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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,537
Posted By fixnflyguy
Been there, done that

I went down that same road quite a few years ago, but my -4 was almost done,but not quite flying yet. I had a beautiful airpark home that I designed and built, a plane almost ready to fly, and 2...
Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 06:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple other choices..

The VANS electric flap system option locates the actuator under the floor, and has a bellcrank that actuates a re-designed weldment with no manual handle attachment, and an additional attachment for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 06:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,756
Posted By fixnflyguy
Happened to me too..

Same thing just happened to me last week, but I had a cracked insulator that made it even worse. I was accused of "making Popcorn" during run-up the popping was so loud! Same exact plug type.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 09:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 884
Posted By fixnflyguy
Thumbs up Nexus 7 in my -4

I use a Nexus 7 in my -4. I have a small Ipaq based GPS on my panel that I use for general purpose, but rely on my Nexus 7 with free AVARE app for travel. It has outstandingly bright screen...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-08-2017, 08:53 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 105,347
Posted By fixnflyguy
Vlad, I know most all the owners, many I can call...

Vlad,
I know most all the owners, many I can call and pre-arrange, but none of them object to "drop-ins". I will get condition updates from local Big Tire crowd although recent low altitude...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 08:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By fixnflyguy
Inside and Outside for me..

I sealed and painted inside and out on mine..partially because of my OCD,but primarily to keep items from sticking/ease of cleaning...and I can see it when I look into it!.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-08-2017, 07:17 AM
Replies: 288
Views: 105,347
Posted By fixnflyguy
Talking 10 grass strips in one hour challenge Vlad..

Vlad,
Next trip to 8A7, there are 10 grass strips within 5 minutes of Twin Lakes including our parallel one. I think you can hit all 10 in an hour! Extend the range a little, and you could add 5 more.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-08-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 523
Posted By fixnflyguy
Unhappy A true legend..he will be missed.

The SCBC is one of the greatest aviation groups in the world, and Gerald was THE voice of so many Sunday breakfast gatherings in the region. His deep south dialect and presentation of facts and...
Forum: RV-4 12-01-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 572
Posted By fixnflyguy
Calipers and pins..

As others have said, and I have seen it plenty,the pins need cleaned/lubed, and the piston may have light corrosion, which usually shows after pad replacement when it is pushed in deepest. Nothing...
Forum: Tools 11-27-2017, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have a 301B 90 degree Ingersoll Rand I bought...

I have a 301B 90 degree Ingersoll Rand I bought in the 80's when I used it daily for grinding corrosion on the big jets. I use it all the time, and it is very reliable, controllable and lightweight....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2017, 06:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 773
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good call to do this SB...

I was recently the witness of a friends RV-4 that had not had the SB done, and the pickup line came off in flight..fortunately, he was high and had time to manage the situation, RTB and land fine....
Forum: RV-4 11-22-2017, 06:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 606
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

Mike,
The tip rib should be fully riveted. The tip is only attached to the overhang of the skin (approx 1/2"-5/8" if I recall). If your skins were trimmed even with the rib flange, you may have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By fixnflyguy
Vertical Fin clarrification

Vertical Fin, or Stabilizer, either or..point of aft most belly skin and rear bulkhead where vertical fin attaches and tailwheel fitting (On TD models). Seems to be a low pressure area there, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 983
Posted By fixnflyguy
You may be surprised..

After I put a smoke system on my -4, I found oil residue in the back of the belly behind the baggage compartment. I thought my tank was leaking, but couldn't find anything obvious with it. After much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get building!

I found building the -4 to be a great father-son experience, and since I am a certificated AP/IA, the repairmans cert. wasn't on my radar at all. My son now works for a local FBO at our home airport,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By fixnflyguy
No, he is not on the certificate..he doesn't need...

No, he is not on the certificate..he doesn't need to be. Have you followed any of the school projects being built?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 518
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Hello,
I built my -4 on a very tight budget, with my son in the shop as often as possible..he was 2 when I started, and 18 by the time it flew. Took a long time! As far as finish kit, there are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By fixnflyguy
Big Box Aviation dept.

Check the Local big box store Aviation section. Most of their inventory is 6061-T6, which is perfectly fine for your needs, and way cheaper than the 2024-T3. I probably have exactly what you need...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-27-2017, 06:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,335
Posted By fixnflyguy
PPG/DESOTHANE..good stuff

My day job is in the heavy aircraft overhaul industry, and Desothane is one of the most widely used finishes on the market. During a lease return "scuff and paint" of a 737, I was given a 4 gallon...
Forum: RV-4 10-11-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,092
Posted By fixnflyguy
The fastest RV-4 that I know of (Dave Anders),has...

