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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,048
Posted By bruceh
It is best to use a drill size that is one (or...

It is best to use a drill size that is one (or two) sizes smaller than the original hole. Get a #42 drill, set a depth stop and center punch lightly each rivet before you drill them off.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-24-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 494
Posted By bruceh
Download the AC43.13-1B document for free from...

Download the AC43.13-1B document for free from the FAA website. (https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_43.13-1B_w-chg1.pdf)

Go down to Figure 4-16 on page 173 of the PDF and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 993
Posted By bruceh
EAA usually schedules an Oshkosh Arrival webinar...

EAA usually schedules an Oshkosh Arrival webinar that goes over the NOTICE (no longer a NOTAM?) in great detail. Highly recommended for anyone flying in, and it is usually available after the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 601
Posted By bruceh
Pressure test with Van's leak check kit (~1psi in...

Pressure test with Van's leak check kit (~1psi in the tank). Spray soapy water and pinpoint the leaks. Buy the tank repair kits from Van's and get inside where you need to to reseal as necessary....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 967
Posted By bruceh
I think you want a 5" hole. The cover plates need...

I think you want a 5" hole. The cover plates need some overlap (1" larger perimeter). I used the Harbor Freight hole saw set which has the largest one as 5". Works fine. You will need to file the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 04:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,402
Posted By bruceh
Blackstone Labs has a podcast and this episode...

Blackstone Labs has a podcast and this episode seems relevant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_6RNjAx5Ms

TL;DR, sample was contaminated with auto oil and set off all sorts of red flags.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,791
Posted By bruceh
I did this with a large offset box wrench. Just...

I did this with a large offset box wrench. Just use the cutting wheel to slice into the box section. Plenty strong enough to torque the jam nut tight enough.
...
Forum: Autopilots 05-18-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 786
Posted By bruceh
It isn't hard to add the servos. The pitch servo...

It isn't hard to add the servos. The pitch servo lives back in the fuselage behind the baggage bulkhead. The roll servo is mounted in the right wing. Roll servo is a little tighter space to work in,...
Forum: Propellers 05-16-2022, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 484
Posted By bruceh
I have the Sensenich GA prop. The spinner is...

I have the Sensenich GA prop. The spinner is Carbon fiber. I sold the Van's spinner here on VAF.

Inspections on the prop are annual, and at 2000 hours they recommend retiring the bolts and lock...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,179
Posted By bruceh
Spent a wonderful weekend camping and hiking in...

Spent a wonderful weekend camping and hiking in Escalante, Utah with my daughter. Ethan also flew out in his RV-10.

We got to fly back home over the Grand Canyon after having breakfast in Page,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,748
Posted By bruceh
Boy, unleaded is the way to go. Wish we could get...

Boy, unleaded is the way to go. Wish we could get it here without ethanol.
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 594
Posted By bruceh
We hauled a partially built Emp and unbuilt Tail...

We hauled a partially built Emp and unbuilt Tail cone for an RV-14 in an Explorer with no problems.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,211
Posted By bruceh
I have 8 years and 965 hours on my SikaFlex...

I have 8 years and 965 hours on my SikaFlex bonded canopy. It still looks like new.
I made up some test samples and did some destructive testing on them way back when... I can't imagine it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-29-2022, 10:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,202
Posted By bruceh
On my RV-9A I copied what I saw in Van's factory...

On my RV-9A I copied what I saw in Van's factory demonstrators. Just a simple aluminum sheet metal hangar pop-riveted to the fuselage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 08:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,454
Posted By bruceh
Weather was perfect for flying, so my son and I...

Weather was perfect for flying, so my son and I flew up to Columbia, CA to camp and see the gold rush town. On the flight back today, we diverted over...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2022, 10:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,766
Posted By bruceh
Put two tiny holes in the ribs directly over the...

Put two tiny holes in the ribs directly over the pushrod. String some safety wire tightly as a guide wire or bridge over the pushrod. Put something on the safey wires for anti-chafing (heat shrink...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-17-2022, 10:52 PM
Replies: 200
Views: 119,433
Posted By bruceh
Try contacting the EAA chapter at Cable. You can...

Try contacting the EAA chapter at Cable. You can finish off the airplane there and do Phase 1.
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-17-2022, 10:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,785
Posted By bruceh
I have written a bunch about flying and...

I have written a bunch about flying and maintaining my RV-9A in my blog (link in my signature).
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,392
Posted By bruceh
I used the pop-rivet dimple dies with good...

I used the pop-rivet dimple dies with good success.

Another technique would be to do draw dimpling. You take a hunk of steel maybe 1" X 1" X 3". Drill #40 and #30 holes in each end. Use your...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-03-2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,413
Posted By bruceh
I also had a heavy wing. I tried all of the...

I also had a heavy wing. I tried all of the slotting of the brackets which had zero effects. I ended up just using a small wedge under the right aileron. I started with a 6 inch wedge and eventually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2022, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,868
Posted By bruceh
Just did a quick up and back to Corona where I...

