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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,202
Posted By KatanaPilot
SNF and especially OSH are the Concours...

SNF and especially OSH are the Concours d'Elegance of the airplane world. I doubt there are many "did it all by myself" winners at Concours either.

Sorry if that bothers some folks, but it is the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 02:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,202
Posted By KatanaPilot
Plane Schemers/ Evoke Aviation

I know that 7 of Jonathanís customers won awards, with 5 of them being RVís. No wonder Jonathan has a bit of a lead time 😉

Randy Vanstory won Reserve Grand Champion with his beautiful RV-10. Also...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,774
Posted By KatanaPilot
Question

At approximately 12:35 in the interview, Rian mentioned something about "making sure the rivet holes meet specification..."

He probably was clear about this, but if so I missed it. Are you...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-12-2021, 10:43 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,928
Posted By KatanaPilot
That might work, but the ferrules seem to be...

That might work, but the ferrules seem to be crimped flat - versus the round D-sub pin, so my instinct says they will retain better under the screw. Your thoughts?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-12-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 7,928
Posted By KatanaPilot
Outstanding!

I have never been overly impressed with the connections to the pMags. The ferrule idea never occurred to me. Doing this mod has been added to the list for this month's condition inspection. Thank...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,737
Posted By KatanaPilot
Slight thread drift

Iím surprised no one has mentioned the K&P/Challenger permanent oil filters. They are a little pricey, but the only replacements are an inexpensive o-ring and a long interval filter...
Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 745
Posted By KatanaPilot
Please explain how you can see and correct...

Please explain how you can see and correct corrosion, especially in the wings and under riveted portions of the structure. I know products like Corrosion X will weep and stop corrosion, but I am...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,350
Posted By KatanaPilot
I'm curious

I agree that no damage is acceptable. So along that same line, how many folks are going to take the $2000 for a corroded QB kit? Personally, I wouldn't get anywhere near one, but I'm guessing some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 06:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,927
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

I appreciate the additional information. Sounds like you are working through what must be a series of challenges.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,927
Posted By KatanaPilot
Yes, I read the announcement on the website,...

Yes, I read the announcement on the website, which is why I asked the additional questions.

I know Van's is not Boeing and has no obligation to disclose the extent of the corrosion issue, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,927
Posted By KatanaPilot
Is it possible to share how many kits are...

Is it possible to share how many kits are affected and what the normal production rate is in the Philippines? That would provide a clearer picture as to the extent of the issues and the lead time for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-21-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By KatanaPilot
Probably way off base, but do you by chance have...

Probably way off base, but do you by chance have a separate switch for your autopilot? I do on our RV-7 and it kills power to the servos. Just a thought...
Forum: RV-4 03-18-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 505
Views: 348,436
Posted By KatanaPilot
Certainly is...

BillL did something quite similar several years ago. Works great on our RV-7A.

https://i.postimg.cc/Jnrh45Cp/66341207-E09-D-4-D28-9519-A01-AD20-F189-F-1-105-c.jpg...
Forum: RV-10 03-16-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,401
Posted By KatanaPilot
Persistence sometimes pays off

Not one to give up easily, I’m pleased to say that due to the efforts of several folks at Synergy Air South, Van’s and Hartzell Propeller, we now have an extended hub 3 blade composite prop option...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-15-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 906
Posted By KatanaPilot
Doubt it

Not likely. Brazil has different rules for professionally built kit planes. Flyer has built something like 3000 Van's kits.

https://www.flyer-aero.com/home
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-11-2021, 07:11 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,469
Posted By KatanaPilot
I guess so

When you said you could make blue lines, I couldnít resist! ;)

https://i.postimg.cc/wvdC2TTZ/B65-AF6-A4-A68-C-40-E2-AE59-181-E700-F860-C.jpg (https://postimg.cc/Z9VsKmNx)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-10-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,469
Posted By KatanaPilot
Penn Yan Aero

+2 for Penn Yan. They did an IRAN on my RV-7A engine and also did our SDS-equipped IO-540 for our RV-10.

https://i.postimg.cc/3rfWD2Xv/B6-A1-AF8-A-D448-407-C-81-B1-F23-FAE375-DC9-1-105-c.jpg...
Forum: RV-10 03-10-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,609
Posted By KatanaPilot
I assume the DA42 and 62 have a similar...

