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Forum: RV-8/8A Today, 04:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 237
Posted By PilotjohnS
My Rule

When it comes to drilling holes in a Vans kit I have a rule, " always wait as long as possible to screw up a part"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 11:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 842
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pictures

Steve,
This is in my future, can you post some pictures please?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-17-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 653
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I built one of the EAA bench with 2” overhang and Melamine top. It has worked out really well. The overhang is a must to clamp down parts for riveting. Got a separate table tied to the wall with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 717
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Love the wankel.
Really wish i can run on unleaded aviation fuel. Lets move FAA, get the lead out!
Forum: ADS-B 08-15-2019, 10:49 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,913
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hope

I hope it is the same guy. I hate to think there is more than one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
2 moves and the queen is toast. God save the queen

2 moves and the queen is toast. God save the queen
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-11-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,074
Posted By PilotjohnS
Usa

All cars in usa have metal filler necks and metal nozzles. So the car is connected to the pump. Also usa tires are conductive and concrete around pumps is also conductive. So as long as one fills up...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-11-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bit resolution

If the setting is only varying within the resolution, I would suspect it is not really changing. It may be that the recording software cant decide what it should be, so it vacillates between two...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By PilotjohnS
Colors for IFR

So for the experts on IFR lighting, what colors are best for an IFR panel? I was taught green or yellow, but my IFR ground school said to use white when on final and dont worry about preserving night...
Forum: RV-14 08-10-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,200
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cool Idea

I actually like the idea of illuminated switches. Thanks for sharing, I will look into them.
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-09-2019, 05:54 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 46,003
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fire wall pics

I will be using an IO320, so no facet pump on bottom of firewall. Still would like to know the best place to put the fuel line thru the firewall, since I am working on plumbing the forward fuselage...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-08-2019, 11:10 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 46,003
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse update

After a very fun summer, finally got back into it. Managed to get the main gear on. I am getting started on the plumbing installation. Got the parking brake valve installed using a custom bracket in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-06-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 630
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I found very little gotcha's, if any, on the tail and wings.
So I have been using the RV7 list on the fuse. it has saved my bacon a few times.

After saying this, there is a gotcha on the RV9 fuse...
Forum: Reviews 08-04-2019, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,269
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for sharing

Thanks for sharing the pics. Much appreciated.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 17,163
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

For us older folks, the market is really to a high wing that is easier to get in and out. I dont know how many times i read a person selling their rv because they or there spouse can no longer crawl...
Forum: Reviews 08-03-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,269
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes!

As I was looking at the ones at Oshkosh, I couldnt get over how much it looked like a Tamiya RC tank kit.
Glad to know someone rolled their own.

Heck, I think I have all the parts in my old RC...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-03-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,407
Posted By PilotjohnS
Surefly

The real reason I would choose the Surefly over the PMag is that the Surefly doesn't run software. They use a PLD, or Programable Logic Device. This has the firmware burned in and is hardened against...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2019, 08:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 457
Posted By PilotjohnS
Small shop

I too have a small shop problem. I plan to do my wing fitting at the airport during final assembly, rather than one wing at a time. YMMV.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-02-2019, 09:03 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,912
Posted By PilotjohnS
a mighty big thank you

Tom,
Thanks for posting the parts list. I went ahead and ordered 6 sets for my RV9A (Pure + attrition).
What a wonderful post, you took all the work out of this mod, thank you very much for taking...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-01-2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,407
Posted By PilotjohnS
At the show

So I talked to one of the mag engineers about the Lycoming version at the show and he mentioned a 3 ahr battery would be good for 45 minutes, if I remember right. He said a simple diode tap to the...
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,188
Posted By PilotjohnS
Double Flare

I would love to double flare everything, but I had a hard time finding the tooling. Most double flares I did at work were on a stand alone machine that I had to bring the work to, not on a tool I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,518
Posted By PilotjohnS
Large

I think it is a large event. But it is very well run. Kudos to all the volunteers helping out, outstanding volunteers all of them.

