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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,667
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If you wish - PM me with your ph#. I could talk...

If you wish - PM me with your ph#. I could talk you thru my experiences field disassembling a 6A & a 9A in the field for salvage & rebuild.
Way too much info to type with 2 fingers…
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I don't understand the "your double counting the...

I don't understand the "your double counting the chute in your calculations".
I used the 40# as an average weight as quoted here
https://brsaerospace.com/rv-7-9/
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-20-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,670
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Actually - UL Power USA is targeting the lions...

Actually - UL Power USA is targeting the lions share of the RV (& homebuilt) market - as the RV6/A (2703) , 7/A (1904), & 9/A (1171) are essentially the same, with interchangable firewalls, cowlings,...
Forum: Canada 06-19-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,568
Posted By Ralph Inkster
"Good afternoon Canadian builders. I'm have my...

"Good afternoon Canadian builders.

I'm have my final inspection in a few days. My configuration includes the VANs supplied gascolator on the firewall and the the VANs supplied AFP pump and filter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Determined size needed with balsa wedge. Than...

Determined size needed with balsa wedge. Than reproduced the wedge out of fiberglass on one plane, milled down UDHW plastic block on a few planes, & in one case bent up a wedge out of .025 6061 for a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-17-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Installation manual calls for a 60k resistor on...

Installation manual calls for a 60k resistor on the Wh/Gr tach wire. Try 80K resistor & see if that clears it up. Note- you should comfirm your tach readings are accurate with some sort of hand...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-16-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,147
Posted By Ralph Inkster
What works for me. Tape a 12" drill bit along...

What works for me.
Tape a 12" drill bit along the top crank case split, extended thru a hole in the forward baffle so it was within 1/8" of flywheel. Made timing mark very prominent by using white...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2022, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 654
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Go the 7360 belt, probably more common for RV...

Go the 7360 belt, probably more common for RV type planes. If you need slightly shorter or longer belt, you can whip down to your local auto parts store & ask for what you need. Same thing as your...
Forum: Canada 06-11-2022, 11:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 296
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Could be a 3 ring binder, or even a series of...

Could be a 3 ring binder, or even a series of note books, no specifics required here. Inspectors like pictures, and notations if you used professional help, otherwise it is your tool to document...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-11-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,661
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Squeeze it flat. Won't look perfect, but after...

Squeeze it flat. Won't look perfect, but after paint only you will know it's there.
Do Not hammer it flat as there is potential of stretching the metal.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By Ralph Inkster
+1 for Paul's suggestion. Another option if space...

+1 for Paul's suggestion.
Another option if space allows- drill 4 corner holes & a large central hole, step drills work perfectly for this. Using Lt & Rt offset snips make a series of cuts radiating...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-07-2022, 07:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,318
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note that the A2A (if it has the original crank)...

Note that the A2A (if it has the original crank) is a solid crank. Would be fantastic on a Super Cub type plane.
Still a good deal though - too bad it's SO far away from me...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-07-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,981
Posted By Ralph Inkster
junkyard and dig around for good alternators

Brings back memories. Some years ago our local junk yard was hosting it's usual spring $5 sale. All small parts excepting engines & trannys for $5, you bring your own tools. So I decide to go down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By Ralph Inkster
On those stiffeners - doesn't matter either...

On those stiffeners - doesn't matter either way.
Keep on building!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,032
Posted By Ralph Inkster
As long as it 'breaths' well & is cleaned out...

As long as it 'breaths' well & is cleaned out regularly, shouldn't be a problem.
I once saw an old plane with a Budweiser can dangling from the engine mount...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 656
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Probably more likely caused by some unknowing...

Probably more likely caused by some unknowing person leaning against your plane & pressing down with their elbow (I had this happen at OSH of all places...)
My solution is installing a rib made from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,633
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looks like Surefire is installed & timed...

Looks like Surefire is installed & timed differently than a mag.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,633
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I agree here. They could be influenced by many...

I agree here. They could be influenced by many things, including sensor uneven installation distances on the exhaust tubes.


You don't mention if the fuel system has been adjusted for idle cut off...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-31-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,548
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I treat my axle & nut alignment a bit...

I treat my axle & nut alignment a bit differently. I want to have (or have available) finer adjustability of the bearing preload so instead of 60 degree, I drill the axle with a second hole to allow...
Forum: International 05-27-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,098
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Canada has a category called Recreational Pilot...

Canada has a category called Recreational Pilot Permit (RPP). This category requires a Cat 4 Medical which is similar to Basic Med. Cat 4 Medicals only apply to RPP holders, PPL holders must still...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,719
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Thanks Sam for the vice jaw pinch tool pictures,...

