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Forum: Fiberglass Today, 03:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks all for the guidance and info, which gives...

Thanks all for the guidance and info, which gives me a clearer understanding of the best plan of attack.

I spent some more time trying to get the existing fairing to fit better, including heating...
Forum: RV-15 Yesterday, 07:36 AM
Replies: 49
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 3,835
Posted By PaulvS
The conundrum with answering this quiz is that...

The conundrum with answering this quiz is that Van's haven't really said what the RV-15 can do or what is its purpose (design objectives), other than it is " back country capable".

The suspension...
Forum: RV-15 Yesterday, 07:26 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,120
Posted By PaulvS
Better not flip it then, for your wife's sake!

Better not flip it then, for your wife's sake!
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 844
Posted By PaulvS
AF-6600 dimensions

Their website indirectly states dimensions as:

"AF-5000 Series Compatible
Wiring and mounting is exactly the same as AF-5600 displays for easy upgrades.
AF-6600 and AF-5000 series displays are fully...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 06:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 341
Posted By PaulvS
Got one of those, folding legs. On soft ground...

Got one of those, folding legs. On soft ground it.is.not.stable and tips over...:eek:
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 02:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 624
Posted By PaulvS
CS4-4

The RV-6 HS has some rivets that are inaccessible for bucking on the middle nose rib on each side and the plans specify CS4-4 rivets at 1.25" spacing for these. Other rivets are generally all...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-08-2022, 09:46 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,046
Posted By PaulvS
Fiberglass emp fairing plan of attack

The fibreglass intersection fairing F-694B for the empennage on my -6A project does not appear to fit at all well, at least initially, and the gelcoat is rough. There are old posts on this...
Forum: RV-4 08-08-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,972
Posted By PaulvS
Brace

It looks like a vertical brace is needed between the rail and the side wall gusset so as to take the load and support the rail from flexing (and cracking) when you push down on it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 07:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 848
Posted By PaulvS
Timing

Ideally the avionics would be purchased as late as possible for the reasons mentioned above, however I chose to order ahout 6 months early because of current long lead times and shortages for many...
Forum: RV-15 08-07-2022, 10:10 PM
Replies: 49
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 3,835
Posted By PaulvS
If I had the time again...

My first build has taken so long that there isn't enough time left on planet earth to contemplate another!

But the RV-15 would actually be more suitable for the type of flying that I do...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-06-2022, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 936
Posted By PaulvS
Ideas

Possibly the rib flange became distorted and the edges puckered up when the rivet shank swelled. If you drill out the rivets and disassemble (for practice) you will be able to see if there was...
Forum: Safety 08-06-2022, 08:24 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,515
Posted By PaulvS
A sock over the entire rudder/elevator with...

A sock over the entire rudder/elevator with several pockets on each side to slide in battens should work. The sail on my windsurfer had flat fibre glass stiffeners that worked this way. The whole...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By PaulvS
Another option

Another option; what I did:
- Painted all of the cabin areas with 2-pack polyurethane satin finish. The reason for using polyurethane is that it is tough wearing and resistant to fluids and...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-05-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 481
Posted By PaulvS
ideas

If priming over alodined surfaces I'm assuming that a non-etching primer should be used, since the alodine conversion is providing the bond to the ali and an etch will be counter-productive because...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-03-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 211
Posted By PaulvS
Dynon has starting setups for various engines,...

Dynon has starting setups for various engines, not sure if you've considered using these?

https://forum.flydynon.com/threads/starting-setups-from-dynon-for-major-engine-types.11579/
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-02-2022, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 346
Posted By PaulvS
Tee

This tee may be suitable?
https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/fuelinesplit2.php

Not sure where to get the other fitting though, the smallest barb I've seen is 3/16 with 1/8 NPT thread.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-02-2022, 04:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 465
Posted By PaulvS
Form blocks?

Could you maybe start with a flat piece of sheet and use a rubber mallet to bend if over a curved wooden template that matches the shape? Otherwise, 6061 angle is soft enough to stretch bend...
Forum: RV-14 08-02-2022, 03:09 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,089
Posted By PaulvS
Repairs

I've "repaired" several parts during construction, including for kit parts that did not fit and drawings that were unclear as well as my own boo-boos. This was standard expected practice for early...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-31-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 914
Posted By PaulvS
D180 vs HDX 7 inch

Regarding the D180, even though it is old it is still very good. I looked at HDX 7 inch for my new panel and that screen is just too small to easily view all of the information that is packed in. ...
Forum: RV-15 07-31-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,120
Posted By PaulvS
215 hp?

Conversely, why does the RV-15 need 215 hp, versus C170 that has 145 hp? Is it because the RV-15 airframe is HEAVY?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-31-2022, 05:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,639
Posted By PaulvS
That is a valuable insight! We tend to stay in...

That is a valuable insight! We tend to stay in ground effect and accelerate to 110 knots before climbing out. This helps with cooling too.
Forum: RV-14 07-31-2022, 05:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 473
Posted By PaulvS
Yes I agree, smooth out any nicks from the metal,...

