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Forum: RV-14 02-19-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 306
Posted By Desert Rat
The center section carry through typically ships...

The center section carry through typically ships with the wings as a matched set to the spars, even though it's a fuselage assembly.

Don't know if its a problem to order the other way around, but...
Forum: RV-14 02-18-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,264
Posted By Desert Rat
At one point, I had to call some guys and tell...

At one point, I had to call some guys and tell them that their brand new multi-million dollar jets were going to be delivered several months late because of a shortage of jet engines. At that point...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 916
Posted By Desert Rat
This ^^^ Category/Class/Type doesn't have...

This ^^^

Category/Class/Type doesn't have anything to do with landing gear configuration.
Forum: Primers 02-13-2020, 08:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By Desert Rat
R&B Aircraft Painting in Topeka KS advertises...

R&B Aircraft Painting in Topeka KS advertises that part of their process is an acid etch and allover alodine treatment before primer.

No idea what it costs since that's still several years down the...
Forum: Primers 02-13-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 847
Posted By Desert Rat
One big consideration would be if you're planning...

One big consideration would be if you're planning to eventually do the top coat yourself or hire it out.

I doubt that you'll find a paint shop that will warranty their work in that situation, unless...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,082
Posted By Desert Rat
People who make their living building airplanes :)

People who make their living building airplanes :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-09-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 822
Posted By Desert Rat
If you could hurt an engine that easily,...

If you could hurt an engine that easily, airplanes would be falling out of the sky left and right. You're fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By Desert Rat
Loved the video. '67 chevy in the background? ...

Loved the video. '67 chevy in the background? Also, good call on having your helper ride a scooter around the shop. Saves time because you don't have to take as many steps :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the replies everybody. FWIW, I sent...

Thanks for the replies everybody. FWIW, I sent the mother ship the same question with the same photo a couple of days ago and they responded late yesterday that it doesn't look out of the norm the...
Forum: Texas (North) 01-17-2020, 06:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,012
Posted By Desert Rat
It's not that bad is it? a couple of years ago...

It's not that bad is it? a couple of years ago when I started thinking about building an RV, Falcon quoted me $500 a year more for a 7 versus a 7A, and I have less than 25 hours of tailwheel time. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-17-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By Desert Rat
So section 5 suggests that a countersink should...

So section 5 suggests that a countersink should be around .007 deeper for a dimple than for a flush rivet. That doesn't seem to be deep enough here. Since I've got a new wedge coming anyway, I just...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-17-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 767
Posted By Desert Rat
Rudder trailing edge question

Hey All,

I'm building a new rudder to replace the one I got with a used kit that had some dents in it. Also, not really a deal breaker, but on that one it looked like the T.E. wedge hadn't been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,487
Posted By Desert Rat
This reminds me of an article I read. I think...

This reminds me of an article I read. I think maybe it was 'I learned about flying from that" in flying magazine?

It was about guy who had a cat in a t-craft or cub or something low and slow. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-13-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,174
Posted By Desert Rat
If they are close enough that you can cleco the...

If they are close enough that you can cleco the parts together, then I would expect the holes to be in alignment unless maybe you're holding the drill at an angle or the clecos aren't pulling the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-11-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,253
Posted By Desert Rat
Wait...two people on the internet have disagreed...

Wait...two people on the internet have disagreed in a civilized and logical manner while both stating objective points clearly? Nobody got called a name or otherwise insulted? I'll have to check the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-11-2019, 06:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,253
Posted By Desert Rat
No Flaming here, but I believe Cessna DOES have...

No Flaming here, but I believe Cessna DOES have it figured out. There are trade offs for everything and Cessna builds an airplane for a different mission. Look at the C172. It may have the same...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-11-2019, 06:07 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 716
Posted By Desert Rat
You may be right, but it sure looks like 66 26/32...

You may be right, but it sure looks like 66 26/32 doesn't it? As for that dimension making them too long, I suspect you're right.

I called builder support when they opened for business yesterday...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-10-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 716
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats odd. These wings are from 2006 and the 15A...

Thats odd. These wings are from 2006 and the 15A print that came with them definitely shows the old 65 25/32 dimension.

However when I look at my new preview plans they show the bigger dimension,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-10-2019, 06:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 716
Posted By Desert Rat
Aileron Pushrod length question

On the old 2006 vintage wings I bought, the print says to cut the tube 65 25/32" The new preview plans I have call out a longer dimension, presumably to deal with the problem I've read about on here...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks, saved me some digging in the manual!

Thanks, saved me some digging in the manual!
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By Desert Rat
Quick Question re: Autopilot servo wiring

Hey Guys-

I'm ordering a bunch of stuff from Vans this morning and would like to cut down on shipping by having them throw extra "down the road" stuff in the box.

