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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 852
Posted By Draker
Based on an online query only. They cashed my...

Based on an online query only. They cashed my check so I went online to verify. Based on the replies here I’m going to wait to get the paper certificate in hand then decide what to do from there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-14-2022, 10:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 852
Posted By Draker
Strange registration certificate - maybe a mistake?

Good news is that my registration certificate has been issued! One step closer to flying. The strange bit is that unlike every other RV registration I've seen, where the manufacturer is the builder's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2022, 01:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By Draker
I did pretty much what Ken did, but I did not...

I did pretty much what Ken did, but I did not write down the dimensions. I am pretty sure I just eyeballed the sizes and used the recessed area as an artistic suggestion only :)

1. Cut the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,896
Posted By Draker
AC 90-89B's Fuel Flow test procedure calls out a...

AC 90-89B's Fuel Flow test procedure calls out a few measurements that I don't know how to find:

1. "Place the aircraft’s nose at an angle 5 degrees above the highest anticipated climb angle."

How...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-28-2021, 04:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,477
Posted By Draker
I went with VCC PML50 Series...

I went with VCC PML50 Series (https://vcclite.com/product-category/panelmountindicator/pmiled/pml50series/) with flat lenses. They're big (0.688" panel hole, D shaped to avoid rotation), they're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,122
Posted By Draker
If you can, find a local builder who is about 1-2...

If you can, find a local builder who is about 1-2 years ahead of you in their build, who you can lean on for advice, check out his build to confirm you’re on the right track, borrow tools and parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-23-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 11,243
Posted By Draker
This might be a really, really dumb question: Why...

This might be a really, really dumb question: Why aren't there more paved personal airstrips? Is it just cost? Or are there regulatory hurdles (either from the FAA or from local governments) that are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,384
Posted By Draker
As far as I can tell, there are three different...

As far as I can tell, there are three different types of Princeton converters: 1 set point (empty only), 2 set points (empty and full) and 5 set points. Mine are 2 set point models. You are correct,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 09:46 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,384
Posted By Draker
More experiments with the Princeton capacitive...

More experiments with the Princeton capacitive converters. Spoiler: My converters seem to be bad, but they happen to be bad in a way that is measurable and predictable, and I think I have worked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2021, 02:15 AM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,384
Posted By Draker
Hmmm... So I had a chance to do some...

Hmmm... So I had a chance to do some experimenting with the tanks and Princeton converters tonight. The good news is no shorts between the tank and the plates! Measuring the capacitance between the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-12-2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,054
Posted By Draker
To close this one: I root caused my particular...

To close this one: I root caused my particular problem to mis-pinned RS-232 connections between the GTX and the GDU units. Swapped the transponder's RX with signal ground for both displays. The GTX...
Forum: Safety 12-12-2021, 10:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,282
Posted By Draker
Density altitude case study

Not really Vans or experimental related, but Air Safety Institute recently posted a new "Accident Case Study" video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8PBUVMCbmFQ) on the topic of density altitude. As...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 19,384
Posted By Draker
Thread hijack: Wondering if anyone on VAF has any...

Thread hijack: Wondering if anyone on VAF has any tips on "debugging" problems with the Princeton converters for Vans plates. So far, even after doing the 2 point calibration on the converters, I am...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 12:42 AM
Replies: 1,150
Views: 1,266,866
Posted By Draker
Nice! Bet it feels good to light that puppy up...

Nice! Bet it feels good to light that puppy up for the first time with no smoke or circuit breakers popping!
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 18,572
Posted By Draker
Swollen

Well my Odyssey PC680 bought the farm for good. Had it limping along holding a small charge for a few months, just to set up avionics and so on. Put the official Odyssey 6 amp AGM charger on it last...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,054
Posted By Draker
Thanks, Justin! I've sent the gory details to the...

Thanks, Justin! I've sent the gory details to the g3xpert@ address. Let's follow up there. I've got the GTX wired to both GDU displays and configured as CONNEXT FMT 1 and CONNEXT 57600 Baud.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,054
Posted By Draker
Yep, all the RS-232 ports are configured...

Yep, all the RS-232 ports are configured correctly and I see all the other expected green checkmarks. I've fired off an E-mail to Garmin's g3xpert. I'll take it up with them as a support ticket at...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,054
Posted By Draker
Yea, all the green checkmarks are there, and the...

Yea, all the green checkmarks are there, and the 45R is configured. I think my next step is an E-mail to g3xpert.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 12:35 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,054
Posted By Draker
Has anyone seen the "Traffic Input Failed" error,...

Has anyone seen the "Traffic Input Failed" error, where having a good GPS fix did not solve it? Currently observing the red X next to TRFC in G3X's configuration mode, with the "Traffic Input Failed"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,357
Posted By Draker
Dang.. I also neglected the PUSH THIS, PULL THAT...

Dang.. I also neglected the PUSH THIS, PULL THAT wording when I did my panel (rub-on) lettering. Would be a shame to put ugly stickers all over my new panel. I think for purely aesthetic reasons I...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-29-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,080
Posted By Draker
Here's a direct...

