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Forum: RV-10 04-19-2019, 11:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By ppilotmike
I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the...

I agree. A kick or a push on the door from the inside and it would open. There's also the side windows, front and back, that could be broken with the right tool.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 04-17-2019, 08:40 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,391
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice Write-Up!

Thanks for posting your adventure. It's nice to see pictures of people having fun at SnF. I've never been, but would like to some day, when my bird is flying.
Forum: Tools 04-15-2019, 12:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 400
Posted By ppilotmike
I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. ...

I also bought by tool kit from planetools.com. Can't say how they compare now, as it's been a while since I bought my kit, but back then it was very complete and a good price. I would recommend...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-10-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 733
Posted By ppilotmike
Use Epoxy

My understanding is that you can use epoxy resin with polyester parts, but not polyester resin with epoxy parts. I could be wrong about that, but my friend, who's a fiberglass guru, told me to use...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-09-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,342
Posted By ppilotmike
You do not need to enter your plane to be judged...

You do not need to enter your plane to be judged to park/camp in the home-built camping area.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-05-2019, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 898
Posted By ppilotmike
+1

Me too! I think, without VAF, Vans would have fewer people building their planes. In fact, I think fewer people would be building experimentals of any type, without VAF. VAF gives builders a place...
Forum: RV-10 03-28-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 381
Posted By ppilotmike
Epoxy and Micro

I used epoxy (West System) with micro-balloons mixed to the consistency you want. Then, when it's all sanded and smooth, screed a layer of just epoxy resin over it all, sand smooth, fill pinholes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,219
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch...

Well, one could certainly beat him to the punch then, right? If there's something else going on (like the FAA is giving him special treatment), then I agree with you. However, if he's just getting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,219
Posted By ppilotmike
James, I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers...

James,

I'm sorry you "lost" two short N-numbers that you had reserved. Sounds like the FAA failed you. What would you do if the guy in line ahead of you at the DMV wanted the same vanity plate you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,219
Posted By ppilotmike
Short N Numbers

I, for one, believe that Short N Numbers is indeed providing a service. John has not only secured a nice collection of desirable numbers, but has arranged them in an easily searchable manner and...
Forum: GPS 03-25-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 147
Views: 17,462
Posted By ppilotmike
Love it!

I also would like to know how these units compare to the 650/750. Do they offer the same features, but in a smaller, lighter unit, without the big screen interface?
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 12:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 724
Posted By ppilotmike
Now that there is funny! You technically could...

Now that there is funny!

You technically could do a motopod with air conditioning, but you'd have to relocate the inlet/outlet for the condenser to the side of the airplane tail cone, similar to...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,661
Posted By ppilotmike
I too want to hear more about your separator...

I too want to hear more about your separator...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2019, 12:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 636
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, You should look up Dan Horton's post...

Justin,

You should look up Dan Horton's post about what he did on his 8. He made some "rubberized fiberglass" skirts around the bottom section of the pant, to allow the bottom hole to flex open...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2019, 08:29 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,699
Posted By ppilotmike
The Law of RV Project Scheduling

"If you quote a specific duration or finish date for your RV project, schedule will inexplicably slip, due to reasons outside of your control."
Forum: Midwest 03-21-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,363
Posted By ppilotmike
It's true that Front Range Airport has recently...

It's true that Front Range Airport has recently received its certification as a Space Port (Spaceport Colorado), but the airport still goes by the name "Front Range". The Spaceport Colorado build...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-14-2019, 12:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,598
Posted By ppilotmike
SR-71 Model

Lance,

That's the coolest RC plane I've ever seen. The Blackbird happens to be my favorite plane of all time. You sir, are very up to the challenge of an RV-10. Heck, now I want you to come to...
Forum: Midwest 03-14-2019, 12:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,363
Posted By ppilotmike
Claude, In my opinion, KFTG would be the...

Claude,

In my opinion, KFTG would be the cheapest and easiest to fly into (especially coming in from the NE). Call the airport (see website) to find out about rental cars and hangars or tie-downs. ...
Forum: RV-10 03-11-2019, 03:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,265
Posted By ppilotmike
Bob, Be sure to check out South Florida Sport...

Bob,

Be sure to check out South Florida Sport Aviation's Interior as well.
Forum: Propellers 02-27-2019, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,368
Posted By ppilotmike
Weight & Cost Savings?

For the RV-10 CS Prop model, what is the savings over the 2-blade Hartzell from Vans (cost and weight)?
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 10:46 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 399
Posted By ppilotmike
That's my understanding as well.

