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Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 06:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 245
Posted By Southern Pete
Installing a smaller engine will not give you any...

Installing a smaller engine will not give you any problems. The scoop is available, it may be a fair amount of work to bond on. Have you considered an injected IO-320 with horizontal induction,...
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 06:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 275
Posted By Southern Pete
Does the G5 have a battery? If not you may find...

Does the G5 have a battery? If not you may find one useful. It will keep the G5 alive during cranking and if all the magic electric smoke ever escapes. If no battery then the G5 will probably reboot...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2022, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 239
Posted By Southern Pete
I've just made this change... It is quite a bit...

I've just made this change... It is quite a bit of work to fit the 1/4 turns but it does make the cowling removal and installation much easier. I have retained the hinge on the vertical side of the...
Forum: Propellers 09-21-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,054
Posted By Southern Pete
You have done the lock wiring with the spinner...

You have done the lock wiring with the spinner back plate removed...?
Bend a small hook on the end of the wire to help it feed when it appears out the end of the roll pin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,296
Posted By Southern Pete
Not much value in the avionics in today's market....

Not much value in the avionics in today's market. Empennage, canopy & cowling might be of value. Engine could be OK after a prop strike tear down, but that's a $10K+ gamble. Top down the wreck isn't...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-14-2022, 06:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,124
Posted By Southern Pete
Dan has made a very valid point. Take a look at...

Dan has made a very valid point. Take a look at other aircraft that include a parachute and look at how the suspension cables are attached. They are thick cables. Also think about how to extract the...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,640
Posted By Southern Pete
If this happens at the same location I would look...

If this happens at the same location I would look into electromagnetic interference with the trim system. Is there a large emitter nearby that could induce sufficient current in either the autopilot...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-05-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,085
Posted By Southern Pete
If you are buying there is probably no choice. Is...

If you are buying there is probably no choice. Is the airplane in front of you acceptable, whatever motor it has? If looking for a 390 only it will be a long search. There are probably plenty of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,170
Posted By Southern Pete
Have you tried Alex? http://rvtraining.com/ I...

Have you tried Alex?

http://rvtraining.com/

I flew with him many years ago, highly recommended
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-26-2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,399
Posted By Southern Pete
Or one of these - must be plenty of suppliers in...

Or one of these - must be plenty of suppliers in the US
https://www.permagrit.com/large-countersink-100-degree-no-nipple/
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-25-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,659
Posted By Southern Pete
When adding carbon (any cloth really) in thin...

When adding carbon (any cloth really) in thin strips it is often beneficial to cut the cloth on the 45 as half the cloth you have added is not doing much to prevent bulging. Also add a layer of peel...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2022, 01:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 598
Posted By Southern Pete
Why are you using unidirectional? Twill weave...

Why are you using unidirectional? Twill weave cloth is the best for whatever an RV builder needs. In fact I would always use glass cloth as it is cheaper and easier to use.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2022, 06:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,235
Posted By Southern Pete
Throttle quadrants are not easy. I have done 2...

Throttle quadrants are not easy. I have done 2 with 2 different throttle levers. Both were harder work that I imagined at the outset. I would start with one of Dayton's curved top quadrants...
Forum: RV-3 08-01-2022, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 476
Posted By Southern Pete
There are other (possibly better) options! Have...

There are other (possibly better) options!
Have you considered what used to be called the "Deluxe" fuel caps?
Aluminium rather than plastic, look for ACS part Part# 05-22934.
Order the -RV type which...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-26-2022, 06:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,000
Posted By Southern Pete
Stick something around 90kt, measure your descent...

Stick something around 90kt, measure your descent rate and figure the glide angle - I would guess around 9:1. Weight does impact the speed but not that much (heavier = faster). When you need these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2022, 06:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,505
Posted By Southern Pete
My company maintains several aircraft with...

My company maintains several aircraft with Beringer brakes. While they work they are great. The pads are not nearly as readily available as Cleveland, nor are the discs. The discs also take much...
Forum: GPS 07-26-2022, 06:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 182
Posted By Southern Pete
The TRX1500 has 3 outputs, I have one to an air...

