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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-10-2018, 09:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 748
Posted By czechsix
So if there's no harm done, why not shut off the...

So if there's no harm done, why not shut off the ECU during spark check? I understand you don't have to if you install coil switches, but it sounds like it doesn't hurt anything if you do...? From...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-08-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 748
Posted By czechsix
Does this advice apply to the EFI ECUs as well? ...

Does this advice apply to the EFI ECUs as well? I was planning a switching scheme where I could shut off one channel at a time while also switching the injector relays in order to do a full check of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-07-2018, 11:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 748
Posted By czechsix
Combining pump, coil, and ECU on one fuse

Ross, the SDS EFI wiring diagram for a 4 cyl Lycoming shows a 2A fuse for an ECU channel, 10A fuse for a coilpack, and 15A fuse for a pump. If I were to combine these together (to reduce the number...
Forum: RV-14 06-03-2018, 11:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By czechsix
That makes sense, looking at Crow's website it...

That makes sense, looking at Crow's website it appears they are still shipping harnesses with 1/2" attachment holes and the 14 (and probably all RVs) use 1/4" bolts to attach the belts. Would be...
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2018, 03:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By czechsix
So no issues with installing the Crow or Hooker...

So no issues with installing the Crow or Hooker harnesses in the RV-14 attach lugs? No mods required?
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By czechsix
RV-14 seat belts / harnesses

Before I rivet in my seat belt attach lugs, I have a few questions for those who have already installed harnesses in their -14's:

1) The stock attachment lugs use 1/4" bolt holes and 1/8" spacing...
Forum: RV-14 05-21-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 728
Posted By czechsix
I would have thought it would be the other way...

I would have thought it would be the other way around ($100 more for the Slick interface)...with the Slick you're buying an extra sensor that picks up the tach signal, whereas with the PMag you're...
Forum: RV-14 05-17-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,344
Posted By czechsix
Bill, I'm way behind your stage in the build...

Bill,

I'm way behind your stage in the build and haven't mounted my wings to the fuselage yet, but on the wing stand I get approx 3 deg reflex when the flaps make contact with the rear spar. Dunno...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By czechsix
Yeah I wasn't even going to get into the...

Yeah I wasn't even going to get into the structural analysis part in this thread...I've thought about it quite a bit and I'm also familiar with how the lap belt anchors are designed in other RVs, so...
Forum: RV-14 05-14-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By czechsix
The OP in the above link states "I found Van's...

The OP in the above link states "I found Van's claim that the crotch strap will keep your head from hitting the canopy not to be the case for me. The aft location of the lap belt anchor points still...
Forum: RV-14 05-14-2018, 11:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 730
Posted By czechsix
Lap belt attachment location in RV-14

As I work through the fuselage floor sections I've been thinking about moving the lap belt attach lugs a few inches further forward. What got my attention was this post from the General Discussion...
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2018, 10:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,156
Posted By czechsix
Ken, I built an RV-8A slow build in the pre...

Ken, I built an RV-8A slow build in the pre matched hole days (outer skins prepunched but substructure was not so I had to build jigs for everything). Having now built the empennage and wings and...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,525
Posted By czechsix
I had a map box in my RV-8A and for all the...

I had a map box in my RV-8A and for all the reasons others have mentioned I loved it and don't know where I would have put all that stuff. I also had a side pocket compartment, but didn't like...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,426
Posted By czechsix
Are you talking about a tab or a wedge on your...

Are you talking about a tab or a wedge on your rudder? I believe if you put a wedge on the right side of the rudder trailing edge, it will provide nose left trim moment. You would have needed the...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 540
Posted By czechsix
Yes, dimple them. IIRC the only #30 holes that...

Yes, dimple them. IIRC the only #30 holes that do not get dimpled are the four where the rudder stop attaches.
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,574
Posted By czechsix
That's sorta what I was thinking...'budget' and...

That's sorta what I was thinking...'budget' and 'RV-14' don't really belong in the same sentence :D But I guess it's all relative to what your budget is. You could certainly build an RV-14 for a...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,650
Posted By czechsix
I am perplexed about how properly tightened...

