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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 08:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 853
Posted By wjb
I did the following: 19 across the back top cowl...

I did the following:

19 across the back top cowl to fuse
5 vertical each side for the lower cowl to fuse (10 total)
3 each side, bottom between the exhaust stack bump and gear leg (6 total)
9...
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 08:30 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 322
Posted By wjb
You can easily get by with a few buck for the...

You can easily get by with a few buck for the actual connector body itself, but I really like the high grade metal back shells that Garmin provides in their install kits. The jack screws have safety...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 08:59 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 853
Posted By wjb
Like DanH's suggestion, I pitched the individual...

Like DanH's suggestion, I pitched the individual mounting plates for continuous strips running across the top and sides (and bottom) of the cowl/fuse interface (I did 100% Skybolts) and decreased...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-26-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,306
Posted By wjb
Hi Brian, any photos of your lock setup? I...

Hi Brian, any photos of your lock setup? I think I know what you did, but photos are so eloquent!
Forum: Photography 10-24-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By wjb
This is cool! I'm going to have some fun playing...

This is cool! I'm going to have some fun playing with this...:D
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-17-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By wjb
If you want to post directly from Smugmug (ie,...

If you want to post directly from Smugmug (ie, the picture says on Smugmug and is served from there), you need to get a link from Smugmug via the "share" icon (square with up pointing arrow; see...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-16-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 494
Posted By wjb
You can have the picture auto load if you put an...

You can have the picture auto load if you put an ... around the URL...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-07-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 603
Posted By wjb
I found this to work well for my tipper; silicone...

I found this to work well for my tipper; silicone d-shaped seal. Adhesive backing.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B009RWG3TY?psc=1&ref=ppx_pop_dt_b_product_details
Forum: GPS 10-05-2021, 07:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 980
Posted By wjb
Just to reiterate the earlier posts: iPads come...

Just to reiterate the earlier posts: iPads come in two flavors: WiFi only without GPS and WiFi + Cellular w/GPS.

GPS works without a sim card in the cellular models and you can connect to the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 49
Sticky: Daily RV Pic
Views: 6,748
Posted By wjb
Just a pretty...

Just a pretty pic!

https://photos.smugmug.com/N430WB/n-k6wFKr/Drop-box/i-CdLXpzX/0/234d0f11/XL/IMG_0004-XL.jpg
Forum: RV-14 10-03-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 970
Posted By wjb
Almost AOG - starter wouldn't crank

Hi All,

I was able to help an almost AOG -14 today get the fan started after what looked initially like a soft battery. After trying to give it charge, the battery looked fine; wouldn't pull any...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-03-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 539
Posted By wjb
Hi Bill, I just put a G5 in my panel along with...

Hi Bill,

I just put a G5 in my panel along with an IFR upgrade. My thinking was to integrate it with the G3X to gain the benefits you listed, but add a battery backup and dedicated GPS antenna, so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,406
Posted By wjb
100 hours

Clicked past the somewhat arbitrary 100 hour milestone this weekend and was looking through the log:


First flight: 17 June 2020.
Fixed the initial squawks: no IAS on first flight (!), fuel seep...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-25-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By wjb
Thanks for the videos! I have a 9 black so far...

Thanks for the videos! I have a 9 black so far and am enjoying playing with it. It's clear that GoPro keeps upping their game.

How do you start the cameras? Remote or smartphone? or just power on...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-23-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,421
Posted By wjb
I had the same problem with the audio alerts ......

I had the same problem with the audio alerts ... all were broken, except for AoA, including the test buttons in the setup page. I've been talking with G3Xperts about this, but no resolution why...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 04:57 PM
Replies: 1,145
Views: 1,233,230
Posted By wjb
Here's my panel. After a summer of constant SF...

Here's my panel. After a summer of constant SF fog keeping me on the ground, it somehow grew some IFR capability (GPS175 + G5) ... funny how that works!

95 hours on it and it has been a joy to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-21-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,605
Posted By wjb
I found this link to a FAA presentation pretty...

