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Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 01:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 401
Posted By PhatRV
If you want to avoid Alodine, then etch it with...

If you want to avoid Alodine, then etch it with alumiprep or equivalent and coat it with a primer after you rinse it with water. Any primer should do because it blocks air from further oxidizing the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 712
Posted By PhatRV
All of my interior aluminum that is not visible...

All of my interior aluminum that is not visible was alodine with the same stuff and left unprimed and unpainted. I primed the mating surfaces before riveting. I think the instructions are for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,373
Posted By PhatRV
I wish people deal with the supply chain issue...

I wish people deal with the supply chain issue like late last year I had with Aircraft Spruce. It informed me the part is back ordered for at least 2mo. Called back after two month and AS told me...
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
If the new RV15 only flies slightly faster than...

If the new RV15 only flies slightly faster than the existing Cessna, it begs a question into why you should build one, unless the Cessna is so expensive compare to a newly built RV15. Given the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-28-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 298
Posted By PhatRV
My Whelen LED wing tip lights have clear lens and...

My Whelen LED wing tip lights have clear lens and color LED diodes. This is how all the LED lights are designed these days. The incandescent light are all white light and you need the color lens.
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
The overhead flap handle is located closest to...

The overhead flap handle is located closest to the flap mechanism, very similar to the high wing Piper, including the CarbonCub, and other SuperCub clones. The bottom mounted manual flap handle on...
Forum: RV-15 07-26-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,329
Posted By PhatRV
From the interview with the Flyer Magazine, the...

From the interview with the Flyer Magazine, the wing span will be reduced so the RV15 can fit into a regular T-hangar.
The airplane is also sized for the smaller 360 engine for those who want a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 50,084
Posted By PhatRV
You don't want the meticulously constructed wing...

You don't want the meticulously constructed wing molds going to waste :)
Forum: Primers 07-25-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,488
Posted By PhatRV
I find that the primer sticks best to the...

I find that the primer sticks best to the aluminum that has been scruffed with the red scrotchbrite pad, etched, and alodined. My experience with self-etching primer is it will stick well to a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2022, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By PhatRV
I wished the videos were on YouTube before I...

I wished the videos were on YouTube before I started my build almost 4 years ago. It would have helped me tremendously seeing someone working on the parts instead of just looking at the build log...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,419
Posted By PhatRV
When I back rivet, I grip the plastic tip with my...

When I back rivet, I grip the plastic tip with my thumb and index finger to keep it from moving while the gun pounds on the rivet. Not sure if you are already doing this.
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
The RV10 is definitely outside of my build budget...

The RV10 is definitely outside of my build budget and operating expense. There is a reason there are so many 2-seat experimentals built. When adding a 4-seat + high gross weight + adding a 540 size...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-17-2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By PhatRV
YouTube Vid: Building Vans RV8

I just got a recommendation from the Youtube AI about a series videos of building a Vans RV8. I am not sure of the date, maybe in the early 2000?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lmfeTa8EE4

This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,366
Posted By PhatRV
Thumbs up N38PV Is Registered

After about 2 weeks since I submitted the registration paperwork, I found out that my N-number shows up on the FAA database. I haven't received the official FAA letter yet but N38PV is assigned, and...
Forum: RV-15 07-13-2022, 08:27 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
To The Vans Team, Congratulation on designing a...

To The Vans Team,

Congratulation on designing a great high wing concept airplane. I posted in VAF that the only plane I want to build after my RV8 is a high wing airplane that has the Vans pedigree...
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
What Type Of Suspension System?

I wonder if the RV15 uses the standard airplane rubber pucks suspension like in the newer RV14 nose gear or will it use the Belleville disk spring?
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
Another Youtube channel commented about the large...

Another Youtube channel commented about the large cabin space. It looks as though it is more cavernous than the exterior shot would suggest. This follows my comment about the RV15 filling in the...
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 10:08 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
The control linkage push-rod is located right at...

The control linkage push-rod is located right at the leading edge, above the "A-pillar". You can see the bell-crank in the video. So the fuel tank can be behind the forward spar, and the sump tank...
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 07:43 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
Huge Flap (2/3 of the Span)

The flap is very large on the RV15, upto 2/3 of the semi-span.
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 07:40 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
Round Access Hatch Inside Fuselage

What is this round access panel to the rear of the pilot?
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 437
Views: 88,257
Posted By PhatRV
Fowler Flap?

