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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 588
Posted By xblueh2o
Troll around Craigslist and eBay or stop by your...

Troll around Craigslist and eBay or stop by your local crack de--Uh, Snap-on truck and see if you can find a set of Flank drive crows feet ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 55,760
Posted By xblueh2o
Easier test. If you threw your back out or felt...

Easier test. If you threw your back out or felt the twinge of a hernia when lifting the gear out of the box, it is factory gear. I kid, but that is the reason for the Grove aluminum gear. It was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 55,760
Posted By xblueh2o
If your gear is steel it is factory gear. If it...

If your gear is steel it is factory gear.
If it is aluminum square section or airfoil shaped it is (was) grove gear. It wasn't an option to order from Van's, you just bought a different set of gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By xblueh2o
I wonder if any of them ran a RAIM prediction. I...

I wonder if any of them ran a RAIM prediction.
I wonder, can you look for historical RAIM data? I only know about looking forward.
There is a famous...
Forum: Polishing your RV 05-25-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 287
Posted By xblueh2o
I have done it to make the work go faster but I...

I have done it to make the work go faster but I try not to for three reasons.
1. It is an incredibly dirty way to polish something compared to a Cyclo or other random orbit device. Just look at the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By xblueh2o
I did use just a piano hinge from the hardware...

I did use just a piano hinge from the hardware store. Not sure the exact style of hinge makes any difference though. The first picture of the bender that is closed up sitting on top of my bench with...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-20-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 815
Posted By xblueh2o
Dimples. Buy good dies. Rivet removal. You...

Dimples. Buy good dies.

Rivet removal. You probably have heard it already but it can't be stressed enough. You are not trying to drill the body out of the hole. You are only trying to drill enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,280
Posted By xblueh2o
I think a lot of the problems you run in to in...

I think a lot of the problems you run in to in little airplanes is different boxes by different manufactures and each has their own particular architecture for the user interface. It is becoming a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 986
Posted By xblueh2o
agreed, it looks like your hinges are not...

agreed, it looks like your hinges are not installed to get the result you want.
Take a look at this post (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=756114&postcount=12) from my build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,656
Posted By xblueh2o
Through work I see a ton of interesting data with...

Through work I see a ton of interesting data with regards to aviation.
Today an interesting spreadsheet showed up. It was a synopsis of all the ground based claims (no airborne accidents included)...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-27-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,135
Posted By xblueh2o
I have seen what you describe once. Local RV...

I have seen what you describe once.
Local RV driver had a new engine from a good shop that had inexplicably gone from running like a Swiss watch to running lean on two cylinders at higher power...
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,297
Posted By xblueh2o
Keep good records so when the tax man does come...

Keep good records so when the tax man does come calling you can document that you have already paid it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-14-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,043
Posted By xblueh2o
+1 vote for the Nipex parallel jaw pliers. I use...

+1 vote for the Nipex parallel jaw pliers. I use these to squeeze both A and AD -3 rivets often.
Forum: Safety 04-09-2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,191
Posted By xblueh2o
Like you and many others, I too disagree with...

Like you and many others, I too disagree with those ideas.
We had an old Chief Pilot who had a fairly indelicate but humorous turn of phrase that I won't leave here but in a nutshell it meant if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 04:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 953
Posted By xblueh2o
This. ^ When I was trying to decide to rivet or...

This. ^
When I was trying to decide to rivet or screw the floor panels down I spent time talking with a bunch of 8 builders one year at OSH. The responses from both camps went essentially like...
Forum: Safety 03-18-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 924
Posted By xblueh2o
If the stainless hardware was on the exterior the...

If the stainless hardware was on the exterior the builder probably put them there for both esthetic and corrosion reasons. If they were on the interior they might have been for magnetic reasons.
The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,248
Posted By xblueh2o
Bryan is very good about answering...

Bryan is very good about answering questions.
Call or email him and get the straight scoop
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,955
Posted By xblueh2o
I think it boils down to management of the...

I think it boils down to management of the airport. Government or otherwise.
For years at the local airport people literally died on the hangar wait list. They kept a copy of the list posted on the...
Forum: ADS-B 02-09-2020, 11:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,503
Posted By xblueh2o
Slightly off topic but I just had to laugh about...

Slightly off topic but I just had to laugh about this. You should consider yourself lucky. The ADS-B reports are lightning fast by comparison.
Try getting your RVSM height monitoring report in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-05-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,174
Posted By xblueh2o
If it isn't too bad just plain old car wax will...

If it isn't too bad just plain old car wax will work.
We used Solvoil (the stuff you would have in a parts washer) on the exhaust shields of the T-28. That stain of fuel and oil baked on by the 1400...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 991
Posted By xblueh2o
Microfiber towel and a small bottle/tube of your...

Microfiber towel and a small bottle/tube of your favorite canopy cleaner.
Microfiber towel and locally sourced water to get the bugs off.

