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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-12-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 703
Posted By rapid_ascent
I took the EAA class and it gives you a starting...

I took the EAA class and it gives you a starting baseline. Before that you have no idea what people are talking about. I built the toolbox kit and a couple of the airfoil kits. I was still not an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2018, 02:30 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,889
Posted By rapid_ascent
Kay, The relay is really only a requirement if a...

Kay,

The relay is really only a requirement if a higher current is needed than your switch is rated for. A switch can have the advantage that you can put the 2 sides in parallel for some level of...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-25-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,375
Posted By rapid_ascent
Do you have information on the condition of these...

Do you have information on the condition of these items? Are they all new?
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,696
Posted By rapid_ascent
Rob, I'm having trouble understanding the way...

Rob,

I'm having trouble understanding the way you have drawn your schematic. But, I think you are trying to run the lights in series and I think they need to be hooked up in parallel.

When LEDS are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-04-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 735
Posted By rapid_ascent
Steve, I realize you are still trying to get the...

Steve,

I realize you are still trying to get the panel to import, but when you get a little further I might be able to share some of the cutouts that I created. I got a couple from Brantel awhile...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well when it's empty and it says empty I don't...

Well when it's empty and it says empty I don't think the fuel gage is of much use.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-19-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,462
Posted By rapid_ascent
I buy lots of Cleaveland tools they seem to be...

I buy lots of Cleaveland tools they seem to be high quality. I didn't purchase a tool kit but started just buying what I needed. Some people buy the full tool kit and then decide they don't like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,584
Posted By rapid_ascent
Make sure you hold the skin down with one hand...

Make sure you hold the skin down with one hand and whack it with the other hand. Most beginners make this mistake and are not careful enough or they are trying to go a little too fast. Mine was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 27,571
Posted By rapid_ascent
Does anyone have any pics of the results of these...

Does anyone have any pics of the results of these PDF modifications? Since I'm not quite at the stage of installing the baffles it's hard for me to visualize the transformation from the flat template...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-12-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 27,571
Posted By rapid_ascent
IO-375 Baffles

This thread is a little old. Is this still the best solution for the baffles when using ECI tappered fin cylinders? I'm looking at an IO-375 as a possibility and I'm wondering how much additional...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 864
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had this happen a little while ago when Spruce...

I had this happen a little while ago when Spruce was out of stock. I ended up having to wait for them to resupply.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-30-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 10,610
Posted By rapid_ascent
You might check the lead-time. I spoke with them...

You might check the lead-time. I spoke with them yesterday and it is quite long, on the order of a year.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-29-2018, 02:16 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,964
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure if you have considered the support...

I'm not sure if you have considered the support structure that is required behind the panel. The radio stack requires some angle pieces to mount those racks. I'm not sure if you have allowed for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,835
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, Yeah it would be nice if Vans would go...

Ryan,

Yeah it would be nice if Vans would go back and update their instructions and drawing to make corrections or clarify. In certain cases I've looked at the order of things and realized it just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2018, 02:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,115
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mel just as clarification. Would that mean you...

Mel just as clarification. Would that mean you couldn't use one manufacturer's switch with another manufacturer's ELT even if they would work electrically?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,037
Posted By rapid_ascent
Scott, Who would have thought it was so simple....

Scott,

Who would have thought it was so simple. Thanks for the explanation.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-02-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 706
Posted By rapid_ascent
G3X / ELT Interface Questions

I have a some questions on interfacing between a G3X and an ELT 1000. At this point I'm not planning on having an IFR Navigator in my panel. So... From that basis I started thinking about the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,907
Posted By rapid_ascent
These are more likely with a flush set. For this...

These are more likely with a flush set. For this type of rivet head the set should never leave the rivet head and thus it shouldn't be possible to get into the situation that you have. Obviously...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,311
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jeff, When you end up buying one from Van's buy...

Jeff,

When you end up buying one from Van's buy two. It really is much more convenient having two and they are cheap.
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,304
Posted By rapid_ascent
Pat, That is a great idea for pre first start...

Pat,

That is a great idea for pre first start too.
Forum: Reviews 06-01-2018, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,335
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just do a search there is an entire thread here...

Just do a search there is an entire thread here with pics.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-17-2018, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,458
Posted By rapid_ascent
That's one way to build hours. Impressive!

