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Forum: Painting your RV Yesterday, 08:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 241
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There are a number of options. - If you are...

There are a number of options.

- If you are interested in painting it yourself, get the proper paint setup (PPE, compressor, gun, condensate removal system for your air, etc.), then spend several...
Forum: Painting your RV Yesterday, 06:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 666
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If you buy paint in multiple batches, you can...

If you buy paint in multiple batches, you can still paint the wings, flaps, ailerons, and tips with one batch and the balance of the airplane with another batch (can) of paint.

With the near right...
Forum: Aircraft Camping 06-20-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 858
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have several camping pads. My thermarest...

I have several camping pads. My thermarest basecamp pads are the heaviest and most comfortable. For $129, they have the large model that is 30" x 77".

I also have one of the Cabela's Instinct pads...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2021, 02:46 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 254
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Sell it for what you think you can get for it....

Sell it for what you think you can get for it. That's the way the classifieds work.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-19-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 405
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I used proseal too. I think the advantage of the...

I used proseal too. I think the advantage of the tape is that it is more or less instant. The advantage of proseal is it gives you the opportunity to align and cleco things if you don't "land" the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If your left tire is wearing more, the issue is...

If your left tire is wearing more, the issue is probably torque on takeoff.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 06-19-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 813
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Most of those things are available at the show. ...

Most of those things are available at the show. I've never noticed seatbelts for direct "take it home with you" sale, but I haven't looked, either.
Forum: Painting your RV 06-16-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 984
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I think your low cost plan is great. Keep it in...

I think your low cost plan is great. Keep it in a hangar and the paint will be happy for decades.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-16-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 418
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd just order all of it from Van's. Their RV-7...

I'd just order all of it from Van's. Their RV-7 setup should work with minimum modification as long as you buy the bracketry with the wheel pants.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-13-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 664
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Most people secure the aircraft with straps...

Most people secure the aircraft with straps around the gear legs. That allows the spring gear to flex and absorb some of the bumps in the road. Strapping to the spar or over the fuselage works...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-12-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 430
Posted By Kyle Boatright
10 weeks in a warm hangar in Florida *might*...

10 weeks in a warm hangar in Florida *might* cause a bunch of the high vapor pressure fractions of the autogas to evaporate, leaving you with something...different...

I'm curious about what happens...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 706
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Gentlemen, thank you. I had no idea…

Gentlemen, thank you. I had no idea…
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,557
Posted By Kyle Boatright
How many driven or squeezed rivets are there in...

How many driven or squeezed rivets are there in an RV-12, what size are they, and how many can be reached with a sqeezer?

If you can get to them with a squeezer and there aren't a lot of them, I'd...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-10-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,900
Posted By Kyle Boatright
From a picture, it is hard to tell what caused...

From a picture, it is hard to tell what caused the failure.

BUT, what seems apparent is that painting the engine mount black could have made it much harder to identify a crack.

Think about that...
Forum: GPS 06-08-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 868
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd like to add a Garmin 760 to my stable of GPS...

I'd like to add a Garmin 760 to my stable of GPS devices. But my iPhone provides all of the functionality I need in a backup other than the ability to drive an autopilot.

If you're worried about an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Honestly, I think the tailwheel RV’s are about...

Honestly, I think the tailwheel RV’s are about the easiest taildraggers around. Low CG, low profile against a crosswind, etc. I’ve never ground looped anything, but I think the odds of a ground...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,724
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have a need for a pair of lenses, if only to...

I have a need for a pair of lenses, if only to put them on the shelf for when they are *really* needed. The cost matters, but unless the price is ridiculous, I’m in.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,056
Posted By Kyle Boatright
It is probably worth comparing the tailwheels. A...

It is probably worth comparing the tailwheels. A new tailwheel with a small contact patch behaves far differently than a well worn wheel with a wide flat spot and a corresponding big contact...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,875
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The floor melt through has happened in more than...

The floor melt through has happened in more than one incident. That's a really bad thing. I don't have any protection against that in the -6, but my -10 has a stainless overlay with fiberfrax under...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-05-2021, 11:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,276
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There can be a lot of variation in scale...

There can be a lot of variation in scale accuracy. You're probably experiencing some of that. As for the fuel, uggh.

Their numbers are probably reasonable, but I'd fly off most of the fuel, drain...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-04-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 746
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You will get a better (chemical) bond if you...

You will get a better (chemical) bond if you spray the accents over the base coat when the base coat is still chemically reactive, but scuff and shoot works just fine in most cases.
Forum: Safety 06-04-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 5,269
Posted By Kyle Boatright
In that situation, the big win is making a...

