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Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 07:58 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 3,368
Posted By DavidHarris
The Costco jetson doesnít fit in my Rv7a even...

The Costco jetson doesnít fit in my Rv7a even with super tracks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,394
Posted By DavidHarris
RV7/A Superior io360/180 hp Fixed pitch Catto 3...

RV7/A
Superior io360/180 hp
Fixed pitch Catto 3 blade
Empty weight 1136

Notes:
Earthx lithium battery
20 pound crush plate behind the prop to balance for the light prop and battery (ouch!)
Full ifr...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-24-2021, 11:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,432
Posted By DavidHarris
Order proseal from vans shortly before you use...

Order proseal from vans shortly before you use it. Popsicle sticks work fine. Everything will be a sticky mess.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 630
Posted By DavidHarris
Thanks, Scott! Very helpful.

Thanks, Scott! Very helpful.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 630
Posted By DavidHarris
Hole Tolerances

I have a question about RV-12is hole tolerances. I'm starting with the wing and frequently fighting to insert pop rivets into holes. It's a particular issue on the LP4-3 rivets joining wing skins...
Forum: Reviews 08-29-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,261
Posted By DavidHarris
On my prop I checked tracking but have not done a...

On my prop I checked tracking but have not done a dynamic balance. Itís on my nice to do list one day.
Forum: Reviews 08-29-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 7,261
Posted By DavidHarris
My Catto 3-blade on my Rv7a with io360 also had...

My Catto 3-blade on my Rv7a with io360 also had cracking of the nickel leading edge at about 150 hours. Catto blamed it on a run up on a gravel field that caused paint damage on the back of the prop....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2021, 06:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,667
Posted By DavidHarris
My son recently soloed a rental Cessna 152. I...

My son recently soloed a rental Cessna 152. I asked my insurance agent about when I could add him on my Rv7a and she said rates become reasonable after 150 hours.
Forum: RV-14 06-30-2021, 05:19 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,194
Posted By DavidHarris
I tested my pmags and found they self-power down...

I tested my pmags and found they self-power down to below 800 rpm.

However, I had an intermittent failure on my power to the pmags. I discovered the hard way that my rpm can fall below the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-30-2021, 04:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,153
Posted By DavidHarris
Youíve got a standard and popular engine choice,...

Youíve got a standard and popular engine choice, which will save you time.

Iíve never seen anyone post that they didnít like the mag system they chose.

I have Pmags. I like the efficiency and the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-28-2021, 08:55 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,980
Posted By DavidHarris
I installed near the end of the build. Iím slow...

I installed near the end of the build. Iím slow and it took longer than I anticipated but thatís the story of everything on my plane. They are great and I couldnít imagine baggage access without them.
Forum: Fiberglass 06-18-2021, 02:13 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,684
Posted By DavidHarris
I mixed up some epoxy on a very hot day last...

I mixed up some epoxy on a very hot day last summer and noticed that it cured much faster than normal, and with a great deal of heat and fumes. I seem to remember that the label on the epoxy advised...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-17-2021, 07:30 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,130
Posted By DavidHarris
Thank you for putting this out on the forum...

Thank you for putting this out on the forum Scott. Very useful.
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2021, 10:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,130
Posted By DavidHarris
Dave, thank you for the Desser table. I remember...

Dave, thank you for the Desser table. I remember looking at it a year ago and finding it less than conclusive. The table for 5.00-5 6 ply says maximum unloaded inflation of 50 psi and says "Always...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,130
Posted By DavidHarris
Sounds like there is agreement that my tire...

Sounds like there is agreement that my tire pressure is too low.

I used 25-35 because that number is officially recommended by Vans Aircraft. But that sounds like it might only be for aircraft with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2021, 04:35 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 17,400
Posted By DavidHarris
$981 total premium ($121 liability 1M/100k, $860...

$981 total premium ($121 liability 1M/100k, $860 damage for $130k valuation
48 years old. Commercial, IFR, 1700 hours, 150 hours in type.
Global Aerospace is providing the coverage, and Falcon is...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-15-2021, 04:20 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,130
Posted By DavidHarris
Thanks to all these ideas. I've been running my...

Thanks to all these ideas.

