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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 02:03 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,049
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for the pic

I am following Bruce Hill’s blog and replaced that rivet with a flush one during the fuse build. At the time, I had no idea why this was needed, but now I know. Thanks for the pict and thank you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,211
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rv9

In the rv9 i tried the baja’s and they would not fit well; the ‘9 tips are too thin. Ut at Osh i saw paul’s FLy LEDs at high noon and even a block away they were bright, and he designed them to fit...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 26,411
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me

When i shimmed up the control column i did itper the instructions before the spar was riveted in. Now a year later i installed for a final time. One side required a “L”
Washer, the other didnt. This...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I think the 3.5 mm will be fine, jmho. This isnt a precision joint, but needs to be good enough to cinch down when installed. I think the most important part is to get the 1/8 “ spacing of the ball...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2019, 03:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 193
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just did this

I just did this, and it doesnt appear in my blog yet. I did the first one without drilling and it was nearly impossible to insert the sleeve; i got it but it was hard.
The others were easier with the...
Forum: RV-10 11-10-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,377
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me too

Imsecond what Bob says. Besides the position sensor it also has electrical limit switches and no grease issue in the motor.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,507
Posted By PilotjohnS
Good thing to see

I love the fact that kids like Amanda and Tate Reeves are getting exposed to metal working and shop skills. It seems this exposure is a step to higher brain functioning regardless of the chosen...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 970
Posted By PilotjohnS
BAttery ground

Per aero electric on the ground side of battery. I want to know draw if alt fails. If this happens, i probabaly wont remember all those numbers from flight test. With this amp draw and voltage, i can...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-05-2019, 03:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vans plan

I used the details on Vans optional plan and drilled the holes accordingly. The corrugated conduit fit in tight and i had to pull it thru with it snapping thru each corrugation.. but it worked as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-05-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I ran the corregated Vans conduit in the designated holes. I ran the conduit before the bottom skin was on with no trouble riveting the bottom-skin. I also stretch the conduit so it wouldnt rub on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2019, 04:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,110
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I would not use substructure dies... too many people had too many problems. Substructure dies seem to be a bit of overthinking. I bought my clecos from Browns Tool and they are Boeing quality; never...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2019, 08:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 554
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I heard this too, to put the bolt such that it would Not come out if it loosens. But this is just as bad in my opinion. If the skin keeps the bolt from coming out it is probably going to jam the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pressure seems high

I did this test and used about 10” of water pressure if I remember correctly. I think your 36” of water is too much. I think the search will turn up so other numbers.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-27-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 949
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I would send vans an email with a picture of your best try and then call them tomorrow during the help hours. We have all been through this but it is hard to tell what is good enough with just words.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-18-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,182
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Thanks for the update. Always appreciate this kinds of post for things to do on weekends because i got my head down building and sometimes dont see what is in front.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2019, 09:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,001
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I think this is a great idea. Seems it makes the gear behave more like the rv8 flat gear legs where they are stiff(er) fore and aft, except the RV7 gear is now stiffer in both directions, I aint...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-07-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,575
Posted By PilotjohnS
double squeze

Also, on the -4s I typically double squeeze the rivet. I find it nearly impossible to get a good rivet squeezed if I try and rivet with only one squeeze.
Make sure the rivet set is not moving in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,008
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mercy Me

Please have mercy on those of us who live in a state that thinks a special gasoline is needed and we are all rich so price is not important.
I am so glad avgas is the same throughout the nation.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 11:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,444
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

The magnetometer seems to fit real nice under the tail fairing. I am going to be running a G5 backup so still need to plumb the static lines to the front ; so i will put my ahrds there.

I guess...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 07:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,230
Posted By PilotjohnS
Time?

You guys got too much time on your hands, go build something.
Forum: California 09-20-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By PilotjohnS
seriously

To be a little serious here, most LA airports have at least one FBO that could arrange a rental car. Some airports have rental cars at the terminal.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,662
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

You are going to get those occasionally. One has to decide if they are building a show plane or a go fast plane. Mine started out as a show plane, after the second rivet it is now a go fast plane.
Forum: California 09-19-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 720
Posted By PilotjohnS
More specific?

Can you be more specific?
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-15-2019, 09:32 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 48,879
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse Details

With all the fuselage interior parts painted, I am starting final assembly of the fuse interior. I have installed the control column and the electric aileron trim. This is all standard stuff as per...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,454
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I was trained by a person who went on the become a formula 1 mechanic. His concern was to not keep tightening the nut every time it was checked. He emphasis to just run to the torque spec and see if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,454
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I use torque seal to show the bolt or nut has been torque. But this is only as good as the process. So the torque seal goes on as the bolts are torqued if there is any doubt the bolt/nut was torqued...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,603
Posted By PilotjohnS
Is it just me

I was told today mine has been delayed a month. Mine is a drilled version.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-05-2019, 10:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 838
Posted By PilotjohnS
Roll trim

On the RV9, the stock roll trim is a spring bias system in the fuselage. So no trim stuff in the wings if you are going stock.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,312
Posted By PilotjohnS
Like it

Are you making a mold ? How do you undo the scat tube to pull the cowl? Maybe i will copy seems like a nice idea. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-05-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 838
Posted By PilotjohnS
Put mine on

I put my skins on as soon as I was done with wiring. I didnt want those pieces laying around the shop getting damaged. I did not see any reason to leave them off. Also, I figured my riveting would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,862
Posted By PilotjohnS
Use the VOR. QED

Use the VOR.
QED
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2019, 08:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,342
Posted By PilotjohnS
Camp 3

I am in camp 3. But to me the change is a no brainer. When the plane is done, the difference in cost will not be significant. I know I can fly the plane and keep my nose clean ( pun intended) but I...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-27-2019, 11:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 746
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

