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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 05:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,846
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have used a Samsung tablet, and more recently...

I have used a Samsung tablet, and more recently an iPad mini, with a variety of mapping SW packages. With both, I have used an external, bluetooth GPS mounted on the roll bar. A very old PDA based...
Forum: Tools 04-04-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 977
Posted By Dean Pichon
I recently purchased this one and have had good...

I recently purchased this one and have had good luck, so far:

https://www.amazon.com/Wheeler-Firearms-Accurizing-Torque-Wrench/dp/B0012AXR4S

It's only good to 65 inch-lbs, so you can't use it for...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 390
Posted By Dean Pichon
I completed my -4 quite a few years ago, so keep...

I completed my -4 quite a few years ago, so keep that in mind as you read this post.

The F-406 bulkhead is the rear spar carry thru. First and foremost is to locate this so it fits your wing. I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2018, 12:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,020
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Wyn, I just installed the Dynon AoA probe in...

Hi Wyn,

I just installed the Dynon AoA probe in my completed RV-4 in November. I already had a D10A installed so the display component was a none issue.

I had to remove the tank to run the 2nd...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-28-2017, 05:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 432
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for recommendations for a tool (website) for researching Lycoming ADs

Can anyone recommend a good resource for checking for relevant ADs for a Lycoming engine? I have found both the FAA and Lycoming websites rather cumbersome to use. Thanks in advance.

Dean
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks, Vic! Just the info I was looking...

Thanks, Vic!

Just the info I was looking for...

Regards,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-26-2017, 01:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 795
Posted By Dean Pichon
Recommended replacement interval for fuel & oil lines?

What is the recommended replacement interval (in either calendar time or hours of accumulated service) for:


Flexible fuel lines? (Do the SS braid/PTFE lined hoses carry the same interval as the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2017, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,549
Posted By Dean Pichon
Titanium dioxide is the most common pigment used...

Titanium dioxide is the most common pigment used to make paint (or epoxy resin) white. The water soluble solution from Home Depot likely uses this pigment, but I would be hesitant to add it to a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-11-2017, 08:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
Posted By Dean Pichon
Sorry Jim! For some reason I thought you had an...

Sorry Jim! For some reason I thought you had an RV-4. On those aircraft the forward fuselage skin is removable.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Jim, I'm on the road this week, so I have no...

Hi Jim,

I'm on the road this week, so I have no access to P/Ns, but can get you something when I return, if you have not resolved the issue. My -4 is down for Condition Inspection, too. Forgive me...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
Posted By Dean Pichon
Bummer. I assume one of the relays/contactors is...

Bummer. I assume one of the relays/contactors is on the Exp board while the other is remote located (not part of the Exp bus))? If this is so, can you confirm operation of this (remote mounted...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2017, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 824
Posted By Dean Pichon
The Exp bus systems often receives bad reviews,...

The Exp bus systems often receives bad reviews, but I love mine. Itís about the same vintage as yours. Early on i blamed it for several problems, but the true cause was always something else.

Your...
Forum: RV-4 11-06-2017, 12:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 866
Posted By Dean Pichon
I built my -4 in the 90's. My recollection is...

I built my -4 in the 90's. My recollection is that the entire kit cost about $10K. A finished RV-4 is not worth is parts value, so I would not expect a partially completed kit to be worth its parts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-17-2017, 09:56 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,697
Posted By Dean Pichon
The photo on the right is not an applicator, but...

The photo on the right is not an applicator, but a one-shot dispenser. Once you start to use it, its intended to be consumed in a single sitting. I never used them as I wanted the flexibility to...
Forum: RV-4 10-15-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 422
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi, In my -4, I drilled holes only large enough...

Hi,

In my -4, I drilled holes only large enough for the cable and the appropriately sized bushing.

Good luck,

Dean
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,145
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Steve, Thanks for these great posts. I enjoy...

