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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2016, 02:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,557
Posted By Strike69
Formation Fly Over Request/Support

I will be retiring from the US Air Force after almost 25 years on June 3rd. I don't rate a military fly-over but wanted to see if anyone on the east coast would be interested in leading a fly-by in...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-26-2016, 05:39 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
At long last ...

After 4+ years and 2000 hours I am declaring the TARDIS complete!

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/image_zpsus7yfgzl.jpeg

First off I need to thank Doug Reeves for 1) creating...
Forum: Safety 09-30-2015, 09:21 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 118,696
Posted By Strike69
Hurricane Joaquin evac sites

As I watch Hurricane Joaquin grown, I am considering moving my RV-8A inland from Baltimore. Call me paranoid but I have seen bad things previously and don't want to wait until Sunday to decide to go...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2015, 04:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,577
Posted By Strike69
SikaFlex removal/Canopy Repair Update

Taking the advice of some - brut force (note the hammer) and a sheetrock knife where the best tools for removing the old skirt, canopy, and windscreen. While the bond is super strong in keeping the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2015, 03:55 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,615
Posted By Strike69
First Flight

Doug -

To this day I still remember my first flight from 35 years ago. We took off and flew around the city at 1000 feet. I remarked at how the train yard looked like my train set at home. We flew...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2015, 02:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,577
Posted By Strike69
Canopy crack

I discussed this with Todd and he suggested relief curves around each vertical frame bar. That is my plan.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2015, 07:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,577
Posted By Strike69
SikaFlex removal

Sadly, after not flying in Feb/Mar due to the harsh winter, I went to go fly only to find a 12" crack in my canopy....
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2015, 03:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,326
Posted By Strike69
RCP Throttle

I did a full RCP set-up. See my page in the My Build...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-20-2014, 07:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,450
Posted By Strike69
Paint

Scheduled for April out in Roanoke, TX. Hopefully the weather is better then!
Forum: Trip Write-ups 12-20-2014, 07:12 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 4,450
Posted By Strike69
First big adventure

The original plan was to fly out to Texas in mid November, get the TARDIS (N251WM) painted and return in time for Christmas with my youngest as co-pilot. The fall weather impacted that plan but not...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-08-2014, 03:59 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
First real oil change

Approaching 50 hours and with a significant trip ahead I did the first oil change after the engine break-in oil change from mineral oil. I also took the opportunity to install a 90 degree adaptor. To...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 368
Views: 214,462
Posted By Strike69
New to the club

Went out to check the wheel pants and found I gained a few knots in cruise. Surprised that the winds were 28 kts at 2500 feet I was able to get 200 GS with 26/26....
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-22-2014, 03:57 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Phase I update

20.3 hours in four days! Ugh - I am tired. I took a couple of days off from work to focus on getting through Phase I but had a few delays this weekend.

Things started with having to fix the timing...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-31-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
The TARDIS Flies!

On August 29th at 1821 z (1421 lcl), after 2 years 8 months and 1300 hours of effort, N-251WM, the TARDIS, proved it was a real plane and took to the skies from KPVG (Hampton Roads Executive Airport)...
Forum: My RV Build Project 08-24-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Sooo ready ...

The kids have come and gone, the move to Maryland is complete, and the bugs in the engine have been worked out (okay, mostly). I was so ready to fly this morning and had the crew on standby to come...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-29-2014, 04:25 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Almost to the end ...

After the "minor" set-back, movers, and lack of internet until now (new neighborhood and fiber had yet to be run), it has been a long time since I have had the opportunity to post my status ... so...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-28-2014, 07:21 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Unhappy First Engine Run

Attempted the first start over the weekend but while there was fuel flow and rotation, there was no spark. Chasing wires I found my P-mag switches were grounding out the power so for now the lines...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-19-2014, 04:21 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Mid-May Progress

It has been a while between traveling for work, turn-over for my new job, and working at a feverish pace to finish before I move next month so posting has been at the bottom of the list. My oldest...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-13-2014, 03:46 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
It has wings!

Okay, I normally don't put anything up except at the end of the month but today was a special day. The usual suspects were over to help fit the wings and after a little bit of white lithium grease on...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-07-2014, 04:38 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Spring progress

Enough already ... where is spring? It has been a long hard winter and I am very ready for spring and warmer weather. Who knew we would have this much snow and cold weather in south eastern Virginia?...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-14-2014, 04:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,290
Posted By Strike69
Stick length

I'll hit the hanger this afternoon and measure the stick length.

