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Forum: RV-14 Today, 08:12 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By kbalch
You know, I tried to take the high road...

You know, I tried to take the high road yesterday, but I thought about it overnight and decided that it was worth briefly commenting on how uncalled for I found it to have my several decades of...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By kbalch
Hi Tom, I completely understand regarding the...

Hi Tom,

I completely understand regarding the flow divider hose, though that wasn't the hose I was questioning in my original (evidently poorly worded) post. When I received my engine from...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 01:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By kbalch
Fuel hoses...

Am I correct in assuming that one of the fuel hoses included with my new Lycoming is extraneous and won't be used?

This is the long hose delivered zip-tied to the servo to fuel spider hose and...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By kbalch
That could very well be. The half-dozen or so...

That could very well be. The half-dozen or so with which I've had direct hands-on experience during the build process are clearly a statistically insignificant sample.



Good info; thanks!



The...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 12:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By kbalch
That's good information and a neat solution. ...

That's good information and a neat solution. Unfortunately, a few days too late, as my new Andair cap just arrived and got installed. I'd say that I'll know for next time, but this is likely to be...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By kbalch
Glad to hear that you received it. It wasn't on...

Glad to hear that you received it. It wasn't on my inventory sheet, nevermind actually present in one of the FWF bags.

BTW, your signature says 'RV-14' instead of 'RV-14A' - that threw me off and...
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 09:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By kbalch
Same here on the as-received condition of my fuel...

Same here on the as-received condition of my fuel pump. The KB-000 was definitely not included with my FWF kit, though that's an -A model-specific fitting. The tailwheel airplane uses a KB-090 in...
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2019, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 413
Posted By kbalch
Fuel pump fitting questions...

I got my engine hung last night (I'd forgotten how big a PITA it is to get those cotter pins in!), but ran into a couple of issues today while working on the fuel pump fittings. Two questions:


...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 04:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 800
Posted By kbalch
Congrats! It's a great feeling, isn't it? :)

Congrats! It's a great feeling, isn't it? :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By kbalch
Yep, I saw that. I thought that I'd wind up...

Yep, I saw that. I thought that I'd wind up safety wiring future oil filters to the fitting below the filter, but you're right - the same hole currently used for the filter could be used for...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2019, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, Chris. Glad to see I wasn't completely...

Thanks, Chris. Glad to see I wasn't completely nuts. :D

I've already got my steel fittings (I never use aluminum fittings FWF if I can help it and certainly not threaded into the engine case) and...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-17-2019, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 226
Posted By kbalch
Lycoming YIO-390 accessory case port IDs

I received my engine yesterday (finally!!) and figured I'd get the various fittings installed on the rear case today before mounting the engine tomorrow.

I quickly realized that the drawing on page...
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By kbalch
Hi, I ordered my engine back in mid-January with...

Hi,

I ordered my engine back in mid-January with an expected delivery date of mid-April. It's since been delayed five times. I was ready to hang it over a month ago.

I'm guessing that yours will...
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 541
Posted By kbalch
FWIW, I followed the manual order exactly and...

FWIW, I followed the manual order exactly and attached the engine mount to a bare (but for the heater boxes installed much earlier) firewall. I then went through Section 43 pages 2-4 and mounted...
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2019, 04:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,680
Posted By kbalch
I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and, having selected the...

I'm 6' with a 34" inseam and, having selected the middle rudder pedal position some time ago, I've been looking forward to installing the rudder, setting the seat cushions in place, and finalizing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 08:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,039
Posted By kbalch
Back in 2002, up in the Boston area, my DAR...

Back in 2002, up in the Boston area, my DAR handled my Repairman application. At the time, it was just another signed form I gave him which he passed along. The certificate showed up in the mail a...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-11-2019, 07:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,465
Posted By kbalch
If I could get a first-quality paint job on my...

If I could get a first-quality paint job on my -14A for $10K, I'd be all over it. I expect to be in the $16K area when all is said and done.

By way of comparison, the Stars & Stripes paint job on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,039
Posted By kbalch
I could tell a few FSDO stories (from the Boston...

I could tell a few FSDO stories (from the Boston and Farmingdale offices years ago) that would give people nightmares. Mostly to do with CFI checkrides (an Arrow grounded as "unairworthy" for a...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By kbalch
Yes, I was working on the rod end bearing jam...

Yes, I was working on the rod end bearing jam nuts. I was eventually able to get a shorty open end wrench in there and tighten the nuts. Glad that's over!

