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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2019, 05:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 330
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bill, I have a Dual XGPS150. I had trouble...

Hi Bill,

I have a Dual XGPS150. I had trouble connecting it to ForeFlight on my iPad. In my case, I learned there is a very small DIP switch behind the cover for the micro USB plug. This switch...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,712
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Gary, I have been following the practice of...

Hi Gary,

I have been following the practice of replacing tubes whenever I replace tires. If your tubes are 20 years old, I assume you keep the old tubes when you replace tires?

Given that the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,712
Posted By Dean Pichon
Michelin Airstop Tubes

Today I had a flat one on the the mains (RV-4). I went on line to order a replacement Michelin Airstop Tube (500 x 5) and found the price has doubled since I last purchased one a couple of years...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-13-2019, 06:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,266
Posted By Dean Pichon
My -4 had a standard AN5812 (L-shaped) pitot...

My -4 had a standard AN5812 (L-shaped) pitot tube. The mount for this pitot accepted the Dynon (L-shaped) AoA probe.

My mount looks like this one: ...
Forum: RV-4 02-05-2019, 04:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 613
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for recommendations to reduce cowl air exit area

I've been flying my -4 for some time now and have always had very low CHTs (220-260F). An A&P recently suggested (after seeing some lead build up on my valves) that I reduce the air exit at the...
Forum: ADS-B 01-27-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,558
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've noticed 1 or 2 targets temporarily disappear...

I've noticed 1 or 2 targets temporarily disappear and reappear, but it's still better than the other 2 systems I have used in other aircraft. I assumed the targets were being masked by the terrain...
Forum: ADS-B 01-22-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,558
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've had good luck with the installation in my...

I've had good luck with the installation in my -4. I wrote up the experience here:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=167004

I received excellent service from the folks at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,119
Posted By Dean Pichon
I just looked at the MSDS for Henkel Alodine...

I just looked at the MSDS for Henkel Alodine 1201. It lists the pH as <2, so it is a very strong acid. I had always wondered about using Alumi Prep 33 (Phosphoric acid) on assemblies, but never...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,202
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've flown that route many times going to and...

I've flown that route many times going to and from Oshkosh. As previously offered, always file a VFR flight plan. I've never had to make an uplanned landing in Canada, but I have heard it can be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 838
Posted By Dean Pichon
I fixed mine this morning. It turns out, when I...

I fixed mine this morning. It turns out, when I wired the AoA volume potentiometer to the intercom, I selected the pin that only passes signal when the intercom is powered. (I had turned it off...
Forum: ADS-B 12-19-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,419
Posted By Dean Pichon
Passing PAPR for my uAvionix installation!

During my just completed annual, I installed an EchoUAT and SkyFYX in my RV-4. Today, I received a clean PAPR after a test flight around Boston airspace.

I installed both uAvionix boxes on the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-15-2018, 04:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 838
Posted By Dean Pichon
I ran into the exact same issue yesterday. After...

I ran into the exact same issue yesterday. After I landed, I didn't have time to fuss with it, but I did play with the volume control without success. When I installed it a couple of years ago, I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2018, 01:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,116
Posted By Dean Pichon
My RV-4 (17 years old, 850 hrs) has always had...

My RV-4 (17 years old, 850 hrs) has always had very low CHTs (220-280 depending upon OAT). Just last week I had the cylinders borescoped for the first time. The cylinders, valves, and pistons...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By Dean Pichon
Eckhard has performed several certification...

Eckhard has performed several certification checks on my transponder. One of the nice things about Eckhard is that he is a "roving" technician. (He travels to your airplane and works in your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,196
Posted By Dean Pichon
I tried this recently, but found the heat...

I tried this recently, but found the heat required to shrink the (polyolefin) heat shrink tube was enough to activate the thermal ink on the label stock which made the whole label turn black. How...
Forum: RV-4 09-29-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,404
Posted By Dean Pichon
Same goes for me. Beautiful -4 and great video. ...

Same goes for me. Beautiful -4 and great video. Please share details of your cameras and mounts. Any noticeable impact to aerodynamics?

Thanks,

Dean
Bolton, MA
Forum: RV-4 09-26-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,404
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have a -4 with an IO-360 and CS prop. 200lb is...

I have a -4 with an IO-360 and CS prop. 200lb is my personal limit for a passenger.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,013
Posted By Dean Pichon
Itís important to maintain some clearance between...

Itís important to maintain some clearance between the dipstick and the oil door. I have about 1/4Ē and still see signs of occasional contact- probably during start up.

Good luck,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,013
Posted By Dean Pichon
I shortened the standard filler tube on the...

I shortened the standard filler tube on the IO-360 on my -4 to 9-3/4 inches. I feel it is still about 1/4Ē too long. I donít see how a 10.57Ē part would fit unless we are not talking about the same...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 67,813
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have an empty T-hanger at KFIT (west of Boston)...

I have an empty T-hanger at KFIT (west of Boston) available for anyone seeking shelter from the storm. Send me a PM if interested.
Forum: GPS 08-02-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,530
Posted By Dean Pichon
Yesterday, I spoke with an Applications Engineer...

