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Forum: RV-10 05-24-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 271
Posted By ppilotmike
It's only 59 days, 21 hours and 10 minutes away.....

It's only 59 days, 21 hours and 10 minutes away.. That's right around the corner!!! :D

Looking forward to seeing the "regulars" at OSH. Unfortunately, I'll be there without my wife and kids this...
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,087
Posted By ppilotmike
Todd is correct. Vans will not let you delete...

Todd is correct. Vans will not let you delete the seat structures, just like they won't let you delete the safety latch kit. I suspect that, in their eyes, they need to provide you with these items...
Forum: RV-10 05-14-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,018
Posted By ppilotmike
True dat. Another reason to build. Man, if only...

True dat. Another reason to build. Man, if only it didn't take so long. ;)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-14-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,493
Posted By ppilotmike
Excellent.

Nuff said.
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,087
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, I was told they couldn't delete the...

Justin,

I was told they couldn't delete the "safety latch" parts from my order, because they were a "safety item." Did you not have any trouble deleting it? Do you know the approximate savings you...
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,018
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome to the madness. I 100% agree with the...

Welcome to the madness. I 100% agree with the comment above. We started our RV-10 build (all slow built, with mods) in 2011, the same year my wife was preggo with our daughter. Flash forward to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-08-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 621
Posted By ppilotmike
John, I'm interested in the overhead console...

John,

I'm interested in the overhead console mold. Can you please send me more info and/or pictures of it? ppilotmike at gmail dot com. Thanks.
Forum: RV-3 04-27-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 746
Posted By ppilotmike
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.p...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=159807&page=2

Last post on this thread.
Forum: RV-10 04-17-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 279
Posted By ppilotmike
I don't remember using anything different than...

I don't remember using anything different than what the plans called for, when riveting those brackets. However, I suppose I could have. Measure the rivet tail, while installed, and check that its...
Forum: RV-10 04-16-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,383
Posted By ppilotmike
I also got the starter switch "package" all keyed...

I also got the starter switch "package" all keyed the same. Basically, I'll have two keys on my keychain (fuel cap key and key for everything else). I intend on having the passenger side door lock...
Forum: RV-10 04-13-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 829
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, So you're saying it's a pain to get the 90...

Bob,

So you're saying it's a pain to get the 90 degree adapter installed, but would you also say that it's "worth the pain" of installation? Did you have to modify or grind down anything to the get...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,152
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob's advice is good advice. Before you pull the...

Bob's advice is good advice. Before you pull the trigger, you should do some more research and talk to some RV-10 builders and flyers. There are several 4-seat designs to choose from, besides Vans....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,444
Posted By ppilotmike
Me too..

..I plan to be there an help with the One Week Wonder this year. I still need to figure out my "can't miss" itinerary, so I know what days I can volunteer, but I'm definitely "in."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 856
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm not flying yet. Is it really such a big deal...

I'm not flying yet. Is it really such a big deal to move the RV-10 around? I would think a simple tow bar would work just fine.. and cost a whole lot less..
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 965
Posted By ppilotmike
Chances are: 1) You're deburring too much and...

Chances are:
1) You're deburring too much and opening up the hole even more. Be careful just to take the burrs off, not countersinking or beveling the edge.
2) Your flush rivet die (for rivet gun)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By ppilotmike
In another thread..

..I read that the increases do not primarily affect the alloys we (Vans) use for airplane building, and that most of those materials are produced in the US.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 786
Posted By ppilotmike
I wouldn't mount anything to your benches. I...

I wouldn't mount anything to your benches. I built 3 tables and originally thought I would mount my grinder, sander, band saw and drill press to one, creating a movable "machining area." However,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-04-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,049
Posted By ppilotmike
Jealous!...

Jealous!...
Forum: RV-10 04-03-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 354,468
Posted By ppilotmike
As always...

..looks great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 811
Posted By ppilotmike
Friggin' funny!

Friggin' funny!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-29-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,025
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it! Can't wait for the results.

