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Forum: RV-4 11-15-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 716
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have one on both sides

I put the NACA vents on both sides of my-4, just below the cheeks, and both produce strong airflow. I don't notice a difference between the 2. Because the panel space is limited on the -4 and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2018, 05:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,290
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ditto on Dan's suggestion

Exactly what I would do, and have done many times. If your panel has access behind it, stuff some rags in there to catch dust,or tape a plastic cup behind it. and if you have an assistant, hold a...
Forum: RV-4 11-02-2018, 05:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 475
Posted By fixnflyguy
Plastic push-ins

I used the plastic grommets that came with the kit for internal line runs. Small hole, and they slip right over the vent lines. I installed mine with a dab of Proseal and they are there for life, and...
Forum: RV-4 10-31-2018, 05:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 544
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

Seems every -4 is a little different, and as mentioned, you will need to wait until final assembly to see exactly how your fit will be. I actually trimmed my overhangs off, and fabricated extensions...
Forum: RV-4 10-30-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By fixnflyguy
RV-4 plans revisions are few

I'm also going to "guess" VAN's would not make changes to the -4 plans unless there was safety issue,since production is low, and the majority of builds are utilizing the original call-outs. Doubtful...
Forum: RV-4 10-30-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 367
Posted By fixnflyguy
Many variations

There are many variations found in the field of RV-4's, but be sure you understand the slot mod not shown on all plans. That fitting handles wing twisting loads, but must be able to "slip apart" in...
Forum: RV-4 10-21-2018, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 617
Posted By fixnflyguy
Easy as others say.

Never had a sucker on mine. Made my plate from 1/4" aluminum, home made gasket.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 920
Posted By fixnflyguy
O-320H2AD and Sterba prop on my -4

I have an O320-H2AD and Sterba prop on my RV-4, and I absolutely love it. I built my engine myself, removed from a 172, and the Sterba, pitched for climb keeps my top end slightly low, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 05:54 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 925
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things I have observed..

While this Proseal discussion is hard to give a direct answer to, I will tell you my experiences as an A&P working in the heavy aircraft and GA industry for 38 years, and probably have personally...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2018, 09:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,051
Posted By fixnflyguy
In the assembly manual

When I built my -4, there was an assembly manual that contained foldout pages which had the rivet layouts for the wings as well as other items. i'm not sure if these are on the digital versions now...
Forum: RV-4 10-03-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 957
Posted By fixnflyguy
Oil cooler location?

Keep in mind, if you install an oil cooler behind #4, that will require some custom work. I have an O320H2AD engine, which isn't like any of the other O320's, so my entire baffle build was from...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 09-27-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,321
Posted By fixnflyguy
There have been several such flights from our...

There have been several such flights from our airport (8A7) in central NC, that delivered supplies to various Florence affected areas. From the PIREPS of those guys most airports down that way had...
Forum: RV-4 09-27-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,299
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have inspected RV-4's that had screws in place...

I have inspected RV-4's that had screws in place of the rivets. I suspect this because the builder felt the pop rivets were substandard and didn't realize the zipper importance.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 05:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,182
Posted By fixnflyguy
If in NC..

We would love to be part of it if you visit NC. My wife and I have both met Dick in OSH (like many others) and we shared our story of getting married in our RV-4 with a formation of 5 planes over our...
Forum: RV-4 09-26-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,990
Posted By fixnflyguy
My CG/max PAX

200 max in my -4 ,and as others have said, I don't like heavy backseater with less than half fuel. The difference between a 115 and 200 lb will feel significant. Be aware, your pitch control will be...
Forum: RV-10 09-25-2018, 06:36 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,096
Posted By fixnflyguy
Aileron hinge position

So, the aileron hinge issue can in fact cause what you have. Stand in front of the plane and get the ailerons in neutral, look along the bottom surface of the wing skin and see if you have an...
Forum: Tools 09-20-2018, 08:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,356
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nice to have

Though you may not need one much, I find the old bandsaw to be a great shop addition. I use mine alot..though building my -4 it was a MUST, there are many uses. I picked up a like new Crafstman 12"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2018, 07:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,986
Posted By fixnflyguy
Dave Anders..

I'm sure you know of Dave Anders , and his very fast,very good at everything RV-4. If you don't, just spend a couple hours searching the forum and reading up. I doubt there is a faster RV-4 on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 682
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Try dropping down to a -3 or 3.5 length and if your back riveting, use a 1/8th universal head set for the bucktail (makes nice domed tail). Don't worry about meeting the "spec" shop head you would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,233
Posted By fixnflyguy
3000 series

Beer cans are 3000 series aluminum alloy..Not very corrosive at all...not very strong either, but at least you can crush them on your forehead. Wouldn't make a good plane, but that is why our skins...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By fixnflyguy
Make your own..

