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Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 05:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 280
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I just used a piece of .125" (made from one leg of an angle scrap) across the top and tied to the longerons if I recall. You just need to adlib a bit and be creative. Ultimately, they are just a hard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,993
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nope..

To me, I must have both..been riding since age 10 and flying since age 16, and no plans to ever give either one up until I cant do it anymore. can throw a boat in there too..my hangar has all the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,483
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

I built my RV-4 on a very tight budget..less than 25K, BUT, I did everything including engine rebuild ,paint,interior and all steam gauges. Nothing fancy. It met my goals, visions and the end result...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 706
Posted By fixnflyguy
Proseal

If you have any Proseal left over, it is a marvelous adhesive that stays pliable and withstands elements. At my dayjob working airliners it is used for many bonding scenarios as well as fuel tanks....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,637
Posted By fixnflyguy
I've seen that

I have a bunch of new airline carpet..enough to carpet a B777 for real. It does the same thing when it gets wet. I use it for hangar floor, garage floor,ect, and when it gets water spilled or dripped...
Forum: RV-4 04-05-2021, 05:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 676
Posted By fixnflyguy
My buzz fix

My RV-4 canopy did that also, and rudder inputs at speed would change the pitch. I have rubber bulb seal down the straight sides of my canopy, but nothing on the curved skin sides in back, as I let...
Forum: Southeast 04-02-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 332
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another time hopefully..

Of course,..the day I leave for Fla on vacation! I have been meaning to get up there and see the museum anyway. Maybe another time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By fixnflyguy
Crazing not so much

Crazing goes deep, and you may get early stage crazing to polish out somewhat, however, once crazed..always crazed. In my experience, even when you think its well polished out, the first time its in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,307
Posted By fixnflyguy
JetFlex/Unpainted fasteners

I did the basic "military" spartan flat gray Jetflex water based interior paint, with panels painted individually and unpainted titanium screws. Every screw is same size, so no confusion. Much easier...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,027
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Rob said..if you can.

We had do the same thing at our airport recently. Its seems to be the norm these days. I only carry liability (non-flight) on my RV-4, and adding all the requested verbiage to fulfill the airport...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 340
Posted By fixnflyguy
As others said..same one

I put one in my RV-4 R/H wing, and one under each cowl cheek..all the same. The wing inlet is the bomb for backseater..tons of air.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 423
Posted By fixnflyguy
Non-pressurized strut/absorber.

On my -4, I installed a non pressurized strut I liberated from an airliner overhead bin door. My particular strut has no lifting capability, but has some damping effect if the canopy is blown closed....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,102
Posted By fixnflyguy
Been there done that

Had to return from OSH in 2019 with no right brake. Line blew out while taxiing for departure out of OSH. Its worth practicing for if you have the space to do so. Not fun if you have long taxi or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,166
Posted By fixnflyguy
I picked mine

I had the local FSDO do my inspection, and afterward, we drew my test area out on a sectional based on my choice of favorable airports as "corners". Mine was more of a trapezoidal corridor that gave...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 633
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Rob said..

Your new plane will never really be "Airworthy" in the terms applied to a certified aircraft. I am an APIA, and do inspections of both and the sign-off is entirely different...an experimental is "in...
Forum: RV-10 03-23-2021, 04:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,445
Posted By fixnflyguy
Door Ease is the ticket

I use "Door Ease" for all my hinges..never any streaking. Its basically a big stick of Parafin Wax (In a big chapstick like tube)made for lubricating household door hinges to prevent the mess of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 353
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I have electric aileron, elevator and flaps, each one controlled through the MAC stick grip switches, but their power source is individual breakers. I wanted capability to disable each one...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 994
Posted By fixnflyguy
How big is the dent?

First off, by trade/day job, I specialize in aircraft structure. The likelihood of reworking a dent in thin skin with perfect results is near impossible. 2024-T3 (clad or unclad) doesn't easily...
Forum: Southeast 03-15-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 631
Posted By fixnflyguy
Deerfield resort

I have never lived there, but have visited (via my RV-4)Deerfield resort on Norris Lake a bit north of Knoxville. I'd move there in a skinny minute if I could. Water, Golf, Nice airport. Went there...
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2021, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 654
Posted By fixnflyguy
What mine does.

On my -4, I have a basic Denso alternator i bought through VANs. The "fail light" is a simple red LED I bought from Radio Shack. When engine is off and master is on the light is bright red, when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 663
Posted By fixnflyguy
Gottcha there!

I had a ding in my rudder T/E and ended up with airframe vibration at high speed..No Bueno. The re-skin is pretty straightforward and should be a day job at worst. Can probably re-use the stiffeners.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 663
Posted By fixnflyguy
How bad?