I went to a few of the RV social events and those were nice; had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2019, 09:24 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,882
Posted By PilotjohnS
Brought me to osh

This is one of the things that brought me to Osh.
Glad I got a chance to see it on the mock up QB fuse and on the RV9 A demonstrator. I saw the louvers on the RV9 and they are not so bad looking;...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-27-2019, 09:18 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,407
Posted By PilotjohnS
Lycoming New Electronic Mag Osh 2019

At Oshkosh 2019, Lycoming announced their new electronic ignition system. It replaces the traditional magneto.
In the booth, I talked to the Subject Matter Expert about it.
I looks like a regular...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,495
Posted By PilotjohnS
Today,s demo

I was at Osh today 1 block down from Paul’s booth during the bright noon time hour. Paul had his display version of the wingtip lights on wig wag mode. Even from about a hundred feet during the day,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,472
Posted By PilotjohnS
Par-ta

Ok see you at 5:00!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,472
Posted By PilotjohnS
My pireps about about beer

Went to the gate by control tower. No problem getting in with weekly wristband. But sign says no coolers or alcohol. Another gate attendant said there are 5000 rules for entering, she follows 4999...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-19-2019, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,626
Posted By PilotjohnS
Got the call

I got the call today. Going with the update. This is the only time i am glad i am going slow

In other news, i will be in camp scholler with beer. From what i hear, i might need some help getting it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 08:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,393
Posted By PilotjohnS
So if I have a XIO-320-xxx it doesnt apply to me....

So if I have a XIO-320-xxx it doesnt apply to me. Cant anybody rename there engine as a SOGO 22?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 03:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 966
Posted By PilotjohnS
First Flight

So I guess you are saying first flight? whether intentional or not congrats if it was.
Sounds like this was more successful than O&W; didn't they break a canard?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 11:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,448
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I use blogspot, but others have used wordpress too.
I mainly blog so that i can save the pictures on the cloud and upload them here when i have troubles or solutions. I used to blog often, but now...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rv hub

I thought Vans made hub caps the same size, but dished. These would give a little extra volume to the tank! Just a stupid thought.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-07-2019, 10:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,009
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

When i built my tanks i had a leak in the baffle seam from too little proseal.. i fixed it without removing the baffle. I would not remove the baffle unless it is really a bad leaker. If it isnt...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2019, 02:09 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,211
Posted By PilotjohnS
Answer

The answer to this whole mess is to run unleaded avgas. When will it be widely available? I know I am a slow builder, but they are even slower.
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-04-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,927
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wheels are the worst

Add a parachute the same size as a wheel and the effects will be about the same, in my opinion. I think Wheels are one of the draggest shapes that can thrown thru the air.
I suspect the 4-5 knots...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-02-2019, 06:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,927
Posted By PilotjohnS
Go baby

Thats 23.5 nm per gal. Go baby. Or 26.7 sm per gal; same as my corolla at 151 snails per parsec.
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-02-2019, 07:34 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,927
Posted By PilotjohnS
Test run

So I am also curious what would happen if you push the throttle full forward and let the rpm wind up and let the fuel flow be what it wants to be.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,882
Posted By PilotjohnS
Figure of Merit

But production airplane guys dont mind dropping close to 5 figures on an annual, so I think it is a different league.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 09:33 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,882
Posted By PilotjohnS
do we all know

Do we all know if the Vettermann exhaust fits with this mod? maybe a tweak to get more cooling airflow out ?

is there anybody out there?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 09:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,869
Posted By PilotjohnS
time for an experiment

But I think louvers are Ugly with a capital U. I will probably try all the tricks like streamlining the internal cowl airflow and such before resorting to louvers. I think I will flight test...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,869
Posted By PilotjohnS
Needed with new mount

If i convert to the new style RV9a front gear, do I really need the louvers, or will a careful baffling job be enough?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 06:53 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 12,882
Posted By PilotjohnS
Trip to Vans

Well shoot. I picked up the finish kit a few months back before summer sprung. Looks like I will drive up and pick up the upgrade.

