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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-30-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 732
Posted By BoydBirchler
I have personally flown in a V35 Bonanza and a...

I have personally flown in a V35 Bonanza and a Cessna 185 with dual G5's and the Garmin autopilot: both planes, the Garmin autopilots were shear perfection.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,402
Posted By BoydBirchler
I use 93 octane zero ethanol in my IO-360 and was...

I use 93 octane zero ethanol in my IO-360 and was told by the supplier, it is good for use for up to 5 years. I'm sure the fuel in my nurse tank has often exceeded 6 weeks.

The only caution is do...
Forum: The RV Grin 05-12-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,337
Posted By BoydBirchler
We have owned both a Vans RV7 and a Rans S7; both...

We have owned both a Vans RV7 and a Rans S7; both are great airplanes. In the end I think you will find the RV easier to fly and much more comfortable in the afternoon bumps.
Forum: RV-10 04-25-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,234
Posted By BoydBirchler
We were at Sulphur Creek, Stanley, Johnson Creek...

We were at Sulphur Creek, Stanley, Johnson Creek and Smiley Creek in our RV7 with 5:00 x 5 wheels and pants. Sulphur Creek was the only one that we had any concerns about; as there were piles of...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-18-2022, 05:19 AM
Replies: 639
Views: 428,453
Posted By BoydBirchler
Cadmium plating ? On the engine mount? I doubt...

Cadmium plating ? On the engine mount? I doubt that Vans would do that on a tubular mount because of the danger's of entrapment of the plating solution in closed areas of tubing and because of...
Forum: Safety 04-12-2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 981
Posted By BoydBirchler
Steinair has a nice alternate static valve that...

Steinair has a nice alternate static valve that looks like a standard toggle switch. Easy to install and works well!
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-05-2022, 06:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,146
Posted By BoydBirchler
If you are going to use a toggle on an important...

If you are going to use a toggle on an important load, be careful to get a switch that has a DC rating! Non DC rated switches do not make and break, necessarily, in the same way as those rated for DC...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-29-2022, 01:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,231
Posted By BoydBirchler
I would get the alternator bench checked; there...

I would get the alternator bench checked; there may be nothing wrong with it.
A poor ground can trick the VR into bumping the voltage up, because the VR is seeing less than the true voltage. Some...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2022, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By BoydBirchler
The problem here is both B&C and...

The problem here is both B&C and Hartzell/Plane-Power are approaching $900 by the time you hang it on the plane. This is essentially for a $150 dollar alternator that has a internal regulator...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,465
Posted By BoydBirchler
I'm interested in finding out the same and have...

I'm interested in finding out the same and have been searching for a few weeks.

It seems this may fit the bill. It is 50 amps when turned at lower RPM than it would on our Lycoming's....
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-28-2022, 06:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By BoydBirchler
I have 600 hours on a 74" Hartzell mounted to my...

I have 600 hours on a 74" Hartzell mounted to my RV7. So far clearance has not been an issue. I probably do 200; 3 points to every wheel landing.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-14-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,026
Posted By BoydBirchler
Drill just past where you can see evidence of the...

Drill just past where you can see evidence of the crack. Start the hole drilling clockwise, then as soon as the end of the bit penetrates the surface reverse the rotation for the rest of the hole....
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-09-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 927
Posted By BoydBirchler
What brand of alternator do you have? B&C,...

What brand of alternator do you have? B&C, Hartzel/PlanePower, automotive ND?
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-02-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,210
Posted By BoydBirchler
The black in the exhaust; is black because the...

The black in the exhaust; is black because the auto fuel contains no tetraethyl lead (this is not a indication of it being too rich; like it would be if using 100LL).

Do the mixture pull, with a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-21-2022, 07:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,386
Posted By BoydBirchler
My wife's Decathlon makes the same sound; for...

My wife's Decathlon makes the same sound; for some reason the starter relay makes a screeching sound while under load if the battery is low on charge. Fly a bit and make a stop after the battery is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-17-2022, 09:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,383
Posted By BoydBirchler
Sounds as though someone used steel shot to clean...