That's one way to build hours. Impressive!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 581
Posted By rapid_ascent
Not sure what you need done, but I used Front...

Not sure what you need done, but I used Front Panel Express for my panel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,491
Posted By rapid_ascent
Craftsman sells the crowsfoot wrenches. Most...

Craftsman sells the crowsfoot wrenches. Most builders ended up buying a set as I did. Look on ebay. They may even be sold individually, I'm not sure. Some people are more by feel than others. On my...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2018, 02:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 632
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well the Garmin screens have a mounting kit that...

Well the Garmin screens have a mounting kit that is a frame with plate nuts that you rivet to the panel. I bought these for my displays. I think they were around $50/each. Kinda a lot for 4 plate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,491
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you can order the part from Vans no...

I think you can order the part from Vans no problem. I do think you may be too worried about the specific dimensions of the part. It's a 1/8" piece of aluminum with a hole drilled in it. The purpose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2018, 08:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,303
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think if you combine just 2 of the ground wires...

I think if you combine just 2 of the ground wires you will be down to 15 signals so you could use a DB-15. Some people combine more wires but I don't think I'm going to. For now im sticking with the ...
Forum: California 05-08-2018, 08:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,458
Posted By rapid_ascent
Livermore has a waiting list. I'm not sure how...

Livermore has a waiting list. I'm not sure how long it is right now. You can check online. Byron was shorter when I got my hangar. I was going to go there and then somehow I popped to the top at...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-01-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,759
Posted By rapid_ascent
Interior or exterior? I'm using the Jetflex water...

Interior or exterior? I'm using the Jetflex water based interior paint. It seems to spray pretty easily and no odor at all. I'm not sure about the comparison to the solvent based. The solvent based...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,207
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure if it would work in this specific...

I'm not sure if it would work in this specific location but I find that small C clamps can be useful for holding pieces together. The 2" or 3" ones can be found at Lowe's or Home Depot for not much...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,603
Posted By rapid_ascent
A little too much time commuting on the train I...

A little too much time commuting on the train I guess to think about future steps. I realize this is slightly off topic, but not too far.

Do these transducer lines that are connected to the...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 11:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,603
Posted By rapid_ascent
I don't think that elbow is going to space the...

I don't think that elbow is going to space the switch far enough away from the pressure transducer. I think you need a nipple and a female elbow., but I don't have the parts yet to confirm.
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,603
Posted By rapid_ascent
Funny I was just thinking about the same thing. I...

Funny I was just thinking about the same thing. I want an low oil pressure idiot light so I want to use the Van's pressure switch. I was also thinking about using the elbow approach. I was also...
Forum: RV-10 04-11-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 504
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had the wrong nut plates delivered with my wing...

I had the wrong nut plates delivered with my wing kit. At the time I didn't really know the difference between K1000 and K1100 nut plates. I eventually figured it out and Vans did a swap for me. The...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2018, 10:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,356
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think this falls into one of those build order...

I think this falls into one of those build order issues. Sometimes it appears the instructions don't always call out the best build order. I haven't looked at the 14 instructions so I'll throw out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-02-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,288
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think I'm pretty much in the same spot as you....

I think I'm pretty much in the same spot as you. I haven't flipped my fuselage yet but I jumped ahead on many of the smaller items so I expect it should go pretty quickly once I do. Given the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 657
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well the panel looks pretty standard. You can...

Well the panel looks pretty standard. You can make a sub panel with with a flat piece and angle stiffeners pretty simply.
Forum: Autopilots 03-27-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,606
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've called them a couple of times with various...

I've called them a couple of times with various questions. They seem to be available by phone.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,613
Posted By rapid_ascent
Refer to the datasheet. Its just a diode so...

Refer to the datasheet. Its just a diode so effectively only 2 terminals.

http://www.smc-diodes.com/propdf/122NQ030(R)-1%20N1017%20REV.B.pdf
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-17-2018, 02:43 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,194
Posted By rapid_ascent
After closely reviewing the drawings I see there...

After closely reviewing the drawings I see there is a conflict too.

I'm just surprised this hasn't come up more. I see that Bruceh put his fuel doubler in after installing the contractors and he...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 11:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,194
Posted By rapid_ascent
Oh you mean the contactor doubler, F'7127D. I was...

