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Forum: RV-7/7A 10-19-2021, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,263
Posted By rswalden
After 1000 hours on my IO-390 I have only good...

After 1000 hours on my IO-390 I have only good things to say. Oil consumption is almost nil, climb performance is awesome, and fuel economy excellent... I flightplan for 165TAS with 74" Hartzell...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2021, 08:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,103
Posted By rswalden
I can only speak of my 40a PlanePower standby...

I can only speak of my 40a PlanePower standby alternator that I recently install on the vacuum pad. It included a gasket, and I'm sure yours does to. Easy installation... Just torque to the...
Forum: RV-14 10-14-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,893
Posted By rswalden
I agree 100%. Anti-Splat's 3-axis gust lock is...

I agree 100%. Anti-Splat's 3-axis gust lock is ingenious. It is lightweight and locks elevator, ailerons, rudder. I'm NOT a fan of any kind of EXTERIOR flight control gust lock.... for obvious...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,700
Posted By rswalden
Yes, Targa strip. I built a second canopy to get...

Yes, Targa strip. I built a second canopy to get the fit perfect before paint & intentionally added the metal (Porsche) Targa strip of .032 aluminum. Looks great, and keeps water out when the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-05-2021, 07:15 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 902
Posted By rswalden
Engine Start Tips by Vic Syracuse

Vic has a very good article in the recent September issue of Sport Aviation magazine dealing with engine start problems. He covers a wide range of issues and has some very good advice for carbureted...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-27-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,251
Posted By rswalden
YES... Also look for the "This Side OUT"...

YES... Also look for the "This Side OUT" engraving on the puck!!!!

I change my brake pads on EVERY condition inspection...
AND
Change the O-rings whenever I change the tires....

You won't regret...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-09-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,732
Posted By rswalden
Here are even MORE excellent airborne photos of...

Here are even MORE excellent airborne photos of our 24-ship Vans RV-7 & RV-8 anniversary flyover tribute at Oshkosh:

RV7 & RV8 Anniversary Flyover...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-31-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 12,732
Posted By rswalden
Oshkosh 24-Ship From Above..

Excellent photos by Anne Taylor from our photo ship above the 24-ship tribute flight:

Oshkosh 24-Ship Flyover Tribute...
Forum: Formation Flying 06-02-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,024
Posted By rswalden
Chris... Hah! You may as well bite the bullet...

Chris...
Hah! You may as well bite the bullet now and put in a smoke system.
When you fly with your smoking RV friends, they will shame you into it..

Good luck on your RV-14 build!
Forum: Formation Flying 06-02-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,024
Posted By rswalden
12 RV's Flying at the Atlanta Airshow

Very cool 360 video of the "Full Throttle Formation Team" that performed May 22-23 at the Atlanta Airshow.
Lots of RV models (RV3, RV4, RV6, RV7, RV8) flew various precision formation configuration...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,133
Posted By rswalden
Way to go, Jerry...... You make us at the Falcon...

Way to go, Jerry......
You make us at the Falcon RV Squadron proud of you!!
Keep climbing (and mastering) your competition aerobatics ladder...
Well done,
Waldo
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-02-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 955
Posted By rswalden
Yes, the erratic readings are usually from bad...

Yes, the erratic readings are usually from bad crimps on the spade connectors, not the probes themselves. There's lots of vibration in the engine compartment that can loosen the connections. Give a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-31-2020, 10:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,011
Posted By rswalden
Nice, Lightweight, Sailplane wheel...but...

I put 600 hours on my Beringer nosewheel and had no issues. Very lightweight, high-quality, and it has a sealed bearing. No issues at all. Torqueing is not an issue, unlike Van's standard...
Forum: Reviews 12-20-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,355
Posted By rswalden
I'm on my THIRD PlanePower 60-amp alternator in...

I'm on my THIRD PlanePower 60-amp alternator in 800 hours. This one is only a year old and failed on a cross-country flight last week resulting in a divert to a VFR airfield. That is not...
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 05:30 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 22,390
Posted By rswalden
Thanks, Vic My guess is that the original...

Thanks, Vic

My guess is that the original builder didn't even provide an electrical system diagram for that RV-10's wiring mess.

Once, I helped someone install a new EFIS in his airplane...and when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,968
Posted By rswalden
Here are a few excerpts from one of our fellow...

