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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-27-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,103
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up Sean, your setup is now almost exactly like mine...

Sean, your setup is now almost exactly like mine with about the same amount of play.

The one thought I had a while back was to squeeze the barrels on the hinges slightly to tighten things up, but...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-24-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 359
Posted By wcalvert
Talking This is right about the point where the plans...

This is right about the point where the plans went completely off the rails and I resorted to using any available info to complete the project. Like Jeremy says, the RV 14 plans turned out to be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2022, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 700
Posted By wcalvert
Wink Just like Philip says ... lay out your best plan...

Just like Philip says ... lay out your best plan on paper with approximate lengths and then add a goodly chunk. 50% would be plenty (he says grinning!) Then go on to estimate connectors! Good luck...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-21-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,103
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up Sean. The tips on my plane are mounted just like...

Sean. The tips on my plane are mounted just like yours and move a little (maybe 1/8") at the trailing edge on the ground. My hinge goes forward enough that the last bit of hinge pin can be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-03-2022, 11:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,177
Posted By wcalvert
Ivan, If you're asking about the capabilities...

Ivan,

If you're asking about the capabilities of the Skyview in regards to flying AOA, then yes there are some built in. There is an explanation on Dynon's site and in the User's manual.

On the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-01-2022, 11:03 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 613
Posted By wcalvert
Would a couple of washers under the clevis solve...

Would a couple of washers under the clevis solve the problem ... ?
Forum: Painting your RV 05-29-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,205
Posted By wcalvert
Like a rat rod gray .. ? Would work fine except...

Like a rat rod gray .. ? Would work fine except that every time you touched it with something oily or scuffed the surface it would show a mark. I find that mine is always getting wiped down to get...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-29-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,170
Posted By wcalvert
When I was building my house some years back, I...

When I was building my house some years back, I needed to leave a Kubota tractor on site unattended for a good length of time. I cleverly hid an interrupt switch under the hood, behind a panel,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-20-2022, 09:43 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 6,408
Posted By wcalvert
Back to the OP's point .. it's the joy of owning...

Back to the OP's point .. it's the joy of owning and flying your own plane, even if a little less today, it's still your refuge.

No matter the cost, the smile I get on every takeoff is truly...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-15-2022, 02:00 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 469
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up ... Away from the sunshine and away from the big...

... Away from the sunshine and away from the big furnace up front! Dynon offers some really sound advice for placement.
Forum: RV-4 05-15-2022, 12:22 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By wcalvert
Hear what you're sayin'. The fire risk was part...

Hear what you're sayin'. The fire risk was part of my decision... also keeping the pads removable does give the option of pulling them off the floor if necessary! Just balancing absolute risk...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2022, 11:17 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,167
Posted By wcalvert
Ryan, nice list! Looks like we have a lot of...

Ryan, nice list! Looks like we have a lot of mods in common, wish you had built yours right before mine!
Forum: RV-4 05-15-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,304
Posted By wcalvert
Camillo, this is all from my experience (lots of...

Camillo, this is all from my experience (lots of I's in this write-up!)

On my -7, the noise level was very high (to my ears at least, my first extended exposure to the propeller aircraft). The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-10-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,030
Posted By wcalvert
Scott, for what it's worth I'm along with you...

Scott, for what it's worth I'm along with you regarding the B&C alternator option. There are a lot of discussions about the mod and how it compares to a B&C and others, just no hard evidence to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-09-2022, 10:27 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,324
Posted By wcalvert
Not this weekend exactly, but checking out the...

Not this weekend exactly, but checking out the sunset over the San Juans today...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 09:57 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,461
Posted By wcalvert
For one (at least!), I'm with Dan on this...

For one (at least!), I'm with Dan on this subject. Good quality bare crimp connectors (from Wayek or Digi-key) and adhesive heat shrink on each. Heat gun with a wrap around heat spreader to seal...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-08-2022, 09:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 526
Posted By wcalvert
The OP drawings are the knees ... there is a ton...

