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Forum: Texas (South) Today, 02:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By N546RV
Well, the ceiling came up, but the winds were a...

Well, the ceiling came up, but the winds were a bit stiff. No fly-ins this time, but with some drivers, we still made at least a small dent in my mountain of pulled pork.

Good to see Phil, Bjorn,...
Forum: Texas (South) Yesterday, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By N546RV
Everything seems good here runway-wise. For the...

Everything seems good here runway-wise. For the most part it's just been light rain the past few days, with the exception of about 15 minutes just now. Ground is still very firm, which is about what...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-14-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By N546RV
Keeping a close eye on the weather over here. So...

Keeping a close eye on the weather over here. So far it's looking optimistic for the rain on Saturday, the real question is how wet it'll get between now and then. I'll post an update on the runway...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-09-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By N546RV
OK, let's make this official. Come out to my...

OK, let's make this official. Come out to my place on the 17th at 11:30-ish for some pulled pork and airplane talk. I'll have some tables and chairs out, but if you can bring your own chairs it'd...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-05-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 396
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch for April 2021

So...if we stick with the usual third-Saturday guideline, that'll put our next lunch on April 17. That, in turn, happens to overlap with Sun n Fun. I'm curious who is and is not planning to head over...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 318
Posted By N546RV
How short is "way too short?" If you have any -10...

How short is "way too short?" If you have any -10 rivets on hand, how are those in terms of length - just right, or too long?

There's a pertinent bit in the RV-8 construction manual (section 5.4 on...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-25-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 599
Posted By N546RV
As others have stated, I didn't install the stall...

As others have stated, I didn't install the stall vane since I planned from the start to use an AoA system. I filled the two leading edge holes with NAS1097 rivets and sanded until they disappeared,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-24-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 665
Posted By N546RV
To expound on the previous post, working with...

To expound on the previous post, working with X-plane repaints is a good way to tinker with paint schemes and get a better preview of them than the three-view drawings provide. There's a bit of a...
Forum: ADS-B 03-22-2021, 08:07 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,527
Posted By N546RV
It's worth noting, however, that this is an...

It's worth noting, however, that this is an incomplete solution. Technically, getting your tail # on the block list only affects flight-tracking sites that make use of the FAA-provided position data,...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-20-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By N546RV
Decent turnout this time. Good to see some new...

Decent turnout this time. Good to see some new faces with Hank, Dennis, and Ben.

Hopefully everybody can pencil in next month at Sport Flyers on 4-17, and then I figure we'll see about giving LBX a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-20-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 630
Posted By N546RV
The procedure for installing the rudder cables is...

The procedure for installing the rudder cables is outlined in the construction manual. On my set of electronic plans it's page 8-60. On the off chance the manual has been revised and your page...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-19-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By N546RV
Hi Dick - this is KDWH, up on the NW side of...

Hi Dick - this is KDWH, up on the NW side of Houston. Restaurant is the Aviator's Grill, which is inside the Gill Aviation FBO building. That's the "north terminal" on the airport diagram...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-15-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By N546RV
Maybe next month - I'm planning on hosting at my...

Maybe next month - I'm planning on hosting at my place again.

Also been thinking about trying out the Runway Cafe at LBX as an alternate destination. It's a much more laid-back airport and the food...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-15-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 739
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly(?) lunch (March 2021)

OK...it's been a few months, but we made it through the deep freeze and TX is opening back up...I think it's high time we got this going again. Who's up for burgers at Hooks this Saturday?...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-18-2021, 06:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,597
Posted By N546RV
There's no preexisting hole for passing the...

There's no preexisting hole for passing the wiring into the fuselage, or if there is I'm way too dumb to identify it. I'm not flying yet but my wing conduit (1/2" PEX tubing) will protrude into the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,153
Posted By N546RV
Best I can do right now. Dude seemed really...

Best I can do right now. Dude seemed really interested in climbing into the canoe with me. Unfortunately he passed a few years ago, so that backseat ride will never...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-08-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,126
Posted By N546RV
+1 on this. I'm extremely interested in buying or...

+1 on this. I'm extremely interested in buying or fabricating clips like that when the time comes to final-install my gear legs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2021, 10:43 PM
Replies: 137
Views: 34,452
Posted By N546RV
In case this wasn't a joke...those dudes...

In case this wasn't a joke...those dudes obviously agreed:

https://i.redd.it/xypd8il6ieq21.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,941
Posted By N546RV
Working on the long-delayed lower forward fuse...

Working on the long-delayed lower forward fuse riveting, so I can feel confident to start building and pulling wiring harnesses. This, of course, means revisiting my contortionist abilities while...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 410
Posted By N546RV
Dimpling/countersinking a hole and then...

Dimpling/countersinking a hole and then installing a non-flush rivet seems like pretty poor practice to me, regardless of whether or not it's structurally critical. Hopefully anyone considering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 544
Posted By N546RV
Kit shipping delays from the Mothership

Figured this would be of interest to everyone, and I don't see that there's been an official announcement here. I got this email this evening from the crew regarding my finish kit, which originally...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-13-2020, 12:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 639
Posted By N546RV
Yup, the counterweights are the key. IIRC when I...

