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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 919
Posted By flion
That happens to me sometimes when it forgets my...

That happens to me sometimes when it forgets my login (don't know why that happens and it is very infrequent). When I login again, I usually have to go to the .net page and back to the forums before...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-04-2020, 07:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 300
Posted By flion
Try googling the models and you'll get all kinds...

Try googling the models and you'll get all kinds of images to print. There was a limited run coffee table book of Vans RV photos once; I think maybe its time for a new edition or 2nd volume.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-02-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By flion
Also, the choice of engine and instruments is up...

Also, the choice of engine and instruments is up to you, so there is no way that Vans Aircraft can give you exact directions. They do make Firewall Forward kits for particular model/engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,083
Posted By flion
I can really relate, X2. I built the wings and...

I can really relate, X2. I built the wings and tail of the -6A in the living room of a 2-bedroom apartment, slowly, while Judith attended medical school. Then the parts languished in storage while...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-02-2020, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 803
Posted By flion
It's not the size of the stuff, but how movable...

It's not the size of the stuff, but how movable it is. I did my cowlings last on the RV-6A but I think I will do them first on the -10. After that, baffling followed by exhaust, but don't torque...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 05:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,196
Posted By flion
I pulled the floors and left skin aft of the main...

I pulled the floors and left skin aft of the main spar and the damage was limited to the skins and doublers. So now that the -6A is flying again, I can drill out the bottom skin and right skin aft...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-01-2020, 09:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,089
Posted By flion
It's hard to tell from a picture but I think that...

It's hard to tell from a picture but I think that it's Ok. Get a local to look at it. The trick for seriously deep counter-sinks is to refill the hole with a structural epoxy (not glassing resin or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 06:51 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,196
Posted By flion
It's just the aircraft that hasn't flown for a...

It's just the aircraft that hasn't flown for a while. I'm still current and haven't lost skills. I was just noting that frame of mind (excitement to get this plane back in the air, in my case) can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2020, 06:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,196
Posted By flion
Another 'Getthereitis' cautionary tail, ground version

This has been an exhilarating month. Since being released from a heavy teaching load thanks to the CoV-2 strain, I've finally been able to get to the panel change on my RV-6A and have accomplished...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 557
Posted By flion
When countersinking in thin aluminum, always be...

When countersinking in thin aluminum, always be sure there is a backup piece to guide the pilot. When the countersink creates a 'knife edge' around the hole, the pilot can wander. If there is not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-26-2020, 10:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,149
Posted By flion
More than one way to skin this cat. However, I...

More than one way to skin this cat. However, I can't see any downside to putting in a return wire just to make things sure. I built my -6A without and the Blue Mountain EFIS did not register, even...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 06-19-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By flion
I think you need to ask these questions of AFP,...

I think you need to ask these questions of AFP, they are experts in the field. My low-wing RV-6A has AFP injection but uses a boost pump for pressurization during takeoff and landing. The engine...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-18-2020, 08:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 550
Posted By flion
Thanks for that second option. Garmin stubbornly...

Thanks for that second option. Garmin stubbornly refuses to port the Pilot app to Windows and I stubbornly refuse to buy a non-windows tablet just to get one app.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,886
Posted By flion
I second the auto-body guy option but if that...

I second the auto-body guy option but if that does not work, then replace the skin. Removing an entire skin is not an option? Of course it is. I had to replace both horizontal stabilizer skins on...
Forum: RV-10 06-17-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 19,182
Posted By flion
If you read the thread, the POH is posted here on...

If you read the thread, the POH is posted here on Doug's site. Moderators, maybe this thread should be locked?
Forum: RV-10 06-14-2020, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By flion
That's the right idea. My friend also made a...

That's the right idea. My friend also made a drilling jig for the steps from a nylon block, so my inserts are match-drilled to the step and mount in place and absolutely through the center of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 05:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,223
Posted By flion
If I were going to all the trouble of drawing up...

If I were going to all the trouble of drawing up the part in CADCIM, I'd use CNC technology to 'print' the part. I haven't used Solidworks for sheet metal, but other parts have been done for me on a...
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,650
Posted By flion
I'm in the middle of my build (well, actually...

I'm in the middle of my build (well, actually going backwards but the good news is that the fuselage damage from the lift failure wasn't too bad and so I only have to redo three skins and the...
Forum: Tools 06-10-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,397
Posted By flion
Brace yourself for the firewall forward. I...

Brace yourself for the firewall forward. I bought a set of common AN-3 and -4 bolts, which came with washers and stop nuts. But I also bought many sizes of adel clamps and metal stop nuts, and a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-10-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 354
Views: 115,840
Posted By flion
Sure enough, I guess I didn't read the 400+ page...

