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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 06:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 173
Posted By PilotjohnS
Same problem

I have the same problem with my engine. I am hoping the the oil vapor in the crankcase is enough to keep the inside clean as long as all the holes are covered.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 441
Posted By PilotjohnS
Tail kits at Osh?

I was hoping the RV 15 tail kits would be available at Osh this year.
Then I woke up and realized it was just a dream for me, and a nightmare for my wife.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2022, 03:37 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,632
Posted By PilotjohnS
aviation plugs

If one is using the aviation plugs, I think using a wrench on a plug socket is fine. But if one is using an automotive type plug, I think access through the baffle would prevent tweaking the plugs...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-26-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,632
Posted By PilotjohnS
From Engine?

I got a pair of those with my new engine from Lycoming
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-25-2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,571
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats

Congratulations
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,882
Posted By PilotjohnS
Looks like

Looks like the rivets are longer than necessary, making the appear under set. That is all I got.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2022, 06:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me

I had to pass the three gps/ transpnder antennas thru one hole and the stick wires thru the other, so i made two extra holes one on each side of center tunnel. I think I went 5/8” and that was just...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-20-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 301
Posted By PilotjohnS
Everyone

I think everyone is adding extra holes now. Add at least two, i thought I had it well planned with the existing holes, but had to add two extra. Easier to do it early in the build. Follow the Vans...
Forum: RV-10 06-19-2022, 09:13 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,642
Posted By PilotjohnS
VAF and blogspot

I started with blogspot before one could post pics on VAF, but now most of my posts are here on VAF.

Just be careful what you post, it is here for eternity.
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-19-2022, 10:08 AM
Replies: 66
Views: 7,838
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bravo

Bravo, bravo, well done.

Please keep it safe.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-19-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,400
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rear skirt

Rear canopy skirt is glassed. I only used 4 layers because I ran out of cloth. But I am using the Aeroepoxy2032, which has a higher glass transition temperature than West Systems, so after a week,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-18-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By PilotjohnS
Slider

If the RV14A had a slider, I would have built a RV14. Just saying.
Forum: RV-15 06-18-2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,700
Posted By PilotjohnS
XV

But Xray Victor? kind of hard to say; you must not like your company pilots....
Forum: RV-15 06-18-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,700
Posted By PilotjohnS
First flight

If they are flying to Osh, first flight must be imminent. But i am sure the transponder will be “broken” . I guess they could get a floght test area that covers the whole area from Oregon to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-18-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 858
Posted By PilotjohnS
Canopy fit

The canopy fit is one of those things I found to be difficult to get right. I don't think there is any guarantee another canopy will be any better. I would try and make it work; I found the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-16-2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 580
Posted By PilotjohnS
Use rv7

I just used the RV7 gotchas sheet. There really are too many ones that matter; Vans did a very good job on instructions. Most of the gotchas I found had to do with installing equipment that didnt...
Forum: RV-15 06-16-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,700
Posted By PilotjohnS
Look like

Looks like I wont make Osh this year. Whoever goes, and if the RV 15 is there, please post a youtube walk around. Thanks in advance.
Forum: RV-15 06-14-2022, 08:41 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,700
Posted By PilotjohnS
share

Please share
Forum: Fiberglass 06-14-2022, 03:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,379
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

I do this between two sheets of plastic. It is amazing how little epoxy is needed to wet out the cloth. i use 1 ounce of epoxy for 1 ounce of glass cloth, and i still always am able to squeeze out a...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-14-2022, 11:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,379
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes helpful

Yes it is helpful. I have been using Rutan's fiberglass booklet as a guide and it has been helpful.
Forum: Fiberglass 06-13-2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,379
Posted By PilotjohnS
How many layers

How many layers do you plan to use?
I used 5 layers of 9 oz for the windscreen skirt, but only 4 layers for the aft skirt. I hope this is enough for the aft skirt; I wanted to do 5 layers on aft, but...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-13-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 375
Posted By PilotjohnS
Osh last year