I've been running my main tires at about 25-30 psi and my nose wheel at 30-35 psi. I visually inspect the tires at each preflight but only have been removing the wheel...
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-14-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,130
Posted By DavidHarris
Brake / tire issue

I had a wheel lock up while taxiing at Tuscon yesterday afternoon about 3:30 pm.

The weather forecast indicated 110 degrees. My OAT gauge read 120, and the temperature on the tarmac was probably...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 06-04-2021, 11:22 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,835
Posted By DavidHarris
I built an RV-7A with a slider and SuperTracks. ...

I built an RV-7A with a slider and SuperTracks. I placed an Avidyne GPS antenna, a Dynon GPS antenna, and the ELT antenna on the top of the rear fuselage close to the vertical stabilizer, with...
Forum: California 05-25-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,797
Posted By DavidHarris
I left my plane at Yucca Valley airport for a...

I left my plane at Yucca Valley airport for a week this spring. Tiedown is at the southwest end of the field. It was $5/day. Winds can be very strong, so make sure you are tied tight and your...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-23-2021, 10:49 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,423
Posted By DavidHarris
I think it really depends on your mission, and...

I think it really depends on your mission, and whether the 4 seats or extra speed are more important to you.

The transition to fly the RV conservatively is only a few hours. Youíll want more...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-22-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,631
Posted By DavidHarris
I just lean on the ground with a quick pull far...

I just lean on the ground with a quick pull far enough that the plane would complain if I tried to take off without enriching. Itís about an inch back on my red knob.

I used to fly a Cessna 172 and...
Forum: Painting your RV 05-05-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,944
Posted By DavidHarris
This work was done by Art Craft Paint. Their...

This work was done by Art Craft Paint. Their more conventional paint jobs looked good too.

http://pages.hmc.edu/harris/photos/painted-panguitch-IMG_9326.JPG
Forum: Painting your RV 05-04-2021, 10:38 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,944
Posted By DavidHarris
ArtCraft did a good job at a good price on my...

ArtCraft did a good job at a good price on my RV7a last summer. They did a lot of fiberglass finishing that would have taken me forever to do well. I did disassembly and reassembly. Plan on a date at...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-04-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,136
Posted By DavidHarris
I used to yoke mount an iPad mini in my bonanza...

I used to yoke mount an iPad mini in my bonanza with steam gauges. It was way better than flying a Cessna with no moving map or weather.

Now I built an Rv7a with dual Dynon and an ifd540.

I use...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-03-2021, 12:09 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,329
Posted By DavidHarris
Thanks! This sounds wise to check out the canopy...

Thanks! This sounds wise to check out the canopy latch clearance and to explore plastifix. I'll pass on lacing with wire!

David
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,329
Posted By DavidHarris
Reinforcing Canopy Crack

Despite using Sikaflex, my RV7A slider canopy developed a crack after sitting out on the tarmac for a cold night this fall.

I stop drilled, which has stopped the hole growing. Then I repaired with...
Forum: California 04-26-2021, 03:30 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 10,380
Posted By DavidHarris
I'm interested, weather and schedule permitting. ...

I'm interested, weather and schedule permitting. The marine layer is common along the coast in the spring.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 04-21-2021, 08:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,019
Posted By DavidHarris
I had a moderately heavy wing too. It's fairly...

I had a moderately heavy wing too.

It's fairly fast to check your aileron rigging and well worth doing.

It took longer to check my gear leg fairings, but I jacked up the plane and dropped plumb...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-21-2021, 04:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,754
Posted By DavidHarris
Congratulations Jereme! What a satisfying...

Congratulations Jereme! What a satisfying milestone. Thank you for all your posts that have helped my build!
Forum: Interiors 04-20-2021, 09:13 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 10,480
Posted By DavidHarris
Put in heated seats with my lady in mind. She...

Put in heated seats with my lady in mind. She likes the warmth and likes that I thought about her. I find I like mine at high altitude on a cool day.

It was more work than I anticipate because it...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-20-2021, 09:09 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,906
Posted By DavidHarris
Iím using the earthx insulated battery box too....

Iím using the earthx insulated battery box too. In my Rv7a.

