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Forum: RV-10 08-16-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 641
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you also look at the MT 3 blade prop...

Suggest you also look at the MT 3 blade prop offered by Vans as an RV-10 option. I haven't flown mine yet, but install was easy, and it has a bit more ground clearance than the other props (e.g....
Forum: RV-10 08-14-2019, 01:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 823
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you contact Synergy Air (...

Suggest you contact Synergy Air ( https://synergyair.com/ ) as a possible provider of builder assistance. I believe they work with you, rather than doing the work themselves, which may make a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-30-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,046
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you focus more on the compressor output...

Suggest you focus more on the compressor output rating (typically cfm @ 90 psi), as that is the more important factor in how useful it will be for your build. You will find that compressors with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,027
Posted By DRMA
I think a key to much of the above is ORD. Seems...

I think a key to much of the above is ORD. Seems like every time I route through there something gets screwed up. So this year I flew to Air Venture thru DEN both ways, which seem like a strange...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2019, 08:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,675
Posted By DRMA
I've been using the EAA Insurance agency Falcon. ...

I've been using the EAA Insurance agency Falcon. Just renewed my insurance this month, and the rate for my Grumman Traveler dropped by 13%, while my builders all risk policy on my RV-10 (not yet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,448
Posted By DRMA
I have been using the Windows application KitLog...

I have been using the Windows application KitLog Pro. It is an older program that uses the Microsoft Access database for the file and it has a max. character limit for each entry, but it has worked...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 480
Posted By DRMA
I went with the QB wings on my RV-10, and haven't...

I went with the QB wings on my RV-10, and haven't had any issues with adding the hardware you have listed.

One item that might be worth considering though is the type of landing/taxi lights you...
Forum: RV-10 06-16-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By DRMA
I assume you have also installed access panels...

I assume you have also installed access panels above the AC hose connections to the condenser? If not, I suggest you do that before installing the floors.
Forum: RV-10 06-04-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,956
Posted By DRMA
I plan to attend this year. Thanks for holding...

I plan to attend this year.

Thanks for holding this event Bob.
Forum: Safety 06-03-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,404
Posted By DRMA
If you have a Garmin G3X system with autopilot,...

If you have a Garmin G3X system with autopilot, and the trim servos have been wired through the GSA 28 autopilot servos, then the Garmin system will perform a similar function to the TCW system...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 553
Posted By DRMA
If you bought the yoke from Cleaveland tools,...

If you bought the yoke from Cleaveland tools, then I think they will be willing to replace it. When I had a problem with a dimple die they immediately replaced it with no questions asked.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-02-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 661
Posted By DRMA
Try swapping the probe with the one on the...

Try swapping the probe with the one on the adjacent #3 cylinder, without changing the wires (e.g. that probe will still show as Cyl. 1 on your EFIS) and run the engine again. If the problem still...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,798
Posted By DRMA
I used the Mouser plans for my RV-10 wing cradle...

I used the Mouser plans for my RV-10 wing cradle and they have worked well.

The one addition I made was to add a short 2x4 over each main spar, attached to the cradle with 2 carriage bolts. This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,372
Posted By DRMA
Hopefully you will record this and make it...

Hopefully you will record this and make it available for those of us who are not able to attend the live webinar on Friday?

Sounds like a great topic.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-13-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,734
Posted By DRMA
Ed, If you will send me your email address via...

Ed,

If you will send me your email address via Private Message on this board, I will email you a page from my wiring diagrams that shows where to place the diodes for isolation between the 2 power...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-12-2019, 07:17 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,734
Posted By DRMA
No, I want the TCW IBBS to be a truly separate...

No, I want the TCW IBBS to be a truly separate source (i.e. if the pass thru fails, the avionics will still receive power from the normal electrical system.) I isolated the 2 different power...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-12-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,734
Posted By DRMA
Using both GAD 27 & IBBS

I am using both the IBBS battery backup system and the GAD 27 in my panel. I have PFD-1 connected to the battery, along with the GMA 11, GTN 650, ADAHRS, etc, but then connected the MFD to the GAD...
Forum: RV-10 05-06-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 513
Posted By DRMA
Roll the skin back and tie it with string through...

