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Forum: RV-14 01-22-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 953
Posted By czechsix
The pipe in the leading edge of the -14 aileron...

The pipe in the leading edge of the -14 aileron is stainless steel. I held mine up next to a compass and it had no effect at all so it shouldn't be an issue locating the magnetometer near the...
Forum: RV-14 11-14-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,807
Posted By czechsix
Has Vans done any performance testing with this...

Has Vans done any performance testing with this new prop? Generally 3-blade props are slower than 2-blade in cruise. Paying 2.5x more than the 2-blade aluminum prop so you can go slower (and make...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2019, 12:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,448
Posted By czechsix
Just curious, was that in flight or only on...

Just curious, was that in flight or only on ground that you had issues? My RV-8 windshield would sometimes fog up on the ground on a cold day but never had any issue in flight. For taxi & preflight...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2019, 12:26 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,424
Posted By czechsix
What do you have to change to install it then? ...

What do you have to change to install it then? Surely it doesn't require modifying the slot in the outer skin or drilling new rivet holes which would mess up your paint...?
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2019, 10:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,424
Posted By czechsix
Classic Aero latch system

Is the latch a drop-in replacement for the original Van's latch? Is it different in design other than a nicer looking red knob?

If you have a chance to take a photo after installing the new latch...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-28-2019, 05:53 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 144,657
Posted By czechsix
Did you use the Hysol 9430 for any particular...

Did you use the Hysol 9430 for any particular attributes or was it just what you had handy? I have some West System epoxy that I've used for some of the fairing work...any reason it would not be...
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2019, 08:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,807
Posted By czechsix
Are you sure about the 3" extension? Seems you'd...

Are you sure about the 3" extension? Seems you'd have to modify the cowl if you moved the prop forward...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-15-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 144,657
Posted By czechsix
Wow, that's amazing...I'm really surprised that...

Wow, that's amazing...I'm really surprised that you haven't seen any hairline cracks show up where the micro meets the edge of the aluminum skin!

Thanks,
Forum: Fiberglass 08-14-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 144,657
Posted By czechsix
How many plies to glass empennage tips to aluminum?

For those who have glassed in their empennage tip fairings to get the seamless look, how many plies and what ply weight worked well? I like the look but want to minimize weight, and this isn't...
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 426
Posted By czechsix
Tail tiedown ring & rudder fairing ground clearance

For those of you who have finished a -14A, has anyone pushed the tail down until the tiedown ring touches the ground and verified that it protects the lower rudder fairing from contacting the ground...
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2019, 11:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,115
Posted By czechsix
Steve, I'm planning an SDS EFI installation so...

Steve, I'm planning an SDS EFI installation so I'm very interested in this package. Will it include plumbing for the dual fuel pump and filter assembly inside the tunnel? Or just the fuel lines...
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 81,286
Posted By czechsix
Beautiful!

Beautiful!
Forum: RV-14 01-23-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,232
Posted By czechsix
I plan to put the GTN750 at the top and GMC507...

I plan to put the GTN750 at the top and GMC507 autopilot controller at the bottom. I like the GTN display to be as high as possible for an easier scan back and forth across all displays. And while...
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,373
Posted By czechsix
Did you guys tie the shields to ground at both...

Did you guys tie the shields to ground at both ends of the wire? And did you ground the black wire for the lights locally at the wingtips, or run a dedicated wire all the way back for the ground...
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,373
Posted By czechsix
Marvin, I'm surprised you've got wig/wag noise, I...

Marvin, I'm surprised you've got wig/wag noise, I used unshielded wires in my RV-8A for the landing lights as do most people and had zero noise from the wig-wag. What is driving the wig-wag in your...
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2018, 10:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,999
Posted By czechsix
Interesting...which way do you need to trim the...

Interesting...which way do you need to trim the -14 when lowering the flaps? On the other 2-seat RV's I've flown (6,7,8 series) there's virtually no pitch change when lowering flaps. You do have to...
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2018, 08:45 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,373
Posted By czechsix
Nav/Strobe Light wiring...any noise issues?

The wing wiring harness that came with the -14 kit doesn't use shielded wire for the strobes & nav lights as specified by AeroLED's recommended diagrams. Eliminating the shielded wire saves a bit of...
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,730
Posted By czechsix
I found this thread because the current owner of...

I found this thread because the current owner of my RV-8A (with parallel valve O-360) recently had a rough running engine and noticed it wasn't making full power during a formation takeoff. Local...
Forum: RV-14 10-27-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,766
Posted By czechsix
The longerons for the RV-14 don't run the full...

The longerons for the RV-14 don't run the full length of the fuselage as in other RV models, so they aren't shipped with the wing kit...the aft longerons come with the tail kit and fwd longerons with...
Forum: RV-14 10-25-2018, 12:56 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,076
Posted By czechsix
I would not say it's a normal or desirable...

I would not say it's a normal or desirable attribute of the design...the 14 fuselage is shaped subtlety different from the other side-by-side RVs and has just enough curvature in the lower tailcone...
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 81,286
Posted By czechsix
Looks nice Jared! Also curious why you decided...

Looks nice Jared! Also curious why you decided to switch from vinyl to paint.

Who did your seats?
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2018, 12:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,975
Posted By czechsix
I thought the plans called for using the tape on...

