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Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 12:58 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By PhatRV
Don't you love the mechanical stuff. You can't...

Don't you love the mechanical stuff. You can't do that with the solid state stuff anymore.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 07:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,030
Posted By PhatRV
+1 for pilotedge. The moment you start talking...

+1 for pilotedge. The moment you start talking to the live ATC person running pilotedge, your inclination for sim shenanigan stops because the controller will yell at you for doing something stupid....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 07:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 325
Posted By PhatRV
If the flap motor is the same as the RV8, then...

If the flap motor is the same as the RV8, then it's just a DC motor. You can replace the motor if you are mechanically inclined. Back in the day, I shop all the robotic stuff from ServoCity. They...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 09:05 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 751
Posted By PhatRV
Yes, if you can insert the cable ties into the...

Yes, if you can insert the cable ties into the small #8 platenuts. Using the safety wires, I don't have to worry about putting a lot of weight on the panel because the wires can withstand all that.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 650
Posted By PhatRV
+1 The comments from the various flight sim...

+1

The comments from the various flight sim forums say the same thing about the need for glass panel on the model.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 08:57 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,278
Posted By PhatRV
I can't wait to fly my to be finished RV8. The...

I can't wait to fly my to be finished RV8. The flight school rental barely files faster than 100kts.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 08:51 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,512
Posted By PhatRV
Baggage Door Kit Idea

I am sure there is a sizable market for a good forward baggage door kit that has a flush lockable latch like on the production airplane. Fitting the metal baggage door with the wonky cabinet key...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 08:40 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 848
Posted By PhatRV
The thing is the AN hardware stuff isn't really...

The thing is the AN hardware stuff isn't really expensive either, especially for the small screws and nuts. The stainless stuff from McMaster costs even more than the AN grade. You will need a bunch...
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 08:36 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 751
Posted By PhatRV
You can unscrew the bottom two screws and...

You can unscrew the bottom two screws and temporary twist in a safety wire through the screw holes on each side. They will act like a hinge after all the top screws are removed. After all the...
Forum: RV-10 12-01-2021, 02:39 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,127
Posted By PhatRV
I think anyone can do maintenance on the RV10,...

I think anyone can do maintenance on the RV10, even non-builder. You can modify it too, without any FAA approval. The trick is to legally sign off the yearly condition inspection.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-01-2021, 02:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 751
Posted By PhatRV
I did most of the wiring before the top skin was...

I did most of the wiring before the top skin was riveted. Some of the connections are no longer easy to reach when the whole thing is buttoned up. Oh well. It's educational
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 07:53 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,752
Posted By PhatRV
There is many companies into the urban mobility...

There is many companies into the urban mobility like air taxi where long range isn't an issue. The urban infrastructure can also support rapid charging at established sites. However, the battery...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-30-2021, 04:50 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 751
Posted By PhatRV
I did as much of the wiring as I could before I...

I did as much of the wiring as I could before I closed the top skin. I also created an access panel at forward baggage compartment so I can work in the avionic bay after I closed the skin. I hate...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 05:18 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,405
Posted By PhatRV
Thanks for the info. I just measured my Infinity...

Thanks for the info. I just measured my Infinity grip after I got home this afternoon. It is 14.5 inches to the top of the grip. It's 13 inches just underneath the button group (the top portion of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-29-2021, 01:19 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 848
Posted By PhatRV
As a builder, I ordered a bunch of #8 screws...

As a builder, I ordered a bunch of #8 screws (flush MS24693 and panhead MS35206) from Aircraft Spruce. These small screws are used in almost 99% in our Vans aircraft. #6 screws ((flush MS24693) are...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-29-2021, 11:09 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,405
Posted By PhatRV
From the plan, it says the maximum length from...

From the plan, it says the maximum length from the bushing is 15 inches but it does NOT mention the minimum length to keep it from being twitchy.

What is the preferred length from the pivot point to...
Forum: Safety 11-28-2021, 12:14 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,660
Posted By PhatRV
The Navy teaches its officer this turn maneuver...

