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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-11-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 96
Posted By SMRacer
FS: AAE VHF-5T (SOLD)

For Sale, Advanced Aircraft Electronics Comm Antenna.

http://www.advancedaircraft.com/

This is an interior mounted antenna for Comm Radios. It is not intended for use in metal aircraft.

But if...
Forum: Reviews 04-26-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 305
Posted By SMRacer
TCW Technologies Review

Although I'm familiar with TCW primarily with a backup battery, they make a lot of innovative products for experimental aircraft.
Take a look at their web site if you get a chance: ...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 04-23-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By SMRacer
Test fit

Flying RV8 at Leesburg (KJYO).
Happy to show.
Also RV7A, RV4, and others on the field.

Email me at: jimthill65@gmail.com if interested
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-22-2021, 03:32 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 366
Posted By SMRacer
Comm antenna

Michael,
I'll take the VHF-5T comm antenna, and can pick it up.

Do you ever get up to Leesburg?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,000
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 weight and balance

O-360 parallel valve
Whirlwind RV200 prop
EarthX battery on firewall
Smoke system in forward deep well

1121: Empty weight
CG: 79.17
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,544
Posted By SMRacer
Go for it

Just do it. I applaud all jail breaks.

Remember everything will be happening 50% faster. You don't HAVE to go fast...but you will.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-15-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,072
Posted By SMRacer
If you have a single Dynon com radio, this...

If you have a single Dynon com radio, this intercom is a nice inexpensive unit to install. But if you have two radios, I don't think you will be happy with the hassles of managing both radios from...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-02-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,649
Posted By SMRacer
What's your priority?

If price point is your primary consideration, first define a number. How much are you willing to spend?

From there I believe there are three ways of accomplishing your monetary goal.

1. Patiently...
Forum: Reviews 03-23-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By SMRacer
Stark

Purchased a Garmin GPS175 from Stark last year. He also built the harness for me. I suspect he might be the lowest cost for many avionics.

No problems with the transaction, materials, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 351
Posted By SMRacer
Inverted Oil

I have all the parts on the shelf for the Raven full inverted system. I will probably install the "half" Raven system since it will do a better job keeping oil from going out the breather.
As far...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-06-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 719
Posted By SMRacer
Matco instructions: Question: Why do my brakes...

Matco instructions:

Question:
Why do my brakes feel spongy or weak?
Answer:
Check to ensure that there is no air in the system. Air can be trapped in
any high spot in the line and often cannot be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By SMRacer
My Hartzell is 20 years old and a pre blended...

My Hartzell is 20 years old and a pre blended airfoil design. Plus my RV8 is starting to get a little heavy with the addition of a smoke system and inverted oil. So it seems like I can lose some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2021, 08:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By SMRacer
Whirlwind correspondence

I don't know any more than what Whirlwind has told me. Their web site is not very helpful. Apparently the 200RV and HRT series are now legacy. (Out of production, but still supported) This is what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 819
Posted By SMRacer
Hartzell to Whirlwind conversion

My RV8, Lycoming O-360 A1A has a Hartzell constant speed prop (pre blended airfoil) and the stock Van's cowl. I'm interested in converting it to a Whirlwind.

I'm trying to determine if the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-07-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By SMRacer
Thanks, but

Appreciate the help and pictures, but I'd still like to see an actual install. I'm not particularly knowledgeable when it comes to engines.

Expand the distance I'm willing to travel to 200 miles...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,589
Posted By SMRacer
Nice airplane

1. If this is your first build, you are greatly complicating the job. But they're nice upgrades. The fastback really makes the RV8 look great. But you then have a flip-over canopy. That's
one of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-05-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By SMRacer
Raven inverted oil install help

I'm getting ready to install a Raven inverted oil system in my RV8. I'd like to see an actual install in ANY RV. If you have the Raven system and are within 150 miles of Leesburg, VA (KJYO) please...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,253
Posted By SMRacer
No dog in this fight

Just wanted to bring this recent article published in AOPA Pilot to your attention.

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2020/september/pilot/savvy-maintenance-mechanic-shortage
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 964
Posted By SMRacer
Vetterman delays

I realize that's probably a source, but recent posts indicate that I might not get a part in a timely manner. It's part of a Vetterman exhaust, but I'm wondering if Vetterman is the sole source, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 964
Posted By SMRacer
Where can I find...

Where can I find these exhaust clamps? 1 1/2 inch.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-11-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 758
Posted By SMRacer
Fairing hinge

The stamping on my RV8 gear leg fairing piano hinge is MS20257-3.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,761
Posted By SMRacer
Buy it

I don't usually like to get involved in this type of discussion, but...

