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Forum: Texas (South) 11-20-2021, 06:19 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By N546RV
Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs...

Good times! Nice to have a ramp full of RVs again, really glad everyone was able to make it out. Hopefully next time Iíll be showing off a hung engineÖ
Forum: Tools 11-14-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,454
Posted By N546RV
I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back...

I'm up to four rolling tool chests now. Way back when I started the build I got what, at the time, seemed like a massive 6' high chest from Harbor Freight. (They don't seem to offer this same set any...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 06:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,290
Posted By N546RV
And if there are problems with these then someone...

And if there are problems with these then someone should probably tell Stein so he can stop selling them. I have three of these going into my build and my presumption buying them from SteinAir was...
Forum: Texas (South) 11-12-2021, 12:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 685
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (November 2021)

Why wait until Thanksgiving to nuke your weight-control goals? Come out to my place at Sport Flyers the weekend before and get a head start with some ribs fresh off the smoker!

OK, more seriously,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-07-2021, 07:10 PM
Replies: 761
Views: 897,490
Posted By N546RV
It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my...

It occurs to me that I never posted a pic of my panel all lit up for testing. Everything has tested out OK so far - the GPS-175 drives the Dynon HSI, the transponder says it has an ADS-B compliant...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-07-2021, 07:05 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,311
Posted By N546RV
I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame...

I'm in a brief holding pattern on my canopy frame work (misdrilled the slide block), so I decided to work on the engine mount today. Got the two upper attache holes drilled in the firewall, which was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 05:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By N546RV
Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I...

Good deal, thanks for confirming. Now to see if I can rustle up something like an F or G bit. Time to hit up some airport neighbors tomorrow morning...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-30-2021, 07:28 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By N546RV
OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing...

OK, updates on what I'm sure will be a continuing saga.

First, I think I've found a resolution for the gap issue. I tried fitting the frame without the anchor block to see just how far forward I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-27-2021, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By N546RV
Canopy frame fitting questions

I suppose it was high time the training wheels came off...it's been fun seeing the detail of the construction manual fall off a cliff as I start on the canopy. Tonight I started working on fitting...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-10-2021, 11:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 840
Posted By N546RV
Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for...

Looks like you made time to hop over to LBX for some seafood, too. I thought I recognized the plane and pilot from the Runway Cafe FB page:...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-10-2021, 10:57 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 555
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (October 2021)

https://vansairforce.net/community/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=1510&day=2021-10-16

OK yeah, I said last month we'd try again at my place this time, but I wasn't thinking about our vacation. This'll be...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-19-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,027
Posted By N546RV
Oddly enough, I didn't use my rotisserie setup at...

Oddly enough, I didn't use my rotisserie setup at all while doing wiring work, even though I very intentionally left it in place thinking I'd use it a lot. I found it easier to lean over the side and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-19-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,276
Posted By N546RV
I got bitten by this a while back. The RV-8 has...

I got bitten by this a while back. The RV-8 has 30 or so #8 flush screws around the base of the gear towers, and my SO and I were working on getting those installed; she was on the outside inserting...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-13-2021, 12:25 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By N546RV
Posting this as a new response in case anyone is...

Posting this as a new response in case anyone is getting notifications. Given the potential for heavy rainfall in the next 24 hours, I'm putting off hosting the fly-in, in favor of going to Hooks....
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-13-2021, 12:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 993
Posted By N546RV
Same here - mine is low left, above the fuel line...

Same here - mine is low left, above the fuel line passthrough. All grounds go down the left gear tower and forward along the aux longeron to the forest. It remains to be seen how much maintaining...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-09-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 796
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (September 2021)

UPDATE 9-13: LOCATION CHANGE

Due to TS Nicholas, I'm opting to put off hosting at my place. With the threat of significant rainfall, there'sa good chance Sport Flyers won't be flyable this weekend,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-02-2021, 10:37 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,244
Posted By N546RV
After reading a few stories of corrosion on...

