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Forum: RV-10 05-02-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,272
Posted By PilotjohnS
Trim power

My last change to my panel came when going thru emergency procedures with a mock up. I discovered that I could not pull the trim power circuit breaker if I had a runaway trim and I had to hold the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,230
Posted By PilotjohnS
Pictures?

Would love to see some pictures. Sounds like a great trip.

Some say if there are no pictures, it didnt happen? (Just joking)
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-02-2021, 03:55 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel Updates

Panel is nearly done with the wiring. Many things I have learnt from all of this.

AP wiring: I had the AP power controlled by a switch and fused instead of a circuit breaker. The G3x manual shows...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 09:00 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,227
Posted By PilotjohnS
Amazing

Pretty amazing work. A true craftsman!
Makes me want to try metal.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-01-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 533
Posted By PilotjohnS
Terminal Strip

I ran the wires out the bottom between the heim (ball) joints to a terminal strip. I am not flying yet, but I will let you know next hear how it works out.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-30-2021, 11:11 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By PilotjohnS
Good Idea

Good idea Bob. I do this at work all the time to vent boxes; but it never dawned on me for this application.

I am thinking of mounting my antennas recessed on the glare shield, like in the Garmin...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 04-30-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 878
Posted By PilotjohnS
Defrost Fan

Just curious how many use defrost fans for their G3x?

I was just thinking of using fans to move air around under the panel, but I dont really wanna drill a bole in the glare shield so stuff falls...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-30-2021, 02:52 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,269
Posted By PilotjohnS
Do I hear a second?

The glove box is a really nice place for a second G3x screen.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-28-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 409
Views: 143,426
Posted By PilotjohnS
Curious

I am curious why you asked this. What is your system doing with the auto trim you dont like?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-28-2021, 07:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,269
Posted By PilotjohnS
Depends on you

Just curious if you have ever seen one in real life? Some of the things displayed can become very small.

I think the placement depends on your ability to see it. If it is in the middle, will it be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2021, 11:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,932
Posted By PilotjohnS
Piecing it together

I pieced my schematics together from the G3X install manual. It is all in there, plus the other separate install manuals for the transponders and radios. Garmin has done a very nice job, but since...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-25-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 245
Posted By PilotjohnS
Extensions

OK stupid question:

To extend my thermocouple leads from engine to instrument panel, can I use regular wire, or do i need thermocouple wire?
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-22-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,495
Posted By PilotjohnS
Serious?

are you serious? They already make an RV like this. It is made by Winnebago.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-21-2021, 09:22 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,495
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rv 16

No no tthe rv 16 is an io390 powered rv9!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 04-21-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 583
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for posting

Thanks for posting the video.
I cant wait to do the same in mine.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bridges

Why do bridges fall down?

Because we give partial credit.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By PilotjohnS
Alternator field I have a alternator switch, but...

Alternator field
I have a alternator switch, but if the alternator field draws too much current and blows a fuse, I wont know why the alternator stopped working. With a circuit breaker, I can...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-21-2021, 05:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 704
Posted By PilotjohnS
Paper dolls

I used paper dolls to lay out my panel.
But fair warning, when I finally cut the panel and installed the comm radio at the bottom of the stack, I realized the radio sticks out and blocks the view of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 226
Views: 159,520
Posted By PilotjohnS
Caption Contest

"What do you want to do today, Bob?"

"I dunno, why don't we cut your Dad's truck in half?
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2021, 08:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I started with a schematic from a friend. But it turns out I had to redo almost every connection. The original was great because it had all the symbols and formats laid out. I originally thought I...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-20-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Visio

I am using Visio for the schematic. I am pretty poor at using it; my son came by and spent 30 secs with me and doubled my abilities.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 04-19-2021, 11:37 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,371
Posted By PilotjohnS
Soon, very soon

After hearing the Vans interview, I think we will know by Osh what the Vans bush plane looks like.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-19-2021, 10:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,932
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I tried to do my wiring on a mockup but gave up after a very short time. Without a CAD design for everything it seemed nearly impossible to get the lengths right.
I ended up mounting the sub panel...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-19-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks Jereme, i am surprised nobody commented on...