That's my understanding as well.
Forum: RV-10 02-27-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,218
Posted By ppilotmike
Ron, I've PM'd you the information for the next...

Ron,

I've PM'd you the information for the next person in line, so you can coordinate with him.

Leo,

Thanks again, for sharing your hard work with other 10 builders.

Mike
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,798
Posted By ppilotmike
Oops. I guess I didn't realize they weren't open...

Oops. I guess I didn't realize they weren't open all the way.
Forum: Safety 02-22-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,462
Posted By ppilotmike
I seem to remember, in the article, that he had...

I seem to remember, in the article, that he had hooked up some kind of external charger (presumably a battery-powered jumpstarter of some sort) and left it hooked up to the aircraft battery to...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,798
Posted By ppilotmike
Mark, Thanks. I primed the insides of mine, so...

Mark,

Thanks. I primed the insides of mine, so hopefully, they won't suffer the same fate. I received my steps with my fuselage kit back in early 2015, but there's no telling when they were...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 10:33 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,798
Posted By ppilotmike
How can one tell what's good and what's not?

Looking at the pictures above, I would think it's impossible to tell a good weld from a bad one; as far as penetration is concerned. Any advice on what we should look for? Luckily, the RV-10 design...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2019, 10:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,218
Posted By ppilotmike
For anyone who would like the mold..

I did not make this mold. It was made by another 10 builder, who's much better at fiberglass than I. He let me borrow it, for free, and I intend to "pay it forward" to another 10 builder, via this...
Forum: RV-10 02-21-2019, 12:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,218
Posted By ppilotmike
Sorry. I don't, but going off memory, I think...

Sorry. I don't, but going off memory, I think it's about 10" to 12" above the tunnel. However, I think it was made with the idea to have lots of storage and potentially a place for an O2 cylinder...
Forum: RV-10 02-21-2019, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,218
Posted By ppilotmike
Larry, I still have that bolt-together female...

Larry,

I still have that bolt-together female mold for making a center console for the 10. I you're interested let me know. Seems like it would save you a lot of work, since you wouldn't need to...
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,348
Posted By ppilotmike
Way to go!

I'm right behind you..by a couple of years. :(
Seems my pace is slow..
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,798
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm with Larry. I've never heard of the RV-10...

I'm with Larry. I've never heard of the RV-10 steps cracking or breaking. I thought the step was redesigned to be more robust for the 10...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-19-2019, 03:56 PM
Replies: 408
Views: 205,142
Posted By ppilotmike
Parachute

Dave,

I always thought that pan was there in case you wanted to wear a "sit on" parachute for doing aerobatics. Might be worth incorporating "easy removal" into your design.
Forum: Tools 02-11-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 751
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice tool, but..

..for almost $300 you could buy 8 pneumatic rivet pullers from Harbor Freight.

Or, you could do what I did: Buy one from HF ($32ish) and buy their 2 year, no questions asked, extended warranty...
Forum: RV-10 02-11-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,927
Posted By ppilotmike
Justin, Can you tell us, verbatim, what your...

Justin,

Can you tell us, verbatim, what your operating limitations say?
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,746
Posted By ppilotmike
When I first started on my RV-10 emp kit, I had...

When I first started on my RV-10 emp kit, I had similar problems with my squeezer, while building the first piece (vertical stabilizer). Turns out the adjustable set holder (i.e. the part that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,594
Posted By ppilotmike
1) I really, really, really like the new website...

1) I really, really, really like the new website look and "flow."
2) I think you should change the "Order a Kit" Button to say "Kit Ordering Info" or something less daunting. There is a lot of...
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2019, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,342
Posted By ppilotmike
Love the paint scheme, Dan!

Love the paint scheme, Dan!
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2019, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,245
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome!

Congratulations on your decision to build an RV! Another Data Point. The 10's vertical stabilizer's ribs have lightening holes in them, all except for the top-most one. You can pass your conduit...
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2019, 09:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,286
Posted By ppilotmike
David is still around. The best way to get a...

David is still around. The best way to get a hold of him is to call the phone number on the website and leave a message. It may take him a while to get back to you, but I would suspect he will. ...
Forum: RV-10 01-28-2019, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 791
Posted By ppilotmike
Lynn, I know that South Florida Sport Aviation...

Lynn,

I know that South Florida Sport Aviation http://www.sfsportaviation.com/, who's an advertiser on this site, sells an overhead console that does send cabin air as the return air back to the AC...
Forum: RV-3 01-28-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,704
Posted By ppilotmike
Dave. THIS! I'm telling you the bow in the...

