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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 12:45 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 944
Posted By PilotjohnS
DRDT-1 and cleveland dies

Another user of the DRDT2 and Cleveland dies.
I really don't like the wack-a-mole C-frames; seems too primitive and too easy to miss and get the hole in the wrong spot. JMHO.
But the DRDT2 needs to...
Forum: RV-15 01-18-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 6,381
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rotax

My only complaint with the Rotax is the power. Just not enough umph for my missions.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-18-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By PilotjohnS
yes

It is in the G3X manual in the configuration section. I remember I had to get the G3X calibrated before doing the GMU11. And I was also getting a error because my G5 and GDU460 attitude didnt match.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-18-2022, 09:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,200
Posted By PilotjohnS
well, yes

I did it to reduce the amount of unshielded wire exposed to noise. But what i didn't realize is that it is impossible to remove the contacts from the shell. Like most folks, I think I have learnt...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-18-2022, 09:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 576
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dealer

I think you need to contact a dealer for the manual. JMHO
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-18-2022, 08:31 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,200
Posted By PilotjohnS
Also

Walt
If you are going to do this, then you can also bring the shield ground termination into the backshell; there is no reason to leave it outside the connector. YMMV
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-18-2022, 08:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 191
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

Yes I had that error too. I needed to calibrate the gsu25 and match the calibration of the gdu460 and G5 attitude ( had to calibrate them at the same time with plane level.)
Forum: RV-9/9A 01-17-2022, 07:33 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 277
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am not flying yet but have set mine to miss the dash by about 3/4Ē so i wont pinch my finger. As far as left and right, it bits the throttle plate, but it seems all 9ís have this interference in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-17-2022, 08:16 AM
Replies: 13
Ice
Views: 1,149
Posted By PilotjohnS
Icing

As long as one is not in visible moisture, or at an air temperature above freezing, one should remain ice free. Just my opinion, use it at your own risk.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-11-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,293
Posted By PilotjohnS
Grounds

As was alluded to earlier, there may be common issues that point to something other than alternator.
I would check all the grounds from engine to firewall to battery to alternator's regulator.

Just...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 01-10-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 413
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me

I am putting together my seats from the Vans foam kit. Let's just say it is a learning experience. I am finding I had to make the fabric a little bigger (1/16" or so) then the patterns for a reliable...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-10-2022, 09:00 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,376
Posted By PilotjohnS
Am I Clueless?

So can someone list the part number for the hinge?
I see the latch part number is in a previous post.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-10-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,286
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

OK to answer your questions, I think we need to seperate out the behaviors of the two types of pad mounted alternators:
1) the B&C pad mounted alternators like the 410, are standard type of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-10-2022, 01:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 311
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

i think the rigid boxes like the G3X GDU displays and the radio stacks that use trays that bolt to the panel will actually increase the stiffness of the panel once installed. But the rocker switches...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-10-2022, 12:18 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,286
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

This is what I am doing.
At what RPM do you start seeing charge current flowing to the battery when first starting up?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-05-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 544
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just Me

I would NOT widen the bow with the canopy attached.

If it was me, I would pop off the canopy from the sikaflex, widen the bow, and re-bond. Sikaflex is really easy compared to the old way with...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 06:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for tip

Thanks for the tip. I will check it out!

(Wow this is expensive at West Marine)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-05-2022, 03:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,200
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I used 26 awg twisted shieled pair standard tefzel wire. I like the smaller wire as my feed thru holes are tight. However, using 26 awg is not for the faint of heart; it takes special techniques in...
Forum: Fiberglass 01-05-2022, 03:18 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 909
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

First off to me it appears the lumpy micro is too dry. I find if it that dry it is hard to spread, and if I do get it spread, it has pits when sanded. I think one can heat it up with a heat gun or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,084
Posted By PilotjohnS
Wi ficam

When i had my tank leak during construction, i used one of those micro wi fi cameras. Worked great to see what i was doing.
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-04-2022, 06:41 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 103,832
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fiberglass Bits

Having gone as far as I could go on the instrumentation and engine work, I am starting on the fiberglass bits. This consists of the elevator and rudder tips and the canopy framing.

The fiberglass...
Forum: My RV Build Project 01-03-2022, 02:22 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 13,543
Posted By PilotjohnS
Never enough

Seems like you can never have enough proseal.

