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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,979
Posted By sblack
they key is to soak them to make them squishy...

they key is to soak them to make them squishy again. Water and a bit of time is all you need.

I use Wash 'n Waxall dry cleaner from Spruce. The local warbird collection, Vintage Wings, uses that....
Forum: Safety 07-13-2018, 10:44 AM
Replies: 94
Views: 17,478
Posted By sblack
I thought most of the old cessnas were not primed...

I thought most of the old cessnas were not primed internally.
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 407
Posted By sblack
Don't screw up like me and put a tab right where...

Don't screw up like me and put a tab right where the engine mount cluster is. It was not obvious because the mount was not installed yet (RV4). Now I have to move it and there goes my nice even...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2018, 12:07 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,613
Posted By sblack
I use epoxy resin but I hit it with a heat gun to...

I use epoxy resin but I hit it with a heat gun to get it to be thin and runny, then paint it on and squeegee it off. It fills pin holes and any exposed weave and any dry micro porosity. Shine a light...
Forum: Safety 06-13-2018, 07:16 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,472
Posted By sblack
Somewhere on youtube is a video of a student...

Somewhere on youtube is a video of a student pilot land a cirrus (I think) shortly after a Blackhawk chopper has flown down the runway. The airplane is flying alonf fine and then suddenly it...
Forum: RV-12 05-20-2018, 12:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,491
Posted By sblack
Stall attitude will always be the same but it...

Stall attitude will always be the same but it will happen at lower speed at lighter weight. If you approach at the same speed irrespective of weight you will spend more time in the flare bleeding off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 10:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,018
Posted By sblack
I would not call using well established G limits...

I would not call using well established G limits like Normal and Utility Category, which have been used on 1000s of airplanes over many decades to be "pseudo calculations". If you respect those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 10:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,463
Posted By sblack
it might not solve the problem, but you'll feel...

it might not solve the problem, but you'll feel better!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2018, 10:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,866
Posted By sblack
Aluminum is soft stuff. So the nut and the washer...

Aluminum is soft stuff. So the nut and the washer will both deform slightly and so will the threads and it should hold just fine. There are 1000s of these out there. You just have to be careful to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2018, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By sblack
Do you think that softer stuff will work with the...

Do you think that softer stuff will work with the quick disconnects from steinair?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-24-2018, 10:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By sblack
Mgl efis pitot static adapters

The mgl efis comes with these adapters to hook up the pitot static lines:

http://www.mglavionics.com/kb/article/AA-00664/0/iEFIS-Lite-Pitot-Static-Tube-adapters.html

They say that the adapter...
Forum: RV-4 03-21-2018, 08:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,860
Posted By sblack
My kit was purchased in '90 (#2154). The first...

My kit was purchased in '90 (#2154). The first builder had it for 25 yrs, 3 moves and 2 marriages. Then I got it and it was at the QB stage (approx.). I figured hey, it's all there, looks like an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,651
Posted By sblack
I don't understand your "sketch". Will it be...

I don't understand your "sketch". Will it be ahead or behind the stock pitot? You need to draw a line up and back around 20 deg from the tip of the pitot and keep the aoa above that (that's a guess).
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 650
Posted By sblack
[QUOTE Probably the only thing to be aware of on...

[QUOTE

Probably the only thing to be aware of on the E2D is most of these engines came off Skyhawks and therefore don't have fuel pump provisions on the accessory case. You may have to remove the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,081
Posted By sblack
Isn't a rocket a stretched RV4? The stretch would...

Isn't a rocket a stretched RV4? The stretch would make it significantly more directionally stable than a 4. Highly doubtful that the VGs would do anything in the yaw axis. They do very little except...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,651
Posted By sblack
It likely won't be out of the aerodynamic...

It likely won't be out of the aerodynamic influence of the wing, but I don't think that matters. What you want is for the AOA indicator to be repeatable. I presume this is a probe with differential...
Forum: RV-3 03-12-2018, 04:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 841
Posted By sblack
But landing/taxi lights are a good idea. In...

But landing/taxi lights are a good idea. In Canada you only need a landing light if you carry a passenger. I guess they don't care if you kill yourself! :rolleyes:
Forum: RV-14 03-12-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,124
Posted By sblack
I had a snag from the inspector on a gap between...

I had a snag from the inspector on a gap between a stab rib and spar. Vans told me that the only purpose of that rivet was to hold the rib in place so that the skin could be riveted on. The loads go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,384
Posted By sblack
I think the only way to get an RV on the cheap is...

