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Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By Desert Rat
Nope, just the run of the mill Avstar FI.

Nope, just the run of the mill Avstar FI.
Forum: RV-14 Yesterday, 09:14 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,358
Posted By Desert Rat
Not on the newest generation of G1000. It stays...

Not on the newest generation of G1000. It stays coupled. That change happened with new Piston singles coming out of Wichita about a year ago. Not sure about other brands
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 161
Posted By Desert Rat
Fuel pump for RV7 w/IO390

Hey guys- for those who have gone this way, did you just do this airflow performance fuel pump that is available though Vans? Or is there a better...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-12-2021, 05:21 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 209
Posted By Desert Rat
Whirlwind just came out with a c/s 3 bladed prop...

Whirlwind just came out with a c/s 3 bladed prop that weighs 36 lbs. It' spendy at $12,500 compared to an aluminum Hartzell 2 blade, but weight is a consideration for me because I'm putting an IO390...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-12-2021, 04:52 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks guys- Not a hard part to fabricate or...

Thanks guys- Not a hard part to fabricate or modify at all, but I was a little concerned that it didn't fit right out of the box.

So far on this project, if something doesn't fit, it's because of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-11-2021, 06:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 141
Posted By Desert Rat
F-748 baggage tunnel cover fit question.

So I'm to the step where you temporarily fit this. It's already drilled, so there isn't anything do to it except debur, but I've got a quick question for the collective.

It appears that the aft...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2021, 06:11 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 781
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats what it's for. But not all...

Thats what it's for. But not all engine/flywheel/starter combinations have that setup.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 781
Posted By Desert Rat
I have to confess I didn't look this up until...

I have to confess I didn't look this up until after I posted above and I'm absolutely shocked to see these selling for north of $60 bucks. I made one as a class project in A&P school back in the day...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-11-2021, 05:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 781
Posted By Desert Rat
This is essentially how TDC has been found for...

This is essentially how TDC has been found for eons. Except with the addition of a weighted pendulum pointing at a 360* dial on the end of the spinner. Google "flower pot TDC indicator"
Forum: RV-14 05-09-2021, 06:13 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,358
Posted By Desert Rat
I used to do a of annual insurance checkouts and...

I used to do a of annual insurance checkouts and transition training, BFRs etc. and one thing I've noticed over the years is that a lot of people have never been taught the relationship between trim...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-07-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 197
Posted By Desert Rat
Per mil spec, the minimum rivet pitch for a -3...

Per mil spec, the minimum rivet pitch for a -3 rivet into a dimple is .563 inches.

The reality is that it will be fine just dimpled and plugged with a rivet to nowhere. That hole is so small that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-01-2021, 10:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 697
Posted By Desert Rat
You definitely need a 3x rivet gun. Rivets need...

You definitely need a 3x rivet gun. Rivets need to be close to an edge to get a mechanical squeezer on them. For example, theres no practical way to rivet the skins on with a squeezer.

A mechanical...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 02:23 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,270
Posted By Desert Rat
awesome!!!

awesome!!!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,800
Posted By Desert Rat
Mine just comes from the aerospace aisle at my...

Mine just comes from the aerospace aisle at my local Walgreens :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,800
Posted By Desert Rat
When I'm worried about scratching stuff, I use...

When I'm worried about scratching stuff, I use the crepe type ace bandage on the bucking bar. The kind that only sticks to itself like you would wrap around your arm to hold an ice pack on.

Because...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-26-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By Desert Rat
FYI- for your next project, you can buy dye to...

FYI- for your next project, you can buy dye to mix in with your epoxy to make it any color you want. No painting required
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-26-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,634
Posted By Desert Rat
So...I don't want to be one of those guys who is...

So...I don't want to be one of those guys who is automatically against change, but any time you start going out into uncharted waters with something like this, you've got to accept the fact that it's...
Forum: Fiberglass 04-26-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 334
Posted By Desert Rat
I wouldn't bother. As long as there's no UV...

I wouldn't bother. As long as there's no UV exposure its really just aesthetics.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-26-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 439
Posted By Desert Rat
I'll take them if the first in line passes

I'll take them if the first in line passes
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-24-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,028
Posted By Desert Rat
Don't hold back, tell us what you really think :)

Don't hold back, tell us what you really think :)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-23-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,028
Posted By Desert Rat
The ring screws into a long hunk of aluminum...

The ring screws into a long hunk of aluminum thats on the fwd side of the main spar.

The plans have you tap the hole that you screw the ring into an inch deep (I think?) so you're likely just...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 08:21 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,242
Posted By Desert Rat
Not a stupid question at all. I think that the...

