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Forum: RV-14 09-12-2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 857
Posted By czechsix
This is pretty disturbing, makes you wonder if...

This is pretty disturbing, makes you wonder if they canít torque the injectors properly, what about the connecting rod bolts and cylinder bolts and such? Maybe Lycoming can add a new option to the...
Forum: RV-14 08-31-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 258,130
Posted By czechsix
One other use case for a horn (or some sort of...

One other use case for a horn (or some sort of loud noisemaker) is if you had to make a dead stick landing on a beach, golf course, road, soccer field, etc where there are people around. Gliding...
Forum: RV-14 08-30-2022, 01:04 PM
Replies: 209
Views: 258,130
Posted By czechsix
Actually I was thinking, "What is the horn for?" ...

Actually I was thinking, "What is the horn for?" Scare the deer off the runway?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-23-2022, 07:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,834
Posted By czechsix
There's no scoop on the RV-14(A) series, they all...

There's no scoop on the RV-14(A) series, they all have a smooth lower cowl with snorkel intake.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2022, 04:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,834
Posted By czechsix
Did you have to increase the length of the slot...

Did you have to increase the length of the slot (forward of the gear leg) compared to what the plans specify for the -14A? If so, by how much?
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2022, 05:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,851
Posted By czechsix
Zero elevator deflection will happen at specific...

Zero elevator deflection will happen at specific combinations of speed and CG...it would be fun to have a graph of the zero deflection trim condition (with speed vs. CG axis) to see what that looks...
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,851
Posted By czechsix
Is there really a problem here?

This thread has gotten off in the weeds about all kinds of problems that don't exist...the OP says he's got the longer arm on the trim tab, and we've established that having mis-rigged wings or stab...
Forum: Safety 08-05-2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,026
Posted By czechsix
Looking at the picture, I don't see how this...

Looking at the picture, I don't see how this damage could have occurred without the gust lock coming loose. You can clearly see multiple dents where the rudder slammed into the elevator trailing...
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2022, 08:21 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,293
Posted By czechsix
With the parallel valve Lycomings, stuck valves...

With the parallel valve Lycomings, stuck valves and worn valve guides are some of the most common issues you'll encounter. The O-360 in my RV-8A started having valve issues around 800 hrs TSMOH...
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,585
Posted By czechsix
I'd like to see a picture of the handle installed...

I'd like to see a picture of the handle installed on the canopy once someone gets it fitted. Also curious what it weighs and how it compares to the original Vans parts, if anyone has that...
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2022, 07:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,557
Posted By czechsix
Paint will move the empty CG aft, and burning...

Paint will move the empty CG aft, and burning fuel also moves the CG aft. I haven't seen a W&B spreadsheet for a painted RV-14A with a composite prop that is still within the aft CG limit when you...
Forum: RV-14 04-24-2022, 10:09 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 185,775
Posted By czechsix
I'm sure the 360/fixed pitch combo saved you a...

I'm sure the 360/fixed pitch combo saved you a fortune compared to new 390 and constant speed. It's hard to find an IO-360 with the forward governor location, but if you aren't using the governor...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2022, 09:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,843
Posted By czechsix
I know everything is going up these days but it's...

I know everything is going up these days but it's frustrating to see increases of this magnitude from Lycoming. A real shame that Superior pulled the XP400 off the market...Lyc has an absolute...
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 185,775
Posted By czechsix
Nice work and congrats! What propeller is that?

Nice work and congrats! What propeller is that?
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2022, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,522
Posted By czechsix
My RV-8A spars were gold anodized, my RV-14A...

My RV-8A spars were gold anodized, my RV-14A spars are grey (clear?) anodized. But I've seen pics of some more recent 14 wing kits with gold anodized spars, so it appears Vans has gone back to using...
Forum: RV-14 03-21-2022, 10:56 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,338
Posted By czechsix
Yeah the only time the IAS Vne would limit you to...

Yeah the only time the IAS Vne would limit you to a lower speed than the TAS Vne is when the density altitude is below sea level. Maybe Vans is worried about that one guy pulling out of a dive to do...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2022, 12:52 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,585
Posted By czechsix
If you're referring to the handle that attaches...

