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Forum: RV-7/7A 01-31-2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,589
Posted By Sparky
Congratulations!

Congratulations, Bill. You'll love that prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2017, 06:31 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,018
Posted By Sparky
I voted not a factor

I voted "not a factor" because I had not seen or heard of VAF prior to my decision to build my RV-7. I started to build in early 2006 and first flew in 2016.

I did follow a few online build sites,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,706
Posted By Sparky
Terry, The first thing to try is to reseat the...

Terry,

The first thing to try is to reseat the GTN-650 in the rack and make sure it is FULLY seated. I had a similar problem with my GNS-430W when it wasn't fully engaged in the rack.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-22-2017, 12:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,114
Posted By Sparky
Circuit Breakers and Fuses

Glen,

On my RV-7 I installed circuit breakers for things that I like to be able to control, either in flight or on the ground, and for all items that have overvoltage protection devices...
Forum: Florida (South) 03-14-2017, 09:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 372
Posted By Sparky
Anyone Building or Flying in Fort Myers Area (3/14 - 3/17, 2017)?

I'm vacationing in the Ft Myers area this week and would like to visit any active or flying RV builders in the area if possible.

I've got an RV-7 that I finished building last year and am currently...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-20-2016, 07:30 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,697
Posted By Sparky
Thanks Pete

Thanks for the great trip write-up and also thanks again for my first RV ride several years ago while building my RV-7. Your trip write-ups are inspiring. Keep it up!
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-19-2016, 06:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,229
Posted By Sparky
Tim, Welcome to the Van's and VAF community!...

Tim, Welcome to the Van's and VAF community!

What a ride! You will enjoy your build. There are a lot of ups and downs, but it's all worth it!

Your background in avionics and at the airlines will...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2016, 03:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,229
Posted By Sparky
Bill, One of Kent's first comments when he...

Bill,

One of Kent's first comments when he stopped grinning after the flight was, "I really like that prop!"

I'll keep you posted.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2016, 03:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,229
Posted By Sparky
Thanks! Yes the third comm antenna is for the...

Thanks!

Yes the third comm antenna is for the APRS tracker.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2016, 03:15 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,229
Posted By Sparky
Paint

Actually, the paint is not nearly as nice as it looks in the pictures. I'm going to have the entire A/C professionally painted later, after I fly it awhile, so I just wanted to seal up the fiberglass...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2016, 10:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,229
Posted By Sparky
First Flight N77PB

After 10 years of building, my RV-7 flew for the first time on Saturday, April 16th!

N77PB received an airworthiness certificate last Saturday, April 9th, after a DAR inspection by Vern Darley. Vern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2016, 05:50 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 12,377
Posted By Sparky
1979 in Bakersfield

In 1979 I was fresh out of school, and I was working as an avionics technician at an FBO in Bakersfield, CA. One day an RV-3 taxies up to our hangar and parks on the tarmac, and I remember looking at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,825
Posted By Sparky
Bill, I've been following your progress as...

Bill,

I've been following your progress as well.

So far, I love the prop. But the chord of the prop is so wide I ended up mounting the engine cowl as far aft as I could, and I had the coarse/high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2014, 05:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,825
Posted By Sparky
The engine is an ECI Titan IO360-B1B assembled by...

The engine is an ECI Titan IO360-B1B assembled by AeroSport Power swinging a 72" Hartzell composite constant speed prop.

The combination seems to be really smooth on first impression.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2014, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,825
Posted By Sparky
I started building the RV-7 in Minnesota, and it...

I started building the RV-7 in Minnesota, and it would be unusual to have a first engine start there on 11/30, but here in Georgia it would be more unusual in July or August. Weather was perfect here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,825
Posted By Sparky
First Engine Start - RV-7 - N77PB

I accomplished the first engine start of my RV-7 after 8 years and 8 months of building today, November 30, 2014:

http://youtu.be/2i4-blU6CzE

No drips or leaks! It didn't start on first try because...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,584
Posted By Sparky
According to the MSDS sheet Sika Aktivator 205...

According to the MSDS sheet Sika Aktivator 205 and Sika Cleaner 226 are the same thing.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-24-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,432
Posted By Sparky
Or better yet (power not routed to stall switch,...

Or better yet (power not routed to stall switch, just ground):

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz137/paulwinkels/stallhorndiagram2_zpsc13bbd09.jpg
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-24-2014, 08:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,432
Posted By Sparky
Like...

Like this...

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz137/paulwinkels/stallhorndiagram_zps7b7a1ed5.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,467
Posted By Sparky
I did exactly as you stated in the OP. I used...

I did exactly as you stated in the OP. I used 1/8" thick rubber hose slices to set the spacing and glued between them with the canopy clamped to the frame. Then, when the Sikaflex set up I removed...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-30-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,194
Posted By Sparky
Bob, I'm glad you got it sorted out and that I...

Bob,

I'm glad you got it sorted out and that I helped in some way.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-30-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,194
Posted By Sparky
Are you certain you have the pilot PTT switch...

