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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 06-28-2022, 06:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 514
Posted By N804RV
I loaned mine to a struggling CFI with the caveat...

I loaned mine to a struggling CFI with the caveat that she pass it on to another struggling CFI when she either moves up to the regionals, or can afford to buy or build her own.
Forum: GPS 06-27-2022, 01:41 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 176
Posted By N804RV
GNS 430W Terrain and Base Map Dates

Wondering what the last update was for the basemap and terrain database for the 400/500 series navigators. I bought a one time update for Nav and Obstacle databases for my GNS 430W on the last 56...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-25-2022, 12:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 555
Posted By N804RV
Doesn't modern "Coleman fuel" contain additives? ...

Doesn't modern "Coleman fuel" contain additives? I'd worry about fish-eyes or orange peel with that.
Forum: GPS 06-20-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 657
Posted By N804RV
Garmin's tray is about (a red you-know-what hair)...

Garmin's tray is about (a red you-know-what hair) wider than many instrument panel cutouts. This causes it to bow slightly. That coupled with any amount of pressure on the back of the tray can make...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-29-2022, 10:18 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,145
Posted By N804RV
For me (RV-8 w/battery in back), that's too much...

For me (RV-8 w/battery in back), that's too much work. And, the way the Vertical Power system works, with the battery/master switch not carrying any current, the keyed switch is a no-brainer.
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-28-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,145
Posted By N804RV
I think most of us that are considering a keyed...

I think most of us that are considering a keyed or hidden start enable switch arenít worried about the airplane being stolen. For me itís about worrying about somebody spinning a prop...
Forum: Electrical Systems 05-28-2022, 06:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,145
Posted By N804RV
I'm wiring mine up now. I'm installing Vertical...

I'm wiring mine up now. I'm installing Vertical Power's PPS, so I have a keyed "ON-OFF" switch that will be labeled "Master Key". It'll be located in a spot inside the front cockpit that is easily...
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2022, 09:31 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,026
Posted By N804RV
To reduce drag and help prevent water intrusion. ...

To reduce drag and help prevent water intrusion. Whether it really makes a difference on your typical RV may be debatable. But hey, every little bit helps, right?
Forum: RV-14 05-24-2022, 09:18 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,026
Posted By N804RV
I have a roll of white 2" wide vinyl tape (the...

I have a roll of white 2" wide vinyl tape (the kind used by glider pilots for anchoring gap seals). It's ideal for covering up holes like the ones left when you remove your tiedown rings. It stays...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 08:56 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,451
Posted By N804RV
I like the Raychem enviro splices because they...

I like the Raychem enviro splices because they are a lot skinnier than the "window" type butt splices. The fact that they're sealed on the ends is a nice plus.



I bought mine at Boeing Surplus...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-08-2022, 04:26 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,451
Posted By N804RV
Yup. And, you need specific crimpers for coax,...

Yup. And, you need specific crimpers for coax, and some different crimpers for PIDG terminals. And, then there's the crimpers for the pins that go in D-Sub connectors. There are different sizes of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-07-2022, 06:31 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,451
Posted By N804RV
There are times when a good old "Western Union"...

There are times when a good old "Western Union" splice and a piece of heat-shrink is the way to go. But, most of the time the Raychem "environmental" splices work great. They come in 2 flavors,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-04-2022, 09:40 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,585
Posted By N804RV
Thanks for posting this. I was going to do...

Thanks for posting this. I was going to do something similar. But, was going to use a threaded taper pin instead of the 2 bolts.

When I brought this up on the FB group, it was thoroughly panned. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-27-2022, 05:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,359
Posted By N804RV
Best solution. Several avionics manufacturers...

Best solution.

Several avionics manufacturers recommend using a battery for bench testing of installed avionics, through appropriate circuit protection.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 11:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,087
Posted By N804RV
Data Manager started up and started downloading...

Data Manager started up and started downloading new chart data in the background as soon as Windows restarted.

I'm running Data Manager on Win10, running through Parallels on a Macbook Pro. No...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-25-2022, 10:52 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,087
Posted By N804RV
I don't see how that can be. I just checked my...

