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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 02:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 392
Posted By David Paule
Strictly day VFR, I plan to have a PTT button on...

Strictly day VFR, I plan to have a PTT button on my throttle. Nothing, not a single button, on the stick grip.

I am aware that this sort of conflicts with the "add every option possible" mode of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 276
Posted By David Paule
Well, sort of a builder's site.... Chapter 5 has...

Well, sort of a builder's site.... Chapter 5 has a very decent description and instructions on how to go about it. It's available in the revisions section.

Dave
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 119
Posted By David Paule
I've only seen inches and fractions of an inch....

I've only seen inches and fractions of an inch. Other people might have seen something differently.

Dave
Forum: RV-10 04-19-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 895
Posted By David Paule
Have a look at this thread....

Have a look at this thread. (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=149344)

Dave
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-17-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,323
Posted By David Paule
Since one of your goals is to reduce cooling...

Since one of your goals is to reduce cooling drag, has there been any performance change with and without it?

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 376
Posted By David Paule
Hoses have differing flexibilities. I prefer the...

Hoses have differing flexibilities. I prefer the more flexible ones - to me, with my limited hose lengths (typically 25' or 50') that's more important than size. However, I haven't painted with these...
Forum: Safety 04-16-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,110
Posted By David Paule
Walt, what kind of wire was involved...

Walt, what kind of wire was involved here?

Thanks,
Dave
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-15-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,104
Posted By David Paule
Note that only the later RV-3B wings were even...

Note that only the later RV-3B wings were even available as a quick build kit. The original wings and the fuselage never were.

Dave
Forum: RV-10 04-15-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,297
Posted By David Paule
There are some useful references about going...

There are some useful references about going faster. While not specifically oriented to an RV-10, drag reduction is still a widely-studied topic.

Probably the most applicable is "Speed With...
Forum: RV-3 04-11-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By David Paule
Like the Aerolab, mine will be sealed to the...

Like the Aerolab, mine will be sealed to the floor.

I'd like to include a remote drain cable but haven't got that figured out yet. At this point that's a "nice to have if I can do it" feature,...
Forum: RV-3 04-10-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By David Paule
Thanks, everyone! I've decided to make my own....

Thanks, everyone!

I've decided to make my own. It will be mounted on the floor in front of the spar bulkhead, and be accessible from outside the airplane. It will have a more straight-forward,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 499
Posted By David Paule
Welcome to VAF! Please have a look in the Tools...

Welcome to VAF!

Please have a look in the Tools section in VAF. There's a wealth of good advice there. Also, look in the RV-10 section for tool advice that's specific to that airplane.

I'm not...
Forum: RV-3 04-08-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By David Paule
Oh, this airplane will have one - this isn't a...

Oh, this airplane will have one - this isn't a discussion about whether one is necessary or not. That decision has been made.

The matter at hand is which, and where.

Discussions and photos of RV-3...
Forum: RV-3 04-08-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 883
Posted By David Paule
Where To Put a Gascolator?

I've got an O-320 for my RV-3B, and as I get closer to skinning the forward cockpit area, I'm wondering where y'all have put a gascolator, assuming that you have one.

I no longer have my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,669
Posted By David Paule
One of the less expensive ways to get a pilots...

One of the less expensive ways to get a pilots license is to buy an airplane, get it in that, and then afterwards sell the plane. That also gives you a flying airplane to get some experience in....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,922
Posted By David Paule
What I wanted to see, as an aerospace stress...

What I wanted to see, as an aerospace stress engineer, was square edges, round holes, joints in flat contact to each other with no debris between the pieces.

Especially for hole-filling fasteners...
Forum: Tools 04-05-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 875
Posted By David Paule
The only way I know to measure the locking or...

The only way I know to measure the locking or free running torque is to use a beam torque wrench. You've got to add that to the installation torque anyway. And then you might as well just use that...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-05-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 937
Posted By David Paule
You could remove and replace one longeron at a...

You could remove and replace one longeron at a time.

And although it would add a few holes that you'd need to fill, you could rivet on a few pieces of sheet that go across the longeron rivet line...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-03-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 724
Posted By David Paule
I bought a partial finish kit for my RV-3B some...

I bought a partial finish kit for my RV-3B some time ago, when I was finishing the wings, I think. My philosophy was that I wanted to keep one kit ahead of what was next so that I'd have no delays. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 707
Posted By David Paule
Probably no issue at all, but is your fuel valve...

Probably no issue at all, but is your fuel valve set up so that "on" is really on? Be a shame if it wasn't....

Although I imagine that one tank at least would have flowed if this were the case.

Dave
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-29-2018, 04:54 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 152,842
Posted By David Paule
The left-hand belly skin under the seat is now...

The left-hand belly skin under the seat is now glued on. Here it is with the glue curing, the exoskeleton in place, and the tape freshly off. Removing the tape is one of the first things to do after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 443
Posted By David Paule
I have one and an Andair one, too. I decided to...

