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Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 11:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By DRMA
Charlie is correct, the typical bus is also...

Charlie is correct, the typical bus is also referred to as a bus bar as it is made up of a copper bar of significant cross section, that is protected by the fuse at the alternator output. As for the...
Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 11:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 228
Posted By DRMA
Use either a fuse or a breaker, but not both....

Use either a fuse or a breaker, but not both. There is no good reason that I am aware of (and I am an electrical engineer) for placing a fuse and a circuit breaker in series. Just use a 10 amp...
Forum: Texas (South) Yesterday, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 241
Posted By DRMA
One other possible option is to rent an...

One other possible option is to rent an unfurnished apartment and then furnish it via Craig’s List and thrift stores. We successfully did this for both daughters and 4 times including grad school and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 442
Posted By DRMA
I can't comment on Axsys Air as I have no...

I can't comment on Axsys Air as I have no knowledge of them. I do highly recommend Synergy Air in Oregon based on building my RV-10 empennage with them to get a great start on my build. For the...
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By DRMA
I ran all the wires I could think of plus some...

I ran all the wires I could think of plus some spares from the panel location to the various points rearward before installing the fiberglass cabin top. It made running the conduit and wires much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 892
Posted By DRMA
Welcome to the world of Van's aircraft and the...

Welcome to the world of Van's aircraft and the RV-10 Priyo.


I agree with the recommendations above that you try to get enrolled in an EAA SportAir workshop. I took both the building a Van's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,479
Posted By DRMA
If you intend to paint the aircraft exterior...

If you intend to paint the aircraft exterior yourself, you will need a compressor with a significant CFM output, but probably still not as large as the IR compressor you are looking at. If you...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,479
Posted By DRMA
I Prefer the Quincy Compressors

If you intend to paint the aircraft exterior yourself, you will need a compressor with a significant CFM output, but probably still not as large as the IR compressor you are looking at. If you...
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2018, 01:18 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 380,124
Posted By DRMA
Glad to hear you are happy with this kit. I have...

Glad to hear you are happy with this kit. I have been planning to order it for my RV-10, and so with your recommendation I will definitely order it.

Thanks
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,271
Posted By DRMA
There is no separate QB plan set. Van's...

There is no separate QB plan set. Van's recommends you go through the slow build plans sent with the kit and confirm that each step has been completed on your QB. I did this on mine and found that...
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 568
Posted By DRMA
Note that when I asked, Van's does NOT recommend...

Note that when I asked, Van's does NOT recommend mounting any antennas on the fiberglass cabin for structural reasons. So I have mounted my antennas on the aluminum skin behind the fiberglass cabin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 05:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 628
Posted By DRMA
I had Partain transport my empennage completed at...

I had Partain transport my empennage completed at Synergy Air in Oregon, along with my QB Wings and QB Fuse kits from Van's in a single shipment to Houston, TX. They did an excellent job, did the...
Forum: Tools 11-08-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,560
Posted By DRMA
I bought the Rikon bench bandsaw at the start of...

I bought the Rikon bench bandsaw at the start of my RV-10 build. It has proven to be a good, well designed and constructed band saw for a reasonable price.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2018, 05:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,197
Posted By DRMA
I purchased my Garmin avionics from Aerotronics...

I purchased my Garmin avionics from Aerotronics (advertised on the left of this page). Received great service and a very good price, with expert advice and after sale service.

Stein also has a very...
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,151
Posted By DRMA
I have installed the Plane Around 180 door latch...

I have installed the Plane Around 180 door latch on my RV-10. I have also installed the Van's magnetic proximity switches on each of the 4 door pins. These are wired in series on each side so that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By DRMA
I used the Show Planes bracket on my RV-10 to run...

I used the Show Planes bracket on my RV-10 to run the cable over the top of the engine, since I couldn't run it from below due to installing an air conditioner compressor in that location. This...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-05-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By DRMA
I have installed AeroLED Pulsar NS90 and SunTail...

I have installed AeroLED Pulsar NS90 and SunTail lights for nav/strobe and also their AeroSun VX lights for taxi/landing lights. For the taxi/landing lights you need to modify the RV-10 wing tips to...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-31-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By DRMA
I'm building an RV-10 in my shop in Richmond, a...

I'm building an RV-10 in my shop in Richmond, a 20 min. drive south west of Sugar Land, so perhaps a 40 min. drive from the Medical Center area? I would be happy to show off my work if you are...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2018, 05:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 482
Posted By DRMA
Difficult to tell from your symptoms what it...

Difficult to tell from your symptoms what it might be, but to narrow it down I would suggest first that it must be one of your circuits with a breaker/fuse of at least a 9 amp rating. If the high...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,289
Posted By DRMA
Ivan, I'm happy to share but I don't have an...

Ivan,

I'm happy to share but I don't have an easy way to post my files right now. My files are also a work in progress and so not yet complete.