Love it! Can't wait for the results.
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,631
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

Beautiful looking 10.
Forum: RV-10 03-21-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,370
Posted By ppilotmike
Extra Rear Bulkhead Material

Scott,

Did you have to order another complete rear bulkhead panel in order to make the doubler behind your door? If not, how did you get the material needed to do that door? I'm interested in...
Forum: RV-10 03-19-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,373
Posted By ppilotmike
Just to add some more advice. Besides the...

Just to add some more advice. Besides the inspection, be sure to properly inventory and organize your parts. You will find this is a much better way to find things later than digging through parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,132
Posted By ppilotmike
I'll take care of it for you. ;)

I'll take care of it for you. ;)
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,419
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks great Larry! Tell me more about your "Rod...

Looks great Larry! Tell me more about your "Rod Bower Inlet" please. Thanks.
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 13,018
Posted By ppilotmike
Ashley, Nice write-up. I have a couple of...

Ashley,

Nice write-up. I have a couple of questions:
1) Can you give some more details about the "No Break" battery management system? What are the pros and cons?
2) I am assuming from your...
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 506
Posted By ppilotmike
Good choice! It's the family truckster. :D

Good choice! It's the family truckster. :D
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,986
Posted By ppilotmike
My belly shield does, in fact, use the rivets...

My belly shield does, in fact, use the rivets that attach the ribs to the bottom skin. I used rivets slightly longer than the ones called for by the plans, in order to get the proper diameter/height...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,986
Posted By ppilotmike
Belly Shield

I did install a belly shield too, using 0.010" SS sheet, which is plenty thick (i.e. it behaves like sheet stock, not foil). Using 1/16" Fiberfrax and securing with rivets and Fire Barrier 2000, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,084
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, Not a bad idea. Thanks!

Bob,

Not a bad idea. Thanks!
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 469
Posted By ppilotmike
Page 8-5, Step 2, Para 2, Sentence 2..

..says, "the spar cap (Ref. to HS-1013s) is somewhat bowed as supplied, so use plenty of clamps to make sure the spar cap is tight against the spar web and flange while drilling." I think this works...
Forum: Safety 02-21-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 777
Posted By ppilotmike
I like it!

At Chapter 301, in Denver, we always discuss Airventure plans and lessons learned, but we've never truly worked through the NOTAM. I think we might do that this year. Great idea!
Forum: RV-10 02-07-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,377
Posted By ppilotmike
Well Done!

Let's see some pictures!
Forum: RV-10 02-07-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 721
Posted By ppilotmike
Jerry, I'd also recommend SteinAir. How are you...

Jerry,

I'd also recommend SteinAir. How are you progressing on the tail kit?
Forum: RV-10 02-06-2018, 11:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,108
Posted By ppilotmike
Me too..

Bill,

I am also having the same dilemma. I decided to rivet my UFF on and go to town on my FiberFrax/SS sheet sandwich on the firewall. The way I see it, the only foot well items remaining would...
Forum: RV-10 01-23-2018, 08:25 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,220
Posted By ppilotmike
..or watch, as a giant glob of "something" gets...

..or watch, as a giant glob of "something" gets sucked out! ;)
Forum: RV-10 01-23-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,933
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. I saw the same unfinished project, in order...

Yup. I saw the same unfinished project, in order to offer my opinion, as a 10-builder. Absolutely heart-breaking. Get a pre-buy inspection!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,497
Posted By ppilotmike
A 2-seat RV-3 doesn't exist. However, the RV-4...

A 2-seat RV-3 doesn't exist. However, the RV-4 is as close as it gets to that. You would have to find someone willing to instruct you in their RV-4, which would need to have rear controls, rudder...
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,736
Posted By ppilotmike
Swivel Head Flush Set..

..and blue painter's tape. I use a small piece of tape combined with the swivel head flush set to get perfectly driven rivets with no marks on the skins. Every 15-20 rivets, I change the small...
Forum: Tools 01-17-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 835
Posted By ppilotmike
Just like mine!

