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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-07-2019, 02:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 380
Posted By fl-mike
Good job. When my kids were little, they would...

Good job.
When my kids were little, they would ask their friends what kind of airplane their dad was building. They just assumed it was a normal thing since there was always an airplane project in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 708
Posted By fl-mike
An idea I've considered is making pull-out cards...

An idea I've considered is making pull-out cards like on the old HP analyzers.
Slide out from under the panel.
Like...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 270
Posted By fl-mike
For the axle nuts, I assume you have the cotter...

For the axle nuts, I assume you have the cotter key holes drilled.
I snug up with the lightweight wrench Van's sells, and back off to the cotter key hole. No set torque due to the tapered bearings.
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,473
Posted By fl-mike
yep. those work. you didn't even have to pop...

yep. those work.
you didn't even have to pop the doors off the hinges! Nice planning, and no saw notches for the spar stubs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,501
Posted By fl-mike
Something like 12lbs on the tailwheel. Might be...

Something like 12lbs on the tailwheel. Might be a factor in the prop strike? :eek: Also, you do know Vne is 212mph?
I know this mod has been discussed, but spar loads, fuel tank moments, etc.
You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 360
Posted By fl-mike
I don't think it matters. I aimed for the middle...

I don't think it matters.
I aimed for the middle of the hole radius.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,504
Posted By fl-mike
https://www.kitplanes.com/oil-cooler-101/ shows...

https://www.kitplanes.com/oil-cooler-101/

shows the difference in the two types.
I also think one of the magazines had an article in the current issue, but I can't find my copy.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-26-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 905
Posted By fl-mike
If Robert doesn't follow through, I'm next in...

If Robert doesn't follow through, I'm next in line! LOL :D (that pesky decimal place! cue "Office Space" scene...)
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By fl-mike
Ground power switch "OFF". Attach external...

Ground power switch "OFF".
Attach external ground power cable.
Ground power switch "ON"
(external power energizes the relay since ship battery may be dead)
Then, after charging, etc.:
Ground...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2019, 11:01 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,479
Posted By fl-mike
Option 2 Why a beacon? If you remove it you’ll...

Option 2
Why a beacon? If you remove it you’ll get a little “feelable” space between the lights and alternator switches. Ergonomically desirable.
I’d move the starter button so you can use it with...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-18-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 926
Posted By fl-mike
I can't speak for GRT, but our component lead...

I can't speak for GRT, but our component lead times are way out on board builds. It is so bad that even jellybean components like capacitors and resistors are affected (like 26 weeks). A...
Forum: Primers 10-17-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 408
Posted By fl-mike
De-grease and paint. Use paper towels (beware of...

De-grease and paint. Use paper towels (beware of the silicone monster!).
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-17-2019, 08:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By fl-mike
Builder option, but I would not be surprised if...

Builder option, but I would not be surprised if folks used what came with the sender.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,731
Posted By fl-mike
For me, the Weatherspork route-grid with...

For me, the Weatherspork route-grid with departure time slider, and profile views make it a killer app.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2019, 09:49 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,275
Posted By fl-mike
No, that is not typical poor workmanship, that is...

No, that is not typical poor workmanship, that is exceptionally poor workmanship:eek:
I suspect you already know that.
First thing is to examine the wire types used.
If okay, then start bundling by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,281
Posted By fl-mike
yes. Installing one on my 8. I shortened it a...

yes.
Installing one on my 8. I shortened it a bit.
Forum: Primers 10-06-2019, 02:36 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 970
Posted By fl-mike
I disagree. I did some coupon testing years...

I disagree.
I did some coupon testing years back with both a salt fog chamber, and hanging outside in coastal FL for a year. Alodine-only is okay if you can keep dust, etc off of it, but you...
Forum: Primers 10-05-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 970
Posted By fl-mike
Don't see your pictures, but: You'll probably...

Don't see your pictures, but:
You'll probably want to scuff a bit with the Alumiprep stage.
You should not be able to see through the Akzo. This will give you the proper dry film thickness (I also...
Forum: Safety 10-03-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 9,398
Posted By fl-mike
might want to test the ziplocks reaction to...

might want to test the ziplocks reaction to gasoline first. They might melt.

I have a vest with:
PLB (this goes on my parachute harness if I'm only wearing the chute)
handheld radio and extra...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,981
Posted By fl-mike
I use a Dake #1 arbor press I happen to have. ...

