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Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 221
Posted By rv7charlie
Your concern is legit. What may be throwing you a...

Your concern is legit. What may be throwing you a curve is that when you use breakers, the 'bus' is typically a fairly heavy brass or copper bar that connects all the 'hot' terminals of the breakers....
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 07:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,490
Posted By rv7charlie
The -14 will almost certainly cost quite a bit...

The -14 will almost certainly cost quite a bit more ($12k more just for the kit).

The -14 will undoubtedly build a lot easier than the -7 purely because of the *much* higher quality build documents....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 06:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 409
Posted By rv7charlie
Have you tried just searching the interwebs? I've...

Have you tried just searching the interwebs? I've bought nylon fabric versions of flight jackets (knit wrists & collar) from an ebay vendor in both green & black, and both are high quality, though I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 365
Posted By rv7charlie
Not to offend, but 1st be sure the Facet is...

Not to offend, but 1st be sure the Facet is pumping the right direction. :-) It's not that hard to install one backward, if you get distracted.

2nd, be sure it's pumping and fuel is actually...
Forum: Aircraft Camping Yesterday, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 753
Posted By rv7charlie
It's been a while, but my wife & I used to do SNF...

It's been a while, but my wife & I used to do SNF & OSH in a -4, camping with 'big box store' gear. Queen air mattress, zip-together sleeping bags, 5-6 man tent (big enough for the queen mattress...
Forum: COMM 12-12-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,016
Posted By rv7charlie
Just a potential heads-up on ribbon cable...

Just a potential heads-up on ribbon cable *connectors*. I can't tell for sure by looking at those pics, but many ribbon connectors are intended to be 'zero insertion force' in operation. I've seen a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 622
Posted By rv7charlie
Ross (with SDS) has posted a link to new 60A...

Ross (with SDS) has posted a link to new 60A internally regulated Denso alternators that should fit your mounting hardware. If new makes you more comfortable, might be worth a look.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 08:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 628
Posted By rv7charlie
+1. If you're starting cold, Bingelis is an...

+1. If you're starting cold, Bingelis is an excellent starting point. And trust Aeroelectric Connection over anything you read on the interwebs.

edit: AC-43 & Aeroelectric are both available for...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-11-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,343
Posted By rv7charlie
If looking for a less expensive SL30, I *think*...

If looking for a less expensive SL30, I *think* that the VAL Com2000 paired with the Nav2000 is supposed to give you SL30 functionality & interface capability, in the same vertical space. Don't take...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-11-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 215
Posted By rv7charlie
After I cut up my dynafocal mount to make a mount...

After I cut up my dynafocal mount to make a mount for my alt engine, I discovered that the mount fabricator would have built me one with just the gear sockets & I could have added what I needed to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-11-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 955
Posted By rv7charlie
Thank you for doing that; you just saved me some...

Thank you for doing that; you just saved me some money and shelf space.

Charlie
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 80,499
Posted By rv7charlie
Forgive my flaky memory; has the use of a laser...

Forgive my flaky memory; has the use of a laser level been discussed for aligning the pants? I found that a cheap HF laser level was quite useful in aligning the pants. I set mine up to paint a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-10-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 716
Posted By rv7charlie
For power & most signal stuff, if you can't get...

For power & most signal stuff, if you can't get comfortable with dsub for current capacity or moisture reasons, you could look at Weatherpack connectors. They're widely available in the USA, & should...
Forum: RV-10 12-10-2018, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 279
Posted By rv7charlie
What Carl said. If the goal is checking for...

What Carl said. If the goal is checking for live/dead and you have a good strong VOR signal available, just hook it up to a known-good comm antenna. Same coax, same impedance, and not that far away...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-10-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 955
Posted By rv7charlie
I'm trying really hard to resist the temptation;...

I'm trying really hard to resist the temptation; I need to be working on the -7 & not spending time modifying the -4.

Did you leave your timing maps in the units? I assume they'd be ok for smaller...
Forum: RV-10 12-10-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 977
Posted By rv7charlie
No (though there would be minimal impact even if...

No (though there would be minimal impact even if you did, in controlled conditions). Just that a controlled application in controlled conditions (as others have advocated) will have far less negative...
Forum: RV-10 12-10-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 977
Posted By rv7charlie
Please re-read my earlier post. It happens *every...

Please re-read my earlier post. It happens *every time* the plane is in a humid environment and the temps swing through the dew point. Our emotional reactions to this doesn't alter reality for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 23,771
Posted By rv7charlie
I'd never tell anyone to do as I do, but if you...

I'd never tell anyone to do as I do, but if you use the old style without the chains & springs, you'll always be ready with the brakes. :-) Eliminates the issues with backing the plane, too.

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,397
Posted By rv7charlie
Jets? Why are we having this discussion? Just...

Jets? Why are we having this discussion? Just have the jet owners take the money out of their petty cash & pay to have it done.
Forum: RV-10 12-10-2018, 08:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 977
Posted By rv7charlie
Hey Dave, If the fuselage wasn't going to get...