However, there was another RV-10 builder who attended...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,289
Posted By DRMA
Ed makes a good point. Wire labels are great,...

Ed makes a good point. Wire labels are great, but without good documentation they don't help much with trouble shooting or revisions. You need up-to-date complete as-built documentation to...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,570
Posted By DRMA
I got reasonably good fit with my doors. I think...

I got reasonably good fit with my doors. I think this was in part due to the extra effort I put into securing the doors to the cabin top while bonding the two halves together. In addition to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,289
Posted By DRMA
I first tried printing wire numbers on paper...

I first tried printing wire numbers on paper labels with my laser printer, cutting them into small strips, sticking them on the wire and covering them with clear heat shrink tube. This worked but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2018, 08:06 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 5,289
Posted By DRMA
I found using heat shrink printed labels to be...

I found using heat shrink printed labels to be best. Identifies the wires at each end/termination in a way that won't fall off with time. Costs a bit more, but well worth it in my view.
Forum: RV-10 10-21-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,449
Posted By DRMA
Congrats on this milestone. Any lessons learned...

Congrats on this milestone.

Any lessons learned regarding the move or attachment of the wings? I should be moving my RV-10 to the airport in a few months.

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 427
Posted By DRMA
Tim, I'm building an RV-10 in my Richmond shop,...

Tim,

I'm building an RV-10 in my Richmond shop, about 20 min. south of Sugar Land. If you'd like to visit my shop to talk tools and building, please let me know. Or we could get together for lunch...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-18-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,415
Posted By DRMA
I attended the EAA Sheet Metal class and found it...

I attended the EAA Sheet Metal class and found it well worth the time and money.

Then a few months later I started my RV-10 build with the Synergy Air Empennage class, which I highly recommend for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 03:25 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,413
Posted By DRMA
I would recommend a video on trimming the...

I would recommend a video on trimming the fiberglass top for installation on the RV-10. I had to make several calls to your help desk as I was doing this part of the build as it seemed like I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,108
Posted By DRMA
Most spam cans have the tie down rings left in...

Most spam cans have the tie down rings left in place permanently. From what I have read, leaving them in vs. removing them doesn't make a measurable difference to speed or fuel economy, so the only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 05:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,618
Posted By DRMA
The roll servo is installed in the right wing per...

The roll servo is installed in the right wing per Garmin. I can't speak to any other brands as I'm using Garmin. Note that with Garmin, the trim servo is driven through the Auto Pilot servo (for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By DRMA
Smile 12 Volt Battery Clip Also Works

Or you can get a 12 volt battery clip...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2018, 02:23 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,618
Posted By DRMA
Robert, Welcome to the RV-10 building...

Robert,

Welcome to the RV-10 building experience. All of the above suggestions are good, particularly regarding not making an avionics decision now. I did however make the decision during my build...
Forum: RV-12 10-06-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,873
Posted By DRMA
You can buy them from Cleaveland tools....

You can buy them from Cleaveland tools. http://www.cleavelandtool.com/3M-Cut-Polish-Wheel-6/productinfo/3MW7A6/#.W7lIRfZFzIU

I got mine from them as part of a tool kit from Cleaveland. I've used...
Forum: RV-10 09-28-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,401
Posted By DRMA
I'll add my experience to the list above. I went...

I'll add my experience to the list above. I went with the QB wings and fuselage for my RV-10, and am very glad that I did. The 10 is a very large and time consuming project, even with the QB. As...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-23-2018, 07:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,594
Posted By DRMA
Justin, Where in Houston do you live? I...

Justin,

Where in Houston do you live? I attended one meeting each at all 3 of the EAA chapters in the greater Houston area and decided to join EAA 302 which is located in Conroe. This isn't the...
Forum: RV-10 09-23-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,563
Posted By DRMA
I didn't want to pull the tanks either, but...

I didn't want to pull the tanks either, but decided that it was what needed to be done. Once I started, pulling the tanks wasn't that hard. It took perhaps 30 - 40 minutes per tank to remove and...
Forum: Tools 09-20-2018, 08:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,482
Posted By DRMA
I bought the same Rikon 10" bandsaw at Rick, and...

I bought the same Rikon 10" bandsaw at Rick, and mine has been accurate as served me well during my RV-10 build. A bit more expensive than the benchtop band saws available at HomeDepot or Lowes, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,755
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, 06:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,038
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, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,741
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, 02:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,302
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, 03:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,250
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, 07:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,704
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, 08:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
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, 09:56 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,523
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, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,130
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, 03:42 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,935
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, 03:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,337
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, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,389
Posted By DRMA
[/B] While these may be good drills, I don't...

[/B]
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, 03:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,389
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, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
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, 03:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,156
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, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 593
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, 03:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
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, 06:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,091
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, 09:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
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, 08:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,302
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, 08:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,091
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, 11:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 609
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, 06:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,201
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, 09:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
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, 04:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,276
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....
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