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Forum: RV-4 06-30-2022, 04:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 641
Posted By fixnflyguy
50/200 ish

Stew, my T/W weight was around 47 lbs. when I first weighed it and my "personal" limit for passenger is 200 lbs. The figures posted are somewhat irrelevant because its possible to have variance in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 05:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,768
Posted By fixnflyguy
Water pipe weights and Non-cert plastics

The water pipe weights are just fine. They are just weights, with no structural element. I do recommend any steel items be well primed including the attaching holes and ends to prevent corrosion. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,598
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do the TW 8!

My bet ,since you have a ton of RV8A time already is you will have no problems with a TW 8 just having someone give you a few hours of transition/TW training in an 8. I have 2 friends that were low...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-23-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,229
Posted By fixnflyguy
PPG Desothane Milspec flats

At my dayjob, we do depot maintenance for a large USAF flying gas station, which is entirely flat grey, AKA "Camo Grey" and some flat white and black for the markings. We use PPG Desothane which is a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-21-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 737
Posted By fixnflyguy
Take care of the bubble!

I have the same glare experience in my -4 as you, and all other RV's. Backseaters love the view and go picture crazy, my wife being the main photographer, and the last 11 years have kept me a wreck...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-21-2022, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 743
Posted By fixnflyguy
Teardown likely

As an AP/IA, I would have difficulty making that certified again. There is likely not a trail of what's going on "inside" and without a full teardown, parts compatibility and trace that the data...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,207
Posted By fixnflyguy
Its a true family

When I started my RV-4 build , there was no VAF and the RV community utilized the Vans issued RVator publications, and dabbled with Matronics on the infant web based forums. When Doug got the VAF...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 05:16 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,051
Posted By fixnflyguy
VFR/IFR? options

I'm not sure if you have IFR capabilities, but I do not, so when I and a friend went in 2019, we planned all VFR routing for our flight of 2. We departed central NC at sunrise with lots of marginal...
Forum: Rocket 06-15-2022, 04:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,250
Posted By fixnflyguy
F1 vs Harmon vs RV4

The RV4 is 100% Vans design/parts, the Harmon starts with an RV-4 kit , and supplemented with a Harmon designed mod kit that changes wing rib spacing, fuselage components from the cockpit forward...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-14-2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,729
Posted By fixnflyguy
Find someone with a "buddy box"

I love the RV models, and probably will build one of the -4's one of these days to match my full scale. I used to do a lot of R/C back in the 80s and 90s but got away from it to focus on full scale....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,535
Posted By fixnflyguy
Schroth in my -4

I have Schroth 4 point (5th point capable) in my -4 . Liberated from Airbus A330. Love them.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-03-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By fixnflyguy
2 different animals..

I have used both extensively in heavy jet industry for over 40 years. The 2216 is just what it is..EPOXY, and its got fantastic ability to flex just enough to be the go to adhesive for bonding...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 08:10 AM
Replies: 22
Wax
Views: 2,875
Posted By fixnflyguy
Interesting

Dan's Speed Wax? I'm with ya on the pollen here in NC, my all white RV-4 turns the dreaded yellow pine pollen color. I have been using the Lucas spray detailer for a few years, as its super easy to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 805
Posted By fixnflyguy
Heavy flutes

I have been chatting with another RV10 builder in GSO that's a good friend of mine, and a first time builder. He messaged me last week about a section in the plans that said to "heavily flute" part...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-31-2022, 05:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By fixnflyguy
what I did

I fabricated my own from ,063" stainless steel scrap I had. I have an O-320H2AD and the sump is different than others, so the store bought ones wouldn't work. Not very hard to roll your own bracket.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2022, 05:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,458
Posted By fixnflyguy
On my -4 (similar)

I don't have a -9, but the scenario may be similar as my RV-4. I found on my -4 that when I built it, I had trimmed the gear leg fairing at the fuselage end to what seemed reasonably good clearance...
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2022, 05:51 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,126
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get the Cleveland tool ones..

I have the slick ones from Cleveland tool also, and they are usually stashed in my on board gig bag that also has short loops of robust small gauge rope attached to them. That way, when you end up at...
Forum: RV-4 05-20-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 685
Posted By fixnflyguy
The end rib

Being its really the end rib of the wing section carry-through, its not technically the longeron. The cut-out will be in the sideskin, bottom skin and end rib to be big enough to allow unrestricted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,320
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bumps no Bueno, but..

