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Forum: My RV Build Project Today, 06:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 14,228
Posted By Draker
2022-06-23: It's done. Airworthiness certificate...

2022-06-23: It's done. Airworthiness certificate in hand!
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,118
Posted By Draker
Do those tools require special terminals? I've...

Do those tools require special terminals? I've been using these types of terminals from DigiKey: https://www.digikey.com/en/products/detail/33467/A27076-ND/287757
Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 10:14 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,118
Posted By Draker
Did the wire fall out of the crimped terminal?...

Did the wire fall out of the crimped terminal? I've already had one of my thick 6-ga wires fail in this way (did not pass the tug test during my pre-airworthiness condition inspection). Now I'm...
Forum: My RV Build Project Yesterday, 10:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By Draker
Here's how the back of mine ended...

Here's how the back of mine ended up:

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Panel/i-jQ4fR5h/0/338c14bc/L/IMG_3202-L.jpg (https://stiletto.smugmug.com/RV7/Panel/i-jQ4fR5h/A)

If I had to do it again I would...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Yesterday, 10:04 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 945
Posted By Draker
I used the ultra-black stuff and really slobbered...

I used the ultra-black stuff and really slobbered it on. Didn't try to get fancy. Also remember to goop up the little inter-baffle holes on the bottom. Only light that shines through from the bottom...
Forum: My RV Build Project 06-21-2022, 11:46 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,798
Posted By Draker
Iíve had to remove my flaps a few times after...

Iíve had to remove my flaps a few times after attaching the wings, for example to better trim inboard skin clearance to the fuselage. The wings were a bear to get on, and I never ever want to have to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,077
Posted By Draker
As a first time builder, I would not have been...

As a first time builder, I would not have been able to build mine at all without VAF. I don't know how people used to even do it without the Internet, let alone without VAF.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-19-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 968
Posted By Draker
From the operating limitations quote Mel gave, I...

From the operating limitations quote Mel gave, I read it as: you need to test any configuration (weight, CG, speed, load factor, attitude) during phase 1 that you plan to fly in during phase 2--but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-17-2022, 11:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,354
Posted By Draker
Is there a backlog for one-off parts, or just...

Is there a backlog for one-off parts, or just kits? I just put a small parts order in but totally forgot they're having trouble/delays.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-17-2022, 10:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 497
Posted By Draker
It's helpful to make the bottom tip removable if...

It's helpful to make the bottom tip removable if you mount a tail light into the aft end of the rudder. Easier access to the wiring.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 09:12 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,697
Posted By Draker
Thanks, Steve, that was understandable! It's good...

Thanks, Steve, that was understandable! It's good to understand why people do particular mods, even if I don't plan to do them. I'm replacing my aluminum pushrods with 4130 steel tubes, since I...
Forum: Tools 06-12-2022, 03:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,151
Posted By Draker
This was what became of my el-cheezeo vice while...

This was what became of my el-cheezeo vice while doing the great longeron-bend:

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Fuselage/i-MBbxFc5/0/9fb1eb31/L/IMG_0942-L.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-12-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,697
Posted By Draker
Could you share more about how that design is...

Could you share more about how that design is better, to someone who doesn't know what "positive capture" means? I'm assuming that you're saying the bolt+locknut design is less likely to work itself...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-09-2022, 01:16 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,138
Posted By Draker
Wow giddy up! Regarding the high-speed taxi with...

Wow giddy up! Regarding the high-speed taxi with the nose off the ground, just curious: What's the purpose? Are you looking for a rough rotation speed? Or gauging how the aircraft will perform (and...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-08-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,127
Posted By Draker
Excellent, welcome news! I just had to do one of...

Excellent, welcome news! I just had to do one of those Trips To A Garmin Dealer, only to watch them whip out pretty simple looking software and press a few buttons. Great that this capability is now...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-07-2022, 06:13 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,003
Posted By Draker
I bought three GA 26C pucks from eBay a few years...

