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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 06:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good call to do this SB...

I was recently the witness of a friends RV-4 that had not had the SB done, and the pickup line came off in flight..fortunately, he was high and had time to manage the situation, RTB and land fine....
Forum: RV-4 11-22-2017, 06:27 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 415
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

Mike,
The tip rib should be fully riveted. The tip is only attached to the overhang of the skin (approx 1/2"-5/8" if I recall). If your skins were trimmed even with the rib flange, you may have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By fixnflyguy
Vertical Fin clarrification

Vertical Fin, or Stabilizer, either or..point of aft most belly skin and rear bulkhead where vertical fin attaches and tailwheel fitting (On TD models). Seems to be a low pressure area there, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 837
Posted By fixnflyguy
You may be surprised..

After I put a smoke system on my -4, I found oil residue in the back of the belly behind the baggage compartment. I thought my tank was leaking, but couldn't find anything obvious with it. After much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get building!

I found building the -4 to be a great father-son experience, and since I am a certificated AP/IA, the repairmans cert. wasn't on my radar at all. My son now works for a local FBO at our home airport,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 06:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By fixnflyguy
No, he is not on the certificate..he doesn't need...

No, he is not on the certificate..he doesn't need to be. Have you followed any of the school projects being built?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 411
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Hello,
I built my -4 on a very tight budget, with my son in the shop as often as possible..he was 2 when I started, and 18 by the time it flew. Took a long time! As far as finish kit, there are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2017, 05:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By fixnflyguy
Big Box Aviation dept.

Check the Local big box store Aviation section. Most of their inventory is 6061-T6, which is perfectly fine for your needs, and way cheaper than the 2024-T3. I probably have exactly what you need...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-27-2017, 06:03 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,236
Posted By fixnflyguy
PPG/DESOTHANE..good stuff

My day job is in the heavy aircraft overhaul industry, and Desothane is one of the most widely used finishes on the market. During a lease return "scuff and paint" of a 737, I was given a 4 gallon...
Forum: RV-4 10-11-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,029
Posted By fixnflyguy
The fastest RV-4 that I know of (Dave Anders),has...

The fastest RV-4 that I know of (Dave Anders),has the flat aluminum fairings..he holds alot of records. I'm going to guess he did his homework making the choice. I have the standard curved ones on...
Forum: RV-4 10-11-2017, 06:38 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I used in my -4

I have a 3.5 gallon system from Smoking Airplanes, which I mounted in my baggage compartment behind rear seat. I have 160HP, with Vetterman 4 pipe system, 2 injectors installed on 2 of the pipes. If...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2017, 05:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 938
Posted By fixnflyguy
Flightline FL-760 in my -4

I have a Flightline FL-760 (2 1/4" ) hole mounted radio in my -4 ,with built in intercom. These radios are reasonably priced, and also have provisions for audio in that I haven't tried. I am very...
Forum: Safety 09-25-2017, 06:11 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,124
Posted By fixnflyguy
Happened to me and others

It happened on my RV-4, and I directly associated it to the engine torque/ snorkle configuration typical of R/V's. I "loosened" the joint for the snorkle/cowl interface by increasing the clearance...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 09-08-2017, 07:15 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,989
Posted By fixnflyguy
It was ugly..

I landed my -4 when ATIS was indicating 18 G 24 direct Xwind at KINT, and fortunately the runway is very wide! I chose a 3 point, and it worked OK, but I had some thrilling moments. Real kicker is I...
Forum: Job Board 09-06-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 781
Posted By fixnflyguy
Yes..many

As Robert A. said, we have several at 8A7, 3 of them RV owners, but they are not on this forum. Actually, the late Tom Davis'(Piedmont founder) son Bo (retired Piedmont pilot) is a good friend and...
Forum: Safety 09-05-2017, 07:45 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 49,850
Posted By fixnflyguy
North Carolina

We have some hangars at 8A7 in central NC . I live on the airport, and have a spare room if need to stay. 336-202-0574.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 725
Posted By fixnflyguy
NC Hide-outs

I have access to a couple hangers up in central NC, as well as a spare bedroom (live on the airport) if anyone would want to stay with their plane. PM if interested.

