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Forum: Electrical Systems Today, 07:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 201
Posted By RVDan
Are those terminals PIDG type or equivalent? ...

Are those terminals PIDG type or equivalent? They have an internal metal sleeve with a taper into the main hole for the wire, and have a proven crimp strength. The ones that do not have a metal...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-07-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,087
Posted By RVDan
What about reliability? Would you want 3 others...

What about reliability? Would you want 3 others onboard with a powerplant and propeller drive of unknown durability?
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-06-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 3,087
Posted By RVDan
I have to wonder what the OP end goal is other...

I have to wonder what the OP end goal is other than ditching avgas. To date, it has been demonstrated that the air cooled gas engine provides the best weight to HP ratio ( except for turbines) which...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-01-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,293
Posted By RVDan
Curious, why no one uses NAS 1473 series sealed...

Curious, why no one uses NAS 1473 series sealed nutplates instead of open nutplates. I did and when combined with a simple gasket around the flange of the access panel and the sender, no leaks in 23...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-20-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,261
Posted By RVDan
It doesnít make sense to me that inner tubes cost...

It doesnít make sense to me that inner tubes cost as much as the tires.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,691
Posted By RVDan
Sherwin Williams Polane T is designed to be...

Sherwin Williams Polane T is designed to be spatter painted. It is a urethane paint. The technique is to apply a normally thinned coat for color coverage, followed immediately by an unthinned coat...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 426
Posted By RVDan
There are companies who sell the converter you...

There are companies who sell the converter you need (I am assuming 429 to 407). Shadin Avionics and Skylight Avionics are 2. Be prepared for cost in the range of $2k plus though. Maybe something...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-06-2021, 03:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,575
Posted By RVDan
Same here. Two conditions that the tail tie-down...

Same here. Two conditions that the tail tie-down ring doesnít do well with. First is a tie-down that pulls aft on the ring, which I run into frequently since the RV is so short, and second was a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-05-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,685
Posted By RVDan
Definitely donít want to be running 50 wt. single...

Definitely donít want to be running 50 wt. single vis oil at those OATs. 20 wt 50 is multi vis and is ok. I suggest you familiarize yourself with your Lyc operatorís manual for more details on both...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-01-2021, 07:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,172
Posted By RVDan
I donít see the application described but in...

I donít see the application described but in general rivets are stressed in shear. The MS27039 series is a structural screw. The length should be chosen to ensure that the unthreaded portion of the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 12-24-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By RVDan
Same here!

Same here!
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-22-2020, 06:27 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,076
Posted By RVDan
I also have an RV-6A with an IO 360 and constant...

I also have an RV-6A with an IO 360 and constant speed prop (hartzell) and think these numbers should get you pretty close for your airplane.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,245
Posted By RVDan
Static system testing in non-pressurized...

Static system testing in non-pressurized airplanes is a delta P of 1,000 ft. Not much.

Pitot testing it left to the aircraft manufacturer, but usually something like a delta P of 100 kts for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-16-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,048
Posted By RVDan
Iím not familiar with the exact RV8...

Iím not familiar with the exact RV8 configuration, but typically you can remove the 2 bolts that hold the caliper pads on and pull the caliper off without removing the wheel or disk. That would be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-14-2020, 11:49 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 615
Posted By RVDan
The mai gear leg bolts on a -6A are in the...

The mai gear leg bolts on a -6A are in the weldment just forward of the wing spars, under your knee as you sit in the seat. Single bolt through the gear leg. Hard to miss.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-10-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,912
Posted By RVDan
Fantastic!

Fantastic!
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 02:30 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,747
Posted By RVDan
With respect to the OP, the disorientation at IPT...

With respect to the OP, the disorientation at IPT is somewhat concerning to me. I fly in and out of IPT on occasion. There is a mountain 1500 ft above the airport on the south side by only 1.5...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 11:45 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 7,566
Posted By RVDan
My current wife and I fit Cat 2. Great situation...

My current wife and I fit Cat 2. Great situation and she is very supportive and will help if asked. She even wants to see me get my flying fix. Says it improves my attitude.

However, the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,041
Posted By RVDan
I think it will help if you have the folders and...

I think it will help if you have the folders and files sorted alphabetically and not by date, which is pretty useless for this.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,070
Posted By RVDan
5052-O will work harden from vibration or bending...

5052-O will work harden from vibration or bending multiple times. Typically aluminum lines shouldnít be used anywhere where it can be flexed enough through vibration or other movement to work...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,987
Posted By RVDan
When the fuel leaves the servo it is under low...

When the fuel leaves the servo it is under low pressure and when you look at the boiling temp for Avgas, you can see it coild boil creating vapor in the line. The flow divider will normally hold a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2020, 05:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,987
Posted By RVDan
I might suggest that you are getting some...

I might suggest that you are getting some generation of fuel vapor in the line between the servo and the flow divider. I had this happen several years ago on a FI RV-6. It will only happen when the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-22-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,373
Posted By RVDan
Exactly, replace the mount and the nose gear leg...