Thanks Sam for the vice jaw pinch tool pictures, exactly what I was trying to describe!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By Ralph Inkster
If the Steinair ones are like the older SafeAir...

If the Steinair ones are like the older SafeAir ones, just press the line in, & to disconnect, just press the yellow ring in & the line slides out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2022, 12:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,097
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another item to check. Remove upper gear leg...

Another item to check. Remove upper gear leg fairing & check if the gear leg mount cover plate is loose. Can produce a fairly high buzzing sound if screws are loose or missing, seems influenced by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2022, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,053
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wink If you are getting your Lycoming from any other...

If you are getting your Lycoming from any other engine builder, will usually be std pallet size.
Aerosport Power is 48"x40"x32". Don't know what that is in Kiwi lingo
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,951
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Note too that on every RV I've seen, that there...

Note too that on every RV I've seen, that there is about a 1/8" gap between the bottom skin and the threaded tiedown bracket that's bolted to the spar. If you tighten the tiedown ring under the wing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2022, 11:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,719
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I have used .125-3/4"x3/4" aluminum angle to...

I have used .125-3/4"x3/4" aluminum angle to support oil coolers in the past, never any issues.

If you do the squashed tubing approach, I'd suggest upsizing the tubing to 4130 .049x5/8". Squash the...
Forum: Engine Monitors 05-22-2022, 02:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 535
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Tried the old test in boiling water trick?

Tried the old test in boiling water trick?
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-21-2022, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Yes, go F6103 OVSC, more material is always a...

Yes, go F6103 OVSC, more material is always a good starting point, & its wide enough to accommodate either slider or tip up, what ever your flavor.

Strip down your old panel & use it as a template...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-21-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 920
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Does the Canpass subscription some how register...

Does the Canpass subscription some how register the ArriveCan app? This is the only thing changing pre or post Covid operation of the customs arrival process.

Will be interesting to see if they...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-20-2022, 01:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By Ralph Inkster
My FAB Alt Air Door gripes & solutions Missing...

My FAB Alt Air Door gripes & solutions

Missing base plate rivets - I replace the rivets with AN507-8R8 screws, requires dimpling the base plate for the countersunk screws, using nutplates mounted to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-20-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By Ralph Inkster
No expert here, so am looking at any & all angles...

No expert here, so am looking at any & all angles to see what's out there.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 617
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Look for dark or blue stains around the edge or...

Look for dark or blue stains around the edge or screw heads.

You could seal the screws by dabbing some proseal (or other proven sealant) under the heads before tightening them down.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-19-2022, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 604
Posted By Ralph Inkster
- Sometimes condensate (water, fuel, or carbon)...

- Sometimes condensate (water, fuel, or carbon) can contaminate a MAP sensor. Insure sensor is mounted in a position that does not allow anything to migrate 'down' the hose & collect in the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-19-2022, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By Ralph Inkster
4 potential units so far...

4 potential units so far...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 515
Posted By Ralph Inkster
D-100/120/180 possible Superbright solution

Hi all

I am in conversations with a LCD panel supplier who may be able to supply a solution for our dim screens. The big issue is the existing Toppoly screen Interface format (Parallel RGB (1ch,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-17-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 423
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I assume you are running the SDS EM-5 system? 4...

I assume you are running the SDS EM-5 system? 4 cyl?

My fuel flow K factor setting is about 22000. You could use that as a starting point.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 974
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Cad color shouldn't matter, each batch is...

Cad color shouldn't matter, each batch is different. Also the mfg head of the rivet heads pictured have the single dimple meaning the proper 2117T rivets.
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2022, 09:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 455
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Another option is to have the freight company...

Another option is to have the freight company call you when it arrives in Calgary, pick up the shipping documentation and run it over to Canada Customs & self clear them. Customs is at the NW corner...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-13-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,105
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Wow. That's scary! Imagine if the valve core...

Wow. That's scary! Imagine if the valve core shifted around to the full off position...

Was it the brass fuel valve? If so was the center core nylon or brass (real old style) also?
Forum: Canada 05-12-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 584
Posted By Ralph Inkster
You can get current Covid related information...

You can get current Covid related information here:
https://travel.gc.ca/travel-covid/travel-restrictions/exemptions

You can get list of open AOE airports...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,313
Posted By Ralph Inkster
540s & 550s I've played around with had the dip...

540s & 550s I've played around with had the dip stick on top of the engine. The 540 had a plenum I fabricated for it which involved putting a bowl around the dipstick housing up to the plenum skin. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,687
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Caution. If it was an certified aircraft that...

