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Forum: ADS-B 06-13-2019, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 839
Posted By bruceh
Depends on whether you like the Mooney look or...

Depends on whether you like the Mooney look or not. :D

I have mine with the sloped edge in the front, straight in the rear. The electronic signals received probably don't care which way the antenna...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2019, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,110
Posted By bruceh
9 pin D-sub will fit

I see Keith mentioned what I did above. I shamelessly stole the original idea from someone else here on VAF, so please don't credit me with any actual creativity. :D

I have dual Tosten grips and was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 07:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,334
Posted By bruceh
I bought my Bose headsets through Aircraft Spruce...

I bought my Bose headsets through Aircraft Spruce and at the time they had a home speaker system for your iPhone given free as a bonus for buying two. I use it all of the time. I think retail on it...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-10-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,692
Posted By bruceh
I flew my daughter into Logan, UT several years...

I flew my daughter into Logan, UT several years back. Our courtesy car was an ancient (80's) Mazda 323 sedan. The mouse-track seat belts didn't work. They warned us about the lack of brakes. You had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 976
Posted By bruceh
I have the 1/16" Fiberfrax on my cowling. I ended...

I have the 1/16" Fiberfrax on my cowling. I ended up adding more after the first year of flying. You can see the discoloration from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2019, 01:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 802
Posted By bruceh
Here's...

Here's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2019, 10:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,596
Posted By bruceh
Fingers crossed the weather situation like last...

Fingers crossed the weather situation like last year won't be preventing my participation. The beer tasting is always a highlight after a long journey to OSH.
Forum: RV-10 05-30-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,659
Posted By bruceh
I was glad to be a part of this RV-10 first...

I was glad to be a part of this RV-10 first flight. Congrats!

BTW, I've commented all of the photos now with some captions.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 10:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,784
Posted By bruceh
And don't forget to read the NOTAM! I highly...

And don't forget to read the NOTAM! I highly suggest attending this year's EAA Webinar on the Oshkosh Arrival procedures, since they have made changes from last year's messy Sunday cluster****. If...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 05-29-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 756
Posted By bruceh
I have been to Page, but not the Antelope Canyon...

I have been to Page, but not the Antelope Canyon Tour (it's still on my bucket list).
Call up the Classic Aviation FBO (https://www.airnav.com/airport/KPGA/CLASSIC) and ask them about the tours. They...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 05-27-2019, 06:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 418
Posted By bruceh
St. John's AZ (KSJN) is always a good stop with...

St. John's AZ (KSJN) is always a good stop with cheap fuel and a courtesy car to get into the town for food.

The RV-9A likes getting up above 10,000', so terrain won't really be a problem if you...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-25-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 798
Posted By bruceh
My wife and I did the F1 race at COTA last year....

My wife and I did the F1 race at COTA last year. We flew Southwest airlines and used their site to also grab a hotel in North Austin and a rental car. Flew out Friday afternoon and it was rainy and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-21-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,270
Posted By bruceh
Taking the cowl off is a 5 minute task. Same with...

Taking the cowl off is a 5 minute task. Same with putting it back on.
I would really want the build documentation, especially for the wiring diagram knowledge. Also, why wouldn't the "backup" battery...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-21-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,960
Posted By bruceh
You don't need a huge compressor to build. I did...

You don't need a huge compressor to build. I did my complete slow build using this cheap compressor.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Tools/Tools-1/i-GVxPJCb/0/a83c9140/M/IMG_6691-M.jpg

The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 06:35 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,685
Posted By bruceh
I keep a spreadsheet tracking all of my fuel...

I keep a spreadsheet tracking all of my fuel purchases. Over the 5 years I've been flying my average cost of gas per hour has been around $27 ($4.50/gal at 6gph). This is averaging around 140 hours...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2019, 08:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,059
Posted By bruceh
Good job! Canít wait to get a ride in it.

Good job! Canít wait to get a ride in it.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-19-2019, 07:09 PM
Replies: 216
Views: 101,407
Posted By bruceh
5 years!

I hit the flying for 5 years milestone. I now have 653 hours. Basically, one third of the way toward TBO, so check back in 10 years. :)

So now I have been officially flying more years than building....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 567
Posted By bruceh
I'm not sure that you would need new tanks just...

I'm not sure that you would need new tanks just to address a small weep.

You say that the builder was excellent, yet you have ugly rivets on the tank? :confused:

First off, you should determine...
Forum: Safety 04-11-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,638
Posted By bruceh
I would have used it if it had been available at...

I would have used it if it had been available at the time of my first flight. I was a Private Pilot with around 130 hours total time from 23 years earlier. I did a Flight review in a C-172 and did...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-11-2019, 11:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 721
Posted By bruceh
Be sure to order extras if you have an A model....

Be sure to order extras if you have an A model. The same size will fit in the gear weldments to keep the fuel lines that weave through there from rubbing anything.

On the outside of the fuselage....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,168
Posted By bruceh
Steve, Congrats! You will have a never ending...

