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Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 03:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By PaulvS
Yes, Officeworks printed and bound them A3 or...

Yes, Officeworks printed and bound them A3 or 11x17 from the digital copy.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 11:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 396
Posted By PaulvS
wall and book

Also use the wall like Brandon, plus a spiral bound book on the bench that is very useful for flipping back and forth.
Forum: GPS Yesterday, 07:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 145
Posted By PaulvS
Cable

Those 2 extra wires are probably for audio out. The various line outputs are covered in the Aera 660 Pilots Guide in Appendix D, which you can download from Garmin Support. It covers both the yoke...
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-27-2021, 07:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 191
Posted By PaulvS
W-415tips

The tips are most likely W-415 if they were originally supplied with the kit. They are flat on top and rounded underneath Hoerner style. Mine are gel coated white.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-27-2021, 05:13 PM
Replies: 589
Views: 374,813
Posted By PaulvS
Some questions about the details

Hi Dave,
It looks like you are making steady solid progress these days.
A couple of questions about some tailcone details:

- How is the access cover for the elevator bellcrank attached to the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-27-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 514
Posted By PaulvS
Different lengths

Different lengths may be needed e.g. when squeezing adjacent to a 5/8" flange, so as to be able to clear the flange with the yoke. A stack of 3/16" washers can also be used under the set to make it...
Forum: RV-14 11-27-2021, 07:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 594
Posted By PaulvS
I wondered about elegant solutions. Part of the...

I wondered about elegant solutions. Part of the problem is that the forward side of the bent section is still going to be bent, even if the pilot side is filled in, so any plate nut or nyloc nut...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) 11-27-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 907
Posted By PaulvS
Sandpaper shortage?!!

How can there be a sandpaper shortage? :confused:... For a while now, it has been difficult to buy sandpaper at both big and small hardware stores. They say that they are having trouble obtaining...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2021, 06:13 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 16,770
Posted By PaulvS
Vans support page

It looks like it is also now available on the Vans Support tech Q&A page:
https://www.vansaircraft.com/faq-technical-builder-items/routing-wires-through-the-center-section-bulkheads/
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-26-2021, 05:23 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 728
Posted By PaulvS
Repair options

Hi Dan

Thanks for posting good pictures and a clear explanation.

I also think your option 3 is the best idea. However it would be stronger if the angle doubler was wider, so as to also include the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 11:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By PaulvS
.032 used the most

Correction - I checked the size I use most and it is .032 and not .025.
I must be spending too much time with .025 sheet metal at the moment...
Above post has been amended.
My apologies!
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-22-2021, 06:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 538
Posted By PaulvS
Safety wire quantities

I suggest: (after double-checking what I use)
1 lb of .032 (most used)
25ft of .041 (may never need but it is less than $2)

The above will be enough for the build and many many years of maintenance.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-22-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 660
Posted By PaulvS
Oil pressure switch

Abe,
The oil pressure LED will probably need a separate pressure switch sender. If you are using the Vans manifold on the firewall then there is a port that allows both a pressure sender and a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2021, 05:14 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 240
Posted By PaulvS
Callout order

The callout order sounds correct because normally the star washer goes under the head of the bolt, which in this case is the stud on the rod end bearing. If the star washer went under the flat...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-20-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By PaulvS
New store has canopy frame

The newly released Vans webstore has got the canopy frame, $486, see:
https://store.vansaircraft.com/wd-640-pc-wd-640-pc.html
And WD-641 is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-20-2021, 10:22 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 558
Posted By PaulvS
Thoughts

My thoughts/guess is that one wingtip will have the landing light and the other wingtip will have the taxi light. The difference between the two wingtip lights will be how they are aimed or...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-20-2021, 08:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By PaulvS
Frame different

There are differences between the sliding canopy frame for the RV-6 and RV-7/9 based on comparing the frame (WD640) that came in my kit compared to a buddy's RV-9, e.g. the side horizontal tubes are...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-20-2021, 04:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,053
Posted By PaulvS
Fair price for a friend

A fair price for a friend (no profit expected) could be what you paid for the plane plus the cost of the upgrades minus depreciation for the hours you have used.
Market value depends to some extent...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-19-2021, 08:38 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 883
Posted By PaulvS
Rivets

The better pic helps and it looks like there are rivets missing in the flange of rib F604 where it connects to the spar F603. Mine has three solid rivets on the end rib and the plans show LP4-3...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,491
Posted By PaulvS
Beauty

That looks really good, a clever design and fabricated very nicely. Now, what color are you going to paint her (too beautiful to be "it"!)? ;)
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,358
Posted By PaulvS
Cable tie mounts

I've used self adhesive nylon cable tie mounts. This was on a horizontal surface where it has worked well, though I have not tested on a vertical surface where there would be more strain.

Link to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-19-2021, 04:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,856
Posted By PaulvS
Plans download

Nice work!