I found this link to a FAA presentation pretty useful .. lots of links to other info sources at the end of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-12-2021, 09:43 PM
Replies: 578
Views: 801,732
Posted By wjb
N430WB in paint

Here's my bird, recently painted, 95 hours young. Such a blast to fly!

https://photos.smugmug.com/N430WB/n-k6wFKr/Painting/i-W5xpZSZ/0/d865d9de/XL/IMG_0355-XL.jpg
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-11-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,421
Posted By wjb
Audio alerts INOP after upgrade to v8.91

[Sent to G3Xpert email as well]

I upgraded my G3X system to v8.91 and have found that some of the audio alerts are INOP. They were working properly prior to upgrade.

My G3X is connected to the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-10-2021, 10:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 720
Posted By wjb
Van's has .dxf files for the various panel blanks...

Van's has .dxf files for the various panel blanks at: https://www.vansaircraft.com/downloads/

Note, the Van's diagrams show the panel as a flat blank, while the actual panel has a 1" 90 degree bend...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-07-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
Posted By wjb
The GTR-200, at least, does have individual input...

The GTR-200, at least, does have individual input squelches for Aux1 and Aux2 (my alerts go through Aux2)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-06-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,563
Posted By wjb
I had a similar issue G3X + GTR200 radio. I...

I had a similar issue G3X + GTR200 radio. I turned up the alerts on the G3X to 100% (maybe 80% for AOA), and then adjusted the overall volume of the alerts coming in the aux mono input in the...
Forum: California 09-06-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,365
Posted By wjb
I'm game! :D .. as the fall progresses, the...

I'm game! :D .. as the fall progresses, the coastal fog disappears ... but the tule fogs comes as the wx cools, but there should be lots of opportunities to arrive "on schedule"
Forum: California 09-04-2021, 07:28 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,365
Posted By wjb
I won the lottery on this one ... the fog cleared...

I won the lottery on this one ... the fog cleared up around noon KHAF and was able to get in the air by 12:30 and into L52 by 13:45, where the local fog was rapidly clearing. I two-shipped down with...
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-02-2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,059
Posted By wjb
I had to cut and move the supports too, as...

I had to cut and move the supports too, as suggested above. I have a G3X on both the pilot and copilot sides

One thing to consider when doing the layout is whether you want to put a radio/nav stack...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2021, 03:58 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,205
Posted By wjb
These connectors are a smart choice; since they...

These connectors are a smart choice; since they are small, you can easily fish them through the pitot mast if you need to remove the pitot assembly, wiring and all. This is exactly what I did for my...
Forum: California 08-23-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,365
Posted By wjb
Haha! I'm based at KHAF, and yes the fog this...

Haha! I'm based at KHAF, and yes the fog this year has been atrocious. I'd have to win the toss twice times to make this trip work - I need VFR on both ends.

Been using the enforced hangar time to...
Forum: California 07-30-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,365
Posted By wjb
Hoping for no fog; I'll be there if the sun is...

Hoping for no fog; I'll be there if the sun is shining.
Forum: The RV Grin 06-25-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,115
Posted By wjb
Awesome! Seems he already has the RV grin...

Awesome! Seems he already has the RV grin figured out!
Forum: Safety 06-12-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,957
Posted By wjb
Though I was current (in Citabrias/Decathalons),...

Though I was current (in Citabrias/Decathalons), I flew my first ~20 hours with a local, super seasoned experimental pilot under the AC 90-116 additional pilot program. There is an authorization...
Forum: RV-14 06-10-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,478
Posted By wjb
I had a strut fail on my -7, and decided to...

I had a strut fail on my -7, and decided to upgrade both struts from the 25 lbs (100 N) stock models with the 35 lbs (150 N) version, based on comments elsewhere here on VAF. The canopy stays up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2021, 11:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,878
Posted By wjb
The plane is just out of the paint shop, but...

The plane is just out of the paint shop, but needs to go down for its first condition inspection. In addition to the standard checklist, I'm doing a full W&B baseline measurement to pick up the from...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 05-13-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 832
Views: 604,942
Posted By wjb
Just out the paint shop, T&P Aero Refinishers at...

