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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 07:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Desert Rat
a clogged pitot will cause an airspeed indicator...

a clogged pitot will cause an airspeed indicator to act like an altimeter. When you climb the airspeed goes up, when you descend, it goes down. That's the way it works on an analog airspeed...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 04:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 165
Posted By Desert Rat
Clogged pitot?

Clogged pitot?
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-07-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 582
Posted By Desert Rat
If you think that's bad, try calculating out the...

If you think that's bad, try calculating out the cost per pound for a petite teen age daughter!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-05-2020, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By Desert Rat
pm me your email and I'll send you some pictures...

pm me your email and I'll send you some pictures today.

Microstops = Some people call them countersink cages. They control the depth of a countersink.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 07-03-2020, 11:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 410
Posted By Desert Rat
Don't know if you're set on a DRDT-2, but I have...

Don't know if you're set on a DRDT-2, but I have a c- frame dimpler I'm not using. I probably also still have a couple of spare micro-stops laying around.

Let me know if you're interested and I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,281
Posted By Desert Rat
^^^ The dimensional callout is in the bottom...

^^^

The dimensional callout is in the bottom left corner of drawing 9. 1/4"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 201
Views: 30,387
Posted By Desert Rat
When my RV is done, you can bet I'll have a...

When my RV is done, you can bet I'll have a canopy cracker on board and easily accessible, but I really believe that it's going be a similar situation to any other low wing airplane. If a piper...
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,466
Posted By Desert Rat
This comes with the standard "It's your plane, so...

This comes with the standard "It's your plane, so do what you want" disclaimer, but if it were me, I'd ditch the second start switch. It adds complexity and the potential for a passenger to hit it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,922
Posted By Desert Rat
I don't know about the hair dryer, but you can...

I don't know about the hair dryer, but you can slip a length of surgical tubing over the end of the pitot, then roll it up like a toothpaste tube to create some reference pressure in small, easily...
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,466
Posted By Desert Rat
why 2 start buttons?

why 2 start buttons?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-25-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 883
Posted By Desert Rat
You can set up a go pro camera to take pictures...

You can set up a go pro camera to take pictures at a specified interval for time lapse. Later on you can put it in the cockpit with a simple adapter in the headset cord to record both video and...
Forum: Safety 06-25-2020, 10:43 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,492
Posted By Desert Rat
If you've got safety of flight stuff in the same...

If you've got safety of flight stuff in the same checklist as "nice to remember but not a big deal if you forget it" stuff it seems like it would be easy to lose it in the clutter.

Do we really need...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-25-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,727
Posted By Desert Rat
I tend to agree with rv8ch I'm nowhere near...

I tend to agree with rv8ch I'm nowhere near flying yet, but when I was doing my due diligence for the RV7 vs. RV7A decision, I got a quote for the RV7 that was $1,800 per year with zero deductible...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,515
Posted By Desert Rat
I don't believe its possible to answer this...

I don't believe its possible to answer this question with anything other than "it depends"

In a hangar that had 3 feet of flood water in it? Wouldn't buy it for more than the cost of scrap aluminum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,176
Posted By Desert Rat
So Earl, I just have to ask...Are you a real...

So Earl, I just have to ask...Are you a real person?

After the hornets nest got kicked over the the other thread you mentioned, some people thought that you might be just trolling to get a rise...
Forum: Safety 06-22-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,320
Posted By Desert Rat
On caravans I've seen guys put the control lock...

On caravans I've seen guys put the control lock in upside down intentionally to prevent scratching the panels with the flag. This puts the flag on the other side of the yoke, safely not scratching...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2020, 02:35 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 431
Posted By Desert Rat
Once you clamp it all together it will likely be...

Once you clamp it all together it will likely be fine. The objective here is to get all the layers to nest without gaps between them.
Forum: Reviews 06-18-2020, 10:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 542
Posted By Desert Rat
A shoutout to Flyleds

Just wanted to comment about my recent experience with Paul at Flyleds.

I ordered two sets of his combo landing/taxi lights for my RV7 wings a few months ago. Shipping from down under took about a...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 895
Posted By Desert Rat
you can get those barbed fittings at Ace or Lowes...

you can get those barbed fittings at Ace or Lowes in the hardware aisle.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-13-2020, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,279
Posted By Desert Rat
Dual controls required for primary instruction....

Dual controls required for primary instruction.

