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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had a three-blade Catto hanging on the wall...

I’ve had a three-blade Catto hanging on the wall for a number of years, with the intent of making a ceiling fan out of it - just never seem to have the spare time to find a motor….. Don’t really care...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 371
Posted By Ironflight
Mine came with the short one, and I occasionally...

Mine came with the short one, and I occasionally think the middle length might be nice, but so far I have done everything I needed with the standard short one….
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-02-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,606
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks Joe - this makes me feel better, as my...

Thanks Joe - this makes me feel better, as my “build log” with the Sonex machines has been nothing more than dating and highlighting steps on the drawings (for RV builders, there is no step-by step...
Forum: RV-3 12-01-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 347
Posted By Ironflight
Our Setup

We’ve been running the Bell fork and a DJM solid (small) tailwheel since day 1 on our -3B, and like the setup. We rarely operate off of anything but pavement or gravel, and if you hit an airport with...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 12-01-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 484
Posted By Ironflight
Wait! You didn’t even consider the “tip-over” !! ...

Wait! You didn’t even consider the “tip-over” !! ;)

It’s hard to beat the unobstructed visibility forward from the tip-up (our RV-6) or the tip-over (RV-3. Then again, last week I flew down to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,606
Posted By Ironflight
One thing to remember is that there are two...

One thing to remember is that there are two potential “official” uses for the builder log - one is for the DAR granting the airworthiness certificate for the airplane. The other is for the FSDO to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,259
Posted By Ironflight
You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be...

You know what they say…. “If it works, it must be a Fluke!” ;)

My most recent is a Klein, replacing a no-name Fluke clone I had for probably 25 years.

(Fluke was the only multimeter in the Space...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,420
Posted By Ironflight
Many folks don't get the subtlety (or subtle...

Many folks don't get the subtlety (or subtle difference) between teh final radius of the trailing edge bend itself, and the “flatness” of the slopes leading up to it - this is the thing that needs to...
Forum: RV-3 11-24-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By Ironflight
David - given the very tight clearance between...

David - given the very tight clearance between the engine and firewall, I’d mount everything that you can on the back of the engine before putting it in place. Mel pointed out the oil pressure...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 371
Posted By Ironflight
This has been a problem for many of us for as...

This has been a problem for many of us for as long as I have been involved with RV’s. Distilling all of the threads I have read on binding control cables (from memory), the greatest enemy of these...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-24-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,450
Posted By Ironflight
Check the profile of the notch in your steering...

Check the profile of the notch in your steering arm. If the corner has started to round off, the pin will retract very easily, and your wheel will go into castor mode more easily than it should. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 11:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,320
Posted By Ironflight
“Gravity wave” To quote the old sage….“I don’t...

“Gravity wave”

To quote the old sage….“I don’t think that word means what he thinks it means…….”

;)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-23-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 406
Posted By Ironflight
You might take a look at this...

You might take a look at this thread:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=74302

Originally intended to collect useful things pilots needed to know when flying a GRT….
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,059
Posted By Ironflight
I was going to suggest the same thing David - the...

I was going to suggest the same thing David - the ball-bar is easy to fly, and can be built passive for daytime only., or with lights (active) for night flying. Or….build it with both! It’s a good...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,609
Posted By Ironflight
Very, very cool - much nicer than my long-time...

Very, very cool - much nicer than my long-time method of supporting the cowling on a knee with that foot off the floor, while standing one-legged on the other foot!

Will have to consider this as the...
Forum: GPS 11-19-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,448
Posted By Ironflight
I have replaced a couple of 430W’s with 440’s,...

I have replaced a couple of 430W’s with 440’s, and the audio worked just fine with my standard GMA audio panels. However, there is supposedly the capability to use the “standby monitor” function in...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-19-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,491
Posted By Ironflight
So if an RV-10 and an F1 Rocket leave Houston at...

So if an RV-10 and an F1 Rocket leave Houston at the same time, headed for Oshkosh, and the RV-10 flies at FL250, who gets to Mahoney’s first? ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 792
Posted By Ironflight
Glad to help out - its a nice flying airplane,...

Glad to help out - its a nice flying airplane, and George will soon be enjoying Phase 1 himself!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By Ironflight
The way that the relief valve can cause a low oil...

The way that the relief valve can cause a low oil pressure is simple - the “relief valve” is actually the oil pressure regulator - if it sticks open, the pressure in the system drops. It’s badly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,132
Posted By Ironflight
If the oil pressure relief valve stuck open for a...

If the oil pressure relief valve stuck open for a few seconds, this is what you’d see. You might remove it, check the ball and seat, and look for any debris in the spring or housing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,400
Posted By Ironflight
Hey Ron - I’m interested enough to go look them...

Hey Ron - I’m interested enough to go look them up - I didn’t see a “C4 housing” listed on the web site page of products….. did I miss it, or did you mean something else?

Paul
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Posted By Ironflight
Go do a little searching in the Bede aircraft...

Go do a little searching in the Bede aircraft world on the inter webs - they glue a lot of structure together!
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,024
Posted By Ironflight
From the course description, looks like a couple...