I bought three GA 26C pucks from eBay a few years ago. I think they were about $35 each. That gave me a separate antenna for G5, and one for each G3X display. You can never have too many GPS...
Forum: COMM 06-04-2022, 05:30 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 377
Posted By Draker
Ahh, you're right. Digging into the E-mail chain...

Ahh, you're right. Digging into the E-mail chain with Garmin, that's exactly what they suggested I try, I just missed it. Yes, with the intercom off, those pins output audio correctly. I can see how...
Forum: California 06-03-2022, 02:01 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,239
Posted By Draker
Spruce collects CA sales tax, too. My "friend"...

Spruce collects CA sales tax, too. My "friend" simply keeps all receipts in a folder, and if/when the taxman comes, he can prove to said taxman how much sales tax he has paid over the years.
Forum: COMM 06-03-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 377
Posted By Draker
Garmin GTR receiver audio

Has anyone with one of Garmin's COMM radios gotten the "Receiver Audio" function to work? From their manual:

4.11 Receiver Audio

RECEIVER AUDIO OUT is a 40 mW audio output that is intended to drive...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-01-2022, 04:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 808
Posted By Draker
The official Odyssey charger is probably better...

The official Odyssey charger is probably better than no-name ones, but it's not a silver bullet. This (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?p=1572703#post1572703) is what my battery...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 928
Posted By Draker
I recently posted this analysis for my RV-7A...

I recently posted this analysis for my RV-7A (first time builder) slow-build: https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1605502&postcount=30
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-31-2022, 11:48 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,376
Posted By Draker
I agree with this! The (tipper) canopy was the...

I agree with this! The (tipper) canopy was the most frustrating part of the build by far. Something I never want to do again. I remember precisely measuring the frame so carefully, before bonding the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 11:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,798
Posted By Draker
Looking back as a first time builder, "How to...

Looking back as a first time builder, "How to torque fluid fittings" has been one of the more confusing questions throughout the build. Information seems to be out there, but it's not all in one...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-29-2022, 11:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 822
Posted By Draker
CAN devices are chained together one after the...

CAN devices are chained together one after the other, and the bus needs to be terminated on both ends. Some devices (such as the GSA 28 autopilot servo) have pins on their connectors that you wire...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-27-2022, 08:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 425
Posted By Draker
Garmin G3X cannot configure GEA 24 or GAD 27 discrete inputs

Anyone seen this one before? Somewhat suddenly, I can no longer configure many of my discrete inputs in the G3X configuration mode: Aileron trim, Elevator trim, Flap position, and all the GAD 27...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-23-2022, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 871
Posted By Draker
Looks like there's a bunch of demand for these....

Looks like there's a bunch of demand for these. Anyone know how to set up a group buy? :D
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 797
Posted By Draker
That pushrod/cam system that raises the front of...

That pushrod/cam system that raises the front of the canopy 1/8" during opening is a work of art. My jaw dropped as you described it all. I can't even imagine the amount of effort that went into...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 602
Posted By Draker
Tip-Up canopy latch force

How much force should it require to close and latch the tipper? Mine seems to require quite a bit of force, to the point where I am seriously worried about the aft stress I'm putting on the bulkhead...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-17-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,616
Posted By Draker
Yea, a local A&P who had a look at my project...

Yea, a local A&P who had a look at my project also recommended anti-seize on the slip joints. I assume you need to pull the exhaust completely to apply it, as you need to move the pipes to work the...
Forum: Safety 05-17-2022, 09:24 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,258
Posted By Draker
I found a guy at our local airport with a machine...

I found a guy at our local airport with a machine shop and tossed him a few ten-buck bills to weld them. I did it mostly to avoid having to rivet the ends, but it's good to know that the welded ends...
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-15-2022, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,053
Posted By Draker
I managed to keep a fairly complete list of mods,...

I managed to keep a fairly complete list of mods, deviations from plans, and significant after-market goodies that I did throughout my -7A tip-up build. Hopefully it gives some inspiration or ideas....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-14-2022, 06:45 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Draker
In my plane, the final C.G. difference between...

