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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Today, 09:00 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 574
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: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 05-18-2022, 08:34 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 205
Posted By Draker
PM sent for the item

PM sent for the item
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-18-2022, 10:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 490
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: 362
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: 3,406
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: 34
Views: 3,768
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: 14
Views: 1,135
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: 321
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: 321
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: 148,060
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: 1,464
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: 1,464
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: 158
Views: 106,654
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: 29
Views: 13,727
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: 704
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: 53
Views: 7,513
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: 369
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: 2,658
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: 29
Views: 13,727
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: 1,117
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: 439
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: 1,512
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: 2,802
Posted By Draker
Interesting PIREPs on the Carling switches. Food...

Interesting PIREPs on the Carling switches. Food for thought. I think at a minimum, I’ll want to put “inspect panel switch terminals” on my condition inspection checklist.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-05-2022, 05:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,028
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. It’s pretty expensive but I...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-05-2022, 05:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 762
Posted By Draker
Question Computer spreadsheet as airframe, engine, etc. log books?

I’ve been using a computer spreadsheet as my builder log, and for continuity and simplicity’s sake I’d like to continue using it as my “log book” for ongoing maintenance once I’m flying. There does...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 04-04-2022, 09:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 5,589
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: 1,374
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: 2,802
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: 825
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: 342,482
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: 3,253
Posted By Draker
I’ve scuffed out light scratches in a skin, but...

I’ve scuffed out light scratches in a skin, but if it was a crack all the way through I’d call Vans and take their advice. Im not an airplane engineer so I ask them. Building for 6 years and I’m...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-24-2022, 02:25 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,621
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: 4,552
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: 17,154
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: 29
Views: 13,727
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: 2,835
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: 2,835
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: 725,084
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: 29
Views: 13,727
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: 1,977
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...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-17-2022, 10:55 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,753
Posted By Draker
Does anyone have a picture of successfully...

Does anyone have a picture of successfully achieving this "bump" on an -A model using the new elastomer gear mount? The new style gear is pretty much entirely in the way of where this bump might go.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-16-2022, 05:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,711
Posted By Draker
I wired mine just like Bill, but with a twist: I...

I wired mine just like Bill, but with a twist: I use one switch for each mag, side by side. Each are DPDT with a momentary ON position on top:

Switches down: Mags grounded
Switches in middle...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,370
Posted By Draker
I like how your helper continued to dimple the...

I like how your helper continued to dimple the rest of the row of holes even after the problematic one. Good work ethic :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2022, 12:01 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,552
Posted By Draker
For many products, Amazon is known to commingle...

For many products, Amazon is known to commingle inventory with other sellers, so even if it's "Sold By Amazon" it could be coming from the same bin that feeds "Joe's Discount Almost Airplane Parts"...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-14-2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,355
Posted By Draker
I painted mine with rattle can rustoleum engine...

I painted mine with rattle can rustoleum engine enamel that's supposed to "withstand intermittent high heat and resists oil, gas, grease" whatever that means for baffling. Of course the first thing...
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-14-2022, 10:32 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,753
Posted By Draker
<SNIP> I missed this step in the plans...

<SNIP> I missed this step in the plans completely, and this gives me something to do this week.

I wonder: How structurally rigid does this bump have to be? Thinking about just using some leftover...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 03-09-2022, 11:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 774
Posted By Draker
I just did my fuel flow test, measured before the...

I just did my fuel flow test, measured before the servo, and am seeing a ridiculous 70GPH, using the Vans pump and filter kit...
Forum: COMM 03-09-2022, 12:28 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,302
Posted By Draker
I chose to mount my (single) comm antenna just...

I chose to mount my (single) comm antenna just forward of the spar, between my legs, so in the event of a radio failure, I can use a handheld and directly connect it via BNC to the real airband-tuned...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-03-2022, 06:54 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,345
Posted By Draker
Johnny, I went a little overboard. Four lights I...

