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Forum: Safety Yesterday, 06:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Experiments done by auto safety folks...

Experiments done by auto safety folks demonstrated years ago that holding a baby or small child in your lap is useless...you can't physically hang on to them during even relatively low-speed crashes....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 11:08 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 218
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Likely standard torque for that size bolt,...

Likely standard torque for that size bolt, BUT...

Before you do anything else, you really should get a copy of the construction manual and drawings from Van's and study it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 07:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,332
Posted By RV7A Flyer
When other people ask how much an airplane costs...

When other people ask how much an airplane costs own and fly, I usually answer "How much you got?"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,332
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Given what I pay for a hangar, I may *never*...

Given what I pay for a hangar, I may *never* replace the cost of construction :eek:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 01:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,961
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Ummmm...instead of packing tape, why not just...

Ummmm...instead of packing tape, why not just carry a spare fuel cap? Then you don't NEED packing tape.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2019, 09:43 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,332
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Only you know your level of expertise and...

Only you know your level of expertise and skillset when it comes to maintenance and inspections, BUT...part of the appeal of EAB is that *anyone* can do any work on them, and you only need the A&P...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-12-2019, 09:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 738
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Same here...quadrant, no console. Made some...

Same here...quadrant, no console. Made some cover plates for the sides of the quadrant, and it looks great, plus I can stretch my legs out across the floor on long flights to keep them from getting...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-06-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,286
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I applaud your gumption :), but a good take-away...

I applaud your gumption :), but a good take-away might be to not do an all-up test right off the bat, but rather test incrementally, adding each component as you go.

My first power-up of the master...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2019, 09:22 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Sorry, no. The reg says you are required to...

Sorry, no. The reg says you are required to "Notify the control tower of the experimental nature of the aircraft..."

There's a difference, legally :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2019, 10:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,594
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Aluminum source fraud

I doubt this is a concern for any Van's aircraft...I know the aluminum sheets came from Kaiser, but I don't recall the extruded material...and even if it *did* come from these guys, might be a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
And then there's *this* argument... FAA Order...

And then there's *this* argument...

FAA Order 7360.1D Section 2-2 says:
f. “Homebuilt,” “amateur-built,” or “kit plane” aircraft that exist in operationally significant numbers will be assigned a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 10:14 AM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Too risky. My SO might not appreciate it. :)

Too risky. My SO might not appreciate it. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Or, since all the Cessna spamcans fly at about...

Or, since all the Cessna spamcans fly at about the same speed range, and look pretty much alike, it was fine to just call them all "Cessna". I notice how the guys flying Citation jets don't do that,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 05:45 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Thank you...

Thank you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 05:43 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Oh, please. That's quite a bit of over-analysis...

Oh, please. That's quite a bit of over-analysis about someone you don't even know. Let's see - anti-authority? Hardly...I tend to be a stickler for rules (it's the systems engineer/mathematician...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 04:29 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I don't drive on the freeways alone, either, but...

I don't drive on the freeways alone, either, but I don't worry too much about people whose registration tags have expired. Call me a risk-taker, I guess...I'd rather know that you're an RV or a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 04:25 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I'll worry about if/when someone finds me a case...

I'll worry about if/when someone finds me a case of someone who was cited following an accident for not using the phrase "Experimental", or an NTSB report that calls out as even a contributing factor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By RV7A Flyer
BTW, why do you need *3* Manifold Pressure...

BTW, why do you need *3* Manifold Pressure transducers?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 439
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Well, they're steel, so unlike aluminum, you...

Well, they're steel, so unlike aluminum, you shouldn't lose thermal protection. They're small, so even if you had a bit of "slop" between the fastener and the hole, shouldn't really be a toxic gas...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2019, 04:15 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Life is full of risks. I'll take my chances.

Life is full of risks. I'll take my chances.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I noted this earlier and somebody took offense at...

I noted this earlier and somebody took offense at it for some reason. But yes, this is true...my point was that many, many, many pilots and controllers don't follow the rules on this sort of stuff...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,730
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I submitted the *paperwork* to the FAA (whatever...

I submitted the *paperwork* to the FAA (whatever form it is, I don't recall) using "Lastname, Firstname". Had the dataplate all made up to match and everything.

Guess what I got back on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2019, 09:06 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 12,890
Posted By RV7A Flyer
You're also not supposed to shorten your callsign...

