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Forum: RV-6/6A Today, 12:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,323
Posted By fl-mike
Yes, pillows and sleeping bags against the...

Yes, pillows and sleeping bags against the baggage bulkhead, and tiedown kit and tools under your thighs!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By fl-mike
Working on it....

Working on it....
Forum: GPS 01-17-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 210
Posted By fl-mike
yes, the 375 will take a gray scale input from a...

yes, the 375 will take a gray scale input from a AK-350. I recently did similar with my Lynx install. I only missed one wire.... Be sure to ground the strobe pin on the AK-350! I purchased a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 899
Posted By fl-mike
Small Tools Tray Project

Saw something similar (but more complicated) posted on the Redstar FB and thought it looked handy, so I designed my own. Might be a common thing, but I never noticed them in use. Literally took 30...
Forum: Rocket 01-16-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,038
Posted By fl-mike
Holy smokes! That makes me pucker, and not in a...

Holy smokes! That makes me pucker, and not in a good way! Glad they got it on the ground safely.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By fl-mike
Agree with the nerdness. Just from an "ouch,...

Agree with the nerdness. Just from an "ouch, that seat is hot" perspective, the low thermal mass cloth version will be hardly noticeable, and as you noted, the amount of UV reaching the earth (seat)...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-16-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 699
Posted By fl-mike
Time in service?

Time in service?
Forum: Safety 01-15-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,308
Posted By fl-mike
The MEOSARs monitor 406, so not sure what he was...

The MEOSARs monitor 406, so not sure what he was talking about, unless it was 2nd gen ELTs (ED-62B / DO-204B). Those would be rare, because (TTBOMK) there are no labs currently certified to test to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 917
Posted By fl-mike
Actually, IR provides the heating effect, UV...

Actually, IR provides the heating effect, UV damages your skin and fades colors.

Another factor is thermal mass. Black cloth seats in a convertible are not much of an issue, but black leather will...
Forum: Safety 01-14-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,308
Posted By fl-mike
Although it is not discussed officially, the...

Although it is not discussed officially, the general consensus at COSPAS-SARSAT is that if the antenna and cable are intact and connected to the ELT after the crash and the ELT activates, they will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 826
Posted By fl-mike
Oh yeah. 12 years and holding tight. The little...

Oh yeah. 12 years and holding tight. The little piece on my step has been replaced a couple times (with leftover material), but it is dealing with a more aggressive curve.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-10-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,264
Posted By fl-mike
The problem is that it doesn't extinguish the...

The problem is that it doesn't extinguish the burning tire and wheel fairing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By fl-mike
Easiest sequence is paint, apply transfers,...

Easiest sequence is paint, apply transfers, install switches. But, you do have to be careful after applying.

If you use surrounds (lines) around the switches, it will be very hard to apply with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2020, 09:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 581
Posted By fl-mike
I didn't use anything. 12 years and no issues. ...

I didn't use anything. 12 years and no issues.
I never touch the markings, so there is really no need to topcoat them. Also, if you need to change a switch function or similar, you can work the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-09-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,264
Posted By fl-mike
^^^^ +1 12 years so far with standard...

^^^^ +1

12 years so far with standard components. No issues.

(as a side note, I was thinking the built-in fire extinguishing thread should focus the nozzles on the brakes rather than the engine!)
Forum: COMM 01-07-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By fl-mike
This switch is for flaps, but your com could use...

This switch is for flaps, but your com could use the same.
https://i.postimg.cc/VNc25Prx/IMG-2924.jpg

https://i.postimg.cc/DzdHXp18/IMG-2923.jpg
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2020, 04:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By fl-mike
Weeeell, my Amphenol BNC and TNC are almost the...

Weeeell, my Amphenol BNC and TNC are almost the same, but not the same. The BNC is pointier and has a different mid-shank geometry.
You really don't want to risk intermittent gremlins. Do the...
Forum: COMM 01-06-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 983
Posted By fl-mike
I used this, glued into a sleeve that slides into...

I used this, glued into a sleeve that slides into the standard DJM handle and is retained with a small screw.. Drilled a small exit hole for the wires and secured to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2020, 11:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 350
Posted By fl-mike
The spring bias system is just "okay".

The spring bias system is just "okay".
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-05-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,210
Posted By fl-mike
I used Tygon on my 6. 12 Years and still doing...

I used Tygon on my 6. 12 Years and still doing fine. The only tubing I've had fail is the Lightspeed manifold line (Weedeater fuel line stuff). Got brittle.
I'm using the polyethylene stuff on my...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-04-2020, 01:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,574
Posted By fl-mike
Because it is not on the site, or anywhere...

Because it is not on the site, or anywhere on-line. Not sure why, but it is not.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-02-2020, 10:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,218
Posted By fl-mike
I'm not sure why shielding other wires would be...

I'm not sure why shielding other wires would be needed since that is for e-fields. Twisting load conductors with the return current conductor makes sense, but not e-field shielding as a hard...
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2020, 09:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By fl-mike
Not sure of the science, but I use white. Just...

Not sure of the science, but I use white. Just keep it very low brightness. With a big old EFIS in front of me, even at min brightness, I’m not sure how well the night vision is being preserved...
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By fl-mike
Consider green. Has the same benfits as red and...

Consider green. Has the same benfits as red and is easier to read.
http://www.astromax.org/activities/members/kniffen.htm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2020, 10:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 958
Posted By fl-mike
Use Gorilla tape to pull off the other adhesive...

