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Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-17-2022, 06:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,335
Posted By Pmerems
EGT failure-Fouled plug? Engine behavior

Yesterday I took my RV-7A up for a flight after my conditional inspection. I have been flying my RV for over 10 years with only 500 hours on my bird. I know that is a bit embarrassing.

20 miles...
Forum: Tools 12-07-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 627
Posted By Pmerems
Great Deal on Harbor Freight Flex Head Stubby Ratchet Set ($10.99)

Fellow builders and owners.

I am always looking for tools that can help me work on the RV. For example I have several different types ratcheting screw drivers and I use them all when needed.

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-26-2021, 09:41 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,978
Posted By Pmerems
The perfect holiday gift for the RV builder/Owner that won't break the bank.

What's the best holiday gift to give an RV builder/Owner that doesn't break the bank?

An RV Mug.

Walmart's photo Mugs are on sale again this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,046
Posted By Pmerems
Valley Christian School.

I have stayed there for the past 18 Airventures. You share a room with 6-8 others. Air conditioned. Hot showers. Breakfast is Home-made. Home-made dinners for a fee. Bus transportation to the...
Forum: Tools 05-07-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,767
Posted By Pmerems
TBBT-2 Now in production

After some delays the ExperimentalAero Tire Bead Breaker Tool (TBBT-2) is in production and ready to ship.
Forum: Tools 02-16-2021, 07:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,767
Posted By Pmerems
Email fixed

Updated email link.
Forum: Tools 02-13-2021, 05:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,767
Posted By Pmerems
New Product from ExperimentalAero The TBBT-2

ExperimentalAero is proud to introduce its latest tool Tire Bead Breaking Tool (TBBT-2) Designed for the Homebuilt Aircraft, and GA owners. No more struggling with clamps, vices, mallets to break...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-21-2021, 05:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,246
Posted By Pmerems
Polyester or Epoxy

The only concern I would have is any out gases reacting with the vacuum pump seals or plastics causing damage.

I can tell you first hand you don't want to store mixed polyester resin in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2020, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,978
Posted By Pmerems
Best Looking Mug Around-Hangar Banners

I just received my 15 oz RV-7A Mug from Walmart. Take a look. It was only $6.00, no that is not a misprint but a special holiday price. (10 oz ~$8, 15 oz...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 12,125
Posted By Pmerems
Unintended runway excursion on takeoff.

Early in my RV7A flying I had a few high stress moments on takeoff. Just after the weight came off the mains, the plane instantly departed to the left (left crosswind). Posted a video on the forum...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-18-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,718
Posted By Pmerems
AZ paint shops

Wickenberg does a nice job, I have a few RV friends that had their RV's painted there. I had my RV7A painted in Safford. Had many issues but everyone tells me it is a really good paint job....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2020, 07:18 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,856
Posted By Pmerems
RV4 down in Safford AZ

Another sad day in the RV community in Tucson. I just learned of the loss. I personally never met the pilot, a 79 year old former Navy A3/A6 driver. He was the step father of a coworker and I know...
Forum: COMM 03-13-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,223
Posted By Pmerems
Power sequence

I have a Zulu and clarity aloft headset setup with the GTR 200. I have to turn on the Zulu power after the GTR is powered on for the intercom function to work. Not a big deal.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-29-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 7,528
Posted By Pmerems
Gary, Do you know where to find this report?


Do you know where to find this report?
Forum: Tools 01-26-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 25,080
Posted By Pmerems
DRDT-2 News

Effective 2/1/20

All new DRDT-2?s will be lighter weight and less expensive to ship. This is good news to new customers.

As of January 1, 2020 Both FedEx and UPS lowered their heavy package...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-21-2019, 10:48 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 955
Posted By Pmerems
Wheel Bearing Preload Change Over Time

I performed my condition inspection this week. This is my 8th inspection (9 years flying-415 hours on the RV-7A, surely not flying enough)

While servicing my wheels and brakes (Cleaveland Wheels...
Forum: Job Board 11-06-2019, 07:37 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 7,912
Posted By Pmerems
Raytheon Missile Systems-Tucson

I am at the end of my career at Raytheon as are many and we need young bright engineers to carry the torch.

If he is interested in some challenging opportunities check out RayJobs on the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-22-2019, 01:24 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,412
Posted By Pmerems
#3 hose with #4 fittings also. No noise@

I have #3 hose with #4 ends. Polymer jacket over the SS braid. Full run from fuselage bulkhead fitting to brake housing. Got the lines from Bonaco.

Never an issue.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2019, 06:28 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,412
Posted By Pmerems
Flex line do work without noise.

Flex lines for 9 yrs and counting. No noise.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-21-2019, 12:34 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 10,412
Posted By Pmerems
Low frequency

Sounds like a low frequency vibration. Is the recording with the wheel pant on? If so the low frequency maybe amplified by the wheel pant. Also the gear fearing maybe channeling the noise up...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-18-2019, 07:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 917
Posted By Pmerems
Rivet heads?

