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Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs Yesterday, 10:29 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 564,063
Posted By wjb
Just out the paint shop, T&P Aero Refinishers at...

Just out the paint shop, T&P Aero Refinishers at KSNS:

https://photos.smugmug.com/N430WB/n-k6wFKr/Painting/i-cgXrp77/0/aeb311df/L/IMG_0072_HEIC-L.jpg
Forum: Painting your RV Yesterday, 10:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 930
Posted By wjb
T&P - Great shop

I just got my baby back from T&P Aero Refinishers at KSNS. The did an amazing job implementing my paint scheme; the quality of the finish and masking is just fantastic.

They were really careful...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-05-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 930
Posted By wjb
My plane is currently in-process at T&P. Prep is...

My plane is currently in-process at T&P. Prep is done and paint is going on this week. So far, the process has been going smoothly, though the shop has been struggling with manpower lately with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-27-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,154
Posted By wjb
Thanks for sharing Steve; good reading. I'm...

Thanks for sharing Steve; good reading. I'm coming up on my first condition inspection .. hoping to go for at least another 20!
Forum: RV-14 04-26-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By wjb
I ran into a very similar situation to yours ......

I ran into a very similar situation to yours ... and have two dead Andair pumps in the stuff bin to show for it.

I retrofitted with an Airflow Performance pump. It's a bit of a tight fit under the...
Forum: California 04-24-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,119
Posted By wjb
I’d come down too, but the wx would have to work...

I’d come down too, but the wx would have to work out. VFR only here, and I would have to deal with potential fog on both ends .. KHAF an L52
Forum: Fiberglass 04-19-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,731
Posted By wjb
Welcome to the Frankensnorkel club!...

Welcome to the Frankensnorkel club!

https://photos.smugmug.com/N430WB/n-k6wFKr/Drop-box/i-xzppffq/0/13f5cf6d/M/Screen%20Shot%202021-04-19%20at%206.24.00%20PM-M.png
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-16-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By wjb
Hi Bobby .. Here are two. The RV-8 one goes...

Hi Bobby .. Here are two. The RV-8 one goes bottom bolts first, and have used that method twice with great results!
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,571
Posted By wjb
I built this rickety-looking dolly while fitting...

I built this rickety-looking dolly while fitting the cowl and found it works very well for installing the bottom cowl single-handed. The lip on the right holds the aft end of the cowl. A couple of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-14-2021, 12:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By wjb
The setting is in the EIS plane GEA inputs tab,...

The setting is in the EIS plane GEA inputs tab, along with the MP and CHT setups. You will need to figure out which GP input the trim pot is tied to and then configure it to be the trim setting. Take...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-09-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,961
Posted By wjb
I put mine right above the prop knob .. the real...

I put mine right above the prop knob .. the real estate above the throttle is to valuable for flaps and fuel pump switches! The prop should be all the way in for TOGA ops, so there's not much chance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By wjb
Though it's a bit more complicated, this is a...

Though it's a bit more complicated, this is a quick rule of thumb I use to calculate engine power; you can easily cross check your own engine with this:

%PWR = (RPM/2700)*(MAP/30)

2500 x 25" ~...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 132,271
Posted By wjb
Sorry to hear Larry that you had such a hard...

Sorry to hear Larry that you had such a hard time. I found it easy, actually, but fully expected the PITA treatment prior to starting.

I drilled on the floor with wheels on. I screwed the nut to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,432
Posted By wjb
Checked on the bird at the paint shop at SNS ......

Checked on the bird at the paint shop at SNS ... fiberglass prep is done, but I'm now in the conga line waiting for the painting booth. About 3 weeks to first spray, about 2 until the team goes hard...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-03-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,585
Posted By wjb
For 3 view drawings like this, you can interpret...

For 3 view drawings like this, you can interpret them as if the part was sitting in a bowl (or half sphere). Take the lower left drawing and assume it's on the bottom of the bowl. Slide it up the...
Forum: RV-14 03-02-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,352
Posted By wjb
ONLY not needed if you have a a flap positioning...

