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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 46,679
Posted By rapid_ascent
Allen, My firewall is not done yet but I did...

Allen,

My firewall is not done yet but I did the recess in sections. First I cut the fiberfrax for all of the surfaces and it is held in place by the 3M fire barrier 2000. Then I cut pieces for the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-12-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,600
Posted By rapid_ascent
Michael, I think you can actually use multiple...

Michael,

I think you can actually use multiple outputs that are controlled via a single input pot. That allows you to split up the units to different outputs. To be honest I haven't looked at this a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 536
Posted By rapid_ascent
Yes the panel and the upper firewall are angled...

Yes the panel and the upper firewall are angled forward very slightly.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-12-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By rapid_ascent
There are many different options for building...

There are many different options for building your electrical system. Some may be more complicated than required and possibly as a result actually inducing the possibility of failure where previously...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,540
Posted By rapid_ascent
My location seems to work as far as battery...

My location seems to work as far as battery removal. I was just working on adding the ground wire yesterday. I'm still not sure if I'll leave any of the forward side tabs but for now here is a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-11-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By rapid_ascent
Byron has some privately owned hangars so those...

Byron has some privately owned hangars so those might be difficult to find out about if you are remote. I was on the waiting list there before I got my hangar at KLVK. I think Byron will be the...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By rapid_ascent
Actually that is not completely true. You can use...

Actually that is not completely true. You can use the PWM outputs to dim cabin lights as long as they don't need more that 500mA. If you use LED lights that should be plenty.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 973
Posted By rapid_ascent
They could break in the future if they have been...

They could break in the future if they have been over torqued due to stress.
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 224
Posted By rapid_ascent
First we need to be clear what you mean by...

First we need to be clear what you mean by lighting. This could be interior or Landing Lights. For the interior one advantage is dimming. For the landing lights it could be wig-wag or you might be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 796
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well it sounds like this is another "fun" part to...

Well it sounds like this is another "fun" part to look forward to. I have the IO-370 so I hope that doesn't make it more complicated.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 796
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, You didn't show any pics of the lower area....

Ryan, You didn't show any pics of the lower area. From looking at some of the other posts it seems there is normally an interference with the starter that needs to be cleared. If you haven't done...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,632
Posted By rapid_ascent
Funny. Hopefully he doesn't have an interest...

Funny. Hopefully he doesn't have an interest experimental planes. :D
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-08-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 114
Views: 79,208
Posted By rapid_ascent
I just thought about the blimp doing touch and...

I just thought about the blimp doing touch and goes and had to chuckle. :D
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 09:07 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 797
Posted By rapid_ascent
My marking may be confusing you. My "master" is...

My marking may be confusing you. My "master" is the PRI ALT switch under the DC Power section. This is a 3 position switch where the middle position is the BAT only. The AUX ALT switch is also a 3...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 797
Posted By rapid_ascent
Here is a pic of my planned...

Here is a pic of my planned arrangement.

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The PMAG switches on the right are the momentary test switches.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-07-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By rapid_ascent
Go to Digikey.com and search for pushbutton...

Go to Digikey.com and search for pushbutton switch. Then select ON - MOM and there are many to chose...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 614
Posted By rapid_ascent
If you put the tabbed washer on the front of the...

If you put the tabbed washer on the front of the panel most (or half) of the hole will be covered and not as noticeable.

Also another trick is to use the switch and the tabbed washer to mark where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 279
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure you will get the exact size that you...

I'm not sure you will get the exact size that you want. Check out Brown Tool. They have a good selection of reamers and they have a great deal on some new surplus ones. I found this one which is...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-04-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 298
Posted By rapid_ascent
To me Z14 is too complicated. Too many switches...

To me Z14 is too complicated. Too many switches for configuration, but if that is what you have then I think the intent from looking at Z-27 or Z-28 is that the electronic ignition run from the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,019
Posted By rapid_ascent
My ground block is mounted to the firewall (air...

My ground block is mounted to the firewall (air frame) and my current plan is to connect directly from the battery negative terminal to the ground block with a AWG 2 equivalent braid. Some may say...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 892
Posted By rapid_ascent
Scott, a few general comments. First you will...

Scott, a few general comments.

First you will need a lot of space to store these kits if you buy them all at once. If you have the space then no problem there. I wouldn't worry too much about...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,170
Posted By rapid_ascent
Since you guys seem to have the wig-wag...

Since you guys seem to have the wig-wag operational with the GAD27 maybe you could clarify the wiring. I'd like one DPDT switch with OFF-WIGWAG-LANDING configuration. If I want to use the wired...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-27-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,349
Posted By rapid_ascent
I followed Larry's approach. I painted the pieces...

