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Forum: RV-14 05-25-2022, 05:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,363
Posted By fixnflyguy
Get the Cleveland tool ones..

I have the slick ones from Cleveland tool also, and they are usually stashed in my on board gig bag that also has short loops of robust small gauge rope attached to them. That way, when you end up at...
Forum: RV-4 05-20-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 478
Posted By fixnflyguy
The end rib

Being its really the end rib of the wing section carry-through, its not technically the longeron. The cut-out will be in the sideskin, bottom skin and end rib to be big enough to allow unrestricted...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-18-2022, 12:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,516
Posted By fixnflyguy
Bumps no Bueno, but..

I never liked bumpy days, never will..however, there will be the day soon when you take off on a smooth calm day and it goes ugly bumpy. At some point, you will have to manage it, and land. The RV's...
Forum: Safety 05-17-2022, 10:36 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 4,429
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things

First off, great discovery ! I assume this -10 hadn't been flown yet? When the FAA rep did my inspection before the pink slip, he sat in my -4 and slowly, meticulously moved the stick through every...
Forum: RV-4 05-17-2022, 05:43 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 885
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I built my -4 with the Vetterman 4 pipe, which historically created drumming in the floor of the -4, depending on pipe tip angling. I had no floor covering for first several flights, and had slight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-06-2022, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By fixnflyguy
G5 Offset limits

The G5 has specific offset limits. I just mounted one in my RV4 . The faceplate has to be within 1 degree of the lateral axis, so it wont work in an angled panel as your describing.. The internal GPS...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 05-03-2022, 09:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 998
Posted By fixnflyguy
I did on mine

I just installed the EX G5 in my RV-4, but haven't flown it yet, as I'm also doing the long overdue ADSB and some other stuff. I figured best since the install manual says it, and thought the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-02-2022, 04:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,474
Posted By fixnflyguy
An observation of CoryB and Skid's pics

I see most of these post relate to "A" models since the rudders are pretty much free flopping due to lack of T/W cables and springs. I have a -4 that I built, and what I noticed about CoryB's and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-27-2022, 04:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 895
Posted By fixnflyguy
Original OEM Vans non-swiveling TW

I have the good old original Vans "non-swiveling" TW on my RV-4 that has no break-out, and though it can swivel all the way around, it cant without wrecking some things. To me, its the best handling...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-26-2022, 04:20 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,659
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pat Hatch (PH Aviation) did it to me..

Back in the early 90's while working heavy overhaul for Piedmont/USair in Winston-Salem (KINT), I spotted this really cool looking plane sitting outside the neighboring hangar. Inquiring minds got...
Forum: RV-4 04-21-2022, 04:29 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 640
Posted By fixnflyguy
Weldments..

The "weldments" are a steel fitting/corner joint that connect the aluminum longerons to the firewall and engine mount structure. The first generation weldments were a split type, the newer are more...
Forum: Tools 04-13-2022, 05:14 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,842
Posted By fixnflyguy
I'm in this boat too!

Not retired yet, but I have an old Pexto 3' roller, a WW2 era pneumatic planishing hammer that still works great for making curved parts for cowlings, ect., and a 1935 South bend lathe my grandfather...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-13-2022, 05:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,112
Posted By fixnflyguy
I use a Nexus7/AVARE

I don't fly IFR, but I use a Nexus7 with AVARE (free) and have no issues with visibility. I have mine either laying on my thigh, or a simple knee pad if bumpy. The screen is easy to read even on...
Forum: RV-4 04-10-2022, 04:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 992
Posted By fixnflyguy
Have you sat in a -4?

You may find you can do minor changes to a flying -4 and be just fine. I'm 6'1" , 200 lbs and perfectly comfortable in mine. The back seat removal isn't the issue, it's the roll bar and side frames...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-08-2022, 05:09 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,020
Posted By fixnflyguy
Wires/Hoses,ect

Keeping all the lines and wires tidy and secure is the key to long lasting FWF. You don't want any chaffing of the mount, so use the method of correctly (tight) fit Adel clamps or tie-wraps that have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 04-06-2022, 04:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,075
Posted By fixnflyguy
Stand-offs

I use standoffs for mounting through lightening holes that rivet to the rib and have a threaded body. I also have nut-plates that are made with a 90 degree bent receptacle in the event there is not a...
Forum: Flight Testing 04-05-2022, 05:08 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,014
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

I also built a -4, and overhauled an O320H2AD that I put in it. I'm an A&P/IA, and had good confidence in both the plane and the engine. Because the RV's are such a well proven design, I had little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-01-2022, 05:06 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,047
Posted By fixnflyguy
GMU11 location

I am currently installing a GMU11 and G5 in my RV-4, and plan to put the GMU11 on the AFT deck also. I believe many have successfully done that. We have an AVX shop on the field, and I will be having...
Forum: The RV Grin 03-31-2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 881
Posted By fixnflyguy
Good Job Larry!

