VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.






VAF on Twitter:
@VansAirForceNet


Go Back   VAF Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Showing results 1 to 64 of 289
Search took 0.01 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: JDeanda
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,376
Posted By JDeanda
Well, SimilarÖ

A friend tried to re-create a type certified airplane from a couple of rusted structural tubes. FAA said they knew the airplane was “substantially destroyed” (their terminology) and denied the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,092
Posted By JDeanda
Floor Jack

On our RV-6, I use my automotive floor jack with a short square of 2 x 4 in the roundy cup and a rag, placed under the fuselage right where the tailspring and attach bracket protrude from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 12:00 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,636
Posted By JDeanda
Out Harness

Crow harnesses in our RV-6. Pull up on the lap belts, down on the shoulder harnesses, crotch belt is mot adjustable. I donít like the pull up lap belts. I have to tug and wiggle to get them tight....
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2022, 10:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,334
Posted By JDeanda
Archer Proximity Question

Iíve thought about hanging an Archer VOR antenna in the wingtip, mainly so I can get the flying V off the tail because Iím always looking to get stuff off the back end of our tailheavy-leaning RV-6. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,985
Posted By JDeanda
We Tried Some Out

Sorry, the video we were going to make from our tests didnít happen but here are some findings: if youíre upside down, best to stay strapped in. The knurled, hand-held aluminum canopy breaker does...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-08-2022, 04:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,254
Posted By JDeanda
Aww, Not that Bon Ami Thing Again

Many moons ago, a local guy Iíll cal Phil (his real name because he wasnít innocent and besides, heís long dead) built a round Warner for his Monocoupe. He did some pretty interesting things on it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2022, 12:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,666
Posted By JDeanda
Just a Couple oí Thoughts

I like to do aerobatics. One day, I was sitting in a rented Decathlon and it occurred to me that if I needed to bail out, Iíd be using a parachute for the first time, and not only that, trying to do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 926
Posted By JDeanda
But, Is There an Aero Need?

The wingroot fairings look cool, I agree. Kinda like a P-40. Usually, if the intersection between the wing (or stabilizer, or gear leg, or whatever) is at or near a 90 degree angle, thereís no need...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2022, 10:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,740
Posted By JDeanda
But WaitÖ

Iíve had good luck with GooGone, too. Iím chary about the volatile and petroleum-based materials like mineral spirits, alcohol, etc because Iíve read that while they donít show immediate damage,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,799
Posted By JDeanda
And Besides

Iím just glad our RV-6 has a two blade propeller. Stretching the belt over that third blade on some airplanes is a real bear. Seriously, during 100 hour, periodic condition inspections, or whenever...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-19-2022, 08:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 689
Posted By JDeanda
Agree!

You oughta see some of the thick, cracky gelcoat on older Piper cowls. Thatís where I learned to dislike crackcoat, I mean gelcoat.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2022, 02:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,162
Posted By JDeanda
P-51 Torque

ďDid Frank give his "torque roll is a myth" demo? He used to fly a F-86 in and out of his grass runway. The stories he can tell!Ē

The pilot in my ride mentioned the stories of torque and control...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-18-2022, 11:30 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,592
Posted By JDeanda
Just A Little Input

I've never flow a Chippie, but I've sat in both chairs of one. Everybody tells me they're a delight to fly. I wouldn't have one, but I think I'd love to fly someone else's. I've never gotten in or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-18-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,162
Posted By JDeanda
Another Wannabe Fighter Pilot Weighs In

P-51, Spitfire, Hurricane, P-47, P-40 are my hero, halo airplanes. I had the inestimable privilege of getting a back sat ride in a P-51D a few years back. There was a set of flight controls back...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,041
Posted By JDeanda
Oil of Snake or...?

Not a Lycoming tale, but I look after a DeHavilland DH60M Gipsy Moth for a friend. It has the original Gipsy II upside right, 4-cylinder engine. After about, oh, 100 hours or so, it started oil...
Forum: Safety 10-13-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,395
Posted By JDeanda
Smoke ĎEm if Ya Got ĎEm

I installed a smoke system on one of my aerobatic customerís planes just so he could turn it in from time to time while practicing in the aerobatic area near the home drome. This was some time ago...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-12-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,221
Posted By JDeanda
No.

No teflon tape on aircraft. Ever. Iíve been using Loctite 565, the (supposedly) latest and greatest thread lube/ sealant.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-09-2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 856
Posted By JDeanda
Oh Gosh

You should be able to read a part number on the remaining bearing. Usually itís on the face of the inner ring, and you might need a magnifying glass. Once you have a Fafnir number or Timken or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,859
Posted By JDeanda
Just a Thought

Not Wingdings
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2022, 11:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 772
Posted By JDeanda
Really?

