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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-28-2022, 06:51 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,743
Posted By esco
Tom: Thank you. Would have replied sooner... had...

Tom: Thank you.

Would have replied sooner... had to knock out some chores
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2022, 08:52 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,743
Posted By esco
What textbook?

Tom: if you don't mind... what's the NAVAIR text?

Always looking for good references to keep handy.

Forum: RV-14 02-21-2022, 11:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,169
Posted By esco
SikaFlex on RV14 canopy

Search for "KeithB" posts- he used Sika on a -14.

"BruceH" also has a very well-documented site, and his approach to the 9A is very...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-18-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,533
Posted By esco
David - what's the name of the program?

David - what's the name of the program?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,318
Posted By esco
Bernardo, Jill: you make the Pacific Northwest...

Bernardo, Jill: you make the Pacific Northwest look like Middle-Earth.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 08:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,143
Posted By esco
and... where to wait

Ryan- great work.
Before we walk out, I tell them where to board, i.e. "... when I finish the preflight, I'll call you over to the right side, behind the wing..."

At the "emergency" section, I add...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2021, 08:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,017
Posted By esco
Thanks for this

I'm headed to the same course in Feb.

I appreciate the warning of how much this might cost.
$30k is a great incentive to study, practice, and ask lots of questions when I'm at AEA.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-06-2021, 08:49 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,484
Posted By esco
14A to 14 conversion


I intended to do the same thing, and bought the initial "extra" parts needed to change the tailkit.
Since I didn't install them, I'd be happy to see them put to use.
Send a PM and we can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 06:52 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,312
Posted By esco
Listen carefully

Great advice above... if you're listening.

I've been taught many times that the quiet inner thought was not only right, but also the last warning I had before doing something dumb:
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 03-11-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,083
Posted By esco


Thanks very much for this.

My assemblification project continues to educate, fascinate, focus, temper, and humble me.
When I saw the start of your video, my builder's perspective was: "so...
Forum: RV-14 02-08-2021, 07:37 AM
Replies: 196
Views: 241,630
Posted By esco
3D modeling

Nice models. Foamboard?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2020, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,856
Posted By esco
Canopy Install


Between Bruce Swayze and Bruce Hill, I had lots of great information, examples, tips, and answers to my many questions when I was making the decision to use SikaFlex.

Thanks very much,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-14-2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 7,477
Posted By esco
SikaFlex installation, RV-14A


Between you and Bruce Hill, I had lots of great information, examples, tips, and answers to my many questions before I made the decision to use SikaFlex.

Thanks very much for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-10-2020, 10:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,393
Posted By esco
EAA avionics fundamentals

Concur w/ Dave: I took the EAA course, and the fundamentals approach was helpful for me.
I intend to take the AEA course, likely not January though.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-10-2020, 09:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,132
Posted By esco
Tradespace Workshop, pls


Thanks very much for asking in advance - I'd appreciate a workshop on the tradeoffs between some few configurations, i.e. basic VFR and simple IFR.

1) VFR with ADSB, single comm...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-05-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 14,504
Posted By esco

Greg, Scott:

I watched last night- extremely well done.

You are making airplanes better, and safer, by sharing best practices this way.

I look forward to more.
Forum: RV-14 11-10-2020, 07:15 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,530
Posted By esco
Wt & Balance effects?

Find posted data from "standard" build as weighed on scales.
Run W&B for range of loads from fully loaded to minimum. Note fwd & rear center of gravity limits.

For a quick look, add #30 to right...
Forum: RV-14 10-25-2020, 09:36 PM
Replies: 143
Views: 185,135
Posted By esco
Please save this file!

Yes! I tried to access the file tonight, and it's showing only a single sheet.
Anyone have a recent version available?

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 18,469
Posted By esco
"Tanks for the Memories"

very much appreciate this - the M60 was my ride for many years, and prepared me for building an airplane:
AMU (Armor Monetary Units) are significant;
Limited parts availability;
Every one...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 04:01 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 28,774
Posted By esco
[pic posting, as of July 2020]


Bottom Line: your picture(s) must be hosted on another site, then you can embed the link to the site here on VAF.

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2020, 12:20 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 28,774
Posted By esco
Long-term perspective on vinyl?


I'm mulling over exterior options, and found this post.
It's 6 years on- how is the vinyl wrap holding up?

Forum: RV-14 08-02-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,426
Posted By esco
My opinion

Concur with earlier recommendations.

Cleaveland was very helpful:
-tailoring my initial toolkit purchase,
-recommending other tools later, and
-selling reduced price returned tools when...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-11-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,254
Posted By esco
Plug check complete?