In that situation, the big win is making a survivable arrival - probably on something flat without big obstacles. There are lots of areas on most airports that qualify. Making it back to the actual...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 07:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,172
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd check connections at the instrument, battery,...

I'd check connections at the instrument, battery, alternator, voltage regulator, and anywhere else that made sense.

If you still have problems, you have a decision to make. Personally, if I felt I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-01-2021, 06:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 602
Posted By Kyle Boatright
They are supposed to be tight and you really...

They are supposed to be tight and you really shouldn't run a tap through them - they will lose some/most/all of their self locking feature. Use boelube or some other lubricant and the screws will go...
Forum: Interiors 06-01-2021, 06:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 675
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I didn't fly this configuration, but used a stack...

I didn't fly this configuration, but used a stack of material to simulate seat cushion thickness before I bought the interior for the -6.

You *might* carve yourself a layer of foam and lay it over...
Forum: Rocket 05-30-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 530
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I made up a number of drift pins out of tapered...

I made up a number of drift pins out of tapered hardware store bolts and used those when I was test fitting the wing. There is need (IMO) for close tolerance bolts and the like for temporary wing...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-29-2021, 06:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 989
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'm sure a red cube would be very useful for...

I'm sure a red cube would be very useful for determining your fuel flow at various power settings. But once you have that figured out, is there a major reason to replace the device if it fails? ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-29-2021, 06:35 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 5,784
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Anything you put in there should have a piece of...

Anything you put in there should have a piece of cargo strap attached to it with a carabiner, and the tail of the strap attached to a convenient point just inside the cargo box. Maybe using a piece...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-25-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,296
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Can you post a picture of it?

Can you post a picture of it?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2021, 04:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 374
Posted By Kyle Boatright
100% opinion here, and not exactly aligned with...

100% opinion here, and not exactly aligned with your question...

On the RV-6 I have hinges/pins down the horizontal cowl split and along the vertical sides of the bottom cowl. I have screws...
Forum: RV-4 05-22-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 586
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Can someone with RV-4, 6, 7, or 9 plans in a...

Can someone with RV-4, 6, 7, or 9 plans in a digital format just e-mail him the .pdf of the wheel pants installation plans? He could have 'em in his hands this afternoon. If you're up for that,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-21-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,475
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The -10 and -14 use slotted flaps. I wouldn’t...

The -10 and -14 use slotted flaps. I wouldn’t use anything that materially changed the geometry of the slot.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 7,775
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Remnants of a hurricane came through Atlanta in...

Remnants of a hurricane came through Atlanta in '96 (?). My Tomahawk was tied down outside with everything as secure as possible. Went to check on the airplane after the storm and everything...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 343
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Rob, I have that setup. Basically you have the...

Rob, I have that setup. Basically you have the standard Ray Allen trim servo mounted on the aft fuselage deck. It actuates the trim tab using a cable routed through one of the lightening holes on...
Forum: Propellers 05-18-2021, 09:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,518
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I bet you'll get most of the 60 RPM increase at...

I bet you'll get most of the 60 RPM increase at 7,500' and a few more MPH.

On takeoff and climb, you'll probably get a very, very modest performance increase, but I think it would take a gen-u-ine...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 683
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If you're that concerned, put a strip of...

If you're that concerned, put a strip of electrical or painter's tape over the gaps and hose it off.

If you don't want to do that, just get a spray bottle of water with a little soap and several...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-16-2021, 03:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 592
Posted By Kyle Boatright
One opinion: The core is probably worth about...

One opinion:

The core is probably worth about $8k. The first run crank is a good thing. And the remaining time before TBO has a value of ~$10/hr. Subtract the cost to replace the ignition and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 453
Posted By Kyle Boatright
One of the 10 commandments of aircraft fuel and...

One of the 10 commandments of aircraft fuel and oil systems. No teflon tape. Misapplication of teflon tape has caused lots of problems. I do use teflon paste when installing fittings into oil...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,332
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have a piece of angle riveted to the skirt on...

I have a piece of angle riveted to the skirt on the pilot's side. It is more for pulling the slider aft than lifting it.

One thing I found with my slider was the wheels were hard against either the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 05-08-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,952
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Claiming that anything is clearly the best is a...

Claiming that anything is clearly the best is a bit much. If you’re looking to truly optimize efficiency, something from SDS might be your choice. If you think you could find yourself with a dead...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-04-2021, 02:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 986
Posted By Kyle Boatright
They closed a couple of years ago.

