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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 12:45 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 792
Posted By KeithB
Organizer for the inflight office.

Organizer for the inflight office.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By KeithB
Amazing offer! I just got my fuselage kit 2...

Amazing offer! I just got my fuselage kit 2 weeks ago and finishing kit isn’t scheduled until the fall. But what a great offer …
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2022, 05:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,479
Posted By KeithB
I have an all-Garmin panel with AOA on the main...

I have an all-Garmin panel with AOA on the main screen (no separate indicator) but opted to keep the stall vane wired to the G3X and Master Alarm. After about a dozen flights, I turned off the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,870
Posted By KeithB
As suggested by Paul, I wired a key switch in...

As suggested by Paul, I wired a key switch in line with the starter circuit (key on - starter enabled, key off - starter dead). My logic was that a key switch added in the master circuit added...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-23-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 248
Posted By KeithB
This is personal preference, and since it’s so...

This is personal preference, and since it’s so easy to change, your settings are likely to evolve.

I have “Red” alarm for low fuel, very low oil pressure, very high oil temp, very high CHTs. I used...
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2022, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By KeithB
I have a “legacy” RV14/Lycoming IO390 - not an...

I have a “legacy” RV14/Lycoming IO390 - not an EXP119. However, I have a Vetterman exhaust (not tunnel exhaust) and a cowl flap kit installed. I can verify the hangars are not needed for anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2022, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,161
Posted By KeithB
Another positive review for the McFarlane. The...

Another positive review for the McFarlane. The mechanism has a knurled adjustment for the amount of friction during push-pull - from easy slide (no friction) to locked.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-14-2022, 07:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 426
Posted By KeithB
300 hours since install, I load 7 quarts after an...

300 hours since install, I load 7 quarts after an oil change (or before a long cross-country) and then add one quart when down to 5. I see no difference in consumption at any level.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-13-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,373
Posted By KeithB
I had all the individual parts powder coated (as...

I had all the individual parts powder coated (as well as some other FWF parts like the oil cooler mount pieces) and then just followed the plans. However, I have since removed the engine (twice...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-12-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,373
Posted By KeithB
I had mine powder coated - no regrets. Will...

I had mine powder coated - no regrets. Will repeat 2nd time.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-24-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 608
Posted By KeithB
A lot of this is preferences vs sanity. Here’s my...

A lot of this is preferences vs sanity. Here’s my 2 cents (I have a mix of switchable breakers that are accessible in flight and fuses that are not):

I have breakers for each major “screen” -...
Forum: RV-14 02-21-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,172
Posted By KeithB
Thanks for the kudos. When I assessed using...

Thanks for the kudos.

When I assessed using Sikaflex and asked around, the biggest concern expressed to me (including by Vans) was that of going off-plans. And this is true - you will need to...
Forum: RV-14 01-21-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,517
Posted By KeithB
I have a flying RV-14A and a second under...

I have a flying RV-14A and a second under construction. The flying plane was built with a Superior XP400 (wonderful engine, until it wasn’t) and now has a Thunderbolt IO390 - it has the original...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,309
Posted By KeithB
I just checked my log (MyFlightbook) and I’m at...

I just checked my log (MyFlightbook) and I’m at 301. A long way to catch you - kudos!
Forum: RV-14 01-05-2022, 08:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,435
Posted By KeithB
Pictures added to post above. If you want to...

Pictures added to post above. If you want to discuss, PM me with phone # or email and we can chat.
Forum: RV-14 01-05-2022, 08:14 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,435
Posted By KeithB
You will certainly get lots of opinions on this...

You will certainly get lots of opinions on this one - here’s mine, and maybe it will add some different ideas.

When I built, the center angle power module wasn’t available, but I won’t be using it...
Forum: RV-14 12-25-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,901
Posted By KeithB
I have the original standard 390 (ExP 129 I...

I have the original standard 390 (ExP 129 I believe) but with Vetterman trombone exhaust (originally for Superior XP400). I have a heat muff installed on each side (capturing heat from all 4 pipes)...
Forum: RV-14 12-05-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,783
Posted By KeithB
Frequent poster Walt Aronow with EXP Services...

Frequent poster Walt Aronow with EXP Services offers an excellent checklist on his website:
http://expaircraft.com/PDFgallery.htm, 2nd item from the bottom.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-05-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,042
Posted By KeithB
Same experience - bolts stretched, tightened...

Same experience - bolts stretched, tightened once, lost once (presumably loosened again vs broken). So far the replacement is holding well. I second the recommendation to check the starter routinely...
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 10,468
Posted By KeithB
We purchased and installed the Vans harnesses and...

We purchased and installed the Vans harnesses and have been very happy with them. I liked the softer strap material (similar to automobile ones) and also don’t like the large rotary release on Crows.
Forum: RV-14 11-25-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,580
Posted By KeithB
I skipped the special bar and used MK319BS...

I skipped the special bar and used MK319BS rivets. I filled the holes from the stems prior to painting (epoxy resin or JB Weld works). Results are acceptable, but doing it again, I would invest in...
Forum: RV-14 11-24-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,120
Posted By KeithB
Circuits involved in connector: Canopy Open...