Will be pulling wiring in the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-24-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,019
Posted By Desert Rat
the mil spec for something like says that you...

the mil spec for something like says that you shouldn't be able to hit the rivet shank with a .002" feeler gage slipped between the parts.

Having said that, it's not exactly easy to drill out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,405
Posted By Desert Rat
Im doing this right now. The potential...

Im doing this right now. The potential advantages are obvious: Savings on shipping, taxes, retail, etc.

The downsides as I see them are:

1. Depending on how old the kit is and how much work is...
Forum: Safety 11-17-2019, 07:09 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,815
Posted By Desert Rat
I've done this on a bunch of single engine...

I've done this on a bunch of single engine airplanes over the years, (with power back to idle, not ico) and your results are consistent with what I've found, regarding the steep vs. shallow ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-13-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,941
Posted By Desert Rat
I noticed it because I'm putting together a new...

I noticed it because I'm putting together a new H/S for an old kit I bought and I'm debating whether there's enough advantage to cutting that notch ahead of time to temporarily attach the elevators...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-12-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,941
Posted By Desert Rat
Maybe it just the camera angle, but if that's the...

Maybe it just the camera angle, but if that's the final position of the elevators, it doesn't look like the cutout notch in the aft h/s spar is wide enough to prevent the horns from hitting it at...
Forum: Safety 10-29-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,145
Posted By Desert Rat
Put not thy faith in the weather prophets...

...For they shall not come to thy aid when the firmament riseth up to smite thee.

Not specifically RV related, but I thought I'd share. Back in the old days, weather prep for local flights...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys.

Thanks guys.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Desert Rat
hey guys- I posted this a couple of weeks ago...

hey guys- I posted this a couple of weeks ago with no replies, thought I'd try it again. Surely somebody has tried this.
Forum: Safety 10-24-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,599
Posted By Desert Rat
I was responding to a question a few posts up...

I was responding to a question a few posts up from mine. it involved an rv6 my friend flipped last summer.
Forum: Safety 10-24-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,599
Posted By Desert Rat
it was a slider

it was a slider
Forum: Safety 10-24-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 11,599
Posted By Desert Rat
I realize that every accident is different, but...

I realize that every accident is different, but overall, it seems that on an RV the best rollover mitigation is already there, i.e. the roll bar system.

This past summer, my friend flipped his RV6...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,382
Posted By Desert Rat
I agree with you in concept, and my use of teh...

I agree with you in concept, and my use of teh word amateur was a poor choice. I believe that the potential sticking point would be documenting that the 95% complete airplane he is buying was built...
Forum: RV-4 10-18-2019, 07:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,844
Posted By Desert Rat
The epoxy/lead shot idea sounds like a good one,...

The epoxy/lead shot idea sounds like a good one, but if you proceed with the sleeve inside the existing balance pipe solution, there might be a simpler way than machining grooves to clear the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 05:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,382
Posted By Desert Rat
Because the airplane has to be 51% amateur built...

Because the airplane has to be 51% amateur built in order to receive an airworthiness cert. If he doesn't have the build logs from the estate, then he can only speak for himself, not for the 95% of...
Forum: Tools 10-15-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 787
Posted By Desert Rat
Can't remember which practice kit it's in, but...

Can't remember which practice kit it's in, but one of them has you make a tool to deal with this.

Basically a piece of mild steel with the equivalent of a female dimple die countersunk into it. I...
Forum: Tools 10-11-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,502
Posted By Desert Rat
Only on VAF would beauty shots of tool carts get...

Only on VAF would beauty shots of tool carts get as much love as regular airplane porn.
Forum: Tools 10-10-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,502
Posted By Desert Rat
I've made several wheeled stands. No pix, but I...

I've made several wheeled stands. No pix, but I have 2 in the shop right now.

One of them is has a top about 24" square and has both a bench top drill press and a belt sander on it. It's on...
Forum: Tools 10-08-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,110
Posted By Desert Rat
the biggest difference is that the guard that you...

the biggest difference is that the guard that you typically rest the work on won't be up close to the edge of the wheel. Most people take those guards off for polishing wheels anyway.

two other...
Forum: Primers 10-07-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 890
Posted By Desert Rat
Zinc Chromate vs Zinc Phosphate?

For rattle can, do you guys prefer chromate or phosphate? Phosphate wasn't a thing when I went through A&P school approximately 1,000 years ago.
Forum: RV-10 10-07-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 752
Posted By Desert Rat
It loosens up a little after the first cycle, but...