It has been over 12 yrs since I test fit my weldments but I had an interference with the universal head rivets in the pre-made center section and the clearance hole in the weldments. The center...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-15-2019, 04:18 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,043
Posted By Pmerems
Should work

Years ago when building my RV4 I bought a used Aero Flash strobe system. One of the domes and bulbs were broken. I replace the strobe bulb with one from Radio Shack. Made a cardboard form to match...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-07-2019, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 974
Posted By Pmerems
Wind Direction Vector-Skyview-What's going on?

For those smarter than me...

I am puzzeled by my Skyview wind direction vector readings. I have a classic Skyview that I have about 200 hours on, more than 400 hours on the RV-7A. I also have a...
Forum: Tools 06-14-2018, 03:03 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 5,281
Posted By Pmerems
Battery Handle-Every shop should have it

Folks, This is sort of a repost for those who haven't see this great useful tool.

My 3rd PC680 battery died the other day and I had to replace it. I used the tool in the photo and it worked great. ...
Forum: RV-14 12-27-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,997
Posted By Pmerems
Leading edge dimpling with a DRDT-2

This is a RV-7 tank skin.
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-06-2017, 07:02 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,195
Posted By Pmerems
At Tucson International Airport. Just off...

At Tucson International Airport. Just off Valencia. T-hangars, just behind Millionair. (520) 907-2634 or (520) 909-0910
Forum: West (and Southwest) 12-05-2017, 09:00 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,195
Posted By Pmerems
Handy Hargars

There have been some hangars opening up at TIA. Don?t know about the waiting list at Handy Hangers.

Jim you finally got back in the game, congrats.
Forum: COMM 11-24-2017, 11:43 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,469
Posted By Pmerems
10 out of 10

The GTR200 has a fantastic digital intercom. I have flying with it for ~2+ yrs. No issues and superior to my previous flightcom 403. I use the 3-D audio. It is not a gimmic, it works as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 13,715
Posted By Pmerems
Overtaking by 80 knots please slow down

The other day I was #2 landing on rwy 21 at Tucson. The main runway is under upgrades and the airliners are landing on rwy 21. Appoach asked me to keep my speed up as I approached the airport. ...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-12-2017, 06:29 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,983
Posted By Pmerems
Bolt head inboard

I installed mine with the bolt heads inboard. I remove the bolts every conditional inspection and release the flaps to inspect the flap hinge and rear spar. Didn't see a good reason to jump through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2017, 07:51 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,330
Posted By Pmerems
Same story with different ending

Sometime ago I spoke with Lightspeed about the sticky battery holder and got the $100 answer. While at Airventure last summer I spoke with Lightspeed again. They told me to send it in and they...
Forum: Safety 08-18-2017, 05:37 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 20,432
Posted By Pmerems

Here is an enlarged and cropped image from the video. This item was hanging off near the base of the cowl near the nose gear leg. It falls off...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2017, 08:58 AM
Replies: 83
Views: 24,642
Posted By Pmerems
Sinks like a rock?

Several posts here talk about coming over the fence below ## kts and anything below that it "Sinks like a rock (SLAR)".

What is missing from the general statement is if at idle power or not, solo or...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-09-2017, 04:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,531
Posted By Pmerems
Rivet removal tool


I posted this years ago but if you are building an RV you will be removing rivets. On my website you will find the info under builder tips.
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 05-08-2017, 03:12 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,923
Posted By Pmerems
Thanks for more info

As a Tip-builder and flyer I think it is important to help those considering a Tip-up canopy to understand from others what maybe the cause of the issues you have had and why some of us have not had...
Forum: Tip up canopy vs. Sliding canopy 05-05-2017, 02:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 9,923
Posted By Pmerems
Post your issues

I am a proud Tip-up builder/flyer and have no issues with the tip-up whatsoever. I know many local Tip-up flyers who have had no issues also.

I have seen some really poor Tip-up constructions over...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-01-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 8,601
Posted By Pmerems
Looks fixable from photo

From the photo it looks like it could be bent back into position without issue. However as others have mentioned, get feedback from Vans.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,721
Posted By Pmerems
Mike Busch-He's the man

Great info. Thanks for locating it.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2017, 05:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,854
Posted By Pmerems
Proseal deterioration due to fuel leak?

Just another guess. Hope not, but I have seen Proseal soften and get rather gummy in some cases.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2017, 05:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,721
Posted By Pmerems
Less unburned fuel?

My first thought was that less efficient combustion would lead to a richer mixture. Since I was already ROP I would have thought the EGT's would drop a bit.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2017, 05:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,721
Posted By Pmerems
Mag check at altitude-EGT increase?

I decided to perform a mag check at altitude yesterday. I have an IO-360 with a CS prop. I was crusing at 8.5K a little ROP when I tested the mags.

