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Forum: RV-6/6A Yesterday, 01:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,451
Posted By Kyle Boatright
There were no alignment holes in the plans when I...

There were no alignment holes in the plans when I built my wings (circa '97).
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-14-2022, 09:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,869
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I get about a $60K difference: 6 GPH of Jet A @...

I get about a $60K difference:

6 GPH of Jet A @ $1.30/L x 2000 hours:

3.8 L/Gal x 6 GPH x $1.3/liter x 2000 hours = $59K

8 GPH of 100 LL @ $2/L x 2000 hours:

3.8L/Gal x 8 GPH x $2/L x...
Forum: Alternative Engines 01-14-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,869
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Remember, the BSFC for a diesel is better than...

Remember, the BSFC for a diesel is better than for a traditional spark engine. Maybe 25% better, depending on who's lyin' the most at any given time.

So, maybe you're saving $0.50/gallon x 6...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 583
Posted By Kyle Boatright
1" is fine. Just measure the radial distance from...

1" is fine. Just measure the radial distance from the center of the wheel (the axle) to the valve stem to figure out how far outboard of the center wheel pant attachment screw to locate the hole....
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,339
Posted By Kyle Boatright
What is that on your firewall? Looks like carbon...

What is that on your firewall? Looks like carbon fiber or vinyl film.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-07-2022, 08:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 264
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'm a child abuser. I put my son in a pair of...

I'm a child abuser. I put my son in a pair of the inexpensive kids passive sets. My recollection is that the passive sets offer 23ish DB of noise reduction, which is adequate to bring the noise...
Forum: RV-10 01-07-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,339
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I made 3 penetrations for wires. One on each side...

I made 3 penetrations for wires. One on each side up high for various wires and sensors FWF. The third one was for the main power feed, and (as I recall) was in the stock location using a snap...
Forum: RV-10 01-06-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 491
Posted By Kyle Boatright
A couple of other -10 specific tools I can think...

A couple of other -10 specific tools I can think of:

1) The drill bit you need to drill the main gear to the main gear weldment.

2) The countersink you need for the screws that attach the shoulder...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 01-04-2022, 06:15 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 3,549
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Congrat's! Hope you get all the loose ends tied...

Congrat's! Hope you get all the loose ends tied up and get the new place up and out of the ground quickly.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-02-2022, 09:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 330
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Personally, I'd fly it as is. Later, you can...

Personally, I'd fly it as is. Later, you can thoroughly clean the aircraft to remove contaminants, then do your sanding to arrive at a clean and freshly "cut" surface for a good paint bond.

If...
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2022, 09:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Just to show that all these beasts are hand-built...

Just to show that all these beasts are hand-built and therefore different. My latching mechanisms were tight as a tick without the seals before I reamed the holes. After reaming the holes, they...
Forum: Safety 01-01-2022, 01:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,225
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I used aluminum angle on the sub-panel to...

I used aluminum angle on the sub-panel to vertically mount several stacked items. In my case, the connections are at the bottom of the devices, but other orientations would work too.
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2022, 01:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I suggest reaming each block with the...

I suggest reaming each block with the corresponding hole in the bulkhead at the same time (assembled). My guess is my (and maybe your) blocks aren't exactly perpendicular to the pin path which...
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The one I used was a 7/16 spiral flute chucking...

The one I used was a 7/16 spiral flute chucking reamer. Chinese brand from Amazon, as I recall. You could accomplish the same thing with a file, but it wouldn't be as pretty.
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 481
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I had that problem initially. The fit between the...

I had that problem initially. The fit between the Planearound pins and the fuselage mounted receptacles was really tight and exhibited exactly the same issue you note. I figured something was gonna...
Forum: Safety 12-31-2021, 04:27 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,225
Posted By Kyle Boatright
That's spooky. Does anyone know of a good way to...

That's spooky. Does anyone know of a good way to label plug leads to help prevent this?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-31-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 335
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Light tan? Yes. I've never seen light grey.

Light tan? Yes. I've never seen light grey.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,711
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I back off on power/speed when I start getting...

I back off on power/speed when I start getting concerned about bouncing my head off of the canopy. That can be uncomfortable and can damage things. Worst case, it can be incapacitating.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,581
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Yes. Spitballing, I'd call the canopy on a 14,...

Yes.

Spitballing, I'd call the canopy on a 14, a 6, 7, or a 9 a 100ish hour job. Probably a lot less if you've done it before.

The top (with doors) on the -10 is a ~500 hour job, if you include...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-29-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Clearly, I was mistaken. Thanks for the...

Clearly, I was mistaken. Thanks for the follow-up.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-29-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 966
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Any sense of what happened? I saw him post on...

