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  2. Philippine Flying

    Had a wonderful flight this morning I just had to share. Mt Kanlaon, Negros, Philippines.
  3. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I had cracks on my Neuform a little different than yours and I wasn't too sure if it was just the paint. I decided it was not worth worrying about and went for the Sensenich props. (Note; it was going to cost me almost the same to have it sent in, examined and repaired so it clearly wasn't a tough decision) and the Neuform didn't go to waste. Hanging happily on bedroom wall.
  4. Today
  5. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    You can get an LOA for a Sensenich 68" 3 blade for an LS or SW. If you want a Sensenich prop I'm and OEM and can get you a discount. Model: 3B0R5R68C
  6. Ignition modules

    They don't go bad at the same time. It is the starting circuit that fails. You can have one module fail and the engine will start fine on the other. When the second module fails the engine wont start, and that is when you realize you have a problem.
  7. Ignition modules

    Is there a way to test the ignition modules. I replaced both but highly doubt they would both go bad at the same time.
  8. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Does anybody know if there is a fleetwide LOA for the 3-bladed and/or 2-bladed prop? I like that stainless steel protective leading edge on them.
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  10. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I had no idea
  11. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I will evaluating all prop options if it comes to that. The only downside of the Warp is weight. I don't want to add an additional 5-10lb way out at the farthest forward point if I can avoid it. Though the price is certainly right. Corey might have it right with this. The cracks are all under and around the edge protector, and stop where it stops. I'm wondering if there might be excessive flex in the bond between the protector and the body of the blade, causing the gelcoat to crack. In any event, the prop is off the airplane now, and I'll send it to FD as soon as I talk to them, probably Monday.
  12. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I din't I did replace my Warp with a Warp. The Warp was original equipment and was damaged by a mechanic and Roger sold me a cheap replacement. I've had Warps and similar before and don't see the need to move to such a fancy / expensive blade design if it doesn't perform a lot better.
  13. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Ed, Why did you replace your Neuform prop with the Warpdrive? Did you ever consider the Sensenich?
  14. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Because your experimental I bet you could just bolt on a new Warp Drive for something like $650. My experience is the performance is good. You might hate the look.
  15. Low Fuel Pressure

    Great news. Based on a tip from someone else who has had this problem, I checked the orifice on the return fuel line to the gascolator. Sure enough, it was partially blocked with a tiny bit of fuel line debris from the recent rubber replacement. To find it, I had to screw the restrictor out of the barb connection and there it was. I'll let you know how it works on a hot day, but I think that was the problem. Corey, you might want to check this on your CTs that have been showing this behavior on hot days. Thanks for everyone's help. Sid
  16. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Carbs synced regularly, including two weeks ago. Prop dynamically balanced a couple of years ago. Airplane always hangared, including previous owner. I'm at a loss here unless the gearbox or prop hub have a problem. Other than that I'd have say it's a bad prop.
  17. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    This makes me think that I demand a lot, every flight to 14,000' these days and I make top cruise speed numbers high of 125kts. My 2nd hand warp drive with a big chip in one blade looks pretty bullet proof like it could last 100 years. I think the construction is so simple that it lacks transitions to fail like Andy's here.
  18. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    You live in Georgia. That's enough to cause anything to crack. Usually when I see this it's from being stored outside. I know that isn't the case here. How about before you bought the aircraft? I would also bet that vibration has played a part. Vibration which you can only feel bad vibration may still be there and you can't feel it. Things like this usually come from owners not syncing carbs, props out of balance and gearbox's that need shimming. I know these may not be an issue on yours, but should be ruled out. Then there is it just may be a bad prop and you had nothing to do with it.
  19. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Composites are sensitive to age. Unfortunately, composite aircraft are very likely not going to last as long as an aluminum aircraft. If your prop is old, it may just be breaking down.
  20. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Thanks Corey and Roger, I guess it's inspection time. I can remove the prop today, is there any real trick to it other than just unbolting it? Roger, you say you have seen this on a few Neuforms...any reason why? It seems crazy that a prop would start to shred itself at 600 hours without any event to cause it. I'm just trying to think it there is anything I did wrong or could have done to prevent this...
  21. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Nice catch, Andy.
  22. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    Send it to flight design for inspection. If I recall correctly, on the neuforms, there is a leading edge fence to protect the blade. The glue might be coming apart. Your blades themselves could also be coming apart. Neuforms are two blade halves put together around a core. The part that catches my attention most is the perpendicular cracks. This makes me think it's twisting and flexing more than it should be. @CTMI there's not a whole lot of difference between fiberglass and carbon fiber. They act in much the same way, your assessment is still quite valid.
  23. Kennel Storage?

    If a dog does well in a car they would most likely be okay after a couple of flights. many dogs do fly, but usually up front and not stuffed in a baggage compartment. If you wouldn't stuff your 4 year old kid in the baggage compartment then why would you do a dog or cat this way.
  24. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    They are in fact stress cracks. I have seen these cracks in a few Neuform's. The only sure way to tell is to send it up to FD and let their prop guy take a look. If you have to put another prop on put a Sensenich 68" 3 blade.
  25. Kennel Storage?

  26. Upgraded RV-12 Kit

    From what I understand, the Sling 2 and Ran's S-21 Outbound are no different. The RV-12 does require some fiberglass layup (canopy support structure), but the Sling does not, as it uses a preformed slider style canopy.
  27. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I don't have the knowledge or experience to give you an answer or even a guess as to the integrity of the prop. I do know that a prop coming apart once airborne is often deadly so were it me I would ground the aircraft until cleared by someone with experience specific to Neuform or similar. Arian has been suggested. Maybe he has a contact at Neuform. To me, it's not worth the risk. I suspect you feel the same way. If there were any doubts I would spend the $$ for a new prop rather than worry about it going forward. Not too many years ago at the Albany, OR airport the local EAA chapter was conducting Young Eagle flights. The airplane involved in this incident was one of the RV series, the prop may have been one of the MT models that most if not all have removed from their planes, and the Young Eagle was on his very first flight in a small plane. Apparently a blade was thrown but the pilot got the plane safely on the ground. No injuries but the plane was damaged beyond repair. Among other damage, the fuselage was twisted. I think the seat cushions may have also been stained. Anyway, that incident is the only one I know of where there were survivors. Most of the time the planes occupants are not as lucky. Hopefully this will turn out to be cosmetic.
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