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Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 942
Be careful. A solution in search of a...

Be careful. A solution in search of a (non-existent) problem often leads to (real) problem.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,370
Have you properly calibrated/confirmed your...

Have you properly calibrated/confirmed your airspeed indicator first using a proper calibration method. If IAS is off so too may TAS be off.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-13-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 684
Friday Harbor or Orcas in the San Juans is always...

Friday Harbor or Orcas in the San Juans is always a good bet. Both of hotels, B&Bs, etc. close by. Sandpoint, ID likewise though there’s lots of smoke there this year. Port Townsend another good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 11:06 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 16,229
Check your spam folder. The automated response...

Check your spam folder. The automated response they sent is the kind that typically gets filtered out. Thatís what happened with me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 16,229
Are people who are getting quick turn around...

Are people who are getting quick turn around approvals using the email address the FAA set up for this purpose or emailing their local FSDOs directly?
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-29-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 618
Beyond what Mel said, the best way to judge is to...

Beyond what Mel said, the best way to judge is to hire an RV-knowledgeable inspector if you are not a builder yourself. Good luck.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-10-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,794
Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? ...

Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? Thanks for the update. No snow/softness in runway this early in the season?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-25-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Ditto. 500hrs, mine hasnít budged. Wouldnít...

Ditto. 500hrs, mine hasnít budged. Wouldnít really matter even if it did.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,227
After many messy oil changes trying to invent...

After many messy oil changes trying to invent methods myself, a few after that that were quite clean but a bit finicky using a "form-a-funnel," this PVC is my new favorite trick. Way easier,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,292
What you are describing is very common. Handles...

What you are describing is very common. Handles on side canopy skirts particularly. .

Slider will slide easier over time.

Until it does, and if on the inside, just push up on the fore-afte canopy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,838
Anyone have recent quotes to inspect 2 mags? ...

Anyone have recent quotes to inspect 2 mags? Mine are about to come due and it would be nice to know what to expect $-wise generally. My mags have worked flawlessly for their first 500 hours, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 9,986
Hi Matt-Looks great! Do you have any plans to...

Hi Matt-Looks great!

Do you have any plans to provide any reinforcement to the piece over the roll bar? It's very subject to damage from climbing in and out of the plane--especially from being...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,084
So you are a full-time (presumably graduate)...

So you are a full-time (presumably graduate) student and you anticipate having enough time over four years to build a plane? As a former graduate student myself I can tell you that, for me, there's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-22-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,230
One more thing for you to check. Relative to the...

One more thing for you to check. Relative to the shorter-wing RV's, the flaps on a -9/9A are REALLY long and are REALLY hard to build with absolutely no twist because of that. There's a good chance...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,092
Not correct as far as I understand. Absolute ...

Not correct as far as I understand. Absolute values mean almost nothing for EGT. They are highly dependent upon probe placement, for example. It could just be that the OP’s probes are a ways down...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,351
Mark. No offense intended, but if youíre already...

Mark. No offense intended, but if youíre already to the point of installing engine mount weldments to longerons and not pretty automatic about knowing these bolt torques, even without looking at the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-10-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,435
Just out of curiosity, is this an IFR thing...

Just out of curiosity, is this an IFR thing mostly?
RVs have so much excess power that there’s not really a need to do anything immediately, even with full flaps. I’ve never thought I needed a TOGA. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 09:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,519
Same, except I step on spar right in front of the...

Same, except I step on spar right in front of the stick and hold onto the rollbar support brace.. Put a strip of no slip tape there to provide some grip for my heel.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,228
Yes, everyone one needs to decide what they are...

Yes, everyone one needs to decide what they are comfortable with. Whether your plane is financed or paid for may also factor into your thinking. So I'm not dogging your decision either.

That said,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,094
Easy and nicer aesthetically: Use a doubler for...

Easy and nicer aesthetically:
Use a doubler for your switch row behind the panel. Then just drill holes for the anti rotation tab in the doubler and not in the panel itself.
Forum: ADS-B 04-05-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,264
Donít worry. Iím guessing there are a lot of 747...

Donít worry. Iím guessing there are a lot of 747 pilots flying passengers from point A to point B who have something that looks more like a RV on their iPads! :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 813
Generally you'll get less distortion with factory...

Generally you'll get less distortion with factory head on thinner metal side, so that's a general rule of thumb. However, I routinely violate that rule of thumb if the potential for having to drill...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,769
Hi Dan- I was just down at Bend a couple weeks...

