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Forum: Texas (South) 11-11-2019, 03:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 78
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (November 2019)

OK, so I fell down on the job last month, thanks to a long out-of-town stretch, but now it's time to get back on the horse. So let's plan on having lunch at the Aviator's Grill at DWH, at 11:30 this...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-11-2019, 07:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By N546RV
I did take a look at that last night. The part is...

I did take a look at that last night. The part is F-810 in my case, but I presume it fits up the same way, with the top/outside of the angle against the bottom/inside of the longerons. I was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-10-2019, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 544
Posted By N546RV
Horizontal stab attach - sanity check

OK folks...so I'm at the point of fitting the horizontal stab and getting the attach holes drilled. I did the holes between the rear spar and the vertical attach bars tonight - those are pretty much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2019, 11:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 382
Posted By N546RV
I imagine most builders will reach the stage...

I imagine most builders will reach the stage where they desire a rotisserie well before having an engine mount on hand. Or at least, having the rotisserie becomes useful way ahead of being at the...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-19-2019, 07:12 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 357
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (September 2019)

Hello, friends and neighbors! The third weekend draweth nigh, which means it's time again to gather, eat some B-52 burgers, and talk about our fine aircraft (or pending aircraft, as the case may...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By N546RV
Photo in your link doesn't work; it requires that...

Photo in your link doesn't work; it requires that I be logged in to that forum.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 11:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,019
Posted By N546RV
And a reinforcement of the reminder: the people...

And a reinforcement of the reminder: the people doing phishing don't care about accessing your VAF account, they just want a valid user/pass combo you've used anywhere, which they'll then try to use...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-27-2019, 04:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 960
Posted By N546RV
Here are the relevant posts from my build log....

Here are the relevant posts from my build log. Not super heavy on photos, but maybe it'll still help a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-26-2019, 12:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,244
Posted By N546RV
To echo sentiments above...never stop reading. I...

To echo sentiments above...never stop reading. I think I've read through two or three build logs from "cover to cover." IMO there's no such thing as too much information - the more reading you do,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 317
Posted By N546RV
When I moved from Atlanta to Houston, I had the...

When I moved from Atlanta to Houston, I had the completed empennage kit to deal with. I built moving fixtures of my own design for those, it was relatively straightforward. I don't have any plans or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 12:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,359
Posted By N546RV
Good to hear the positive review. The sense I've...

Good to hear the positive review. The sense I've gotten from reading here on the forums has been a middling-to-negative reputation for delivering on time and so forth. Even so, I've still been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2019, 05:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,157
Posted By N546RV
I'm planning on an SDS CPI2 ignition. My intent...

I'm planning on an SDS CPI2 ignition. My intent is to have two alternators, as well as the integrated backup battery solution offered with the CPI2. I'm leaning towards the two-alternator system...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-18-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,209
Posted By N546RV
Oddly enough, the more I read about electrical...

Oddly enough, the more I read about electrical topics, and the more time I spend hacking around with my rudimentary schematics, the more I'm actually looking forward to building the harnesses. The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-16-2019, 11:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By N546RV
Turns out there was a stupid simple solution to...

Turns out there was a stupid simple solution to this problem. I didn't have a #21 size punch on hand, but I did have... a drill bit. And that worked perfectly well for driving the things out. Rear...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-16-2019, 11:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By N546RV
Any tips for driving out a blind rivet shaft?

So I'm in the process of deconstructing my horizontal stab after a botched SB attempt. Tonight I was working on removing the rear spar. Got the skin rivets and solid skeleton rivets drilled out and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 09:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 760
Posted By N546RV
Yeah, while I'm not happy about the re-sparring,...

Yeah, while I'm not happy about the re-sparring, it's not bothering me a ton. Part of this is because I feel I'll be able to do much better work on the SB area (doublers and such) this way. It's just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 760
Posted By N546RV
Horizontal stab SB failure, and a question about hole spacing

I've reached the point in my -8 build where it's about time to fit the tail feathers to the fuselage. This seemed like a good time to undertake the service bulletin, prior to making my h-stab and...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-14-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By N546RV
Yup. The airport went up on then market late last...

Yup. The airport went up on then market late last year, and it's currently under contract. Barring any strange things happening, the deal is almost certain to go through, which means the airport is...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-13-2019, 09:07 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (August 2019)

The third weekend is upon us again, and Weiser is still open, so it's time to pay another visit to Carl's. 11:30 this Saturday (17th), Carl's BBQ at EYQ. See you all there!

As a bonus, anyone who...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 645
Posted By N546RV
I don't know the exact length offhand but it's...

I don't know the exact length offhand but it's pretty close to the 10' mark. I can measure when I get home tonight if no one chimes in before them.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-11-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By N546RV
One nice touch is that, thanks to the depth stop,...

One nice touch is that, thanks to the depth stop, it even works great on rivets that have smeared heads. Those always gave me some anxiety before, since I could no longer trust that a hole centered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2019, 12:36 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,119
Posted By N546RV
A contrasting viewpoint on the "second screen"...

