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Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 848
Posted By Desert Rat
I went with a full up Garmin dual screen G3x...

I went with a full up Garmin dual screen G3x system, ADSB in/out, IFR NAV/COM/GPS navigator, second com, panel mount audio and autopilot controller, and a G5 backup. The cost of the equipment was...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By Desert Rat
My bad, you are correct I forgot about the 3 row...

My bad, you are correct I forgot about the 3 row version. Anyway, point being you can determine which pin based on the config of the connector
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-07-2022, 07:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 380
Posted By Desert Rat
If you're going to start playing around with...

If you're going to start playing around with those, it's helpful to understand which connector takes which pin.

A 15 pin connector is a standard density for example. a 50 pin connector is a high...
Forum: Interiors 08-04-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey- Just wanted to circle back to this with some...

Hey- Just wanted to circle back to this with some info that might hopefully help others in the future.

After modifying this bundle, I had a heck of a time figuring out how to ops check it with a...
Forum: Interiors 07-31-2022, 06:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the input everybody. FYI- If you...

Thanks for the input everybody.

FYI- If you option the round two position switches, they definitely have relays incorporated into the bundle. Interesting that the 5 position rotary switched do...
Forum: Interiors 07-31-2022, 07:26 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks Keith. So to be clear, you're bringing...

Thanks Keith.

So to be clear, you're bringing the plug up somewhere in the ballpark of where I put the red x on the attached picture?

If so, I'll just cap and stow wiring under the floor and make...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 07-30-2022, 08:26 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,275
Posted By Desert Rat
Congrats, you deserved it. I spent quite a bit...

Congrats, you deserved it.

I spent quite a bit of time walking around your plane looking at how you did the intersection fairings etc. really, really meticulous work.

Sorry I didn't get to meet...
Forum: Interiors 07-30-2022, 04:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 548
Posted By Desert Rat
Lemke seat heater wire routing?

Hey all, I'm planning to order a Lemke interior including seat heaters.

We all know the lead time for that sort of thing, so when I ordered my swatches, I went ahead and ordered the wire harnesses...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-20-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 695
Posted By Desert Rat
ball magnets came in my finishing kit

ball magnets came in my finishing kit
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2022, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks everybody. Preliminary static testing...

Thanks everybody. Preliminary static testing indicates I should position this facing aft so I can see how cool I look while flying.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-16-2022, 09:04 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,136
Posted By Desert Rat
I just rebuilt a matco valve that I had bought...

I just rebuilt a matco valve that I had bought used a couple of months ago.

The lever on the side rotates a camshaft that pushes the individual valve pistons one way, then when you rotate the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-15-2022, 02:39 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 271
Posted By Desert Rat
What engine cables to use for IO390?

Hey guys- Does anybody who's installed a IO390 on an RV7 remember what length throttle, mixture and prop cables they used?

I realize I could figure this out after the engine is hung, but I'm...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-13-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Desert Rat
Looking forward. Because of their stance on the...

Looking forward. Because of their stance on the ground, some taildraggers have blind spots directly in front.

There are many instances of guys taxiing into traffic cones, random stuff on ramps,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-13-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the input guys

Thanks for the input guys
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 643
Posted By Desert Rat
video to G3X question

Hey guys- the end is in sight fr avionics, and I'm debating installing a taxi cam (el cheapo backup camera) since the g3x screens support video in.

I've searched the inter web, but so far no luck...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-06-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 443
Posted By Desert Rat
I changed the guts out for a pinned one from...

I changed the guts out for a pinned one from Stein but used the case that came with it. Worked fine.
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-30-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 148,893
Posted By Desert Rat
getting there one wire at a time.

getting there one wire at a time.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-30-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By Desert Rat
The guys in Dallas quoted me $250. I'm going to...

The guys in Dallas quoted me $250. I'm going to dig into the connectors and rewire it to my garmin Navigator.

The end is in sight for wiring, and I'm ready to move on to something else.

Whoever...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-29-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By Desert Rat
where did you send it. I've only done a quick...

where did you send it. I've only done a quick google search, but so far it looks like the closest dealers are in Dallas or Mena. I'm having trouble believing there isn't one in KS.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-29-2022, 08:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 740
Posted By Desert Rat
Artex ELT issue with G3X

Hey all-

Just wanted to post this as a public service announcement in case anybody is ELT shopping. Maybe common knowledge, but I din't know until I did some research.

I was looking at two...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-29-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,269
Posted By Desert Rat
Maybe a stupid question, but did you use a...

Maybe a stupid question, but did you use a sealant on the threads? Flared fittings don't get any kind of sealer applied, but the pipe thread end needs a sealant on it or they will weep.

