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Forum: RV-6/6A 11-30-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,191
Posted By Ironflight
To be honest, that is a matter of debate in our...

To be honest, that is a matter of debate in our household right now, and we haven’t settled on which way to go. Out here in the Great Basin, it is rare to have ANY airport in glide range for a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-30-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,191
Posted By Ironflight
You’ll note that I was doing this about 6,000...

You’ll note that I was doing this about 6,000 AGL…for a reason! I do a lot of flight testing….. But for those who might be playing with this for their airplane, yes - test your engine/prop’s...
Forum: Autopilots 11-30-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 909
Posted By Ironflight
I’ll second the comment to not move the airplane...

I’ll second the comment to not move the airplane until you see it finish its boot-up cycle - you’ll know that when it says “autopilot Off” (at least on our TT’s - not absolutely sure what you’ll...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-29-2022, 07:09 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,191
Posted By Ironflight
All my planes have the PCU5000…I wasn’t quite...

All my planes have the PCU5000…I wasn’t quite sure how low it’d go, and the first pullback it sounded like it was going to fully feather….. :eek:
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-29-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,191
Posted By Ironflight
RV-6 Glide Variation with Prop Pitch

I have been doing a lot of Garmin SmartGlide testing recently (yup - look for a possible future article in Kitplanes....), and today I took the RV-6 out in very smooth air to quantify the difference...
Forum: Steam Gauges 11-28-2022, 10:37 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,187
Posted By Ironflight
In an Experimental? Sure - unless the Operating...

In an Experimental? Sure - unless the Operating Limits say otherwise. Generally speaking, E-AB aircraft require no instrumentation at all to be legal to fly….

I would, however placard something that...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-27-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,352
Posted By Ironflight
Sorry for the loss Doug and Susie - try to dwell...

Sorry for the loss Doug and Susie - try to dwell on all the good years you had with little Moondog!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 05:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 743
Posted By Ironflight
This pretty much describes the main headquarters...

This pretty much describes the main headquarters in Corona as well - they are a mail order house, not a retail shopping store…..

I’ll stop to pick up a “will call” order when I am in SOCAL, but I...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-27-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 310
Posted By Ironflight
SnF 23 Tickets - Free for a donation to VAF….

Two “Day Tickets” to Sun ‘n Fun 2023 are yours for the asking (I’ll even pay the postage….) if only you make a donation to VansAirforce.net ! PM me with the amount you donated (come on - don’t make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 09:17 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,415
Posted By Ironflight
As soon as you have the necessary BOS paperwork,...

As soon as you have the necessary BOS paperwork, you can do it before you’ve driven rivet-one. the FAA doesn’t care - but your taxing authority might!

When we joined a bush plane project that had...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-26-2022, 05:01 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 851
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve done the pins in the middle on all three of...

We’ve done the pins in the middle on all three of our RV’s - love it!! :)

(Sorry Carl)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 355
Posted By Ironflight
Yup - 1612 RV-8’s flying, and I have never heard...

Yup - 1612 RV-8’s flying, and I have never heard of anyone with a problem with the flap design…..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 879
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve got An Oregon Aero seat with sheepskin in...

We’ve got An Oregon Aero seat with sheepskin in the RV-3, and have flown it for 800 hours in eleven years - all over the country, all seasons, two different pilots….seat is still in excellent...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-25-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,382
Posted By Ironflight
Hmmm…I haven’t actually checked pricing recently,...

Hmmm…I haven’t actually checked pricing recently, but with Avidyne (I have two IFD440’s), you have to buy Jepp Databases. With Garmin, you have the choice of Garmin or Jepp. When Garmin came out with...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-25-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,770
Posted By Ironflight
Well I’ve gotten a couple of emails from Lycoming...

Well I’ve gotten a couple of emails from Lycoming on their “15% off” deals for Black Friday….but it appears its just for shirts, hats, and other stuff…not engines! ;)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,756
Posted By Ironflight
I dont know anymore, but the first couple that...

