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Forum: Propellers 11-29-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,876
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm not convinced about the warm oil idea, the...

I'm not convinced about the warm oil idea, the prop hub oil does not circulate, it only adds or subtracts a little oil to change the pitch a little bit during normal flight operations. The propeller...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,215
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My RV-8 has an IVO-360A1A from a Brantly...

My RV-8 has an IVO-360A1A from a Brantly helicopter. It has a solid crank with a CATTO 3 blade on it. The Brantly suffered a freak training accident and the undamaged engine only had about 100 hours...
Forum: Propellers 09-14-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,032
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have close to 200 hours on a 3 blade. It has...

I have close to 200 hours on a 3 blade. It has one ding from a spinner screw that broke out and hit the prop blade on it's way to Parts Valhalla.
I slow down in rain, but sometimes not enough because...
Forum: Propellers 09-12-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,693
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I put Whirlwind W-530 blades on my Yak-55. These...

I put Whirlwind W-530 blades on my Yak-55. These are direct replacement carbon fiber blades made for the Russian V-530 hub.
Whirlwind or Catto or (?) could certainly make blades for Aeromatic or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-09-2019, 02:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,289
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Or: Get a 1/8" NPT pipe plug. Quickly remove the...

Or:
Get a 1/8" NPT pipe plug. Quickly remove the drain & install the plug. You might get a little gas on your hands, so if you are 100LL adverse, wear nitrile gloves.
Take the leaky drain valve to a...
Forum: RV-4 08-21-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,846
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I should add that I used an engine hoist to...

I should add that I used an engine hoist to remove the engine, then a come-a-long from a rafter attached to the roll-bar to support the airframe off the ground. I made a cradle somewhat like Smokey...
Forum: RV-4 08-21-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,846
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I just made a similar repair to my wife's RV-4....

I just made a similar repair to my wife's RV-4. The mount was cracked in several places and the gear toed out. The tires had quickly gone bald, leaving black marks on the hangar floor. It took a lot...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-19-2019, 12:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,952
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I suggest you wait until you get your engine...

I suggest you wait until you get your engine mount.
Nothing like trying to fit a mount to unmatched holes. :(
Once your mount arrives, you have 3 choices; drill to the plans, drill to the mount, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 9,771
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
If you have a pickup truck, just get a clean 55...

If you have a pickup truck, just get a clean 55 gallon drum and paint it red.
Use a siphon to decant it to your low wing RV, like the Safety Siphon or Siphon Pro. Secure the barrel so it doesn't...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-23-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,929
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I love the WAAM. The day before your flight,...

I love the WAAM.
The day before your flight, Marilyn and I flew our RV-8 down to Sisters Oregon. We flew past Mt Hood on the west side going south, and returned up the east side (bumpier). We...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2019, 12:35 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,708
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Just for fun, let me throw in a twist: When I...

Just for fun, let me throw in a twist:
When I changed to a Lycoming engine in my RV-8, I got an IVO-360A1A from a Brantley Helicopter. I had to change it to a horizontal engine, so I altered the data...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-16-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,091
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Run the output thru a large diode, which will...

Run the output thru a large diode, which will drop about a half a volt.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-06-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,119
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Bummer! Now it doesn't work for me either. They...

Bummer! Now it doesn't work for me either.
They must have recently changed access?
If you copy that link into a search engine, and select images, you can still see these charts in reduced...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2019, 01:25 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,119
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Here is a Champion spark plug numbering system...

Here is a Champion spark plug numbering system chart:
https://www.sparkplugs.com/Data/uploads/Charts/Champion_Numbering_System.jpg
The Champion D series 18mm x 1/2" thread reach plugs that I have...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,119
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Here is a link describing spark plug heat...

Here is a link describing spark plug heat range:
https://www.briskusa.com/spark_plug_cross_reference_heat_range_chart
The graphic description of plug construction and the effects of temperature are...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2019, 12:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,119
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm currently trying Champion stock # 526, RD15Y...

I'm currently trying Champion stock # 526, RD15Y on my RV-8 Parallel valve O-360, 8.5:1 . It's an 18mm resistor plug like the Autolite 386, but also has a projected tip. I'm hoping it's slightly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,593
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
That looks like some kind of a tube clamp. It...

