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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-10-2020, 05:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,646
Posted By Boyd Birchler
It could be you had some small intake leaks (not...

It could be you had some small intake leaks (not unusual for a Lycoming) with your original set up, that have been cured with the new gaskets and your replacement cylinders.

I just replaced all of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-14-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,590
Posted By Boyd Birchler
The OD is not likely to cause any problems from...

The OD is not likely to cause any problems from minor pitting. provided you polish it off. As long as the face that goes against the camshaft is clean and smooth they should be OK to install and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2020, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,218
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Failed induction tube gaskets or hoses.

Failed induction tube gaskets or hoses.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-03-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 153
Views: 98,471
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I've always run the 4 headings with no wind...

I've always run the 4 headings with no wind correction and used ground speed seen on each heading after it stabilized. Add the 4 GS numbers together and divide by 4.

It is my understanding Vans...
Forum: RV-10 05-27-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,074
Posted By Boyd Birchler
The little springs should be inserted,not in the...

The little springs should be inserted,not in the middle of the wound conductor but touching the outside as the are pushed in. ElectroAir has a video showing this, I personally learned something new...
Forum: ADS-B 05-26-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,459
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Well I believe I found the problem then did a...

Well I believe I found the problem then did a PAPRA test and found out ADSb was disabled by my corrections. Called Uavionix and reset to suggested values. Did another PAPRA test with no fails; so a...
Forum: ADS-B 05-23-2020, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,459
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I doubt from what you are saying the problem lays...

I doubt from what you are saying the problem lays with the Echo it's self but with the SkyFx-Ext WAAS GPS source.
Forum: ADS-B 05-23-2020, 07:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,459
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Mine has fuel prices that are saved from the last...

Mine has fuel prices that are saved from the last time it was connected to the internet.

My Ipad has an internal GPS but I do not have cellular service (although it is capable if I would care to...
Forum: Propellers 05-22-2020, 06:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,404
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I had a 3 blade Hoffmann on a 540 powered...

I had a 3 blade Hoffmann on a 540 powered Christen Eagle. The prop was an aerobatic prop with counter weights in each blade root. The blades on counter weighted props can be easily rotated by...
Forum: ADS-B 05-21-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,459
Posted By Boyd Birchler
WingX Pro with Echo/SkyFx-EXT

I have an Echo with a SkyFX-Ext in my Rv7. I use WingX Pro as my flight app.
Problem is; any of our 4 devices tried, registers a ground speed usually in the 65 to 85 knot range (while actual GS is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2020, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,141
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Make sure the coax is not grounding to the...

Make sure the coax is not grounding to the shield. If that is the case it would show conductor continuity even though the shield is grounding it out...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-10-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,851
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Lowering the aileron hinge points on the heavy...

Lowering the aileron hinge points on the heavy wing of my RV7 did the trick for my plane.

This is different than adjusting the push pull rod length coming off the bellcrank. It does not affect...
Forum: GPS 05-08-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,885
Posted By Boyd Birchler
If you have a non WASS 430 you better hurry....

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/may/07/garmin-ending-400-and-500-waas-upgrades?utm_source=epilot&utm_medium=email

You better hurry if you have a non WAAS 430. Garmin will no longer...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-07-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,243
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Looks like #1 and #2 are way too rich and #3 and...

Looks like #1 and #2 are way too rich and #3 and #4 are just right. I would swap #3 and #4 injectors with injectors #2 and #1 and see if the low EGT's follow. If they do not follow you need to size...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-06-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,682
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We aerobatic competition types call these...

We aerobatic competition types call these "rollers". Flying a circular path over the ground and placing one to four, equally spaced continuous rolls, on that circular line. This if done to perfection...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-04-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,568
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Rv9A with flying wife

My wife and I are up at KMQJ Indianapolis Regional (MT Comfort). Hope to meet up with you guys some time. Maybe we'll see you at Blackerby's Hangar 5 restaurant at KBAK Columbus Indiana.

