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Forum: GPS 01-31-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 496
Posted By Paddy
Crimper

Larry, I cut the plastic BNC connector off a couple of those antennas to thread the cable down the windshield post from the overhead. You can buy the BNC crimp connectors for the RG-174 cable...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,413
Posted By Paddy
Fluke 73 III

Is the Fluke 73 III a quality tool worthy of my RV?
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2018, 09:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,729
Posted By Paddy
Oxygen

I like to keep things light, so I chose a portable 4-place system with a 22cf Jumbo D bottle mounted between the rear seats. However, it seemed I always brought it with me, so the weight savings...
Forum: RV-10 12-20-2018, 01:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 560
Posted By Paddy
Lord Adhesive

Larry,
The Lord adhesive I got from Aerosport was a light tan color when cured. As another poster mentioned, the thickness of the adhesive varies with the depth of the joggle around the window quite...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-16-2018, 08:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,949
Posted By Paddy
Staniel Cay

Ivan,
I took the wife and kids on a island hopping trip to the Bahamas in the -10 in January of this year. We spent a few days in each place, beginning with Treasure Cay, then Staniel Cay and ending...
Forum: RV-10 12-11-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 926
Posted By Paddy
Deluxe Locking Caps

I bought the locking caps from Vans with my slow build wings. Also had to do a lot of work removing material around the flange to match the skin profile. The caps are very nice though, easy to open...
Forum: RV-10 12-10-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,320
Posted By Paddy
All one really needs?

Simple and safe - certainly. My '76 Cherokee is both of those things :p
Forum: COMM 12-10-2018, 01:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 553
Posted By Paddy
HF Radio

I have a trans-atlantic trip planned for next year. Currently intend to take the Northern route via CYFB - BGSF - BIKF, which doesn't require HF. However, having HF anyway is probably a good idea. ...
Forum: RV-10 12-02-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,245
Posted By Paddy
Stick Wires

There's plenty of clearance to route the wires out the bottom of the stick on the -10 without drilling a hole. The challenge is the tight turn at the welded junction at the top of the stick. The...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Posted By Paddy
ETX 900

I have an ETX 900 in my -10 and am very happy with it. Cranks the 540 with ease.
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,737
Posted By Paddy
Good discussion! An automobile windshield isn't...

Good discussion! An automobile windshield isn't designed to prevent ice buildup while driving. The defrost function is primarily designed to bring the glass temperature up to the ambient temp...
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2018, 04:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,737
Posted By Paddy
Hot plates

That's exactly my point. Those hot plates are small glass rectangles placed on the OUTSIDE of the windshield and draw in excess of 20 Amps when in operation! That's a lotta heat and way more than...
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2018, 02:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,737
Posted By Paddy
Heated Windshield

To expand on Carl's point, the amount of heat required to melt ice in a 150-200mph sub-freezing airstream is not trivial. In other words, it's not coming from any size or temperature of defrost fan...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 09:12 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,028
Posted By Paddy
No Whining

Alright Vic - fair point about whining about past transgressions of others, 'nuff said about that. I guess my (poorly made) point was that the audience we seek to reach won't be found in discussions...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,028
Posted By Paddy
The Choir

There's some irony here in that those who are engaged enough to respond to this post are clearly engaged enough to have briefed the NOTAM, given some thought and planning to the whole thing and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,308
Posted By Paddy
Prep for Primer

If you were going to send your parts somewhere for priming, you'd want to have them do the etch prep too. The shelf life between prep and prime is hours before oxidization.
Forum: RV-10 11-19-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 17,320
Posted By Paddy
Post Pictures!

Post some pictures of it when it arrives!
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Paddy
Overhead Console

Good to know - thanks.
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Paddy
Bonding vs Grounding

I'm no expert in this area, so please correct me if my seat-o-the-pants physics assumptions are inaccurate.

If you're going to have a separate ground plane in addition to the antenna base, the...
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Paddy
Inside Console Antenna

Inside the console, I have 2 Garmin GA-26C and one Gilsson equivalent.
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Paddy
Ground Plane

If you ask a truly knowledgeable person at Garmin, they'll tell you that the GA-35 antenna was designed such that the metal baseplate of that particular antenna is sufficient ground plane to be...
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2018, 10:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,168
Posted By Paddy
Antennae

Bob,
I have the GA-35 antenna mounted on the outside of the cabin top between the doors and another 3-antenna GPS array mounted inside the overhead console on the rear aluminum panel. They all work...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,137
Posted By Paddy
Remember Hubble?