Yesterday, I spoke with an Applications Engineer at GPS Source. I expressed your concern and he said this issue is typically dealt with through the use of a unity gain splitter. (The output is...
Forum: GPS 08-01-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,530
Posted By Dean Pichon
Interesting. Were you able to find maximum...

Interesting. Were you able to find maximum allowable gain levels for the GPS receiver? How was the minimum length of coax determined?

Thanks,
Forum: GPS 07-31-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,530
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks to all for the posts. The questions,...

Thanks to all for the posts. The questions, concerns, and advice have helped with the inquiries made to the various suppliers.
So far, I have had preliminary conversations with Garmin, uAvionix,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,402
Posted By Dean Pichon
Good question. One of the Mike's leaning videos...

Good question. One of the Mike's leaning videos posted to YouTube indicated that at temperatures below 300F, the valves are more likely to accumulate deposits. I don't have much to go on, though.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-29-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,402
Posted By Dean Pichon
Must be I missed that part! Two years ago, I...

Must be I missed that part! Two years ago, I attended another of his forums that was specifically on flow balancing. I went home and installed an engine analyzer and found my cylinders were...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,530
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Carl, Thanks for the reply. The SkyFYX with...

Hi Carl,

Thanks for the reply. The SkyFYX with the external antenna is the one I am considering for use with a splitter in this scenario.

Every so often, I consider a major panel upgrade to...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,530
Posted By Dean Pichon
WAAS GPS/ADS-B question

I have decided upon the uAvionix echoUAT unit to provide ADS-B in and out for my RV-4. My aircraft has an existing GPS antenna connected to a Garmin SL-60, but I don't have a WAAS GPS source, so had...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,402
Posted By Dean Pichon
Did any attend Mike Busch's "Leaning the Right Way" forum?

I attended the Tuesday session and like all his talks it was very interesting and informative. Later that day, it occurred to me that throughout his talk, during which he described how most any...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-08-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,795
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi John, I had a Samsung tablet and the Garmin...

Hi John,

I had a Samsung tablet and the Garmin Pilot app in my -4. I, too, noticed that the Android (Garmin Pilot) App development lagged that of the Apple version significantly. I switched to an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,225
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Turbo, Mine is located on the tip rib, hidden...

Hi Turbo,

Mine is located on the tip rib, hidden in the wing tip fairing. It was a location recommended by Dynon. I had a conduit in place and had even remembered to pull a string through the last...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,634
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Derrick, Thanks so much for the details. A...

Hi Derrick,

Thanks so much for the details. A couple of clarifying questions:

I assume the "existing antenna for my KLX135A" is also a GPS antenna? Are both on the aft top fuselage skin and under...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,634
Posted By Dean Pichon
I plan to install the same system in my -4. ...

I plan to install the same system in my -4. Where did you locate the components? uAvionix recommended I put the SkyFyx under the cowl, but I mixed reservations about that location. Pictures would...
Forum: COMM 05-31-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 802
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have the exact same problem with my SL60...

I have the exact same problem with my SL60 (COM/GPS). A couple of years ago I sent it to Garmin for the flat rate repair (~$500) simply because Garmin announced the unit would no longer be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,568
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have used a Samsung tablet, and more recently...

I have used a Samsung tablet, and more recently an iPad mini, with a variety of mapping SW packages. With both, I have used an external, bluetooth GPS mounted on the roll bar. A very old PDA based...
Forum: Tools 04-04-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,282
Posted By Dean Pichon
I recently purchased this one and have had good...

I recently purchased this one and have had good luck, so far:

https://www.amazon.com/Wheeler-Firearms-Accurizing-Torque-Wrench/dp/B0012AXR4S

It's only good to 65 inch-lbs, so you can't use it for...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Posted By Dean Pichon
I completed my -4 quite a few years ago, so keep...

I completed my -4 quite a few years ago, so keep that in mind as you read this post.

The F-406 bulkhead is the rear spar carry thru. First and foremost is to locate this so it fits your wing. I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,266
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Wyn, I just installed the Dynon AoA probe in...

Hi Wyn,

I just installed the Dynon AoA probe in my completed RV-4 in November. I already had a D10A installed so the display component was a none issue.

I had to remove the tank to run the 2nd...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2017, 05:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 575
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for recommendations for a tool (website) for researching Lycoming ADs

Can anyone recommend a good resource for checking for relevant ADs for a Lycoming engine? I have found both the FAA and Lycoming websites rather cumbersome to use. Thanks in advance.

Dean
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks, Vic! Just the info I was looking...

Thanks, Vic!

Just the info I was looking for...

Regards,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 954
Posted By Dean Pichon
Recommended replacement interval for fuel & oil lines?

What is the recommended replacement interval (in either calendar time or hours of accumulated service) for:


Flexible fuel lines? (Do the SS braid/PTFE lined hoses carry the same interval as the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,018
Posted By Dean Pichon
Titanium dioxide is the most common pigment used...

