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Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
AOA
Views: 246
Posted By wcalvert
The Dynon HDX with tones only rocks! It made a...

The Dynon HDX with tones only rocks! It made a world of difference in this neo's TW landings! :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-28-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 576
Views: 784,362
Posted By wcalvert
First flight of N515WB at KBVS ...

First flight of N515WB at KBVS ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-28-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 769
Posted By wcalvert
ECho ... Echo ... echo ... !

ECho ... Echo ... echo ... !
Forum: Propellers 07-27-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By wcalvert
I do plan to do a simple extension on the...

I do plan to do a simple extension on the existing pipes (about 4") to see if that causes any change in the vibration.

Next is installing the gear leg fairings and pants to check for any turbulence...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2021, 11:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,348
Posted By wcalvert
Rolling hitch is great for tying up your horse,...

Rolling hitch is great for tying up your horse, but a Bowline on the eye and a Taut Line hitch on the working end is the deal!

Makes for an easy adjustable tie down in 60 seconds. :cool:
Forum: Propellers 07-24-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By wcalvert
Good idea #1. The plane is 10 hours into phase 1...

Good idea #1. The plane is 10 hours into phase 1 and anything is possible.
Forum: Propellers 07-24-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 500
Posted By wcalvert
Clocking a 3 blade prop

Anyone have an opinion (hopefully with some data to back it up!) regarding the clocking of a 3 blade prop (IO-360, Catto, RV7)

I'm getting some pretty solid drumming/vibration in the floor board...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2021, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 968
Posted By wcalvert
My registration turned around in about 10 days as...

My registration turned around in about 10 days as well. From start to finish my application for airworthiness inspection online to inspection complete, 3 days. Repairman certificate, 2 days. ...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-13-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,160
Posted By wcalvert
Cooler or hotter refers to the "Heat Rating" of...

Cooler or hotter refers to the "Heat Rating" of the plug, not directly to EGT or CHT, although it can have an indirect affect by causing pre-ignition or premature fouling, for example.

Here is some...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-08-2021, 03:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,116
Posted By wcalvert
All the rat rods have it ! Engine turning is a...

All the rat rods have it ! Engine turning is a sacred motor head detail from way back.

Fact is, I turned mine then ended up covering it with a thermal barrier as well. But the spirit lives on! ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,648
Posted By wcalvert
Shelves

I build a row of shelves across the aft side of the panel forward of the instrument panel. Held all the Dynon boxes and then some. Decent access behind the panel.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-07-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,116
Posted By wcalvert
Used a Scotchbrite pad on a mandrel in my...

Used a Scotchbrite pad on a mandrel in my router... slowest speed. Build a simple guide to keep the "turns" in line.

Go easy if you make any heat. That thin firewall will oil can on you quick. ;)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-06-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By wcalvert
Smile Final report

The solution turned out not to be on the Dynon side, but the FlyEFII side.

The FlyEFII ECU box #1 was not putting out a signal at the green "tach" wire. Robert from FlyEFII said that I may have...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-05-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,492
Posted By wcalvert
That last line just makes me cringe ... ! :eek:

That last line just makes me cringe ... ! :eek:
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-05-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 368
Posted By wcalvert
Your words - "Castellated" and "pivot point",...

Your words - "Castellated" and "pivot point", meaning that the bolt should be free to pivot without binding. The cotter pin will prevent the nut from coming off.

Adjust until the lateral slop is...
Forum: Safety 07-03-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,715
Posted By wcalvert
1 vote for IR Mavericks ... solves a bunch of...

1 vote for IR Mavericks ... solves a bunch of problems ! :D
Forum: Safety 07-03-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,715
Posted By wcalvert
LASER Threat

This is an ongoing and serious issue in the commercial aviation world. My company requires a medical evaluation after any serious laser event, and we are required to report the event to the company...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-01-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By wcalvert
Get this fixed and I'll fly it next week !!

Get this fixed and I'll fly it next week !!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-01-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By wcalvert
Same. The output from the EFII is the green...

Same. The output from the EFII is the green wire. GRN to GRN/WHT. Seems pretty straightforward. I also checked the serial setup to ensure it was called "RPM" at the right pin... check.

So now...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-01-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 467
Posted By wcalvert
Question System32 EFII ... Dynon HDX & RPM

Hey, anyone use the System32 EFII ignition with the Dynon HDX?

I am having an issue with no RPM indication (looks like no signal to the HDX)

What wire/Pin are you connecting the EFII output (green...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-28-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 300
Posted By wcalvert
Question Dynon resistive fuel sensor Calibration

I'm looking for an easy (clean, safe) way to do the fuel calibration on a Dynon HDX resistive fuel measuring system before the first flight.

It seems best to do the complete cal on both tanks, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,427
Posted By wcalvert
Should have said "Philips" style heads. Pan head...