Steve,
Congrats! You will have a never ending amount of subject matter to vlog with building an airplane. Just make it a habit to get out there and work on it a little bit every day. Sounds like that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-02-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 969
Posted By bruceh
I used the regular rivets, but also did a couple...

I used the regular rivets, but also did a couple of additional steps to assure that the hinges are going to be on there for good.

You can see in this photo on the left side I have drilled some extra...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-25-2019, 05:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,413
Posted By bruceh
I've got lots of photos of how I managed to get...

I've got lots of photos of how I managed to get the pump to fit under the stock housing that comes from Van's.

Start...
Forum: Safety 03-25-2019, 01:58 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,965
Posted By bruceh
My first landings with the -9A were around 70...

My first landings with the -9A were around 70 Knots. I did my transition training in a -7A and was drilled into my head to be at 80 Knots on short final.

70 Knots is way too fast to land a -9A....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2019, 10:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 561
Posted By bruceh
I hope to never have to take those wings off and...

I hope to never have to take those wings off and put them back on. It was a big effort to get them on there and the access to the bolts/nuts/washers as mentioned is very limited on several of the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-18-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,313
Posted By bruceh
Superbloom flights

My daughter was on Spring break this week and wanted to get out to the desert to see the flowers. Saturday we flew into Agua Caliente (L54) and hit the hot springs for a soak and a bit of hiking...
Forum: Safety 03-12-2019, 03:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,276
Posted By bruceh
Some interesting discussion in this FlightChops...

Some interesting discussion in this FlightChops episode about flying around the new NorCal airspace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BQ-cJOB3Ido
Forum: Primers 03-11-2019, 08:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,775
Posted By bruceh
I built a really crude wooden frame with some...

I built a really crude wooden frame with some chicken wire attached. I would drag out my empty trash cans, put the frame over it, and then lay down the parts. Mind you, I live in a warm climate where...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 03-03-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By bruceh
That sounds great! I'd love to get that tour of...

That sounds great! I'd love to get that tour of Matco and if you need any extra hands for the Condition inspection, just let me know.
You can call/text me at 760
445
6771
Forum: Tools 03-02-2019, 07:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 502
Posted By bruceh
How to fix (restore) a rivet gun

I ran across this interesting video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ksCQqViwv2s) showing a restoration of a vintage aircraft riveting hammer. The guy here just takes it to a better than new level of...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-28-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 497
Posted By bruceh
Salt Lake City area activities/meet up?

I'm in the SLC area for the next couple of weeks and am looking to see if any VAF folks around here want to meet up or if there are any aviation related events happening this month (March 2019). My...
Forum: RV-10 02-25-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,167
Posted By bruceh
I've given up trying to idle my IO-320 at less...

I've given up trying to idle my IO-320 at less than 1000 rpm when heat soaked.

It idles fine at lower RPM's when the engine isn't heated up.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-20-2019, 11:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,499
Posted By bruceh
Anywhere between 7-17 days! I don't keep track of...

Anywhere between 7-17 days! I don't keep track of the hours involved, but will spend many long nights and weekends in the hangar. I usually also have a project or two in addition to just doing the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-17-2019, 07:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,092
Posted By bruceh
I have dual P-mags installed with each one firing...

I have dual P-mags installed with each one firing both top plugs on one side and the bottom on the other. The bottom plugs will always have more lead build up than the top ones.

You can see the lead...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-15-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 50,561
Posted By bruceh
I have some RTV between the corner folds to keep...

I have some RTV between the corner folds to keep it all air tight. If you look closely you can see just a bit of orange on that lower left corner in the picture.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-14-2019, 11:16 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,280
Posted By bruceh
Here is my experience with 640+ hours so far on...

Here is my experience with 640+ hours so far on my RV-9A with a Lycoming IO-320.

My fuel cost per hour over the last 5 years (tracked in a spreadsheet, since I'm a computer geek) has been $26.75. I...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-11-2019, 07:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 736
Posted By bruceh
I took some good old 1/2" electrical conduit...

I took some good old 1/2" electrical conduit tubing, cut it with a tubing cutter, then worked it down to the correct length on the grinder. Check the length with some calipers and stick them down...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 02-11-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,590
Posted By bruceh
Here's the link to the photos...

Here's the link to the photos (https://www.overthehills.com/Airplanes/Copperstate-Fly-In-2019/) I took at the event on Saturday.

I think the crowds were pretty good on Saturday during the airshow....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 323
Views: 133,965
Posted By bruceh
I finally was able to hit the magic 200+ Knot...

I finally was able to hit the magic 200+ Knot ground speed on the way to the Copperstate Fly In. This is of course only possible with a really strong 44 Knot direct tailwind, but it is in level...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2019, 02:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 626
Posted By bruceh
On your SmugMug page (logged in) with the photo...

On your SmugMug page (logged in) with the photo you want to share, click on the Share icon (rectangle with an arrow coming out).

A pop up box will appear. Choose the Size of the image. Medium works...
Forum: Polishing your RV 02-01-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,403
Posted By bruceh
The prep I did prior to spraying Akzo-Nobel epoxy...

