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Forum: The RV Grin Yesterday, 10:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 113
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, 07:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 622
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, 05:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 764
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, 11:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 774
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, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 297
Posted By JDeanda
Yup

+1 on the Sigtronics PTT wiring. I chased a problem with a Sigtronics intercom wired to an Icom. I’m an A&P, not an avionics tech. I verified it was all wired up per the Sigtronics diagram. The...
Forum: Propellers 07-09-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 739
Posted By JDeanda
‘Nother 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, 06:55 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 739
Posted By JDeanda
Link

Penguin, the link doesn’t work.
Forum: Propellers 07-08-2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 739
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, 09:26 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,581
Posted By JDeanda
‘Nother 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, 05:56 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,949
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, 04:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,368
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, 04:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,885
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, 10:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,949
Posted By JDeanda
OK!

I’ll get on it ASAP.
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,949
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, 10:02 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,724
Posted By JDeanda
Well, Here’s 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, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 652
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, 08:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,585
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, 01:56 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,804
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, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,148
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, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,535
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 they’re vertical tabs, so I had a bit of wiring tweaking to do. It cranked...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,047
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, 10:18 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,982
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, 09:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 945
Posted By JDeanda
Me Too

Plexus and a microfiber cloth is the best combo I’ve found. Mirror Glaze is a lot more work. Actually, clear water and the microfiber cloth does fairly well, but the Plexus is like magic.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-17-2022, 09:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 13,384
Posted By JDeanda
How Much Rudder Do You Have?

I've never seen an Official Posted Max Crosswind Component for an RV. In fact, I've only seen max demonstrated crosswind component for any airplane. I'd think an RV-9A should be able to handle a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,516
Posted By JDeanda
Grease!

Looks like the male die is rough or worn. Maybe it could be smoothed up a bit? Also, a little grease might help.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,693
Posted By JDeanda
And ‘Nother Thing

While that $653,000 Cessna Turbo 182 should be able to run a good long time without requiring a lot of maintenance, (should!) eventually it will need parts from Cessna and their parts prices are far...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-08-2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,005
Posted By JDeanda
Engines! This is not a thread drift.

How did we ever move engines in the backs of pickups without old used airplane tyres to cushion them? I keep a few for that, to my wife’s consternation. The rest go to the local trash/recycling...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-05-2022, 08:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,860
Posted By JDeanda
RTFM

RTFM = Read The Freaking Manual
What does the propeller manufacturer say?
Almost certainly the manual says how and how often to do that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 730
Posted By JDeanda
Weep No More

https://www.weepnomorellc.com/
Here’s your answer. They’re the go-to guys for integral tanks on Mooney, BT-13 and yes, RVs. Highly recommended.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-20-2022, 01:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,078
Posted By JDeanda
Ernie Gann’s Derringer

Ernie Gann (yeah, that Ernie Gann… Fate is the Hunter, others…) came to the home drome (Santa Paula Airport in SoCal) many years ago to visit friends on the field. He arrived in his Derringer. It...
Forum: Propellers 01-20-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 640
Posted By JDeanda
Me Too

Catto did great work for us, too. There was a misteak on our spinner and they fell all over themselves to get it right. Catto propellers are a bit pricey, but they’re pretty much the gold standard...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-09-2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,078
Posted By JDeanda
Nope

I’m not a big believer in the concept of the light twin. Universally poor single engine performance on takeoff and added complexity are too hard to fix. By the time those issues are handled, it’s...
Forum: RV-4 01-09-2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 539
Posted By JDeanda
Vacuum Stuff

Removing a couple of vacuum instruments will not likely change the vacuum pressure much, but in case you need to fiddle to keep it in the majickal 4.6 - 5.4” range… The vacuum regulator on most light...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-03-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,168
Posted By JDeanda
Thread Drift....Sorry

Our Plasma III has about 200 hours over about, um, three years I think. Absolutely, perfectly flawless. Klaus saw my installation, in fact made up the spark plug wires for me and insisted on being...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-03-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,117
Posted By JDeanda
Yes!

Michel, so glad you brought that up. I was going to mention that when removing weight you need to pay attention the CG movement. I left that out for brevity and also because I figured builders and...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-03-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,168
Posted By JDeanda
We Went Simple

Installed a Plasma III on our RV-6 and kept the left magneto. There. Nearly all the advantages of a dual Plasma with the simple, lightweight backup of the magneto that does not notice or care if...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-02-2022, 11:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,117
Posted By JDeanda
Airplanes Get Heavier

Mm hmm, airplanes get heavier due to meteorite dust, if nothing else. 1037 lbs. for an RV-6 with a constant speed prop seems pretty good to me. It's surprising how much weight builds up in stuff...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 9,540
Posted By JDeanda
No. My $.02

Longtime A&P here, private pilot ASEL, ASES. The jump from a two seater to a four seater has been demonstrated to be a large jump indeed by the RV-10. The jump to a six seater would be at least as...
Forum: RV-15 12-31-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,245
Posted By JDeanda
Yup, Trimotor

There ya go, Carl! I was thinking of the Ford when I typed that. And you found pix! Actually, my second time in the air was in a Ford giving short rides at Santa Barbara Airport (KSBA) when I was...
Forum: RV-15 12-30-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,245
Posted By JDeanda
High Wingity Wing Lockers

