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Forum: My RV Build Project 11-28-2022, 11:34 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,098
Posted By PilotjohnS
sorry

sorry to hear about the crash, but glad to hear about the restart.

Maybe for phase 1, we all should just leave the fuel pump on when lower than 500 feet? one less thing to think about in emergency.
Forum: Steam Gauges 11-28-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,066
Posted By PilotjohnS
Legal

Is it legal to fly with an in op fuel gauge, asking for a friend?
Forum: Reviews 11-27-2022, 08:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,572
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I do not have carpet, so I just installed two angles left to right across the floor. Seems to work the same, but does intrude on my legs. YMMV.
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-27-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,185
Posted By PilotjohnS
Scary stuff if one is not over the flat lands of...

Scary stuff if one is not over the flat lands of Kansas.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-27-2022, 07:29 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,250
Posted By PilotjohnS
I have my Fumoto ready to go on. But my engine is...

I have my Fumoto ready to go on. But my engine is pickled and is now filled with 12 quarts of pepboys oil. So I need to remove the square plug with 12 quarts behind it. Gonna be fun the first time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-27-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,051
Posted By PilotjohnS
Baffles

It is just baffling….

Side note: the remaining parts to be fitted will fit on a bench top.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 11-25-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 321
Posted By PilotjohnS
Better question

In my opinion, the question should be “ why would one use a expensive back up battery that will automatically disconnect itself if it senses a problem (Earthx)? I think one would want a dumb battery...
Forum: Primers 11-23-2022, 04:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 218
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just Me

Disclaimer: I take no responsibility if you follow my method. You must decide for yourself what is safe.

I had a chemist review the P60G2 MDS and she told me the quad valent chromium is bad, but the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-23-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,054
Posted By PilotjohnS
FAA PMA

Also, I think the FAA PMA certification means they can not change assembly location either. So if the original battery was certified for production in USA, then that battery manufacturing cannot be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-23-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
Posted By PilotjohnS
Competition

Over the last several years, it seems Garmin Pilot and Foreflight both have improved by leaps and bounds. I think any opinions formed back then should be re evaluated with the newer versions of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-23-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 409
Posted By PilotjohnS
My opinion

Just my opinion, but I think fusible links are fine for low ampere stuff like 5 amps and below in airplanes. But when you start talking about 20, 40, and 60 amps, I think fusible links should no be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2022, 04:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,328
Posted By PilotjohnS
Depends

Depends if she is cuter and dumber than original.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-22-2022, 01:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,149
Posted By PilotjohnS
factory Lycoming

I have a factory new Lycoming. It comes with an intact rear plug and a front plug. and a -6 hard line from the front of the engine to the governor pad. In addition, it has the governor cover plate...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-22-2022, 01:48 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,755
Posted By PilotjohnS
Unswitched

my only power in the cabin that is not on the master is the baggage area lights. I used a fusible link off the battery and ran it to the panel switch and then back to the baggage area. It is very low...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-22-2022, 10:51 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,126
Posted By PilotjohnS
Talking Kitplanes

I would subscribe to Kitplanes and review the article written by Larry (wirejock). I followed it to the letter and my canopy came out great. It would have been better if I wasn't such an amateur.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 523
Posted By PilotjohnS
pretty

Looks nice. cant wait to see how you label the fuel selector.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-22-2022, 10:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,070
Posted By PilotjohnS
me and tribe

I just bought my tribe the same thing I have. An ipad mini with cellular service, and the RAM mount kit for the 172. Total cost was 850. I signed up for cellular service and can get weather updates...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-21-2022, 11:34 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,025
Posted By PilotjohnS
up top

I am not worried about the brake line down at the caliper, but rather the brake line at the fuselage transition to the gear leg. There is not a lot of room for stress relief there, and with the added...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-21-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,025
Posted By PilotjohnS
told me sooner

I wish you would have told me sooner. I never thought of this failure mode; but now that I know, I can't be ignorant anymore. I might just have to change my lines to flex. And I thought I was done...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-20-2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,025
Posted By PilotjohnS
O rings

Do I need to use special orings with mobil 1 atf ?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-20-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,967
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pants are on

Finish wheel pants install.
Started baffles.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-20-2022, 01:52 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 140,385
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wheel pants completel

Wheel pants are on and complete, ready for first flight. What i thought would take me a week took four.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-19-2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 237
Views: 140,385
Posted By PilotjohnS
Gear leg stiffeners

I followed Paul Dye’s lead and used adel clamps, one of each size and one layer of gorrilla tape instead of the rubber inserts. I wanted some adhesive that would grip the legs and not let the clamps...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 970
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vans is best?

