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Forum: RV-10 04-07-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,665
Posted By AlpineYoda
If you have USB or 12V jacks, there are some...

If you have USB or 12V jacks, there are some cheap heated seat covers or seat pads out there (Sharper Image, car parts stores, et al) that plug in and don't require wiring inside the seats. Plus,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,531
Posted By AlpineYoda
I saw an episode of Top Gear / Grand Tour where...

I saw an episode of Top Gear / Grand Tour where one of the hosts said that the fuel injection system in a modern Ford Focus has more computational power than the entirety of NASA during the Saturn V...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-31-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 526
Posted By AlpineYoda
Didn't Anne just retire?

Didn't Anne just retire?
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,237
Posted By AlpineYoda
Just saw your last - yes, the stall warning...

Just saw your last - yes, the stall warning system comes with the wing. Includes the vane, the switch behind the vane, wires, and the alarm you mount in your panel.

I'm still building, so I don't...
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,237
Posted By AlpineYoda
Zip tips are nicely finished fiberglass with...

Zip tips are nicely finished fiberglass with terrific lights. They are a great all-in-one solution that provides all the lights you need in a single, aerodynamic place without any additional work. ...
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,237
Posted By AlpineYoda
Speaking from experience, zip tips take a lot of...

Speaking from experience, zip tips take a lot of work and there is no common installation procedure. Some people use nutplates and screws, some piano hinge. Lots of work cutting to size and...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By AlpineYoda
I may be unclear regarding what part you are...

I may be unclear regarding what part you are actually talking about. For the hundreds of rivets along the stringers and longerons and ribs that connect the skin to the entire tailcone, I back...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By AlpineYoda
I had a bit of an unfair advantage on the rivets...

I had a bit of an unfair advantage on the rivets along the curve where the tail and fuselage come together. Since I am putting in a BRS parachute, I have a hole in the right side fuselage that is...
Forum: RV-10 03-25-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 335
Posted By AlpineYoda
If you are talking about the bottom tail rivets...

If you are talking about the bottom tail rivets in general, I backriveted all of them, laying the tail on a hard surface with a back rivet bucking bar under it. I used slices of plywood to position...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 512
Posted By AlpineYoda
That's more than a little misalignment and...

That's more than a little misalignment and doesn't look anything like the normal differences and tolerances that get swept up by match drilling. Either you received the wrong parts, the parts were...
Forum: RV-10 03-18-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By AlpineYoda
I don't know the part numbers offhand, but Van's...

I don't know the part numbers offhand, but Van's is good about working with rough descriptions for parts. And the top and bottom RV-10 front cowls are pretty easy for them to figure out.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-18-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,724
Posted By AlpineYoda
I just realized that this was posted on St...

I just realized that this was posted on St Patrick's Day. Driving home from the hangar late last night, I got stuck behind someone who appeared to have trouble keeping his car driving straight. I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-18-2021, 01:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,141
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm still waiting on my panel, so I have no...

I'm still waiting on my panel, so I have no experience with G3Xs.

But I have a ton of experience with G1000 screens in certified planes. I know the G1000 has a menu for dimmers and is controlled...
Forum: RV-10 03-18-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 692
Posted By AlpineYoda
The stock cowls don't weigh all that much. Maybe...

The stock cowls don't weigh all that much. Maybe 5 pounds for the top. Less than 10 for the bottom. Showplanes could be lighter, but not by much. The Van's cowls are honeycomb, too, so there...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-18-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,232
Posted By AlpineYoda
Do Mutt Muffs actually work? Do the dogs...

Do Mutt Muffs actually work? Do the dogs tolerate them? I have never flown with my lab, but I can see the need coming someday. I don't want to break his ears with the noise, but something tells me...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-18-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,403
Posted By AlpineYoda
Absolutely. I will note that the people you...

Absolutely. I will note that the people you currently have are terrific. While waiting for my spot in the queue to come to the top, I've received all my antennas, servos, etc and one of your people...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 228
Views: 93,849
Posted By AlpineYoda
Any parameters to that question? Looking for a...