My wife has...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-29-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,790
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Detonation or pre-ignition would usually leave...

Detonation or pre-ignition would usually leave the top of the piston clean of deposits with a slight melted looking surface. I think this would be very unlikely with the very low manifold pressure at...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-22-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,921
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My Coronavirus Escape Day in a RV7

10 Things I learned flying Indiana's perimeter a.k.a. "My Coronavirus Escape Day --- in a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-09-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,456
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Reweigh the plane:the W&B is almost surely...

Reweigh the plane:the W&B is almost surely defective!
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-04-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,729
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Just flew formation at 5500 feet yesterday in my...

Just flew formation at 5500 feet yesterday in my RV7 (180 w/CS prop) with a RV6 (160 w/FP 80" pitch metal Sensenich).

I could easily out climb him but when level at 5500 we were both using 7.9 GPH...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,939
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Why remove the data plate? Just stamp it EX or...

Why remove the data plate? Just stamp it EX or EXP in front of the engine designation on the tag! Then note the same in the log books with an explanation of the changes.
Forum: Reviews 03-19-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,592
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Bill did the panel cut on my re-work of my RV7...

Bill did the panel cut on my re-work of my RV7 panel. He is very patient; sending me at least 5 tweaks/revisions of the basic panel layout.

He would send me a file, I would transfer it to a thumb...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,650
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Among all of those flying credentials,including...

Among all of those flying credentials,including spin training, you will also find Catherine Cavagnaro is also a college math professor.
Forum: RV-4 03-11-2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,170
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I'm sorry but after many thousands of TW hours I...

I'm sorry but after many thousands of TW hours I think it is a bit of a myth that you need to wheel land in a cross wind. Yes of course I can do it, but why?

If you land with a direct cross wind, I...
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,828
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Mine read "0" until the engine was running. Then...

Mine read "0" until the engine was running. Then read system load the rest of the time while flying. I just now (45 minutes ago) finnished my second hour with my new panel.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-29-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,918
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I had a switch failure. I found out that the...

I had a switch failure. I found out that the switch for strobe power supplys is prone to what might be called a "back feed " failure. I may have thought it was a power supply failure but noticed the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-28-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 84,572
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Back to the starter: most aviation starters are...

Back to the starter: most aviation starters are repurposed automotive parts repackaged in a aviation appropriate casting so it can be mounted to an aircraft engine.

Since this is an...
Forum: Safety 02-11-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 52,248
Posted By Boyd Birchler
In our RV7 the headset jacks are behind the...

In our RV7 the headset jacks are behind the pilots in the center. So one headset is left channel on the right side, because both headsets have the mic boom towards the center of the plane: pilot's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-03-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,534
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I've seen this type of wear caused by the bolt...

I've seen this type of wear caused by the bolt not being tight enough. The reason it was not tight enough was the use of a drilled bolt with a castellated nut. Torquing properly is a chore because...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,818
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Wife and I have owned 20+ personal use airplanes...

Wife and I have owned 20+ personal use airplanes over the past 47 years. We have pulled or pushed on the props, near the hub, on all of them.

I have had many of the engines on our planes apart (I'm...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-24-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 84,572
Posted By Boyd Birchler
You might think about a thin stainless or mild...

You might think about a thin stainless or mild steel case/box for the EarthX and place it ahead of the firewall. Might even hang it from the engine mount as long is there are good places for the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-23-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 84,572
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I do not think I would want the fuel lines housed...

I do not think I would want the fuel lines housed in the same box/ enclosure as the Earth EX battery or even a Odyssey. I have seen a LiPo battery catch on fire from slight over charge rate. That...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-20-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,455
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Induction leaks are worst at idle when the...

Induction leaks are worst at idle when the difference between barometric pressure and manifold pressure is greatest. If your idle is not substantially affected you are not likely to have an intake...
Forum: Propellers 01-16-2020, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,263
Posted By Boyd Birchler
On an 800 hour prop DO NOT have it overhauled! If...