Not a stupid question at all. I think that the issue is just engine compatibility.

Car engine technology has advanced to the point that lead isn't really beneficial to the engine, but airplane...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-23-2021, 08:00 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,673
Posted By Desert Rat
Even though I can see in the first picture that...

Even though I can see in the first picture that it's safty wired, I would check the base of the dipstick tube. Not saying that's your problem, but it's easy to eliminate before you start digging in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-23-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 5,242
Posted By Desert Rat
I think that everybody agrees that it would be a...

I think that everybody agrees that it would be a good idea to get the lead out of gasoline.

Having said that, I find myself getting really annoyed when I read an article that mixes that idea with...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-22-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 502
Posted By Desert Rat
Mine came with my Fuselage kit. RV7 delivered...

Mine came with my Fuselage kit. RV7 delivered last summer.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 04-21-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,905
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Keith- If still available, I'll take the...

Hey Keith-

If still available, I'll take the following from the first document;

#3a $200
#18 $23
#29 $50
#53 $60
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-20-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,840
Posted By Desert Rat
I have no dog in this particular hunt, but one...

I have no dog in this particular hunt, but one reason off the top of my head would be that given that the majority of the load on the strut is along the vertical axis, a hole along that same axis...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-20-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 945
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Mike- When you said that you want the...

Hey Mike-

When you said that you want the challenge and feeling of accomplishment, you hit the nail on the head.

If you just want to fly, then you should go and buy one already completed. But, if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-19-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 551
Posted By Desert Rat
We have this with my flying club, but it's an...

We have this with my flying club, but it's an expensive system. Digital keypad on the pump, everybody has their own code that way it's all logged as to who pumps what. If everybody is honest and...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By Desert Rat
I don't have the answer. I was responding to the...

I don't have the answer. I was responding to the OP who was questioning whether it was okay to hit the stops up front while still having lots of throw available on the cabin side.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-18-2021, 12:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 930
Posted By Desert Rat
Standard safety practice (it may be in the FARs...

Standard safety practice (it may be in the FARs somewhere too, but darned if I know where) is for the control to hit the stops on whatever is being controlled before it hits the end of available...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-17-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By Desert Rat
Sounds like you're talking about builders risk or...

Sounds like you're talking about builders risk or hangar insurance. Thats' not an apples to apples comparison to replacement cost.

Airplane policies originally were modified boat/ship policies. ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-14-2021, 07:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,298
Posted By Desert Rat
Personally, I'm leaving anything thats going to...

Personally, I'm leaving anything thats going to be covered by interior bare. If I lived on the coast I might reconsider, but there are literally tens of thousands of 70 year old airplanes out there...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-14-2021, 06:49 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,225
Posted By Desert Rat
First of all, I would NOT drill out that bracket....

First of all, I would NOT drill out that bracket. I agree that based on the picture, it looks like the culprit is that it was made slightly too long, or maybe mislocated slightly to the left, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2021, 03:14 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,259
Posted By Desert Rat
I got my first enduro bike when I was about 10...

I got my first enduro bike when I was about 10 years old. I'm 54 now, so those roots run pretty deep.

Since I started building the RV I haven't ridden much at all. I tell myself I need to sell my...
Forum: International 04-11-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,952
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats really cool. Thanks for sharing. I used...

Thats really cool. Thanks for sharing.

I used to live in Geneva, where they stack living accommodations in approximately the same way :)
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-10-2021, 01:57 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for the input guys. I also talked to an...

Thanks for the input guys.

I also talked to an avionics guy that I trust and he recommended a comm antenna top & bottom with the garmin boxes. Basically gave the same cautions as Walt and said that...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 04-10-2021, 01:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 921
Posted By Desert Rat
what the heck is that about?

what the heck is that about?
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 05:25 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By Desert Rat
Walt, I'm building a slider and incorporating a...

Walt, I'm building a slider and incorporating a super tracks extension, so I think a upper mount might have to go further back than yours? Also, 800 bucks for an antenna? holy cow!

I think that...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-08-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,118
Posted By Desert Rat
School me on antenna locations

Hi guys-

It's time to start thinking about putting down the baggage floors, which means that it's also time to quit kicking this down the road and to get serious about planning antenna placement...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 04:24 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 550
Posted By Desert Rat
wouldn't it just be however it is on the current...

wouldn't it just be however it is on the current registration?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 543
Posted By Desert Rat
Shipping won't be awful. They will just roll it...

Shipping won't be awful. They will just roll it up and put it in a cardboard box. As far as lead time, who knows? I ordered a F-695 gusset last Friday and it showed up in a padded envelope in my...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2021, 05:07 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,669
Posted By Desert Rat
I am outraged, enraged, and garaged. I demand...