Hi Steve,

Thanks for these great posts. I enjoy the opportunity to think about these topics. I have a question regarding your post, above:

I interpreted from the original post, a potential drag...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-05-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 967
Posted By Dean Pichon
In my -4, I used to block the entire oil cooler...

In my -4, I used to block the entire oil cooler (before I installed a shutter). Initially, I blocked the cooler on the down stream side (with respect to airflow). It was much easier to install and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-31-2017, 09:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 942
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Scott, I plan to go the same route with my...

Hi Scott,

I plan to go the same route with my -4. Did you install the SkyFYX under the cowl per uAvionix recommendation? Is it working well in that location? Do you have any...
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 727
Posted By Dean Pichon
Switch to Skybolt fasteners

I made my cowl installation such that 2 pin sections were used and installed through the oil access door. I flew like that until I started breaking eyelets. At that point, I removed the hinge and...
Forum: ADS-B 08-04-2017, 11:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,546
Posted By Dean Pichon
I pre-ordered a Scout on Amazon and received it...

I pre-ordered a Scout on Amazon and received it about 10 days ago. I have made 3 flights with it (in my -4) using Foreflight. So far, I am favorably impressed. I have powered it using both a USB...
Forum: Northeast 07-13-2017, 05:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,402
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Dave I came up last year and had a great time...

Hi Dave
I came up last year and had a great time and hope to come up for the day again. In fact, I was so intrigued by Belfast, I rented a house for this week and am in town with my family. If you...
Forum: ADS-B 06-25-2017, 06:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 8,387
Posted By Dean Pichon
I just decided to buy the PingBuddy 2 only to...

I just decided to buy the PingBuddy 2 only to find that it appears to have been removed from the uAvionix website. None of the uAvionix resellers have any stock that they are offering thru their...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2017, 10:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,331
Posted By Dean Pichon
When I built my -4, I generated a CAD file from...

When I built my -4, I generated a CAD file from Van's drawing. It ended working well and the panel is now 16 years old. I often think about updating it, but I, too, am concerned about the down time...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-13-2017, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,771
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks to all for the input. After machine...

Thanks to all for the input. After machine countersinking the HS skin so many years ago, I recall wishing I had dimpled the skin, instead. Subsequent to the HS, dimpling was the 1st choice, machine...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2017, 06:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,771
Posted By Dean Pichon
Smoking Rivets - repair advice

I just noticed a few "smoking rivets" on the underside of the horizontal stabilizer of my -4. The aircraft is about 16 years old and has about 800 hrs TT. The rivets shown in the attached photo...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2017, 05:24 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,712
Posted By Dean Pichon
Interesting question. From a qualitative...

Interesting question. From a qualitative perspective, I may help to think of the rib as an I-beam. The flanges of the rib are analogous to the flanges of the I-beam. The flanges carry to load. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-23-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,931
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bruce, I built a new rudder for my -4 and...

Hi Bruce,

I built a new rudder for my -4 and getting it to fit the existing (in place) vertical stabilizer was a challenge. I can imagine fitting the pair to an existing fuselage would be even more...
Forum: Reviews 03-21-2017, 01:42 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 58,399
Posted By Dean Pichon
Will you have that sealed battery box for the...

Will you have that sealed battery box for the EarthX 900 at the show?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,190
Posted By Dean Pichon
After I started loosing eyelets on my-4, I...

After I started loosing eyelets on my-4, I replaced the hinge sections along the firewall with Skybolt fasteners. I reasoned that the steeply curved hinge sections were more susceptible to failure....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2017, 07:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,459
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have a B&C alternator and voltage regulator in...

I have a B&C alternator and voltage regulator in my -4. I know from first hand experience that B&C offers excellent customer service. They have provided me with a very nice diagnostic worksheet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2017, 05:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,808
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks all. I think I'll give it a try. My...

Thanks all. I think I'll give it a try. My fairings are locked from rotation on the top similar to what has been described. I wasn't sure whether or not locking at the bottom was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2017, 12:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,808
Posted By Dean Pichon
Flying without wheel pants...

