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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 526
Posted By bkervaski
Having to reorder a few parts, especially in the...

Having to reorder a few parts, especially in the beginning, is totally normal and the price of the education your about to get. You want a nice trailing edge, perhaps order a replacement and use...
Forum: RV-15 Yesterday, 10:16 AM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
At least ... Kits ... probably around $55 Engine...

At least ...

Kits ... probably around $55
Engine ... $50
Avionics ... $35
Paint ... $25
Prop ... $8 (or $12-$17 for composite)

If it turns out as good as a lot of us expect, they will sell for...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-12-2022, 08:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,179
Posted By bkervaski
I am, and in fairness to the topic, most of the...

I am, and in fairness to the topic, most of the RV folks I talk on a regular basis to are 14 builders or flyers.
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-12-2022, 07:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,179
Posted By bkervaski
A couple notes: Regarding reliability; agree...

A couple notes:

Regarding reliability; agree that PMags seem to be as reliable as dinosaur mags, with the added benefits mentioned

Haven't heard of any high CHT issues, sounds more like a cooling...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 08-11-2022, 10:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,179
Posted By bkervaski
There are so many threads about this ... but the...

There are so many threads about this ... but the consensus is:

For ease of use/installation, they are great and get the job done, way better than traditional mags, typically cranks on half prop, no...
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 03:36 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,853
Posted By bkervaski
I think I paid like $450 for the Aero Creeper ......

I think I paid like $450 for the Aero Creeper ... but so as to not confuse ... the Aero Creeper isn't a cheaply made piece of junk like some of the available disposable creepers ... it's thick steel...
Forum: Tools 08-10-2022, 02:40 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,853
Posted By bkervaski
I love mine - https://aerocreeper.com/

I love mine - https://aerocreeper.com/
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 01:59 PM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
Well said ... I have a serious personal goal of...

Well said ... I have a serious personal goal of competing in some STOL events in the coming years ... would be awesome to roll up at one of those in an RV-15 :eek: :D :p
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-10-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 552
Posted By bkervaski
No flats running Michelin Aviators on Beringer...

No flats running Michelin Aviators on Beringer wheels.

Mains lasted approximately 250 hours, you could probably flip them and get another 50 hours. I'm conservative, probably replaced them a little...
Forum: Reviews 08-10-2022, 09:22 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,149
Posted By bkervaski
They only publish an international number on...

They only publish an international number on their website, give them a call at +44 (0)23 9247 3945
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 4,091
Posted By bkervaski
Torque Tubes :D

Torque Tubes :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-10-2022, 08:55 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 533
Posted By bkervaski
Awesome :)

Awesome :)
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
Some folks just like Range Rovers ... no judgment...

Some folks just like Range Rovers ... no judgment :p
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 07:43 AM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
They expressed in the forums that they were after...

They expressed in the forums that they were after a "total performance" back country capable aircraft and acknowledged, refreshingly without over promising, that they have a lot of work to do and the...
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
Is there another kit with similar specs I can...

Is there another kit with similar specs I can build?

Maybe you mean something like the 170, I have no interest in flying dinosaurs ... and I love building ...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 08-10-2022, 07:24 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,944
Posted By bkervaski
+1 for SteinAir as an intermediary on high dollar...

+1 for SteinAir as an intermediary on high dollar items ...

I no longer sell stuff overseas for just this reason, no painless recourse if things go sideways.

Now I always talk to the other party on...
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 07:17 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 91,733
Posted By bkervaski
Sh*t ... not if my wife is with me ... it will be...

Sh*t ... not if my wife is with me ... it will be jammed packed with 25 changes of clothes for a 3 day trip :D
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 07:16 AM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
I think the 15 is going to be as popular as the...

I think the 15 is going to be as popular as the 14 and in no small part thanks to Doug and the forum. Without this community, we wouldn't have been able to build our 14 in the time we did.

Like...
Forum: RV-15 08-10-2022, 06:56 AM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
Haha! It would have like 3 votes total. That...

Haha! It would have like 3 votes total. That forum is a ghost-town ... with the exception of Dave's megathread.

(I'm building an EX-3 now)
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 08-08-2022, 01:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By bkervaski
Sigh … sadly, I do.

Sigh … sadly, I do.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-07-2022, 05:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,039
Posted By bkervaski
Been sitting here thinking about it ... can you...

Been sitting here thinking about it ... can you post a pic of where the cowl meets the fuse? Perhaps side and top?

Also, can't tell from the pic, do you have the appropriate spacers (washers?) under...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2022, 05:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By bkervaski
Welcome aboard :D

Welcome aboard :D
Forum: RV-15 08-07-2022, 04:49 PM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
"BBS" Dad as in Bulleting Board System?

