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Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 09:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 873
Posted By ppilotmike
..or watch, as a giant glob of "something" gets...

..or watch, as a giant glob of "something" gets sucked out! ;)
Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,203
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. I saw the same unfinished project, in order...

Yup. I saw the same unfinished project, in order to offer my opinion, as a 10-builder. Absolutely heart-breaking. Get a pre-buy inspection!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,179
Posted By ppilotmike
A 2-seat RV-3 doesn't exist. However, the RV-4...

A 2-seat RV-3 doesn't exist. However, the RV-4 is as close as it gets to that. You would have to find someone willing to instruct you in their RV-4, which would need to have rear controls, rudder...
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,779
Posted By ppilotmike
Swivel Head Flush Set..

..and blue painter's tape. I use a small piece of tape combined with the swivel head flush set to get perfectly driven rivets with no marks on the skins. Every 15-20 rivets, I change the small...
Forum: Tools 01-17-2018, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 530
Posted By ppilotmike
Just like mine!

I build my (3) work tables with "retractable gear" too. The "lock blocks" simply drop into place when you pick up the table. Later, I took some thin nylon rope and tied it to little eyes in each...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2018, 09:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By ppilotmike
One Data Point

I have heard of one occurrence, here in Colorado, where a very seasoned RV-6 pilot smacked his head during turbulence and cracked his slider canopy enough that it needed to be replaced. That being...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-15-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 725
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice video!

Looks like I'll need to add Petit Jean to my list of Fly Ins, once my bird is ready (should be about 2030 - :( )
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,102
Posted By ppilotmike
Another data point..

Mark,

I used the close tolerance bolts with the spacers in order to "align" the two center spar sections, while building my fuse. My thought was that I wanted them to be as closely aligned as...
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 913
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome..

..to the madness. ;)
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By ppilotmike
You're right. I countersunk those holes, but I...

You're right. I countersunk those holes, but I did use a pulled rivet in lieu of a bucked one.
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 457
Posted By ppilotmike
My solution..

..was to use my rivet pull dimpler (the one that uses a nail, two small dies and your rivet puller) to make the dimples, then installed a flush pulled rivet in the side that's under the flange.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-12-2017, 01:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,267
Posted By ppilotmike
Used to be..

..I used to live in Oahu and actually learned to fly out there. My family and I do visit from time to time, so maybe we'll look you up the next time. I'd love to fly my RV-10 there some day (bucket...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 3,784
Posted By ppilotmike
Definitely a factor for me..

..I wanted to build an experimental plane, but one of the key reasons why I chose a Vans RV-10 for my mission (instead of a Bearhawk or Velocity) was because of the incredibly large community of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,237
Posted By ppilotmike
Wonderful news!

Big time congratulations are in order. What a milestone that is!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2017, 09:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 565
Posted By ppilotmike
Nicely done.

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,856
Posted By ppilotmike
So I have a question about the "Full EFII...

So I have a question about the "Full EFII system." Has there been any definitive data provided that shows that this system provides better performance than a simpler ignition system (electronic) and...
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,551
Posted By ppilotmike
I wonder..

.. how much of the problems (i.e. static affecting operations of electronics on board) are related to wiring that utilizes the airframe for a local ground, instead of running all grounds back to one...
Forum: RV-10 11-15-2017, 05:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,070
Posted By ppilotmike
Sorry I've been away for a while. Work gets in...

Sorry I've been away for a while. Work gets in the way! ;)
My belly shield consists of 1/16" FFrax against the belly skin (aluminum) with a 0.010" SS sheet over that, riveted to the structure. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2017, 10:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 13,776
Posted By ppilotmike
Ray, I sure would like some of your extra...

Ray,

I sure would like some of your extra springs and washers. I'm at the point where I'm building my rudder/brake pedals right now. My mailing address is below:

8563 W ILIFF AVE
LAKEWOOD, CO...
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,070
Posted By ppilotmike
I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly...

