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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By PilotjohnS
1.5

The splash page estimates 1.5 completions per day. That’s 500 per year. So for the USA, we should be able to plot completions per year based on FAA registrations. Has anybody done this? I expect to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,034
Posted By PilotjohnS
Like it

I like the boat jack idea. Very clever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 10:17 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,034
Posted By PilotjohnS
Harry Potter Seats

I am working on covering the Vans seat foam.
This is Harry Potter stuff.
Hocus pocus. Magic Happens Puff! Its done

All i got was the foam, a set of templates and Van's instructions that said it was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 120
Posted By PilotjohnS
Either but

Either one but the one facing back cannot be installed once the engine is installed. The one on the side has more clearance and still best tobe installed prior to engine going in the plane.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 653
Posted By PilotjohnS
Note

Please note, as I mentioned in another post, the GRD on the switch does not have a connection to the aircraft structure ground. You do not want the aircraft structure ground connected to this...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 723
Posted By PilotjohnS
Switch ground

I think it is important to make sure the switch is only grouned to the mag and not grounded to the airframe too. This way, if the engine ground falls off, the alternator and starter return current...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,533
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me thinks

I as thinking of getting first start done and then pulling wings off and send to paint before first flight
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,216
Posted By PilotjohnS
Jingle

All i want for Christmas is my first flight.....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,533
Posted By PilotjohnS
Very Good Question

Very Good Question. Ideally i am in the same boat. i would like to do first engine start with hardware store bolts, and then pull wings and move to flight test airport where I will install proper...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-22-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,799
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bummer

I think we are saying nearly the same thing.
I hope the 16 is announced at the same time as the 15. It would be a shame if people started the 15 kit, and then realize the 16 is what they really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By PilotjohnS
misunderstood

Sorry if you misunderstood me. I don't know anything about the plane, but I was just hoping my friend has not decided to sell his. That is what I meant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 361
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hope

I hope it is not the one I am thinking of......
Forum: Flight Testing 11-22-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,285
Posted By PilotjohnS
otto

Or just program the autopilot to fly this maneuver with the next fix at a lower altitude. I personally would let Otto fly.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-21-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,799
Posted By PilotjohnS
RV16

I think during the RV15 announcement, I thought I heard Greg say he RV16 is in the works.

So my take:
RV15 cessna 170
RV16 cessna 180
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-21-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 99,268
Posted By PilotjohnS
Firewall forward

Lots of progress in the last few months. Here is a summary:

The engine is in and wired. At this stage, the instructions get a little sparse so it takes some time to figure out what others have done...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,666
Posted By PilotjohnS
Finished up engine wiring

Finished up engine wiring.

Was going to do air-box and baffles next but seems I need cowling for that. So onto getting the last top skin on and starting the fiberglass work.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,028
Posted By PilotjohnS
Final location

Thanks for all who responded and a big thank you to Larry Vetterman for the phone call and education. Here are my final locations (as shown in the pictures). I tested them all with a heat gun and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,353
Posted By PilotjohnS
Adel vs tie base

Anything firewall forward are Adel clamps, except small wires attached to firewall I used tie bases. Everything behind firewall is tie bases with sho glue, except control cables are Adel per plans.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-18-2021, 12:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,181
Posted By PilotjohnS
failure

The most concerning thing to me is how it failed. Did one manufacturer have more sudden failures leaving the pilot stranded, rather than a gradual failure where the voltage started dropping or such...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-17-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 733
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sorry

Sorry for your loss.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,696
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sky writing

Gary,
What happened to all the sky writing I used to see on Flightaware?

I am hoping to start seeing the "art" again.

Your old friend,
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,028
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for pictures

I noticed you ran the CHT/EGT probes and spark plug wires together.
Is that OK, or should I keep temp sense wires separate?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 395
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just My Opinion

I have an old WW2 electric motor / generator training manual. It shows how the rotating armature drags the field lines around in the direction of rotation. I think that there might be some tweaking...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,623
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ask Vlad

We should ask Vlad. He has one of the highest time RV9A's out there.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 645
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cabin heat

I think you also need to consider the cabin heat muff. Maybe there is a difference there that would force a decision??
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-15-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 428
Posted By PilotjohnS
Golden rule

Just a curious observation, when the previous God's of aviation were making the three letter designators, it seems that they would never use the first three letters in a name.

