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Forum: Safety Today, 01:51 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By rv8ch
I have actually had this happen as we do get some...

I have actually had this happen as we do get some balloon activity around here on those beautiful, quiet evenings in the summer. Balloon drifting across the final approach path at our small,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 01:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 723
Posted By rv8ch
So true, Bob. They will use any kind of story to...

So true, Bob. They will use any kind of story to try to scam us.

Before you give up on humanity, just remember that one scammer can contact millions of people a day due to the incredible efficiency...
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,110
Posted By rv8ch
I have the ETX680c on the firewall - saves a lot...

I have the ETX680c on the firewall - saves a lot of weight to not have those fat cables going all the way to the rear. And of course the battery is very...
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 09:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 929
Posted By rv8ch
I'm not 100% sure I understand your question. My...

I'm not 100% sure I understand your question. My spinner is the standard Van's spinner and is made of fiberglass.
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 01:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,110
Posted By rv8ch
Earthx says anything bigger than a AWG#20 will...

Earthx says anything bigger than a AWG#20 will work. Not a lot of current there, just enough to light a LED on the panel or tickle your EFIS.

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Forum: Safety 12-06-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,989
Posted By rv8ch
The skydiving aircraft pilots are also fun to...

The skydiving aircraft pilots are also fun to have in a busy pattern!

To be fair, they are usually very experienced and have a very "ain't nobody got time for that" attitude when it comes to slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2021, 02:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,014
Posted By rv8ch
Could not agree more. I use a long set of...

Could not agree more. I use a long set of hemostats with a rag and something like wd-40 to clean things. Plus it gives you time to look carefully at everything on and around the engine. A pressure...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-06-2021, 01:58 AM
Replies: 374
Views: 218,051
Posted By rv8ch
That little motorcycle taught me a lot about...

That little motorcycle taught me a lot about engines - I had to split the cases on that thing a couple of times. And thanks to that experience as a 12 yr old, I got a job at 16 in a machine shop as...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-05-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 374
Views: 218,051
Posted By rv8ch
Green grass

Here's a bit of green for you from October.

Landing:

https://youtu.be/RTOTG56LLpY

Takeoff:

https://youtu.be/yQySntND9Y0
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-05-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 863
Posted By rv8ch
Hi Dan, yes, that's a rivnut. I'd remove the...

Hi Dan, yes, that's a rivnut. I'd remove the cover to the left in your picture and see if you can get some 90 needle nose pliers on there, then drill it out. Another way is to get some vice grips...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-05-2021, 02:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 929
Posted By rv8ch
There are several factors, including: cost ...

There are several factors, including:


cost
weight
performance
maintenance/repair
coolness
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 369
Posted By rv8ch
I use sponges - they seem to be the perfect size....

I use sponges - they seem to be the perfect size. I doubt they would be that good on a rainy day outside, but they work well to keep critters out otherwise.

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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-04-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 289
Posted By rv8ch
That is a tricky one! Thanks for sharing it!

That is a tricky one! Thanks for sharing it!
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-04-2021, 03:11 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,325
Posted By rv8ch
I have never driven a dump truck, but now I want...

I have never driven a dump truck, but now I want to give it a go, if it's as fun as my RV-8! :D
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-04-2021, 01:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,362
Posted By rv8ch
My original break-in oil and first couple of oil...

My original break-in oil and first couple of oil changes on fixed-weight mineral oil also looked very clean. I then switched to normal oil with ashless dispersant and it got a bit darker quicker,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 12:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 358
Posted By rv8ch
Hi Steve, You've got a bit of homework to do! :)...

Hi Steve, You've got a bit of homework to do! :) I can't help much with the slick mag, but the pmag is documented here:

https://emagair.com/downloads/

There are several threads on pmag timing on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,368
Posted By rv8ch
The things I recall people mentioning are: ...

The things I recall people mentioning are:


Automobile with connection from exhaust pipe into cowl
Camping stove with hood that funnels heat into cowl
small, lightweight generator


I guess it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-02-2021, 05:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,627
Posted By rv8ch
I know you are kidding (kind of) but...

I know you are kidding (kind of) but unfortunately, even a leaking nose seal will not get much oil on the baffles.

I didn't paint my 2024 baffles, so I give them a wipe down with ACF-50 when I have...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-01-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 531
Posted By rv8ch
Hey Steve, sounds like you are not the builder. ...

Hey Steve, sounds like you are not the builder. I'm sure you know this, but anyway, please take care in making changes in this area. Small changes here using a non-standard method can cause big...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 271
Posted By rv8ch
WTB: RV-4 engine mount

Asking for a friend - anyone have an RV-4 engine mount that they don't need? Not 100% sure what's needed - I believe it's dynafocal with short gear legs. Have one on order with Van's but the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,572
Posted By rv8ch
That's how he can afford two homes - spending...