If you're referring to the handle that attaches to the aft/upper portion of the canopy frame, I've wondered the same thing...that handle isn't pretty and it also has fairly blunt corners, seems like...
Forum: RV-14 10-31-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,030
Posted By czechsix
+1 for dimpling the wing walk ribs/doubler/skins,...

+1 for dimpling the wing walk ribs/doubler/skins, worked great on my -8A and -14A. And when you get to the fuel tanks, do yourself a favor and dimple the aft baffle flanges & outer skin there as...
Forum: RV-14 10-21-2021, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,700
Posted By czechsix
Ken, those look nice, do they have the exact same...

Ken, those look nice, do they have the exact same spacing from the gear leg to the wheel fairing bracket as the stock RV-14A part? Any modifications required to the bracket? Also curious what size...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 11,201
Posted By czechsix
Extra threaded holes in JD Air latch?

The JD Air canopy latch has a couple extra threaded holes that I'm wondering about, one in the very aft end of the handle (the part that swings outside the fuselage when opened) and the other in the...
Forum: RV-14 08-29-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,408
Posted By czechsix
Buy a B&C alternator, way more reliable. They are...

Buy a B&C alternator, way more reliable. They are more expensive and more work to install due to their external regulator, but they will likely never give you any problems and are worth the extra...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-20-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,119
Posted By czechsix
The engineers at Marvel Schebler were pretty...

The engineers at Marvel Schebler were pretty smart guys, and the shape of the bowl and geometry of the nozzle are designed to minimize the effect of changes in attitude, but the fuel height with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-19-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,119
Posted By czechsix
I agree in principle that changing levels in the...

I agree in principle that changing levels in the carb bowl would have the effect of slight changes in fuel volume vs. air flow (effectively changing the mixture at a given RPM & MAP), but I doubt the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-17-2021, 09:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,119
Posted By czechsix
Yeah same with my O-360/Floscan/G3X combo,...

Yeah same with my O-360/Floscan/G3X combo, however I typically saw +/-0.3 gph variation. In this case where the variation has become much larger, but the fuel totalizer is still accurate, I wonder if...
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 9,941
Posted By czechsix
Can you point me to the performance data that...

Can you point me to the performance data that demonstrated a 100 lb increase in static thrust for the composite vs. metal Hartzell prop? Is this for a two or three blade Hartzell?
Forum: RV-14 08-04-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,466
Posted By czechsix
FWIW I had no screens for the vents in my -8A and...

FWIW I had no screens for the vents in my -8A and in ten years of flying and many weeks of being parked outside never had a bug come in thru the vents. So I don't plan to put any screen in the vents...
Forum: RV-14 07-06-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,924
Posted By czechsix
It certainly could be done in a -14 (some RV-10s...

It certainly could be done in a -14 (some RV-10s have a center console with quadrant), but it adds cost, weight, complexity, and as others have noted makes maintenance more difficult.
Forum: RV-14 07-04-2021, 05:51 PM
Replies: 221
Views: 216,038
Posted By czechsix
Great job Brian, looks beautiful!

Great job Brian, looks beautiful!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,344
Posted By czechsix
I have heard of other RV owners who operate off...

I have heard of other RV owners who operate off grass strips replacing the stock aluminum wheel pant brackets with stainless steel, but this is the first time I've heard of the bolt heads shearing...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,377
Posted By czechsix
How often do you need to add air to the tires?

How often do you need to add air to the tires?
Forum: RV-14 01-05-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,794
Posted By czechsix
FWIW on my RV-8A I just snugged the counterweight...

FWIW on my RV-8A I just snugged the counterweight nuts/bolts down per the plans (using the standard nylon locknuts) and 20 years later they've shown no signs of loosening whatsoever. So I did the...
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 11:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,747
Posted By czechsix
I wonder if the H3R A344T leaks as badly as the...

I wonder if the H3R A344T leaks as badly as the H3R model A400 that I had in my RV-8A. I found that they would only last 2-3 years before they had to be discarded and replaced. Pretty bad for a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-23-2020, 10:55 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,768
Posted By czechsix
+1 for Mouse Milk. Apply it every time you've...

