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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2019, 12:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,240
Posted By rv8ch
goals can change over time

If your build goes on for many years, there's a chance your goals can change. I know mine did. I started the build because I wanted a unique aircraft. As I began to build, I realized that the...
Forum: International 11-11-2019, 04:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By rv8ch
thanks!

Thanks for the kind words, gents. Looking forward to some air-to-air photos with the Mont Blanc in the background! :D
Forum: Safety 11-11-2019, 02:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,731
Posted By rv8ch
Sawzall

When you put it like that, I think you are right - I'll keep my eye out for a good product like that. Just for the piece of mind. I can see scenarios where it might come in handy. Some newer...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,731
Posted By rv8ch
sparks?

I agree - only concern is that if there is leaking fuel, would the motor in the electric sawsall generate sparks?
Forum: International 11-10-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 204
Posted By rv8ch
Excellent European paint shop - aerostyll

Just a quick shoutout for any of you European builders or owners that need a quality paint job. I took my RV-8 to this shop in the south of France https://www.aerostyll.com/en and am absolutely...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-10-2019, 02:01 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,888
Posted By rv8ch
why do CHTs drop after break in?

I'm starting to plan for my first engine start and hopefully soon after break in, and as usual, overthinking everything. I just found this thread, and it did trigger a question - why would CHTs drop...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2019, 03:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By rv8ch
picture

Sure - here are a couple.

http://www.rv8.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/img_2130-1024x1024.jpg

http://www.rv8.ch/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/img_2108-1024x768.jpg

Please keep in mind that I'm not...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-08-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,711
Posted By rv8ch
122.8

Try that in Central Texas where most airports are on 122.8. The guys that say this usually forget to start with the airport name. Almost as bad as a meow-war on guard. Lots of fun!
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-08-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 927
Posted By rv8ch
Hall Effect Sensor

I just put one hall effect sensor between the B lead and the battery. It seemed much more reliable and simpler to install than a...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-07-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,711
Posted By rv8ch
freq change - check the AIM

The AIM says to give them something useful, and avoid fluff.

Austin approach - n12345 - 3500 ft

https://airresearch.com/Pilots/AIM-08/Chap5/aim0503.html
Forum: Job Board 11-06-2019, 11:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,058
Posted By rv8ch
Manager Tools/Career Tools

My advice to him is to go to this website, and just do everything they say. https://www.manager-tools.com/all-podcasts?field_content_domain_tid=5

There is a Career Tools podcast and a lot of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-05-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 391
Posted By rv8ch
conduit

Here's how I did it, and it really worked well. Easy to get all the cables in that I needed. I had to create a cutout to exit for the wing servo, and that also just required a couple of holes. ...
Forum: International 11-04-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 469
Posted By rv8ch
USPS

If you ask nicely, Van's will ship USPS. You need to be aware if the package gets lost they won't replace it. I've never lost a package, so I always use USPS when possible - much cheaper and more...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-02-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,640
Posted By rv8ch
Sad news

Struggling for words - DD was just a great guy, and someone who always made me feel good. Very experienced but amazingly humble. He's forgotten more about flying than I'll ever know. He taught me...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2019, 02:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,299
Posted By rv8ch
shroud

Found this one - I guess it's what is being suggested. Seems simple and solid.

https://southernairboat.com/photopost/data/500/Shroud.jpg
Forum: Autopilots 11-01-2019, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,496
Posted By rv8ch
emergency landing system

You could just hook it up to your magnetos and the autopilot could fly with whatever throttle setting it has to a safe approach, cutting the mags when it has enough potential energy to make the...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2019, 08:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,010
Posted By rv8ch
screens worked

Looks to me like the screens worked - the engine kept running. The accident was not caused by any type of engine failure. The engine was turning at impact, according to the report I read.
Forum: Safety 11-01-2019, 02:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,010
Posted By rv8ch
Lint in fuel system

Sorry for your loss Barry. Clearly anything foreign in the fuel system is bad, and that's very important for all of us, but it does not seem to have caused the engine to stop, based on the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-31-2019, 08:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 210
Posted By rv8ch
flyleds

My flyleds are awesome. Amazing light shows in the hangar. :D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,299
Posted By rv8ch
shroud images

Hi Wade, do you still have the images of your ground run shroud? They seem to be lost on the imageshack.us site. Thanks, Mickey
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-29-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,963
Posted By rv8ch
Good luck!