Titanium dioxide is the most common pigment used to make paint (or epoxy resin) white. The water soluble solution from Home Depot likely uses this pigment, but I would be hesitant to add it to a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-11-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By Dean Pichon
Sorry Jim! For some reason I thought you had an...

Sorry Jim! For some reason I thought you had an RV-4. On those aircraft the forward fuselage skin is removable.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Jim, I'm on the road this week, so I have no...

Hi Jim,

I'm on the road this week, so I have no access to P/Ns, but can get you something when I return, if you have not resolved the issue. My -4 is down for Condition Inspection, too. Forgive me...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By Dean Pichon
Bummer. I assume one of the relays/contactors is...

Bummer. I assume one of the relays/contactors is on the Exp board while the other is remote located (not part of the Exp bus))? If this is so, can you confirm operation of this (remote mounted...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,291
Posted By Dean Pichon
The Exp bus systems often receives bad reviews,...

The Exp bus systems often receives bad reviews, but I love mine. Itís about the same vintage as yours. Early on i blamed it for several problems, but the true cause was always something else.

Your...
Forum: RV-4 11-06-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,121
Posted By Dean Pichon
I built my -4 in the 90's. My recollection is...

I built my -4 in the 90's. My recollection is that the entire kit cost about $10K. A finished RV-4 is not worth is parts value, so I would not expect a partially completed kit to be worth its parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-17-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,267
Posted By Dean Pichon
The photo on the right is not an applicator, but...

The photo on the right is not an applicator, but a one-shot dispenser. Once you start to use it, its intended to be consumed in a single sitting. I never used them as I wanted the flexibility to...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 588
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi, In my -4, I drilled holes only large enough...

Hi,

In my -4, I drilled holes only large enough for the cable and the appropriately sized bushing.

Good luck,

Dean
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,570
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Steve, Thanks for these great posts. I enjoy...

Hi Steve,

Thanks for these great posts. I enjoy the opportunity to think about these topics. I have a question regarding your post, above:

I interpreted from the original post, a potential drag...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,308
Posted By Dean Pichon
In my -4, I used to block the entire oil cooler...

In my -4, I used to block the entire oil cooler (before I installed a shutter). Initially, I blocked the cooler on the down stream side (with respect to airflow). It was much easier to install and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-31-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,371
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Scott, I plan to go the same route with my...

Hi Scott,

I plan to go the same route with my -4. Did you install the SkyFYX under the cowl per uAvionix recommendation? Is it working well in that location? Do you have any...
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 965
Posted By Dean Pichon
Switch to Skybolt fasteners

I made my cowl installation such that 2 pin sections were used and installed through the oil access door. I flew like that until I started breaking eyelets. At that point, I removed the hinge and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-04-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,180
Posted By Dean Pichon
I pre-ordered a Scout on Amazon and received it...

I pre-ordered a Scout on Amazon and received it about 10 days ago. I have made 3 flights with it (in my -4) using Foreflight. So far, I am favorably impressed. I have powered it using both a USB...
Forum: Northeast 07-13-2017, 05:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,138
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Dave I came up last year and had a great time...

Hi Dave
I came up last year and had a great time and hope to come up for the day again. In fact, I was so intrigued by Belfast, I rented a house for this week and am in town with my family. If you...
Forum: ADS-B 06-25-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,155
Posted By Dean Pichon
I just decided to buy the PingBuddy 2 only to...

I just decided to buy the PingBuddy 2 only to find that it appears to have been removed from the uAvionix website. None of the uAvionix resellers have any stock that they are offering thru their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,952
Posted By Dean Pichon
When I built my -4, I generated a CAD file from...

When I built my -4, I generated a CAD file from Van's drawing. It ended working well and the panel is now 16 years old. I often think about updating it, but I, too, am concerned about the down time...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-13-2017, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,408
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks to all for the input. After machine...

Thanks to all for the input. After machine countersinking the HS skin so many years ago, I recall wishing I had dimpled the skin, instead. Subsequent to the HS, dimpling was the 1st choice, machine...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,408
Posted By Dean Pichon
Smoking Rivets - repair advice

I just noticed a few "smoking rivets" on the underside of the horizontal stabilizer of my -4. The aircraft is about 16 years old and has about 800 hrs TT. The rivets shown in the attached photo...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2017, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,046
Posted By Dean Pichon
Interesting question. From a qualitative...

Interesting question. From a qualitative perspective, I may help to think of the rib as an I-beam. The flanges of the rib are analogous to the flanges of the I-beam. The flanges carry to load. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-23-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,351
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bruce, I built a new rudder for my -4 and...

Hi Bruce,

I built a new rudder for my -4 and getting it to fit the existing (in place) vertical stabilizer was a challenge. I can imagine fitting the pair to an existing fuselage would be even more...
Forum: Reviews 03-21-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 65,116
Posted By Dean Pichon
Will you have that sealed battery box for the...

Will you have that sealed battery box for the EarthX 900 at the show?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,380
Posted By Dean Pichon
After I started loosing eyelets on my-4, I...

After I started loosing eyelets on my-4, I replaced the hinge sections along the firewall with Skybolt fasteners. I reasoned that the steeply curved hinge sections were more susceptible to failure....
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