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Old 11-10-2013, 06:42 AM
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I would guess you went for the "Ground Adjustable" for weight reasons, given the very impressive low weight you have achieved
Could be that was the reason as weight control has been a priority.

I was a little surprised at the 1020 number myself but the scales from Chapter 32 are electronic and no one has questioned their accuracy. The wheel pants and fairings were loaded on the airplane as were interior panels and seats. There's no paint and the IP.is bare bones VFR with the GRT Sport EFIS and EIS 4000, one Becker radio and transponder, and a Trio auto pilot.

The proof of the matter will be how well it performs with the Catto.
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Old 11-10-2013, 01:00 PM
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the ground adjustable pedals are not easy to move.
David, I will soon order the fuse and was debating with myself about the pedals.

I beleive that I will the sole pilot about 95% of the time.

I don't mind the extra cost, but would prefer not spending cash on something I or others won't use...

What are the difficulties with moving the pedals??

Thanks for your time!!

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Old 11-10-2013, 04:53 PM
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David, I will soon order the fuse and was debating with myself about the pedals.

I beleive that I will the sole pilot about 95% of the time.

I don't mind the extra cost, but would prefer not spending cash on something I or others won't use...

What are the difficulties with moving the pedals??

Thanks for your time!!

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The pedal assembly is bolted to the floor structure and can be adjusted fore and aft by removing 4 bolts. The bolts can be reached by wiggling forward from the front seat area or by reaching down from the forward bag compartment with the bag area panels removed. I did manage to get both arms down to the floor through the bag door but it was tight.

Actually, it is no big deal once they are set.

I think some pilots like the in flight adjustable version because the pedals can be moved forward for more leg room on a long flight. The ground adjustable version is old plan, it is not part of the current plan and has separate install instructions. The fuselage is drilled and ready for the in flight adjustable version. I have holes in the floor that are not used with the ground adjustable pedals.
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Old 11-16-2013, 07:43 PM
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David,

Nice build! I've enjoyed reading this thread and checking out the pictures. Are you building at M71? I've been considering joining EAA 32 at the encouragement of a couple coworkers.
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Old 11-17-2013, 10:40 AM
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David,

Nice build! I've enjoyed reading this thread and checking out the pictures. Are you building at M71? I've been considering joining EAA 32 at the encouragement of a couple coworkers.
Phil,
I live at the Troy Airpark MO2 which is about 10 miles north of MO71. Chapter 32 is located at Smartt Field as you probably know. There also is a chapter of local guys at Troy.
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Old 11-17-2013, 12:55 PM
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Ok. I've been out of GA for years but M71 used to be my "If you can land here without my intervention you are ready to solo" airport.

Again, very nice aircraft!
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Old 11-25-2013, 08:54 PM
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Both wing tips are now installed with 38 #6 plate nuts each.

Also installed are the nav/strobe/tail light assemblies - and they work. They are AVEOFLASHLP LSA from ACS. They draw 1.65 amps max, are hooked up with #20 wire, require no remote power source, lighter and less complex than Whelan systems I've used in the past. The strobe flash is so strong one should not look at it, I am amazed this is possible at such a low power level. The nav lights are also quite bright.

RED is left and GREEN is right, right?

No landing lights but there is wire from cabin switch to wing tip for now.



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Old 12-03-2013, 09:17 PM
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The number one exhaust pipe is about 1" from the FM150 fuel controller so some heat shielding is in order. The fuel line running up to the flow divider is wrapped with fire sleeve and 2 Vans heat shields are installed on the pipe. There are 3 more heat shields on the pipes protecting the throttle and mixture cable assemblies. There is little guidance on this stuff so one has use common sense and protect what needs protecting. I like the Vans heat shields.

The cabin heat system is installed and so is the alternate air feature of the snorkel intake. The RV-8 plan gives no guidance on where to run the cables for these systems so one has to wag it, cabin heat is on the lower right console, alternate air and the purge valve are on the the lower left console.

The "EXPERIMENTAL" placards are installed. The only place with enough area is on the interior side walls at the back seat. I looked at many RV-8 pictures on the forum and did not see a single experimental sticker but I am sure they are somewhere in the cabin.

Getting closer to final inspection....

But it is also getting closer to winter around here, temp was 65F today and it will be in the 20's with snow in about 48 hours.



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Old 12-12-2013, 08:24 AM
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Just 8 days ago when my wife took this picture it was 69?. It's about 2 above this morning. What ever happened to global warming?!!

The hangar is cold, mighty cold right now but I am getting some tasks accomplished. The empennage fairing has been trimmed and match drilled and nut plates will go in next. Also installed a canopy aft stop so it will not contact that fairing when full open. The engine is running ok but I have not had it to high power yet, just up to 1600 rpm for a mag check. Fuel pressure, oil pressure, and temperature indications all appear quite normal at this point.

Other than that, I've been making beeswax candles for my grown kids for Christmas. One of them requested same so I finally got around to a back burner project of making candles - I've had a supply of raw beeswax for about 28 years since leaving Connecticut, it came from a beekeeper I knew in those days.

Amazing stuff, it never gets old or wears out. Honey bees are wonderful creatures. My oldest son owns a bee-honey business on the big island in Hawaii. We were over there for a visit recently and came away knowing a lot more about bees than before. www.rarehawaiianhoney.com



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Old 12-12-2013, 09:07 AM
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