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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 09:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 310
Posted By AlexC
I attached the wings to the fuselage with the...

I attached the wings to the fuselage with the flaps and ailerons attached, since I had already rigged them in the wing stand. But, each member of my group of 4 guys had experience installing...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 792
Posted By AlexC
I enlarged the holes using a dremel bit and...

I enlarged the holes using a dremel bit and alternated with a small file; a tedious process but eventually the holes were large enough to pass a connector through.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 10-14-2021, 06:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 502
Posted By AlexC
Another builder, Ken B., taught me a trick that...

Another builder, Ken B., taught me a trick that works especially well with the double offset rivet set - put a square of duct tape on the end of the set and it will stay on the rivet head (replace...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-26-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,229
Posted By AlexC
Great! As David mentioned, the Chemseal...

Great! As David mentioned, the Chemseal cartridge you linked on ACS is the 1/2hr version. B2 is what you'd need: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/prosealant.php

If you plan your...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-25-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,229
Posted By AlexC
Based on advice from a friend, I bought a Semco...

Based on advice from a friend, I bought a Semco Sealant Gun (avail. here, used: https://www.yardstore.com/semco-6-oz-inline-sealant-gun-used) and pre-filled cartridges from Aircraft Spruce (Get the...
Forum: RV-14 09-03-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,190
Posted By AlexC
Do you mean trimming the sides of the aft window...

Do you mean trimming the sides of the aft window (not side skin)? If so, then yes - the sides of my aft window were trimmed to be fairly even with the forward edge of the aluminum skin.

I did the...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2021, 05:30 AM
Replies: 170
Views: 205,056
Posted By AlexC
I went with a remote audio panel; it frees up...

I went with a remote audio panel; it frees up space so you can install a GTN750xi with the Autopilot head below it, yet still have the canopy release handle in the stock position. And I _highly_...
Forum: RV-14 08-16-2021, 05:33 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,388
Posted By AlexC
I used 0.063" aluminum to create a tray, but...

I used 0.063" aluminum to create a tray, but instead of a hinge, I just used 6 nutplates/screws (3 on panel, 3 on subpanel) to hold it in place. Easy to attach and remove.

I installed one tray on...
Forum: RV-14 08-09-2021, 01:33 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,220
Posted By AlexC
For me, it was just under 2y5m in the garage,...

For me, it was just under 2y5m in the garage, then another 4+ months in the hangar before first flight ... but, I could have reduced the time in the hangar by 1-2 months by finishing all the...
Forum: RV-14 07-30-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,238
Posted By AlexC
one more tidbit: once you wire the servo to the...

one more tidbit: once you wire the servo to the rest of your avionics, if you happen to have the two white wires reversed, you can change this easily in the software configuration in your EFIS. Same...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-13-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,882
Posted By AlexC
I used this squeezer set from Cleaveland...

I used this squeezer set from Cleaveland Tool:

https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/flat-squeezer-sets?_pos=4&_sid=27e912eaf&_ss=r&variant=31588459937854

This die set will be able to squeeze...
Forum: RV-14 06-07-2021, 05:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,786
Posted By AlexC
Congrats! Building an RV-14A has been one of the...

Congrats! Building an RV-14A has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life, and along the way, I met great fellow builders who are now my friends. Van's is great, the builder community...
Forum: RV-14 06-02-2021, 05:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,612
Posted By AlexC
Agree - definitely leak check the cooler. Last...

Agree - definitely leak check the cooler.

Last week, my 2006X oil cooler developed a nice crack after only 17hrs; we pressure-tested it and sure enough, the end of one of the 13 cooler segments...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,592
Posted By AlexC
Mine was also tested per FAR 43 appendix F...

Mine was also tested per FAR 43 appendix F (avionics shop didn't provide a detailed report). Just another data point for those builders who are now questioning whether or not to use the...
Forum: RV-14 05-31-2021, 04:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,592
Posted By AlexC
I used what came stock with the empennage kit;...

