Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

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Re: Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

Postby barry767 » Tue Aug 12, 2014 11:40 pm

John, Dennis and Gary, Thanks a bunch! No need to reinvent the wheel here and your pictures are worth a thousand words. Gary, I'll give you a call tomorrow. Barry
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Re: Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

Postby levyland » Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:54 am

Howdy Barry, you will be glad you installed it. I know that San Diego is quite balmy but on a cold morning it gets you off the ground a lot quicker Cheers John
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Re: Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

Postby barry767 » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:09 am

Spent today installing the Thermostasis unit with custom Highlander hoses provided by Steve at Aircraft Specialty. I removed the two existing hoses (oil tank to oil cooler and oil cooler to oil pump) with the four hoses that connect to the unit. Simple! Took maybe a couple hours but a lot of that was tie wrapping and securing the system. (See Gary's previous post - my setup now looks identical) Then after purging the oil system of air, I fired it up, checked for leaks and then went up for a test flight. On the ground I got 120 degrees oil temp in maybe half the time it used to take and on takeoff quickly got and maintained around 190 degrees, a significant increase in oil temp from before. Thanks everybody for your help and advice! Barry
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Re: Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

Postby gkremers » Fri Aug 22, 2014 12:35 pm

Barry,
Glad the install went well. You'll be able to tell when the Thermostasis unit opens at around 190 degrees, the oil temp will drop a little and then pick back up as it controls the oil flow to the cooler.

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Re: Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

Postby levyland » Sat Aug 23, 2014 4:08 pm

Barry glad to hear that worked well. Here in NZ it is a necessity.
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Re: Reflections on the first flight of a Highlander

Postby aircraftspecialty » Wed Sep 03, 2014 11:20 pm

I just wanted to thank Gary K for helping us adapt this kit to the Highlander. We have many of these hoses and kits flying on the RV-12 aircraft and we always appreciate working with other builders who are willing to help us develop these products as drop in kits for your aircraft.

Barry, I am really glad to hear that you are happy with your Thermostat kit. We keep hearing from more and more customers how much this helps out their engine and how much they like it.

To anyone who is contemplating this package, I just wanted to let you know that we offer it in two different configurations. The first is as a complete package with the Thermostasis unit. The second is the hoses and the fittings only. Some people have already purchased the Thermostasis, and so we offer it in both configurations.

As always, we offer a 10 year warranty on all of our hoses.

If anyone has any questions, please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Happy building and flying
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