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Forum: Fiberglass Yesterday, 05:19 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 799
Posted By PhatRV
I use this method too. It's tough to keep the...

I use this method too. It's tough to keep the epoxy from flashing off in the hot summer weather.
Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 04:45 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 791
Posted By PhatRV
That makes a lot of sense. I thought the same...

That makes a lot of sense. I thought the same thing as the OP but the physics potential energy thing make sense
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-14-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By PhatRV
I find that older passengers who don't have...

I find that older passengers who don't have decent upper body strength have problems egressing without some help from the pilot to pull them into a standing position. No solution from me. I suppose...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-14-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,165
Posted By PhatRV
The potential sellers can do themselves a favor...

The potential sellers can do themselves a favor by adding more details into the planes for sale. You don't sell something 100K by jotting down a couple of sentences and left the buyers wondering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 555
Posted By PhatRV
+1 After working on a couple Vans practice kits,...

+1

After working on a couple Vans practice kits, get some sheet metal from aircraft spruce and a bunch of AN470 and AN426 rivets and practice some more. Hold the rivet gun with your right hand and...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,488
Posted By PhatRV
I had to throw out a couple of metal nutplates ...

I had to throw out a couple of metal nutplates that had damaged the bolt threads like in your picture. Most of the AN parts have tight tolerances but they aren't perfect. Find and new metal nut...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-13-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,575
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for posting these pictures. I am fitting...

Thanks for posting these pictures. I am fitting my cowl and they really help me understand the intake section
Forum: Safety 06-11-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,054
Posted By PhatRV
There has been at least one EAA safety webinar...

There has been at least one EAA safety webinar that recommended performing a pre-takeoff briefing, specifically for the engine out scenario at takeoff, even for a local flight. I don't know any basic...
Forum: Safety 06-09-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,054
Posted By PhatRV
This military pilot with that much experience...

This military pilot with that much experience failed to make it back, what chance for the rest of us civilian, and low time pilots will succeed at this maneuver without a lot of practice at altitude
Forum: RV-4 06-08-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 400
Posted By PhatRV
Even when you build the pre-punched RVs, there is...

Even when you build the pre-punched RVs, there is no guarantee the flap and aileron edges are aligned perfectly.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 760
Posted By PhatRV
I am planning to use the EAA task based test...

I am planning to use the EAA task based test document so hopefully all the tasks will be completed close to the prescribed hours. I was reading somewhere that said the FAA now accepts the task based...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-06-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 332
Posted By PhatRV
I have the factory M1B and the FWF kit. It is...

I have the factory M1B and the FWF kit. It is still a head scratcher. If you build the plane instead of getting the quickbuild kit, the skills gained during the build will probably result in the...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,054
Posted By PhatRV
I think the test was preformed from the takeoff...

I think the test was preformed from the takeoff to the turn back altitude. With the anemic climb rate of 172, it would be located far away from the runway at a specific altitude where as the RV4...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2021, 02:06 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,054
Posted By PhatRV
Impossible Turn (RV4)

AOPA just released a new video showing a variety of real world testing using the SuperCub, C172, RV4, and the Bonanza, performing the "impossible turn" using a variety of altitudes when the engines...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2021, 01:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,768
Posted By PhatRV
I am adding my 0.02 regarding the Vans FWF plans...

I am adding my 0.02 regarding the Vans FWF plans :D. I think the RV FWFs vary a lot from one airplane to the next is the Vans FWF plan is all over the map. Even when the use of the fuel flow...
Forum: RV-14 06-04-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,917
Posted By PhatRV
If the price of 140K gives you a pause, the RV14...

If the price of 140K gives you a pause, the RV14 will most likely cost more than this, closer to 175K. I've spent close to 100K on my RV8 and it only has one EFIS panel and fixed pitched propeller. ...
Forum: Safety 06-04-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,315
Posted By PhatRV
I think it depends on the location of the dent to...

I think it depends on the location of the dent to make a sufficient detriment to the structural strength and rigidity of the wing. If the dent is in the bay next to the tank then the leading edge...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-04-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,772
Posted By PhatRV
I have similar radiant heat shields to protect...

I have similar radiant heat shields to protect the fuel lines and the control lines from the radiant heat generated by the exhaust pipes.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2021, 01:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 617
Posted By PhatRV
The screw holes match up to the nutplate on the...

The screw holes match up to the nutplate on the wing web. This is on my right wing. The servo control arm is connected to the aileron control horn.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,735
Posted By PhatRV
After reading a forum thread like this one, I...

After reading a forum thread like this one, I fear my RV8 will fall apart during its first flight. That is if the alcad aluminum skin will corrode due to the lack of proper zinc chromate primer...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 563
Posted By PhatRV
If you plan to customize your plate nut holes,...