I made a fiberfrax and SS sandwich on the belly of my bird. I used the 1/16" Fiberfrax and 0.010" SS sheet. It came out nicely, with no noticeable pillowing. My belly shield is full width, going...
Forum: RV-10 11-02-2017, 01:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,047
Posted By ppilotmike
Pneumatic squeezer.

Pneumatic squeezer.
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,515
Posted By ppilotmike
I'd like to see those pictures. Can you send...

I'd like to see those pictures. Can you send them to me? ppilotmike at gmail dot com. Thanks.
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 11:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,801
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm glad to read you're going to keep on...

I'm glad to read you're going to keep on plugging. Overcoming these obstacles should make that first flight taste even sweeter. You surely will have earned it..
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By ppilotmike
That's the bit I was referring to in my previous...

That's the bit I was referring to in my previous post. It's true, you have to be careful not to over-deburr. However, the other thing I love about this bit is that it can be used as a free-hand...
Forum: RV-10 10-25-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,376
Posted By ppilotmike
Anxiously awaiting your report, Cliff.

Anxiously awaiting your report, Cliff.
Forum: RV-10 10-25-2017, 12:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,139
Posted By ppilotmike
My experience..

..is that you'll end up with lots of deburring tools in your toolbox, before it's over. Personally, I prefer to use my scotchbrite wheel whenever possible for all edges. If the skin is too big for...
Forum: RV-10 10-25-2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,801
Posted By ppilotmike
Jeez Patrick..

..I'm really sad to hear that. I really appreciate you starting this thread though, as it does show the robustness of the 10 design. I'm a bit confused by the comment about the gear not flexing. ...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2017, 01:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks you guys!

I think I'm leaning towards Kyle's "schedule." I guess I just always assumed that the avionics would be the last thing I purchased for the airplane, behind the engine and prop. Thanks for all the...
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,085
Posted By ppilotmike
Panel in?

What about your panel? I'm being told that in order to hang the engine, you need to rivet in the top section of the forward fuse, which includes the subpanel, panel and the top skin above the panel....
Forum: Safety 10-10-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 16,553
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

Bravo, Kathy..
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-10-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,133
Posted By ppilotmike
Russell, Welcome to the Colorado email group, as...

Russell,

Welcome to the Colorado email group, as well as VAF (great place!). There are several Denver EAA Chapter Members (Chapter 301) that have 8s, and at least one that is currently building an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2017, 11:49 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,843
Posted By ppilotmike
I am surpised..

..at how evenly the results are spread.
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2017, 11:02 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,793
Posted By ppilotmike
Sure thing.

Sure thing.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-05-2017, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,213
Posted By ppilotmike
Awesome.. :cool:

Awesome.. :cool:
Forum: RV-12 10-05-2017, 04:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 10,839
Posted By ppilotmike
I just wanted to take a moment and say...

...I love, love, love VAF. Where else can you find this type of community effort to help out a fellow aviator?
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2017, 01:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,010
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

I look forward to reaching this same milestone, hopefully, someday soon.
Forum: RV-10 09-25-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,793
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks Leo. PM sent!

Thanks Leo. PM sent!
Forum: RV-10 09-22-2017, 10:21 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,793
Posted By ppilotmike
Leo, I'd be interested in your center console...

Leo,

I'd be interested in your center console mold. This is exactly what I was wanting. Tell me what I need to do.

Mike Rettig
Forum: RV-10 09-12-2017, 01:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,396
Posted By ppilotmike
Easy. Attach a long section of hose to the...

Easy. Attach a long section of hose to the "return" and run it out the baggage door. Turn on the unit and it will pump all the water overboard, or at least enough to not worry about giving yourself...
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2017, 02:25 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,396
Posted By ppilotmike
I've got an IcyBreeze..

..and just finished the baggage door portion of my build. Tonight, I will see if it fits through and report back. Stay tuned.
Forum: RV-10 09-01-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,982
Posted By ppilotmike
Looking good!

Do you have a web page that shows a log of your build, with pics? I sure would like to see more pictures of your build; especially the interior finishing work and overhead console. Thanks.
Forum: RV-10 08-24-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,120
Posted By ppilotmike
Carl, I'd like to know your answer about the...