The prep I did prior to spraying Akzo-Nobel epoxy primer was to etch and scuff, so if you did the same, that might make polishing difficult even if there was an easy way to strip off the primer.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 07:14 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,920
Posted By bruceh
And the RV-9/9A looks like the same situation.

And the RV-9/9A looks like the same situation.
Forum: RV-10 01-30-2019, 07:35 PM
Replies: 435
Views: 408,956
Posted By bruceh
Looking great! The world needs more purple...

Looking great! The world needs more purple airplanes. :D
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-24-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By bruceh
There should be four bolt holes on the rear spar...

There should be four bolt holes on the rear spar to attach the hinge bracket. Is that what you are talking about? See View D-D on DWG 3. The other holes there all have rivet call-outs. DWG 27A shows...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By bruceh
I have the intercom and COMM radio from Dynon....

I have the intercom and COMM radio from Dynon. The intercom works fine. You control the volume on it for intercom communications, and the volume knob on the radio for radio communications. I really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 10:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 832
Posted By bruceh
+1 for the flat clear coat over the decals. I had...

+1 for the flat clear coat over the decals.
I had to add an oil cooler shutter cable and that decal didn't get the clear coat treatment and it has started to wear off.

My next panel will be laser...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,599
Posted By bruceh
Yes, just I was just following the manufacturer's...

Yes, just I was just following the manufacturer's instruction on installation of the prop and hub.

I would definitely seek their (Whirlwind's) approval if you deviate from using safety wire that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-22-2019, 10:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,737
Posted By bruceh
Looks like Van's has "improved" the baffle kits...

Looks like Van's has "improved" the baffle kits since I built my airplane. I have my Baffle section of my build log online (https://www.overthehills.com/RV-9A-Project/Firewall-Forward/Baffles/) and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 10:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,281
Posted By bruceh
My wife's friends/coworkers are either in one of...

My wife's friends/coworkers are either in one of two camps. Secretly jealous we can fly away for a weekend somewhere cool, or horrified that she would dare to go up in it for any amount of time.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 11:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,659
Posted By bruceh
Congrats on another RV-9A entering the skies....

Congrats on another RV-9A entering the skies. Have a safe Phase 1.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,599
Posted By bruceh
The prop bolts for the Sensenich GA composite...

The prop bolts for the Sensenich GA composite props use Nord-Locks on them.
The manufacturer says to re-torque after 100 hours and I've never had one get loosened up at all.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2019, 06:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 948
Posted By bruceh
My current list of podcasts has: Airplane...

My current list of podcasts has:
Airplane Geeks
Airspeed
Aviation News Talk
The Green Dot
Hangar Talk
In the Pattern
Just Plane Radio
Podcasting on a Plane
The Finer Points
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 08:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 833
Posted By bruceh
I went down to the local hardware store and got...

I went down to the local hardware store and got some new allen head bolts that were the correct size and don't rub up against the tire.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2019, 07:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 939
Posted By bruceh
I contacted them and got a new one right before I...

I contacted them and got a new one right before I took the airplane in for paint.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Phase-2/i-6FcX3jq/0/24df9044/M/IMG_7458-M.jpg
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2019, 11:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,194
Posted By bruceh
If you have build related questions, please ask...

If you have build related questions, please ask them here, or PM/email me or any other experienced builder. I have done numerous tech counselor visits. Advice is free. Go slowly, be methodical, look...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-10-2019, 11:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 751
Posted By bruceh
I cut them in half with good old metal shears....

I cut them in half with good old metal shears. Once you have them in two pieces, just tape them over the wingtips, mark them with a sharpie or tape, and trim to fit. Sand the edges down to final...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,061
Posted By bruceh
Not aviation specific, but lots of "doozies"...

Not aviation specific, but lots of "doozies" here.

https://www.instagram.com/electricalhacks/

Good for a laugh. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,318
Posted By bruceh
Flying for 2 years and no tail tie down? Van's...

Flying for 2 years and no tail tie down? Van's says to leave the tie down ring in the tail as protection for the fuselage (in case of striking the tail on the ground), not to mention general safety...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-03-2019, 07:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,987
Posted By bruceh
My wing tips are black and I haven't had any...

My wing tips are black and I haven't had any issues with heat from the sun. Even in 100+F temps in the...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 01-03-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,532
Posted By bruceh
I think that Grand Canyon Caverns (L37) along the...

I think that Grand Canyon Caverns (L37) along the old Route 66 near Peach Springs, AZ has a dirt strip and is next to a gas station where you can probably put unleaded fuel into that RV-12.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 717
Posted By bruceh
upgraded gas caps flop tube capacitive fuel...

upgraded gas caps
flop tube
capacitive fuel gauges

Don't worry about the wiring. If you put in the conduit you can pull the wires after the wings are on. Even without the conduit, you can easily...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-18-2018, 05:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,768
Posted By bruceh
Dynon has an instructional video of the...

Dynon has an instructional video of the process:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wFEY3kT97g
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