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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,068
Posted By RV7Guy
Heck ya!!

Looking forward to being one of the sponsors again and seeing everyone!! Just over 5 months away. Can't wait.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,246
Posted By RV7Guy
JD Air New Product

After many requests for a RED light weight tailwheel, we have one!! The same great light weight tail wheel now in bright red anodizing.

I will have these available next...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,370
Posted By RV7Guy
On the flip side

My plane is wrapping up paint now. Here's a picture of the tail numbers and the front deck. The finish is unbelievable. It looks wet....
Forum: Painting your RV 01-29-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,370
Posted By RV7Guy
???

I own a Tesla and it is very nicely painted.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,796
Posted By RV7Guy
An answer

A direct answer to your question is that you can park the car directly west of HBC. I believe that is the Orange lot. The HBC is usually the last few rows of the overall homebuilt area. Having a car...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-08-2021, 08:25 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,638
Posted By RV7Guy
A few things

I understand your thoughts but keep in mind this isn't a 737. You are only a couple of feet from passenger screen. The other side is easily reached and seen.

I like symmetry. I'd go with another...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-04-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 930
Posted By RV7Guy
Looks like corners cut

Not sure what was going on. You won't have a problem with ours or Flyboys. www.jdair.com
Forum: Fiberglass 12-29-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,017
Posted By RV7Guy
Easy

Take one of the heavy black plastic trash bags and cut into appropriate sized pieces for the piece you are working with. Say, an inch or two all the way around the piece of glass or carbon.

Wet out...
Forum: Propellers 12-18-2020, 07:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,452
Posted By RV7Guy
Composite is fine

On my first 7 I had a parallel valve 360 with Whirlwind RV200 composite prop. It was no problem at all. You will still be well within CG range. The back side of the CG range makes the elevator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 409
Posted By RV7Guy
Langair

Check with Langair. I know they just match drilled a new spring to one of my tailwheel assemblies for a guy with a 4.
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-14-2020, 10:18 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,607
Posted By RV7Guy
Interesting

I have a Tesla Model 3. (FYI, that's as Green as I get. I'm a Ford guy. I got it for my 106 mi RT drive for work). The car absolutely hauls A$$. But it is just loping along at highway speeds. Battery...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,368
Posted By RV7Guy
I can help

Hi Damien,

I'm up at Stellar Air Park in Chandler. I can help with those. I'm experienced with glass work and the Aveo product.

My email is jdairparts@gmail.com
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-08-2020, 04:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,061
Posted By RV7Guy
Overlooked

I'm going to do a Youtube video on tailwheel maintenance soon.

The tailwheel is the most overlooked component on our planes yet takes one of the greatest beatings of anything. I highly recommend...
Forum: RV-14 12-03-2020, 10:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By RV7Guy
Got them

I've got a set of templates and detailed instructions for the 14 but haven't uploaded them yet. Send me an email and I can send to you.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-02-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,836
Posted By RV7Guy
A couple of thoughts

Just to chime in with a couple of thoughts. Like others have said, remove the map box to save the space for future upgrades.

Remove the USB jacks and put them in the lower right area with covers....
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,050
Posted By RV7Guy
Modified

Hi Glenn,

I guess I didn't answer your emails with the info you needed. The latch was modified TO LUKE'S EXACT SPECIFICATIONS. So, I believe it will work with Classic Aero's modified side panels...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,660
Posted By RV7Guy
Great News!!

Kelsey is a wonderful person. Van's wins for sure as do all the customers.

I want a rematch....Inside story!!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,089
Posted By RV7Guy
Because it works

We are not talking about much in the scheme of an RV. I used less than a pint of Evercoat 416 on my 7. The bulk of which was sanded off. For fine fill, sanding and time you can't beat 416. It is hard...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,933
Posted By RV7Guy
PP

On my new 7 with IO390 and EarthX battery, PP alternator, I had a problem with the Alt Field. One start it would come on and the battery would charge. The next start it wouldn't. I spoke with Alan at...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-17-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,490
Posted By RV7Guy
Fiberglast

They have high temp epoxy and Sorec for the strength material in the plenum. A gallon will be more than enough. This epoxy will be good for all other glass work on the plane. Good company, good...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,089
Posted By RV7Guy
Evercoat

Contrary to post 2 on this, it is perfectly fine to use a filler such as Evercoat Rage or if a very thin layer is needed, Evercoat 416. The key is making sure it is a catalyzed filler and the surface...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-08-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,859
Posted By RV7Guy
Under your legs

I have one mounted on the front fuel line cover right under your legs. Perfect spot. Super accessible and out of the way. I mounted one on each side.

