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Forum: Painting your RV Yesterday, 09:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By mfleming
UPDATE: I sent current photos of the cowl to the...

UPDATE: I sent current photos of the cowl to the paint shop and they were comfortable that the cowling is protected until they get their hands on it.
Forum: Painting your RV Yesterday, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By mfleming
I sprayed a second coat of primer because I’m...

I sprayed a second coat of primer because I’m losing my window to spray outside and I wanted to do something quick.

For what it’s worth, I agree that sanding down to glass and shell with epoxy is...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-28-2022, 07:19 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By mfleming
The surface was completely sand...too much so in...

The surface was completely sand...too much so in some areas.




The hope is that I can get it into the paint shop shortly after it flies...

Since the photos, I added a second coat...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-28-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By mfleming
I appreciate everyones input. The reason for...

I appreciate everyones input.

The reason for applying the epoxy primer is not for final paint...it's sole function is to protect the fiberglass from oil and dirt until it makes it to the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-28-2022, 03:33 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,191
Posted By mfleming
Without going into the intricacies of the...

Without going into the intricacies of the FAR...when doing the oral on a 135 check ride and asked to do a weight and balance, the 115% rule indeed was allowed for C-185s, C-206s, Cub's and whenever...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-28-2022, 12:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By mfleming
You're very correct about not being ready for...

You're very correct about not being ready for primer as far as final paint goes. This primer is really just protection from oil and dirt until the AC reaches the paint shop.
Forum: Painting your RV 09-28-2022, 11:45 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 886
Posted By mfleming
Primer on Fiberglass Fix?

Recently I sanded and primed my cowling with a 2K epoxy primer. Apparently I was over aggressive when sanding. The fiberglass cloth weave is showing on a fair amount of the cowl.

My paint shop...
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-28-2022, 11:22 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,191
Posted By mfleming
Back in my 135 air taxi days in Alaska, we were...

Back in my 135 air taxi days in Alaska, we were legally allowed to increase the gross weight of our aircraft.

FAR 91.0323 (b) The maximum certificated weight approved under this section may not...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-27-2022, 06:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,124
Posted By mfleming
Yep, on a -7/A it's steel.

Yep, on a -7/A it's steel.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-26-2022, 09:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 949
Posted By mfleming
I remember being totally in the dark on all the...

I remember being totally in the dark on all the confusing names and acronyms. But slowly I learned all the lingo and eventually wired my own all Garmin panel.

Unfortunately, as far as I know,...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-22-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,832
Posted By mfleming
Very nice. The Evoke designers are great. They...

Very nice. The Evoke designers are great. They turned my nice idea into a professional and unique design. Canít wait for Cascade Customs & Design to make it a reality.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-18-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 798
Posted By mfleming
Darn...now you tell me ;) Sounds like a good...

Darn...now you tell me ;)

Sounds like a good idea. Didn't realize these were 6-32, good to know.
What size and were did you get that trick Allen wrench?
Forum: RV-9/9A 09-13-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,146
Posted By mfleming
The area aft of the firewall may get crowded with...

The area aft of the firewall may get crowded with electronics depending on how you lay out the LRUs. BUT, even without the added electronics, this area has quite a few structural elements that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2022, 03:45 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,908
Posted By mfleming
Coming up on 6 years for my -7 build. Hope to...

Coming up on 6 years for my -7 build. Hope to start final assembly soon.
Forum: Safety 09-07-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
Thanks Bill. Im sure others will appreciate your...

Thanks Bill. Im sure others will appreciate your effort as well.
Forum: RV-6/6A 09-06-2022, 10:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 354
Posted By mfleming
The Orndorff finish kit DVD covers the sliding...

The Orndorff finish kit DVD covers the sliding canopy.
Unfortunately, I believe the Orndorffs have retired and may not sell the DVDs anymore.

Their phone number on the website before it shut down...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-06-2022, 10:25 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 428
Posted By mfleming
-8 Rudder Paper Plans vs Digital Preview

I've decided to not use the -7 rudder supplied in my -7 kit and use the -8 rudder instead. By all accounts, the -8 rudder is the same as the original smaller -7 rudder. Smaller stronger and...
Forum: Safety 09-06-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
Bill, do you have a photo of this sheet of the...

Bill, do you have a photo of this sheet of the early -7/7a rudder?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-05-2022, 09:08 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,299
Posted By mfleming
I'd have to see the quotes to believe a $12K...

I'd have to see the quotes to believe a $12K difference.

Without hard numbers to throw out, Stein told me when I was trying to decide, that If I was making an IFR panel going all Garmin was a bit...
Forum: Safety 09-04-2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
Well, technically most service bulletins are...

Well, technically most service bulletins are mods, the forward access hatch is a mod they started selling, the -9 rudder on a -7 is a mod they gave away...so I think approved mod is the correct term.
Forum: Safety 09-04-2022, 06:01 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
Thanks for the update Walt. Thanks for that...

Thanks for the update Walt.



