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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 919
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not the Niagra Cooler

Here are a couple of pictures of an Airflow Systems 2006X oil cooler installed on the firewall of our RV-7A. We recently installed a butterfly valve controlled by a linear actuator to help control...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-10-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 585
Posted By KatanaPilot
Same as Brian in the post above. Stein built...

Same as Brian in the post above. Stein built panel. 300 trouble free hours.
Forum: RV-10 10-10-2021, 05:26 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 983
Posted By KatanaPilot
It is possible

We recently mounted two EarthX ETX900-VNT batteries on the forward side of the subpanel aft of the firewall.We are using stock location aft of the baggage bulkhead for our built in oxygen bottle so...
Forum: Reviews 10-03-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 685
Posted By KatanaPilot
Tom (and Steve) is/are probably getting tired of...

Tom (and Steve) is/are probably getting tired of hearing compliments on their great customer service (or maybe not ;)) so in any event - here is another one.

Tom agreed to come over to Synergy Air...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,487
Posted By KatanaPilot
A little more information - I only learned of...

A little more information -

I only learned of the existence of SB-00007 when a slow build RV-10 fuselage kit showed up at Synergy Air South. The crate contained all of the parts, templates and...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,487
Posted By KatanaPilot
We preemptively did the replacement a couple of...

We preemptively did the replacement a couple of weeks ago on our under construction RV-10. We will operate off a grass strip and would much rather do the replacement now versus on a flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,850
Posted By KatanaPilot
World Wide Steel

They bought the assets of Miracle Steel/Miracle Truss several years ago out of bankruptcy as I recall.

My hangar was Miracle Steel and I am very happy with it. It is a hybrid steel frame with wood...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,110
Posted By KatanaPilot
Yes, they use CableCraft components and do very...

Yes, they use CableCraft components and do very nice work. Pretty fast turnaround as well.

https://push-pull.com/
Forum: RV-10 09-22-2021, 05:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,302
Posted By KatanaPilot
Good plan. These classes fill up so you need to...

Good plan. These classes fill up so you need to sign up yesterday.

Also recommend the Columbia Gorge driving route from Fairchild if you havenít done that before. Also worth it if you have an extra...
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,302
Posted By KatanaPilot
I took both the EAA class and the one at Synergy...

I took both the EAA class and the one at Synergy Air (Eugene). I learned a lot more at the Synergy Air class - much better student to instructor ratio and much better tools to work with.

If you...
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2021, 03:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,061
Posted By KatanaPilot
Check with Vanís

At the Vanís seminar the first day of OSH they mentioned they had developed an improved flap motor with a built in position sensor. As I recall, Rian said something about the design being easy to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 04:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By KatanaPilot
Ask the owner

You could reach out to George Happ, owner of Matco and ask him directly - tech@matcomfg.com

Maybe he will provide you with a competent answer as to why they have been substituting the Chinese...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 545
Posted By KatanaPilot
Chinese Bearings?

I wonder if the axle to bearing interference issue is being exacerbated by Matco's recent substitution of Chinese made bearings versus the Timken bearings they used to specify?

I know I received...
Forum: RV-10 09-05-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 835
Posted By KatanaPilot
You didn't mention, but I assume you have run the...

You didn't mention, but I assume you have run the pitot and AOA tubing to the pitot probe.

If you've done all that, I would have a Belhaven at Lido or Scott's and relax :D
Forum: RV-14 09-04-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,149
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-7 single data point

The RV-7A project I bought had quick build wings. The flaps had about 3 degrees of twist and Van's was fine with that.

I wasn't, so we built a new set. Spent a lot of time leveling the table,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-04-2021, 04:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By KatanaPilot
Can’t help you with sourcing the materials, but...

Can’t help you with sourcing the materials, but if you want to install Princeton capacitance probes made for the RV-10 fuel tanks instead - I have a new set you can buy.

No converter box required...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,521
Posted By KatanaPilot
So Iíll ask again since I may be one of those who...

So Iíll ask again since I may be one of those who donít understand how these probes work.

If you are using the G3X system with the GEA 24 and capacitance probes like the Princeton or Westach, do you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 05:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,521
Posted By KatanaPilot
Are you sure you need the converters? The GEA is...

Are you sure you need the converters? The GEA is compatible with capacitance probes like the Princeton. I think you need to provide ships power though, since the GEA power output is somewhat limited.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 05:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,179
Posted By KatanaPilot
This is what we use. Three years and 300 hours of...

This is what we use. Three years and 300 hours of flying and have used less than half of the pack.

https://www.amazon.com/Disposable-Pack(50-Waterproof-Resistant-Booties/dp/B07CWV59QR
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-29-2021, 04:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,065
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air South

Congrats on your RV-12 purchase!

You may be interested to know that the manager/lead technician (Allen Nelson) at Synergy Air South in Newnan (KCCO) is one of the most experienced RV-12 builders in...
Forum: RV-10 08-28-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,288
Posted By KatanaPilot
I just did our RV-10 windows using Sika and...

