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Forum: RV-8/8A 12-04-2022, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 272
Posted By N804RV
Tailgate down and heavy duty cargo straps. This...

Tailgate down and heavy duty cargo straps. This is a shortbed Ram.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/52543263448_ebac4af4b6_c.jpg
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-02-2022, 10:59 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,180
Posted By N804RV
Recently rescued an RV-6 that flated on a Sunday...

Recently rescued an RV-6 that flated on a Sunday with not many people around.

Bent over and got my back under the spar and lifted up enough to get the tire off the ground and had the owner slide a...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-28-2022, 11:10 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,433
Posted By N804RV
Robert, Is your GNS430W NavData card Silver or...

Robert,

Is your GNS430W NavData card Silver or Orange. And, does it have "IFRW" accross the top of the label?

If it is silver, you need this device...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-27-2022, 12:30 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,433
Posted By N804RV
I posted this link in another forum yesterday. ...

I posted this link in another forum yesterday. I'll post it here too. Depending on what NavData card you have, you may have to buy the Garmin NavData. Or, you can buy the Jeppesen NavData card for...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-19-2022, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 423
Posted By N804RV
PM sent. >>>>>>

PM sent. >>>>>>
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-17-2022, 10:04 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,313
Posted By N804RV
I use the Boeing Spec flat braid Nomex. It holds...

I use the Boeing Spec flat braid Nomex. It holds a knot very well and no wax.

But, its not cheap. I wound up with a couple of rolls in my taco wagon the last time I got laid-off. So, mine was...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-10-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,555
Posted By N804RV
"Generally, I consider any start in which the...

"Generally, I consider any start in which the engine is cold-soaked to a temperature below freezing (32 degrees Fahrenheit, or 0 degrees Celsius) to be a misdemeanor and any start below about 20...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-31-2022, 11:50 PM
Replies: 17
Poll: RV-8 Carpet?
Views: 1,391
Posted By N804RV
No carpet. Thin stainless sheet under rudder...

No carpet. Thin stainless sheet under rudder pedals, Epoxy over the rest of the decking.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-28-2022, 12:59 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,230
Posted By N804RV
I used an end-mill to take my UHMW flap actuator...

I used an end-mill to take my UHMW flap actuator blocks down a few thousandths. Worked like a charm.

Check around your circle of builder friends. Chances are someone's got a bench top mill with...
Forum: GPS 10-20-2022, 10:45 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,892
Posted By N804RV
Kinda validates the FAA's MON program though.

Kinda validates the FAA's MON program though.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2022, 09:39 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,646
Posted By N804RV
Aaaanyyyywaze......., I bought a little airplane...

Aaaanyyyywaze......., I bought a little airplane about 5 years ago for which I could not find anyway to satisfy any kind of insurance "transition training" requirement.

Rather than contacting an...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-18-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,974
Posted By N804RV
Don't have to go EAB for that. There's plenty of...

Don't have to go EAB for that. There's plenty of Cessnas flying with cheap automotive hook up wire, speaker wire, and God knows what else.

My latest find was new purchase/lease-back that came in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-15-2022, 03:32 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,944
Posted By N804RV
When I went to get some aerobatic instruction, I...

When I went to get some aerobatic instruction, I was told to wear some thin sole, rounded heel shoes like the technical rock climbing shoes, so that I could feel the rudder pedals better.

I can't...
Forum: Northwest 10-11-2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 524
Posted By N804RV
Get yourself introduced to Terry Burch. He's at...

Get yourself introduced to Terry Burch. He's at KAWO and seems to be the go-to guy for RV's and experimentals in general.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2022, 02:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By N804RV
A lot of folks say "ground is ground". But, as...

A lot of folks say "ground is ground". But, as soon as you start powering stuff up, that's no longer 'perfectly' true.

Its a good practice to keep all your audio lo and audio common terminations,...
Forum: Reviews 08-31-2022, 02:11 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,478
Posted By N804RV
These guys cut, engraved and powder coated my...

These guys cut, engraved and powder coated my panel. They were easy to work with and did a great job. Their website says they will do the full panel build...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-31-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 480
Posted By N804RV
Yes. Not unusual to have the audio "-" wires...