Also, if...
Forum: RV-6/6A 06-29-2022, 10:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 707
Posted By Desert Rat
with the usual caveats about not really being...

with the usual caveats about not really being able to tell a whole lot from pictures, I did notice a few things;

Maybe a trick of the camera, but the AN470AD-4 rivets on the aft deck look like they...
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2022, 06:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,096
Posted By Desert Rat
In the same general location as a Cessna. That's...

In the same general location as a Cessna. That's a muscle memory I don't see a need to unlearn.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-28-2022, 04:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,078
Posted By Desert Rat
It’s pretty much already been said, but the only...

It’s pretty much already been said, but the only time I would use non aviation specific is when its inconsequential and I’m sure I know any adverse impact.

Example: stainless Allen screws from ace...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,504
Posted By Desert Rat
coffee pot. everything else is just a bonus.

coffee pot. everything else is just a bonus.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-22-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,556
Posted By Desert Rat
Unlatched doors in Cessnas don't crash planes,...

Unlatched doors in Cessnas don't crash planes, but this isn't a Cessna.

It's been widely reported that an unlatched tipup canopy on the various Vans models sometimes causes a significant nose down...
Forum: RV-14 06-16-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,268
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm not flying yet, but I have FlyLED lights for...

I'm not flying yet, but I have FlyLED lights for all 3 corners, as well as leading edge land/taxi. They are bright and easy to wire up.

In addition to liking the product, I highly recommend FlyLED...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-13-2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By Desert Rat
gotcha- I misread your original post

gotcha- I misread your original post
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-13-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By Desert Rat
The torque value for a An3 bolt is 20-25 INCH LBS...

The torque value for a An3 bolt is 20-25 INCH LBS not ft. lbs
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-12-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By Desert Rat
Victory. Wanted to circle back to this with the...

Victory.

Wanted to circle back to this with the solution.

When the avionics shop built up my main wire bundle, they terminated most everything that needs to mate to a stick button or panel switch...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By Desert Rat
Anything is possible. Witness my confusion...

Anything is possible. Witness my confusion tonight on these pin callouts. FYI- the reason I'm all over the place on this is that my interconnect drawing includes an Aux cannon plug that all this...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2022, 07:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By Desert Rat
oops, yeah, I said that wrong. Pin 7&8 are going...

oops, yeah, I said that wrong. Pin 7&8 are going to the motor. Pins 24 & 25 are switched to ground for flaps up & down
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2022, 07:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By Desert Rat
Well, it's on the drawing that way :) I didn't...

Well, it's on the drawing that way :) I didn't build the harness.

Now that I know it likely isn't a config or sensor issue, I'll wring this out in earnest tomorrow. Odds are there's a pin pushed...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By Desert Rat
yup I've got flap input power, to pin 5, and the...

yup I've got flap input power, to pin 5, and the switch pulls to ground on pins 7&8, but no current in either direction on the output ring terminals designated for the motor.

Started wringing out...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-11-2022, 04:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 982
Posted By Desert Rat
Does G3X need flap position sensor for power to flap motor?

Here goes my G3X question of the day;

Does the GAD27 require a position sensor on the flaps in order to provide power to the flap motor?

I'm in the process of hooking up the secondary systems and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-11-2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By Desert Rat
thanks for the comments guys

thanks for the comments guys
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Desert Rat
The obvious reason to go with toggles over...

The obvious reason to go with toggles over rockers is that it's a lot easier to drill a hole for a toggle switch than a rectangle for a rocker. but they do look cool :)
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-10-2022, 09:43 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,501
Posted By Desert Rat
well, this turned into two questions I guess. My...

well, this turned into two questions I guess.

My avionics guy built up my main wire bundle with red power & black ground wires. Lots of white signal wires, brown for other stuff, yellow for lights,...
Forum: Job Board 06-10-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 932
Posted By Desert Rat
If you want to sleep in your own bed every night,...

If you want to sleep in your own bed every night, Flight Safety needs sim instructors. Depending on how you look at it, the down side is that your own bed would likely be located in ICT.

Wheels Up...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-10-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 622
Posted By Desert Rat
what pitot static fittings for garmin stuff?

I had assumed the garmin stuff took run of the mill NPT fittings, but in reading through the manual, both the G5 and the GSU25 specifically call out 1/8" ANPT threaded fittings.

What are most people...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 05:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,717
Posted By Desert Rat
Funny that you're talking about this in regard to...

Funny that you're talking about this in regard to the instrument panel. I'm just wrapping up that agony.

Yes, an AN3 has 10-32 threads, so it's a #10 nutplate.

Obviously do whatever you think...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-10-2022, 05:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,717
Posted By Desert Rat
Personally I wouldn't trust a tinnerman against...

Personally I wouldn't trust a tinnerman against the tension trying to spring an adel clamp back apart.

don't know your particular application, but is it not possible to install a nut plate?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-05-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,220
Posted By Desert Rat
First power up baby!

