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Forum: RV-8/8A 11-25-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,872
Posted By Desert Rat
It's in the service bulletin about the rv7 rudder...

It's in the service bulletin about the rv7 rudder change. Maybe elsewhere as well, but I know you can find it there.

"They were designed primarily as sport/cross country airplanes with sufficient...
Forum: RV-10 11-24-2022, 09:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 751
Posted By Desert Rat
This subject gets beaten to death about every 6...

This subject gets beaten to death about every 6 months. Here' what Vans has to say about it.

https://www.vansaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/hp_limts.pdf
Forum: Tools 11-22-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 597
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats not the chuck wobbling, that's just the...

Thats not the chuck wobbling, that's just the "almost round" hole shape you typically get with a drill bit in thin aluminum.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-21-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 441
Posted By Desert Rat
It's interesting that the stall warning vane is...

It's interesting that the stall warning vane is required from Vans for you guys in the 10 & 14. It's an add on in the 7.

The & kits don't come with a stall vane and I don't believe it's even...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-18-2022, 02:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,430
Posted By Desert Rat
No. Maintenance events are typically tracked by...

No.

Maintenance events are typically tracked by tach time.

Seems to me that unless it's rental or flight school plane, a separate hobbs isn't very useful and isn't worth my precious panel space.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2022, 10:19 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,461
Posted By Desert Rat
I shamelessly ripped off Bruce Hill's...

I shamelessly ripped off Bruce Hill's installation. Details of all the hardware I used and the approximate dimensions, mounting angles etc. are in my build log. I tried to document that stuff...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-17-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,083
Posted By Desert Rat
Same here- My sensor kit for the G3x came with a...

Same here- My sensor kit for the G3x came with a shunt. I don't even know if I could have opted for a hall effect, but if so, I missed the boat when I ordered stuff. The shunt was no big deal to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-16-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,661
Posted By Desert Rat
I do believe it...It's in section 5 of Vans build...

I do believe it...It's in section 5 of Vans build manual that blue lasts longer on aluminum than any other color, but nobody knows why :)

As far as my own habits, I'm sure I've got bunch that I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2022, 04:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,515
Posted By Desert Rat
My avionics shop is owned by a former Garmin...

My avionics shop is owned by a former Garmin engineer. I had this discussion with him when I was in the design phase. His opinion was that we install avionics masters just because we've always done...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-14-2022, 12:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats certainly a valid question, but if you look...

Thats certainly a valid question, but if you look at the intent, AC 43.13-1B is geared toward repair and the guidance is more of a one size fits all generic approach.

Quote:

"This advisory...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-14-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 388
Posted By Desert Rat
Guys- It seems like this topic comes up about...

Guys- It seems like this topic comes up about once a month and folks are probably getting sick of me chiming in, but I hate to see people go down a path that will have them throwing away good parts...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-13-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 270
Posted By Desert Rat
clocking oil fittings?

I'm getting ready to hang the IO390 on my RV7. In trying to look ahead for any gotchas, I discovered drawing pg 43-06 from the RV14 manual which shows approximate clocking for the AN fittings coming...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2022, 05:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 403
Posted By Desert Rat
Larry- I don't think you need a big service loop...

Larry- I don't think you need a big service loop wit flex lines. Looking at the design, I believe the loop in the hard lines exists because it has to be flexible enough to allow the caliper to slide...
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 11-12-2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,469
Posted By Desert Rat
Wow. Carl, Thanks for sharing this. I'm...

Wow.

Carl, Thanks for sharing this. I'm forwarding this link to several people outside of VAF.

My first reaction was to wonder how the heck is this even possible, but then I started thinking...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 794
Posted By Desert Rat
I don't think I have a picture, but to get a good...

I don't think I have a picture, but to get a good fit on mine I ended up with 3 screws in the top of each like the picture a couple of posts up. The lower side where nobody will ever see it just has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2022, 06:39 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 942
Posted By Desert Rat
If you're this outraged over .008" on a weldment...

If you're this outraged over .008" on a weldment for something you're building in you're garage, God help you if you ever have to work on a Certified airplane. You'll stroke out within the first hour...
Forum: Reviews 11-07-2022, 04:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,367
Posted By Desert Rat
well, at least on my old ones, you just rotate...

well, at least on my old ones, you just rotate the boom down like you're sailing around the south tip of Africa, then flip the headset around and the boom and cord have magically swapped sides...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-07-2022, 03:02 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,356
Posted By Desert Rat
I realize it does zero to help you east coast...

I realize it does zero to help you east coast guys, but I've got a new unbent set of these (maybe even 3? I'll have to look).

If anybody can use them and wants to figure out how to get them picked...
Forum: Fiberglass 11-06-2022, 06:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,056
Posted By Desert Rat
You can get that at any composites supplier. ...

You can get that at any composites supplier. it's not like its aircraft specific.

I haven't ordered anything for a while, but for boat projects I always got all my supplies from US Composites
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-06-2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 716
Posted By Desert Rat
Are these amp brand connectors, and can you see...

Are these amp brand connectors, and can you see the wire through the heat shrink to know when it's stuck in far enough?

