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Forum: RV-14 10-19-2018, 10:38 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,541
Posted By rzbill
So..... that is an indication to me that entirely...

So..... that is an indication to me that entirely too many nut-plates are being tapped.

During my build, I tapped exactly...zero. It is not needed. Use of good installation technique and proper...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2018, 06:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 765
Posted By rzbill
Front Page - Baffle Stiffeners

My dim memory recalls failures of either push rod tubes or injection lines when extra mass or loads over and above the injection line masses are imposed.
The additions change the resonant frequency...
Forum: Safety 10-16-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,221
Posted By rzbill
DO NOT beat yourself up for making no-go...

DO NOT beat yourself up for making no-go decisions. I fly more IFR than many GA pilots but of course not as much as some. DO please remember the adage Bob posted about wishing to be on the ground....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-08-2018, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 387
Posted By rzbill
+1 on the small 9 volt battery. It works fine for...

+1 on the small 9 volt battery. It works fine for that operation test.
Forum: ADS-B 10-05-2018, 04:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,337
Posted By rzbill
I've been flying with ADSB for 5 years. Up until...

I've been flying with ADSB for 5 years. Up until recently, there was no TIS-B traffic data in the Asheville valley. The traffic had to be at or above the mountains to our south or southeast in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-04-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,279
Posted By rzbill
There is an old racing adage about winners and...

There is an old racing adage about winners and speed hardware - "Its not what you put in, it's HOW you put it in".

I think it could apply to the alternate air/filter bypass hardware.

I have the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-03-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 564
Posted By rzbill
I breadboarded capacitance converters ala Jim...

I breadboarded capacitance converters ala Jim Weir during my construction around 2010.

During that excercise I measured the dry tank capacitance of vans system, also knowing that the capacitance...
Forum: Flight Testing 09-29-2018, 04:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,149
Posted By rzbill
Bob, I just deleted my message before you posted...

Bob,
I just deleted my message before you posted because I reread Bills post and realized he asked both. Ignore me please.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 979
Posted By rzbill
Yeah. I left the RV in Asheville this week and...

Yeah. I left the RV in Asheville this week and drove my commute to Chapel Hill instead.
I am not a hurricane worrier since I have seen many but this one has me concerned on the scale of Hugo which...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2018, 06:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,679
Posted By rzbill
There's theoretical and then there's...

There's theoretical and then there's practical.

I chose to mount a momentary pushbutton next to my trim rocker. I hold the button to engage a resistor and then use the rocker. Easy, one handed...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-30-2018, 04:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,103
Posted By rzbill
Sorry Doug, Pictures are not appropriate for my...

Sorry Doug,
Pictures are not appropriate for my daily post coffee VAF'n location. :D
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 07:04 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,251
Posted By rzbill
I have not had the extent of leaning issue that...

I have not had the extent of leaning issue that snopercod discussed but I do religiously lean on the ground.

On that subject I had a "doing stupid pilot sh**" episode a few years ago.
My bride and I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2018, 04:21 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,251
Posted By rzbill
Didn't the archaeologists dig up a Marvel and a...

Didn't the archaeologists dig up a Marvel and a carb heat lever in the Neander valley some time ago, Bill? :rolleyes:
Just kidding of course. Hope to see you at GMU some weekend. My SWMBO has...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-04-2018, 05:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By rzbill
Just an FYI, an AN5814-1 pitot probe is a...

Just an FYI, an AN5814-1 pitot probe is a valuable instrument. Probably worth 5 times what the experimental probes cost. Keep that in mind when selling.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,474
Posted By rzbill
Credit card

Credit card
Forum: Tools 07-21-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,177
Posted By rzbill
OMG. Yes, you can walk uphill to school...

OMG. Yes, you can walk uphill to school barefooted in the snow. :D

Of course you can use a nutplate and cleco instead of a jig. Did that early in construction.

Jigs are faster and easier to keep...
Forum: Tools 07-20-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,177
Posted By rzbill
I would agree in concept with Steve. Only...

I would agree in concept with Steve. Only difference is that I had one with a #40 pilot instead of a #6 screw pilot. It worked fine. I had plenty of other jigs obtained through an ebay tool...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-14-2018, 11:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By rzbill
Ah, OK. I don't think I have had the opportunity...

Ah, OK. I don't think I have had the opportunity to meet him. Appears to be a chip off the block. I thought the video was you when I looked at it.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-13-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By rzbill
You have me curious now Jim. I think its funny...

You have me curious now Jim. I think its funny that we are both using RVs for weekly commuting since we are only a couple of hundred feet apart. I think your Charleston may be more entertaining than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2018, 04:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By rzbill
I've always thought these were out of...

I've always thought these were out of chronological order.
Rearranging:

Stress
Alcohol
Emotion
Fatigue
Illness
Medication
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2018, 09:00 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 16,237
Posted By rzbill
I think in most training the mantra is to get on...

