the hinge rod end bearings in the spar.
Fabricate 2 metal angles that you can attach to the table, drill a hole in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-08-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 831
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Les, I have the 7 plans disk you can borrow, or...

Les,
I have the 7 plans disk you can borrow, or real hold it in your hands PAPER plans.
Just drop over & pick em up.
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