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Forum: RV-10 04-09-2020, 03:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,911
Posted By Mike D
I have done this. After carefully reading all...

I have done this.

After carefully reading all the fire posts from many, including Dan, I decided to add some fire proof ceramic insulation good for 2000-deg under the floor of the -10. Of course I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-18-2019, 06:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,191
Posted By Mike D
Thinking about it a little more, if I were in...

Thinking about it a little more, if I were in your situation I would buy a solar generator of sufficient size to run a few lights and a battery charger. These are about $200 and can run a few items....
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-17-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,191
Posted By Mike D
Short answer is you can charge the battery...

Short answer is you can charge the battery directly from the charge controller if your charge controller is compatible with your type of battery.
Longer answer is, it depends on what type of battery...
Forum: RV-6/6A 05-30-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,322
Posted By Mike D
If it were me, I would arrange the instruments in...

If it were me, I would arrange the instruments in a standard 6-pac.(alt and vert on the right and the ball in lower left)
I would not stack my fuel pump and flaps. Having them near the throttle is...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2018, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,730
Posted By Mike D
Photos or link to N52RK?

Does anyone have contact / link / photos of Richard Hansen?s award winning RV-10. I took some pictures, but not enough. Great build with some simple ways of solving many of the issues we face on -10...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-18-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,792
Posted By Mike D
Sad and shocked. The weekend business seemed okay...

Sad and shocked. The weekend business seemed okay lately, not sure about the weekdays. Wonder if it could ever come back. Best place and Jack and Janet are such good people.
Guess I should have eaten...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2016, 09:05 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,155
Posted By Mike D
Very cool !!!!!

Very cool !!!!!
Forum: RV-10 03-08-2016, 08:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,354
Posted By Mike D
I 100% agree with Jesse. If you can't install...

I 100% agree with Jesse. If you can't install after things are buttoned up, you can't service or inspect. Don't worry about crawling under the dash. If you hate it during the install, it will form...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-29-2016, 07:29 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,137
Posted By Mike D
How many have IFR (both GPS and NAV) capability...

How many have IFR (both GPS and NAV) capability and are not IFR certified pilots? That would be me! :)

Now, I did pick option 4, because it did not say you need to be IFR current.
But I do use...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-27-2016, 04:46 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,894
Posted By Mike D
Check out the Cirrus SR22 G3. In this generation,...

Check out the Cirrus SR22 G3.
In this generation, they moved the intake from the wings (G2) to a NACA duct on the right side cowl.
Also note how they treat their emergency procedure for cabin smoke...
Forum: RV-10 02-23-2016, 01:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,604
Posted By Mike D
Add on to my post: I had to look them up again...

Add on to my post:

I had to look them up again but here are a few good lights.

This is similar to what Cirrus uses:
https://www.pilotlights.net/sites/default/files/Mini%20Map%20Light.jpg

This...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2016, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,604
Posted By Mike D
There are so many choices! I guess it depends on...

There are so many choices!

I guess it depends on if you are going to put in an overhead consol. If so, I would go for one of the eyeball type swivel lights. I have some from a Beechcraft B55 that...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-20-2016, 06:29 PM
Replies: 63
Views: 22,112
Posted By Mike D
I had the same issue. It turned out to be the cap...

I had the same issue. It turned out to be the cap that covers the wristpin was rubbing in the side of the cylinder. This caused scoring on the cylinder wall and the. On the rings. My best guess was...
Forum: ADS-B 02-15-2016, 12:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,057
Posted By Mike D
Rich is correct. From the FAA; "The ADS-B Out...

Rich is correct.

From the FAA;
"The ADS-B Out equipment installed in an aircraft must meet the performance requirements of the ADS-B TSOs. A TSO authorization, issued in accordance with 14 CFR 21...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-13-2016, 12:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,272
Posted By Mike D
The origin of the checker pattern dates back to...

The origin of the checker pattern dates back to before 1500BC and can be seen throughout art and design.

For its military origin, it was the basis of real-life military formations in Ancient Rome...
Forum: RV-10 01-08-2016, 07:32 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,902
Posted By Mike D
My goal is $100k +/- $10k. I am still...