Roll the skin back and tie it with string through 1 or 2 of the outboard rivet holes. Then proceed one section at a time, working out and readjusting the string to lower the skin as each section is...
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2019, 07:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 746
Posted By DRMA
I ran my hoses down the sides, with one on the...

I ran my hoses down the sides, with one on the left an one on the right side. I had Bill send me a 90 deg. fitting for each connector to the evaporator coil (rather than the Z fittings) so that I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 555
Posted By DRMA
I took the EAA Sport Air workshop first, and then...

I took the EAA Sport Air workshop first, and then took the 1 day Synergy Air (Oregon) workshop as required just before taking their 8 day RV-10 Empennage class. Both of these introductory classes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2019, 04:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,229
Posted By DRMA
The RV-14 360 Image isn't easy to find on the new...

The RV-14 360 Image isn't easy to find on the new site. It is hidden in the Q&A page. Here is a direct link to the FWF for the 14A: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2019, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,128
Posted By DRMA
I generally cut mine in-place using aviation tin...

I generally cut mine in-place using aviation tin snips. There were a couple of spots where I had to go to a different tool, but in general these worked well.

The bigger tip is to use the paper clip...
Forum: RV-14 03-13-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 903
Posted By DRMA
I also recommend you consider EAA 302. It is a...

I also recommend you consider EAA 302. It is a large chapter with many active RV projects underway and a number of RVs flying. I'm aware of at least one RV-14 nearly completed, plus several RV-10s...
Forum: COMM 03-10-2019, 12:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 515
Posted By DRMA
Garmin still does factory repairs of the SL40. ...

Garmin still does factory repairs of the SL40. The SL40 on my Grumman failed this past November (would not transmit nor receive). The avionics shop sent it back to Garmin who repaired it and...
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,957
Posted By DRMA
I installed 2 of these on my RV-10 glare shield. ...

I installed 2 of these on my RV-10 glare shield. Very well made with relatively thick mounting plate. I did install a few extra screws to be sure it was well secured to the glare...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2019, 09:17 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,784
Posted By DRMA
My RV-10 came from Van's with a Vetterman exhaust...

My RV-10 came from Van's with a Vetterman exhaust system in the kit. Received it a couple of years ago as part of the FWF kit.

I think you want the Plane Around 180 door latch system. The outside...
Forum: RV-10 02-25-2019, 08:23 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,318
Posted By DRMA
I also installed my airflow systems A/C in a...

I also installed my airflow systems A/C in a quick build fuselage. I even routed the hoses along the fuselage walls instead of in the tunnel. The quick build isn't so complete that it impacts your...
Forum: Tools 02-14-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,996
Posted By DRMA
I purchased the 1/4" Capri Tools in-lb torque...

I purchased the 1/4" Capri Tools in-lb torque wrench from Amazon, and have been very happy with it. It comes with a calibration certificate, has a good feel and size. I liked it so much that I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,463
Posted By DRMA
Shouldn't be a problem so long as the grounds are...

Shouldn't be a problem so long as the grounds are solid at each end. So long as there is no potential (voltage) between the points contacted (e.g. no resistance between them along the ground strap)...
Forum: RV-10 02-05-2019, 07:47 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 829
Posted By DRMA
If you decide to mount the antennas externally,...

If you decide to mount the antennas externally, please be aware that Van's advises against drilling any holes in the RV-10 fiberglass canopy that are not called for in their plans, as the cabin top...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-27-2019, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 865
Posted By DRMA
At the recommendation of Jason with Aerotronics,...

At the recommendation of Jason with Aerotronics, I have placed the following on my avionics bus:
- GMC 305 (A/P Contr.)
- GSA 28 (AP Pitch & Roll Servos)
- GSA 28 (Yaw Servo)
- GTR 20 (Com 1)
-...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-27-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,471
Posted By DRMA
I use a knee board to hold my iPad as well. ...

