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Forum: RV-4 09-11-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,190
Posted By johnf_1
903

My 4 is down to 903 as of a couple of months ago: painted (no primer); narrow deck; Pacesetter 200; Dynon Skyview; EarthX battery; McCreary tires; Bendix mags; 4 pipe exhaust. How can I lighten it?...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,415
Posted By johnf_1
Exclamation Airplane traveling issues

Nice thread and excellent concerns: things do happen on the road. Since 1986, I have had two flat tires, two exhaust stack failures and one spinner failure on the road. Each one was a problem to...
Forum: Safety 10-29-2020, 12:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,748
Posted By johnf_1
I am based at STS, and depart eastbound at 0-dark...

I am based at STS, and depart eastbound at 0-dark thirty to Wendover or Bryce; thence to parts east like Cheyenne, Laramie, Taos or Denver area try to avoid the big bumps. Given your routes, O2...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-24-2020, 12:18 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,500
Posted By johnf_1
Chicken Strip Close Encounter

About three years ago, I turned a long final for the Chicken Strip in Saline Valley. It is not long, and it is soft and narrow. I make my finals there pretty long since I want to be wheels down in...
Forum: RV-4 08-02-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,696
Posted By johnf_1
aft cg

David: The Bills are giving good advice, and creeping up to aft cg operations is prudent. The stick force per g at aft cg is very low. MY -4 is 34 years old, and take offs and landing at normal...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-02-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,192
Posted By johnf_1
Mid-50s O-320

LuftHans: I bought an 0-320 (no suffix) off a 1955 Apache for my RV4. An old A&P at STS told me that replacing the 7.0 pistons with 8.5 was a common, but not certified, mod on old narrow deck 320...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-02-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,659
Posted By johnf_1
Mid-50s O-320

Hi Hans: I fly behind a 1955 O-320 150 hp from an Apache. It came to me with about 3200 hours TT and 7/1 pistons, thin wall pins, and 1/2 valve stems (they came initially with 7/16, so watch for...
Forum: RV-4 05-05-2020, 11:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,461
Posted By johnf_1
Flap handle retention

Hi Scott:

I riveted .063 on the outside of the block to act as a keeper. It hangs down about 1/16 so the handle is captured under load (in the hanger, it is useless). The uncommanded pop...
Forum: Safety 02-12-2020, 11:28 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 17,643
Posted By johnf_1
210/30 turns from failed departure

All: I know the mantra: engine failure on take off, land straight ahead and hit something soft. I submit that that is certainly good advice about a Cessna, Piper or other conventional spam can. ...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,900
Posted By johnf_1
RV4 Issues

I think this question relates to design issues....the mount/firewall/weldment issue is important. I have 33 years in my plane, and replaced the .063 weldments with .090 weldments..and sleeved two...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 18,416
Posted By johnf_1
Tear down

Sorry, I do not know of anything benign that generates that much ferrous metal between oil changes. My guess: lifters/cam/oil pump gears....but nothing that is good or getting better. Good news: ...
Forum: GPS 10-31-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,659
Posted By johnf_1
GX updates

Hi. Craig Vincent has updates for my GX65....Craig@FlyTPX.com
Forum: RV-3 06-29-2016, 09:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,545
Posted By johnf_1
Catto 12 inch spinner replacement

Catto sells a 12 inch spinner replacement...carbon fiber...and $450
Forum: RV-3 06-28-2016, 10:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,545
Posted By johnf_1
12 inch spinner

A: So, I am a Luddite with a 1986 Pacesetter 200....what do you have? Thanks in advance. J
Forum: RV-3 06-28-2016, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,545
Posted By johnf_1
12 inch spinner parts

WTB 12 inch spinner parts: spinner; front and/or rear bulkheads. Anyone? Thanks John 707 644 8091
Forum: Safety 05-19-2016, 11:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,225
Posted By johnf_1
Stall