Thanks for that perspective.
Forum: Safety 09-04-2022, 09:13 AM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
Any luck Bill. When the insurance company asks...

Any luck Bill.

When the insurance company asks if the -7 was built with any non Vans approved mods, it would be helpful to say no.
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-04-2022, 09:08 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 7,332
Posted By mfleming
My IBBS does not feed my GTR 200 and SteinAir...

My IBBS does not feed my GTR 200 and SteinAir designed my avionics package interconnect.
Iím guessing itís because of the high amp requirements during transmission.
Forum: Safety 09-03-2022, 07:49 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
Congratulations! Is the current -8 rudder...

Congratulations!
Is the current -8 rudder exactly the same as the original -7 rudder?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By mfleming
Yes, I agree, statically balanced. Edited my...

Yes, I agree, statically balanced. Edited my original post to clarify that point.

Apparently on the -10 there are some parameters on rudder construction concerning extra paint / tail strobe etc.....
Forum: Northwest 09-03-2022, 08:45 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 899
Posted By mfleming
There must be someone with a recommendation for a...

There must be someone with a recommendation for a first flight / test pilot in the Pacific North West :rolleyes:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2022, 09:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 545
Posted By mfleming
Rudder counter weight vs Tail Strobe

Lots of talk recently about Vne and big vs small rudders on a -7/A But my question is a bit more general.

From reading posts directly from Vans, their rudders are not to be statically balanced. Add...
Forum: Northwest 09-02-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 899
Posted By mfleming
No I haven't asked the factory but that's a good...

No I haven't asked the factory but that's a good idea. When I did my transition training with Mike he mentioned he only does first flights occasionally and charges accordingly.

Axel would be...
Forum: Northwest 09-02-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 899
Posted By mfleming
PNW - First Flight/Test pilot

I'm at the point in my build where I need to start looking for a first flight / test pilot for my RV-7. Having a first flight pilot who is an instructor and can spend a little time in the AC with me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,102
Posted By mfleming
You're probably correct. My comment about being...

You're probably correct. My comment about being caught up was in reference to the OP receiving their replacement registration in two weeks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-30-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,102
Posted By mfleming
Great news. Just another data point. My new...

Great news.

Just another data point. My new registration came back after 4 weeks and that was after I forgot to add my engine serial number and had to resend the the notarized form.

Seems like the...
Forum: Safety 08-28-2022, 07:14 PM
Replies: 252
Views: 30,867
Posted By mfleming
We all know speed is the killer. Is there a...

We all know speed is the killer.

Is there a argument that the -7 is slipperier than the -6 & -8, thus easier to bust Vne when distracted? If not, then the -7s are more likely to come apart flown by...
Forum: RV-10 08-23-2022, 01:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 644
Posted By mfleming
Brompton has a electric version...

Brompton has a electric version...
Forum: RV-14 08-23-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By mfleming
In my case, I put the band saw, drill press and...

In my case, I put the band saw, drill press and grinder on small tables with wheels. This has been extremely useful during the build and in my IMHO is the way to go.

PS my grinder table has a drill...
Forum: Primers 08-13-2022, 04:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,480
Posted By mfleming
IMHO ditch the plastic unless you plan on...

IMHO ditch the plastic unless you plan on polishing. I used a downdraft paint booth and didn't have any problem with overspray on the opposite side.

And for the record, I primed (SW wash primer),...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-13-2022, 04:50 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,838
Posted By mfleming
I'm leaning that way too. For me, flying less...

I'm leaning that way too.



For me, flying less than 50hrs/year seems like a trigger point to explore hiring a first flight pilot. I'm well under 50hrs so I'm on the hunt for a first flight pilot :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-08-2022, 09:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,612
Posted By mfleming
Not to argue with anyone on repair techniques for...

Not to argue with anyone on repair techniques for the cowling nose but I just got off the phone with Vans tech support.

My cowling is already fitted and needs the gap widened between the spinner...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 10:48 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,834
Posted By mfleming
I may be wrong but I think this means...if your...

I may be wrong but I think this means...if your going to paint, do it immediately after drying.

There are lots of parts that are alodined and not painted.
Forum: RV-9/9A 08-04-2022, 10:28 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,723
Posted By mfleming
Heres a link to the Vans store and a list of all...

Heres a link to the Vans store and a list of all the -9A rudder parts.

https://store.vansaircraft.com/catalogsearch/result/index/?aircraft=RV-9A&q=rudder
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 08:47 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 13,406
Posted By mfleming
Excuse my ignorance. Could you explain the...

Excuse my ignorance. Could you explain the tailwheel locking pin and how it holds the rudder?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-01-2022, 11:20 AM
Replies: 2,037
Views: 1,539,754
Posted By mfleming
Congratulations, I hope Iím not far behind :)

Congratulations, I hope Iím not far behind :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-27-2022, 09:33 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,083
Posted By mfleming
I suppose...but I followed others who said to get...

