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Forum: RV-14 06-27-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,029
Posted By PhatRV
On my RV8, I put the switch on the Infinity grip...

On my RV8, I put the switch on the Infinity grip and a dedicated flap switch on the panel as a backup, in the case the switch on the grip fails. The switches are connected to the flap controller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 904
Posted By PhatRV
I talked with a nice gentleman at the FAA. It is...

I talked with a nice gentleman at the FAA. It is prioritizing original registrations for experimental aircraft. If you have reserved an N-number but haven't received your confirmation letter, it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,447
Posted By PhatRV
I called the FAA aircraft registration office...

I called the FAA aircraft registration office today. If you have a reserved N-number and haven't received the confirmation yet, you can submit your aircraft registration form with the same N-number...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,447
Posted By PhatRV
Do you know what will happened if I submit an...

Do you know what will happened if I submit an official registration form with a N-number that I thought was available at the time but it became a conflict when the FAA reviewed it, will the FAA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 200
Posted By PhatRV
Need Recommendation for DAR in SoCal

I was going to use Dave Prizio for the DAR on my RV8 but he is retiring this month. Can you guys recommend a DAR who is close to Chino or Riverside?

Also, have you worked with Rich Aldrich who is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 632
Posted By PhatRV
You should also account for the servo wiring too....

You should also account for the servo wiring too. My Dynon servo needs 8 wires and you have to plan where to connect the ends inside the fuselage. I ordered 1000' of 22 gauge for the avionic...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-23-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 516
Posted By PhatRV
It depends on how much wiring and equipment are...

It depends on how much wiring and equipment are already installed inside your fuselage.

For mine, I scrubbed down the interior fuselage with dishwashing soap plus green pad, rinsed, and let it dry. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 11,447
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for the tip. As soon as my bill of sale is...

Thanks for the tip. As soon as my bill of sale is received, I am going to proceed with this method instead of waiting for the confirmation of the N number reservation
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-08-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 497
Posted By PhatRV
I use these to support my RV8. Please note that...

I use these to support my RV8. Please note that after you install your engine, the weight of the airplane increases dramatically, and then you add the two wings to drill the rear spar. After that,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-06-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 960
Posted By PhatRV
For the Dynon system, I built the serial wire...

For the Dynon system, I built the serial wire harness and did continuity check for each of the pins. This is the easy wire harness to build and test since all of them will have the same 8-wire pins. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 44,983
Posted By PhatRV
Can you post the closeup pictures of this wing?...

Can you post the closeup pictures of this wing?

Thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 514
Posted By PhatRV
I would try and use the oops rivets first in this...

I would try and use the oops rivets first in this area. I also think replacing the skin for this mistake is overkill.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 696
Posted By PhatRV
I had the similar issue when fitting my RV8. The...

I had the similar issue when fitting my RV8. The best I could get was +25 deg before the aft end of the control horn touching the bulkhead. I ground down the control flange a bit to provide a bit...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks. I'll ask Aerographics if it can make...

Thanks. I'll ask Aerographics if it can make some custom vinyl at a reasonable price.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 395
Posted By PhatRV
Tips for Painting Roundal

I am closing to finish most of the major build portions of my RV8. I am now thinking of the painting task while waiting on the availability of hangar.

I am looking for links describing how to paint...
Forum: Safety 05-26-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,294
Posted By PhatRV
I wonder if welding of the control pushrod is a...

I wonder if welding of the control pushrod is a non-standard aviation practice. It seems using rivet is standard, and according to Vans and Airbus. I wonder if Mel will ding you if you weld.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-24-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 383
Posted By PhatRV
Dynon has a servo compatibility table for the...

Dynon has a servo compatibility table for the Vans aircraft. I used what was recommended because I don't know how my plane flies yet
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-21-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,004
Posted By PhatRV
I ran into the same problem while closing the...

I ran into the same problem while closing the bottom wing skin of my RV8. I use the pop rivet in one place like in the picture above.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-18-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,332
Posted By PhatRV
I find that my epoxy/micro mixture makes a better...

I find that my epoxy/micro mixture makes a better bond if the aluminum is etched and alodine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,053
Posted By PhatRV
You are not going to need your wingtips until you...

You are not going to need your wingtips until you are almost finished with your airplane. BO is a common thing with something that is as complicated as an airplane. I just finished my wingtips, 3 1/2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,286
Posted By PhatRV
The bag number system worked well for me. The...

The bag number system worked well for me. The bags are organized by the specific parts in the kits. For example, there is a specific hardware for the canopy, including rivets, nutplates, screws,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,286
Posted By PhatRV
Everything is confusing at first but when you...