Yes I agree, smooth out any nicks from the metal, prime any bare spots, and then re-do the rivet.
Forum: COMM 07-30-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 12,985
Posted By PaulvS
Same way as to keep a bag of Fritos from popping,...

Same way as to keep a bag of Fritos from popping, which is to stay down low and thereby avoid expansion...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-29-2022, 02:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 854
Posted By PaulvS
Flatten the dimples

Vans support will probably say that it is acceptable to flatten the errant dimples using a squeezer and flat dies. I would practice on some scrap first!
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-28-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,157
Posted By PaulvS
Steps

The design of the steps has been revised to include a gusset because the original steps are prone to cracking.
If your steps don't already have the gusset then it is well worth getting them welded...
Forum: Midwest 07-26-2022, 05:42 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 30,809
Posted By PaulvS
50 formation

Wow! That formation is incredible flying!!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-24-2022, 05:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 495
Posted By PaulvS
In stock?

The Vans store shows that the plates T-412 are in stock and available individually, as well as the AD-42-H rivets, separately. But the combined package is out of stock.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-23-2022, 11:38 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 844
Posted By PaulvS
Splice connectors

mouser.com has got various splices for 2 gau and 4 gau cable.
https://www.mouser.com/c/connectors/terminals/?product=Splices&wire%20gauge=2%20AWG

AC43.13 Section 13 has got some guidance on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-22-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 485
Posted By PaulvS
Plastifix

Hi Skip,
There have been previous posts on VAF about using Plastifix to repair cracked canopies. I haven't personally used it but their results looked...
Forum: RV-15 07-22-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,366
Posted By PaulvS
maybe sooner...

I was wondering how long it (she/they) would take to get there, must be half way already, so could well arrive before Sunday and surprise...
Forum: RV-15 07-21-2022, 06:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,512
Posted By PaulvS
Blue sky, that's good. Logo on the tail...

Blue sky, that's good. Logo on the tail too!

2000 mile trip so I guess that could take 3 or 4 days?
Forum: GPS 07-19-2022, 06:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 750
Posted By PaulvS
Mike, Is it not possible to access the connectors...

Mike,
Is it not possible to access the connectors at the D3 and GRT units themselves, when wanting to unplug the standard cable? That would seem to be the simplest solution, without needing to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-19-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,221
Posted By PaulvS
quest for perfection

There're thousands of opportunities to appease the gods by making little human mistakes!
The "building a tractor" mentality doesn't really work for me because some parts of the build must be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 444
Posted By PaulvS
2 locations

I made 2 locations (4 holes per side), 1.5" apart. The first location is 4.25" from the firewall in order for the pedal bars to clear the firewall centre recess. It was not possible to put the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By PaulvS
Both wings on for a few days

I'm just doing that part now (6A) and both wings need to be on at the same time, for at least a couple of days, with the fuselage levelled, in order to set the incidence and check the sweep. And...
Forum: RV-15 07-19-2022, 06:19 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,120
Posted By PaulvS
Nah

Well, having read all of the above, I think I will stick with my RV-6A project because:

1. The RV-6A goes faster than the RV-15
2. The RV-6A roll rate is quicker than the RV-15
3. It is not yet...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2022, 06:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 683
Posted By PaulvS
The sign of a good dimple

Dimpling "smudges" are a good sign, though they should really be the full circumference of the die. This indicates adequate pressure during dimpling and will result in smooth skins after riveting. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-17-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 706
Posted By PaulvS
The Vans publication for canopy care recommends...

The Vans publication for canopy care recommends against using electrical tape long term, if I recall correctly, because some brands of adhesive may react with the canopy plexiglass.

The other recent...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-13-2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,391
Posted By PaulvS
Someof our smaller airfields don't provide...

Someof our smaller airfields don't provide tie-downs at all, so we need to pack stakes and a hammer, but in your case I think that your own ropes or some carabiner shackles would solve the problem.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-13-2022, 05:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 584
Posted By PaulvS
The Skyview system needs to be put into test mode...

The Skyview system needs to be put into test mode before artificially pressuring the pitot, otherwise the calibration will become upset. This is explained in the Skyview installation manual. Suggest...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2022, 08:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,880
Posted By PaulvS
Drill guide

The Van's guide for drilling the rear spar to set the wing incidence suggests using a drill guide block that is made from 2" x 2" x 1" steel or aluminum block. A block this size would not fit in the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2022, 08:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 719
Posted By PaulvS
Vinyl thoughts

I've got an early kit that was made before the advent of blue film, except for a couple of parts that were covered. The parts that had the film on corroded a bit around the edges, whereas the parts...
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 02:36 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,662
Posted By PaulvS
Did I guess right?

I guess $45,000 - $50,000, there is probably enough demand to keep the production line busy.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2022, 02:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,467
Posted By PaulvS
Cerakote?