I assume the DA42 and 62 have a similar arrangement to the DA40, which I've owned two. There is a secondary latch on the rear door which should prevent the door from fully opening if it does become...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,485
Posted By KatanaPilot
Where exactly?

Interesting comment. I had no idea that Van’s “authorized” build assistance facilities. I thought they simply built kits and the S-LSA RV-12’s. Where exactly on their website did you find the list of...
Forum: RV-10 03-09-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 3,485
Posted By KatanaPilot
That is possible, but I think the more likely...

That is possible, but I think the more likely scenario is that there will be explicit approval for "factory built" kit planes in the MOSAIC rewrite that is being considered - or at least allowance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2021, 04:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,312
Posted By KatanaPilot
They will come to you, but...

I am working with Synergy Air (https://synergyair.com) at their South location in Newnan (Atlanta suburb). I did the fuselage out in Eugene back in 2016.

They will send a technician to you, but my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,312
Posted By KatanaPilot
That's a difficult question to answer. I chose...

That's a difficult question to answer. I chose to slow build (with build assist) both the wings and fuselage. Part of the motivation was for customization, part for quality and mostly for skill...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-22-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 353
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hall sensor/crank trigger protection

One of my concerns about the hall sensor wiring on our SDS equipped RV-10 is a belt break damaging the wiring. Donít really know if itís a valid concern and in my case I have two belts.

I have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-19-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,328
Posted By KatanaPilot
The above ďblurbĒ was mine. Ross and Barry...

The above ďblurbĒ was mine.

Ross and Barry worked hard to accommodate my desire for more redundancy and their solution is pretty simple and elegant in my opinion. I think they saw some advantages...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 841
Posted By KatanaPilot
Sorry I donít have a picture

One solution is to split the larger diameter wires into multiple pinned wires that are inserted into the Dsub, CPC or Deutsch connector. A #14 wire could be split into 2#16 or 3 #18 wires, for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-04-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,484
Posted By KatanaPilot
Similar results

Spent the same two weeks on, two weeks off for about 18 months total at Synergy Eugene completing a partially built RV-7A. I’d be curious to see this webinar as I know Vaden pretty well and doubt he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 06:23 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,508
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not lost, but painfully slow

My last two oil samples sent to Avlab have taken multiple weeks for results. Donít know if I can blame them or USPS, but Iím leaning towards using a different vendor in the future.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-28-2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 781
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed

We have moved to using Deustch DT and DTM connectors with machined pins for many applications where Molex connectors were common. More expensive, but a higher quality connection in my view.

Stein...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-22-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,771
Posted By KatanaPilot
Yep, same here. Many hours of work to get an...

Yep, same here. Many hours of work to get an acceptable level of appearance on the inside of the cabin cover.

Guess I was spoiled with a couple of composite airplanes, albeit certified and pretty...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-06-2021, 04:33 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 22,321
Posted By KatanaPilot
First flight to First Flight

Old thread, but seemed like a good time to add a new post.

We have talked for some time about making the journey as our first overnight trip and we were finally able to make it happen. Glad to have...
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,698
Posted By KatanaPilot
No simple answer

One of the benefits of EAB is the ability to customize your build. However, that flexibility to build as you please does bring with it some challenges. Is the desire to "save some build time" your...
Forum: Safety 12-25-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,064
Posted By KatanaPilot
Seems to me a single G5 with it's built-in...

Seems to me a single G5 with it's built-in battery and GPS (and dissimilar hardware and software) is a more than capable, reliable and redundant backup to my G3X panel (that also has an IBBS for...
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2020, 05:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,204
Posted By KatanaPilot
How about South of Atlanta?

If you donít need a ride in an RV-10, there are three RV-10ís at Synergy Air South right now at Newnan airport. One is flying in Phase 1, one has the engine and prop hung and mine has the panel in...
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 07:53 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 11,423
Posted By KatanaPilot
Add $60-80K for full build assist and you are...