Yes. Not unusual to have the audio "-" wires connected this way. The 2 audio "-" wires are connected to a single wire that terminates at "audio common" which is a ground point either on the back of...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-25-2022, 08:49 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 569
Posted By N804RV
Thank you. That helps!

Thank you. That helps!
Forum: Tools 08-24-2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 772
Posted By N804RV
Skins for sure, and all the light gauge...

Skins for sure, and all the light gauge stiffeners for the rudder and elevators. There are lots of pieces that the DRDT-2 won't do. And, more than a couple I could only do with the "close quarter"...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-24-2022, 03:53 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 569
Posted By N804RV
VP-X License from Skyview

I purchased the integration license for VP-X from the Dynon online store last Saturday. I was expecting an Email with the software license (either a long string of characters in the body of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-19-2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 420
Posted By N804RV
I don't remember that particular call out. But,...

I don't remember that particular call out. But, I did find a couple of rivet call outs that were inconsistent, or for one reason or another, I went with a longer or shorter rivet.

I just use a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2022, 10:17 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 708
Posted By N804RV
Here's whats easier to do with the aft upper skin...

Here's whats easier to do with the aft upper skin off the airplane:

Mount the VS and HS

Mount, and set initial rigging for rudder and elevators

run wiring for tail light and pitch trim...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-11-2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 938
Posted By N804RV
(I'd love to do it. I have time in a lot of...

(I'd love to do it. I have time in a lot of different airplanes, even an hour of left seat touch n goes in an RV-6. But, I have zero hours in -8s. So, I'm not who you're looking for.)

But,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-08-2022, 10:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,693
Posted By N804RV
First thing I'd do is read up on the FAA MON...

First thing I'd do is read up on the FAA MON program, so I know where VOR/ILS is going to fit into the grand scheme of things in the (near)...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-04-2022, 10:35 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 773
Posted By N804RV
RV-8 Pitch AP Servo Wire Bundle Routing

Anyone got a picture of how they routed the AP pitch servo wiring from the servo forward?

Primarily interested in routing from the servo to the main wire bundle going forward.

(picture for...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-22-2022, 12:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 988
Posted By N804RV
I took the 2 day EAA sheet metal course a few...

I took the 2 day EAA sheet metal course a few years ago.

I'd say that if you don't know a bucking bar from a piece of rebar, then this class is for you.

If, you're like me, and had already seen a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-22-2022, 12:40 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,094
Posted By N804RV
That looks a lot like some of my early attempts...

That looks a lot like some of my early attempts at riveting.

I will tell you what I learned from the guy who got me straightened out (a former crew chief for a well known Reno Racer). --However,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-21-2022, 11:36 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 863
Posted By N804RV
I'm planning on doing it Mike Bullock's way, with...

I'm planning on doing it Mike Bullock's way, with P4 on the wing side and P3 on the wingtip side.

I think its similar to what you're talking about. But, he doesn't mention anything about a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 07-19-2022, 12:35 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 463
Posted By N804RV
Do you have an Sigtronics intercom by chance? ...

Do you have an Sigtronics intercom by chance? Some radios don't play well with Sigtronics because of how the PTT circuit...
Forum: COMM 07-15-2022, 09:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By N804RV
That reminds me: you may be able to actually use...

That reminds me: you may be able to actually use a handheld radio to isolate the RFI source. At least figure out if itís behind the panel or somewhere else.
Forum: COMM 07-14-2022, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By N804RV
Breaking squelch means theres some RFI...

Breaking squelch means theres some RFI overwhelming the reciever. Trading in your 425s may not fix the problem.

I was gonna write out a big reply. But, this article is...
Forum: COMM 07-14-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 984
Posted By N804RV
When you say "static", are you saying that its...

When you say "static", are you saying that its breaking squelch? In other words, when you hear the static, do you see the [<RX] indication in the status bar at the top of your display?

Or, is it a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-12-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 998
Posted By N804RV
I do remove all the plastic and de-burr the edges...

