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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-27-2022, 12:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Hi Rob. I have one in Ellensburg I’d let go for...

Hi Rob. I have one in Ellensburg I’d let go for $300, including two side tables I made per plans provided with the tool. Might be a bit dusty because I haven’t used it since I finished my plane but...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-23-2022, 02:58 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,674
OPs paint job is really nice, even if way outside...

OPs paint job is really nice, even if way outside my budget.

At the same time, one of my favorite things about flying an unpainted airplane to flyins for the past 10 years is that it seems to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-07-2022, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,902
I just had the same problem with mine last night...

I just had the same problem with mine last night after 10 years of use. I used 25psi of compressed air to blow out the offending tube (no brake cleaner needed) and am all good to go again. It's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2022, 04:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 835
The primary safety benefit for headrests is from...

The primary safety benefit for headrests is from being rear ended. Common in cars, but very rare in aircraft, right?! (Although, as noted above, there probably are occasional examples where they...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-06-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 343
Matt and I built our slider canopies about the...

Matt and I built our slider canopies about the same time. One important difference is that I built my canopy just slightly later, giving me all the benefit of Matt's experience!:D
Highly...
Forum: RV-4 08-29-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,722
DO THIS FIRST! Then, if necessary, add a tab.

DO THIS FIRST!

Then, if necessary, add a tab.
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-14-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 588
Don't have any experience with the aftermarket...

Don't have any experience with the aftermarket parts, but a cheap piece of rubber hosing over the bottom bars, secured with a couple zip ties, usually is all you need, especially if you keep your...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-08-2022, 05:36 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,077
Thanks Gary. Much appreciated. Looks like about...

Thanks Gary. Much appreciated. Looks like about 120 in-lbs.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-08-2022, 12:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,077
In the process of changing out my screw clamps...

In the process of changing out my screw clamps for new hose and constant tension clamps.
That said, for the blue 6d female aluminum fittings that connect the aluminum return lines to the blue 6d male...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 09:36 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 101,650
I might have missed it in the 35 pages of thread...

I might have missed it in the 35 pages of thread so far but anyone know the wingspan? Looks pretty wide.
Forum: RV-15 07-25-2022, 11:20 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 101,650
Anyone hear any ballpark estimates on kit cost? ...

Anyone hear any ballpark estimates on kit cost? As cool as it looks, I fear, based on its size, that this will be at least as expensive as the -10 and will price the vast majority of us out. Hoping...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-18-2022, 08:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 549
An alternative is just to use a 3/16 I-bolt on...

An alternative is just to use a 3/16 I-bolt on the horn and hook the chains to that. Has worked well for 700 hours.

Going this route may result in having to drill a smaller hole in the horn than...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-12-2022, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,028
How important is oil cooler vertical placement?

I've always had oil temps that have been about 10F higher than I'd like, especially on 90+F days where I can see high 210s in cruise. I've long anticipated swapping out my original Niagara 20002A...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-21-2022, 01:13 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 14,967
I flightplan for 8500’ economy cruise at 150kts...

I flightplan for 8500’ economy cruise at 150kts TAS @ 7.0gph with 160hp, 0-320, dual mags. Usually comes out pretty close to this. Can do a bit better if I climb up above 10-11K.
Forum: RV-4 05-27-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 738
Your tailwheel steering arm is probably getting...

Your tailwheel steering arm is probably getting worn. They need to be replaced periodically as well. As others suggested, check the spring pin as well.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,232
Same here but just use a piece of 1-1.5” diameter...

Same here but just use a piece of 1-1.5” diameter pvc cut lengthwise and place under filter while unscrewing slightly.
Learned this trick here on VAF and has resulted in the cleanest filter...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-01-2022, 03:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Yes, still working on what, if anything, to do...

Yes, still working on what, if anything, to do about priming. Sounds like adhesion can be a bit problematic with a primer. And, while Van's recommends removing the blue plastic right away to avoid...
Forum: Painting your RV 04-01-2022, 12:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Thanks Bevan--I appreciate the step-by-step...

Thanks Bevan--I appreciate the step-by-step recommendations! Been learning a lot reading this as well as a couple of the other good wrapping threads. Going to watch some of the YouTube tutorials and...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-31-2022, 09:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Thanks Jereme and Butch! Sounds more doable than...

Thanks Jereme and Butch! Sounds more doable than I thought. Appreciate the encouragement!
Forum: Painting your RV 03-31-2022, 01:59 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
difficult to vinyl wrap undersides?

Been flying for almost 10 years now, still haven't painted, but think it's time to do something. Because I've been pretty committed to building the entire plane myself, all the way down to slow...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2022, 09:01 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 8,333
If you have any interest in tailwheel flying at...

