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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 04:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,941
Posted By findane
Bird strike leading edge

The strike was between ribs, thankfully.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 04:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,941
Posted By findane
Bird Strike leading edge

This is a photo of the damage. It was between to ribs outboard of the fuel tank. Thanks for the advise on the auto body guy. This might be a good location for a landing light.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 05:41 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,941
Posted By findane
Bird Strike Leading Edge

Had a bird strike from a big buzzard on the leading edge of my 9A. Damage is just outside the starboard fuel tank. Any suggestion on the best fix would be appreciated. I plan to have a mobile auto...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 05:57 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 307
Posted By findane
WTB Rudder for 7/7a/9/9a

I want to buy a completed or partially competed rudder for a 9A. I believe it is the same rudder for the 7/7a/9/9a. findane1@gmail.com
Forum: Propellers 02-08-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,078
Posted By findane
I've go a Catto three blade. I did not get the...

I've go a Catto three blade. I did not get the nickel leading edge and now I regret it. After 40 hours paint started to chip off. Get the nickel leading edge. It almost doubles the cost but well...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-12-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,619
Posted By findane
Sorry, new to the photo part of VAF. Here is the...

Sorry, new to the photo part of VAF. Here is the link I think will work:

https://rpetergisselbeck.smugmug.com/RV9A/i-bz9nGcb/A
Forum: Painting your RV 01-11-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,619
Posted By findane
My 9A is wrapped with an Avery Dennison Chrome...

My 9A is wrapped with an Avery Dennison Chrome paper. 99% of the scratches disappear with a heat gun. Here's a link a photo of my...
Forum: RV-10 01-11-2021, 06:17 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,348
Posted By findane
South Florida Sport Aviation in Del Ray Beach...

South Florida Sport Aviation in Del Ray Beach Florida provided the entire interior for last year's AOPA Sweeps RV10. They are wonderful people to do business with. I purchased my RV9A seats from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,457
Posted By findane
After spending 5 years 2 months and 15 days...

After spending 5 years 2 months and 15 days building, going through the DAR process, flying off 40 hour phase 1, obtaining my repairman cert. and 80 more hours of flying, I would never sell. Someday...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-02-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,989
Posted By findane
Over the last thirty years I've from Naples...

Over the last thirty years I've from Naples Florida to at least 6 different Bahama Islands over a dozen times. Several trips were with nothing but a Loran and a VOR. Like I was told, I bought all...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-24-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 426
Views: 500,323
Posted By findane
100% finished

http://www.smugmug.com/app/photos?imageKey=cLVN5vt

I just got my 9A back in the air after the wrap job. Design was printed on a chrome Avery Dennison paper. The caricature on the tail is my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2020, 09:14 AM
Replies: 566
Views: 119,660
Posted By findane
259RV 2 months and 5 years to build my RV9A

259RV
2 months and 5 years to build my RV9A
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-12-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,479
Posted By findane
McMaster Carr has a variety of edge materials. I...

McMaster Carr has a variety of edge materials. I had a gap under the skirt. Add the edge strip and solved the problem.
https://www.mcmaster.com/catalog/126/4053
Forum: RV-10 11-18-2020, 02:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,264
Posted By findane
I sent my application into the Miami FSDO and...

I sent my application into the Miami FSDO and forgot about it. Several days later I got a call from the manager of the housing complex I live in. He told me a guy from the FAA was trying to contact...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-09-2020, 01:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,985
Posted By findane
Lumby Idle, induction leak

I've got the same problem on my Superior IO320. During taxi for take off idle is steady. After landing engine surges about 100 to 150 RPMs on taxi. The SDS product will not work for me without...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-05-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,384
Posted By findane
Building my 9A was the only thing keeping me sane...

Building my 9A was the only thing keeping me sane after I retired. The feeling you get when the wheels leave the ground for the first time is indescribable. That experience is only surpassed by the...
Forum: Florida (South) 11-03-2020, 01:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,994
Posted By findane
Another option is Miami Executive formally Kendal...

Another option is Miami Executive formally Kendal Tamiami (TMB). Plus you can stop at the Versailles restaurant in Little Havana, arguably the best Cuban food in South Florida. I use to land there...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 14,148
Posted By findane
Wrapping my 9A next week. A local company who...

Wrapping my 9A next week. A local company who wraps cars, trucks and boats is designing and doing the installation. It's their first airplane and they are excited. My vinyl installer called their...
Forum: Florida (South) 11-02-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,323
Posted By findane
There are not many hangers at KEYW. AOPA has...

There are not many hangers at KEYW. AOPA has been fighting for years with the FAA and Signature to reduce the landing and parking fees. A bunch of RVs from Naples flew down for breakfast a couple...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-31-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,257
Posted By findane
Built my 9A as light and simple a possible. ...

Built my 9A as light and simple a possible. Empty weight came in at 1053 pounds. Three blade Catto fixed pitch composite cruise prop, IO320 with 9:1 compression, horizontal cold induction, James...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-08-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,749
Posted By findane
I had the same problem in my 9A with an IO320. I...