I use a Dake #1 arbor press I happen to have. Just put the ram on the bead up against the rim and hit two or three spots around the rim. Works great.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-28-2019, 08:08 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 57,249
Posted By fl-mike
That big 'ol hole behind #3 can't be helping! :D

That big 'ol hole behind #3 can't be helping! :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-18-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 450
Posted By fl-mike
those are #40 holes. You can use the fat rivet...

those are #40 holes.
You can use the fat rivet trick. Take a slightly longer flush head rivet and slightly squeeze it in your squeezer between two flush sets (just in the squeezer, not in the part)...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,153
Posted By fl-mike
what color is your baffle material?

what color is your baffle material?
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-17-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,829
Posted By fl-mike
I call this the "Purse Box", but the wife is...

I call this the "Purse Box", but the wife is going to have to downsize...
Sized to clear the rear stick and mount to the back of the standard front...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-17-2019, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,153
Posted By fl-mike
What is above the cylinder in that area?

What is above the cylinder in that area?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 821
Posted By fl-mike
Keep an eye on the "bay" too. I found a NOS...

Keep an eye on the "bay" too. I found a NOS Welen bulb for much less a while back. Just search on your p/n. I see someone has a couple NOS A610 for $50 ea.
BTW, I have a Nova 904 power pack in my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-06-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 870
Posted By fl-mike
I do mine with Jan Bussell. He’ll do it in your...

I do mine with Jan Bussell. He’ll do it in your RV or one of his RVs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By fl-mike
Not anodized. I took anodizing off the table due...

Not anodized. I took anodizing off the table due to the steel bearing cup and the decrease in fatigue resistance.

All vans engine mounts are powdercoated.

I was also considering transparent or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 427
Posted By fl-mike
Powder coat wheels?

Any reason to not powdercoat the wheel halves (not the mating surfaces or bolt contact areas, I’ll treat those areas with Alodine)
I’m thinking gloss white for inspection and cleaning.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-04-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,568
Posted By fl-mike
That looks like a Garmin part, but Positronics...

That looks like a Garmin part, but Positronics makes the best off-the-shelf D-sub backshells. Lots of options available with EMI and shield ground options. They are not cheap though. You could...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,950
Posted By fl-mike
I may just be old, but my eyes always go to my...

I may just be old, but my eyes always go to my steam gauge airspeed and altimeter during approach.
To me, it requires less mental processing. Is the pointer in the right spot? Check. Eyes back...
Forum: COMM 08-26-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 370
Posted By fl-mike
stereo vs mono headsets? Do you have the TRS...

stereo vs mono headsets? Do you have the TRS jacks wired correctly?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-22-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,488
Posted By fl-mike
^^^^ yup.

^^^^
yup.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By fl-mike
I’m using mil 38999, but that is because I have...

I’m using mil 38999, but that is because I have some. I would guess after “none”, most people will suggest CPC type.
Forum: COMM 08-19-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By fl-mike
Yes, should be no problem. In this case, a...

Yes, should be no problem. In this case, a ground is a ground. See Note 7 in Appendix D.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-19-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 533
Posted By fl-mike
I think the short answer is "no" unless you want...

I think the short answer is "no" unless you want to do a flat wrap.
You could check with https://www.aerocanopy.com/ and see if he has any options.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-14-2019, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 366
Posted By fl-mike
The one Van's sells does just what you say. Oil...

The one Van's sells does just what you say.
Oil pressure switch for activating Hour Meter and light IE SPDT PRES-15 SW $35.00
Pressure good = one terminal goes to ground (switch body)
Pressure...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-14-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,582
Posted By fl-mike
I think the 2-seat Sub will be a dog, but...

I think the 2-seat Sub will be a dog, but understand the training and baggage issues with the single.
That being said, I proposed an A-10 layout for a two-seater with two engines.
Totally...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 08-14-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,054
Posted By fl-mike
Great guy and greatly...

Great guy and greatly missed.

http://i67.tinypic.com/seoze8.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2019, 11:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 641
Posted By fl-mike
9' 7" overall finished length (includes end rib...

9' 7" overall finished length (includes end rib flanges). Does not include fiberglass wing tip.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-12-2019, 08:22 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,578
Posted By fl-mike
Use the tooling holes in the tip ribs of the VS...

Use the tooling holes in the tip ribs of the VS and rudder to find your centerline. Four 1/4" clecos, then use your cardboard template against those.
Forum: RV-14 08-11-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,015
Posted By fl-mike
Not sure about the 14, the the 8 rudder stiffener...