The mags were fine but what I noticed was the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-28-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,304
Posted By Pmerems
Valley Christian School

Valley Christian School is another option. Info on EAA website. Stayed there the past 12 or so years. No private rooms. 6-8 People per room. Rooms are air conditions. Free home made breakfasts and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2017, 02:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,699
Posted By Pmerems

The PLA will warp when exposed to the heat of the sun. :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2017, 07:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 12,426
Posted By Pmerems

My recommendation is to get the best radio with a fantastic digital intercom, the GTR200. You will not regret it. Flying my RV7A with the GTR200 for ~2yrs, no issues and enjoying the state of the...
Forum: Primers 02-26-2017, 05:49 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,385
Posted By Pmerems
It adheres well to Fiberglas

A friend has been flying his RV7A for years with all his fiberglass parts primed with Akzo green epoxy primer. No issues.
Forum: Job Board 01-20-2017, 08:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 7,615
Posted By Pmerems

I work for Raytheon. We hire hundreds of interns for 8-10 weeks during the summer. We pay for housing and possible travel (not 100% sure of the travel part). Raytheon is a very large company with...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-15-2017, 11:08 PM
Replies: 118
Views: 47,536
Posted By Pmerems
Been there fixed that

My front seal on my Superior IO360 leaked after a 100 hrs or so. Pulled the old out and it was "bonded" with the white silicone sealant as well. Didn't take much force to unseat it. Installed a...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 01-14-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 7,266
Posted By Pmerems
I know those guys


It was wonderful to see you sharing the adventure with your extended clan. As I watched the video I was jealous. When I was building my 7A my kids were young teenagers and I wasn't able to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-31-2016, 09:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,021
Posted By Pmerems
EGT issues

I have had a couple of EGT issues over the years. I just replaced one that behaved exactly like the original posters. "X"ed out at abient and then once the engine warmed up work fairly accuractly. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2016, 09:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 8,081
Posted By Pmerems

Keep in mind drilling a new hole or holes in the assembly would not allow for deburring (stress risers). Then dimpling the assembly might cause cracks :confused:. Of couse you could remove many...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-21-2016, 10:43 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 13,867
Posted By Pmerems

I have almost 350 hours and 6 yrs flying my RV-7A. I only had about 115 hrs total and that was 25 yrs prior to flying my RV-7A. I did transition train and got about 10 hrs in an RV before I flew...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2016, 06:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 14,345
Posted By Pmerems
Sticky Situation

Yes I mean sticky.

My Zulu or should I say my wife's Zulu headset gets very little flight time and mainly resides in a comfortable padded environment (case) on a shelf in the hanger. So it has been...
Forum: West (and Southwest) 09-09-2016, 06:48 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,274
Posted By Pmerems


Welcome to Tucson. I am Hangared at TIA in T-hangars next to the AZANG. These are single plane hangars that go for $275/mo. Older T's on the other side go for a bit less. The larger hangars...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-23-2016, 09:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,873
Posted By Pmerems
Try a double nut first.

Try a double nut first. If that fails and you don't care to damage the studs you can use a vice grip.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-19-2016, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,077
Posted By Pmerems
Superior Seminar at Osh


I sat through a Superior Air Part Compression testing seminar at Airventure in July. Just like many has said, the stars and ring gaps may have aligned. Just fly it for a few more hours and...
Forum: Midwest 08-11-2016, 08:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,676
Posted By Pmerems
Quiet Tools

You have a few choices of tools that will greatly reduce the amount of noise during your build.

1. Use an electric drill, not an air drill. Air drills require a compressor and consume a large...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-04-2016, 12:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,328
Posted By Pmerems
Years of storage in high temps.

I have stored mine and continously used it in my shop in the Arizona heat (100F) for years. Yes it does congeal a bit but once it is mixed with the other part I was always able to use it without...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-27-2016, 09:11 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,622
Posted By Pmerems
Ever lose a tool in your airplane?

Have you ever lost a tool in your airplane and never found it? Not a good situation.

Read this interesting article about loosing a pair of pliers only to be found many decades...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-20-2016, 08:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,463
Posted By Pmerems
Refocused Video- Before and After


If your GoPro isn't taking the quality videos you were hoping for it just might be out of focus. My Hero 3+ Silver was and I just posted a video of before and after refocusing.

Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2016, 03:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 13,081
Posted By Pmerems
Updated the link to the PCU bracket


I just re-linked the photos. I have almost 350 hours on my RV-7A and haven't had any issues with the bracket.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-10-2016, 10:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,865
Posted By Pmerems
Flying an RV is.....

When I talk with student pilots or GA pilots who have never flown an RV I always try to describe what it is like to fly one. I have a hard time expressing what it is really like. I've said that "C...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2016, 09:34 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 76,573
Posted By Pmerems

I have a detached shop I built. Has water but sink drains to the wash on the property. I just use the sink to wash up after a day of airplane building. Bio breaks give me a chance to go into the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-01-2016, 10:44 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,941
Posted By Pmerems
It is Tucson not Tuscon

Sorry I had to correct this.
Forum: Safety 05-27-2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,808
Posted By Pmerems
Lightbulb 65 kts?

If I am on final (RV7A IO360 CS) with power off at 65 kts my sink rate picks up rather fast. I am typically over the numbers when below 65 kts. My touch down speed according to my Dynon data is...
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