Here are a few excerpts from one of our fellow builders a while ago who hosted a detailed builder's log. One of his topics was "The Married Dude's Guide to Aircraft Building." I won't disclose his...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,514
Posted By rswalden
Infinity Stick Connections on CoPilot Side

Being able to easily remove the right stick, yet have full functionality of the Infinity stick grip controls is a big plus.
Sooner or later you'll need to crawl under your RV-6/7/14 panel....and...
Forum: Formation Flying 11-24-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,659
Posted By rswalden
KFFC Twilight Formation Practice

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-bLT3sH2/0/77aaaa65/XL/i-bLT3sH2-XL.jpg

KFFC's Falcon RV Squadron entertaining a small crowd this weekend outside the Line Creek Brewery in Peachtree City, GA. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,663
Posted By rswalden
Hi, Terry I have a Mattituck IO-390 engine with...

Hi, Terry

I have a Mattituck IO-390 engine with a Hartzell 74" Blended Airfoil prop on my RV-7A and love the performance. It climbs like a rocket and is very fuel efficient in cruise. For the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-14-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,746
Posted By rswalden
Yes.... Continue to investigate. My friend's RV-6...

Yes.... Continue to investigate.
My friend's RV-6 had a slight scraping noise between the seats when moving the stick fore and aft. After opening up the tunnel cover, flap housing and both...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-18-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,047
Posted By rswalden
The FBO parked our large formation group at the...

The FBO parked our large formation group at the west end of the airport near the approach end of runway 03. To taxi to runway 21 would’ve required a lengthy back taxi on runway 21 since the only...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-17-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,047
Posted By rswalden
Thanks for the video and comments... I was in the...

Thanks for the video and comments...
I was in the formation and performance definitely not a factor in these amazing flying machines. We were actually on a short flight out to meteor crater followed...
Forum: Reviews 09-13-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,597
Posted By rswalden
Double Kudos to Vic Syracuse

Be sure to read Vic's excellent article in this month's edition (September 2020) of Sport Aviation.

Also, I just received my spiral-bound copy of his excellent "Pre-Buy" Guide that is available...
Forum: Formation Flying 09-11-2020, 09:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 2,170
Posted By rswalden
911 Tribute by KFFC Falcon RV Squadron

15-Ship Falcon RV Squadron flyover this evening led by Doug Hallberg over a high school football game.

During a short period of silence following the National Anthem, the XB-70 "Valkyrie" formation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,503
Posted By rswalden
I use this on my RV-7A smoke tank behind the...

I use this on my RV-7A smoke tank behind the passenger seat. Very controlled flow when squeezing the handle. When pumping oil into the can, the funnel can be detached and turned around to guide the...
Forum: Formation Flying 07-05-2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,380
Posted By rswalden
4th of July Formation Tributes by the KFFC RV Squadron

Lots of patriotic formation flyovers this weekend by our Falcon RV Squadron.

But this has to be the winning photo...Don Roberts is the "missing man" in this flight, "heading west" in honor of all...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,472
Posted By rswalden
Hi, Mike I have a side-by-side airplane like...

Hi, Mike
I have a side-by-side airplane like yours and would recommend a simple guarded toggle next to your throttle. Your index finger naturally rests on the guard... You can flip the guard down...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-27-2020, 04:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,494
Posted By rswalden
Hi, David I would avoid the temptation to fill...

Hi, David

I would avoid the temptation to fill every square inch of your panel with gadgets....especially if you just want a nice VFR airplane. Simple & clean, in my humble opinion, fits to RV...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 9,085
Posted By rswalden
Try 145-150 KIAS with nose well above the...

Try 145-150 KIAS with nose well above the horizon. That's plenty of smash.... I do all of my "gentlemanly" aerobatics at this speed with power set at 24/2400 for loops/cuban 8/rolls/cloverleafs...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 11,834
Posted By rswalden
My friend who is 72 years old just bought an...

My friend who is 72 years old just bought an RV-12 to fly as a Sport Pilot. He had a very difficult time finding ANY insurance company that would insure for both comprehensive and liability. He...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,558
Posted By rswalden
Smile A few things about shutting down your engine and...

A few things about shutting down your engine and gliding. First, be over or near an airport (the accident report would be embarrassing). Watch your battery discharge rate and voltage. If the prop...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-19-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,588
Posted By rswalden
Why are you using mph instead of knots?