The flap is not the normal Vans style flap. More like Fowler flap.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 430
Posted By PhatRV
Can you post a picture of what you are talking...

Can you post a picture of what you are talking about? What is the part number with the rodend?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-03-2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 777
Posted By PhatRV
This is correct. The EMS loom that contains the...

This is correct. The EMS loom that contains the thick wires for the CHT and EGT will require more space than the regular electrical connector. Have this wiring loom connected to the EMS as you...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-01-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 869
Posted By PhatRV
I was told I will need slightly less than 2...

I was told I will need slightly less than 2 gallons for the plane. One gallon should cover the fuse + 1 wing. The 2nd gallon covers the 2nd wing + all the rest.

I have primed all the control...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,749
Posted By PhatRV
The 1st set of fairings were scrapped. I was...

The 1st set of fairings were scrapped. I was using the window foam for these

The 2nd set was too heavy and they were scrapped.

For the 3rd set, I used 2 layers of fiberglass and an extra layer at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-30-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,644
Posted By PhatRV
This video about overhauling a Lycoming engine...

This video about overhauling a Lycoming engine shows the clearance checking before the two halves of the cases are mated and the crankshaft end play is checked, about the location where the pictures...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,749
Posted By PhatRV
For my RV8, the wheel fairings and leg fairings...

For my RV8, the wheel fairings and leg fairings were completed using the plans build instructions. The left and right wheel fairings were aligned using the simple contraption in the picture below,...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,051
Posted By PhatRV
On my RV8, I put the switch on the Infinity grip...

On my RV8, I put the switch on the Infinity grip and a dedicated flap switch on the panel as a backup, in the case the switch on the grip fails. The switches are connected to the flap controller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,165
Posted By PhatRV
I talked with a nice gentleman at the FAA. It is...

I talked with a nice gentleman at the FAA. It is prioritizing original registrations for experimental aircraft. If you have reserved an N-number but haven't received your confirmation letter, it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,366
Posted By PhatRV
I called the FAA aircraft registration office...

I called the FAA aircraft registration office today. If you have a reserved N-number and haven't received the confirmation yet, you can submit your aircraft registration form with the same N-number...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,366
Posted By PhatRV
Do you know what will happened if I submit an...

Do you know what will happened if I submit an official registration form with a N-number that I thought was available at the time but it became a conflict when the FAA reviewed it, will the FAA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By PhatRV
Need Recommendation for DAR in SoCal

I was going to use Dave Prizio for the DAR on my RV8 but he is retiring this month. Can you guys recommend a DAR who is close to Chino or Riverside?

Also, have you worked with Rich Aldrich who is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 909
Posted By PhatRV
You should also account for the servo wiring too....

You should also account for the servo wiring too. My Dynon servo needs 8 wires and you have to plan where to connect the ends inside the fuselage. I ordered 1000' of 22 gauge for the avionic...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-23-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 843
Posted By PhatRV
It depends on how much wiring and equipment are...

It depends on how much wiring and equipment are already installed inside your fuselage.

For mine, I scrubbed down the interior fuselage with dishwashing soap plus green pad, rinsed, and let it dry. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,366
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for the tip. As soon as my bill of sale is...

Thanks for the tip. As soon as my bill of sale is received, I am going to proceed with this method instead of waiting for the confirmation of the N number reservation
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-08-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 634
Posted By PhatRV
I use these to support my RV8. Please note that...

I use these to support my RV8. Please note that after you install your engine, the weight of the airplane increases dramatically, and then you add the two wings to drill the rear spar. After that,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-06-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,089
Posted By PhatRV
For the Dynon system, I built the serial wire...

For the Dynon system, I built the serial wire harness and did continuity check for each of the pins. This is the easy wire harness to build and test since all of them will have the same 8-wire pins. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 50,084
Posted By PhatRV
Can you post the closeup pictures of this wing?...

Can you post the closeup pictures of this wing?

Thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 605
Posted By PhatRV
I would try and use the oops rivets first in this...

I would try and use the oops rivets first in this area. I also think replacing the skin for this mistake is overkill.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 854
Posted By PhatRV
I had the similar issue when fitting my RV8. The...

I had the similar issue when fitting my RV8. The best I could get was +25 deg before the aft end of the control horn touching the bulkhead. I ground down the control flange a bit to provide a bit...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks. I'll ask Aerographics if it can make...

Thanks. I'll ask Aerographics if it can make some custom vinyl at a reasonable price.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By PhatRV
Tips for Painting Roundal

I am closing to finish most of the major build portions of my RV8. I am now thinking of the painting task while waiting on the availability of hangar.

