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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-07-2021, 01:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 983
Posted By DrillBit
Methinks so too. Indeed, water has the highest...

Methinks so too. Indeed, water has the highest surface tension of any room temperature liquid, except mercury.
Forum: California 09-07-2021, 12:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 974
Posted By DrillBit
Thanks for the comments everybody. Plan A is in...

Thanks for the comments everybody.

Plan A is in fact flying in the 'teens, but will be on flight following for sure. Also considered swinging out the the East, which works for Ramona or Gillespie,...
Forum: California 09-02-2021, 11:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 974
Posted By DrillBit
Up north to down south

The better half and I are planning to fly 8PK down to San Diego the week of 20 Sep...or later, depending on what the widespread scattered thundersmokers are doing by then. VFR-only pilot and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,063
Posted By DrillBit
Hertz puts you in the drivers seat

Anybody remember that commercial?

Man in a business suit. Maintains a seated position, smoothly falling from the sky, both arms out as if holding an invisible steering wheel...right into the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,335
Posted By DrillBit
At the risk of thread creep... (see what I did...

At the risk of thread creep... (see what I did there? :rolleyes:)

The, um, evidence of use on the left wheel pant is heartening to me. The construction manuals aren't kidding when they say finished...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 12:44 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,758
Posted By DrillBit
I’m enthusiastically with the CQ flavor of...

I’m enthusiastically with the CQ flavor of “other” too. :D:D:D
Forum: RV-15 08-19-2021, 12:58 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 7,546
Posted By DrillBit
I don’t recall Bob Hoover needing no steenkin’...

I don’t recall Bob Hoover needing no steenkin’ cup holder! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2021, 12:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 861
Posted By DrillBit
+1 for Calibri. My panel labels were...

+1 for Calibri. My panel labels were PowerPointed and ink jet printed on thinnest photo paper I could find. Cover with clear self-adhesive label stock, glue ‘em on. Won’t win any prizes but at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2021, 12:03 AM
Replies: 218
Views: 16,321
Posted By DrillBit
E-mail sent 7/18, signed LODA rcvd 7/28 from...

E-mail sent 7/18, signed LODA rcvd 7/28 from Fargo, not Oakland FSDO. Seems like some sort of load balancing amongst the local offices.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,739
Posted By DrillBit
Forty-one years ago to the day...went to the...

Forty-one years ago to the day...went to the Lexington, KY fireworks show with friends, met up with a girl I knew from high school...married her 4 years later...still together, despite me putting the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2021, 12:48 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,659
Posted By DrillBit
Also throttle, mixture, and CS prop cables, plus...

Also throttle, mixture, and CS prop cables, plus any miscellaneous Bowden cables…zzzzzzt! 😱
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-26-2021, 12:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,441
Posted By DrillBit
Here's a write up with pics of the torsion spring...

Here's a write up with pics of the torsion spring I fabricated for the AFP purge valve. Includes pics of the spring as installed on the valve.

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I didn't describe fabricating the spring: ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 11:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 691
Posted By DrillBit
Riveting the bottom wing skins, solo or with a...

Riveting the bottom wing skins, solo or with a partner, is surely The Test of how thoroughly the rib lightening holes were deburred. :D
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-24-2021, 11:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,441
Posted By DrillBit
I fabricated a torsion spring from music wire to...

I fabricated a torsion spring from music wire to keep the purge valve in the run position in the event the simple Bowden cable (:eek:) breaks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,597
Posted By DrillBit
Weight. Time. Money. I primed 6061 parts and...

Weight. Time. Money.

I primed 6061 parts and flying surfaces. Saved all three. 😁
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-03-2021, 01:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 450
Posted By DrillBit
Gotta ask...was the extra caster attached to the...

Gotta ask...was the extra caster attached to the inboard side of the vertical post put there for a reason?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 12:43 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,097
Posted By DrillBit
My flatbed tow truck driver took a leisurely roll...

