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Forum: RV-10 10-03-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 688
Posted By ReidVaitor
fish scale

You can use a wrench over the end of the filter and use a luggage or fish scale on the wrench when you think your close (1/2 a twist after contact) use the scale and pull until you get the 17Lbs.
Forum: RV-10 09-21-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By ReidVaitor
Disney in your plans?

I live near Disney and my completed and flying -10 is near to that park as well. If you are going to be taking your kids to Disney or Orange County (north of San Diego and south of santa Monica)-...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,647
Posted By ReidVaitor
Your in luck- Dynon already has...

Your in luck- Dynon already has that
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,134
Posted By ReidVaitor
Magneto gasket

I had a similar leak on my left MAG, same symptoms you have. I was coming up on 500hrs so I took the MAG(s) off and did a IRAN, basically all the plastic parts replaced. I retimed; used NEW gasket,...
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,787
Posted By ReidVaitor
RV14 or Rv10

While you locate someone that has an aircraft to sit in check out this site- now and while you're building, there really isn't anyone out there that can give you more details than this guru...
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,794
Posted By ReidVaitor
install GPS within the overhead console

yes, you're right on with this approach. I installed the Dynon GPS-250/2020 with 15lb double sided tape to the inside of the overhead console. Has worked for me flawlessly.

Forum: Electrical Systems 06-09-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,130
Posted By ReidVaitor
LED replacement for Landing light

RV-10 had HID lights but the replacement for the broken bulb was not possible due to company ceasing production. I ended up building my own LED Taxi/ landing light
Cree XHP-35 x3 using a 350ma power...
Forum: RV-10 05-08-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,796
Posted By ReidVaitor
Desser Cee Baileys

If you're going to order the windows, consider that Cee Baileys is owned by Desser so think about getting the tires and leak proof tubes while your at it. My retreads have no shake to them (happened...
Forum: RV-10 05-06-2018, 06:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,796
Posted By ReidVaitor
Cee Baileys windscreen

Long story short, I was the prototype for the windscreen only- I did not help with the sides- hear they DO require very slight adjusting. I worked closely with Desser/ Cee Baileys to make the wind...
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,107
Posted By ReidVaitor
Rear seat bench

I created the 3 person rear seats for my daughters and their friends, now that they are 5 years older it is a 2 seater with a little space in the middle for them, but not for three people...
Forum: California 02-10-2018, 10:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,608
Posted By ReidVaitor
Axel just goes to show how highly regarded your...

Axel just goes to show how highly regarded your fly in has become. Maybe next year you should just host the AOPA fly in (lol)

3 maybe 4 will be there. Girls talk about the ice cream social all year....
Forum: RV-10 01-22-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,342
Posted By ReidVaitor
RV-10 decision time

If I had to do it all again... which would put me in the same scenario your in.. I would probably build. I loved building the plane. I also dont let anyone touch my plane (for maintenance) because I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-10-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 24,672
Posted By ReidVaitor
Same issue on -10 but K&N says not being used as designed??

500 hours and K&N telling me that I didn't need to clean it if i could clearly see through the filter, which I could. So never cleaned, but sure enough it shrunk enough that I can not use it anymore....
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2017, 09:15 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,145
Posted By ReidVaitor
For a standard IO-540, you can move cylinder 1 to...

For a standard IO-540, you can move cylinder 1 to cylinder 2, 2 to 3, 3 to 4, etc.

well lets start with firing order for 540 1-4-5-2-3-6. Lycoming states to go outside to inside
1 to 6, 4 to 3, 5-2-...
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2017, 12:44 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,663
Posted By ReidVaitor
bug cleaner

Windshield- Plexus- terry cloth to wipe it down after 30sec-1 min
leading edge- I used water, soap, wash and wax and pledge, in the end sure they work but Turtle wax "bug and tar" remover works so...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-18-2017, 08:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,079
Posted By ReidVaitor
Best flyin ever

