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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-19-2022, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,277
Posted By PilotjohnS
VAF retirement plan

Well, it seems the VAF retirement plan is...

wait for it....

build an RV 15!

no fancy interior, no doors, 2 Garmin G5's, heavy coat in winter, and fishing poles in the back.
Forum: Safety 05-18-2022, 02:37 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,734
Posted By PilotjohnS
two if by welding... one if by...

So If I have them welded, can I proof load test them?

How much weight should I hang from the ends to proof test the welds?
what is twice the expected flight loads in tension?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 02:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,999
Posted By PilotjohnS
Oppurtunity

I think there is an opportunity here to make a child or young adult seat for the younger kids.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 03:48 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,558
Posted By PilotjohnS
TOO Busy

he is to busy finding a better flap actuator for the RV 15. maybe that will be an "Armstrong" brand in keeping with the back country theme.

Electronics, we don't need no stinking electronics. and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 03:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 580
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I had to use fuel safe grease on the gas caps to keep them from leaking during my (air) pressure test of the tanks. YMMV
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-17-2022, 03:43 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,949
Posted By PilotjohnS
In the 9A that I am building, earlier builders...

In the 9A that I am building, earlier builders complained that the holes in the ribs inside the fuel tank are sometimes too small and the fuel will burble out before the tank is filled. The vent cant...
Forum: Safety 05-17-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,734
Posted By PilotjohnS
Flex

The question arises if there are any flex under loading that would cause the clearance on the ground to be insufficient in the air?

How much extra clearance to leave for flying stresses?
Forum: Safety 05-16-2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,734
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

I saw this on m 9A too. My pushrods are welded for this reason. The other option is to remove spar material around the hole to avoid this.

Everyone should check this, and it should be part of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 05:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,558
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thank you for all you do

Pat,
Thank you for your support. I have one of your older actuators on my RV9A. I am not flying yet, but it is all set up. It integrates well with the Garmin G3X suite. You came out with this...
Forum: California 05-15-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 404
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old wives tale

Just a thing I remember from doing gliders in the desert. Watch your salt intake when drinking water, the salt will make you go pee. Straight water is better. If you feel thirsty, it is most likely...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 02:07 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,345
Posted By PilotjohnS
FAA

I figured it was just part of the FAAs 51% rule.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-14-2022, 12:23 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,999
Posted By PilotjohnS
Windscreen fairing finishing

Windscreen fairing finishing.

Thought I was build a metal airplane.

I noticed in Vans 2022 calendar this month, there is a RV7 with a metal fairing, just to torture me some more.
Forum: Primers 05-14-2022, 12:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 832
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I tried rattle can primer but was never happy with the adhesion. I bit the bullet and went with Sherwin Williams P60G2. I thought it would be a hassle to mix, spray, and clean up. Turns out it is...
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-13-2022, 07:07 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 119,084
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sanding windscreen fairing

Sanding windscreen fairing. I made a sanding block use my french curve from high school and belt sander. I used aeropoxy and the stuff is pretty hard and sands well. Next step will be to smooth edges...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 04:13 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By PilotjohnS
Actually

With the SW P60G2 primer, it dries so quick, that i did do this actually on the wing and fuse skins. it was easy and quick to prime the inside, flip over, mask the mating area and shot a quick prime...
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 03:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By PilotjohnS
How it works

SW P60G2 primer works to prevent corrosion by being a sacrificial layer. SW P60G2 has quad valent chromium (hexavalent chromium is better, but after the movie "Erin Brockovich" it is not used). So as...
Forum: Autopilots 05-12-2022, 11:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,244
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rudder trim

I always wondered about rudder trim on the 7, 8 and 9 series. Curious how many Vans builders have installed rudder trim?
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 617
Posted By PilotjohnS
Vans test

For a few decades now, Vans have been testing the SW P60G2 primer on a sample hanging outside their shop. every few years (decades) they pull off another strip and see how it is doing.
I would...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-12-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 386
Posted By PilotjohnS
Horizontaal

I stuck with the io320 which is horizontal. Here are my pics. I did change the location of the alt air firewall penetration; I could see how the and location would work and i wanted to keep the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-11-2022, 09:26 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 27,650
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me 2

I am a customer and I want one.

There. done. Should be out next week:-)
Forum: RV-15 05-09-2022, 12:53 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,845
Posted By PilotjohnS
practice kit

Practice kit for new hires.

