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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2019, 03:18 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,629
Posted By longranger
My 40x12 Schweiss bi-fold is a little slow (takes...

My 40x12 Schweiss bi-fold is a little slow (takes a full minute to fully open), but overall I am happy with it. It is what was on the hangar when I bought it. A couple of guys here at 45G have...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-22-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By longranger
Welcome Ryan! Iím about 100nm east of you. Let me...

Welcome Ryan! Iím about 100nm east of you. Let me know if I can be of any help.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2019, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,093
Posted By longranger
I have a bin with all my aluminum, scraps from...

I have a bin with all my aluminum, scraps from the project. I keep everything bigger than a 3/8Ē circle (thats the smallest piece you can put a #40 hole in with adequate edge...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By longranger
I didnít recall having an issue with this, so...

I didnít recall having an issue with this, so went back to my build log for that item (http://www.mykitlog.com/users/display_log.php?user=longranger&project=2052&category=7420&log=232747&row=59) and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
Posted By longranger
The RV White Pages, accessible from the front...

The RV White Pages, accessible from the front page, lists everyone who doesnít mind having other VAFers having their contact info. I see two listed in Ann Arbor. If you donít mind traveling as far as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 22,350
Posted By longranger
Thank you Ben! I too havenít had the wire dream...

Thank you Ben! I too havenít had the wire dream since I first brought it up in this thread nearly six years ago. I donít recall having any flying dreams since I retired and moved onto an airport...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-06-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,933
Posted By longranger
This looks identical to the switch and bezel B&C...

This looks identical to the switch and bezel B&C provided with the push button starter STC for my C170ís O-300. No issues whatsoever in 13 years.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2019, 08:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,122
Posted By longranger
Yes, fond memories of mine too. Itís a 100-knot...

Yes, fond memories of mine too. Itís a 100-knot airplane that only climbs 700fpm on a good day, but I raised two daughters in it and have seen a good chunk of the US and Canada in it. If I ever...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,270
Posted By longranger
I wouldnít count on a braided hose at all. The...

I wouldnít count on a braided hose at all. The resistance (https://www.thoughtco.com/table-of-electrical-resistivity-conductivity-608499) of stainless steel is 40+ times that of copper for the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,122
Posted By longranger
I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. I was quite...

I thoroughly enjoyed the podcast. I was quite surprised at how similar many of Chrisí answers were to what mine would have been. Also, Iíve never met Doug in person (missed him by about 15 minutes at...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-11-2019, 02:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By longranger
I borrowed spacers from another 7 builder. They...

I borrowed spacers from another 7 builder. They were pieces of laminated wood milled to the corrrect thickness. I added a layer of blue painterís tape to each side to ensure I wouldnít have a problem...
Forum: Midwest 02-07-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,436
Posted By longranger
I went through a similar process when I moved my...

I went through a similar process when I moved my 170 to Michigan a couple of years ago. Once they checked the FAA Aircraft Registry and found that I had owned the airplane since 1982, they sent me an...
Forum: RV-10 02-07-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 629
Posted By longranger
With the wing skins clecoed on, just make sure...

With the wing skins clecoed on, just make sure the inboard and outboard ends of both spars are all parallel with each other.

I didnít trust mine to come out square, so I borrowed a set of adjustable...
Forum: Tools 01-22-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,496
Posted By longranger
Sounds like your ďbrass inline regulatorď is just...

Sounds like your ďbrass inline regulatorď is just an adjustable orifice, which only drops pressure under flow. With a rivet gun, the first few hits will be harder, as there is full pressure at the...
Forum: Safety 01-10-2019, 04:24 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,637
Posted By longranger
And I'm sure that some pilots on IFR flight plans...

And I'm sure that some pilots on IFR flight plans forget that they are obligated to look out the window in VMC, one of whom is the Citation pilot reading the newspaper.:eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 03:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,048
Posted By longranger
Wait until your are very close to final...

Wait until your are very close to final inspection before first flight, i.e. wait until it's almost an airplane. Many states use the FAA Aircraft Registry to find new owners to whom to send out sales...
Forum: Propellers 01-07-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 819
Posted By longranger
I’ve had fixed-pitch McCauleys done at both...

I’ve had fixed-pitch McCauleys done at both Sensenich in PA, and at H & S Propeller in White Lake, MI. I was happy with both.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,331
Posted By longranger
1. Get back on my RV-7 after an incredibly stupid...

1. Get back on my RV-7 after an incredibly stupid mistake on drilling the HS to the fuselage back in September.

2. Get started on the finish kit, which has been sitting in the hangar since June with...
Forum: Tools 12-31-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,126
Posted By longranger
Yes. This book also has a 30+ page chapter on...

Yes. This book also has a 30+ page chapter on uncrating, assembling, and rigging a Jenny!
Forum: Tools 12-29-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,126
Posted By longranger
Tools from 1918

This is a photo of a page from an original copy of the 1918 edition of A-B-C of Aviation by Victor W. Page that I received as a Christmas present.

http://i68.tinypic.com/2ahu0b6.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,702
Posted By longranger
State Farm. No issues whatsoever with 1350sq ft...

