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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 221
Posted By az_gila
Smile It can be done, just costs lots of $$$. Many...

It can be done, just costs lots of $$$.

Many years back four A-4 Skyhawks were moved to our Airpark from near the D-M boneyard (about 25 miles) and they came on flat bed trucks. The had the wings on...
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By az_gila
Question I agree, but why make it harder on the builder to...

I agree, but why make it harder on the builder to carefully control the amount of setting to precisely meet the Mil-spec standard at it's minimum level?
When the option is to simply use a -6 length...
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 09:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 366
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation Thicknesses

I would disagree. :)

If you add up the thicknesses involved - two x 0.050 and 0.063 - then calculation would give a theoretical 5.5 rivet length. The protrusion of a -5 rivet would only be 1.25X...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,277
Posted By az_gila
Smile Some of these older leases date back to the times...

Some of these older leases date back to the times when Port-a-Ports were a common low cost hangar structure.

They also got around the property tax laws by having trailer registrations just like...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,152
Posted By az_gila
Smile As I mentioned earlier - a tip from a surfboard...

As I mentioned earlier - a tip from a surfboard shaper.

Blend in at 1 inch per oz of cloth weight on a flat surface - which is basically the metal side on all of our joints.

On the molded glass...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-09-2018, 10:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By az_gila
Smile I did the basically same thing, but just followed...

I did the basically same thing, but just followed the rudder pedal hinge construction on my Tiger.

Grumman simply used a 1/4" rod with a washer and cotter pin retaining it at both ends. Easier than...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-09-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By az_gila
Smile Aviation standard ones here - you pick the...

Aviation standard ones here - you pick the options -

https://rockerswitchpros.com/switch-actuators/

They will also do full custom.

Holding brackets look like they are well made and come from...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,017
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation The shim would be just compensating for the...

The shim would be just compensating for the crease at the front of the rib.

Straighten that portion of the rib first by making it flat. :)
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2018, 01:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,017
Posted By az_gila
Do this, but make the tab longer on the rib side,...

Do this, but make the tab longer on the rib side, almost to the other skin.

It looks like you may have creased the nose portion of the rib slightly when the flange bit got bent.

Straighten it out...
Forum: Engine Monitors 08-09-2018, 12:46 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,616
Posted By az_gila
Question Interesting items, but I'm surprised they don't...

Interesting items, but I'm surprised they don't make a 4 cylinder combined CHT-EGT instrument.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-09-2018, 12:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 367
Posted By az_gila
Thumbs up VPX and Contura rocker switches

After several threads on this subject showing some confusion, I made this schematic to help the non-expert in wiring builders connect Carling Contura switches to a VPX unit.

The big secret is to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,529
Posted By az_gila
Question It is still easy for Shortnumbers.com? I see the...

It is still easy for Shortnumbers.com?

I see the FAA has now implemented an "I'm not a robot" check when you apply on-line for a reserved number.

My choices on the FAA database recently do seem to...
Forum: International 08-07-2018, 01:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 585
Posted By az_gila
Smile Might be worth it to get one kit shipped first...

Might be worth it to get one kit shipped first with 20% VAT and pay Vans - and get an invoice - for the other kits and have them 'held up" in the US for 6 months.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,529
Posted By az_gila
Smile Sounds like the same deal as on state Auto...

Sounds like the same deal as on state Auto Registrations.

Pay us more and don't stand in the DMV line for hours...:)

But, since the FAA can be done on-line - as can AZ auto registration - it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-04-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 717
Posted By az_gila
Smile The breaker/fuse size may be to protect the wire,...

The breaker/fuse size may be to protect the wire, but if a specific wire is protected by a 10A breaker, that same wire will be equally protected by a 5A breaker, whether it is inside a VPX unit or a...
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2018, 01:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 315
Posted By az_gila
Smile Quick guess. :) The hinge end of the flat lever...

Quick guess. :)

The hinge end of the flat lever that has the 'push button' on one end is rounded to fit into a hole in the internal push rod.

If it was over rounded during construction it certainly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-02-2018, 10:04 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 291
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation This might be the best place to start. ...

This might be the best place to start. :)

https://www.lycoming.com/sites/default/files/Mandatory%20Parts%20Replacement%20at%20Overhaul%20and%20During%20Repair%20or%20Maintenance.pdf
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By az_gila
Smile Side panels only

Looking at the Aerosport parts I have it seems that just putting in only the side panels at first may actually be less construction time. They seem to fit pretty well straight out of the box.

You...
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By az_gila
Smile Yes, I was answering Bob's comment that he...

Yes, I was answering Bob's comment that he couldn't find it on the plans...:)

But buy the Aerosport interior, it will look nicer and cover a lot of wiring in all of the side panels. Vans wiring...
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,002
Posted By az_gila
Smile If you are using the Aerosport interior kit, or...