[ed. Please add your Hurricane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2017, 01:48 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,111
Posted By fixnflyguy
I think Dave Anders won a competition for quiet...

I think Dave Anders won a competition for quiet cockpit, and I remember seeing pics of his -4 completely covered in black egg crate foam..Im sure it was quiet, but in my -4, I dont want the sides any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2017, 11:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,156
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not me...

I believe solo, low fuel, dragging it in and holding my mouth right, I could land my -4 that short, but I don't go out looking to try ! I think the risk of whacking something to prove the point is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,204
Posted By fixnflyguy
We did, in our RV-4 at 11.5K over Greenville SC...

We did, in our RV-4 at 11.5K over Greenville SC area, amongst cloud buildups and big holes..2 hr. Round robin from our home field . It was one of the coolest things we have ever experienced. We were...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,496
Posted By fixnflyguy
We flew down over TT and did laps around the area...

We flew down over TT and did laps around the area at 11.5K directly overhead. There were some buildups around that we couldn't get above, but a big open area over TT..amazing how dark it really got...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2017, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,154
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have the one VANs sells

I bought the lightweight cover VANS sells ($185.00) a few years back, it packs very small, has worked well for me so far. Biggest test was parked at Hatteras on the NC outer banks for 4 days during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,270
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nicely done!

Good times! My wife and I got married in our RV4 flying in formation with the preacher and wedding party..RV'S love weddings!
Forum: RV-4 08-11-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 519
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did.

Gary,
I built my -4, and have mine set up like yours with a small cutout at the top center of the cowl. I used an 0320H2AD engine, so my oil door is moved forward and not a good access to the hinge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-11-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 757
Posted By fixnflyguy
Deerfield Resort

I have been to Deerfield Resort on Lake Norris, just north of Knoxville. Really nice fly-in community, cool hangars, golf, lake, privacy. I don't know how much availability there is, but I'd move...
Forum: Safety 08-09-2017, 11:41 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,857
Posted By fixnflyguy
One more thing..

I have the variation per plans with the filter trapped between a bottom plate and an adapter plate bolted to the carb. The airbox then screws to the adapter plate. While on the subject of all this, I...
Forum: Safety 08-09-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,857
Posted By fixnflyguy
It looks to me ( I built my -4), that the builder...

It looks to me ( I built my -4), that the builder eliminated the bottom cover plate normally installed over the filter and bonded the cone into the airbox itself to seal it off and keep it from...
Forum: RV-4 08-07-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 548
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I ran mine on the FWD side of the spar out past the fuel tank, then made a bend AFT through the lightening hole in the spar and over to the pitot fitting. I did not want to over the spar inside the...
Forum: Safety 08-04-2017, 05:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,898
Posted By fixnflyguy
Seen it happen

I took flying lessons at a small airport in Pa back in the 70's that was also a Guard base with Hueys. The flight school had brand new Cherokees, and a student/instructor took off a few minutes...
Forum: RV-4 07-28-2017, 06:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 543
Posted By fixnflyguy
Shawn, I can measure mine when I go to my hangar...

Shawn,
I can measure mine when I go to my hangar next time, but there are a few factors to keep in mind. Your a long way from setting the final position, which has variables created by the torque...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 07-17-2017, 06:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,193
Posted By fixnflyguy
WX in NC was ugly.

We really wanted to make your fly-in, and I had really had my hopes up visit that cool strip of yours!..but the WX forecast between you and central NC was a deal breaker. We had some ugly storms by...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-14-2017, 06:19 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,205
Posted By fixnflyguy
In the air for me..

