VansAirForceForums  
Home > VansAirForceForums

-POSTING RULES
-Advertise in here!
- Today's Posts | Insert Pics

Keep VAF Going
Donate methods

Point your
camera app here
to donate fast.


Go Back   VAF Forums > Search Forums
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Showing results 1 to 64 of 500
Search took 0.04 seconds.
Search: Posts Made By: PilotjohnS
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 08:03 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,917
Posted By PilotjohnS
Exit ramp

Perhaps the exit ramp helps to clean up the aerodynamic mess that is the compartment? Considering the speed of the cooling airflow thru the engine compartment, I think a little baffling to keep the...
Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 06:12 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,143
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

I would buy a set for my 9a. First in line. I call dibbs.
Forum: Propellers 10-22-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 855
Posted By PilotjohnS
More... you want more?

you said extend the slot 3".

Is this in addition to the bigger slot on the new cowl for the updated nose gear?

Or does the new cowl for the updated nose gear already includes this additional...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2021, 02:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,739
Posted By PilotjohnS
and...

And not to mention all that extra lead that will be spewed into the air.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 423
Posted By PilotjohnS
latch hole

and remember the latch hole is at an angle. so the position it is when it hits the canopy un-drilled will be on the OUTSIDE, not the inside. You need to take that into account for the angle when...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-19-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 600
Posted By PilotjohnS
Safe

This may look safe but is really scary to me. If, in the future, a tie comes loose or something, that wire run can snag the bell crank and cause control problems. In my mind, a few extra feet to go...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-17-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 192
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me too

I had a similar problem. I solved it by also wiring the light switch to land light 2 input. So my landing
Light switch grounds out both landing light 1 and 2 inputs. I thought i only need landing...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-17-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 183
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sounds Like

Sounds like a bad bearing. I can't imagine an electrical load will be sufficient to break a mechanical shear coupling. I am using a B&C pad alternator, but not flying yet. I would also check the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-13-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 447
Posted By PilotjohnS
Same Boat

I am in the same boat, sort of. I am planning on flying sooner than the present seat lead time from the good seat makers. so I decided to roll my own and sew up some seats while I go thru Phase 1....
Forum: COMM 10-13-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 240
Posted By PilotjohnS
Please note, the audio jack schematic on...

Please note, the audio jack schematic on Steinair's website is different than the Garmin schematic in the G3X manual. If I remember correctly, SteinAir and Garmin have the audio low wired to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-12-2021, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 454
Posted By PilotjohnS
trim

I would trim the mounting bracket to not interfere with the over center stops. Do not discard the over center stops, you need them and your life could depend on them.
Forum: RV-15 10-12-2021, 10:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,112
Posted By PilotjohnS
First

Cant beat me, I am already camping out there. bring me some bagels please, I ran out.

(OK just joking, I wont be there till Friday)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,016
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

This thread has taught me to look at these paint lines fresh after paint and make sure I document what is a paint line and not a crack. I have been fooled before on race cars, and i forgot that...
Forum: RV-15 10-12-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,112
Posted By PilotjohnS
Disappointed

With the success of the RV14 and RV10, and the RV12 covering the LSA/trainer market. if it is pulled rivets, ala RV12, i will be sorely disappointed.
I can't see this since the older Cessna 172's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-11-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,184
Posted By PilotjohnS
rivet set

Make sure you are using the right rivet set. most rivet sets have a -3 and a -4 cupped rivet set. Vans rarely uses the -3 domed rivets
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,425
Posted By PilotjohnS
Other problem

i believe the FAA rule is that a rotating becaon or strobes must be on anytime the engine is running. But my problem is the strobes may be too bright on the ground. They may be blinding.
What have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 517
Posted By PilotjohnS
Justme

Also the countersink leaves a sharp edge where it transitions from flat to the angled countersink. The skin dimpling could never be this sharp. So i broke this edge of the countersink using a piece...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 801
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I think crimping Canbus pins reliably is harder.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-08-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 1,145
Views: 1,231,792
Posted By PilotjohnS
It will fit in a 7

It started as 7 panel blank, does that count?

