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Forum: RV-14 07-03-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,937
Posted By cfiidon
Slightly off topic note

When reading about floats I always remember an experience circa 2001.

I partnered with a friend of mine on a 1970 V35B Bonanza previously owned by his father-in-law. "The fuel gauges have never...
Forum: Autopilots 07-03-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 619
Posted By cfiidon
I'd start with checking the calibration of the...

I'd start with checking the calibration of the remote compass. You can do this on the ground using a compass rose or known headings. I'd pay particular attention those southern headings. A GPS...
Forum: Safety 06-24-2020, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,326
Posted By cfiidon
I use that also. The "I" is "Interior", and that...

I use that also. The "I" is "Interior", and that can be seat belts, door latch, donuts, piddle pack....whatever.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,068
Posted By cfiidon
Be Precise

I would recommend you follow the instructions and be as precise as possible. I was very happy that after building my -8 that it flew very straight and true with no rudder trim. In cruise the ball...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-27-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 14,635
Posted By cfiidon
Check valve in backwards?

Check valve in backwards?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-23-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 484
Posted By cfiidon
Contact Choice

Carlos,

Do you have the HS34 installed? The manual says that the EMS Contacts are not available unless it is.
Perhaps you can use one of the General Purpose contacts instead if they are...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-13-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 129
Posted By cfiidon
Hangar Space Shawnee OK Area

Sometime between now and the fall I'd like to fly from California to Oklahoma for a family visit.

Shawnee Regional is closest to my destination of Newalla.

Does anyone have a lead on temporary...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-27-2020, 03:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,465
Posted By cfiidon
Blade

I also use a blade from Delta Pop Aviation, and thus just listed my monopole like yours for sale.

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,256
Posted By cfiidon
Ordered

The insurers did not do it on their own, at least here in California.

The insurance commissioner ordered them to do it.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,407
Posted By cfiidon
Rubber Ducky

I mounted a rubber ducky antenna under the canopy right at the edge of the deck just behind the rear passenger seat in my -8. A trimmed piece of aluminum angle has it oriented vertically.

Don
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-13-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,130
Posted By cfiidon
Experience

Having been the victim of a brake fire due to overzealous seasoning of new pads, I have learned this.

1) Wheel pants off during brake seasoning.
2) Seasoning is probably not necessary, but should...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,022
Posted By cfiidon
Front Seal

A seasoned AP/IA (he is in his 80s) gave me this advice on installing a front seal. Cover the flange with a zip lock bag. Grease and/or oil it up. It provides a very smooth and slick surface to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,236
Posted By cfiidon
Isn't an electric wench and a 23 year old...

Isn't an electric wench and a 23 year old girlfriend redundant?
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-30-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,283
Posted By cfiidon
I punch a small hole in my Tempest filter...

I punch a small hole in my Tempest filter adjacent to the safety wire ring and let it drain overnight. The next day I put a piece of tape over the hole and remove the filter with minimal or no...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2020, 06:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,528
Posted By cfiidon
Self Exciting Supposition

I am certainly no alternator expert, but could you perhaps have a "self-exciting" alternator? I understand that above a certain RPM they self excite and are sometimes referred to as a "one-wire"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,547
Posted By cfiidon
Maneuver

I would maneuver within limits. I usually choose to go up as the bird most likely will dive down. Going up tends to limit the aircraft strike zone and I would prefer anything but for the canopy to...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 03-15-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,237
Posted By cfiidon
Fuel Flow

I have a Titan IO-360 rated at 191HP. According to Bobby Looper (Continental), the fuel flow at takeoff power should be 17.5. If it was 180 HP, he recommended 16.5 at 2700 RPM and 28.5 " MP at sea...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,704
Posted By cfiidon
Crush Washer

You want the seam against the sump. The plug rotates against the copper, not against the rubber seam. Snug 120 degrees after contact. Don't over tighten. Safety wire, then check for leaks.

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,494
Posted By cfiidon
Airgizmos

I found these control locks work great. You need three - aileron, elevator,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,494
Posted By cfiidon
Bruce's Custom Covers

Check out https://www.aircraftcovers.com/.

With measurements and photos, they can make cowl plugs for you and the covers are pretty standard, although they like high res pics to make certian.

Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-09-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By cfiidon
Thanks for the offer. I'm certain someone else...

