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Forum: RV-9/9A 11-14-2018, 08:05 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 224
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I followed the plans and had no problems; the build order seemed fine. If it is a question of not having enough clecos, I would recommend you buy more because they are cheap. I built both wings at...
Forum: Primers 11-12-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By PilotjohnS
My Experience

I Think Vans have test couponns outside and have periodically checked the corrosion preventiveness of the primer; the results were excellent. But be careful because it does contain chromium 4 and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By PilotjohnS
Existing

With all those existing rivets in the longerons every 1” or so, why would anyone need to drill more?
Now my question how does the static line get thru the seat back bulkhead? Still scratching my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2018, 03:02 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 485
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

My RV7/9 fuse plans shows the sheet metal clips for the static line. My interpretation is this needs to use an existing rivet hole with a slightly longer rivet if needed.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-10-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 347
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dont worry

Dont worry i had the same problem. But wait till you have to figure out the stack up with the F904 bulkhead! Hint: there is only one way it works.
Forum: Interiors 11-08-2018, 11:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 343
Posted By PilotjohnS
Painting Interior before dimpling

Hi all,
I am getting ready to paint my interior before assembly but ran into a dilema. I normal prime before dimpling, and I was going to do the same when I paint. But it occurred to me that the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2018, 06:41 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,499
Posted By PilotjohnS
Unique

Well, to those of you saying the cub-type is saturated, and Cessna has a lock on high wing, then the only thing left is a high wing speedster pusher. This here would be a new market segment.

Dont...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,499
Posted By PilotjohnS
High wing

To be really innovative, make it a cantilever high wing
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-29-2018, 10:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,885
Posted By PilotjohnS
no expert but

I am no expert on riveting but here are some observations.

The final rivet should have a 3:1 aspect ration width to height (.5 tall x 1.5 wide) the one in the picture looks like it is under driven;...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-15-2018, 10:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,745
Posted By PilotjohnS
Same boat

I am in the same boat. I am finishing up the forward fuselage and am contemplating paining the interior when I do the final de-burring and priming. I figure if I mess up the interior paint, I can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 623
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuse

The RV7 and 9 A and no A all use nearly identical fuselages. They have a single piece longeron from firewall to tail on each side that goes in early during the build. I think you will need a place to...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-12-2018, 03:52 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 34,640
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuselage Part 5 Edge Distance

As others have said, the forward fuselage becomes an exercise in edge distance. This means the closeness of a hole to the edge of the aluminum. It is suppose to be 2 times the hole diameter from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 382
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take.

I don't think the size difference would matter. These lines just transmit pressure, there is no air flow.

as far as the ends go, I just slipped the plastic over the metal after heating up with a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-10-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,167
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

I left mine sticking out. For me, if the trailing edge is made flush, the countersink on each side would hit. I figure it is better to have it stick out than to compromise the double flush...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-02-2018, 08:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 424
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I did not have trouble with this. If I recall, I used a countersink with a #30 pilot. It might have been a little loose, but came out fine for me. Good luck.

Maybe try and put a screw in to make...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2018, 05:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 782
Posted By PilotjohnS
My plans

The 9 plans i have say to only proseL the rudder and elevator. Doesnt say anything about the ailerons. But i prosealed the ailerons and flaps and they came out nearly perfect.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-30-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,845
Posted By PilotjohnS
Simple

Ok i may be wierd but i want to keep mine simple. So Vans io320 with a Catto fixed pitch prop. This will allow cs prop in the future( all factory injected can be used for cs) and the Catto is a...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 01:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,038
Posted By PilotjohnS
Alternate engine

Unless you were born with a box wrench in your hand, I would not consider an alternate engine for the RV10. JMHO. I worked race cars for years, and still would not consider it due to the work...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-29-2018, 10:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 799
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I just used the rv7 gotchas for the fuselage and engine stuff. For the wing and tail there arent many; what there are are covered very well in the “ overthehill “ build log.
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-25-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I only lubricated drills when used in steel or when called out in directions
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,248
Posted By PilotjohnS
dream