From the course description, looks like a couple of good guys to listen to on the topic!

On minimum standoff distance, I’d say 1/8” is plenty of you can get a ring of tubing to hold together that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,024
Posted By Ironflight
Larry’s idea works, but can also make a standoff...

Larry’s idea works, but can also make a standoff out of a 1/8” piece of tubing, captured in a tie wrap (a fake figure eight) that threads through another tie wrap at right angles around the first...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,320
Posted By Ironflight
Remember that as the manufacturer of your air...

Remember that as the manufacturer of your air raft, you can choose to use whatever you want, and a real manufacturer will do qualification testing on anything from a new supplier (or an old one) - so...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-13-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,575
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been buying these plugs from RockAuto for...

I’ve been buying these plugs from RockAuto for over ten years - big name. Mine arrived yesterday, so they are definitely shipping. Or were…..;)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-12-2021, 11:52 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,575
Posted By Ironflight
Just a quick update to this thread - RockAuto has...

Just a quick update to this thread - RockAuto has the 3961 back in stock - I just bought four dozen ($1.57 each) to restock because I have four airplanes using them…..

That should hold me for a few...
Forum: Job Board 11-12-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,178
Posted By Ironflight
I can assure you Carl, we take things like this...

I can assure you Carl, we take things like this very seriously, and Marc and Myron will be looking in to it.

Paul
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 402
Posted By Ironflight
Look no further than the Van’s Aircraft Web Page...

Look no further than the Van’s Aircraft Web Page itself…..

https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-flight-training/

I’m sure there are others around the country but this is a list of factory recognized...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-10-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,268
Posted By Ironflight
This was buried in another thread, and I moved it...

This was buried in another thread, and I moved it to its own for folks (like me) who had missed the sad news of Marshall’s passing. We only interacted a few times, but every one of those events was...
Forum: Safety 11-09-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,606
Posted By Ironflight
Thanks for the report Dan - I’d say “go forth and...

Thanks for the report Dan - I’d say “go forth and sin no more….” But the truth is, we are all only as good as our next small screw up, no matter how long we fly.

I know that an entire generation and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2021, 08:11 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,080
Posted By Ironflight
I use my Tailmate to lift the tailwheel, place a...

I use my Tailmate to lift the tailwheel, place a stand under the fuselage, lower the fuselage onto the stand, and remove the Tailmate for the rest fo the maintenance task…..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,806
Posted By Ironflight
Good story - thanks for sharing! Anyone who has...

Good story - thanks for sharing! Anyone who has flown for any significant number of years and/or hours has done something or other that scared them - sharing these stories is what helps us ALL do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 17,360
Posted By Ironflight
Sadly, lots of folks coming into experimentals...

Sadly, lots of folks coming into experimentals straight from the certified world go to Avemco because that is what they are used to doing. It is definitely worth finding a good broker who will shop...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-02-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,257
Posted By Ironflight
I’m with Larry - I have never had great luck with...

I’m with Larry - I have never had great luck with the “Auto” dimming on our avionics in these bubble-canopy airplanes with lots of light….and then the IFR navigator in our -3 is mounted down between...
Forum: RV-3 11-02-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 957
Posted By Ironflight
Let’s see - the question is on an RV-3….two...

Let’s see - the question is on an RV-3….two answers for other planes already! ;)

We actually run fairly low tire pressures on our -3 (28 psi) because that is the sweet spot for damping out gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 390
Posted By Ironflight
If you decided to put in a new engine, and sell...

If you decided to put in a new engine, and sell the old one, you would likely keep[ (or throw away and replace) the oil cooler hoses - they wouldn’t necessarily go with the engine. So…..I’d put the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,067
Posted By Ironflight
Assuming that it is really too old to use (AVGAS...

Assuming that it is really too old to use (AVGAS lasts a LONG time…..), try calling your local volunteer fire department - they might have a place they store flammable for future use in training...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,708
Posted By Ironflight
We have rented a hanagr at Big Bear Lake in CA...

We have rented a hanagr at Big Bear Lake in CA for over ten years now, and use it for our fleet of airplanes when we are staying there. Every airplane has spent time there, and the airport (which is...
Forum: RV-3 10-29-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,264
Posted By Ironflight
Shoot…I was thinking a radial powered RV-3 was in...

Shoot…I was thinking a radial powered RV-3 was in the offing….:rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 557
Posted By Ironflight
I can’t say if it is safer or not, but that is...

I can’t say if it is safer or not, but that is the way I have stored flaps and ailerons on my RV projects - just left them mounted, with the pushrod attached to the (locked) bellcrank. Has worked out...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-25-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 973
Posted By Ironflight
I’m with David - I keep four bins of long (1”)...

I’m with David - I keep four bins of long (1”) rivets in flush and round head style, AD3 and AD4 - that way, I can trim them to whatever length I need. If I am doing something that requires a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting David - I like playing around with O2...

