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Forum: RV-14 Today, 08:15 PM
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Posted By czechsix
Break edges of skin around aft window?

For those who have fitted the aft window, did you find it necessary to break the edges of the upper skins (F-01474-L and -R) where they meet the plexiglass in order to get a nice fit? Plans don't...
Forum: RV-14 Today, 03:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 913
Posted By czechsix
I wonder how much difference the low UV canopy...

I wonder how much difference the low UV canopy really makes...If it was enough that I could forego wearing sunscreen then it would be worth it to me.
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 219
Posted By czechsix
RV-14 oil cooler

What make & model oil cooler does Vans include in the FWF kit?

Thanks,
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2017, 10:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By czechsix
If you're trying to fit an EarthX battery into an...

If you're trying to fit an EarthX battery into an Odyssey PC680 battery box you'd probably want to use the 3.1" thick ETX680. The ETX680C is deeper at 3.4".
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 482
Posted By czechsix
EarthX battery fit in RV-14 battery box?

Does anyone know if the EarthX battery will fit in the battery box that comes with the RV-14? The EarthX is just slightly bigger than the PC680 and won't fit in some of the battery boxes designed...
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2017, 11:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 675
Posted By czechsix
The longest part that needs to be primed is the...

The longest part that needs to be primed is the wing rear spar at 117". The HS spars are almost as long at about 114".
Forum: RV-14 11-19-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,220
Posted By czechsix
On my VS I used my hand squeezer with the handles...

On my VS I used my hand squeezer with the handles on the aft side of the front spar. I put the rivets in with the manufactured head on the front side. I think I had to bend the nose rib upward a bit...
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2017, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,001
Posted By czechsix
Just make sure you get rid of every bit of the...

Just make sure you get rid of every bit of the wax before painting or you'll have fisheye problems. It's really hard to clean contaminants like wax & oil out from around rivet heads when prepping for...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By czechsix
If any of you guys who were unhappy with your...

If any of you guys who were unhappy with your Archer wingtip COM antenna still have it, I'd like to give it a try. I posted a WTB on the Classifieds but thought I'd mention it on this thread as...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-10-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,259
Posted By czechsix
There have been several related threads for the...

There have been several related threads for the RV-14. I believe the 14 and 7 both use the same RV-9 rudder/VS tip fairings, and unfortunately they don't fit correctly, so you either have to live...
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,141
Posted By czechsix
Did you just use micro to do the build-up, or...

Did you just use micro to do the build-up, or something else?
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By czechsix
One thing I noticed about Bob Turner's...

One thing I noticed about Bob Turner's installation is that he attached the antenna ground plane to the top wing skin, and the outboard leg angles downward. This makes the most sense for the...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2017, 06:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By czechsix
Archer Com antenna in RV-10 Wingtip?

Has anyone tried a Bob Archer VHF Com antenna in the RV-10 wingtip? PIREP? Pictures?

I'm building a -14 but it has the same wingtip as the -10. I'll have dual Coms, and plan to use a...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2017, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 685
Posted By czechsix
Not sure what you mean when referencing the...

Not sure what you mean when referencing the rudder, but if you're talking about the offset to the left at the point that where the fwd VS spar bolt attaches, I think that is intentional (it is shown...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,072
Posted By czechsix
Looks nice Tom. Now that you're flying, does...

Looks nice Tom. Now that you're flying, does this method keep the oil door perfectly flush to the cowl in flight? On my -8A I installed a flush push-button type latch which was easy to use and...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2017, 11:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 498
Posted By czechsix
Elevator counterweights

For those of you with painted RV-14s, did you need to remove lead from the right elev counterweight and/or add lead to the left counterweight after painting? The plans show trimming the lead weights...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2017, 12:22 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By czechsix
The link I posted and the link you posted both...