+1 for Mouse Milk. Apply it every time you've got the cowl off for an oil change.
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,933
Posted By czechsix
Talking Garmin V Dynon

I find it amusing that when this question pops up on the RV-14 forum (about twice a year), 9 out of 10 of the responses are to go with Dynon. But if you peruse the 'Show Us Your RV-14 Panel' thread...
Forum: RV-14 12-07-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 32,260
Posted By czechsix
Wonder which supplier is making the heat muffs...

Wonder which supplier is making the heat muffs for Vans these days, or if the design has changed. I think I had a Robbins heat muff on my RV-8A and it's got over 1000 hours on it with no issues.
Forum: RV-14 11-24-2020, 01:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,024
Posted By czechsix
I think I used the offset with my rivet gun in...

I think I used the offset with my rivet gun in this location, do you have an offset for the AN470AD4 rivet size? Offsets can be tricky to use, I find it helps to wrap some duct tape around the base...
Forum: RV-14 11-20-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,577
Posted By czechsix
This looks totally normal, seems like all the RVs...

This looks totally normal, seems like all the RVs and most aircraft with spring steel or aluminum gear legs have a fair amount of camber when the aircraft is lightly loaded. This plus toe-in on some...
Forum: RV-14 11-19-2020, 10:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,242
Posted By czechsix
Bond with Hysol 9430

Kerry,

I'm bonding my empennage tips using Hysol 9430 and after that cures I fill the seams and pop rivets in with West System epoxy and micro.

Got the idea from Dan Horton, see the posts in the...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-02-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,856
Posted By czechsix
HVLP?

Carl,

Are you using this setup with a compressor-fed HVLP gun, or an old fashioned conventional spray gun? I know there are also some hybrid models that are something in between. Just wondering if...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2020, 10:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,277
Posted By czechsix
The main caution here is that it can be difficult...

The main caution here is that it can be difficult to get the same ratio of epoxy to micro balloons from batch to batch. And if you don't, it will tend to sand unevenly because you'll have different...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 4,277
Posted By czechsix
Scott, I think 205 is actually a faster hardener,...

Scott, I think 205 is actually a faster hardener, so switching to 205 wouldn't be a good idea in this case.

When I'm mixing up a large batch of West System epoxy, I find it helps to mix it quickly...
Forum: RV-14 10-20-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 14,287
Posted By czechsix
Agree 100% and plan to use B&C alternator on my...

Agree 100% and plan to use B&C alternator on my 14, however I think someone (maybe Tim Olson?) tried the B&C starter and it interfered with the snorkel. The new IO-390-EXP119 package has a different...
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 14,287
Posted By czechsix
Boelube for hinge pins

I used Boelube on my -8A hinge pins. Not sure what the formulation is but it looks and feels pretty much like regular candle wax. It is very effective, doesn't attract dirt, and isn't sticky or...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-07-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,552
Posted By czechsix
Dimple them

As a second time builder I highly recommend dimpling the wing walk skins (and also the rear baffle of the fuel tanks when you get to that point). They will be stronger, look nicer, easier to do, and...
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,475
Posted By czechsix
Extra height for Beringer?

What do you mean by this Bill? Do the Michelin tires that come with Beringer wheels have a larger diameter than what Vans ships? Or is there something else inherent to the Beringer wheels/brakes...
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2020, 10:22 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 43,632
Posted By czechsix
New 5" SCAT tube

Not sure if Van's has the parts available yet, but in their announcement about the new IO-390-EXP119 they said one of the changes that would be included in all FWF kits going forward (regardless of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-27-2020, 05:07 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,493
Posted By czechsix
Yeah I didn't check their math but the point...

Yeah I didn't check their math but the point remains that (at least in B&C's analysis) the mag drive turns too slow to be a good candidate for backup alternator. The vac pad drive where their...
Forum: RV-14 08-27-2020, 12:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 11,159
Posted By czechsix
For those of you who have been flying for a while...

For those of you who have been flying for a while with Crow harnesses, any thoughts about pads vs. no pads?