Hi Dan-
I was just down at Bend a couple weeks ago and was surprised at how busy it is. I too fly at an airport with a large college flight program, but Bend was substantially busier than it. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,962
Welcome to experimental aviation. If companies...

Welcome to experimental aviation. If companies hired the number of employees it would take to help every builder then the cost savings that attract us to experimental aviation wouldn’t exist. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,324
I used short pieces of very thin angle...

I used short pieces of very thin angle aluminum--maybe left overs from elevator or rudder stiffeners--that I riveted onto the fiberglass door. Also, make sure you have enough of a lip on the opening...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,603
Just to close out the thread. Flew down to bend,...

Just to close out the thread. Flew down to bend, or and picked up a new-to-me 56cm road bike. Per comments in first couple posts, once fork and handlebars came off it fit no problem. I chose to go...
Forum: Interiors 03-13-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,144
Or just go to your local office supply store and...

Or just go to your local office supply store and buy a clear zippered pocket. They usually come in multiples sizes and are usually a lot cheaper than (anything) from ACS.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-10-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,603
Thanks for the confirmations!

Thanks for the confirmations!
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-09-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,603
56cm road bike fit in RV-7/9?

Am looking to purchase a 56cm road bike out of town--hoping to fly to pick it up.

Can any other road bike riders out there confirm that if I pull the wheels, fork, and handlebars that the frame...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,826
If the latter is indeed true, that's...

If the latter is indeed true, that's disappointing (but a whole different issue). Regardless though, if you have someone build the airplane for you, then I think you will be surprised about the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,860
Agree with everyone above, except for this one...

Agree with everyone above, except for this one statement. The baggage area in the -9/9A is rated for the same 100# that the -7/7A is. Van's has confirmed this by email and it has been confirmed in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-27-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 925
Or go to hardware store, buy a bolt large enough...

Or go to hardware store, buy a bolt large enough to drill a 3/16 hole through plus a couple washers and nut. Same idea but much cheaper. Learned that from Sport Aviation magazine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,128
Assuming you are the builder of the aircraft...

Assuming you are the builder of the aircraft you'd be the repairman for (which is a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-21-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 954
Don't cut anything until you have the panel and...

Don't cut anything until you have the panel and all engine controls fully installed. Then leave the total stick length (stick + grip) as long as possible without interfering with panel/controls in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,193
Similar to what Paul mentions above, I use 2 75W...

Similar to what Paul mentions above, I use 2 75W light bulbs in shop light cages face down inside bottom cowl at exhaust exit. Put a blanket over top of cowl and it Easily warms entire engine 40-50F...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,556
A lot of RV's have switched to an all metal...

A lot of RV's have switched to an all metal locknut, regardless of which type of towbar used. Yes, technically not normal when something rotates around the bolt, but so long as you insert the bolt...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,556
The cheap version from ACS works great. Just use...

The cheap version from ACS works great. Just use a longer axel bolt with bushings or washers. Plus this one is light weight and collapses for travel....
Forum: Tools 02-14-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,634
Just put a drop or two of oil in each tool every...

Just put a drop or two of oil in each tool every day or two and leave out the pre oiler entirely.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-14-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,792
Huh? The inside of my house is presently 69F....

Huh? The inside of my house is presently 69F. The outside wall of my house is 30F. I would expect the same to be true of an oil cooler. I could certainly be wrong but even tho the oil cooler is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-12-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,792
Why would the outside of the oil cooler be...

Why would the outside of the oil cooler be expected to be the same temperature as the oil inside of it?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,206
Anecdotally, from this and other threads, it’s...

Anecdotally, from this and other threads, it’s the rapid temperature changes that are hardest on the canopy, e.g. going from a warm hangar to below zero outside in a matter of seconds or minutes. ...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,716
My $.02: Highly, highly unlikely. Even with QB,...

My $.02: Highly, highly unlikely. Even with QB, there is a lot more than one would think. If you were very experienced your estimate might be reasonable. I think you should be thinking in years...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-02-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 883
Probably overthinking this. As long as you use...

Probably overthinking this. As long as you use the correct size dimple die from a reputable supplier you will be fine. For a size 3/32 rivet the dimple die should say either 3/32 or #40.
Forum: RV-14 02-02-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,832
Here's what happens if you plug "oil door latch"...

Here's what happens if you plug "oil door latch" in the search function above.
https://vansairforce.net/community/search.php?searchid=47737400
Hope this helps, and happy reading
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-30-2021, 03:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,242
2 place RVs are assumed to be at level attitude...

