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Forum: RV-3 12-02-2018, 09:45 PM
Replies: 107
Views: 123,853
Posted By Richard Connell
RV-3 in OZ

Steveís RV first flew a little while back.
It is now ďFinishedĒ with all testing done plus wheel pants and gear legs!
Looks great now.

http://i67.tinypic.com/n49lph.jpg
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2018, 11:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,028
Posted By Richard Connell
I got a set a few months back from Paul. They...

I got a set a few months back from Paul. They are a work of art. Very happy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By Richard Connell
Ah, sorry I wasnít clear. Just as an...

Ah, sorry I wasnít clear. Just as an adhesive.
Stick to pro seal for the tanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-16-2018, 07:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 647
Posted By Richard Connell
Hi Trent, Having the same supply constraints as...

Hi Trent,
Having the same supply constraints as you, I satisfied
Myself that 3M 5200 would be adequate for this application.
Easy to get anywhere.
I used some on my RV7 for a similar type of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2018, 05:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 502
Posted By Richard Connell
Ok

I asked the same question a while back.
Got the all clear. Mounted 4x #8 nut plates in the spar web.
Richard
Forum: RV-10 06-08-2018, 03:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,848
Posted By Richard Connell
You have to start sometime. The tail kit will...

You have to start sometime. The tail kit will take you plenty of time and is also pretty cheap in the scheme of things.
If youíve already decided to do it then Iíd just get on with it.
Start...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2018, 05:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 647
Posted By Richard Connell
If you havenít already seen - not exactly what...

If you havenít already seen - not exactly what youíre looking for - but page 5-32 of the construction manual has part numbers with scale drawings of each different rod end. Youíll be able to figure...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 06:48 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By Richard Connell
Never had any issues. Been pleasantly surprised...

Never had any issues. Been pleasantly surprised actually.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2018, 05:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,099
Posted By Richard Connell
Hi Trent, Another thing to consider is a virtual...

Hi Trent,
Another thing to consider is a virtual mailbox/freight consolidator.
As you progress there will always be many little parts or tools required.
Individually the freight really adds up. I...
Forum: RV-10 03-07-2018, 02:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,444
Posted By Richard Connell
Hi Michael. Looking at your photo perhaps they...

Hi Michael.
Looking at your photo perhaps they did bend the vent line correctly but it has rotated.
Perhaps you can try loosening the B nut on the vent line and rotating the vent line 90 degrees.
I...
Forum: RV-10 03-06-2018, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,444
Posted By Richard Connell
I found that itís a pretty tight fit between the...

I found that itís a pretty tight fit between the vent tube and the stiffener.
After plenty of fiddling I got it to swing freely but thereís enough play in the mechanism that I can envisage it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2018, 04:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 822
Posted By Richard Connell
http://i67.tinypic.com/2aak22v.jpg Timer on a...

http://i67.tinypic.com/2aak22v.jpg

Timer on a button in top left corner. Timer also on the bottom data bar.
Pushing either brings up start/stop/reset.
Fuel used on top data bar. Apologies for the...
Forum: COMM 03-01-2018, 04:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 969
Posted By Richard Connell
Wet noodle here as well. Routed down the gear leg...

Wet noodle here as well. Routed down the gear leg fairing. Easy. Works fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2018, 04:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,211
Posted By Richard Connell
The original Safe-Air “flush” ports were most...

The original Safe-Air “flush” ports were most definitely wildly inaccurate. I saw cruise TAS errors nearing 10KTAS and commensurately large altitude errors.

http://i64.tinypic.com/1zz6i6e.jpg

The...
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2018, 03:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Posted By Richard Connell
Thanks all. Plenty of good suggestions there. ...

Thanks all.
Plenty of good suggestions there.
Hinges were never in doubt for me.
My -7 has them and itís far superior to screws IMHO.
Aesthetically better, more practical (less than 60sec to...
Forum: RV-10 02-11-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Posted By Richard Connell
Thanks Mike. Thatís a good reference. I did this...

