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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,685
Posted By smash
The Mooney Caravan landed 61 airplanes in less...

The Mooney Caravan landed 61 airplanes in less than 10 minutes. They fly and land as elements of 3 with 15 second spacing between elements.

The Mooney Caravan procedures are professionally produced...
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By smash
I did not use straps on the canopy. I got a...

I did not use straps on the canopy. I got a decent fit using weights as shown in the manual- there wasn't any need to apply more force. Before fiberglassing I also used canopy clips (page 38-28 fig....
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2018, 12:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By smash
The feeler is useful for finding the gross area...

The feeler is useful for finding the gross area of the canopy that needs to be thinned, but I found that it was really only useful for the first approximation. The thickness of the feeler may make a...
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 832
Posted By smash
It is (barely) possible to do in situ. Would be...

It is (barely) possible to do in situ. Would be much better to do back in chapter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 860
Posted By smash
Microsoft Research uses RV10 to provide worldwide wifi coverage

Scientists from Microsoft Research have proposed using existing commercial aircraft flights and air routes to provide worldwide internet coverage at much lower cost than proposed solutions such as...
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2018, 11:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 539
Posted By smash
3M™ Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive...

3M™ Super 77 Multipurpose Adhesive (https://www.3m.com/3M/en_US/company-us/all-3m-products/~/3M-Super-77-Multipurpose-Adhesive/?N=5002385+3293999134&rt=rud) spray adhesive works really well for...
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,952
Posted By smash
I used the table saw to cut the appropriate angle...

I used the table saw to cut the appropriate angle on piece of 2 x 2 lumber- one for drilling the holes, another for the counter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By smash
Here is a simple addition that helped me to...

Here is a simple addition that helped me to locate holes quicker. Others have added a laser cross hair, but this method doesn't require batteries and is cheap to boot. It consists of a short piece of...
Forum: RV-14 01-15-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,735
Posted By smash
Go to the Van's web site then click on the...

Go to the Van's web site then click on the Support tab and go to the Service Information / Revisions entry and select RV-14/14A. From there you will be able to access most of the chapters of the...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,213
Posted By smash
Sorry I don't have any installed pictures yet...

Sorry I don't have any installed pictures yet (some assembly required), but here is my starting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 11:12 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,991
Posted By smash
Required Reading

If you want to start reading before getting the RV14 flash drive from Vans, you can read chapter 5 here: http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/revisions/RV-ALL_05.pdf

Most of the other RV14 chapters and...
Forum: RV-14 08-14-2017, 12:29 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 113,500
Posted By smash
re RV-14A with Superior XP-400

Bigortho-

I'm curious about your message. You reported that a fellow builder at Synergy shipped his Lycoming 390 back to Lycoming for the connecting rod wrist pin bushing replacement AD. The...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2017, 07:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 904
Posted By smash
Are you measuring in Fahrenheit or Centigrade (F...

Are you measuring in Fahrenheit or Centigrade (F or C)?
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2017, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,846
Posted By smash
Me too... Van's should save builders the trouble...

Me too... Van's should save builders the trouble and just include parts to build 2 rudders LOL

Build on!
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,318
Posted By smash
That was a fun...

That was a fun one...
https://3.bp.blogspot.com/-KP3bOLYkHwE/WCvzTk8IukI/AAAAAAAAC9Q/-AZDO8GPPq0WrQ5ghYTqJFHRK6heHWV5QCLcB/s1600/fuselage366.jpg
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2017, 09:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,287
Posted By smash
It's all about risk mitigation. You can promise...

It's all about risk mitigation. You can promise to be diligent and use extreme care and you may be lucky and finish the project with out anything bad happening. But consider the odds...
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,287
Posted By smash
Floor Sort

Same deal with rivets. The last thing you want to do is put a bunch of like sized rivets next to each other in open bins. Keep the rivets safely contained in plastic baggies. A drop of a plastic...
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,287
Posted By smash
Floor sort

I read all the posts and various blogs that advocate for binning of parts. I binned my parts for the empennage kit and it worked great until the first floor sort event. It doesn't take much to...
Forum: RV-14 03-27-2017, 01:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,102
Posted By smash
Starter Contacter orientation

I just attended the SportAir class on electrical systems and the instructor advised against orienting the starter motor contactor vertically (as shown in picture below). The g-forces of aerobatics...
Forum: RV-14 12-16-2016, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,418
Posted By smash
If you leave the plastic on you don't end up with...

If you leave the plastic on you don't end up with scratches from the die pin dragging on the backside as you position the skin for the next hole.
Forum: RV-14 12-16-2016, 10:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,418
Posted By smash
I too was enamored of the laser hole finder but...

I too was enamored of the laser hole finder but ultimately implemented a low tech, no batteries required method as shown in picture below. It consists of a short piece of insulated copper wire with a...
Forum: RV-14 12-16-2016, 02:04 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,578
Posted By smash
How to design avionics to last for life of airframe?

Recent discussions about EFIS hardware compatibility, software updates and feature requests, etc. now have me wondering about what is considered "best practice" for designing a glass panel. The RV-14...
Forum: RV-14 12-12-2016, 07:10 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 16,873
Posted By smash
It looks like one concern with VP-X is that they...

It looks like one concern with VP-X is that they depend on the other EFIS suppliers to display the system information. It's the usual hardware / software / multiple vendors mating of cats with dogs...
Forum: RV-14 12-05-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,084
Posted By smash
Round the edges of the tabs as indicated in the...

Round the edges of the tabs as indicated in the arrows in the photo below. I just ran the bulkhead over my Scotchbrite wheel in a circular motion until the edges were knocked down. You want the tabs...
Forum: RV-14 11-10-2016, 10:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,825
Posted By smash
Are there any instructions for actual...