Here's a direct link:

https://vansairforce.net/community/profile.php?do=editpassword
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,622
Posted By Draker
Wings on

Congratulations! I did the same thing this weekend. Feelsgood

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Wings/i-Lf4TZsF/0/cf47bd65/M/IMG_4642-M.jpg (https://stiletto.smugmug.com/RV7/Wings/i-Lf4TZsF/A)
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,247
Posted By Draker
Here's what I think is a pretty nice way to...

Here's what I think is a pretty nice way to secure the wires on the magneto side. Learned it here on VAF:

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Firewall-Forward/i-Tb8vvfr/0/fe320078/L/IMG_3823-L.jpg...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,247
Posted By Draker
Wow, you aren't kidding. Well they're in. This...

Wow, you aren't kidding. Well they're in. This Thanksgiving I am thankful I will never have to do that job again.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-25-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 52,524
Posted By Draker
Bruce, just a heads up, it looks like your...

Bruce, just a heads up, it looks like your excellent build log website is offline. Just thought you might want to know. Congratulations on your build and thank you very much for documenting your...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,202
Posted By Draker
That's right, I wasn't clear: I'm using this for...

That's right, I wasn't clear: I'm using this for two signals from the G3X (master warning and caution), and two from other devices which should also be able to parallel into G3X discrete inputs. I'm...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,202
Posted By Draker
Just another way to skin this cat: I went and...

Just another way to skin this cat: I went and built a small circuit board to drive my 12V annunciator LED lights from G3X (and other) active low...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-24-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,247
Posted By Draker
Engine start or no?

Thanks, everyone. Pretty convinced there is nothing stopping me from just getting these bolts done now and checking them off my list. I do plan to get the airplane painted but it will happen after...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,247
Posted By Draker
Worried mostly about fuel leaks from the fitting...

Worried mostly about fuel leaks from the fitting on the tanks, but now that I think about it, you can remove the tanks without removing the wings, and it's probably easier (?!) Hmm, I'm getting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,247
Posted By Draker
First engine start: Hardware store bolts through spars?

I still have my wings attached with long 7/16" hardware store bolts that have the threads ground off. I'd like to make sure there are no leaks anywhere, and no other reasons to pull the wings off,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-21-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,632
Posted By Draker
I agree with getting all of em: #6, #8, #10, and...

I agree with getting all of em: #6, #8, #10, and 1/4”. One of the most underrated tools for RV building. I used mine for every nutplate.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,291
Posted By Draker
Just to update: I pulled the mag, used the timing...

Just to update: I pulled the mag, used the timing pin to orient it correctly, and reinstalled it. After that, timing and synchronizing was a piece of cake. Thank you VAF and Barry at KLVK for walking...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By Draker
Makes sense. Good to understand why, too.

Makes sense. Good to understand why, too.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-21-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 709
Views: 309,383
Posted By Draker
Is that just heat shrink or something else around...

Is that just heat shrink or something else around the safety wire, and is the purpose to protect the prop hub from scratches?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 562
Posted By Draker
Flap attach hardware order

DWG14A calls out the following hardware to attach the flap rod end to the flap:

K1000-4 PLATENUT
AN960-416L WASHER
AN936A416 INTERNAL LOCK WASHER
CM-4MS 1/4 C 1/4 ROD END BEARING

Is this the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,017
Posted By Draker
I've been plugging away on a nice two-sided,...

I've been plugging away on a nice two-sided, 5.5x8.5 card for N12VD that I can provide a passenger, in addition to the verbal briefing and required verbal advisory about the experimental nature of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,744
Posted By Draker
Ahh, makes sense. It never occurred to me to...

Ahh, makes sense. It never occurred to me to think about what the "A" stands for in AC!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,744
Posted By Draker
Re-opening a kind of old thread on the passenger...

Re-opening a kind of old thread on the passenger warning. I am a little confused about the required text on the "passenger warning" placard.

The latest AC 20-27G...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,541
Posted By Draker
Most of the parts and fittings on my project come...

Most of the parts and fittings on my project come from either Vans or one of our glorious sponsors (<----see left hand side of VAF). For a few hard-to-find items, I've had pretty good luck on eBay....
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-13-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,504
Posted By Draker
I put mine in the recommended project box as...

I put mine in the recommended project box as well, and installed it under the passenger seat. Additionally, due to the way I chose to orient the box, I had to replace the screw terminal for the light...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,374
Posted By Draker
This one nearly gave me a heart attack when it...

This one nearly gave me a heart attack when it broke: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=170481
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2021, 01:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,291
Posted By Draker
Well, after a little head thumping I've decided...

Well, after a little head thumping I've decided I'm way out of my element with this one and could use some help. If anyone is in the KLVK area and feels like stopping by to help a mentally challenged...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,824
Posted By Draker
Thanks for starting a thread about this, Michael....

Thanks for starting a thread about this, Michael. Reminds me that I've been pretty lax about my own engine since it arrived a little over a year ago. I basically installed it on the airplane...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,324
Posted By Draker
They might be usable to wrap around and secure...

