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Forum: Safety 10-15-2018, 05:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,108
Posted By Paddy
You're doing fine

Sounds to me like you're doing fine for a VFR only pilot, as you get your instrument rating, you'll have a far greater understanding of the big picture when it comes to weather. Here's my experience...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-15-2018, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,073
Posted By Paddy
Jet Flex WR

I used Jet Flex WR in beige with a flattener added to take down the gloss. Applied over AKZO epoxy primer with a cheap Harbor Freight HVLP gun. Results were great relative to my painting...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By Paddy
Rear Hanger

Here's an idea for the rear hanger as well. it's made from a modified GoPro mount. Works great and gets switched out for the camera or the oxygen flow meters as...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By Paddy
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-vHP379r/0/3a7c...

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-vHP379r/0/3a7cf83e/S/i-vHP379r-S.jpg https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-dLPcmQb/0/0cff13f2/S/i-dLPcmQb-S.jpg
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2018, 01:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 683
Posted By Paddy
Tie-Down Shim

This shim was riveted onto the skin before she skin was riveted to the spar.
However, I think that skin is already riveted on the QB wings, so another method of getting the spacer in there would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
Posted By Paddy
Kidproof...

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-rpWrZ4L/0/120e9f69/L/i-rpWrZ4L-L.jpg
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2018, 07:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 928
Posted By Paddy
Right side

I had the same concerns as Jesse mentioned about the exhaust getting in on the ground, so I put mine on the right side. Plenty of air volume with just one and no exhaust fumes, although those who...
Forum: Tools 10-08-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By Paddy
Dynavibe

I've rented a Dynavibe Classic before and found it easy to use. I did 2 aircraft, got one to 0.00ips and the other to 0.02ips. I think they both had 3 runs, maybe I got lucky...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 11:08 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,081
Posted By Paddy
RV-8

That sounds like a great idea!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 09:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,081
Posted By Paddy
Spousal Approval

Buy-in from the better half is indeed critical. Here's one angle from a prospective builder who was recently married...
Him - I've always wanted to build my own plane, I think an RV-8 would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,081
Posted By Paddy
Don't wait!

If you're planning on starting in 2-3 years, avionics are indeed the last thing you'll need to be thinking about. Why wait for a move? I started my build in my garage/carport in Long Beach CA before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
Posted By Paddy
Stick switches

You could put the starter button on the stick grip, with the VPX this is a great option. You'd have to use a relay for that button though, since you're switching +12v from the VPX and all the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 08:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,162
Posted By Paddy
Starter Buttons

I see no reason you couldn't have 2 buttons, it would be easy to wire them. I can certainly see why you would want them, especially for a hot start on a fuel injected motor - one hand on the button...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2018, 12:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,087
Posted By Paddy
Vents

Mine are noisy. I usually have them open on the ground. If I forget to close them prior to take-off, they'll break squelch and make quite a racket until I have a chance to close them. This happens...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,717
Posted By Paddy
Dunno. My IO-540 weighs a lot and makes 260hp...

Dunno. My IO-540 weighs a lot and makes 260hp @2700RPM ;)
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 05:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,717
Posted By Paddy
Speculation of course is optional and free :). ...

Speculation of course is optional and free :). Serious R&D, on the other hand - aint! As an engineer, I know you have an appreciation for that. Rest assured, if there was a buck (or a yen) to be...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,717
Posted By Paddy
Auto Engines

I work for a car company. A couple of decades ago, we had a senior executive who happened to be a keen pilot. During his tenure, a project was launched to build a light single around our top of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,933
Posted By Paddy
RPM Limit Value

The engine doesn't need to be completely stopped to engage the starter, if it's windmilling at something less than the preset 600 RPM limit, the starter can be engaged.

The VPX includes a starter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,933
Posted By Paddy
Button

No need for a cover. If the engine RPM is above 600, the button is inactive and the bezel light is off. When the engine stops, the button lights up to indicate that it's active again and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 07:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,933
Posted By Paddy
[QUOTE]I can't stress how important it is to keep...