On an 800 hour prop DO NOT have it overhauled! If it keeps leaking, have it resealed,ONLY. On an overhaul they remove 5/1000 inch,or more, by grinding/sanding off the thickness of the blades. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-25-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,640
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I had a similar experience with my Electroair...

I had a similar experience with my Electroair ignition. Half of one of the coils failed. There is a post somewhere on VAF about how I proved it and the part number I used to replace it. Some GM coils...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-19-2019, 08:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,771
Posted By Boyd Birchler
At idle and low power the intake has a vacuum,...

At idle and low power the intake has a vacuum, the rocker box has a good bit of oil in it. Since the intake guides end opposite the end in the rocker box is in a vacuum, some oil will be sucked into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,525
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I really like the new style bolt/axle designed...

I really like the new style bolt/axle designed for use with a tow bar. Very desirable even if I do not get the fairing.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-19-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,703
Posted By Boyd Birchler
After spending many hundreds of hours doing...

After spending many hundreds of hours doing ackro
I really dislike gyro stabilized cameras. It at best is a cool gimmick that in no way reflects what you see from the cockpit while doing these...
Forum: RV-10 12-19-2019, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,139
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Check the fuel tank breather of the tank used for...

Check the fuel tank breather of the tank used for descent.

If the vent is clear I would look at the fuel strainers/filters including the one in the fuel servo.

If they are clean I would open the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2019, 05:03 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,549
Posted By Boyd Birchler
There is a Beech Baron that flies in and out of...

There is a Beech Baron that flies in and out of Bloomington Indiana; that has had 4 different deer strikes at the Bloomington airport.

Part of the problem is that the departures were most often at...
Forum: Propellers 10-31-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,404
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I had a aerobatic 3 blade Hoffmann that had...

I had a aerobatic 3 blade Hoffmann that had similar problems. The counterweights were in the wrong position.
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-15-2019, 07:02 AM
Replies: 153
Views: 98,471
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I wonder if anyone has taken the method used for...

I wonder if anyone has taken the method used for some car window motors. On Toyota's the window motor shuts off when the running amperage goes up,IE when the window gets to the end of it's travel, in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 9,967
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Had the same chattering noise on my wifes...

Had the same chattering noise on my wifes plane.
Changed pads,changed to pads with different composition,used anti squeal spray,angled the front/rear edge of the pad. Never cured it,but spent...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-16-2019, 08:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,796
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have replaced that seal a few times. It was...

I have replaced that seal a few times. It was part of the overhaul gasket kit for the C90/O-200.

I think in the past I had purchased it from Aero Tech of Louisville, who is a rebuilder of starters...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,658
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Before I changed my engine to fuel injection (it...

Before I changed my engine to fuel injection (it now will run inverted), mine did nearly the same thing: zero to 2 PSI during climb. It never missed a beat,but I always wondered it it was ready to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,687
Posted By Boyd Birchler
2 G3X screens with integrated autopilot, adding...

2 G3X screens with integrated autopilot, adding 2nd comm (Icom A220),Echo ADSb with skyfix, Reusing: Garmin 430 WAAS,garmin 327 TPX,Garmin 340 audio panel and Dynon D10a with internal battery.

Once...
Forum: California 09-02-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,092
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Often the hanging rudder pedals,during the build,...

Often the hanging rudder pedals,during the build, are moved further forward or aft to individualize the leg room for short or long legged pilots.

Just a thought...in my RV7 ,once in the air, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,621
Posted By Boyd Birchler
My 7 is 15 years old and worked fine with the...

My 7 is 15 years old and worked fine with the push on fittings. I'm now changing to a heated pitot (placed further out in the wing)and using the same style push on fittings from Mac-Master Carr...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 04:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,953
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Had the same prop on a O-360 on my 7. My pitch...