Bruce and Katie completely outdid themselves with this flyin. Between white water rafting, horse back riding, smores and an overall great meal plan, I can not recall a better and more enjoyable flyin...
Forum: RV-10 09-14-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,190
Posted By ReidVaitor
where is that oil coming from

Those first 10 hours are tough, congratulations on getting through the hardest part of the test flight for me. Its a perfect time to tighten everything up as it's getting "broken in" the case bolts...
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2017, 05:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,365
Posted By ReidVaitor
RV-10 remote controlled tug

In progress for the RV-10. Expect they will be doing the final fitting in next few weeks..
Forum: RV-10 09-05-2017, 06:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,182
Posted By ReidVaitor
Landing gear balancing

I balanced the original Aeroclassics from Vans and had vibration on landings. Replaced the tires after a few years with Desser retreaded tires. i tried balancing them but in the end I gave up and...
Forum: RV-10 08-11-2017, 04:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By ReidVaitor specifically-...
Forum: RV-10 08-11-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 953
Posted By ReidVaitor
Used tires= used up time

Im with those that say put the tires on once and leave them on. like Auburntsts, I had my tires on for about 2 years and since it sat in my garage I had a hard time moving it much but if you move it...
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,979
Posted By ReidVaitor
oil level

I asked my engine builder years ago, his response- let the oil go down until it stops losing oil. 6qts is were it stops and loses very little below that mark. I have added more (7qts) on new changes...
Forum: RV-10 06-06-2017, 10:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,071
Posted By ReidVaitor
very cheap- DIY

Its old but works great- the LEDs today are brighter and less expensive but 6 years later they still all work flawlessly. I think it was $20 per side for the whole...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2016, 01:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 7,061
Posted By ReidVaitor
Thumbs up Bogert warranty is outstanding!

Sure enough there was zero fuss when I called and explained I had a crack- 2 pictures is all they asked for and a replacement (same day) was sent with no charge to me. I love when a company honors...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-09-2016, 11:34 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 15,428
Posted By ReidVaitor
Very Sad

It is heartbreaking to lose a fellow -10er, I always feel sadness when a friend perishes flying, and regretfully being prior military I have experienced this.
I always want to review these accidents...
Forum: RV-10 10-26-2016, 11:46 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,401
Posted By ReidVaitor

I feel your pain!! I spent years getting my CHTs below 400F, what I have now is mostly cut off air dams as my 1-2 CHTs are not much cooler than the rear 2, I put a deflector over 3-4 to move...
Forum: RV-10 10-19-2016, 09:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,452
Posted By ReidVaitor
LED landing light

I had HID landing lights but they shattered when taxining over rough dirt taxiway at a campground- basically bouncing caused bulb to break. I looked at options and ended up making a LED landing...
Forum: RV-10 09-28-2016, 09:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,347
Posted By ReidVaitor
Cee Baileys vs Vans

First off- Yes I helped with the shaping of the front windscreen only. I am local to Desser and I offered my windscreen for the satistaction that I would get a custom fit windscreen. SO in my case I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2016, 04:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,287
Posted By ReidVaitor
50W HIB bulb replacement

This weekend my Planelights/Rigid 50W HID bulb cease to work, as with TJ its the bulb.
Has anyone had any success finding a replacement bulb anywhere. I searched but hard to find with the...
Forum: Reviews 08-31-2016, 01:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,239
Posted By ReidVaitor
Slick harness

FasGlass- I dont think I understand your concern about the slick wires- " is the installer supposed to gut a Slick cap and replace the wires, making a whole new harness?"