After reading a few stories of corrosion on stored Grove legs, basically the first thing I did after admiring my new set was to clean off the drool and shoot a coat of epoxy primer.
Forum: Texas (South) 09-01-2021, 08:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 648
Posted By N546RV
The Sportair workshop is a good call IMO. I did...

The Sportair workshop is a good call IMO. I did the sheetmetal one before starting my build and came out of it with a lot more confidence that riveting wasn't some black art that only a select few...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-01-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,460
Posted By N546RV
18AWG is what the Dynon pitot controller comes...

18AWG is what the Dynon pitot controller comes with. 12 AWG is what you end up using to wire up the power/ground runs from the ship, though, based on their install manual recommendation. I find it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2021, 11:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,732
Posted By N546RV
More avionics configuration and validation. Drug...

More avionics configuration and validation. Drug the fuselage over to the hangar door so the GPS-175 could get a fix, which allowed me to verify that it was sending position data to the Artex ELT and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-27-2021, 06:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,741
Posted By N546RV
Used Lightspeed Sierra ANR for years, but they've...

Used Lightspeed Sierra ANR for years, but they've been relegated to passenger duty ever since I got my QT Halos. I'd happily buy another set, though reading about the CQ makes me a little interested...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By N546RV
Well, Carl wins the "I told you so" award for...

Well, Carl wins the "I told you so" award for today. I'll spare the details of today's troubleshooting but it eventually became clear that the alligator-clip leads I was using were the issue. After...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 02:48 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By N546RV
Well, I may have impugned the honor of my power...

Well, I may have impugned the honor of my power supply unjustly. This morning I pulled a motorcycle battery for further testing. It had been sitting for a while so I put it on the charger. As of a...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By N546RV
I don't think I mentioned it previously, but I...

I don't think I mentioned it previously, but I did try another power supply. That was a cheaper 10A that I bought some time ago. I had the same results with that supply, which did prompt me to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2021, 12:13 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,005
Posted By N546RV
Finished up all my terminations to the ground...

Finished up all my terminations to the ground block on the firewall:

https://rv.squawk1200.net/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/img_2520-1024x768.jpg

Decided there wasn't much to do at this point but try...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-23-2021, 12:07 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By N546RV
Thanks. I'm going to try adding a battery in...

Thanks. I'm going to try adding a battery in parallel tomorrow to see if that can help smooth things out. Will probably end up getting another/better supply, though.
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-22-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,505
Posted By N546RV
Power supply for avionics testing?

Wondering what people have used/are using for testing out their panels. I finished all my ground terminations today and decided it was time to try powering everything up. After double-checking all...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-21-2021, 03:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,315
Posted By N546RV
Good turnout. Good variety of airplanes to drool...

Good turnout. Good variety of airplanes to drool on - a 3, 4, 7, and 8. Plus one ugly Piper.

Next month Iíll be hosting at Sport Flyers. Hope to see some repeat faces!
Forum: Texas (South) 08-20-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,315
Posted By N546RV
I've got the plane until 3 but I doubt we'd be...

I've got the plane until 3 but I doubt we'd be gone that long. I can come back earlier if it helps with other folks' schedules.
Forum: Texas (South) 08-16-2021, 08:16 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,315
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (August 2021)

https://vansairforce.net/community/calendar.php?do=getinfo&e=1500&day=2021-8-21&c=1

We're headed to KLBX and the Runway Cafe this Saturday. So far the weather forecast is looking promising, so we...
Forum: GPS 07-29-2021, 10:52 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,854
Posted By N546RV
I believe it should be able to drive a CDI. I'm...

I believe it should be able to drive a CDI. I'm basing this belief mainly on there being pinouts on the connector for a CDI.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2021, 10:02 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,899
Posted By N546RV
Finished all the branch circuit wiring on the...

