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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-18-2021, 10:35 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 148
Posted By mattsrv7
Cleveland 10-30 Master Cylinders

Selling 2 rebuilt Cleveland 10-30 brake master cylinders

I purchased these to use on a -7 project that has since been sold.

They have been rebuilt with Cleveland seal kits and new springs. Aircraft...
Forum: ADS-B 09-12-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 389
Posted By mattsrv7
I've been using Avare on a phone for years...

I've been using Avare on a phone for years combined with a Stratux unit. I have a guitar phone mount that holds the phone so I can glance at it and it certainly helps me know where to look for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-17-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 522
Posted By mattsrv7
I think you want the return at the forward end of...

I think you want the return at the forward end of the sump. A quick email to Rob at Raven Aircraft would be a good idea as he's seen most installations already.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-13-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,327
Posted By mattsrv7
I've been looking at what it takes to do the job...

I've been looking at what it takes to do the job down the road if it starts to fall in any way. I'm not looking forward to it, but it doesn't look impossible either.

There are some tools I've...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-17-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,007
Posted By mattsrv7
+1 for the wicking Loctite 290. Easiest option...

+1 for the wicking Loctite 290. Easiest option to try first.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 10-08-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 653
Views: 275,978
Posted By mattsrv7
If only the next RV could be a full size hole,...

If only the next RV could be a full size hole, pre-punched, and pre-dimpled RV-4 redo.

The perfect seating position, check cowls, rod gear, tip over canopy, awesome visibility over the nose, light...
Forum: Safety 10-06-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 20
Poll: Slosh poll
Views: 9,308
Posted By mattsrv7
I have a -4 completed in 1989 that used the...

I have a -4 completed in 1989 that used the sealant painted on in a thin layer after prepping properly. The fellow who did it also worked building commercial aircraft and he indicated he used the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-29-2020, 11:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,623
Posted By mattsrv7
If it is properly inspected it should be fine. I...

If it is properly inspected it should be fine. I bought one airplane that had an engine that had had a prop strike before a complete overhaul. I never had an issue with it. It was priced in up...
Forum: Interiors 09-16-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,528
Posted By mattsrv7
I have Crow Camlock harnesses in my -4 and I love...

I have Crow Camlock harnesses in my -4 and I love i them. I debated it and I'm really glad I went with the cam locks. The only regret is I didn't change to them earlier. I think it is worth the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-27-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,317
Posted By mattsrv7
Cool If you want to fly, buy a flying RV. If you want...

If you want to fly, buy a flying RV.

If you want to build, any reasonable calendar time to build will take a pretty dedicated effort. Building is fun and learning the skills to do it is a great...
Forum: RV-4 08-24-2020, 10:32 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 10,378
Posted By mattsrv7
Try the transition training and see how you...

Try the transition training and see how you feel.

If you get pretty comfortable with the -7 and feel like you can stay ahead of it; the -4, solo, will be easier. Time isn't what really matters in a...
Forum: RV-4 08-18-2020, 10:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,362
Posted By mattsrv7
Have you looked at the cover carefully? My -4...

Have you looked at the cover carefully? My -4 allows you unscrew the cover and radio stack and slide it to the side without having to unhook any wires. The gives you enough space to access the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-13-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,110
Posted By mattsrv7
Getting the WD-409 tailwheel spring weldment...

Getting the WD-409 tailwheel spring weldment attached will be most of the work. I think you'll have to pull the aft bulkhead to get it in, assuming it isn't already there.

The main gear should be...
Forum: RV-4 07-19-2020, 08:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,551
Posted By mattsrv7
If you look at bike mounts on eBay or Amazon...

If you look at bike mounts on eBay or Amazon there are hundreds of options.

As long as they will mount to the diameter tube, you should be good.

Not the exact model I have, as mine is 6 years...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2020, 08:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,334
Posted By mattsrv7
Vans products are the triathletes of the...

Vans products are the triathletes of the homebuilt world. There are plenty of options to go faster, land shorter, or do better acro. There aren't many options that do all three as well.
Forum: RV-4 07-11-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,145
Posted By mattsrv7
I have a pretty stock 150 HP -4 with a wooden...