Add $60-80K for full build assist and you are well into the high 200ís for a -14 and north of $300K for a -10.

Iíve never understood why the ďmarketĒ doesnít account for the labor required to build...
Forum: Reviews 12-06-2020, 05:29 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 623
Posted By KatanaPilot
Evoke Aviation

Congratulations to Jonathan McCormick and his team at Plane Schemers (https://planeschemer.com/) and Evoke Aviation...
Forum: Safety 12-04-2020, 04:32 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,475
Posted By KatanaPilot
I submit that only the OP knows for sure where...

I submit that only the OP knows for sure where this work was done on the airplane that is pictured. The rest of us would be just speculating.

If anyone did name the shop, they run the risk of...
Forum: Safety 12-03-2020, 06:49 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 14,475
Posted By KatanaPilot
And yet, this reportedly came from a...

And yet, this reportedly came from a ďprofessional shopĒ.

Iíve seen work like this before and itís probably from the same shop several have already alluded to. But folks continue to patronize this...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-13-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,728
Posted By KatanaPilot
Bill Lane Plenum

If I recall correctly, Bill Lane (username BillL) had the same frustration with the Sam James plenum - so he designed his own.

I was able to buy one from him and it fit beautifully and works well. ...
Forum: RV-10 10-30-2020, 03:43 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,401
Posted By KatanaPilot
Understood

Thanks for the info.

No doubt the Whirlwind is a great performing prop. When building our RV-7A a few years ago, we had a fairly lively discussion about the merits of the different props here on...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2020, 05:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,401
Posted By KatanaPilot
Hartzell Composite Prop with Extended Hub

Has anyone on the forum installed an extended hub Hartzell composite three bladed prop on their RV-10?

I have a Showplanes cowl and Airflow Systems A/C and I know there will be clearance issues...
Forum: Reviews 08-24-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 967
Posted By KatanaPilot
Agreed!

The attitude and professionalism of the folks at Synergy Air is phenomenal. I built an RV-10 empennage and fuselage with them a few years ago in Oregon. I then completed a partially built RV-7A kit...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-13-2020, 07:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,158
Posted By KatanaPilot
Same here.

Had trouble yesterday, tried various SD cards and same result. I assumed it was fixed today, but apparently not.

Guess Garmin is still recovering from the ransomeware attack.
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2020, 03:48 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,276
Posted By KatanaPilot
Synergy Air South

I suggest you check out Synergy Air South (https://synergyair.com/) at the Newnan-Coweta County Airport KCCO.

There are at least 4 RV-10's under construction there including one recently signed off...
Forum: RV-14 07-04-2020, 10:38 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,249
Posted By KatanaPilot
3M Scotchcal drag reduction film

Quite a few studies performed back in the 80?s with ?riblets?. Worked on high speed aircraft as well as low speed watercraft. Similar Reynold?s numbers...
Forum: RV-10 07-04-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,342
Posted By KatanaPilot
Steve, There are several RV-10?s under...

Steve,

There are several RV-10?s under construction at Synergy Air South that you will get to look at during your Fundamentals class, including mine. One was just completed and has left and another...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-27-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,282
Posted By KatanaPilot
Evoke Aviation

I only have experience with this one paint facility, but I can recommend them without reservation. Although I didn't win a Bronze Lindy, I came close at OSH 2018 and even closer to the equivalent of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-22-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,997
Posted By KatanaPilot
Not that it should matter, but I haven’t been...

Not that it should matter, but I haven’t been involved in the build assist firm for over a year. I do also recall our conversation and your comments about the Airflow system not being very good. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2020, 03:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,997
Posted By KatanaPilot
Why I chose Airflow over SFSA

As an RV-10 builder installing an Airflow Systems A/C kit with the "Aussie" evaporator, I found your recent post on the differences between systems interesting. Especially interesting since Airflow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,105
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you Tom!

Just so you know - Tom drove over four hours each way from his home in SC to SAS in Georgia.

When I arrived, Tom was already looking at the issues on my plane - before we had even discussed them. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,547
Posted By KatanaPilot
BL plenum!