Any parameters to that question? Looking for a second plane in the same cost range as the first? Or is this fantasy time?

I'm building an RV-10 to serve as a family hauler and weekend getaway...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-17-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,403
Posted By AlpineYoda
Or.... if they hired enough employees, they would...

Or.... if they hired enough employees, they would generate more revenues.

Backlog at SteinAir for custom drop-in panels is running 10-12 months. A few more hands on deck could translate that into...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 388
Posted By AlpineYoda
Match drilling widens the hole on the 3/32...

Match drilling widens the hole on the 3/32 drilled part to fit the already drilled #40 hole that was factory drilled to match size. I recommend therefore drilling from the #40 to start and then into...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,386
Posted By AlpineYoda
Let's assume 2000 hours for a standard build (and...

Let's assume 2000 hours for a standard build (and many people on this site would argue it really is 3000 or 4000 hours, but Van's says 2000).

Assume 1500 hours for a QB (again, reports dispute...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2021, 11:57 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,403
Posted By AlpineYoda
My inspiration to build our RV-10 is a vehicle to...

My inspiration to build our RV-10 is a vehicle to get to the mountains and avoid the increasingly bad traffic here in Colorado, so I have given this a bit of thought already. Our usual load only has...
Forum: RV-10 03-04-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By AlpineYoda
Thanks for the confirmation. Another site for...

Thanks for the confirmation. Another site for RV-10 builders had some agreement that this is a pretty common issue, too.


I found that the gap between the hinges was 1.46 inches, while the plate...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By AlpineYoda
Upper cowl retention plate

Has anyone else had an issue with the RV-10 upper cowl retention plate (for the upper cowl hinge pins) spacing? The part is about 1 3/4 inches wide, yet the spacing between the hinges in the cowls...
Forum: RV-10 02-25-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,274
Posted By AlpineYoda
How much time do you want to spend on it? Do you...

How much time do you want to spend on it? Do you want to build for 2000 hours? Build for 500-1000 hours? Or fly tomorrow?

How much do you want this to be your plane from the first rivet to the...
Forum: RV-14 02-24-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,351
Posted By AlpineYoda
11 months and counting, still waiting on QB RV-10...

11 months and counting, still waiting on QB RV-10 ailerons.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 08:05 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,321
Posted By AlpineYoda
I must be old fashioned when it comes to these...

I must be old fashioned when it comes to these things. In my house, I have installed internet connected thermostats, sprinklers, sound system, security systems, cameras, solar power generators, etc....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,342
Posted By AlpineYoda
The above advice to upsize until you fill the...

The above advice to upsize until you fill the mistake is what I would generally do, assuming you arenít going up to a #6 size or something that you cannot flatten.

If you go with the flatten dimple,...
Forum: Reviews 02-19-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 910
Posted By AlpineYoda
I've said it before, and I will say it again. ...

I've said it before, and I will say it again. They make great stuff!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,744
Posted By AlpineYoda
What do you mean, thin? I saw a documentary once...

What do you mean, thin? I saw a documentary once about Matt Damon's trip to Mars, and how he almost got killed in a windstorm strong enough to tip an entire spacecraft. The air looked pretty thick...
Forum: RV-4 02-19-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 515
Posted By AlpineYoda
Slightly different engine for me than the RV-4,...

Slightly different engine for me than the RV-4, but a recent email I received from Lycoming regarding the IO-540 stated that Lycoming recommends 25 foot-pounds.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 755
Posted By AlpineYoda
I don't know much about international shipping,...

I don't know much about international shipping, so I can't help you out directly. I suggest you call Van's and see who they use. If Van's ships to Italy, then their shipper is familiar with plane...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-14-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,365
Posted By AlpineYoda
I put in a pump to refill the ILS fluid...

I put in a pump to refill the ILS fluid reservoir, with a switch on the panel. Really clean design.

