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Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 09:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 234
Posted By BillL
Agree with your sound thinking. I have shunt in...

Agree with your sound thinking.

I have shunt in the battery-to-system there for two reasons: 1. The amp shunt will tell me what all the system demands are. 2. When an alternator fails, then I can...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 07:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 588
Posted By BillL
Don't be sloppy.

It is surgical procedure . . as stated - use compound sparingly, do not drop in the cylinder and clean^3. Too much and as the valve seats and rotates it will make pearls of compound. You can feel the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,708
Posted By BillL
Can not compete for best way, but someone...

Can not compete for best way, but someone recommended super glue to stick the washer stacks together. It works great but only useful after you know the correct spacing.

Also, they make a fancy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By BillL
If it was me . . .

If you had the rocker off, or ensured there was lash and tapped the valve and still leaked and triple checked to ensure it is this valve leaking.

Then "if it was me" I would - remove the rockers,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-12-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,363
Posted By BillL
Alex, it could be the terminals. Fretting has...

Alex, it could be the terminals. Fretting has been known to increase resistance causing this very condition, higher than normal voltage....
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,086
Posted By BillL
What does Vans use for the prototypes?

What does Vans use for the prototypes?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-12-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By BillL
Try this before going to the heat gun. Not sure...

Try this before going to the heat gun. Not sure if it works, but if the surface is not continuous anymore - - - maybe.


Take two full sheets of paper towel, lay on and area and wet with mineral...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-12-2022, 06:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,217
Posted By BillL
Design consideration

Beware that if you make a beautiful wrap around the leading edge that the back leg that drops down around the torque tube has to have enough gap to push the fairing forward for removal. I did this...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-11-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 706
Posted By BillL
Lots of good epoxy resins - - different...

Lots of good epoxy resins - - different properties though. I use West unless I need something it does not do (properties). I have used some of the following. Not nearly all they offer!!

Resin...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-11-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,690
Posted By BillL
READ THE BOOK!!

I just had this situation. It is likely too rich - NOOO THAT IS CRAZY, RIGHT!!

No - here is what happens - if it is waaay too rich, then pulling back (mix) can reach cutoff before it leans enough...
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 03:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,981
Posted By BillL
My wheels are good, but no lifting is not working...

My wheels are good, but no lifting is not working for this old guy.

If it were automotive, the original DogBone (http://www.bonecreeper.com) is one of the best, it will roll without resistance over...
Forum: Safety 08-10-2022, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 683
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up I'm a believer . . .

;) .

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1311833&postcount=23
Forum: Fiberglass 08-09-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,217
Posted By BillL
Paul, that part is made with the mold on the...

Paul, that part is made with the mold on the outer surface, but it is the inner surface that controls the fit. Mine fit badly too (circa 2003 part) and before making mods, I sanded all the inner...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 14,811
Posted By BillL
Thanks for more info & request

Paul, since you will be getting all the bases covered for an article, can you include any tests that have been run for collapse of the element at high capacities. I have seen posted a collapsed...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-09-2022, 07:19 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 14,811
Posted By BillL
Thanks, Dan, I did not see that in the Tempest...

Thanks, Dan, I did not see that in the Tempest docs.

That opening pressure is what I figured it might be, maybe less since Tempest claims their filters meet the Continental spec implying it is...
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,037
Posted By BillL
Suggest you get a design recommendation from...

Suggest you get a design recommendation from Vans. It is just a super stiff structure right up to the point that part of the rail is cut and left with an opportunity for unexpected loading. Clearly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-08-2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 594
Posted By BillL
I don't see that the OP has stated what starting...

I don't see that the OP has stated what starting battery chemistry is installed. A LiFePO battery will draw quite high amps after a start and could result in high alternator torque.

BTW - belts are...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 14,811
Posted By BillL
The internal pressure bypass for the 108 has been...

The internal pressure bypass for the 108 has been said by Tempest to be 12-14 psi. Do we know the bypass pressure at which the Lycoming base opens (110)?

The reason asked is to get confirmation...
Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,587
Posted By BillL
We can not forget the rudder stops too. They...

We can not forget the rudder stops too. They revert to the original design. Ugh - more paint.
Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 03:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,587
Posted By BillL
Same situation, hanging in the basement. If you...

Same situation, hanging in the basement. If you do I will. :D
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,310
Posted By BillL
Nothing special? HA!

Well said Smokey. . . . I believe that is the differentiator that will make the RV15 a huge success.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,977
Posted By BillL
There may be more facts to accompany this photo. . .

before we draw conclusions. IIRC, A while back (as posted on VAF w/video) an airshow pilot in a row of 8's with full flaps (simultaneously) did a start, run-up and smoke on the line. With full...
Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,587
Posted By BillL
The 7 tall/9 rudder is 936 in^2 without the glass...