A contrasting viewpoint on the "second screen" discussion: As of this moment, my panel plan for my -8 includes two 10" HDX screens (as well as redundant ADAHRS). Previous plans included only a single...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 839
Posted By N546RV
A few people have mentioned the chisel method. I...

A few people have mentioned the chisel method. I just want to make clear that if you do this, use a dull chisel. Something sharp like a wood chisel will merrily gouge your aluminum parts. I've had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2019, 08:00 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 5,119
Posted By N546RV
If you don't mind me asking, how much did the...

If you don't mind me asking, how much did the IFD540 run you? When I was looking at the Avidyne units a while back as a Garmin alternative, from my limited research it seemed the Avidyne units were...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-09-2019, 12:33 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,864
Posted By N546RV
No problem. I've been doing a lot of manual...

No problem. I've been doing a lot of manual reading lately while firming up systems, so a lot of this is still fresh on my mind.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-09-2019, 11:27 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,864
Posted By N546RV
No, the Skyview system has dedicated serial ports...

No, the Skyview system has dedicated serial ports (5 RX and 5 TX) in addition to the much more flexible Skyview network. Generally speaking, other Dynon products will use the SV network, while...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2019, 07:28 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,011
Posted By N546RV
I don't think there's been any part of the build...

I don't think there's been any part of the build process where I haven't had second thoughts from time to time. The first big one came when the preview plans showed up. I spent ten minutes looking at...
Forum: ADS-B 08-08-2019, 09:48 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,716
Posted By N546RV
I'm not sure about the specific growth rate for...

I'm not sure about the specific growth rate for FlightFeeders; however, I can say that our terrestrial network is currently at around 21k active sites. Last year about this time it was ~16.5k, and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-08-2019, 12:31 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,716
Posted By N546RV
Assuming your aircraft is UAT-equipped (which I...

Assuming your aircraft is UAT-equipped (which I think is a good assumption since you mention the anonymous mode), we simply don't have anywhere near the coverage for UAT that we do for 1090ES, and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-07-2019, 05:39 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,716
Posted By N546RV
The receiver payloads have no capability of...

The receiver payloads have no capability of receiving 978 transmissions. There simply is/was no economic justification for essentially doubling the receiver complexity just to pick up the niche...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2019, 10:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,608
Posted By N546RV
By the same right, anyone who remains in the Rush...

By the same right, anyone who remains in the Rush Lake hold until their fuel state makes diverting somewhere else problematic should probably rethink their planning.

During the three attempts I made...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-02-2019, 07:10 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 30,705
Posted By N546RV
The "rocket" vent line technique, as I recall, is...

The "rocket" vent line technique, as I recall, is to simply form several coils in the vent line, right against the inboard portion of the tank, and then have the vent exit through the wing root...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-30-2019, 07:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,152
Posted By N546RV
As promised, I checked out my build. Since I...

As promised, I checked out my build. Since I installed Dynon brackets, I figured I must have done like Wunderon said and just had them not overlap, but...nope, there's definite...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-30-2019, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,152
Posted By N546RV
I went back in my build log to where I installed...

I went back in my build log to where I installed these brackets, and if I did anything special, I didn't mention it there: https://rv.squawk1200.net/2016/04/01/fitting-autopilot-servo-brackets/

I'll...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 10:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,104
Posted By N546RV
First off, you're already on the right track when...

First off, you're already on the right track when you say you want to build, and not just own. I always encourage people who just want to own an RV to go buy on. For one thing, it's not really any...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-22-2019, 08:49 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Posted By N546RV
Ahhh yes, that would make sense. Funny how that...

Ahhh yes, that would make sense. Funny how that didn't occur to me, even though I was just removing them this past weekend and had to do the bendy dance. I agree with your reasoning, that they may...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 12:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 802
Posted By N546RV
All the ideas about covering various entry points...

All the ideas about covering various entry points (vents, baffles, etc) seem pretty sound for a completed aircraft, but it doesn't seem feasible to seal off an aircraft under construction - which is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-22-2019, 12:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 620
Posted By N546RV
Confused about seat floor stiffeners

OK, I'm beginning to reach the point where I believe the construction manual is flat-out wrong here, unless I'm missing something very obvious. I'm hoping someone can shed some light here.

Today I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 802
Posted By N546RV
Keeping insects (particularly mud daubers) out of the plane

So these &^*($&# mud daubers just love building nest in my fuselage. I pulled the seat floors out this weekend while continuing building and found some really giant nests under there. These things...
Forum: Propellers 07-15-2019, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By N546RV
I sure do wish I was going to be at OSH next...

I sure do wish I was going to be at OSH next week... :(
Forum: Propellers 07-15-2019, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 453
Posted By N546RV
Some questions about the Whirlwind HRT props

OK, so I'm going CS, leaning towards Whirlwind, and very interested in the 74HRT prop. Engine-wise, I'm leaning towards a Titan IO-370 with 9.6:1 pistons. This should put me pretty close to 200hp...
Forum: Texas (South) 07-15-2019, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (July 2019)

It's about that time again - we get to find out who either isn't going to OSH or at least isn't heading up super early. Sadly, I am in the former group...maybe next year...