In 2012 I purchased a flying RV4, and in 2015 I purchased a flying RV8. Over the last 9 years I have learned a lot about RVs,...
Forum: Tools 12-31-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,078
Posted By SMRacer
California Air Tools

Here's the best I've ever (quietly) heard.

https://www.californiaairtools.com/ultra-quiet-series-of-air-compressor-contractor-grade/1-0-hp-air-compressors/cat-8010/
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-30-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,344
Posted By SMRacer
Advanced Flight Systems

I've had flawless operation with my AFS 5600T for almost 5 years now.

IMO, you should not buy any brand of avionics until AFTER you have talked with Rob Hickman at AFS.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 915
Posted By SMRacer
Wrong eyebolt?

I find it hard to believe that these 3/8 threads stripped.

So here's a long shot suggestion. Insure that you have the proper size eyebolt. You could have installed a 5/16-18 bolt (or maybe even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 12:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,390
Posted By SMRacer
Insurance quote

Just received my 2021 annual renewal quote. (Gallagher)
Liability $155 ($1,000,000/100,000)
Hull $1237 (RV8, $100,000 hull)
Total $1392 (Up from $1250 in 2020, $1050 in 2019)

Pilot: 10,000 hours,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,029
Posted By SMRacer
Suggestions

1. Don't buy Dynon until after you have talked with Rob Hickman at AFS.
2. The knob panel may not be necessary. May be just a duplication of controls
that are on the EFIS (as with my AFS...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2020, 03:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,617
Posted By SMRacer
tail wheel lubricant

I use a very thin coating of synthetic Redline CV2.

Pretty sure that any good grease would work, but strongly feel that TOO MUCH grease and lack of periodic maintenance greatly increases chances of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,799
Posted By SMRacer
3 strikes

Your occupant specs will lead to CG and gross weight problems in the RV4.

BUT, put your wife in the back seat of an RV4, close the canopy, and then come back in 90 minutes and let her out.

That...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 480
Posted By SMRacer
Contact info

Send your email address to: jimthill65@gmail.com
I'll email you a copy of the wiring diagram.

I have one of these governors if anybody needs one.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-01-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,713
Posted By SMRacer
Doesn't look like much fun

This is a pretty scary SB, especially for those like me who didn't build their RV8, since it doesn't appear to be a simple task.

Since Jay has serial number 80898 and I have 80890, I was not quite...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,267
Posted By SMRacer
Big feet

So 6' is obviously no problem. And your math is correct. But since a rear seat passenger in a RV8 straddles you like on a motorcycle, you neglect to account for two big feet that will be on each...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-12-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 969
Posted By SMRacer
UPdate

Is there a trade-up program from the original fuse based ACM to the electronic CB version?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,444
Posted By SMRacer
Snap button

This is what some have been using:

https://www.valcocleve.com/c-type-c-series/

I used part number C-131 for my rear seat stick attachment. I wouldn't suggest this type of connection for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,751
Posted By SMRacer
Cleavland tie downs

If you want to sell the Cleavland tie downs, let me know.
Or perhaps you might be interested in trading for my stainless eye bolts.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-03-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 18,982
Posted By SMRacer
From Seattle Avionics web site: The ChartData...

From Seattle Avionics web site:
The ChartData that goes live this Thursday is planned to be released this Tuesday. The delay is due to work required for an additional FAA certification that Seattle...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-15-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,145
Posted By SMRacer
Here's a tip for all of you

When Covid-19 came around, I saw that the service industry absorbed the majority of the hit. These are hard working people who aren't making tons of money. I decided then that I wasn't tipping...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2020, 08:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,356
Posted By SMRacer
Apparently you've never been stranded anywhere...

Apparently you've never been stranded anywhere with an aircraft that won't start.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-02-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,356
Posted By SMRacer
Simplicity

Buttons on the stick are logically reserved for inflight functions, and especially valuable for formation flying. A start switch does not meet that criteria.

If you add an additional switch and...
Forum: RV-3 10-02-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,424
Posted By SMRacer
Double trouble

I have the Van's senders with a single red cube.

You'll get general information from the Van's senders, but not accuracy that would make me confident to land with 5 gallons of fuel on board. When K...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-30-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,205
Posted By SMRacer
Preflight

Hey Vlad, make sure you check your ELT before every flight. ;)
Forum: Propellers 09-24-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,408
Posted By SMRacer
Major/minor

Read the entire thread and went through a search, but I still need to "ask Mel".

In January 2021 I am scheduled to take my RV8 to Spartanburg, SC to have it converted by AFP from carb to FI, plus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,294
Posted By SMRacer
Don't handcuff yourself

If you put overly restrictive criteria on options with regard to purchase of an RV8, you'll likely never find one.

First, 180 HP is plenty. You won't be disappointed.
Second, well, there is no...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,268
Posted By SMRacer
Sealed wheel bearings

Anti Splat did the main gear about a year ago. (And I get 75 landings a year)
Absolutely no problems.

