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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 09-05-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 794
Posted By Girraf
Took a friend there about a month ago who's been...

Took a friend there about a month ago who's been really wanting to see it. $10 landing fee donation into the previously mentioned lockbox. I've never seen the airfield attended and I've stopped in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By Girraf
Thanks for checking back Scott. Your comments...

Thanks for checking back Scott. Your comments are appreciated. I'll stick with my 3 flute cutter for now. Maybe I'll come back and try to polish with some very high grit (2-3k) paper and hope for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-28-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By Girraf
Despite all my care in cutting the countersinks,...

Despite all my care in cutting the countersinks, I still developed a crack in one hole after installing it. I was installing the 6 lens screws gently with a hand screwdriver and got them all snugged...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-27-2022, 11:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By Girraf
Success!

I happened to find a new-ish 3 flute #6 countersink cutter among my tools. I cleaned up the backside of each hole and then using a hand deburring tool with light pressure and some boelube got some...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-25-2022, 04:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By Girraf
The Authority Hath spoken. I'll give my three...

The Authority Hath spoken. I'll give my three flute a chance to show me what it can do. May pick up a fresh one too to better my chances of success.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-24-2022, 03:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,406
Posted By Girraf
Source for 100 deg C'sink for Plexiglass/Acrylic

Need a recommendation/vendor for a no flute 100 degree countersink cutter to use on leading edge landing light lenses. I don't think I'm looking for the type with a single hole cutting edge. I'm...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,397
Posted By Girraf
I got similar behavior where the end ribs of the...

I got similar behavior where the end ribs of the horizontal stabilizer attach to the front spar. I probed with a feeler gauge and it seems like the parts are touching around the hole. I think the...
Forum: Tools 06-30-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,045
Posted By Girraf
I noticed the same thing. I started storing it...

I noticed the same thing. I started storing it without the battery installed. what a pain!
Forum: Tools 06-30-2022, 12:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,045
Posted By Girraf
I had the MD SmartTool angle sensor. My opinion...

I had the MD SmartTool angle sensor. My opinion is you don't NEED this device, although there's something comforting about seeing 0.0 degrees. Its also handy for checking for twist on an object...
Forum: Primers 06-20-2022, 06:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,952
Posted By Girraf
I ran into difficulty finding P60G2 a few months...

I ran into difficulty finding P60G2 a few months ago (even posted about it on VAF). I called around to a few SW stores across my region, expanding my search radius to about 100 miles. I too ran...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-17-2022, 07:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 499
Posted By Girraf
Same canopy. Cut in different locations...

Same canopy. Cut in different locations depending on slider/tip up.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 12:58 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,076
Posted By Girraf
Can anyone explain the reason behind the bag...

Can anyone explain the reason behind the bag numbering methodology? Are they packaged to try and apply across the widest population of model types? What's the optimization routine at play here? ...
Forum: Primers 04-14-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By Girraf
$72 for 40oz, OUCH! I made a few phone calls...

$72 for 40oz, OUCH!

I made a few phone calls this morning and found some in the Baltimore area. Picking it up tomorrow!
Forum: Primers 04-13-2022, 08:31 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 565
Posted By Girraf
P60 G2 availability?

I just exhausted the last of my SW P60G2/R7K44 the other day which I purchased at my local SW store a few years ago when I started my project. Put in an order for another gallon of each a few weeks...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-08-2022, 12:36 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 7,011
Posted By Girraf
The cherokee I fly is owned by an LLC. We have 5...

The cherokee I fly is owned by an LLC. We have 5 partners each with a 20% equity in the LLC. Its been very convenient to simply edit the operating agreement with the names of new partners although...
Forum: RV-10 03-31-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,330
Posted By Girraf
What doesn't make sense is how you can inventory...

What doesn't make sense is how you can inventory the correct number of bearings according to the pack list and then come up short. Does that means Van's is shorting every RV10 QB wing set by two rod...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-12-2022, 05:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,779
Posted By Girraf
Chris was the POC I had at lycoming for my engine...

Chris was the POC I had at lycoming for my engine purchase. I asked him about the preservation from the factory and he said that vans customer get the highest level of preservation because they...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 06:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,213
Posted By Girraf
Acquiring the smoke is the easy. The...

Acquiring the smoke is the easy. The reinstallation of the smoke is a trade secret.
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2022, 08:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,164
Posted By Girraf
Does a back-up alternator wear the same way the...

Does a back-up alternator wear the same way the primary alternator wears? Maybe I should take one step back, does the backup alternator produce power as long as the primary alternator is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-02-2022, 06:24 AM
Replies: 84
Views: 18,170
Posted By Girraf
The Finish kit train must still be scattered...

The Finish kit train must still be scattered across all the tracks in the classification yard. I just passed 10 months from order date for my RV7 kit and there's no prediction for when one of these...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,721
Posted By Girraf
Finished the metal prep of the forward fuselage...

Finished the metal prep of the forward fuselage parts. Monster priming session coming up soon. Also, the Hartzell prop arrived. Engine coming this week. Needless to say they'll hang out in the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-25-2022, 12:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,907
Posted By Girraf
Try telling that to a UH-60 Pilot :)

Try telling that to a UH-60 Pilot :)
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2022, 05:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,740
Posted By Girraf
I started the project when my spouse left home...

