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Forum: Glass Cockpit Yesterday, 05:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 164
Posted By rapid_ascent
Allen, I mounted mine in the aft fuselage on the...

Allen, I mounted mine in the aft fuselage on the bracket that Vans sells. There is a little bit of wiring but the CAN bus goes back there anyway.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 08:46 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,090
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hey Tim, strange crossing of paths. I'm not sure...

Hey Tim, strange crossing of paths.

I'm not sure how long you have had the new EarthX. It sounds like going back to the old style battery may be a good course of action. Hard to tell if your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,750
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a small CDI torque wrench like many...

I have a small CDI torque wrench like many builders here. I don't remember which model, but you want to have one that can go down to below 20 in-lbs and up to 60-70 in-lbs at a minimum. I think mine...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-16-2021, 08:53 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 443
Posted By rapid_ascent
I suspect the power is "diode ORed". That would...

I suspect the power is "diode ORed". That would be the normal way of combining two power inputs. The power inputs are applied to the anode of the two diodes and the cathodes are tied together and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-06-2021, 12:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bill, Given your results maybe its worth giving...

Bill,

Given your results maybe its worth giving the Dynon converters a try. I'd rather have a solution than another project of rolling my own. I've looked at the Jim Weir circuit and considered it....
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-05-2021, 02:10 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Does anyone have reports on using the Dynon...

Does anyone have reports on using the Dynon converters? Do they put out a voltage output?
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-05-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 738
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wanted to take a look at my ribs before I...

I wanted to take a look at my ribs before I responded. I have a RV7A slider and I only had to notch the bottom of the ribs. For my panel I have a modular configuration so it looks a little different,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-03-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
I haven't found a solution yet. I called Vans and...

I haven't found a solution yet. I called Vans and they don't appear to sell anything any longer. I also called Electronics International. The guy there gave me a part number, IMC-V but I couldn't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 01:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think Dynon has their own converter from my...

I think Dynon has their own converter from my searches here on VAF. My impression from before was that these converters were not as accurate as the Princeton, but maybe that is incorrect.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
It looks like there are more variations of the...

It looks like there are more variations of the "probe" than I realized. Some with internal electronics and some that require an external converter module. Either way my original post is in regards to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ok. Then I stand corrected.

Ok. Then I stand corrected.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Krea, There is a difference between the "probe"...

Krea,

There is a difference between the "probe" and the converter. The probe is a passive capacitor. In the case of the Vans kit is a set a plates. Princeton also makes (or did) make a probe which...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 08:27 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, thanks for that info. I'll have to check...

Bob, thanks for that info. I'll have to check with ACS on the 5 point units. I went back and took a closer look and it says special order so they may not have any stock. I'll give them a call though...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 08:02 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well that's not good news. :( Anyone have a set...

Well that's not good news. :(

Anyone have a set of the 2 point converters sitting on a shelf somewhere that they aren't planning to use.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-01-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,032
Posted By rapid_ascent
Where to Purchase Princeton Capacitive Converters

I've been trying to figure out where I can buy a set of the 2 point Princeton capacitive fuel sensor converters. ACS is showing the 5 point version, but I don't need those with my G3X system. I've...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-22-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 523
Posted By rapid_ascent
Flow Ezy has 74 micron filter elements. That is...

Flow Ezy has 74 micron filter elements. That is what I have for my pre-filters. I think their filters are similar to Aeromotive, but I'm not sure the elements are interchangable.
Forum: RV-14 08-15-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,071
Posted By rapid_ascent
I made a shelf for my GDL 52R out of 0.062" with...

I made a shelf for my GDL 52R out of 0.062" with angle stiffeners. That was what I had on hand, but I think something around 0.040" is sufficient.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,031
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've been working on installing my Infinity...

I've been working on installing my Infinity grips. It actually takes more work than you would expect to get this all put together. Some of that is my fault I'm sure but I'm getting close now.

I put...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-12-2021, 01:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,898
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wanted to chime in here on the topic of...

I wanted to chime in here on the topic of building your own hoses. I built my own brake lines from Earls stainless steel material. I feel comfortable with that. They were relatively easy to put...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-09-2021, 01:51 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,153
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've tried to sequence my painting so I didn't...

I've tried to sequence my painting so I didn't paint the AN hardware. I did have a big masking job before I painted my interior though. Certain things I delayed installing so that they wouldn't be...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-08-2021, 05:30 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 507
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sensenich 3 Blade Prop.

I was browsing the Vans online store the other day and I realized they now have listed the 3 blade Sensenich composite prop for the IO-360 and etc. I had spoken to Sensenich a month or so ago and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-02-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,713
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you may need to do the flare first then...

I think you may need to do the flare first then the bend. If you try to do it the other way around you will need the length of the sleeve plus the thickness of your flaring tool to be less than you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,140
Posted By rapid_ascent
Michael, This is one of those things that can be...

