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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2022, 03:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By newt
Results are in: Lee Campbell-Smith collected...

Results are in: Lee Campbell-Smith collected medals for first in each round, and first over all. Entry class, known program.

Heck of a way to kill a Saturday afternoon!

- mark
Forum: Formation Flying 09-24-2022, 03:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By newt
Mike, get your formation instructor passenger to...

Mike, get your formation instructor passenger to show you how to move forward and back using principles of lead and lag.

If you’re getting left behind on the outside of turns, moving higher so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2022, 03:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By newt
This is a bit of a bugbear of mine. I’d love to...

This is a bit of a bugbear of mine.

I’d love to be able to run or participate in a proper Young Eagles program in Australia, but we can’t, because the new flight rules regulatory suite that was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2022, 01:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By newt
Australia is a small town :) It sounds like...

Australia is a small town :)



It sounds like he'd decided to build a -14 by the end of visit 2, and brought the more experienced pilot along for validation. That's outstanding!




I don't want to...
Forum: Formation Flying 09-22-2022, 10:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,044
Posted By newt
We use 130 knots in mixed formations of RV-6 and...

We use 130 knots in mixed formations of RV-6 and RV-7. A 160hp RV-6 at full-noise exceeds 150 knots, so 130 gives adequate power margin. If a wingman can't keep up they can always call "revs," and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-19-2022, 01:21 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,256
Posted By newt
When I tore mine down and we were looking at...

When I tore mine down and we were looking at crankcase fretting, scoring on the crank journals, lifter wear that looked very close to spalling, and polishing on the outer surface of some of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2022, 01:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,256
Posted By newt
Cool Paying it forward

I’ve always taken the view that we’re all only in aviation temporarily, so we have a bit of a responsibility to make sure we’re replaced when we bow out.

If each one of us can find ONE person and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2022, 12:55 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,810
Posted By newt
AusFly 2022 at Narromine

Traveled on Friday to YNRM to perform as part of “The Stooges” RV display team at the AusFly 2022 airshow.

Lead: Glenn Bridgland
#2: Eddie Seve
#3: Pete Grogan (standing in for Mal Kains, who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2022, 09:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,445
Posted By newt
Airshow practice. - mark

Airshow practice.

- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-11-2022, 09:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 7,513
Posted By newt
My engine builder refers to the original Lycoming...

My engine builder refers to the original Lycoming screen as a "gravel catcher."

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,938
Posted By newt
Yep. I would not put money on continued...

Yep.

I would not put money on continued availability of 100LL five years from now.
I'd be reluctant to put money on continued availability of 100LL three years from now.

At this stage there's an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-02-2022, 12:38 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,775
Posted By newt
Swift didn't meet ASTM D910. Purportedly, G100UL...

Swift didn't meet ASTM D910.

Purportedly, G100UL does.

As I recall, ASTM D910 includes a density specification; which implies that G100UL can't stray measurably from the "normal" 100LL density we...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,775
Posted By newt
My guess is that owner-operators who haven't...

My guess is that owner-operators who haven't bought the STC will just use whatever avgas is available when they refuel anyway, and nobody will really care very much.

"I must insist that you keep...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 15,775
Posted By newt
You're flying experimental. You don't need an...

You're flying experimental. You don't need an STC.

- mark
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 08-31-2022, 11:35 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,354
Posted By newt
Many years ago, I was waiting for launch in a...

Many years ago, I was waiting for launch in a Glasflugel H-201 Libelle glider at Waikerie in South Australia while the tow plane was taxiing over to me from the fuel filler.

He sat idling in front...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2022, 10:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,554
Posted By newt
Saturday: Practice for an air display coming up...

Saturday: Practice for an air display coming up at AusFly at Narromine (YNRM) in the middle of September.
https://photos.app.goo.gl/SYGJ2wUiwnm5h2Ra7
(play that one with the sound turned up...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-18-2022, 08:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 602
Posted By newt
Not quite sure what you're asking. If you're...

Not quite sure what you're asking.

If you're converting from magnetos to Pmags, and you want to use the tach output signal from the left Pmag as an RPM input to the G3X system, then yeah, the wire...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-17-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By newt
Flush it out with the fresh oil you've...

Flush it out with the fresh oil you've replenished during your oil change by starting the engine after you're done?

- mark
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 08-03-2022, 11:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,421
Posted By newt
Outstanding work! (I'm doing mine at the moment,...

Outstanding work!

(I'm doing mine at the moment, and have fresh eyes on what a significant challenge this is. Hopefully I'll be making a similar post in a few months!)

-mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-02-2022, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,054
Posted By newt
Perhaps not directly applicable to you because...

Perhaps not directly applicable to you because you're running the Windows version, but I had a similar kind of issue last year on the Mac version which was resolved by clearing the download cache...
Forum: Autopilots 07-03-2022, 11:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,299
Posted By newt
Before my panel refresh last year, I flew for 6...

Before my panel refresh last year, I flew for 6 years with a TruTrak Vizion 385, now branded as a Bendix-King xCruze 100.

It was driven by a GNS430W.

