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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 317
Posted By bruceh
Leg fairings and wheel pants first. Once those...

Leg fairings and wheel pants first. Once those are in place, then the intersection fairing positions are set to those.
The Van's fairings come with a lot more edge flange than is necessary, so you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,519
Posted By bruceh
I finally got back up in the air after a month....

I finally got back up in the air after a month. My Skyview screen had issues displaying, so it went back to Dynon for repair. I got that back in the airplane on Friday, but I had trouble updating the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,137
Posted By bruceh
Probably depends on what you put in the wing...

Probably depends on what you put in the wing tips. I have my APRS antenna and unit in there. I had to replace the antenna a few years ago when it stopped sending out packets. Found a loose wire. I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-29-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By bruceh
I started at Pin #4, then later tried Pin #5...

I started at Pin #4, then later tried Pin #5 (where it is currently). I didn't detect a whole lot of difference (+/- a knot or two).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2020, 11:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,757
Posted By bruceh
Show us your tool chest

Show us your tool chest! The more stickers the better. I'll start.
https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Phase-2/i-kppzvDj/0/542f5b6c/M/019-M.jpg
Can you find the VAF sticker? I have both old and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2020, 11:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 413
Posted By bruceh
Looks great! It will certainly make less mess.

Looks great! It will certainly make less mess.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 958
Posted By bruceh
I recently watched this video...

I recently watched this video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Sty5upsadY) on how to turn steel black. This guy knows his stuff. He mentions that the bluing won't work on Stainless steel.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2020, 03:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,176
Posted By bruceh
Well, you can get Oshkosh 2020 T-shirts from EAA....

Well, you can get Oshkosh 2020 T-shirts from EAA. I got an ad in email (http://pages.eaa.org/index.php/email/emailWebview) for these and thought they might become collectors items if the show doesn't...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-17-2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 24,260
Posted By bruceh
Classic to HDX upgrade scenario?

So if you have an existing VPX license for a Skyview Classic EFIS display, then decide to upgrade to a Skyview HDX EFIS, will a new license need to be purchased, or can the previous license be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-17-2020, 12:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,389
Posted By bruceh
The flap rods on the RV-9 (and possibly other...

The flap rods on the RV-9 (and possibly other models) are hexagonal (part number VA-256), and they are pre drilled. I don't recall if they are pre tapped, but you could probably buy these. I just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 12:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,691
Posted By bruceh
I just bought some large steel pipe caps, drilled...

I just bought some large steel pipe caps, drilled them in the center, and inserted a grade 8 bolt and put a washer and nut to hold it in place to capture the hydraulic ram from the...
Forum: GPS 03-10-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,696
Posted By bruceh
I'd like to get the installation manual for the...

I'd like to get the installation manual for the GPS 175, but it seems that it doesn't exist anywhere I've been able to search/find.

Why does Garmin restrict this info?

I just want to see the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 344
Posted By bruceh
Backup AI solutions

OK, I'm looking to get IFR capability in my RV-9A's all Dynon Skyview panel.
I have a couple of options in order to provide a backup attitude indicator (along with Airspeed/Altitude/etc.)

Dynon...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-02-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 14,631
Posted By bruceh
I would fill the holes completely, then lay up...

I would fill the holes completely, then lay up some glass on the bottom cowl to make a new tab. It isn't hard or itchy! Let me know if you want help and I can bring my fiberglassing stuff and get it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2020, 12:34 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,437
Posted By bruceh
More panel space to put avionics? I'm sure you...

More panel space to put avionics?
I'm sure you could build an RV-10 or -14 with a spartan minimal steam gauge panel, but when you build your dream airplane, that all goes out the window pretty quick...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-25-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 974
Posted By bruceh
I realize you are talking slider here. I did a...

I realize you are talking slider here. I did a microswitch on the latch for my tipup.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Finish-Kit/Canopy/i-xKfqGw2/0/32f870eb/M/IMG_3667-M.jpg

When the tipup...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-24-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By bruceh
I just installed a Duckworks kit in an RV-6A...

I just installed a Duckworks kit in an RV-6A yesterday. The previous wingtips (which got damaged) had landing lights, but the replacement wingtips do not have the recess area for this older style of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-21-2020, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,360
Posted By bruceh
https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Finish-Ki...

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Finish-Kit/Canopy/i-7gR2swp/0/5f22ed85/M/IMG_2440-M.jpg

I cut some small tubing segments, filled them with aluminum epoxy putty and so far they have been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 418
Posted By bruceh
PM sent.....

PM sent.....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,760
Posted By bruceh
Flew up to Santa Monica on Sunday to deliver some...

Flew up to Santa Monica on Sunday to deliver some repaired wing tips. Got those installed, and we were interrupted by a pre-TFR fly in of the Marine One (sans POTUS) and the backup helicopter, along...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-11-2020, 12:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 519
Posted By bruceh
I seem to recall that it was tight, but I didn't...

