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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,681
Posted By bk1bennett
Congratulations. You worked expeditiously!

Congratulations. You worked expeditiously!
Forum: RV-14 07-05-2018, 05:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 811
Posted By bk1bennett
For me the section with the trim tab hinge was...

For me the section with the trim tab hinge was the hardest. Used a steel bucking bar and got acceptable results, but they are the ugliest rivets I have bucked so far. You have to buck by feel. I...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-15-2018, 12:54 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,148
Posted By bk1bennett
I really enjoyed the write-up, too. It is fun and...

I really enjoyed the write-up, too. It is fun and inspiring. Thanks!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-05-2018, 11:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,148
Posted By bk1bennett
GREAT STORY! And what a fantastic father-son...

GREAT STORY! And what a fantastic father-son memory! Congratulations and thanks for the nice write-up.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2018, 07:44 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,549
Posted By bk1bennett
Allís Well that Ends Well

Great attitude! Thanks for posting your experience. As others have said, you are not the only one who learned from it. Obviously, you have an honesty about dealing with situations like this that is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-12-2018, 07:51 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,072
Posted By bk1bennett
Personally, I think you did fantastic work. I...

Personally, I think you did fantastic work. I would wager that if you did a tuft test of the original design, you would find significant improvement. The part you added is probably light, and you may...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2018, 12:40 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,072
Posted By bk1bennett
I too am an aero engineer and I agree with Steve...

I too am an aero engineer and I agree with Steve Smith's take that your aft-facing surface is too steep to keep the flow attached. However, based on my experience, you have done a pretty good job of...
Forum: RV-14 02-14-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,496
Posted By bk1bennett
Why?

Those of you who are omitting the stall warning kit from your build: Why? What benefits are you getting from making that change?

I understand that you may have AOA sensing, but having an...
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 11:43 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 46,183
Posted By bk1bennett
Horizontal Stabilizer Complete

Hi all. I am a little late with this post on VAF: We finished the Horizontal Stabilizer on 9 January 2018. I am growing increasingly pleased with the Van's RV-14A kit. Documentation is fantastic....
Forum: RV-14 12-30-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,971
Posted By bk1bennett
Riveting Confidence

For first-time builders: At what point in your build did you gain the sense of confidence that you were going to get flush riveting accomplished without dinging a skin?
Forum: RV-14 09-28-2017, 09:11 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,894
Posted By bk1bennett
I'll bet you have a thousand great stories to...

I'll bet you have a thousand great stories to tell! Wow, that's quite a set of accomplishments in the homebuilding world. Thanks for sharing your "resume." Do you ever wish you had all those planes...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-28-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 18,718
Posted By bk1bennett
We've all been there

Isn't that the way it goes? You really have to focus on the task at hand and be thinking constantly about each step. I creased my rudder skin because I ran off the back rivet plate. It sounds so...
Forum: RV-14 09-24-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 46,183
Posted By bk1bennett
RV-14A Rudder (Section 7) Complete

On Friday night, 9/22/17, I finished the Rudder (Section 7). It took me over 40 hours.I had to patch an area on the right skin because I creased it during back riveting (ran off the end of the plate...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 09-14-2017, 11:55 AM
Replies: 326
Views: 123,401
Posted By bk1bennett
"I beheld the wide sweep of granite near...

"I beheld the wide sweep of granite near Americaís fallen warriors buried there, and I felt within me the quickening surge of Godís presence with a message to go---to go deeper and deeper into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,462
Posted By bk1bennett
What a great story. Thanks for the heads up. I...

What a great story. Thanks for the heads up. I appreciate the link. I didn't know that Dick came from an aviation family that bought an airplane (Piper J5, I believe) for $750. He was in the Air...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2017, 09:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,396
Posted By bk1bennett
Thanks so much for the advice. I followed the...

Thanks so much for the advice. I followed the Section 5.8 instructions and it came together nicely! My initial idea for the thru-hole worked great, and I did countersinking following the section...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,396
Posted By bk1bennett
Thumbs up Yes, thanks!

Yes, thanks!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-08-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,586
Posted By bk1bennett
Conterminous. That's a new one for me. Great...

Conterminous. That's a new one for me.