Any sense of what happened? I saw him post on another forum a day or two ago.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,271
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Dang. I was gonna guess Illudium Q-36 Explosive...

Dang. I was gonna guess Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2021, 11:36 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,410
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Aah. I thought you were trying to do a quick and...

Aah. I thought you were trying to do a quick and dirty, then spend coin on a new custom cushion or two.
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,410
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You might just walk down to the hall closet and...

You might just walk down to the hall closet and grab a stack of towels.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,384
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Most of 'em will be. The top mounted pedals with...

Most of 'em will be. The top mounted pedals with reinforcements have been available for 20+ years. I suspect you could also use RV-7 and/or RV-9 parts.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,593
Posted By Kyle Boatright
It would buzz all the time. But you could pull...

It would buzz all the time. But you could pull the fuse or breaker if it annoyed you during maintenance.

There are lots of ways to skin the cat.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,593
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I had a YE accidentally flip the endurance buss...

I had a YE accidentally flip the endurance buss switch while he was climbing out of the cockpit on the last YE flight one morning. Very dead battery later that afternoon. An audible warning system...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,593
Posted By Kyle Boatright
That's why I like an audible warning. They make...

That's why I like an audible warning. They make chips with different db levels you can mount behind the panel to clue you in. Won't help if there is a GV starting up 100' away, but if you do it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-27-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,593
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You can buy little buzzer chips that sound a tone...

You can buy little buzzer chips that sound a tone when 12V is applied. Tie one to your master and you'll hear it after shut-down. Alternately, leave your strobes on continually. You'll notice when...
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,410
Posted By Kyle Boatright
How much lift does the floor need? You're...

How much lift does the floor need? You're constrained by the height of the rudder pedals - can't make the floor so tall it interferes, unless you go with a stepped floor.

I'd be tempted to make an...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-26-2021, 09:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 790
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Yuck. My suggestion would be strap/tape a new...

Yuck. My suggestion would be strap/tape a new skin over the substructure, then backdrill the skin from inside the fuselage, clecoing the new holes as you go. I'd use a long drill to give you a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-24-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,404
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I always decowl the airplane. That gives me 3...

I always decowl the airplane. That gives me 3 more opportunities a year to "look under the hood" and identify problems before they become problems.
Forum: RV-15 12-24-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,014
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Yep, that would be useful. But I bet it scares...

Yep, that would be useful. But I bet it scares the heck out of the kit manufacturer because it would give customers another opportunity to do something really dumb. "Hey, look Bubba! I hung a VW...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,222
Posted By Kyle Boatright
In the scope of things $8K ain't bad. The time...

In the scope of things $8K ain't bad. The time factor (the mowing you mentioned) is overwhelming. What mower do you have and how many AMU's would it take to get a mower that does the job several...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-24-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,607
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Sounds like you're talking about elevators, not...

Sounds like you're talking about elevators, not ailerons? There is no place to add external weight on ailerons.

But, to the OP. I would check the trailing edge radius and straightness (a strait...
Forum: RV-10 12-23-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,630
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I'm using the clear(ish) 3M protection tape used...

I'm using the clear(ish) 3M protection tape used on automobile masks for that purpose. Ain't gonna stop the area from getting a dent, but should prevent paint chips.
Forum: Alternative Engines 12-23-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,760
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I could be mistaken, but I think that airplane...

I could be mistaken, but I think that airplane has been repowered with a lycoming.
Forum: RV-10 12-22-2021, 06:03 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,277
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Here's an option: Leave out the heel rests. I...

Here's an option: Leave out the heel rests. I have 20+ years and 1200+ hours on my -6 with no heel rests in the footwells. From a wear and dirt perspective, you can't tell where my heels sit.
Forum: RV-10 12-21-2021, 10:37 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,277
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Carl, did you just use double sided tape to hold...

Carl, did you just use double sided tape to hold the carpet down, or did you find a better way?
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By Kyle Boatright
It is probably overkill. I've got that switch...

It is probably overkill. I've got that switch stashed at the top of the panel in an "always on" configuration. I figure if something goes wonky in the trim/AP system, I can take that (the AP) out of...
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By Kyle Boatright
No. I'm saying if the A/P goes wonky, a kill...

No. I'm saying if the A/P goes wonky, a kill switch can be an easy way to shut off power to the servos without impacting the trim system.
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,103
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Because some would like the ability to "kill" the...

Because some would like the ability to "kill" the A/P at will without taking the trim system down.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-18-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,358
Posted By Kyle Boatright
They had different performance charts, by engine,...

They had different performance charts, by engine, for different fuels. Still do for the big recips, although unless you go to South/Central America or Reno, you're pretty much stuck with 100 LL.
Forum: RV-10 12-18-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,630
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Yes. I've never seen an installed example of the...