Michael,

This is one of those things that can be seem worse in your mind than it is in actuality. Sometimes we have a plan and when things don't work out the way we planned it is difficult to get...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-30-2021, 08:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,345
Posted By rapid_ascent
1) The GTX-335 w/ GPS is a good solution. Garmin...

1) The GTX-335 w/ GPS is a good solution. Garmin sells a package with the antenna. I think its around $3,000. The GPS antenna mounts on the top so it can "see" the satellites. The transponder antenna...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-28-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 962
Views: 792,731
Posted By rapid_ascent
Nice Red. What color and paint is that?

Nice Red. What color and paint is that?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-28-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 9,460
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just to chime in on the supply side issues. The...

Just to chime in on the supply side issues. The company that I work for is seeing lead-times on some parts that used to be 12 weeks go to 52 weeks for these specialized ICs. How do we keep the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-26-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 802
Posted By rapid_ascent
I haven't heard of anyone doing anything like...

I haven't heard of anyone doing anything like this, but it could be done. Generally there are enough buttons/switches on the grip to assign them to the needed dedicated functions.

Most of the stick...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-26-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 627
Posted By rapid_ascent
I use a HF gun for shooting my Akzo primer and it...

I use a HF gun for shooting my Akzo primer and it works fine for that. I decided to buy a better gun for spraying the Jetflex WR on top of the primer.

Part of the problem with the HF gun is the tip...
Forum: ADS-B 07-23-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,479
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think the process of updating any software...

I think the process of updating any software should always be taken with the view that some complications could arise. At times these complications may mean that certain items are not operational...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-21-2021, 12:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,813
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, I have the EFII boost pump and I managed...

Terry,

I have the EFII boost pump and I managed to get it all under the doghouse with a post filter. I didn't want to have to extend the cover forward. It did take a little work to get it all to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-19-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 38,443
Posted By rapid_ascent
I got my sticks back from the welder. They were...

I got my sticks back from the welder. They were kinda a mess with some of the powder coating melting a little, but I got them cleaned up. I opened up the wiring hole to 1/2". Now they are ready for...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-15-2021, 10:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,615
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm in the process of installing platenuts and...

I'm in the process of installing platenuts and I'll use and hex socket head screws. I wouldn't say they will be impossible to reach, but I realize access panels may be a good idea.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-14-2021, 08:39 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,615
Posted By rapid_ascent
I added my GEA24 to the forward ribs. I think...

I added my GEA24 to the forward ribs. I think I'll put the GDL-52R on a shelf behind the PFD. That seems like a good location.

I'm wondering everyone's experience with installing the access panels...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-14-2021, 02:25 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 976
Posted By rapid_ascent
No experience with Aeroquip Socketless but I did...

No experience with Aeroquip Socketless but I did use Earl's system for my braided brake lines. Still on the bench, but it was an easy system to work with once you get it figured out.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-12-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 582
Posted By rapid_ascent
You can attach two RS-232 inputs to one RS-232...

You can attach two RS-232 inputs to one RS-232 output, but not vice versa. The complication is that the two input devices must be able to accept the same message format. Check the formats before you...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-10-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By rapid_ascent
Oh one other thing. Vans had the best price that...

Oh one other thing. Vans had the best price that I saw on the Lord mounts.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-10-2021, 03:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,615
Posted By rapid_ascent
I was looking for an area to install a shelf...

I was looking for an area to install a shelf similar to what Ryan did. There seems to be a couple of complications in my build. First the slider ribs are not rectangular so it wouldn't be quite as...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-08-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,516
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bob, Oh that is what I wasn't getting. BTW, I...

Bob,

Oh that is what I wasn't getting. BTW, I wasn't saying that the regulator suggestion was a bad idea. I was just trying to provide some background on how these things work.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-08-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,516
Posted By rapid_ascent
Larry, I'm not sure exactly how you have your...

Larry,

I'm not sure exactly how you have your circuit wired but let me provide some more info for you.

LEDs are really current driven devices. That is why a current limiting resistor is required...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-08-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 766
Posted By rapid_ascent
I was looking for the same type of information...

I was looking for the same type of information before I ordered my motor mounts. Most of the info seems to be more of just opinions. In the end I just went with the Lord mounts. I don't have a lot of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2021, 12:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,615
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bill, That looks like a pretty nice solution.

Bill,

That looks like a pretty nice solution.
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-08-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,615
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm just getting to this point on my build. I'm...

I'm just getting to this point on my build. I'm using a Garmin G3x system so its different than your install, but similar problem. The G3x has lots of little boxes that need to be mounted somewhere....
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-06-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By rapid_ascent
Well you have to pull a bundle of wires from the...