Great concept and fun reading!

LOL: "A gregarious man in his seventies, he seemed very interested in our trip across America. I learned that he was very...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2017, 11:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,196
Posted By bk1bennett
Beautiful aircraft! I am envious -- a long way...

Beautiful aircraft! I am envious -- a long way away from that for me.

Happy flying.
Forum: RV-14 09-07-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,396
Posted By bk1bennett
Yikes. OK. Looks like I'll be redoing this...

Yikes. OK. Looks like I'll be redoing this operation to get the right countersinks. I think I was shallow enough so far that it should not be a problem.

The elevator instructions are much more...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2017, 08:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,396
Posted By bk1bennett
RV-14 Rudder trailing edge drilling and countersinking

Problem: find a simple solution to drilling the trailing edge. I was looking at the cross-section of the R-916-1 trailing edge and concluded that a scrap piece would make a great drill guide because...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2017, 08:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 46,183
Posted By bk1bennett
Vertical stabilizer is complete as of 8/24/17. ...

Vertical stabilizer is complete as of 8/24/17. Took about 26 hours. My Efficiency and quality are improving. This is a great kit. I have benefitted immensely from this community. Hopefully I will...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2017, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,962
Posted By bk1bennett
I am with bkervaski. The photos make it look as...

I am with bkervaski. The photos make it look as if the dimple (die) is too big in diameter. The witness marks from riveting I have seen before, but the final rivets and the dimple don't look right to...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-23-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 326
Views: 123,401
Posted By bk1bennett
What a great day for you!

What a great day for you!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2017, 06:05 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 23,506
Posted By bk1bennett
Bruce: Thanks for the photos. Beautiful! I...

Bruce:

Thanks for the photos. Beautiful! I looked at each one. It is mesmerizing. I love the great American West, and you showed us a lot of it.
Forum: Interiors 08-05-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,334
Posted By bk1bennett
Very nice! When I get to the seating stage I...

Very nice! When I get to the seating stage I will give you all a ring.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 04:49 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 99,193
Posted By bk1bennett
Just when I think I've seen the most stunning...

Just when I think I've seen the most stunning photo, a new one crops up. Just when I've think I've heard it all, another new adventure unfolds. Epic is generally an overused word, but this trip is...
Forum: RV-14 07-22-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,119
Posted By bk1bennett
Congratulations! You built it fast!

Congratulations!

You built it fast!
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2017, 09:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,090
Posted By bk1bennett
Well done, sir! Congratulations on your...

Well done, sir! Congratulations on your outstanding achievement. Thanks for the encouragement and information you have contributed. I like your build blog a lot!

What are your plans after you get...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2017, 08:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,891
Posted By bk1bennett
You are an inspiration, sir. I don't know how...

You are an inspiration, sir. I don't know how you found a helper/girlfriend who loves working on an airplane and does a good job, but I hope you know how special it is.

Just wanted to let you know...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-26-2017, 08:28 AM
Replies: 233
Views: 29,284
Posted By bk1bennett
Beautiful looking product! Congratulations....

Beautiful looking product! Congratulations.

P.S. I don't know how you craftsmen get that blue film to stay on. My tail kit came with so much duct tape that it was impossible to salvage all of the...
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,095
Posted By bk1bennett
Good luck, bkervaski. Thanks for sharing the ups...

Good luck, bkervaski. Thanks for sharing the ups and downs. It's good to know we all battle the same problems. Stay with it!
Forum: RV-14 06-20-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,095
Posted By bk1bennett
Sorry to hear about that. I will try to learn...

Sorry to hear about that. I will try to learn from your "event" and prepare for the inevitable tool drop when I get to that stage.

Did you consider alternative repair methods? For example, using...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2017, 06:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
Epilogue Returned from vacation yesterday. ...

Epilogue

Returned from vacation yesterday. Finished inventory today. All parts present. 100%!!! No damage to the kit despite the abuse endured by the crate. Thank you, Van's. That's great...
Forum: RV-14 06-09-2017, 02:53 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 79,133
Posted By bk1bennett
#140396. Empennage received 5-26-17.

#140396. Empennage received 5-26-17.
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2017, 02:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,966
Posted By bk1bennett
It is not the load on the beam that would concern...

