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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 12:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 360
Posted By fixnflyguy
Traceability is the key

You will likely get varying responses to this post, and I wont claim to be an expert, though I am a 42yr APIA and spent plenty of time in the logbook. Its meant to keep track of the obvious and not...
Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 05:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,209
Posted By fixnflyguy
I like this one too

A friend and well known RV guy on here..Pat Hatch, had this type on his. I have been flying mine for 11 years and still haven't built my latch, but this will likely be the one I install. This latch...
Forum: RV-4 02-26-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 626
Posted By fixnflyguy
Lots of threads on this already

There are several threads on this same question, but here is my usual response from experience. I have a -4 I built and love it..95% of my flying is 2 up (wife loves to fly). I am 6'1", 200ish, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 379
Posted By fixnflyguy
Careful

There are other recent threads on this..the primer system works great. Pumping the throttle works great..EXCEPT, that is shooting fuel straight up from the carb, and a failed start can lead to...
Forum: RV-4 02-25-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,386
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fun!

Normal fun!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,963
Posted By fixnflyguy
Have you been in any RV?

Welcome to the wide world of RV's (the flying kind)! Have you flown in, or looked at any of the types? What are you currently flying? The build process is SIMILAR no matter what you build, so the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-23-2021, 07:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 614
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check this..

My fiberglass fairings over stiffeners on my -4 migrated downward for no apparent reason, and after re-setting them a few times I discovered the AFT upper corner of the fairing (where the hinge runs)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another thing..

I have 1/8" silicon rubber (red high temp) foam sheet used in big jet high temperature areas subject to fire, with a .020" titanium overlay in my footwells for heat and vibration protection, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 574
Posted By fixnflyguy
Titanium

I work in the big jet world, and firewalls are titanium or inconel, mostly titanium. The Titanium is lighter. I almost made my -4 forward belly skin from it, but didn't feel the need..a fire that bad...
Forum: RV-4 02-16-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 397
Posted By fixnflyguy
Spar flange likely

It looks like a wave caused by the spar flange not being even. It would likely take drilling the skin loose and trying to adjust the spar flange. The skin is thin and will follow the spar flange. May...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 319
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did on my RV-4

I did mine pretty much as the electric trim kit sketch dictated. The MAC servo is mounted to the skin access plate and all goes in together. Easy and effective. I had already cut the elevator skin...
Forum: Tools 02-15-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 713
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Carl did

I did the same as Carl many times, but less elegant..I just coiled a 50 foot airhose in a cut in half 55 gallon plastic drum, then through separator, and one final measure of the little plastic...
Forum: Northeast 02-15-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,758
Posted By fixnflyguy
Id love to go there with my -4

Nice pics! My mother-in-law just moved from there to Fla, too cold! Id love to go land on the ice some time..my -4 is "all white" like your beautiful bird is.We go by call sign "Casper".
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2021, 05:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 898
Posted By fixnflyguy
Through the fiberglass bottom fairing

I have electric elevator and aileron trim, both wire bundles just have flexible sheathing over them and pass through simple grommets . If I were doing rudder trim, I'd run mine down through the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-14-2021, 04:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

My first flight included break in, as I had just built the engine as well as the plane. Because RVs are so well documented, I had all confidence the aircraft would be just fine, and any trim issues...
Forum: RV-4 02-12-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bulb seal I used

Unfortunately, my bulb seal material is something I liberated from a dayjob discarded surplus (Heavy jet maintenance) years ago in my airline days. I have no part numbers for it, but its a...
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 389
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I have no seal on mine, but a simple "bumper seal "at the very aft end. Air normally flows out there and I have never heard any pax saying air comes in. Most RV-4's differ greatly in that area, as...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not sure, but I have two on my plane

So, I will watch this post closely, as I depend on the very reliable little square pumps more than most. I run two of them on my carbureted O320H2AD, one as "full time" fuel pump, the other as...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,523
Posted By fixnflyguy
Paint first

I built my -4 and painted everything before flight. I'm not a pro painter, but good enough ,so I did my own.I washed the all the parts using soap/water and scotchbrite for mechanical etch. I alodined...
Forum: RV-4 02-10-2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 6,914
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I meant to take a picture of mine yesterday when I went flying but forgot. Its very simple, made mine from .050" sheet. It has a downward flange that attaches to the seat back bulkhead and the flange...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-09-2021, 05:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 392
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get a suicide CSK

Everyone should have a "suicide" CSK in their toolbox. Its just a non piloted 100 degree 6 flute countersink you chuck in a drill. I use mine ALOT. just go slowly and touch countersink until the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-08-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 741
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check this out ..maybe what your looking for .

