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Forum: RV-10 01-02-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 956
Posted By KeithB
Van’s sells red, white and combined strips....

Van’s sells red, white and combined strips.

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/cgi-bin/shop.cgi?ident=1577991942-364-33&browse=lighting&product=led-strip

I installed the combined, with white on a...
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 881
Posted By KeithB
I have taken the opposite approach, keeping the...

I have taken the opposite approach, keeping the canopy open whenever in the hangar. This is the “relaxed” state for the struts, and feel this preserves their life. Mine are almost 3 years old...
Forum: RV-14 12-15-2019, 01:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 553
Posted By KeithB
I filled the CS4 holes with a fiberglass epoxy...

I filled the CS4 holes with a fiberglass epoxy (G/Flex), then sanded with 120 and then 220 prior to painting. The results have held up well. (As with much of my pre-painting fiberglass work, some...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-10-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,693
Posted By KeithB
Congratulations, Jeff. I got my new Thunderbolt...

Congratulations, Jeff. I got my new Thunderbolt late in October, with first flight Nov 23 - have about 20 hours on it.

Also - that paint job is spectacular!
Forum: RV-14 12-05-2019, 04:40 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,017
Posted By KeithB
Ken: My air/oil separator is connected to the...

Ken:

My air/oil separator is connected to the engine breather outlet only. I do not route into the exhaust or the sump but collect the "output" for disposal. It is a nominal amount of oil...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,623
Posted By KeithB
Garmin documentation recommends the audit out...

Garmin documentation recommends the audit out (tones and verbal) be connected to an "always on" audio channel. However, based on input from VAF posters, I used an "Aux" audio channel on my audio...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-04-2019, 09:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,671
Posted By KeithB
I have a Rotax 912 installed on an Airborne trike...

I have a Rotax 912 installed on an Airborne trike (weight-shift control LSA). It has the coolant-based carb heat (always on) - perhaps due to the open/uncowled installation mentioned on the AirCam.
Forum: RV-14 11-30-2019, 10:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 734
Posted By KeithB
DFW area - 0TX1 near Granbury, but about...

DFW area - 0TX1 near Granbury, but about diagonally opposite the Metroplex from Commerce and just as far on the opposite side. If you can fly down in that RV7, it’s a little over an hour. We have 2...
Forum: RV-14 11-13-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,221
Posted By KeithB
I purchased my landing lights in 2016. The...

I purchased my landing lights in 2016. The description on the installation instructions is Sunspot 36LX. (It's possible there has been a product update as this field is changing rapidly, but they...
Forum: RV-14 11-12-2019, 08:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,221
Posted By KeithB
I installed Aero LEDs all the way around -...

I installed Aero LEDs all the way around - strobes and Navs on tail and tips, and dual landing lights. I have flown many times at night and am very, very pleased with the performance. I have done a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2019, 03:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By KeithB
Delays are for the IO-390 engine only (I believe)...

Delays are for the IO-390 engine only (I believe) in either stock factory or Thunderbolt builds. Lycoming brought cylinder manufacturing in-house for this engine and apparently has had MAJOR...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 09:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,208
Posted By KeithB
Ordered 2/28 and given October delivery. Traded...

Ordered 2/28 and given October delivery. Traded with another builder for his 4/30 date, in April delayed until July, in July delayed until September 20, on September 18 delayed until “mid to late...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 997
Posted By KeithB
Have not yet added a washer at 500 hours.

Have not yet added a washer at 500 hours.
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2019, 09:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,017
Posted By KeithB
I installed the AntiSplat separator (although I...

I installed the AntiSplat separator (although I used the same breather tube routing) and am very pleased with its performance. I find I only need a belly cleaning about every 20 hours. I opted to...
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,083
Posted By KeithB
Congratulations!! Fantastic. Now you are really...

Congratulations!! Fantastic. Now you are really going to have some fun.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 01:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,919
Posted By KeithB
I have spring toggle switches (push to open) on...

I have spring toggle switches (push to open) on PMag power (as well as breakers) and check the internal generators independently at run up on every flight. I’ve never had an internal generator...
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2019, 01:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,898
Posted By KeithB
Honeywell rockers here too, engraved white...

