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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:39 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,812
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-10 Slow Build Tanks

I have a set of slow build tanks that will be removed from our RV-10 when we install the new ER tanks. They have Newton caps (much better than stock), are plumbed for HW tanks and have a return...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 04:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,812
Posted By KatanaPilot
Me too!

I agree, since I'm one of the first retrofits being done. Sure would have been easier to do when we were building the wings and tanks originally.

Either way, Ken's design is top notch and I think...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,812
Posted By KatanaPilot
There are five RV-10 builders at Synergy Air...

There are five RV-10 builders at Synergy Air South all adding Ken’s ER tanks. Some of us are already flying and others are getting ready to build their wings - (Tank parts just arrived from Sky...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 778
Posted By KatanaPilot
I assume one would be flamed if they mentioned...

I assume one would be flamed if they mentioned that the filters provided by SDS for their systems are very high quality and are cleanable? That was just one of several reasons I chose SDS over EFII....
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-13-2022, 04:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,074
Posted By KatanaPilot
Closed loop will be nice, but wonít it require...

Closed loop will be nice, but wonít it require either (a) unleaded fuel or (b) an O2 sensor that can handle lead? My O2 sensor gave up in about 3 hours.
Forum: Job Board 05-10-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 334
Posted By KatanaPilot
Suggest you call Allen Nelson at Synergy Air...

Suggest you call Allen Nelson at Synergy Air South (https://synergyair.com/). 678-854-6498

I don't think they will come to you, but you can certainly go to them. Pretty convenient about 30 miles...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 02:27 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,234
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just an opinion...

You are correct - these engines are pretty robust and overall, pretty simple.

That being said, you and your passengers are depending on this one engine to get you safely and reliably to and from...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-04-2022, 04:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,627
Posted By KatanaPilot
Are you saying that ECI/Titan reworked AD...

Are you saying that ECI/Titan reworked AD cylinders and then sold them as new in the experimental engine kits at some point? Or were these cylinders marketed to experimental owners as overhauled?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-02-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,627
Posted By KatanaPilot
I don't have the tapered fin cylinders, so my...

I don't have the tapered fin cylinders, so my hope is the existing baffles will fit the Lycoming cylinders without modification. Should know next week when the engine arrives from Penn Yan.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-02-2022, 04:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,627
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the follow up

I was not there for the second teardown and investigation that followed. I do know that a Lycoming cylinder that had been nickel plated (and therefore honed after plating) did not exhibit the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-01-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,627
Posted By KatanaPilot
Titan/ECI Cylinder Issues

Our RV-7A has a Titan/ECI IO-360 (originally O-360) with about 300 hours over four years.

During our first condition inspection, cylinders #2 & #4 had low compression - in the mid-50's. I ran the...
Forum: Interiors 04-28-2022, 03:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,513
Posted By KatanaPilot
Very happy with Classic Aero interior

Four years in and a little over 300 hours - my Classic Aero interior is like new. Luke and Jeremiah are exceptional to work with and they stand behind their products.

Additionally, they are long...
Forum: RV-10 04-24-2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,373
Posted By KatanaPilot
Pretty easy if you install the AirWard tunnel...

Pretty easy if you install the AirWard tunnel access cover at least on one side. Some folks install one on each...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-24-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 855
Posted By KatanaPilot
One advantage of using SDS (at least on 6...

One advantage of using SDS (at least on 6 cylinder models) is to have completely separate power sources to feed one ECU, fuel pump, coil pack and allow fuel injector power and triggers to be switched...
Forum: Reviews 04-21-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,152
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thumbs up Jonathan is one of those unique individuals you...

Jonathan is one of those unique individuals you wish you could clone. Exceptionally hard working (not unusual to get an email from him at 0100), talented (look at all the award winning planes he has...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 837
Posted By KatanaPilot
Check your private messages

Tom, I am forwarding a contact to you via private message.
Forum: RV-10 04-06-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 829
Views: 781,603
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Tom and Brad. Tom, I could not have done...

Thanks Tom and Brad.

Tom, I could not have done this without you and Steve. Given all of the custom components on this build, it would have been extremely difficult to make it happen otherwise. ...
Forum: RV-10 04-06-2022, 03:40 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 781,603
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks very much guys! Randy, seeing your...

Thanks very much guys!

Randy, seeing your beautiful airplane last year at SNF helped keep me motivated. Hope mine turns out half as nice!
Forum: RV-10 04-05-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 781,603
Posted By KatanaPilot
It's an Airplane!

After 3975 hours over 36 non-consecutive months, N10KE is officially an airplane.

Many thanks to DAR Vern Darley, for his thorough inspection today while he was being "inspected" by the local FAA...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2022, 04:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,420
Posted By KatanaPilot
One thing not mentioned in the installation...

One thing not mentioned in the installation instructions, but probably good to know - unless you or your panel builder leaves a gap (1/8" or so) between the panel and the glareshield - there won't be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-31-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,219
Posted By KatanaPilot
I have two CiES senders in the stock location...

