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Forum: RV-8/8A 09-25-2022, 03:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 622
Posted By Mikeyb
There are apparently 2 versions of DWG 73

There are apparently 2 versions of DWG 73
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2022, 07:30 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,222
Posted By Mikeyb
I found building an RV to be a constant...

I found building an RV to be a constant hemorrhaging of money. Pretty much all the money I had. Now that itís done, owning, maintaining and flying it just takes most of my money. If you are going to...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-17-2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,712
Posted By Mikeyb
This is the best thread ever. Everyone stayed on...

This is the best thread ever. Everyone stayed on topic and provided great ideas.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-16-2022, 12:33 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,712
Posted By Mikeyb
$50 spray tent from Amazon with a 20Ē box fan and...

$50 spray tent from Amazon with a 20Ē box fan and furnace filter. Itís 9í long. Thatís the aft fuse skin of a -8 in the picture. Not much contamination control but keeps the parts out of the sun with...
Forum: Alternative Engines 09-15-2022, 03:27 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 18,101
Posted By Mikeyb
It doesnít take me long to get my RV fix either. ...

It doesnít take me long to get my RV fix either. 30 minutes will do it.
I Think of what it might sound like and the dynamic braking that might be available.
If a 150 KW/2500 RPM engine became...
Forum: RV-3 09-15-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 698
Posted By Mikeyb
Since it’s The engine mounted instruments and...

Since it’s The engine mounted instruments and they saw a massive overcurrent one might suspect the Engine/airframe ground degraded and caused the starter/alternator current to return through the...
Forum: Propellers 09-14-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By Mikeyb
These props go to coarse pitch with increasing...

These props go to coarse pitch with increasing pressure. The purpose of this test was to verify that the prop would go coarse at idle in case of an engine out windmilling prop and how it would effect...
Forum: Tools 09-14-2022, 10:34 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By Mikeyb
Congratulations Gives me goose bumps

Congratulations
Gives me goose bumps
Forum: Propellers 09-14-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,810
Posted By Mikeyb
Another Hartzell Composite data point

Glide test with prop set to fine/coarse limits
Vans IO-360 m1b and prop
PCU5000X governor
RV8-1440# solo
5500-3500 ft altitude
70F OAT
Level flight at 88 MPH to Idle.
Maintain 88MPH in decent
No...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By Mikeyb
MGL iEFIS systems

I used all MGL avionics on my minimalist -8. An iEFIS lite, extender,V16 com, Sandia Transponder, uavionics Echo and skyfx ADSB. It has a lot of advantages. The interface is so simple. There just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2022, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,581
Posted By Mikeyb
In retrospect I should have stayed out of this...

In retrospect I should have stayed out of this one. I donít have enough experience to say whatís good or bad. Iím all over the place with the shims in or out!
Forum: Tools 09-11-2022, 03:07 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,577
Posted By Mikeyb
I bought the one Justin had the link for. It was...

I bought the one Justin had the link for. It was on sale for 157 bucks.
Really impressive hardware and image quality
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-11-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 714
Posted By Mikeyb
Interesting Putting it in the forward baggage...

Interesting
Putting it in the forward baggage compartment would limit you to a 3.5 gal system. On my -8 solo 1/2 tanks 1370# 80.4” CG adding 45 pounds in front would move the CG up to 79.7 within...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 11:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,581
Posted By Mikeyb
I should have told the rest of my story. I...

I should have told the rest of my story. I installed the gear legs as per the plans. When I got the axles on I found both wheels toed-in very close to 1/2 deg on both sides. I bought 1/2 degree shims...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,581
Posted By Mikeyb
I use the brake disk as a reference. Cleco...

I use the brake disk as a reference. Cleco clamped 10mm aluminum extrusion sections to the disks and used a tape measure across them. It was repeatable to 0.1 degrees or so. I used 50 cm long...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2022, 11:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 748
Posted By Mikeyb
My Echo UAT shows up just fine on flightaware.

My Echo UAT shows up just fine on flightaware.
Forum: Tools 09-07-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,683
Posted By Mikeyb
Several people noticed Connector B appeared bent....

Several people noticed Connector B appeared bent. That would be a bust for most aerospace QA inspectors. Just for kicks try putting both in a connector body and then try extracting them.
Forum: Tools 09-07-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,683
Posted By Mikeyb
Down the rabbit hole we go

I don’t think you will find any manufacturer of Mil-DTL-24308 type connectors that will list those tools as acceptable. What you are after is a oxygen free connection between the connector and wire....
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 08-30-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,324
Posted By Mikeyb
A short ground run may not have shown it. Someone...

A short ground run may not have shown it. Someone else should check but I calculated an 0360 at 1800 rpm might only use 3 ounces in a 10 second ground run. The restrictor may have filled the float...
Forum: RV-14 08-30-2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 632
Posted By Mikeyb
My QB tank leaked too. I was convinced it was...

