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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,989
Posted By penguin
If you have a mobile compressor use an air...

If you have a mobile compressor use an air powered nut driver to remove the nuts and a rivet gun with a copper/brass set to remove the wing bolts - they are tight. You may also have to spray ACF50 or...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-26-2022, 06:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 555
Posted By penguin
Blowing off any debris just spreads it around...

Blowing off any debris just spreads it around unless you have a good extraction system. Vacuuming will at least remove most of the contaminants. Grease causes paint blemishes so must be removed, by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2022, 06:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,151
Posted By penguin
Its real easy to jump on the keyboard and bash...

Its real easy to jump on the keyboard and bash any supplier who doesn't ship your order instantly. But consider your order in comparison to the main business of the company (in Andair's case...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2022, 06:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 514
Posted By penguin
Are you for real? Consternation ...? In my...

Are you for real? Consternation ...?
In my view/experience occasional minor misalignment is inevitable/acceptable, put a drill through and set the rivets.
The whole beauty of rivets is they swell to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-05-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 636
Posted By penguin
This is what I had, 26666 I've just removed it...

This is what I had,

26666

I've just removed it and am fitting a throttle with vernier mixture & prop. Everything in a quadrant means the friction must be up tight to stop anything moving, means the...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-15-2022, 04:11 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,679
Posted By penguin
Its all a matter of technique. Use larger pieces...

Its all a matter of technique. Use larger pieces of cloth than needed, wet out to the edge and cut back to avoid fraying. If bonding on top use peel ply. If finished part use plastic, but it is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2022, 03:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,323
Posted By penguin
Looks like drilling swarf. Send the picture to...

Looks like drilling swarf. Send the picture to the company that built the engine, you must still be in warranty at 42 hours? Oil screen = sump scavenge finger filter? Is this the first time you have...
Forum: Propellers 04-24-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,659
Posted By penguin
With a fixed pitch prop you have to decide what...

With a fixed pitch prop you have to decide what you want most, good field performance, good climb rate, speed at 2000', speed at 10,000', something else? You can't have everything. Some props will be...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-29-2022, 10:19 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By penguin
I had a 6A for 17 years, I would say 72"...

I had a 6A for 17 years, I would say 72" definitely. If you're going FP then Sensenich metal is the best compromise I found. Some have found a ground adjustable (Sensenich or Whirlwind) to be easier...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-29-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 788
Posted By penguin
You have to ask what a Powerflow is trying to...

You have to ask what a Powerflow is trying to achieve. For an OEM certified system that is (was) cheap to make and achieved certification carb heat numbers, max power was never a consideration for...
Forum: Fiberglass 02-27-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,785
Posted By penguin
Hope the experimenting is going well. The scarfe...

Hope the experimenting is going well.
The scarfe angle should be 30:1 - much steeper that in your picture (50:1 with carbon). Rough up very well with 60 grit 2" beyond where you expect the resin will...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,954
Posted By penguin
CG Shift - attached is a picture of the CG shift...

CG Shift - attached is a picture of the CG shift with fuel burn for one & two 180lb pilots with no baggage.
This is for an aircraft weighing 1050lb empty with an empty CG of 70.4".
Max fuel for...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-17-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,954
Posted By penguin
This is where I am at so far. For those concerned...

This is where I am at so far. For those concerned that the CG will go aft - that's one of the objectives of this project! My CG is too far forwards and needs to shift aft. I realise this is not a...
Forum: Tools 01-02-2022, 12:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,169
Posted By penguin
It is pretty straight forward to dismantle a...

It is pretty straight forward to dismantle a rivet gun, although a fairly long wrench (2ft extension pipe on the handle) might be needed to free the barrel. Clean it internally and should be good to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-01-2022, 07:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,954
Posted By penguin
A cored cowl has a 1/4" layer of honey comb...

