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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2015, 01:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,330
Posted By Alan Erickson
anyone mount camera inside wingtip?

I'm designing a generic equipment mount that will sit inside the wingtip and allow a camera (DSLR, p&s, gopro, et al.) to be pointed outward for photos. Has anyone done this, or gotten far enough...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-06-2012, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,060
Posted By Alan Erickson
Thanks, all, for your input. Talked to Aero Sport...

Thanks, all, for your input. Talked to Aero Sport Power today: they recommend the 'white spring' -- a higher-compression spring -- in the PRV for engines using inverted systems. I've got one on the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-04-2012, 08:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,060
Posted By Alan Erickson
sub-par oil pressure. ideas, please?

Folks, I'm getting ready for first flight, but it's on hold 'til I can work out an oil pressure glitch. I could use some more brains on this one.

Summary:
Pressure on startup goes to 45psi at 650rpm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2012, 09:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,129
Posted By Alan Erickson
thanks for ideas. I prefer not to carry logbook,...

thanks for ideas. I prefer not to carry logbook, so would rather not attach. I just found this,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2012, 07:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,129
Posted By Alan Erickson
ideas for making flimsy medical cert last longer?

Fresh new medical in hand, printed on plain ole' office printer paper in a size which remains too large for a wallet. So...anyone come up with a nice way of ensuring that this thing will last a few...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2012, 11:33 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,863
Posted By Alan Erickson
Thanks for all your feedback. I had...

Thanks for all your feedback. I had AeroSportPower run it for four hours on the stand (relatively inexpensive insurance IMO); perhaps this will satisfy my DAR's request. And thanks, Paul, for the CHT...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2012, 12:54 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,863
Posted By Alan Erickson
what did you end up doing?

Dana, what ended up happening with this? My inspector has just sent me his program letter template, within which is a requirement for one hour of ground run. I'm pushing back politely but firmly...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 01-18-2011, 08:58 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,541
Posted By Alan Erickson
mounted mine on throttle

I recently mounted my flap switch on the throttle - won't be playing with that control very much in cruise flight, and it's out of the water-bottle-and-snack...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-30-2010, 08:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,431
Posted By Alan Erickson
Tip: Cart for installing wings

I mounted my first wing today - it took about an hour and I did it alone, so I thought I'd show you the table I welded up which made it easy. See...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2010, 01:45 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 11,350
Posted By Alan Erickson
(42 now) fixed ppl and build started at 36(ish), helo add-on a few months ago!

Never grew up around airplanes, never flew in a bitty one - just always at the back of my mind. I first saw a helicopter when I was a coupla years old, and dreamed of flying them ever since....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-15-2009, 11:16 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,150
Posted By Alan Erickson
Tip: Moving your project across the country

I recently moved from NM to MT with my -8A under construction. She's up on wheels, but without wings. I used Broadway Express, who brought in a semi trailer - I rented the whole thing and fit the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2007, 11:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,370
Posted By Alan Erickson
what about inline fittings?

does anyone have an opinion on placing a fitting inline with two hoses? I could use a 45deg flare/flare fitting inline with two hoses to take up a lot of the necessary bend in a small distance --...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2007, 11:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,370
Posted By Alan Erickson
thanks, and nicely done: you made it easy by...

thanks, and nicely done: you made it easy by placing the valve on the port side, allowing the middle valve line to just arc over to the sump screen fitting.

Unfortunately, I'm stuck with a stbd...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-22-2007, 05:49 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,370
Posted By Alan Erickson
inverted oil hose: bend too tight

Hi, folks! I'm trying to route the hose from the Raven inverted oil valve to the oil pump inlet. I have a straight nipple on the valve which protrudes parallel to the firewall, and a straight nipple...
Forum: Tools 10-09-2007, 12:23 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,128
Posted By Alan Erickson
FAST shipping!

OK, you folks convinced me, despite the fact that I don't have all that much more riveting to do (on this aircraft!). Note that there's a great W-bar thread here...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-04-2007, 11:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,238
Posted By Alan Erickson
exhaust hangers on 8A, IO-360M1B

Folks, I can't quite figure out where to put the exhaust hanger clamps on my Vetterman exhaust in my 8A with an IO-360M1B (before you rush to answer, note that it seems quite different both from -8...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-03-2007, 11:41 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,493
Posted By Alan Erickson
soapy water for spiders

Believe it or not, a soapy water spray will kill black widows. I walk around my buildings at night every so often with a big spray bottle full of water with a little dish detergent in it. I spray the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2006, 09:48 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 6,507
Posted By Alan Erickson
gettin' ready to be a cropduster!