Why is there a need to use Cerakote on something like an aileron pushrod? I don't understand, since the pushrod is internal and is not supposed to rub up against anything and doesn't therefore need a...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-08-2022, 03:18 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 38,316
Posted By PaulvS
Wing Incidence Drilling

The wings are back on again, temporarily. They have been fitted and removed once before to align and drill the main gear legs.

27871

I checked and re-checked the wing sweep/incidence with both the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2022, 05:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 972
Posted By PaulvS
Lube?

I don't know of a longer lever, but is the valve a bit difficult i.e. stiff to turn anyway? If so then some fuel lube on the spindle should free it up. If it is an older valve that has a brass...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-06-2022, 05:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By PaulvS
Removing main gear

The main gear is pinned by 1 bolt so it should be easy to remove the leg if the bolt hole is not damaged, I've done it several times during construction.
The main issue/risk is to properly lift and...
Forum: Reviews 07-05-2022, 01:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 929
Posted By PaulvS
Crow Harness unboxing

Today UPS delivered the Crow Safety Gear harnesses for my RV-6A and here are some close-up photos and info. Hopefully this may help someone, as I wasn't able to find any detailed pics when I was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-04-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 810
Posted By PaulvS
150 to 160

My O-320 E2A has been upgraded from 150 hp to 160 hp and there is an entry in the log book for 75089 pistons to increase compression for the higher hp. Maybe a compression test could detect if your...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-04-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,327
Posted By PaulvS
Fuel line

While you're at it also check the fuel line that leads to the red cube - in the photo it appears as if the bend is kinked and a bit flattened and has a slight dent, possibly from when the line was...
Forum: COMM 07-04-2022, 06:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks Mickey, good feedback on the Trig, as far...

Thanks Mickey, good feedback on the Trig, as far as MGL control goes I don't think the Dynon EFIS supports their protocol, even though MGL make it available. Ideally, MGL would update the user...
Forum: COMM 07-04-2022, 03:59 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By PaulvS
Yes! the control head interface is unforgiving...

Yes! the control head interface is unforgiving and when the workload is high it can be frustrating. The control head hardware can already be wired to two configurable remote inputs, but...
Forum: COMM 07-04-2022, 03:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By PaulvS
Dynon radio

Hi Blake,
That's a good question, I looked at the Dynon radio but it does not include an intercom, so that would be an extra item. Also, there appears to be an ongoing shortage of Dynon radios and...
Forum: COMM 07-03-2022, 05:40 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,037
Posted By PaulvS
Trig TY91 radio versus MGL V16 radio

Looking for feedback or pireps from anyne who may have experience with the above VHF comm radios, both of which use a 2 1/4" control head, a remotely mounted transceiver, dual channel scanning and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-02-2022, 05:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 463
Posted By PaulvS
3 views

Vans provide 3-views of all the RV models, here is the link:

https://www.vansaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/3_VIEW_ALL.zip

It requires a CAD program to view and also to measure dimensions.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-01-2022, 02:17 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 668
Posted By PaulvS
9A disk thickness

I've helped put new tires on our -9A and the brake disks are definitely not 1/4" thick, they are thinner, even accounting for wear.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-29-2022, 05:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By PaulvS
There should be additional rivets holding the...

There should be additional rivets holding the bottom skin to the longerons, midway between every third pair of rivets that go through the top skin. During construction the bottom sides are riveted...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-28-2022, 10:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By PaulvS
Longeron rivets

Check the rivet spacing along the main fuselage longerons where the aft top skin meets the side skins. The plans call for 1 inch spacing, whereas in the photos it looks like every third rivet is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2022, 05:45 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 976
Posted By PaulvS
Fluctuating fuel flow indications

Fuel flow readings on my Dynon fluctuate around 2-4%, at the same throttle setting (Rotax), it hasn't indicated any problems or been any cause for concern.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 04:16 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,076
Posted By PaulvS
non aviation material in ailerons

My Vans RV-6A kit included non-aviation grade common galv garden water pipe as counter-weights in the ailerons. Ailerons are kinda important so do you think it is OK if they are constructed from...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-25-2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 551
Posted By PaulvS
That "axle" which is essentially a 3/8 bolt is a...

That "axle" which is essentially a 3/8 bolt is a lousy design and if the bolt flexes the bearings can jam and lock up the nose wheel. The new design axle that is now standard uses a solid spacer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 05:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,163
Posted By PaulvS
recovery

Oh boy that's a tricky one. I know of an RV-6 that had a similar mishap (prop strike in a field) but the main gear was intact to support the fuselage during transport.
If a false spar is not made...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-24-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 572
Posted By PaulvS
The bolts that attach the main gear legs to the...

The bolts that attach the main gear legs to the sockets are AN5 in the plans, not AN3 3/16, so you may be able to correct the problem by careful drilling and/or reaming with the gear legs clamped...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-23-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,605
Posted By PaulvS
Sealing holes

Back on topic, apologies; if there is a clear or gray or even black high temp RTV that is available to seal those gaps then I too think that it would be better looking than roughly applied red (and...
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