If the answer to both of those is yes then seems like you probably have an...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-05-2022, 11:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By Desert Rat
TS flightlines

TS flightlines
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2022, 10:42 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,139
Posted By Desert Rat
Have at it. If you have some scrap laying...

Have at it. If you have some scrap laying around, they aren't hard to make or install. Just a couple of adel clamps and 4 nutplates on the lower firewall flange. The one in my picture is just made...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2022, 12:38 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,139
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks Steve, I know you've devoted quite a bit...

Thanks Steve, I know you've devoted quite a bit of time to this concept and it was reading through old posts by you and others that helped me decide what the vision should be.

Couple of questions if...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-04-2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 21,139
Posted By Desert Rat
Thought I would have a go at this before the...

Thought I would have a go at this before the engine gets in the way.

Congratulations or Criticism- both are welcome :)
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-04-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,293
Posted By Desert Rat
I suspect that you're right that you'd get some...

I suspect that you're right that you'd get some other damage before the links or stakes would break, but most of the places I tie down are chains into concrete pad eyes, not grass.

Plus I live in...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2022, 08:02 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,032
Posted By Desert Rat
yup- Text me your address and I'll figure out...

yup- Text me your address and I'll figure out shipping.

Terry Shortt
480-440-8817
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-04-2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,293
Posted By Desert Rat
I love the look, and will likely blatantly copy...

I love the look, and will likely blatantly copy it, but I'm just curious.

At $8 a pop, when I get that far along I'm tempted to test one to destruction and see how much lateral load it can handle....
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-03-2022, 07:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,293
Posted By Desert Rat
Sam, Those things look great; I see that it says...

Sam, Those things look great; I see that it says 4,000 lbs pull strength, but do you have any guesses how much lateral load they might be expected to handle? It's hard to tell from the picture, but...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-03-2022, 07:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 703
Posted By Desert Rat
SChristo was kind enough to send me a couple of...

SChristo was kind enough to send me a couple of pictures of his installation pictured a few posts up with ruler for scale. I copied his install with good dimension references in my build log.

Fair...
Forum: Safety 11-03-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 7,454
Posted By Desert Rat
I've done so much sketchy stuff over the years...

I've done so much sketchy stuff over the years that my wife is reconciled to the fact that I'm incorrigible. She just upped my life insurance and called it a day.

Just kidding...maybe.

I'm...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-03-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By Desert Rat
What you've done is create a gurney flap. in...

What you've done is create a gurney flap. in this case, it's basically acting like a fixed trim tab on your aileron.
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-02-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 451
Posted By Desert Rat
It's so funny that you brought this up. When we...

It's so funny that you brought this up. When we replaced the dishwasher I took the door apart and kept the stainless door skin with the specific idea that I would eventually cut heel skid plates out...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-02-2022, 09:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 482
Posted By Desert Rat
360 divided by number of teeth on the ring gear =...

360 divided by number of teeth on the ring gear = number of degrees per tooth.

If you have the common 149 tooth ring gear it works out to be slightly less than 2.5 degrees per tooth.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,164
Posted By Desert Rat
I bought a Thunderbolt 390 2 years ago right...

I bought a Thunderbolt 390 2 years ago right before the first of several price increases. I was about 1/2 way through the fuselage kit at that point. Lead time turned out to be about a year. It's...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 1,575,512
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the thought, but the picture shows it...

Thanks for the thought, but the picture shows it "in process." There was a lot more trimming that happened after that.

The irony is that it's fitting perfectly at this point but it's all coming...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-01-2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 2,061
Views: 1,575,512
Posted By Desert Rat
My next airplane will have a solid aluminum...

My next airplane will have a solid aluminum canopy and I'll fly by hanging my head out the window like a golden retriever, but it's trimmed, clipped, clamped, and fits as it should.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-31-2022, 01:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By Desert Rat
another thought; was it IN the gascolator or...

another thought; was it IN the gascolator or just rolling around on the floor and you happened to see it?

if the former, I'd look for exploded diagrams of the fuel pump and valve to see if maybe...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-31-2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 638
Posted By Desert Rat
I'd check with Vans before I wholesale replaced a...

I'd check with Vans before I wholesale replaced a line of driven rivets with a line of pull rivets. One or two, sure, but not a whole row.

If you have a hand squeezer, a no hole yoke with the tip...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-31-2022, 01:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By Desert Rat
Vans does include sphere magnets in the finish...

Vans does include sphere magnets in the finish kit, but they are about a quarter inch diameter. .156 is about the size of a BB.
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-30-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 501
Posted By Desert Rat
couple of things; close tolerance bolts aren't...

couple of things;



close tolerance bolts aren't necessarily bigger, just what the name implies, they are closer to exactly the same size as the hole. Save those bolts for when you are installing...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,646
Posted By Desert Rat
I would not buy an RV with a ballistic chute for...

I would not buy an RV with a ballistic chute for all the reasons that Mickey just outlined above, mainly the weight and just another replacement expense every few years.

That' just me.

If you're...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2022, 08:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,150
Posted By Desert Rat
Cut on a band saw or shave it down on a bench...