Bill makes plenums that fit and are pretty!

https://i.postimg.cc/52K04V7h/UNADJUSTEDNONRAW-thumb-a47a.jpg (https://postimages.org/)

https://i.postimg.cc/K81b5gfW/UNADJUSTEDNONRAW-thumb-a694.jpg...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-06-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,846
Posted By KatanaPilot
Very nice!

That is a beautiful panel! And the layout is nearly perfect! ;)

https://i.postimg.cc/j5ztVTKS/UNADJUSTEDNONRAW-thumb-cd37.jpg (https://postimages.org/)
Forum: Painting your RV 05-30-2020, 03:40 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,167
Posted By KatanaPilot
+2 for Jonathan

You can read my recommendation for Jonathan and Plane Schemers here (https://planeschemer.com/plane-schemer-blog/1y4x7gcbqjygpftup3yfewsjjfc9kp) and why we chose them over the other design firm. His...
Forum: RV-10 05-29-2020, 04:41 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 519,023
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thank you!

I'm really happy with the way it turned out. The insert color was chosen to coordinate with the interior colors. The Aerosport carbon fiber panel clear coated very nicely.

The folks at Stein were...
Forum: RV-10 05-28-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 480
Views: 519,023
Posted By KatanaPilot
Just finished!

Just got this photo from SteinAir. Looking forward to installing the panel very soon.

https://i.postimg.cc/9QtcHPL6/IMG-4373.jpg (https://postimages.org/)
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2020, 05:43 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,246
Posted By KatanaPilot
Airflow Systems

We installed an Airflow Systems oil cooler on our RV-7A. I believe it was a 2006X and we mounted it on the firewall using the AFS mounting kit. We have too much oil cooling (hard to get to 180 on a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-27-2020, 05:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,284
Posted By KatanaPilot
Slightly different experience

I hate to disagree with Gary, since he has years more experience than I do with RV's. However, my RV-7A extended James Cowl (built by Will James) fit really well and the quality of the exterior...
Forum: RV-10 05-26-2020, 06:01 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,940
Posted By KatanaPilot
Probably these

I assume Kyle is referring to these (https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/rv10-wheel-pant-axle-extenders-pair?_pos=1&_sid=34633f5c0&_ss=r&variant=18378241900606) as the machined...
Forum: RV-10 05-25-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 6,940
Posted By KatanaPilot
Congrats!

Turner, as I'm sure you know, the 10 kit is not as refined as the 14 and the cabin cover and doors on the 10 are challenging. Good news is that Synergy now has a shop in Georgia and there are at...
Forum: RV-10 05-23-2020, 05:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 730
Posted By KatanaPilot
Van's Aircraft/Hartzell Prop

Special ordered the Hartzell D-4798-1P polished spinner though Van's. $1540 plus shipping. You need to reach out to Barb at Van's if you want to special order this spinner.

The spinner that Van's...
Forum: Interiors 05-22-2020, 05:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,020
Posted By KatanaPilot
Weight?

Their interiors are very nice looking. I would be curious to know how much their full up interior weighs. I asked Eliane about that a few years ago and never could get a straight answer. Based on the...
Forum: RV-10 05-18-2020, 06:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,557
Posted By KatanaPilot
Thanks for the offer

That's the beauty of the experimental world. I have seen RV-10's that are more utilitarian (and have a better payload). Mark's plane is more Lexus like. My wife drives an LS and I have a Platinum...
Forum: RV-10 05-17-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,557
Posted By KatanaPilot
The problem with looking at Mark's beautiful...

The problem with looking at Mark's beautiful airplane is that the bar is set so high - it will be difficult, if not impossible, to come anywhere close. At least that has been the issue for me. The...
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,656
Posted By KatanaPilot
Different model, same issue.

Not a simple solution, but at the recommendation of several on this forum, we engineered a locking handle cable release on our RV-7A installed by the left knee of the pilot. Since the mechanism is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2020, 05:12 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,308
Posted By KatanaPilot
Pretty thorough answer to your question here -...

Pretty thorough answer to your question here - http://www.aeroelectric.com/articles/anl/anlvsjjs.html
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