Hi! My experience is that my RV4 can be induced to stall slipped/skidded/upside down/pointed straight down or straight up/and straight n level/right side up and down....I wonder if the safest way to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-13-2016, 01:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,804
Posted By johnf_1
Crack

Crack visualized from bottom flange to aileron cut out....very little structure remaining. ****! 86 RV4 I built. just shy of 1200 hours. lots of 3-4g aerobatics...and stopped doing snaps probably...
Forum: RV-4 05-08-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,942
Posted By johnf_1
Front Baggage Compartment

I have 1200 hours in N95JF with a Pacesetter 200/8.5 piston O-320....forget everything else: you need a front baggage compartment (mine can carry 11 bottles of Rafanelli zin in case I pull into...
Forum: Propellers 11-21-2015, 11:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,246
Posted By johnf_1
Wood prop issue

Jeff Bertuleit jbertuleit@icloud.com is Proprs Inc. Just did a great a job rebuilding my antique Pacesetter 200....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2015, 09:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 9,617
Posted By johnf_1
Starters

All: In 1995, I removed a geared Delco Remy starter, and installed a Toyota truck starter. Saved about 8 pounds, and the starter has functioned flawlessly since....Th Delco failed about 3 times...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 10-21-2015, 11:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 16,038
Posted By johnf_1
Comments

Hi all: Couple of comments: When us local guys started out on this wild flying RV stuff 30 years ago, we and our close friends/family who flew with us were the only ones with skin in the game. ...
Forum: RV-4 09-07-2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,531
Posted By johnf_1
short legs

95Jf is my steed since 86. Short legs. yes. So, longer legs buy you higher deck angle/high AOA at landing. BFD. Yes, you can pull the nose that high. and why do you do that? Spend a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 14,250
Posted By johnf_1
180

N95Jf has been my steed of choice since 6/86. She has had two power failures in that time, both involving stainless steel fluid hoses "guaranteed for life": the failure that resulted in a landing on...
Forum: Safety 05-02-2014, 04:33 PM
Replies: 20
Poll: Slosh poll
Views: 10,350
Posted By johnf_1
What color is it?

1005 is red....I have heard Randolph is white....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2014, 11:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,053
Posted By johnf_1
VOR antenna

hi! So, I had a Narco Escort II for a decade in my 4. I used a V of copper foil tape in the back of the canopy with some (3?) toroid coils....amazing range....really simple, reliable and worked...
Forum: RV-4 04-16-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,420
Posted By johnf_1
N95JF

All: Interesting thread. N95JF first flew in June 1986. Weighed 914 with Ditzler paint/0-320 pre-A narrow deck rebuilt with 8.5 pistons, etc/VFR steam gauges/Pacesetter 200 toothpick on CAFE...
Forum: Safety 04-16-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 20
Poll: Slosh poll
Views: 10,350
Posted By johnf_1
Randolph or PRC 1005 L Buna?

All: I built my tanks in 1984. We were using PRC 1005L in those days. Randolph came on the scene much later. I have never heard of a PRC peel/flake issue. My impression is weepnomore uses a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2013, 11:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,950
Posted By johnf_1
Restrictor

My UMA MP gauge is connected with 3/16 line: solid from gauge to firewall; then rubber flex to a 45 AN fitting on the cylinder. Gauge filled with gas after a couple of hours. Filled pipe side of...
Forum: RV-4 10-14-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,879
Posted By johnf_1
Plans Change

My 4 is number 32 to fly circa 1986. I made very few changes to Van's plans...but one was moving the nylon to the canopy side of the panel and the aft cockpit bulkhead. The nylon was cut to cradle...
Forum: Safety 10-01-2013, 05:58 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 32,700
Posted By johnf_1
Good job getting down!

