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Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 07:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ohm check

The first test is to make sure the bus sense on the regulator is hooked up to something. Then ohm it out and make sure it senses bus voltage (very low resistance to battery or main bus)
Forum: RV-7/7A Today, 07:09 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 128,596
Posted By PilotjohnS
Real homebuilder

Only real homebuilders make their panels with a drill and file.
Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 366
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

If the guy at B&C doesnt recommend anything further, I would put a voltage meter across the regulator from the bus sense to the ground (on the reg) and see if the voltage changes. That should be rock...
Forum: My RV Build Project Today, 08:32 AM
Replies: 116
Views: 79,379
Posted By PilotjohnS
Optimist

I think (a) Saturday too, but

you know what an pessimist is?
An optimist with experience.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 11:39 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 79,379
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel Cutting

Just a quick update.
Finish initial cutting of panel; going old school with drill, jigsaw and file. It came out well I think.
Next Up is to test fit everything, mount center rack supports, then...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 882
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just finished

I just finished cutting my panel holes tonight. Dont feel bad about redoing a panel. I just got done drilling the switch holes, then filing them square for my 9 switches. Now I found out a friend has...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,007
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I think i relieved the skin slightly in this area. It is much easier to relieve the skin than the bracket. I would not unrivet bracket, I think it would be harder to get back on straight with good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,343
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wow

Wow, I hate you guys. Well not really. Here I was all set to do some fiberglass work, but I think I like this a lot better. I think I might try this. Both these fairings came out really nice; I think...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By PilotjohnS
I installed after the side skin was on. I am not...

I installed after the side skin was on. I am not sure how one would do this with the side skin off, since so many things have to line up to make the position accurate. The rivets are accessible from...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-13-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 263
Posted By PilotjohnS
Permanent Deform

if you pry apart the bracket to remove the bearing, i think you will permanently deform the brackets and that would be trouble during re install.
There has got to be a better way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,765
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cutting Instrument Panel

Cutting Instrument Panel, old school
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 500
Posted By PilotjohnS
same spot

I am in the same spot, 160 hp RV9A.
I think I am going with a Catto. But I plan to have a conversation with them before ordering so we can get the pitch right where I want it.
Since I am using the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,637
Posted By PilotjohnS
Voshan

You could try Voshans, or flange seals, on the steel fittings. These are soft aluminum inserts that goes between the B-nut and the hose/tube.
Forum: COMM 04-10-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 402
Posted By PilotjohnS
Only change

If the only thing you changed was the sl 30, i suspect the sl30. Maybe try another one?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,637
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

It is just me, but testing hoses to high pressures is fine, but I would not test fuel or oil systems to high pressure in the airplane, even if everything is rated properly. I say this because if a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 551
Posted By PilotjohnS
Roll Bar Brace

Maybe this is a topic for a new thread, but what can of "roll bar Hand Holds" do you use? Please feel free to start a new thread. I realize I am using the roll bar to get in and out during...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,637
Posted By PilotjohnS
Work

If i wanted to stress test my hoses i would bring them to work with me and have them listen to my boss for an hour. They still might leak, but at least i will have something to consul while flying.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-07-2021, 11:40 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 79,379
Posted By PilotjohnS
Instrument panel

Just an update: after 3 months the subpanel wiring is almost done. I need to add the instrument panel to wire the subpanel and instrument panel together. Only 3 missed pins during subpanel wire...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 386
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old school mod

I am not sure about the RV14, but on my RV9, I enlarged the tooling holes on the ribs inside the fuel tank to help with filling the tanks. Something to consider.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-05-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,493
Posted By PilotjohnS
There are certain military aircraft that frequent...

There are certain military aircraft that frequent that area. These aircraft cannot be told what to do by ATC, either military or civilian. All ATC can do is get civilians out of the way of these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 667
Posted By PilotjohnS
Maybe

Maybe flock of seagulls on the XM radio?
Forum: Propellers 04-04-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,448
Posted By PilotjohnS
Please please dont

Please dont use duct tape. I can see this going really bad. Somebody designed this with a proper fit in mind. It will be wise to figure out why it isnt fitting properly.
Forum: RV-14 04-04-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,731
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just because you can...