As for servicing - the ability to fix it when my lousy coax crimping skills fail me?
Forum: RV-10 02-12-2021, 02:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By AlpineYoda
I bought all my brake and FF lines from Tom. I...

I bought all my brake and FF lines from Tom. I sent him many emails with questions about the products and about installation once received. He answered every email promptly and helpfully. Even...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-11-2021, 10:23 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,314
Posted By AlpineYoda
Is that actually correct? That is surprising to...

Is that actually correct? That is surprising to hear. I have a 5KWh rooftop system installed on my house that went active in April 2009. To date, the system has generated 63.7 mWh of energy. ...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-11-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,314
Posted By AlpineYoda
According to the Tesla website, the battery pack...

According to the Tesla website, the battery pack in the 85 kWh version of their cars weighs 1200 pounds.

The OP in this thread cited a 200 hp / 150 kWh engine as the goal.

That 1200 pound battery...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,365
Posted By AlpineYoda
You raise a good point. The benefits of VS...

You raise a good point. The benefits of VS installation would be ease of servicing, single coax line, ease of installation. That would be it. I agree, buried inside would be easier, cleaner, and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-11-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,365
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm building an RV-10, not a -7. Just posted my...

I'm building an RV-10, not a -7. Just posted my question here since it seemed to be on topic.

If I was worried about poking out an eye from an RV-10 vertical stabilizer, I wouldn't need to build...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-10-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,365
Posted By AlpineYoda
Probably a dumb question - but does it matter if...

Probably a dumb question - but does it matter if the whiskers point forward for backward? I have a comant CI-215 which I plan to install at the top of the vertical stabilizer, under the fairing,...
Forum: RV-10 02-10-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By AlpineYoda
I think Tom merged TS Flightlines with Aircraft...

I think Tom merged TS Flightlines with Aircraft Specialty. Hence my earlier post.

I've purchased all my brakelines and all my FF lines from Tom, and AS was the operating business, not...
Forum: RV-10 02-10-2021, 11:54 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,055
Posted By AlpineYoda
Tom is a common poster on this forum. Aircraft...

Tom is a common poster on this forum. Aircraft Specialty is the company.

http://www.aircraftspecialty.com/kitplanehoses/hoses.html
Forum: Midwest 02-09-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 412
Posted By AlpineYoda
I did all my training at McAir aviation at Rocky...

I did all my training at McAir aviation at Rocky Mountain Metro (KBJC). I recently did a BFR through them. They did the ground portion via Zoom, reducing the risks a little. You probably would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,008
Posted By AlpineYoda
When I did my own QA on my QB tanks, I ran a...

When I did my own QA on my QB tanks, I ran a snake camera through both tanks, looking for gaps in the sealant, missing tubing, objects, etc. I can't say that I'm 100% sure they are okay, but taking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,025
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm in a quasi-industrial space, with a heated...

I'm in a quasi-industrial space, with a heated hangar. I often work in shorts, even in January in Colorado, for comfort. But today, Tom, just for you, I will wear a hawaiian shirt, too, while I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,633
Posted By AlpineYoda
Having a month by month plan for your first build...

Having a month by month plan for your first build is impossible. You won't have any idea about how long stuff will take as you start to learn, what mistakes you will have to undo / redo, what...
Forum: RV-10 01-29-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,354
Posted By AlpineYoda
I placed an order with IFLYRV10 on Jan 4. My...

I placed an order with IFLYRV10 on Jan 4. My credit card was charged and I received a message on Jan 5 that my items were ready for shipment.

It is now Jan 29 and the USPS tracking number still...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-29-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,862
Posted By AlpineYoda
Come on! Don't state the obvious!!!!

Come on! Don't state the obvious!!!!
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-28-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,862
Posted By AlpineYoda
Magnesium also has a relatively low burning...

Magnesium also has a relatively low burning point. I have a magnesium strip in my ditch bag and on my survival knife. You can light it with a spark.