First question for tech support, can we countersink these to avoid smileys?
Forum: RV-15 05-09-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 17,845
Posted By PilotjohnS
Naw io 390

I think they will have an io 390 up front, because they are going to have massive fowler flaps and a very large tail, probably filled with helium, so they can land in 5 feet and cruise at 200 mph....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 06:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

Terry I think you have a point. I plan to use #40 drain holes unless someone has a reason to go bigger. .
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-08-2022, 04:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 694
Posted By PilotjohnS
time

So what drain time is good enough?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2022, 08:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 717
Posted By PilotjohnS
My plan

I plan to do this for my first flights and phase 1 prior to paint. This way I minimize the belly being blasted with oil prior to paint.
Forum: My RV Build Project 05-07-2022, 04:43 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 119,084
Posted By PilotjohnS
Status

Front windscreen fiberglassing is done. I popped it off to trim and finish. Learned a lot this time, but didnt learn enough to make it worthwhile to redo.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2022, 03:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By PilotjohnS
Better advice

If you are talking about painting he outside, call your Sherwin Williams rep. If I am not mistaken, SW now has a exterior primer specifically made to replace the alodine process.
When I read about,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-07-2022, 02:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 366
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yes

I have done all my interior painting over the swP60G2. Works great for me.

I used the SW Jetflex interior paint as a top coat. Pretty amazing paint.
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 05-07-2022, 12:12 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,527
Posted By PilotjohnS
Consistent

Sure seems consistent with a sightseeing flight. Sorry for the families.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 10:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 749
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I just bought the box recommended from digikey.
Forum: RV-15 05-06-2022, 05:41 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,631
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bush

I would think that a side by side would be harder to taxi thru the bush. I agree that rv15 will probably be a tandem.
I think the rv16 will be the side by side 4 seater. ( see i didnt forget what was...
Forum: Propellers 05-05-2022, 09:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 429
Posted By PilotjohnS
Looks

Which prop looks better. after all one only sees the plane and the prop when things are stationary on the ground.

(I am joking of course, sort of)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-03-2022, 09:14 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,491
Posted By PilotjohnS
OK Ok

OK I will wait.

Some really smart person on these forums once said, the number of airplanes one should have is n-1, where n is the number that causes divorce.

I am hoping n is 3 for me.
Forum: RV-15 05-02-2022, 10:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 9,466
Posted By PilotjohnS
Really

It seems half of osh visitors are builders! Success is contagious.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 08:58 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,491
Posted By PilotjohnS
does not exist

But I cant find the teaser web page on the Vans site.
So what is the harm in bring out the info, and letting us follow along with the progress?
I find the teasing very rude.
I enjoyed following the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-01-2022, 12:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,447
Posted By PilotjohnS
Opinion

My opinion is that is written because they probably think mechanics need more instructions. I am an engineer, I can decide which is best. And I will show you the math why.

“Badges we dont need no...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-30-2022, 09:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 575
Posted By PilotjohnS
Failure modes

Typically in conduit, the wires are run lose and are not tied together in a bundle. With aluminum, I worry about the wires chaffing on the inside and wearing thru the insulation. With plastic...
Forum: RV-14 04-29-2022, 06:52 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,456
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mine

Here is my clip of schematic
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-29-2022, 08:59 AM
Replies: 188
Views: 37,126
Posted By PilotjohnS
itch

That red cube seems to be itching for an Adel clamp to the engine mount. That's how i did mine. Personally, I would not leave it hanging by the hoses. JMHO
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-28-2022, 10:56 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 119,084
Posted By PilotjohnS
Fiberglassing

After taking a few days off, I have started fiberglassing the wind screen fairing. I am following the excellent tips and tricks from the Osh 2021 presentations. I had visions of making a really neat...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-28-2022, 09:05 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 339
Posted By PilotjohnS
painter favor

But do your painter a favor prior to installation, round the edges a little with some 220 grit. Sharp edges of brackets make the painting hard, a rounded edge is much easier to paint, and it easier...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2022, 10:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 335
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I had to move my digital source from the GDU460 to the GNX375 because of this. But first i checked with my ELT supplier to ask them what format it was programed in. In my case it was Aviation Format...
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-27-2022, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 339
Posted By PilotjohnS
Primed

I primed everything that was t painted because I figure it was easier to strip the primer, than remove surface corrosion prior to paint. I used SW wash primer, it is compatible with most paint...
Forum: RV-15 04-27-2022, 04:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,470
Posted By PilotjohnS
Looking ahead