I have a pretty stock 150 HP -4 with a wooden prop. Mine is a Props Inc. I'm maybe 40 lb lighter on the empty weight.

I generally get pretty close to the numbers Vans claims. Generally they are at...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-07-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,530
Posted By mattsrv7
Aileron roll: pull nose up, neutralize pitch...

Aileron roll: pull nose up, neutralize pitch input, aileron only and nose drops, close to 1G through rolling

Slow roll (IAC competition name): flight path constant, -1G inverted with constant...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-06-2020, 10:54 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,530
Posted By mattsrv7
You can roll just about any airplane. You could...

You can roll just about any airplane.

You could even put a -9 in phase 1, test each manuver you want to do, and then sign it off to do aerobatics just as readily as any other experimental to make it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-04-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,335
Posted By mattsrv7
What distance from the centerline of the panel...

What distance from the centerline of the panel did you use to save room for the center stack?
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-04-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,335
Posted By mattsrv7
Thanks! That helps a lot.

Thanks! That helps a lot.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-04-2020, 03:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,335
Posted By mattsrv7
RV-7 Tip-up 10" EFIS Photos?

Do folks have any photos of how they modified the F-745 panel rib in an RV-7 (or -6) tip-up to accommodate a 10" EFIS that's mounted in front of the pilot?

I searched and found a few threads...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-18-2020, 11:50 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 9,825
Posted By mattsrv7
Are you sure you have the right material for the...

Are you sure you have the right material for the seat back brace in your photo above?

That radiused sheet metal looks quite a bit thinner than the angle stock on mine unless you radiused the rear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2020, 12:31 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,879
Posted By mattsrv7
To the original question. You need the signoff...

To the original question. You need the signoff for the aerobatics in phase I. You'll need to put the plane back in Phase I and go through each manuver you want to do. The point is to test the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-03-2020, 12:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,655
Posted By mattsrv7
Double or single roll? Assuming an average drag...

Double or single roll?

Assuming an average drag coefficient for a cylinder and a rectangular shape due to tumbling is around .8, you have a weight of 8 ounces, 5000' MSL altitude, and a frontal area...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-29-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,783
Posted By mattsrv7
Not that hard. You may also want to consider...

Not that hard. You may also want to consider replacing the cylinder oil return line hoses while you are doing it. The access is a little better with the intake tubes off.

I did both last week.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-26-2020, 10:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,434
Posted By mattsrv7
It may be a good idea to get the FAA data CD on...

It may be a good idea to get the FAA data CD on the aircraft to see what paperwork is there.

Generally a good practice. Takes 1-2 weeks to get. I've found liens that hadn't been cleared, changed N...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-23-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,367
Posted By mattsrv7
Avare with Stratux ADS-B in on either my Android...

Avare with Stratux ADS-B in on either my Android phone or Samsung Galaxy Tab S2.

Phone works so well on a simple mount with USB power, I rarely use the tablet. Saves a little room in my -4 and is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-21-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,368
Posted By mattsrv7
As someone who was considering an AV-30, I'm...

As someone who was considering an AV-30, I'm following this thread with great interest.

Please let folks know how it is resolved.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-09-2020, 07:34 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,195
Posted By mattsrv7
I've snapped my -4 both level and at the top of...

I've snapped my -4 both level and at the top of loops for an avalanche.

Here's a video of my first -4 acro flight a couple of years ago. No inverted systems and a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2020, 12:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,523
Posted By mattsrv7
I have an RV-4 that had a tail light. It now has...

I have an RV-4 that had a tail light. It now has the tail beacon. I have the original non-swivel tailwheel and there's enough clearance that avoiding the antenna isn't much of a concern with the tow...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-22-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 20,964
Posted By mattsrv7
There are options out there and may be part of...

