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Forum: RV-9/9A 02-11-2020, 01:22 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 240
Posted By bruceh
I seem to recall that it was tight, but I didn't...

I seem to recall that it was tight, but I didn't notch the bracket. The position is fairly loose, since the other side (bracket on the fuselage) gets its position determined when you fit the wings...
Forum: Interiors 02-10-2020, 04:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,223
Posted By bruceh
I bought some automotive seat heaters and they...

I bought some automotive seat heaters and they work great. We use them often in the winter (which is about 2 weeks long here in San Diego). Switch has a low/high setting and they don't really draw...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2020, 04:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,964
Posted By bruceh
I was in a similar situation as a low time pilot...

I was in a similar situation as a low time pilot and wanting a fast cross country cruiser. I'm very happy with my RV-9A. Now I'm contemplating an IFR upgrade after 750+ hours of VFR fun. The airplane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,192
Posted By bruceh
Hypothetical scenario for discussion purposes...

Hypothetical scenario for discussion purposes here only:

I buy the RV-14 kits and assemble the entire airplane, then get the Airworthiness Certificate. All above board, since I am doing this for my...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-26-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 726
Posted By bruceh
You can smooth down the very tips of the ribs...

You can smooth down the very tips of the ribs where all of the little flanges are bent. This will let the rib sit a bit more forward on the inside of the tank skin. I used the large scotchbrite wheel...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 664
Posted By bruceh
I bought a roll of the 2" wide peel ply tape from...

I bought a roll of the 2" wide peel ply tape from Aircraft Spruce. It is a lifetime supply! You don't need much.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2020, 12:58 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,913
Posted By bruceh
Busy Holiday weekend. Saturday did my first...

Busy Holiday weekend. Saturday did my first formation flight as a two ship with a safety pilot in my right seat. I did better than I had feared! Still have lots to learn and it will take a while to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2020, 12:23 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 592
Posted By bruceh
It all depends on how nice you want it to look...

It all depends on how nice you want it to look and fit.

I started with the Van's fairings and bonded them to the pants. The upper fairings fit pretty good once you trim them a bit. I fabricated my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,003
Posted By bruceh
I had originally used some clear 3M walkway stuff...

I had originally used some clear 3M walkway stuff from Aircraft Spruce (3M ™ SAFETY-WALK™ TAPE - 12 INCH CLEAR). It worked fine, but I replaced it after getting painted and went with the Van's black...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-11-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,662
Posted By bruceh
I think my longest leg was from Evanston, WY to...

I think my longest leg was from Evanston, WY to Ramona, CA. Still landed with more than an hour (6+ gallons) of fuel. I'm more than ready to stop at around 3 hours just to stretch the legs and drain...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,176
Posted By bruceh
Sure! I have time and need to keep busy. Sounds...

Sure! I have time and need to keep busy. Sounds like a good upgrade to your -9.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2020, 09:46 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,176
Posted By bruceh
Saturday: Gorgeous day, so up for an hour of...

Saturday: Gorgeous day, so up for an hour of messing around practicing some lazy-8's and over to Carlsbad for a landing.

Sunday: I got to ride shotgun with BillC and the Ramona Formation flying...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-06-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 823
Posted By bruceh
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Also wondering the same question. Does anyone know of a manufacturer of these "blister" fairings for the old style wing tips? This is on an older RV-6 that got a wing tip crunched by a car on the...
Forum: COMM 01-03-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,012
Posted By bruceh
I had a similar issue with my Dynon Comm radio....

I had a similar issue with my Dynon Comm radio. The transmit was intermittently terrible, or mostly fine. Receive was always OK. After lots of troubleshooting, we determined that the transmitter was...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-03-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,575
Posted By bruceh
Check out my build log (URL in signature). I've...

Check out my build log (URL in signature). I've got lots of photos in galleries and each one is captioned.

I built a tip up, so I don't have much to share on the slider canopy. I will agree with...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-02-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 974
Posted By bruceh
From the Corona Air Paint...

From the Corona Air Paint (https://coronaairpaint.com/) web page:

Fact: We can use any aircraft paint available in the UNITED STATES

Lie: California does not allow us to use paint available in...
Forum: APRS Tracking 01-02-2020, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 851
Posted By bruceh
Yearly summary of APRS tracks?

I used to be able to pull up all of the APRS tracks for a long period like a year from the airprs site. Now that it no longer exists, is there some other web site out there that can produce this?...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 01-02-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,014
Posted By bruceh
Thanks to Katie for setting this little fly out...

Thanks to Katie for setting this little fly out up! We had a great flight out. The weather was perfectly clear and the air smooth. It was good catching up with Roy, Sandy, Doug, Josh, Marc, Rita and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-02-2020, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 753
Posted By bruceh
My 2019 flying stats

I got a chance yesterday to add up my logbook hours for 2019 and review some of my flying memories.

Blog entry is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-24-2019, 06:27 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,392
Posted By bruceh
I was about $93K into my first flight. Since...

