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Forum: RV-14 06-10-2022, 07:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 912
Posted By sf3543
Drill the rivet and use a punch to tap out the...

Drill the rivet and use a punch to tap out the shank of the rivet.
You may need to use the deburring tool to release the rivet head from any remaining bits of the shank.
Remove the clecos and use a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-19-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,138
Posted By sf3543
FYI When building my RV3, I purchased a linear...

FYI
When building my RV3, I purchased a linear actuator from Motion Linear Actuators.
Their link is:
https://www.actuator.com/products/product/linear-actuator-85615-85616/

At the time it was about...
Forum: RV-3 04-22-2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By sf3543
I have an Excel SS that I created for the W&B on...

I have an Excel SS that I created for the W&B on my RV3.
All the numbers are easily changed to your specs.
It provides the W&B, worksheets and sample calculations to meet the requirements.
If you...
Forum: RV-6/6A 04-15-2022, 06:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 777
Posted By sf3543
FYI The flap position indication gets the...

FYI The flap position indication gets the travel data from an external linear resistor, usually a POS-12, I think (Assuming the Ray Allen servos are used.); however, the trim system indicator...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2022, 05:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,935
Posted By sf3543
Somewhere on one of the forms you are filling out...

Somewhere on one of the forms you are filling out for the DAR, or maybe the registration forms, you are asked how the plane was built. One of the selections is that it was built from parts, instead...
Forum: RV-3 04-13-2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 751
Posted By sf3543
Well, I thought about that when I was laying it...

Well, I thought about that when I was laying it out, and I see your point, but since I had plenty of separation and the RV8 wing uses parallel rows like this I just went that way.
Forum: RV-3 04-13-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 751
Posted By sf3543
As you have probably noticed, the RV3 plans are...

As you have probably noticed, the RV3 plans are pretty rudimentary compared to the newer models. My plans do not show the bottom skins in the drawings, just the top; however, I have incorporated som...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-09-2022, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 795
Posted By sf3543
I agree with Rob's comments above but will add...

I agree with Rob's comments above but will add one more possibility.
Out of round tires. If you have old or worn tires, or if the plane sits for long periods in one spot the tires can get out of...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-06-2022, 07:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,046
Posted By sf3543
ďSteve, you honed chrome cylinders?Ē Yes. Using...

ďSteve, you honed chrome cylinders?Ē

Yes. Using the brush type hone. A local auto rebuild shop did it for me.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-05-2022, 07:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,046
Posted By sf3543
I am guessing you have glazed cylinders. I have...

I am guessing you have glazed cylinders. I have had the same problem with a Lyc 320.
I had the cylinders honed, installed new rings, towed it to the runway and ran it hard for a break in.
Oil usage...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-14-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 325
Posted By sf3543
SL 00014 Tail Stiffener question

Can anyone tell me the thickness of the stiffener, F-00773A, used in the above service letter.
I'm guessing .032 but would like to do the same as what VAN's provides.
Thanks in advance.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,289
Posted By sf3543
A master solenoid typically has the word BATT...

A master solenoid typically has the word BATT stamped by one of the main terminals to denote the battery side.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-19-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,765
Posted By sf3543
I also use the nylon fasteners; however, I buy...

I also use the nylon fasteners; however, I buy the ones without the adhesive and fasten them with 5 minute epoxy. Saves scraping off the adhesive. I also scuff up the base of the fastener, and the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2022, 12:48 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,737
Posted By sf3543
Itís been my experience that most professional...

Itís been my experience that most professional IAs and APs are mostly ignorant of the rules applying to experimental planes and LSAs. Probably because they donít see them that often, I guess. Anyway...
Forum: RV-3 12-31-2021, 03:50 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,547
Posted By sf3543
Things I have noticed about my RV3 compared to...

