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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,934
Posted By xblueh2o
Well done. The first one is the hardest. The...

Well done. The first one is the hardest.
The hours spent reading pay off.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 12-28-2020, 12:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,854
Posted By xblueh2o
Such a shame. She and her family are the nicest...

Such a shame. She and her family are the nicest folks.
My most sincere condolences to Bob and her family.
I was stuck in Dallas giving some training and had a free day so I traveled out to see what...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-26-2020, 02:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 930
Posted By xblueh2o
High draw items are always pumps, lights, heaters...

High draw items are always pumps, lights, heaters and to a lesser extent transmitters (com and xpndr).
I don't see anything in your list about lights and with the advent of LED it is even less of an...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-24-2020, 07:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,223
Posted By xblueh2o
When I was fitting/match drilling mine I had a...

When I was fitting/match drilling mine I had a helper use a wooden stick with a notch cut in the end so he could push or pull the bulkhead to reveal the thin blue sharpie line I had drawn on the...
Forum: RV-10 12-06-2020, 12:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,355
Posted By xblueh2o
Parts washing solvent. It think I have shared...

Parts washing solvent.
It think I have shared this story here before but when we had the T-28 we were properly motivated to find something to remove oil and exhaust residues. The thing was that all...
Forum: Polishing your RV 12-05-2020, 04:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,516
Posted By xblueh2o
Good advice being offered. Nothing wrong with...

Good advice being offered.
Nothing wrong with polishing now as long as you are mentally prepared that it will need to be done again when you get the forward part of the fuselage built/polished and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-22-2020, 01:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,901
Posted By xblueh2o
If you are going to carry an E6B (either an...

If you are going to carry an E6B (either an actual whiz wheel or an app) here is why you should learn to do it the old way first, then play with the cool stuff later.

You go on SkyVector and let it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-29-2020, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,858
Posted By xblueh2o
I am not at the Hgr and don't have my drawings...

I am not at the Hgr and don't have my drawings handy, are you talking about the forward two bolts against the firewall or the aft two bolts the go in to the floor?

If it is a forward bolt (passing...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-29-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,774
Posted By xblueh2o
I remember years ago talking to a radio shop...

I remember years ago talking to a radio shop owner once. To give you an idea how long ago it was, the Bendix/King Silver Crown radios were just becoming all the rage. Anyway, the guy at the radio...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-28-2020, 08:47 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 6,774
Posted By xblueh2o
That sucks man. No other way to say it. Sorry you...

That sucks man. No other way to say it. Sorry you have to go through this.
As things progress I think we would all be interested to know how/if any of this is covered by insurance.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-28-2020, 08:39 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,376
Posted By xblueh2o
This is an overly broad generalization and not...

This is an overly broad generalization and not 100% applicable across the board but for injected motors the electric boost pump is usually there to prime for start and serve as a backup in the event...
Forum: Polishing your RV 09-24-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 5,227
Posted By xblueh2o
If it were me, I would do the checkerboard with...

If it were me, I would do the checkerboard with blue and silver paint.
I think you will find taping the blue to protect against polishing on a checkerboard pattern to be quite time consuming and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-18-2020, 04:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,044
Posted By xblueh2o
I am with Vic, my gut reaction is a configuration...

I am with Vic, my gut reaction is a configuration issue. Since the ADS-B was just installed did they "steal" the port to use for that?
Forum: California 09-16-2020, 01:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,512
Posted By xblueh2o
The fee the FBO is asking for is not going to the...

The fee the FBO is asking for is not going to the FBO, it is required to be collected and passed along to the airport. At least that is what is going on at the airport I work from. I know this since...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 16,639
Posted By xblueh2o
I only have about 10 hours in type but the...

I only have about 10 hours in type but the impression I came away with was the need for rudder in the flight regime was no worse than any other airplane. I just don't recall it being an issue and I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2020, 01:16 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,476
Posted By xblueh2o
I was wondering how long it would be before this...

I was wondering how long it would be before this turned into the RV equivalent of prime v. no prime or the Cobra round tube frame v. square tube frame debate.

