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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 06:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 697
Posted By czechsix
I had a map box in my RV-8A and for all the...

I had a map box in my RV-8A and for all the reasons others have mentioned I loved it and don't know where I would have put all that stuff. I also had a side pocket compartment, but didn't like...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 951
Posted By czechsix
Are you talking about a tab or a wedge on your...

Are you talking about a tab or a wedge on your rudder? I believe if you put a wedge on the right side of the rudder trailing edge, it will provide nose left trim moment. You would have needed the...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2018, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 227
Posted By czechsix
Yes, dimple them. IIRC the only #30 holes that...

Yes, dimple them. IIRC the only #30 holes that do not get dimpled are the four where the rudder stop attaches.
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2018, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,206
Posted By czechsix
That's sorta what I was thinking...'budget' and...

That's sorta what I was thinking...'budget' and 'RV-14' don't really belong in the same sentence :D But I guess it's all relative to what your budget is. You could certainly build an RV-14 for a...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2018, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,077
Posted By czechsix
I am perplexed about how properly tightened...

I am perplexed about how properly tightened locknuts securing the lead weights could come loose. I can imagine a very small amount of compression of the lead happening over thermal cycles and such,...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2018, 02:55 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 36,617
Posted By czechsix
Looks nice, did you have to do a lot of work to...

Looks nice, did you have to do a lot of work to get that fit, or were the trim lines pretty close to perfect? One thing to keep in mind is that a small gap is a good thing to avoid chipping the...
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2018, 09:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 799
Posted By czechsix
Hi Todd, That is correct, the upper aft portion...

Hi Todd,

That is correct, the upper aft portion of the RV-10/RV-14 airfoil reflexes upward about 3 degrees. Once you get the flaps and ailerons installed and rigged you'll see that the reflex of...
Forum: RV-14 04-12-2018, 08:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 872
Posted By czechsix
Just curious what you plan to use the switch for?...

Just curious what you plan to use the switch for? Traditionally they are often used to run the Hobbs, but G3X (and presumably all the other EFIS systems) will track engine hours without needing the...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2018, 04:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,454
Posted By czechsix
Looks like you got it figured out, thanks Bill!

Looks like you got it figured out, thanks Bill!
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2018, 12:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,462
Posted By czechsix
Dan, have you tested the 'variable exit panel'...

Dan, have you tested the 'variable exit panel' (aka cowl flap?) during hot weather and/or long ground runs like at OSH to confirm that it provides adequate cooling under those conditions? Or is that...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,454
Posted By czechsix
Sure, email them to me and I'll post them if...

Sure, email them to me and I'll post them if others are interested in seeing them. I rarely post pictures as well, so every time I do it I've got to go figure it all out again. Sure wish VAF could...
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2018, 06:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 346
Posted By czechsix
Adjustment of seat cushion vs. crotch strap location

My first airplane was an RV-8A that did not have an adjustable seatback, therefore the cushions only had to fit in one geometry. Seeing as how the RV-14 has several hinge points for the seatback, it...
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2018, 05:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,454
Posted By czechsix
Bill, I meant to ask about your internal covers...

Bill, I meant to ask about your internal covers for the cockpit area. I found early on with my -8A that the canopy cover would scratch the plexi especially when it's windy and the cover is moving...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,454
Posted By czechsix
Thanks Bill, I remember dialoguing with you on...

Thanks Bill, I remember dialoguing with you on the old Matronics forum when we were both building RV-8As. Now that I'm also building a -14A I read this post with great interest. A few questions &...
Forum: RV-14 04-01-2018, 08:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 592
Posted By czechsix
I mounted mine just aft of the spar and adjacent...

I mounted mine just aft of the spar and adjacent to the next rib inboard from the tie-down location for the express reason of avoiding interference with the tiedown ropes. If you're using your own...
Forum: RV-14 03-31-2018, 05:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,270
Posted By czechsix
Wiring into the canopy

One thing that occurred to me recently is that most builders are putting at least one GPS antenna on the glare shield of the RV-14, and then there's other wiring such as the canopy latched switch and...
Forum: RV-14 03-29-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 624
Posted By czechsix
I don't have it yet but am planning to use the...

I don't have it yet but am planning to use the Artex 345. It just looks better quality to me than the ACK unit and one nice thing about Artex is they support the ability to do a full test to verify...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-26-2018, 11:31 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,521
Posted By czechsix
Ross, the RV-14 I'm building has a larger panel...

Ross, the RV-14 I'm building has a larger panel than most of the RVs (other than the -10) and 5x4 is going to be hard to find space for in my panel layout with dual G3X displays, an IFR stack in the...
Forum: RV-14 03-17-2018, 04:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,523
Posted By czechsix
I have tried to post pictures on VAF before with...

I have tried to post pictures on VAF before with links to my Google Photos account (putting the pics in a folder that can be publicly shared). Sometimes it has worked, other times I'm the only one...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-17-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,521
Posted By czechsix
I've been thinking a lot about switch...