A question for you folks who fly without wheel pants in the winter...

Do you need to somehow secure the gear leg fairing from "twisting"? In my -4 the fairing is fixed (against rotation) at the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-05-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,251
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have the same problem in my -4. I have a belly...

I have the same problem in my -4. I have a belly mounted bent whip antenna (RAMI AV-17) and have never had great performance. This past annual, I removed the antenna, replaced the star washers,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2017, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 906
Posted By Dean Pichon
I am far from an engine expert. But I will offer...

I am far from an engine expert. But I will offer that Van's has been selling the A1A model for at least 16 years (since I bought one for my -4). In that time, people have worked out most of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2017, 01:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,330
Posted By Dean Pichon
Alodining the tank parts will improve the...

Alodining the tank parts will improve the adhesion of the polysulfide sealant. Most of the data sheets for polysulfide provide adhesion data for alodined surfaces as this is the industry standard in...
Forum: Reviews 12-16-2016, 10:01 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 58,399
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Charlie, I just installed an EarthX 900 in my...

Hi Charlie,

I just installed an EarthX 900 in my -4. My aircraft has an IO-360 with a Skytech lightweight starter. It cranks noticeably faster and starts much quicker than with the Concorde lead...
Forum: Steam Gauges 12-01-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,516
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have combo Volts/Amps and Pressure/Temp gages...

I have combo Volts/Amps and Pressure/Temp gages in my -4. Both are EI and have performed flawlessly for 15 years. I have slowly swapped out all my non-EI stuff to EI. It works, it lasts, includes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-28-2016, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,067
Posted By Dean Pichon
I noticed your pump installation puts the vent...

I noticed your pump installation puts the vent fitting very close to the firewall (touching?). I have the same issue in my -4. The other day, a mechanic suggested I could remove the pump,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,560
Posted By Dean Pichon
I'm experiencing the same issue with my Dual GPS...

I'm experiencing the same issue with my Dual GPS receiver. It frequently breaks contact with my iPad/Garmin Pilot system. It reconnects automatically, but for several seconds, Garmin Pilot no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,114
Posted By Dean Pichon
Smile A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an EarthX...

A couple of weeks ago, I purchased an EarthX battery for my -4. I suggested to one of the nice folks at EarthX that a closed/vented box for their batteries would be an excellent addition to their...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-09-2016, 11:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,952
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Gil, Neither the addition of the milled glass...

Hi Gil,

Neither the addition of the milled glass nor its age should impact the cure of your epoxy resin. (I have a bag of milled glass that is more than 25 years old and still use it.) I don't...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-08-2016, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,565
Posted By Dean Pichon
PMag removal question

As part of the Annual Condition Inspection, I plan to remove the PMags from my -4 to inspect the bearings and cotter pins. Is in necessary or recommended to replace the magneto gaskets every time I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2016, 07:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,322
Posted By Dean Pichon
A couple of days ago, I made another test run. ...

A couple of days ago, I made another test run. This time at 8000 feet with the throttle wide open. The spread appears to be a bit less (~0.2 gph), though the peaks are not as well defined. It may...
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,557
Posted By Dean Pichon
If I were making my tanks today, I would use...

If I were making my tanks today, I would use higher quality senders than the ones included with my kit (early 1990's vintage wing kit). The senders I have seen from EI and Cirrus are much more...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-10-2016, 05:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,262
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bill, I powder coated my tailwheel parts,...

Hi Bill,

I powder coated my tailwheel parts, too. Provide the powder coat shop with good masking instructions! I wish I had done the tailspring too. Perhaps you could remove that and have it done...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-10-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,262
Posted By Dean Pichon
On my -4, it's a straight section. If yours is...

On my -4, it's a straight section. If yours is stuck, I would guess it either has some corrosion at the interface, or the previous owner/builder may have epoxied it in place to compensate for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2016, 09:03 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 28,170
Posted By Dean Pichon
I use this unit to turn on my engine heater and...

