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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,480
Posted By fixnflyguy
I love the metal, but..

I am a metal guy at heart, and love wheeling,hammering and forming metal more than anything. Back in the 30's and 40's almost every airplane had artwork in metal all over it,and fiberglass wasn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,621
Posted By fixnflyguy
More importantly..

Picking Cherries or lifting engines..make sure you have your oil pressure fitting in place!! Don't want to pick more cherries than you need too!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 04:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,288
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fridge...and..

Refrigerator (well stocked) and a humidor are at the top of my list, a golf cart if you are allowed to have one is also essential. Once these items are in place, Tools and cleaning supplies as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 591
Posted By fixnflyguy
Planning for Sun-Wed

Thanks Devin for posting the details ! Wx permitting, I'm hoping to arrive Sun or Mon and stay until Wed. I do wish we could be closer to our planes, as I have always camped next to what I flew in....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,140
Posted By fixnflyguy
I lost count..

Took 15 years to build my -4, and since I shot rivets all day at my day job, I never really counted. I did how ever remember a significant number of parts storage boxes that have B..dlight on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By fixnflyguy
One more thought..

While I agree with Vlad's bit about the emennage being a significant reward..you MUST then meet Vlad himself. At that point, your RV experience will be full circle...but have Scotch and Steak ready...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 904
Posted By fixnflyguy
Every plane has them..

Joggles are very common in metal aircraft, and I doubt there is a plane built that doesn't have them. At my day job, we have a shelf full of joggle blocks and joggle forks as I call them for pressing...
Forum: RV-4 06-04-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

I built my -4, and had the second generation blue/green cowling with honeycomb core. I believe third generation are all pink now. Mine definitely had offset built in it, which is easy to see when you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,587
Posted By fixnflyguy
Re-use them

I wont elaborate on my day job, but 40 years as a structural specialist and liaison engineer on Heavy Jets, I can say in design, nearly all load bearing joints and assemblies are SHEAR. Then one can...
Forum: Rocket 05-29-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 508
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

There have been retractable harnesses for decades in many aircraft (all airliners) and a bunch of old warbirds, some of which are lockable when you are in turbulence, combat, ect. I have flown with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,210
Posted By fixnflyguy
Seen it happen

It happened to me a couple years ago. I have about 300 hrs. on my plugs, and I have never dropped them since removing from the box. In my particular case it caused an above normal mag drop during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,768
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cant put a cost on mine..

My cost is something I don't really factor, but as the builder and also an AP/IA, I fix whats broke and inspect whats needed. My hangar is $300 a month, its 32'X48' and allows me to do more than just...
Forum: Southeast 05-14-2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 364
Posted By fixnflyguy
Acrodynamics/ Mikey Mathews

I would recommend Mikey Mathews down at Lake Norman Airpark. He is close by, and you can fly down to his place. He has a bunch of RV time and also a nice Decathalon. Several RV friends of mine have...
Forum: RV-4 05-09-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 845
Posted By fixnflyguy
Common on a -4

Don,
I have inspected a bunch of -4's and built mine. This, unfortunately is seen to some degree on almost every -4 built. The weldments can be replaced, and would be a best option while the mount is...
Forum: RV-4 05-01-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 805
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I know when I built mine, I drilled the bulkhead/stringer fastener holes,then installed small pop rivets in a few locations to hold the stringers in place and drilled up the skin panels, then removed...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-25-2019, 04:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,110
Posted By fixnflyguy
RIP Guy

Being based at 8A7, Guy was a frequent visitor and well known around here. I live only a few miles from the crash site, and several RV locals were involved in the day long search. I had the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 863
Posted By fixnflyguy
Central NC

Central NC, particularly Greensboro and Winston-Salem is a thriving Aviation Maintenance region. KGSO is nearly 100% Maintenance and manufacturing, and the Greensboro Technical Community College...
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 313
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mikey Mathews ..