Wing lockers could swing down from the bottom surface. Just sayin’. Making big non-structural holes would sure compromise a cantilever wing, though.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-18-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,220
Posted By JDeanda
VIP for Me

I’ve run the lower cost Barry isolators in our RV-6 for years. We have an O-320D1A with a Catto propeller and a Landoll dampener. It’s pretty smooth.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,214
Posted By JDeanda
Rod End Tales

I used to work on Pitts Specials a lot. They have antifriction bearings of one sort or another at all the pivot points in the flight control systems. Some are self aligning ball bearings and some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 10,125
Posted By JDeanda
A Voice of Experience

I had my groundloop in a Champ, landing downwind. Once you get past that point of no return, it doesn’t seem to matter much what you do. I think staying off the brakes is a good idea. Braking or...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-07-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,291
Posted By JDeanda
Teaching YourOwnSelf

My buddy’s Dad was an Air Force instructor back in the brown shoe days. He said flying aerobatics is fun but scary to teach. Akro students try hard to kill you. Naturally, his CFI kid ended up...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-07-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,121
Posted By JDeanda
Y?

What does the Y mean in the engine name?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 11:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 773
Posted By JDeanda
eBay?

I found some RV-6 specific jewelry items by poking around on eBay.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,534
Posted By JDeanda
Mmm hmm.

I've followed this thread and it's interesting. This A&P is really not sure what to tell owners of experimentals about all this. What's legal, what's common practice and somebody finding out are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,231
Posted By JDeanda
Huh? too

Yeah, I noticed that in the article, too. I suppose a broken ring could raise crankcase pressure, but it's hard to imagine it getting so high from such a failure in one cylinder that it would push...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,310
Posted By JDeanda
Cumulo Bumpus

An old glider pilot told those Cumulo Matatusses.
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,831
Posted By JDeanda
Slip and Slide

Seems like some airplanes, especially low wing types don’t come down much steeper in a slip if you let the speed get high. You may need to make a conscious effort to watch the speed and be ready to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,292
Posted By JDeanda
“Only” 24 lbs.

Hmmmm, Our RV-6 runs tailheavy with the fixed Catto prop and lightweight starter. Yeah, 24 pounds up there could be a boon, and so much more useful than just iron ballast. Then if the cabin heat...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-19-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,744
Posted By JDeanda
My PP

Installed a Plane Power altercator on our RV-6 nine years and 640 hours ago. It popped the circuit breaker on initial startup. I took a deep breath and reset it. It’s been perfect ever since. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-17-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,615
Posted By JDeanda
Lycoming Isolators

I've added a washer to the bottom mounts on sagging Lycomings a time or two over a 40-odd year career. It works, I guess, but it's not really the recommended fix for a saggy engine. Hey, you have...
Forum: Safety 11-17-2021, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,777
Posted By JDeanda
Not Me. I hope.

Interesting discussion, but pretty academic for us, I think.
It's highly unlikely I'd ever run into tailplane ice, given that I'm not instrument rated and I'm such a gladiola about scud running...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-04-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,020
Posted By JDeanda
Wear Limits

At A&P school, they told us a tire was legal to use until the cord actually wears, but never provided any documentation. I 'spect that's only true unless the airplane manufacturer says otherwise. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 133
Views: 34,657
Posted By JDeanda
It It Happening Now?

https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2021/october/28/faa-approves-hundreds-more-engines-to-use-unleaded-avgas?utm_source=epilot&utm_medium=email

FAA has approved 100 octane lead-free fuel...
Forum: RV-4 10-20-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,831
Posted By JDeanda
Retreads

The cool thing about the Desser recaps is that they add more rubber than the tyre originally had so they last significantly longer than new tyres for less $. Not really relevant for RVs, but when...
Forum: Propellers 10-20-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,452
Posted By JDeanda
My 2 Cents

Many years ago my boss contacted Grumman about flying an AA-5B Tiger without the spinner, pending long a lead-time spinner delivery when the installed one cracked. (poor design, another tale) They...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,290
Posted By JDeanda
5 Point!

I installed a Crow 5 point system in both seats of our RV-6 after reading an accident report where the pilot reported being forced to park a -6 in a trailer park. When the noise stopped, he was in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,238
Posted By JDeanda
It Was a Homebuilt at First

Worked for a Grumman dealer for a couple of years. The story I got was that Jim Bede planned the airplanes as a bonded homebuilts but decided that gluing aluminum properly was beyond the skills and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,369
Posted By JDeanda
Awl or Drill

Pushing the awl thru works almost every time. But if the drill motor is in my hand I just push the drill but thru without running the motor. Works about the same. And yeah, I clecos seem to be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-16-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,338
Posted By JDeanda
Small Thing

I’ve flared a few tubes, aluminum, stainless and even copper. Sometimes, if a new flare leaks, it just needs to be loosened and retightened a time or two.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-31-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,809
Posted By JDeanda
Or the Mark on the Tube

Once upon a time, aircraft inner tubes came with a balance mark on them and we’d line that up with the red dot. No mark on the tube, then put the valve stem on the red dot. The mark was a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-29-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,704
Posted By JDeanda
One Weird Quick Drain Problem

The Piper Arrow III was delivered with a special low profile drain valve and a removable plug-in tube, stored on a clip on the cooling baffle. Reason was that the nose gear retracted all close and...
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