The TRX1500 has 3 outputs, I have one to an air connect (SD on a tablet) and another to a FLARM View. Should be possible to do what you describe.
Forum: Engine Monitors 07-22-2022, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 204
Posted By Southern Pete
I ended up installing one of these...

I ended up installing one of these http://www.fdatasystems.com/t-30-tachometer beside the VM.
Reggie is the man who knows but I don't have his contact details.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-06-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 901
Posted By Southern Pete
Carry out a compression test using a direct...

Carry out a compression test using a direct reading gauge, rather than differential?
E model regular C/R is 7:1, so should be in the region of 85 psi ( 6 atmospheres increase)
D model C/R is 8.5:1 so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,037
Posted By Southern Pete
Do you know for sure the fuel pressure...

Do you know for sure the fuel pressure indications are accurate?
What is the min pressure required by the engine (from the book)?
You could always change the limits displayed on the EFIS.
I tend to...
Forum: COMM 07-04-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,201
Posted By Southern Pete
In the UK Trig is not so expensive. The TY91 is...

In the UK Trig is not so expensive. The TY91 is an excellent radio, I have had >150nm range from 9000ft. I have installed cheaper radios (KRT2) and lived to regret it.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,686
Posted By Southern Pete
Need to figure out why you want one, rather than...

Need to figure out why you want one, rather than just coz Cirrus fit them ...

What is maximum deployment speed, is that faster than normal cruise?

What problem are you mitigating by installing the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-22-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,434
Posted By Southern Pete
And buy a proper tube bender, such as Link to...

And buy a proper tube bender, such as
Link to ACS tube bender (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/gtcompoundtubing.php)
Not suggesting buying tools from ACS, just easy to link to ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-21-2022, 06:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,023
Posted By Southern Pete
Not really enough data to provide an estimate....

Not really enough data to provide an estimate. Need to know the letters after the O-320-. It cannot easily be installed on a certified aircraft - will need re-certifying, the cost of that depends on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2022, 06:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,962
Posted By Southern Pete
Completely agree, the plans show far too many...

Completely agree, the plans show far too many screws attaching the fairing. A few around the leading edge and a couple at the back are all that are really needed. Perhaps two or three on each HS if...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-15-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,840
Posted By Southern Pete
Yes, but... be careful. Heavy use of a scraper...

Yes, but... be careful. Heavy use of a scraper will drag fibres out of the surface of the cloth and lead to bunches at the edges. I prefer a steel scraper. Resin ratio is not at all critical on a...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-14-2022, 06:50 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,840
Posted By Southern Pete
Coarse sandpaper yes, but vacuuming is better...

Coarse sandpaper yes, but vacuuming is better preparation than solvent wiping...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-14-2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,840
Posted By Southern Pete
For something like canopy skirts, when you don't...

For something like canopy skirts, when you don't have much experience with wet lay-ups, applying dry fabric to the aircraft one layer at a time and wetting out with a brush is probably the easiest...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-14-2022, 06:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,871
Posted By Southern Pete
I've used Flourosilicone hoses for the first part...

I've used Flourosilicone hoses for the first part of the breather for many years. They have to be swapped out after a few years, perhaps 5 or 8.
The most well known company over here is called Samco,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-09-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,505
Posted By Southern Pete
Do you have canted balls? There is no reason for...

Do you have canted balls?
There is no reason for the oil pressure to drop during a stall turn, the oil system must transition to the inverted feed (top rear of crankcase) in the up vertical and to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-30-2022, 06:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,835
Posted By Southern Pete
I would use only glass on the inside of the pants...

I would use only glass on the inside of the pants as it will be clamped to aluminium and carbon will set up an electrolytic cell - carbon won't increase the strength to any degree. For the fairing,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2022, 06:16 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,602
Posted By Southern Pete
What's your paint scheme? Are there any span wise...