Thanks for the offer. I'm certain someone else out there may need them. I ordered and received a set from Vans.
One thing I discovered is that the new gear leg fairings have a longer chord now,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,270
Posted By cfiidon
Take it Out and keep it out for 12 months except for repairs

I don't see it as an issue. When you register, your home state will see the addition and levy a tax if applicable. California will never know that an out of state resident bought an airplane and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-28-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 912
Posted By cfiidon
Wire anchor standoffs

Where possible, I use something like this. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-26-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,350
Posted By cfiidon
Stiffener

Perhaps a stiffener horizontally or diagonally across that point on the baggage area side may help you win the battle of the bulge.

Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-16-2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 825
Posted By cfiidon
WTB RV-8 Wheel Pant & Gear Fairing

Does anyone have a single set or even a pair for sale? I also need a support bracket.

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2019, 06:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,393
Posted By cfiidon
Increasing Throw

If you drill a new hole closer to the pivot point you increase the angular throw. That should not weaken anything.

Don
Forum: ADS-B 10-12-2019, 06:58 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,123
Posted By cfiidon
Leave off the time

I requested a report less than a week ago. When I put in the time in the appropriate block, it failed to generate a report.

I requested another report leaving the "time" block empty and it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-22-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 781
Posted By cfiidon
Felt

I used felt from Aircraft Spruce:
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/windinstacc2.php?clickkey=5104

I doubled it for thickness where required. Seems to hold up quite well.
Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2017, 04:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,702
Posted By cfiidon
For how much is it insured? Methinks that would...

For how much is it insured? Methinks that would be a good starting point, unless it?s over insured.
Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-25-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,676
Posted By cfiidon
No Holes Required

Bob,

Review all the posts in the original thread, especially Luke's post #21:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=145000&page=3

I used his method.
1. Loosen the rudder...
Forum: RV-14 03-12-2017, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,820
Posted By cfiidon
If your selector is like mine, you insert a...

If your selector is like mine, you insert a metric allen wrench in the flush screw and twist CCW. The button cap does not come off. Lift up the whole lever as you unscrew it.

Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-06-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 157
Views: 68,928
Posted By cfiidon
My preference

As a CFI I do not mind at all being kicked out of an airplane when the pilot is ready. I do; however, prefer that the aircraft be on the ground when this occurs. :)

Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-29-2016, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,155
Posted By cfiidon
Versatile

It is a good idea to practice landing with a tail wind.

Although a headwind is preferable, those with instrument tickets should be able to accept a 5-7 knot tailwind landing on a suitable IFR runway...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-18-2016, 12:34 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,118
Posted By cfiidon
As did I. It worked out well and I printed the...

As did I. It worked out well and I printed the pages to PDF and carry them on my IPad through Dropbox.

Saved my bacon when I had an "away" incident with wiring.

Don
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-23-2016, 03:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,030
Posted By cfiidon
Prior thread

Check this thread
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=123901

I had to change my HP setting from 191 to 163 to get the stars to align.

Don
Forum: ADS-B 07-31-2016, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,519
Posted By cfiidon
I misread it

I saw something similar on a recent trip. My WingX Pro showed weather txt and a banner up top that said internet weather was X hours old.

Turns out that was true, but as expected no internet at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-15-2016, 11:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,778
Posted By cfiidon
What Bob said... Is there a known good battery in...

What Bob said... Is there a known good battery in the box? Mine has red/green LEDs so I know if it has power.

Don
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-08-2016, 11:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,922
Posted By cfiidon
Perehelion Design

About $60 for the Schottky diode and heat sink at pereheliondesign.com

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2016, 04:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,836
Posted By cfiidon
Thermal Fuses

I placed two thermal fuses rated about 450 degrees F about midway up on my firewall, very near the fuel pump. The fuses are in parallel on a terminal block with one end to ground and the other as...
Forum: RV-4 06-03-2016, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,391
Posted By cfiidon
I would check all your fuel line connections from...

I would check all your fuel line connections from the wing root, through the fuel selector and so forth all the way thru the firewall.
Look for tell tale blue staining.
Don
Forum: COMM 05-23-2016, 03:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,642
Posted By cfiidon
I think you need to go into the D180 setup menu...

I think you need to go into the D180 setup menu and set the altenc parameter to 4.
Forum: Safety 04-25-2016, 09:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,361
Posted By cfiidon
Not cheap but...

