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Forum: RV-10 01-09-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 391
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, 09:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 603
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, 01:58 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 488
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, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,997
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, 03:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,621
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, 03:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 282
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, 10:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,621
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, 08:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 655
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, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,314
Posted By flion
Wolf remote oil filter.

Wolf remote oil filter.
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2019, 08:18 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 391
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, 10:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,823
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, 09:17 AM
Replies: 452
Views: 438,921
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, 09:15 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,708
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, 08:25 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,708
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, 09:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 566
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...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-24-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,346
Posted By flion
Did you try EAA's lookup? The link is...

Did you try EAA's lookup? The link is https://eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/volunteer-assistance/eaa-technical-counselors/find-an-eaa-technical-counselor
Forum: RV-10 07-23-2019, 07:35 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,083
Posted By flion
Common error. I would go with a backup strip....

Common error. I would go with a backup strip. Make sure it goes under the entire nutplate and maybe to the next rivet hole (I seem to recall you can only do that in one direction because ot the...
Forum: RV-10 07-18-2019, 08:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,106
Posted By flion
Gap where and in what direction? Maybe post...

Gap where and in what direction? Maybe post pictures? I seem to recall I only had to trim the aft flange on the fairing to get it to fit in place, but my kit is from 2009, so things may have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-15-2019, 09:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,965
Posted By flion
I don't have the -14 plans but I checked the -6...

I don't have the -14 plans but I checked the -6 plans (and the -10 even though it has different mounts) and the exact callout was AN-960-716 washer under nut as required. I admit the wording is a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2019, 09:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 402
Posted By flion
Another possibility is a potentiometer/switch...

Another possibility is a potentiometer/switch combo. That keeps you from having to make another hole in your panel but you'd still have to label the switch action. I don't know your pot specs so I...
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By flion
I was happy to do mine with a plain flush set...

I was happy to do mine with a plain flush set (not the type with the rubber ring) so I could be sure it was flat with respect to the angled surface. That's not exactly the forte of the back-rivet...
Forum: RV-10 06-10-2019, 11:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By flion
I don't have a video link but I don't think you...

I don't have a video link but I don't think you really need one. This section's instructions are about the best for the whole kit. If you are unsure of the sequence, try it with just clecos at...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-26-2019, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 948
Posted By flion
Aside from the pedals themselves, if the tabs for...

Aside from the pedals themselves, if the tabs for the master cylinders are not on the weldments, you'll have to add them. Still, not a huge deal. I expect you'll want to remove the pedal assemblies...
Forum: RV-10 05-19-2019, 10:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,372
Posted By flion
Sorry, the pics in my kitlog (7/23/2015 entry)...

Sorry, the pics in my kitlog (7/23/2015 entry) aren't very good. I'm reworking the fuselage after my incident with a lift failure, so it will be awhile before I can retake photos of that area.
Forum: RV-10 05-18-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,372
Posted By flion
1) Too small for hoses, you will have to enlarge...

1) Too small for hoses, you will have to enlarge them anyway.
2) Your hoses will have to pass over the main spar.

Best to keep as straight a run as possible and leave plenty of room for the hoses...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,191
Posted By flion
What they were telling you is that they don't...

What they were telling you is that they don't build 540s. Since they don't build that engine, they also don't have a build school for it. I doub't you'll persuade them to do a build school for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 11:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,245
Posted By flion
The odds of irreparably bungling a part or...

The odds of irreparably bungling a part or assembly can be stated as 1:SCT(1+F)/P, where S = volumetric size of the part/assembly, C is the cost, T is the time invested so far, F is a measure of your...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-23-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 795
Posted By flion
Hardest part is removing the trim cable, if...

Hardest part is removing the trim cable, if manual trim. Not really hard. Harder to put back but, again, not hard.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2019, 09:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,014
Posted By flion
^That. I've been quietly harping at Garmin to...

^That. I've been quietly harping at Garmin to port their Pilot software to Windows so I can put it on my Surface Pro. I am on my fourth upgrade, but I still have the original, which is working just...
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2019, 09:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,487
Posted By flion
Except that it's already drilled for AN3, so...

