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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 02:59 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,815
Posted By PilotjohnS
Talking I'm in

I'm In. Not sure how I will get there yet, my RV9a still needs a few small touches.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,317
Posted By PilotjohnS
Same mistake

I seem to have made the same mistake and drilled the tubing hole in the wrong spot. I just patches with a plate on the inside and two tank pull rivets. Held pressure fine and should not be a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-16-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 629
Posted By PilotjohnS
Looks nice

The fit looks really good. I struggled with this fit during fuse assembly, then pulled the bulkhead out and reshaped until I got a better fit. By making this fit well now, you are ahead of the game....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-16-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 773
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pics are best

After seeing the pics, I would leave them too. They look pretty good for platenut rivets. Wished I’d seen the pic before commenting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,883
Posted By PilotjohnS
BMI ha ha

I have been doing construction my whole life. If I every meet my BMI Take me to the hospital because I am sick. Terrible measure of health, better is if you can run a 5 k without walking.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 03:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,256
Posted By PilotjohnS
Unintended consequences

We are here to help, sometimes maore than expected but always with helpfulness in mind.
So I have to ask, are you dimpling thru the blue plastic? Normal it is removed prior to dimpling, either be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 773
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old airplanes

Working on old airplanes, I have seen where the platenut rivets that stuck above the surface wore into the cover. And since the rivets do less good once the screw is installed, I try and make the...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 09-14-2018, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 464
Posted By PilotjohnS
What metal to use

I need to take my RV skills and build a gutter for the house. What metal do I use? 6061 T? Or 2024 T?
I have to do a 6 foor curve the slopes and some edge forming, and I want it resistant to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,442
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

In general i dont use stainless bolts for anything structural. Like mentioned above in general stainless is not as strong. I also have had stainless screws jam up in tapped threads; seems it is more...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 512
Posted By PilotjohnS
Easy

I just heated up the plastic tube with a heat gun and slipped it on the aluminum tude. In my case the aluminum tube was from the pitot static sensor. A little safety wire keeps it all secured.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 629
Posted By PilotjohnS
What i did

I tweaked them ever so slightly to make them flat. Also the flange needs to be at the proper angle with a tight bend. If the flanges tend to fan apart before the sharp flange bend, this could cause...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2018, 06:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 532
Posted By PilotjohnS
Connectors?

I dont plan to remove mine. I just solder spliced the wires andcsimple tubing slid over tubes leaving service loop. If i have to remove simple snip and redo. No conector, no guessing when it doesnt...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-07-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 329
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sounds like a great idea. I would love to hear...

Sounds like a great idea. I would love to hear more about this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 09:52 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 73,426
Posted By PilotjohnS
Compromise

I cast my vote again (vote early, vote often) for a high wing speedster. If Vans wants to use big flaps to slow it down that is fine by me. Cantilever wings would be nice ala Cessna 177. Tail dragger...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-02-2018, 12:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 32,167
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

Thanks for your response. My understanding is the Dynon system has the magnetometer and AHDRS in the same package, but Garmin has them separate. Since I am going with Garmin, my plan is to put the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-02-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 32,167
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuselage, part 4

Much progress has been made on the fuselage. I realize this is a long build; much like the wings, I look at the instructions and see what I have accomplished and what I have left to go, and just gain...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-01-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 396
Posted By PilotjohnS
Garmin Standard Panel

With the recent Vans announcement about a RV12isT and the picture of their standard Garmin panel for factory-built aircraft, what is the chance we could copy that layout and make a similar panel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,734
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vertical

By vertically integrating the factory it could also help balance manpower between development and production. Really a smart move and helps keep the company in the game for the really long haul. And...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,734
Posted By PilotjohnS
IFR standard

I like this Garmin panel. Hope it becomes the standard Garmin panel layout.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-31-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 38,145
Posted By PilotjohnS
Historic

Congratulations

Did something Amelia Earhart couldnt do.

I am next!
Forum: RV-12 08-27-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,506
Posted By PilotjohnS
WAiting for unleaded avgas. Also want to use Full...

WAiting for unleaded avgas. Also want to use Full syn oil. Just waiting.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,328
Posted By PilotjohnS
Forgotten

Well, i just reviewed the sticky thread. Wish i knew then what i didnt know now. Or something like that. Thanks all for posting. I havent ruined and parts, yet. But now am educated.
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2018, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pressure

Unless the temp is changing 10 s of degrees, i think local barometric pressure will have more influence. I did notice that the tank air temp and outside air temp took a few hours to find equilibrium...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,102
Posted By PilotjohnS
Chain lube

The sell it as chain lube.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 729
Posted By PilotjohnS
cruise

Not much to do with 12 hours fuel on board , huh?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,102
Posted By PilotjohnS
right or wrong

right or wrong, I have been using a drop of boeing-lube from REI. Seems to wick in very easily.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,165
Posted By PilotjohnS
And I can build with one eye closed and one hand...

And I can build with one eye closed and one hand holding my girl friend. But why would I?
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,165
Posted By PilotjohnS
Welcome

Come on in the water is fine
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By PilotjohnS
The real test is to use air and put soap bubbles...