The OP drawings are the knees ... there is a ton of info for every model and some of it will transfer across to others as well. Worth the read, good pics and drawings, lots of info to glean.

Cheers
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-07-2022, 09:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 552
Posted By wcalvert
https://dynonavionics.com/bulletins/support_bullet...

https://dynonavionics.com/bulletins/support_bulletin_050622.php
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-07-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,134
Posted By wcalvert
Brad, How much fuel in your tank when this...

Brad,

How much fuel in your tank when this happens? Would you say it happens when in a coordinated turn or only when slipping? Does having your boost pump on change the outcome?

Interesting......
Forum: Reviews 05-06-2022, 10:49 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,702
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up Ordered on 4/30, shipping 5/3 ... Phillips X/C...

Ordered on 4/30, shipping 5/3 ... Phillips X/C 20-50

Been good for me, second order.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-05-2022, 05:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By wcalvert
This might be becoming a stretch to explain...

This might be becoming a stretch to explain online ... and I don't have a video of the assembly!

One thing to consider is that the HS is tapered, so the nose of the rib may not need to be at 90...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-04-2022, 05:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By wcalvert
As I remember, carefully bending the tabs into a...

As I remember, carefully bending the tabs into a curve and judicious use of the stationary belt sander to put everything in a nice curve to fit. If you need to force these into place, you'll end up...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-04-2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 837
Posted By wcalvert
I spent some time really contouring the nose of...

I spent some time really contouring the nose of the ribs to avoid this issue. Now that it's built, not so much. Maybe a light tap with a ball peen? ... light ...

Or it is what it is. Just be...
Forum: Primers 05-02-2022, 02:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,031
Posted By wcalvert
Depending on your shop layout, PUSHING air into...

Depending on your shop layout, PUSHING air into the building on the far side while painting over the outlet may solve your issues with explosion proof fans etc. For priming (maybe not finish work),...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 01:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,026
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up I've flown that route 3 times from the Seattle...

I've flown that route 3 times from the Seattle area recently, usually with a stop in Caldwell ID (EUL). Some times it's been on the West side of SLC Class B, and recently (last week) it was up the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-30-2022, 10:47 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 507
Posted By wcalvert
Sorry to hear about your starter issue... and the...

Sorry to hear about your starter issue... and the supply chain woes

Darren at Aerosport recommended the -NL starter for my IO-360 running dual EFII ignition. I asked him for the most bullet proof...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2022, 08:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,179
Posted By wcalvert
NAMI (Naval Air Med Inst) would have grounded you...

NAMI (Naval Air Med Inst) would have grounded you for 2-4 months after a bout like that. I'm no doc, but they took it very seriously, maybe because of the symptoms you're experiencing. For sure,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-26-2022, 08:19 PM
Replies: 639
Views: 429,057
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up You have discovered the magic of David's cowl...

You have discovered the magic of David's cowl fitting jig! It made that part of my build the 'knees ...

"In theory, practice and theory are the same. In practice, they are not" Benjamin Brewster...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-26-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,365
Posted By wcalvert
Bugs off with a 1:30 solution of Simple Green...

Bugs off with a 1:30 solution of Simple Green Extreme (not the green stuff), then a squirt of Brillianize plastic cleaner/polish. Just for reference, my plane is wrapped.

Clean the bugs before they...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2022, 11:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,033
Posted By wcalvert
Scott, Your write up almost looks like a prompt...

Scott,

Your write up almost looks like a prompt on a system design exam! ... there are clearly a lot of considerations and you pose many questions. And like you said at the end, it may not be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-23-2022, 11:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,891
Posted By wcalvert
Exclamation Re-route. Imagine whatever support / anti chafe...

Re-route. Imagine whatever support / anti chafe method you use failing and then move forward in time and view the result. This bundle may end up in contact with a flight control. Question answered...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,968
Posted By wcalvert
Wow, cheap fuel ... where does that happen!?

Wow, cheap fuel ... where does that happen!?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-19-2022, 09:26 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,856
Posted By wcalvert
I'll second Joe's comment about making the dams...