I dont know anymore, but the first couple that ACS sold (well before EarthX existed) had pretty much NO internal BMS. The well-circulated video of a “smoke event” in a homebuilt was one of those, and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-24-2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,351
Posted By Ironflight
A phone call to Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa...

A phone call to Aircraft Specialties in Tulsa will connect you up with experts who can tell you what is possible, what parts will fit what, and most importantly, what is safe. I visited them a couple...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-24-2022, 08:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By Ironflight
Good table!!

Good table!!
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-24-2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 973
Posted By Ironflight
Sounds like a good technique, and easy to do....

Sounds like a good technique, and easy to do. Just for reference, I’ve had the nylon bushings on the RV-8 for 18 years and 2100 hours, and have yet to see any sign of wear or degradation - in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 669
Posted By Ironflight
This is one place where either a beam-type toque...

This is one place where either a beam-type toque wrench, or modern, a torque load cell (check Harbor Freight) comes in handy - either one allows you to measure the drag of the nut, which you then add...
Forum: RV-3 11-23-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 988
Posted By Ironflight
Everything that Greg said! The RV-3 is a push...

Everything that Greg said!

The RV-3 is a push at to fly if you have tailwheel time - not just an endorsement, but additional hours beyond that, just to have a broader experience base. That’s for...
Forum: RV-14 11-23-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 470
Posted By Ironflight
Ahhh…the infamous NED - the “Noise Emitting...

Ahhh…the infamous NED - the “Noise Emitting Diode” - works only once……
Forum: RV-10 11-23-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,986
Posted By Ironflight
The Sling aircraft are all built using pulled...

The Sling aircraft are all built using pulled rivets, and they fill every one of them with a polyester body filler for a very nice, clean look. I had pictures of the process in our Kitplanes review...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, this is pretty common, especially with...

Actually, this is pretty common, especially with older engines. Mechanics tend to get a little careless with spark plug wrenches and hit the extremely thin-walled tubes, creating dents…then cracks....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 752
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been using the HUDLY provided by GRT with my...

I’ve been using the HUDLY provided by GRT with my GRT EFIS for a number of years in my -8. What I like about it is that the look of the display is what I am used to in more sophisticated HUD’s(think...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-20-2022, 11:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,132
Posted By Ironflight
This thread seems too have become nothing but a...

This thread seems too have become nothing but a discussion on hydraulic fluids - I want to know if the poor fellow ever got help at Easterwood! We’re a long ways from there now, but there are...
Forum: RV-3 11-20-2022, 12:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,278
Posted By Ironflight
While there is still some noticeable...

While there is still some noticeable “flexibility” to the main gear with the metal dampers, on our airplane, they are a huge upgrade from the wooden stiffeners. With the wood, which was actually...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-19-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,805
Posted By Ironflight
So I can send you my Dynavibe Classic and you’ll...

So I can send you my Dynavibe Classic and you’ll send me your incredibly cool prop balancer in trade? ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-18-2022, 12:36 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,805
Posted By Ironflight
A) Take the left Mag. Yup, you CAN get the safety...

A) Take the left Mag. Yup, you CAN get the safety wire on without doing that, but you might actually save time overall by removing and replacing (and re-timing) the mag….

B) Use a Safe-T-Cable ! :)
Forum: Tools 11-17-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,066
Posted By Ironflight
For folks just getting started working on...

For folks just getting started working on aluminum airplane parts, and wondering what this Scotchbrite Wheel is all about, take a look at this video (go to the last couple of minutes) to see how we...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-16-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,805
Posted By Ironflight
Permatex aviation gasket (#3) always works for me…

Permatex aviation gasket (#3) always works for me…
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 09:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,749
Posted By Ironflight
I always disconnect an air tool from its hose...

I always disconnect an air tool from its hose when I put the tool down on a bench - I’ve broken enough drill bits when the weight of the hose (or someone tripping on it) pulled the drill motor off...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-14-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 764
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting tools. Just for info, the way that...

