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Forum: Electrical Systems 05-10-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,114
Posted By dwrichey
If you're going to design an electrical system...

If you're going to design an electrical system for an aircraft, or if you just want detailed information regarding switches, an excellent source is, "The AeroElectric Connection" by Bob Nuckolls. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,181
Posted By dwrichey
An inflatable owl hanging suspended from the...

An inflatable owl hanging suspended from the ceiling above the canopy actually helped a lot! Also consider putting a bed sheet over the canopy during storage, just in case.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2019, 09:01 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,308
Posted By dwrichey
An expensive option is a Brompton. Excellent...

An expensive option is a Brompton. Excellent quality but at a price. It was the only folding bike I could find that will fit in the rear seat of my -8. I would also investigate some of the new...
Forum: RV-10 04-08-2019, 11:30 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,047
Posted By dwrichey
You may be able to mitigate some of the aesthetic...

You may be able to mitigate some of the aesthetic with judicious hammering with two bucking bars and a hammer. Hold the bucking bars flat!
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-08-2019, 11:20 AM
Replies: 364
Views: 75,729
Posted By dwrichey
Do all -7's firewalls have cutouts around the...

Do all -7's firewalls have cutouts around the engine mount to fuselage bolt locations? How does one seal the firewall to fuselage engine mount brackets? What am I missing?
Forum: RV-4 03-14-2019, 11:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By dwrichey
I would be concerned about allowing a pitot or...

I would be concerned about allowing a pitot or static line (plastic or metal) to go unsupported between the fuel tank baffle and wing spar. Vibration will eventually wear a hole in either. I suggest...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,130
Posted By dwrichey
Just curious. If one were to accidentally bump...

Just curious. If one were to accidentally bump the forward knob (reaching for something else, stretching, etc.), would the latch unlatch, and would that be a problem?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2019, 11:32 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,053
Posted By dwrichey
I might be WAY too anal here but, being right...

I might be WAY too anal here but, being right handed, I never want to have my right hand have to leave the control stick to change frequencies, change AP settings, etc. Thus, all the important stuff...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-30-2019, 11:05 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,135
Posted By dwrichey
Don't forget that if a crows foot is extended...

Don't forget that if a crows foot is extended forward of the torque wrench that a "torque compensation" calculation needs to be performed (see AC43.13) and the value to be read on the wrench...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,889
Posted By dwrichey
The cheap ones can also introduce noise....

The cheap ones can also introduce noise. Especially annoying if one is using a iPhone or Pad to pump music through the intercom system.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2019, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 376
Posted By dwrichey
I see you loud and clear. Nice pic!

I see you loud and clear. Nice pic!
Forum: Propellers 01-25-2019, 12:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,356
Posted By dwrichey
Smile I have the RV-200 on my -8A, very pleased with...

I have the RV-200 on my -8A, very pleased with it's performance, however at just over 300 hours (three years time) it started spitting significant amounts of grease. It had always spit a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2019, 01:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,353
Posted By dwrichey
http://i66.tinypic.com/29dwtu8.jpg[[IMG]http://i67...

http://i66.tinypic.com/29dwtu8.jpg[[IMG]http://i67.tinypic.com/wmcwnc.jpg

Not in series, but one muff off cyl 1, and the other off cyl 4. The airflow is in series, combined they work almost too well.
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-17-2018, 12:15 PM
Replies: 364
Views: 75,729
Posted By dwrichey
Looking at that pretty new propeller, just a...

Looking at that pretty new propeller, just a friendly reminder to all to NOT store the propeller directly on your garage or hanger floor!!! My RV-200 prop suffered significant corrosion within the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-14-2018, 01:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 886
Posted By dwrichey
AOA by Dynon stopped sounding??

Hello All,
My Dynon Skyview AOA indicator has stopped sounding in my headset. The four year old system worked as expected until a few months ago. Non-heated, with the airspeed set to ignore speeds...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2018, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,343
Posted By dwrichey
Rod Bower did, I believe still does, offer a...

