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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 07:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 118
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you check out the next EAA-302...

Suggest you check out the next EAA-302 (eaa302.org) meeting at the Conroe airport. I believe there may be more than one under construction by members, and I also know one member has completed a 14. ...
Forum: RV-14 01-20-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 514
Posted By DRMA
GMU 11 In Wing of RV-10

Since I believe the RV-10 has a similar wing to the RV-14, I think my mounting method may be a possibility.

I had purchased a mounting bracket for the GMU 22 from Stein, before learning that Garmin...
Forum: RV-10 01-20-2022, 03:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 850
Posted By DRMA
I found there were certain areas that required 2...

I found there were certain areas that required 2 people to drive the rivets, for example the bottom wing skins, and some of the tail cone rivets that weren't able to be reached by one person. But a...
Forum: RV-10 01-12-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 423
Posted By DRMA
I installed the Airflow Systems A/C system in my...

I installed the Airflow Systems A/C system in my RV-10, along with the Van's provided Vetterman exhaust with the Lycoming IO-540 with no interference between exhaust and A/C system.

Regards,
Forum: RV-10 12-27-2021, 02:49 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,006
Posted By DRMA
I'm 6'-7.5" tall, and easily fit in my RV-10 with...

I'm 6'-7.5" tall, and easily fit in my RV-10 with the AeroSport overhead console, panel, and lower center console. I did have Oregon Aero reduce the front seat cushion's thickness by a little bit (I...
Forum: RV-10 12-13-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,754
Posted By DRMA
I also installed both the AeroSport door handles...

I also installed both the AeroSport door handles with locks and the Plane-Around 180 3rd latch. I agree that the Plane-Around cam latch should be standard on the RV-10 to reduce possibility of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,426
Posted By DRMA
G5 On Glare Shield - RV10

Here are a few photos of my RV-10 with the G5 on the glare shield. I have higher res photos I can share along with info on how I mounted it if you send me your email address via PM

Cheers
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 810
Posted By DRMA
I'M using the Garmin G3X system to control my...

I'M using the Garmin G3X system to control my trim servos. It uses PWM to adjust trim speed, and will adjust the speed of trim based on airspeed, with set points that allow you to adjust the speed...
Forum: RV-10 12-02-2021, 10:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 731
Posted By DRMA
In building my RV-10, I installed access plates...

In building my RV-10, I installed access plates over the bolts for the step tubes. Hopefully won't need them, but seems like a better solution than the suggested plans to drill holes for access...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-02-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,426
Posted By DRMA
Richard, If you decide to change the location of...

Richard,
If you decide to change the location of your G5, suggest you consider mounting it on top of the glare shield. it will just fit under the center brace, with the battery next to the brace. ...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,827
Posted By DRMA
Happy with my 310 Panel

I went with the 310 panel and am happy with it. Picture attached.

I probably went overboard on the Garmin avionics, but with a remote radio and transponder and the G5 on the glare shield it all...
Forum: RV-10 11-30-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,743
Posted By DRMA
One comment on the AeroSport quadrant mounted on...

One comment on the AeroSport quadrant mounted on the tunnel just forward of the arm rest. I installed this on my RV-10 and like the look and feel of it. But once a year at Condition Inspection...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,328
Posted By DRMA
I would also be interested in 2 of the vent...

I would also be interested in 2 of the vent knobs, as I think I can make them work in my RV-10 back seat vents.

Thanks,
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-19-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,328
Posted By DRMA
This vent knob looks like it might work on the...

This vent knob looks like it might work on the rear vents in any RV-10. Anybody know if that might be possible?

Thanks
Forum: RV-10 11-07-2021, 12:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,362
Posted By DRMA
I ran mine similar to Wes. I talked to Van's...

I ran mine similar to Wes. I talked to Van's engineering and they allowed me to add holes in the side ribs to run additional conduits & hoses (for A/C) so long as I maintained reasonable spacing...
Forum: RV-10 11-01-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,247
Posted By DRMA
A couple of different opinions to some of the...

