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Forum: RV-10 11-02-2019, 05:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,334
Posted By robjohnson
Congrats!

The next journey begins ? congrats!!!
Forum: RV-10 05-22-2019, 08:06 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,064
Posted By robjohnson
Also not trying to be critical

Please see title of this post -- I am absolutely not trying to be critical at all, and there is a wide range of what constitutes airworthiness and finishing techniques. I do intend this to be...
Forum: Propellers 03-09-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 16,158
Posted By robjohnson
Respectfully, what is the explanation for those...

Respectfully, what is the explanation for those that have performed an actual change from a 2-blade constant speed to a 3-blade constant speed on the same plane and only report 2-3 knots degradation?...
Forum: RV-10 05-26-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,533
Posted By robjohnson
Repeat Offender -- this time around is an RV-10

Hello again, VAF!

Long time, no write! I have built and sold and RV-7, and fast forward several years, I am now a repeat offender with a brand new RV-10 project. My family has expanded since the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-12-2013, 04:36 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,306
Posted By robjohnson
Another vote for TIG

I have a small little inverter TIG from HTP, and I absolutely love it. I am scratch building a clipped-wing cub, and it has been fun learning to use, as well as actually fabricating with. Agree...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-20-2013, 04:23 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 10,772
Posted By robjohnson
Ok, ok -- build logistics

Scott,

What is your method to make such nice flattened areas in the tubing? I have tried using a vice, but they don't look nearly as nice as yours. Are you using heat? Is the tubing 4130, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2012, 04:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,568
Posted By robjohnson
YES!!!!!

Chad,

I am doing the same thing -- exploring different designs, models, flight missions, etc. Christine and I had a good talk this weekend, and the Cub plans are for sale. We decided that a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2009, 08:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,340
Posted By robjohnson
Maybe it is just your AOPA magazine...

100LL must not be going away for everyone -- page 60 of my November 2009 AOPA magazine shows a really nice shot of a Piper Meridian panel, and a writeup on SimCom. What magazine do you get? I get...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-01-2009, 07:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,428
Posted By robjohnson
I second Frank's response -- that's what I did on...

I second Frank's response -- that's what I did on mine. The 'ol safety wire covered in nylon tubing with a couple washers to prevent cutting. After 73 hours, no indication of chaffing or the safety...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2009, 05:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,882
Posted By robjohnson
Check the instructions on those Avery guages...

It's been a while, but I seem to recall that you don't want the rivet to fit in the hole (barely) AND you don't want it to slide under the notch in the end of the gauge. From the way you described...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2009, 11:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,013
Posted By robjohnson
Still a flared fitting

That's still a flared fitting and should be installed dry. I only used ez-turn/fuel lube on the NPT fittings -- flared fittings were installed and torqued dry.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2009, 04:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,200
Posted By robjohnson
Filler material

Also, I would TIG it closed, not MIG. TIG keeps the heat impacted area close and there is no splatter like MIG. Lincoln Electric has some guidance on TIG filler for 4130. I used ER80S-D2 on mine. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2009, 04:23 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,200
Posted By robjohnson
Single flute bits for drilling the welded material

Buy a single flute drill bit from McMaster-Carr -- I had to have mine welded twice (first one misdrilled...the second messed up during drilling because of the hardness of the weld). Did a bunch of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2009, 04:29 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,671
Posted By robjohnson
What are you using it for?

I'm going to go ahead and assume that this isn't for actual fuel use on an airplane (or even a lawn mower). If this is for actual fuel use, there are several issues with your config, but let's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2009, 05:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,832
Posted By robjohnson
How much air (psi) are you pumping in the tank? ...

How much air (psi) are you pumping in the tank? Also, are you certain the proseal is completely dry before airing it up? Is it possible that you are overpressurizing the thing and blowing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2009, 07:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,670
Posted By robjohnson
Thanks Joe! Spaghetti Cat rules!!!! :D

Thanks Joe! Spaghetti Cat rules!!!! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2009, 05:31 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,670
Posted By robjohnson
Hi John, and welcome! Good to see another...

