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Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 06:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,607
Posted By sf3543
Corrected my previous post. Drill #35 to tap #6...

Corrected my previous post.
Drill #35 to tap #6 screw threads, not #28.
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-26-2021, 10:27 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,607
Posted By sf3543
I have installed quite a few canopies on RVs over...

I have installed quite a few canopies on RVs over the years. At least a dozen or more. So far none have cracked.
I have never used sikaflex but have always drilled the canopy and either used rivets...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-23-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,647
Posted By sf3543
The May Kitplanes magazine had an article about...

The May Kitplanes magazine had an article about the future of homebuilding. It included an interview with Rian Johnson, from VANs, where he advocated "something called LPA, or Light Personal...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 957
Posted By sf3543
Putting a flat edge on a hinge pin creates a very...

Putting a flat edge on a hinge pin creates a very long drill bit that you can chuck into a drill and ream the hinge, in place, in order to make inserting the final hinge pin easier.
Pointing the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-29-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,278
Posted By sf3543
I'd use a pop rivet and fill in the hole. But, if...

I'd use a pop rivet and fill in the hole.
But, if you decide to try riveting a solid rivet, use a soft rivet.
It would be a rivet without the divot in the middle of the rivet head and much easier to...
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-27-2021, 09:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 925
Posted By sf3543
Fred I had the same problem on my RV8 based out...

Fred
I had the same problem on my RV8 based out of 5C1, which is in the same low service area you are in.
Give me a call and Iíll tell you how I got it to work correctly and get a good PAPR.
Might...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-23-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By sf3543
I hook up my 12v source directly to the battery...

I hook up my 12v source directly to the battery to work on avionics. Just turn on the master and everything works fine.
Just make sure you are putting in enough amps to run everything you are using...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 54,911
Posted By sf3543
No, I haven't worked on a 10 or 14 yet so I...

No, I haven't worked on a 10 or 14 yet so I haven't made one. However, I can send you the Word doc for the RV7 checklist and you can probably modify it pretty easily to fit the RV14.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-10-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 54,911
Posted By sf3543
Here's a couple examples of what I use

Here a couple of the checklists I use. I have one for most RV models.
The front page gives the general information and I use the picture to identify any exterior scratches, dings, etc before I even...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-21-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,263
Posted By sf3543
Yep you are seeing obstacle alerts. On the ground...

Yep you are seeing obstacle alerts. On the ground I see a lot of vertical lines but in the air they basically go away since you are above them. At first I thought the screen was acting up. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-20-2021, 12:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,536
Posted By sf3543
DIY Towbar

If you want a DIY tow bar, you can build this with parts from HD or LOWEs in a couple hours.
Basic pieces are 8' of 1/8 x 1.5" aluminum angle and a gate hinge.
For attaching the gate hinge to the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-20-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,263
Posted By sf3543
NYTOM - "My Sport SX is preforming better than...

NYTOM - "My Sport SX is preforming better than new and even has some new features."

What new features are you seeing?
Thanks
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,042
Posted By sf3543
That's correct

That's correct
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-13-2021, 08:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,042
Posted By sf3543
Strip a piece of wire back about 1/2Ē , fray out...

Strip a piece of wire back about 1/2Ē , fray out the strands to flatten the wire, and stick it in the screw mounting hole of the fairing from the back.
Insert the screw as normal and it should screw...
Forum: ADS-B 02-11-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 605
Posted By sf3543
I have done several of that specific installs and...

I have done several of that specific installs and they work well, since the 430W supplies the WAAS GPS data input for the ADS-B.
The 430W may need to have the software upgraded to get the "ADS-B+"...
Forum: GPS 02-08-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 6,556
Posted By sf3543
When mounting GPS antennas, remember that they do...

When mounting GPS antennas, remember that they do not only look straight up to see satellites but also look at angles to pick up satellites closer to the horizon. So you don't want to shade the areas...
Forum: RV-3 02-03-2021, 08:17 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,297
Posted By sf3543
I'm assuming you haven't yet bought any...

