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Forum: Electrical Systems 12-02-2021, 08:44 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,873
Posted By Draker
Swollen

Well my Odyssey PC680 bought the farm for good. Had it limping along holding a small charge for a few months, just to set up avionics and so on. Put the official Odyssey 6 amp AGM charger on it last...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 05:02 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,497
Posted By Draker
Thanks, Justin! I've sent the gory details to the...

Thanks, Justin! I've sent the gory details to the g3xpert@ address. Let's follow up there. I've got the GTX wired to both GDU displays and configured as CONNEXT FMT 1 and CONNEXT 57600 Baud.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 11:01 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,497
Posted By Draker
Yep, all the RS-232 ports are configured...

Yep, all the RS-232 ports are configured correctly and I see all the other expected green checkmarks. I've fired off an E-mail to Garmin's g3xpert. I'll take it up with them as a support ticket at...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,497
Posted By Draker
Yea, all the green checkmarks are there, and the...

Yea, all the green checkmarks are there, and the 45R is configured. I think my next step is an E-mail to g3xpert.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-30-2021, 12:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,497
Posted By Draker
Has anyone seen the "Traffic Input Failed" error,...

Has anyone seen the "Traffic Input Failed" error, where having a good GPS fix did not solve it? Currently observing the red X next to TRFC in G3X's configuration mode, with the "Traffic Input Failed"...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2021, 08:33 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 936
Posted By Draker
Dang.. I also neglected the PUSH THIS, PULL THAT...

Dang.. I also neglected the PUSH THIS, PULL THAT wording when I did my panel (rub-on) lettering. Would be a shame to put ugly stickers all over my new panel. I think for purely aesthetic reasons I...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-29-2021, 08:27 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,619
Posted By Draker
Here's a direct...

Here's a direct link:

https://vansairforce.net/community/profile.php?do=editpassword
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-28-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By Draker
UPDATE: Stand is still available.

UPDATE: Stand is still available.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 11:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,996
Posted By Draker
Wings on

Congratulations! I did the same thing this weekend. Feelsgood

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Wings/i-Lf4TZsF/0/cf47bd65/M/IMG_4642-M.jpg (https://stiletto.smugmug.com/RV7/Wings/i-Lf4TZsF/A)
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-28-2021, 11:06 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 187
Posted By Draker
Free rolling wing stand: NorCal

Stand is located at Livermore (KLVK) airport. This one was passed to me by a builder, so I'm passing it to the next generation. It fit my -7 wings, but please make sure something that fits -7 wings...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 769
Posted By Draker
Here's what I think is a pretty nice way to...

Here's what I think is a pretty nice way to secure the wires on the magneto side. Learned it here on VAF:

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Firewall-Forward/i-Tb8vvfr/0/fe320078/L/IMG_3823-L.jpg...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-25-2021, 07:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,629
Posted By Draker
Wow, you aren't kidding. Well they're in. This...

Wow, you aren't kidding. Well they're in. This Thanksgiving I am thankful I will never have to do that job again.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-25-2021, 08:18 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 51,302
Posted By Draker
Bruce, just a heads up, it looks like your...

Bruce, just a heads up, it looks like your excellent build log website is offline. Just thought you might want to know. Congratulations on your build and thank you very much for documenting your...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2021, 03:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 740
Posted By Draker
That's right, I wasn't clear: I'm using this for...

That's right, I wasn't clear: I'm using this for two signals from the G3X (master warning and caution), and two from other devices which should also be able to parallel into G3X discrete inputs. I'm...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-24-2021, 12:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 740
Posted By Draker
Just another way to skin this cat: I went and...

Just another way to skin this cat: I went and built a small circuit board to drive my 12V annunciator LED lights from G3X (and other) active low...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-24-2021, 11:52 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,629
Posted By Draker
Engine start or no?

Thanks, everyone. Pretty convinced there is nothing stopping me from just getting these bolts done now and checking them off my list. I do plan to get the airplane painted but it will happen after...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 02:54 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,629
Posted By Draker
Worried mostly about fuel leaks from the fitting...

