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Forum: Tools Today, 04:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,264
Posted By rv8ch
I just use my daily driver - an old macbook air. ...

I just use my daily driver - an old macbook air. Plugs into the USB port and I show the video with Quicktime Player. It will record it as well.

I have the VA400 and a super-cheap ebay borescope...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues Yesterday, 01:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 423
Posted By rv8ch
exhaust hangar

As mentioned in another thread, you may want to have a look at the exhaust support. I know some have gotten away with hanging them from the engine mount, most recommend suspending it from the...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 01:31 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 340
Posted By rv8ch
https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Avansairforc...

https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Avansairforce.com+borescope

This seems to be a popular solution:

http://www.vividia-tech.com

Allows you to see the valves easier.
Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 01:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 676
Posted By rv8ch
True! And perhaps they are using the same method...

True! And perhaps they are using the same method you described, which is probably the simplest. I was visualizing a PCB in there doing something magic but the voltage differential can't get much...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-26-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 676
Posted By rv8ch
It is pretty nice. It does some things that a...

It is pretty nice. It does some things that a diode/battery won't do, like pass-thru power from the main bus when it's there, and automatically switch over when it's not. I could have rolled my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,793
Posted By rv8ch
Very good suggestion! From what I can see on...

Very good suggestion! From what I can see on this forum, resale on the early RV aircraft is very good, although I have no data to back that up. I think the main problem if you have a nice RV-6A in...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-26-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 283
Posted By rv8ch
nice photos!

That looks great - where was it? I'd be a bit nervous depending on where you are - had some friends in SLC that would drive onto the salt flats, hit the "cruise control" (didn't exist in the 70s,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 11:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 914
Posted By rv8ch
Most EFBs do automatic logbooks as well. The...

Most EFBs do automatic logbooks as well. The coolest thing about the EFIS logging is uploading to savvyaviation.com.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 946
Posted By rv8ch
tools sent

I just sent the two tools in the photo, but not 100% sure yet if those are what Kay needs.

BTW, what are the landing fees in Basel for visitors? Just curious, now that I'm finished with my test...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 01:04 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 561
Posted By rv8ch
This is probably a good tip. I don't think it...

This is probably a good tip. I don't think it will change the cost much since I believe it's mainly based on weight. My guess is that the USPS gets very few bottles of liquid to process. They seem...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-23-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,014
Posted By rv8ch
Tom, this is a nice solution and looks very...

Tom, this is a nice solution and looks very solid. Your kit would have saved me a lot of time and money buying bits that didn't work. :)
Forum: Autopilots 02-23-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 396
Posted By rv8ch
3 buttons

I've got the disengage button on the stick, and the engage/disengage for pitch and roll on the panel. Disengage on the stick seems like a mandatory safety feature, and I do like to be able to engage...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-23-2021, 05:14 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,014
Posted By rv8ch
model airplane fuel line Tee

I used one of these:

https://www.ebay.com/itm/1PC-Air-Tee-Connector-Tubing-Hose-Joiner-Y-Junction-Fit-3mm-Air-Tube-RC-Airplane-/251886532058

http://www.rv8.ch/manifold-pressure/

8677
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 946
Posted By rv8ch
Hi Kay, here are the pictures of the two tools I...

Hi Kay, here are the pictures of the two tools I have - let me know if you think these will help and I'll get them in the mail to you tomorrow.

I live near Lausanne, and my RV-8 is based in LSGY. ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 225,540
Posted By rv8ch
heat shield

Jerome - very nice. I see you don't fear the heat shield. :D You may want to consider adding some between the exhaust and the cowl near the exit - I noticed some discoloration there on mine at...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 664
Views: 225,540
Posted By rv8ch
Get the RV-14 plans - they have a lot of useful...

Get the RV-14 plans - they have a lot of useful hints that I even used on my RV-8 - I'm sure it will help you on your RV-7. There are also some good pictures and a 360 degree "virtual reality" image...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2021, 01:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 946
Posted By rv8ch
Hi Kay, I think I have one - let me check in the...

Hi Kay, I think I have one - let me check in the coming days. Do you need it urgently? I'm about 30 mins from the hangar so can go during my "lunch break" if it's urgent.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-21-2021, 01:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,002
Posted By rv8ch
Zero is good

Agree completely - it should be zero during normal phases of flight. I had exactly the same experience as Sid during a runup once.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-19-2021, 07:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,265
Posted By rv8ch
Yes, 2x two position switches work fine.

Yes, 2x two position switches work fine.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-19-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,041
Posted By rv8ch
simple solution

I just used longer wire - no connectors. Kept the wire coiled up in the fuse until the wings were attached, and then just pushed them through the conduit.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-18-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,265
Posted By rv8ch
That's good to hear, since I have a pushbutton. ...