I like the Vans way of retaining rods end the best; using a steel oversized washer. If the rod end bearing were to fail and the retaining washer/metal had to do its job, I can see where the controls...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-18-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,333
Posted By PilotjohnS
kink in Armor

I had my panel all wired up and then discovered I had my GPS signal for the ELT from the GDU460. But the format was wrong. So I had to rewire a few 232 lines and bring the GPS for the ELT from the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 294
Posted By PilotjohnS
Proseal

I put to top skin on before the firewall forward stuff.
I had glued the firewall and top skin together with the proseal firewall sealant using the clecos. There are better materials than proseal for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2022, 10:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By PilotjohnS
re entries

Unless you plan to do re entries to thru the atmosphere, I think as long as the screws are flush, you are OK. But even then, probably still Ok with a small protrusion. Build on. I remind myself all...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2022, 08:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 483
Posted By PilotjohnS
Clecos

I found that the clecos will sometimes push the nut plates off center. Make sure the clecos are clear of the center. Often times the clecos can only go in from a certain side. Also sometimes i had to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,559
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I spaced the clamps evenly, you did not. It appeared to me that the gear leg taper is constant, which would imply a even spacing. Your varied spacing suggest the gear legs are not a straight taper....
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,539
Posted By PilotjohnS
No avionics master

I dont think a avionics master is needed for modern Glass. I have a Garmin panel with the GAD27 box. The box has a power circuit that prevents the critical boxes from browning out during engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2022, 09:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 404
Posted By PilotjohnS
Loop

I did the hardline loop thing and it was easy to keep it all within the wheel pant/ intersection fairing.

I am hoping the soft aluminum hardline takes a set and doesnt push the caliper apart or make...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,559
Posted By PilotjohnS
Not recommended

I would not recommend silicone tape.
I figured as the legs flex, the taper of the legs would work the dampener clamps down the leg. So I wanted a tape that had some good adhesive. I followed Paul...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,559
Posted By PilotjohnS
Impotent

I think it is important to have the metal plate aligned with the center of the round gear leg, and to use the clamps as Larry suggested. I tweaked the Adel clamps, and had to put the aluminum between...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2022, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,559
Posted By PilotjohnS
Done

I just got done with this. I used 3/16” x 1 1/4” 6061. I tapered the lower 8 inches. If i was doing this again, I think I would try 1/8” thick 6061.

I cant speak to 2024 thickness recommendation.
Forum: Propellers 11-10-2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,501
Posted By PilotjohnS
Theory

Maybe someone can explain to me how this works?
Forum: Safety 11-10-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 291
Views: 42,957
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I have noticed that when things get tense, people will drive faster , etc, just to get it over with. Seems to be what happened here and to Kobe Bryant. A lesson we seem to keep on re-learning
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,085
Posted By PilotjohnS
My take

Just my take, but I would not put water in the tanks unless the rear baffle is in place. I don't think the aluminum between the ribs is strong enough by itself to resist bowing. I never tried it so...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,085
Posted By PilotjohnS
Water calibrate

Just so y’all know, i plan to use water to calibrate my fuel level sensors. I can do this in my hangar before i move to some distant airport for first flight. The errors should be really small, like...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-10-2022, 12:08 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,121
Posted By PilotjohnS
How hard

How hard would it be to weld on two 90 degree fittings and add a clear hose for a sight glass to be able to check the level during preflight?
Forum: Propellers 11-10-2022, 12:05 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 2,501
Posted By PilotjohnS
weird

It is weird I don't see any balancing marks on the Balancer. I would think one would see balancing marks because nothing ever seems to be perfectly balanced right off a mill.

It seems even a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2022, 10:16 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,193
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cowl louvers.

Those of us with the new 7a nose gear with cowl louvers, does this really matter anymore.

I asume the louvers result in a less draggy flow since the area is larger as the flows merge.

But what can...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2022, 12:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By PilotjohnS
Available?

If these are available, I could use them in a month. Thanks
Forum: Alternative Engines 11-01-2022, 10:54 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,162
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sounds like an airplane maker headquartered in...

