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Forum: RV-14 07-03-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,710
Posted By sloengineer
Dual Surefly (Lyco EIS)

I ordered as well because of the inflation hike. Chose dual Surefly. I'm so excited to get electronic ignition! If I had a nickel for every mag issue I've had over the years... Well, I wouldn't...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-29-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,996
Posted By sloengineer
Tagged....

Excellent solution! I'll lose this thread a few months from now when I need it. Maybe replying will keep it in my history.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-28-2021, 12:06 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,978
Posted By sloengineer
Section 9 Done and Dusted!

I thought this was a cool pic. Kind of a Rorschach test. Quite happy to be moving to section 10!
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-21-2021, 07:49 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,873
Posted By sloengineer
Lycoming EIS (Surefly)

There has been a change to the Van's/Lycoming engine ordering options (non-Thunderbolt). One can only order dual mag, dual Lycoming EIS, or dual P-mag.

Is anyone running dual Surefly or Lycoming...
Forum: GPS 06-04-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,647
Posted By sloengineer
Thanks for all the feedback! Keep it coming. ...

Thanks for all the feedback! Keep it coming. I'd really like to see how the barometer is moving on this issue. Basically where I stand is, if I go with the IFD for my certified navigator, I'll...
Forum: GPS 06-03-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,647
Posted By sloengineer
Real world turbulence PIREP

Iíve never flown behind a Garmin touch only product. We are close to pulling the avionics trigger and Iím looking for real world experience related to either the touch navigators or G3X.

We did...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-31-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,103
Posted By sloengineer
Talc options...

We need to change a tube and I really prefer to not wait on UPS to deliver real talc. Is there anything the collective is using now that Walmart has purged talcum powder from its shelves?
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2021, 01:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,670
Posted By sloengineer
In my experience tuning carbureted motorcycles,...

In my experience tuning carbureted motorcycles, ATVs, etc, McGraw is correct.
Popping "afterfires" are usually associated with a lean idle mixture. If the idle mix is too lean, the plugs won't...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-19-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,998
Posted By sloengineer
I had thought of something like this. It might...

I had thought of something like this. It might be simpler than you think. If all non essential shed loads were on a separate bus like you mention, it could be fed by a solid state relay. One could...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-11-2021, 10:10 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,538
Posted By sloengineer
Got 3.1 of beautiful VFR on top to visit the...

Got 3.1 of beautiful VFR on top to visit the daughter. Then put the finishing touches on the horizontal stab! Here we go to section 9!
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-15-2021, 08:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Posted By sloengineer
Thanks, guys! And Paul, I'm the one that emaild...

Thanks, guys! And Paul, I'm the one that emaild you the same question yesterday. I appreciate the quick responses! I was just posting here to see if any of these more seasoned electronics wizards...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-14-2021, 09:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 865
Posted By sloengineer
Suntail and FlyLED

When we purchased our empennage kit we ordered the optional AeroLED Suntail. Since that time, we leared of the FlyLED kits and would like to utilize them for the wing tips. Does anyone know if the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-06-2021, 08:31 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,908
Posted By sloengineer
I've seen tables in the past where K factor was...

I've seen tables in the past where K factor was tabulated based on nut vs bolt torque. Where might one find such for engine mount bolts?
Forum: RV-14 03-31-2021, 07:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
Posted By sloengineer
Yes, my path will be corrosion X after the paint...

Yes, my path will be corrosion X after the paint has cured for a few months. Exterior corrosion would be removed before paint.
Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 09:06 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
Posted By sloengineer
We were supposed to receive our QB wing and Fuse...

We were supposed to receive our QB wing and Fuse this month (March 2021). I have a pending question in to Van's to see when ours would be fulfilled if we wait. That might change my mind if the wait...
Forum: RV-14 03-30-2021, 08:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,733
Posted By sloengineer
Corrosion Survey Poll

I thought I might start a survey to get discussion and consensus on the corrosion survey sent to QB builders. What was your choice and rationale?