First power up baby!
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2022, 09:39 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 609
Posted By Desert Rat
The structure of a control surface isn't a place...

The structure of a control surface isn't a place to be going off the reservation. If it was just the fairing attach strip then sure...but

I will use oops rivets here and there, but wouldn't be...
Forum: GPS 06-04-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Desert Rat
100% agree, but I'm going to have to opps check...

100% agree, but I'm going to have to opps check it sooner or later and I'd rather do it now before the fwd upper skin is on.
Forum: GPS 06-04-2022, 07:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks Walt, I was secretly hoping you would...

Thanks Walt, I was secretly hoping you would chime in :)
Forum: GPS 06-04-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 443
Posted By Desert Rat
Do I need gtn650 Nav antenna for initial powerup?

Like the title says.

I'm getting close to first power up and the wings aren't on so no archer antenna or cable hooked up yet.

I know that you can blow out a transmitter if you don't have an...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-03-2022, 05:24 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 738
Posted By Desert Rat
For those of you guys who are doing all this...

For those of you guys who are doing all this bonding and blending; obviously they look great, but what happens in the event of hangar rash etc?

I'm not being a naysayer, I'm genuinely interest in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-01-2022, 04:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 556
Posted By Desert Rat
I considered something like this, but decided...

I considered something like this, but decided against it because I was concerned about the heat coming off the radio rack.

Before you go too far down this path you might want to confirm that it...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-26-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,491
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I will put...

Thanks for all the suggestions guys. I will put them to good use
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-25-2022, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,491
Posted By Desert Rat
need some advice on soldering tiny terminals

This particular skill set isn't something I've had a lot of practice with, and I'm trying to solder leads on the little $2 PTT switch that Stein sells, without much success.

I've ruined 2 of these...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2022, 07:19 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By Desert Rat
Doubler/dollar riveted to the skin, plug/dime...

Doubler/dollar riveted to the skin, plug/dime riveted to the doubler. FYI- they don't have to be round, that's just a way to visualize it and the name stuck.

AC43.13 has guidance for rivet spacing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-23-2022, 06:30 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,805
Posted By Desert Rat
That seems pretty extreme. I don't know much...

That seems pretty extreme. I don't know much about rotax engines, but I can't imagine any gas going bad enough that it would cause a problem in only 6 weeks.

If it were me, I'd just sump it really...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-23-2022, 06:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 825
Posted By Desert Rat
A dime-dollar patch is a common way to fix...

A dime-dollar patch is a common way to fix something like this. It's a common repair for holes in sheet metal panels that has been around since God was a kid and a version of it is in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2022, 10:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,158
Posted By Desert Rat
Yesterday I continued in my never-ending quest to...

Yesterday I continued in my never-ending quest to beat electrons into submission.
Forum: Reviews 05-22-2022, 10:17 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 382
Posted By Desert Rat
The vendors that support this community rock

Just a quick story that I'd like to share;

In my never-ending quest to find a bargain, I bought a set of FlyLED nav lights that had never been installed from somebody here on VAF a couple of years...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-21-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Desert Rat
But don't you have to solder them in? I'm not...

But don't you have to solder them in? I'm not crazy about solder joints in something like this.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2022, 05:50 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 835
Posted By Desert Rat
how did you guys wire pitot heat annunc. into the G3X?

I have the heated but non-regulated version of garmin's pitot heater and would like to have a CAS "pitot heat on" message.

The original plan was to run a wire off the downstream side of the switch,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,665
Posted By Desert Rat
Well, it had to go somewhere. As I see it, the...

Well, it had to go somewhere. As I see it, the most likely scenarios are

1. tank not full to begin with
2. pumped overboard via fuel leak under the cowl somewhere
3. siphon from cap being...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 05-14-2022, 09:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,143
Posted By Desert Rat
I used to live in Geneva. You're spot on about...

I used to live in Geneva. You're spot on about the expense.

One of the prettiest places on the planet, but insanely expensive.

The only two things I ever saw in the entire country that cost less...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 427
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm not at my shop to look, but I remember that...

I'm not at my shop to look, but I remember that there are some pictures in the back of the build instructions that show various stuff. Could it be there?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 08:03 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,174
Posted By Desert Rat
I see that wire jock has responded to the most...

I see that wire jock has responded to the most recent post, and I know that the original poster's question about 2d minimum edge distance is a couple of years old at this point, but since this thread...
Forum: Safety 05-02-2022, 08:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,870
Posted By Desert Rat
Tornado season is here!

Hey All-

We had a tornado Friday night a couple of miles from my house here in Wichita.

No damage at my place, but stuff was really trashed a mile or so from here. people lost their homes, cars,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 01:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By Desert Rat
off the top of my head, I believe it's .063

off the top of my head, I believe it's .063
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