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Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 06:54 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 206
Posted By Desert Rat
EAA has a free one online- works with my mac, so...

EAA has a free one online- works with my mac, so that's what I used.
Forum: RV-4 Yesterday, 06:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 324
Posted By Desert Rat
Wow, That sucks so bad it should be the picture...

Wow, That sucks so bad it should be the picture in the dictionary under "sucks"

Ac43.13 has a section on temporary repairs of windows and windscreens, but they're not typically for use in the...
Forum: Propellers 10-20-2021, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm really surprised this doesn't cause cooling...

I'm really surprised this doesn't cause cooling issues, but hey- it wouldn't be the first time I've been wrong :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2021, 03:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks Ralph- I've got the canopy positioned...

Thanks Ralph- I've got the canopy positioned where the curve of the plastic closely matches the curvature of the frame spine, but I can only eyeball the front and back bows at this point due to the...
Forum: Propellers 10-20-2021, 02:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 752
Posted By Desert Rat
My prediction is that you will have engine...

My prediction is that you will have engine cooling problems- This is based on the fact that single engine Cessnas need that spinner to help direct air into the cowl inlets. I don't see why an RV...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 395
Posted By Desert Rat
Need a quick sanity check- slider canopy

Hey guys- I'm positioning the canopy frame in the canopy in preparation for drilling the hole for the latch handle.

As those of you who have gone before know, the plans are somewhat vague in tis...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-18-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By Desert Rat
oops- I didn't notice in the original post we...

oops- I didn't notice in the original post we were talking about flush heads- Drilling is the way to go then.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-17-2021, 01:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 440
Posted By Desert Rat
depends on access, but I've had success grinding...

depends on access, but I've had success grinding the collar off with a dremel. It isn't very deep, if you grind off approx 1/3 to 1/2 of the head height it's gone and you can then punch out the stem.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-13-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,308
Posted By Desert Rat
Larry- I know it looks like a massive gap, but...

Larry- I know it looks like a massive gap, but referencing that silver cleco for scale, I'm guessing it's probably around an inch, right? I can't help thinking that once the cowl halves aren't being...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-13-2021, 05:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 678
Posted By Desert Rat
If you want electronic breakers, Vertical Power...

If you want electronic breakers, Vertical Power seems to be the one everybody is using these days.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By Desert Rat
No way man. At the rate cost is going up, that...

No way man. At the rate cost is going up, that engine in the corner is increasing in value faster than bitcoin
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By Desert Rat
Lycoming changed their policy so you can order...

Lycoming changed their policy so you can order with 2 Pmags now.

I'm so excited I can hardly stand it.

Sorry, I don't know why these are posting sideways
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-11-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 515
Posted By Desert Rat
OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy- Engine is getting ready to ship!!!

Got an Email from Jeff at Lycoming that it's headed to the dock.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,184
Posted By Desert Rat
Sorry, I believe you're correct- I have Cessna...

Sorry, I believe you're correct-

I have Cessna on my mind because I deal with this question frequently and it's in the KOEL as strobes required, beacon not required that way on that particular...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,184
Posted By Desert Rat
Whether you install one or not is entirely up to...

Whether you install one or not is entirely up to you guys, but just a point of clarification here; A red rotating beacon is not required per FAR.91. Only anti-collision lights (strobes).

172's and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,539
Posted By Desert Rat
Behold. The majesty that is a sliding canopy...

Behold. The majesty that is a sliding canopy frame with all bending and unbending and re-bending and re-unbending completed.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,349
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys. Mel- I always appreciate your...

Thanks guys.

Mel- I always appreciate your candor and hope you don't think I'm being intentionally argumentative. just weighing my options here.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 08:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,349
Posted By Desert Rat
It should, but unfortunately it doesn't. If that...

It should, but unfortunately it doesn't. If that was an iron clad rule, none of us would have moved up to fuel injection or constant speed props, I for sure wouldn't have ordered an engine with 2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Desert Rat
Yeah, I saw that same thing, but I'm more looking...

Yeah, I saw that same thing, but I'm more looking for advice, i.e. "yeah, that worked well as floor pad under the carpet," or "no, I tried that as cowl heat shield and it was a disaster"
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-10-2021, 06:48 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,349
Posted By Desert Rat
Need opinions re: RV7 IO390 starter button on stick?

Hey guys.

I'm seriously considering putting a starter button on the pilot stick grip.

For those of you with a IO390 in an RV7, how necessary/convenient is it to have the stick back during start? ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Desert Rat
Anybody know anything about "Isofrax"

I thought about naming this thread "Attention Dan Horton" because I'm hoping he'll weigh in.

Was in the surplus half on the Yard Store the other day, where they get the castoffs from the local...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 05:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,130
Posted By Desert Rat
I can't speak for Grumman back in the day, but in...