I am outraged, enraged, and garaged. I demand that you stop agreeing with me with utmost haste.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-29-2021, 04:58 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 3,669
Posted By Desert Rat
I've called these things nut plates my entire...

I've called these things nut plates my entire life. Therefore I will defend this position to my dying breath and everyone else is wrong. There is no middle ground here.

Also, on the engineering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,444
Posted By Desert Rat
Vans will make it right. You should definitely...

Vans will make it right. You should definitely expect them to provide new skins, and since that's happening anyway, it's not a hardship to throw a new rib in the same box.
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 06:45 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,313
Posted By Desert Rat
It's very common. Heres a screen shot of a video...

It's very common. Heres a screen shot of a video I took in a Citation a while back.

The lift generated is sucking the skin up and causing the same pillowing.

In the video, it' pretty cool to see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,003
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks Lonny, I'll check it out

Thanks Lonny, I'll check it out
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-22-2021, 08:20 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 907
Posted By Desert Rat
True, but that’s a different issue. I got that...

True, but that’s a different issue. I got that same heads up and was diligent about making sure that wasn’t a problem. You can see that area in the second picture above and edge distance is fine as...
Forum: Safety 03-22-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,494
Posted By Desert Rat
Thanks for posting this. It's hard to confess...

Thanks for posting this. It's hard to confess something like this, but it's extremely helpful others.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 06:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By Desert Rat
So what other choices are we talking about...

So what other choices are we talking about here?

I'm looking for 2 comms, 1 nav & an IFR GPS. ADSB in/out, all piped into a G3X system. At this point I'm just thinking about antenna placement, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2021, 01:01 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 811
Posted By Desert Rat
The first of many, many avionics questions

Hey guys- Like the title says, avionics are uncharted territory for me, but how hard could it be, right?

To get the ball rolling, can anybody confirm for the that if I go with a GTX45R all in one...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-21-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 907
Posted By Desert Rat
Thats correct in an abstract way, but if the...

Thats correct in an abstract way, but if the hole is already there, then the center is a point in empty space, so to get a precise measurement with a micrometer, you measure from the edge of the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-21-2021, 07:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 907
Posted By Desert Rat
Info- Shy edge distance on main longeron at F-714 Aft Deck

Let me start by saying that this story has a happy ending, but I searched the interweb for a couple of hours and while I found tons of info on blowing e.d. on the F-711D angle on the back side, when...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 616
Posted By Desert Rat
The holes are likely not symmetrical top to...

The holes are likely not symmetrical top to bottom. Flip it over and stick it on the other end and see what you get.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,724
Posted By Desert Rat
I'm shamelessly hijacking this, but what sort of...

I'm shamelessly hijacking this, but what sort of ferrule are you talking about? I agree with the OP that these are less than ideal, and would happily upgrade the end if I could find something...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2021, 04:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,003
Posted By Desert Rat
Maybe, The name is familiar. It's a big...

Maybe, The name is familiar.

It's a big community, I worked for Cessna back in the day and there were about 12,000 employees worldwide, most of them in Kansas. No idea what Beech's employee...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-19-2021, 06:09 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,724
Posted By Desert Rat
Ok...I get what you're saying, and if I'd...

Ok...I get what you're saying, and if I'd experienced a failure due to substandard design, I'd be annoyed as well.

But...the picture you have above is of a popular brand of LED landing light that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 09:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,003
Posted By Desert Rat
Two of my friends came over after work to help...

Two of my friends came over after work to help with canoe flipping operations. I went to A&P School/College with these guys about 25 years ago. After graduation, several of us moved to ICT around...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-17-2021, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,003
Posted By Desert Rat
Flip that canoe baby!

Who's got two thumbs and an upright fuselage? This guy!
Forum: RV-10 03-17-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 935
Posted By Desert Rat
Longeron yoke.

Longeron yoke.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-17-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,418
Posted By Desert Rat
Cool, thanks

Cool, thanks
Forum: RV-4 03-17-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,336
Posted By Desert Rat
The obvious question is; where does the other end...

The obvious question is; where does the other end of that blast tube go? I see a remote oil cooler coming off of #4, so it's not that.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-16-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,418
Posted By Desert Rat
Hey Larry- What is that black box inboard of...

Hey Larry-

What is that black box inboard of your brake reservoir? Some kind of sending unit?

Looking good!
Forum: RV-6/6A 03-14-2021, 07:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 802
Posted By Desert Rat
Aircraft Extras had them on their web site.

Aircraft Extras had them on their web site.
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