When I was at Osh last year, Garmin presented a session on their navigators. In it, they specifically said the GTN series will do what you want, but the GNX will need some help. I went to the demo...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-13-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 708
Posted By PilotjohnS
dont bury

and don't bury this in a harness somewhere; make it obvious where the splice is, maybe even use a terminal block. I tried to bring all my connections to a terminal or termination to avoid wire...
Forum: California 06-12-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,219
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hiking? Muir woods

If you like hiking, gotta do the Muir woods just north of GG bridge.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 811
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I wired the panel for a defrost fan just to have it. I had no intention of hooking it up. But when I got to the glare shield install, I realize it will be really hard to drill the holes once the...
Forum: GPS 06-04-2022, 06:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 345
Posted By PilotjohnS
Careful

Although you asked a specific question be careful of the answer. Any transmitter antenna needs to be properly connected. other wise the radio can be damaged. You asked about navigation antenna, which...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-03-2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,400
Posted By PilotjohnS
Primer

The windscreen is in and will also be held in by the fiberglass windscreen fairing which I also will glue in with 209d and sika. I dont think it is going anywhere.
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 06-03-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,758
Posted By PilotjohnS
Now

Me too. But now i just call as soon as I clear lax (imperial highway) and usually get “report abeam”. Pull power and descend. Couldnt be easier in a spam can.
I rarely use Alondra Park anymore.
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-03-2022, 03:54 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,400
Posted By PilotjohnS
Progress

So the front windscreen is coming along, but turns out fiberglassing resin is back ordered. So decided to move on to the rear skirt to make the best use of my precise supply.
After several false...
Forum: California 06-03-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,254
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ready to fly

When i am ready to fly, i am ready to fly. Avoiding a $1000 tax wont stop me. Thats like 1 fill up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 11:13 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,752
Posted By PilotjohnS
RV9A

The main reason I picked a 9A instead of a 14A, so many thousand of (build) hours ago.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 245
Views: 190,976
Posted By PilotjohnS
Awesome Modivation

When I grow up and get a RV, I want to be just like Vlad.
Forum: California 06-02-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 375
Posted By PilotjohnS
Maybe?

I have never used them but you might try Dive n Surf in Redondo Beach.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-02-2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 354
Posted By PilotjohnS
Really

I would recommend use of two wires of four conductors each. I tried an 8 conductor wire, cat7 computer cable, and it was hard to route, hard to connect, and was just cumbersome.
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2022, 05:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,969
Posted By PilotjohnS
Like it a lot

I like these a lot. I have seen something similar on a sailplane, why back when. We have short wingspans as compared to most other planes. Being at the wing tips seems like it will be easier to tie...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2022, 01:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 959
Posted By PilotjohnS
Lastly

All the advice above is good, but the most important advice:

DON'T USE ONLY ONE COLOR OF WIRE.

Trying to troubleshoot a wire harness with all white wire is crazy.
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2022, 07:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 944
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am building a 9a and it is not as fast of a build as a 14. The build time in each section varied wildly. The slowness for came from not knowing what to do and figuring it out using VAF, ETC. this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2022, 07:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 959
Posted By PilotjohnS
Like rivetinng

Like riveting it is easy to pick up. One just needs to be a little more meticulous about keeping everything neat and using the proper tools; no mickey mouse stuff. Garmin G3x install manual (free...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-01-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 433
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rear screws

In the trays, there is a rear screw that i used to attach the trays together. I believe it takes a #6 100 degree countersunk screw from the inside.(not from home depot, radiois wont slide in!) It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 516
Posted By PilotjohnS
It is a pilot’s IQ test.

It is a pilot’s IQ test.
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 05-31-2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,758
Posted By PilotjohnS
Nope

My hangar mates say they still can not get the mini route out of hawthorne. If you go on flightaware i think you will see very few departures going over lax at 2500’.
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-24-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 17,979
Posted By PilotjohnS
Big holes

Another change I did was enlarge the holes in the ribs that serve as baffles in the fuel tank. This allows for faster filling because it gives the escaping air an easier time to get to the filler...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-24-2022, 02:15 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,400
Posted By PilotjohnS
Think i am getting the hang of this

I think i am getting the hang of fiberglass stuff.