In my plane, the final C.G. difference between the two possible ways to measure nosegear arm is 3/8". I suppose you're right. Still, it would be nice to know the theoretically correct way to do it.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-14-2022, 04:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 461
Posted By Draker
Measuring new (elastomer style) nose gear arm

The new elastomer nosegear for the -7A has a little back-and-forward pivoting movement when off the ground. This pivot accounts for a 1-3/8" difference in measured nosewheel arm, in other words, when...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-13-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 471
Views: 149,711
Posted By Draker
Nobody mentioned Does That Mean I Fail? by Brooks...

Nobody mentioned Does That Mean I Fail? by Brooks Black yet. I would describe the book as an opportunity to learn from many bad examples. He has a cynical sense of humor as a guy who has probably...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-06-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,788
Posted By Draker
Huh.. They were newly released when I did my...

Huh.. They were newly released when I did my wiring a few years ago so who knows. Didn't realize things change so quickly in aviation :) Well, if I ever add more avionics goodies, I'll have a new way...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-03-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,788
Posted By Draker
When building my shield drains, I relied heavily...

When building my shield drains, I relied heavily on Garmin's "Wiring Fundamentals Series (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DSALk05GPdg&list=PLUp35uc5zMnXQOvL_z1OhfN-wMDjHUyDF)" YouTube videos. In this...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-01-2022, 09:20 PM
Replies: 167
Views: 109,481
Posted By Draker
Nice job, another one is in the air!

Nice job, another one is in the air!
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-29-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 14,228
Posted By Draker
Here's a post for the data geeks. Took a little...

Here's a post for the data geeks. Took a little time to plot my project's progress over time, grouped by subassembly. May be useful for people who haven't started yet, trying to guess the amount of...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-19-2022, 09:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 736
Posted By Draker
Here's another way to skin this cat. For the hose...

Here's another way to skin this cat. For the hose that brings warm air to the cabin, I tucked it behind the intake...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-18-2022, 09:45 AM
Replies: 54
Views: 8,150
Posted By Draker
They seemed to be pretty flexible when I ordered...

They seemed to be pretty flexible when I ordered mine, and willing to move things around. But a lot probably changed in two years with COVID coming and going. My timeline (IO-360-M1B,...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-16-2022, 10:23 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 409
Posted By Draker
Van's downloads page...

Van's downloads page (https://www.vansaircraft.com/downloads/) contains several useful CAD drawings. Their 3D assemblies are in "IGS" format, and depict the panel, subpanel, and surrounding...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-15-2022, 06:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,740
Posted By Draker
And to really close this thread: In case anyone...

And to really close this thread: In case anyone encounters the "XPDR FAIL 1" problem in the future. This was resolved by a Garmin Dealer, who had the special software needed to update the GTX's...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-15-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 14,228
Posted By Draker
2022-04-13: Interior installed. Excellent quality...

2022-04-13: Interior installed. Excellent quality seats and carpet by Flightline Interiors.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Ops/i-hNL5gmB/0/5a0674f2/L/IMG_4860-L.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,187
Posted By Draker
Anything made of wood I repurpose, convert into...

Anything made of wood I repurpose, convert into jigs, tables, steps, and so on. With the price of lumber these days I can't bring myself to throw wood away.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 04-11-2022, 05:13 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 471
Posted By Draker
Idle mixture and speed adjustment videos

Is there a good EAA video showing how you adjust idle mixture and speed on a fuel injected Lycoming? A few VAF forum posts hint at one existing, but searching EAA's site I've come up empty. Two of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-07-2022, 09:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,651
Posted By Draker
I did the whole manometer thing, and at the end...

I did the whole manometer thing, and at the end of the day it wasn't as useful as I thought it would be. I imagined I would pump it up, draw a line where the water level was, and then later if the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-05-2022, 07:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,123
Posted By Draker
Interesting PIREPs on the Carling switches. Food...

Interesting PIREPs on the Carling switches. Food for thought. I think at a minimum, Iíll want to put ďinspect panel switch terminalsĒ on my condition inspection checklist.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-05-2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,376
Posted By Draker
I used this M22529/2 grommet edging...