I'm assuming you haven't yet bought any instruments, since you said proposed.
So, Everything you have, except radio and TXP, is available in one EFIS package and uses a lot less space. For example,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2021, 05:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,388
Posted By sf3543
If you want to make it easier to do, try this...

If you want to make it easier to do, try this method.
Lay out a piece of plastic large enough to make your lay up.
Make a template of the piece you want to lay up and trace it onto the plastic.
Cut...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 08:15 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 646
Posted By sf3543
Call VANs with the serial number of your RV8 and...

Call VANs with the serial number of your RV8 and they will tell you which parts will fit your age kit.
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-26-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 637
Posted By sf3543
use a longer cotter pin

use a longer cotter pin
Forum: RV-14 01-19-2021, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,066
Posted By sf3543
You'd be surprised how many times I have found...

You'd be surprised how many times I have found the wrong size nut plate installed or where the threaded part got squeezed by the riveter.
If it is the incorrect size then drill it out and replace...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-18-2021, 09:09 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,478
Posted By sf3543
You can purchase the ones that do not have the...

You can purchase the ones that do not have the adhesive on the bottom.
I like to:
Rough up the bottom of the squares on a piece of sand paper.
Rough up the spot where you are planning to put it with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-18-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,741
Posted By sf3543
How do you intend to attach the fairing to the...

How do you intend to attach the fairing to the rudder? With rivets or screws?
If you want to make it removeable you have to plan for that in the rudder horn area.
As for the rectangular area, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-12-2021, 01:02 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,751
Posted By sf3543
Things to ponder

It used to be that you had to build an RV if you wanted one, but that is no longer the case. There are plenty out there for sale, depending on which one you want and the condition you are willing to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-10-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,580
Posted By sf3543
Iíve built several ECI engines and all have been...

Iíve built several ECI engines and all have been great.

A buddy has a 340 on his RV7 and the head on #2 cyl broke loose from the cylinder in flight.
After that, I was talking to a Carbon Cub guy and...
Forum: ADS-B 01-03-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,614
Posted By sf3543
You can mount everything inside the wingtip. Just...

You can mount everything inside the wingtip.
Just build a mounting bracket or two to hold the antennas. A little spacing is always good. The echo can mount directly to the side of the rib
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-03-2021, 09:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,844
Posted By sf3543
Chad Just got some Bendix mags back from the shop...

Chad
Just got some Bendix mags back from the shop for their 500 hr inspection/OH.

Done by:
www.aircraftignitionservices.com
in Honey Grove, TX which is NE of Dallas. Very nice folks to work...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 08:09 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,739
Posted By sf3543
I had similar issues with passing the PAPR so I...

I had similar issues with passing the PAPR so I called uAvionix and spoke to David Wagner, who is the Echo guru.
After some checking, he determined that although my airport was right next to a big...
Forum: ADS-B 01-02-2021, 07:56 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,614
Posted By sf3543
Echo in the wing tip

David Wagner is the EchoUAT guru at uAvionix and he sent me a picture of an installation of the entire EchoUAT in the wingtip of an RV.
I cant find the picture but if you call uAvionix and ask for...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-30-2020, 05:00 PM
Replies: 731
Views: 841,228
Posted By sf3543
Sport SX The older legacy model

Sport SX
The older legacy model
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-25-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 731
Views: 841,228
Posted By sf3543
Thanks Randy. As for the lettering, the white...

Thanks Randy.

As for the lettering, the white lettering on the sub-panels isn't vinyl.
The panels are painted destroyer gray and a guy on my field engraved the lettering with his laser engraver,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-23-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 731
Views: 841,228
Posted By sf3543
Just finished a rewire and new panel on a new to...

Just finished a rewire and new panel on a new to me RV8
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-23-2020, 07:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,093
Posted By sf3543
Make a cardboard box the same size as your radios...

