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Forum: Trip Write-ups Today, 08:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,089
Posted By ppilotmike
Very eloquent

Well written, Smokey!
Forum: RV-10 02-11-2022, 04:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 6,723
Posted By ppilotmike
If you are building an RV-10, I can vouch for the...

If you are building an RV-10, I can vouch for the SFSA Interior as being top of the line in every way. I bought their complete RV-10 Interior Kit, including their overhead console and their center...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 759
Posted By ppilotmike
Louvered plates

I would think that simple, louvered face plates would be the way to go. That way you could direct the slits down and toward the back of the plane. Perhaps someone else has sourced such a thing...
Forum: RV-10 01-25-2022, 09:11 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,830
Posted By ppilotmike
Here's my experience: I had the standard Vans...

Here's my experience: I had the standard Vans struts (500N) and they would not lift the doors to full open status, right out of the box. I figured this is because 1) I was careful to get a good...
Forum: RV-10 01-13-2022, 08:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,947
Posted By ppilotmike
That's exactly what I'm doing. SS, fiberfrax, SS...

That's exactly what I'm doing. SS, fiberfrax, SS sandwich. I'm in the process of building a little box out of SS sheet right now, to double up the recessed area of the firewall. Not an easy task,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-01-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,780
Posted By ppilotmike
Wow... Just.. Wow..

After reading through the particulars of this thread, it occurs to me that this is a PERFECT example of just how lucky we are to have the Vans Air Force community. I don't know about you guys, but...
Forum: RV-10 11-08-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 509
Views: 626,116
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks great, Martin!

I'm interested in possibly cloning your panel for my RV-10. I've always planned to use the stock panel, in lieu of the Aerosport ones, to save money and "knee room." Does your G5 fit under the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2021, 03:06 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,552
Posted By ppilotmike
Congrats, John!

Well done. Here I thought I'd be in the air before you or Sean. Alas, life has most definitely slowed my build. Thanks for the motivation!
Forum: RV-10 09-21-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,299
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks everybody, for your responses. Again, you...

Thanks everybody, for your responses. Again, you have proven the wonderful value of the VAF community we have here.
Forum: RV-10 09-19-2021, 11:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,299
Posted By ppilotmike
Flap Motor Install Question

I am planning to use a full Garmin panel in my RV-10, although I haven't purchased any avionics yet. My question is about the RV-10's flap motor. I have installed the stock Vans flap motor. Do I...
Forum: RV-10 09-15-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,398
Posted By ppilotmike
To each their own. Both are nice and an upgrade...

To each their own. Both are nice and an upgrade to stock (no overhead).
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,398
Posted By ppilotmike
Andrew, I am in the process of permanently...

Andrew,

I am in the process of permanently installing my SFSA overhead console, although I'm not planning to use their air conditioner. The aerosport overhead console requires you to cut holes in...
Forum: RV-10 09-09-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 12,305
Posted By ppilotmike
I like these, Jan. Good work. I went for a...

I like these, Jan. Good work. I went for a higher lumen setup in my RV-10, using Aveo Hercules 30s and the Duckworks leading edge cut-out kit. However, your product looks like a nice, plug and...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-02-2021, 09:20 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,826
Posted By ppilotmike
Question for Garmin?? G3X Guy??

Perhaps the G3Xpert will chime in here. I used the Vans capacitance plates setup. Since they are just plates, as Ray said above, they need some sort of electronics to input a voltage across the...
Forum: RV-10 08-25-2021, 05:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,226
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks everybody! Any idea what the cost savings...

Thanks everybody! Any idea what the cost savings might be to go with the PCU 5000 over the Hartzell? If it's not significant, I'll stick with the Hartzell.
Forum: RV-10 08-24-2021, 12:04 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,226
Posted By ppilotmike
Which Prop Governor?

Which prop governor should be used with the IO-540 for the RV-10. I seem the remember there being problems with certain choices that didn't really perform well for people. I plan on using the...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-28-2021, 11:05 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 11,880
Posted By ppilotmike
Call David Shelton

Steve,

You should contact David Shelton of MotoPod fame. He designed the pod for the 10, and I'm sure he would have valuable insights on your project. For the MotoPod, it winches up to the belly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-25-2021, 02:21 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 15,461
Posted By ppilotmike
Well Done! Looks amazing.

Well Done! Looks amazing.
Forum: RV-10 03-01-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,364
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. I used Sika for this reason (and others). ...

Yup. I used Sika for this reason (and others). However, even with the UV resistance, I plan to paint over the area where the actual adhesion is taking place also, to provide additional protection. ...
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2021, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,315
Posted By ppilotmike
Yank the foam and paint the tunnel white.

Yank the foam and paint the tunnel white.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 01:22 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 12,451
Posted By ppilotmike
+1 for tradition..

I think more people than expected will be vaccinated by then. If OSH is on, then so should all the OSH traditions..
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,269
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks to the Moderators..

..for letting this thread fly for a bit. Such an amazing achievement. My sincerest thanks to all those who worked to make it happen. My kids are so excited watching this and other recent successes...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-18-2021, 02:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,269
Posted By ppilotmike
WooHoo! We've Landed on Mars Again!