It is not the load on the beam that would concern me but, rather, the loads on the joint. Joints are far more complex to analyze than a beam. The design loads are based on intimate contact between...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2017, 08:15 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
Thanks for the help and comments on this thread....

Thanks for the help and comments on this thread. I now realize how very common it is to get a damaged crate.

I hope that the situation will improve someday. Freight companies are losing the...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 02:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
Maybe I've made my first mistake -- I could have...

Maybe I've made my first mistake -- I could have have refused to accept the shipment, too. I am disappointed in myself that I didn't even think about calling Van's when the shipment arrived in a...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 01:15 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
I think I just understood your meaning: It'...

I think I just understood your meaning: It' missing quite a few EXTERNAL parts. I am really having a hard time understanding what in the heck FedEX did to the crate. It's wacky, but I'm not going to...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 01:04 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
I think forklift blight would be worse --- you...

I think forklift blight would be worse --- you can scarcely avoid damage in that scenario! Glad to hear Van's made it right for you!
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 12:58 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
Yes, I can see the evidence of bands, too....

Yes, I can see the evidence of bands, too.

Coincidentally, I have had two other large shipments in the past few months that were also heavily damaged. I am 0 for 3 in large freight.
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
My driver gave me the option of refusing the...

My driver gave me the option of refusing the shipment, but I did not do it.

I did file a claim with FedEx, which I believe is the process that Van's wants me to follow. I now have to inventory and...
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2017, 12:09 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,864
Posted By bk1bennett
RV-14A Empennage Kit Arrives in Damaged Crate

Last Friday I took delivery of my very first shipment from Van's: the RV-14A Empennage Kit. You probably know the anticipation of tracking the progress of the kit as it traveled from the factory to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2017, 01:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,486
Posted By bk1bennett
Marvin congratulations on a great achievement....

Marvin congratulations on a great achievement. What a beautiful looking airplane (what little of it we can see. Your building journey ends as mine begins. I just ordered the RV-14A tail kit last week...
Forum: Midwest 02-01-2017, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,878
Posted By bk1bennett
Beautiful video. Thanks for posting it!

Beautiful video. Thanks for posting it!
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 02-01-2017, 09:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 9,967
Posted By bk1bennett
I have not yet started my build, but I aspire to...

I have not yet started my build, but I aspire to be a part of Angel Flight someday!
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-07-2016, 12:45 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 16,110
Posted By bk1bennett
RIP Joe

He gave me a demo ride in the RV-14A and a factory tour about 13 months ago. What a great day that was for me. He was a class act all the way. I gave him a Boeing hat, but he insisted on making it a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-30-2016, 07:27 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 118,793
Posted By bk1bennett
Vlad, You are like one of the great explorers! ...

Vlad,

You are like one of the great explorers! Incredible!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2016, 01:23 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 10,732
Posted By bk1bennett
Joe, I will pray for your battle. I am sorry...

Joe,

I will pray for your battle. I am sorry that cancer has hit you but grateful it hasn't knocked you down.

Last September you took me up for a demo ride in the 14A and it was one of the most...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-03-2016, 12:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,297
Posted By bk1bennett
That is a wonderful trip summary. I really...

That is a wonderful trip summary. I really enjoyed reading it and seeing the photos. Thank you for sharing it!

I am amazed at how well organized the event seems to be, based on your summary. Coffee,...
Forum: RV-14 06-19-2016, 09:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 11,102
Posted By bk1bennett
RV-14A in the air

That is a gorgeous aircraft. I admire your work. Thanks for posting all the great info. My goal is to build an RV-14A. Just got my license in April. Flew in the prototype with Joe Blank last fall...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-09-2016, 02:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,981
Posted By bk1bennett
Great story! Good luck in your build. I am a...

Great story! Good luck in your build. I am a Boeing employee who has been at it for many years like you, and I have a goal to build an RV-14. Let us know how it goes!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-11-2016, 03:27 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,705
Posted By bk1bennett
Nice videos

I really like what the tail cam offers. The field of view is very good and it gives you a good reference line to the aircraft that helps orient you. Great shots. I am surprised at how steady the...
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