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Forum: RV-4 08-17-2018, 08:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 269
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, 07:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 700
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, 04:43 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,411
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, 10:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
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, 10:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,120
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-09-2018, 07:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 304
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check your PM

I sent you a PM..a friend of mine has one for sale that may be of interest.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-03-2018, 12:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 849
Posted By fixnflyguy
SALE PENDING ON CHUTE

The chute is pending sale at this time.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-03-2018, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 849
Posted By fixnflyguy
FS: SOFTIE PARACHUTE

I have a Softie Parachute (backpack),P/N 20506, S/N 3051-5A, Mfg 5-93 for sale. It is red with red storage bag. I bought it from original owner, and has always been kept in climate controlled...
Forum: RV-4 08-03-2018, 05:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 232
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, 11:25 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,457
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, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
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, 07:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 379
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, 11:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 901
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, 05:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,412
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, 04:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,332
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, 06:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,972
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, 05:51 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,698
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, 05:08 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,048
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, 07:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,608
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, 04:48 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,608
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, 06:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 653
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, 04:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
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, 04:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,816
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, 06:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,521
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, 05:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,080
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, 07:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,944
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, 03:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,944
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, 06:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,944
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, 04:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,454
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, 12:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,454
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, 07:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,827
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, 04:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,944
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 !
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By fixnflyguy
Think Tailwheel..

If she is going to fly a -7, you might want to look at a TW aircraft, Taylorcraft, Champ, ect...the tailwheel time will be the important part. The insurance company will want that time more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 04:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 12,141
Posted By fixnflyguy
Feeling the pain...

We are currently going through similar issues at our "happy place", and I am serving on a small group representing the pilots (approx 70 planes on field). Our airport owner, whom has been completely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 04:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 911
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not likely

Simple green leaves a film, and not good on bare aluminum !..not really a good paint prep at all. To remove any corrosion inhibitor, it will take Acetone, MEK or my personal favorite, Coleman lantern...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2018, 10:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 269
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come on down to 8A7!

I am based at 8A7 (Twin Lakes), 20 minutes south of Winston-Salem. We have 6 RVs and an F1 Rocket here. I live on the airport, so I'm there every day after I get home from work. I'd be glad to show...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,007
Posted By fixnflyguy
R&R Screws/Seal

Actually having mine done today...Screws replaced with larger sealed caps and topcoat with a good sealant. The metal roof on wood beams will always be an issue due to expansion,moisture,ect....
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2018, 04:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,006
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good times a coming!

Looking forward to some -4 form-ups soon! I will be over to visit in Casper once we finally get the weather thing favorable...keep me posted on first flight plans.
Forum: RV-4 03-20-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,517
Posted By fixnflyguy
Maybe..

They can stick if the puck and or sliders are gunked up. I have had it on mine, and simply cleaned them up. The standard equipment brakes are very simple and pretty bullet proof. It is most prone...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 04:40 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 993
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it yourself..

I re-finished my Sterba, not much science to it unless it has significant missing chunks. A bit of careful sanding (evenly) and a few coats of urethane. I also sprayed the backside flat black after...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,577
Posted By fixnflyguy
Very Nice!

Great looking -4! I hope to see it in person when you get her back to NC..What airport will you be based at?
Forum: RV-4 03-09-2018, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 581
Posted By fixnflyguy
Take a look at this Skip...

There is a new (since 2011) form on the FAA.gov site, the FAA is using as a guideline for there inspection as I can tell. It is referred to as "Amateur built Fabrication and Assembly Checklist 2011...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 08:55 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,458
Posted By fixnflyguy
The H2AD..hidden gem

I built an O-320H2AD for the -4 I built. Got the core for near nothing, had the cylinders overhauled and all the big parts inspected/yellow tagged. New lifters, and I did a mild port job to smooth...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 06:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,234
Posted By fixnflyguy
Talking I'm kinda lucky..

When my now wife and I first met, I advised her of my commitment to "hangar time" and building the RV. By the second week of dating, the mancave hangar became her favorite spot too, soon to be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2018, 12:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,143
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pretty cool to watch!

