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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 876
Posted By Dean Pichon
Itís important to maintain some clearance between...

Itís important to maintain some clearance between the dipstick and the oil door. I have about 1/4Ē and still see signs of occasional contact- probably during start up.

Good luck,
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 876
Posted By Dean Pichon
I shortened the standard filler tube on the...

I shortened the standard filler tube on the IO-360 on my -4 to 9-3/4 inches. I feel it is still about 1/4Ē too long. I donít see how a 10.57Ē part would fit unless we are not talking about the same...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 59,442
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have an empty T-hanger at KFIT (west of Boston)...

I have an empty T-hanger at KFIT (west of Boston) available for anyone seeking shelter from the storm. Send me a PM if interested.
Forum: GPS 08-02-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By Dean Pichon
Yesterday, I spoke with an Applications Engineer...

Yesterday, I spoke with an Applications Engineer at GPS Source. I expressed your concern and he said this issue is typically dealt with through the use of a unity gain splitter. (The output is...
Forum: GPS 08-01-2018, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By Dean Pichon
Interesting. Were you able to find maximum...

Interesting. Were you able to find maximum allowable gain levels for the GPS receiver? How was the minimum length of coax determined?

Thanks,
Forum: GPS 07-31-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks to all for the posts. The questions,...

Thanks to all for the posts. The questions, concerns, and advice have helped with the inquiries made to the various suppliers.
So far, I have had preliminary conversations with Garmin, uAvionix,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-30-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,766
Posted By Dean Pichon
Good question. One of the Mike's leaning videos...

Good question. One of the Mike's leaning videos posted to YouTube indicated that at temperatures below 300F, the valves are more likely to accumulate deposits. I don't have much to go on, though.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-29-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,766
Posted By Dean Pichon
Must be I missed that part! Two years ago, I...

Must be I missed that part! Two years ago, I attended another of his forums that was specifically on flow balancing. I went home and installed an engine analyzer and found my cylinders were...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Carl, Thanks for the reply. The SkyFYX with...

Hi Carl,

Thanks for the reply. The SkyFYX with the external antenna is the one I am considering for use with a splitter in this scenario.

Every so often, I consider a major panel upgrade to...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2018, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,214
Posted By Dean Pichon
WAAS GPS/ADS-B question

I have decided upon the uAvionix echoUAT unit to provide ADS-B in and out for my RV-4. My aircraft has an existing GPS antenna connected to a Garmin SL-60, but I don't have a WAAS GPS source, so had...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2018, 07:24 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,766
Posted By Dean Pichon
Did any attend Mike Busch's "Leaning the Right Way" forum?

I attended the Tuesday session and like all his talks it was very interesting and informative. Later that day, it occurred to me that throughout his talk, during which he described how most any...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 06-08-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,359
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi John, I had a Samsung tablet and the Garmin...

Hi John,

I had a Samsung tablet and the Garmin Pilot app in my -4. I, too, noticed that the Android (Garmin Pilot) App development lagged that of the Apple version significantly. I switched to an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 06:20 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,752
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Turbo, Mine is located on the tip rib, hidden...

Hi Turbo,

Mine is located on the tip rib, hidden in the wing tip fairing. It was a location recommended by Dynon. I had a conduit in place and had even remembered to pull a string through the last...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,335
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Derrick, Thanks so much for the details. A...

Hi Derrick,

Thanks so much for the details. A couple of clarifying questions:

I assume the "existing antenna for my KLX135A" is also a GPS antenna? Are both on the aft top fuselage skin and under...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,335
Posted By Dean Pichon
I plan to install the same system in my -4. ...

I plan to install the same system in my -4. Where did you locate the components? uAvionix recommended I put the SkyFyx under the cowl, but I mixed reservations about that location. Pictures would...
Forum: COMM 05-31-2018, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 636
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have the exact same problem with my SL60...

I have the exact same problem with my SL60 (COM/GPS). A couple of years ago I sent it to Garmin for the flat rate repair (~$500) simply because Garmin announced the unit would no longer be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,877
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have used a Samsung tablet, and more recently...

I have used a Samsung tablet, and more recently an iPad mini, with a variety of mapping SW packages. With both, I have used an external, bluetooth GPS mounted on the roll bar. A very old PDA based...
Forum: Tools 04-04-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,091
Posted By Dean Pichon
I recently purchased this one and have had good...

I recently purchased this one and have had good luck, so far:

https://www.amazon.com/Wheeler-Firearms-Accurizing-Torque-Wrench/dp/B0012AXR4S

It's only good to 65 inch-lbs, so you can't use it for...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 459
Posted By Dean Pichon
I completed my -4 quite a few years ago, so keep...

I completed my -4 quite a few years ago, so keep that in mind as you read this post.

The F-406 bulkhead is the rear spar carry thru. First and foremost is to locate this so it fits your wing. I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,253
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Wyn, I just installed the Dynon AoA probe in...

Hi Wyn,

I just installed the Dynon AoA probe in my completed RV-4 in November. I already had a D10A installed so the display component was a none issue.