Just out the paint shop, T&P Aero Refinishers at KSNS:

https://photos.smugmug.com/N430WB/n-k6wFKr/Painting/i-cgXrp77/0/aeb311df/L/IMG_0072_HEIC-L.jpg
Forum: Painting your RV 05-13-2021, 10:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,757
Posted By wjb
T&P - Great shop

I just got my baby back from T&P Aero Refinishers at KSNS. The did an amazing job implementing my paint scheme; the quality of the finish and masking is just fantastic.

They were really careful...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-05-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,757
Posted By wjb
My plane is currently in-process at T&P. Prep is...

My plane is currently in-process at T&P. Prep is done and paint is going on this week. So far, the process has been going smoothly, though the shop has been struggling with manpower lately with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-27-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,927
Posted By wjb
Thanks for sharing Steve; good reading. I'm...

Thanks for sharing Steve; good reading. I'm coming up on my first condition inspection .. hoping to go for at least another 20!
Forum: RV-14 04-26-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,173
Posted By wjb
I ran into a very similar situation to yours ......

I ran into a very similar situation to yours ... and have two dead Andair pumps in the stuff bin to show for it.

I retrofitted with an Airflow Performance pump. It's a bit of a tight fit under the...
Forum: California 04-24-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 9,365
Posted By wjb
Id come down too, but the wx would have to work...

Id come down too, but the wx would have to work out. VFR only here, and I would have to deal with potential fog on both ends .. KHAF an L52
Forum: Fiberglass 04-19-2021, 07:22 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,700
Posted By wjb
Welcome to the Frankensnorkel club!...

Welcome to the Frankensnorkel club!

https://photos.smugmug.com/N430WB/n-k6wFKr/Drop-box/i-xzppffq/0/13f5cf6d/M/Screen%20Shot%202021-04-19%20at%206.24.00%20PM-M.png
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-16-2021, 09:33 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 747
Posted By wjb
Hi Bobby .. Here are two. The RV-8 one goes...

Hi Bobby .. Here are two. The RV-8 one goes bottom bolts first, and have used that method twice with great results!
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-16-2021, 10:01 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,328
Posted By wjb
I built this rickety-looking dolly while fitting...

I built this rickety-looking dolly while fitting the cowl and found it works very well for installing the bottom cowl single-handed. The lip on the right holds the aft end of the cowl. A couple of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-14-2021, 12:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 661
Posted By wjb
The setting is in the EIS plane GEA inputs tab,...

The setting is in the EIS plane GEA inputs tab, along with the MP and CHT setups. You will need to figure out which GP input the trim pot is tied to and then configure it to be the trim setting. Take...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-09-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,577
Posted By wjb
I put mine right above the prop knob .. the real...

I put mine right above the prop knob .. the real estate above the throttle is to valuable for flaps and fuel pump switches! The prop should be all the way in for TOGA ops, so there's not much chance...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-03-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 620
Posted By wjb
Though it's a bit more complicated, this is a...

Though it's a bit more complicated, this is a quick rule of thumb I use to calculate engine power; you can easily cross check your own engine with this:

%PWR = (RPM/2700)*(MAP/30)

2500 x 25" ~...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-25-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 192
Views: 147,777
Posted By wjb
Sorry to hear Larry that you had such a hard...

Sorry to hear Larry that you had such a hard time. I found it easy, actually, but fully expected the PITA treatment prior to starting.

I drilled on the floor with wheels on. I screwed the nut to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,103
Posted By wjb
Checked on the bird at the paint shop at SNS ......

Checked on the bird at the paint shop at SNS ... fiberglass prep is done, but I'm now in the conga line waiting for the painting booth. About 3 weeks to first spray, about 2 until the team goes hard...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-03-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,531
Posted By wjb
For 3 view drawings like this, you can interpret...

For 3 view drawings like this, you can interpret them as if the part was sitting in a bowl (or half sphere). Take the lower left drawing and assume it's on the bottom of the bowl. Slide it up the...
Forum: RV-14 03-02-2021, 10:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,985
Posted By wjb
ONLY not needed if you have a a flap positioning...