I am perplexed about how properly tightened locknuts securing the lead weights could come loose. I can imagine a very small amount of compression of the lead happening over thermal cycles and such,...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 42,867
Posted By czechsix
Looks nice, did you have to do a lot of work to...

Looks nice, did you have to do a lot of work to get that fit, or were the trim lines pretty close to perfect? One thing to keep in mind is that a small gap is a good thing to avoid chipping the...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,025
Posted By czechsix
Hi Todd, That is correct, the upper aft portion...

Hi Todd,

That is correct, the upper aft portion of the RV-10/RV-14 airfoil reflexes upward about 3 degrees. Once you get the flaps and ailerons installed and rigged you'll see that the reflex of...
Forum: RV-14 04-12-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,335
Posted By czechsix
Just curious what you plan to use the switch for?...

Just curious what you plan to use the switch for? Traditionally they are often used to run the Hobbs, but G3X (and presumably all the other EFIS systems) will track engine hours without needing the...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By czechsix
Looks like you got it figured out, thanks Bill!

Looks like you got it figured out, thanks Bill!
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,583
Posted By czechsix
Dan, have you tested the 'variable exit panel'...

Dan, have you tested the 'variable exit panel' (aka cowl flap?) during hot weather and/or long ground runs like at OSH to confirm that it provides adequate cooling under those conditions? Or is that...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By czechsix
Sure, email them to me and I'll post them if...

Sure, email them to me and I'll post them if others are interested in seeing them. I rarely post pictures as well, so every time I do it I've got to go figure it all out again. Sure wish VAF could...
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 578
Posted By czechsix
Adjustment of seat cushion vs. crotch strap location

My first airplane was an RV-8A that did not have an adjustable seatback, therefore the cushions only had to fit in one geometry. Seeing as how the RV-14 has several hinge points for the seatback, it...
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By czechsix
Bill, I meant to ask about your internal covers...

Bill, I meant to ask about your internal covers for the cockpit area. I found early on with my -8A that the canopy cover would scratch the plexi especially when it's windy and the cover is moving...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,242
Posted By czechsix
Thanks Bill, I remember dialoguing with you on...

Thanks Bill, I remember dialoguing with you on the old Matronics forum when we were both building RV-8As. Now that I'm also building a -14A I read this post with great interest. A few questions &...
Forum: RV-14 04-01-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 880
Posted By czechsix
I mounted mine just aft of the spar and adjacent...

I mounted mine just aft of the spar and adjacent to the next rib inboard from the tie-down location for the express reason of avoiding interference with the tiedown ropes. If you're using your own...
Forum: RV-14 03-31-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,918
Posted By czechsix
Wiring into the canopy

One thing that occurred to me recently is that most builders are putting at least one GPS antenna on the glare shield of the RV-14, and then there's other wiring such as the canopy latched switch and...
Forum: RV-14 03-29-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 836
Posted By czechsix
I don't have it yet but am planning to use the...

I don't have it yet but am planning to use the Artex 345. It just looks better quality to me than the ACK unit and one nice thing about Artex is they support the ability to do a full test to verify...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-26-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,557
Posted By czechsix
Ross, the RV-14 I'm building has a larger panel...

Ross, the RV-14 I'm building has a larger panel than most of the RVs (other than the -10) and 5x4 is going to be hard to find space for in my panel layout with dual G3X displays, an IFR stack in the...
Forum: RV-14 03-17-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,887
Posted By czechsix
I have tried to post pictures on VAF before with...

I have tried to post pictures on VAF before with links to my Google Photos account (putting the pics in a folder that can be publicly shared). Sometimes it has worked, other times I'm the only one...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-17-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,557
Posted By czechsix
I've been thinking a lot about switch...

I've been thinking a lot about switch configurations for the EFI system in my RV-14A. A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend a dozen hours flying an RV-12, and it really struck me how simple...
Forum: RV-14 03-04-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 29,861
Posted By czechsix
Awesome looking airplane and panel!!