I think the only way to get an RV on the cheap is to get a project at a bargain basement price that somebody wants to get rid of. Selling a project is where people lose the most money. It sounds...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2018, 08:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,203
Posted By sblack
I think the way this works is that if there are...

I think the way this works is that if there are import tariffs then the prices across the board will go up, irrespective of the country of mfg. If your competitor's prices go up (i.e. aluminum from...
Forum: RV-4 03-06-2018, 10:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,227
Posted By sblack
Everything I have read says that the nav antennas...

Everything I have read says that the nav antennas work well but not the com antennas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,203
Posted By sblack
And yes, everything that is made with aluminum...

And yes, everything that is made with aluminum and steel will go up in price. That's a given. This is what a lot of law makers on both sides have been trying to warm the President about. There are a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2018, 10:09 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,203
Posted By sblack
you can't imagine why your closest trading...

you can't imagine why your closest trading partner would complain about a 25% import tariff on steel coming out of the blue when we have a free trade agreement? You don't have much of an imagination...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 02:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,227
Posted By sblack
All of those other things are important too. Drag...

All of those other things are important too. Drag reduction is usually the sum of many small things. I am a aero engineer in my day job and I have spent many months in wind tunnels. Drag reduction is...
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,227
Posted By sblack
What equipment did you damage? This is the first...

What equipment did you damage? This is the first time I have heard anything like that.
Forum: RV-4 03-04-2018, 01:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,227
Posted By sblack
I would like to have all my antennas internal to...

I would like to have all my antennas internal to minimize drag. I know there is not a huge drag penalty for a com antenna by itself, but if you look at those people who have tweaked and tuned their...
Forum: RV-4 03-03-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,227
Posted By sblack
Com antenna on rollbar

I want to try to put my com antenna on the roll bar between the main bar and the brace that goes forward at the bottom. I was thinking of fabbing up a ground plane and supporting it by adel clamps...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2018, 10:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,083
Posted By sblack
Just to be a picky PITA, it is not the fiberglass...

Just to be a picky PITA, it is not the fiberglass that breaks down, it is the epoxy resin that holds it together. I would use any good 2 part acrylic urethane primer. It is high quality, compatible...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2018, 03:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,647
Posted By sblack
Or tweak the baffle tin if possible.

Or tweak the baffle tin if possible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2018, 10:46 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,246
Posted By sblack
When you go through you will know it. The...

When you go through you will know it. The aluminum underneath has a different shade to it than the alclad.

There is a story about a bunch of sprog pilots in the RCAF who were assigned duty to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-17-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By sblack
Thank you both! Very helpful :)

Thank you both! Very helpful :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-17-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,366
Posted By sblack
Canbus wiring

I am installing an mgl iefis lite and being os Scots ancestry I am making my own harnesses. It uses a canbus in a daisychain to hook up the engine module, ap servos and any other goodies. The canbus...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2018, 09:49 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,286
Posted By sblack
In terms of identifying the smoking gun, my first...

In terms of identifying the smoking gun, my first step would be to see the difference made when you turn on the cockpit vents. If you think it is coming through the tail then pressurizing the cockpit...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 02-13-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,967
Posted By sblack
I've seen twins go in there. The runway was crazy...

I've seen twins go in there. The runway was crazy long when I flew in. It all depends on the weather.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-13-2018, 08:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By sblack
Hi Vlad it was my pleasure and it was really...

Hi Vlad it was my pleasure and it was really interesting to talk to somebody from a very different background than mine and to hear of your adventures. As for the pump, nobody has told me that there...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-12-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By sblack
Sure drop by anytime.

Sure drop by anytime.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 10:57 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,257
Posted By sblack
There is only one correct traffic pattern...

There is only one correct traffic pattern technique to use depending on what primer was used in the build.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-12-2018, 10:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By sblack
Tempest or Lyc Fuel Pump?

I had a new Lyc fuel pump on my engine from a recent overhaul. I am still at the 90% done 90% to go stage and I gave the pump to a stranded RV friend because that's what RVers do.

Should I ask him...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2018, 02:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 820
Posted By sblack
nice product. I would love to be able to weld...

nice product. I would love to be able to weld like that. Looks like a robot did it.
Forum: Midwest 01-30-2018, 10:37 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,792
Posted By sblack
I think Mr Stearman died in 1975. :D

I think Mr Stearman died in 1975. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 10:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By sblack
I can't see your video (youtube is blocked at the...