If you plan to customize your plate nut holes, it's best to get the floating nutplates for the not-so-perfect aligned holes.
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2021, 01:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,571
Posted By PhatRV
I like the idea of people experimentalling...

I like the idea of people experimentalling outside of the envelope. I like it even more to see it flies or it is just another Iranian photoshop job.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2021, 05:51 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 995
Posted By PhatRV
I have the exact same configuration. I talked...

I have the exact same configuration. I talked with P-Mag and it advised that I should not wire the jumper in the starter switch with the Slick/P-Mag configuration. In an older dual-magnetos...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 948
Posted By PhatRV
I found that I had to purchase extra aluminum...

I found that I had to purchase extra aluminum sheets in 0.032" and 0.025" from Aircraft Spruce to fix mistakes like this. They also come handy at the later stage of your build when you need to build...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 404
Posted By PhatRV
I had a helper when I back rivet the top skin of...

I had a helper when I back rivet the top skin of my RV8. I did the bottom skin solo. For the outboard skin, I hung the wing vertical and peeled back the skin far enough to slide my arm inside to...
Forum: Propellers 05-24-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,279
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for the link. I purchased this same...

Thanks for the link. I purchased this same propeller but have been thinking about how to mount it when that time arrives. Now I know.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-22-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 824
Posted By PhatRV
These are the screen capture of the RV8 plan,...

These are the screen capture of the RV8 plan, which is very similar to the RV9

The bolt call out are below
Forum: Autopilots 05-21-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 607
Posted By PhatRV
I think Dynon sends the serial signals through...

I think Dynon sends the serial signals through the twisted pair wires, but at least there is no shielding required; because of the low baud rate?

If you are have success at using the Dynon ADHARS...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 5,789
Posted By PhatRV
If Vans produces a high wing RV that flies just...

If Vans produces a high wing RV that flies just as fast, or almost as fast as another comparable low wing RV, I am building that airplane. I hope it is the next RV15
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 814
Posted By PhatRV
I mounted the engine after I did most of the...

I mounted the engine after I did most of the avionic wiring behind the firewall. After I mounted the engine, I delayed closing the upper forward fuselage because I was running a lot of engine...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-05-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,644
Posted By PhatRV
I created 4 templates that match the four corners...

I created 4 templates that match the four corners of the wing tank skin and cleco the templates with the fuel-tank baffle to the spar flange. The template holes are matched drilled to the tank skin...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,333
Posted By PhatRV
This is an article from KitPlanes about the BRS...

This is an article from KitPlanes about the BRS installation onto an RV9. There are a lot of installation pictures in the article. The installation is similar to the RV10 referenced in the previous...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 859
Posted By PhatRV
I had a smaller crack in my plexiglass and I used...

I had a smaller crack in my plexiglass and I used plastifix as mentioned before. Fortunately, the crack was covered with the fiberglass skirt.

After many years of woodworking, one concept we used...
Forum: Alternative Engines 05-01-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,212
Posted By PhatRV
There has been a Super8 where someone fitted an...

There has been a Super8 where someone fitted an IO540 to the RV8. Has anyone tried to stuff a 540 engine to the RV7 and call it a Super-7. This is probably an easier proposition than using a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-01-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,190
Posted By PhatRV
I found this article on a classified DoD program...

I found this article on a classified DoD program that involved a STOL. The mockup of the cockpit resembles how we mockup the RV panel, including my own. No CAD...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-01-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,875
Posted By PhatRV
My reply is in regard to the rational of the...

My reply is in regard to the rational of the placement in my RV8. I put my backup EFIS on the upper left so the pilot/passenger in the back seat can see the EFIS by leaning slighter over to the...
Forum: Safety 04-27-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,782
Posted By PhatRV
What to do with CI Finding?

Slightly off topic: when you find these serious safety findings during the CI for EAB, what do you do? Can you ground the airplane like an AI or you just document the findings and give them to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,856
Posted By PhatRV
There are two AN3 bolts that may interfere with...

There are two AN3 bolts that may interfere with the nuts. They are shown in the cropped picture below. You have to loosen the AN3 nut so the bolt will retract to allow you the clearance to insert...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2021, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,928
Posted By PhatRV
I came to find out that Dynon was out of stock of...

I came to find out that Dynon was out of stock of its EFIS in January 2020 when the first Covid pandemic struck in Asia. Many of the component manufacturing was in China and still is. The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-22-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By PhatRV
I think the main wheels and the tail wheel come...

I think the main wheels and the tail wheel come in the finishing kit.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 05:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,190
Posted By PhatRV
This was how I designed my panel. I cut out the...

This was how I designed my panel. I cut out the pictures from the Dynon brochures and taped them to the panel blank. I put the draft panel on the plane and made airplane noise, pushed the imaginary...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-19-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,025
Posted By PhatRV
I did my Dynon wiring on the bench to ensure that...

