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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-18-2020, 11:38 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,318
Posted By vic syracuse
I ALWAYS check both ignitions in flight on every...

I ALWAYS check both ignitions in flight on every aircraft I fly, especially if it is not mine. Under high power settings, ignition problems will manifest themselves in ways that won't show up on a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-12-2020, 12:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 830
Posted By vic syracuse
It's just not ideal. Yes, you can duct some...

It's just not ideal. Yes, you can duct some cooling air to it, but it will heat up after shut down, and take some time to cool after a startup, like after a fuel stop. Heat is the enemy of electronic...
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2020, 11:59 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,657
Posted By vic syracuse
So, for those of you placing your probes along...

So, for those of you placing your probes along the fuselage, you will have a higher temp from the engine heat. Your TAS will read higher, too. :)

Vic
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-11-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 830
Posted By vic syracuse
Your comment regarding not having to penetrate...

Your comment regarding not having to penetrate the firewall for another wire tells me you may have your regulator on the engine side of the firewall. It is not recommended to be there, so be sure to...
Forum: Safety 09-30-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,714
Posted By vic syracuse
Another one of my pet peeves--- unlabeled...

Another one of my pet peeves--- unlabeled switches!!!

Vic
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,830
Posted By vic syracuse
I think you are not going to get any better. The...

I think you are not going to get any better. The temps match what I have seen across multiple 14's with IO-390's.

Vic
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 8,830
Posted By vic syracuse
Just to add some more data points to this thread,...

Just to add some more data points to this thread, I have flown multiple RV-14's that have been built to stock, including the factory airplane, which I flew for about a year and a half. I just...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-29-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,686
Posted By vic syracuse
I actually recommend leaving the electric boost...

I actually recommend leaving the electric boost pump on until top of climb, whether it's 1000' or 15K'. The fuel pump in our tightly-cowled RV's sits down low where all of the heat is exiting the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 09-22-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,783
Posted By vic syracuse
Sorry to hear that. Yes, it seems way too many...

Sorry to hear that. Yes, it seems way too many lately. Even though one anytime is one too many.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2020, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,177
Posted By vic syracuse
2 hours away from 2000 hours on my current...

2 hours away from 2000 hours on my current RV-10.

Vic
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,281
Posted By vic syracuse
Continuity is good, but depending upon what...

Continuity is good, but depending upon what transponder you have, there could be a 1.2k ohm resistor between the gps and the transponder. It is required for the Dynon transponders.

Vic
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-18-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 396
Posted By vic syracuse
That pigtail wire needs a resistor and led on it...

That pigtail wire needs a resistor and led on it in order to blink. Also, check polarity.

Vic
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-18-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,281
Posted By vic syracuse
There's another potential problem. Your EFIS may...

There's another potential problem. Your EFIS may have been using the RS-232 data line for the EFIS, and someone tapped into that line for the uavionics. But now the RS-232 is configured for ADSB+...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,071
Posted By vic syracuse
Do NOT change the mag timing to 30 as you will...

Do NOT change the mag timing to 30 as you will definitely overheat the engine, and perhaps cause some damage. The majority of electronic ignitions are timed at O DBTDC, and that is what makes the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,071
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes. We have seen engines come with the timing...

Yes. We have seen engines come with the timing set wrong.

Vic
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 08:11 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,827
Posted By vic syracuse
My first airplane, an RV-4, was destroyed,...

My first airplane, an RV-4, was destroyed, killing the owner and his friend, following a low-level botched aileron row, after having owned the airplane for 20 years! It can happen. The RV’s are very...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,828
Posted By vic syracuse
I am not a believer in full power prior to brake...

I am not a believer in full power prior to brake release, except under dire circumstances. Airflow over the rudder is really important for directional control. Some airplanes don’t even have enough...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-13-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By vic syracuse
Again, that can depend upon the spring, as well...

Again, that can depend upon the spring, as well as using a thick or thin washer. Thick washers usually are good for 3-6 psi.

Vic
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-13-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By vic syracuse
There can be different springs used in them, so...

There can be different springs used in them, so the number of turns will yield different results. I have found the average to be about 3-4 psi per turn.

Vic
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-12-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,765
Posted By vic syracuse
I have found the lightspeeds to be reliable, but...

I have found the lightspeeds to be reliable, but as with any system on our aircraft, they need inspection and TLC at regular intervals.