My flatbed tow truck driver took a leisurely roll down Vineyard Ave., hung a left at Isabel, another left at Airway and Bob’s your uncle. Piece of 🍰.

My wife asked the driver if he’d ever had a job...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 11:14 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,987
Posted By DrillBit
I used electronic grade flux and solder to...

I used electronic grade flux and solder to laminate Cu bus bars out of thin Cu sheet considerably less than .063 thick. Don’t recall how thick...5 or 6 sheets in the stack when it was done.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2021, 10:10 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 10,629
Posted By DrillBit
Elementary! Obviously a flux capacitator...

Elementary! Obviously a flux capacitator controller for RV's. Future-proofed design too--I see up to RV24 on the board. :D

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Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2021, 01:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,932
Posted By DrillBit
Missing pictures restored in the attached pdf...

Missing pictures restored in the attached pdf (with reworked text to go with the pdf, page by page...). Click on the thumbnail at the bottom and the pdf should open or be downloaded or...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 12:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 850
Posted By DrillBit
Slider canopy clears GPS2020 puck

I put my Dynon GPS-2020 puck to the left of the slider track. The canopy's rear edge and frame easily clear it when opened. Clear view of the sky through the plexi in the open position, except for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 01:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,562
Posted By DrillBit
Time to put the big boy pants on...again.

Finally getting 'round to my second pair of wheel pants. My better half is relieved to know I'll have my pants on when I go flying.

(Why the second pair? The sorry tale is here...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,062
Posted By DrillBit
I have a hub on the subpanel and a hub on the...

I have a hub on the subpanel and a hub on the vertical member behind the center of the baggage bulkhead. The hub connects to the primary and secondary ADAHRS units, txpndr, and adsb units, the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-15-2021, 11:51 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,070
Posted By DrillBit
Used this method since I found out on my very...

Used this method since I found out on my very first nutplate install that the threads don't necessarily align with the clearance hole if one of the rivets gets squozen more than few mrad off plumb....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2020, 12:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 668
Posted By DrillBit
Apparently this is mentioned in the plans. Silly...

Apparently this is mentioned in the plans. Silly me. :o
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-25-2020, 12:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 668
Posted By DrillBit
Canopy (slider) skirt chafing fuse skin

I don't recall reading about the slider's rear skirt fretting the fuselage skin in the plans or on the VAF fora. Did I miss an instruction/recommendation to apply anti-chafe tape beneath the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 938
Posted By DrillBit
You probably know this already, but just in case:...

You probably know this already, but just in case: Maybe Basic Med is another option? Can be PIC of almost any EAB aircraft.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2020, 11:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,961
Posted By DrillBit
First pax!

With 41.9 hours on the Hobbs, it was a beautiful day to go flying with No. 2 son, my go-to bucking partner. He posted this pic on something called "Insta-gram". Is that part of the electric...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2020, 11:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,747
Posted By DrillBit
The three legs in the OP's three posted EFIS pics...

The three legs in the OP's three posted EFIS pics works out to 151.7 KTAS, fairly close to the screens' reported TAS.
Forum: California 10-27-2020, 12:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,951
Posted By DrillBit
Web site for dive shop in Pleasanton:...

Web site for dive shop in Pleasanton: https://diventrips.com/

Filled my 14.7 cu ft O2 bottle for 75 cents per cu ft. Needed this CGA-870 to CGA-540 adapter from Mountain High Aviation Oxygen...
Forum: Safety 09-14-2020, 11:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,423
Posted By DrillBit
Heartfelt thanks!

Folks:

Thank you! Thank you all for your supportive words and constructive advice. I really do appreciate it. Means a lot.

There seem to be a lot of “Can’t find a -9/9A to buy, not even for...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,423
Posted By DrillBit
The Damage...repairs in progress Once N748PK was...

