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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-07-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 944
Posted By SantosDumont
Will be there.

Will be there.
Forum: RV-14 04-22-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,226
Posted By SantosDumont
Yay! Congrats!

Yay! Congrats!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 09:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 816
Posted By SantosDumont
Sometimes I wish I would have started my build...

Sometimes I wish I would have started my build when I started flying and I lived in Tehachapi, which is like aviation Mecca. I would definitely have had it completed by now, but I would just be...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-21-2021, 09:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,599
Posted By SantosDumont
Could it be a turbine powered RV? Son of a... Iím...

Could it be a turbine powered RV? Son of a... Iím in!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 03:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 816
Posted By SantosDumont
Be careful with the idea that building is cheaper...

Be careful with the idea that building is cheaper than buying a 50 year old airplane. Over time, yes. But the initial acquisition cost of a 50 year old airplane is much lower than all of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,771
Posted By SantosDumont
It really depends on if a ASI is having a bad day...

It really depends on if a ASI is having a bad day of not. I flew into HHR one time in my Mooney which had a somewhat pretentious paint scheme (it has flames on the nose). An ASI yellow tagged it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 924
Posted By SantosDumont
Maybe go sit in a -8 before you decide? I sat in...

Maybe go sit in a -8 before you decide? I sat in a really nice one that a guy finished a couple hangars down from me and decided that it was too small. I'm a medium sized guy, but I decided it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 12:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,227
Posted By SantosDumont
I sold my first bike when I bought my Mooney. I...

I sold my first bike when I bought my Mooney. I figured I could only handle one death machine at a time. When I sold the Mooney and started building a RV I bought a BMW G650GS. I bought a Tesla...
Forum: RV-14 04-05-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 576
Posted By SantosDumont
Vans gave me an estimated ship date for my...

Vans gave me an estimated ship date for my fuselage of this month. I'm probably in the minority but I want to do my panel when I get the fuselage completed with the goal of giving my kids time to...
Forum: RV-14 04-05-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,315
Posted By SantosDumont
Vans is willing to chat with customers about...

Vans is willing to chat with customers about alternative engines. They talked with me when I was exploring alternative options for my RV-14. But they only have limited resources so unless you want...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,908
Posted By SantosDumont
I accidentally ripped my A20s in half by tripping...

I accidentally ripped my A20s in half by tripping on them trying to get out of my Mooney. If youíve ever been in a Mooney... well then you know exactly what happened.

Bose fixed them for free. It...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-18-2021, 10:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,219
Posted By SantosDumont
But If you canít blow $500 on a light bulb, can...

But If you canít blow $500 on a light bulb, can you even afford 100LL?:D
Forum: Tools 03-02-2021, 04:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 475
Posted By SantosDumont
Thanks. I actually have that one. It works ok......

Thanks. I actually have that one. It works ok... but not as good as the beehive seemed to.
Forum: Tools 03-02-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 475
Posted By SantosDumont
Which Beehive spring works with the flush mount rivet set?

Somehow my beehive spring to retain my flush mount riveter wore out. I ordered both the beehive springs available at spruce but neither one is right. Anyone know where I can get a replacement...
Forum: RV-14 03-01-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 987
Posted By SantosDumont
I'm budgeting about $200k for mine, but I'ma buy...

I'm budgeting about $200k for mine, but I'ma buy brand new everything, and do fancy stuff like EFII. I'm sure people smarter than me will build it for less.

I also might just get it to the point...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,859
Posted By SantosDumont
The -12 is the only model you can remove the...

The -12 is the only model you can remove the wings from and trailer home. That's a performance characteristic that none of the other models can achieve!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,230
Posted By SantosDumont
myflightbook is the ****. and its free. full...

myflightbook is the ****. and its free. full stop.

800 hrs logged on it so far.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2021, 05:39 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,492
Posted By SantosDumont
You just need to lower the RAM so it almost takes...

You just need to lower the RAM so it almost takes too much force to actuate.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,492
Posted By SantosDumont
I'm using a DRDT2. I guess I needed to adjust...

I'm using a DRDT2. I guess I needed to adjust the strength. I did that, then redimpled a few of them and it looks crisper.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,492
Posted By SantosDumont
Accidentally dimpled a new hole through the skin

Is this oops salvageable? Or am I buying a new horizontal stabilizer...
Forum: RV-14 02-19-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,492
Posted By SantosDumont
Those aren't the full plans, just the revisions...

Those aren't the full plans, just the revisions to the plans.

I really don't know why Vans can't just make it an instant digital download when you buy them, but I'm an IT guy learning airplane...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2021, 08:39 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,052
Posted By SantosDumont
I think the only way realistic way to complete...

I think the only way realistic way to complete the RV-14 in a year is to order everything at the same time. The lead times for parts are not insignificant. With all the parts at your disposal then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,768
Posted By SantosDumont
I'm building a -14. It's been an interesting...

I'm building a -14. It's been an interesting lesson in logistics.