Hi John, and welcome! Good to see another builder in Illinois!

I don't have a tip-up, but I did glue my slider with Sikaflex. I don't have a huge number of hours on it (almost 60), but it is as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2009, 07:29 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,041
Posted By robjohnson
14" spinner install on a -6/-7/-9?

Has anyone installed a 14" spinner on a -6, -7, or a -9? I have an absolutely beautiful polished spinner in my possession, but the diameter is 1" larger than the standard Van's fiberglass spinner. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2009, 07:58 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,156
Posted By robjohnson
Why?

Why would you want to do this? Sounds like A LOT of work for something that isn't a problem....oil coolers work great and have limited plumbing. I like the keep it simple mantra.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2008, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,500
Posted By robjohnson
Got a reply from Duckworks

Man, do I feel like an idiot. In parallel to this thread, I sent a note to Duckworks explaining my problem and asking if I could purchase a single light to replace my broken one. Thankfully, they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2008, 05:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,500
Posted By robjohnson
Thanks for all of the suggestions and replys, and...

Thanks for all of the suggestions and replys, and thanks, Tom, for the exact dimensions of the duckworks light. Absolutely perfect!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2008, 08:06 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,500
Posted By robjohnson
Duckworks rectangular light size

After about 48 hours of flight time, my taxi light bulb blew (I have wig wags and run them constantly). Well, in my infinite wisdom and attempt to replace the bulb, I ruined the reflector/bulb...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2008, 06:10 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,190
Posted By robjohnson
Another good tip

I remember working on the tanks for our -7...it was mid-summer, and man was it HOT! Glad that is over...

Anyway, a good tip that I did when installing the rear tank baffle was to get some large...
Forum: GPS 10-19-2008, 04:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,929
Posted By robjohnson
Please include me, too!

This is AWESOME! Please add me to the list --

Rob Johnson
2303 Corrigan Way
Normal, IL 61761

Thanks!

Rob
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-11-2008, 04:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,361
Posted By robjohnson
Me too....

Me too....
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-06-2008, 08:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,361
Posted By robjohnson
Hi Jeremy -- Everyone seems to do this a bit...

Hi Jeremy --

Everyone seems to do this a bit differently. When I was building my -7, I used the soldering iron to remove the blue plastic adjacent to the rivet lines, and then pulled the rest of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-04-2008, 04:51 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,361
Posted By robjohnson
Carl, Feel free to give me, Jack, Chad, Larry,...

Carl,

Feel free to give me, Jack, Chad, Larry, and Terry a shout when you are trying to coordinate this visit. Between all of us, we should have a good mix of stages to show this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2008, 06:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,754
Posted By robjohnson
N826RC first flight

Here is the note that I sent to Van's on my first flight -- I'll be posting a YouTube link in a few days after we get done editing the videos. Thanks to all for your help along the way!!!




On...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2008, 04:20 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,503
Posted By robjohnson
Don't wait, Carl

You don't want to wait, Carl. Some of the nutplates on the bottom of the fuse will be impossible to install after the wings are mated up. Chad had this same question, and he ended up calling Van's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2008, 08:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,404
Posted By robjohnson
You have to trim the bottom of the canopy frame...

You have to trim the bottom of the canopy frame tubes (the front bow) to get the height right. You don't want to do this until all of the other bending and tweaking has been done. Also, I can't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2008, 04:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,173
Posted By robjohnson
The connectors that came with my TruTrak were...

The connectors that came with my TruTrak were solder connections. You..um...solder them instead of removing and crimping them. Your mileage may vary, though.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-03-2008, 08:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,308
Posted By robjohnson
This looks pretty cool, actually -- is it similar...

This looks pretty cool, actually -- is it similar to the LASAR system???
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2008, 04:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,707
Posted By robjohnson
Thanks for the congrats, guys! It is much...