Just did a quick up and back to Corona where I picked up my Will Call order from Aircraft Spruce. Usually, I would hang out at the Corona Airport Cafe and have lunch, but the winds were getting up....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 108
Sticky: Baffle Mod
Views: 116,968
Posted By bruceh
My CHT issues weren't terrible on #1 and #3, but...

My CHT issues weren't terrible on #1 and #3, but in level flight my #2 ran hot compared to #4. I did a similar mod to the front of the baffle on #2 and it cured my temperature imbalance with #4. Now...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,744
Posted By bruceh
That would be me! Got my wife to go flying for...

That would be me! Got my wife to go flying for the first time in about 6 months. A friend of ours from high school and college and a groomsman in our wedding passed away recently. His family...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,767
Posted By bruceh
For future builds, you can order UV blocking...

For future builds, you can order UV blocking plastic canopy material from Van's for installation. Well worth the additional cost (minimal). I can fly all day and not get sunburned or have to slather...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2022, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,799
Posted By bruceh
I have the Vetterman exhaust with the mufflers....

I have the Vetterman exhaust with the mufflers. If I were to do this again, I would skip the mufflers. They take up a lot of space, and need the cooling air SCAT tubing, which also takes up space. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,213
Posted By bruceh
Finally got some weekend flying in. Just a quick...

Finally got some weekend flying in. Just a quick run down to the ocean along the coast from Del Mar to La Jolla and back to...
Forum: Fiberglass 02-25-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,380
Posted By bruceh
The scarf joint should be much wider. AC43.13-1B...

The scarf joint should be much wider. AC43.13-1B says 50x the thickness of the material for some structural repairs on composites. It certainly wouldn't hurt to use several orientations of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,349
Posted By bruceh
So is it Captain Doug now? Congrats!

So is it Captain Doug now?
Congrats!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-14-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By bruceh
Panel layout opinions for IFR upgrade?

My RV-9A is currently outfitted with a very nice Dynon Skyview VFR panel. I want to add an IFR GPS and autopilot control panel.
It has two 10" EFIS displays. One in front of the pilot and one for the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 484
Posted By bruceh
Here are some photos of what I used. I modified...

Here are some photos of what I used. I modified (slightly) someone else's plans found on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-14-2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,755
Posted By bruceh
My A&P instructor shared some really good tips....

My A&P instructor shared some really good tips. Take a small 1" square block of wood and with a drill press, put a 3/8" hole in the center. You can then slide in the end of the 3/8" tubing you are...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 551
Posted By bruceh
I used 3M heavy duty clear packaging tape. Worked...

I used 3M heavy duty clear packaging tape. Worked great on flush rivets. Doesn't leave any residue. Cut a piece about 2-3 inches long, and fold back one edge on itself to make a tab so it is easy to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,206
Posted By bruceh
I use lots of foam padding pieces from an old...

I use lots of foam padding pieces from an old mattress topper.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,741
Posted By bruceh
Programmed into your EFIS so they are displayed...

Programmed into your EFIS so they are displayed on the airspeed indicator tape.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,973
Posted By bruceh
I took mine off (both were cracked at like 150...

I took mine off (both were cracked at like 150 hours) and sent them to Russ McCutcheon for the modification. Came back looking great! Put them back on the airplane and they have been holding up great...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 818
Posted By bruceh
Leave it be. You should put this on your annual...

Leave it be. You should put this on your annual checklist and take a look at it each year. If at that point it bothers you or if you find any fatigue in the soldering, then redo it. Just my opinion!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-23-2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,734
Posted By bruceh
Get the tank repair kits from Van's and open up...

Get the tank repair kits from Van's and open up the tanks at the back baffle with a 5" hole saw. Then go in the tank and clean up any obviously softened proseal, then reseal. It is time consuming,...
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-17-2022, 10:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 741
Posted By bruceh
Just cut back the stick the distance of the grip...

Just cut back the stick the distance of the grip you are adding to the end. I think on my Tosten grips, I needed to trim off just a 1/4 to 1/2 inch more.
You can always wait to trim this until you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-14-2022, 11:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,193
Posted By bruceh
I took one of the 15A circuits on the VP-X and...

I took one of the 15A circuits on the VP-X and connected it up to a small 8 fuse block (like Steinair's above). I run several other circuits like the ELT, interior lighting (LED's), and the Hobbs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2022, 10:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,040
Posted By bruceh
Wear gloves and try not to touch any proseal and...

Wear gloves and try not to touch any proseal and you won't make a complete mess! I use the popsicle sticks to spread, along with a good mirror on a stick, and a small flashlight that you can just lay...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-08-2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,316
Posted By bruceh
It is pretty easy to set up a google map with...

It is pretty easy to set up a google map with what ever you want to track.

Here is where I've been. (https://flyingoverthehills.wordpress.com/map-of-airports-visited/)
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-07-2022, 08:02 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 17,015
Posted By bruceh
I documented most of my deviations and...

I documented most of my deviations and modifications in this blog post (https://flyingoverthehills.wordpress.com/2017/07/18/safety-innovations-and-deviations-from-the-plans/).
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 09:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,969
Posted By bruceh
Some really good info here from EAA...

