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Forum: Texas (South) 11-15-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 744
Posted By Birkelbach
I'm going to try to fly in.

I'm going to try to fly in.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-18-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,691
Posted By Birkelbach
You said yourself that out of 15 or so...

You said yourself that out of 15 or so connections that you had two that didn't leak. You also said that it was a lot of work to tighten them enough to get them to hold at 40 psi. Both of these...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By Birkelbach
You're welcome to come see my projects anytime. ...

You're welcome to come see my projects anytime. I have a flying RV-7 and a couple of taildraggers in various states of disarray. I'm in Waller. I've got some scraps in a bucket somewhere too if...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 803
Posted By Birkelbach
Unless something comes up, I'll be there rain or...

Unless something comes up, I'll be there rain or shine.
Forum: Texas (South) 08-20-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,323
Posted By Birkelbach
I'm gonna try to make it. I'll probably have a...

I'm gonna try to make it. I'll probably have a spare seat in the -7 if anybody wants to go. I'm leaving from Waller 37XA.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,080
Posted By Birkelbach
I left it on for my build and I WOULD NOT do it...

I left it on for my build and I WOULD NOT do it again. It was a serious pain to remove after years, there was corrosion under some of it and all that soldering iron stripping was just a stupid waste...
Forum: Midwest 05-28-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,001
Posted By Birkelbach
South Dakota Flying Destinations

My wife and I are planning to fly to South Dakota for vacation around the 4th of July. Probably spend most of the time in Rapid City but I was wondering what else is there to do in the state that is...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-12-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,080
Posted By Birkelbach
Well that sucks. I didn't realize that the 3rd...

Well that sucks. I didn't realize that the 3rd Saturday was the same day as high school graduation. The Youngest graduates at 10AM on Saturday so I can't make it.
Forum: Texas (South) 04-15-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,502
Posted By Birkelbach
It's my plan to fly in but I'll drive in as a...

It's my plan to fly in but I'll drive in as a backup.
Forum: Texas (South) 03-18-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,417
Posted By Birkelbach
KLBX would be fun. We just need to plan ahead so...

KLBX would be fun. We just need to plan ahead so would-be drivers can fill empty co-pilot seats instead.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,196
Posted By Birkelbach
Legally it doesn't matter. You could write it on...

Legally it doesn't matter. You could write it on a post-it note and stick it on the refrigerator if you wanted to. That said since it's an inspection of the aircraft, most put it in the aircraft...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,017
Posted By Birkelbach
If it were mine, I'd leave it alone. No sense in...

If it were mine, I'd leave it alone. No sense in causing issues trying fix problems that may not exist. You could fill it with water if you wanted. It's not a definitive test but it'll catch a big...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-05-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,280
Posted By Birkelbach
I had an old electrician tell me once, "When the...

I had an old electrician tell me once, "When the problem doesn't make any sense and defies the laws of physics... look for a bad ground." I have found this to be true in 30 years of troubleshooting...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,373
Posted By Birkelbach
Timing was wrong on my engine as well. It's too...

Timing was wrong on my engine as well. It's too easy not to do.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-15-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,675
Posted By Birkelbach
I'm in for Hooks.

I'm in for Hooks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,208
Posted By Birkelbach
You won't have any trouble. There is plenty of...

You won't have any trouble. There is plenty of support. I'm doing my second engine install right now (not an RV) and the worst part is just figuring out where things go and how long to order the...
Forum: Autopilots 08-21-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,510
Posted By Birkelbach
I've had two TruTrak Autopilots. They work...

I've had two TruTrak Autopilots. They work really well and haven't given me any trouble. I upgraded my DigiTrak to the XCruze 100 after the Bendix King acquisition. TruTrak had a great upgrade...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-11-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,006
Posted By Birkelbach
I would join you but I'm going to be out of town.

I would join you but I'm going to be out of town.
Forum: RV-4 07-10-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,243
Posted By Birkelbach
This is my...

This is my RV7

http://www.myrv7.com/viewimage.php?pictureid=288
Forum: Texas (South) 06-20-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,353
Posted By Birkelbach
I feel bad for taking off so early but I couldn't...

I feel bad for taking off so early but I couldn't take any chances. The food was great, the company was great, the weather was not so great but it was a good time. You are building a great looking...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-18-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,283
Posted By Birkelbach
Lear Siegler RG17980A

Lear Siegler RG17980A
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-18-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,283
Posted By Birkelbach
Lear-Romec Fuel Pump Installation

I've got a Romec AN style pump on my IO-320. I'm trying to figure out what all the ports are for. I get the inlet and the outlet that is pretty easy. There are four ports around the mounting...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-10-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,353
Posted By Birkelbach
I"m planning to fly in if the weather...

I"m planning to fly in if the weather cooperates.
Forum: Texas (South) 03-12-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,620
Posted By Birkelbach
Houston Area DAR

I've got a friend that is looking for a DAR in the Houston area. The guy that I've been recommending has upset the last couple of people that I sent to him so I'm looking for someone else. This is...
Forum: Propellers 02-26-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 933
Posted By Birkelbach
It sounds like you need to adjust the low pitch...