It loosens up a little after the first cycle, but not as much as you'd think. Those nutplates will spring back to the oblong shape after you remove the stud quite a few times.

A quick way to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,624
Posted By Desert Rat
Most (all?) float type fuel senders are really...

Most (all?) float type fuel senders are really just variable resistors, with the fuel gauge measuring ohms.

I don't know without playing with one whether a zero gallon reading is zero resistance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,478
Posted By Desert Rat
FYI- when you get the "real" kits, the hardware...

FYI- when you get the "real" kits, the hardware bags all have an inventory number. You can reference the packing list to see what is in each bag.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-03-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,043
Posted By Desert Rat
IAS and TAS don't have a constant a=b...

IAS and TAS don't have a constant a=b relationship. Basically, the higher you go the further they are apart, due to less dense air having fewer molecules of "stuff" going into the pitot tube at a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 873
Posted By Desert Rat
FYI- on most microstops one tooth = .001 inches,...

FYI- on most microstops one tooth = .001 inches, either more or less depth, depending on which way you rotate the collar. I've always just set them by experimenting on a piece of scrap. I start out...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-29-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 929
Posted By Desert Rat
Pitot location?

Hey- the wings I bought have the lower outbd skin already cut for a pitot mast one bay inboard of the aileron bellcrank. The plans show the Vans bent tube solution in the same bay as the bellcrank,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 06:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey guys- Thought I'd circle back to this with...

Hey guys- Thought I'd circle back to this with the resolution.

Sterlon at Van's told me that he didn't see a problem with a screw & lock nut here, but before I did that, I thought I'd experiment...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 349
Posted By Desert Rat
The engine mount is different

The engine mount is different
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Desert Rat
There are areas that could have been finessed a...

There are areas that could have been finessed a little more for sure, but none of them are sharp. Hard to tell in the picture, but it's no worse than most of the production aircraft I've worked with.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Desert Rat
I've considered a machine screw, but it seems...

I've considered a machine screw, but it seems like a clunky solution. If I can't think of anything else, that will likely be my fallback.

Got a swivel head. it won't fit because the barrel is just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Desert Rat
https://photos.app.goo.gl/g3qjoRogn4RdED558

https://photos.app.goo.gl/g3qjoRogn4RdED558
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,119
Posted By Desert Rat
How the heck to pull this rivet?

Hey guys,

I bought a used, mostly assembled wing and emp kit and have been slowly but surely inspecting it one piece at a time for build quality and conformity. Came across something today that I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 01:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,124
Posted By Desert Rat
I went back and watched the whole video from the...

I went back and watched the whole video from the Helo, and then looked at the map that's linked in the article. It looks to me like if a guy was on a right x-wind for that grass strip that's just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,124
Posted By Desert Rat
That airplane was for sale on one of the big...

That airplane was for sale on one of the big websites last month.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 464
Posted By Desert Rat
question on dimpled hole tolerance

Hey all,

I bought a used kit with the empennage already finished, but the HS has a couple of issues, so I unskinned it. I then checked the substructure prior to reskinning to make sure I hadn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,279
Posted By Desert Rat
If it were me, I'd want the TOGA button next to...

If it were me, I'd want the TOGA button next to the throttle. Also, I think it's going to be a hassle to have to start the airplane by hitting two switches, but that's just personal preference.

Is...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-17-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 537
Posted By Desert Rat
Love it! Its intergalactic status makes it one...

Love it!

Its intergalactic status makes it one airspace notch above Dead Cow International here in Wichita.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Westport_Airport_(Kansas)
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-14-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 404
Posted By Desert Rat
dimensions of LE landing light

The used kit I just bought already has leading edge cutouts for landing lights, but they are a nonstandard size and shape. can somebody tell me the approximate dimensions of the lens cutout on the...
Forum: Steam Gauges 09-13-2019, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,087
Posted By Desert Rat
Personally, I wouldn't hit any gyro with shop air...

Personally, I wouldn't hit any gyro with shop air unless you have a way to turn it down to almost nothing. Vacuum pumps only pull around 3 psi.

I went to A&P school with guy who was killed a few...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-13-2019, 06:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 9,753
Posted By Desert Rat
really cool. I'm definitely not smart enough...

really cool.

I'm definitely not smart enough to be an armchair expert, but I will comment on one thing you said.

There are MO gas pumps right next to the 100LL pumps at two airports within 30...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 849
Posted By Desert Rat
New to me Kit

After what seems like lifetime of flying other peoples airplanes, a couple of years ago I started getting serious about an RV.

I won't bore you with the details of all the analysis paralysis I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey all, thanks for the feedback.

Hey all, thanks for the feedback.
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