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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-28-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 3,363
Posted By Skybolt Al
Aviation Day, Live Oak, FL 3/26/2016

Join us for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Suwannee County Airport 24J in Live Oak, FL. We are featuring vintage and experimental aircraft, classic cars, military flyover, kids activities,...
Forum: GPS 04-18-2014, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,654
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks everyone

I'll start calling right now to get quotes.
Forum: GPS 04-17-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,654
Posted By Skybolt Al
Need an Avionics Shop

I have an RV9A which is a dream when it comes to installing any avionics that I want. Unfortunately, I also own a Comanche and am having a real problem with avionics shops. I want to have a Garmin...
Forum: Tools 01-10-2014, 03:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,451
Posted By Skybolt Al
Luv My Die Grinders

I use the cheap $9-$12 straight and angled die grinders from HF. Love them. My only complaint is that they are louder than the more expensive brands. 3/8" hose and 1/4" connectors and I've never...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2013, 10:09 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,237
Posted By Skybolt Al
Tip: Fixing the Fiberglass Cowl

I'm probably the only one who has made mistakes on their cowling but in the off chance that someone else screws up, here are fixes that I made.
http://imageshack.us/a/img10/2248/lm1x.jpg
After...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-29-2013, 07:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 919
Posted By Skybolt Al
Same trim setup

on my 9A. Just take out the screws holding the cover to the bottom of the stab and spin the cover off the trim cable. Now you can pull the cable out of the stab and remove it.
Forum: Tools 04-25-2013, 09:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,960
Posted By Skybolt Al
Ryobi and Harbor Freight Work Fine

I bought a $99 Ryobi bandsaw at Home Depot and put a metal cutting blade on it. Cuts all alum like butter. Finished my RV9A now and I still have the same blade. I also have the HF metal cutting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,537
Posted By Skybolt Al
I don't know why

I never thought to measure the difference between retracted and extended.
Thanks everyone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2013, 03:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,537
Posted By Skybolt Al
How do I measure the flap angle?

This might be a dumb question but I'm trying to get 40 deg flap travel on my 9A but I'm not sure if I measure from the top of the flap or the bottom. Putting my protractor on top, I get 40 deg, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2013, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,070
Posted By Skybolt Al
You're Right

Finally bought the Duckworks kit. Made the installation a snap!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2013, 04:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,759
Posted By Skybolt Al
Kirker Paint Durability?

I'm getting ready for paint and need to make a decision between spending the $$ on PPG or going with Kirker. Does anyone that used Kirker paint more than 5 years ago have any comments regarding its...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2013, 03:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,363
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks!

Thanks for the tips everyone. I'll go ahead and finish them now.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2013, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,363
Posted By Skybolt Al
How to Install the Wingtip Light Lens

I did a search but didn't find anything on this. Does anyone have a good suggestion for installing the wingtip lens? I'm guessing that I should install a #6 plate nut in the top and bottom corners,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,070
Posted By Skybolt Al
How to Install the ACS Landing Light

Here I am with my RV9A almost ready for paint and I can't figure out how to install this landing light kit from Aircraft Spruce. I have the lens from Vans. I fabbed a spreader that spans the last 2...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-16-2011, 03:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By Skybolt Al
Good to hear that I'll be able to use it for...

Good to hear that I'll be able to use it for something else.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-16-2011, 11:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By Skybolt Al
So I went up to Harbor Freight and

bought one of their 3300# ratchet straps for $15.99 + 20% discount and a free flashlight (my wife loves them, but that's another story). Still had to pull very hard, even using a big screwdriver to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-16-2011, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By Skybolt Al
My first try was with a ratchet strap, but also...

My first try was with a ratchet strap, but also couldn't develop enough force to get a permanent bend. I'll try to find a bigger strap. I'm only 165# and I've tried bending it using my weight but...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-15-2011, 09:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,237
Posted By Skybolt Al
Help with bending the roll bar

I did a search but didn't find anything on how to bend the roll bar. Mine is about 5/16" too wide so I need to bend it in narrower. I screwed a couple of heavy wood blocks to my workbench top to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-29-2011, 02:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,172
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks, I get it now. I'll get back to...

Thanks, I get it now. I'll get back to wiring.:eek:
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-29-2011, 01:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,172
Posted By Skybolt Al
I'm using the internal intercom and 2 ptt's, so I...