Circuits involved in connector:
Canopy Open warning circuit
Glareshield LED lighting
Defog/panel cooling fans
AOA if glareshield mounted indicator
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,278
Posted By KeithB
I have used Garmin Pilot to file and fly in...

I have used Garmin Pilot to file and fly in Canada, but it was 3 years ago. Filing worked great but canceling did not. In particular, a planned flight across the border that was scrubbed and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 73
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 24,019
Posted By KeithB
My contribution - Alaska 2018

My contribution - Alaska 2018
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,917
Posted By KeithB
Since I had a frequent helper, I bought 3 pliers...

Since I had a frequent helper, I bought 3 pliers - 1 for me, 1 for the helper and 1 to be lost.:)
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-13-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 238
Views: 256,186
Posted By KeithB
Ocracoke Island

Famous Howard’s Pub 15781
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,974
Posted By KeithB
Another data point, and some...

Another data point, and some considerations:

Everybody logs their time differently - some record time with a tool in their hand and others when they walk into and out of the shop door. Using the...
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,988
Posted By KeithB
Not trusting adhesive, I added several rivets on...

Not trusting adhesive, I added several rivets on the perimeter.
Forum: RV-14 07-13-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,552
Posted By KeithB
I’m located at 0TX1 Pecan Plantation in Granbury...

I’m located at 0TX1 Pecan Plantation in Granbury (SW of Ft Worth) - about an hour flight in the RV. I’d even be willing to fly down if you’re buying lunch.
(972)735-9136
Warning - I will...
Forum: RV-14 06-18-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,983
Posted By KeithB
If it’s evident on the ground, it can get more...

If it’s evident on the ground, it can get more evident in the air - this picture revealed my issue, though it would be much less evident after painting. It is created by twisting of the structure...
Forum: Autopilots 05-20-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By KeithB
And if you have “Control Wheel Steering” enabled,...

And if you have “Control Wheel Steering” enabled, you can hold the A/P disconnect button and have manual control as long as the button is held.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,307
Posted By KeithB
But there are also those of us with mounts to the...

But there are also those of us with mounts to the back of the G3X who do have vibration issues (periodic ADAHRS reversion and reboot) that Garmin blames on the location.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By KeithB
I have 2 x G3X Touch, a GTN 650 and a G5 for...

I have 2 x G3X Touch, a GTN 650 and a G5 for backup. I load flight plans (after filing from the iPad with Garmin Pilot) from the iPad to the panel (or iPhone works too) using BlueTooth connections. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-29-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 468
Views: 178,428
Posted By KeithB
The GEA 24 has several options for monitoring...

The GEA 24 has several options for monitoring voltage, using Aircraft Power 1 & 2, or separate VOLTS 1 and/or VOLTS 2 inputs. However, labeling is limited. I currently have VOLTS 1 fed directly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-19-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,458
Posted By KeithB
I think I probably pushed the limits - about 3/8”...

I think I probably pushed the limits - about 3/8” below the cross-tunnel brace, but I would do again the same - very happy with it. (Note: the EXP119 places the pipes outside the nose gear, but my...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-18-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,458
Posted By KeithB
I have 700 hours on my RV-14A with a Vetterman...

I have 700 hours on my RV-14A with a Vetterman trombone exhaust (2 x 2-in-1) with the exhaust mounted to the engine mount and not the tunnel. Time is split between a Superior XP400 and Lycoming...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-10-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,396
Posted By KeithB
TOGA is primarily for autopilot coupled...

TOGA is primarily for autopilot coupled approaches, and going missed. When I hit TOGA (really just Go Around in this scenario) at the missed approach point on the approach, the autopilot (Garmin for...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,531
Posted By KeithB
I use the GAD 27 for flap control (presets), trim...

I use the GAD 27 for flap control (presets), trim mixing (inputs from either stick), trim speed control (finer adjustments in cruise than in landing and takeoff), and light dimming. Lighting inputs...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-09-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,396
Posted By KeithB
Same here - right above the prop knob, right of...

Same here - right above the prop knob, right of AP disconnect.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-08-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,337
Posted By KeithB
Another version ... Mag switches are locking...

Another version ...
Mag switches are locking (must pull to change position) and test switches are momentary, spring loaded to ON.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-08-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,419
Posted By KeithB
In my panel, I opted for all single function...

In my panel, I opted for all single function switches - I have found I really like a quick glance that “everything is down” after shutdown. The most significant duplication is landing lights and...
Forum: RV-14 03-27-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,234
Posted By KeithB
1. Air oil separator, if you want one (I’m glad I...

1. Air oil separator, if you want one (I’m glad I did).
2. Shunt on battery lead (if you want current to/from battery.
3. Extra firewall penetration for tunnel vent cable (required on EXP119...
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,692
Posted By KeithB
I powder coated and am very pleased with the...

I powder coated and am very pleased with the looks and durability. About $150 IIRC.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-18-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,097
Posted By KeithB
I would add that the VFR corridor between JKA and...