My QB tank leaked too. I was convinced it was leak free at installation. Took 10 hours and some Gís to show up.
I found this poll from some time ago. Roughly half the builders said they had tank...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 08-30-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 7,324
Posted By Mikeyb
Still processing that one

Still processing that one
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By Mikeyb
Unfortunately it just might be fuel tank leaks on...

Unfortunately it just might be fuel tank leaks on RVís might just be part of the game. I have seen post after post of savvy, experienced builders that developed leaks on SB and QB tanks after time...
Forum: COMM 08-25-2022, 10:20 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,863
Posted By Mikeyb
I might have misinterpreted what the OP was...

I might have misinterpreted what the OP was doing. . If the same headset mic is providing the input to both radios you would have to switch the mic input.

I probably should have left this alone....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 09:12 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By Mikeyb
Vans provides specific instruction for testing...

Vans provides specific instruction for testing the QB tanks on receipt. If they leak and you havenít painted them they will fix them. Trouble is you have to ship them back.
Iím good at taking them...
Forum: COMM 08-25-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,863
Posted By Mikeyb
A DPDT switch will do this...

A DPDT switch will do this nicely
Mike

Edit
Maybe not. I did not think this through and ignored the audio switching.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2022, 08:00 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,740
Posted By Mikeyb
We feel your pain. My QB tank leaked on receipt...

We feel your pain. My QB tank leaked on receipt in about the same spot as yours. I fixed it. After 10 hours of flying it started leaking from another spot one bay over. Fixed that. Another 10 hours...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-24-2022, 10:00 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 267
Posted By Mikeyb
ANL fuse alternative

I used marine grade power distribution hardware on my -8. Seems to be working well. Using a terminal fuse block on the starter solenoid allowed me to minimize the number of high current connections...
Forum: Safety 08-22-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,648
Posted By Mikeyb
Vans comment on rudder balancing

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=204594&highlight=Balance+rudder
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2022, 01:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,559
Posted By Mikeyb
I would be way more happy building one in my...

I would be way more happy building one in my apartment than away from home. I see all kinds of RVs started in hangers that never seem to get finished.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2022, 01:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 623
Posted By Mikeyb
I think it will complicate drilling the holes to...

I think it will complicate drilling the holes to mount the VS and the HS at the front. The last bulkhead will be in the way.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2022, 12:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,059
Posted By Mikeyb
The only RV I’ve ever flown solo is mine with a...

The only RV I’ve ever flown solo is mine with a 180hp and composite CS prop.
I can’t imagine wanting the CG further forward for solo fun flying. The other thing nobody tells you is the max climb...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-08-2022, 10:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 626
Posted By Mikeyb
Nice job VBug!

Nice job VBug!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,315
Posted By Mikeyb
Donít know about that. I was lucky enough to...

Donít know about that. I was lucky enough to finish mine last year. Pre pandemic I found customer service from all the vendors delightful.

Right now I canít find an oil filter. ACS says they might...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,315
Posted By Mikeyb
Devilís Advocate

A big part of this is us. A 240 percent increase in kit orders in one year? Ordering engines before we have kits? Hoarding N numbers?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,652
Posted By Mikeyb
I spend $65/hour for fuel. $1.5/hr for oil and...

I spend $65/hour for fuel. $1.5/hr for oil and $0.75/hr for filters.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-28-2022, 05:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,196
Posted By Mikeyb
If you use a relay deck like a PH Aviation unit...

If you use a relay deck like a PH Aviation unit applying opposite trim will stop the motor.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-28-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,196
Posted By Mikeyb
There has been lots of discussion on runaway...

There has been lots of discussion on runaway trim. Here is a recent one.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=190071&highlight=Runaway+trim

In the first few hours of flight I flew...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,820
Posted By Mikeyb
I can’t find my Cleveland aircraft tools sourced...

I can’t find my Cleveland aircraft tools sourced back rivet set but I’m pretty sure the face was slightly countersunk. I assumed it was on purpose to center the tool on the rivet. Maybe someone else...
Forum: Southeast 07-25-2022, 01:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,795
Posted By Mikeyb
Itís the same on the west coast. My experience...

Itís the same on the west coast. My experience has been that the wait lists can move pretty fast. You have to be proactive and ready to act.

Good Hunting!
Mike
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-21-2022, 01:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,820
Posted By Mikeyb
I found that I had to make sure the set was...

I found that I had to make sure the set was parallel and concentric to the rivet and I had to hold the set against the part with my fingers on both the set and part as others mentioned.

Doing it on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,398
Posted By Mikeyb
I Think of all the engines, props and avionics...

I Think of all the engines, props and avionics systems that will sit for years without being touched.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By Mikeyb
Welcome and good luck. Building an RV in NYC is...