A couple of different opinions to some of the above based on my research. This is what I did on my RV-10:

I installed my VOR/ILS antenna using a cat whisker antenna from RAMI at the top of my VS. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 02:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,677
Posted By DRMA
I installed 4 of these in my RV-10, 2 in the...

I installed 4 of these in my RV-10, 2 in the panel and 1 each on the sides next to the rear seats. They each have 2 USB ports that will deliver 2.4 amps per port. They have worked great with no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,417
Posted By DRMA
Get the right tools, both a proper coax crimper...

Get the right tools, both a proper coax crimper and a coax stripper. Take your time, follow the instructions for the type of connector (BNC or TNC), and be sure you don't get a loose strand from the...
Forum: RV-10 09-20-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,838
Posted By DRMA
I installed a Ray Allan POS 12 position sensor on...

I installed a Ray Allan POS 12 position sensor on the outside of my RV-10 fuselage where it is activated by the flap activation arm there. It works great as the position input to my G3X system, and...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-01-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 743
Posted By DRMA
Brian, Welcome to the world of Experimental...

Brian,

Welcome to the world of Experimental Aircraft!

If you want to talk to a large number of Van's RV builders and see a number of completed and in-progress planes, suggest you join us at an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,779
Posted By DRMA
Phil, I would suggest you get a high quality...

Phil,

I would suggest you get a high quality power supply designed for ham radio which will have good filtering and output 13.8 volts with higher current to handle inrush starting currents. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,643
Posted By DRMA
Or check with your local EAA chapter. Many have...

Or check with your local EAA chapter. Many have scales for the use of their members, and membership dues are low.

I weighed mine with the EAA 302 chapter (Conroe, TX) scales. They do charge a...
Forum: RV-3 07-16-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,384
Posted By DRMA
Suggest you take a look at the Pipistrel...

Suggest you take a look at the Pipistrel Alpha-Electro for ideas on possible motors and other equipment for an electric RV-3. The Alpha-Electro is a certified electric...
Forum: RV-10 07-09-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,299
Posted By DRMA
GTR-20 Location

I don't know where most people are mounting theirs, but on my RV-10 I mounted mine the the underside of an avionics tray attached to the back side of my panel, ahead of the sub-panel. Afraid I don't...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 770
Posted By DRMA
I believe that is correct. I never found any...

I believe that is correct. I never found any electrical drawings provided with the RV-10 builders drawings that come with the kits.

There is an RV-10 electrical reference in the form of the OP-37...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 06:09 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 5,200
Posted By DRMA
Similarities Between RVs and Grummans

I got my pilot's license back in 1996 in a Grumman AA-1B, and until last year had most of my PIC time in the Grumman aircraft. In fact, I owned a Traveler AA-5 for 5 years before completing my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-05-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,307
Posted By DRMA
Fuse/Breaker coordination is typically part of...

Fuse/Breaker coordination is typically part of the design of industrial and high power electrical systems, in order to avoid upstream devices tripping prior to downstream devices. I'm not sure if...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-04-2021, 05:58 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,307
Posted By DRMA
My preference as an Electrical Engineer is to...

My preference as an Electrical Engineer is to protect the wire. Since this wire is coming from the fuse block to feed multiple breakers, why not protect the wire with a suitably sized fuse in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,089
Posted By DRMA
No broken bolts on my first condition inspection,...

No broken bolts on my first condition inspection, but several stripped screw heads that required drilling out and in a couple of cases replacing the plate nuts. I hate phillips head screws!
Forum: RV-10 06-28-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,258
Posted By DRMA
Sorry 50Pesos, my message (#21) was to a...

Sorry 50Pesos, my message (#21) was to a different Eric. However, I have just sent you a PM with my contact info if you would like to talk.

Regards,
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2021, 05:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,574
Posted By DRMA
I also placed my GPS antennas aft of the baggage...

I also placed my GPS antennas aft of the baggage bulkhead on the top of the tail cone. I talked to Van's builder support and they said Van's advises against drilling any holes in the fiberglass...
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,258
Posted By DRMA
Eric, I just sent you a PM through this site...

Eric,

I just sent you a PM through this site with my phone number and some additional info. I look forward to meeting you.

