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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2008, 07:37 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,107
Posted By jcoloccia
How do you build an airplane? Philosophical musings...

How does one build an airplane? The same way you eat an elephant: one bite at a time. We've all heard this but how many of us practice this?

As many of you know, I sold my RV project some years...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-16-2007, 10:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 7,384
Posted By jcoloccia
I haven't posted in a while but in the interest...

I haven't posted in a while but in the interest of safety I must say....THIS IS TOTAL BS. A coke bottle, or any other kind of "AI" of this type is completely unusable for IFR (or any other) kind of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2007, 09:11 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 8,922
Posted By jcoloccia
re: group buys benefiting non-advertisers That's...

re: group buys benefiting non-advertisers

That's funny. I thought group buys benefited VAF members. Personally, I'm agnostic as I'm stalled on my project for the foreseeable future, although I DID...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2007, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 16,836
Posted By jcoloccia
Mike's right. The epoxy film isn't wax, it just...

Mike's right. The epoxy film isn't wax, it just kinda' looks and feels like it.

You have to have some sort of top coating on the polyester or it will never cure. The top layer will forever be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2007, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 16,836
Posted By jcoloccia
Polyester layups must be done while the...

Polyester layups must be done while the underlying layer is still "green". Polyester has horrible mechnical bonding qualities and must depend on chemically linking with the underlying layer. If you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2007, 10:23 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,760
Posted By jcoloccia
Most of us use tank sealant if anything on the...

Most of us use tank sealant if anything on the trailing edge. Some epoxies can get very brittle. This is where tank sealant really shines. It has a long working time and stays flexible. Still, it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-01-2007, 12:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,146
Posted By jcoloccia
All they need to do is stamp: "Law Offices of...

All they need to do is stamp:

"Law Offices of Schaefer, Schaefer and Brooks, New York, NY"

on the boxes. I promise you they will arrive on time and in perfect condition.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-28-2007, 01:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,997
Posted By jcoloccia
Thumbs up Don't even get me started here! :mad: We had...

Don't even get me started here! :mad:

We had to print out special instruction at work for some of our cell phones. They keep automatically going into "airplane mode" and none of us can ever...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2007, 08:07 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,819
Posted By jcoloccia
They already owned a big chunk of it. All they...

They already owned a big chunk of it. All they did was sell the rest.

It's OK, though. They tend to leave little companies that rock to their own devices. I know...we were just bought by Northrop...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-26-2007, 11:03 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,279
Posted By jcoloccia
re: copyrights, patents, intellectual property,...

re: copyrights, patents, intellectual property, lawsuits etc etc....

uhm.....it's just a stupid little fortune cookie.

Doug could put an end to this silliness by updating the terms of service to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2007, 10:06 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,128
Posted By jcoloccia
A Wiki is ideal for this. Several moderators...

A Wiki is ideal for this. Several moderators would have to scan every couple of weeks to clean things up.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-24-2007, 11:35 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,733
Posted By jcoloccia
What will sell an LSA?

My opinion: $$$$

Cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, cheap for FBO's. It'd be pretty awesome to have a fleet of cheap LSA's to do basic flight training that can be rented for < $50 an hour.

Most...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-23-2007, 12:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,143
Posted By jcoloccia
Yes, absolutely these things are thermally...

Yes, absolutely these things are thermally tripped. I'm just surprised it could really get that hot. Wow.
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-23-2007, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,143
Posted By jcoloccia
How hot could the breaker have gotten? Maybe...

How hot could the breaker have gotten? Maybe it's possible, and maybe it's just a bad breaker but my first instinct would be to assume the breaker tripped for a reason and double, triple and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-20-2007, 12:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,527
Posted By jcoloccia
I know this is going to sound wacky but it looks...

I know this is going to sound wacky but it looks like...well...a flight simulator? Why else would there be that level of detail, down to the location of bushes and shrubs? Not only would that seem...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-18-2007, 11:04 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,216
Posted By jcoloccia
Just my opinion, but here goes... You can buy a...

Just my opinion, but here goes...

You can buy a used Bose and save some bucks. They're by far the most comfortable headset and they're quiet. Ellen and I finally caved in a bought a pair. They're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2007, 11:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,751
Posted By jcoloccia
To be fair, the Cessna was a floatplane. Ron...

