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Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-19-2018, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,914
Posted By sblack
I have installed the iEfis Lite in my -4. I am...

I have installed the iEfis Lite in my -4. I am still a year (bwahahahaha) from flying, but looking at the system I think the nav features are quite comprehensive. Also, the iefis is completely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,082
Posted By sblack
This was just a preliminary factual report and a...

This was just a preliminary factual report and a somewhat shoddy one at that. Obviously nobody seriously proof read it. Often when a GA airplane goes in they don't even send anyone. So to suggest...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 949
Posted By sblack
I use fineline flexible vinyl tape. It can be...

I use fineline flexible vinyl tape. It can be stretched to go around compound curves and it can be applied and removed and reapplied if you need to tweak it a bit.
Forum: RV-14 11-05-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,028
Posted By sblack
I am using skybolts on the top cowl. I saw a...

I am using skybolts on the top cowl. I saw a friend who did this and he could remove it in 30sec for a good preflight. Bottom is still piano hinge because with the top off I can see most everything.
Forum: RV-10 11-05-2018, 11:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 394
Posted By sblack
Floating recepticals or fixed? Fixed aren't as...

Floating recepticals or fixed? Fixed aren't as deep. I switched to fixed, moved the hole up 1/4" and ground a bit off one side of the receptical. My clearance is enough for a couple of human hairs...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-29-2018, 11:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,933
Posted By sblack
I had this same thing where one of my vertical...

I had this same thing where one of my vertical stab ribs attached to the spar and my inspector snagged it. I sent vans a picture and they said that those rivets were not really taking that much load....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-25-2018, 08:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,323
Posted By sblack
If 75 lbs was going to damage your stab you would...

If 75 lbs was going to damage your stab you would have crashed a long time ago. But he still should NEVER touch a plane anywhere without asking. I have seen guys scared to pull on their prop, not...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-23-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 23,678
Posted By sblack
I built the flyleds kit too. There was nobody...

I built the flyleds kit too. There was nobody more surprised than me when it all lit up first time! :eek: I am still a year (bwahaha) from flying but an RV10 on my field has the same lights and I...
Forum: RV-12 10-11-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,071
Posted By sblack
Flutter would be the issue here. Not static loads...

Flutter would be the issue here. Not static loads due to skin thickness. In fact in level flight the loads would not really change, you are still flying 1g. If the vans folks cleared the airplane to...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2018, 01:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 629
Posted By sblack
coolant or oil (they do similar things) is your...

coolant or oil (they do similar things) is your friend. YOu don't want it too slow with the very small bits. Good firm pressure so that you make nice chips. Sharp bits. IF you don't get the drill to...
Forum: RV-4 10-10-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By sblack
wow, cool spinner! That looks like about 1/4" and...

wow, cool spinner! That looks like about 1/4" and looks fine. Thanks.
Forum: RV-4 10-10-2018, 11:48 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 458
Posted By sblack
rv4 prop spinner clearance

I am having a lot of fun fitting the 1990 era cowling to my project. It doesn't fit very well and I have hacked out bits and glassed in new bits. I have set up for 1/4" clearance between the spinner...
Forum: Safety 09-25-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,065
Posted By sblack
Why does temperature make a huge difference? Huge...

Why does temperature make a huge difference? Huge difference in what?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-11-2018, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,686
Posted By sblack
Great event. This was my 4th time. Tricky runway...

Great event. This was my 4th time. Tricky runway due to the slope if you land from the north. Hope to have my 4 finished for next year.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By sblack
If you have no intersection fairings then you...

If you have no intersection fairings then you have introduced 2 new ugly intersections to the airplane so those are likely cancelling out any improvement. I think you will see a benefit when you...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-04-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By sblack
Thanks Steve

Thanks Steve
Forum: Fiberglass 09-04-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By sblack
I wrote "non zero gap" :)

I wrote "non zero gap" :)
Forum: Fiberglass 09-02-2018, 10:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By sblack
Tricks for perfect cowl to fuse gap

I am fitting the cowl on my -4. I know I need a non zero gap between the fibreglass and the aluminum. I am using skybolt fasteners on the top and sides and piano hinges where the bottom attaches to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,296
Posted By sblack
flap jam AND an engine failure? That's having a...

flap jam AND an engine failure? That's having a bad day. What if your stick jams too?
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,372
Posted By sblack
I have to ask, how do you swap out mounts without...

I have to ask, how do you swap out mounts without changing your crank case? I feel stupid asking the question, but you only said you are doing a prop swap.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-21-2018, 09:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,789
Posted By sblack
Easily weldable with tig or torch (I do both)....

