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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 03:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By kbalch
Thatís just Vanís being Vanís and not properly...

Thatís just Vanís being Vanís and not properly updating the form to specify the -390. Those are the correct props, so pick one and get it ordered! :)
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 06:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By kbalch
Absolutely. Just take it one hole at a time and...

Absolutely. Just take it one hole at a time and hold the fairing down firmly as you drill.
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,255
Posted By kbalch
Exactly what I did yesterday. The whole...

Exactly what I did yesterday. The whole flashlight thing is really Rube Goldberg, as is drilling nutplate rivet holes without a proper nutplate jig.
Forum: RV-14 08-05-2019, 04:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 524
Posted By kbalch
This. Looks as though I'm just a couple of weeks...

This. Looks as though I'm just a couple of weeks ahead of you. :)

Build on!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,239
Posted By kbalch
To paraphrase Gandhi, "Even with a minority of...

To paraphrase Gandhi, "Even with a minority of one, the truth is the truth." Consider this a minority of at least two! :D



Absolutely; I'd buy that tomorrow.



I don't care for the fastback, but...
Forum: RV-14 08-03-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By kbalch
In this case, the gaps don't indicate poor...

In this case, the gaps don't indicate poor fitment, but proper fitment. That clear space between the canopy rails and fuselage side rails is necessary for the rubber seal that will be installed on...
Forum: RV-14 08-03-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 594
Posted By kbalch
Absolutely do it this way. I took one look at...

Absolutely do it this way. I took one look at the manual's depiction of doing it on a table and rejected it out of hand. There's simply no substitute for doing this sort of fitting in place.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2019, 11:03 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,231
Posted By kbalch
OK, that makes me feel absolutely ancient. :eek:

OK, that makes me feel absolutely ancient. :eek:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2019, 04:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, guys. While the rear-mounted position...

Thanks, guys.

While the rear-mounted position looks like a good location for a tailwheel airplane, one of the downward-pointing drains makes more sense to me for a nosewheel airplane's...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By kbalch
This point must have escaped me after all the...

This point must have escaped me after all the intervening years. Thanks for the reminder!



I am going with the stock exhaust and will install the oil plug on the pilot's side. It seems as though...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 553
Posted By kbalch
IO-390 Saf-Air location?

I used the Saf-Air oil drain plug on my RV-8's IO-360 and bought one with the intention of installing it on the RV-14A's IO-390. However...

The -390 doesnít have a single, obvious plug on the...
Forum: RV-14 07-27-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,942
Posted By kbalch
Congrats and welcome!

Congrats and welcome!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,231
Posted By kbalch
He was after my time as a builder (speaking of my...

He was after my time as a builder (speaking of my first go-around, of course), but I do remember the occasional pics of his wife! :rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,231
Posted By kbalch
Definitely. I had the whole RV-8 series on VHS...

Definitely. I had the whole RV-8 series on VHS back in the day. His wife, Becky, did my seats.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,231
Posted By kbalch
I'd always wanted to build an airplane and,...

I'd always wanted to build an airplane and, having watched Bob Cronin finish an RV-4 in his Manchester, NH shop in the late '90s, went down to SnF in 1999. Heading into the show, I was torn between...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2019, 09:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, guys!!

Thanks, guys!!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 448
Posted By kbalch
Ring gear orientation?

I just had a close look at my ring gear prior to installing the prop and noticed that the 20|23|25 markings on the front and back don't match. Which one is correct and does it matter at this point...
Forum: RV-14 07-21-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
"...lack of knowledge with what is common and...

"...lack of knowledge with what is common and standard practice with aircraft engines."

If you don't know what's offensive about saying that to a complete stranger whose experience and abilities are...
Forum: RV-14 07-21-2019, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By kbalch
A set of vise soft jaws will usually have a...

A set of vise soft jaws will usually have a channel that'll permit holding the tube. For the rod end bearing, buy or fabricate a proper tool - don't hold it with a wrench or you'll ruin a bearing...
Forum: RV-14 07-21-2019, 08:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
You know, I tried to take the high road...

You know, I tried to take the high road yesterday, but I thought about it overnight and decided that it was worth briefly commenting on how uncalled for I found it to have my several decades of...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2019, 08:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By kbalch
Hi Tom, I completely understand regarding the...

Hi Tom,

I completely understand regarding the flow divider hose, though that wasn't the hose I was questioning in my original (evidently poorly worded) post. When I received my engine from...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By kbalch
Fuel hoses...