Instead of running a bit thru them, i think it would be better to place rivets in the holes. If the rivets fit in, great you are good to go. If they dont, then the holes have not been final drilled...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 10:56 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,862
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vor alternates

So before I went to Osh this year, i thought the only way to get VOR was to use a GTN 650. However at Osh I discovered that there is a Radio GNC 255 that also has VOR capability. So this may be an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 08:21 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,862
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I still get concerned about out a gps outage. Seems it is possible and still happens occasionally in the desert out west. Dont know what the future holds so I am putting it in. Besides, I figure it...
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,020
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just an un informed observrer

I take no responsibility for this statement, but if it was me, I would be inclined to try it as is. I think the 8” is only a concern when you are using pitot heat. But that is just me. YMMV.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-25-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,532
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me want

I would like to have a small led in the cowl for runway illumination and front wheel preflight at night etc
I have the flyleds “ the works” kit, and these put the strobes on low power continuous for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-22-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,029
Posted By PilotjohnS
Standard

There seems to be a garmin G3x standard panel becoming apparent to me. The center stack is the GTN650, audio panel and ap control head, switches on the bottom and g5 on the left. The GTN 650 has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 09:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,121
Posted By PilotjohnS
simpler

I just heated up the tubing with a heat gun, slide it on and safety wired. easy peasey.

I think garmin recommends a distance of the metal before terminating; and this distance is longer than a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-20-2019, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,088
Posted By PilotjohnS
My Rule

When it comes to drilling holes in a Vans kit I have a rule, " always wait as long as possible to screw up a part"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,427
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pictures

Steve,
This is in my future, can you post some pictures please?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,582
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I built one of the EAA bench with 2” overhang and Melamine top. It has worked out really well. The overhang is a must to clamp down parts for riveting. Got a separate table tied to the wall with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 845
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Love the wankel.
Really wish i can run on unleaded aviation fuel. Lets move FAA, get the lead out!
Forum: ADS-B 08-15-2019, 11:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,759
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hope

I hope it is the same guy. I hate to think there is more than one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 09:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,945
Posted By PilotjohnS
2 moves and the queen is toast. God save the queen

2 moves and the queen is toast. God save the queen
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-11-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,245
Posted By PilotjohnS
Usa

All cars in usa have metal filler necks and metal nozzles. So the car is connected to the pump. Also usa tires are conductive and concrete around pumps is also conductive. So as long as one fills up...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-11-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bit resolution

If the setting is only varying within the resolution, I would suspect it is not really changing. It may be that the recording software cant decide what it should be, so it vacillates between two...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2019, 10:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,762
Posted By PilotjohnS
Colors for IFR

So for the experts on IFR lighting, what colors are best for an IFR panel? I was taught green or yellow, but my IFR ground school said to use white when on final and dont worry about preserving night...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,762
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cool Idea

I actually like the idea of illuminated switches. Thanks for sharing, I will look into them.
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-09-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 48,879
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fire wall pics

I will be using an IO320, so no facet pump on bottom of firewall. Still would like to know the best place to put the fuel line thru the firewall, since I am working on plumbing the forward fuselage...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-09-2019, 12:10 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 48,879
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse update

After a very fun summer, finally got back into it. Managed to get the main gear on. I am getting started on the plumbing installation. Got the parking brake valve installed using a custom bracket in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-06-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 993
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I found very little gotcha's, if any, on the tail and wings.
So I have been using the RV7 list on the fuse. it has saved my bacon a few times.

After saying this, there is a gotcha on the RV9 fuse...
Forum: Reviews 08-04-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,585
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing the pics. Much appreciated.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 18,946
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

For us older folks, the market is really to a high wing that is easier to get in and out. I dont know how many times i read a person selling their rv because they or there spouse can no longer crawl...
Forum: Reviews 08-03-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,585
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes!

As I was looking at the ones at Oshkosh, I couldnt get over how much it looked like a Tamiya RC tank kit.
Glad to know someone rolled their own.

Heck, I think I have all the parts in my old RC...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-03-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,957
Posted By PilotjohnS
Surefly

The real reason I would choose the Surefly over the PMag is that the Surefly doesn't run software. They use a PLD, or Programable Logic Device. This has the firmware burned in and is hardened against...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2019, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 634
Posted By PilotjohnS
Small shop

I too have a small shop problem. I plan to do my wing fitting at the airport during final assembly, rather than one wing at a time. YMMV.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-02-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,054
Posted By PilotjohnS
a mighty big thank you

Tom,
Thanks for posting the parts list. I went ahead and ordered 6 sets for my RV9A (Pure + attrition).
What a wonderful post, you took all the work out of this mod, thank you very much for taking...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2019, 12:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,957
Posted By PilotjohnS
At the show

So I talked to one of the mag engineers about the Lycoming version at the show and he mentioned a 3 ahr battery would be good for 45 minutes, if I remember right. He said a simple diode tap to the...
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,516
Posted By PilotjohnS
Double Flare

I would love to double flare everything, but I had a hard time finding the tooling. Most double flares I did at work were on a stand alone machine that I had to bring the work to, not on a tool I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 11,656
Posted By PilotjohnS
Large

I think it is a large event. But it is very well run. Kudos to all the volunteers helping out, outstanding volunteers all of them.

I went to a few of the RV social events and those were nice; had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2019, 10:24 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 14,302
Posted By PilotjohnS
Brought me to osh

This is one of the things that brought me to Osh.
Glad I got a chance to see it on the mock up QB fuse and on the RV9 A demonstrator. I saw the louvers on the RV9 and they are not so bad looking;...
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