Sounds like an airplane maker headquartered in the western US. They are still re-learning this lesson I hear.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2022, 10:47 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 1,576,242
Posted By PilotjohnS
I know...

I know you think you are done, I did too at this stage, but...

I think if you trim the curve where the canopy transitions from the fuselage sides to the top, it might remove some pressure off the...
Forum: RV-3 10-29-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,129
Posted By PilotjohnS
My way

I followed Paul Dye’s lead and used adel clamps, one of each size and one layer of gorrilla tape instead of the rubber inserts. I wanted some adhesive that would grip the legs and not let the clamps...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2022, 03:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,852
Posted By PilotjohnS
Gear

Installing Gear leg stiffeners.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-29-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 511
Posted By PilotjohnS
just me

If It was me I would not go against Vans direction. Others have used bolts from Lowes or Home Depot to line things up when building up the center section. Store bolts bolts are a few thousands...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 840
Posted By PilotjohnS
Blue tape

I cut mine off right about where your blue tape was. I figured that was enough for the Sikaflex to grab. In addition, I Sikeflex'd my windscreen skirt onto both the windscreen and fuselage, so the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-27-2022, 09:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 840
Posted By PilotjohnS
No idea

I had no idea where to trim my windscreen. I did what was posted above. I also changed the shape around the fuselage be d so that it was not being forced out by being too long around the fuselage...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2022, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 435
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks

Thanks, I did not know this.
Forum: Alternative Engines 10-23-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 7,162
Posted By PilotjohnS
except

Except the crankshaft does not go around in a circle, but a funny ellipse for all but one cylinder. This was all done with slide rules and testing, no fancy computers.
Forum: RV-10 10-23-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,993
Posted By PilotjohnS
Stall warning

Could be Vans stall warning buzzer.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2022, 03:41 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,934
Posted By PilotjohnS
VAFers donate

We need to gather the VAFers together and build Vlad a hangar or plane cover in repayment for all his travel stories!
Forum: Tools 10-22-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,438
Posted By PilotjohnS
Quality

I would spend the money on a high quality drill press. One where the spindle doesnt wobble, and not buy a bandsaw. I dont think the modern kits need a bandsaw. I had one and never used it. Use the...
Forum: Safety 10-22-2022, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,093
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dont understand

I am a little dense. Does this mean that mogas that has ethanol blended in is no good?

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 976
Posted By PilotjohnS
Iphone level not

The iphone level does not seem very accurate. I had better accuracy using a bubble level. the bubble level will get down to 0.1Degrees, but the iphone is only at 1 degree or so. Even 0.1 degree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,895
Posted By PilotjohnS
Agree

I have my trim circuit breaker right in front of the pilot near the center so I can pull the breaker with my right hand; I figure with run away trim, my left hand would be busy trying to keep from...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-18-2022, 11:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,085
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just Me

Check the plans first to make sure they are no left open per the plans; otherwise I would put rivets in them now. If you want to drill out one or two for extra stuff later then you can do it then. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2022, 11:26 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,277
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

During the build I had Avemco and it was reasonable. When I went for a quote for flying, they were really high. Call Gallagher after they posted an article on VAF and got a flying quote substantially...
Forum: Fiberglass 10-18-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 710
Posted By PilotjohnS
Like others

Like others at Osh, he does not recommend west epoxies. I used aeropoxy and am very happy. It wont get soft in the desert sun and dries hard in a few days. And is really strong once cured for a few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,318
Posted By PilotjohnS
Nearly impossible

I found it nearly impossible to keep from scratching the aluminum using a soldering iron. The aluminum is alclad type with a very soft layer of pure aluminum and scratches very easily. Not sure what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,842
Posted By PilotjohnS
Still Flying?

So are you still flying the new bird? I figure your team will be doing fatigue testing now to see what needs to be reinforced and verify loads are as predicted.
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-17-2022, 12:32 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 140,385
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just when you thought....

Several months ago, when I was finishing the canopy, I too thought I would never get done. Then I made a list of everything I need to do, and started to see the list get smaller a little at a time....
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-17-2022, 12:15 AM
Replies: 237
Views: 140,385
Posted By PilotjohnS
No more skinny legs

I was able to get the wheel pants and the leg fairings on this last week. No more skinny legs.

Using two laser levels from Harbor Freight made it easier than the factory instructions. One level kept...
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