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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 421
Posted By DRMA
You might want to take a look at the EAA builders...

You might want to take a look at the EAA builders log. It is on line and so should be able to be used from your phone. Of course, you need to be an EAA member to use it.

Enjoy the build
Forum: Reviews 08-30-2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,738
Posted By DRMA
I had a great experience with Aerotronics on my...

I had a great experience with Aerotronics on my RV-10. They worked with me to refine my panel layout, cut the panel, labeled it and coated it, and provided all the Garmin avionics along with the...
Forum: Tools 08-26-2022, 04:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 673
Posted By DRMA
I did most of my dimpling using a borrowed...

I did most of my dimpling using a borrowed DRDT-2, which I highly recommend. Much more consistent than a C-frame and hammer. For some smaller quick dimples, and a few after I returned the DRDT-2, I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2022, 06:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,849
Posted By DRMA
One other approach to making the bottom cowl...

One other approach to making the bottom cowl removal easier on the RV-10 is to make the combustion air intake scoop removable. You basically cut it out and install a fiberglass flange to allow it to...
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,451
Posted By DRMA
I have the Northern Tools XL Series Extra-Wide...

I have the Northern Tools XL Series Extra-Wide Mechanic's Creeper (https://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200712283_200712283 ) and have been happy with it. I particularly like the...
Forum: RV-10 07-30-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,205
Posted By DRMA
One trick I learned from taking the Synergy Air...

One trick I learned from taking the Synergy Air empennage class when starting my build is to look at the rivet call out diagram and then use a sharpie to label the rivet holes with the rivet size...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-26-2022, 07:57 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 19,302
Posted By DRMA
E Lift for the RV-10?

Any chance you will make an E Lift to fit the RV-10?

Thanks
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2022, 07:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,144
Posted By DRMA
I've got the AeroSun VX installed in my RV-10...

I've got the AeroSun VX installed in my RV-10 wing tips and they work great, with no noise at all. Since the VXi is entirely new, I suspect you won't find much experience with those. However, a few...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2022, 05:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 481
Posted By DRMA
At the recommendation of AeroSport (Geoff), I...

At the recommendation of AeroSport (Geoff), I used "weed wacker" trimmer line (I think it was .095") to measure my lengths from the quadrant to each control arm. Worked well, and my cables were the...
Forum: RV-10 07-06-2022, 03:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,087
Posted By DRMA
See Step 1 on drawing page 44-3 (Fuselage drawing...

See Step 1 on drawing page 44-3 (Fuselage drawing set). It calls out 3/8" bolts ground down to act as drift pins.:

" Step 1: Slide the wing spar (left shown) into the fuselage and temporarily pin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2022, 02:47 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 743
Posted By DRMA
Will there be videos of these presentations made...

Will there be videos of these presentations made available after Air Venture for those of us who can't make it to OSH this year?
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-24-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,041
Posted By DRMA
One other suggestion: Run a few spare wires...

One other suggestion: Run a few spare wires (both single conductor and shielded twisted pair (22 awg), labeled so you can determine each end when you need to use them. Also, run a couple of "pull...
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2022, 04:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 729
Posted By DRMA
In my plans, step 7 explains how these modified...

In my plans, step 7 explains how these modified clecos are used:

Step 7: Using an angle drill, match-drill #40 the bottom most hole of the F-1058 Hinge Frame into the F-1060 Hinge. (Use a wedge...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,178
Posted By DRMA
Make sure you have developed a complete set of...

Make sure you have developed a complete set of wiring diagrams for at least the connectors you are going to install or revise before you start the actual wiring. Better still is to have a complete...
Forum: RV-10 05-26-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By DRMA
I wired mine in fail-safe mode (e.g. open circuit...

I wired mine in fail-safe mode (e.g. open circuit = door open). Just requires selecting the right input and configuring it to alarm on low.
Forum: RV-10 05-25-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 627
Posted By DRMA
I don't recall if it came in the fuselage or...

I don't recall if it came in the fuselage or finishing kit, but I agree with Carl that magnetic microswitch set for each door came in one of the kits. I wired them into my G3X system, rather than...
Forum: RV-10 05-25-2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 413
Posted By DRMA
Other than for the large power cable from the...

