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Forum: Primers 12-01-2021, 10:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 298
Posted By N804RV
Just curious, does the -14 have a section 5 in...

Just curious, does the -14 have a section 5 in the plans? Or, are you looking for a different take.

5.1 in my plans has a pretty good explanation of Van's philosophy on priming, the materials...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 757
Posted By N804RV
It's gonna vary from one airplane to the next. ...

It's gonna vary from one airplane to the next. Some folks can get away with something from Amazon. Others not so much.

If you're having problems with a non-aviation type cigarette lighter style...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-24-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By N804RV
On the big airplanes, our goal is to only disturb...

On the big airplanes, our goal is to only disturb the wire-bundle to the extent necessary to delete each wire.

We start at the connector and follow the service loop back to the larger main bundle,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 273
Posted By N804RV
I'm still building mine. But, I do have the PPS,...

I'm still building mine. But, I do have the PPS, VP-X Sport and Skyview Classic.

As I understand, the "battery current" and "alternator current" outputs from the PPS are shunted outputs that can...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,273
Posted By N804RV
I had to google that one.

I had to google that one.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-11-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,273
Posted By N804RV
This works great! In fact, I've gotten rid of my...

This works great! In fact, I've gotten rid of my old Windows PC.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51673641683_612af70a75_c.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 08:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,976
Posted By N804RV
Drilling the safety wire hole for the flap...

Drilling the safety wire hole for the flap actuator, I sheared the drill bit off. Got mad and set it aside for a few days.

Picked it up again last week. Was gonna try drilling a new hole in a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 07:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,273
Posted By N804RV
That wouldíve been great. But I fear that ship...

That wouldíve been great. But I fear that ship has sailed.:(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,273
Posted By N804RV
I run Parallels on my MacBook Pro. I can use all...

I run Parallels on my MacBook Pro. I can use all the Windows stuff no problem. It loads faster and seems to be more stable.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2021, 03:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,273
Posted By N804RV
Can you log into [My Account] on...

Can you log into [My Account] on seattleavionics.com? Does it show your subscription as renewed?

If so, try deleting and reinstalling the data manager app.
Forum: Northwest 11-08-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 533
Posted By N804RV
Terry Burch at Arlington. Also, the EAA chapter...

Terry Burch at Arlington. Also, the EAA chapter at Skagit.

Also, Ken Krueger, one of Van’s former engineers is at Anacortes. Plus there are several builders near you.

If you have general...
Forum: COMM 11-07-2021, 08:58 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,368
Posted By N804RV
If you get a chance, check out the NanoVNA by the...

If you get a chance, check out the NanoVNA by the same guys.

My MFJ antenna analyzer never even comes out of the box anymore.
Forum: COMM 11-06-2021, 08:16 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,368
Posted By N804RV
The TinySA is pretty light weight. I don’t think...

The TinySA is pretty light weight. I don’t think it’s gonna challenge your $15k bench gear.

The gear I had in the Navy was pretty neat, if a bit antiquated. Way out of my price range though.
Forum: COMM 11-06-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,368
Posted By N804RV
Sorry. This was not meant to slam your DIY field...

Sorry. This was not meant to slam your DIY field strength meter. I’ve gone back and edited my original post.

What I meant by “knock off version that doesn’t work” was the TinySA imposters for sale...
Forum: COMM 11-06-2021, 04:04 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,368
Posted By N804RV
EDITED FOR CLARITY. APOLOGIES TO @wirejock I...

EDITED FOR CLARITY. APOLOGIES TO @wirejock

I applaud the makers an tinkerers that build their own gear. I know it’s expected in the Ham community. And, Homebuilt electronics is fun.

If you’re...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,183
Posted By N804RV
I believe that’s the recipe for what your CFI...

I believe that’s the recipe for what your CFI called “after-burn”.

Cooler/denser air makes it too rich, leaving unburned fuel to cook off in the exhaust. Try flying around a little while before...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-30-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 78,211
Posted By N804RV
What are you referring to? The only crank...