Hi Craig, I can recommend Mikey Mathews at Acrodynamics based at Lake Norman Airpark . He has helped several in the region, and has plenty of RV time. There are others around as well and I'm sure...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-12-2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,693
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Welcome to reamer 101! At my day job, we run reamers well over 2" diameter all day long. Reamers are very brittle due to hardness,and will not handle even the slightest of side loading well. The only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,601
Posted By fixnflyguy
Need a horn

I have seen several RV's (that fly) with horns, and I have one going on mine soon..perfect place to use one! The little Harley horn weighs nothing and is very loud. A couple years ago, a guy was...
Forum: RV-4 04-05-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 862
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Having built my -4 and working in the field of heavy aircraft structural repair I can offer some points. A new wing kit from vans will include the spars/splice plates, and center fuselage bulkhead,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2019, 04:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,247
Posted By fixnflyguy
Use it

My day job is keeping the KC10 fuel tankers flying...we use Proseal by the truckloads. A month is nothing, and I have used "expired" sealant that is 2 years past date with no issues.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,381
Posted By fixnflyguy
Way back when I ordered

It's been a while, but when I bought my subkits for my -4, I had them shipped to the transfer station where things go from semi truck, to delivery truck and I picked them up on the dock about 50...
Forum: RV-4 03-11-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 687
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I put one on each side under cheek through fuselage skin. I didn't run any ducting to panel, but rather just put the eyeball vents on the flange of the NACA vent, so I reach down by my knee/shins to...
Forum: Reviews 03-08-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,090
Posted By fixnflyguy
I Like!

For years, I have used an old pair of tube socks (Probably from the '80's) that I managed to get stretched out long enough to cover my blades...but I see I need to get something little more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,035
Posted By fixnflyguy
Plans or Quickbuild...

Better get your marketing hat on, I think there will be inquiries! I'm already studying the cordless option and such. Most importantly though, what kind of primer are you going to use??
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By fixnflyguy
Go see Mikey Mathews

You are in a great location to see Mikey up at Lake Norman Airpark...he is top notch Acro guy with lots of RV experience. Take my word, it will be worth your time. Acrodynamics..I'm sure others will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 959
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I have seen..

For what its worth,
In my almost 40 years of Heavy aircraft maintenance, I have seen both types of construction and what it takes to MFG and repair both. Anyone whom ever worked on the Fokker F-28...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-21-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,531
Posted By fixnflyguy
Downtime mitigation

I am a big fan of what we refer to as "Progressive Inspection", which is what I perform on my personal aircraft..I don't like my plane torn completely apart for days, and the RV by design is about as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2019, 04:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,028
Posted By fixnflyguy
We are in !!

Wife says we are in! After all, we got married in our -4, and she loves OSH..Looking forward to it!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2019, 06:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,390
Posted By fixnflyguy
Very important..

Mine is actually a double flat braided ground strap that shares the same lugs. I liberated it from an airliner component ground, but it is quite redundant in the event one would break. Keep in mind,...
Forum: Primers 02-13-2019, 07:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,062
Posted By fixnflyguy
Edges are most important..

On Alclad sheets, the edges (including holes) are the most important areas for protection. That is where 99% of corrosion will start. Think of it a sheet of plywood left in the rain..the edges will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2019, 04:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 536
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do.

Find large area rubber grommets, cut to slip over fuel lines and seal in place with RTV or make from dense foam rubber disc with slot cut like a grommet . I have done both methods many times. The...
Forum: RV-4 02-12-2019, 05:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,683
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

On my -4, I made a simple wood mold that mimicked the rib shape and depth. I took my completed elevator, minus the weight and set up on balance point, then filled baggie with lead shot and taped to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,057
Posted By fixnflyguy
You just said it..50% more volume..Its just plane...

You just said it..50% more volume..Its just plane old math. Prop size/weight isn't much different,compression ratio is just the math multiplication factor for volume, but the amount of air compressed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-31-2019, 05:34 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,161
Posted By fixnflyguy
I did it..

25 years ago when my son Dillon was born and my -4 was just a dream, all the nay-sayers told me "well I guess you will have to wait til he is 18 to get started"..so,by the time he was 18 mos old, I...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2019, 05:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 920
Posted By fixnflyguy
Vetterman 4 Pipe..

As others have said, go with the Vetterman 4 pipe...you will get proper fit,sound,and reliability.
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2019, 05:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 550
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have electric trim on my -4, and if I recall, I...

I have electric trim on my -4, and if I recall, I used same arm as would be used for manual trim. I have no shortage of trim, and never use full travel. I find that my "nose down trim" is far more...
Forum: Southeast 01-15-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By fixnflyguy
There is an RV build assist guy based at KTTA who...