Finished all the branch circuit wiring on the fuse shelf. Lots of lacing, carefully arranging a ton of little wires, trimming, and crimping, but I'm really happy with the end result. Still need to...
Forum: Texas (South) 07-14-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 693
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (July 2021)

Looks like it's time for us to do lunch again. Originally I was planning on doing LBX this time around, but through the dark forces of Murphy, as applied to aircraft rentals, neither of the planes I...
Forum: Texas (South) 06-18-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,967
Posted By N546RV
Rain or shine, I'll eat a hamburger in any...

Rain or shine, I'll eat a hamburger in any weather. Though looks like we're going to get shine tomorrow.
Forum: Texas (South) 06-16-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,967
Posted By N546RV
Well, I'll be there rain or shine, though I'm...

Well, I'll be there rain or shine, though I'm going to hold out hope that I can make a 20-minute flight instead of a 40-minute drive. Hope to see you there!

In other news, the Arrow I was going to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-09-2021, 11:20 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,782
Posted By N546RV
Yeah, staying centered on the railroad tracks...

Yeah, staying centered on the railroad tracks ranges between "rough ride" and "I just got turned into a greasy spot."
Forum: Texas (South) 06-08-2021, 09:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,967
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (June 2021)

Posting this one up a bit early this time in coordination with getting this on the VAF calendar, in my continuing quest to get more attention and attendance.

The 19th will be the usual third...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-05-2021, 05:10 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,155
Posted By N546RV
I sent off for quotes from a few different...

I sent off for quotes from a few different places. This was for components only, no panel/harness build/design services. Each seemed to have a slightly different package discount structure, but the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2021, 12:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,035
Posted By N546RV
It's the modern version of the AVE Mizar...

It's the modern version of the AVE Mizar (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AVE_Mizar)!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-30-2021, 01:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,630
Posted By N546RV
I assume when you say "serial port" you're...

I assume when you say "serial port" you're referring to the Skyview Network port - the serial data connections to the displays are a different animal and aren't used by the ADAHRS.

I feel this is...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2021, 11:39 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,136
Posted By N546RV
I don't recall them being especially challenging;...

I don't recall them being especially challenging; I think I shot almost all of them using a thin tungsten bucking bar. Looking back at my build log, it looks like the one helpful thing was to stand...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,127
Posted By N546RV
I've been making things pretty in and around my...

I've been making things pretty in and around my aft avionics shelf.

All bundles finalized, adel clamps temporarily...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2021, 10:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,614
Posted By N546RV
Lots of supply chain problems going on right now....

Lots of supply chain problems going on right now. My engine was originally supposed to ship back in January. First it slipped to March, and now I don't even have an expected date any more....
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,359
Posted By N546RV
I suppose I haven't really been keeping this...

I suppose I haven't really been keeping this updated. The harness is now in the plane. Routing it through the spar center section and conduit run to the tail wasn't too bad. It was necessary to...
Forum: Texas (South) 05-15-2021, 10:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By N546RV
Afraid I’m not going to make it. Ceilings lower...

Afraid I’m not going to make it. Ceilings lower than I expected here at TME. But at least I did a flight review and some actual IMC.
Forum: Texas (South) 05-11-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,070
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch (May 2021)

OK, we're going to try something new thing month, specifically a new and more fly-in friendly venue. This time we'll hold court at the Runway Cafe at KLBX. Time will be the usual 11:30, this...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-04-2021, 02:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,123
Posted By N546RV
When did you hang your engine?

So here's my situation: my RV-8 project is about ready to move to the finish kit stage. Wiring harness is complete and going into the airplane now, I expect the next few weeks will be spent...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-29-2021, 09:50 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By N546RV
For anyone else who may have the same question in...

For anyone else who may have the same question in the future:



Based on this, wiring that TS connector into the mono input in my intercom should give me mono audio out of both ears, without needing...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-29-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,642
Posted By N546RV
Since folks have been interested in how this...