Cut on a band saw or shave it down on a bench mounted belt sander.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2022, 10:29 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By Desert Rat
interesting and clever way to approach this-...

interesting and clever way to approach this- thanks Larry!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2022, 10:23 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,364
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Michael- Maybe a dumb question, but if it's...

Hey Michael- Maybe a dumb question, but if it's just an inch of slight interference, would it be possible to just locally sand the underside of the fairing in that area to make it a little thinner...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-26-2022, 09:27 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 831
Posted By Desert Rat
windshield trim line for slider?

I'm trying to get the windshield trimmed to final size while it's still easy to get the shop warm here in KS. I get the general concept, but I'm blessed with an overabundance of material at the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-26-2022, 02:51 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,735
Posted By Desert Rat
It looks to me like that tube wasn't inserted far...

It looks to me like that tube wasn't inserted far enough in the tool. Those circular marks on the exterior of the cone look like it was probably smooshed into the die part of the flaring bar.

You...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,032
Posted By Desert Rat
You said you have a heavy right wing, but then...

You said you have a heavy right wing, but then you said you raised the right flap. Wouldn't That be the opposite of the result you want?

Seems like if you think the flaps are out of rig, you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2022, 08:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 963
Posted By Desert Rat
I leveled mine laterally per instructions. I...

I leveled mine laterally per instructions. I didn't really think about it too much, but in the back of my mind, I sort of assumed that if it was really off it might effect where the plumb bobs...
Forum: Tools 10-19-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 794
Posted By Desert Rat
Sioux =good Cleco drill motor = good 90* angle...

Sioux =good
Cleco drill motor = good

90* angle grinder is from harbor freight. I have one of those somewhere and it at least in my case it has almost no torque. Fine for scotchbrite pads, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2022, 05:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,921
Posted By Desert Rat
we should all stop talking about his before...

we should all stop talking about his before somebody at my local MIDO sees it and says "well, the guys down south did it this way..."
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-17-2022, 07:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,308
Posted By Desert Rat
cheap soldering iron from the hardware store with...

cheap soldering iron from the hardware store with the tip rounded off on a belt sander
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-17-2022, 06:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,149
Posted By Desert Rat
what's up with these tailwheel bearings?

Started installing the tailwheel stuff this afternoon.

As you probably know, there isn't an abundance of guidance on this. and I have a couple of questions to throw about for you guys.

I assume...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-16-2022, 10:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,032
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm finished with these and will happily shoot...

I'm finished with these and will happily shoot them to somebody else who wants to pay the shipping on them and a donation to doug.

Marlonyoung, thats you if you want them, but since it's now a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-15-2022, 07:22 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,184
Posted By Desert Rat
I think the only issue is what we all freak out...

I think the only issue is what we all freak out about whenever this subject comes up: i.e. teflon can migrate and has brought airplanes down when used in critical engine systems.

pitot static is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2022, 07:11 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,356
Posted By Desert Rat
just curious; what was so awful about it that it...

just curious; what was so awful about it that it wasn't even worth scrapping out for airframe parts?
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-14-2022, 11:13 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,007
Posted By Desert Rat
I was thinking about this again today; I'm...

I was thinking about this again today; I'm assuming you only noticed this because you were working with individual pins/sockets?

I wonder how many of those have been crimped and stuffed into a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-13-2022, 09:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,007
Posted By Desert Rat
You can see a noticeable size difference between...

You can see a noticeable size difference between standard and high density pins if you lay them next to each other. I just went to the garage and took the picture below for reference.

I agree...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-12-2022, 09:24 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 659
Posted By Desert Rat
Good on you for reading ahead, but if you build...

Good on you for reading ahead, but if you build it per print it doesn't pick up existing rivet holes. Drawing 19 shows the centerline of the reservoir 4 1/2" inbd of the upper starboard engine mount...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-12-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,184
Posted By Desert Rat
No. Because I need extra characters in the...

No.

Because I need extra characters in the reply, I'll say it again.

No.
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 10-12-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,894
Posted By Desert Rat
Wow that would suck. If it was stuck in more or...

Wow that would suck. If it was stuck in more or less neutral that would be one thing, but too much nose up or nose down and there's not much you could do about it other than ride it in.

Since we're...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-11-2022, 04:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,537
Posted By Desert Rat
I think in knots as well, but MPH is a carry over...

I think in knots as well, but MPH is a carry over from the old days. Lots of old Cessna and Beech products with round gauges in MPH.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-09-2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,456
Posted By Desert Rat
fair enough. thanks for running all that to...

fair enough. thanks for running all that to ground.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-09-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,456
Posted By Desert Rat
I agree that the numbers I posted don't make a...

I agree that the numbers I posted don't make a lot of sense, but they come right out of specification section 2 of the Lycoming Operators manual for O-360 and associated models and are listed for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-07-2022, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,456
Posted By Desert Rat
Just so you know, the published weight of the...

Just so you know, the published weight of the IO-390-A3B6 is actually quite a bit less than the angle valve 200 hp io-360. I believe if you go with the EXP 119 it may be less still, but don't quote...
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