The 7 tall/9 rudder is 936 in^2 without the glass ends. The center of the area is 12" from the pivot line. .016" skin.

The 7-short aka 8 rudder is 718 in^2 w/o glass ends. .020" skin
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-05-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,072
Posted By BillL
Personally

I learned to fly out of Brookley field (formerly AFB), sure would like to see/tour Airbus if that is available.
Forum: Safety 08-05-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,587
Posted By BillL
Steve made a nice silent video and he installed...

Steve made a nice silent video and he installed the elevator lock in 30 seconds. One side was rope only, the other contained a bungee with a short rope loop, just enough for installation.
Forum: Safety 08-05-2022, 07:29 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,587
Posted By BillL
Digging a little deeper.

What would be the tension on a rudder cable with a 90 ft-lb torque? 360#? The Gustbuster guy calculated 90lb for the tall 7/9 rudder is that in the ball park?

What torque on the rudder horn is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,977
Posted By BillL
Really sorry to hear that Jim. I was sent to 27...

Really sorry to hear that Jim. I was sent to 27 too (Tuesday) and exited on the left. But really wondered what lay in wait in that grass. I'll bet the mowers know where the "stuff" is located.

On...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 02:45 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,576
Posted By BillL
Sounds like field validation.

Short of a lazy susan on top of a truck (60 mph) rotating with a rudder held by this gust lock, that is a good endorsement!
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,576
Posted By BillL
Does this happen every year or just even years?

Steve Melton (now anonymous) offers a printed set of gust locks that holds the TE and anchors to the elevator locks with ropes employing a short shock cord.

Did anyone have one of these (or...
Forum: Midwest 08-04-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By BillL
You might call Nick Scholte, he is an approved...

You might call Nick Scholte, he is an approved Vans transition instructor and IAC Aerobatics instructor too. Located at Morris,IL (C09) not too far from you. He is available in evenings, but pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 03:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,547
Posted By BillL
Talking Indeed!:D:

Indeed!:D:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,477
Posted By BillL
I thought I missed something . . . .

I got pass through w/o rocking this year and I was totally confused . . . I thought missed something I went back and tracked my route via FlightAware, and watched/listened to my cockpit video. They...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,577
Posted By BillL
Maybe a unique "RV Arrival" profile.

Funny comments, but seriously, mixing RV with cessna's and cubs could be improved. An RV corridor might help the landing phase would be the same. It would seem that consistent speeds and like...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-02-2022, 06:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By BillL
If you have a pneumatic squeezer install to full...

If you have a pneumatic squeezer install to full diameter flat sets, they are slightly crowned already. Use that to squeeze the flange to flatten and stretch it. The sets will slightly extrude the...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-01-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,342
Posted By BillL
+1 - - I did get to talk with Kacy, though. ;)

+1 - - I did get to talk with Kacy, though.
;)
Forum: Painting your RV 08-01-2022, 05:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 671
Posted By BillL
According to the SDS (MSDS) it is methylene...

According to the SDS (MSDS) it is methylene chloride, methanol, and mineral spirits. I would not worry about inherent corrosion due to the ingredients.

Some paint removers do use caustic chemicals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 12:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,229
Posted By BillL
If this starter has a piggyback solenoid then I...

If this starter has a piggyback solenoid then I would look to that first. Long story, but it was the starter solenoid, cracked solder joint inherent to the skytec solenoid design.

What B&C starter...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-31-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 494
Posted By BillL
Suggestion before calling done.

I left my tips until later and concluded it would have been better to have it done well before the final assembly. Fill rivet gaps, center holes of pull rivets and finish all the balancing with tips...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-31-2022, 05:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,522
Posted By BillL
Having been a mechanic and engine design&test...

Having been a mechanic and engine design&test engineer I would say the precision of the test repeatability may be in question but not the usefulness. It does take a measure of perspective and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,166
Posted By BillL
Purchase quantity not the problem . . . it is production.

If everyone bought for 2 yrs, it would not change a thing, production rate would not need to change - - if everybody suddenly buys all at once -now we have a problem. A nice lady stopped by my hangar...
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,862
Posted By BillL
+1 My wife is not able to get in/out of any...

+1 My wife is not able to get in/out of any existing RV. I am excited for the very reasons above. Being an RV it will be efficient, safe, fun to fly and have all the advantages of an "experimental"....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-28-2022, 11:25 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,088
Posted By BillL
Regarding the OP 14 rudder . . .

Hard to really say, but I believe the gust lock has some spring and slop. This allowed it to swing back and forth; the movement tended to push the lock closer to the pivot giving greater angle of...
Forum: RV-10 07-28-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 746
Posted By BillL
Disconnected thoughts.

Is it possible there is a higher frequency dynamic and the electronics has an aliasing capture issue? The fuel flow does not seem to change. PostEdit - -A damping orifice should fix that re Brians...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2022, 03:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,522
Posted By BillL
Definitely not a transient issue.

