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Forum: RV-10 09-18-2018, 04:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks Kyle!

Thanks Kyle!
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By ppilotmike
Anybody know the max width at the wheels/tires,...

Anybody know the max width at the wheels/tires, without the pants on? I think I'll be okay with head height, but I've got skinny garage doors..:(
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 865
Posted By ppilotmike
I got an Isham kit that came with the 3/32...

I got an Isham kit that came with the 3/32 pop-rivet dimple tool. Yes, you do use it in a couple locations. As I recall, I used them to dimple about 16-20 holes in my build so far (I'm working on...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,191
Posted By ppilotmike
Congrats Ron, on the support of your spouse.

Congrats Ron, on the support of your spouse.
Forum: RV-10 08-14-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,480
Posted By ppilotmike
What about truing the wings, for a 10?

Jesse,

Do you check alignment of the wings during install. I know that the other models require plum bobs and all sorts of alignment measurements, but I get the feeling that most 10 builders are...
Forum: Midwest 08-14-2018, 12:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 540
Posted By ppilotmike
If you want to explore Denver, pretty much any of...

If you want to explore Denver, pretty much any of the 3 GA airports near town are fine (KAPA, KBJC and KFTG - Listed from busiest to least busy and most amenities to least amenities). You should...
Forum: RV-10 08-10-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 732
Posted By ppilotmike
Question for the group..

..On a portable setup, is there a reason that it must be located within access of the pilot? In other words, could a portable unit be located out of reach of the pilot, and still be effectively...
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,591
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

It was a really nice gathering. Thanks to all those who made it happen.
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By ppilotmike
Well that explains why I don't remember having an...

Well that explains why I don't remember having an issue in this area of my build. I guess my paper plans were up to date.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-11-2018, 08:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,865
Posted By ppilotmike
Great pictures! I'm guessing your next build...

Great pictures! I'm guessing your next build will be a 10, no?
Forum: RV-10 07-11-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 645
Posted By ppilotmike
Mark, You need to order the digital set of plans...

Mark,

You need to order the digital set of plans from Vans. It comes with all sections, in PDF format, loaded onto a thumb drive. It's very convenient to have all the plans at your finger tips. I...
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By ppilotmike
I'll be there through the night airshow on...

I'll be there through the night airshow on Saturday night. Bob's right about 10 builders just sort of "stopping by" his place throughout the show. Besides the awesome RV-10 BBQ on Sunday before the...
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2018, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By ppilotmike
I am at this point also..

..Has anybody used washers or something under the heads of the screws? I seem to recall seeing an airplane with tinnerman (?sp) washers under the heads to better support the loads..
Forum: RV-10 07-05-2018, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,140
Posted By ppilotmike
Here's my experience. I just fitted my cabin top...

Here's my experience. I just fitted my cabin top 2 days ago.

Initial Rough Cutting:
I first tried a pneumatic cut off wheel, like this...
Forum: RV-10 07-02-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,707
Posted By ppilotmike
Sounds like this will be an "expensive" trip to...

Sounds like this will be an "expensive" trip to Airventure! :)
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,463
Posted By ppilotmike
Dan, Thanks for breaking it down. Question: If...

Dan,

Thanks for breaking it down. Question: If I use the standard Vans setup, wouldn't I still see the benefit of "Ram Air" at cruise? Or, to put it another way, is the standard Vans setup...
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,067
Posted By ppilotmike
Mike, If you're in a rented hangar, I think you...

Mike,

If you're in a rented hangar, I think you should have the Owner fix it before it potentially becomes your problem (i.e. falls on your plane, you or your guests). If you try to do it yourself...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,235
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks everyone..

..I'm enjoying reading/following this thread. I'm rough cutting my cabin top to fit right now, so the timing is perfect. Thanks Randy for starting it, and thanks to the people who've been answering...
Forum: RV-10 06-21-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,001
Posted By ppilotmike
That's my plan. Thanks for confirmation that I'm...

