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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 05:15 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 856
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Michael, That is a really good looking...

Hey Michael, That is a really good looking panel- Is it standard height? and if so are those 10" displays? I ask because I didn't think I'd have that much room below the displays on my panel. If...
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:32 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 856
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for all the feedback guys! As I said,...

Thanks for all the feedback guys!

As I said, this is only a first swag, so all comments are welcome, but just to clear up a couple of things; The Mag switches are locking 3 position toggles that do...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 856
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the feedback- You may be right, but I...

Thanks for the feedback- You may be right, but I forgot to mention it's a slider so theres a rib smack in the middle behind the top of the panel. I put the A/P controller up top because it's much...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 07:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 856
Posted By Desert Rat
critique panel layout

well, it's that time. Thanks to a very understanding wife, all the magic boxes have been stacked up in the corner of the bedroom for a while and it's time to start thinking about panel layout.

Feel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 850
Posted By Desert Rat
It won't have the dimple that indicates what...

It won't have the dimple that indicates what material it is, but I don't see that it's any different that using a rivet shaver, other than it just seems really labor intensive and hard to get a...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 12-01-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 837
Posted By Desert Rat
I see that the op has already made a decision,...

I see that the op has already made a decision, but just in case anybody else comes across this in their research, I'll add my thought process.

I've never flown a tip up RV, but I've flown Diamonds...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,418
Posted By Desert Rat
In its current form, don't nuclear reactors just...

In its current form, don't nuclear reactors just make steam that turns turbines and makes electricity? Have I got that wrong?

Seems like a nuclear airplane is pretty out there, but you would surely...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,418
Posted By Desert Rat
I agree that electric propulsion is the future of...

I agree that electric propulsion is the future of transportation, after all, dino juice can't last forever, But the obvious elephant in the room is that with current battery technology, there isn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-23-2021, 07:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By Desert Rat
In my initial email to Clint I asked for a...

In my initial email to Clint I asked for a recommendation re; which one of their products would be best for my configuration and the response was that either the crossover or the 4 pipe could be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-23-2021, 05:38 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for all the replies guys- Planing for...

Thanks for all the replies guys-

Planing for the standard cowl, so no worries there. Any other issues with interference with accessories etc?

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,064
Posted By Desert Rat
Just to clarify a couple of points; You can't...

Just to clarify a couple of points;

You can't just make up your own minimum equipment list- it's part of the cert basis.

If the aircraft doesn't have a minimum equipment list, equipment list in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-22-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 355
Posted By Desert Rat
Pretty much any old rivet that will fit the hole...

Pretty much any old rivet that will fit the hole will work for nut plates. They only need to keep it in position and keep it from spinning. The structural aspect comes from the nut plate, not the...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-17-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,418
Posted By Desert Rat
I think I've seen the prototype...

I think I've seen the prototype...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,445
Posted By Desert Rat
Check with Lycoming for details, but the warranty...

Check with Lycoming for details, but the warranty clock doesn't typically start until 1st engine start or some calendar limit after delivery that as I recall is pretty generous.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-16-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Posted By Desert Rat
I'd like to know how you hit an aileron on the...

I'd like to know how you hit an aileron on the ground without tearing up the wingtip first. I'm not flying yet, so I'm genuinely curious. Seems like that would be really hard to do.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 830
Posted By Desert Rat
Which Vetterman exhaust?

Hey guys- Clint at Vetterman indicated to me that the RV7 with IO390 can use either the crossover or the 4 pipe exhaust and the price is the same for either.

Would anybody care to comment on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 990
Posted By Desert Rat
Vans suggests you make a panel gasket with a...

Vans suggests you make a panel gasket with a bead of pro seal with a piece of saran wrap on one side as a release agent. Once it cures, you are supposed to take the panel off and remove the plastic...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-11-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,437
Posted By Desert Rat
Assuming it doesn't cause edge distance problems...

Assuming it doesn't cause edge distance problems or whatever, a typical fix would be to drill and dimple for an additional rivet equidistant on either side of that one. If you don't have structural...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,843
Posted By Desert Rat
The second you hit that rivet gun, whoever is...

The second you hit that rivet gun, whoever is inside is going to be pelted with every metal shaving and rivet tail thats living in that tailcone :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 990
Posted By Desert Rat
I did these a while back. I rough cut the hole...

I did these a while back. I rough cut the hole with an air nibbler, then cleaned up the edges with a drum sander on a dremel with a straight edge clamped on the line to prevent excursions. Did the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-10-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 568
Posted By Desert Rat
Pretty sure teh pushrods he's talking about are...

Pretty sure teh pushrods he's talking about are the little ones that go from the wing bell cranks to the aileron. Is so, they are steel and Vans specifically says in the instructions that you can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,843
Posted By Desert Rat
On my 7 I was able to do about 2/3 of that skin...