I don't see how that can be. I just checked my account. Its shows my subscription is valid till 2101.

I'm going to log into the data manager and try and download as soon as my computer is done...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-11-2022, 11:26 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 959
Posted By N804RV
My T hangar is open at the top, making it easy to...

My T hangar is open at the top, making it easy to climb over the walls into any hangar you want. All you have to do is find that one guy who leaves a spare hangar key in an easy to find spot, and...
Forum: RV-8/8A 04-05-2022, 08:28 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,013
Posted By N804RV
IMHO, either pull the seat cushions and control...

IMHO, either pull the seat cushions and control stick and crate her. Or, at least get one of those car-seat dog restraint harnesses, and put some padding down.

It'd be really inconvenient if she...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-02-2022, 10:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,797
Posted By N804RV
In most of the T-hangars I see, you're only gonna...

In most of the T-hangars I see, you're only gonna be as secure as your least secure neighbor. Climb-overs and break-throughs are a thing. They can find one guy with a hide-a-key, or a slider hangar...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-25-2022, 06:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,088
Posted By N804RV
90% of my priming was done on a drop cloth in my...

90% of my priming was done on a drop cloth in my driveway.

The other 10% was done with an elcheapo pop-up spray booth I purchased on Amazon. This was in the dead of winter with 75% humidity and...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-15-2022, 11:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,383
Posted By N804RV
Obviously, buy a small quantity and check it out...

Obviously, buy a small quantity and check it out before putting it on the airplane. I have, and was satisfied the RG-400 I bought from Shenzen/Eightwood (Amazon storefront) is the real deal.

The...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2022, 10:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,383
Posted By N804RV
If the Amazon stuff states that it is MIL-DTL-17...

If the Amazon stuff states that it is MIL-DTL-17 (or MIL-C-17) spec RG400, then it is aircraft grade coax cable. It'll have something like M17/128 RG-400 printed on the outer insulation.
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-14-2022, 06:30 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,383
Posted By N804RV
I wonder if that solid conductor coax wasn't...

I wonder if that solid conductor coax wasn't RG-142? It looks very similar to RG-400.

At 1090Mhz, RG-142 has a slightly lower insertion loss than RG-400, on a typical length of run. And, part of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-08-2022, 10:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,634
Posted By N804RV
This is my antenna plan: 2 com antennas, 1 below...

This is my antenna plan:

2 com antennas, 1 below each backseat footwell.

A nav antenna in the left wing tip

A TXPDR whip antenna ~36" from the 2 com antennas close to center line

An ADS-B antenna...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 10:34 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,138
Posted By N804RV
Re: getting the smoke back in the wires

Its kinda like refilling a wet compass: soaking, twisting turning, shaking, cussing and a turkey baster are all popular DIY methods.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 03-08-2022, 10:28 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,810
Posted By N804RV
Thanks Bob! Next up: Basic Med for safety pilots?

Thanks Bob!

Next up: Basic Med for safety pilots?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-06-2022, 10:05 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By N804RV
A friend of mine, who chides me about not...

A friend of mine, who chides me about not spending enough time in the shop, advised me one time to use time at night to research and plan out shop sessions. That way all the time in the shop should...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-06-2022, 12:52 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,021
Posted By N804RV
Well, ....there's a little light pre-reading,...

Well, ....there's a little light pre-reading, because the wife's watching QVC again.

Then there's the "I gotta understand this part" hard study. Plus hours of looking at mykitlog.com to see how...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-01-2022, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 758
Posted By N804RV
VP-X "Box" Location for RV-8?

Any RV-8 builders got pics of where/how they mounted their VP-X?

I was considering mounting it in the lower well of the forward baggage compartment, on the removeable bulkhead.
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2022, 10:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 618
Posted By N804RV
I like this...

I like this one:

https://cheatography.com/deleted-2754/cheat-sheets/far-43-annual-inspection-checklist/pdf/

Also, this is a good...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2022, 09:11 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,104
Posted By N804RV
For the first question, the idea was that if...

For the first question, the idea was that if there's a gripe on COM 1, I could look at one diagram and get a quick visual on how COM 1 is wired. I'm comfortable with wiring diagrams. And, with so...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-23-2022, 09:09 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 902
Posted By N804RV
This topic is like the endless primer war, or the...

