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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 01:26 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By N546RV
Fuselage closeout inspection? (maybe a good question for Mel)

OK, so it's been my understanding that here in the US, there are no required inspections during the course of building an E-AB aircraft - just the final airworthiness inspection. However, while...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 192
Posted By N546RV
Odd headset noise

I've been working on cabin electrical stuff this week, which included wiring up and testing the headset jacks. I took care of the rear jacks a couple nights ago and then tested them with a Flightcom...
Forum: Texas (South) 04-11-2022, 11:28 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 400
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (April 2022)

Wow, it's that time again already...once again, weekend weather is looking good, and since I missed out on the last seafood run, let's give Lake Jackson a try again.

If anyone needs a lift down,...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-03-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,446
Posted By N546RV
Anyone else have issues with tailspring rust?

This is really starting to annoy me. I left the tailspring for my -8 bare for a long time because it was serving as a rear pivot point for my rotisseries setup. I figured a good coat of epoxy primer...
Forum: Texas (South) 03-14-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 489
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (March 2022)

Heyo folks! The third Saturday draws near, so let's sit down and get some food and chat handled. This time we'll rotate back to Hooks for burgers at the Aviator's Grill.

When: Saturday, 3-19, 11:30...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 688
Posted By N546RV
At the risk of being a bit prickly, do note that...

At the risk of being a bit prickly, do note that "the washer remedy" is really just a matter of following the instructions. This is from page 8-63 in my manual, which is the very end of the "rudder...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-06-2022, 04:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,183
Posted By N546RV
I located mine with the BNC hole just aft of the...

I located mine with the BNC hole just aft of the pushrod hole; this, in turn, places it just ahead of the low point of the footwell. If you look at this photo you can see where I drew the profile of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-23-2022, 07:25 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,035
Posted By N546RV
Pretty sure NAFCO was the last bank in the kit...

Pretty sure NAFCO was the last bank in the kit loan business. I was talking them when I was about ready to start buying expensive stuff last year, and in the end the business with having to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-18-2022, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 438
Posted By N546RV
The longest components for the fuselage kit will...

The longest components for the fuselage kit will be the main longerons; these are a pair of 16' aluminum angle pieces. However, the longerons are not normally shipped with the fuselage kit; instead,...
Forum: Texas (South) 02-11-2022, 01:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 434
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (February 2021)

OK kids, it's that time again. Next weekend's weather forecast is looking promising, so let's give Lake Jackson another try. That's the Runway Cafe at KLBX, next Saturday (2-19) at 11:30.

As per...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2022, 03:42 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,636
Posted By N546RV
I don't think moving the SV batteries aft is...

I don't think moving the SV batteries aft is workable. The installation manual has some pretty specific info about constructing your own harness:



I'm not sure if the concern here is excessive...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-30-2022, 08:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,636
Posted By N546RV
I built shelves both behind the instrument panel,...

I built shelves both behind the instrument panel, and back where the aft battery would otherwise be. The aft shelf is where the ELT, ADS-B receiver, and transponder live, along with a network hub....
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-28-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,529
Posted By N546RV
This actually isn't the case with the -8 manual....

This actually isn't the case with the -8 manual. The wing sections are pretty sparse, but the fuselage has the same sort of detailed checklist layout seen with the empennage.

Now once you get to the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-17-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,210
Posted By N546RV
Yup, I put in conduit runs on both sides. I know...

Yup, I put in conduit runs on both sides. I know I had to make holes on one side, though I don't recall specifically that it was the right, and I'm not finding the relevant build log entry off the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-16-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,210
Posted By N546RV
In a general sense, my wiring runs out from the...

In a general sense, my wiring runs out from the panel area on the right side, down the right gear tower, through the spar on the right side, through conduit under the seat floors back to behind the...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-10-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 695
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (January 2022)

UPDATE 1-14: LOCATION CHANGE

Due to the forecast winds tomorrow (looks like 35-knot gusts by midday), I'm opting out of flying to Lake Jackson, as I imagine most folks would.

Instead of LBX, let's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2022, 04:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,495
Posted By N546RV
An addendum here: a gold mast doesn't...

An addendum here: a gold mast doesn't automatically mean "bad." The masts referred to here are the SafeAir1 units, which I'm pretty sure are no longer available since Bob Avery retired. A gold...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-06-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,775
Posted By N546RV
Just as a data point re:Vetterman, I ordered a...

Just as a data point re:Vetterman, I ordered a four-pipe exhaust for my -8 in mid-September last year. At the time, Clint told me they were running "about six weeks out." My exhaust shipped last week...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,925
Posted By N546RV
Lots of good info, and some stuff for me to try...

Lots of good info, and some stuff for me to try out with tonight's work session. Maybe comparing my technique to Mike Arnold's isn't the best way to start. He makes it look really easy in those...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-04-2022, 11:43 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,925
Posted By N546RV
Looking for some micro consistency feedback

Cutting to the chase, I'm finally getting my hands dirty (literally) with fiberglass work. While working on my rudder bottom, and sanding the tail light pad flat, I went too far and needed to build...
Forum: Texas (South) 01-01-2022, 10:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 862
Posted By N546RV
Interesting. Now I really want to know what that...

