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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 07:11 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,351
Posted By fixnflyguy
I know a couple !

I introduced 3 young low time pilots over the last few years (C-172/182 drivers) by giving them rides in my -4, one who just had a couple PPL lessons under his belt,.. all 3 now own an RV. 2 didn't ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-12-2021, 06:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 312
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

My day job is overseeing the depot maintenance on KC10 tankers..Proseal by the gallons. I also built my -4(No leaks in 15 years), and have successfully re-sealed other "leakers". My personal...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-12-2021, 04:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 894
Posted By fixnflyguy
Me too

I wear a 11.5 EEE normally, no bueno for rudder pedals. I have a pair of "VANS" Checkerboards for flying, and because the material is so stretchy, the sole fits well in the pedals and I have no...
Forum: Tools 05-10-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,426
Posted By fixnflyguy
Thumb Vixen

I don't have picture of it with me, but its a tiny vixen file about an inch long with a little curved wood handle that you pretty much push along with your thumb or finger. Got mine from a Boeing...
Forum: RV-4 05-10-2021, 05:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 290
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I cut my bow at the centerline and removed a little bit at at a time until the canopy bubble fit down over it. I then got a piece of tubing (3" or so long) that fit inside of it, curved it to match...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-07-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,456
Posted By fixnflyguy
Talking No stripes for me..

My wife loves RV's..My wife loves our RV-4. I love that my wife loves the RV-4, no stripes for me.. Fortunately, we just started dating when I finished the base color and reassembly and she named it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-07-2021, 11:34 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 196
Posted By fixnflyguy
Ohhh, your plane will be heavier.

If its not in the skin already, do a flush plug rivet. If its in the skin, just let me an additional rivet...Sleep may be lost over the added weight, but strength wont be compromised!
Forum: RV-4 05-05-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,098
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fully closed off

It is completely closed in the RV-4 as the closure is the seatback. Good amount of room, but cant load heavy with heavy rear passenger. In this picture, I have seat folded forward and a 3.5 gallon...
Forum: RV-4 05-05-2021, 04:55 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,098
Posted By fixnflyguy
Dog would not be happy!

I'm not sure any dog would be happy in the baggage compartment, but 40 lbs. wouldn't be a problem. If no rear passenger is in this scenario, the rear seat back can be quickly removed and a properly...
Forum: Safety 05-04-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,344
Posted By fixnflyguy
It happened to a friend at our airport

A longtime RV builder and friend passed away while working on his RV-8A in his hangar a couple years ago. Several of us had seen his truck parked at his hangar as it was nearly every day, but no one...
Forum: Tools 05-04-2021, 05:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,426
Posted By fixnflyguy
They have been around a while..but be careful!

I have used them for 40 years, and have them all the way up to 3/4". My day job is a structural specialist for heavy aircraft, and I spent a lot of time working with B737 thin skin failure issues. To...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-03-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 737
Posted By fixnflyguy
What vintage cowling?

The early polyester cowlings were prone to deformation and the drawings actually show a little support T made from tubing for the nose area near the alternator. The later cowls with the honeycomb...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-30-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,023
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I do

I painted the bottom of my wheel pants with a teflon infused urethane paint that is very tough and takes the abuse of gravel and dirt on turf strips very well. It only needs to cover the very bottom,...
Forum: The RV Grin 04-30-2021, 07:08 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 914
Posted By fixnflyguy
It worked for me

My story is similar, however my then girlfriend had never been in a small plane. My RV-4 however was just ready for its first flight, and all she could do was watch for 40 hrs until I finished my...
Forum: Flight Testing 04-26-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 277
Posted By fixnflyguy
Yes

Anyone qualified /certified to fly can do the phase 1. It has been done often, and putting together the logbook sign-off details and transitioning to Phase 2 is more about the aircraft than the...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-26-2021, 08:13 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,623
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do this then..

If its climb performance you seek...here is the solution. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k_gedJrWbT4 . There are some aesthetic drawbacks and horrible prop clearance, but climb rate is on par with...
Forum: RV-4 04-26-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 462
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not much

I cant say for 100%, but the major kits (tail,wing,fuselage ) should have all the most current changes. The skins for the elevators and rudder were changed from .016 to .020 at some point, and that...
Forum: RV-4 04-24-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,081
Posted By fixnflyguy
Rebuild the caps

The caps will leak as they age. Rebuild, keep lubricated and maintained. The vent system if built correctly will do its job. If your plane is sitting unlevel, you may still get some out of the cap,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-16-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,230
Posted By fixnflyguy
I do

I do have a back-up battery separate power source. I'm not the only electrically dependent system out there, and I had at once been tempted to install the Romec pad mounted pump (with reduced...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-15-2021, 11:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,560
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it

I have a friend that was only a few hours into his PPL training(C172) and stumbled accross us RV guys at the local airport..one ride in an RV and he was hooked. His non-RV CFI agreed to get an RV...
Forum: RV-4 04-15-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 973
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

My first RV-4 "ride" was in the back seat of a friends -4 with manual flaps. I immediately saw the drawback of the foot interference possibilities. I built my -4 with the VANs electric flap set-up...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-15-2021, 04:40 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,230
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have 2 electrics in series

I am running an O320H2AD Carbureted and eliminated the engine driven pump because of the mounting location. I utilize 2 of the Facet low pressure cubes in series, one mounted in the tunnel per plans...
Forum: RV-4 04-13-2021, 05:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 493
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I just used a piece of .125" (made from one leg of an angle scrap) across the top and tied to the longerons if I recall. You just need to adlib a bit and be creative. Ultimately, they are just a hard...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-12-2021, 05:50 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,256
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nope..