Other than for the large power cable from the battery contactor to the starter contactor, I developed my own routing plans that seemed to work out well.

I installed 3 firewall penetrations, 1 on...
Forum: RV-10 05-14-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,213
Posted By DRMA
One other option that I used was to trim the...

One other option that I used was to trim the bottom of the stick where it inserts into aileron connector, in order to bring the stick back toward the pilot by about 1-1.5 inches. That did require...
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,778
Posted By DRMA
Tie Down Rings

I purchased tie down rings from Van's for my RV-10. They were not included with my kit.

Unless you intend to leave them in all the time, I would suggest purchasing the inexpensive rings from Van's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-05-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,427
Posted By DRMA
One other suggestion. If you are still uncertain...

One other suggestion. If you are still uncertain or would like some 1-on-1 help, bring your tool box project to the next EAA 302 chapter meeting on May 14 (second Saturday of the month) held at the...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,030
Posted By DRMA
Homeowner's insurance does not typically cover an...

Homeowner's insurance does not typically cover an aircraft under construction in your garage. You might want to check with your homeowner's insurance company to confirm it is is/isn't covered.

I...
Forum: RV-10 04-23-2022, 02:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,485
Posted By DRMA
If you are using both the G3X and VPX, you should...

If you are using both the G3X and VPX, you should only wire the trim motors to one or the other system, not both. If you are also using the yaw axis for the autopilot system, the G3X may be the best...
Forum: Tools 04-16-2022, 03:10 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,774
Posted By DRMA
I have had good luck with the Dymo Dymo Rhino...

I have had good luck with the Dymo Dymo Rhino 5200 on both heat shrink tubing and flat stick on labels. Used the genuine cartridges, as I don't want surprises in the future with generic labels...
Forum: Tools 04-16-2022, 02:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,787
Posted By DRMA
I used the Dymo Rhino 5200 label printer with the...

I used the Dymo Rhino 5200 label printer with the Dymo heat shrink tubing that is black printing on yellow tubing. While the generic heat shrink tubing is a lot cheaper than the actual Dymo...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2022, 05:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By DRMA
Another option for finding other Van's builders...

Another option for finding other Van's builders in the area, including RV-14s, is to attend the EAA 302 chapter meetings in Conroe on the 2nd Saturday morning each month. So the next one is this...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-23-2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,308
Posted By DRMA
I would highly recommend you talk to Aerotronics...

I would highly recommend you talk to Aerotronics for you needs. They will do as much or as little of the work as you wish, and I had a great experience with them. You can send them your panel...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2022, 09:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,874
Posted By DRMA
One way to reduce risks of this happening is to...

One way to reduce risks of this happening is to put your tools away at the end of each work session. By doing this I often realized I had set down a tool in my work area, went and retrieved it, and...
Forum: Safety 03-16-2022, 08:46 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,470
Posted By DRMA
I got my transition training from Mike out of the...

I got my transition training from Mike out of the Vernonia airport, and while landing on grass isn't difficult, the approach to Vernonia is interesting. Suggest you call Mike and discuss the typical...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-14-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,804
Posted By DRMA
I also built the EAA bench, with a couple inches...

I also built the EAA bench, with a couple inches overhang on 2 of the sides. I also built a 3rd more square bench with the leftover piece of the top. Worked out very well, as I was able to choose...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-05-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 741
Posted By DRMA
Thanks for the tip on Jack's Small Engines...

Thanks for the tip on Jack's Small Engines website. I wasn't able to find that when I was looking a few years ago. Might even make it possible for me to get the tug running.

If anyone is...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-04-2022, 06:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 741
Posted By DRMA
Can't comment on the gear box, but please note...

Can't comment on the gear box, but please note that the Tecumsa engine company is no longer in business and parts are unavailable for it. I bought the same tug at what I thought was a good price on...
Forum: RV-10 02-18-2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,285
Posted By DRMA
I don't think you need to eliminate the Aerosport...