Thanks for the congrats, guys! It is much appreciated! Chad, thanks again a million times -- glad you were there on the other end of the radio!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2008, 09:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,707
Posted By robjohnson
First Engine Start for N826RC!!!

Well, today was another one of those huge milestone days. Took a little time off of work to wrap up some loose ends and to double (ok, who's kidding -- triple) check all of the fuel, vent, and oil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2008, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,495
Posted By robjohnson
Head north on US 51

Mike,

You should take a run up to Bloomington/Normal sometime -- we have a local EAA chapter with several RV projects underway. Projects include several -7's (tipup and sliders, and even a really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2008, 04:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,041
Posted By robjohnson
Hey Bill, Look at your center 4 ribs -- if you...

Hey Bill,

Look at your center 4 ribs -- if you recall, you had to remove a portion of the rib, as per the plans. If Phil didn't do this, this would certainly cause his forward to aft movement...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2008, 05:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,041
Posted By robjohnson
Did you modify the ribs properly? Not sure about...

Did you modify the ribs properly? Not sure about the -9, but on the -7 you have to cut a pretty good chunk out of the center ribs so the control column doesn't hit the top of the ribs. Definitely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2008, 04:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,010
Posted By robjohnson
Right on, Bill!

Right on, Bill! Definitely tip my hat to the warehouse folks! I didn't have a single item messed up from shipment on all of my kits, and it wasn't the warehouse's fault on my wing tip issue -- just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,010
Posted By robjohnson
Thumbs up Excellent customer service from Van's!

So often enough it is easy to only post complaints with companies, and we forget that we should also talk about good experiences.

Here is the situation -- I am getting close to being done with our...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2008, 05:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,157
Posted By robjohnson
What fuel injection do you have?

What fuel injection setup do you have? AFP? If so (that is what I have, too), you may need to clock the intake servo 90 degrees on the sump. On the AFP servo, the mixture and "throttle" arms are...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-20-2008, 08:23 PM
Replies: 1,161
Views: 1,322,684
Posted By robjohnson
Here is a shot of my panel -- still waiting on my...

Here is a shot of my panel -- still waiting on my custom length throttle cable, but that is the last thing to add.

http://www.n826rc.com/images/uploads/1540.jpg
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-06-2008, 04:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,778
Posted By robjohnson
I didn't use a mono-to-stereo plug -- I used a...

I didn't use a mono-to-stereo plug -- I used a stereo-to-mono plug. Big difference.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2008, 04:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,778
Posted By robjohnson
I have a PS 6000 with no pre-amp between the iPod...

I have a PS 6000 with no pre-amp between the iPod and input, and it works great! It was really quiet for some reason when I used a stereo to mono plug, but when i removed it, it works great. Maybe...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2008, 02:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,553
Posted By robjohnson
The slider is difficult enough to fit when...

The slider is difficult enough to fit when everything is in alignment, plumb, and square. I think you are going to have some troubles with the wheels rolling in the slider rails properly if you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-25-2008, 07:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,356
Posted By robjohnson
How about a picture? You shouldn't have troubles...

How about a picture? You shouldn't have troubles putting that skin on -- do you have the rib oriented the correct way? Check the plans and the flange direction carefully. That is about the only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2008, 04:29 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 8,542
Posted By robjohnson
Oakley all the way

I have 5 different pairs of Oakley's that I rotate through -- right now the lightweight Wires are my favorites. I have always respected the amount of eye protection that this brand provides (from a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-21-2008, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,410
Posted By robjohnson
I went with the Dynon adapters. I think they are...

I went with the Dynon adapters. I think they are cheaper than the Princeton adapters, and I really like how small/light they are.
Forum: GPS 01-13-2008, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Posted By robjohnson
Thanks guys!!! I really appreciate it!

