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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-16-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
Availability

Before you decided on toggles or rockers you should check availability. The toggles are readily available. The rockers, well lets just say my first flight will probably have the flaps and landing...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By PilotjohnS
I am not talking about the autopilot in my above...

I am not talking about the autopilot in my above discussion, i am talking about the GTN and radio’s mounting feature.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,988
Posted By PilotjohnS
Disappoint

Not to disappoint you, but some say the RV 9 A s easier to land and fly than the 172.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 653
Posted By PilotjohnS
Double lock

The cam lock is a double lock,
The first disengages and pulls out 1/4". keep turning and the second one will come out.

Lastly, if your panel is not relieved in the middle for the stub to clear, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,988
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

Me too. You will be behind me in line for that tail kit. I can get to vans in Oregon with my Truck faster than you.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,056
Posted By PilotjohnS
math

with a 2 mph difference in listed speed, if it is real, after one hour of flying, you will only be 2 miles apart. Just saying
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2021, 12:07 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 838
Posted By PilotjohnS
A&P school

I learned to use one in A&P school. But at $500, i think I will find a cheaper way.
Forum: RV-14 05-11-2021, 07:12 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,170
Posted By PilotjohnS
Being a Little Civil

A little bit of civil engineering.

Without taking into account the wind, for every sloped surface there is an orientation of the plane where it will not roll. And an orientation of the plane where...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pitot static

I am glad you mentioned the pitot static. While mounting the GSU 25 to the back of the GDU saves panel space, it also may make removal of the GDU harder; and removal of the GDU is one way to avoid...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By PilotjohnS
Good idea

Good idea but cant figure out how to change poll. Also want to remove “i spy” feature on answers.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

Yes all data counts! Please let us know your experience!

But i really wanted to know about the so called “vibration” issue
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By PilotjohnS
Garmin GSU location

So how many have put their Garmin GSU25 on back of the GDU display without problems? Please vote.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,014
Posted By PilotjohnS
GSU25

I would really really like to mount mine to the back of the GSU. It will leave me more room for the voltage regulator. Curious how many people have done this. Maybe it is time for a poll???
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,477
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bait

Sorry but I baited you, most of the pitch up is caused by the downward prop blade causing a large pitch up moment and also a smaller yaw. The force from the downward blade acts about 70degrees in...
Forum: RV-14 05-08-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,477
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Thanks to this thread, I am going to try a few go arounds with a slower application of power. Last go around got exciting because the power came on too fast and caused a pitch up due to P-factor.
Forum: California 05-06-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 567
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just Me

I think the best and easiest way is through the VFR corridor. Southbound it is 3500 feet on SMO 132 radial. See LA TCA. (Northbound is 4500)

The coastal route, mini route, Hollywood Park route are...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-05-2021, 11:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,022
Posted By PilotjohnS
o-320

It seems the Lycoming o-320 (carb'd) can be run lean of peak; Lycoming hit the sweat spot with that design. I have not done it, but others have suggested a little carb heat helps.

Maybe those in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-05-2021, 11:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,183
Posted By PilotjohnS
longer yes

In my view, rivets can be longer than specified in almost all cases, as long as they don't clinch over. A few times I had to go longer to make a nicer rivet. sometimes I think my plane is a work of...
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,770
Posted By PilotjohnS
Trim power

My last change to my panel came when going thru emergency procedures with a mock up. I discovered that I could not pull the trim power circuit breaker if I had a runaway trim and I had to hold the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,594
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pictures?

Would love to see some pictures. Sounds like a great trip.

Some say if there are no pictures, it didnt happen? (Just joking)
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-02-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel Updates

Panel is nearly done with the wiring. Many things I have learnt from all of this.

AP wiring: I had the AP power controlled by a switch and fused instead of a circuit breaker. The G3x manual shows...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,765
Posted By PilotjohnS
Amazing

Pretty amazing work. A true craftsman!
Makes me want to try metal.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 651
Posted By PilotjohnS
Terminal Strip

I ran the wires out the bottom between the heim (ball) joints to a terminal strip. I am not flying yet, but I will let you know next hear how it works out.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,462
Posted By PilotjohnS
Do I hear a second?

The glove box is a really nice place for a second G3x screen.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-28-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 144,629
Posted By PilotjohnS
Curious

I am curious why you asked this. What is your system doing with the auto trim you dont like?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-28-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,462
Posted By PilotjohnS
Depends on you

Just curious if you have ever seen one in real life? Some of the things displayed can become very small.

I think the placement depends on your ability to see it. If it is in the middle, will it be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,145
Posted By PilotjohnS
Piecing it together

I pieced my schematics together from the G3X install manual. It is all in there, plus the other separate install manuals for the transponders and radios. Garmin has done a very nice job, but since...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-25-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 261
Posted By PilotjohnS
Extensions

OK stupid question:

To extend my thermocouple leads from engine to instrument panel, can I use regular wire, or do i need thermocouple wire?
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-22-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,769
Posted By PilotjohnS
Serious?

are you serious? They already make an RV like this. It is made by Winnebago.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-21-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,769
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rv 16

No no tthe rv 16 is an io390 powered rv9!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-21-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 662
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for posting

Thanks for posting the video.
I cant wait to do the same in mine.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bridges

Why do bridges fall down?

Because we give partial credit.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By PilotjohnS
Alternator field I have a alternator switch, but...

