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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By kbalch
The caps have come in. If you've already PM'ed...

The caps have come in. If you've already PM'ed me, I'll be in touch shortly. If you haven't, but would like one, please reach out soon, as this batch isn't likely to last long.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 03:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By kbalch
Congrats! The first flight of your first...

Congrats! The first flight of your first homebuilt is a major life achievement, no doubt.

:):):):)
Forum: RV-14 12-05-2019, 03:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 965
Posted By kbalch
I used the specified 3M tape for all of my...

I used the specified 3M tape for all of my trailing edge wedges with excellent results. Given that the tape's purpose is simply as an alignment aid and is not meant to rigidly hold the wedge and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By kbalch
Apologies; it's cleared now.

Apologies; it's cleared now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 951
Posted By kbalch
The first batch of these hats sold out and I've...

The first batch of these hats sold out and I've been thinking of placing another order.

If you'd be interested in purchasing one (or more!), please send me a PM. I'll gauge interest over the next...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,773
Posted By kbalch
Exactly this. Get transition training sufficient...

Exactly this. Get transition training sufficient to ensure that your competence and confidence are up to snuff for the first flight.

In my certain-to-be-unpopular opinion, there's no need...
Forum: RV-14 11-27-2019, 12:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 669
Posted By kbalch
Alex is correct: the plastic SV-5 called out in...

Alex is correct: the plastic SV-5 called out in the plans is not included with the kit. Too many builders (including me!) were exchanging them for the superior aluminum version.

Get the nice ones...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,101
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, all, for the excellent suggestions. I'll...

Thanks, all, for the excellent suggestions. I'll get this thing licked, no doubt.



Sorry, but no email received as yet.



Thanks, Walt. I've ordered that special crowfoot and am hopeful that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,101
Posted By kbalch
I've been trying to make that little wrench work...

I've been trying to make that little wrench work without cutting it, but I may have to buy a Harbor Freight cheapo to modify. I'm afraid that, even if the modified wrench will fit, my hand is too...
Forum: RV-14 11-24-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Posted By kbalch
Obviously, something is seriously amiss there. ...

Obviously, something is seriously amiss there. That's so far off that I'm amazed it wasn't noticed at the factory prior to shipment. Show the pics to Van's first thing tomorrow and let them send...
Forum: RV-14 11-24-2019, 01:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 341
Posted By kbalch
No gasket is intended or necessary in that...

No gasket is intended or necessary in that position. Between the throttle body and the engine, yes, but not between the snorkel and the throttle body.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2019, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,101
Posted By kbalch
I've gotten the nut started and spun down the...

I've gotten the nut started and spun down the stud against the washers, but despite being able to get a standard gear-wrench on the nut, it won't turn. Either I don't have enough swing for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2019, 02:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,101
Posted By kbalch
B&C alternator installation...

The time to install the backup alternator finally arrived this afternoon and, as expected, starting and torquing three of the four nuts was easy. Getting the fourth one started was a bear, but was...
Forum: RV-14 11-22-2019, 04:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,611
Posted By kbalch
As someone who has a fair amount of tailwheel...

As someone who has a fair amount of tailwheel time and has instructed in everything from the Decathlon to the T-6, there's no particular romance to them for me anymore. It's a matter of choosing the...
Forum: RV-14 11-20-2019, 02:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,577
Posted By kbalch
Apparently so. With the -14's tail up on...

Apparently so. With the -14's tail up on takeoff, it won't take much over rotation to place the prop disc in closer proximity to the ground than the -14A's in its normal three-point attitude. Not...
Forum: RV-14 11-20-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,577
Posted By kbalch
All else being equal, at any given RPM, greater...

All else being equal, at any given RPM, greater blade length will yield greater thrust. I chose the 74" version for my -14A.

FWIW, when I spoke to Mike Seager back in September, he agreed that the...
Forum: RV-14 11-16-2019, 10:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By kbalch
Exactly!! My BF collection lives together as...

Exactly!! My BF collection lives together as they're all too large to occupy the usual drawers with their smaller brethren.

:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2019, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,068
Posted By kbalch
This is not true. At least, it's not the entire...

This is not true. At least, it's not the entire truth. :)

Our experimental amateur-built airplanes need to have an annual condition inspection which may be signed off by an A&P or the holder of...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2019, 02:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, all, for the input. I'm still undecided...

Thanks, all, for the input. I'm still undecided on the antenna location, but will bear all of the comments in mind.

Regarding the shunt installation, I believe that I have that in hand now. ...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2019, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 985
Posted By kbalch
Electrical questions...

I've been mounting the many little Garmin boxes on my sub-panel and am beginning to run the various wires forward through the firewall. A few questions:


Page 43-12 Figure 2 shows the WH-P909...
Forum: RV-14 10-22-2019, 08:54 AM
Replies: 135
Sticky: Plan "Gottchas"
Views: 101,714
Posted By kbalch
Yes, the stock transponder coax length is too...