I had the same problem in my 9A with an IO320. I changed the VDO unit from a single connector to the two connector unit with a separate ground connector. Problem solved.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,826
Posted By findane
if you have to ask how much it's going to cost,...

if you have to ask how much it's going to cost, don't build it. People ask me how much money I have into my 9A. I don't know and I don't want to know. Since it's the last aircraft I'll ever own,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,385
Posted By findane
I sent my repairman form to the Miami FSDO. ...

I sent my repairman form to the Miami FSDO. Apparently sending without a name the application went into a black hole. With no phone number on the app, one of the FSDO inspectors eventually tracked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 747
Posted By findane
Fuel leak around rivet

I have a very small blue circle appearing around one rivet on the leading edge of the fuel tank. Drilling out and replacing the rivet could leave potential debris in the tank. Is there a way to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,851
Posted By findane
Looks like strings and plumb bobs. Thanks for...

Looks like strings and plumb bobs. Thanks for the kick in the rear.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2020, 08:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,851
Posted By findane
Gear Leg Fairing alignment

I've fabricated the gear leg fairings and they fit nice and snug. In Van's directions it details a somewhat complicated procedure for aligning the fairings on the gear legs. Is it really necessary...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2020, 01:34 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,778
Posted By findane
Naples Fl

only $2.98 in Naples, FLorida. Just in time for my 40 hour fly off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 795
Posted By findane
Simple Fuel guages

I'm looking for a simple fuel guage for my 9A. I have the standard Van's resistive float sensors. I currently have the sensors connected to an EIS but I have to scroll through several pages to get...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-21-2020, 03:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,554
Posted By findane
The gentlemen who purchased James cowl responded...

The gentlemen who purchased James cowl responded very quickly. They echoed the same. Check the CHT probes and wiring. I plan to swap 1-3 with 2-4.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-19-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,554
Posted By findane
too cool cylinders and oil temps

I have a James cowl over a James Plenum with a Superior IO320, a 9:1 compression running a 3 blade Catto prop. I've got 9 hours on the engine. The plenum seems to work too efficiently. Cylinders...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2019, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,184
Posted By findane
Anti-submarine belt retrofit

I opted not to order the crotch strap bracket when I built my 9A fuselage. At the time 5 point harness was seemed unnecessary. After reading several post I'm rethinking my decision. How difficult...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 02:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,221
Posted By findane
Wing spar bolt Back order

Van's has been severely back ordered on the NAS1307-50 spar/wing bolts. Does anyone know where there's another source or a substitute for the NAS1307-50 bolt. I need three.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2019, 01:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,107
Posted By findane
Wing Installation

I have my 9A wings temporarily installed with pins. Should I set the wing incident and drill the tank brackets now with the temporary pins or wait until the final wing bolts are installed and...
Forum: Reviews 05-29-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,043
Posted By findane
Earthx Batteries. Excellent customer service

I purchased an Earthx Battery just over two years ago. I installed it to test my panel. It was used for about 15 minutes to test some of the avionics. I disconnected the battery and it sat for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 05:18 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 755
Posted By findane
Attaching Rear canopy skirts

I fabricated my own fiberglass rear canopy skirts. What is the best method for attaching them to the plexiglass? I was initially planning on using Sikaflex for expansion issues but I'm not sure a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-19-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 13,024
Posted By findane
In 1980, one year after I received my PPL I...

In 1980, one year after I received my PPL I bought the plans for a LongEZE. I called the local EAA tech counselor to get some advise. His one and only advise was unless I could spend every day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2018, 12:31 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 805
Posted By findane
Sikaflex and Windscreen

I followed the majority of suggestions regrading Sikaflex and the canopy. Thank you for your input. I dry fit everything prior to the Sika application, including spacers, clamps and straps and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 12:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,489
Posted By findane
Merritt Marine supply. Cheaper than Jamestown....

Merritt Marine supply. Cheaper than Jamestown. They offer free delivery depending on where you are.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2018, 12:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,489
Posted By findane
Best Sikaflex Application

Thank you to all for the great advise. Canopy is Sikaflexed and it fits great. All the measuring adjusting and fitting paid off. It was very helpful to dry fit the entire canopy and frame with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2018, 09:36 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,489
Posted By findane
Sikaflex and spacer voids

Thank you to all that responded. I followed application #3 and everything worked well. What is best method for reapplying Sika to the spacer voids and the fillets should all surfaces be roughed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,489
Posted By findane
Best Sikaflex application

For quite some time I've been following several threads on installing a canopy with Sikaflex. I've got my canopy fit, taped and roughed up. I'm using spacers. Which is the best method; 1) apply...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-05-2018, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,811
Posted By findane
Thanks forthe replies. I googled a variety of...

Thanks forthe replies. I googled a variety of combinations of "oil door" and "spring" but it's not what I was looking for. I saw an oil door that was spring loaded where you pushed down to open and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-04-2018, 12:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,811
Posted By findane
spring loaded oil door

There was a company called Justrvparts use to sell a spring loaded oil door. Anybody know where they are and if they're still making the door?
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-20-2018, 10:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By findane
I'm building a 9A in Naples FL, and ran into a...