How bad is it wrecked? Re-skin may be faster and the rest will line up easier.
Forum: RV-4 03-11-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 562
Posted By fixnflyguy
That's what I did Skip

Skip,
Mine are routed same as yours, Comm and Transponder down the centerline. Iv'e never had any static issue. I doubt your getting static from that, however, I may have just been lucky...AVX is my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,751
Posted By fixnflyguy
I sent you a PM

Here is the only picture I have on me at the moment, and you cant really get an understanding of the eyelet bevel. Imagine making an igloo with square blocks vs. angled blocks with beveled sides to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 05:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,751
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple additional things

Matt,
Are you building or replacing on a currently flying aircraft? That particular hinge requires some additional massaging rather than just bending and drilling it up. The eyelets (firewall side...
Forum: Southeast 03-05-2021, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 422
Posted By fixnflyguy
KEXX or INT if all else fails

Don't rule out KINT if your other options are a bust. It would likely be less of a drive than Hickory, has a tower and nice big runway. Also has car rental on field I believe. RCR racing is based out...
Forum: Autopilots 03-05-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 656
Posted By fixnflyguy
++ Pat Hatch

Pat , a long time friend, is the sole reason I built an RV-4. When Pat lived in NC, he and some fellow corporate pilots had the first RV's in the area based next to the Piedmont Airlines hangar I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-04-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,413
Posted By fixnflyguy
My experience

My day job (big jets) heavy structural overhaul has had me deep into drawings for the last 40 plus years, so much, I did several years in the engineering group. Typically, the production drawings are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 04:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,212
Posted By fixnflyguy
Follow History

More injectors = More smoke. The higher up the exhaust, the better vaporization, which means less belly residue. I drilled and installed mine about 12" up from the end and wish I would have gone 12"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 906
Posted By fixnflyguy
Traceability is the key

You will likely get varying responses to this post, and I wont claim to be an expert, though I am a 42yr APIA and spent plenty of time in the logbook. Its meant to keep track of the obvious and not...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,193
Posted By fixnflyguy
I like this one too

A friend and well known RV guy on here..Pat Hatch, had this type on his. I have been flying mine for 11 years and still haven't built my latch, but this will likely be the one I install. This latch...
Forum: RV-4 02-26-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,183
Posted By fixnflyguy
Lots of threads on this already

There are several threads on this same question, but here is my usual response from experience. I have a -4 I built and love it..95% of my flying is 2 up (wife loves to fly). I am 6'1", 200ish, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 577
Posted By fixnflyguy
Careful

There are other recent threads on this..the primer system works great. Pumping the throttle works great..EXCEPT, that is shooting fuel straight up from the carb, and a failed start can lead to...
Forum: RV-4 02-25-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,949
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fun!

Normal fun!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,631
Posted By fixnflyguy
Have you been in any RV?

Welcome to the wide world of RV's (the flying kind)! Have you flown in, or looked at any of the types? What are you currently flying? The build process is SIMILAR no matter what you build, so the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-23-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 917
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check this..

My fiberglass fairings over stiffeners on my -4 migrated downward for no apparent reason, and after re-setting them a few times I discovered the AFT upper corner of the fairing (where the hinge runs)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 770
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another thing..

I have 1/8" silicon rubber (red high temp) foam sheet used in big jet high temperature areas subject to fire, with a .020" titanium overlay in my footwells for heat and vibration protection, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 770
Posted By fixnflyguy
Titanium

I work in the big jet world, and firewalls are titanium or inconel, mostly titanium. The Titanium is lighter. I almost made my -4 forward belly skin from it, but didn't feel the need..a fire that bad...
Forum: RV-4 02-16-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By fixnflyguy
Spar flange likely

It looks like a wave caused by the spar flange not being even. It would likely take drilling the skin loose and trying to adjust the spar flange. The skin is thin and will follow the spar flange. May...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 467
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did on my RV-4

I did mine pretty much as the electric trim kit sketch dictated. The MAC servo is mounted to the skin access plate and all goes in together. Easy and effective. I had already cut the elevator skin...
Forum: Tools 02-15-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 959
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Carl did

I did the same as Carl many times, but less elegant..I just coiled a 50 foot airhose in a cut in half 55 gallon plastic drum, then through separator, and one final measure of the little plastic...
Forum: Northeast 02-15-2021, 05:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,152
Posted By fixnflyguy
Id love to go there with my -4

Nice pics! My mother-in-law just moved from there to Fla, too cold! Id love to go land on the ice some time..my -4 is "all white" like your beautiful bird is.We go by call sign "Casper".
Forum: RV-10 02-15-2021, 04:47 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,434
Posted By fixnflyguy
Through the fiberglass bottom fairing

I have electric elevator and aileron trim, both wire bundles just have flexible sheathing over them and pass through simple grommets . If I were doing rudder trim, I'd run mine down through the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 02-14-2021, 03:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,513
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