That's my plan. Thanks for confirmation that I'm not nuts, Jesse.
Forum: RV-10 06-21-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,707
Posted By ppilotmike
I arrive in OSH Sunday, late afternoon. Looking...

I arrive in OSH Sunday, late afternoon. Looking forward to seeing the usual suspects again this year. Boy, I sure would like to be one of the people with a flying 10, one of these years! Oh well,...
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,796
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

Me too please. I want to know, the same as Rodrigo.
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks Todd!

Thanks Todd!
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,043
Posted By ppilotmike
This may be a silly question, but what are the...

This may be a silly question, but what are the benefits of going with a 3-bladed prop, besides the cool factor? Anybody want to lay out their version of the pros and cons of a 3-blade?
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-08-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. Love that sculpture.

Yup. Love that sculpture.
Forum: RV-10 06-08-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,481
Posted By ppilotmike
Awesome Pics, Paddy!

I totally agree with Paddy. Even though I sometimes find myself *****ing about how long it's taking, it's been a good experience for my kids too. My daughter and I also built a pedal plane in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 165
Views: 106,135
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations, Laura!

Now fly, fly, fly, and then, when your done with that, fly some more!
Forum: RV-10 06-06-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,481
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome to the Madness..

..I will add a bit to the posts above.

In my opinion, a slow build, with kids will likely be slower than you think. I also planned on a 5 year build, but here I am in year 7 and I'm still a few...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-04-2018, 10:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,952
Posted By ppilotmike
Cool!

Thanks for the write up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,945
Posted By ppilotmike
So glad the Fairy is Back!

Can't wait for yet another great OSH and great VAF gathering. Big thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who make it happen. This event has gotten very large since it first began...
Forum: RV-10 05-24-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 804
Posted By ppilotmike
It's only 59 days, 21 hours and 10 minutes away.....

It's only 59 days, 21 hours and 10 minutes away.. That's right around the corner!!! :D

Looking forward to seeing the "regulars" at OSH. Unfortunately, I'll be there without my wife and kids this...
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,609
Posted By ppilotmike
Todd is correct. Vans will not let you delete...

Todd is correct. Vans will not let you delete the seat structures, just like they won't let you delete the safety latch kit. I suspect that, in their eyes, they need to provide you with these items...
Forum: RV-10 05-14-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,581
Posted By ppilotmike
True dat. Another reason to build. Man, if only...

True dat. Another reason to build. Man, if only it didn't take so long. ;)
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-14-2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,167
Posted By ppilotmike
Excellent.

Nuff said.
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2018, 11:19 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,609
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, I was told they couldn't delete the...

Justin,

I was told they couldn't delete the "safety latch" parts from my order, because they were a "safety item." Did you not have any trouble deleting it? Do you know the approximate savings you...
Forum: RV-10 05-11-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,581
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome to the madness. I 100% agree with the...

Welcome to the madness. I 100% agree with the comment above. We started our RV-10 build (all slow built, with mods) in 2011, the same year my wife was preggo with our daughter. Flash forward to...
Forum: RV-3 04-27-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,157
Posted By ppilotmike
http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.p...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=159807&page=2

Last post on this thread.
Forum: RV-10 04-17-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 381
Posted By ppilotmike
I don't remember using anything different than...

I don't remember using anything different than what the plans called for, when riveting those brackets. However, I suppose I could have. Measure the rivet tail, while installed, and check that its...
Forum: RV-10 04-16-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,703
Posted By ppilotmike
I also got the starter switch "package" all keyed...

I also got the starter switch "package" all keyed the same. Basically, I'll have two keys on my keychain (fuel cap key and key for everything else). I intend on having the passenger side door lock...
Forum: RV-10 04-13-2018, 09:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 995
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, So you're saying it's a pain to get the 90...

Bob,

So you're saying it's a pain to get the 90 degree adapter installed, but would you also say that it's "worth the pain" of installation? Did you have to modify or grind down anything to the get...
Forum: RV-10 04-12-2018, 09:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,456
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob's advice is good advice. Before you pull the...

