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Forum: RV-10 03-19-2019, 01:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,099
Posted By donoltman
Belly oil

O540 A1A for 450 hours. Stopped spitting at 6 quarts so ran it there from then on. Never had high temps, it seemed to really like it there. Anything more and it spit all of it out above six
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,412
Posted By donoltman
LP3

Gil is right. In fact, a engine shop just closed in town. They had sprayed a crank with LP3 10 years ago and put in a bag. It was perfect when they opened it up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2017, 08:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,709
Posted By donoltman
Headset

My Zulu 3 sets on my head for 8 hours a day. Was in my buddy's plane the other day for a wee little trip of 2 hours. Bose in his plane. My elephant ears wouldn't fit in the cups. Couldn't wait to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2016, 04:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 670
Posted By donoltman
KRVS

If you are spending the night, then Christianson. If just passing thru then Pogue just NW of downtown. I just fueled there this morning and I think it was $3.10
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2016, 03:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,969
Posted By donoltman
chaffing

Interesting. I was under my floorboards the other day and saw the same thing. Immediately put some spiral around it. That could really ruin a guy's day.
Don
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-27-2016, 06:08 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 22,080
Posted By donoltman
stumble

Had this happen to me for a year 0-320 E2d. Finally got sick of it and cored the carb in for an overhauled one. Hasn't stumbled in 3 months.
Forum: Safety 03-20-2016, 06:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 10,015
Posted By donoltman
bird strike

I fly at 300' 7 hours a day. They occur every 10 minutes. I never move the stick. It's amazing how agile they are. They love to wait until the last second and then tuck. The hawks are very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 13,916
Posted By donoltman
LOP

They are right. I fly a O-470U every day at 23 inches, 2200 rpm and 50 on the lean side for 7 hours a day. It now has 2500 hours on the engine, 70's across the board and has never had a jug off. I...
Forum: ADS-B 10-15-2015, 07:43 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 21,547
Posted By donoltman
Operable transponder

Right, and as the pilot in command, I will determine whether my transponder is "operable". If is somehow doesn't look operable, then it ain't. I don't drink Koolaid.
Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2015, 05:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,360
Posted By donoltman
Ceiling

Or you could do down and dirty like us pipeliners do. Temp dewpoint spread times 400. Close enough.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-25-2015, 02:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 9,009
Posted By donoltman
Tall option

I'm wondering if there is anybody in Oklahoma or close that has moved the seat back the 1-1/2 inches. I'm 6'8 and would like to briefly set in one with the seat moved back to see if I can fit....
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-12-2015, 03:22 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 22,467
Posted By donoltman
book

Ordered mine last night. Looking forward to getting it.
Don
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2015, 04:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,777
Posted By donoltman
snap vents

I fly pipeline in a 182. You can imagine what it's like down low this time of the year. I can't imagine doing it without snap vents. The overheads are OK but having the air roll across the front...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-02-2015, 03:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,719
Posted By donoltman
Engine Mount

May I suggest the removal of the zip tie from the motor mount and the use of an adel clamp instead? Sure looks clean in there.
Don
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,074
Posted By donoltman
oil sump

You're not alone. I did it one time on a 540. Called Mark at Custom Airmotive in a panic also. His recommendation: Remove additional accessory covers on back of engine, slide your flexible...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2015, 02:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 774
Posted By donoltman
Oily plug

Stop letting the airplane set. Fly the whoopie out of it at full power for a couple of hours. Problem solved
Forum: Steam Gauges 12-18-2014, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,828
Posted By donoltman
lights

Might want to read the FAR's concerning lights. anti-collision lights aren't required day or night VFR, only position lights at night. anti-collision have to be turned on if equipped unless the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 6,053
Posted By donoltman
Hangar Door

Saw Higher Power Door at 2010 Sloshkosh and was in the middle of a hangar restoration. Purchased their door and installed it myself. Door worked great. Sold the hangar but would do it again since...
Forum: COMM 10-11-2013, 04:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,547
Posted By donoltman
flightcom

I had good voltage also but had lost one of the diodes. I exchanged mine for a rebuild, think it was $395 from Quality Aircraft Accessories and all was well again. Were you able to communicate a...
Forum: COMM 10-11-2013, 01:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,547
Posted By donoltman
Flightcom

This exact thing happened to me the other day while flying aerial detection for 6 hours. Started out with clicking, progressed through the day to the point that it was unbearable at 5.8 hours. Only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2013, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,435
Posted By donoltman
Z brackets

Just had this happen yesterday. We didn't have to drill anything. Pull out your punch set with various sizes. Slip a pin punch a little smaller than the hole in the CENTER hole of the z bracket. ...
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2013, 09:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,707
Posted By donoltman
primer

Uh Oh! Here we go again. But since you asked, My 10 has zinc chromate on every part.