Best of luck Mel! I hope they put the hinge on the right way! :D
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-29-2019, 12:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 507
Posted By rv8ch
Buy the plans

I recommend buying the plans USB key (FD PLANS RV-8/8A) if you have not already. Armed with that information, you will have a complete list of parts required to build it. Then, I would call Van's,...
Forum: Safety 10-28-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,731
Posted By rv8ch
cockpit escape - upside down

Great ideas in this thread - seems strange that since there is a risk of this happening that we have not yet converged on the "best" way to get out.

Probably not practical, but I think if I were...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-24-2019, 11:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,996
Posted By rv8ch
Austin land

Jason, plenty of flat land out to the East and South East of Austin. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 03:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 988
Posted By rv8ch
Nothing to it

Just wait for the cash to come into your account, box up the RV, and you're done! Nothing to it. "International" always sounds exotic and complex, but it's really not. If more US companies...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2019, 12:15 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,255
Posted By rv8ch
looks excellent

Very clever design, Otis. Well done!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 11:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,294
Posted By rv8ch
backups

Whatever you do, make sure you have backups. Laptops fail. Disks fail. Web companies go out of business. House fires happen. Theft happens. People make mistakes. Assume any or all of these can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,596
Posted By rv8ch
spreader idea

As wirejock said, brilliant idea. Hope it works, these are scary times I'm sure, but hang in there.

https://en.meming.world/images/en/4/4a/Modern_Problems_Require_Modern_Solutions.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 980,590
Posted By rv8ch
Thanks!

Thanks Steve! Now I've got to get inspections and paperwork done - not a trivial task it seems, but will be interesting I'm sure. :)
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 815
Views: 980,590
Posted By rv8ch
Basically finished - HB-YMM

I'm happy to show you some pictures taken today of my basically finished RV-8. Not all the inspection panels are installed, since I need a final inspection before I can start putting fuel in, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2019, 01:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,843
Posted By rv8ch
VR, stick, hotas, rudder pedals

As mentioned in the other thread, I have a VR setup and I really like it.

http://www.rv8.ch/vr-flight-simulator/

Totally real feeling out the window. You can see everything, and it feels...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2019, 02:51 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,596
Posted By rv8ch
building in a hangar?

Did Van's say that removing the wings if there is a "tight fit" will be hard? Mine was a "normal" fit, so it was easy to get the wings off. Final assembly in the hangar was just a few hours...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-09-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 382
Posted By rv8ch
Perihelion Design Power Deuce Schottky Advanced E-Bus Diode

This might work better:

https://www.periheliondesign.com/powerschottkydiodes.htm

He says it's 0.5 volts drop at 30 amps.
Forum: Fiberglass 10-08-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 312
Posted By rv8ch
Fixing canopy skirt interference

My canopy skirt fit perfectly before paint, but I somehow forgot that paint adds thickness. Now it's a bit tight. I can't close it from inside, but I can from outside. When I do, it feels like I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,457
Posted By rv8ch
wheel dolly

Hi Larry, good idea - how do you get the wheels up there? With a jack or a ramp?

I'm looking for a solution that will do the following:

1) work with the very low profile wheel pants on
2) avoid...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-06-2019, 01:08 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 287
Posted By rv8ch
GRT AOA plumbing

The GRT AOA install documentation suggests using an AOA probe like the Dynon probe or a second tube pointed about 45 degrees down just under the pitot to determine the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 564
Posted By rv8ch
imovie?

Have you tried imovie?

https://support.apple.com/kb/PH22888?locale=en_US

or this one:

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/quick-camera/id598853070?mt=12

Photobooth works ok for me with my cheapo...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-01-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By rv8ch
small connector

For what you have in there you need about 7 pins and I could not find a small enough connector - surely there is one, but I think the simplest solution would be to exit the wires at the bottom front...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-30-2019, 02:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By rv8ch
removable rear stick

I made mine removable - I only have PTT in the rear, and I put it on the side panel, not the stick. Don't plan on having a lot of flying happening from the rear, which is why I want to be able to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2019, 02:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,063
Posted By rv8ch
mass balance with tail beacon

Did you have to add much to offset the tail beacon?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-28-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 57,280
Posted By rv8ch
removeable lower cowl baffle seal

This seems like a good idea - do you have any photos of the inside?
Forum: Reviews 09-24-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 476
Posted By rv8ch
tow bar

Great service! I just bought one for my 8 and it's really nice. I was worried I'd have to do all kinds of things to make it work - spacers, longer bolts, etc. but it seems like it works fine on the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-23-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,989
Posted By rv8ch
DWG instrument panel

Salut Hervé,

Here's a DWG which I believe you can import into solidworks.

https://www.vansaircraft.com/downloads/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 977
Posted By rv8ch
dry ice - do the bolts really shrink?