Exactly, replace the mount and the nose gear leg together. I did this because I had damage to my engine mount (crack) and needed the nose leg upgrade. Unless you buy an undrilled nose gear leg and...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-21-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 131
Views: 186,792
Posted By RVDan
I have a lab vacuum pump which will pull to 1 X...

I have a lab vacuum pump which will pull to 1 X 10E-004 Torr or very near a complete vacuum. I have been making molds from pink insulation foam and pulling full vacuum without a noticeable change in...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-17-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,478
Posted By RVDan
Great spreadsheet. When I do carbon fiber I just...

Great spreadsheet. When I do carbon fiber I just use the same mass of resin as the cloth I lay up and that works pretty well to get the cloth fully wetted. So I cut the bids then weigh them and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,908
Posted By RVDan
There are 2 main external heat sources for the...

There are 2 main external heat sources for the alternator. The air coming through the cylinders which is heated therefore conducting heat to the alternator and the radiated heat from the exhaust...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-17-2020, 07:47 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,067
Posted By RVDan
I just redid my seat cushions from the typical...

I just redid my seat cushions from the typical seat cushion and various boosters and looked at this problem with respect to seat comfort. I decided to make a seat cushion to fit with the floor...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-16-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,908
Posted By RVDan
Thats the one I was thinking of.

Thats the one I was thinking of.
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-16-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,925
Posted By RVDan
If you have a mechanical tach they can easily be...

If you have a mechanical tach they can easily be 25 to 50 RPM out. Sensenich wants to be sure to have your tach calibrated as the 2600RPM limit is real for safety as others have mentioned.
I used to...
Forum: RV-14 11-16-2020, 04:05 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,110
Posted By RVDan
Carbide burrs are great for steel. After looking...

Carbide burrs are great for steel. After looking at the SB your 1/4Ē burr is a little small in diameter but should work fine for the majority of the hog out. Be careful because it will generate a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-16-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,908
Posted By RVDan
I canít put my finger on it but someone did a...

I canít put my finger on it but someone did a teardown comparison of the two 60A alternators. IIRC, the conclusion was that the B&C was a modified genuine DENSO and the PP unit was an aftermarket...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2020, 06:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,126
Posted By RVDan
I use a Dewalt extendable blade knife with good...

I use a Dewalt extendable blade knife with good success. It has heavier blades than the disposable extendable knives. Found at big box stores.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-06-2020, 07:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,196
Posted By RVDan
I have no do in the fight so to speak, I was just...

I have no do in the fight so to speak, I was just concerned that if the FAA took issue it could be problematic for some.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2020, 09:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,196
Posted By RVDan
The full regulatory path with detailed citations...

The full regulatory path with detailed citations will take me a couple of days. I work with these rules every day. The short version is that a TSO article is certified under part 21 subpart O and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,012
Posted By RVDan
Double thumbs up Walt. I have refused to use...

Double thumbs up Walt. I have refused to use these on any projects for years.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-05-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 12,196
Posted By RVDan
Not to be the rainmaker here, but you should...

Not to be the rainmaker here, but you should realize that opening a TSO approved radio without the appropriate FAA Avionics Repair Station authority means that the unit is no longer TSO approved. ...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-04-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,444
Posted By RVDan
Walt, Agreed they are a lot cheaper now than they...

Walt,
Agreed they are a lot cheaper now than they used to be. I think competition drove them to become more reasonable.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-04-2020, 03:25 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,444
Posted By RVDan
That sounds a lot better than the databases ever...

That sounds a lot better than the databases ever were from my 496. If I wanted monthly updates for all databases it was something like $749/ year. Crazy. I selectively updated twice a year due to...
Forum: Safety 11-03-2020, 04:16 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,584
Posted By RVDan
Just before ADS-B was coming on the scene there...

Just before ADS-B was coming on the scene there was a guy who had invented a video based traffic identification system. His background was in developing video systems for missile guidance. He...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,089
Posted By RVDan
At least from 1994 when I built my first -6, the...

At least from 1994 when I built my first -6, the plans called for a AN3 bolt through the stick.
Forum: Mid-Atlantic 11-03-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,658
Posted By RVDan
Iím in Frederick, MD with a -6A. PM me if youíd...

Iím in Frederick, MD with a -6A. PM me if youíd like a ride. There is a -9A in the hangar next to me.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2020, 05:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 968
Posted By RVDan
Most 0-360ís are 2000 TBO, but I have run some to...

Most 0-360ís are 2000 TBO, but I have run some to 3000 hrs with no problems. Same applies to SMOH. 100-1200 hrs SMOH or TT is mid time.

Iíd probably make sure you get a good prebuy by someone...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-01-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,444
Posted By RVDan
I didn’t see where you said whether this is to be...

I didn’t see where you said whether this is to be a VFR or IFR panel. The main reason I ask is that all will require a separate IFR navigator, which could be either ILS or GPS. If the IFR navigator...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-24-2020, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,178
Posted By RVDan
20 years ago, I put a single bid of 1522 cloth...

