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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,013
Posted By jay bell
Put the plane on the ramp one frigid winter day...

Put the plane on the ramp one frigid winter day to clean the heated hangar. (-35 C). A few minutes after pulling the plane back in, heard a “tick”, found a 3” crack from front skirt fastener. Drill...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-05-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,469
Posted By jay bell
I have a Titan 375 from AeroSport, engine is...

I have a Titan 375 from AeroSport, engine is trouble free after 500 hours. They were helpful in replacing a mag with failed coil (no charge, even though it was Slick’s issue), and with advice and...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-09-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,451
Posted By jay bell
Hi Glen I bonded my tip up with Sikaflex, and...

Hi Glen
I bonded my tip up with Sikaflex, and followed the plans for fiberglass layup. Your diagram looks like it might result in less bonding area, and micro has no strength, flox is stronger. A...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,311
Posted By jay bell
I have flown my 7A with both the 7 and 8 rudders....

I have flown my 7A with both the 7 and 8 rudders. I decided to try the 8 rudder because the 7 rudder felt too heavy in comparison to my plane's light elevator and aileron forces. (My plane is 1,062...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-03-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,241
Posted By jay bell
Preventing startup

I let flocks of youngsters sit in my plane while others fly them around in 4-seaters at our club's annual COPA For Kids event. I remove the somewhat hidden fuses for starter solenoid, fuel pump, and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-13-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 10,982
Posted By jay bell
I ordered my Dynon with AOA after reading how...

I ordered my Dynon with AOA after reading how carrier pilots use it, and getting to ride right seat with a fellow RV'er in his day-job machine; a Lear 45. After he explained Mach stall and the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,523
Posted By jay bell
Yes, temp changes can cause cracks. A couple...

Yes, temp changes can cause cracks. A couple winters ago my wife and I needed a large work space. I put the plane outside in -30 weather so we could use the heated hanger, and moved it back inside...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-09-2017, 10:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,921
Posted By jay bell
Congrats on the new project I have both a 9 and...

Congrats on the new project

I have both a 9 and 8 rudder for my 7A. The 9 rudder has more power, but felt heavy in comparison to the light aileron and elevator forces so I tried the 8 version. The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-09-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 17,626
Posted By jay bell
You mentioned your alternator runs at 14.2 volts,...

You mentioned your alternator runs at 14.2 volts, which is probably too low for an AGM battery, especially if you make a lot of short trips. My experience with the PC680 has been fly and forget for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-01-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
AOA
Views: 3,370
Posted By jay bell
Dynon AOA

I find the visual AOA indicator on my Skyview hard to discern with a quick glance, but the audio feed makes the visual display redundant. Slow beep starts at the beginning of the yellow zone, and...
Forum: RV-10 03-06-2017, 11:18 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,114
Posted By jay bell
Two thumbs up for Mike!

I also highly recommend Mike Seager. I took my transition training in Van's "Old Blue" 6A while I was current on Cessna's and Pipers. Best money spent on my project to date, and I saved more than the...
Forum: Tools 03-06-2017, 10:59 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,761
Posted By jay bell
Screwdriver bits

Aviation screws don't like the pointy ends on some Phillips bits. The best bit I have found are Apex #2 bits, which have a blunt tip. These fit aviation screws so well that a screw will not fall off...
Forum: RV-10 02-25-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,652
Posted By jay bell
I run a Slick mag and an Electroair EI; yours...

I run a Slick mag and an Electroair EI; yours sound normal, but do double check the timing and idle mixture after first start.

For my run up, I use 1700 rpm, lean engine on both ignitions until it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,511
Posted By jay bell
Painter in Arizona?

I also recommend Don Copeland at Arizona Aeropainting in Eloy. Great work, great service, fair price.

Don was one of several shops recommended by Scheme Designers, and he executed their design...
Forum: Interiors 02-05-2017, 11:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 13,809
Posted By jay bell
Wraps for panel

I am struggling to load pics from gmail. See recent post on panel label for description. Here is an attempted picture of my panel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,851
Posted By jay bell
I got my local automotive decal shop to make me...

I got my local automotive decal shop to make me wrap. I started by tracing the blank panel, switch holes, instrument cut-out, etc onto big piece of paper, then used felt pen to hand write labels and...
Forum: RV-4 01-12-2017, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,509
Posted By jay bell
I ran wiring for lights, ELT, auto pilot servo,...