Now what about being able to purchase and download the $10 thumb drive plans for another model? I can download the plans for my RV-6A but would also like the plans for the RV-7A for the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-19-2021, 02:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 462
Posted By PaulvS
The holes needs to be large enough for the...

The holes needs to be large enough for the countersink pilot so that it does not seize and snap off.
As a first step, I would place the new spar beneath the already dimpled part and insert a few...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-17-2021, 12:20 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 883
Posted By PaulvS
It is normal

Are you referring to the hole in the corner? (I can't make out any other holes in the photo). If it is that hole then it is OK like that because it functions as a stress relief hole only and there is...
Forum: RV-4 11-16-2021, 05:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By PaulvS
Lens

Lens is available from flyboyaccessories, around $45 for two, IIRC.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 12:19 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,570
Posted By PaulvS
Rivets

The RV kits are generally designed to use solid flush rivets on the skins (other than RV-12 that Vans has designed to use pulled rivets).
Flush blind/pulled/pop rivets may be permitted in place of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 05:04 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,550
Posted By PaulvS
misleading ad

The advertisement seems to contradict itself because initially it states that the Material is Aluminum but then further down it says made from 303 stainless??
Forum: Job Board 11-12-2021, 12:00 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,012
Posted By PaulvS
You're right! Lemos, whoever it is behind the...

You're right! Lemos, whoever it is behind the name, recently posted on VAF to argue that it was OK to fry his battery and electronics at 15.5 V and then proceeded to buy a "Nissan Denso" alternator...
Forum: RV-4 11-11-2021, 11:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 460
Posted By PaulvS
Light cove parts

Those parts are for the Vans optional wing tip lighting kit. Here's a link to the installation instructions, also attached as a...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-11-2021, 06:36 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 23,835
Posted By PaulvS
Best to remove

This has come up before, e.g. see post #42 in this thread, but I wouldn't do it anyway because a) you need good access to the underside of the step bracket to fit the patch, and b) concerns about the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-11-2021, 12:06 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 7,161
Posted By PaulvS
Old gelcoat tips

Ummm. I have some of those old wing tips that are yet to be installed, is it still OK to use them and is there any extra preparation that could help to alleviate the issues? This is for an RV-6A kit...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 11:41 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,570
Posted By PaulvS
Thanks for the tips

Thanks everyone for the tips... and nobody said anything about being a contortionist!

Here's how it turned out, using some cut up particle board and a few assorted chair cushions. It's got a bit of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 06:32 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,570
Posted By PaulvS
Hints for crawling inside the tailcone

Does anyone have any hints for how you went about crawling into the tailcone during construction? I'm at that stage now for my -6A build where the tailcone second top skin needs to be fitted. It's...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-09-2021, 04:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By PaulvS
Dynon availability

The Dynon website previously showed that EMS D10 was discontinued but checking again today it shows availability so I have corrected status in above post.

Do you know any more than is on Dynon...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-08-2021, 12:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 849
Posted By PaulvS
Compatability

I'm "reasonably confident" that Skyview displays cannot connect to D-series displays. Even the Skyview Classic and the Skyview SE displays cannot connect in the same network...

Have you purchased...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-04-2021, 10:41 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 820
Posted By PaulvS
Change cutter

mgm, I'm wondering if a different cutter will give you better results? I've only ever had and used the 3 flute cutters and they have worked very well with no tendency to grab or cut too fast. It's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2021, 10:00 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By PaulvS
If you were to use a channel on the ground then I...

If you were to use a channel on the ground then I think that dirt and water in the track would be a constant problem. The typical way of making sliding hangar doors around this part of the world is...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-02-2021, 06:20 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 281
Posted By PaulvS
A close quarters (pop rivet) dimpler should work...

A close quarters (pop rivet) dimpler should work in that situation.

https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/3_32-close-quarters-die-set

Another way to do it is with a male dimple die in the end of...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-02-2021, 02:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,737
Posted By PaulvS
No CHT or CHT zero?

Just to clarify: "no CHT", does that mean there is no CHT at all displayed, or is it that there is a CHT but it does not go up when the engine warms up? If it is the former, then check the EMS...
Forum: RV-3 10-30-2021, 07:33 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,206
Posted By PaulvS
Thatcher CX4

OP is looking for a scratch built plane that is simple, no canopy, O-200, no electrics.
Thatcher CX4 is like a poor mans RV3 and can be completed for under $20K apparently. It is plans built. Worth...
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-29-2021, 03:10 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 24,205
Posted By PaulvS
A small milestone

'Morning Dan and fellow VAFers,

Today we lifted the fuselage canoe off of the jig and flipped it upright, it was a bit nerve wracking for fear of dropping or denting something but the engine crane...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-27-2021, 11:24 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,880
Posted By PaulvS
Here's a well documented way for how one builder...

