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Old 04-28-2019, 11:39 AM
RV7ForMe RV7ForMe is offline
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Arrow #59

Well, the rebuild RV7A is complete and so I return to building a few parts that I have given buddy so that he can fly this summer... Like the VS.

Yup I just build my second one of these.

You would think it would go a lot quicker, but for some reason that was not really the case. With Priming and de burring all in was about 20 hours. Even though I knew what I was doing this time around and didn't have to think about it to much... So for those of you that have stated they can build a whole empennage in a weekend. I wonder how much de burring is included in that.

Or I am simply very slow.

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Old 05-06-2019, 06:13 AM
RV7ForMe RV7ForMe is offline
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Arrow #60

While rebuilding the the other plane I got to fast forward quite a bit into cable, connectors and avionics. Gave me a lot to think about. I had been trying to not do that because buying avionics early is kind of silly...But they are so much fun!

Anyway. We replaced a few connectors and while doing so I got to try out a few different kinds and that was great because I know what I like and what I do not like.

I like the DEUTSCH series connectors. They feel nice and are good to work with.
But at some point we had to figure out how to attach them to the air-frame so they don't move around. Double sided tape will do the trick but since I build this 80$ china 3D printer I had to put that use. I have never designed any parts. So this is my first try.

I am printing ABS and use the "raft" to stabilize the print. In this case the raft takes longer to print then the part but it does work well.

First print in coarse quality. The holes are to attache with pop rivets to a rib or similar structure.

With the connector attached.

Fit is very tight. I don't think it is going anywhere.

fun little 3 hour project. Necessary? probably not but what else am I going to do with this printer?
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Old 07-08-2019, 05:08 PM
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Been a while since I made any progress on "MY" RV.

But, a lot has happened:

Remember why we do those "simulated" engine out trainings on our BFR's? Well, I do one every year either for club currency or for the rating and while it is all well it doesn't compare to the real thing! At 250h total time I am a just starting and I know it is a risk but never really thought it would actually happen...

A few weeks ago I was PIC in a friends good old 152. He had to give up his medical for a bit (already has it back) but still wanted to fly so he asked me to fly him around in his plane. He is over twice my age but we have fun sharing one of the best hobbies out there.

It was a hot day, we were close to MTOW and climb was pretty slow. A few minutes later just shy of 2000ft still at WOT the engine sound changed. A quick glance at the gauge: 1500RPM with everything full forward. "OH SH**"

I tried to trouble shoot while getting that adrenaline rush you would expect. Everything happened so quick. I lost about 600ft when I realized I will have to put her down NOW. I was maybe 1000ft-1200ft AGL. Looked left, picked a place and called a mayday and set up for landing. I still had partial power until I shut her down before touch down. I never thought it would happen but it did. I am pretty thankful it was a C152.

So I was just really lucky that nobody got hurt. Happy to be here!
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Old 07-08-2019, 06:14 PM
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Default Nice Job

Glad you all are okay and you had a field to land in. Looks like you did a great job and didn't even tear up the vegetation! Great job.
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Old 07-08-2019, 08:19 PM
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Default Great Job!

Way to go!


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Old 07-08-2019, 08:40 PM
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Oof! That stinks, but really glad you two are both OK and it looks like the old bird is pretty good too. Any idea what was the cause of loss of power yet?
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Old 07-08-2019, 09:53 PM
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Default Awesome Landing!

Glad you are OK.

Not much damage to anything, farmer's field; not much damage at all.

Did you have any issue with direction control? Looks like you handled the "soft field" very well!

Best regards,
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:03 PM
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Wow, glad to hear you are all good. Great job keeping it together for a nice landing!
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:11 PM
Scott Hersha Scott Hersha is offline
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Way to go!! One of the best instructors I had during the countless semi-annual checkrides I had to take told me - it doesn?t matter what happened to cause an abnormal or emergency situation or what procedure you followed - but if you can put the airplane down without injuring anybody or bending any metal, whatever you did was good and acceptable. It is incredibly hard to argue with success, and whatever you did was successful.
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Old 07-09-2019, 07:51 AM
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Nicely done,
Glad to see you followed your training.
Unfortunately many of the fatalities we read about are simple emergencies followed by a stall.
It is very difficult to fight the natural urge to pull the stick/yoke back.
Again well done sir.
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