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Forum: Propellers 08-14-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 519
Posted By PilotjohnS
Catto constant speed

There are rumors of a Catto constant speed prop coming out. If this is true, may add complexity to my 2 vs 3 blade decision.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-14-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 509
Posted By PilotjohnS
my Plan

My plan is to put an old fashion hobbs in with my garmin panel. Just so I know if my kids "borrowed" my plane. I think it would be nice to have the hours always displayed, even with the panel off....
Forum: Tools 08-13-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 737
Posted By PilotjohnS
drill

I found the new Makita 18V cordless BRUSHLESS drills are choice (very good). the new brushless are much lighter than the standard cordless, smaller even. The are comparable to the air drill without...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 230
Posted By PilotjohnS
my experience

I have been using this stuff for two years at 1:2. and dimpling after prime with no problem.
I tried the 1:1.5 and it didn't come out well with my dry ambient conditions. JMHO. YMMV

I have done the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 827
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

I would pick a avionics brand, my choice was either Dynon or Garmin. This way you can install the autopilot, heated pitot tube, and magnetometer, etc, as you build. Don't need to buy things until...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-10-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 29,639
Posted By PilotjohnS
wow

Great job on the progress.

You and I started the fuse at the same time, but now you have blown by me, you are so far ahead its like proof of the Doppler effect.

But please keep posting. You are...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-09-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 765
Posted By PilotjohnS
crime

It is a crime. I hope this wrong gets righted before my plane is done and it becomes an airport again.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,086
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I never got good results mixing in bag. I mixed on scrap hotel key or other hard plasctic then transfered to baggie. Worked great.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-06-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 473
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ghost image

I had a controller call traffic for me on my ghost image from santabarbara to santa monica; he was embarassed when he realized.
Always love the view of the islands from there. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 57,079
Posted By PilotjohnS
update

Make mine a high wing rocket with 240Kt cruise and large barn door style fowler flaps and high aspect wing for high altitude cruise. WHAT A COUNTRY!
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-05-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Thanks for the insight. This makes sense now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 57,079
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hi wing rv9

I want a high wing rv9-like plane. With the change in medical rules, I need a plane i can get in without climbimg on a wing.
Hi wings normally dont perform as well. But i am sure vans can find a way.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-05-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ump

Bump to top
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-04-2018, 09:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 210
Posted By PilotjohnS
F-915 outer seat rib

I am working on the center section of My Rv9a. It seems that F915 outer seat rib needs to get fluted to match the fuselage curve. Two questions:
1) when do i do this, will I am doing the other seat...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,718
Posted By PilotjohnS
Grass is always greener

Compare your cost of flying to that of us in California. Thats why we all dream of flying and living someplace other than California. The beauty of a plane is that one can escape. Imagine all those...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-30-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 26,668
Posted By PilotjohnS
Made it to Hawaii

Tracking shows he landed in Hilo
Forum: Painting your RV 07-28-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 311
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I think any sw store can order it unless you are in california.
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By PilotjohnS
Important point

The use of an autopilot servo does not negate the need for trim. The trim can also be manual or electric ( Ray Allen). Without trim the autopilot servo would need to hold a constant force to maintain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,459
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mass arrivals

I am curious if the mass arrivals are helping or hurting the landing rate. Or are the being used by pilots to circumvent following the NOTAM and guaranteeing a no stress arrival at the detriment of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 890
Posted By PilotjohnS
After research

After much research got 20 gal from home depot. I found out the HF were not that reliable. Couldnt be happier with my Home depot version. No problems for 3 yrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 525
Posted By PilotjohnS
Nail polish

I tried nail polish but just wasnt great. I went to Grainer and bought 2 tubes; lifetime supply. No reason to fear the right stuff.
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-14-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 30,422
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse part 3

So I am working on the aft fuselage. Like many others, I had trouble with the F779 bottom fuse skin at the rear. This is really thick and pre bent. Well sort of. I had trouble getting the prepunched...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-13-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,760
Posted By PilotjohnS
Electical?

Since both mags are affected, could it possible be a bad ignition switch?
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-06-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 29,639
Posted By PilotjohnS
Trying to say

I agree the torque strip should be from the surface onto the nut to the bolt. I think the video is mistaken in that the torque strip should not be on the “bolt” side of the fastener; but it definetly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,855
Posted By PilotjohnS
Taxi light

Looks like a small taxi light in the cowl would be ideal to fill in?
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-01-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 29,639
Posted By PilotjohnS
Inspiring

Jereme, we were at the same point earlier this month, but you are blowing me away. You are doing great.

Since I am behind now, I am really into your blog.

So what drill sizes do you need for right...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-29-2018, 11:42 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 30,422
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuselage, part 2 of many

Bending longerons. Those words create fear, at least they did for me. I don't care to beat things with hammers, so I borrowed some longeron bending dies. I added scotch tape to the longerons and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats

Congratulations. I am a few years behind. Please keep us up to date on first flight and phase 1 progress.
Forum: RV-14 06-22-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me

To get my dynon mast to fit the garmin, i had to squeeze the end in a vise to make it more “rounder” if that makes sense. I couldnt get them together unless i did this. Now it fits like a glove. YMMV
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 398
Views: 1,424,183
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vents not clear?

