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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,844
Posted By Ironflight
Since we’re comparing scars..... ;) It could be...

Since we’re comparing scars..... ;)

It could be worse - all of the commenters here are in the US. Shipping international can be prohibitive. The little 42 pound engine of mine had to go back to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:08 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 283
Posted By Ironflight
Great interview!

Great interview!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 455
Posted By Ironflight
Here’s what I have done - after pulling the...

Here’s what I have done - after pulling the rivets on my first RV, then pulling the remaining mandrel out from the inside, someone said “why did you pull the rivet?! Just push the mandrel out and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 05:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 559
Posted By Ironflight
There is a LOT to learn about aviation insurance...

There is a LOT to learn about aviation insurance - one way to find lots of reading is to use the search function here - just search for “insurance” and sit down for a lot of reading.....

Then find a...
Forum: Flight Testing Yesterday, 05:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,588
Posted By Ironflight
I hate to agree with authorities....but that is a...

I hate to agree with authorities....but that is a particularly “embedded” airport - I flew a Cassutt for a magazine test that was based there, and asked the owner to ferry it to Tooele (where I flew...
Forum: Tools 10-28-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 703
Posted By Ironflight
For very low torques, I use a torque screwdriver...

For very low torques, I use a torque screwdriver or (my secret weapon) a modern bicycle torque wrench which goes to very low values of torque. It’s really important with modern carbon-fiber bike...
Forum: Safety 10-26-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,058
Posted By Ironflight
For a fairly new pilot, I’d say that you leave...

For a fairly new pilot, I’d say that you leave Colorado Springs southbound and take it south until you turn the corner at the south end of the Sanger de Cristos, then follow Route 66, just like in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,067
Posted By Ironflight
What it does is to slow the deceleration rate...

What it does is to slow the deceleration rate that you get at idle (I am talking about airplanes with C/S props, which is probably a majority of RV-8’s). The RV-8 has been shown to have a bit of a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 107
Posted By Ironflight
I went through this same exercise and asked the...

I went through this same exercise and asked the same question a few months ago - the answer I came up with is 12” - you can see the details and discussion...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2020, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By Ironflight
Try adding a touch of power just before...

Try adding a touch of power just before touchdown. If you have a constant speed prop, and the engine is at idle, you have a massive speed brake deployed, and you’ll slow below a point where you can’t...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-24-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,067
Posted By Ironflight
I choose not to write about religious...

I choose not to write about religious issues....and this comes right after “How Many Angels Can Dance On The Head of a Pin”..... ;)
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2020, 03:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 303
Posted By Ironflight
Using the search function on the EAA page (Find a...

Using the search function on the EAA page (Find a Tech Counselor), it looks like the closest to you is Steve Barnes in Redding.

Name: Steve Barnes
City, State: Redding, CA
Phone:...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,681
Posted By Ironflight
Actually, many of the early RV’s have rudder...

Actually, many of the early RV’s have rudder return springs per plans.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2020, 11:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,067
Posted By Ironflight
Steve is right - there are many, many threads on...

Steve is right - there are many, many threads on landing an -8, despite that fact that it is a really honest tail dragger. What you’ll probably find when you do some searching is that most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,511
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been flying with Crow harnesses for 15 years...

I’ve been flying with Crow harnesses for 15 years now, installing them in every new airplane I have built, and their buckles have gotten smaller and smoother over The years. The latest design is far...
Forum: Oregon 10-22-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,881
Posted By Ironflight
+100 on this! We spent a huge amount of time...

+100 on this! We spent a huge amount of time finding a friendly environment when picking our retirement airpark, and passed on several interesting locations because we had heard (and confirmed)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,759
Posted By Ironflight
We went liability only a couple of years back on...

We went liability only a couple of years back on all our flying machines - made sense for us, but everyone is different. We probably saved as much on insurance as we spend on fuel in a year!

(Note...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-20-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 258
Posted By Ironflight
Interesting - I’ve got a stack of 5.00X5...

Interesting - I’ve got a stack of 5.00X5 carcasses in my hangar Because Desser has told me in the past that they’d pay so little it wasn’t worth my hauling them to LA - maybe that’s changed, and I...
Forum: Safety 10-18-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,377
Posted By Ironflight
One thing that bears pointing out - local...

One thing that bears pointing out - local knowledge is very important no matter which mountains you fly, because not all mountain ranges have the same winds and weather. As has been said in this...
Forum: RV-10 10-18-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 667
Posted By Ironflight
Hate to say it, but you’re going to wish you had...

Hate to say it, but you’re going to wish you had the one that out don’t have.... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,229
Posted By Ironflight
No reason that you can’t - and I know of a number...

No reason that you can’t - and I know of a number of people who have. I think we’ve gotten away from them with good strobes being available, and now with LED strobes all around, folks decide a beacon...
Forum: RV-3 10-16-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By Ironflight
This is how we did ours as well - shamelessly...