I used what came stock with the empennage kit; not sure of the length, but it is RG-400, was produced for Van's by SteinAir, and was already terminated with BNC connectors.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 05-30-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,592
Posted By AlexC
I put the antenna for a GTX-45R in the tail, w/...

I put the antenna for a GTX-45R in the tail, w/ no issues - followed Van's instructions and noted several other builders who did the same. Seems to work just fine.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 05-20-2021, 07:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,242
Posted By AlexC
Order one of everything that Aircraft Specialty...

Order one of everything that Aircraft Specialty has for the RV-14 - their hoses/lines are worth the premium, the installation instructions are very detailed, and the customer service is outstanding: ...
Forum: RV-14 05-18-2021, 04:31 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 993
Posted By AlexC
I added another set of 1/2" holes in the 4...

I added another set of 1/2" holes in the 4 inboard-most ribs (under the wingwalk) using a step drill. I first used a #30 drill bit to start the inboard-most hole, then up-drilled with a 1/2" step...
Forum: RV-14 05-12-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,239
Posted By AlexC
When I took transition training, the factory -14A...

When I took transition training, the factory -14A had a 75kt best glide speed; and it also popped (afterfire) when the throttle was pulled to idle on downwind. I was told the popping was normal for...
Forum: RV-14 05-10-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 947
Posted By AlexC
I rigged mine in their wing stands, and then...

I rigged mine in their wing stands, and then checked/adjusted them once the wings were final-installed to the fuselage.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 04-23-2021, 04:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,340
Posted By AlexC
Congrats, Scott! Great plane and very nice paint...

Congrats, Scott! Great plane and very nice paint job.

_Alex
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 08:53 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,222
Posted By AlexC
Have you ruled out the -14? It has the room you...

Have you ruled out the -14? It has the room you need for a premium that isn't much over the -7 when completed.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 699
Posted By AlexC
Use a high-quality die, some tapping lube, and go...

Use a high-quality die, some tapping lube, and go slowly. I had the same problem until I purchased a better die from McMaster-Carr. Here is what I used:

https://www.mcmaster.com/2602A21/ (6-32...
Forum: RV-14 03-29-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 904
Posted By AlexC
great to hear! How did you fly the first 10hrs...

great to hear! How did you fly the first 10hrs or so - e.g. 25 squared or full throttle/prop or something else?

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 03-28-2021, 05:36 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 767
Posted By AlexC
Hi Monica - Indeed, the group of three holes...

Hi Monica - Indeed, the group of three holes seems to be where some mount an antenna (e.g. alternate location for the transponder/ADS-B antenna) - although I didn't use that location. The 4 extra...
Forum: RV-14 03-26-2021, 06:31 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,223
Posted By AlexC
I wish I had installed the 60A and 40A ANL fuses...

I wish I had installed the 60A and 40A ANL fuses (for the primary and backup alternators) and shunts (to measure amperage) before hanging the engine. I did not install a fire barrier on the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 09:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 574
Posted By AlexC
I am a first-time builder, and decided to go with...

I am a first-time builder, and decided to go with all the stock harnesses that came with the individual kits as well as purchase the pre-wired WH-00125 main fuselage harness. All of those harnesses...
Forum: RV-14 02-19-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,464
Posted By AlexC
That's a minor error in the plans - they mention...

That's a minor error in the plans - they mention to not rivet at a certain step, but then forget to tell us when to go back and rivet those two areas. I riveted them not long after I completed that...
Forum: RV-14 01-27-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,608
Posted By AlexC
some folks have used JB Weld to attach the...

some folks have used JB Weld to attach the Cleaveland static ports, and so did I.

_Alex
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-16-2020, 08:03 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,756
Posted By AlexC
Thanks Mark! Indeed I am - hope to meet you at...

Thanks Mark! Indeed I am - hope to meet you at the SER soon.

_Alex
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-16-2020, 08:02 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,756
Posted By AlexC
They took great care to avoid the brake lines and...

They took great care to avoid the brake lines and none were affected (I checked each one, and helped with the tiedown).