I started the project when my spouse left home for military flight school as a way to occupy my time. We're both pilots and I enjoy craftmanship so it seemed like a fitting activity. I figured it...
Forum: RV-14 02-21-2022, 01:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,916
Posted By Girraf
With respect to engine and propellor, I opted for...

With respect to engine and propellor, I opted for pricing and ordered before the July 2021 price hike even though I'm 3-4 years from flying. After this impending second increase, that decision has...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,143
Posted By Girraf
I use a DRDT-2. I set the dies up so that I see...

I use a DRDT-2. I set the dies up so that I see about 1/8" of flex in the body of the unit when I full depress the handle when there is no material in the way. I'm using springback dimple dies. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2021, 01:11 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 18,453
Posted By Girraf
Holy smokes. That's a 13% increase in the RV-7...

Holy smokes. That's a 13% increase in the RV-7 slow build.

What bothers me most is that this was done very quietly and at a time when the customer base frustration is probably highest.
Forum: RV-14 12-14-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,093
Posted By Girraf
Van's didn't supply any rivet larger than 1/8" in...

Van's didn't supply any rivet larger than 1/8" in my kit. Its up to you to procure the 3/16" rivet if that's how you want to close the hole. I made a small plate held on with four NAS1097 rivets. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,031
Posted By Girraf
Assuming it was registered E-AB once before,...

Assuming it was registered E-AB once before, can't that serve as the basis for re-registration as E-AB? It makes no sense to me why the build logs would need to be produced a second time if the same...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-18-2021, 06:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,839
Posted By Girraf
My preference would have been to delay purchasing...

My preference would have been to delay purchasing my engine until late in 2022, but the cost hike in June this year pushed me to order my engine and prop at that time, even with the constraint that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 11:31 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,287
Posted By Girraf
Angry Keep it coming

I like where this thread is going.

About 3 years ago early in my build I spent what felt like an eternity (really only a week) waiting for a replacement #40 countersink cutter because I snapped the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-07-2021, 09:47 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,430
Posted By Girraf
Somewhere in the instructions it says its...

Somewhere in the instructions it says its perfectly fine to rivet the nutplate to the spar and then use the nutplate as the guide for the countersink pilot while you drill out the screw hole c'sink. ...
Forum: Primers 11-06-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,937
Posted By Girraf
1. Browse the opinions on VAF using the search...

1. Browse the opinions on VAF using the search function.
2. Flip a coin for your decision and move on.

You'd save a tremendous amount of time and finish the plane sooner by starting at step...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,370
Posted By Girraf
Where the heck do you sign up for that? Can't...

Where the heck do you sign up for that? Can't find it anywhere.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 12,370
Posted By Girraf
I ordered my RV-7 Finish kit in April '21 and was...

I ordered my RV-7 Finish kit in April '21 and was quoted a crate date of Sep. 30th. Per the status page, The parts are still being produced and there is no estimated crate date. It all ok with me, ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2021, 06:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,495
Posted By Girraf
Eureka! That's it. My eyes must have gotten...

Eureka! That's it. My eyes must have gotten crossed with all the dimension callouts in the drawing.

Thanks!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-02-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,495
Posted By Girraf
Holes too close together

Preparing to match drill the set of hinges that form the seat back attachments to the seat floor. The aft most hinge gets 3 additional holes that are picked up through the seat ribs, but when I laid...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2021, 06:20 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,076
Posted By Girraf
This mirrors my approach. My unfinished basement...

This mirrors my approach. My unfinished basement is serviced by the HVAC system in the house so it stays in the mid 60's all year and has great lighting. I have a standard 30" door leading to steps...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-03-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 6,241
Posted By Girraf
That'll buff right out

I believe there is some therapy in sharing ones happy accidents.

In all seriousness, if you can fully notch the horizontal leg of the longeron for the horizontal stab mounting area, I'd be really...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,338
Posted By Girraf
I use a whole bunch of 320 grit aluminum oxide...

I use a whole bunch of 320 grit aluminum oxide emory cloth to debur. Lincoln electric makes a 1" wide roll thats 25' long. Just as you said, its the best tool to get into all the nook of ribs. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,886
Posted By Girraf
I bought into a cherokee partnership before I...

I bought into a cherokee partnership before I ever took a lesson and its worked out fantastic for me. Working on instrument rating now and enjoying flying while I build my RV-7. Owning isn't for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2021, 04:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,596
Posted By Girraf
Yes, Edge Distance is measured from the center of...

Yes, Edge Distance is measured from the center of a hole to the material edge.

That hole doesn't look bad to me but I'm not sure if that pre or post upsizing to #5 rivet hole.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2021, 05:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,227
Posted By Girraf
Band saw not recommended. I destroyed my blade...

Band saw not recommended. I destroyed my blade trying to cut through hinge pin. Stick with dremel and cutoff wheel
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-29-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,395
Posted By Girraf
Removing the vinyl and edge prep are the first...