I think the hardest part of this little task is going to be figuring out how to explain it to the folks who tour my shop! Normally, I like to demonstrate the working parts of the plane...

So do most...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-13-2006, 10:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,013
Posted By Alan Erickson
I soldered and am happy with it

FWIW, I soldered my 2AWG welding wire following the neat suggestion in the Aeroelectric Connection to use bits of 12AWG solid copper to expand the wire to very tightly fit the uncrimped connector. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2006, 11:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,212
Posted By Alan Erickson
other side of the coin

Yucko! But -- sorry to un-harsh the un-mellow -- I've got the other side of the coin: every so often, Ray my UPS person brings me his prize-winning green-chile stew or a green-chile cheeseburger to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2006, 04:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,766
Posted By Alan Erickson
:) I sure hope to!

:) I sure hope to!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-05-2006, 12:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,766
Posted By Alan Erickson
Alex, the MC-5's have a 10-24 straight-thread...

Alex, the MC-5's have a 10-24 straight-thread vent cap -- a nylon socket cap screw with a small hole drilled through the shaflt -- and no special sealing mechanism (though one could certainly add a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2006, 10:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,766
Posted By Alan Erickson
Thanks, Dan! Of course, I just finished mounting...

Thanks, Dan! Of course, I just finished mounting up my MC-5 cylinders, so this won't work exactly - I'll hope that Alex has something similar for 10-24 threads...or switch brake cyls back to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-03-2006, 02:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,766
Posted By Alan Erickson
Do brakes drip during aerobatics?

How much do the brake cylinder[s] drip during typical zero- or negative-G maneuvers? Have you done anything about it? I have MC-5's on my 8A, and if you tell me that' I'll get messy brake fluid on my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-26-2006, 10:50 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,571
Posted By Alan Erickson
the landings are very powerful, too...

Nice, Doug! For STS-46, I was working on a weather radar across the street from the Shuttle Landing Facility at KSC; we were there for both the liftoff and the landing. We were able to convince the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2006, 11:14 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 10,188
Posted By Alan Erickson
'sorry, I've gotta work on the airplane' refer to...

'sorry, I've gotta work on the airplane'
refer to martians (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=8491) thread
'what color is it gonna be?'
arrrggg!! it flies 1000mi on a tank, at...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-12-2006, 11:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,286
Posted By Alan Erickson
I bought a gallon and gunned it on. I don't know...

I bought a gallon and gunned it on. I don't know if you can find it in rattlers.
Forum: Painting your RV 06-12-2006, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,286
Posted By Alan Erickson
denatured alcy

I scrubbed Van's wash primer pretty well with denatured alcohol, and in most places the paint adhesion (Sherwin Williams JetFlex) was excellent -- in a coupla very small places, nossagood. The...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-12-2006, 08:45 AM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
Cool, thanks, I might do the same to match my...

Cool, thanks, I might do the same to match my interior screw types and colors.
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-11-2006, 10:42 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
bolted skin

Nice! I see you bolted the skins to the rollbar - didja just tap the rollbar for 8-32? What was your motivation for doing so? I'm hopefully just a coupla weeks out from that step, so I'm curious.
Forum: COMM 06-09-2006, 08:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,870
Posted By Alan Erickson
I'll be goldurned; you are absolutely right - I...

I'll be goldurned; you are absolutely right - I musta had a brain ...errr, hiccup. I'm off to do the post-setup checkout! Thanks very much!

And thanks, Paul, I had been through the 430 checkout,...
Forum: COMM 06-08-2006, 05:07 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,870
Posted By Alan Erickson
nope

good idea, but there ain't nuthin' near me; I'm in central New Mexico. I've got a VOR a few miles north, but I just ran 50' of extension cable from my shop to an antenna on the roof and couldn't pick...
Forum: GPS 06-08-2006, 04:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,489
Posted By Alan Erickson
Jamie, McMaster-Carr will rarely disappoint. Go...

