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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2022, 01:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,321
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've never heard of putting an insert into a...

I've never heard of putting an insert into a crank shaft, but sounds like you are looking for threaded insert (aka Keensert). Google MS51831 and you will find the mil spec for these inserts.

Part...
Forum: ADS-B 10-06-2022, 12:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 443
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have the uAvionix system in my -4. Installed...

I have the uAvionix system in my -4. Installed their WAAS GPS and was able to use the existing GPS antenna after I installed a splitter to feed both the WAAS GPS and the Garmin GPS/Com in the panel....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-15-2022, 08:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,256
Posted By Dean Pichon
Click-Bond products are great. There is an...

Click-Bond products are great. There is an almost infinite variety of hardware options. The problem is the few stocking distributors of these products have only a very limited selection. My advice...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-29-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,440
Posted By Dean Pichon
I alodined and epoxy primed all the parts of my...

I alodined and epoxy primed all the parts of my -4 prior to riveting. When the fuselage was mostly completed, I sprayed the cockpit with with a water-based topcoat from System Three (without...
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 745
Posted By Dean Pichon
I don't have any plans, per se, but I did install...

I don't have any plans, per se, but I did install a quadrant during the build of my -4. At the suggestion of builder ahead of me, I used stock RV-8 parts and adapted them to my fuselage. It was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-30-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,404
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi TJ, I've been struggling with my 3-D printer...

Hi TJ,

I've been struggling with my 3-D printer for weeks. Just for fun, I tried to print the adapter, and for reasons I don't yet understand, it printed fine. You are welcome to this piece for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-14-2022, 07:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,854
Posted By Dean Pichon
I would caution against a climbing carabiner. ...

I would caution against a climbing carabiner. Most are aluminum and while light and strong will quickly wear against a steel ring if there is any relative movement. (I almost lost a boat once when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2022, 08:42 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,549
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Dan, I just checked my records. I purchased...

Hi Dan,

I just checked my records. I purchased the ETX900 at the recommendation of the EarthX folks and installed it in November of 2016. It charges at approximately 14.3 volts on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-11-2022, 07:02 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,549
Posted By Dean Pichon
I put my -4 on a diet with an EarthX battery...

I put my -4 on a diet with an EarthX battery (love it!) in lieu of the Concorde gel cell, an AHRS is in lieu of the vacuum system, and a Titanium tail spring in lieu of the original steel version. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-06-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,605
Posted By Dean Pichon
When I made mine, which is just like yours, I...

When I made mine, which is just like yours, I used a small length of leftover hinge pin. If you donít have any, you can get some from Aircraft Spruce or a multitude of other places.
Good luck
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-01-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 380
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for PIREPS for Shelburne Airpark, VT (VT8)

Hi All,

I need to make a quick trip to Vermont next week and would like to land at the Shelburne airpark. Has anyone been there recently? I'd like to get a report on grass condition. Otherwise, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,668
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've been using a Zerostart 3400121 Silicone Pad...

I've been using a Zerostart 3400121 Silicone Pad Engine Oil Heater on my -4 for a couple of years. It fit well on the sump of my (A1A) IO-360. I bought mine at Amazon, though they don't seem to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 04:51 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,807
Posted By Dean Pichon
You wonít get a lot of sympathy for your critique...

You wonít get a lot of sympathy for your critique on this forum, but I, for one, agree with you. There is definitely room for improvement. Good luck.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,146
Posted By Dean Pichon
I'm confused about the hinge line argument. The...

I'm confused about the hinge line argument. The rudder cables apply a moment to the rudder at nominally the same location as the pinned concept. Unless the wind loads on a tied aircraft are higher...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-12-2022, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,793
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've been flying my -4 for 20+ years with...

I've been flying my -4 for 20+ years with alodined tanks (inside and out). No issues yet. When I built the tanks, I elected to use alodine as the adhesion test data shown in the mil-spec for...
Forum: Northeast 03-05-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,746
Posted By Dean Pichon
My -4 is at KFIT. There's also a -12 and a -10,...

My -4 is at KFIT. There's also a -12 and a -10, though I have not seen the -10 in a while. And, a Cozy and a Yak just moved in!
Forum: RV-4 11-22-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,691
Posted By Dean Pichon
The bolt dropped in smoothly. I clamped the...