The real test is to use air and put soap bubbles on the seams.
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,054
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I used a manometer. I pressurized it by blowing into the manometer and then pushing a swig of water in as my lost breath.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,684
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

if you want to fly now, cant beat a RV12.
If you plan to be in it for the long haul, and don't see any medical issues in the next few years, I would keep flying club planes, rental or even a used...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,366
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dimple

I think when you dimple that hole a lot of the creAse will come out. Also if you edge break the edge will stay down too. I think it will be very hard to see on the finished bird. JMHO
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-17-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,027
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

Yes this is what i meant. If you use the proper method for electrical bonding and happen to only have a simple ohm meter , the assembly might be OK. By no means is any electrical bonding method OK if...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-17-2018, 02:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,027
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

Except for the starter circuit, and major power grounds, i think the electrical bonding measurements can be made with a simple ohm meter. As long as things measure less than 1/2 ohm , and the meter...
Forum: Propellers 08-14-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,359
Posted By PilotjohnS
Catto constant speed

There are rumors of a Catto constant speed prop coming out. If this is true, may add complexity to my 2 vs 3 blade decision.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-14-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 866
Posted By PilotjohnS
my Plan

My plan is to put an old fashion hobbs in with my garmin panel. Just so I know if my kids "borrowed" my plane. I think it would be nice to have the hours always displayed, even with the panel off....
Forum: Tools 08-13-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,089
Posted By PilotjohnS
drill

I found the new Makita 18V cordless BRUSHLESS drills are choice (very good). the new brushless are much lighter than the standard cordless, smaller even. The are comparable to the air drill without...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 445
Posted By PilotjohnS
my experience

I have been using this stuff for two years at 1:2. and dimpling after prime with no problem.
I tried the 1:1.5 and it didn't come out well with my dry ambient conditions. JMHO. YMMV

I have done the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,020
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

I would pick a avionics brand, my choice was either Dynon or Garmin. This way you can install the autopilot, heated pitot tube, and magnetometer, etc, as you build. Don't need to buy things until...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-10-2018, 11:28 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 33,496
Posted By PilotjohnS
wow

Great job on the progress.

You and I started the fuse at the same time, but now you have blown by me, you are so far ahead its like proof of the Doppler effect.

But please keep posting. You are...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-09-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 966
Posted By PilotjohnS
crime

It is a crime. I hope this wrong gets righted before my plane is done and it becomes an airport again.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 10:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,282
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I never got good results mixing in bag. I mixed on scrap hotel key or other hard plasctic then transfered to baggie. Worked great.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-06-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 643
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ghost image

I had a controller call traffic for me on my ghost image from santabarbara to santa monica; he was embarassed when he realized.
Always love the view of the islands from there. Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 73,426
Posted By PilotjohnS
update

Make mine a high wing rocket with 240Kt cruise and large barn door style fowler flaps and high aspect wing for high altitude cruise. WHAT A COUNTRY!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 345
Views: 73,426
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hi wing rv9

I want a high wing rv9-like plane. With the change in medical rules, I need a plane i can get in without climbimg on a wing.
Hi wings normally dont perform as well. But i am sure vans can find a way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,851
Posted By PilotjohnS
Grass is always greener

Compare your cost of flying to that of us in California. Thats why we all dream of flying and living someplace other than California. The beauty of a plane is that one can escape. Imagine all those...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-30-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 160
Views: 38,145
Posted By PilotjohnS
Made it to Hawaii

Tracking shows he landed in Hilo
Forum: Painting your RV 07-28-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 415
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I think any sw store can order it unless you are in california.
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,157
Posted By PilotjohnS
Important point

The use of an autopilot servo does not negate the need for trim. The trim can also be manual or electric ( Ray Allen). Without trim the autopilot servo would need to hold a constant force to maintain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 36,286
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mass arrivals

I am curious if the mass arrivals are helping or hurting the landing rate. Or are the being used by pilots to circumvent following the NOTAM and guaranteeing a no stress arrival at the detriment of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By PilotjohnS
After research

After much research got 20 gal from home depot. I found out the HF were not that reliable. Couldnt be happier with my Home depot version. No problems for 3 yrs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 03:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Posted By PilotjohnS
Nail polish

I tried nail polish but just wasnt great. I went to Grainer and bought 2 tubes; lifetime supply. No reason to fear the right stuff.
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-14-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 32,167
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse part 3

So I am working on the aft fuselage. Like many others, I had trouble with the F779 bottom fuse skin at the rear. This is really thick and pre bent. Well sort of. I had trouble getting the prepunched...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-13-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,114
Posted By PilotjohnS
Electical?

Since both mags are affected, could it possible be a bad ignition switch?
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-06-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 33,496
Posted By PilotjohnS
Trying to say

I agree the torque strip should be from the surface onto the nut to the bolt. I think the video is mistaken in that the torque strip should not be on the “bolt” side of the fastener; but it definetly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 10,569
Posted By PilotjohnS
Taxi light

Looks like a small taxi light in the cowl would be ideal to fill in?
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-01-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 241
Views: 33,496
Posted By PilotjohnS
Inspiring

Jereme, we were at the same point earlier this month, but you are blowing me away. You are doing great.

Since I am behind now, I am really into your blog.

So what drill sizes do you need for right...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-29-2018, 11:42 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 32,167
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuselage, part 2 of many

Bending longerons. Those words create fear, at least they did for me. I don't care to beat things with hammers, so I borrowed some longeron bending dies. I added scotch tape to the longerons and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 821
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats

Congratulations. I am a few years behind. Please keep us up to date on first flight and phase 1 progress.
Forum: RV-14 06-22-2018, 11:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 877
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me

To get my dynon mast to fit the garmin, i had to squeeze the end in a vise to make it more “rounder” if that makes sense. I couldnt get them together unless i did this. Now it fits like a glove. YMMV
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 397
Views: 1,425,599
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vents not clear?

So I am wondering if the vent lines are not clear but rather have some raw fuel causing a liquid plug? This will allow some pressure to build up in the tanks if the internal pressure isnt enough to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,288
Posted By PilotjohnS
Easy peasey

Actually, I think with modern electronics it is easy to make the fuel senders read from full to empty. Just add one at tip of the tank and wire them in series. The tip rib sender would need to be...
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