I cant help about the shape i’m in
I cant sing i aint pretty and my wings are thin
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-07-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 503
Posted By PilotjohnS
Help

Please get help form a mechanic. It is easy, but there are some gottchas to watch out for.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-07-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 276
Posted By PilotjohnS
been a while but

its been a while but i did not follow the exact order in the plans and i had to bend (gently) the rib to the side to get to the rivets. once riveted, i was ablt to re-bend the rib to the correct...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-03-2021, 07:01 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 96,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
Engine install

So today was the engine install. I read all the previous suggestions and it went in with little trouble.
I put the bottom bolts in first and then the top.
I also had to change the support brace prior...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,362
Posted By PilotjohnS
Engine install

Pics says it all. Had to grind one wrench for upper left nut. Snap on box wrench worked well for all others.
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,110
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I never liked crimping terminals that have an insulating sleeve. (FASTON Terminals)

I have found them to be unreliable. I have not used them and instead use un-insulated terminals crimped with a...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 09-30-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,117
Posted By PilotjohnS
Simple

OK with a mechanical pump, how do you start the plane?
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,073
Posted By PilotjohnS
Lip

And leave a 2" lip around the outside for clamping.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-28-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,065
Posted By PilotjohnS
Where are you in calif?

Where are you in calif? Do you happen to be in the LA area?
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-27-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 96,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
fixed... sort of

So my roll trim is fixed with a flip of the wires as previously described. Easy-peesy.



Besides calibration of the stuff, I think that is my last wiring issue. So I am moving on to engine install.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,822
Posted By PilotjohnS
We Got Pictures

Got panel fired up still a few error messages, but seems to be software issues. I am declaring wiring (mostly) done.
Forum: RV-15 09-26-2021, 12:51 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,355
Posted By PilotjohnS
Whatever

I am going to build whatever Vans comes out with : fast or slow, low or high altitude. I miss not making a racket, wearing a headset, and making alum chips to track into the bed at night.

But plan...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-25-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,398
Posted By PilotjohnS
Click Bait

Talk about click bait. I wasnt thinking of wire strippers…….

I also need strippers for work around the house…..
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-24-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 96,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
New problem

New minor problem is roll trim operates trim servo correctly, but G3x indicates it is operating backwards. Garmin system thinks i am commanding right roll when button and trim servo is going left. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-23-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 921
Posted By PilotjohnS
reference

It is all in the reference in the meaning of "above"

the windscreen comes up at a sloped angle to the canopy. so if the flow of air over the windscreen to the canopy is to be smooth, then the front...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-22-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 96,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
First Power Up

So I rolled the plane out for first power up. Installed the battery. Pulled all the breakers so none of the expensive stuff would turn on.

Turned on the master. all is good.\
hit the start key,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,572
Posted By PilotjohnS
IO320-d1a yes

I have a IO-320-D1A as sold from Vans and it is approved for unleaded avgas use. I think the only unleaded avgas that is avialable now is the swift 94UL
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,900
Posted By PilotjohnS
Listed as

Curious what you have the plane listed as. Is it listed as a Vans RV9A, or as a flying carpet sn 001?
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2021, 10:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By PilotjohnS
ANL type

I am using the ANL type. B&C has them as do most marine places.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,936
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me too

I broke off a AN3 bolt using a torque wrench. In my case, all I can figure was the two pieces weren't aligned and when the bolt was torqued, it sheared the bolt. Ordered a new bolt, made sure...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-19-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 146
Views: 96,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
Power Up Test Ready

I have finished all the wiring except the engine sensors, and stuff. I am ready to turn on the panel and see what happens. I used a very low power bench supply thru the diode-protected test port and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-19-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 645
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just Me

Although you might get away with mounting the GSU25 to the back of the GDU, I chose not to do it for maintenance reasons. If they are mounted together, then pulling the GDU to get to all the wiring...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-19-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,945
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ready Panel One

Panel ready for power up test
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dinner

All of a sudden I feel like having spaghetti to tonight for dinner

PS looks like two lines are touching from the pic. better check.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,769
Posted By PilotjohnS
Gave up

I gave up on these multi bends from wings to fuel valve. Here is what I did instead. A few more connections, but there is no pressure here so dont expect any leaks.
Forum: Interiors 09-18-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,204
Posted By PilotjohnS
Seat Fabric Choices

I am gonna be flying soon and it is time to start think about seats. I plan to eventually use a custom interior from one of the fine companies advertising on VAF, but they all seem to have a long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 973
Posted By PilotjohnS
New Cowls