The DAR loved the idea there were two and they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,271
Posted By RV7Guy
It should

Width is exactly the same as the Van's stock fork. Mine however does have a different angle to provide more ground clearance.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,181
Posted By RV7Guy
Definitely

When I riveted on the aluminum plates for the Skybolts, I had a layer of West Systems and micro balloons on the aluminum against the cowl. Then clecoed in place. The rivets were squeezed with the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,077
Posted By RV7Guy
Occasionally

On the hottest days stair step climbs were necessary. Fully loaded with baggage and fuel. Not too often but it happened.

The 390 when cleared to cruise altitude can handle it. The new 7 has a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-21-2020, 03:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,878
Posted By RV7Guy
Backing strip

Use a backing strip and when you apply the piece also bond with epoxy and micro balloons. This will help lock the rivets down and minimize the chances of the rivets wearing the glass.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,077
Posted By RV7Guy
390

I put a Thunderbolt 390 with Barrett work done to it in my new 7. Stock cowl, no prop extension. Whirlwind RV74 prop. Custom made plenum. It is tight but works great

I wanted the extra weight due to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,862
Posted By RV7Guy
ELED's

Here's what I used. My hangar is 1800 sq ft. Lighting is definitely a place to NOT go cheap.

I'm kicking myself for not doing this years ago....
Forum: Painting your RV 10-16-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,311
Posted By RV7Guy
6% per year

The guy painting my 7, says he has documented a 6% increase annually on PPG products. That would be about the numbers you listed.
Forum: Fiberglass 10-15-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,908
Posted By RV7Guy
Lots of ways

Dan's approach is close to what I have done. The only difference is I'll mix in both flox and micro balloons. You will still get the solid fill needed but sanding will be a little easier. Once it is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2020, 09:27 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,200
Posted By RV7Guy
What I was told!!

The entire emphasis was that something repaired by Garmin is going to be more than Dynon/AFS, GRT etc. The fact that the 750 is certified has no bearing because Garmin has a flat fee arrangement with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-14-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,200
Posted By RV7Guy
Some Thoughts

I've flown behind most of the modern glass. There seems to be a trend of "get the biggest screens you can get." Keep in mind that, other than the 10, you are going to be approximately 18" from the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2020, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,908
Posted By RV7Guy
Sealed unit

Shameless plug for my JD Air Parts, dual bearing yoke assembly. This will work with any of the aftermarket forks. Our fork lifts the tail an additional inch, providing better over the nose visibility...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2020, 10:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,800
Posted By RV7Guy
Rigging

Many of the key points have been discussed. Not much you can do on the initial mounting of the stabilizer and vertical fin. Where you want to get accurate is getting your wing incidence and lead/lag...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-17-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,232
Posted By RV7Guy
Where from?

Just curious where the plane were from? High DA is not a big deal with most RV's!!
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-15-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,580
Posted By RV7Guy
Sub panel cuts

I opened up the complete sub panel then added a doubler. The area is much stronger but is now open. My thought was to make everything accessible by removal of the screens. Worked really well.

Send...
Forum: RV-10 09-06-2020, 03:10 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,759
Posted By RV7Guy
Plenum

I made a plenum for my 390 powered 7. Molded it off the top cowl, then carved foam for the inlets. Lots of glass and carbon.

I spent tons of time making the fixed baffle pieces for as perfect of...
Forum: Reviews 09-04-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,757
Posted By RV7Guy
The best!!!

Without question some of the best customer service in the business. We are blessed to have companies like Advanced Flight and the Hickman Team.

Love my 5500T's!!
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-02-2020, 03:12 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,662
Posted By RV7Guy
Works great

I've got 60 hours on mine now. Yes it is more money but the install and wiring is very simple. Very clean look.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-25-2020, 10:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,274
Posted By RV7Guy
Another way

I used a Dremel with stone that I ground to the proper countersink. Not that critical with the method I'm going to describe.

1) Get the countersink done so the washer fits flush.
2) Scuff the...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 08-25-2020, 10:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,060
Posted By RV7Guy
Gateway or Chandler

Both have their own concerns. Gateway right now is also an extremely busy Fire Base. Otherwise not tough to get in an out of. Chandler can be a fur ball with all the training activity.

Just do your...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,685
Posted By RV7Guy
Fairly easy

Hey Everyone,

Thanks for the experiences on installing our latch. As most have found, it is not that big of deal. Heck, you've built the entire plane:D:D

The good news is I will be working with a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,811
Posted By RV7Guy
Bummer

This was going to be our first opportunity to attend. I fully understand and we will be awaiting 2021.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-16-2020, 10:06 AM
Replies: 652
Views: 237,033
Posted By RV7Guy
Late to the discussion

I've read most of the thread. There is a common theme echoed by many. 1) Customer loyalty 2) Van's watches the market 3) Constantly improving the product.