Are there any instructions for actual installation? What hardware is used to secure the tank? How was the plumbing run? Where did you put the pump? Did you add another through firewall hole and what...
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2016, 08:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,685
Posted By smash
Good point. Rugs and side panels will be covering...

Good point. Rugs and side panels will be covering some of it and if glare is too bad I can always hit it with some 80 grit to knock down the sheen ;-) Can't wait to be at the point where I have flown...
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2016, 08:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,685
Posted By smash
I just painted my interior. It ended up being...

I just painted my interior. It ended up being more involved than I thought and took way longer than I wanted... All the surfaces now have a nice glossy hard and (hopefully) durable finish. And my...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2016, 08:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,685
Posted By smash
I'm going through the same analysis right now. I...

I'm going through the same analysis right now. I already joined the tail cone, mounted the fuselage on the rotisserie and put in the baggage flooring. I wasn't sure how much I would have to mask off...
Forum: RV-14 09-12-2016, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,342
Posted By smash
Stoney- didn't you install your GMU22...

Stoney- didn't you install your GMU22 magnetometer on a shelf in the tail? Is that location working out now that you are flying? Have there been any interference problems?

The Garmin installation...
Forum: RV-14 09-05-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,737
Posted By smash
I dimpled those holes. They get flush riveted so...

I dimpled those holes. They get flush riveted so they won't interfere with the trim tab.
https://1.bp.blogspot.com/-bmd_zGaObn8/VtUiUkbIkGI/AAAAAAAABwk/jvyuP1FywJ4/s1600/elevator105.JPG
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2016, 10:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,346
Posted By smash
I used a 2 x 4 and glued a couple of pieces of...

I used a 2 x 4 and glued a couple of pieces of 3/16" plywood left over from an R/C model airplane project. You could easily pick up some at your local hobby store (if it is still in...
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2016, 10:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,488
Posted By smash
I'll bump- has anyone installed the Smoke System...

I'll bump- has anyone installed the Smoke System Helper RV-14 tank? The Smoke System Helper (http://www.smoke-system-helper.com/complete-kits/) web site is stingy with any details other than a...
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,065
Posted By smash
I used an edge roller where it would fit and then...

I used an edge roller where it would fit and then used my hand seamer (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/handseamer.php?recfer=15567) for the rest- just to break the edges so they will...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2016, 09:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,617
Posted By smash
Roger that- I measured 15 inch pounds of drag...

Roger that- I measured 15 inch pounds of drag friction using my beam torque wrench...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2016, 05:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,617
Posted By smash
Thanks for the replies, but I waited to hear back...

Thanks for the replies, but I waited to hear back from tech support at Van's.

Sterling at Van's tech support says the torque should be 60-85 inch pounds. He will be adding the MS21083-N5 to a future...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2016, 05:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,617
Posted By smash
Torque value for MS21083-N5

I just got to Step 10 on page 29-18 where you install the bulkhead bar assemblies and final torque the bolts. The table in 5.20 does not include any recommended values for the MS21083-N5 nuts. These...
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2016, 10:40 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 32,890
Posted By smash
Beautiful. I'll bet those checkers added at least...

Beautiful. I'll bet those checkers added at least 5kts!
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2016, 10:20 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,801
Posted By smash
I assumed the extra holes were leftover from the...

I assumed the extra holes were leftover from the RV10 and not used.

Also note a couple steps further into the chapter, that when you install the fuel selector bracket that you must orient it with...
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2016, 10:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,685
Posted By smash
I started to layout the wing wiring harness and...

I started to layout the wing wiring harness and ran into the same problem. Then I started researching what wires are actually needed and discovered that the strobe lights I'll be installing should be...
Forum: RV-14 05-29-2016, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,737
Posted By smash
Take a look at page 10-28 to see how those open...

Take a look at page 10-28 to see how those open holes are used for alignment/ drilling and then 11-07 to see the wire feed and the hardware used to mount the VS. Note that different holes are used...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-12-2016, 10:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,270
Posted By smash
panel help

You should stop by the EAA hanger at Lincoln- hanger S12 on the north end of Lincoln. There are a lot of pilots who have built or are building various RV's who I am sure would be interested in what...
Forum: RV-14 05-06-2016, 07:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,191
Posted By smash
I just worked on those last week and had a...

I just worked on those last week and had a similar problem. I put a v-bend in and tweaked until it worked in the tanks. On that topic- how well do these floats actually work in practice? I never...
Forum: RV-14 05-06-2016, 07:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,358
Posted By smash
Here is a link to my...

Here is a link to my blog:

http://www.smashsrv-14build.com
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2016, 11:18 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,340
Posted By smash
Congrats on your first flight! Enjoy reading your...

Congrats on your first flight! Enjoy reading your blog.
Forum: RV-14 02-08-2016, 07:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,542
Posted By smash
It looks like you have the top flanges of the...

It looks like you have the top flanges of the stringers going forward. They should go towards the trailing...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2015, 12:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,859
Posted By smash
So my take away from all this is that I should...

So my take away from all this is that I should not prime the rivets because a future buyer would not realize that I pre-primed the parts before assembly. However, I should carefully scotchbrite each...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2015, 08:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,859
Posted By smash
Should I primer interior rivet heads?

I've been priming the interior of all my parts before assembly. Now, after shooting thousands of rivets, I'm looking at all those bare rivet heads and wondering if they should be primed after...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2015, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,842
Posted By smash
Elevator Spar to Tip Assembly

Thanks for the posts. Here's a picture of how I've assembled the spar overlapping the flange of the tip rib.
http://oi60.tinypic.com/1zpgnqt.jpg
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