I am so past the RV15.
I want to know about the RV 16!!!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 04-26-2022, 01:10 PM
Replies: 468
Views: 178,180
Posted By PilotjohnS
and another

from another thread:
"Open the pod bay doors Hal."
" Sorry i cant do that"
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2022, 09:34 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,602
Posted By PilotjohnS
started

Mine started with visiting Inyokern when Axel and his wife (AX-O) had their Ice Cream Social. First time I saw an RV.
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2022, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,251
Posted By PilotjohnS
Plan

So i trimmed the windscreen and bonded it to the plane using sikaflex.
Now I am working on the fiberglass.
I put packing tape down and made the tape tight across the gaps so it makes a smooth...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2022, 08:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,251
Posted By PilotjohnS
No

No the line would be formed by a laser level mounted over the engine. ( 90 degrees to what you mentioned above)
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-25-2022, 08:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,251
Posted By PilotjohnS
Trim and Sika

So i trimmed the lower end of my windscreen so a 3/32 cleco held the windscreen against the side of fuse. The trimming mainly was around the area where the top skin turns down the sides. After the...
Forum: RV-10 04-25-2022, 02:20 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,133
Posted By PilotjohnS
Old technology

I still use a pot to cook in, and a wood stove to make pizza's. That technology is slightly older than the Lycoming's, just saying.....
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-24-2022, 11:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,251
Posted By PilotjohnS
Line

The line between the windscreen and fuselage top piece seems to follow a curve one would get if a plane intersected the top of the fuselage at about 45degrees. There was a guy who made a metal...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-24-2022, 05:02 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,251
Posted By PilotjohnS
Relief

I had a lot of stress/force to pull my sides in on my RV9A (same fuse as a 7).
I ended up changing the radius on the lower windscreen that transitions from the front top to the left (or right) side....
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-23-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,874
Posted By PilotjohnS
Oops

I thought about that too but point on wrong direction. Hope he never tried it.
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-21-2022, 06:08 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 292
Posted By PilotjohnS
I didnt over think this. I followed Garmin’s...

I didnt over think this. I followed Garmin’s recommendation in their G3X Installation Manual. Anyone can use their ideas for other systems. The manual can be downloaded for free by anyone. Lots of...
Forum: Interiors 04-20-2022, 10:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By PilotjohnS
I think.. therefore I know

I think it was 6 yards, but I redid the first seat back and seat bottom.
Also I had a really long piece that took a lot of fabric to get the orientation right.
Forum: Interiors 04-19-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 403
Posted By PilotjohnS
thought I was right

When I did my RV9A seats, I thought I bought enough, but ended up going back twice. The problem I ran into was the orientation of the fabric. To make the fabric run the same on all the sections, I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-19-2022, 08:48 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 526
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I was in the same dilemma as you. In my case I needed to use a 12 AWG wire to handle the overload current before the upstream fuse blew. What I did was use two wires of 16 AWG, which is equivalent to...
Forum: RV-14 04-19-2022, 11:54 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 554
Posted By PilotjohnS
Really a pro

I have lots of them, so i must be a Pro.....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-18-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,541
Posted By PilotjohnS
really

I think this would be ugly, and also the air pressure might be higher in front of the windscreen. Seems tried and true is the simplest. But to each there own. Not to mention all the rain that soaks...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-18-2022, 11:04 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 303
Posted By PilotjohnS
Choice

I chose to trim my ribs to allow the screens to be as high up as possible with a center stack of radios.
Even with trimmed ribs, i could not put rocker switches underneath screens, only toggles. I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-18-2022, 09:18 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By PilotjohnS
Not for me

My breakers are in a grid pattern. I wanted to keep the unfused bus and the CB breaker's outputs separated, so the bus input for two rows are next to each other, and the CB outputs for the other two...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-17-2022, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By PilotjohnS
I surely hope it doesnt matter, because otherwise...

I surely hope it doesnt matter, because otherwise my panel is hosed.

I am serious, and dont call me Shirley
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-17-2022, 06:17 PM
Replies: 199
Views: 119,084
Posted By PilotjohnS
Test Flight

It seems I am nearing the end, and time to start thinking about test flying.
I was planning on renting a hangar at another airport one hour away for my first flight and to fly off the hours. That...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-17-2022, 06:10 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,407
Posted By PilotjohnS
Congrats

Congrats on getting ready to fly.
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