The bolt dropped in smoothly. I clamped the angle to the forward spar, again, and drilled thru the angle using pre-drilled pilot holes in the spar. ...
Forum: RV-4 11-22-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,691
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks all for the help. I tried to drill the...

Thanks all for the help. I tried to drill the holes using 2 different right angle drills, but could not seem to get good access while outside of the aircraft. I ended up using a #12 transfer punch...
Forum: RV-4 11-14-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,691
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks for the help all. I went back to the...

Thanks for the help all. I went back to the hanger this morning and leveled the fuselage in the roll direction using the cockpit rails and checked using the spar. Shimming under the axles allowed...
Forum: RV-4 11-13-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,691
Posted By Dean Pichon
Mounting the Horizontal Stabilizer

I built a new HS (and elevators) for my -4. I'm leveling up the fuselage in preparation for mounting the HS and have a couple of questions for those that went before me.

I used my laser level to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,821
Posted By Dean Pichon
I installed this one on my plane a couple of...

I installed this one on my plane a couple of years ago and have had good luck so...
Forum: Reviews 10-18-2021, 08:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,120
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for PIREPS for Paint Scheme Services

I plan to have my -4 repainted this coming spring and would like to get some help refining/defining the paint scheme. I'm looking for any experiences and recommendations others are willing to share...
Forum: RV-4 10-04-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,078
Posted By Dean Pichon
My cost in 2001...

Was about $65K

Airframe Kit: $10K
Engine: $25K (Factory new O-360 from Van's)
Prop: $ 5K (CS Hartzell)
Engine Acc. $ 5K (Fuel Injection, Prop Gov, Alternator, Oil Filter...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-18-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 17,717
Posted By Dean Pichon
Very interesting. Yesterday, when I placed the...

Very interesting. Yesterday, when I placed the order, the price was $14.99 for a 4-pack. This morning, I just clicked on the amazon link in my original post and now see that it now shows a price of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-17-2021, 02:45 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 17,717
Posted By Dean Pichon
Brad at Emagair told me the same thing yesterday...

Brad at Emagair told me the same thing yesterday and recommended I continue to check all the usual sources.

Yesterday afternoon I found some on Amazon and ordered a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-19-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,404
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Stew, The mount comes from here: ...

Hi Stew,

The mount comes from here: https://mygoflight.com/collections/mount-type-bolted

The adapter to accommodate the seat back geometry is a printed part. I would be happy to share the CAD...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-19-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,404
Posted By Dean Pichon
I installed a mount on the back of the front seat...

I installed a mount on the back of the front seat of my -4 so I can hang an iPad mini running Foreflight. I did this to better engage my kids while flying with them. The system has worked well so...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,473
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Nick, Thanks for the help. Attached please...

Hi Nick,

Thanks for the help. Attached please find my collected photos.

Regards,

Dean
Forum: RV-4 02-28-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,473
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi, I have a PowerPoint file of photos of...

Hi,

I have a PowerPoint file of photos of different (RV-4) canopy hold-open latches. I have accumulated these over a number of years as I looked for a design for my own -4. (I'm still looking - or...
Forum: GPS 02-27-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 959
Posted By Dean Pichon
I installed an internal SkyFX in my -4. It went...

I installed an internal SkyFX in my -4. It went in smoothly and seems to work well. I used a splitter to avoid the need for a second GPS antenna outside the aircraft.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,183
Posted By Dean Pichon
I just built new elevators for my -4 using 0.020...

I just built new elevators for my -4 using 0.020 skins. Van's skins are expensive, so I can see the motivation for getting your own material. However, the pre-bent skin with the correct bend radius...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-11-2020, 07:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Steve, I, too, have one you are welcome to...

Hi Steve,

I, too, have one you are welcome to take. Let me know if you need it.

Regards,

Dean
Bolton, MA
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-03-2020, 02:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 919
Posted By Dean Pichon
I recall from installing mine (many years ago),...

I recall from installing mine (many years ago), the indicator module has a trim pot that is used to set the threshold voltage. Once you verified your voltages are fine, you could consider adjusting...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-28-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,498
Posted By Dean Pichon
I built a new rudder for my -4 with 0.020 skins...