I do remove all the plastic and de-burr the edges as soon as I pull the part off the shelf.

I bought the empennage kit for RV #80566 in December of '98 (IIRC). And, I stored it un touched for 14...
Forum: GPS 06-27-2022, 02:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 497
Posted By N804RV
GNS 430W Terrain and Base Map Dates

Wondering what the last update was for the basemap and terrain database for the 400/500 series navigators. I bought a one time update for Nav and Obstacle databases for my GNS 430W on the last 56...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-25-2022, 01:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,175
Posted By N804RV
Doesn't modern "Coleman fuel" contain additives? ...

Doesn't modern "Coleman fuel" contain additives? I'd worry about fish-eyes or orange peel with that.
Forum: GPS 06-20-2022, 09:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,067
Posted By N804RV
Garmin's tray is about (a red you-know-what hair)...

Garmin's tray is about (a red you-know-what hair) wider than many instrument panel cutouts. This causes it to bow slightly. That coupled with any amount of pressure on the back of the tray can make...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-29-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,789
Posted By N804RV
For me (RV-8 w/battery in back), that's too much...

For me (RV-8 w/battery in back), that's too much work. And, the way the Vertical Power system works, with the battery/master switch not carrying any current, the keyed switch is a no-brainer.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-28-2022, 10:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,789
Posted By N804RV
I think most of us that are considering a keyed...

I think most of us that are considering a keyed or hidden start enable switch arenít worried about the airplane being stolen. For me itís about worrying about somebody spinning a prop...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-28-2022, 07:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,789
Posted By N804RV
I'm wiring mine up now. I'm installing Vertical...

I'm wiring mine up now. I'm installing Vertical Power's PPS, so I have a keyed "ON-OFF" switch that will be labeled "Master Key". It'll be located in a spot inside the front cockpit that is easily...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2022, 10:31 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,157
Posted By N804RV
To reduce drag and help prevent water intrusion. ...

To reduce drag and help prevent water intrusion. Whether it really makes a difference on your typical RV may be debatable. But hey, every little bit helps, right?
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 9,157
Posted By N804RV
I have a roll of white 2" wide vinyl tape (the...

I have a roll of white 2" wide vinyl tape (the kind used by glider pilots for anchoring gap seals). It's ideal for covering up holes like the ones left when you remove your tiedown rings. It stays...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,042
Posted By N804RV
I like the Raychem enviro splices because they...

I like the Raychem enviro splices because they are a lot skinnier than the "window" type butt splices. The fact that they're sealed on the ends is a nice plus.



I bought mine at Boeing Surplus...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,042
Posted By N804RV
Yup. And, you need specific crimpers for coax,...

Yup. And, you need specific crimpers for coax, and some different crimpers for PIDG terminals. And, then there's the crimpers for the pins that go in D-Sub connectors. There are different sizes of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2022, 07:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,042
Posted By N804RV
There are times when a good old "Western Union"...

There are times when a good old "Western Union" splice and a piece of heat-shrink is the way to go. But, most of the time the Raychem "environmental" splices work great. They come in 2 flavors,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2022, 10:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,210
Posted By N804RV
Thanks for posting this. I was going to do...

Thanks for posting this. I was going to do something similar. But, was going to use a threaded taper pin instead of the 2 bolts.

When I brought this up on the FB group, it was thoroughly panned. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2022, 06:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,951
Posted By N804RV
Best solution. Several avionics manufacturers...

Best solution.

Several avionics manufacturers recommend using a battery for bench testing of installed avionics, through appropriate circuit protection.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 12:07 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,282
Posted By N804RV
Data Manager started up and started downloading...

Data Manager started up and started downloading new chart data in the background as soon as Windows restarted.

I'm running Data Manager on Win10, running through Parallels on a Macbook Pro. No...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 11:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,282
Posted By N804RV
I don't see how that can be. I just checked my...

I don't see how that can be. I just checked my account. Its shows my subscription is valid till 2101.

I'm going to log into the data manager and try and download as soon as my computer is done...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,186
Posted By N804RV
My T hangar is open at the top, making it easy to...

