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General Discussion / Re: Nice cold weather flying today!
« Last post by kennyw on Dec 14, 2017 »
....I am in Santa Fe at 7000' so engine performance is key. Keep me posted! Cheers, Pete.

Wanted to add: I haven't even been to 7,000'msl in this aircraft.  Maybe someone with some experience operating an S-2 from a High DA airport can chime in.
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Engine Discussion Board / Re: Air/Oil Seperator
« Last post by Smokyray on Dec 14, 2017 »
John,
The blueprinted 1835 in 994SP has the latest GP AOS described above that works very well. I would argue it’s merits over a separate unit after positive results and simplicity. The 20W50 synthetic AMS Oil when drained at 50 hours (also have a full flow oil filter) looked new.994SPs belly as you can see on the left, stayed squeaky clean, and I rarely flew it level very long.
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On the Lycomings in my 2 RV”s (0320,0360) I installed a RV inventors product called the Slimefighter. It’s an in-line AOS installed slightly inclined on the breather line as it exits the case. It works brilliantly. BTW, I have never found any traces of foam, water vapor residue or corrosion in any of my engines during tear down.

When you perform Acro, an AOS is a must.

http://www.airflow-systems.com/air-oil-separators/

V/R
Smokey

 
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General Discussion / Re: Nice cold weather flying today!
« Last post by Smokyray on Dec 14, 2017 »
Simply, awesome!
 ;D
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Bill - don't over think it.
That's hilarious! ;D Fred said the exact same thing to me a couple weeks ago when I was asking him about a completely different topic. But it's too late - I'm guilty as charged.  It's the Engineer's Disease, and I can't really change my spots (to mix metaphors).

I was strongly leaning towards the Sonex brakes.  I guess I'll stick with that plan.  Thanks, Matt.

O'Bill
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Classifieds / Sonerai 2 fuel tank on Ebay
« Last post by wbpace on Dec 13, 2017 »
I found a Sonerai 2 tank on Ebay, but unfortunately it won't work in my 2 stretch.  Search for "Sonerai Fuel Tank".

If you need this tank, the price can't be beat and the seller claims it is in excellent condition.  I have a few more pictures and more details in an email from the seller.  If you are interested and want it, PM me and I will forward the email.

I've no financial or personal interest in this sale.  I would have bought it if it had fit.

O'Bill
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General Discussion / Re: Nice cold weather flying today!
« Last post by kennyw on Dec 12, 2017 »
Kenny I am very interested to hear about the performance of you fun little airplane! The 1835 particularly. I have the 1700cc Revemaster with the project I have and had jugs to bump it up to 1835. Ed has told me as a single-place S-II the smaller engine will do fine. Your previous owner who built that 1835 gave quite an argument for smaller and lighter is better. I have had my project up for sale for quite awhile but as all I get are low ball offers and I see today Barnstormers still supports my asking price...I may just have to keep this little project till I can finish and fly her. I am in Santa Fe at 7000' so engine performance is key. Keep me posted! Cheers, Pete.

It'll do about 135-140 flat out WOT.  But, I cruise around 3100rpm, at 125 -130mph.  And, I burn about 3.5gph at that setting.  Climb out at 80mph is 700-1000fpm depending on weight and OAT.  My empty weight is 557lbs.  And, thats with no fixed avionics, no ELT, no starter, and only a small motorcycle battery.  Roll rate is pretty good, a little snappier that a Super Decathlon I recently flew.  Stick forces are really light, and take a little getting used to.

That's about all I can tell you.  Its a very straight forward little airplane.  And, Smokyray is right:  Lighter IS better!
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General Discussion / Re: Nice cold weather flying today!
« Last post by kennyw on Dec 12, 2017 »
Kenny - what tire pressure did you settle on?
Good to see you're still flying in December!

meh.....let's call it 27psi.  Looks good on preflight.  And, I'm not gonna check again till either I happen to find the right gauge for checking with the pants on, or I have to take the pants off for some reason.

I'm not bouncing the landings as often.  Can't say if its tire pressure or technique.  But, the weather is quite a bit cooler since October.  So, could be......    ;)
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General Discussion / Re: Nice cold weather flying today!
« Last post by mhflyit on Dec 12, 2017 »
Kenny - what tire pressure did you settle on?
Good to see you're still flying in December!
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Bill - don't over think it. You'll use run-up power with no more than 1800rpm and if you're Fred, idle rpm. You are just checking ignition. My GP brakes hold OK at 1800 if I squeeze the brake handle enough. If I recall, Fred changed his brakes because he was tired of the GP rattle after many years.
You also don't want the brakes too good or they'll potentially 'catch' when used on landing roll out - nice and steady works.
If I was to do it again I'd probably go with the Sonex setup (Fred's). At the very least,they look better.
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General Discussion / Re: Nice cold weather flying today!
« Last post by N127PZ on Dec 12, 2017 »
Kenny I am very interested to hear about the performance of you fun little airplane! The 1835 particularly. I have the 1700cc Revemaster with the project I have and had jugs to bump it up to 1835. Ed has told me as a single-place S-II the smaller engine will do fine. Your previous owner who built that 1835 gave quite an argument for smaller and lighter is better. I have had my project up for sale for quite awhile but as all I get are low ball offers and I see today Barnstormers still supports my asking price...I may just have to keep this little project till I can finish and fly her. I am in Santa Fe at 7000' so engine performance is key. Keep me posted! Cheers, Pete.
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