I was about $93K into my first flight. Since then, paint, upholstery, O2 system, etc, etc, has pushed the cost up even higher. I did do just about every upgrade that was available. Van's cost...
Forum: Interiors 12-21-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,538
Posted By bruceh
I went with Ultraleather and it is very...

I went with Ultraleather and it is very comfortable and durable.
Forum: California 12-17-2019, 11:54 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,261
Posted By bruceh
Call ACI Jet. They were pretty reasonable when I...

Call ACI Jet. They were pretty reasonable when I was last there. Waived the handling fees with a fuel purchase and free parking for 3 hours or so.
Fullerton is $5 a night and easy in/out without any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2019, 08:43 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,799
Posted By bruceh
ELT logging question

I've revisited many of Mike Busch's webinars, and always learn quite a bit from him.

So I'm still a bit confused by what is required for logging the ELT checks. I do the every 3 month "test" on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2019, 08:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 916
Posted By bruceh
First, unhook the control from the arm and...

First, unhook the control from the arm and measure the "throw". This is the distance the cable can go from full closed to full open on the panel. If the throw of the mixture or throttle arm is less...
Forum: California 12-11-2019, 12:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,261
Posted By bruceh
Photo found!

I'm still digging through loads of old slides taken by my late father.
I ran across these he took on one of our forays to Santa Ana.

This is the warbird I was recalling. Not a P-51, but a Curtiss...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2019, 10:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,000
Posted By bruceh
Go and get a Fumoto T202N quick drain...

Go and get a Fumoto T202N quick drain (http://fumotousa.com/parts.php?partnumber=70). They work...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2019, 10:40 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,683
Posted By bruceh
The easy way to deburr the edges of skins is to...

The easy way to deburr the edges of skins is to just use a flat file along the edges. A couple of swipes and the jaggedness is gone. Then I quickly ran the edges along a small 1" diameter...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-04-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By bruceh
I used JetFlex WR on my RV-9A interior. There is...

I used JetFlex WR on my RV-9A interior. There is some wear on the seat backs where you rub getting in and out. The underlying Akzo-Nobel epoxy primer shows through and that stuff is VERY...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-01-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Posted By bruceh
It is installed according to plans up to the tabs...

It is installed according to plans up to the tabs on the oil sump, but the plans also state not to bend the end of the tubing tabs. There is really no way not to bend them if you want them to fit...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-01-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Posted By bruceh
Sent you a PM. Thanks!

Sent you a PM.

Thanks!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-30-2019, 06:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,918
Posted By bruceh
Cracked exhaust hanger

I was doing an oil change today, and as usual, I give the entire engine a really good look over. I found one of the exhaust hangers had...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-28-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,233
Posted By bruceh
Real world data for my RV-9A (160HP IO-320, Fixed...

Real world data for my RV-9A (160HP IO-320, Fixed pitch prop, not CS) from my trip this week to/from SoCal to AZ:


Altitude 9500'
TAS 147Kts
Fuel Flow 6.6 Gph (LOP cruise)
RPM 2470
Full Fuel,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2019, 12:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,922
Posted By bruceh
Build the frame, then fit the plexiglass to the...

Build the frame, then fit the plexiglass to the frame.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-27-2019, 02:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,922
Posted By bruceh
Yes, it seems to have worked just fine and is...

Yes, it seems to have worked just fine and is still in place after 750 hours of flying. One of them came loose at one point, but I just used some more epoxy and glued it back in place.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-27-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 997
Posted By bruceh
I would add a slot behind the mount and at least...

I would add a slot behind the mount and at least put a velcro cinch strap or wire tie around the extinguisher to hold it in place.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2019, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 329
Posted By bruceh
You can cut these with tin snips easily, then...

You can cut these with tin snips easily, then sand to the final size.
Forum: Painting your RV 11-20-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 531
Posted By bruceh
I used Corona Air Paint...

I used Corona Air Paint (https://www.coronaairpaint.com/). They did a great job on my custom job. It was reasonable cost-wise. Just get on their schedule in advance, since they book up spots quickly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2019, 01:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,623
Posted By bruceh
Redlands

I spent Saturday at the Toys for Tots event at Redlands Municipal Airport.

https://www.overthehills.com/Airplanes/Redlands-Toys-for-Tots-Fly-In
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2019, 11:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 953
Posted By bruceh
I'm an EAA Tech Counselor and have visited many...

I'm an EAA Tech Counselor and have visited many projects around SoCal in the last several years. After building my RV-9A, I do have an appreciation for varying levels of build quality. I flew my...
Forum: California 11-13-2019, 07:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,373
Posted By bruceh
Fall/Winter is the season for L54 Agua Caliente....

Fall/Winter is the season for L54 Agua Caliente. Bring your bathing suit!

https://www.overthehills.com/Travel/Flying/Agua-Caliente-County-Park
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-08-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,922
Posted By bruceh
it is what it is...

The canopy was the most frustrating part of the build. I played around with the frame, shims, tweaking things endlessly and it never got a whole lot better in the fitment areas you describe. Best...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-23-2019, 10:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,693
Posted By bruceh
Be sure to search YouTube. I know that Dynon has...

