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Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 07:59 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 170,893
Posted By rockitdoc
From Foam to First Metal

I mounted the avionics in the center panel yesterday after one glitch that cost me a day. The Dynon template for the Intercom Panel is too large so the unit was closer to the Com Panel than the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-15-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
v 2.0 of Center Panel

I redid the center panel today. 4 hours, this time. The 8 hours spent yesterday on v 1.0 helped.


Still trying to decide if I need that A/P switch at the bottom of the center panel. Don't I have...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-15-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
John, your panel looks amazing. I know that was...

John, your panel looks amazing. I know that was a LOT of work!
Scott
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 04:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
I Get to Make Center Panel AGAIN Tomorrow!

So, after meticulous measuring, cutting, and filing today to get my center panel instruments installed, I found out the Dynon template for the Intercom is too large. The template indicates the hole...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-13-2021, 04:47 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
Repositioned Canopy Jettison Handle

I wanted my canopy jettison handle in the center of the panel, behind the panel, or under it. I realize using the thing in flight has 0 probability of occurring and using it after crashing and being...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-10-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
PM sentttttttttt. 10 character min.

PM sentttttttttt. 10 character min.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-10-2021, 07:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
I have not seen one in person in the sun. It...

I have not seen one in person in the sun. It would be a fabrication challenge to angle the right screen. Maybe i should plan a trip north to see yours!
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-09-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
Good advice. Thanks. I am planning to move...

Good advice. Thanks.
I am planning to move everything up about another 1". I am thinking the closer the EFIS's are to the glare shield, the more shade and maybe better visibility?

Another thing:...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-09-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
Actually, the avionics could come on with the...

Actually, the avionics could come on with the Master, I suppose. No need to be separate, unless one wanted to be able to switch them off in flight, without turning off Master. In case of smoke...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-09-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
First Iteration

So, my first try at this panel looks like this based on a starting sequence of, from top-down and left to right (except fuel pump and USB):

0. ELT On
1. Master On
2. Alternator On
3. Avionics On
3a....
Forum: RV-14 04-09-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By rockitdoc
When do avionics and fuel pump get turned on?

When do avionics and fuel pump get turned on?
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 04:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By rockitdoc
No master?

No master?
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 04:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By rockitdoc
No Alt or Avionics switches? If so, when do they...

No Alt or Avionics switches? If so, when do they get turned on?
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 800
Posted By rockitdoc
Starting Sequence for Dual P-Mag Ships

Hi,

Planning my panel and would like to position switches and buttons in a logical order for starting/shutdown.

Those of you with dual P-Mags, what is your sequence?

Thanks,

Scott
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-07-2021, 10:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 888
Posted By rockitdoc
Scott's RV-14A Panel Plan as of 4-7-21

So, I 'think' I have decided to simplify the switches instead of ganging multiple functions into single switches. Originally, I was thinking fewer switches would be better on the front, but now, I...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 10:53 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 170,893
Posted By rockitdoc
Changed My Mind.....AGAIN!

So, I 'think' I have decided to simplify the switches instead of ganging multiple functions into single switches. Originally, I was thinking fewer switches would be better on the front, but now, I...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By rockitdoc
Like, below battery, to starboard, I think.

Like, below battery, to starboard, I think.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-07-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 653
Posted By rockitdoc
P-mag Test Buttons

I've been looking all over for a button that I can use to test my P-mags. Prefer a push button that is On when not pushed, and Off momentarily when pushed. I can find lots of Off when not pushed...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 06:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By rockitdoc
Here's what I did after calling VP. They said...

Here's what I did after calling VP. They said the PPS was designed to fit where the OEM contactors, etc are attached. So, I fabbed an assembly. It mounts to the four nut plates on the firewall...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2021, 06:37 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 629
Posted By rockitdoc
AntiRotate Switches

My AntiRotate toggles use a washer with two rectangular tabs. One internal tab fits in a slot in the switch body, the other is external and fits into a slot cut in the panel. The result is a switch...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2021, 06:32 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,108
Posted By rockitdoc
Sticking with ACS

I thought about the Electroaire, but decided against for two reasons:

1) It takes up 6.5 sq in of panel space compared with 0.5 sq in for the ACS, although the ACS is deeper, so if space behind the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,979
Posted By rockitdoc
OK! No LLC for my airplane!