2” Crow 5 point belts with pads on the shoulder straps in our RV-6. I added the crotch belt after reading an accident report where somebody landed a -6 in a trailer park and when the noise died down,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-07-2022, 03:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Posted By JDeanda
Aviation Products Still There

API is the next town up the hill from me and I managed to get Karen on the phone. She’s aware of everybody’s disappointment and is dealing with major supplier chaos like lots of businesses these...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-04-2022, 01:13 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,210
Posted By JDeanda
Note to Self

When I apply torque seal, it's right after I've torqued the fastener, and it lets me know in the future the I tightened the thing, whatever it was. Does not mean it's tight now. When somebody else...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-02-2022, 07:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,227
Posted By JDeanda
The Math

How does 1 part per 1000 = 1%?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-01-2022, 11:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 796
Posted By JDeanda
If Not K&N, What?

Recent post included a YouTube video that made the K&N air cleaners look pretty dismal. Soooo, is there a substitute air cleaner that will fit where the K&N used to be?
Forum: Formation Flying 09-23-2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,438
Posted By JDeanda
Our Gang

Our group usually has me lead because I have the slowest RV in the group, then they tell me Iím too fast. Go figure. We typically have me leading (160 hp RV-6 with a fixed prop), a 160 hp RV-4 with...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,298
Posted By JDeanda
More Info

Our RV-6 has an O-320-D1A, 160 hp, a Slick mag and a Lightspeed Plasma III. We have a Catto FP and cruise around 155 knots or so, burning just under 8 gph. The lightweight Catto along with a...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-07-2022, 11:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,186
Posted By JDeanda
Hereís What We Did

Attorneys advising the owners of the airplane we parted out said to scrap the bits the builders built, which seemed to mean all the sheet metal bits… the airframe. We advertised on Barnstormers and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-06-2022, 11:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,186
Posted By JDeanda
Not Fun

I disassembled an RV for friends with health problems. Their attorney got hold of them and insisted they destroy the airframe and sell off the engine, avionics, all that. It was a nice airplane and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,180
Posted By JDeanda
No Big Deal

I trained originally in a Cessna 150 like most pilots my age. Had my left hand on the steering wheel, of course. Got in a little trouble once for soloing a 150 from the right seat because the guy...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-29-2022, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,153
Posted By JDeanda
Bach There, and A Fantasy

I was chary about putting a GPS antenna under the cowl. Nice to get it far forward in our tailheavy RV-6. Not too hard to keep it cool enoughÖ until you park the airplane. So I mounted mine on a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-29-2022, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,671
Posted By JDeanda
Is Air Moving Thru There? Stall Behavior?

Iíve helped my buddy with his RV-12, getting wings on and off and wondered about those holes, too. For openers, they sure are handy. But yeah, Iíd wondered about taping them. I was pretty sure...
Forum: RV-3 08-27-2022, 11:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By JDeanda
Yup

I've only installed a few smoke systems and none of those recently, but all of them had smoke in the cockpit. Not sure you can stop it completely. But yeah, opening the cabin vents should help. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2022, 11:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,440
Posted By JDeanda
Will They Test It For you?

If it's an AutoZone or O'Reilly alternator, will they test it for you in the store? We have one of each in our one-horse town and they both test alternators and starters right in the store for free....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,218
Posted By JDeanda
Arthur Dent

Rule of thumb taught at my A&P school was that if aluminum is heated enough to boil water it will change temper. While hand-forming parts, Iíve torch annealed aluminum with an oxyactelene torch by...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2022, 10:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By JDeanda
Step Into the Wayback Machine, Sherman

I recall somebody showing a liquid-cooled Lycoming powered Cherokee conversion at an air show in Camarillo CA about 30-odd years ago. It looked like they added water jackets to stock Lyc cylinders...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,659
Posted By JDeanda
But, butÖ

How do you reach the brakes and rudder pedals? Iíve made much of my panel accessible while sitting in one of the seats, woo that really helped. Iíll be doing more soon, I hope. Getting rid of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2022, 06:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,954
Posted By JDeanda
Oh Man

Catherine had herself a couple of live ones there. Honestly, why do we keep needing to have this conversation over and over? When will pilots understand stalls? Thereís SO MUCH great info out there...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-15-2022, 12:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,443
Posted By JDeanda
Some Thots

We had perfectly good brakes on our RV-6 using Cleveland master cylinders and brakes. When the Cleveland master cylinders needed parts, sticker shock led me to just buy new Matco cylinders. The...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-14-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,997
Posted By JDeanda
Or This

Removing the magneto is a pretty foolproof way to to this but Iíve always smeared a gob of grease on the pin before pushing it up. Holds it long enough to get the pump in place.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-14-2022, 12:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,821
Posted By JDeanda
Not Scary

I was skeptical when I first heard of this too, but Iíve lapped a few. Lapping a valve in place is far less intrusive and risky than pulling a cylinder. Made sure I removed the gritty stuff with...
Forum: The RV Grin 08-14-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 598
Posted By JDeanda
Ooopps

My bad! I should have just taken a look at the username. Thinking about my post, I felt a little bad for not saying up front that canadianf1pilot did a great thing sharing his time and airplane. I...
Forum: The RV Grin 08-13-2022, 11:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 598
Posted By JDeanda
Be Very Careful