Everything is confusing at first but when you finish the wing kit, you can pick up a AN hardware and know the AN number.
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,168
Posted By PhatRV
Rock climbing bolt anchor is slightly more...

Rock climbing bolt anchor is slightly more streamline. Not sure how much speed gain from this design but it sure looks cooler than the standard eye-bolt....
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,168
Posted By PhatRV
I used...

I used McMaster:
https://www.mcmaster.com/eyebolts/eyebolts-for-lifting-8/
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-07-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,261
Posted By PhatRV
Another strange ground track

Another strange ground track
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 09:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 259
Posted By PhatRV
RV14 is Now on MS Flight Sim 2020

The RV14 from Simworks Studio is now available on MSFS2020.
Forum: RV-4 05-06-2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 672
Posted By PhatRV
I usually run the wires through the smaller hole,...

I usually run the wires through the smaller hole, then install the DB connector after the wires are routed. You can pre-pin all the wires and plug the pins to the connector after the wires are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-05-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 436
Posted By PhatRV
The alignment of the latch pin to the latch-block...

The alignment of the latch pin to the latch-block is a time consuming process to ensure a good fit. If something is moved after you fitted the latch mechanism, it will be a another PIA process to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,685
Posted By PhatRV
Weather at the nearby KMDQ at the time.

Weather at the nearby KMDQ at the time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,685
Posted By PhatRV
Something happened after the autopilot was turned...

Something happened after the autopilot was turned off at the red mark on the upper ground track.
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 583
Posted By PhatRV
At least two other people will be happy with...

At least two other people will be happy with their quickbuild wings as seen in the picture.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-28-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 501
Posted By PhatRV
Can you install a shutter to block off some of...

Can you install a shutter to block off some of the airflow instead of replacing the entire oil filter?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-22-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 552
Posted By PhatRV
I followed the Vans FF drawings for the IO...

I followed the Vans FF drawings for the IO engine. Everything fitted close the plans. The only part I had to carefully prototype was the location of the forward mounted battery. I wanted to be able...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By PhatRV
Probably zero effect on the flying quality, maybe...

Probably zero effect on the flying quality, maybe 1/4 knots less comparing to the flush version.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks to all the replies. I have to call Vans...

Thanks to all the replies. I have to call Vans again for the status of the tool. It may end up that I have to build a tool for the job.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,215
Posted By PhatRV
Help: Spar Bending Tool

Hello all,

I need to smooth out the ski jump on the upper rear spar of my RV8. I tried to order the spar bending tool from Vans but the tool was checked out by another builder for the last 3...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-16-2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 419
Posted By PhatRV
Another Option: Dynon FastTrack Module

I don't know how far a long is your avionic installation but you may want to consider the new Dynon Fastrack module that has all the essential avionics such as ADHARS mounted just behind the HDX...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-14-2022, 10:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 285
Posted By PhatRV
There is no wiring harness for your RV8. Stein...

There is no wiring harness for your RV8. Stein builds your avionic harness but you have to provide electrical power to it, including the power for the rest of the lighting, pumps, and connections to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-08-2022, 08:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 601
Posted By PhatRV
I didn't cut much into the fiberglass of the...

I didn't cut much into the fiberglass of the inlet or than to smooth out the factory part to make everything straight. Somehow, after the aluminum ramp of the baffle kit is bent to match up with the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,335
Posted By PhatRV
I have good luck with Alumiprep to clean up the...

I have good luck with Alumiprep to clean up the oxidation on aluminum and follow up with alodine conversion to keep it from further oxidation before priming and painting. The stuff works better when...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,382
Posted By PhatRV
The chemical stripper is very strong, it will eat...

The chemical stripper is very strong, it will eat away from the epoxy underneath the paint. I used the paint stripper on my 2K epoxy primed metal part and the epoxy coating lifted off the surface in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,497
Posted By PhatRV
I use pop-rivet dimpler and used pop-rivets for...

I use pop-rivet dimpler and used pop-rivets for the doubler since I didn't have a helper
Forum: Flight Testing 04-04-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,150
Posted By PhatRV
Is there any break-in difference for a newly...

Is there any break-in difference for a newly rebuilt engine versus the Lycoming factory new engine?

From my engine log, my IO360-M1B has been run for almost 120 minutes at the factory. Some runs...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
Posted By PhatRV
All the AN screws and bolts are cadium plated for...

All the AN screws and bolts are cadium plated for corrosion protection. I wonder what is the cost associated with this process. Same with zinc. The issue with zinc is the very rough looking...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-04-2022, 08:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,621
Posted By PhatRV
The tailspring on my RV8 still has the original...

