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Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 06:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 595
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I've been happy using a jigsaw with a metal...

I've been happy using a jigsaw with a metal cutting blade.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:20 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,490
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I used my thumbs, then seaming pliers on mine. I...

I used my thumbs, then seaming pliers on mine. I did them off the airplane.
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Sounds good.

Sounds good.
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2019, 04:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 189
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If you don’t get answers before then, give me a...

If you don’t get answers before then, give me a call at 8-9 eastern time this evening and I’ll measure exactly what you need and talk through it. 77oh 722408four.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 603
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd use cutting fluid or boelube. That stuff...

I'd use cutting fluid or boelube. That stuff works.

On stainless, you use low cutting speeds and medium/high pressure. Do not let the workpiece get hot. That means lubricating the drill and going...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,590
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Vans job is to keep you safe to the best of their...

Vans job is to keep you safe to the best of their ability. That involves building in a safety margin for plane to plane variation on flutter margin, g-loading, etc. The last thing they are gonna do...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-20-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,079
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If the wings and tail come with a plans set and a...

If the wings and tail come with a plans set and a serial number, I think a new buyer will be good to go. Vans doesn't care where the other sub-kits came from as long as there's a serial number and a...
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 05:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,274
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There's no reason you can't use pop rivets on...

There's no reason you can't use pop rivets on these. A little searching in the usual places will turn up 3/32 countersunk pop rivets.
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,014
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I bet your second set of flaps take a week each...

I bet your second set of flaps take a week each if you can dig into 'em.

The first set of flaps will be good for practice pieces if you decide to paint your own airplane.

Declare victory (or admit...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-18-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,061
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Are you an AOPA member? A call to them might be...

Are you an AOPA member? A call to them might be in order if you have specific (not generic) information.

Same thing with EAA.

Both organizations will help you in an airport access fight.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-17-2019, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 592
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There is an internally wrenched bolt that...

There is an internally wrenched bolt that attaches the flap pushrod on the root end of the flap. Take it out and the flap will drop to the point where you can remove the flap tape. Make sure you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2019, 04:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,638
Posted By Kyle Boatright
For bonus points, try it with an RV-10. ;-)

For bonus points, try it with an RV-10. ;-)
Forum: RV-4 08-16-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,014
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If the subject cowl isn't a gelcoated cowl,...

If the subject cowl isn't a gelcoated cowl, ignore this comment, but my observation is that gelcoat gets old and eventually cracks.

If you do build a new cowl, that doesn't mean the airplane has to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-15-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 30
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Views: 2,183
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I assume you installed the upper ramps? Are they...

I assume you installed the upper ramps? Are they sealed so air doesn't use them as a passage from the high to low pressure areas within the cowl?

If I was you, I'd check the mag timing, and if that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-14-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,721
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Look at it another way. You were satisfied with...

Look at it another way. You were satisfied with "the deal" you had with Van's until a couple of weeks ago when better (?) components were released.
Nothing has changed in the deal you already had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 288
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Mine did that many years ago. Cut a piece of...

Mine did that many years ago. Cut a piece of nylaflow tubing a foot (or so*) long. Slit it, then slip it over the rudder cable and over the solid metal end of the rudder cable, right up to the...
Forum: RV-10 08-13-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I would put some protective tape on the front of...

I would put some protective tape on the front of the cowl. This stuff:

https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/Paint-Protection-Film-p/2301.htm

It'll keep the prop and spinner from beating up the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-11-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By Kyle Boatright
This thread tells you how to remove and replace...

This thread tells you how to remove and replace the ring gear:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=136428&highlight=ring+gear+removal
Forum: Southeast 08-11-2019, 08:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There are a bunch of builders in the Atlanta...

There are a bunch of builders in the Atlanta area. Falcon Field (Peachtree City) has the largest concentration of finished aircraft, possibly followed by Lawrenceville. I live in Marietta but the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,983
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You want a low profile tent with aluminum poles...

You want a low profile tent with aluminum poles and a fly that goes all the way to the ground. I have a 3 person MSR tent that fits that description and has held up to numerous storms. Plenty of...
Forum: RV-10 08-07-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 585
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Agree. You've gotta flex it a bit to get it...

Agree. You've gotta flex it a bit to get it there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 04:47 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,788
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Unknown? Here's one: What will all of that...

