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Forum: RV-8/8A 09-13-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,558
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I put mine on the firewall above the fuel pump. ...

I put mine on the firewall above the fuel pump. I'm not flying yet, but I'm done with the wiring. I'm happy with this location as it's been out of the way on the cockpit side and easy to route...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,244
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Three things

3. You are not the exception.
Forum: Safety 07-22-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,048
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Jeff, thanks for the example. I'm not sure if I...

Jeff, thanks for the example. I'm not sure if I was clear in my post, but I know it's silent during flight at speeds above L/D max. My issue with what I saw in the video is that on-speed is a...
Forum: Safety 07-21-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,048
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Mike, I appreciate the lengthy answer. I...

Thanks Mike, I appreciate the lengthy answer. I understand your answer to pilots getting used to noises in the cockpit, and I can see that. I also appreciate that your test was done in a busy radio...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 9,071
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Undefined

Until the FAA issues an opinion on what "aircraft specific training" means, all of us are just guessing. Case in point -- look at the discussion about what is or isn't considered compensation. ...
Forum: Safety 07-19-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,048
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Are the on-speed tones able to be deselected? ...

Are the on-speed tones able to be deselected? Personally, that's too much noise vying for my attention when everything is normal. I'd rather just have the tones come on when I'm slower than...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-16-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,139
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I have a Titan XIO-370 in my RV-8. I'm not...

I have a Titan XIO-370 in my RV-8. I'm not flying yet, but the engine is hung, cowling is done and baffles are almost done. I had to cut off the lower baffle that wraps around the cylinder barrels,...
Forum: California 06-03-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,588
Posted By Nihon_Ni
KPSP

You might also consider flying into Palm Springs and renting a car there. It's only an hour drive to the Park from there.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-01-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,180
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Residue?

I used dry transfer letters for a bunch of art projects in college. There was always some residue of the non-printed transfer material.

Do these dry transfer products that others have recommended...
Forum: Fiberglass 05-04-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,890
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Larry, Do you think the butterfly valve could...

Larry,

Do you think the butterfly valve could be trimmed down on the forward side where it meets the Vans flange? If I install that as you have it laid out in your photo, I'll have to redirect my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,450
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I did all the wiring I could, attached the canopy...

I did all the wiring I could, attached the canopy and skirt, did the fiberglass landing gear and intersection fairings and wheel pants before I hung the engine. This included mounting the battery...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2021, 04:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,638
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I regularly fly some certified products with two...

I regularly fly some certified products with two large G1000 screens. I carry my iPad to fill the flight plan from ForeFlight, and after that I never open it. The screens give me all the info I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,131
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Here's OP2, this should help.

Here's OP2, this should help.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,943
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I used the same type of connector as Jim. I put...

I used the same type of connector as Jim. I put it in the forward baggage area of my RV-8, and used an AWG 10 wire to supply power to the Main Bus via a 30A fuse. You can see it on the left side of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,561
Posted By Nihon_Ni
How do you determine the grounding plane for one...

How do you determine the grounding plane for one of these RV-8 solutions? Has anyone tested their setup to see what performance is available with a less then optimal 2x2' grounding plane?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,789
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Extra holes in fiberglass are super easy to patch...

Extra holes in fiberglass are super easy to patch with a little epoxy and flox. The hardest part will be matching the paint after you've patched the hole.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,116
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I think this approach will put you in dangerous...

I think this approach will put you in dangerous territory. Having a minority owner in a partnership dramatically changes the relationship of a partnership. I've read through the whole thread and I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2021, 06:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,320
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Yes and no. I don't have any experience in...

Yes and no. I don't have any experience in selling an unpainted airplane, but I have a degree in the Arts field. In general, people are terrible about visualizing something that isn't there. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-04-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,536
Posted By Nihon_Ni
This thread is giving me hope! I'm building an...

This thread is giving me hope! I'm building an RV-8, and in the beginning I figured I was padding my estimate when I thought the build would take 2,000 hrs over 4 yrs.

I now tell people that I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,074
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I came to realize that the only thing I could...

I came to realize that the only thing I could control is whether or not I worked on the plane every day. I set a goal of working 10 hrs a week, and I try to work on it every day. That's the only...
Forum: RV-4 02-03-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,570
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Square bolt in a round hole

I saw a builder who made a superb inspection hole by turning a piece of Lexan on a lathe to make it circular, then pressed a round clip to match. I don't have a lathe or a hydraulic press, so I made...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-30-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,180
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Following! I'm planning to letter my panel...

