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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,849
Posted By DRMA
Since no one else has mentioned it yet - Unless...

Since no one else has mentioned it yet - Unless you are flying internationally, if you are only worried about renewing your 3rd Class medical you can always switch to Basic Med. Then you can get the...
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,082
Posted By DRMA
The door closed switches came with one of my...

The door closed switches came with one of my RV-10 kits. I think it was the finishing kit, but not sure about that. Instructions for their installation were included in the bag with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,246
Posted By DRMA
Just put a rivet into the hole. When you get to...

Just put a rivet into the hole. When you get to the wings, the instructions tell you to insert a rivet into the hole in the wing leading edge meant for the stall warning indicator in the opposite...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-13-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 822
Posted By DRMA
One reason for using a relay is the max current...

One reason for using a relay is the max current draw of all equipment connected to your avionics bus. If you intend to power that bus directly through a switch, you need to make sure the switch is...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2018, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 750
Posted By DRMA
I used Tony Partain to ship my RV-10 QB wings and...

I used Tony Partain to ship my RV-10 QB wings and fuselage, along with my empennage that I built at Synergy Air Oregon. Good communication, arrived without damage, and the driver helped with the...
Forum: RV-10 09-04-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,296
Posted By DRMA
I bought the Cleaveland back forms which fill the...

I bought the Cleaveland back forms which fill the center and provide rear headrests that match the front seats, and had them shipped to Oregon Aero. They upholstered the backs after attaching the...
Forum: RV-10 08-31-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 945
Posted By DRMA
Starter on RV-10 Engine

In my case last fall Van's didn't ship the starter, it came directly from Lycoming attached to the engine. If it had shipped separately I probably would have deleted it and bought a B&C starter, but...
Forum: RV-10 08-29-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,900
Posted By DRMA
One consideration in selecting the engine that...

One consideration in selecting the engine that was passed on to me by a very experienced builder was the resale value. Anything other than a zero time engine in new airframe will reduce the resale...
Forum: RV-10 08-27-2018, 04:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 945
Posted By DRMA
When I ordered my FF kit, I had Van's delete the...

When I ordered my FF kit, I had Van's delete the alternator. I then purchased 2 alternators (primary and a backup driven off the vac pump gear) from B&C. Along with these I bought the B&C kit to...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2018, 02:42 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,932
Posted By DRMA
Question A few early decisions

The pitch and yaw servos are mounted at the front of the tail cone, just behind the baggage bulkhead. I installed those mounts in my RV-10 after attaching the tail cone to the fuselage, but before...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,671
Posted By DRMA
If you are looking for a modern aircraft that can...

If you are looking for a modern aircraft that can be used as a "trainer for the kids", I would seriously consider the RV-12 or new RV-12iS. With a 120 kt cruise speed, it should be acceptable for...
Forum: Tools 08-14-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By DRMA
[/B] While these may be good drills, I don't...

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While these may be good drills, I don't consider them to be comparable to the air drill. The Makita is 3.3 lbs with battery vs. 1.5 lbs for the Texas Palm Drill, and the Makita is 7.25" long...
Forum: Tools 08-13-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,076
Posted By DRMA
I would suggest you look for a higher CFM output...

I would suggest you look for a higher CFM output compressor at 90 psi, and one that is belt drive and oil lubricated. Direct drive dry compressors are much louder, so unless you can enclose it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,008
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you contact Van's now to see if their...

Suggest you contact Van's now to see if their demo planes will be there on the day you plan to visit. Also suggest you make a reservation for the demo flight for that date.

When I did my visit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 02:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By DRMA
I used a kit from Cleaveland tools as well, but I...

I used a kit from Cleaveland tools as well, but I bought the slightly more expensive EFIS kit which has slightly different fittings. ...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 464
Posted By DRMA
Welcome to the RV-10 building gang. There are...

Welcome to the RV-10 building gang.

There are several of us building RV-10s here in the Houston, TX area, who will be glad to answer questions or just discuss our projects. There are also several...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 689
Posted By DRMA
I had my RV-10 seats built and upholstered by...

I had my RV-10 seats built and upholstered by Oregon Aero. They used the Cleaveland tools backrest form that matches the front seats. I don’t know how comfortable they will be as I’m still building,...
Forum: Tools 08-02-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,710
Posted By DRMA
Industrial POP rivet guns

I didn't write down the model number when I was using it at Synergy Air, but looking at the POP industrial website I believe it was one of their ProSet series Air Rivet Guns, possibly the ProSet...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-01-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By DRMA
I installed the conversion kit into my RV-10 wing...

I installed the conversion kit into my RV-10 wing tips and mounted the landing lights and nav/strobe lights prior to fitting the tips to the wings. While I'm not flying yet, as far as I can tell it...
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,152
Posted By DRMA
I also wanted the right side cover, so called...

I also wanted the right side cover, so called Van's. They don't make one for the right side.

So I ordered some thin aluminum sheet from ACS and made my own. Measured the left side cover provided...
Forum: Tools 08-01-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,710
Posted By DRMA
I tried using the HF rivet puller a couple of...

