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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-11-2022, 04:04 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,405
Posted By ctennis
I think I understand what your'e saying is that...

I think I understand what your'e saying is that the engine is running correctly on
the questionable system, it's just the g3x indicating ~300 rpm high, right?

The pulse of the magnet on the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 01:10 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 18,757
Posted By ctennis
Just a note for anyone finding this thread, there...

Just a note for anyone finding this thread, there are a couple of different entities at play here and it's a bit confusing.

K&P engineering makes the filters

Their online store front is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 123
Views: 18,757
Posted By ctennis
For those of you getting the K&P, just curious...

For those of you getting the K&P, just curious how long your delivery took? I ordered a few weeks and haven't heard a peep - just trying to calibrate my delivery expectations.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 05:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,894
Posted By ctennis
Made a trip to KOWB to grab some...

Made a trip to KOWB to grab some dinner.

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Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By ctennis
Not sure I know explicitly - this paint shop...

Not sure I know explicitly - this paint shop alodines prior to primer. I'm not familiar enough with the process to speak wisely on it, but given its the landing gear just wanted to make sure there...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-10-2022, 05:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 820
Posted By ctennis
Grove gear and alodine

For those of you with the grove aluminum landing gear, did your paint shop Alodine the gear prior to paint? Just want to confirm this is okay.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2022, 05:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,421
Posted By ctennis
At my airport, there's plenty of land available...

At my airport, there's plenty of land available to build, and the airport is supportive of it. The problem for most is, because the land can only be leased (as are basically all federally funded...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,354
Posted By ctennis
Ok, that location seems unlikely related to the...

Ok, that location seems unlikely related to the issue I was describing then.

When I was troubleshooting I also moved my GSU25 units around a bit to see how they were impacted. I ended up with them...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2022, 01:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,354
Posted By ctennis
The one immediately aft of the elevator bellcrank.

The one immediately aft of the elevator bellcrank.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2022, 12:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By ctennis
G3x screen mounting screws

I've lost one of my g3x screen mounting screws. They're #6 black, 1/2" long and use a 3/32 hex. All places I can find replacement fasteners from have a 7/64 drive, and I'd rather not have different...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2022, 12:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,354
Posted By ctennis
Randy - where is your GMU11 located? I had...

Randy - where is your GMU11 located?

I had similar issues on initial flight testing in my 10. My unit is on a shelf on the bulkhead in the tailcone. One factor I found was the steel rear shoulder...
Forum: Midwest 01-16-2022, 06:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By ctennis
Might try Denny Green at Muncie. Not sure if he...

Might try Denny Green at Muncie. Not sure if he does sport or not but I know plenty of people who have used him, self included

https://www.muncieaviation.com/contact
Forum: Florida (South) 01-07-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,784
Posted By ctennis
We're planning a trip to the keys in a few...

We're planning a trip to the keys in a few months. Thanks for your info!
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,261
Posted By ctennis
Just be aware that if you DO go for the Aerosport...

Just be aware that if you DO go for the Aerosport panels and the Mcfarlane cables, you will need to add some length to the cables as location of the attach point is different than the regular Vans...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,261
Posted By ctennis
The cable moves just fine freely without any need...

The cable moves just fine freely without any need to push a button. 10/10, would recommend.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,822
Posted By ctennis
Iím in Columbus IN and had an inspection done by...

Iím in Columbus IN and had an inspection done by Jim auman out of Tennessee. Heís through the Minneapolis mido, not the fsdo, but it worked fine. His prices were super reasonable. 630-886-0835 is his...
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,311
Posted By ctennis
I have a symmetric panel and a 10 inch G3x screen...

I have a symmetric panel and a 10 inch G3x screen in each side. This was intentional as my wife is also a pilot, so each seat has a nice screen in front of it.

That said the distance and angle...
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,261
Posted By ctennis
The aerosport panel does not move a bit with the...

The aerosport panel does not move a bit with the push pulls. It’s backed by an aluminum plate that is well supported in multiple places

Mine “mount” directly to the carbon fiber but there are adel...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,539
Posted By ctennis
This is the way.

This is the way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,741
Posted By ctennis
This is the way. Take his tank to a local gas...

This is the way. Take his tank to a local gas supply place and theyíll swap it out for a full one for not a lot of money.
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,254
Posted By ctennis
Yes you are supposed to countersink that flange...

Yes you are supposed to countersink that flange to accept the double flush rivet shop head and no it doesnít call out that step. I distinctly remember this step (even though itís been a few years)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 06:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,672
Posted By ctennis
Gabriel, I have built both an rv-8 and rv-10 at...

Gabriel, I have built both an rv-8 and rv-10 at KBAK. Happy to accommodate you to tell you what I know.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-09-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 788
Posted By ctennis
Two G3X interface questions

I've emailed g3xpert 10 days ago but didn't get a response yet, so thought I might try my luck here in case anyone knows:

1) In map view, there are a lot of black/white dashed lines overlaying the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,647
Posted By ctennis
Spent a decade owning and flying a Cessna 182....