Following! I'm planning to letter my panel myself then have it clear coated by a painter.
Forum: RV-10 01-30-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,502
Posted By Nihon_Ni
This is a good point, but there's still value in...

This is a good point, but there's still value in starting the process. Even if the list says something like "taxi light" for now, you've already decided that you need it, and during what phases of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-25-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,129
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I spent many hours studying this subject, I read...

I spent many hours studying this subject, I read Bob Nucknolls book and I'm firmly in the "Why would you ever reset a protection device that operated as intended" camp, and I'd certainly never do it...
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,502
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I was going to suggest this very thing. I spent...

I was going to suggest this very thing. I spent so many weeks planning out my electrical system that I'd never admit how long it took on a public forum. :)

You need to figure out everything that...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-21-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,336
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I labeled both ends of every wire.

I labeled both ends of every wire.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-17-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,119
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I ran into this same issue today, and thought I'd...

I ran into this same issue today, and thought I'd post the answer I found for anyone else who encounters this problem. The Sky-Tec install manual, item 9 states: "Bosses B, C & D may be trimmed off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,189
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I wouldn't recommend ignoring the extension date...

I wouldn't recommend ignoring the extension date and continuing to fly. If something happens and you bend some metal, it's likely that your insurance company won't pay if you aren't a legal PIC,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-21-2020, 07:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,176
Posted By Nihon_Ni
The plans have you close the trailing edge of the...

The plans have you close the trailing edge of the fairing with a piano hinge. Look at DWG C1 & C3 and you'll see the hinge called out to close the gear leg fairings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,176
Posted By Nihon_Ni
FWIW, I have three unused switches on my stick...

FWIW, I have three unused switches on my stick grip (China hat L/R, and pinky). I have them wired to a terminal strip so if I ever decide to use them they're available.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-12-2020, 06:24 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,501
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Can you post a picture of the problem area? Is...

Can you post a picture of the problem area? Is the gap on the canopy or the skirt?

I had about a 1/2" gap in my skirt that my TC helped me solve by reforming the fiberglass.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 566
Views: 120,942
Posted By Nihon_Ni
N884RA

My wife and I lived in Japan for 7 years while I was in the service. In Japan, many numbers are considered as good or bad luck based on other words that sound similar to them. 4 and 9 are...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-09-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,396
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Dan! Your posts here were of great help...

Thanks Dan! Your posts here were of great help in much of my build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-08-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,069
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Van's website lists the RV-6 cockpit as 43"...

Van's website lists the RV-6 cockpit as 43" wide.

https://www.vansaircraft.com/rv-6/
Forum: Fiberglass 12-08-2020, 04:53 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,396
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I recently made my upper and lower intersection...

I recently made my upper and lower intersection fairings and finished the wheel pants. I had some leftover materials, so I can't say for certain what I used, but for each fairing, I'd guess it was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-28-2020, 06:25 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,165
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I have heard this too, and I have installed metal...

I have heard this too, and I have installed metal locknuts starting at the firewall. But then I found several nylon locknuts that were installed by the engine manufacturer, and Vans calls for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2020, 06:03 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 15,027
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Understating the hull value might lower your...

Understating the hull value might lower your premiums, but being underinsured has drawbacks. A better way might be to actually lower the value of your plane for your initial insured period.

Have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-22-2020, 06:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 8,333
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I'm still building, but I'm putting PTT, elevator...

I'm still building, but I'm putting PTT, elevator trim, AP disconnect/CWS, TOGA and flaps on the pilot's Infinity stick. The passenger stick is only PTT.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-16-2020, 07:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Awesome, thanks! I didn't see that project menu...

Awesome, thanks! I didn't see that project menu until you pointed it out.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 06:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I clicked on every link on the main page, but...

I clicked on every link on the main page, but only found the temples, bolt torque values, and a drill size chart. Can you send me a link to the baffle photos?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 06:36 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Yes, I ordered the IO-360MiB/Constant Speed Prop...

Yes, I ordered the IO-360MiB/Constant Speed Prop FWF kit from Van's, including the baffle kit. I spent today fitting, trimming, fitting, trimming, fitting, etc. the right aft baffle, but so far the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks for the link! This is exactly what I was...

Thanks for the link! This is exactly what I was hoping to find. (I didn't search for eci because I don't know what that is.)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,320
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Baffles for Titan Engine

I have a Titan IOX-370 and I'm working on the Van's baffle kit for a Lycoming IO-360. The stock baffle has two sections that wrap around the side and bottom of a cylinder: a larger radius that wraps...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,906
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I also put a ball lock pin in my rear stick in...