Easily weldable with tig or torch (I do both). Just bring it up to Montreal and I will do it for free :D. Walk into any welding shop with cold hard cash and they will do it, likely for a $20 bill....
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-20-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,696
Posted By sblack
since that is a tail kit I am assuming that you...

since that is a tail kit I am assuming that you are just starting and after looking at all the pictures of people's perfect projects you are planning on yours being perfect too. That's a great goal...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-19-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,068
Posted By sblack
Vapor barrier - that's it! Thank you. By the way,...

Vapor barrier - that's it! Thank you. By the way, I tested my epoxy pumps. 20% low on hardener! I will just use them as convenient dispensers from now on. Thanks for that tip too.

Thanks to all who...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-18-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,068
Posted By sblack
Source for sheet plastic

I have seen a bunch of videos of people laying up glass between sheets of plastic, usually 3 or four mils thick. I checked my local big box stores and they didn't have anything, or I wasn't looking...
Forum: RV-10 08-16-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,595
Posted By sblack
wow - somebody knows their way around a sanding...

wow - somebody knows their way around a sanding block. That's some awesome prep and paint work there. The sanding dust was obviously rinsed off with sweat! Look at the light reflections and how...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,678
Posted By sblack
The proseal idea is good. If you don't have any...

The proseal idea is good. If you don't have any some JB weld would work - put some grease on the cleco. I would first try to see if I could put a stick in there to press the flange against the skin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,137
Posted By sblack
This is totally repairable. I am sure Vans will...

This is totally repairable. I am sure Vans will suggest something like an internal riveted doubler. It all depends on how OCD you are and how perfect the rest of your airplane is. In industry nobody...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,128
Posted By sblack
Please more pics, details in the cockpit, under...

Please more pics, details in the cockpit, under the hood etc
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,416
Posted By sblack
I think this has to be step 1. If this is not...

I think this has to be step 1. If this is not addressed nothing else is going to work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 38,416
Posted By sblack
There was that great article in Flying (I think)...

There was that great article in Flying (I think) way back, like 10-15 yrs ago called I have seen the enemy and it is us. Looks like not a lot has changed.

Why are people NOT getting violated for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,845
Posted By sblack
they key is to soak them to make them squishy...

they key is to soak them to make them squishy again. Water and a bit of time is all you need.

I use Wash 'n Waxall dry cleaner from Spruce. The local warbird collection, Vintage Wings, uses that....
Forum: Safety 07-13-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 20,476
Posted By sblack
I thought most of the old cessnas were not primed...

I thought most of the old cessnas were not primed internally.
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By sblack
Don't screw up like me and put a tab right where...

Don't screw up like me and put a tab right where the engine mount cluster is. It was not obvious because the mount was not installed yet (RV4). Now I have to move it and there goes my nice even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 01:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,451
Posted By sblack
I use epoxy resin but I hit it with a heat gun to...

I use epoxy resin but I hit it with a heat gun to get it to be thin and runny, then paint it on and squeegee it off. It fills pin holes and any exposed weave and any dry micro porosity. Shine a light...
Forum: Safety 06-13-2018, 08:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,115
Posted By sblack
Somewhere on youtube is a video of a student...

Somewhere on youtube is a video of a student pilot land a cirrus (I think) shortly after a Blackhawk chopper has flown down the runway. The airplane is flying alonf fine and then suddenly it...
Forum: RV-12 05-20-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,719
Posted By sblack
Stall attitude will always be the same but it...

Stall attitude will always be the same but it will happen at lower speed at lighter weight. If you approach at the same speed irrespective of weight you will spend more time in the flare bleeding off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 11:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,731
Posted By sblack
I would not call using well established G limits...

I would not call using well established G limits like Normal and Utility Category, which have been used on 1000s of airplanes over many decades to be "pseudo calculations". If you respect those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,181
Posted By sblack
it might not solve the problem, but you'll feel...

it might not solve the problem, but you'll feel better!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,504
Posted By sblack
Aluminum is soft stuff. So the nut and the washer...

Aluminum is soft stuff. So the nut and the washer will both deform slightly and so will the threads and it should hold just fine. There are 1000s of these out there. You just have to be careful to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By sblack
Do you think that softer stuff will work with the...

Do you think that softer stuff will work with the quick disconnects from steinair?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 474
Posted By sblack
Mgl efis pitot static adapters

The mgl efis comes with these adapters to hook up the pitot static lines:

http://www.mglavionics.com/kb/article/AA-00664/0/iEFIS-Lite-Pitot-Static-Tube-adapters.html

They say that the adapter...
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,453
Posted By sblack
My kit was purchased in '90 (#2154). The first...