I use a knee board to hold my iPad as well. Bought the cheap one from Sportys (https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/ipad-air-rotating-kneeboard.html) and have been using it for about 4 years now. Easy...
Forum: RV-10 01-23-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 699
Posted By DRMA
If using dry ice, please be careful to have the...

If using dry ice, please be careful to have the aircraft well ventilated. While not a poison, you can't breath CO2, and if it builds up in the cockpit it could be just as deadly as CO.
Forum: Formation Flying 01-15-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,807
Posted By DRMA
Formation Clinics for the RV-10?

I notice that neither the Falcon nor KC Formation Training Clinics accept the RV-10. I'm not sure why that is since the RV-10 has about the same speed and climb as the rest of the RV fleet (with the...
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2019, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,542
Posted By DRMA
If I recall correctly, these rivets are AN426AD4,...

If I recall correctly, these rivets are AN426AD4, so you should probably have been using a #30 drill bit to remove them. The #40 bit is for AD3 size rivets, and won't remove enough material to allow...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-04-2019, 07:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,672
Posted By DRMA
Anyone Using a Bogi Bar to Push an RV-10?

I've bought the Bogi Bar and the nose wheel pins, but haven't finished my RV-10 yet. However it seems to be a very well constructed tow bar and the service from Richard Bogert has been great, so I...
Forum: Tools 12-30-2018, 11:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,226
Posted By DRMA
At the recommendation of the folks at Synergy...

At the recommendation of the folks at Synergy Air, I purchased a "Texas Palm Drill, 1/4" with standard chuck from The Yard Store. I've used this for a couple of years now to nearly complete my...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-30-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 453
Posted By DRMA
I highly recommend you get in contact with the...

I highly recommend you get in contact with the UTMB Aerospace Medicine Center in Galveston. Their phone number is 409-747-9176. Their website is...
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By DRMA
Huzi, If you are spending much time in the...

Huzi,

If you are spending much time in the Houston area, suggest you try to make it to one of the EAA 302 monthly meetings in Conroe. We have a very active group of builders, with at least 3 of us...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-27-2018, 02:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,913
Posted By DRMA
I will also recommend the DRDT tool. I found the...

I will also recommend the DRDT tool. I found the dimples produced with it using Cleaveland dies to be very good and very consistent. And you don’t need hearing protection when using the DRDT.

I also...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2018, 08:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,266
Posted By DRMA
I'm building an RV-10, so don't know what the...

I'm building an RV-10, so don't know what the RV-7 steps look like, but if it is a steel tube you are trying to cut, I would recommend a pipe cutter. Most plumbers will have one of these, so if you...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-26-2018, 01:37 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,913
Posted By DRMA
Tool Kits

There have been several posts this year regarding the various tool kits available. Suggest you do a search for them.

I bought my kit from http://www.cleavelandtool.com/ and have been very happy...
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2018, 01:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,121
Posted By DRMA
As I recall, I had to do some trimming, and had...

As I recall, I had to do some trimming, and had to add a shim on one side. I found that on my cabin top, the doors/gutters were not the same on both sides, so I had to do more trimming/fitting on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,033
Posted By DRMA
Thanks for the update. Sounds like your return to...

Thanks for the update. Sounds like your return to flying and transition to the RV-6 was well planned and executed.

One suggestion as you proceed with your still-to-do and future goals. In executing...
Forum: RV-10 12-15-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,951
Posted By DRMA
I used Lord 7545 A/E adhesive (a 2 part adhesive)...

I used Lord 7545 A/E adhesive (a 2 part adhesive) on my RV-10 windows and front windscreen based on the recommendation of Aerosport Products and my experience in using it first for the overhead...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-14-2018, 10:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
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 12-14-2018, 10:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
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) 12-13-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
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, 11:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 708
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, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,374
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, 06:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,469
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, 12:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,515
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, 11:59 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,515
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, 12:18 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 416,565
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, 04:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,535
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, 08:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 768
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, 04:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,169
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, 04:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,161
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, 04:40 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,123
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, 04:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,780
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, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 682
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, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 620
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...
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