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.


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

Showing results 1 to 64 of 500
Search took 0.04 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: AlexPeterson
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-05-2022, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,789
Posted By AlexPeterson
Larry, fair enough. I've just been suckered into...

Larry, fair enough. I've just been suckered into buying connectors (prior to the airplane build) from various auto parts places, etc., that simply are constructed of material too thin to be robust...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 753
Posted By AlexPeterson
Great history!! Thanks.

Great history!! Thanks.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-05-2022, 07:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,789
Posted By AlexPeterson
Interesting thread - I first learned of Wago...

Interesting thread - I first learned of Wago connectors during some modifications I made to a new travel trailer, which uses them everywhere (if you want an example of how not to wire something, have...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-05-2022, 07:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,737
Posted By AlexPeterson
Doesn't your data so far indicate a wiring...

Doesn't your data so far indicate a wiring problem between the crank sensor and ignition module? Something is giving the box false signals, in order to create those errant pulses you note on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2022, 06:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,258
Posted By AlexPeterson
We arrived at 10:00AM on Saturday with a camper,...

We arrived at 10:00AM on Saturday with a camper, and the place was quite full already. We went south on Stits to Aspen, so we were most of the ways south.

There are buses shuttling people back and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2022, 08:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,675
Posted By AlexPeterson
Went for a post-Oshkosh flight on a gorgeous...

Went for a post-Oshkosh flight on a gorgeous Minnesota evening.

The first picture are some wheat fields surrounding the departure end of 17 at Henning (05Y) airport. The "blemishes" in the wheat...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-29-2022, 05:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By AlexPeterson
I have dealt with it since 2001 on my 6A. I've...

I have dealt with it since 2001 on my 6A. I've found that, for each set of tires, there is an air pressure maximum that will eliminate it. Meaning a do not exceed pressure. Generally, I've kept them...
Forum: Midwest 07-23-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,899
Posted By AlexPeterson
We dragged the ground based RV (camper) to...

We dragged the ground based RV (camper) to Oshkosh this year, and plan to stay the week. We arrived this morning and are camped near Stits and Aspen. Hope to meet many of you this week!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2022, 05:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,703
Posted By AlexPeterson
Pancake breakfast 05Y, Henning MN

I'm a little late, but this past Saturday was a great fly-in at a little airport at a town of 700 people. There were about 6 or 7 RV's there, and a total of 45 planes. Sorry I didn't get pictures...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,394
Posted By AlexPeterson
Those tabs broke off from mine around 20 years...

Those tabs broke off from mine around 20 years ago. The lower end of the gear fairing is captured by the interesection fairing, and gravity settles against some rubber I wrapped around the gear,...
Forum: Safety 07-13-2022, 05:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,787
Posted By AlexPeterson
Mike - great stuff, thanks. Given that it takes...

Mike - great stuff, thanks.

Given that it takes more power to idle a fixed pitch vs a constant speed prop in static conditions (i.e., those used to set the idle), would not the difference between...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-12-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,208
Posted By AlexPeterson
Just cut the tape at the edges and leave the rest...

Just cut the tape at the edges and leave the rest on, who cares?

Build on!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-11-2022, 01:46 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,737
Posted By AlexPeterson
I had a 2007 vintage Plasma 3 giving wild rpm...

I had a 2007 vintage Plasma 3 giving wild rpm readings from time to time over the course of a year. In my case, the rpm would double for a second or two. Lightspeed thought software, Garmin thought...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By AlexPeterson
For those with ground based RV's (campers)...

Regarding filling fresh water tanks - is water available a few days early at Camp Scholler?
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2022, 02:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,100
Posted By AlexPeterson
Very nice - thanks for doing that and sharing...

Very nice - thanks for doing that and sharing it.

Maybe 32 years ago, BRV (before the RV), I had the honor of taking up a B-17 and B-29 pilot up. He had a bunch of missions in WWII and then the B-29...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,052
Posted By AlexPeterson
??? I've been using toilet bowl wax to lube nut...