Things I have noticed about my RV3 compared to other RVs, and I have flown all the tail dragger variations except the -14.
For me, my RV6 was the best landing plane followed closely by the RV7. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-13-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,669
Posted By sf3543
I have always trimmed the aluminum baffles to...

I have always trimmed the aluminum baffles to leave space around the rocker covers. It makes future maintenance easier.
On a side note, I have found that many people over tighten the rocker covers...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-30-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 993
Posted By sf3543
I used Visio and saved it as a pdf

I used Visio and saved it as a pdf
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-30-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 993
Posted By sf3543
Fred I recently did an installation very similar...

Fred
I recently did an installation very similar to yours, except there were two SX involved. See the attached wiring diagram. Maybe it will help.
I'm also in SAT (5C1) so let me know if you need any...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-20-2021, 06:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 989
Posted By sf3543
Roll your own relay systems for flaps and trim

A lot of builders that I talk with do not understand how to make the flap and trim systems work in their planes, especially when using multi-function grips like the Infinity and others.
Relay decks...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-25-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,347
Posted By sf3543
I would just get a new skin and rebuild your...

I would just get a new skin and rebuild your elevator with the existing skeleton.
Your builder friend should be able to help you do that.
I have done it before and its just a little time...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,134
Posted By sf3543
I just hit the end of the hinge pin with a...

I just hit the end of the hinge pin with a hammer. Lay the hinge pin on the flat part of a vice or something and hit the pin to make a little burr about 1/8" from the end. If you bend the pin, just...
Forum: RV-3 09-04-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 964
Posted By sf3543
Hereís how I did mine

I used a metal flange and a spacer to allow for the fiberglass thickness and blind riveted the fairing on.
Forum: Reviews 09-03-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,178
Posted By sf3543
TS Flightlines

Just wanted to put a plug in for TS Flightlines and Tom Swearingen.
I recently took on the job of working on a RANs S-19 and it included doing a complete rubber change on the ROTAX 912 ULS. I...
Forum: COMM 08-31-2021, 05:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,263
Posted By sf3543
Thanks for the suggestions. I checked the BNCs...

Thanks for the suggestions.
I checked the BNCs and antenna to make sure they were working using a test radio.
So, I decided to tear into the wiring at the radio and found a real mess inside the D-SUB...
Forum: COMM 08-31-2021, 07:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,263
Posted By sf3543
Becker radio question

I have a plane with a Becker AR 4201 radio that receives extremely well but doesn't transmit worth a darn. Very weak and garbled. I've checked out the basics, antenna, headset and plugs. Checked the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-06-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 185
Views: 28,883
Posted By sf3543
I'll add a few comments based on a bunch of...

I'll add a few comments based on a bunch of installations I have done over the years. For the record, I have installed six VPX systems and a bunch of ICB systems, which include regular ICBs as well...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-22-2021, 07:32 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,468
Posted By sf3543
I had exactly the same issue on new brakes but it...

I had exactly the same issue on new brakes but it didn't seem to affect brake effectiveness. It was a loud moaning kind of sound, I figured it was the pads dragging slightly.
I lubed the pins,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-17-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,168
Posted By sf3543
Thanks guys! Mike had the closest to what I was...

Thanks guys!
Mike had the closest to what I was looking for.
It was a table just like that but also referenced some of the hoses and elbows right to the auto part number.
The owner wants rubber so no...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-16-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,168
Posted By sf3543
Rotax hose replacement

A few years back, someone provided a table of ROTAX hoses, coolant, etc, for the 5 year change and the part numbers for replacement types you can get locally from O'Reillys, etc.
I've searched to no...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-09-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,744
Posted By sf3543
I have worked on lots of planes where the builder...

I have worked on lots of planes where the builder installed remote boxes behind the panel that were almost impossible to access because they didn't consider the skin that was going to be installed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-30-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,709
Posted By sf3543
Originally I didnít notice it was the Superior...