I would add that the VFR corridor between JKA and Panama City is a real treat. We have done it several times, often with Tom and Bonnie, as a flight of 2 or 3 airplanes. While filing an IFR flight...
Forum: RV-14 03-02-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,664
Posted By KeithB
+1 for the Garmin GAD 27 - I’m very pleased with...

+1 for the Garmin GAD 27 - I’m very pleased with it for flap control (as well as many other functions). In addition to the presets, the flap extension can also be speed limited and flaps won’t...
Forum: RV-14 02-10-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,445
Posted By KeithB
Garmin discourages the PFD mount location,...

Garmin discourages the PFD mount location, recommending a more solid (sub panel?) location, though Van's demo planes use the PFD mount. I used the PFD location and have periodic AHRS resets that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 26,027
Posted By KeithB
Alex - the chassis is 100 lbs, the batteries (2)...

Alex - the chassis is 100 lbs, the batteries (2) are 24 lbs each, and the seat is 37 lbs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 26,027
Posted By KeithB
Ed: This may be an option. The seat was...

Ed:



This may be an option. The seat was already off and the handle mount in its place when I realized the traction issue (it weighs 150 lbs without the seat so I hoped it would be okay). The ideal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 26,027
Posted By KeithB
Mickey: I first looked on eBay - typically...

Mickey:



I first looked on eBay - typically $500-$1000, but local pick up only (expensive to ship). So then I went to Craig’s list - similar prices, but I got this one for $250.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 26,027
Posted By KeithB
A non-engineer's simpler approach

I hesitated to post this with all the impressive engineering done by others. Not being nearly as talented, I took a much simpler approach. Since wheel chair motors are a favorite drive mechanism, I...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,474
Posted By KeithB
Bart: I’ve been using Pilot for over 3 years -...

Bart:

I’ve been using Pilot for over 3 years - you are welcome to check out my settings on the iPad in person - across the runway. PM me if you don’t have my phone or email (or it’s in the Pecan...
Forum: RV-14 01-11-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,984
Posted By KeithB
I have a Vetterman exhaust with 2 muffs, but I...

I have a Vetterman exhaust with 2 muffs, but I also have a Superior cold air induction sump, so potentially different. I plumbed my air differently than Vans instructions because of these...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-16-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,548
Posted By KeithB
Also agree the Garmin options can very confusing....

Also agree the Garmin options can very confusing. And since I only look at it once a year, it’s new all over again. So once I made my choice, I wrote up a table of comparisons that were relevant to...
Forum: RV-14 12-16-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,610
Posted By KeithB
I had to grind off a bit of “tool mark” from the...

I had to grind off a bit of “tool mark” from the bending process in manufacturing - I think on the right side.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-15-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 357
Views: 99,376
Posted By KeithB
My XP400 failed on the journal for #1.

My XP400 failed on the journal for #1.
Forum: RV-14 12-15-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 28,953
Posted By KeithB
I have a Vetterman trombone exhaust on my RV14...

I have a Vetterman trombone exhaust on my RV14 that came with these Robbins muffs. I have over 700 hours on a Superior XP400 and now Lycoming 390. Following this thread, I did an inspection and...
Forum: RV-14 12-04-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 196
Views: 241,688
Posted By KeithB
Another Aerotronics fan. However, in my case I...

Another Aerotronics fan. However, in my case I worked with Jason on the layout (and ultimately the panel cutout and labeling) but I did the design and wiring myself. I had never done anything like...
Forum: RV-14 11-19-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,769
Posted By KeithB
Hi Glenn: I have a flying RV14A and I am...

Hi Glenn:

I have a flying RV14A and I am definitely considering a tunnel mod without the engine change. My plane is slightly faster than the official numbers, has excellent cooling (290s - 310s on...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,690
Posted By KeithB
I have greater wear on one tire, but mine is the...

I have greater wear on one tire, but mine is the right. As others have said, it’s always going to be the outside, but I’m on my third set of tires with the same wear pattern (right tire). Second set,...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 40,233
Posted By KeithB
I would add that you should see lower temps when...

I would add that you should see lower temps when you install gear leg fairings and wheel pants. Their installation will add between 10 and 15 knots of airspeed (= cooling) for the same power...
Forum: RV-14 09-25-2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,070
Posted By KeithB
600+ hours with no issues. There is some...

600+ hours with no issues. There is some external force operating here - wheel balance, shimmy, misaligned side to side ?? I would balance the wheel and verify the breakout force first.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-24-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 16,872
Posted By KeithB
I have 8.71 installed (I usually wait a couple...

I have 8.71 installed (I usually wait a couple weeks before loading new software) and have the same missing charts issue with this DB update (loaded today). Reloading the VFR/IFR charts from the old...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-10-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,941
Posted By KeithB
+1 for the McFarlane vernier throttle. It has a...

+1 for the McFarlane vernier throttle. It has a friction ring to adjust tension, push pull without having to press a central button, and fine adjustment by rotation.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-04-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,905
Posted By KeithB
I display my PMag advance on a G3X using an...

I display my PMag advance on a G3X using an Engine Bridge https://www.enginebridge.com/product/engine-bridge-ei/ connected to a Garmin GEA24.
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