Had the same prop on a O-360 on my 7. My pitch was 85". It was the most efficient prop, more efficient then my Hartzell C/S. The C/S,however, offers more choices of operation and kills the float on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-16-2019, 08:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,206
Posted By Boyd Birchler
First re-start? I would look at the timing and...

First re-start? I would look at the timing and hook ups to the mags. It looks like it fired advanced.

That could be because the mag switch is grounding the mag with the impulse coupler instead of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-18-2019, 05:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,648
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I just went to the Jo-Ann's fabric store and...

I just went to the Jo-Ann's fabric store and bought a piece of Nauga-hide and cut it to fit. Used the wife's sewing machine to sew the fuzzy side of the velcro on. By the way the measurement between...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-11-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,235
Posted By Boyd Birchler
It could of course be a bad sender, but 2...

It could of course be a bad sender, but 2 different senders acting up at the same time may be a clue that something else,that is common to both, is the culprit. Grounds between the engine and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-10-2019, 06:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,057
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have an Electroair and a Slick with impulse and...

I have an Electroair and a Slick with impulse and start using both. Never a problem.

If I were you I would give Clause a call at Lightspeed and ask if there is any reason not to use both when...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-02-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,051
Posted By Boyd Birchler
One year ago the wife and I flew our RV7 rotating...

One year ago the wife and I flew our RV7 rotating legs as PIC, around the perimeter of the lower US. The trip was 10,700 NM. We averaged 7.5 GPH (LOP)/155 knots per hour (179MPH), block to block,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2019, 06:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,253
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Having stop drilled many cracks, my suggestion is...

Having stop drilled many cracks, my suggestion is to use no larger than a 1/16" drill. Drill with minimum pressure just past the end of the crack. The crack will eventually make it to the hole....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-06-2019, 06:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,521
Posted By Boyd Birchler
At such a low power setting I would go to peak on...

At such a low power setting I would go to peak on the leanest cylinder. The engine is running too cold! The higher EGT would help to keep from sticking a valve caused by combustion deposits. Lycoming...
Forum: Safety 06-06-2019, 06:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,179
Posted By Boyd Birchler
We had a Rans 7 that more than once we would gain...

We had a Rans 7 that more than once we would gain altitude while on base,power off, nose pointed down,full flaps,at max flap speed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,243
Posted By Boyd Birchler
"Definitely running rich and oil soaked. The...

"Definitely running rich and oil soaked. The crack is the least of your concerns."

It looks oil fouled because a plug that is not firing cannot get hot enough to clean it self!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2019, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,243
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I doubt the erosion of the electrode is of any...

I doubt the erosion of the electrode is of any significance,you are allowed 50% wear, this plug is nowhere near that. Can not tell if it is in gap tolerance.

Sometimes the porcelain just developes a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,922
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Generally the valve that is causing the problem...

Generally the valve that is causing the problem is the exhaust, but your question about removing the intake makes me think you isolated it as an intake valve.

I have staked a few valves but it never...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2019, 04:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,844
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I have 2 G3X screens and a standby dynon 10A. I...

I have 2 G3X screens and a standby dynon 10A.
I mount a full size Ipad on a RAM mount to the far right. The RAM ball is permanently attached to the panel.

My reasoning is if everything else fails...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,690
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Ebay has them for about $20 with free shipping.

Ebay has them for about $20 with free shipping.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-13-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,792
Posted By Boyd Birchler
Probably "safer" to use a multi pole switch than...

Probably "safer" to use a multi pole switch than to trust a single set of relay contacts powering the entire electronics buss...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-01-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,412
Posted By Boyd Birchler
I've had a few friend that flew Cherokee's with...

I've had a few friend that flew Cherokee's with that engine and did so for 3000 hours. A couple of mechanic friends had a Cherokee 140 with 2700 hours that went 40 hours on a quart of oil. They...
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