My T hangar is open at the top, making it easy to climb over the walls into any hangar you want. All you have to do is find that one guy who leaves a spare hangar key in an easy to find spot, and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2022, 09:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,394
Posted By N804RV
IMHO, either pull the seat cushions and control...

IMHO, either pull the seat cushions and control stick and crate her. Or, at least get one of those car-seat dog restraint harnesses, and put some padding down.

It'd be really inconvenient if she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2022, 11:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,441
Posted By N804RV
In most of the T-hangars I see, you're only gonna...

In most of the T-hangars I see, you're only gonna be as secure as your least secure neighbor. Climb-overs and break-throughs are a thing. They can find one guy with a hide-a-key, or a slider hangar...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,487
Posted By N804RV
90% of my priming was done on a drop cloth in my...

90% of my priming was done on a drop cloth in my driveway.

The other 10% was done with an elcheapo pop-up spray booth I purchased on Amazon. This was in the dead of winter with 75% humidity and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-15-2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,709
Posted By N804RV
Obviously, buy a small quantity and check it out...

Obviously, buy a small quantity and check it out before putting it on the airplane. I have, and was satisfied the RG-400 I bought from Shenzen/Eightwood (Amazon storefront) is the real deal.

The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2022, 11:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,709
Posted By N804RV
If the Amazon stuff states that it is MIL-DTL-17...

If the Amazon stuff states that it is MIL-DTL-17 (or MIL-C-17) spec RG400, then it is aircraft grade coax cable. It'll have something like M17/128 RG-400 printed on the outer insulation.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2022, 07:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,709
Posted By N804RV
I wonder if that solid conductor coax wasn't...

I wonder if that solid conductor coax wasn't RG-142? It looks very similar to RG-400.

At 1090Mhz, RG-142 has a slightly lower insertion loss than RG-400, on a typical length of run. And, part of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-08-2022, 11:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,742
Posted By N804RV
This is my antenna plan: 2 com antennas, 1 below...

This is my antenna plan:

2 com antennas, 1 below each backseat footwell.

A nav antenna in the left wing tip

A TXPDR whip antenna ~36" from the 2 com antennas close to center line

An ADS-B antenna...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 11:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,271
Posted By N804RV
Re: getting the smoke back in the wires

Its kinda like refilling a wet compass: soaking, twisting turning, shaking, cussing and a turkey baster are all popular DIY methods.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 03-08-2022, 11:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,666
Posted By N804RV
Thanks Bob! Next up: Basic Med for safety pilots?

Thanks Bob!

Next up: Basic Med for safety pilots?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-06-2022, 11:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,240
Posted By N804RV
A friend of mine, who chides me about not...

A friend of mine, who chides me about not spending enough time in the shop, advised me one time to use time at night to research and plan out shop sessions. That way all the time in the shop should...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-06-2022, 01:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,240
Posted By N804RV
Well, ....there's a little light pre-reading,...

Well, ....there's a little light pre-reading, because the wife's watching QVC again.

Then there's the "I gotta understand this part" hard study. Plus hours of looking at mykitlog.com to see how...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2022, 04:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,028
Posted By N804RV
VP-X "Box" Location for RV-8?

Any RV-8 builders got pics of where/how they mounted their VP-X?

I was considering mounting it in the lower well of the forward baggage compartment, on the removeable bulkhead.
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2022, 11:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 822
Posted By N804RV
I like this...

I like this one:

https://cheatography.com/deleted-2754/cheat-sheets/far-43-annual-inspection-checklist/pdf/

Also, this is a good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2022, 10:11 PM
Replies: 59
Views: 14,836
Posted By N804RV
For the first question, the idea was that if...

For the first question, the idea was that if there's a gripe on COM 1, I could look at one diagram and get a quick visual on how COM 1 is wired. I'm comfortable with wiring diagrams. And, with so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 10:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,047
Posted By N804RV
This topic is like the endless primer war, or the...

This topic is like the endless primer war, or the endless oil war. Everyone is gonna have their favorite and will defend it's virtues vigorously.

But, I use Plexus and a microfiber cloth.
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