Worried mostly about fuel leaks from the fitting on the tanks, but now that I think about it, you can remove the tanks without removing the wings, and it's probably easier (?!) Hmm, I'm getting...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 11:45 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,629
Posted By Draker
First engine start: Hardware store bolts through spars?

I still have my wings attached with long 7/16" hardware store bolts that have the threads ground off. I'd like to make sure there are no leaks anywhere, and no other reasons to pull the wings off,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-21-2021, 09:25 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,179
Posted By Draker
I agree with getting all of em: #6, #8, #10, and...

I agree with getting all of em: #6, #8, #10, and 1/4”. One of the most underrated tools for RV building. I used mine for every nutplate.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-21-2021, 09:14 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,564
Posted By Draker
Just to update: I pulled the mag, used the timing...

Just to update: I pulled the mag, used the timing pin to orient it correctly, and reinstalled it. After that, timing and synchronizing was a piece of cake. Thank you VAF and Barry at KLVK for walking...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2021, 07:09 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 278
Posted By Draker
Makes sense. Good to understand why, too.

Makes sense. Good to understand why, too.
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-21-2021, 12:49 PM
Replies: 709
Views: 299,770
Posted By Draker
Is that just heat shrink or something else around...

Is that just heat shrink or something else around the safety wire, and is the purpose to protect the prop hub from scratches?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-21-2021, 12:31 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 278
Posted By Draker
Flap attach hardware order

DWG14A calls out the following hardware to attach the flap rod end to the flap:

K1000-4 PLATENUT
AN960-416L WASHER
AN936A416 INTERNAL LOCK WASHER
CM-4MS 1/4 C 1/4 ROD END BEARING

Is this the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,372
Posted By Draker
I've been plugging away on a nice two-sided,...

I've been plugging away on a nice two-sided, 5.5x8.5 card for N12VD that I can provide a passenger, in addition to the verbal briefing and required verbal advisory about the experimental nature of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 08:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,304
Posted By Draker
Ahh, makes sense. It never occurred to me to...

Ahh, makes sense. It never occurred to me to think about what the "A" stands for in AC!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 05:16 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,304
Posted By Draker
Re-opening a kind of old thread on the passenger...

Re-opening a kind of old thread on the passenger warning. I am a little confused about the required text on the "passenger warning" placard.

The latest AC 20-27G...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-13-2021, 09:44 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,702
Posted By Draker
Most of the parts and fittings on my project come...

Most of the parts and fittings on my project come from either Vans or one of our glorious sponsors (<----see left hand side of VAF). For a few hard-to-find items, I've had pretty good luck on eBay....
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-13-2021, 09:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 946
Posted By Draker
I put mine in the recommended project box as...

I put mine in the recommended project box as well, and installed it under the passenger seat. Additionally, due to the way I chose to orient the box, I had to replace the screw terminal for the light...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2021, 02:43 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,959
Posted By Draker
This one nearly gave me a heart attack when it...

This one nearly gave me a heart attack when it broke: https://vansairforce.net/community/showthread.php?t=170481
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-05-2021, 01:39 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,564
Posted By Draker
Well, after a little head thumping I've decided...

Well, after a little head thumping I've decided I'm way out of my element with this one and could use some help. If anyone is in the KLVK area and feels like stopping by to help a mentally challenged...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2021, 11:25 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,427
Posted By Draker
Thanks for starting a thread about this, Michael....

Thanks for starting a thread about this, Michael. Reminds me that I've been pretty lax about my own engine since it arrived a little over a year ago. I basically installed it on the airplane...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-31-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,078
Posted By Draker
They might be usable to wrap around and secure...

They might be usable to wrap around and secure the cooling blast tubes aimed at the magnetos. I still haven’t figured out a really good way to secure those.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-29-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,564
Posted By Draker
Bob, I did not rotate the crankshaft with the mag...