Lastly, I was going to add a second fuel level sender in the outer rib. I got talked out of it, but I wish I had. A second sender will allow accurate...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-02-2022, 04:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,775
Posted By PilotjohnS
Dream to be Mark

I dream to be like Mark who posted above.

Glassing elevator tips.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2022, 01:59 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,448
Posted By PilotjohnS
No

I think there is no need for a 6 seater in the recreational market. To me it seems a 6 seater wold be approaching the market for commercial operations, which experimentals cant participate in. JMHO
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2021, 05:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,778
Posted By PilotjohnS
Stuff

Gary,
This is great, glad to see you out and about.

We should bring back flight art. I think there used to be a thread on this. It was kind of fun looking at the art and creativity of everyone.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-26-2021, 04:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,778
Posted By PilotjohnS
Seats

Sewing seats.
I have no idea what I am doing, but when my butt is in the seat, nobody will see. So just gotta fly more.
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 12-26-2021, 11:42 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,438
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sorry

Sorry to see you leave the tribe. Good Luck
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-25-2021, 11:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,529
Posted By PilotjohnS
Best Advice

So the best advice you got was from the poster who said, "not OK," He may have saved your bacon. Time to send VAF an annual donation.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 12-25-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 7,324
Posted By PilotjohnS
a thought

The only twin I would even consider is a push pull twin like a Cessna Skymaster. And only because it could be put on floats. A twin on floats would be unique and corner the market.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-25-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,070
Posted By PilotjohnS
My struggle

I am struggling with this too. I have made so many changes as compared to the "samples " out there that I am at a lost for any indication if I will be tail heavy.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,929
Posted By PilotjohnS
Can you ask your tenant to send me a list of...

Can you ask your tenant to send me a list of stuff? I am willing to build a computer, after all how hard can it be, I built an airplane. I can make anything fit with a hammer, and make it pretty too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-25-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,929
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am in the same boat as you. I have not kept up with computer technology. I am still using older gen computer that cant be updated with the latest software. I think it is running COBOL or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 05:00 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,929
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

During my private, I found the simulator to be useful in learning navigation, magnetic compass turns, and other panel work stuff.
for my instrument, it was invaluable in practicing the approaches...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 12:01 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,929
Posted By PilotjohnS
G3X

So my questions are:
1) Does the Microsoft Sim support a touch screen monitor
2) if so, can it replicate the touch screen G3X?
Forum: RV-15 12-21-2021, 02:04 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,132
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

If you want hard points, just put them in during the build. I think someof the tie down stock on a few ribs near a spar would be sufficient.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-21-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,707
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

If it was me, i would disconnect each aileron pushrod and see if it flops trailing edge down. If so i would use a scale and push up on the aileron and see how much force it takes to push it up.
If...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-20-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 408
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

I have nearly the same equipment and just went thru this. The GNX375 was a pain because it was a little off from the others.
I recommend you get the trays and fit them when cutting the holes or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,811
Posted By PilotjohnS
There is a good video on youtube. Simple google...

There is a good video on youtube. Simple google search. I was not aware until our friend brought it up. Great info on this forum. I feel better about my decision.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,811
Posted By PilotjohnS
Good news

This is good news on VORs being avialable for en route nav. I havent heard this but is nice to know. Glad I installed a VOR/ILS capability
Forum: Autopilots 12-19-2021, 05:53 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,216
Posted By PilotjohnS
Two on off switches

So in my G3x i have an on off switch for the ap power that goes to the ap servos and gmc507 and another pullable circuit breaker for the trim power that is reachable by the pilot for the runaway trim...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-19-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 749
Posted By PilotjohnS
Crimp2

I crimp 2wires per contact and daisy chain the grounds. This is just me. But if the crimp wires are short, it will be difficult to remove the contacts for rework. Do at your own risk.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,811
Posted By PilotjohnS
VOR cheap

GPS is great, but I am reluctant to rely on one source for navigation anymore. With VOR receivers Being cheap enough, it seems prudent to have it as a backup. It integrates well with modern glass...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 08:30 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,469
Posted By PilotjohnS
Airplanes

And owning an airplane in many parts of the country is a necessity. No airplane, no fun.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-18-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 425
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