Maybe this is what your looking for my friend.. https://www.rv8-hangar.com/gear-bolt-mod/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 05:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 364
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

I have found its easiest to get the PM individual to email you and share pictures that way.
Forum: Primers 02-05-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Posted By fixnflyguy
No 2024 extrusion on the -4

-4 has zero 2024 extrusion, its all 6061 for the extruded raw stock supplied in the kit. I cant speak for other kits, but suspect VANs didn't change much in his material choices. The spar strips for...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,814
Posted By fixnflyguy
Similar to Dans

Mine is similar to Dans, but made from .063" aluminum. Singe pushbutton Hartwell latch I liberated from some big jet left overs. No great pictures on hand..in this shot its unlatched. Painted the...
Forum: Primers 02-04-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 926
Posted By fixnflyguy
Prime it all..

Alclad is just a non-structural layer of pure aluminum (very corrosion resistant), and great for unpainted skins, ect. There are no Alclad extrusions unless they are roll-form extrusions like a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,190
Posted By fixnflyguy
My Avlab experiences

At my day job, I use Avlab for the big jets. Our company probably does 30 samples per month on the average. I receive all my results via their website , and recently we had some "missed" returns,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-03-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 809
Posted By fixnflyguy
H2AD Bracket

I have an H2AD on my -4,but I don't remember who I bought it from. It has a link to the starter also that I believe I fabricated.
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,062
Posted By fixnflyguy
My thoughts..

I flew my first flight (RV-4), and never gave any other option a thought. What I have seen through years of reading posts and witnessing first flights, is that no two people have the same feeling...
Forum: Polishing your RV 02-01-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 970
Posted By fixnflyguy
They look nice, but..

Id love to have a polished plane..it would be the Hughes Racer, and I would have a team that keeps it polished up, it would seldom come out of the hangar, but it would be nice when it did. Then I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,947
Posted By fixnflyguy
I did..

I did, in fact, we started dating when I was finishing and final assembly. She was there for first flight, then was first passenger at 40.1 hrs. A year later, we got married in it at 5280 feet over...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By fixnflyguy
Thread drift sort of..footwells

The foot well mod on an RV takes one afternoon of simple fab. I built these (and a new floor section) for my buddy who's -4 didn't have footwells. The important part is making sure they don't...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-29-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 932
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Same as Steve..used a model aircraft trailing edge piece (I had some laying around from R/C projects) Mine was about 1/4 thick and 1 1/2 wide stock. I put a guestimate wedge on with double sided tape...
Forum: Tools 01-28-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

I run the 3" scotchbrite on a mandrel cut down to 1" diameter, and 2" wheel on a mandrel cut down to the metal locking collet. This way the disk can be edge run into nooks and crannies as well as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-27-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Posted By fixnflyguy
Soldered primer line end

Bob, I used the soldered primer line end and soldered them on to my tubing with high temp solder. I think I bought them from Spruce years ago.They mate up with the threaded in nozzle installed on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-27-2021, 07:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 831
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

You may have already seen/dislike/or maybe not..I didnt use any flange for my 3/4, and used the black corrugated tube, "screwed" into a 3/4ish diameter hole, then RTV bead sealed. Clean and simple....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-27-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple structural facts..

For laymen's term explanation ,here it goes. The MAJORITY of fasteners in an RV (or any plane) are loaded in "shear". The strength of the joint is the ability to carry load into the members through...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-26-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 611
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I have that set-up on my -4. For me, I used all copper tubing "old school", and ran lines to 3 cylinders (4th has a MP fitting). I ran a line from the gascolator top fitting over to the primer...
Forum: Acts of Charity (using your RV) 01-25-2021, 06:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,954
Posted By fixnflyguy
A different spin..

My dog wasn't crazy about flying...unless he was POC. Unfortunately, he went to Doggie Heaven a couple years ago.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 05:28 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,459
Posted By fixnflyguy
It can be done in your plane

A local friend of ours just purchased a flying 6A and is getting his PPL in it. He had a few hours in a 172, but did his solo recently in his 6A and is well on his way to having his PPL. In your...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-19-2021, 05:55 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,770
Posted By fixnflyguy
My thoughts..

Glad to see someone interested in becoming an A&P, but here are a few observations I have made after 42 years in the industry. I got my A&P at 19, went straight to the airlines for 25 years, then I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-19-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 961
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I have the Ray Allen grip that has additional momentary buttons I used for flaps(one controls down, the other up). I also have aileron and elevator trim, so mine is a little different. I used the...
Forum: RV-4 01-18-2021, 05:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,088
Posted By fixnflyguy
Several choices

There are elegant, and there are adequate. First, decide why you really need them. There is little room to work with, and the more complex set requires some under floor mods. The simple set screws to...
Forum: RV-4 01-16-2021, 05:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,413
Posted By fixnflyguy
Aluminum tubing

I used thin wall aluminum tubing behind the tank. I supported it with Adel clamps and flared the ends. Besides the wires to the lights, I pulled a wax thread to use in the event I need to pull...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 603
Posted By fixnflyguy
Depends

Screws with "all thread" typical of wheelpants and access panels are not load carrying, so after the first thread is through, the rest is just extra . if it is in a load carrying application with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 11:37 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,515
Posted By fixnflyguy
Too many variables

While nearly every certified airframe is built to a spec, and pretty much identical, our RV' are not. keep in mind also, an experimental is not required to be weighed on an accurately calibrated...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,730
Posted By fixnflyguy
You can tap it, but it wont be locking then. I...