I don't think you need to eliminate the Aerosport overhead console from consideration. I am 6'-7" tall and installed their overhead console and don't have any issues with headroom. Basically, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2022, 11:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 864
Posted By DRMA
Another great option is Synergy Air...

Another great option is Synergy Air (https://synergyair.com/) in Eugene, Oregon.

I took their Empennage class when starting my RV-10 (back in 2016, doesn't seem that long ago), which helped me get a...
Forum: RV-10 02-01-2022, 11:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,225
Posted By DRMA
I agree with your statement that installing the...

I agree with your statement that installing the A/C system early can be an advantage. I didn't want to add the A/C hoses to the tunnel on my RV-10, particularly in the already crowded area around...
Forum: RV-14 01-27-2022, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,696
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you check out the next EAA-302...

Suggest you check out the next EAA-302 (eaa302.org) meeting at the Conroe airport. I believe there may be more than one under construction by members, and I also know one member has completed a 14. ...
Forum: RV-14 01-20-2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,437
Posted By DRMA
GMU 11 In Wing of RV-10

Since I believe the RV-10 has a similar wing to the RV-14, I think my mounting method may be a possibility.

I had purchased a mounting bracket for the GMU 22 from Stein, before learning that Garmin...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,409
Posted By DRMA
I found there were certain areas that required 2...

I found there were certain areas that required 2 people to drive the rivets, for example the bottom wing skins, and some of the tail cone rivets that weren't able to be reached by one person. But a...
Forum: RV-10 01-12-2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,225
Posted By DRMA
I installed the Airflow Systems A/C system in my...

I installed the Airflow Systems A/C system in my RV-10, along with the Van's provided Vetterman exhaust with the Lycoming IO-540 with no interference between exhaust and A/C system.

Regards,
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,945
Posted By DRMA
I'm 6'-7.5" tall, and easily fit in my RV-10 with...

I'm 6'-7.5" tall, and easily fit in my RV-10 with the AeroSport overhead console, panel, and lower center console. I did have Oregon Aero reduce the front seat cushion's thickness by a little bit (I...
Forum: RV-10 12-13-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,587
Posted By DRMA
I also installed both the AeroSport door handles...

I also installed both the AeroSport door handles with locks and the Plane-Around 180 3rd latch. I agree that the Plane-Around cam latch should be standard on the RV-10 to reduce possibility of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,155
Posted By DRMA
G5 On Glare Shield - RV10

Here are a few photos of my RV-10 with the G5 on the glare shield. I have higher res photos I can share along with info on how I mounted it if you send me your email address via PM

Cheers
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,247
Posted By DRMA
I'M using the Garmin G3X system to control my...

I'M using the Garmin G3X system to control my trim servos. It uses PWM to adjust trim speed, and will adjust the speed of trim based on airspeed, with set points that allow you to adjust the speed...
Forum: RV-10 12-02-2021, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,150
Posted By DRMA
In building my RV-10, I installed access plates...

In building my RV-10, I installed access plates over the bolts for the step tubes. Hopefully won't need them, but seems like a better solution than the suggested plans to drill holes for access...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-02-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,155
Posted By DRMA
Richard, If you decide to change the location of...

Richard,
If you decide to change the location of your G5, suggest you consider mounting it on top of the glare shield. it will just fit under the center brace, with the battery next to the brace. ...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2021, 06:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,322
Posted By DRMA
Happy with my 310 Panel

I went with the 310 panel and am happy with it. Picture attached.

I probably went overboard on the Garmin avionics, but with a remote radio and transponder and the G5 on the glare shield it all...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,272
Posted By DRMA
One comment on the AeroSport quadrant mounted on...

One comment on the AeroSport quadrant mounted on the tunnel just forward of the arm rest. I installed this on my RV-10 and like the look and feel of it. But once a year at Condition Inspection...
Forum: 3D Printed Parts 11-22-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,824
Posted By DRMA
I would also be interested in 2 of the vent...

I would also be interested in 2 of the vent knobs, as I think I can make them work in my RV-10 back seat vents.

Thanks,
Forum: 3D Printed Parts 11-19-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,824
Posted By DRMA
This vent knob looks like it might work on the...

