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Forum: RV-14 10-08-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,500
Posted By Allan Stern
Ron B

The fabric is a cut piece of fire sleeve and safety wire.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2021, 07:17 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,224
Posted By Allan Stern
Tax Assesment

What was your previous tax assesment? You could argue from that as to how could it go from 50k to 140k just by adding a @$5000.00 instrument that by itself is going to depreciate yearly.

Or get out...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-17-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 713
Posted By Allan Stern
Smile Tools You might need

Obviously besides a compressor you will need:

Rivet gun
A couple of tungsten bucking bars (others work but tungsten are super)
A good rivet squeezer
A set of good dimple dies
A C frame dimpler
Forum: RV-6/6A 08-11-2021, 06:25 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 416
Posted By Allan Stern
Fuel gage

Let me check my hanger. I might have one.
Forum: RV-14 07-04-2021, 09:51 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,960
Posted By Allan Stern
Fuel quantity

You put 24 gallons in tank and sender generally reads full at about 18 gallons. So you will burn off about 6+ gallons before your sender will start to read.

RV 14A 140507 flying
Donation paid 2020
Forum: Painting your RV 06-16-2021, 10:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,313
Posted By Allan Stern

I bought PPG ESSS Single stage polyurethane paint for my RV 14. My painter really liked using it and it came out great. Used factory pack GM 50 Olympic white (chevy truck white) cost about $108.00...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-12-2021, 10:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,557
Posted By Allan Stern
Rivet squezer

You don't need a pneumatic rivet squezer to build an RV! It is nice to have if you can afford one.

To build a RV 12 you have to have a pneumatic rivet puller. Oh you can use whatever pop rivet...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-11-2021, 05:01 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,694
Posted By Allan Stern
HS stab washers

This is what I did to not knock those washers off when fitting the Stabilator.

After tou have glued the washers in place with whatever glue you like, I like d an epoxy, put a little strip of packing...
Forum: RV-14 06-04-2021, 06:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 6,348
Posted By Allan Stern
Affording a kit

That is a good plan to buy what you can and spread it out over time. But remember the kit prices go up in price every year around 3 to 5%. And having one shipment might also save you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-21-2021, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,708
Posted By Allan Stern
Getting started

Where to start? Let's start at the very beginning. A very good place to be. Oh wait a minute that is a song.

Well most builders start with the tail/emenage kit first. Depending on your skill and...
Forum: RV-9/9A 05-19-2021, 02:22 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,625
Posted By Allan Stern
Solo work

You could build an RV 12 by yourself for the most part. The only help you would need is fitting the rear empenage to the fuselage and fitting wings. Everything ellse is doable by yourself. But...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-14-2021, 07:21 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,057
Posted By Allan Stern

After you insert the rivets, do you use Rivet Tape to keep them in the holes? Wonderful product and speeds up riveting.
Forum: Safety 05-06-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 13,405
Posted By Allan Stern
ABC fire extinguishers

Okay, an ABC extinguisher is not the best extinguisher to use on an aluminum airplane because the extinguishing chemicals are highly corrosive to aluminum.

The ABC letters are only indicators of...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-02-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,308
Posted By Allan Stern

Think about using a piece of clear gorilla tape on the underside of the crack.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-29-2021, 08:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,043
Posted By Allan Stern

Did you know that you can rent tools from Lycoming?
Forum: RV-14 04-03-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By Allan Stern

1. Have attached separate ground wire to sender -no change

2. Originally thought float might be hanging up on rib. Changed both floats and shortened wire bend slightly.

3. resistance changes as...
Forum: RV-14 04-02-2021, 07:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,075
Posted By Allan Stern
Fuel Tank Calibration RV 14A

I am having a problem with the calibration of my right fuel tank. I go into the Calibration page on the GX3 and have filled the tank with various quantities of fuel, saving the calibration points...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2021, 09:42 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 9,534
Posted By Allan Stern

I will come too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2021, 03:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,876
Posted By Allan Stern
RV 12 check out

I flew up to Maryland for my checkout. They did a great job. For the expense of bringing a fellow in from Oklahoma you could go to Maryland and get training.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-17-2021, 08:03 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 12,891
Posted By Allan Stern


You work at Hickam so I would assume you have field access. Would it be possible to see if they have any space in an old quanset hut (if any on field) or back of a maintenance hanger? I...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-17-2021, 07:43 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,871
Posted By Allan Stern

How did you make or whom did you purchase those switch guards?

RV 14A 140507 flying
2020 donation made
Forum: RV-8/8A 02-02-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,037
Posted By Allan Stern
Wind screen layup

I did a 6A, an 8A, a 12 and a 14A by myself as I didn't have any help. So it can be done.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2021, 09:02 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By Allan Stern

I live in Southern Florida and had looked at the training instructors on Van's web page. None close by so I went up to Maryland and got checked out.