If you are using the Aerosport interior kit, or something similar, you won't need a wire cover on either side. The trim panel covers up the wiring.

The wiring cover is shown on OP37-6.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-01-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 653
Posted By az_gila
Question Are you sure they are circuit breakers and not...

Are you sure they are circuit breakers and not simply fuse holders?

I would expect a circuit breaker to have it's current rating stamped on it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2018, 02:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 785
Posted By az_gila
Smile #4 here.......

#4 here.... http://aviationweek.com/technology-milestones/designs-changed-way-aircraft-are-built#slide-3-field_images-1428111

The Hall flying boat may not be as pretty as the H-1 Racer but it flew 6...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,318
Posted By az_gila
Maybe.. but for the sake of these hypothetical...

Maybe.. but for the sake of these hypothetical caclulations - what time was lost in the paractical cases that have occured of the last few years.

History is a better indication here than a statement...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,318
Posted By az_gila
Smile One question would be - "Is there any wasted time...

One question would be - "Is there any wasted time before and after the mass arrivals?"

Any 'prep time' where the runways are closed waiting for mass formations to arrive would impact your...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-30-2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,705
Posted By az_gila
Smile My question was for a one-off 337 field approval,...

My question was for a one-off 337 field approval, not a full STC. :)
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 07-30-2018, 01:32 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,705
Posted By az_gila
Question This may be a far out question, but does anyone...

This may be a far out question, but does anyone have an idea of what it would take to get a one-time 337 approval for a certified plane?

If the temperature specs on all of the parts are similar to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2018, 10:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By az_gila
Smile Precision vs. Economy. The two spec sheets are...

Precision vs. Economy.

The two spec sheets are here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2018, 09:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By az_gila
Smile Part number mix up, or old numbering...

Part number mix up, or old numbering system?

Aurora seems to use the "S" at the end for a stud added to a standard...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation A local -6A owner just had to rebuild his engine...

A local -6A owner just had to rebuild his engine (purchased plane) and found he had the wrong combination of parts back there.

If you have the accessory case off and the camshaft in hand, this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,318
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation Heck - Half (most?) of the traffic alerts won't...

Heck - Half (most?) of the traffic alerts won't even be shown since the non-ADSB folks are told to switch transponders to STBY before approaching Ripon.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 09:04 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,318
Posted By az_gila
Smile Yes, but the fact that ATC could see your...

Yes, but the fact that ATC could see your registration would make it easier for them to sequence arrivals and ask/tell the 'queue jumpers' to loop back. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2018, 12:12 AM
Replies: 255
Views: 34,318
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation In two more years it will effectively be that...

In two more years it will effectively be that way... :D
Forum: RV-10 07-24-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,992
Posted By az_gila
Smile I used that VPX position, but had to carefully...

I used that VPX position, but had to carefully measure for my planned Skyview HDX unit.

Depending on the depth of your EFIS at it's lower edge there may be physical interference.

IIRC the non-HDX...
Forum: RV-10 07-24-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By az_gila
Smile Thanks... the instructions only talk about...

Thanks... the instructions only talk about quantity (10oz) for the thickened bonding stuff.

Can you remember how much was needed for the parabeam parts? it seems like they could soak up a lot of...
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2018, 09:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 566
Posted By az_gila
Smile And maybe as a MAP "T" junction if you add...

And maybe as a MAP "T" junction if you add electronic ignition of some sort in the future.
Forum: Fiberglass 07-22-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By az_gila
Question Thanks, that makes sense. :) So, the second part...

Thanks, that makes sense. :)

So, the second part - how do the chopped up cotton fibers of flox compare to the tumbleweeds of cabosil for bonding strength?
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By az_gila
Smile If you need a number, 5 inch-lbs seems to be safe...

If you need a number, 5 inch-lbs seems to be safe -

http://www.mgtd.ca/screw%20torque.htm
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2018, 09:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 457
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation Not quite true... The torque tables have...

Not quite true...

The torque tables have different torque values for full nuts and the thinner shear nuts.

Quickie example here - ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-22-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By az_gila
Smile There is also an interesting discussion on which...

There is also an interesting discussion on which way is ON and which lamps indicate what. :)

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=157609
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-22-2018, 01:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By az_gila
Thumbs up Options

This one might be better -

https://spemco.com/vad2u66b-v-series-contura-double-pole-on-off-rocker-switch-carling-2-lamps/

VAD2U66B - If I'm reading the data sheet correctly -

V = Contura
A =...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2018, 12:17 AM
Replies: 680
Views: 132,572
Posted By az_gila
Smile They seem exactly the same as the Omron ones I...

They seem exactly the same as the Omron ones I linked to earlier. I think they must just have one mould in China... :D

https://industrial.omron.us/en/media/A16_tcm849-97086.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 10:34 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 132,572
Posted By az_gila
Thumbs up Good idea, but I think having the cabling go...

