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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2007, 01:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 12,422
Posted By zsadecki
The party will have to be at the approach end of...

The party will have to be at the approach end of 35... Zoom in and you'll see that Van's is actually just outside the path of totality (by 20 yards maybe) :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2007, 06:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,749
Posted By zsadecki
I had about that gap on my both wings. I just...

I had about that gap on my both wings. I just finished riveting the top skins on the left wing and it is pretty much zero at the leading edge now.

My right tank doesn't sit perfectly flush with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2007, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,598
Posted By zsadecki
Van's standard pitot tube is just a tube. For...

Van's standard pitot tube is just a tube. For IFR you need a heated pitot, so the super-simple van's tube is out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2007, 11:22 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,893
Posted By zsadecki
I just finished my tanks. My process was pretty...

I just finished my tanks. My process was pretty simple.

1. Scotchbrite all the surfaces to be prosealed and clean with MEK.
2. Assemble and cleco the tank skin and all ribs in the cradle.
...
Forum: Tools 01-04-2007, 09:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,074
Posted By zsadecki
Or up into the attic instead of outside. No...

Or up into the attic instead of outside. No weather hood or neighbor worries that way...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2007, 03:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,248
Posted By zsadecki
Safeair vs Gretz pitot mounts

Anyone have any thoughts or opinions on Gretz vs Safeair pitot mounts?

The Safeair is exactly half the price of the Gretz mount.

The Safeair mount looks a lot simpler, as well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2007, 03:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,592
Posted By zsadecki
Dimple both... I've done this on some of my...

Dimple both... I've done this on some of my nutplates and although it's a tight squeeze, the small diameter dimple die fits fine in there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2006, 12:56 PM
Replies: 529
Views: 90,479
Posted By zsadecki
Forgot to mention what weathers said, too. It's...

Forgot to mention what weathers said, too. It's nice to not have to shorten your N-number when talking to ATC...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2006, 12:47 PM
Replies: 529
Views: 90,479
Posted By zsadecki
7ZS

As a ham radio operator I was lead to believe that the shorter your callsign the cooler you were (higher class licensees could get shorter callsigns). So I went looking for the shortest I could...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-25-2005, 02:42 PM
Replies: 1,792
Views: 929,800
Posted By zsadecki
Wing skeleton going together... full status...

Wing skeleton going together... full status here: www.n7zs.net (http://www.n7zs.net/)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-25-2005, 09:38 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,059
Posted By zsadecki
noseheavy?

So I can believe that an IO-540 would push the CG envelope of the -7 too far forward. But I have a hard time believing that even the heaviest 360/prop combo would cause you a problem. After going...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-13-2005, 01:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,638
Posted By zsadecki
Io-390

what ever happened to the IO-390 that lycoming had a press release on a couple years ago?? This would make a nice engine for a -7 or -8, but it seems that nobody has them...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2005, 05:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,261
Posted By zsadecki
I was under the impression that a DAR will grant...

I was under the impression that a DAR will grant your airworthiness cert for 'day VFR only, unless properly equipped for night/IFR'. meaning that you only get airworthiness for day VFR and it's up...
Forum: Steam Gauges 07-21-2005, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,818
Posted By zsadecki
yes, it has above, below, right, left, and front...

yes, it has above, below, right, left, and front views of you panel... so you can see depth from any angle. It is very nice software. It even lists weights for a lot of equipment, but I couldn't...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-20-2005, 07:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,421
Posted By zsadecki
Conduit or Grommets

What are people's thoughts on conduit or grommets (and wax string/zip-ties) for wing wiring? And what are the best sources for things like good grommets or wax string (or bigger-than-van's conduit)?
Forum: Traditional vs. Alternative Powerplants 07-19-2005, 06:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,955
Posted By zsadecki
Aerosport doesn't list any rebuilt 360's on their...