Jamie, McMaster-Carr will rarely disappoint. Go to their site (http://www.mcmaster.com/) and type in 'screws' and follow the choices, or try item number 91771A108 (which I just quickly located, so...
Forum: COMM 06-08-2006, 04:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,870
Posted By Alan Erickson
how to test vor/loc/gs before buttoning up?

I've just got my panel fired up, and I'd like to test my nav systems - a 430 and an SL30 with CDIs - before I tie down the wires and put the top skin on. Anyone have any ideas? Any portable...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2006, 10:21 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
Ha ha haaa! I share both diseases! :) I've...

Ha ha haaa! I share both diseases! :)

I've tucked the reference away - many thanks!

Thanks!!!
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2006, 09:17 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
Thanks, Paul! The big opening is future play...

Thanks, Paul! The big opening is future play area: uncommitted at this point. If I decide to experiment with some ideas I've been having, it'll get a little single-board-computer and an LCD...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2006, 09:10 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
map table

Howdy, Pete! I used a drawer slide, McMaster-Carr part number 1265A22. The back of the slide bolts to the aft wall of the fwd baggage compartment (the slide has a tang with bolt holes; see McMaster's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-07-2006, 08:25 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
first panel lightup!!!!

First light on my panel this afternoon!
http://img404.imageshack.us/img404/9313/firstlight8nx.th.jpg (http://img404.imageshack.us/my.php?image=firstlight8nx.jpg)
Woo hoo hooooooo!!! Everything's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2006, 12:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,101
Posted By Alan Erickson
Frankly, I'm a little piqued about the lack of...

Frankly, I'm a little piqued about the lack of answers to this simple question, Martin - I asked this on the Matronics and Yahoo lists and of Van's ages ago and never got a single reply with data. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2006, 07:01 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,742
Posted By Alan Erickson
Beauteous! Thanks to both of you! I will study it...

Beauteous! Thanks to both of you! I will study it intently in the coming weeks.....
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2006, 03:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,742
Posted By Alan Erickson
Eric, would you mind just posting the pdf? I'd...

Eric, would you mind just posting the pdf? I'd certainly like to take a gander, and I'll bet a bunch of other folks would like to as well. Thanks!

--- Oh, and happy birthday!!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2006, 07:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,852
Posted By Alan Erickson
Stephen Stills, according to my research today,...

Stephen Stills, according to my research today, from Stills Alone (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00000488U/102-7681470-4635369?v=glance&n=5174). Lyrics/chords here...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2006, 08:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,171
Posted By Alan Erickson
Sympathy and empathy, Stewart. If you get over to...

Sympathy and empathy, Stewart. If you get over to NM, look me up and I'll buy the beers 'n dinner. I haven't found a solution, either.

Cheryl my FedEx driver is on the short list for 'first...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2006, 10:40 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 24,653
Posted By Alan Erickson
guilty

The airplane is taking longer than desired, I'm not yet a pilot and wouldn't have anything like easy access to a plane even if I was, and it had been 14 years since I last twisted a throttle: I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2006, 02:36 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,780
Posted By Alan Erickson
Sure! The fact that we're building our own...

Sure! The fact that we're building our own airplanes in the first place is an indicator of that, right? ;) . But I've done tiles, and now I've done epoxy -- the epoxy was quicker and easier, and my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-10-2006, 01:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 13,780
Posted By Alan Erickson
FWIW, I just put the Quikrete (now Rustoleum,...

FWIW, I just put the Quikrete (now Rustoleum, apparently) garage floor epoxy (http://www.rustoleum.com/product.asp?frm_product_id=56&SBL=1) down in my new machine shop. Little info yet on how it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2006, 09:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,141
Posted By Alan Erickson
OK, I just whipped this up so it's kinda lame,...

OK, I just whipped this up so it's kinda lame, but you can get an idea.
http://img391.imageshack.us/img391/9707/shopsketch7qz.th.jpg...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-06-2006, 10:51 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,130
Posted By Alan Erickson
my equipment bays

I made two equipment bays under the floor in my 8A, with mounting plates and nutplate access. I have ELT, strobe supply, flap controller, and trim controllers under there right now, with more room...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-04-2006, 06:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,454
Posted By Alan Erickson
I don't know how they'll hold up to flight, but I...

