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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2022, 08:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,600
Posted By petehowell
Hi Jim, Just run the 20W-50 straight up. Seems...

Hi Jim,

Just run the 20W-50 straight up. Seems to work well as is. I try to fly 2-3x per week even if it is just for my 30 min loop of the rivers here in the cities. I think that helps.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,600
Posted By petehowell
Hi Carl, Minnesota boat gas EtOH-free 91 is what...

Hi Carl,

Minnesota boat gas EtOH-free 91 is what I use. I use swift fuel when the price is right, too.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2022, 07:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,600
Posted By petehowell
Mickey - some idiot forgot to set the clock after...

Mickey - some idiot forgot to set the clock after the battery was disconnected..... I'll have a talk with him.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,600
Posted By petehowell
Same here Dale - great to see you and your nephew!

Same here Dale - great to see you and your nephew!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 08:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,600
Posted By petehowell
I don't know Rocky. I'd need the help of a...

I don't know Rocky. I'd need the help of a really smart person!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-04-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,600
Posted By petehowell
2600 Hour Report

Andi and I flew down to tailgate at the Iowa State game on Saturday and flipped 2600 on the hobbs. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
Edit - I realize I really just said the same...

Edit - I realize I really just said the same thing Dan did above.......

No sure this is all correct, but I think of freestream dynamic as the the static pressure plus the pressure available due to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
Thanks

Thanks Jerry - took me two tries and I had expert help! I get there eventually....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-17-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
Hi Bill, Upper vs static in the chart (in the...

Hi Bill,

Upper vs static in the chart (in the red cells) is the diff b/t the upper cowl pressure and the line I tapped into the static system. I just compared them across the manometer using the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-17-2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
Std Setup

Yes sir! - piccolos from your diagrams in the same locations - made them in the kitchen - got some side eye when she got home......

I'll make some plans for a winter project to improve things.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-16-2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
Take 2!

Now that I is more smart, I gots more datas. Tapped the static system. Flew big squares, used Ottopilot. Used the Manometer function that averages readings over time to get a better result. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
More data

**** - I have to fly again..... Thanks for the input, I'll tap the static and get the data!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 57
Sticky: ENGINE COOLING
Views: 40,301
Posted By petehowell
Do I have Recovery? Pressure Recovery.....

After a lot of hours, I'm taking a new look at my cowl and engine cooling. I had stock baffles for the first few years, then I made a bad plenum that has worked fine for many hours, but I never knew...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-10-2022, 11:51 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 18,858
Posted By petehowell
S15 cleaning

Mastered, hahaha. I'm not good at anything, but I do this - I'm sure there are better ways........

Walmart brake clean is your friend - it's cheap.


Remove o-ring

I have a straw that goes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 18,858
Posted By petehowell
Anecdotal Info

I've been running an S15 on my O-320 for ~800 hours now. N=1, but my engine seems to like it. it catches a lot of carbon, have not seen much else in in it. The magnet always has ferrous dust on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-09-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,796
Posted By petehowell
Circuit Breaker??

I've got a 60 amp breaker in the B lead Circuit. My voltage dropped from 14.3 to 13.7 one day and never went back - we isolated the breaker and found the voltage drop across it. 16 years and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-07-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,871
Posted By petehowell
Circuit Breaker

At 16 years and almost 2600 hours - the low volt gremlins hit my -9A. I've had this before and it's either been my Samurai alternator or a loose wire in the alternator plug.

This time it showed up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,010
Posted By petehowell
Practice.....

I went out and practiced flying 90 kts at 1800 ft. I tried to land on imaginary dots, too.

Andi gathered camping gear and we found our window sign. Excitement is building......
Forum: Northwest 06-23-2022, 09:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,635
Posted By petehowell
That's beautiful, Dan - Andi wants to head west...

That's beautiful, Dan - Andi wants to head west again....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 11,672
Posted By petehowell
All is well - I run mostly 92 Mogas(boat gas)...

All is well - I run mostly 92 Mogas(boat gas) here in Minnesota. UL94 runs much like 100LL in my engine when I use it. I run an advanced B-curve fall/winter/spring and the A-curve in the summer to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-14-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By petehowell
Boring Scope

It's cheap and simple.

