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Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Today, 08:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 730
Posted By PhatRV
To add to my previous post, the ATC on the...

To add to my previous post, the ATC on the webinar said RV are now in the system. I just did a search with ICAO and true enough, all the RVs are in ICAO with their respective designation. ...
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Today, 05:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 730
Posted By PhatRV
In one of the EAA webinar, I was told the ATC...

In one of the EAA webinar, I was told the ATC recognize "RV" as the aircraft type, like Piper or Cessna. I suppose if you build something unique then use experimental.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Today, 05:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 205
Posted By PhatRV
Call the FAA office in OK. Describe your...

Call the FAA office in OK. Describe your situation and tell them the N-number that you reserved. I had mine reserved but never got the confirmation. I talked to the nice gentleman at the FAA and...
Forum: Safety Today, 05:47 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,510
Posted By PhatRV
Aftermarket RV7 Folded Rudder?

What if some people with the equipment can build the folded rudder like the RV8 but with the larger size for the RV7 and sell them? I am sure some of the RV7 owners are willing purchase a stronger...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Today, 09:12 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 154,978
Posted By PhatRV
Thank for the info in the clear coat. I was...

Thank for the info in the clear coat. I was using SS to reduce the amount of work, with the exception of cut and buff. My DIY paint job will not win any award but I want to know about the CC option...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques Yesterday, 07:30 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 154,978
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for all the info about SS paint. With...

Thanks for all the info about SS paint. With regard to the clear coat, do I need to prep the SS painted surface before applying the clear, such as light sanding or can I apply the clear paint over...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 03:38 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 35,945
Posted By PhatRV
I find that all the talking around the subject...

I find that all the talking around the subject GAMMI fuel and all the subterfuge in your various comments make it hard for me to know what problems you are having with its fuel. I love to know if...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2022, 06:24 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By PhatRV
I just checked my rudder and the skin is tight as...

I just checked my rudder and the skin is tight as a drum. The leading edge of your rudder isn't curved and is not riveted yet. This will add a good deal of torsional stiffness to the entire...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2022, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By PhatRV
The rudder skin only has the stiffeners instead...

The rudder skin only has the stiffeners instead of a full rib (other than the end ribs). I have to check my rudder when I get home tonight and let you know.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-15-2022, 11:16 AM
Replies: 184
Views: 154,978
Posted By PhatRV
Is it better to cut and buff with single stage...

Is it better to cut and buff with single stage paint or does it matter at all?
I am using single stage paint.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2022, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By PhatRV
Try the manage attachment. If it doesn't work...

Try the manage attachment. If it doesn't work then post it to Youtube and send us the link. You can create a YT channel with your Google account for free.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-15-2022, 10:10 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 286
Posted By PhatRV
You need to post a picture of two so we can see...

You need to post a picture of two so we can see what you see.

The skin will never going to be perfectly flat like a raw sheet stock after you rivet the ribs . Looking at the finish skin with...
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 09:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 737
Posted By PhatRV
That is true but the Numatx is out of my price...

That is true but the Numatx is out of my price range so I make due with what I have.
Forum: Tools 08-11-2022, 07:35 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 737
Posted By PhatRV
I used thin washers as shims for the dimpling...

I used thin washers as shims for the dimpling dies or squeezer dies. I removed the shims or added shims for a desirable rivet head. This way I could use the full travel of the squeezer. You can...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-09-2022, 05:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,277
Posted By PhatRV
I think you want to trial test it using clecos as...

I think you want to trial test it using clecos as I have done first before declaring it unworkable. You can always trim the excess and fill in the void with fiberglass parts that are non-structural....
Forum: RV-15 08-09-2022, 01:51 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
The Cherokee has the forward hinge design so pop...

The Cherokee has the forward hinge design so pop open the door and you get plenty of cooling breeze even when it has only one door. The doors naturally close with the freestream when you forget to...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-09-2022, 07:37 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,277
Posted By PhatRV
This is what I did to fit the empenage fiberglass...