What's your paint scheme? Are there any span wise stripes with significant paint edges in the first 25% of chord that may be tripping the flow?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2022, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 686
Posted By Southern Pete
I have just removed one - would you like it?

I have just removed one - would you like it?
Forum: Primers 05-24-2022, 06:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,889
Posted By Southern Pete
You should qualify that statement, I agree...

You should qualify that statement, I agree Acetone is an aggressive solvent. It is an eye irritant, should not be ingested and may cause drowsiness or dizziness (in my experience needs large...
Forum: Autopilots 05-20-2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,449
Posted By Southern Pete
I would also suggest Garmin. Their controller is...

I would also suggest Garmin. Their controller is by far the best in terms of the interface to make the aircraft do what you want and their control algorithms are very good. I had a Trutrak (now BK I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 783
Posted By Southern Pete
Sad to say that the gasket provided with the fuel...

Sad to say that the gasket provided with the fuel senders is not fuel proof, so throw it away. There is a Van's SB about it.
Proseal must be used to achieve an adequate seal. Don't tighten down on...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-19-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,507
Posted By Southern Pete
The basic checks are, 1. Do you have the Van's...

The basic checks are,

1. Do you have the Van's static ports? If no then your static reference will account for most of the error. It is the outside shape that is critical, doesn't matter how you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-13-2022, 06:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,131
Posted By Southern Pete
Ryton, an "engineering" plastic. Couldn't cope...

Ryton, an "engineering" plastic. Couldn't cope with the expansion forces involved in a back-fire. Carbon should be much better able to withstand those forces as the fibres carry the loads, but there...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-13-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 766
Posted By Southern Pete
This is my experience from a few years ago, No...

This is my experience from a few years ago,
No spaces anywhere and long waiting lists.
Eventually I signed up for a patio hangar at KGPM as it was the only option.
Immediately I had paid the first...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-09-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,481
Posted By Southern Pete
Does the ammeter give any useful information...

Does the ammeter give any useful information (when it was working)? If your voltage is steady the alternator/voltage regulator/etc is working just fine. If amps = 0 it must be a gauging fault. But do...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-04-2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 673
Posted By Southern Pete
Snorkel to FM200

I have an angle valve motor with an FM200 injector and am fitting a snorkel. I recall someone was making an adapter that attached to the FM200 and gave a square interface that simulated the RSA-5...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-03-2022, 06:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By Southern Pete
The benefit of a cold air sump is in the much...

The benefit of a cold air sump is in the much improved air path to the cylinders rather than the temperature of the intake air.
Forum: Fiberglass 04-27-2022, 06:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,628
Posted By Southern Pete
Or cut the part in to 2 semi-circular parts,...

Or cut the part in to 2 semi-circular parts, smooth out the internal profile and glass back together. Good thinking to use sections of stiff foam.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 531
Posted By Southern Pete
Measure each of your lines and contact Tom at TS...

Measure each of your lines and contact Tom at TS Flightlines.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-20-2022, 06:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By Southern Pete
In my experience the %power algorithms give an...

In my experience the %power algorithms give an indication of power produced and are never completely accurate. Have you tried tuning the data table?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2022, 06:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,069
Posted By Southern Pete
Many thousands of owners would not agree that a...

Many thousands of owners would not agree that a baffle mounted cooler is "bad"... Every choice you make will have knock-on implications
Forum: GPS 04-04-2022, 06:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 623
Posted By Southern Pete
A chap brought a DA40 with 2 x GNS430 into the...

A chap brought a DA40 with 2 x GNS430 into the place I work. Both 430s didn't function. Lots of shoulder shrugging as to what had happened. Actually he tried to replace both batteries himself and had...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-11-2022, 06:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,563
Posted By Southern Pete
Sometimes the only real solution is to cut and...

Sometimes the only real solution is to cut and re-weld ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-09-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,749
Posted By Southern Pete
Bypass VPX for P-mag power and use a switchable...