I've been thinking a lot about switch configurations for the EFI system in my RV-14A. A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend a dozen hours flying an RV-12, and it really struck me how simple...
Forum: RV-14 03-04-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 27,003
Posted By czechsix
Awesome looking airplane and panel!!

Awesome looking airplane and panel!!
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2018, 05:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,448
Posted By czechsix
I initially tried backriveting per the plans, but...

I initially tried backriveting per the plans, but after half a dozen rivets I wasn't happy with it...it seemed like even though I had the TE flat on the backplate, the riveting process was slightly...
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,448
Posted By czechsix
I did all my TE rivets with my hand squeezer. I...

I did all my TE rivets with my hand squeezer. I felt it gave me better control than a pneumatic squeezer or rivet gun.
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2018, 06:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,448
Posted By czechsix
I just eyeballed mine and drilled it on my...

I just eyeballed mine and drilled it on my workbench with my trusty ol' Makita.

YMMV...
Forum: RV-14 02-24-2018, 03:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By czechsix
Yep, rivet shavers and high build primer will...

Yep, rivet shavers and high build primer will help...Did that on my -8A, it was a lot of work and I never was really happy with the end result. So much easier to just dimple, and those rivets came...
Forum: RV-14 02-24-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 705
Posted By czechsix
Or consider dimpling the holes in the tank skin...

Or consider dimpling the holes in the tank skin and aft baffle flanges. It will be self aligning, less work, stronger, and most of all give you much nicer results aesthetically. See my other posts...
Forum: RV-14 02-22-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,078
Posted By czechsix
All other things being equal (like avionics), the...

All other things being equal (like avionics), the RV-10 standard build airframe kits add up to about $13K more than the RV-14, and the IO-540 is $14K more than a 390. By the time you add up other...
Forum: RV-14 02-22-2018, 05:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,960
Posted By czechsix
Same here.

Same here.
Forum: RV-14 02-22-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,960
Posted By czechsix
I like all the guys at Vans, they are a great...

I like all the guys at Vans, they are a great bunch and I'm a huge fan of their product. But it just seems to be part of their company culture that they'll answer a thousand emails/phone calls/VAF...
Forum: RV-14 02-20-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,514
Posted By czechsix
I also recently installed the Cleaveland ports in...

I also recently installed the Cleaveland ports in my 14 tailcone with no issues. I used Proseal to glue them in. Follow the directions so you don't put adhesive on the inner flange which needs to...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By czechsix
I'm having a hard time visualizing exactly where...

I'm having a hard time visualizing exactly where the interference was, or how to prevent the same issue when I get to the canopy phase, but the idea of cutting a slot to relieve stress makes me...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2018, 11:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
Posted By czechsix
In the Garmin G3X autopilot what you are...

In the Garmin G3X autopilot what you are describing as TCS is called CWS (Control Wheel Steering). It is accomplished using the same momentary pushbutton as the AP Disconnect (usually red and...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2018, 05:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,058
Posted By czechsix
In my RV-8A I always used the AP button on the...

In my RV-8A I always used the AP button on the GMC or the red button on the stick to engage/ disengage the autopilot. I also had a toggle switch that could shut off servo power, but it was there...
Forum: RV-14 01-28-2018, 06:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,335
Posted By czechsix
Marvin, why did you install the PC680 in that...

Marvin, why did you install the PC680 in that area instead of the stock kit location on the firewall?
Forum: RV-14 01-22-2018, 07:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 669
Posted By czechsix
I got my wings secondhand and the countersinking...

I got my wings secondhand and the countersinking & riveting in the wingwalks area looked pretty bad. I ordered new upper inboard skins and wingwalks doublers and dimpled the ribs, doublers, and...
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2018, 12:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,069
Posted By czechsix
Thanks Eric, Happy New Year to you as well!

Thanks Eric, Happy New Year to you as well!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2017, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,697
Posted By czechsix
Are there any -14A's in this year's calendar? ...

Are there any -14A's in this year's calendar? Bought the calendar the last two years in a row now, and still no -14A picture to hang on the wall... :(
Forum: RV-14 12-17-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,191
Posted By czechsix
Break edges of skin around aft window?

For those who have fitted the aft window, did you find it necessary to break the edges of the upper skins (F-01474-L and -R) where they meet the plexiglass in order to get a nice fit? Plans don't...
Forum: RV-14 12-17-2017, 02:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,748
Posted By czechsix
I wonder how much difference the low UV canopy...

I wonder how much difference the low UV canopy really makes...If it was enough that I could forego wearing sunscreen then it would be worth it to me.
Forum: RV-14 12-09-2017, 08:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,069
Posted By czechsix
RV-14 oil cooler

What make & model oil cooler does Vans include in the FWF kit?

Thanks,
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2017, 09:27 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 844
Posted By czechsix
If you're trying to fit an EarthX battery into an...

If you're trying to fit an EarthX battery into an Odyssey PC680 battery box you'd probably want to use the 3.1" thick ETX680. The ETX680C is deeper at 3.4".
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2017, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 844
Posted By czechsix
EarthX battery fit in RV-14 battery box?

