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Forum: Safety Yesterday, 08:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,433
Posted By Ironflight
You’re not an idiot Mickey - you’re just slow! ;)...

You’re not an idiot Mickey - you’re just slow! ;)

(From a guy who started his RV-8 build in 2003 and poured over your web site as a guide for how to build the airframe.....and then had 2000 hours...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-07-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 308
Posted By Ironflight
I know space is always at a premium (I expanded...

I know space is always at a premium (I expanded my hangar a couple years ago and once again space is at a premium....there is no such thing as “too big”), but yeah - those prop boxes are good to have...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-06-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Ironflight
In that case a taper pin is a reasonably good...

In that case a taper pin is a reasonably good solution - you just need the appropriate pin, washer and nut - along with the tapered reamer. Works great, but you might be surprised at how much you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-06-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 258
Posted By Ironflight
Need more information to answer - So is the...

Need more information to answer - So is the stinger rotating or moving relative to the fuselage, is the tailwheel knuckle rotating on the stinger, or is the tailwheel sloppily rotating relative to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-06-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 602
Posted By Ironflight
I agree that the AHRS data shouldn’t have...

I agree that the AHRS data shouldn’t have anything to do with TAS - it is OAT, altitude, and IAS cooking into an equation - lots of people have very poor OAT locations that pick up engine heat, so...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-04-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,144
Posted By Ironflight
Google “NASA GAP engine program results” and...

Google “NASA GAP engine program results” and you’ll find lots of links that will lead you to lots of links, which will lead you to....... Yes, it was your tax dollars, and yes - the results are...
Forum: Tools 05-04-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,148
Posted By Ironflight
If your goal is to sped things up, then a...

If your goal is to sped things up, then a single-hole demurring bit (Cleavaland has them) stuck in a cheap electric screwdriver is a GREAT way to do a lot of holes in a short time in a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-03-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 998
Posted By Ironflight
Once we initially cleaned up the pins on ours,...

Once we initially cleaned up the pins on ours, they all get serviced annually with a quick disassemble, inspection, grease, and re-assemble. They never give us any trouble in between these...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-03-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,818
Posted By Ironflight
Depends on the brand EFIS - the MGL I have in my...

Depends on the brand EFIS - the MGL I have in my littlest airplane has a calibration curve offset and scale factor you can adjust for ASI - it allowed me to tune the airspeed using GPS four-course...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-02-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,569
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve flown the 300 HP turbo Yamaha in a...

I’ve flown the 300 HP turbo Yamaha in a Highlander, and it is awesome - at least for a STOL play-plane. I don’t know what the lifetime will be, or the lifetime reliability in terms of just “getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 8,454
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry to see this Sam - but look on the bright...

Sorry to see this Sam - but look on the bright side - repairing such damage would make a great magazine article (or two.....). And that might defray some of the costs!

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,547
Posted By Ironflight
What Dan said is the best, most succinct summary...

What Dan said is the best, most succinct summary on the Oshkosh arrival I have ever read. Mixing it up with the “crowd”, you get exactly what you expect - a crowd.

There was that old movie about a...
Forum: RV-3 04-29-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By Ironflight
Different owners, actually, but the same...

Different owners, actually, but the same designer! Ohio sells and services the Constant Speed props. San Diego sells and services the fixed pitch and ground adjustables (and wind tunnel, airboat,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 10:42 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,547
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - I do all my holding on the ground somewhere!

Yup - I do all my holding on the ground somewhere!
Forum: RV-10 04-28-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting that we’ve had different experiences...

Interesting that we’ve had different experiences with it peeling up Vince - I have it on all three RV’s, and have never seen it happen - and the RV-6 is 31 years old.....might depend on where you get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By Ironflight
Absolutely true. Nuckolls designed this system...

Absolutely true. Nuckolls designed this system for use with external power supplies (start carts or, like I use, a big bench DC power supply), not battery chargers. So....need to design for your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s how Bob Nuckoll’s suggests doing it - with...

Here’s how Bob Nuckoll’s suggests doing it - with a relay so that you don't have big conductors energized all the time.

http://www.aeroelectric.com/articles/grndpwr.pdf

Paul
Forum: RV-10 04-28-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By Ironflight
You use a different width for different models....

You use a different width for different models. Put your flaps full up, and put a strip of tape up against the trailing edge of the wing skin. Lower the flaps, and measure from the tape to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By Ironflight
An FBO is most likely goign to have either the...

An FBO is most likely goign to have either the single-pole Piper plug or the three-pin Cessna plug. Or most likely, if they have a start-cart, they’ll have both....the trick for homebuilders is that...
Forum: RV-10 04-27-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By Ironflight
I just order it from McMaster - not sure it has a...

I just order it from McMaster - not sure it has a brand
Forum: RV-10 04-27-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,371
Posted By Ironflight
It’s very normal for the wing skin to scratch the...

