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Forum: RV-14 04-03-2021, 04:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 359
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Yes. I had similar issues and fixed it by adding...

Yes. I had similar issues and fixed it by adding a ground from the sender to the fuselage.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-05-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 485
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Check the EMS unit. If it is a SV-EMS produced...

Check the EMS unit. If it is a SV-EMS produced by Dynon, this behavior is a known issue and only fixed by Dynon.
Forum: GPS 02-17-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 991
Posted By RV6-KPTW
+1 on Avidyne. After flying 430/530 for years,...

+1 on Avidyne. After flying 430/530 for years, Avidyne flight planning is a breath of fresh air.
Forum: RV-14 02-16-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 92,890
Posted By RV6-KPTW
14 final weight

My final weight is 1295 all in - interior, paint etc. Nothing left to add. Started at 1209 with a minimal interior and without paint.

Left 608, right 615, tailwheel 72 with CG 80.61

I donít have...
Forum: RV-14 02-09-2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,012
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I realized mid-build that I was moving to Florida...

I realized mid-build that I was moving to Florida and that the low UV canopy would be good. I already had the standard part. There is not much difference between the sc-15 and the stock part. I...
Forum: RV-14 02-08-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,145
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Bottom up +1. The hard part is monitoring the...

Bottom up +1. The hard part is monitoring the reservoir to minimize over fill spills.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Even with the SportAir class, I found doing as...

Even with the SportAir class, I found doing as many practices kits as needed was helpful. It took several practice kits (6) before I felt ready to start. That last practice kit looked so good......
Forum: GPS 02-07-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Today is the day!

Glad to hear positive experiences on the upgrades. It will be raining today so maybe both the Avidyne and the Dynon upgrade will be accomplished.

Thanks
Forum: GPS 02-06-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Thanks guys. I saw that note and I will go get...

Thanks guys. I saw that note and I will go get the docs. Dynon has spoiled me with their transparent, logical, and well documented approach to upgrades. Avidyne seems mysterious to me. I thought...
Forum: GPS 02-06-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 478
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Avidyne software upgrades

Hey all,

I have searched high and low for release notes for the IFD540 software upgrades. I asked this question on the avidyne forums over at Avidyne.com but got crickets... I was hoping to find a...
Forum: RV-14 02-05-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,316
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Well... initially, put them on for the sense of...

Well... initially, put them on for the sense of accomplishment, then realize the inconvenience in a small garage, take back off, and wait til final assembly.
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,423
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I recollect that there were options for tinting...

I recollect that there were options for tinting but I elected the low UV canopy without tint.
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2021, 06:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,423
Posted By RV6-KPTW
+1 on low uv canopy. Live in Florida and it does...

+1 on low uv canopy. Live in Florida and it does make a difference.

JDAir latch!
Forum: RV-14 01-27-2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,393
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Rick Robbins contact info is in post #32.

Rick Robbins contact info is in post #32.
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2021, 05:17 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,477
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Tim, I donít see a TT series in the heat range...

Tim,

I donít see a TT series in the heat range Vans/Lycoming used. Do you have observations on the 16 or 20 ranges in the 14?

Thanks,
Forum: Propellers 01-23-2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Thanks all!

Thanks all!
Forum: Propellers 01-22-2021, 07:06 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 575
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Prop Balancing near central Florida

Hi,

Does anyone have recommendations for dynamic prop balancing vendors? I am in Sebastian but can fly!
Forum: RV-14 01-21-2021, 04:56 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,393
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I talked with Rick yesterday and ordered his end...

I talked with Rick yesterday and ordered his end caps. I hope to have the same experience and will report back.

Thanks
Forum: RV-14 01-20-2021, 05:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,393
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I looked....

Add me to the list of cracked muff ends. I am at 85 hours and pulled the cowl yesterday for other tasks and found the forward muff end cracked in 2 places.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 06:05 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,549
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Hey Salty - not sure if any one mentioned...

Hey Salty - not sure if any one mentioned practice yet (is joke...) but I did a bunch of the Vans wing section kits and putting them side by side, it looked like the evolution of man... I did them...
Forum: RV-14 12-30-2020, 05:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,101
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Marty, just allow 1/2 or so extra of the pleather...

Marty, just allow 1/2 or so extra of the pleather to hang over the glare shield trailing edge, fold it under, and install the trim over to lock it in place. No need for glue anywhere. I can take a...
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 05:01 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,917
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I too have camber but did add shims to address a...

I too have camber but did add shims to address a toe out on one side. No sign of tire wear at 80 hours. Look at 40B-06.
Forum: RV-14 12-27-2020, 06:32 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,125
Posted By RV6-KPTW
All good advice. What works well for one may not...

All good advice. What works well for one may not work for you. I did not like the swivel head. I felt I had better control with a fixed head on the gun.

