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Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 315
Posted By bkervaski
It would come from an avionics vendor such as...

It would come from an avionics vendor such as SteinAir (highly recommended).
Forum: RV-14 12-10-2019, 05:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 357
Posted By bkervaski
It's easy to install and worth it :)

It's easy to install and worth it :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,273
Posted By bkervaski
This x 1000 ... LiFePo4 is safe ...

This x 1000 ... LiFePo4 is safe ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,273
Posted By bkervaski
Not to minimize your experience (glad you got it...

Not to minimize your experience (glad you got it sorted) but just to put your recommendation into perspective ...

If your EarthX hadn't failed you wouldn't be making this recommendation responding...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-09-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 4,295
Posted By bkervaski
Tom, You're in our prayers. Please let us know...

Tom,

You're in our prayers. Please let us know if you need anything.

Bill & Phoenix
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 220
Posted By bkervaski
I used this: Permatex 81158 Black Silicone...

I used this:

Permatex 81158 Black Silicone Adhesive Sealant, 3 oz. Tube https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000AL6WLA/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_WPK7DbHK56BWF

I think what they met was don’t use RTV gasket maker.
Forum: Safety 12-06-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,868
Posted By bkervaski
Yes! This sounds great. Are you doing it live...

Yes! This sounds great. Are you doing it live from KFFC? If so, would you mind if a few of us came over if the wx cooperates?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2019, 12:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 904
Posted By bkervaski
I have a new in box aircraft BatteryMinder...

I have a new in box aircraft BatteryMinder specifically for the PC680. Great charger! Switched to an EarthX so I only need one of the two I got as gifts.
Forum: RV-14 11-26-2019, 08:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,363
Posted By bkervaski
For those that decide on a bootcamp .. I've got a...

For those that decide on a bootcamp .. I've got a few emails so I'll expand a little on my experience.

I used Craft in Charleston, SC - https://flycraftchs.com/ifr-training/

Small shop, great...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 271
Posted By bkervaski
The wings can be attached at the very end. ...

The wings can be attached at the very end. You'll spend 95% of your time on the emp/fuse + avionics + firewall forward + finishing kit. On the 14 the QB wings are easy, can be done in about a...
Forum: RV-14 11-24-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,363
Posted By bkervaski
I did the King's ground school, it's good. They...

I did the King's ground school, it's good. They have recently updated a lot of the materials, well worth the $$$.

I went to an IFR bootcamp, that nose down constant-training-until-done works best...
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2019, 06:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 844
Posted By bkervaski
Can you post a pic? There should be plenty of...

Can you post a pic? There should be plenty of clearance.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-20-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By bkervaski
The audio quality is great! The airspeed/alt...

The audio quality is great!

The airspeed/alt information comes from the Virb's built-in GPS, also works great and is fairly accurate.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-20-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 383
Posted By bkervaski
In my research, which may be outdated, the only...

In my research, which may be outdated, the only one that worked seamlessly is the Virb 30 Ultra.

I used them and they record audio via bluetooth off the comms.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 11:18 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,405
Posted By bkervaski
Good point .. but you still have to pay for...

Good point .. but you still have to pay for vanity plates, at least in the states I've lived in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,405
Posted By bkervaski
Yep, that's what I would do if I were in charge...

Yep, that's what I would do if I were in charge of the registration system and the petition came across my desk.

However, being on the other side of the desk I say let's leave well enough alone :o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,405
Posted By bkervaski
What is private property other than the...

What is private property other than the government recognizing that someone owns it [by means of a "registration"]?

What about internet domain names?

What about vanity toll free numbers?

My point...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 09:53 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,405
Posted By bkervaski
Like I said, there is nothing preventing anyone...

Like I said, there is nothing preventing anyone from getting an N number.

I don’t see any problem worth creating more unnecessary laws.

What these guys are doing is no different than internet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 06:12 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,405
Posted By bkervaski
Yet still no explanation as to how its a problem...

Yet still no explanation as to how its a problem for anybody? Nothing stopping folks from getting N numbers.
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 719
Posted By bkervaski
Slowly drill a hole and insert a screwdriver,...