Aerosport doesn't list any rebuilt 360's on their web page, but I imagine a phone call might give different results.. Anyways, from their web page:

New Aero Sport Power IO-360-A1B6 (200 H.P.)...
Forum: Traditional vs. Alternative Powerplants 07-19-2005, 08:31 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,955
Posted By zsadecki
Actually the turbo (supercharged) subie and a...

Actually the turbo (supercharged) subie and a 200HP io-360 run about the same price. A quick look around shows the io-360-a1b6 to be about $31k, just for the engine. A e-subie is about $29k, for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2005, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,174
Posted By zsadecki
FYI, Van's answer

Here's what Van's had to say about adding extra air holes:



So it's not a problem if you want to add an air hole or two in the baffles...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-18-2005, 12:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,059
Posted By zsadecki
Lighting Requirements (FARs)

So there is a lot of discussion about lights and it seems that every discussion ends up with a "watch out for LED lights, as they might not be legal". So my question is what lights are required for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2005, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,174
Posted By zsadecki
I'm still in the dreaming/deciding stage for my...

I'm still in the dreaming/deciding stage for my engine and avionics. I've tossed around the idea of the supercharged e-subie, deltahawk, 200hp io-360, and recently building a 'super 7' with an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2005, 11:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,010
Posted By zsadecki
The AOPA article...

The AOPA article (http://www.aopa.org/whatsnew/newsitems/2005/050714tis.html) seems to suggest that TIS will eventually be replaced with ADS-B at some point in time. Traffic and (free!) weather. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2005, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,174
Posted By zsadecki
Extra (or bigger) holes in tanks

After reading some comments on fill rates on the deltahawk page and witnessing first hand fill rates on a RV I got to fly in last weekend, I was curious as to how to increase it. I could see how...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2005, 03:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,719
Posted By zsadecki
And that is why turn coordinators (And the...

And that is why turn coordinators (And the trutrak) have the slip-skid indicator on them. If the airplane is coordianated, then yaw rate implies a bank. And it works great for IFR, as it's not...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2005, 02:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,873
Posted By zsadecki
So here is the response from vans: I'm not...

So here is the response from vans:



I'm not sure that I believe the theory that water can't get into the rivet holes once the rivet is set. If that was the case we wouldn't need to use proseal on...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2005, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,873
Posted By zsadecki
I did my whole emepennage this way, too.. So...

I did my whole emepennage this way, too.. So that's why I was asking. There was only one cut in primed metal on my empennage, and that was the front spar cutout for the elevator horns...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-13-2005, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,873
Posted By zsadecki
Wing skeleton/skin drilling order

How critical is the wing skin to skeleton assembly/drilling order? What I mean is that Van's instructions tell you to assemble the skeleton, match drill all the attach points, disassemble, prime,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2005, 07:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,003
Posted By zsadecki
I'm a fan of microbaloons and epoxy for filler. ...

I'm a fan of microbaloons and epoxy for filler. It seems to work well, and sticks to the aluminum good, too. We'll see how it looks in 10 years, but for now it's great, and other people say it will...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 07-09-2005, 10:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,234
Posted By zsadecki
It just took a ride to decide

I got my first rides today in a -6A and -7 (thanks Phil and Keith!). Phil was kind enough to let me taxi, takeoff, fly, and land in his 6A. Keith on the otherhand let me taxi and fly his -7, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2005, 09:44 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,706
Posted By zsadecki
But flying in winter sure is nice.. beats -20 F...

But flying in winter sure is nice.. beats -20 F up north... If you can't take the heat move to California ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2005, 11:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,551
Posted By zsadecki
Yep. I saw your post a little earlier. The...

Yep. I saw your post a little earlier.

The good thing (!?) about screwups is that the part that gets replaced usually ends up being one of the better sections, as you are extra careful the second...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2005, 10:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,551
Posted By zsadecki
Always good to hear from more builders! I'm just...

