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Forum: RV-14 04-14-2021, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 840
Posted By DRMA
Lot's of good recommendations already provided by...

Lot's of good recommendations already provided by others, but here are a couple that haven't been offered yet:

Like you, I started with a background in woodworking, home plumbing, and auto repair;...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-02-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 390
Views: 141,158
Posted By DRMA
G3X Database Updates - Allow Copy to Multiple SD Cards

In order to update my G3X database info every month, since I have 3 GDUs I typically write the update to 3 duplicate SD cards so that I can have all 3 GDUs update at the same time. However, I have...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-25-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By DRMA
Thanks for the caution, but I've already checked...

Thanks for the caution, but I've already checked with the Bose buyer and he had a good experience with his purchase from PAwhiskey.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 03-25-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By DRMA
I would like to buy your O2 system. Just sent...

I would like to buy your O2 system. Just sent you a PM.

Thanks
Forum: Tools 03-17-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,497
Posted By DRMA
Lincoln Electric typically offers a very nice...

Lincoln Electric typically offers a very nice deal on a good TIG welder to anyone taking their 2 hr. class at EAA Airventure. I suspect they will repeat this again this year. So if you are planning...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,652
Posted By DRMA
Are you sure you had the actual Bill of Sale from...

Are you sure you had the actual Bill of Sale from Van's? They don't usually send it to you until you are ready to register the plane and have ordered all of the kits for the plane. You might want...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 411
Posted By DRMA
I installed the blue Avery mount on my RV-10. ...

I installed the blue Avery mount on my RV-10. Installation of the mount was easy. I then installed a Garmin G3X system heated pitot with AOA into the mount. This took a bit of care as you have to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-19-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,571
Posted By DRMA
Note that the Lycoming IO-540 D4A5 engine should...

Note that the Lycoming IO-540 D4A5 engine should NOT be using an impulse coupled mag. It should be using a slick start unit instead. May not need that with a light speed ignition, as I don't know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 01:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,016
Posted By DRMA
Thank you Barb, for your clear communications and...

Thank you Barb, for your clear communications and assistance during my RV-10 purchases. You have been a key to Van's success as one of the customer facing members of the Van's team. You will be...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,979
Posted By DRMA
I used the Additional Pilot provisions of the FAA...

I used the Additional Pilot provisions of the FAA rules to have a very well qualified (former test pilot, CFII, with >500 hrs in the RV-10 he owns) second pilot along on my first couple of flights. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 10,120
Posted By DRMA
It took a bit of searching, but I managed to find...

It took a bit of searching, but I managed to find a large "storage unit" at a small self-store facility that had plenty of power circuits in the unit. I added some overhead lights and ended up with...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,142
Posted By DRMA
I'm very happy with my 3 blade MT prop now that...

I'm very happy with my 3 blade MT prop now that I'm flying with it, and am glad I made this selection.

Is it faster/slower than the 2 blade Hartzell? - I can't say as the only way to really know...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,240
Posted By DRMA
I have the AeroSport panel and decided when...

I have the AeroSport panel and decided when installing my glare shield cover that the handles were too narrow to be useful. So I covered mine up and haven't missed them at all. I use the center bar...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-20-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,537
Posted By DRMA
I found that a Dremel tool with a diamond cutting...

I found that a Dremel tool with a diamond cutting wheel worked best for me on the fiberglass cuts. Then I used the PermaGrit tools and a 12" piece of 2x4 with #80 grit sandpaper attached to it using...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,663
Posted By DRMA
One lesson learned the hard way on exactly the...

One lesson learned the hard way on exactly the installation you are doing. Be sure to install the Plane Around 180 with the Van's provided actuator gears in the door pocket at the location specified...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-18-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By DRMA
No different than the "surge" you get when you...

No different than the "surge" you get when you power on the avionics buss any other way. With the low currents drawn by today's avionics, the level of "surge" is insignificant.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-18-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By DRMA
Note this article is: Tony Bingelis (originally...