Rod Bower did, I believe still does, offer a similar unit to the McMaster Carr unit including an aluminum bracket for attachment.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-08-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,500
Posted By dwrichey
I would be concerned with the metal to metal...

I would be concerned with the metal to metal contact between the two tubes, held together with tye-wraps. They will rub together, failure is only a matter of time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 642
Posted By dwrichey
Another consideration might be, when you plan on...

Another consideration might be, when you plan on painting the entire aircraft. I wanted to paint the wings off the plane, and with all the other little items that needed to be done, I would vote to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,314
Posted By dwrichey
Also thank you Jerry, I will check that out also,...

Also thank you Jerry, I will check that out also, but I am not too optimistic because the plugs in cylinder 4 are always black compared to the other three cylinders. I'm thinking I can wrap the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,314
Posted By dwrichey
Forgive me for possibly hijacking this thread,...

Forgive me for possibly hijacking this thread, but can someone lead me to information on how to best raise the temperature of just one cylinder approximately 25 degrees? Cylinders 1, 2, and 3 are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,308
Posted By dwrichey
OR, temporarily install a potentiometer in series...

OR, temporarily install a potentiometer in series with the motor, adjust/play with it's setting until desired speed is reached, remove potentiometer, measure its resistance, install like resistor in...
Forum: Rocket 08-31-2018, 11:05 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,560
Posted By dwrichey
I have built and flown both a Harmon Rocket II...

I have built and flown both a Harmon Rocket II and a RV-8A. The Harmon Rocket was a wonderful flying machine, honest handling characteristics, relatively easy to land, good builders support from...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-30-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,031
Posted By dwrichey
IMHO Molex connectors work well for these kinds...

IMHO Molex connectors work well for these kinds of connections. Degi-Key is an excellent source (great selection, good pricing, rapid shipment, sells small quantities.)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-24-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,822
Posted By dwrichey
Under the heading of, "What I would do...

Under the heading of, "What I would do differently if I were to build it again," I would be add some sort of small access hole on the side bulkhead/ ribs that support the aft most elevator bellcrank...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-23-2018, 03:14 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 15,926
Posted By dwrichey
Round inlets are NOT needed for good engine...

Round inlets are NOT needed for good engine cooling. My RV-8A has an IO-360 with high compression pistons, and stock Van's delivered oil cooler. Cylinders in cruise range from 340 to 358 degrees,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2018, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,297
Posted By dwrichey
It's been about a dozen years ago now but Larry,...

It's been about a dozen years ago now but Larry, with the hanger across from mine, moved his assembled 6A from Clovis CA to Reedley CA (about 25 miles) on a flat bed. I forget how he had it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-17-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,559
Posted By dwrichey
Bob Nuckolls discusses resistance measurement...

Bob Nuckolls discusses resistance measurement extensively in The Aero Electric Connection (I believe everybody needs to read this book, cover to cover, before starting your aircraft electrical system...
Forum: California 08-17-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,589
Posted By dwrichey
I went in to Oakland a few months ago in my...

I went in to Oakland a few months ago in my RV-8A, stayed for 5 hours, and was charged $49 for (according to FBO) a MANDITORY landing fee, (all aircraft.) Was also charged two other fees by FBO (no...
Forum: RV-10 08-15-2018, 01:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 11,768
Posted By dwrichey
My concern would be the sealing of the oil access...

My concern would be the sealing of the oil access door to the top plenum. As the engine shakes around and the engine mounts sag, I would assume the sealing rubber would allow a small space to...
Forum: RV-14 05-03-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,014
Posted By dwrichey
The spacer between the sump and the servo, in the...

The spacer between the sump and the servo, in the picture, appears to be balsa sandwiched between two thin sheets of aluminum (Mallite)? If this is true, I would think the lack of compressive...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,830
Posted By dwrichey
Thick or thin washer, internal star lock washer,...

Thick or thin washer, internal star lock washer, followed with a plain nut. (All aircraft quality of course.) If the part practically NEVER gets removed, I will leave the flat washer off, but that is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 03:05 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 8,647
Posted By dwrichey
Since we're discussing fuel pressure, I would...