Inam building a 9 with the new nose gear. That mod has screws on the vottom and hinges on sides and top. That is my plan too.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-17-2021, 06:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 405
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

Here is what I would do:
1)On the PDF go into configuration mode (hold "menu" button during turn on.
2) Starting in the upper left, go thru each menu and configure each "block"
3) one of the blocks...
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-17-2021, 03:52 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 103,832
Posted By PilotjohnS
Quick Update

Just a quick update.
I have been working the fiberglass, starting with the top of the rudder so no ones sees my first attempts. So far so good. A big thank you to the Oshkosh Builder's workshop for...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-17-2021, 11:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 722
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ha Ha

Ha Ha we are just getting started. I thought building was expensive, just ran a budget for the first year of flying......
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2021, 09:07 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 6,243
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just what i think

Unless the air is going straight thru the prop, a sudden application of power could introduce a yaw or pitch movement through the improperly understood p factor. This would really complicate recovery...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-17-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 13,469
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thought i was dumb

I thought I was stupid for buying my kits earlier than needed. It was hard to find the cash, but I always thought the build would go quicker than it did. I wasn’t smart, just being a kid-in-a-candy...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,011
Posted By PilotjohnS
Stainless Steel Galling

Just a heads up, I had used stainless steel screws firewall forward and I had them gall on me. I had to cut the adel clamps to replace.

I would suggest one use a anti seize or a good thread sealant...
Forum: RV-10 12-16-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,278
Posted By PilotjohnS
just me

So I assume this is typical and not some special case that delayed the order.
What does this really mean?
Are people flying again?

Do you all think that private aviation is seeing a renaissance like...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-15-2021, 10:05 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,918
Posted By PilotjohnS
Curing in winter

Now that winter is here, it is time to do my fiberglass.
I can do the stuff during the day in a heated area and can maintain about 65F.
but at night it is going to go down to the 40's while...
Forum: Painting your RV 12-14-2021, 06:54 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 830
Posted By PilotjohnS
Stuff

If i am not mistaken, jetflex is what is used on airliner interiors. Thatís all I needed when I decided to use it.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-14-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 830
Posted By PilotjohnS
Amazing stuff

I used the jetflex for my interior. It was great. For primer i just used the wash primer p60g2 i think. Worked out great.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-14-2021, 10:26 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,918
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am there now.
Two things i am doing:
Use a heat gun to warp the fiberglass in to best shape
Use the end cap that you fabricate to hold the shape better.
Forum: RV-15 12-14-2021, 09:34 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,636
Posted By PilotjohnS
About me

Well it depends if I finish my 9A by then. you see it is all about me. Vans won't release the 15 until i finish my 9A. Because then I would be really tying up the customer support line!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-14-2021, 09:22 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,808
Posted By PilotjohnS
How I did it

This is how I did it.
Note the bracket from the Red Cube mount to the inlet fuel line. This is because the fuel pump moves and it will apply torque to the pipe fitting in the Red Cube housing due to...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-14-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 980
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bond too?

Do y'all also bond the tip to the skin too?
It seems the front plug ends up bonding the tip to the rudder anyway.
I was thinking the skin to tip transition would crack if not bonded. No?
Forum: RV-15 12-13-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,636
Posted By PilotjohnS
One voice

Only one voice (or vote) is important. But he ain't talking
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-12-2021, 09:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 499
Posted By PilotjohnS
Challenge

So my wings are in the wing stand with the chord vertical.
I would like to swing the fuel level senders from full to empty to semi calibrate the G3X.
I am trying to figure out how to do that. I was...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-11-2021, 10:45 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 8,371
Posted By PilotjohnS
Maybe mistake?

I would suggest you call them, this might be a mistake.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-10-2021, 10:47 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,087
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just Me

I think knowing the battery current DOES give an indication of the alternator health. If the battery current shows that the battery is charging or neutral current (battery is charged), then the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 12-10-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,544
Posted By PilotjohnS
Low Fuel Landings

I am about to fly my 9A.
Just curious the procedure for landing with low fuel after a long cross country.
6 gals is still about 45 mins of reserve, so it is possible to be landing with only 6 gals...
Forum: Fiberglass 12-08-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,883
Posted By PilotjohnS
Name it

Please name a good epoxy primer and where to get.

I do not want to be putting down a primer and then the paint shop has an issue with it when i go to paint.
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