2 place RVs are assumed to be at level attitude for fuel calibration (and w&b) purposes when longerons at the canopy deck are level. And, yes, you should try to get as close as you can while doing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,116
EAB/RV Life Insurance Quotes

Does anyone who is in their low 50s, good health, non smoker and who has recently searched for a new term policy have any leads on life insurance providers?

My insurer who covered me for the past 15...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-23-2021, 08:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,882
Others' rates are going to be helpful or...

Others' rates are going to be helpful or comparable for you only if they too filed a claim...

As you've observed, if you filed a claim, especially a big one, you can almost certainly expect a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 06:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,181
plain cheap zip tie mount bonded with shoe goo...

plain cheap zip tie mount bonded with shoe goo will never come off either.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,010
This seems to have turned into yet one more 7 vs...

This seems to have turned into yet one more 7 vs 9 debate. There are so many already in the archives that I hesitate to add to this one as well. That said, there are at least a couple important...
Forum: COMM 01-16-2021, 12:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Yes, I'm thinking now that the back connector is...

Yes, I'm thinking now that the back connector is probably the issue. When I first built the panel and installed the radio I found that I had to put a washer/shim in between the harness plug and the...
Forum: COMM 01-15-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Update- Went to hangar today. Lo and behold,...

Update-

Went to hangar today. Lo and behold, when I turned the radio on just to check it one more time, it turned on. No rhyme or reason for why it didn't work yesterday but did today.

Not sure...
Forum: COMM 01-15-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 748
Icom A210 troubleshoot

After 8 years of flying with a trouble-free A210 installation, I started the plane up yesterday only to find that the radio wouldn't power up (or at least the display wouldn't come on and I couldn't...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,652
Neither. Ground locally where doing so won't...

Neither.

Ground locally where doing so won't introduce noise into the system; use a return ground where it might. Doing the former saves weight, cost, and valuable space through sometimes-crowded...
Forum: RV-10 01-05-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,680
Yes. Now that I think about it, I have two pulled...

Yes. Now that I think about it, I have two pulled rivets top and bottom where I could not buck the new rivets on that inside rib. However, the outboard rib-skin rivets are easy to get with a...
Forum: RV-10 01-05-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,680
This happened to me on my 9 and is easy to do if...

This happened to me on my 9 and is easy to do if you don't know what to look for before riveting it up. Easy fix that Ken Scott at Van's pointed out right away when I showed it to him while I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,304
So long as I preheat to 45F or better, a single...

So long as I preheat to 45F or better, a single pump of the throttle while engaging the starter is usually sufficient, even with two mags.

I used to have a primer installed but didn't really get a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,353
When I decided taildragger in 2005 part of the...

When I decided taildragger in 2005 part of the reason was, in fact, that there just happened to be a lot of nosewheel flips in the news that year.

However, since then, a very sustained effort...
Forum: RV-14 12-25-2020, 04:24 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 14,931
I’ve kept every single receipt and included all...

I’ve kept every single receipt and included all tools and extra things like epoxy, etc. Vans cost estimator plus about 10% was about right for me.

What I have noticed over the past 15 years on this...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-10-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
This was my guess, and my guess doesn't include...

This was my guess, and my guess doesn't include paint matching/painting, so I would concur that $3K is probably reasonable. It's certainly not unreasonable.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,669
Don’t know. I’m sure you’ve worjked on a bunch...

Don’t know. I’m sure you’ve worjked on a bunch but maybe you’ve not worked on O-320s RVs built after mid 2000s? At least not mine. I don’t have my FWF plans handy to give you the drawing number but...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,669
Not really correct on either of the above posts....

Not really correct on either of the above posts. While this was true on early versions of the O-320, FWF plans post-2006 or -2007 used the same style as the O-360, where the filter just sits on the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,476
This is a well-documented issue with manual trim...

This is a well-documented issue with manual trim tabs and Van's has repeatedly in the past indicated that 1/4" or so of play is a non-issue. FWIW, Mike Seager's RV-7 used for transition training had...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-29-2020, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,357
Thanks for the suggestions, both to Kyle for the...

Thanks for the suggestions, both to Kyle for the technique and to the others for suggesting I might be able to get away with a larger filter. Anyone know off the top of their head what the original...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-28-2020, 08:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,357
Thanks Kyle. Sounds like I might have been...

Thanks Kyle. Sounds like I might have been overthinking it. Do you just use the FAB itself to hold the filter up in place tight against the carb while the initial application of proseal cures?
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