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Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2019, 05:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 536
Posted By KatanaPilot
And yet a couple of “experts” seem to have done...

And yet a couple of “experts” seem to have done just that.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=27253&highlight=Firewall

Makes it a little bit difficult for us novices to decide...
Forum: Tools 10-14-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 258
Posted By KatanaPilot
Slightly different opinion

My understanding of recommended drill speeds (there are charts and formulas) indicate faster is generally better for aluminum.

Based on the formula I used (3.8197/drill bit diameter) X 200-300...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-03-2019, 05:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By KatanaPilot
Another idea is to have Tom at TS Flightlines...

Another idea is to have Tom at TS Flightlines make your hoses. I bought a used Christen system and had Tom make me new, custom length hoses. Agree with the vacuum pad adapter - Raven has one as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-27-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,752
Posted By KatanaPilot
Interesting opinion since all the factory built...

Interesting opinion since all the factory built S-LSA RV-12’s were thoroughly inspected by Van’s prior to acceptance. I know some of the first S-LSA 12’s were built in the Philippines and not by...
Forum: RV-10 09-17-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By KatanaPilot
The Rhino fuel tank sealer also makes a real nice...

The Rhino fuel tank sealer also makes a real nice coating for the inside of the cowling. Easy to clean, nice gray color.

I used it on my RV-7 and will do it again on the RV-10.

You do have to put...
Forum: Southeast 09-14-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 359
Posted By KatanaPilot
PM sent

I have sent you a private message.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-12-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,013
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-12 S-LSA Deliveries

It's been about a year since Van's took over the manufacture of the RV-12iS S-LSA. Any idea how many have been built and delivered in this time?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,586
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hate to start an off-topic Boeing versus Airbus...

Hate to start an off-topic Boeing versus Airbus war, but as a former Boeing engineer and long time Boeing pilot, I'm going to push back a bit.

China Air 006, 747SP, pulled about 5 G's during a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 06:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,586
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed. What I should have said was that I can't...

Agreed. What I should have said was that I can't determine what FAA or EASA spec(s) any of the RV series meet, other than the LSA RV-12.



And we know that how? At least with a certified...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 04:43 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,586
Posted By KatanaPilot
Kind of difficult to do. I do know that all of...

Kind of difficult to do. I do know that all of the Diamond's meet Part 23. No idea if any of the RV's meet any spec.

This link provides a bit better perspective

...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,586
Posted By KatanaPilot
Show me the data

My Diamond DA40 had a 26G "cocoon" for the passengers and crew, plus airbag seatbelts. The fuel tanks were welded aluminum placed between two beefy composite wing spars. My 1650 pound DA20 had a nose...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 568
Views: 665,770
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

We are very happy with how the plane turned out. The scheme was pretty unique but we love the color choices and the overall appearance.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-31-2019, 10:51 AM
Replies: 568
Views: 665,770
Posted By KatanaPilot
Airborne Photo Shoot

A couple of pictures that were taken yesterday of our RV-7A.

My son and I were flying together and the formation work was some of the most fun I've ever had in a small plane. My son has never flown...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By KatanaPilot
Vern Darley!

Vern Darley, based at FFC.

Very knowledgeable, thorough and a pleasure to work with.

vern@mindspring.com
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-23-2019, 04:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 638
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hey Joop! I recommend you reach out to Bill...

Hey Joop!

I recommend you reach out to Bill Genevro at Airflow Systems in California. He is very knowledgeable and will help you with your decisions.

Hope the build is going well.

Bill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 506
Posted By KatanaPilot
What is the official deadline for submissions?

What is the official deadline for submissions?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 03:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 574
Posted By KatanaPilot
Jonathan McCormick, Plane Schemer/Evoke...

Jonathan McCormick, Plane Schemer/Evoke Aviation.

Jonathan is a world class designer and his paint shop is as good as you will find.

He is busy and not inexpensive.

https://planeschemer.com
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 02:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,638
Posted By KatanaPilot
I had dissimilar component failures of both PMags...

I had dissimilar component failures of both PMags at the same time. Neither caused loss of ignition. One PMag had a phase failure of the internal generator (alternator?) and the other had excessive...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-12-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By KatanaPilot
Gee thanks ;)

You cost me a couple hours sleep last night and $150 today. Stayed up watching the videos and my spouse bought tickets today to see them in Jacksonville in December.

I skipped my junior high prom...
Forum: Southeast 08-11-2019, 08:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 659
Posted By KatanaPilot
If the thought of building is daunting (and it...

If the thought of building is daunting (and it was for me), you might want to check out synergyair.com

I built my RV-7A with their assistance out in Eugene, OR a couple of years ago and am building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 255
Posted By KatanaPilot
There are alternatives besides having the handle...

There are alternatives besides having the handle through the instrument panel. Based on suggestions from some on this forum, we engineered a t handle with cable release mechanism that is mounted on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2019, 03:50 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,400
Posted By KatanaPilot
Talked with both Rian Johnson and Gus Funnell at...

