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Forum: RV-10 10-14-2019, 10:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,736
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

I'm feeling the same way about my build after 8 years, but I continue to soldier on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,440
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome..

..to yet another New Builder in Colorado. Your work space will pay dividends, for sure. Keep it in your house as long as you can.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 04:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 323
Posted By ppilotmike
I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people...

I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people who have played with making up their own boards and/or using Arduinos, so maybe someone will do it.
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2019, 04:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 610
Posted By ppilotmike
I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in...

I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in the right side and 1 on the left, baggage door side. I am about to start wiring up my runs, but have not done this yet. Worst case, i believe it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 612
Posted By ppilotmike
I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the...

I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the Hartzell 2-blade for the RV-10 is fiberglass, not metal. Does Hartzell (or Vans) sell a metal spinner for the 2-blade Hartzell on an RV-10, that...
Forum: International 08-29-2019, 12:48 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,833
Posted By ppilotmike
Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.

Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,147
Posted By ppilotmike
Glad you're okay. I think it would be very...

Glad you're okay. I think it would be very helpful to post some pictures of what remains.
Forum: International 08-13-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 14,833
Posted By ppilotmike
Watching..

..with great interest.
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,776
Posted By ppilotmike
Doug, If the price is low enough, you will...

Doug,

If the price is low enough, you will surely get offers "sight unseen." However, if the workmanship is good and corrosion minimal, I see no reason you couldn't get way more than $10K (which is...
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2019, 09:19 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 432,107
Posted By ppilotmike
Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme...

Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme and pattern are similar to what I'm planning, if I can ever get it to fly. Would you please send me a PM with the information on your paint guy,...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,793
Posted By ppilotmike
One more story for you: Back in 2011, after a...

One more story for you:

Back in 2011, after a year spent researching the various planes and kits available and deciding on a Vans kit, I knew I wanted a 7A. I simply loved it, and thought it was...
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2019, 10:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,455
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it. Nice write-up.

Love it. Nice write-up.
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,594
Posted By ppilotmike
I'll be there again this year, but with my whole...

I'll be there again this year, but with my whole family. (2 adults and 2 kids). Looking forward to it.
Forum: RV-10 06-17-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 432,107
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks real nice, Justin.

Looks real nice, Justin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,958
Posted By ppilotmike
Cool Pics, Dan!

I'll be there again this year, with my whole family (kids too), so probably won't close it down this year. ;)
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-22-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,916
Posted By ppilotmike
I went with the largest Harbor Freight compressor...

I went with the largest Harbor Freight compressor I could find that was 1) oiled, 2) 2 stage (quieter) and 3) 110V. It has served me well for the last 8 years of building. All my tools are air...
Forum: RV-10 05-21-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 984
Posted By ppilotmike
South Florida Sport Aviation..

I went with South Florida Sport Aviation's interior because their kit covers everything except the doors. I didn't hardly have to do any fit and finish on the canopy interior, since it all gets...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-03-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,471
Posted By ppilotmike
I like this! Cool project. I too am interested...

I like this! Cool project. I too am interested in what it weighs and whether or not it folds. Nicely done!
Forum: RV-10 04-19-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 894
Posted By ppilotmike
I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the...

I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the inside and it would open. There's also the side windows, front and back, that could be broken with the right tool.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-17-2019, 09:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,673
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice Write-Up!

Thanks for posting your adventure. It's nice to see pictures of people having fun at SnF. I've never been, but would like to some day, when my bird is flying.
Forum: Tools 04-15-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 684
Posted By ppilotmike
I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. ...

I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. Can't say how they compare now, as it's been a while since I bought my kit, but back then it was very complete and a good price. I would recommend...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-10-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,246
Posted By ppilotmike
Use Epoxy

My understanding is that you can use epoxy resin with polyester parts, but not polyester resin with epoxy parts. I could be wrong about that, but my friend, who's a fiberglass guru, told me to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,168
Posted By ppilotmike
You do not need to enter your plane to be judged...

