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Forum: Electrical Systems Yesterday, 11:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,044
Posted By bruceh
Just a data point on the Harbor Freight...

Just a data point on the Harbor Freight multimeters. I have several and one has definitely failed. It doesn't read 0 Ohms with both probes connected.
For basic, non-fancy operations like continuity...
Forum: RV-9/9A Yesterday, 11:49 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 212
Posted By bruceh
I followed the plans for the forward most...

I followed the plans for the forward most placement of the pedals. There is plenty of clearance to avoid hitting any brake lines, as long as they are sitting close to the firewall.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-23-2021, 10:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 442
Posted By bruceh
I have a set of their nav/strobes on my RV-9A....

I have a set of their nav/strobes on my RV-9A. After a couple of years they started acting up and I sent them back for repairs. They claimed that they just needed to resolder some components. All has...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 611
Posted By bruceh
Yes, on the tiny leading edge tabs (the ones...

Yes, on the tiny leading edge tabs (the ones without rivet holes), you can file or use the scotchbrite wheel to round them down so that they fit inside the skin much nicer.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 573
Posted By bruceh
You'll also need some .041 for the flap motor...

You'll also need some .041 for the flap motor service bulletin.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 03:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 626
Posted By bruceh
Fantastic! The valves look so clean without lead...

Fantastic! The valves look so clean without lead in the fuel. Hopefully, we will start to get that unleaded avgas more available. Here in California, all the mogas has ethanol.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 03:17 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,170
Posted By bruceh
Got my 3rd class renewed last month for $150. In...

Got my 3rd class renewed last month for $150. In and out in 10 minutes.
Forum: RV-10 11-21-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,113
Posted By bruceh
You can buy hinge pin material in pretty much any...

You can buy hinge pin material in pretty much any diameter from McMaster-Carr. Get a variety and give them a try to find what works best.

I made two sets of hinge pins. One with the original pin...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 10:47 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,327
Posted By bruceh
It is important to tell your passengers when they...

It is important to tell your passengers when they can talk to you and when you have to listen and communicate with ATC. I've taken up some Young Eagles who were very chatty!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 10:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,738
Posted By bruceh
Took up another RV builder (RV-14) and let him...

Took up another RV builder (RV-14) and let him experience the RV-9A. Weather in SoCal was perfect after being windy all week with the Santa Ana's.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,675
Posted By bruceh
I could see adding some adhesive in areas where...

I could see adding some adhesive in areas where smoking rivets might be common. Anything to prevent this movement or fretting would probably be beneficial.

Where are the most common places for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 461
Posted By bruceh
I learned some good tricks here in A&P school...

I learned some good tricks here in A&P school from our teacher.

Use the tubing cutter and give yourself just a millimeter or so extra (thickness of a dime). This will account for the length lost by...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-11-2021, 09:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 453
Posted By bruceh
Yeah, RaMoNa isn't RMN! I don't have any clue...

Yeah, RaMoNa isn't RMN!

I don't have any clue why RNM was picked, since RAM, RMA and RMO are all unused.

I'll be there for the event. Chili cookoff again?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 11:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,487
Posted By bruceh
I'm on my second set of Monster retreads. They...

I'm on my second set of Monster retreads. They last much longer than the Aero Classic ones that came from Van's. I did have to trim off another 3/4" from my wheel pant openings to get them to fit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 03:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,005
Posted By bruceh
I managed to get out this weekend (lately a...

I managed to get out this weekend (lately a rarity) and after the ground fog burned off I flew to Perris for the first time. It has been on my list of local airports to visit and I just haven't had...
Forum: Autopilots 10-28-2021, 12:16 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By bruceh
You can use the VP-X for trim switches and trim...

You can use the VP-X for trim switches and trim motor power, or move those over to the Skyview AP control head. I have been flying my RV-9A with the VP-X trim controls and it works just fine. If the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-20-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,385
Posted By bruceh
Be sure to use the heavier .040 safety wire. I...