My goal is $100k +/- $10k. I am still significantly under the $100K mark and have everything but the prop and avionics. Those two items should put me at $100K.

I bought the kit from another...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2016, 08:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,720
Posted By Mike D
Me: (to my wife) hey, I'm going to the hardware...

Me: (to my wife) hey, I'm going to the hardware store.
Wife: WHAT!!! You just went this morning.
Me: sigh, I know. I've got to go again.
Wife: why don't you just make a list so you don't forget...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-29-2015, 08:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,595
Posted By Mike D
Here is what I did in my 3rd panel redo on my...

Here is what I did in my 3rd panel redo on my -6a. (22 fuses used+ some spares)

http://imageshack.us/a/img905/7892/cPRHFc.jpg

version 1.0 had the 10-fuse block on the sub panel. But this was moved...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-28-2015, 12:51 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,595
Posted By Mike D
Thanks Gil. That is something I had not...

Thanks Gil. That is something I had not considered with these fuse blocks. I like the rear terminations because they look clean, but I also like the fast on's the fuse blocks I have in the -6a. Makes...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-28-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,595
Posted By Mike D
How many fuses needed???

Seems like a simple question, but proving not to be.
How many fuses are needed in a full IFR dual screen system?

I'm on my 3rd panel on the -6A, and every re do added more fuses. Now I'm planning...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-13-2015, 03:28 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,948
Posted By Mike D
This is very possable. IFR rating needed? I would...

This is very possable. IFR rating needed? I would say for sure. Your times are in the evening so you wil likely be flying at night when you land. With the lack of lights around, even on a clear day...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-06-2015, 02:03 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,771
Posted By Mike D
I have owned and used all of these. (Vans...

I have owned and used all of these. (Vans plastic, vans aluminum direct replacement, stein small and large)

Any aluminum vent is way better than the plastic version.

If you already have the vans...
Forum: RV-10 11-29-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,157
Posted By Mike D
This seems to be a common setup. I plan on doing...

This seems to be a common setup. I plan on doing it this way on my -10. I have it set up this way on my -6A and they work fine. I've had no issues and I like how they are tucked out of the way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2015, 08:32 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,187
Posted By Mike D
Congratulations!!!!!!!! I can remember living in...

Congratulations!!!!!!!!
I can remember living in HK and reading VAF everyday. I looked into building in HK but I ran into so many dead ends. I finally had to leave HK to make my dream happen. I loved...
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,467
Posted By Mike D
Awesome! This looked absolutely beautiful.

Awesome! This looked absolutely beautiful.
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,467
Posted By Mike D
What texture did N282PD use on the inside of the canopy?

There was a beautiful RV-10 at Oshkosh this year (N282PD) that had painted the inside of the canopy. There was a slight spray texture similar to what you might see on drywall. This did not look like...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-29-2015, 08:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,418
Posted By Mike D
thanks...

thanks Brad!

http://www.eaa663.org/images/Photos_Videos%20Page/RVPilots_OSH15_Gallery/content/images/large/IMG_6549.jpg
Forum: RV-10 04-04-2015, 06:14 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,234
Posted By Mike D
Good replys so far. Thanks!! How are most...

Good replys so far. Thanks!!

How are most getting the fresh air to the front and rear seats?
Are you adding NACA vents in the rear and using scat tubes to pull it forward? Is there another way?

Do...
Forum: RV-10 04-03-2015, 10:13 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 10,234
Posted By Mike D
Why an overhead console?

So, why an overhead console?
Seems everyone does it. But what do you actually use it for other than lights and air vent hose?
Forum: RV-10 03-27-2015, 08:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,236
Posted By Mike D
I have put some serious thought into this. I...

I have put some serious thought into this.

I have "re-engineered" my door frames and doors already, so I am somewhat committed to a non-standard config. But not ready to go public with the info just...
Forum: RV-10 03-26-2015, 12:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,587
Posted By Mike D
This advice has been given many times but it is...

This advice has been given many times but it is true. If you want to fly, buy a plane already done. Only build if you want to build.

It is a lot of work to build, but very fun and educational if you...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,833
Posted By Mike D
Don't know if these are yours but I think they...