That looks like some kind of a tube clamp. It broke and fell apart to the sump. I wonder, is this an older engine with the steel oil pickup tube?
I'm in the process of replacing a cracked motor mount...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-28-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 26,350
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Will the EM-6 work on odd number cylinder engines...

Will the EM-6 work on odd number cylinder engines like radials?
Will it have a complex lookup table compatible with IAC aerobatic load profiles?
The upgrade would be nice. Besides, the carb and mags...
Forum: Safety 06-27-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,521
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have pilot friends who fly IAC competition...

I have pilot friends who fly IAC competition aerobatics that are in their 70s and even a couple in their 80s!
Suitable health for flight should be considered 'on condition' and NOT based on age.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-07-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,769
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My problem? I like spark plugs! I change them...

My problem?
I like spark plugs! I change them just to try different ones! I have a tool chest drawer full of plugs I want to try.
This year's condition inspection replaced the BR8ES plugs (running...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-02-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,053
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
If your Vernatherm is failing, the oil...

If your Vernatherm is failing, the oil temperature could increase. Hot oil is less viscous and tends to cause reduced oil pressure.
You could take out your Vernatherm, put it in a pan of water with a...
Forum: RV-4 05-28-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,702
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
In our case, the gear toed out when the engine...

In our case, the gear toed out when the engine mount cracked and begun to split apart at the gear leg sockets. The plane became very difficult to push around on paved surfaces.
It still landed fine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,121
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Go to ebay, search Magneto Harness in Aviation...

Go to ebay, search Magneto Harness in Aviation Parts.
Look at the pictures and compare to your own equipment.
I have Bendix mags, there is an old style Harness Plate that has threaded gland nuts to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2019, 12:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,561
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I don't mean to be trite, but Oregon Aero seats...

I don't mean to be trite, but Oregon Aero seats only hurt once.
(the wallet) :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2019, 12:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,382
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You might be over-thinking this. I started by...

You might be over-thinking this.
I started by building a Turbocharged Mazda Rotary so I could out-do any Lycoming. I certainly did that, with an airspeed that indicated over 220 HP.
However, living...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,778
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My experience: I have a Yak-55. The Russian...

My experience:
I have a Yak-55. The Russian batteries were held on the firewall in 2 composite cases with lids held on by about 12 safety wired screws...24 volt system. Heavy, Complex, Over...
Forum: RV-10 03-21-2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,984
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I use a Cubcadet ZTG 54" zero turn mower. 26 hp!...

I use a Cubcadet ZTG 54" zero turn mower. 26 hp! ELECTRIC START! Hydrostatic drive! It perfectly positions my planes using a conventional tow bar strapped to the rear bumper (I could improve that a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 166
Views: 20,216
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Ron; Take some comfort in knowing that this RV...

Ron;
Take some comfort in knowing that this RV flier got a sweet deal on a YAK-55.
In my heart, I'm still an RV-8 builder and flier.
Yes, aerobatics make me urpy. mostly because they don't come...
Forum: Northwest 03-12-2019, 11:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 954
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I agree with Rainier Flight for a first visit....

I agree with Rainier Flight for a first visit. I've taken lessons there and had some dinners and meetings, they seem very versatile. Call them and tell them what you need.
Galvin at Boeing Field has...
Forum: Tools 03-09-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,943
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The 16x30 polypropylene tool cart is very good,...

The 16x30 polypropylene tool cart is very good, plus it won't scratch if accidentally bumped into your plane. $99, some assembly required.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-05-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 757
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The one offered by VANs is steel, and very thin...

The one offered by VANs is steel, and very thin (think light weight). I used one on my Narrow Deck O-360 mounting a DENSO mini alternator, and it cracked. The mini alternator does not have a 3 point...
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,226
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
The propeller dome was removed when I replaced...

The propeller dome was removed when I replaced the propeller blades on my Yak-55. There was a lot of sludge in the pitch control cylinder/piston area. This is centrifugally thrown outward where the...
Forum: Safety 02-25-2019, 07:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,538
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I attended a Slick maintenance presentation at...

