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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 07:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 554
Posted By PilotjohnS
Y guess

I would look at the spring tension or the spring perch to see if it has shifted. I recall these pumps are really a spring force driven pump; all the plunger does is return the spring to the bottom of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for the responses

I have been agonizing over this for weeks. My wife said “Dont worry about it, you wont see it from an airplane.” I said, “ Yes i will see it from an airplane”.

This morning I had decided to paint ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 413
Posted By PilotjohnS
Protecting Interior Paint

Seeking advice from those who have gone before.

I plan to paint the interior pieces as I build. But how to I protect those pieces during the rest of the build. I plan to use Jet Flex , so it is...
Forum: Primers 05-18-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 435
Posted By PilotjohnS
Priming fuse

I primed everything so far. The real hard part is priming the fuselage. There are so many brackets and stuff on the cabin bulkheads that need to be primed before assembly. And if you wish to paint...
Forum: RV-12 05-17-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,301
Posted By PilotjohnS
Collection

I think we need to take up a collection to get Vlad’s plane painted. I figure $1 per travel story or appearance should do it.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-16-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,584
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hero

My hero showing the way
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 733
Posted By PilotjohnS
Better picture

Do you have a better picture?
I like the layout. Seems many are coalescing to a very similar Garmin panel. Amazing how good ideas become a de-facto standard.
Forum: RV-12 05-10-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 692
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

On some of the 4-5 rivets i have to squeeze them twice to get the leaverage. Once with the squeezer backed out a little, then once more with the squeezer in the final setting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 860
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats

Congrats. Now that I am building this means more to me than when I was a lurker.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-07-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sherwin williams primer and interior paint

I am working on the fuselage and plan to primer the parts with Sherwin Williams P 60G2 wash primer. I plan a full interior but there are still bits that are exposed and need paint.

What...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 290
Posted By PilotjohnS
My opinion

In my opinion, the pitot heat controller just keeps people from burning their fingers if they touch the pitot while the pitot heat is on. Without a controller, it is important to make sure the pitot...
Forum: California 04-26-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,303
Posted By PilotjohnS
Catalina

Catalina has gotten very rough. Good place to go, but be careful on the runway. There normally is a $20 landing fee. I still like going, but be warned.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,095
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I plan my GMU11 fori the left wing because I have the roll servo in the right wing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,359
Posted By PilotjohnS
wings

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--qkqFbT3JvQ/Ws2GzJkG8hI/AAAAAAAAAWQ/JZCBKRyZ114KOfgcWbMikGuGBOtncUeyACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0465%25281%2529.JPG

Here is what I did for my wings, just prior to roof and sides...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 818
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I am building a 9A now. My take is if there is a concern about medical, then build a 12. If medical is not an issue, then build a 9. The 9 is much more capable and has a larger future mission...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-15-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,343
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for post

Sean
Thank you for your post. I am at the point in my build where I really need to consider this mod. Your insight showed me another side.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,265
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ya we can do that

I think Steinair or one of the other VAF advertisers can build you a “drop in” panel if you like. There are many panels these guys have done that are on their websites. My plan is to buy a copy of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,265
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pretty slim

Without any factory knowledge about future products, I think the chance of a significant RV 10 update is slim to none. The RV10 is that good. Besides, even when their next new product comes out, the...
Forum: Tools 04-12-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 802
Posted By PilotjohnS
Homedepot

I bought a 20 gal portable home depot 2 cylinder oil compressor. Couldn't be happier. I can move it outside for priming. It is also relatively quiet and doesn't run very much. I was surprised how...
Forum: California 04-11-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,056
Posted By PilotjohnS
Living it

I live and fly in west LA; it aint so bad. On the west side Santa Monica has pretty high landing fees and gas prices, Hawthorne is not as friendly as it once was because they now have facility...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-10-2018, 10:01 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 27,065
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wing Storage

So the wings are done, but how to store them? So I decided to use the pieces of excellent wood from the shipping crates to modify the gifted wing stand and build a roadie box. This will store the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,356
Posted By PilotjohnS
Not mentioned

What nobody has mentioned is one needs to make sure the dimple is very crisp, to minimize the radius trying to contact the countersink top edge. For critical items, like the tank dimples to the spar,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-06-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,702
Posted By PilotjohnS
Inspiration

http://i447.photobucket.com/albums/qq197/N666BK/Daily%20Pictures/Monument%20Valley%20-%201%202.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,405
Posted By PilotjohnS
private

I believe you can make some of the FAA records private, and not have everything available in the public database. Most flight attendants do this.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-04-2018, 10:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,702
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Thanks for the inspiration. Now I think I will go out to the RV manufacturing Center of Excellence and generate some perspiration.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,720
Posted By PilotjohnS
protection

And make sure you are wearing that baseball cup. And bike helmet.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,353
Posted By PilotjohnS
gave up on rivets

I gave up on the rivets and welded mine. For my 9, the rivets touched the rear spar at the extreme ends of travel and I didn't like that. YMMV
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 273
Posted By PilotjohnS
Proseal

Andy,
I did my trailing edges of the ailerons and flaps just like the rudder using proseal. It came out really good. I am not sure why your proseal didnt stick, unless the primer was underneath and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,304
Posted By PilotjohnS
Better Call....