"BBS" Dad as in Bulleting Board System?
Forum: RV-15 08-07-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 53
Poll: Who's In?
Views: 4,408
Posted By bkervaski
Who's In?

Who's already decided they're building an RV-15?
Forum: Safety 08-04-2022, 04:08 PM
Replies: 91
Views: 10,541
Posted By bkervaski
Well, sort-of ... On Friday it was shaping up...

Well, sort-of ...

On Friday it was shaping up to be a minor storm.

On Saturday morning the National Weather Service put out the severe T-Storm warming with 15% possibility of hail.

Having a tad...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-30-2022, 04:25 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 491
Posted By bkervaski
Seems counter intuitive, but make the gap wider.

Seems counter intuitive, but make the gap wider.
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 01:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By bkervaski
I have one of those from ATS :D

I have one of those from ATS :D
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 08:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By bkervaski
Your guess is as good as mine but like @bhassel...

Your guess is as good as mine but like @bhassel said, they told us they hoped to have the first kit (likely empennage) shipping in 12-18 months.
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,535
Posted By bkervaski
RV15 Build Thread for N15Z

Placeholder for my build thread, now the long sleep begins ... :D
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 07-28-2022, 11:18 AM
Replies: 65
Views: 11,051
Posted By bkervaski
There were at least 7 damaged rudders in HBC this...

There were at least 7 damaged rudders in HBC this year, some minor, some needing replaced or patched before flying out.

In 2019, the storm busted my gust lock to pieces, then slammed my rudder past...
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2022, 06:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,522
Posted By bkervaski
This is a great article, thanks Paul :)

This is a great article, thanks Paul :)
Forum: RV-15 07-26-2022, 12:08 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 727
Posted By bkervaski
Confirmed: TK “Monster” internal shocks

Yep, TK is making the internal 2x2 shocks for the RV-15. Tried and true.
Forum: RV-15 07-22-2022, 06:42 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,371
Posted By bkervaski
RV-15 at HBC

Just heard a rumor that Greg is bringing the RV-15 to HBC on Sunday night. Greg? :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 09:47 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,548
Posted By bkervaski
Aww man I wish I would have known that all I had...

Aww man I wish I would have known that all I had to do was assemble, would have saved me a lot of time on the 14 :rolleyes:

Granted, kits are a *lot* better, but it's far from just assembly.
Forum: Primers 05-12-2022, 04:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,235
Posted By bkervaski
Yep. I didn't see what you are building, but n...

Yep.

I didn't see what you are building, but n the RV-14 manual, Van's points out where to use primer. Generally, it's where different materials are mated together, such as steel and aluminum, etc.
Forum: RV-14 05-11-2022, 06:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,925
Posted By bkervaski
Things fail, even traditional relays, you just...

Things fail, even traditional relays, you just got the luck of the draw on the PPS ... stinks :(
Forum: RV-10 03-22-2022, 01:35 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,321
Posted By bkervaski
You'll definitely look like a cutter when you're...

You'll definitely look like a cutter when you're done, just part of it.

They make gloves that protect your forearm but they were so thick I ended up taking them off.

It helps to have someone with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2022, 10:46 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 612
Posted By bkervaski
Sold! Vans Sign Kits

Sold!

Happy Monday :p

I have two Vans light box kits for sale, $100ea or $175 for both.

https://store.vansaircraft.com/vans-aircraft-lightbox-sign-kit-vans-light-box-kit.html
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2022, 11:42 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,544
Posted By bkervaski
If it hasn't been mentioned ... Mike Busch on...

If it hasn't been mentioned ... Mike Busch on Engines
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 06:50 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,538
Posted By bkervaski
Glad you're safe! Terrible idea ... his auto...

Glad you're safe!

Terrible idea ... his auto repair experience has no bearing on his ability to safely repair your airplane ... kind of like letting your plumber, because he's good at plumbing, do...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 11:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,972
Posted By bkervaski
I second that .. we built a new shop on our...

I second that .. we built a new shop on our property and installed 3 mini splits hooked to one condenser unit, two in the main shop bay and one in an attic room .. they work great!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-20-2021, 07:33 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,929
Posted By bkervaski
Perhaps the plan is to bring QB production closer...

Perhaps the plan is to bring QB production closer to home?
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-13-2021, 07:13 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,280
Posted By bkervaski
Thanks! My concern was more with being able to...

Thanks! My concern was more with being able to turn off a circuit in the case of something like runaway trim, etc.

Basically what I've learned is that folks with single screens simply put those kind...
Forum: Electrical Systems 12-03-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,280
Posted By bkervaski
VPS + Single G3X Touch

Good morning all!

