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Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 05:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
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: 8,575
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: 925
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: 8,575
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: 8,575
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: 1,987
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: 1,436
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: 728
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: 1,567
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: 3,282
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: 408
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-11-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By Desert Rat
All the micro-stops are sold and shipped out this...

All the micro-stops are sold and shipped out this morning.

C-Frame Dimpler still available. Only selling it because I ended up buying a partially completed set of wings and they came with a DRDT-2....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-10-2020, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By Desert Rat
Hi-what was the reason for removal? edit; for...

Hi-what was the reason for removal?

edit; for the fuel pump I mean.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-10-2020, 05:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By Desert Rat
Hi Guys, As of right now I think everything is...

Hi Guys,

As of right now I think everything is spoken for. Just let me sort out who's texted and who's responded on VAF.

Regards
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-09-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 502
Posted By Desert Rat
C-Frame & Microstops for sale

Avery C-frame dimpler for sale, $150 plus shipping

Microstops for sale, $10 each. I've got about 6-8 of these, buy 2, set one up for -3 & the other for -4.

Pix available on request.

Text me at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 762
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: 708
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: 708
Posted By Desert Rat
cant access the links

cant access the links
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,694
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: 450
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: 450
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: 716
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: 410
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: 1,725
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: 943
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: 531
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: 531
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: 531
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys

Thanks guys
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 06:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
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: 467
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys.

Thanks guys.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 02:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
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: 1,003
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: 834
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: 1,278
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: 976
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: 976
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: 976
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: 976
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: 1,323
Posted By Desert Rat
You can buy them directly from Duckworks. $15

You can buy them directly from Duckworks. $15
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2020, 05:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 414
Posted By Desert Rat
On mine the inside edge of all the nutplates...

On mine the inside edge of all the nutplates stuck out into the hole, so I ground them off a little bit for more clearance.

Even after that, I remember having to get it in the right position to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,907
Posted By Desert Rat
For the conventional style, Bose is the gold...

For the conventional style, Bose is the gold standard, but they're also $1,200 a pop.

I've got Zulu light speeds which I think I paid about $850 for about 10 years ago. Not exactly cheap either,...
Forum: RV-4 04-08-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By Desert Rat
I just installed the ductworks kits. If that's...

I just installed the ductworks kits. If that's what you've got, the lenses have a sticky foam gasket sandwiched in there. I suppose it's also possible that somebody glued them in with RTV or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2020, 04:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 294
Posted By Desert Rat
That rivet through the nut plate? I absolutely...

That rivet through the nut plate? I absolutely would NOT replace that. Take a jewelers file or your wife's nail file and smooth out that little burr on the shop head then call it good.
Forum: RV-10 04-03-2020, 06:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 373
Posted By Desert Rat
Drilling out a rivet and replacing with a blind...

Drilling out a rivet and replacing with a blind fastener is allowed as long as it's a structural blind rivet, not just a random pop rivet. Section 5 of the build manual covers this.

HOWEVER- ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 11,563
Posted By Desert Rat
A long time ago I blew through the turn to final...

A long time ago I blew through the turn to final because I was in the process of lining up on the wrong runway at...Nashville I think?

Like I said, it was a long time ago, but I remember it was...
Forum: Safety 04-01-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,462
Posted By Desert Rat
VFR pilot into IMC 3 minute rule

I'm not sure at what point in my 30+ years as a CFII I first heard about the 3 minute statistic, but I've heard it more than once and seen it in various articles. At this point, I'm confident I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2020, 03:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,033
Posted By Desert Rat
Ace hardware has all sorts of roll pins in their...

Ace hardware has all sorts of roll pins in their hardware aisle. Might be worth a look.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By Desert Rat
For me, I see a couple of potential problems with...

For me, I see a couple of potential problems with this.

On my setup, the back side of a dimple would prevent the tube base from sliding into the mast. Pretty sure you'd have to countersink it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 10:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By Desert Rat
Yup, pretty much- but I'm about to accept defeat...

Yup, pretty much- but I'm about to accept defeat and just use pan head #6 and try to find that .0005 kts somewhere else :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By Desert Rat
After a little more measuring and head...

After a little more measuring and head scratching, I see that the wall thickness on the steel mast that I inherited with this project is about .050. The countersink on a AN507 (#6 machine screw) is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 12:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By Desert Rat
pitot hardware help

Hey all-

Garmin Pitot tube calls for #6-32 fasteners about 1/4" long. Nylon patch recommended.

Does anybody know off the top of their head what a good part number and source might be for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,656
Posted By Desert Rat
You're not wrong.

You're not wrong.
Forum: Safety 03-18-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By Desert Rat
Cadmium plating has been the industry standard...

Cadmium plating has been the industry standard for AN bolts pretty much forever. You're not going to get away from it unless you never touch another airplane.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,297
Posted By Desert Rat
What engine and prop do you have? The TC's...

What engine and prop do you have? The TC's should be documented in the respective logbooks. The TC is also listed on the data plate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,079
Posted By Desert Rat
Both the bird strikes I've had happened so fast...

Both the bird strikes I've had happened so fast that I had no time to even think about it.

I expect that this isn't a one size fits all approach, but personally I would never teach a student to try...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-11-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,663
Posted By Desert Rat
I don't have a dog in this hunt, but something...

I don't have a dog in this hunt, but something doesn't look right here. In the second picture of post 3 above, it looks like way more than .042 gap between those switches.

Maybe thats an optical...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-10-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Desert Rat
Yeah, I'm sure you're right, but a friend had a 6...

Yeah, I'm sure you're right, but a friend had a 6 with a slider and I didn't really like the bow across the front. Plus he said it was drafty in the winter.

Don't know that the tipper would really...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-10-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats the kind of input I'm looking for. I...

Thats the kind of input I'm looking for. I definitely want the andair fuel valve, but for whatever reason assumed that it was probably in a downstream kit.

Looking for anything else that I don't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-09-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 861
Posted By Desert Rat
ordering fuse soon- suggestions on adds/deletes

Hey all-

I'm ordering a fuselage kit this week- slow build, tailwheel, probably a tip up, although I'm honestly til on the fence about that.

If it were you, what would you add or delete from the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,838
Posted By Desert Rat
Depends on the ignition, but as someone already...

Depends on the ignition, but as someone already said, if it came from a/c spruce then you should be able to get duplicates. If not, then step one is probably figuring out who made it.

Fun Fact: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys

Thanks guys
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2020, 04:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By Desert Rat
How thick is the duckworks leading edge mounting plate?

Hi All-

Does anybody know how thick the sheet metal is on the duckworks (or similar) leading edge landing light kit? I'm talking about the aluminum sheet stock that spans rib to rib that the...
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