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Forum: RV-14 09-23-2022, 08:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,503
Posted By Vern
Smile To Mel

At the Atlanta Airport old Ford plant there is now a Porsche Experience center where customers can select various car models to test drive. Iím told that most he-men want the manual trans models but...
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2022, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,503
Posted By Vern
Electric trim

Not installing electric trim on such a nice airplane is like ordering a new Cadillac with manual transmission and non powered brakes and steering
Forum: RV-14 09-14-2022, 01:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,095
Posted By Vern
RV-14 trim

I fly 14s and 10s a fair amount and when I do checkouts on either I emphasize that the 14 is a trimming needed machine and the ten even more so. With the huge range of speed and load it is needed....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-21-2022, 04:36 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,140
Posted By Vern
Fly away kit

Been flying my 6A since 2005: Iíve had one flat tire away from home drone and one auto plug used by emag fail enroute.

I carry a small canvass tool bag hooked to the front spar with a small...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2022, 06:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 378
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Checklist

Since your plane is on the approved list it is not needed unless you recieved commercial assistance
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 801
Posted By Vern
Smile From the DAR perspectiveÖ

Some folks spend more time on the builder log than building the plane. Itís pretty to
Look at but overkill

We are required to upload the builder log into AWC . Our FSDO guidance was not to overload...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-15-2022, 01:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,613
Posted By Vern
Test end

Read your Operating limitations and make the required entries in your logbooks
Forum: RV-10 06-12-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,760
Posted By Vern
Alternative engines

My opinion and observations: go alternative if you are a lifetime tinkerer or wannabe engineer/test pilot

If flying this lifetime is a goal, stick to Vans recommendations

Consider your passengers...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-28-2022, 05:15 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 737
Posted By Vern
Metal rods

My local hardware store and Home Depot have racks of metals
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2022, 04:55 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,941
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up First step into RVs

Seeing Van when he introduced the RV-3: that was the prettiest little plane and it fired my imagination .
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-20-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,726
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Flight without canopy

An RV-3 in Hawaii was configured open cockpit.

Regarding jumping out , "intentional parachute jumps" are prohibited by the more modern Operating Limitations. If you had a problem, you'd have...
Forum: Polishing your RV 03-04-2022, 06:05 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,432
Posted By Vern

Wipe the black off with a washcloth and mineral spirits. A toothbrush helps along the seams
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-16-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,135
Posted By Vern
Smile F-86 scheme

An RV-7 in my hangar is vintage Korean War era (my father flew in the Korean War).

Jim Matthews and Eric Dixon own it.

Will try to send some pix
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2022, 04:31 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,871
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Get it fixed!

Vans didnít build that plane. You did!

I recently had a client who used one of the ďwalk your papers thru OkcĒ
They made the same error.

Call Aircraft Registration in Okc and get it fixed .All AWC...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2022, 04:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,844
Posted By Vern
Forming plexi

I ve made molds of balsa which were sanded smooth. By experimenting with oven temps the plexiglass would droop and self form over the mold. Yours looks great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,929
Posted By Vern
Smile Falcon RV Squadron Peachtree City KFFC

They are hard to count since they are always moving but about 60 with about 120 active folks /and wannabes with more on the way. Someone please correct me if you have more current numbers
Forum: RV-15 12-21-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,858
Posted By Vern
Use tie down fittings

Use tie down fittings. Also, check your Operating Limitations.
Forum: Midwest 12-10-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,144
Posted By Vern
Indy south side

Greenwood is a nice FA airport Iíve used multiple times and know RVs have been based there
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,284
Posted By Vern

With the new AWC system the builder log ( a sample my FSDO boss says)

Also an upload of the 51 percent checklist if required
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2021, 05:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,827
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up DAR out of area

The FAA calls it a Geographic Expansion. The DAR checks a box that says ď out of areaĒ and the request to inspect gets forwarded to the responsible FSDO where the inspection is to occur. They either...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,512
Posted By Vern

Works great!
May have to trim opening if yours are very tight
Forum: RV-14 11-04-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 11,170
Posted By Vern
Smile Belts and ergonomics

There's not a simple answer to your question since much depends on leg length, seat position and which seat back recline slot is used and of course, belly size.

