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Forum: RV-14 Today, 12:12 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,001
Posted By David Paule
Gil got it right in post #20. Generally speaking...

Gil got it right in post #20. Generally speaking the stronger screws perform a lot better.

One thing that some unwary people might think, is that if they are drilling all the holes they can downsize...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,945
Posted By David Paule
Hazard Mitigation

The drones are too small to see and avoid. At least now, today, they don't avoid us. Us humans have built a brand new hazard. A fun. pretty one, of course, but that's not important. To you and me,...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-17-2018, 07:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,945
Posted By David Paule
(I fixed a few minor typos. Fun editing the...

(I fixed a few minor typos. Fun editing the editor....) :)

Yet.

Some time ago I was returning from the south and descended low, clearing a ridge in the direction of considerably lower ground. I was...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-17-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,945
Posted By David Paule
It's worse than that - such a drone could come...

It's worse than that - such a drone could come through the prop, unhit, and into the cockpit. The prop blades pass by every two feet or more of flight. Drones smaller than that might not get...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-16-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 13,762
Posted By David Paule
Several years ago, I finished a sailboat wooden...

Several years ago, I finished a sailboat wooden tiller that way. I heated it to 140 F and took it out of the oven and let it cool for a couple of minutes so the epoxy wouldn't harden on the surface....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By David Paule
Do-Nothings

Good catch, Bill.

This photo from the Front Page today, Tuesday, shows that the brace is supported at the right end by an Adel clamp. As shown, this support does...
Forum: Safety 10-15-2018, 05:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,152
Posted By David Paule
For me, if it looks both legal and safe, and with...

For me, if it looks both legal and safe, and with potential places to divert to, I'll go. If the conditions turn out to be worse than I'm comfortable with, I'll either find an alternate or land and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,642
Posted By David Paule
The word from owners is that the performance...

The word from owners is that the performance numbers on Van's website are generally accurate. However some builders seem to have comparatively high empty weight, so you'll need to account for...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-15-2018, 10:02 AM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
Iíve been sort of roaming around the fuselage,...

Iíve been sort of roaming around the fuselage, doing things that looked interesting.

I put together the pitch servo mount, following the Dynon RV-4 mount arrangement. It also holds the elevator bell...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-14-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,581
Posted By David Paule
AeroCanopy now makes and sells that line. I...

AeroCanopy now makes and sells that line. I bought the RV-3B canopy and am thoroughly satisfied with both the transaction and the canopy itself. Look for my review in the Reviews section.

Dave
RV-3B...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-13-2018, 04:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 363
Posted By David Paule
Years ago I had a vernier control apart and a...

Years ago I had a vernier control apart and a small ball bearing shot out and disappeared.

It took me a while to realize that it was a ball bearing, and then more time to find one that would...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By David Paule
If possible, have a bit of an overhang on the...

If possible, have a bit of an overhang on the workbenches so that you can clamp to that. I like 1.5".

I use that double-sided white melamine-faced particle board that's used in cabinets for the...
Forum: RV-14 10-13-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 804
Posted By David Paule
I keep my rivets in empty small plastic water...

I keep my rivets in empty small plastic water bottles. Some sizes need to go in the larger bottles. All get labeled.

If dropped, they don't scatter all over the floor.

A small funnel is sometimes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2018, 08:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 269
Posted By David Paule
RV-3B Drawing 5

Here's the RV-3B version. It's on drawing 5:

https://i.imgur.com/jldF0D1.jpg

Dave
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2018, 01:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 692
Posted By David Paule
I opened up the skin and made a new tiedown...

I opened up the skin and made a new tiedown fitting, relocated so that there was no gap.

A bit labor intensive but it solved the problem.

For those of you who haven't riveted the leading edge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2018, 03:29 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,779
Posted By David Paule
Well, I'm much more likely to watch something...

Well, I'm much more likely to watch something shorter than longer. I think the goal should be 2 to 7 minutes. And if you need longer than that, which some topics might, make it into a 2-part...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-11-2018, 12:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By David Paule
Partly for the bio-contamination issue and partly...

Partly for the bio-contamination issue and partly to avoid getting dust into places inside where it'll affect the rover.

Dave
Forum: Painting your RV 10-11-2018, 09:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 474
Posted By David Paule
Painting A Mars Rover

Thought this article (https://arstechnica.com/science/2018/10/new-mars-rover-gets-high-tech-paint-job-for-harsh-conditions-on-mars/) would be of interest. One hint... they didn't use rattle can...
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 774
Posted By David Paule
If you decide to do that, how about this: Instead...

If you decide to do that, how about this: Instead of trying to build some things here and some things there, do some common tasks that can be done on the part level at the smaller facility. Things...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2018, 02:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,095
Posted By David Paule
Get the flash drive plans: USB Flash Drive...

Get the flash drive plans:

USB Flash Drive PLANS/MANUAL RV-10
Part Number = FD PLANS RV-10
Price = $10.00

Also, and while it's included, you can just go to the Van's service notes/revisions page...
Forum: RV-12 10-10-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,704
Posted By David Paule
All the loads are determined, in part, by the...

