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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 02:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 269
Posted By Ironflight
You can also get those exact ends from Vetterman...

You can also get those exact ends from Vetterman Exhausts - call and talk to Clint.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 750
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve done numerous sets of wheel pants without...

I’ve done numerous sets of wheel pants without the wings on the airplane - WAY easier to work on as you don’t hit your head on the lift generators every time you stand up…..

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,565
Posted By Ironflight
I try every day to remember that my ancestors a...

I try every day to remember that my ancestors a couple generations back moved through dense forest in northern Minnesota with EVERYTHING they owned contained in a single wooden chest - and survived...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-19-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 167
Posted By Ironflight
I’m nowhere near my documentation right now...

I’m nowhere near my documentation right now (hiking at Point Reyes), and it has been a couple of years since I did one….but I think it is the same tray as a Garmin 240 (maybe?)…. That might broaden...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-17-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 709
Posted By Ironflight
You might check out the November 2017 issue of...

You might check out the November 2017 issue of Kitplanes - I reviewed the -12iS that month, and did some comparing and contrasting with the earlier design….

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 08:37 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,657
Posted By Ironflight
As someone who has built kits from several...

As someone who has built kits from several different manufacturers, I can honestly say that both Vans system and the system where all hardware is delivered by specific types have their pluses and...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By Ironflight
I recently visited a kit manufacturer that...

I recently visited a kit manufacturer that alodines EVERYTHING - they make the parts, peel off the protective plastic, then run everything through the dip tanks before packaging. Not only does...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-10-2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By Ironflight
I generally buy several RAPCO RA66-106 4 Packs...

I generally buy several RAPCO RA66-106 4 Packs from Aircraft Spruce when I ned pads - that way I always have the “in stock” when one of our airplanes needs them. Those are for the Clevelands of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,878
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Jim, The problem with directing you to...

Hi Jim,

The problem with directing you to drawings is that since all of these airplanes are homebuilt, there are many different throttle quadrants that could have ben used, and many builders do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,039
Posted By Ironflight
Hold on there a second….Lycomings move around a...

Hold on there a second….Lycomings move around a lot relative to their cowlings - that’s what those big rubber LORD mounts are for. The reason that flexible baffle seals are used to seal the baffle...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,731
Posted By Ironflight
Find a Good Mentor…

You’re correct that these engines are pretty simple, but there are lots of little tips and tricks that aren’t in the manual, are often things you just wouldn’t think of, and aren’t quite like...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-08-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 15,750
Posted By Ironflight
I have no idea where my originals might be, but...

I have no idea where my originals might be, but honestly - its a stick with a ball on one end, and a right-angle hook on the other….. the stick is an aluminum tube about 3/8” OD, the ball is a wooden...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-06-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,707
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been flying the Monkworkz generator on the...

I’ve been flying the Monkworkz generator on the back of the engine on my RV-8 for a couple of months now, and it has been flawless. With LED lighting, EFIS, modern radios….30 Amps is generally...
Forum: Autopilots 05-02-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 715
Posted By Ironflight
Following up on this, and easy thing to do would...

Following up on this, and easy thing to do would be to change the torque value up and down just to see if you get different results.

Sorry I wasn’t more helpful yesterday - I had just gotten off a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,879
Posted By Ironflight
Correct - you can do it any way you wish. In the...

Correct - you can do it any way you wish. In the jet, the key energizes the master relay, so it actually IS the master switch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,879
Posted By Ironflight
You can get a key switch with is simply in series...

You can get a key switch with is simply in series with your starter, or your master, or whatever. In my Subsonex, the key switch is essentially the master switch, and without the master on, you can’t...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-21-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 307
Posted By Ironflight
I had this a few years ago on one of our...

I had this a few years ago on one of our dual-PMag planes. Discovered it when I was trying to chase down a vey slight roughness that hadn’t been there before. Discovered that it seemed to be due to a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,224
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Fred, Congratulations on getting close! Its...

Hey Fred,

Congratulations on getting close! Its the culmination of a lot of work for anyone to finish an airplane, and asking good questions is the right thing - and what you;re doing.

I’d suggest,...
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 04-14-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,184
Posted By Ironflight
While it might seem to many folks getting into...

While it might seem to many folks getting into the experimental world from certified that the rules allowing us to operate Day VFR without ANY instrumentation are wildly insane and unsafe, you have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By Ironflight
I always figured there was a secret to how...

I always figured there was a secret to how beautiful your welding is HFS….
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2022, 08:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,259
Posted By Ironflight
Regardless of whether o9r not you can cut it...

Regardless of whether o9r not you can cut it shorter (I know of some cases where folks cut only the CENTER shorter - sort of a notch in the bottom - I think. You’re going to find that your avionics...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By Ironflight
You can put anyone that you want on the...

You can put anyone that you want on the registration, and it will have no effect on the Repairman’s Certificate.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 902
Posted By Ironflight
Well yeah, but I put that on when I walk in the...

