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Forum: RV-14 03-20-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 560
Posted By kbalch
As has been said, the MT is slightly faster in...

As has been said, the MT is slightly faster in climb, but slower in cruise where it counts for an airplane like the RV. It'll also move your c.g. aft and make it tougher to remove/install your lower...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-13-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 425
Posted By kbalch
It's not a public field, but is open to residents...

It's not a public field, but is open to residents and their guests. Watch the video on the Mountain Air website before flying in (it's required) and decide whether you want to give it a try. In an...
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2021, 01:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 836
Posted By kbalch
I mounted mine on the passenger side forward of...

I mounted mine on the passenger side forward of the sub-panel (in the glovebox cutout) on a custom rack which I fabricated to fit.
Forum: Florida (Central) 10-27-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,193
Posted By kbalch
Free Wing Stand

As the title says, I have a free wing stand available for any RV guy in central Florida. I used it for my -14A build and it may also be suitable for other models, though I can't guarantee it.

It's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,264
Posted By kbalch
Exactly. I'd pay nothing for an "introduction"...

Exactly. I'd pay nothing for an "introduction" like that. Advertise your plane in the usual places and serious buyers (as well as a few nuts) will come to you. Somebody looking to be paid for...
Forum: RV-14 09-15-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,709
Posted By kbalch
All else being equal, a 3-bladed prop offers...

All else being equal, a 3-bladed prop offers little appreciable benefit in climb performance and, generally, a performance hit in top speed vs. a 2-bladed prop. Some think they look better on the...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,297
Posted By kbalch
The leading edges may be riveted to the wings in...

The leading edges may be riveted to the wings in any convenient orientation. I did mine with the wings on the bench, but I don't see why that would be necessary. I'm sure that some guys (especially...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 15,918
Posted By kbalch
To be more clear, yet: the 51% rule is not...

To be more clear, yet: the 51% rule is not predicated on labor (hours), but on representative tasks. Thus, a single wing rib (for example) fluted by the builder is sufficient to represent the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,125
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!!

Congrats!!
Forum: Flight Testing 08-26-2020, 11:17 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,787
Posted By kbalch
I'd make sure that you have a very clear...

I'd make sure that you have a very clear understanding (in writing) with your insurance company as to what sort of time you need. If it's just 5 hours in type, then you'll be legal (however foolish...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-26-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,956
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!! I'm beyond impressed with your...

Congrats!!

I'm beyond impressed with your stick-to-itiveness over the course of a 13.5 year project. I spent 29 months on my first RV and 21 months on the second (both slow-build) and I was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-16-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,153
Posted By kbalch
That's either too much force, a bad/misaligned...

That's either too much force, a bad/misaligned set of dimple dies, or both. Remember: all you're trying to achieve is to bring the two dies together to form the dimple - more force isn't necessary...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-16-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,153
Posted By kbalch
You definitely have to hit it hard enough, but...

You definitely have to hit it hard enough, but hitting it harder than that won't help and might hurt. It's a calibrated strike sort of thing which just takes a little experience.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,450
Posted By kbalch
Hope you used a coupon and got the wench at a...

Hope you used a coupon and got the wench at a discount! :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-16-2020, 08:43 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,153
Posted By kbalch
I've built two RVs with a C-frame and don't care...

I've built two RVs with a C-frame and don't care for the DRDT at all, having tried one and returned it early in my second project. The C-frame, in addition to its other attributes, is a far more...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-14-2020, 12:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,450
Posted By kbalch
I bought the Best Tugs A2 for my RV-14A and it...

I bought the Best Tugs A2 for my RV-14A and it works great. In fact, it's the best tug I've ever had - very well-constructed and easy to use. Highly recommended!!

Strictly from a load factor...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 09:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,322
Posted By kbalch
1. What other aircraft did you consider before...

1. What other aircraft did you consider before deciding to go with Vans?

Back in 1999 when I was getting ready to pull the trigger on my first kit, I was torn in a few directions. I liked the look...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,918
Posted By kbalch
If you put the right set on your squeezer,...

If you put the right set on your squeezer, there’s really nothing to riveting hinges whether the pins are in or not. Avoiding the hinge eyes is simple. All it takes is a little practice.
Forum: RV-14 07-19-2020, 05:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,918
Posted By kbalch
Glad to help. Onward! :)

Glad to help. Onward! :)
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2020, 01:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,918
Posted By kbalch
Squeeze those rivets with a pneumatic squeezer...

Squeeze those rivets with a pneumatic squeezer and a tall set to clear the hinge eyes. I'm not sure why you think the skin is interfering. Perhaps a photo to illustrate your issue?
Forum: RV-14 06-29-2020, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,094
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!! That's always a big day. :-)

Congrats!! That's always a big day. :-)
Forum: RV-14 06-26-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,990
Posted By kbalch
Same setup here. No issues whatsoever.

