Choice and Consequence


The cramped space between the firewall and the engine of Dye's RV-3B.

It’s all about the choices we make—and the consequences of those choices. In this case, our choice was to build an RV-3 – an airplane that we have thoroughly enjoyed for just about 600 hours of flying now. The consequence – an RV-3 has very little room between the back of the engine and the firewall. Space is at a premium, and when you add a constant speed prop and an oil filter to an IO-320, you start working back there like a surgeon through a microscope.

With 600 hours on the engine, I felt it appropriate that this inspection cycle would be a good time to send the P-Mags back to Emagair for a look-see and firmware tune-up. They haven’t missed a beat in those 600 hours, and I’d like to keep it that way. So that means they need to be removed and packaged up for shipment.


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