Unknown? Here's one:

What will all of that revised (additional?) structure down near the base of the firewall do to the cooling outflow?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-04-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,048
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Make or buy something like this to clamp to the...

Make or buy something like this to clamp to the outside of the firesleeve.

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?ident=1564957508-438-453&browse=engines&product=heat-shields

It'll block...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,237
Posted By Kyle Boatright
As I posted on the EAA board. The EAA publishes...

As I posted on the EAA board. The EAA publishes a schedule and needs to live by that schedule. Both arriving and departing aircraft depend on that schedule for planning safe arrivals and departures....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2019, 06:18 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,257
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Yeah, I remember a kit manufacturer out in Oregon...

Yeah, I remember a kit manufacturer out in Oregon that used to do that. ;-)
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2019, 10:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,269
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The center sections and wings on the -10 are...

The center sections and wings on the -10 are universal - any wings should fit any center section. I had that discussion with Vans when I bought a second hand wing kit without the center section.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 6,788
Posted By Kyle Boatright
They don't make beefy enough nose gear to deal...

They don't make beefy enough nose gear to deal with that situation.

The airplane came down short of the runway in foot high vegetation and on fairly rough ground. I don't think any light aircraft...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-28-2019, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,373
Posted By Kyle Boatright
EAA's...

EAA's photos:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/eaaairventureoshkosh

Note: After page 20 or so, you're looking at pre-2019 photos.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2019, 11:37 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,627
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Possibly. One thing that is on the drawing...

Possibly. One thing that is on the drawing boards is a grass field on the SE (?) corner of 18/36. It would be for the low/slow types and would substantially reduce the "got behind a 65 knot Cub...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-28-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Thinner cushions should be the easy fix. You can...

Thinner cushions should be the easy fix. You can simulate the correct (compressed) cushion height with a stack of folded towels or something like that.
Forum: ADS-B 07-28-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 693
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Did you lose your rear strobe in the process? ...

Did you lose your rear strobe in the process? That (IMO) is the big downside of the tailbeacon for those of us who have a rudder mounted strobe.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,020
Posted By Kyle Boatright
We arrived a little before 8:00. Very little...

We arrived a little before 8:00. Very little inbound traffic other than the Cessna mass arrival which messed up the taxiways badly. We eventually were parked in row 308 which is across the ditch in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2019, 08:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Absolutely correct, both from my research and...

Absolutely correct, both from my research and from the folks at BPE.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,020
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Why not plan another beer event for Wednesday? ...

Why not plan another beer event for Wednesday? Ought to be plenty of late arrivals to enjoy it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,083
Posted By Kyle Boatright
An RV-8 is going to have wings that are ~11' long...

An RV-8 is going to have wings that are ~11' long with a 4' chord. The fuselage is going to be roughly 3' wide x 3' tall, x 16ish feet long without the engine, cowl, empennage, or landing gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,838
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If you find yourself in that situation, grab a...

If you find yourself in that situation, grab a bag or two off of the stack in the cargo area (assuming you're in a -6, -7, or -9 and put 'em under the passenger's feet in the footwell. Moving 10...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2019, 09:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,838
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I've been buying lighter and lighter stuff over...

I've been buying lighter and lighter stuff over the years. My stuff and most of the airplane stuff is already packed, so here are the weights for all of the airplane stuff, camping stuff, and my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,158
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I neglected to mention that you need to...

I neglected to mention that you need to communicate that change of ownership to Van's and have the kit transferred to you in their records.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 07:01 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,158
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You need to establish a chain of ownership. A...

You need to establish a chain of ownership. A bill of sale from owner 1 to owner 2 and a bill of sale from owner 2 to owner 3.

My RV-6 started as a second or third hand tail kit. I matched it up to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-15-2019, 05:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,653
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There would be a revolt if builders had to use...

There would be a revolt if builders had to use differential heating to make prepunched skins fit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,158
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I don't think there is any reason that kit isn't...

I don't think there is any reason that kit isn't as good as a new kit from the factory unless parts are missing or there is corrosion.

So, yes, I'd buy it if I was in the market for a -9 kit.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2019, 09:06 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,653
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I can't imagine the self centering function of...