The fastest RV-4 that I know of (Dave Anders),has the flat aluminum fairings..he holds alot of records. I'm going to guess he did his homework making the choice. I have the standard curved ones on...
Forum: RV-4 10-11-2017, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 586
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I used in my -4

I have a 3.5 gallon system from Smoking Airplanes, which I mounted in my baggage compartment behind rear seat. I have 160HP, with Vetterman 4 pipe system, 2 injectors installed on 2 of the pipes. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2017, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,016
Posted By fixnflyguy
Flightline FL-760 in my -4

I have a Flightline FL-760 (2 1/4" ) hole mounted radio in my -4 ,with built in intercom. These radios are reasonably priced, and also have provisions for audio in that I haven't tried. I am very...
Forum: Safety 09-25-2017, 06:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,210
Posted By fixnflyguy
Happened to me and others

It happened on my RV-4, and I directly associated it to the engine torque/ snorkle configuration typical of R/V's. I "loosened" the joint for the snorkle/cowl interface by increasing the clearance...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 09-08-2017, 07:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,179
Posted By fixnflyguy
It was ugly..

I landed my -4 when ATIS was indicating 18 G 24 direct Xwind at KINT, and fortunately the runway is very wide! I chose a 3 point, and it worked OK, but I had some thrilling moments. Real kicker is I...
Forum: Job Board 09-06-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 790
Posted By fixnflyguy
Yes..many

As Robert A. said, we have several at 8A7, 3 of them RV owners, but they are not on this forum. Actually, the late Tom Davis'(Piedmont founder) son Bo (retired Piedmont pilot) is a good friend and...
Forum: Safety 09-05-2017, 07:45 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 50,357
Posted By fixnflyguy
North Carolina

We have some hangars at 8A7 in central NC . I live on the airport, and have a spare room if need to stay. 336-202-0574.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 744
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC Hide-outs

I have access to a couple hangers up in central NC, as well as a spare bedroom (live on the airport) if anyone would want to stay with their plane. PM if interested.

[ed. Please add your Hurricane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,253
Posted By fixnflyguy
I think Dave Anders won a competition for quiet...

I think Dave Anders won a competition for quiet cockpit, and I remember seeing pics of his -4 completely covered in black egg crate foam..Im sure it was quiet, but in my -4, I dont want the sides any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,237
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not me...

I believe solo, low fuel, dragging it in and holding my mouth right, I could land my -4 that short, but I don't go out looking to try ! I think the risk of whacking something to prove the point is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,289
Posted By fixnflyguy
We did, in our RV-4 at 11.5K over Greenville SC...

We did, in our RV-4 at 11.5K over Greenville SC area, amongst cloud buildups and big holes..2 hr. Round robin from our home field . It was one of the coolest things we have ever experienced. We were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,569
Posted By fixnflyguy
We flew down over TT and did laps around the area...

We flew down over TT and did laps around the area at 11.5K directly overhead. There were some buildups around that we couldn't get above, but a big open area over TT..amazing how dark it really got...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,201
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have the one VANs sells

I bought the lightweight cover VANS sells ($185.00) a few years back, it packs very small, has worked well for me so far. Biggest test was parked at Hatteras on the NC outer banks for 4 days during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,303
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nicely done!

Good times! My wife and I got married in our RV4 flying in formation with the preacher and wedding party..RV'S love weddings!
Forum: RV-4 08-11-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 551
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did.

Gary,
I built my -4, and have mine set up like yours with a small cutout at the top center of the cowl. I used an 0320H2AD engine, so my oil door is moved forward and not a good access to the hinge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 772
Posted By fixnflyguy
Deerfield Resort

I have been to Deerfield Resort on Lake Norris, just north of Knoxville. Really nice fly-in community, cool hangars, golf, lake, privacy. I don't know how much availability there is, but I'd move...
Forum: Safety 08-09-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,984
Posted By fixnflyguy
One more thing..

I have the variation per plans with the filter trapped between a bottom plate and an adapter plate bolted to the carb. The airbox then screws to the adapter plate. While on the subject of all this, I...
Forum: Safety 08-09-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,984
Posted By fixnflyguy
It looks to me ( I built my -4), that the builder...

It looks to me ( I built my -4), that the builder eliminated the bottom cover plate normally installed over the filter and bonded the cone into the airbox itself to seal it off and keep it from...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 567
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I ran mine on the FWD side of the spar out past the fuel tank, then made a bend AFT through the lightening hole in the spar and over to the pitot fitting. I did not want to over the spar inside the...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2017, 05:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,922
Posted By fixnflyguy
Seen it happen

I took flying lessons at a small airport in Pa back in the 70's that was also a Guard base with Hueys. The flight school had brand new Cherokees, and a student/instructor took off a few minutes...
Forum: RV-4 07-28-2017, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 569
Posted By fixnflyguy
Shawn, I can measure mine when I go to my hangar...

Shawn,
I can measure mine when I go to my hangar next time, but there are a few factors to keep in mind. Your a long way from setting the final position, which has variables created by the torque...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-17-2017, 06:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,279
Posted By fixnflyguy
WX in NC was ugly.

We really wanted to make your fly-in, and I had really had my hopes up visit that cool strip of yours!..but the WX forecast between you and central NC was a deal breaker. We had some ugly storms by...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-14-2017, 06:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,438
Posted By fixnflyguy
In the air for me..