Note this article is: Tony Bingelis (originally published in EAA Sport Aviation, May 1994). No glass panels at that time to deal with, and not much electrical other than radios, lights and perhaps...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,306
Posted By DRMA
One solution that I used but hasn't been...

One solution that I used but hasn't been mentioned yet is using the clips that come with a center countersunk hole. I mount the clip with the included tape, and then drill the hole and use a pulled...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-17-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 588
Posted By DRMA
I also used a relay similar to the B&C Relay,...

I also used a relay similar to the B&C Relay, which is a DPDT relay. This allowed me to energize the avionics bus through the NC contacts, and then wire the relay control coil so the relay is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-16-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 967
Posted By DRMA
There is a separate manual for the 45R. It's...

There is a separate manual for the 45R. It's available at https://static.garmin.com/pumac/190-01499-10_01.pdf
Forum: RV-10 01-14-2021, 05:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,175
Posted By DRMA
I'm not sure where Dynon puts these things, but...

I'm not sure where Dynon puts these things, but on my Garmin equipped RV-10, I also have the OAT probe and magnetometer located in the wings, and those need wires. And if you install the aileron...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-14-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,664
Posted By DRMA
A couple of minor thoughts on your updates: 2) ...

A couple of minor thoughts on your updates:

2) Any quality external regulated power supply will have built-in over current protection, so you may not need this fuse, unless you have a long wire...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-14-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,664
Posted By DRMA
I believe it is much better to protect each LRU...

I believe it is much better to protect each LRU with a circuit breaker or fuse, rather than tying several of them together, so that you only lose a single LRU in the event of an electrical supply...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2021, 04:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,945
Posted By DRMA
Jeremy, Congratulations on obtaining the...

Jeremy,

Congratulations on obtaining the go-ahead to build.

From your mission profile, I agree with others that it sounds like an RV-9 may be your best fit.

Since you live in The Woodlands, I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By DRMA
I recommend running most grounds back to a...

I recommend running most grounds back to a central location, with that location then bonded/grounded to the engine block. While there are a few things that ground locally directly to the engine...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,286
Posted By DRMA
Make sure on the first pre-flight to check that...

Make sure on the first pre-flight to check that the control surfaces move in the correct direction with stick movement. It sounds obvious, but there are a number of accidents due to the controls...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-04-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,706
Posted By DRMA
If you are using a regulated power supply such as...

If you are using a regulated power supply such as the one above, then you should be able to connect it to either side of the master switch, as it will be putting out a constant voltage (13.8 vdc)...
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2020, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 848
Posted By DRMA
I had the same problem. My solution was to strip...

I had the same problem. My solution was to strip off the Van's door seals and move to a different seal. Right now I'm temporarily using stick-on seals from the local Lowes hardware, and they are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 990
Posted By DRMA
I used KitLog Pro for my documentation. While it...

I used KitLog Pro for my documentation. While it is getting rather old, it still works and allows for easy posting of your log to an on-line website. If I were starting a build today, I would look...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,814
Posted By DRMA
You might consider a CO detector. Also, what...

You might consider a CO detector. Also, what about a wig-wag switch?
Forum: RV-10 12-19-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 851
Posted By DRMA
You might take a look at the Bogert Universal Big...

You might take a look at the Bogert Universal Big Bogi tow bar. There is even a photo of one being used with a golf cart for a Bonanza in the ratings section of the webpage. ...
Forum: Web Site Development 12-17-2020, 07:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,024
Posted By DRMA
EAA now offers an on-line builders log for...

EAA now offers an on-line builders log for members. You might want to take a look at that option as well. https://eaabuilderslog.org/?blhome

Regards,
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-16-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 9,179
Posted By DRMA
Dan - Where are the G3X Touch soft keys for trim...

Dan - Where are the G3X Touch soft keys for trim located? I wasn't aware of these.

Also, as described by another poster, I have my trim controlled by my G3X system and set up with a maximum 2...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-14-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 632
Posted By DRMA
I also have a G5 mounted on the glare shield of...

