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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 12:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,250
Posted By JRichichi
14 CFR 25.607

Take a look at 14 CFR 25.607. "Locking" castellated nuts such as these are required on things like flight controls for part 25 transport category aircraft (read: airliners). The reason behind this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2019, 06:00 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,397
Posted By JRichichi
EarthX Battery Insulation Blanket

I did something similar to Larry. Not on a RV but on a Glasair Sportsman 2+2. I had a lot of "Thermal Warnings" before I added the blast tube. After I added the blast tube, no more warnings during...
Forum: Reviews 08-03-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,474
Posted By JRichichi
AC AIR Technology Tug

I've got the same model (T1X2). I use it to move around a Glasair Sportsman 2+2. I'll soon have the Sportsman on Clamar Amphibious floats. I'm able to pull my Sportsman around with a tow bar while...
Forum: Tools 06-27-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,522
Posted By JRichichi
Close Quarters Pop Rivet Tool

I use this one a lot. Great for tight spaces. It's expensive but worth it IMHO.
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=PRP-26A&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Forum: Tools 06-27-2019, 10:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,522
Posted By JRichichi
Close Quarters Pop

I use this one a lot. Great for tight spaces. It's expensive but worth it IMHO.
https://aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=PRP-26A&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2019, 02:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By JRichichi
video switch

This might work for you for the video switching: https://catalog.pac-audio.com/catalog/video-integration/vs41

You could either use a two way switch (ON-ON) for two inputs or even a three way switch...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-05-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,348
Posted By JRichichi
I'm in the same boat...

Well, I'm one of the folks who has a Superior XP-400. I haven't sold it back yet but that's on my short list of things to do. The reason I'm commenting here is since I'm planning on getting a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 09:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By JRichichi
I think I screwed up...

Thanks Mel. Yeah, although I'm currently building a -7, I recently did the Glasair TWTT program and I'm in the process of getting my repairman's certificate for the Sportsman GS-2. I think I filled...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 609
Posted By JRichichi
Repairman's Certificate

I've got a question for the VAF knowledge base out there. On the repairman's certificate (form 8060-4), in the "Ratings and Limitations" section. I've got the "Make", "Model", "Serial No.", and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2019, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 692
Posted By JRichichi
clamp it or glue it

Either make a couple of joggled sheet metal brackets to clamp the plexiglas in place (rivet the sheet metal). Or, you can just use a little bit of adhesive (RTV, Pro-Seal, epoxy, etc.) and just glue...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-28-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 16,899
Posted By JRichichi
Superior doing the right thing

I also received a call today from Scott Hayes (VP of Sales and Marketing at Superior Airparts). It's an unfortunate situation but I think they are doing the right thing here. It's a rarity in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,552
Posted By JRichichi
Starter ARM switch

I've seen that a few people have brought up the issue that you could accidentally engage the starter if you have the starter switch on the grips. I agree that this could be a problem.

To minimize...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-09-2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,326
Posted By JRichichi
Strap Duplicator

I had to do this when I made a new HS because I screwed up SB14-01-31. I used a "strap duplicator" to locate the holes in the F-714 Aft Deck and F710B Angle. The thickness of the strap duplicator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2018, 07:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,027
Posted By JRichichi
Mini-Split, Spray Foam Insulation

I live in TX so what works for me might need to be different for you but I agree with many of the previous posts. Spray insulation is expensive but worth every penny. Garage door insulation helps...
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2017, 08:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,691
Posted By JRichichi
Yep, lots of stuff to buy

When I was thinking about building an airplane, people said that I'd spend 1/3 on the engine, 1/3 on the air frame, and 1/3 on the avionics. What they didn't tell me was I going to spent another 1/3...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2017, 09:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 914
Posted By JRichichi
Maybe this one?

With a quick Google of "Aluminum Scissors Jack" I found this: http://www.calcarcover.com/product/231/31/Low_Profile_Billet_Aluminum_Jack

I don't know anything about it however. It seems to have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2017, 12:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,552
Posted By JRichichi
Grip Placards

There are many threads devoted to adding "placards" for your grip switches. I'd thought I'd add a few pics on how I did mine. I've got the Tosten "Military Style" grips. They have a convex upper...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-13-2016, 04:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,095
Posted By JRichichi
You've got lot's of planning ahead...

I'm in the process of wiring up my RV-7. I'm thru about 60% of the wiring so far. I have quite a bit of avionics: Dual AFS 5600's, Dynon D10A, TruTrak Vizion 385 w/ auto trim, Garmin 240, 650,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-12-2016, 01:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,750
Posted By JRichichi
TCW Safety-Trim

I decided to go with the TCW Safety-Trim. It kills several birds with one stone. I mounted it on the outboard side of the F-727-L Baggage Rib. I put some nut plates on the inboard side of the...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-18-2016, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,887
Posted By JRichichi
Planeschemer

http://www.planeschemer.com

I met Jonathan at SnF. Great guy. He's more than willing to work with you to come up with the perfect paint scheme for your aircraft. We went thru dozens of different...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2016, 10:47 PM
Replies: 1,811
Views: 1,010,757
Posted By JRichichi
Flaps work!