Why are you using mph instead of knots?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-12-2020, 08:09 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,509
Posted By rswalden
Remember that the .020 aluminum that much of the...

Remember that the .020 aluminum that much of the RV-12 control surfaces are made of is very thin. I would characterize the vibrations you see as simply "oil canning" and nothing to be concerned...
Forum: Formation Flying 05-17-2020, 07:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,464
Posted By rswalden
Hearts of Hope Over Augusta

May 16th.... This was supposed to have been the weekend of the Atlanta Airshow at KFFC that our RV team had been practicing for. Here are a few photos of what the boys did instead:

Hearts of Hope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,255
Posted By rswalden
Our "Hearts of Hope Over Georgia" mission...

Our "Hearts of Hope Over Georgia" mission continues....
On Friday, our Falcon RV Squadron launched 15 RV's and flew hearts over medical centers in Thomaston and Griffin, Georgia///

Here are some...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,884
Posted By rswalden
Bill, Honestly I don't see much difference in...

Bill,
Honestly I don't see much difference in signal strength. But, now that I can shoot LPV RNAV autopilot coupled approaches to 200'... I rarely use the ILS and VOR except for training.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,884
Posted By rswalden
Ha! But that never happens. Actually I...

Ha! But that never happens.

Actually I installed an Archer antenna in both wingtips. My Garmin 650 uses the left wing. And since my SL-30 radio has ILS capability, I have that going to the right...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,255
Posted By rswalden
Following is a nice video of our Falcon RV...

Following is a nice video of our Falcon RV Squadron paying tribute to Atlanta's medical healthcare providers, first responders, and essential workers.

Two Hearts Over Atlanta...
Forum: Formation Flying 04-17-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,177
Posted By rswalden
Heartfelt Thanks.... RV Style

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-JVxCQpr/0/72bf3644/M/i-JVxCQpr-M.jpg

Our KFFC Falcon RV Squadron is spreading a message of thanks to Atlanta area hospitals and essential service...
Forum: Autopilots 04-15-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,236
Posted By rswalden
Hi Steve, I know it's a hassle, but as long as...

Hi Steve,
I know it's a hassle, but as long as you are still in Phase 1 with nothing else better to do :) I recommend disconnecting your aileron servo springs and seeing if you have a heavy wing....
Forum: COMM 04-08-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 11,214
Posted By rswalden
Axel, Stay tuned... My project this week is to...

Axel,
Stay tuned... My project this week is to do exactly this using an Arduino microprocessor (very inexpensive). It will monitor the Comm1 and Comm2 push buttons on both sticks and the PS-8000...
Forum: Formation Flying 04-06-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,659
Posted By rswalden
Thanks, Jim We have a very active formation...

Thanks, Jim
We have a very active formation training program here for local RV pilots and periodically host formation ground schools. We train to FFI.AERO national standards. Come fly with us when...
Forum: Formation Flying 04-04-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,659
Posted By rswalden
KFFC Formation Team Practice

We took the opportunity to fly before the Georgia Corvid-19 lockdown began. 14 RV's in all. Perfect evening to fly...
An aviation/photography enthusiast who happened to drive by took some nice...
Forum: Job Board 03-20-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,895
Posted By rswalden
https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_...

https://www.faa.gov/regulations_policies/advisory_circulars/index.cfm/go/document.information/documentid/1025667

Hi, David
Congratulations on the completion of your RV-12. After pulling 12,000...
Forum: Safety 02-25-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,787
Posted By rswalden
Dangling Dongles

Smoke billowing out from under the panel while taxiing for takeoff in friend's RV-9..... Returned to hangar to troubleshoot.

Found a very fried metal-cased USB flash drive in a Dynon data dongle...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-26-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 14,687
Posted By rswalden
Hi, Torque.... I installed mine when the engine...

Hi, Torque....
I installed mine when the engine was new and haven't had any issues. Easy, cheap installation that takes less time than reading through this thread. Just do it! :)
Cheers,
Waldo
Forum: Propellers 11-29-2019, 06:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,516
Posted By rswalden
A tail dragger with a 74" prop is more...

A tail dragger with a 74" prop is more susceptible to a prop strike than on a nosewheel RV. Maybe Van had that in mind when recommending the smaller 72" prop on tail wheel models. We've had four...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-07-2019, 08:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,580
Posted By rswalden
On the BATTERY. That always tells me the...

