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Forum: Safety Today, 02:54 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,996
Posted By jrs14855
Bad Outcome

On Sep 12, a new hangar neighbor who I had not met took off from the AG strip to go to another airport for fuel. On takeoff after fueling, 8000' runway with additional overruns ADSB shows the...
Forum: Safety Today, 02:38 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,996
Posted By jrs14855
Turnbacks

First three items on the engine failure checklist:
1 Fly the airplane
2. Fly the airplane
3.Fly the airplane
Forum: Safety Today, 02:33 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,996
Posted By jrs14855
Misc

Smokey-
You bring up some good points. Watching Bob Hoover in the Shrike with both engines shut down was my recurrent in energy management. I tend to go to 130 knots in a shallow climb for cooling....
Forum: Safety Today, 12:51 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,996
Posted By jrs14855
Turns

There are people who discuss the turnback as a 90/270 turn. Charlie Precourt in Sport Aviation series on the subject states a minimum of 190 to 210 degrees of turn. The 90/270 has no place in this...
Forum: Safety Today, 12:45 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,996
Posted By jrs14855
Weight

Good to see someone who understands weight. Weight won't matter much, especially for the two seat and single seat EAB. In a jet airliner say in the 110k max gross weight range, max landing weight...
Forum: Safety Yesterday, 04:44 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 12,996
Posted By jrs14855
Turnback

Finally someone who understands what I have been saying for a long time. In addition if you are in a side by side aircraft, in non crosswind conditions, immediately offset to the right (terrain...
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By jrs14855
PAPI

Try Alibaba.com, PAPI lights for $3000.00 Pocket change for a King Air operator.
Forum: Safety 11-23-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By jrs14855
Glidepath

I carefully researched every airport where I used the procedure. In some cases I used a steeper approach. At the old Zuni NM airport landing to the west I angled in to the the final until about 1/2...
Forum: Flight Testing 11-22-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,237
Posted By jrs14855
Oxygen

Tolerance for high altitude has many variables. Younger non smokers who have acclimated at a lower altitude can handle very high altitudes.
Mount Everest, at 29,029' has been climbed without oxygen....
Forum: Safety 11-22-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 957
Posted By jrs14855
Part 135

The only requirement for VFR 135 operation is runway lights. Certification or no certification of VASI is irrelevant.
If you have GPS you can create your own quasi glide slope as follows:
Using a 1...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,123
Posted By jrs14855
Cold

Minus 20 Celcius is minus 4 F. Not even close to being cold. Herkimer and Old Forge in Upstate NY have experienced record lows of minus 52 F both places.
I have spent a lot of time in that area in...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-18-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 526
Posted By jrs14855
Airports

I should have mentioned Santa Monica, closing date already agreed to.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-18-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 526
Posted By jrs14855
Airports

Whiteman Airport, built in 1942, 121 based aircraft.
Reid Hillview, built in 1945, county owned, 121 based aircraft, airport threatened with closure to build low income housing
Flying W airport in NJ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2021, 01:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By jrs14855
Balance weights

Motorcycle shops sell balance weights with self adhesive. Works good and lasts a long time.
Forum: Safety 11-11-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,725
Posted By jrs14855
Tight approaches

For any airplane with poor or no forward visibility over the nose the best is a tight, curving approach all the way to the end of the runway. Also good to remember that those types can only see an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 632
Posted By jrs14855
Bolt

Before you start drilling and reaming find an NAS equivalent to the An bolt. It should be slightly larger than the AN and might be enough.
Also would be good to go one dash number longer that called...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 04:19 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,725
Posted By jrs14855
Non Tower

There have recently been a series of really bad crashes into houses, cars and a couple most recently barely missing a house.
Santa Monica, Reid Hillview and Flying W in NJ are likely to close in the...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,725
Posted By jrs14855
Uncontrolled

I have very strong feelings about the uses of the term uncontrolled. I believe it is very damaging when non pilots hear the word.
Whether it is a high time airline pilot or a new student the word...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,725
Posted By jrs14855
Terminology

There is at least one post on here where the proper terminology is used. TOWER OR NON TOWER AIRPORT!!!
Please consider NOT using the term uncontrolled airport. That immediately identifies you as Joe...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 6,725
Posted By jrs14855
Practice approaches

As a long time instrument rated pilot, when I am flying my non IFR certified EAB in an area where I am not familiar, I don't want to hear xyx intersection. If traffic permits I will sometimes tell...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2021, 04:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,151
Posted By jrs14855
Oil

My understanding is that 100-115 oil pressure is only for starting and low r/m ground operations. Never an issue for me because I rarely see ambient temps below 40F and at 50F the oil pressure never...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,837
Posted By jrs14855
Timing