Congrats Larry. It's funny, I have almost the same video of when I got my flaps working. Similar videos of strobes, NAV lights and landing lights!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2016, 10:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,758
Posted By JRichichi
Me too!

I had the same problem. I tried everything to get it to fit properly (installing cleco's in different orders, etc.). I do have a QB fuselage (not sure if this makes a difference). I finally gave...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-16-2016, 03:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,684
Posted By JRichichi
Tom found my previous post!

Looks like Tom found my previous post on this subject. No need to add any more on the details of the mount.

However, for my installation I decided not to bend the aluminum tubing coming from the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2016, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,684
Posted By JRichichi
Safeair1 Pitot Mast Mount

I'll post some pix on how I mounted the Safeair1 Pitot Mast mount on my -7 tomorrow (not near the pix right now). It allows you remove the post if you want and provides a strong, stiff mount for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2015, 04:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,447
Posted By JRichichi
Maintaining a constant gap width

What I did to maintain a constant gap width with respect to the side of the fuselage was to get a piece of scrape aluminum that was 0.188" thick. I then placed it against the side of the fuselage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2015, 08:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,447
Posted By JRichichi
RV-7 seal gap

I've got a RV-7 and I used a 0.188" (4.77 mm) gap and it worked out fine for me. Not sure if it's exactly the same for the -8 but I believe they use the same seal (not 100% sure on that however).

I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2015, 01:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,883
Posted By JRichichi
Option 2 for me too...

Hi Larry,

I went with your "option 2" also. I replaced all of the rivets that were going to hold the F-747 baggage floors onto the F-706A bulkhead with dimpled, #8 screws and K1100-L08 nutplates. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-21-2015, 10:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,357
Posted By JRichichi
AeroSport Power

I did a builder assist program at AeroSport Power last August. it was great. It takes about 3 days from start to finish. Well worth it IMO. Give them a call.

I hope this helps.

Jeff
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-16-2015, 11:56 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,859
Posted By JRichichi
We're the same height

Hi Larry,

It sounds like we are the same height and have the same inseam. I'll take a look at my notes tomorrow and get back with you but I came up with a hole spacing that works well for this. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,854
Posted By JRichichi
The important point is...

The goal isn't to see how few hours it takes before you solo. The goal is to become a safe, proficient pilot. I soloed in 15.5 hours (17 days after I started). I took my check ride with 62.8 hours...
Forum: RV-10 08-03-2015, 11:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,440
Posted By JRichichi
Another 12V Outlet design

Take a look at post 22. I've listed some VW designs that are pretty nice.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=125515&page=3
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By JRichichi
Hi Bill, Yeah, I think I'm just going to bite...

Hi Bill,

Yeah, I think I'm just going to bite the bullet and install this assembly. I'll remove the F-796A Fuel Tank Attach bracket so it won't get in the way during the wing installation. Glad to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-02-2015, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By JRichichi
Guess what I'll be doing this weekend??

Hi Dave,

That makes sense. I'll go ahead and install this assembly this weekend. I'll unbolt and remove the F-796A Fuel Tank Attach bracket so as to save my shins. Thanks for the help.

Jeff
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-01-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,202
Posted By JRichichi
F-796B attachment

I looked all over but couldn't seem to find in the plans where they say to perform the final installation of the F-796B angle and F-796C & D spacers. I saw in Section 8, "Installing the Forward...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-11-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,595
Posted By JRichichi
Plane Schemer

I'm also working with Jonathon at Plane Schemer. As with the other posts here, I'm also very pleased with his work. We went thru several iterations on the design and came up with a design that I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,128
Posted By JRichichi
VW 12VDC Outlets

I'm using some 12VDC outlet found in VW's. They are the same thing sold by Steinair but you can get them with the hinge on the left, right or bottom of the outlet. The units from Steinair have the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-01-2015, 11:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,634
Posted By JRichichi
Good ideas

Thanks Scott. You've got some good ideas there!

Jeff
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2015, 01:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,634
Posted By JRichichi
Thanks!

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone posting their solutions. It's given me much to think about and some great ideas.

Thanks again!

Jeff
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-29-2015, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 5,634
Posted By JRichichi
Pitot/Static/AoA Line Routing

Hello,

I'm getting close to routing my Pitot/Static/AoA lines on my RV-7 (slider). I've looked around on the web and on VAF and I can't seem to find any good pix of how others have done this so I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-26-2015, 02:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,831
Posted By JRichichi
Brown Tool Nutplate Jigs are great!!

Hi Larry,

Yeah, I also decided to make my floors and baggage side covers removable. And since that wasn't enough work, I decided to use flush head screws too!! Yes, it was a ton of work and it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2015, 11:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,653
Posted By JRichichi
Just the wheels and calipers

Hi Russ,

I only purchased the wheels, calipers and rotors. I decided to go with the Matco master cylinders and do the return spring modification so I don't have the bulkhead fittings that are...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2015, 06:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,653
Posted By JRichichi
Thanks Russ! This is exactly what I'm looking...

