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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 05:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By fixnflyguy
Been there many times, but wont be today because...

Been there many times, but wont be today because my plane is down for maintenance. No worries about pants on the strip, just watch where you taxi off. The Millers are good friends, and it's a cool...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-20-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 161,124
Posted By fixnflyguy
Freezer

If you have a big freezer, put it in there..that will stop the cure. Get it out and let it thaw when you are ready to start again. Put it in a bag and get as much air out as possible to prevent...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-08-2019, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 870
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

I have mine on blocks now. I simply remove the axle nut, insert my 1/2 drive Snap On breaker bar handle first, jack that up with a small floor jack. I slip the wheel out on the bar, put a couple...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 366
Posted By fixnflyguy
Go slow and think ahead

The FWD skin is pop riveted to the round tube canopy bow and the square tube frame but the round tube bow is not riveted to the square tube frame. Think it all out carefully and make minor...
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2019, 05:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 871
Posted By fixnflyguy
My experience

I trimmed my skin per plans, as I can see it would be very easy to have a serious head strike if things go bad. I experimented with some 1/4" styrofoam glareshield "inserts" in various shapes that...
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2019, 05:00 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 871
Posted By fixnflyguy
My experience

I trimmed my skin per plans, as I can see it would be very easy to have a serious head strike if things go bad. I experimented with some 1/4" styrofoam glareshield "inserts" in various shapes that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get a bulk O-ring kit

I bought one of the multi size bulk Buna-N O-ring kits, and it has the standard sizes for everything up to 2" . Probably cost me less than a dollar to re-build both Cleveland masters on my RV-4...and...
Forum: RV-4 08-27-2019, 06:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 455
Posted By fixnflyguy
What type?

Electric or spring bias?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 05:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 454
Posted By fixnflyguy
Liability vs. Airport requirement

At our airport, and many others, it is a requirement for the liability insurance regardless of flying aircraft or building/project. If insurance lapses, you will get 30 day notice of eviction....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 11:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 745
Posted By fixnflyguy
Leave the carpet

I built much of my -4 in unfinished basement, but I covered most of it with Airliner carpet (I work in the airliner business) and had a ton of unused airplane carpet. Your feet will be happier if...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-22-2019, 04:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,798
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fly it..

Fly it after "deep clean" washing. No water will remain anywhere that will matter. I've been flying my -4 for almost 10 years and have only done the hose wash a couple times. Usually, I just mist...
Forum: Southeast 08-18-2019, 03:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 742
Posted By fixnflyguy
What model?

What model you are interested in may make a difference of who you need to find in the area. Several builders/owners at my home field a little over an hour from CLT.
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2019, 04:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,220
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I finished mine 10 years ago, and did use Proseal between the skirt and Plexi, as well as the Plexi and frame. Essentially, I drilled everything up, countersunk the Plexi and dimpled the skin using...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,125
Posted By fixnflyguy
100LL and denatured alcohol

Even at pump price, 100LL is cheaper than any solvent around. No mater what you use, there is flammability issues, so use good judgment. I spray solvent through a basic air siphon gun if needed, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2019, 07:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,811
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it, and don't look back.

There are those builders who have no distractions, and there are the ones like yourself that have responsibilities and "life happens" things on a daily basis. If the build is a dream, then do it. I...
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,346
Posted By fixnflyguy
Well done Devin!

You did a fantastic job with all the coordination and hospitality. Parking and camping worked out great. My liver is almost fully functional again after all the gatherings and story telling we did. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,143
Posted By fixnflyguy
Kelty Salida 4

I have a Kelty Salida 4, which has aluminum foldable linked poles, been through 2 OSH trips that had storms that took out lots of tents. Plenty of room, good full coverage rainfly and small...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2019, 11:09 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 855
Posted By fixnflyguy
I want to see it..

I was really hoping he would be demoing it at OSH this year! I bet if you sneeze while flying it a snap roll may occur.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2019, 10:52 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 6,718
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pat Hatch

Pat Hatch built a beautiful -4 and a couple of his co-worker pilot friends also built a -4 and a -6. Pat gave me my first ride in his -4, and the grin was on!I bought a tail kit shortly after, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2019, 07:23 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,403
Posted By fixnflyguy
Wow!

What a blast! Connecting the names to the faces of folks I have followed, advised, or seen only on the net was fulfilled. The location and weather couldn't have been better. Hats off to those who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2019, 03:11 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,762
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fondulac

Just tied down after being here all afternoon, so the NC beers are getting ready to be consumed. Not sure when OSH will open up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,403
Posted By fixnflyguy
I'm In !

I plan to be there! Going to drag a Rocket guy with me too.
Forum: RV-4 07-19-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,024
Posted By fixnflyguy
Come to OSH Skip!