I've purchased many Anti Splat upgrades over the years and am very happy with all of them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,961
Posted By SMRacer
Be careful

Smoking is addictive, so be very cautious. I'm about to buy my 4th 55 gallon drum of smoke oil.

Regarding price: This is the current best priced 55 gal drum that I can...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 09-09-2020, 08:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,302
Posted By SMRacer
NOVA

1. Take the online course for WDC SFRA operations. Do your homework.
2. If rated, file IFR into Leesburg or Manassas. Makes nav in SFRA easier.
3. Consider Winchester(KOKV)as an alternative, and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-09-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,011
Posted By SMRacer
Lessons learned

So when you don't have a hangar full of diagnostic equipment, you take the next best path. You start swapping parts to see what resolves the problem.

So we had a dead plug or very weak spark on the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-07-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,011
Posted By SMRacer
Update

Installed a NEW mag today. Fortunately I had one on the shelf
The problem appears to be resolved. I will know for sure when I test run the engine tomorrow.

Yeah, I hate mags. Would love to switch...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-07-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,248
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 vs. Decathlon

I owned both at the same time and flew 20 hours in the RV for every 1 hour in the Decathlon. I used the Decathlon for dual aerobatic instruction.

The Decathlon is similar in pitch feel to the RV8,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,011
Posted By SMRacer
Thanks everyone for the advice. So to recap: ...

Thanks everyone for the advice.
So to recap: Actions thus far,
Test run showed an EGT drop in #3 cylinder when LSI turned off.
I removed the #3 plug and installed a new plug. No change.
I switched...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,011
Posted By SMRacer
Troubleshooting

Yes, I changed to a known good plug. And then I swapped two plugs from different cylinders. I also confirmed that my engine analyzer showing a problem with #3 was actually #3.

Do the internal...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-06-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,011
Posted By SMRacer
Spark plug misfire

Excessive RPM drop on mag check (Mag on left, LSI on right) reveals #3 plug not firing based on EGT drop when LSI is shut down.

Numerous swapping of components have me concluding that it is indeed...
Forum: Texas (North) 08-06-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,679
Posted By SMRacer
I will concede that your experience may...

I will concede that your experience may vary....BUT...
I used a gray two part epoxy (brand no longer available) and lightly sprinkled black and white flakes. The flakes camouflage irregularities in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-02-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 731
Views: 841,592
Posted By SMRacer
RV8 Panel

Has anyone installed an AFS 5600 EFIS with a Garmin 650 (or Avidyne IFD440) directly below the EFIS in an unmodified RV8 panel?

Any install problems with panel space? Or depth/obstructions behind...
Forum: RV-4 08-02-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,867
Posted By SMRacer
RV4 with passengers

I clearly remember my first passenger flight in my RV4. Unless you have lots of TANDEM tailwheel time I would advise a managed increase of rear seat weight. The RV4 with a passenger is a much...
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,130
Posted By SMRacer
Left side, right side

I feel that I am significantly less coordinated on my left side than my right. So when I moved to the left seat in the airline I sometime wondered if I'd ever have a good landing again. But in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-28-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,551
Posted By SMRacer
Esthetics with functionality

Center the 10 inch HDX on the panel and get rid of everything else. (Except the radio and I think you'd be better off with the Dynon SV-Panel Com) That will leave plenty of room on the main panel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,253
Posted By SMRacer
https://petroleumservicecompany.com/bluesky-white-...

https://petroleumservicecompany.com/bluesky-white-lightning-smoke-oil-55-gallon-drum/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 08:32 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,694
Posted By SMRacer
You do not need the GPS-2020 if you have the...

You do not need the GPS-2020 if you have the Garmin GPS 175. The Garmin can supply the signal for ADSB out. But you would still need a GPS source for the AFS. You could however, get by with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,719
Posted By SMRacer
I have an iPad mini 5 with 16GB storage. I use...

I have an iPad mini 5 with 16GB storage. I use Seattle Avionics FlyQ EFB and download data for 7 states (unless I'm planning a longer Xcountry). Data storage used for the App and the 7 states takes...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,803
Posted By SMRacer
Customer Service

Call Rob Hickman at AFS.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,823
Posted By SMRacer
Formation mirrors

One of the downsides of formation in an RV8 is the roll bar. This mirror may be great if you are the lead, but would create an even bigger problem with forward vision if you are wing (or forward...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,527
Posted By SMRacer
Formation flight review

My flight review is due by the end of July and I'm hopeful that things will change by then. However, if they don't...

I fly formation flights regularly with a pilot who is a CFI. Would it be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,243
Posted By SMRacer
Mechanics and inspections

8 years ago I purchased a flying RV4. Back then there wasn't nearly as many second owners of experimentals. Getting a condition inspection or pre-buy then could be a problem since many A&Ps didn't...
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