Also, the Crow order form has several options for lap belt length. Standard is 52" but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-26-2020, 09:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 9,493
Posted By czechsix
Much as I love the increased power and reduced...

Much as I love the increased power and reduced weight and drag of the new EXP119 installation, I had to laugh when I read that part of Van's press release. If I were to optimize the accessory...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 34,615
Posted By czechsix
EFII Boost Pump

Has anyone considered the EFII Boost Pump as an alternative to the Andair?

https://www.flyefii.com/products/boost-pump/

It appears to be slightly smaller and lighter than the AFP pump so it might...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2020, 07:42 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 123,287
Posted By czechsix
Paint weight?

Has anyone weighed their RV-14(A) before and after paint, preferably on the same set of scales, to determine how much weight the paint added?
Forum: RV-14 08-19-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,139
Posted By czechsix
Permagrit countersink bits

Those look interesting...what is the advantage of using the Permagrit tool vs. a conventional countersink bit? I have used conventional countersink bits on plexiglass (canopy & landing light covers)...
Forum: RV-14 08-17-2020, 10:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,048
Posted By czechsix
If you adjusted one of the rod end bearings...

If you adjusted one of the rod end bearings (screwed it further in or out) and didn't adjust the other rod end by an equal amount it could result in the counterweight arm misalignment you are...
Forum: RV-14 08-13-2020, 04:49 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 59,117
Posted By czechsix
Good info, thanks!

Good info, thanks!
Forum: RV-14 08-12-2020, 11:46 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 59,117
Posted By czechsix
Purge valve?

Scott, is Vans using a purge valve with the Airflow Performance setup on the 14A? I believe it's an option to reduce issues with hot starts.
Forum: RV-14 07-29-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 59,117
Posted By czechsix
Exhaust ramp cooling flap and range

How much effect on cruise airspeed and oil temp/CHTs do you get with the exhaust ramp cooling flap open vs. closed? I assume it makes a measurable difference in speed and engine temps or you...
Forum: RV-14 07-28-2020, 10:21 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 59,117
Posted By czechsix
Exhaust drumming on floor?

The new exhaust pipes look optimized for minimum drag, but don't appear to have any downturn and are pretty close to the bottom skin. Haven't you had any issues with the exhaust pulses drumming on...
Forum: RV-14 01-22-2020, 08:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,761
Posted By czechsix
The pipe in the leading edge of the -14 aileron...

The pipe in the leading edge of the -14 aileron is stainless steel. I held mine up next to a compass and it had no effect at all so it shouldn't be an issue locating the magnetometer near the...
Forum: RV-14 11-14-2019, 05:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,729
Posted By czechsix
Has Vans done any performance testing with this...

Has Vans done any performance testing with this new prop? Generally 3-blade props are slower than 2-blade in cruise. Paying 2.5x more than the 2-blade aluminum prop so you can go slower (and make...
Forum: RV-14 10-23-2019, 11:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,486
Posted By czechsix
Just curious, was that in flight or only on...

Just curious, was that in flight or only on ground that you had issues? My RV-8 windshield would sometimes fog up on the ground on a cold day but never had any issue in flight. For taxi & preflight...
Forum: RV-14 10-12-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,386
Posted By czechsix
What do you have to change to install it then? ...

What do you have to change to install it then? Surely it doesn't require modifying the slot in the outer skin or drilling new rivet holes which would mess up your paint...?
Forum: RV-14 10-10-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 12,386
Posted By czechsix
Classic Aero latch system

Is the latch a drop-in replacement for the original Van's latch? Is it different in design other than a nicer looking red knob?

If you have a chance to take a photo after installing the new latch...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-28-2019, 04:53 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 241,051
Posted By czechsix
Did you use the Hysol 9430 for any particular...

Did you use the Hysol 9430 for any particular attributes or was it just what you had handy? I have some West System epoxy that I've used for some of the fairing work...any reason it would not be...
Forum: RV-14 08-25-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 10,729
Posted By czechsix
Are you sure about the 3" extension? Seems you'd...

Are you sure about the 3" extension? Seems you'd have to modify the cowl if you moved the prop forward...
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