Thanks Mike. Thatís a good reference.
I did this on my -7 so Iím up to speed with the various methods.
The problem on the -10 is that the tip rib extends further forward plus it has a reflex in it....
Forum: RV-10 02-11-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,714
Posted By Richard Connell
Wingtip Hinges

For those of you that have chosen to attach your tips using piano hinge, how have you installed the rib in the tip?
I imagine there is conflict between the hinge and the rib if you extend the hinge...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-19-2017, 04:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,393
Posted By Richard Connell
Had the same issue on the RV-10. You could...

Had the same issue on the RV-10.

You could probably leave it. I boogered mine worse than that.

Installed a cherrymax with Vans approval.

Cheers
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-18-2017, 12:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,626
Posted By Richard Connell
Vans, Verbatim. ďGrease, oil, tape residue,...

Vans, Verbatim.

ďGrease, oil, tape residue, etc. may best be removed with mineral spirits, refined kerosene,
white gasoline, naphtha, or isopropyl alcohol. Wash approved solvents off the canopy...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2017, 05:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,388
Posted By Richard Connell
Replace toilet paper with baby wipes. Use them...

Replace toilet paper with baby wipes.
Use them for cleaning up after other things too like oil top ups and bugs on leading edges.
Scary how good they are for that. :eek:
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,035
Posted By Richard Connell
Hi Jim. Yes this is pretty much how I am set up...

Hi Jim.
Yes this is pretty much how I am set up as well.
For me the issue is more one of unwanted PFD changes in the approach phase.

In my view having any PDF configuration changes while flying...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2017, 04:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,035
Posted By Richard Connell
Around 3y of flying with single GDU 460 and a 305...

Around 3y of flying with single GDU 460 and a 305 here.
In my experience, IFR- particularly the approach phase, using the screen is pretty much a no go if you only have one GDU.
Also the added...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-01-2017, 09:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 929
Posted By Richard Connell
Thatís a great post Kevin. Worthy of a sticky! So...

Thatís a great post Kevin. Worthy of a sticky!
So many builders go through this process. Many more probably donít.
I know of at least half a dozen here who have had various PEC issues due to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-22-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,796
Posted By Richard Connell
You don’t mention what type of alternator your...

You don’t mention what type of alternator your main alt is but you have a B&C standby.
If you have an externally regulated main alternator - make sure the voltage sense is connected to the main buss...
Forum: RV-10 11-09-2017, 12:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By Richard Connell
I hadnít considered the fact that there were fuel...

I hadnít considered the fact that there were fuel lines there.
After all there are plenty of places in the 7 where there is co-located
fuel lines and wiring.
At the margin though I can see more...
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 813
Posted By Richard Connell
Iíve been thinking about this a bit as well. I...

Iíve been thinking about this a bit as well.
I have an 8yo flying RV7 which I built and also did a complete panel refresh around 4y ago. Iíve spent a lot of time maintaining and ďtinkeringĒ with it...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,262
Posted By Richard Connell
FWIW Iíve never had any issues with temperatures...

FWIW Iíve never had any issues with temperatures in the cowl in over 700hrs of all sorts of environmental conditions around the country. I became mildly paranoid about my PMAG when I installed if at...
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2017, 11:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,113
Posted By Richard Connell
Thanks a lot Scott!

Thanks a lot Scott!
Forum: RV-14 10-16-2017, 10:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,113
Posted By Richard Connell
Scott, Iím building a 10 and am fiddling around...

Scott, Iím building a 10 and am fiddling around with rigging the flaps and ailerons on the wings ahead of doing the tips.
Given the similarities between the -14 and -10 airfoil would it be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2017, 09:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By Richard Connell
My experience is identical to this - and Iíll...

My experience is identical to this - and Iíll also be using same for my -10.
Youíre in for a world of pain and messing around if you go flush. Do a search here - itís been a well documented issue...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-25-2017, 02:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,644
Posted By Richard Connell
Awesome shots Eddie!

Awesome shots Eddie!
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2017, 01:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,718
Posted By Richard Connell
Lots of good advice. First of all though....make...

Lots of good advice.
First of all though....make sure the ball is centered!

https://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Wing_Heavy.pdf
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2017, 04:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,420
Posted By Richard Connell
Ha. Not too bad thankfully Adrian. No issues...