_Alex
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-16-2020, 06:39 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,756
Posted By AlexC
Transporting Van's aircraft in Central Florida

If you're like me, one of the most stressful parts of building a Van's aircraft is transporting the completed fuselage (with engine, avionics, etc) from a home workshop to a hangar at the airport. ...
Forum: RV-14 11-17-2020, 06:09 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 11,042
Posted By AlexC
I was able to do mine with the gear on (i.e. just...

I was able to do mine with the gear on (i.e. just the forward bolt removed). There was enough room to use a pneumatic die grinder to shape the notch by going back-and-forth slowly, followed by a...
Forum: Safety 11-12-2020, 06:15 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 7,445
Posted By AlexC
When Vic Syracuse performed an inspection of a...

When Vic Syracuse performed an inspection of a friend's RV, he mandated using 0.041" (thick) safety wire for the flap motor push rod. At the time, I wondered why - although I still went back to my...
Forum: RV-14 11-09-2020, 12:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,167
Posted By AlexC
I would recommend buying one of everything for...

I would recommend buying one of everything for the RV-14(A) from this page: http://aircraftspecialty.com/rv-14.html . You won't be disappointed - their quality and customer service are second to...
Forum: RV-14 10-26-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,479
Posted By AlexC
I called SteinAir about this last year (they make...

I called SteinAir about this last year (they make the harnesses for Vans) and it was curious to them as well - as much as they could tell, there was a revision change to the wiring plans in which the...
Forum: RV-14 09-09-2020, 07:49 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 175,703
Posted By AlexC
Awesome paint job - Evoke?

Awesome paint job - Evoke?
Forum: Reviews 09-05-2020, 05:04 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,280
Posted By AlexC
REVIEW: "Pre-buy Guide for Amateur-built aircraft" by Vic Syracuse

I purchased Vic Syracuse’s “Pre-buy Guide for Amateur-built Aircraft” a few days ago, read it cover-to-cover, and highly recommend this book without reservation. While the book is geared toward the...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2020, 04:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,193
Posted By AlexC
Yup - Van's is definitely swamped right now with...

Yup - Van's is definitely swamped right now with many of us building more during COVID, but I experienced a good process with my backorders. Like yours, they shipped some of my items separately (FWF...
Forum: RV-14 07-27-2020, 08:43 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 47,125
Posted By AlexC
Exhaust "engineering change"

Greg (and/or Scott),

I have a similar question as Bsquared, but about the exhaust kit (-14A). Mine has been backordered since mid-February, and when I contacted Van's a few days ago, they said that...
Forum: RV-14 07-25-2020, 06:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,050
Posted By AlexC
I waited 3 days before riveting, and 1 week...

I waited 3 days before riveting, and 1 week before leak-testing. No need to countersink the skin for the baffle (unless you want to); I and many others simply dimpled the skins and baffle flanges. ...
Forum: RV-14 07-15-2020, 09:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,419
Posted By AlexC
try SteinAir

I purchased the WH-00125 harness from SteinAir directly (they make the harnesses for Van's). I had heard once that Van's was not going to restock the harness, so maybe that's why it isn't in the...
Forum: RV-14 05-14-2020, 01:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,865
Posted By AlexC
Hi Randy, I'm not in Brevard Co., but fairly...

Hi Randy,

I'm not in Brevard Co., but fairly close: Chuluota/Oviedo area of Seminole Co. Here's my blog - https://alex-rv14a.blogspot.com

I'm also building a -14A, not a -14, but aside from the...
Forum: RV-14 04-08-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,200
Posted By AlexC
I had to purchase a smaller clamp, since my kit...

I had to purchase a smaller clamp, since my kit also came with a much larger one not well suited for this purpose.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2020, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,075
Posted By AlexC
Nice looking plane, Allan -...

Nice looking plane, Allan - congratulations!

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2020, 03:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,069
Posted By AlexC
@Trent - thanks! The distance from the floor to...

@Trent - thanks! The distance from the floor to the tip of the flaps is 70.3" at its highest point. I slung the carpet holding the leading edge a little lower, so the distance from the floor to the...
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,069
Posted By AlexC
If you are using the cradle to help mount the...