The new RV7,9 cowls from Vans uses screws down here. FYI
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,257
Posted By PilotjohnS
easiest first

The easiest thing to do is just check all your connections first.
Then put a voltage meter on your battery and key the mic. If the voltage drops a lot, it is your battery, if it doesnt, it is your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 119
Views: 18,014
Posted By PilotjohnS
Podcast

The podcast makes it seem like a Goldilocks moment in this quest. Is his unleaded fuel really that good? I would really like to not have the lead sludge build up, and be able to use synthetic oils....
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-16-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 704
Posted By PilotjohnS
And this is how the GEA24 Keep Alive power works;...

And this is how the GEA24 Keep Alive power works; it provides a higher voltage during start when the main bus drops due to engine cranking. For the Garmin keep alive, I don't think it matters which...
Forum: California 09-14-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 415
Posted By PilotjohnS
Oxnard, Camarillo, Cable

I am looking for hangar space in a few months for flight test of a few months duration. Any hangars at one of these airports that anyone knows about?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,148
Posted By PilotjohnS
Lights, Camera….

Really trying to get all the wiring done so I can fire up the panel then move on to firewall forward. If I have typos, I am still seeing spots from the position light test. I dont dare open my eyes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 623
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I use a very small amount of Mobil 1 synthetic wheel bearing grease from the aviation aisle of Autozone.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-09-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,616
Posted By PilotjohnS
next Step

Great replies.
Now how to I go about finding a good painter? What questions should I ask and what should I look for when examining his previous work?

(Oh sorry, thread hijack!)
Forum: Reviews 09-08-2021, 10:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,492
Posted By PilotjohnS
Before after

If you look at the before and after pictures in post 26, it appears they have changed the NLE. And with the just announced change in warrenty period, I am confident the problem is resolved and they...
Forum: Reviews 09-08-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,492
Posted By PilotjohnS
I agree

I agree it is highly unlikely, but just threw it out there. The real data needed is that is this cracking only on one blade, or do all blades suffer cracking on a given prop?
Forum: Reviews 09-07-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,492
Posted By PilotjohnS
math

So like a helicopter blade is pretty floppy when it is sitting on the ground tied up, but yet is very straight and rigid when flying, so too is the prop. The bending moment on the blade from being...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-07-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 146
Views: 96,092
Posted By PilotjohnS
No access

Thanks. I was not planning on putting in the access panels. I tried to keep everything reachable from underneath and to be able to disconnect with one hand. Although, looking at it now, I think i...
Forum: Reviews 09-07-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,492
Posted By PilotjohnS
Actually

Actually i did some quick math, and it appears there is greater bending loads on a prop when it is pushed or pulled on than at any time during flight. The g loading from the rotating blade is so...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-07-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,269
Posted By PilotjohnS
Holiday Inn Express

Having stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, I cant see how a single failure could cause this.

I think we need to know a little more about the system and the circumstances.
For what it is...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-06-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,799
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wow

This explains a lot.
Forum: Reviews 09-06-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 6,492
Posted By PilotjohnS
Maybe

So I stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night. The bar girls got me drunk so I would give them my credit card. What a surprise when they discovered it was declined, I was happy thou. But I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-06-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,309
Posted By PilotjohnS
My experience

Just me experience.
I would never fill a partially built tank with water or heaven forbid, avgas without the rear baffle on; there is too much risk of damage if a wood fixture breaks. The rear baffle...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-03-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,328
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ha?

well DUH!

I guess this blows the Specific gravity requirement to be the same as 100LLout of the water?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 119
Views: 18,014
Posted By PilotjohnS
I think that is the Achilles heel to all of this;...

I think that is the Achilles heel to all of this; they do not want to have a POH change due to a mass / range difference. This is why I think others are staying away from the PAFI and using STC...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-03-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,987
Posted By PilotjohnS
Didn't miss much

i don't think you missed much. There wasn't more in the booth then what was in the video. JMHO

Now NEXT year should be exciting.
Showing results 1 to 64 of 500

 
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:55 AM.


The VAFForums come to you courtesy Delta Romeo, LLC. By viewing and participating in them you agree to build your plane using standardized methods and practices and to fly it safely and in accordance with the laws governing the country you are located in.