Caution. If it was an certified aircraft that was converted into the Canadian 'Owner Maintenance' category, it may not be a candidate for importation as the FAA does not recognize this category of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-07-2022, 09:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,105
Posted By Ralph Inkster
SB-06-2-23

Easy to miss during build, check Vans SB-06-2-23 and see if it (or part of it) applies to your situation.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-06-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,249
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Have you checked for proper idle cut off...

Have you checked for proper idle cut off adjustment? Sometimes that needle screw can back off.
Have you (after doing the idle cut off setting) adjusted for a resonable idle speed? That adjustment...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 930
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I just looked up the EIS 4000 manual on the GRT...

I just looked up the EIS 4000 manual on the GRT website. That manual had page 46.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 930
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Page 46 of the installation manual is pretty...

Page 46 of the installation manual is pretty straight forward.
The float sender has just the 1 terminal which you would connect the excitation wire/resister/Aux input wire to (per diagram on page...
Forum: ADS-B 04-30-2022, 10:54 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,274
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vern - did you reshape your fairing to better fit...

Vern - did you reshape your fairing to better fit the 'X' housing? It looks more bell shaped than stock in your pic (could be the pic angle).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,805
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Maybe a fancy cover box for somebody's garage...

Maybe a fancy cover box for somebody's garage electrical circuit breaker box?
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-30-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,314
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I collected a bunch of cheap (garage sale)...

I collected a bunch of cheap (garage sale) wrenches and bent & grind them to fit in each unique area, each specific to a particular nut. I think I ended up with 6 unique wrenches.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-28-2022, 02:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 460
Posted By Ralph Inkster
22 - 18 gauge red connectors 16 - 14 gauge...

22 - 18 gauge red connectors
16 - 14 gauge blue
12 - 10 gauge yellow
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,744
Posted By Ralph Inkster
That's a name from the past! Fine gentleman! I...

That's a name from the past! Fine gentleman! I had Hal inspect my first homebuilt (purchased) project, a Maranda, sold it when I realized I couldn't fit in it. The second one, a Cavalier, did fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,042
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Looking closer the thing under the belly skin...

Looking closer the thing under the belly skin looks like a CM4MS studded rod end bearing like used on flap linkage.
The thing inside on the floor looks like some sort of pillow block mount.
So the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-23-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 259
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Sub panel is 0.040"

Sub panel is 0.040"
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,042
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Video camera base? Muffler hangar? Variable angle...

Video camera base?
Muffler hangar?
Variable angle ground strap attach port?
Lidar sensor mount?
Laser cannon or torpedo hard point?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Scott, to preserve the original thread, please...

Scott, to preserve the original thread, please give me a call & I can talk you thru the process. You have my number.
Ralph
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Take your current W&B numbers and add the...

Take your current W&B numbers and add the following weight,

40 lbs at 150" aft of datum (RV7, 7A)

You will get a good idea of its effect to your empty CG without adding weight forward
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,301
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A friend had a BRS installed in a 7A he purchased...

A friend had a BRS installed in a 7A he purchased some years ago. IO360 180hp, Hartzell prop, legacy D-180 VFR setup. Unfortunately I don't have a W&B report on file for this plane, but I do know...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,949
Posted By Ralph Inkster
I've always used 1/2" hard wood dowel sticks,...

I've always used 1/2" hard wood dowel sticks, unvarnished. I use a soldering iron to mark it every 5 gallons (never fades). As far as accuracy, I always opt to error on the lesser value of the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-20-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,281
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Also check that the bellcrank in one wing was...

Also check that the bellcrank in one wing was installed in the right orientation. If one was installed upside down, deflection angles would be different between the two wings. Consult the plans...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Vans drawing OP-10 calls for 5Amp breaker, 18...

Vans drawing OP-10 calls for 5Amp breaker, 18 gauge wire
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-15-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Just Google: Lycoming DOCUMENT PART NO....

Just Google:

Lycoming DOCUMENT PART NO. 60297-23P for TIO-540 Parallel Valve

or

Lycoming DOCUMENT PART NO. 60297-23A for TIO-540 Angle Valve
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-15-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,197
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Pretty easy to download the Lycoming Operators...

Pretty easy to download the Lycoming Operators Manual for these engines
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,189
Posted By Ralph Inkster
Aerosport Power engines come on wood pallet...

Aerosport Power engines come on wood pallet topped with plywood box & heavy metal brackets to secure the engine
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,189
Posted By Ralph Inkster
A friend used one to ship his engine off for...

A friend used one to ship his engine off for overhaul. That left 2 others that recently went to the dump.
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