Perseverance has touched down successfully on the red planet today! To keep this thread RV related, I'm sure there were lots of RV Builders / Flyers who helped out on this mission. What a great...
Forum: RV-10 02-16-2021, 09:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 5,092
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks good, but how do you access the dipstick?

Looks good, but how do you access the dipstick?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-15-2021, 12:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,196
Posted By ppilotmike
I was figuring that the NACA scoop would be...

I was figuring that the NACA scoop would be painted along with the exterior skin (at the time of final painting). Are people leaving off the plastic back section of the NACA scoop until after it's...
Forum: RV-10 02-04-2021, 02:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,830
Posted By ppilotmike
I've got a set I can sell you Todd. Give me a...

I've got a set I can sell you Todd. Give me a call at 720-933-3352. I have the stock Vans ones (500 newtons) and also the heavy duty Vans ones (600 newtons). Both sets were test fitted, but not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-30-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 5,443
Posted By ppilotmike
Hang in there..

You're not alone! I've had many moments of weakness and insecurity as to whether or not I could/should finish my project.

I think that's just part of the experience, as everyone I've talked to...
Forum: RV-10 12-30-2020, 07:29 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,029
Posted By ppilotmike
I also went the McMaster Carr seal route. It's...

I also went the McMaster Carr seal route. It's very easily replaced too, so in the future, keeping a good seal shouldn't be a problem.
Forum: RV-10 12-29-2020, 07:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,020
Posted By ppilotmike
This is a good idea and may be what David needs...

This is a good idea and may be what David needs to get back to making pods for experimental builders. I can say that the pod design/quality and instructions for final assembly/fitment to the...
Forum: RV-10 12-28-2020, 08:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,020
Posted By ppilotmike
Not sure whether or not David will continue to...

Not sure whether or not David will continue to make the MotoPods, but I know that they were making "surveillance equipment versions" of it the last time I talked with David about this. Seems there...
Forum: RV-6/6A 11-05-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 9,330
Posted By ppilotmike
I'm curious about this. In the latest Sports...

I'm curious about this. In the latest Sports Aviation Magazine that came out this month, there is an article that speaks about "departures from the factory plans," saying that a DAR might not allow...
Forum: RV-10 11-04-2020, 08:07 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,277
Posted By ppilotmike
David, I can only speak about the doors I saw...

David,

I can only speak about the doors I saw and I'm not sure what foam type they used. However, 5 to 6 lb foam weighs 5 to 6 lbs per cubic foot. What's the volume of a door cavity? 0.333 cf, 0.5...
Forum: RV-10 11-03-2020, 01:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,277
Posted By ppilotmike
Airward Kit for Hinges

I wouldn't add the weight of foam into the doors. I've seen an RV-10 where the doors were injected with foam. The doors were so heavy they required heavy duty struts to lift them and they went up...
Forum: RV-10 11-02-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,300
Posted By ppilotmike
I just finished installing the PlaneAround 3rd...

I just finished installing the PlaneAround 3rd latch and Aerosport Low Profile Handles in my RV-10, after the door halves were already bonded. It was pretty easy, and I can't think of any reason why...
Forum: RV-10 10-28-2020, 09:27 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,850
Posted By ppilotmike
Well, your inquiry motivated me to catch my build...

Well, your inquiry motivated me to catch my build log up. It is now up to date.
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 10:02 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,850
Posted By ppilotmike
See my kitlog entries, under...

See my kitlog entries, under "Options".
http://www.mykitlog.com/users/category.php?user=mikrettig&project=803&category=10899 Sorry, but I haven't updated my kitlog site in 2 1/2 years! :o I really...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 09:58 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,282
Posted By ppilotmike
Fiberfrax Sandwich

I believe the fiberfrax / SS sandwich was recommended as added fire protection, not to simply solve a problem with a hot tunnel. There was an RV-10 that had a fire in the engine compartment and the...
Forum: RV-10 10-22-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 9,381
Posted By ppilotmike
That's what I used. Combined with my pneumatic...

That's what I used. Combined with my pneumatic squeezer, dimpling nutplates was a breeze.
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,036
Posted By ppilotmike
Yup. Get all three of them. I've used them all...

Yup. Get all three of them. I've used them all and was glad I had them.
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 09:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 17,282
Posted By ppilotmike
I used 1/16" thick FiberFrax on the belly,...

I used 1/16" thick FiberFrax on the belly, sandwiched under 0.005" thick stainless steel sheet. For the firewall, I intend to use 1/8" thick Fiberfrax under the same stainless steel sheet. I did...
Forum: RV-10 10-20-2020, 09:05 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,850
Posted By ppilotmike
David should be able to shoot you a PDF of the...

David should be able to shoot you a PDF of the instructions for the hard-point installation. That will show you the locations of interest. I know, that the hard-point kit is able to be retrofit to...
Forum: RV-10 10-02-2020, 09:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,298
Posted By ppilotmike
Nicely Done!

Congratulations on this incredible milestone.
Forum: RV-10 09-02-2020, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,258
Posted By ppilotmike
I believe you are allowed one "do-over" for...