I suppose...but I followed others who said to get hardware bins and put all the hardware in them labeled by AN#. When done this way, the drawing calls for a AN3-6 bolt, all the AN3-6 bolts are in...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 09:21 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
Well I certainly defer to your expertise on all...

Well I certainly defer to your expertise on all things engineered.

My observation on certified aircraft replacing flush rivets with universal head rivets when added strength was needed still...
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 02:33 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
I won't argue that your wrong but I can say that...

I won't argue that your wrong but I can say that it's been my observation that when a certified aircraft want to beef up a structure they get rid of the flush rivets and add universal head rivet.....
Forum: RV-15 07-27-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
Form should follows function and the RV-15...

Form should follows function and the RV-15 function may require universal head rivets for long term durability. Bush/backcountry planes take a pounding...

That being said, the RV-15 gear being so...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-25-2022, 05:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 898
Posted By mfleming
I use one similar to this one...

I use one similar to this one (https://www.mypilotstore.com/MyPilotStore/sep/14042). Simple light and fits about any tablet. You can switch between portrait or landscape layout without having to...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-25-2022, 02:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
Thanks Larry. I'm finishing up on the non...

Thanks Larry. I'm finishing up on the non snorkel baffle stuff right now but will be turning to the fankensnorkel soon.

PS: thanks for all your great help with the windshield/skirt fiberglass. I'm...
Forum: RV-15 07-25-2022, 12:57 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
Wow, what a design...hopefully I'm not too old to...

Wow, what a design...hopefully I'm not too old to start building the -15. Wish there was a waiting list ;)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-25-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
Great...Just looking, I think I'll have enough...

Great...Just looking, I think I'll have enough front ramp left to make the bend.

EDIT: I can't describe how helpful these threads are in helping get a clear idea on how things are supposed to...
Forum: RV-15 07-25-2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,820
Posted By mfleming
A video with Greg Hughs that I just watched said...

A video with Greg Hughs that I just watched said 2+2 or a 3rd seat were being explored and floats were in the works.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-25-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
New Qusestion

When perusing builder logs for the snorkel install on the IO-360-M1B I'm seeing a difference in builds.

Some of the snorkel filter installs show the front of the inlet ramp bent down for added...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-24-2022, 03:56 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
So how far can I go with the port intake ramp? ...

So how far can I go with the port intake ramp? Look like I can rivet on the supports that bolt to the engine case and rivet the stiffener with the air dam...
Any suggestions?
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-24-2022, 12:40 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
I trimmed the forward edge of the ramp while...

I trimmed the forward edge of the ramp while fitting the cowl...ľ"?? I guess I'll find out if that was a mistake :confused:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-24-2022, 08:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
The snorkel is not fit yet. The plans and my...

The snorkel is not fit yet.
The plans and my perusing of builders logs seem to show the port inlet ramp fit to the lower cowl...adjusted so it meets the lower cowl and the diagonal bend made before...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-24-2022, 07:44 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
So was I supposed to bolt the untrimmed 702E to...

So was I supposed to bolt the untrimmed 702E to the engine boss and then slide the 702M up to meet the inlet ramp and then mark and trim?

My piece is trimmed like the drawing but this method makes...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-23-2022, 10:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,128
Posted By mfleming
IO-360-M1B baffle Question

EDIT: I thought I'd use this thread for my baffle questions since there seem to be a lot of baffling baffles :rolleyes:

The good folks at Van's tech support are off to Oshkosh and I really would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-23-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,743
Posted By mfleming
Seems clear...#10 states a fact, #11 states an...

Seems clear...#10 states a fact, #11 states an exception to that fact.

It's actually quite nice that the exception follows the statement.... for a lot of regs, it's an easter egg hunt to find the...
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
If you're not familiar with bush/back country...

If you're not familiar with bush/back country flying I can see how this design may not make sense. This design definitely is not aimed at the sand bar crowd but rather to the people who want to...
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 08:07 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
I agree! As a former Skywagon owner and Alaskan...

I agree!

As a former Skywagon owner and Alaskan 135 pilot this new design looks like a great all-around bush/backcountry airplane. You don't have to land at 35kts to get into some pretty short...
Forum: RV-15 07-11-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
And a new video (https://youtu.be/-FLjPoxsk7Y)!

And a new video (https://youtu.be/-FLjPoxsk7Y)!
Forum: RV-15 07-11-2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
I think it looks great...

I think it looks great https://vansairforce.net/community/images/icons/icon14.gif
26-inch Alaska Bushwheels for scale
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 102,076
Posted By mfleming
Couldnít tell if itís a Rotax or notÖ

Couldnít tell if itís a Rotax or notÖ
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 07-05-2022, 07:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 456
Posted By mfleming
So you should have a wire from terminal #6 on the...

So you should have a wire from terminal #6 on the Emag that goes to pin 8 on the J243 connector on the GEA 24.
I'm guessing this hasn't been connected yet.

EDIT: Heres the Garmin interconnect...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-02-2022, 10:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 606
Posted By mfleming
This may be the chart you're looking for.

This may be the chart you're looking for.
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