Yes.

I've never seen an installed example of the Van's supplied safety catch on any of the RV-10's I've looked at. They all have the PA cam device.
Forum: Fiberglass 12-18-2021, 07:45 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 614
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Everyone I know who has used spray foam in that...

Everyone I know who has used spray foam in that type application has indicated it is/not a stable product and led to more problems down the line - bulges and the like. I know a couple of those folks...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-17-2021, 09:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 741
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Realistic camo is pretty easy to do well, because...

Realistic camo is pretty easy to do well, because the people who did it weren't trying to win awards. They were just doing production painting of military equipment. So a run or a fade line or...
Forum: RV-10 12-16-2021, 12:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 7,091
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Or mount a light or lights in the aluminum close...

Or mount a light or lights in the aluminum close out panel in the overhead console. That way, you’re not as constrained in choosing your lights.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,325
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Mine is a balsa wedge covered in monokote, then...

Mine is a balsa wedge covered in monokote, then prosealed on. The airplane is hangared and the wedge looks like new after 20 years.
Forum: RV-14 12-12-2021, 01:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,086
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You remove the insulation before bolting the...

You remove the insulation before bolting the heavy items to the firewall. But for things like cable clamps or voltage regulators (items which have low mass and/or mechanical stresses), you'll be fine...
Forum: Safety 12-07-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 5,720
Posted By Kyle Boatright
My opinion is that it is incumbent on us as...

My opinion is that it is incumbent on us as pilots (and drivers) to follow right of way rules as published. That <generally> makes traffic flow the best because everyone knows what to expect. If...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 12-06-2021, 09:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,699
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Pick either one. You'll be happy with the...

Pick either one. You'll be happy with the finished result.

And then you'll go on to proselytize why your choice is the best. ;-)
Forum: RV-10 12-05-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 363
Posted By Kyle Boatright
You're supposed to countersink underlying skin...

You're supposed to countersink underlying skin and longeron (the F-1073L and the longeron), not the F-1074 top skin.
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 663
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I vote that you should install access panels in...

I vote that you should install access panels in the baggage/seat floors. Those antennas will need maintenance at some point and the next owner won't be happy trying to guess how/where to cut holes to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By Kyle Boatright
This is how I drilled a new set of conduit holes...

This is how I drilled a new set of conduit holes into a finished set of wings. Angle drill, drill extensions, and a unibit, working through access panels.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,744
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I've used two blow driers and a sump heater in...

I've used two blow driers and a sump heater in the past for quick preheats. 15 minutes really helps in the Georgia climate, but it would take longer in colder climates.

I'd definitely add the sump...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-01-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 663
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I have solved that problem in the past using my...

I have solved that problem in the past using my two right angle drills.

One that has a very small head and uses threaded bits.

One that has a bigger head and a normal chuck.

Use the smaller drill...
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,753
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I’d talk with different builders… ;-)

I’d talk with different builders… ;-)
Forum: RV-10 11-27-2021, 08:19 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,870
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If mine ever gets out of the paint shop, I'll...

If mine ever gets out of the paint shop, I'll have about $150K in it. New prop, Barrett rebuild, single screen G3X, IFR equipped. That's including a QB fuse.

If I was pricing one today, I'd add up...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-27-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,266
Posted By Kyle Boatright
This is absolutely correct. I only buy/sell...

This is absolutely correct.

I only buy/sell stuff with folks I either recognize from meeting them or who have history of rational posting on this site or others. I'll make exceptions for low value...
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,785
Posted By Kyle Boatright
I wouldn't think where the fuel is would make the...

I wouldn't think where the fuel is would make the gear fail. The quantity (weight) of fuel and other stuff would, as would the quality of the landing.
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2021, 08:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,785
Posted By Kyle Boatright
Carl, aren't most of the Van's valves really set...

Carl, aren't most of the Van's valves really set up for 3 tanks and we block off the 3rd port? Why wouldn't you just feed from the aux tank, which wouldn't be much, if any, different than feeding...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-21-2021, 08:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,127
Posted By Kyle Boatright
One of the better setups is to build the entire...

One of the better setups is to build the entire duct into the bottom cowl, then use neoprene or some other flexible material to convey the air back to the plenum.

The bottom cowl would be similar...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,620
Posted By Kyle Boatright
The fee schedule for the guy I use is towards the...

The fee schedule for the guy I use is towards the bottom of this page:

https://atlantaame.com/

Synopsis:

FAA medical $130

Basic Med Exam and Issuance: $225
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,007
Posted By Kyle Boatright
If you can't generate enough RPM, you need more...

If you can't generate enough RPM, you need more battery or a better starter. If the issue is battery power, you could upgrade to a larger battery. Alternately, you could come up with an easy way to...
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