Since we're discussing fuel pressure, I would like to ask another question. I have a Lycoming IO-360, with a Dynon Skyview and Kavlico sensor. Since very first engine start, displayed fuel pressures...
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 777
Views: 529,879
Posted By dwrichey
Whenever I see a picture of a -10 with its wing...

Whenever I see a picture of a -10 with its wing spar/mounting outside of the fuselage I am so envious!
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,612
Posted By dwrichey
I purchased a length of stainless rod from AC...

I purchased a length of stainless rod from AC Spruce and made new marks on it with a small triangular file. Numbers can be placed by filing a flat spot and using number stamps.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-30-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,138
Posted By dwrichey
I also had the chatter from new Avery three flute...

I also had the chatter from new Avery three flute deburring tools. Tried faster/slower/harder/softer, got it to work better, but not great. Called Avery (when they were still in business,) he...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2017, 11:31 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,865
Posted By dwrichey
I apologize if I insult anyone, but here goes. In...

I apologize if I insult anyone, but here goes. In the second picture down where two bulkhead pieces attach together, it appears that no deburring of edges occurred. The flight surface that shows the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-06-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 416
Views: 209,260
Posted By dwrichey
I truly do not wish to rain on anyone's parade,...

I truly do not wish to rain on anyone's parade, but I wonder if allowing the adhesive to cure before the parts are riveted together would prevent the parts from properly "nesting" together. I assume...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,895
Posted By dwrichey
In the picture, the hole in the lower corner...

In the picture, the hole in the lower corner should first be piloted with a #40 drill. Try to get the #40 centered best you can by spinning the drill slowly and observing how centered it is. When you...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-26-2017, 11:13 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,737
Posted By dwrichey
I'm fishing here. Rubber engine isolation mounts...

I'm fishing here. Rubber engine isolation mounts heat up and stop transmitting?
Forum: Tools 09-18-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,064
Posted By dwrichey
Talking A 3/8" diameter drill bit is too large in...

A 3/8" diameter drill bit is too large in diameter to drill without first drilling a smaller pilot hole! 4130 actually drills quite easily. Match the "dead center" width to a slightly larger diameter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,691
Posted By dwrichey
Always start with very fine abrasive, no coarser...

Always start with very fine abrasive, no coarser than say- 600 - 800 grit. One can always go coarser if after 5 - 10 minutes the scratches are not disappearing. You don't want to impart deep sanding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2017, 01:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,276
Posted By dwrichey
http://i40.tinypic.com/auwg8k.jpg Here's one...

http://i40.tinypic.com/auwg8k.jpg
Here's one option.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,366
Posted By dwrichey
Fast RV-8!

A few days ago, Doug Reeves on the VansAirforce home page had a post showing a screen shot of Gary Platner's RV-8 Skyview screen. The point of the post was that Gary had a 48 knot tailwind and was...
Forum: ADS-B 02-13-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,208
Posted By dwrichey
Good news. I discovered that when I was...

Good news. I discovered that when I was programing RS-232 Channel 1 input, that the 345 software then forces the channel 1 output to be the same language. So I changed the output for the "transponder...
Forum: ADS-B 02-09-2017, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,208
Posted By dwrichey
When I called Garmin to ask which was closest to...

When I called Garmin to ask which was closest to REMOTE, they were not optimistic that anything would work, but I am going to try a few more and see if by luck one will work. Failing that, I will...
Forum: ADS-B 02-08-2017, 02:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,208
Posted By dwrichey
It is the GTX 345 panel mount and yes, I can look...

It is the GTX 345 panel mount and yes, I can look at the screen. It's not really a big deal. There is currently a display on the Skyview top bar that now has a red X going through it, and I don't...
Forum: ADS-B 02-08-2017, 11:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,208
Posted By dwrichey
getting GTX-345 to show "status" on Skyview?