Hey Dave,

If the fuselage wasn't going to get water in it, there'd be no need for drain holes, right? And it *is* going to happen, unless you only fly in the Sahara or some place similar. In the...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2018, 09:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,600
Posted By rv7charlie
When I was learning to fly & switched from C-150s...

When I was learning to fly & switched from C-150s to 1/3 share in a Luscombe, it raised the insurance rate by at least 30%. At the renewal after I had accumulated 50+ hrs, it went back to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,397
Posted By rv7charlie
https://www.google.com/search?ei=6vwLXIiaGobM_Aadk...

https://www.google.com/search?ei=6vwLXIiaGobM_Aadkaoo&q=solar+powered+led+runway+lights&oq=solar+led+runway+lights&gs_l=psy-ab.1.0.0i7i30j0j0i8i30.20096.25152..28108...7.0..0.139.1624.0j13......0....1...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 826
Posted By rv7charlie
There are 76" dia props running without issue on...

There are 76" dia props running without issue on -7s, -7As, & at least one -8 powered by rotary engines. Surely the dia won't be an issue on a -14.

As to speed, the larger dia will definitely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,397
Posted By rv7charlie
We have had the wag aero style lights on our...

We have had the wag aero style lights on our strip for a couple of decades. Worst thing about them is that any pressure on the reflectors bends the reflector and breaks the bulb. I've modified most...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-06-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,191
Posted By rv7charlie
I wonder if the differences of opinion are the...

I wonder if the differences of opinion are the result of talking 'past' one another. I'd be skeptical of 20 kt speed gains over properly set up mags (at any altitude), but I wonder if some of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-05-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,983
Posted By rv7charlie
I'm currently flying my 2nd (purchased) -4. I've...

I'm currently flying my 2nd (purchased) -4. I've owned a Luscombe 8A, T-18, BD-4, & a Swift. I'm building a -7. I enjoy giving rides, especially to folks who've never experienced a small plane. For...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By rv7charlie
Be sure it'll fit your battery box; the...

Be sure it'll fit your battery box; the dimensions are a bit different from the Odyssey.

Hope it works out,

Charlie
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2018, 02:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By rv7charlie
That data point would have been a helpful...

That data point would have been a helpful inclusion in your initial question. :-)

Lots of options, if you have a bit of mounting flexibility.
Here's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-03-2018, 12:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 556
Posted By rv7charlie
Easy; just remove the branding...

https://www.batterymart.com/p-sla-12v22.html

;-0

Of course, I'd never tell you to do as I've done for a couple of decades, and buy the best priced SLA with enough AH capacity for a/c use...


edit:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2018, 06:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By rv7charlie
Strikingly similar to pretty much everything...

Strikingly similar to pretty much everything else. ;-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,198
Posted By rv7charlie
Here's a data point. The EZ builders were making...

Here's a data point. The EZ builders were making their engine baffles out of fiberglass 30+ years ago, and I doubt they were using exotic high temp epoxy back then.

I can barely *spell* 'layup',...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-28-2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,268
Posted By rv7charlie
I knew I was forgetting one more big load....

I knew I was forgetting one more big load. :-)

FWIW, there are choices out there of quality 20A switches. I found some 30A
(overkill) toggles made for heavy trucks. I chose to feed my engine bus...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2018, 09:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By rv7charlie
I wonder how all those guys fly straight Cubs....

I wonder how all those guys fly straight Cubs....
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2018, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 831
Posted By rv7charlie
I drilled extra holes in mine (not yet flying) as...

I drilled extra holes in mine (not yet flying) as far forward as I could and maintain rudder & brake action. I don't expect my short legs to need it, but it was easy to do while building. You'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 562
Posted By rv7charlie
Have another talk with your CFI, to see if he...

Have another talk with your CFI, to see if he will adjust his requirements a bit.

The -4 I currently own was built by a non-pilot, who then learned to fly in it. It has what are likely Van's rear...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By rv7charlie
There should be little if any startup surge with...

There should be little if any startup surge with LEDs. You should size the wire for the load current and voltage drop (based on wire length). You should protect the wire with a breaker sized to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-26-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,268
Posted By rv7charlie
Multiple issues here. 1st, you need to know each...

Multiple issues here.
1st, you need to know each load, and the sum of all loads (needed for proper load analysis, wire sizing, circuit protection, etc etc).

2nd, virtually all devices have some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,105
Posted By rv7charlie
If you're one of those crazy hoarders (like me),...

If you're one of those crazy hoarders (like me), you can grab that surplus window screen & throw it across the crate, or a pair of saw horses, or...etc. Excess paint blows right through it, and no...
Forum: RV-14 11-26-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By rv7charlie
Save the tape; it is a constraint. My work space...

Save the tape; it is a constraint. My work space has 2x10 joists (on 5' centers) sitting on 8' studs. when I open my RV-7 canopy, it goes up between the ceiling joists with the belly about 10-15"...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-26-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 598
Posted By rv7charlie
Bill, IMO, you're working with the wrong premise....

Bill, IMO, you're working with the wrong premise.