Alternator field
I have a alternator switch, but if the alternator field draws too much current and blows a fuse, I wont know why the alternator stopped working. With a circuit breaker, I can...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By PilotjohnS
Paper dolls

I used paper dolls to lay out my panel.
But fair warning, when I finally cut the panel and installed the comm radio at the bottom of the stack, I realized the radio sticks out and blocks the view of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 160,548
Posted By PilotjohnS
Caption Contest

"What do you want to do today, Bob?"

"I dunno, why don't we cut your Dad's truck in half?
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 569
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I started with a schematic from a friend. But it turns out I had to redo almost every connection. The original was great because it had all the symbols and formats laid out. I originally thought I...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-20-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Visio

I am using Visio for the schematic. I am pretty poor at using it; my son came by and spent 30 secs with me and doubled my abilities.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-19-2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,007
Posted By PilotjohnS
Soon, very soon

After hearing the Vans interview, I think we will know by Osh what the Vans bush plane looks like.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-19-2021, 10:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,145
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I tried to do my wiring on a mockup but gave up after a very short time. Without a CAD design for everything it seemed nearly impossible to get the lengths right.
I ended up mounting the sub panel...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-19-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks Jereme, i am surprised nobody commented on...

Thanks Jereme, i am surprised nobody commented on my passenger warning label.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-19-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel First Look

Panel painted and assembly started.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-18-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
While we are the subject

Just an updated firewall forward schematic.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,565
Posted By PilotjohnS
here is my schematic. FYI. The ANL protects the...

here is my schematic. FYI.

The ANL protects the alt wiring and also the wiring going thru the firewall to the fuse block. Dont want smoking wires aft of the firewall.
Forum: Safety 04-18-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,340
Posted By PilotjohnS
But if it ever did happen in flight.....

But if it ever did happen in flight.....
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,565
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am using 40A for the alt and 35 A for main bus. I only have a pad mounted B&C alt, no big pulley driven one. ( my main bus wire and alt wire do notnhave the Adel clamps on yet)
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 265
Posted By PilotjohnS
Curious

I dont remember having holes mis aligned, but I do remember I played around with skin stackup and had to flip a rib around to make things go.

Maybe some else can remember more details, or if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,718
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats. No more playpen? You gotta bring it...

Congrats. No more playpen? You gotta bring it down to Intokern when there is free ice cream again. I’ll treat you to a scoop.

I wanna see how beautiful metal working can be; i have spent too much...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,565
Posted By PilotjohnS
I agree

I agree they are really close and seems to be no reason expect the contactor has one screw thru the firewall angle support.
I was thinking about moving mine too, but the contactor is only hot when...
Forum: RV-10 04-18-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 479
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wings first

Well thinking that the wings should be built before the fuse. And the fuse is harder, I would be inclined to do slow build wings and quick build fuse. That way, when the wings are done, the fuse will...
Forum: Safety 04-18-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,340
Posted By PilotjohnS
Missing stop

I thought the Garmin servo came with a stop/ bracket that attaches to the servo and prevents this? That bracket/ stop appears to be missing in your photos. I think the missing bracket is a safety of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,266
Posted By PilotjohnS
schematic

You know, a schematic of the electrical system around the reg and alternator would be helpful. We are all assuming it is what we think it is, but only a schematic would make all our visions correct....
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,266
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ohm check

The first test is to make sure the bus sense on the regulator is hooked up to something. Then ohm it out and make sure it senses bus voltage (very low resistance to battery or main bus)
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-16-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,565
Posted By PilotjohnS
Real homebuilder

Only real homebuilders make their panels with a drill and file.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,266
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

If the guy at B&C doesnt recommend anything further, I would put a voltage meter across the regulator from the bus sense to the ground (on the reg) and see if the voltage changes. That should be rock...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-16-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Optimist

I think (a) Saturday too, but

you know what an pessimist is?
An optimist with experience.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 11:39 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 82,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel Cutting

Just a quick update.
Finish initial cutting of panel; going old school with drill, jigsaw and file. It came out well I think.
Next Up is to test fit everything, mount center rack supports, then...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,645
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just finished

I just finished cutting my panel holes tonight. Dont feel bad about redoing a panel. I just got done drilling the switch holes, then filing them square for my 9 switches. Now I found out a friend has...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,239
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I think i relieved the skin slightly in this area. It is much easier to relieve the skin than the bracket. I would not unrivet bracket, I think it would be harder to get back on straight with good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,765
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wow

Wow, I hate you guys. Well not really. Here I was all set to do some fiberglass work, but I think I like this a lot better. I think I might try this. Both these fairings came out really nice; I think...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 863
Posted By PilotjohnS
I installed after the side skin was on. I am not...

I installed after the side skin was on. I am not sure how one would do this with the side skin off, since so many things have to line up to make the position accurate. The rivets are accessible from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,141
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cutting Instrument Panel

Cutting Instrument Panel, old school
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By PilotjohnS
same spot

I am in the same spot, 160 hp RV9A.
I think I am going with a Catto. But I plan to have a conversation with them before ordering so we can get the pitch right where I want it.
Since I am using the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,093
Posted By PilotjohnS
Voshan

You could try Voshans, or flange seals, on the steel fittings. These are soft aluminum inserts that goes between the B-nut and the hose/tube.
Forum: COMM 04-10-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 545
Posted By PilotjohnS
Only change

If the only thing you changed was the sl 30, i suspect the sl30. Maybe try another one?
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