On my 14A it looked like I was going to have to...
Forum: Safety 01-13-2021, 07:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,546
Posted By Allan Stern

I have a large 7a rudder that has not been riveted up that if you are interested?
Leave me a message and I can send you a picture.
Forum: RV-14 12-29-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,986
Posted By Allan Stern
Counter sinking longerons

There are two ways you can do this. 1. You can just use your standard k1000-6 nutplates and use standard truss head screws to attatch inspection plates. 2. You can use countersunk screws if you want...
Forum: RV-14 12-26-2020, 09:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,335
Posted By Allan Stern
Glare shield covering

I purchased a piece of naugahide from an upholstery shop and used contact cement to glue it down before attaching the canopy. Then a piece of edge roll pushed over the edge to give a nice finished...
Forum: RV-14 12-13-2020, 08:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,344
Posted By Allan Stern
Rudder wedge

Looking at your picture I would not worry about that tiny bit of the wedge being trimmed. You have a fiberglass tip that is going into the top. And if you are really concerned contact Van's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2020, 09:04 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 8,500
Posted By Allan Stern

Were you going to print the build plans off your computer? Or use the computer as you were building? I would just order the plans to start with. I would assume that like the 14, plans come printed...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-07-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,216
Posted By Allan Stern
Andair O ring

The companycomes to Oshkosh every year to display their products. You would think they might bring some spare O rings? Never asked them if they did.
Forum: RV-10 10-18-2020, 09:44 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,084
Posted By Allan Stern

No, labor should not be taxed but it is included in the price of the quick build kits. I think Van's should guve you an invoice just for the wings and fuselage materials seperate from labor to build...
Forum: RV-10 10-17-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,084
Posted By Allan Stern
QB kits

All my kits have been qb. 6A, 8A & 14A just to save time. However if your wait time for a qb is 6 months you probably could build it in the time you wait and save that several thousand dollars per...
Forum: RV-14 10-17-2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 3,566
Posted By Allan Stern
Ordering engine

Prices are always going to increase every year. Fact of building. If you can afford it buy the engine or deal with price increase every year unless it is going to be awhile before you need engine? ...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 09:52 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,985
Posted By Allan Stern
TE rudder

I used the 3m tape and was not happy with how sticky it was. If I was to do it again, I would use pro seal let it dry 24 hours and then rivet it up.

You did dimple the TE skins and machine...
Forum: RV-10 09-27-2020, 08:11 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 9,516
Posted By Allan Stern
RV 10 costs

Bundling your engine and c/s prop through van's could save you money.
Forum: RV-14 09-23-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,785
Posted By Allan Stern
Rod end tool

Nice tool. Hope you know that a similar tool is already made and sold by a lot of companies. Cleveland sells a lot of RV 14 specialty tools.
Unless you just wanted to save some money?

RV 6a...
Forum: RV-14 09-17-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,599
Posted By Allan Stern

Yes, I am going to do the same thing when I do my first annual.

Phase I testing almost complete

RV 12 sold
RV 8A sold
RV 6A sold
Forum: RV-14 09-13-2020, 08:14 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,056
Posted By Allan Stern
Filling hole s

If you really want to do a great job filling the holes, you could glue in some foam into the gap, coat the foam with micro ballons then lay up a layer or two of fiberglass and sand it all nice and...
Forum: Autopilots 08-01-2020, 06:47 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,210
Posted By Allan Stern
Auto pilot

I installed the servo that came with the kit.

RV 14A phase 1 flying
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-05-2020, 07:52 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,356
Posted By Allan Stern
Trim relay

My elevator trim position indicator was bouncing up and down like a ping pong ball. Replaced the connector under the empenage fairing with micro pins and that did not help.
So opened up elevator to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-25-2020, 01:42 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 7,749
Posted By Allan Stern
Erratic fuel sender

I have been having issues with my right fuel tank sender on my RV 14A. The sender sometimes read fuel then it tells me it needs calibrating then reads fuel. Have been thinking the float is hanging...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-16-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,761
Posted By Allan Stern
Fuel smell

I finally found that I had a weep somewhere in the lines that attached to the fuel shut off valve or after the valve and the line going the fire wall. Stain of fuel on floor under the tunnel or seat...
Forum: RV-14 06-01-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,865
Posted By Allan Stern
TE rudder

I found the 3-M double sided tape didn't stick the rudder skin to the wedge with one strip each side as I would have liked. It was adequate and I used the instructions on how to rivet. The edge...
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-27-2020, 02:19 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,661
Posted By Allan Stern
Rotax engine in an RV8

A 160 hp lycoming engine is actually less expensive than a rotax. Looking at Van's firewall forward kit and 912 uls engine package.
Forum: RV-14 05-26-2020, 09:38 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,778
Posted By Allan Stern

I lookedatmy plans and saw nothing. Ballasts seem logical. Strobe perhaps?
Forum: RV-14 05-25-2020, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,778
Posted By Allan Stern
Wing mistery nuts

Will look at my plans tomorrow at airport. Are there two k-1000 3 at each wing location? If memory serves me thosr those k-1000 3 are where your aero led light brackets may bolt into them.