How do all your plugs look?

One of the easiest checks to make, needs few tools, minimally invasive...
and you also confirm that every plug wire is securely affixed...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-02-2020, 09:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,151
Posted By esco
quick, easy, no new tools

With two people, one can take a slight squat position with the spine aligned along the spar, at a point where the dihedral makes this accessible.

Straighten the legs to easily raise the wing (from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,919
Posted By esco
Now is a great time

I'm local; PM me if you want to talk, or meet for a cup of "socially distanced" coffee.

To your statement, I'm assembling an RV-14 kit right now, and it really is " ... nothing but matching parts...
Forum: Propellers 06-27-2020, 05:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,652
Posted By esco
Wind your watch...

Now that you have a better understanding, you might pause further disassembly, call governor manufacturer (Hartzell, Aero Technologies...) on Monday.

Thank you for posting this.
I learned from your...
Forum: Propellers 06-27-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,652
Posted By esco
Inspect the residue

Still got the offending paper towel?

Carefully unfold and examine if you can; you'll know you got it all...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2020, 02:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,086
Posted By esco
Find local suppliers now

If you can, find "... local industrial supply houses [that] carry what you need..."

Not only does it save on shipping, but can save LOTS of time.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 06-19-2020, 08:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,576
Posted By esco
You have "... the coolest airplane in the world."

(1:12) Got to agree with that...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-15-2020, 09:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,209
Posted By esco
Steve does great work

Steve does nice production work, and also builds to order:
"All parts are created with a 3D Printer. Feel free to send us an idea for a part if you have a specific request"
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2020, 06:42 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,179
Posted By esco
Well Done

Tommie and Ray Magliozzi would be proud of you.

Now all you need is advice from Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-05-2020, 01:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,344
Posted By esco
Do you like your warranty?

Best advice I've seen...
Forum: RV-14 05-02-2020, 04:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,586
Posted By esco
RV-14 rudder references


I use Google as my primary reference tool.

After typing in the text between the parens ( "rv-14" rudder), the first result was an RV-14 Rudder trailing edge drilling...
Forum: California 02-05-2020, 10:51 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 12,189
Posted By esco
Axel: Thanks for hosting again! Weather...


Thanks for hosting again!

Weather permitting, count me in for (2)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2019, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,683
Posted By esco
Mr. Collins: You are an exceptional writer. ...

Mr. Collins:

You are an exceptional writer.
You are also an exceptional son: you were able to give your mother exactly the "good kids" she asked for, and not just on Mother's Day.

You and your...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-20-2019, 09:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,040
Posted By esco
Thanks very much!

-Beethoven is a wonderful accompaniment to that scenery.

-Very good call on the go-around.
Thinking "If I do this, what happens to others?" is always good practice.
Forum: RV-14 10-19-2019, 08:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,722
Posted By esco
Ship or pick-Up?

"Do it yourself" has time, insurance, lodging, food, fuel, other costs; there's a timely article in Nov 2019 issue of KITPLANES with considerations and implications.

Good luck!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-23-2019, 04:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,516
Posted By esco
Luke: I am at OSH2019, just saw your video, and...


I am at OSH2019, just saw your video, and Northern Italy looks pretty good, even inverted.

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2019, 08:05 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 12,831
Posted By esco
Dan & Cohort: Thanks for putting this on! When...

Dan & Cohort:

Thanks for putting this on!
When my current build is complete, I will bring a keg to share; this year, it won't fit in the overhead on Southwest....

See you there.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 06-18-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,935
Posted By esco
Fair Winds, and Following Seas

Mr. Grigsby:

"SNJ for Carrier qual on the great lakes fleet."
Bravo Zulu, sir.

"AD Skyraider for combat bombing in Korea. Also keeping the Chinese from getting to the top of the hill where 50 to...
Forum: RV-14 06-18-2019, 06:39 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 5,493
Posted By esco
All-Electric attendees?

I'm at about the same point as Kerry- lots of questions.

If any all-electric builders/operators are considering... I'll swap you coffee and donuts for an opportunity to ask lots of questions;)
Forum: Tools 04-18-2019, 10:12 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 13,398
Posted By esco
There is no "may" ;)

There is no "may" ;)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2019, 10:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,748
Posted By esco
Tech Counselor consult

You might want to get an EAA tech counselor ( to take a look.