It’s very normal for the wing skin to scratch the flap - it is almost by design, in order to get a good fit. This is why so many people use flap leading edge tape - to protect their paint....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,997
Posted By Ironflight
Whew!! I’d hate to see them go away! Paul

Whew!! I’d hate to see them go away!

Paul
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By Ironflight
Nahh....Sweetwater is relatively long and...

Nahh....Sweetwater is relatively long and unobstructed. Watch out for Marines hiding in the bushes.....;)
Forum: RV-3 04-27-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,152
Posted By Ironflight
First, recognize that Catto and Whirlwind prop...

First, recognize that Catto and Whirlwind prop blades are very different - the Catto’s are wood with a composite overlay. Whirlwinds are all-composite. I have yet to hear of a crack in a Whirlwind -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,803
Posted By Ironflight
In Mud Dauber country, we never park (including...

In Mud Dauber country, we never park (including inside) without flagged vent covers. They come off in preflight, and back on after landing. I defy the little critters to build faster than that..... ;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-26-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By Ironflight
OK, so now that you mention TVL (right in our...

OK, so now that you mention TVL (right in our neighborhood), I want to know which strip you were thinking about! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,803
Posted By Ironflight
Warning! Anecdotal “Evidence” Ahead!! Three...

Warning! Anecdotal “Evidence” Ahead!!

Three RV’s, with a total of 7500 flight hours - stock Van’s vents with no screens or fancy things on them, and not a single evidence of blockage. Caveat - we...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-26-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 329
Posted By Ironflight
There goes your Gold Lindy..... ;) :)

There goes your Gold Lindy..... ;) :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-26-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 992
Posted By Ironflight
Whiel we generally don’t worry about DA most...

Whiel we generally don’t worry about DA most places we fly out west with the RV’s, 2500’ is pretty short - if it is truly unobstructed, then maybe....but you might think of trying a restricted...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-26-2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 823
Posted By Ironflight
I use the Rustoleum gray green self etching and...

I use the Rustoleum gray green self etching and it seems to work great!

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-26-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 530
Posted By Ironflight
White smoke? Your “College of Cylinders” has just...

White smoke? Your “College of Cylinders” has just elected a pope.....;)

Sorry, couldn’t resist. I was doing a photo shoot one time years ago, and the photographer in the camera ship mentioned that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,734
Posted By Ironflight
I find that if I am having trouble getting rivets...

I find that if I am having trouble getting rivets to work the way I want, the best thing to do is walk away from the kit itself and head over to the bench vice with some scrap aluminum and a handful...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-25-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,475
Posted By Ironflight
There are a LOT of ways to do fiberglass repair,...

There are a LOT of ways to do fiberglass repair, many of them “right”! I am no expert, but I have repaired enough wheel pants with our little fleet that I wrote an article for Kitplanes a couple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,648
Posted By Ironflight
When I built my RV-8 over fifteeen years ago I, I...

When I built my RV-8 over fifteeen years ago I, I was living in Houston and flying back to Minnesota to visit family several times a year, often in winter. I grew up flying there, and new that a cold...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,997
Posted By Ironflight
Very strange Michael - I have been using Crow’s...

Very strange Michael - I have been using Crow’s for years, and never had an issue - but prompted by your post, I tried to go to their website, and it appears to be gone. Perhaps they are using the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-23-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,569
Posted By Ironflight
Oil leaks are always annoying, and not always...

Oil leaks are always annoying, and not always obvious as to their source....I put a few ideas down in this article in Kitplanes....

https://www.kitplanes.com/leaking-lycs/

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 387
Posted By Ironflight
You’ll have to read the Operating Limitations for...

You’ll have to read the Operating Limitations for your aircraft to be sure, but generally a swap between fixed pitch and C/S is considered a change that requires putting the aircraft back into Phase...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,114
Posted By Ironflight
Bob is correct, and the EAA has written a letter...

Bob is correct, and the EAA has written a letter (along with other alphabet groups) to the FAA protesting the interpretation. I can tell you that there is a lot of concern over it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,865
Posted By Ironflight
Yup....when we registered the Tundra, we had four...

Yup....when we registered the Tundra, we had four names - ours, and our partner’s, and his spouse. We were down in Smith Valley and went to the Notary who worked out of the back room of some greasy...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-21-2021, 09:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,623
Posted By Ironflight
Or maybe....ya know....Rian reads VAF and likes...

Or maybe....ya know....Rian reads VAF and likes to yank people’s chain..... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,807
Posted By Ironflight
You can ask random people here on the internet,...

You can ask random people here on the internet, or if you really want an actual answer, just send a note to one of the many fine brokers out there that can give you one.....anything else is here...
Forum: Propellers 04-21-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 438
Posted By Ironflight
I don;t have any hard numbers for you, but I’ve...

I don;t have any hard numbers for you, but I’ve been doing a lot of prop testing recently and I think I’d agree with Hartzell (because the data I am getting on their props is very close to what they...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 507
Posted By Ironflight
There’s an old saying that “every wire has just...