ONLY not needed if you have a a flap positioning potentiometer connected to the GEA24 engine monitor (and have the system correctly configured for this). I found that I have a flakey connection...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,964
Posted By wjb
Down for paint

Dropped the plane off at the paint shop at KSNS for loooong 6 week wait.

Great shot of the homestead neighborhood on way back to KHAF. Winds were howling 40 kts at 2000 AGL !!, fortunately...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-19-2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,592
Posted By wjb
Hi Steve .. it's pretty snug, maybe a gap of 3/32...

Hi Steve .. it's pretty snug, maybe a gap of 3/32 at the aft end. It's an easy thing to check, though .. just bump the flaps down a crack and see.

I did recently put a flap up limit switch to...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-19-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,167
Posted By wjb
Nice to get 5,000 over the Pacific .. I skirt...

Nice to get 5,000 over the Pacific .. I skirt under the Bravo at 1900 going past SFO. Nice video.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,731
Posted By wjb
I didn't specifically use the oil-filled heater...

I didn't specifically use the oil-filled heater to pre-heat the engine, but did use it to help speed up some epoxy curing on the cowl. I put the heater under the cowl the night before and made a tent...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-18-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,592
Posted By wjb
Whistling at 150 KIAS .. any ideas?

I know my little RV wants to grow up to be a F4U Corsair, aka "Whistling Death" ...it's developed a pronounced whistle at 145-150 kts. It's a clean tone ~800 Hz, (~ A above middle C for musical...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-12-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,816
Posted By wjb
Thanks for buzzing KHAF ... we're always happy to...

Thanks for buzzing KHAF ... we're always happy to have visiting RVs.

The "weather" station you mentioned is actually a radar/tracking station for Vandenberg AFB. Can't really check it out beyond...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 573
Posted By wjb
None at all! That will work fine.

None at all! That will work fine.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,369
Posted By wjb
I've had good luck with Blackstone ... about...

I've had good luck with Blackstone ... about 10-14 days turn around on average. YMMV.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,091
Posted By wjb
Hi Salty Practice, practice, practice! is what...

Hi Salty

Practice, practice, practice! is what you need. Lots of new physical skills learn here and it takes time to get the feel ... holding the gun, setting the air pressure and pressure on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-09-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,010
Posted By wjb
Read through all the engine "how to's" here on...

Read through all the engine "how to's" here on VAF to help you prep - such as this recent post by Draker, where I had the pleasure to help the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-27-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,723
Posted By wjb
Note, too, that the Van's .dxf of the panel is...

Note, too, that the Van's .dxf of the panel is un-bent, with an extra inch at the bottom for the L-bend. This stung me when I was laying out my panel.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,422
Posted By wjb
Hi Larry ... I'm happy to help, too .. I...

Hi Larry ... I'm happy to help, too .. I successfully passed this kidney stone and the bird make very nice airplane noises now. I've been enjoying sharing ways to to avoid some of my scars with...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-22-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,096
Posted By wjb
Now, that's proper flying! Beautiful all around.

Now, that's proper flying! Beautiful all around.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,864
Posted By wjb
Flying videos are better than cat videos

Now that the plane's in phase 2, it's time to go places! This was my first trip into a "short" field ... 2600' (yes, not actually short, but is compared my roomy 5000' x 150' home field) .. no...
Forum: California 12-17-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By wjb
I used Richard Ortenheim, based at KTCY for my AW...

I used Richard Ortenheim, based at KTCY for my AW inspection. We did most of the docs review on line via email / google drive and then about 3 hours at the hangar on the inspection and final docs...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,982
Posted By wjb
I went with visio to do the drawings .. all B...

I went with visio to do the drawings .. all B sized (11x17) pages so that I can easily print then and put them in a binder.

Even though I have lots of experience with schematic capture / PCB layout...
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 02:59 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,982
Posted By wjb
This was exactly my philosophy when putting...