I build my (3) work tables with "retractable gear" too. The "lock blocks" simply drop into place when you pick up the table. Later, I took some thin nylon rope and tied it to little eyes in each...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,302
Posted By ppilotmike
One Data Point

I have heard of one occurrence, here in Colorado, where a very seasoned RV-6 pilot smacked his head during turbulence and cracked his slider canopy enough that it needed to be replaced. That being...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-15-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice video!

Looks like I'll need to add Petit Jean to my list of Fly Ins, once my bird is ready (should be about 2030 - :( )
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,329
Posted By ppilotmike
Another data point..

Mark,

I used the close tolerance bolts with the spacers in order to "align" the two center spar sections, while building my fuse. My thought was that I wanted them to be as closely aligned as...
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2018, 01:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,162
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome..

..to the madness. ;)
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By ppilotmike
You're right. I countersunk those holes, but I...

You're right. I countersunk those holes, but I did use a pulled rivet in lieu of a bucked one.
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By ppilotmike
My solution..

..was to use my rivet pull dimpler (the one that uses a nail, two small dies and your rivet puller) to make the dimples, then installed a flush pulled rivet in the side that's under the flange.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-12-2017, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,359
Posted By ppilotmike
Used to be..

..I used to live in Oahu and actually learned to fly out there. My family and I do visit from time to time, so maybe we'll look you up the next time. I'd love to fly my RV-10 there some day (bucket...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 03:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 4,231
Posted By ppilotmike
Definitely a factor for me..

..I wanted to build an experimental plane, but one of the key reasons why I chose a Vans RV-10 for my mission (instead of a Bearhawk or Velocity) was because of the incredibly large community of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 10:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,655
Posted By ppilotmike
Wonderful news!

Big time congratulations are in order. What a milestone that is!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2017, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,086
Posted By ppilotmike
Nicely done.

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,224
Posted By ppilotmike
So I have a question about the "Full EFII...

So I have a question about the "Full EFII system." Has there been any definitive data provided that shows that this system provides better performance than a simpler ignition system (electronic) and...
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,718
Posted By ppilotmike
I wonder..

.. how much of the problems (i.e. static affecting operations of electronics on board) are related to wiring that utilizes the airframe for a local ground, instead of running all grounds back to one...
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,687
Posted By ppilotmike
Sorry I've been away for a while. Work gets in...

Sorry I've been away for a while. Work gets in the way! ;)
My belly shield consists of 1/16" FFrax against the belly skin (aluminum) with a 0.010" SS sheet over that, riveted to the structure. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 09:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 14,701
Posted By ppilotmike
Ray, I sure would like some of your extra...

Ray,

I sure would like some of your extra springs and washers. I'm at the point where I'm building my rudder/brake pedals right now. My mailing address is below:

8563 W ILIFF AVE
LAKEWOOD, CO...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,687
Posted By ppilotmike
I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly...

I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly of my bird. I used the 1/16" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet. It came out nicely, with no noticeable pillowing. My belly shield is full width, going...
Forum: RV-10 11-02-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,163
Posted By ppilotmike
Pneumatic squeezer.

Pneumatic squeezer.
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 10:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,808
Posted By ppilotmike
I'd like to see those pictures. Can you send...

I'd like to see those pictures. Can you send them to me? ppilotmike at gmail dot com. Thanks.
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,008
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm glad to read you're going to keep on...

I'm glad to read you're going to keep on plugging. Overcoming these obstacles should make that first flight taste even sweeter. You surely will have earned it..
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,297
Posted By ppilotmike
That's the bit I was referring to in my previous...

That's the bit I was referring to in my previous post. It's true, you have to be careful not to over-deburr. However, the other thing I love about this bit is that it can be used as a free-hand...
Forum: RV-10 10-25-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,549
Posted By ppilotmike
Anxiously awaiting your report, Cliff.

Anxiously awaiting your report, Cliff.
Forum: RV-10 10-25-2017, 11:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,297
Posted By ppilotmike
My experience..

..is that you'll end up with lots of deburring tools in your toolbox, before it's over. Personally, I prefer to use my scotchbrite wheel whenever possible for all edges. If the skin is too big for...
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