Talked with both Rian Johnson and Gus Funnell at OSH about the improved nose gear design. When they asked how far along my project was and I stated "flying", they both in unison stated unequivocally...
Forum: RV-10 07-28-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,223
Posted By KatanaPilot
All good info guys, thanks much. The...

All good info guys, thanks much. The improvements you and Bill have developed will make for a much cleaner and effective installation.

I like the look of the Aerosport carbon overhead, but I...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-27-2019, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 635
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed

If you want a flying mural, then John is a good choice.

If you prefer incredible attention to detail and quality that can withstand close inspection, then Jonathan is a fabulous choice.
Forum: RV-10 07-26-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,223
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

I for one, greatly appreciate the work you and Bill did. I’m looking forward to receiving the new duct system and getting it installed on our RV-10 under construction.
Forum: RV-10 07-16-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,223
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the reply!

So if I understand correctly - you have installed NACA vents and are feeding ram air to the overhead console?

Additionally, you have the Aussie version of Bill's A/C installed with the modified...
Forum: Midwest 07-16-2019, 05:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By KatanaPilot
Montana Airparks

We are planning a trip to Bozeman and Kalispell next week to look at airparks near either of these cities.

If anyone has any good information or would be willing to chat about their experiences, I...
Forum: RV-10 07-15-2019, 06:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,223
Posted By KatanaPilot
Very nice work

I'm installing Bill's system in my RV-10 and will benefit from the work you have done. Much appreciated!

One question - I am also planning to install the Aerosport NACA vent valve controller and...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-11-2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,036
Posted By KatanaPilot
I used the same shop as you did on my RV-7A and...

I used the same shop as you did on my RV-7A and will do so again on the RV-10. Certainly not inexpensive, but the quality of the scheme and execution of the design helped me win awards at OSH and...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 556
Posted By KatanaPilot
James, On our RV-7 that I bought as a project -...

James,

On our RV-7 that I bought as a project - the lower wing skins were already installed. We installed a Garmin heated pitot/AOA, Garmin aileron servo, AeroLED's in the tips, Duckworks HID in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 967
Posted By KatanaPilot
Builder’s Classes just outside Atlanta

Good way to start your build and a great way to evaluate different tools before you go out and buy any.

One day fundamentals - http://synergyair.com/builder-classes/fundamentals/

Build your...
Forum: Midwest 06-29-2019, 02:56 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 299
Posted By KatanaPilot
National Cherry Festival

My spouse and I attended the opening day of the National Cherry Festival today in Traverse City.

Watched the airshow from the “Flight Deck” (paid area with limited seating, food and beverage). Was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 03:45 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 13,843
Posted By KatanaPilot
Would there not be a revision to these charts or...

Would there not be a revision to these charts or a completely separate chart for the revised nose gear?

I would be surprised if the existing nose gear weight limits apply to the new nose gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 13,843
Posted By KatanaPilot
Didn’t show up on my phone download, but found it...

Didn’t show up on my phone download, but found it later. Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 13,843
Posted By KatanaPilot
I’m going to order as soon as I can. Despite...

I’m going to order as soon as I can. Despite assurances from some “experts” to the contrary, the nose gear is a weak point on this airplane. I operate off a somewhat rough grass strip and this...
Forum: RV-10 06-20-2019, 08:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,322
Posted By KatanaPilot
Take a look at the RV14 fuel tanks. Virtually...

Take a look at the RV14 fuel tanks. Virtually identical to the RV10 and they were designed with a fuel return fitting. Really easy and inexpensive to buy and install the parts when building the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 13,843
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question Great news!

This modification remedies one of the biggest weaknesses I see in the 7/9A airframe.

Louvers for additional cooling and now an improved nose gear. What are you guys working on and will you bring it...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-07-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,181
Posted By KatanaPilot
RNP

The ILS Z approach uses RNP with RF (radius to fix) transitions. Most aircraft are not equipped for RNP.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,719
Posted By KatanaPilot
Short answer is no

I too wondered about that so I asked.

Here is the answer directly from Sharon at Van’s.

"We will continue withholding sales tax and will probably be adding more states. Since the Wayfair Decision...
Forum: Safety 06-02-2019, 05:03 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 9,725
Posted By KatanaPilot
What mode of transportation is safer than the...

What mode of transportation is safer than the U.S. commercial carriers?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-31-2019, 07:30 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,918
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thumbs up Kudos to Garmin

The ability to push flight plans from the G3X to the GTN has been the one thing I most wanted to see as an added feature.

Thanks so much for the continual improvements to an already superb series of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,714
Posted By KatanaPilot
Fly over to KCCO

You should fly the 10 miles over to Newnan/Coweta County Airport and visit Synergy Air South.

They have an RV-7, RV-8, at least 4 RV-10's (one is mine) and a couple of RV-14's under construction. I...
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By KatanaPilot
I went with gray tinted Cee Bailey. Deleted all...

I went with gray tinted Cee Bailey. Deleted all the Van's transparencies.

