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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 07:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 119
Posted By PaulvS
Treatment

It's good that you caught it now while it's only light surface corrosion. I would try to remove the corrosion with a small rotary wire brush or abrasive pad and then apply a steel primer followed...
Forum: Tools Yesterday, 06:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 70
Posted By PaulvS
Cleaveland

Cleaveland tools sell a 12" back riveting set:
https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/back-rivet-set-12

It will require a bit more air pressure than a regular length set.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 10:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By PaulvS
Just be aware that stainless steel fasteners are...

Just be aware that stainless steel fasteners are not generally recommended for use with aluminum, due to galvanic corrosion. The Vans spec is for AN470 or MD-42-BS rivets to attach the steps... so...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-07-2021, 09:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 577
Posted By PaulvS
Charging specs

The spec for the PC680 states:

Charge at 14.4-14.8 Volts
Recharge when below 12.6V
Expected battery life 400 cycles at 80% discharge

How does your battery usage and care compare to the spec,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 214
Posted By PaulvS
Sensor page

Here's how to get to the EMS sensor page:

1) On the D180 (not the D100) select a display layout that shows the EMS page, either 1/3 or 2/3 on the right. (Button 1 or button 6 will rotate through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 345
Posted By PaulvS
Duralac

I've not yet seen anyone use sealant in that area and wouldn't use it when I fit my steps, partly because a sealant can potentially trap moisture unnecessarily. I use Duralac to prevent corrosion...
Forum: Primers 10-07-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 338
Posted By PaulvS
Methylated spirits

Sometimes methylated spirits works better than acetone for removing primer, I'm not sure specifically about the Akzo, but easy enough to try. Otherwise you could just leave it for the painters to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,080
Posted By PaulvS
Step

How much would you need to grind the step? I'd be inclined to try that first, if it can be done carefully in situ.
You may also want to replace a couple of the step rivets that have smilies since it...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-30-2021, 06:46 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,629
Posted By PaulvS
Source for skin

Vans should be able to supply you with a new skin and stiffeners, there may be a bit of a wait time though. It would be worth also ordering the thumb drive with the plans and construction manual....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-29-2021, 10:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 482
Posted By PaulvS
Back riveting

The best results I've had when riveting curved surfaces on my 6A has been with back riveting. It takes two people, one on the outside holding the back riveting bucking bar and me on the inside with a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,189
Posted By PaulvS
paulvs

The Licensed Aircraft Maintenance Engineer who did my stage inspections provided that advice (and so I immediately stopped using silicon carbide sandpaper). I now use aluminum oxide sandpaper...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 01:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 865
Posted By PaulvS
As an aside, have the rivets already been set in...

As an aside, have the rivets already been set in the doubler that the male B fitting passes through? The reason that I'm asking is that there appears to be a gap between the parts where the bottom...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-21-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,189
Posted By PaulvS
one no-no

I also use sandpaper in conjunction with other deburring tools (draw filing, scotch brite pads and wheel, speed hole deburrer etc.)

There is one big "no no" with sandpaper and that is using the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2021, 04:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,156
Posted By PaulvS
VDO ranges

OP is using the VDO sensor which is a resistive type electro mechanical device. The correct range sender must be used otherwise the gauge or EMS will not read correctly. Many different VDO senders...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-19-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 730
Posted By PaulvS
Overhangs on -6

The plans for the RV-6, which has essentially the same wing as the -8, shows the doubler overhanging the spar (dwg 21). If you think about it, the overhang is going to add strength to the surface...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-19-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,156
Posted By PaulvS
Sender details

Can OP please post a picture of the old sender? Otherwise it's a bit hard to give good suggestions.

ACS listing for VDO senders states they must not be used in aircraft or in fuel systems. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By PaulvS
Rubber grip

I used a moulded rubber grip that I bought at a shop which sells rubber sheeting, foam, rubber strips etc., for about $6. They had various common sizes. It's plain black rubber that is lightly...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-16-2021, 04:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,272
Posted By PaulvS
I (also) assumed that the black substance that is...

I (also) assumed that the black substance that is visible on the threads in the photo is sealant, it sure looks like it, but I'm not certain exactly what it is. I've learned a bit from these posts,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,410
Posted By PaulvS
Paint roll bar?

Is there a reason that the roll bar couldn't just be painted? Then there'd be no need to worry about any side effects to the canopy.
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-15-2021, 01:47 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 22,215
Posted By PaulvS
Wings On Wings Off

It's a canoe!
Wings On, to fit the main gear, Wings Off again to be able to continue with riveting on the central belly skins. Reminds me of "Wax On, Wax Off", the lesson is the same...

Not only...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-27-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,104
Posted By PaulvS
Blendiing

Have you tried wet sanding the blended area using progressively finer grit, e.g. 600, 1200, and then polish? It should be possible with single stage polyurethane to get a reasonable, though maybe...
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 01:14 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,264
Posted By PaulvS
The people walking on the beach appear oblivious...