I followed Larry's approach. I painted the pieces that I could and then I delayed as long as I could to paint the remainder of the interior. There is actually quite a bit of prep work with masking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,540
Posted By rapid_ascent
Maybe you need an RV with a "slideout".

Maybe you need an RV with a "slideout".
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 04:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By rapid_ascent
I used the 1TL1-4. Here is a link to Digi-Key. I...

I used the 1TL1-4. Here is a link to Digi-Key. I didn't see the need for the locking switch. The PMAG is supposed to keep working either way so I didn't think it was...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have 2 PMAG test toggle switches (Honeywell TL...

I have 2 PMAG test toggle switches (Honeywell TL series) which are normally on and then momentary for the test position. That way they are normally on without me doing anything. I have a standard...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-20-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 35,476
Posted By rapid_ascent
I was thinking about adding a doubler down low at...

I was thinking about adding a doubler down low at the exit point. Russ M. said he could weld them on for me although its been a while since we chatted. I like that option myself. I used the piece...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-18-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,176
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just go to Mouser or Digikey and order any 10K,...

Just go to Mouser or Digikey and order any 10K, panel mount, single turn, potentiometer. Bourns makes high quality units.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-16-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 750
Posted By rapid_ascent
This may be an obvious one, but for the RS-232...

This may be an obvious one, but for the RS-232 links you need to connect the Transmit (TX) output to the Receive (RX) input.

Sorry I don't know what you know.:D
Forum: California 03-15-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 707
Posted By rapid_ascent
Walt, If you haven't seen Bruce's builder site I...

Walt, If you haven't seen Bruce's builder site I suggest you check it out. He did a great job of documenting the build process. I have referred to it many times.

I'm in Ramona some times but mostly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 893
Posted By rapid_ascent
You may be taking the wording too literally. I...

You may be taking the wording too literally. I could just mean that it was well built to professional standards.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 689
Posted By rapid_ascent
Vans sells a small doubler for the transponder...

Vans sells a small doubler for the transponder type antenna. I bought two of them. Mine are installed just aft of the firewall. I couldn't reach to do the riveting singlehanded so I rigged up my...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 573
Posted By rapid_ascent
Rustoleum Paint FWF

I'd like to paint the little bracket that holds my brake reservoir. On some other items I've tried to use engine paint but I haven't had great success with the outcome. For something like this...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,344
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, I don't have actual hours to report, but I...

Bob,

I don't have actual hours to report, but I can say that my GNS430W has the most connections of any of units that are in my radio stack. It also results in the need for a GAD29 for ARINC...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-06-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 9,239
Posted By rapid_ascent
Rob, when we start out as unknowing builders we...

Rob, when we start out as unknowing builders we don't fully appreciate just how much time it can take to build one of these aircraft. I was certainly guilty of that. As I have gotten farther into my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,783
Posted By rapid_ascent
It seems that if the alternator test good then...

It seems that if the alternator test good then there is a problem in the path that senses the bus voltage. I'm just thinking out loud here, but if there is some voltage drop in that path then the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,783
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think your starter / alt field breaker issue is...

I think your starter / alt field breaker issue is probably just some laziness on the part of the original builder. You want the starter circuit to come from the main bus and be circuit protected....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 987
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've been working on pretty much the opposite...

I've been working on pretty much the opposite configuration, G3x and Mini-AP. This means I've been digging through all of these interfaces trying to figure it out. To get the full functionality I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-03-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,426
Posted By rapid_ascent
These drawings are usually based upon the X, Y, Z...

These drawings are usually based upon the X, Y, Z coordinate system. Different views are usually based upon rotating the part 90 degrees. Normally the view is perpendicular to the part in the basic...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-28-2021, 07:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 692
Posted By rapid_ascent
Steffen, I didn't buy the FF package either...

Steffen,

I didn't buy the FF package either since I have the IO-370 engine. I like you have been buying parts a few at a time. The one thing I did which I suggest you do is to order a set of the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-25-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By rapid_ascent
The 430W has 2 ARINC inputs. Can those be wired...

The 430W has 2 ARINC inputs. Can those be wired one input to each EFIS and then selected via configuration or would this happen automatically or it doesn't work that way?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-24-2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, What about the other direction? To the...

Bob,

What about the other direction? To the navigator.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-24-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By rapid_ascent
I don't think setting the Baro twice would be a...

I don't think setting the Baro twice would be a big deal. That level of inconvenience is obviously not a problem for me.

Today though I was trying to figure out about hooking up the ARINC to both...
Forum: RV-14 02-24-2021, 12:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,382
Posted By rapid_ascent
At one point there was a backorder on the motor...