With those thoughts in mind, how many RV...
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,232
Posted By RV7Guy
Nice

Now the RV14 builders have the ultimate combination for their planes.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,702
Posted By RV7Guy
Mine works

I talked to Thomas a few months ago. I believe they are still around. My system works great on a new RV7 with IO390.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,310
Posted By RV7Guy
Sorry for the news

Hi Pierre,

Like others, you were one of the first frequent posters her on VAF when I got involved in the RV world almost 20 years ago.

It is something we always dread, the potential loss of a...
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2020, 11:13 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,232
Posted By RV7Guy
email

Email me and I'll send you pictures. Send email to jdairparts@gmail.com. Also you can look on the website and see pictures of the current latch. There is only one minor difference.

Posting...
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,232
Posted By RV7Guy
JD Air RV14 latch

For all of you RV14 builders with intentions of using the Classic Aero interior, the new JD Air canopy latch is ready for immediate shipping. I have them in both Red anodized and natural aluminum....
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2020, 10:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,050
Posted By RV7Guy
No difference

Mark,

As I mentioned in our private emails, there is NO mechanical difference in the latches from 2008 to now. None. The only difference for the 14 is the one rivet that isn't there in the other...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,544
Posted By RV7Guy
N717AZ Flies

After a too long of period my new RV7 took flight this morning for a short shakedown flight. The 7 is equipped with a Lycoming/Barrett 220hp IO390 and Whirlwind RV74 prop.

Avionics include AFS dual...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-16-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,061
Posted By RV7Guy
Fiberglast

Check our Fiberglast. They have a hi temp epoxy. I used it with their product called Soric as structure. (sort of like a honeycomb material). Used both Carbon and glass.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,573
Posted By RV7Guy
14

Having built 2-7's, I wish I had waited for the 14. A few reasons, 1) the build would be remarkably faster. There are guys turning QBS in a year. 2) More room. This can't be over stated. 3) Plug and...
Forum: Reviews 05-14-2020, 03:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,508
Posted By RV7Guy
Clarification

Just a point of clarification. The current latch will work on all models of RV's including the RV14. The ONLY difference is it will not be 100% compatible with the Classic Aero interior. When the new...
Forum: Reviews 05-14-2020, 03:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,508
Posted By RV7Guy
It will

Hi Bill,

It will. It is ONLY related to the 14 and Classic aero interior. I haven't updated the site yet until I have them in hand.
Forum: Reviews 05-13-2020, 10:30 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,508
Posted By RV7Guy
RV14 Latch

Hi Guys,

I will have the new latches available in the next two weeks, in both red and natural aluminum. All aspects of the latch are the same as the previous versions with the addition of the mod...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,430
Posted By RV7Guy
Update

The new latch has been designed, a 3D model printed and reviewed by Luke at Classic Aero.

The new latches for the 14 are in production now and will be available soon. I'll have both Red anodized...
Forum: Safety 04-14-2020, 11:18 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,522
Posted By RV7Guy
Suggested Maintenance

Hi Everyone,

First, thanks Dan for the kind words on my JD Air tailwheel assembly. A lot of thought and testing went into the development. Still, without proper maintenance they can all fail.

I...
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2020, 06:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,430
Posted By RV7Guy
JD Air Latch

Hi Guys,

Luke and I have been talking and we have came to a resolution. I will be modifying the JD Air Parts latch to accommodate the Classic Aero interior. And he will be making a side panel to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2020, 09:24 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 459
Posted By RV7Guy
Pitot/Static check Phx

My new 7 is about done and I need a pitot static check. I'm at Stellar in Chandler, AZ (Phx suburb). Any recommendations?
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 02-20-2020, 03:07 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 18,650
Posted By RV7Guy
So Sorr

So sorry Allan. There really are no words........
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,152
Posted By RV7Guy
Wiring

Options. I'm using the VPX Pro which has the wig wag option built it. So, I just used the power, ground and sync functions and will program the wig wag with the VPX.

For those that have the new...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2019, 12:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,152
Posted By RV7Guy
That's it

Both the taxi and landing serve as wigwag when wired together. For small GA aircraft I've never understood the need for separate landing and taxi lights. You just can't get enough light in the air or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2019, 09:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,152
Posted By RV7Guy
Look good

I'd be curious as to how they line up with your aileron trailing edge. Also, keep in mind that all the hardware is metric. The large screw threaded into the white nylon fitting is an up and down...
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