December 15, 2017.
0001Z. Issue No.
during the annual property owners meeting at my home field (52F),
the property owners voted to restore the name of our airport back to
its original 'Aero Valley' (a
sectional from 1975). A 'sea change' event reflecting a
new era of awesomeness. It will take a bit of time to file the
paperwork, and the freq. might change, but we're all pretty stoked
with the new vibe.
You can view a PDF version of all (42) slides shown during the meeting
Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
RV-6 Getting Some Motor Mount Love at Aero Valley Aviation
Cracked motor mount requiring some welding. Click to
Revised Electrical System ...please review
Only odd spec is the mounting requirement, a 0.125"x16x16
aluminum plate for the full 200 amp rating. Surely the heat sink is
needed only for continuous use at high amps? The heat sink
size is the same for all three from 100A through 200A so I would
think there is some wiggle room. If I decided to go with an SSC I
only have room to mount on a .125 sink slightly larger than the
contactor. I'm thinking with typical buss amps there should not be
Excellent points! I have revised my diagram to reflect your inputs.
Problem Solved: Cannot transmit only static ...Stan Bahrns RV-7A
Evidently when I last installed the radio I didn't didn't get the
lug on the screw that draws the radio into its mount in the right
slot & even though it was tight it didn't draw the radio in far
enough.So it evidently made good contact with the pins ok for about
125 hrs & then started losing connection intermittently & finally
not at all. Was an easy fix once I figured it out. Probably would
have saved a lot of work if I would have just pushed in on the radio
in by hand.
N868B 365 hrs
RV12 40 hrs
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Easy Software to Draw Electrical System? ...kaber56
Q: I apologize if this thread is redundant but does anyone
know of an easy software program that can be used draw up my
A: Visio has an electrical system
component in its built in templates.
A: I used MS Visio for
my RV-8 (painful). I'm currently using
TinyCAD for my Bearhawk.
A: I used Visio to draw my
schematic (24 B-sized pages and counting).
However, I was to do it again, I'd use a bona-fide schematic capture
There are some great programs out there (Altium, Eagle, OrCad,
Pads), which I used at work in the past, but no longer have
available, and I didn't want to spring for the three or four figure
There are some good free ones, though: KiCad, TinyCAD, EasyEDA, and
- Does a great job keeping track of all the wiring, including
maintaining netlists between all components.
- Easy search of connections by user net name
- Forces you to include all connectors and other misc components
- Generates a bill of materials (often directly exportable to
Mouser, Digikey, etc)
- You can build virtual cable bundles by combining individual wires
into busses, helping fuselage wiring layout.
- Have to learn a new SW tool, and these tools are not easily "self
- Have to make individual "components" for all the non-generic stuff
like avionics, special relays, fuse holders, etc. This is a big job
if you're going glass.
- Are constrained to their grid system and schematic presentation
styles (ie, your schematic may look a bit uglier and be more
confusing that you'd like)
In the end, though, the benefits outweigh the initial investment to
set up the components in the system. It make tweaking and schematic
management much easier in the end. YMMV.
A: ExpressSCH is
Example schematics here
Whatever you choose, congratulations. A thoroughly documented
electrical system will significantly add value to your aircraft.
A: The electrical diagrams in this thread were done in Power
The files are available for download (links in the thread somewhere)
if they provide any help.
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Status Report ...J_Turner RV-7
December is the Month to Help Keep VAF Online
December once again, so it’s time for me to
beg grovel respectfully ask those folks who haven’t yet sent in
their 2017 donation to please send it in now so I can pay the bills I
need to pay to stay in business and do the food, shelter and clothing
thing. If you haven’t heard this year-end speech before, VAF is my
full time job, my sole source of income for our family (right), and the
donations usually determine if we end the year in the black or not.
If you have already donated in 2017, THANK YOU! I’m trying my hardest to
provide the RV community with a quality product that motivates,
educates and entertains. I want to keep doing it, but I don't get to make that
call. You do.
HERE for all the
‘how to donate’ details, and thank you again to those who help me keep
the lights on.
As for the rest of the fam in '17, Susie is still providing free yoga
classes to cancer patients (link),
Audrey is currently in her 2nd rotation in year one (research) on her
path to getting her PhD in Chemical Biology, and Tate is rocking it as a
junior in high school - excelling in English, Art and Physics while
refining those incredibly important interpersonal skills at the
front counter of Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers.
My wife and children never cease to inspire, amaze and humble me with
their dedication, compassion and altruism. My clumsy efforts to
continually bring VAF to the RV community is an attempt at bringing a
few smiles to some faces in an increasingly caustic world. My wife
and kids set the bar high, and motivate me.
If you choose to donate, thank you for
supporting this site with your hard earned money!
I'll continue to try my best to bring you a good product. Wishing you and yours a happy, safe and RV-filled weekend.
Your balding host.