I'd like to keep my order the same, and wait...
Forum: RV-10 03-24-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,499
Posted By sloengineer
Cleaveland +1

We just wrapped up our RV-14 rudder TE. Same construction and extrusion, I believe. Used the 3M tape, primary squeeze with the flat sets, final squeeze with the tapered sets. Extremely happy with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,184
Posted By sloengineer
I just acquired some from Cleaveland Aircraft...

I just acquired some from Cleaveland Aircraft Tool. They don't have wedge-loc, brand but the alternatives they sent are working fine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 10:55 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,096
Posted By sloengineer
Main Squeeze....

Made a wonderfully straight trailing edge with the ole main squeeze.

Section 7 complete!!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-16-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,684
Posted By sloengineer
Also....

Section 5.13 discusses fluting and it is also important to ensure the flange is perpendicular to the web prior to fluting. I failed to check this in the beginning and had a couple parts that...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2021, 07:10 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,573
Posted By sloengineer
Got that trailing edge nailed down!

I was pretty anxious about the TE, but it worked out splendidly! Lot's of help and encouragement from the forum, of course.
Forum: RV-14 03-15-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,983
Posted By sloengineer
+1

I just finished using the Cleaveland main squeeze with the tapered sets. Excellent result! I have a thread here in the RV-14 section where I fixtured the rudder while I squeezed the rivets.

I used...
Forum: RV-14 03-11-2021, 07:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,221
Posted By sloengineer
True after all!

I really can't thank you guys enough for all the input on my rudder questions. Using the input from Ralph, et al., I constructed a pair of fixtures to align the heim bearings at the same level from...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,221
Posted By sloengineer
At this point, Ralph seems to have the most...

At this point, Ralph seems to have the most recommended suggestion. I'll get the bearings in and level it out as suggested and re-evaluate the situation.


We do a lot of woodwork, so I've...
Forum: RV-14 03-09-2021, 07:54 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,221
Posted By sloengineer
Question I've been waiting on tech support to advise, but...

I've been waiting on tech support to advise, but no response. I guess I'm going to have to make a decision one way or another and get going. Can anyone provide guidance on the fixturing that used...
Forum: RV-14 03-07-2021, 08:10 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,221
Posted By sloengineer
current sitrep

Good afternoon, guys, OP here! Thank you all so much for the quick replies. We were on the road all day so I'm just getting to the computer.

So we have not riveted the trailing edge yet. We...
Forum: RV-14 03-06-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,221
Posted By sloengineer
Question Rudder twist....

We hit our first "full stop" moment today. When we finished riveting the rudder spar to the skins, we seem to have a twist. When laid on the right side, it lays flat on the table. Laid on the left...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 02:34 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,324
Posted By sloengineer
Thank you guys! I have been consuming as much...

Thank you guys! I have been consuming as much content as possible from Garmin and Dynon. They both mentioned IFR charts, but not approach plates in particular. I would really like to be iPad free...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 02:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,324
Posted By sloengineer
Approach Plates?

Will both Dynon and Garmin display georeferenced approach plates on the MFD? Or is that only available on the navigator?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,324
Posted By sloengineer
Cost of Ownership

Those of you that have Dynon, Avidyne or Garmin, what is the annual cost of maintenance for your system. By that I mean, charts, databases, obstacles, etc...

I know subscriptions and prices change...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-02-2021, 08:41 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,752
Posted By sloengineer
Quite a timely thread. We'll be making the...

Quite a timely thread. We'll be making the avionics choice a little later this year. I emailed G3Xpert with this exact question. I know they are not going to tell some John Q. Public like me all...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-02-2021, 08:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,656
Posted By sloengineer
That's a good suggestion. Maybe with enough...

That's a good suggestion. Maybe with enough feedback they will give some options. I tried it with an approach plate on the map today and it's even worse. I'm prepping for my IFR practical. That's...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-02-2021, 08:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,656
Posted By sloengineer
I hadn't noticed that. You're right, it's not...

I hadn't noticed that. You're right, it's not great to lose sight of the feature for which you want information.