Sure enough, I guess I didn't read the 400+ page manual closely enough. :p Ok, now I'mma happy camper. Thanks for that.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-10-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 354
Views: 115,840
Posted By flion
Leader Line

Just getting my G3X upgrade done (finally) after years flying behind Blue Mountain. It's going to be great but what I'm going to miss is the 5 minute leader line that Blue Mountain displayed. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 07:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,223
Posted By flion
Solidworks is fun, isn't it? You'd have to ask...

Solidworks is fun, isn't it? You'd have to ask Vans to be sure, but I'd assume they use the sheet metal feature for sheet metal parts with the material set appropriately to preserve bend radius and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-05-2020, 05:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 863
Posted By flion
Ok, why not? Not arguing, just curious what...

Ok, why not? Not arguing, just curious what problems I can expect.

To the OP, I can't speak for the -8, but on my -6A all units are behind the panel except for the pitot/AOA (of course), and the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2020, 05:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,262
Posted By flion
I lost two before the aircraft was 200 hours. It...

I lost two before the aircraft was 200 hours. It was the regulator in both cases and I had cooling air on them, but I'm not convinced they died due to heat; the first one lasted two summers flying...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-04-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 543
Views: 153,317
Posted By flion
Don't forget that your spinner is actually a...

Don't forget that your spinner is actually a larger diameter than that backplate. You may be exactly where you want to be.
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 547
Posted By flion
Instead of guessing about other adhesives, you...

Instead of guessing about other adhesives, you could probably use proseal. But 1) I've not heard of one of these coming out and 2) safety wire seems more reasonable - if you need to replace the...
Forum: RV-10 06-01-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,775
Posted By flion
Nah. If they'd been REALLY bad, they'd be...

Nah. If they'd been REALLY bad, they'd be castrated nuts... :rolleyes:
Forum: Painting your RV 05-30-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,432
Posted By flion
I loved working with Scheme Designers. All I had...

I loved working with Scheme Designers. All I had going in were the general colors and the nose art. They came up with dozens of ideas for me, and then variations on the color scheme when we...
Forum: RV-10 05-29-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 540
Posted By flion
Wait until you drill the VS-1008, since you will...

Wait until you drill the VS-1008, since you will be enlarging the hole to #30. If the mark still shows, buff and dab with primer when you prime the VS-1008. A spot of primer there won't show as it...
Forum: RV-10 05-29-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 882
Posted By flion
Welcome to VAF and you've already gotten some...

Welcome to VAF and you've already gotten some good words. Building is an adventure and some of us enjoy that as much or more than flying. On the other hand, I am finding maintenance to be less...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 963
Posted By flion
It doesn't even have to fall. With both struts...

It doesn't even have to fall. With both struts locked it is still pretty flexible and vulnerable to gusts, not to mention acting like a huge sail.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-28-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By flion
I'd also recommend buying at least three cages,...

I'd also recommend buying at least three cages, if not one for every cutter. I got through my RV-6A build without but it was very tiresome changing the cutters all the time. It's very handy having at...
Forum: RV-10 05-22-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Posted By flion
It greatly depends on your overall plan for your...

It greatly depends on your overall plan for your build. If you are doing a straight-forward build according to Van's basic design, then very little needs to be done in the tail cone. Conduit would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,710
Posted By flion
.032 skin - inboard wing and stabilizers .025...

.032 skin - inboard wing and stabilizers
.025 skin - outboard wing, flap, and possibly rudder and elevators
.016 skin - ailerons and possibly rudder and elevators
In the face of Van's recommendation...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By flion
The exit through the firewall and the nearby...

The exit through the firewall and the nearby clamp pretty well locks that location down. Anything you seal it with should not be subject to motion from use. And if you look at the plans for Van's...
Forum: RV-10 04-27-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 749
Posted By flion
That tight radius is going to defeat you with the...

That tight radius is going to defeat you with the bolt, too. The flat undersurface of a bolt or nut will not mate well. But I wouldn't worry too much because the rivet here is in shear, not tension....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 30,282
Posted By flion
I agree with this wholeheartedly. Having...

I agree with this wholeheartedly. Having suffered a collapse on my -6A, I have learned. Proper technique is to keep that nosewheel up, which means airspeed control on final. I noticed that the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-11-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,361
Posted By flion
I'm going to be the dissenting opinion here, but...

I'm going to be the dissenting opinion here, but my viewpoint is not about convenience. What everyone has said so far is true about the ease of disconnecting an engine. But what I object to is the...
Forum: RV-10 04-11-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 586
Posted By flion
Fit everything, then remove for riveting (all but...

Fit everything, then remove for riveting (all but the wiring). If you can't reinstall after the skin is on, then you'll have problems if you need to maintain/inspect. I used SafeAir for my pitot/AOA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 800
Posted By flion
Also, from my physician SO who is making a few of...

Also, from my physician SO who is making a few of those 'protect others' masks, you do not want to use a knit fabric (t-shirts, sweats, etc.), but a woven one (bandanas, for example). She's been...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By flion
Better relieve them a bit more for paint...

