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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 118
Posted By Ironflight
I did that way back in the first year of flying...

I did that way back in the first year of flying my RV-8 Terry, and I don't recall having any difficult changing those brackets - it must have gone fine, and I am pretty sure I squeezed the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:43 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,940
Posted By Ironflight
Statistically its true - built statistics don't...

Statistically its true - built statistics don't have to apply to individuals - they are history, not prognostications for your situation! Build on, and see where the future takes you.....
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-26-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,088
Posted By Ironflight
If its easy to add a strap from that negative bus...

If its easy to add a strap from that negative bus to the battery, then do it and see if it makes a difference!

Paul
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-26-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 439
Posted By Ironflight
That’s a bit of an unusual pump to see in an RV,...

That’s a bit of an unusual pump to see in an RV, but a very quick Google search shows that Aircraft Spruce carries overhauled/exchange units. Definitely not cheap, but not exorbitantly so if you...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 02-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,044
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve been running this on the (I)O-320 on our...

We’ve been running this on the (I)O-320 on our RV-3 since day one, and the performance is stunning - and the light weight is perfect. We are running dual P-Mags, and have always found the warning for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,940
Posted By Ironflight
In the end, the best kit for a first build is the...

In the end, the best kit for a first build is the kit for the airplane that you want! No matter what kit you pick, you are going to spend a significant portion of your life getting it to flight -...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 02-25-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 225
Posted By Ironflight
I am thinking that is Gil Alexander’s...

I am thinking that is Gil Alexander’s airpark....(you might remember him from the old days - he has/had a four place Grumman).
Forum: Propellers 02-24-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve recently been testing a variety of props as...

I’ve recently been testing a variety of props as well, and absolutely love the -300 WW!

In answer to your amazement that you aren’t losing speed when going from two blades to three as we...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-24-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,029
Posted By Ironflight
You can always use the laser pointer method -...

You can always use the laser pointer method - mount a laser pointer on some sort of tripod/jig/cardboard box and aim it precisely at the hole you want to drill with the spinner dome uninstalled. Then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By Ironflight
I’d think it would be a perfect opportunity for a...

I’d think it would be a perfect opportunity for a printed part - Larry might even have the drawings if you asked him!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,038
Posted By Ironflight
That letter is (according to my insurance broker,...

That letter is (according to my insurance broker, SkySmith) a statutory requirement that Global has to send out informing you that their MIGHT be a rate increase. I have gotten them when insured with...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-24-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,025
Posted By Ironflight
My solution ( on all four dual P-Mag airplanes in...

My solution ( on all four dual P-Mag airplanes in our hangar) is to put a pneumatic QD nipple into the extra MAP hole on the Van’s sensor manifold on the firewall, then run a piece of tubing to a “Y”...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-24-2021, 11:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 582
Posted By Ironflight
You might check around your Minnesota buddies to...

You might check around your Minnesota buddies to see if they have one in a box somewhere. Many, many builders use individual brake reservoirs on their master cylinders, so these Van’s parts are just...
Forum: RV-4 02-24-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 325
Posted By Ironflight
I would definitely check with Russ McCutcheon -...

I would definitely check with Russ McCutcheon - he’s a marvel at this stuff, and probably built your mount in the first place....

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 535
Posted By Ironflight
We have those exact same vents on our RV-3, and...

We have those exact same vents on our RV-3, and yes, Larry Vetterman made them. I don’t know if he has made them for a long time though...it was my understanding that he wasn’t producing them...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-20-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,638
Posted By Ironflight
Not if you cover it with clear heat shrink.......

Not if you cover it with clear heat shrink.... :);)
Forum: RV-3 02-19-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 581
Posted By Ironflight
I think you’d find “under the knee” to be really...

I think you’d find “under the knee” to be really constraining when it comes to shifting positions in flight. I often pull my heels back and get my knees up towards my chin to change seating positions...
Forum: RV-3 02-19-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 258
Posted By Ironflight
What you are describing is the basic cabin heater...

What you are describing is the basic cabin heater in all RV’s. The “unused heat” goes out the bottom of the cowl when the heater valve is closed.

In our RV-3, we added an electric seat heater as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,006
Posted By Ironflight
Dan - I’ve seen at least one person who built a...

Dan - I’ve seen at least one person who built a duct that went over the kind of heater you talked about, and mated up to the bottom/back cowl opening - and did a great job of heating the engine...
Forum: GPS 02-19-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,394
Posted By Ironflight
In my case “dropouts” include everything from a...

In my case “dropouts” include everything from a message on the IFD 440 saying “GPS Integrity Lost” with continued good position data for the pilot to complete loss of GPS signal and the IFD going...
Forum: GPS 02-17-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 532
Posted By Ironflight
Another Vote for “inserted Allen wrench to remove...

Another Vote for “inserted Allen wrench to remove 430W, inserted Allen wrench to insert IFD440”, then update settings to match what you took out, and it worked. I have done this on two of my...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 02-16-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,278
Posted By Ironflight
I have ben looking at those on our neighbor’s...