Don't know if these are yours but I think they are the standard vans discs.
Maybe some can give a pirep on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,563
Posted By Mike D
I am not an attorney so take this with that in...

I am not an attorney so take this with that in mind. But this is opinion based on well over a decade of owning rentals.

Agree with most that the airport management should be allowed a way to enter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2015, 11:23 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,551
Posted By Mike D
I have done this but would not recommend it to...

I have done this but would not recommend it to anyone else.

1st, consider that in the event of an emergency, it is not easy to get your child out quickly. The slider does not go back far enough and...
Forum: RV-10 02-23-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,279
Posted By Mike D
Thanks for all the reply's!!! Thanks for the...

Thanks for all the reply's!!! Thanks for the Photos.

I will install the comm antennas under the rear seats. So I now need to install some reinforcements and access panels for these.
The transponder...
Forum: RV-10 02-22-2015, 07:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 6,279
Posted By Mike D
RV-10 antenna placement?

It is time for me to start installing the antennas. So, where do I place them?

For comm, I have two CI122 bent whip antennas for the rv-10. I strongly prefer the bottom for looks, but I'm ever so...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2015, 03:51 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,144
Posted By Mike D
CJ, Good concern. I do have corrosion concerns...

CJ,
Good concern. I do have corrosion concerns and that is why I used aluminum instead of stainless to encapsulate the insulation.

The 1/4" ceramic insulation feels (and is open like) a polyester...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2015, 03:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,144
Posted By Mike D
not for sound insulation

No, I don't think it will provide much sound insulation properties. There was a noticeable difference in the bare floor sound vs. with the new insulation installed, but not enough to make a...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2015, 01:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 6,144
Posted By Mike D
How I did my Firewall Insulation

There are many ways (and many opinions) on how to do your fire insulation. Here is how I did mine. I'm sharing, so don't flame me too much :)

Dan H has some good reviews of different insulation...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2015, 11:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 8,819
Posted By Mike D
you mean...

you mean this?
https://imageshack.com/i/ip7Uj2vmj

or this?
https://imageshack.com/i/pbv2Vwt9j



The elongated hole should be addressed quickly.
Forum: RV-14 02-13-2015, 06:26 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,462
Posted By Mike D
I have used the pop rivet dimple tool many times....

I have used the pop rivet dimple tool many times. No real way to mess it up.
http://www.averytools.com/prodinfo.asp?number=1022
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2015, 07:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,819
Posted By Mike D
There was s a good side to a used kit

There is also an upside to buying used.
(1) it has a lot of work already done
(2) the price is generally lower than new
(3) there are usually some good suprizes like upgrades and extra parts that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,715
Posted By Mike D
I don't use the center bracket. I have not had...

I don't use the center bracket. I have not had any issues with the rivits poping out of the hinges.

For the faring. I have a tab that tucks into the lower cowl and a single screw that can be reached...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2015, 09:43 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,715
Posted By Mike D
I do it this way

On my -6A, I have the bottom hinge pins exiting out the side. There is about 1/2" section with a 90-deg bend to help hold the hinge pin in

To hold the hinge pin during normal operation, I cut a...
Forum: RV-10 02-03-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,502
Posted By Mike D
Good points Vic and Dave. Although I have never...

Good points Vic and Dave.

Although I have never had any cracking in my -6A baffles, and it does make it simple on the -6A, I will mount in the standard location for the -10. After taking a look at...
Forum: RV-10 02-02-2015, 05:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,502
Posted By Mike D
Rv-10 oil cooler on the baffles?

Has anyone mounted the RV-10 oil cooler on the baffles?

I noticed the RV-14 mounted the oil cooler on the baffles and reinforced the baffles with a steel plate.

I like the simplicity of the baffle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2015, 06:55 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,172
Posted By Mike D
I am sure you will get a lot of opinions. I am...

I am sure you will get a lot of opinions.
I am not so worried about primer on the firewall as some are. But, in the very unscientific burn tests I did, it does put off smoke, and will burn. But there...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-26-2015, 06:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,902
Posted By Mike D
All of the tablets made for consumer market are...

All of the tablets made for consumer market are roughly going to be the same for in cockpit readability. There is only minor differences in the brightness. Ipad has decent brightness but is "air...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-16-2015, 08:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,903
Posted By Mike D
I drilled a hole through a wine cork and cut a...