Spent a decade owning and flying a Cessna 182. Great first airplane, was a tried-and-true part of our family and traveling.

But every little thing that would go wrong cost $$$$.

The pin that held...
Forum: RV-10 06-30-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,338
Posted By ctennis
I used the nylon conduit Vans sells for the wing...

I used the nylon conduit Vans sells for the wing wiring, ran 2x on each side of the plane. Two of them are fairly full, but I also put some remote avionics in the tailcone vs behind the panel.

As...
Forum: RV-10 06-30-2021, 06:05 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 645
Posted By ctennis
#8 1/2" screws are what Vans supplies, AN515-8R8...

#8 1/2" screws are what Vans supplies, AN515-8R8 (MS35206-245). Some people don't like them because they have a tendency to strip after a few uses, and use hex head cap screws. Your mileage may...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-28-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,790
Posted By ctennis
Just to close the loop on this, the diode ended...

Just to close the loop on this, the diode ended up being fine. It was the EarthX battery BMS that shut the output to the battery off, which looks like a short when testing the diode inline.

That...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 12:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,649
Posted By ctennis
Also keep in mind that if your nut plate opening...

Also keep in mind that if your nut plate opening isn't perfectly centered with the hole in the material in front of it, your threads will end up rubbing against the aluminum opening as you thread it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-21-2021, 05:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,790
Posted By ctennis
I'll run some more testing on it over the weekend...

I'll run some more testing on it over the weekend and gather some additional data.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2021, 03:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,790
Posted By ctennis
Makes me wonder if a fuse inline with the diode...

Makes me wonder if a fuse inline with the diode wouldn't be a wise idea in this scenario.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,790
Posted By ctennis
Not sure what you mean - the diode is between the...

Not sure what you mean - the diode is between the activation terminal of the relay and the battery side. The battery itself went into protective mode (earthx) since it was effectively shorted while...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-20-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,790
Posted By ctennis
Master relay diode failed closed

Has anyone experienced the issue of your master relay protective diode falling by *shorting*? This happened while on the ground and just doing some manual work at the EFIS screen - system just went...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,692
Posted By ctennis
I sold my 182 to the local flight club in...

I sold my 182 to the local flight club in December, and in Feb a training pilot forgot to take off the tow bar and started to taxi, which led to a prop strike, which led to total prop replacement,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2021, 07:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
We've had some really good responses here and...

We've had some really good responses here and also had a couple of PMs, so wanted to circle back with some analysis.

The VPX's pitch control has two configuration items of note: "Speed" and "%...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2021, 06:51 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
Sorry yeah, that was the part # I meant. Updated.

Sorry yeah, that was the part # I meant. Updated.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
But what are the alternatives here? If I wire...

But what are the alternatives here?

If I wire trim from the VPX directly to the trim servos and bypass the Garmin GSA28s, then my Garmin autopilot will not have auto trim capabilities.

If I didn't...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
I think this is likely it, thanks Carl! This...

I think this is likely it, thanks Carl! This value was below 80 on that flight, and i subsequently changed it for the following one while troubleshooting. Unfortunately at the time I didn't think...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
Your first sentence is incredibly rich. I posted...

Your first sentence is incredibly rich.

I posted it as I hadn't seen anyone else with this equipment have a similar experience, and wanted to try and share some information. If a net result is also...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
I wondered how many responses it would be before...

I wondered how many responses it would be before someone questioned "why did you do it that way?". In the handful of posts I've put on here in the past 7 years, I don't think a single one has gone...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,410
Posted By ctennis
G3X/VPX trim - first flight eye opener

I had my RV-10's first flight yesterday, and thought I'd share something interesting that occurred, mostly as a discussion point: My trim did not work in flight.

System: G3X controlled AP, fronted...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,213
Posted By ctennis
That's kind of what I was thinking too - I just...

That's kind of what I was thinking too - I just don't see it physically possible (center console or not), and maybe it's not even intended - but now I have this "thing" looming over my head I need to...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,213
Posted By ctennis
I did, and I saw that very post, but I sat there...

I did, and I saw that very post, but I sat there and don't see how if the center console stuff wasn't there it would change anything. Granted, without it, I could slide my leg up onto the tunnel,...
Forum: RV-10 04-11-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,213
Posted By ctennis
Aileron/control stick movement

I had my final airworthiness inspection this past week, and one discrepancy my DAR noted was that the control stick wasn't able to make full aileron movement when a pilot is sitting in the left seat...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,686
Posted By ctennis
Totally makes sense, and not something I had...