There’s an old saying that “every wire has just two ends”. While it is not true in ALL situations, it is true in most. For a custom airplane, a one-off, I just pull every wire as required, making...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-21-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,391
Posted By Ironflight
The major difference being the B&C’s are...

The major difference being the B&C’s are externally regulated, while the standard ND automotive alternators are internally regulated. Blast tubes are used on the internally regulated units to try and...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-20-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks all - you have confirmed what I was...

Thanks all - you have confirmed what I was thinking! We’ll wait and see what Thursday brings, and if still doesn’t look good, then there is always another time....

And then there are these silly...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 04-20-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,138
Posted By Ironflight
Sedona in the Wind?

Question for veterans of service on the “USS Sedona” - Louise and I have been planning on flying down there for a few days starting tomorrow in the RV-6, but right now, the forecast for late morning...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,391
Posted By Ironflight
The problem with the anecdotal stuff for...

The problem with the anecdotal stuff for alternators is that while B&C has been soldi and steady with the same design (that works VERY well) over the years, Plane Power started out really well, then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 544
Posted By Ironflight
The devil is always going to be in the details,...

The devil is always going to be in the details, like “who is responsible for environmental and safety compliance?” If the airport WANTS to sell the pump and tank to you, one has to ask why? They...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,807
Posted By Ironflight
The best thing to do is to call one of the...

The best thing to do is to call one of the brokers that re frequently listed here, and just chat with them about the situation. Remember that they are not the insurers, they are your intermediary...
Forum: Safety 04-17-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,878
Posted By Ironflight
Build, Maintain, Inspect....All Different

I have said this before, but the truth is simply that building and maintaining in (and inspecting) are different, and require different skill sets. One person CAN have all three skill sets - and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 313
Posted By Ironflight
Our -3 motor mount came bare a decade ago, and...

Our -3 motor mount came bare a decade ago, and when I stripped our -6 mount last year, it was clearly never powder coated....but it’s serial number 4, back before powder coating was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,516
Posted By Ironflight
There are so many inspiringly clever ideas in...

There are so many inspiringly clever ideas in this thread that I am almost embarrassed to admit how I do it – but I will just to let folks know that it is possible because someday, you’ll have to do...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,295
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Bill - Fiberglas repair, although sometimes...

Hey Bill - Fiberglas repair, although sometimes messy, really isn’t that hard, and there are lots of ways to do it “right”. And a wheel pant is - for all practical considerations - a practice project...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 854
Posted By Ironflight
That’s not a typical RV. Ur e - I think Mickey...

That’s not a typical RV. Ur e - I think Mickey just grabbed an example. The variation in climb rate for my RV-8 is about 50 rpm between 90 and 115 knots - that’s pretty flat compared to a lot of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 854
Posted By Ironflight
What Mickey said...... :D

What Mickey said...... :D
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 854
Posted By Ironflight
The discrepancy probably comes when people don’t...

The discrepancy probably comes when people don’t specify units! The Vfe four the RV-8 is 100 mph, or 87 knots. Those are design numbers, so are the same for all examples of the...
Forum: Safety 04-14-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,878
Posted By Ironflight
You’re right guys - there are also special...

You’re right guys - there are also special requirements for other Experimental certificates - I just figured that the vast majority of folks here are registering their RV’s as E-AB, not for R&D,...
Forum: Safety 04-13-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,878
Posted By Ironflight
Many years ago, “special” airworthiness...

Many years ago, “special” airworthiness certificates (Experimental certificates are special) expired every year. Not so today.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-13-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,372
Posted By Ironflight
Internet opinions are interesting, but the most...

Internet opinions are interesting, but the most complete answer will come from a place like Aircraft Specialties (http://www.aircraftspecialties.aero/), the folks in Tulsa that overhaul and certify...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,232
Posted By Ironflight
My last bike (a plane-Jan Honda Shadow I used for...

My last bike (a plane-Jan Honda Shadow I used for occasional commuting to my hangar when I lived in Houston) is sitting in the hangar at Big Bear where it hasn’t moved since, golly....we moved to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,949
Posted By Ironflight
Oops....that’s what I get for working on a small...

Oops....that’s what I get for working on a small iPhone...... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,949
Posted By Ironflight
Interview with Van’s Rian and Greg!

Marc Cook did a fairly in-depth interview with Rian and greg from Van’s, talking about the industry and the work surrounding the issues with corrosion in the quick build kits - worth the time to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 625
Posted By Ironflight
Guys, Mel is completely and accurately correct in...

Guys, Mel is completely and accurately correct in terms of what the regs say.

I have ben to numerous FAST and Wings briefings by FA field inspectors who have very little knowledge of the...
Forum: California 04-10-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 484
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks everyone - flew over and back today, went...

Thanks everyone - flew over and back today, went slick - the transient ramp at the south end has a combo-lock gate (with the combo written on the inside, as usual....), and it was about a 200 yard...
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