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Forum: RV-14 Today, 08:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for your replies. I'll document what I end...

Thanks for your replies. I'll document what I end up doing. The new flap actuator is at the post office so I haven't had a chance to look at it in context yet. The RV-14 flap motor brackets have...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 246
Posted By iamtheari
Flap actuator minimum and maximum extension

So, I did a smart thing and ordered the PH Aviation flap motor with built-in position sensor. But then I did a dumb thing and sent my flap motor back to Van's without first checking the minimum and...
Forum: RV-14 11-09-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By iamtheari
I don't have my copy of the plans with me this...

I don't have my copy of the plans with me this weekend. But for some reason I thought that there was a designated ADAHRS mount in the left wing and a magnetometer mount in the right wing.
Forum: RV-14 11-08-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 608
Posted By iamtheari
I'll follow along because I'm also debating the...

I'll follow along because I'm also debating the same thing. The left wing location may minimize plumbing because I will have an AOA line from the pitot mast terminating at the ADAHRS. The pitot and...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-06-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 267
Posted By iamtheari
Aircraft Specialty Braided Brake Lines (RV-14 taildragger with parking brake valve)

I purchased this brake line kit for my RV-14 project. I recently got talked into upgrading to a complete Beringer brake system. The lines and fittings are the complete kit that you get from Aircraft...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-06-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By iamtheari
Sold and paid for. Thanks!

Sold and paid for. Thanks!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-06-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 322
Posted By iamtheari
SteinAir vents SOLD

I have two of the 1.25" SteinAir vents. Part 05-04063 on Spruce. They sell for $130 each new. Mine are new in the box and I do not need them. I listed them previously and had some interest but no...
Forum: RV-14 11-06-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 888
Posted By iamtheari
I had the opportunity test-sit in an RV-14 to see...

I had the opportunity test-sit in an RV-14 to see how I fit. No sense spending thousands of hours to build a plane that I hate to be in. It was a tail dragger that did not have steps, which made the...
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By iamtheari
This makes me want to upgrade to Beringer wheels....

This makes me want to upgrade to Beringer wheels. I am probably 6-8 weeks from having my tailwheel 14 on the gear.
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 307
Posted By iamtheari
Fuselage/firewall tip - do the rudder bearing block first

I just got done with some gymnastics and have a tip for RV-14 fuselage builders. When you get to page 27-02 step 4, stop and flip ahead a few pages to page 33-05 step 3. This would have been much...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2018, 11:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,379
Posted By iamtheari
Which factory plane was it, the trike or the tail...

Which factory plane was it, the trike or the tail dragger?
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 587
Posted By iamtheari
Thread from last year on the topic:...

Thread from last year on the topic: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=149255

Here is Tim's syllabus:
https://www.rvcfi.com/transition/

I'm building a taildragger so I have an...
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2018, 10:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 250
Posted By iamtheari
Tie-down locations and smoke oil tank attachment

I bought four of the tie-down kits that Van's sells. Does anyone have tips on where exactly to put them in the baggage area? I was thinking of putting two in the aft, maybe behind the step cover...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2018, 08:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for the tips on the back rivet bucking...

Thanks for the tips on the back rivet bucking bar. So far, so good without it but I can imagine there are times when it's easier to go that way, especially working solo. And I can see the benefit of...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2018, 12:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 405
Posted By iamtheari
Page 29-14 step 8 - define "fuselage"

This step says to "rivet the side skin to the fuselage, firewall, and all parts clecoed in Step 5 and Step 6." The term "fuselage" is a little vague here. I am inferring that all of the rivets shown...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-22-2018, 11:49 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 78,331
Posted By iamtheari
It's a legitimate concern. Every line of code is...

It's a legitimate concern. Every line of code is a potential software bug. If you add 1,000 lines of code to accept, decode, and display ADS-B traffic (which, as a recovering software engineer, I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-21-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,541
Posted By iamtheari
I guess I should have asked for single, dual, or...

I guess I should have asked for single, dual, or triple... Another thing I am still rolling around in my head is whether to have a backup flight instrument. For example, the Garmin G5 works as a...
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
The bearing bracket halves appear to be perfectly...

The bearing bracket halves appear to be perfectly machined to clamp the bearings in place. I don't know if they clamp on the outer circumference of the bearing's outer race, on the flat sides of the...
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
I successfully completed this repair with lots of...

I successfully completed this repair with lots of help from my A&P friend. We used a tight-fit drill attachment to drill out the 8 rivets holding each bearing bracket assembly to the rib, then...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,147
Posted By iamtheari
With the empennage kit, I laid out the parts...

With the empennage kit, I laid out the parts generally on a sheet of plywood sitting atop a pair of sawhorses. I learned from that... With the fuselage kit, I bought three sets of plastic shelving...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2018, 11:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By iamtheari
Sorry, I wrote that in a confusing way. To do...