Are you certain you have the pilot PTT switch wired to the "Pilot Mic PTT" (J1-34) and the copilot PTT switch wired to the "Copilot Mic PTT" input (J2-33) on the 5000EX? If both were wired to the...
Forum: Engine Monitors 07-10-2014, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,521
Posted By Sparky
Thermocouple Wire Differences

Simply put, thermocouple wiring is composed of different alloys than regular copper wiring. The differing alloys in the positive and negative wires are what generate a small voltage (microvolts per...
Forum: Safety 03-07-2014, 03:52 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 82,069
Posted By Sparky
GA - KCCO - Atlanta Area

GA
KCCO
Newnan - Coweta County Airport
Newnan, Georgia
30 miles SW of Atlanta
I have a large T-hangar that could fit one additional RV or high wing aircraft.

Paul Winkels
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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-01-2014, 10:58 AM
Replies: 688
Views: 294,474
Posted By Sparky
Timely SB

Since I had to remove my empennage surfaces to move my RV-7 from Minnesota to Georgia (arrives today or tomorrow via Partain Transport), I am at an ideal point to comply with this SB before I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2013, 05:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,574
Posted By Sparky
Ad Valorem Tax on Hangar Lease?

I've been looking into hangar leases in Georgia. Is it normal there, or elsewhere, to have to pay an additional "ad valorem" tax in addition to the hangar lease cost?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2013, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,014
Posted By Sparky
If you are asking about Andair fuel selector...

If you are asking about Andair fuel selector fitting O-rings, I researched these awhile back and found out they are:

Size: 1.5mm X 15mm
McMaster-Carr p/n: 9263K114
Material: Viton V75
Forum: Propellers 08-14-2013, 10:15 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 11,284
Posted By Sparky
As the OP of this thread back in December 2009,...

As the OP of this thread back in December 2009, thanks for the somewhat delayed replies. By the way, I went with the Hartzell C2YR-1N/N7605-4 2-blade composite prop. I haven't flown yet, but am...
Forum: COMM 08-03-2013, 03:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,041
Posted By Sparky
Hans, This is NOT unique to Dynon intercomms,...

Hans,

This is NOT unique to Dynon intercomms, and is common in most, if not all, mic and headphone jack installations.

In fact, PS Engineering recommends the same in their PM501 installation...
Forum: Safety 07-30-2013, 07:15 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,010
Posted By Sparky
Safety Tips

Although I have been extremely careful while building my RV-7 mainly due to the safety culture instilled in me in my 30+ years experience working in aircraft maintenance, I've also been lucky with a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-26-2013, 04:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,690
Posted By Sparky
I used the "F Swivel Tee" from Van's with this...

I used the "F Swivel Tee" from Van's with this combination and installed per Van's instructions. There is no need to make major changes.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2013, 10:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,251
Posted By Sparky
There are a couple of diameter tubes used in the...

There are a couple of diameter tubes used in the engine mount. One size is 3/4" and I know I used a large number of WDG12 clamps. I don't recall the size of the larger tubes.
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-17-2013, 08:47 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,085
Posted By Sparky
First, run it to the full trim down position...

First, run it to the full trim down position (trim tab deflected fully up, trim shaft fully extended). It should then come out with a little coaxing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2013, 04:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,061
Posted By Sparky
Also, be careful when re-assembling the ports as...

Also, be careful when re-assembling the ports as the edge of the hole that the port (with o-ring installed) get inserted into is sharp and can easily cut or gouge the o-ring. Use care and Fuel Lube...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2013, 07:20 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 841
Posted By Sparky
My Icom A24 does this when it is too near my...

My Icom A24 does this when it is too near my laptop computer. Could something like this be interfering in your case?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-28-2013, 12:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 952
Posted By Sparky
Jeremy, It is my understanding that the AFS AOA...

Jeremy,

It is my understanding that the AFS AOA and it's two ports are standalone from the pitot and static systems. A plugged pitot (or static) line should have no affect on AOA indication. Just to...
Forum: Polishing your RV 04-25-2013, 04:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 22,248
Posted By Sparky
Adding a few drops of Dawn dish washing detergent...

Adding a few drops of Dawn dish washing detergent to a gallon of this mixture will work even better. The Dawn detergent acts as a surfactant which reduces the surface tension of the mixture...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-16-2013, 03:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,699
Posted By Sparky
The instructions are correct. The engine and...

The instructions are correct. The engine and spinner will (may) sag over time, not the cowl.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2013, 04:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,812
Posted By Sparky
That's exactly what I did in the entire center...

That's exactly what I did in the entire center tunnel (RV-7). It serves multiple purposes of protecting the fuel lines (both fuel supply and return in my case), vibration dampening, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2013, 07:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,569
Posted By Sparky
I got my plexiglass drill bits from Avery Tools.

I got my plexiglass drill bits from Avery Tools.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,642
Posted By Sparky
I have the standard Van's Black (cabin heat)...