I ran wiring for lights, ELT, auto pilot servo, com antenna, elevator trim, remote transponder, and EFIS sensors under the floor, so I wouldn't rivet until you have all systems planned / installed. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-11-2017, 09:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,218
Posted By jay bell
I flew off my test hours in MPH because I was...

I flew off my test hours in MPH because I was comfortable with them after 20 years of renting and owning small Cessnas and Pipers, and because my transition trainer (Old Blue) used MPH. I switched...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-03-2017, 10:06 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,715
Posted By jay bell
I considered VPX and breakers for my night VFR 7A...

I considered VPX and breakers for my night VFR 7A with SkyView before settling on automotive blade fuses for simplicity, reliability, and cost. I didn't switch the Skyview because I leave it on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2016, 06:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 12,151
Posted By jay bell
I had similar flight time and experience when I...

I had similar flight time and experience when I finished building my 7A. I recommend some dual with an RV instructor to gain confidence and ability in the event of engine failure. I flew 5 hours...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2016, 08:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,108
Posted By jay bell
Idle speed

When my engine was new and had two mags, 800 rpm was the lowest I could idle with Catto prop. I now have 400 hours and 1 Electroair, and have the stop set at 650.

I have also heard Lycomings should...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2016, 10:44 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,221
Posted By jay bell
Good reminder Dan. I do use full rich at full...

Good reminder Dan. I do use full rich at full throttle down low. My home airport is 3400' so I spend a lot of time above 5000', and sometimes forget others live at a more hospitable altitude.
Jay
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2016, 07:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,221
Posted By jay bell
Leaning for climb

I agree with previous posts. Additionally, your CHT's are a good indicator of internal combustion pressure. Keep CHT under control, and your engine will stay happy. Above 8000 DA, I cruise climb at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-31-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 22,203
Posted By jay bell
EarthEx dead battery

I attended the lithium battery forum at Oshkosh, the chief engineer from EarthEx was the presenter. He said:
-EarthEx batteries lose about 2% of their charge per month when inactive, so there is no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2016, 08:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,756
Posted By jay bell
Catto vs Sensenich

Hi Bill
I can't speak to comparative speed, but my Catto with metal leading edge and plastic leading edge protector certainly does better in rain than my previous plane with Sensenich. The Catto does...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2016, 08:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,997
Posted By jay bell
Bead breaking

"Given a lever long enough, a fulcrum strong enough, and a place to stand, you can move the world!"

I place wheel on carpeted floor beside sturdy hanger support beam, then use a 2x4 lever to try and...
Forum: Canada 07-04-2016, 08:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,259
Posted By jay bell
Home built insurance

Marsh Canada Aviation Gold (or Silver) Wings plan has excellent in flight hull coverage. Since taking a transition training course, my rates are lower than similar valued certified planes
Jay
Forum: Painting your RV 06-16-2016, 10:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,196
Posted By jay bell
Designers

Scheme Designers did a great job for me, and charged less than $1000. The detailed instructions for painter were excellent. I think scheme complexity has a lot to do with price.
Jay
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2016, 10:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,388
Posted By jay bell
Fuel flow indication

My red cube is between the electric and mechanical pumps, and it used to read acurately before I swapped my Champion mechanical pump for a Tempest pump. Now fuel flow reads high with boost turned on....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2016, 09:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,310
Posted By jay bell
Spares?

I used to pack about 50 lbs of tools and spares, and had one flat tire and one failed mag while hundreds of miles from home. I needed help to fix both, despite the tools. Now I carry a small...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-29-2016, 07:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 18,383
Posted By jay bell
Auto engines

I really enjoy hearing about auto engine conversions because experimentation is how our technology improves. I don't have the skill to tinker with auto engines myself, but I am happy to adopt...
Forum: Propellers 04-30-2016, 07:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,935
Posted By jay bell
What prop?

I highly recommend talking to the folks at Catto if you don't want a CS prop. I have no experience with Ground adjustable props, but I suspect I would leave it alone once I found the best...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-15-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,938
Posted By jay bell
Paint or fly first?