Struggling with a design decision on my new project, looking for some feedback.

I *really* want to use the Vertical Power System + PPS, but limited to a single G3X Touch...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 12:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 10,209
Posted By bkervaski
Okay, that's awesome. I might even dust off my...

Okay, that's awesome. I might even dust off my joystick :D
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 01:14 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,606
Posted By bkervaski
Uhm .. don't forget Toilet Training .. #1 place...

Uhm .. don't forget Toilet Training .. #1 place for peaceful learning :o
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 10:52 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,919
Posted By bkervaski
Haha! Phoenix says "I feel your pain" as I...

Haha! Phoenix says "I feel your pain" as I generally task her and her tiny hands to get into those tight spots ... we didn't know about those awesome washer wrenches until after we were done with the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-19-2021, 10:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,085
Posted By bkervaski
Second this ... or whatever electronic ignition...

Second this ... or whatever electronic ignition you like ... my first summer with a newly built RV-14 was an eye opener after dealing with hot starts in Alabama's humid heat, just trying to airport...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-02-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,350
Posted By bkervaski
Curious, which make/model are you referring to?

Curious, which make/model are you referring to?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 11:12 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,350
Posted By bkervaski
Here's the Amazon link to the same part,...

Here's the Amazon link to the same part, overwhelmingly positive reviews, 4.5/5 (1800+) ...

https://www.amazon.com/Blue-Sea-Systems-Charge-Charger/dp/B01BV1MTAA
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 11:11 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,350
Posted By bkervaski
We haven't had any issues, seems like a quality...

We haven't had any issues, seems like a quality part ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 11:00 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 4,482
Posted By bkervaski
Spruce will keep your cart if you're signed in .....

Spruce will keep your cart if you're signed in .. so if you're signed out and browse the site adding to your cart and then sign in it will merge them together .. almost got me more than once!
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-01-2021, 10:54 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,350
Posted By bkervaski
I did extensive research on this. You won't be...

I did extensive research on this.

You won't be happy with the $15 parts, they barely charge and generally only 1 device at a time.

Here's the best bang for the...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-27-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,150
Posted By bkervaski
The G3X Touch has an SVGA input on the back.

The G3X Touch has an SVGA input on the back.
Forum: Painting your RV 10-25-2021, 09:04 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,468
Posted By bkervaski
I'm using this one (26x15x10) for my current...

I'm using this one (26x15x10) for my current project:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08D9FJX2P

One thing to consider ... if those fans fail while you're painting ... ouch ... build some kind of...
Forum: Interiors 10-25-2021, 08:55 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,918
Posted By bkervaski
Leather = smells nice, thicker, hotter, creases...

Leather = smells nice, thicker, hotter, creases become permanent
Synthetic = cooler, fights creases better, looks new over time, easier to clean

Really, it's just a personal preference. I like the...
Forum: RV-14 10-12-2021, 10:51 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,836
Posted By bkervaski
You won't have any trouble, still lots of work to...

You won't have any trouble, still lots of work to do on the QB wings, but definitely a time saving purchase!

The bottom close-out skin is left off as well as plenty of access to do the work you...
Forum: RV-14 09-30-2021, 01:06 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,372
Posted By bkervaski
Exactly 1 more than you have :D

Exactly 1 more than you have :D
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-10-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 9,062
Posted By bkervaski
The temps definitely creep up on shutdown from...

The temps definitely creep up on shutdown from heat soaking. I just make it a habit on super hot days to open the oil door.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2021, 05:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,020
Posted By bkervaski
If you want an edge up, master eco-friendly...

If you want an edge up, master eco-friendly waterborne paints. You'll have an advantage over the "old-school, unwilling to learn new things" crowd.

The painting process is different and when a...
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 08-25-2021, 09:36 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,246
Posted By bkervaski
Vague is the new black :o

Vague is the new black :o
Forum: RV-10 08-18-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,663
Posted By bkervaski
You can't go wrong with Jonathan (Evoke), another...

You can't go wrong with Jonathan (Evoke), another beautiful airplane!!!
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 08-11-2021, 05:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,002
Posted By bkervaski
My pre-coffee brain read that as "RV-14 down in...

My pre-coffee brain read that as "RV-14 down in the hudson" :eek:

Great pics :D :D :D


[I changed “down” to “over” per OP’s request. s/ one of the Mods. ]
Forum: Painting your RV 08-05-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,562
Posted By bkervaski
It's a waterborne system. Yep, the box fans and...

It's a waterborne system.

Yep, the box fans and a filter are what we plan on using.

Good point on sucking all the AC air out of the shop.
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