State Farm. No issues whatsoever with 1350sq ft attached hangar and airport access.
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-23-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,077
Posted By longranger
Should be some over at Loves Landing.

Should be some over at Loves Landing.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-19-2018, 02:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 822
Posted By longranger
Now there are at least two members of that...

Now there are at least two members of that club...:o
http://www.kitlog.com/photos/project_2052/full/FP07042013A0004S.jpg

I seem to remember I had to fight with it regardless of orientation.
Forum: Safety 12-15-2018, 05:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,861
Posted By longranger
I did it backwards from a lot of folks... through...

I did it backwards from a lot of folks... through the nail side. How, you ask? I was drilling out a rivet and trying to walk the hole to the center when the 1/16Ē bit broke and at was left if the bit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,125
Posted By longranger
Iíve had that problem with my mini (itís a 4, I...

Iíve had that problem with my mini (itís a 4, I think...), but I got an articulating mount and since, have always been able to find an angle that will negate the glare.
Forum: Safety 12-14-2018, 09:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,861
Posted By longranger
A good reason to program more than one...

A good reason to program more than one fingerprint into the phone. ;)
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-08-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 8,466
Posted By longranger
Since you mentioned the 170 specifically as...

Since you mentioned the 170 specifically as qualifying as a bush plane, I answered the poll ďyesĒ. But, even though I regularly operate on grass and I have been to Johnson Creek, my 170 with its...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-01-2018, 06:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 854
Posted By longranger
I just clamp my DRDT to the bench and use a...

I just clamp my DRDT to the bench and use a couple of small portable tables on each side to support large...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2018, 04:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,402
Posted By longranger
With good-quality filtered differential signal...

With good-quality filtered differential signal conditioning for the thermocouples it probably won't be a problem, but best practice is to minimize routing them parallel to the plug wires.
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 435
Views: 406,287
Posted By longranger
I noticed that too; I think it is the way he...

I noticed that too; I think it is the way he painted around the windows to give the appearance of having a canopy rather than doors.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,708
Posted By longranger
Thumbs down J My take on that comment was that the poster...

J

My take on that comment was that the poster was implying that the fact that the bolts were relatively undamaged was evidence (not necessarily proof) that they backed out from not being safetied.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 8,746
Posted By longranger
I retired from Edwards AFB in California 3 years...

I retired from Edwards AFB in California 3 years ago and have been on 45G (http://www.brightonairport.org/) in southeast Michigan ever since, and honestly think it was the best move I could have...
Forum: Tools 11-16-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 20,568
Posted By longranger
I just received my 460 today. Iím using it on an...

I just received my 460 today. Iím using it on an iPad mini and didnít get a picture at first. It worked fine after I remembered to go to Settings on the iPad and manually switch the WiFi to the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2018, 10:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,250
Posted By longranger
The I set the aileron position using a taut...

The I set the aileron position using a taut string with a loop tied in one end clecoed into the forward tooling hole in the leading edge rib, and the other end taped securely to the trailing edge...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 735
Posted By longranger
Vanís seems to have designed the fuselage so that...

Vanís seems to have designed the fuselage so that rain will run off without tending to run down between skins. (My Cessna 170 was NOT designed that way...)
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,250
Posted By longranger
Mark, you may have to joggle the inboard end of...

Mark, you may have to joggle the inboard end of the lower flap skin to allow the flapís trailing edge to come up to meet that of the aileron. If you droop the aileron to meet the flap, youíre going...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,402
Posted By longranger
For a REAL ego boost, give furlongs per fortnight...

For a REAL ego boost, give furlongs per fortnight a try. 1 statute mph = 2,688 fpf.

On cross country flying, I seem to pay more attention to ETE than to speed in either set of units. Time is one set...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,309
Posted By longranger
I always thought I wanted to build a wood...

I always thought I wanted to build a wood airplane, and the only reason I didnít start a Falco was the complexity and low completion rate. I still think itís one of the sharpest airplanes out...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-22-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 959
Views: 487,126
Posted By longranger
Iím with the others who think there needs to be a...

Iím with the others who think there needs to be a ďlikeĒ button. Very sharp!
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-22-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,149
Posted By longranger
Hopefully you intended to say youíre going to...

Hopefully you intended to say youíre going to mount it on the vertical stabilizer. You donít want an antenna on a moveable control surface.
Forum: Safety 10-17-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,378
Posted By longranger
In the daylight, the majority of the time you...

In the daylight, the majority of the time you will break out of clouds, but night goes all the way to the ground whether VFR or IFR.;) You pays your money and takes your chances.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 06:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 772
Posted By longranger
I just finished replacing the entire forward spar...