I am looking for links describing how to paint...
Forum: Safety 05-26-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,680
Posted By PhatRV
I wonder if welding of the control pushrod is a...

I wonder if welding of the control pushrod is a non-standard aviation practice. It seems using rivet is standard, and according to Vans and Airbus. I wonder if Mel will ding you if you weld.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-24-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 447
Posted By PhatRV
Dynon has a servo compatibility table for the...

Dynon has a servo compatibility table for the Vans aircraft. I used what was recommended because I don't know how my plane flies yet
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-21-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,159
Posted By PhatRV
I ran into the same problem while closing the...

I ran into the same problem while closing the bottom wing skin of my RV8. I use the pop rivet in one place like in the picture above.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-18-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,505
Posted By PhatRV
I find that my epoxy/micro mixture makes a better...

I find that my epoxy/micro mixture makes a better bond if the aluminum is etched and alodine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,147
Posted By PhatRV
You are not going to need your wingtips until you...

You are not going to need your wingtips until you are almost finished with your airplane. BO is a common thing with something that is as complicated as an airplane. I just finished my wingtips, 3 1/2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 07:07 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,521
Posted By PhatRV
The bag number system worked well for me. The...

The bag number system worked well for me. The bags are organized by the specific parts in the kits. For example, there is a specific hardware for the canopy, including rivets, nutplates, screws,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,521
Posted By PhatRV
Everything is confusing at first but when you...

Everything is confusing at first but when you finish the wing kit, you can pick up a AN hardware and know the AN number.
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2022, 11:14 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,506
Posted By PhatRV
Rock climbing bolt anchor is slightly more...

Rock climbing bolt anchor is slightly more streamline. Not sure how much speed gain from this design but it sure looks cooler than the standard eye-bolt....
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2022, 08:35 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,506
Posted By PhatRV
I used...

I used McMaster:
https://www.mcmaster.com/eyebolts/eyebolts-for-lifting-8/
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-07-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,819
Posted By PhatRV
Another strange ground track

Another strange ground track
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 09:32 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 283
Posted By PhatRV
RV14 is Now on MS Flight Sim 2020

The RV14 from Simworks Studio is now available on MSFS2020.
Forum: RV-4 05-06-2022, 07:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 747
Posted By PhatRV
I usually run the wires through the smaller hole,...

I usually run the wires through the smaller hole, then install the DB connector after the wires are routed. You can pre-pin all the wires and plug the pins to the connector after the wires are...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-05-2022, 07:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 498
Posted By PhatRV
The alignment of the latch pin to the latch-block...

The alignment of the latch pin to the latch-block is a time consuming process to ensure a good fit. If something is moved after you fitted the latch mechanism, it will be a another PIA process to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 10:56 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,893
Posted By PhatRV
Weather at the nearby KMDQ at the time.

Weather at the nearby KMDQ at the time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 06:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 6,893
Posted By PhatRV
Something happened after the autopilot was turned...

Something happened after the autopilot was turned off at the red mark on the upper ground track.
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 673
Posted By PhatRV
At least two other people will be happy with...

At least two other people will be happy with their quickbuild wings as seen in the picture.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-28-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 575
Posted By PhatRV
Can you install a shutter to block off some of...

Can you install a shutter to block off some of the airflow instead of replacing the entire oil filter?
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-22-2022, 12:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 593
Posted By PhatRV
I followed the Vans FF drawings for the IO...

I followed the Vans FF drawings for the IO engine. Everything fitted close the plans. The only part I had to carefully prototype was the location of the forward mounted battery. I wanted to be able...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 03:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By PhatRV
Probably zero effect on the flying quality, maybe...

Probably zero effect on the flying quality, maybe 1/4 knots less comparing to the flush version.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks to all the replies. I have to call Vans...

Thanks to all the replies. I have to call Vans again for the status of the tool. It may end up that I have to build a tool for the job.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-19-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,306
Posted By PhatRV
Help: Spar Bending Tool

Hello all,

I need to smooth out the ski jump on the upper rear spar of my RV8. I tried to order the spar bending tool from Vans but the tool was checked out by another builder for the last 3...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-16-2022, 12:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 442
Posted By PhatRV
Another Option: Dynon FastTrack Module

I don't know how far a long is your avionic installation but you may want to consider the new Dynon Fastrack module that has all the essential avionics such as ADHARS mounted just behind the HDX...
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