Well yeah, but I put that on when I walk in the hangar on the way to an airplane, so don’t even think about it…..

And more directly to the OP’s question, most folks I know have built side pockets...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 902
Posted By Ironflight
I actually pretty much gave up on flight bags...

I actually pretty much gave up on flight bags years ago.

In my own airplanes, the headset(s) live in the planes, all connected up. I have an iPad that has ALL my flight information (charts, etc),...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Ironflight
I‘ve never made this recommendation before, but...

I‘ve never made this recommendation before, but it sounds right up Savvy Analysis’s alley - you might check with them!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,928
Posted By Ironflight
Bingo! I agree with Mike on far more than a...

Bingo! I agree with Mike on far more than a majority of things, but pulling a Lycoming jug is in the manuals and considered standard for these engines. And yes - Lycoming says you need to use torque...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,946
Posted By Ironflight
Repairing wheel pants really isn’t that hard, and...

Repairing wheel pants really isn’t that hard, and doesn’t take that long - you just have to have a few materials and be willing to make a little bit of a mess. You can leave the old paint on there,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,497
Posted By Ironflight
Well your first problem is that you’re in...

Well your first problem is that you’re in Houston….….. ;)

The second thing to know is that once you’re flying, unless you have the magical perfect engine, the tailwheel spring will always have a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-03-2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,697
Posted By Ironflight
GRT used to sell a FLIR camera packaged in a...

GRT used to sell a FLIR camera packaged in a carbon fiber mount that fit under the wing - I still carry one on my RV-8. Not sure if they can still supply them, or what you’d need to interface it with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-31-2022, 11:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,018
Posted By Ironflight
Couple of thoughts…

1) Have you priced CherryMax rivets? you’re talking about a buck a pop - so count all the rivets!

2) CherryMax rivets are usually found in -4 (1/8”) diameter - I am not sure I have ever actually...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-31-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 876
Posted By Ironflight
This is how John Stahr painted my little jet - it...

This is how John Stahr painted my little jet - it is not overall one color with other colors on top. It is all primed, then he laid out the pattern for the “pinstripes” - all colors are separated by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 6,698
Posted By Ironflight
I’m with Dan on this - flying is worth it, no...

I’m with Dan on this - flying is worth it, no matter what you’re flying. My first airplane, a Yankee, cost me $4900. Yup, it was the local “rent-a-wreck” before I got it, and that was in the early...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,231
Posted By Ironflight
We carry liability-only on our machines, and for...

We carry liability-only on our machines, and for the past several years, it has been $295 per RV, very year. Our broker (SkySmith) basically said that Louise and I have enough experience and ratings...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-31-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,285
Posted By Ironflight
In my experience (in about the last fifteen...

In my experience (in about the last fifteen years), the real problem with Sun ‘n Fun weather for those coming from “away” isn’t the weather in Lakeland (although those who survived the 2011...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-29-2022, 09:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 715
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Mike - just saw this, and as a Sonex builder...

Hi Mike - just saw this, and as a Sonex builder myself, I understand your concern because once those tails are on, they are pretty much on. As was pointed out above, that is not so with the RV’s - it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-29-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By Ironflight
Better than 90% chance this is a cable -...

Better than 90% chance this is a cable - disconnect it from the governor and test it that way. I haven’t heard of a governor being a cause of this….but there is always a first time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2022, 02:16 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 7,852
Posted By Ironflight
We just registered “N66EV” - I really didn’t care...

We just registered “N66EV” - I really didn’t care what the numbers were, but we wanted it to end in “EV” because it doesn’t have a fuel tank - it has a battery…

Lesson Learned - I sent in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2022, 05:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,779
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah, he said he went around the back and south...

Yeah, he said he went around the back and south side of a huge low that was crossing the country, so got sling-shotted around.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2022, 08:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,779
Posted By Ironflight
Big blue and orange 737….. :(

Big blue and orange 737….. :(
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-26-2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,779
Posted By Ironflight
Now THAT’S Traveling….

I’m in Sebring today to talk with an EAA Chapter at their banquet tonight, and spent some time with a pilot that just took delivery of a brand new RV-12iS at Van’s factory - last week I think he...
Forum: Safety 03-26-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,708
Posted By Ironflight
The real problem is that this is being worked at...

The real problem is that this is being worked at an FAA HQ and EAA HQ level - so asking a local FSDO for their opinion/input is just going to lead to more confusion. Since I have pretty good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,637
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - there used to be good instructions on his...

Yes - there used to be good instructions on his page - don't know if it is still there. It is a little more involved than simple soldering, using copper wedges to really hold the conductor in place...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-23-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,091
Posted By Ironflight
Moved the thread out of the classifieds for...

Moved the thread out of the classifieds for you….

Just something to think about - if you are going to do the wiring and mounting yourself (which I strongly encourage!), then cutting the actual panel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,850
Posted By Ironflight
Well…an extended Weekend….

