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Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2019, 12:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 974
Posted By mburch
If using an electric ammeter or EFIS system, it...

If using an electric ammeter or EFIS system, it might be wise to first confirm with the manufacturer that this configuration is supported.
Forum: Safety 11-07-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,224
Posted By mburch
Blueshift

Keep your regular landing lights on and just fly fast all the time. With enough speed they'll look blue.

[ed. For the win! ;^) dr]
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By mburch
Thanks Dave, very helpful info.

Thanks Dave, very helpful info.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2019, 08:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By mburch
Thanks for sharing your opinion. Still hoping...

Thanks for sharing your opinion. Still hoping someone can answer the question - are the RV-14 and RV-9 (and thus RV-7) rudders the same or different?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2019, 09:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By mburch
Thanks John - I was actually looking forward to...

Thanks John - I was actually looking forward to building a new rudder in order to incorporate a few personal touches, but I'll keep it in mind.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,029
Posted By mburch
RV-14 rudder on RV-7 VS?

My rudder didn't manage to make the cross-country move, so I need to build a new one for my RV-7 project.

Previously I had the RV-9 style rudder with "floating stiffeners" that were not secured at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,453
Posted By mburch
The throttle/prop/mixture cables I bought from...

The throttle/prop/mixture cables I bought from Van's Aircraft are "not for use on aircraft":

https://www.rv7blog.com/images/20080311_label.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,866
Posted By mburch
Additional photos: ...

Additional photos: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,082
Posted By mburch
Email notifications seem to be working again as...

Email notifications seem to be working again as of February 2019. Notifications are being sent by "vansairforce@outlook.com" which seems to make things happier, at least for this Gmail user.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 900
Posted By mburch
An old guy named Pythagoras has the answer...

An old guy named Pythagoras has the answer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,082
Posted By mburch
Resurrecting this thread... any other Gmail users...

Resurrecting this thread... any other Gmail users notice recently that VAF email notifications are broken again? I have my Gmail filter set up as per this post...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,514
Posted By mburch
When I used to own a Grumman, the most common...

When I used to own a Grumman, the most common question I'd hear was "Which RV is that? You build it yourself?". According to Wikipedia they only produced 5102 aircraft, including both the two-seat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,496
Posted By mburch
I recently received an email from Bose stating...

I recently received an email from Bose stating that they would no longer be able to repair the X model, so that may sway your decision.

They also offered me a couple hundred bucks off a new A20 if I...
Forum: Tools 09-24-2018, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,097
Posted By mburch
Thanks Phil & Brian. I confirmed via email with...

Thanks Phil & Brian. I confirmed via email with Cleaveland that all their countersink cutters are marked with printing, not stamping.

Meanwhile, I've been told by Aircraft Tool Supply...
Forum: Tools 09-24-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,097
Posted By mburch
Yes, I do many of the same things. As for the...

Yes, I do many of the same things.

As for the actual question I asked, still hoping somebody can provide an answer...
Forum: Tools 09-23-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,097
Posted By mburch
Countersink cutter markings

I've decided to treat myself to a new set of countersink cutter bits, since the ones I've been using for years are certainly not as sharp as they once were. Currently I have a collection of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-14-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,343
Posted By mburch
Those must be some strong canopy struts.

Those must be some strong canopy struts.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-31-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 481
Views: 133,957
Posted By mburch
I remember looking at some Rans plans years ago...

I remember looking at some Rans plans years ago and thinking they were pretty good. They had 3D renderings and exploded parts diagrams back when the Vans plans were hieroglyphics on clay tablets....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 11:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,583
Posted By mburch
Probably lots of ways to do this. I always used...

Probably lots of ways to do this. I always used to just give the bearings a squirt of LPS-2 and work them back and forth a bit. Hold a rag behind the bearing while spraying to keep from making a...
Forum: RV-10 06-09-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,143
Posted By mburch
Be careful... these things have tiny little...

Be careful... these things have tiny little bearings, and compressed air will spin them much, much faster than they're designed to turn in normal service. Probably better to blow manually, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2018, 12:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By mburch
Similar to the above, I used a strip of 0.020"...

Similar to the above, I used a strip of 0.020" stainless I happened to have on hand, with good quality sandpaper glued to it. Don't forget to wear...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-17-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,129
Posted By mburch
I made the rear blocks removable, so they can be...