Ha. Not too bad thankfully Adrian.
No issues getting them aligned and drilled on the center section.
But It's early days!
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2017, 09:52 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,420
Posted By Richard Connell
Thanks Berck That makes perfect sense. Thanks for...

Thanks Berck
That makes perfect sense. Thanks for clarifying.
The #10 cutter has been sitting in the tool cabinet unused since about 2003.
Never used it on the -7.
#12 ordered!
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2017, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,420
Posted By Richard Connell
Centre Section Bulkhead #10 Countersink

I think I'm going mad.
Ive drilled all the WD-1021-PC Landing gear mounts to the bulkhead with a #12 drill as instructed.
I need to machine countersink the 2 holes shown for a #10 screw.
My #10...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-07-2017, 04:14 PM
Replies: 249
Views: 81,476
Posted By Richard Connell
Also a Track mode button (TRK) as well as HDG...

Also a Track mode button (TRK) as well as HDG would be great too.
Forum: RV-10 08-27-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 909
Posted By Richard Connell
This is worth a try as well if you haven't come across it.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=126571&highlight=Ratchet+leading+edge+roll

Worked a treat. Great idea
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2017, 04:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By Richard Connell
X2. Getting towards the end of the wings and I'm...

X2. Getting towards the end of the wings and I'm glad the surfaces are done as the fuse kit is waiting to be started.
Also, they are relatively easy to store(hide) and are nice little self contained...
Forum: RV-10 04-04-2017, 06:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,070
Posted By Richard Connell
Thanks Adrian for pointing this out last year. I...

Thanks Adrian for pointing this out last year.
I did this last week.


http://i66.tinypic.com/2150fuh.jpg

Cheers
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2017, 04:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,524
Posted By Richard Connell
Greetings hangar mate! I deburred the ones at...

Greetings hangar mate!
I deburred the ones at each end (where the screws and nuts hold it to the ribs) with the dremel.
I didn't worry about the rest of them.
Cheers.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-13-2016, 04:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,728
Posted By Richard Connell
Sorry to hear your frustration. Another solution...

Sorry to hear your frustration.
Another solution that worked for me was to tape a #40 drill bit along the long(fat) edge of the tungsten bucking bar. This brings the long(narrow) face to the same...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-25-2016, 09:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,507
Posted By Richard Connell
Gday Tom Is the issue the #8 screw dimple? Most...

Gday Tom
Is the issue the #8 screw dimple?
Most of my larger female dimple dies have been ground down on one edge to accommodate issues such as this. If that is still too close to the tank rib flange...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2016, 05:04 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,639
Posted By Richard Connell
Wingtip hinges

Hi Luis
Might be worth considering using hinges to attach your wingtips.
I did it on my -7 and its one of the best mods I made.
Super neat and only takes a matter of seconds to remove or install....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-07-2016, 05:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,862
Posted By Richard Connell
I second what John says. I absolutely love my...

I second what John says.
I absolutely love my G3X and want to replicate my setup in the 10 I'm building.
The lack of AUS maps is almost a deal breaker now that others are providing it. :-(

Is this...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-05-2016, 04:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,810
Posted By Richard Connell
Also do a search for RTD here as well. Lots of...

Also do a search for RTD here as well.
Lots of RVs with RTDs and thermocouples in the engine bay measuring batteries/PMAGs etc.
I have an RTD...
Forum: GPS 10-03-2016, 07:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,732
Posted By Richard Connell
Good stuff Rob. Looks like an interesting...

Good stuff Rob.
Looks like an interesting project and the switches certainly look flash.

The whole move to sole means GNSS has certainly felt like its come on quickly even though it's been on the...
Forum: GPS 10-03-2016, 04:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,732
Posted By Richard Connell
Not sure where to start with this. I'm assuming...

Not sure where to start with this.
I'm assuming your planning to move your plane into the experimental VH category before proceeding down the IFR path.

I'd recommend talking to the SAAA or a CASA...
Forum: RV-10 09-05-2016, 07:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,431
Posted By Richard Connell
Thumbs up Great Charlie. It's 10y since I built my -7 and...