Be sure to use the heavier .040 safety wire. I inspected an RV that had the thinner .032 wire and it had cracked.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-19-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,212
Posted By bruceh
A good article about heat ranges is explained...

A good article about heat ranges is explained here:
https://www.denso.com/global/en/products-and-services/automotive-service-parts-and-accessories/plug/basic/heatrange/

It is more about thermal...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-15-2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 870
Posted By bruceh
Mix it as you need it. It is fairly forgiving for...

Mix it as you need it. It is fairly forgiving for non-exact portions. I just use a small digital scale from Harbor Freight (https://www.harborfreight.com/digital-scale-95364.html). Put a paper plate...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-14-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By bruceh
Take a look at the VP-X installation manual...

Take a look at the VP-X installation manual (https://www.verticalpower.com/media/attachments/2021/08/27/vp-x-installation-and-operating-manual_rev-e.pdf). Section 5.22 shows some options, but all of...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-13-2021, 04:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 675
Posted By bruceh
Same here. Less clutter on the panel. I go into...

Same here. Less clutter on the panel. I go into the VP-X page, scroll down to each P-Mag circuit and do the ON/OFF test at <1000 RPM as a part of my pre-takeoff checklist.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-03-2021, 01:57 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,420
Posted By bruceh
Lake Havasu City airport is near a Home...

Lake Havasu City airport is near a Home Depot.

Aircraft Spruce in CA has it. MEK is used as a solvent in the Poly Fiber line of products.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-01-2021, 03:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,595
Posted By bruceh
I tried it. Used some foil covered/fiber heat...

I tried it. Used some foil covered/fiber heat tape wrapped around the lines. No real change in the low RPM on the ground with hot engine stumbling issues. Took it all off after about 9 months....
Forum: Reviews 08-31-2021, 01:18 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,172
Posted By bruceh
Just another data point. During a pre-buy...

Just another data point.
During a pre-buy inspection I found similar nickel leading edge cracking on a Catto 2 blade...
Forum: Midwest 08-23-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 819
Posted By bruceh
We have flown into Hot Springs and rented the...

We have flown into Hot Springs and rented the courtesy car there for $20 a day. Just call the airport manager and he will reserve it for you.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-17-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 899
Posted By bruceh
You have to unhook them from the thing it is...

You have to unhook them from the thing it is controlling and back out the entire cable.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-16-2021, 11:09 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 5,650
Posted By bruceh
I've had dual P-mags since day one. Now have 920...

I've had dual P-mags since day one. Now have 920 hours and they have been solid performers. Sent them back at 500 hours for a Firmware update and check. No issues with auto spark plugs that get...
Forum: California 08-13-2021, 12:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,089
Posted By bruceh
There used to be a cab company (one car) here in...

There used to be a cab company (one car) here in Ramona. Try calling 760-789-0489 (according to a quick google search).

I used to have a spare car, but it is gone... If you get stuck, give me a call...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,035
Posted By bruceh
I completed my post-Oshkosh oil change and...

I completed my post-Oshkosh oil change and decided to make some baffle modifications (https://flyingoverthehills.wordpress.com/2021/08/08/baffle-modifications/) while I had the cowlings off.

A quick...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2021, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,901
Posted By bruceh
I've written up blogs for each of my annual...

I've written up blogs for each of my annual condition...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,070
Posted By bruceh
Use a small piece of aluminum angle to make the...

Use a small piece of aluminum angle to make the perpendicular orientation?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-06-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,190
Posted By bruceh
I did this with both the EMS and EFIS harnesses....

I did this with both the EMS and EFIS harnesses. I recently added a heated pitot and just had to find the right colored wire for the EMS contact line for heated pitot status. It was easy to slide the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-02-2021, 01:59 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,665
Posted By bruceh
I did a couple of Tech Counselor visits with...

