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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 10:33 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,699
Posted By flion
The odds of irreparably bungling a part or...

The odds of irreparably bungling a part or assembly can be stated as 1:SCT(1+F)/P, where S = volumetric size of the part/assembly, C is the cost, T is the time invested so far, F is a measure of your...
Forum: RV-6/6A Yesterday, 09:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 396
Posted By flion
Hardest part is removing the trim cable, if...

Hardest part is removing the trim cable, if manual trim. Not really hard. Harder to put back but, again, not hard.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2019, 08:58 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,924
Posted By flion
^That. I've been quietly harping at Garmin to...

^That. I've been quietly harping at Garmin to port their Pilot software to Windows so I can put it on my Surface Pro. I am on my fourth upgrade, but I still have the original, which is working just...
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2019, 08:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,156
Posted By flion
Except that it's already drilled for AN3, so...

Except that it's already drilled for AN3, so you'd have to replace the supplied bolts with AN4 and drill both the latch block and the seat to match. Frankly, I don't see the need. I swapped my...
Forum: RV-10 01-09-2019, 06:17 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,220
Posted By flion
That primer looks way too thick. In any case, if...

That primer looks way too thick. In any case, if you are having to 'break' the primer to get the rivets in, you'd be better off reaming the holes. If you are worried that this will remove...
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 621
Posted By flion
I had to go back into my logbook for this, it's...

I had to go back into my logbook for this, it's been so long ago. When I did the side skins, I had a friend used a block of wood to push the weldment to the longeron/skin. Then he pushed from the...
Forum: RV-10 12-15-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By flion
Fabricate it. You'll have to figure the geometry...

Fabricate it. You'll have to figure the geometry based on your tab anyway.
Forum: RV-10 12-11-2018, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,249
Posted By flion
Good that you've checked the bolt tolerance spec....

Good that you've checked the bolt tolerance spec. Now check drill bit specs. A drill bit will probably work Ok, but since you are investing a lot of time and money, why not do the best job...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 12-05-2018, 07:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,831
Posted By flion
And here's the link:...

And here's the link: https://opennav.com/waypoint/US/CFBTW. The Internet is your friend. ;)
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2018, 08:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,554
Posted By flion
While I generally agree with Van's...

While I generally agree with Van's recommendations, there is another factor here. When you do this countersinking on your wing spars, follow Van's guidelines. But here, you will be gluing the wedge...
Forum: RV-10 11-09-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 683
Posted By flion
I placed my two GPS antennae near the centerline,...

I placed my two GPS antennae near the centerline, one between the doors and the other about halfway back, to maintain the spacing recommended by Garmin. I routed out the opening for the antenna...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,277
Posted By flion
I only saw one post about thermal expansion; the...

I only saw one post about thermal expansion; the rest seemed more concerned with keeping the builder warm. There used to be advice (I think it is found in "XX years of the RVator") to heat the skins...
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2018, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 857
Posted By flion
Your first picture is the way to go, to provide...

Your first picture is the way to go, to provide adequate clearance for the puck and screw heads (if not flush) to clear the rudder counterweight. My opinion is not structurally tested or analyzed...
Forum: RV-10 10-06-2018, 09:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 907
Posted By flion
After starting the empennage, I bought the rest...

After starting the empennage, I bought the rest of the kits at once. I spent a little money (compared to the kits) and bought a lot of small-drawer organizers for the hardware (I think I'm up to 8...
Forum: RV-10 09-30-2018, 10:31 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,335
Posted By flion
I came late to the discussion. The old wisdom...

I came late to the discussion. The old wisdom for homebuilts has always been "if you want to fly, buy. If you want to build, build." That covers the people who regret that their aircraft can't be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-28-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,514
Posted By flion
If you're not in a huge hurry, just put the part...

If you're not in a huge hurry, just put the part in the sun. I found this to work even in the wintertime (sorry for those of you in the so-called Midwest, in Arizona we have sun in the winter,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 10:35 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 10,591
Posted By flion
I'm surprised no one answered this. It's been...

I'm surprised no one answered this. It's been discussed on the forums before. We have been given several identifiers. See this document...
Forum: RV-10 09-24-2018, 09:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,760
Posted By flion
If you REALLY don't want to pull the tanks you...

If you REALLY don't want to pull the tanks you could use a pulled rivet. Personally, I think it'd be a bigger hassle to get the rivets from ACS and you'll feel kind of silly once you pull the tanks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2018, 09:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,010
Posted By flion
You never know what you'll get. I had an A&P IA...

You never know what you'll get. I had an A&P IA teach me to rivet on the tail of my RV-6A. There were a few dings but he didn't say I needed to redo anything. Then I finished the wings, moved to...
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,143
Posted By flion
That's nice, or you could try a kayak storage...

That's nice, or you could try a kayak storage system (https://www.amazon.com/StoreYourBoard-Ceiling-Storage-Hi-Lift-Hanging/dp/B07934ZCZT). Replace the straps as needed with adjustable ones to fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-04-2018, 09:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 850
Posted By flion
Be sure you are applying pressure against the...