Sounds as though someone used steel shot to clean parts (most likely is the gears for the accessory case). That one did not get blown off or rinsed off before magnaflux or assembly.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2022, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,162
Posted By BoydBirchler
I put full length steps on my RV7 after I had a...

I put full length steps on my RV7 after I had a friend take a spill off the right wing. I'm told the factory had a RV7a that they converted to a taildragger RV7 and left the steps, full length, in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 916
Posted By BoydBirchler
My RV7 has about 9 inches from the very bottom of...

My RV7 has about 9 inches from the very bottom of the lowest part of the seat pan. I only have 1 inch for my back cushion, with the back frame as far aft as it can go.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-30-2022, 05:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 695
Posted By BoydBirchler
One possibility is that a brush hung up and lost...

One possibility is that a brush hung up and lost contact with the slip ring. Vibration freed up the brush and the voltage came back.
Forum: Engine Monitors 01-30-2022, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,032
Posted By BoydBirchler
The part number on a VDO sender is on the "nut"...

The part number on a VDO sender is on the "nut" the number in BAR (standard sea level barometric pressure times a number). 5 BAR is aprox 75PSI.
NAPA lists 5 bar as 0 to 80PSI.

They come in either...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-04-2022, 03:49 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,496
Posted By BoydBirchler
Something leaking on the intake manifold makes...

Something leaking on the intake manifold makes sense, Intake/ induction leaks are greatest at idle when the difference between manifold pressure and ambient pressure are the greatest, and least at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,429
Posted By BoydBirchler
Indianapolis,IN: Indy Regional/KMQJ: 11 RV's

Indianapolis,IN: Indy Regional/KMQJ: 11 RV's
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-29-2021, 09:33 AM
Replies: 389
Views: 244,382
Posted By BoydBirchler
Solo'd on grass in 1972. I'm now based at a...

Solo'd on grass in 1972. I'm now based at a regional airport (paved). I have no problem visiting my friends at their grass strip locations. Some of the "grass" strips I have landed on were actually...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-29-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,399
Posted By BoydBirchler
One thought on which plug to use. I initially...

One thought on which plug to use. I initially used the NGK BR8ES plug. I noticed the engine would diesel on shut down. I assumed that was because the BR8ES plugs were acting like a glow plug and...
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,755
Posted By BoydBirchler
Be careful with pedal block/ extensions. I know...

Be careful with pedal block/ extensions. I know of an accident where the block came loose jamming the rudder resulting in a fatality. Just make absolutely sure they cannot come off!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-26-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,245
Posted By BoydBirchler
A popular place for the pan gasket to leak is...

A popular place for the pan gasket to leak is where it T's into the rear accessory cover gasket. It may be as effective to simply, leave it in place, clean the interface area and externally seal with...
Forum: Engine Monitors 12-24-2021, 05:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 956
Posted By BoydBirchler
The problem comes when you have a sensor going...

The problem comes when you have a sensor going bad, if it is impossible permanently to shut the thing up: now you have 2 things flashing the rest of the flight.

My original panel had an Advanced...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-24-2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,777
Posted By BoydBirchler
The rings are wiped out. A serviceable ring will...

The rings are wiped out. A serviceable ring will have a bit of varnish all the way around, covering about 1/3 give or take of the ring top to bottom. The shiny part is the portion of the face in...
Forum: Propellers 12-23-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,344
Posted By BoydBirchler
Lots of Hartzell's have restrictions on...

Lots of Hartzell's have restrictions on non-counterweighted engines: take off only at 2700RPM restricting RPM above 2600 RPM for continuous operation.
Forum: Primers 12-22-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,738
Posted By BoydBirchler
Variprime has always been my favorite. Ditzler...

Variprime has always been my favorite. Ditzler made a good etch primer called DP which contained lead and was replaced with DPLF; LF means lead free. The problem with DP is it needs to be scuffed and...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-21-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,052
Posted By BoydBirchler
On my seven and a friends six the Garmin roll...