I did a couple of Tech Counselor visits with Evan. Very good guy. Mechanical Engineer background and now he is doing some build assist work and doing build videos for the factory. He went at the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-01-2021, 12:24 PM
Replies: 218
Views: 19,436
Posted By bruceh
I filled out the form and emailed it prior to...

I filled out the form and emailed it prior to leaving for Oshkosh. Got the LODA back in less than a week. Curiously, it is from the Albuquerque FSDO, and not my local San Diego FSDO.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-31-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,366
Posted By bruceh
I'm not stressed about it. It could have been...

I'm not stressed about it. It could have been much worse! I'll fly up to Corona this week (need some oil from Spruce) and will talk to the paint shop there that did the original job. Should be easy...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-31-2021, 12:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,439
Posted By bruceh
Being outside is doable depending on the climate....

Being outside is doable depending on the climate. My biggest worry would be doing maintenance where you can't open up the airplane and work on it for days. Having a hangar is definitely my greatest...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 07-30-2021, 01:06 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 10,366
Posted By bruceh
My Oshkosh photos are here...

My Oshkosh photos are here (https://www.overthehills.com/Airplanes/Airventure-Oshkosh-2021).
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 14,073
Posted By bruceh
The nice thing with the Skyview is you can tweak...

The nice thing with the Skyview is you can tweak everything being displayed on the screens. For the EMS items, you can make them BIG or tiny, Bar or dial, etc. I have the 10" screen and once you get...
Forum: California 07-16-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 711
Posted By bruceh
Are you an EAA member? Do you have access to an...

Are you an EAA member?
Do you have access to an EAA Tech Counselor?

As a tech counselor, all you need to do is ask... It's more of an inspection, motivation, not build assist. Shoot me a PM if you...
Forum: California 07-12-2021, 08:42 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 801
Posted By bruceh
Cable Airport KCCB has an active EAA chapter and...

Cable Airport KCCB has an active EAA chapter and they probably have a lead on hangar space there. Also a nice Cafe on the airport there (Maniac Mike's), and the fuel prices are always reasonable.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 07-12-2021, 11:10 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,126
Posted By bruceh
Start by installing the items that are fixed in...

Start by installing the items that are fixed in space (ie, not flexible) like the exhaust pipes, filtered airbox, oil cooler, etc. then move on to the more flexible things like control lines, heater...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-09-2021, 12:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By bruceh
AFS installation manuals for the advanced control...

AFS installation manuals for the advanced control module have very specific locations for where to mount things. I put one of these AFS panels in an RV-9A and everything was perfect where they said...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-06-2021, 06:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,197
Posted By bruceh
Any autoparts store or Wal-Mart will have that H3...

Any autoparts store or Wal-Mart will have that H3 bulb. My Mazda uses that same bulb. Do not touch it with your bare fingers when installing it. Any oils from your fingerprints will create a hot spot...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-28-2021, 03:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,962
Posted By bruceh
Easy retainer fix. Just a small section of...

Easy retainer fix. Just a small section of aluminum angle riveted to the firewall. Notched out a little slot to hold the ends of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,466
Posted By bruceh
RV social at Ramona, CA

Photos are here (https://www.overthehills.com/Airplanes/Ramona-RV-Social-2021). Had a great time hanging out, eating, talking, checking out airplanes, and meeting other folks.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-27-2021, 01:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,883
Posted By bruceh
Photos!

I managed to count about 20 RV's attending, plus a variety of other homebuilts and factory built airplanes.

Photos are here. (https://www.overthehills.com/Airplanes/Ramona-RV-Social-2021)

Thanks...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-25-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,206
Posted By bruceh
I replaced mine last year. Got the new one from...

I replaced mine last year. Got the new one from Van's. Here they are side by side. The original lasted 6...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-25-2021, 06:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,883
Posted By bruceh
Just east of the Cal Fire ramp on the North side...