??? I've been using toilet bowl wax to lube nut plates for over 20 years. If one doesn't use some sort of lube, normal AN screws will be all but impossible to screw in to many nut plates without...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,023
Posted By AlexPeterson
I don't believe it would stick much to HDPE. ...

I don't believe it would stick much to HDPE. Getting adhesives to stick to HDPE is very difficult.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-07-2022, 05:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,474
Posted By AlexPeterson
Neither are rated for DC, which is more...

Neither are rated for DC, which is more challenging to interrupt. I've had the fast-on Carlings for 21 years/1800 hours with only one failing early on. Doesn't mean they won't all fail the next...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 08:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,863
Posted By AlexPeterson
Anyone who has taxied their planes, especially...

Anyone who has taxied their planes, especially with two on board, in OAT's colder than about 5F, with DP not much lower, either has a fan or wished they did. Once in flight, I've never needed it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 22
Wax
Views: 3,119
Posted By AlexPeterson
Dan - no particular one, these all have some sort...

Dan - no particular one, these all have some sort of affect on speed:

temperature (density)
barometric pressure
mixture (you obviously tuned this for max power on your run)
humidity (small player,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 22
Wax
Views: 3,119
Posted By AlexPeterson
Dan - how do you normalize the speed for ambient...

Dan - how do you normalize the speed for ambient conditions?
Alex
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-27-2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,659
Posted By AlexPeterson
These fairings move a disturbing amount when...

These fairings move a disturbing amount when touching down, taxiing with any shimmy, turf runways, etc. Lots of clearance needed. Perhaps put them back on, but put some duct tape or similar over...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-18-2022, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By AlexPeterson
Excellent idea. I'll pretend I also thought of...

Excellent idea. I'll pretend I also thought of that...
I do recall checking those torques a hundred hours or so after plane first flew a third of my life ago...

Just ran the 4 nuts to 22ft-lbs. They...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-18-2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By AlexPeterson
Excellent idea. I'll pretend I also thought of...

Excellent idea. I'll pretend I also thought of that...
I do recall checking those torques a hundred hours or so after plane first flew a third of my life ago...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-18-2022, 06:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By AlexPeterson
Mike - thanks for posting those pictures. Yours...

Mike - thanks for posting those pictures. Yours looks identical to mine. The head broke off at the plane of the underside of the head. Meaning, they didn't shear at the plane between the two back...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By AlexPeterson
A couple additional details: Fiberglass...

A couple additional details:

Fiberglass spinner.
Almost 1800 hours total time on the spinner assembly and installation.
Assembly per plans circa 1993.
Tracking very true.
The prop blade paint is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-17-2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By AlexPeterson
Scott, yes. The strange thing about this is that...

Scott, yes. The strange thing about this is that it went many hours without a problem, then about 50 hours after the backing plate was disassembled/reassembled to the prop hub (I had the prop...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-15-2022, 04:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,118
Posted By AlexPeterson
Smoking rivets on spinner backing plate assy

I'm doing the annual inspection on the plane, the 21st such time! Somewhere after a few hundred hours, I noticed a universal head rivet on the spinner backing plate assembly had lost its head. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-03-2022, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 950
Posted By AlexPeterson
One more advantage over the corrugated is that it...

One more advantage over the corrugated is that it is straight. I was able to push an additional wire (years after the initial build) from the wingtip all the way to the bell crank and then to the...
Forum: Tools 05-02-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 794
Posted By AlexPeterson
I sure hope that lithium battery has a built-in...

I sure hope that lithium battery has a built-in battery management system. Otherwise you might have a fire.

Side note: years ago I bought some sleezy after-market nicads for a 12v Dewalt drill. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2022, 09:13 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,681
Posted By AlexPeterson
I might put one layer of glass on the outside,...