Assuming you have definitely verified it is exhaust leaking- tube up exhaust and listening to tube. . . .

Looks like you are moving to the next stage(s). Visual inspection of open and closed valve....
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-27-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,543
Posted By BillL
yep - -And stiffness of the structure and/or...

yep - -And stiffness of the structure and/or backplate.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,522
Posted By BillL
350 hrs is in range for a possible valve...

350 hrs is in range for a possible valve sticking, but I think (hoping) Lyc has solved that with the M1B. Honestly I would go run it for 30-60 min at high power lean cruise and be careful on the full...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-27-2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,319
Posted By BillL
One thing affects others.

Several things going on there.

1. Builder X probably installed that piece either because the glass was goofed, or because they could not get the glass on/off because of the tail spring. Depending...
Forum: Tools 07-27-2022, 05:44 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,193
Posted By BillL
Agree w/Steve - more like MAC than Snap-On....

Agree w/Steve - more like MAC than Snap-On. Rugged, get the job done, some fall short.
Forum: Midwest 07-27-2022, 05:40 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,059
Posted By BillL
Tuesday Visit

I make a day of Tuesday from 7am Ripon arrival to a 6:45PM departure. I took my neighbor for the day, a first time for him! [Departed home 5am, arrived 8:50pm.]

RV15 - the pulled rivets are prime...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 05:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,527
Posted By BillL
Very fine article Paul. It really covers so many...

Very fine article Paul. It really covers so many questions.

I saw it in the raw yesterday and attended the first forum. The airplane aside I was really impressed with the RV15 Technical Team, the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-25-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 154,012
Posted By BillL
I used barrier cream and it has been an excellent...

I used barrier cream and it has been an excellent solution for me when cutting piles of fiberglass. Gloves for epoxy for sure.
Forum: RV-15 07-25-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,862
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up I am smiling . . . .

Gotta say, I like the tips etc that are CAD designed and printed. We will have some accurate glass! And that is not an oxymoron. Interesting mix of pull/driven rivets. Will be interesting to see what...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 06:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,088
Posted By BillL
I have a DIY (aluminum) restraint for my 7 rudder...

I have a DIY (aluminum) restraint for my 7 rudder that is between the rudder and HS. I have wondered about it slipping to the pivot and allowing movement.

That could have happened here . . . ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-24-2022, 05:44 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,420
Posted By BillL
Technically you are in range.

OK, that is much better. Technically, since 435F is the lycoming limit for continuous cruise, and around 500F for short term (climb) you do not need to do anything as an emergency. However, the...
Forum: Midwest 07-23-2022, 06:21 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 31,059
Posted By BillL
METAR for KOSH reported wind 21G50 as it hit.

METAR for KOSH reported wind 21G50 as it hit.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2022, 03:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,420
Posted By BillL
You are welcome. +1, 340-370 range is about...

You are welcome.



+1, 340-370 range is about right for me for ~80's OAT, but depends greatly on the A/F ratio.

Assuming you have a James plenum, where is the oil cooler, large off-engine...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 07-22-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,886
Posted By BillL
Congratulations!! Use it often, I had a 30 yr...

Congratulations!! Use it often, I had a 30 yr hiatus from instrument flight. A year after my RV7 first flight got re-training and current. Going from steam gauges to EFIS and the responsive RV was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,543
Posted By BillL
Cool - I never thought of this!! I'll have to...

Cool - I never thought of this!! I'll have to try it.
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-21-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,424
Posted By BillL
Let's be very careful with this topic

When did Vans increase the Vne above 200KTAS?

I'll bet that no fast 7 at Reno is using the standard 9 rudder - people should know what structural mods have been made before even thinking about this...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-20-2022, 05:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By BillL
Yeah, I might be wrong, that sounds a but small....

Yeah, I might be wrong, that sounds a but small. It has been painted, I will recheck tomorrow and correct my post. Thanks.
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-20-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,424
Posted By BillL
Let's see if they install the -8 rudder like...

Let's see if they install the -8 rudder like General Lee.

Bubba.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-20-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By BillL
Yes, My -7 was made to swing with a 1.5mm thick...

Yes, My -7 was made to swing with a 1.5mm thick cardboard in-between. Vans might specify more.

I put spacers in between with a surface of sandpaper to increase the gap by sanding the correct areas....
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2022, 02:57 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,543
Posted By BillL
Measure to be really sure . . .

I am starting over after looking closer at your photo . . .
Rivets look like they are extended too far, measure and verify that you are using the correct rivets. 1.5 diameters should be showing.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-20-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,351
Posted By BillL
Have some fun learning what the issues are and...

Have some fun learning what the issues are and make appropriate changes based on some data and experience of others.

1. Evaluate what the cause is - excess heat rejection -overly advanced timing...
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