:D
Forum: RV-14 07-09-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By kbalch
I think I see what you're getting at there (sort...

I think I see what you're getting at there (sort of a homemade crowfoot), but I'm not sure that it's going to get me a better angle on the lock nut than I can get with my store-bought crowfoot &...
Forum: RV-14 07-09-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 516
Posted By kbalch
Lock nut accessibility...

Well, after having been so good about triple checking all of my rod end bearing lock nuts, I managed to install my rudder today (completely installed - with nuts torqued and rudder cables connected...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By kbalch
Will do. That pin has definitely been left out...

Will do.

That pin has definitely been left out of my ELT kit, along with the specified heat shrink. I'll be speaking with Van's on Monday since they took last Friday off following the holiday.

For...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,171
Posted By kbalch
I understand completely about life and its effect...

I understand completely about life and its effect on small business ops. Delays are fine, but following these three suggestions would go a long way toward alleviating misunderstandings and hard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 12:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 379
Posted By kbalch
ELT test wire fabrication...

I'm currently working on my ACK ELT installation and looking at page 53-04. Step 2 calls for the fabrication of a test wire and mentions the use of a supplied female molex pin.

OK - supplied where?...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 4,433
Posted By kbalch
Exactly my thoughts, less the RV-10 kit. :) I...

Exactly my thoughts, less the RV-10 kit. :)

I don't like key switches and won't ever have one in any plane I build. Toggles on the panel and a start button on the stick. Simple, functional, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,171
Posted By kbalch
Same here. Immediate charging of my card,...

Same here. Immediate charging of my card, followed by a complete lack of communication.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 05:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
True on the drug testing program for scenics. ...

True on the drug testing program for scenics. Iíve heard of the logbook ruse, of course, but thatís thin cover should the feds or insurers ever have reason to look closely. Iíd rather just sign up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 04:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
This is certainly true; nobody can sign away...

This is certainly true; nobody can sign away anotherís right to sue. Unfortunately, the net effect is nearly unlimited liability. Having the spouseís signature, too, would go some legal distance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
That all makes sense. Mike Seager is currently...

That all makes sense. Mike Seager is currently charging $90/hr. for his time and $75/hr. additional for the -10 and -14. So, that's $165/hr. and I suspect that his use of the airplanes is largely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2019, 04:50 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
FWIW, I specifically declined the long-term...

FWIW, I specifically declined the long-term preservation. It’ll be interesting to see how it’s packed once it finally arrives.
Forum: RV-14 06-24-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,090
Posted By kbalch
Finding someone outside the factory with personal...

Finding someone outside the factory with personal experience of both the -12 and -14 kits seems like a real long shot. Those two models aren't typically cross-shopped, let alone built by the same...
Forum: RV-14 06-23-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By kbalch
Will do; thanks! Ironically (thankfully!), I...

Will do; thanks!



Ironically (thankfully!), I didnít have any trouble with the canopy. Iím sure youíll do fine with it, too.
Forum: RV-14 06-23-2019, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By kbalch
The left/right lens that we have to separate is...

The left/right lens that we have to separate is the wingtip nav light lens. The leading edge landing light lens comes in two pieces. Unfortunately, it looks as though Iíll need to order a complete...
Forum: RV-14 06-23-2019, 03:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 658
Posted By kbalch
Landing light lens...

I thought that I was having a pretty good weekend. Having gotten my left wing mounted to the fuselage on Friday, I finished off the root fairings yesterday and was planning to complete the landing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Too funny...and so true. :D:rolleyes::cool:

Too funny...and so true. :D:rolleyes::cool:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
I suppose that everyone has their own comfort...

I suppose that everyone has their own comfort level with this sort of thing - and the degree of swing is entirely dependent on one's own hoist configuration - but if it's secure, then it's secure and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 574
Posted By kbalch
I'd like to have one for the RV-14A. The V-n...

I'd like to have one for the RV-14A. The V-n diagram for each model should be readily available for download on Van's site. That's exceedingly basic information and should be included in every POH.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 03:54 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Exactly. So long as I can get the hook on the...

Exactly. So long as I can get the hook on the lift ring, I don't care if it's at a slight angle. The bolts securing the engine to the pallet will already have been loosened, so I'm happy to let the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 11:57 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
I was also puzzled as, having done this before,...

I was also puzzled as, having done this before, never previously encountered any issues with the hoist.