Don
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2013, 05:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 946
Posted By donoltman
float arm

Thanks, I did miss that bend you're talking about. When I get back out there tomorrow afternoon I'll look a little closer to the instructions.

Don
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2013, 03:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 946
Posted By donoltman
Fuel sender arm

We are ready to install the fuel senders (float) and after bending the arm and inserting into sender unit noticed that the arm is free to move. Is it OK to dab a bit of proseal on the arm after...
Forum: RV-10 01-12-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,942
Posted By donoltman
Rivets

We just plugged the holes 3 days ago with 6's. They fit perfect, bucked them with a 4x, dob with proseal, done. I don't know why Vans doesn't just supply 12 rivets and change the plans. The patch...
Forum: RV-10 12-28-2012, 06:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,742
Posted By donoltman
Pics

No kidding. I think I've clicked on this thread 4 times in the last couple of days and yet NO PICS. How's a guy to stay motivated when only half way through wings?

Don
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-02-2012, 08:06 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,206
Posted By donoltman
overhaul

crank and cam - Aircraft Specialties
Case - Divco
Don
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2012, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,024
Posted By donoltman
FWF

Thanks for the responses. They helped me.

Don
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2012, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,024
Posted By donoltman
FWF kits

I'm confused. When I read the description of the FWF kit is says that EVERYTHING is included. But when you look at the list, there are notes out to the side indicating for certain engines not the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2012, 04:13 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,757
Posted By donoltman
bandsaw

I bought the SKIL from Home Depot with a metal blade. I think is was just over a hundred dollars. But the feature that I love on it is the laser light that projects a line in front of your cut. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-24-2012, 06:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,867
Posted By donoltman
overhaul

Just bought a O-540 A1d5 myself that had been zeroed last overhaul, logs to day one. $5500 and had Custom Airmotive fog it and install dehydrator plugs for another $100. Kind've nice to live in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2012, 06:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,007
Posted By donoltman
Leaning

I think "Garbage" is pretty over the top. We fly aerial detection at 2500 'if we're lucky, sometimes 1500'. I teach the commercial pilots to pull the mixture back as soon as the oil pressure comes...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2012, 03:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,502
Posted By donoltman
Fiberglass class

I'm ready to start meddling with the tips on my tail and my friend is at the cowl stage of his 12. We would like to go to a weekend class somewhere in the U.S. since we have never done glass. I've...
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2012, 05:38 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 93,700
Posted By donoltman
RV-14

Could it be the first real mistake that Vans has made? Are people really going to build a two seater and spend the huge money for a IO-390? I really don't see how the numbers are going to work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2012, 08:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,563
Posted By donoltman
nut install

I'm sure there are a number of ways. I used said needle nose pliers to put into place, reached down with my pinkie finger to hold pressure on the end of the nut and then used a nose picker to spin...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-13-2012, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,064
Posted By donoltman
Checkride

Good Job! Best rating ever. I wish I wouldn't have waited so long either. Amazing how many more trips you can take now. A few days after I got the rating the ceiling went to 200'. Called my jet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2012, 02:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,139
Posted By donoltman
sounds

The sound of a your partners rivet gun hitting before you can get the bucking bar on the rivet.
Don
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-03-2012, 05:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 12,362
Posted By donoltman
IFR ticket

I can relate. It was important for me to not only get the ticket on a budget but also get the rating from someone that had REAL WORLD experience. Found an instructor with 15K hours. Did not want...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 05-31-2012, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,142
Posted By donoltman
Crick

Finally, somebody got it right. I'm from Grangeville,ID and of course, there is no such thing as a creek. I'm jealous, wish I could get back there and actually make a living.

Don
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 05-25-2012, 06:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,333
Posted By donoltman
IFR

Yep, time to get the ticket. Then if it happens again:

1. Ask controller for local IFR.
2. Shoot approach.
3. Smile all the way to tie-downs.

Absolute best ticket I ever got. You'll never look...
Forum: GPS 05-21-2012, 11:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 10,424
Posted By donoltman
Gps drop

We fought this for two years in a be58. In the end one of the gold pins in the TNC connector wasn't quite long enough and would drop signal when it felt like it. Make sure you only have connectors...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2012, 09:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,461
Posted By donoltman
Biennial

Just had mine last week. Slapped the foggles on at 200 feet and did the whole thing under the hood, shot some approaches and got a IPC at the same time. Cost $100.00, not bad.
Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2012, 09:12 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 18,766
Posted By donoltman
Hangar door

