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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 934
Posted By airguy
I asked my PCP about it - not because I wanted...

I asked my PCP about it - not because I wanted it, but because I was trying to feel them out for a good friend of mine that likely won't pass a 3rd and was looking for BasicMed (I have a valid 3rd...
Forum: Propellers Yesterday, 12:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By airguy
Heh... I wish... that's an IO360 in my RV9A, and...

Heh... I wish... that's an IO360 in my RV9A, and that pic shows me cruising 20 knots below Vne and getting 25 miles per gallon doing it. The point I was trying to make is to use altitude to limit...
Forum: Propellers 10-29-2020, 05:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By airguy
Wide open throttle does not mean low efficiency -...

Wide open throttle does not mean low efficiency - just use it to climb up high in thin air and get where you are going. I always cruise wide open throttle, lean of peak with a 2-blade constant speed...
Forum: ADS-B 10-29-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 733
Posted By airguy
I have a used Stratus Appareo that was just...

I have a used Stratus Appareo that was just removed (working perfectly, just over a year in service, replaced with Dynon in a full panel upgrade) from our Cessna 172 sitting in my office at home...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-29-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 216
Posted By airguy
I'm your huckleberry... Niagara model 20002A,...

I'm your huckleberry...

Niagara model 20002A, purchased new in summer 2014 for my 9A with IO360, flew 8 hours in January/February of 2016 and I replaced it with a 10-row for more capacity. It's been...
Forum: Propellers 10-28-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By airguy
You beat me to it... there is a sliding scale...

You beat me to it... there is a sliding scale with "fastest" on one end and "least fuel" on the other. I'm a big fan of climbing up high and cruising there without stopping.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-28-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,219
Posted By airguy
Don't know which "flying" number mine was, but it...

Don't know which "flying" number mine was, but it was serial 91691 (1691'st kit purchased Jan 2008) and flew in January 2016 after 8 years of build time. Not what I would call unpopular...

To this...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-27-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By airguy
I drilled a small hole in the foot-part of the...

I drilled a small hole in the foot-part of the step and filled it about 1/2 or so with sand, and epoxied the hole closed. The idea being to make it like a dead-blow hammer that wouldn't resonate - no...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-26-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By airguy
I had to pull my baggage floor up once during...

I had to pull my baggage floor up once during construction, took about 10 or 15 minutes and made the next bit of work way easy and worth it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,784
Posted By airguy
Insurance premiums are obviously a lagging...

Insurance premiums are obviously a lagging indicator.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-21-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By airguy
I have lots of gadgets in my airplane and love...

I have lots of gadgets in my airplane and love playing with them - but anytime I have a passenger on board (ANY passenger) I stay well within the tried-and-true boundaries. Others do not have the...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 10-21-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,947
Posted By airguy
Maybe I'm wrong, but I just don't see a market...

Maybe I'm wrong, but I just don't see a market for an aerobatic with more than 2 seats. Since all have to wear parachutes in the event of a required bail-out, getting four butts out of the airplane...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,126
Posted By airguy
I've done a lot of efficiency testing on mine at...

I've done a lot of efficiency testing on mine at altitude, and my efficiency curve is pretty flat (and reverses) between 13 and 17 - so you're right on the mark there.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-20-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,566
Posted By airguy
Can't tell you - I fly a 9A - I'm just a black...

Can't tell you - I fly a 9A - I'm just a black sheep that snuck into the tent here and they haven't thrown me out yet. :D

As for the Glide Ring above - I would definitely like to have the terrain...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-19-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 29,592
Posted By airguy
Aaahhh! Right war, wrong hero.

Aaahhh!

Right war, wrong hero.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-19-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 414
Views: 419,572
Posted By airguy
Nice going! I remember the earlier years where...

Nice going! I remember the earlier years where you and I jabbed each other occasionally about who was going to finish first. I had a five-year plan, and managed to finish it in 8, pretty much same as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 05:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,566
Posted By airguy
I'm not sure what the magenta bug zone targets...

I'm not sure what the magenta bug zone targets for a descent rate, but the glideslope VNAV function puts you on a 2-degree approach to pattern altitude upon arrival at the airport. Essentially it's...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,566
Posted By airguy
It will appear if your destination is an airport...

It will appear if your destination is an airport listed in the database. The autopilot will only follow it if you arm the VNAV to follow the glideslope prior to reaching it. You cannot arm the VNAV...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-19-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 168
Views: 29,592
Posted By airguy
Right - there's plenty of data on that already,...

Right - there's plenty of data on that already, going back about 70 years I believe. Wasn't it Doolittle that started that?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,566
Posted By airguy
According to Dynon the VNAV glideslope becomes...