1991 makes me think slosh. It is post-PR1005, I think, which was the early slosh that I have not heard any flake/peel reports about. Have twice landed without power, so know the feeling! Hope the...
Forum: California 09-20-2013, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,741
Posted By johnf_1
Current condition-Saline Valley

Thinking about a November stop over in Saline Valley at the Chicken Strip. Anyone have current condition info re the strip? Much appreciated. Best, John N95JF
Forum: Safety 08-15-2013, 11:52 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,618
Posted By johnf_1
Great thread!

All: For me, this issue is one of the real big, "every second" issues that make flying so challenging and provocative. Not speed, not data from the panel, not "is my butt sore", but "where am I...
Forum: Safety 08-14-2013, 10:07 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,618
Posted By johnf_1
Water (if there is no runway (I mean road))

In the late 80s, the line guy at West Yellowstone said I needed to fuel my plane myself. Why? He had fueled a 4 that went into Shoshone Lake the day before. The backseater survived, the pilot hit...
Forum: Safety 07-29-2013, 09:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,392
Posted By johnf_1
Echo Tango

Hey, did you send me out "west of 280, maintain 2500" on my way back north from PAO? Grrr! Too low! We wanted to look for the Asiana hulk (OK, 1.3 VSO was not part of their training, me thinks)...
Forum: Safety 07-17-2013, 11:02 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,392
Posted By johnf_1
Eddie P

On pain of beating the horse to death...if the fan does not work, your radio probably will on the last few joules from the battery. Call up anyone on freq, and they will relay, assuming Center...
Forum: Safety 07-13-2013, 01:24 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,392
Posted By johnf_1
ArVeeNiner

Hey, transit your Class B from time to time. Hope I am not a pain! What's a "nordo vfr"? Headed down to PAO tomorrow from STS and back, so looking for a "direct SFO, west of the Bayshore, 5,500"...
Forum: Safety 07-13-2013, 01:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,392
Posted By johnf_1
Flight Following

I stopped filing flight plans in the 80s. I flight follow as a rule when on a transportation (ie not acro, etc.) flights. Even when I am dropped (based at Santa Rosa, Cali, so commonly dropped in...
Forum: Safety 05-13-2013, 10:03 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 19,686
Posted By johnf_1
Russ: Thanks for this little bit. I use skid...

Russ: Thanks for this little bit. I use skid turn snap entries, but never have let the speed decay on the slips to stall...course, slipping for me is process because the amount of crosswind varies...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2013, 07:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,411
Posted By johnf_1
Had same prob....filled female NPT on cylinder...

Had same prob....filled female NPT on cylinder side with solder, then drilled with smallest bit I had. No trouble since. In fact, still using same gauge 30 years on....J N95JF
Forum: RV-4 04-03-2013, 06:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,573
Posted By johnf_1
My practice....

All: interesting thread. Many years ago, Sport Aviation printed an article that was titled something like "Horses That eat, but don't Run". Worthwhile reading. The point was that Marvel best fuel...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-27-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,991
Posted By johnf_1
Walt: Thanks for your comments. Are you aware...

Walt: Thanks for your comments. Are you aware of any peeling problems with PR1005L? I have not detected any, but always good to know if you have something to offer.

Re surface preparation:...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-26-2013, 10:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,991
Posted By johnf_1
Long ago and far away....Sloshing Tanks

On a dark and stormy night....all this happened, more or less....in the early 80s, Van prescribed 2-3 coats of brushed-on PR1005L over Proseal before the rear baffle popped on. Then, 2-3 coats of...
Forum: Safety 03-14-2013, 08:10 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 15,340
Posted By johnf_1
Once again, Russ is spot on...4s at least with...

Once again, Russ is spot on...4s at least with fixed pitch props are accelerating fools with the nose down....and with two up, light in pitch...poor aerobatic trainers is right! EG: I let a very...
Forum: Safety 03-12-2013, 12:10 AM
Replies: 115
Views: 15,340
Posted By johnf_1
Rob: It seems to me that one of the bugaboos of...