This is how we did ours as well - shamelessly copied from Randy Lervold’s web site.... has worked very well for almost 800 hours now.
Forum: RV-4 10-16-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,677
Posted By Ironflight
Agree 100% that the flaps need to be up, stick...

Agree 100% that the flaps need to be up, stick back, and anything over about 1900 rpm is excessive for run-up on these plans. You will have to figure out for your airplane what the minimum RPM is for...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-15-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,489
Posted By Ironflight
I rarely buy fuel when there is anyone around - I...

I rarely buy fuel when there is anyone around - I choose out of the way airports with self-serve fuel islands. The only “attendants” I see at places like these are likely to be cows, and I figure the...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,550
Posted By Ironflight
Don’t let the “high timers” influence you - one...

Don’t let the “high timers” influence you - one of the biggest influences in lowering the accident rates for experimentals Has ben the increased emphasis in type-specific transition training -...
Forum: Safety 10-14-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,698
Posted By Ironflight
Yeah - I wish we could definitively ID the seat...

Yeah - I wish we could definitively ID the seat manufacturer to narrow it down, but I don't have access to anything but these pictures, so I’d take a look. I already looked at my stock seat just to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,895
Posted By Ironflight
All current EFIS manufacturers offer AoA Captain...

All current EFIS manufacturers offer AoA Captain - its not a unique offering, and anyone buying a pan EFIS from G, D, GRT, AFS, or MGL have it by default....they do have to choose to buy a probe.
Forum: Safety 10-14-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,698
Posted By Ironflight
RV-8 Pilot Seat Failure

I am posting this for a friend who isn’t on VAF, but agrees that the community should know about this. He was on take-off, full throttle, when the lower part of his aftermarket seat back buckled,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-14-2020, 05:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 643
Posted By Ironflight
One trick when doing something like this is to...

One trick when doing something like this is to use a piece of scrap and practice with it - drill some #27 holes, then upsize them. Experiment with different drill bits, sizes, and temperatures....
Forum: Propellers 10-12-2020, 10:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,221
Posted By Ironflight
Still doing great! We’ve got about 10 hours on it...

Still doing great! We’ve got about 10 hours on it and I’m enjoying the much lighter nose on the -8.
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,941
Posted By Ironflight
As has been pointed out by a few, but is worth...

As has been pointed out by a few, but is worth repeating - Phase 1 is not a race. Take your time, follow a test plan, check things along the way, and expect it to take what it takes. It is not about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 12:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,680
Posted By Ironflight
Unfortunately, 8900.1 has been amended since the...

Unfortunately, 8900.1 has been amended since the version that you quoted, with the addition of a note that reads:

NOTE: Manufacturing of any type of aircraft, including amateur-built experimental,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 10:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 817
Posted By Ironflight
Guys - read the original post - I seriously doubt...

Guys - read the original post - I seriously doubt that a paint shop would “forget” to put the [elevator] trim tab back on - I’d think it would be rather obvious it was missing.

I assumed he was...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-08-2020, 02:17 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By Ironflight
Well I can’t honestly tell you if it will help...

Well I can’t honestly tell you if it will help with the DAR or FSDO inspector - but I can tell you that after fifty years of working on airplanes, I still learn new things now and again, so having...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-07-2020, 02:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,392
Posted By Ironflight
Use the box of clamps from Harbor Freight for...

Use the box of clamps from Harbor Freight for non-aviation projects! You have no idea of their temperature tolerance - or anything else about them.

ACS is very convenient for buying parts online. I...
Forum: RV-3 10-07-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By Ironflight
We’ve got Bruce’s covers for all of our low-wing...

We’ve got Bruce’s covers for all of our low-wing airplanes, including the -3, and they fit wonderfully. That means they don't move around To scratch the canopies! If we are tying down in a desert...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-05-2020, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 517
Posted By Ironflight
Check your private messages

Check your private messages
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 958
Posted By Ironflight
I have never seen one that didn’t have at least a...

I have never seen one that didn’t have at least a few (and usually quite a stack) on the firewall side, so that might be the first thing you do to try and adjust. It might be that the builder didn’t...
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2020, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,998
Posted By Ironflight
Mel, you dont have enough distance between your...

Mel, you dont have enough distance between your head and body to have any slack....:D;)
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-05-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,490
Posted By Ironflight
Back when we built the -3, we got ours from...

Back when we built the -3, we got ours from Cleaveland....Mike made them.
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,998
Posted By Ironflight
It’s never been a problem, so long as you use the...

It’s never been a problem, so long as you use the lapel clip to keep some slack between your head and body.
Forum: Reviews 10-05-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,998
Posted By Ironflight
My only problem with the Clarity’s is that the...

My only problem with the Clarity’s is that the actual “speaker” unit is at the ear, where the ones on the band, with a tube running to the ear. If you damage the tube, it is easy to replace. Damage...
Forum: Reviews 10-04-2020, 05:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,998
Posted By Ironflight
I Like the CQ1!