I built a new rudder for my -4 with 0.020 skins some years ago after I developed a number of cracks. I used Pro-Seal along the full length of each stiffener. My original rudder had globs of RTV at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-21-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,228
Posted By Dean Pichon
Thanks all. It sounds like an aluminum plate is...

Thanks all. It sounds like an aluminum plate is the way to go. A couple of questions:

Is the geometry of the plate such that it can be installed in a completed airbox or does the "top" have to be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-21-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,228
Posted By Dean Pichon
My air filter wore thru my airbox

For the second time in almost 20 years the K&N air filter in my -4 has worn thru the fiberglass bottom. The first time this occurred, I replaced the airbox assembly and repaired the old one to keep...
Forum: RV-4 11-15-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,646
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Stew, When I built my -4, I had the same...

Hi Stew,

When I built my -4, I had the same question and called Van's. At the time, they suggested Pop rivets as it was faster to build and "easy to drill out" should you need to do so. I ended up...
Forum: RV-4 11-01-2020, 03:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,838
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Stan, Thanks for these photos. I agree -...

Hi Stan,

Thanks for these photos. I agree - this looks like the best execution I've seen too. I believe I saw this one or something very similar quite a while ago - before I had started to archive...
Forum: RV-4 11-01-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,838
Posted By Dean Pichon
I've been collecting photos and screengrabs of...

I've been collecting photos and screengrabs of canopy hold-open features for the -4 for years, but have yet to find or devise anything I like.

I keep in a PowerPoint file for easy reference. If you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2020, 05:10 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,675
Posted By Dean Pichon
That is an excellent point. My comment assumed...

That is an excellent point. My comment assumed the OP was asking about the elevator trim tab. (I'm building new elevators with 0.020 skins so everything looks like an elevator to me.) If the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2020, 07:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,675
Posted By Dean Pichon
Older kits (RV-4, -6) used 0.016 material (cut...

Older kits (RV-4, -6) used 0.016 material (cut from the elevator skin). My new -4 tail kit use 0.020 for these skins, so the trim tab is also thicker.
Forum: Autopilots 08-29-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 15,569
Posted By Dean Pichon
I'd like to have a similar set-up in my -4. I...

I'd like to have a similar set-up in my -4. I built the plane, but I'm not a point in my life where I have the time to undertake the task. Can anyone estimate for me the rough cost of installing a...
Forum: RV-4 08-11-2020, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,625
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Carl, Thanks for those links. That looks...

Hi Carl,

Thanks for those links. That looks like a nice solution. I had been looking at visor organizers but think Bill's zippered pockets would work better.



Regards,

Dean
Forum: RV-4 08-10-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 8,625
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have the same issue with space in my -4. ...

I have the same issue with space in my -4. Especially valuable would be space I can access while under way. I'd like to install some fabric "pockets" on the side skins to the left and right of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 08:21 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 22,063
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Dan, It's not clear to me how this would save...

Hi Dan,

It's not clear to me how this would save cycles. (Reducing flap cycles and the risk of damage while taxiing with the flaps down are the key issues for me.)

I deploy (fully) the flaps on...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,278
Posted By Dean Pichon
Excellent. The tolerance stack up of the holes...

Excellent. The tolerance stack up of the holes make a slight bit of misalignment inevitable. With 2 doublers (if the spar had been built with the S/B mod), the tolerance stack-up is even worse. ...
Forum: RV-10 08-03-2020, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,278
Posted By Dean Pichon
My recommendation is to open these holes as...

My recommendation is to open these holes as little as possible (3/8 reamer, drill, Unibit) to get the proper fit to the HS. However, before you rivet the Nut Plate to the spars and doubler(s), open...
Forum: Rocket 07-06-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 3,203
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looks great! Refined and utilitarian. A couple...

Looks great! Refined and utilitarian. A couple of questions:

I noticed the 180lbs max weight placard for passenger and baggage. Is that the typical limitation for a Rocket?

Also, are those...
Forum: Reviews 06-30-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,611
Posted By Dean Pichon
Fair question. My headsets are in Massachusetts....