I plowed through the vertical stabilizer and rudder in a few weeks, and then COVID hit, the market crashed, and evaporated the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,095
Posted By SantosDumont
I really wish I had started building 6 years ago....

I really wish I had started building 6 years ago. I'd already have a completed RV and could have avoided tons of drama.

However, living through the drama of type certificated aircraft gave me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-15-2021, 01:53 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,652
Posted By SantosDumont
I use the website webuildplanes.com Itís super...

I use the website webuildplanes.com Itís super easy to use from my phone, I just snap a picture on my phone as Iím working and write down what task I completed and how many hours I worked on it.
Forum: RV-14 01-11-2021, 10:08 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By SantosDumont
Searched for "power mod install" on google and...

Searched for "power mod install" on google and found the master parts list

https://shop.vansaircraft.com/public/parts.txt

I don't know why there's not a link to that on the main website, but that...
Forum: RV-14 01-11-2021, 10:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By SantosDumont
Yeah im looking for the part number to the kit to...

Yeah im looking for the part number to the kit to bring it down at an angle.
Forum: RV-14 01-11-2021, 09:59 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,069
Posted By SantosDumont
CB center panel kit part number

Anyone know the part number to order the CB center panel kit for the -14 from Vans?
Forum: RV-14 01-04-2021, 09:38 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,353
Posted By SantosDumont
I think they're like $10-15k

I think they're like $10-15k
Forum: RV-14 01-03-2021, 12:13 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,353
Posted By SantosDumont
What about a lift? I knew a guy that had 4 of...

What about a lift? I knew a guy that had 4 of them in his hangar. They worked really well and you don't have to worry about modifying the airframe.

http://armaerospace.com/
Forum: RV-14 12-26-2020, 11:10 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 11,951
Posted By SantosDumont
I really have no intention of building the most...

I really have no intention of building the most economical airplane possible. If economy was the goal I would have just kept my Mooney. My intention is to build the awesomest plane I can with all...
Forum: RV-14 12-23-2020, 06:13 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 11,951
Posted By SantosDumont
If you do the quickbuild kit you easily get to...

If you do the quickbuild kit you easily get to $200k. Also everything is listed with the pre-tax price but don't forget the builders need to pay sales tax and use tax.

QB Kit ...
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2020, 05:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,541
Posted By SantosDumont
I've spent the past few months trying to find a...

I've spent the past few months trying to find a Diesel option for the RV-14... there just isn't anything out there yet that isn't "COMING SOON!"

Continental will stop talking to you as soon as you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,871
Posted By SantosDumont
I combined all the files in Adobe to be one set...

I combined all the files in Adobe to be one set of plans. At least the -14 plans are all numbered so it wasn't too hard. I don't know about the -10 plans.

I put the paper plans in a box and have...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2020, 09:10 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 9,276
Posted By SantosDumont
Interesting... If I remember right the shipping...

Interesting...

If I remember right the shipping charge for my empennage crate to Las Vegas was only like $250... so I guess the trick is going to be order a crate worth of stuff at a time!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2020, 12:53 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 7,091
Posted By SantosDumont
Why not rent a hangar, or share a hangar? You...

Why not rent a hangar, or share a hangar? You donít really need that much space to build. Rent the corner of someoneís hangar for $100/month.
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2020, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,259
Posted By SantosDumont
180kts. nice!

180kts. nice!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-12-2020, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,050
Posted By SantosDumont
All my parts for my empennage kit are sitting on...

All my parts for my empennage kit are sitting on one of those SafeRacks that are bolted into the ceiling. I think they are rated for 800 lbs.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-29-2020, 05:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,659
Posted By SantosDumont
hahaha. are you me? 67' M20F and got fed up...

hahaha. are you me? 67' M20F and got fed up enough with the maintenance and the stupid 60 year old tech that I started building a -14A.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2020, 06:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 9,765
Posted By SantosDumont
What a bummer. I learned to fly in Tehachapi. ...

What a bummer. I learned to fly in Tehachapi. I've spent a lot of time thinking about what I would do if I lost the engine taking off of 29... there's not any good options if you've already turned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-21-2020, 10:14 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,821
Posted By SantosDumont
hmm... that's actually not a bad idea, the only...

hmm... that's actually not a bad idea, the only problem is that it takes up all that floorspace.
Forum: RV-14 07-21-2020, 09:55 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,105
Posted By SantosDumont
Be cognizant of density altitude. I've taken off...

Be cognizant of density altitude. I've taken off from Los Alamos in my Mooney with full fuel in the afternoon 90 degrees OAT and climbed out at 200FPM. The 14 is about 700 pounds lighter so you...
Forum: RV-14 07-18-2020, 01:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,494
Posted By SantosDumont
Nice! Looks good!

Nice! Looks good!
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 07-14-2020, 03:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,512
Posted By SantosDumont
From Vegas I fly over Panamint all the time. I...

