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Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By BillL
Both G3x (touch and non-touch) will do that if...

Both G3x (touch and non-touch) will do that if VNAV is used to get to the IAF but since there is not one specific arrival and altitude to arrive at the IF, then it is not a unique part of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 07:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 749
Posted By BillL
I have the identical hardware. It will fly the...

I have the identical hardware. It will fly the lateral from an IAF to the IF, but not handle the vertical until the IF. The information is nearly all in the manual. I double check the APPR when it...
Forum: Safety Yesterday, 01:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By BillL
From the error box that comes up with Mac Safari...

From the error box that comes up with Mac Safari 14.0 => "CAROL only works in the following browsers: Chrome and MS Edge."

FYI Market Shares: Chrome=48% Safari=36% . . . . . . . . edge=4.6%
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 06:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,549
Posted By BillL
What would it take for VAF to have a member group...

What would it take for VAF to have a member group (discount) joint account with UPS/FedEx? Doug could rake a percentage for management.

Early in building I noticed shipping as a significant part...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-26-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 618
Views: 115,391
Posted By BillL
Thanks for checking that, Ross, it seems it is...

Thanks for checking that, Ross, it seems it is all ok. Modern compressors have more margin and with compressor housing recirculation, makes it even less likely. Surge on large turbos on diesels sound...
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-26-2020, 07:40 AM
Replies: 618
Views: 115,391
Posted By BillL
Compressor Surge?

Charlie/Ross I have not read the specifics of this "stumble" condition, but be aware it could be compressor surge. That is when the exit plenum air pressure builds beyond the compressors ability to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By BillL
Bill, you need more help. The plug # is 294,...

Bill, you need more help. The plug # is 294, here (https://www.autoserviceworld.com/carsmagazine/honda-charging-systems/) is an article on the Honda connections. It has two computer connections, one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2020, 06:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,959
Posted By BillL
That kinda eliminates flying in, sightseeing,...

That kinda eliminates flying in, sightseeing, stopping for fuel&lunch, and returning doesn't it?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,959
Posted By BillL
I did extensive planning last year for this...

I did extensive planning last year for this crossing. There are three separate set of issues, flight ops/communications, customs border protection, and official paperwork, passes etc. Definitely get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2020, 05:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,260
Posted By BillL
Nothing scientific here . . .

I have some strips of LED commercial lights installed by the airport, and they are pretty good for walking around and general, but wanted much better lighting for annuals (CI) so Lithonia high bay...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-25-2020, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 452
Posted By BillL
Puzzled.

I googled that part number (https://www.densoproducts.com/denso-210-0208-remanufactured-alternator) and it comes up with a 3 prong connector every time.

Oops, I zoomed and that is indeed a 4...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-22-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,826
Posted By BillL
OK, I could not find tempura powder locally, but...

OK, I could not find tempura powder locally, but tried blue snap line chalk. I mixed it with oil and smeared it on a white paint sample for a test. It mixes well, and did not stain the white paint...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-22-2020, 06:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,126
Posted By BillL
After a lot of work, testing, and two reduced...

After a lot of work, testing, and two reduced area exits, I got no improvement from the exit area reduction. Just increased lower plenum pressures and warmer oil temperatures. It even reduced cross...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-18-2020, 05:27 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,062
Posted By BillL
Like many things, carefully consider the situation.

You are not alone. It can provide good information.

The only warning is not to do it when the engine is operating in a low detonation margin condition. High MAP, high RPM, hot day, max power...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By BillL
15W50 Aeroshell year around with Reiff Preheat...

15W50 Aeroshell year around with Reiff Preheat and remote phone switch (no internet).
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,037
Posted By BillL
Me too. But sadly not a Rocket. :o I took two...

Me too. But sadly not a Rocket. :o

I took two thermocouples and located them is possible locations then flew (many times) and plotted the data. I was surprised at the difference in the two, and...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-12-2020, 12:57 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 169,559
Posted By BillL
I rescued a worn out pump from our pond aeration...

I rescued a worn out pump from our pond aeration system and it pulls about 20" (a new pump does 25") and could do less with a controlled "leak" valve.

On your layup, it is faint so not so bad, but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-11-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 984
Posted By BillL
Sense?? or Field?

Electricity has a supply (+) and return (-) path. The potential is between the two, the supply side might be fine, but where is the ground coming from? Does it go from battery to engine to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,179
Posted By BillL
I would say the 14, it has the latest and most...

I would say the 14, it has the latest and most complete manual matching its parts. Routings for all the wiring, well thought out and just got a new faster (in the air) version!!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,786
Posted By BillL
You should contact PP and get warranty on the...

You should contact PP and get warranty on the whole thing.

Or/and you can send it to me an I'll dissemble and tell you what failed. Then I'll scrap it for you.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2020, 01:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,786
Posted By BillL
Bill, voltage is a better indication of charging,...

