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Old 03-20-2020, 04:18 PM
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I just happened to re-read your book on Wednesday!
Iím still building a -14A (finished empennage and working on wings) and was looking to get refreshed on electrical as I need to start thinking about avionics and such.
It was a really enjoyable read on a topic that can be difficult for those not doing this stuff everyday. Loved it.

I have very little feedback, but just a few suggestions:
  • After completing the reading, Iím focused on Wiring diagram 3 - Vertical Power IFR with backup alternator, power system and EFIS.
  • Two items that i think would be common in this configuration are missing: 1. Navigator and 2. Heated pitot (though i see the switch for one)
  • Maybe some more information on both selecting, placing, and wiring typically used antennas? (I enjoyed what you covered related to typical wires for atennas)

I consider your book a hugely valuable learning tool and reference and something Iím sure to come back to over the course of my build and thereafter. Many thanks for writing and publishing it.
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Old 03-24-2020, 10:20 AM
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Thank you all for the feedback and PMs. I do try to focus on key information with broad applicability rather than specific details or vendor-specific instructions (other than Vertical Power).

I'll review all the comments and do my best to incorporate them.

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Old 03-24-2020, 10:30 AM
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Oh, and one more comment about distribution:

The book is sold both electronically and in paperback.

The paper version is printed and distributed worldwide by a third party, and books are digitally printed when ordered. The book is also distributed through dealers like SteinAir, EAA, Vans, Aircraft Spruce and others.

The electronic version is sold through Apple iBooks and Amazon Kindle. This covers almost all of the electronic readers and devices.

As you can imagine, each of these entities is independent of the other. I would love nothing more than to offer a package where you can view it electronically and get a paper copy too. However, I have yet to figure out a way to get the different distribution platforms to work together on this. And balance this with the time needed for family and work. I'm open to ideas!
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Old 03-24-2020, 07:59 PM
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As you can imagine, each of these entities is independent of the other. I would love nothing more than to offer a package where you can view it electronically and get a paper copy too. However, I have yet to figure out a way to get the different distribution platforms to work together on this. And balance this with the time needed for family and work. I'm open to ideas!
Have you thought about just selling it as a PDF file? That way you'd cut out the middleman, and the buyer could easily decide what format they want, since I could just as easily (in fact, would prefer to) print it out at the local Kinko's, or even on my own printer. You could send the buyer a download link valid for 24 hour or so, I'm sure there's way to make it a one-time download link or good for XX numbers of downloads.
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Old 03-25-2020, 07:29 AM
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I am a complete novice about airplane electrical system or any electrical system. For a point of reference, a lot of electrical discussions in this forum are above my head too. I found your book was very helpful in explaining the basics at a high level but not enough for me to start wiring the airplane I am working on. I needed Nuckolls's book but it is really dense, covering a lot of topics not related to what I want which is a simple VFR panel with some backup electricity to power the pmags that I am planning to use. While I understand the sophistication using of the Vertical Power architecture, I just wanted something simpler so I can wire myself and keep it reliable. So it's the choice of having bit too little information and too much information.
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Old 04-08-2020, 02:41 PM
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Hi Marc,

Here's an example of wishing for more flexibility in the downloading/printing process. I ordered my Guide a few weeks ago, it will finally be delivered tomorrow. Yes, I could have gotten it instantaneously if I wanted to limit it to a computer, but I dislike reading on them (eyestrain), and we spend so much time on computers as it is. If the Guide was in PDF format I could have taken it to my local Kinkos that day and printed it out, or even printed out pages I wanted to reference on my hangar printer.


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Old 04-08-2020, 03:41 PM
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Question DUAL BATTERY SYSTEM SCHEMATIC

I have an RV-10 with a Dual Battery set-up. Most people think I am carrying too much dead weight with two PC625's in the fuse and they don't seem to understand my concept of having "Dual Battery's". The purpose is to prevent me from being stranded with low/no battery power on the ground at a strange airport. Its a Boating Thing!. I have twin Diesels in a boat so I need 3 batteries with a switch to bring on/off line as needed for starting in remote locations while on Anchor. It saved my butt many times in the Bahamas. Back to the RV-10: I once landed on Tangier Island Va off season only to find everything closed. Then I was unsuccessful to "Hot Start" the six cylinder and ran down my main battery, I switched to the Master Switch #2 and cranked on the back up battery until its cranking power weakened so I switched on BOTH Batteries at once and VROOM ! No need to sleep in this plane tonight! When I read your Book about the Dual Batteries it seemed to be more about having a back up for the Glass Panel or Avionics and nothing to do with cranking the engine. As for the Avionics if I were to lose Main battery power I can still switch to the 2nd Master and bring on the back up power and head for the nearest airport too. Think of it as a Second battery with jumper cables attached and brought on by a simple Solenoid/switch, they both feed into the main trunk-line from the fuse to the firewall ? OH Yeah, now as for weight issue I am considering replacing TWO PC625's for TWO ETX900's to cut the weight down to 1/4 th and double the cranking power. Your thoughts?
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Old 04-09-2020, 12:43 AM
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Hello Marc,
just completed reading the book. It was enlightening ! very recommended.

Now, I would like to start work on my panel.
How do I do that? step by step of the work plan.
how do I estimate harnesses length? with what harness do I begin?
What do mount on sub panel and what on front panel?
on sub panel, where do I place the various components? at what stage do i make that decision?

Thanks
Oren
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Old 04-14-2020, 09:50 AM
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Potential topics? OK to closely loop excess wire or fold it back upon itself? Which wires should not be shortened (such as certain EGT leads, etc.)? See this discussion: http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...d.php?t=181366
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