On my seven and a friends six the Garmin roll servo's were mounted in the wing pushing and pulling on the aileron bellcrank.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-18-2021, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,180
Posted By BoydBirchler
Some of those oil pans were "either or", front or...

Some of those oil pans were "either or", front or rear mount castings, which it is was determined by the machining. They can be easily changed from front to rear or vise versa, by machining the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-18-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 896
Posted By BoydBirchler
Seems as though the cable is carrying some of the...

Seems as though the cable is carrying some of the grounding load. I would make sure the grounding of the engine to the airframe and battery negative post is clean and tight at the connections. Also...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-17-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By BoydBirchler
I have been using Leakguard/Leak Stop for a few...

I have been using Leakguard/Leak Stop for a few years. I can truthfully say they leak down quite a bit less than the standard tube.

As to which valve stem to use; I have to say it depends on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-15-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 946
Posted By BoydBirchler
Not exactly the answer you wanted but, my...

Not exactly the answer you wanted but, my IO360/180HP on my RV7 was giving me a low fuel flow warning yesterday taxing to the runway. It was running fine at 1.5 GPH.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-13-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,680
Posted By BoydBirchler
Originally my RV7 was carbureted. The fuel flow...

Originally my RV7 was carbureted. The fuel flow red cube had an immediate 90 3 inches after the output (mounted on cabin side of firewall). This caused turbulence and gave erroneous readings at take...
Forum: Midwest 12-11-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,004
Posted By BoydBirchler
Indy Regional/KMQJ is the only Indy airport, that...

Indy Regional/KMQJ is the only Indy airport, that that I know of, where you can get a hangar right away. PM sent
Forum: Midwest 12-11-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,004
Posted By BoydBirchler
I'm at KMQJ and can give you info about Indy...

I'm at KMQJ and can give you info about Indy airports. I sent you a PM/private message.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,357
Posted By BoydBirchler
I had the light weight wheel and because it was...

I had the light weight wheel and because it was so harsh, noise wise, during taxi; I went with the Fly Boy's deluxe soft solid rubber wheel with sealed bearings.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-11-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,670
Posted By BoydBirchler
Great stuff. We in the lower 48 don't get to see...

Great stuff. We in the lower 48 don't get to see this: Flights like this are not for the faint of hart!
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 12-08-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,178
Posted By BoydBirchler
There are a few threads here on VAF that touch on...

There are a few threads here on VAF that touch on "air fuel ratio's". There are many variants of the Lycoming IO-360: parallel valve, angle valve with compression ratio's as low as 7:1 and as high as...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-26-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,594
Posted By BoydBirchler
"IO-540" is injected.

"IO-540" is injected.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-12-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,396
Posted By BoydBirchler
It has been my experience that the charging...

It has been my experience that the charging cables become intermittent at times. Some times on my Ipad/ Iphone, when it fails to charge, I can turn the connector 180 degrees, slide it back in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,036
Posted By BoydBirchler
Local industrial hose fabricators, located in...

Local industrial hose fabricators, located in most every area, call aviation 37 degree fittings; 75 degree. Prices and quality of the product are good.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,638
Posted By BoydBirchler
We had an issue with the trim servo on my wife's...

We had an issue with the trim servo on my wife's plane. After many instances and hours of searching, it turned out to be a defective/intermittent micro switch in the stick's trim switch.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-07-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,059
Posted By BoydBirchler
My bet is trash in the injector partially...

My bet is trash in the injector partially plugging it.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-07-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,243
Posted By BoydBirchler
There are a few who put a single impulse mag on...

There are a few who put a single impulse mag on the engine's drive and a crank triggered EI behind the prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,374
Posted By BoydBirchler
RV7 180HP/IO-360 CS Hartzell Full glass/IFR Full...

RV7
180HP/IO-360
CS Hartzell
Full glass/IFR
Full paint
light interior
1131#
Forum: GPS 10-24-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,404
Posted By BoydBirchler
I had something similar happen on my G430W. It...