I seem to recall that it was tight, but I didn't notch the bracket. The position is fairly loose, since the other side (bracket on the fuselage) gets its position determined when you fit the wings...
Forum: Interiors 02-10-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,983
Posted By bruceh
I bought some automotive seat heaters and they...

I bought some automotive seat heaters and they work great. We use them often in the winter (which is about 2 weeks long here in San Diego). Switch has a low/high setting and they don't really draw...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2020, 03:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,695
Posted By bruceh
I was in a similar situation as a low time pilot...

I was in a similar situation as a low time pilot and wanting a fast cross country cruiser. I'm very happy with my RV-9A. Now I'm contemplating an IFR upgrade after 750+ hours of VFR fun. The airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,459
Posted By bruceh
Hypothetical scenario for discussion purposes...

Hypothetical scenario for discussion purposes here only:

I buy the RV-14 kits and assemble the entire airplane, then get the Airworthiness Certificate. All above board, since I am doing this for my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-26-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 963
Posted By bruceh
You can smooth down the very tips of the ribs...

You can smooth down the very tips of the ribs where all of the little flanges are bent. This will let the rib sit a bit more forward on the inside of the tank skin. I used the large scotchbrite wheel...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By bruceh
I bought a roll of the 2" wide peel ply tape from...

I bought a roll of the 2" wide peel ply tape from Aircraft Spruce. It is a lifetime supply! You don't need much.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,284
Posted By bruceh
Busy Holiday weekend. Saturday did my first...

Busy Holiday weekend. Saturday did my first formation flight as a two ship with a safety pilot in my right seat. I did better than I had feared! Still have lots to learn and it will take a while to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2020, 11:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 668
Posted By bruceh
It all depends on how nice you want it to look...

It all depends on how nice you want it to look and fit.

I started with the Van's fairings and bonded them to the pants. The upper fairings fit pretty good once you trim them a bit. I fabricated my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,120
Posted By bruceh
I had originally used some clear 3M walkway stuff...

I had originally used some clear 3M walkway stuff from Aircraft Spruce (3M ™ SAFETY-WALK™ TAPE - 12 INCH CLEAR). It worked fine, but I replaced it after getting painted and went with the Van's black...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-11-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,381
Posted By bruceh
I think my longest leg was from Evanston, WY to...

I think my longest leg was from Evanston, WY to Ramona, CA. Still landed with more than an hour (6+ gallons) of fuel. I'm more than ready to stop at around 3 hours just to stretch the legs and drain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,890
Posted By bruceh
Sure! I have time and need to keep busy. Sounds...

Sure! I have time and need to keep busy. Sounds like a good upgrade to your -9.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,890
Posted By bruceh
Saturday: Gorgeous day, so up for an hour of...

Saturday: Gorgeous day, so up for an hour of messing around practicing some lazy-8's and over to Carlsbad for a landing.

Sunday: I got to ride shotgun with BillC and the Ramona Formation flying...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-06-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 904
Posted By bruceh
XXX

Also wondering the same question. Does anyone know of a manufacturer of these "blister" fairings for the old style wing tips? This is on an older RV-6 that got a wing tip crunched by a car on the...
Forum: COMM 01-03-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,137
Posted By bruceh
I had a similar issue with my Dynon Comm radio....

I had a similar issue with my Dynon Comm radio. The transmit was intermittently terrible, or mostly fine. Receive was always OK. After lots of troubleshooting, we determined that the transmitter was...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-03-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,322
Posted By bruceh
Check out my build log (URL in signature). I've...

Check out my build log (URL in signature). I've got lots of photos in galleries and each one is captioned.

I built a tip up, so I don't have much to share on the slider canopy. I will agree with...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-02-2020, 11:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,074
Posted By bruceh
From the Corona Air Paint...

From the Corona Air Paint (https://coronaairpaint.com/) web page:

Fact: We can use any aircraft paint available in the UNITED STATES

Lie: California does not allow us to use paint available in...
Forum: APRS Tracking 01-02-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,690
Posted By bruceh
Yearly summary of APRS tracks?

I used to be able to pull up all of the APRS tracks for a long period like a year from the airprs site. Now that it no longer exists, is there some other web site out there that can produce this?...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 01-02-2020, 10:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By bruceh
Thanks to Katie for setting this little fly out...

Thanks to Katie for setting this little fly out up! We had a great flight out. The weather was perfectly clear and the air smooth. It was good catching up with Roy, Sandy, Doug, Josh, Marc, Rita and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 865
Posted By bruceh
My 2019 flying stats

I got a chance yesterday to add up my logbook hours for 2019 and review some of my flying memories.

Blog entry is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-24-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 9,365
Posted By bruceh
I was about $93K into my first flight. Since...

I was about $93K into my first flight. Since then, paint, upholstery, O2 system, etc, etc, has pushed the cost up even higher. I did do just about every upgrade that was available. Van's cost...
Forum: Interiors 12-21-2019, 04:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,690
Posted By bruceh
I went with Ultraleather and it is very...