That's how he can afford two homes - spending wisely! :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-01-2021, 01:55 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 858
Posted By rv8ch
Knowing I would need to remove the panel many...

Knowing I would need to remove the panel many times throughout the life of the project, I installed all the skins first, and then did the panel. I can remove the panel and put it on my lap and get...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,418
Posted By rv8ch
If Ford can do it, Van's can do...

If Ford can do it, Van's can do it.

https://www.ford.com/suvs/mach-e/
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,418
Posted By rv8ch
Van's should focus on an electric RV-12, then...

Van's should focus on an electric RV-12, then expand that skillset into other models. Electric flying is the future, ladies and gentlemen.

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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-30-2021, 01:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,853
Posted By rv8ch
Kind reminder on passwords - be sure to use a...

Kind reminder on passwords - be sure to use a different password for every site you visit and every account. Easiest way is to use a password manager. Most browsers have pretty good built-in...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-30-2021, 01:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,879
Posted By rv8ch
Indeed - I'm considering making an offer just as...

Indeed - I'm considering making an offer just as an investment. :)

Looks like a beautiful engine.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,444
Posted By rv8ch
Same here, but I didn't diagram every pin on...

Same here, but I didn't diagram every pin on every wire. I just kept the images of the vendor documentation which has the detailed pinouts for each device.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-29-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By rv8ch
I thought the same!

I thought the same!
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,602
Posted By rv8ch
I've got the levers in my RV-8, and if I were...

I've got the levers in my RV-8, and if I were doing it again, I'd do it with one throttle lever, and vernier cables for the prop and mixture. You get much finer control with the vernier cables, and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,542
Posted By rv8ch
This looks like it's ripe for a nice video...

This looks like it's ripe for a nice video showing a trailing edge that is too rounded, and a trailing edge that is correctly rounded, and how to make it right. Also, any hints for those with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2021, 01:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 722
Posted By rv8ch
My guidance would be to head over to McFarlane...

My guidance would be to head over to McFarlane and buy their cables - they are higher quality than the standard cables. If you want the standard cables, I have some I can sell to you - never used,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-29-2021, 01:28 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,395
Posted By rv8ch
McMurdo Fastfind 220. Local dealer wants 189CHF...

McMurdo Fastfind 220. Local dealer wants 189CHF to replace the battery. New, they are less than 300CHF, although I have found them as expensive as 379CHF, which is slightly more than double the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 636
Posted By rv8ch
Have you considered using a multi-grade oil like...

Have you considered using a multi-grade oil like "PHILLIPS 66 VICTORY AVIATION OIL 20W-50?"

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/phillips_08-17114.php

It seems to have some benefits...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 01:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,073
Posted By rv8ch
3 LDGs

We had some unforecast gaps in the low clouds while I was escorting the little lady shopping, so I quickly dropped her off, activated the remote engine heater on my phone, and hustled to the airport...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2021, 01:09 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,395
Posted By rv8ch
Good point - one thing that's confusing to me is...

Good point - one thing that's confusing to me is it's common knowledge that ELTs often don't work after most crashes. The times that they do save a life seems to be headline news. Has the FAA or...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2021, 02:08 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,395
Posted By rv8ch
Same for the PLBs - I have one where the battery...

Same for the PLBs - I have one where the battery replacement cost is over half way to the price of a new unit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,943
Posted By rv8ch
Exactly - you explained it better than I did. :)

Exactly - you explained it better than I did. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,943
Posted By rv8ch
Everything I've read says to basically ignore the...

Everything I've read says to basically ignore the absolute EGT number, but use them to find...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,049
Posted By rv8ch
Great work, Eric! Really a wonderful feeling,...

Great work, Eric! Really a wonderful feeling, isn't it? :)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2021, 07:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,538
Posted By rv8ch
https://www.airframesalaska.com/Kitfox-T3-Tailwhee...

https://www.airframesalaska.com/Kitfox-T3-Tailwheel-Suspension-p/abi-51376-.htm

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Not saying this will work on our RVs, but clearly people are looking at tailwheels as an area that can be...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-25-2021, 12:35 AM
Replies: 189
Views: 54,065
Posted By rv8ch
Can't recall what engine you have but here's what...

Can't recall what engine you have but here's what I did on mine (io360/8.5:1/parallel valve/pmags/AFP FM200/Hartzell Aluminum) and it works perfectly. Lots of good advice here from Bill R. If you...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-24-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,155
Posted By rv8ch
I love that - but it does limit me to working...