You can tap it, but it wont be locking then. I have tapped them and put fastener in with locktite. Be sure they are correct starting hole size for the tap. I'm pretty sure they are rolled threads...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 07:59 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,730
Posted By fixnflyguy
Seen it often!

Good catch, I have seen many over the years..usually found way after install, and in a &^%$ location to replace.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-14-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,301
Posted By fixnflyguy
Desoto Proseal..I accept no substitute.

In my observations, I haven't seen the goo breakdown with Desoto Proseal(unless improperly mixed)..I have never messed with Chemseal, Flamemaster or other variants, and I am not "bashing them",...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-14-2021, 05:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 5,301
Posted By fixnflyguy
My day job and Proseal observations

I'm not a rep for Proseal, but I have been around it almost daily for over 40 years..In the big plane world it is the mainstay of wet wings, and pressurized fuselages. Currently, I currently manage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,781
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fishing rod tube

I have seen a great fishing rod tube I plan to put in my -4 that was simply a 6" or so hole cut in the baggage bulkhead with a lightweight nylon sock similar to a skinny windsock attached to it and...
Forum: RV-4 01-13-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 393,440
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mines all white..

A lot of the images from early posts were deleted by the shutdown of picture hosting sites. Just do a web search of RV-4 images and you can scroll all day. Id send you pictures of mine, but it 100%...
Forum: RV-4 01-13-2021, 06:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 522
Posted By fixnflyguy
Plain old Nylock is fine

The bolts are all loaded in shear, so the Nylocks are fine, and the standard size washers are fine. One word of caution though..some kits (mine included), come with oversize bolts at some locations...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 10,039
Posted By fixnflyguy
Big Man-O-meter

We use one at my day job for the KC10 Extender (355,000 Lbs. of fuel) Its over 10 feet tall..Big One!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-07-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 788
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

I'm not sure how the long bolts are through the Dynafocals and the engine stand since they are at different angles, BUT, I have seen that type scoring from someone who is mounting their engine and...
Forum: Safety 01-07-2021, 06:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,177
Posted By fixnflyguy
Great Post!

2 things here that are also my pet peeves.. Glued on foam (moisture and fire) and non primed inner skin surfaces. Seen this all too many times, and in the airliner maintenance business, even the OEMs...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-06-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By fixnflyguy
A little more.

Even in 43.13 antenna doubler installation, the doubler extends to the adjacent stringers/structure. For the record, at my day job of 42 years, I'm a structural specialist for heavy jet aircraft and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-06-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By fixnflyguy
A few things.

The 43.13 is a basic guideline of approved data and it will seldom give you exactly what your looking for..its more of a "cook book of recipes". For us A&P's, it is great for repairs and some mods....
Forum: RV-10 01-05-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,820
Posted By fixnflyguy
Adjust the flutes.

If the skin is drilled off, you may be able to squeeze the inboard rib flutes a bit flatter and flute the outboard rib more, slowly and methodically. I haven't built a -10, but my -4 elevator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 624
Posted By fixnflyguy
Here is one of my old posts for reduced head screws I used

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I have used the Boeing...
Forum: RV-4 01-04-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 650
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ever in Winston-Salem area?

I am located about 10 miles south of Winston-Salem at 8A7,Twin Lakes airport. I built my -4 and have a pretty good build photo album as well as "marked up" plans from when I built. I would be glad to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-04-2021, 05:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 667
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

What I did on my -4. I used the MAC grip with Aileron and Elevator trim buttons, and Flap up and down buttons. The trigger button is for radio key, and for smoke, I installed a button on my throttle...
Forum: RV-4 12-31-2020, 09:20 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,215
Posted By fixnflyguy
VANS number assigned to plans I believe.

It is my understanding, the number is assigned to the actual plans, as " early day" RV enthusiasts could ultimately build one from scratch, but only one aircraft could be built from a set of plans. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,372
Posted By fixnflyguy
They are unique for sure, but no longer used. The...

They are unique for sure, but no longer used. The explosive charge has been tied to corrosion issues, but back in those days testing was not as much focus as simplicity/function was most important....
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