Always good to hear from more builders! I'm just getting going on my wings (mmm... ribs), so the emp is fresh on my mind :)

And Brad, I feel your pain on the HS405/702/710 drilling... It was my...
Forum: COMM 07-06-2005, 06:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,378
Posted By zsadecki
Being an electrical engineer and ham radio...

Being an electrical engineer and ham radio operator, I'd have to recommend against that contraption put together by AeroElectric Bob... It will introduce losses caused mainly by impedance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2005, 05:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 935
Posted By zsadecki
I am a firm believer that a "bad" rivet is easy...

I am a firm believer that a "bad" rivet is easy to spot. IMHO, a slightly angled shop head is nothing to lose sleep over. I cannot imagine that an angle causes any loss of strength, as long as the...
Forum: Tools 07-05-2005, 05:27 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 17,415
Posted By zsadecki
I've got the DRDT-2 and it is great... Built my...

I've got the DRDT-2 and it is great... Built my whole empennage with it and I'm actually looking forward to dimpling my wing skins. One thing I've heard other builders complain about is that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2005, 04:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,112
Posted By zsadecki
That's what I ended up doing. Dimpling all 3. ...

That's what I ended up doing. Dimpling all 3. Even though the instruction say "machine countersink", but the doubler and spar are both .040. One of those "don't take the instuctions literally"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2005, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,112
Posted By zsadecki
Better to dimple or countersink?

Since I've started my wing kit, there are several places (on the rear spars) where I've run across a choice of dimpling or countersinking. So my curiousity led me to ask this question of whether a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-03-2005, 03:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,562
Posted By zsadecki
Yep.. very neat tool. I just never paid...

Yep.. very neat tool. I just never paid attention to it in the Avery catalog. I can see that it's definitely worth the $15 or so that they cost... It's truely amazing to me how many tools are...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-01-2005, 09:56 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,562
Posted By zsadecki
Strap duplicator? Is that the little nutplate...

Strap duplicator? Is that the little nutplate drilling guide tool?
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-01-2005, 07:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,562
Posted By zsadecki
These are definitely where the fairing attaches. ...

These are definitely where the fairing attaches. I'm not nearly to that point yet, but I left those rivets out of my HS. The worst that could come from leaving those rivets out is that you'll have...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-08-2005, 10:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,703
Posted By zsadecki
I'm currently finishing up the tips on my 7...

I'm currently finishing up the tips on my 7 empennage. I did not use a jig for it, and it looks just fine.. In fact, I'd say it's pretty difficult to get it wrong with the pre-punched holes. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2005, 11:58 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 767
Posted By zsadecki
electric flap manufacturer

Who makes the motor/worm gear assembly that comes in the Van's kit for electric flaps?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2005, 07:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 861
Posted By zsadecki
elevator attach bolts

So, the assembly drawings show the head of the elevator attach bolts on the right side (right elevator drawing). Is this critical, or does it matter which way the bolt head and nut faces? I would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2005, 08:05 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 25,233
Posted By zsadecki
So what's this really supposed to mean,...

So what's this really supposed to mean, considering the last few comments about aft CG? Does the 'real' CG envelope have a sloping line near the aft/heavy corner? How do you determine this? Van's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-10-2005, 12:12 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,443
Posted By zsadecki
Truely odd. I noticed the same thing. I thought...

Truely odd. I noticed the same thing. I thought about it for a bit and figured that there couldn't be any interference problems in the rib area, so I went ahead and dimpled them instead, with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2005, 10:16 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 25,233
Posted By zsadecki
Thanks, Rosie... That was pretty much the answer...

Thanks, Rosie... That was pretty much the answer I was looking for and expecting. I had noticed on Checkoway's weight and balance database that many people had gross listed higher than the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2005, 06:32 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 25,233
Posted By zsadecki
Increasing Gross Weight

So I always see mention of this, but I've never run across a detailed discussion of it. What does it take to 'increase gross weight' on a homebuilt? What reasons have people done this? What's the...
Forum: Primers 04-06-2005, 08:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,564
Posted By zsadecki
I started an almost identical thread in early...