Rob: It seems to me that one of the bugaboos of us experimental guys is the calibration issue: one man's 70 statute IAS maybe another's 60 KIAS maybe another's 52 KIAS...who knows unless we are...
Forum: Safety 03-11-2013, 11:46 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 15,340
Posted By johnf_1
Yikes! Just read the NTSB report, and it is...

Yikes! Just read the NTSB report, and it is Mack's collision with terra firma. RIP
Forum: Safety 03-11-2013, 11:40 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 15,340
Posted By johnf_1
About Chris Hills' note: just a point about...

About Chris Hills' note: just a point about accelerated stalls: top rudder in my plane makes the plane sit up flat though out of power at the speeds I use (I don't snap over 100 KIAS any more since...
Forum: Safety 03-11-2013, 11:28 PM
Replies: 115
Views: 15,340
Posted By johnf_1
It seems to me that there is the oft repeated...

It seems to me that there is the oft repeated "shoulda known better" slogan with the implication the author knows better, and then there is the "equip your way out of the threat" school of thought. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2013, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,702
Posted By johnf_1
Have 27 years on my plastic brakes lines (from...

Have 27 years on my plastic brakes lines (from reservoir to MCs to calipers)....only trouble was when a friend cooked one practicing high speed taxis...Seem like optimal solution (light/visually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2013, 11:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,208
Posted By johnf_1
Hi! My fuel pump output goes directly into the...

Hi! My fuel pump output goes directly into the fuel pressure sender, thence to the carb. The flex line (303 equiv in stratoflex w/firesleeve) runs between the left gear socket and the mount struts....
Forum: RV-4 01-25-2013, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,914
Posted By johnf_1
All: From way back in the early 80s, once the...

All: From way back in the early 80s, once the spar box is riveted up, maintain shims inside and complete framing/skinning. remove shims and install spars. Done. My wing/spar mate was very...
Forum: Safety 01-24-2013, 11:10 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,198
Posted By johnf_1
Really good discussion. Practical comment: I...

Really good discussion. Practical comment: I have stalled inadvertently once in 1200 plus RV4 hours. I use 1.3 till close to the numbers...shear has been a factor dozens/hundreds of times, and...
Forum: RV-4 12-03-2012, 01:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,422
Posted By johnf_1
To land where?

As I understand your concern, stall speed implies landing distance (or force to be dissipated, assuming obstacles). Is this "slower is shorter/less force" or do you have a distance in mind? I watch...
Forum: Safety 12-01-2012, 10:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,602
Posted By johnf_1
Hmmmm...passengers

So, I think it was Postlethwaite who died in his 4 in maybe 88 on take off....rear stick bent...maybe his sis grabbing it....here's the rub: we want to share the RV experience, and, face it, it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2012, 12:28 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,758
Posted By johnf_1
Wow! Excellent question...

Been flying N95JF (RV4 plans number 82; number 32 to fly) since 86....and never been to a class b, now that you mention it..regular visitor to SJC; OAK; SAC; SMO; MRY, etc. over the years, so fly...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2012, 09:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,001
Posted By johnf_1
GX65 Battery Replacement

All: After hearing that the internal battery was "soldered in" and a special piece, I sent my mid-90s GX65 back for battery replacement several times over the years. This time round, I dared to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2012, 12:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,093
Posted By johnf_1
9/11 Van's memo

Thanks Chris. Makes sense with the Randolph fiasco....still never heard a word about problems with PR. My inquiry is based on the "no slosh" mantra, and I have no interest in thinking twice about a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-21-2012, 03:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,093
Posted By johnf_1
Y'all....

Gents: Thanks for the comments. In the early mid 80s, Van spec'ed PR1005 brushed on with 2-3 coats over the proseal. I built my plane then, and I have had no trouble with it nor have I ever heard...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-20-2012, 07:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,093
Posted By johnf_1
PR 1005 Slosh

Anyone have experience with sloshing old RV tanks with PR 1005? Bunch of weeps have developed over the years, and am ready to tackle the buggers...used PR 1005 on top of the proseal initially, and...
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