Be sure to search YouTube. I know that Dynon has a channel there with some excellent tutorials.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-22-2019, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 981
Posted By bruceh
Fiberglass work is hard to do at a distance since...

Fiberglass work is hard to do at a distance since it takes multiple iterations of sanding/filling, but I'm fairly close in the San Diego area. I'd be happy to discuss with you what you need done.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 10-19-2019, 10:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,456
Posted By bruceh
Here's some photos from the event.

It was a beautiful day for flying and the air was nice and smooth and calm, so my wife and I decided to head to Mojave and have breakfast there and look at all of the Rutan...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2019, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,965
Posted By bruceh
I've got one section on the underside of one wing...

I've got one section on the underside of one wing that oil cans. Five years of flying and it no longer bothers me one bit. I would leave it alone.

I think the cause of any oil canning is having a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,488
Posted By bruceh
I had a similar experience with intermittent high...

I had a similar experience with intermittent high fuel pressure readings using the VDO senders to my Dynon Skyview.
I replaced it with a Kavlico sender and that fixed it. You'll need to add a +5V and...
Forum: Primers 10-06-2019, 03:47 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,468
Posted By bruceh
Just my opinion here after doing a complete...

Just my opinion here after doing a complete airplane build primed with Akzo-Nobel.


Definitely wait the 30 minutes induction time before spraying and stir it a lot during that time. Mix more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,894
Posted By bruceh
I gave 3 Young Eagles rides at the Ramona Air...

I gave 3 Young Eagles rides at the Ramona Air Fair for EAA Chapter 14.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Phase-2/i-PGnBk4K/0/0db553d5/M/ISPW4832-M.jpg

After they wound down the YE flights, I...
Forum: ADS-B 10-03-2019, 10:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 893
Posted By bruceh
ADS-B is getting inputs from other aircraft and...

ADS-B is getting inputs from other aircraft and ground stations, not satellites.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2019, 12:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,529
Posted By bruceh
The "fuel lube" or EZ-Turn stuff is extremely...

The "fuel lube" or EZ-Turn stuff is extremely sticky, but it seals the cap up nicely. The O-rings just slip off with a pick. Rub some on with your fingers (and good luck washing this stuff off), and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 12:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 962
Posted By bruceh
Isn't the modification for inverted flight simply...

Isn't the modification for inverted flight simply substituting a flop tube for the fixed tube in the tank, along with a bracket inside to keep the flop tube away from the sender?

I would talk to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2019, 06:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,693
Posted By bruceh
Have a fun and safe Phase 1! Glad to see this...

Have a fun and safe Phase 1!
Glad to see this airplane get completed and flying.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2019, 06:22 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,773
Posted By bruceh
follow up

I just wanted to follow up on this post. I finally got around to swapping out the old switch with an identical new one and all is good now. The original switch was flaky around 10% of the time and...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-01-2019, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 886
Posted By bruceh
Miramar Airshow

I wrote up my experience flying into MCAS Miramar for the Airshow (https://flyingoverthehills.wordpress.com/2019/10/01/miramar-airshow/) and having my RV-9A on static display.

Photos are here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,468
Posted By bruceh
Miramar Airshow!

I got the chance to fly into MCAS Miramar and have my RV-9A on static display for the 3 days of the...
Forum: California 09-30-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,504
Posted By bruceh
fixed!

I ended up fixing Brian's canopy. I wrote up a blog entry on the entire process (https://flyingoverthehills.wordpress.com/2019/09/26/fixing-a-canopy/). It's not an RV canopy, but very similar in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-23-2019, 10:43 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,545
Posted By bruceh
It took me a while to get used to the -9A. I had...

It took me a while to get used to the -9A. I had 140 hours and a 23 year hiatus from flying. Got back in the air with a C-172 for about 10 hours of mostly pattern work, then transition training in an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-18-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,234
Posted By bruceh
I did the same. Used new spring clamps and oil...

I did the same. Used new spring clamps and oil rated hose from the auto parts store.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Phase-2/i-Lr69MCp/0/1b6dd841/M/IMG_6501-M.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 01:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 4,510
Posted By bruceh
Took my daughter up to Long Beach for the the...

Took my daughter up to Long Beach for the the Taste of Japan Festival. Visited family for the weekend.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-05-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,021
Posted By bruceh
I left my bottom skins off the wings for a while...

I left my bottom skins off the wings for a while and later it became apparent that there really wasn't any reason to not have them on.

Have you addressed the service bulletin...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-01-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 572
Posted By bruceh
I left it open. This way, you can get it off and...

I left it open. This way, you can get it off and on as needed for wiring access.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Final-Assembly/Fitting-the-Tail/i-KMvnvGn/0/f0c3b1f4/M/IMG_4870-M.jpg
Forum: California 08-31-2019, 03:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,628
Posted By bruceh
I'm 6' 2" and it would be nice to have just a bit...

I'm 6' 2" and it would be nice to have just a bit more leg room in my -9A. I don't feel cramped, but it is nice to get out and stretch after a long leg of flying.
The baggage area can get filled up...
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