I think in most training the mantra is to get on the instruments before going IMC. Of course this does not apply to accidental entry. There was a comment earlier about Night and IFR skills. I have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2018, 05:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 22,392
Posted By rzbill
+1. installed a couple of months ago.

+1. installed a couple of months ago.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-23-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,661
Posted By rzbill
Here's how I did it. No foam. Curved fiberglass...

Here's how I did it.

No foam.
Curved fiberglass layups. Easy peasey.

See the text and photos with these links.

Curved Layup...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-21-2018, 07:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,807
Posted By rzbill
Exactly right. pilotkms, the SHCS does not clamp...

Exactly right.

pilotkms, the SHCS does not clamp the bushing, it impinges on the grip tube right at the relief in the tube. It is good machining practice to relieve a shaft or tube like that in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2018, 04:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,807
Posted By rzbill
??? That mount looks identical to my Tosten. ...

??? That mount looks identical to my Tosten. When the socket head cap screw is properly tightened, the grip position is fixed. It can be set at whatever rotational angle desired, but it is fixed...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-19-2018, 07:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,807
Posted By rzbill
As the previous posters said, cut off the...

As the previous posters said, cut off the equvalent length of the grip. You may have to cut a bit more after checking throttle clearance. I did.

One thing not mentioned is rotating the grip to fit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2018, 05:31 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,215
Posted By rzbill
I was reading this thread with the intention of...

I was reading this thread with the intention of saying the same thing as Bill did above.

There is a bent flange on the bottom. Plus you have to take the bend radius into account and a little space...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2018, 10:19 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,360
Posted By rzbill
I'm with Kyle on this. 700 hrs for me on the...

I'm with Kyle on this. 700 hrs for me on the Vans stuff and it shows no evidence of needing replacement anytime soon. Great markoff on the top cowl but insignificant wear too. I did get some red...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-01-2018, 04:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 955
Posted By rzbill
Look at your controls (switches, knobs, levers,...

Look at your controls (switches, knobs, levers, etc). If you would have to explain a control usage to another pilot that was to fly the craft, that control needs labeling for what it is and which...
Forum: Propellers 05-29-2018, 02:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,357
Posted By rzbill
Bill, I have the Hartzell aluminum BA prop and...

Bill,
I have the Hartzell aluminum BA prop and Johostroj governor. I frequently cruise oversquare at 2300 and 25". Have run as low as 2200 in cruise.

If memory serves, you have the Hartzell...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,859
Posted By rzbill
At the risk of repeating a...

At the risk of repeating a story........
Polycarbonate is not an automatic solution. It is more shatter resistant than acrylic but for the same reason, polycarb will deflect more than...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2018, 04:24 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,235
Posted By rzbill
Had that experience. Tried to run a Triad gas...

Had that experience. Tried to run a Triad gas boiler from an ancient 2KW generator but the frequency instability prevented it. A few years later I bought a 7.5KW unit. First try the boiler did not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2018, 03:56 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,544
Posted By rzbill
Nailed it.

Nailed it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2018, 03:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,137
Posted By rzbill
Its refreshing to hear someone speak about Dan....

Its refreshing to hear someone speak about Dan. None of my current circle of friends knew him. A good friend and aviation mentor.

A couple of memories of his cub that impressed me as a kid. He flew...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2018, 07:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,137
Posted By rzbill
They don't. You have to go to a real university...

They don't. You have to go to a real university over in Raleigh for that. Go Wolfpack. ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2018, 04:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,137
Posted By rzbill
The university has wanted to close the field ever...

The university has wanted to close the field ever since I was a kid there 50 years ago.
Maybe the strangling moves they have made (many) will finally do it despite the original wishes of Horace...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2018, 05:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,654
Posted By rzbill
For the first 25 years of my adult life, my shops...

For the first 25 years of my adult life, my shops were heated with forced air. It was OK but..

I built a new house 10 years ago and VERY intentionally installed radiant heat in the shop floor.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2018, 04:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 780
Posted By rzbill
How long? It sounds like a job for flat sheet...

How long? It sounds like a job for flat sheet and a brake.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2018, 04:03 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,150
Posted By rzbill
I can't tell you how I did my bracket drilling...

I can't tell you how I did my bracket drilling because it was too long ago for memory.

BUT.....

For a pre-drilled 2-hole assembly, only one 1 hole needs match drilling. You may choose the 'first'...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2018, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,351
Posted By rzbill
It's not a big enough nuisance to make me change...

It's not a big enough nuisance to make me change it, but if did have an opportunity, I would put a panel dimmer on my Garmin 430W. I do have the photocell ramp, offset and minimum values tuned. ...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,764
Posted By rzbill
I custom built a glove box since I had aluminum...

I custom built a glove box since I had aluminum sheet left over from an OOPs during construction. I don't miss the panel space and that box is soooo handy. Wondered about that during construction....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-24-2018, 04:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,873
Posted By rzbill
The obvious solution John, is to get rid of the...