When I built my -4, I didn't like the market available quadrants and wanted a slim 2 lever that would hide in my side panel. I made my own from some scrap aluminum and used 1/4" phenolic sheet I cut...
Forum: RV-4 09-17-2018, 06:47 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 761
Posted By fixnflyguy
Try this...

I work in the commercial jet MRO business and extensively with structures. Often, we have large parts or repairs that can't be alodined per the dip/submerged procedure that people are most focused...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-13-2018, 07:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,443
Posted By fixnflyguy
Normal for mine..

I am running an O-320H2AD/1600 hp with a Sterba wood prop, and idle at 600-650 is rough. I have it set for that only to allow me to throttle way back, but I keep my idle around 800 RPM on ground to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,070
Posted By fixnflyguy
FAA was great for me

I used the local FSDO. My taxes paid for it, and it went super smooth. They have done several at our home field. After we looked the plane over and went through the required documents we simply took...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,481
Posted By fixnflyguy
Electrode short/dirty plugs?

I run an O320H2AD in my -4, with the standard D3000 magneto, and a few months ago I had similar misfire pop/bang during run-up, which I thought was just fouling plug because I hadn't leaned during...
Forum: Southeast 09-04-2018, 06:00 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By fixnflyguy
Wheel pants

I have been to TT many times in my -4, and depending on the size of the event, and where you are marshaled to taxi, there can be some hazards. I have stopped and asked to be re-directed, but for the...
Forum: RV-4 09-04-2018, 05:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 482
Posted By fixnflyguy
No issue

Pretty normal readings..mine hovers in that range during hot summer months in the Carolinas. I have a hard time getting to 200 in cooler months, and usually hangs around 180-190. I don't like it any...
Forum: RV-4 09-04-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,299
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I have seen

First off, Great job getting safely back on the ground..plane will be fixed!
I built my -4, so I fully understand the complexity of the canopy. i also inspect/maintain several other -4's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2018, 06:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I would do

Hello John,
I have a -4 that I built, and installed an electric aileron trim tab. I also have elec elevator trim and elec flaps, all on the stick..great set-up for future planning. In the interim, I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-27-2018, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,242
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ditto on my -4

Built my -4 solo as did Richard..only a couple in the upper tail cone. My then 8 year son old bucked them. Biggest challenge was probably the Wing L/E skins reaching up through the spar and rib...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-27-2018, 07:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,332
Posted By fixnflyguy
I painted mine before flight.

Many folks don't have the skills/facilities to paint while building and choose to fly to a painter after phase 1 (unless your Vlad). As long as you have got all your clearances and fits good,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2018, 07:17 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,026
Posted By fixnflyguy
LPS 1 Greaseless

I have been using LPS1 Lubricant for decades on RV's to airliners..until LPS1 greaseless came out. That is my go-to-lube. No dust collecting mess, and compatible with all the other LPS coatings. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 685
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I made every single screw on my -4 the same (8-32) and used reduced 100 degree head titanium screws (Boeing BACB30VF series screw). These screws have same head diameter as a 6-32 screw but an 8-32...
Forum: RV-4 08-17-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 698
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ditto Paul..

My -4 set up just like Paul's. I put my" taxi" light on R/H side because at my home field I will make all right turns the majority of my night taxi back to hangar.
Forum: Southeast 08-14-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By fixnflyguy
Day trip likely

We will likely do a day trip Friday or Saturday but unfortunately not camping this year. Always a great time at TT.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2018, 05:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,173
Posted By fixnflyguy
Happening here too..

Our airport ,which is privately owned has been going through a year long dramatic lease battle that has resulted in 25 plus hangar vacancies, and a myriad of modified or contested leases. The airport...
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2018, 11:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 782
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I mounted my cooler in same place, but I built aluminum close-outs that cover the cheek opening. They are simply pop-riveted in place, and make the area much cleaner and more internally aerodynamic....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2018, 11:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,519
Posted By fixnflyguy
Prep and coverage is key

The reality is that the prep and coverage are all that matters. You can apply it a million ways, and I prefer a simple acid brush and typically squeeze the mixed product into a cup or on a piece of...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2018, 06:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 433
Posted By fixnflyguy
More details ?

I am trying to picture your installation quandary as you describe it, as the little Facet cube pump is about as simple as it gets. I have 2 in my -4, one is in the tunnel beside the battery, and the...
Forum: Safety 07-31-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,150
Posted By fixnflyguy
Worse in tandems

I cant agree more, the effect of CG with fuel burn, and in a tandem (I have a -4) it can get even worse. If I'm even close to an AFT CG loading, I make sure I don't have to land with much less than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By fixnflyguy
I installed the trim servo in the left aileron,...