I just did our RV-10 windows using Sika and estimate I used about a dozen of the 1”clecos to do two windows at a time. Don’t know if the shorter ones will work, but these are what I had. I made small...
Forum: Southeast 08-26-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 421
Posted By KatanaPilot
If you haven't seen Bill's RV-8, it is...

If you haven't seen Bill's RV-8, it is spectacular. I won't post a picture, but it is definitely one you won't forget.

What Bill is doing is a really great thing. I hope someone can help him and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 8,131
Posted By KatanaPilot
If you are looking for a competent person or shop...

If you are looking for a competent person or shop to talk with about the potential repairs, suggest you call Kent Gorton at 314-368-six zero zero seven.

He has a facility in Griffin (6A2) and does...
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,648
Posted By KatanaPilot
$28K is probably the minimum for an RV-10. The...

$28K is probably the minimum for an RV-10. The paint Jonathan uses is about $1000 per gallon. And you better be prepared to wait over a year.

Just like the high end car shows, it takes money...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2021, 01:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By KatanaPilot
From the instructions that come with the Van's...

From the instructions that come with the Van's access panels (OP-43) -

A gasket can be created between the VA-258A Access Rings and VA-258B Access Panels using a thin application of tank sealant....
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 01:44 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,648
Posted By KatanaPilot
If you have to ask...

Jonathan and his team are craftsmen (and women). Yes, they are more expensive than some other places, but in my opinion - worth every penny. I haven't verified this, but I will bet Evoke/Plane...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-19-2021, 05:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,866
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just another opinion and not worth very much. On...

Just another opinion and not worth very much.

On the RV-7, the canopy was the most difficult component to build (for me at least). At Synergy in Eugene, it took us 2 1/2 weeks to build the tip up...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-18-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,726
Posted By KatanaPilot
My comment was really tongue-in-cheek. Look...

My comment was really tongue-in-cheek.

Look forward to meeting you at SAS.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-18-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,726
Posted By KatanaPilot
Wink An alternative

If you do a full build at Synergy Air South instead, you can just fly your airplane home when it's done. Just a thought.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-15-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 17,215
Posted By KatanaPilot
VPX, Circuit breakers and fuses

We have an RV-7A with VPX-Pro and it has been completely reliable so far - three years and about 250 hours of service. We do have CB's for the alternator field and pMags, plus a small fuse block for...
Forum: Interiors 08-09-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 767
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

That is what I assumed. Thanks for taking the time to post the info.
Forum: Interiors 08-09-2021, 06:39 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 767
Posted By KatanaPilot
Aerosport Seat Heaters

Can anyone with Aerosport seats and seat heaters tell me if both the backs and bottoms have heat pads? Thanks!
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-26-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 26,969
Posted By KatanaPilot
I believe Rian said the FEA was done for both...

I believe Rian said the FEA was done for both pulled and flush rivets, but didn’t say which the final design will be (maybe both?).
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 07-26-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 26,969
Posted By KatanaPilot
RV-15

High wing and back country capable. No more details.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2021, 05:35 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 17,442
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thumbs up Impressive turnaround

Sent in request 7/13 around Noon, received signed LODA first thing this morning from Atlanta FSDO.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,324
Posted By KatanaPilot
Partain is no longer in business. He sold out to...

Partain is no longer in business. He sold out to Stewart Transport (https://www.stewarttransport.com/services/auto-aviation-transport/) several years ago.

You may find that they are quite busy and...
Forum: RV-14 07-16-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,546
Posted By KatanaPilot
If around 100 pounds of additional static thrust...

If around 100 pounds of additional static thrust qualifies as "no performance gain", then your position might be valid. In my experience, the Hartzell composite prop is awesome for getting off the...
Forum: Northeast 07-14-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 395
Posted By KatanaPilot
A&P/RV Savvy Technician

Anyone in the Pawtucket, RI (SFZ) area able to assist in the troubleshooting of a trim indication issue on an RV?

Itís an RV-10 with VPX and G3X touch displays, standard Ray Allen servo.

Please...
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2021, 12:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,748
Posted By KatanaPilot
Excellent!

Perfect timing Tom! You are welcome to check the fit on my Barrett equipped RV-10 😉
Forum: RV-10 07-10-2021, 12:11 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By KatanaPilot
This works

As Walt says, the Comdat on top, comm only antenna on the bottom will work. On our RV-7A - we hooked #2 comm (and GTN-650 GPS) to the Comdat - for receiving ATIS/AWOS and the #1 comm is on the bottom...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 07-07-2021, 12:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 941
Posted By KatanaPilot
+2 for Synergy Air and Synergy Air South!