Johnny, I went a little overboard. Four lights I deemed important on the pilot side, from left to right: Low Oil Pressure (red), Low Voltage (yellow), G3X Master Caution (yellow), G3X Master Warning...
Forum: Safety 03-03-2022, 06:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,244
Posted By Draker
(ignoring the discussion of the practicality of...

(ignoring the discussion of the practicality of Va when it comes to maneuvering, and focusing just on the math)

The original poster to this very old thread looks to have deleted his post, but from...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2022, 12:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,622
Posted By Draker
I made a retaining clip for the hinge pin, made...

I made a retaining clip for the hinge pin, made out of 1/2" of hinge material, held in place by one of the fasteners (see...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2022, 10:17 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,660
Posted By Draker
This is part of the fun of building. Wait till...

This is part of the fun of building. Wait till you get to the fuselage! Here's a bag with 200 rivets. 196 of them are AN426AD4-4 and 4 of them are AN426AD4-5. On your mark, get set, go!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-16-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 892
Posted By Draker
I'm at this point in the build, and really...

I'm at this point in the build, and really scratching my head to understand how the string / plumb bob method is supposed to work. One idea I have been thinking about is trying to figure out a way to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2022, 10:12 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 478
Posted By Draker
I got this cart from another builder after his...

I got this cart from another builder after his project was on legs. Two carpeted pads, an area for parts storage, and strong wheels for rolling it around. Sadly, nobody wanted it when I tried to give...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-11-2022, 07:34 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,951
Posted By Draker
Not to tread into lawyer-land, but is the lack of...

Not to tread into lawyer-land, but is the lack of liability concern really true with an experimental? If I sell an RV I built, and the new owner flies it into a gold-lined Gulfstream full of doctors,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-11-2022, 07:00 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,496
Posted By Draker
I used a program called eDrawMax...

I used a program called eDrawMax (https://www.edrawsoft.com/edraw-max/). Not too expensive and pretty easy to learn. I chose it because they offer a free trial, and also have a version for Mac.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-10-2022, 01:05 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,496
Posted By Draker
I created this schematic document...

I created this schematic document (https://existens.org/rv/n12vd_schematic_v12.pdf) to design (and later, document) N12VD's electronic gizmos. Page 1 is an overall block diagram of the system. Page 2...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2022, 03:04 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,813
Posted By Draker
Spent the weekend putting my pants on since I...

Spent the weekend putting my pants on since I couldn't make it over to HAF.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Finishing/i-4Zqq8Zz/0/7b94a1f2/L/IMG_4783-L.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2022, 02:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,954
Posted By Draker
My actual registration took only 10 days or...

My actual registration took only 10 days or so--significantly less time than the pre-reservation of the N-number (about 2 months wait or so, before COVID). I had to call them up to request a...
Forum: California 01-31-2022, 07:35 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,438
Posted By Draker
If LVK is on the way for anyone, and they...

If LVK is on the way for anyone, and they wouldn't mind picking me up and dropping me off there, I'm down for HMB.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-28-2022, 12:03 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 632
Posted By Draker
I have to agree. Planning the electrical and...

I have to agree. Planning the electrical and wiring, measuring and installing the harness wire by wire, making each connector and shield ground, and then turning it on and watching everything light...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2022, 06:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,126
Posted By Draker
Cool Flying an RV-9A from Wisconsin to Brazil

Stumbled upon a recently posted YouTube video (https://youtu.be/jiSIIh3cH-k) of a RV’er who flew his RV-9A from Madison, WI to Rio de Janiero, Brazil. He went over the planning, paperwork, logistics,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2022, 08:46 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,665
Posted By Draker
Sorry I should probably know this but what is the...

Sorry I should probably know this but what is the concern about low CHTs? Isn’t cooler generally better?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2022, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,303
Posted By Draker
UPDATE: Contacted the FAA’s registration branch...

UPDATE: Contacted the FAA’s registration branch over the phone and the corrected info appeared online in two days. Amazing level of service from our government friends!
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