Bob, I did not rotate the crankshaft with the mag out, and used caution to not rotate the mag gear, however I don't know if, when I re-installed it, I managed to match it's position precisely with...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-28-2021, 11:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,564
Posted By Draker
Yea, I thought that might be it, but it's not...

Yea, I thought that might be it, but it's not actually a hole--it's a threaded rod. Better picture of that here:

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-znsF9Zp/0/XL/i-znsF9Zp-XL.jpg...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-28-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,564
Posted By Draker
Magneto timing questions

Two unrelated questions:

1. I understand I need to be matching up the timing marks on the ring gear with a little timing hole on the starter. My starter (Sky-Tec) does not appear to have any such...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-28-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 933
Posted By Draker
OR, you can choose the "BBCODE" option in Smugmug...

OR, you can choose the "BBCODE" option in Smugmug and then you don't have to do any "codes" on VAF. Just copy paste directly from the BBCODE text into VAF.
Forum: Primers 10-27-2021, 12:56 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 899
Posted By Draker
I prime when I have a sunny day to assist drying....

I prime when I have a sunny day to assist drying. If the parts are already dimpled, countersunk, etc, great, if not, oh well. I don't think it makes much of a difference. I sometimes end up having to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2021, 08:40 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,787
Posted By Draker
Gonna open up this old thread to chime in: While...

Gonna open up this old thread to chime in: While I agree torque seal doesn't prove the fastener is torqued correctly, if you are diligent about applying it, then you can at least say that lack of...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-18-2021, 12:46 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,701
Posted By Draker
Checked out Scott's video and boy I wish that was...

Checked out Scott's video and boy I wish that was available when I did my tanks. I didn't know what I was doing at all, and only by some great miracle did I end up with properly sealed tanks and only...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 6,796
Posted By Draker
That looks really good! This is another one of...

That looks really good! This is another one of those threads where I have to tell my brain "Please resist the urge to do yet another mod, and just get the dang airplane done!"
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-15-2021, 11:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,660
Posted By Draker
This is easier said than done, too! When I was...

This is easier said than done, too! When I was trimming my cowl, I thought it would be foolproof to cut a 1/4" piece of plywood as a spacer and keep it behind the spinner at all times, to ensure an...
Forum: RV-7/7A 10-14-2021, 08:18 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,096
Posted By Draker
Yes, I did mine kind of like Jereme. Not sure if...

Yes, I did mine kind of like Jereme. Not sure if it's "right" but that's how it ended up. Disclaimer: I'm not flying yet.

https://photos.smugmug.com/photos/i-bb5rc4g/0/M/i-bb5rc4g-M.jpg...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-12-2021, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,096
Posted By Draker
It maybe goes without saying but when...

It maybe goes without saying but when countersinking without a cage or drill stop, be careful to not countersink too deep. Even when doing it by hand, a very sharp bit can suddenly dig a countersink...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-03-2021, 10:30 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 5,701
Posted By Draker
If you are using capacitive fuel senders, make...

If you are using capacitive fuel senders, make sure you goop all wire ends. If not you may have a leak down the wire and out the connector! Ask me how I know. Still have not figured out how I’m going...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Posted By Draker
I like the idea of carefully chamfering the...

I like the idea of carefully chamfering the corner of the step and then trimming a tiny bit from the flap skin. Less than 1/32 needed I’d say. Thanks everyone!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-30-2021, 09:48 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,267
Posted By Draker
Flap vs. Step: Fight!

My steel step flange interferes with flap motion and prevents full up travel. Who wins? Would you trim the flap skin or grind away the corner of the step...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-29-2021, 11:16 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 16,873
Posted By Draker
Another casualty here, adding myself to the pile....

Another casualty here, adding myself to the pile. I bought an Odyssey PC680 battery from Amazon in Feb of 2020. Charged it once and left it on the plane during the build, using it maybe once or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 04:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,813
Posted By Draker
Same here. I never considered that nuance and...

Same here. I never considered that nuance and might have overlooked it when I eventually do first engine start. I figured I'd probably start taxiing shortly after, but it looks like a call to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2021, 11:47 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,199
Posted By Draker
When fitting the lens half to the wingtip, do you...