I'm using the internal intercom and 2 ptt's, so I don't use the tips on the mic jacks?
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-29-2011, 09:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,172
Posted By Skybolt Al
ICOM A210 PTT Wiring Question

The A210 wiring diagram only shows 2 leads coming off the mic jack- the shield and the mic lead. The ptt lead from the jack tip is not shown, does that mean that it is not used? I apologize if this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2010, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,658
Posted By Skybolt Al
King KT76A Wiring

Brantel:
Could you also send me that King KT76A wiring PDF? Thanks.
Allen@AllenRice.net
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2010, 08:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,800
Posted By Skybolt Al
Gorgeous!

Steve:
I could stick antennas all over your plane and it would still be gorgeous.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2010, 02:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,800
Posted By Skybolt Al
Where does everyone put the antenna?

Looking at all the RV's at Oshkosh, I don't remember seeing a single ELT antenna on the exterior. I just hate to put such an ugly thing on the outside.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2010, 12:17 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,800
Posted By Skybolt Al
ELT Antenna Location

Thinking about locating the antenna in the fuselage, behind the baggage compartment. That's how I've done it before in the Stearman, will it work OK in the metal airplane?
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-10-2010, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,141
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks Mike. My bolt holes all lined up...

Thanks Mike. My bolt holes all lined up perfectly following the plans. I'm going to mount the nutplates on the stiffeners on the back of the firewall and fill the extra holes in the brackets with...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-10-2010, 09:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,141
Posted By Skybolt Al
Battery Mount Question

Is there a reason for the battery box bracket nutplates to be mounted on the front rather than the rear of the firewall? Seems that future access to remove the bolts would be easier from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2010, 06:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,378
Posted By Skybolt Al
"Sportplane Builder"

by Bingelis, page 40.
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-28-2010, 04:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,133
Posted By Skybolt Al
Horsepower is one thing.........

But what you really need is torque and with direct drive, I don't think that you will get enough to swing the prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2010, 04:27 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,707
Posted By Skybolt Al
Teach that kid to fly.

Teach that kid to fly.
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-22-2010, 06:24 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,213
Posted By Skybolt Al
New Alternative Engine:-)

Here's a new green alternative engine for your next project.
http://www.aircraftowner.com/videos/view/the-besler-steam-plane_658.html
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-03-2010, 08:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 987
Posted By Skybolt Al
I guess I must have missed that when I fabbed the...

I guess I must have missed that when I fabbed the longerons. Oh well, it shouldn't be much of a problem to notch them now.
Thanks.
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-03-2010, 06:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 987
Posted By Skybolt Al
Fitting the Vertical Stab

Check out the picture. I assume that I will have to cut away the horizontal leg of the longeron so that the VS spar will butt against the last bulkhead, correct?

Also, when riveting the side skins,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-15-2010, 08:47 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks.

I'll cut, trim & mount the bulkhead tomorrow.
Al
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-14-2010, 09:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks. Did I miss the bulkhead orientation...

Thanks. Did I miss the bulkhead orientation somewhere on the plans?
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-14-2010, 03:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By Skybolt Al
Still don't get it.

So does the edge with the break orient toward the top or the bottom?
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-14-2010, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By Skybolt Al
Which way is up?

OK, before you all think I'm really dumb, I can't figure out from the plans if the break on the upper baggage compartment bulkhead (#652) goes up or down. Either way, it seems that the screws will...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-04-2010, 10:32 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,880
Posted By Skybolt Al
.063 it is then.

Both of my gear mounts are the same. An .063 shim does the trick for both of them.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-03-2010, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,880
Posted By Skybolt Al
The bolts are in.

I have two 7/16" bolts snugged down and four 1/4" bolts snugged to the spar. If I dont' use a shim, I think I'll definitely have a concave dish in the side skin when I tighten the bolts to the lower...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-03-2010, 09:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,880
Posted By Skybolt Al
Shim Landing Gear Mount?

My landing gear mount stands 1/16" inboard of the lower longeron. Obviously it needs a shim or am I missing...
Forum: Primers 04-05-2010, 09:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,261
Posted By Skybolt Al
Has Anybody Tried This Primer

Awlgrip makes a self etching zinc chromate epoxy primer.
http://www.merrittsupply.com/AWLGRIP-Zinc-Chromate-Wash-Primer-G9072-Base-PN-G-9072-11-P5816C551.aspx
Has anybody tried it?
Thanks.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-31-2010, 08:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,809
Posted By Skybolt Al
Bob: Thanks for the info. I'll go ahead and...

Bob:
Thanks for the info. I'll go ahead and drill the bulkhead for the static line up in the corner like the picture shows.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-30-2010, 09:29 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,809
Posted By Skybolt Al
Static Line Pass Thru?