The people walking on the beach appear oblivious to what is happening behind them!
Lucky escape for the pilot.:o
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2021, 01:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By PaulvS
Port measurement

Hi Steve,

Would you be able to please measure the distance to the AOA port from the back edge of the leading skin (at the spar)? It would be interesting to compare with what finnflyer used on his...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 802
Posted By PaulvS
AOA port in wing skin (4/6/7/8 wing profile)

I'd like to fit an AOA port in the wing skin for my RV-6A, similar to the way it's done on the RV-12 using a pop rivet, for Dynon AOA. I already have the Vans pitot fitted and don't really want to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-21-2021, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By PaulvS
Flyboys

Flyboys has the following lens, it's for the "original original" Vans tip I understand:
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/7221.htm

Flyleds.com has some documentation for the internal...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-20-2021, 07:35 PM
Replies: 580
Views: 366,310
Posted By PaulvS
Schematics

Hi Dave,

I think there could be a minor error/typo on the lighting schematic, which shows both 18 ga and 20 ga on the line connecting to the left Orion Red acl. Maybe you are testing us.

Couple of...
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2021, 10:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,095
Posted By PaulvS
Dimpling

Here are a couple of photos of some scrap .032 that has been dimpled, with the hole on the left slightly under-dimpled, and the hole on the right fully dimpled. The fully dimpled hole has sharper...
Forum: RV-14 08-18-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,095
Posted By PaulvS
How thick is the spar material? If it's .040 or...

How thick is the spar material? If it's .040 or .032 then it may be that the dimples were not made with enough pressure. The shoulders in the photo appear a bit rounded and not crisp. That's if the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-18-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By PaulvS
Drill bushings

How did you drill the enlarged 1/4" holes in the spar?

For the pilot holes in the weldment, I also used a drill bushing in the existing holes in the spar (with a piece of 3/16" choke cable sleeve,...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-18-2021, 05:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By PaulvS
Yep it is a very old kit, mid 90's. The gear leg...

Yep it is a very old kit, mid 90's. The gear leg and mount are not pre-drilled, and the mount and the spar are not match drilled either. It's a good thing that the factory started doing this at...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-18-2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 771
Posted By PaulvS
A better way to enlarge main spar bolt holes for RV-6A gear leg mounts

This is for RV-6A builders who have yet to drill the steel weldment gear leg mounts in unison with the main wing spar (section 8 page 8-9 in the latest construction manual).

The instructions read...
Forum: Tools 08-15-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,553
Posted By PaulvS
Thx for replies

Thanks all for the replies and info, very interesting! The bits that I inherited appear sharp(ened). I imagine there is specialized equipment required to sharpen the pilot tip.

As an aside, the...
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 722
Posted By PaulvS
-6 bolt size

On the -6A which has the same wing structure as the -4 those bolts are AN3-16A.
Forum: Tools 08-14-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,553
Posted By PaulvS
Identify these drill bits

Many years ago my father bought these six inch drill bits at a flea market in Seattle, so possibly they are Boeing surplus. The tips are stepped, I've never seen anything similar in RV tool...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-12-2021, 06:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,356
Posted By PaulvS
Rather than totally removing and replacing the...

Rather than totally removing and replacing the old panel by taking out all the rivets, another way may be to leave the skirt of the old panel in place; cut out large sections where the new equipment...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-10-2021, 03:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,079
Posted By PaulvS
I can check the -6A plans since everything is...

I can check the -6A plans since everything is dimensioned, if that would help? The side hinges are 17.5 inches from memory when working on it last week. I can't recall the two bottom piece lengths...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-05-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,239
Posted By PaulvS
Safetying

Also, if you're new to safetying, I most humbly recommend reading AC 43.13-1B "Section 7. Safetying".

Separately, Paul Dye wrote an excellent article in Kitplanes magazine on adding safety tie...
Forum: RV-14 08-03-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,548
Posted By PaulvS
Portable

Dimpling is done occasionally only, so rather than a fixed setup, have you considered using a narrow portable stand for the dimpler? That is what I use (for my -6A, which is smaller than a -14),...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-03-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 1,145
Views: 1,230,046
Posted By PaulvS
cooling suggestion

Hi Ryan,
An idea for cooling the iPad is to use 12V computer fan(s), mounted in the face of the instrument panel behind where the iPad will sit. The commercial iPad coolers use these types of fans...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2021, 03:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 874
Posted By PaulvS
They also carry non-split, just an idea to try...

They also carry non-split, just an idea to try and help anyway.
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/leviton-10-ft-ent-flexible-raceway-3-4-in-blue-0529190p.html
This is 3/4 id. There is also half inch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2021, 12:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 874
Posted By PaulvS
Loom tube

Try Canadian Tire?
https://www.canadiantire.ca/en/pdp/certified-automotive-wire-protector-3-4-in-10-ft-0207503p.html
This is intended for electrical cable protection, but I'm not sure if that's what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 07:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,284
Posted By PaulvS
Mostly classics, but sometimes when needed, Chris...

Mostly classics, but sometimes when needed, Chris Rea "The Road To ****"! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,301
Posted By PaulvS
As Mickey said - a clean way is to build a...

As Mickey said - a clean way is to build a standoff. One way to do this is with a couple of lengths of aluminium 1/2 inch "C" section extrusion.