She and "Salt Life" as you know are based at 8A7 where we are. Come visit sometime. Sadly, this year we have lost 3 aviators at the airport (none related to flying)and her husband was a shock to all.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-29-2022, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,940
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mixture/carb heat on the 3 lever no bueno

My advise is no no no. I'm not NSTB, but I'm 99.9% sure I have one less RV-4 pilot friend based on the position of the levers at the crash site. Not getting into details. I have a -4 with 2 levers,...
Forum: RV-4 03-25-2022, 05:53 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,231
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did

Been a while since I built mine, but the exit size is pretty much just the shape of the cowl as it is. Not much you can change other than closing it up with fairings and such. I have an O-320...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2022, 05:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,114
Posted By fixnflyguy
Do it

I bought a Taylorcraft BC12D with my airpark neighbor for 11K (bargain deal) and earned my TW rating in it, then put 350 Hrs. on it while building my RV-4. I flew with Mike S. while he was in North...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2022, 04:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 600
Posted By fixnflyguy
No pressure on mine

Mine is a zero pressure damper type strut. I don't feel the need for any lift assist, or additional wear/tear on on the canopy assembly from pressure, but the zero pressure damper strut prevents blow...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-17-2022, 04:54 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By fixnflyguy
I had similar issue

I also have a -4 with a Denso alternator. A few years ago, I got intermittent cut-out of the alternator dropping to 12 volts then bouncing back to 14.5ish. In troubleshooting, I found the female side...
Forum: RV-4 03-15-2022, 04:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,130
Posted By fixnflyguy
That's what I do too

In 2019 I flew mine to the OSH 40 year RV-4 gathering, and to support the Sunday beer tasting event, I took 2 cases of NC craft beers..on ice since I would be arriving late Sunday afternoon. I used a...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-14-2022, 05:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,773
Posted By fixnflyguy
A big hat

I wear a big floppy "crusher" boonie style lightweight fishing hat and a while T-shirt . I don't particularly like to even touch the inside of the canopy let alone stick things to it. I also do not...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 03-11-2022, 05:39 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 755
Posted By fixnflyguy
What's your route?

If your coming as far north as NC, your welcome to spend the night at my house right next to 8A7 (Twin Lakes) near Winston-Salem. We have several RV's based at a great little airport in the country...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-08-2022, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 448
Posted By fixnflyguy
I've never seen one

I've never seen any such data, but in practicality, it would be kind of hard to apply to a "Bowden cable" in its usual installation(carb heat/cabin heat). While the termination points of the sleeve...
Forum: Electrical Systems 03-08-2022, 11:06 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 850
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nice find..

Thanks Dayton, makes a good note to put in my troubleshooting category..always learn from the others!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-08-2022, 05:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,948
Posted By fixnflyguy
New skin

I'm going to say a new skin is in order. Reworking 2024-T3 that has been stretched is near impossible, and the rest of your plane looks to be very nice..Rib flanges are likely bent too, and the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-07-2022, 05:56 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,948
Posted By fixnflyguy
Pictures ?

Start with some pictures..then the responses will roll in fast and furious. Keep the car guy at bay for a bit, as he could cover up damage that needs repaired..unless he is airplane guy that fixes...
Forum: RV-4 03-03-2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 462
Posted By fixnflyguy
Verify a few things first.

I would speculate either the socket on the engine mount is bent (unlikely without cracking the mount), or the leg itself is bent , possibly both are. Harmon Lang, whom likely made them, may be able...
Forum: RV-4 03-02-2022, 08:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,640
Posted By fixnflyguy
I have similar issue

I use a Nexus 7 tablet with AVARE for most of my travels, and with all my instrument (steam mostly) locations, switches and other things I don't want to cover up, I have learned to just use a simple...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-01-2022, 11:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 4,391
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

I read the old threads and found no mention of my "important" light, but I have a bright red warning light just forward of my throttle for canopy locked..there have been a good many canopy/door open...
Forum: RV-4 02-23-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,079
Posted By fixnflyguy
Alum/vs wood

I installed wood stiffeners on my -4 during the build, and sealed them on with Proseal, then wrapped with fiberglass cloth to hold it all together. They took a good bit of work, and have been...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 05:25 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 8,208
Posted By fixnflyguy
Zero 99% of the time for me.

I seldom use any flaps for T/O..except short/soft operations. When I first started flying my -4, I used 10-15 degrees for T/O. The RV's just don't need it for normal operation, and your at flap...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-16-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,584
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mines the same!

Randall,
Mine is exactly like yours, as I built most of mine in the Jurassic , Pre-computer savvy age. It is easy for me to read, I have made revisions, ect. I always planned to make modernized...
Forum: RV-4 02-11-2022, 04:48 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,079
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things..

A couple things to mention here before starting your adventure. Depending on vintage and your existing set-up, you will need to know what if any parts you will re-use. original style RV-4 wheel pants...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2022, 04:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 913
Posted By fixnflyguy
"Smoking Rivet"

Welcome to the "smoking rivet" club ! There are few planes flying that don't have one somewhere. Only real way to stop them is replace with a larger rivet, and if possible use a Cherrymax, which is...
Forum: Tools 02-09-2022, 11:38 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,219
Posted By fixnflyguy
Why the pozi drives..or torx, or tri-wings?