If you have any interest in tailwheel flying at all, then absolutely yes, get the endorsement if for no other reason than it will confirm what you’d be willing to purchase. I had no tailwheel time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2022, 03:22 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,300
Huh?! Are you just talking about the rudder or...

Huh?!

Are you just talking about the rudder or also the elevators? It appears from the wording of the original post that the need (or lack thereof) to balance the elevators is also in play...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 868
This is an example of how a lot of little...

This is an example of how a lot of little decisions can add up to make a $100K build a $150K build. The regular black/relatively cheap adel clamps work just fine and, even if they were to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-25-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,878
If you close the ends you lose a valuable ability...

If you close the ends you lose a valuable ability to inspect inside every year at condition inspection time.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-21-2022, 01:08 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,425
I just drilled a round hole for my ACS key...

I just drilled a round hole for my ACS key switch. Hasn't rotated significantly in 600 hours/8 years of flying.
Forum: RV-14 02-16-2022, 05:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 946
Just a suggestion that if you are a non-builder...

Just a suggestion that if you are a non-builder owner you should at least order the pdf plans for that aircraft from Vans. Having them is important for just the question you ask about but also for...
Forum: Job Board 02-08-2022, 03:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,158
My former flight instructor has flown for Cal...

My former flight instructor has flown for Cal Fire for the past 10 years or so. What he has to do/what he gets to do is amazing! There's a lot more skill to aerial firefighting than there is to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,144
EAA chapters are community groups, not service...

EAA chapters are community groups, not service providers. If you join in and participate in their community I'm guessing you'll find plenty of help, and maybe some friends.
All that said, not all...
Forum: Autopilots 02-02-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,476
You don't indicate definitively in the above, but...

You don't indicate definitively in the above, but imply that you might not have...

Have you followed the Dynon instructions for how to dial in your autopilot? They are very specific in the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,625
Yes, I've wondered if anyone just uses a regular...

Yes, I've wondered if anyone just uses a regular solid washer. If both the sump surface area and the bolt are smooth, why do we have to use a crush washer here?

Getting the crush washers...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,141
Before you get concerned about the negativity...

Before you get concerned about the negativity toward the DRDT above, pretty much my entire -9 was done with it and I never had troubles with not getting a nice crisp dimple. Nor did I ever see a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
Thanks Paul. Yes, reading sender on D180. Will...

Thanks Paul. Yes, reading sender on D180.
Will work on finding another gauge to confirm present indications.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-18-2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 686
help troubleshooting unusually high oil pressure

I don't know a ton about oil pressure and, unfortunately, DanH is not my next door neighbor, so I'm hoping someone can point me in the right direction...

I haven't been flying much over the past...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2022, 02:05 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,031
I'd be interested, Alan. Have your cowl flap...

I'd be interested, Alan. Have your cowl flap already so expecting great things!
Sent email with address/contact info.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2021, 09:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,676
I have a TPMS. It’s a chock designed to fit a...

I have a TPMS. It’s a chock designed to fit a properly inflated tire. If the chock is ever hard to remove on preflight, I know my tire pressure is low. :p
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-21-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,176
Just try to get the vertex of the angle to be as...

Just try to get the vertex of the angle to be as parallel to the stiffening groove in the rib (or back baffle) as possible. Then, IIRC and as you presume, you’ll have a chance to adjust for any...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-16-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 114
Views: 19,496
Cheap and effective idea from Sport Avation good...

Cheap and effective idea from Sport Avation good for cables such as carb heat or in this case oil cooler shutter. Just drill a 3/16 hole lengthwise through a bolt of sufficient diameter (maybe...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-21-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 7,111
Full flaps, my -9 slips great. Comes down like a...

Full flaps, my -9 slips great. Comes down like a rock so long as I use full rudder as well. Partial rudder seems to reduce sink rate significantly.

Do note, however, that your airspeed may not...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,037
What Paul says. That said, the adhesive that...

What Paul says. That said, the adhesive that comes on many zip tie mounts can be a bit weak so, if it matters that it stays exactly where placed, I remove the original tape adhesive and use shoe goo...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,052
Don’t need to purchase any tools. Run a piece of...

Don’t need to purchase any tools. Run a piece of fishing line or dental floss through all parts and pull them into place. Then insert bolt or drift pin and pull out the floss.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-18-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,078
If you use the search tab above and enter "AOA"...

If you use the search tab above and enter "AOA" you will find a large number of threads that should keep you reading for awhile.
https://vansairforce.net/community/search.php?searchid=52890752
Good...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-14-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,354
You DO NOT need a iPad with cell data or built in...