Yup, the counterweights are the key. IIRC when I was talking with Titan about my -370 the high-compression option is counterweighted, but the lower one isn't. I was already planning on high...
Forum: Propellers 12-01-2020, 12:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,641
Posted By N546RV
I order a 300-72 for my -8 build recently. Quoted...

I order a 300-72 for my -8 build recently. Quoted lead time on initial contact was 4-6 weeks. In actuality, the prop shipped about 2 weeks after I placed my order; all told, exactly four weeks passed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2020, 10:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 849
Posted By N546RV
I think I can help you with this - I have a...

I think I can help you with this - I have a leading edge skin that got damaged in a move several years back. It's been getting slowly used for random purposes, but I don't have much use for the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-19-2020, 05:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By N546RV
Looks like McMaster-Carr comes through as usual:...

Looks like McMaster-Carr comes through as usual: https://www.mcmaster.com/91255A150/

Head size matches up, and 5/8 looks to be the correct length. The factory screws are way too long for my...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-19-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 768
Posted By N546RV
Source for Dynon mounting screws?

So while working on my panel last weekend, I stripped the heads on a few of the #6 pan head screws used to mount the small accessory units (com radio, AP panel, etc). (lesson learned: don't use a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,403
Posted By N546RV
Panel's coming together. Got all the cutouts done...

Panel's coming together. Got all the cutouts done this weekend, but only got to some of the hardware - the GPS-175 tray is still unattached, and I have to resolve an issue with the intercom. That...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,404
Posted By N546RV
Just to make things more interesting...I've been...

Just to make things more interesting...I've been digging and trying to figure out the provenance of this. Was thinking maybe there have been two versions of the intercom or something, kind of how the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,404
Posted By N546RV
Apologies for bringing this thread from the...

Apologies for bringing this thread from the abyss, but it's definitely of interest to me, as I am perhaps the second person to have a 3"x1" Skyview intercom. What's even more interesting is that mine...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-11-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,974
Posted By N546RV
Yes, roller lifters are standard now. I think you...

Yes, roller lifters are standard now. I think you can go with flat tappets if you wish.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-11-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,974
Posted By N546RV
As someone with a -370 currently on order, I am...

As someone with a -370 currently on order, I am definitely interested in hearing more about this subject, particularly the "high number of failures."
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-09-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,601
Posted By N546RV
"Faux stud mount" for avionics boxes and such?

As I continue to nail down placement of remote avionics boxes behind my panel, I'm wondering about mounting options. I will have four devices mounted to the aft side of my -8's baggage bulkhead; this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2020, 04:35 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 963
Posted By N546RV
A small flat tungsten bucking bar like this...

A small flat tungsten bucking bar like this (https://www.cleavelandtool.com/collections/riveting-and-bucking/products/tungsten-bucking-bar-77?variant=18378249273406) is also very useful for spots...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2020, 06:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By N546RV
Welp, moot point...turns out when I laid out the...

Welp, moot point...turns out when I laid out the intercom cutout, I mixed up the margins and didn't notice until tonight. No material left for the nutplates. So time for a Van's parts order.

Just...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By N546RV
Yeah, angle pieces were my original thought, but...

Yeah, angle pieces were my original thought, but I've now realized that my decision to flank the GPS-175 with the SV knob panel and intercom doesn't leave any space for this. If I'd thought about...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2020, 12:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,560
Posted By N546RV
Attaching radio/GPS rack to panel

I'm currently in the process of cutting the panel for my -8. This question specifically pertains to mounting the Garmin GPS-175 in my panel - the only rack-mounted item I have to deal with. The -175...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,035
Posted By N546RV
Today I did some panel cutting. Cutouts are done...

Today I did some panel cutting. Cutouts are done for both screens, the com radio head, and the AP & knob panels. Still got to finish out the other two cutouts, for the GPS-175 and intercom. Once...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 8,926
Posted By N546RV
The lack of transparency with shipping costs has...

The lack of transparency with shipping costs has always bugged me a bit. I believe that Greg posted elsewhere here that changes were coming to the web store soon; hopefully this will be one of them.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-24-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,598
Posted By N546RV
Haven't done those yet but I'm fairly certain...

Haven't done those yet but I'm fairly certain I've seen where people have just used blind rivets there. There's a very nonzero chance I'll do the same when I get to that point.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,926
Posted By N546RV
Be aware that the well-known seat suppliers are...

Be aware that the well-known seat suppliers are running pretty long lead times right now. As of a couple weeks ago, these are the lead times I was quoted:


Cleaveland Tool (DJ): 2-3 months
...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,218
Posted By N546RV
I'm also curious about this, but in the generic...

I'm also curious about this, but in the generic (ie no make/model experience) case. I'm maybe nine months from flying, no time in type, and working on picking up TW time whenever I have the chance. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,672
Posted By N546RV
Among other things, finished up the small wiring...

Among other things, finished up the small wiring harness for my switch console. Rather satisfying to turn this rat's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-15-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,255
Posted By N546RV
That's what I did with mine. Didn't seem to make...