No- you use everything that...
Forum: RV-10 08-31-2016, 01:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,645
Posted By ReidVaitor
Safe RPM limits

When you say "safe" consider that Lycoming says the plane can go to TBO running at 2700RPM continuously.
I run 2300-2400 usually, there really isnt an unsafe RPM on the high range (well unless its...
Forum: Reviews 08-29-2016, 11:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 12,239
Posted By ReidVaitor

I had an issue with my Skytec starter, outright failed due to poor weld at about 10 hours, however Jason worked to get me a replacement as quickly as possible. One strength of these guys is...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-26-2016, 10:37 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,924
Posted By ReidVaitor

Site has been updated with much better information.
Forum: Safety 06-11-2016, 10:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,741
Posted By ReidVaitor
antisplat aero gust

I used it last week and it went right in without the stress you mention. yes the rudder wires will be slightly tight, on purpose, so that nothing moves. I believe it is an excellent product, not sure...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 05-18-2016, 07:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,111
Posted By ReidVaitor
Eicher in Germany

You reap what you sow! in your case it is a "Win Win". Keep us updated on your progress and drink en Bier on us!
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,699
Posted By ReidVaitor
heat boxes- firewall protection.

I think everyone has great suggestions. i was part of the development of the plane innovations heat boxes, we designed the flap to keep the heat out, and it does it well, I dont have any tunnel...
Forum: RV-10 03-30-2016, 09:36 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,121
Posted By ReidVaitor
fiberglass cloth around windows

I second Bob. I used 2 inch strips for windscreen and 1 inch around windows. I than covered those strips with epoxy/micro, no cracks or any indication of issues after 3.5 years.
I think I covered the...
Forum: RV-10 03-28-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 17,665
Posted By ReidVaitor
landing gear shimmy

you are right on. I too had this happen to me, tires were slightly low and the plane with 4 folks aboard must have expanded the tire to the point it ripped the pants. Now I have a finger width...
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2016, 09:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,411
Posted By ReidVaitor

I will tell you that you will need to do minor adjustments when you get the windscreen. It was designed that way so there was room for different canopy's.
I think I needed to adjust two spots and had...
Forum: RV-10 03-14-2016, 06:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,371
Posted By ReidVaitor
Cowl flaps

You asked about cowl flaps- these are really nice-

I would balance the jets first, as many recommended, it will make for a better leaning engine and with...
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2016, 06:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,370
Posted By ReidVaitor
5 seat configuration

I did this on my -10 thinking my daughters could bring friends, whicy they did a few times. but the issue now that they are older is the middle seat is an issue for comfort over the tunnel. the bench...
Forum: RV-10 11-09-2015, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,255
Posted By ReidVaitor
No idea what it is without seeing it, but I...

No idea what it is without seeing it, but I simply used aluminum piece held on with red RTV for the same reason. I know of a builder (as do you BTW) that had his firesleeve burn due to having it too...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-08-2015, 09:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,575
Posted By ReidVaitor
Thumbs up excellent!

nice job Bruce and Katie! the clarity and timing is excellent, far better than anything professionally done.
Forum: RV-10 08-10-2015, 10:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,847
Posted By ReidVaitor
Journey not how many hours

I built my plane in 4 years. Kit #1 in one month #2 a few months, 3# a few more months Finish kit way over 1 year, Panel and interior build another year. I kept a log of hours, for my repairmen...
Forum: RV-10 07-28-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,166
Posted By ReidVaitor
Aileron trim

Like Wayne, i use the aileron trim almost every flight. When I fly alone there is one wing initially heavy as the fuel burns off the plane starts to shift. When I fly with the family the plane has a...
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,435
Posted By ReidVaitor
Lower CHT

From the feedback I have received having 400F plus on climb is totally normal, but there is always a desire to lower my CHT being is a rather warm area 12 months out of the year (aka Southern...
Forum: RV-10 05-26-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,558
Posted By ReidVaitor

Todd- same deal, you figure it out, let me know! I spoke with Lycoming at AOPA last weekend and they told me not to stress these temps, it is totally normal.