I had something similar happen on my G430W. It ended up being the dimmer circuit was intermittent and not always putting out a high enough voltage for the display to be properly illuminated.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,187
Posted By BoydBirchler
Bob, You are wrong! The runs are not "ground...

Bob,
You are wrong! The runs are not "ground tracks" they should be headings: 90 or 120 degrees apart. This difference lets the ground track drift with the air mass, effectively canceling out the...
Forum: Florida (Central) 10-21-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,897
Posted By BoydBirchler
Seems I remember Vlad has passed 3000 hours...

Seems I remember Vlad has passed 3000 hours...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-16-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,798
Posted By BoydBirchler
Replaced my one Electroair with a P-mag....

Replaced my one Electroair with a P-mag. (Discovered why my Electroair was intermittent, when I did the $2k exchange).

Engine runs smooth and starts easily. I run LOP 95% of my time at cruise, it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 932
Posted By BoydBirchler
I would wipe it down with acetone and brush a...

I would wipe it down with acetone and brush a coat of epoxy on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,187
Posted By BoydBirchler
Adjust the indicated airspeed for temperature and...

Adjust the indicated airspeed for temperature and altitude to determine "true airspeed": you may very well find it is indicating closer to what it should than you would first think.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2021, 07:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,815
Posted By BoydBirchler
MMO? I would suggest using 2 cycle oil: it is...

MMO? I would suggest using 2 cycle oil: it is specifically made to mix with fuel and designed to burn cleanly in the combustion chamber. I works in my golf cart at 250 to 1 mix ratio.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,175
Posted By BoydBirchler
I have 2 EXP-buss boards remoted. One board for...

I have 2 EXP-buss boards remoted. One board for the avionics and one for the rest of the electrical system. Works as intended and costs 1/5th of what a Vertical Power system costs.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-08-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 937
Posted By BoydBirchler
I purposely set my engine at 23 degrees. No...

I purposely set my engine at 23 degrees. No noticeable loss of power, but CHT's run much cooler and it's easier to run LOP mixtures.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,689
Posted By BoydBirchler
I've seen at least 3 tip up trailing edges...

I've seen at least 3 tip up trailing edges repaired by overlaying with fiberglass. It looks good, fits perfectly and stiffens the canopy against lateral movement.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 24,224
Posted By BoydBirchler
Wife has 1700+ hrs all conventional gear, I have...

Wife has 1700+ hrs all conventional gear, I have 6600+, 2600 Conventional gear. RV7 $112K hull $1400/year (next year I'm increasing hull to $135K).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-18-2021, 05:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,577
Posted By BoydBirchler
I think you are seeing the difference between...

I think you are seeing the difference between brass and steel rivets.
The last ones I got with new linings were steel, thankfully I had also ordered brass rivets.

Brass is much more malleable than...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-14-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 778
Posted By BoydBirchler
Jeff Rose / Electroair Pickup

Had a problem with my EI dropping out (shutting completely off). I found oil in the MTH (mag timing housing). Disassembled MTH and thought the double lip seal was installed backwards. Reading the...
Forum: RV-14 08-13-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,959
Posted By BoydBirchler
I can truly say, that with 22 owned planes and...

I can truly say, that with 22 owned planes and over 49 years of experience: I have yet to observe any corrosion problems on bolts or machine screws caused by the use of metal locking nuts.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-11-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,883
Posted By BoydBirchler
Wife and I did it in our RV7 3 years ago as part...

Wife and I did it in our RV7 3 years ago as part of our 10,700 Nautical mile flight of the USA lower 48 perimeter flight.

It was my leg to fly. we started at the north and finished at Lady Liberty....
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-06-2021, 02:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,428
Posted By BoydBirchler
RF Noise Electroair gone!

Recently removed my L14-U Nippondenso 18mm plugs and installed reducers and NGK BR8ES "SOLID" top, pn 3961, 14mm plugs.

I had RF noise, i.e. noise in the radios and intercom with REM37BY's and RF...
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