I have two CiES senders in the stock location (inboard) on our RV-10 tanks. They are powered by 12 VDC from a fused source and the output is wired to the GEA. The inputs are configured as digital...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-26-2022, 10:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question

Is there a compelling reason to wire the pMag ships power through the VPX? We deliberately did not do that so in the unlikely event of a VPX failure - we could still get the engine started and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,092
Posted By KatanaPilot
Still love my Classic Aero interior

Three plus years and 300 hours - interior still looks and smells like new.

U.S. based company and a long time VAF sponsor.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-25-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By KatanaPilot
My CiES senders require 9-28 VDC - which I...

My CiES senders require 9-28 VDC - which I believe will require you to provide power from another source than the GEA. We did a fused 12VDC power source for ours. There was no Canbus connection...
Forum: RV-10 03-13-2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 620
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just completed the installation of the Showplanes...

Just completed the installation of the Showplanes cowl, with Airflow Systems a/c. Also have a custom Hartzell “I” hub three bladed wide chord composite prop (now available for purchase through...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,478
Posted By KatanaPilot
That is trueÖ

However, if the internal alternator is not working in the one pMag that is having ships power removed, you will see an RPM drop the same as you would if you turned it off. If there is no change in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,752
Posted By KatanaPilot
I think Bill Lane (BillL on VAF) has some pretty...

I think Bill Lane (BillL on VAF) has some pretty good data on oil pressure rise on his RV-7.

One of the purported benefits of the K&P/Challenger oil filters is the lower internal resistance of the...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2022, 05:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By KatanaPilot
We have

We have done exactly what you are contemplating, but for a different reason. We also have A/C, but the bigger issue for us was an O2 bottle located where the battery tray normally is on an RV-10. We...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-13-2022, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,513
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just curious - do you have any data you care to...

Just curious - do you have any data you care to share with us to support this claim?

As to the thread, I have a Saf-Air valve on my RV-7A and it has been problem free for 300+ hours. Had to replace...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-09-2022, 05:38 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,140
Posted By KatanaPilot
Take a look at the Diamond Aviators forum and...

Take a look at the Diamond Aviators forum and maybe youíll get your answer. The Austro has been subjected to numerous MSBís and a few ADís requiring extensive component replacements. Mercedes no...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,952
Posted By KatanaPilot
Same thing happened to me today. Contacted Russ...

Same thing happened to me today.

Contacted Russ McCutcheon about repairing my steps (mine donít have the reinforcing gusset) and he quickly got back to me.

So Iím going to remove the cracked step...
Forum: RV-10 02-05-2022, 07:51 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,915
Posted By KatanaPilot
Weight?

I have asked SFSA several times for the weight of their interior, but have never received an answer.

Do you have the installed weight of yours?
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2022, 05:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By KatanaPilot
One other perceived advantage of the remote oil...

One other perceived advantage of the remote oil filter is that the filter can be mounted vertically so it does not drain out after each engine run. I assume oil pressure will build immediately...
Forum: Reviews 02-01-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 369
Posted By KatanaPilot
Kudos to Garmin and G3X Team

We recently powered up our panel in the plane and unfortunately heard a pop, followed by a release of the magic smoke. We could not determine where the smoke came from.

Troubleshooting commenced...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-23-2022, 06:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,706
Posted By KatanaPilot
PM sent

Check your private messages please.
Forum: RV-15 01-18-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,006
Posted By KatanaPilot
Really don't understand the disdain for the Rotax...

Really don't understand the disdain for the Rotax 912/914 series of engines. They are beautifully engineered, fuel efficient and will run well beyond TBO if properly maintained.
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,868
Posted By KatanaPilot
The overhead works

I have all four MH O2 outlets in the Aerosport overhead console. There is another RV-10 over at Synergy Air South that has them in the armrest. Iíll try to get pictures this week when Iím over there....
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2022, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,141
Posted By KatanaPilot
Another vote for Newton Caps

We had the Newton caps on our Diamond aircraft (DA20 and two DA40's) and we installed them on our slow build RV-10 tanks.

I don't think they will work on the stock flange, however. We installed the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-10-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,476
Posted By KatanaPilot
Challenger or K&P?

If you want to buy the FAA-PMA version from Challenger it's CP-48110-C. Since experimental aircraft don't require PMA'd parts, you could try to find the K&P equivalent which I found is the C4...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-02-2022, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,230
Posted By KatanaPilot
Add two more to the database

My RV-7A with QB wings/tanks has a couple of small paint bubbles now about three years in. Another recent build RV-7A over at Synergy Air South had both tanks with multiple leaks. Once opened up,...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2021, 03:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By KatanaPilot
Much appreciated Tim! We will hook up both sides.

Much appreciated Tim! We will hook up both sides.
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By KatanaPilot
Adequate heat?

As a follow up to previous posts, Iím now not sure that a single heat muff will be adequate given my exhaust system.

I was looking at two of the RV-10ís under construction at Synergy Air South today...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,727
Posted By KatanaPilot
Suggest you spend the time and money to build the...