Or as Brian suggested - just drill some extra holes...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-30-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 22,215
Posted By PaulvS
Main gear alignment and fitting

I fitted and aligned the main gear brackets to the wing spar and used a pilot drill guide made from a piece of 3/16 choke cable sleeve per the manual, this worked quite well.

The main gear leg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,252
Posted By PaulvS
Ground wire

I think your friend is probably referring to one of the two main earth cables on the engine side of the firewall. Typically there is a brass bolt through the firewall with one heavy lead going to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-28-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,239
Posted By PaulvS
It is most likely M10 x 1.5, if it is around 3/8"...

It is most likely M10 x 1.5, if it is around 3/8" diameter. I am not 100% certain for that particular bolt hole but others on the engine case are that size.

The 'normal' location for tieing the...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 06:01 AM
Replies: 234
Views: 32,944
Posted By PaulvS
What do I think? - ...Not LSA-like 100hp Rotax,...

What do I think? -
...Not LSA-like 100hp Rotax, because there are already lots of those around.
Probably a more exciting version of C170/C180/C172/C182, because they were so popular.
"Total...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 10:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,314
Posted By PaulvS
Depending on which wing tips and which lights you...

Depending on which wing tips and which lights you have, these may fit:
https://www.flyboyaccessories.com/product-p/7221.htm
Good luck with it.
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-25-2021, 07:17 PM
Replies: 580
Views: 366,310
Posted By PaulvS
Looks good Dave, you are making steady progress....

Looks good Dave, you are making steady progress. Couple of questions:
- what software are you using to draw the electrical schematics?
- how are you planning to "audio mix" the stall warner and the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-25-2021, 12:25 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 22,215
Posted By PaulvS
Wings fitted (temporarily)

(thanks Rob for the clarication on carrying a compass)

Younger Me completed the RV wings in 1997 and since then I have been storing and carting them around each time we moved house (3 times). ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 813
Posted By PaulvS
Some suggestions: 1. Polish the lugs on the tow...

Some suggestions:
1. Polish the lugs on the tow bar to remove any sharp edges.
2. Apply clear Gorilla Tape to the wheel pant around the holes.
3. Take care when attaching the tow bar - lift the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-23-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,587
Posted By PaulvS
10 vs 7

Hi David,
If the requirement is to display all 3 of PFD and engine info and mapping/traffic, then I think 10 inch Classic would be better than 7 inch HDX. There is also personal preference involved,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-23-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 22,215
Posted By PaulvS
Instruments

Hi Jose, for instrumentation requirements in Australia, we're still required to have a direct reading compass in addition to the EFIS magnetometer. I haven't planned on installing a transponder...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-23-2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 13,587
Posted By PaulvS
In my experience, a 7" Dynon screen is big enough...

In my experience, a 7" Dynon screen is big enough to display both PFD and engine information. Mine is not a HDX though... it's an older D180. My mapping info is on a separate small screen Garmin...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-22-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,912
Posted By PaulvS
New flap suggestion

The original repair with the pop rivet going through the cracked area of the flap skin doesn't look too great in the photo. Also some of the rivets along the leading edge appear to be loosened...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-22-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By PaulvS
involuntary upgrade

Ah so!....
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-22-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By PaulvS
nose gear in vid

Nice trip video, seems like they had fun. The landing looked harder than is ideal - no holdoff on the nose wheel and it seemed to come down hard and rebound a bit. However there was no incident;...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-22-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,008
Posted By PaulvS
New style nose gear

I'm in a similar situation - considering upgrading to the new style nose gear. My RV-6A is still under construction and I already have the finishing kit with the old style nose gear and engine mount....
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-22-2021, 03:09 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 22,215
Posted By PaulvS
Lightbulb 10354 days so far

The calendar says that today is day 10,354 since the start, in year 29 of the build. But I daren't rush as that's a recipe for making mistakes!

We have had the wettest winter in decades, but finally...
Forum: Safety 07-20-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,333
Posted By PaulvS
Would that be a low pass, presumably with a steep...

Would that be a low pass, presumably with a steep pullup to safely clear the trees at the end? :D
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-20-2021, 06:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,835
Posted By PaulvS
Some suggestions that may help

Hi John, that looks like a nice simple panel that will be good for VFR as you enjoy the great views outside! The Aera will give backup GPS altitude and ground speed in case the Dynon fails. Do you...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2021, 06:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,104
Posted By PaulvS
Testing the sender

The above suggestions to focus on the sender should be helpful I think. The sender can be easily tested by unscrewing it and connecting it to compressed air at 5 psi and then see what is the...
Forum: Engine Monitors 07-15-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By PaulvS
MGL Xtreme EMS

MGL offer the Xtreme EMS that includes FF and cht/egt in the one unit, but it is more costly at $950 for the display plus $200 for the RDAC data collection module. That's without any transducer for...
Forum: Engine Monitors 07-14-2021, 11:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By PaulvS
budget options

A budget option for fuel flow is FC-10 by Flight Data Systems, $409 from Vans including the transducer.
A budget option for CHT and EGT is MGL Avionics TC-4 or TC-5 or TC-6, depending on how many...
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