Thanks Russ! This is exactly what I'm looking for. BTW, where did you get these instructions from?

Yes, I agree, it's a nice setup. I'm surprised that instructions aren't included in the kit. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-27-2015, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,653
Posted By JRichichi
Beringer Finishing Kit

I recently purchased the Beringer Main Wheel Finishing Kit from ACS. It took a while for it to get here but I've got it now. I have a few questions that other folks probably have the answers...
Forum: Tools 03-22-2015, 11:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,796
Posted By JRichichi
Tools

All of the advise given above is true. I'd like to put in my 2 cents worth. I was told that the cost breakdown on building an airplane is as follows:

1/3 on the airframe
1/3 on the engine and...
Forum: Tools 03-11-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 40,146
Posted By JRichichi
Used the Visual Interior Tool also

Hi Chris,

I used the Visual Interior Tool also. I've got a 4 car garage and I used the Visual Interior Tool to get an idea of the lux level a particular layout would give me. I chose a lux level...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2015, 07:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,225
Posted By JRichichi
IFR Clearance Practice

Hi Doug,

Welcome to the club of having issues when copying clearances. Not only did I have problems in the beginning, so have several of my instrument students. Something I found that has helped...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 5,573
Posted By JRichichi
Aircraft performance predictions

The Jeppesen Flight Theory for Pilots has a lot of equations in it for calculating performance as a function of weight, density altitude, etc. It's a cheap book and I believe has all the information...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2015, 10:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,314
Posted By JRichichi
Hougen Rotacut

I've got some of these in various...
Forum: RV-14 02-15-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,627
Posted By JRichichi
The CG moves around during the build

Hi Barney,

You're going to find that the CG of the fuselage is going to move around quite a bit depending on what you have clecoed/riveted onto the fuselage. What I did was make some wooden boxes...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-13-2015, 07:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,090
Posted By JRichichi
Maybe smaller airports???

There are several smaller airports around the Houston area you might want to fly into instead. I'm not saying you can't fly into KHOU, just it's a Class B airport and a bit more of a hassle to get...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-13-2015, 07:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,061
Posted By JRichichi
How I laid out my panel

I used two methods to come up with my panel layout. For the first step I used PanelPlanner J. PanelPlanner was easy to use and it allowed me to try out several different concepts with very little...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-06-2015, 09:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,701
Posted By JRichichi
This is how I did it

Hi Joe,

I have a ECII fuel pump too and I just recently installed it in my RV-7. I also used a Flow Ezy 3000 25 micron post-filter (I've got a Flow Ezy 3000 74 micron pre-filters in the wing...
Forum: RV-14 01-03-2015, 12:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,446
Posted By JRichichi
The Ridgid 400 series tube bender is great!

I've got the Ridgid series 400 tube benders. They aren't cheap but they work great. I've only used them on 3003-0 and 5052-0 aluminum tubing however. I found a drop of oil on the "shoe" helps with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 10,212
Posted By JRichichi
You want fans with good pressure

I'm not flying yet so I don't know for sure how well this works but for most fan installations you want a fan that has a good pressure/flowrate curve. This is especially true if you use any type of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-25-2014, 12:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,267
Posted By JRichichi
Remember: "Don't wash any pots and pans until you...

Remember: "Don't wash any pots and pans until you HAVE too. Don't dry any pots and pans until you HAVE too". Merry Xmas :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-23-2014, 10:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,267
Posted By JRichichi
Trust but Verify... ;^)

Trust but Verify... ;^)
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-23-2014, 09:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,267
Posted By JRichichi
This seems to work for me...

Hi Stalldog,

Yes, I've found it very frustrating too. However, what I do now before I cut or drill a hole into anything, I first go thru and search VAF to see if I should actually make the parts to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2014, 11:42 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 13,755
Posted By JRichichi
Buckling is the weak link

I also wondered about the strength of riveting vs. welding of the ends of the W-818 so I decided to run the numbers and do a stress analysis on the pushrod system. The weak link in the system is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,891
Posted By JRichichi
No problem. Glad to have helped. I've learned a...

No problem. Glad to have helped. I've learned a lot on this forum. I guess it's time to put some back in!!

Jeff
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2014, 03:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,891
Posted By JRichichi
Pitot Mast Installation Instructions

I just looked on this site and on various builder websites on how they installed the pitot tube on the mast. I used my mill/drill since I've got one. You could use a drill press and probably get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,891
Posted By JRichichi
SafeAir1 Pitot Mast

The pix below show how I mounted my SafeAir1 Pitot Mast. I made a small channel (1.00" high X 0.375" wide X 0.025" thick) and a couple of shear clips (0.625" (rib) X 0.75" (channel) X 1.00" high X...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2014, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,300
Posted By JRichichi
CAD Files

I think that would be a great idea to have an area where we could store/retrieve CAD models. Maybe keeping the models on one of the CAD sharing websites (www.grabcad.com??) would be good and then...
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