What are you referring to? The only crank failures Iím aware of are the 3 documented in Cessna 172s, certified aircraft. Do you know something I donít ?
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,121
Posted By N804RV
I spent a career as a avionics/electrical tech,...

I spent a career as a avionics/electrical tech, both in the Navy and at a major commercial repair depot.

I don't worry about wire colors. With Dynon and Vertical Power, I bought prefab wire...
Forum: ADS-B 10-24-2021, 05:42 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 428
Posted By N804RV
This is the only thing I heard about. iOS 14 was...

This is the only thing I heard about. iOS 14 was released 9/20. It caused some folks problems at...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 880
Posted By N804RV
Check the dimension on your elevator rod-end...

Check the dimension on your elevator rod-end bearings. If they're not close to the spec called out in the drawing, you'll get some whacky numbers for your up/down limits.

I learned the hard way....
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-21-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 739
Posted By N804RV
There is some verbiage in the plans about...

There is some verbiage in the plans about drilling gear legs on QB aircraft. I'd think that'd apply to you if you decided to go ahead and install the forward bottom skins.

Another thing to think...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-08-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 700
Posted By N804RV
I spent a lot of armchair time, thinking through...

I spent a lot of armchair time, thinking through the instrument panel decisions.

I ended up approaching it as if I were going the "normal procedures" checklist items. I also tried to take normal...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,026
Posted By N804RV
I have QB wings. I used CherryMax flush rivets...

I have QB wings. I used CherryMax flush rivets on the 3 inboard rivets. If I remember I dimpled the flap brace and counter-sunk the spar double plate W-707. I'm sure I was looking at a rivet call...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-06-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 78,211
Posted By N804RV
Like your quip? SAP's official position seems to...

Like your quip?

SAP's official position seems to be to pretend it never happened. Compare that to the XP-400 buy back. ---> That's the point in case you needed it spelled out!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-06-2021, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 737
Posted By N804RV
Early on, I mixed up cleco brands and found that...

Early on, I mixed up cleco brands and found that occasionally I had a dimpled hole that the cleco wouldn't stay in. Rather than digging through the bucket for a cleco that would, I just took a piece...
Forum: RV-14 10-06-2021, 09:57 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,170
Posted By N804RV
I have a pair of vice grips that had holes...

I have a pair of vice grips that had holes drilled in them to accept dimple dies.
I've found them to be very useful on a couple of occasions.

You can get by with out them. But, if you're a tool...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,678
Posted By N804RV
I bought mine at Boeing Surplus some years ago. ...

I bought mine at Boeing Surplus some years ago. I occasionally see them on Ebay. And, I think Stein has an alternative tool that's considerably cheaper.

Be careful of some of the cheaper FastOn...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-01-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,678
Posted By N804RV
^^^ This! Its what I used in the Navy and a ATS.

^^^ This!

Its what I used in the Navy and a ATS.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2021, 06:16 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 402
Posted By N804RV
It'll spin before you put any appreciable torque...

It'll spin before you put any appreciable torque on it. Gudhundtight is good enough.

If you're having to tighten one up in an already installed panel with no room to get behind it, there's a gadget...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-21-2021, 07:40 PM
Replies: 1,147
Views: 1,248,693
Posted By N804RV
This is why we need a like button! Nice...

This is why we need a like button!

Nice looking panel. Although, I'm building an RV-8 and using Skyview, The colors, switches and labeling are exactly what I had in mind.

I'm laying out my panel...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-19-2021, 04:06 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,038
Posted By N804RV
My technical advisor is an A&P/IA thats kinda the...

My technical advisor is an A&P/IA thats kinda the local RV expert.

He suggested doing the panel and wiring before doing any of the tops skins.

Basically install the control column and the rudder...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-18-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,487
Posted By N804RV
Ha! Good catch. Thank you! Glad you pointed it...

Ha! Good catch. Thank you!

Glad you pointed it out now, before I drilled those holes. I'd like to think I'd have realized it was upside down before I drilled it. But, ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-18-2021, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,564
Posted By N804RV
I notched the flange of that one angle just a...