How about instead of using what you're comfortable with, using what everyone else has agreed is the standard?

I'm from Europe, so I'm comfortable with metric, but I live in the US now, so I use...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 11-09-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,275
Posted By Paddy
Grommet

I just slipped a smaller grommet over the hose, pushed it down so it sits on top of the oversized one in the baffle. Seals up nice and took all of 60 seconds to execute. If you want to get real...
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,345
Posted By Paddy
Door Warning

I used the PlaneAround latch and can't rotate the handle unless both pins are engaged and the cam is in place on the block. For a backup, the rear pins contact a mechanical microswitch wired to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2018, 09:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,144
Posted By Paddy
Steinair

Steinair holds a big chunk of the market for good reason. They're competitive in price and their service is outstanding. I consider myself a true skinflint (Irish for cheap) and had no qualms...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 09:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 718
Posted By Paddy
Moving

I moved a completed airframe from Long Beach, CA to Chicago. First, I had to move it to my hangar at Fullerton airport to store it for a few months and for that, I rented a U-Haul truck. The wings...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,079
Posted By Paddy
Bigger Bulb

Before you pursue a smaller bulb size, consider that the seal will become stiffer in compression as the bulb diameter gets smaller. This is because of the ratio of bulb diameter to the thickness of...
Forum: RV-10 11-01-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,281
Posted By Paddy
Overhead Console

We did install the overhead console from Aerosport. Although expensive, it's a nice piece and weighs very little. We painted the inside of the cabin top rather than install a head liner to save a...
Forum: RV-10 10-31-2018, 01:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,281
Posted By Paddy
A/C vs useful load

I also use an icebox cooler with gel packs for A/C. It weighs about the same as a real A/C system but it doesn't work as well. It's enough to take the edge off on a hot day, does quite well at...
Forum: California 10-31-2018, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,313
Posted By Paddy
Well, at least that part will be easy, given that...

Well, at least that part will be easy, given that there are campgrounds with picnic tables and a nice resturaunt already there. :D
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-29-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,911
Posted By Paddy
Bikes

Great to see the bikes in the back there Guy! I tried to design a fork mount for a couple of road bikes when I was building but never got it figured out. Gotta revisit that idea...

By the way,...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2018, 02:31 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,132
Posted By Paddy
I'm with you Dan, having grown up not 10 miles...

I'm with you Dan, having grown up not 10 miles from the distillery in Dublin, I applaud your sense of priority!
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,224
Posted By Paddy
Not at all, I'm a fan of the VPX and used it in...

Not at all, I'm a fan of the VPX and used it in my RV-10. I even posted my power distribution diagram in this thread.

I was simply supporting Otis for taking a thoughtful and measured approach to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-23-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,224
Posted By Paddy
I commend you on your thoughtful consideration of...

I commend you on your thoughtful consideration of the options, Otis. You are sure to have a plane in which you can have confidence and pride using this approach. Good on ya! :)
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,132
Posted By Paddy
Bleed air delta

I see that a bit differently, Dan. The bleed air delta is bound to increase as a function of airspeed in a standard induction RV10. This is because the ram air applied to the upper plenum is...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,132
Posted By Paddy
Servo Compensation

That's true - fair point, assuming that the servo sensitivity is fine enough to compensate. Consider also the injector bodies are subject to a relatively higher air pressure in the cowling as...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2018, 08:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,132
Posted By Paddy
Ram Air Effect

I'll offer that the ram air effect is the primary reason for the (small) increase in MP value at top of climb as the aircraft accelerates after the comparatively slower airspeed during climb. As a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 775
Posted By Paddy
Clickbond

Clickbond fasteners are super useful, but definitely overpriced as well in my opinion. That said, I used several different types in my build, including their zip tie mounts (large and small),...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-22-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,224
Posted By Paddy
Beer Talk...

Geez - there sure seems to be a lot of strong feelings over this!

Why do modern cars use fuses? Dunno - why do modern airliners use ECB's?
Better be prepared for your panel to go dark if it fails...
Forum: RV-10 10-21-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 4,132
Posted By Paddy
CHT

Mine runs much the same. I usually bring the prop back to 2300 in LOP cruise, see about the same FF (9.5 - 10gph), a little more speed at around 160ktas. The biggest difference is CHTs, I'm used to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2018, 10:21 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,224
Posted By Paddy
Here's mine - for discussion/entertainment only,...