Thanks Jereme, i am surprised nobody commented on my passenger warning label.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-19-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel First Look

Panel painted and assembly started.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-18-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
While we are the subject

Just an updated firewall forward schematic.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 131,291
Posted By PilotjohnS
here is my schematic. FYI. The ANL protects the...

here is my schematic. FYI.

The ANL protects the alt wiring and also the wiring going thru the firewall to the fuse block. Dont want smoking wires aft of the firewall.
Forum: Safety 04-18-2021, 05:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,138
Posted By PilotjohnS
But if it ever did happen in flight.....

But if it ever did happen in flight.....
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 131,291
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am using 40A for the alt and 35 A for main bus. I only have a pad mounted B&C alt, no big pulley driven one. ( my main bus wire and alt wire do notnhave the Adel clamps on yet)
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-18-2021, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 194
Posted By PilotjohnS
Curious

I dont remember having holes mis aligned, but I do remember I played around with skin stackup and had to flip a rib around to make things go.

Maybe some else can remember more details, or if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,530
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats. No more playpen? You gotta bring it...

Congrats. No more playpen? You gotta bring it down to Intokern when there is free ice cream again. Iíll treat you to a scoop.

I wanna see how beautiful metal working can be; i have spent too much...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 131,291
Posted By PilotjohnS
I agree

I agree they are really close and seems to be no reason expect the contactor has one screw thru the firewall angle support.
I was thinking about moving mine too, but the contactor is only hot when...
Forum: RV-10 04-18-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 446
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wings first

Well thinking that the wings should be built before the fuse. And the fuse is harder, I would be inclined to do slow build wings and quick build fuse. That way, when the wings are done, the fuse will...
Forum: Safety 04-18-2021, 10:15 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,138
Posted By PilotjohnS
Missing stop

I thought the Garmin servo came with a stop/ bracket that attaches to the servo and prevents this? That bracket/ stop appears to be missing in your photos. I think the missing bracket is a safety of...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,126
Posted By PilotjohnS
schematic

You know, a schematic of the electrical system around the reg and alternator would be helpful. We are all assuming it is what we think it is, but only a schematic would make all our visions correct....
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,126
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ohm check

The first test is to make sure the bus sense on the regulator is hooked up to something. Then ohm it out and make sure it senses bus voltage (very low resistance to battery or main bus)
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-16-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 131,291
Posted By PilotjohnS
Real homebuilder

Only real homebuilders make their panels with a drill and file.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-16-2021, 03:21 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,126
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

If the guy at B&C doesnt recommend anything further, I would put a voltage meter across the regulator from the bus sense to the ground (on the reg) and see if the voltage changes. That should be rock...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-16-2021, 08:32 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Optimist

I think (a) Saturday too, but

you know what an pessimist is?
An optimist with experience.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 11:39 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Panel Cutting

Just a quick update.
Finish initial cutting of panel; going old school with drill, jigsaw and file. It came out well I think.
Next Up is to test fit everything, mount center rack supports, then...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-14-2021, 10:29 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,500
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just finished

I just finished cutting my panel holes tonight. Dont feel bad about redoing a panel. I just got done drilling the switch holes, then filing them square for my 9 switches. Now I found out a friend has...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-13-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,142
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I think i relieved the skin slightly in this area. It is much easier to relieve the skin than the bracket. I would not unrivet bracket, I think it would be harder to get back on straight with good...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,227
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wow

Wow, I hate you guys. Well not really. Here I was all set to do some fiberglass work, but I think I like this a lot better. I think I might try this. Both these fairings came out really nice; I think...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-13-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 742
Posted By PilotjohnS
I installed after the side skin was on. I am not...