Not sure about the 14, the the 8 rudder stiffener trim length fit on my 6" corner notcher. I did all of them in about ten minutes with a resulting very clean cut. It was like "butter"! But of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,086
Posted By fl-mike
Can't comment on the avionics except I asked some...

Can't comment on the avionics except I asked some shops about Garmin vs Dynon radios and they felt the Garmin's are better. I do like the Dynon quick buttons for ATIS, etc. though. I know I hear a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,169
Posted By fl-mike
Comes in gallon cans. I got mine from General...

Comes in gallon cans. I got mine from General Chemical Corp. $48.25/gal, but the shipping was about $24 for US delivery. A gallon is plenty!
Forum: Painting your RV 08-08-2019, 02:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 998
Posted By fl-mike
60 gal tank should be fine. Only issue I ever had...

60 gal tank should be fine.
Only issue I ever had was with a Campbell direct drive 30 gal unit. About a half hour into a large priming session, the motor overheated and tripped the thermal cutoff. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 01:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,532
Posted By fl-mike
We need a shirt like this for OSH storms. Tents...

We need a shirt like this for OSH storms. Tents per hour scale. Followed by Cubs, followed by DC3's or...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-07-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,577
Posted By fl-mike
Nice looking 8!

Nice looking 8!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 01:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 514
Posted By fl-mike
The ears only have to sustain the torque of the...

The ears only have to sustain the torque of the screw until the clamp-up occurs. A non-issue.
Forum: Primers 08-01-2019, 12:02 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,399
Posted By fl-mike
Be careful with syringes. Medical ones have...

Be careful with syringes. Medical ones have silicone grease on the rubber plunger. Caused me some grief with fisheyes until I identified the source.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-01-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,019
Posted By fl-mike
I came to the same conclusion. I just land a...

I came to the same conclusion. I just land a little hot and apply medium hard braking to "condition them" the first time out. Seems to be about the same as a low-speed 1700' taxi at 1700rpm. I did...
Forum: Primers 07-31-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,399
Posted By fl-mike
Absolutely, just mix what you need. Seal them...

Absolutely, just mix what you need. Seal them back up in the cans and mix well before using the next time.
I use a couple stainless dippers for each part since Akzo is 1:1. Just dip out what I need.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-31-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,548
Posted By fl-mike
Cybersecurity is a huge deal these days with Part...

Cybersecurity is a huge deal these days with Part 121 avionics. We are spending a P-51's worth of $ on proving that our (DAL D) box, located in a **** hole, with an Ethernet maintenance port (no...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-30-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,148
Posted By fl-mike
Garmin mount? The brackets should be aft of...

Garmin mount? The brackets should be aft of those rivets if I recall correctly.

>>>> oops wrong. Hey, I was at work! The bracket is over the brace rivets. I installed the top 470's (longer)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,226
Posted By fl-mike
A Sport Aviation magazine with an RV-4 on the...

A Sport Aviation magazine with an RV-4 on the cover in an Emergency Room waiting area. "What is that!?". It left with me and the long journey began.

Seeding magazines in random areas can take root!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2019, 01:08 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 7,802
Posted By fl-mike
LOL, so true. Let's take everything that made...

LOL, so true. Let's take everything that made this small company successful and kill it with bureaucracy! Something like this:
https://youtu.be/mU4SQ_JoK6w
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-22-2019, 07:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 618
Posted By fl-mike
probably because you have to flex them to get...

probably because you have to flex them to get them under the side skin bulkheads. I riveted mine and you can install them with a bit of "English", such as flexing the front seatbelt anchors in a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,367
Posted By fl-mike
what is the width of the entry door? Without the...

what is the width of the entry door?
Without the turtledeck, turtledeck bulheads, rollbar, instrument panel, upper fwd baggage bulkhead, and midsection brace, you can get the "canoe" on it's side out...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,050
Posted By fl-mike
torque screwdriver with 1/4" socket adapter for...

torque screwdriver with 1/4" socket adapter for AN3's and #8 screws
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2019, 10:13 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,330
Posted By fl-mike
I have a feeling that the storage area had...

I have a feeling that the storage area had fertilizer or something like that in proximity to the kit parts. The corrosion under the rivet heads and on the spar is concerning. That would be near...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-16-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 716
Posted By fl-mike
set it to 14.2V if you can.

set it to 14.2V if you can.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-15-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 969
Posted By fl-mike
No. (Words added!)

No. (Words added!)
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-14-2019, 08:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 969
Posted By fl-mike
Carb models are fit equivalent, if that’s what...

Carb models are fit equivalent, if that’s what you mean.
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