There is an RV build assist guy based at KTTA who could advise, but I cant recall his name. I was there last year and he had several RV's in work ,seemed to know all the availability on the field.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2019, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 855
Posted By fixnflyguy
I do

I have the 4 pipe Vetterman on my -4, with 2 injectors on the 2 outboard pipes. My smoke is decent, but typical of the single pipe-per-cylinder set-ups, I have a series of puffs...funny to watch in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2019, 05:03 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,711
Posted By fixnflyguy
I made mine

I made my quadrant for my -4..its relatively easy, and I have the exact look I was after. I can't post pics (my firewall doesn't allow host sites) but I could send pictures to Email if your...
Forum: RV-4 01-02-2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 830
Posted By fixnflyguy
Just a fairing

It is simply a transition fairing with no structural value that blends the "square" fuselage to the radius of the belly skins . You could make and install one using solid or blind rivets. If I...
Forum: Southeast 12-24-2018, 05:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,038
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mikey Mathews

As Bill R. said..Acro Dynamics,based at Lake Norman Airport. Mikey is the guy there. He has done several RV guys, and has a wealth of knowledge in TW and Acro. Can't go wrong.. Where in central NC...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2018, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 818
Posted By fixnflyguy
Inspection Cover?

I'm a little confused as to what RV fuel tank has an inspection cover? The only time a fuel tank needs "opened" is when a fuel sender goes out or there is a leak. Likely with today's nifty phone...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 11:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,344
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do..

Pretty common for them to pull through soft material. Ultimately, the "hollow" portion will support the fiberglass fairlead. I always install these type items with Proseal on the mating surface, and...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-12-2018, 08:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,705
Posted By fixnflyguy
Robert Anglin

To all who know or have met Robert Anglin, RV8A and frequent poster on VAF, he passed away yesterday evening while working on his aircraft in his hangar at 8A7. I know Robert was well known in the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-12-2018, 06:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,036
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I built a -4, same basic gear as you have. I installed the wood stiffeners on both the front and back of the gear leg, bedded in proseal and then wrapped with fiberglass. My fairings are pretty tight...
Forum: RV-4 12-05-2018, 06:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By fixnflyguy
Correct, I did not use any pull rivets at...

Correct, I did not use any pull rivets at all...100 % solid driven rivets. If dimpling, I would dimple all 3 layers..skin, doubler ,and rib. Probably wouldn't hurt to dimple the skin, countersink the...
Forum: RV-4 12-05-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 804
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Since the wing skins are .032", I chose to countersink all my -3 rivet locations, and actually, I did not use factory skins, but made my own full length .032" upper skins with no mid-span splice....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2018, 11:02 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,371
Posted By fixnflyguy
Al/Ti interface

To throw another technical aspect in the mix..The Titanium Hiloks most often used are aluminum coated from production which is identified in the part number code (K on Boeing hardware), and gives the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-04-2018, 05:06 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,371
Posted By fixnflyguy
My reason for using Titanium

As I mentioned in my earlier post, the Titanium only saved me a couple pounds AT BEST, but as used in virtually every commercial airliner construction for the last 20 years, the aluminum coated...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,371
Posted By fixnflyguy
KLX Aerospace

I work in the heavy aircraft overhaul business, and we currently use KLX Aerospace for most of our fastener procurement. My RV-4 is built with Titanium Hiloks in almost every location that an AN bolt...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,320
Posted By fixnflyguy
My -4 canopy skirt caused that when a piece of...

My -4 canopy skirt caused that when a piece of seal slipped out of place. Took me a while to figure it out, but stepping on the rudder at speed would change it as well as overall speed and vent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2018, 05:27 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,405
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have the MAC grip with 4 trim buttons, and 2...

I have the MAC grip with 4 trim buttons, and 2 momentary on switches on top for trims/flaps. Have the trigger button for PTT. I used the little placards supplied, but they quickly became hard to see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2018, 05:28 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,641
Posted By fixnflyguy
couple more things..

I work in Heavy aircraft overhaul, and have used these products for years..you learn some simple things I used doing my -4 (100% AXZO primed inside and out). First off, spray gun isn't always the...
Forum: RV-4 11-20-2018, 04:38 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Posted By fixnflyguy
Send Pat a PM

Just send Pat a PM. I have known him for nearly 30 years, and he has built a -4,-6,-7 and helped many others. He has surely got the answers and is always willing to help. I also have built a -4, and...
Forum: RV-4 11-15-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,117
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, 04:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,977
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, 04:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 850
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, 04:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,061
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, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 757
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, 04:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 757
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...
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