We live close to the path, so WX permitting( Typical T storm season), I will be heading into the center of the path , hopefully around the 10K altitude mark. My BIB will be camera equipped and hope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2017, 06:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,256
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

If you are good in a Champ and Cub, you will have no problem with a -4. I went from a Taylorcraft into my -4 (I built) with no worries. I recently helped get a zero TW time friend into a -8 by...
Forum: RV-4 07-01-2017, 08:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,073
Posted By fixnflyguy
what I did

I have been down that road when I built mine. I have lots of pictures, and many are already on threads here. I have a fully closed aluminum cover,leather boot, and fresh air vented from the bottom of...
Forum: RV-4 06-23-2017, 07:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,738
Posted By fixnflyguy
If you can get down to NC, I can give you a full...

If you can get down to NC, I can give you a full RV4 tour/ride. I built mine, and work on many others. I have helped several first time RV Want to be owners become owners..they are great machines.
Forum: Painting your RV 06-21-2017, 08:18 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 971
Posted By fixnflyguy
I used Proseal

I work in the "big plane" industry, and as another post mentioned, I used Proseal..my favorite stuff for everything. It will adhere to anything, is flexible, and paintable. I applied it around my -4...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2017, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,384
Posted By fixnflyguy
I believe that is the yellow open cockpit -3 that...

I believe that is the yellow open cockpit -3 that I have seen pictures of posted before. Sad news, and prayers for the family.
Forum: Southeast 06-05-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,274
Posted By fixnflyguy
8A7, Twin lakes ,Advance NC

We have several RV's at Twin Lakes (8A7), -4's,-6a,-7,-8a,-9 and an F1 Rocket. All are flying, several of us have built them. Come visit and see a few different models and I will go over the...
Forum: RV-4 06-02-2017, 05:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 647
Posted By fixnflyguy
Re-skin yours

Did you build yours? None of the RV-4's have match drilled anything, and a rudder from another builder may not fit well, if at all. Not sure the extent of your damage (I have been down that road),...
Forum: RV-4 05-30-2017, 05:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 599
Posted By fixnflyguy
They are not in parallel

There is already a similar thread for the reason the RV-4 rudder pedals are not parallel. The design allows for the pedals to swing slightly inboard/outboard to provide better clearance along the...
Forum: RV-4 05-27-2017, 04:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 849
Posted By fixnflyguy
Skip, you forget how close I am to you..I'm 6'1"...

Skip, you forget how close I am to you..I'm 6'1" 200 lbs. Come sit in my plane..I have done a couple things to make mine a little better than plans , without compromising rear stick. Plan on having a...
Forum: RV-4 05-25-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,204
Posted By fixnflyguy
YEP..they are supposed to be

They will travel parallel to the tunnel more so than the fuselage side skin, thus keeping them from hitting the tunnel, as they would if they come straight FOR/AFT.
Forum: Southeast 05-18-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 837
Posted By fixnflyguy
8A7 Twin Lakes?

There are several empty hangars at Twin Lakes (8A7)available. We have 8 RV's based here, and I live on the airport. I believe you and I talked and you met your new neighbors Chris and Jeannie ( Long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2017, 06:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 952
Posted By fixnflyguy
Enjoy the ride!

My timeline of building my RV-4 was a mirror image of your journey, down to the 3 yr. old son. I built him an RV-4 pedal plane for his 3rd birthday to match my completed tail of the real -4. I too...
Forum: RV-4 05-16-2017, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 722
Posted By fixnflyguy
Here is why..

The plates are drilled/reamed as a stack-up assembly to pretty close tolerance. ANY angular irregularity would cause problems if the stack-up is not in the same orientation as it was drilled. My -4...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-12-2017, 07:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,409
Posted By fixnflyguy
Great Resource..

