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Forum: RV-8/8A 05-14-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,710
Posted By fl-mike
As my buddy said, "would you rather have a chute...

As my buddy said, "would you rather have a chute and not be able to get out, or not have a chute and discover that you can get out?"
Impending death is a powerful motivator.
I wear a chute and have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 194
Posted By fl-mike
There used to be a guy that sold a variety of CNC...

There used to be a guy that sold a variety of CNC punched access panel kits, but I think the website has vanished. I keep getting dead links.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-13-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 210
Posted By fl-mike
Stop. Undimple tne flanges. Then countersink...

Stop.
Undimple tne flanges. Then countersink them.
The flanges are 5052H32 or something similarly soft.
If you really bugger up a flange hole, just use an “oops” rivet or a shop-made “swelled...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 332
Posted By fl-mike
Concrete tube form.

Concrete tube form.
Forum: COMM 05-06-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 548
Posted By fl-mike
What I am using for the flap switch on my...

What I am using for the flap switch on my throttle
https://www.ebay.com/itm/190808463815
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,816
Posted By fl-mike
Every one of my bucking bars is wrapped in...

Every one of my bucking bars is wrapped in Gorilla duct tape except for the bucking surface. If I need to use the side, I just slice off a little with a razor blade. Also, radius at least one edge...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-30-2021, 09:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By fl-mike
18! How many fingers do you have? :eek: Are you...

18! How many fingers do you have? :eek:

Are you running separate grounds or something?

A Dsub is usually a good choice.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-28-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,708
Posted By fl-mike
ask someone maintaining an 8 about getting those...

ask someone maintaining an 8 about getting those screws out, and that big piece of bent aluminum around you and out while kneeling in the back cave. (without bending or scratching anything) ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-27-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 595
Posted By fl-mike
It is my opinion that A models suffer from exit...

It is my opinion that A models suffer from exit air blockage due to the gear weldments and the lack of the exit smoothing "bump". Higher AOAs just makes it worse.
I added louvers to my bottom cowl,...
Forum: RV-10 04-25-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 538
Posted By fl-mike
Yes, I believe it is a wasted spark system.

Yes, I believe it is a wasted spark system.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-25-2021, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By fl-mike
Thermocouple wire of the same type as the sensor...

Thermocouple wire of the same type as the sensor pigtails. The engine monitor installation instructions should cover this.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-25-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 258
Posted By fl-mike
FS: Type K thermocouple wire, 24AWG shielded

Omega FF-K-24S-TWSH Shielded Stranded TC Wire Type K24 awg FEP Jacket

Stranded 24 awg K-type with overall foil shield and drain wire.
The shield is not really required for our CHT and EGT probes,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-23-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,076
Posted By fl-mike
I've said this before: the second plane you...

I've said this before: the second plane you build will have "ease of maintenance" as a high priority! Everything you install, you are thinking "how am I going to service this?"

This access panel...
Forum: RV-14 04-22-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By fl-mike
Yes, spring loaded closed, fold out 90 degrees. I...

Yes, spring loaded closed, fold out 90 degrees.
I would not hang my wife's purse on it, but it's fine for headsets. (I'm using the plastic version)
Headsets are at the hangar, so you get my Oppo's...
Forum: RV-14 04-22-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 909
Posted By fl-mike
A guy on Kitplanes just posted an idea I actually...

A guy on Kitplanes just posted an idea I actually implemented a couple years ago.
Camper RV spring loaded door latches.

Fold up when not in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,606
Posted By fl-mike
Bought my 6A with about 70 in my log book from 20...

Bought my 6A with about 70 in my log book from 20 years ago. Got a few hours refresher in some spam can I can’t remember, a fresh BFR, and spent a few hours transition with Jan Bussel in his 6A. Now...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-19-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,130
Posted By fl-mike
Artex offers a shorter 15” Antenna now. Models...

Artex offers a shorter 15” Antenna now.
Models 8107 and 8108
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By fl-mike
What do you think stops a push/pull control when...

What do you think stops a push/pull control when you yank it back? My inspector checked to make sure the control hit the engine stops with at least a smidge of additional travel at the pilot...
Forum: Safety 04-17-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,306
Posted By fl-mike
Why is the stop bracket not installed?

Why is the stop bracket not installed?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-16-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By fl-mike
I lifted the nose using a strap on the engine...

I lifted the nose using a strap on the engine mount and built a couple square columns of concrete blocks under the center section, topped with a 2x4, then shimmed the 2x4 to level. Blocks were the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 04:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 867
Posted By fl-mike
Toggle or pushbutton? Momentary or maintained? ...

Toggle or pushbutton? Momentary or maintained? Current rating?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-14-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By fl-mike
It’s a geometry thing and can drive you crazy if...