A cored cowl has a 1/4" layer of honey comb between the inner & outer skins. Anything made after around 1999 is cored. Far too much work for too little gain to mould my own, carbon would not save...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-01-2022, 06:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,954
Posted By penguin
RV-6 on a diet

My RV-6 weighed 1127lb when I bought it rather too much but there were some compelling reasons why that was not a deal breaker such as an angle valve motor. When it was built 20 years ago the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-14-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,990
Posted By penguin
I've just bought one of the Molex outlets Molex...

I've just bought one of the Molex outlets Molex (https://www.molex.com/molex/products/part-detail/io_connectors/0685324462) Looks great until I start thinking about how to connect it. The power...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-14-2021, 12:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,095
Posted By penguin
A new cowl will set you back around $1500 or more...

A new cowl will set you back around $1500 or more plus shipping, I would use what you have! Composite components don't really degrade unless exposed to UV for a while without any cover layer.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,993
Posted By penguin
I would add a Trig TY91 radio as it can be...

I would add a Trig TY91 radio as it can be controlled from the G3X. If only one nav/com/gps is installed is an audio panel required?
My preference is not to use an alternator switch - use a double...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-10-2021, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,944
Posted By penguin
How many would be sold compared to development...

How many would be sold compared to development cost?
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,250
Posted By penguin
The vertical heat muffs are next to useless. I...

The vertical heat muffs are next to useless. I installed a 6" stainless muff around one of the horizontal pipes which was better but did not produce the rpm drop you see in store bought aircraft. I...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-20-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,207
Posted By penguin
If you are using 8ES and plugs load up with lead...

If you are using 8ES and plugs load up with lead and the gap opens up between checks then it may be worth considering the 9ES. When I switched I found the gap stayed much more consistent. That was...
Forum: Engine Monitors 10-01-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,042
Posted By penguin
Thanks, Jerry, interesting thought. Derrick -...

Thanks, Jerry, interesting thought.

Derrick - thanks for the P/N, DigiKey is a real pain to use outside of the US because of your daft (perhaps paranoid) export rules and the incompetent drop downs...
Forum: Engine Monitors 09-26-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,042
Posted By penguin
VM1000 Tacho function

The tacho function in my VM100 is becoming very intermittent, over the last few hours it has gone from the occasional glitch to not working most of the time, reverting to the hobbs number or showing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,527
Posted By penguin
I use a different technique as I find the engine...

I use a different technique as I find the engine will not fire if it is just cranked without doing something to add fuel.

Throttle about 1/4" open, crank, after a couple of seconds start moving the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-28-2021, 02:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,666
Posted By penguin
I couldn't get your circuit to blow up enough to...

I couldn't get your circuit to blow up enough to read, so apologies if you have addressed this. Are you sufficiently confident in the reliability of the VPX to trust it to power an electrically...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-28-2021, 01:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,085
Posted By penguin
Wet sanding is the only way I know to...

Wet sanding is the only way I know to successfully blend the paint. Mask at least an inch greater than you need, scotchbrite, paint (feather the edge as PvS said), leave as long as possible (several...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,893
Posted By penguin
Wait another 6 months, things will change and you...

Wait another 6 months, things will change and you will make a different decision!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,685
Posted By penguin
Two of the same type, I would replace the mag...

Two of the same type, I would replace the mag with another P-mag.
But, there is no real answer to this question. You will find people who have had trouble with each type of ignition system. My view...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-18-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 831
Views: 647,207
Posted By penguin
I've recently installed a Whirlwind prop, after...

I've recently installed a Whirlwind prop, after the first ground run (no spinner, no cowling) the sun was setting and captured this picture.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-11-2021, 04:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,983
Posted By penguin
You could try 380x150 tyres on 5" wheels?

You could try 380x150 tyres on 5" wheels?
Forum: RV-4 06-27-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,644
Posted By penguin
Keep the manual trim - you will thank us in...

Keep the manual trim - you will thank us in time!!
Keep the stick top free from anything except a PTT!