Wow. That sparked some discussion. Thanks everyone.
Scott
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-02-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 309
Posted By rockitdoc
Flap switch

Im thinking (mom) on-off-(mom) on for my flaps switch. However, can i make this work with a system set up to position the flaps at specific angles? Im using VP/X and Dynon EFIS. In other words, if i...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 04:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By rockitdoc
My left hand doesn't turn clockwise very well...

My left hand doesn't turn clockwise very well past 2 o'clock. So, with the switch this way, I only have to move it to about 1 o' clock to engage starter.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 398
Posted By rockitdoc
Foam Panel Mockup Is Worth It

The foam panel mockup has really worked out well. The foam models of the avionics give you a pretty good idea where things will fit. But, until the actual pieces are mounted, it's best to not cut...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 08:46 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,979
Posted By rockitdoc
How does it affect taxes?

How does it affect taxes?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,979
Posted By rockitdoc
Aircraft ownership; personal v company

If an aircraft is not used for business, is there any reason one should be registered to a business instead of to a person?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 05:58 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,046
Posted By rockitdoc
Went back to my agent to get clarification on the...

Went back to my agent to get clarification on the policy. They were insuring the building $450/yr against loss and liability $250/yr and incidentals $100. So, it looks like the liability alone will...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 02:30 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,046
Posted By rockitdoc
Excellent idea.

Excellent idea.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 02:29 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,046
Posted By rockitdoc
I don't have a plane, yet. Under construction in...

I don't have a plane, yet. Under construction in my shop. But, it would be nice to get the hangar in advance of needing one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,046
Posted By rockitdoc
Parking my plane in MI might present a small...

Parking my plane in MI might present a small inconvenience, but I will keep it in mind in case I can't find a reasonable policy rate here in CO.:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,046
Posted By rockitdoc
Liability Insurance for Hangar Lease?

I am next in line to get a hangar at our local airport (KFNL). They won't lease it to me without liability insurance. OK. So, I went to my agent and gave her the example policy the City will...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 05:41 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By rockitdoc
Thats what i decided to do, too. Ground block is...

Thats what i decided to do, too. Ground block is grounded to subpanel and connected to battery ground with 8ga. Prolly not needed, but belt and suspenders is my motto when gravity is involved. I...
Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
PPS Located

Vertical Power says the PPS was designed with the idea it would occupy the space originally intended for the stock contactors. So, I fabbed up a mount that attaches to the four 1/4-28 nutplates on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 01:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By rockitdoc
My fear of ground loops lead me to a similar...

My fear of ground loops lead me to a similar conclusion; that is, run a ground wire to the firewall. Still don't know which way would be 'best'. So, more research...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By rockitdoc
I saw that, but in that case the ground tab...

I saw that, but in that case the ground tab forest was connected directly to the airframe. I can do that, but still wonder if 1) it would be better to wire the forest to the engine ground with the...
Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 09:26 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 170,893
Posted By rockitdoc
"Finally" Decided on Panel

Quotes are obligatory, of course.

Anyway, I've decided to stick with a split Master/Alt switch, conventional Ignition with L/R/Both/Start and two Pmag switches to test the Pmags. Since Dynon says...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-30-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,027
Posted By rockitdoc
Remote Ground Block to Firewall Connection

I am putting my ground block on the aft side of the subpanel. Question is:

How large a wire to use between the ground block and the 1/4-28 bolt that the battery ground is connected to on the...
Forum: RV-14 03-25-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 138
Views: 170,893
Posted By rockitdoc
Yes. 3/16Ē from the Michaelís aircraft section...

Yes. 3/16Ē from the Michaelís aircraft section of the store. Hot glue works great.
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 775
Posted By rockitdoc
Vertical Power PPS Mounting

VP recommends putting PPS (Primary Power System) on engine side firewall for various good reasons. I am planning this, but without an engine, yet, would like to see where some of you that installed...
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
You are correct. VP says: "Two big reasons we...

You are correct. VP says:

"Two big reasons we do not recommend mounting the PPS inside the cabinÖone, your pass through would be huge with starter cable, battery cable, and alternator cables all...
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 12:43 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
'66 MGB roadster It gets a body-off restoration...

'66 MGB roadster

It gets a body-off restoration as soon as N52XL is completed.
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
VP-X Installed

Slowly replacing foam and paper models with the real deal....

Installed doubler for transponder ant and installed ant.
Forum: RV-14 03-24-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
Only if you want to heat up the electronics,...

