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Old 09-15-2015, 05:27 PM
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Looks similar to the one I helped a chapter member fix on his rv4

Replaced a few ribs & wing skin and ended up looking as new.
The spar wasn't damaged & showed no aft sweep.
The only challenge was planning & getting the riveting completed with limited access on an already completed wing while trying to use a minimum of cherry rivets.
Danny "RoadRunner" Landry
Morphed RV7(formally 7A), N20DL
1240+ hours
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Old 09-15-2015, 07:06 PM
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Default Bird Magnet Week

It's been a bird magnet week Tom. Made my fifth confirmed kill yesterday. A small bird went suicidal. Flopped from cowling to HS without damage

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 09-15-2015, 10:53 PM
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Thumbs up Fifth Kill


''Made my fifth confirmed kill yesterday''

So you are now a confirmed Ace...Well you always were but now it is confirmed..
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:12 PM
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Default Back in the air

We got our RV7a back yesterday with a new wing skin to replace the bird damaged night wing. Randy Richmond on Northwest Regional airport did the repair and it came out great. Check out these pictures.

Scheduled for the paint shop to finish the job.
Tom Lewis
RV7a N967BT 2040 hrs.
RV10 N143EB 1050 hrs.
Granbury, Tx
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Old 11-19-2015, 03:55 PM
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That looks very good judging from the pictures. Wondering how the mid area was riveted. Was an access panel added between the outboard access panel and the wing tip?

Since many of us are the original builders, we may be qualified to do such a repair but how does the insurance co determine the value to pay? ie labour.

RV7A Flying since 2015
O-360-A1F6 (parallel valve) 180HP
Dual P-mags
Precision F.I. with AP purge valve
Vinyl Wrapped Exterior
Grand Rapids EFIS
Located in western Canada
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:23 PM
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No access panel added, only 3 blind rivets, exceptional job, and quote and invoice were for 58 hours labor. He did remove the fuel tank for better access. I am the builder of this airplane and could have done the job, but knew I did not have time in my schedule to do this work until Jan, so had Randy do the job.
Tom Lewis
RV7a N967BT 2040 hrs.
RV10 N143EB 1050 hrs.
Granbury, Tx
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Old 11-19-2015, 04:29 PM
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Glad to see your plane is back in the air!!! I had the pleasure of bucking a few of those new rivets. One of the ?perks? of coming back from lunch with Randy. ?Say, does your arm fit in there? If so, can you get this bucking bar in there, too??

I tried until I had deep red marks on my arm to get a bar on one of what ended up being one of those three blind rivets.

You have a beautiful RV!!!!

Doug Reeves (your host)
  • Full time: since '07 (started it in '96).
  • Typed in the EMB-505 (Phenom 300). Available for contract work. (flying resume).
  • Part time: Supporting Crew Member CAE EMB-505 Level D Sim @ KDFW.
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Old 11-20-2015, 08:52 AM
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Smile Blind Rivets?

The only blind rivets were on the inside to attach one the nose ribs to the spar.
No blinds on the outside. Several home made bucking bars and a few tungstens from Avery's
Randy Richmond
A&P, IA, Private Pilot
RV Builder
Owner:Richmond Aircraft Service
11563 Airway Blvd.
Roanoke, TX 76262
Inspections, Prebuys, Builder assistance,
Damage Repairs, Ferry Services
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Old 11-20-2015, 10:04 AM
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Glad your plane is flying again, Tommy!

Isn't it amazing how far a person can reach with a bucking bar through an itty-bitty inspection hole?
Katie Bosman
EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council
Rebuilt most of SNF tornado victim RV-3B Tony Boy II (had to sell him, but he's flying!)
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Old 11-20-2015, 12:52 PM
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Migrating birds are migrating - came close to large gaggle of ducks this morning 1200'AGL.
...recon they have right of way considering they were here thousands of years before us.
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