I thought the plans called for using the tape on all the trailing edges including the ailerons. I used adhesive (proseal) on all trailing edges on my -14 and I think that's what others are doing...
Forum: RV-14 10-09-2018, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,107
Posted By czechsix
If they were my QB wings I'd simply test the...

If they were my QB wings I'd simply test the tanks installed on the wings with a water manometer (just like I did with the tanks I built for both my RV-8 and -14). No need to remove them from the...
Forum: RV-14 10-08-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,093
Posted By czechsix
Not that I'm aware of. I think there's quite a...

Not that I'm aware of. I think there's quite a bit of room for improvement in cooling drag reduction in the RV-14, but unfortunately the only option right now is to spend a lot of time making...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,222
Posted By czechsix
Am I just not seeing it, or did Vans remove the...

Am I just not seeing it, or did Vans remove the chapter 10 update?

http://vansaircraft.com/public/service-rv14.htm

I just recently finished making my own little brackets to tie the ends of the...
Forum: RV-14 10-02-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,808
Posted By czechsix
Dan, what kind of material is that? Did you...

Dan, what kind of material is that? Did you still place the aluminum wraps over the top of it?
Forum: RV-14 09-21-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,764
Posted By czechsix
I pondered the pros and cons of proseal vs....

I pondered the pros and cons of proseal vs. double-sided tape on my trailing edges and ended up going with proseal. My reason is that the tape doesn't form a perfect bond between the skins and the...
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,086
Posted By czechsix
See...

See http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1083945&postcount=8, but due to Euro/Dollar exchange rate and the fact that it's been a couple years, you really need to contact Beringer for...
Forum: RV-14 09-18-2018, 12:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,086
Posted By czechsix
For my list of reasons, see...

For my list of reasons, see http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=138426&highlight=beringer



Three small metric bits that fit in the palm of your hand is all you need...the big...
Forum: RV-14 08-30-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,658
Posted By czechsix
Tim, I addressed this question in my post about...

Tim, I addressed this question in my post about Beringer (at http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=138426). Reposting here:

Some people have worried about fixing a flat tire with...
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,947
Posted By czechsix
At least the Lancair has an awesome panel......

At least the Lancair has an awesome panel... maybe the best one I've ever seen. So you've got your priorities right! :D
Forum: RV-14 08-26-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,947
Posted By czechsix
Looks like primer. If it's paint, must be a flat...

Looks like primer. If it's paint, must be a flat or very low gloss finish...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,569
Posted By czechsix
Oil Cooler Door?

For those of you who have flown your RV-14 through the winter, have you had any issues with oil temps running too cool? On my RV-8A (O-360) I had a cockpit-controlled butterfly valve in the opening...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,318
Posted By czechsix
I discussed adding a baggage door with Rian...

I discussed adding a baggage door with Rian Johnson (Chief engineer at Vans) a few months ago and he advised against it...cutting a hole in the side of the fuselage will weaken it considerably, and...
Forum: RV-10 08-13-2018, 09:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,982
Posted By czechsix
I've heard several people complain that the RV-14...

I've heard several people complain that the RV-14 flap actuator seems to slow. I never timed how long it took on my -8 but it seemed like around 8 seconds give or take. I'd be much more interested...
Forum: RV-14 08-05-2018, 10:37 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 16,684
Posted By czechsix
Marvin, remember there can be minor variations in...

Marvin, remember there can be minor variations in how well an airplane is leveled during AHRS calibration, plus G3X gives you the ability to enter a pitch offset in flight. I would not use pitch...
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,216
Posted By czechsix
I used a piece of .125 x 1.5 x 1.5 alum angle on...

I used a piece of .125 x 1.5 x 1.5 alum angle on the edge of my workbench and match drilled the skins & TE wedge to the angle all at the same time. Edges are straight.
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,222
Posted By czechsix
Just to be clear, are you saying Vans...

Just to be clear, are you saying Vans specifically approved of prosealing in additional sections of angle or J-channel to address the oil canning on the lower fuselage sides? It has been my...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2018, 12:17 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,222
Posted By czechsix
Tom, you mention knowing of other aircraft that...

Tom, you mention knowing of other aircraft that have experienced cracks like those in your -14...are you referring specifically to other -14's or other RV's in general? I'm curious to know if cracks...
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2018, 12:08 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,222
Posted By czechsix
Oil canning isn't limited to the 14, I had a...

Oil canning isn't limited to the 14, I had a section in the aft fuselage of my -8A that would go 'thump' after shutdown as it relaxed post-flight. Here's an interesting read for anyone curious or...
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2018, 11:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 985
Posted By czechsix
I had a similar problem with a TruTrak servo...

I had a similar problem with a TruTrak servo years ago on my RV-8A (different brand, but the Dynon/AFS servos appear to be virtual clones or at least very similar designs to the TT products). In my...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-10-2018, 10:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,000
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, 08:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,000
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 06-08-2018, 12:05 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,000
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, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,246
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, 04:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,246
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, 01:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,246
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, 07:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,523
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, 06:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,681
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, 12:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,873
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, 09:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,873
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, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,873
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, 11:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,118
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, 07:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,479
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, 07:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,413
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, 10:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,013
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, 06:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,217
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, 12:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,588
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, 03:55 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 85,939
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, 10:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,462
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, 09:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,377
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, 05:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 11,756
Posted By czechsix
Looks like you got it figured out, thanks Bill!

Looks like you got it figured out, thanks Bill!
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