The link I posted and the link you posted both bring up the same document on my computer. I re-entered the link I was using in my first post, but I don't think it changed anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2017, 07:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 583
Posted By czechsix
Beringer Installation & Maintenance Manual now available for RV series

Beringer now has a nice manual for installing and maintaining their wheels and brakes on the RV series. Lots of good info in it.

See...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 11,135
Posted By czechsix
Beringer Installation & Maintenance Manual now available for RV series

Beringer now has a nice manual for installing and maintaining their wheels and brakes on the RV series. Lots of good info in it.

See...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 07:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,462
Posted By czechsix
I plan to have the emergency canopy release...

I plan to have the emergency canopy release installed for several reasons:

1) It provides another option in a ditching scenario, and it may help to release both the standard latch and the emergency...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,598
Posted By czechsix
I've examined the trim tabs on several RVs with...

I've examined the trim tabs on several RVs with the mechanical push/pull cable control system and I was surprised how much play they had...it's been years now since I looked at one, but I want to say...
Forum: RV-14 09-21-2017, 02:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,018
Posted By czechsix
Rick, you'd lose that bet for sure! :D The -14...

Rick, you'd lose that bet for sure! :D The -14 most certainly will not serve any RV acro pilot just as well as any of the others. The reason Vans offers so many aircraft models is to cater to the...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2017, 07:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,018
Posted By czechsix
Right. I don't know what kind of inverted...

Right. I don't know what kind of inverted aerobatic flying the OP has in mind, or what his experience level and expectations are. So I was simply pointing out that the -14 may not be the best...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,018
Posted By czechsix
I wonder if you'll be happy with how the -14's...

I wonder if you'll be happy with how the -14's airfoil works inverted. I recall years ago hearing Van say that one reason he selected the 23000 series NACA section for the 3/4/6/7/8 models is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 5,049
Posted By czechsix
Back to the OP's question about reliability... A...

Back to the OP's question about reliability...

A friend of mine is running dual P-mags on his O-360 powered RV-7A. He had one of them fail shortly after getting the test hours flown off this...
Forum: RV-14 09-10-2017, 10:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,393
Posted By czechsix
+1 vote for dimpling instead of countersinking. I...

+1 vote for dimpling instead of countersinking. I dimpled the wing walks on my RV-8A and had no issues. I got my -14 wings partially assembled by the original builder and the wing walk area had been...
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,025
Posted By czechsix
I'll add that (per the plans) you need to grind...

I'll add that (per the plans) you need to grind down the pilot on one of your countersink bits because it is not going straight into the hole, it's going at an angle (again...hole is perpendicular to...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 11:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,025
Posted By czechsix
But keep in mind that it's only the hole that...

But keep in mind that it's only the hole that should be drilled perpendicular to the wedge chord line (preferably drilled with the skins in place). The countersink needs to be done perpendicular to...
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2017, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,017
Posted By czechsix
I would imagine whatever the RV-10 guys are using...

I would imagine whatever the RV-10 guys are using would also work for the -14A but it would be good to confirm before purchasing.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-24-2017, 10:05 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 14,149
Posted By czechsix
Ross, I mentioned DO-160 in terms of a reference...

Ross, I mentioned DO-160 in terms of a reference for ensuring aircraft electronics are adequately hardened for the intended operating environment...you can design the system with the objective to...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2017, 12:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 996
Posted By czechsix
Yep, as a repeat offender I can say that building...

Yep, as a repeat offender I can say that building the wings is one of the most repetitive, tedious parts of constructing an RV (or probably any airplane...imagine a biplane!). If there's any part of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-24-2017, 12:05 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 14,149
Posted By czechsix
One thing I'm interested in (when contemplating...

One thing I'm interested in (when contemplating dual electronic ignition) is robust protection against any common cause taking out both of them. My RV-8A was hit by lightning a few years back. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 12:16 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,705
Posted By czechsix
Personally I am only interested in a more...

Personally I am only interested in a more reliable sensor at the inboard standard fuel sender location. Agree it seems like overkill in an RV to add a second sender at the outboard end of the tank. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2017, 11:03 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 8,705
Posted By czechsix
Found this thread after seeing the CiES booth at...