Make a cardboard box the same size as your radios but cut it short enough to fit between the panels.
You could also make a styrofoam plug the same cross section to fit and then trace around it on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2020, 07:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By sf3543
Check your PMs

Check your PMs
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-18-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 578
Posted By sf3543
Which airport near San Antonio?

Which airport near San Antonio?
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-12-2020, 09:33 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,051
Posted By sf3543
What has worked for me.... Purchase adhesive...

What has worked for me....
Purchase adhesive backed weather stripping shaped, in the cross section, like a hollow letter D. Adhesive is on the flat side. Lowes and HD has it and it comes double wide...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-10-2020, 09:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,703
Posted By sf3543
I use that solution occasionally and it works...

I use that solution occasionally and it works well. Although, I use a standard flat nut and a lock washer instead of a thin fiber nut since it has a flatter surface.
Also works well mounting stuff...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2020, 12:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,785
Posted By sf3543
If you donít have the idler arm than you just...

If you donít have the idler arm than you just need to get slack in the cable enough to slide it in the S tube. Under tension the cable wonít slide in that tube.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2020, 05:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,785
Posted By sf3543
Disconnect the rudder cable from the idler arm on...

Disconnect the rudder cable from the idler arm on the rear of the gear tower. This will allow you to pull the cable through the S shaped tubing on the rudder pedal and slightly adjust pedal angle on...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-04-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,176
Posted By sf3543
Dynon's drawing shows the tip being wired to to...

Dynon's drawing shows the tip being wired to to the sleeve because the sleeve is the ground and it is common to the radio.
Forum: My RV Build Project 09-20-2020, 05:49 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,070
Posted By sf3543
Just cleco one hole and maybe clamp the pieces...

Just cleco one hole and maybe clamp the pieces together.
Stick in a rivet and make sure 1 1/2 times the rivet diameter is sticking out the back side.
Its that easy.
Forum: GPS 09-16-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,880
Posted By sf3543
The major difference to me between the two is...

The major difference to me between the two is that the 660 is supported, has a larger viewing screen, is in color and brighter.
I changed out several and the new gizmo mount fit in the same hole and...
Forum: COMM 09-14-2020, 09:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,633
Posted By sf3543
The knob is actually in the way of the new screen...

The knob is actually in the way of the new screen so you can either take it off or youíll have to hold it back to get the new faceplate in place. Other than that itís straightforward. You can do it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2020, 06:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,292
Posted By sf3543
I also do the riblets, however I just bond them...

I also do the riblets, however I just bond them in with JB Weld. Much easier.
If you do that though, make sure you rough up the areas being bonded and they will never come apart.
Forum: COMM 09-12-2020, 06:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,633
Posted By sf3543
Steinair sells replacement faceplates for the...

Steinair sells replacement faceplates for the SL40. The narrow plastic piece that you view the frequencies through.
They are just stick on pieces.
Hold on to your hat for the price! They are about...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-31-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,913
Posted By sf3543
I have installed about all of the different efis...

I have installed about all of the different efis in one plane or another and I think they are all pretty good depending on what you need and can afford.
I am a GRT user. They are very affordable, can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2020, 04:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,234
Posted By sf3543
I use a stainless round head Allen screw with a...

I use a stainless round head Allen screw with a nylon washer to close up mine.
I use one long enough to back out a bit as a jack point when jacking up the plane.
Just carry a small bag with the tie...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-07-2020, 06:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,008
Posted By sf3543
I have pictures of how I made the ram air inlet...

I have pictures of how I made the ram air inlet on my cowl removeable.
I did it on my RV3 but the process would be the same.
Email me if you would like the pictures.
Sf3543 at sbcglobal dot net
Forum: RV-10 08-05-2020, 07:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,637
Posted By sf3543
I've been using Permatex 80632 for years and it...

I've been using Permatex 80632 for years and it works great for NPT threads. It is easy to apply, seals well and the fitting can be removed without issues.
It is available at your local auto parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-24-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 1,841
Views: 529,421
Posted By sf3543
You could always just give them away and only...