Removing the vinyl and edge prep are the first two thing I do with any part when I first go to use it. The longest any part has sat with the vinyl on has been around 1 year and it came off no...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2021, 05:40 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 10,705
Posted By Girraf
Solid

To me, pull rivets are appealing for their ease of installation only. There's probably a cost savings for new builders WRT to tooling if they went with pull rivets. Some of the most expensive...
Forum: Reviews 07-19-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,058
Posted By Girraf
Quiet Technologies

Need to recognize QT for their customer support. I bought a halo headset nearly 5 years ago and its worked flawlessly until two weeks ago. I was getting intermittent side tones and only mono audio....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 767
Posted By Girraf
I wonder if you can cut a long narrow strip of...

I wonder if you can cut a long narrow strip of 0.025 (or whatever shim thickness needed) and install that along the whole length of that area on the inside surface of the inboard tank skin. Maybe...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-17-2021, 05:52 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 7,516
Posted By Girraf
I flew a DC-3 once and as part of the pre/post...

I flew a DC-3 once and as part of the pre/post flight, it was required to have someone in the cockpit with their feet on the rudder pedals prior to another crewmember removing the gust lock on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2021, 07:26 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,165
Posted By Girraf
The normal deburring tool with the offset handle....

The normal deburring tool with the offset handle. I dropped a rivet in each hole to check depth. My calibrated eyeball was sufficient. TE came out way better than I could have anticipated which i...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,165
Posted By Girraf
I did my TE wedge with a hand deburring tool. ...

I did my TE wedge with a hand deburring tool. Not the fastest approach but I got some real nice countersinks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,584
Posted By Girraf
I installed a duckworks kit in each leading edge....

I installed a duckworks kit in each leading edge. Geometry of the beam angle was my main concern with tip lights only. It didn't bother me to cut the holes or live with the fact that my leading...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,085
Posted By Girraf
Never point the edge of a part into the wheel...

Never point the edge of a part into the wheel rotation. Always down and away and apply light pressure against the wheel. I usually only work fairly rigid parts on the wheel to reduce the changes of...
Forum: Reviews 07-09-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,518
Posted By Girraf
3 years of building and I only just now have...

3 years of building and I only just now have heard and seen this list.:confused:
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-07-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,266
Posted By Girraf
Another recommendation for QB wings and SB fuse,...

Another recommendation for QB wings and SB fuse, but if I had to do it again, I would go SB wings again just so I could build better fuel tanks the 2nd time around. I've seen some of the QB fuel...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,953
Posted By Girraf
https://www.vansaircraft.com/order-a-kit/vans-airc...

https://www.vansaircraft.com/order-a-kit/vans-aircraft-us-military-discount-program/

Check that out if you haven't already. I emailed credentials to them. A little back and forth emails and they...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,953
Posted By Girraf
I have. Given timing, I was only able to use it...

I have. Given timing, I was only able to use it on my finish kit order. I'll have to check back and see if they honor it for a FWF kit but my recollection was that it was limited to the 4 main kits...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-05-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,739
Posted By Girraf
Given that riveting with a gun and bar requires...

Given that riveting with a gun and bar requires two hands, there is no shortage of creativity necessary when it comes to figuring out ways to secure the workpiece while you rivet. Smaller items are...
Forum: Tools 06-24-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,311
Posted By Girraf
Bought the 6" milbar a few years ago and I'm very...

Bought the 6" milbar a few years ago and I'm very happy with them. Never used anything else so I can't compare but it sounds like I avoided a lot of frustration by following the pack.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-22-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,271
Posted By Girraf
Look for a book called "The AeroElectric...

Look for a book called "The AeroElectric Connection". The chapters can be downloaded for free from a file server somewhere. I'm way off from wiring but I scanned through it and it looks useful.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-22-2021, 08:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,604
Posted By Girraf
Woof. After the latest loss of the RV-6 near...

Woof. After the latest loss of the RV-6 near Doylestown (next town over from my youthful stomping ground) to a likely in flight fire, I finally bought a handheld halotron extinguisher foy flying in...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-18-2021, 06:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,158
Posted By Girraf
I've had some success using the aforementioned...

I've had some success using the aforementioned bucking bar, a hammer, and a backrivet plate. Set the rudder flat on the backrivet surface, slide the thin foot of the bar in place over the rivet...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-13-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,958
Posted By Girraf
That's a new one for me. I'll write that trick...

That's a new one for me. I'll write that trick down for when I'm cutting, bending and flaring.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-08-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,370
Posted By Girraf
I was just looking at this situation tonight and...

I was just looking at this situation tonight and walked away to do some research. Looks like I have my first plan of attack, Thanks!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2021, 09:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,292
Posted By Girraf
My 4" no hole yoke flexes a lot and makes setting...

My 4" no hole yoke flexes a lot and makes setting even -3 rivets a challenge. Can't imagine the struggle bus with doing -4 rivets. I prefer my longeron yoke for those. If that won't work, I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-24-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,847
Posted By Girraf
Sure it may be a little early in the build to be...

Sure it may be a little early in the build to be satisfied with a minor mistake like that, but given that its job is to hold a fairing, I think your solution is fine. You could even take another...
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