I made the rear blocks removable, so they can be unbolted from the bottom side. It's easy to remove the bolts with a socket; once the blocks are removed, the whole canopy can be slid off the tracks...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-28-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,028
Posted By mburch
I used an Anderson Powerpole connector...

I used an Anderson Powerpole connector (https://powerwerx.com/anderson-power-powerpole-sb-connectors) - available from your favorite ham radio...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2017, 02:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,012
Posted By mburch
The application guide...

The application guide (https://na.industrial.panasonic.com/products/batteries/rechargeable-batteries/lead-acid-vrla) for these Panasonic VRLA batteries includes this guidance:



- Matt
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 9,391
Posted By mburch
Personally I decided to sell my P-Mag once I saw...

Personally I decided to sell my P-Mag once I saw how rinky-dink the terminal strip connector they use is.

- Matt
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,997
Posted By mburch
That's this airplane, a one of a kind turbine...

That's this airplane, a one of a kind turbine Lancair:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_FP0PZWzUs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QKHpE_IeMsw

mcb
Forum: ADS-B 07-31-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 22,494
Posted By mburch
Surprised the FAA didn't suggest simply picking a...

Surprised the FAA didn't suggest simply picking a different ADS-B product for the initial application, then changing it to the GDL 82 for the final installation and verification. They specifically...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 07:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,363
Posted By mburch
If you have access to a lathe, the following is a...

If you have access to a lathe, the following is a slick method:

1. Get an AN832 bulkhead fitting in the correct size for your hose, and a 1/4" push-to-connect air fitting with a 10-32 threaded...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 11,935
Posted By mburch
Quite the inboard landing light location.

Quite the inboard landing light location.
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-16-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 193
Views: 45,368
Posted By mburch
Maybe not well-suited to RV's, but this does look...

Maybe not well-suited to RV's, but this does look like it would be a great fit for little baby helicopters.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-17-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 481
Views: 133,957
Posted By mburch
For those would like to see a high-wing Van's...

For those would like to see a high-wing Van's bush plane, what's funny is that there's a thread (http://www.ransclan.com/forums/showthread.php?4743-Rans-S-22-What-s-next-for-Rans-Aircraft) just like...
Forum: RV-10 12-28-2016, 11:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 14,434
Posted By mburch
Now I'm very curious... what does this super...

Now I'm very curious... what does this super special tool look like?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2016, 07:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,898
Posted By mburch
If you've got a velcro band on your watch, it...

If you've got a velcro band on your watch, it ought to take a lot less than 5 minutes to put it on in the morning!
Forum: Rocket 12-06-2016, 09:16 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 39,538
Posted By mburch
Next project: F-12 Raider LSA? :)

Next project: F-12 Raider LSA? :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2016, 08:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,466
Posted By mburch
Here are some videos showing the punches at Van's...

Here are some videos showing the punches at Van's in operation:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aTayEB3OKGQ

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XkGn_szwxQM
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-14-2016, 08:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,649
Posted By mburch
I have some photos and dimensions on my build...

I have some photos and dimensions on my build log; link below. Engine is an IO-360-M1B on an RV-7. I used all custom cable lengths because I have a throttle quadrant instead of push-pull controls. I...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2016, 09:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,114
Posted By mburch
My project is currently on pause due to a...

My project is currently on pause due to a cross-country move, so I'm still in the building phase. I did temporarily install it on the rudder and it did not shine directly through the canopy (it's...
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2016, 07:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 13,114
Posted By mburch
I also wanted a red beacon on the tail for ground...

I also wanted a red beacon on the tail for ground operations. My version uses a Whelen LED unit meant for emergency vehicles: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2016, 05:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,578
Posted By mburch
http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/rivs...

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/rivspacer.php
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2016, 01:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,157
Posted By mburch
The nut on the alternator pulley, and possibly...

The nut on the alternator pulley, and possibly the studs on any automotive electrical components you may have chosen to use.
Forum: RV-4 09-06-2016, 05:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,479
Posted By mburch
Having done the horizontal induction build on my...

Having done the horizontal induction build on my 7, I think you would be looking at a whole lot of custom cowling fabrication to make it work on the 4. It would be cool though!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2016, 09:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,000
Posted By mburch
When you build an RV-7 QB you are shipped an RV-8...