You're also not supposed to shorten your callsign unless and until ATC does it first...and yet, it's done all the time, especially at one's home field, isn't it?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 12:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,054
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Ditto. Similar mounting, only 90 degrees...

Ditto. Similar mounting, only 90 degrees different :). 650 hours, no interference or any other issues.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 535
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Just like it says in the construction...

Just like it says in the construction manual:

CLEANING AND USE OF LIQUIDS
CAUTION: DO NOT use Loctite, aromatic solvents, acetone, benzene, ethyl acetate, carbon tetrachloride, lighter...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-16-2019, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 640
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Mine doesn't match up very closely, but it's not...

Mine doesn't match up very closely, but it's not too hard to get the holes to align and start the screws.

There's an easy fix...remake it but change the order of match-drilling/riveting so that it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 892
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Cases of beer. :)

Cases of beer. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2019, 03:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 631
Posted By RV7A Flyer
The Garmin VIRB360 can take external audio via...

The Garmin VIRB360 can take external audio via Bluetooth, BUT...I found it to be flaky. I have the CrazedPilot audio splitter cable + bluetooth wireless microphone thing. And here's the really...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-11-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,611
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I don't know if this is right or wrong, or...

I don't know if this is right or wrong, or applicable or not, but IIRC a few folks a while back advocated for pulling the reamer through the hole, rather than pushing.

More experienced folks may...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-10-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,199
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Eutectic tin/lead solder melts at 183 C, or about...

Eutectic tin/lead solder melts at 183 C, or about 362 F. Someone said they set their heat gun to 800 F...that seems *way* too high for any solder used for electronics, even eutectic ones that don't...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-08-2019, 04:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,207
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Switch it with the adjacent cylinder's probe and...

Switch it with the adjacent cylinder's probe and see if moves with the probe, or stays with the cylinder.
Forum: GPS 04-07-2019, 11:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 426
Posted By RV7A Flyer
You also don't have to buy from Jepp. Garmin...

You also don't have to buy from Jepp. Garmin sells the databases themselves, cheaper (and the card reader/programmer is cheaper, too).
Forum: Safety 04-02-2019, 11:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,943
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I have a tip-up, but the advice is probably...

I have a tip-up, but the advice is probably equally applicable to sliders:

Ignore it
Slow down to a reasonable airspeed (no need to go blasting around at Vno :))
Land
Shut it

Ask me how I know this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 11:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,785
Posted By RV7A Flyer
RAC Wing Walk material

I think ACS carries the same product now, but I got mine from Ray Allen IIRC, and they've held up extremely well. 6+ years now and they look brand new, and a buddy has had them on his 8 for around...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 928
Views: 210,140
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I'm a bit confused...maybe just slow today...

I'm a bit confused...maybe just slow today :)...how's it work? You have to move the forward tab aft, then push in on the aft tab to swing the latch handle out. How do you do that with this thingie...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 711
Posted By RV7A Flyer
McMaster-Carr carries a bunch of different...

McMaster-Carr carries a bunch of different styles. IIRC that's where I got mine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 03:38 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,533
Posted By RV7A Flyer
So that's what I was referring to about the...

So that's what I was referring to about the tiedown bar not being tapped deeply enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2019, 01:33 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,533
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Hmmmm...then how did they bend at a point partway...

Hmmmm...then how did they bend at a point partway along the threaded portion?

You mean screwed in all the way *to the skin*? With the tiedown bar behind the skin some fraction of an inch? I know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,533
Posted By RV7A Flyer
I don't know if it would make any difference at...

I don't know if it would make any difference at all, but were these screwed in as far as possible (is the tie-down bar tapped deeply enough)? Probably would have just bent them closer to the ring, I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,391
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Also, Fault Tree Analysis is a good method if...

Also, Fault Tree Analysis is a good method if done well...you end up with all potential fault causes, and then a choice to either mitigate them or accept them as SPF exceptions.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,391
Posted By RV7A Flyer
So stop right there...you are now designing at...

So stop right there...you are now designing at DUAL-fault tolerant system. This gets to one of the baseline requirements for any sort of fault protection engineering: Is the system required to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,449
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Never is a long time, especially in a climate...

Never is a long time, especially in a climate that encourages privatization of government assets.