Welcome and good luck.
Building an RV in NYC is cool. There was this post a few months ago from another NYC area builder looking for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2022, 07:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 654
Posted By Mikeyb
Somebody asked a similar question a couple of...

Somebody asked a similar question a couple of years ago and I had my fuse in the garage.

It’s 45 1/5 inches tall at the canopy bow And just over 36 inches wide at the firewall. 15’2” long.

I’m a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-04-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,581
Posted By Mikeyb
I had a tank leak develop at the famous aft...

I had a tank leak develop at the famous aft baffle seam. It was small enough I couldnít see any evidence of it externally but found it with a borescope. I could smell it in the cockpit after landing...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-24-2022, 01:09 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,018
Posted By Mikeyb
Thanks Dan

Thanks Dan
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,952
Posted By Mikeyb
I think the OP asked about dimpling the holes in...

I think the OP asked about dimpling the holes in the VS that attach the empennage fairing. On a -8 the fiberglass gets countersunk for a -6 screw and the holes in the VS get standard K1000 nut plates...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-16-2022, 08:02 PM
Replies: 1,015
Views: 900,529
Posted By Mikeyb
[QUOTE=chrispratt;1614459]Just curious. I'm not...

[QUOTE=chrispratt;1614459]Just curious. I'm not trying to be a downer here but I notice this CG is out of the CG range in Van's plans, at least per my earlier RV-8 (1999 start and 2005 finish). My...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By Mikeyb
I feel for you KelleyA. I donít know why but...

I feel for you KelleyA. I donít know why but riveting that hinge material was a fight for me through my whole build.
Forum: Tools 06-13-2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,291
Posted By Mikeyb
Baby Pic

Made in LA
Restored in 1990
Two sets of the soft jaws Mike mentioned
Forum: Tools 06-13-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,291
Posted By Mikeyb
A Wilton Machinist vise is a work of art.

A Wilton Machinist vise is a work of art.
Forum: Tools 06-12-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,291
Posted By Mikeyb
My feeling is the more you spend on a vise the...

My feeling is the more you spend on a vise the more you will like it. And once you have a good vise you will wonder how you got along without it.

That being said I bought a inexpensive 4” Capri...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,172
Posted By Mikeyb
One caveat I should have added. When probing the...

One caveat I should have added. When probing the break out board screw heads make sure the screw is tight and there is contact between the screw itself and the contact.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-09-2022, 02:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,496
Posted By Mikeyb
Hmm If the oil pressure and precharge pressure...

Hmm
If the oil pressure and precharge pressure arenít about the same with the engine running something is blocked or stuck. The piston should move until the pressures are the same.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,496
Posted By Mikeyb
Piston type

Piston type
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,496
Posted By Mikeyb
Accumulator operation is tricky. Obviously the...

Accumulator operation is tricky. Obviously the pressure on the precharge side has to be higher than the oil pressure to get the piston to move. As it does it lowers the precharge pressure due to the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 10:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,172
Posted By Mikeyb
Breakout Boards

Another trick is use a commercial D sub breakout board. The screw terminals are easy to probe and identify. They are fairly available. If you need to get to a hard to get to connector you can use a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,892
Posted By Mikeyb
Iím betting this turns into one of those popcorn...

Iím betting this turns into one of those popcorn threads but.. just buy one of the more expensive switches and compare the switch action and finish. I did and threw away the Carling.
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-05-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,892
Posted By Mikeyb
To me, after 40 years of wiring similar hardware,...

To me, after 40 years of wiring similar hardware, wire color codes have their place in some repetitive applications but when you are terminating both ends and have labeled them as you have itís not a...
Forum: California 06-03-2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,596
Posted By Mikeyb
Vans started collecting CA sales tax about three...

Vans started collecting CA sales tax about three years ago so itís paid when you buy them.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,935
Posted By Mikeyb
If type J thermocouples were used for CHT sensors...

If type J thermocouples were used for CHT sensors in a system expecting type K you would see an error about that magnitude and sign.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-26-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,592
Posted By Mikeyb
A partially plugged static port might cause the...

A partially plugged static port might cause the ASI to read high while you are descending. Paint Job?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-25-2022, 05:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,004
Posted By Mikeyb
As you close the door the lever on the door side...

As you close the door the lever on the door side goes below the hinge line and puts the force in the opposite direction

Thanks again Matt Dralle for figuring this out
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2022, 04:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,815
Posted By Mikeyb
#40 drill Drilled at low speed monitoring that...

#40 drill
Drilled at low speed monitoring that the drill is centered. Slight wrist motion as the drill is at the intersection of the rivet head and body. They pop right off. Use flush cutting wire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,310
Posted By Mikeyb
It is an interesting phenomena. I devoted full...

It is an interesting phenomena. I devoted full time for 2 1/2 years to building an 8. I didnít enjoy building as much as others seem to but itís hard to replace the activity level that building...
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