Dan mentioned the wires. I've always replaced those at 5 yrs...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-11-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,765
Posted By vic syracuse
I have found the lightspeeds to be reliable, but...

I have found the lightspeeds to be reliable, but as with any system on our aircraft, they need inspection and TLC at regular intervals.

Dan mentioned the wires. I've always replaced those at 5 yrs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-04-2020, 01:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,011
Posted By vic syracuse
We always use the michelin air stop. And use lots...

We always use the michelin air stop. And use lots of talcum powder. They last a very long time.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,797
Posted By vic syracuse
We have seen at least 3 airplanes this year come...

We have seen at least 3 airplanes this year come through our shop with the uavionix sky beacon installed in the tail position. I had to remind each owner that they were no longer night legal, at a...
Forum: RV-10 09-03-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 604
Posted By vic syracuse
1/4" is fine. 3/8" is a little big.

1/4" is fine. 3/8" is a little big.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2020, 02:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 858
Posted By vic syracuse
Really sounds like the alternator has a failed...

Really sounds like the alternator has a failed diode and is in need of replacement. Normally, I would have you chase down some connections, but the alternator whine is a dead giveaway.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2020, 04:36 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Either book will work for you. Vic

Either book will work for you.

Vic
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2020, 03:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,912
Posted By vic syracuse
Look for a tiny hole on the starter that should...

Look for a tiny hole on the starter that should align with the 20-degree mark on the flywheel. You will have to look past the flywheel right at the starter.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Good for you!!! BTW, even Lowes/Home...

Good for you!!!

BTW, even Lowes/Home Depot/hardware stores, have the coarse pitch lockwashers that can be used.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
George, we tried to lower the costs for everyone...

George, we tried to lower the costs for everyone and make a book just focused on identifying problems on your amateur built aircraft. We removed and changed some things and added a new chapter on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Link for hardcopy

For those of you who wish to have the book in hardcopy, here is the link. IT is printed on heavy (80lb) paper, premium ink, and spiral bound. It should last you a long time.

Yes, costs are higher...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Two different books. One for prebuys and one for...

Two different books. One for prebuys and one for inspections. Prebuy book had a few more chapters, checklists, hints for buyers and sellers, etc.
We are going to add the Jamn nuts Chapter to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 06:42 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Yes, it looks like PayPal but you can enter a...

Yes, it looks like PayPal but you can enter a credit card as Scott mentions.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 06:10 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
It's supposed to allow a credit card. Did that...

It's supposed to allow a credit card. Did that not work?

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Sent it to you. Vic

Sent it to you.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 05:32 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
[QUOTE=Earl Findlay;1456177]If I buy this under...

[QUOTE=Earl Findlay;1456177]If I buy this under the LLC that owns my airplane, do you have any issue with it being sold with the airplane? Selling my RV9A but would like this book.

Is there a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 09:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Send me your email. For anyone who bought the...

Send me your email. For anyone who bought the first book, contact me and I will send you the new chapter.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
That's hilarious. We publish a printed book and...

That's hilarious. We publish a printed book and everyone wants an e-pub. So we publish an e-pub and the first question is if it can be printed. :)

I'm beginning to feel like Curly of the three...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 05:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,657
Posted By vic syracuse
Are Your Nuts Tight?--New Book announcement

We've been listening to you regarding the need for an e-book. We had been working on it and didn't want to commit to a date, as it has been rather difficult. We've also been looking for a way to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-18-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,543
Posted By vic syracuse
I agree with Rocket Bob's practices. I have also...

I agree with Rocket Bob's practices. I have also found that marvel mystery oil, both added to the oil and the fuel, helps.

Vic
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,328
Posted By vic syracuse
Couple of reasons. From a practical standpoint,...

Couple of reasons. From a practical standpoint, the impulse mag is most susceptible to maintenance issues due to the extra moving parts. There's also some noise out there that they are especially...
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,328
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks to all of you who are taking this to heart...

Thanks to all of you who are taking this to heart and are checking your airplanes.

Vic
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,328
Posted By vic syracuse
I took some pictures of mine today to help. Carol...

I took some pictures of mine today to help. Carol tells me not everyone understands drawings ( I know she doesn't).

So, the pics show where it is located, and then a pic inside the engine showing...
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,328
Posted By vic syracuse
Only the 6 cylinder engines have the potential...