Van's will sell a kit to convert to electric flaps.
Pete
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,842
Posted By penguin
They are basically the same, Raven is less...

They are basically the same, Raven is less expensive.

An inverted oil system is two oil scavenge and breather systems ported into one pump. When erect you would not know the inverted portion was...
Forum: GPS 05-19-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 456
Posted By penguin
Use the General RS232 IN/OUT on P891 (the 25 pin...

Use the General RS232 IN/OUT on P891 (the 25 pin connector) Pin 1(In) & 2(Out), Pin 14 is ground. The box then must be configured correctly. Send me a PM with your email and I will send Install...
Forum: ADS-B 04-08-2021, 03:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,634
Posted By penguin
It depends ... Running nav light & TBX cables...

It depends ... Running nav light & TBX cables together is no problem. There may be a problem with running the TBX cable next to the strobe cable. What type of strobe do you have (conventional or...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 03-28-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,937
Posted By penguin
Even with a tipper you will spend plenty of time...

Even with a tipper you will spend plenty of time with head under the panel. Get a very thick cushion to make it more comfortable. From my perspective planning to minimise the need to access that area...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-28-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,218
Posted By penguin
Good plan! The shape is the important thing,...

Good plan! The shape is the important thing, doesn't matter how you achieve it. Needs to have a slight step on the edge.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-28-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,167
Posted By penguin
I have one of these (15v version) trimmed to...

I have one of these (15v version) trimmed to 14.4v.
https://www.meanwell.com/webapp/product/search.aspx?prod=HRP-600
I have a pigtail from the bus with an XLR socket on the end.
If I don't need much...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 04:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,947
Posted By penguin
The whole deal with a CAN bus is tolerance to...

The whole deal with a CAN bus is tolerance to noise, poor installation and other in-service problems. Garmin have to come up with a length, but its not pass or fail. A bus length of 67' doesn't mean...
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-28-2021, 04:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,218
Posted By penguin
This is your problem, it has been demonstrated by...

This is your problem, it has been demonstrated by many builders over the years, the 10kt error you found is typical. The Van's pop rivet solution looks a little hokey but it works. Can you drill an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-28-2021, 04:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 998
Posted By penguin
Don't you need a DME hooked up to the Nav box,...

Don't you need a DME hooked up to the Nav box, and tuned by that box?
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-28-2021, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,935
Posted By penguin
Using the Van's recommended static ports will...

Using the Van's recommended static ports will give quite accurate airspeed reading, within 1 to 2kt through out the speed range. Flush static ports will give around a 10kt error. Inaccurate airspeed...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-19-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,343
Posted By penguin
Thanks, all, now on order.

Thanks, all, now on order.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-18-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,343
Posted By penguin
Fuel Level Sender

I need to replace my fuel level senders, but I cannot find the senders on the Van's website. Can anyone send a link?

Are the Stewart-Warner type senders available elsewhere?

Thanks, Pete
(Feeling a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,276
Posted By penguin
What Mike W said, switching the trim needs a...

What Mike W said, switching the trim needs a double pole double throw momentary switch wired in a particular way. Simple single pole switches won't work. The coolie hat must be used to switch a relay...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-23-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 733
Posted By penguin
Trim Switching

In another thread an RV-9 builder relates a trim runaway experience, rather than cluttering up that thread I have started another. Its in the electrical section as the most appropriate place.

The...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-23-2020, 04:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,707
Posted By penguin
Assuming the ASI is accurate ... Final approach...

Assuming the ASI is accurate ...
Final approach at 70kt.
Climb at anywhere between 90kt and 115kt it doesn't make much difference to climb rate, faster is usually better for engine cooling and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-16-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,285
Posted By penguin
The full answer to your simple question could get...

The full answer to your simple question could get quite complex. If you can only rev to 2500rpm at full throttle at say 6000' then there is something wrong somewhere. I had the same set up as you and...
Forum: International 09-24-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,263
Posted By penguin
In the UK there is the rule or 2 out of 3. The 3...