Well you have to pull a bundle of wires from the aft fuselage for example and then at the other end you need to connect them. Wire coloring alone doesn't fix that problem but I'm answering your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-06-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,048
Posted By rapid_ascent
OMG, your user id is so funny.

OMG, your user id is so funny.
Forum: RV-10 07-06-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,420
Posted By rapid_ascent
Some have concerns about 100LL going away. I...

Some have concerns about 100LL going away. I decided not to worry about it so I have the high compression engine. That is the main trade off. I'd be willing to bet that I'm gone before 100LL but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-06-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By rapid_ascent
It can make sense to order rolls of wire, but it...

It can make sense to order rolls of wire, but it would be helpful to first dig a little deeper into what equipment you plan to have and what your wiring standard is going to be. Also do you plan to...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-03-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,063
Posted By rapid_ascent
It sounds like you are actually having trouble...

It sounds like you are actually having trouble across multiple instruments. For that you need to look for a cause that would be common to all of them.

I would check your main power and ground...
Forum: Safety 07-03-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,203
Posted By rapid_ascent
The interesting thing about your pic is that...

The interesting thing about your pic is that there appears to be 2 sources for the laser. That would be very concerning if that were indeed the case.
Forum: California 07-01-2021, 06:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,003
Posted By rapid_ascent
I fly out of Livermore (KLVK) and I enjoy early...

I fly out of Livermore (KLVK) and I enjoy early morning flights over the hills and up toward Discovery Bay. Its not a touristy thing like the Golden Gate but its pretty in the morning. There are many...
Forum: RV-10 07-01-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,420
Posted By rapid_ascent
I know when I purchased my Titan engine making...

I know when I purchased my Titan engine making all of the selections took some time. I'm not sure if there are as many options with the Lycoming, but it took me a little while to review all of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2021, 12:27 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,716
Posted By rapid_ascent
I tried to find RV7A related numbers and my...

I tried to find RV7A related numbers and my initials at the end so, 177RT.

Another consideration would be something that is easy to say. I'm not sure my initials are the best for the point of view....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2021, 08:08 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 38,443
Posted By rapid_ascent
Gregg, I would suggest getting the stick length...

Gregg,

I would suggest getting the stick length figured out first. Its a little difficult to get it exactly where you want it. I put the cable down the center of the stick and did a test fit, then...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-29-2021, 07:34 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 38,443
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mine is still a work in progress. I'm working on...

Mine is still a work in progress. I'm working on the pilot stick right now. I made a doubler out of the cutoff portion of the stick. Now I need to get the doubler welded on. Then I'll drill the hole...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-28-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,527
Posted By rapid_ascent
I understand why these types of batteries have a...

I understand why these types of batteries have a BMS with the required protection, but to me that makes them undesirable for this application. I'm sure I'll take some heat for this view but a heavier...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think Rod Machado has some good products. Some...

I think Rod Machado has some good products. Some would say that his method of adding in silly items is a distraction, but he is able to pack a lot of information into his books and videos. I haven't...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-26-2021, 01:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,252
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hey Tom, Do you have any more pics that show more...

Hey Tom, Do you have any more pics that show more of the fuel line routing?
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-23-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,252
Posted By rapid_ascent
Here is a picture of what everyone is referring...

Here is a picture of what everyone is referring to. It would be better if you could move the fuel line bulkhead fitting hole slightly inboard. I think 1/4" would be plenty.


This is from before I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-16-2021, 02:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 940
Posted By rapid_ascent
You could probably wait. I'm using them right now...

You could probably wait. I'm using them right now for keeping my instrument panel in place. I think I bought a bag of 25. I haven't used them that often but once and a while they are needed.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-14-2021, 10:04 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,883
Posted By rapid_ascent
Most modern voltage converters work as power...

Most modern voltage converters work as power converter where they have a constant load voltage and given a constant load current there is a constant power required. When the input voltage drops then...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-12-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,881
Posted By rapid_ascent
Tom had a trick where you make a mandrel piece...

Tom had a trick where you make a mandrel piece that you slip in the end of the tubing. That allows you to do the flare first and then use the mandrel as the bearing surface when you do the bend.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-11-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 896
Posted By rapid_ascent
$182 at Vans. That is the cheapest I've found.

$182 at Vans. That is the cheapest I've found.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-09-2021, 07:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 880
Posted By rapid_ascent
Look at Brown Tool they sometimes have surplus...

Look at Brown Tool they sometimes have surplus reamers at a good deal.
Forum: Autopilots 06-08-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 852
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mike, I sent you a PM.

Mike,

I sent you a PM.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-08-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 817
Posted By rapid_ascent
I don't get this picture. Is it a finished rivet...

I don't get this picture. Is it a finished rivet that you drilled and then partially squeezed another rivet?

For me, my technique is pull on the squeezer a little to make sure that the rivet is...
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