I'll second Joe's comment about making the dams removable... I've build two sets now working on fine tuning the CHT's. 5 minute job to swap out
Forum: Safety 04-18-2022, 11:27 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,713
Posted By wcalvert
Brian, I have no experience with the MH system. ...

Brian, I have no experience with the MH system. The Drive system feeds one user and is not designed to be split after the regulator ... so spend and extra $k and get a two person MH system or get...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-17-2022, 12:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,319
Posted By wcalvert
Fred ... assuming your control surfaces are...

Fred ... assuming your control surfaces are rigged properly (prescribed deflection, smooth movement, no loose objects near the linkages), the elevator trim tab moves in the proper direction, and CG...
Forum: Safety 04-16-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,792
Posted By wcalvert
Controllers overseas, towards the Asian...

Controllers overseas, towards the Asian Continent, will often reply with "Roger" to a request. At first hearing, it was ambiguous, and especially frustrating when you're trying to get a reroute or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2022, 05:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By wcalvert
Just sayin' ... but if you're looking inside...

Just sayin' ... but if you're looking inside while doing acro you might be looking in the wrong place.

Besides starting airspeed and altitude, everything else comes in via your eyes and hands.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2022, 09:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,104
Posted By wcalvert
Curiously, this part of the build was the most...

Curiously, this part of the build was the most enjoyable for me! It was a place to add my touches to potential problems, especially regarding long term dependability. Gleaned over time and many...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-29-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,475
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up Duralast Gold Alternator 14684N from NAPA. $144...

Duralast Gold Alternator 14684N from NAPA. $144 new unit, not refurbished.

Did the external mod for the external regulator (B&C LR3C-14). ...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-28-2022, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 883
Posted By wcalvert
Two blade? Three blade? Fixed or constant...

Two blade? Three blade? Fixed or constant speed?

What's the mission you have in mind? CG considerations? Cost?

So many questions!
Forum: Safety 03-27-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 986
Posted By wcalvert
As a volunteer FF in a rural area, our biggest...

As a volunteer FF in a rural area, our biggest concerns around a burning shop are the propane tanks, the jugs of fuel/solvents/paints and ammo/propellants. Some of it blows and some of it's just...
Forum: Safety 03-25-2022, 06:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,713
Posted By wcalvert
Keith Long time! To take care of the movement...

Keith

Long time! To take care of the movement function you simply set the flow for static and motion to the same level... then no difference. And the unit in auto will pulse only when a breath is...
Forum: Safety 03-24-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,713
Posted By wcalvert
Bill Had it up to 10.5 and it worked fine...

Bill

Had it up to 10.5 and it worked fine there. I'm doing a cross country next week and planning on using it, with my max alt being somewhere around 12.5 or so. Don't need to set any records...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2022, 09:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,241
Posted By wcalvert
"Leidos Flight Service (aka 1800wxbrief)" I...

"Leidos Flight Service (aka 1800wxbrief)"

I already "pay" for it ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-22-2022, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,509
Posted By wcalvert
If you're certain it's not an aerodynamic driven...

If you're certain it's not an aerodynamic driven noise, maybe try the old rubber mallet test (gently) to see if you can excite the vibration ....
Forum: RV-10 03-22-2022, 11:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,263
Posted By wcalvert
Mike, this may not be exactly the same as your...

Mike, this may not be exactly the same as your plane, but the -7 skins are installed the same way.

Your comment about pealing back from the end of the panel vice fore/aft sparked my memory. ...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-16-2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,338
Posted By wcalvert
Would it be fair to say that the posts Poo Pooing...

Would it be fair to say that the posts Poo Pooing the gascolator are running fuel injection?

I too agree that they are not necessary in a FI setup, but it might be helpful to identify your system...
Forum: Safety 03-15-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,713
Posted By wcalvert
User manual for the conserver available...

User manual for the conserver available here:

https://www.rehabmart.com/pdfs/oxygen_conserver_owners_manual.pdf
Forum: Safety 03-15-2022, 04:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,713
Posted By wcalvert
Ok, lots of questions ... here goes. Sources as...