Be sure you are applying pressure against the rivet head (not the tail which forms the shop head) as you squeeze. That's easier to do with a hand squeezer than a pneumatic, but in either case you...
Forum: RV-10 08-09-2018, 08:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 980
Posted By flion
If it is a portable bottle, I wouldn't put it aft...

If it is a portable bottle, I wouldn't put it aft of the baggage compartment. I think the above post is far better. If it is permanent, then you could put it anywhere aft but I think further...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2018, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,405
Posted By flion
Chapter 1 of the G3X installation manual (the G3X...

Chapter 1 of the G3X installation manual (the G3X touch manuals are found here (https://support.garmin.com/support/manuals/manuals.htm?partNo=010-00G3X-00)) is a great place to start. Similarly, you...
Forum: Tools 08-03-2018, 08:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 990
Posted By flion
An ounce of prevention ...

Spray with mold release, wipe excess. Resin will still get into the cleco but won't stick to it and, since cured resin is pretty brittle, is easy to break up and dislodge. Also, best to set your...
Forum: RV-14 08-01-2018, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Posted By flion
Don't worry, you'll have use for the larger...

Don't worry, you'll have use for the larger pilots.
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 06:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Posted By flion
That's right, and the smaller pilot keeps the...

That's right, and the smaller pilot keeps the countersink centered in the nutplate, so you don't need a backing plate or anything. The spar material is just not quite deep enough but it doesn't...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2018, 03:16 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,011
Posted By flion
I am guessing that these countersinks are in the...

I am guessing that these countersinks are in the spar or similar where a nutplate will be behind and dimpled skin over the countersink. I don't have the -14 plans but the -10 does this. The purpose...
Forum: RV-10 07-25-2018, 06:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 701
Posted By flion
You should have aluminum spacers (and a machinist...

You should have aluminum spacers (and a machinist friend of mine mic'd them with the plastic on and off - definitely peel the plastic before using them). Use common bolts for now and replace with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2018, 08:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 650
Posted By flion
Not sure what you mean by 'the 6 isn't standard'...

Not sure what you mean by 'the 6 isn't standard' but a shop like Stein's or Aerotronics can cut you a panel. Aerotronics built my panel at their shop and sent it to me to install. Actually, they...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-13-2018, 08:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 935
Posted By flion
Thanks, Steve, for increasing MY fund of...

Thanks, Steve, for increasing MY fund of knowledge.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2018, 06:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 935
Posted By flion
I think I'd take that .5 with a grain of salt. ...

I think I'd take that .5 with a grain of salt. I've just looked at the G3X installation manual to refresh my memory. The installation does indeed call for .5 degrees. But then I look at the...
Forum: RV-10 07-12-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 812
Posted By flion
I have revision 2 of the plans and they tell you...

I have revision 2 of the plans and they tell you to machine countersink all the skin holes in the longerons except for the gap cover holes (Page 10-16, step 1). This would include the forward-most...
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2018, 08:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 589
Posted By flion
The screw head was slightly larger but I wasn't...

The screw head was slightly larger but I wasn't happy with the arrangement, so I chucked the spacers in a drill press and used a triangle file to make a couple of very shallow notches in the spacer...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-08-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,081
Posted By flion
It seems no one exactly answered your question...

It seems no one exactly answered your question about the prop control. After cycling in runup, my prop is full for taxi and takeoff. After takeoff, when I am at about 500' AGL, I reduce the prop to...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-08-2018, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,765
Posted By flion
I want to add my condolences. I never met Monty...

I want to add my condolences. I never met Monty personally but the company and the engine say a lot about the person and so I know I missed out on knowing a great man.
Forum: RV-14 07-01-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,511
Posted By flion
D-subs are Ok but CPCs are usually better, IMHO. ...

D-subs are Ok but CPCs are usually better, IMHO. Aircraft Spruce only sells a few varieties but places like Digikey and Mouser can get you whatever you want. In the rudder I have a 4-pin CPC, for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2018, 09:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,158
Posted By flion
Look at your car doors and ask yourself "How...

Look at your car doors and ask yourself "How tight does the gap have to be?" Evenness counts more for the look than tightness. Also, in your third photo it looks like the side of the top deck skin...
Forum: RV-10 06-03-2018, 08:20 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,397
Posted By flion
It's hard to imagine that stock being that far...

It's hard to imagine that stock being that far out of true (5+ degrees is visibly off) but if it is then you need to get it replaced. Do not try to bend it because you might induce internal stresses...
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 693
Posted By flion
If you are going for the advanced avionics that...

If you are going for the advanced avionics that most of us seem to be using, anything with a magnetometer, don't use the airframe ground (that's for a position light anyway, not a strobe). I made up...
Forum: Web Site Development 05-22-2018, 07:57 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,660
Posted By flion
Not possible with simple hosting such as Dan was...