I started an almost identical thread in early February. Check it out... http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=176
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2005, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By zsadecki
And the only problem with bending it back out is...

And the only problem with bending it back out is that you might end up with tabs like on my elevator skin... so be careful! I'm pretty sure my crack was from bending back and forth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2005, 08:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,354
Posted By zsadecki
Here's mine (http://www.sadecki.net/rv/050317/). ...

Here's mine (http://www.sadecki.net/rv/050317/). Click on that pic for a high-res image of it, where you can see more of the detail if you like. I simply used the wood block, clamp, and piece of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-04-2005, 10:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,893
Posted By zsadecki
Get some help. Have the help squeeze the two...

Get some help. Have the help squeeze the two sides together while you quickly put a few clecoes in. I started with one in the middle, then put one about half way between there and the edge and one...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-03-2005, 07:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,654
Posted By zsadecki
The skin wasn't clecoed to the skeleton in that...

The skin wasn't clecoed to the skeleton in that pic. That's why it looks like it was bent short, it was just spread apart a little bit.

I don't feel like replacing the whole skin, so I'll probably...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-03-2005, 05:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,654
Posted By zsadecki
left elevator tab cracked while bending

So how serious is this? The crack appeared after hitting the bend tabs with the rivet gun to finish it up. I stop-drilled the crack, but is this gonna call for a re-do of the left elevator skin? I...
Forum: Tools 03-27-2005, 12:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,905
Posted By zsadecki
dimple vs. countersink

About the dimple vs. countersink questions... I'm just finishing up my 7 empennage. As a rule of thumb, I dimpled everything I could and only countersunk what had to have a flat side on the back...
Forum: Web Site Development 03-21-2005, 04:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,173
Posted By zsadecki
Number of posts per page doesn't work?

Doug,
I tried setting the number of posts per page in my control panel options to 40. It seems to have been saved properly, as it shows up again when I go in there, but in viewing the forums only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2005, 09:16 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,225
Posted By zsadecki
Great discussion on this guys! Looks like both...

Great discussion on this guys! Looks like both have their own set of issues.

For better or worse, I sent in my wing kit order with capacitive senders selected yesterday! Now if it just wasn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-07-2005, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,006
Posted By zsadecki
Well, I thought about it a bunch and looked...

Well, I thought about it a bunch and looked around. All the wrenches I had were too light when they were thin enough, and nothing else looked good. So I took a good look one of the bucking bars...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2005, 07:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,006
Posted By zsadecki
I am finishing up my rudder now. I dimpled those...

I am finishing up my rudder now. I dimpled those using the vise grip dimplers from Avery. The pop rivet dimpler doesn't work there because there is no room to get the nail into the dimple dies. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2005, 10:46 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,225
Posted By zsadecki
Floats vs. Capacitors

Since there's no proper place for this question in the 'never ending debates' section, I figured I'd post it here.. I'm getting to the point where I need to order my wings since they have 8-10 weeks...
Forum: Primers 02-23-2005, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,327
Posted By zsadecki
Good point. I'll be making a trip to home depot...

Good point. I'll be making a trip to home depot to pick up a little can of rustoleum or something similar to dab in those holes...

Thanks for everyone's comments.
Forum: Primers 02-21-2005, 07:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,327
Posted By zsadecki
Hinge Brackets

How do you guys corrosion protect the holes that are final drilled in the hinge brackets? Are these steel? They are powder coated, but that is removed when you final drill the holes... I don't...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-20-2005, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 940
Posted By zsadecki
Already being discussed here...

Already being discussed here (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=580).

To use a 12V part with a 24V system, you'd have to get a regulator to bring the 24V down to 12V... So...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-19-2005, 10:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,145
Posted By zsadecki
Thanks.. Another "duh" on my part. I shoulda...

Thanks.. Another "duh" on my part. I shoulda just RTFM. I saw section 5R this morning talking about dimpling nutplates...
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