Should have said "Philips" style heads. Pan head philips
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,427
Posted By wcalvert
Joop For an easy example, this is the same...

Joop

For an easy example, this is the same thread as the Hex head bolts holding your valve covers on.

Cheers
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,819
Posted By wcalvert
Dan made an interesting comment: "Constant...

Dan made an interesting comment:

"Constant tension is definitely not the case with the Lycoming, as the big drive pulley expands a LOT when hot."

If you're comparing auto applications to aviation,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,374
Posted By wcalvert
Bummer ... well, good news is that it'll be done...

Bummer ... well, good news is that it'll be done soon and I'm sure your wings will stay on just fine!

Of course, you say you should have built a taildragger ... now I'm trying to learn how to LAND a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,374
Posted By wcalvert
Keith Just read your rant and feel your pain. ...

Keith

Just read your rant and feel your pain. My went on last week and there was the same issue, although I think the problem was my creation.

When the assembly of parts for the center section...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2021, 11:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 696
Posted By wcalvert
Franco: "And now my friend, the first-a rule of...

Franco:
"And now my friend, the first-a rule of Italian driving."

[Franco rips off his rear-view mirror and throws it out of the car]

Franco:
"What's-a behind me is not important."

Gumball Rally,...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-16-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,487
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up 2nd for Nason Ful-Thane 2K Urethane Easy to...

2nd for Nason Ful-Thane 2K Urethane

Easy to shoot and has nice flow out and gloss.
Forum: RV-14 06-13-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,119
Posted By wcalvert
If the -9 is like the -7, 6' 11" outside of...

If the -9 is like the -7, 6' 11" outside of tires, not including the axle nuts. Long story!
Forum: Safety 06-11-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,332
Posted By wcalvert
Wow, this drifted off hard into the land of GPS...

Wow, this drifted off hard into the land of GPS antenna location arguments ... !!

Back to the OP's original discussion point please.

And that cotter pin comment! Tail's for sure gonna fall off! ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,028
Posted By wcalvert
It was pretty common in NAS Beevile (my spelling)...

It was pretty common in NAS Beevile (my spelling) to find a snake coiled next to the tire, or on one walkaround, on top!

Gotta love Texas! :D
Forum: Formation Flying 06-07-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,200
Posted By wcalvert
The old saying that a wingman should never open...

The old saying that a wingman should never open his mouth except to say "you're on fire" or "break left/right" will also include "give me a couple" when the lead is having an issue ...

Not allowing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,149
Posted By wcalvert
Ya, I don't want to obsess about it and don't...

Ya, I don't want to obsess about it and don't plan to. But there could be a fair bit of difference between engine time and airborne time for short hops.

Got my answer, thanks for the input

Cheers!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2021, 12:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,149
Posted By wcalvert
Phase I Flight test hours

Hopefully a simple question here ...

How are the Flight Test hours for Phase I determined? Block to block, Off to ON, or something else? The verbology is pretty vague in the regs, at lease what...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By wcalvert
300ml on the SIKA and 250ml primer... used about...

300ml on the SIKA and 250ml primer... used about half of each.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-05-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 771
Posted By wcalvert
I used part of one tube on a 7 tip up

I used part of one tube on a 7 tip up
Forum: Interiors 06-03-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 931
Posted By wcalvert
I wrapped my plane, and it's still in the...

I wrapped my plane, and it's still in the shop.

But by looking at the vinyl, I can't imagine any kind of spray anything sticking to it. Some overspray from an errant paint can landed on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-03-2021, 02:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,433
Posted By wcalvert
Remember when YOU were the eager line monkey...

Remember when YOU were the eager line monkey willing to do ANYTHING just to get close to one of those cools machines you only WISHED you could own, much less fly?

Just like the line guy at a small...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-02-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,971
Posted By wcalvert
Solution

Decided to get my graphics from Aerographics. http://www.aerographics.com/

They can do pretty much anything it seems, and also have a huge selection of pre-built decals and stickers. Stripe kits...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-29-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 575
Posted By wcalvert
Maybe some caution is in order when comparing the...

Maybe some caution is in order when comparing the 7/8 to the 9 assemblies. Lots of the parts are the same, but the nomenclature can be different, and they don't always make sense at first blush. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-25-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,971
Posted By wcalvert
Thanks all for the input... the last comment by...

Thanks all for the input... the last comment by Rob was the clarification I was looking for.

Cheers
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-24-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,971
Posted By wcalvert
Roman Capital Letters ...

Anyone have a specific source for Vinyl N numbers? I'm not having much success finding a Roman Capital font either... probably a standard the FAA created in 1928 when that font was all the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-23-2021, 06:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 956
Posted By wcalvert
By the looks of the photo those were never...