Thanks guys!!! I really appreciate it!
Forum: GPS 01-13-2008, 05:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,548
Posted By robjohnson
Garmin 400/500 series WAAS installation manual

Does anyone have the Garmin 400/500 series WAAS installation manual handy that they could email to me? I have the document at work, but I don't want to drive out there, and I am right in the middle...
Forum: Autopilots 01-03-2008, 04:24 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 6,611
Posted By robjohnson
I've got one.

I've got a DXF file I can send you. I made it myself, but I know it works -- I have my ADI Pilot II installed in the panel. Shoot me a PM with your email address and I'll send it to you.

Rob
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-27-2007, 04:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,176
Posted By robjohnson
I can show you tomorrow morning, if you want...

I can show you tomorrow morning, if you want...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-29-2007, 05:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 18,146
Posted By robjohnson
I agree, this would be a cool project. I am a...

I agree, this would be a cool project. I am a VB/Java guy, but I messed with some more robust languages back in college. I think Ada is used in most avionics applications (did a bit of programming...
Forum: Midwest 11-24-2007, 05:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,042
Posted By robjohnson
2 hours south

If you are interested in travelling a bit, there are several projects going on about 2 hours south of you. I am finishing a -7 slider right now, Chad Jensen is done with his fuse, and Terry Wendling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2007, 04:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,097
Posted By robjohnson
Stark Avionics

Be sure to give John Stark at Stark Avionics a shot. I got a Garmin stack, TruTrak ADI Pilot II, and an AF-3400EE from them, and they have been awesome to work with. I get prompt phone calls from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2007, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,441
Posted By robjohnson
You got it, Jack! I am out working on the panel...

You got it, Jack! I am out working on the panel this afternoon. Canopy gluing is done, so it is time to get to wiring.

You are absolutely right about doing something nice for Christine -- she has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2007, 12:45 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,441
Posted By robjohnson
Transition training summary

Ok, so I have been too swamped lately to give a summary of my transition training activities, but I found a small window to share the experience with all of you --

I posted about a month ago asking...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2007, 09:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,719
Posted By robjohnson
Hey Chad, I just thought about this tonight...

Hey Chad,

I just thought about this tonight while driving -- you can order those fairings ahead of time. I ordered a replacement fairing from Van's because I got over zealous with that edge rolling...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-13-2007, 04:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,637
Posted By robjohnson
That is so true, Jeff. I have been VERY...

That is so true, Jeff. I have been VERY frustrated with even some of the well known vendors (that are active on this forum) lately. I just keep waiting and waiting, but when are we as a community...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2007, 04:16 PM
Replies: 2,010
Views: 1,470,243
Posted By robjohnson
Milestone weekend....

Was happy to get the thing up on gear legs on Saturday---

http://www.n826rc.com/images/uploads/1251.jpg


But, then on Sunday, some buddies came over and we hung the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2007, 04:31 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,870
Posted By robjohnson
what is going to make you sleep at night.....

DaX,

Here is my guideline on something like this, regardless of the part in question. If you have to ask the question about something "being ok", it is probably best to choose a solution that is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2007, 10:45 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,022
Posted By robjohnson
RV-7, -6, -9 Transition training in the Midwest??

I am looking for some transition training in the Midwest -- we are located in Central IL and would be willing to travel a bit, if required. I just spoke to my insurance agent and my training can be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2007, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,055
Posted By robjohnson
Getting ready to do the belt and suspenders...

Getting ready to do the belt and suspenders approach on our canopy -- Sikaflex with rivets as a backup on the center and aft bows. I know, I know -- it could still crack. I am mainly using the Sika...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-17-2007, 04:31 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,894
Posted By robjohnson
May want to check out TSO-146a, which the Garmin...

May want to check out TSO-146a, which the Garmin WAAS panel mount units comply with. No need for ground based NAV, if you have a GPS that meets this standard. Now, whether or not it is a good idea...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-03-2007, 08:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,894
Posted By robjohnson
I tried to get him to climb in it after we...

I tried to get him to climb in it after we flipped it, but he was way too cool to do that in front of us guys...my guess is that he made machine-gun sounds as soon as Terry and I left :)
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