Interesting tools. Just for info, the way that they split the case at the factory (and the factory school) is to pull the through-bolts with a slide hammer (a modified slide hammer that can be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,566
Posted By Ironflight
This! And next, define “avionics”…… :)

This!

And next, define “avionics”…… :)
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-14-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 7,955
Posted By Ironflight
Message from a Moderator - information is good,...

Message from a Moderator - information is good, better if backed up by facts!

Name calling and personal attacks are not. Keep the thread informative, keep away from personal attacks, and you’ll be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 812
Posted By Ironflight
Honestly, this is a question for the engineering...

Honestly, this is a question for the engineering team at Van’s - you can collect random inputs from a variety of internet players (myself included), but the only real answer can come from the folks...
Forum: RV-4 11-12-2022, 06:48 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,817
Posted By Ironflight
Mini sits on my thigh when I need it out in the...

Mini sits on my thigh when I need it out in the RV-3 - also use it that way in my little jet, which has a smaller cockpit. There are a few different knee boards for mounting a mini if you don’t want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,848
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had both the RV-8 and the RV-3 into the...

I’ve had both the RV-8 and the RV-3 into the Flight Levels - one went to 230, one to 210 if I recall correctly (long time ago, don’t feel like going back and searching the databases….). Fun thing to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 06:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,573
Posted By Ironflight
The whole point is to stop shimmy fore and aft,...

The whole point is to stop shimmy fore and aft, without affecting the up and down motion of the leg…..and experience is showing that the aluminum bar does a pretty job at this.
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-09-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,035
Posted By Ironflight
I keep waiting for someone to try the 300 HP...

I keep waiting for someone to try the 300 HP Yamaha (that some of the STOL Drag guys are using) in an RV-3. Would make an interesting hot rod with all sorts of limitations on speed - but it would...
Forum: RV-4 11-08-2022, 10:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,881
Posted By Ironflight
I won’t cite specific crosswind numbers, as it is...

I won’t cite specific crosswind numbers, as it is almost impossible to know what the wind conditions actually are at your moment of touchdown….but as to the OP’s question on flaps, yes - if crosswind...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 369
Posted By Ironflight
Gary is right about the slide hammer for REMOVING...

Gary is right about the slide hammer for REMOVING the studs - and you can make one from a standard slide hamper by welding on the right threaded nut. For ASSEMBLY, the special tool is nothing more...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By Ironflight
Almost sounds like water somewhere in the pitot...

Almost sounds like water somewhere in the pitot lines…..
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-03-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 692
Posted By Ironflight
Not uncommon to find little chunks of debris in...

Not uncommon to find little chunks of debris in the suction screen - and as long as it is soft, you know you’re not making metal, so not much to worry about.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 768
Posted By Ironflight
From a practical standpoint, in the U.S....

From a practical standpoint, in the U.S. Experimental world at least, it really doesn;t make much difference. Since we don’t have to abide by factory recommended TBO’s, if you’re looking to buy an...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-01-2022, 11:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 853
Posted By Ironflight
I just put a new DJM wheel on our RV-6 last...

I just put a new DJM wheel on our RV-6 last weekend - the original was getting so bad it sounded like it was grinding up metal splinters when you pushed the airplane around. Dirt strip operations are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2022, 11:45 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 20,652
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s a short article on the latest set I built....

Here’s a short article on the latest set I built. I still have the set I made in 2007, and they still work - these are just prettier, and less...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By Ironflight
Yes - almost all of the O-360’s have a 2700...

Yes - almost all of the O-360’s have a 2700 redline. Check with Catto to see if you have any mid-range yellow arcs for the prop. These would be for harmonic problem areas.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 658
Posted By Ironflight
Usually the maximum RPM is shown on the data...

