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Forum: Formation Flying 09-22-2022, 11:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 912
Posted By JDeanda
Our Gang

Our group usually has me lead because I have the slowest RV in the group, then they tell me I’m 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, 01:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,129
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, 10:41 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,620
Posted By JDeanda
Here’s 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, 10:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,620
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, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,658
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, 09:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,575
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 enough… until you park the airplane. So I mounted mine on a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-29-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,181
Posted By JDeanda
Is Air Moving Thru There? Stall Behavior?

I’ve 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, I’d wondered about taping them. I was pretty sure...
Forum: RV-3 08-27-2022, 10:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 581
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, 10:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,016
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, 08:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,099
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, I’ve torch annealed aluminum with an oxyactelene torch by...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-15-2022, 09:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
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, 05:28 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,354
Posted By JDeanda
But, but…

How do you reach the brakes and rudder pedals? I’ve made much of my panel accessible while sitting in one of the seats, woo that really helped. I’ll be doing more soon, I hope. Getting rid of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-15-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,335
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? There’s SO MUCH great info out there...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-14-2022, 11:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
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, 02:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,692
Posted By JDeanda
Or This

Removing the magneto is a pretty foolproof way to to this but I’ve 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, 11:04 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,207
Posted By JDeanda
Not Scary

I was skeptical when I first heard of this too, but I’ve 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, 08:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
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, 10:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 429
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: 817
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: 938
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: 978
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: 368
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: 857
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: 857
Posted By JDeanda
Link

Penguin, the link doesn’t work.
Forum: Propellers 07-08-2022, 10:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 857
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: 2,745
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: 7,418
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: 17
Views: 3,231
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: 5,027
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: 7,418
Posted By JDeanda
OK!

I’ll get on it ASAP.
Forum: RV-14 05-28-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,418
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: 6,947
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: 684
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: 2,665
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: 6,198
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: 1,198
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: 1,619
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: 3,208
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: 2,161
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: 984
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: 13,658
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: 6,947
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: 8,091
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: 2,136
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: 2,954
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: 766
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: 7,572
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: 670
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: 7,572
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: 556
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: 3,347
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: 3,245
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: 3,347
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: 3,245
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: 10,088
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: 5,422
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: 5,422
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: 1,251
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: 1,255
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: 10,423
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: 10,461
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: 2,180
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: 794
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: 9,773
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...
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