If you are using the cradle to help mount the fuel tanks, I'd keep the height as-is. However, I mounted the fuel tanks while the wing was still on a table, so I found the cradles could easily be...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,069
Posted By AlexC
Hi Trent, My wing cradle is also 28" wide, but I...

Hi Trent,

My wing cradle is also 28" wide, but I just measured, and you could shave 1" off per side for a 26" cradle, and the wings would fit. If you do, put the wheels as far to the sides as...
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,254
Posted By AlexC
Congratulations, Ken! And doing completing a...

Congratulations, Ken! And doing completing a slow-build kit in only 1200hrs over 21mo is amazing. Looking forward to seeing your First Flight!

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 02-17-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,384
Posted By AlexC
Hi Allan - Not sure you got my email: In the...

Hi Allan -

Not sure you got my email: In the Van?s online store, type in the search term ?50003? and the item will appear (14 POWER MOD INSTALL KIT). That?s the full part number that Turner...
Forum: RV-14 02-16-2020, 08:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,384
Posted By AlexC
Section 59 is the Van's Power Module Install,...

Section 59 is the Van's Power Module Install, which includes a ~45deg subpanel fuse mount (parts F-14188A and F-14188B-L and -R). Section 59 is part of the Avionic Kit PDF. If you don't have that...
Forum: Builder Website Links 02-10-2020, 08:28 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 8,888
Posted By AlexC
The site looks great, Ken! Your posts on...

The site looks great, Ken! Your posts on Facebook and now this site have been extremely helpful in the construction of my RV-14A.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 02-05-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,102
Posted By AlexC
Oviedo, which is east of Orlando

Oviedo, which is east of Orlando
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,102
Posted By AlexC
it's my favorite currency

it's my favorite currency
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2020, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,102
Posted By AlexC
That's what they call the aux music jack and it's...

That's what they call the aux music jack and it's associated wires and molex connector
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2020, 05:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,102
Posted By AlexC
The Dynon servos are part of Section 57, located...

The Dynon servos are part of Section 57, located here: https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/57/

The servo install kits are located on Van's website, and search for "servo"...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2020, 08:16 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,489
Posted By AlexC
unscrew the assembly from the access panel,...

unscrew the assembly from the access panel, attach the springs to the trim arm, and then reattach motor assembly to the access panel. It is easier if you rotate the assembly so the arm is pointed...
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2020, 09:56 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,673
Posted By AlexC
Those 2 "un-dimpled" #19 holes in the fuel tank...

Those 2 "un-dimpled" #19 holes in the fuel tank skin correspond to the tank attach bracket subassembly (18-04, fig 2) and the two MS21051-L08 nutplates #19 holes, which are part of that.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 01-10-2020, 04:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,673
Posted By AlexC
dimple the screw holes

Right above 18-03 step 11, there is a note to dimple the #19 screw holes, in boldface type ... although you are right - the figure on page 18-05 doesn't call them out specifically.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 01-04-2020, 10:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,334
Posted By AlexC
Dimple

Hi Tim,

The RV-14 instructions state to dimple those holes.

Regards,
Alex
Forum: RV-14 01-02-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,044
Posted By AlexC
Thanks - it seems that the standard engines are...

Thanks - it seems that the standard engines are taking about a half a year, and the Thunderbolts are creeping toward a full year. I appreciate the responses!

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2019, 02:28 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,044
Posted By AlexC
Thanks, Byron and Larry - much appreciated. ...

Thanks, Byron and Larry - much appreciated.

_Alex
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2019, 07:05 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 19,044
Posted By AlexC
lead time for non-Thunderbolt Lycoming

Could folks share what have been the recent lead times of their non-Thunderbolt Lycoming orders for the RV14(A)?

Thanks,
Alex
Forum: RV-14 11-27-2019, 07:33 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,792
Posted By AlexC
I don't think vents come with the slow- or...

I don't think vents come with the slow- or quick-build RV-14(A) kits ... I had to order them separately. SV-5 is a plastic vent and lists for $22.50 ea. on Van's website. Many builders (including...
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