An easy rule of thumb is for loads to be 80% of wire capacity, and circuit protection to be 80% of wire capacity. Having said that, there's a lot...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-26-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,583
Posted By rv7charlie
Truck? What truck? FedEx Ground uses slow boats...

Truck? What truck? FedEx Ground uses slow boats to deliver to central MS.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2018, 08:15 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,630
Posted By rv7charlie
If you're going to RTV it, might as well use...

If you're going to RTV it, might as well use 'sensor safe' RTV, to minimize corrosion risk.
Forum: RV-14 11-25-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 904
Posted By rv7charlie
If you hang the engine prior to all that other...

If you hang the engine prior to all that other work, you'll be walking around it constantly while doing all that other work. If you put the plane on the gear now, you'll be climbing 3 feet up/down...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-24-2018, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,268
Posted By rv7charlie
A far bigger issue is running an electrically...

A far bigger issue is running an electrically dependent engine from a fuse fed bus where thr fuse rating is only a few percentage points higher than your max calculated load. Honestly, if I knew...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2018, 07:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,405
Posted By rv7charlie
For structure, regular pulled rivets can't...

For structure, regular pulled rivets can't replace solid fivets. Only Cherrymax can typically replace solid rivets, and not in every hole of a line of rivets.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2018, 07:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,306
Posted By rv7charlie
I assume that there's no possibility of acro,...

I assume that there's no possibility of acro, right?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2018, 11:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 437
Posted By rv7charlie
Some of the new auto style engine control systems...

Some of the new auto style engine control systems can draw ~15A continuous, including the fuel pump. Add another 4-6A if both pumps run for t/o & landing. That would leave ~10A for the rest of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2018, 09:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By rv7charlie
Thanks to you both. Plans are changing as I type,...

Thanks to you both. Plans are changing as I type, and I'm not in control. :-) If we make it out today, I'll text or call.

Charlie
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 264
Posted By rv7charlie
Louisville RVs?

Any RVs based at Louisville KY Bowman Field? We're here for Thanksgiving, and may head over there tomorrow to look around. Any FBO recommendations, if we fly up in the future?

Thanks,

Charlie
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2018, 09:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,487
Posted By rv7charlie
Well, there are lots of negatives about MS (see...

Well, there are lots of negatives about MS (see today's news), but cost of living isn't one of them. The biggest home (~5000 sq ft) & hangar on our airpark just hit the market, and I'd consider it...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-20-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By rv7charlie
Stainless welding rod the same diameter?

Stainless welding rod the same diameter?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-19-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,951
Posted By rv7charlie
Oh, I agree about cautious & thoughtful...

Oh, I agree about cautious & thoughtful examination of any new data that can affect safety. Having said that, remember that Van's didn't switch rudders on a whim; they saw less than optimal spin...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-19-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,951
Posted By rv7charlie
Nothing, that I'm aware of. That's the point. :-)

Nothing, that I'm aware of. That's the point. :-)
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-19-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,951
Posted By rv7charlie
Hi Mark, I don't know how long you've been...

Hi Mark,

I don't know how long you've been around RV's, but there was a similar panic a number of years ago about the RV-8 wing (which happens to be the RV-7 wing, too, but no one ever seemed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 208
Views: 80,499
Posted By rv7charlie
Bill, I did roughly the same thing with my -7...

Bill,

I did roughly the same thing with my -7 fuselage. I fit and aligned the leg fairings & wheel pants, too, before ever hanging the engine. I then removed the gear legs, and using stub pipe...
Forum: Safety 11-19-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 16,518
Posted By rv7charlie
Where's the data?

If there's always parking for homebuilts, then the lower number of homebuilts back in the day is irrelevant. It's purely the total number of a/c in the arrival operation that's the issue.

I confess;...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 10:48 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,533
Posted By rv7charlie
And for the bumper sticker version...

"Never assume a conspiracy when incompetence will do."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,730
Posted By rv7charlie
I never use valve caps, I've been based on a...

I never use valve caps, I've been based on a grass strip since 1993, and rarely if ever find dirt in the valve stems. I mark the tires with nail polish, as others...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,630
Posted By rv7charlie
Hi Bob, The pics in the Amazon ad certainly look...

Hi Bob,

The pics in the Amazon ad certainly look the same as the 60A models I have. And I don't doubt that what you got is a 60A model, if the sheet says it is. But...If you order a 12179, there's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,630
Posted By rv7charlie
To the original question, if the two pins are...

To the original question, if the two pins are tied together, it doesn't matter to which pin the wire is actually tied.

As a heads-up, the Plane Power was quoted as 60A. The Amazon alt is 40A. Not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 11,533
Posted By rv7charlie
And, it says the canopy, etc *were* located that...

And, it says the canopy, etc *were* located that day, and then says they were located several days later.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-16-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,844
Posted By rv7charlie
Sounds like in addition to doing a load analysis,...

Sounds like in addition to doing a load analysis, you need to do a deep dive into the basic 'philosophy' of the plane's electrical architecture. If the plane has an E-bus (meaning Endurance,...
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