Found this thread after seeing the CiES booth at Oshkosh this year and reading the article about them in the Aug issue of Sport Aviation. Sure hope they decide to produce the fuel sender for RVs. ...
Forum: RV-14 08-06-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,473
Posted By czechsix
I asked the Andair rep at Oshkosh about this and...

I asked the Andair rep at Oshkosh about this and he showed how to disassemble the filter and you can then clean and reassemble it. If in doubt you might email them (if you didn't receive any service...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2017, 01:33 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 103,855
Posted By czechsix
The Hartzell on my -8A was dynamically balanced,...

The Hartzell on my -8A was dynamically balanced, but the metal blades don't absorb the engine power pulses, so they get transmitted back into the airframe. Not as noticeable at higher RPMs as it is...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 187
Views: 103,855
Posted By czechsix
My fault for getting the thread off topic, but...

My fault for getting the thread off topic, but since you asked....Vans did a bunch of comparative performance testing on various props over a decade ago and published results in the RVator. As I...
Forum: RV-14 07-29-2017, 10:22 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 103,855
Posted By czechsix
Are those failures on recent 200RV and 74RV...

Are those failures on recent 200RV and 74RV models? I know there were some issues like that with the earlier WW 151s about a decade ago but thought those problems had been resolved. If not it looks...
Forum: RV-14 07-29-2017, 10:09 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 103,855
Posted By czechsix
If I recall correctly Hartzell has a TBO of...

If I recall correctly Hartzell has a TBO of something like 6 years but I've never met anyone in either the experimental or certified world who actually does that, and neither do the Whirlwind owners....
Forum: RV-14 07-29-2017, 07:19 PM
Replies: 187
Views: 103,855
Posted By czechsix
I spent all week at OSH and if there's anything...

I spent all week at OSH and if there's anything new with respect to engines suitable for the -14 I didn't hear about it. Van's is running the usual show special on IO-390 with Hartzell metal prop....
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,140
Posted By czechsix
For those of you with painted RV-14s, has anyone...

For those of you with painted RV-14s, has anyone found it necessary to add more weight than what is provided by Vans? I did have to add weight on my 8A left elevator (the one with the trim tab)...
Forum: RV-14 07-10-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,991
Posted By czechsix
Well, then you would just have an RV-10 with two...

Well, then you would just have an RV-10 with two seats removed, and you wouldn't be able to call it 'Super'. It would be like a 'Half RV-10' which sounds decidedly uncool :D
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,789
Posted By czechsix
My take is that you align the flaps, ailerons,...

My take is that you align the flaps, ailerons, and wingtips during rigging/fitting.
Then if the ailerons are deflected slightly TE low in flight, you just shorten each aileron pushrod by a turn or...
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2017, 01:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By czechsix
I had no problem with this on the -14 tanks. I...

I had no problem with this on the -14 tanks. I just grabbed my flashlight and confirmed that none of the shop heads are touching the spar...they are pretty close, maybe 1/32-1/16" gap, but it's...
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2017, 02:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By czechsix
Dimple, don't countersink

As a side note, I highly recommend dimpling the tank baffle and skin instead of countersinking per the plans. The worst looking rivets on my RV-8A were along the aft baffle with the countersunk...
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2017, 02:31 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 758
Posted By czechsix
Chad, Don't match drill it to the tank skin. ...

Chad,

Don't match drill it to the tank skin. The hole is only there to identify the bottom of the baffle. It'll get filled in with proseal when you close up the tank.
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 852
Posted By czechsix
Just what I was looking for, thanks! I didn't...

Just what I was looking for, thanks! I didn't realize there was an installation kit specific to the AeroLEDs and just purchased the lights, so that explains why I didn't get the plans with them.
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 852
Posted By czechsix
AeroLED wingtip strobe location?