These are my go to glasses. http://scheyden.com/product.php?id=36

The Scheyden Dual Rx Flip ups make me a cool geek.

I had lighter sunglasses lenses made , almost clear at the bottom for better...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-10-2016, 02:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,918
Posted By cfiidon
Thanks gents!

Thanks gents!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-10-2016, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,918
Posted By cfiidon
Ram Air Measurements

A few days ago I was on a return trip from SoCal to Norcal. I was IFR at 10,000 MSL and took some data:

MP 21.2
OAT 47F
DA 11530
PA 10,000
Altimeter 29.93
TAS 181kts

From this I used some on-line...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2016, 04:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 10,722
Posted By cfiidon
Gauges

All of the above is good advice. However, in the original post you mentioned "the gauges". Did you confirm visually an uneven fuel flow by looking in the tanks? Gauges can lie.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2016, 08:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,073
Posted By cfiidon
In addition

While you are there, perhaps put a little torque stripe on the mixture arm lock nuts, and on the rod end lock nut. It makes for a quick visual check that nothing has come loose.

Don
Forum: GPS 03-19-2016, 05:18 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 682
Posted By cfiidon
Traffic Advisories (Audio)

I have a Navworx ADS600-B. It is coupled to my GNS430W and emulates a GTX330 TIS.

To the best of my knowledge I do not recall getting audible traffic warnings. Is there a configuration item or a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-19-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,895
Posted By cfiidon
Compression Test Compressor Minimum

I am in a hangar without electricity and use a Honda generator for juice. The limitation is about 1600 watts continuous (13amps or less).

I would like to purchase an electric compressor solely for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,981
Posted By cfiidon
Success

Navworx released version 4.1.0 just a few days ago.

I installed and did a 45 minute test flight and the traffic fail did NOT appear this time on my GNS430W.

My fingers are crossed, and I thank Bill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2016, 07:53 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,267
Posted By cfiidon
Try Boelube

I like to use Boelube for things like this, and screws, and hinge pins, and yada, yada, yada...

Don
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-16-2016, 09:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,517
Posted By cfiidon
Field

Did you supply 12V to the alternator field while turning the alternator with the electric motor?

Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-11-2016, 11:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,359
Posted By cfiidon
Tie wrap

I used a long tie wrap to tie them together. The seat back Velcro attachment pretty much hides it.

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,981
Posted By cfiidon
Upgraded to release 4.0.9. Same issue as...

Upgraded to release 4.0.9. Same issue as before... Traffic data fail after 20 minutes. All else functional.

Message in to Bill. No response yet.
Forum: Safety 12-12-2015, 09:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 12,744
Posted By cfiidon
Similar

I had a similar issue this past week. I noticed one day that my elevator was sticking ever so slightly in the full up position. Not too much, but just not quite right. Hmmmmm....
I tore into it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,615
Posted By cfiidon
Hole filler

Bolt, washer, nut.

Don
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-22-2015, 10:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,668
Posted By cfiidon
I would think that may be a mistake. However, AS...

I would think that may be a mistake. However, AS does offer a lowest price guarantee where they meet or beat competitor's prices.

They also offer discounts for active and retired military.

Give...
Forum: ADS-B 11-20-2015, 08:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,510
Posted By cfiidon
Drag and fragility

Drag factor is 9.3 times same diameter airfoil.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ftq8jTQ8ANE

Don
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-08-2015, 04:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,412
Posted By cfiidon
No issues with the comm antennas and they are...

No issues with the comm antennas and they are sufficiently far apart that they should not interfere with each other, which is the main concern.

I started with a transponder TED but changed it later...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,981
Posted By cfiidon
Unhappy No Joy

This has been a continuing problem for me; that is, traffic data fail to the GNS430W. It remains an issue.

I just received my unit (ADS600B) back from Navworx. The WAAS upgrade was performed,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2015, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 13,521
Posted By cfiidon
I had exactly the same issue and solved it...

I had exactly the same issue and solved it exactly the same way.

Love the new starter, and less battery drain too!

Don
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2015, 06:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,981
Posted By cfiidon
No Joy

I updated to version 4.0.7. My hope was that it would solve the problem of intermittent traffic data transfer failure to the GNS430W.

It did not solve that problem, and I also appear to have lost...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2015, 08:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,981
Posted By cfiidon
Results

I just installed but have yet to do an ops check. Please report your findings.

Don
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