Here's mine - for discussion/entertainment only, not to be interpreted by anyone, especially lawyers, as instructions on how to build...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-20-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 6,224
Posted By Paddy
VPX

I enjoy the abundant utility that the VPX offers in my airplane. As for single point of failure or redundancy concerns, I can turn the master OFF in flight (disabling the VPX entirely), and still...
Forum: Safety 10-15-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 8,465
Posted By Paddy
You're doing fine

Sounds to me like you're doing fine for a VFR only pilot, as you get your instrument rating, you'll have a far greater understanding of the big picture when it comes to weather. Here's my experience...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-15-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,091
Posted By Paddy
Jet Flex WR

I used Jet Flex WR in beige with a flattener added to take down the gloss. Applied over AKZO epoxy primer with a cheap Harbor Freight HVLP gun. Results were great relative to my painting...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2018, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By Paddy
Rear Hanger

Here's an idea for the rear hanger as well. it's made from a modified GoPro mount. Works great and gets switched out for the camera or the oxygen flow meters as...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 821
Posted By Paddy
https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-vHP379r/0/3a7c...

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Forum: RV-10 10-12-2018, 02:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,041
Posted By Paddy
Tie-Down Shim

This shim was riveted onto the skin before she skin was riveted to the spar.
However, I think that skin is already riveted on the QB wings, so another method of getting the spacer in there would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,397
Posted By Paddy
Kidproof...

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-rpWrZ4L/0/120e9f69/L/i-rpWrZ4L-L.jpg
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,418
Posted By Paddy
Right side

I had the same concerns as Jesse mentioned about the exhaust getting in on the ground, so I put mine on the right side. Plenty of air volume with just one and no exhaust fumes, although those who...
Forum: Tools 10-08-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,250
Posted By Paddy
Dynavibe

I've rented a Dynavibe Classic before and found it easy to use. I did 2 aircraft, got one to 0.00ips and the other to 0.02ips. I think they both had 3 runs, maybe I got lucky...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 12:08 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Posted By Paddy
RV-8

That sounds like a great idea!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Posted By Paddy
Spousal Approval

Buy-in from the better half is indeed critical. Here's one angle from a prospective builder who was recently married...
Him - I've always wanted to build my own plane, I think an RV-8 would be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,966
Posted By Paddy
Don't wait!

If you're planning on starting in 2-3 years, avionics are indeed the last thing you'll need to be thinking about. Why wait for a move? I started my build in my garage/carport in Long Beach CA before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,397
Posted By Paddy
Stick switches

You could put the starter button on the stick grip, with the VPX this is a great option. You'd have to use a relay for that button though, since you're switching +12v from the VPX and all the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 09:48 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,397
Posted By Paddy
Starter Buttons

I see no reason you couldn't have 2 buttons, it would be easy to wire them. I can certainly see why you would want them, especially for a hot start on a fuel injected motor - one hand on the button...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2018, 01:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,495
Posted By Paddy
Vents

Mine are noisy. I usually have them open on the ground. If I forget to close them prior to take-off, they'll break squelch and make quite a racket until I have a chance to close them. This happens...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 07:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,986
Posted By Paddy
Dunno. My IO-540 weighs a lot and makes 260hp...

Dunno. My IO-540 weighs a lot and makes 260hp @2700RPM ;)
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,986
Posted By Paddy
Speculation of course is optional and free :). ...

Speculation of course is optional and free :). Serious R&D, on the other hand - aint! As an engineer, I know you have an appreciation for that. Rest assured, if there was a buck (or a yen) to be...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,986
Posted By Paddy
Auto Engines

I work for a car company. A couple of decades ago, we had a senior executive who happened to be a keen pilot. During his tenure, a project was launched to build a light single around our top of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,131
Posted By Paddy
RPM Limit Value

The engine doesn't need to be completely stopped to engage the starter, if it's windmilling at something less than the preset 600 RPM limit, the starter can be engaged.

The VPX includes a starter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,131
Posted By Paddy
Button

No need for a cover. If the engine RPM is above 600, the button is inactive and the bezel light is off. When the engine stops, the button lights up to indicate that it's active again and...
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