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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2017, 10:07 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 34,105
Posted By SkyFlorida
Mine was shipped July 2016 and it's affected.

Mine was shipped July 2016 and it's affected.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2017, 09:47 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 34,105
Posted By SkyFlorida
Got my engine through Van's at SnF 2016. Still in...

Got my engine through Van's at SnF 2016. Still in box.

And it's on the SB list.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-30-2015, 09:20 AM
Replies: 192
Views: 165,002
Posted By SkyFlorida
Wing scarf joint

The instructions for the scarf joint appear in the plans AFTER they have you dimple the skins. But in fact, you need to scarf the skins BEFORE you dimple.

Otherwise, according to Vans, you...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-23-2014, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,793
Posted By SkyFlorida
Thanks, Arlen. Keep the motivational videos...

Thanks, Arlen. Keep the motivational videos coming.

I'll catch up to you in the air around Central Florida as soon as I can.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 08-20-2014, 10:25 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,787
Posted By SkyFlorida
I'm joining you DR in starting my Instrument...

I'm joining you DR in starting my Instrument Rating journey. I was going to wait for my cool glass panel, but my fellow RV'ers showed me the light. Their wise counsel goes beyond rivets and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-17-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,442
Posted By SkyFlorida
Delete the thread? Larry, I'm a bit behind you on...

Delete the thread? Larry, I'm a bit behind you on the 7 wings and this stuff is really important. I get a few 'gotchas' from a local builder, but I wish there was somewhere we could go to find the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-15-2014, 07:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,213
Posted By SkyFlorida
This video is why I'm building... and why I live...

This video is why I'm building... and why I live in Florida.

How lucky are we to have this EVERY day of the year?
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-09-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 27,201
Posted By SkyFlorida
I'm hoping things move along. I'm early in my...

I'm hoping things move along. I'm early in my wings and have time, but this is my tentative direction for my lights.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2014, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,159
Posted By SkyFlorida
I did all the same things. Distilled water, paint...

I did all the same things. Distilled water, paint strainer etc.

Oh, well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2014, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,159
Posted By SkyFlorida
My Stewart Systems EkoPoxy experience

I primed my empennage with Akzo, but was interested in finding something less lethal for the rest of my plane. I spoke with Stewart Systems at SnF and it seemed like a decent option.

I bought a new...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-21-2014, 02:37 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 45,147
Posted By SkyFlorida
Loving the trip report. Keeps me completely...

Loving the trip report. Keeps me completely focused on finishing my 7.

Thanks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2014, 08:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,207
Posted By SkyFlorida
We are both blessed to have wives that love...

We are both blessed to have wives that love aviation. Mine is just a builder now, but she has ideas...

Our congrats to your wife.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,397
Posted By SkyFlorida
Do you think if I have the perseverance to build...

Do you think if I have the perseverance to build a whole airplane, that I'm throwing in the towel on that?

I got the rest of the wings, fuselage, firewall forward and panel to work on my case. "Why...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2014, 09:30 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,397
Posted By SkyFlorida
Larry: yes, that's pro seal. I have a lot of RVs...

Larry: yes, that's pro seal. I have a lot of RVs in my area and they give me terrific guidance on stuff like that.

Don: I took the pic several weeks ago. She's actually much further into the rudder...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2014, 06:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,397
Posted By SkyFlorida
Greatest wife ever

I'm on a business trip to Brazil and yet my build continues due to my tremendous wife. She claimed the rudder as her own project. I wanted to honor her by putting a pinup of her on the completed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2014, 04:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,026
Posted By SkyFlorida
I'm having my tanks built by Evan. My version of...

I'm having my tanks built by Evan. My version of a poor man's QB for wings.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2014, 02:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,008
Posted By SkyFlorida
Awesome! Very happy for you. Now it's back to...

Awesome! Very happy for you.

Now it's back to the shop for me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,867
Posted By SkyFlorida
Any fleeting thought I had of a QB fuse, just...

Any fleeting thought I had of a QB fuse, just fled.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2014, 10:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,627
Posted By SkyFlorida
Love that pass! First flight videos are my...

Love that pass!

First flight videos are my favorite source of motivation. Thanks for helping.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,586
Posted By SkyFlorida
Very lucky kids. What I would've done to have...

Very lucky kids. What I would've done to have something like this when I was a plane-crazy high school kid.

And nice to see Jim and Linda on this post who I knew from a past life a long time ago....
Forum: RV-14 03-16-2014, 10:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 8,285
Posted By SkyFlorida
I had the same struggle. I thought the hole was...