Honeywell rockers here too, engraved white switches with black lettering, with white LED lights. Dimming controlled by Garmin GAD 27 and a pot. The first LEDs were too bright (cool white) and I...
Forum: RV-14 08-07-2019, 06:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,153
Posted By KeithB
Jared: Do you have an inverted oil system? (I...

Jared:

Do you have an inverted oil system? (I would think most of these don’t need it, except perhaps the half Cuban 8).

Nice job, by the way.
Forum: RV-14 08-03-2019, 09:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,856
Posted By KeithB
One minor limitation I found during failure...

One minor limitation I found during failure testing with an almost identical setup is that with the PFD failed, the MFD does not show the magenta line for the GPS course, though it follows it. ...
Forum: RV-14 07-08-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,513
Posted By KeithB
You get a LOT of heat out of 2 muffs, since...

You get a LOT of heat out of 2 muffs, since that’s all 4 exhausts. Even in sub-zero weather, I haven’t needed to open the airflow.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2019, 10:40 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,070
Posted By KeithB
Push to start, toggle switches on Pmags. Key...

Push to start, toggle switches on Pmags.

Key switch on start circuit only (not master) that can be locked on or off (with 5 minute bypass requiring only a screw driver for the knowledgeable). ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-23-2019, 09:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 765
Posted By KeithB
You are correct that the GAD 27 controls the...

You are correct that the GAD 27 controls the common ground using PWM. I wired the white LED strip through a “cabin lights” switch (white LED strip and baggage light) and the red LED through a “panel...
Forum: RV-14 05-04-2019, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,040
Posted By KeithB
Hi Jeff: My nose wheel pant had an interior...

Hi Jeff:

My nose wheel pant had an interior bulkhead but the mains did not. I fabricated and installed bulkheads in both mains for just the reason you found.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2019, 08:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 865
Posted By KeithB
It is very easy during an oil change to...

It is very easy during an oil change to spill/drip some oil when removing the old filter with the drips ending up on top of the nose gear (tricycle). This oil will drain over time down the inside of...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2019, 08:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,136
Posted By KeithB
Beware of anything reflective (chrome) as it will...

Beware of anything reflective (chrome) as it will be very evident in your field of view reflecting on the canopy.
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2019, 07:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,022
Posted By KeithB
Completed RV-14A with 2 years of flying....

Completed RV-14A with 2 years of flying. Currently dealing with Superior engine issue. Located south of Granbury at 0TX1. You are welcome to visit - also happy to chat.
Forum: RV-14 03-17-2019, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,039
Posted By KeithB
Hi Jeff: Similar info here so far - although I’m...

Hi Jeff:

Similar info here so far - although I’m facing the same issues with the stock IO-390 - exhaust pipes and control cables. As for price, the biggest part of the difference is that the C3B6 is...
Forum: RV-14 03-17-2019, 08:51 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,039
Posted By KeithB
Lycoming IO-390 C series - cold air induction

I posted this under the “Superior Buy Back” thread and got no responses - I’m hoping it just got buried.

Lycoming offers a 390 with cold air induction - C3B6 model rated at 215 HP (available on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2019, 06:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,218
Posted By KeithB
Lycoming Cold Air Sump

I’ve done all the searches and can’t find an answer. Lycoming offers a 390 with cold air induction - C3B6 model rated at 215 HP (available on the Cirrus SR20 for example). Vans does not offer this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,218
Posted By KeithB
I learned today from Jeff S that the Superior...

I learned today from Jeff S that the Superior sump is NOT bolt-on compatible - there seems to be some confusion on this. I also learned that the Lycoming cold air induction sump is available on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2019, 09:21 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,218
Posted By KeithB
3XBuilder: According to Darren J at Aero Sport...