For now, don't drill out every less-than-perfect...
Forum: RV-14 04-14-2019, 10:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,807
Posted By esco
Pneumatiq squeezer options

My two cents:

1. Numatx pushes the ram with equal pressure throughout the stroke, and does not require ram and set "stack height" adjustment to deliver setting pressure at the end of the stroke. ...
Forum: California 04-09-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,447
Posted By esco
RV Fly-in KRNM


Welcome Aboard! (official greeter & greeting to follow)

You might want to fly south to Ramona. I hear the food is wonderful at KRNM this Saturday:
"...BBQ is free to all RV'rs...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-21-2019, 09:07 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 9,157
Posted By esco
Take a step back, pls


My two cents:
1. Stop flying the airplane.
This will not fix itself. It will get worse, until you resolve underlying issues.
You can choose to fix an unflyable airplane on the ground. In...
Forum: Painting your RV 03-07-2019, 06:07 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,252
Posted By esco
Thank you all

Mr. Martinez: thanks for asking the question.

Larry, Bruce, Larry, John, Jacob, Dan: thanks for the education. Wow!
Forum: Tools 02-23-2019, 08:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,958
Posted By esco
To Dave's spot on advice, I'd add this: read the...

To Dave's spot on advice, I'd add this:
read the plans closely in advance, for what you will need, when.

As I slowly work my way thru the empennage, I read ahead chapters ahead, both to start my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-30-2019, 06:38 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,896
Posted By esco
Safety rules


Good on you!

You know your kiddos, and homeschooling, much better than I do; my suggestions are based on shop time with grandkids at the same age:

Rule 1: no shop visits without...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2019, 05:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,995
Posted By esco
Thank you for all you've done...

Mr. McDowell:

You have helped put thousands of airplane kits where they belong- in the air!

I look forward to my shop time, in large part because of the wonderful Cleaveland tools I get to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-11-2019, 10:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,970
Posted By esco
TC consult


Sent you a pm.

Just started a new-build kit, a TC consult seems like a good idea, and I saw this post...
Forum: RV-6/6A 12-05-2018, 07:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,748
Posted By esco
What's Plan B? C?

You have good input on whether the airframe would haul your stuff.

My unsolicited advice is to have, and without regret execute, backup plans when conditions approach your personal minimums. ...
Forum: Tools 11-14-2018, 06:06 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,532
Posted By esco
Numatx setup

pm sent ...
Forum: Tools 11-13-2018, 01:47 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,532
Posted By esco
Yokes used?

Ron, Tom, Tom:

What size yoke did you use the most?

I'm ordering a 14A kit, and buying a Numatx for all the reasons you-all cited; did you need a 3" yoke most? another size?

(Apologize for slight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2018, 07:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,839
Posted By esco
... and with dinosaurs

that's enthusiasm!
Forum: California 04-25-2018, 09:30 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,704
Posted By esco
Just outside the basin, KAVX is just across the...

Just outside the basin, KAVX is just across the channel. Even if you don't land, a circuit around the island shows you what California used to look like. You might even spot a buffalo!
Forum: COMM 09-11-2017, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,575
Posted By esco
"Oh... that happens to all of them"

What I was told when I reported the issue to an "expert"

This with an all steam-gauge panel, years ago...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-03-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,376
Posted By esco
A systems engineering perspective

You're seeing lot of box-level input on function, integration, and long-term support.

You might consider human factors as well:
do the displays work for you?
does the information make sense to...
Forum: RV-10 08-05-2017, 10:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,267
Posted By esco
Flight Test Data helps

To the OP:

Did the original builder/ owner provide their flight test data or POH?

If either exists, you might find answers to some of your questions. A close read will be required; a POH might...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 06-11-2017, 11:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 34,440
Posted By esco
"Protect me and Mine"

For future readers:
If you know someone who is a danger to themselves and others, make them off-limits to those you care about.
This means tough conversations: stand fast for those you love. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-02-2017, 08:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 11,731
Posted By esco
Think thru readability in flight

Don't know how much flexibility you have w/ a Citabria, i.e. GA aircraft...

For an experimental, where there are many options, strongly suggest a mockup, and a "can I read it in flight, from the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 35,664
Posted By esco
Mr. Walker: I'm one of your employees- I'm a...

Mr. Walker:

I'm one of your employees- I'm a "Fed." I was not elected or appointed, and I don't work for the FAA. Thank you for remaining civil, and trying to fix this.

I've worked in industry,...
Forum: Safety 11-15-2016, 08:39 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 120,352
Posted By esco
Soft copy, pls


PM sent - requesting a soft copy.

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2016, 07:51 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,882
Posted By esco
"Our planes inspire others"?

Mr. Collins:

Not true, Sir: you, and your dreams, and your actions, are the inspiration.

While I'm sorry your creation is leaving, the tenacious, passionate, insightful, and articulate creator - an...
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