I have one and an Andair one, too. I decided to use the Andair one in my RV-3B. Here's why.

The Aerolab one, at least mine, has a little button that must be pressed to open it up. The button is...
Forum: RV-4 03-26-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 9,146
Posted By David Paule
Dave Ander's RV-4 does not have the stock tail. I...

Dave Ander's RV-4 does not have the stock tail. I don't remember if he changed thicknesses, but he glued it as well as riveted it, and if I remember correctly, he has extra ribs in it. So his speed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,291
Posted By David Paule
Try using plain ordinary clear packing tape....

Try using plain ordinary clear packing tape. Replace as needed.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 8,459
Posted By David Paule
Kitplanes has an occasional article about this...

Kitplanes has an occasional article about this topic.

Dave
Forum: Steam Gauges 03-21-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,722
Posted By David Paule
The wet vac pump on my 1955 Cessna has been...

The wet vac pump on my 1955 Cessna has been working reliably since new. I think that Airwolf sells new ones.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By David Paule
That technique works fine for larger ones,...

That technique works fine for larger ones, too.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,516
Posted By David Paule
Yep! My non-RV has those and it's a messy,...

Yep!

My non-RV has those and it's a messy, painful job to check or service these. Ugh.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,516
Posted By David Paule
I'd rather not have the flammable hydraulic fluid...

I'd rather not have the flammable hydraulic fluid on the cabin side of the firewall. And like RV6_flyer said, it can be a real mess when some gets out of the container. Which it will, sometime or...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,264
Posted By David Paule
I'd like to see some sort of perimeter or...

I'd like to see some sort of perimeter or something to keep junk from finding its way onto the hidden side of the board. Also, if there's only going to be a perimeter, and especially if there's not,...
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2018, 07:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,775
Posted By David Paule
Best of luck to you! And a quick recommendation...

Best of luck to you!

And a quick recommendation - read the entire sections "Tips" and "Tools" here on VAF. There's a ton of good stuff there, including answers to the common questions.

Have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 76,538
Posted By David Paule
It certainly wasn't that - first, it was way on...

It certainly wasn't that - first, it was way on the west northwest end of Edwards AFB (I spent about five years working at Edwards and lived in the area), clear on the far side of the AFB from where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 02:41 PM
Replies: 154
Views: 76,538
Posted By David Paule
Ages ago, I was flying to the west coast from...

Ages ago, I was flying to the west coast from here in Colorado. I was somewhere around Barstow, maybe west of there, and definitely past Edwards AFB, I saw a long narrow incandescent glow. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 11:27 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,840
Posted By David Paule
For that size hole, I use one of the Lenox...

For that size hole, I use one of the Lenox annular hole saws. I've cut many holes with them. My drill press goes down to 500 rpm and I use that.

I use some plywood under the part, and pre-drill the...
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,060
Posted By David Paule
Lots of good advice above, so here is my 2...

Lots of good advice above, so here is my 2 cents.

I have three air drills: one that always has a #40 bit, one that always has a #30 bit, and one for everything else.

I have a battery drill and only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,688
Posted By David Paule
Mark, even according to that particular F.A.R.,...

Mark, even according to that particular F.A.R., you can use a smaller limit load. Read the entire rule and you'll see. The minimum load allowed is more reasonable for an RV.

I expect that the higher...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,940
Posted By David Paule
Or perhaps they did the math and found that...

Or perhaps they did the math and found that weight was more important than drag.

A long time ago a friend had a jet-powered dragster, no fairings at all, and the numbers we ran said not to add any....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,688
Posted By David Paule
Brave man. Very brave. If you mount the stick on...

Brave man. Very brave.

If you mount the stick on its side so it's horizontal and put your full weight on the new end, that would be a reasonable test. Then rotate 90 degrees and repeat.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,688
Posted By David Paule
How are you going to test that thing? What limit...

How are you going to test that thing?

What limit loads and what load cases will you use to test it - and what test factors of safety?

Dave
Forum: Safety 03-02-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,503
Posted By David Paule
Post-Mitigation Test Results

With the radon mitigation installation complete and operable, I tested the shop again and got results back today. It's down to 1.2, a very clear improvement.

And additionally, the place has a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-28-2018, 06:08 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 152,842
Posted By David Paule
I finally reread the manual for the areas I've...

I finally reread the manual for the areas I've been working on. Should have done that earlier, as it would have told me the correct way to assemble that spar bulkhead strip that I had to unrivet. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-27-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,840
Posted By David Paule
On my non-RV, I had a Hartzell constant speed...

On my non-RV, I had a Hartzell constant speed prop that had gone a very long time since overhaul, probably 2,500 hours and 30 to 35 years. It's always been in a dry climate. The shop tore it down and...
Forum: RV-3 02-26-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By David Paule
I measured 18.2 inches from the FRONT of the spar...