There are a bazillion opinions on what...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2020, 04:38 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,155
Posted By xblueh2o
Being on the receiving end of things the past few...

Being on the receiving end of things the past few months I have found UPS to be the most consistent. Either zero delays or their tracking system shows correctly the what/where of the delay.
FedEx...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 08:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 8,719
Posted By xblueh2o
I was reading along and thinking you were...

I was reading along and thinking you were describing a 182 until you said no high wing. So, buy a Piper Dakota then. The low wing version of the 182.
Fixed gear, constant speed, big bore 6 cyl engine...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 07-28-2020, 02:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,152
Posted By xblueh2o
So, having flown one of my work airplanes to Cody...

So, having flown one of my work airplanes to Cody in the not too distant past and having a fair chunk of Citation time let me bring you along on my planning thought process as I looked at the...
Forum: Safety 07-09-2020, 09:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,115
Posted By xblueh2o
I am not saying don't take an extinguisher, but I...

I am not saying don't take an extinguisher, but I would be very careful discharging any extinguisher (except for water maybe) in an enclosed space the size of an RV interior. Don't just pull the pin...
Forum: RV-14 07-06-2020, 10:30 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,483
Posted By xblueh2o
Years ago back when I flew for a commuter airline...

Years ago back when I flew for a commuter airline we had one aircraft that went through a hail shaft. Anything facing the relative wind was just destroyed. It was a fairly new aircraft so they put...
Forum: Midwest 06-13-2020, 12:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,347
Posted By xblueh2o
I was there not too long ago in a work airplane...

I was there not too long ago in a work airplane and we used Atlantic.
The ground crew seemed to have their act together and the counter staff were helpful. We were too big to park on their regular...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2020, 12:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,618
Posted By xblueh2o
Here...

Here (https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sb-16-12-16/) is the SB for the 8QB spar bolts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-06-2020, 10:16 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,788
Posted By xblueh2o
I have noticed the motion you describe in several...

I have noticed the motion you describe in several of the RV models I have flown and I just reverted to my Cessna twin days of "apply pressure to both rudder pedals" technique. It always seemed to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-01-2020, 05:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,198
Posted By xblueh2o
Troll around Craigslist and eBay or stop by your...

Troll around Craigslist and eBay or stop by your local crack de--Uh, Snap-on truck and see if you can find a set of Flank drive crows feet ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2020, 07:03 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 71,434
Posted By xblueh2o
Easier test. If you threw your back out or felt...

Easier test. If you threw your back out or felt the twinge of a hernia when lifting the gear out of the box, it is factory gear. I kid, but that is the reason for the Grove aluminum gear. It was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2020, 06:51 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 71,434
Posted By xblueh2o
If your gear is steel it is factory gear. If it...

If your gear is steel it is factory gear.
If it is aluminum square section or airfoil shaped it is (was) grove gear. It wasn't an option to order from Van's, you just bought a different set of gear...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-27-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,064
Posted By xblueh2o
I wonder if any of them ran a RAIM prediction. I...

I wonder if any of them ran a RAIM prediction.
I wonder, can you look for historical RAIM data? I only know about looking forward.
There is a famous...
Forum: Polishing your RV 05-25-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,558
Posted By xblueh2o
I have done it to make the work go faster but I...

I have done it to make the work go faster but I try not to for three reasons.
1. It is an incredibly dirty way to polish something compared to a Cyclo or other random orbit device. Just look at the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2020, 06:23 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,891
Posted By xblueh2o
I did use just a piano hinge from the hardware...

I did use just a piano hinge from the hardware store. Not sure the exact style of hinge makes any difference though. The first picture of the bender that is closed up sitting on top of my bench with...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-20-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,500
Posted By xblueh2o
Dimples. Buy good dies. Rivet removal. You...

Dimples. Buy good dies.

Rivet removal. You probably have heard it already but it can't be stressed enough. You are not trying to drill the body out of the hole. You are only trying to drill enough...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2020, 03:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,809
Posted By xblueh2o
I think a lot of the problems you run in to in...