Better relieve them a bit more for paint clearance. They can be a bit loose, the retainer will keep them in. And there's plenty of bearing surface on the outside.
Forum: RV-10 04-04-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,695
Posted By flion
Personally, I like Aircraft Tool Supply...

Personally, I like Aircraft Tool Supply (https://aircraft-tool.com) now that Avery is gone. Get a kit that doesn't include sockets, dogbones, and screwdrivers. I think either the Journeyman's or RV...
Forum: RV-10 04-03-2020, 08:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 398
Posted By flion
I agree with the advice to move on. I does look...

I agree with the advice to move on. I does look like a mis-dimple was redone. The corresponding hole under the skin is probably fine, so the rivet is good. I'd put a dab of structural epoxy in the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-19-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 694
Posted By flion
You don't need to log a change to your W&B info...

You don't need to log a change to your W&B info in your POH unless the aircraft itself has changed. Modifying the aircraft in such a way that the CG or empty weight changes (like a paint job, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 18,598
Posted By flion
My nick is not aviation related and I doubt my...

My nick is not aviation related and I doubt my fellow local pilots even know what it is. I'll try to keep it brief. As a teenager, I developed interests in Shakespeare and also ancient military...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2020, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,067
Posted By flion
An alternative is to run to the store for a...

An alternative is to run to the store for a shotgun cleaning kit. Clean, lube, and then cap to keep contaminates out.
Forum: RV-10 02-12-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 703
Posted By flion
You should be Ok. Check page 12-6 for a...

You should be Ok. Check page 12-6 for a cross-section of the fairing screws. I'm a bit surprised there is so little grip surface for the screw threads, but the similar holes for my -6A have gotten...
Forum: RV-10 01-09-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By flion
I fitted my steps as-is and, while in place,...

I fitted my steps as-is and, while in place, marked where they bear in the plastic. Then I took them to a powder-coater who beaded any rust off of them before masking and coating them. When I got...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 743
Posted By flion
I was going for an indirect lighting effect, so...

I was going for an indirect lighting effect, so mine are wrapped top, sides, and bottom near the front of the box so it is harder to get a direct line of sight to an individual LED. I also made sure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 569
Posted By flion
I can't help you with the missing logo cutout,...

I can't help you with the missing logo cutout, but there is no plastic included in the kit. I bought a sheet of .093 acrylic at Home Depot, used a table saw to cut a 9" wide strip, and held it in...
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,658
Posted By flion
Oddly, I can't find OP-56. OP-37 is the wiring...

Oddly, I can't find OP-56. OP-37 is the wiring harness instructions and on OP37-16 they show a small hole drilled just below the bottom VS-1010 bracket in the center of the spar through the VS spar...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 02:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,357
Posted By flion
Great idea! Done and done. ...

Great idea! Done and done. http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=178004
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 357
Posted By flion
Christmas Video

Here's a Van's-related Christmas video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPndAAY_yyI. I hope you all enjoy it and have a merry and safe Christmas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,357
Posted By flion
Well, I modded my sign with an under-$30 kit from...

Well, I modded my sign with an under-$30 kit from Amazon, plus a 0.093 acrylic sheet behind the face of the sign to keep out the bugs. Worked just fine and I'll find another use for the supplied...
Forum: RV-10 09-19-2019, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 841
Posted By flion
Shielded cables are generally not much of a...

Shielded cables are generally not much of a problem but it's still good practice to separate power runs from signal cables where practical. In my 10, I ended up with two conduits aft of the baggage...
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,662
Posted By flion
Wolf remote oil filter.

Wolf remote oil filter.
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2019, 07:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By flion
It should not cause a major problem, but ... I...

It should not cause a major problem, but ... I think the reason they have you wait is that the initial fitting of the upper deck skin has a fair amount of tension along there and if you...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-31-2019, 09:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,437
Posted By flion
I was about to make fun of the idea of someone...

I was about to make fun of the idea of someone trying to access the connections for my CAN bus behind my panel; it's not a job for the faint of heart and would probably cause a rogue actor to change...
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 474
Views: 465,056
Posted By flion
That's a beaut. I like your window transitions.

That's a beaut. I like your window transitions.
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2019, 08:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,104
Posted By flion
Lots of good points in your post to ponder but...

Lots of good points in your post to ponder but remember that Vans stands behind the info they post. Here's another thing to think about - I've seen (and did, until I caught on) 'creamed' flares...
Forum: RV-10 07-27-2019, 07:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,104
Posted By flion
From our kit...

From our kit manufacturer:https://www.vansaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/Torque_Spec_Aluminum_Fittings.pdf
Forum: RV-14 07-26-2019, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 673
Posted By flion
Yes. Step 2 is going to have you countersink all...

Yes. Step 2 is going to have you countersink all those holes and the pilot is likely to jam and break if you haven't already final drilled them, assuming it will even go in. Don't forget to de-burr...
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