To me, I must have both..been riding since age 10 and flying since age 16, and no plans to ever give either one up until I cant do it anymore. can throw a boat in there too..my hangar has all the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-10-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,809
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

I built my RV-4 on a very tight budget..less than 25K, BUT, I did everything including engine rebuild ,paint,interior and all steam gauges. Nothing fancy. It met my goals, visions and the end result...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 05:41 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By fixnflyguy
Proseal

If you have any Proseal left over, it is a marvelous adhesive that stays pliable and withstands elements. At my dayjob working airliners it is used for many bonding scenarios as well as fuel tanks....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-08-2021, 04:57 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,047
Posted By fixnflyguy
I've seen that

I have a bunch of new airline carpet..enough to carpet a B777 for real. It does the same thing when it gets wet. I use it for hangar floor, garage floor,ect, and when it gets water spilled or dripped...
Forum: RV-4 04-05-2021, 05:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 937
Posted By fixnflyguy
My buzz fix

My RV-4 canopy did that also, and rudder inputs at speed would change the pitch. I have rubber bulb seal down the straight sides of my canopy, but nothing on the curved skin sides in back, as I let...
Forum: Southeast 04-02-2021, 06:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 449
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another time hopefully..

Of course,..the day I leave for Fla on vacation! I have been meaning to get up there and see the museum anyway. Maybe another time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 712
Posted By fixnflyguy
Crazing not so much

Crazing goes deep, and you may get early stage crazing to polish out somewhat, however, once crazed..always crazed. In my experience, even when you think its well polished out, the first time its in...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-02-2021, 04:45 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,838
Posted By fixnflyguy
JetFlex/Unpainted fasteners

I did the basic "military" spartan flat gray Jetflex water based interior paint, with panels painted individually and unpainted titanium screws. Every screw is same size, so no confusion. Much easier...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-31-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,169
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Rob said..if you can.

We had do the same thing at our airport recently. Its seems to be the norm these days. I only carry liability (non-flight) on my RV-4, and adding all the requested verbiage to fulfill the airport...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-26-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 508
Posted By fixnflyguy
As others said..same one

I put one in my RV-4 R/H wing, and one under each cowl cheek..all the same. The wing inlet is the bomb for backseater..tons of air.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-26-2021, 06:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 502
Posted By fixnflyguy
Non-pressurized strut/absorber.

On my -4, I installed a non pressurized strut I liberated from an airliner overhead bin door. My particular strut has no lifting capability, but has some damping effect if the canopy is blown closed....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By fixnflyguy
Been there done that

Had to return from OSH in 2019 with no right brake. Line blew out while taxiing for departure out of OSH. Its worth practicing for if you have the space to do so. Not fun if you have long taxi or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,403
Posted By fixnflyguy
I picked mine

I had the local FSDO do my inspection, and afterward, we drew my test area out on a sectional based on my choice of favorable airports as "corners". Mine was more of a trapezoidal corridor that gave...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-24-2021, 04:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 708
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Rob said..

Your new plane will never really be "Airworthy" in the terms applied to a certified aircraft. I am an APIA, and do inspections of both and the sign-off is entirely different...an experimental is "in...
Forum: RV-10 03-23-2021, 04:29 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,598
Posted By fixnflyguy
Door Ease is the ticket

I use "Door Ease" for all my hinges..never any streaking. Its basically a big stick of Parafin Wax (In a big chapstick like tube)made for lubricating household door hinges to prevent the mess of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 08:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 472
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I have electric aileron, elevator and flaps, each one controlled through the MAC stick grip switches, but their power source is individual breakers. I wanted capability to disable each one...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-18-2021, 08:49 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,069
Posted By fixnflyguy
How big is the dent?

First off, by trade/day job, I specialize in aircraft structure. The likelihood of reworking a dent in thin skin with perfect results is near impossible. 2024-T3 (clad or unclad) doesn't easily...
Forum: Southeast 03-15-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 738
Posted By fixnflyguy
Deerfield resort

I have never lived there, but have visited (via my RV-4)Deerfield resort on Norris Lake a bit north of Knoxville. I'd move there in a skinny minute if I could. Water, Golf, Nice airport. Went there...
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2021, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 842
Posted By fixnflyguy
What mine does.

On my -4, I have a basic Denso alternator i bought through VANs. The "fail light" is a simple red LED I bought from Radio Shack. When engine is off and master is on the light is bright red, when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 12:11 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By fixnflyguy
Gottcha there!