Bill, voltage is a better indication of charging, why would that not alert you?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-09-2020, 07:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,305
Posted By BillL
Since you don't have experience doing engine...

Since you don't have experience doing engine compression tests of any kind, I recommend you stick with the book method for your plane. With over 56 yrs of car work, hundreds of rebuilds, and decades...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-09-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 32
Sticky: Sticky Brakes
Views: 41,514
Posted By BillL
Did you do the long bolt option first? YMMV of...

Did you do the long bolt option first? YMMV of course, but I found if the pedals are totally free of friction mine returned just fine. I did have to install the little bar extensions for my feet....
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-05-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,055
Posted By BillL
Kurt, I am reading the article but the first...

Kurt, I am reading the article but the first thing that caught my attention were your plane had smaller wheels and pants. How was this accounted for in the comparison?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-05-2020, 05:26 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 13,265
Posted By BillL
Fair question on the Rotax. Are we sure they...

Fair question on the Rotax. Are we sure they don't have cam/follower issues? We know the cam location is under the crank, and possibly they have a cam/follower design contact stress design that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,793
Posted By BillL
It sure does . .

My 10 Friend tested his 540 with the Reiff sump and bands and it was happily faster with prop socks on it. 5 winters and no issues. He uses WIFI, I use a phone switch (now owned by Tannis). Excellent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1,657
Views: 415,381
Posted By BillL
Thumbs up Bravo Steve!!

That is a very useful device. My 7's shoulder belts are a real pain. I was just thinking about a solution when you first posted this idea.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,352
Posted By BillL
If flying the procedure (650) and activated, then...

If flying the procedure (650) and activated, then it should automatically switch from GPS to VLOC as the GS is intercepted.

Just make sure your AP is operating on the external GPS (650) or the G3X...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-04-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By BillL
You can get the screen from the hardware store...

You can get the screen from the hardware store listed as an aerator screen for a home faucet. Is there some reason you wanted to get one ready-made?

If you make one, I found it is easier to cut near...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-02-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 701
Posted By BillL
Handling fiberglass make your hands itch?

Making my plenums, I get a lot of hands-on time cutting all the blanks. I need finger tip dexterity and the tiny little glass cuttings eventually make the back of my hands itch. (hours of cutting and...
Forum: Propellers 09-30-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,802
Posted By BillL
I have been looking too . . .

Ya know . . . we have the RV Hotel list, why not a listing of people who do this prop balancing around the country? RV friendly, of course. :D

I asked the Dynavibe people and they could not tell me...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 931
Posted By BillL
Am I missing something?

Isn't that just 4 ties? I put the first tie around two items, pull the second tie around at the gap (snug, not tight), then tighten the original (#1). Repeat for the second AoA tube.

Adjust as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,968
Posted By BillL
Airflowperformance.com

Airflowperformance.com
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-29-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,579
Posted By BillL
Kay, I have only 130 hrs in my 7 and always had...

Kay, I have only 130 hrs in my 7 and always had the challenge you describe. So, I recently focused on this very issue. I was always making 20 deg flap landings and that is fine if you touch a little...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2020, 06:07 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,428
Posted By BillL
That is a baseless argument. Look at the chart....

That is a baseless argument. Look at the chart. It uses the strength of the fastener not the base material being compressed.

Try again.
Forum: Flight Testing 09-28-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By BillL
Email on the way- - -the Koch chart is a good one...

Email on the way- - -the Koch chart is a good one !!
Forum: Flight Testing 09-28-2020, 05:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By BillL
I asked this a while back and did a lot of...

I asked this a while back and did a lot of research. You are welcome to the Navy and other flight test manuals on hand.

Meanwhile, I am getting my popcorn.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-28-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,428
Posted By BillL
This is all fun, but the OP asked a question. The...

This is all fun, but the OP asked a question. The standard handbook has the following table. The NAS bolts are specified as 160ksi strength (different location) and the table shows a higher torque...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-28-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,428
Posted By BillL
I have measured many of the nylon locking nuts...

I have measured many of the nylon locking nuts (for grins) and they span quite a range of torque values. You are going to have to quote chapter and verse where Vans includes the nut torque in the...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 11,048
Posted By BillL
For a 1/8" thermocouple, the insertion is 1.2-2"...

For a 1/8" thermocouple, the insertion is 1.2-2" and the reading will be pretty accurate. That is probably not what you are using, but a reference for you.

Oil temps of relevance to an engine...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By BillL
+1 Thanks for a more descriptive reason than...

+1 Thanks for a more descriptive reason than "compression force per foot" . I happened to have a screwdriver to open, and the seal was removed immediately.
Forum: Safety 09-25-2020, 01:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,780
Posted By BillL
Now THAT is funny! :eek: I hope to reach that...

Now THAT is funny! :eek: I hope to reach that level some day.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-25-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,826
Posted By BillL
From my research . . . the crank prop flange is...