On my 7 I was able to do about 2/3 of that skin from outside the airplane. I started on the top of that skin and worked my way down both sides with my bucking bar hand up under the lower edge. ...
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,870
Posted By Desert Rat
But does it really? I'm sure you know that it...

But does it really? I'm sure you know that it used to be the commonly used terminology for an airport without an operating control tower.

It was changed at some point presumably because as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,046
Posted By Desert Rat
Just to circle back, this is what victory looks...

Just to circle back, this is what victory looks like. I'm the king of the world :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,046
Posted By Desert Rat
Kyle Boatright has officially won the internet.

Kyle Boatright has officially won the internet.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-09-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,182
Posted By Desert Rat
I would have loved that option when I was...

I would have loved that option when I was planning out my system, but I don't believe it exists. Since I was going with a IFR GPS anyway, I went with a GTN650 to get the nav.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,046
Posted By Desert Rat
Broken tool contest...did I win?

Well, I've broken my share of drill bits over the years, but this is a new one for me.

Was using my favorit-est Dotco to drill the 1/4" hole between the roll bar and the fwd roll bar brace with a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,106
Posted By Desert Rat
Just to be clear- The harnesses were very...

Just to be clear- The harnesses were very reasonably priced. The $30k is the cost of all the hardware from Garmin. Full up G3x including backup G5 and an IFR navigator. If I had gone with a basic...
Forum: Florida (South) 11-08-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 354
Posted By Desert Rat
You probably already know this, but unless you...

You probably already know this, but unless you just have a personal preference that an IA do your work, there's no requirement for an IA to do anything on an EAB. An A&P can sign off the annual...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-08-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm already well acquainted with the Ace Hardware...

I'm already well acquainted with the Ace Hardware aviation aisle :) I got some bulk tube with 1/8" wall thickness from there the other day for this, but due to variations in the canopy frame that I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-08-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 729
Posted By Desert Rat
I started my project by buying a empennage and...

I started my project by buying a empennage and mostly completed wing kit. Took a long time to go through each step and verify, but it was time well spend. I learned a lot about how Van's does stuff...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-08-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By Desert Rat
well, I've got to say; it never even occurred to...

well, I've got to say; it never even occurred to me to just skip the inner canopy skirt and bond directly to the canopy side rail. Since I've already got the lower edges of the plexi trimmed above...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,106
Posted By Desert Rat
$30,000 hamburger

Just wanted to give a shout out to Midwest Avionics in Lee's Summit MO.

I took the AEA experimental avionics class in KS last year and that particular session was taught by Levi Self, former Garmin...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-08-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 745
Posted By Desert Rat
Calling the Sika experts.

I'm going the Sika route on my RV7 Slider and will hopefully be at that point in a couple of days. I'm also going to likely take the easy(er) way out and do fiberglass canopy skirts.

I've read a...
Forum: Florida (Central) 11-05-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,269
Posted By Desert Rat
We used to tell people that hot section...

We used to tell people that hot section inspections were a case of "pay me now or pay me more later" but in this case, with the numbers you're seeing, I wouldn't have any reservations at all about...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 11-05-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,792
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Brian- I've been thinking about doing the...

Hey Brian- I've been thinking about doing the same. With them recessed like that do you get any signal masking say, in a steep bank or whatever?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,896
Posted By Desert Rat
Tons of good support here, as well as valid...

Tons of good support here, as well as valid recommendations.

I think someone may have already said this, but just to jump on; I believe those cables are likely internally lubricated. If they are...
Forum: RV-4 10-28-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,603
Posted By Desert Rat
I think that there are just too many variables to...

I think that there are just too many variables to get any kind of meaningful probability on what will happen during a wire strike, other than they're all bad.

I'm personally aware of 3 wire strike...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-27-2021, 08:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,959
Posted By Desert Rat
Gotcha. No worries.

Gotcha. No worries.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-27-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,959
Posted By Desert Rat
Didn't you bring up this same thing about a month...

Didn't you bring up this same thing about a month ago? I remember responding to this same question then.

Apologies if that was somebody else...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-27-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,997
Posted By Desert Rat
I have a Shorei LFX18A1-BS12 in my Triumph...

I have a Shorei LFX18A1-BS12 in my Triumph motorcycle. 1050 cc, 12:1 compression ratio. I believe this is a Lithium Iron battery, so it may have completely different characteristics, but just an...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-26-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,244
Posted By Desert Rat
I see the cracks you're talking about. Could be...

I see the cracks you're talking about.

Could be several things
-bad batch of rivets
-rivet initially too long
-work hardened and then hit again to make it flatter
-gremlins

Having said all that, I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,507
Posted By Desert Rat
I ruined my first trailing edge wedge trying to...