You DO NOT need a iPad with cell data or built in GPS to have full functionality including location and moving map on foreflight if its input is an Echo UAT with Skyfyx. Echo creates its own mini...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,505
Yeah, sorry it came off that way. You made a...

Yeah, sorry it came off that way. You made a good call. What I worry about is all of those builders who don't pay the same attention to detail. Having built myself I know there are too many places...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-30-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,545
Cylinder boroscope tutorial?

Anyone have a link to a tutorial that covers how to boroscope cylinders to complement the annual condition inspection compression test?

Need to know what, where, and how to boroscope. Then ideally...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,145
Whatever you can find at Home Depot or Lowes will...

Whatever you can find at Home Depot or Lowes will work fine. It's the blade that matters more. That's easy to swap out.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-12-2021, 12:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,145
Maybe not absolutely needed, but you're going to...

Maybe not absolutely needed, but you're going to be building a $100K plane (at least). You might as well spend $150 on a bandsaw that will easily earn its keep over the life of the build, and then...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-02-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,621
1.3-1.35 Vso or Vs1 (depending what landing...

1.3-1.35 Vso or Vs1 (depending what landing configuration is being used) is what I found works best for me. At solo weight that means my full flap final approach is about 54kias, no flaps about...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-01-2021, 04:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 879
Yes, I think the OP might be over-thinking this a...

Yes, I think the OP might be over-thinking this a bit. I suspect Van's added that additional instruction to make sure the hole was drilled square because that's really the first time in the kit where...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,605
Be careful. A solution in search of a...

Be careful. A solution in search of a (non-existent) problem often leads to (real) problem.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,882
Have you properly calibrated/confirmed your...

Have you properly calibrated/confirmed your airspeed indicator first using a proper calibration method. If IAS is off so too may TAS be off.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 08-13-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,638
Friday Harbor or Orcas in the San Juans is always...

Friday Harbor or Orcas in the San Juans is always a good bet. Both of hotels, B&Bs, etc. close by. Sandpoint, ID likewise though there’s lots of smoke there this year. Port Townsend another good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2021, 11:06 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 29,567
Check your spam folder. The automated response...

Check your spam folder. The automated response they sent is the kind that typically gets filtered out. That’s what happened with me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 29,567
Are people who are getting quick turn around...

Are people who are getting quick turn around approvals using the email address the FAA set up for this purpose or emailing their local FSDOs directly?
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-29-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 963
Beyond what Mel said, the best way to judge is to...

Beyond what Mel said, the best way to judge is to hire an RV-knowledgeable inspector if you are not a builder yourself. Good luck.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-10-2021, 12:22 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,216
Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? ...

Any issue with RV wheelpants and either runway? Thanks for the update. No snow/softness in runway this early in the season?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-25-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,527
Ditto. 500hrs, mine hasn’t budged. Wouldn’t...

Ditto. 500hrs, mine hasn’t budged. Wouldn’t really matter even if it did.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-16-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,254
After many messy oil changes trying to invent...

After many messy oil changes trying to invent methods myself, a few after that that were quite clean but a bit finicky using a "form-a-funnel," this PVC is my new favorite trick. Way easier,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,715
What you are describing is very common. Handles...

What you are describing is very common. Handles on side canopy skirts particularly. .

Slider will slide easier over time.

Until it does, and if on the inside, just push up on the fore-afte canopy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-29-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,968
Anyone have recent quotes to inspect 2 mags? ...

Anyone have recent quotes to inspect 2 mags? Mine are about to come due and it would be nice to know what to expect $-wise generally. My mags have worked flawlessly for their first 500 hours, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,974
Hi Matt-Looks great! Do you have any plans to...

Hi Matt-Looks great!

Do you have any plans to provide any reinforcement to the piece over the roll bar? It's very subject to damage from climbing in and out of the plane--especially from being...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-27-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,263
So you are a full-time (presumably graduate)...

So you are a full-time (presumably graduate) student and you anticipate having enough time over four years to build a plane? As a former graduate student myself I can tell you that, for me, there's...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-22-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,194
One more thing for you to check. Relative to the...

One more thing for you to check. Relative to the shorter-wing RV's, the flaps on a -9/9A are REALLY long and are REALLY hard to build with absolutely no twist because of that. There's a good chance...
Forum: RV-14 04-16-2021, 05:33 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,915
Not correct as far as I understand. Absolute ...

Not correct as far as I understand. Absolute values mean almost nothing for EGT. They are highly dependent upon probe placement, for example. It could just be that the OP’s probes are a ways down...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,829
Mark. No offense intended, but if you’re already...

Mark. No offense intended, but if you’re already to the point of installing engine mount weldments to longerons and not pretty automatic about knowing these bolt torques, even without looking at the...
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