I also have a G5 mounted on the glare shield of my RV-10. So far no problems, and it seems very stable. Had to fabricate a mounting bracket for it. I used Rob's mounting method as a go-by for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 15,436
Posted By DRMA
When Will Article Publish?

Bruce,

I love the 4 wheel model. Might be just what I want for my RV-10. Any idea when the article on this might publish in Kitplanes? Any plans to provide/sell more detailed plans for it?

Thanks
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 10:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,253
Posted By DRMA
I haven't taken the EAA course, but I did take...

I haven't taken the EAA course, but I did take the AEA course and found it very helpful and well worth the time/$ if you are installing & wiring a Garmin panel.

I did get a look at the EAA class...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-09-2020, 01:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,948
Posted By DRMA
How about a class on the different ways to use a...

How about a class on the different ways to use a G3X/GTN combination for flight planning (transfer of flight plans between devices), navigation (both autopilot and hand flying), and approach. This...
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 480
Views: 518,069
Posted By DRMA
Those are USB Power Outlets. Purchased them from...

Those are USB Power Outlets. Purchased them from SteinAir https://www.steinair.com/product/usb-dual-power-charger/
Forum: RV-10 12-07-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 518,069
Posted By DRMA
Aerotronics Cut Panel - My layout and wiring

Here's a photo of my Garmin equipped RV-10 panel. I realized in looking at today's posts of RV-14 panels that I still hadn't posted a pic of mine.

I worked with Jason and Aerotronics on the layout...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2020, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,004
Posted By DRMA
One other warning when you test the trim tab full...

One other warning when you test the trim tab full range of motion. The movement of the two tabs on the RV-10 are not symmetrical. One of the tabs will actually reverse direction while the other tab...
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,909
Posted By DRMA
I keep a copy of the electronic plans (pdf files)...

I keep a copy of the electronic plans (pdf files) on my home computer and on an old iPad that I leave in the shop/hanger. This allows me to view the plans at home without taking the paper plans book...
Forum: RV-10 11-28-2020, 05:52 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,909
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you find a nearby EAA Chapter and visit...

Suggest you find a nearby EAA Chapter and visit with them. You should be able to find a Tech Counselor to help you out, as well as lots of willing conversations. (At least once the pandemic has...
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By DRMA
I understand this. That is why I worked with...

I understand this. That is why I worked with Oregon Aero on the modification. Oregon Aero did the design of the RV-10 front seats and manufactures them for Van's.
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,038
Posted By DRMA
I'm 6'-7.5" and fit easily in the RV-10 that I...

I'm 6'-7.5" and fit easily in the RV-10 that I built. The only thing I did to improve my fit was to have Oregon Aero use one less layer of foam in the seat cushions, which reduced their height by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,078
Posted By DRMA
Mine don't turn on automatically, but I turn mine...

Mine don't turn on automatically, but I turn mine off manually after shut down and then unplug and place them into their case. Perhaps if I didn't force them off manually, they might turn themselves...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,019
Posted By DRMA
My wife made the decision easy for me. When she...

My wife made the decision easy for me. When she agreed to my building the RV-10, she stated that if I wanted her to fly with me it needed to have A/C. Made my decision very easy.

I also find it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-09-2020, 01:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,906
Posted By DRMA
One other approach not yet mentioned is to use...

One other approach not yet mentioned is to use the normally closed (NC) contacts on the avionics bus relay, with a Honeywell switch that powers the relay up in order to open the circuit to the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-22-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,139
Posted By DRMA
Sounds like you have a short circuit somewhere...

Sounds like you have a short circuit somewhere along the B wire between where it connects to the power system and the alternator. Suggest you check with a multi-meter (VOM) for continuity (zero...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-12-2020, 11:28 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,039
Posted By DRMA
I had a similar problem with one node shorted to...