[QUOTE]I can't stress how important it is to keep the process of starting your aircraft as simple as possible./QUOTE]

Totally agree. In my setup, if the engine stops, the starter button lights up...
Forum: California 09-28-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,376
Posted By Paddy
Catalina

I used to have an annual pass when we lived in Long Beach. I remember weaving around potholes in the 'ol Cherokee there. The runway used to get paved from time to time but wouldn't last long after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,933
Posted By Paddy
Key with Button

Here's an example of a pushbutton with a key for security. Mag switches are locking toggles, key switch is a Honeywell AML series. The pushbutton is a nifty double pole momentary, with a lighted...
Forum: RV-10 09-28-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,717
Posted By Paddy
Avionics Shop

Where can you get an IFR panel done for $5k over the cost of the hardware? I'd love to have found that place when I was building!
Forum: RV-10 09-28-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,717
Posted By Paddy
Slow Build

I'll offer a different perspective. Although it took 8 years to finish my build :eek:, I was done with the airframe (less fiberglass) in 2 years. The slow build fuse, fully primed with Akzo, was...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-09-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 615
Posted By Paddy
Niagara Falls

The wife and I flew to Niagara Falls in the -10 just last month for her birthday. Tied down at KIAG and used Calspan FBO. Rented a car from Enterprise at Calspan. Top marks for the airport/FBO...
Forum: RV-10 09-06-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By Paddy
Clarification?

Are you asking about the tool to make the correct dimple for a CS-4 (120 degree countersink) pop rivet, or a dimple tool for an AN rivet (100 degrees) that uses a pop rivet puller to compress the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-31-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 39,598
Posted By Paddy
Well Done!

Congratulations John, what an achievement!
Forum: RV-10 08-29-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By Paddy
CS4-4 Rivets in Floor Pans

The floor pans in the -10 are installed with (a lot of) CS4-4 rivets.
Forum: Safety 08-26-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,726
Posted By Paddy
Family Time

I have a wife and 2 kids, 5 & 8 yrs old, not too different to the OP. I started my -10 before our 8yr old was born and finished about 2 yrs ago. Like the OP, we also dreamed of family trips and I'm...
Forum: GPS 08-24-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 441
Posted By Paddy
Flightstream 510

I believe that unless you're using the G3X Touch, you'll need the Flightstream to enable bluetooth communication to the GTN. I have a legacy G3X setup that doesn't have bluetooth capability and so...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2018, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,180
Posted By Paddy
Tool Speed

The question of tool speed is a good one for working with aluminum, especially for larger holes associated with a unibit. See below link for a handy calculator to convert RPM to linear cutting...
Forum: RV-10 08-09-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,779
Posted By Paddy
W&B

2 blade Hartzell, full interior, dual batt (LiFePo), dual alternator, dual AHARS, IFR G3X panel.

1645lbs @ 105.78in
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-08-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 42,311
Posted By Paddy
RV-10 Jack Points

I wasn't happy with an unsupported bolt as a jackpoint, so I added a shim riveted to the inside of the skin. The shim contacts the bottom of the threaded T section that attaches to the spar. When...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 09:02 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,869
Posted By Paddy
[QUOTE=h&jeuropa;1278856]Is everyone using...

[QUOTE=h&jeuropa;1278856]Is everyone using welding oxygen? I understand that all the oxygen is the same, but how the cylinder is cleaned prior to filling is the difference. Last I checked, my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 12:32 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 5,869
Posted By Paddy
Here's a picture of my transfill setup. I rent...

Here's a picture of my transfill setup. I rent these from a local welding place for $6/mo for the pair. Refills are $26. I've filled a 22cf cylinder 6 or 7 times and still get full pressure with...
Forum: RV-10 07-13-2018, 09:25 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,882
Posted By Paddy
Smile I'll be there with the wife and 2 kids :)

I'll be there with the wife and 2 kids :)
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 479
Posted By Paddy
Trim Tabs

Bill is right, the tabs don't move in unison. In fact, they can actually move in opposite directions at the extreme end of their travel if they're not adjusted properly. Much has been written about...
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2018, 06:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By Paddy
Gear Dimensions

Larry, the toothed portion of the gear is 0.25" wide. The smaller diameter flange with the set screws is another 0.25" for a total of...
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2018, 09:50 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,623
Posted By Paddy
Well Done!

Beautiful job Larry! We are not far from other - looking forward to seeing you and your plane around the area.
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2018, 05:38 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
History

The epic feats of pilots like Gluckman, Conrad and Rice are indeed fascinating. Add to that the fact that they accomplished these flights more than 50 years ago before GPS, digital radios, satellite...
Forum: RV-10 06-17-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
Route

Hi Mark, Planned route is CYFB - BGSF - BIRK - EIWT. This route stays north of the Gander FIR, so HF radio is not required. No issues anticipated with the tank, since it was designed and built for...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
[QUOTE=N941WR;1267116]Paddy, did you ever...

[QUOTE=N941WR;1267116]Paddy, did you ever consider converting your outboard leading edges to fuel tanks, like others have done?

Bill, I did look at doubling up the wing tanks and have seen some very...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
[QUOTE=Auburntsts;1267099]What's the possibility...