I measured 18.2 inches from the FRONT of the spar flange (SK-7 measures from the web) to the trailing edge on my rudder. Allowing for the roughly 5/8" flange width, that suggests that the SK-7 is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,466
Posted By David Paule
I haven't made a first flight but have some...

I haven't made a first flight but have some background in that sort of thing.

I might have someone else do it but I'll make that decision when the first flight is close, depending on how I feel...
Forum: RV-10 02-18-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,591
Posted By David Paule
While I'm not building a -10 (I am building a...

While I'm not building a -10 (I am building a -3B), I've some friends who are, using the QB kits. That said as a caveat, here are my answers.

1. VAF has many threads about tools that are worth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2018, 06:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By David Paule
I use a bit of neoprene or rubber fuel line with...

I use a bit of neoprene or rubber fuel line with the -4 rivets. Haven't needed it for the -3 rivets.

Dave
RV-3B, skinning the fuselage
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,550
Posted By David Paule
Another 2-car garage, as seen in this VAF build...

Another 2-car garage, as seen in this VAF build blog. (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=85658)

http://i45.tinypic.com/fktgjq.jpg

It's currently filled with the fuselage...
Forum: RV-14 02-14-2018, 11:37 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,630
Posted By David Paule
I'm building a -3B instead of a -14, and in my...

I'm building a -3B instead of a -14, and in my kit, there isn't a stall warning system. So I bought one and installed it.

The reason is pretty simple - I've done most of my flying in Cessnas and am...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-14-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 152,842
Posted By David Paule
The exoskeleton is now off the side. Even without...

The exoskeleton is now off the side. Even without the clecos, it hasn't fallen off the fuselage, so I suppose the magic worked again.

I had made one mistake, though. The exoskeleton at the top...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-12-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 152,842
Posted By David Paule
Glued the RH Tailcone Side

I gathered together the same crew as last time, experience counts, and we glued on the right-hand tailcone side today. Like before, we used thickened (this version comes prethickened) G/Flex epoxy...
Forum: Tools 02-11-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,283
Posted By David Paule
Well, that was interesting. I wonder how a...

Well, that was interesting.

I wonder how a mechanic would use that to wrap a loop of cable around something, since this doesn't fasten itself to itself. Their website alludes to such a use but...
Forum: Tools 02-11-2018, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,283
Posted By David Paule
What is this thing? A safety wiring tool? It only...

What is this thing? A safety wiring tool? It only refers to a "cable."

Are there any videos showing how to use it?

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,119
Posted By David Paule
A friend of mine has a wisecrack that was...

A friend of mine has a wisecrack that was originally about something else, but it applies to lighting, too:

"Too much is almost enough."

With lighting, that applies especially as you get...
Forum: Safety 02-08-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,503
Posted By David Paule
All the quotes came in and I ordered one company...

All the quotes came in and I ordered one company to do the work, for $1,095. One guy came out and finished in under 6 hours. Here's what he did:

Caulked the slab perimeters, garage and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-08-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 868
Posted By David Paule
Depending on the thickness of the part, a hole...

Depending on the thickness of the part, a hole saw might work pretty well. You know, one of those things that looks like a cylinder with teeth at the end.

Dave
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2018, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,396
Posted By David Paule
Good clarification, thanks. Dave

Good clarification, thanks.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,554
Posted By David Paule
One thing that has impressed me with some...

One thing that has impressed me with some electrical system designs, is that they can be designed so that if there's a failure, nothing needs to be done. Nothing.

See DanH's postings, or it might be...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,396
Posted By David Paule
Years ago, I had an O-290-G, and the crankshaft...

Years ago, I had an O-290-G, and the crankshaft flange beef-up recommended, I believe by John Thorp, was a machined 4130 steel piece. I had to buy the two halves and install them. I don't recall an...
Forum: Safety 02-05-2018, 03:20 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,503
Posted By David Paule
If I understand this right, bringing in outside...

If I understand this right, bringing in outside air merely pushes the radon elsewhere, such as into the living area. The systems that are installed here, create a suction under the basement floor,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-05-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 361
Views: 152,842
Posted By David Paule
I did it because it kept the two spar bulkheads...

I did it because it kept the two spar bulkheads located correctly with respect to each other, sort of as a tooling aid. But in retrospect, that wasn't necessary.

Dave
Forum: Safety 02-05-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,503
Posted By David Paule
All the quotes have come in. The three that did...

All the quotes have come in.

The three that did not come out to the house submitted bids that ran from $1,650 to $1,900 for two independent units.

The two that came out to see the place would...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-04-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 361
Views: 152,842
Posted By David Paule
One thing that someone asked about off-line about...

One thing that someone asked about off-line about bonding and using shims, is that yes, of course, each surface of the part-to-shim-to-part joint needs to be properly abraded and cleaned. There's no...
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