This was exactly my philosophy when putting together my panel .. one common connector area for all electrical connections to the panel environment. It takes easily less than 10 mins to pull the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-02-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,521
Posted By wjb
I had the same problem ... even though the...

I had the same problem ... even though the fitting had good fuel lube and was torqued in place. 45 hours new. No blue residue that I could find, but the leak only showed up when system was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,477
Posted By wjb
Inflight video time..

Now that Phase I is done, I gotta look for new challenges (ha ha!). Hooked up a GoPro and filmed a bit from the cockpit to see how it all works. Here's an approach to KHAF Half Moon Bay, CA after a...
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,592
Posted By wjb
Sweet Brian! 2 years 7 mos "slow" build? Mine...

Sweet Brian! 2 years 7 mos "slow" build? Mine took 8.5 years. Enjoy the plane ... these things are sooo much fun to fly!
Forum: RV-14 11-27-2020, 07:52 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,200
Posted By wjb
Yes! My -7 has cotters; my buddy's -7A (a few...

Yes! My -7 has cotters; my buddy's -7A (a few years behind me) has metal lock nuts. SO much easier to install!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,669
Posted By wjb
From my experience, the pumps are great when new,...

From my experience, the pumps are great when new, but start to "burp" or "sputter" a bit after sitting on my shelf for many months - making the mix ratio questionable, especially for small batches. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2020, 06:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,060
Posted By wjb
Mike's the best...

I was fortunate that my reserved slot wasn't cancelled in early May 2020 when the Covid lockdowns were starting to be lifted. I drove up from SF and did 8+ hours with Mike, the first week when he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2020, 08:46 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,274
Posted By wjb
Phase 1 Complete!

Finished off phase 1 testing with a couple of great acro sessions with my hangar neighbor / AC 90-116 additional pilot / IAC member and judge. We put the plane through plenty of spins, rolls, loops,...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-28-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,128
Posted By wjb
I started my phase 1 area proposal kinda small .....

I started my phase 1 area proposal kinda small .. maybe 80 nm south of my home field +/-. My DAR quickly said (in the docs pre-inspection review) ... "Seriously? If you want to fly in circles, fine...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-27-2020, 07:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,179
Posted By wjb
This should be fine, too .. the shields don't...

This should be fine, too .. the shields don't carry and real current. As long at they are grounded at an end, you'll be fine. You do, however, want to be sure that the shield is positively grounded...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-27-2020, 05:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,651
Posted By wjb
Now, THIS is SUPER HELPFUL; 10,000 thanks!

Now, THIS is SUPER HELPFUL; 10,000 thanks!
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-27-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,213
Posted By wjb
Go to it Andy! Always great to anticipate...

Go to it Andy! Always great to anticipate another RV gracing our California skies! Come out to KHAF when the temps get a bit too high out in the valley (quick flight in a 10!)
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-27-2020, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,179
Posted By wjb
The easy way is to run the two CANbus wires thru...

The easy way is to run the two CANbus wires thru the connector, and add a third for the shield carry-through. Connect to the shield on the wing side and you're good to go. A few inches of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,111
Posted By wjb
Congrats! Very happy to see another RV-7...

Congrats! Very happy to see another RV-7 tipper-dragger take to the skies. Looks just like mine; less the pants on the first flight ;-) Enjoy Phase 1.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-20-2020, 05:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,273
Posted By wjb
I don't have any hard data ... I have a M1B with...

I don't have any hard data ... I have a M1B with the AvStar servo, which is working well. However, I haven't been able to get any reasonable manuals for my PN .. I'm cribbing on the older RSA-5...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 06:35 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,677
Posted By wjb
UFO High Bay lights are fantastic

I installed four LED 150W "UFO High Bay" lights in my hangar right after move-in. The pathetic dual tube fluorescent fixture that came with the hangar would have made me go blind trying to work on...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 9,909
Posted By wjb
No problem ... just restart in flight! Here's a...