The previous post does not explain this very well. For parallel valve set the timing at 22 degrees before top dead center for break in. For angle valve set the timing at 20 degrees.
If temps are...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,223
Posted By jrs14855
Wheel pants

I have posted before about a really bad shake in my left gear only on Wittman Tailwind. Balancing the wheel pant did nothing, waste of time. I installed a 2024 aluminum bar on the left side. 1 1/2" x...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,837
Posted By jrs14855
Seating rings

I have several issues with Lycoming procedure. Probably fine for most production aircraft but not for closely cowled EAB. The ground runs are much too long.
I much prefer the Mahlon Russell protocol...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-06-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,072
Posted By jrs14855
Rough engine

0 320's with the Marvel carb are notorious for that. Reducing power slowly seems to avoid it.
This was discussed in detail many years ago on the Lycoming forum. I don't know if that forum still...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,662
Posted By jrs14855
Friction Lock

A former co worker died in the crash of a King Air. Quadrant friction lock not properly set, one engine went to idle, airplane rolled inverted and crashed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,662
Posted By jrs14855
John Denver

I disagree with the statement that John did not know his fuel system. This was a chain of events:
Declined to fuel the airplane
Was at a low altitude over water
Fuel selector was in a non standard...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,414
Posted By jrs14855
Mags

Alignment pin is for Slick mags only. Lots of Bendix mags still out there. They require a different procedure.
I always use the timing marks on the aft side of the ring gear. Line the mark up with...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-28-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,621
Posted By jrs14855
Spins

One more point: right rudder upright spin, stick to the left flattens the spin somewhat, stick to the right enhances the recovery. Inverted the aileron response is reversed, not because the controls...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-28-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,621
Posted By jrs14855
Spins

The Sukhoi SU26 and SU29 will recover from an upright flat spin in 1/8 of a turn with full power. Nose is down about 20 degrees, count 1001,1002 1003 and pull to vertical, full vertical roll and...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-28-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,621
Posted By jrs14855
Spins

Power is the main ingredient of a flat spin. Power to idle and most aircraft will revert to a normal spin, although the rate of rotation may be a bit higher. Opposite rudder to the stop, neutral...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-27-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By jrs14855
Mounts

I use undrilled bolts as do many certified airplane. All metal lock nut. I do the bottom mounts first. Install the first bolt and nut and tighten. Then the other lower bolt. Then the upper bolts....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-27-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 738
Posted By jrs14855
Bullets

Not much room on a Lycoming for a long bullet to "fall thru". I have a long bullet with a T handle welded on and a relatively short one that will "fall thru".
IIRC the Lycoming bolts are AN7. You...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-27-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 458
Posted By jrs14855
Safety

Lycoming does not use any form of safety on the cylinder hold down nuts or connecting rod bolts. Star type lock washers on many other locations, safety wire in a couple of locations.
Forum: Primers 10-26-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 10
Poll: Rust-Oleum
Views: 892
Posted By jrs14855
primer

Self etching primer from auto zone. It may be duplicolor, its not rustoleum. Holding up well after five plus years non RV.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,264
Posted By jrs14855
Carb Heat

If that photo is the full hot position that is the cause of your problem. In the full hot position the flapper should almost entirely. shut of airflow from outside the cowl. The flapper valve and arm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,179
Posted By jrs14855
Lawsuits

Deep pockets, medium pockets, small pockets and no pockets at all. No pockets would seem to be pretty good protection. Collings is alleged to be transferring assets in anticipation of giant...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,725
Posted By jrs14855
Accident

He is probably a charter member of the club that is somehow able to "groundloop" Cessna 172' and Cherokee's etc on wide paved runways.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,179
Posted By jrs14855
Regulations

Another issue that people don't understand is that a project can be sold multiple times. To the letter of the law the builder who completes the project probably does not qualify for Repairmans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,179
Posted By jrs14855
Lawsuits

The often mentioned alleged fact is that there has never been a successful lawsuit against the builder of and EAB aircraft in the US.
I know of a few cases where the builder was paranoid about being...
Forum: RV-4 10-23-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,758
Posted By jrs14855
Wittman Gear

The round spring gear was designed and patented by Steve Wittman in the late 40's early 50's. The first plans built Wittman Tailwinds first flew in 1955. The landing gear was relatively short and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,179
Posted By jrs14855
Quick Build

In the US each quick build kit is evaluated and approved(or not) by the FAA as still allowing 51% to be accomplished by the builder.
The first real quick build kit was the Christen Eagle. The FAA did...
Forum: RV-4 10-22-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,758
Posted By jrs14855
Shimmy