Carl,

I'd like to know your answer about the single heat muff and also would like to see pics of your work that allowed the heat dumped when the valves are closed (i.e. channels the heat down and...
Forum: RV-10 08-16-2017, 03:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 819
Posted By ppilotmike
Seth, Glad to hear you're moving so quickly on...

Seth,

Glad to hear you're moving so quickly on your build. Sounds like you are doing a good job of staying ahead of your project too. We'll see about getting you into the Chapter Hangar, so you...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2017, 12:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,801
Posted By ppilotmike
I humbly disagree. I have owned, used and...

I humbly disagree. I have owned, used and analyzed the dimples made by both a C-frame and DRDT-2 (same dies). In my opinion (as that's all that it is), a properly set up DRDT-2 makes a perfect...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,808
Posted By ppilotmike
I bought and then sold a partially built RV-3B...

I bought and then sold a partially built RV-3B (and I'm still sad about it). Buying and selling were done the same way: 1st cash in hand offer.

When I arranged to fly out of state to inspect and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2017, 09:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,143
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. Like others have said before, it's mostly...

Yup. Like others have said before, it's mostly mental. I believe you have "the sickness" and are already one of us. Glad to have you aboard the good ship VAF, and thanks for your sacrifice.
Forum: RV-10 08-07-2017, 02:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 752
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

I used all of Delta Pop's antennas. Affordable and he has several "low drag" options.
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,379
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice Pics, Bill!

Thanks for sharing.
Forum: RV-10 08-02-2017, 04:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,872
Posted By ppilotmike
That is cool (literally) and would completely...

That is cool (literally) and would completely change the game for small aircraft AC. I wonder where they are at in their development, as the kick starter campaign was supposed to be done, with...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-02-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,773
Posted By ppilotmike
OSH '17 was great for me. My family finally came...

OSH '17 was great for me. My family finally came with me. While it changed my OSH experience (i.e. no time for forums, workshops or window shopping), it was highly enjoyable for all of us,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-21-2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,757
Posted By ppilotmike
Awesome Trip!

Thanks for the nice write up and pictures.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 599
Posted By ppilotmike
It probably fine either way..

..but I used proseal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2017, 01:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 674
Posted By ppilotmike
See you there!

I'd like a set of your black handle covers and a set of your black pedal extensions for my RV-10. Sending you a note via your website now...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-13-2017, 12:38 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 90,965
Posted By ppilotmike
I agree, Vlad!

I agree, Vlad!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,496
Posted By ppilotmike
Getting excited!

Can't wait, can't wait!....
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-10-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 949
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice!

Thanks for the motivation to finish my 10 and get her flying.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,094
Posted By ppilotmike
Bigtime Congrats!

What a great accomplishment, Audrey. Go get 'em!
Forum: RV-10 06-29-2017, 05:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,621
Posted By ppilotmike
Bearhawk

I would second the suggestion to look into the Bearhawk. This plane ranked second on my list of 4-seaters to build. The RV-10 won (in my case), but only by a small margin. The Bearhawk is cheaper...
Forum: RV-10 06-29-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 589
Posted By ppilotmike
6" 3M Wheel on a Bench Grinder / Buffer

I used my 6" 3M debur wheel, mounted on my bench grinder to debur all my skins (even the large ones). It makes short work of it and will take off all the notches left from fabrication at the Vans...
Forum: RV-10 06-27-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,811
Posted By ppilotmike
Another Data Point..

..I love, love, love the RV-7A and believe it's close to the perfect airplane (for two). However, I am building a 10 for my family and friends. One worry I had was that I wouldn't enjoy flying the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2017, 09:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 900
Posted By ppilotmike
That's very cool!

Maybe one day she'll return the favor and give you a ride in something "sportier," Axel. ;) What a cool payback that would be.
Forum: RV-10 06-26-2017, 09:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,621
Posted By ppilotmike
Paving?

Paving your strip could help too. Is that a possibility?
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