It’s a geometry thing and can drive you crazy if you chase perfection.
I have the same thing, sort of, and mentioned it to my buddy who claimed he had full mixture travel on his quadrant Until I...
Forum: RV-14 04-11-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,102
Posted By fl-mike
H3R HG1000R I did add a light wire-tie to help...

H3R HG1000R
I did add a light wire-tie to help prevent an errant elbow from releasing it.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-08-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,995
Posted By fl-mike
First in line to take icky, cheap, GRT, 430, and...

First in line to take icky, cheap, GRT, 430, and SL equipment off your hands....will cover shipping. :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 04:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By fl-mike
Fred, I have some. Working on a tank leak now...

Fred, I have some.
Working on a tank leak now also.
PM’d you
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 499
Posted By fl-mike
use the filter to verify or establish the "frame"...

use the filter to verify or establish the "frame" dimensions. I had to make some shims as the snorkel was too large. And, if there is some slop in that, you can shift the filter location a bit to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 602
Posted By fl-mike
I seem to recall removing the primer on the...

I seem to recall removing the primer on the insides, starting the end fittings, using a piece of carpet on the concrete floor, and a couple "pile driving" moves. I know that's how I did the big...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 03-31-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 13,947
Posted By fl-mike
Air France 447 flew the stall all the way to the...

Air France 447 flew the stall all the way to the ocean surface.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 307
Posted By fl-mike
Otto P7. Excellent quality and feel.

Otto P7. Excellent quality and feel.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,361
Posted By fl-mike
The newer kits don’t have the hinge. Not sure...

The newer kits don’t have the hinge. Not sure when the change happened.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,041
Posted By fl-mike
I've never seen the kit prices go down. Nor...

I've never seen the kit prices go down.
Nor engines, nor props. (although sometimes updated props or engine choices appear, so that is a consideration.)

Now avionics is another matter entirely. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-29-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,361
Posted By fl-mike
That's what I did. Flatten the provided ramp to...

That's what I did. Flatten the provided ramp to make the template for a stainless version. I also put some Dynamat on the inside to dampen any drumming.
Forum: Autopilots 03-29-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By fl-mike
You don't. The servo just passes through the...

You don't. The servo just passes through the trim power signals (when not auto-trimming). So, you just need a reversing relay deck if using a coolie-hat trim switch (single pole). Or, the RAC trim...
Forum: Autopilots 03-29-2021, 06:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 777
Posted By fl-mike
If using a coolie hat type trim switch: GAD 27 =...

If using a coolie hat type trim switch:

GAD 27 = no trim relays needed
No GAD 27 = trim relays needed (or similar trim servo controller function)
Forum: RV-10 03-29-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 967
Posted By fl-mike
yes and no. My testing in a salt fog chamber,...

yes and no.

My testing in a salt fog chamber, and then outside for a year in coastal FL showed that etch followed by chromic acid conversion (Alodine) held up fine in the salt fog chamber.
It did...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-28-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,395
Posted By fl-mike
Anchor nut. That’s what the big boys call ‘em.

Anchor nut. That’s what the big boys call ‘em.
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-25-2021, 09:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,302
Posted By fl-mike
Pop rivet dimpler with the female die ground to a...

Pop rivet dimpler with the female die ground to a “D” shape to get in close to the spar.
If you haven’t ground some dimple dies, well, you will....
Forum: Tools 03-25-2021, 02:47 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,078
Posted By fl-mike
I have a Roborock S5 robot vacuum that vacuums up...

I have a Roborock S5 robot vacuum that vacuums up my 1200 sq ft shop a couple mornings a week (at 5AM). I really makes a difference and frees me from sweeping all the time. I love them. I bought a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,413
Posted By fl-mike
As with most things bureaucratic, do the work for...

As with most things bureaucratic, do the work for them and make them say no if it is unacceptable.
Draw the area you want on a sectional and present it.
Include other airports (with cheap gas) and...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-24-2021, 04:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,225
Posted By fl-mike
Google “2020 sun n fun map” will give you an...

Google “2020 sun n fun map” will give you an image of last year’s map.
I expect it will be the same this year.
(Check the dates on the maps)
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,312
Posted By fl-mike
Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel...

Rustoleum Professional High Performance Enamel Spray has been holding up surprisingly well on the 6 after 12 years. Available at Home Depot, etc.
I used it expecting I would be doing a lot of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,895
Posted By fl-mike
The TSO's for position lights (TSO-C30c) and...

The TSO's for position lights (TSO-C30c) and anti-collision lights (TSO-C96a) point to SAE documents for minimum performance standards (8037 and 8017A). The SAE docs are not public domain ($85...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2021, 11:38 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,206
Posted By fl-mike
Riveting is probably <2% of the overall activity...