I have been working on the windscreen fairing.
In the las post, I was final sanding the edges to the proper width using the impression of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,986
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for the inspiration

Thanks for the inspiration. I am so close to being done, but just cant seem to make as much progress in a month on the fiberglass as when I was pounding metal. I really appreciate all those...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,986
Posted By PilotjohnS
VAF retirement plan

Well, it seems the VAF retirement plan is...

wait for it....

build an RV 15!

no fancy interior, no doors, 2 Garmin G5's, heavy coat in winter, and fishing poles in the back.
Forum: Safety 05-18-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,284
Posted By PilotjohnS
two if by welding... one if by...

So If I have them welded, can I proof load test them?

How much weight should I hang from the ends to proof test the welds?
what is twice the expected flight loads in tension?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 02:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,456
Posted By PilotjohnS
Oppurtunity

I think there is an opportunity here to make a child or young adult seat for the younger kids.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,394
Posted By PilotjohnS
TOO Busy

he is to busy finding a better flap actuator for the RV 15. maybe that will be an "Armstrong" brand in keeping with the back country theme.

Electronics, we don't need no stinking electronics. and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,080
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I had to use fuel safe grease on the gas caps to keep them from leaking during my (air) pressure test of the tanks. YMMV
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,428
Posted By PilotjohnS
In the 9A that I am building, earlier builders...

In the 9A that I am building, earlier builders complained that the holes in the ribs inside the fuel tank are sometimes too small and the fuel will burble out before the tank is filled. The vent cant...
Forum: Safety 05-17-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,284
Posted By PilotjohnS
Flex

The question arises if there are any flex under loading that would cause the clearance on the ground to be insufficient in the air?

How much extra clearance to leave for flying stresses?
Forum: Safety 05-16-2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,284
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

I saw this on m 9A too. My pushrods are welded for this reason. The other option is to remove spar material around the hole to avoid this.

Everyone should check this, and it should be part of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,394
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thank you for all you do

Pat,
Thank you for your support. I have one of your older actuators on my RV9A. I am not flying yet, but it is all set up. It integrates well with the Garmin G3X suite. You came out with this...
Forum: California 05-15-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 570
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old wives tale

Just a thing I remember from doing gliders in the desert. Watch your salt intake when drinking water, the salt will make you go pee. Straight water is better. If you feel thirsty, it is most likely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,273
Posted By PilotjohnS
FAA

I figured it was just part of the FAA’s 51% rule.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,456
Posted By PilotjohnS
Windscreen fairing finishing

Windscreen fairing finishing.

Thought I was build a metal airplane.

I noticed in Vans 2022 calendar this month, there is a RV7 with a metal fairing, just to torture me some more.
Forum: Primers 05-14-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,961
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I tried rattle can primer but was never happy with the adhesion. I bit the bullet and went with Sherwin Williams P60G2. I thought it would be a hassle to mix, spray, and clean up. Turns out it is...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-13-2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,400
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sanding windscreen fairing

Sanding windscreen fairing. I made a sanding block use my french curve from high school and belt sander. I used aeropoxy and the stuff is pretty hard and sands well. Next step will be to smooth edges...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 991
Posted By PilotjohnS
Actually

With the SW P60G2 primer, it dries so quick, that i did do this actually on the wing and fuse skins. it was easy and quick to prime the inside, flip over, mask the mating area and shot a quick prime...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 991
Posted By PilotjohnS
How it works

SW P60G2 primer works to prevent corrosion by being a sacrificial layer. SW P60G2 has quad valent chromium (hexavalent chromium is better, but after the movie "Erin Brockovich" it is not used). So as...
Forum: Autopilots 05-12-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,541
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rudder trim

I always wondered about rudder trim on the 7, 8 and 9 series. Curious how many Vans builders have installed rudder trim?
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 991
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vans test

For a few decades now, Vans have been testing the SW P60G2 primer on a sample hanging outside their shop. every few years (decades) they pull off another strip and see how it is doing.
I would...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-12-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By PilotjohnS
Horizontaal

I stuck with the io320 which is horizontal. Here are my pics. I did change the location of the alt air firewall penetration; I could see how the and location would work and i wanted to keep the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-11-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 28,248
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me 2

I am a customer and I want one.

There. done. Should be out next week:-)
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