Cheers.
Forum: RV-10 06-24-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,128
Posted By DRMA
I didn't use mine very often, but when I needed...

I didn't use mine very often, but when I needed it there was nothing else that would have done the job.

I initially purchased the cheapest one from YardStore.com but found that it was too weak in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-22-2021, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,493
Posted By DRMA
I also took the AEA class and found it to be an...

I also took the AEA class and found it to be an excellent class for learning about the G3X systems/architecture and avionics wiring methods. I highly recommend it.
Forum: RV-10 06-20-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,398
Posted By DRMA
The VS Rear Spar won't really be visible since it...

The VS Rear Spar won't really be visible since it is hidden behind the rudder. I would still prime it (I primed mine).
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,029
Posted By DRMA
Duncan, Suggest you get in contact with Vic...

Duncan,

Suggest you get in contact with Vic Syracuse of Base Leg Aviation (https://baselegaviation.com/). He literally wrote the book on Van's Aircraft pre-buy inspections, and he is located in...
Forum: RV-10 06-14-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 12,258
Posted By DRMA
Eric, As far as I know, there are basically 3...

Eric,

As far as I know, there are basically 3 different A/C systems that are typically used on the RV-10 which have an engine driven compressor. There is the Airflow Systems (which I have), a clone...
Forum: RV-10 06-13-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,738
Posted By DRMA
Charles, Welcome to the world of RV-10...

Charles,

Welcome to the world of RV-10 ownership. I'm surprised that no one has responded to your post yet!

The RV-10 isn't that much different from the rest of the RV line, so you should be able...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-10-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 573
Posted By DRMA
I had excellent help and support from...

I had excellent help and support from Aerotronics. I highly recommend them as an option to consider.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-04-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,370
Posted By DRMA
I bought my Garmin equipment as well as other...

I bought my Garmin equipment as well as other panel components from Aerotronics, and had them CNC cut my panel for me as well. I highly recommend then. They are a VAF advertiser as well.

Cheers,
Forum: RV-10 06-03-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,418
Posted By DRMA
Synergy Air Class and Lead Times

Just a heads up: If you're taking the 8 day (RV-10) Synergy Air empennage class you will mostly finish the empennage kit during the class, so with the current long lead times you may want to...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,872
Posted By DRMA
Cable Shields As Power Wires

While you may be able to get away with using the shield as the return leg (ground) for the nav/strobe lights, I wouldn't recommend it. The shield is meant in most cases to prevent the transmission...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2021, 07:55 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By DRMA
I used my random orbit sander for cleaning up...

I used my random orbit sander for cleaning up edges of fiberglass parts after cutting them with a Dremel tool, and other fiberglass/epoxy sanding. I used it quite a bit, but didn't find much use for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-22-2021, 03:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,367
Posted By DRMA
Rather than trying to trim all the legs to...

Rather than trying to trim all the legs to exactly the same length, you might consider installing T-Nuts and carriage bolts in each leg and using those to level the bench. That is what I did, and it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-10-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,002
Posted By DRMA
By setting the VPX trim to Speed = 0, I believe...

By setting the VPX trim to Speed = 0, I believe you are taking the VPX out of the control system, other than as a method of mixing the switch inputs from both sticks. In this way you avoid the 2...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-09-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,002
Posted By DRMA
As a registered electrical engineer who worked...

As a registered electrical engineer who worked doing instrumentation and control systems for several years, I would recommend using one or the other (Garmin or VPX) but not both. It is generally not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,492
Posted By DRMA
I took the Synergy 1 day class after taking the...

I took the Synergy 1 day class after taking the EAA 2 day sheet metal/Van's class. I found the Synergy class to be basically the same as the EAA class, just more condensed. So I highly recommend...
Forum: RV-10 05-02-2021, 06:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,988
Posted By DRMA
I found the fuselage took a lot more time than...

I found the fuselage took a lot more time than the wings to complete, and the fuse connects to the tail cone that is part of the empennage. However, I think you can build in either order. I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-23-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 10,570
Posted By DRMA
GTX 45R Software Updates

Now if you would only make it possible for us to update the software in the GTX 45R ourselves, using a laptop and the USB cable I installed (pins 44, 2, 24, 45) I would be a much happier...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-21-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,003
Posted By DRMA
Being an electrical engineer, I suggest you start...