Personally, I decided to replace the aluminum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,025
Posted By AlpineYoda
A number of people have said to contact AOPA. ...

A number of people have said to contact AOPA. I'm sure their legal services are a great advocate.

I would also recommend contacting a local chapter of EAA, if one exists in HI. While AOPA can help...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,105
Posted By AlpineYoda
Haven't flown mine yet, but I went with the 2...

Haven't flown mine yet, but I went with the 2 blade Hartzell. I really really really really really wanted to have a three bladed prop. It looks sooooo cool.

But, after talking to about 12 experts,...
Forum: RV-10 01-22-2021, 05:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 849
Posted By AlpineYoda
I completely missed this step that I should have...

I completely missed this step that I should have done on my QB fuselage. Iím looking at it right now and I have the full, uncut flange. My baggage door closes just fine. No problem at all with the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-22-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 738
Posted By AlpineYoda
For places where there are several runs together,...

For places where there are several runs together, like in the fuselage side panels, I also added labels mid-way in access panels. If I ever need to pull a wire out, it will be nice to know which one...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-20-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,358
Posted By AlpineYoda
The official tables are a great resource. ...

The official tables are a great resource. Probably the most technically accurate guidance out there.

But, for another point of reference, page 5-4 of the Garmin G3X manual says the following for...
Forum: RV-10 01-19-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,469
Posted By AlpineYoda
A BRS parachute system nicely shifts that CG...

A BRS parachute system nicely shifts that CG back. Plus it uses up some baggage space to nicely constrain how much excess stuff your passengers make you carry.

Two big benefits.
Forum: Painting your RV 01-15-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,680
Posted By AlpineYoda
Maybe it is time for one of the "mod" suppliers,...

Maybe it is time for one of the "mod" suppliers, like Aerosport Products, to offer a retractable gear modification kit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,316
Posted By AlpineYoda
Thanks for pointing this out. The language...

Thanks for pointing this out. The language really didn't make any sense to me. I'm making some modifications to my RV-10, including a BRS parachute system. As an example, installing just that...
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,152
Posted By AlpineYoda
Cable for autopilot servo? Pitot heat and stall...

Cable for autopilot servo?

Pitot heat and stall on left wing?
Forum: Painting your RV 01-14-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,680
Posted By AlpineYoda
Would painting the struts sky blue work? Not...

Would painting the struts sky blue work? Not sure what you would do about the wheels. Seems like those are a far bigger part of the visual impact than the struts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,159
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm guessing it was drilled out and bits of rivet...

I'm guessing it was drilled out and bits of rivet remain in the holes.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-14-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,592
Posted By AlpineYoda
What are people's experiences with vertical power...

What are people's experiences with vertical power and similar devices?

Replacing all the circuit breakers with a single point of failure seems like a design flaw to me, but maybe I'm missing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,316
Posted By AlpineYoda
The only thing you really need to do at this...

The only thing you really need to do at this stage is document what you are doing to make it clear you are doing the work. Take photos and keep them in a file, keep a notebook or diary, keep a blog....
Forum: Painting your RV 01-13-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,231
Posted By AlpineYoda
I've visited this plane in person - it is...

I've visited this plane in person - it is gorgeous. These photos don't do it justice. Jason did a terrific job.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,728
Posted By AlpineYoda
I hung my IO-540 this past weekend. The only...

I hung my IO-540 this past weekend. The only advice I have for you is to ask for, and get, lots of help. I thought I knew what I was in for, and I might have been able to hang it with the help of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-12-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 916
Posted By AlpineYoda
My hangar has a forklift. I placed an old pallet...

My hangar has a forklift. I placed an old pallet under the baggage door / RV-10 rear step and I covered the pallet in cardboard and styrofoam blocks to protect the metal skin. I picked up the whole...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,365
Posted By AlpineYoda
No wires through the firewall yet. I've been...

No wires through the firewall yet. I've been running a bunch of light, pitot heat, stall, etc wires from where they are need to the panel area. I have a piece of scrap plywood across the nose,...
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