I can't imagine the self centering function of the prepunched holes isn't going to negate whatever skin growth comes from heating. My opinion is the ribs are going to flex that 0.00whatever so the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,653
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Does that technique have any merit with...

Does that technique have any merit with prepunched skins? I can't imagine why it would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,917
Posted By Kyle Boatright
My airplane is ready to go, so I've started...

My airplane is ready to go, so I've started packing. One thing I do is put my clothing and linens in a plastic trash bag and use a vacuum cleaner to evacuate the bag. That cuts the volume for those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 09:09 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 11,336
Posted By Kyle Boatright
All of this is somewhat subject to judgement. ...

All of this is somewhat subject to judgement. Let's say you come up behind a Cub that's doing 70 miles an hour. There are 2 miles of open space in front of the Cub, and you can hear the thrum of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 07:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,462
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I take pictures with my iPhone. Occasionally I...

I take pictures with my iPhone. Occasionally I back them up.

They tell the story of the build pretty well (and have dates).
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-11-2019, 07:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,537
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have carpet on the floor of my -6 and have...

I have carpet on the floor of my -6 and have never noticed a heat problem.
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2019, 09:56 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,315
Posted By Kyle Boatright
OK, I just finished reworking my pilot side...

OK, I just finished reworking my pilot side bracket. Things fit now. It only took a couple of hours to find and fix the issue in the 800F inferno that is my garage in July.

Here's a helpful hint...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2019, 06:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,315
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Old thread, but I'll add to the chorus of...

Old thread, but I'll add to the chorus of complaints.

The pilots side bracket is too far forward by 1/16" on my airplane. I spent two hours in the garage pouring sweat last night to attach both...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Regardless of when you do the final attach, my...

Regardless of when you do the final attach, my suggestion is to sand and shim the thing so you have a flush joint along both sides. Do that prior to the final attachment. If the fiberglass top is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 05:49 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,458
Posted By Kyle Boatright
So you attached a toilet brush holder under the...

So you attached a toilet brush holder under the wing of your RV-8?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,334
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Somehow I damaged the cord on my 8 year old...

Somehow I damaged the cord on my 8 year old Lightspeeds. I sent the headsets and $100 to Lightspeed and they replaced the cable and battery box/control pack. I thought that was fair.

Saturday, I...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 07-09-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 690
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Now we know who’s behind the “Cookware for...

Now we know who’s behind the “Cookware for Pilots” tent in the Flymarket.
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Yep, but having my right hand on the flap switch...

Yep, but having my right hand on the flap switch for so long was uncomfortable (?) for me. Close to the ground, I really like a hand on the throttle. I have a flap positioning system for my -10, so...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'm spoiled by the -6 with manual flaps. It...

I'm spoiled by the -6 with manual flaps. It takes a second or two to go from all to none or vice versa.
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 06:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Kyle Boatright
OK. That just seems like a long time a during...

OK. That just seems like a long time a during configuration change when your hands are busy with trim, throttle, prop, etc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2019, 06:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,832
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I used screws across the top and bottom of the...

I used screws across the top and bottom of the cowl on my -6. I reinforced both flanges on the cowl with extra layers of fiberglass. That system has been faultless for ~18 years.

I went with quarter...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 575
Posted By Kyle Boatright
RV-10 Flap Transition Speed

I was flying in a friend's RV-10 over the weekend. The airplane doesn't have a flap position controller, so you have to hold the flap switch until the flaps are where you want them.

The thing I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-06-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The key is to make sure the plexi fits the frame...

The key is to make sure the plexi fits the frame and mounts with no pushing or pulling required. Shim as necessary to get the correct fit.

Sikaflex seems to be a good solution, but I did mine the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-05-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 760
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I think if you start with #2 and #4, you'll see...

I think if you start with #2 and #4, you'll see progress and may not need the other improvements.
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-04-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 6,005
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I think it'll give you 4-5 knots, minimum.

I think it'll give you 4-5 knots, minimum.
Forum: RV-10 07-02-2019, 07:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 629
Posted By Kyle Boatright
RTV will bridge a 1/4" gap pretty well if the...

RTV will bridge a 1/4" gap pretty well if the bead you apply is thick enough. Layer it on 3/16 or 1/4" deep.

Even if I'm completely wrong, you're only out a few minutes of time and an $8 tube of...
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