Awesome looking airplane and panel!!
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2018, 05:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,805
Posted By czechsix
I initially tried backriveting per the plans, but...

I initially tried backriveting per the plans, but after half a dozen rivets I wasn't happy with it...it seemed like even though I had the TE flat on the backplate, the riveting process was slightly...
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,805
Posted By czechsix
I did all my TE rivets with my hand squeezer. I...

I did all my TE rivets with my hand squeezer. I felt it gave me better control than a pneumatic squeezer or rivet gun.
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,805
Posted By czechsix
I just eyeballed mine and drilled it on my...

I just eyeballed mine and drilled it on my workbench with my trusty ol' Makita.

YMMV...
Forum: RV-14 02-24-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By czechsix
Yep, rivet shavers and high build primer will...

Yep, rivet shavers and high build primer will help...Did that on my -8A, it was a lot of work and I never was really happy with the end result. So much easier to just dimple, and those rivets came...
Forum: RV-14 02-24-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By czechsix
Or consider dimpling the holes in the tank skin...

Or consider dimpling the holes in the tank skin and aft baffle flanges. It will be self aligning, less work, stronger, and most of all give you much nicer results aesthetically. See my other posts...
Forum: RV-14 02-22-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,301
Posted By czechsix
All other things being equal (like avionics), the...

All other things being equal (like avionics), the RV-10 standard build airframe kits add up to about $13K more than the RV-14, and the IO-540 is $14K more than a 390. By the time you add up other...
Forum: RV-14 02-22-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,621
Posted By czechsix
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: RV-14 02-22-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,621
Posted By czechsix
I like all the guys at Vans, they are a great...

I like all the guys at Vans, they are a great bunch and I'm a huge fan of their product. But it just seems to be part of their company culture that they'll answer a thousand emails/phone calls/VAF...
Forum: RV-14 02-20-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,648
Posted By czechsix
I also recently installed the Cleaveland ports in...

I also recently installed the Cleaveland ports in my 14 tailcone with no issues. I used Proseal to glue them in. Follow the directions so you don't put adhesive on the inner flange which needs to...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,126
Posted By czechsix
I'm having a hard time visualizing exactly where...

I'm having a hard time visualizing exactly where the interference was, or how to prevent the same issue when I get to the canopy phase, but the idea of cutting a slot to relieve stress makes me...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,141
Posted By czechsix
In the Garmin G3X autopilot what you are...

In the Garmin G3X autopilot what you are describing as TCS is called CWS (Control Wheel Steering). It is accomplished using the same momentary pushbutton as the AP Disconnect (usually red and...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,141
Posted By czechsix
In my RV-8A I always used the AP button on the...

In my RV-8A I always used the AP button on the GMC or the red button on the stick to engage/ disengage the autopilot. I also had a toggle switch that could shut off servo power, but it was there...
Forum: RV-14 01-28-2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,475
Posted By czechsix
Marvin, why did you install the PC680 in that...

Marvin, why did you install the PC680 in that area instead of the stock kit location on the firewall?
Forum: RV-14 01-22-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 718
Posted By czechsix
I got my wings secondhand and the countersinking...

I got my wings secondhand and the countersinking & riveting in the wingwalks area looked pretty bad. I ordered new upper inboard skins and wingwalks doublers and dimpled the ribs, doublers, and...
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2018, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,126
Posted By czechsix
Thanks Eric, Happy New Year to you as well!

Thanks Eric, Happy New Year to you as well!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,786
Posted By czechsix
Are there any -14A's in this year's calendar? ...

Are there any -14A's in this year's calendar? Bought the calendar the last two years in a row now, and still no -14A picture to hang on the wall... :(
Forum: RV-14 12-17-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,356
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 12-17-2017, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,837
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, 08:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,126
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, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
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, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 886
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, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 983
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, 04:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,842
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, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,293
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 10-12-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,483
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, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,883
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, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,433
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, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,483
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, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,483
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...
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