I did my Dynon wiring on the bench to ensure that I could power up the EFIS, the radio and transponder. The rest of the electrical wiring was completed on the plane. The downside of wiring the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,627
Posted By PhatRV
The IO360M1B engine that you get through Vans is...

The IO360M1B engine that you get through Vans is certified for non 100LL gas. I think all lycoming parallel valve engines are the same, except for the aerobatic.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-12-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 563
Posted By PhatRV
How many hours are on the Red? Some had the...

How many hours are on the Red? Some had the problems around 500 hours. I wonder if yours fall within the statistical failure rate of the Redcube.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-10-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,007
Posted By PhatRV
When I received my M1B engine, I found that the...

When I received my M1B engine, I found that the troublesome fin casting area has probably been cured by Lycoming. This is the front face of my No2 cylinder, facing the left air intake. The fins...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,015
Posted By PhatRV
So far I've been using it on the Clickbond tie...

So far I've been using it on the Clickbond tie wrap anchors. I will monitor how the epoxy will standup after I get this thing built.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-09-2021, 07:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,906
Posted By PhatRV
If you are going to cut you panel by hand like...

If you are going to cut you panel by hand like many people, these screw holes are PIA to mount the mini nutplates, especially when you have them so close together as in your panel layout. I space...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,015
Posted By PhatRV
You can try epoxy thickened with flox and...

You can try epoxy thickened with flox and carbosil. It is basically similar to the more expensive Clickbond adhesive that has been formulates to not run on vertical surface.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,007
Posted By PhatRV
Subscribed!

I am subscribing to this thread because I am at the stage to fit the cowling on my RV8.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,847
Posted By PhatRV
This the box wrench that I used to keep the nut...

This the box wrench that I used to keep the nut in place while torquing from the bolt side. The only reason to taper grind the box end is prevent the interference when working on the upper nut, next...
Forum: California 03-27-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 652
Posted By PhatRV
Hi Art Long time no see. Glad you are back in...

Hi Art

Long time no see. Glad you are back in the game.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 12,963
Posted By PhatRV
I suppose there is a heavy tax bill that comes...

I suppose there is a heavy tax bill that comes with the plane.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By PhatRV
I Alodine the interior and exterior of all my...

I Alodine the interior and exterior of all my aluminum torque tubes.
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,344
Posted By PhatRV
I also order the seat blanks from Vans. I was...

I also order the seat blanks from Vans. I was planning to use the old seat foams from the junkyard, but the prices from Vans are reasonable. I am planning to use the standard car seat cover as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 926
Posted By PhatRV
I think it is helpful to orient the perspective...

I think it is helpful to orient the perspective of building the legacy Vans aircraft in that you are building the primary structure. The rest of the electrical, avionics, engines, etc are all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 553
Posted By PhatRV
Have you contact EAA for their advice. The club...

Have you contact EAA for their advice. The club that many EAA members at Oshkosh have multiple experimental airplanes and I think they can give your club more guidance on the subject.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,224
Posted By PhatRV
I went for the full Dynon avionic suite. The...

I went for the full Dynon avionic suite. The Dynon intercom unit combines all the sound outputs from the Dynon HDX, the remote radio, and other sound sources and output them to the pilot and copilot....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,376
Posted By PhatRV
I believe it's not certified per part 91. However...

I believe it's not certified per part 91. However , I believe,
as long as your lighting will comply with the part 91 standards then its good to go. Just like all the antenna that are designed for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,039
Posted By PhatRV
I proseal the heater flapper flange at the...

I proseal the heater flapper flange at the firewall connection because it was in the instruction. I haven't flown my RV8 or will fly it anytime soon in the kind of cold weather where you are. I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-21-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,278
Posted By PhatRV
Interesting tool. Thanks for pointing this out.

Interesting tool. Thanks for pointing this out.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 856
Posted By PhatRV
It will be a challenge propping up the firewall...

It will be a challenge propping up the firewall forward higher up the ground so you can have sufficient access for the gear, if you choose to install the gear right-side up. The airplane in this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-20-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 36,243
Posted By PhatRV
Similar solution on my RV8. The hole at the top...

Similar solution on my RV8. The hole at the top of the stick makes cable routing a lot easier than the hole drilled at the bottom. I put a couple of silicone tape wraps to secure the wire loom to...
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 513
Views: 356,958
Posted By PhatRV
The Lycoming M1B engine that was delivered to me...

The Lycoming M1B engine that was delivered to me late last year had very good cylinder fin casting, with all the cooling passages cleaned up. The blockage area between the fins as shown in AXO...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-17-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,278
Posted By PhatRV
Oil Catch Pan for Oil Filter

I found this nifty oil catch device from the SX300 forum. It should catch all the oil dripping as the oil filter is removed and drains the oil overboard. This will work for the nose wheel models...
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