Ok, lots of questions ... here goes.

Sources as of Feb 2022:

Cylinder, Alum. Type D, CGA870, 1502ED (1) New $90 https://www.tri-medinc.com

Cannula, Salter Labs 16SOFT-4 4 Foot $10 for 5 ...
Forum: Safety 03-15-2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,713
Posted By wcalvert
DIY Oxygen

For those of you considering an O2 system and are interested in a DIY version, here is my current setup. I'm sure this has been done before, if so then another take on a working...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-14-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,592
Posted By wcalvert
Mine is .032 Alclad sheet and with the bend ends...

Mine is .032 Alclad sheet and with the bend ends up very rigid... don't think the SS is necessary, and you're right, would be tough to work with.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-13-2022, 10:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 16,592
Posted By wcalvert
All these discussions are well and good until you...

All these discussions are well and good until you get under there on your back and try to make something that fits!!!

My setup isn't the best and could be improved on. DO THIS BEFORE you get the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2022, 12:14 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,100
Posted By wcalvert
Tekton recommends that you "exercise" the wrench...

Tekton recommends that you "exercise" the wrench a few clicks before using it for a final torque. I find that clicking it over at a lower torque a few times (with the drive held in the vise) results...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-09-2022, 09:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,942
Posted By wcalvert
Thumbs up Wally world auto section sold a yellow bottle...

Wally world auto section sold a yellow bottle extension with a valve and cap that works great. Stays on the bottle. Remove the cap, invert bottle into fill tube, open valve. Reverse when done...
Forum: Polishing your RV 03-08-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,385
Posted By wcalvert
Wrap rocks I say ! My bird is about 8 months...

Wrap rocks I say !

My bird is about 8 months old, fully wrapped and doing well.

Take a look at a post from a while back, might be...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-05-2022, 10:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,025
Posted By wcalvert
Highlight

Highlighting notes and small details on the drawings is a great idea. You'll gain familiarity with the drawings (down to the page number) and your sub conscious will start to put the project...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-24-2022, 12:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,096
Posted By wcalvert
The hose clamp must be placed just above the...

The hose clamp must be placed just above the flare. Any vibration/force will pull the hose out to that point.
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-22-2022, 10:24 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 850
Posted By wcalvert
Cool How about the IO-360 180hp parallel valve choice...

How about the IO-360 180hp parallel valve choice with a fixed pitch 3 blade.... ?

Catto built me a 3 blade prop with a pitch of 78" - climbs like a banshee and hauls the mail!

Lightweight and...
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-21-2022, 09:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,298
Posted By wcalvert
What is your goal?

There are a lot of different builds going on out there and many reasons for the timeline they live on. Some seem to march on quickly with a completion date in mind, while others at the other end of...
Forum: RV-10 02-21-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,040
Posted By wcalvert
John, If the stock brakes on the -10 (Matco) are...

John,

If the stock brakes on the -10 (Matco) are anything like the -7 (Matco) and every common auto disc brake system around, the "wobble" of the disc is what pushes the brake puck back towards the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,399
Posted By wcalvert
Question Dan, good reference to Fluid-Dynamic Drag: page...

Dan, good reference to Fluid-Dynamic Drag: page 8-12 explaining the desired radius as a percent of chord. BTW, that document is available online in a scanned format for...
Forum: RV-14 02-18-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,025
Posted By wcalvert
Think it out

Dan, you continue to bring the voice of reason to these conversations!! Kudos
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 520
Posted By wcalvert
Arrow For the -7, drawing C2 Section A-A shows it as an...

For the -7, drawing C2 Section A-A shows it as an MS24665-359 Cotter Pin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-15-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By wcalvert
My application: IO360 w/ AF servo w/ horizontal...

My application: IO360 w/ AF servo w/ horizontal orientation. Trimmed two tabs off my NL149 starter to allow good routing of intake snorkel.

Take a look after all your accessories are installed and...
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