Except that it's already drilled for AN3, so you'd have to replace the supplied bolts with AN4 and drill both the latch block and the seat to match. Frankly, I don't see the need. I swapped my...
Forum: RV-10 01-09-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,722
Posted By flion
That primer looks way too thick. In any case, if...

That primer looks way too thick. In any case, if you are having to 'break' the primer to get the rivets in, you'd be better off reaming the holes. If you are worried that this will remove...
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 879
Posted By flion
I had to go back into my logbook for this, it's...

I had to go back into my logbook for this, it's been so long ago. When I did the side skins, I had a friend used a block of wood to push the weldment to the longeron/skin. Then he pushed from the...
Forum: RV-10 12-15-2018, 07:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 763
Posted By flion
Fabricate it. You'll have to figure the geometry...

Fabricate it. You'll have to figure the geometry based on your tab anyway.
Forum: RV-10 12-11-2018, 09:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,561
Posted By flion
Good that you've checked the bolt tolerance spec....

Good that you've checked the bolt tolerance spec. Now check drill bit specs. A drill bit will probably work Ok, but since you are investing a lot of time and money, why not do the best job...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-05-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,287
Posted By flion
And here's the link:...

And here's the link: https://opennav.com/waypoint/US/CFBTW. The Internet is your friend. ;)
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,041
Posted By flion
While I generally agree with Van's...

While I generally agree with Van's recommendations, there is another factor here. When you do this countersinking on your wing spars, follow Van's guidelines. But here, you will be gluing the wedge...
Forum: RV-10 11-09-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 805
Posted By flion
I placed my two GPS antennae near the centerline,...

I placed my two GPS antennae near the centerline, one between the doors and the other about halfway back, to maintain the spacing recommended by Garmin. I routed out the opening for the antenna...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,485
Posted By flion
I only saw one post about thermal expansion; the...

I only saw one post about thermal expansion; the rest seemed more concerned with keeping the builder warm. There used to be advice (I think it is found in "XX years of the RVator") to heat the skins...
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 999
Posted By flion
Your first picture is the way to go, to provide...

Your first picture is the way to go, to provide adequate clearance for the puck and screw heads (if not flush) to clear the rudder counterweight. My opinion is not structurally tested or analyzed...
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,000
Posted By flion
After starting the empennage, I bought the rest...

After starting the empennage, I bought the rest of the kits at once. I spent a little money (compared to the kits) and bought a lot of small-drawer organizers for the hardware (I think I'm up to 8...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,309
Posted By flion
I came late to the discussion. The old wisdom...

I came late to the discussion. The old wisdom for homebuilts has always been "if you want to fly, buy. If you want to build, build." That covers the people who regret that their aircraft can't be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-28-2018, 03:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,671
Posted By flion
If you're not in a huge hurry, just put the part...

If you're not in a huge hurry, just put the part in the sun. I found this to work even in the wintertime (sorry for those of you in the so-called Midwest, in Arizona we have sun in the winter,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 12,163
Posted By flion
I'm surprised no one answered this. It's been...

I'm surprised no one answered this. It's been discussed on the forums before. We have been given several identifiers. See this document...
Forum: RV-10 09-24-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,979
Posted By flion
If you REALLY don't want to pull the tanks you...

If you REALLY don't want to pull the tanks you could use a pulled rivet. Personally, I think it'd be a bigger hassle to get the rivets from ACS and you'll feel kind of silly once you pull the tanks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,384
Posted By flion
You never know what you'll get. I had an A&P IA...

You never know what you'll get. I had an A&P IA teach me to rivet on the tail of my RV-6A. There were a few dings but he didn't say I needed to redo anything. Then I finished the wings, moved to...
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,648
Posted By flion
That's nice, or you could try a kayak storage...

That's nice, or you could try a kayak storage system (https://www.amazon.com/StoreYourBoard-Ceiling-Storage-Hi-Lift-Hanging/dp/B07934ZCZT). Replace the straps as needed with adjustable ones to fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-04-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 961
Posted By flion
Be sure you are applying pressure against the...