Only if you want to heat up the electronics, which is not advisable.
Forum: RV-14 03-23-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
PPS Installed

Fabricated the mount for the PPS yesterday and mounted it all up this morning.

Tight, but fits. Required two angles riveted together instead of a U-channel. I am sure there are more elegant...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2021, 10:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By rockitdoc
I'm sold. Intercom it is. I have taken note of...

I'm sold. Intercom it is. I have taken note of our ground warning.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-23-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By rockitdoc
Sounds like I need to make room.

Sounds like I need to make room.
Forum: RV-14 03-22-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
Parking Brake Knob Support Fab

I started with the idea of mounting the parking brake pull knob more to the side of the fuse, but the cable has a longish rigid tube attached to the threaded end where the knob is and doesn't bend...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 816
Posted By rockitdoc
Dynon Intercom?

Trying to decide if I need the SV-INTERCOM-2S in my panel. What does it add?
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By rockitdoc
I think I found it from Stein. Should have...

I think I found it from Stein. Should have looked harder.

https://www.steinair.com/product/locking-toggle-switch-p-mag-test-on-on-mom/
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-22-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 578
Posted By rockitdoc
PMag Switches

I would like to have the left and right PMag 'On' and 'Test' switches in one toggle switch each. I am going with a starter button instead of a key with left, right, both and start functions. The...
Forum: RV-14 03-20-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
GPS Ant Mount

I wanted to put the GPS puck centered on top the fuse behind the canopy. Almost could. Problem is the rib running down the center. Not wanting to cut a 3/8" hole in the rib, I offset the puck just...
Forum: RV-14 03-20-2021, 01:39 PM
Replies: 171
Views: 147,753
Posted By rockitdoc
ADS-B Ant and Electronics Mounted

I wanted to get the ADS-B antenna within 3' of the electronics as per advice. Therefore, I fabricated a mount in the tail next to the ELT. Worked great. Raised up the unit a bit so coax would...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2021, 07:44 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 269
Posted By rockitdoc
GPS Puck Mounting

I will be mounting my Dynon GPS 2020 on top the fuse behind the canopy. I have not been able to find any info on mounting assemblages. I will fab my own, if need be, but if there is ready-made...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-17-2021, 09:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 389
Posted By rockitdoc
Ground Block on Subpanel?

I would like to place my ground block on the aft side of the sub panel for access ease. But, should I be concerned about connecting the ground from the battery, which is mounted to the stainless...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 04:14 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 4,689
Posted By rockitdoc
Every Rivet Is Unique

When I get in the 'production mode' of bashing rivets, that's when I make mistakes. Consider each rivet as unique, don't get in a hurry and pay attention to keeping the bucking bar long axis...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By rockitdoc
J-stiffener it is then. Thanks, Larry.

J-stiffener it is then. Thanks, Larry.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 560
Posted By rockitdoc
GPS Antenna Mounting

I think I would like to mount my Dynon GPS 2020 puck antenna on top and aft of the canopy. How did you guys do it without mounting the puck off center? The rib running down the center makes a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 692
Posted By rockitdoc
I called tech. They said a doubler is...

I called tech. They said a doubler is recommended. We put in a 0.032" piece reaching in from the top as you suggested. It wasn't too bad. Dimpling the skin was the hardest part, but we managed...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-14-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 692
Posted By rockitdoc
Prolly. I'm still gonna mount my ADS-B next to...

Prolly.

I'm still gonna mount my ADS-B next to the ELT in the tail. Then, just make the antenna cable 3' long and loop it to fit the distance between the antenna mount and the electronics mounted...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-13-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 692
Posted By rockitdoc
Carl, Dynonís instructions for the ADS-B say 3í...

Carl,
Dynonís instructions for the ADS-B say 3í minimum for the coax to antenna connection. But, if you havenít had any issues I will mount my ADSB next to my ELT.
S
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-10-2021, 06:39 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 393
Posted By rockitdoc
Mounting Xpndr and Comms near Ants

Its my understanding that mounting these close to antennae is good. On my -14 that means in the fuse forward the seats.

Anybody done this?

S
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-10-2021, 06:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,170
Posted By rockitdoc
i'll take another look. thanks for the tip Carl.

i'll take another look. thanks for the tip Carl.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-10-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 692
Posted By rockitdoc
Larry, Get your mukluks out. Snows a...

Larry,
Get your mukluks out. Snows a comin!

Hope you got your groceries.

s
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