If you truly feel the need for some sort of moist towelette,...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-06-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,149
Posted By xblueh2o
This. What you hear from shop to shop will vary...

This.

What you hear from shop to shop will vary wildly based on where they are operating.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-23-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,235
Posted By xblueh2o
Without looking at the entire thing I can't make...

Without looking at the entire thing I can't make an informed opinion on why but I assume that the bolt you are talking about is an AN23 clevis bolt per the plans. I think you are on the right track...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-20-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 626
Posted By xblueh2o
I have flown an early 80s C206 that was recently...

I have flown an early 80s C206 that was recently painted by Corona Air Paint. A somewhat complicated scheme and they did a nice job.
I have lots of work from T&P. Also very nice work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,195
Posted By xblueh2o
Yep. Any FedEx printing place can laminate, punch...

Yep. Any FedEx printing place can laminate, punch and spiral bind. One can assume any other printing place can also perform the process.
Have you considered using an old 1" jepp binder? They are a...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-01-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,669
Posted By xblueh2o
There is an interpritation...

There is an interpritation (https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/regulations/interpretations/Data/interps/2009/Levy%20-%20(2009)%20Legal%20Interpretation.pdf)...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-01-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,669
Posted By xblueh2o
91.109(c) speaks to civil aircraft being operated...

91.109(c) speaks to civil aircraft being operated in simulated instrument flight.
91.109(c)(1)(i) says the safety pilot must be a PPL with category & class ratings.
91.109(c)(2) says the safety pilot...
Forum: Primers 10-17-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 666
Posted By xblueh2o
Agreed. Once you have scuffed during the etch...

Agreed. Once you have scuffed during the etch process and then done an Alodine treatment you should not have to do anything more than ensure the surface is dirt and oil free prior to applying primer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,743
Posted By xblueh2o
Keep your records. I did the same thing regarding...

Keep your records.
I did the same thing regarding paying as I went. When I purchased my QB kits I payed my use tax (this was before Van's started collecting Ca sales tax) via the state income tax...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,359
Posted By xblueh2o
In other applications I have chilled bearings in...

In other applications I have chilled bearings in dry ice and can say that on some with a 1-2 thousandth press fit that after chilling the bearing just dropped into place instead of having to drive or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-18-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 942
Views: 664,304
Posted By xblueh2o
I have a recollection the desired angle ended up...

I have a recollection the desired angle ended up trimming about .75" from the nose. Some people have re-used the original Vans nose rib. I chose to make a new one from scratch for two reasons.
1....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-17-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,961
Posted By xblueh2o
Easy enough to test. Pull the plug and do a...

Easy enough to test. Pull the plug and do a compression check.
If it is a leak/crack it will show itself instantly.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-03-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 823
Posted By xblueh2o
I think that is the skin stiffener that goes in...

I think that is the skin stiffener that goes in the fwd fuselage down in the lower baggage area.
Dwg 67 at C7
In the construction manual it is on page 8-20
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,382
Posted By xblueh2o
A friend of mine has a restored warbird that was...

A friend of mine has a restored warbird that was done something on the order of 30 plus years ago. At the time the interior was painted with rattle cans because that was what was available and in the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-14-2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,802
Posted By xblueh2o
While in KMSO make it over to Mackenzie River...

While in KMSO make it over to Mackenzie River Pizza (https://www.mackenzieriverpizza.com/eat-missoula-south/). Get yourself an order of Lodge Poles with a Hot Hawaiian and a Moose Drool.

While in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,576
Posted By xblueh2o
Slick. Any guesses on what causes the slight...

Slick.
Any guesses on what causes the slight ≈300hz tone when it is firing? Are we hearing the gas flow through the valving?
Forum: Safety 07-30-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,016
Posted By xblueh2o
While I was typing away Bob beat me to it. I...

While I was typing away Bob beat me to it.
I think the big point to take away here is who owns the airplane during your checkout and work accordingly from there.

Mel, I am curious if you could...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2019, 01:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,135
Posted By xblueh2o
Money spent on good tools is never wasted.

Money spent on good tools is never wasted.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 817
Posted By xblueh2o
I have had very good luck with CRC Electrical...

I have had very good luck with CRC Electrical cleaner (https://www.crcindustries.com/products/qd-174-electronic-cleaner-11-wt-oz-05103.html). It will even clean old dried out fluid. Available at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 01:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,493
Posted By xblueh2o
Aside from the safest place to stand will be...

Aside from the safest place to stand will be right on the bullseye I think the lists above pretty much cover it.
One thing I would make clear in the briefing is passes below the stated minimum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 12:41 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,568
Posted By xblueh2o
I can confirm these reports are looked in to.

I can confirm these reports are looked in to.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 06:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 583
Posted By xblueh2o
Buying your first used Experimental Aircraft

Somewhat RV related so stay with me.
A co-worker is thinking about buying a completed and flying EAB aircraft. He has never owned/built anything experimental before so his entire knowledge base is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 12:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By xblueh2o
A full PPL course couldn't hurt. Especially if...