Great Charlie.
It's 10y since I built my -7 and sometimes I feel like I'm learning all over again unfortunately! I wrestled with a few ribs before some long lost memories came back to me :o
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2016, 05:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,431
Posted By Richard Connell
Hi Charlie I found that you need to flute the...

Hi Charlie
I found that you need to flute the ribs quite aggressively, particularly between the very front 3 holes (before the separate tabs)
If you can put a straight edge down the center (or edges)...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-17-2016, 04:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,137
Posted By Richard Connell
Now I know why you sold the Bianchi! I use the...

Now I know why you sold the Bianchi!

I use the Air Gizmo in all 3 axis for travelling although Im still looking for a better aileron solution. I use the harness internally as a backup for the roll...
Forum: RV-3 05-25-2016, 07:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,194
Posted By Richard Connell
Gday No major issues with the hanging pedals....

Gday
No major issues with the hanging pedals.
They are just a set of RV7 pedals and UHMW blocks all cut to fit with a center brace as well. You could possibly do away with that and run both cross...
Forum: RV-3 05-25-2016, 06:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,194
Posted By Richard Connell
First Flight RV-3 S/N 11452

Today saw the first flight of Steve Lenne's RV3 in Cobram Australia.

Around 6 years in the making, with an Aerosport IO-320, Whirlwind Prop, AFS3500 and Trutrak A/P recycled from my RV7 panel...
Forum: International 02-15-2016, 07:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,899
Posted By Richard Connell
Paul Maguire at Aviation Parts and Equipment...

Paul Maguire at Aviation Parts and Equipment should have it.

I got some of both from him a little while back.

I haven't bothered with any of the big guys on the field for years. They're not...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-03-2016, 05:30 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 19,416
Posted By Richard Connell
One more data point. I've got a sensor glued to...

One more data point. I've got a sensor glued to the outside top of my left PMAG.

In flight at cruise altitudes it's always pretty cool around 120-140F.

On shutdown the temperatures rise quickly....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2015, 04:25 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,455
Posted By Richard Connell
To add another 2c, I spent probably a year...

To add another 2c,
I spent probably a year getting this right after installing non standard static ports. Dozens of test flights. Experimenting with fences / ramps / tape etc.
Hours and hours with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2015, 09:14 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,455
Posted By Richard Connell
Great. Pos error dropped from 6/7+ ktas at cruise...

Great. Pos error dropped from 6/7+ ktas at cruise to only a few knots.
More importantly though the altitude came back into line. I'd imagine that my altitude would have been quite innacurate at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2015, 08:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 10,455
Posted By Richard Connell
Mine were vintage 2008/9, they protruded and the...

Mine were vintage 2008/9, they protruded and the position error was Unacceptably large for me. (Main gripe was actually the erroneous altitude was unacceptable for IFR)
It's as much about the shape...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2015, 07:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,468
Posted By Richard Connell
My HS 1003 spar had slipped on the punching...

My HS 1003 spar had slipped on the punching machine so the outboard 20 or so holes wouldn't line up with the skin either. It was about the same misalignment - a little over 1/32. It was very clear...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-21-2015, 04:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 22,937
Posted By Richard Connell
Great addition guys. Now how about some decent...

Great addition guys.

Now how about some decent maps outside the USA? The G3X is pretty useless in that regard.

Other vendors now have geo-ref WAC/ERC/TAC/IFR / Plates etc available outside the USA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2015, 01:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,172
Posted By Richard Connell
Thanks bob Yes that's my understanding. That is...

Thanks bob
Yes that's my understanding. That is the realm of FMS etc.
we don't even get LNAV + V here and likely never will.

Is the airdata required for LNAV+V or LPV over there? Or is I just a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2015, 11:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,172
Posted By Richard Connell
The air data is useful for a few functions in the...

The air data is useful for a few functions in the 430 as mentioned but in reality now it's pretty useless functionality compared to any EFIS you are likely to have plugged into it.

Re approaches...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2015, 07:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,021
Posted By Richard Connell
No issues generally. That said, I make a point of...

No issues generally.
That said, I make a point of not doing any screen touching during instrument approaches- and I have a GMC305 for the A/P.
In anything more than moderate turb you may get the odd...
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