It sounds like you need to adjust the low pitch stop on the propeller. Pretty common. I had to do it on my RV-7 as well. I was getting 2800 or so WOT.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,149
Posted By Birkelbach
I'm also thinking about a similar geometry. I've...

I'm also thinking about a similar geometry. I've got my Xpndr antenna on the right side just behind the firewall and was hoping to put the ADS/B antenna in the same place but on the left side. Did...
Forum: ADS-B 01-08-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 31,175
Posted By Birkelbach
Is anyone having issues with the Wifi...

Is anyone having issues with the Wifi connectivity? I'm planning to install my UAT-Echo this weekend but I want to make sure that it works well underneath all that metal. The reason that I'm...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-18-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 803
Posted By Birkelbach
RV-9 in Houston Area

A friend of mine is thinking of building an RV-9 and would like to get a ride in one to see how it handles. He's flown my RV-7 a bit but he want's to see what a -9 feels like.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 826
Posted By Birkelbach
Thanks Gil. I don't know how I missed that SB. ...

Thanks Gil. I don't know how I missed that SB. Makes me wonder how many more I've missed? :-/

Another question... Is it worth buying the gasket kit? My engine is not really listed in the gasket...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 826
Posted By Birkelbach
Hardware Replacement at Overhaul

I'm doing my own overhaul on an IO-320-C1A. It's my first airplane engine overhaul. Not my first engine overhaul. I'm trying to figure out what hardware has to be replaced. I know that I have to...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-17-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,414
Posted By Birkelbach
I might actually be able to make it this time.

I might actually be able to make it this time.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-08-2016, 03:07 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,958
Posted By Birkelbach
IO-320-C1A Conversion

On my new project (not an RV, sorry) I have an IO-320-C1A. It has the rear facing sump that is not going to work. I would like to convert it to a forward facing sump and I also want to be able to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2016, 08:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,415
Posted By Birkelbach
Electrical issues that defy the laws of physics...

Electrical issues that defy the laws of physics are usually a bad ground somewhere.
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,506
Posted By Birkelbach
I ran one large wire from the (-) terminal of the...

I ran one large wire from the (-) terminal of the battery to the forest of tabs and one braided strap from that same stud to the first engine case bolt I came too. Ground everything to the forest of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2016, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,762
Posted By Birkelbach
I tried and tried to bend mine. It wouldn't...

I tried and tried to bend mine. It wouldn't budge. It was off about 3/8". I finally just clamped it down and stuck bolts in it. Been fine for >10 years. That toe-in isn't going to hurt anything....
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2016, 03:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,279
Posted By Birkelbach
My guess is that you'll spend more time messing...

My guess is that you'll spend more time messing with nutplates than you would drilling out and replacing the blind rivets for the one or two times that you'll need to do that for the rest of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2015, 02:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,213
Posted By Birkelbach
I used the Aeroelectric Bob method on my RV-7. ...

I used the Aeroelectric Bob method on my RV-7. It's been over 10 years and they all look perfect.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2015, 10:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,416
Posted By Birkelbach
A blast tube pointed at the fuel pump solved a...

A blast tube pointed at the fuel pump solved a lot of these problems for me.
Forum: Texas (South) 11-01-2013, 08:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,610
Posted By Birkelbach
Sugarland is a nice town. They have a pretty...

Sugarland is a nice town. They have a pretty nice airport but it's a large, city-owned reliever airport so the prices for hangar rent will probably be pretty high. The drive into Greenway Plaza...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2013, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,432
Posted By Birkelbach
I'm pretty sure the baggage floor is only rated...

I'm pretty sure the baggage floor is only rated for 100 lbs so even if you get get the W&B sorted out you'd be over that limit. That doesn't mean that you couldn't re-enforce the floor to handle...
Forum: Texas (North) 07-24-2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,204
Posted By Birkelbach
Lubbock Passenger Drop Off

Where is the best place to just drop off a passenger at KLBB?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2012, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,242
Posted By Birkelbach
Your welcome to come see my RV-7 if you want but...

Your welcome to come see my RV-7 if you want but it's quite a haul in a 172 from Midland to Waller (near Houston). I'm sure you'll find somebody closer but if not, you're welcome to come by tomorrow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2012, 07:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,347
Posted By Birkelbach
You are right about the Maule. :-) I did my...

You are right about the Maule. :-) I did my tailwheel endorsement training in an M-5. I still feel like I might wreck it on every landing and I have way more than 3 flights. It was my dad's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2012, 01:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,300
Posted By Birkelbach
Make sure that they DO NOT have access to the...

Make sure that they DO NOT have access to the runway from their property. If they do and you ever decide to disallow runway use you will probably run into some serious legal trouble and from what I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,488
Posted By Birkelbach
Not to mention it's ILLEGAL to do this during...

