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Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-22-2022, 08:10 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,905
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ok I can see Iím not helping here. One last...

Ok I can see Iím not helping here. One last thought though. Both PMAGs wee sent in for repair. Weíre they returned with the same software version as they had previously?
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,905
Posted By rapid_ascent
Walt, thanks for the comment. Iím aware of the...

Walt,

thanks for the comment. Iím aware of the care that is needed for the timing with high compression.

Bruce,

I know youíve been flying for a while so it would seem that your switch...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-21-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,905
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bruce, Iím curious what your PMAG power switch...

Bruce, Iím curious what your PMAG power switch configuration is referring back to Mickeys question. Iíve been thinking about my plan to have normally on switches which would be momentarily turned off...
Forum: Tools 07-21-2022, 08:33 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 368
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a setup like you are looking for that I...

I have a setup like you are looking for that I purchased from Cleaveland Tools. I donít think they sell it any longer. If you do a search for Boeing Quick Change Drill you will find several places...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-12-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 786
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wouldn't suggest it for a first time builder....

I wouldn't suggest it for a first time builder. As others have stated the empennage is a good place to start since the parts are generally less expensive to replace and the construction is relatively...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-05-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,586
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ryan, I have a heavy duty crimper you can...

Ryan,

I have a heavy duty crimper you can borrow. I think it makes pretty nice crimps for the larger wires.
Forum: Tools 06-29-2022, 03:53 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,915
Posted By rapid_ascent
I wanted to add a slight, ever so slight detour...

I wanted to add a slight, ever so slight detour on this thread. I once I had break-in into my garage where a lot of my tools were stolen. All of the tools that were in my rolling toolbox were taken....
Forum: RV-14 06-28-2022, 10:59 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,104
Posted By rapid_ascent
For the Garmin G3x system with a GAD27 you can...

For the Garmin G3x system with a GAD27 you can have two sets of flap switch inputs. I have a panel switch just to the left of the throttle as many others. I also have a flap switch on the pilot...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2022, 03:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 599
Posted By rapid_ascent
Panel Wiring Service Loops

I've been working on my wiring lately and I'm almost to the point of hooking up one side of my modular panel. On my copilot side I have a GDU450 and a couple of rows of circuit breakers. I routed...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2022, 09:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,210
Posted By rapid_ascent
Maybe it was just used to allow marking of the...

Maybe it was just used to allow marking of the wires. A little strange but when the only tool you have is a hammer...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-15-2022, 02:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,494
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just to add a couple of comments to previous...

Just to add a couple of comments to previous items for clarification. The regulator uses the sense wire to sense the bus voltage. That could lead you to believe that the problem could only be with...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-13-2022, 09:46 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,120
Posted By rapid_ascent
While the idea of having the wire all neatly...

While the idea of having the wire all neatly organized on some sort of rack is a nice idea I'm not sure for me, the way I'm doing the wiring, that would work that well. In lots of instances I put the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-13-2022, 12:28 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 283
Posted By rapid_ascent
Garmin GAD27 Power On - No G3X

I've been wiring up my GAD27 but I haven't gotten to the G3X's yet. Is it possible to power on the GAD27 to check the input switch operation or is a G3x required before this test can be performed?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-09-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,494
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'd agree with Mark. If there is a bad connection...

I'd agree with Mark. If there is a bad connection the voltage regulator will sense a lower voltage. Then it will try to correct and raise the voltage, but if the connection is not good it won't be...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,467
Posted By rapid_ascent
I tried to find one that had 7s for RV 7(A) and I...

I tried to find one that had 7s for RV 7(A) and I tacked on my initials on the end, RT. I ended up with 177RT. The only thing I would say is its not as easy to as some other suffixes. Just a Tango at...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-29-2022, 03:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 522
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have a power supply sitting on a shelf of my...

I have a power supply sitting on a shelf of my hangar if you are interested. What type do you have now?
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-26-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,492
Posted By rapid_ascent
Most Weller irons have tips that are available in...

Most Weller irons have tips that are available in different temperatures. You may be able to find a lower temp tip that will work for you. I find the flattened (shovel) tips work the best. You should...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-25-2022, 08:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,385
Posted By rapid_ascent
It seems you have a few different things going...

It seems you have a few different things going on. Are you sure you have the CAN bus terminated correctly? At a minimum it looks like your GEA24 and the GAD29 are having trouble communicating, but it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-17-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 836
Posted By rapid_ascent
Look on the Vans site there are some listed RV-12...

Look on the Vans site there are some listed RV-12 training folks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 07:28 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 691
Posted By rapid_ascent
Its probably the Otto. The Infinity grip is...

Its probably the Otto. The Infinity grip is different. I would guess 20 years ago they may not have been engraving the bottom. Lot's of designs evolve over time.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 09:17 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,291
Posted By rapid_ascent
I made my spacing 2.6". What I did was to take a...

I made my spacing 2.6". What I did was to take a piece of scrap and drill the holes on the spacing I was thinking about and then give it a try. I have a fixed pitch prop so I only have the two...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 09:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,134
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, I just completed this step over the past...