I believe you are allowed one "do-over" for dimples (so, you only get one extra chance to get them right). Also, since you only did a few, this shouldn't be a problem. Learn from the mistake...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-19-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 8,145
Posted By ppilotmike
DRDT2.... Set up correctly.

I also have used both the c-frame and DRDT2. Love the DRDT2! Once it's set up correctly, per the instructions, it is a set it and forget it machine for dimples. It's much quieter and (IMHO) easier...
Forum: RV-10 08-06-2020, 09:48 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,221
Posted By ppilotmike
SFSA for me too. Nice interior, great options...

SFSA for me too. Nice interior, great options and VERY helpful! Eliane is the best. It's like having your own personal interior designer. Prices are good too.
Forum: RV-10 07-22-2020, 06:38 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,296
Posted By ppilotmike
EMAG Summary

Can either of you guys give a summary of how the 6 cylinder EMag setup works? I'm interested in a comparison between the emag technology and the EFII / SDS technology. Differences, similarities,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-01-2020, 11:07 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,980
Posted By ppilotmike
Good Prioritization Skills

I really liked your write up. I too have experienced a lot of the same things along the way. Forgetting to eat, sleep or bathe is easy to do; especially early on in the build. My story started in...
Forum: Interiors 04-03-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 778
Posted By ppilotmike
Looks nice! It looks similar to the set you made...

Looks nice! It looks similar to the set you made for me, only I went with red accent thread and darker leather. You guys certainly turn out a quality product.
Forum: RV-10 03-05-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,929
Posted By ppilotmike
Thanks Larry and Eulice!

Thanks Larry and Eulice!
Forum: RV-10 03-04-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 5,929
Posted By ppilotmike
Well done!

I am envious of your paint job too. Can you tell me more about that? How much (ballpark) would you say you spent and what was your prior experience before painting. I am interested in painting my...
Forum: RV-10 02-28-2020, 09:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 8,037
Posted By ppilotmike
WD-1017-1 Only?

For those of us RV-10 builders that have not yet installed our nose gear, is it possible to get just the new WD-1017-1 part, instead of the whole SB kit? Or, is there other special parts/hardware...
Forum: RV-10 01-17-2020, 02:00 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,383
Posted By ppilotmike
Well Done! We want pictures all over your flying...

Well Done! We want pictures all over your flying bird. I want to see the panel and how the interior came out, please.
Forum: My RV Build Project 12-04-2019, 11:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 8,063
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

Now that you've picked your build, it's time to get started. I am also building an RV-10, although I'm going slow build everything with some mods that have pushed my build time out quite a bit (2...
Forum: RV-10 10-14-2019, 09:27 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,384
Posted By ppilotmike
Congratulations!

I'm feeling the same way about my build after 8 years, but I continue to soldier on.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-27-2019, 12:57 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,836
Posted By ppilotmike
Welcome..

..to yet another New Builder in Colorado. Your work space will pay dividends, for sure. Keep it in your house as long as you can.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-20-2019, 03:46 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 626
Posted By ppilotmike
I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people...

I think it's a neat idea. There are a few people who have played with making up their own boards and/or using Arduinos, so maybe someone will do it.
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2019, 03:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,490
Posted By ppilotmike
I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in...

I ran 3 conduits from the tailcone forward; 2 in the right side and 1 on the left, baggage door side. I am about to start wiring up my runs, but have not done this yet. Worst case, i believe it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-10-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,667
Posted By ppilotmike
I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the...

I thought the spinner that Vans supplies with the Hartzell 2-blade for the RV-10 is fiberglass, not metal. Does Hartzell (or Vans) sell a metal spinner for the 2-blade Hartzell on an RV-10, that...
Forum: International 08-29-2019, 11:48 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 29,835
Posted By ppilotmike
Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.

Wow. That's very cool. Congratulations.
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2019, 11:46 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 18,907
Posted By ppilotmike
Glad you're okay. I think it would be very...

Glad you're okay. I think it would be very helpful to post some pictures of what remains.
Forum: International 08-13-2019, 11:15 AM
Replies: 75
Views: 29,835
Posted By ppilotmike
Watching..

..with great interest.
Forum: RV-10 08-01-2019, 10:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 5,330
Posted By ppilotmike
Doug, If the price is low enough, you will...

Doug,

If the price is low enough, you will surely get offers "sight unseen." However, if the workmanship is good and corrosion minimal, I see no reason you couldn't get way more than $10K (which is...
Forum: RV-10 07-31-2019, 08:19 AM
Replies: 512
Views: 609,137
Posted By ppilotmike
Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme...

Really nice looking paint job. The color scheme and pattern are similar to what I'm planning, if I can ever get it to fly. Would you please send me a PM with the information on your paint guy,...
Forum: RV-10 07-08-2019, 04:04 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 10,933
Posted By ppilotmike
One more story for you: Back in 2011, after a...

One more story for you:

Back in 2011, after a year spent researching the various planes and kits available and deciding on a Vans kit, I knew I wanted a 7A. I simply loved it, and thought it was...
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