RV 14A...
Forum: RV-14 05-13-2020, 07:41 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,813
Posted By Allan Stern
Vertical stab reinforcement plate

If a 1/4 plate nut is attached on the otherside of that hole so a heim joint is screwed throuh it it should't be a problem. If you wanted to clean it up a bit you could use unibit to go one size...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-12-2020, 07:27 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 6,017
Posted By Allan Stern
RV 14

I have an RV 14A that I have finished here at PGD in punta gorda. I am in Phase 1 testing but if you would like to see it, if someone closer to you doesn't have one, you are welcome to come visit...
Forum: RV-14 05-04-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,870
Posted By Allan Stern
Canopy noise

No such noise in my canopy. Or have not heard it yet.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-25-2020, 06:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 877
Posted By Allan Stern

Steinair has a reduction fitting where you can attatch 1/4 poly tube to pitot aluminum line.

6A flying sold
8A flying sold
12 flying
14A flying
Forum: RV-14 04-20-2020, 08:56 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,983
Posted By Allan Stern

Just a wild guess wing tie down bolt hole if you are just looking at a skin? And not having my plane in front of me.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-20-2020, 08:30 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,628
Posted By Allan Stern
Angry Accidents

The building of an experimental airplane requires a blood sacrifice of some degree to appease the aviation Gods. From a slice to a drill bit through a finger to something more. We all have our...
Forum: RV-14 03-20-2020, 08:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,975
Posted By Allan Stern
Micr switch wire

I used sika flex to glue both the canopy and side skins on and filled the gap under the canopy edge so I could not pull any wires. I think you can lay up two wires under those side skins before you...
Forum: RV-14 03-14-2020, 12:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,508
Posted By Allan Stern
Thumbs down Amp Reading

I would like to thank everyone that has answered my post and gave me some great suggestions to look at. I did a lot of investigation and took all suggestions to heart and had an had a brain fart to...
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2020, 02:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,508
Posted By Allan Stern

No fuses between shunt. According to Stein, I do have it wired properly so he is investigating. Might be a setting issue on G3X as it was with volts.
Forum: RV-14 03-10-2020, 11:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,508
Posted By Allan Stern
Amp reading

I am not reading any amps on my GX3 engine screen. I do have voltage. Could someone provide me with how you wired up your shunt? I think it is wired up correctly but I want to see how others wired...
Forum: RV-14 03-01-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,156
Posted By Allan Stern
First flight

Great news. Tried for my first flight on Saturday but instrumentation problem cropped up so scrubbed. So got to fix a couple of small glitches and try again.
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2020, 03:38 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,156
Posted By Allan Stern
Inspection Passed

http:// FOR LINKING/Allan Stern 1.jpg FOR LINKING/Allan Stern 2.jpgOn January 17th, Arnold Holmes came down to Punta Gorda...
Forum: RV-14 02-17-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,525
Posted By Allan Stern
Fuse panel 45 degree

I type in those numbers in the Van's catalogue web page and nothing comes up in the search accessory catalog or List.

F-14188 L & R
Forum: RV-14 02-16-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,525
Posted By Allan Stern
Fuse Panel

Van's has the fuse/breaker panel mounted vertically under the panel. And it is difficult to see which breaker might have tripped if flying.

So does someone make an extention that would bring the...
Forum: RV-14 01-24-2020, 07:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,852
Posted By Allan Stern
Push rods

Sorry for my first post that was totally wrong. Was thinking of another thing so I deleted it.
The threaded ends of the aileron push rods are tight. I used a round file to slightly bevel the inside...
Forum: RV-14 01-23-2020, 08:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,488
Posted By Allan Stern
Tow bar

I got an RV 10 tow bar from aircraft spruce. Bogey bar.
Forum: RV-14 01-23-2020, 08:55 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,281
Posted By Allan Stern

What is a smoke fitting?

Cape Coral
RV 14A ready to fly
Forum: RV-14 01-19-2020, 09:53 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,311
Posted By Allan Stern
Almost finished

After 19 calendar months starting June 2018 until January 2020 minus @4 month waiting for quick build kits to come and back ordered Lycoming engines and a month vacation my RV14A, N507PW was given...
Forum: RV-14 01-13-2020, 03:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,023
Posted By Allan Stern

Okay I will go look at them. I forgot to say that the gage flips up and down constantly on the screen, if that also helps?
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