The Damage...repairs in progress

Once N748PK was back in the hangar I removed all gear fairings, main and nose. No damage at all to the nose gear or its fairings. The main gear legs, their...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,423
Posted By DrillBit
Neglect not thy rudder... (Part 3)

Complacency, surplus of. Why were potential consequences so far from conscious thought? I’d done plenty of short field take-offs during primary training. No big deal when the “short” field was...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 06:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,423
Posted By DrillBit
Neglect not they rudder... (Part 2)

The Why

Had the incident turned out worse, the NTSB probable cause would undoubtedly cite the pilot’s failure to apply right rudder and maintain directional control during a full power short field...
Forum: Safety 09-12-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,423
Posted By DrillBit
Unhappy Neglect not thy rudder... (Part 1)

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Neglect not thy rudder on take-off for lo the Laws of Physics shall smite thee full sore.

A week ago, Sunday, I let my RV-9A make an unintended left exit from runway...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 11:36 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,027
Posted By DrillBit
Exactly what I do for a -9A slider. I find these...

Exactly what I do for a -9A slider. I find these torx button heads are the bees knees: https://www.mcmaster.com/93701A408
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2020, 01:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,400
Posted By DrillBit
Orbital plane is not coincident with the...

Orbital plane is not coincident with the equatorial plane. If it were, the ISS would trace a straight line along the ground coincident with the equator. With the tilt, a sinusoidal path is traced...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2020, 11:50 PM
Replies: 1,914
Views: 590,163
Posted By DrillBit
Longest thread?

So, apropos of nothing, is this thread the longest in the VAF universe?
Forum: California 07-05-2020, 01:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,047
Posted By DrillBit
Regarding cylinder test dates...N748PK got a...

Regarding cylinder test dates...N748PK got a Mountain High system with a brand new aluminum 14.6 Cu ft bottle for Christmas last year, so I?m righteous with respect to the regs for the next 4.5 yrs. ...
Forum: California 07-05-2020, 01:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,047
Posted By DrillBit
I appreciate all the replies, guys. ...

I appreciate all the replies, guys. Thanks!

Turns out there?d a dive shop (Dive?N?Trips) < 5 min from my house in P-town that fills O2 bottles for 75 cents per cu ft. Unfortunately, they don?t...
Forum: California 07-01-2020, 02:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,047
Posted By DrillBit
O2 fill near KLVK?

Local Airgas stores don?t have the equipment to transfill an aviator?s O2 bottle. Neither does Five Rivers, the main FBO on the field. Anyone know where folks go to get altitude juice?
Forum: Safety 05-02-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,412
Posted By DrillBit
At least he didn't have to change his pants, like...

At least he didn't have to change his pants, like a human pilot....:rolleyes:
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-25-2020, 12:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,352
Posted By DrillBit
Another tip for near zero gas loss when changing...

Another tip for near zero gas loss when changing the drain on a less than empty tank: put a short rubber tune over the vent line sticking out the bottom of the fuselage and pinch off the other end...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,583
Posted By DrillBit
So THAT's why I got the template bass-akwards on...

So THAT's why I got the template bass-akwards on my own bird! I took the "free ride" at the Mothership, and I didn't notice the the replacement "eyebrow" in the landing light cutout at the time.

It...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2020, 12:28 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,427
Posted By DrillBit
Denatured alcohol is ethyl alcohol with about 5%...

Denatured alcohol is ethyl alcohol with about 5% (?) methyl alcohol added that makes it unsuitable for the cocktail hour.

No reason why a half pint of 195 proof pure grain wouldn?t work just as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-23-2020, 11:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,427
Posted By DrillBit
Isopropyl alcohol. AKA rubbing alcohol....

Isopropyl alcohol.

AKA rubbing alcohol.

Denatured alcohol (in the paint thinner section of Lowe?s aviation dept.) probably works too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2019, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
Posted By DrillBit
Water softeners use an ion exchange resin that...

Water softeners use an ion exchange resin that starts out chock full of sodium ions, loosely bound to immobile negative charges on the backbone of the resin. As hard water percolates through,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-12-2019, 09:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,159
Posted By DrillBit
Thanks everybody for sharing your experiences. ...