[QUOTE=Auburntsts;1267099]What's the possibility of using a Roto-molded, polyethylene plastic boat fuel tank vs having someone weld up an aluminum one from scratch? A 40 gal one from West Marine...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
Extended Fuel

Bob, I had the same concerns about uncontrolled fumes during fuelling, so much so that I invested a good deal of time figuring out a detachable extension to the filler neck to keep the operation...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2018, 07:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
Extended Fuel

Economy cruise is 155ktas @ 8.5gal/hr at altitude. I'm running mags, so I can't get quite as lean as I'd like. Still, that yields about 10 hrs endurance accounting for climb to altitude of 12k or...
Forum: RV-10 06-15-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
Extended Fuel

The tank has 2 internal baffles. I had an expert do the welding - I only wish to be that good someday!
Forum: RV-10 06-14-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
Extended Fuel

The tank is secured to the rear seatback hinge and the outboard seatbelt anchors, as well as another hinge attachment, using extruded hinge, to the front edge of the seat pans. Fuel flow test results...
Forum: RV-10 06-14-2018, 08:18 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,898
Posted By Paddy
Extended Fuel

I've been planning a transatlantic trip to Ireland since I started building the -10. A tribute of sorts to the Irish who came before me to this great land in the knowledge that they would never...
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2018, 06:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,723
Posted By Paddy
Cowl Slot

There's a whole thread on extending the cowl slot a few pages back in the RV-10 forum. I'd link to it but I dunno how. :confused:
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,723
Posted By Paddy
Flaps Reflex

The plans reference the stop against the spar as the definitive reflex position. If it were mine, I would use that reference and not worry too much about 1/8 of an inch of alignment with the fuse...
Forum: RV-10 06-11-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,153
Posted By Paddy
Servo Drivers

An R/C servo is driven by a PWM signal. A pot by itself won't work. I used servo controllers from Perihelion Design. They're nice and small and include trim for endpoint and sweep, as well as an...
Forum: RV-10 06-11-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,723
Posted By Paddy
Thumbs up Rigging

Bob Turner is dead-on about the sensitivity to rigging. To get it right, it's important to start in the right place, which is the flaps. Fully up, which is the reflex position, the flap motion...
Forum: RV-10 06-11-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,153
Posted By Paddy
Heater Control

Like Weasel, I also used R/C servos to control the heater valves. Concerned about the heat in the engine bay, I wanted to keep them on the cabin side of the firewall, so they're attached to Bowden...
Forum: RV-10 06-07-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,566
Posted By Paddy
Building with kids

I'd say go for it, accept that it will take longer than you expect, make sure the wife is totally on board throughout and it can be a tremendously rewarding experience. Here's how it went for...
Forum: RV-10 06-07-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,722
Posted By Paddy
Rudder Trim Details

The servo used in my setup is a standard Ray Allen unit, T3-12A if I recall, the one with the long throw. The pulley in front was turned out of a piece of 6061 rod and runs on a bronze bushing...
Forum: RV-10 06-06-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,722
Posted By Paddy
Pictures fixed

I fixed the missing photos in post #15 if anyone's interested in seeing a version of an electrically operated spring bias design.
Forum: RV-10 06-05-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,722
Posted By Paddy
Rudder Trim

Here's how I built my electric driven spring bias rudder trim. Works well.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-10-Build/n-NvWPV6/i-VJfDhfn/0/07ede643/S/i-VJfDhfn-S.jpg ...
Forum: RV-10 05-30-2018, 03:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By Paddy
+1 for Bruce's

I had a Bruce's cover for my Cherokee that they modified for free after several years of ownership to accommodate an OAT probe. Besides their service, I've not yet seen anything comparable in terms...
Forum: International 05-19-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By Paddy
Gash, I'll certainly try my best to memorialize...

Gash,
I'll certainly try my best to memorialize the trip, it'll surely be a grand adventure! My goal all along has been to fly back to Ireland and land on the Aran Islands in the West of Ireland. ...
Forum: International 05-19-2018, 08:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By Paddy
Thanks Mark, the Eurocontrol link is very useful....

Thanks Mark, the Eurocontrol link is very useful. Any additional leads on securing the necessary permits and paperwork would be greatly appreciated. I was greatly inspired by the accounts of your...
Forum: International 05-18-2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By Paddy
RV-10 to Ireland

I built my -10 with the intention of flying it from the US to Ireland, where I grew up. I've prepared the plane as well as I can, long range fuel, dual batt/dual alternators, dual AHARS etc. With...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By Paddy
Jetflex WR

I'd second Gil's comments about Jetflex WR. Surprisingly durable and easy to touch up, especially with the flattener added. Even so, it's probably a good idea to protect the high traffic areas with...
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