I contacted support and I got a pretty quick response. It sounds like they are...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-01-2021, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,656
Posted By sloengineer
Angry ForeFlight Map Sidebar

Have any of you experienced the new ForeFlight map sidebar? Am I the only one that hates that thing?? If you are in the bumps and accidentally tap on the map that sidebar squeezes your map in half....
Forum: RV-14 02-28-2021, 11:23 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,784
Posted By sloengineer
Here's a link to the Van's website wherein they...

Here's a link to the Van's website wherein they discuss the speed limitations of the RV-14 series.

https://www.vansaircraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/RV-14_V_speeds.pdf

Short answer: ...
Forum: RV-14 02-26-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,784
Posted By sloengineer
I made a spreadsheet that plots the W&B. This is...

I made a spreadsheet that plots the W&B. This is not a real aircraft empty weight, I just used the Van's supplied demonstrator weights until ours is finished. Helps to see when you're in the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,567
Posted By sloengineer
Another reason I can't wait to fly behind an EFIS...

Another reason I can't wait to fly behind an EFIS system! We got a little taste last year after putting a pair of G5 and a GFC500 in the Skyhawk. I watch all the G3x videos I can find and can't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 08:11 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,567
Posted By sloengineer
Good discussion. Certainly a lot of advancement...

Good discussion. Certainly a lot of advancement in recent years. Since it's my first attempt at digital, I may try the free MyFlightbook to see if I like it. I will keep up my paper one as well. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-25-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,643
Posted By sloengineer
To err is human....

I spent a lot of time examining our 1980 C-172 before we started building to "calibrate" my eyes and mind on what's industry standard building and repair practice. We homebuilders are hand crafting...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-24-2021, 07:24 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,567
Posted By sloengineer
Electronic Logbook

Do any of you use electronic logbooks for your flight time? If so, what do you use?

Searching the website yielded really old threads on the subject. I figure there's been advancement in recent...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-08-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 5,609
Posted By sloengineer
All the best!

We just started our RV-14A build, so we haven't gotten to know you as well as some on here. But our few interactions were wonderful! Your emails always carried a positive tone and you were very...
Forum: RV-14 02-04-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,255
Posted By sloengineer
Silly Question??

Maybe not. In my mind I thought one would work straight through the plans from section 6 on (we're building a 14A). But in the rotisserie pictures, nobody has the elevator and rudder from section...
Forum: Primers 02-04-2021, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By sloengineer
I know there's a reason this entire topic is in...

I know there's a reason this entire topic is in the never ending debate section, but I completely agree with this sentiment. No matter how carefully you prime, paint, alodine, etc, you will scratch...
Forum: Primers 02-03-2021, 12:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,803
Posted By sloengineer
For you Alclad Guys and Gals

Seems like folks that don't prime the Alclad parts get shamed into hiding, but I thought I'd see if I could bring a few out of the hangar..... :D


We aren't priming Alclad parts, but I know there...
Forum: RV-14 02-03-2021, 11:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,995
Posted By sloengineer
Folks were posting as I was writing, so I had to...

Folks were posting as I was writing, so I had to edit a bit.....

I would imagine quick build versus slow build also has a significant impact on a solo build effort, especially if you're looking at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,168
Posted By sloengineer
Update!

In the end, we were able to go QB wings and fuse. They should arrive in April. We had to build a shop, but now we are in it and building away on the empennage.

Not to sound like a Van's fanboy,...
Forum: Polishing your RV 02-02-2021, 06:51 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,010
Posted By sloengineer
That's true. The tail draggers are beautiful. ...

That's true. The tail draggers are beautiful. Especially the tandem 8! :cool:
Forum: Polishing your RV 02-01-2021, 07:36 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,010
Posted By sloengineer
Whoa, baby! That is really sharp! We’re...

Whoa, baby! That is really sharp! We’re building a nose wheel kit. When I realized the tail of the 14 was 8 ft tall, I decided I better add the vertical stab and rudder to the painted part list.
Forum: Polishing your RV 02-01-2021, 07:32 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,010
Posted By sloengineer
Maybe I should change my thread title...

