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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems Today, 12:25 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,872
Posted By gmcjetpilot
It would be interesting to hear what manifold...

It would be interesting to hear what manifold pressure, RPM, CHT's and EGT's were. Was he below 75% power?

He tried to lean? A new engine I'd stay 100-150F ROP. Problem is you peak EGT first. So if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,212
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I hope you find the tooling. They are really...

I hope you find the tooling. They are really nice. I had the kit on my RV-4 I built and sold. Keep in mind you make both at the same time. It looks like a simple mold will work. From the image you...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-01-2021, 10:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,617
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Obviously get the funds in hand in full including...

Obviously get the funds in hand in full including shipping. Transfer of large sums internationally requires special reporting. I recall $10,000 is the trigger.

My personal advice sell it to someone...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-30-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,937
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Directly bolting a heavy oil cooler (when full of...

Directly bolting a heavy oil cooler (when full of oil and oil hoses hanging cantilevered off it) on the flimsy aluminum baffle is sure receipt for cracking the baffle.

Second the high oil temp is...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-30-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By gmcjetpilot
You can buy 8 NGK plugs for the price of one...

You can buy 8 NGK plugs for the price of one Champion.

I called Surefly and the nice Gent I talked to has a RV6 and uses Automotive plugs. He just replaces them every 12 mo condition inspection. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 935
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I love me some placards.... (excuse the English)....

I love me some placards.... (excuse the English). The Black Blue Red is the placard right? A trained pilot knows what to do with them. Some of the guidance for certified...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-29-2021, 10:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 477
Posted By gmcjetpilot
SureFly Harness Aircraft Plugs or Automotive

Surefly is made for an aircraft harness and aircraft spark plugs. So you buy an aircraft harness plugs done. However you can modify or fabricate a harness to fit auto plugs. Which leads me to my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-29-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,331
Posted By gmcjetpilot
There is CAD computer aid design software, some...

There is CAD computer aid design software, some free some for fee. The commercial stuff is expensive and has steep learning curve.

Do you have CAD experience? It is not hard to learn. Also building...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-29-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,617
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I have not bought much off of VAF Classified but...

I have not bought much off of VAF Classified but recently completed a transaction, bought Nav Strobes and went very well.

I did some basic vetting.

Looked at their membership profile, posts and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 571
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I have teflon tape on the bottom of my wheel...

I have teflon tape on the bottom of my wheel pants. I repaired my wheel pants once due to some scraping from uneven ramps and taxi ways. The tape helps but I suspect I will have to repair the wheel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,711
Posted By gmcjetpilot
OIL TEMP is critical.... 165F is a minimum. 220f...

OIL TEMP is critical.... 165F is a minimum. 220f is max but I like 190'ish max.

CHT from Lycoming Engine Manual

At Bayonet Location For maximum service life of the engine maintain cylinder head...
Forum: Safety 11-25-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,659
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Good points. He also got slow in the turn and...

Good points. He also got slow in the turn and said in his narration he had to tell himself to push the nose down. That is where pilots FAIL and sadly stall and spin. Pilots close to the ground don't...
Forum: Propellers 11-23-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,518
Posted By gmcjetpilot
So how much??? I still have both my kidneys, I...

So how much??? I still have both my kidneys, I can still sell one? :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-23-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,075
Posted By gmcjetpilot
There are two electronic ignitions on the market...

There are two electronic ignitions on the market that are self powered like a traditional MAGNETO.

One is Emag. EMAG use to make a self powered one (called PMAG) and one that required external...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 08:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,201
Posted By gmcjetpilot
If you are an old fart (starting at age 35) you...

If you are an old fart (starting at age 35) you need the occasional EKG for 1st Class. As you get older the EKG is required more often. This adds cost.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Winner winner chicken dinner... My pick is...

Winner winner chicken dinner... My pick is Stratocumulus (Sc), Low, puffy layer

Larry we don't have mountain ranges like the West. Blue Ridge / Appalachian Mountains is the main range in Eastern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By gmcjetpilot
PM sent last week

PM sent last week
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,720
Posted By gmcjetpilot
When Richard VanGrunsven gave a talk at Oshkosh,...