Does anybody know if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 448
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I use a countersink by hand for the inside. Sandpaper for the outside. The tubing Vans uses is really soft. Just make sure you dont scratch the inside of the tube away from the end; poor technique...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,328
Posted By PilotjohnS
Careful

I would be careful using an solvent in the system. The solvent might be trapped and then cause problems. If it was me, i would remove the fluid one more time, and try and get everything out, and then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,228
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mine

This my passenger warning. I think it meets the spirit of the rules.
Forum: Primers 11-14-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By PilotjohnS
Today

Today I painted the last pieces for the interior. I used PG60G2 and JetFlex paint.
Did the simple scothbrite scrub and acetone wipe. sprayed primer, let it dry while I mixed the paint, sprayed the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-14-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,336
Posted By PilotjohnS
Deal?

I wonder if you can get a two-fer. Paint and engine for one low price?

If you want to splurge for a case of Rustoleum in your choice of color, I will host a painting party for you.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,623
Posted By PilotjohnS
design Life

These RVs are designed for thirty years. I think one is better off using the tried and true EC2216. easy enough to get, and is a known quantity for structural work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,200
Posted By PilotjohnS
So it wasnt filter material but paper towel?

So it wasnt filter material but paper towel?
Forum: Tools 11-14-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,350
Posted By PilotjohnS
Some People

Some people use shadow boxes where every tool has a form fitted place. If I did that, my whole wall would be nothing but tool boxes.
But I do have two sets, one for my mistress (plane) and one for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By PilotjohnS
Serious Stuff

A shear coupler failure is very serious. Something needs to be done differently besides just changing the coupler. I would be inclined to change alternator's manufacturer unless I found a smoking gun...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By PilotjohnS
Answer

I am using the Garmin GEA24 for trim relays. It has priority to pilot’s trim inputs. And the circuit breaker is in front of the pilot, not part of the CB “stack”
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,623
Posted By PilotjohnS
Easy

Ec2216 is the industry standard, but prep is everything. So bonding airplane parts is not like model airplane building, be informed.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup not very good

The ones from Marine supply are much better, like this one:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-13-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,028
Posted By PilotjohnS
Great Pictures- Really helpful

Thanks for the pictures; I noticed you did your #1 on a bend. I was worried about sealing when the clap is tweaking around a bend. I need to think about this some more.

Turns out the seal for the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By PilotjohnS
But I bet you are not buying from California...

But I bet you are not buying from California "aviation aisles". At least aircraft paint is the same through out the country, even in CA. But for Home Depot aviation stuff, like paint, CA is an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-12-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,028
Posted By PilotjohnS
Revival

I am reviving and old thread. I cant seem to fine a location where all probes are the same distance from flange. Number 1 has a tight bend near cylinder so I need to be 3” away. Number 3 has a boss...
Forum: Primers 11-12-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 533
Posted By PilotjohnS
Over thinking this

You are overthinking this.
1) never had primer harden in gun.
2) it is not "reducer" just a catalysis. So use 1.3 to 2:1. adding more doesn't make it noticeably "thinner"
3) used lacquer thinner to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-12-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 573
Posted By PilotjohnS
Kool Aid

So welcome to the club; you too drank the Kool Aid. The good news is the plane will be lighter... because the wallet hold your money will be lighter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,550
Posted By PilotjohnS
Earl's still great

Earl's is still a top shop. Very good service and very good quality hardware. But you should state it is for aircraft and he will make sure you get the good stuff. He has stuff for the car guys who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,550
Posted By PilotjohnS
Funny, i bought a firewall forward kit from Vans....