I have the standard Van's Black (cabin heat) push/pull cable for the oil temp shutter and did a white on black K-Sun LabelShop round stick-on label that says "OIL TEMP ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,425
Posted By Sparky
Andair Metric O-ring size

I realize this is an old thread, but I did a search and couldn't find the size of the Andair fuel valve port o-rings. These o-rings are easily damaged by the sharp edge of the port flange. Andair...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-07-2013, 02:26 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,697
Posted By Sparky
Brushes

At 536 hours, you may need to clean or replace the alternator brushes if you haven't already tried that.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2013, 04:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,908
Posted By Sparky
I was able to redress my 6" Scotchbrite wheel on...

I was able to redress my 6" Scotchbrite wheel on my bench grinder with an old expendable file. By the way, after the RV is now 99% complete the wheel is down to about 4.5":rolleyes: I used it for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2013, 08:33 PM
Replies: 97
Views: 19,078
Posted By Sparky
Originally, I named my RV-7 "Pride and Joy" after...

Originally, I named my RV-7 "Pride and Joy" after the classic hit by Stevie Ray Vaughan, but it just seemed a little pretentious as SHIPCHIEF stated. I don't know that I'll be able to really name her...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2013, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,465
Posted By Sparky
That's a Google Maps link. Bring up Google Earth...

That's a Google Maps link.

Bring up Google Earth and cut and paste these coordinates: 29°36'05.00" N 95°10'05.31" W
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2013, 12:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,291
Posted By Sparky
For one thing, the ground power relay acts to...

For one thing, the ground power relay acts to protect your electrical system from overvoltage of the ground power supply. If the ground power supply is inadvertently set to 28VDC instead of 14VDC,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-12-2013, 06:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,202
Posted By Sparky
Riveted mine

On my RV-7 I riveted the baggage floor. No steps. No antennas under this area. Nothing to require access.

I did, however, run lateral and longitudinal conduits on each side to allow for future...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2013, 08:29 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,291
Posted By Sparky
I installed the ground power plug for two main...

I installed the ground power plug for two main reasons:

1) While building I've already used it for many hours of avionics/electrical systems testing and configuration using one of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2013, 07:43 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,291
Posted By Sparky
CAUTION: If you install either plug using a...

CAUTION: If you install either plug using a common technique currently published on the WEB:

http://i821.photobucket.com/albums/zz137/paulwinkels/Z31AB_zps21de9e15.jpg

If you utilize the bottom...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2013, 08:45 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,547
Posted By Sparky
I was never a good athlete, but I did play drums...

I was never a good athlete, but I did play drums in a rock band.:rolleyes: I was told by my CFI that I was a "natural." I soloed in 5 hours, got my PPL in 40 hours, and greased my first crosswind...
Forum: Propellers 01-28-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 10,434
Posted By Sparky
Joe, Did you contact the governor manufacturer?...

Joe,

Did you contact the governor manufacturer? I know my PCU-5000x governor is available with different torsion spring configurations. Maybe they can provide a weaker spring.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-26-2013, 04:22 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 33,471
Posted By Sparky
I realize this is an old thread, but... I have...

I realize this is an old thread, but...

I have the ECI tapered fin cylinders on my RV-7 and have been debating whether or not to perform this baffle mod. In my view it's not worth the trouble.

If...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-26-2013, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,197
Posted By Sparky
Here is how you can test the MAP...

Here is how you can test the MAP sensor:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8EVhFc5Yqw
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-24-2013, 03:55 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,480
Posted By Sparky
Take a look at the wire strands of the 2 gauge...

Take a look at the wire strands of the 2 gauge start cable where you see signs of heat damage. Perhaps you will find broken strands due to cable flexing or corrosion. This could reduce the effective...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2013, 06:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,105
Posted By Sparky
If you go to these coordinates in Google Earth...

If you go to these coordinates in Google Earth and then go to View/Historical Imagery, you'll see this for the June 2006...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-21-2013, 09:29 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,480
Posted By Sparky
OK. My comments still apply. It's most likely...

OK. My comments still apply. It's most likely either the 2 gauge wire chafing or your starter is bad.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-21-2013, 09:12 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,480
Posted By Sparky
OK, if that is the case then all of my comments...

OK, if that is the case then all of my comments apply. If you don't find the 2-gauge wire chafed, then have your starter tested.
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-21-2013, 08:44 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,480
Posted By Sparky
Don't worry about the diode. If missing, you...

Don't worry about the diode. If missing, you would most likely ether have the switch quit working or have a stuck starter (starter remains engaged after release of the start switch). This would not...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-21-2013, 07:33 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 14,480
Posted By Sparky
If wired like most RV's (and most aircraft for...

If wired like most RV's (and most aircraft for that matter) the starter is about the only component not protected by a fuse or circuit breaker. If you had a dead short to ground in your starter you...
Forum: COMM 01-13-2013, 05:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,446
Posted By Sparky
Terry, If your audio (sidetone and transmitted...

Terry,

If your audio (sidetone and transmitted audio) is "garbled", your mic gain is too high and you are probably overmodulating the RF carrier of your SL-30 during transmission. If only your...
Forum: COMM 01-12-2013, 04:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,446
Posted By Sparky
Sidetone Adjustment

Assuming your actual transmissions are clear, and you have not received any reports of loud and/or garbled transmissions, you probably need to adjust the sidetone level of the SL-30. Follow the...
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