I'm short, 5'6", and have flown all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2021, 06:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 832
Posted By Vern
Falcon RV Squadron

Vern Darley here, founder of the group.

Call in the morning please
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-03-2021, 04:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,960
Posted By Vern

Most auto parts stores sell high temp paint in various colors. In my opinion and experience, bright colors reveal oil leaks better than blackÖthe worst color for leaks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-01-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,039
Posted By Vern
RV-8 groundloop rudder

Today I looked over an RV-8 that had ground looped. The forward vertical stab spar sheared just above the doublers where the stab mounts
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 06:08 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,052
Posted By Vern
Smile Clean seats

Keep a few Cotton hand towels you lift from your home and simply cover the seat when someone steps in
Forum: RV-10 09-01-2021, 01:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,851
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up RV 10 Handles

I mounted mine on the longeron just behind the door frame and it has worked very well
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-30-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,587
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Phase 1 testing

Iíve done the phase 1 testing for many aircraft. The most perfect looking planes still have issues to iron out during phase 1. I cannot fathom a low time limited experienced pilot handling some of...
Forum: RV-14 08-29-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,384
Posted By Vern
RV-14 open canopy

The canopy open warning light micro switch needed adjustment and the light illuminated during climbout. The owner asked me to fly and said he meant to make sure it was latched when in fact he...
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,384
Posted By Vern

No damage after careful inspection
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,868
Posted By Vern
Exclamation WWII training

Those old tandem trainers also killed almost as many pilots in training As we lost in combat

Look at the numbers
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,384
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Open RV canopy

Having been aboard an RV-14 when the owner accidentally opened the canopy in flight, the plane pitched downward about -2 gís . Unaware of results if the whole canopy separated instead of just...
Forum: RV-10 08-19-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,860
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Trim on RV-10

Iíve flown all RV models and find the 10 and 14 need much more attention to pitch trim , especially as flaps are lowered or raised. When I do checkouts on either I tell the students that elevator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,871
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Nuts,bolts,etc

Since I was a kid Iíve picked up hardware found in parking lots and ramps. I also bought floor sweepings from aircraft factories.

A few years ago a B-17 broke down locally and the maintenance crew...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,160
Posted By Vern
Smile Floor vibrations

Most RVs Iíve flown have exhaust pulses on the floor. Try lifting up your feet off the floor in flight. Then put both feet on the floor. Feel the difference?

On my 6A I have some 3/4 inch black foam...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-25-2021, 06:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,641
Posted By Vern
Cowl removal

Anti Aerosplat makes a nose gear fairing that snaps over your nose gear leg to protect the finish. Many folks will put masking tape around the spinner area also
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,282
Posted By Vern
Scotch bright machine

Harbor freight has as excellent motor with shafts both sides that can mount scotch bright wheels much better than using a bench grinder. The shafts are extended and allow you to get the parts closer...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,370
Posted By Vern
Go fly

Donít worry about them. They can take a lot of abuse
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,255
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Caution

A new RV-7 burned up in my hangar because a little fuel spill and low humidity sparked just right

Take it outside

No dry days which produce static

Ground wires everywhere

Multiple fire bottles...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,603
Posted By Vern
Smile Canopy restoration

My 6A slider canopy is used. The previous owner spilled a gallon of epoxy paint on it. I bought it for a song and sanded all the epoxy off. It could use some touch up now after 17 years but has...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-14-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,875
Posted By Vern
Exclamation RV-9 Aerobatics

Don't go there please. In the hands of a skilled demo pilot maybe. But not in mere mortal experience levels.