Funny, i bought a firewall forward kit from Vans. One of the fuel hose had fittings stamped "AN". One hose had fittings that were not marked. Turns out the unmarked hose end fitting had a big burr...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,550
Posted By PilotjohnS
Stainless Steel Galling

I would avoid using stainless steel fitting in a stainless steel housing. Stainless steel will gall.
I thought it would be a good idea to use stainless steel screws and stainless steel locking nuts...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 831
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me too

I used the Flyled recommended box too. mainly because I hate exposed circuits. But I drilled some holes in the top to let the hot air out and keep the strobe resistor from baking.
It is the gray box...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-11-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,042
Posted By PilotjohnS
Nav ? GPS?

For remote Nav, I assume you are NOT talking about a GPS but rather a VOR/LOC/ILS stuff?
I would use a GNC255; and you get a second Comm for free. I have one, great little package, but not flying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,827
Posted By PilotjohnS
3rd try

I am on my 2nd set of brackets for the 9a. My first ones had the actuator hitting the front support channel at one spot. My 2nd set moved the actuator down and tilted to avoid the interference. Now...
Forum: Propellers 11-10-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 705
Posted By PilotjohnS
For those who dont follow these forums,, this is...

For those who dont follow these forums,, this is a joke. RV9a is not approved for this high of speed.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-09-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 99,268
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes You are right

Yup, you are right. i forgot this rule about fuel lines. I will change.

Also, ground is used also during normal operation as return for alternator charging current. I will add a second (redundant)...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-09-2021, 12:06 AM
Replies: 156
Views: 99,268
Posted By PilotjohnS
Huh?

Huh? What is the problem with the ground wire next to the fuel line?

In fact, Just tonight I tied them together so the fuel line supports the ground wire. I can understand a power wire off the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-08-2021, 10:07 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 99,268
Posted By PilotjohnS
New Throttle and Mixture Firewall Penetrations

I am building a RV9A (same fuse as a 7A) with the Vans supplied IO320 and the new nose gear. It has a Avstar throttle body.

The factory holes in the fire wall for the throttle worked out well, but...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-08-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 174
Posted By PilotjohnS
Engine Control cables - RV9a(7A) w/ new nose gear

I am building a RV9A (same fuse as a 7A) with the Vans supplied IO320 and the new nose gear. It has a Avstar throttle body.

The factory holes in the fire wall for the throttle worked out well, but...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-08-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 662
Posted By PilotjohnS
because

The metal lock nuts chew up the threads of the screws/ bolts.
Good for the engine compartment where one doesn't need many on/ offs, but for the whole plane? seems overkill. JMHO
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,077
Posted By PilotjohnS
Answer is:

I want to know too.

I was thinking of rigging up some clear tubing to use as a level sight tube, but curious if I am over solving.

I guess if it is not on the hangar floor, the level must be OK?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-08-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 732
Posted By PilotjohnS
just me

Just for kicks, I originally planned to only have the pilot stick with trim buttons, but this thought crossed my mind that if a trim switch failed, i would be up a creek without a paddle. So i added...
Forum: COMM 11-08-2021, 09:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 756
Posted By PilotjohnS
avionics

When comm or analog avionics are good, then start going bad when nothing had been touched, in my experience, it is usually grounds or mechanical electrical connections that are corroding.
If this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,214
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just for a minute

Re 2nd picture
Just for a minute, I thought you were flying inverted, then I realized you were flying south of the equator.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-06-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,858
Posted By PilotjohnS
Idea

I was thinking loose intake manifold. Shooting in the dark
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,006
Posted By PilotjohnS
He

The best leak test will be a helium leak detection tester. Short of that it is all a guess until avgas goes in.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,087
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

With oil not being warm I suspect it is just raw fuel burning. It is good you are checking things, but I suspect if you try it again, it will be different. I cant see how linkages would change from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,216
Posted By PilotjohnS
Big Bones

For all you “Big Bone” people, did you certify your plane at a gross weight higher than Vans’ recommendation?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-04-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,662
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

On my fuel injection servo, my throttle is on the right side, but mixture is on the left. My mixture comes out the same place as yours. I haven't tried my yet, so am not sure if my cable is short. I...
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