I never liked bumpy days, never will..however, there will be the day soon when you take off on a smooth calm day and it goes ugly bumpy. At some point, you will have to manage it, and land. The RV's...
Forum: Safety 05-17-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,365
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

First off, great discovery ! I assume this -10 hadn't been flown yet? When the FAA rep did my inspection before the pink slip, he sat in my -4 and slowly, meticulously moved the stick through every...
Forum: RV-4 05-17-2022, 05:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,319
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I built my -4 with the Vetterman 4 pipe, which historically created drumming in the floor of the -4, depending on pipe tip angling. I had no floor covering for first several flights, and had slight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 855
Posted By fixnflyguy
G5 Offset limits

The G5 has specific offset limits. I just mounted one in my RV4 . The faceplate has to be within 1 degree of the lateral axis, so it wont work in an angled panel as your describing.. The internal GPS...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-03-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,123
Posted By fixnflyguy
I did on mine

I just installed the EX G5 in my RV-4, but haven't flown it yet, as I'm also doing the long overdue ADSB and some other stuff. I figured best since the install manual says it, and thought the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,965
Posted By fixnflyguy
An observation of CoryB and Skid's pics

I see most of these post relate to "A" models since the rudders are pretty much free flopping due to lack of T/W cables and springs. I have a -4 that I built, and what I noticed about CoryB's and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2022, 04:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,939
Posted By fixnflyguy
Original OEM Vans non-swiveling TW

I have the good old original Vans "non-swiveling" TW on my RV-4 that has no break-out, and though it can swivel all the way around, it cant without wrecking some things. To me, its the best handling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2022, 04:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,762
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pat Hatch (PH Aviation) did it to me..

Back in the early 90's while working heavy overhaul for Piedmont/USair in Winston-Salem (KINT), I spotted this really cool looking plane sitting outside the neighboring hangar. Inquiring minds got...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 795
Posted By fixnflyguy
Weldments..

The "weldments" are a steel fitting/corner joint that connect the aluminum longerons to the firewall and engine mount structure. The first generation weldments were a split type, the newer are more...
Forum: Tools 04-13-2022, 05:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,170
Posted By fixnflyguy
I'm in this boat too!

Not retired yet, but I have an old Pexto 3' roller, a WW2 era pneumatic planishing hammer that still works great for making curved parts for cowlings, ect., and a 1935 South bend lathe my grandfather...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 05:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,187
Posted By fixnflyguy
I use a Nexus7/AVARE

I don't fly IFR, but I use a Nexus7 with AVARE (free) and have no issues with visibility. I have mine either laying on my thigh, or a simple knee pad if bumpy. The screen is easy to read even on...
Forum: RV-4 04-10-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,067
Posted By fixnflyguy
Have you sat in a -4?

You may find you can do minor changes to a flying -4 and be just fine. I'm 6'1" , 200 lbs and perfectly comfortable in mine. The back seat removal isn't the issue, it's the roll bar and side frames...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 05:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,116
Posted By fixnflyguy
Wires/Hoses,ect

Keeping all the lines and wires tidy and secure is the key to long lasting FWF. You don't want any chaffing of the mount, so use the method of correctly (tight) fit Adel clamps or tie-wraps that have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-06-2022, 04:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,439
Posted By fixnflyguy
Stand-offs

I use standoffs for mounting through lightening holes that rivet to the rib and have a threaded body. I also have nut-plates that are made with a 90 degree bent receptacle in the event there is not a...
Forum: Flight Testing 04-05-2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,179
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I also built a -4, and overhauled an O320H2AD that I put in it. I'm an A&P/IA, and had good confidence in both the plane and the engine. Because the RV's are such a well proven design, I had little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 05:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,149
Posted By fixnflyguy
GMU11 location

I am currently installing a GMU11 and G5 in my RV-4, and plan to put the GMU11 on the AFT deck also. I believe many have successfully done that. We have an AVX shop on the field, and I will be having...
Forum: The RV Grin 03-31-2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 973
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good Job Larry!

She and "Salt Life" as you know are based at 8A7 where we are. Come visit sometime. Sadly, this year we have lost 3 aviators at the airport (none related to flying)and her husband was a shock to all.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,220
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mixture/carb heat on the 3 lever no bueno

My advise is no no no. I'm not NSTB, but I'm 99.9% sure I have one less RV-4 pilot friend based on the position of the levers at the crash site. Not getting into details. I have a -4 with 2 levers,...
Forum: RV-4 03-25-2022, 05:53 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,697
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Been a while since I built mine, but the exit size is pretty much just the shape of the cowl as it is. Not much you can change other than closing it up with fairings and such. I have an O-320...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2022, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,195
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it

I bought a Taylorcraft BC12D with my airpark neighbor for 11K (bargain deal) and earned my TW rating in it, then put 350 Hrs. on it while building my RV-4. I flew with Mike S. while he was in North...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2022, 04:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 629
Posted By fixnflyguy
No pressure on mine

Mine is a zero pressure damper type strut. I don't feel the need for any lift assist, or additional wear/tear on on the canopy assembly from pressure, but the zero pressure damper strut prevents blow...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-17-2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 760
Posted By fixnflyguy
I had similar issue

I also have a -4 with a Denso alternator. A few years ago, I got intermittent cut-out of the alternator dropping to 12 volts then bouncing back to 14.5ish. In troubleshooting, I found the female side...
Forum: RV-4 03-15-2022, 04:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,276
Posted By fixnflyguy
That's what I do too

In 2019 I flew mine to the OSH 40 year RV-4 gathering, and to support the Sunday beer tasting event, I took 2 cases of NC craft beers..on ice since I would be arriving late Sunday afternoon. I used a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-14-2022, 05:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,956
Posted By fixnflyguy
A big hat

I wear a big floppy "crusher" boonie style lightweight fishing hat and a while T-shirt . I don't particularly like to even touch the inside of the canopy let alone stick things to it. I also do not...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-11-2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 875
Posted By fixnflyguy
What's your route?