I tried using the HF rivet puller a couple of years ago. Went through 2 different tools, neither of which worked properly. Returned them and bought a better tool (Dayton brand if I recall...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By DRMA
I believe Tony Partain is still in business. ...

I believe Tony Partain is still in business. That's who I used to ship my RV-10 QB wings and fuselage from Oregon to Houston, TX in 2016, and I was very pleased with the service. I recommend him.
Forum: RV-10 07-24-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,455
Posted By DRMA
Be careful that you leave space to remove the GTX...

Be careful that you leave space to remove the GTX 45R. I’m told you need a lot of space to slide the 45R out of its mounting bracket.
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By DRMA
Take a look at the MAP sensor included in a...

Take a look at the MAP sensor included in a Garmin sensor kit. No barb fittings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,065
Posted By DRMA
Jeremy, I did a quite a bit of research and...

Jeremy,

I did a quite a bit of research and thinking before selecting a compressor for my RV-10 build. Like most things in life and building there are trade offs and so no single right answer....
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By DRMA
If you are installing an old-school MAP analog...

If you are installing an old-school MAP analog gauge then I think it makes sense to run the hose directly from the engine to the gauge (e.g. through a hole in the firewall).

However if you are...
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 674
Posted By DRMA
I've used the 3rd port for the MAP sensor in my...

I've used the 3rd port for the MAP sensor in my RV-10.
Forum: RV-10 07-16-2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,159
Posted By DRMA
I too bought one of the IcyBreeze units 2 years...

I too bought one of the IcyBreeze units 2 years ago at AirVenture. However I gave up on mine after just 2 uses in the Houston summer heat. With 20 lbs of bagged ice from the grocery store I only got...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 470
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you try the install instructions in...

Suggest you try the install instructions in posting #5 of the thread at http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=150780&highlight=Kitlog

The search function in VAF will usually find...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-14-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,669
Posted By DRMA
That would be great. Thanks

That would be great.
Thanks
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 893
Posted By DRMA
Mark, I have run the lighting wires (nav,...

Mark,

I have run the lighting wires (nav, strobe, landing, & taxi) from the panel switches to a terminal strip mounted on the rear seat front bulkhead. From there the wires split and run to the...
Forum: RV-10 07-05-2018, 04:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,139
Posted By DRMA
I found the best tool for cutting the fiberglass...

I found the best tool for cutting the fiberglass to be a Dremel tool with a diamond cutting disk. It was easy to control and created very little dust.

Then I used a 5" random orbit sander to do...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-05-2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,669
Posted By DRMA
I would appreciate a webcast of the OSH material....

I would appreciate a webcast of the OSH material. Guess it would be a series of 6 webcasts?

Thanks
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-04-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,669
Posted By DRMA
Katie, Turns out I won't be able to attend Air...

Katie,

Turns out I won't be able to attend Air Venture this year. Are there any plans to capture your G3X Touch Academy presentations and make them available on-line following this year's Air...
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,686
Posted By DRMA
I attended the past 2 years and found it best to...

I attended the past 2 years and found it best to park in the blue lot and walk into the gathering. When I asked the first year, they said you don't need a parking permit to park in the blue lot on...
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2018, 08:34 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,900
Posted By DRMA
I suspect that may depend on what the rest of...

I suspect that may depend on what the rest of your yaw damper system is designed to control. I donít see it as feasible with the Garmin avionics as their system uses CAN Bus to communicate with their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,092
Posted By DRMA
Congratulations on great planning and making the...

Congratulations on great planning and making the right decision to postpone for a better day! As much as everyone wanted to go fly, recognizing that the weather wasn’t good and overriding the “get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 03:33 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,224
Posted By DRMA
After several tries, I was successful spraying...

After several tries, I was successful spraying UVSP by thinning it with 1 part water to 4 parts primer and using an HVLP gun with a 2.5 mm nozzle...
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2018, 02:05 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,704
Posted By DRMA
Thatís Why Itís Experimental

Thatís why itís called an experimental aircraft. We are each allowed to use our best judgement in building our planes. As a degreed and registered electrical engineer, Iím going to respect Vanís...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 01:47 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,256
Posted By DRMA
AC 90-116

I have read re-read this, and believe my first flight plans fit within the rules. The individual I have talked to as my QP is fully qualified for that role in the RV-10. And as the BP I am also...
Forum: RV-10 06-18-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,704
Posted By DRMA
One thing to be aware of. When I talked to Van's...

One thing to be aware of. When I talked to Van's technical support they said they do NOT recommend drilling any holes in the fiberglass cabin top that are not specified in the plans, as the...
Forum: RV-10 06-18-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 996
Posted By DRMA
I also recommend you run the coax and wires to...

I also recommend you run the coax and wires to the items that are not in the panel or firewall forward prior to installing the RV-10 cabin top.

I ran all the cables I could think of, including...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-18-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By DRMA
I recommend you purchase the complete cable...