Only thing to add here is practice kits...
Forum: RV-14 12-27-2020, 06:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,101
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I used a chunk of interior leather (pleather?)...

I used a chunk of interior leather (pleather?) cut to fit, with edging and two computer fan covers holding down the center. No movement and no glare.

The edge trim and fan covers are available on...
Forum: RV-14 12-27-2020, 06:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,923
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I mounted a small Halon on the flap motor cover...

I mounted a small Halon on the flap motor cover between the seats.
Forum: RV-14 12-20-2020, 05:33 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,784
Posted By RV6-KPTW
In addition to all the other things you are...

In addition to all the other things you are doing, I pulled and stored the larger parts (not rivets etc) based on the plans order of use. Eliminated a lot of searching if all the parts for say...
Forum: RV-14 12-14-2020, 05:11 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 647
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I did all breaking with a wood block and cut...

I did all breaking with a wood block and cut slot. Different widths and depths depending on material. It is easy and fast once you get a feel. Judge the break by a trial fit and too much/too...
Forum: RV-14 12-06-2020, 05:36 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 758
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Hey Randy, I donít recollect breaking those...

Hey Randy,

I donít recollect breaking those specific edges. I do remember following directions more or less, and that trial fits dictated whether I adjusted. If the trial fit did not look good, I...
Forum: RV-14 12-02-2020, 04:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,955
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I may have overdone placards in round 1

Prepping for the DAR, I may have taken placards too far. Note the warning in the upper right next to the wing walk.

I have a more minimalist approach after paint.
Forum: RV-14 12-01-2020, 05:22 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,955
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I was not painted at the time of inspection so...

I was not painted at the time of inspection so had my daughter create vinyl labels providing instructions. This photo is while prepping to install the JDAir latch.
Forum: RV-14 11-30-2020, 05:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,797
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I can confirm that installing prior to riveting...

I can confirm that installing prior to riveting the bottom skin is childís play compared with after. I had a wing in each state in the wing stand when the SB came out. It will be much more...
Forum: RV-14 11-29-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 133,615
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Aircrafterís Refinishing on X26. They use to be...

Aircrafterís Refinishing on X26. They use to be advertisers on this site but I donít see that now. They worked hard for a reasonable price.
Forum: RV-14 11-29-2020, 05:12 AM
Replies: 105
Views: 133,615
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Just out of the paint shop...

Almost too pretty to fly!
Forum: RV-14 11-29-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Thanks - the distinction for when to torque is...

Thanks - the distinction for when to torque is pretty clear.
Forum: RV-14 11-28-2020, 06:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I am glad I asked. I will recheck all castle...

I am glad I asked. I will recheck all castle nuts. To confirm, the tailwheel axle is not a rotational and should be treated with standard torque, yes?

Scott - Thanks for jumping in!
Forum: RV-14 11-27-2020, 05:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Thanks. All good on the anti-seize. Wracking...

Thanks. All good on the anti-seize.

Wracking my brain to remember. I think I finger tighten the castle nut and then rotated it tighter to line up the hole. Would it have been better to rotate...
Forum: RV-14 11-26-2020, 06:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,611
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Vertical Stab to front spar attach - 11-08 step 2

The strangest things wake you up at 3 in the morning...

I am putting the airplane back together after painting and put my hand on the attachment bolt and castle nut. I tried to turn this thinking...
Forum: RV-14 11-16-2020, 05:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,670
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Not how I interpreted the plans or did it. I...

Not how I interpreted the plans or did it. I think it is a stronger structure with f01479 riveted directly to the skin. The stiffener is attached inside those two skins.
Forum: RV-14 11-03-2020, 05:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,267
Posted By RV6-KPTW
The view is pretty good for a taildragger. At 5í...

The view is pretty good for a taildragger. At 5í 9Ē, I can mostly see down the taxiway and need only the occasional little S turn for comfort.

The Pitts is very limited forward view comparatively...
Forum: RV-14 10-24-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,836
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I installed the Thunderbolt engine and standard...

I installed the Thunderbolt engine and standard prop. I found that I needed a little weight (~10 lbs) in the baggage compartment during phase 1 (minimal interior, no paint) to stay well inside the...
Forum: RV-14 10-21-2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,069
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Thanks all! On a parallel track, I had...

Thanks all! On a parallel track, I had emailed/talked to Vans support and they also concluded it was a cosmetic issue.
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2020, 07:13 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,069
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Dent in empennage

Hi,

I have discovered a dent / deflection on my empennage. This is a flying airplane (70+ hours) that just went into the paint shop. I am trying to gauge the severity and what, if anything, I...
Forum: RV-14 09-20-2020, 02:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,420
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Tom - thanks. I did get about 15 knots out of...