Great picture Skip!..we are departing 8A7 at 0530 Sunday, flight of two to OSH, come on with us!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2019, 04:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,951
Posted By fixnflyguy
Teflon Paint on mine

After my first scratch on the bottom of my pants, I quickly realized it wouldn't be the last, so when I had them off, I painted the lower AFT pant bottom with Teflon urethane paint we use on the wear...
Forum: RV-4 07-17-2019, 04:52 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 851
Posted By fixnflyguy
-4 Canopy seals..or not.

I built my -4, and can tell you the sealing of the canopy takes a little trial and error. What i did was put a very small "bulb seal along both sides, but the seal across the front is tricky. It...
Forum: RV-3 07-15-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 731
Posted By fixnflyguy
Below cheeks on my -4

I put a NACA below the cheek on both left and right sides of my -4, which likely has the same airflow characteristics as the -3. I did not put the flex ducts and vents as most do, but rather bonded...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 12:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,536
Posted By fixnflyguy
If I had done this, I would have been considered...

If I had done this, I would have been considered by most as unfit to build a plane!..the hours of pondering and shuffling around with an adult beverage likely exceeded the actual productive process.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2019, 04:07 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,536
Posted By fixnflyguy
I started my build before internet was helpful...

I started my build before internet was helpful and digital cameras could only hold pics on a floppy disk..so lots of "real" pics in a photo album and dated notes in the margin of my builders manual....
Forum: Painting your RV 07-11-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,954
Posted By fixnflyguy
B737 vs. RV-4 paint job

Doesn't fully answer your question, but ironic solution to my 737 related paint job. I work at an MRO that maintains heavy jets, and I had a customer needing a 737 re-painted all white for lease...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-03-2019, 08:17 AM
Replies: 167
Views: 161,124
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check with Hank Cheng?

Chris,
Have you reached out to Hank Cheng (Lots about him on VAF)who built the RV-8 in Hong Kong a few years back? His build was sponsored in part by the HAECO group MRO in Hong Kong,( I work for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 05:30 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,762
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cigar City (Tampa)

Todd,
Cigar City has some good ones down in Tampa, and they have cans..have you tried them?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 04:49 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 5,762
Posted By fixnflyguy
Coming from NC with Beer!

A couple of us coming in Sunday from NC with no PAX, so seems we can haul some local brews..looking forward to the tasting!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2019, 04:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 533
Posted By fixnflyguy
AD's and Proseal

I squeezed mine using AD's and also Proseal as a bonding agent. No loose rivets or issues in 300 plus hrs. The extruded hinge is superior to the formed, although I used the kit supplied formed hinge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,206
Posted By fixnflyguy
I love the metal, but..

I am a metal guy at heart, and love wheeling,hammering and forming metal more than anything. Back in the 30's and 40's almost every airplane had artwork in metal all over it,and fiberglass wasn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2019, 08:52 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,093
Posted By fixnflyguy
More importantly..

Picking Cherries or lifting engines..make sure you have your oil pressure fitting in place!! Don't want to pick more cherries than you need too!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2019, 04:19 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,104
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fridge...and..

Refrigerator (well stocked) and a humidor are at the top of my list, a golf cart if you are allowed to have one is also essential. Once these items are in place, Tools and cleaning supplies as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 10:42 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 952
Posted By fixnflyguy
Planning for Sun-Wed

Thanks Devin for posting the details ! Wx permitting, I'm hoping to arrive Sun or Mon and stay until Wed. I do wish we could be closer to our planes, as I have always camped next to what I flew in....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2019, 06:03 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,576
Posted By fixnflyguy
I lost count..

Took 15 years to build my -4, and since I shot rivets all day at my day job, I never really counted. I did how ever remember a significant number of parts storage boxes that have B..dlight on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2019, 08:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By fixnflyguy
One more thought..

While I agree with Vlad's bit about the emennage being a significant reward..you MUST then meet Vlad himself. At that point, your RV experience will be full circle...but have Scotch and Steak ready...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,078
Posted By fixnflyguy
Every plane has them..

Joggles are very common in metal aircraft, and I doubt there is a plane built that doesn't have them. At my day job, we have a shelf full of joggle blocks and joggle forks as I call them for pressing...
Forum: RV-4 06-04-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 516
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

I built my -4, and had the second generation blue/green cowling with honeycomb core. I believe third generation are all pink now. Mine definitely had offset built in it, which is easy to see when you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2019, 05:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,007
Posted By fixnflyguy
Re-use them

I wont elaborate on my day job, but 40 years as a structural specialist and liaison engineer on Heavy Jets, I can say in design, nearly all load bearing joints and assemblies are SHEAR. Then one can...
Forum: Rocket 05-29-2019, 05:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 593
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

There have been retractable harnesses for decades in many aircraft (all airliners) and a bunch of old warbirds, some of which are lockable when you are in turbulence, combat, ect. I have flown with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2019, 04:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,407
Posted By fixnflyguy
Seen it happen

It happened to me a couple years ago. I have about 300 hrs. on my plugs, and I have never dropped them since removing from the box. In my particular case it caused an above normal mag drop during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 4,250
Posted By fixnflyguy
Cant put a cost on mine..