I guess, in the end, my biggest problem is with the government forcing one to acquire/use a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2019, 09:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,449
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Still not addressing the hypothetical...NO...

Still not addressing the hypothetical...NO changes in n-number formats by the FAA, n-numbers still REQUIRED by law, and a company rich enough to reserve them all and then charge whatever price they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,449
Posted By RV7A Flyer
The underlying problem, of course, is that it's...

The underlying problem, of course, is that it's NOT a free market (unless you take the position that you can always just not own an airplane). The government requires you to have an n-number, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,449
Posted By RV7A Flyer
DMV analogies are flawed. DMV does not allow one...

DMV analogies are flawed. DMV does not allow one to reserve vanity plates. You have to have an actual vehicle to put it on. You can't go on to the DMV site, reserve boatloads of plate numbers, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2019, 11:46 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,316
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Corollary: No matter what thing/part/system/tool...

Corollary: No matter what thing/part/system/tool you say you have, at least half of the responding posts will be about things/parts/systems/tools that are not that (and how you should never have used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Sounds like an acceptable method...weigh it and...

Sounds like an acceptable method...weigh it and check the pressure gauge. Guy I talked to said, basically, they either leak or they don't, and if they leak, you'll see it on the gauge. Otherwise,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2019, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 867
Posted By RV7A Flyer
So I talked to a local service center guy for my...

So I talked to a local service center guy for my FE (Halon 1211), and his advice? As long as the gauge is in the green, leave it alone. It'll be just fine.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-15-2019, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,459
Posted By RV7A Flyer
https://shop.cardinalpaint.com/collections/cardina...

https://shop.cardinalpaint.com/collections/cardinal-stock/products/cardinal-gray?variant=28495942595

I bought two cans of spray paint from them last year. LVP, IIRC, also stocks touch-up pens in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2019, 08:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,758
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Yes, I did this...I added several layers of...

Yes, I did this...I added several layers of glass, about 2" in width or so, along the entire edge, top and bottom, right up to the edge. I had planned ahead for this, so I knew it would mean adding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 284
Posted By RV7A Flyer
VIRB360 Bluetooth audio

Anyone know how to get the VIRB360 to automatically reconnect to a Bluetooth microphone? I got the one from CrazedPilot, and it works fine, but I have to tell the VIRB to reconnect (not re-pair)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2019, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 509
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Then the previous owner should have thought of...

Then the previous owner should have thought of that before making a sale. Now that the deal is done, some sort of BOS or equivalent is in order, no?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2019, 08:55 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,145
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Once an engineer, always an engineer :) Before...

Once an engineer, always an engineer :) Before you know it, Paul's going to have you doing an FTA on this setup LOL!
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2019, 10:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,287
Posted By RV7A Flyer
This may bear repeating...if you source locally,...

This may bear repeating...if you source locally, make sure it's *structural* aluminum angle extrusion (radiused on the inner angle).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 947
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Depends on the insurance policy, of course, but...

Depends on the insurance policy, of course, but just re-checked mine and there is absolutely no mention of any such "pro-rating" of any payments for damage.

What does the policy on the aircraft in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 22,373
Posted By RV7A Flyer
You know the funniest part of this? That it was...

You know the funniest part of this? That it was a C-130 *quick build*. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2019, 09:42 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 22,373
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Funny you should mention that...as a grad student...

Funny you should mention that...as a grad student with a TA, I taught College Algebra, a *required* course for graduation regardless of major. And yes, I had students come in after the final, who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 127
Views: 22,373
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Old thread, but fun :) Yep, same dream about the...

Old thread, but fun :) Yep, same dream about the wires (haven't had one in a long time, though). Never able to escape. Be an interesting poll to see what percentage, of those who have had the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2019, 08:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 636
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Or just make another access cover. and proseal...

Or just make another access cover. and proseal it..it's just a small piece of aluminum. Biggest cost there would just be your time.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-02-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,187
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Kalman filter.

Kalman filter.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-28-2019, 08:26 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,131
Posted By RV7A Flyer
Agreed. So something about *this* design allowed...

Agreed. So something about *this* design allowed a Single Point Failure at the diode which took everything out. But I don't think the Z-whatever design from Nuckolls has that flaw...failure of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2019, 08:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 901
Posted By RV7A Flyer
There's the understatement of the year :)

There's the understatement of the year :)
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