From Vegas I fly over Panamint all the time. I leave when the sun comes up and try to get back after the sun goes down. I'm usually up at 10.5k+... I really wouldn't want to be on the ground there...
Forum: RV-14 07-14-2020, 02:07 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,599
Posted By SantosDumont
That piece goes on the bottom of VS-702 and also...

That piece goes on the bottom of VS-702 and also acts as a guide for you to trim. You can easily skip it now and come back to it later.
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-14-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,033
Posted By SantosDumont
Hmm that guy looks interesting.

Hmm that guy looks interesting.
Forum: RV-14 07-06-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,096
Posted By SantosDumont
I?m building my 14 so that 10 seconds after...

I?m building my 14 so that 10 seconds after rotation I turn on the GFC500 and it files me all the way to my destination no hands required just like the airlines :p
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-06-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,033
Posted By SantosDumont
Welp I did get a quote and they came back and...

Welp I did get a quote and they came back and told me they?re only selling to OEMs. Guess I gotta find a used one on ebay.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2020, 08:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,253
Posted By SantosDumont
You?re flying all the way to MRY and you?re not...

You?re flying all the way to MRY and you?re not going to golf? I?m a pretty terrible golfer but the day I played Pebble was magical.
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-03-2020, 09:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,033
Posted By SantosDumont
Diesels

I'm at the point where I'm starting to research engines for my 14. The latest threads on the CD-155 or CD-265 are a few years old now... are they any more available or are they still pretty much a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 12:10 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,944
Posted By SantosDumont
I'm a software/computer guy and even I figured...

I'm a software/computer guy and even I figured out how to smash a rivet. I thought learning the mechanical stuff was going to be the hardest part, but so far it has actually been the financial...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-18-2020, 11:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,074
Posted By SantosDumont
I have my rudder compete, but I paused since the...

I have my rudder compete, but I paused since the pandemic messed with my timing to order the wings. However, after thinking about it for a while, I think I will actually order the fuselage next. ...
Forum: RV-14 06-03-2020, 03:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,243
Posted By SantosDumont
I put all the files together in a giant PDF so I...

I put all the files together in a giant PDF so I could take them with me on my iPad, then mounted a TV with a laptop in the garage so I could use those and make notes on them digitally instead of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,925
Posted By SantosDumont
I sat in a -7 with the almost 14 seat mod. It...

I sat in a -7 with the almost 14 seat mod. It was really roomy, more room than I need. I'm sure anyone would be happy with the 7.

However, I liked the idea that the 14 was the newest, latest and...
Forum: RV-14 05-03-2020, 01:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,397
Posted By SantosDumont
For some reason I couldn't get the double sided...

For some reason I couldn't get the double sided tape to actually bind to both the trailing edge wedge and the skin. Flush riveting wasn't that hard. Back riveting is pretty much the easiest...
Forum: RV-14 04-27-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,346
Posted By SantosDumont
I took the EAA class and my kit showed up the...

I took the EAA class and my kit showed up the next week. I thought the class content was good, but I think there were too many people for me to take my time and figure out what I was doing.

You...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,520
Posted By SantosDumont
I had my BFR canceled the day before my appt. ...

I had my BFR canceled the day before my appt. Couldn't find anyone so I just started asking around and found a friend of a friend CPL/CFII who wasn't doing any corporate flying and needed some cash.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2020, 02:03 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,447
Posted By SantosDumont
If you pay for a 3 year EAA membership for $99...

If you pay for a 3 year EAA membership for $99 then Solidworks is only like $33/yr.

I just used Solidworks to design and print a replacement button for my suitcase... but to be honest I struggled to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 8,284
Posted By SantosDumont
It's definitely putting a delay on me selling my...

It's definitely putting a delay on me selling my Mooney! My portfolio is worth nothing now, so I'm going to have to really stretch out making any progress on my -14 empennage until I can afford to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-29-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,920
Posted By SantosDumont
I have a Mooney today, for the most part it does...

I have a Mooney today, for the most part it does what I need it to do. What I realized is that 99% of the time I fly by myself and I really don't need 4 seats.
But what made me want to build was a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2020, 02:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,294
Posted By SantosDumont
I'm about 90 days in on my 14. I'm just using...

I'm about 90 days in on my 14. I'm just using self etching Rustoleum for primer. My most used tools are probably the pneumatic squeezer, hand squeezer, #30 and #40 drill bits / countersink bits and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-14-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,168
Posted By SantosDumont
Rivets that won't smash

Anyone ever had any rivets that won't smash? I've had a few in my AD470AD4-6 bag from Vans for my RV-14. I've tried the pneumatic squeezer and the rivet gun. Unfortunately they smash just the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 04:15 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 6,716
Posted By SantosDumont
I fly a Mooney today and was trying to decide...

I fly a Mooney today and was trying to decide between 8,10, and 14. There's a guy on my field that has an 8. I went and sat in it... it was tighter than the Mooney, which people say is notoriously...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2020, 04:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,940
Posted By SantosDumont
If you can wait a few months MSFS2020 looks...

If you can wait a few months MSFS2020 looks promising. Otherwise today I do this same mission in xPlane 11.
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