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Re: Drill Press

I've had a Ryobi now for about 10 years. It's been great. Many furniture projects, and a scratch built Sonex from it.
by mike.smith
Tue Jan 09, 2018 10:33 pm
 
Forum: Tools
Topic: Drill Press
Replies: 7
Views: 294

Re: pre-built spars

Are they worth the extra $2700.00? I see a lot of 'precision' hammering going on with the home-built version. Is this instead of regular rivet upsetting, or is there another reason for the bolt/hammer procedure? What have others done? Pluses/negatives? I scratch built my plane, including the spars....
by mike.smith
Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:58 pm
 
Forum: Onex
Topic: pre-built spars
Replies: 14
Views: 630

Re: Factory Waiex down in Fond Du Lac, WI

After 16 months, only a factual report and no conclusions? I know the FAA is slow, but that borders on ridiculous.
by mike.smith
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:58 pm
 
Forum: General Discussion
Topic: Factory Waiex down in Fond Du Lac, WI
Replies: 29
Views: 4006

Re: Siezed low-time neglected turbocharger

Oh and one more thing, since it was brought up about the factory crashes. Its a whole new thread, but my intuition that these were both low fuel situations. There is no information to bear that out. The first factory crash was on takeoff for a familiarization flight and to my knowledge had plenty o...
by mike.smith
Fri Dec 29, 2017 11:55 pm
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Siezed low-time neglected turbocharger
Replies: 104
Views: 6007

Re: Crazy EGTs

CHTs are what matters. I'm sure you've seen the Mike Busch link often posted on the forum, discussing EGTs. You can get your CHTs to drop very quickly by backing off the throttle and pushing the nose down, so you might give WOT a longer try and watch the CHTs.
by mike.smith
Sun Dec 24, 2017 12:42 am
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Crazy EGTs
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: Crazy EGTs

Been trying to tune my Aeroinjector for several weeks with little success. Started with a #2 need could get anywhere near WOT before the back two cylinders blew thru 1400 EGT. Went to a 2.5 and saw some improvement but still the same issue with rear cylinders high EGTs. Now on a #3 needle any can g...
by mike.smith
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:40 pm
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Crazy EGTs
Replies: 9
Views: 716

Re: Cabin heat exhaust shrouds for normally aspirated AeroVe

I realized after posting this that after I downloaded the Yahoo files from the old forum, I posted them here http://www.sonexfoundation.com/Yahoo_files.html They include plans for an exhaust shroud that I am going to modify a bit. I used that design as my basis. I've built 2 versions, and used stai...
by mike.smith
Fri Dec 22, 2017 10:06 pm
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Cabin heat exhaust shrouds for normally aspirated AeroVee
Replies: 6
Views: 522

Re: Winter weight oil suitable for AeroVee non turbo

When I lived in NY I was in a club that had a 1967 Arrow. We used to plug up the cowl, throw a blanket over it, and hang a trouble light with an old tech 100W bulb underneath through the cowl exit. It made a difference! Light bulbs are pretty safe. I tried that with my tail dragger Sonex. 1. I'm ti...
by mike.smith
Thu Dec 14, 2017 8:41 pm
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Winter weight oil suitable for AeroVee non turbo
Replies: 10
Views: 786

Re: Newbie with tail kit question

I don't disagree with Peter, but I'll confess I drilled rather than reamed the holes for all my AN3 bolts. On the other hand, reaming is the only way to go for the main spar holes. All in my opinion of course. Welcome to the gang! That goes for me, too. I suspect the vast majority of flying Sonexes...
by mike.smith
Mon Dec 11, 2017 7:30 pm
 
Forum: Onex
Topic: Newbie with tail kit question
Replies: 10
Views: 589

Re: Winter weight oil suitable for AeroVee non turbo

I use the same 20w-50 year-round, and I regularly fly in New England when ground temperatures are below freezing, and air temperatures are less. I'm not aware of any other recommendations from Sonex. I have a removable pair of electric heating pads that I slip into the oil cooler opening so that the...
by mike.smith
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:45 pm
 
Forum: Aerovee
Topic: Winter weight oil suitable for AeroVee non turbo
Replies: 10
Views: 786
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