I have been on the list for several years, and have had 3 guests and several inquiries from folks wanting a weather hold back-up plan for OSH trips. Its a great thing, and I may be pinging a New...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-10-2017, 07:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By fixnflyguy
I saw you on the ramp

I live on the airport, and hosted the RV fly-in at Twin Lakes last spring(35 RV's and Rockets attended)..was headed down from the back yard to chat and see your beautiful plane when you fired up for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2017, 10:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,415
Posted By fixnflyguy
100LL

All my lawn equipment,4 wheelers and old Harleys have 100LL in them year round. Its cheaper than fixing ethanol/gas blunders and smells good too...I use enough in my RV to have plenty of leftover...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2017, 06:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,133
Posted By fixnflyguy
The purpose built pullers which are usually...

The purpose built pullers which are usually pneumatic, have a close tolerance very hard nose piece which insures proper seating of the inconel lock ring on the stem. It's usually not a big issue on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-31-2017, 07:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,423
Posted By fixnflyguy
Horrible!

Several years back, a few hangars at our airport were broken into, but not by anyone "smart" enough to do that..unfortunately, while stealing a golf cart, they hit the elevator on a beautiful T-6. I...
Forum: Southeast 03-16-2017, 05:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,022
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bedford Landing in Va.

Bedford Landing on Smith Mountain Lake in Va. is kind of in your search area. It's a B and B on a private airport right on the water. The owner is an RV guy, and we are planning to go there within...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,378
Posted By fixnflyguy
G meter?

It's easy to load up the G's, and having the G meter will help tune your senses...it's the stuff the airframe suffers that doesn't make a bang you need to worry about. Visual inspections only tell...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2017, 06:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,661
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fill it after bleeding

To the top with aircraft in normal ground position. If you ever get a leak, you will want all the fluid you have to get you stopped. The little cintered brass cap will keep any from coming out while...
Forum: RV-4 03-08-2017, 05:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,606
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Hello James,
I built interior panels for my -4 from .016 and .020 aluminum that cover all the cables, wiring and flap mechanisms, as well as incorporating arm rests. There are 4 panels that cover...
Forum: RV-4 02-28-2017, 05:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,955
Posted By fixnflyguy
Van is a smart conservative engineer..

As an experimental designer/builder, any number can be applied based on testing,design history, ect. I believe Van to be a smart, conservative engineer/designer/pilot. By utilizing testing,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2017, 05:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,853
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cherrymax 1/8 dia.

John,
You won't likely find a 3/32" dia. replacement, but the 1/8" dia. cherry max with 1097 (reduced head) as mentioned will have the same basic countersink size. I keep them in my shop, and it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,673
Posted By fixnflyguy
In mine after build

I did 3 trips around the pattern in right seat with a friend in his -6, then a couple months later made my first "solo" in my -4 that I had just completed. I was self insured, so didn't really have...
Forum: RV-4 02-21-2017, 11:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,682
Posted By fixnflyguy
Need some pics?

John,
You had your feet in mine when I took you for a ride last visit you made to NC! You forgot to take a picture didn't you!
Forum: RV-4 02-13-2017, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,319
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it !

I have the 4/4 Vetterman on my -4, and its a great system..a unique sound like no other. I have a home-built heat muff and carb heat muff..no issues at all. On another note..we visit Largo Fl. a...
Forum: RV-4 02-05-2017, 06:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,124
Posted By fixnflyguy
Long...but..

I have long legs on my -4, and would go no other way if you are making the choice. The long legs go as a set with the engine mount, so if you have a short leg mount, you need to stick with short...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-23-2017, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,928
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check your FAB fit

I had this issue on my -4, and aside from the above posts, the carb gets alot of side-to-side movement from the snorkle of the FAB if it has a very tight rubber seal at the front end. The engine...
Forum: RV-4 01-20-2017, 06:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,498
Posted By fixnflyguy
You can remove it for maintenance in 15 seconds...

You can remove it for maintenance in 15 seconds by pulling the hinge pin out. No need to drill out any rivets. I do it all the time..way easier to work on the plane.
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