Has anyone done the math on how much the bolt will actually shrink if cooled to dry ice temperatures? (about -70c) Seems like it would not be enough to make a real difference, but several people...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-20-2019, 12:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By rv8ch
no image

Me neither - I get the standard Google Images grey stop sign.
Forum: RV-3 09-20-2019, 12:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 619
Posted By rv8ch
inflatable car jack

I didn't even know inflatable car jacks were a thing - impressive!
Forum: RV-3 09-19-2019, 08:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 619
Posted By rv8ch
wing jack

If you have a wing jack, then these seem quite nice. I've bought a set but not yet used them in anger.

https://antisplataero.com/products/quality-jack-points
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 740
Posted By rv8ch
Yes - custom cables

All mine were custom, made by mcfarlane. Do you have a specific question about them? I found out the hard way that it's not that obvious how to measure what you want. Take your time, and measure...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-13-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,270
Posted By rv8ch
ground handling

I've tried several x-plane models and this is also my experience. I built a VR sim to practice tailwheel skills, and found that DCS has fairly realistic ground handling. Not clear to me if the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2019, 11:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 815
Posted By rv8ch
use a baby

It's easy - just get a baby, sew up a full body suit made of microfiber cloth, and put the baby in the back where the canopy meets the rear fuselage.

I guess if you don't have a baby laying around,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2019, 01:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,863
Posted By rv8ch
Paint

Totally agree that it's probably best to fly then paint if you can handle the withdrawal from flying for a few weeks. The process for getting a permit to fly in Switzerland is a bit more complex...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,863
Posted By rv8ch
finished

Just to close this story, I took the good advice of some of you and paid a professional moving company to do this. Yes, it cost a small fortune, but I can't imagine what would have happened if I did...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 04:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 783
Posted By rv8ch
Van's is amazing

Have I ever told you guys that I think Van's is amazing? No? Well, it's high time I did!

Put aside for a moment all that airplane stuff we all know and love - I'm talking about *really* amazing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2019, 08:26 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,595
Posted By rv8ch
Easy decision

This has been discussed several times. I think the decision is easy - if you are worried about this risk, and if you have enough money to be an attractive target, just don't sell the aircraft -...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,017
Posted By rv8ch
Change password

If you use the same username or password elsewhere, change the password there as well.

Small reminder, you should never use the same password on different sites.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-27-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,584
Posted By rv8ch
3 position switch

Don't worry about the "off" position - if you get a 3 position on-on-on switch, you can just not wire the "off" terminals.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2019, 02:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 869
Posted By rv8ch
parts lists

The parts index (section 4 in preview plans) will give you information about common parts. There are lots of 7xx numbers in my RV-8 kit, and even some 4xx and 6xx parts.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-25-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,965
Posted By rv8ch
Call Bill

I cut a couple myself, and didn't like the result. Used Bill, and it was perfect.

http://www.rv8.ch/panel-received/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2019, 02:33 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,499
Posted By rv8ch
Great manual from Airflow Performance

Great tips in this thread already. Additionally, you mentioned you have a Bendix FI, and I think a lot of the excellent troubleshooting tips in the Airflow Performance manual might be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-31-2019, 02:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,152
Posted By rv8ch
pitch servo installation

Here's how I did it.

http://www.rv8.ch/autopilot-pitch-servo-installation/

I made the bracket a bit longer so that it would be easier to remove the servo if needed. The Dynon instructions were...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-31-2019, 01:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,552
Posted By rv8ch
physical security

Everyone is right - once you give physical access, all bets are off. But still, there are lots of ways that the CAN bus can and should be improved. Reminds me of the early days of ethernet and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-28-2019, 03:35 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,884
Posted By rv8ch
Rare event

Yes, this might be helpful under some very rare circumstances, like main battery failure (wiring problem?) and then during troubleshooting you somehow stop the alternator completely and it needs a...
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