When Richard VanGrunsven gave a talk at Oshkosh, he was asked during Q&A what RV model was his favorite, RV-4 6 7 8 9 10 12 14 he said


RV-3. (I'm not kidding)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-19-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,443
Posted By gmcjetpilot
What do you mean space age?

What do you mean space age?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 932
Posted By gmcjetpilot
AOA is always useful regardless of weight....

AOA is always useful regardless of weight. Indirectly all certified planes have stall warning which is AOA based. Critical AOA is stall and is the same regardless of weight. It is stall speed that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,458
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Compressor off of engine accessory case? That is...

Compressor off of engine accessory case? That is a lot of load on the gear train. Also what if compressor seizes? I assume it has a fused coupling.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 06:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Nice PIREP. Thank you.. Yep super tracks would be...

Nice PIREP. Thank you.. Yep super tracks would be in order for sure. Solo front seat is an option. Brompton 16" wheels is kind of the sweet spot for folded compactness, weight and ride quality. I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Well it is not forgetting as much as my ignorance...

Well it is not forgetting as much as my ignorance on the subject. I know only a little about the topic. There are many brands and some as or more expensive than the Brompton's. Paying $2000 to $6000...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By gmcjetpilot
As OP glad the thread drifted to folding bikes....

As OP glad the thread drifted to folding bikes. That's where I'm going. Brompton has always been a premium high-quality folding bike. If you can get a used one for $1,000 it's a deal. But what about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Ha ha. Oh my. WOW! Yea I'm not as bendy as I once...

Ha ha. Oh my. WOW! Yea I'm not as bendy as I once was. Mark Patey brother of Mike Patey of "Draco" fame broke his femur. Ouch. I threw that option out there for comments. Thanks. You saved my life....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Welcome to the forum. I assume this is for your...

Welcome to the forum. I assume this is for your dragonfly?

Starting point the filter in the 320 airbox uses
K&N E-3260 filter (320 160 HP)
Height 2.5 in (64 mm)
Inside Diameter 5 in (127...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 419
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Welcome to the forum. I assume this is for your...

Welcome to the forum. I assume this is for your dragonfly?

Starting point the filter in the 320 airbox uses
K&N E-3260 filter (320 160 HP)
Height 2.5 in (64 mm)
Inside Diameter 5 in (127...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,330
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Portable Transportation Fits in RV6/7/9/14 Do You Use?

So what's the hot set up in 2021-2022? Electric, Pedal, 1 or 2 wheels. What do you use.

The One-Wheel Electric Skate board might be fun but also possibly a good way to take a spill. They are not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,698
Posted By gmcjetpilot
What does that even mean? Ha ha

What does that even mean? Ha ha
Forum: COMM 11-11-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 501
Posted By gmcjetpilot
1) Sell the A200 and get an A210 with standby...

1) Sell the A200 and get an A210 with standby Freq monitoring. There are other brands (Garmin coms to mind) and models that do this. They are not too expensive ($1200 to $1400).

2) You want to mix...
Forum: COMM 11-11-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,360
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I have a MFJ-801 RF Field Strength Meter. I think...

I have a MFJ-801 RF Field Strength Meter. I think it was $40. I sure this DIY meter works as well or even better. Good work.

Some of the fancy RF Field Strength Meters are cool, but can't justify...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 640
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Land at min speed and hold the stick back......

Land at min speed and hold the stick back... Bounce is not tire issue.
The spring gear always provides some "spring".

Do you 3 point or wheel land? If you hold it off and touch down at or near...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,793
Posted By gmcjetpilot
What kind of controls do you have? Do they have...

What kind of controls do you have? Do they have friction locks? Throttle quadrant levers or Push/Pull Teleflex controls. This is a good case for friction locks on Throttle, Mixture at and Prop.