By the looks of the photo those were never painted or treated at all. That bright orange rust is a giveaway.

I've had great success on steel with Rustoleum Self Etching primer... holds up well...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2021, 10:03 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 981
Posted By wcalvert
My solution was to leave the lever with the cam...

My solution was to leave the lever with the cam arms in place and add a tab below it that would carry a locking pin during normal ops, probably forever.

Canopy removal would require that the pin be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-22-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,012
Posted By wcalvert
Nick What Model? Most any AN bolt threaded...

Nick

What Model?

Most any AN bolt threaded into a platenut will be shown with a washer as the bolt head turns against the surface it's bearing against.

Locking fluid should not be required, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,028
Posted By wcalvert
POH, the FAA & Certificate action ...

The simple question is this: Would the FAA use the POH I wrote against me after an incident/accident, if a causal factor was found related to me not following a procedure spelled out in the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-19-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,913
Posted By wcalvert
Could it be done?

Racer Joe

My project is currently in the final throes of completion (maybe throes is too strong!), and I too have done frame off restorations and the like, with a lift in my shop and lots of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,133
Posted By wcalvert
You actually did find an engineer expert on the...

You actually did find an engineer expert on the forum ... amazing! ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,133
Posted By wcalvert
What time is it?

Ever heard that phrase "Don't tell me how to build the watch, I just want to know what time it is!" ? My brother says it a lot

I personally think you might be posting on the wrong forum, but...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-26-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,110
Posted By wcalvert
+1 for Rustoleum gray green self etching

+1 for Rustoleum gray green self etching
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-21-2021, 06:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,331
Posted By wcalvert
Long shot ... Unseen crack in the canopy that is...

Long shot ...

Unseen crack in the canopy that is flexing during your slip? or a canopy/frame joint pulled loose? Might not be something that is easy to see when the parts are back in alignment
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,034
Posted By wcalvert
Every Epic mistake I've made has happened right...

Every Epic mistake I've made has happened right after dinner. Yep Don't know if it's the full stomach or distraction of conversation or rush to get it done before it gets too late, but that's my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-16-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 68,335
Posted By wcalvert
In the works...

In the works...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,724
Posted By wcalvert
Hot switch

When we did hot refueling and pilot swaps back in the day, I would run the seat up full (normal for me) before my 6'2" buddy would jump in ... fun to watch him swear and give me the eye while he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By wcalvert
Talking Wow ... word of the day!

noun: cognoscente; plural noun: cognoscentes

- a connoisseur; a discerning expert.

"the art historian as professional, expert, cognoscente, and aficionado"
Forum: Northwest 04-10-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,530
Posted By wcalvert
Question Northwest region DAR

Hey, can anyone recommend a DAR who you might have enjoyed working with during your inspection process?

Looking to get the process started and hoping to find someone who can do a good job!

Thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 10:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,528
Posted By wcalvert
Matt, great post. This is the kind of "visual"...

Matt, great post. This is the kind of "visual" needed to wade thru the challenge!
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,528
Posted By wcalvert
Angry My snorkel and I are not speaking right now

Let me say that the baffle / snorkel project was one of the most off script so far.

My build is a -7 with an AeroSport IO-360, Precision servo and Skytek NL-149 starter. The snorkel shipped by...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,371
Posted By wcalvert
I put 120 psi on my hoses with my compressor and...

I put 120 psi on my hoses with my compressor and two AN4 x 1/4"MIP fittings. 4 times working pressure with no leaks seemed like enough safety margin. Could have gone higher but this is already...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-06-2021, 08:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 816
Posted By wcalvert
Your Fire Marshall will go bananas if he sees you...

Your Fire Marshall will go bananas if he sees you doing the draining into PLASTIC fuel tanks. :eek:

They're almost impossible to ground properly and collect a lot of static charge from moving...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 04:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,155
Posted By wcalvert
As a comment to the OP, making a chisel shape at...

As a comment to the OP, making a chisel shape at the end of the rod vice a cone will offset the "point" than contacts the next hinge lug twice as much (assuming you have the pin oriented...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 03:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,937
Posted By wcalvert
Yep ... cheap wrench meet Mr. grinder. I did use...

Yep ... cheap wrench meet Mr. grinder.

I did use a Flare Nut Spanner as the sacrificial tool. It grips a little further around the nut and seemed to work well.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,867
Posted By wcalvert
The OP may be realizing that starting down the...

The OP may be realizing that starting down the rabbit hole of CAD can be a limitation in its own way to quick design and sketching, at least until you have devoted enough time to master the software...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 11:28 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 4,198
Posted By wcalvert
Lock Nut or Nut Lock? Might be an old habit to...

Lock Nut or Nut Lock?

Might be an old habit to say nut plate... but so wrong
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