Slowly drill a hole and insert a screwdriver, turn, pull or pry. Nothing stressful, it comes right off. Just clean any debris out before installing the prop. Also, don't use the edges for leverage...
Forum: RV-14 11-15-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,005
Posted By bkervaski
The darker colors look great!

The darker colors look great!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-14-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 845
Posted By bkervaski
@swisseagle Have you or the builder contacted the...

@swisseagle Have you or the builder contacted the manufacturer?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-14-2019, 03:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 845
Posted By bkervaski
Is there a washer missing?

Is there a washer missing?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-11-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 598
Posted By bkervaski
Just a data point there are two generations of...

Just a data point there are two generations of these ... the newest ones have a "12V" sticker on the box but are otherwise indistinguishable.

The first generation had a lot of noise issues.

I...
Forum: RV-14 11-11-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By bkervaski
The autopilots will automatically trim .. not...

The autopilots will automatically trim .. not sure why you would want to do this, seems like it limits the airplane's ability. The electric trim is reliable.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 864
Posted By bkervaski
I color coded and laminated mine, makes it easy...

I color coded and laminated mine, makes it easy to find the section you need:

http://halie.com/scale/15/oFt.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,700
Posted By bkervaski
Just a bit of a heads up on printing and selling...

Just a bit of a heads up on printing and selling 3D parts .. there is absolutely no money to be made without really building a big "printing farm". Parts take hours upon hours to print and at these...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 579
Posted By bkervaski
Awesome :D Just hang on and enjoy the ride!

Awesome :D



Just hang on and enjoy the ride!
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,321
Posted By bkervaski
Just a data point .. Talked with Tom, I have a...

Just a data point .. Talked with Tom, I have a similar sound that I attribute to the main gear. Occasional "Creaking" describes it perfectly.

Edit: Can't hear it with noise cancelling headsets.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-04-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,847
Posted By bkervaski
Hey thanks everybody for coming! It was a great...

Hey thanks everybody for coming! It was a great turnout and we'll definitely be continuing next year.

We had folks come from 3 states away, thank you.

If you like football anyone that hung around...
Forum: Autopilots 11-04-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,081
Posted By bkervaski
I think we can skip the brake servos .. once on...

I think we can skip the brake servos .. once on the ground and slow enough where rudder authority is lost the job is done, lives are saved.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 11-01-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,847
Posted By bkervaski
At the north end, park in front of the hangars...

At the north end, park in front of the hangars where you see tie downs, you’ll be behind two large hangars oriented to the south, we’ll be setup in the east most large hangar, look for the crowd...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By bkervaski
Ahh! Great idea .. and we have a winner :D :D :D

Ahh! Great idea .. and we have a winner :D :D :D
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By bkervaski
I was trying to avoid removing the cowl, nose...

I was trying to avoid removing the cowl, nose wheel pants come off pretty easy.
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By bkervaski
Mine was still on the table at that point, was...

Mine was still on the table at that point, was easy.

I don't think anyone is saying "never use wing jacks" just that only use them when you have to and minimize the rocking about to avoid any...
Forum: Autopilots 11-01-2019, 02:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,081
Posted By bkervaski
Seems in addition to the 3-axis AP a throttle...

Seems in addition to the 3-axis AP a throttle servo and a mag ground would be all that's needed for a safe automated landing.

May not be as sophisticated as the full solution they are offering with...
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By bkervaski
I was looking for a way to do it without removing...

I was looking for a way to do it without removing the cowl since it's only about a 10 minute job.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2019, 01:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,364
Posted By bkervaski
Sent you an email.

Sent you an email.
Forum: RV-14 11-01-2019, 09:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,119
Posted By bkervaski
Working on the nose gear with wing jacks ...

I have my new wing jacks built and I want to check/adjust my nosewheel breakout force.

Normally, I would just have someone hold down the tail or tie it off to pull the nose up a bit.

I've never...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,599
Posted By bkervaski
Check the forward top seal ... Post # 19 for...

Check the forward top seal ... Post # 19 for clarity - http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=167134
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-31-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,612
Posted By bkervaski
Warning! Do not use this aircraft tool on an aircraft

My aircraft jacks came with this warning label, nice :o :confused: :eek:

http://halie.com/scale/15/oFd.jpg
Forum: RV-14 10-30-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 369
Posted By bkervaski
RV-14 Battery Box Dimensions (FF-01403)

Hello!