I have the Higher Power door on one of my hangars. I was in the middle of a restoration of the hangar when I went to Oshkosh for doors. They didn't even have the patent yet when I purchased. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2012, 04:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,626
Posted By donoltman
starting problems

I used to have a O-540 A1A in a Comanche that started having the same symptoms as you. Started perfectly and then the starting problems began to get progressively worse. After ruling out the primer...
Forum: RV-10 02-24-2012, 07:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,283
Posted By donoltman
Tail Kit

Welcome. Like you I bought a not started old kit, #282. Even after all those years it was in great shape although pulling plastic off was a bear. We pull trim conduit cables tomorrow, so it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2012, 06:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,241
Posted By donoltman
prime prep

We've been doing the exact same thing as Colin, it's works great. What really cut down on my scuff time was a tip I read on here where right before dimpling with the sheet on the table, flop a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2012, 05:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,496
Posted By donoltman
Parts

A bit of a retraction. I finally recieved my parts today from Steve. While it took forever, I have to admit that the parts look great. I guess next time I'll just order a month in advance.

Don
Forum: RV-10 02-04-2012, 01:56 PM
Replies: 814
Views: 677,232
Posted By donoltman
Tailcon

That's exactly where I am. Dimpled, Finish deburring tomorrow, prime on Tuesday. I think it's about time I learn how to post pics.
Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2012, 08:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,496
Posted By donoltman
IFLYRV10

I think we're both livin in a dream world. I don't think you're going to get your parts either. What I didn't tell you was that he received my payment on January 12th. He had 11 days before his...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2012, 06:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,496
Posted By donoltman
IFLYRV10

Man am I irritated. Ordered numerous parts from this guy, paid on the 12th, wouldn't communicate with me, finally after leaving a nasty message, he sent me a fake shipping label, never shipped and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2012, 05:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,856
Posted By donoltman
tape

Was it Mylar? I use it in wear areas around cowlings and in between baffles so it doesn't crack them. Drawback is that it is expensive, just paid $36 for a roll of it.
Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2012, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,363
Posted By donoltman
Deburring

I'm with you. My build partner would probably prefer that I didn't spend as much time smoothing every edge and deburring every hole but he puts up with me. As we pull clecos we also ream instead of...
Forum: RV-10 01-27-2012, 04:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,001
Posted By donoltman
Tailcone fluting

We're mocking up the two top skins F-1074 and 1075 in the tailcone to drill the stiffeners. On Page 10-12 Step 3 it indicates that the flanges with two holes should be "Heavily Fluted" prior to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2012, 06:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,425
Posted By donoltman
tank sealant

Got some from Vans the other day for the elevators, but did see it on the Aircraft Spruce website the other day
Don
Forum: RV-10 01-22-2012, 02:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,347
Posted By donoltman
elevator

O.K. that's what I was looking for. So they do address it in a later kit. Clearly I have a long way to go but I will look at it again in the finish. Thanks for the help guys.
Don
Forum: RV-10 01-22-2012, 10:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,347
Posted By donoltman
Elevator Balance

Wednesday of next week we will be attaching the counterweights on the elevators. When I owned my Comanche, balancing the stabilator was critical. We would add or remove weights so that with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2012, 06:59 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,202
Posted By donoltman
RV's

Once. RV-10. Hooked. Building.

Don
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2012, 05:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,484
Posted By donoltman
skins

Thanks for the pic Andy. That settles it.
Don
Forum: RV-10 01-16-2012, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,484
Posted By donoltman
elevator skins

Thanks. It definately looks better under the E-1001 skins, but wanted to make sure prior to pulling the trigger.
The amount of time I spend with a vixen and a scotchbrite wheel is amazing. Can't...
Forum: RV-10 01-15-2012, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,484
Posted By donoltman
Elevator skin issues

We're on a decent clip, vertical, rudder and horizontal finished in 28 days. Ready to buck rivets on the elevator and have a problem. Have viewed many pictures and have seen the back end of the...
Forum: RV-10 01-05-2012, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,271
Posted By donoltman
doublers

O.K. I think since I made them I'll just go ahead and install them. They're a ways away from the rib so I think they will be alright. It's interesting that the elevators show a doubler behind the...
Forum: RV-10 01-05-2012, 05:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,271
Posted By donoltman
Doubler Plates

Installing a doubler plate on the backside of the upper rudder bracket made sense to me as we fabricated considering Piper had the same issue on their upper bracket. We're ready to buck rivets on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2012, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,711
Posted By donoltman
First Pryority

Had a loan with them for 6 years. 8%. First rate service.
Don
Forum: Painting your RV 12-23-2011, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,805
Posted By donoltman
primer mistake

Wheh! Thanks Mel.
Don
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