Since folks have been interested in how this goes, I'll share what I ended up doing. I liked the idea of the aluminum bus bar but was stumped as to how to mount it. I wanted it to be integral to the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 04-28-2021, 11:04 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 611
Posted By N546RV
SDS CPI2 audio to intercom

Hi folks. I sent an email to SDS with this question but figured I'd throw it out here. For you CPI2 owners, did you hook up the audio from the ECU to your intercom? If so, how did you do the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2021, 11:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,359
Posted By N546RV
And now, for a general update, since this has...

And now, for a general update, since this has sort of turned into "as the soldering iron burns" or something like that.

Originally my plan had been to get all the wires laid out on the bench, lace...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2021, 11:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,359
Posted By N546RV
I did all the planning myself. Drawing up the...

I did all the planning myself. Drawing up the schematics was one of those "idle time" projects starting, well, about two years ago. It was a really good way to spend my morning/evening bus ride...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-27-2021, 11:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 968
Posted By N546RV
As a general rule, I like to postpone decisions...

As a general rule, I like to postpone decisions when possible. Installing the conduit right now is fairly low-risk, but IMO there's not much reason to commit to lights and other components. As you...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-26-2021, 09:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,642
Posted By N546RV
Is there a Garmin connector with the right hood...

Is there a Garmin connector with the right hood for a 25-pin D-sub? I didn't see anything when I went through all the pinouts in the G3X manual.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-26-2021, 12:44 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,642
Posted By N546RV
Been thinking this one over some more today. I...

Been thinking this one over some more today. I haven't had any luck finding a D-sub hood with a nice ground block like the Garmin connectors. Another discussion I ran across suggested looking through...
Forum: Alternative Engines 04-26-2021, 12:33 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,738
Posted By N546RV
With regards to the "better performance at...

With regards to the "better performance at altitude" point, I'll direct you to the classic text from the mothership: https://www.vansaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/hp_limts.pdf

Apologies if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,712
Posted By N546RV
Finished laying out bare wire into my harness...

Finished laying out bare wire into my harness template, and started adding cable lacing. Lots more of this to do, but it's nice seeing some order start to emerge from the chaos currently occupying my...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-25-2021, 10:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,359
Posted By N546RV
Whew. Got all the wire laid in as of today (with...

Whew. Got all the wire laid in as of today (with the exception of two small parts, for which I'll get materials in tomorrow). Which meant it was time to start dong some cable lacing. Not quite sure...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-25-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By N546RV
Thanks, Carl. I think I just needed someone to...

Thanks, Carl. I think I just needed someone to reassure me that choosing the simpler option wouldn't cause the sun to go supernova or anything.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-25-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 522
Posted By N546RV
Handling audio output from two Skyview displays

OK, I've spent way too much time agonizing over how to handle this, which is usually a pretty solid sign that I'm overthinking something. I've got two 10" HDX displays and a Dynon intercom. Each HDX...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-24-2021, 08:45 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,359
Posted By N546RV
You're on the right track, I may just have been...

You're on the right track, I may just have been unclear about the current state. Early on I chose to use red for power runs, black for grounds, and white for everything else. Sort of a compromise...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,359
Posted By N546RV
This is a lot of stinkin' wire. But it's getting...

This is a lot of stinkin' wire. But it's getting pretty close to being complete, at least in terms of wire being laid down. I've worked my way "inward" to the "borders" of the panel harness itself....
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-23-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,642
Posted By N546RV
One of those nice shielded connectors would be...

One of those nice shielded connectors would be great for this - and I do like that better than permanently attaching the daisy chain. I'm not sure how easy they are to get though; I took a brief look...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-23-2021, 08:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 578
Posted By N546RV
Interesting that that diagram has the lo side of...

Interesting that that diagram has the lo side of the aux inputs going to pin 20. The intercom manual states that pin 20 is "[u]sed exclusively for stereo EFIS audio ground. Should not be used for...
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