Flew the Valkyrie up to the northern end of the Willamette Valley (OR) to do a few things, including Helo flying and some video stuff for Kitplanes - got some nice views of Crater Lake and Mount...
Forum: Safety 03-23-2022, 10:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,286
Posted By Ironflight
You mean something like...

You mean something like this?

https://www.kitplanes.com/firewall-forward-the-oil-change/

Admittedly though, we did the suction screen on an engine on a test stand because we couldn’t get both hands...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-20-2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 406
Posted By Ironflight
You always find the neatest toys…..;)

You always find the neatest toys…..;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,892
Posted By Ironflight
I prefer to do them hot, because you’ll get...

I prefer to do them hot, because you’ll get better numbers to put in the logbooks….

That said, if something is broken bad enough to give you less than 60/80 (or the engine is just so tired that you...
Forum: Safety 03-17-2022, 08:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,155
Posted By Ironflight
Easiest thing to do is to give Mike a call and...

Easiest thing to do is to give Mike a call and discuss it with him!

I always enjoy my trips to Veronica to see what big R/C projects Mike has in the hangar…and we usually get some flying in...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-16-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,324
Posted By Ironflight
Hey John - when we first started flying the RV-3...

Hey John - when we first started flying the RV-3 with the dual P-Mags, we had some static that we could make go away by shutting down one of the P-Mags. But it wasn’t the power - it was loose...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-13-2022, 03:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,019
Posted By Ironflight
Guys, guys, guys….saying “alternator” isn’t...

Guys, guys, guys….saying “alternator” isn’t enough when you are talking about switching the alternator with the engine turning or not - it depends on if it is a standard ND internal-regulated (like...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-12-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,098
Posted By Ironflight
Oliver, I think you have an excellent...

Oliver, I think you have an excellent understanding of the puts-and-takes, and the final result which is “you do it because its cool, not because it makes sense!”

I say that as someone who owns a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,716
Posted By Ironflight
I don’t know of a way to run the Hobbs backwards...

I don’t know of a way to run the Hobbs backwards - my guess is that you can’t because, well….Hobbs are used on all sorts of machinery to record time, and if it was easy to run them backwards, no one...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-09-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,663
Posted By Ironflight
Great to see it flying again Brian! I loved the...

Great to see it flying again Brian! I loved the first few seconds of the video … taxiing through the “jungle” with a radial up front gives this WW II, Solomon Islands vibe to the whole thing….
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2022, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 797
Posted By Ironflight
I just installed the Monkworkz 30 amp unit on one...

I just installed the Monkworkz 30 amp unit on one of our airplanes, and am quite impressed - tiny and powerful. Have flown it a couple of times, and it does exactly what it is supposed to do - and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,161
Posted By Ironflight
When we record audio/video for the magazine, we...

When we record audio/video for the magazine, we usually just tuck a microphone up into the headset cup, and it picks up everything on the radio and intercom. Cheap, and sort of a kluge, but it works...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 08:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,208
Posted By Ironflight
Our neighbor owns the first -6A that was built by...

Our neighbor owns the first -6A that was built by Allen Tolle, also in that same color scheme. Don’t know if that’s what the OP is looking for….
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 878
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve had SPOT trackers since they first came out...

We’ve had SPOT trackers since they first came out (now have had four of them), and we have an InReach Mini that Garmin sent us to evaluate when they first came out. That’s about ten or twelve years...
Forum: Safety 03-04-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Ironflight
Of course the physics apply - but nowhere in the...

Of course the physics apply - but nowhere in the E-AB certification paperwork will you find the “categories” that you will in a certified airplane’s paperwork. In the certified world, the categories...
Forum: Safety 03-04-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 515
Posted By Ironflight
I agree with Oliver - legally, the categories...

I agree with Oliver - legally, the categories don’t apply, but it is an easy shorthand for engineers and pilots to use the categories because most pilots understand what they mean, and you don’t have...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2022, 07:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,793
Posted By Ironflight
A side note on “where does the noise come from?”...

A side note on “where does the noise come from?”

We just ran up our electric Xenos to something more than idle for the first time, and everyone at the Airpark with attended agreed that it was...
Forum: RV-4 03-02-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,635
Posted By Ironflight
I have a Mini that I use in the RV-3 and the...

I have a Mini that I use in the RV-3 and the little jet, and honestly, i just let it sit on my leg. The cockpits are small enough that it doesn’t; really go anywhere, and if I have a problem with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-26-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By Ironflight
What kind of battery? If it is an EarthX, it can...

What kind of battery? If it is an EarthX, it can take huge amounts of charging current when low, and could have asked for more than 60 Amps, which can pop that breaker.

Even a normal battery will...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-26-2022, 08:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By Ironflight
$10K is probably less than the price of a core...

$10K is probably less than the price of a core these days - forget the FI vs. Carb argument at this point - do the usual due diligence on the motor’s condition, and you can change accessories at will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,420
Posted By Ironflight
Great news - thanks for sharing it Ernie! I can...

Great news - thanks for sharing it Ernie! I can imagine a small, quiet, restrained gathering to celebrate at the grass field….. ;)
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