They might be usable to wrap around and secure the cooling blast tubes aimed at the magnetos. I still haven’t figured out a really good way to secure those.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,291
Posted By Draker
Bob, I did not rotate the crankshaft with the mag...

Bob, I did not rotate the crankshaft with the mag out, and used caution to not rotate the mag gear, however I don't know if, when I re-installed it, I managed to match it's position precisely with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-28-2021, 11:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,291
Posted By Draker
Yea, I thought that might be it, but it's not...

Yea, I thought that might be it, but it's not actually a hole--it's a threaded rod. Better picture of that here:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-znsF9Zp/0/XL/i-znsF9Zp-XL.jpg...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-28-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,291
Posted By Draker
Magneto timing questions

Two unrelated questions:

1. I understand I need to be matching up the timing marks on the ring gear with a little timing hole on the starter. My starter (Sky-Tec) does not appear to have any such...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,122
Posted By Draker
OR, you can choose the "BBCODE" option in Smugmug...

OR, you can choose the "BBCODE" option in Smugmug and then you don't have to do any "codes" on VAF. Just copy paste directly from the BBCODE text into VAF.
Forum: Primers 10-27-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,090
Posted By Draker
I prime when I have a sunny day to assist drying....

I prime when I have a sunny day to assist drying. If the parts are already dimpled, countersunk, etc, great, if not, oh well. I don't think it makes much of a difference. I sometimes end up having to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 6,070
Posted By Draker
Gonna open up this old thread to chime in: While...

Gonna open up this old thread to chime in: While I agree torque seal doesn't prove the fastener is torqued correctly, if you are diligent about applying it, then you can at least say that lack of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,863
Posted By Draker
Checked out Scott's video and boy I wish that was...

Checked out Scott's video and boy I wish that was available when I did my tanks. I didn't know what I was doing at all, and only by some great miracle did I end up with properly sealed tanks and only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 10,112
Posted By Draker
That looks really good! This is another one of...

That looks really good! This is another one of those threads where I have to tell my brain "Please resist the urge to do yet another mod, and just get the dang airplane done!"
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,453
Posted By Draker
This is easier said than done, too! When I was...

This is easier said than done, too! When I was trimming my cowl, I thought it would be foolproof to cut a 1/4" piece of plywood as a spacer and keep it behind the spinner at all times, to ensure an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,363
Posted By Draker
Yes, I did mine kind of like Jereme. Not sure if...

Yes, I did mine kind of like Jereme. Not sure if it's "right" but that's how it ended up. Disclaimer: I'm not flying yet.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-bb5rc4g/0/M/i-bb5rc4g-M.jpg...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-12-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,370
Posted By Draker
It maybe goes without saying but when...

It maybe goes without saying but when countersinking without a cage or drill stop, be careful to not countersink too deep. Even when doing it by hand, a very sharp bit can suddenly dig a countersink...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-03-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 6,863
Posted By Draker
If you are using capacitive fuel senders, make...

If you are using capacitive fuel senders, make sure you goop all wire ends. If not you may have a leak down the wire and out the connector! Ask me how I know. Still have not figured out how I’m going...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,435
Posted By Draker
I like the idea of carefully chamfering the...

I like the idea of carefully chamfering the corner of the step and then trimming a tiny bit from the flap skin. Less than 1/32 needed I’d say. Thanks everyone!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,435
Posted By Draker
Flap vs. Step: Fight!

My steel step flange interferes with flap motion and prevents full up travel. Who wins? Would you trim the flap skin or grind away the corner of the step...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-29-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 18,572
Posted By Draker
Another casualty here, adding myself to the pile....

Another casualty here, adding myself to the pile. I bought an Odyssey PC680 battery from Amazon in Feb of 2020. Charged it once and left it on the plane during the build, using it maybe once or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,104
Posted By Draker
Same here. I never considered that nuance and...

Same here. I never considered that nuance and might have overlooked it when I eventually do first engine start. I figured I'd probably start taxiing shortly after, but it looks like a call to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,236
Posted By Draker
When fitting the lens half to the wingtip, do you...

When fitting the lens half to the wingtip, do you just tape the lens over the wingtip in any orientation and draw a cut line, or is there some particular "correct" angle to position it relative to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2021, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,078
Posted By Draker
That's blue, not gray, and indicates Class E...

That's blue, not gray, and indicates Class E airspace with floor 1,200ft or greater above surface that laterally abuts class G airspace. This boundary is mostly found out in western US. I believe the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,666
Posted By Draker
The build is too complex a project to predict....

The build is too complex a project to predict. There are all sorts of things that could cause unexpected extra time. You're in NorCal, so every major piece you screw up that requires re-ordering a...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-20-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,939
Posted By Draker
Thanks, Larry, that is very helpful. I like how...

Thanks, Larry, that is very helpful. I like how you cut it to install aft-to-forward rather than by pushing up. Wish I discovered that idea but sadly I already cut mine.

Looks like you also filled...
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