I don't know how they'll hold up to flight, but I tried to peel off a base and broke (1) the base (2) the metal it was on and (3) the pliers. The adhesive doesn't show any of the above efforts, so I...
Forum: Autopilots 03-01-2006, 09:14 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,829
Posted By Alan Erickson
Here're some pics of my install. Tony at SafeAir1...

Here're some pics of my install. Tony at SafeAir1 is terific; I'm sure he'll send you the install manual if you give him a shout. The kit contains a premade pushrod, a mounting plate cut 'n bent to...
Forum: Autopilots 02-28-2006, 08:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,829
Posted By Alan Erickson
This thread...

This thread (http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=3674) also addresses roll servo placement. I used SafeAir's (http://www.safeair1.com) install kit and loved it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-15-2006, 08:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,996
Posted By Alan Erickson
Can be mounted anywhere as long as you pay...

Can be mounted anywhere as long as you pay attention to the correct orientation. I decided to mount mine aft because it's close to the servo and a convenient static line tap; I only had to run...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2006, 10:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,996
Posted By Alan Erickson
Here ya go, Paul - just ran out and snapped some...

Here ya go, Paul - just ran out and snapped some for you. I did a couple things differently (as seems to be the case for the whole darn aircraft, which is why it ain't flyin' yet!). Note in pics I'm...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-14-2006, 09:53 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,084
Posted By Alan Erickson
Thanks for the reply, Jeff. I'm talking about the...

Thanks for the reply, Jeff. I'm talking about the case where heat is demanded, so the muff air flows into the heater plumbing, not the engine compartment -- but you've got the eyeball vent closed...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2006, 02:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 14,084
Posted By Alan Erickson
concern: muff flow when vent closed

Jeff, nice diagram - I've working on about the same design. One concern I've had is the possibility of opening the heat valve while the vent itself is closed, causing too little airflow through the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-10-2006, 08:34 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,621
Posted By Alan Erickson
Agreed! If it ain't leakin' [electrons], don't...

Agreed! If it ain't leakin' [electrons], don't fix it!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-09-2006, 10:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,621
Posted By Alan Erickson
Hah! I have a loose flap of skin on my finger...

Hah! I have a loose flap of skin on my finger right now because *just today* I was 'creating' an insulating washer for my music jack! The jack I bought (at - gulp - Radio Smack), has about a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-10-2006, 02:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,569
Posted By Alan Erickson
I went QB, and am very happy I did so -- I don't...

I went QB, and am very happy I did so -- I don't have a plane available, so QB will allow me to get up there sooner. Next one might be slow build, because (a) I'd be able to fly between building...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-09-2006, 11:10 AM
Replies: 832
Views: 985,989
Posted By Alan Erickson
Show us your panel!

I haven't seen a panel thread for 8's, so I thought I'd kick 'er off!

Here's my front panel (http://home.blarg.net/~ericka/plane/panel_front.jpg) so far; in a few weeks I should be able to update...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-06-2006, 10:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,306
Posted By Alan Erickson
another reason for AFS

BTW: the final reason I went with the AFS AOA: Dynon hasn't released their heated pitot with AOA yet. Glad they're doing a thorough job on it, but sheesh... Anyhoo, I want a heated pitot, and though...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2006, 11:38 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,394
Posted By Alan Erickson
I've rarely gotten zero chatter from my fluted...

I've rarely gotten zero chatter from my fluted deburrerer (er...), and every once in a while I've had some chatter in the fluted countersinks. Certainly if the guide hole is too big or elongated, or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2006, 11:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,072
Posted By Alan Erickson
Jet-Flex

I used Sherwin-Williams Jet-Flex, a water-based polyurethane. Cleans up with water, and no super-nasty ingredients. Where my application skills were up to par, the finish is terrific and really...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-04-2006, 01:24 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,124
Posted By Alan Erickson
I've been wet-sanding with soapy warm water and...

I've been wet-sanding with soapy warm water and good sandpaper; wet sandpaper is much more flexible so you can roll it up tight and it won't break -- and because it's wet you don't end up with...
Forum: Tools 01-02-2006, 10:04 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,055
Posted By Alan Erickson
You folks kick butt - thanks! Hadn't thought to...

You folks kick butt - thanks! Hadn't thought to ask y'all, but I need these too.

FYI, don't make my mistake of buying 'real' bandsaw blades (i.e. for larger saws). I spent $20 on a nice blade, and...
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