It was a very capable unit, it taught me a lot,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-19-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,684
Posted By newt
The later -6 kits shipped with an -8 rudder...

The later -6 kits shipped with an -8 rudder because Van wasn't happy with the -6's spin characteristics.

If the designer doesn't like it, that has to count for something.

I have the original small...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2022, 05:09 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 194,103
Posted By newt
Some jurisdictions include regulations requiring...

Some jurisdictions include regulations requiring fuel calibration before flight.

I think the FAA only requires fuel gauges to be accurate when the tank is empty, but some of us aren't airworthy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,956
Posted By newt
In my glider days, doing fiberglass repairs, we...

In my glider days, doing fiberglass repairs, we used to painstakingly and accurately sand scarf-lines by hand to prepare for a wet lay-up patch. It took many hours of filing, sanding and measuring...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-11-2022, 12:05 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 116,669
Posted By newt
Two things: 1. There is provision in the G3X...

Two things:

1. There is provision in the G3X Touch system to wire a switch to a discrete input and assign it to ESP enable/disable. A lot of people use a toggle switch with a launch-control switch...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-07-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 484
Views: 194,103
Posted By newt
fill in missing data

G3X Touch has the capability to display weather, SIGMET and NOTAM information received via SiriusXM or 978UAT.

SiriusXM and 978UAT are unavailable outside the USA, so those features are unobtanium....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,602
Posted By newt
FINALLY had my biannual flight review. It was...

FINALLY had my biannual flight review.

It was due in February, but plan-A, B, C, D and E were all scrubbed due to the massive rains we've had on the east coast of Australia.

Plan-F was able to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2022, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,903
Posted By newt
Threads like this are entertaining because I've...

Threads like this are entertaining because I've been seeing them come up every few months for the last 11 years, with people trying to find the one loophole nobody has yet discovered for doing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2022, 03:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,993
Posted By newt
I'm traveling at the moment and don't have my RV...

I'm traveling at the moment and don't have my RV with me, so I had to fly this instead.

Still brought the hat.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2022, 08:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,658
Posted By newt
I've been maintaining this for...

I've been maintaining this for years:

https://www.octa.com.au/landings

126 and counting.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 01:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,222
Posted By newt
Well, that's sure as heck beaten my contribution...

Well, that's sure as heck beaten my contribution :)

Massive congratulations!

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,222
Posted By newt
Glenn organized a 7-ship Sydney Harbour Scenic,...

Glenn organized a 7-ship Sydney Harbour Scenic, with Martin, Brayden, Pete, Kevin, Eddie and me. Anne-Marie, Kelly, Jordan, Don and (Pete's mate whose name I can't remember) as pax.

A minute and a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,421
Posted By newt
Are you far enough into the process to have a...

Are you far enough into the process to have a wiring diagram that shows circuit protection? The part count of circuit breakers required for a system like this was eye opening for me.

(Are the toggle...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 1,177
Views: 1,368,554
Posted By newt
RV-6 with: GDU 460 and 470 G5 backup GMC 307 GMA...

RV-6 with:

GDU 460 and 470
G5 backup
GMC 307
GMA 340
GNS 430W
GEA 24
GSU 25
GMU 11
Forum: Flight Testing 11-18-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,991
Posted By newt
You're expecting sound to carry without air...

You're expecting sound to carry without air molecules to vibrate? :D

- mark
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-17-2021, 12:57 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 19,267
Posted By newt
Quick question, Justin: Is this release...

Quick question, Justin:

Is this release recommended for people who haven't experienced the audible alert issues?

- mark
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 835
Views: 999,185
Posted By newt
VH-SOL

I've been having too much fun flying it to take photos. Finally got a decent one :)


- mark
Forum: Canada 11-10-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,148
Posted By newt
No. It does require a magnetometer calibration,...

No. It does require a magnetometer calibration, though.

(details of how to do it are in the installation manual; It only takes ten minutes, just follow the prompts on the PFD in setup mode)

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,255
Posted By newt
Handing out RV Grins

Randall is building a Sonex.

In theory, at least. In practice he's been moving unfinished bits of Sonex kit out of the way in his garage for about a decade. Carried them across two house moves.

One...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 01:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,145
Posted By newt
Flying with friends!

I got back into the formation saddle. On wing from Bankstown to Shellharbour, lunch, then leading back to Bankstown.

Between having the plane out of the air for upgrades and then COVID lockdowns,...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-31-2021, 05:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in...

I talked to Ivan on the phone during pre-buy in 2011.

We chatted for close to an hour, about the bits in SOL he was happy with and other bits he’d have done different if he started again. Lots of...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-19-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
I thought about it, but concluded that it wasn’t...

I thought about it, but concluded that it wasn’t worth the cost and complexity and would add one more set of things to fail.

If I did have electric flaps and trim, I might have used a GAD 27 to...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-19-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
This pic is during construction, so it's a bit...

This pic is during construction, so it's a bit ratty. Shows the general arrangement. I don't think I have one from a better angle, but I can always take another if there's something specific you want...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
Post-upgrade impressions With lockdown over,...