650 HP, 84" prop, a big honking turbo hanging in the wind..gotta watch the full you tube video showing ground run and such. I'm sure it spewed like a dragster engine, and at over 8000 RPM made a...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By fixnflyguy
Try Sky Dynamics

Sky Dynamics is a specialty exhaust builder close to where I live. They have quite the selection of what you are looking for..check them out if a 4-1 is a must have for you...
Forum: RV-4 02-27-2018, 04:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,231
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

I am must assume yours has a "4-into-2" with crossover system, meaning 2 pipes exit the bottom. I myself have a 4 pipe with no crossovers,4 exit pipes. These two are the most common, each with...
Forum: RV-4 02-22-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,094
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things to keep in mind

I was going to do mine curved, but talked myself out of it. The purpose is to be a roll (flip-over) bar, and the factory design likely transmits those loads better than any other design with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2018, 04:33 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,971
Posted By fixnflyguy
Throw in the Venture..(a little thread stray)

If you want to stay metal, throw in a Questair Venture..REALLY fast, and acro capable, but not too good for grass. I have a little time in one, and a friend a has one based at our field. I'd have one...
Forum: RV-4 02-19-2018, 07:02 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,896
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pretty common.

There are lots of threads on this, some fairly recent. Early -4's have a weaker weldment at the lower forward longeron where it attaches to the firewall, and later models have a large gusset. This...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-16-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,190
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come to NC

Since your a BBQ type, have you been to Carthage NC? If not, its worth the trip. Great BBQ restaurant on a private airport you can pull right up to in the plane. I have been there when over 60 planes...
Forum: RV-4 02-13-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I fabricated a fully enclosed side panel and throttle quadrant. I had to rivet a couple small angles to the skin and also tied them into the bulkheads. My quadrant is similar to the "store bought"...
Forum: Southeast 02-05-2018, 05:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,944
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another option..

If you decide to change your route and travel the western route down I-81 and I-77 ( I never drive I-95 from NYC - Washington DC), I live not far from I-77 between Statesville and Winston-Salem. I...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-01-2018, 04:49 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 19,025
Posted By fixnflyguy
I need to join you guys some day! I have seen you...

I need to join you guys some day! I have seen you guys at various NC/SC locations, and I'm always looking for new "local" interesting places.
Forum: RV-4 01-23-2018, 04:46 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 779
Posted By fixnflyguy
Primary stiffener removed..

That is not the normal footwell size, and yes, there is a primary fuselage stiffener removed. The secondary stiffeners in the floorpan are displaced when adding footwells. I would actually say those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 10:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,701
Posted By fixnflyguy
There have been many whom crossed this path, and...

There have been many whom crossed this path, and I know several personally, that talked with the insurance company about the RV series similarities, and were able to get dual in a 2 seat variant RV,...
Forum: RV-4 01-16-2018, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By fixnflyguy
Back seat air solution

I will try to post pics of my right wing NACA vent and SCAT routing. I lent my build photo album out to a friend, and don't have a way to get the internal pics without opening my plane up. In short,...
Forum: RV-4 01-15-2018, 10:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,108
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

On my -4 I put the NACA style vents on each side under the cowl cheeks for front seat air. I put the eyeball vents straight onto the NACA vent, so I reach down just above my shins to open/close..easy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2018, 11:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,752
Posted By fixnflyguy
I don't have a factual answer, but I went through...

I don't have a factual answer, but I went through a divorce during my build, prior to registration, ect. I was granted the RV in the equitable distribution after financial compensation for the planes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,057
Posted By fixnflyguy
149-12XLT on my -4

I used the small 149-12XLT on my 0-320 160 hp., -4 . The larger OEM type is heavier and that was the main reason. Be sure you have a 149 tooth ring gear (most common) and I'm sure your 12V.. I have...
Forum: RV-4 01-04-2018, 04:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 713
Posted By fixnflyguy
Should have checked mine for feel on your last visit!

Skip,
My stick with Ray Allen grip is about 1/2"-3/4" below the panel. About the only time you will have it pushed that far is during control checks and pushing the tail up fast. I'd keep it as long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By fixnflyguy
What are you welding?

I'm not sure what your welding, but the RV tanks are made from 2024 (welding not recommended for 2XXX series aluminum)..but you can make a heatshield per say for the nutplate area with some water...
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