I attended a Slick maintenance presentation at the Washington Aviation Trade Show.
Joe Logie was the presenter.
He talked about current service bulletins, and how to find them on their...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-22-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,694
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
When I started, you couldn't "buy" an RV-8, you...

When I started, you couldn't "buy" an RV-8, you had to build it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-10-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,224
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
It's happened to me once, it quit in flight. I...

It's happened to me once, it quit in flight. I took it out and checked it over externally, and the connectors. Dynon said 'send it up' but it kept booting up OK on the bench, so I put it back in. Go...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-02-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,202
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Larry is correct. Autolite 386 is a resistor...

Larry is correct.
Autolite 386 is a resistor plug. I use them with a Bendix mag on top of an O-290. I set the gap .016, the same as aircraft spark plugs to protect the mag. The engine runs fine.
They...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2019, 12:16 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,142
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Be fair. IIRC Bendix/Avstar/Precision have gone...

Be fair. IIRC Bendix/Avstar/Precision have gone thru changes of ownership.
AFP does not necessarily end with Don. When he is done, someone else will probably pick up the company and maybe even grow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,727
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_TqOB6_Jk link...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9_TqOB6_Jk link shows Tom Hunter & his T-18 'drop tank' that does not drop. 3.7 gallons if I recall.
I'm making an aluminum under wing tank now. It's got an 8"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2019, 10:57 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,016
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Hmm; That's a lot to digest. I ran my RV-8 with...

Hmm;
That's a lot to digest.
I ran my RV-8 with EFI (Tracy Crook EC-2T) on a Mazda Turbo Rotary.
When I converted to Lycoming IO-360, I used Airflow Performance mechanical Bendix style injection but...
Forum: RV-3 01-10-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,779
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I agree with the 'Rod Gear' crowd. I built an...

I agree with the 'Rod Gear' crowd. I built an RV-8, my wife has an RV-4. I fly them both.
I wish my RV-8 had the rod gear, the landing and ground handling are better, and I could "MAN SPREAD" in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2018, 08:39 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,539
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I noticed the snaproll in the Intermediate...

I noticed the snaproll in the Intermediate Sequence is at the top of a loop.
This has got to be the most gentle snap roll. Low airspeed, minimal positive G.
I don't see this as a high stress maneuver...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2018, 11:18 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 21,658
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My son Peter had trouble with fuel flow using a...

My son Peter had trouble with fuel flow using a MGL RDAC-XF.
MGL tried to help him many times. The customer relations were good. He tried all the recommendations and we reviewed the circuit,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-13-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,903
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Just a warning: I SIKA'd my RV-8 canopy, and at...

Just a warning:
I SIKA'd my RV-8 canopy, and at about 50 hours TTAF it cracked at the base of the hoop around the back. It cracked at the weld where the two side bars come together and a single tube...
Forum: COMM 09-21-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,028
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Joe on the Peltor. I also modified a set...

I'm with Joe on the Peltor. I also modified a set with the ANR kit, which worked great, but I realize you want a passive headset.
Don't hold your nose against a cheap Flightcom headset.
Those things...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 10:40 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,077
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Well Then! Thank You, Terry, Vince and Tom. I...

Well Then!
Thank You, Terry, Vince and Tom.
I just upgraded to the steering link + Tie Down Ring, I think it's a big improvement in steering stability on my RV-8. Slowing down thru 50 MPH is more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,735
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
My wife Marilyn's RV-4 had hangar rash trailing...

My wife Marilyn's RV-4 had hangar rash trailing edge damage from pushing too far into a Tee hangar (before she bought it) when it happened a second time, I called VANs and ordered a pair of Quick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2018, 12:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,251
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I flew my RV-8 in the Corvalis Corkscrew because...

I flew my RV-8 in the Corvalis Corkscrew because my Yak-55 failed the mag check prior to take-off for the event!
So Marilyn and I repacked into the RV-8 and went anyway!
I had a few major screw-ups,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-19-2018, 12:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,188
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm completely opposed to your idea, here is...

I'm completely opposed to your idea, here is why:
I'm an operating engineer, and I have to troubleshoot and repair 40 year old stuff as well as operate it.
Things Fail. Obsolete stuff must be...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-13-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,202
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I purchased the Bendix 'Old Style' ignition...

