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May 23, 2018. Issue
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Mt. Rainer sunrise.
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RV-10 Seat Height Q/A
Q: I am playing around with panel layout (Rain kept me from
canopy top work).
However, I won't have my finishing kit for another month or so.
Therefore, I have no real way to gauge seat height. Can someone give
me an approximate height of the seat cushion top from the seat base?
By base, I mean the rectangular .063 panel with all of the lightning
holes in it.
A: It depends. You'll come to relish
those times when you can't work on the cabin top or doors, but do
something else instead
That seat height is a fuzzy measurement. It'll depend on how much
you squash the seat. The top of the seat cushion is also not "flat"
and not parallel to the floor. Here's a couple of pictures that
How To Build a Workbench ...David Paule
I've made eight of these so far. They all are doing their job
now. They are relatively easy to make and go together quickly.
I use a circular saw and an electric screwdriver/drill. The hand
tools needed are mostly a carpenter's square and some C-clamps. I
like Titebond II or III and use 4 deck screws at each frame joint.
Mine differ by size, of course, and some have bolts at the bottom
for adjustment and the rest have wheels. These minor details on
yours, are left for you. The only real comment is that if you
install wheels, get robust ones. The table for my ceramic barbecue,
a Big Green Egg, is highly loaded and the urethane tires aren't
lasting. The various tables with metal wheels are all doing fine.
Very strange A/P problem - pls help me troubleshoot!
TruTrak Vizion 385 installed with Garmin GTN650 and HS43 module.
Was on a long cross country over the weekend and discovered the AP
will only hold course, not altitude, gotta be the elevator servo or
wiring right - here's the kicker - elevator control still works for
fully coupled approaches!
Here's a breakdown:
1. Flying along, I select an altitude and vertical speed, engage AP,
course is flown, but no elevator changes or fore/aft stick
resistance to manual control.
2. I manually fly to the selected altitude and AP displays the
normal "approaching altitude" and "altitude hold" messages but
again, no exerts no actual control of elevator, no servo hum or
resistance to moving the stick fore and aft - doesn't matter if I
select existing altitude or dial in an ascent or descent or even if
I just use wing level feature - in cruise flight, not elevator
control is exerted by AP.
I thought it was possibly a bad elevator servo or a bad connection
to the servo but....
3. When on a RNAV approach, I was somewhat startled when between IAF
and FAF, (get glide slope indication from GPS) the AP display
switched from ALT HLD to CPLD and the AP controled elevator servo
all the way down for a successful fully coupled approach with
This is 100% repeatable. No AP control of elevator in cruise - but
once vertical guidance comes from GPS - boom it works.
So the servo is working - it's just not getting any guidance except
I sent an email to TruTrak too
Status: 7A Rebirthing ...kentlik
IFR Training Status ...Jeremy Constant RV-7A
This is all very timely for me. I started my instrument training
in Sept and it was put on hold due to my 300xl dying. I'm in the
middle of an extensive rework of the panel with an ifd440 becoming
my ifr GPS. It's a long slog.
In the process of thinking about equipment I recalled several local
folks who fly down to Southern California reasonably regularly
talking about remarkably frequent GPS outages, where there is
essentially no GPS signal for significant amounts of time. The
theory is that there is GPS signal jamming going on at one of
several military installations in the region and one or more of
those facilities is actually developing and testing jamming
technology. The point being that my sense of warm and fuzzy
surrounding the reliability of GPS got a bit of a reality check and
the importance of ground based navigation was reinforced.
I'm still working on the panel installation and rat's nest of
wiring, but I think I am firmly in the "putting it back together"
phase, rather than the "taking it apart" phase!
[ed. Who is Jeremy? He's the
guy with the violin.
Gotta be in the top three best VAF cap photos ever! v/r,dr]
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