My kit was purchased in '90 (#2154). The first builder had it for 25 yrs, 3 moves and 2 marriages. Then I got it and it was at the QB stage (approx.). I figured hey, it's all there, looks like an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 04:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,774
Posted By sblack
I don't understand your "sketch". Will it be...

I don't understand your "sketch". Will it be ahead or behind the stock pitot? You need to draw a line up and back around 20 deg from the tip of the pitot and keep the aoa above that (that's a guess).
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2018, 04:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 761
Posted By sblack
[QUOTE Probably the only thing to be aware of on...

[QUOTE

Probably the only thing to be aware of on the E2D is most of these engines came off Skyhawks and therefore don't have fuel pump provisions on the accessory case. You may have to remove the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 04:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,221
Posted By sblack
Isn't a rocket a stretched RV4? The stretch would...

Isn't a rocket a stretched RV4? The stretch would make it significantly more directionally stable than a 4. Highly doubtful that the VGs would do anything in the yaw axis. They do very little except...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,774
Posted By sblack
It likely won't be out of the aerodynamic...

It likely won't be out of the aerodynamic influence of the wing, but I don't think that matters. What you want is for the AOA indicator to be repeatable. I presume this is a probe with differential...
Forum: RV-3 03-12-2018, 05:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 959
Posted By sblack
But landing/taxi lights are a good idea. In...

But landing/taxi lights are a good idea. In Canada you only need a landing light if you carry a passenger. I guess they don't care if you kill yourself! :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-14 03-12-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,421
Posted By sblack
I had a snag from the inspector on a gap between...

I had a snag from the inspector on a gap between a stab rib and spar. Vans told me that the only purpose of that rivet was to hold the rib in place so that the skin could be riveted on. The loads go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 08:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,706
Posted By sblack
I think the only way to get an RV on the cheap is...

I think the only way to get an RV on the cheap is to get a project at a bargain basement price that somebody wants to get rid of. Selling a project is where people lose the most money. It sounds...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2018, 09:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,161
Posted By sblack
I think the way this works is that if there are...

I think the way this works is that if there are import tariffs then the prices across the board will go up, irrespective of the country of mfg. If your competitor's prices go up (i.e. aluminum from...
Forum: RV-4 03-06-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By sblack
Everything I have read says that the nav antennas...

Everything I have read says that the nav antennas work well but not the com antennas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,161
Posted By sblack
And yes, everything that is made with aluminum...

And yes, everything that is made with aluminum and steel will go up in price. That's a given. This is what a lot of law makers on both sides have been trying to warm the President about. There are a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,161
Posted By sblack
you can't imagine why your closest trading...

you can't imagine why your closest trading partner would complain about a 25% import tariff on steel coming out of the blue when we have a free trade agreement? You don't have much of an imagination...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 03:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By sblack
All of those other things are important too. Drag...

All of those other things are important too. Drag reduction is usually the sum of many small things. I am a aero engineer in my day job and I have spent many months in wind tunnels. Drag reduction is...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By sblack
What equipment did you damage? This is the first...

What equipment did you damage? This is the first time I have heard anything like that.
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By sblack
I would like to have all my antennas internal to...

I would like to have all my antennas internal to minimize drag. I know there is not a huge drag penalty for a com antenna by itself, but if you look at those people who have tweaked and tuned their...
Forum: RV-4 03-03-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,411
Posted By sblack
Com antenna on rollbar

I want to try to put my com antenna on the roll bar between the main bar and the brace that goes forward at the bottom. I was thinking of fabbing up a ground plane and supporting it by adel clamps...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,447
Posted By sblack
Just to be a picky PITA, it is not the fiberglass...

Just to be a picky PITA, it is not the fiberglass that breaks down, it is the epoxy resin that holds it together. I would use any good 2 part acrylic urethane primer. It is high quality, compatible...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2018, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,033
Posted By sblack
Or tweak the baffle tin if possible.

Or tweak the baffle tin if possible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,601
Posted By sblack
When you go through you will know it. The...

When you go through you will know it. The aluminum underneath has a different shade to it than the alclad.

There is a story about a bunch of sprog pilots in the RCAF who were assigned duty to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-17-2018, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,544
Posted By sblack
Thank you both! Very helpful :)

Thank you both! Very helpful :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-17-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,544
Posted By sblack
Canbus wiring

I am installing an mgl iefis lite and being os Scots ancestry I am making my own harnesses. It uses a canbus in a daisychain to hook up the engine module, ap servos and any other goodies. The canbus...
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