I drilled a hole through a wine cork and cut a slit to attach to the wire. Then I put this into the Hall effect doughnut. Zip tie on each end of the cork to hold in place.
Hope this makes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-11-2015, 08:23 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,013
Posted By Mike D
With full insurance, a shared hangar, $10 engine...

With full insurance, a shared hangar, $10 engine reserve, burning only 100ll, and 100 hours a year it works out to be about $95/hour for me.

But going to a tie down (which I would not do) it would...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-01-2015, 11:27 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,381
Posted By Mike D
Just as a point of reference, my -6a has a short...

Just as a point of reference, my -6a has a short very thick cable from the battery to a brass bolt that goes through the firewall. Then on the same bolt there is braided grounding strap to the engine...
Forum: RV-10 01-01-2015, 11:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,246
Posted By Mike D
Let me just add that if sanding composits, a...

Let me just add that if sanding composits, a Perma-Grit sanding block is a nice to have. (Really a must have in my opinion) best $20 this cheap guy has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2015, 10:53 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,680
Posted By Mike D
I have no data to confirm my theory, but I would...

I have no data to confirm my theory, but I would think the scat+heater would have less resistance (friction area) than all the closely places fins. But just a theory.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-01-2015, 10:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,680
Posted By Mike D
I thought about the same thing too. But the air...

I thought about the same thing too.
But the air coming from the heat duct is under more pressure than the air in the lower engine compartment. So my theory is that a partially open heat selector...
Forum: RV-10 11-26-2014, 10:58 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,103
Posted By Mike D
Don't want to go too far off the OP's point,...

Don't want to go too far off the OP's point, but....

Can anyone see why we (I) should not use the nut plate idea, both as Bob mentioned (on the canopy top), and how Ernst has done (on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-24-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 111
Views: 25,452
Posted By Mike D
Release mechanism for a slider is very simple....

Release mechanism for a slider is very simple. Replace the bolts that hold the canopy frame to the rollers with pip pins. Just a few bucks and an hour, and your set.

Pull the pins, open the latch,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2014, 01:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,350
Posted By Mike D
I agree and disagree with the others. I suspect...

I agree and disagree with the others.
I suspect your cowl had some "incompatabity" issues with the paint. So this is not really orange peel, more like pitting caused by contanamation.

But, I would...
Forum: Safety 11-23-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 5,124
Posted By Mike D
On the -6a, if you unlatch your canopy it will...

On the -6a, if you unlatch your canopy it will open about 1.5-inches by itself.
So, IMO, I think this idea would work without issue. But not willing to try unless absolutely necessary.
Forum: Painting your RV 11-22-2014, 06:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,386
Posted By Mike D
Here is just one data point. The canopy skirt was...

Here is just one data point.
The canopy skirt was not primed on my -6. It flakes off in big chunks. Around a sq inch at a time.
The main fairings were not primed. They are being striped of paint by...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 111
Views: 25,452
Posted By Mike D
Sounds like a group buy on chutes would have lots...

Sounds like a group buy on chutes would have lots of folks I treated. 😃
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2014, 05:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,256
Posted By Mike D
I'm no engine expert, but I had the same...

I'm no engine expert, but I had the same question. I looked int it pretty well and the best I could come up with was that they are the same engine with different max RPM ratings so that the C4B5...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-09-2014, 07:14 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,893
Posted By Mike D
Of course this depends on the EFIS. I have had my...

Of course this depends on the EFIS.
I have had my GRT Sport going strong for over 4 years.

Based on experience designing notebooks and tablets, I wild say the display should have the highest failure...
Forum: Interiors 08-24-2014, 08:08 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 11,358
Posted By Mike D
Very inspiring Dave!!! Did you make patterns? If...

Very inspiring Dave!!!

Did you make patterns? If so, how did you do it?

What was the most difficult part?
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2014, 06:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,863
Posted By Mike D
I use the garmin 496 for W&B. I have never...

I use the garmin 496 for W&B. I have never checked if it can auto adjust for elapsed time/calculated fuel burn.

For long trips, I put in all the data, minus the fuel, and this gives me the W&B for...
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