It took minor mods to fit in place of the standard Vans box.
Forum: Northwest 04-10-2021, 10:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 659
Posted By DavidHarris
I'm from California so I can't help you directly....

I'm from California so I can't help you directly. I definitely benefited from a tech counselor in my neighborhood as I was learning fabrication techniques.

If you can't find a local counselor, you...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-09-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,836
Posted By DavidHarris
My two COM antennas are on the belly in-line. I...

My two COM antennas are on the belly in-line. I have good reception.

The front-most one is under the tunnel in the baggage area. I was a little squeamish about putting a high power RF transmitter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-06-2021, 01:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 4,362
Posted By DavidHarris
I'm one of these newcomers, so this thread is...

I'm one of these newcomers, so this thread is helpful.

Does calling the tower as "RV 47HM" satisfy the requirement of notifying the tower of the experimental nature of the aircraft? Can pilots...
Forum: RV-14 04-05-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 989
Posted By DavidHarris
It is worth figuring out what components you'll...

It is worth figuring out what components you'll be mounting remotely and how you'll wire them. For example, will you need more holes through the center section or wing ribs? I started planning wire...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2021, 06:18 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,333
Posted By DavidHarris
Be aware of Antisplat's "Almost an RV-14"...

Be aware of Antisplat's "Almost an RV-14" modification for the RV6, 7, and 9 that gives more room for tall pilots.

David
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-19-2021, 09:21 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 414
Posted By DavidHarris
I donít know of any but it just takes a few...

I donít know of any but it just takes a few minutes to cut a rectangular doubler plate from scrap aluminum.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-15-2021, 03:22 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 943
Posted By DavidHarris
I have my GPS antennas for both the Dynon and...

I have my GPS antennas for both the Dynon and Avidyne pucks fairly far back in my RV7A fuselage where there is no blockage.

If you have a slider and might possibly do the Supertracks modification,...
Forum: My RV Build Project 03-13-2021, 04:32 AM
Replies: 709
Views: 300,263
Posted By DavidHarris
Congratulations on your first flights! Your...

Congratulations on your first flights!

Your posts helped me many times as I was starting to build my 7A. Itís great to see you flying now!

Davis
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-11-2021, 11:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,527
Posted By DavidHarris
For questions about Vans specs, your best bet is...

For questions about Vans specs, your best bet is to contact Vans support. They can give you the authoritative answers. The rest of us are speculating.

Overall, although Iím an engineer, I found it...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-05-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,788
Posted By DavidHarris
You can hook the G5 directly up to a 12V supply...

You can hook the G5 directly up to a 12V supply and turn it on.

Or if you have a panel hooked up to the battery, turn on the switches so the G5 connects to the battery. It's a good idea to have a...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 03-04-2021, 01:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,998
Posted By DavidHarris
I have an IFR setup in my RV7A with dual Dynon...

I have an IFR setup in my RV7A with dual Dynon displays and an Avidyne IFD540.

I don't update the obstacle database regularly.

Dynon updates are free, but you also need the Seattle Avionics...
Forum: Tools 02-25-2021, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,402
Posted By DavidHarris
There's a modest discount for ordering the whole...

There's a modest discount for ordering the whole kit at once and you only have to pay shipping once and won't have to pause your build for a missing tool. If you're pretty confident you are...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-17-2021, 10:01 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,391
Posted By DavidHarris
I have an Arithre displaying on my Dynon. I...

I have an Arithre displaying on my Dynon.

I canít see why not to install a co sensor. Itís not too expensive and it could save your life. Wired into the panel is much more convenient and accurate...
Forum: Propellers 02-05-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,559
Posted By DavidHarris
My Catto 3 blade on my Rv7a io360 works and looks...

My Catto 3 blade on my Rv7a io360 works and looks great. It is much lighter than other props and I had to add 20 pounds on the crush plate to be able to carry reasonable baggage. Make sure your W&b...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-01-2021, 03:15 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,777
Posted By DavidHarris
I was a satisfied Blackstone user on my Bonanza. ...

I was a satisfied Blackstone user on my Bonanza. I'll start on my RV7 at the next oil change now that there's been time to break in the engine.

David
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-25-2021, 10:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,700
Posted By DavidHarris
If you could build 40 hours a week, already were...