Same setup here. No issues whatsoever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2020, 12:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,359
Posted By kbalch
You can consider them a "fruit" if you like, but...

You can consider them a "fruit" if you like, but I wouldn't try to have them for a snack. :D

No single-pilot airplane requires a second crewmember for any operation. Good luck trying to get that...
Forum: RV-14 06-10-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,436
Posted By kbalch
11 months plus paint? Tell me that was a QB...

11 months plus paint? Tell me that was a QB kit... :rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 5,761
Posted By kbalch
Small world! I also learned at Hanscom, but...

Small world! I also learned at Hanscom, but soloed at Nashua, NH (a frequent early destination during primary training). Lots of time going into Lawrence, Minuteman, and Marlboro, too. Fitchburg,...
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2020, 12:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,559
Posted By kbalch
Hey Carlos, Welcome and congrats on getting...

Hey Carlos,

Welcome and congrats on getting started. I have a -14A at KISM which is currently in Phase 1. You're very welcome to come by and check it out.
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2020, 12:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,436
Posted By kbalch
The good news to prospective -14A buyers is that...

The good news to prospective -14A buyers is that mine will be for sale over the summer as soon as Phase 1 is completed. I don't have a 'For Sale' page written yet (and won't until the test phase is...
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 20,436
Posted By kbalch
I built my non-QB -14A in just north of 1,200...

I built my non-QB -14A in just north of 1,200 hours over the course of 21 months. Add several hundred more unlogged hours for the occasional assistance of my wife and friends.

Consider that I'm...
Forum: RV-14 06-08-2020, 11:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,286
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!!

Congrats!!
Forum: RV-14 06-05-2020, 02:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,062
Posted By kbalch
I set those with a rivet gun in the C-frame. ...

I set those with a rivet gun in the C-frame. Easy-peasy.
Forum: RV-14 05-26-2020, 02:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,149
Posted By kbalch
...or you entirely eliminate the cowl attach...

...or you entirely eliminate the cowl attach plates and install Camlocs instead. If you're using Camlocs for the rest of your cowling, there's no point in having to wrestle with screws down there.
Forum: RV-14 05-26-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,252
Posted By kbalch
If you're following the plans without deviation...

If you're following the plans without deviation and will be installing AeroLED landing/taxi lights, those nutplates go unused.
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,193
Posted By kbalch
For those parts which I've elected to prime,...

For those parts which I've elected to prime, that's always the final step prior to reassembly and riveting. That is, all drilling, deburring, and dimpling/countersinking operations are completed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-22-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,597
Posted By kbalch
I've used an 11" iPad Pro for the last couple of...

I've used an 11" iPad Pro for the last couple of years, running Garmin Pilot. Since my -14A has been flying (with dual G3X and GTN 750), I almost never refer to the iPad in flight. Its only purpose...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,042
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!!

Congrats!!
Forum: RV-14 05-15-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,422
Posted By kbalch
Hi Randy, I'm based at KISM with an RV-14A in...

Hi Randy,

I'm based at KISM with an RV-14A in Phase 1. I'd be glad to show you the plane most anytime.
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2020, 02:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,630
Posted By kbalch
Legally, so long as both parties are wearing a...

Legally, so long as both parties are wearing a parachute (within its packing recency dates), you're good. Of course, if the plane can't be exited, there's no point to wearing chutes at all, but...
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,630
Posted By kbalch
Yep, that would be a killer. They initially...

Yep, that would be a killer. They initially tried to slide my 750 up where yours is, but I knew that it would be an issue and specified that it be moved down to align with the upper edges of the G3X...
Forum: RV-14 05-07-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,630
Posted By kbalch
That was one of the reasons I chose to...

That was one of the reasons I chose to remote-mount the audio panel, Comm2, and transponder.

https://kenbalch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/N114KB-panel-e1588789799722.jpg
Forum: RV-14 05-06-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 170,405
Posted By kbalch
https://kenbalch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/N1...

https://kenbalch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/N114KB-panel-e1588789799722.jpg
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2020, 09:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,049
Posted By kbalch
I've used the full-size version of this one with...

I've used the full-size version of this one with my 11" iPad Pro:

https://www.sportys.com/pilotshop/flight-gear-hp-ipad-mini-bi-fold-kneeboard.html
Forum: RV-14 05-03-2020, 09:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,310
Posted By kbalch
As others have said, the double-sided tape is...

As others have said, the double-sided tape is very easy to use and gives an excellent result. There's no need whatsoever to deal with sealant for this purpose.

Also, the necessary double-flush...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-28-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,034
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!!

Congrats!!
Forum: RV-14 04-27-2020, 07:45 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,010
Posted By kbalch
ACK unit from Van’s works properly with the cable...

ACK unit from Van’s works properly with the cable supplied in the tail kit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,472
Posted By kbalch
Congrats on your Commercial!! Multi-wise, you...

Congrats on your Commercial!!