No problem ... just restart in flight! Here's a (ahem) procedure to consider...

https://mobile.twitter.com/Pereiraosv/status/1314211639500005376
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-13-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,238
Posted By wjb
Often builders find that they need to remove one...

Often builders find that they need to remove one or both of the dams in front of #1 and #2 to improve cooling on those cylinders ... I needed to remove the #1 dam to improve cooling on that...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-12-2020, 08:05 PM
Replies: 297
Views: 356,030
Posted By wjb
Wow! those are NICE photos! He can take a pic of...

Wow! those are NICE photos! He can take a pic of my plane ANY TIME! The tippers+ draggers are best looking RVs, bar none.

Note, though, this F-18 photo ... EGT issues, as evidenced by the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-02-2020, 07:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,696
Posted By wjb
Thanks Steve for the pirep! Here's the...

Thanks Steve for the pirep!

Here's the site:

https://www.vibra-tite.com/threadlockers/removable-reusable-threadlockers/vibra-tite-vc-3-threadmate/
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,369
Posted By wjb
My -7 has the starter interlocked with the mag...

My -7 has the starter interlocked with the mag switches ... I wired it so that left mag (impulse mag) is ON and right mag is OFF to enable the starter circuit. My button's on the panel, but easily...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-26-2020, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,555
Posted By wjb
Nice! Such a great milestone to get the plane on...

Nice! Such a great milestone to get the plane on its legs!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2020, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,484
Posted By wjb
It won't nose over, but the weight on the TW is...

It won't nose over, but the weight on the TW is not too high empty .. I measured 64 lbs in level condition -- this seems to pretty typical based on other poster's W&B numbers.
Forum: Safety 09-23-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,159
Posted By wjb
Proper and correct statement! We do hope you'll...

Proper and correct statement! We do hope you'll contribute to the cycles on the KHAF runway soon, as the wx is moving away from fog-all-the-time. You will likely be able to get a free lunch from...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-20-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,131
Posted By wjb
Be sure to test first, but orange oil is the...

Be sure to test first, but orange oil is the bomb-dot-com to remove sticker goo. Initially cleaned the canopy with it (now, Prist) and got off all the dried on masking tape junk and anything else...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-20-2020, 08:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 877
Posted By wjb
Weird EGT wiggles after hot start

I've found an interesting EGT oscillation after hot start that I request the VAF brain trust to opine upon ... This shows up after a hot start during taxi. IO-360-M1B, 30 hrs TTSN, running great in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-17-2020, 03:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,821
Posted By wjb
Side load on the scales can cause them to read...

Side load on the scales can cause them to read incorrectly -- it's easy to get a side load if you lower your plane onto the scales rather than rolling it on.

A common trick to eliminate this to put...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-17-2020, 03:09 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,375
Posted By wjb
Acetone will take that right off ... that's the...

Acetone will take that right off ... that's the mfgr's ink marking under the protective plastic describing what the metal is (ie 2024T6 0.040, etc) -- not always legible.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-17-2020, 09:51 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 839
Posted By wjb
It doesn't matter which wing the stall warner is...

It doesn't matter which wing the stall warner is on; mine is on the left with the pitot tube. For the wire, I routed it aft of the spar and put it into the conduit for the rest of the wing wiring;...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-16-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,131
Posted By wjb
FWIW, I did a full check of the my factory new...

FWIW, I did a full check of the my factory new M1B timing prior to first start (sounded like a good idea, and I was curious to see!). Both sides were dead nuts on 25 deg, per the data plate. I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2020, 06:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,307
Posted By wjb
Yea, that's exactly how the RV grins are supposed...

Yea, that's exactly how the RV grins are supposed to work; wonderful photos. Congrats and enjoy; 27+ hours into my phase I and I'm continually impressed on what a great machine this is. Looking...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,223
Posted By wjb
I used the Princeton "one point" sensor ... it's...

I used the Princeton "one point" sensor ... it's just one calibration with empty tanks once installed in the aircraft. The G3X calibration process does the rest of the work when you do the...
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