The shimmy is only in the left gear on my Wittman Tailwind. Lowering tire pressure helped some. Shimmy was mostly on landing at around 25 statute on the GPS.
I just installed the metal stiffner on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-22-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,939
Posted By jrs14855
Trivia

The bump goes back at least to Tom Cassutt (Cassutt Racer) in the mid 50's. Possibly he got the ides from someone else. He talked about it in his forums around 69/70.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By jrs14855
Air Power

Air Power claims to be the worlds largest Lycoming distributor. I bought new Lycoming 0 320 cylinders from them several years ago. Excellent service.
Dart Aircraft in the Waco area is also excellent.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-18-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 694
Posted By jrs14855
Breather

The breather should not point forward. Oil will come out the dipstick. I know of a Piper Navajo where the pilot left the dipstick on the ramp and took off. Loss of oil, shut down the engine and then...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-18-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,781
Posted By jrs14855
Pump

Not an RV but my Facet pump is pipe thread on both ends, so AN 816 or equivalent to adapt to aluminum line. If you overtightened the AN fitting you may have split the end of the pump housing.
Forum: RV-4 10-18-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,758
Posted By jrs14855
Gear

The Wittman round gear is only perfectly aligned at one weight and one angle between the fuselage and the ground. As the airplane is loaded the axle will move toward toe out and much of the camber...
Forum: Midwest 10-15-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 976
Posted By jrs14855
Stoughton WI

Stoughton-isn't that where Ole and Sven are from. One of the highlights of Oshkosh was when the Doc from Lodi would drive up on his John Deere thing, tell a couple of Ole and Sven jokes and drive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By jrs14855
Markings

Vne should be a red line on the airspeed or a placard on the instrument panel. Maximum flap extended speed white arc or panel placard.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-13-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,912
Posted By jrs14855
Riveting

I spent a bit of time at a shop the rebuilt Cessna wings. Later one of the partners in that operation had his own shop and for a long time he did a lot of sheet metal repairs. He had a guy on call...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-12-2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,912
Posted By jrs14855
Riveting

I know very little about rivet guns but the proper gun can make a world of difference.
Forum: Safety 10-07-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,832
Posted By jrs14855
Survival

Legal and survival are two very different scenarios. If entering the clouds is the best survival option just do it.
Something that worked in the Cherokee's from the 140 to the 235: if the CG is...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 346
Views: 428,373
Posted By jrs14855
Hunting

With the Wittman Tailwind I hunt most all non turbo spam cans. However I am a catch and release kind of guy. No machine guns or rockets. Just a bit of history: A highly modified 0 320 Tailwind with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,087
Posted By jrs14855
RV7

Was the RV7A near Atlantic City NJ in Sep 2013 included?? Documented evidence of loss of control in previous attempts at self taught aerobatics. Also previous wind damage to the rudder which was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-03-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By jrs14855
Painting in Pieces

All areas that will contact hardware must be masked so nuts, washers will contact bare metal or alodine. I believe on the cylinder bases where the nuts make contact a VERY THIN coat of zinc chromate...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-02-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 701
Posted By jrs14855
Compressiom

I have an 0 320 with 10-1 pistons, carb engine, balanced, no other mods. I set the timing for break in at 22 degrees on recommendation from one of the bettr known engine builders. After the engine...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-30-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,486
Posted By jrs14855
Safety wire etc

When searching for a problem to apply a solution to it sometimes helps to remember that Lycoming connecting rod bolts are not safetied and have been that way for decades.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-27-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 8,432
Posted By jrs14855
Brass fitting

To elaborate on what I previously posted, at least some certified factory Pitts aircraft use the brass automotive "street elbow" on the oil pressure port on the aluminum accessory case. Never heard...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,350
Posted By jrs14855
Crankshaft

Angle valve or parallel valve?? At least four different cranks for parallel valve.
Thin flange with lightening holes
This flange without lightening holes
Heavy flange (mostly aerobatic...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-15-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,610
Posted By jrs14855
Fitting

One possible cause of the problem is that once there has been hydraulic fluid on the fitting it is difficult to get a good seal without a through cleaning. Drain all the fluid and clean the gear....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By jrs14855
Engine source

Check with the shops that do engine conversions on Cessna 172's. Penn Yann in NY is one, there are others. In the past they have been a source for core engines.
A reputable source will guarantee the...
Forum: RV-4 09-12-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,769
Posted By jrs14855
Weight

This requires thinking WAY outside the box:
Move the engine forward to solve CG issue
Lycon has some ideas for weight reduction on Lycoming.
Carbon fiber cowl, wheel pants, spinner, wingtips...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2021, 04:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,478
Posted By jrs14855
Fitting

The information shown in post #4 will lead you to the previous discussions about how this can be done without removing the gear. In that case it was a Grove gear on a RV8.
As far as tools there are a...
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