3XBuilder:

According to Darren J at Aero Sport Power, the Superior cold air induction sump is a bolt-on replacement on the Lycoming 390. According to Jeff S at Thunderbolt, they will not install...
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2019, 04:54 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,169
Posted By KeithB
Looking to trade a future Thunderbolt 390 production slot

I’m the proud owner of a flying RV-14 that now (unfortunately) isn’t because of the Superior XP400 withdrawal from the market. I have a production slot reserved for a Thunderbolt from Lycoming, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2019, 08:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,153
Posted By KeithB
Mehrdad: Email sent with checklists.

Mehrdad:

Email sent with checklists.
Forum: RV-14 02-18-2019, 10:07 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,635
Posted By KeithB
Edit: I just realized this thread was about the...

Edit: I just realized this thread was about the forward release mechanism, not the roll bar release/lock. My comments do not apply.
*** [I believe I flattened out (ground off) the point of one pin -...
Forum: RV-14 02-11-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,441
Posted By KeithB
Mine is a RV-14A, so I don't have the deck angle...

Mine is a RV-14A, so I don't have the deck angle problem, but the original struts are going strong after 2 years. I leave my canopy in the open position in the hangar under the belief it reduces...
Forum: RV-14 02-07-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,590
Posted By KeithB
Verterman 4 in 2 on Superior XP400 - the cutouts...

Verterman 4 in 2 on Superior XP400 - the cutouts don’t have to be very dramatic. However, obviously the entire tunnel is outflow.
http://i67.tinypic.com/2psiw7t.jpg
I have also since added small...
Forum: RV-14 02-07-2019, 08:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,774
Posted By KeithB
Ken Balch, yes - that is correct. Using the GAD...

Ken Balch, yes - that is correct. Using the GAD 27 makes it possible to control separate circuits with a common dimmer. With the GAD 27, each pot provides a reference voltage back to the GAD 27. The...
Forum: RV-14 02-06-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,774
Posted By KeithB
I did the same as Jon. I used the red & white...

I did the same as Jon. I used the red & white glare shield LED strip from Van's, with the red on "Panel Lights" and the white on "Cabin Lights" switches. Using the GAD 27 for dimming control, the...
Forum: RV-14 02-01-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,028
Posted By KeithB
I used a foam block to both spread the tip and...

I used a foam block to both spread the tip and fill the opening, with the foam extending out into the 1/8” gap. I then wrapped sand paper on the elevator tip and by swinging the tip up and down, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2019, 09:13 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,616
Posted By KeithB
On my 6A, I had an ELT failure (failed ON in...

On my 6A, I had an ELT failure (failed ON in flight). It traced to the cable - one of the connectors had corrosion due to moisture and I solved it with the “Home Depot phone connector” solution...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2019, 09:57 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 17,715
Posted By KeithB
My understanding is that most owners of XP-400s...

My understanding is that most owners of XP-400s have been contacted by Superior (subject to the limits of owner records accuracy) by phone, and well before the SB was actually issued. I received a...
Forum: RV-14 01-29-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,393
Posted By KeithB
Also...

Also here:

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1136222&postcount=18
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-21-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,106
Posted By KeithB
For those designing panels, there are some key...

For those designing panels, there are some key concepts in this discussion that should not be overlooked - in particular the need/desire to power off individual components. With multiple power...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-28-2018, 05:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,102
Posted By KeithB
I believe the oil in a cylinder comes out an open...

I believe the oil in a cylinder comes out an open intake valve, runs down the intake pipe into the intake sump. When the plug comes out, so does the oil. It happened on my engine too - and boy is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-24-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By KeithB
There are several more display sections not shown...

There are several more display sections not shown in that screenshot. One is particular allows graphing of your selection of flight and engine parameters much like savvyanalysis has on their website....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-23-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,127
Posted By KeithB
If you have Garmin Pilot (I think you have to...

If you have Garmin Pilot (I think you have to have it), you can upload any or all flightlogs to the Logbook on Flygarmin.com and display and drill into any of the 80+ parameters tracked.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-14-2018, 10:08 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,889
Posted By KeithB
Just one other data point (therefore anecdotal)....

Just one other data point (therefore anecdotal). I just pulled an engine - Superior XP400 - from an RV14A for the Superior recall. One of my 4 mounts had failed with the other 3 in excellent...
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2018, 10:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,789
Posted By KeithB
I installed wing tips using the hinge method and...