.... to ďPlease talk me out of polishing my airplaneĒ

Just kidding. :)

Yeah, I know itís a hard job to maintain the polished parts. My plan would be to paint those parts which are hard to reach...
Forum: Polishing your RV 01-29-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 6,010
Posted By sloengineer
Inspiration Pictures

Would you fine builders be willing to post a few pictures of your polished airplanes? We're miles away from making a paint vs polish decision, but I like to dream of the future when we're not...
Forum: Tools 01-29-2021, 06:55 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By sloengineer
That way the edge would flex more. Good idea. I...

That way the edge would flex more. Good idea. I actually took a notch out of a scotchbrite backing disk when I let it go over a sharp edge. I wish I'd have kept it and cut it down like you said.
Forum: Tools 01-28-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By sloengineer
That's good stuff! I like seeing the creative...

That's good stuff! I like seeing the creative solutions people come up with.
Forum: Tools 01-27-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By sloengineer
Good idea. I'll have to look for one of those at...

Good idea. I'll have to look for one of those at the auto parts store. I had some chain saw files, but they were too big.
Forum: Tools 01-27-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By sloengineer
Interesting. I guess I'll change over to one of...

Interesting. I guess I'll change over to one of the synthetic media papers. Thanks for the heads up! I'll make sure to wipe these parts down good before assembly.
Forum: Tools 01-26-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,811
Posted By sloengineer
Rib Work

I wanted to share a few improvised tools I used for rib shaping. I wanted a nice round where I had to grind the VS ribs to fit the skin. I used the side of a #40 drill bit to make a stress...
Forum: Tools 01-25-2021, 10:16 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,715
Posted By sloengineer
Yes, I've seen that one. Cleaveland makes great...

Yes, I've seen that one. Cleaveland makes great videos, and following this video I can make great dimples with the main squeeze using both the Cleaveland and Avery dies.

I couldn't get a picture to...
Forum: Tools 01-25-2021, 08:44 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,715
Posted By sloengineer
Avery vs Cleaveland Tool

I'm having an interesting dimple die result. I'd like to get feedback from the collective....

We purchased tools from Cleaveland required to finish the Van's toolbox. Then when we started the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-03-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,856
Posted By sloengineer
Sales and Marketing....

There was not an increase on the EXP119 engine. As a product development engineer myself, I know it is not uncommon to spread development costs for a new product over a range of legacy products. ...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2020, 07:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,856
Posted By sloengineer
Well dang it all.... I was out of commission for...

Well dang it all.... I was out of commission for a couple weeks and missed it completely. Also interesting it didnít get mentioned in the kitplanes article, which had to be in the works during this...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,856
Posted By sloengineer
Lycoming Price Increase?

From June when I did our initial budget on the 14A until today, the Van's website is indicating a 10% price increase on the standard IO-390A. Can anyone who purchased in the last few weeks confirm...
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2020, 01:38 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,728
Posted By sloengineer
Well I thought it was pretty cool. :cool: ...

Well I thought it was pretty cool. :cool: Thanks for posting. Even though there are specialty tools out there, sometimes I too like the satisfaction of scrounging materials on hand and making my...
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-16-2020, 12:47 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,530
Posted By sloengineer
I love the VAF forum!

Hello there, OP here. This is why I like this forum. I really enjoy seeing such healthy discussion. It shows passionate people and relevant topics. Since this drifted slightly into a VHF or not...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-14-2020, 08:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,353
Posted By sloengineer
Maybe G3Xpert will chime in. Iím interested in...

Maybe G3Xpert will chime in. Iím interested in the responses as well . Iíve asked about this setup recently so I know a few on the board are so equipped.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 09-11-2020, 05:15 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 14,530
Posted By sloengineer
Thanks all for the feedback. I know people have...

Thanks all for the feedback. I know people have very passionate arguments around VHF which I completely respect. My light IFR mission profile is completely satisfied with GPS only. Red or magenta...
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