Also, I think you might have trouble finding an examiner who'd be willing to give you a check ride in it.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 543
Posted By Desert Rat
Garmin likely got that wire run guidance from...

Garmin likely got that wire run guidance from ac43.13. Theres a chart that allows you to calculate the min wire gauge for pretty much any length voltage and current.

Just google ac43.13 wire...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 543
Posted By Desert Rat
Basic electrical theory would seem to indicate...

Basic electrical theory would seem to indicate that you should wire them in series for a 28v system and parallel for a 14v system.

figure out your max amp draw and length of the wire run and size...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,053
Posted By Desert Rat
If it were me, I'd fly it until it started...

If it were me, I'd fly it until it started leaking, or until I had some other reason to ground the airplane. I wouldn't go crazy repairing something that doesn't leak unless I just couldn't stand...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 3,486
Posted By Desert Rat
Learned to fly and later instructed out of Point...

Learned to fly and later instructed out of Point Lookout MO (KPLK). The College of the Ozarks owned the airport and had created it by leveling a 3600' space on the top of a ridgeline. It's a nice...
Forum: RV-10 06-07-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,369
Posted By Desert Rat
Forgot to reply to this point in my previous...

Forgot to reply to this point in my previous comment.

No need to wonder. Per Vans, Vne is in TAS.
Forum: RV-10 06-07-2020, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,369
Posted By Desert Rat
Because TAS changes with altitude. If you made...

Because TAS changes with altitude. If you made redline a IAS that was low enough to insure that you never exceeded the TAS number at any altitude, it would be ridiculously low in something as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-06-2020, 01:15 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 294
Posted By Desert Rat
the turn around time is very quick for common...

the turn around time is very quick for common parts.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2020, 05:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 403
Posted By Desert Rat
It might be kind of redneck, but there are tons...

It might be kind of redneck, but there are tons of cars with fuse blocks on the hot side of the firewall. Might be worth a trip to the junkyard if you could find one that fits your needs...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-01-2020, 07:04 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,607
Posted By Desert Rat
I looked at the Flight Aware history for Coeur...

I looked at the Flight Aware history for Coeur d'Alene and couldn't find any evidence of a RV9 operating out there.

I'd really like to know what motivates somebody to start a charade like this and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-01-2020, 06:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,322
Posted By Desert Rat
It seems likely to me that the vast majority of...

It seems likely to me that the vast majority of mag failures don't result in an accident, so that data isn't captured in the NTSB database.

I think that for the most part the opportunity for a mag...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,607
Posted By Desert Rat
Guys, Earl Findlay has been posting stuff on...

Guys, Earl Findlay has been posting stuff on here for around a year. I doubt that even the CIA would craft such an elaborate history if the purpose was just to eventually troll a bunch of amateur...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,607
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm in build mode and have never flown any RV as...

I'm in build mode and have never flown any RV as of yet. BUT I know a thing or two about airplanes in general and about flight instruction in particular. I've been an A&P and CFI for just about 30...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 12:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,257
Posted By Desert Rat
Walt. To make sure I'm understanding you...

Walt. To make sure I'm understanding you correctly; If I select an LPV approach and the GPS tanks, the 650 will automatically kick over to an ILS for the same runway?

I've got a ton of time with a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-15-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,755
Posted By Desert Rat
If I'm reading this correctly, it looks like the...

If I'm reading this correctly, it looks like the USB chargers and map lights are always hot?

If that were me, sooner or later I'd take off before sunup, forget that light was on, park it for a few...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-14-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 833
Posted By Desert Rat
Im not there yet on my RV, but assuming that if...

Im not there yet on my RV, but assuming that if it's like most of the stuff I've worked on over the years, it's so you can reverse polarity on the motor to make it run both directions.

I remember my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,717
Posted By Desert Rat
Guys, you can countersink .032 for -3 rivets. ...

Guys, you can countersink .032 for -3 rivets. Even Vans says so in section 5.

If you do the math, you'll see that .032 is the absolute thinnest sheet that you can get away with countersinking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 10:49 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,537
Posted By Desert Rat
The -7 is also prepunched.

The -7 is also prepunched.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By Desert Rat
It's a cable with a knob on the end that comes...

It's a cable with a knob on the end that comes out low between the seats and then does a u turn up to a bracket thats in the general vicinity of the fuel selector.

If you google rv7 images they are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 839
Posted By Desert Rat
I tried that tool on some universal head driven...