A full PPL course couldn't hurt. Especially if you have time to kill on your hands. Some things have changed in 10-15 years.
The good part is you can move at your own pace and spend extra time...
Forum: International 06-14-2019, 09:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,021
Posted By xblueh2o
You just hit the nail on the head regarding why...

You just hit the nail on the head regarding why people use handling agents.
They can be pricey but the good ones are worth their weight in gold.

When we do direct communication we find we have much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-11-2019, 12:33 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,734
Posted By xblueh2o
Looking at 14CFR§45.22(b) I think you could make...

Looking at 14CFR§45.22(b) I think you could make an argument that it might not apply in all cases.
To paraphrase the reg:
45.22(b) says a small U.S registered aircraft with an experimental...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2019, 06:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,734
Posted By xblueh2o
I have only a passing understanding of this...

I have only a passing understanding of this particular set of rules so I may very well be wrong, but... I don't think just having an "NX" tail number allows you to not display the Experimental. I...
Forum: Safety 06-05-2019, 07:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,629
Posted By xblueh2o
I have two helmets. One with ANR and the other...

I have two helmets. One with ANR and the other with CEP.
I am finding as time goes on I like the one with CEP better. The T-28 would overpower the ANR until I had the prop back at cruise. I seriously...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2019, 04:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By xblueh2o
Fixed or movable jaw? Is there a through hole in...

Fixed or movable jaw?
Is there a through hole in the fixed jaw you can punch through?
Is it possible remove the pins holding the yoke on the squeezer? If yes will pulling the yoke set off the...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-17-2019, 10:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 953
Posted By xblueh2o
The one near DFW is in Coppell. On the north east...

The one near DFW is in Coppell. On the north east side of the airport. Other side of 121 from Bass Pro. Not that have spent any time at either, every time I roll through town for training.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-22-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,597
Posted By xblueh2o
Depends on how long the sharpie mark has been...

Depends on how long the sharpie mark has been on.
If you put it on, do whatever you are going to do and then take it off it will come off with denatured alcohol. If it has been on a while it will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,222
Posted By xblueh2o
Don't feel bad. I too was wondering how I was...

Don't feel bad. I too was wondering how I was going to pull that off when I noticed the extensions hanging on the wall while in the store for a different project.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,222
Posted By xblueh2o
I drilled the Van's approved holes in my QB wing...

I drilled the Van's approved holes in my QB wing ribs using what looks like the same method. I put the step drill in the end of a drill extension I sourced from a local hardware store.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,382
Posted By xblueh2o
I am familiar with the paper clip method but what...

I am familiar with the paper clip method but what is the paint stick offset?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,419
Posted By xblueh2o
Regarding the SA blog post and the comment that...

Regarding the SA blog post and the comment that there has been no innovation from Jepp since the Boeing purchase. That just isn't so. How do I know? Jepp sent a bunch of their software engineers...
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2019, 12:15 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,119
Posted By xblueh2o
6'5" 36" inseam. Sat in the demonstrator 14 at...

6'5" 36" inseam. Sat in the demonstrator 14 at Osh a couple years ago. I found it very comfortable with plenty of room between my head and the canopy and no issues with knees and instrument panels....
Forum: RV-14 01-12-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,811
Posted By xblueh2o
Is it not possible to get a tap extractor in...

Is it not possible to get a tap extractor in there? You can get relatively inexpensive sets of extractors.
Forum: California 12-27-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,993
Posted By xblueh2o
Well? How did it go? The wind was howling today...

Well?
How did it go?
The wind was howling today from the north so I imagine it was bumpy.
As luck would have it I just happened to do essentially the reverse of your trip yesterday. Started in...
Forum: California 12-17-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,993
Posted By xblueh2o
I too would go down the valley first and then cut...

I too would go down the valley first and then cut across the mountains down near WJF, PMD, EDW especially if you plan on doing this during the winter months.
Summer time you will find coastal fog but...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 11-30-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,543
Posted By xblueh2o
Is it a result of the airframe vibration/camera's...

Is it a result of the airframe vibration/camera's rolling shutter or is the right side exhaust pipe on the 7 loose? Look at the take off at 6:40.
Forum: Primers 11-06-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By xblueh2o
One question. Are you planning on applying the...

One question. Are you planning on applying the primer followed shortly by the top coat or is the idea to prime during construction and then down the road apply the top coat when the aircraft is...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-02-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,855
Posted By xblueh2o
Well done! Now the hard part is keeping it...

Well done! Now the hard part is keeping it current.
What I would suggest is go IFR in one direction to keep current and hone your skills but then go VFR for the return leg just to enjoy the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-13-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 975
Posted By xblueh2o
Didn't Stein or EAA or somebody do a video on how...

Didn't Stein or EAA or somebody do a video on how to reassemble a vernier cable once you had goofed up and it fell apart?
I know it was linked here at VAF.
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