From my research . . . the crank prop flange is thicker. Not sure about anything else but that was true a few years ago.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-25-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,666
Posted By BillL
Thanks for posting this, Can you add a pix of the...

Thanks for posting this, Can you add a pix of the cross section of the seal? That would help.

BTW I tried my best to fit the perimeter to use the Vans tear drop teflon seal. It has a limited range...
Forum: Tools 09-25-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,247
Posted By BillL
+1 I got the lower powered one and did not expect...

+1 I got the lower powered one and did not expect it to last, but I have switched that thing on/off countless thousands of times and it still works like a Baldor.

Some people don't use a band saw,...
Forum: Safety 09-24-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,780
Posted By BillL
Link

https://eaa.org/Videos/Webinars?playlistVideoId=6193816644001

Impressive technical presentation, very helpful. Learned several aspects of the technical problem I had not considered.
Forum: Safety 09-23-2020, 08:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,780
Posted By BillL
My instructor drilled me on the turn back before...

My instructor drilled me on the turn back before my first flight. Best loss, 150 ft. 200 typical. He yanked the throttle, counted to 4 before I could act, then nose down to unload the wing(s) and a...
Forum: RV-10 09-23-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,794
Posted By BillL
Thanks Bob, my 10 Friend tested and did get the...

Thanks Bob, my 10 Friend tested and did get the 2-3 kts. Pilot only, and 60# gear in the back for W&B, full fuel on TO. The Garmin G3X AP would sit there then begin an ever increasing pitch...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-22-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,708
Posted By BillL
Great Report Vlad!

After reading about the yearly exploits of Speed Week and other Bonneville Salt Flats reports over 50 yrs, I finally went to speed week a few years ago. Apparently, it is a roll of the dice to find...
Forum: RV-10 09-22-2020, 04:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,794
Posted By BillL
Have others tested with zero-degree flaps above...

Have others tested with zero-degree flaps above 12,000?

Did anyone (else) find any pitch instability with the AP?
Forum: RV-10 09-19-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 621
Posted By BillL
Yeah, I hate when this happens. Mine were that...

Yeah, I hate when this happens.

Mine were that way on my 7. Take a belt sander and cut them forward until they look proper. Since the taper will likely cause a thick trailing edge, it would be nice...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,148
Posted By BillL
I went through SelectQuote a few years back and...

I went through SelectQuote a few years back and asked if it made a difference - I don't remember any issues. I am old and maybe forgot!?
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-18-2020, 08:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,797
Posted By BillL
Let's close this out . .

A direct switch can do this job if the amperage is rated up to 35 amps (see AeroElectric article on this) but the typical switches and push buttons for starting are down below 5 amps. Some are quite...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-18-2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,797
Posted By BillL
Two solenoids . . . . Check FW first

It won't start = engine spinning but not firing.

It is always assumed that the click and no start is the starter solenoid -- NOT SO, you have to check both.

Note the Vans wiring goes through the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 04:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,383
Posted By BillL
Congratulations!! It took me a long time too,...

Congratulations!! It took me a long time too, "how sweet it is" when she first flies!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-15-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,311
Posted By BillL
Getting the spreadsheet is just part of the problem.

Who Cares?

I have done more than a dozen of these in the past 3 years, lately after paint.

1. get the excel spreadsheet that does all the calculations.
2. pick a smooth day, keeping in mind that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-15-2020, 05:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,463
Posted By BillL
Exhaust close to the firewall/fuse joint will...

Exhaust close to the firewall/fuse joint will transfer heat to the center "tunnel" on a 7. It contributed to temperature rise of my fuel. 1/2" clear was good for mine, and I added a little 1/16'...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2020, 05:03 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,476
Posted By BillL
I use MM on my AWI collector slip joint, and make...

I use MM on my AWI collector slip joint, and make a loose mix with a nickel antiseize to wet the ball joints more easily. I usually remove the collector and move each pipe (exercise the ball joint)...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-14-2020, 09:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By BillL
Thanks Guys, this is very helpful. I am IFR...

Thanks Guys, this is very helpful. I am IFR current, so the selection will depend on the VMC/IMC conditions. I am looking at public transportation from each airport. Leaving my plane will have to...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-14-2020, 07:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 513
Posted By BillL
Any RV's at CA35, San Rafael?

I am planning to visit my daughter in San Francisco (Marina District).

What is the best GA airport close to that location. It seems an easier travel distance than Half Moon bay.

The visit would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 724
Posted By BillL
Citrus cleaner....

Citrus cleaner.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1147511&postcount=1
Forum: Tools 09-12-2020, 04:44 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,315
Posted By BillL
Lacing Tape Holder

When wiring and needing more hands, I quickly made this lacing tape holder. The flat board at the bottom is clamped to a nearby location and the little split stainless tab at the top will cut the...
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