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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 20,947
Posted By rzbill
+1. installed a couple of months ago.

+1. installed a couple of months ago.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-23-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,017
Posted By rzbill
Here's how I did it. No foam. Curved fiberglass...

Here's how I did it.

No foam.
Curved fiberglass layups. Easy peasey.

See the text and photos with these links.

Curved Layup...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-21-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 978
Posted By rzbill
Exactly right. pilotkms, the SHCS does not clamp...

Exactly right.

pilotkms, the SHCS does not clamp the bushing, it impinges on the grip tube right at the relief in the tube. It is good machining practice to relieve a shaft or tube like that in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2018, 04:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 978
Posted By rzbill
??? That mount looks identical to my Tosten. ...

??? That mount looks identical to my Tosten. When the socket head cap screw is properly tightened, the grip position is fixed. It can be set at whatever rotational angle desired, but it is fixed...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 978
Posted By rzbill
As the previous posters said, cut off the...

As the previous posters said, cut off the equvalent length of the grip. You may have to cut a bit more after checking throttle clearance. I did.

One thing not mentioned is rotating the grip to fit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 05:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,334
Posted By rzbill
I was reading this thread with the intention of...

I was reading this thread with the intention of saying the same thing as Bill did above.

There is a bent flange on the bottom. Plus you have to take the bend radius into account and a little space...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,092
Posted By rzbill
I'm with Kyle on this. 700 hrs for me on the...

I'm with Kyle on this. 700 hrs for me on the Vans stuff and it shows no evidence of needing replacement anytime soon. Great markoff on the top cowl but insignificant wear too. I did get some red...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2018, 04:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 676
Posted By rzbill
Look at your controls (switches, knobs, levers,...

Look at your controls (switches, knobs, levers, etc). If you would have to explain a control usage to another pilot that was to fly the craft, that control needs labeling for what it is and which...
Forum: Propellers 05-29-2018, 02:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,530
Posted By rzbill
Bill, I have the Hartzell aluminum BA prop and...

Bill,
I have the Hartzell aluminum BA prop and Johostroj governor. I frequently cruise oversquare at 2300 and 25". Have run as low as 2200 in cruise.

If memory serves, you have the Hartzell...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,070
Posted By rzbill
At the risk of repeating a...

At the risk of repeating a story........
Polycarbonate is not an automatic solution. It is more shatter resistant than acrylic but for the same reason, polycarb will deflect more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 04:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By rzbill
Had that experience. Tried to run a Triad gas...

Had that experience. Tried to run a Triad gas boiler from an ancient 2KW generator but the frequency instability prevented it. A few years later I bought a 7.5KW unit. First try the boiler did not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 03:56 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,197
Posted By rzbill
Nailed it.

Nailed it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 03:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,000
Posted By rzbill
Its refreshing to hear someone speak about Dan....

Its refreshing to hear someone speak about Dan. None of my current circle of friends knew him. A good friend and aviation mentor.

A couple of memories of his cub that impressed me as a kid. He flew...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,000
Posted By rzbill
They don't. You have to go to a real university...

They don't. You have to go to a real university over in Raleigh for that. Go Wolfpack. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,000
Posted By rzbill
The university has wanted to close the field ever...

The university has wanted to close the field ever since I was a kid there 50 years ago.
Maybe the strangling moves they have made (many) will finally do it despite the original wishes of Horace...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 05:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,314
Posted By rzbill
For the first 25 years of my adult life, my shops...

For the first 25 years of my adult life, my shops were heated with forced air. It was OK but..

I built a new house 10 years ago and VERY intentionally installed radiant heat in the shop floor.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2018, 04:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 671
Posted By rzbill
How long? It sounds like a job for flat sheet...

How long? It sounds like a job for flat sheet and a brake.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2018, 04:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,573
Posted By rzbill
I can't tell you how I did my bracket drilling...

I can't tell you how I did my bracket drilling because it was too long ago for memory.

BUT.....

For a pre-drilled 2-hole assembly, only one 1 hole needs match drilling. You may choose the 'first'...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,065
Posted By rzbill
It's not a big enough nuisance to make me change...

It's not a big enough nuisance to make me change it, but if did have an opportunity, I would put a panel dimmer on my Garmin 430W. I do have the photocell ramp, offset and minimum values tuned. ...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,544
Posted By rzbill
I custom built a glove box since I had aluminum...

I custom built a glove box since I had aluminum sheet left over from an OOPs during construction. I don't miss the panel space and that box is soooo handy. Wondered about that during construction....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-24-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,521
Posted By rzbill
The obvious solution John, is to get rid of the...

The obvious solution John, is to get rid of the gear doors and keep the gear down and welded like a 'proper' airplane..... :)

But seriously when I built my 7A, all the hinge supplied by Vans was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2018, 04:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,240
Posted By rzbill
If I were making these washers with normal...