This is what I did to fit the empenage fiberglass fairing.

For the leading edge of the horizontal stabilizer, I laid down a few layers of fiberglass to fill the gap. I bonded the extra layer to the...
Forum: Painting your RV 08-06-2022, 01:32 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 525
Posted By PhatRV
If you want to avoid Alodine, then etch it with...

If you want to avoid Alodine, then etch it with alumiprep or equivalent and coat it with a primer after you rinse it with water. Any primer should do because it blocks air from further oxidizing the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-04-2022, 01:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 919
Posted By PhatRV
All of my interior aluminum that is not visible...

All of my interior aluminum that is not visible was alodine with the same stuff and left unprimed and unpainted. I primed the mating surfaces before riveting. I think the instructions are for the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2022, 09:58 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,991
Posted By PhatRV
I wish people deal with the supply chain issue...

I wish people deal with the supply chain issue like late last year I had with Aircraft Spruce. It informed me the part is back ordered for at least 2mo. Called back after two month and AS told me...
Forum: RV-15 07-29-2022, 10:50 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
If the new RV15 only flies slightly faster than...

If the new RV15 only flies slightly faster than the existing Cessna, it begs a question into why you should build one, unless the Cessna is so expensive compare to a newly built RV15. Given the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-28-2022, 09:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 328
Posted By PhatRV
My Whelen LED wing tip lights have clear lens and...

My Whelen LED wing tip lights have clear lens and color LED diodes. This is how all the LED lights are designed these days. The incandescent light are all white light and you need the color lens.
Forum: RV-15 07-28-2022, 07:27 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
The overhead flap handle is located closest to...

The overhead flap handle is located closest to the flap mechanism, very similar to the high wing Piper, including the CarbonCub, and other SuperCub clones. The bottom mounted manual flap handle on...
Forum: RV-15 07-26-2022, 11:49 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,373
Posted By PhatRV
From the interview with the Flyer Magazine, the...

From the interview with the Flyer Magazine, the wing span will be reduced so the RV15 can fit into a regular T-hangar.
The airplane is also sized for the smaller 360 engine for those who want a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-25-2022, 02:06 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 50,424
Posted By PhatRV
You don't want the meticulously constructed wing...

You don't want the meticulously constructed wing molds going to waste :)
Forum: Primers 07-25-2022, 12:24 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,574
Posted By PhatRV
I find that the primer sticks best to the...

I find that the primer sticks best to the aluminum that has been scruffed with the red scrotchbrite pad, etched, and alodined. My experience with self-etching primer is it will stick well to a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2022, 12:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By PhatRV
I wished the videos were on YouTube before I...

I wished the videos were on YouTube before I started my build almost 4 years ago. It would have helped me tremendously seeing someone working on the parts instead of just looking at the build log...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-20-2022, 03:35 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 2,597
Posted By PhatRV
When I back rivet, I grip the plastic tip with my...

When I back rivet, I grip the plastic tip with my thumb and index finger to keep it from moving while the gun pounds on the rivet. Not sure if you are already doing this.
Forum: RV-15 07-18-2022, 09:56 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
The RV10 is definitely outside of my build budget...

The RV10 is definitely outside of my build budget and operating expense. There is a reason there are so many 2-seat experimentals built. When adding a 4-seat + high gross weight + adding a 540 size...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-17-2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 878
Posted By PhatRV
YouTube Vid: Building Vans RV8

I just got a recommendation from the Youtube AI about a series videos of building a Vans RV8. I am not sure of the date, maybe in the early 2000?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1lmfeTa8EE4

This...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-16-2022, 07:04 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,559
Posted By PhatRV
Thumbs up N38PV Is Registered

After about 2 weeks since I submitted the registration paperwork, I found out that my N-number shows up on the FAA database. I haven't received the official FAA letter yet but N38PV is assigned, and...
Forum: RV-15 07-13-2022, 08:27 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
To The Vans Team, Congratulation on designing a...