I had to remove the tank to run the 2nd...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2017, 05:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 501
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for recommendations for a tool (website) for researching Lycoming ADs

Can anyone recommend a good resource for checking for relevant ADs for a Lycoming engine? I have found both the FAA and Lycoming websites rather cumbersome to use. Thanks in advance.

Dean
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks, Vic! Just the info I was looking...

Thanks, Vic!

Just the info I was looking for...

Regards,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By Dean Pichon
Recommended replacement interval for fuel & oil lines?

What is the recommended replacement interval (in either calendar time or hours of accumulated service) for:


Flexible fuel lines? (Do the SS braid/PTFE lined hoses carry the same interval as the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,769
Posted By Dean Pichon
Titanium dioxide is the most common pigment used...

Titanium dioxide is the most common pigment used to make paint (or epoxy resin) white. The water soluble solution from Home Depot likely uses this pigment, but I would be hesitant to add it to a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-11-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 972
Posted By Dean Pichon
Sorry Jim! For some reason I thought you had an...

Sorry Jim! For some reason I thought you had an RV-4. On those aircraft the forward fuselage skin is removable.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 972
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Jim, I'm on the road this week, so I have no...

Hi Jim,

I'm on the road this week, so I have no access to P/Ns, but can get you something when I return, if you have not resolved the issue. My -4 is down for Condition Inspection, too. Forgive me...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 972
Posted By Dean Pichon
Bummer. I assume one of the relays/contactors is...

Bummer. I assume one of the relays/contactors is on the Exp board while the other is remote located (not part of the Exp bus))? If this is so, can you confirm operation of this (remote mounted...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 972
Posted By Dean Pichon
The Exp bus systems often receives bad reviews,...

The Exp bus systems often receives bad reviews, but I love mine. Itís about the same vintage as yours. Early on i blamed it for several problems, but the true cause was always something else.

Your...
Forum: RV-4 11-06-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 969
Posted By Dean Pichon
I built my -4 in the 90's. My recollection is...

I built my -4 in the 90's. My recollection is that the entire kit cost about $10K. A finished RV-4 is not worth is parts value, so I would not expect a partially completed kit to be worth its parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-17-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,889
Posted By Dean Pichon
The photo on the right is not an applicator, but...

The photo on the right is not an applicator, but a one-shot dispenser. Once you start to use it, its intended to be consumed in a single sitting. I never used them as I wanted the flexibility to...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 457
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi, In my -4, I drilled holes only large enough...

Hi,

In my -4, I drilled holes only large enough for the cable and the appropriately sized bushing.

Good luck,

Dean
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,320
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Steve, Thanks for these great posts. I enjoy...

Hi Steve,

Thanks for these great posts. I enjoy the opportunity to think about these topics. I have a question regarding your post, above:

I interpreted from the original post, a potential drag...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,063
Posted By Dean Pichon
In my -4, I used to block the entire oil cooler...

In my -4, I used to block the entire oil cooler (before I installed a shutter). Initially, I blocked the cooler on the down stream side (with respect to airflow). It was much easier to install and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-31-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,122
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Scott, I plan to go the same route with my...

Hi Scott,

I plan to go the same route with my -4. Did you install the SkyFYX under the cowl per uAvionix recommendation? Is it working well in that location? Do you have any...
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 811
Posted By Dean Pichon
Switch to Skybolt fasteners

I made my cowl installation such that 2 pin sections were used and installed through the oil access door. I flew like that until I started breaking eyelets. At that point, I removed the hinge and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-04-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,789
Posted By Dean Pichon
I pre-ordered a Scout on Amazon and received it...

I pre-ordered a Scout on Amazon and received it about 10 days ago. I have made 3 flights with it (in my -4) using Foreflight. So far, I am favorably impressed. I have powered it using both a USB...
Forum: Northeast 07-13-2017, 05:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,616
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Dave I came up last year and had a great time...

Hi Dave
I came up last year and had a great time and hope to come up for the day again. In fact, I was so intrigued by Belfast, I rented a house for this week and am in town with my family. If you...
Forum: ADS-B 06-25-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,231
Posted By Dean Pichon
I just decided to buy the PingBuddy 2 only to...

I just decided to buy the PingBuddy 2 only to find that it appears to have been removed from the uAvionix website. None of the uAvionix resellers have any stock that they are offering thru their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By Dean Pichon
When I built my -4, I generated a CAD file from...

When I built my -4, I generated a CAD file from Van's drawing. It ended working well and the panel is now 16 years old. I often think about updating it, but I, too, am concerned about the down time...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-13-2017, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,024
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks to all for the input. After machine...

Thanks to all for the input. After machine countersinking the HS skin so many years ago, I recall wishing I had dimpled the skin, instead. Subsequent to the HS, dimpling was the 1st choice, machine...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,024
Posted By Dean Pichon
Smoking Rivets - repair advice

I just noticed a few "smoking rivets" on the underside of the horizontal stabilizer of my -4. The aircraft is about 16 years old and has about 800 hrs TT. The rivets shown in the attached photo...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2017, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,869
Posted By Dean Pichon
Interesting question. From a qualitative...