This topic is like the endless primer war, or the endless oil war. Everyone is gonna have their favorite and will defend it's virtues vigorously.

But, I use Plexus and a microfiber cloth.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-23-2022, 08:39 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 9,104
Posted By N804RV
I like the pin-out tables from the manufacturers'...

I like the pin-out tables from the manufacturers' documentation for installation. But, once its all put together and you have a gripe, it handy to have a 'functional' wiring diagram for the system. ...
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-22-2022, 09:42 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 812
Posted By N804RV
I installed all the remaining fasteners in that...

I installed all the remaining fasteners in that area after the bottom forward skins were riveted.
Forum: My RV Build Project 02-22-2022, 05:10 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,293
Posted By N804RV
That pretty much sums it up right there! ...

That pretty much sums it up right there!

People ask me when it'll fly. My answer is an enthusiastic, "A soon as it's ready!"
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-20-2022, 04:20 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,917
Posted By N804RV
Will you sell one to me? PM sent.

Will you sell one to me? PM sent.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-18-2022, 03:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 689
Posted By N804RV
API ? ...

API ? https://apitailwheels.com/


https://apitailwheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/api8.jpg
https://apitailwheels.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/12/api18.jpg
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2022, 03:50 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 579
Posted By N804RV
I use rivet tape for all riveting, flush and...

I use rivet tape for all riveting, flush and universal head. I tried blue painter's tape and found the little tiny pieces of tape residue left, especially on the AN470, to be just more work than...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-09-2022, 03:29 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,431
Posted By N804RV
IMHO, the only reason to not put your money down...

IMHO, the only reason to not put your money down and get that gear on order is indecision.

If you decide on what model year your build is gonna be, then lock it in and don't look back.

If on the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 02-07-2022, 03:30 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,488
Posted By N804RV
Nothing to do with OP, but... I was told that...

Nothing to do with OP, but...

I was told that some A&Ps warn not to pull the engine through in reverse because the older style vacuum pumps were designed to turn in only one direction. Pulling the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-07-2022, 03:12 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,838
Posted By N804RV
You could Google "tire recycling near me". I...

You could Google "tire recycling near me".

I take all my scrap/worn out parts to a recycle center near me. Some of it, I can even get paid for.
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-06-2022, 07:54 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By N804RV
Have there been any PPS failures in the field? I...

Have there been any PPS failures in the field? I have not heard of one.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-06-2022, 07:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,580
Posted By N804RV
It took 6 posts!!!:D:D:D First thing I noticed. ...

It took 6 posts!!!:D:D:D First thing I noticed. I thought this thread was going to be about Zip Ties on steel tubes.

I have to agree with the OP, cut those zip tie ends flush!
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-06-2022, 07:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,353
Posted By N804RV
I've never used "method 2" . I've always used...

I've never used "method 2" . I've always used "method" 1, even on the biggest wire bundles.

Also, what kind of lacing are you using? My favorite is the Nomex lacing that my former employer uses. ...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-05-2022, 06:32 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 781
Posted By N804RV
If you're really worried about it, you could...

If you're really worried about it, you could install an emergency isolate function that cuts out the PPS/VPX boxes in the event of a failure. This could provide an essential bus to power a nav/com,...
Forum: Autopilots 02-02-2022, 12:26 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,260
Posted By N804RV
I'm following this thread. Not there yet myself....

I'm following this thread. Not there yet myself. But, it seems like some people get it fine tuned with no issues, and others complain that Skyview AP is "twitchy".

One question I have for OP is,...
Forum: GPS 01-30-2022, 02:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 768
Posted By N804RV
https://sarasotaavionics.com/gns-430w-repair

https://sarasotaavionics.com/gns-430w-repair
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-26-2022, 06:22 PM
Replies: 357
Views: 101,817
Posted By N804RV
Not only that, but 1 was beyond TBO with...

Not only that, but 1 was beyond TBO with questionable maintenance documentation. And, I believe 1 of the other 2 also had some questions about how it was maintained and operated.