Terry,

I just completed this step over the past weekend. I had the same concerns as you and wanted to install the firewall side hinges before installing my engine mount.

What I did was clamp a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-10-2022, 12:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,043
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have 2 momentary switches that are used for...

I have 2 momentary switches that are used for testing the PMAGS that normally apply power and remove power when held in the test position. Some use breakers for this function, but breakers have a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-03-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,610
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, I think that might have even come from...

Terry,

I think that might have even come from my excess parts pile. If so it was a B&C.
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-02-2022, 04:14 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,497
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sensenich 3 Blade Composite Prop. Cleaning

I just received my new 3 blade composite prop from Sensenich. I'm curious what people use to clean it. I would hate to mess it up.
Forum: Primers 02-26-2022, 09:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,858
Posted By rapid_ascent
You said you rinsed well. I'm not sure what that...

You said you rinsed well. I'm not sure what that means. If you meant with water then that is not enough. I wipe with lacquer thinner as part of the prep process. Some use acetone instead, but the key...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,062
Posted By rapid_ascent
I realize at this point you may be in the mode of...

I realize at this point you may be in the mode of not spending any more money than necessary until you decide if this is the thing for you. However, if you proceed you will want the right tool for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-15-2022, 08:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 664
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bruce, I think I would move the G5 and the...

Bruce,

I think I would move the G5 and the GPS175 up to the top of the stack. It sounds like you use the knob module a lot so you could keep that on the side toward the pilot. Then I would put the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2022, 03:25 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,897
Posted By rapid_ascent
I've been using the Click Bond cable tie mounts...

I've been using the Click Bond cable tie mounts with good success. I've used the Click Bond adhesive in the little packets and it has worked fine up until now. It seems there is now a supply chain...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-13-2022, 04:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 901
Posted By rapid_ascent
Larry, Battery Capacity is usually spec'd at a...

Larry,

Battery Capacity is usually spec'd at a specified current. If you want to test a battery against its rated specs you need to create a load equal to that current. Then you can measure the time...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-01-2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,389
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm not sure about the differences between your...

I'm not sure about the differences between your engine and mine but I can share my experience with my engine.

My Titan engine came with a 90 degree adapter and a spacer from the factory. When I went...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-29-2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 886
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm with Bruce, don't worry about it. On the...

I'm with Bruce, don't worry about it.

On the other hand I guess it depends on how quickly you could redo it. If you are like me then every time you look at it or even think about it you will wish...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-29-2022, 06:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,719
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would think you would want to adjust that in...

I would think you would want to adjust that in some way. You could certainly work around it, but to me it would seem like an annoyance. Someone more knowledgeable than me in this area will probably...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-07-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,811
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one of the hydraulic crimpers from...

I bought one of the hydraulic crimpers from Amazon. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00ZA2P3XM/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1

It seems to work pretty well. I used it for some of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-07-2022, 11:00 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,897
Posted By rapid_ascent
Look on Ebay for the Clickbond fasteners. I...

Look on Ebay for the Clickbond fasteners. I managed to get a entire tray of them for not too much money. I'm using them to route wire in the aft fuselage.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,162
Posted By rapid_ascent
Greg, You will need some sort of relay block or...

Greg,

You will need some sort of relay block or equivalent. For the flaps for example you need to reverse the voltage on the motor to change the direction. For folks with the Garmin G3X system you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2021, 02:36 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 8,715
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have Xplane 11 and it seems to work pretty...

I have Xplane 11 and it seems to work pretty well. I'm getting through my private and getting close to finishing up. I think... Anyway I really haven't used the simulator very much. It just doesn't...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-24-2021, 02:16 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,554
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought one for changing the oil in my cars. I...

I bought one for changing the oil in my cars. I used to have a very low to the ground 2 seater and it required a little work to get it jacked up. Now I use it for a couple of different cars. It makes...
Forum: RV-14 12-22-2021, 06:53 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,734
Posted By rapid_ascent
Sometimes its the order that you put things...

Sometimes its the order that you put things together that is important. In your example maybe those rivets should have gone in first and then the blind rivets. I'm not looking at the instructions so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-18-2021, 08:41 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,217
Posted By rapid_ascent
I bought the Lord mounts. Vans seemed to have the...

I bought the Lord mounts. Vans seemed to have the best deal I found.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,378
Posted By rapid_ascent
I'm just decided to use the SS fittings. I'm not...

I'm just decided to use the SS fittings. I'm not sure about a real problem created by the steel fittings, but I figured they would rust/oxidize to some extent at some point in the future. The SS...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-14-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 918
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think you have answered your own question. Each...

I think you have answered your own question. Each wire has to be sized for the current it is carrying and the length it needs to travel. For my strobes for example I have a common terminal strip...
Forum: California 12-14-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 896
Posted By rapid_ascent
Not sure about Hayward, but quite a few RVs out...

Not sure about Hayward, but quite a few RVs out at LVK.
Forum: RV-14 12-13-2021, 06:56 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,424
Posted By rapid_ascent
Just a couple of additional comments. First,...

Just a couple of additional comments.

First, make a pattern for your cutting. I used some old roofing paper because it was around, but you could use poster board. Fit the pattern onto the firewall...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-12-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,049
Posted By rapid_ascent
Hi Gordon, I decided to do something similar...