I installed the trim servo in the left aileron, and made a small flush tab similar to the elevator tab in theory. I have all the controls for trim and flaps on a MAC stick grip. Never have to reach...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2018, 08:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 558
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have it in my-4

I installed electric roll trim in my -4. Its handy to have, and I'm glad I did...not a big factor in short sorties, but on cross country you will be glad to have it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,223
Posted By fixnflyguy
Depends...

Since you are relatively new to the posts here, which are the greatest thing on earth to an RV'er, I'm sure you will see a wide range of response. Actually there are likely plenty in the forums...
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,719
Posted By fixnflyguy
Looking forward to the test pirep!

Exactly what I am looking for ...keep us posted, as I need to upgrade mine!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,555
Posted By fixnflyguy
My neighbors is..

I have my RV-4 in a connected row of 30'X45' rectangular non-insulated metal hangars and the one next to me was spray foam coated about 15 years ago. Every square inch of metal, wood and the inside...
Forum: RV-4 07-08-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,687
Posted By fixnflyguy
Setting aside all the WB, gross weight numbers...

Setting aside all the WB, gross weight numbers and such, I can say from my experience in my -4, when you have a heavy back seat passenger, you need to learn the light pitch control inputs, as...
Forum: Safety 07-06-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,158
Posted By fixnflyguy
Things Go Bad quickly..

We recently lost our little dog Scooby (Been on VAF in his mini RV4 pedal plane), but he was always tethered when on the airport. Unfortunately, there have been local neighbors who used our airport...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2018, 06:08 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,743
Posted By fixnflyguy
-7 side cowl flap

I have seen a recent -7 build done by a local friend that is on the forums. He had some heating issues on his, which sounds to be a similar set-up. He installed one of the electric cowl flap doors on...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2018, 08:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,904
Posted By fixnflyguy
F405/406 adjustment

Its been 15 years since I built mine, but I kept the floor level positions as per plans and shifted the top slightly aft. There is a lot of stuff going on at the upper longeron /rollbar attach point...
Forum: RV-4 06-18-2018, 05:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,904
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

First off, I don't know hall "Tall" you are, but I'm 6'1", tall to some, not very tall next to others. When I built mine, I had sat in a standard, per plans build RV-4, and had an idea what I would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 07:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 760
Posted By fixnflyguy
KTTA

Check at KTTA , Raleigh Executive Jetport. Its a great facility, and there is a cool RV builder assist facility there that always has something going on. I don't have any numbers of names...
Forum: Primers 05-18-2018, 05:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,850
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..before the war starts..

First off, The skins are "Alclad", a thin layer of pure aluminum which helps protect from the elements, but the edges are most vulnerable. Think of your skin as a sheet of plywood, and what plywood...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 05:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,258
Posted By fixnflyguy
Sad times

I wish I could have made it over yesterday eve..WX wasn't as good over here at 8A7. I sure hope Horace Williams can survive the storm..senseless closing of a great little airport.
Forum: Job Board 04-27-2018, 07:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,679
Posted By fixnflyguy
What job type?

I work at HAECO, a large MRO in Greensboro, next to Hondajet. There are a few guys at Honda on VAF that may chime in..I know a ton of their employees. Drop me a PM and I can give you some background.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2018, 06:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,158
Posted By fixnflyguy
I built my tanks in 1995, and they didn't see...

I built my tanks in 1995, and they didn't see fuel until 2009. No issues. I work with Proseal nearly every day, and it is quite amazing if it's applied properly, with very little that degrades it.
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By fixnflyguy
Got your message Ron, safe travels north with...

Got your message Ron, safe travels north with your new bird.
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2018, 04:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ok Ron, weather forecast for our area on Sunday...

Ok Ron, weather forecast for our area on Sunday looks like wind and storm possibilities. We are around, so just call if your coming this way.
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 07:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By fixnflyguy
OK Ron, I will be looking for your call Saturday....

OK Ron, I will be looking for your call Saturday. We plan to be doing some flying, so leave a message if I don't answer. Hope your trip goes well.
Forum: Southeast 04-13-2018, 05:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,684
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC taxes..

While I haven't "studied" neighboring states lately, I believe we are slightly higher than SC and Ga, but not by much. I have lived here 36 years, and not even considered a move anywhere else. There...
Forum: Southeast 04-12-2018, 01:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,684
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC...??

There are several nice Airparks in NC, at least 4-5 near me in central NC. I have lived in one, and visit the others frequently.
Forum: RV-3 04-10-2018, 08:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,978
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have one on my -4...

I have one on my -4, LWR front of firewall attached to some standoffs to keep it vertical. I have a Vetterman 4- pipe, and it sits dead center between the pipes. I made a 1/2" hole in the lower cowl...
Forum: Southeast 04-09-2018, 05:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,061
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come on by !

Ron, we will be here next Sunday. Keep me posted on your travels, and give me a call at 336-202-05 seven four. I didn't see this message until today, so I hope you get it !
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