I'm 3D printing some Perfect EarthX Battery Adapters for the RV-14's stock battery box, part FF-01403.

These adapters will fill the space beside the EarthX battery as well as provide spacing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2019, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,106
Posted By bkervaski
Yes, it's necessary because the manufacturer...

Yes, it's necessary because the manufacturer requires it. They know things about the mags the general public does not, such as failure rates regarding the parts being inspected.

You might have 20...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2019, 08:44 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,599
Posted By bkervaski
I have a great 140 hour like new PC680 and a new...

I have a great 140 hour like new PC680 and a new in box battery minder. Shipping might be pricey but they are for sale.
Forum: RV-14 10-28-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 622
Posted By bkervaski
Awesome :D Please video your engine start!

Awesome :D Please video your engine start!
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,979
Posted By bkervaski
Wow. Wasn't expecting the EarthX to make that...

Wow. Wasn't expecting the EarthX to make that big of a difference cranking .. caught me off guard .. nice upgrade!
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 803
Posted By bkervaski
No trick, band saw then sand to cleanup. Make...

No trick, band saw then sand to cleanup. Make sure your blade is sharp.
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,979
Posted By bkervaski
I can confirm that the ETX-900 fits nicely in the...

I can confirm that the ETX-900 fits nicely in the stock RV-14 battery box with the addition of a few washers in the bracket for spacing.

I also had to replace the thick foam called out in the manual...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 377
Posted By bkervaski
EarthX + Garmin G3X Touch

I have an EarthX ETX-900 connected to a discrete input on he G3X Touch.

Is there a way to test the warning indication?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 02:38 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,185
Posted By bkervaski
Good point. On "hot" starts I don't prime at...

Good point. On "hot" starts I don't prime at all. I just put my throttle at 1/4, mixture closed, start it and slowly feed in mixture.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,185
Posted By bkervaski
Also, try 1/4 throttle instead of 1/2. Surefly...

Also, try 1/4 throttle instead of 1/2.

Surefly and PMag both have standard recommended start procedures but you may need to tweak a bit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,185
Posted By bkervaski
Are you pulling the mixture back out to start...

Are you pulling the mixture back out to start then feeding it in as needed but very slowly?

I’m asking because that kickback is what will happen with PMags if there is excessive leftover fuel in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,185
Posted By bkervaski
Can you describe your priming procedure?

Can you describe your priming procedure?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,744
Posted By bkervaski
If you built it you are applying for...

If you built it you are applying for "Repairman".

All you should have to do is prove that you built it with some kind of log. Mine was a video log.

Although the type of log isn't specified in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-25-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 936
Posted By bkervaski
Awesome :) Pics? Video?

Awesome :) Pics? Video?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 925
Posted By bkervaski
This will work ... you won't get it perfectly...

This will work ... you won't get it perfectly centered as with the normal method of using the tool, you'll have to eye ball it, but it will surely punch the hole clean without any collateral...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 989
Posted By bkervaski
They seem to work great under fiberglass .. not...

They seem to work great under fiberglass .. not so much under aluminum :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 568
Posted By bkervaski
Vans Lightbox - Now Available for Preorder!

Now available for preorder! (click pic for link)

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/images/catalog/cat-med_VA-LightBox.jpg...
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,979
Posted By bkervaski
LiFe (or LiFePo4) = Lithium Iron Phosphate LiPo...

LiFe (or LiFePo4) = Lithium Iron Phosphate
LiPo = Lithium Polymer

My point really was ... avoid applying what you read about LiPo batteries to LiFe batteries such as the EarthX. The LiFe chemistry...
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,979
Posted By bkervaski
They are LiFe not LiPo ... two completely...

They are LiFe not LiPo ... two completely different chemistry's. LiFe is considerably more stable.

Both the Odessey and the EarthX have a 140F recommended max operating temp.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-22-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,847
Posted By bkervaski
Coming up on Nov 2nd! Just a reminder ... would...

Coming up on Nov 2nd! Just a reminder ... would love to see you guys there :)
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,979
Posted By bkervaski
I found some pics! https://imgur.com/a/HIi4S8N

I found some pics! https://imgur.com/a/HIi4S8N
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