Interesting question. From a qualitative perspective, I may help to think of the rib as an I-beam. The flanges of the rib are analogous to the flanges of the I-beam. The flanges carry to load. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-23-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,034
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bruce, I built a new rudder for my -4 and...

Hi Bruce,

I built a new rudder for my -4 and getting it to fit the existing (in place) vertical stabilizer was a challenge. I can imagine fitting the pair to an existing fuselage would be even more...
Forum: Reviews 03-21-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 61,063
Posted By Dean Pichon
Will you have that sealed battery box for the...

Will you have that sealed battery box for the EarthX 900 at the show?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,271
Posted By Dean Pichon
After I started loosing eyelets on my-4, I...

After I started loosing eyelets on my-4, I replaced the hinge sections along the firewall with Skybolt fasteners. I reasoned that the steeply curved hinge sections were more susceptible to failure....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,552
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have a B&C alternator and voltage regulator in...

I have a B&C alternator and voltage regulator in my -4. I know from first hand experience that B&C offers excellent customer service. They have provided me with a very nice diagnostic worksheet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,016
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks all. I think I'll give it a try. My...

Thanks all. I think I'll give it a try. My fairings are locked from rotation on the top similar to what has been described. I wasn't sure whether or not locking at the bottom was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,016
Posted By Dean Pichon
Flying without wheel pants...

A question for you folks who fly without wheel pants in the winter...

Do you need to somehow secure the gear leg fairing from "twisting"? In my -4 the fairing is fixed (against rotation) at the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-05-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,395
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have the same problem in my -4. I have a belly...

I have the same problem in my -4. I have a belly mounted bent whip antenna (RAMI AV-17) and have never had great performance. This past annual, I removed the antenna, replaced the star washers,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 929
Posted By Dean Pichon
I am far from an engine expert. But I will offer...

I am far from an engine expert. But I will offer that Van's has been selling the A1A model for at least 16 years (since I bought one for my -4). In that time, people have worked out most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,379
Posted By Dean Pichon
Alodining the tank parts will improve the...

Alodining the tank parts will improve the adhesion of the polysulfide sealant. Most of the data sheets for polysulfide provide adhesion data for alodined surfaces as this is the industry standard in...
Forum: Reviews 12-16-2016, 10:01 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 61,063
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Charlie, I just installed an EarthX 900 in my...

Hi Charlie,

I just installed an EarthX 900 in my -4. My aircraft has an IO-360 with a Skytech lightweight starter. It cranks noticeably faster and starts much quicker than with the Concorde lead...
Forum: Steam Gauges 12-01-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,604
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have combo Volts/Amps and Pressure/Temp gages...

I have combo Volts/Amps and Pressure/Temp gages in my -4. Both are EI and have performed flawlessly for 15 years. I have slowly swapped out all my non-EI stuff to EI. It works, it lasts, includes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2016, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,275
Posted By Dean Pichon
I noticed your pump installation puts the vent...

I noticed your pump installation puts the vent fitting very close to the firewall (touching?). I have the same issue in my -4. The other day, a mechanic suggested I could remove the pump,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,662
Posted By Dean Pichon
I'm experiencing the same issue with my Dual GPS...

I'm experiencing the same issue with my Dual GPS receiver. It frequently breaks contact with my iPad/Garmin Pilot system. It reconnects automatically, but for several seconds, Garmin Pilot no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,461
Posted By Dean Pichon
Smile A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an EarthX...

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an EarthX battery for my -4. I suggested to one of the nice folks at EarthX that a closed/vented box for their batteries would be an excellent addition to their...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-09-2016, 11:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,321
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Gil, Neither the addition of the milled glass...

Hi Gil,

Neither the addition of the milled glass nor its age should impact the cure of your epoxy resin. (I have a bag of milled glass that is more than 25 years old and still use it.) I don't...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-08-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,638
Posted By Dean Pichon
PMag removal question

As part of the Annual Condition Inspection, I plan to remove the PMags from my -4 to inspect the bearings and cotter pins. Is in necessary or recommended to replace the magneto gaskets every time I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,572
Posted By Dean Pichon
A couple of days ago, I made another test run. ...

A couple of days ago, I made another test run. This time at 8000 feet with the throttle wide open. The spread appears to be a bit less (~0.2 gph), though the peaks are not as well defined. It may...
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,742
Posted By Dean Pichon
If I were making my tanks today, I would use...

If I were making my tanks today, I would use higher quality senders than the ones included with my kit (early 1990's vintage wing kit). The senders I have seen from EI and Cirrus are much more...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-10-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,331
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bill, I powder coated my tailwheel parts,...

Hi Bill,

I powder coated my tailwheel parts, too. Provide the powder coat shop with good masking instructions! I wish I had done the tailspring too. Perhaps you could remove that and have it done...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-10-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,331
Posted By Dean Pichon
On my -4, it's a straight section. If yours is...

On my -4, it's a straight section. If yours is stuck, I would guess it either has some corrosion at the interface, or the previous owner/builder may have epoxied it in place to compensate for a...
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