All the loads are determined, in part, by the speeds that the airplane is designed for. So while the FAA might establish something like the LSA rules, the designer, while keeping to them, designs the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2018, 04:35 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,779
Posted By David Paule
No doubt there's a list of the more frequently...

No doubt there's a list of the more frequently asked questions to the support staff for specific models. That would make a decent guide on what to show.

If you don't have such a list, worth starting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 07:56 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,876
Posted By David Paule
I'll be glad to discuss the C170 or the C180...

I'll be glad to discuss the C170 or the C180 further, off-line. If you send me an email, that would be easiest. Click on my name above left and go from there.

As for the RV-15, I've said before that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,876
Posted By David Paule
I used to have a Cessna 170B too, and at gross...

I used to have a Cessna 170B too, and at gross weight, it's definitely a bit marginal, at least up here in Colorado. It was an honest 110 mph airplane and had good visibility. It lacked enough rudder...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 10-03-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,147
Posted By David Paule
If it matters, it'll be slightly slower than with...

If it matters, it'll be slightly slower than with the stock spinner, unless you can fill in the large prop openings. Might be slightly heavier, too.

Dave
Forum: Reviews 10-03-2018, 03:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By David Paule
Lance Logan's AeroCanopy (Was Todd's Canopy)

Bottom line first, AeroCanopy is a class act and I am a delighted customer.

I decided that I wanted a lightly-tinted canopy instead of a clear one for my RV-3B. Originally, Iíd ordered a clear one...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-30-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
Glue Technique Tip - As the total thickness...

Glue Technique Tip -
As the total thickness builds up, you may need longer rivets. Buy them early and you will have them when you need them.


When that riveting work was done, I really truly had a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2018, 12:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 703
Posted By David Paule
I use a similar process but without the...

I use a similar process but without the Scotchbrite.

I try to arrange things so that all - and I do mean all - of my tool-work is parallel to the edge, even in the slots and narrow places. I have a...
Forum: RV-12 09-29-2018, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 995
Posted By David Paule
I'm pretty sure the -12iS will fit you fine. The...

I'm pretty sure the -12iS will fit you fine.

The RV-12 itself is one of the sweetest flying planes I've ever flow. If my RV-3B is anywhere close I'll be delighted.

I liked the heck out of the RV-12...
Forum: RV-3 09-28-2018, 01:41 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 307
Posted By David Paule
Canopy-Opening Options

RV-3s have the choice of a slide-back or a tip-over canopy. On mine, I'm choosing the tipover version mostly to get rid of the viewing obstruction of the windshield frame - which to be honest,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-24-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 907
Posted By David Paule
Sounds a bit like you could use a mentor, at...

Sounds a bit like you could use a mentor, at least to get you started. The learning curve can be steep for sure.

Perhaps there's another experienced builder in your general area who can help get you...
Forum: RV-3 09-24-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 530
Posted By David Paule
Drawing 37 shows a sheet-metal one and SK-54A...

Drawing 37 shows a sheet-metal one and SK-54A shows a welded steel tube one.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 05:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By David Paule
The intent of my posting was to provide some...

The intent of my posting was to provide some ideas for the people who, like me, are building a non-prepunched kit.

I've just finished up using a steel Fry jig for the fuselage of my RV-3B, and it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2018, 11:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 677
Posted By David Paule
Example of a Very Good Assembly Jig

This is a very good example of a good building jig. Hereís why:

1. It rotates to any convenient position.

2. Itís stiff enough to hold everything in alignment without excessive sag.

3. Itís open...
Forum: Autopilots 09-21-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 679
Posted By David Paule
My RV-3B installation is similar. Note that the...

My RV-3B installation is similar.

Note that the blue part is tooling, used to adjust the pushrod. It's not part of the flying machine.

Dave
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-20-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
The canoe was only glued together when I took it...

The canoe was only glued together when I took it off the jig, not yet riveted. Still to be riveted were the entire right-hand side skins, firewall to tail, the left-hand cockpit side skin, and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 09:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 657
Posted By David Paule
There's a tank sealant, Pro Seal-like, meets the...

There's a tank sealant, Pro Seal-like, meets the appropriate specs, called "Access Hatch Sealant." I got some from Skygeek.com. It's intended for exactly this application.

At Skygeek, do a search...
Forum: RV-3 09-17-2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 398
Posted By David Paule
Before using, verify that it fits your fuselage....

Before using, verify that it fits your fuselage. The panel outline in the plans, for example, isn't as wide as my fuselage.

Also, do you want the panel to go to the external side skins or is it...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-16-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
The Fry jig is sold and gone. It will be used by...

The Fry jig is sold and gone. It will be used by a repeat RV-4 builder in the area.

The concept of installing the main landing gear legs is still on the table, since I could do it with the canoe...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,438
Posted By David Paule
Of if such a cloned kit really would have the...

Of if such a cloned kit really would have the proper alloys and so on.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 12:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 237
Posted By David Paule
Tapered Bolts - Torque for Nuts?

How much torque goes on tapered bolts? I'll be using standard AN365 nuts, -3 for these. Does anyone have a table or a reference?