Am I correct in assuming that one of the fuel hoses included with my new Lycoming is extraneous and won't be used?

This is the long hose delivered zip-tied to the servo to fuel spider hose and...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
That could very well be. The half-dozen or so...

That could very well be. The half-dozen or so with which I've had direct hands-on experience during the build process are clearly a statistically insignificant sample.



Good info; thanks!



The...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
That's good information and a neat solution. ...

That's good information and a neat solution. Unfortunately, a few days too late, as my new Andair cap just arrived and got installed. I'd say that I'll know for next time, but this is likely to be...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
Glad to hear that you received it. It wasn't on...

Glad to hear that you received it. It wasn't on my inventory sheet, nevermind actually present in one of the FWF bags.

BTW, your signature says 'RV-14' instead of 'RV-14A' - that threw me off and...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
Same here on the as-received condition of my fuel...

Same here on the as-received condition of my fuel pump. The KB-000 was definitely not included with my FWF kit, though that's an -A model-specific fitting. The tailwheel airplane uses a KB-090 in...
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 977
Posted By kbalch
Fuel pump fitting questions...

I got my engine hung last night (I'd forgotten how big a PITA it is to get those cotter pins in!), but ran into a couple of issues today while working on the fuel pump fittings. Two questions:


...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,012
Posted By kbalch
Congrats! It's a great feeling, isn't it? :)

Congrats! It's a great feeling, isn't it? :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By kbalch
Yep, I saw that. I thought that I'd wind up...

Yep, I saw that. I thought that I'd wind up safety wiring future oil filters to the fitting below the filter, but you're right - the same hole currently used for the filter could be used for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, Chris. Glad to see I wasn't completely...

Thanks, Chris. Glad to see I wasn't completely nuts. :D

I've already got my steel fittings (I never use aluminum fittings FWF if I can help it and certainly not threaded into the engine case) and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By kbalch
Lycoming YIO-390 accessory case port IDs

I received my engine yesterday (finally!!) and figured I'd get the various fittings installed on the rear case today before mounting the engine tomorrow.

I quickly realized that the drawing on page...
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By kbalch
Hi, I ordered my engine back in mid-January with...

Hi,

I ordered my engine back in mid-January with an expected delivery date of mid-April. It's since been delayed five times. I was ready to hang it over a month ago.

I'm guessing that yours will...
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 887
Posted By kbalch
FWIW, I followed the manual order exactly and...

FWIW, I followed the manual order exactly and attached the engine mount to a bare (but for the heater boxes installed much earlier) firewall. I then went through Section 43 pages 2-4 and mounted...
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,111
Posted By kbalch
I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and, having selected the...

I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and, having selected the middle rudder pedal position some time ago, I've been looking forward to installing the rudder, setting the seat cushions in place, and finalizing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,294
Posted By kbalch
Back in 2002, up in the Boston area, my DAR...

Back in 2002, up in the Boston area, my DAR handled my Repairman application. At the time, it was just another signed form I gave him which he passed along. The certificate showed up in the mail a...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-11-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,856
Posted By kbalch
If I could get a first-quality paint job on my...

If I could get a first-quality paint job on my -14A for $10K, I'd be all over it. I expect to be in the $16K area when all is said and done.

By way of comparison, the Stars & Stripes paint job on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,294
Posted By kbalch
I could tell a few FSDO stories (from the Boston...

I could tell a few FSDO stories (from the Boston and Farmingdale offices years ago) that would give people nightmares. Mostly to do with CFI checkrides (an Arrow grounded as "unairworthy" for a...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 738
Posted By kbalch
Yes, I was working on the rod end bearing jam...

Yes, I was working on the rod end bearing jam nuts. I was eventually able to get a shorty open end wrench in there and tighten the nuts. Glad that's over!

:D
Forum: RV-14 07-09-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 738
Posted By kbalch
I think I see what you're getting at there (sort...

I think I see what you're getting at there (sort of a homemade crowfoot), but I'm not sure that it's going to get me a better angle on the lock nut than I can get with my store-bought crowfoot &...
Forum: RV-14 07-09-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 738
Posted By kbalch
Lock nut accessibility...

Well, after having been so good about triple checking all of my rod end bearing lock nuts, I managed to install my rudder today (completely installed - with nuts torqued and rudder cables connected...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 404
Posted By kbalch
Will do. That pin has definitely been left out...

Will do.