The tailspring on my RV8 still has the original preservation oil coating from the factory and it hasn't shown any sign of rust yet. The tail-wheel control arm is showing a lot of surface rust. Base...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-02-2022, 10:24 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,797
Posted By PhatRV
I don't know if this picture will help you. I...

I don't know if this picture will help you. I had to trim at the red line and bend the tab inward for more clearances. The view from the bottom shows how the tripple bend tab fits inside the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,185
Posted By PhatRV
I think an access hole can be cut into the bottom...

I think an access hole can be cut into the bottom of the LE just like the access for the stall warner tab. This will provide access to rivet the inner ribs. For the long wing RV10, maybe 2 access...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,264
Posted By PhatRV
I accepted a few minor packaging issues when a...

I accepted a few minor packaging issues when a company ships out airplane kits with thousands of parts, and in the end, they miraculously fitted together without any jig. I had some issues sometime...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 7,415
Posted By PhatRV
I just did a quick spreadsheet math based on the...

I just did a quick spreadsheet math based on the 100hr/year of flying. Combine the cost of fuel, hangar, oil, maintenance reserve, insurance, my monthly cost is over $1200. Some will have more,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,380
Posted By PhatRV
I had some hangar rash on my part and the Vans...

I had some hangar rash on my part and the Vans replies were replace the part, always. It's CYA.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,010
Posted By PhatRV
On my RV8, the upper end of the piano hinge is...

On my RV8, the upper end of the piano hinge is sized so that I can remove the hinge rod without it interfering with the upper engine mount. There was some trial fitting to ensure I can pull out the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-28-2022, 02:19 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,993
Posted By PhatRV
I just finished plumbing the fuel lines from the...

I just finished plumbing the fuel lines from the fuel control valve to the left tank. I applaud those who could fit another filter in between the wing root and the fuselage because there is hardly...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-28-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 494
Posted By PhatRV
Not sure if the intersection fairing has a...

Not sure if the intersection fairing has a defined orientation other than front-to-aft. The wheel pants are aligned with the flight attitude
Forum: Safety 03-26-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,788
Posted By PhatRV
I hate having my phase 1 extended by another 50...

I hate having my phase 1 extended by another 50 hours and spending countless hours to complete the mandated FAA AFM and other mandated docs because somebody kicked the hornet nest. I thought many of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-23-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By PhatRV
Yes. You make the matching cutout in the cover...

Yes. You make the matching cutout in the cover plate and install the step as in the 8A. I am considering of doing the similar modification, and especially if I am tired of the high stepping on to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-23-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 483
Posted By PhatRV
I am working fitting the left flap. This is the...

I am working fitting the left flap. This is the cover plate that was supplied with the kit, and the step opening is covered after the cover plate is riveted onto the fuselage.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,526
Posted By PhatRV
Show us the numbers!

If you are going to make a quantitative argument for or against a design, you need to show us the numbers. Pictures don't cut it.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-22-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,526
Posted By PhatRV
I don't know how Vans engineer designed the...

I don't know how Vans engineer designed the control horns on my RV8 but the control horns have side flanges that contribute a lot to the bending stiffness and torsional stiffness to the parts. If...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-21-2022, 02:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 551
Posted By PhatRV
Assume this is very similar to the RV8, I used...

Assume this is very similar to the RV8, I used this tool to dimple the hole

https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=AE1022
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-18-2022, 02:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,670
Posted By PhatRV
For the longerons, if you live near an aircraft...

For the longerons, if you live near an aircraft supply store, you can order it from it instead of paying extra for shipping across the country from Vans. Aircraft Spruce is in Fort Worth but there...
Forum: Primers 03-16-2022, 08:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,463
Posted By PhatRV
Can you elaborate why to NOT do it AFTER?

Can you elaborate why to NOT do it AFTER?
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-15-2022, 08:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,417
Posted By PhatRV
The vetterman crossover exhaust that came with...

The vetterman crossover exhaust that came with the Vans FF kit that is compatible with the IO-360-M1B engine with horizontal induction. Everything fitted together very well. I don't know if the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2022, 08:48 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 16,358
Posted By PhatRV
Just in case you want to consider using another...

Just in case you want to consider using another kit. It is closer to where you live too. Plus the wings are like 80% completed.
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=204544
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2022, 01:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,913
Posted By PhatRV
Ask Stein how to adjust the depth of the pin. I...

Ask Stein how to adjust the depth of the pin. I got the similar crimper but I didn't have the same problems you are having. I made my own wire bundles and they don't have the wire sheating as shown...
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