I installed wing tips using the hinge method and I did not use any screws. The flange on the tip is removed and used as a spacer under one side of the hinge. However, I left the flange on the tip...
Forum: RV-14 12-08-2018, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,090
Posted By KeithB
Also, Classic Aero uses a wide hinge (1 more loop...

Also, Classic Aero uses a wide hinge (1 more loop of hinge on each end of each seat hinge) than Vans standard install. One can replace the seat pan hinge with a longer one, or opt to use as is (which...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-07-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,972
Posted By KeithB
Thanks, Steve. I agree that this is going to...

Thanks, Steve. I agree that this is going to require some digging and will contact G3XPERT. I have already completed a very thorough wiring and connection integrity check. Right now the plane is out...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 03:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,372
Posted By KeithB
I followed Bruce Hill’s and Bruce Swayze’s blogs...

I followed Bruce Hill’s and Bruce Swayze’s blogs and methods and it worked very well for me. I did use a village of volunteer assistants that allowed me to focus on directing (canopy placement) and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-06-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,972
Posted By KeithB
My system (dual G3X Touch, single GSU25 ADAHRS,...

My system (dual G3X Touch, single GSU25 ADAHRS, G5) periodically exhibits the exact symptoms described above by Matt - PFD horizon gradually tips, AHRS Revert (with CAS alert) and then realign while...
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2018, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,039
Posted By KeithB
Yes, indeed, those are engine stands - Harbor...

Yes, indeed, those are engine stands - Harbor Freight, and I think about $50-60 each on sale. The only modification is to remove (don't install) the wheels on the legs and instead use a 2x2 board...
Forum: RV-14 11-26-2018, 10:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,039
Posted By KeithB
My fuselage had a couple configurations during...

My fuselage had a couple configurations during the build. For some of the time, I took advantage of the through spar and used 2x4 legs bolted into the through spar and the wing attach bolt holes (be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-10-2018, 09:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,547
Posted By KeithB
I have observed the same thing on the boxes....

I have observed the same thing on the boxes. However, I think the green flight path marker is lined up with the boxes and here’s my reasoning. Only 4 or 5 boxes are drawn - as you pass through one,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,019
Posted By KeithB
Section 5 is an encyclopedia for a first time...

Section 5 is an encyclopedia for a first time builder. Read it several times, and don’t forget about it. I wish I had put in my calendar to go back through Section 5 periodically - several times I...
Forum: RV-14 11-07-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,590
Posted By KeithB
It looks like there are differences between the...

It looks like there are differences between the original (Lycoming) and the clone (Superior). The XP400 is stroked an additional 0.25”. Whether or not that is material is beyond my pay grade.
Forum: RV-14 11-07-2018, 07:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,590
Posted By KeithB
Ignition timing is, of course, important....

Ignition timing is, of course, important. However, for the 390 (in my case XP-400) it seems that CHT is less of an indicator. I have dual PMags and I have run my engine timed 20° BTDC., 25° BTDC,...
Forum: RV-14 11-05-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,590
Posted By KeithB
Similar results to others - cruise CHTs are...

Similar results to others - cruise CHTs are around 300 (couple under, couple just over). At higher altitudes (OATs 30-50), all are 280-290. On high power climbs I might hit 350 - have never seen a...
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2018, 09:20 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,867
Posted By KeithB
This topic is likely to raise strong opinions on...

This topic is likely to raise strong opinions on both sides - the Van's solution is either loved or hated, and not just on the RV-14 as it's been around awhile. I went with the stock build here, and...
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2018, 05:36 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 15,023
Posted By KeithB
On the belly, a universal head rivet will be an...

On the belly, a universal head rivet will be an oil collection point. Even a less-than-flush flush rivet will do so. I believe using a universal would be a regrettable shortcut. YMMV
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2018, 10:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,148
Posted By KeithB
One additional comment - when you sand off the...

One additional comment - when you sand off the ridges/mold lines (which I also did), you will remove the gel coat and expose the fiberglass, which most likely will have pinholes. These will need to...
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