Dave. THIS! I'm telling you the bow in the front is really no big deal. IMHO, it's good to have such a sturdy element IN FRONT of your face. Big cut is also no big deal. Dremel tool, warm air...
Forum: RV-3 01-27-2019, 10:57 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,704
Posted By ppilotmike
Dave, I think you should go slider with your...

Dave,

I think you should go slider with your canopy, not a tip over, for the following reasons:
- Less likely to lose canopy in flight. Even if you do, the front windshield stays on.
- Able to open...
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,342
Posted By ppilotmike
Great Pic, Ivan!

That's a beautiful bird.
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,197
Posted By ppilotmike
I took Jim's advice years ago and I still think...

I took Jim's advice years ago and I still think it's good advice. No extra insulation in my 10, other than the headliner material, carpet on the floor and side panels. Put the pounds where you can...
Forum: Primers 01-25-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 458
Posted By ppilotmike
AZKO Questions: 1) Does it apply and hold up...

AZKO Questions:
1) Does it apply and hold up well on fiberglass?
2) Is it truly just a primer coat or can it be the only coat (topcoat)?
3) Does it protect from UV rays (for fiberglass...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

..Looking forward to seeing you "represent" for Colorado! Way to go, guys!
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-22-2019, 12:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,322
Posted By ppilotmike
Congrats!..

..welcome to the madness.
Forum: RV-10 01-22-2019, 12:40 PM
Replies: 454
Views: 401,829
Posted By ppilotmike
Me likey!

Good job, Justin.
Forum: Midwest 01-18-2019, 12:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,019
Posted By ppilotmike
If wing removal isn't required, you should...

If wing removal isn't required, you should consider all the 2-place Vans birds. They aren't pop-riveted, but they have the fuel in the wings and some are aerobatic too. You would only spend a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-18-2019, 12:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,598
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations..

..and welcome to the madness! :D
Forum: Midwest 01-18-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,019
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, I guess people aren't having the difficulty...

Well, I guess people aren't having the difficulty removing the wings that was reported to me. Could be the people I heard from were just not up to the task on a regular basis. I'm glad to hear that...
Forum: Midwest 01-17-2019, 03:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,019
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. I know of a few people in Colorado who are...

Yup. I know of a few people in Colorado who are building, but not yet flying their RV-12s.

The Positives I've heard:
- All metal construction
- Fast to Build (pop rivets)
- Cheap to Build (for a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-17-2019, 09:00 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,448
Posted By ppilotmike
+1 on that!

I would like to have this cross-checking functionality as well.
Forum: RV-10 01-15-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,653
Posted By ppilotmike
Sorry, but I didn't get that PM, or at least I...

Sorry, but I didn't get that PM, or at least I couldn't find it. My email is below. I need to get in touch anyway about your fairings. Shoot me an email at the address below.
ppilotmike at gmail...
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2019, 09:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,909
Posted By ppilotmike
South Florida Sport Aviation..

..has them too. http://sfsportaviation.com/index.php?route=product/product&path=24_69&product_id=83
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,466
Posted By ppilotmike
Very cool.

Thanks for posting. Both planes are nice, but they probably picked the 7 because of the color scheme. I really like the blue.
Forum: Reviews 01-09-2019, 01:05 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 8,394
Posted By ppilotmike
Nice!

Thanks for the write-up, Guy. Looks like a winner.
Forum: RV-10 01-07-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 630
Posted By ppilotmike
No preference..

..but you HAVE to make it a priority to check out The Perfect Landing Restaurant on the field; especially for dinner. Very nice.
Forum: RV-10 01-07-2019, 02:16 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,255
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. Depth control of the cutting wheel will be...

Yup. Depth control of the cutting wheel will be difficult for sure...
Forum: RV-10 01-07-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,255
Posted By ppilotmike
Is it possible to "relocate" the seam, by...

Is it possible to "relocate" the seam, by grinding back the aluminum a bit and adding fiberglass to your cowling?
Forum: RV-10 01-07-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,653
Posted By ppilotmike
Jan, Can you post or PM me pictures of the...

Jan,

Can you post or PM me pictures of the windows on your latest build. I too am interested in black posts and a seamless "one large window" look. Thanks.
Forum: RV-10 01-07-2019, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 771
Posted By ppilotmike
Sorry, Matt..

..but my family and I took a week off around New Year's Eve for a ski trip. I didn't check VAF once for over 9 days. For shame... ;) Let me know if you come to Denver again, and I can show you my...
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