“Better Call..." Vans. Breaking Bad reference
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-27-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By PilotjohnS
Before bottom skin install

before I installed the bottom skin, I re torqued the fuel tank attach bolts, and torque stripped them all with the orange colored stuff. That way the inspector could look in the inspection holes and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-27-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 874
Posted By PilotjohnS
Some things are just not right to do

Some things are just not right to do. One of these is to never look at the aileron rivets of a friend's RV. Never do this... it is just not right.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-27-2018, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 536
Posted By PilotjohnS
yes

Same rivets as used on the bottom skin, so ya they will work for the dimples. The pilot hole needs to be enlarged slightly just like when attaching the bottom skin.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-27-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 536
Posted By PilotjohnS
Factory says

I got permision from Eric at the factory to use MK319s there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 357
Posted By PilotjohnS
Both

I did boh ways on my RV9 trailing edge. What i found more important was to be
break the trailing edge skin; otherwise it came up on me and didnt sit completely flush to the wedge at the TE
Forum: Tools 03-10-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
Posted By PilotjohnS
Depstech

I bought a depstech thru amazom for, like, $50. Dont remember the exact price. I used it to inspect the wing rivets. The head is small enough for a spark plug hole but not there yet in my build. It...
Forum: Tools 03-08-2018, 11:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,756
Posted By PilotjohnS
Racer

You need to build a Formula 1 Reno Racer. After all it is a Haas.
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-05-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 27,065
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wings done.. Yeah!

Wings are done. Took me 13 months, but I am happy with the results. A big thank you to all those who helped. Now I need to remove the plastic and build a roadie box for long term storage. Yeah!

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2018, 07:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 21,760
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cessna 177

Ya if they could reproduce the old cessna 177 concept it might be a winner. I want cantilever, fast and high altitude cruise. Although I wonder if a high wing has an aerodynamic disadvantage to high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By PilotjohnS
Walt, can you post a picture please?

Walt, can you post a picture please?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 872
Posted By PilotjohnS
My plan

I plan to heat up the plastic and slide them on the metal tubes. Then use a little safegy wire to secure. QED
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-27-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,650
Posted By PilotjohnS
Heated pitot

Even flying VFR, if I am flying below a cloud deck up in the northern states, sometimes the pitot will get moisture or something a little colder inside. The heat drives out the moisture and any...
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,701
Posted By PilotjohnS
https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Pd6IsUY8n60/Wj_pWy-iKWI...

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/-Pd6IsUY8n60/Wj_pWy-iKWI/AAAAAAAAATo/--iea_p54kQPoWpV2eWKH2enFtN0GagqgCEwYBhgL/s1600/IMG_0320.JPG
This template is cut to the angle specified in section 5.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 570
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rc fuel tubing

I use a piece of rc fuel tubing to push the parts together as the shop head starts to form. This keeps the parts from seperating on inital forming. But I tend to pull the tubing off for the last hits...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 994
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

I am priming with Sherwin Williams P60G and am priming before dimpling. if I let the primer cure 3 days before dimpling, I don't recall a scratch problem that I needed to touch up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 12:33 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,705
Posted By PilotjohnS
High bar

You set the bar pretty high!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,217
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

When I built my 9A tanks, I left the vent tube a little longer so that it goes into the end as much as possible, I also turned the end away from the proseal so the tube wont get clogged when...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,727
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me no worry

I am in the same boat. I am not going to worry about it. I figure there are 1000 rv 9s flying with my style of rudder. Just sonething to check every year during condition inspection.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,727
Posted By PilotjohnS
Darn

Well darn, after 10 years I figured all the updates were done. Guess I am old style.

I wonder if it is worth reworking before paint?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,217
Posted By PilotjohnS
moisture

I am not sure how you would get moisture in there. water cant drip up from the vent hole, so it has to be from condensation. Not sure there could be enough condensation to form enough ice in the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-13-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,727
Posted By PilotjohnS
Not me too

I don't recall that in my kit. But I learned doing the wings, save these little jewels, you might need them later. I am finishing up the wings and found the templates to drill the tank attach...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-11-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 495
Posted By PilotjohnS
Traditional

I think this is tradition more than anything else. But with each mag firing 2 top and 2 bottom, I think the mag check would be more even if the bottom plugs are fouled. I would hate to have the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-07-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,468
Posted By PilotjohnS
Builer’s method

I wouldnt fix a problem until it is a problem.
Add capacity is not easy and doesnt buy much unless you also add bladder to the pilot and passenger.

Lastly, if the original builder used normal dies,...
Forum: RV-14 02-06-2018, 10:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Posted By PilotjohnS
From what I heard from Steinair’s team, the GMU11...

From what I heard from Steinair’s team, the GMU11 uses a CanBus interface to the G3x, whereas the GMU22 uses a serial bus. Different connector pin assignments in the harness, so, ya, probabaly major...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-04-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 27,065
Posted By PilotjohnS
Table has found a new home.

Table has found a new home.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-03-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 27,065
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wings - It Is the Little Things

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It is the little things that take the time, but these little things seem to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-30-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By PilotjohnS
shield

In this case, you might want to just put the two wires in the same LRU pin, tie the two shields together with a wire to the LRU chassis. There is no need to make a splice of the wires and shield in...
Forum: RV-14 01-30-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,937
Posted By PilotjohnS
How long on stand

For those who have gone before..... how long does the fuse need to be on the rotiserrie ?
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-24-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,708
Posted By PilotjohnS
Uh I think putting TVS in parallel may not be the...

Uh I think putting TVS in parallel may not be the best. Depending on the exact voltages the diode trip, they may not share the current. They could burn out in a zipper fashion instead of sharing the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-24-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,764
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

Many of the brackets on the RV series are made of 6061 and Van's instructions says to prime them regardless of where the plane is planned to reside.

The only option seems to be the Alcad skins...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,838
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ugh

Ugh "Long and short, I wouldn't stress about it too much."

Bad Pun. I am really interested in results of poll.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
What Mike said. And probably not available as a...

What Mike said. And probably not available as a retro fit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 12:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 407
Posted By PilotjohnS
huh?

On my 9, which is nearly identical, the W414 brackets are not flush rivets (AN470), but the ones near the bearing are (AN426). I tend to put the manufactured head so it is easy to drill out.
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