You could always just give them away and only charge for shipping & "handling".
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-23-2020, 06:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,668
Posted By sf3543
Steve I also found the post lights to be too...

Steve
I also found the post lights to be too bright, but I really liked the size and height of the 11MM post lights so I decided to dim them down.
FYI a 10K ohm resistor dimmed it down just...
Forum: ADS-B 07-23-2020, 06:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,701
Posted By sf3543
I have had a similar issue on a couple of...

I have had a similar issue on a couple of installs. One was installed in conjunction with a GRT Sport EX.
In this case, the GRT GPS antenna was mounted on a shelf on the firewall and the Echo GPS...
Forum: RV-3 07-08-2020, 04:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,901
Posted By sf3543
Yes the elevator forces are very heavy on the...

Yes the elevator forces are very heavy on the ground.
Prop blast helps while taxiing and in flight they are great.
Typical for these planes.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-29-2020, 04:55 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,867
Posted By sf3543
I usually use my Dremel tool with a cut off wheel...

I usually use my Dremel tool with a cut off wheel to carefully cut a slot in the screw head.
Once you do that, just use a regular flat bladed screwdriver to remove it.
Counter sunk screws are more...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-28-2020, 08:42 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,546
Posted By sf3543
Having said you are going for a VFR panel, you...

Having said you are going for a VFR panel, you really don't need a lot on the panel unless you like gadgets. Stick with the basics. Its amazing what you can get in a small package these days.
I...
Forum: RV-3 06-27-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,858
Posted By sf3543
I have a 72" MT prop on my 3B and it is fine. I...

I have a 72" MT prop on my 3B and it is fine.
I wouldn't install a longer one though.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 09:02 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 7,985
Posted By sf3543
You all haven't lived until you operate at a...

You all haven't lived until you operate at a private airport where one runway and the taxiway is shared by cars, people on bikes, planes, corporate jets, heavy twins, gliders and the occasional race...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,512
Posted By sf3543
Properly repaired with new parts and noted in the...

Properly repaired with new parts and noted in the logs should be the same as new. Especially if it is a prop strike and engine rebuild since the prop is usually replaced with new and the engine...
Forum: ADS-B 06-19-2020, 08:53 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 14,596
Posted By sf3543
Heres how I do it

After installing quite a few EchoUAT systems, using TXP Monitor, I use the following method to set up the Transponder Sensitivity.

After all of the App programming is done, I push the plane out of...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-09-2020, 08:44 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,000
Posted By sf3543
I'm also at Boerne Stage. There are quite a few...

I'm also at Boerne Stage. There are quite a few RVs there but you'll be hard pressed to find any available hangar space. They do have transient tie downs, however.
Forum: RV-3 06-09-2020, 08:38 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 186,777
Posted By sf3543
Dimples like what your picture shows are often...

Dimples like what your picture shows are often caused by riveting from the outside and not putting enough pressure on the bucking bar on the inside.
The pressure bucks the rivet but also dimples in...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-02-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,181
Posted By sf3543
I think I would just upgrade the pistons, hone...

I think I would just upgrade the pistons, hone the barrels and get new rings.
You could do that easily, run MoGas and in the future, if you want to do all those other things you won't have to redo...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-20-2020, 06:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,895
Posted By sf3543
As mentioned, change your hinges. I put a paint...

As mentioned, change your hinges.
I put a paint stick (spacer) between the boards before screwing the hinges on to create a space at the hinge joint to help keep from over bending the radius.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-10-2020, 06:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,668
Posted By sf3543
I purchase the 11 MM size of these LEDs and they...

I purchase the 11 MM size of these LEDs and they are very bright!

Oznium Brightest Light Bolt - Flush Mount 12V LED Light for Bumper, Grille, Cars Interior, Dash, Ambient Lighting, Motorcycle...
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