Hi Gordon,

I decided to do something similar with a terminal strip under the seat area.
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-09-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,049
Posted By rapid_ascent
Gordon, Thanks for your comments. I still don't...

Gordon, Thanks for your comments.

I still don't understand what Van's is trying to show in their OP-56 drawing, but I'm just going to follow the AeroLEDs instructions. They seem clear enough.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-09-2021, 05:12 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 12,534
Posted By rapid_ascent
Mike, At least in my area of CA the waiting lists...

Mike, At least in my area of CA the waiting lists for hangars are often a couple of year or at least they are quoted as such. My suggestion is to get on the lists. While they may be many people ahead...
Forum: California 12-09-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,229
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jaron, I used to live in that general area. I...

Jaron,

I used to live in that general area. I don't have any confirmed info, but I was thinking that Fallbrook is close to Oceanside. I did a quick check and...

http://www.l18airpark.com/

Good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-09-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,303
Posted By rapid_ascent
I would say an ammeter isn't required, but I...

I would say an ammeter isn't required, but I would say it is needed. Many folks I hear on this site have said an ammeter isn't needed and that a voltmeter is sufficient. I wouldn't agree, but...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,766
Posted By rapid_ascent
Bruce, I think I would go the Molex site and...

Bruce,

I think I would go the Molex site and make sure you have the correct tool for the terminals that you have. That would seem to me to be a strange oversight on Molex's part if it is the correct...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,303
Posted By rapid_ascent
Tim, Just curious. Did you back it up when you...

Tim,

Just curious. Did you back it up when you did the install then?

This got me thinking because I'm not sure I would have done that before reading this thread. I do always use a torque wrench so...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-08-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,049
Posted By rapid_ascent
OP-56 Wiring Clarification

I'm looking at OP-56 and trying to understand the wiring connections. I've reviewed the Aeroleds Suntail installation instructions and I'm trying to match up what Van's is showing. It looks like...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-08-2021, 11:48 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,303
Posted By rapid_ascent
Dan has a good point. If you look at the lower...

Dan has a good point. If you look at the lower edge of the sense element the two sides are not aligned. I'm not sure how accurately the terminal blocks would be aligned in the mfg process, but the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-07-2021, 09:17 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,303
Posted By rapid_ascent
A loose connection on a high current path might...

A loose connection on a high current path might do it. It does look like there is a little discoloration on the lower part of the right hand screw terminal. Hard to tell if that is partially a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,327
Posted By rapid_ascent
The "In series" is an electrical term but yes...

The "In series" is an electrical term but yes that would mean the output of one running to the input of the second.

I believe you should be fine with this configuration. You should reach out to...
Forum: Propellers 12-07-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,676
Posted By rapid_ascent
I think this can fall into the same camp as...

I think this can fall into the same camp as trying to sell old school gauges. While still usable many folks have moved on to newer technology. I think you probably need to make it a deal to someone....
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-07-2021, 08:52 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,210
Posted By rapid_ascent
What is the Clear/Delete function? It looks like...

What is the Clear/Delete function? It looks like both Terry and Michael have one. Did I miss something?
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-06-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,210
Posted By rapid_ascent
Terry, You could combine the battery alt into...

Terry,

You could combine the battery alt into one 3 position switch. Also I have a stick start switch which Iím assuming you do too. Someone here suggested to use the batt position for enabling the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-05-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,949
Posted By rapid_ascent
Allen, There are certainly a bunch of little...

Allen,

There are certainly a bunch of little boxes with the G3X system and figuring out where to put them is a challenge. For a slider you can't build a forward shelf like on a tip up. I'm happy to...
Forum: Primers 12-04-2021, 07:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,511
Posted By rapid_ascent
The thing I didn't know in the beginning is the...

The thing I didn't know in the beginning is the air pressure quoted in the paint specs is with the trigger pulled. If you haven't looked up the air pressure the MFG says to use you should do that.
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-04-2021, 07:19 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,648
Posted By rapid_ascent
Jerry, If you go to Digi-Key or Mouser and...

Jerry,

If you go to Digi-Key or Mouser and search for Schottky diode. There will be a million that come up, but you can filter based upon Vf or the forward voltage drop. Look for the parts that meet...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 819
Posted By rapid_ascent
Ok. I think maybe my desire wasn't clear. I'm...

Ok. I think maybe my desire wasn't clear. I'm trying to do what Walt is referring to, but while using the GAD27 dimmers. I'm not running the NAV lights through the GAD27 at all. I have a DPDT switch...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-04-2021, 12:21 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 819
Posted By rapid_ascent
G3X (GAD27) Lighting Control Question

I was planning to turn on my instrument and panel lighting when I turn on my navigation lights. I'm not sure the right way to do this with the GAD27. I didn't see anything in the installation manual...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-03-2021, 09:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 900
Posted By rapid_ascent
I have flown with the Aspen and also with a pair...

I have flown with the Aspen and also with a pair of G5s in C172s. I personally preferred the G5s. As a matter of fact after flying with the G5 I decided to remove the Mini-X that I was planning for...
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