Tom - thanks.

I did get about 15 knots out of the fairing / wheel pant install. Looking at the transition flox task, I did finally read (correctly I hope) that what this creates is a recess on...
Forum: RV-14 09-19-2020, 06:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,420
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Looking for an RV14 in FL with finished wheel pants

I am trying to sort out the value of the performing the transition floxing of the lower intersection as depicted on 46B-22,23 and would like to see a finished example.

I think that transition...
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2020, 05:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,406
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I raised this same concern several years ago...

I raised this same concern several years ago regarding my main spar after seeing pristine RV8 spars. Vans engineering came back and said this was a non-issue. I built on.
Forum: RV-14 09-08-2020, 06:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,543
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I think roll trim is a must after flying an RV6...

I think roll trim is a must after flying an RV6 for 15 years without and then 5 with. Sure, you could fly without it but with it, you could actually let go of the stick for a couple of seconds.

I...
Forum: RV-14 09-06-2020, 05:30 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,909
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Randy, I went with Vans standard offer. For...

Randy,

I went with Vans standard offer. For taxi, I merely aimed one lite down, leaving the other in flight attitude.
Forum: RV-14 09-02-2020, 05:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,392
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I donít think the RV14 has any bad TW traits. ...

I donít think the RV14 has any bad TW traits. After tons of time in an RV6 and a little in an 8, and about 70 in the 14, Iíd say it is downright docile. Correct wheel alignment is key. Feel free...
Forum: RV-14 08-28-2020, 05:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,473
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Rob, Do you have the crotch belt and if so, how...

Rob,

Do you have the crotch belt and if so, how did you deal with the attachment? Any issues?

Thanks - Dennis
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2020, 05:56 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,785
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Randy, You have lots of time on that part. I...

Randy,

You have lots of time on that part. I did not address that part till final assembly. Stop down or I can fly up some time when you have list of things to resolve / look at and I can point...
Forum: RV-14 08-17-2020, 06:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,454
Posted By RV6-KPTW
The RV14 standard air vent is extremely...

The RV14 standard air vent is extremely effective. I live in Florida and at normal cruise, it needs to be turned down a bit.
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2020, 04:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,031
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I have just finished phase 1. After a lot of 3...

I have just finished phase 1. After a lot of 3 pt landings in an RV6 over 20 years, I find I struggle with patience waiting for the 14 to slow and settle. Wheel landings are different story - 70...
Forum: RV-14 06-05-2020, 05:42 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,055
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I set those with rivet gun / bucking bar.

I set those with rivet gun / bucking bar.
Forum: RV-14 05-16-2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,235
Posted By RV6-KPTW
What is the “rudder mechanism”? Mental review...

What is the “rudder mechanism”? Mental review shows pedals, cables, and attachments to rod end bearings on the rear spar.
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2020, 05:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,413
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Hi Randy, I am just down the road at X26. Give...

Hi Randy,

I am just down the road at X26. Give a shout if you need something.
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,080
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I used packing tape for the test and adjusted the...

I used packing tape for the test and adjusted the fuel caps later.
Forum: RV-14 04-17-2020, 05:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 7,636
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Servos can be installed last. No real need for a...

Servos can be installed last. No real need for a yaw servo.
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2020, 05:57 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,786
Posted By RV6-KPTW
Splitting the trailing ends and adjusting to be...

Splitting the trailing ends and adjusting to be more visually appealing is very easy.
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2020, 05:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,346
Posted By RV6-KPTW
It is not too much. Shorter would be a problem at...

It is not too much. Shorter would be a problem at wing attachment time.
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2020, 06:19 AM
Replies: 71
Views: 92,890
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I also have an flying unpainted 14 with Skyvision...

I also have an flying unpainted 14 with Skyvision on both sides and all the goodies including an Avidyne 540 but to plans in most other respects and weigh L 573, R 579, T 57 = 1,209. CG 79.2. ...
Forum: RV-14 03-26-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,358
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I struggled there too. After drilling out...

I struggled there too. After drilling out several times, I used a longer grip MK - could have been MK-321BS. This area receives more intense preflight scrutiny as a result.
Forum: RV-14 03-26-2020, 06:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,641
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I don?t think the 14 will be too big for you. ...

I don?t think the 14 will be too big for you. There are adjustments for the pedals and seat to accommodate. I am 5?8?ish and have the pedals and seat in the middle position. My wife is 5?4? and...
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,694
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I added a wedge on the right side of the rudder...

I added a wedge on the right side of the rudder to deal with the cruise trim issue and use my feet for other situations.
Forum: RV-14 01-11-2020, 05:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,002
Posted By RV6-KPTW
I had an RV200 rebuilt a little while ago and...

I had an RV200 rebuilt a little while ago and spent about 2100 including shipping.
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