- Linux Mint on an old laptop running the "Cheese" app
- 7mm camera on a wire supported by safety wire
- Insert in plug hole
- Position to point at valve
- Snap...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By petehowell
Hi Mickey, I am not regularly doing oil analysis.

Hi Mickey,

I am not regularly doing oil analysis.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,530
Posted By petehowell
2550 Hour Report

9er-Pop-Hotel turned 2550 on the hobbs flying back from South Bend to see Mom the other day! So I drained the oil after landing and went back the next day and cleaned the K&P filter and Suction...
Forum: COMM 04-11-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By petehowell
Cheap drivers

Just a heads up - if you want to try this cheap, here are some good drivers for about $13 delivered (https://www.ebay.com/itm/265171121588)

These are the same drivers used in the Etymotic ER4 and...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By petehowell
Bluetooth

Hi Claude,

Thanks for the kind comment. For now the BT is receive only from my phone via a $10 adapter, it works well. I might see if I can hack an handsfree car adapter with a mic to be able to...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By petehowell
DIY Headset Part 2

Now it was time to hook it all up. I wanted to have Bluetooth in to listen to tunes and podcasts, so I designed and printed up a box to hold the...
Forum: COMM 04-03-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By petehowell
DIY Headset

After 16 years and over 2500 hours, the Clarity Aloft headset was getting a bit tired - the right earbud was static-riddden and would cut out if I moved my head the wrong way. It owed me nothing at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,462
Posted By petehowell
2500 Hours!

Turned 2500 on the hobbs yesterday! Dropped the oil after landing. Went back this morning and checked the filter and screen, scoped the valves, and checked to see if she still holds pressure in the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,137
Posted By petehowell
Frickin' Lasers!

Pew, Pew Pew Pew!! Laser "space gun" sounds.......
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,137
Posted By petehowell
Follow up.......

This past weekend on a tailgating trip to Ames, the LS starter spun slowly again. So I pulled the solenoid, got a free replacement and put it all back together. Really an easy repair. Easier than...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-12-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,963
Posted By petehowell
Ratio

1:300-ish

Just enuf to make the exhaust smell minty fresh!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-12-2021, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,963
Posted By petehowell
Tips?

Well,

Just a few things at almost 2500 hrs now:

- Fly as much as possible - 2 or 3 times a week
- I think the mogas really helps keep things clean
- I run LOP almost all of the time
- Keep the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-06-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,830
Posted By petehowell
Added to the list!

Great Write-up Steve!

If you have not been to Pictured Rocks a bit to the east - It was a nice trip as well! The UP is really beautiful.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-05-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,963
Posted By petehowell
2450 Hour Report!

Andi and I took a nice little daytrip up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore on Saturday. Highly recommended - in the very pretty and relatively untouched UP of Michigan and just 2 RV-9A hours by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 754
Posted By petehowell
Vouch for Doug

He may have been from New Mexico, but NM Doug is now MN Doug, and part of the crew in Minneapolis. I've been helping with the nose gear and can vouch that we will return anything that he borrows. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,096
Posted By petehowell
Woo-hoo!

Congrats! Keep her flying!!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
2021 Speed Data

It was a beautiful spring day in Minne, so I got out today to do my annual speed testing. TLDR - nothing much has...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
Cheap-o-scope

Mickey and Bryan,

The scope is cheapie off of DX.com (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=147063&highlight=microbrew). A huge value in the world of aviation.

Get a spare - they...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 10:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
Compressions

Got the data on the cylinders tonight - took the data on a cold engine.

78 75 78 77

#2 has always been the red-headed step-child, but is hanging in there.....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-16-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
Next Time

Bob,

The one I got she did not like - I'll get a good one next time.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
Hi Al, Yep 2400 on the original engine, original...

Hi Al,

Yep 2400 on the original engine, original cylinders. I run mostly 91 Mogas LOP and have used Phillips XC oil from the very first start.

I agree - flying and changing oil is key.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
No chance!

The more I fly, the further ahead you get Vlad!! Always chasing!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,852
Posted By petehowell
2400 Hour Report

Mom is 2 weeks post vax and I have not seen her for a year, so it was time to go have lunch in South Bend!! Got six hours of seat time and 3 hours with mom. We kept our distance, but had a great...
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,580
Posted By petehowell
Well....