I installed after the side skin was on. I am not sure how one would do this with the side skin off, since so many things have to line up to make the position accurate. The rivets are accessible from...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-13-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 495
Posted By PilotjohnS
Permanent Deform

if you pry apart the bracket to remove the bearing, i think you will permanently deform the brackets and that would be trouble during re install.
There has got to be a better way.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2021, 07:42 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,012
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cutting Instrument Panel

Cutting Instrument Panel, old school
Forum: Propellers 04-11-2021, 12:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 746
Posted By PilotjohnS
same spot

I am in the same spot, 160 hp RV9A.
I think I am going with a Catto. But I plan to have a conversation with them before ordering so we can get the pitch right where I want it.
Since I am using the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-10-2021, 05:28 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,971
Posted By PilotjohnS
Voshan

You could try Voshans, or flange seals, on the steel fittings. These are soft aluminum inserts that goes between the B-nut and the hose/tube.
Forum: COMM 04-10-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 507
Posted By PilotjohnS
Only change

If the only thing you changed was the sl 30, i suspect the sl30. Maybe try another one?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-09-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,971
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

It is just me, but testing hoses to high pressures is fine, but I would not test fuel or oil systems to high pressure in the airplane, even if everything is rated properly. I say this because if a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 10:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 723
Posted By PilotjohnS
Roll Bar Brace

Maybe this is a topic for a new thread, but what can of "roll bar Hand Holds" do you use? Please feel free to start a new thread. I realize I am using the roll bar to get in and out during...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2021, 10:08 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,971
Posted By PilotjohnS
Work

If i wanted to stress test my hoses i would bring them to work with me and have them listen to my boss for an hour. They still might leak, but at least i will have something to consul while flying.
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-07-2021, 11:40 PM
Replies: 125
Views: 81,592
Posted By PilotjohnS
Instrument panel

Just an update: after 3 months the subpanel wiring is almost done. I need to add the instrument panel to wire the subpanel and instrument panel together. Only 3 missed pins during subpanel wire...
Forum: RV-14 04-07-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 517
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old school mod

I am not sure about the RV14, but on my RV9, I enlarged the tooling holes on the ribs inside the fuel tank to help with filling the tanks. Something to consider.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-04-2021, 09:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 758
Posted By PilotjohnS
Maybe

Maybe flock of seagulls on the XM radio?
Forum: Propellers 04-04-2021, 02:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,620
Posted By PilotjohnS
Please please dont

Please dont use duct tape. I can see this going really bad. Somebody designed this with a proper fit in mind. It will be wise to figure out why it isnt fitting properly.
Forum: RV-14 04-04-2021, 01:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,252
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just because you can...

The use of mogas in a lycoming is already documented. What other advantage would it be to have an alternate engine manufacturer?

I would have liked Vans to have used the lycoming from the cessna...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-04-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,010
Posted By PilotjohnS
Unleaded

When we finally get to using unleaded fuel, I will consider a longer oil change interval. But with all the lead we are pumping through the oil nowadays, I think the present change interval is...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-03-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,621
Posted By PilotjohnS
Only doing this once

I am planning to do my panel only once. So I chose accordingly. But tried to keep it simple. No VPX, but good systems that interfaces with the pilot (G3X, XM radio for the GIB, etc)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,145
Posted By PilotjohnS
Craziness

I am not worried about fellow pilots, but I am worried about the crazy neighbors who don't like airplanes or chem trails.

I think we need to start a petition to make the FAA database private, much...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,145
Posted By PilotjohnS
Other question

So the other question is will the LLC shield ones personal information from prying eyes?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 05:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,308
Posted By PilotjohnS
How Much time?

So will this take more than 40 hours to complete?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-01-2021, 04:11 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 491
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ignition switch

Question: is there a reason for you ignition switch orientation? Seems the key is horizontal when off and vertical in normal flight.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-31-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,187
Posted By PilotjohnS
yup

Truer words were never spoken.
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