To be fair, the Cessna was a floatplane.

Ron will be in my prayers.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-12-2007, 10:35 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,372
Posted By jcoloccia
My guess: There's enough variability in how...

My guess:

There's enough variability in how people bend the two doublers that you have to "take up the slack" somewhere. In this case, all of the outboard ribs/spar holes are prepunched, and all...
Forum: Safety 07-12-2007, 08:38 AM
Replies: 511
Views: 58,394
Posted By jcoloccia
The Ford Pinto was a perfectly safe car because...

The Ford Pinto was a perfectly safe car because thousands of them drove everyday without exploding. I knew many people that had pintos, in fact, and not even one of them blew up. The ones that...
Forum: RV-10 07-11-2007, 11:50 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,835
Posted By jcoloccia
$225,000 will buy a nice house in many parts of...

$225,000 will buy a nice house in many parts of the country. Think how expensive it'd be to insure your house if it flew at 200MPH! :D

John <=== won't carry hull insurance. I figure, if I can...
Forum: Northeast 07-10-2007, 03:17 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,921
Posted By jcoloccia
Considering a move to CT

We're considering a move to CT. Around the Hartford area. I'm wondering what the flying/airports/hangars are like in the area? Any activity out there. Any good FBO's to rent at?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2007, 01:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,246
Posted By jcoloccia
I really like his artistic use of multi-colored...

I really like his artistic use of multi-colored primer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2007, 07:28 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,460
Posted By jcoloccia
The BMS10-11 spec and the DMS 1786 spec (the one...

The BMS10-11 spec and the DMS 1786 spec (the one Spruce sells) look to be similar in performance (DMS 1786 perhaps a little better). BMS10-11 looks like the low VOC version, it goes on a little...
Forum: Safety 07-06-2007, 09:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,947
Posted By jcoloccia
If I had a lot of painting/priming to do,...

If I had a lot of painting/priming to do, personally I would use nothing but a hood or mask with a fresh air system. Period. Filtered respirators are too flaky. You have to worry about changing...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 07-06-2007, 04:43 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,878
Posted By jcoloccia
Ed Marquart has passed on

Ed passed on July 4th.

Ed left behind a large design legacy, including the popular Marquart Charger. For those who never had the pleasure of meeting him down at Flabob (home of EAA Chapter 1), he...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2007, 04:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,460
Posted By jcoloccia
Akzo-Nobel epoxy. The stuff ACS sells. They...

Akzo-Nobel epoxy. The stuff ACS sells. They call it a "primer" but it's really a fluid resistant sealer designed to seal out...well...everything. My opinion is this stuff is as good as anything...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2007, 02:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,460
Posted By jcoloccia
The best I've found is Tempo 20420 Zinc Chromate...

The best I've found is Tempo 20420 Zinc Chromate (5606 from Redden marine supply). This is the YELLOW one. The Green Zinc Chromate is garbage...the yellow goes on very nicely. After a couple of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2007, 10:03 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,182
Posted By jcoloccia
West systems all the way. Hint: You can also...

West systems all the way. Hint: You can also get West Systems at pretty much any decent hobby shop. It's used extensively for fiberglass layups and skinning....boats, planes etc.
Forum: Primers 07-02-2007, 04:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,318
Posted By jcoloccia
The primer comes in White, Dark Grey and Green. ...

The primer comes in White, Dark Grey and Green. The Green is a fairly light green. I'm not cure what Spruce carries...I've always just ordered direct.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2007, 07:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,959
Posted By jcoloccia
It depends on the day/person (mostly the person,...

It depends on the day/person (mostly the person, I think). I called and e-mailed couple of times with beginner type questions. Most of the time, I got a courteous, helpful response. One time the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-28-2007, 02:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,599
Posted By jcoloccia
Kevin nailed the key point here. If you really...

Kevin nailed the key point here. If you really need it, then multiple busses for redundancy makes sense....but then it also makes sense to have a backup for the item itself. For VFR flight I...
Forum: GPS 06-27-2007, 04:20 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 6,819
Posted By jcoloccia
I'd like for them to make the edges straight so...