I flew my 7-A for a year before flying with the thought that I might have to change things. With hindsight, I would paint first. The Van's designs are so well proven you won't have to change anything...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-05-2016, 07:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,350
Posted By jay bell
I built my 7-A to be reasonably light, but comfy...

I built my 7-A to be reasonably light, but comfy for long cruising. It weighed 1079 lb this annual including unusable fuel, 6 quarts oil, fire extinguisher, headsets, and necessary junk in glove box....
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-16-2016, 07:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,536
Posted By jay bell
Michael, that is a good point about the flow...

Michael, that is a good point about the flow transducer restricting the suction side, thanks. If the fuel pump shroud doesn't correct my vapour lock issues I will try re-locating the transducer per...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-15-2016, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,536
Posted By jay bell
Thanks everyone for your comments. I feel...

Thanks everyone for your comments. I feel confident flying the plane again now that I think I understand what is happening. The new fuel pump's internal spring pressure is 3psi higher than old,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-14-2016, 11:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,203
Posted By jay bell
Hi Jim, I have had all those issues, and just...

Hi Jim, I have had all those issues, and just started addressing the last one you mentioned about fuel flow increasing with boost pump. Apparently the problem is not uncommon.

I often get drop in...
Forum: RV-4 01-13-2016, 04:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,522
Posted By jay bell
I back up my Dynon EFIS with Foreflight on my...

I back up my Dynon EFIS with Foreflight on my IPad kneeboard, and as a last resort, with Foreflight on my IPhone. Foreflight has all Canadian VNC, high, and low IFR charts, CFS, approaches, etc,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-13-2016, 04:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,780
Posted By jay bell
You could substitute the Earth-X EX680 for the...

You could substitute the Earth-X EX680 for the standard PC680 which would reduce weight and improve CG without relocating the battery and increasing the weight of wire.

Based on your reasons for...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 01-13-2016, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,536
Posted By jay bell
Where is the fuel going?

Maybe you can help me with this riddle. I just completed the annual on my 300 hour 7-A with ECI IO-375 and Precision Silverhawk injection. I installed a fuel pump shroud with blast tube to see if I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-20-2015, 11:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 12,766
Posted By jay bell
Hi Chuck. My EFIS also gives me the confidence to...

Hi Chuck. My EFIS also gives me the confidence to regularly run LOP. From a practical standpoint, CHT will quickly tell you if you stray too close to the red zone on any cylinder. If I run high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2015, 06:40 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,291
Posted By jay bell
I installed a Rigid industries PAR36 in a...

I installed a Rigid industries PAR36 in a Duckworth enclosure a couple years ago before obtaining my night rating in my 7A. It is very bright, silent in my headset, and seems just as bright and wide...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2015, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,442
Posted By jay bell
I covered the scallop holes with aluminum tape...

I covered the scallop holes with aluminum tape before applying the rubber channel seal. My canopy leaks a bit, although it is not related to the scallops. I always carry a canopy cover when...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-05-2015, 10:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,171
Posted By jay bell
I have manual elevator trim, and ADHRS, lighting,...

I have manual elevator trim, and ADHRS, lighting, and ELT wires running up my central tunnel, which barely fit through the the two centre spar pass through holes. To do it again, I would leave at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2015, 07:59 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,142
Posted By jay bell
I use a similar 1/2 hour for take off, followed...

I use a similar 1/2 hour for take off, followed by 1 hour switches to minimize the frequency of tank switches. This keeps the plane in reasonable balance, and minimizes the small risk of valve...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-10-2015, 05:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,611
Posted By jay bell
I just finished sanding and buffing with Trizact...

I just finished sanding and buffing with Trizact and PerfectIt to remove the ridges from my colour trim mask lines. Awesome results! I had no orange peel so I started with 3000 Trizact, then a quick...
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2015, 10:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,695
Posted By jay bell
Bob Nuckolls offers timeless best practice advice...

Bob Nuckolls offers timeless best practice advice in his book and the aerolectric connection. I also found the on line installation instructions and planning tools for the VP-X system to very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,158
Posted By jay bell
I have 290 hours on my AeroSport IO-375 without...

I have 290 hours on my AeroSport IO-375 without piston squirters on my 7A. I used the Van's stock baffling, cowl, and cooler mounted behind the #4 cylinder. I couldn't keep the oil warm until I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,465
Posted By jay bell
I worked with Scheme Designers to complete a...