I can't speak for Grumman back in the day, but in the modern era, all the metal bond that is done on the jet side of the house in the Cessna and Beech factories is done with some crazy expensive...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-10-2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 512
Posted By Desert Rat
FYI- The actual Mil-Spec for driven rivets is...

FYI- The actual Mil-Spec for driven rivets is that you shouldn't be able to slide a .002 feeler gage into the gap far enough to touch the rivet shank.

Obviously this doesn't work quite the same...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By Desert Rat
I suspected as much, which is why I spent all day...

I suspected as much, which is why I spent all day in the shop again today, tweaking the frame. Finally got a decent fit.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks! It's in the build instructions as one of...

Thanks! It's in the build instructions as one of the parameters to adjust for, but how much is enough?
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2021, 05:37 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 294
Posted By Desert Rat
Slider canopy latch question

Hey Guys-

My canopy frame looked like it was going to fit with almost no bending at all, but then I noticed that the center brace was out of alignment with the latching post on the roll bar by...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-05-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 316
Posted By Desert Rat
Piano hinge needs to be put together with the pin...

Piano hinge needs to be put together with the pin in place when drilling it to the mating structure. If you try to do each 1/2 individually it's easy to get something slightly out of alignment. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-04-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 190
Posted By Desert Rat
I wish you the best of luck in your search, but I...

I wish you the best of luck in your search, but I believe that this is the rarest of unicorns. If you've gotten far enough along to order a finishing kit, I can't imagine what would make you sell it...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-03-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,297
Posted By Desert Rat
you guys crack me up. Thanks all. FYI- I know...

you guys crack me up. Thanks all.

FYI- I know it's not the end of the world. I'm going to predict that I hear "blend and use as is." But it's still frustrating make such a stupid mistake. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-03-2021, 05:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,297
Posted By Desert Rat
Angry Dangitydarnheck!!!

I'm really mad at myself, and frankly, a little embarrassed, but I know that I always appreciate it when people post mistakes, so that I can be forewarned if I haven't gotten to that section yet, so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-02-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 467
Posted By Desert Rat
I just did th is a couple of days ago. I added...

I just did th
is a couple of days ago. I added an additional washer to take up the space.

I'm not at the plane where I can measure it right now, but there is a diagram in section 5 of the build...
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 877
Posted By Desert Rat
you guys buy clecoes? Don't they just grow...

you guys buy clecoes?

Don't they just grow under benches and tool boxes like mushrooms? At least that's where I always find a few
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-24-2021, 04:04 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 551
Posted By Desert Rat
I have aset Leaving for work in a few minutes,...

I have aset

Leaving for work in a few minutes, but text me at 4804408817 and I can get back to you later today to discuss details
Forum: Tools 09-24-2021, 04:01 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 858
Posted By Desert Rat
I will go out on a limb and say I don't like back...

I will go out on a limb and say I don't like back riveting.

I had never done it when I started the Vans kits, so I bought a big piece of steel plate and the fancy rivet sets, but no mater how much...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,915
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm not familiar with PB swiss, but for precision...

I'm not familiar with PB swiss, but for precision tools, it's hard to beat snap on.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2021, 08:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 605
Posted By Desert Rat
I use a hand squeezer probably 90% of the time. ...

I use a hand squeezer probably 90% of the time. By the time I go to the trouble of getting the pneumatic set up for the proper throw I can usually have the job knocked out. It probably helps that I...
Forum: Safety 09-22-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,376
Posted By Desert Rat
I was surprised to discover that they make safety...

I was surprised to discover that they make safety glasses with cheaters built in...I was even more surprised when I discovered I needed a set :(
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-20-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 264
Posted By Desert Rat
F-798 shim material

These are the shims that go between the fwd h/s spar and the aft deck. The print has you make these out of .125 ab4 bar stock.

I’ve looked high and low in my shop and can’t find any bar stock. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2021, 04:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,915
Posted By Desert Rat
Just the standard torque value plus whatever it...

Just the standard torque value plus whatever it takes to overcome the locking feature.
For example, an AN3 is 20-25 inch pounds. If it takes 3 inch lbs (Example only) to turn it in a nut plate...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2021, 04:33 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,761
Posted By Desert Rat
Scott, thanks for the clarification re; Rotax. I...

Scott, thanks for the clarification re; Rotax. I love learning new stuff.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-19-2021, 01:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,761
Posted By Desert Rat
Hobbs just ticks over .1 hours every 6 minutes. ...

Hobbs just ticks over .1 hours every 6 minutes. Some of them are wired to start ticking when you turn the master on, some are on a switch so they don't start until oil pressure comes up.

Assuming...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 09-19-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By Desert Rat
I've got one I'm not using, but I don't know what...

I've got one I'm not using, but I don't know what it would cost to ship from Wichita.

I just looked and they're around $230-$250 new, so if you don't have any luck finding one closer shoot me a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-17-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,217
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm still in build mode, so not RV specific, but...

I'm still in build mode, so not RV specific, but all of the IO360 C172s that I fly have the idle set around 600ish. This includes planes with one E-mag.