I went with Ultraleather and it is very comfortable and durable.
Forum: California 12-17-2019, 10:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,434
Posted By bruceh
Call ACI Jet. They were pretty reasonable when I...

Call ACI Jet. They were pretty reasonable when I was last there. Waived the handling fees with a fuel purchase and free parking for 3 hours or so.
Fullerton is $5 a night and easy in/out without any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2019, 07:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,979
Posted By bruceh
ELT logging question

I've revisited many of Mike Busch's webinars, and always learn quite a bit from him.

So I'm still a bit confused by what is required for logging the ELT checks. I do the every 3 month "test" on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,048
Posted By bruceh
First, unhook the control from the arm and...

First, unhook the control from the arm and measure the "throw". This is the distance the cable can go from full closed to full open on the panel. If the throw of the mixture or throttle arm is less...
Forum: California 12-10-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,434
Posted By bruceh
Photo found!

I'm still digging through loads of old slides taken by my late father.
I ran across these he took on one of our forays to Santa Ana.

This is the warbird I was recalling. Not a P-51, but a Curtiss...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,606
Posted By bruceh
Go and get a Fumoto T202N quick drain...

Go and get a Fumoto T202N quick drain (http://fumotousa.com/parts.php?partnumber=70). They work...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2019, 09:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,965
Posted By bruceh
The easy way to deburr the edges of skins is to...

The easy way to deburr the edges of skins is to just use a flat file along the edges. A couple of swipes and the jaggedness is gone. Then I quickly ran the edges along a small 1" diameter...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-04-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By bruceh
I used JetFlex WR on my RV-9A interior. There is...

I used JetFlex WR on my RV-9A interior. There is some wear on the seat backs where you rub getting in and out. The underlying Akzo-Nobel epoxy primer shows through and that stuff is VERY...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-01-2019, 10:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,311
Posted By bruceh
It is installed according to plans up to the tabs...

It is installed according to plans up to the tabs on the oil sump, but the plans also state not to bend the end of the tubing tabs. There is really no way not to bend them if you want them to fit...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-01-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,311
Posted By bruceh
Sent you a PM. Thanks!

Sent you a PM.

Thanks!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2019, 05:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,311
Posted By bruceh
Cracked exhaust hanger

I was doing an oil change today, and as usual, I give the entire engine a really good look over. I found one of the exhaust hangers had...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-27-2019, 11:58 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,705
Posted By bruceh
Real world data for my RV-9A (160HP IO-320, Fixed...

Real world data for my RV-9A (160HP IO-320, Fixed pitch prop, not CS) from my trip this week to/from SoCal to AZ:


Altitude 9500'
TAS 147Kts
Fuel Flow 6.6 Gph (LOP cruise)
RPM 2470
Full Fuel,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,194
Posted By bruceh
Build the frame, then fit the plexiglass to the...

Build the frame, then fit the plexiglass to the frame.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,194
Posted By bruceh
Yes, it seems to have worked just fine and is...

Yes, it seems to have worked just fine and is still in place after 750 hours of flying. One of them came loose at one point, but I just used some more epoxy and glued it back in place.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-27-2019, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,061
Posted By bruceh
I would add a slot behind the mount and at least...

I would add a slot behind the mount and at least put a velcro cinch strap or wire tie around the extinguisher to hold it in place.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2019, 04:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By bruceh
You can cut these with tin snips easily, then...

You can cut these with tin snips easily, then sand to the final size.
Forum: Painting your RV 11-20-2019, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By bruceh
I used Corona Air Paint...

I used Corona Air Paint (https://www.coronaairpaint.com/). They did a great job on my custom job. It was reasonable cost-wise. Just get on their schedule in advance, since they book up spots quickly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,092
Posted By bruceh
Redlands

I spent Saturday at the Toys for Tots event at Redlands Municipal Airport.

https://www.overthehills.com/Airplanes/Redlands-Toys-for-Tots-Fly-In
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2019, 10:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 996
Posted By bruceh
I'm an EAA Tech Counselor and have visited many...

I'm an EAA Tech Counselor and have visited many projects around SoCal in the last several years. After building my RV-9A, I do have an appreciation for varying levels of build quality. I flew my...
Forum: California 11-13-2019, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,512
Posted By bruceh
Fall/Winter is the season for L54 Agua Caliente....

Fall/Winter is the season for L54 Agua Caliente. Bring your bathing suit!

https://www.overthehills.com/Travel/Flying/Agua-Caliente-County-Park
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-08-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,194
Posted By bruceh
it is what it is...

The canopy was the most frustrating part of the build. I played around with the frame, shims, tweaking things endlessly and it never got a whole lot better in the fitment areas you describe. Best...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-23-2019, 09:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,864
Posted By bruceh
Be sure to search YouTube. I know that Dynon has...

Be sure to search YouTube. I know that Dynon has a channel there with some excellent tutorials.
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