Yes, the stock transponder coax length is too short, but it can be easily extended. Just cut a length of RG-400 cable to suit, then put a male connector on one end and a female on the other. This...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2019, 09:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By kbalch
Thanks, Jim. Sheer stubbornness I have in...

Thanks, Jim. Sheer stubbornness I have in abundance. Unfortunately, I also have large hands. I’ll give it a try as you described and then maybe talk my wife into trying it, too. One way or...
Forum: RV-14 10-11-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,081
Posted By kbalch
B&C alternator installation...

So, I'm working away on my various firewall forward components and have come to the B&C backup alternator (vacuum pad-mounted). It takes up a fair amount of space, though with a little massaging of...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By kbalch
I really don't. I just won't let an attempt at...

I really don't. I just won't let an attempt at glossing over the objective truth about these airplanes (definitely pitch-sensitive, though well within the bounds of controllability and even fun for...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2019, 02:33 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By kbalch
I hear what you're saying, but the editor in me...

I hear what you're saying, but the editor in me is forcing me to point out that airplanes are (where and as appropriate) invariably described as "pitch-sensitive" not "pitch-responsive." I'll submit...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2019, 01:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By kbalch
Sure, though that won't be the first thought of...

Sure, though that won't be the first thought of anyone coming from the spam can side of GA. Unless someone has a bit of time with other "thumb and two fingers" control pressure (not movement!)...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,162
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!! As others have said, RVs are...

Congrats!!

As others have said, RVs are pitch-sensitive and the trim motor speed can be adjusted. This should all have been covered in your transition training... :-)
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By kbalch
Definitely not. I don't want to encourage anyone...

Definitely not. I don't want to encourage anyone to put weight on them. I'd also like to at least try to keep people's pointy, kicking, careless toes away from the fuselage sides.

Even so, I'll...
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2019, 03:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By kbalch
On my last RV, I didn't use wingwalk material at...

On my last RV, I didn't use wingwalk material at all; I didn't like the look of it on my gorgeous Stars & Stripes paint job. I was always extremely careful of my footing and watched passengers like...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,163
Posted By kbalch
Are you guys running Airstop tubes? I'd be...

Are you guys running Airstop tubes? I'd be concerned to learn that they're leaking down 2-5 PSI in two weeks.
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By kbalch
Exactly this. I never let non-pilot passengers...

Exactly this. I never let non-pilot passengers step up on a wing unobserved and unescorted; I'm always ready to grab an ankle to guide a foot to the right place.

I won't be painting wingwalk...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By kbalch
Good call - bending that tab was the solution. ...

Good call - bending that tab was the solution. It barely required any bending back, either.

Onward! :)
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2019, 03:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By kbalch
Yep, I found that out the hard way. Oh, well -...

Yep, I found that out the hard way. Oh, well - nobody's likely to ever see my airplane with cowling off, anyway.



That's the sort of information which belongs in the manual, but Van's... ...
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2019, 02:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 636
Posted By kbalch
Baffle install query...

I test fit the baffles to the engine and, while the manual mentions that the right side might be difficult and require temporary repositioning of the oil return line (it didn't), it makes no mention...
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 423
Posted By kbalch
Well, I figured it out. :-) The brackets go on...

Well, I figured it out. :-)

The brackets go on the right side, which is the only place where the aft center bracket can fit, given that its nutplates have to be in position for the aft...
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2019, 12:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 423
Posted By kbalch
Baffling question...

I'm working on my engine baffles and have a question about 47-06, Figure 2:

To which side of the engine case are the two brackets attached (right side or left side under the fuel injector...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2019, 08:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By kbalch
That's true, though a damper can also function to...

That's true, though a damper can also function to alleviate some rudder pressure (think of it as pseudo-trim). I don't know if the G3X system will permit one to designate a new "center" position,...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2019, 03:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 759
Posted By kbalch
I've installed the hardware, but haven't flown...

I've installed the hardware, but haven't flown the plane yet (a few more months to go). Avoiding the necessity for an ugly external trim tab was a large part of my motivation for the yaw damper in...
Forum: RV-14 09-05-2019, 05:08 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 502
Posted By kbalch
I ran into the same puzzlement a short while...

I ran into the same puzzlement a short while back. No female pins are supplied, the instructions notwithstanding. I wound up clipping off the micro-Molex pins that came crimped on those three...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 10:20 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Sure, if you only have $50K, then be upfront, say...

Sure, if you only have $50K, then be upfront, say exactly that, and ask if there's any possibility. I'd be fine with that as a seller. Simply asking, however, if a seller is negotiable (in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 10:09 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
I'm with you 100%. I had a similar situation...

I'm with you 100%. I had a similar situation about five years back where I'd accepted an offer from a friend for a very nice Colt Python and gave him a month to get the funds together. About...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 10:03 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
When acting as a buyer, while I'll never ask the...