Interesting. Now I really want to know what that skin is for...

Edit: Oh, that's a rudder skin, probably R-801PP. Notice how there are a lot more chordwise rivet lines compared to the stab skeleton...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-30-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 717
Posted By N546RV
Required clearance between rudder bottom and tailspring?

This question specifically concerns my RV-8, though I'd expect the answer can be generalized to any model. Today I was working on fitting the fiberglass rudder bottom, and after working through...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-26-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 771
Posted By N546RV
Generically, my wiring has a single large trunk...

Generically, my wiring has a single large trunk that goes down the right gear tower, under the mid-cabin cover, and through the right-hand spar holes to get to the back of the plane. The only thing...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-18-2021, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,065
Posted By N546RV
Here's what I dug out of my build log. Static...

Here's what I dug out of my build log.

Static ports installed. I'm using the fancy milled ones instead of the factory blind-rivet...
Forum: Texas (South) 12-13-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 841
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (December 2021)

Third weekend is coming up again! Hopefully not everyone will already be out of town for the holidays. Let's go up to Hooks again for some burgers, and I can talk at length about how much I don't...
Forum: GPS 12-12-2021, 07:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,268
Posted By N546RV
1) Yes - this is exactly how I wired up the...

1) Yes - this is exactly how I wired up the auto-on for my 175.
2) I think opinions may vary on this one, but I'm using the 175 for my XPDR source, and I simply used a single 22AWG wire to do the...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-20-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,382
Posted By N546RV
Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs...

Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs again, really glad everyone was able to make it out. Hopefully next time Iíll be showing off a hung engineÖ
Forum: Tools 11-14-2021, 05:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,960
Posted By N546RV
I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back...

I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back when I started the build I got what, at the time, seemed like a massive 6' high chest from Harbor Freight. (They don't seem to offer this same set any...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,466
Posted By N546RV
And if there are problems with these then someone...

And if there are problems with these then someone should probably tell Stein so he can stop selling them. I have three of these going into my build and my presumption buying them from SteinAir was...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-12-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,382
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (November 2021)

Why wait until Thanksgiving to nuke your weight-control goals? Come out to my place at Sport Flyers the weekend before and get a head start with some ribs fresh off the smoker!

OK, more seriously,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-07-2021, 06:10 PM
Replies: 823
Views: 960,403
Posted By N546RV
It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my...

It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my panel all lit up for testing. Everything has tested out OK so far - the GPS-175 drives the Dynon HSI, the transponder says it has an ADS-B compliant...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 06:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,882
Posted By N546RV
I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame...

I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame work (misdrilled the slide block), so I decided to work on the engine mount today. Got the two upper attache holes drilled in the firewall, which was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,121
Posted By N546RV
Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I...

Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I can rustle up something like an F or G bit. Time to hit up some airport neighbors tomorrow morning...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 06:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,121
Posted By N546RV
OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing...

OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing saga.

First, I think I've found a resolution for the gap issue. I tried fitting the frame without the anchor block to see just how far forward I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2021, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,121
Posted By N546RV
Canopy frame fitting questions

I suppose it was high time the training wheels came off...it's been fun seeing the detail of the construction manual fall off a cliff as I start on the canopy. Tonight I started working on fitting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-10-2021, 10:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,150
Posted By N546RV
Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for...

Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for some seafood, too. I thought I recognized the plane and pilot from the Runway Cafe FB page:...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-10-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 823
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (October 2021)

https://vansairforce.net/community/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=1510&day=2021-10-16

OK yeah, I said last month we'd try again at my place this time, but I wasn't thinking about our vacation. This'll be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-19-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,393
Posted By N546RV
Oddly enough, I didn't use my rotisserie setup at...

Oddly enough, I didn't use my rotisserie setup at all while doing wiring work, even though I very intentionally left it in place thinking I'd use it a lot. I found it easier to lean over the side and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,295
Posted By N546RV
I got bitten by this a while back. The RV-8 has...

I got bitten by this a while back. The RV-8 has 30 or so #8 flush screws around the base of the gear towers, and my SO and I were working on getting those installed; she was on the outside inserting...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-13-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,375
Posted By N546RV
Posting this as a new response in case anyone is...

Posting this as a new response in case anyone is getting notifications. Given the potential for heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, I'm putting off hosting the fly-in, in favor of going to Hooks....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-13-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,446
Posted By N546RV
Same here - mine is low left, above the fuel line...

Same here - mine is low left, above the fuel line passthrough. All grounds go down the left gear tower and forward along the aux longeron to the forest. It remains to be seen how much maintaining...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,375
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (September 2021)

UPDATE 9-13: LOCATION CHANGE

Due to TS Nicholas, I'm opting to put off hosting at my place. With the threat of significant rainfall, there'sa good chance Sport Flyers won't be flyable this weekend,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,787
Posted By N546RV
After reading a few stories of corrosion on...