I notched the flange of that one angle just a bit, and substituted pull rivets for the 2 trailing edge skin rivets that the SB added pieces interfere with.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 01:34 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,012
Posted By N804RV
I'm still working on my first 64oz bottle. Its...

I'm still working on my first 64oz bottle. Its been nearly 2 years.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-18-2021, 10:40 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,012
Posted By N804RV
A little dawn dish soap in a pail of water and an...

A little dawn dish soap in a pail of water and an old T-shirt works well for canopy. But, the Rain-X "Plastic" is about half the cost of Plexus and good to take on the road.

For oil changes I just...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2021, 10:30 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,971
Posted By N804RV
I could show you my scrap pile. I just...

I could show you my scrap pile. I just considered it a steep learning curve, and bought plenty of extra fuel line.

For that little joggle on the end, between the filter and the pump, I started...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-15-2021, 01:55 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By N804RV
I wouldn't get any smaller than a 20gal tank, and...

I wouldn't get any smaller than a 20gal tank, and any less than 5.7cfm.

Dewalt has one thats 5.7cfm at 90psi and a 30gal tank for less than $900. The noise level is 78db, which isn't too bad (I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-14-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 714
Posted By N804RV
What radio are you trying to transmit on? Some...

What radio are you trying to transmit on?

Some radios, like the iCom A210/A220 have a quirky keyline setup that can be quite frustrating.
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-14-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 717
Posted By N804RV
You definitely need to look at the "recommended"...

You definitely need to look at the "recommended" and "optional" tool lists in the preview plans! With current delivery times, I'm betting you've got plenty of time now to plan out your tool...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-13-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 688
Posted By N804RV
P-Mag Test Switch with VP-X and Skyview

Anyone running dual P-mags with VP-X and Skyview?

I'm thinking of just using the VP-X page in Skyview instead of wiring a discreet test switch to test the P-Mag self-powering capability.

The other...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-03-2021, 09:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,248
Posted By N804RV
I have the SkyDesigns gear legs. I polished...

I have the SkyDesigns gear legs. I polished 'em.

I also have polished aluminum 1 piece main gear legs on the Sonerai. In the 4 years I've owned the Sonerai, I've touched up the finish with a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 854
Posted By N804RV
My "drill guide" worked out great. I chucked it...

My "drill guide" worked out great.

I chucked it up in my mill (glorified drill press) and used a strip of 100 grit sandpaper to remove a couple thousandths OD, just enough so that it slipped cleanly...
Forum: COMM 09-01-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By N804RV
USB power bricks and 12vdc to USB plug-in types...

USB power bricks and 12vdc to USB plug-in types that are not specifically designed for aviation use are notorious RF noise sources.

If that's what it is, try moving it around the cockpit to see if...
Forum: COMM 09-01-2021, 12:27 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 864
Posted By N804RV
Did you go through the crappy menu system and try...

Did you go through the crappy menu system and try changing the squelch value? Squelch settings are much too complicated on that radio IMHO.

If you've got "RX" showing on the screen, then squelch is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-31-2021, 09:42 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 854
Posted By N804RV
I'm just getting to this step now. For some...

I'm just getting to this step now. For some reason, when I built the elevators, I never completed this step. Now that I'm mounting elevators to horiz stab, I gotta drill these holes.

I didn't see...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-29-2021, 12:13 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By N804RV
I wonder if having an extra 1.5lbs that far back...

I wonder if having an extra 1.5lbs that far back might be an advantage in an -8?
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-28-2021, 10:05 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 714
Posted By N804RV
I happen to have the older rectangular lead...

I happen to have the older rectangular lead counterweights on my elevators ( the rounded ones are the newer design). I originally bought my empennage kit in 1999. But, I didn't even take parts out...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2021, 07:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,304
Posted By N804RV
Try This: ...

Try This: https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/jackhack_11-18305.php

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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2021, 07:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 723
Posted By N804RV
Your guess is as good as mine. The "crate date"...

Your guess is as good as mine.