According to Dynon the VNAV glideslope becomes active on the screen when you are 5 minutes from capture. You still have to arm the VNAV function, it's not automatic.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2020, 02:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By airguy
For a given number of cubic inches displacement,...

For a given number of cubic inches displacement, and all else being equal, you can extract more horsepower from the fuel with a higher compression ratio - but you can't run mogas with the high...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 10-19-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,947
Posted By airguy
Perhaps shortly after Dynon releases version 16.0...

Perhaps shortly after Dynon releases version 16.0 of the Skyview software? :D

https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=187875
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,793
Posted By airguy
I don't think I'll have enough room with the 9A...

I don't think I'll have enough room with the 9A nose gear bracket.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-19-2020, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By airguy
I'm running an IO360 with the SDS, Superior cold...

I'm running an IO360 with the SDS, Superior cold air, and 8.7:1 compression. I retard my timing to 21 degrees at high (takeoff at 2700' MSL here) MAP, and run it up to a maximum of 29 degrees at...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2020, 06:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,793
Posted By airguy
Do any of you guys happen to have a dead TPMS...

Do any of you guys happen to have a dead TPMS lying around or one that won't see use? I want to trial-fit one on the RV9A nose gear to see if I have clearance, and what if anything I would need to do...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-18-2020, 07:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 691
Posted By airguy
Freshly overhauled, the spring tension on the...

Freshly overhauled, the spring tension on the pressure relief could be way too high. Put a genuine analog gauge on the pressure source to verify.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-18-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 514
Posted By airguy
Yep, it's actually pretty common.

Yep, it's actually pretty common.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2020, 07:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,879
Posted By airguy
Only my third try at formation flight, and...

Only my third try at formation flight, and definitely the first time doing THIS - but I think I may be hooked on formation. I have ordered a standard friction-lock throttle cable to replace my...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-17-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 927
Posted By airguy
Vans has not yet released the RV-15, despite it...

Vans has not yet released the RV-15, despite it being quite some time since it was discussed as a research development, and more than 8 years since the release of their last product, the RV14. Does...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-16-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 971
Views: 577,793
Posted By airguy
Those look really good! I ran out of patience...

Those look really good! I ran out of patience about 5 minutes before I started on my wheel pants. They fall under the category of "It ain't right, but it's right now."
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-16-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 893
Posted By airguy
Interested in the black throttle cable. PM...

Interested in the black throttle cable. PM enroute.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2020, 10:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,136
Posted By airguy
Wiring is no more difficult than plumbing or...

Wiring is no more difficult than plumbing or hydraulics.

You have a high pressure (voltage) supply, and a low pressure (ground) drain for each device. Make sure the pipes (wires) are the correct...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,736
Posted By airguy
I would hazard a guess that most have read it -...

I would hazard a guess that most have read it - and there are obviously some that have not.
Forum: Propellers 10-15-2020, 11:55 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,802
Posted By airguy
I too had trouble getting mine to hold at 2500 -...

I too had trouble getting mine to hold at 2500 - until I put the prop control full forward for 2700 rpm - that way it maintains a flat pitch at 2500, consumes much less horsepower, and produces much...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-15-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,736
Posted By airguy
Alternator regulators, when operating properly,...

Alternator regulators, when operating properly, do not put out voltages higher than the nominal charging range for the EarthX. Many ground chargers do, as part of the desulfation routine for lead...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-14-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,736
Posted By airguy
You'll alarm within a minute of two of the...

You'll alarm within a minute of two of the alternator dying - at least if you set it a few tenths higher. My system voltage normally runs 14.4, I have my low voltage alarm set at 13.9, and it will...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2020, 08:24 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,924
Posted By airguy
The engine they provide with each kit is also...

The engine they provide with each kit is also completely worthless. As is the prop, and the paint job, and the interior. You're building an airplane - you can't expect to have EVERYthing handed to...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-14-2020, 02:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 567
Posted By airguy
That looks like a good chance to add another...

That looks like a good chance to add another grass strip to my list.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2020, 02:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,924
Posted By airguy
Don't overlook the Dynon HDX either.

Don't overlook the Dynon HDX either.
Forum: Safety 10-13-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,639
Posted By airguy
In my short flying career of only 1400 hours,...

In my short flying career of only 1400 hours, I've had one real engine failure - as a solo student flying touch and goes, one cylinder parted ways with the block in a tired old 172 as I was midfield...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-13-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,736
Posted By airguy
The only problem I've ever encountered with my...