That's good to hear, since I have a pushbutton. If there is any chance of someone getting into my cockpit, like at an airshow or fly-in, my plan is to disconnect the ground lead to the battery. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-18-2021, 01:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,245
Posted By rv8ch
You are right - I'm a bit tight with my 80A fuse...

You are right - I'm a bit tight with my 80A fuse according to the calculations for a continuous 60A load at typical under cowl temperatures. It has not blown yet, but I guess the lifetime will be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2021, 02:17 AM
Replies: 82
Views: 9,066
Posted By rv8ch
I agree with you, but sometimes you have to...

I agree with you, but sometimes you have to figure out what you want to spend your time and money on. A pretty smart guy once wrote "injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere" - as I get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2021, 02:12 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,196
Posted By rv8ch
Sam, every time you post a picture of that tug,...

Sam, every time you post a picture of that tug, my heart starts palpitating - that is one cool looking machine!
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-16-2021, 11:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,147
Posted By rv8ch
Newer drawings are available. Look for the OP40...

Newer drawings are available. Look for the OP40 along with the OP-27A. The OP40 is about 14 pages of clear, step-by-step instructions and photos.

Van's has made them conveniently available here: ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 03:09 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,067
Posted By rv8ch
Anthony, I might be wrong, but there looks like...

Anthony, I might be wrong, but there looks like quite a bit more going on here than meets the eye. Really nice. The lever mechanism appears both complex and simple - I'm guessing quite a bit of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-16-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,245
Posted By rv8ch
Hi Eric, I think you would be fine with #8 or...

Hi Eric, I think you would be fine with #8 or fatter, depending on the length. I have a 60A PP alternator and the B lead length is about 24 inches - basically straight from the alternator back to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-16-2021, 05:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 620
Posted By rv8ch
wheel pants

I like to push mine from the tailwheel when going over any "rough" terrain so that the wheel pants don't get caught on anything.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-15-2021, 04:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 588
Posted By rv8ch
Garmin Aera 760 data is free? BTW, you can...

Garmin Aera 760 data is free?

BTW, you can probably sell your WS screens, so that knocks some off the cost.

Not gonna lie, it chaps my a$$ that I have to pay for the Jeppesen data both for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-15-2021, 03:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,068
Posted By rv8ch
As someone that's been developing and working...

As someone that's been developing and working with computers for a long time, this is scary. My car is "drive by wire" and at any moment it could do something that kills me, but at least I know in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-14-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By rv8ch
Pickle it, dry it

Once it's properly pickled, probably won't make much difference what angle it's at. Put it in a very dry place and seal up all the holes. Put some of those desiccant spark plugs in there, and watch...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-14-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,514
Posted By rv8ch
Thanks Ralph. I've ordered the kit from...

Thanks Ralph. I've ordered the kit from Ballenger. I guess you want it up from the slip joint due to possible air contamination?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2021, 01:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 598
Posted By rv8ch
CS4-4

I prepared the fiberglass part completely except paint and left part off during the painting so that it would be painted separately. Then during final assembly I attached it with the CS4-4...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 239
Posted By rv8ch
I can't think of a good reason - I would have...

I can't think of a good reason - I would have done that but was in "get 'er done" mode and just did it like the plans said.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2021, 04:26 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 678
Posted By rv8ch
Pros and cons

I bought all the stuff to make my own hose from a variety of places. They were pretty good, but once I saw the hose with the integrated firesleeve, I had to have that. Can't do that at home, it...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-13-2021, 04:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 658
Posted By rv8ch
video

Mike, you've got over 300 videos on your channel, perhaps take a video of the engine and we can then have more info to base our opinion on.

I can give you mine - since you asked :D - don't bother...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-13-2021, 03:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,084
Posted By rv8ch
mud

Totally empathize with you - I have a small patch of grass between my hangar and the taxiways and on top of that, there seem to be moles creating small mounds of dirt.

It's been very rainy/snowy...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2021, 12:37 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 395
Posted By rv8ch
If the reason for the ammeter is only to know if...

If the reason for the ammeter is only to know if your alternator is working, you probably don't need one. But what if one of the devices being powered is behaving strangely? This might not show up...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-12-2021, 03:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By rv8ch
pump for sale

Here's one for sale, if you have a carb:

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=192247
Forum: RV-14 02-11-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,510
Posted By rv8ch
Oil can

I just use one of these, and yes, a bigger one would be better.

8231
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 01:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By rv8ch
Assembly after paint

Assembly after paint here - no issues. Also, I didn't have to re-do the weight and balance, and don't have to stop flying for weeks waiting for the paint shop.

If you had asked me before, I would...
Forum: Reviews 02-10-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 5,112
Posted By rv8ch
Did you end up selling this device? I'm looking...

Did you end up selling this device? I'm looking for something like it to get foreflight into my old bose X headset. Perhaps the noise when charging is due to the adapter that they included? Happy...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-10-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 78
Views: 10,514
Posted By rv8ch
Thanks Ralph - do you guys only install one...