Originally I didnít notice it was the Superior sump.
Since the OP is from out of country, I called Superior Product Support and they said those are 1/4 x 20 bolts. ( As pazmanflyer said before I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2021, 07:39 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,709
Posted By sf3543
Parts manual site

The titan parts manual can be found here.

http://www.continental.aero/titan/documentation.aspx

If you can't find those particular bolts, call them and they will tell you which ones are correct for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-07-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,774
Posted By sf3543
If you are concerned that your resistor is bad or...

If you are concerned that your resistor is bad or don't know how to tell what it is, just use an ohm meter to check it.
You might consider replacing that wire run if your readings are...
Forum: RV-3 06-01-2021, 09:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 853
Posted By sf3543
I also used Oregon Areo and had the same...

I also used Oregon Areo and had the same experience as Paul. Very good.
There are two things I would do different.
I would make the half barrel bottom of the seat a separate piece to fill in that...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-18-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,930
Posted By sf3543
As with everything else, there are pluses and...

As with everything else, there are pluses and minuses.
I have rebuilt planes and built them from the kits and both are really satisfying, so that's not the issue.
Let's say you get your old plane...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,580
Posted By sf3543
Corrected my previous post. Drill #35 to tap #6...

Corrected my previous post.
Drill #35 to tap #6 screw threads, not #28.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,580
Posted By sf3543
I have installed quite a few canopies on RVs over...

I have installed quite a few canopies on RVs over the years. At least a dozen or more. So far none have cracked.
I have never used sikaflex but have always drilled the canopy and either used rivets...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-23-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 8,914
Posted By sf3543
The May Kitplanes magazine had an article about...

The May Kitplanes magazine had an article about the future of homebuilding. It included an interview with Rian Johnson, from VANs, where he advocated "something called LPA, or Light Personal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,905
Posted By sf3543
Putting a flat edge on a hinge pin creates a very...

Putting a flat edge on a hinge pin creates a very long drill bit that you can chuck into a drill and ream the hinge, in place, in order to make inserting the final hinge pin easier.
Pointing the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-29-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,641
Posted By sf3543
I'd use a pop rivet and fill in the hole. But, if...

I'd use a pop rivet and fill in the hole.
But, if you decide to try riveting a solid rivet, use a soft rivet.
It would be a rivet without the divot in the middle of the rivet head and much easier to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-27-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,627
Posted By sf3543
Fred I had the same problem on my RV8 based out...

Fred
I had the same problem on my RV8 based out of 5C1, which is in the same low service area you are in.
Give me a call and Iíll tell you how I got it to work correctly and get a good PAPR.
Might...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-23-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 864
Posted By sf3543
I hook up my 12v source directly to the battery...

I hook up my 12v source directly to the battery to work on avionics. Just turn on the master and everything works fine.
Just make sure you are putting in enough amps to run everything you are using...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 64,406
Posted By sf3543
No, I haven't worked on a 10 or 14 yet so I...

No, I haven't worked on a 10 or 14 yet so I haven't made one. However, I can send you the Word doc for the RV7 checklist and you can probably modify it pretty easily to fit the RV14.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 64,406
Posted By sf3543
Here's a couple examples of what I use

Here a couple of the checklists I use. I have one for most RV models.
The front page gives the general information and I use the picture to identify any exterior scratches, dings, etc before I even...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-21-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,365
Posted By sf3543
Yep you are seeing obstacle alerts. On the ground...

Yep you are seeing obstacle alerts. On the ground I see a lot of vertical lines but in the air they basically go away since you are above them. At first I thought the screen was acting up. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 5,309
Posted By sf3543
DIY Towbar

If you want a DIY tow bar, you can build this with parts from HD or LOWEs in a couple hours.
Basic pieces are 8' of 1/8 x 1.5" aluminum angle and a gate hinge.
For attaching the gate hinge to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,365
Posted By sf3543
NYTOM - "My Sport SX is preforming better than...

NYTOM - "My Sport SX is preforming better than new and even has some new features."