In the UK there is the rule or 2 out of 3.
The 3 factors are aircraft country of registration, pilot country of certification and place where flight takes place. Any 2 of those must be the same for...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-23-2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,366
Posted By penguin
So the answer is the senders are not...

So the answer is the senders are not available?

Pete
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-20-2020, 02:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,366
Posted By penguin
VM1000 parts

I'm looking for a VM1000 oil temp sender.
Now that Reggie (http://vmsupport.weebly.com/) is no longer available does anyone know of a source for senders?
Pete
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-19-2020, 02:22 AM
Replies: 172
Views: 84,498
Posted By penguin
James, Is is not at all uncommon for 6s to run...

James,
Is is not at all uncommon for 6s to run somewhat hot. I guess you have no idea what temps it ran at before you bought it? I've been running P-mags since 2004 and doubt you have purely a timing...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-15-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 8,713
Posted By penguin
Epoxy + microballoon = filler, light but little...

Epoxy + microballoon = filler, light but little strength
Epoxy + chopped cotton or epoxy + colloidal silica (Aerocil) = Bonding paste (flox)

I believe West 403 = chopped cotton, West 406 = Aerocil,...
Forum: Southeast 08-15-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,801
Posted By penguin
Send it back to Vetterman, their repairs are...

Send it back to Vetterman, their repairs are very, very good. It may take a day or two longer but anything else may well turn out to be only temporary.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-15-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,287
Posted By penguin
I asked Van's the same question a few months ago....

I asked Van's the same question a few months ago. I can't find the email right now but the RV-6 engine mount and cowl are no longer available, RV-7 items must be used. A 6A cowl could be used for a 6...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2020, 02:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,313
Posted By penguin
The construction manual talks about arranging the...

The construction manual talks about arranging the cockpit for additional leg room, but it is something done at build. If thin cushions wont work it is probably major surgery? Can the rudder pedal...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-05-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,770
Posted By penguin
In my RV-6 I installed it on the frame behind the...

In my RV-6 I installed it on the frame behind the baggage bay bulkhead. Also had an autopilot servo mounted just behind the bell crank so magnetometer was close but was not affected. I made a small...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-05-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,573
Posted By penguin
There are around 100 bolts to remove! I used a...

There are around 100 bolts to remove!

I used a rivet gun with a brass snap to ease out the bolts, must be available elsewhere but is easy to find on ACS...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-07-2020, 02:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,298
Posted By penguin
My view is that you need a really good reason to...

My view is that you need a really good reason to install VP, not just that it seems a neat piece of equipment or that a few others have one, but solid reasons where it gives you added useful...
Forum: Tools 04-05-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,789
Posted By penguin
Just be careful that you don't load up the...

Just be careful that you don't load up the cheater rivets - its possible to pull the head off if too much torque is applied to the nut plate. Other than that its a great time saver - about 10 turns...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-17-2020, 02:11 PM
Replies: 172
Views: 84,498
Posted By penguin
Becker 3201 is a great radio. Don't join 10 & 11,...

Becker 3201 is a great radio. Don't join 10 & 11, they are mic high & low - the drawing shows one is the shield of the other, you can use a twisted shielded pair (or 2 from a twisted shielded...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-01-2020, 04:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,575
Posted By penguin
How many development $$ have been spent on the...

How many development $$ have been spent on the VPX in the last 5 years and how much on the G3X series? What testing has been documented of the features advertised for the VPX, particularly the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2019, 04:29 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,510
Posted By penguin
Hi Luca, Are they available direct in Europe? Pete

Hi Luca,
Are they available direct in Europe?
Pete
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-26-2019, 04:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,575
Posted By penguin
I would not add a 'trim in motion light' - just...

I would not add a 'trim in motion light' - just more complexity. My advice would be to carefully consider what you want to achieve.

VPX and G3X both offer similar functionality so be careful what...
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