The use of mogas in a lycoming is already documented. What other advantage would it be to have an alternate engine manufacturer?

I would have liked Vans to have used the lycoming from the cessna...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,606
Posted By PilotjohnS
Unleaded

When we finally get to using unleaded fuel, I will consider a longer oil change interval. But with all the lead we are pumping through the oil nowadays, I think the present change interval is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-03-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,360
Posted By PilotjohnS
Only doing this once

I am planning to do my panel only once. So I chose accordingly. But tried to keep it simple. No VPX, but good systems that interfaces with the pilot (G3X, XM radio for the GIB, etc)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,977
Posted By PilotjohnS
Craziness

I am not worried about fellow pilots, but I am worried about the crazy neighbors who don't like airplanes or chem trails.

I think we need to start a petition to make the FAA database private, much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,977
Posted By PilotjohnS
Other question

So the other question is will the LLC shield ones personal information from prying eyes?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,124
Posted By PilotjohnS
How Much time?

So will this take more than 40 hours to complete?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 397
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ignition switch

Question: is there a reason for you ignition switch orientation? Seems the key is horizontal when off and vertical in normal flight.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,023
Posted By PilotjohnS
yup

Truer words were never spoken.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,625
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cool VAF Hat

Thanks for the pics / video of the Canyon. I will have to one up you and wear my VAF hat when it is my turn. :-)
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-30-2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 610
Posted By PilotjohnS
OK 0320 has about twice the horsepower, and 1/2...

OK 0320 has about twice the horsepower, and 1/2 the RPM. So this equates (ironically) to 1/4 the displacement for the Rotax. It all fits. Seems like horsepower per (displacement * RPM) is similar.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-30-2021, 09:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 975
Posted By PilotjohnS
Garmin Radio Comm / Nav

Garmin has the GNC 255 comm / Nav Radio . It almost gives one VOR capability for free; well at least no extra box needed. So I installed VOR capability. The only drawback is I no longer have a marker...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,023
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ground loop misinformation

Lets clarify what a ground loop really is. First it is not bad to have two ways for electrons to get back to a ground point; that is called redundancy. What a ground loop is that is bad, is when...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-29-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,010
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sorry to disagree

Sorry to disagree, but this appears to be caused by the aileron skin not being bent into shape fully prior to riveting to the structure/pipe.

When I built my flaps and aileron for my 9A (step sister...
Forum: RV-14 03-29-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,201
Posted By PilotjohnS
other accesories

Think about other accessories. Not sure about the -14, but some things I considered was firewall mounted oil cooler, oil filter 90 degree adapter on engine, B&C alternator on vac pad of engine, oil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,191
Posted By PilotjohnS
Deepnds

Depends if I am speaking to my dog or my mom.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-27-2021, 05:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 958
Posted By PilotjohnS
Extraction tool

I rarely have luck with the plastic-ended extraction tool. I buy the ones with metal ends. Saying that I found some mis-pins on my latest build and I just cut the wire, remove the pin and repinned...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-25-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,481
Posted By PilotjohnS
More basic question

So lets ask a basic question:
IS Vans coming out with a new model?
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 06:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By PilotjohnS
I thought I would order RV seats from a VAF...

I thought I would order RV seats from a VAF advertiser. I found out it was more than a few months of lead time. They were really busy.
Forum: Interiors 03-25-2021, 12:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 976
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vans foam

I bought the Vans seat foam a few weeks ago. It comes with the patterns for the fabric too. It was reasonably priced. But shipping was expensive; next time shipping will be slowest route so it is...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-24-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 806
Posted By PilotjohnS
TLC

Forgive me here for stepping into this....
Sounds to me the engine needs some TLC.
Maybe even have a fellow RV driver assess how abby-normal the engine is. Sometimes we live with things that aren't...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 09:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 346
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

Although you can use special contacts that have oversize barrels, I think it would be better to use thinner wires in multiple pins. The multiple pins for power and ground provide a more reliable...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,182
Posted By PilotjohnS
This topic comes at a good time. I am just about...