Buy or build the plane that meets your needs.
Forum: Painting your RV 03-04-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,390
Posted By Vern
Smile Cool paint

Sam, you're always cool no matter what color the plane is! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 01:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,818
Posted By Vern
Smile Stickers in logs

As beautiful as computer generated labels are in your logbook, in twenty years or so they will be dried out and subject to peeling off and out. Suggest that if you do use labels, use a few staples to...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-10-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,378
Posted By Vern
Smile Paint

Most folks fly first then take the plane to a paint shop where fairings and controls are removed. When painting is done someone ,usually not the builder, reassembles the parts. The thought is that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,239
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Outstanding achievement!

No wonder your smart kids are doing so well! A family of high achievers!
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,436
Posted By Vern
Smile Narrow deck

Does it have the cylinder hold down plates and internal socket nuts holding the cylinders? If so, a cylinder change is a little harder in my opinion

I have a narrow deck O320 on my Hatz
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,282
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down Walk thru

A recent DAR client did this expedited registration and it was severely fouled up.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-10-2021, 04:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,621
Posted By Vern
Exclamation Red Flag memories

Your post brought back many memories, some good, some not so good.

During my multiple Red Flags Back in the seventies, I got to see and be on-scene coordinator for a crash . Additionally My squadron...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-26-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,445
Posted By Vern
Cheap wrench at Walmart

Walmart sells a large wrench for about $12 bucks intended to install trailer hitch balls. It is perfect for those RV axle nuts and self- defense also!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2020, 10:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,155
Posted By Vern
Cargo pod

Iíve seen an RV-8 with a travel pod mounted directly under the fuselage
Front would come off for access

Looked like two medium suitcases would fit

Similar to USAF travel pods on T-38s
Forum: Painting your RV 11-09-2020, 10:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,343
Posted By Vern
Thumbs up Paint guns

Decide what type of paint you will be shooting and then consult the paint guys for the recommended needle size.

Decide standard gun, low pressure, etc

Donít forget safety equipment as the iso...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-04-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,703
Posted By Vern

In my years of being on this list most folks seem to keep their tools with the exception of an occasional specialized tool.

Welcome aboard VAF !

You are several years away from needing a hangar ,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,702
Posted By Vern
Pre buy

Although I am a DAR, I did not do this inspection.

Pierre, who paid for the inspection, you or the looker?

Most pilots would ask the inspector if it was minor rust or an engine killer. If the...
Forum: COMM 10-25-2020, 03:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,838
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down SL40

Just sent an SL40 to Garmin for power supply issues

Flat rate is ( gulp) 850!
Forum: Safety 10-06-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,478
Posted By Vern
Franks RV was a slider. He shared my hangar and I...

Franks RV was a slider. He shared my hangar and I flew with him often
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-26-2020, 11:56 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,067
Posted By Vern
Thumbs down No

Donít do it .

Was it tested that way in phase one? Would it meet the consensus standard for certification. Would your insurance cover it? Would an FAA inspector be amused if he saw it?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-24-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,227
Posted By Vern
Aligning holes on bolts

Use a sharpie on the end of the bolt so you can tighten the castle nut to the correct position
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 21,390
Posted By Vern

However comma, when you are on cross country and have gotten a clearance after loading wife and baggage, it is a terrible time to find out that your flaps will not come up.

Wonder how I learned...
Forum: Southeast 07-16-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,471
Posted By Vern
Smile Georgia

Maule factory in Moultrie
8th AF museum in Savannah
Jekyll island homes of the early wealthy industrialists like duPonts,Rockefellerís,etc nice tours. Sea turtle center
St Simons island shops and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,480
Posted By Vern
Talking Letter of recomindation

Mel, the Atl FSDO does not want them

Guess it varies

Misspelling and unable to edit
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,148
Posted By Vern
Tom I need one

Need one of the systems for the clear brake fluid units
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,535
Posted By Vern
Aircraft OH

I?ve done 4-5 engines in the past few years using Aircraft Specialties and Crankcase Services

Both have given outstanding service. In fact, Crankcase Services recently performed a case mod I needed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,927
Posted By Vern
Supplier of the wood

Where can I get some for my Hatz?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-25-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,451
Posted By Vern
Completion schedule and budget

When you?ve driven the last rivet, you are halfway done to being airworthy

Sorry to burst a bubble!

What say other builders?
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