We live close to the path, so WX permitting( Typical T storm season), I will be heading into the center of the path , hopefully around the 10K altitude mark. My BIB will be camera equipped and hope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 06:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,286
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

If you are good in a Champ and Cub, you will have no problem with a -4. I went from a Taylorcraft into my -4 (I built) with no worries. I recently helped get a zero TW time friend into a -8 by...
Forum: RV-4 07-01-2017, 08:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,105
Posted By fixnflyguy
what I did

I have been down that road when I built mine. I have lots of pictures, and many are already on threads here. I have a fully closed aluminum cover,leather boot, and fresh air vented from the bottom of...
Forum: RV-4 06-23-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,815
Posted By fixnflyguy
If you can get down to NC, I can give you a full...

If you can get down to NC, I can give you a full RV4 tour/ride. I built mine, and work on many others. I have helped several first time RV Want to be owners become owners..they are great machines.
Forum: Painting your RV 06-21-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,009
Posted By fixnflyguy
I used Proseal

I work in the "big plane" industry, and as another post mentioned, I used Proseal..my favorite stuff for everything. It will adhere to anything, is flexible, and paintable. I applied it around my -4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,441
Posted By fixnflyguy
I believe that is the yellow open cockpit -3 that...

I believe that is the yellow open cockpit -3 that I have seen pictures of posted before. Sad news, and prayers for the family.
Forum: Southeast 06-05-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,282
Posted By fixnflyguy
8A7, Twin lakes ,Advance NC

We have several RV's at Twin Lakes (8A7), -4's,-6a,-7,-8a,-9 and an F1 Rocket. All are flying, several of us have built them. Come visit and see a few different models and I will go over the...
Forum: RV-4 06-02-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 668
Posted By fixnflyguy
Re-skin yours

Did you build yours? None of the RV-4's have match drilled anything, and a rudder from another builder may not fit well, if at all. Not sure the extent of your damage (I have been down that road),...
Forum: RV-4 05-30-2017, 05:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 621
Posted By fixnflyguy
They are not in parallel

There is already a similar thread for the reason the RV-4 rudder pedals are not parallel. The design allows for the pedals to swing slightly inboard/outboard to provide better clearance along the...
Forum: RV-4 05-27-2017, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 871
Posted By fixnflyguy
Skip, you forget how close I am to you..I'm 6'1"...

Skip, you forget how close I am to you..I'm 6'1" 200 lbs. Come sit in my plane..I have done a couple things to make mine a little better than plans , without compromising rear stick. Plan on having a...
Forum: RV-4 05-25-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,233
Posted By fixnflyguy
YEP..they are supposed to be

They will travel parallel to the tunnel more so than the fuselage side skin, thus keeping them from hitting the tunnel, as they would if they come straight FOR/AFT.
Forum: Southeast 05-18-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By fixnflyguy
8A7 Twin Lakes?

There are several empty hangars at Twin Lakes (8A7)available. We have 8 RV's based here, and I live on the airport. I believe you and I talked and you met your new neighbors Chris and Jeannie ( Long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2017, 06:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 963
Posted By fixnflyguy
Enjoy the ride!

My timeline of building my RV-4 was a mirror image of your journey, down to the 3 yr. old son. I built him an RV-4 pedal plane for his 3rd birthday to match my completed tail of the real -4. I too...
Forum: RV-4 05-16-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 746
Posted By fixnflyguy
Here is why..

The plates are drilled/reamed as a stack-up assembly to pretty close tolerance. ANY angular irregularity would cause problems if the stack-up is not in the same orientation as it was drilled. My -4...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-12-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,525
Posted By fixnflyguy
Great Resource..

I have been on the list for several years, and have had 3 guests and several inquiries from folks wanting a weather hold back-up plan for OSH trips. Its a great thing, and I may be pinging a New...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 532
Posted By fixnflyguy
I saw you on the ramp

I live on the airport, and hosted the RV fly-in at Twin Lakes last spring(35 RV's and Rockets attended)..was headed down from the back yard to chat and see your beautiful plane when you fired up for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,452
Posted By fixnflyguy
100LL

All my lawn equipment,4 wheelers and old Harleys have 100LL in them year round. Its cheaper than fixing ethanol/gas blunders and smells good too...I use enough in my RV to have plenty of leftover...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By fixnflyguy
The purpose built pullers which are usually...

The purpose built pullers which are usually pneumatic, have a close tolerance very hard nose piece which insures proper seating of the inconel lock ring on the stem. It's usually not a big issue on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-31-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,464
Posted By fixnflyguy
Horrible!

Several years back, a few hangars at our airport were broken into, but not by anyone "smart" enough to do that..unfortunately, while stealing a golf cart, they hit the elevator on a beautiful T-6. I...
Forum: Southeast 03-16-2017, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,130
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bedford Landing in Va.

Bedford Landing on Smith Mountain Lake in Va. is kind of in your search area. It's a B and B on a private airport right on the water. The owner is an RV guy, and we are planning to go there within...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,440
Posted By fixnflyguy
G meter?

It's easy to load up the G's, and having the G meter will help tune your senses...it's the stuff the airframe suffers that doesn't make a bang you need to worry about. Visual inspections only tell...
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