After reading a few stories of corrosion on stored Grove legs, basically the first thing I did after admiring my new set was to clean off the drool and shoot a coat of epoxy primer.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-01-2021, 07:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 896
Posted By N546RV
The Sportair workshop is a good call IMO. I did...

The Sportair workshop is a good call IMO. I did the sheetmetal one before starting my build and came out of it with a lot more confidence that riveting wasn't some black art that only a select few...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,242
Posted By N546RV
18AWG is what the Dynon pitot controller comes...

18AWG is what the Dynon pitot controller comes with. 12 AWG is what you end up using to wire up the power/ground runs from the ship, though, based on their install manual recommendation. I find it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 10:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,894
Posted By N546RV
More avionics configuration and validation. Drug...

More avionics configuration and validation. Drug the fuselage over to the hangar door so the GPS-175 could get a fix, which allowed me to verify that it was sending position data to the Artex ELT and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,514
Posted By N546RV
Used Lightspeed Sierra ANR for years, but they've...

Used Lightspeed Sierra ANR for years, but they've been relegated to passenger duty ever since I got my QT Halos. I'd happily buy another set, though reading about the CQ makes me a little interested...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 07:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,983
Posted By N546RV
Well, Carl wins the "I told you so" award for...

Well, Carl wins the "I told you so" award for today. I'll spare the details of today's troubleshooting but it eventually became clear that the alligator-clip leads I was using were the issue. After...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 01:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,983
Posted By N546RV
Well, I may have impugned the honor of my power...

Well, I may have impugned the honor of my power supply unjustly. This morning I pulled a motorcycle battery for further testing. It had been sitting for a while so I put it on the charger. As of a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,983
Posted By N546RV
I don't think I mentioned it previously, but I...

I don't think I mentioned it previously, but I did try another power supply. That was a cheaper 10A that I bought some time ago. I had the same results with that supply, which did prompt me to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,359
Posted By N546RV
Finished up all my terminations to the ground...

Finished up all my terminations to the ground block on the firewall:

https://rv.squawk1200.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/img_2520-1024x768.jpg

Decided there wasn't much to do at this point but try...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-22-2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,983
Posted By N546RV
Thanks. I'm going to try adding a battery in...

Thanks. I'm going to try adding a battery in parallel tomorrow to see if that can help smooth things out. Will probably end up getting another/better supply, though.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-22-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,983
Posted By N546RV
Power supply for avionics testing?

Wondering what people have used/are using for testing out their panels. I finished all my ground terminations today and decided it was time to try powering everything up. After double-checking all...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-21-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,902
Posted By N546RV
Good turnout. Good variety of airplanes to drool...

Good turnout. Good variety of airplanes to drool on - a 3, 4, 7, and 8. Plus one ugly Piper.

Next month Iíll be hosting at Sport Flyers. Hope to see some repeat faces!
Forum: Texas (South) 08-20-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,902
Posted By N546RV
I've got the plane until 3 but I doubt we'd be...

I've got the plane until 3 but I doubt we'd be gone that long. I can come back earlier if it helps with other folks' schedules.
Forum: Texas (South) 08-16-2021, 07:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,902
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (August 2021)

https://vansairforce.net/community/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=1500&day=2021-8-21&c=1

We're headed to KLBX and the Runway Cafe this Saturday. So far the weather forecast is looking promising, so we...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2021, 09:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,181
Posted By N546RV
I believe it should be able to drive a CDI. I'm...

I believe it should be able to drive a CDI. I'm basing this belief mainly on there being pinouts on the connector for a CDI.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,621
Posted By N546RV
Finished all the branch circuit wiring on the...

Finished all the branch circuit wiring on the fuse shelf. Lots of lacing, carefully arranging a ton of little wires, trimming, and crimping, but I'm really happy with the end result. Still need to...
Forum: Texas (South) 07-14-2021, 09:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 965
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (July 2021)

Looks like it's time for us to do lunch again. Originally I was planning on doing LBX this time around, but through the dark forces of Murphy, as applied to aircraft rentals, neither of the planes I...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-18-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,464
Posted By N546RV
Rain or shine, I'll eat a hamburger in any...

Rain or shine, I'll eat a hamburger in any weather. Though looks like we're going to get shine tomorrow.
Forum: Texas (South) 06-16-2021, 07:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,464
Posted By N546RV
Well, I'll be there rain or shine, though I'm...

Well, I'll be there rain or shine, though I'm going to hold out hope that I can make a 20-minute flight instead of a 40-minute drive. Hope to see you there!

In other news, the Arrow I was going to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2021, 10:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,467
Posted By N546RV
Yeah, staying centered on the railroad tracks...

Yeah, staying centered on the railroad tracks ranges between "rough ride" and "I just got turned into a greasy spot."
Forum: Texas (South) 06-08-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,464
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (June 2021)

Posting this one up a bit early this time in coordination with getting this on the VAF calendar, in my continuing quest to get more attention and attendance.

The 19th will be the usual third...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 04:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,682
Posted By N546RV
I sent off for quotes from a few different...

I sent off for quotes from a few different places. This was for components only, no panel/harness build/design services. Each seemed to have a slightly different package discount structure, but the...
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