I also put a ball lock pin in my rear stick in the 3-9 position. I put the pin on a lanyard so I can't drop it. Quick and easy to remove or install.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,084
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I'd caution you about abandoning your budget just...

I'd caution you about abandoning your budget just because you're building a dream. It's tempting, I know, but that's a good way to get in over your head. How would your dream turn out if, a few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,694
Posted By Nihon_Ni
After a friend picked me up one night on a dark...

After a friend picked me up one night on a dark ramp with his strobes blinding me as I approached his plane, I decided to include a pair of these LEDs -- red on the VS cap and white on the belly. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-08-2020, 07:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,902
Posted By Nihon_Ni
DWG 71 shows the step as WD-832.

DWG 71 shows the step as WD-832.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-18-2020, 06:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,764
Posted By Nihon_Ni
How did you guys anchor the gear leg fairing...

How did you guys anchor the gear leg fairing vertically? I've seen where the Rocket guys put a tab in the top of the fairing and use a rubber strap to anchor it to the engine mount. That allows the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2020, 09:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 7,063
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Maybe 10-12 years ago, there was an "Affordable...

Maybe 10-12 years ago, there was an "Affordable Flying" display at AirVenture. One of the planes in it was an RV-8. The builder told me he had just under $40K all in. It was a revelation to me. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-14-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,487
Posted By Nihon_Ni
You might consider moving the landing light to...

You might consider moving the landing light to the Ess Bus. You can always decide not to use it if you're running out of electrons, but it might be nice to spend your last few amps on lighting the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-11-2020, 05:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,367
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Could you post a picture of your doors?

Could you post a picture of your doors?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-31-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,140
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Another vote for "talk to your attorney." Here's...

Another vote for "talk to your attorney." Here's two things I suggest you discuss with your attorney:

As I understand the LLC, it won't protect you from any personal negligence you do as an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2020, 06:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,556
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I'm curious about the changes you are wanting to...

I'm curious about the changes you are wanting to make. I'm also planning to do a dry transfer & clear coat application for labels. I only have two CBs, so they aren't likely to change.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,556
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks everyone for the input. I think I'll...

Thanks everyone for the input. I think I'll leave the panel clean, but will probably borrow Paul's velcro idea.

Rob
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,556
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Instrument Panel Placards

I'm getting ready to have labels made for the instrument panel of my RV-8, and I have room to include any advisory placards that might be required or desired for me as the pilot (i.e., not the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 06:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,049
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Richard. I'll chat with you to get some...

Thanks Richard. I'll chat with you to get some specifics on what diodes to use and have you review my soon-to-be drafted schematic if you don't mind.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 04:47 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,049
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I talked about it at length with the Garmin rep...

I talked about it at length with the Garmin rep at OSH. He said that since both inputs are just ground, that I could combine them into a SPST switch without impacting either component. I haven't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2019, 09:10 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 23,933
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I just wrestled with this decision all week at...

I just wrestled with this decision all week at AirVenture this year. With the introduction of the Garmin 175 line, I decided to forego the VHF capability of the GTN 650 for the economy GPS...
Forum: Propellers 07-26-2019, 09:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,210
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Thanks Jack, I'd love to hear your feedback after...

Thanks Jack, I'd love to hear your feedback after you've had a chance to fly!
Forum: Propellers 07-26-2019, 09:10 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,210
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Feeling Better

Just to update the thread, I received a nice PM from someone at Whirl Wind Propellers: Ground-Adjustable Division. She is very knowledgable about the constant speed props, and I'm exchanging emails...
Forum: Propellers 07-25-2019, 08:11 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 23,210
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I’ve been planning to install a 74HRT on my Titan...

I’ve been planning to install a 74HRT on my Titan XIO-370 powered RV-8 since considering all the prop options and speaking to all the tech reps last year at Oshkosh. I saw this post and was very...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-15-2019, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 13,091
Posted By Nihon_Ni
Congrats on the milestone! I remember doing that...

Congrats on the milestone! I remember doing that step and thinking that it was the last time I would be able to pick up my plane by myself. Like you, I'm a "one day at a time" builder.

Rob
Forum: Safety 05-11-2019, 05:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,843
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I'm using this solution with locking toggle...

I'm using this solution with locking toggle switches to prevent inadvertently turning one off in flight. They're also on the side of my panel where it's unlikely that I would bump them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2019, 05:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,558
Posted By Nihon_Ni
I build at a much faster rate than I fly, but...

I build at a much faster rate than I fly, but even with a 16 hear head start, my build time is catching up quickly.
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