Be sure you are applying pressure against the rivet head (not the tail which forms the shop head) as you squeeze. That's easier to do with a hand squeezer than a pneumatic, but in either case you...
Forum: RV-10 08-09-2018, 09:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,139
Posted By flion
If it is a portable bottle, I wouldn't put it aft...

If it is a portable bottle, I wouldn't put it aft of the baggage compartment. I think the above post is far better. If it is permanent, then you could put it anywhere aft but I think further...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2018, 03:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,770
Posted By flion
Chapter 1 of the G3X installation manual (the G3X...

Chapter 1 of the G3X installation manual (the G3X touch manuals are found here (https://support.garmin.com/support/manuals/manuals.htm?partNo=010-00G3X-00)) is a great place to start. Similarly, you...
Forum: Tools 08-03-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
Posted By flion
An ounce of prevention ...

Spray with mold release, wipe excess. Resin will still get into the cleco but won't stick to it and, since cured resin is pretty brittle, is easy to break up and dislodge. Also, best to set your...
Forum: RV-14 08-01-2018, 09:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,269
Posted By flion
Don't worry, you'll have use for the larger...

Don't worry, you'll have use for the larger pilots.
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 07:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,269
Posted By flion
That's right, and the smaller pilot keeps the...

That's right, and the smaller pilot keeps the countersink centered in the nutplate, so you don't need a backing plate or anything. The spar material is just not quite deep enough but it doesn't...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 04:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,269
Posted By flion
I am guessing that these countersinks are in the...

I am guessing that these countersinks are in the spar or similar where a nutplate will be behind and dimpled skin over the countersink. I don't have the -14 plans but the -10 does this. The purpose...
Forum: RV-10 07-25-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 979
Posted By flion
You should have aluminum spacers (and a machinist...

You should have aluminum spacers (and a machinist friend of mine mic'd them with the plastic on and off - definitely peel the plastic before using them). Use common bolts for now and replace with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2018, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 744
Posted By flion
Not sure what you mean by 'the 6 isn't standard'...

Not sure what you mean by 'the 6 isn't standard' but a shop like Stein's or Aerotronics can cut you a panel. Aerotronics built my panel at their shop and sent it to me to install. Actually, they...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-13-2018, 09:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,396
Posted By flion
Thanks, Steve, for increasing MY fund of...

Thanks, Steve, for increasing MY fund of knowledge.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,396
Posted By flion
I think I'd take that .5 with a grain of salt. ...

I think I'd take that .5 with a grain of salt. I've just looked at the G3X installation manual to refresh my memory. The installation does indeed call for .5 degrees. But then I look at the...
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2018, 09:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 974
Posted By flion
I have revision 2 of the plans and they tell you...

I have revision 2 of the plans and they tell you to machine countersink all the skin holes in the longerons except for the gap cover holes (Page 10-16, step 1). This would include the forward-most...
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 704
Posted By flion
The screw head was slightly larger but I wasn't...

The screw head was slightly larger but I wasn't happy with the arrangement, so I chucked the spacers in a drill press and used a triangle file to make a couple of very shallow notches in the spacer...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-08-2018, 11:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,809
Posted By flion
It seems no one exactly answered your question...

It seems no one exactly answered your question about the prop control. After cycling in runup, my prop is full for taxi and takeoff. After takeoff, when I am at about 500' AGL, I reduce the prop to...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-08-2018, 10:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,346
Posted By flion
I want to add my condolences. I never met Monty...

I want to add my condolences. I never met Monty personally but the company and the engine say a lot about the person and so I know I missed out on knowing a great man.
Forum: RV-14 07-01-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,254
Posted By flion
D-subs are Ok but CPCs are usually better, IMHO. ...

D-subs are Ok but CPCs are usually better, IMHO. Aircraft Spruce only sells a few varieties but places like Digikey and Mouser can get you whatever you want. In the rudder I have a 4-pin CPC, for...
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