The obvious solution John, is to get rid of the gear doors and keep the gear down and welded like a 'proper' airplane..... :)

But seriously when I built my 7A, all the hinge supplied by Vans was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2018, 04:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By rzbill
If I were making these washers with normal...

If I were making these washers with normal airplane builder tools, I would choose to fly cut the OD first and then come back with a step drill and enlarge the center hole from the fly cutter pilot. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,007
Posted By rzbill
Although it is not a legal requirement, Vans has...

Although it is not a legal requirement, Vans has a load limit for the nose gear. Since you are doing the math anyway, why not add that calc to see if you are close and what the tendencies are.
Forum: Safety 04-19-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 15,031
Posted By rzbill
While setting the travels and clearances are...

While setting the travels and clearances are important, even with them set correctly (which mine are), a stiff gust WILL deflect the rudder far enough to cause damage. Happened to me when my rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2018, 07:24 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,247
Posted By rzbill
Bill, I'm sure the McFarlanes will work. ACS...

Bill,
I'm sure the McFarlanes will work. ACS brand also has a push to unlock cable. A-700 button lock. The center button is smaller but works the same. I had to use one on my heater valve because...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2018, 04:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,406
Posted By rzbill
While I don't own one, I'm in the Form a Funnel...

While I don't own one, I'm in the Form a Funnel method camp.

At first oil change, I rummaged around the hangar and found a piece of aluminum angle that sits perfectly under the oil filter joint and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-09-2018, 03:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,586
Posted By rzbill
I'm glad to hear that experience. I just mounted...

I'm glad to hear that experience.
I just mounted the Aero Classic on the nose Saturday.
I had not paid attention to the differences between the tires until I had both in my hands.
Quite a difference.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-06-2018, 04:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,401
Posted By rzbill
My old style analog magnetometer has worked fine...

My old style analog magnetometer has worked fine on the empenage deck for 6 years.
Mount it with non magnetic hardware. Velcro is silly. What holds the velcro to the airframe? Adhesive? ALL of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-03-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,949
Posted By rzbill
Steve, I've always thought "Wizard of..." was...

Steve,
I've always thought "Wizard of..." was more catchy. :)




Walt, I am sooo envious. My new purchased Lyc M1B has seeped just enough to irritate me to no end over the last 6 years. I am on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2018, 04:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,738
Posted By rzbill
I built at home and self insured. Which means no...

I built at home and self insured. Which means no I did not purchase insurance.
Forum: RV-14 03-26-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,408
Posted By rzbill
My fight with it...

My fight with it (http://websites.expercraft.com/rzbill/index.php?q=log_entry&log_id=9083)
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,724
Posted By rzbill
Perfect. I actually have never experienced an RV...

Perfect.

I actually have never experienced an RV takeoff since I shut my eyes tight and then firewall it. :D
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-18-2018, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,483
Posted By rzbill
It is not clear to me whether the OP wants the...

It is not clear to me whether the OP wants the calibration fixed or the warning removed.

Since no one has talked about the warning, here it is.

The EIS has its own set of warning limits accessed by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,495
Posted By rzbill
I bought a lightweight cover from a fellow VAF...

I bought a lightweight cover from a fellow VAF member in 2012. I can't remember if it was new or used at the time because it was in great condition and a good deal. It was not marked in any way....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2018, 07:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,158
Posted By rzbill
Don't listen to the mantra. Do whats right for...

Don't listen to the mantra. Do whats right for you. I purchased and installed the avionics at the end of fuselage construction prior to engine install. Firewall work was MUCH easier and engine...
Forum: Web Site Development 03-07-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,113
Posted By rzbill
ADDS Weather URL changes

Hi Doug,
I noticed the ADDS weather links at the bottom of the VAF weather page are not working any more.

Looks like ADDS has changed their URL formats to:

https://aviationweather.gov/adds/

vs the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,437
Posted By rzbill
The first time I tried baking was not to try...

The first time I tried baking was not to try baking. Winter. Sprayed some Variprime primer and it was cold enough that it was taking a while to dry. I set the small pieces on the top grate of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 05:34 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,943
Posted By rzbill
Mike, I'm really sorry to inform you that there...

Mike,
I'm really sorry to inform you that there has been a gross ordering screwup. You are supposed to get two WINGS, not two fuselages with the order from Vans. :D

And BTW, is that a Myford with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2018, 03:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 389
Posted By rzbill
John Fadok, the proprietor of 0A7 Hendersonville...

John Fadok, the proprietor of 0A7 Hendersonville has the tools and can do it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2018, 04:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,933
Posted By rzbill
I have zero analog engine instruments to...

I have zero analog engine instruments to duplicate EIS 4000 data. My thinking is that an electrical failure and loss of EIS data is one of two things: not critical since my engine is not...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-08-2018, 05:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 751
Posted By rzbill
Yes, those are the ones. Remember, those are...

Yes, those are the ones. Remember, those are ONLY ILS and Glideslope, not VOR.

I did wire the other 4 also. It is my understanding that those 4 connections are not needed if using ARINC. I...
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