Oh you mean the contactor doubler, F'7127D. I was referring to the fuel line doubler. Yes I know. I just positioned it on the forward side to decide where to drill the starter contactor hole.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 08:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,194
Posted By rapid_ascent
There seems to be some debate about that since on...

There seems to be some debate about that since on the back it wouldn't be able to rivet to the angle support on the cabin side.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,194
Posted By rapid_ascent
Starter Contactor Interference

I know this is an old thread but I seem to have stumbled onto a problem. I don't have the drawing in front of me at the moment so I'm afraid I can't refer to specifics.

I'm planning on an IO-360 so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2018, 07:15 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,656
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think it was just the way you signed the quote...

I think it was just the way you signed the quote Vans Aircraft that kinda gave that impression.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-15-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,966
Posted By rapid_ascent
A lot of these type of problems seem to have been...

A lot of these type of problems seem to have been reported here. I think I'll have the PP removed from my FWF kit list. I'm all for integration but I think I'll go with the external regulator and...
Forum: RV-14 03-13-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,049
Posted By rapid_ascent
You can contact Vans and they will email you the...

You can contact Vans and they will email you the list.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-05-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 662
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought the Floweze filters. They are a filter...

I bought the Floweze filters. They are a filter discussed here on VAF and they run about $90. Still not cheap but are reported to be a good filter. Replacement filter elements are available too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,898
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had my pedals hard anodized at a local shop. I...

I had my pedals hard anodized at a local shop. I was afraid that any other method would wear too quickly. Some have painted them, some have had them powder coated. Mine came out pretty well I think....
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-22-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By rapid_ascent
Perfect. Thank you.

Perfect. Thank you.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-22-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By rapid_ascent
Thanks that helps but I'd still like to get the...

Thanks that helps but I'd still like to get the full drawing if possible.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-22-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By rapid_ascent
OP-34 PDF

Does anyone have drawing OP-34 in PDF form that they could send me? I'd like to figure out the position of the heater valve on the firewall. I think that is shown on OP-34 from what I've read.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,986
Posted By rapid_ascent
Seems to me the days of those instruments are...

Seems to me the days of those instruments are gone with the rotary phone. Not that long ago many people had a analog backup instruments. They have been replaced with smaller efis units like the G5 or...
Forum: Interiors 02-16-2018, 06:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,319
Posted By rapid_ascent
Steve, Those look great. What color is that?

Steve,

Those look great. What color is that?
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-16-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,330
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've been thinking about something along the same...

I've been thinking about something along the same lines, but maybe slightly different. My main goals are 1 to eliminate the relays and 2 to make a cleaner install of all of my stick functions. No...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 07:34 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,901
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think it would be difficult with a partner. The...

I think it would be difficult with a partner. The reasons that others have mentioned certainly apply. I thought more about workmanship and mistakes. I'm picky about how things are done. I make plenty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,095
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well I would be inclined to buy a ticket and go...

Well I would be inclined to buy a ticket and go pick it up. This is a small additional cost but it does lower the risk substantially. The pay half now and half later idea to me doesn't lower the risk...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,716
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought some of the Floweze 3000 series filters...

I bought some of the Floweze 3000 series filters for both pre-pump and post pump filters. Do a search, they were recommended by others here on the site. They end up being about $90/each. They are...
Forum: GPS 02-07-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 878
Posted By rapid_ascent
I don't think its a good idea to cut and...

I don't think its a good idea to cut and re-solder. The impedance of the coax depends on have a continuous braid around the center conductor and the diameter of the center conductor. Both would have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2018, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,125
Posted By rapid_ascent
I had a similar thing happen with my N number. I...

I had a similar thing happen with my N number. I was not happy about that since I already had the number engraved on my panel. Well no since getting upset about it I can get a new plate made and then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 09:32 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,352
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well it's not exactly poof, but it sounds like...

Well it's not exactly poof, but it sounds like you have figure it out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,352
Posted By rapid_ascent
Galin, I think the reference to a couple of...

Galin,

I think the reference to a couple of resistors has to do with how LEDs are driven. LEDs are driven normally by current and are current limited. The LED voltage that you are referring to is at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2018, 03:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,352
Posted By rapid_ascent
Yeah I figured the PTT was ok for the passenger...

Yeah I figured the PTT was ok for the passenger to be able to use.
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