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/DSCN21122_zps70fdadd0.jpg

Not only consider the bottom of the panel, but...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-27-2014, 05:18 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Feb '14 progress

I think I can all safely say that we are ready for spring! Cold weather is not very conducive to working in the hanger. So while I had grand plans for making progress (and Lord knows I need too since...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-21-2014, 05:01 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,611
Posted By Strike69
Superstitions

I guess I have always been a little superstitious ... always wanting to fly with something that has previous flying experience besides me - like only changing out flying gloves one at a time....
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-20-2014, 04:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 7,611
Posted By Strike69
Side panels

Nothing fancy but here are my lower right and left...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-03-2014, 05:19 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
January '14 Progress

What a difference a month makes. In December it was warm enough to cut the canopy and wear shorts. This past month it has been in the teens and last week we had a 10" snow storm ... a once every...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-31-2014, 06:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,021
Posted By Strike69
Stick Electrical "Mixer"

Over the past couple of days (being snowed in) I built a box that will "mix" the signals from the two cockpit stick switches and interface with the aircraft (VP-X). As others have suggested, I used a...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 01-17-2014, 09:27 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 14,373
Posted By Strike69
Space Lanuch

Back in September late on a Friday night I flew to just south of Wallops Island, VA to watch the LADEE rocket launch (mission to the moon). It was spectacular to see the rocket from 5500' AGL and 10...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2013, 07:38 AM
Replies: 290
Views: 85,338
Posted By Strike69
You might be an RV Builder if...

... you see all these people wearing "Vans" t-shirts and think, wow, there are a lot of people who are RV enthusiasts!
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-24-2013, 04:55 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Anniversary

I looked back throughout my builders log and today is the anniversary of starting the actual build. 2 years and 800 hours later I look back and still can't believe I am doing this. Thanks to everyone...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2013, 06:51 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,489
Posted By Strike69
CFI Flight Review inputs

I do use various techniques to simulate possible failure modes in the aircraft (as long as it is possible - i.e. I wouldn't change the trim setting if it was a manual trim system but for an electric...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2013, 04:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,209
Posted By Strike69
Oil cooler mounting

Working on the baffles. When I mounted the oil cooler to the baffle I discovered the lower inside nutplate rubs against the #4 cylinder cooling fins....
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-30-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Nov progress

Despite the cold weather, things are moving forward. I did find a way to conduct "winter ops". S'mores anyone?

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/DSCN28742_zps15fa49da.jpg

I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-20-2013, 01:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,822
Posted By Strike69
VP-X/G3X

I have built this into my RV-8A panel and am extremely pleased. Stein did the harnesses and I think it was worth the small amount he charges. Nick did am amazing job.

I did a little creative...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-05-2013, 12:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,321
Posted By Strike69
Upper fwd skin avionics access

I searched but could not find any previous threads. I think I know the Vans answer but has anyone built an access panel from the upper skin to the avionics bay on the left side?

I have an access...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-03-2013, 04:52 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Oct progress

After moving to the airport early in the month, I seem to be spending MORE time building and getting more accomplished. I like the idea of not having to get everything picked up, moved back into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2013, 09:22 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 17,921
Posted By Strike69
Soul

Just remember ... our aircraft need blood to feed their soul too.

There are those who have and those who will and hopefully nothing serious!

BTW - I am in the "have" group.

Strike
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-16-2013, 04:02 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,626
Posted By Strike69
Aero LED Wing Tip Installation

I went with the AeroLED MicroSUN landing lights.

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/DSCN27142_zpsc44fd5c4.jpg

The lights are below the nav/strobe line and can be easily removed...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-07-2013, 04:46 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Operation BIG MOVE

There have been a lot of these posts lately but ...

The day comes when the project out-grows even a 2-car garage and must be moved to the airport. I know I probably could eek out a couple more...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-02-2013, 05:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,640
Posted By Strike69
Vents

Rob -

I went with the Stein eye-ball vents on both sides of the panel. No leaks during a leak check. With the two vents in the FCP for upper body airflow (and can be directed back), the standard RCP...
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-01-2013, 05:16 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
August Update

I would like to say I have made significant progress but the truth is I have been flying a lot on the weekends and with a full-time job during the week, the hours devoted to building have slacked...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-29-2013, 04:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,659
Posted By Strike69
GDL-39 Mounting Location

I mounted the GDL-39 behind the panel on the FWD Baggage rear bulkhead.

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/DSCN26572_zps709bbefa.jpg

The unit does require LOS but with the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-23-2013, 07:24 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
AR Throttle Grip

For those who have viewed the previous post and wondered where the throttle grip pictures went, I have finished the PTT and decided to consolidate.

I recently ordered and received the AR Throttle...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-23-2013, 06:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,011
Posted By Strike69
Firewall blanket

Would like to hear from anyone who added a firewall blanket (Spruce Firewall 2000 Ceramic Blanket) to their RV-8 firewall. Does it make any difference on sound/heat? Seems like there is adequate...
Forum: My RV Build Project 07-19-2013, 04:33 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
XPDR

Happiness is a working transponder ... with no sparks and no smoke!