Sorry, I wrote that in a confusing way. To do things in the order presented in the plans, back riveting seems mandatory. I prefer not to back rivet if I can help it, especially with AD4 rivets. Good...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By iamtheari
Page 29-12 - Why rivet stuff to side skin before clecoing it to fuselage?

Page 29-12 has you rivet about 1/3 of the holes in two ribs, 3/4 of the holes in one stiffener, and a handful of holes in the side plate and upper drag fitting to the side skin before putting the...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
Nope. I already ordered the Skybolt Phillips head...

Nope. I already ordered the Skybolt Phillips head kit. Now I can move on to worrying about something else of little consequence like interior paint colors or sanding my primed armrests to a perfectly...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
It's more that the FBO guy who plugs my preheater...

It's more that the FBO guy who plugs my preheater in or my friend who helps preflight the plane will need to find a screwdriver to open the oil door and access the preheater plug or the dipstick. I'm...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
Are the Skybolt fasteners really a big upgrade...

Are the Skybolt fasteners really a big upgrade for the oil door from the quarter-turn fasteners supplied with the kit? I generally prefer the kind you can open without a screwdriver.
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
I'm about to order the Skybolt hardware. Do I...

I'm about to order the Skybolt hardware. Do I need to order tools from them as well or can the hardware be installed using regular tools?
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
My A&P friend who is helping me with the build...

My A&P friend who is helping me with the build helped me evaluate this situation and decide on a solution. We will use a 90-degree drill to remove the 8 rivets holding each bearing bracket to the...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
After removing the control column completely, I...

After removing the control column completely, I can see that both bearings are stiff. I can insert a screwdriver through them and rotate them with mild stiffness, but I can't rotate them in the...
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
I hope it doesn't come to that for me. But can...

I hope it doesn't come to that for me. But can you share some insight on why you removed the rib rather than removing the bearing bracket from the rib and leaving the rib in place? It seems to me...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
Well, I spent an hour on it tonight, mostly...

Well, I spent an hour on it tonight, mostly dropping washers and cursing. With two thick washers and a shim on the outboard side and a thin and thick washer on the inboard side, the copilot side of...
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2018, 04:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,879
Posted By iamtheari
The shim is thick enough to countersink for the...

The shim is thick enough to countersink for the AD3 rivets that go there. I dimpled the guides and will countersink the shims. If you dimpled the shims (also possible, I think), then you could just...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
With one side completely loosened, there is much...

With one side completely loosened, there is much less friction on the control column. There are visible gaps on both sides so I will have to get some shims in there. I am still working on honing my...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2018, 10:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,879
Posted By iamtheari
Resurrecting this old thread because there is...

Resurrecting this old thread because there is still an error on this page in revision 1, which is dated 3/3/2015 (2 months after the post above).


The written instructions have been corrected from...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for your posts above. I'll hope for the...

Thanks for your posts above. I'll hope for the best with shims and report back. Shouldn't take more than a month or two of dropping washers and cursing my lot in life. :)
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks. I'll loosen one side at a time and see...

Thanks. I'll loosen one side at a time and see how that goes. I agree that any friction between my hand and the control surfaces would be best to avoid. My main concern is whether I somehow messed up...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
I wonder if I would be better off drilling those...

I wonder if I would be better off drilling those rivets out and re-engineering the bearing bracket mounts now, before I install the side skins and age an additional 20-40 years. I'm 36 now and, if...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks. I'll spend my weekend in that tedium, I...

Thanks. I'll spend my weekend in that tedium, I guess, since it'll be worth it. My concern is that the bearings themselves are not working correctly but I don't know how to differentiate that from...
Forum: RV-14 09-24-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,553
Posted By iamtheari
Control column installation and bearing stiffness (page 29-05 step 7)

I got the bottom fuselage skins riveted together tonight and proceeded to install the control column. There is almost no play when one side's hardware is installed so I do not think I need any shims....
Forum: RV-14 09-24-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 557
Posted By iamtheari
My current plan is to use the two nutplate...

My current plan is to use the two nutplate locations in the battery angles, forward of the elevator bellcrank and just aft of the F-01406 aft baggage bulkhead, and add two more nutplates just aft of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-23-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,541
Posted By iamtheari
The second screen is not redundancy except for...

The second screen is not redundancy except for the first screen so I donít consider that as a major positive. The MFDís value for me is displaying charts, engine instruments, weather, and the like as...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-21-2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,541
Posted By iamtheari
I keep an expired book of approach plates (along...

I keep an expired book of approach plates (along with expired sectionals) in an AOPA headset bag in my plane. Unfortunately, the one time that would have been handy I was in Colorado which is outside...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-21-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,541
Posted By iamtheari
Dual vs. Single EFIS

Has anyone installed a single EFIS and wish they had installed two? Or has anyone installed two and wish they had just bought one? I am planning for a G3X Touch system although I'm not yet 100%...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
Okay, looking at the plans... Fuselage page...