You do not need to enter your plane to be judged to park/camp in the home-built camping area.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 02:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,112
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

Me too! I think, without VAF, Vans would have fewer people building their planes. In fact, I think fewer people would be building experimentals of any type, without VAF. VAF gives builders a place...
Forum: RV-10 03-28-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 546
Posted By ppilotmike
Epoxy and Micro

I used epoxy (West System) with micro-balloons mixed to the consistency you want. Then, when it's all sanded and smooth, screed a layer of just epoxy resin over it all, sand smooth, fill pinholes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 04:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,025
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch...

Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch then, right? If there's something else going on (like the FAA is giving him special treatment), then I agree with you. However, if he's just getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,025
Posted By ppilotmike
James, I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers...

James,

I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers that you had reserved. Sounds like the FAA failed you. What would you do if the guy in line ahead of you at the DMV wanted the same vanity plate you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 01:41 PM
Replies: 89
Views: 12,025
Posted By ppilotmike
Short N Numbers

I, for one, believe that Short N Numbers is indeed providing a service. John has not only secured a nice collection of desirable numbers, but has arranged them in an easily searchable manner and...
Forum: GPS 03-25-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 44,611
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it!

I also would like to know how these units compare to the 650/750. Do they offer the same features, but in a smaller, lighter unit, without the big screen interface?
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By ppilotmike
Now that there is funny! You technically could...

Now that there is funny!

You technically could do a motopod with air conditioning, but you'd have to relocate the inlet/outlet for the condenser to the side of the airplane tail cone, similar to...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 01:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,205
Posted By ppilotmike
I too want to hear more about your separator...

I too want to hear more about your separator...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 902
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, You should look up Dan Horton's post...

Justin,

You should look up Dan Horton's post about what he did on his 8. He made some "rubberized fiberglass" skirts around the bottom section of the pant, to allow the bottom hole to flex open...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2019, 09:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,864
Posted By ppilotmike
The Law of RV Project Scheduling

"If you quote a specific duration or finish date for your RV project, schedule will inexplicably slip, due to reasons outside of your control."
Forum: Midwest 03-21-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,679
Posted By ppilotmike
It's true that Front Range Airport has recently...

It's true that Front Range Airport has recently received its certification as a Space Port (Spaceport Colorado), but the airport still goes by the name "Front Range". The Spaceport Colorado build...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-14-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,761
Posted By ppilotmike
SR-71 Model

Lance,

That's the coolest RC plane I've ever seen. The Blackbird happens to be my favorite plane of all time. You sir, are very up to the challenge of an RV-10. Heck, now I want you to come to...
Forum: Midwest 03-14-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,679
Posted By ppilotmike
Claude, In my opinion, KFTG would be the...

Claude,

In my opinion, KFTG would be the cheapest and easiest to fly into (especially coming in from the NE). Call the airport (see website) to find out about rental cars and hangars or tie-downs. ...
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,160
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, Be sure to check out South Florida Sport...

Bob,

Be sure to check out South Florida Sport Aviation's Interior as well.
Forum: Propellers 02-27-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,071
Posted By ppilotmike
Weight & Cost Savings?

For the RV-10 CS Prop model, what is the savings over the 2-blade Hartzell from Vans (cost and weight)?
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By ppilotmike
That's my understanding as well.

That's my understanding as well.
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,774
Posted By ppilotmike
Ron, I've PM'd you the information for the next...

Ron,

I've PM'd you the information for the next person in line, so you can coordinate with him.

Leo,

Thanks again, for sharing your hard work with other 10 builders.

Mike
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,369
Posted By ppilotmike
Oops. I guess I didn't realize they weren't open...

Oops. I guess I didn't realize they weren't open all the way.
Forum: Safety 02-22-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,301
Posted By ppilotmike
I seem to remember, in the article, that he had...

I seem to remember, in the article, that he had hooked up some kind of external charger (presumably a battery-powered jumpstarter of some sort) and left it hooked up to the aircraft battery to...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 01:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,369
Posted By ppilotmike
Mark, Thanks. I primed the insides of mine, so...

Mark,

Thanks. I primed the insides of mine, so hopefully, they won't suffer the same fate. I received my steps with my fuselage kit back in early 2015, but there's no telling when they were...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,369
Posted By ppilotmike
How can one tell what's good and what's not?