I recommend you purchase the complete cable assembly from California Push Pull. For the RV-10 the cables were Cable Craft Model 184V772-xx where xx is the cable length in inches. Give them a call...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-18-2018, 01:30 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,462
Posted By DRMA
Having taken this class last year, I highly...

Having taken this class last year, I highly recommend it for anyone who would like to wire their own G3X panel. A great class - I'm currently used what I learned in developing my wiring diagrams.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,363
Posted By DRMA
I made a similar trip in late July 2015 after...

I made a similar trip in late July 2015 after purchasing my 1973 Grumman Traveler (AA-5). The previous owner based the plane near Spokane, WA. Basically flew east from Spokane until almost due...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 04:04 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,237
Posted By DRMA
So far I've had good luck using safety wire to...

So far I've had good luck using safety wire to close the clamp, then after inserting the bolt/nut I cut the wire and remove it. The wire can be as long as is necessary to reach into the clamp and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By DRMA
I had a similar situation on my Grumman which was...

I had a similar situation on my Grumman which was due to a very slow leak. So I suggest you replace your drain valve and see if that fixes the issue.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 03:38 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,256
Posted By DRMA
I'm still several months away from my RV-10 first...

I'm still several months away from my RV-10 first flight, but I have already talked to an extremely qualified RV-10 pilot who has done a number of first flights about being the second pilot for the...
Forum: RV-10 06-06-2018, 07:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,468
Posted By DRMA
David, Sounds like you are asking a lot of the...

David,

Sounds like you are asking a lot of the right questions for this early decision.

I am getting close to first flight on my RV-10, hopefully before the end of this year. I have had the...
Forum: RV-10 06-04-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 547
Posted By DRMA
I painted the cabin top on my RV-10 before I...

I painted the cabin top on my RV-10 before I installed it on the fuselage, but after fitting it. I also did some "clean up" of the pillars before priming the interior of the top with UV Smooth Prime...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,637
Posted By DRMA
Are the new wheel chocks available with custom...

Are the new wheel chocks available with custom lettering (e.g. with my aircraft's N number)?

Any discount for ordering multiple sets at the same time?

Thanks
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2018, 01:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 486
Posted By DRMA
I just followed Van's OP-56 construction drawing...

I just followed Van's OP-56 construction drawing for my RV-10 tail position & strobe lights. Since I'm using a LED lights for position & strobe lighting, and following the vendor's recommendation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,317
Posted By DRMA
I used McFarlane on my RV-10 but haven't started...

I used McFarlane on my RV-10 but haven't started flying it yet. However, I had enough of the McFarlane material left from buying it to re-baffle my Grumman Traveler.

My A&P/IA strongly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,446
Posted By DRMA
I haven't talked to Gallagher but they seem to...

I haven't talked to Gallagher but they seem to have a very good reputation on this website. I switched my Grumman insurance to the EAA sponsored insurance company Falcon Insurance last year after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2018, 09:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,446
Posted By DRMA
Peter, Welcome back to the wonderful world of...

Peter,

Welcome back to the wonderful world of flying!!!

I got back into flying about 4 years ago after a multi-decade layoff myself, and I am very happy I did. However I restarted by renting a...
Forum: Safety 05-19-2018, 03:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,411
Posted By DRMA
I couldn't find any reference to this temporary...

I couldn't find any reference to this temporary plug in the Van's FWF instructions for my RV-10, which surprised me. So before I removed it and plugged it with a proper plug, I contacted Van's to...
Forum: RV-10 05-15-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,579
Posted By DRMA
Brandon, There are at least a couple of flying...

Brandon,

There are at least a couple of flying RV-10s at Conroe airport. Both owners are members of EAA 302 that meets at KCXO on the second Saturday of each month, and from my experience they...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-30-2018, 05:41 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,669
Posted By DRMA
Katie, I've designed my RV-10 panel, purchased...

Katie,

I've designed my RV-10 panel, purchased all the G3X LRUs that I could fit plus more, have the panel cut and will be putting it all together over the next few months. It should be a great IFR...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2018, 09:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,843
Posted By DRMA
I installed them on my RV-10 recently by...

I installed them on my RV-10 recently by following the Aerosport provided instructions.

The only minor difficulty I encountered was figuring out how to remove the temporary covers used when fiber...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2018, 08:36 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,755
Posted By DRMA
I worked with Aerotronics to get to a final panel...

I worked with Aerotronics to get to a final panel layout and then had them cut and finish the panel for me, including labels. I am extremely happy with the results, and highly recommend them for...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-19-2018, 05:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By DRMA
Phil, Thanks for setting this up. However I...

Phil,

Thanks for setting this up. However I will not be able to attend this month as I had foot surgery 2 weeks ago and am relatively immobile right now.

Regards
Forum: RV-10 04-16-2018, 11:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,699
Posted By DRMA
In looking at the reviews of the locks at the...

In looking at the reviews of the locks at the above URL, several buyers complain that you can only remove the key when in the locked position. I don't see this working on the RV-10 doors, as you...
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