When fitting the lens half to the wingtip, do you just tape the lens over the wingtip in any orientation and draw a cut line, or is there some particular "correct" angle to position it relative to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2021, 12:31 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 995
Posted By Draker
That's blue, not gray, and indicates Class E...

That's blue, not gray, and indicates Class E airspace with floor 1,200ft or greater above surface that laterally abuts class G airspace. This boundary is mostly found out in western US. I believe the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2021, 07:12 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,107
Posted By Draker
The build is too complex a project to predict....

The build is too complex a project to predict. There are all sorts of things that could cause unexpected extra time. You're in NorCal, so every major piece you screw up that requires re-ordering a...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-20-2021, 12:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,259
Posted By Draker
Thanks, Larry, that is very helpful. I like how...

Thanks, Larry, that is very helpful. I like how you cut it to install aft-to-forward rather than by pushing up. Wish I discovered that idea but sadly I already cut mine.

Looks like you also filled...
Forum: Fiberglass 08-19-2021, 09:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 19,259
Posted By Draker
Reviving an old thread. I'm planning to make my...

Reviving an old thread. I'm planning to make my bottom rudder fairing removable as well (#6 screws), to give more convenient access to the tail light wiring. I found the fit of the fiberglass part...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-18-2021, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,061
Posted By Draker
I went with Gill Sans for my panel labels. Found...

I went with Gill Sans for my panel labels. Found them to be readable and pleasant. Not flying yet.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/Panel/i-Rkj3PBK/0/97d3055c/L/IMG_3042-L.jpg...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2021, 10:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By Draker
For my education, why do we only trim the right...

For my education, why do we only trim the right side?
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2021, 01:31 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By Draker
I like the guys with the epoxy idea. Simple....

I like the guys with the epoxy idea. Simple. Thanks!
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-07-2021, 12:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By Draker
I'm not really worried about the weight, which I...

I'm not really worried about the weight, which I can add later because I have a nutplate installed that I can later bolt extra weight onto. I'm more worried about the gash in the part and whether...
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-06-2021, 11:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,384
Posted By Draker
Lead counterweight repair

Well, today was another Mister Stupid day at the airplane factory. I was preparing to start on the fiberglass empennage tips and noticed that the right side elevator counterweight was trimmed but the...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-31-2021, 11:46 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,562
Posted By Draker
Working on this now, and I observed the same...

Working on this now, and I observed the same problem as others in this thread. Left wing is exactly level across the entire length of the wing. Right wing (according to the all-knowing digital level)...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-09-2021, 01:00 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,301
Posted By Draker
I "borrowed" an idea from another builder and...

I "borrowed" an idea from another builder and made a flat, removable shelf between the subpanel and firewall:

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV7/LightingAvionics/i-WS3WcPh/0/caa41d27/L/IMG_2977-L.jpg...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 07:03 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,978
Posted By Draker
Had a little chuckle at this: "Both instructors...

Had a little chuckle at this:

"Both instructors and those receiving training will require a LODA."

...and then...

"Either the owner/operator of the aircraft or the instructor can have the LODA, as...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-08-2021, 05:21 PM
Replies: 176
Views: 19,978
Posted By Draker
FAA policy on training in experimental aircraft

Just in from EAA: https://www.eaa.org/eaa/news-and-publications/eaa-news-and-aviation-news/news/07-08-2021-faa-releases-policy-on-training-in-experimental-primary-and-limited-category-aircraft

OK,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-04-2021, 11:43 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,047
Posted By Draker
Not to drift off-topic, but is there anything...

Not to drift off-topic, but is there anything useful on the airplane that can be (safely) done with expired sika? I have a full tube that I never used on the canopy, got too much. I guess I could...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-04-2021, 11:35 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 554
Posted By Draker
Bent tabs in tight spaces

I think this has probably happened to a lot of builders. You're drilling/punching out a bad rivet in a super hard to reach spot, like the back of the empennage under the j-channel, and boom, you bent...
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