So I am wondering if the vent lines are not clear but rather have some raw fuel causing a liquid plug? This will allow some pressure to build up in the tanks if the internal pressure isnt enough to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,042
Posted By PilotjohnS
Easy peasey

Actually, I think with modern electronics it is easy to make the fuel senders read from full to empty. Just add one at tip of the tank and wire them in series. The tip rib sender would need to be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-16-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 970
Posted By PilotjohnS
Proseal

I used a wood jig to hold the angle in the drill press duting counter sinking. And. Then I used the proseal to help fill in any oblong holes. Worked out fine. When I got to the ailerons and flaps,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,855
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rv9

Are these available for an RV9?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2018, 11:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,742
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I have no connection to these guys but I am planning to use Fly LEDs, and advertiser here. I think I will be able to meet the cost target.
Forum: Reviews 06-09-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 791
Posted By PilotjohnS
Super

I am super excited about the entire lighting package for RV9, including the landing lights. As I found out during my planning stage, landing lights in the 9’s wingtips are dificult due to the small...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 105,384
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ya!

Congrats on the ticket.
That was a fast ticket

Time to build a rocket? ( pun intended)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2018, 04:24 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,590
Posted By PilotjohnS
Working on those flight moves Trying to cure...

Working on those flight moves
Trying to cure those awkward airplane blues ......
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-06-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,210
Posted By PilotjohnS
another suggestion

I would also suggest you make sure there is absolutely no debris between the spar's shear web and the spar caps that could be making the spar 'thicker'
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-06-2018, 12:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,210
Posted By PilotjohnS
The curse of pictures

Hope Vans can solve your problem.

I really appreciate the heads up on this critical measurement.

Looking at the picture, and having completed this step no more than 5 minutes ago, check there are...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-03-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 30,422
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse Part 1

In looking at various build logs of others who have gone before, it seems the fuse takes just as long as the tail and wings combined. So I decided to use a gifted surplus Hobbs meter to keep track of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2018, 09:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 869
Posted By PilotjohnS
Emails

I sent some emails before sun and fun that never got answered. I resent afterwards and they were promptly answered. No problem.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-29-2018, 08:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 840
Posted By PilotjohnS
My experience

My experience with race cars is that the cooler should be replaced if metal has gone through it. But I am not an expert on airplanes, but it also seems more critical on a plane. JMHO
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-27-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 846
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I would leave the top skins on when fitting the bottoms. If you did a good job fluting the ribs the holes will line up pretty close. If you follow the advice above and start from the spar to insert...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-25-2018, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,764
Posted By PilotjohnS
Y guess

I would look at the spring tension or the spring perch to see if it has shifted. I recall these pumps are really a spring force driven pump; all the plunger does is return the spring to the bottom of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for the responses

I have been agonizing over this for weeks. My wife said “Dont worry about it, you wont see it from an airplane.” I said, “ Yes i will see it from an airplane”.

This morning I had decided to paint ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By PilotjohnS
Protecting Interior Paint

Seeking advice from those who have gone before.

I plan to paint the interior pieces as I build. But how to I protect those pieces during the rest of the build. I plan to use Jet Flex , so it is...
Forum: Primers 05-18-2018, 07:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By PilotjohnS
Priming fuse

I primed everything so far. The real hard part is priming the fuselage. There are so many brackets and stuff on the cabin bulkheads that need to be primed before assembly. And if you wish to paint...
Forum: RV-12 05-17-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,135
Posted By PilotjohnS
Collection

I think we need to take up a collection to get Vlad’s plane painted. I figure $1 per travel story or appearance should do it.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-16-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,199
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hero

My hero showing the way
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,219
Posted By PilotjohnS
Better picture

Do you have a better picture?
I like the layout. Seems many are coalescing to a very similar Garmin panel. Amazing how good ideas become a de-facto standard.
Forum: RV-12 05-10-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,032
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

On some of the 4-5 rivets i have to squeeze them twice to get the leaverage. Once with the squeezer backed out a little, then once more with the squeezer in the final setting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,155
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats

Congrats. Now that I am building this means more to me than when I was a lurker.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-07-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 658
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sherwin williams primer and interior paint

I am working on the fuselage and plan to primer the parts with Sherwin Williams P 60G2 wash primer. I plan a full interior but there are still bits that are exposed and need paint.

What...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-03-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By PilotjohnS
My opinion

In my opinion, the pitot heat controller just keeps people from burning their fingers if they touch the pitot while the pitot heat is on. Without a controller, it is important to make sure the pitot...
Forum: California 04-26-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,752
Posted By PilotjohnS
Catalina

Catalina has gotten very rough. Good place to go, but be careful on the runway. There normally is a $20 landing fee. I still like going, but be warned.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2018, 11:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,627
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I plan my GMU11 fori the left wing because I have the roll servo in the right wing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,856
Posted By PilotjohnS
wings

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/--qkqFbT3JvQ/Ws2GzJkG8hI/AAAAAAAAAWQ/JZCBKRyZ114KOfgcWbMikGuGBOtncUeyACLcBGAs/s1600/IMG_0465%25281%2529.JPG

Here is what I did for my wings, just prior to roof and sides...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,022
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I am building a 9A now. My take is if there is a concern about medical, then build a 12. If medical is not an issue, then build a 9. The 9 is much more capable and has a larger future mission...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-15-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,589
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for post

Sean
Thank you for your post. I am at the point in my build where I really need to consider this mod. Your insight showed me another side.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,481
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ya we can do that

I think Steinair or one of the other VAF advertisers can build you a “drop in” panel if you like. There are many panels these guys have done that are on their websites. My plan is to buy a copy of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,481
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pretty slim

Without any factory knowledge about future products, I think the chance of a significant RV 10 update is slim to none. The RV10 is that good. Besides, even when their next new product comes out, the...
Forum: Tools 04-12-2018, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 948
Posted By PilotjohnS
Homedepot

I bought a 20 gal portable home depot 2 cylinder oil compressor. Couldn't be happier. I can move it outside for priming. It is also relatively quiet and doesn't run very much. I was surprised how...
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