I have ben looking at those on our neighbor’s project - man, are they slick...and beautiful!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By Ironflight
At the Reno races, you’ll see whole teams moving...

At the Reno races, you’ll see whole teams moving their P-51’s out to the flight line with an A-frame rig and tug like that - very showy. Then there was the team that had one of those little square...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 02-15-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironflight
When Burning Man rolls around every year, all of...

When Burning Man rolls around every year, all of the stores in the Reno/Carson area that sell outdoors equipment (Walmart, REI, Cabellas, Shields....) put up signs at their entrances saying “We’re...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,838
Posted By Ironflight
If you’re really just looking for a way to pull...

If you’re really just looking for a way to pull it backwards into the hangar, and not do a lot of back-and-forth steering, get a pice of 8-9 mm rope about five feet long with a loop in one end, and...
Forum: Safety 02-14-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,856
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been doing some prop testing recently which...

I’ve been doing some prop testing recently which involves a lot of sawtooth climbs. The tricks are to do it first thing in the morning, when the air is very smooth, and to start well below your...
Forum: Tools 02-13-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 398
Posted By Ironflight
Pullers are kind of like bucking bars - you need...

Pullers are kind of like bucking bars - you need different ones for different spots, and no matter which one(s) you have, there will always be the need to look for another one! I have several, and...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 02-13-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,054
Posted By Ironflight
Last year (or was it the year before? I can’t...

Last year (or was it the year before? I can’t remember....) they had a pretty big wind event that caused a day or two of low visibility due to blowing dust. That lakebed can be as bad as the Black...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,576
Posted By Ironflight
A few years back, we bought into a project where...

A few years back, we bought into a project where the airframe structure was primarily complete, but systems install and firewall forward were left to be done. Teh honest truth was that the original...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 661
Posted By Ironflight
Beautiful looking engine! If its dirty, I really...

Beautiful looking engine! If its dirty, I really didn’t see it - but that is easily taken care of with a solvent wash using a siphon sprayer (less than $20 from Harbor Fright....). I certainly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,136
Posted By Ironflight
I keep separate airframe, engine, and prop logs...

I keep separate airframe, engine, and prop logs for all our planes because....well....I’m an engineer, so of course I am going to keep those kind of records. I log inspections for each component in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,596
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Bob, Well I know that the decision to stop...

Hi Bob,

Well I know that the decision to stop flying is always going to happen to everyone at some point - doesn’t make the prospect any better - but I have lots of respect for those that decide...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,394
Posted By Ironflight
When I built my -8, I hid the GPS antenna for my...

When I built my -8, I hid the GPS antenna for my 430 under the cowl, and it worked great - until I upgraded to a 430W, at which points I suffered lots of drop-outs due (I was told by experts) to the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-09-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,223
Posted By Ironflight
The answer is that test cards don’t always need...

The answer is that test cards don’t always need to be done sequentially, without repetition, or necessarily in order. Yes, some tests should be done before others, and (for instance) the test plan in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,554
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, but they were just asking about your...

Yes, but they were just asking about your avionics.....:rolleyes::D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,229
Posted By Ironflight
This is unfortunately pretty normal with our...

This is unfortunately pretty normal with our carbed planes - many threads about low or erratic pressure indications, but in the end, the engines keep running and people live i with it. It seems to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By Ironflight
Just for those who don’t know, AFS is part of...

Just for those who don’t know, AFS is part of Dynon - which is not being critical at all, it has a great many advantages. Just figured the information might not have registered for newbies....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-03-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,310
Posted By Ironflight
With all due respect to Steve (and he deserves a...

With all due respect to Steve (and he deserves a LOT of respect), the exception doesn’t usually prove the rule, and every (else) that I know that has used the rubber gasket for the fuel sender has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,500
Posted By Ironflight
Congratulations!!

Excellent work DR - I think the greatest example you have set is to show that in aviation, those willing to work for it can still make it and get ahead. So many lament and complain that “aviation is...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,048
Posted By Ironflight
It was mentioned in one other post above, but let...

It was mentioned in one other post above, but let me reinforce it - the EAA has the Flight Advisor program to help you answer this EXACT question. The decision you make shouldn’t be based on what...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 821
Posted By Ironflight
I know that I did mine alone, many years ago - I...

I know that I did mine alone, many years ago - I think it would probably be easier to do with a helper, but it is certainly doable as a solo job if you can’t find someone who wants to get into the...
Forum: RV-4 02-01-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 904
Posted By Ironflight
When I built our RV-3, I basically did it using...

When I built our RV-3, I basically did it using two panels - one I turned into a perimeter frame, and the other became the face plat. I did it for ease of removal for maintenance and for the ability...
Forum: Propellers 02-01-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve got the 3-blade “Explorer” (according to...

I’ve got the 3-blade “Explorer” (according to Hartzell, that is “the lightweight Raptor hub with ASC-II Advanced Structural Composite blades”) sitting at the freight terminal in Reno waiting on the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 11,960
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Christian - I have also been flying the Hudly...