Use Gorilla tape to pull off the other adhesive residue.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2019, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 360
Posted By fl-mike
yeah, it sucks that Graco decided to cut off the...

yeah, it sucks that Graco decided to cut off the small orders. They had really nice packaging.

It looks like there is a distributor in Lake City,...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-30-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 965
Posted By fl-mike
Stainless sounds heavy. Aluminum versions are...

Stainless sounds heavy. Aluminum versions are readily available.
Amatom and Carey are big suppliers. They are called “rack handles” and come in a thousand different sizes and materials.
RAF and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-28-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,651
Posted By fl-mike
Grab a set of ignition wrenches. Thin and...

Grab a set of ignition wrenches. Thin and helpful angles too. Handy also for tightening the back nuts on switches. (So the barrels are flush with the panel, and the front nuts are all clocked the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-25-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 560
Posted By fl-mike
looks fine. You only need to radius the edge that...

looks fine.
You only need to radius the edge that lays into the spar bend radius.
The book rivet edge distance is not going to matter that much on a 0.187" thick bar. The rivet is only 0.125"...
Forum: ADS-B 12-19-2019, 03:17 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 6,312
Posted By fl-mike
FAA link for those...

FAA link for those interested:
https://ladd.faa.gov/
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-18-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,254
Posted By fl-mike
Sailboat rigging cable covers are handy for...

Sailboat rigging cable covers are handy for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-18-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By fl-mike
I suspect the note is mostly about temperature. ...

I suspect the note is mostly about temperature. The biggest error contributors to MEMS gyros and accelerometers are temperature effects. So, best to keep them in a benign temperature area. Like...
Forum: Tools 12-18-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By fl-mike
AD (2117T4 alloy) i.e., the "regular"...

AD (2117T4 alloy) i.e., the "regular" type.

You will be surprised at how soft they are after the quench. You can squeeze them with a pair of pliers. Check them again after a couple weeks and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-17-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,254
Posted By fl-mike
You do have the poly tubes over the cable at the...

You do have the poly tubes over the cable at the exit, correct? That is the standard design.
If not, they should be installed to keep the cable from chafing the exit.
Forum: Tools 12-17-2019, 08:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By fl-mike
I hate to open this can of worms, but you need a...

I hate to open this can of worms, but you need a very well controlled oven if you want to try this. I have done this for a few rivets, like if I had one in a difficult spot, but do not do this as a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 716
Posted By fl-mike
I use store jugs of RO water, AKA "purified...

I use store jugs of RO water, AKA "purified water". Just check the labels on the jugs. RO is fine vs. distilled. I also have a softener, and even though it should not have salt in the final...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-16-2019, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By fl-mike
For aluminum washers, visit the pop rivet section...

For aluminum washers, visit the pop rivet section of your local hardware store. They have aluminum washers for aluminum pop rivets.
Forum: Tools 12-16-2019, 02:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 960
Posted By fl-mike
have you tried the "puffy" shank trick on the...

have you tried the "puffy" shank trick on the -4?
(partial squeeze a longer rivet in the squeezer jaw, and then put in the hole and finish the squeeze). Trial and error to get the right length and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By fl-mike
They do not come with cable. Connectors and...

They do not come with cable. Connectors and mounting brackets on the servo install kits.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-09-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,472
Posted By fl-mike
I'm confused. Do you only have no-hole yokes? A...

I'm confused. Do you only have no-hole yokes? A male/female dimple die set should fit into any standard yoke.
Regarding the reduced diameter female die, just grind one side of the die down to clear...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-07-2019, 03:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,518
Posted By fl-mike
Sharp skin edges also promote micro-cracks in the...

Sharp skin edges also promote micro-cracks in the paint along the edge, which leads to corrosion starting on the skin edges. If you're going to over do it, over do it on rounding the edges of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,518
Posted By fl-mike
The funny thing is that the deburring and...

The funny thing is that the deburring and smoothing should really be done BEFORE Van's forms the parts. Kind of backwards to remove crack initiators/stress risers AFTER bending!
I would pay good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-03-2019, 02:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 917
Posted By fl-mike
USB power ports are 5V out. You could hack a USB...

USB power ports are 5V out. You could hack a USB cord, or hack into the converter itself if you want to hard mount.
Forum: COMM 11-29-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By fl-mike
Take a good look at the tray/mating coax...

Take a good look at the tray/mating coax connector. The center pin mating spring fingers may be stretched oversize. It is possible the Garmin and Avidyne are slightly different.
Might eve be worth...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-27-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 950
Posted By fl-mike
DO-160G imposes a crash safety load of 20g's in...

DO-160G imposes a crash safety load of 20g's in the forward direction. The purpose of the test is to ensure that equipment stays attached in the event of a crash and does not become a hazard to the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-20-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 24
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Views: 2,114
Posted By fl-mike
Ouch. Just grab an MFJ benchtop power supply and...

Ouch. Just grab an MFJ benchtop power supply and run the avionics with that. $100 should do it.
https://www.mfjenterprises.com/Categories.php?sub=0&ref=62
Forum: RV-14 11-11-2019, 07:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 710
Posted By fl-mike
Perihelion design used to make one and a...

Perihelion design used to make one and a controller.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 915
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: 544
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: 1,869
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: 10,084
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: 513
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: 3,332
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: Electrical Systems 10-23-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 358
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: 39
Views: 4,331
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: Primers 10-17-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 535
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: 630
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: 2,028
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: 6,169
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: 1,603
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: 1,377
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: 1,377
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...
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