I'd like for them to make the edges straight so it doesn't look dorky mounted in a panel.
Forum: Northeast 06-27-2007, 12:02 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,166
Posted By jcoloccia
Lawrence, MA LWM Fly-In! 6/30 Saturday

This came to me through Charles Drake. June 30, there's a fly-in at Lawrence hosted by EAA Chapter 106.

http://www.ballofshame.com/2007Fly-InPoster.pdf

This is particularly near and dear to my...
Forum: Tools 06-26-2007, 06:46 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,354
Posted By jcoloccia
I'm with Ron. I use my drill doctor all the...

I'm with Ron. I use my drill doctor all the time. Working with a lot of steel parts causes me to snap and dull drills a lot. They always come out perfect. If you get the nice model you can do 135...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-25-2007, 04:38 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 12,761
Posted By jcoloccia
I must say, I'm with George on this one. If I...

I must say, I'm with George on this one. If I were setting up for VFR, I'd just as soon just hit the Master and be done with it. A big reason for the e-bus architecture is for redundancy 'cause...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2007, 12:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,524
Posted By jcoloccia
It stands to reason, then, that you should park...

It stands to reason, then, that you should park next to golfers to keep the lightening away :D

On the other hand, being a golfer myself, I assure you that the damage from errant golf balls will...
Forum: Safety 06-25-2007, 12:47 PM
Replies: 511
Views: 58,394
Posted By jcoloccia
Actually, I wonder how many aircraft flip due to...

Actually, I wonder how many aircraft flip due to nose gear failures in general.

To get back to RV's, the crux of the issue doesn't appear to be the collapsing...it's the subsequent flipping. If it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2007, 02:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,898
Posted By jcoloccia
I have a nice rivet cutter. I used it a few time...

I have a nice rivet cutter. I used it a few time but I find it's easiest to use lineman pliers (not diagonal cutters). Also, they don't seem to work well on flush rivets....at least I don't have...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-22-2007, 09:37 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,061
Posted By jcoloccia
Heck....even girls can build these things. Now...

Heck....even girls can build these things.

Now quick, somebody hide me from Roberta... :p
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-19-2007, 10:40 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,279
Posted By jcoloccia
And the waiter for serving it, and the chef for...

And the waiter for serving it, and the chef for making it, and the guy at the next table for not doing anything about it....

And this just in: You can now sue Jeppesen for providing that flight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2007, 02:38 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,975
Posted By jcoloccia
Brainstorm: Doug should setup another section of...

Brainstorm: Doug should setup another section of the forum for stuff like this. Then, everytime someone purchases a product (primer, avionics master switch, etc...) because of a post, the poster...
Forum: RV-4 06-19-2007, 01:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,260
Posted By jcoloccia
I'll just add one thing to this: regardless if...

I'll just add one thing to this: regardless if you actually jump or not (I'll jump out of an airplane if a wing falls off, but that's about it) what's equally important....MORE important,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2007, 10:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 7,479
Posted By jcoloccia
Internal vs External locks: If it's rigged so...

Internal vs External locks: If it's rigged so poorly that wind can cause $8000 worth of damage in 2 years, what's it gonna do with a 200MPH wind and engine vibration when the thing's actually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2007, 10:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,312
Posted By jcoloccia
Another 80% because of the crosswind landing...

Another 80% because of the crosswind landing questions. This totally depends on the airplane. AOPA is just totally clueless, as usual, and is just parroting what they hear their Cirrus and King Air...
Forum: Alternative Engines 06-15-2007, 09:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,802
Posted By jcoloccia
I'd love some insight on the engineering that...

I'd love some insight on the engineering that went into that thing. It may be as simple as "put a big enough engine on a brick and it'll fly". I'm guessing he'll get a 40 hour fly off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2007, 09:39 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,160
Posted By jcoloccia
Ditto. At first glance the wing on my Bearhawk...

Ditto. At first glance the wing on my Bearhawk seems like it'd be downright flimsy compared to an RV-7 but it's strut braced as well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2007, 08:45 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,262
Posted By jcoloccia
From the same article:

From the same article:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2007, 07:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,262
Posted By jcoloccia
There's no indication this has anything to do...