Usually the maximum RPM is shown on the data plate (its the RPM for rated power in most cases). There really isn’t a “yellow arc” for most Lycomings in terms of the engine - you can run maximum as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,752
Posted By Ironflight
Have you got any scraps of canopy that you...

Have you got any scraps of canopy that you trimmed off? These are great for trying out different solvents to see if they attack the material or not….
Forum: RV-3 10-26-2022, 01:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,390
Posted By Ironflight
Do not, under ANY circumstances, accept an...

Do not, under ANY circumstances, accept an invitation to fly someone’s -3, or you will be ruined. Either the -9 will go on the shelf (or in the classifieds) or you’ll be ending up with two...
Forum: Primers 10-25-2022, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,779
Posted By Ironflight
You do realized that Alodine and Anodize are two...

You do realized that Alodine and Anodize are two different processes…right?

I can’t comment on Van’s response, but I will tell you that in the kits built by Sling Aircraft, 100% of their aluminum...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,852
Posted By Ironflight
That has been discussed here many times. Two...

That has been discussed here many times. Two problems with it on RV’s:
1) The design of RV forward baffles make it almost impossible to do.
2) The spare belt sees as much heat as the primary one over...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2022, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 805
Posted By Ironflight
Overhaul costs at a shop should be essentially...

Overhaul costs at a shop should be essentially the same. If you have the factory do it, I don’t know their pricing….
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-21-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,025
Posted By Ironflight
Mechanical pumps do fail gradually - I’ve seen...

Mechanical pumps do fail gradually - I’ve seen and had it happen. Slow degradation over years and hours. Can’t say for sure that it is your problem, but the fact that your pressure comes right up and...
Forum: RV-10 10-21-2022, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,681
Posted By Ironflight
Superior, Lycoming, and Continental (who now...

Superior, Lycoming, and Continental (who now makes Titan “Lycoming-type” engines) are all struggling with their own suppliers of components, and all three have parts that are back-ordered for very...
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2022, 08:12 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 11,405
Posted By Ironflight
OK, so before we get hundreds of guys thinking...

OK, so before we get hundreds of guys thinking that you HAVE to do full-power accelerations down the runway before first flight to break in your pads….you don’t. I’m glad this worked for you, but I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,227
Posted By Ironflight
Checking a photo I took of the AWC, that is...

Checking a photo I took of the AWC, that is indeed the airplane!
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-18-2022, 07:13 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,227
Posted By Ironflight
Hi Don, I can’t tell you for sure, but it sounds...

Hi Don,

I can’t tell you for sure, but it sounds likely - yes, I flew this airplane, and yes, Jim Rust told me that it came from a Canadian allotment of P-51’s. It also did time as a Reno racer at...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-17-2022, 08:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,227
Posted By Ironflight
Is the RV-8 Really a Poor Man’s P-51?

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Many years ago, I was at lunch with someone from Van’s (might have been The Man himself, but I don’t want to actually put words in his mouth) who said “The RV-8 flies like most people...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 271
Views: 208,018
Posted By Ironflight
Got quite a few of those clusters of “spinners”...

Got quite a few of those clusters of “spinners” in Nevada…usually in groups of four or six. Very neat to go inside! Charcoal ovens, actually….
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,334
Posted By Ironflight
Well since words are important, it is a...

Well since words are important, it is a “Condition” inspection - nothing conditional about it….. ;)

But the truly interesting things is that in the past few years, Ops Lims have said something to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-08-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,204
Posted By Ironflight
So yeah….they do scrap a lot of cases at DIVCO...

So yeah….they do scrap a lot of cases at DIVCO (here’s a shot of their storage area for red-tagged hardware)….

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The good news is that this is a drop in the bucket compared to the number of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2022, 08:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 781
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve had 3” five-point Crow’s front and back in...

I’ve had 3” five-point Crow’s front and back in my RV-8 since day one - no problems with them. I don’t recall any problem fitting them through the bulkhead…maybe I modified the slots if needed (I’m...
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