Only the 6 cylinder engines have the potential problem. The 4 cylinder mags have a drive gear on them that mates to the accessory drive gear in the engine.

VIc
Forum: Safety 08-16-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,328
Posted By vic syracuse
The mags keep them in place. Without the mag...

The mags keep them in place. Without the mag installed, there is no pressure on them to keep them pressed into the bearings.

Vic
Forum: Safety 08-14-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,328
Posted By vic syracuse
Mag drive gears and electronic ignitions

By now I've learned that when I find a problem on one airplane there's a pretty good chance that it exists on other airplanes. This one is very serious, and could potentially cause a catastrophic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2020, 11:57 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,957
Posted By vic syracuse
We are working it but it is not that easy....

We are working it but it is not that easy. Publishing the hard copy wasn’t easy either.

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2020, 03:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,957
Posted By vic syracuse
Working to get it in the EAA store/website. If...

Working to get it in the EAA store/website. If you currently own an RV I would encourage you to get it now. It is very useful as a “what to look for” till when inspecting your airplane.

The prebuys...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-11-2020, 03:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 601
Posted By vic syracuse
No. It should be fine.

No. It should be fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,957
Posted By vic syracuse
Finished the Pre-buy book!

Great News! While I didn't learn how to play a musical instrument during COVID, I did take the time to write a book on Pre-buys for Amateur-Built aircraft. I haven't been able to travel commercially...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,064
Posted By vic syracuse
Ditto what Mel says. It's mandatory. There is an...

Ditto what Mel says. It's mandatory. There is an on-line user guide for the Airworthiness Center. If you can't find it, send me your email address and I will send the PDF.

Maybe I should just send...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-08-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,502
Posted By vic syracuse
You are using the proper 50/50 mix of coolant,...

You are using the proper 50/50 mix of coolant, correct?
You've checked the configuration and are sure you have the right sensor selected?

Vic
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-04-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,282
Posted By vic syracuse
Behind jamnuts and throttle/mixture travel, the...

Behind jamnuts and throttle/mixture travel, the cracking baffling due to the oil cooler is the next most common finding. For those of you building, you should just add the stiffener from the start,...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2020, 04:46 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 11,903
Posted By vic syracuse
Please head the advice

Please, Please, Please, DO NOT fly this airplane until it had been thoroughly inspected by someone who will recognize a mistake or modification. Every inch of this airplane needs to be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-25-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,816
Posted By vic syracuse
You may have 2 separate problems. First, you do...

You may have 2 separate problems. First, you do have leaking intake gaskets, as evidenced by the increase in EGT when pulling the throttle back. I noticed some of you even mentioned my article on...
Forum: Safety 07-13-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,176
Posted By vic syracuse
Engine Control Travel

So everyone knows I've been on the warpath over the years with regards to jamnuts. I'd like to think we are making progress there, but we have yet to go for 2 weeks without finding one. However, I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2020, 02:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,342
Posted By vic syracuse
Both of them are good choices. The advantage to...

Both of them are good choices. The advantage to the B&C is that it has an external regulator that is adjustable. You can set the standby voltage just a little lower than your main alternator and then...
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,769
Posted By vic syracuse
Smile We see a number of airplanes come through our...

We see a number of airplanes come through our shop that are set up with the command seat in the right seat. As mentioned, build it the way you want. You will fly looking out the window during the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-28-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 479
Posted By vic syracuse
Webinar links

I keep getting requests for the webinar links so I thought I would post them here. They are the last 3 I have done for the EAA on:

Condition Inspection on EAB...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2020, 04:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By vic syracuse
Thanks for all the kind words! Jerry sent me the...

Thanks for all the kind words! Jerry sent me the link and I forgot to reply.

My apologies. Did you find someone or do you still need help?

Vic
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 493
Posted By vic syracuse
Be careful with just doing compression tests....

Be careful with just doing compression tests. Last week we did a compression test on an 8 with 592 hours on it. Compression on number 2 cylinder was 65 psi. Many will argue with you that any number...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,626
Posted By vic syracuse
No, you need to pull a cylinder to see the...

No, you need to pull a cylinder to see the cam.

Vic
Forum: Safety 05-05-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 787
Posted By vic syracuse
Uavionix tail beacon

So the first time I saw this I thought it was just an aberration. Now, we have seen a couple of more so I figured I should point it out.

For those of you installing the uavionix tail beacon please...
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