Riveting is probably <2% of the overall activity in a build.
Waaay more important is the overall quality and completeness of the kit components, fit of parts, quality of documentation, support,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-21-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,762
Posted By fl-mike
Rant pile-on! Agree completely. As an...

Rant pile-on!

Agree completely.

As an "experienced" senior avionics design engineer, I see all to often a certain naivete’ or ignorance of operational failure mode considerations in the hobbyist...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-20-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,762
Posted By fl-mike
I’m going with PBX card.

I’m going with PBX card.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 619
Posted By fl-mike
If the holes don’t line up, you’re doing...

If the holes don’t line up, you’re doing something wrong. Vans will purposely make the holes asymmetrical so you CAN’T assemble them wrong.
0.1% of the time someone will get a mis-bent skin or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-19-2021, 09:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,057
Posted By fl-mike
The usb preview plans are the complete plans. ...

The usb preview plans are the complete plans. You get the full size paper prints with each subkit, but they are the same.

That is the design. There is no preload tension on the rudder cables. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-15-2021, 03:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 648
Posted By fl-mike
I painted all my baffles on the 6 with Rustoleum...

I painted all my baffles on the 6 with Rustoleum Pro paint (the taller cans) and it has held up surprisingly well. My reason was for easier touch up, but it has not really needed any.
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 999
Posted By fl-mike
An970 washers and a nutplate in the rib tooling...

An970 washers and a nutplate in the rib tooling hole.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-11-2021, 11:42 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 491
Posted By fl-mike
What is the part number of the contact you are...

What is the part number of the contact you are trying to crimp?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-09-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 796
Posted By fl-mike
Roundit 2000 NX is getting a lot of use in the...

Roundit 2000 NX is getting a lot of use in the big birds these days.
Self-closing, easy to branch out, etc
Pretty cool stuff, but pricey.
Forum: GPS 03-08-2021, 05:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 474
Posted By fl-mike
11-35VDC, but you’ll need a power cable Fused...

11-35VDC, but you’ll need a power cable
Fused with a 1.5Amp fuse, so a supply with that capacity.
Forum: Tools 03-01-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 552
Posted By fl-mike
I think I got mine at Autozone.

I think I got mine at Autozone.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-27-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,184
Posted By fl-mike
I used two six foot harbor freight box levels...

I used two six foot harbor freight box levels clamped to the gear legs for the toe-in/out check. Nice and straight. $20 a piece and are useful for other stuff.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,218
Posted By fl-mike
48x42” pop up shades. $20...

48x42” pop up shades. $20 shipped
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00KC7NQ0M/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,667
Posted By fl-mike
To be clear, casual / uncompensated formation...

To be clear, casual / uncompensated formation flying is not excluded.

You're going to get a lot of folks spun up if you infer that all formation flying is excluded.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,887
Posted By fl-mike
Formation group lunch flyout. It was a little...

Formation group lunch flyout. It was a little chilly, only got up to the low 70's, so had to wear long pants! :D
Forum: Steam Gauges 02-17-2021, 09:32 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 880
Posted By fl-mike
Did you assign the general,purpose inputs as...

Did you assign the general,purpose inputs as position sensor inputs?
Forum: COMM 02-15-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By fl-mike
the crimp type from Molex is discontinued, but...

the crimp type from Molex is discontinued, but Spruce has a solder style in stock.

https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/avpages/icoma210connector.php
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-09-2021, 06:57 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,594
Posted By fl-mike
Not so much efficiency as closing a number of...

Not so much efficiency as closing a number of large holes in your sealed high pressure box.

Not an option.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-08-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 854
Posted By fl-mike
Find a few standard sheet sizes in the "list" in...

Find a few standard sheet sizes in the "list" in 032, 025 and have them throw them in the box. I always get an extra panel blank, some angle stock of various sizes, and a some hinge stock.

The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2021, 11:21 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 983
Posted By fl-mike
Two foldup sawhorses and a slab door (used!)...

Two foldup sawhorses and a slab door (used!) store easy and can be used for a temporary work surface that isn't covered with crap:D

Hollow core is light.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By fl-mike
The jumper is so it won’t activate in shipping...

The jumper is so it won’t activate in shipping (no jumper). You MUST jumper it.
The activation is based on a particular impulse curve, not static accelerations like in aerobatics.
Look for Eurocae...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,261
Posted By fl-mike
I just say, "yes, like Home Depot is a house kit....

I just say, "yes, like Home Depot is a house kit. It's all there, you just have to put it together." That seems to help frame the conversation in a way they can understand.
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