There are options out there and may be part of the reason Vans hasn't jumped into that part of the homebuilt market.The Bearhawk is a pretty decent high wing Cessna 170/180 size airplane as is the...
Forum: RV-4 10-02-2019, 10:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,339
Posted By mattsrv7
I have the Tailbeacon on my -4. A tiny bit of...

I have the Tailbeacon on my -4. A tiny bit of extra care is needed to avoid it with the tow bar but it is only slightly bigger than the tail light it replaced. I have the old style tailwheel.

It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-26-2019, 07:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 733
Posted By mattsrv7
There are not many different parts in the...

There are not many different parts in the fuselage kit. I did exactly the same thing.

If you look at the plans you can figure out the parts pretty quickly.

Here are the main items:
Gussets where...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2019, 06:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,057
Posted By mattsrv7
Thanks for all the feedback. I tried the hammered...

Thanks for all the feedback. I tried the hammered finish but ended up going with the Annodized Bronze. The semi-gloss looks good and seems pretty easy to apply.
Forum: ADS-B 09-02-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,882
Posted By mattsrv7
I finally got around to requesting an FAA ADS-B...

I finally got around to requesting an FAA ADS-B performance report and it showed it was good, no issues in the report. That's with the default settings and a Narco AT-150 transponder.

I bought the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,057
Posted By mattsrv7
I gave the Rust-Oleum Hammered Grey (7214830)...

I gave the Rust-Oleum Hammered Grey (7214830) finish a try and like the result for the first parts.

The second can I bought yielded a much darker color. Is this common with the rattle cans or do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 07:07 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,057
Posted By mattsrv7
Thanks, any photos of interiors with the hammered...

Thanks, any photos of interiors with the hammered finish?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2019, 05:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,057
Posted By mattsrv7
Rattle Can Interior Paint Photos?

Do folks have any good photos of what completed interiors look like with rattle can paint and what color/brand was used?

I tried the Rust-Oleum Smoke Grey a few folks said they used and it seemed a...
Forum: RV-4 08-04-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,677
Posted By mattsrv7
Check the date on the weight and balance....

Check the date on the weight and balance. Consider weighing it and checking the CG if it had been a while.
Forum: RV-4 08-01-2019, 08:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,075
Posted By mattsrv7
Thanks for the feedback. I just got back from a...

Thanks for the feedback. I just got back from a quick after work flight in the -4.
Forum: RV-4 07-31-2019, 10:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,075
Posted By mattsrv7
Question RV-4 vs. -7

Here's an opinion question for folks that have a bit of time flying both the -4 and -7 primarily for acro.

I have a flying 150 hp fixed pitch RV-4 with manual flaps and trim. I really like the...
Forum: ADS-B 07-27-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,882
Posted By mattsrv7
I requested a report but have not yet received it.

I requested a report but have not yet received it.
Forum: ADS-B 07-27-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,882
Posted By mattsrv7
Uavionix Tailbeacon EXP

I haven't seen many posts on the Tailbeacon. I bought the experimental version directly from Uavionix.

The process couldn't have been simpler.
Unscrew the old tail position light. Cut wires. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,302
Posted By mattsrv7
The Van's tech support email has an automated...

The Van's tech support email has an automated message they are out of the office due to Sun 'n Fun.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2019, 09:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,302
Posted By mattsrv7
Wing Center Section Interchangeability?

Does anyone know when the RV-7 center sections (year or serial #) and main wing spars became interchangeable (i.e. you don't need a matched set)?

I have QB fuselage and thought I saw a letter in the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-03-2019, 10:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,097
Posted By mattsrv7
I checked with Vans support and they indicated it...

I checked with Vans support and they indicated it is fine to substitute the flush head rivets in those spots on the tip-up. A little extra work, but no strength concern.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-28-2018, 11:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,097
Posted By mattsrv7
Flush Rivets on F-757 to longeron

I'm working though the mid-section of my -7 tip-up fuselage and I'm wondering if it would be okay to use AN426 (flush) rivets in the last three holes connecting the F-757 (doubler plate with the slot...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-19-2018, 06:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,216
Posted By mattsrv7
Thanks for the replies and info, I'm looking into...