Good idea, but I think having the cabling go straight back from the panel would fit most applications better.
Forum: Fiberglass 07-21-2018, 09:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By az_gila
Smile So how is cabo different from straight micro...

So how is cabo different from straight micro balloons?

The West chart linked earlier shows colloidal silica (cabo) as being 2 stars better than flox for "Bonding with Fillets with Epoxy".

I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 132,572
Posted By az_gila
Smile Check the switches with a meter. I bet you are...

Check the switches with a meter.

I bet you are simply seeing the difference between a latching action vs. a momentary action.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 132,572
Posted By az_gila
Smile Easiest push button would be OFF - (ON) On is...

Easiest push button would be OFF - (ON)

On is momentary only - Label says "PUSH TO TEST"

Connect with a bunch of diodes to each indicator.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 02:22 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 132,572
Posted By az_gila
Smile Thanks, I got some random Chinese ones and also...

Thanks,

I got some random Chinese ones and also a more expensive Omron one.

The branded one is a bit brighter and has an extra diffusing layer under the lens making the illumination more even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 680
Views: 132,572
Posted By az_gila
Smile Go bigger

Another reason to go to the slightly larger ones with a 16 mm hole.

Matching indicators/pushbuttons and room for bigger/more text labels. :)
Forum: Fiberglass 07-21-2018, 01:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By az_gila
Question How do you rate the difference between flox and...

How do you rate the difference between flox and cabosil for RV-10 door skin bonding?
Forum: Fiberglass 07-20-2018, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By az_gila
Smile Yes, that's what I have been using...

Yes, that's what I have been using generically.

However, the RV-10 door bonding instructions specifically call out cab-o-sil for that step, which is different from 'flox". It is silica, not...
Forum: Fiberglass 07-20-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 689
Posted By az_gila
Smile Filler is powdery and is on the right. I also...

Filler is powdery and is on the right.

I also just found that cab-o-sil is neither and is West 406 and not on sale at Spruce. :)

This might help a bit - ...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,348
Posted By az_gila
Exclamation Many eyes

A very good reason not to pin your safety on a single inspection whoever does it.

Use the FAA to get the paperwork done (free) and then find/hire/feed as many local builders (RV and non-RV) and A&Ps...
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By az_gila
Smile Thanks Mike, Yes on the Plane Around latch -...

Thanks Mike,

Yes on the Plane Around latch - Tassie also recommended inclusion before bonding.

The door strap backing idea also sounds good - is there a good location? I was thinking about 1/3 way...
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By az_gila
Smile It will probably be around 80F in the hangar so...

It will probably be around 80F in the hangar so that is one of my concerns...:)

I'm lining up help and assume two of us should be enough for the job.
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2018, 12:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 704
Posted By az_gila
Question Any door bonding hints?

Well, with the doors initially trimmed and the cabin cover top clecoed in, it's getting time to bond the two door skins together and make those gull wings.

The plan is to use West epoxy and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,253
Posted By az_gila
Smile I did the just about the same. Self-etching...

I did the just about the same.

Self-etching primer in a rattle can followed by some automotive high-temp silver paint. Both baked on in with a few hours in the AZ sun.

Seems pretty good after a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By az_gila
Question Do the pictures here...

Do the pictures here help?

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=960994&postcount=1
Forum: RV-10 07-17-2018, 12:19 PM
Replies: 424
Views: 371,780
Posted By az_gila
Smile I think the black trim I mentioned helps the...

I think the black trim I mentioned helps the "sleekness" factor. :)
Forum: RV-10 07-17-2018, 10:30 AM
Replies: 424
Views: 371,780
Posted By az_gila
Thumbs up Black trim

Looks good.

I'm noticing that more of the RV-10s are going for glossy black trim around the windows and what could be called the door pillars. It's a really neat look and makes the curves around the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-15-2018, 10:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By az_gila
Thumbs up This may be a better reference than the parts...

This may be a better reference than the parts manual -

https://www.lycoming.com/sites/default/files/SI1098N%20Propeller%20Flange%20Bushing%20Location.pdf

The three numbers are for different lengths...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-15-2018, 10:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,023
Posted By az_gila
Question How was the case surface under the gasket?

How was the case surface under the gasket?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-15-2018, 10:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,539
Posted By az_gila
Smile My quicky view is the the AFS system is more like...

My quicky view is the the AFS system is more like a Vertical Power and Approach Fast Stack hub combined.

If you want someone else to build the entire panel/avionics for you, it might be the easiest,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-14-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 545
Posted By az_gila
Smile A good printable reference chart here...

A good printable reference chart here -

https://littlemachineshop.com/images/gallery/PDF/TapDrillSizes.pdf

The #6 screw clearance hole is only .019" larger diameter.

Drill the existing holes out...
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