That pin has definitely been left out of my ELT kit, along with the specified heat shrink. I'll be speaking with Van's on Monday since they took last Friday off following the holiday.

For...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,229
Posted By kbalch
I understand completely about life and its effect...

I understand completely about life and its effect on small business ops. Delays are fine, but following these three suggestions would go a long way toward alleviating misunderstandings and hard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 404
Posted By kbalch
ELT test wire fabrication...

I'm currently working on my ACK ELT installation and looking at page 53-04. Step 2 calls for the fabrication of a test wire and mentions the use of a supplied female molex pin.

OK - supplied where?...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,719
Posted By kbalch
Exactly my thoughts, less the RV-10 kit. :) I...

Exactly my thoughts, less the RV-10 kit. :)

I don't like key switches and won't ever have one in any plane I build. Toggles on the panel and a start button on the stick. Simple, functional, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,229
Posted By kbalch
Same here. Immediate charging of my card,...

Same here. Immediate charging of my card, followed by a complete lack of communication.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,048
Posted By kbalch
True on the drug testing program for scenics. ...

True on the drug testing program for scenics. Iíve heard of the logbook ruse, of course, but thatís thin cover should the feds or insurers ever have reason to look closely. Iíd rather just sign up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,048
Posted By kbalch
This is certainly true; nobody can sign away...

This is certainly true; nobody can sign away anotherís right to sue. Unfortunately, the net effect is nearly unlimited liability. Having the spouseís signature, too, would go some legal distance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,048
Posted By kbalch
That all makes sense. Mike Seager is currently...

That all makes sense. Mike Seager is currently charging $90/hr. for his time and $75/hr. additional for the -10 and -14. So, that's $165/hr. and I suspect that his use of the airplanes is largely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
FWIW, I specifically declined the long-term...

FWIW, I specifically declined the long-term preservation. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s packed once it finally arrives.
Forum: RV-14 06-24-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,546
Posted By kbalch
Finding someone outside the factory with personal...

Finding someone outside the factory with personal experience of both the -12 and -14 kits seems like a real long shot. Those two models aren't typically cross-shopped, let alone built by the same...
Forum: RV-14 06-23-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By kbalch
Will do; thanks! Ironically (thankfully!), I...

Will do; thanks!



Ironically (thankfully!), I didnít have any trouble with the canopy. Iím sure youíll do fine with it, too.
Forum: RV-14 06-23-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By kbalch
The left/right lens that we have to separate is...

The left/right lens that we have to separate is the wingtip nav light lens. The leading edge landing light lens comes in two pieces. Unfortunately, it looks as though Iíll need to order a complete...
Forum: RV-14 06-23-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 773
Posted By kbalch
Landing light lens...

I thought that I was having a pretty good weekend. Having gotten my left wing mounted to the fuselage on Friday, I finished off the root fairings yesterday and was planning to complete the landing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
Too funny...and so true. :D:rolleyes::cool:

Too funny...and so true. :D:rolleyes::cool:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
I suppose that everyone has their own comfort...

I suppose that everyone has their own comfort level with this sort of thing - and the degree of swing is entirely dependent on one's own hoist configuration - but if it's secure, then it's secure and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By kbalch
I'd like to have one for the RV-14A. The V-n...

I'd like to have one for the RV-14A. The V-n diagram for each model should be readily available for download on Van's site. That's exceedingly basic information and should be included in every POH.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
Exactly. So long as I can get the hook on the...

Exactly. So long as I can get the hook on the lift ring, I don't care if it's at a slight angle. The bolts securing the engine to the pallet will already have been loosened, so I'm happy to let the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
I was also puzzled as, having done this before,...

I was also puzzled as, having done this before, never previously encountered any issues with the hoist.

My sense of the discussion is that some guys can't fit the legs of their hoist around the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 547
Posted By kbalch
VAF - Florida Wing ball cap

Gents,

I recently commissioned an adaptation of my old VAF - New England Wing design for Florida and just received the first ball cap with the new embroidery.

I think it looks great and I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
Unfortunately, at this point, I’ve already paid...

Unfortunately, at this point, I’ve already paid in full. Also, I need a 210HP IO-390 equivalent and I don’t believe that Superior is currently offering one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
I just heard that Lycoming's new completion date...

I just heard that Lycoming's new completion date is 7/10. I'll believe it when I see it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,932
Posted By kbalch
Good news! Thatís the hoist I bought and Iíve...

Good news! Thatís the hoist I bought and Iíve been trying to figure out what the challenge might be.
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