Are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 242
Posted By gmcjetpilot
There is nothing keeping you from giving him a...

There is nothing keeping you from giving him a ride?

Van's web site has a list of pilots that give training. However the caveat I am fairly sure of, is you must be a Vans Customer with a kit or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 394
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I am not surprised. They almost never accept a RV...

I am not surprised. They almost never accept a RV "A" model for a Tail Wheel RV. RV14 also can handle a pumped up IO390 in a metal C/S prop. It is heavier plane than a RV6 or RV6A with 160HP and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,698
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Get a 98lb girlfriend. :D

Get a 98lb girlfriend. :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-09-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,324
Posted By gmcjetpilot
First this is an old thread, 16 yo. I can help...

First this is an old thread, 16 yo. I can help but not sure what "droop wing tips" are? I think you mean the "Batwing tips".

So lets go back in history. Van made 3 wing tips in their history up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Thanks all. This confirms what I thought. The...

Thanks all. This confirms what I thought. The electronics to support driving the LED fails. If the LED fails it is from heat or poor heatsink design, causing causing premature failure. On the plus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By gmcjetpilot
LED Service Life - Nav, Strobe, Ldg/Taxi

I switched to LED NAV/Strobe. Great, lighter, less electrical power required, bright. :) How long will they last? I recently became disenchanted with the many LED's I filled my home with. After 4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,055
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Looks easy to fab from wood or steel weldment,...

Looks easy to fab from wood or steel weldment, build your own. A tail wheel tow bar yes, but a lift not so much. If I had a lift I suppose I'd use it on occasion.
I man handle it and lift tail from...
Forum: Safety 11-07-2021, 01:14 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,964
Posted By gmcjetpilot
https://www.record-eagle.com/news/seawind-saga-pil...

https://www.record-eagle.com/news/seawind-saga-pilot-who-crashed-in-lake-michigan-had-7-crashes-in-7-days/article_867676c0-e8d7-11eb-be82-db592d516d36.html
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-06-2021, 11:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 678
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Lycoming did that dual mag in one housing with...

Lycoming did that dual mag in one housing with one magneto drive thing. Not a great idea but it was a thing. The O320 H2AD has this? As Ross said you can do EI with crankshaft trigger. There are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,355
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Not To Be Rude - How Fat RU (Aircraft Empty Wt.)

A little survey on Empty Weights The RV Fleet has.
Please full free to punch a selection in Poll and add a comment:

Model: [RV3, 4, 6(A), 7(A), 8(A), 9(A), 10, 12, 14(A)]
Engine/HP: [(I)O320,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 12:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 754
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I am an antenna expert :rolleyes::D Well it's a...

I am an antenna expert :rolleyes::D Well it's a hobby. Let me get to my answer first. You should not replace the antenna. You should buy a new ELT with the matching antenna. I will tell you why I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,218
Posted By gmcjetpilot
It is not for everyone, but yes you won't find to...

It is not for everyone, but yes you won't find to many Cons being enumerated by this forum group. However get training. THEY ARE DIFFERENT. I outline a recent case below, where a pilot such of...
Forum: Safety 11-02-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,687
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Bummer. I do recall a RV-4 or two losing canopy...

Bummer. I do recall a RV-4 or two losing canopy and landing safely (and one that didn't). Even if you don't fly with eyeglasses or shades consider some shades or safety glasses as backup in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2021, 10:28 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,796
Posted By gmcjetpilot
So where are you going to mount it? Belly would...

So where are you going to mount it? Belly would be good and reduce reflection into cockpit but less visible during ground Ops. On turtle deck aft might be better for others to see it yet still not...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,847
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Reading all this I am sticking with AGM. (Any...

Reading all this I am sticking with AGM. (Any good substitute sizes and brands to Odyssey PC680?)

Suggestions:
Use a bigger battery box for range of battery sizes for flexibility (using spacers for...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 10-31-2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,973
Posted By gmcjetpilot
As said CG moves back. The big thing especially...