Jae- I have a plate another -10 gave me,...
Forum: RV-10 05-22-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,961
Posted By ReidVaitor
Come up with mission statement

Mike covered this really well.
My thoughts.. I built the -10 in 4.5 years. I have two daughters (7-11yo), I worked and never missed a day with my children and never put the project first. I waited 7...
Forum: Safety 05-13-2015, 05:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,428
Posted By ReidVaitor
Stainless Steel heat box

I have the originals (so original I worked with the gentleman that owned, Paul Bowmar to create the one for the RV-10. When he designed them he designed it to assure there was a...
Forum: RV-10 03-23-2015, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 923
Posted By ReidVaitor
Oil plug gasket

There is some debate on this, I am dont like removing and reinstalling something that was working fine, so I opted for a quick oil drain valve. I have a Fumoto T202N that has worked very nicely for...
Forum: Primers 02-25-2015, 08:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,460
Posted By ReidVaitor
Stewarts Systems

I painted my complete plane with the Stewarts system. I found that even with my lack of experience with spray painting that the paint cured slowly (1 week) Since than the paint has held up very well...
Forum: RV-10 02-21-2015, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,879
Posted By ReidVaitor
Thumbs up Anti splat aero gust lock

I have one and it works really well. I was at a airport in Arizona where there was beech 200 with its rudder flapping in both directions. My rudder and ailerons were rock solid.
Keep in mind that it...
Forum: RV-10 01-23-2015, 10:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,260
Posted By ReidVaitor
Best cruise Performance in -10

I have my injectors matched to within .3 from richest to leanest, I always fly, no matter what altitude at 10GPH avg and 158KTS TAS. I have a Dynon Skyview that tells me I get about 16NM per...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,122
Posted By ReidVaitor
RV-10 window tint

For R&D purposes, I went to Walmart and bought removable window tint that I cut to the installed dimensions for $12. It has held on very well with minimal "install issues" I have plenty left over to...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 12-05-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,781
Posted By ReidVaitor
A two person Hammack is one of our favorites if...

A two person Hammack is one of our favorites if we have any trees.
Bruce you forgot to add (assuming two girls from the tent next to us arent using it all the time) :D

Look forward to meeting up...
Forum: Reviews 10-10-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 20,094
Posted By ReidVaitor
iflightplanner works fine with new ios

I havent had any issues using an older version of iplanner for the ipad with the IOS 8.0.X versions.
Fltplan Go, an excellent app (when worked), always had crashing and hanging issues for me, hence...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-30-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,529
Posted By ReidVaitor
Of course I am totally in. There is always that...

Of course I am totally in. There is always that flight center in San Carlos that plans great trips, we just need to get a few Rv's to join in that flyout.

I am so bummed we couldn't...
Forum: RV-10 08-23-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,933
Posted By ReidVaitor
Dunno autopilot

To billh point you need to configure the autopilot for the -10 per the inflight instructions-
10.2 made some fine tuning that 11 picked...
Forum: RV-10 07-07-2014, 04:18 PM
Replies: 769
Views: 499,065
Posted By ReidVaitor
I had Cleveland, after 2 years of test flying...

I had Cleveland, after 2 years of test flying (read fast landings and abuse to pads).I replaced with Matco 112 pads. Feels the same to me after the Matco replacement. My landings are much slower now...
Forum: California 07-07-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,318
Posted By ReidVaitor
FF from/to SoCal- Fullerton

Get flight following from ground ctrl at Fullerton-Fullerton will only want the destination.. no more. You tell them you are going to RHV or KRHV. He'll tell you the squawk code to turn to 120 after...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-21-2014, 03:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,913
Posted By ReidVaitor
I asked the girls if they wanted to go, no...

I asked the girls if they wanted to go, no hesitation, we'll be there Labor Day!
Hope the weather works out and we'll see you than


PS I finally managed to move all the pictures off the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-21-2014, 10:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,913
Posted By ReidVaitor
Saw the plane last year in Columbia. It is...

Saw the plane last year in Columbia. It is everything as beautiful as the pictures.
Not surprised Bruce did this, he and his wife were great with letting my daughters take over their hammock and play...
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