Is there a template or dimension somewhere that specifies where to position the AeroLED lights in the wingtip recess? Seems like I saw it somewhere, and can't find it now.

Otherwise I'll just...
Forum: RV-14 04-30-2017, 12:55 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,789
Posted By czechsix
Careful with the jig...

I've just been through the wingtip fitting process in the past couple weeks. A while back I was told by Vans that the aileron jig in the early wing kits (I have s/n 140017) was wrong and has been...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-25-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 132
Views: 36,703
Posted By czechsix
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_malaccense ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Syzygium_malaccense

The fruit is known by many names around the world, but it's pretty much unheard of in the U.S. since it doesn't keep well once it's picked and hence...
Forum: RV-10 04-17-2017, 11:31 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Posted By czechsix
No, I don't hear any scraping when I move the...

No, I don't hear any scraping when I move the pushrod back and forth...the arm connected to the trim servo is a good 1/2" away from the aileron pushrod. The only place the springs contact the...
Forum: RV-10 04-17-2017, 08:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 588
Posted By czechsix
Archer Wingtip Nav Antenna Installation

For those of you who have installed the Bob Archer wingtip nav antenna in an RV-10, how did you route the nav & strobe wires in the wingtip? The antenna plans have strict instructions to route the...
Forum: RV-10 04-17-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 925
Posted By czechsix
Issues with Aileron Trim System?

I installed my aileron trim system in my -14 wing yesterday. It uses the same trim kit as the -10, and I'm wondering if anyone has had problems with this setup now that there are quite a few hours...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2017, 03:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,478
Posted By czechsix
Tim, Good points about CG. My desire to use a...

Tim,

Good points about CG. My desire to use a composite prop isn't to reduce weight on the nose per se, but an overall lighter airframe improves performance, and there are other benefits of the...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2017, 05:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,478
Posted By czechsix
Pros & Cons

Bill,

This has been discussed on another thread, see http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=139482.

Bottom line is that we don't really know the performance tradeoffs of the 72" vs...
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,830
Posted By czechsix
You can't put a GPS antenna (or any other kind of...

You can't put a GPS antenna (or any other kind of antenna) inside the aluminum structure. GPS signals are particularly weak and for optimum performance you want the antenna mounted externally on the...
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2017, 04:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,236
Posted By czechsix
Same here, I have wing kit #140017 and the...

Same here, I have wing kit #140017 and the aileron jig was not in the kit. I called Vans and figured they'd just drop one in the mail for me, but they said I'd have to buy it. It's a cheap part but...
Forum: RV-14 02-21-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,470
Posted By czechsix
Is the flap position sensor part of the kit from...

Is the flap position sensor part of the kit from Vans? If not, what are you using?
Forum: RV-14 01-21-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,562
Posted By czechsix
I had this same issue on my RV-8A years ago. I...

I had this same issue on my RV-8A years ago. I pop riveted an aluminum z-bracket about 1.5 inchs aft of the lead counterweight (with the top flange of the Z pointing forward toward the weight), then...
Forum: RV-14 01-16-2017, 12:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 19,791
Posted By czechsix
Looks nice, is that the stock Vans canopy? In the...

Looks nice, is that the stock Vans canopy? In the picture it looks darker than what I've seen on other -14s.
Forum: RV-14 01-11-2017, 06:47 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,891
Posted By czechsix
Jeff, welcome to VAF. And yes I agree it's very...

Jeff, welcome to VAF. And yes I agree it's very good news about the SR-20 announcement. I doubt it will lower Lycoming's OEM pricing agreement with Vans, but it will certainly improve the odds that...
Forum: RV-14 01-06-2017, 06:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,420
Posted By czechsix
I guess I'd be a bit worried seeing 230F on the...

I guess I'd be a bit worried seeing 230F on the oil temp. I had a friend with a Mustang II (O-360, Hartzell) that had a prop rpm runaway due to high oil temps...the oil got so thin that the governor...
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