Good thing I didnt drill the firewall for anything yet.
ROAD TRIP....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 631
Posted By PilotjohnS
8 spine

So i bought an rv8 spine for my 9a with supertracks.

Are you saying that wont work?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,449
Posted By PilotjohnS
Real meaning

So does the static ports further back towards the tail mean the fuselage has lower drag? The way I see it, the static ports are located where the flow around the fuselage returns to free stream...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-16-2019, 05:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,718
Posted By PilotjohnS
Slo

I flew in to san luis obispo with my daughter to tour cal poly san luis obispo. They handed me keys to a brand new bmw x5. I told them i didnt want to rent from on airport enterprise but the nice...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-15-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,739
Posted By PilotjohnS
Great video

Great video thanks. Cant wait to get mine up and going!
Forum: ADS-B 06-15-2019, 09:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
Posted By PilotjohnS
Correction

comment deleted since it may be hearsay and not true.
Forum: ADS-B 06-13-2019, 11:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,638
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thickness

Is the thickest part in the middle or towards one way. If the thickest part is not in the middle, i would think the thickest part needs to go forward. JMHO
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-09-2019, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 628
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am planning on a B&C engine pan mounted 40 A alternator. With the LED lights, it seems the power draw at night has come down sufficiently for this to be viable. JMHO.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-09-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 46,003
Posted By PilotjohnS
Interior Paint

I have been working on fuselage interior. I have decided to paint the pieces separately as they are installed, instead of waiting till the interior is assembled and then trying to paint with all the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-09-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,718
Posted By PilotjohnS
Daily drive

Courtesy Car? Heck that is better than my daily driver. Hope mine makes it to Osh and back!
Rather have a new lyc than a better car.
Forum: California 06-08-2019, 07:26 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,601
Posted By PilotjohnS
Tax payers

The runway was rebuilt with taxpayers funds. I really dont like them taking advantage of our good graces to collect more money. If they want i would rather see no change in landing fee and a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 595
Posted By PilotjohnS
Recommend

BUy a good one. I use mine a lot. It is a cheapo wish I bought up a notch
Forum: RV-10 06-06-2019, 11:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,436
Posted By PilotjohnS
Great idea

I think it is a great idea. I’ll be camping too while I build, but I will be one down from you!:eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,472
Posted By PilotjohnS
Tools

Some say beer is the most important tool. That and your banker. Beer and dollars, thats what makes these things fly. More of either, the better it flies.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,472
Posted By PilotjohnS
just for you

Bruce
I hope you made it. All kidding aside, I will bring some good stuff to celebrate all the friends, helpers and motivators keeping my project going. Thank you all.
Osh or bust 2019.

I will be...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-02-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By PilotjohnS
Catalina

If you are in a plane, why not 30 min more and hit Catalina for a bison burger? The runway is re done and the cafe is on the airport.

I ate at Van Nuys’ airtell restaurant 10 years ago and it was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,472
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ok costco near beer it is;)

Ok costco near beer it is;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,472
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me too

I am there. Maybe I can find some pabst blue ribbon on the way from KLAX. After all you didnt say I had to drink what I brought!
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-01-2019, 07:56 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,101
Posted By PilotjohnS
How?

How is this done?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2019, 07:32 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,836
Posted By PilotjohnS
Phone charge

How do you charge your phone when camping at Osh or where ever? During the day I am walking around. Dont plan to spend much time babysitting phone during the day.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2019, 04:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 594
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

If that picture is exactly as you found it, i would be interested to know how those threads are in the adapter/case; if the bolt was sticking thru, unlikely it backed out due to vibration. Could have...
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