Thanks for the replies and info, I'm looking into the options.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-18-2018, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,216
Posted By mattsrv7
Kit Lycoming Clone engines?

If I recall correctly, both Superior and ECI used to offer kit engines that could be purchased at a reasonable discount versus a new assembled engine.

Are there any places out there that still offer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-07-2018, 10:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,454
Posted By mattsrv7
Either one is a really nice airplane. Go look at...

Either one is a really nice airplane. Go look at both.

I fly a -4 and I'm building a -7. The tip up canopy and visibility on the -7, seating, and baggage volume for bigger items are what tipped the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-21-2018, 08:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,747
Posted By mattsrv7
My prior airplane to the -4 was a Steen Skybolt...

My prior airplane to the -4 was a Steen Skybolt and I have a little time in Pitts S2A/B.

The -4 probably rolls a little quicker than the Skybolt did and I like it. I don't have inverted systems and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2018, 11:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,747
Posted By mattsrv7
If you can find the carbon tips I'm interested to...

If you can find the carbon tips I'm interested to see how they look.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-18-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,747
Posted By mattsrv7
Thanks, that helps.

Thanks, that helps.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-17-2018, 11:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,747
Posted By mattsrv7
RV-7 Roll Rate vs Tip Style?

I've tried to search but haven't had any luck on this question.

Has anyone flown the same -7 with the -415 wing tips and the -715 style tips doing aerobatics?

I'm curious if there is any noticable...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2018, 07:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,984
Posted By mattsrv7
When will the latches be available again? The...

When will the latches be available again? The website lists them as out of stock.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2018, 12:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,618
Posted By mattsrv7
Some things you could check. Is the ball...

Some things you could check.
Is the ball perfectly in the center and you are sure there is no yaw? Roll due to yaw (basically diherdral effect/Clbeta)can be greater than you might expect.
Are the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2018, 12:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,427
Posted By mattsrv7
It's all about tolerances. They must be tighter...

It's all about tolerances. They must be tighter for the whole stackup of parts to use full size determinate assembly(DA) like the RV-14 does.

It may be possible to re-engineer an existing product to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2018, 08:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,379
Posted By mattsrv7
Missing or Incomplete Logs - Phase I Entry Question

I have a general question about how to deal with the Phase I logbook entry for an experimental amateur built, if the logbooks have been lost or are incomplete. I searched the forum and I couldn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2018, 01:12 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,921
Posted By mattsrv7
I'm intending to install a second lap belt in my...

I'm intending to install a second lap belt in my -7 and will be very interested to see what you end up doing for the attach point.

Please post what you come up with.

I had a second belt and have...
Forum: RV-4 03-20-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,582
Posted By mattsrv7
Higher pressures can cause gear leg shimmy. The...

Higher pressures can cause gear leg shimmy.

The builder I bought my -4 from said run 25 psi.

I tried 35 psi once, the difference was remarkable. I quickly went back to 25.

Some experimentation...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2018, 11:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 790
Posted By mattsrv7
I installed one in my -4 in place of a voltmeter....

I installed one in my -4 in place of a voltmeter. Super easy installation and works great. The case is threaded. It takes minutes to screw in an existing 2 1\4 instrument hole.

I really like all...
Forum: RV-4 02-10-2018, 10:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,786
Posted By mattsrv7
https://youtu.be/bYtCxTVg8qM

https://youtu.be/bYtCxTVg8qM
Forum: RV-4 12-27-2017, 12:14 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 22,438
Posted By mattsrv7
Putting a plane back into Phase I often requires...

Putting a plane back into Phase I often requires a letter to the local FSDO and a new test area along with a written response from the FAA (or DAR). Your operating limitations will specify what's...
Forum: RV-4 10-07-2017, 12:04 PM
Replies: 339
Views: 418,945
Posted By mattsrv7
After 20+ years of looking and building a -7 tail...

After 20+ years of looking and building a -7 tail almost 15 years ago I'm finally an RV-4 owner by adoption.

I flew this very nice -4 home from Chino to Seattle. I had one short local flight to...
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