Thanks everybody for sharing your experiences. Aeroleds is living up to their reputation--they reached out to me with a PM and I'll be getting an RMA for repair or replace shortly. I'll let the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-10-2019, 11:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,159
Posted By DrillBit
Angry Misbehaving Aeroleds Pulsar NS--any similar experiences

I have a malfunctioning Aeroleds Pulsar NS nav/strobe and wonder if anyone in the VAF world has seen like symptoms. I bought the lights 1.03 warranty lifetimes ago, but first flight didn?t happen...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-22-2019, 11:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,399
Posted By DrillBit
Goodness! I thought this was a family forum!😜

Goodness! I thought this was a family forum!😜
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2019, 12:28 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 58,784
Posted By DrillBit
Absolutely...it takes an old children like me to...

Absolutely...it takes an old children like me to build aero-panes. 😜

Hope you hang in there working thru the stages of building grief. The time I carefully checked the z-bracket orientation on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 12:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,352
Posted By DrillBit
I dunno, Vlad. The secret to having as much fun...

I dunno, Vlad. The secret to having as much fun as you with 666BK isn't letting her fly naked? :eek::D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 12:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By DrillBit
The inboard elevator counterweights where a shade...

The inboard elevator counterweights where a shade too thick. Clearance to the horizontal stab was deemed too close for comfort. Had to cut into the fiberglass tips to get to nuts on the outboard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 12:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By DrillBit
It was intentional. Barry (EAA Chapter 663...

It was intentional. Barry (EAA Chapter 663 Flight Advisor and my additional pilot) prefers crow hops before going up to altitude. The recent EAA flight test book discourages crow hops unless the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 12:19 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By DrillBit
2 Jun 2019...it says in the OP's fuzzy...

2 Jun 2019...it says in the OP's fuzzy lo-resolution pic :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 12:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By DrillBit
Bigger picture?

Sorry for the lo-res in OP. Link is to http://www.mykitlog.com/khaller/, where uploaded pictures are ruthlessly downsampled.

Can try this, but Google Drive files are notoriously hard to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 11:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By DrillBit
Yes, "wheels up" was lift off. The AP...

Yes, "wheels up" was lift off. The AP (additional pilot) was flying and he apparently thought it would take a bit more that 65 kias to lift off.

He was also starting to wonder if it would ever...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 12:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,352
Posted By DrillBit
Mandatory grin shot

http://www.kitlog.com/photos/project_641/full/FP14072019A0002Y.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 12:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,352
Posted By DrillBit
Talking N748PK first flight

Yup, it finally happened:

http://www.kitlog.com/photos/project_641/full/FP14072019A0002X.jpg

The photographic evidence isn't the highest quality, I'm afraid. Couldn't find a good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-15-2019, 12:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,794
Posted By DrillBit
Wink Not quite 30 seconds over Livermore

Well, this happened:

http://www.kitlog.com/photos/project_641/full/FP14072019A0002Z.jpg

More has happened since...film at 11.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2019, 01:32 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,078
Posted By DrillBit
Ya' know, the third square wheel should really be...

Ya' know, the third square wheel should really be in the back...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-07-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,314
Posted By DrillBit
Ironflight is bereft of commentary re Kitplanes...

Ironflight is bereft of commentary re Kitplanes E-i-C's editorials, mayhaps?:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,674
Posted By DrillBit
Existence theorem: at least one DAR is OK with EAA FTM

The relevant passage from my program letter:

Initial flights will determine engine reliability and flight control characteristics, and generally follow the EAA Flight Test Manual, Ver. 1.0, as well...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2019, 11:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,433
Posted By DrillBit
748PK is a bodacious RV-9A aero-plane

:D

OK builders, it?s true. Do something on the project every day (in my case, days per thing is the practical unit of measurement) and eventually you really can?t think of anything else that needs...
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