I am getting ready to spend 80 plane units of mullah on panel and engine, wouldn't this be nice? I am hoping the Copperstate Flyin Feb 8-10, 2019 will scratch the itch. I hope Garmin and Dynon will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,248
Posted By PilotjohnS
Talking I'm in

I'm In. Not sure how I will get there yet, my RV9a still needs a few small touches.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2018, 09:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,654
Posted By PilotjohnS
Same mistake

I seem to have made the same mistake and drilled the tubing hole in the wrong spot. I just patches with a plate on the inside and two tank pull rivets. Held pressure fine and should not be a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-16-2018, 01:01 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By PilotjohnS
Looks nice

The fit looks really good. I struggled with this fit during fuse assembly, then pulled the bulkhead out and reshaped until I got a better fit. By making this fit well now, you are ahead of the game....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-16-2018, 12:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,246
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pics are best

After seeing the pics, I would leave them too. They look pretty good for platenut rivets. Wished I’d seen the pic before commenting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 4,534
Posted By PilotjohnS
BMI ha ha

I have been doing construction my whole life. If I every meet my BMI Take me to the hospital because I am sick. Terrible measure of health, better is if you can run a 5 k without walking.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2018, 04:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,598
Posted By PilotjohnS
Unintended consequences

We are here to help, sometimes maore than expected but always with helpfulness in mind.
So I have to ask, are you dimpling thru the blue plastic? Normal it is removed prior to dimpling, either be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2018, 02:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,246
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old airplanes

Working on old airplanes, I have seen where the platenut rivets that stuck above the surface wore into the cover. And since the rivets do less good once the screw is installed, I try and make the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2018, 09:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,799
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

In general i dont use stainless bolts for anything structural. Like mentioned above in general stainless is not as strong. I also have had stainless screws jam up in tapped threads; seems it is more...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2018, 09:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 810
Posted By PilotjohnS
Easy

I just heated up the plastic tube with a heat gun and slipped it on the aluminum tude. In my case the aluminum tube was from the pitot static sensor. A little safety wire keeps it all secured.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-09-2018, 07:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,118
Posted By PilotjohnS
What i did

I tweaked them ever so slightly to make them flat. Also the flange needs to be at the proper angle with a tight bend. If the flanges tend to fan apart before the sharp flange bend, this could cause...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2018, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 789
Posted By PilotjohnS
Connectors?

I dont plan to remove mine. I just solder spliced the wires andcsimple tubing slid over tubes leaving service loop. If i have to remove simple snip and redo. No conector, no guessing when it doesnt...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-07-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sounds like a great idea. I would love to hear...

Sounds like a great idea. I would love to hear more about this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 86,499
Posted By PilotjohnS
Compromise

I cast my vote again (vote early, vote often) for a high wing speedster. If Vans wants to use big flaps to slow it down that is fine by me. Cantilever wings would be nice ala Cessna 177. Tail dragger...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-02-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 34,640
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

Thanks for your response. My understanding is the Dynon system has the magnetometer and AHDRS in the same package, but Garmin has them separate. Since I am going with Garmin, my plan is to put the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-02-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 34,640
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fuselage, part 4

Much progress has been made on the fuselage. I realize this is a long build; much like the wings, I look at the instructions and see what I have accomplished and what I have left to go, and just gain...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-01-2018, 05:46 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 590
Posted By PilotjohnS
Garmin Standard Panel

With the recent Vans announcement about a RV12isT and the picture of their standard Garmin panel for factory-built aircraft, what is the chance we could copy that layout and make a similar panel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2018, 09:19 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,021
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vertical

By vertically integrating the factory it could also help balance manpower between development and production. Really a smart move and helps keep the company in the game for the really long haul. And...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2018, 04:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,021
Posted By PilotjohnS
IFR standard

I like this Garmin panel. Hope it becomes the standard Garmin panel layout.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-31-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 160
Views: 41,093
Posted By PilotjohnS
Historic

Congratulations

Did something Amelia Earhart couldnt do.