I use this unit to turn on my engine heater and hanger heat. (It has 2 channels) I operate it with a T-Mobile SIM card. It was a bit of a pain to set up (due to T-Mobile customer service). Once...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2016, 06:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,322
Posted By Dean Pichon
Some data from my -4

I was inspired by this thread to look at my EGTs as a function of fuel flow, so this evening I climbed to 6500 feet and copied data from my Ultimate Engine Analyzer to a clipboard on my lap. Here's...
Forum: GPS 09-19-2016, 09:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,297
Posted By Dean Pichon
One last thing to consider...

On the XGPS150, there is a tiny switch under the battery cover. One switch position covers Android operation, while the other covers Apple systems. Your problem sounds more like a HW problem, but...
Forum: GPS 09-19-2016, 05:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,297
Posted By Dean Pichon
My XGPS150 worked fine on Saturday. If you don't...

My XGPS150 worked fine on Saturday. If you don't already use it, you may want to consider the App from Dual that provides great info on the status of your GPS. It provides satellite count,...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-15-2016, 10:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 963
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks for the reply. I just contacted EI with...

Thanks for the reply. I just contacted EI with this concern. EI confirmed the isolators are only for conventional mags. However, they confirmed by part number, my tach is configured for electronic...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-14-2016, 05:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 963
Posted By Dean Pichon
EI Tach Installation Question

I just purchased and received an EI tachometer (P/N R-1-4L2). The unit came with 2 pairs of "RPM isolators" to be installed on the back of the mag switch.

According the to instructions, one pair or...
Forum: COMM 08-28-2016, 02:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,819
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Gil, Alodine/chemical conversion coatings...

Hi Gil,

Alodine/chemical conversion coatings come in two classes in accordance with MIL-DTL-5541. Class 1A is more corrosion resistant and less conductive. Class 3 is less corrosion resistant and...
Forum: COMM 08-28-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,819
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Carl, I did not do this when I initially...

Hi Carl,

I did not do this when I initially installed the antenna and now wish I had - for a reference baseline if for no other reason. This time, I have vowed to make an SWR measurement both...
Forum: COMM 08-28-2016, 12:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,819
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Bob, Thanks for the detailed post. I do feel...

Hi Bob,

Thanks for the detailed post. I do feel that my antenna performance has degraded with time. I recently returned the my radio to Garmin for service, but found no noticeable performance...
Forum: COMM 08-26-2016, 04:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,819
Posted By Dean Pichon
Antenna Install Question

When installing an antenna in our metal aircraft is it important or advisable to remove the paint from the internal surface around the location of the back-up plate? (I not sure what is meant by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2016, 02:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,880
Posted By Dean Pichon
I would like to replace my Concorde battery with...

I would like to replace my Concorde battery with an EarthX. Over the weekend I perused the EarthX User's Manual and found this caution:

http://i67.tinypic.com/35jxd39.jpg

In my -4, the existing...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-18-2016, 03:04 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,423
Posted By Dean Pichon
My new mini iPad 4 just over heated

This morning I flew into PSM (Portsmouth, NH) and left my plane on the ramp until about 1:00PM. (It was in the high 80's) My iPad was in a case in my flight bag on the back seat.

I fired it up...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-12-2016, 05:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By Dean Pichon
Bill, Thanks so much! This is just what I...

Bill,

Thanks so much! This is just what I need.

Regards,
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-11-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks! I'm fabricating a part to interface...

Thanks! I'm fabricating a part to interface with this penetration, but don't have the part in hand.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-11-2016, 10:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 748
Posted By Dean Pichon
Firewall eyeball penetration dimension question

Would anyone know the hardware spacing for these firewall penetrations:

http://i66.tinypic.com/14nfv4m.jpg

Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2016, 09:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,781
Posted By Dean Pichon
I prefer MAS Epoxy over WEST System for the...

I prefer MAS Epoxy over WEST System for the simple reason that the MAS product does not produce an amine blush upon curing. This saves the step of having to remove the blush prior to the next...
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