If you are planning to use the Aerosun VX landing lights in the wing tips - don't buy the Cee Bailey lenses - they don't...
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2019, 05:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hutch, The finish kit contains the doors and...

Hutch,

The finish kit contains the doors and windows (unless you order the Cee Bailey transparencies). Fitting the cabin cover and doors can occur fairly quickly after getting the QB fuselage.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,496
Posted By KatanaPilot
Given my dissimilar, almost simultaneous issues...

Given my dissimilar, almost simultaneous issues on both early build pMags (latest firmware though) and although they didn't quit working - having a monitoring system became a must have for me. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,176
Posted By KatanaPilot
Refer to the AIM?

I realized yesterday after referring to the AIM, I've been doing this wrong.

Here is the excerpt:

3.Civil aircraft pilots should state the aircraft type, model or manufacturer’s name,...
Forum: Propellers 04-21-2019, 03:48 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 37,834
Posted By KatanaPilot
My RV-7A has an extended SJ cowl and the Hartzell...

My RV-7A has an extended SJ cowl and the Hartzell composite prop. Per the advice of Kahuna (on this forum), I purchased the prop with the "M" hub through Van's. It adds even more cost to the prop...
Forum: Tools 04-19-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,492
Posted By KatanaPilot
Compressible fluid vs. incompressible

While you may be able to feather a pneumatic squeezer, the force applied across the stroke is not linear. With the Numatx using incompressible hydraulic (ATF) fluid, the force is linear. Can make a...
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2019, 05:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 347
Posted By KatanaPilot
Kent is a great instructor. He accompanied me on...

Kent is a great instructor. He accompanied me on the first flight of our RV-7A as an additional pilot and also did some tailwheel training for me in his 6.

However, he has sold the RV-6 and no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 05:36 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,748
Posted By KatanaPilot
Although it is pretty clear that homebuilts are...

Although it is pretty clear that homebuilts are not the focus of SNF, they were well represented at the Awards ceremony.

Out of the top four awards, three were for RV's. An RV-10 won Grand...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-07-2019, 03:52 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,737
Posted By KatanaPilot
KT, You are probably correct. I don’t...

KT,

You are probably correct. I don’t understand why it’s perfectly acceptable to fly an airplane built by a novice builder in a hangar/garage/basement/dining room, which is really a collection of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-06-2019, 05:13 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 7,737
Posted By KatanaPilot
The airplanes we fly don’t meet Part 23 or even...

The airplanes we fly don’t meet Part 23 or even ASTM “certification” (RV-12 excepted). They aren’t clones of any certified airframe. Yet we accept the thousands of them flying (with build quality all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,748
Posted By KatanaPilot
It was great meeting you and your wife as well....

It was great meeting you and your wife as well. Thank you for the kind words. Best of luck on the build and please reach out if there is anything I can do.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 03:57 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,748
Posted By KatanaPilot
The compliments are much appreciated. The build...

The compliments are much appreciated. The build process was an incredible experience for this first time builder. We are working hard on the RV-10 to do even better.
Forum: RV-10 03-29-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,152
Posted By KatanaPilot
We eliminated most of hinge slop by simply...

We eliminated most of hinge slop by simply installing two AN960-10L washers between the hinge halves. 0.032 thick and eliminated almost all play in the hinges. Cost $0.16.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,166
Posted By KatanaPilot
I used this punch a couple of weeks ago to...

I used this punch a couple of weeks ago to install an EI Commander. Our panel was hydrodipped simulated carbon fiber. I protected a large area around the hole with masking tape, but was surprised...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 15,032
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks Ron and will do. I know it will make me a...

Thanks Ron and will do. I know it will make me a better pilot and there will be a lot of enjoyment (eventually). I've got to get over the concern about having to learn a new set of skills.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 15,032
Posted By KatanaPilot
Yeah, I'm a bit scared

OK here goes.

We built an RV-7A. Looked for quite a while for a decent 9, but couldn't find anything that met our quality standards. Twenty something ATP pilot son convinced us to buy/build a 7 so...
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,882
Posted By KatanaPilot
Reed Switch Reliability

I'm working on the doors on our RV-10 this week along with another RV-10 builder at the same place in his build.

One of the questions being asked is the reliability of the Van's-provided magnetic...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2019, 05:33 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,643
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hey Jason. I knew you were joking. Sorry this...

Hey Jason. I knew you were joking. Sorry this went a bit off the rails.

Everyone I fly with brings something to the table and I try to learn from them all.

Hope you are making good progress on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 04:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,643
Posted By KatanaPilot
Also 5 of 6, both regional, military and...

Also 5 of 6, both regional, military and mainline. I've flown with some superb airmen (both genders) in all of my flying. And you are correct - the regional folks don't get enough credit. I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,643
Posted By KatanaPilot
Heavy Iron - RV brotherhood day

Since there was an RV-Lancair brotherhood thread, I didn't think this would be out of place.

Just got finished with my every 9 month dial-a-disaster experience in the B737 simulator. I've been on...
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