My first flight included break in, as I had just built the engine as well as the plane. Because RVs are so well documented, I had all confidence the aircraft would be just fine, and any trim issues...
Forum: RV-4 02-12-2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bulb seal I used

Unfortunately, my bulb seal material is something I liberated from a dayjob discarded surplus (Heavy jet maintenance) years ago in my airline days. I have no part numbers for it, but its a...
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 601
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I have no seal on mine, but a simple "bumper seal "at the very aft end. Air normally flows out there and I have never heard any pax saying air comes in. Most RV-4's differ greatly in that area, as...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-11-2021, 06:21 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,248
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not sure, but I have two on my plane

So, I will watch this post closely, as I depend on the very reliable little square pumps more than most. I run two of them on my carbureted O320H2AD, one as "full time" fuel pump, the other as...
Forum: Painting your RV 02-11-2021, 04:49 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,953
Posted By fixnflyguy
Paint first

I built my -4 and painted everything before flight. I'm not a pro painter, but good enough ,so I did my own.I washed the all the parts using soap/water and scotchbrite for mechanical etch. I alodined...
Forum: RV-4 02-10-2021, 04:41 AM
Replies: 56
Views: 8,187
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I meant to take a picture of mine yesterday when I went flying but forgot. Its very simple, made mine from .050" sheet. It has a downward flange that attaches to the seat back bulkhead and the flange...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-09-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 503
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get a suicide CSK

Everyone should have a "suicide" CSK in their toolbox. Its just a non piloted 100 degree 6 flute countersink you chuck in a drill. I use mine ALOT. just go slowly and touch countersink until the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-08-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,103
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check this out ..maybe what your looking for .

Maybe this is what your looking for my friend.. https://www.rv8-hangar.com/gear-bolt-mod/
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 04:19 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

I have found its easiest to get the PM individual to email you and share pictures that way.
Forum: Primers 02-05-2021, 05:09 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By fixnflyguy
No 2024 extrusion on the -4

-4 has zero 2024 extrusion, its all 6061 for the extruded raw stock supplied in the kit. I cant speak for other kits, but suspect VANs didn't change much in his material choices. The spar strips for...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,496
Posted By fixnflyguy
Similar to Dans

Mine is similar to Dans, but made from .063" aluminum. Singe pushbutton Hartwell latch I liberated from some big jet left overs. No great pictures on hand..in this shot its unlatched. Painted the...
Forum: Primers 02-04-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,113
Posted By fixnflyguy
Prime it all..

Alclad is just a non-structural layer of pure aluminum (very corrosion resistant), and great for unpainted skins, ect. There are no Alclad extrusions unless they are roll-form extrusions like a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 07:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,476
Posted By fixnflyguy
My Avlab experiences

At my day job, I use Avlab for the big jets. Our company probably does 30 samples per month on the average. I receive all my results via their website , and recently we had some "missed" returns,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-03-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,048
Posted By fixnflyguy
H2AD Bracket

I have an H2AD on my -4,but I don't remember who I bought it from. It has a link to the starter also that I believe I fabricated.
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 4,926
Posted By fixnflyguy
My thoughts..

I flew my first flight (RV-4), and never gave any other option a thought. What I have seen through years of reading posts and witnessing first flights, is that no two people have the same feeling...
Forum: Polishing your RV 02-01-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,255
Posted By fixnflyguy
They look nice, but..

Id love to have a polished plane..it would be the Hughes Racer, and I would have a team that keeps it polished up, it would seldom come out of the hangar, but it would be nice when it did. Then I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2021, 05:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,268
Posted By fixnflyguy
I did..

I did, in fact, we started dating when I was finishing and final assembly. She was there for first flight, then was first passenger at 40.1 hrs. A year later, we got married in it at 5280 feet over...
Forum: RV-4 01-29-2021, 11:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,417
Posted By fixnflyguy
Thread drift sort of..footwells

The foot well mod on an RV takes one afternoon of simple fab. I built these (and a new floor section) for my buddy who's -4 didn't have footwells. The important part is making sure they don't...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-29-2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,702
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Same as Steve..used a model aircraft trailing edge piece (I had some laying around from R/C projects) Mine was about 1/4 thick and 1 1/2 wide stock. I put a guestimate wedge on with double sided tape...
Forum: Tools 01-28-2021, 07:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,025
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

I run the 3" scotchbrite on a mandrel cut down to 1" diameter, and 2" wheel on a mandrel cut down to the metal locking collet. This way the disk can be edge run into nooks and crannies as well as...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-27-2021, 10:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 810
Posted By fixnflyguy
Soldered primer line end

Bob, I used the soldered primer line end and soldered them on to my tubing with high temp solder. I think I bought them from Spruce years ago.They mate up with the threaded in nozzle installed on the...
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