Just an opinion based on my experience of building an RV-7A and much of an RV-10 with Synergy (both locations) - if you can afford the time away from home and the additional cost - you will have an...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,035
Posted By KatanaPilot
Merely a question

For those considering accepting a QB kit affected by corrosion, would you mind sharing the logic in your decision?

Iím having trouble understanding why anyone would take 1-2% of the total cost of a...
Forum: RV-10 06-10-2021, 03:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,494
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks to all of you that provided helpful...

Thanks to all of you that provided helpful suggestions.
Forum: RV-10 06-10-2021, 03:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,494
Posted By KatanaPilot
Door hinge covers

One of the design features of the RV-10 leaves a bit to be desired, in my opinion.

The door hinges do not seal well to the cabin and you can see daylight though them and obviously rain will enter...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,910
Posted By KatanaPilot
SteinAir!

I've had both of my panels (RV-7A and RV-10) built by Stein. Not the least expensive option, but I wanted the best value to include service and support before and after the sale. Can't say enough...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-26-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,072
Posted By KatanaPilot
The cable arrangement is almost exactly what we...

The cable arrangement is almost exactly what we did, but the cable did a 180 for proper rotation of the release mechanism. Works well for normal removal of the canopy - I assume it would work equally...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,587
Posted By KatanaPilot
Please check your messages

Private message has been sent.

Thanks!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By KatanaPilot
Oil cooler found

Check your Private Messages.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2021, 06:30 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 687
Posted By KatanaPilot
Before you order one

I think I have a Van's stock cooler (NIB) in the hangar that came with our RV-7 project. I went with a firewall mounted Airflow 2006X. Let me check this morning. I'm in Locust Grove, GA so pretty...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,138
Posted By KatanaPilot
Depends

If you expect to learn enough about sheet metal, electrical systems, fuel and hydraulics, fiberglass, etc. to build a plane, then I think you will be disappointed. The class is only 8 hours long.

On...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2021, 03:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,148
Posted By KatanaPilot
Canít take credit

Did the layout, but not the actual work.

The great folks just down the road from you in Faribault did the fabrication and execution.

https://www.steinair.com
Forum: RV-10 05-03-2021, 05:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,148
Posted By KatanaPilot
I agree!

Here is ours -

https://i.postimg.cc/8P76x99L/IMG-4373.jpg (https://postimg.cc/zV1vgtJf)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-28-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 58,707
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question

Assuming all the work is completed before the end of the 12 calendar month inspection period is it legal to do something along the lines of a progressive condition inspection?

For example - today I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-26-2021, 08:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,196
Posted By KatanaPilot
When I started on my partially-built RV-7A...

When I started on my partially-built RV-7A project at Synergy Air in Eugene, one of the components we needed to rebuild was the canopy. The 7 tip up canopy is similar to the 14 (at least in...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,684
Posted By KatanaPilot
We use these for our...

We use these for our RV-7A.

https://bogertaviation.com/products/rv-jack-pads
Forum: RV-14 04-25-2021, 07:47 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,846
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'm of the opinion that you can't have too much...

I'm of the opinion that you can't have too much light - especially for us older pilots that still fly at night.

On my RV-10 under construction, we have used the AeroSun VX in the tips, plus we...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,456
Posted By KatanaPilot
SNF and especially OSH are the Concours...

SNF and especially OSH are the Concours d'Elegance of the airplane world. I doubt there are many "did it all by myself" winners at Concours either.

Sorry if that bothers some folks, but it is the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 02:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,456
Posted By KatanaPilot
Plane Schemers/ Evoke Aviation

I know that 7 of Jonathanís customers won awards, with 5 of them being RVís. No wonder Jonathan has a bit of a lead time 😉

Randy Vanstory won Reserve Grand Champion with his beautiful RV-10. Also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,677
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question

At approximately 12:35 in the interview, Rian mentioned something about "making sure the rivet holes meet specification..."

He probably was clear about this, but if so I missed it. Are you...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-12-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,520
Posted By KatanaPilot
That might work, but the ferrules seem to be...

That might work, but the ferrules seem to be crimped flat - versus the round D-sub pin, so my instinct says they will retain better under the screw. Your thoughts?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-12-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,520
Posted By KatanaPilot
Outstanding!

I have never been overly impressed with the connections to the pMags. The ferrule idea never occurred to me. Doing this mod has been added to the list for this month's condition inspection. Thank...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,811
Posted By KatanaPilot
Slight thread drift

Iím surprised no one has mentioned the K&P/Challenger permanent oil filters. They are a little pricey, but the only replacements are an inexpensive o-ring and a long interval filter...
Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,220
Posted By KatanaPilot
Please explain how you can see and correct...

Please explain how you can see and correct corrosion, especially in the wings and under riveted portions of the structure. I know products like Corrosion X will weep and stop corrosion, but I am...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,745
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'm curious

I agree that no damage is acceptable. So along that same line, how many folks are going to take the $2000 for a corroded QB kit? Personally, I wouldn't get anywhere near one, but I'm guessing some...
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