I'm building a 9A in Naples FL, and ran into a similar problem. I shortened the heat muff, and turned the outlet 90 degrees. Now I have several options on the exhausts. Two 7 builders here in...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-05-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,780
Posted By findane
Oil Cooler on James Plenum

I have an IO320 with a cold air horizontal induction and a James plenum. James suggests a oil cooler behind the #4 cylinder attached to the baffle. After speaking with Bill at Airflow Systems,...
Forum: Reviews 04-18-2018, 11:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,174
Posted By findane
Up North Aviation, Fast and Precise

Bill Morelli at Up North Aviation cut my panel for my RV 9A. He did a great job and the price was right. This being my first build, Bill was very patient in answering my numerous questions. Great...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-28-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,297
Posted By findane
Cables

I have a Superior IO320 with Airflow Performance fuel controller on a horizontal cold sump. I had to fabricate a custom bracket and needed to add 9 inches. The extension are too short.

After...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-28-2017, 11:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,297
Posted By findane
Throttle/mixture cables

The standard Van's mixture and throttle cables for 9A aren't long enough. Aircraft Spruce (ACS Cables) has a lead time for 4 to 6 weeks for custom cables. Does anyone know where else to get custom...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2017, 01:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,030
Posted By findane
Gear or belt driven alternator

I'm considering the B&C alternator. I'm not sure whether to go with belt driven or gear driven. Can anyone give me the pro's and con's of each.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-17-2017, 08:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,587
Posted By findane
Engine stand

I'm about 6 months away from mounting my engine. I have an engine stand to be able to rotate the engine filled with the Phillips oil. The stand bolts won't line up with the engine mounts due to the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-23-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,768
Posted By findane
Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I think...

Thanks to all for the great suggestions. I think I'll first try a manual hydraulic ram jack with profiled wood shoes. Northern tool has one for $80. If that doesn't do it then I'll have to figure...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-22-2017, 07:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,768
Posted By findane
I was thinking of trying to use a hydraulic...

I was thinking of trying to use a hydraulic bottle jack to spread the bars. Good advice to transfer the shape of the longerons. I plan to make a wood shoe the same shape of the longeron to bolt to...
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-22-2017, 02:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,768
Posted By findane
Canopy Side bars

I've been struggling with the canopy frame for several days. I have the forward and aft bars within tolerance. My problem is the square side bars are 5/16" away from the longeron profile. I need...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-28-2017, 09:19 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 756
Posted By findane
Center Rib has no rivets?

The F7108A center rib in the upper forward fuselage is shipped with no pre-drilled holes in the flange that sits up against the firewall. Some of the plans show pre-drilled holes in the flange,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-20-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,272
Posted By findane
Seats

Does anyone know where I can get patterns for 9A seats?
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-23-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,050
Posted By findane
Welcome aboard. I'm in Naples. I've been...

Welcome aboard. I'm in Naples. I've been working on my 9A since 11/11/14. Empannage completed, Wings completed, and fuselage about 60 to 90 days away from completion. If I can be of help email me.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-13-2017, 09:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 6,803
Posted By findane
Unbelievable new avionics product

A couple of months ago I flow to SFB to meet with Ruben Leon, the president and chief engineer of Level Aviation. Ruben built an RV9A that he uses as a test bed for his revolutionary avionics.

The...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-13-2017, 09:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,073
Posted By findane
Thanks to all for the information and the...

Thanks to all for the information and the installation plans. From an earlier post I received the information on reinforcing the steps from Russ McCutcheon.

I am curious if anyone has not...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-13-2017, 09:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,073
Posted By findane
Steps

I have read several post regarding the problems with the Vans's steps. I'm at the point where I have to decide whether to install them or not. Does anyone have a set of installation plans for the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-28-2017, 12:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,254
Posted By findane
Step Kit

I read a number of posts regarding cracking of the steps. There was some discussion concerning additional welding to reinforce the step. I plan on reinforcing the steps prior to installation. Any...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-31-2017, 09:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,026
Posted By findane
Ailerons

I'm having a problem fitting nose skin over the aileron counterweight. It's too tight. It seems like the simple solution is to bend the nose rib tabs a little. Is it acceptable or is there a better...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-09-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,112
Posted By findane
Dynon AOA/Pitot tube.

I'm building a 9A and getting ready to rivet the bottom wing skins. I've decided to go with Dynon avionics. I've heard the Dynon AOA/pitot tube is the way to go if using Dynon avionics. What kind...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-13-2016, 01:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,492
Posted By findane
Tank ribs and skin

I had a devil of a time getting the leading edge ribs to line up with the skins. After some creative bending and running the ribs on the scotchbrite wheel I was able to get everything to line up.

I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2016, 09:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 14,256
Posted By findane
fuel tank builders

Are there any reliable companies who will build fuel tanks?
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