However, the electrical system isn't happy...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-15-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 523
Posted By Desert Rat
Quite a few guys have installed cameras. As I...

Quite a few guys have installed cameras. As I understand it a couple of the popular efis systems will take a video input from a cheap backup camera.

I'm planning to do it myself for the coolness...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,831
Posted By Desert Rat
In 30 years of flying I've gotten carb ice I...

In 30 years of flying I've gotten carb ice I think 3 times. That's in around a couple of thousand hours of flying behind a carburetor.

Of the 3 times I recall, once was in flight in a C152, once...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-13-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 564
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the pirep. I'm trying to decide...

Thanks for the pirep. I'm trying to decide between this setup and the RV10 firewall mount for my fire breathing IO390 RV7.

Anything you would do differently if you had it to do over?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-12-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 722
Posted By Desert Rat
crosswind will have nothing to do with any of...

crosswind will have nothing to do with any of this.

If it's sticking out past the tailcone laterally, I'd be more worried about it getting broken off by somebody catching it on their blue jeans...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 04:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,252
Posted By Desert Rat
Is coleman camp fuel just denatured alcohol? I...

Is coleman camp fuel just denatured alcohol? I seem to remember that from somewhere?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-01-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,451
Posted By Desert Rat
This is a perfect example of how much bad...

This is a perfect example of how much bad information you can find on the internet (especially you tube!)

Like others have said, the red spot is the lightest and should be aligned with the valve...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 05:16 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,267
Posted By Desert Rat
Couple of things- The original design had no...

Couple of things-

The original design had no retention mechanism at all, just the stick stuck down in the socket. I believe there was a landing mishap where the right seater pulled the stick out,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-30-2021, 05:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By Desert Rat
Is that the word from the mother ship or your...

Is that the word from the mother ship or your opinion?

I agree that makes sense, and I'll likely go that way, but the naming convention on the print implies they both go on the inside and I see...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-29-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 783
Posted By Desert Rat
Hardware stackup for fuel line vent?

Hey all-

Looking at build logs, I see that most people put a big spacer/washer on each side of the skin where the 90* elbow goes through to connect to the -4 vent line in the fuselage.

That would...
Forum: Safety 08-28-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,362
Posted By Desert Rat
I just skimmed the last couple of pages this...

I just skimmed the last couple of pages this morning so I'm not 100% clear on why we're talking about Cessna seats, but yes. The cert basis changed somewhere along the way to require seats to hold...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,293
Posted By Desert Rat
When I went ANR, I went with Lightspeeds because...

When I went ANR, I went with Lightspeeds because I couldn't stomach the price for Bose. This was in about 2010 and I've got two pair of them that are still going strong.

Just replaced the ear seals...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 01:10 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,144
Posted By Desert Rat
Can it be done? Sure, anything can be done with...

Can it be done? Sure, anything can be done with enough determination.

As you will see on the empennage, most of the internal structure can be riveted with a hand squeezer, but the real hassle is...
Forum: Safety 08-27-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 16,362
Posted By Desert Rat
Many years ago, I delivered a new 208B to a...

Many years ago, I delivered a new 208B to a company that was a replacement for one they had ditched in lake Michigan. It also stayed upright, which I wouldn't have expected with that honking big...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 525
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys!

Thanks guys!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 525
Posted By Desert Rat
Looking fro a fuel vent check valve

Hey guys-

A while back I saw a thread where somebody had Tee'd a spring loaded check valve in one of the fuel vent lines to function as a vacuum relief in the event of iced over fuel vents.

I've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-24-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,085
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm writing the check tomorrow for a full Garmin...

I'm writing the check tomorrow for a full Garmin suite.

The guy who taught the AEA class I took in KC owns the avionics shop at Lee's Summit airport and he's building the harnesses and bench...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-22-2021, 02:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats what I'm looking for. Thanks Larry

Thats what I'm looking for. Thanks Larry
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-22-2021, 11:56 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 440
Posted By Desert Rat
which oil cooler mount for RV7 with IO390?

I know that the preferred way to do this is to use the firewall mounted oil cooler kit. I though that I had ordered the correct part number but I was clearly mistaken because what Van's sent me was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2021, 11:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 786
Posted By Desert Rat
Personally, I wouldn't add more inspection panels...

Personally, I wouldn't add more inspection panels "just because." If theres something you need access to and it's going to make your life easier at every annual inspection, then maybe yeah, assuming...
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,059
Posted By Desert Rat
Talking I was under the impression that Vans's was 100%...

I was under the impression that Vans's was 100% on board with recreational spending
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-10-2021, 06:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,554
Posted By Desert Rat
Rule of thumb is 2d from center of the hole, or...

Rule of thumb is 2d from center of the hole, or 1.5 d from the edge of the hole, but if you look at the mil spec its actually a little bit less than that.

Vans has a link to the appropriate mil-spec...
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