Suggest you spend the time and money to build the empennage at a build assist center.

1. You will make incredible progress in two weeks.
2. You will move up the learning curve rapidly.
3. You...
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-23-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,052
Posted By KatanaPilot
John Goodman

The RV-10 with the LS1 is (was) owned by John Goodman, user name johngoodman on this forum.

When I saw the airplane last year over at Synergy Air South, it had a Lycoming IO-540 in it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,129
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not that crazy at all

Certainly a good enough idea that Beringer developed a system for some of their wheels - https://www.beringer-aero.com/en/sensair

I would use this if I had Beringer wheels on the RV-10, but couldn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,828
Posted By KatanaPilot
Vanís has reportedly added Flyer in Brazil as a...

Vanís has reportedly added Flyer in Brazil as a second QB manufacturing location. I wonder if shipping to/from Brazil is any different than to/from the Philippines?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 16,828
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air?

What several Synergy Air South customers have done is to convert their QB orders to slow build and then have Synergy build their SB kits to QB levels. Probably a little more expensive, but...
Forum: RV-10 12-19-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,169
Posted By KatanaPilot
I know Iím beating a dead horse here, but you...

I know Iím beating a dead horse here, but you might want to set aside some additional funds to replace the cheap Chinese bearings provided by Matco with some decent ones made by Timken or a reputable...
Forum: RV-10 12-14-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,318
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hendricks

Here is a link you can try - http://www.hendricksmfg.com/installations.html

There is a builder at Synergy Air South that just installed these on his RV-10 doors. Nice looking, but I think itís a bit...
Forum: RV-10 12-02-2021, 05:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,256
Posted By KatanaPilot
Don't I wish. For a stock RV-10, you need to...

Don't I wish. For a stock RV-10, you need to spend 26-30 weeks at Synergy and that assumes you buy QB wings and fuselage. I've been at Synergy off and on for 5+ years now (building two airplanes)...
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 829
Views: 781,603
Posted By KatanaPilot
Randy had a spectacular airplane. And I second...

Randy had a spectacular airplane. And I second his recommendation to use Jonathan at PlaneSchemers/Evoke for the design and paint.

Here is a link to the EAA judging standards manual -...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,639
Posted By KatanaPilot
McFarlane makes good cables. Used several of...

McFarlane makes good cables. Used several of theirs on a Cessna 140.

California Push-Pull (https://push-pull.com/)is another choice. They have made all of my custom length cables for the RV-10. ...
Forum: Southeast 11-27-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,643
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air South

Have you checked with Synergy Air South? They are located at KCCO (Newnan) and have a great deal of experience with RVís.

https://synergyair.com/
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-24-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 7,243
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not sure the EI Commander works with the 6...

Not sure the EI Commander works with the 6 cylinder pMags.

Highly recommend the EIC for the 4 cylinder engines though.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-22-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,777
Posted By KatanaPilot
EI Commander

If you are planning dual pMags, I highly suggest you install an EI Commander (https://eicommander.com/)(or similar monitor) in your panel. The ability to keep an eye on timing and spark is really...
Forum: RV-10 11-20-2021, 05:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thatís what I am considering. Relatively easy to...

Thatís what I am considering. Relatively easy to install the flanged duct on the aft right side baffle and Y near the firewall heater valves. We have seat heaters as well.
Forum: RV-10 11-20-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the comments. Completely ignored the...

Thanks for the comments.

Completely ignored the requirement for airflow over the heat muff and the leakage that occurs at the firewall flapper valve when closed.

Given the restrictions I have for...
Forum: RV-10 11-20-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,230
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question for fluid flow experts

I have a similar situation. Showplanes cowl, Airflow Systems A/C, higher horsepower IO-540 with oil squirters and 5" RV-14 duct to oversize oil cooler. NACA ducts in each side of the cowl feeding...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-20-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,116
Posted By KatanaPilot
SpO2?

Iím curious as to how well the Mountain High system worked for you. Did you happen to check your oxygen saturation level when at FL250? I have the same system on our RV-10 so your results are of...
Forum: Job Board 11-11-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,545
Posted By KatanaPilot
Your pay rate is a bit low

Most ferry pilots I know have a daily rate of $500. You might have better success if you offered more.
Forum: Propellers 11-09-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,665
Posted By KatanaPilot
Have you considered the extended hub Hartzell...

Have you considered the extended hub Hartzell props? I believe Team AeroDynamix has used them in the past. You could reach out to them for their opinions.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-01-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,697
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not cheap, but they work well

Annular cutters make very nice holes in sheet metal. You do need to be careful with the larger sizes as they will walk.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,758
Posted By KatanaPilot
Mallard's Landing Fly In

We had a nice flyover by a few members of the nearby Falcon RV Squadron.

All 4 RV's that visited were really nice. The lead aircraft had a beautiful paint scheme - no surprise the design and...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,423
Posted By KatanaPilot
Give them a call!

Have you called Synergy Air (https://synergyair.com/)? 541-603-8175. I'm sure they can help or at least provide some guidance on your next steps.
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