Post-upgrade impressions

With lockdown over, back to flying.
https://youtu.be/EBRQhg9LDDA

I'm fully aware that because this project started in February, then Sydney entered a 3-month COVID-lockdown...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
Engine reinstallation The FAB needed...

Engine reinstallation

The FAB needed reconstructing due to the dimensional change between the carb and the FCU.

New fuel lines were fabricated.

A high pressure electric pump and filter were...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
First power-up was a nail-biting experience which...

First power-up was a nail-biting experience which became anticlimactic because, incredibly, everything worked first time. A couple of sensors were off-by-one pin, but other than that the whole system...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-18-2021, 04:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,338
Posted By newt
RV-6 VH-SOL Mark Newton

I bought this airplane from its second owner ten years ago.

By GA standards, it's been a cheap couple of seats. It's been reliable, maintenance has been painless, and an RV grin every weekend is a...
Forum: Safety 10-04-2021, 12:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,108
Posted By newt
Same. Perhaps turn this around: Is the crowd's...

Same.

Perhaps turn this around: Is the crowd's wisdom aware of any annunciators on a navigator supported by the G3X Touch system which aren't mirrored on the G3X Touch PFD?

(referring to "navigator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 03:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,893
Posted By newt
Mine was bare until a year ago, when I got...

Mine was bare until a year ago, when I got annoyed by the effect of sunscreen and sweat making it slippery on hot days.

Foam handle grip, $6 from a bike shop. They come in pairs, so I have another...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-19-2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,946
Posted By newt
I agree with Walt, having got some advice from my...

I agree with Walt, having got some advice from my engine builder when I asked about oil analysis:



I've been happy to go with his advice -- He didn't get to be a builder of Matt Hall's Red Bull Air...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-14-2021, 02:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,456
Posted By newt
That's gorgeous. - mark

That's gorgeous.


- mark
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-14-2021, 02:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,086
Posted By newt
As someone who's just gone through a similar...

As someone who's just gone through a similar planning exercise on an O-320 built in 1992:

If you take a look at a 1978 camshaft that's done 1900 hours, you'll find some kind of defect on it which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,858
Posted By newt
Correct! A loop should remain positive g...

Correct!

A loop should remain positive g throughout the entire manoeuvre. Indeed, maintaining positive g should be one of the outcomes if you're using slow loops as a proficiency building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 05:08 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,858
Posted By newt
You shouldn't need to unload to 0g though. Even a...

You shouldn't need to unload to 0g though. Even a small fraction of positive g keeps the oil system running, just need to make sure the oil pickup in the sump isn't unported.

It is astonishing to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 12:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,858
Posted By newt
Has anyone played with how slowly you can fly a...

Has anyone played with how slowly you can fly a loop a loop in an RV without stalling-out?

Assuming your spin recovery technique is competent: Try it! It's great fun, and it's pretty eye-opening to...
Forum: Autopilots 08-18-2021, 02:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,328
Posted By newt
I've just replaced Trutrak Vizion servos with...

I've just replaced Trutrak Vizion servos with Garmin GSA 28's.

Astonishingly, although the brackets look different, the holes line up, and yield roughly equivalent geometry. I kept the old brackets...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2021, 01:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,773
Posted By newt
You can see it with the canopy open during an oil...

You can see it with the canopy open during an oil change here, which should give you a bit of an idea about how it's attached.

- mark
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2021, 01:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,773
Posted By newt
Amazon sells 6" wide self adhesive vinyl paint...

Amazon sells 6" wide self adhesive vinyl paint protection film tape from 3M.
https://www.amazon.com.au/Clear-Paint-Protection-Vinyl-Choose/dp/B01LWPKZCF

Cut two lengths, long enough to cover the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,453
Posted By newt
If they are capable of getting there first thing...

If they are capable of getting there first thing in the morning, they probably aren't slow. Maybe the NOTAM should recommend being in a position to do the Fisk arrival last thing in the afternoon...
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2021, 08:45 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 23,255
Posted By newt
Approach/Landing Don’t go full rich on final, it...

Approach/Landing
Don’t go full rich on final, it is very hard on engine

Why is this? It's hard to think any movement of the mixture control at all is "very hard on the engine" at idle power. What's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,191
Posted By newt
Imagine if manifold pressure was measured in hPa...

Imagine if manifold pressure was measured in hPa or mm.Hg instead of in.Hg, we’d never have heard the made-up term “oversquare” in our entire lives, and nobody would have ever tried to argue about...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-21-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 11,000
Posted By newt
Outstanding :) I figured this'd be a G3X feature...

Outstanding :) I figured this'd be a G3X feature when I saw the videos popping up in the Gamin Aviation feed for certified aircraft.

Notwithstanding the optional panel button to activate/deactivate...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2021, 01:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,152
Posted By newt
I don't know why someone starting from scratch in...

I don't know why someone starting from scratch in 2021 would choose a 1930s-design magneto over P-Mags.

- mark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2021, 03:41 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,513
Posted By newt
I'm not a builder, but I've always figured we're...

I'm not a builder, but I've always figured we're all custodians for the next owners. If we're neglectful, how are they going to get as much enjoyment out of these machines as we do?

- mark
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