Does anyone know how to get a Garmin GTX 345 to communicate with a Dynon Skyview that allows the Skyview to show the transponders "status" (alt, stdby, etc.)? My old transponder, a GTX-327 output...
Forum: RV-10 11-23-2016, 10:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,045
Posted By dwrichey
As far as, "wondering how much time people spend...

As far as, "wondering how much time people spend edge deburring each rib", it seems to me that if one really doesn't want a single "shear mark" or "file mark" left anywhere, on any sheet metal edges,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2016, 12:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 678
Posted By dwrichey
3/4 inch inside diameter air vent?

Does anyone have a source or good idea on how I can control airflow through a 3/4 inch scat tube? I want to provide cooling air to the back side of my IPad while flying, so as to prevent it from...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-29-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,722
Posted By dwrichey
No one seems to have really focused on the...

No one seems to have really focused on the possible side effects of using a chemical stripper on a composite part. I would be afraid the stripper will attack the resin and cause a permanent softening...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,155
Posted By dwrichey
Best Breakfast Burrito?

Very nice story, and a happy ending!
What really caught my attention though was your mention of breakfast burrito's. I love breakfast burrito's. Seriously, can you recommend locations with really...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-17-2015, 12:54 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 16,920
Posted By dwrichey
I too think this was a very interesting and cool...

I too think this was a very interesting and cool thing to do.

I'm wondering why the airspeed was so low. Was it because all the thrust is being used to keep the aircraft at altitude, kind of like a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-05-2015, 11:09 AM
Replies: 895
Views: 596,463
Posted By dwrichey
Just a thought. Before fitting the cowling to the...

Just a thought. Before fitting the cowling to the engine in its current position, would it be smart to install a washer on the two top engine mounts to simulate engine mount sag. Later when the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-26-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,047
Posted By dwrichey
I realize I am coming in late to this...

I realize I am coming in late to this conversation but I would like to make a couple suggestions anyway. First, is the possibility of flipping the filter over- which puts the inlet end further away...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-19-2015, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,268
Posted By dwrichey
It's kind of a shame it has to be fixed... it...

It's kind of a shame it has to be fixed... it really is a beautifully done oval shape. (Almost like it was done on a mill!)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2014, 09:00 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 17,196
Posted By dwrichey
"When we corrected the cooling problems this...

"When we corrected the cooling problems this engine showed a 5 F temperature difference, vastly improved oil consumption and normal temp control ......"

Mr. Looper,

Could you please expand on this...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 802
Views: 944,664
Posted By dwrichey
430W GPS puck

It was really both. Garmin wants it level, I don't recall how much out of plane the tolerance is, or if they even give one, but I wanted it to look cool. It was probably over kill.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-10-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 802
Views: 944,664
Posted By dwrichey
430W GPS puck

The mount was made from .020" chromoly plate. I wanted a good "ground plane", which I didn't think would be possible using composite material. I have a tig welder in my garage, yet these mounts were...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-09-2014, 11:31 PM
Replies: 802
Views: 944,664
Posted By dwrichey
I was asked to add some more pictures so here...

I was asked to add some more pictures so here goes. The paint is Sherwin Williams>Aerospace>Military> Lusterless, so THAT IS the top coat. It's tough paint but shows finger prints like crazy. Tried...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-08-2014, 02:41 PM
Replies: 676
Views: 682,231
Posted By dwrichey
Panel for 369WR

Thought I would throw my hat in the ring a post a pic of my instrument panel.
http://i59.tinypic.com/4fvpcn.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-08-2014, 02:29 PM
Replies: 802
Views: 944,664
Posted By dwrichey
Finished 369WR, finally

After 5 1/2 years build time, first flight was on 1-1-2014. I was so nervous on the first flight that I didn't really enjoy the flight, but since have come to realize what great machines these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2014, 01:51 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,495
Posted By dwrichey
I had similiar issues with that alternator. I was...

I had similiar issues with that alternator. I was using a B & C regulator because if the alternator stopped outputting, the regulator would activate a warning light. The Van's alternator kept...
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