When acting as a buyer, while I'll never ask the "what's the least you'll take for it" question, I always ask, in one form or another, "since nothing's perfect, what's wrong with it?" Sometimes I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 10:00 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
I'd probably have told Buyer 2 that he's second...

I'd probably have told Buyer 2 that he's second in the queue and that I felt obligated to at least offer Buyer 1 the opportunity to match his offer. Then call Buyer 1 and describe the situation. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Fair question (no example too trivial for me, but...

Fair question (no example too trivial for me, but I'm notoriously meticulous (my wife would probably say "anal")). :)

I would note the entire sum spent on the rivet purchase for my records and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Fair point. I guess I’ve been unlucky in not...

Fair point. I guess I’ve been unlucky in not meeting too many folks with a brain, at least amongst the set of guys who’ve opened conversations with “what’s the least you’ll take?” When I’ve...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Sure, but that’s not the way these situations...

Sure, but that’s not the way these situations usually develop.

In my experience, it’s not a matter of two simultaneous offers. It’s nearly always one guy who says (effectively), “Take my lowball...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Yes, I keep meticulous records of every purchase...

Yes, I keep meticulous records of every purchase made for my projects (no matter how small) and submit them when it’s time for sales tax calculation. Don’t you?

The last thing I am is a hypocrite.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Exactly right. Man, I won't. The price is...

Exactly right.



Man, I won't. The price is what it is and was arrived at by calculation not chance.

Whether or not a buyer has financing is one of my first questions and is usually addressed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Then there's the old "I'm a cash buyer" BS. Who...

Then there's the old "I'm a cash buyer" BS. Who gives a flying crapola? The seller always gets cash (or its equivalent) one way or another. Why they think I'll be impressed with their tiny wad is...
Forum: RV-14 09-02-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,918
Posted By kbalch
Good info. Looks as though I'll be getting...

Good info. Looks as though I'll be getting proactive with it. I'll do the elevator trim servo before screwing the empennage fairing down in a few days for the last time pre-inspection. The wings...
Forum: RV-14 09-02-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,918
Posted By kbalch
I'll be powering up my airplane for the first...

I'll be powering up my airplane for the first time in the next couple of months and will be watching the micro-molex connections on the pitch & roll trim motors very carefully. If they seem at all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 10:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By kbalch
Can you cite an authoritative reference for this...

Can you cite an authoritative reference for this claim? I've been all through the tech data sheets over the years and don't recall a single specific reference to metal/rubber interfaces. At the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 11,669
Posted By kbalch
Having sold airplanes, exotic cars, and various...

Having sold airplanes, exotic cars, and various other small market items over the years, the absolute worst thing a prospective buyer can ever say to me is some variation of "what's the least you'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,284
Posted By kbalch
I'm not sure why the current thinking is to avoid...

I'm not sure why the current thinking is to avoid Fuel Lube. I've never used anything else on NPT fittings and never had a leak or other issue with them. Yes, it would be a problem if someone...
Forum: RV-14 09-01-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,056
Posted By kbalch
Maybe ask Stein Air for their cutting...

Maybe ask Stein Air for their cutting dimensions...?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 456
Posted By kbalch
Yep, definitely call Leah. She's been great and...

Yep, definitely call Leah. She's been great and has promptly answered all of my questions.

I just talked to her yesterday, in fact, since I figured it was worth mentioning (with Dorian approaching...
Forum: RV-14 08-29-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,562
Posted By kbalch
I make dated entries in a simple Pages table...

I make dated entries in a simple Pages table summarizing each session's completed tasks. Photos are uploaded into a Dropbox folder.

Simple. No need to overthink or over-engineer this.
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,265
Posted By kbalch
That’s just Van’s being Van’s and not properly...

That’s just Van’s being Van’s and not properly updating the form to specify the -390. Those are the correct props, so pick one and get it ordered! :)
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,744
Posted By kbalch
Absolutely. Just take it one hole at a time and...

Absolutely. Just take it one hole at a time and hold the fairing down firmly as you drill.
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 10:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,744
Posted By kbalch
Exactly what I did yesterday. The whole...

Exactly what I did yesterday. The whole flashlight thing is really Rube Goldberg, as is drilling nutplate rivet holes without a proper nutplate jig.
Forum: RV-14 08-05-2019, 05:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 722
Posted By kbalch
This. Looks as though I'm just a couple of weeks...

This. Looks as though I'm just a couple of weeks ahead of you. :)

Build on!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2019, 01:13 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 19,419
Posted By kbalch
To paraphrase Gandhi, "Even with a minority of...

To paraphrase Gandhi, "Even with a minority of one, the truth is the truth." Consider this a minority of at least two! :D



Absolutely; I'd buy that tomorrow.



I don't care for the fastback, but...
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