I love that - but it does limit me to working with a pencil and a piece of paper!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-24-2021, 01:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,438
Posted By rv8ch
Hey Brian, good to hear from you! Totally agree...

Hey Brian, good to hear from you! Totally agree with your recommendation to replace the engine - that's what I did and am happily flying my RV-8. Still have the engine in my garage if anyone wants...
Forum: RV-10 11-24-2021, 12:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,307
Posted By rv8ch
Happy to hear the pilot got it down safely. Will...

Happy to hear the pilot got it down safely. Will be interesting to know what happened.

https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N54CT/history/20211122/1902Z/UT47/UT47

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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,714
Posted By rv8ch
As others have said, I don't think at this point...

As others have said, I don't think at this point you will need to remove the wings to fix anything. I'd put in the final bolts and avoid starting the engine until you are really ready to fly.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-23-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By rv8ch
Terry, did Clint have any idea about the pros and...

Terry, did Clint have any idea about the pros and cons of each? From what I understand, exhaust systems are very complex and sensitive to even minor changes, so I would guess that there must be a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 01:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,423
Posted By rv8ch
Larry, if you are absolutely sure you want to do...

Larry, if you are absolutely sure you want to do a plenum, ignore the following.

I was drooling over these plenums on VAF and from time to time saw one "live" at KOSH or SNF. They look...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,486
Posted By rv8ch
I had installed a battery in the back and used #0...

I had installed a battery in the back and used #0 welding wire to get the power from the tail to the starter. After the availability of super-light lifepo4 batteries, I just pulled all that heavy...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-22-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,649
Posted By rv8ch
That's a great idea, and if it was standard...

That's a great idea, and if it was standard practice, would save a lot of lives.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 04:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,870
Posted By rv8ch
Nice pics, Yves! My aircraft is stuck under that...

Nice pics, Yves! My aircraft is stuck under that fog, so no flying this weekend. I hope we get a break in the weather at a time when I can sneak away from work!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 02:22 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,943
Posted By rv8ch
I'm sure he has more data about more engines than...

I'm sure he has more data about more engines than anyone in the world. This peak CHT graph is interesting when you compare to the data that generated it.

Below I have a slide from the YT video, and...
Forum: Photography 11-22-2021, 01:24 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 23,313
Posted By rv8ch
Try the paper clip visible when you are adding a...

Try the paper clip visible when you are adding a post. It works fine, and then the image stays with VAF, won't disappear when your image hosting provider does something stupid like change the link...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,943
Posted By rv8ch
I also wonder if he would change his guidance if...

I also wonder if he would change his guidance if running unleaded, since the reason for the higher temps is to avoid lead deposits.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By rv8ch
Pete - I think you are doing it right - feel free...

Pete - I think you are doing it right - feel free to share your tips and tricks for us low-time engine operators so we too can hit 2500 hours and have our valves look as good as yours!
Forum: Safety 11-21-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 674
Posted By rv8ch
Thanks for the reminder, Vac! This document is...

Thanks for the reminder, Vac! This document is chock full of very valuable information. I love #12 - I have gotten into the aircraft, strapped in, and realized that I had some very annoying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,346
Posted By rv8ch
May sound crazy, but why not one of these if you...

May sound crazy, but why not one of these if you know you'll be outside away from power plugs...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-20-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,649
Posted By rv8ch
Take care up there. A small mistake can result...

Take care up there. A small mistake can result in a very bad day, as you know. Lots of things can go wrong, and single pilot in the O2 levels has a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,451
Posted By rv8ch
They are really nice safety cards, that's for...

They are really nice safety cards, that's for sure!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By rv8ch
Mine was a very simple cover, which I eventually...

Mine was a very simple cover, which I eventually changed to add an O2 sensor control box. I only have before pictures, here is one:

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I screwed it on after covering it with the same "vinyl...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 10:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By rv8ch
I did exactly this on mine and it worked great.

I did exactly this on mine and it worked great.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 01:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,693
Posted By rv8ch
This service seems to work if you can't do it on...

This service seems to work if you can't do it on your PC. The cause is that the software running VAF does not read the field in the image EXIF data to say "rotate this image before you display...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-19-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,031
Posted By rv8ch
Here's a very good suggestion which I find works...

Here's a very good suggestion which I find works very well, and explains a lot. Assuming you don't have a mechanical problem - like bad plugs, bad ignition or something wrong with your injectors,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-19-2021, 12:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,538
Posted By rv8ch
Blake, at a fly-in this summer I spent some time...

Blake, at a fly-in this summer I spent some time looking at other tailwheel aircraft, and while I'm sure that the RV style is probably the lightest, some of the others look down right space-age in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 12:43 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,674
Posted By rv8ch
This is the right way. Excellent work.

This is the right way. Excellent work.
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