I think a lot of the problems you run in to in little airplanes is different boxes by different manufactures and each has their own particular architecture for the user interface. It is becoming a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2020, 11:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,891
Posted By xblueh2o
agreed, it looks like your hinges are not...

agreed, it looks like your hinges are not installed to get the result you want.
Take a look at this post (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=756114&postcount=12) from my build.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2020, 05:33 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 20,186
Posted By xblueh2o
Through work I see a ton of interesting data with...

Through work I see a ton of interesting data with regards to aviation.
Today an interesting spreadsheet showed up. It was a synopsis of all the ground based claims (no airborne accidents included)...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-27-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,949
Posted By xblueh2o
I have seen what you describe once. Local RV...

I have seen what you describe once.
Local RV driver had a new engine from a good shop that had inexplicably gone from running like a Swiss watch to running lean on two cylinders at higher power...
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,404
Posted By xblueh2o
Keep good records so when the tax man does come...

Keep good records so when the tax man does come calling you can document that you have already paid it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-14-2020, 12:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,624
Posted By xblueh2o
+1 vote for the Nipex parallel jaw pliers. I use...

+1 vote for the Nipex parallel jaw pliers. I use these to squeeze both A and AD -3 rivets often.
Forum: Safety 04-09-2020, 05:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,733
Posted By xblueh2o
Like you and many others, I too disagree with...

Like you and many others, I too disagree with those ideas.
We had an old Chief Pilot who had a fairly indelicate but humorous turn of phrase that I won't leave here but in a nutshell it meant if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2020, 04:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,363
Posted By xblueh2o
This. ^ When I was trying to decide to rivet or...

This. ^
When I was trying to decide to rivet or screw the floor panels down I spent time talking with a bunch of 8 builders one year at OSH. The responses from both camps went essentially like...
Forum: Safety 03-18-2020, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,175
Posted By xblueh2o
If the stainless hardware was on the exterior the...

If the stainless hardware was on the exterior the builder probably put them there for both esthetic and corrosion reasons. If they were on the interior they might have been for magnetic reasons.
The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2020, 05:56 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,726
Posted By xblueh2o
Bryan is very good about answering...

Bryan is very good about answering questions.
Call or email him and get the straight scoop
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,421
Posted By xblueh2o
I think it boils down to management of the...

I think it boils down to management of the airport. Government or otherwise.
For years at the local airport people literally died on the hangar wait list. They kept a copy of the list posted on the...
Forum: ADS-B 02-09-2020, 11:47 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 11,768
Posted By xblueh2o
Slightly off topic but I just had to laugh about...

Slightly off topic but I just had to laugh about this. You should consider yourself lucky. The ADS-B reports are lightning fast by comparison.
Try getting your RVSM height monitoring report in...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-05-2020, 02:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,687
Posted By xblueh2o
If it isn't too bad just plain old car wax will...

If it isn't too bad just plain old car wax will work.
We used Solvoil (the stuff you would have in a parts washer) on the exhaust shields of the T-28. That stain of fuel and oil baked on by the 1400...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2020, 11:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,558
Posted By xblueh2o
Microfiber towel and a small bottle/tube of your...

Microfiber towel and a small bottle/tube of your favorite canopy cleaner.
Microfiber towel and locally sourced water to get the bugs off.

If you truly feel the need for some sort of moist towelette,...
Forum: Painting your RV 01-06-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,649
Posted By xblueh2o
This. What you hear from shop to shop will vary...

This.

What you hear from shop to shop will vary wildly based on where they are operating.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-23-2019, 10:34 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,613
Posted By xblueh2o
Without looking at the entire thing I can't make...

Without looking at the entire thing I can't make an informed opinion on why but I assume that the bolt you are talking about is an AN23 clevis bolt per the plans. I think you are on the right track...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-20-2019, 10:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 821
Posted By xblueh2o
I have flown an early 80s C206 that was recently...

I have flown an early 80s C206 that was recently painted by Corona Air Paint. A somewhat complicated scheme and they did a nice job.
I have lots of work from T&P. Also very nice work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,035
Posted By xblueh2o
Yep. Any FedEx printing place can laminate, punch...