I am next!
Forum: RV-12 08-27-2018, 02:29 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,494
Posted By PilotjohnS
WAiting for unleaded avgas. Also want to use Full...

WAiting for unleaded avgas. Also want to use Full syn oil. Just waiting.
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-25-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,856
Posted By PilotjohnS
Forgotten

Well, i just reviewed the sticky thread. Wish i knew then what i didnt know now. Or something like that. Thanks all for posting. I havent ruined and parts, yet. But now am educated.
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2018, 08:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pressure

Unless the temp is changing 10 s of degrees, i think local barometric pressure will have more influence. I did notice that the tank air temp and outside air temp took a few hours to find equilibrium...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 08:35 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,028
Posted By PilotjohnS
Chain lube

The sell it as chain lube.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,133
Posted By PilotjohnS
cruise

Not much to do with 12 hours fuel on board , huh?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2018, 06:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,028
Posted By PilotjohnS
right or wrong

right or wrong, I have been using a drop of boeing-lube from REI. Seems to wick in very easily.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2018, 06:27 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,837
Posted By PilotjohnS
And I can build with one eye closed and one hand...

And I can build with one eye closed and one hand holding my girl friend. But why would I?
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2018, 01:53 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,837
Posted By PilotjohnS
Welcome

Come on in the water is fine
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 08:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By PilotjohnS
The real test is to use air and put soap bubbles...

The real test is to use air and put soap bubbles on the seams.
Forum: RV-14 08-22-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,301
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

I used a manometer. I pressurized it by blowing into the manometer and then pushing a swig of water in as my lost breath.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2018, 02:53 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,226
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

if you want to fly now, cant beat a RV12.
If you plan to be in it for the long haul, and don't see any medical issues in the next few years, I would keep flying club planes, rental or even a used...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-19-2018, 06:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,689
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dimple

I think when you dimple that hole a lot of the creAse will come out. Also if you edge break the edge will stay down too. I think it will be very hard to see on the finished bird. JMHO
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-17-2018, 07:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,289
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

Yes this is what i meant. If you use the proper method for electrical bonding and happen to only have a simple ohm meter , the assembly might be OK. By no means is any electrical bonding method OK if...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-17-2018, 03:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,289
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

Except for the starter circuit, and major power grounds, i think the electrical bonding measurements can be made with a simple ohm meter. As long as things measure less than 1/2 ohm , and the meter...
Forum: Propellers 08-14-2018, 04:09 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,109
Posted By PilotjohnS
Catto constant speed

There are rumors of a Catto constant speed prop coming out. If this is true, may add complexity to my 2 vs 3 blade decision.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-14-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,007
Posted By PilotjohnS
my Plan

My plan is to put an old fashion hobbs in with my garmin panel. Just so I know if my kids "borrowed" my plane. I think it would be nice to have the hours always displayed, even with the panel off....
Forum: Tools 08-13-2018, 05:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,329
Posted By PilotjohnS
drill

I found the new Makita 18V cordless BRUSHLESS drills are choice (very good). the new brushless are much lighter than the standard cordless, smaller even. The are comparable to the air drill without...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-13-2018, 05:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 547
Posted By PilotjohnS
my experience

I have been using this stuff for two years at 1:2. and dimpling after prime with no problem.
I tried the 1:1.5 and it didn't come out well with my dry ambient conditions. JMHO. YMMV

I have done the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,256
Posted By PilotjohnS
my take

I would pick a avionics brand, my choice was either Dynon or Garmin. This way you can install the autopilot, heated pitot tube, and magnetometer, etc, as you build. Don't need to buy things until...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-10-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 278
Views: 43,225
Posted By PilotjohnS
wow

Great job on the progress.

You and I started the fuse at the same time, but now you have blown by me, you are so far ahead its like proof of the Doppler effect.

But please keep posting. You are...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-09-2018, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,115
Posted By PilotjohnS
crime

It is a crime. I hope this wrong gets righted before my plane is done and it becomes an airport again.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,520
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I never got good results mixing in bag. I mixed on scrap hotel key or other hard plasctic then transfered to baggie. Worked great.
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