As said CG moves back. The big thing especially RV-4 is the elevator feel is much lighter, less elevator to flair and required input different, than solo.

Agree 100%, concur. Spoken like a man who...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-31-2021, 06:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,491
Posted By gmcjetpilot
The aviation approved Lithium batteries (B787,...

The aviation approved Lithium batteries (B787, Biz Jets) have their own vault or metal case to control a thermal runaway. I had a Samsung S5 cell phone. Loved i. You could pop the back off, put a...
Forum: Safety 10-30-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,491
Posted By gmcjetpilot
The tip up (RV6/RV7) has a jettisonable canopy....

The tip up (RV6/RV7) has a jettisonable canopy. The RV9 and RV12 I don't know. An RV9 is basically a RV6/7 fuselage and a jettison hinge could be added if not standard. RV12 don't know.

The...
Forum: Safety 10-30-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,491
Posted By gmcjetpilot
When you say wear a parachute you did not say how...

When you say wear a parachute you did not say how much.

When I do aerobatics solo, yes.
When I do aerobatics with passenger, yes. (Required and not required read below*)
Flying locally often, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Pride Indeed, Well Deserved

I have always said there is nothing more attractive than a pretty woman with tools in hand working on a plane, car, motorcycle, boat and heavy equipment. Is there anything better? I think not. :D ...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 10-29-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,973
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Tail Wheels are Dangerous

KIDDING :D

Seriously tail wheel planes, called "conventional gear", training and knowledge makes you a better pilot even if you have a tricycled gear plane.

I found a good video on youtube. There...
Forum: Safety 10-27-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,964
Posted By gmcjetpilot
I figured that would happen as the community...

I figured that would happen as the community consensus was not sympathetic, and may have seen Jan's video.

I left one comment where he admits he did not know he was over gross weight. Not cause of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,614
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Numbering your photos 1 through 9 top left to...

Numbering your photos 1 through 9 top left to right and bottom left to right.

1) Hard to tell but photo #2 is after blend? See below.
2) Where is this? What was the original thickness (0.032?) and...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,964
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Ha ha ha. Yea weight was not the issue except...

Ha ha ha. Yea weight was not the issue except when the wing stopped flying and supporting weight.

Not to disparage the Zenith (although the shipping container is funny), it has a loyal following,...
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,964
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Sad Story of Pilot New to EAB Kit Planes Crashes 1st Flight (No One Hurt)

So I just got done going over the story of a guy who buys a Zenith 750 Cruiser and crashes it on first flight. He and his passenger were OK. The passenger was a more experienced pilot asked to come...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-24-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,622
Posted By gmcjetpilot
If you want to see a video for grins and...

If you want to see a video for grins and giggles.... some youtube videos of folks buying them and using them....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,342
Posted By gmcjetpilot
You are being a teeny tiny bit pedantic about...

You are being a teeny tiny bit pedantic about terms. :) No maintenance, no lube, self lubricating are all synonymous or interchangeable. Google "self-lubricating" rod end bearings:

Self-lubricating...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 825
Posted By gmcjetpilot
RC servos are popular for actuation. There are...

RC servos are popular for actuation. There are different stand alone controllers to move servos you can mount behind panel. Personally I would NOT mount lights in access panels under wing. Why? Wing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,342
Posted By gmcjetpilot
In general rod ends are "self lubricated" and are...

In general rod ends are "self lubricated" and are lined with low friction material. However the above advice is excellent. LPS2 or toss them in trash can if there is any doubt.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-22-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 976
Posted By gmcjetpilot
Ohooooo yea.... Very common. Spinner bulkhead...

Ohooooo yea.... Very common. Spinner bulkhead cracks are common. I can't picture your exact crack description.

This bulkhead is just sheet aluminum that was formed soft and heat treated (I am...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,369
Posted By gmcjetpilot
They already know and have done studies which I...

They already know and have done studies which I disagree with and are flawed. Never the less I agree, but I just heard this on the news and small planes were mentioned.
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