If I were making these washers with normal airplane builder tools, I would choose to fly cut the OD first and then come back with a step drill and enlarge the center hole from the fly cutter pilot. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 795
Posted By rzbill
Although it is not a legal requirement, Vans has...

Although it is not a legal requirement, Vans has a load limit for the nose gear. Since you are doing the math anyway, why not add that calc to see if you are close and what the tendencies are.
Forum: Safety 04-19-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,851
Posted By rzbill
While setting the travels and clearances are...

While setting the travels and clearances are important, even with them set correctly (which mine are), a stiff gust WILL deflect the rudder far enough to cause damage. Happened to me when my rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,872
Posted By rzbill
Bill, I'm sure the McFarlanes will work. ACS...

Bill,
I'm sure the McFarlanes will work. ACS brand also has a push to unlock cable. A-700 button lock. The center button is smaller but works the same. I had to use one on my heater valve because...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,135
Posted By rzbill
While I don't own one, I'm in the Form a Funnel...

While I don't own one, I'm in the Form a Funnel method camp.

At first oil change, I rummaged around the hangar and found a piece of aluminum angle that sits perfectly under the oil filter joint and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-09-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,438
Posted By rzbill
I'm glad to hear that experience. I just mounted...

I'm glad to hear that experience.
I just mounted the Aero Classic on the nose Saturday.
I had not paid attention to the differences between the tires until I had both in my hands.
Quite a difference.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-06-2018, 04:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,090
Posted By rzbill
My old style analog magnetometer has worked fine...

My old style analog magnetometer has worked fine on the empenage deck for 6 years.
Mount it with non magnetic hardware. Velcro is silly. What holds the velcro to the airframe? Adhesive? ALL of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,783
Posted By rzbill
Steve, I've always thought "Wizard of..." was...

Steve,
I've always thought "Wizard of..." was more catchy. :)




Walt, I am sooo envious. My new purchased Lyc M1B has seeped just enough to irritate me to no end over the last 6 years. I am on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 04:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,552
Posted By rzbill
I built at home and self insured. Which means no...

I built at home and self insured. Which means no I did not purchase insurance.
Forum: RV-14 03-26-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,105
Posted By rzbill
My fight with it...

My fight with it (http://websites.expercraft.com/rzbill/index.php?q=log_entry&log_id=9083)
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,008
Posted By rzbill
Perfect. I actually have never experienced an RV...

Perfect.

I actually have never experienced an RV takeoff since I shut my eyes tight and then firewall it. :D
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-18-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By rzbill
It is not clear to me whether the OP wants the...

It is not clear to me whether the OP wants the calibration fixed or the warning removed.

Since no one has talked about the warning, here it is.

The EIS has its own set of warning limits accessed by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,946
Posted By rzbill
I bought a lightweight cover from a fellow VAF...

I bought a lightweight cover from a fellow VAF member in 2012. I can't remember if it was new or used at the time because it was in great condition and a good deal. It was not marked in any way....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,878
Posted By rzbill
Don't listen to the mantra. Do whats right for...

Don't listen to the mantra. Do whats right for you. I purchased and installed the avionics at the end of fuselage construction prior to engine install. Firewall work was MUCH easier and engine...
Forum: Web Site Development 03-07-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 963
Posted By rzbill
ADDS Weather URL changes

Hi Doug,
I noticed the ADDS weather links at the bottom of the VAF weather page are not working any more.

Looks like ADDS has changed their URL formats to:

https://aviationweather.gov/adds/

vs the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,272
Posted By rzbill
The first time I tried baking was not to try...

The first time I tried baking was not to try baking. Winter. Sprayed some Variprime primer and it was cold enough that it was taking a while to dry. I set the small pieces on the top grate of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,776
Posted By rzbill
Mike, I'm really sorry to inform you that there...

Mike,
I'm really sorry to inform you that there has been a gross ordering screwup. You are supposed to get two WINGS, not two fuselages with the order from Vans. :D

And BTW, is that a Myford with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 03:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 341
Posted By rzbill
John Fadok, the proprietor of 0A7 Hendersonville...

John Fadok, the proprietor of 0A7 Hendersonville has the tools and can do it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,690
Posted By rzbill
I have zero analog engine instruments to...

I have zero analog engine instruments to duplicate EIS 4000 data. My thinking is that an electrical failure and loss of EIS data is one of two things: not critical since my engine is not...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-08-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 669
Posted By rzbill
Yes, those are the ones. Remember, those are...

Yes, those are the ones. Remember, those are ONLY ILS and Glideslope, not VOR.

I did wire the other 4 also. It is my understanding that those 4 connections are not needed if using ARINC. I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-08-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 669
Posted By rzbill
On the Horizon WS, ARINC connections are NOT...

On the Horizon WS, ARINC connections are NOT required to show ILS and Glideslope. There are descrete connections available from the 430 to the WS Horizon for both needle deflections. I had mine...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-05-2018, 04:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 520
Posted By rzbill
Hey Jim, We have not crossed paths in a long...