To The Vans Team,

Congratulation on designing a great high wing concept airplane. I posted in VAF that the only plane I want to build after my RV8 is a high wing airplane that has the Vans pedigree...
Forum: RV-15 07-12-2022, 10:33 AM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
What Type Of Suspension System?

I wonder if the RV15 uses the standard airplane rubber pucks suspension like in the newer RV14 nose gear or will it use the Belleville disk spring?
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 10:16 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
Another Youtube channel commented about the large...

Another Youtube channel commented about the large cabin space. It looks as though it is more cavernous than the exterior shot would suggest. This follows my comment about the RV15 filling in the...
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 10:08 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
The control linkage push-rod is located right at...

The control linkage push-rod is located right at the leading edge, above the "A-pillar". You can see the bell-crank in the video. So the fuel tank can be behind the forward spar, and the sump tank...
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 07:43 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
Huge Flap (2/3 of the Span)

The flap is very large on the RV15, upto 2/3 of the semi-span.
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 07:40 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
Round Access Hatch Inside Fuselage

What is this round access panel to the rear of the pilot?
Forum: RV-15 07-09-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 92,331
Posted By PhatRV
Fowler Flap?

The flap is not the normal Vans style flap. More like Fowler flap.
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-03-2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 446
Posted By PhatRV
Can you post a picture of what you are talking...

Can you post a picture of what you are talking about? What is the part number with the rodend?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-03-2022, 06:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 792
Posted By PhatRV
This is correct. The EMS loom that contains the...

This is correct. The EMS loom that contains the thick wires for the CHT and EGT will require more space than the regular electrical connector. Have this wiring loom connected to the EMS as you...
Forum: Painting your RV 07-01-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 891
Posted By PhatRV
I was told I will need slightly less than 2...

I was told I will need slightly less than 2 gallons for the plane. One gallon should cover the fuse + 1 wing. The 2nd gallon covers the 2nd wing + all the rest.

I have primed all the control...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2022, 02:50 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By PhatRV
The 1st set of fairings were scrapped. I was...

The 1st set of fairings were scrapped. I was using the window foam for these

The 2nd set was too heavy and they were scrapped.

For the 3rd set, I used 2 layers of fiberglass and an extra layer at...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 06-30-2022, 01:37 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,710
Posted By PhatRV
This video about overhauling a Lycoming engine...

This video about overhauling a Lycoming engine shows the clearance checking before the two halves of the cases are mated and the crankshaft end play is checked, about the location where the pictures...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-30-2022, 08:30 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,814
Posted By PhatRV
For my RV8, the wheel fairings and leg fairings...

For my RV8, the wheel fairings and leg fairings were completed using the plans build instructions. The left and right wheel fairings were aligned using the simple contraption in the picture below,...
Forum: RV-14 06-27-2022, 07:45 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,149
Posted By PhatRV
On my RV8, I put the switch on the Infinity grip...

On my RV8, I put the switch on the Infinity grip and a dedicated flap switch on the panel as a backup, in the case the switch on the grip fails. The switches are connected to the flap controller...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2022, 07:12 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,182
Posted By PhatRV
I talked with a nice gentleman at the FAA. It is...

I talked with a nice gentleman at the FAA. It is prioritizing original registrations for experimental aircraft. If you have reserved an N-number but haven't received your confirmation letter, it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-27-2022, 07:04 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,559
Posted By PhatRV
I called the FAA aircraft registration office...

I called the FAA aircraft registration office today. If you have a reserved N-number and haven't received the confirmation yet, you can submit your aircraft registration form with the same N-number...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 05:45 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,559
Posted By PhatRV
Do you know what will happened if I submit an...