I had the same struggle. I thought the hole was the perfect depth on one side. But they turned into canyons on the back. Ordered new wedge and made them shallower. The final rudder TE was good, but...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-14-2014, 05:08 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,882
Posted By SkyFlorida
You're crushing me, bro. I have to stop watching...

You're crushing me, bro. I have to stop watching videos and keep driving rivets.

Thanks.

Go Gators.
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-12-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,309
Posted By SkyFlorida
74181 checking in. Measure twice...

74181 checking in.

Measure twice...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2014, 09:21 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 91,330
Posted By SkyFlorida
I was at the point of closing my elevator skins...

I was at the point of closing my elevator skins as well and called Vans. They told me to install the plates as they are included in new kits. Of course, I was able to use solid rivets instead of the...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-05-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,568
Posted By SkyFlorida
Cubs flying

That's exactly what I plan to do with my -7. A couple of trips per season to see my beloved Cubs.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 03-04-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,691
Posted By SkyFlorida
Cheryl and I sat many times at the end of that...

Cheryl and I sat many times at the end of that runway in a sailboat watching planes make low approaches over the water. We both knew where we wanted to be.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-02-2014, 02:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,667
Posted By SkyFlorida
Getting ready to start my trim tab next week and...

Getting ready to start my trim tab next week and I'm hearing that "messed up my trim tab" story a lot. Yikes.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 02-27-2014, 09:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,616
Posted By SkyFlorida
Nice report, Mark. Save a spot for me in a couple...

Nice report, Mark. Save a spot for me in a couple of years.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-25-2014, 12:53 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,203
Posted By SkyFlorida
I have the completed HS sitting in storage, but I...

I have the completed HS sitting in storage, but I am leaning towards just building a new one. I'm figuring 10 hours over the SB repair approach and far fewer drilled out and potentially larger holes....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,933
Posted By SkyFlorida
Congrats. Building to flying stories really...

Congrats.

Building to flying stories really motivate me. Yours is no exception.

Also, thanks Jason for the nice builder's log. I have you bookmarked and appreciate the time you took on it. I refer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2014, 04:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 6,336
Posted By SkyFlorida
Just to clarify my own conversation with Vans...

Just to clarify my own conversation with Vans several days ago. They told me to go ahead and PROACTIVELY install the elevator doublers since I was just at the point of riveting the elevator skeleton...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2014, 02:46 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 14,074
Posted By SkyFlorida
Thanks for the pics as well, especially of the...

Thanks for the pics as well, especially of the clamps. Gonna get some of those.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,304
Posted By SkyFlorida
Exciting. Your blog is one of my stopping points...

Exciting. Your blog is one of my stopping points in my build. Thanks.

Every time someone "I know" goes from building to flying, it's like a shot in the arm. Thanks for that too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2014, 07:45 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,769
Posted By SkyFlorida
A couple of days away from riveting the elevator...

A couple of days away from riveting the elevator together. Now adding the doublers as part of the process.

Wait and see on the HS. However I can't see myself tearing it apart when I can build a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-04-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 91,330
Posted By SkyFlorida
I was just getting ready to rivet the spar...

I was just getting ready to rivet the spar reinforcement plates on my elevators this week. I assume I should wait and install all the doublers right now.

Good assumption?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-18-2014, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,420
Posted By SkyFlorida
That's exactly what I spent the day doing, Mark....

That's exactly what I spent the day doing, Mark. Plus ProSeal, deburring and dimpling.

Thanks for the pics. And the nudge.
Forum: Trip Write-ups 01-14-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,831
Posted By SkyFlorida
Loved seeing our old sailing areas from a...

Loved seeing our old sailing areas from a different perspective. Thanks for sharing, Mark. Can't wait to join you.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-07-2014, 03:34 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 9,159
Posted By SkyFlorida
Another TW switcher. Though I'm still on the...

Another TW switcher. Though I'm still on the empennage, I had every intention of building a 7A. But the coolness factor (for me) of a TW just became too much to resist.

Now if I can learn to fly the...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-06-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,676
Posted By SkyFlorida
Thanks for the great encouragement! I think I'll...

Thanks for the great encouragement! I think I'll head out to the shop.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-23-2013, 04:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,037
Posted By SkyFlorida
Not sure what happened here but blaming the OS is...

Not sure what happened here but blaming the OS is a fairly regular out for app vendors. The beta has been out for awhile.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-24-2013, 01:17 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,541
Posted By SkyFlorida
What is your build schedule?

I've spent a few months preparing the shop and now I'm in the early stages of building the empennage.

Just curious to hear about some of your build schedules. Do you have a goal of # hours a week?...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-28-2013, 08:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,186
Posted By SkyFlorida
Red Flags?