Hi Christian - I have also been flying the Hudly in my RV-8 since GRT first sent me one a few years back, and haven’t had the powering-off problem you’re reporting. I wonder if it is losing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2021, 09:03 AM
Replies: 137
Views: 33,288
Posted By Ironflight
A review of a fairly new Velocity Twin is on my...

A review of a fairly new Velocity Twin is on my docket once they work a few kinks out of it but yeah - there have only been a couple of them built since we did the last review in Kitplanes - which...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-31-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,074
Posted By Ironflight
Very sorry to hear this Don - I am hearing of a...

Very sorry to hear this Don - I am hearing of a lot more tragic stories among people I have known because of this thing.

Paul
Forum: Painting your RV 01-31-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,367
Posted By Ironflight
Kurt - while I would be pretty mad myself about...

Kurt - while I would be pretty mad myself about the issues that you suffered, unless you have had a number of airplanes painted at different shops, and had the same experience at all of them, you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 10:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,942
Posted By Ironflight
In other words, you lie to your...

In other words, you lie to your passengers....wrong, wrong, wrong!

You’re not doing aviation any favors.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 817
Posted By Ironflight
I don’t think I’d characterize Andair as the...

I don’t think I’d characterize Andair as the favorite among RV’ers - it gets discussed a lot, but it is probably installed in a much smaller percentage of aircraft than the AFP pumps. I have an AFP...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-27-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,670
Posted By Ironflight
A quick phone cal to DIVCO can answer that...

A quick phone cal to DIVCO can answer that question - and you could share what they say here! ;)
Forum: RV-10 01-27-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,850
Posted By Ironflight
You mean like...

You mean like this?

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=185917

The problem is that it is hard to test a two blade vs. three blade in the same design family, which is what you’d...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-26-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,670
Posted By Ironflight
It is not very hard (or expensive) to have the...

It is not very hard (or expensive) to have the case mount modified between conical and Dynafocal - has to be done at a case shop like DIVCO, but I think I have a few hundred dollars mentioned.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,457
Posted By Ironflight
Since you’re still on the steep part of the...

Since you’re still on the steep part of the learning curve on this (and I think that building before getting your PPL is a perfectly acceptable idea BTW), I’ll point out that when you finish an...
Forum: COMM 01-23-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 450
Posted By Ironflight
First thing I’d do is pull it out and re-seat it...

First thing I’d do is pull it out and re-seat it - might be a loose connection, or a little corrosion on a contact.
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,716
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah....but that is going to leave you a couple...

Yeah....but that is going to leave you a couple threads shorter on engagement on the prop flange bushings. I have no idea if that is OK or not - would want to see whomever designed the interface...
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,716
Posted By Ironflight
There aren;t any washers involved in installing....

There aren;t any washers involved in installing. Hartzell C/S prop - it doesn;t early have “bolts” exactly - more of a nut pinned on a threaded rod with a split pin. I don’t know where you’d put the...
Forum: Safety 01-21-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,716
Posted By Ironflight
Have you tried them on the wheel pant axle bolt?...

Have you tried them on the wheel pant axle bolt? That would speed up wheel pant R&R .... maybe I need to buy a few Nordlocks and give them a try.

Paul
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,263
Posted By Ironflight
If you’re only going to replace your tubes every...

If you’re only going to replace your tubes every ten years, then maybe think about putting in the best - the Michelin Air Stops. You’ll probably only have to add air once every six to eight months,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 610
Posted By Ironflight
Dave Anders has written a number of article on...

Dave Anders has written a number of article on his R-4 speed and efficiency mods in Kitplanes Magazine - you can search for his name on the web site and find them.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-19-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,866
Posted By Ironflight
I’m sorry, but I need to jump in here - the Ray...

I’m sorry, but I need to jump in here - the Ray Allen trim servos that we use (we’re not talking autopilot or model airplane servos) are basically DC motors and gear boxes. Calling them a servo is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 607
Posted By Ironflight
And....buy a dozen of them - that way you’ll have...

And....buy a dozen of them - that way you’ll have enough for several years worth of oil changes, and you’ll have NO EXCUSE not to check the suction screen very time..... ;)

Paul
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,890
Posted By Ironflight
I have used Shoe Goo in the past and don't ever...

I have used Shoe Goo in the past and don't ever recall having one of those pop off (unlike the ones with foam tape - I consider those temporary....). But my current favorite stuff is ClickBond...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,789
Posted By Ironflight
Just a note for the OP - there are a considerable...

Just a note for the OP - there are a considerable number of changes to the parking lots for Airventure this year, and some of those changes are still being finalized, so take whatever you get based...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-18-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,419
Posted By Ironflight
I think you’re going through this the right way -...

I think you’re going through this the right way - tune up every piece of the engine and accessories until you find the problem. Sounds to me like you’ve nailed down the ignition - now clean the fuel...
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