When you build an RV-7 QB you are shipped an RV-8 wing, then instructed to whack a couple inches off the rear spar to account for the different fuselage profile. I imagine the flaps would be unique...
Forum: Steam Gauges 07-09-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,426
Posted By mburch
This seems like quite a lot of effort to detect a...

This seems like quite a lot of effort to detect a failure of the power supply to the instrument. What about a failure of the instrument itself? To me an issue with its internal sensors or moving...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,200
Posted By mburch
Could you attach a 1/8" thick "ear" to the...

Could you attach a 1/8" thick "ear" to the throttle lever to give your clevis a place to bolt onto?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2016, 03:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,521
Posted By mburch
Sounds like what you want is a button lock cable...

Sounds like what you want is a button lock cable (http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/a700.php). I used one (with red-anodized knob) for my alternate air mechanism. It requires a pretty...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-25-2016, 10:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 7,753
Posted By mburch
I use large plastic or glass containers with...

I use large plastic or glass containers with wide-mouth screw-on lids. Compared to a snap-on lid, they go on gently and don't displace any air or force out any airborne particles.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2016, 05:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,692
Posted By mburch
I'm looking at building a hangar myself. Having...

I'm looking at building a hangar myself. Having heard good things about R & M Steel (http://rmsteel.com/) in Idaho, I used their online instant quote tool to spec a 40'x50' hangar with an opening for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2016, 01:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,018
Posted By mburch
I may know some people who have the answer. If I...

I may know some people who have the answer. If I find out anything I'll contact you offline.

mcb
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-30-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,917
Posted By mburch
So where exactly did you end up inserting the...

So where exactly did you end up inserting the "pilot temp" probe, Joe? Any discomfort on long flights?

http://www.aircraftspruce.eu/images/products_250x250/10-00808.jpg
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-17-2016, 09:03 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,835
Posted By mburch
There is a somewhat related kernel of truth here...

There is a somewhat related kernel of truth here that shouldn't get missed:

When cutting and splicing thermocouple wire using standard copper or gold-plated connectors and pins, best practice is to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-16-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,835
Posted By mburch
Hmm... you sure about that?

Hmm... you sure about that?
Forum: RV-14 03-04-2016, 05:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,338
Posted By mburch
Yes Vic, these photos were just part of the...

Yes Vic, these photos were just part of the fit-up stage from years back.

mcb
Forum: RV-14 03-04-2016, 10:07 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 17,338
Posted By mburch
It fit okay in my airplane, Scott, once I ground...

It fit okay in my airplane, Scott, once I ground off the superfluous mounting lugs in accordance with Skytec's installation instructions. I had to do a bunch of fiberglass work to get the snorkel to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2016, 09:51 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 9,145
Posted By mburch
Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. The...

Looking forward to seeing how this turns out. The engine certainly sounds great in this Rans installation: https://www.facebook.com/409437375816533/videos/981530678607197/

mcb
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-25-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,689
Posted By mburch
Sorry, I don't have the plans here in front of...

Sorry, I don't have the plans here in front of me, but if you look up the MS number of the Phillips head screw specified in the plans, it should be easy to figure out. I believe I used stainless,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-25-2016, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,689
Posted By mburch
I used a socket head cap screw. It's just...

I used a socket head cap screw. It's just possible to install and remove it with the dipstick tube in place, if you use a ball-end driver to get it started.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,398
Posted By mburch
And the Cessna 162 carb temp gauge is marked with...

And the Cessna 162 carb temp gauge is marked with a yellow caution range from 5° to 40°F... That's -15° to +4°C.
Forum: Safety 01-15-2016, 04:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,681
Posted By mburch
And possibly land shorter too, assuming you...

And possibly land shorter too, assuming you manage to catch the 3-wire!
Forum: Midwest 01-11-2016, 09:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,163
Posted By mburch
If you're near Wichita, head over to Hutchinson...

If you're near Wichita, head over to Hutchinson and spend a day at the Cosmosphere museum. It's truly world-class.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2015, 01:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,954
Posted By mburch
Assuming the particular area of inhospitable...

Assuming the particular area of inhospitable terrain you are overflying has good cell service as well as good ADS-B ground station reception, of course...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2015, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,500
Posted By mburch
I'd start by consulting the battery...

I'd start by consulting the battery manufacturer's list of approved chargers. This is the most recent version I could find: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2015, 12:09 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 16,797
Posted By mburch
^ Excellent risk mitigation in evidence here.

^ Excellent risk mitigation in evidence here.
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