Hey Jim,
We have not crossed paths in a long time. Good to hear from you. I should be at my hangar for the next few weekends because it is inspection time. Spent a chilly Saturday there this past...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-02-2018, 04:23 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,867
Posted By rzbill
:D :D Good job my friend.

:D :D

Good job my friend.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-02-2018, 04:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,106
Posted By rzbill
Standard Horizon EX to replace Horizon WS. No...

Standard Horizon EX to replace Horizon WS. No options needed.
Forum: ADS-B 02-01-2018, 04:02 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,385
Posted By rzbill
That does not withstand a test of logic. If ADSB...

That does not withstand a test of logic. If ADSB is to replace radar, ADSB will be the primary (only) location information to ATC. If pilots have it also, it cant be treated as invalid unless the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-29-2018, 05:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,106
Posted By rzbill
I have been flying an EX for a while now. I like...

I have been flying an EX for a while now. I like it. It was plug and play from the WS it replaced. BUT, I did not replace the WS that has an ARINC module. That would take a little wiring as I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 04:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 888
Posted By rzbill
I'm probably one of the few that have a tire...

I'm probably one of the few that have a tire scuff on the ceiling of the shop.
I left my fuselage upside down during much of thhe construction including avionics install and landing gear. We scuffed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2018, 04:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,519
Posted By rzbill
A sharpie marker with a 1" dia rubber grommet on...

A sharpie marker with a 1" dia rubber grommet on the writing end, taped to a stick, worked quite well for me.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-23-2018, 04:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,858
Posted By rzbill
To heckle or sleep. That is the question. ...

To heckle or sleep. That is the question. Hmmmm. :D
Forum: Reviews 01-11-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,157
Posted By rzbill
I know that the US changing to the metric system...

I know that the US changing to the metric system is a pipe dream, but a change to 20 oz pints with the line at the top of the glass would be a welcome change.

And to make it RV related...... I do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,067
Posted By rzbill
Its one of the reasons I did the panel before the...

Its one of the reasons I did the panel before the engine. I had the airplane upside down so i could sit in the shop chair and work 'under' the panel in comfort.

It also meant that all firewall...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2017, 05:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,867
Posted By rzbill
What Kyle said. Stick to the plans and the...

What Kyle said.

Stick to the plans and the airframe has little to no design work.

BUT, also as mentioned, the systems installation (electrical mainly) is not detailed by Vans
like the structure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,064
Posted By rzbill
Carl, Those 'studs' I made out of AN bolts engage...

Carl,
Those 'studs' I made out of AN bolts engage with the allen socket of the SHCS that mounts the nose fairing. When I built the fairing originally, I only drilled a hole big enough for the allen...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-26-2017, 02:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By rzbill
I checked the spreadsheet I have for my RS-232...

I checked the spreadsheet I have for my RS-232 plan.

Ports 1 and 2 on the WS H1 are high speed.

However, if you have a plug-in box like ARINC, it uses port 1 and gives you a replacement port but it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2017, 02:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,064
Posted By rzbill
Hi Carl, To be honest, I have not used it for...

Hi Carl,
To be honest, I have not used it for steering the nosewheel yet, other than the test in the image. Its a tool for me to use in a pinch and I have not gotten in one since then (although I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-26-2017, 10:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 466
Posted By rzbill
It may depend on whether the WS is a Horizon or...

It may depend on whether the WS is a Horizon or Sport.
The Horizon has one or two that go to 115k baud. The rest are limited to 57k baud. I do not know the Sport capabilities.
Forum: Engine Monitors 12-21-2017, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 782
Posted By rzbill
Like Bob Turner said, I have had sporadic...

Like Bob Turner said, I have had sporadic problems with the 5 volt supply line. In my case it is NOT the GRT unit but rather my harness. In the first case, I found the crimp where I split the line...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-19-2017, 05:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,265
Posted By rzbill
Wicks is another good source for composite stuff....

Wicks is another good source for composite stuff. But again, not an NC company. There are some shops in western NC that support NASCAR and custom equipment for manufacturing companies with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2017, 07:20 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,767
Posted By rzbill
Just reread this whole thread. Same type of thing...

Just reread this whole thread.
Same type of thing happens to me at AVL. On a few occations I have told them unable immediately but can comply when closer to field (past the mountains and into the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-13-2017, 04:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 529
Posted By rzbill
Or an 11 unit long balance beam with the pivot at...

Or an 11 unit long balance beam with the pivot at unit 1.
Forum: ADS-B 12-06-2017, 11:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,142
Posted By rzbill
Bob and Ralph are correct. I also own the...

Bob and Ralph are correct. I also own the certified version and it is not subject to the AD per the part number delineation above.

At the time of purchase, the model number was advertised as the...
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