Not to mention it's ILLEGAL to do this during phase I. You are doing it right. Don't get in a hurry, be chicken, only fly when you are comfortable and you'll be fine. I was a very low time TW...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-30-2012, 02:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,702
Posted By Birkelbach
My prop is against the stop for takeoff. The...

My prop is against the stop for takeoff. The governor doesn't have anything to do with it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-25-2012, 07:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 70,378
Posted By Birkelbach
Just some perspective. If the top of the can is...

Just some perspective. If the top of the can is 4x8 inches and you put 20psi in it, the force trying to rip the top off is over 600lbs. The sides are much worse. Please be careful.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2012, 07:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,300
Posted By Birkelbach
If I were going to move into your subdivision and...

If I were going to move into your subdivision and runway access mattered to me I would want to see the deed restrictions written in such a way that I would NEVER have to worry about, the condition of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2012, 02:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,226
Posted By Birkelbach
Somethin' ain't right. You shouldn't break those...

Somethin' ain't right. You shouldn't break those at all. I still have the first one that I ever bought and it looks brand new after 10 years. Is this with a C-Frame? I assume so since you said...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-19-2012, 08:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,698
Posted By Birkelbach
Yes. I had a car battery sitting back there for...

Yes. I had a car battery sitting back there for a couple of years on mine. You're W&B is fine. As for the engine, I have no expertise. If it were me, I'd check the run out and move on. If you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,855
Posted By Birkelbach
You can affect this clearance by mounting the...

You can affect this clearance by mounting the elevators and setting the stop limits. It's hard to explain but it has to do with the position of the elevator bellcrank. Think about a little bit and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2012, 02:02 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 19,208
Posted By Birkelbach
Hey John, Come by the hangar this weekend and...

Hey John,

Come by the hangar this weekend and I'll show you my door. While I was researching I found that Schweiss was pretty much the best and the least expensive. I still built my own bifold...
Forum: RV-3 03-26-2012, 10:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,453
Posted By Birkelbach
250+ hours on my stock AL tubes and no...

250+ hours on my stock AL tubes and no problems.

Do Not bend them!! In fact do not bend any control tube, aileron, elevator or flap, EVER!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2012, 07:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,891
Posted By Birkelbach
Evernote

I've recently started using Evernote (http://www.evernote.com) for keeping track of all the "stuff" that I have going on. It's an online note taking app. There is a free version that may be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-13-2012, 06:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,875
Posted By Birkelbach
When I started my -7 kit I had 0 tailwheel time. ...

When I started my -7 kit I had 0 tailwheel time. Got an endorsement and 30 or so hours in a handful of airplanes (Maule, Citabria, RV-6), got some transition training, and started flying my -7. I...
Forum: Tools 02-20-2012, 10:06 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
I was unable to find the tools that I needed to...

I was unable to find the tools that I needed to make my video this weekend. Sorry 'bout that, but my wrench is 13" long so it wouldn't show the differences.

The ironic thing about the discussion is...
Forum: Tools 02-17-2012, 09:20 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
The proof (actually disproof) is simpler than...

The proof (actually disproof) is simpler than that. Somebody get a 24" long torque wrench, and a 3" extension. Set the torque wrench to 80 ft-lbs and torque another wrench like Chris did.

If Allen...
Forum: Tools 02-17-2012, 09:01 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
Agreed. This is simple, high school physics. ...

Agreed. This is simple, high school physics. Nobody is arguing this. Even with the cheater bar this is generally the case.



Do not agree. The video that Chris did clearly shows that if you are...
Forum: Tools 02-17-2012, 07:01 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
No one is arguing that your math is wrong. The...

No one is arguing that your math is wrong. The problem is in one of your assumptions. Specifically, your claim that you can insert 12" arbitrarily into the equation simply because you are using ft...
Forum: Tools 02-16-2012, 04:06 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
Seriously!? This is elementary, first year...

Seriously!? This is elementary, first year engineering school stuff. It's not complicated and the fact that we are still having the discussion is becoming laughable.



None of these physics are...
Forum: Tools 02-16-2012, 03:34 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
The 'movement' of the nut is irrelevant. As is...

The 'movement' of the nut is irrelevant. As is the type of wrench. We are talking about torque. The nut will be in the same place after we are done with all this regardless of how we applied the...
Forum: Tools 02-16-2012, 03:09 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
The cheater bar would not affect this at all as...

The cheater bar would not affect this at all as long as you don't put Allen's little extension on it. If you put the little extension on it then the cheater bar starts to matter. The torque wrench...
Forum: Tools 02-16-2012, 02:30 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
If I forget all that I know about this then I...

If I forget all that I know about this then I guess I could be convinced that you are correct, but you are NOT correct. Your little device is NOT a torque multiplier. It is a lever. A lever is a...
Forum: Tools 02-15-2012, 04:57 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 74,016
Posted By Birkelbach
The movement is not relevant. What is relevant...

The movement is not relevant. What is relevant is the moment at different points in space. Moment is calculated with force over a distance. There are no velocities anywhere to be seen.
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