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/XPDRonG3X_zpscbdd68e5.jpg

After an extended break while the kids were in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2013, 03:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,445
Posted By Strike69
Patches

At this point all of the patches are gone.

Thanks to everyone for their interest and overwhelming response and contribution to the Wounded Warrior Project. I don't know how much was given but I do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2013, 06:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,161
Posted By Strike69
W&B program

This is mine. PM your e-mail address and I will send it. Let me know if you need a version prior to Office 2010.

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/WeightandBalancepic.jpg

Strike
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2013, 06:14 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,445
Posted By Strike69
Patches

I appreciated all of the interest and the donations made to the WWP. I have 10 remaining if anyone is interested.

For those who sent me a message, e-mail, or left a note here, they are in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,445
Posted By Strike69
Patches

I don't wear hats so I had this patch made for my helmet bag and flight suit. However, to get the 5 I wanted required a batch order of 50. If anyone is interested in getting one drop me a message and...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-14-2013, 04:32 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
June 2013

Consider this either my late May post or early June post. Either way, the kids will be here next week and progress will slow down for the month with fishing trips, LOTS of time at the beach, and...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 05-10-2013, 12:26 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,298
Posted By Strike69
Elec Fuel Boost Pump recommendations

I am at a point of installing a electric fuel boost pump in my RV-8A. Any suggestions (pros/cons) for one particular version? The engine is a Superior IO-360-B1HD2 w/Airflow Performance fuel...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-30-2013, 04:08 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
April 2013 Update

I recently passed the 500 hour mark of building N-251WM. Five weeks ago today I had major back surgery and I have had some time to reflect on the last 16 months. As I look back, it has been an...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-15-2013, 04:48 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Milestones

Yesterday was a momentous day in the build. I hit two major milestones ... all in the same day.

With major back surgery just under three weeks ago, I am limited on the weight I can lift so I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2013, 05:41 AM
Replies: 566
Views: 120,963
Posted By Strike69
N-251WM

It is the 2nd marriage for both of us ... we have 5 kids between us ... and we are 1 big happy family ... Wendy and Mike.
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-20-2013, 04:04 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Mid Month Update

After doing some transition training in an RV-9A today, I figured it was time for an update. Besides, with back surgery next week, I will be down for a while. I am taking this week off from work to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-10-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,735
Posted By Strike69
RCP Throttle Cable Connections

I fashioned a rear seat throttle quadrant with all three controls.

http://i1057.photobucket.com/albums/t392/Strikeman1969/DSCN2183_zpsb242c2d6.jpg

Has anyone done something similar and if so, how...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-05-2013, 04:36 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Starter Switch/VP-X and G3X annunciator/CAS

Several have suggested having a starter disconnect and since the VP-X has a feature to prevent the starter from being triggered once the engine is running, a separate switch is not necessary. The...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-01-2013, 04:39 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Feb progress

Hard to believe it is another month but this one went by very quickly. The weather has been crazy but I am getting to spend more time out in the garage and the extra daylight is helping. After...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2013, 04:34 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 7,836
Posted By Strike69
Kids as my helpers

My youngest wants to fly and his friends at school didn't believe him when he told them he was building an airplane so it is not too difficult to get him...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-18-2013, 06:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,102
Posted By Strike69
Schematic

Great point about the fuel boost pump. It was planned in the VP-X but not shown on the diagram. The Infinity Stick functions (in/out from the mixer) are trim, flaps, starter, PTT, autopilot...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-17-2013, 05:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,102
Posted By Strike69
Feedback

Bill - thanks for the explanation on how the p-mags work. I think there is a lot of confusion over this type of e-ignition with the number of systems that DO require a continuous electrical supply,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-16-2013, 05:08 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,102
Posted By Strike69
Elec System Integration - Comments?

The drawing below is my planned electrical system - VP-X, Garmin G3X EFIS, and dual p-mags. The stick mixer takes the various stick functions from both cockpits and provides one signal (for each...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-03-2013, 03:28 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
January Progress Part II

The big event was receiving the panel on the last day of the month. I didn't want to wait until it was all in to show the great work Nick at Stein did. When I got back from DC Thursday a 94 lb box...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-03-2013, 03:13 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
January Progress

It has been slow going with work and the cold. I have been less than motivated to heat the garage and get anything done. But Jim F. came by a couple weekends ago and got me to get back to work. ...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-30-2012, 04:43 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 80,302
Posted By Strike69
Panel

Stein -

Definitely motivation! Looks like Nick is making great progress and I am beyond excited to get the panel back. Thanks for the...
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