This vent knob looks like it might work on the rear vents in any RV-10. Anybody know if that might be possible?

Thanks
Forum: RV-10 11-07-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,784
Posted By DRMA
I ran mine similar to Wes. I talked to Van's...

I ran mine similar to Wes. I talked to Van's engineering and they allowed me to add holes in the side ribs to run additional conduits & hoses (for A/C) so long as I maintained reasonable spacing...
Forum: RV-10 11-01-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,768
Posted By DRMA
A couple of different opinions to some of the...

A couple of different opinions to some of the above based on my research. This is what I did on my RV-10:

I installed my VOR/ILS antenna using a cat whisker antenna from RAMI at the top of my VS. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,630
Posted By DRMA
I installed 4 of these in my RV-10, 2 in the...

I installed 4 of these in my RV-10, 2 in the panel and 1 each on the sides next to the rear seats. They each have 2 USB ports that will deliver 2.4 amps per port. They have worked great with no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,318
Posted By DRMA
Get the right tools, both a proper coax crimper...

Get the right tools, both a proper coax crimper and a coax stripper. Take your time, follow the instructions for the type of connector (BNC or TNC), and be sure you don't get a loose strand from the...
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,548
Posted By DRMA
I installed a Ray Allan POS 12 position sensor on...

I installed a Ray Allan POS 12 position sensor on the outside of my RV-10 fuselage where it is activated by the flap activation arm there. It works great as the position input to my G3X system, and...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-01-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,063
Posted By DRMA
Brian, Welcome to the world of Experimental...

Brian,

Welcome to the world of Experimental Aircraft!

If you want to talk to a large number of Van's RV builders and see a number of completed and in-progress planes, suggest you join us at an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,675
Posted By DRMA
Phil, I would suggest you get a high quality...

Phil,

I would suggest you get a high quality power supply designed for ham radio which will have good filtering and output 13.8 volts with higher current to handle inrush starting currents. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,908
Posted By DRMA
Or check with your local EAA chapter. Many have...

Or check with your local EAA chapter. Many have scales for the use of their members, and membership dues are low.

I weighed mine with the EAA 302 chapter (Conroe, TX) scales. They do charge a...
Forum: RV-3 07-16-2021, 11:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,532
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you take a look at the Pipistrel...

Suggest you take a look at the Pipistrel Alpha-Electro for ideas on possible motors and other equipment for an electric RV-3. The Alpha-Electro is a certified electric...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2021, 11:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,943
Posted By DRMA
GTR-20 Location

I don't know where most people are mounting theirs, but on my RV-10 I mounted mine the the underside of an avionics tray attached to the back side of my panel, ahead of the sub-panel. Afraid I don't...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 928
Posted By DRMA
I believe that is correct. I never found any...

I believe that is correct. I never found any electrical drawings provided with the RV-10 builders drawings that come with the kits.

There is an RV-10 electrical reference in the form of the OP-37...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,660
Posted By DRMA
Similarities Between RVs and Grummans

I got my pilot's license back in 1996 in a Grumman AA-1B, and until last year had most of my PIC time in the Grumman aircraft. In fact, I owned a Traveler AA-5 for 5 years before completing my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-05-2021, 01:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,761
Posted By DRMA
Fuse/Breaker coordination is typically part of...

Fuse/Breaker coordination is typically part of the design of industrial and high power electrical systems, in order to avoid upstream devices tripping prior to downstream devices. I'm not sure if...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-04-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,761
Posted By DRMA
My preference as an Electrical Engineer is to...

My preference as an Electrical Engineer is to protect the wire. Since this wire is coming from the fuse block to feed multiple breakers, why not protect the wire with a suitably sized fuse in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,885
Posted By DRMA
No broken bolts on my first condition inspection,...

No broken bolts on my first condition inspection, but several stripped screw heads that required drilling out and in a couple of cases replacing the plate nuts. I hate phillips head screws!
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 16,266
Posted By DRMA
Sorry 50Pesos, my message (#21) was to a...

Sorry 50Pesos, my message (#21) was to a different Eric. However, I have just sent you a PM with my contact info if you would like to talk.

Regards,
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