Not possible with simple hosting such as Dan was suggesting. If it's just a file on the server, then the only way to block it is to remove access to the folder, at which point your entire site would...
Forum: RV-10 05-10-2018, 08:17 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,439
Posted By flion
I would not trust velcro outside the cabin, and...

I would not trust velcro outside the cabin, and you'd have to make a hole for the cable anyway. Mine are mounted through the fiberglass but I did that before I installed the overhead console. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 07:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By flion
For those of you building in a hangar, you can...

For those of you building in a hangar, you can also get insurance that includes liability (our airport requires a $1 million for hangar tenants). Falcon has been providing me with "not in motion"...
Forum: RV-10 02-13-2018, 04:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,391
Posted By flion
It's not that it's underbent but the weight of...

It's not that it's underbent but the weight of the structure itself causes it to sag and spread there. Taking the weight off by lifting at the top of the side skins helps and pushing in from the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-14-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,676
Posted By flion
Below is a photo of my IO-540. It has the B&C...

Below is a photo of my IO-540. It has the B&C alternator and an Airwolf remote oil filter adapter. Standard pad for the alternator on the vacuum pump pad. I seem to recall that my research showed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-21-2017, 07:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,767
Posted By flion
This stuff is good if you are planning to polish...

This stuff is good if you are planning to polish but structural epoxy is a little better if you are planning to paint. Flatten the dimple, drill if cracks develop (don't flatten or drill the...
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 886
Posted By flion
This is a place where you can find or modify a...

This is a place where you can find or modify a bucking bar to fit. I would not buck those rivets freehand but instead would clamp the bucking bar in a vice, put the work in place over the bar, and...
Forum: RV-10 12-16-2017, 07:00 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 903
Posted By flion
Oh, I see. Yes, while it's best to dimple...

Oh, I see. Yes, while it's best to dimple separately, you can dimple thin stock together. It is also possible to countersink thick stock and dimple thin sheet over it, using the countersink as the...
Forum: RV-10 12-09-2017, 07:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 903
Posted By flion
I held off. Only the holes closest to the...

I held off. Only the holes closest to the trailing edge were a challenge. Many techniques have been discussed in the archives. My technique was to fit a wooden wedge in place and match drill it...
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2017, 03:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 766
Posted By flion
I made a cradle for mine and riveted it in the...

I made a cradle for mine and riveted it in the cradle.
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Forum: RV-10 11-24-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,896
Posted By flion
They locate the core. If you have specific...

They locate the core. If you have specific needs, let them know in advance. The cases I got are old and didn't have bosses for the LSE crank sensor mount but a call to Klaus and we've got a mod for...
Forum: RV-10 11-23-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,896
Posted By flion
Another upvote for BPE.

Another upvote for BPE.
Forum: RV-10 11-14-2017, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,125
Posted By flion
Those links worked. As others have said, be sure...

Those links worked. As others have said, be sure there is nothing interfering on that back surface. I seem to recall that it took a bit of fitting around some of the relief holes because they...
Forum: RV-10 11-13-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,125
Posted By flion
Sorry, I can't seem to view your pictures. Are...

Sorry, I can't seem to view your pictures. Are you talking about the part where the WD-1021P shim is supposed to be installed?
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 848
Posted By flion
I would suspect the E-903. But first, if you...

I would suspect the E-903. But first, if you have not match drilled things, assemble the two ribs together and then the counterbalance skin (not elevator horn) to the E-904 and see if the...
Forum: RV-10 10-31-2017, 01:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,556
Posted By flion
I had to go back and look at my log. A friend...

I had to go back and look at my log. A friend had an 'alligator' style pneumatic squeezer, which did the trick.
Forum: RV-10 10-27-2017, 02:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,003
Posted By flion
Wait until you have to reach between the inner...

Wait until you have to reach between the inner and outer side skins on the fuselage.
Forum: RV-10 10-25-2017, 08:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,688
Posted By flion
Thanks for all the kind words. Myron, I will be...

Thanks for all the kind words. Myron, I will be disassembling and rebuilding, rather than a quick-build. Too many small modifications that I will either keep if the structure is Ok or redo if it...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2017, 02:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,688
Posted By flion
Unhappy Well %#@&!!!

It's taken me a few days to gain emotional distance enough to deal with a huge setback in my project. I had bought an aircraft lift, which seemed like a great assist, both letting me move both...
Forum: RV-10 10-16-2017, 08:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 584
Posted By flion
Another technique is to use fuel lube or its...

Another technique is to use fuel lube or its current iteration to stick the washers in place.
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,385
Posted By flion
It's a tight fit. The filter adapter flange...

It's a tight fit. The filter adapter flange would not 'turn the corner' to get past the body of the alternator, so it had to be attached first. I also could not get the screw into the bottom right...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2017, 02:44 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,385
Posted By flion
Mine? It's the 462.

Mine? It's the 462.
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,385
Posted By flion
I had that problem with the tach sender...

I had that problem with the tach sender interfering with the backup alternator. The hydraulic pad won't work for the alternator. I've finally got a tach sender with cable that works. My oil fiter...
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