I used this M22529/2 grommet edging (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/appages/grommetedging.php) in areas where I was worried about wires encountering metal edges. Itís pretty expensive but I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 874
Posted By Draker
Question Computer spreadsheet as airframe, engine, etc. log books?

Iíve been using a computer spreadsheet as my builder log, and for continuity and simplicityís sake Iíd like to continue using it as my ďlog bookĒ for ongoing maintenance once Iím flying. There does...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-04-2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,741
Posted By Draker
Sad story. I did my flight training in Fort...

Sad story. I did my flight training in Fort Lauderdale and to me, Palm Beach direct to Key West seems like a pretty challenging flight for a new pilot.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2022, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,488
Posted By Draker
I used the pop rivet dimple dies too. No problem....

I used the pop rivet dimple dies too. No problem. The dimple is not as crisp as one done with a squeezer or DRDT, but it's acceptable. For riveting flush rivets solo where my arms can't reach, I put...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-04-2022, 07:48 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,123
Posted By Draker
All my toggle switches are "Carling" and were...

All my toggle switches are "Carling" and were purchased either from DigiKey or Mouser. They have soldered, quick-connect, and screw terminals. The ones with screw-in terminals were sometimes hard to...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-01-2022, 09:38 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 897
Posted By Draker
There seem to be many ways people have done this....

There seem to be many ways people have done this. The way I made mine, the filter is secured by two metal plates, the left one gets removed, and the right one pivots outboard out of the...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-31-2022, 03:08 PM
Replies: 725
Views: 349,690
Posted By Draker
You could also use Plasti-dip. Only half joking,...

You could also use Plasti-dip. Only half joking, there was a thread about it (https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=96586) here a while back, complete with a link to a company that will...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,364
Posted By Draker
Iíve scuffed out light scratches in a skin, but...

Iíve scuffed out light scratches in a skin, but if it was a crack all the way through Iíd call Vans and take their advice. Im not an airplane engineer so I ask them. Building for 6 years and Iím...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,820
Posted By Draker
Is there a written definition of "tug" somewhere...

Is there a written definition of "tug" somewhere (AC43.13?), for the purposes of determining crimp quality? Like approximately how many pounds of force should a 2AWG wire crimp withstand vs for a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-23-2022, 09:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,814
Posted By Draker
Spruce has been good to me

I can't really complain about Aircraft Spruce. Their customer support was great when I bought an ELT but forgot to specify the right kind of programming. They took it back, programmed it for free,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-21-2022, 10:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,822
Posted By Draker
Another one in the air! Congratulations!

Another one in the air! Congratulations!
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-21-2022, 07:13 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 14,228
Posted By Draker
Sharp eye! Thank you, they are incorrectly...

Sharp eye! Thank you, they are incorrectly reversed! Another squawk to fix. Screwed in so I can easily swap them.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2022, 08:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,099
Posted By Draker
Wow, one of those pictures should be on the next...

Wow, one of those pictures should be on the next Van's calendar! Terrific shots!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,099
Posted By Draker
Started this puppy up for the first time...

Started this puppy up for the first time (https://vansairforce.net/community/showpost.php?p=1597443&postcount=21).

Nice clear day. Bill (https://vansairforce.com/community/member.php?u=16691) flew...
Forum: RV-9/9A 03-20-2022, 06:50 PM
Replies: 991
Views: 733,309
Posted By Draker
Feelsgood when the list of remaining steps fits...

Feelsgood when the list of remaining steps fits on a single paper!
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-20-2022, 05:17 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 14,228
Posted By Draker
First time engine start...

First time engine start (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rluRrQMWw44). More help from wjb (https://vansairforce.com/community/member.php?u=16691), thank...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2022, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,994
Posted By Draker
This is an ancient thread, but someone asked for...

This is an ancient thread, but someone asked for a picture so I'll post mine. I've got about 1/8" clearance between my starter ring gear and front baffle. There's also a badly planned pop rivet...
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