I tried that tool on some universal head driven rivets and wasn't happy with the result. It's easy for the bit to wander off the side if you're not careful to hold the barrel centered, and you can't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By Desert Rat
It's hard to have a definitive opinion from a...

It's hard to have a definitive opinion from a picture, but if a rivet sits flush in it I'd just drive on. If not, I'd probably try to true it up by hitting it again with a dimple die.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2020, 07:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By Desert Rat
cant access the links

cant access the links
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 6,485
Posted By Desert Rat
Holy Cow. Thanks for sharing, that could have...

Holy Cow. Thanks for sharing, that could have been really bad.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-04-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats the same thickness I have. Hey, I don't...

Thats the same thickness I have.

Hey, I don't want to give the impression that mine are perfect. The tape method gave me a gap of about 1/8" at the L.E. Pushing from the back got them a lot...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-04-2020, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 498
Posted By Desert Rat
I just went through this. Had a set of completed...

I just went through this. Had a set of completed wings from 2007, ordered duckworks lenses, followed instructions with the tape handle method in the instructions on the first one and wasn't happy...
Forum: RV-10 04-30-2020, 04:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 750
Posted By Desert Rat
I wasn't happy with the rivet tails on the ones...

I wasn't happy with the rivet tails on the ones that I inherited with my used wing kit. Parts are cheap, so I decided to make new ones.

Unfortunately the ones I made weren't much better. I think...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-29-2020, 05:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 435
Posted By Desert Rat
I just installed lenses on completed wings. I...

I just installed lenses on completed wings. I saw the same comment in the instructions where Duckworks says use the tape method because if you push from behind you can get them so tight that you...
Forum: RV-10 04-27-2020, 05:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,823
Posted By Desert Rat
To circle back to your original question; The...

To circle back to your original question; The way you're supposed to set these during construction is to adjust the helm joints (screw in bearings that act as hinges) to get the distance from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 997
Posted By Desert Rat
Hard pass from me.

Hard pass from me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By Desert Rat
I was on the fence about this, but am likely...

I was on the fence about this, but am likely going to glass in the trailing edge bits so the hinge pin mod is a no-go.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By Desert Rat
Yeah, I've twisted a few off in my day. I'm not...

Yeah, I've twisted a few off in my day. I'm not normally a fan, but for wingtips I think I can get by with them. If at some point in the future I bust a few it isn't the end of the world.

They are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 07:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys

Thanks guys
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 566
Posted By Desert Rat
floating nutplates for wingtip attach?

I know that they're more expensive etc. but I have about 100 #6 floating nutplates in my hardware stash.

Thinking about using them on the wingtips since I already have them.

Is there anywhere later...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys.

Thanks guys.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 499
Posted By Desert Rat
question re; mounting flyLed boards

For the FlyLED nav/strobe boards, the instructions suggest just sticking them on with a double sided tape like what would be used for automotive trim.

Does that work ok or are most folks doing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,041
Posted By Desert Rat
I used weiss snips for mine and it worked out...

I used weiss snips for mine and it worked out fine. Stayed off the line by about 1/8" or so, then finished up to the line with a vixen file.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2020, 03:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 871
Posted By Desert Rat
FlyLed has a couple of solutions solution that...

FlyLed has a couple of solutions solution that will fit the original mount with a little finesse
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,315
Posted By Desert Rat
Not just big airplanes. A bonanza burns aft...

Not just big airplanes. A bonanza burns aft quite a bit.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By Desert Rat
CanBus seems like pure FM to me, but I thought...

CanBus seems like pure FM to me, but I thought that it would be a good thing to have it in the same wing as the servo for wiring simplicity. Am I wrong?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-21-2020, 06:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By Desert Rat
Assuming thats the only time I'm off center is a...

Assuming thats the only time I'm off center is a big assumption!
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2020, 07:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By Desert Rat
Walt- The right wingtip would be easier for sure...

Walt-

The right wingtip would be easier for sure re. routing coax, but that would logically lead to putting the magnetometer on the left side, which seems inefficient re getting it on the can...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-20-2020, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,065
Posted By Desert Rat
Which wingtip for archer antenna?

Couple of questions;

Has anyone installed a GMU11 Magnetometer in the same wingtip as an Archer Nav Antenna?

Is there an advantage to putting the Magnetometer in a wingtip at all? Are most people...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,681
Posted By Desert Rat
You can buy them directly from Duckworks. $15

You can buy them directly from Duckworks. $15
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