I noticed another thread entitled "How bad is it?", where a newer builder was trying to figure out how to match the elevator horn to the HS-411 bearing.

Someone characterized it as a "red flag" and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2013, 08:59 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,405
Posted By SkyFlorida
We're rapidly becoming an aviation household. My...

We're rapidly becoming an aviation household. My wife took her first flight in a small plane a month ago and now wants her PPL. I asked her to wait until I finish my plane. I need the cash for the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-14-2013, 10:32 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,635
Posted By SkyFlorida
Starting empennage. AKZO here. It's hot and moist...

Starting empennage. AKZO here. It's hot and moist Florida.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-04-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,343
Posted By SkyFlorida
I flew just a few miles south of you this morning...

I flew just a few miles south of you this morning (KTIX) and commented on the beauty of our local scenery.
Forum: Safety 05-03-2013, 09:42 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 15,598
Posted By SkyFlorida
Yet another builder with those exact sawhorses. I...

Yet another builder with those exact sawhorses. I wish I was up to the point of actually having something heavy enough to put on a sawhorse.

Thanks for the heads up. I thought I was being smart...
Forum: RV-10 04-24-2013, 06:27 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,192
Posted By SkyFlorida
Forget just RV-10. This new RV-7 builder loves...

Forget just RV-10. This new RV-7 builder loves the suggestions. Keep the wisdom flowing fellas.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2013, 12:44 PM
Replies: 566
Views: 119,566
Posted By SkyFlorida
N957M

Lucky for me the International Radiotelephony Spelling Alphabet contains "Mike" , my name. I'll get the personal touch from ATC.

... I really wanted "Alpha Mike", but my wife didn't want to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2013, 05:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,835
Posted By SkyFlorida
Build books recommendations

I've been reading through Van's build manual and there's a list of books they recommend. Being new to the build process and having only a light auto mechanics background, I want to make sure I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2013, 10:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,583
Posted By SkyFlorida
Awesome plane. I sent the pic to my son-in-law...

Awesome plane. I sent the pic to my son-in-law who's a naval aviator from UF. Getting him jazzed about my new RV project.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2013, 11:57 AM
Replies: 142
Views: 37,832
Posted By SkyFlorida
Name: Michael Albert Location: Winter Springs, FL...

Name: Michael Albert
Location: Winter Springs, FL (Orlando)
Status: Starting empennage RV-7A

I'm in.

No time to write more. Need to build my plane.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2013, 07:08 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,482
Posted By SkyFlorida
Okay, I've been reading through the posts all day...

Okay, I've been reading through the posts all day and appreciate the input. Nothing really radical, but a lot of great confirmation and insight.

Empennage was ordered five minutes ago.

Cheers.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2013, 08:16 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,482
Posted By SkyFlorida
I found the number in one of the articles here on...

I found the number in one of the articles here on VansAirForce. It was undated so perhaps its changed.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2013, 07:57 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,482
Posted By SkyFlorida
Just read a discouraging statistic

I read that only 1 out of 15 people who order kits actually finish their planes. I knew it was a challenging project, but that was surprising.

I'm getting ready to order my empennage kit this week...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2013, 09:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,450
Posted By SkyFlorida
Thanks, Mark. You've taken away any excuse I have...

Thanks, Mark. You've taken away any excuse I have for waiting.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-11-2013, 07:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,450
Posted By SkyFlorida
Thanks for all the input and to the local guys...

Thanks for all the input and to the local guys who've reached out. I'm looking forward to being part of your community.

And I made the first step today by ordering the preview plans for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-07-2013, 11:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,450
Posted By SkyFlorida
Just signed my wife and I up for the EAA RV...

Just signed my wife and I up for the EAA RV building class in Texas in May.

Thanks for all your input.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2013, 07:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,450
Posted By SkyFlorida
Yeah, I just saw that. Seems like a decent near...

Yeah, I just saw that. Seems like a decent near term option. Post if you find out about sign ups. Thx.

I hate renting aircraft ...that was my subconscious talking just then.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2013, 02:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,450
Posted By SkyFlorida
Newbie hunting builder's class

We live in Florida and are about ready to pull the trigger on a RV-7, but wanted to take a builder's class first. The Van's website info is outdated and everyone I called seems to provide assistance,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-05-2013, 02:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,450
Posted By SkyFlorida
Orlando newbie looking for classes

We are about ready to pull the trigger on an RV-7 and we'd like to take a class first. The Van's website info is outdated and I was wondering if you knew anyplace in the SE where we can take a two or...
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