ONLY not needed if you have a a flap positioning potentiometer connected to the GEA24 engine monitor (and have the system correctly configured for this). I found that I have a flakey connection...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-28-2021, 11:15 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,392
Posted By wjb
Down for paint

Dropped the plane off at the paint shop at KSNS for loooong 6 week wait.

Great shot of the homestead neighborhood on way back to KHAF. Winds were howling 40 kts at 2000 AGL !!, fortunately...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-19-2021, 09:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,540
Posted By wjb
Hi Steve .. it's pretty snug, maybe a gap of 3/32...

Hi Steve .. it's pretty snug, maybe a gap of 3/32 at the aft end. It's an easy thing to check, though .. just bump the flaps down a crack and see.

I did recently put a flap up limit switch to...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-19-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,738
Posted By wjb
Nice to get 5,000 over the Pacific .. I skirt...

Nice to get 5,000 over the Pacific .. I skirt under the Bravo at 1900 going past SFO. Nice video.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,308
Posted By wjb
I didn't specifically use the oil-filled heater...

I didn't specifically use the oil-filled heater to pre-heat the engine, but did use it to help speed up some epoxy curing on the cowl. I put the heater under the cowl the night before and made a tent...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-18-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,540
Posted By wjb
Whistling at 150 KIAS .. any ideas?

I know my little RV wants to grow up to be a F4U Corsair, aka "Whistling Death" ...it's developed a pronounced whistle at 145-150 kts. It's a clean tone ~800 Hz, (~ A above middle C for musical...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 02-12-2021, 06:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,319
Posted By wjb
Thanks for buzzing KHAF ... we're always happy to...

Thanks for buzzing KHAF ... we're always happy to have visiting RVs.

The "weather" station you mentioned is actually a radar/tracking station for Vandenberg AFB. Can't really check it out beyond...
Forum: GPS 02-09-2021, 02:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 870
Posted By wjb
None at all! That will work fine.

None at all! That will work fine.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-30-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,736
Posted By wjb
I've had good luck with Blackstone ... about...

I've had good luck with Blackstone ... about 10-14 days turn around on average. YMMV.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-13-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,477
Posted By wjb
Hi Salty Practice, practice, practice! is what...

Hi Salty

Practice, practice, practice! is what you need. Lots of new physical skills learn here and it takes time to get the feel ... holding the gun, setting the air pressure and pressure on the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-09-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,215
Posted By wjb
Read through all the engine "how to's" here on...

Read through all the engine "how to's" here on VAF to help you prep - such as this recent post by Draker, where I had the pleasure to help the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-27-2020, 07:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,378
Posted By wjb
Note, too, that the Van's .dxf of the panel is...

Note, too, that the Van's .dxf of the panel is un-bent, with an extra inch at the bottom for the L-bend. This stung me when I was laying out my panel.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-26-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 6,688
Posted By wjb
Hi Larry ... I'm happy to help, too .. I...

Hi Larry ... I'm happy to help, too .. I successfully passed this kidney stone and the bird make very nice airplane noises now. I've been enjoying sharing ways to to avoid some of my scars with...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 12-22-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,700
Posted By wjb
Now, that's proper flying! Beautiful all around.

Now, that's proper flying! Beautiful all around.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2020, 07:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,531
Posted By wjb
Flying videos are better than cat videos

Now that the plane's in phase 2, it's time to go places! This was my first trip into a "short" field ... 2600' (yes, not actually short, but is compared my roomy 5000' x 150' home field) .. no...
Forum: California 12-17-2020, 08:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,090
Posted By wjb
I used Richard Ortenheim, based at KTCY for my AW...

I used Richard Ortenheim, based at KTCY for my AW inspection. We did most of the docs review on line via email / google drive and then about 3 hours at the hangar on the inspection and final docs...
Forum: Safety 12-05-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 17,965
Posted By wjb
I went with visio to do the drawings .. all B...

I went with visio to do the drawings .. all B sized (11x17) pages so that I can easily print then and put them in a binder.

Even though I have lots of experience with schematic capture / PCB layout...
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