A few weeks ago, I finally got a chance to start flying with a CQ1 Headset from Card Machine Works (thanks Tanya!), and I've got to say - I am really liking it! The best measure of the perfect...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-02-2020, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 732
Posted By Ironflight
I se that you’re from Brazil, so you might not...

I se that you’re from Brazil, so you might not realize that you can’t legally lease or rent an experimental aircraft in the U.S. - it is against the rules to use an E-AB aircraft for commercial...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By Ironflight
Looking at the specs on the LocTite web site, 567...

Looking at the specs on the LocTite web site, 567 looks better in regards to temperature than 565, with all other features pretty much the same, so unless there is some undocumented difference, I...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-02-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,572
Posted By Ironflight
+1 on the “Check the Service Bulletins”! You can...

+1 on the “Check the Service Bulletins”! You can go to Van’s web site and with very little effort, build a complete list of SB’s that apply to your aircraft. Build a spreadsheet to track repetitive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,148
Posted By Ironflight
If you’re talking about LocTite 565, then yes -...

If you’re talking about LocTite 565, then yes - you can use that on sensor pipe threads. If you’re talking about generic “LocTite” (blue, red, or green) to keep things from backing out - no, you...
Forum: Interiors 10-01-2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,349
Posted By Ironflight
Have you flown with “non-skid” on your rudder...

Have you flown with “non-skid” on your rudder pedals yet? I don’t think I’d want to do that as I routinely slide my feet up and down to get on and off brakes. I don't think I have ever flown an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2020, 03:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,140
Posted By Ironflight
Although not very upscale or expensive, cycling...

Although not very upscale or expensive, cycling water bottles are pretty leakproof and allow easy opening and closing of the drink valve. We’ve got dozens of them and use them for everything from...
Forum: RV-3 09-28-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By Ironflight
I wish I could remember what Van told me when I...

I wish I could remember what Van told me when I asked that question during the restoration of the -1... but I don’t. I can tell you that all the later models went with closed ends.....

Paul
Forum: Rocket 09-26-2020, 09:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,239
Posted By Ironflight
I have always heard that insurance on Rockets is...

I have always heard that insurance on Rockets is much more expensive than on RV’s - don’t have figures, but it Is something I have heard repeatedly over the years. Lots of cases of them going over on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2020, 06:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,245
Posted By Ironflight
It took us about twice as many shop hours to...

It took us about twice as many shop hours to build our -3 than it did for me to build the -8 before it Rob .... so extrapolating from you building the -3 first, a -7 is already done before you start...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-26-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,410
Posted By Ironflight
Let’s get Vlad to try it...He’ll try anything!!...

Let’s get Vlad to try it...He’ll try anything!! ;)

Looking at it on Google Earth, I think a big-wheeled bush plane could handle that east-west cleared area to the east of the buildings, but sure...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2020, 06:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,624
Posted By Ironflight
Years and years (and years...) ago, we’d fly our...

Years and years (and years...) ago, we’d fly our J-3 without the cowl when doing carb work/tuning. The airplane didn't seem to care or know the difference....but its no RV (of any kind) and The cowl...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-25-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,226
Posted By Ironflight
Autozone....I’d give you the model number, but...

Autozone....I’d give you the model number, but that was fifteen years ago, and it has probably changed. Think outside the box! :)
Forum: Tools 09-21-2020, 06:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,942
Posted By Ironflight
You can get both the screwdrivers and the bits at...

You can get both the screwdrivers and the bits at McMaster - I have converted my screwdriver drawer to all JIS instead of #2 Phillips - they work great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,928
Posted By Ironflight
It sounds like you’re reading off of an EFIS - is...

It sounds like you’re reading off of an EFIS - is that indicated airspeed, or true? If its indicated, the TAS is probably around 180 knots!! In that case...nothing wrong with that engine....:rolleyes:
Forum: RV-10 09-17-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,565
Posted By Ironflight
We did this probably eight or nine years ago on...

We did this probably eight or nine years ago on Louise’s -6, and the installation is essentially the same as on any of the RV’s - use the drawings and instructions for a modern installation, and you...
Forum: GPS 09-17-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By Ironflight
Well I still love my 696....but not in an RV-3!...

Well I still love my 696....but not in an RV-3! Might as well have an iPad mini strapped to your leg.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,928
Posted By Ironflight
In addition to the big pieces, rigging on an RV...

In addition to the big pieces, rigging on an RV can also refer to wheel pants and gear leg fairings - potentially worth a significant number of knots if they aren’t lined up with the airflow!
Forum: Interiors 09-16-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 656
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve always liked the rotary buckles, and have...

I’ve always liked the rotary buckles, and have them on all our planes (except the -6, and that’s Louise’s to configure). I find them easier to buckle than the ones where you have to hold All the...
Forum: GPS 09-16-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 944
Posted By Ironflight
I’ve been flying with Garmin portables since I...

I’ve been flying with Garmin portables since I bought my original 296, and have now had the 660 for a couple of years in my -8. Gotta say, it is a lot of bang for the buck in a small package. On a -3...
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