Home > VansAirForceForums

- Donate yearly (please).
- Advertise in here!

- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Go Back   VAF Forums > Model Specific > RV-14
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 02-20-2018, 09:07 PM
mturnerb mturnerb is offline
Join Date: Apr 2015
Location: Ponte Vedra, FL
Posts: 822

Originally Posted by iamtheari View Post
Thanks for the tips. I looked at the Cleaveland static air kit. I like it. Two questions:

1. Can the existing holes in the RV-14 rear fuselage skins be used with the 1/2" hole for the Cleaveland static ports, or are they too close to a bulkhead?

2. I found old threads talking about installation-related errors in the static system when using the Safe Air kit. Does the Cleaveland kit have those problems, in anyone's experience? (It looks like it protrudes from the skin a bit, which sounded like what the Safe Air kit was lacking that led to inaccuracies. But I am just building this thing, I'm not any kind of a fluid dynamics expert.)

(3. Does anyone want to buy the static air kit that came with my empennage kit? It's new-in-box. )
1. I drilled out the existing holes with step drill and the Cleaveland ports fit just fine. You should double check size- I don't recall them being 1/2", more like 1/4". I scuffed skin where they mount and used epoxy (JBWeld) to hold them in place.
2. Newer versions of the port are reported to be very accurate - good discussion here:
3. I have the same problem!
Turner Billingsley
RV-14A In Progress
N14VB Reserved
Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2018, 11:26 PM
czechsix's Avatar
czechsix czechsix is offline
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Spring Hill, KS
Posts: 336

I also recently installed the Cleaveland ports in my 14 tailcone with no issues. I used Proseal to glue them in. Follow the directions so you don't put adhesive on the inner flange which needs to be flush against the inside surface of the skin to make the vent (which is shaped exactly like Van's pop rivet) protrude the correct amount on the outside of the skin.

I had a Safeair kit on my RV-8A and the airspeed was 5-6 kts low due to the static system error, so I'm hoping the Cleaveland vents perform better. Also I think you can buy just the vents or the whole static system kit including nice quick disconnect fittings. I think it's a great system and given the price point of the -14 (and the fact that most are equipped for IFR) I wish Vans would just include the Cleaveland system with the kit and save us all the hassle...
Mark Navratil
Spring Hill, KS
RV-8A N2D #80583 - built/flew/sold
RV-14A #140017 - wings complete, empacone in progress...
Reply With Quote
Old 02-21-2018, 03:41 AM
Tom Martin Tom Martin is offline
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Ontario, Canada
Posts: 1,427

The supplied static kit is easy to install and is very accurate at both high and low speeds.
Tom Martin RV1 pilot 4.6hours!
CPL & IFR rated
EVO F1 Rocket 1000 hours,
2010 SARL Rocket 100 race, average speed of 238.6 knots/274.6mph
RV4, RV7, RV10, two HRIIs and five F1 Rockets
RV14 Tail dragger

Fairlea Field
St.Thomas, Ontario Canada, CYQS
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:48 AM.

The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.