On the BATTERY.
That always tells me the battery state, with or without the alternator working.

In normal flight with alternator online, I will see +14 volts with 0 amps drawing from the battery....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,444
Posted By rswalden
Think of it as not a "Canopy Jettison" but a...

Think of it as not a "Canopy Jettison" but a "Canopy Release" handle. Just another way to get out of the airplane during a ground egress if your tri-gear flips on its back during an off-field...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2019, 07:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,877
Posted By rswalden
I remove mine any time I need to lay on my back...

I remove mine any time I need to lay on my back under the panel to check wiring or add components. Sure beats squeezing between the sticks and having to lay on the fuel selector. Being able to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,877
Posted By rswalden
Mine looks like...

Mine looks like this:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/5of5q1tkmlj1sx4/Right%20Stick%20Cable%20Connect.JPG?dl=0

Works great with Infinity stick grip... 15-pin DB connector. The actual stick is drilled and...
Forum: Safety 05-24-2019, 08:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,158
Posted By rswalden
Thanks, Carol... But all the credit goes to Bill...

Thanks, Carol... But all the credit goes to Bill Bacon who took the video... There was no additional editing required-- He is our new media guy!

I really think Vic's presentation should be widely...
Forum: Safety 05-23-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,158
Posted By rswalden
This was our Falcon RV Squadron's first ever...

This was our Falcon RV Squadron's first ever "safety" meeting related to RV maintenance and safety issues. Over 50 RV owners attended.

Please share this video with your RV friends:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-06-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,943
Posted By rswalden
Same thing happened to our RV-12 when the battery...

Same thing happened to our RV-12 when the battery was initially connected. Sparks at the battery lead and abrupt power-on of the airplane.

The Vans-provided diode for the battery contactor relay...
Forum: Safety 04-30-2019, 07:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,158
Posted By rswalden
RV Safety & Maintenance Presentation by Vic Syracuse at KFFC (Atlanta area)

This was our Falcon RV Squadron's first ever "safety" meeting related to RV maintenance and safety issues. Over 50 RV owners attended.

Please share this video with your RV friends:...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-14-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,586
Posted By rswalden
Probably a good idea to disconnect your aileron...

Probably a good idea to disconnect your aileron trim springs while troubleshooting the heavy wing. Otherwise, the spring tension is masking the roll forces on the stick.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2019, 01:29 PM
Replies: 2,012
Views: 1,491,153
Posted By rswalden
Congratulations, Larry. That electric Dremel...

Congratulations, Larry.
That electric Dremel grinder is worth its weight in gold... and cuts through plexi and aluminum like a hot knife through butter. Wish I had one when I cut my plexi canopy! ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-23-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,340
Posted By rswalden
I've been running the standard Vetterman 360...

I've been running the standard Vetterman 360 exhaust on my IO-390 for more than four years... solid design and no issues....
Forum: Safety 12-05-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,108
Posted By rswalden
AJ Gusty crosswinds at Pine Mountain KPIM can be...

AJ
Gusty crosswinds at Pine Mountain KPIM can be tricky with the winds blowing over the tree line, especially in a tailwheel RV.
You did the right thing not trying to salvage your wing...
Forum: Reviews 11-15-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 21,555
Posted By rswalden
PIREP from me.... After 3 1/2 years of normal...

PIREP from me.... After 3 1/2 years of normal wear & tear on my Desser Monster retreads, it was time to replace them. There were still good treads remaining on the tires on the inboard sides. I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-13-2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,426
Posted By rswalden
Make Sure It isn't the Runway You Are Looking At...

Be sure the line you are seeing isn't the synthetic vision display of your airport's runway, Can you post a screenshot for us? Is the line present when you display other screen pages such as EMS or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,249
Posted By rswalden
360 Video with External Mic Input

Need your recommendations for a 360 video camera with external mic input....

I plan to mount the camera on the fiberglass nacelle in front of the vertical stab to capture formation videos. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,209
Posted By rswalden
Way to go, Jerry... You're doing our Falcon RV...

Way to go, Jerry...
You're doing our Falcon RV group here PROUD!

Congratulations and keep up the great performances!
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-19-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,269
Posted By rswalden
I agree.... the one from Spruce is actually sold...

I agree.... the one from Spruce is actually sold by Anti-Splat Aero (the Ultimate Gust Lock). It is lightweight, locks all three axes, and there's little chance you would take off with it...
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