Some really good info here from EAA (https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/builderresources/while-youre-building/building-articles/composite/part-2-basics-of-composite-construction).

Mix it in...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-04-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,521
Posted By bruceh
It is on my bucket list to fly this. I saw the...

It is on my bucket list to fly this. I saw the article on, and wasn't aware that the military aircraft is now restricted from flying low level.

Down here in San Diego county, we have Carrizo Gorge,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,277
Posted By bruceh
If anyone needs to see photo proof, just read my...

If anyone needs to see photo proof, just read my blog on the repair of Marc's tank (https://flyingoverthehills.wordpress.com/2021/02/05/another-fuel-tank-repair-job/).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-01-2022, 09:14 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,277
Posted By bruceh
DISCLAIMER: I'm not a chemist! Here is an...

DISCLAIMER: I'm not a chemist!

Here is an article from Boeing on "Rivet Rash" (https://www.boeingsuppliers.com/environmental/TechNotes/TechNotes2003-08.pdf). Seems to be similar to what is happening...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-31-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By bruceh
So the weather at Lake Havasu looks to be pretty...

So the weather at Lake Havasu looks to be pretty windy for tomorrow.

I'm going to be unable to attend, since my kid has come down with COVID. :eek:

She's fully vaccinated and boosted (works in the...
Forum: COMM 12-30-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,341
Posted By bruceh
Yes, assuming all the PTT does is pull the signal...

Yes, assuming all the PTT does is pull the signal to ground. Just wire them up in parallel.
Forum: Tools 12-30-2021, 08:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,992
Posted By bruceh
I've got this type and it works...

I've got this type and it works great.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/flaringtools3.php
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-29-2021, 11:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By bruceh
OH, OK. Nevada can come too! Just don't show up...

OH, OK. Nevada can come too!

Just don't show up in a Cessna. :D
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-29-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,549
Posted By bruceh
New Year's Day Fly In KHII Lake Havasu City

All CA and AZ RV'ers,

The annual tradition of a New Year's day flight is on.

Hangar 24 brewery and restaurant on the field will be open at 11am MST (10am PST).

As long as the weather forecast...
Forum: RV-14 12-28-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 28,990
Posted By bruceh
I think you mean 14 CFR 43 Appendix D...

I think you mean
14 CFR 43 Appendix D (https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/14/appendix-D_to_part_43).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2021, 11:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,572
Posted By bruceh
Mostly local flights, but two up to NorCal, and...

Mostly local flights, but two up to NorCal, and out to Oshkosh.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-23-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 10,178
Posted By bruceh
I ran across this airplane a few years ago at...

I ran across this airplane a few years ago at Long Beach, CA.

https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/Overthehillscom-1/i-VBLPvr7/0/e72c7425/M/IMG_1044-M.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,544
Posted By bruceh
It was a perfect day to fly. Recent cold temps...

It was a perfect day to fly. Recent cold temps and rain gave the local mountains a good dusting of snow. I ran north to Big Bear, did a touch and go, and then back home for some family time....
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,667
Posted By bruceh
VP-X terminal crimper problems

I'm upgrading my VP-X sport to a pro. I have the additional J8 connector and pins (thanks, Chad!). I purchased the Molex tool that Steinair sells for these terminals. It comes with a slotted guide...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-08-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,703
Posted By bruceh
Congrats and have a safe Phase 1. Glad my website...

Congrats and have a safe Phase 1. Glad my website helped you.
Forum: Primers 12-04-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,390
Posted By bruceh
You can put just plain old water in the gun and...

You can put just plain old water in the gun and play around with the controls.
There are just 3 things to adjust on the gun - the flow of the air, the flow of the material, and the spray pattern. As...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-01-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,391
Posted By bruceh
Just a data point on the Harbor Freight...

Just a data point on the Harbor Freight multimeters. I have several and one has definitely failed. It doesn't read 0 Ohms with both probes connected.
For basic, non-fancy operations like continuity...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-01-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 820
Posted By bruceh
I followed the plans for the forward most...

I followed the plans for the forward most placement of the pedals. There is plenty of clearance to avoid hitting any brake lines, as long as they are sitting close to the firewall.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-23-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,015
Posted By bruceh
I have a set of their nav/strobes on my RV-9A....

I have a set of their nav/strobes on my RV-9A. After a couple of years they started acting up and I sent them back for repairs. They claimed that they just needed to resolder some components. All has...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,560
Posted By bruceh
Yes, on the tiny leading edge tabs (the ones...

Yes, on the tiny leading edge tabs (the ones without rivet holes), you can file or use the scotchbrite wheel to round them down so that they fit inside the skin much nicer.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,222
Posted By bruceh
You'll also need some .041 for the flap motor...

You'll also need some .041 for the flap motor service bulletin.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 02:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,298
Posted By bruceh
Fantastic! The valves look so clean without lead...

Fantastic! The valves look so clean without lead in the fuel. Hopefully, we will start to get that unleaded avgas more available. Here in California, all the mogas has ethanol.
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