What new features are you seeing?
Thanks
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,951
Posted By sf3543
That's correct

That's correct
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,951
Posted By sf3543
Strip a piece of wire back about 1/2Ē , fray out...

Strip a piece of wire back about 1/2Ē , fray out the strands to flatten the wire, and stick it in the screw mounting hole of the fairing from the back.
Insert the screw as normal and it should screw...
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,889
Posted By sf3543
I have done several of that specific installs and...

I have done several of that specific installs and they work well, since the 430W supplies the WAAS GPS data input for the ADS-B.
The 430W may need to have the software upgraded to get the "ADS-B+"...
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 14,046
Posted By sf3543
When mounting GPS antennas, remember that they do...

When mounting GPS antennas, remember that they do not only look straight up to see satellites but also look at angles to pick up satellites closer to the horizon. So you don't want to shade the areas...
Forum: RV-3 02-03-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,619
Posted By sf3543
I'm assuming you haven't yet bought any...

I'm assuming you haven't yet bought any instruments, since you said proposed.
So, Everything you have, except radio and TXP, is available in one EFIS package and uses a lot less space. For example,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,407
Posted By sf3543
If you want to make it easier to do, try this...

If you want to make it easier to do, try this method.
Lay out a piece of plastic large enough to make your lay up.
Make a template of the piece you want to lay up and trace it onto the plastic.
Cut...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,130
Posted By sf3543
Call VANs with the serial number of your RV8 and...

Call VANs with the serial number of your RV8 and they will tell you which parts will fit your age kit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,230
Posted By sf3543
use a longer cotter pin

use a longer cotter pin
Forum: RV-14 01-19-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,159
Posted By sf3543
You'd be surprised how many times I have found...

You'd be surprised how many times I have found the wrong size nut plate installed or where the threaded part got squeezed by the riveter.
If it is the incorrect size then drill it out and replace...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,112
Posted By sf3543
You can purchase the ones that do not have the...

You can purchase the ones that do not have the adhesive on the bottom.
I like to:
Rough up the bottom of the squares on a piece of sand paper.
Rough up the spot where you are planning to put it with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-18-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,268
Posted By sf3543
How do you intend to attach the fairing to the...

How do you intend to attach the fairing to the rudder? With rivets or screws?
If you want to make it removeable you have to plan for that in the rudder horn area.
As for the rectangular area, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,032
Posted By sf3543
Things to ponder

It used to be that you had to build an RV if you wanted one, but that is no longer the case. There are plenty out there for sale, depending on which one you want and the condition you are willing to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-10-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 8,631
Posted By sf3543
Iíve built several ECI engines and all have been...

Iíve built several ECI engines and all have been great.

A buddy has a 340 on his RV7 and the head on #2 cyl broke loose from the cylinder in flight.
After that, I was talking to a Carbon Cub guy and...
Forum: ADS-B 01-03-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,023
Posted By sf3543
You can mount everything inside the wingtip. Just...

You can mount everything inside the wingtip.
Just build a mounting bracket or two to hold the antennas. A little spacing is always good. The echo can mount directly to the side of the rib
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-03-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,806
Posted By sf3543
Chad Just got some Bendix mags back from the shop...

Chad
Just got some Bendix mags back from the shop for their 500 hr inspection/OH.

Done by:
www.aircraftignitionservices.com
in Honey Grove, TX which is NE of Dallas. Very nice folks to work...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,389
Posted By sf3543
I had similar issues with passing the PAPR so I...

I had similar issues with passing the PAPR so I called uAvionix and spoke to David Wagner, who is the Echo guru.
After some checking, he determined that although my airport was right next to a big...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,023
Posted By sf3543
Echo in the wing tip

David Wagner is the EchoUAT guru at uAvionix and he sent me a picture of an installation of the entire EchoUAT in the wingtip of an RV.
I cant find the picture but if you call uAvionix and ask for...
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