I might put one layer of glass on the outside, and a couple layers on the inside in the affected areas. Having only one on the outside will make blending easier.
Maybe also put a couple layers on...
Forum: Tools 04-19-2022, 05:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,508
Posted By AlexPeterson
It's really hard to beat motor oil of most any...

It's really hard to beat motor oil of most any sort for this application. Wipe on to protect, done. You can rub most off when you are ready to use it if keeping the sheets clean is important.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2022, 04:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 805
Posted By AlexPeterson
Great idea - thanks for sharing. Resting one's...

Great idea - thanks for sharing. Resting one's hand (or at least the forearm) on something is key to TIG for me, at least.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 06:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,828
Posted By AlexPeterson
This is great - kills two birds with one stone. ...

This is great - kills two birds with one stone. Very accurate pressure reading plus relief "valve". It is exactly what I did maybe 28 years ago...

BTW - 30" water will generate the same gauge...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,681
Posted By AlexPeterson
Mac - please post a picture of the pants, it...

Mac - please post a picture of the pants, it would help to know what the issues are.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2022, 05:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,709
Posted By AlexPeterson
Get different flying friends...:p:p

Get different flying friends...:p:p
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-11-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,865
Posted By AlexPeterson
Most hobbs are set to record engine run time, not...

Most hobbs are set to record engine run time, not master on time. Standard practice is as discussed earlier in this thread - direct from an always-hot bus.

So, to run it backwards, first find a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2022, 12:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,824
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow - that is some great writing! There is a...

Wow - that is some great writing!

There is a thread here on recommended flying books IIRC, perhaps it should be added there.
Forum: Tools 03-10-2022, 10:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,781
Posted By AlexPeterson
Delightfully over the top!

Delightfully over the top!
Forum: Propellers 03-08-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,410
Posted By AlexPeterson
It is really worth taking a few minutes to search...

It is really worth taking a few minutes to search the forums. Tons has been written on this topic. There was a thread not more than a month or two ago that had great information.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,134
Posted By AlexPeterson
Re nosegear: I only need a couple jabs when...

Re nosegear:

I only need a couple jabs when taxiing out/in. Above about 10-15 knots ground speed only rudder is needed, winds depending of course. Rudders should be at full travel before touching...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-01-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,225
Posted By AlexPeterson
Randy - do you have an efis, or at least a fuel...

Randy - do you have an efis, or at least a fuel flow indicator? As others have mentioned, this information would go a long ways towards understanding what might be going on.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-01-2022, 06:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,225
Posted By AlexPeterson
It could be some vapor/hot fuel working its way...

It could be some vapor/hot fuel working its way through the system, caused by high cowl temperatures and low fuel flow (just prior to throttle advance).

Do you see any correlation with OAT? Does...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-24-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,449
Posted By AlexPeterson
Very nicely done!

Very nicely done!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,942
Posted By AlexPeterson
I use half flaps for takeoff probably 99% of the...

I use half flaps for takeoff probably 99% of the time. I like the visibility. Flap switch is next to throttle and can be actuated with my thumb while still holding the throttle. I also do not need...
Forum: Safety 02-21-2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,336
Posted By AlexPeterson
I posted this perhaps 8 years ago, but it might...

I posted this perhaps 8 years ago, but it might be of interest to those following this thread.

I used a somewhat cheapy finger clip oximeter and recorded the reading every minute or two (I don't...
Forum: Safety 02-21-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,336
Posted By AlexPeterson
Wow, VAF continues to be an amazing resource! I...

Wow, VAF continues to be an amazing resource! I count about 4 MD's and a specialist in flight physiology who have chimed in on this thread - thanks to all!

A question to this group: would our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2022, 06:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,744
Posted By AlexPeterson
Ha - Andy, it's all relative to what you are used...

Ha - Andy, it's all relative to what you are used to! This winter seems to be pretty tenacious, with sub-zero temperatures hanging around MN at least through the end of February.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2022, 05:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,282
Posted By AlexPeterson
It's a rite of passage... Stuff a layer of old...