Here's a well documented way for how one builder approached it:
https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=152279
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-27-2021, 08:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,592
Posted By PaulvS
Relative saving

Some good suggestions above; assuming the factory provides assurance and guidance for remediating the corrosion (understand that they may not be willing or able to do so and may refer you to AC43.13...
Forum: Safety 10-26-2021, 08:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,065
Posted By PaulvS
Avoiding bird strikes

Wig-wag certainly improves visibility for other pilots and it would be great if it also acted as a bird deterrent. We get lots of aerial hazards in the region where I fly. The ibises (ibii?), as...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-26-2021, 06:45 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,843
Posted By PaulvS
Do you mean Nippon Denso? (Nissan is a...

Do you mean Nippon Denso? (Nissan is a car/vehicle company; whereas Denso is a Japanese component manufacturer.) :o
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-25-2021, 08:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,187
Posted By PaulvS
Photos

Hi Jarrett, the appearance of the rivets in the photo seems OK to me. If there was cracking we'd expect to see radial splits in the flat face of the shop head, but this is not evident in the photos. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-25-2021, 08:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 895
Posted By PaulvS
In my experience there are more than enough...

In my experience there are more than enough rivets in the Vans kit for any extra or do-over work; they are quite generous. So it's just a matter of working out what size you may need that is not in...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-25-2021, 01:32 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,008
Posted By PaulvS
Backup

For day VFR? I'm not planning on installing any backup for the Dynon PFD/EIS, although the Garmin Aera portable GPS can display ground speed and GPS altitude.
Backup engine data is difficult because...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-24-2021, 10:14 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,166
Posted By PaulvS
Fuel fitting

Looks like it is commonly used in automotive fuel injection.
Google: plug npt 1/8
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-24-2021, 09:35 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 864
Posted By PaulvS
Very nice, thanks for sharing. Is the air smooth...

Very nice, thanks for sharing. Is the air smooth also at this time of year?
Forum: Painting your RV 10-24-2021, 07:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,526
Posted By PaulvS
Shelterlogic

I also looked into an inflatable paint booth and came to the conclusion that there are better alternatives for temporary structures e.g. this 20' by 12'...
Forum: RV-4 10-23-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,400
Posted By PaulvS
Plastifix

Hey Brad, I can empathise, after all that time building it's time to FLY!

There's some good suggestions here and I think the Plastifix repair is the way to go. There's little to lose other than the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-23-2021, 06:07 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 452
Posted By PaulvS
an opinion

I'd say up to 0.5 or maybe 1 ball out, since it takes only light pressure on the pedal to move the ball this much.
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-23-2021, 03:11 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,627
Posted By PaulvS
moon

Haha! That looks like a classic case of plumber's crack...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-21-2021, 05:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,635
Posted By PaulvS
In my opinion, fwiw, the problem is cosmetic...

In my opinion, fwiw, the problem is cosmetic rather than structural and not worth removing 126+ rivets to try and fix. Once it is painted it will hardly be noticeable, unless you look for it.

But...
Forum: Virtual Hangar 10-21-2021, 04:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,939
Posted By PaulvS
Ivan's plane

I recognise that plane Mark! Ivan Salisbury, the original builder of that aircraft (which I believe was the first RV-6 in Western Australia), took many people (including me) for a demo ride. At...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-20-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,848
Posted By PaulvS
The fix

Based on what's been posted, it certainly sounds like something is wrong with the way that the centre section has been assembled. I recently fitted the wings to my slow build -6A for the first time...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-20-2021, 03:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 490
Posted By PaulvS
Another way to do this, if you can not get a...

Another way to do this, if you can not get a modified socket or crows foot to work with a torque wrench, is to use a ring or open end spanner along with a spring scale (like fishermen use to weigh...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-19-2021, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 785
Posted By PaulvS
Treatment

It's good that you caught it now while it's only light surface corrosion. I would try to remove the corrosion with a small rotary wire brush or abrasive pad and then apply a steel primer followed...
Forum: Tools 10-19-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 336
Posted By PaulvS
Cleaveland

Cleaveland tools sell a 12" back riveting set:
https://www.cleavelandtool.com/products/back-rivet-set-12

It will require a bit more air pressure than a regular length set.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-08-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By PaulvS
Just be aware that stainless steel fasteners are...

Just be aware that stainless steel fasteners are not generally recommended for use with aluminum, due to galvanic corrosion. The Vans spec is for AN470 or MD-42-BS rivets to attach the steps... so...
Forum: Electrical Systems 10-07-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 785
Posted By PaulvS
Charging specs

The spec for the PC680 states:

Charge at 14.4-14.8 Volts
Recharge when below 12.6V
Expected battery life 400 cycles at 80% discharge

How does your battery usage and care compare to the spec,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 316
Posted By PaulvS
Sensor page

Here's how to get to the EMS sensor page:

1) On the D180 (not the D100) select a display layout that shows the EMS page, either 1/3 or 2/3 on the right. (Button 1 or button 6 will rotate through...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-07-2021, 08:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 449
Posted By PaulvS
Duralac

I've not yet seen anyone use sealant in that area and wouldn't use it when I fit my steps, partly because a sealant can potentially trap moisture unnecessarily. I use Duralac to prevent corrosion...
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