Multi-wise, you don't say whether you're willing to travel. If so, the outfit I used back in 1998 is still around. They offer a well-honed program in a Seneca and a...
Forum: RV-14 04-21-2020, 09:13 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,512
Posted By kbalch
Stein Air ports and kit. It all installed easily...

Stein Air ports and kit. It all installed easily and works perfectly. Highly recommended.

https://www.steinair.com/product/pitot-static-tubing-port-kit/
Forum: RV-14 04-18-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,195
Posted By kbalch
I just did precisely this with my -14A in late...

I just did precisely this with my -14A in late January. My comments interspersed below:



It'll depend on the approach angle that the tow bed makes with the ground. You may need, as did I, some...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2020, 04:12 AM
Replies: 201
Views: 38,910
Posted By kbalch
This is exactly correct. As a tailwheel guy and...

This is exactly correct. As a tailwheel guy and CFI (RV and otherwise) now flying an RV-14A, I don?t claim that tailwheel pilots are superior to nosewheel pilots, but it?s clear to me that they?re...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2020, 05:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,830
Posted By kbalch
A quick search of Van's terrible store interface...

A quick search of Van's terrible store interface turned up only the Tosten version. I'll call them tomorrow and order one. When it shows up, I'll be in touch for details on where to send...
Forum: RV-14 04-15-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,753
Posted By kbalch
I like it!! What size bottle is that? Where do...

I like it!! What size bottle is that? Where do you mount the O2D2?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,830
Posted By kbalch
If only the Ultimate Gust Lock was compatible...

If only the Ultimate Gust Lock was compatible with the standard (non-Tosten) -14A sticks, I'd buy one today. Might be a good time to engineer one, too... :-)
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2020, 09:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,845
Posted By kbalch
Good info; thanks!!

Good info; thanks!!
Forum: RV-14 04-13-2020, 07:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,845
Posted By kbalch
My understanding is that, on the -14 at least,...

My understanding is that, on the -14 at least, the ailerons are meant to match the flaps at 0 degrees, not when the flaps are fully up (-3 degrees). Do I have that wrong?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2020, 11:06 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,216
Posted By kbalch
DC One-XP for me. I've never cared for Bose...

DC One-XP for me. I've never cared for Bose headsets, but that's mostly a personal fit-related thing. Fit aside, David Clark customer service - on the few occasions I've needed them over the last...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,648
Posted By kbalch
My experience (admittedly nowhere near as broad...

My experience (admittedly nowhere near as broad as yours) of several similarly equipped airplanes (one P-mag (generating the tach signal) and one Slick magneto) shows that Problem 2 is directly...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2020, 10:32 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,648
Posted By kbalch
What did you turn it up to? Also, the -14A is a...

What did you turn it up to? Also, the -14A is a heavier airplane than the -7A and, even if comparing identical idle RPMs, behavior on rollout at idle thrust will be different.

Apples and oranges......
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,648
Posted By kbalch
That's great, if pointless. It's also likely...

That's great, if pointless. It's also likely unachievable without dual P-mags. I can't think of a single thing achieved by an extra-low idle RPM. The engine only needs to idle low enough to...
Forum: RV-14 04-10-2020, 09:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,648
Posted By kbalch
I had exactly this issue during ground testing...

I had exactly this issue during ground testing prior to the first flight. You’re likely picking up the tach signal from the P-mag, which does tend to go crazy when the RPMs fall too low. If your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2020, 10:48 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,160
Posted By kbalch
Many years ago, I built an RV-8 in a 24x24 2-car...

Many years ago, I built an RV-8 in a 24x24 2-car garage. I was able to put both wings on simultaneously with the fuselage at an angle. In fact, I bought the house with the project in mind.

More...
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,735
Posted By kbalch
Congrats!! Having a successful first flight...

Congrats!! Having a successful first flight behind you is always a great feeling.
Forum: Safety 04-01-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,067
Posted By kbalch
Blundering into IMC, no, but years ago when I was...

Blundering into IMC, no, but years ago when I was actively instructing, I did used to take pre-checkride PP students out in very marginal conditions (I’d aim for 1200 and 3-4 in haze or fog). I’d...
Forum: Safety 04-01-2020, 01:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,067
Posted By kbalch
I've heard that figure and repeated the lesson to...

I've heard that figure and repeated the lesson to students of my own over the years. It's certainly worth reinforcing to a new pilot (or any VFR guy) that a careful 180 on the gauges is a...
Forum: RV-14 03-21-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,487
Posted By kbalch
I was able to run the safety wire through, but...

I was able to run the safety wire through, but was completely unable to fish the two electrical wires more than halfway. I wound up drilling out most (about 48) of the canopy side skin rivets to...
Forum: RV-14 03-21-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,870
Posted By kbalch
Guess I've been really lucky over the years. ...

Guess I've been really lucky over the years. I've had the usual odd scrapes, minor punctures, and missing 2x4 supports, but never had a seriously damaged crate.

That's over two RV projects using...
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