Does anyone know if the EarthX battery will fit in the battery box that comes with the RV-14? The EarthX is just slightly bigger than the PC680 and won't fit in some of the battery boxes designed...
Forum: RV-14 11-21-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 941
Posted By czechsix
The longest part that needs to be primed is the...

The longest part that needs to be primed is the wing rear spar at 117". The HS spars are almost as long at about 114".
Forum: RV-14 11-19-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,734
Posted By czechsix
On my VS I used my hand squeezer with the handles...

On my VS I used my hand squeezer with the handles on the aft side of the front spar. I put the rivets in with the manufactured head on the front side. I think I had to bend the nose rib upward a bit...
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2017, 09:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,229
Posted By czechsix
Just make sure you get rid of every bit of the...

Just make sure you get rid of every bit of the wax before painting or you'll have fisheye problems. It's really hard to clean contaminants like wax & oil out from around rivet heads when prepping for...
Forum: RV-10 10-12-2017, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By czechsix
If any of you guys who were unhappy with your...

If any of you guys who were unhappy with your Archer wingtip COM antenna still have it, I'd like to give it a try. I posted a WTB on the Classifieds but thought I'd mention it on this thread as...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-10-2017, 12:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,669
Posted By czechsix
There have been several related threads for the...

There have been several related threads for the RV-14. I believe the 14 and 7 both use the same RV-9 rudder/VS tip fairings, and unfortunately they don't fit correctly, so you either have to live...
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2017, 11:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By czechsix
Did you just use micro to do the build-up, or...

Did you just use micro to do the build-up, or something else?
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2017, 05:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By czechsix
One thing I noticed about Bob Turner's...

One thing I noticed about Bob Turner's installation is that he attached the antenna ground plane to the top wing skin, and the outboard leg angles downward. This makes the most sense for the...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2017, 05:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,375
Posted By czechsix
Archer Com antenna in RV-10 Wingtip?

Has anyone tried a Bob Archer VHF Com antenna in the RV-10 wingtip? PIREP? Pictures?

I'm building a -14 but it has the same wingtip as the -10. I'll have dual Coms, and plan to use a...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2017, 06:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 756
Posted By czechsix
Not sure what you mean when referencing the...

Not sure what you mean when referencing the rudder, but if you're talking about the offset to the left at the point that where the fwd VS spar bolt attaches, I think that is intentional (it is shown...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2017, 10:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,315
Posted By czechsix
Looks nice Tom. Now that you're flying, does...

Looks nice Tom. Now that you're flying, does this method keep the oil door perfectly flush to the cowl in flight? On my -8A I installed a flush push-button type latch which was easy to use and...
Forum: RV-14 10-01-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 605
Posted By czechsix
Elevator counterweights

For those of you with painted RV-14s, did you need to remove lead from the right elev counterweight and/or add lead to the left counterweight after painting? The plans show trimming the lead weights...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2017, 11:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Posted By czechsix
The link I posted and the link you posted both...

The link I posted and the link you posted both bring up the same document on my computer. I re-entered the link I was using in my first post, but I don't think it changed anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2017, 06:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 681
Posted By czechsix
Beringer Installation & Maintenance Manual now available for RV series

Beringer now has a nice manual for installing and maintaining their wheels and brakes on the RV series. Lots of good info in it.

See...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 06:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 12,574
Posted By czechsix
Beringer Installation & Maintenance Manual now available for RV series

Beringer now has a nice manual for installing and maintaining their wheels and brakes on the RV series. Lots of good info in it.

See...
Forum: RV-14 09-27-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,270
Posted By czechsix
I plan to have the emergency canopy release...

I plan to have the emergency canopy release installed for several reasons:

1) It provides another option in a ditching scenario, and it may help to release both the standard latch and the emergency...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2017, 05:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,897
Posted By czechsix
I've examined the trim tabs on several RVs with...

I've examined the trim tabs on several RVs with the mechanical push/pull cable control system and I was surprised how much play they had...it's been years now since I looked at one, but I want to say...
Forum: RV-14 09-21-2017, 01:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,518
Posted By czechsix
Rick, you'd lose that bet for sure! :D The -14...

Rick, you'd lose that bet for sure! :D The -14 most certainly will not serve any RV acro pilot just as well as any of the others. The reason Vans offers so many aircraft models is to cater to the...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,518
Posted By czechsix
Right. I don't know what kind of inverted...

Right. I don't know what kind of inverted aerobatic flying the OP has in mind, or what his experience level and expectations are. So I was simply pointing out that the -14 may not be the best...
Forum: RV-14 09-16-2017, 09:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,518
Posted By czechsix
I wonder if you'll be happy with how the -14's...

I wonder if you'll be happy with how the -14's airfoil works inverted. I recall years ago hearing Van say that one reason he selected the 23000 series NACA section for the 3/4/6/7/8 models is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 11:56 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 6,121
Posted By czechsix
Back to the OP's question about reliability... A...

Back to the OP's question about reliability...

A friend of mine is running dual P-mags on his O-360 powered RV-7A. He had one of them fail shortly after getting the test hours flown off this...
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