If your coming as far north as NC, your welcome to spend the night at my house right next to 8A7 (Twin Lakes) near Winston-Salem. We have several RV's based at a great little airport in the country...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 533
Posted By fixnflyguy
I've never seen one

I've never seen any such data, but in practicality, it would be kind of hard to apply to a "Bowden cable" in its usual installation(carb heat/cabin heat). While the termination points of the sleeve...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-08-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 953
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nice find..

Thanks Dayton, makes a good note to put in my troubleshooting category..always learn from the others!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,218
Posted By fixnflyguy
New skin

I'm going to say a new skin is in order. Reworking 2024-T3 that has been stretched is near impossible, and the rest of your plane looks to be very nice..Rib flanges are likely bent too, and the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 05:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,218
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pictures ?

Start with some pictures..then the responses will roll in fast and furious. Keep the car guy at bay for a bit, as he could cover up damage that needs repaired..unless he is airplane guy that fixes...
Forum: RV-4 03-03-2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 518
Posted By fixnflyguy
Verify a few things first.

I would speculate either the socket on the engine mount is bent (unlikely without cracking the mount), or the leg itself is bent , possibly both are. Harmon Lang, whom likely made them, may be able...
Forum: RV-4 03-02-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,782
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have similar issue

I use a Nexus 7 tablet with AVARE for most of my travels, and with all my instrument (steam mostly) locations, switches and other things I don't want to cover up, I have learned to just use a simple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,741
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I read the old threads and found no mention of my "important" light, but I have a bright red warning light just forward of my throttle for canopy locked..there have been a good many canopy/door open...
Forum: RV-4 02-23-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By fixnflyguy
Alum/vs wood

I installed wood stiffeners on my -4 during the build, and sealed them on with Proseal, then wrapped with fiberglass cloth to hold it all together. They took a good bit of work, and have been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,647
Posted By fixnflyguy
Zero 99% of the time for me.

I seldom use any flaps for T/O..except short/soft operations. When I first started flying my -4, I used 10-15 degrees for T/O. The RV's just don't need it for normal operation, and your at flap...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-16-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,188
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mines the same!

Randall,
Mine is exactly like yours, as I built most of mine in the Jurassic , Pre-computer savvy age. It is easy for me to read, I have made revisions, ect. I always planned to make modernized...
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2022, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,128
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

A couple things to mention here before starting your adventure. Depending on vintage and your existing set-up, you will need to know what if any parts you will re-use. original style RV-4 wheel pants...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2022, 04:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 991
Posted By fixnflyguy
"Smoking Rivet"

Welcome to the "smoking rivet" club ! There are few planes flying that don't have one somewhere. Only real way to stop them is replace with a larger rivet, and if possible use a Cherrymax, which is...
Forum: Tools 02-09-2022, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,282
Posted By fixnflyguy
Why the pozi drives..or torx, or tri-wings?

So as builders, we all have options and choices in hardware. After 42 years in the heavy jet business, I've seen as many fastener types. Some are great, some are horrible. Building my RV-4, I used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 441
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things...(I'm primer OCD)

The Hummel is made from the same alloys as the RV. All the extrusion in the RV is 6061-T6 and all the ribs and skins are 2024-T3 ALCLAD The Alclad is pure aluminum coating that is the first line of...
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 582
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another thing to look at

I assume your checking rig of your flying -4 because of trim issues? As you know, the -4 had zero predrilling of parts, and the builder had to do best effort to get it right. I built mine, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,074
Posted By fixnflyguy
Here you go

The rivets used in RV construction are 2117 Alloy "AD" rivets. See the milspec chart, which will give you some shear strength data. Its not the greatest chart, because it doesn't take into account...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2022, 04:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 913
Posted By fixnflyguy
We have done it..good times!

We have hosted a few times, and since we live next to our airport, I can offer both hangar and bedroom. We do it for free, because that is how this community works! It is nice to be on the list for...
Forum: RV-4 01-30-2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,082
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nooooooo

You would loose all your RV friends, the sky would fall and the internet would crash. Don't talk about it any more. I believe someone built one, and he was banished to Siberia for life.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2022, 06:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 840
Posted By fixnflyguy
My experience (RV-4)

I have an O320H2AD 160hp that was liberated from a Cessna 172, with a MA4SPA carburetor..pretty straightforward set-up, with per plans Vans FAB. During run-up and standard carb heat check, I can...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-28-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,416
Posted By fixnflyguy
They are fine if radius is correct

There is no reason to believe they are a bad idea and many times cannot be avoided. maintaining the largest possible radius helps, and using a good quality bender made for the purpose will yield a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,504
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mine did it too

Mine worked fine for about 6 years, then it started tripping also. It did it more than once, sitting in the hangar with no one around and the plane unpowered. I was tracked down by a hangar neighbor...
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