The plans don't call for a hole and bushing thru bulkhead 705 (seatback support) for the static line. How do you route the line if it doesn't pass thru under the longeron?
Thanks.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-03-2010, 06:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,883
Posted By Skybolt Al
I don't know about Delfleet....

but I've used Dupont ChromaOne for years and love it. Never had a problem with orange peel, fisheyes, runs, and it's easy to use and tough. I also use the Polyfiber Aerothane with great success on...
Forum: Tools 03-03-2010, 06:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,426
Posted By Skybolt Al
It's not just the squeezing....

that I love about my pneumatic squeezer, but the hundreds of dimples required in the ribs and stiffeners. Dimpling and squeezing hundreds of holes by hand is just asking for strain injuries to your...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2010, 09:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,118
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks for the help....

I'll get back on it tomorrow.
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-12-2010, 09:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,118
Posted By Skybolt Al
Help with tail cone skin

My bottom tail cone skin doesn't match up with the 3 aft bulkheads making the side skins stand off quite a bit. Do I make up a jig to bend the stiff bottom skin to better match the bulkheads or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2010, 01:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,074
Posted By Skybolt Al
Pop Rivet

The MK 319-BS fits perfect.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2010, 04:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,276
Posted By Skybolt Al
I bought my rebuilt squeezer from Avery. It...

I bought my rebuilt squeezer from Avery. It looks and works just like new. Came with a 3" yoke and adjustable set. Saved about $125 over new. I think they might have a few left.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2010, 04:16 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 8,365
Posted By Skybolt Al
Nope, hobbies on hold.

I like to fish, and build & fly RC, but I put all the hobbies on hold to build my RV-9A. Trying to get it done in 18 months so I don't have to rent anymore.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-15-2010, 06:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,990
Posted By Skybolt Al
Sand down the raised marks....

but stop there. Do not sand and try to remove the 'bites' that are below the surface level. Fill those with filler or glazing putty on top of your primer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2010, 06:01 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 7,212
Posted By Skybolt Al
I used copper air lines....

throughout my shop. It is easy to build, mount and solder the fittings, and believe it or not, 1/2" copper is a lot cheaper than iron pipe! I also experienced a PVC pipe burst. I'll never use that...
Forum: Tools 01-08-2010, 08:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,423
Posted By Skybolt Al
Avery Has A Good One

I bought a factory rebuilt one from Avery Tools for $449.00 with a 3" yoke and adjustable set (don't need washers). Works perfect, looks good and I love it. I wouldn't consider one without an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2010, 09:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,857
Posted By Skybolt Al
Paul: I'm on the east coast in Boca...

Paul:
I'm on the east coast in Boca Raton.

Thanks for the tips everyone. Guess I'll go ahead and build the tank and try to resist sticking my fingers in it for about a week.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2010, 07:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,857
Posted By Skybolt Al
Min Temp for Tank Sealant?

I'm freezing my butt off down here in S. Fla & it's about 55 deg in my garage/shop. I want to build my 2nd tank this week. So is there a minimum temperature to use the Flamemaster tank sealant that...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-01-2010, 11:01 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,899
Posted By Skybolt Al
Hmmmm.........

I use Aerothane on metal and fabric. While there is a difference in run tendency from one color to another and red is the worse, it still is easy to get a beautiful shiny red no-run finish. Just...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2009, 02:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,148
Posted By Skybolt Al
Tip: Workbench Upgrade

So I'm sitting around bored because my wings are done and my fuselage kit hasn't arrived from Van's. As of 12/28/09 kit shipments are 12 weeks out, at least for mine anyway. Looking for something...
Forum: Tools 12-22-2009, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 8,085
Posted By Skybolt Al
You Need Both

Changing wheels is a pain, so get a decent grinder then get a cheap buffer from Harbor Freight. My buffer was just $39.99 and I love it.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 12-19-2009, 06:37 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 27,769
Posted By Skybolt Al
Belle Glade X10

Belle Glade (X10) is a paved crop duster strip at the SE corner of Lake Okeechobee. Park in the grass at the SW end of the field and walk thru the gate in the SW corner. The Black Gold restaurant...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-18-2009, 10:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,859
Posted By Skybolt Al
I received confirmations for my wing and fuselage...

I received confirmations for my wing and fuselage orders about 4 weeks after I sent them in. The ship date for the fuselage kit was supposed to be 12/7 but as yet (12/18), have not received any...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2009, 07:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,929
Posted By Skybolt Al
Thanks Brian. I guess I'll order both kits in...

Thanks Brian. I guess I'll order both kits in Jan.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2009, 04:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,929
Posted By Skybolt Al
Price Increase Planned?

Has anybody heard about a price increase for Van's kits for 2010? Need to know if I should order my finish and FWF kits before the end of the year.
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