I was just born in '66 and as Kyle said, Susanna Hoffs was memorable........

Haha - I love Simon and Garfunkle, too!
Forum: Midwest 01-13-2021, 05:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,580
Posted By petehowell
Hazy Shade of Winter

Got a nice snap of Minne in the haze while cruising over St. Paul. Great day to fly after calls from the hangar.......

The snowglobe starts again tomorrow!

my Apologies to the...
Forum: Midwest 01-03-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,703
Posted By petehowell
Poppin' Up thru the Haze

Bernie and I took a quick flight out west today and the normally prominent Minne Skyline was missing on takeoff from Anoka. We managed to find her after climbing out of the haze a bit. The Wells...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 250
Views: 196,108
Posted By petehowell
Very interesting!

Great Pics Vlad! Cool how the ice forms - more info here (https://mtstandard.com/news/local/freeze-up-in-rivers-not-a-simple-process/article_8002be52-d329-51c9-b345-35e10a867116.html).

Ours just...
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,986
Posted By petehowell
Thanks!

Stan and Nathan,

Thank you!

I missed this in the Wiki "Many wing dams are often underwater and may be difficult to see, and can easily be struck by vessels."
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,986
Posted By petehowell
Not wing dam(I dont think)

Hi Nathan,

Did not look like a wing dam. Hopefully the pic will show up for everyone - Google Photos can be fussy, but they usually show up.
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,986
Posted By petehowell
THnks

Hey Larry,

That makes perfect sense to me. Hope you had a good Thanksgiving!
Forum: Midwest 11-27-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,986
Posted By petehowell
River Bumps

Was flying over the Upper Mississippi this morning and got a good look at something I had seen before. I called them river bumps. (Circled in red)

Here is the pic. They are too uniform not to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-05-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,457
Posted By petehowell
Little dude!

Loved the pic of your little dude with the polished plane - he is getting big!!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-05-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,457
Posted By petehowell
2350 Report

Flew down to Iowa yesterday to have lunch with a college buddy who is a doctor in Cedar Rapids. Had a great lunch on the tarmac discussing families, covid and the good old days(like 2019). On the...
Forum: APRS Tracking 09-02-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 10,307
Posted By petehowell
DDRR for APRS

DDRR for APRS! I had some fun with materials from home depot a few years back.

Cheap and fun to experiment!

https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=39797&highlight=ddrr
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-29-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Fire Danger

Hi Tim,

They closed the field to new arrivals after we arrived. They posted no fires and no generators after our first night there. The RAF knew we were there and allowed us to stay and depart...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-29-2020, 12:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Ryan Field Info

Hi Scott,

Your write ups are legendary. The latest with the pup was the best so far!

The overview for using Ryan Field can be found here (https://theraf.org/ryan-field/). You must make sure it is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Polebridge

We did go thru Polebridge, but the bar was not open.......
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 05:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Jeremy, Thanks for this info, what an...

Jeremy,

Thanks for this info, what an interesting place!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
It was 85 and sunny during the days and 48 and...

It was 85 and sunny during the days and 48 and crisp at night. We saw no rain. Winds over the mountains were our only obstacle. It is really dry there right now - they need some rain.

It is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Glacier 3

Weds evening we sadly broke camp and got ready to head home. I flew back to KGPI to get gas and we got cleaned up at a hotel before the long ride home early Thursday morning.

Just departed Ryan...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Glacier 2

We've all seen the pics of Glacier, but it really is different in person. There was smoke from the Cali fires, but even so it is breathtaking. Here are some of my favorites:

St Mary's Lake - this...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-28-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,140
Posted By petehowell
Glacier....Just Wow!

The Trip Out......

My buddy at work laughed when I told him we were trying to get to Glacier again in the little plane..... he called it my "White Whale". The last 4 years we have tried and failed...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,739
Posted By petehowell
Thanks

Hi Bill - thanks for the reply on Hanley Field. I might check it out one weekend.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,739
Posted By petehowell
Beautiful!

This trip is on our list! Did you take a look at the little strip at Munising 5Y7?

Would be interested to see if it is RV friendly.
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