Bob's advice is good advice. Before you pull the trigger, you should do some more research and talk to some RV-10 builders and flyers. There are several 4-seat designs to choose from, besides Vans....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,831
Posted By ppilotmike
Me too..

..I plan to be there an help with the One Week Wonder this year. I still need to figure out my "can't miss" itinerary, so I know what days I can volunteer, but I'm definitely "in."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2018, 01:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,708
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm not flying yet. Is it really such a big deal...

I'm not flying yet. Is it really such a big deal to move the RV-10 around? I would think a simple tow bar would work just fine.. and cost a whole lot less..
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,189
Posted By ppilotmike
Chances are: 1) You're deburring too much and...

Chances are:
1) You're deburring too much and opening up the hole even more. Be careful just to take the burrs off, not countersinking or beveling the edge.
2) Your flush rivet die (for rivet gun)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 660
Posted By ppilotmike
In another thread..

..I read that the increases do not primarily affect the alloys we (Vans) use for airplane building, and that most of those materials are produced in the US.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2018, 10:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 973
Posted By ppilotmike
I wouldn't mount anything to your benches. I...

I wouldn't mount anything to your benches. I built 3 tables and originally thought I would mount my grinder, sander, band saw and drill press to one, creating a movable "machining area." However,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-04-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,538
Posted By ppilotmike
Jealous!...

Jealous!...
Forum: RV-10 04-03-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 429
Views: 369,718
Posted By ppilotmike
As always...

..looks great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By ppilotmike
Friggin' funny!

Friggin' funny!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-29-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 7,476
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it! Can't wait for the results.

Love it! Can't wait for the results.
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,165
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

Beautiful looking 10.
Forum: RV-10 03-21-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,314
Posted By ppilotmike
Extra Rear Bulkhead Material

Scott,

Did you have to order another complete rear bulkhead panel in order to make the doubler behind your door? If not, how did you get the material needed to do that door? I'm interested in...
Forum: RV-10 03-19-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,644
Posted By ppilotmike
Just to add some more advice. Besides the...

Just to add some more advice. Besides the inspection, be sure to properly inventory and organize your parts. You will find this is a much better way to find things later than digging through parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,284
Posted By ppilotmike
I'll take care of it for you. ;)

I'll take care of it for you. ;)
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2018, 04:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,463
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks great Larry! Tell me more about your "Rod...

Looks great Larry! Tell me more about your "Rod Bower Inlet" please. Thanks.
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 15,116
Posted By ppilotmike
Ashley, Nice write-up. I have a couple of...

Ashley,

Nice write-up. I have a couple of questions:
1) Can you give some more details about the "No Break" battery management system? What are the pros and cons?
2) I am assuming from your...
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 643
Posted By ppilotmike
Good choice! It's the family truckster. :D

Good choice! It's the family truckster. :D
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,377
Posted By ppilotmike
My belly shield does, in fact, use the rivets...

My belly shield does, in fact, use the rivets that attach the ribs to the bottom skin. I used rivets slightly longer than the ones called for by the plans, in order to get the proper diameter/height...
Forum: RV-10 03-12-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,377
Posted By ppilotmike
Belly Shield

I did install a belly shield too, using 0.010" SS sheet, which is plenty thick (i.e. it behaves like sheet stock, not foil). Using 1/16" Fiberfrax and securing with rivets and Fire Barrier 2000, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,286
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, Not a bad idea. Thanks!

Bob,

Not a bad idea. Thanks!
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 536
Posted By ppilotmike
Page 8-5, Step 2, Para 2, Sentence 2..

..says, "the spar cap (Ref. to HS-1013s) is somewhat bowed as supplied, so use plenty of clamps to make sure the spar cap is tight against the spar web and flange while drilling." I think this works...
Forum: Safety 02-21-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 847
Posted By ppilotmike
I like it!

At Chapter 301, in Denver, we always discuss Airventure plans and lessons learned, but we've never truly worked through the NOTAM. I think we might do that this year. Great idea!
Forum: RV-10 02-07-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,535
Posted By ppilotmike
Well Done!

Let's see some pictures!
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