These hold the tailwheel housing to the tailspring on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 834
Posted By David Paule
SKygeek is sometimes surprising that way. I've...

SKygeek is sometimes surprising that way. I've had sudden delivery and slow delivery. But all in all, excellent service.

Dave
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-09-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,772
Posted By David Paule
Any engine will make plenty of torque if it's...

Any engine will make plenty of torque if it's geared low enough.

For an existing airplane design, it suggests that an optimum prop would be fairly long. If so, that introduces ground clearance...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-05-2018, 07:54 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
It's a Canoe

I bought a couple sawhorses and unfastened the fuselage from the steady, reliable Fry jig. Man, that’s a good tool. I lifted the fuselage on to the sawhorses, one by one. The RV-3B fuselage, in this...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-04-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
Sunday before Labor Day was kind of a big deal....

Sunday before Labor Day was kind of a big deal. With the help of Charlie Stein and with Rod Woodard observing, we glued the LH side cockpit skin to the frame.

This marks the final skin while on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2018, 03:45 PM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,876
Posted By David Paule
It's one thing to make a Cub in metal, and quite...

It's one thing to make a Cub in metal, and quite another to include good bush characteristics and speed. Remember the motto - "Total Performance."

Dave
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,179
Posted By David Paule
Two are the best you can hope for. Sometimes we...

Two are the best you can hope for.

Sometimes we only get one.

And alas, some days, we don't get any.

Dave
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-03-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,893
Posted By David Paule
I read the different operating manuals and to me,...

I read the different operating manuals and to me, they ranked differently based on my own desire to fly day VFR. If I were an IFR pilot, I might have made a different decision. In fact, an airline...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-03-2018, 12:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,179
Posted By David Paule
One option is to replace the skins and trailing...

One option is to replace the skins and trailing edge, keeping the spar assembly.

Dave
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 742
Posted By David Paule
For priming the countersinks, I used rattle can...

For priming the countersinks, I used rattle can primer, shot a little into the cap, and used a Q-tip to dab them. Fast and easy.

For drilling them, I used a platenut for a jig, replacing it often...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 09:51 AM
Replies: 359
Views: 77,876
Posted By David Paule
My choice would be a plane much like the RV-9,...

My choice would be a plane much like the RV-9, with a longer, stronger gear for the back-country places, an external baggage door, that has the current sort of kit quality and step-by-step...
Forum: RV-4 09-02-2018, 09:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,626
Posted By David Paule
Todd's Canopies Available from AeroCanopy.com

The canopies Todd made are now being made by AeroCanopy. (https://www.aerocanopy.com/) You can get them direct or via Spruce.

Dave
Forum: RV-4 09-01-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,626
Posted By David Paule
Ditto on not giving up. I know an RV-4 builder...

Ditto on not giving up. I know an RV-4 builder who lost his canopy, found it, and reused the frame with a new bubble.

Dave
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-29-2018, 08:53 AM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
Hereís a photo of the rivet holes in the side...

Hereís a photo of the rivet holes in the side skin that are hidden by the wing. The row at the top of the photo doesnít need to be flush. The plans are a bit vague about this area - Iím sure that...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-27-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,193
Posted By David Paule
I'm building solo and long ago decided not to be...

I'm building solo and long ago decided not to be hesitant about getting help. Fortunately there are plenty of good people in my area who are glad to lend a qualified hand. I try to show a photo of...
Forum: RV-3 08-24-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 360
Posted By David Paule
Thanks! Dave RV-3B, skinning the fuselage now

Thanks!

Dave
RV-3B, skinning the fuselage now
Forum: Tools 08-24-2018, 02:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,665
Posted By David Paule
I was looking at the HF creeper on line and...

I was looking at the HF creeper on line and wonder if it's possible to mount the seat and backrest on a separate frame that's hinged at the foot and raised and lowered by a cheap HF jack. That would...
Forum: ADS-B 08-24-2018, 10:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,122
Posted By David Paule
If I remember right, military generally have a...

If I remember right, military generally have a specific block of airspace where they can go supersonic, but they still need clearance.

An SR-71 is limited to 500 kts down low like that, if I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-23-2018, 08:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 893
Posted By David Paule
G/flex is not recommended for acrylic. Dave

G/flex is not recommended for acrylic.

Dave
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 438
Views: 104,976
Posted By David Paule
"Nanette," by Edwards Park, is a charming book...

"Nanette," by Edwards Park, is a charming book about a P-39 flying in the South Pacific during WW II.

To me, WW II aviation books generally run a bit boring. The experiential ones are often alike...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-20-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 178,504
Posted By David Paule
Dallice Tylee came over to help me drill and...

Dallice Tylee came over to help me drill and cleco the LH cockpit side skin. At the aft end thereís a mild compound curvature that presses into position nicely but which I canít quite manage by...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-20-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,201
Posted By David Paule
To answer the OP, I have a certified airplane and...

To answer the OP, I have a certified airplane and have the appropriate rating to maintain it. I open a new entry with the date and the aircraft or engine time. Then in the text section, I'll give a...
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