This topic comes at a good time. I am just about to wire in my dimmers. I will add 500 ohm, 1/4 watt resistors to the ground end of each 10K pot so that the lowest voltage would be about 0.6V

Edit:...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-21-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 6,130
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

These are nice connectors. I am using them throughout. Only my flap motor has a molex since it matches what came with the flap motor. After this thread, i am considering changing that one out.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 870
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

Glad to hear it is all better then new now.
I think the 34 ohms is reasonable. If you are curious, I would measure it again and change ohm reading scales. If the 34 ohms changes, than you are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 727
Posted By PilotjohnS
Starting from scratch i thought the gnx375 was...

Starting from scratch i thought the gnx375 was the best approach. 2 antennas, one box
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,222
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wow

Vlad, you are my true hero. You have done many incredible flights and now this.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-21-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
Posted By PilotjohnS
Follow Mahlon

I would follow Mahlonís advice. Thatís what I did. I feel honored he used my picture of the rear cover. For me, the cover came with the engine from Vanís.
I think they are readily available from...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-20-2021, 04:15 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 35,488
Posted By PilotjohnS
just me

I looked carefully at the spacing between the ball joints at the bottom of the stick. There seems to be enough space to run the wires out between the gap with no need for holes in the stick.

You all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,594
Posted By PilotjohnS
Call you Otto

I am going to call you "Otto".

your hand flying is amazing, almost as if you had a passenger name Otto riding along, or is it "George"?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-19-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,149
Posted By PilotjohnS
dig out of trash

Dig out of trash; attach pulley and electric motor; use for vacuum bagging fiberglass parts.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 03-19-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,233
Posted By PilotjohnS
is it me?

Is it just me, or is it really happening?
is everybody building now as something to do while locked inside?
Forum: Propellers 03-18-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 329
Posted By PilotjohnS
Options

I would like to hijack this thread and add to the question.

Can one use a longer prop spacer to make up for the lighter weight prop? It cant hurt to get the prop farther away from the cowl,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-18-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,149
Posted By PilotjohnS
Expensive cover

You know, B&C makes a $600 cover for that. It also puts out, like 20 amps, when the engine is above idle. If you go this route, you will not have to remove the studs.
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 03-18-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,857
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mini route vs vfr corridor

So the vfr corridor is available anytime. For the mini route right over the tower at 2500, I always had to coordinate with santa monica or hawthorne tower per the instructions on the TCA chart. I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-17-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 388
Posted By PilotjohnS
Not flying but....

I dont understand why people put the ground block on the engine side of the firewall, since most of the grounds come from the instruments. But for me....

I bought a fuse block that has a ground...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-16-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 621
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I installed the nut plates when i built the tail feathers. The fairing is not pre-drilled.

when you get to installing the fairing, it is simple to make temporary marks on the tail to indicate where...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-16-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 6,983
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pink Floyd

How can have any pudding if you dont eat your meat?
I am still waiting
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-15-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,112
Posted By PilotjohnS
Really

I would use the term lossely. Propr strike? Looks more like a movie prop.

But like all of us, it might just clean up nice.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,561
Posted By PilotjohnS
Really thinking about this

I am really thinking about moving my cooler to the firewall. I am following closely all these discussions. Please let us know what you all think.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By PilotjohnS
Oh pick me!

This is my problem, with the Super tracks mod on my slider, and the ELT antenna behind that, there is no place for the GPS on the rear turtle deck.

I was going to put them on the glare shield, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-14-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,919
Posted By PilotjohnS
Round the world?

I think you told us that more men landed on the moon than flew their homebuilt around the world. Maybe you will join the club?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-13-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 870
Posted By PilotjohnS
Molex

I would not be using molex connectors for can bus, or even rs232. I would rather see cannon D style or duetsch connectors. Basically any connector that uses a proper pin and socket contacts.

I am...
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