Mystery of the Coughing XP-400 Finally Solved!
For those of you that have been following my
"XP-400 Still Coughing" thread, I'm delighted to report I had to
start a new thread with a different name since the problem has been
After spending 2 months and changing out fuel servos, mags, exhaust,
checking plugs, spider, injectors, confirming fuel flow and
pressure, etc. etc., and not finding anything, I spent today at the
airport, pulled the engine off the airplane, removed the accessory
case and there it was....the cam to crank gear train was "one tooth
Electrically dependent engine - Dual Alternator Single Battery
I wanted to have a detailed drawing of my
electrical wiring so I sketched it using TinyCAD and also did a wire
by wire fault analysis.
I'm sharing my documents via google drive for those who may be
interested and hopefully for peer review.
The madness deepens! (polishing)
This is the left wing half way through the
Cracked canopy! WTB a new one.
Looks like I'll be down for awhile. Is there
a source for tinted RV-8 canopies? Or does someone have one I can
purchase? Don't know why this happened. The canopy has served
me well for 2150 hours and all kinds of abuse. It cracked on a
75-degree day. Go figure!
Discussion at the airport today amongst some
RVrs. What constitutes a non electrical system? Can one have a
battery and starter but no generator/alternator and qualify as a non
electrical system in an airplane? I have not been able to find an
FAA definition that addresses this.
Baggage area in the tailcone ...-12
Baggage area in the tailcone for items
required to pre-flight and tie down. It will also help with
the W&B problem caused by the six cylinder Jabiru Engine
Q: I'm looking into buying an RV for
commuting to an airport about 100nm away. I have so many questions
about this ambition and I would appreciate some insight. I'll
apologize now for the long-windedness of this post.
A: I’m an airline pilot and I commuted from the Florida
Panhandle to Memphis in our RV-4 for five years.
A -3 would do the job, but the -4 has a nice trunk (rear cockpit) to
strap a big bag into, and you still have the baggage compartment for
miscellaneous gear—plus you can take the occasional friend flying! A
-6 would do just as well. In commuting mode, I’d pull the rear seat
stick and upholstery and used a small plywood false floor with
rubber padding underneath my big roll-away that I strapped in with
After three years of hand-flying IFR, I added a Trutrack autopilot.
If I had to do it over, I would have added that much sooner! I had a
couple of canned flight plans, and always filed IFR even when the
weather was cancelled
This simplified planning and execution. I always had a back-up plan.
To reduce the “get thereitis” I always allowed sufficient time on a
front end commute to be able to land enroute, rent a car and still
make it to work.
The RV was a full hour faster door to door than total commute time
by jumpseat, since I had to drive almost two hours to catch a direct
Paul is spot on, the weather will be the biggest factor (an RV isn’t
a Boeing when it comes to weather flying); so you might want to set
your personal weather mins, and then start looking at how often
you’ll be able to fly the profile...there were plenty of times the
weather dictated Plan B...but, the bottom line is you’ll enjoy
flying RV’s whether you're commuting or just boring holes in the
Recognition of First Flights ...Scott McDaniels (mothership)
Hobbs Meter an Van's Aircraft has now hit 9942.
Based on a lot of years of experience, it is well known that a lot
of first flights never get reported to Van's (a casual conversation
with a builder order oil filters for a project that wasn't ever
registered as flying, etc.), so we know the actual number is higher
The hope is to hit the unprecedented 10,000 mark by Airventure 2018.
It would be even cooler if it could be done before the end of this
year (though that might be a stretch).
This post is a plea for anyone that has completed the build of an RV
and done the first flight, but doesn't recall whether they ever
notified Van's, to please do so.
It is a simple process and the instructions are listed on the page
at the link posted above.
It doesn't even require anything of great detail (though we enjoy
reading the stories that people provide). Just name, customer #, and
approx. date of the first flight is enough.
Thanks in advance.
Van's Calendar Pics ...it's time to submit your entries.
everyone, we need calendar pics for this year's Van's Aircraft
Calendar! Please send your HIGH RESOLUTION pics to
Please include pilot and photographer info as well so we can give
credit where credit is due!
If I don't get enough images I'm going to have to use these photos
of Daryl I found lying around...
Bribes, blackmail, can be sent to the same address. Thank you in