Fair question. My headsets are in Massachusetts. The plane is hangered so, unfortunately, it sees daylight only about once a week for an hour or two.:)

Regards,

Dean
Bolton, MA
Forum: Reviews 06-29-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,611
Posted By Dean Pichon
I have had the same issue with both of my pairs...

I have had the same issue with both of my pairs of Lightspeed. It seems the pasticizer leaches out from the switch box and leaves the surface perpetually tacky. The first unit was repaired under...
Forum: ADS-B 06-26-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,846
Posted By Dean Pichon
I had another failure last night. My Foreflight...

I had another failure last night. My Foreflight lost position data and all traffic. When I queried Settings during the flight, the EchoUAT still showed as connected but Foreflight seemed to think...
Forum: ADS-B 06-15-2020, 12:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 10,846
Posted By Dean Pichon
Mine has been stable for the past 6-8 flights. ...

Mine has been stable for the past 6-8 flights. The only change I have made since I notified Foreflight and uAvionix of the issue is that I now use the iPad in Airplane mode when I am running...
Forum: COMM 06-07-2020, 12:49 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,363
Posted By Dean Pichon
Has any found a source for this device? Neither...

Has any found a source for this device? Neither of the links above have stock.

Thanks,

Dean
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2020, 07:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,475
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi All, Thanks for the great leads. I will...

Hi All,

Thanks for the great leads. I will check them out.

Dave - I'm in the 'burbs west of Boston so a Medford lead is great. Thanks,

Dean
Bolton, MA
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2020, 06:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,475
Posted By Dean Pichon
Looking for recommendations for a CNC routing service

I'd like to have some RV parts CNC'ed using CAD files I provide. Can anyone recommend a shop that can be competitive with one-off jobs?

Thanks,
Forum: RV-10 06-02-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,041
Posted By Dean Pichon
Typically, as I recall, aircraft with "wet wings"...

Typically, as I recall, aircraft with "wet wings" use vinyl ester resin rather than epoxy. I don't believe epoxy can maintain its properties after long term exposure to fuel.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 23,914
Posted By Dean Pichon
Hi Mickey, Thanks for the offer. I'd love to...

Hi Mickey,

Thanks for the offer. I'd love to swing by to test fit your cap on my engine, but LSGY is a bit beyond the range of my -4 :)



Interesting. My printed one appears to be roughly an...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 23,914
Posted By Dean Pichon
My brother-in-law just printed this cap for me...

My brother-in-law just printed this cap for me using the model at the link above, but it printed a bit "small" Could there be more than one size of filler cap? He also printed this adapter part at...
Forum: Primers 04-21-2020, 02:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,288
Posted By Dean Pichon
If your paint is only a year or two past its...

If your paint is only a year or two past its expiration date, I would mix up a small batch to confirm that it cures properly. If the containers were well sealed and the contents appear ok, you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,654
Posted By Dean Pichon
The rudder on my -4 developed similar cracks...

The rudder on my -4 developed similar cracks after a few hundred hours in service, probably for the reasons previously noted. I stop-drilled the 0.016 skins and flew for a couple more years before a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-29-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,764
Posted By Dean Pichon
I just fixed my flat by replacing both tubes,...

I just fixed my flat by replacing both tubes, both tires, (and brake pads for good measure). I inflated both old tubes (the one that flatted and the one on the other side) to 8-10 psi. Neither...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-24-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,743
Posted By Dean Pichon
The Michelin Aviator is a 10 ply tire while the...

The Michelin Aviator is a 10 ply tire while the Condor is 6 plies. I did not want to run both these tires, so I called Aircraft Spruce to explain the issue. It took several phone calls and emails...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-23-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,743
Posted By Dean Pichon
Aircraft Spruce screw-up - Resolved

Last weekend I ordered a pair of replacement Condor tires for my -4. Today, I received one Condor tire and one Michelin Aviator tire from AS&S. The packing list says 2 Condor tires, but the CofCs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-20-2020, 06:55 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,764
Posted By Dean Pichon
I experienced the same problem this past weekend....

I experienced the same problem this past weekend. Saturday morning, I found the left main dead flat on my -4. The week before, I flew and it was fine. The last time I touched the wheel was to add...
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