I ruined my first trailing edge wedge trying to get it countersunk deep enough to accommodate the tape and the dimples.

Ordered another one, abandoned the tape, went with pro seal and still got a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-23-2021, 05:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks- I did see that recommendation. I...

Thanks- I did see that recommendation.

I eliminated the rough edge by starting with 60 grit on a vibratool and finishing up with 220 grit by hand. feel like that's enough to allow me to safely...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-22-2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,762
Posted By Desert Rat
Because it involved a longeron, tech support...

Because it involved a longeron, tech support wasn't comfortable giving an off the cuff reply. They sent it to Engineering and it took a while for them to get to it.

Sterling just sent me an email...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-22-2021, 09:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for documenting your experience so well....

Thanks for documenting your experience so well. It was very helpful.

Next time I'm in Estes Park, salt water taffy's on me :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-22-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 728
Posted By Desert Rat
Big Cut done

I'm trying to get the canopy work done before it turns cold here in Kansas, and today was the day.

I researched this a ton before I jumped in, and it seems like there are a million ways to...
Forum: RV-10 10-21-2021, 07:54 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,241
Posted By Desert Rat
EAA has a free one online- works with my mac, so...

EAA has a free one online- works with my mac, so that's what I used.
Forum: RV-4 10-21-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,570
Posted By Desert Rat
Wow, That sucks so bad it should be the picture...

Wow, That sucks so bad it should be the picture in the dictionary under "sucks"

Ac43.13 has a section on temporary repairs of windows and windscreens, but they're not typically for use in the...
Forum: Propellers 10-20-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,208
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm really surprised this doesn't cause cooling...

I'm really surprised this doesn't cause cooling issues, but hey- it wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks Ralph- I've got the canopy positioned...

Thanks Ralph- I've got the canopy positioned where the curve of the plastic closely matches the curvature of the frame spine, but I can only eyeball the front and back bows at this point due to the...
Forum: Propellers 10-20-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,208
Posted By Desert Rat
My prediction is that you will have engine...

My prediction is that you will have engine cooling problems- This is based on the fact that single engine Cessnas need that spinner to help direct air into the cowl inlets. I don't see why an RV...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By Desert Rat
Need a quick sanity check- slider canopy

Hey guys- I'm positioning the canopy frame in the canopy in preparation for drilling the hole for the latch handle.

As those of you who have gone before know, the plans are somewhat vague in tis...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-18-2021, 05:57 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 868
Posted By Desert Rat
oops- I didn't notice in the original post we...

oops- I didn't notice in the original post we were talking about flush heads- Drilling is the way to go then.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-17-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 868
Posted By Desert Rat
depends on access, but I've had success grinding...

depends on access, but I've had success grinding the collar off with a dremel. It isn't very deep, if you grind off approx 1/3 to 1/2 of the head height it's gone and you can then punch out the stem.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-13-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,752
Posted By Desert Rat
Larry- I know it looks like a massive gap, but...

Larry- I know it looks like a massive gap, but referencing that silver cleco for scale, I'm guessing it's probably around an inch, right? I can't help thinking that once the cowl halves aren't being...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 06:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,061
Posted By Desert Rat
If you want electronic breakers, Vertical Power...

If you want electronic breakers, Vertical Power seems to be the one everybody is using these days.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Posted By Desert Rat
No way man. At the rate cost is going up, that...

No way man. At the rate cost is going up, that engine in the corner is increasing in value faster than bitcoin
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Posted By Desert Rat
Lycoming changed their policy so you can order...

Lycoming changed their policy so you can order with 2 Pmags now.

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.

Sorry, I don't know why these are posting sideways
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 833
Posted By Desert Rat
OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy- Engine is getting ready to ship!!!

Got an Email from Jeff at Lycoming that it's headed to the dock.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,037
Posted By Desert Rat
Sorry, I believe you're correct- I have Cessna...

Sorry, I believe you're correct-

I have Cessna on my mind because I deal with this question frequently and it's in the KOEL as strobes required, beacon not required that way on that particular...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,037
Posted By Desert Rat
Whether you install one or not is entirely up to...

Whether you install one or not is entirely up to you guys, but just a point of clarification here; A red rotating beacon is not required per FAR.91. Only anti-collision lights (strobes).

172's and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 09:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,687
Posted By Desert Rat
Behold. The majesty that is a sliding canopy...

Behold. The majesty that is a sliding canopy frame with all bending and unbending and re-bending and re-unbending completed.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,557
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys. Mel- I always appreciate your...

Thanks guys.

Mel- I always appreciate your candor and hope you don't think I'm being intentionally argumentative. just weighing my options here.
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