Okay, looking at the plans...

Fuselage page 28-07 is where I put on the lower cowl plates, already done.

Fuselage page 29-08 is where the side cowl hinges go onto the firewall, which I will...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for the specific details. I am not an...

Thanks for the specific details. I am not an infrequent flier and this plane won't be, either. I fly about 150 hours a year in my Arrow that the RV-14 will basically replace and, with lower operating...
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for the tips on the Skybolt fasteners. I'm...

Thanks for the tips on the Skybolt fasteners. I'm almost at the point in the fuselage where you put the hinge material on, so I'd better make a decision and order some parts if I'm going to go that...
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By iamtheari
After trying to fit it together both ways, it...

After trying to fit it together both ways, it works better to put the shroud inboard of (above) the F-01484 skin, which does most closely match figure 1 on page 29-02. And now that I have spent more...
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
What are the alternatives to the piano hinge on...

What are the alternatives to the piano hinge on the cowl?
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,995
Posted By iamtheari
Finishing Kit Omissions/Options

I know it's been discussed before, but not in depth and apparently at a time when the kits were organized differently as I saw people talking about air vents in the finishing kit.

I have decided to...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 557
Posted By iamtheari
RV-14 smoke pump mounting location

I decided to go with a smoke system after all. Itís totally frivolous but itís just money. I went with Smoke System Helperís RV-14 specific kit.

Anyhow, the oil tank will obviously go behind the...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Posted By iamtheari
Page 29-02 step 2 - overlap of F-01454 muffler shroud ramp

Step 2 on page 29-02 says to overlap the F-01483 forward bottom skins, F-01484 center bottom skin, and F-01454 muffler shroud ramp as shown in figure 1. I want to confirm that I have the right...
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,192
Posted By iamtheari
Youíre a genius. I happened to be in a hardware...

Youíre a genius. I happened to be in a hardware store when I posted. They didnít have numbered bits but the Ace down the street did.
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,192
Posted By iamtheari
Tools nobody gives you in a kit

I got one of the RV-14 tool kits when I started my build and I have had to add a few as I go. Just last week I decided to buy a better backrivet set and now I am wishing I had looked ahead a bit. My...
Forum: RV-14 08-21-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By iamtheari
Further update: The plans call for AN426AD3-4.5...

Further update: The plans call for AN426AD3-4.5 rivets through the firewall lower flange, cowl shim, and cowl attach plate. We found these to be too short and used AD3-5 rivets instead.
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2018, 08:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By iamtheari
Just by way of update, the kit at this point has...

Just by way of update, the kit at this point has 5 remaining K1000-08 nutplates and 6 are needed for this step. So I will just order a half-dozen along with probably $500 of other stuff from Aircraft...
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for verifying my finding. I'll carry on...

Thanks for verifying my finding. I'll carry on accordingly. It's nice to know the history of these things, as well.
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 695
Posted By iamtheari
Page 28-07 step 4 and figure 2 - wrong nutplates?

Page 28-07 step 3 is to machine countersink the #40 holes in the F-14133-1 cowl attach plates. Figure 2 shows 14X machine countersink. There are only 14 #40 holes in this part, including the nutplate...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2018, 10:41 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 387
Posted By iamtheari
Page 26-14 / 26-21 "no rivet zone" and taildragger step cover plates

Page 26-21 step 4 says to rivet the baggage ribs to the center bottom skin except for the "no rivet zone" from page 26-14.

Page 26-14 has a hatched area of the center bottom skin for the "no rivet...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By iamtheari
Any tips on the breather issue? I noticed that...

Any tips on the breather issue? I noticed that the "slobber tubes" on the Great Lakes planes that I got to fly for my introductory aerobatics lessons last winter made a lot of "slobber" after the...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By iamtheari
Thanks for the oil accumulator tip. Is an...

Thanks for the oil accumulator tip.

Is an aerobatic prop basically a twin-engine prop on a single-engine plane, so that loss of pressure feathers it rather than flattening it out?
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2018, 05:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By iamtheari
Technically true. But not workable for all...

Technically true. But not workable for all maneuvers. Slow rolls are a good example where you are going to have some period of time with negative G at the engine and where an inverted oil system is...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,255
Posted By iamtheari
IO-390 Inverted oil system

I am trying hard to talk myself into ordering an engine on the Oshkosh special. I plan to have an inverted oil system in my RV-14 so that I don't have to worry about the engine every time I get bored...
Forum: RV-14 08-06-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 502
Posted By iamtheari
With that data, I will install the stock relay...

With that data, I will install the stock relay doubler and built a bracket for the PPS per the other reply above, if and when I have a PPS in hand. The worst-case scenario that way is to fly with...
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