I had a similar problem with one node shorted to ground on my CAN bus. Even after identifying it I couldn't even see the short under a magnifying glass, so a visual inspection might not find the...
Forum: RV-14 10-07-2020, 03:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,543
Posted By DRMA
Marty, I assume your diagram is just a schematic...

Marty,

I assume your diagram is just a schematic and doesn't reflect exact location of air inlet/outlet? The enclosed system that I'm familiar with has the condenser air fully enclosed, taking it...
Forum: RV-14 10-06-2020, 12:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,543
Posted By DRMA
Air Conditioning

I suggest you call Bill Genevro (Airflow Systems) at 949-218-9701 and ask him about the installation and also for names and contact numbers of RV-14 owners with the system. I know he worked with a...
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2020, 09:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,943
Posted By DRMA
I purchased the Garmin mounting kit for the RV-10...

I purchased the Garmin mounting kit for the RV-10 roll servo but not the servo itself, and installed the mounting kit prior to installing the bottom skin. This worked out well, as it allowed me to...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2020, 11:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,453
Posted By DRMA
I can't provide actual weights for any of the...

I can't provide actual weights for any of the systems, but I installed the Airflow Systems package in my RV-10. For me, the main driver for selection of the Airflow Systems over the Flightline is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2020, 11:27 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,004
Posted By DRMA
I built my RV-10 from the 11 x 16 (B size)...

I built my RV-10 from the 11 x 16 (B size) drawings provided, and didn't miss having larger size at all. I did buy the digital plans (on DVD when I bought them 4 years ago, but now provided on a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,307
Posted By DRMA
I agree with Bob - Just pick either Gallagher or...

I agree with Bob - Just pick either Gallagher or Falcon and ask only one of them for a quote. I went with Falcon since they are EAA's sponsored agency, and I have been very happy with them. I went...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-17-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 578
Posted By DRMA
You might try calling Bill Genevro at Airflow...

You might try calling Bill Genevro at Airflow Systems (https://www.airflow-systems.com/category/aircraft-oil-coolers/ ) to see if he has a cooler that would be an easy replacement. 949-218-9701
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-17-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,395
Posted By DRMA
I would sure like to see more training available...

I would sure like to see more training available for the G3X system, as there isn't much available that I can find. I would even be willing to pay a reasonable price ($50 - $100?) for such training....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,307
Posted By DRMA
The prices indicated above seem about right to...

The prices indicated above seem about right to me, as they run about 0.725% of value. My $200,000 builders all risk policy for my RV-10 was $1450 in Aug. 2019 and included $1 million liability and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-14-2020, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,052
Posted By DRMA
Bill, I installed my float transmitters after...

Bill,

I installed my float transmitters after installing the wings on my RV-10, and did not have to remove the tanks, so you should be able to remove the non-functioning unit with the wings and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-12-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 676
Posted By DRMA
Just a quick thought - Did you Configure...

Just a quick thought - Did you Configure magnetometer installation orientation of the GMU 11 in the config setup? I'm not sure that would cause a network error, but . . . ?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2020, 02:17 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,144
Posted By DRMA
I think what you are looking for is available...

I think what you are looking for is available from Vans for only $1 per 12 inch strip. They call it GROMMET STRIP 12" MS21266-1N (Search for Grommet in Van's online store - searching for the part...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 836
Posted By DRMA
I don't remember what I used, but my best guess...

I don't remember what I used, but my best guess is that I made the shims from the one of the aluminum pieces included with one of the kits (I think it may have been the empennage kit?) as...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-06-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,933
Posted By DRMA
Electric Screw Driver

Be sure you get the one that has the adjustable clutch. I bought a similar Dewalt that doesn't have the clutch but wish I had spent the extra money for the clutch. Without the clutch feature I have...
Forum: RV-14 09-04-2020, 05:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,071
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you install Acrobat Reader on your iPad...

Suggest you install Acrobat Reader on your iPad from the App Store. No charge for the reader, and it works well on the iPad for the G3X manual. You should then be able to go to the table of...
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