The only problem I've ever encountered with my ETX900 was also related to a solid red warning light - which I actually tracked down to a wiring fault and had nothing to do with the battery at all....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,220
Posted By airguy
A thing to keep in mind with different fuels is...

A thing to keep in mind with different fuels is that in the end (assuming you've addressed all the chemical compatibilities upstream of the cylinder), this all comes down to a chemical reaction...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-10-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By airguy
There are several threads on the Dynon forums...

There are several threads on the Dynon forums about doing this - here is one

https://forum.flydynon.com/threads/help-with-custom-sensor-definition.11801/#post-70325
Forum: Flight Testing 10-10-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,973
Posted By airguy
6 days after I signed off Phase 1, I launched...

6 days after I signed off Phase 1, I launched from west Texas to Oshkosh.

Now I packed a tool kit and a few spare parts, don't get me wrong - but I still went.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-09-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By airguy
The shunt doesn't need to handle the combined...

The shunt doesn't need to handle the combined output of both alternators - it will only see the output going into the battery (charging the battery) which will be limited by the resistance across the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,653
Posted By airguy
A couple of the EAA benches would be a good...

A couple of the EAA benches would be a good start. One would be required, two would be really nice. Put a layer of masonite or light plywood/paneling on the top surface to be a replaceable work...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-08-2020, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By airguy
Another way to do is to have one shunt that can...

Another way to do is to have one shunt that can read amperage in/out of the battery only. I have it this way in my airplane with dual alternators and one battery. The two alternator B leads each have...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-07-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,371
Posted By airguy
Sensor grounding is still a possibility.

Sensor grounding is still a possibility.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-07-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 612
Posted By airguy
And toggling the weather on or off also affects...

And toggling the weather on or off also affects the background color and shade - check that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2020, 06:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,576
Posted By airguy
Ability to jack the plane up off the ground and...

Ability to jack the plane up off the ground and work on the wheels/brakes - there are several good options, search function will be your friend.

If you intend to do some/all of your own...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-06-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,286
Posted By airguy
Yup - heaven forbid it ever happens, but if I...

Yup - heaven forbid it ever happens, but if I ever take a birdstrike and bust the windshield and I'm forced to tear into the front structure anyway, I'm going to unrivet the top forward skin and rape...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-06-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,286
Posted By airguy
And that's why you see so many completed...

And that's why you see so many completed airframes for sale without engine/avionics. Some folks enjoy the hand-held step by step building part, but have neither the skill nor the curiosity to finish...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-05-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,055
Posted By airguy
Retaining the horsepower in the higher altitudes...

Retaining the horsepower in the higher altitudes is very attractive - but not attractive enough to swallow the +110 pound weight and +$20k cost adders.
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-04-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 23,057
Posted By airguy
Correct - I have isolated it to the spark...

Correct - I have isolated it to the spark occurring as I power up the mag coils. It may not be happening on every power up either - I only know that I get an ignition about 20% of the time when there...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-04-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,638
Posted By airguy
Before I installed the SDS system in my airplane,...

Before I installed the SDS system in my airplane, I did LOTS of things to reduce the vapor issue while using 91E10 fuel. I tried the 4# spring in the divider and discovered exactly what Dan says - it...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-03-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,344
Posted By airguy
If we were a little closer, I'd fly to you and...

If we were a little closer, I'd fly to you and show you myself.

If I power up the fuel pump, then the ECU with fuel pressure available, and then power up the coils, I'll get the pop about one try...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-03-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 6,344
Posted By airguy
Not a CPI but the full SDS installation on my...

Not a CPI but the full SDS installation on my airplane - and I've seen the same issue. If I power up my fuel pumps, then power up the ECU (which automatically injects a fuel burst on startup) and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-03-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By airguy
You can't get to a point where you know...

You can't get to a point where you know everything in life. You just have to know who to ask.
Forum: Safety 10-03-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,997
Posted By airguy
Ross is exactly correct - in an EDA airplane...

Ross is exactly correct - in an EDA airplane electron supply is just as critical as fuel supply. You ignore either one at your own peril. Darwinism is real.
Forum: Safety 10-03-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,997
Posted By airguy
After I finished mining the bauxite and smelting...

After I finished mining the bauxite and smelting ore to mix my own aluminum alloy and extruding it into the pieces I needed to build my airplane, I decided I have had enough of doing things the hard...
Forum: Safety 10-01-2020, 09:09 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,997
Posted By airguy
For the same reason you no longer drive a Model T...

For the same reason you no longer drive a Model T - there is something better.
Forum: Safety 10-01-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,997
Posted By airguy
Two for the airplane, about 30 for the gun safe....

Two for the airplane, about 30 for the gun safe. :D
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