The "crate date" on my finishing kit was 8/16. I'm taking delivery at Van's. So, I'm just waiting for shipping dept. to call.
Forum: RV-14 08-20-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,318
Posted By N804RV
This is going to raise a few hackles. But, I...

This is going to raise a few hackles. But, I keep my DRDT2 on the shelf, and pull it out and attach it to a temporary table top that is clamped to my ShopMate portable work table. No outfeed tables...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-12-2021, 10:18 AM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,487
Posted By N804RV
A friend of mine welded it up out of spare steel...

A friend of mine welded it up out of spare steel tube stock he had. He used it on his RV-7A build, then passed it on to me.

I was all set to buy an expensive auto-body rotisserie. But, this was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2021, 11:04 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,938
Posted By N804RV
They're advertised as being 15lbs lighter that...

They're advertised as being 15lbs lighter that the Van's gear legs. I haven't weighed them yet. But, just picking them up, they're definitely lighter.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 981
Views: 814,487
Posted By N804RV
Ready to drill horizontal stab onto upper...

Ready to drill horizontal stab onto upper longerons. Waiting for tech advisor visit before doing the deed!

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51371346807_dee9fe1312_c.jpg
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-09-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,938
Posted By N804RV
For fuselage, page 8-42 toward the bottom. For...

For fuselage, page 8-42 toward the bottom.

For wings, read "First a note to quick builders" on page 7-1.

As far as gear tower mod, I didn't do it.

I don't see a hole for stall warning vane on...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-07-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 318
Views: 78,211
Posted By N804RV
In fact, the only failures documented to date...

In fact, the only failures documented to date have been in Lycoming certified engines in Cessna 172s.

The FAA says the remaining boundary layer formed in the nitriding process exceeds the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-06-2021, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,500
Posted By N804RV
First rule of EAB: If you wanna build, build. ...

First rule of EAB: If you wanna build, build. But, if you wanna fly, buy!

Sounds like you'd be better off buying a good low-time RV-8 from someone who's looking to fund a new build.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-04-2021, 06:50 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 9,956
Posted By N804RV
Another problem with using the IPC as an assembly...

Another problem with using the IPC as an assembly guide is that you have to make sure you understand the vendor's method for annotating applicability for different model/year parts.

I know of more...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-02-2021, 11:32 AM
Replies: 904
Views: 1,209,482
Posted By N804RV
Don't think that's gonna work.

Don't think that's gonna work.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-30-2021, 08:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,444
Posted By N804RV
I know of an RV-4 that has been tied down outside...

I know of an RV-4 that has been tied down outside at PATK (Talkeetna) for a few years. I believe it is flying regularly. I've been told the builder/owner is very meticulous. So, its gotta be...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-23-2021, 11:28 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,111
Posted By N804RV
I had the same concerns. I bought 2 used 7"...

I had the same concerns. I bought 2 used 7" SV-700s from a VAF member. Then, I had 2nd thoughts about it.

I recently got a chance to fly in an RV with the the 7" screens. I think in an RV-8,...
Forum: Alternative Engines 07-10-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 20,634
Posted By N804RV
Amen, brother! I've been calling computers...

Amen, brother! I've been calling computers 'comp(lica)ters' since 1985.

I have to clean/update/fix my wife's PC when she's not at home. Because, when I utter the inevitable stream of F-bombs,...
Forum: Reviews 07-09-2021, 11:07 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,926
Posted By N804RV
Van's does not update that list every day. I've...

Van's does not update that list every day.

I've been checking every day for back-ordered parts. Sometimes they will go a day or 3 without updating that list. Then when they do, you'll see parts...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-02-2021, 01:45 PM
Replies: 318
Views: 78,211
Posted By N804RV
I'd love to be a fly on the wall of the SAP tent...

I'd love to be a fly on the wall of the SAP tent at AirVenture this year. Anyone who's going wanna bring back the scuttle butt for the rest of us?
Forum: Autopilots 07-01-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,568
Posted By N804RV
Hey, I'm curious. What did you ever find out...

Hey,

I'm curious. What did you ever find out about this? How did you wire your trim system? I'm in the same boat now.
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