My cost is something I don't really factor, but as the builder and also an AP/IA, I fix whats broke and inspect whats needed. My hangar is $300 a month, its 32'X48' and allows me to do more than just...
Forum: Southeast 05-14-2019, 04:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By fixnflyguy
Acrodynamics/ Mikey Mathews

I would recommend Mikey Mathews down at Lake Norman Airpark. He is close by, and you can fly down to his place. He has a bunch of RV time and also a nice Decathalon. Several RV friends of mine have...
Forum: RV-4 05-09-2019, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 979
Posted By fixnflyguy
Common on a -4

Don,
I have inspected a bunch of -4's and built mine. This, unfortunately is seen to some degree on almost every -4 built. The weldments can be replaced, and would be a best option while the mount is...
Forum: RV-4 05-01-2019, 09:04 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,037
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I know when I built mine, I drilled the bulkhead/stringer fastener holes,then installed small pop rivets in a few locations to hold the stringers in place and drilled up the skin panels, then removed...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-25-2019, 04:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,243
Posted By fixnflyguy
RIP Guy

Being based at 8A7, Guy was a frequent visitor and well known around here. I live only a few miles from the crash site, and several RV locals were involved in the day long search. I had the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2019, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,030
Posted By fixnflyguy
Central NC

Central NC, particularly Greensboro and Winston-Salem is a thriving Aviation Maintenance region. KGSO is nearly 100% Maintenance and manufacturing, and the Greensboro Technical Community College...
Forum: Southeast 04-14-2019, 05:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 344
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mikey Mathews ..

Hi Craig, I can recommend Mikey Mathews at Acrodynamics based at Lake Norman Airpark . He has helped several in the region, and has plenty of RV time. There are others around as well and I'm sure...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-12-2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,868
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Welcome to reamer 101! At my day job, we run reamers well over 2" diameter all day long. Reamers are very brittle due to hardness,and will not handle even the slightest of side loading well. The only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,745
Posted By fixnflyguy
Need a horn

I have seen several RV's (that fly) with horns, and I have one going on mine soon..perfect place to use one! The little Harley horn weighs nothing and is very loud. A couple years ago, a guy was...
Forum: RV-4 04-05-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 928
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

Having built my -4 and working in the field of heavy aircraft structural repair I can offer some points. A new wing kit from vans will include the spars/splice plates, and center fuselage bulkhead,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2019, 04:11 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,523
Posted By fixnflyguy
Use it

My day job is keeping the KC10 fuel tankers flying...we use Proseal by the truckloads. A month is nothing, and I have used "expired" sealant that is 2 years past date with no issues.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2019, 10:59 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,748
Posted By fixnflyguy
Way back when I ordered

It's been a while, but when I bought my subkits for my -4, I had them shipped to the transfer station where things go from semi truck, to delivery truck and I picked them up on the dock about 50...
Forum: RV-4 03-11-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 759
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I put one on each side under cheek through fuselage skin. I didn't run any ducting to panel, but rather just put the eyeball vents on the flange of the NACA vent, so I reach down by my knee/shins to...
Forum: Reviews 03-08-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,167
Posted By fixnflyguy
I Like!

For years, I have used an old pair of tube socks (Probably from the '80's) that I managed to get stretched out long enough to cover my blades...but I see I need to get something little more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,164
Posted By fixnflyguy
Plans or Quickbuild...

Better get your marketing hat on, I think there will be inquiries! I'm already studying the cordless option and such. Most importantly though, what kind of primer are you going to use??
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2019, 06:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 672
Posted By fixnflyguy
Go see Mikey Mathews

You are in a great location to see Mikey up at Lake Norman Airpark...he is top notch Acro guy with lots of RV experience. Take my word, it will be worth your time. Acrodynamics..I'm sure others will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2019, 10:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,002
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I have seen..

For what its worth,
In my almost 40 years of Heavy aircraft maintenance, I have seen both types of construction and what it takes to MFG and repair both. Anyone whom ever worked on the Fokker F-28...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-21-2019, 06:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,643
Posted By fixnflyguy
Downtime mitigation

I am a big fan of what we refer to as "Progressive Inspection", which is what I perform on my personal aircraft..I don't like my plane torn completely apart for days, and the RV by design is about as...
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