20 years ago, I put a single bid of 1522 cloth over the rivets. No evidence of cracking in the paint. My feeling is that removal of the hinge would involve repainting the cowl in any case and...
Forum: Propellers 10-21-2020, 07:23 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,526
Posted By RVDan
If you want real improvement, and the engine is...

If you want real improvement, and the engine is properly configured, go to CS. It deals very well with the takeoff condition and the cruise condition. Probably similar cruise, but takeoff would be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,053
Posted By RVDan
If you have a cross vice for the drill press, you...

If you have a cross vice for the drill press, you can clamp up a lathe tool and use it like in a lathe to cut the end of the tube to the correct dimension.
Forum: Safety 10-15-2020, 12:07 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,942
Posted By RVDan
i just completed making carbon fiber seat baks...

i just completed making carbon fiber seat baks for my RV-6A. I evaluated the potential pilot loads in a 6 G pull and a 1G vertical maneuver (plus 1.5 safety factor) given the slope of the seat back,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2020, 07:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,976
Posted By RVDan
He competed directly with Warp Drive props, but...

He competed directly with Warp Drive props, but then got into props for up to 200 hp. Thats when things went wrong and some airplanes were lost. For certain, I had a friend with one of his props on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2020, 03:51 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 849
Posted By RVDan
If it is an earlier one (before 1998 I think)...

If it is an earlier one (before 1998 I think) nothing was predrilled and there is a lot of work locating holes, etc. Somewhere around 1999 Vans changed to predrilled which shortened the assembly...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-09-2020, 02:20 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,500
Posted By RVDan
Did you verify bearings, as in the alternator is...

Did you verify bearings, as in the alternator is hard to turn or the shaft is wobly, or did the output just stop? if it is an output problem, there is a lot of info on just replacing the internal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 10,487
Posted By RVDan
It was a georgous Fall day in the east. Flew...

It was a georgous Fall day in the east. Flew from my home in Frederick, MD to Slatington, PA. The airport is adjacent to the Lehigh river and if you are an EAA member there is camping and of course...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-29-2020, 03:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,933
Posted By RVDan
Ever since the advent of modern avionics that are...

Ever since the advent of modern avionics that are tested to RTCA DO-160D or later for voltage spikes AND the use of diodes across relay coils, the need to turn avionics off for starting has become an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,422
Posted By RVDan
From my glider days, I carry a Camelback with a...

From my glider days, I carry a Camelback with a tube and bite valve. Works great and it has enough room that you can add ice. I use the strap to hang it behind my seat back.

If you go to their web...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-28-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 8,671
Posted By RVDan
Plus 1. If you have clean fuel service I never...

Plus 1. If you have clean fuel service I never find anything. However, for carb engines, they might serve well to catch a slug of water that would otherwise be a problem in the float bowl. An...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-23-2020, 03:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,733
Posted By RVDan
I have a -6A which i had been flying without a...

I have a -6A which i had been flying without a shimmy for some time, then I changed the tires. No changes in tire pressure would eliminate the problem. I fought the problem for a year with no luch....
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-18-2020, 08:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,893
Posted By RVDan
I built a -6 with manual flaps and now fly...

I built a -6 with manual flaps and now fly electric on a -6A. Operationally I liked the manual flaps for short field performance, but from a cockpit passenger space point of view, the electric wins...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-12-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,003
Posted By RVDan
If it takes much pressure to bleed, the master...

If it takes much pressure to bleed, the master cylinder is not fully extended. Disconnect the master cylinder upper attachment point and pul on the rod to make sure it is fully extended. Ask me how...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,167
Posted By RVDan
Mine were Cleavelands. Check the Antisplat...

Mine were Cleavelands. Check the Antisplat website.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-11-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,167
Posted By RVDan
I did this about 8 years ago. Both nose and main...

I did this about 8 years ago. Both nose and main gear. Works great, no bearing repacking and minimal grease/. dirt to cleanup at inspections.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2020, 07:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,476
Posted By RVDan
When using some sort of pee boottle in my glider,...

When using some sort of pee boottle in my glider, I had to thermal up, then go to 90+ knots to pee. Changed to external catheters and a collection bag. Works great, once you get the size right for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2020, 11:16 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,704
Posted By RVDan
Back when pneumatic tires were invented, they...

Back when pneumatic tires were invented, they were considered to be a big advantage over solid tires due to the improved ride.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,335
Posted By RVDan
I did this exact thing in Maryland. Transferring...

I did this exact thing in Maryland. Transferring an aircraft you own into an LLC you own is not considered to be a state tax event (at least in MD). The state doesnít track ownership of the LLC...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 903
Posted By RVDan
A couple of years ago I wanted to replace the...

A couple of years ago I wanted to replace the sliding canopy on the RV6 that I own. At Oshkosh, I inquired with Vans if they still made the RV-6 slider frame. The person said NO. I asked if the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2020, 07:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,176
Posted By RVDan
I am probably an offender as I uploaded the pics...

I am probably an offender as I uploaded the pics from my ipad. I will have to look for a way to size them before uploading. Sorry if I caused any issues.
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