Here's a link to an EAA bit about giving rides as prizes in experimental airplanes. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-02-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,145
Posted By JDeanda
Ah, Here It Is

https://support.cessna.com/custsupt/contacts/pubs/ourpdf.pdf?as_id=50867
Scroll down a bit.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-26-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,110
Posted By JDeanda
Wheel Spats

They told us at A&P school that nothing was supposed to rub the pavement if a tire goes flat. I 'spect that's why the pants sat so high on type certificated airplanes back then (70s). Looking at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-23-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,183
Posted By JDeanda
Randumb Thots

Just welding up a crack in a structural part is not a good repair. The fact that it cracked is an indication that it wasn't quite strong enough in the first place. Just welding the crack only...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 457
Posted By JDeanda
Yup

+1 on the Sigtronics PTT wiring. I chased a problem with a Sigtronics intercom wired to an Icom. Iím an A&P, not an avionics tech. I verified it was all wired up per the Sigtronics diagram. The...
Forum: Propellers 07-09-2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,102
Posted By JDeanda
ĎNother Comment

I was just informed that the Great Lakes that tossed the propeller blade had about 160 hours since new and never did any aerobatics. Woo.
Forum: Propellers 07-09-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,102
Posted By JDeanda
Link

Penguin, the link doesnít work.
Forum: Propellers 07-08-2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,102
Posted By JDeanda
Some Background Info on This

This is an issue for us since a fair number of RVs are flying with MT propellers.
I know the instructor in the front seat of the Great Lakes that had the blade separation. He and the owner of the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2022, 10:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,057
Posted By JDeanda
ĎNother Way to Go

Beech airplanes have double wall landing gear doors, and the inner walls have lightning holes, that, while they seem to do a good job of letting lightning thru, they also let dirt, rocks and grime...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,331
Posted By JDeanda
Photos, Phinally

Aw, man. I goofed up the photos… here are the correct ones. Sorry for the mess! So here’s how I did it. I scored a piece of .125” 7075-T6 at the local metal supply for the pivoting ring thingy....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,557
Posted By JDeanda
Aw, Dang

Braly actually says his fuel has been tested and fully FAA approved twice for all certified piston aero engines in the United States. The feds are now reviewing their certification system and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,275
Posted By JDeanda
Those Link Belts

I’ve seen just a couple of belt failures in my 40-odd year career of fooling with little airplanes. I’ve seen a few spare belts wired and zip tied into place and I might have tied a couple in place...
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,331
Posted By JDeanda
OK!

Iíll get on it ASAP.
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,331
Posted By JDeanda
Our Airplane

Here’s what I did on the wingtips or our RV-6 after my local RV pals gave me grief for leaving the eyebolts under the wings. Besides, the tiedown rope or chain on the left usually fouls on the pitot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 11:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,307
Posted By JDeanda
Well, Hereís How We Saw It

First, I think I’ve met exactly one guy building experimentals as an investment. He built Glassairs for sale and did OK, especially with the boost from his marijuana sales. A friend built a high $...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-05-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 753
Posted By JDeanda
Santa Paula Weighs In

Hey TechSupport, there are several RVs of various types at SZP. My wife and I keep an RV-6 there. Two Rockets and an RV-8 under construction. You and Mrs. TechSupport are welcome any time. And...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,834
Posted By JDeanda
Stainless?

There are stainless cotter pins. That sure would be a chunk of
a big one, though.
Forum: Safety 03-21-2022, 02:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,732
Posted By JDeanda
So awful

Cherokee 6 has a baggage compartment between the firewall and the front bulkhead of the cabin. Must have been a really nasty fire to burn its way aft of the baggage compartment.
I pull the suction...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,348
Posted By JDeanda
Old Lightspeeds

I had two Lightspeed headsets and parts of another that came with a dismantle/ sell project. One had broken stirrups attaching the earcups, two were sticky and gooey. Two worked and actually one...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-21-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,114
Posted By JDeanda
Apex

Bought a $45 Apex 12180 for our RV-6. It fit nicely in the battery box but the terminals are reversed from the PC680 and theyíre vertical tabs, so I had a bit of wiring tweaking to do. It cranked...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,506
Posted By JDeanda
Too Loud, I'm Told

My A&P buddy runs a shop down at the end of the airport. He can't see the runway but says he always knows when an RV launches because they're noticeably louder than the spam cans, Citabrias and...
Forum: ADS-B 03-04-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,534
Posted By JDeanda
SkyBeacon, Too?

Hm. We have a UAV SkyBeacon on the wingtip of our RV-6. Should I watch for the same things?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,041
Posted By JDeanda
Me Too

Plexus and a microfiber cloth is the best combo Iíve found. Mirror Glaze is a lot more work. Actually, clear water and the microfiber cloth does fairly well, but the Plexus is like magic.
Showing results 1 to 64 of 289

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:29 PM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.