Interesting David - I like playing around with O2 equipment, and hadn’t heard of the PHODS. I did a quick Google, and came up with the user manual, and the pictures of the control box are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,932
Posted By Ironflight
I built the Val’s pedals that way and flew it...

I built the Val’s pedals that way and flew it without issues for years. When Louise started flying the airplane, she didn’t like the extensions (didn’t;t work well with her foot geometry), so I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,383
Posted By Ironflight
Not All “building” is “building”

In addition to a lot of great ideas and thoughts in earlier posts, since you are just getting started, you probably have not yet discovered that a lot of “building” is not done in the shop[ it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,395
Posted By Ironflight
Your Tiger was bonded together in a factory under...

Your Tiger was bonded together in a factory under carefully controlled conditions. The same thing CAN be accomplished in a Homebuilder’s workshop, but can also be done incorrectly, and no one will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,669
Posted By Ironflight
Wow - the end of an era! When I started building...

Wow - the end of an era! When I started building my -8, I got on the internet and found two web sites - Kevin’s and Mickey’s - both of which were treasure troves of details that helped me immensely....
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,730
Posted By Ironflight
Before folks get too enamored with the idea of...

Before folks get too enamored with the idea of helmets, you should ask the question “just how many injuries or fatalities in aircraft accidents are caused by head injuries that could be addressed by...
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,009
Posted By Ironflight
I took my commercial pilot flight test so many...

I took my commercial pilot flight test so many decades ago (closer to the middle of the last century than the end….), so I don;t know about now, but we had to demonstrate the “steep spiral” maneuver,...
Forum: Propellers 10-04-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
Posted By Ironflight
I think you’ve laid out a good test program for...

I think you’ve laid out a good test program for the data you want - the only thing I’ll suggest is that the easiest way to get good data with the least Ned for post-test manipulation is to do your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 568
Posted By Ironflight
Yes, the P-Mag doesn’t care about orientation....

Yes, the P-Mag doesn’t care about orientation. Once you bolt it down in the most convenient orientation, you time it by putting the prop at TDC and blowing twice into a tube…done!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 568
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve used both straight nipples and a 45 degree...

I’ve used both straight nipples and a 45 degree fitting (like yours) on those ports on our airplanes, all of which have P-Mags, with no problems. None of the P-Mags are mounted level however - they...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-24-2021, 10:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,091
Posted By Ironflight
Dylan - You’ll get lots of advice here, but for...

Dylan -

You’ll get lots of advice here, but for anything structural, you really need to contact Van’s for an engineering judgement - everything else (including what I might say) is sort of a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 02:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 723
Posted By Ironflight
I bought my pneumatic squeezer when I started my...

I bought my pneumatic squeezer when I started my RV-8, and have never owned a hand squeezer. I think I have used one once or twice out of curiosity - have never felt the need to add one to my tool...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,744
Posted By Ironflight
You are correct Kelly - your airplane is...

You are correct Kelly - your airplane is experimental - legally, you can run moonshine if you want! All sorts of posts (above) on the engineering, but from a paperwork standard, you can run what you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By Ironflight
You can always use bicycle grip tape - comes in...

You can always use bicycle grip tape - comes in many styles, colors, and thicknesses - and some of them are padded! They usually come with an end plug that MIGHT fit your handle….
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,245
Posted By Ironflight
We’re in and out up there most of the week -...

We’re in and out up there most of the week - usually a few hours each day. Just look for “Kitplanes” shirts…..
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-13-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,616
Posted By Ironflight
As someone who has gotten briefed (by EAA FAA...

As someone who has gotten briefed (by EAA FAA Liaison guys) on MOSAIC several times a year for as long as it has been discussed, all I can tell you is that it keeps changing every time we hear about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 672
Posted By Ironflight
Perfect thing for paint job development! When we...

Perfect thing for paint job development! When we had an artist friend working on the concept for our RV-3, we got an all white model from the Philippines for him to use as a blank canvas. Yeah…smart...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-07-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,324
Posted By Ironflight
My experience says that yo0u should be able to...

My experience says that yo0u should be able to fit an average sized male thumb in between the pant and the tire all the way around. Less than that and you risk tearing up your pants if a compressed...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-06-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,984
Posted By Ironflight
That’s really the way its designed. The first...

That’s really the way its designed. The first part of the week, its a mega-gigantic aviator social event/fly-in, and the end of the week, its an airshow for the general public. So the shows build up...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-06-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,984
Posted By Ironflight
The vast majority of homebuilders are there from...

The vast majority of homebuilders are there from the first weekend until mid-week, so if community is what you want….early is better.

Homebuilt parking gets pretty deserted by the final weekend.
Forum: RV-15 09-03-2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,818
Posted By Ironflight
Not only Aircam - the Legend MOAC has a third...

Not only Aircam - the Legend MOAC has a third tandem seat as well!
Forum: Safety 09-02-2021, 09:01 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,044
Posted By Ironflight
Excellent decision Dylan - there is always more...

Excellent decision Dylan - there is always more to learn, and I’d be just a little nervous about a “spur of the moment” instructional moment from a CFI that probably didn’t check to see if the...
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