Just east of the Cal Fire ramp on the North side of the runway. The tower controllers can guide you.
Forum: RV-4 06-25-2021, 06:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,102
Posted By bruceh
I used West Systems Epoxy and West Systems White...

I used West Systems Epoxy and West Systems White Tint for epoxy. The tint can be obtained at your favorite Marine Supply company. Brush or roll it on with a few coats and you'll have a nice hard...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-24-2021, 08:00 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,251
Posted By bruceh
Solved!

Bingo! I had selected the DIFF sensor definition. I changed that and did a run up and everything is back to the usual values.
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-24-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,883
Posted By bruceh
It is still on. I'll be there with my -9A.

It is still on. I'll be there with my -9A.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-23-2021, 06:33 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 10,426
Posted By bruceh
Interesting to hear this. I just bought 8 new...

Interesting to hear this. I just bought 8 new plugs a couple of weeks ago for my annual. $23 total at O'Reilly Auto Parts! Maybe I should stock up?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-23-2021, 03:20 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 14,251
Posted By bruceh
Just completing my annual condition inspection. I...

Just completing my annual condition inspection. I ordered new senders to replace my fuel sender that was subject to the service bulletin, and while I'm at it why not update the oil pressure sensor at...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2021, 07:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By bruceh
Check with the manufacturer. I have seen...

Check with the manufacturer. I have seen specifications for Matco brakes (https://static.veracart.com/matco/item_pdfs/2665/document1.pdf) for a minimum thickness. You can buy new discs from the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2021, 12:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,196
Posted By bruceh
What sort of rebuild are you contemplating? New...

What sort of rebuild are you contemplating? New tanks or just a repair?
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-20-2021, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,695
Posted By bruceh
There is a lot that you can do by yourself on an...

There is a lot that you can do by yourself on an EAB airplane. If you don't know what you are doing, then don't! However, I would encourage you to at least get involved with the maintenance and start...
Forum: RV-10 06-20-2021, 10:42 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,959
Posted By bruceh
I wish I had taken a photo... The microswitches...

I wish I had taken a photo...
The microswitches are just standard size. They have both Normally Open and Normally Closed connections. I got the ones with the .25" connectors and the long lever. There...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-08-2021, 01:35 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,714
Posted By bruceh
Do you have an engine monitor where the data can...

Do you have an engine monitor where the data can be downloaded? If so, check the data and see if this is normal behavior, or something new. You can upload data to savvyanalysis for free and see all...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-04-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,534
Posted By bruceh
I would keep any abrasive like Scotchbrite away...

I would keep any abrasive like Scotchbrite away from your engine! Mike Busch has a webinar on valve stickiness (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ohsVvYbAaQ). He has some thoughts on the valve stem...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-04-2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,806
Posted By bruceh
I'm looking into adding a Garmin GPS175, and it...

I'm looking into adding a Garmin GPS175, and it uses the GA-35 antenna. The install instructions suggest outside on the top of the fuselage is best. I already have my Dynon GPS antenna up there and...
Forum: RV-14 06-04-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,364
Posted By bruceh
I did the pay as you go plan. It gets more...

I did the pay as you go plan. It gets more difficult when you have the engine and avionic$ to purcha$e. I went with a single EFIS screen just to get flying. Last year after flying it for 6 years, I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-02-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,475
Posted By bruceh
Be sure to make some alignment marks on the...

Be sure to make some alignment marks on the hinges and subpanel prior to removal. This will help you find the right location to reinstall.
Forum: Safety 06-02-2021, 01:58 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,205
Posted By bruceh
I had a 23 year hiatus. With only 140 hours. I...

I had a 23 year hiatus. With only 140 hours. I did the C-172 refamiliarization flights and was signed off after about 3 hours for my BFR. I flew the 172 around the field for lots of pattern work....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-01-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,403
Posted By bruceh
The last set of tires I bought from Desser had...

The last set of tires I bought from Desser had little packets of talc included. I'm sure they have it available.
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