Being an electrical engineer, I suggest you start by developing your wiring diagram on paper. Figure out what you are going to need to wire (avionics LRUs, lights, AP servos, switches,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 06:01 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,459
Posted By DRMA
Mike, Welcome to the RV Madness! (grin) Your...

Mike,

Welcome to the RV Madness! (grin)

Your plan to join a local EAA Chapter is a great start. If there is more that 1 chapter in your area, attend a meeting of each before deciding which one...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 03:05 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,964
Posted By DRMA
Mike Seager who is a well known and experienced...

Mike Seager who is a well known and experienced transition trainer for all of the Van's aircraft runs his operation out of the Vernonia airport, which is a grass runway. He operates all of the RV...
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2021, 03:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,256
Posted By DRMA
Lot's of good recommendations already provided by...

Lot's of good recommendations already provided by others, but here are a couple that haven't been offered yet:

Like you, I started with a background in woodworking, home plumbing, and auto repair;...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-02-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 444
Views: 163,379
Posted By DRMA
G3X Database Updates - Allow Copy to Multiple SD Cards

In order to update my G3X database info every month, since I have 3 GDUs I typically write the update to 3 duplicate SD cards so that I can have all 3 GDUs update at the same time. However, I have...
Forum: Tools 03-17-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,851
Posted By DRMA
Lincoln Electric typically offers a very nice...

Lincoln Electric typically offers a very nice deal on a good TIG welder to anyone taking their 2 hr. class at EAA Airventure. I suspect they will repeat this again this year. So if you are planning...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,401
Posted By DRMA
Are you sure you had the actual Bill of Sale from...

Are you sure you had the actual Bill of Sale from Van's? They don't usually send it to you until you are ready to register the plane and have ordered all of the kits for the plane. You might want...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2021, 08:47 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By DRMA
I installed the blue Avery mount on my RV-10. ...

I installed the blue Avery mount on my RV-10. Installation of the mount was easy. I then installed a Garmin G3X system heated pitot with AOA into the mount. This took a bit of care as you have to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-19-2021, 07:18 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,365
Posted By DRMA
Note that the Lycoming IO-540 D4A5 engine should...

Note that the Lycoming IO-540 D4A5 engine should NOT be using an impulse coupled mag. It should be using a slick start unit instead. May not need that with a light speed ignition, as I don't know...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2021, 02:17 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,703
Posted By DRMA
Thank you Barb, for your clear communications and...

Thank you Barb, for your clear communications and assistance during my RV-10 purchases. You have been a key to Van's success as one of the customer facing members of the Van's team. You will be...
Forum: Flight Testing 02-02-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,289
Posted By DRMA
I used the Additional Pilot provisions of the FAA...

I used the Additional Pilot provisions of the FAA rules to have a very well qualified (former test pilot, CFII, with >500 hrs in the RV-10 he owns) second pilot along on my first couple of flights. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-26-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 13,476
Posted By DRMA
It took a bit of searching, but I managed to find...

It took a bit of searching, but I managed to find a large "storage unit" at a small self-store facility that had plenty of power circuits in the unit. I added some overhead lights and ended up with...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,434
Posted By DRMA
I'm very happy with my 3 blade MT prop now that...

I'm very happy with my 3 blade MT prop now that I'm flying with it, and am glad I made this selection.

Is it faster/slower than the 2 blade Hartzell? - I can't say as the only way to really know...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,999
Posted By DRMA
I have the AeroSport panel and decided when...

I have the AeroSport panel and decided when installing my glare shield cover that the handles were too narrow to be useful. So I covered mine up and haven't missed them at all. I use the center bar...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-20-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,408
Posted By DRMA
I found that a Dremel tool with a diamond cutting...

I found that a Dremel tool with a diamond cutting wheel worked best for me on the fiberglass cuts. Then I used the PermaGrit tools and a 12" piece of 2x4 with #80 grit sandpaper attached to it using...
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