I purchased the Bendix 'Old Style' ignition harness plate (has gland nuts holding the wires) from an eBay ad, it easily adapted to 8.5mm MSD spiral core wire & 90 degree boots.
It fired BR8ES plugs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-26-2018, 12:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,000
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
You can preserve the backing plate by using a...

You can preserve the backing plate by using a slightly smaller drill and stopping early, then drive out the remaining bit of rivet with a punch.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2018, 10:51 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,055
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I tried the Power Sportsman 2018 Known yesterday...

I tried the Power Sportsman 2018 Known yesterday in my RV-8. It's O-360, Catto 3 blade and has Airflow Performance fuel injection. It does not have inverted fuel or oil.
It never missed a beat and...
Forum: APRS Tracking 05-20-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 4,946
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a Technician class Ham Radio license....

I have a Technician class Ham Radio license. (don't use it much) My son has mentioned the:
http://www.bigredbee.com/
Locator as 'best solution' to personal location now that ELT's are out of date.
I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2018, 12:49 AM
Replies: 181
Views: 62,419
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have a 40A Denso mini that has 160 hours. It...

I have a 40A Denso mini that has 160 hours. It had an early failure: The plastic Brush boxes were warped and stuck the brushes so eventually they lost contact with the com rings. a few bux for a new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2018, 12:34 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,109
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Nigel et al; Except that I have manual...

I'm with Nigel et al;
Except that I have manual trim, and roll in a couple of half turns nose down, especially if there is a back seater.
I usually take off with flaps, about 20%. Adding flaps moves...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-12-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,562
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
So far, no mention of Weight and...

So far, no mention of Weight and Balance.
Calculate your weight and Balance so you know what you are starting with.
RV-8s come in a variety of configurations (go figure?) I built a very light O-360...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-08-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,756
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Toolbuilder: good contribution on problems with...

Toolbuilder: good contribution on problems with non-resistor plugs on electronic controlled ignition systems, I understand Lightspeed Ignition specifically sells DENSO spark plugs, for much the same...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-08-2018, 12:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,756
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm with Smokey on 18mm automotive plugs. I use...

I'm with Smokey on 18mm automotive plugs.
I use Autolite 386 thru a Pmag on my low compression O-290 powered T-18. (Bendix mag and Autolite aircraft plugs on the other side)
I've purchased Champion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,602
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Upset Recovery Training, or some Aerobatic...

Upset Recovery Training, or some Aerobatic Training is the best way to learn how to avoid (and recognize if you are getting into) stall/spin situations.
Flight instruction does cost a few $$$, but is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-23-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,905
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I have the Vetterman Crossover for Superior cold...

I have the Vetterman Crossover for Superior cold air sump on my RV-8.
I think 4 straight pipes are louder, and tune to a narrower RPM powerband.
If you run a constant speed propeller, 4 straight...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-19-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 115,593
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I received the Megajolt/E controller yesterday....

I received the Megajolt/E controller yesterday. It is the new (just released!) Mark II version, and has been upgraded including a USB mini port for programming and a new smaller case.
This morning,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2018, 01:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 9,039
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
When I first flew my RV-8, I had a Mazda Turbo...

When I first flew my RV-8, I had a Mazda Turbo Rotary engine. It was so loud (even with the turbo to mince the exhaust!) that I had to add a muffler.
I installed 4 large plate nuts in the two keel...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-09-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,982
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I looked at your pictures. That is interesting....

I looked at your pictures. That is interesting. You can machine out the mount ears to take the conical mount, and it would work. To my eye, the bottom mounts are not conical, they just have squished...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-07-2018, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,039
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
I'm running a Pmag and a Bendix mag (mag is due...

I'm running a Pmag and a Bendix mag (mag is due for 500 hr inspection).
I'm making a Ford EDIS system as per the thread on this...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-05-2018, 12:38 AM
Replies: 278
Views: 115,593
Posted By SHIPCHIEF
Thanks Dan; I took the file Graham sent me to a...

Thanks Dan;
I took the file Graham sent me to a local waterjet shop, but the proprietor backed out on the old 'Liability' excuse when he asked me what it was for...I just couldn't lie.
Also, he...
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