Anyway, let's join...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By N546RV
But there is no "finish kit order form" for the...

But there is no "finish kit order form" for the -8, there are just the standard and quickbuild forms. You use the same form for every kit, just picking different options. Those are the only two RV-8...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 491
Posted By N546RV
"Special finishing kit" order form?

So I've been going a bit crazy the past day or so trying to really plot and plan the rest of my build - estimating cost outlay for engine/prop/avionics/remaining kit/etc, trying to move towards...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 10:05 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,207
Posted By N546RV
I don't disagree with the safety argument at all,...

I don't disagree with the safety argument at all, but my issue is more with the direct and stark conflict with the NOTAM here.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 07:20 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,207
Posted By N546RV
That's veeery interesting. I remember him saying...

That's veeery interesting. I remember him saying the same thing during the webinar last year. It stuck out like a sore thumb to me since it was in such flagrant conflict with the NOTAM.
Forum: Job Board 07-03-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,586
Posted By N546RV
We just rolled out a great new program that...

We just rolled out a great new program that provides monetary stipends and awards for flying-related stuff. We want to encourage our people to be involved in aviation, since it can help them be...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-25-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Posted By N546RV
I also like to stage out of Watertown. It's...

I also like to stage out of Watertown. It's especially handy if you want to overnight, since there are hotels within easy walking distance of the airport. Also the people are super friendly, and it's...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-16-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By N546RV
Yeah, right now we alternate between Weiser and...

Yeah, right now we alternate between Weiser and Hooks, just to keep some variety in the locations. Maybe we'll end up doing Hooks and Conroe when the time comes. From what I'm hearing, Weiser isn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2019, 12:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,815
Posted By N546RV
Bit of a haul for you, but you might consider...

Bit of a haul for you, but you might consider Greg Koontz in Alabama for the sort of "accelerated" training you're looking for. He offers an all-inclusive package - the training, lodging at his...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-13-2019, 12:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (June 2019)

It's that time again, where we eat brisket and ribs while sporadically discussing airplane building and flying. Lunch will be at Carl's BBQ at Weiser, this Saturday (6-15) at 11:30.

I guess at some...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-10-2019, 07:26 AM
Replies: 315
Views: 59,290
Posted By N546RV
This is of interest to me; I'm planning on going...

This is of interest to me; I'm planning on going with the CPI2 and a Skyview panel. Here's what the Skyview install guide has to say about RPM inputs:



So it certainly seems like the CPI2 ought to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2019, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,348
Posted By N546RV
There aren't really any square corners there, at...

There aren't really any square corners there, at least not in the way I think you're suggesting. The procedure is to take the single provided piece for the "face" of the gear tower, and cut it into...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2019, 01:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,458
Posted By N546RV
If you want to see what a "positive" soap bubble...

If you want to see what a "positive" soap bubble leak test looks like, try this: Get an extra balloon and inflate it. Place a piece of scotch tape on the balloon. Poke a pin through the piece of tape...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-16-2019, 07:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (May 2019)

The third Saturday is upon us again, so let's get together for some burgers at the Aviator's Grill up at Hooks. Usual time, 11:30 AM, this Saturday, 5-18.

Since I got a PM question about the nature...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2019, 11:14 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,207
Posted By N546RV
The harder part is when you are following the...

The harder part is when you are following the NOTAM, but the other people around you who aren't doing so create a safety situation that you feel compelled to resolve. That was probably the thing that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-09-2019, 12:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 866
Posted By N546RV
Well, after trying a couple other things, I ended...

Well, after trying a couple other things, I ended up deciding that I really like KiCad. Probably overkill, but oh well. I tinkered with the symbol editor and found it not that hard to use, and went...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-07-2019, 07:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 866
Posted By N546RV
Fritzing looks interesting, going to check that...

Fritzing looks interesting, going to check that out. expresssch definitely looks interesting (or at least Vern's example schematics are beautiful) but appears to be Windows-only.

I want to like...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-06-2019, 11:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 866
Posted By N546RV
Schematic software/KiCAD symbol library

OK, sort of a two-part question. I'm continuing to get rigorous about electrical design, and wanting to put together some nice quality schematics for planning and documentation purposes.

I first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2019, 08:24 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,207
Posted By N546RV
This is sort of my thought when I hear about...

This is sort of my thought when I hear about people who held for literal hours last year. Based on what I saw up there, I'm not convinced that holding for hours represents good aeronautical decision...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 07:05 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,207
Posted By N546RV
#1: Study the NOTAM until you can explain the...

#1: Study the NOTAM until you can explain the arrival procedure to a lay person. The procedure's actually pretty straightforward once you wrap your head around it. Study departure procedures too;...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 12,207
Posted By N546RV
Agreed. I'm not convinced that there's anyway to...

Agreed. I'm not convinced that there's anyway to alleviate a situation like last year short of some kind of forced metering of arriving traffic. So long as aircraft can come into the arrival way...
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