I worked with Scheme Designers to complete a detailed design book, then sent it to several shops for quotation. I ended up going with Arizona Aircraft Painters in Eloy AZ for a combination of price...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-25-2015, 08:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,792
Posted By jay bell
Tire pressure inspection hole

Hi Guido
A laser pointer works well to locate the hole. With the pants off, aim the pointer at the correct angle to reach the tube stem. Then install the pant without moving the pointer or the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-12-2015, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,471
Posted By jay bell
I reduced the inlet size of my blast tubes with...

I reduced the inlet size of my blast tubes with RTV while chasing down cooling leaks shortly after flying my hours off. A few weeks later I had a mag fail at 70 hours while giving rides on a 90...
Forum: Propellers 05-31-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,589
Posted By jay bell
I am not an expert, but like aluminum propeller...

I am not an expert, but like aluminum propeller manufactures, Whirlwind advises against continuous operation between 2050 and 2300 RPM for their composite props. Their manual explains why running...
Forum: Propellers 05-17-2015, 10:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,589
Posted By jay bell
Harmonic vibration in composite prop

I noticed a hairline crack on one metal leading edge of my Catto prop recently. The crack extended through the front and rear of the leading edge, and continued through the paint on the front face. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2015, 04:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,343
Posted By jay bell
I debated this question as well, and elected to...

I debated this question as well, and elected to fly first, paint second, on the off chance that I had to change or fix something. With hindsight, if you are building a proven design to plans, you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-18-2015, 12:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,262
Posted By jay bell
Hi Randy. I have an Aerosport IO-375 with Catto...

Hi Randy. I have an Aerosport IO-375 with Catto cruise prop, single electroair plus one mag, and full EMS on my 7A and also battled high CHT's at first. I learned to manage my temperature and can now...
Forum: Texas (North) 03-02-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,304
Posted By jay bell
Walt Aronow specializes in RVs and operates EXP...

Walt Aronow specializes in RVs and operates EXP Aircraft Services at Roanoke. That is a short flight for an RV.

Jay
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-12-2015, 07:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,446
Posted By jay bell
I wore out and replaced my first set of brake...

I wore out and replaced my first set of brake pads after my first 100 hours, and I resolved to keep my feet on the sides of the rudder pedals unless brakes are absolutely required. I just completed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-23-2014, 10:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,653
Posted By jay bell
Don't paint the screws, it will encourage...

Don't paint the screws, it will encourage slipping and stripping. If you are thinking about painting uninstalled blind rivets, I would suggest your interior is not ready for paint yet. Hold off...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-20-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,387
Posted By jay bell
I am watching the various lithium developments...

I am watching the various lithium developments with interest, but won't decide until my existing PC-680 wears out. It has been perfect so far after 3 years / 180 hours and no special charging.

I...
Forum: RV-4 09-20-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,449
Posted By jay bell
I have Classic Aero Sportsman leather seats in my...

I have Classic Aero Sportsman leather seats in my 7-A and love them. I had some lower back pain the first time I flew 7 hours in a day, and solved it on subsequent trips by using the Classic Aero...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-11-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 13,408
Posted By jay bell
Hot starting-carb vs fuel injection

The reason why carbureted engines hot start when rich, and fuel injected engines hot start lean is related to the location of the fuel:

Updraft carbs are below the engine, and vented to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2014, 12:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 13,667
Posted By jay bell
Smile Hot starts

Thanks Dan
I tried your hot start procedure on my IO-375 after a coffee stop yesterday and it worked great; even better than my previous full lean start procedure.

This is my first injected...
Forum: Safety 07-06-2014, 09:57 AM
Replies: 141
Views: 96,031
Posted By jay bell
Thanks for that post Jeff, it fits my situation...

Thanks for that post Jeff, it fits my situation perfectly. I have been thinking about making the pilgramage to KOSH for 20 years now. This year I have prepaid accommodation, and am flying my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-21-2014, 10:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,145
Posted By jay bell
Glass or Steam?

I bought a Dynon Skyview with single large display, single ADAHRS, EMS and navigation for just under $5,000 CDN from aircraft spruce in 2012, and I love it. My only other equipment is an Icom A210...
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