I can't see your video (youtube is blocked at the office) but if you are blowing parts off the table I know of one solution. I got it off VAF and it has worked well for me. For painting small parts I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,418
Posted By sblack
My annoying hangar neighbor borrows my headsets...

My annoying hangar neighbor borrows my headsets and doesn't look after them. I am going lemo so he won't be able to borrow them anymore:D
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-21-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 620
Posted By sblack
Thank you!

Thank you!
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-21-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 620
Posted By sblack
Crimping wires together

I have 2 20 ga wires going to the same connection. Is it an acceptable practise to crimp them both into the same terminal?
Forum: RV-4 01-18-2018, 09:52 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,848
Posted By sblack
ok slightly off topic but your complaint about...

ok slightly off topic but your complaint about 402C puzzled me. I looked at my project (I bought it at something near the QB stage) and there IS NO 402C. There it is on the plans, but not on the...
Forum: RV-4 01-17-2018, 10:53 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,848
Posted By sblack
I would hide the EIS since it is redundant and...

I would hide the EIS since it is redundant and use 2 1/4" backup gauges. That's what I am doing on my 4.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-16-2018, 08:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,966
Posted By sblack
I just bought an MGL iEfis Lite for my project....

I just bought an MGL iEfis Lite for my project. The airframe is complete. The iEfis lite is just a couple of years old, but at 2017 OSH the company announced a NEW efis! So every 2 years new stuff...
Forum: COMM 01-16-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,403
Posted By sblack
Rainier when will this radio be available in...

Rainier when will this radio be available in North America?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-09-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,071
Posted By sblack
nope, those are for the sheared tips, not the...

nope, those are for the sheared tips, not the flat top.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-09-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,689
Posted By sblack
What is the very nicely welded aluminum box...

What is the very nicely welded aluminum box (tank?) between your legs? Smoke?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,900
Posted By sblack
The metal has been stretched. It needs to be...

The metal has been stretched. It needs to be shrunk and there is no reliable way to shrink an edge of thin 2024t3 that I know of. The lancaster shrinkers leave marks that will likely result in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,442
Posted By sblack
I bet there are lots of young pilots out there...

I bet there are lots of young pilots out there anxious to build time in something other than a c150. I know several guys around here who fly with copilots to still enjoy flying and be legal. They...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-11-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,234
Posted By sblack
don't let your current flying experience...

don't let your current flying experience determine what you buy/build. With good transition training you can fly a -6 or -7. It just takes a bit of training to learn how to manage the speed and stay...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-05-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,320
Posted By sblack
I bought an RV4 at about the QB stage. I figured...

I bought an RV4 at about the QB stage. I figured 2 yrs to finish. That was 3 yrs ago. The engine is hung, much of the wiring is in - working on the panel now. Then I have a bit more airframe work to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-04-2017, 12:30 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,929
Posted By sblack
huh? I never made any dumb mistakes like that...

huh? I never made any dumb mistakes like that like that
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-04-2017, 12:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 17,929
Posted By sblack
huh? I never made any dumb mistakes like that...

huh? I never made any dumb mistakes like that like that
Forum: RV-12 12-04-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,227
Posted By sblack
Sure they do. All the time. They are mechanical...

Sure they do. All the time. They are mechanical devices with gears and wheels, like a pocket watch. Also, pitot/static tubes get contaminated, in which case a steam gauge or efis will stop working....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-01-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,775
Posted By sblack
I wish I had known about that. The fitting just...

I wish I had known about that. The fitting just under the engine mount is such a pain to get to. I had to loosen the engine on its mounts to swap that out when I discovered damaged threads. I would...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-01-2017, 09:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 596
Posted By sblack
I had the same problem - went to the 75767...

I had the same problem - went to the 75767 because the 735 was too short and found my cap didn't fit - 1/8" too small. I posted here but got no answers.

I don't have a 3D printer, but I have a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-29-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,329
Posted By sblack
Why would you want an additional instrument. The...

Why would you want an additional instrument. The reason they have DGs is because they behave better than a mag compass in turning flight, but the downside is that they drift so they have to be reset....
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,161
Posted By sblack
People who work in warehouses moving boxes around...

People who work in warehouses moving boxes around don't tend to hold masters degrees, be well paid, or be motivated. I worked at Purolator for a year. Warehouse jobs are pretty much the bottom of the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-21-2017, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By sblack
I bought an air operated pencil die grinder from...

I bought an air operated pencil die grinder from China and some carbide burrs. One of my favorite tools. It eats aluminum like butter. You have to be careful, but it really works well. If you are...
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