Totally makes sense, and not something I had thought about. Will investigate into the cylinder extension. Thank you!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,686
Posted By ctennis
Bleeding brake woes

RV-10, 99.9% done. My brakes are dragging, and trying to debug I'm running into an interesting issue I'm not sure of how to troubleshoot:

* If I do the traditional bleeding method (push brake, hold...
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,911
Posted By ctennis
Iím at KBAK about 2 hours north of you by car....

Iím at KBAK about 2 hours north of you by car. Built an RV8 and finishing up an RV-10. Would be glad to assist in any way I can.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-02-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,459
Posted By ctennis
Thanks for that info. At least for my systems, I...

Thanks for that info. At least for my systems, I have a total of 6 coils, 3 for each system. Each coil has two outputs going to two opposing spark plugs.

I have 3 coils presently mounted to the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-02-2020, 06:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,459
Posted By ctennis
Dual Lightspeed and 6 cyl locations

I'm picking my final locations for the ignition coils now on a IO-540 for an RV-10. If I mount all 6 coils to the top of the engine, then I have to route the ignition cables down to the bottom plugs...
Forum: GPS 01-09-2020, 08:58 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 19,451
Posted By ctennis
It's purely for standby/backup/emergency power...

It's purely for standby/backup/emergency power purposes, not for active flying.

The GTN650:

Main Connector 1.6A Typical 2.8A Max
Comm Connector .45A Typical 5.66A Max (16Watt) 4.02A (10Watt)
Nav...
Forum: GPS 01-08-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 19,451
Posted By ctennis
Hey g3xpert, any chance the power consumption of...

Hey g3xpert, any chance the power consumption of the units is lower than their predecessors? One of the reasons I chose the GPS175 over a GTN unit was the significantly lower power draw, but if these...
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2019, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,858
Posted By ctennis
Recommend you use some milspec grommet material...

Recommend you use some milspec grommet material (M22529/1 from Aircraft Spruce). It will come in handy in quite a few other places in the build.
Forum: RV-10 03-10-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 8,211
Posted By ctennis
I'd recommend step bushings from...

I'd recommend step bushings from http://www.tcwtech.com.

Also recommend the Vans ADAHRS tray and the side shelf for ELT/Whelen mount. Much easier to install WHILE building the tailcone than after...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,402
Posted By ctennis
There's a lot of options, so here's the one I...

There's a lot of options, so here's the one I think is easiest:

go to imgur.com, click on top left "new post". Drag and drop your picture to it. The result will be a link, like ...
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2018, 05:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By ctennis
To followup, Spruce realized they did have the...

To followup, Spruce realized they did have the incorrect parts labeled, and also have the correct parts in stock, and are taking care of it.
Forum: RV-10 11-13-2018, 12:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By ctennis
Thanks for confirming. This was ordered from...

Thanks for confirming. This was ordered from spruce with that exact part #.

To offer a pirep in case anyone else has the same issue I do...

I originally ordered the RV-10 valve kit from...
Forum: RV-10 11-13-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,046
Posted By ctennis
SS Heater Bypass Valves

I bought the aftermarket heater bypass valves from one of the third party vendors, but what I ended up getting didn't quite look right to me. I'm curious if anyone who has installed the SS boxes can...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-30-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,136
Posted By ctennis
When I was testing my Dynon system...

When I was testing my Dynon system pre-first-startup, I simply disconnected the lead from the starter relay on the battery side, and hooked up my +12V power to it (and ground to the airframe). This...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,132
Posted By ctennis
I certainly don't know it for a fact, but the...

I certainly don't know it for a fact, but the posting history on this site seems to indicate people have been asking for the past few years and seemingly getting answers they'll be ready "any day...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,132
Posted By ctennis
I thought the same thing, but they list them on...

I thought the same thing, but they list them on their site, along with other RV related things, including RV-14...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,132
Posted By ctennis
Risse Racing rudder pedals

Risse Racing sells a set of RV-10 rudder pedals that look very similar to the Control Approach ones that seem to be no longer...
Forum: Midwest 10-15-2018, 04:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,135
Posted By ctennis
I'm based out of KBAK if you're willing to drive...

I'm based out of KBAK if you're willing to drive an hour. I have a completed RV-8 and an RV-10 under construction.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,412
Posted By ctennis
I've flown into Midway a few times too, with good...

I've flown into Midway a few times too, with good experiences similar to yours. A few of the notes I've compiled.

1) Atlantic is a slightly more little-GA friendly in that they have avgas and...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,128
Posted By ctennis
Okay thanks guys. Makes sense. I slow built an...

Okay thanks guys. Makes sense.

I slow built an RV-8, so I understand the builder vs. kit assembler part. I've also found that sometimes when you assume something in the plans that isn't clear, you...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,128
Posted By ctennis
wing wire run hose in fuselage

In 29-15 step 4 it says to enlarge the hole in the side skins for a snap bushing to accommodate wires and pressure lines coming from the wing. It also says that because it's an odd size, the bushing...
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