There's no indication this has anything to do with software. They're looking at power, best I can tell, so I guess you meant $100 billion electrical boondoggle? :D

Good point, though...I guess...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-14-2007, 10:40 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,354
Posted By jcoloccia
100% right on the money. Given the seemingly...

100% right on the money. Given the seemingly chronic fuse blowing/breaker popping that happens in experimentals, I have to think that most people undersize their wiring. When is the last time you...
Forum: Safety 06-12-2007, 12:24 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,923
Posted By jcoloccia
John's simple view of the world: CG as we...

John's simple view of the world:

CG as we calculate it not the whole story when the plane's on the ground. You must also consider the location of the mains and nose gear. All things being equal,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-11-2007, 09:55 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 18,201
Posted By jcoloccia
The problem, as I see it, isn't that things break...

The problem, as I see it, isn't that things break if you don't have good technique....it's that the plane flips and puts the occupants at risk. There's really no reason that the gear can't be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2007, 01:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,136
Posted By jcoloccia
Or you can chop off the legs right above the...

Or you can chop off the legs right above the casters and reattach it with a threaded rod from Aviation Depot.

Just a thought. Use at your own risk.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2007, 12:05 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,136
Posted By jcoloccia
Very nice! Could I suggest an improvement? I...

Very nice! Could I suggest an improvement? I would orient the back rivet plate across the table instead. It will make it easier to do the skins since they won't be hanging off the table flopping...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2007, 11:20 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,136
Posted By jcoloccia
I built a couple of the EAA tables but my...

I built a couple of the EAA tables but my favorite is the third one I made out of a solid core "fire door" I got at Home Depot or Lowes.

Here's a good shot of the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2007, 07:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,860
Posted By jcoloccia
Did you even read the article? It has nothing to...

Did you even read the article? It has nothing to do with LOP, injectors, or even engine operating procedures. It was an objective look at accidents in the NTSB database....i.e. it was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2007, 05:50 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 10,287
Posted By jcoloccia
I was always taught to start FI engines at...

I was always taught to start FI engines at mixture cut-off as well and I've gotten backfires (or what sound like backfires, anyway) frequently on the few times I'd neglected to do that.

Ok, so I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2007, 05:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,860
Posted By jcoloccia
The point is that low time overhauled engines...

The point is that low time overhauled engines appear that they may fail at much higher rates than you might think, and higher time engines may fail at much lower rates than you might expect, i.e. the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-07-2007, 10:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,860
Posted By jcoloccia
Finally, some sense!

Here's a fantastic article I found on AvWeb.

http://www.avweb.com/news/savvyaviator/savvy_aviator_45_how_risky_is_going_past_tbo_195241-1.html

It sums up everything most of us already know...
Forum: California 05-29-2007, 11:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,391
Posted By jcoloccia
Count me tentatively in, if I can get away from...

Count me tentatively in, if I can get away from work. I'll be the slow poke in the crappy old Citabria. Ice cream should be nice and soft, and very scoopable, by the time I show up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2007, 10:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 930
Posted By jcoloccia
Thumbs up Congrats!! :D You're spot on. There's just...

Congrats!! :D

You're spot on. There's just something about flying Cubs and Champs that makes you want to be up there all day long. This is good considering it takes all day to actually get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2007, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,421
Posted By jcoloccia
The best way I've found to fill pinholes is skim...

The best way I've found to fill pinholes is skim coating with raw epoxy. There's numerous threads on here about that, and also a lot of information on the net about it too. A nice skim coat with...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-18-2007, 07:16 AM
Replies: 126
Views: 14,295
Posted By jcoloccia
You had toggle switches? All we had was dirt. ...

You had toggle switches? All we had was dirt. It was good enough for us and we liked it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2007, 08:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,782
Posted By jcoloccia
Useless. It won't let me write just one word so...

Useless.

It won't let me write just one word so I had to write this sentence too....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2007, 08:11 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,063
Posted By jcoloccia
Paige is spot on. I was getting irratated with...

Paige is spot on. I was getting irratated with Van's just ignoring me all the time. Then I went into my yahoo junk mail and found a bunch of Van's replys :)
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