Do you know what will happened if I submit an official registration form with a N-number that I thought was available at the time but it became a conflict when the FAA reviewed it, will the FAA...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-25-2022, 10:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 501
Posted By PhatRV
Need Recommendation for DAR in SoCal

I was going to use Dave Prizio for the DAR on my RV8 but he is retiring this month. Can you guys recommend a DAR who is close to Chino or Riverside?

Also, have you worked with Rich Aldrich who is...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-23-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 926
Posted By PhatRV
You should also account for the servo wiring too....

You should also account for the servo wiring too. My Dynon servo needs 8 wires and you have to plan where to connect the ends inside the fuselage. I ordered 1000' of 22 gauge for the avionic...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-23-2022, 11:47 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 868
Posted By PhatRV
It depends on how much wiring and equipment are...

It depends on how much wiring and equipment are already installed inside your fuselage.

For mine, I scrubbed down the interior fuselage with dishwashing soap plus green pad, rinsed, and let it dry. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-16-2022, 10:14 AM
Replies: 117
Views: 13,559
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for the tip. As soon as my bill of sale is...

Thanks for the tip. As soon as my bill of sale is received, I am going to proceed with this method instead of waiting for the confirmation of the N number reservation
Forum: RV-8/8A 06-08-2022, 02:23 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By PhatRV
I use these to support my RV8. Please note that...

I use these to support my RV8. Please note that after you install your engine, the weight of the airplane increases dramatically, and then you add the two wings to drill the rear spar. After that,...
Forum: Electrical Systems 06-06-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,108
Posted By PhatRV
For the Dynon system, I built the serial wire...

For the Dynon system, I built the serial wire harness and did continuity check for each of the pins. This is the easy wire harness to build and test since all of them will have the same 8-wire pins. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-04-2022, 08:55 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 50,424
Posted By PhatRV
Can you post the closeup pictures of this wing?...

Can you post the closeup pictures of this wing?

Thanks
Forum: RV-7/7A 06-04-2022, 08:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 611
Posted By PhatRV
I would try and use the oops rivets first in this...

I would try and use the oops rivets first in this area. I also think replacing the skin for this mistake is overkill.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2022, 04:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 861
Posted By PhatRV
I had the similar issue when fitting my RV8. The...

I had the similar issue when fitting my RV8. The best I could get was +25 deg before the aft end of the control horn touching the bulkhead. I ground down the control flange a bit to provide a bit...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks. I'll ask Aerographics if it can make...

Thanks. I'll ask Aerographics if it can make some custom vinyl at a reasonable price.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-26-2022, 12:45 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 460
Posted By PhatRV
Tips for Painting Roundal

I am closing to finish most of the major build portions of my RV8. I am now thinking of the painting task while waiting on the availability of hangar.

I am looking for links describing how to paint...
Forum: Safety 05-26-2022, 11:41 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,747
Posted By PhatRV
I wonder if welding of the control pushrod is a...

I wonder if welding of the control pushrod is a non-standard aviation practice. It seems using rivet is standard, and according to Vans and Airbus. I wonder if Mel will ding you if you weld.
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-24-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 453
Posted By PhatRV
Dynon has a servo compatibility table for the...

Dynon has a servo compatibility table for the Vans aircraft. I used what was recommended because I don't know how my plane flies yet
Forum: RV-7/7A 05-21-2022, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,175
Posted By PhatRV
I ran into the same problem while closing the...

I ran into the same problem while closing the bottom wing skin of my RV8. I use the pop rivet in one place like in the picture above.
Forum: Painting your RV 05-18-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,538
Posted By PhatRV
I find that my epoxy/micro mixture makes a better...

I find that my epoxy/micro mixture makes a better bond if the aluminum is etched and alodine.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-16-2022, 05:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,163
Posted By PhatRV
You are not going to need your wingtips until you...

You are not going to need your wingtips until you are almost finished with your airplane. BO is a common thing with something that is as complicated as an airplane. I just finished my wingtips, 3 1/2...
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