If you could build 40 hours a week, already were skilled at metal and fiberglass work, and staged your orders so you werenít waiting on anything, you would have 2000 hours a year, which Vans claims...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-24-2021, 08:10 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,029
Posted By DavidHarris
A minor drawback of starting before your license...

A minor drawback of starting before your license is you may not know what you like in a plane. For example, itís easier to know you want to invest in an IFR panel if either you have an instrument...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-19-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,915
Posted By DavidHarris
Congratulations. There is nothing like flying a...

Congratulations. There is nothing like flying a plane that you built yourself. Be careful in Phase 1!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-17-2021, 04:37 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,757
Posted By DavidHarris
RV12 wing kit long leadtimes

Just a heads-up that Vans presently has long lead times on the RV12 wing kit.

I placed an order for a slow-build wing kit on October 9. Vans predicted to start crating January 18, and then deliver...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2021, 08:19 AM
Replies: 57
Views: 6,725
Posted By DavidHarris
I had many of your issues when I was starting....

I had many of your issues when I was starting.

My single greatest improvement was turning down the pressure on my air line. About 35 psi made more than half my mistakes go away.

I got a tungsten...
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-12-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 11,058
Posted By DavidHarris
Another satisfied archer wingtip antenna user.

Another satisfied archer wingtip antenna user.
Forum: RV-10 01-12-2021, 01:54 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,270
Posted By DavidHarris
Andy, These planes take a ton of time to build....

Andy,

These planes take a ton of time to build. Especially for those of us who arenít pros and work full time. Take a look at builder logs. Lots of people spend more than 10 years.

If you want to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-29-2020, 10:00 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,185
Posted By DavidHarris
After reading many threads about placement of the...

After reading many threads about placement of the red cube and heat issues, I put mine on the cabin floor between the electric boost pump and the firewall feed thru. There seem to be pros and cons on...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 12-28-2020, 02:19 AM
Replies: 63
Views: 12,667
Posted By DavidHarris
My earthx battery puffed after about 100 hours....

My earthx battery puffed after about 100 hours. EarthX replaced it under warranty.

It has flown in the summer in the south and the warning light blinked about high temperature. It may have also...
Forum: RV-14 12-21-2020, 04:12 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,924
Posted By DavidHarris
There are lots of threads on this subject. The...

There are lots of threads on this subject.

The consensus is that the cost and feature set of Dynon and Avidyne are nearly identical. Whichever one you choose, youíll be happy.

One exception is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-21-2020, 08:29 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 6,405
Posted By DavidHarris
Pilot: Tosten grip. Hat switch for roll and pitch...

Pilot: Tosten grip. Hat switch for roll and pitch trim. Two top buttons for flaps. Front buttons for PTT and autopilot disconnect.

Copilot: PTT only

I’m pretty satisfied though I sometimes have a...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 09:40 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,893
Posted By DavidHarris
Thank you. Sounds best to file a warranty claim...

Thank you. Sounds best to file a warranty claim and take it to the shop.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2020, 12:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,893
Posted By DavidHarris
pushrod tube seal leak

For the second time in 140 hours of engine operation, I've observed an oil leak that appears to be coming from the #1 pushrod tube seal of my Superior XP-IO360 engine in my Vans RV7A.

I observed a...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-12-2020, 10:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,465
Posted By DavidHarris
At least on my 7a, removing the wings would be...

At least on my 7a, removing the wings would be very difficult. The bolts were extremely difficult to install and would be even harder to remove.

I know itís not answering your question, but unless...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-06-2020, 01:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,902
Posted By DavidHarris
I recently finished an RV7a with my son, who is...

I recently finished an RV7a with my son, who is now 15. He is totally into it and it is the best thing we have ever done together.

It is an enormous time sink and will take you away from every...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-05-2020, 07:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,013
Posted By DavidHarris
Iíd suggest considering your backup small EFIS be...

Iíd suggest considering your backup small EFIS be from a different vendor and have internal battery backup. That eliminates a class of software related failures.

I have a great dual Dynon panel and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 10-31-2020, 10:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,028
Posted By DavidHarris
Mine is on flap motor cover between the seats.

Mine is on flap motor cover between the seats.
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