Bypass VPX for P-mag power and use a switchable breaker
Use straight on-off switch for mag switch
Ground to engine rather than firewall
Remove the jumper with a new engine

Pete
Forum: Primers 03-03-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,211
Posted By Southern Pete
Choose your priming system based on the time...

Choose your priming system based on the time taken - it is very easy to spend waaaaay too long. Alodine internally is rather OTT (in my view) for a recreational aircraft that will be primed and live...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-02-2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,271
Posted By Southern Pete
What you've built looks great but the bolts will...

What you've built looks great but the bolts will transmit the vibration into the red cube. The rubber may offer some damping but the cube will still see some engine vibration. What's wrong with using...
Forum: Primers 02-28-2022, 06:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,212
Posted By Southern Pete
Paint mixing proportions are not at all critical,...

Paint mixing proportions are not at all critical, for reasonable size mixes use the cups with quantities up the side, 1:1, 2:1, 3:1, etc. Or use a small ladle or a shot glass (more clean up), or...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-22-2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,022
Posted By Southern Pete
I found my recently overhauled O-320 was running...

I found my recently overhauled O-320 was running lean with the standard carb. Ended up drilling out the main jet to increase the fuel flow, plenty of threads here on this topic. Was still getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 06:22 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 9,486
Posted By Southern Pete
RV-6 200hp c/s prop, don't use flaps for...

RV-6 200hp c/s prop, don't use flaps for take-off, mainly close to sea level.
RV-6A 160hp f/p prop, flaps only used for grass take-offs, ditto.
As the flap speed is relatively low and the climb speed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2022, 06:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,211
Posted By Southern Pete
Extras use a second pump to load the oil, heavy...

Extras use a second pump to load the oil, heavy and expensive but if smoke is used a lot then probably worthwhile. How about Jiffy Tite connectors on the pump and tank/supply hose. Swap the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-18-2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 945
Posted By Southern Pete
Are you sure the 507 will interface meaningfully...

Are you sure the 507 will interface meaningfully with a TruTrak AP? Can you do anything other than select the heading (or track) to follow via the GPS(S) input? I would check what the 507 will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2022, 06:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,035
Posted By Southern Pete
Sounds like there is a problem with the carb,...

Sounds like there is a problem with the carb, should be able to run the Facet continually without any impact on how the engine runs.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-09-2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,246
Posted By Southern Pete
Dave, Does it run the same on both mags? If yes...

Dave,

Does it run the same on both mags? If yes then your problem is probably fuel related. Have you called AFP? Have you checked all the filters in the system, including the entry filter to the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-07-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 797
Posted By Southern Pete
It is possible to remove and add the scoop. It is...

It is possible to remove and add the scoop. It is also possible to add and remove the horizontal induction sump to an engine - the "Superior" sump is probably better than the Lycoming version....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-02-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,306
Posted By Southern Pete
You have a really good job on the installation,...

You have a really good job on the installation, but there are a couple of cons you have have not identified,

- Restricted aileron control throw. Not much you can do about it, your leg will be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2022, 06:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 952
Posted By Southern Pete
I've just bought some Can bus cable direct from...

I've just bought some Can bus cable direct from Gigaflight - easy to deal with.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2022, 06:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,984
Posted By Southern Pete
You will need a can, some talcum powder,...

You will need a can, some talcum powder, de-natured alcohol (methylated spirit) and a 1" paint brush.
Mix a little powder and alcohol into a slurry.
Paint the slurry onto the tank over the rivet...
Forum: RV-14 01-14-2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,508
Posted By Southern Pete
Great care is needed with this subject - I've...

Great care is needed with this subject - I've done a bunch, most supplied by builder that I've looked at are inaccurate!

The bottom line is that the real world consumption is usually way less than...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-07-2022, 06:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,314
Posted By Southern Pete
If a new ground wire will solve the problem then...

If a new ground wire will solve the problem then happy days.
The level of difficulty in replacing the sender unit depends very much on how the tank was built. I've done 3 in the last couple of years....
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