At one point there was a backorder on the motor mounts. Does anyone know if that is still the case?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-23-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By rapid_ascent
A while back a read through some of the threads...

A while back a read through some of the threads regarding backup independence. I think I agree in concept that the backup unit should be independent, but it seems Garmin has made an attempt at that....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-23-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,447
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mini-X versus G5 as backup for G3x

I've been planning on having a Mini-X as a backup with my G3x system. I like the idea of the larger display as compared to the G5, being somewhat visually challenged. It seems to be a well thought...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,902
Posted By rapid_ascent
It must be the CO level.

It must be the CO level.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-17-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,394
Posted By rapid_ascent
Larry, There are some aluminum fittings that are...

Larry,

There are some aluminum fittings that are available for the scat to baffle attachment. To be honest I haven't gotten that far to make an actual selection , but here is an...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-17-2021, 02:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 477
Posted By rapid_ascent
It seems like your plan should work. I have 2,...

It seems like your plan should work. I have 2, but I mounted them side by side. The tubing and the CAN Bus cabling need to loop between them either way you go.

I'm not sure I like the idea of having...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-16-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,394
Posted By rapid_ascent
Here is how I mounted mine to the firewall. This...

Here is how I mounted mine to the firewall. This is a 10 row oil cooler. This pic is just a test fit. The position of the mount is a little tricky since the scat tubing needs to be able to fit...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-15-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,651
Posted By rapid_ascent
I asked Vans Support about this a couple of weeks...

I asked Vans Support about this a couple of weeks ago. At that time the parts were not on the web site. You have to call to order them. They will also send you a drawing to make your own if you want....
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-14-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 801
Posted By rapid_ascent
I mounted mine using a bracket similar to...

I mounted mine using a bracket similar to mfleming. I made my own bracket, but Stein sells one. I turned mine so the connector on the GMU 11 is sticking through the bulkhead lightening hole. That way...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,051
Posted By rapid_ascent
I used the FLOW EZY filters recommended by many...

I used the FLOW EZY filters recommended by many VAF members. They have a stainless steel screen and come in different filter screen sizes. I purchased the Series 4000 filter to get a large surface...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you should think about the case where you...

I think you should think about the case where you would want to use the Endurance Bus. I think in that case you would be turning off the avionics switch. With your method you will be turning off...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you are going to have to make a decision....

I think you are going to have to make a decision. I don't think you can do what you want to do. The Avionics and the Endurance busses have separate power sources normally. The Avionics Bus is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,482
Posted By rapid_ascent
I stayed away from Tungsten bucking bars for a...

I stayed away from Tungsten bucking bars for a while due to their cost. Once I got one I realized what I was missing. I have a couple now. One thin one I think is about 3/8" wide.
Forum: Propellers 02-11-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,955
Posted By rapid_ascent
Are you guys referring to the 2 or 3 blade prop?...

Are you guys referring to the 2 or 3 blade prop? I'm considering a 3 blade version but I'm pondering if having another adjustment like this is just complicating matters.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-10-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,017
Posted By rapid_ascent
Michel, I understand the benefits of each. I may...

Michel,

I understand the benefits of each. I may actually use some welding cable for certain things that need a more flexible wire. I was just pointing a difference between the two for the group. In...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-09-2021, 12:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,017
Posted By rapid_ascent
One difference that I saw is the Tefzel wire is...

One difference that I saw is the Tefzel wire is rated at 150C and the welding cable is 105C. Or at least the ones that I looked at. Maybe it matters, maybe it doesn't. I decided on the Tefzel for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 884
Posted By rapid_ascent
The manual has a lot of general information that...

The manual has a lot of general information that I think can fill in some of the holes you are seeing in the documentation. There is definitely a learning curve. In general the plans call out rivet...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-07-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,193
Posted By rapid_ascent
Igor, From what I understand this feature is...

Igor,

From what I understand this feature is only supported for the 245 over CAN. Refer to the referenced manual section above.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2021, 12:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,210
Posted By rapid_ascent
One more comment on the tapered fins on the...

One more comment on the tapered fins on the Titan. I decided to go that route since as is posted earlier in this thread others have already figured that out. However, I believe that it is possible to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-05-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,073
Posted By rapid_ascent
Someone on another thread mentioned a generic...

Someone on another thread mentioned a generic adjustable alternator mount. You might search VAF to try to find that thread.
Forum: RV-14 02-01-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,316
Posted By rapid_ascent
I recently installed a parking brake in my RV7A....

I recently installed a parking brake in my RV7A. Its not a big deal but it does take a little figuring on how you are going to mount the parking brake valve to the firewall if that is where you...
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