That's what I did with mine. Didn't seem to make any sense to me to go to the trouble of riveting those nutplates in assembly with the floors, so I riveted them to the braces/angles way back when...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-14-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 3,803
Posted By N546RV
Houston monthly lunch for October 2020 - sort of

Well, I was thinking of suggesting another trip up to Hooks this Saturday, but it turns out EAA 774 is doing a fly-in burger burn at my neighbor's hangar. Seems like a good way to add some variety to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,047
Posted By N546RV
Just to chime in, I've always received prompt...

Just to chime in, I've always received prompt responses from the kit@ email address, including in the past couple weeks as I pulled the trigger on my finish kit.
Forum: Propellers 10-12-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,738
Posted By N546RV
So, any more thoughts on the new prop? Not that...

So, any more thoughts on the new prop? Not that it matters to me in particular since I already ordered a 300-72, but I can dream of my finished plane in data. :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,252
Posted By N546RV
Made the first of many Skyview network cables.

Made the first of many Skyview network cables.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,492
Posted By N546RV
I made a couple attempts at plans holders - both...

I made a couple attempts at plans holders - both vertical rolling things that clipped the plans in place - and never really used either of them. Then I got an idea from watching one of the...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,864
Posted By N546RV
Honestly, it's kind of that thought that got me...

Honestly, it's kind of that thought that got me thinking about this. My general intent has been to hopefully have the airplane flying by March or April, which would leave me 3-4 months to do Phase 1....
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,864
Posted By N546RV
How much did you trust your aircraft by the end of Phase 1?

OK, I'll start with some background. I currently have a goal to finish the -8 next year. I also have a goal, once it's done, to do a big trip - flying to NC to pick up my dad, and taking him up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,492
Posted By N546RV
Also in the small bench-mounted department: a...

Also in the small bench-mounted department: a bench grinder. HF quality works here as well, I bought mine there in 2012 and it's still going strong. I use it a ton with a scotchbrite wheel for edge...
Forum: Reviews 10-08-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,819
Posted By N546RV
Whirl Wind

Given some of the things I've read about Whirl Wind on here, and the expectations I developed as a result of them, I want to be sure to share my experience here.

I've read more than a few stories...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-06-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,639
Posted By N546RV
It's challenging, but in a fun way. I have to...

It's challenging, but in a fun way. I have to engage my brain a whole lot more and think 439 steps ahead, but there's the motivational aspect because I'm doing the stuff that's turning an aluminum...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,315
Posted By N546RV
Thank you, this is a godsend...it never occurred...

Thank you, this is a godsend...it never occurred to me to look in the OP drawings folder.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,315
Posted By N546RV
Photo request: firewall layouts

OK, I am seriously tying myself into knots trying to mentally juggle all the decisions required for laying out my engine compartment, particularly the items mounted to the firewall and the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-05-2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,639
Posted By N546RV
Good food for thought. You've kind of driven to...

Good food for thought. You've kind of driven to one of the challenges of this process - namely, that FWF routing is something of a mystery to me right now. Without an engine or even mount on hand,...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-05-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,639
Posted By N546RV
Resurrecting this one for a sanity check, since...

Resurrecting this one for a sanity check, since it's time to place this order. I think I'm settled on the coil locations - one on a mag pad, the other on a top case mount - but the harness lengths...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-05-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,546
Posted By N546RV
The switch in this case is controlling the power...

The switch in this case is controlling the power supply to the CPU unit; that is, it's between the ship's power distribution and the CPU. There is no switch between the CPU and the coils.
Forum: Safety 09-24-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 7,610
Posted By N546RV
nods I'm glad that I had in instructor who first...

nods

I'm glad that I had in instructor who first demonstrated, and then had me fly, real-world turnbacks. This was during my initial tailwheel training, in a Citabria...we did them from 350'.

I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Posted By N546RV
Well that's a stunningly simple solution... I'll...

Well that's a stunningly simple solution... I'll just be hiding over here in the corner if anyone needs me...

:p
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,719
Posted By N546RV
Non-ferrous nutplates

Do such things exist? I'm planning my ADAHRs mount, back in the tail of the -8, and thinking about maintainability. If I have to crawl back there to pull an ADAHRS unit, it sure would be nice to just...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-23-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,639
Posted By N546RV
My first inclination was to just go with mag pad...

My first inclination was to just go with mag pad mounts for both coils. Seeing some installs with one coil atop the case got me thinking about that. For one thing, the top plugs now only require a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,409
Posted By N546RV
All of them. OK, I kid, but you will find...

All of them.

OK, I kid, but you will find yourself needing assorted sizes as the build progresses. Tungsten bars are worth the extra $$$ as well; when I started I bought a secondhand tool set that...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-22-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,639
Posted By N546RV
Talk to me about your SDS CPI2 install (especially in an -8)

OK, so I've got a pile of avionics on hand, and I'm finalizing all my little black box layouts and getting shelves fabricated, all preparatory to starting to build harnesses with a vengeance. The one...
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