I had a ding in my rudder T/E and ended up with airframe vibration at high speed..No Bueno. The re-skin is pretty straightforward and should be a day job at worst. Can probably re-use the stiffeners.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-12-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 787
Posted By fixnflyguy
How bad?

How bad is it wrecked? Re-skin may be faster and the rest will line up easier.
Forum: RV-4 03-11-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 679
Posted By fixnflyguy
That's what I did Skip

Skip,
Mine are routed same as yours, Comm and Transponder down the centerline. Iv'e never had any static issue. I doubt your getting static from that, however, I may have just been lucky...AVX is my...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,932
Posted By fixnflyguy
I sent you a PM

Here is the only picture I have on me at the moment, and you cant really get an understanding of the eyelet bevel. Imagine making an igloo with square blocks vs. angled blocks with beveled sides to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-11-2021, 05:06 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,932
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple additional things

Matt,
Are you building or replacing on a currently flying aircraft? That particular hinge requires some additional massaging rather than just bending and drilling it up. The eyelets (firewall side...
Forum: Southeast 03-05-2021, 05:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 500
Posted By fixnflyguy
KEXX or INT if all else fails

Don't rule out KINT if your other options are a bust. It would likely be less of a drive than Hickory, has a tower and nice big runway. Also has car rental on field I believe. RCR racing is based out...
Forum: Autopilots 03-05-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 767
Posted By fixnflyguy
++ Pat Hatch

Pat , a long time friend, is the sole reason I built an RV-4. When Pat lived in NC, he and some fellow corporate pilots had the first RV's in the area based next to the Piedmont Airlines hangar I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-04-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,585
Posted By fixnflyguy
My experience

My day job (big jets) heavy structural overhaul has had me deep into drawings for the last 40 plus years, so much, I did several years in the engineering group. Typically, the production drawings are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2021, 04:54 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,387
Posted By fixnflyguy
Follow History

More injectors = More smoke. The higher up the exhaust, the better vaporization, which means less belly residue. I drilled and installed mine about 12" up from the end and wish I would have gone 12"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2021, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,006
Posted By fixnflyguy
Traceability is the key

You will likely get varying responses to this post, and I wont claim to be an expert, though I am a 42yr APIA and spent plenty of time in the logbook. Its meant to keep track of the obvious and not...
Forum: RV-4 03-01-2021, 04:48 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 9,527
Posted By fixnflyguy
I like this one too

A friend and well known RV guy on here..Pat Hatch, had this type on his. I have been flying mine for 11 years and still haven't built my latch, but this will likely be the one I install. This latch...
Forum: RV-4 02-26-2021, 07:19 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,098
Posted By fixnflyguy
Lots of threads on this already

There are several threads on this same question, but here is my usual response from experience. I have a -4 I built and love it..95% of my flying is 2 up (wife loves to fly). I am 6'1", 200ish, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 12:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 638
Posted By fixnflyguy
Careful

There are other recent threads on this..the primer system works great. Pumping the throttle works great..EXCEPT, that is shooting fuel straight up from the carb, and a failed start can lead to...
Forum: RV-4 02-25-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,199
Posted By fixnflyguy
Fun!

Normal fun!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 05:44 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,884
Posted By fixnflyguy
Have you been in any RV?

Welcome to the wide world of RV's (the flying kind)! Have you flown in, or looked at any of the types? What are you currently flying? The build process is SIMILAR no matter what you build, so the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 02-23-2021, 06:50 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,070
Posted By fixnflyguy
Check this..

My fiberglass fairings over stiffeners on my -4 migrated downward for no apparent reason, and after re-setting them a few times I discovered the AFT upper corner of the fairing (where the hinge runs)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 11:27 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 866
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another thing..

I have 1/8" silicon rubber (red high temp) foam sheet used in big jet high temperature areas subject to fire, with a .020" titanium overlay in my footwells for heat and vibration protection, but I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 11:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 866
Posted By fixnflyguy
Titanium

I work in the big jet world, and firewalls are titanium or inconel, mostly titanium. The Titanium is lighter. I almost made my -4 forward belly skin from it, but didn't feel the need..a fire that bad...
Forum: RV-4 02-16-2021, 05:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 665
Posted By fixnflyguy
Spar flange likely

It looks like a wave caused by the spar flange not being even. It would likely take drilling the skin loose and trying to adjust the spar flange. The skin is thin and will follow the spar flange. May...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 10:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 539
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did on my RV-4

I did mine pretty much as the electric trim kit sketch dictated. The MAC servo is mounted to the skin access plate and all goes in together. Easy and effective. I had already cut the elevator skin...
Forum: Tools 02-15-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,106
Posted By fixnflyguy
What Carl did

I did the same as Carl many times, but less elegant..I just coiled a 50 foot airhose in a cut in half 55 gallon plastic drum, then through separator, and one final measure of the little plastic...
Forum: Northeast 02-15-2021, 05:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,359
Posted By fixnflyguy
Id love to go there with my -4

Nice pics! My mother-in-law just moved from there to Fla, too cold! Id love to go land on the ice some time..my -4 is "all white" like your beautiful bird is.We go by call sign "Casper".
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