My sense of the discussion is that some guys can't fit the legs of their hoist around the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 492
Posted By kbalch
VAF - Florida Wing ball cap

Gents,

I recently commissioned an adaptation of my old VAF - New England Wing design for Florida and just received the first ball cap with the new embroidery.

I think it looks great and I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2019, 07:10 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Unfortunately, at this point, I’ve already paid...

Unfortunately, at this point, I’ve already paid in full. Also, I need a 210HP IO-390 equivalent and I don’t believe that Superior is currently offering one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
I just heard that Lycoming's new completion date...

I just heard that Lycoming's new completion date is 7/10. I'll believe it when I see it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Good news! Thatís the hoist I bought and Iíve...

Good news! Thatís the hoist I bought and Iíve been trying to figure out what the challenge might be.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
I haven't received it yet. The initial shipping...

I haven't received it yet. The initial shipping date (after placing the order in January) was mid-April. It's since been delayed four times. The last estimate (received about ten days ago) was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
Precisely. I won't lie to anybody, ever. ...

Precisely. I won't lie to anybody, ever. Sometimes that results in a tact challenge, but I'll never be caught out by fraud.

A friend of mine used to advocate passing on trackday insurance and, if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 01:16 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Good times, good times... ;)

Good times, good times... ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
Good info, Tim - thanks! Should the rate of -14...

Good info, Tim - thanks!

Should the rate of -14 completions continue to accelerate (with no reason to suspect that it won't do so), it seems reasonable to project that - with approximately half of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
Yep, that all makes sense to me. Middle of the...

Yep, that all makes sense to me. Middle of the envelope is the perfect place to keep transitioning pilots.

I spent a little time years ago teaching in the T-6 and I could tell a few stories of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
Whether or not one steps in quickly during...

Whether or not one steps in quickly during landing practice, one is still conducting training - a commercial activity. Should any claim ensue, maintaining that one wasn't conducting training would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
Will do. The first quick take was about double...

Will do. The first quick take was about double the cost of my personal policy, though Iím still awaiting the official quote on the commercial insurance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
Thanks! Standby for the PM...

Thanks! Standby for the PM...
Forum: RV-14 06-18-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,100
Posted By kbalch
I'm aware, of course, that my own experience...

I'm aware, of course, that my own experience fails to constitute a statistically significant sample, but despite Section 5 stating clearly that Fuel Lube (nowadays EZ Turn) shouldn't be used on NPT...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,838
Posted By kbalch
How exactly to obtain a LODA?

Having just arranged to fly with Mike Seager in September for my insurance-required -14A checkout, I've been thinking about offering transition training in my airplane once it's out of Phase I early...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Live and learn. Might be a regional thing. So...

Live and learn. Might be a regional thing. So long as we can all lift our engines, though, Iíd be content to call it by either name. :)
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By kbalch
Gotcha. Guess I'll save it for the next time I...

Gotcha. Guess I'll save it for the next time I mix up a batch - probably when doing the empennage fairings.

Thanks! :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,544
Posted By kbalch
Serious confusion here until I realized that you...

Serious confusion here until I realized that you were actually talking about an engine hoist/crane. A cherry picker is something completely different.

Cherry Picker...
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By kbalch
By "re-faired" do you mean that you built up the...

By "re-faired" do you mean that you built up the fiberglass to meet the plexiglass?
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By kbalch
Nav light lens fit...

Well, my left wingtip is done and permanently (hopefully) mounted. That said, I'm not thrilled with the fit of the nav light lens, especially in the outboard corner.

The curve of the lens is just...
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,124
Posted By kbalch
Did you order the harness from Stein? My...

Did you order the harness from Stein? My Stein-supplied harness ends in four connectors (two per side) which will mate up with matching connector halves coming from the panel.

If I were building...
Forum: RV-14 06-17-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,124
Posted By kbalch
Which harness, specifically, are you saying is...

Which harness, specifically, are you saying is too short? The WH-000125 main wiring harness? I've installed mine and it fits perfectly. Not sure what I'd do with 3-6' (!) of extra length.
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2019, 05:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 23,028
Posted By kbalch
Exactly. Iíve used this sort of valve before and...

Exactly. Iíve used this sort of valve before and thereís no need whatsoever for the valve positions to actually be located toward the absolute left and right. So long as one is left of the other,...
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By kbalch
Nav light connector

OK, it's the end of a long afternoon working on the plane. I got my left wingtip ready to install on the wing (which looks great temporarily mounted to the fuselage, BTW), but for the nav...
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