The Navy teaches its officer this turn maneuver when retrieving man overboard. The goal is to have the ship returning 180deg back to its previous wake in the middle of the ocean absent of any...
Forum: Safety 11-27-2021, 11:41 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,660
Posted By PhatRV
Thinking about weight. When flying glider, I get...

Thinking about weight. When flying glider, I get the better glide with more ballast. Given the low glide ratio of these short winged powered airplanes, the gliding distance won't be a factor. The...
Forum: Safety 11-25-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,660
Posted By PhatRV
The relative long runways worked out for him,...

The relative long runways worked out for him, 3400 and 4000 feet. From the video, he barely cleared the airport fence perimeter. I also think the airplane was light weight for the test flight. I...
Forum: Safety 11-25-2021, 03:37 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 13,660
Posted By PhatRV
I want to add to this thread about an actual...

I want to add to this thread about an actual successful impossible turn with an engine failure. While this is not a RV specific airplane, I am posting this because I learned a lot from watching this...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-19-2021, 02:35 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,752
Posted By PhatRV
The Tucano seating arrangement is probably not...

The Tucano seating arrangement is probably not favorable for top speed. Yes, adding retractable gear will make it competitive against the composite retractable ships. There is also a lot of...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-19-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 3,752
Posted By PhatRV
I think the RV-16 should be a F1 Rocket killer. ...

I think the RV-16 should be a F1 Rocket killer. Make it easier to build with pre-drilled holes. The RV-16 should be made to fit the IO540 engine or anything more extreme. Since the days of the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-18-2021, 02:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,278
Posted By PhatRV
I guess the top speed can vary with the ground...

I guess the top speed can vary with the ground adjustable fixed pitch propeller too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-17-2021, 12:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 876
Posted By PhatRV
You still have to check the build manual even if...

You still have to check the build manual even if you receive the QB kits from VANS just to verify the QB was completed correctly.
Forum: Steam Gauges 11-17-2021, 10:21 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 779
Posted By PhatRV
I am using the Dynon Skyview so I installed the...

I am using the Dynon Skyview so I installed the Dynon AOA/Pitot tube since the AOA inlet bevel angle at the tip matches to the Dynon AOA algorithm. I think the same logic applies if you choose...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-15-2021, 09:43 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 309
Posted By PhatRV
tail to firewall: 15'3" tail to propeller hub:...

tail to firewall: 15'3"
tail to propeller hub: 18'3"
bottom to top windshield: 4'

Given a choice of a 4'x4' basement entry and a 3-bay garage, I would choose the garage.
Forum: Safety 11-10-2021, 10:56 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 7,576
Posted By PhatRV
In the busy SoCal airspace, people sometimes do...

In the busy SoCal airspace, people sometimes do this when they change frequency while still in the general vicinity in order to talk to ATC for clearance or to transition in and out of the LAX VFR...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,276
Posted By PhatRV
Part Supply Problems in All General Aviation

I was ordering some common parts from Aircraft Spruce but the item was backordered. It took 4 months for AS to get the items back in stock and shipped. I am sure Vans and other kit manufacturers...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2021, 02:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,218
Posted By PhatRV
I think this is an old wording in the operational...

I think this is an old wording in the operational limitation. The new restriction is regarding to the Phase 1 only. I've seen plenty of RVs in the highly congested LA basin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2021, 01:56 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,218
Posted By PhatRV
I can attest the condition of the certified...

I can attest the condition of the certified airplanes in the flight school rental fleet are no where as "airworthy" as the bunch of RVs I saw flying or the numerous RV projects I visited in the SoCal...
Forum: Safety 11-01-2021, 10:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,491
Posted By PhatRV
I wonder if the RV12 tipup canopy can be...

I wonder if the RV12 tipup canopy can be retrofitted to be jetison like the RV7 and RV14. This is probably easier to retrofit than to design whole airplane parachute system. There are plenty of...
Forum: RV-8/8A 11-01-2021, 08:12 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By PhatRV
The canopy frame is supported by three points,...