I just finished replacing the entire forward spar assembly in my HS and just reamed and dimpled the outboard prepunched holes in the flanges on the HS-702 spar channels on the bench. The inboard spar...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,285
Posted By longranger
The mantra when I worked for a NASA contractor:...

The mantra when I worked for a NASA contractor: "Better, faster, cheaper. Pick two.";)
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2018, 06:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,520
Posted By longranger
If you have properly radiused the bars to fit the...

If you have properly radiused the bars to fit the radius of the channels (in this case it takes more than just breaking the edges) and have more clecos outboard make sure they are lined up properly,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2018, 04:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,170
Posted By longranger
I made a jig out of 0.125 aluminum stock. Details...

I made a jig out of 0.125 aluminum stock. Details here (http://www.mykitlog.com/users/display_log.php?user=longranger&project=2052&category=7733&log=148547&row=216). I was very pleased with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 04:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By longranger
If the gauge goes PAST max, you most likely have...

If the gauge goes PAST max, you most likely have a problem with the sensor, gauge, or wiring between the two. If it just reads ambient pressure all the time (when power is on), then itís probably...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,564
Posted By longranger
Also did a round trip to MERFI, where I drooled...

Also did a round trip to MERFI, where I drooled over a couple of RV-10s, one of which is Bob Leffler's.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-16-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 872
Posted By longranger
Just a thought: Did you check the line with...

Just a thought: Did you check the line with pressure or vacuum? In my career in instrumentation I saw plenty of instances when a line would hold pressure but wouldnít hold a vacuum.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-15-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 872
Posted By longranger
Could be a leaky hose between the port and the...

Could be a leaky hose between the port and the sender.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-10-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 22
Sticky: Sticky Brakes
Views: 29,231
Posted By longranger
I recall someone doing something like this, but...

I recall someone doing something like this, but cross drilled the rod, used a washer or two and cotter pins.[/QUOTE]

Now I remember why I ordered that piece of 3/16Ē 4130 steel rod...:o Iím planning...
Forum: Safety 08-02-2018, 07:50 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,674
Posted By longranger
Foreflightís weight and balance feature...

Foreflightís weight and balance feature automatically calculates the zero fuel condition and provides a warning if itís out of the envelope. The following is a sample loading on an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,180
Posted By longranger
The sheepskin covers in my 170 are cooler than...

The sheepskin covers in my 170 are cooler than the fabric ones were, and way cooler than some leather seats Iíve ridden in. I wasnít aware that they were available for the RV without DIY.:)
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-02-2018, 01:50 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 41,936
Posted By longranger
I still like the method of clamping the two...

I still like the method of clamping the two pieces of longeron angle back to back with the common leg loosely placed in a vise (not clamped in the vise) and applying body weight fore and aft to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-02-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,370
Posted By longranger
South Haven is a neat little town. Next time, try...

South Haven is a neat little town. Next time, try to make time to visit the Michigan Maritime Museum (https://www.michiganmaritimemuseum.org/) and go for a short day sail on the tall ship Friends...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-18-2018, 07:03 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 70,888
Posted By longranger
I took delivery of the finish kit late Saturday...

I took delivery of the finish kit late Saturday afternoon. On Sunday morning I had an hour or so to get started on unpacking and inventory before getting ready for Fathers Day festivities. So far...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,679
Posted By longranger
I could be wrong, but I believe that the flange...

I could be wrong, but I believe that the flange with countersunk holes is the standard Vanís flange and is just shown for reference. The smaller flange fits down inside the existing flange and is...
Forum: International 05-13-2018, 07:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 951
Posted By longranger
Cool Thank you Mike. We’re in England for another 7-10...

Thank you Mike. We’re in England for another 7-10 days then a few days in Ireland before heading home. I know we are getting to Yorkshire at some point, but some friends of ours from the West...
Forum: International 05-12-2018, 04:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 951
Posted By longranger
Alnwick Castle?

My wife and I are visiting the UK from Michigan, and were at Alnwick Castle this afternoon (Saturday, May 12). We saw an RV(-6 or -7 I think) fly over at least twice. Anyone on here flying in that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 06:04 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,651
Posted By longranger
You do have buy a cell-capable iPad to have...

You do have buy a cell-capable iPad to have internal GPS, but you do not have to have a cell subscription to utilize the internal GPS.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-29-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 70,888
Posted By longranger
Another 30 minutes in the shop Friday, and I had...

Another 30 minutes in the shop Friday, and I had the right front spar out of the horizontal stabilizer, completing the first "R" in this R&R project. That blinding light in the upper left of the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-27-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 70,888
Posted By longranger
Thank you Bob. Looking at now, I donít know why...

Thank you Bob. Looking at now, I donít know why there was ever any question about replacing the spars... :o
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-25-2018, 09:36 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 70,888
Posted By longranger
I've had the SB 14-01-31 repair kit for a couple...

I've had the SB 14-01-31 repair kit for a couple of years now, and thought I'd get it installed before attaching the horizontal stabilizer to the fuselage. The number of enlarged holes in the spars,...
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