They closed a couple of years ago.
Forum: Safety 05-04-2021, 04:53 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,821
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Apple watches have fall protection alarms. They...

Apple watches have fall protection alarms. They also contain heart monitors and the like and may (I dunno) be able to send an alert based on that information. Might be worth researching.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,065
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I made a number of custom bucking bars from...

I made a number of custom bucking bars from chunks of steel. One of the handiest things I did was JB weld popsicle sticks to one side of a couple of the bars. they help stabilize the bars against a...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-02-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd be suspect of binding or something going over...

I'd be suspect of binding or something going over center (or nearly over-center), and would check that first.

Second, the green cables from Van's are heat sensitive and can develop a lot of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-01-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,583
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Interestingly, I noticed that the pulley on my...

Interestingly, I noticed that the pulley on my B&C 60A alternator sits about 1/8" forward of where it should to align with the flywheel on my narrow deck 540. If it was off in the other direction,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 10,317
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'd be considering either a full skin replacement...

I'd be considering either a full skin replacement or a flush patch. Knowing you, you could finish a flush patch in a weekend.

IMO, pushing the damage out would leave you with a structurally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 552
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The fiberglass ones should be lower drag due to...

The fiberglass ones should be lower drag due to their pressure recovery shape.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-29-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,481
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Starts with a b, ends with an astard.

Starts with a b, ends with an astard.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,348
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I had an uncomfortable situation develop in a...

I had an uncomfortable situation develop in a hold at SnF many years ago. Nobody's fault, but I didn't like it. At that point, I decided "I don't hold."

I'll go elsewhere and wait, but I will not...
Forum: Flight Testing 04-26-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 370
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Can that pilot sign the books to advance the...

Can that pilot sign the books to advance the airplane to phase 2?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-24-2021, 06:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,200
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Not at all. Just rest the cowl top upside down,...

Not at all. Just rest the cowl top upside down, epoxy them in place using a couple of pieces of duct tape to lock in the location, and put some weight on them so you get a good squeeze on the glue...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,348
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There have been midairs in the stream. A 172 v...

There have been midairs in the stream. A 172 v Thorpe (IIRC) that Van himself witnessed comes to mind.

The problem is, a longer approach queue doesn't fix the runway saturation issue. Just like a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,348
Posted By Kyle Boatright
This was one of my questions about a set of...

This was one of my questions about a set of abandoned suggestions a year or two ago. The high risk points of the arrival (IMO) are the initial merge, then the 90 knot follow-the-leader dance. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 06:41 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,338
Posted By Kyle Boatright
This is a situation where the FAA used a shotgun...

This is a situation where the FAA used a shotgun approach to take down a warbird operator. It shot down the warbird operator and put holes in the entire flight training industry.

Unintended...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,348
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Exactly. The guy complaining about "the other...

Exactly. The guy complaining about "the other guy" is/was the source of the problem - he caused himself a perceived problem, and caused the guy behind him to go around.

And he's completely oblivious...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-22-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,938
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I apologize. That price is for Aeromomentum’s...

I apologize. That price is for Aeromomentum’s AM20T.
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-22-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,938
Posted By Kyle Boatright
$20K, per the website.

$20K, per the website.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 664
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Good suggestions above. My downfall in wiring is...

Good suggestions above. My downfall in wiring is that I start stringing wires, then (later) have to figure out how to secure the big bundles. So, what I'd suggest is to determine where your big...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-20-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 521
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have 20 year old vinyl trim on my RV-6. It is...

I have 20 year old vinyl trim on my RV-6. It is holding up well.

Given the corrosion we've seen under Van's blue plastic, I would 100% prime an aircraft with an epoxy primer before I wrapped it.

On...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-19-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 911
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Wing jacks scare me. I know they are used safely...

Wing jacks scare me. I know they are used safely all the time, but I've seen one too many airplanes that fell off and received serious damage. Just recently there was a Cirrus in the local...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,727
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If you go back and read the post I was responding...

If you go back and read the post I was responding to, the scope of my comment was much broader than the paint scheme. The gripe is that aircraft built at pro build shops win a lot of awards in the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-19-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,380
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I will offer that one data point isn't terribly...

I will offer that one data point isn't terribly meaningful. That said, my 20 year old B&C 40A alternator with probably 1500 hours on it has been faultless.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,727
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The “buy a trophy” program gripes my derierre too.

The “buy a trophy” program gripes my derierre too.
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,991
Posted By Kyle Boatright
And fiberglass is relatively easy to repair if...

And fiberglass is relatively easy to repair if they do suffer damage.
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