The canopy frame is supported by three points, the side rails (2), and the anchor block + sliding block. You should mount the sliding block to keep the rear cross member aligned at the center.
Forum: RV-10 11-01-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,204
Posted By PhatRV
I use Word document on Window. I don't have any...

I use Word document on Window. I don't have any specific format and I amend the build document at the end with the latest task. I created different documents for each of the major assemblies to keep...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2021, 02:12 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 20,919
Posted By PhatRV
I think the new approvals are for aircraft types....

I think the new approvals are for aircraft types. For our RVs, all the Lycoming parallel valve engines are approved for using 91 octane premium non-alcohol auto gas a while ago. This is applicable...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-28-2021, 01:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 661
Posted By PhatRV
For the sliding block, I just centered the best I...

For the sliding block, I just centered the best I could. In the end it didn't matter. The rear frame bow will have to be bent down to about 1" from the slide rail, of if you drilled it high, you...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-26-2021, 12:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,365
Posted By PhatRV
Check the Bowden Cable Connection

From the posted picture, check and adjust the cable end of the flapper arm. I am not sure what is holding the Bowden cable end, could be a stop screw.
Forum: Safety 10-25-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 7,966
Posted By PhatRV
The airplane was powered by the Viking (Honda)...

The airplane was powered by the Viking (Honda) engine. There is a Youtube video by someone should be known in VAF forum. While this isn't about the Viking engine, you can glean a lot of the...
Forum: RV-10 10-24-2021, 12:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,523
Posted By PhatRV
You should contact your local EAA chapter and...

You should contact your local EAA chapter and inquire if it has an EAB technical counselor. This person works on a voluntary basis and can inspect your project as you progress. I found out that it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 03:46 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,343
Posted By PhatRV
Some of the rod end bearing from Vans have thick...

Some of the rod end bearing from Vans have thick lubrication inside. Looks like petroleum jelly substance. Not sure using lacquer thinner will wash it off.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 10:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,369
Posted By PhatRV
I am not buying the proposed limited use of 36...

I am not buying the proposed limited use of 36 times a year. Once the area is set as restricted airspace, it will become more restrictive, never less.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2021, 08:35 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,369
Posted By PhatRV
Since they are going to issue a TFR for the 2...

Since they are going to issue a TFR for the 2 hour period when the R2511 is active, why don't they just use the TFR instead of permanently lock out the airspace by the use of the restricted airspace....
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-21-2021, 01:16 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 734
Posted By PhatRV
I predrilled all the holes early on. I installed...

I predrilled all the holes early on. I installed the gear after my bottom forward skin was riveted. I found it was easier to rivet without the gear legs in the way.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-18-2021, 09:52 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 18,473
Posted By PhatRV
This is why HUD pilot flies with helmet. :)

This is why HUD pilot flies with helmet. :)
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 10-12-2021, 10:44 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 375
Posted By PhatRV
When I purchased my engine last year, there...

When I purchased my engine last year, there should be at least 1 impulse mag, and you can have a choice on the right side.
Forum: My RV Build Project 10-12-2021, 09:48 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 629
Posted By PhatRV
Welcome back to the build Mike. Phat

Welcome back to the build Mike.

Phat
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2021, 09:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,102
Posted By PhatRV
I did not use a band-saw. I was able to cut all...

I did not use a band-saw. I was able to cut all the heavy gauge aluminum angles with a good quality hacksaw and fresh saw blade. One of the main reason for not purchasing a band-saw is the limited...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2021, 09:35 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,030
Posted By PhatRV
I like to request for the RV8 model in the MS...

I like to request for the RV8 model in the MS Flightsim 2020. The aftermarket model does not look very realistic and is very buggy to operate and buggy install as well. Also request for the models...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-11-2021, 08:43 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 614
Posted By PhatRV
This is the picture that you need. As I...

This is the picture that you need. As I remembered it, some trimming was required after I finished building the trim tab. You will make more builder judgment as you progress in your build because...
Forum: Safety 10-10-2021, 08:38 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,818
Posted By PhatRV
GPS denied environment isn't the same as turning...