Thanks Ralph - do you guys only install one sensor? I guess that would be close enough...

Is the normal bung length ok, or do you recommend the long...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-10-2021, 08:14 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 532
Posted By rv8ch
Couple of old threads on this that said...

Couple of old threads on this that said 2001.

https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=110895
Forum: Safety 02-10-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,832
Posted By rv8ch
look outside

Might not work for you where you live, but I got with ATC and told them what I was doing, and they called out traffic for me. This was particularly helpful during climb tests as it was really hard...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,370
Posted By rv8ch
glareshield?

Just curious - why not the glareshield? Probably a good reason, not trying to second-guess you, but that's a good location for me, and working pretty well. Doesn't bother me in the least, and it's...
Forum: Safety 02-09-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 2,832
Posted By rv8ch
best glide

Some interesting analysis and numbers from a very smart guy here:

https://www.kitplanes.com/sawtooth-climb-performance/

8167

If I lose my engine I'm going to trim for 100KIAS since I will...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-09-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,216
Posted By rv8ch
You need to focus on breaking in the engine until...

You need to focus on breaking in the engine until that's done, or you will end up having to hone your cylinders. Besides the first flight where you simply make sure all is ok, and you can land...
Forum: COMM 02-09-2021, 01:35 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 330
Posted By rv8ch
good luck!

I hope you succeed in this quest - it will open up a lot more options for headsets. I am happy with my old bose aviation X headsets, but there are so many more options in the PC, Gaming, and mobile...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 607
Posted By rv8ch
Congratulazioni Luke! Looks like Enrico was...

Congratulazioni Luke! Looks like Enrico was smart and built his RV-8 just like yours! :)
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-07-2021, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By rv8ch
There have been reports of wires that are not...

There have been reports of wires that are not properly supported at the pmag end coming loose.

Also, probably a good idea to check the timing. If something bad happened and the timing is way off, it...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-07-2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 451
Posted By rv8ch
I'd get your ohm-meter out there and see if you...

I'd get your ohm-meter out there and see if you have the right connections to the green connectors on the pmag.

This is from Page 26 on the manual I have:

8073

The Troubleshooting guide seems to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,067
Posted By rv8ch
Thanks - I was thinking maybe something like a...

Thanks - I was thinking maybe something like a vise clamping on the rubber part of the tire would provide enough grip?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2021, 05:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,067
Posted By rv8ch
Universal tug

It seems creating a universal tug that will scoop up and securely hold a nose-wheel with a tight, low fairing is probably one of the most challenging tasks. Using the existing tow bar is the easiest...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2021, 02:18 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,222
Posted By rv8ch
vacuum out the oil

I had the same problem with my car - drain hole very hard to access. I bought one of those negative pressure hand pump oil extractors and it works great.

This was many years ago and it still...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-06-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,394
Posted By rv8ch
Looks like this serial data connection feeds the...

Looks like this serial data connection feeds the black box, and it makes it a bit easier to read. But I think you can get the data from that connection - my guess is it streams so you would need...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 02-06-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,394
Posted By rv8ch
Strange, this diagram seems to indicate that it's...

Strange, this diagram seems to indicate that it's blasting out data on the rs-232 all the time.

8019

8020

Savvy seems to support the UBG-16: ...
Forum: Autopilots 02-06-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 261
Posted By rv8ch
Not exactly the same, but I found the dynon...

Not exactly the same, but I found the dynon instructions very helpful when I installed my GRT Pitch servo in my...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-06-2021, 02:15 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,355
Posted By rv8ch
Mine required some money up front - I think it...

Mine required some money up front - I think it was half. Helps with cash flow and covers some of their costs in case the customer doesn't pay. Yes, they would have my airplane if I didn't pay, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 12,067
Posted By rv8ch
Great work! This solves the problem of the...

Great work! This solves the problem of the "universal interface" to the aircraft - a tow bar handle. When you have to move a lot of different types of aircraft, this is a big advantage. What did...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-05-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 348
Posted By rv8ch
Same here - bought all the pitot/static stuff...

Same here - bought all the pitot/static stuff from Steinair - he's got lots of cool stuff that works well. The colored tubing is very cool, too. The tubing cutter is nice, but I had to add some...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-05-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 922
Posted By rv8ch
flyleds?

Just one word - Awesome.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-05-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 888
Posted By rv8ch
parking brake

Here are some very lame pictures from 100 years ago on my build:

http://www.rv8.ch/matco-parking-brake-valve/

http://www.rv8.ch/brake-lines-at-top-of-landing-gear-legs/

There's really not much to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-04-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,982
Posted By rv8ch
Ouch!

Very frustrating, I'm sure! Hang in there - you'll get it flying again soon!
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