All in all, I...
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-23-2022, 08:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,734
Posted By N804RV
Basically, twisted pairs are typically...

Basically, twisted pairs are typically "push-pull" serial device connections. A couple of examples are the serial ports for Skyview and the servo connections for the autopilot.

If you read in-depth...
Forum: RV-8/8A 01-23-2022, 07:20 PM
Replies: 824
Views: 972,779
Posted By N804RV
First time with all the fun $tuff in the panel. ...

First time with all the fun $tuff in the panel. Just starting on the wiring.

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51840038485_9743a9896c_c.jpg
Forum: Tools 01-22-2022, 08:06 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,169
Posted By N804RV
I've been using the same ATS Pro 2X gun now for...

I've been using the same ATS Pro 2X gun now for several years. The only time its done anything like a "misfire" has been because the beehive spring had backed off just far enough the set didn't get...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-20-2022, 09:59 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,632
Posted By N804RV
Cleveland "Spring-Back" dimple dies and the...

Cleveland "Spring-Back" dimple dies and the DRDT-2 worked just fine for me. - Its hard to over dimple, you just about have to be trying to do some damage. But, its easy to under dimple.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-14-2022, 08:59 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,046
Posted By N804RV
I use a cutter without a cage when there's no...

I use a cutter without a cage when there's no room for it. I bought a couple of old CS cages from Boeing Surplus years ago. I took the arbor out of the cage. These have several uses.

I just...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-02-2022, 09:50 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,016
Posted By N804RV
Just use twisted pair. Steinair sells it for...

Just use twisted pair. Steinair sells it for less than $1/ft. I believe Dynon uses unshielded twisted pairs on their Skyview network, seems to work just fine.

But, If you're worried about RF, then...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-01-2022, 09:36 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 8,569
Posted By N804RV
I'd rather see a pre-punched quick-build RV-3.

I'd rather see a pre-punched quick-build RV-3.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 12-31-2021, 07:56 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,084
Posted By N804RV
Here's a...

Here's a video:

https://youtu.be/XEYXlgnSyhA

Sometimes, when the locking ring doesn't release, you might need to twist the remove tool slightly while tugging the wire.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-24-2021, 04:01 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,933
Posted By N804RV
Have you drilled your elevator horns to center...

Have you drilled your elevator horns to center bearing holes yet? If not, go back and check to make sure your elevator rod ends are adjusted to final spec before trimming anything.

If you've...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-22-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,362
Posted By N804RV
I wonder how long it'll be before the Telecoms...

I wonder how long it'll be before the Telecoms abandon the lower frequency 5G technology in favor of all millimeter-wave. Especially in light of the FAA's actions.

I'd heard that 5G operating below...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-22-2021, 08:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,649
Posted By N804RV
Not just cheap USB sockets. Those USB "power...

Not just cheap USB sockets.

Those USB "power banks" are noisy too. Lots of folks who were running the homemade Stratux ADS-B receivers were powering them with really noisy "power banks". And,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-20-2021, 09:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,406
Posted By N804RV
Several threads here about "3D printed ideas". ...

Several threads here about "3D printed ideas". That guy has something like that.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-20-2021, 07:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,088
Posted By N804RV
-Buy a #1-60 drill bit guage. This is one of my...

-Buy a #1-60 drill bit guage. This is one of my most used tools.

1. Not sure if that's a #30 or a #31 drill bit?
2. How much do I need to up-size a hole to substitute a CherryMax rivet?
3. I...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2021, 09:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,375
Posted By N804RV
If its already riveted together and there are no...

If its already riveted together and there are no cracks, why bother?

If its not yet built, why not go ahead and incorporated the SB?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-19-2021, 06:38 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 5,362
Posted By N804RV
I think the VOR MON program is gonna be around...

I think the VOR MON program is gonna be around for awhile yet. Phase II will be complete by some time in 2030, according to current program guidelines.

That means that, in 2030 there will still...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-19-2021, 06:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,088
Posted By N804RV
Yep. Here's one and...

Yep. Here's one and two:


https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sb-14-01-31/

https://www.vansaircraft.com/service-information-and-revisions/sb-14-02-05/

Make sure both of...
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