Looking at the pictures above, I would think it's impossible to tell a good weld from a bad one; as far as penetration is concerned. Any advice on what we should look for? Luckily, the RV-10 design...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,774
Posted By ppilotmike
For anyone who would like the mold..

I did not make this mold. It was made by another 10 builder, who's much better at fiberglass than I. He let me borrow it, for free, and I intend to "pay it forward" to another 10 builder, via this...
Forum: RV-10 02-21-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,774
Posted By ppilotmike
Sorry. I don't, but going off memory, I think...

Sorry. I don't, but going off memory, I think it's about 10" to 12" above the tunnel. However, I think it was made with the idea to have lots of storage and potentially a place for an O2 cylinder...
Forum: RV-10 02-21-2019, 10:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,774
Posted By ppilotmike
Larry, I still have that bolt-together female...

Larry,

I still have that bolt-together female mold for making a center console for the 10. I you're interested let me know. Seems like it would save you a lot of work, since you wouldn't need to...
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2019, 05:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,463
Posted By ppilotmike
Way to go!

I'm right behind you..by a couple of years. :(
Seems my pace is slow..
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,369
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm with Larry. I've never heard of the RV-10...

I'm with Larry. I've never heard of the RV-10 steps cracking or breaking. I thought the step was redesigned to be more robust for the 10...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-19-2019, 04:56 PM
Replies: 440
Views: 233,559
Posted By ppilotmike
Parachute

Dave,

I always thought that pan was there in case you wanted to wear a "sit on" parachute for doing aerobatics. Might be worth incorporating "easy removal" into your design.
Forum: Tools 02-11-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 905
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice tool, but..

..for almost $300 you could buy 8 pneumatic rivet pullers from Harbor Freight.

Or, you could do what I did: Buy one from HF ($32ish) and buy their 2 year, no questions asked, extended warranty...
Forum: RV-10 02-11-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,536
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, Can you tell us, verbatim, what your...

Justin,

Can you tell us, verbatim, what your operating limitations say?
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,540
Posted By ppilotmike
When I first started on my RV-10 emp kit, I had...

When I first started on my RV-10 emp kit, I had similar problems with my squeezer, while building the first piece (vertical stabilizer). Turns out the adjustable set holder (i.e. the part that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,658
Posted By ppilotmike
1) I really, really, really like the new website...

1) I really, really, really like the new website look and "flow."
2) I think you should change the "Order a Kit" Button to say "Kit Ordering Info" or something less daunting. There is a lot of...
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,966
Posted By ppilotmike
Love the paint scheme, Dan!

Love the paint scheme, Dan!
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2019, 10:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,503
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome!

Congratulations on your decision to build an RV! Another Data Point. The 10's vertical stabilizer's ribs have lightening holes in them, all except for the top-most one. You can pass your conduit...
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2019, 10:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,554
Posted By ppilotmike
David is still around. The best way to get a...

David is still around. The best way to get a hold of him is to call the phone number on the website and leave a message. It may take him a while to get back to you, but I would suspect he will. ...
Forum: RV-10 01-28-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,083
Posted By ppilotmike
Lynn, I know that South Florida Sport Aviation...

Lynn,

I know that South Florida Sport Aviation http://www.sfsportaviation.com/, who's an advertiser on this site, sells an overhead console that does send cabin air as the return air back to the AC...
Forum: RV-3 01-28-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,650
Posted By ppilotmike
Dave. THIS! I'm telling you the bow in the...

Dave. THIS! I'm telling you the bow in the front is really no big deal. IMHO, it's good to have such a sturdy element IN FRONT of your face. Big cut is also no big deal. Dremel tool, warm air...
Forum: RV-3 01-27-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,650
Posted By ppilotmike
Dave, I think you should go slider with your...

Dave,

I think you should go slider with your canopy, not a tip over, for the following reasons:
- Less likely to lose canopy in flight. Even if you do, the front windshield stays on.
- Able to open...
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,966
Posted By ppilotmike
Great Pic, Ivan!

That's a beautiful bird.
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,541
Posted By ppilotmike
I took Jim's advice years ago and I still think...

I took Jim's advice years ago and I still think it's good advice. No extra insulation in my 10, other than the headliner material, carpet on the floor and side panels. Put the pounds where you can...
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