GPS denied environment isn't the same as turning off GPS. The GPS signals are still available but access to GPS guidance is intermittent and you can't simulated by turning off the GPS. In the west...
Forum: Safety 10-08-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,818
Posted By PhatRV
GPS Outage And Jamming

For those of you who are planning "GPS only" IFR panels in your new RVs, this article reports the increased used of GPS jamming by the US military for training in the GPS denied environment. ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-06-2021, 10:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,011
Posted By PhatRV
I bought the Vans foam blanks and I found that...

I bought the Vans foam blanks and I found that the car seat covers I bought from Walmart will fit the blanks just fine. Once I put sheepskin on top of the seat, nobody will know about the $60 seat...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2021, 10:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,536
Posted By PhatRV
There is one builder in Socal who mounted the...

There is one builder in Socal who mounted the wings in the driveway but was able to push the whole plane inside his garage by positioning the wing diagonally to the corners. I have a small garage so...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-05-2021, 03:13 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 537
Posted By PhatRV
Another thing I learned is when you rivet the...

Another thing I learned is when you rivet the piano hinges, the steel hinge rod rod should stay inserted to keep the hinge straight, all the eyes stay inline, and to keep them from accidentally...
Forum: RV-14 09-29-2021, 02:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,602
Posted By PhatRV
I have a small garage too. I built 4 small...

I have a small garage too. I built 4 small tables, 2' x 4' each, with rolling wheels so they can be arranged easily in the small shop as I moved the planes around. When I need a longer table, I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2021, 11:29 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,813
Posted By PhatRV
Pilot Killed on Maiden Flight

Just don't be this guy. He had no PPL, his Sonex was never signed of by DAR. The airplane stalled and spun on maiden flight and thus the sad result. Unfortunately, this accident will be counted as...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-18-2021, 09:45 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,901
Posted By PhatRV
coarse thread. It could be from the firewall...

coarse thread. It could be from the firewall forward. What is the size of the screw?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2021, 08:17 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 20,919
Posted By PhatRV
AOPA webinar: GAMI STC non-lead aviation...

AOPA webinar: GAMI STC non-lead aviation fuel.

This is a lot more discussed in the webinar than the short video at Oshkosh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhMKTe3tkv0
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-16-2021, 09:08 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,064
Posted By PhatRV
Just push an awl through the hole and it will...

Just push an awl through the hole and it will squeeze open the hole just a tiny bit for the rivet to fit through. If you can tap the rivets through the holes with the bucking bar, you should be...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-04-2021, 01:05 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 476
Posted By PhatRV
I used the cherry max rivets in this area. It is...

I used the cherry max rivets in this area. It is the only option when rivet by a single person
Forum: RV-7/7A 08-31-2021, 04:34 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 716
Posted By PhatRV
The cowling hinges comprise of stainless and...

The cowling hinges comprise of stainless and aluminum hinges. The hinge pins are larger than the aluminum hinge pins you used on the seat and flaps.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-31-2021, 04:31 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,684
Posted By PhatRV
https://www.thedrive.com/news/42203/leaded-gasolin...

https://www.thedrive.com/news/42203/leaded-gasoline-finally-banned-worldwide-after-last-country-uses-up-its-supply

The last country banned the use of lead gasoline. The clock is ticking for the FAA...
Forum: RV-10 08-20-2021, 06:18 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,749
Posted By PhatRV
I think the reason for the RV10 is the additional...

I think the reason for the RV10 is the additional space for passengers which is one of the goals of her project. Her Ercoupe has only two seats and it is limiting her outreach mission.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-16-2021, 12:42 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,239
Posted By PhatRV
My IO-360 M1B from Lycoming has the nitride lined...

My IO-360 M1B from Lycoming has the nitride lined cylinder (blue paint on the fins). Mike Busch was saying the nitride lined cylinders breaks in the fastest, in a 1 or 2 hours. My engine from...
Forum: Safety 08-16-2021, 08:03 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 17,840
Posted By PhatRV
This was my observation from the simulator too.

This was my observation from the simulator too.
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