It's a rite of passage...

Stuff a layer of old t-shirt under where you are working to catch the inevitable dropped parts.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-15-2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,480
Posted By AlexPeterson
Glad you solved it. I had exactly the same...

Glad you solved it. I had exactly the same experience - one or two drops of oil on the cone, where it will contact the tube, is all it takes. There should not be a need to back up until the flare...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,474
Posted By AlexPeterson
If the pump diaphragm tear is explaining your...

If the pump diaphragm tear is explaining your high oil consumption, the belly would be a huge mess. Is it?

There are about 20 drops of oil per ml. There are about 1000ml per quart. One half quart...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-10-2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,144
Posted By AlexPeterson
Steve - I replaced the tractor valve with an...

Steve - I replaced the tractor valve with an Andair about 12-15 years ago. I had set my original valve up to be a 90 degree rotation between L and R tanks, not wanting a "dead" space between when...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-07-2022, 11:39 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,656
Posted By AlexPeterson
Depending on where you are running the engine...

Depending on where you are running the engine (i.e., ROP or LOP) the hot cylinder could also be getting too much fuel. Mixture has a huge impact on CHT's.

It would be helpful if you could get a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2022, 01:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,754
Posted By AlexPeterson
Got up for an hour's flight this morning after...

Got up for an hour's flight this morning after almost 2 weeks on the ground... This fish house "neighborhood" is on Detroit Lake in west-central Minnesota. Many of those rigs in the picture are the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,536
Posted By AlexPeterson
And don't forget to safety wire those buggers! ...

And don't forget to safety wire those buggers! It is alarming how instantly loose they become when being removed.
Forum: GPS 01-23-2022, 07:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 721
Posted By AlexPeterson
Dan - I'm no help, but I thought that cord design...

Dan - I'm no help, but I thought that cord design was awful. It is impossible to pull the plug out of the unit without applying a lot of bending forces at the same time. I used to try to dig it out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,588
Posted By AlexPeterson
I would think if the discharge of said liquids...

I would think if the discharge of said liquids were at the tail end of a main gear fairing, none would get on the aircraft when used in flight.

Steve, what say you?

Now, if you were taxiing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2022, 09:07 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,901
Posted By AlexPeterson
Copper might be an ideal material for this. The...

Copper might be an ideal material for this. The melting temp is much higher than egt and the thermal conductivity is excellent, about 20x that of SS and almost double that of aluminum.

Re galvanic...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-19-2022, 05:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,901
Posted By AlexPeterson
Is that a typo, -53C? That is -63F. Count me as...

Is that a typo, -53C? That is -63F. Count me as impressed if you survived a flight in that OAT in an RV!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-19-2022, 05:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,901
Posted By AlexPeterson
Almost 100% of the RVs I look at have what is...

Almost 100% of the RVs I look at have what is called, in the heat exchanger world, concurrent flow set up for the heat muffs. This is where the exhaust gas and the heated air go through the muff go...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-17-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,310
Posted By AlexPeterson
This is on a 6A, 7 row cooler with a throttle:

This is on a 6A, 7 row cooler with a throttle:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,375
Posted By AlexPeterson
-15F this morning, but above zero when I got the...

-15F this morning, but above zero when I got the plane out for some snooping around the area. Took a picture of an interesting trend starting to pop up around here - shed condos. Buildings and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2022, 07:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,143
Posted By AlexPeterson
No way to know the answer for a specific plane...

No way to know the answer for a specific plane short of doing it a few seasons. My plane was in a hangar heated to 45F for about 18 years. I'd pre-flight inside the hangar and then drag it out into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,925
Posted By AlexPeterson
Mini-splits can be purchased that work down to...

Mini-splits can be purchased that work down to minus 13F, and maybe colder. I bought one for a workshop at home, and expect the electricity to be about 1/3 of what the 10kw straight electric heater...
Showing results 1 to 64 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:23 AM.


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.