Yep. Any FedEx printing place can laminate, punch and spiral bind. One can assume any other printing place can also perform the process.
Have you considered using an old 1" jepp binder? They are a...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-01-2019, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,159
Posted By xblueh2o
There is an interpritation...

There is an interpritation (https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/agc/practice_areas/regulations/interpretations/Data/interps/2009/Levy%20-%20(2009)%20Legal%20Interpretation.pdf)...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-01-2019, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,159
Posted By xblueh2o
91.109(c) speaks to civil aircraft being operated...

91.109(c) speaks to civil aircraft being operated in simulated instrument flight.
91.109(c)(1)(i) says the safety pilot must be a PPL with category & class ratings.
91.109(c)(2) says the safety pilot...
Forum: Primers 10-17-2019, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,098
Posted By xblueh2o
Agreed. Once you have scuffed during the etch...

Agreed. Once you have scuffed during the etch process and then done an Alodine treatment you should not have to do anything more than ensure the surface is dirt and oil free prior to applying primer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 06:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,047
Posted By xblueh2o
Keep your records. I did the same thing regarding...

Keep your records.
I did the same thing regarding paying as I went. When I purchased my QB kits I payed my use tax (this was before Van's started collecting Ca sales tax) via the state income tax...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,209
Posted By xblueh2o
In other applications I have chilled bearings in...

In other applications I have chilled bearings in dry ice and can say that on some with a 1-2 thousandth press fit that after chilling the bearing just dropped into place instead of having to drive or...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-18-2019, 11:26 PM
Replies: 951
Views: 758,793
Posted By xblueh2o
I have a recollection the desired angle ended up...

I have a recollection the desired angle ended up trimming about .75" from the nose. Some people have re-used the original Vans nose rib. I chose to make a new one from scratch for two reasons.
1....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-17-2019, 12:43 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,682
Posted By xblueh2o
Easy enough to test. Pull the plug and do a...

Easy enough to test. Pull the plug and do a compression check.
If it is a leak/crack it will show itself instantly.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-03-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,061
Posted By xblueh2o
I think that is the skin stiffener that goes in...

I think that is the skin stiffener that goes in the fwd fuselage down in the lower baggage area.
Dwg 67 at C7
In the construction manual it is on page 8-20
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,433
Posted By xblueh2o
A friend of mine has a restored warbird that was...

A friend of mine has a restored warbird that was done something on the order of 30 plus years ago. At the time the interior was painted with rattle cans because that was what was available and in the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-14-2019, 11:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,322
Posted By xblueh2o
While in KMSO make it over to Mackenzie River...

While in KMSO make it over to Mackenzie River Pizza (https://www.mackenzieriverpizza.com/eat-missoula-south/). Get yourself an order of Lodge Poles with a Hot Hawaiian and a Moose Drool.

While in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-04-2019, 02:18 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 11,397
Posted By xblueh2o
Slick. Any guesses on what causes the slight...

Slick.
Any guesses on what causes the slight ≈300hz tone when it is firing? Are we hearing the gas flow through the valving?
Forum: Safety 07-30-2019, 08:04 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,723
Posted By xblueh2o
While I was typing away Bob beat me to it. I...

While I was typing away Bob beat me to it.
I think the big point to take away here is who owns the airplane during your checkout and work accordingly from there.

Mel, I am curious if you could...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2019, 01:25 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,485
Posted By xblueh2o
Money spent on good tools is never wasted.

Money spent on good tools is never wasted.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2019, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,278
Posted By xblueh2o
I have had very good luck with CRC Electrical...

I have had very good luck with CRC Electrical cleaner (https://www.crcindustries.com/products/qd-174-electronic-cleaner-11-wt-oz-05103.html). It will even clean old dried out fluid. Available at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2019, 01:00 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,924
Posted By xblueh2o
Aside from the safest place to stand will be...

Aside from the safest place to stand will be right on the bullseye I think the lists above pretty much cover it.
One thing I would make clear in the briefing is passes below the stated minimum...
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