So as builders, we all have options and choices in hardware. After 42 years in the heavy jet business, I've seen as many fastener types. Some are great, some are horrible. Building my RV-4, I used...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-09-2022, 04:57 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 411
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things...(I'm primer OCD)

The Hummel is made from the same alloys as the RV. All the extrusion in the RV is 6061-T6 and all the ribs and skins are 2024-T3 ALCLAD The Alclad is pure aluminum coating that is the first line of...
Forum: RV-4 02-04-2022, 05:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 537
Posted By fixnflyguy
Another thing to look at

I assume your checking rig of your flying -4 because of trim issues? As you know, the -4 had zero predrilling of parts, and the builder had to do best effort to get it right. I built mine, and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2022, 07:25 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 999
Posted By fixnflyguy
Here you go

The rivets used in RV construction are 2117 Alloy "AD" rivets. See the milspec chart, which will give you some shear strength data. Its not the greatest chart, because it doesn't take into account...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2022, 04:19 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 879
Posted By fixnflyguy
We have done it..good times!

We have hosted a few times, and since we live next to our airport, I can offer both hangar and bedroom. We do it for free, because that is how this community works! It is nice to be on the list for...
Forum: RV-4 01-30-2022, 05:28 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,943
Posted By fixnflyguy
Nooooooo

You would loose all your RV friends, the sky would fall and the internet would crash. Don't talk about it any more. I believe someone built one, and he was banished to Siberia for life.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 01-28-2022, 06:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 790
Posted By fixnflyguy
My experience (RV-4)

I have an O320H2AD 160hp that was liberated from a Cessna 172, with a MA4SPA carburetor..pretty straightforward set-up, with per plans Vans FAB. During run-up and standard carb heat check, I can...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-28-2022, 05:46 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,359
Posted By fixnflyguy
They are fine if radius is correct

There is no reason to believe they are a bad idea and many times cannot be avoided. maintaining the largest possible radius helps, and using a good quality bender made for the purpose will yield a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-28-2022, 05:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,395
Posted By fixnflyguy
Mine did it too

Mine worked fine for about 6 years, then it started tripping also. It did it more than once, sitting in the hangar with no one around and the plane unpowered. I was tracked down by a hangar neighbor...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 01-24-2022, 10:15 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 790
Posted By fixnflyguy
Flat head, or flush head countersunk?

Larry,
if your referring to "reduced head" flush countersunk screws they are the norm in much of the heavy jet industry.The head diameter is smaller than standard AN screws. I built my -4 using many...
Forum: RV-4 01-24-2022, 04:50 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 412
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple things to try

Since they are already there, I would try a couple things before re-locating them. I assume you have one on each side and they are connected by a tube internally, as they should be. Have you tried...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 01-20-2022, 04:59 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,982
Posted By fixnflyguy
Derringer construction complexities

A side note on the Derringer ,( there is one based near me), and my curiosity got me researching. It was designed/built by some airliner guys with resources consistent with big jets(as mentioned in...
Forum: RV-3 01-19-2022, 11:56 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,420
Posted By fixnflyguy
Similar experience in a -4

I've been watching your post, and not sure what direction your headed (no pun intended ), and it reminds me of a -4 I flew from Fla to NC for a friend. I have a -4 I built, and it handles like a...
Forum: RV-4 01-19-2022, 04:52 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,791
Posted By fixnflyguy
Repair/Mod?

Your weldments look to be reinforced/repaired/modified at some point. I have attached a picture of the late model/style weldments from my build in late 90's. The early weldments were "split along the...
Forum: RV-4 01-18-2022, 09:06 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 690
Posted By fixnflyguy
Specs from Ray Allen (MAC)

here are the specs from Ray Allen (MAC) . http://www.rayallencompany.com/RACinfo/FAQs.html#Anchor-What-49575 . They claim 1 amp will do it. I used the same 24g multi wire and made my own harness.
Forum: RV-4 01-18-2022, 08:56 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 690
Posted By fixnflyguy
Hello in Yadkinville..

Your close by, I'm in Advance at 8A7..they don't draw much, I think I have mine on a 2 amp breaker. I have electric aileron and elevator trim. I used a 9V transistor battery to do all my ops checks....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-18-2022, 04:30 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,317
Posted By fixnflyguy
My RV-4 is a "glider'

The FAA shows my RV-4 as a glider with a 4 cyl engine..and my application was filled out correctly(not a glider). I never bothered changing it, and I love flying a fast glider that needs no tow...
Forum: RV-4 01-14-2022, 06:27 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By fixnflyguy
Jacking

I jack mine up the same way you do, and in fact have the same identical blue jack. I use a 24" long bar, actually its my Snap-on 1/2" breaker bar, and I slide the wheel onto it, raise it all up, pull...
Forum: RV-4 01-14-2022, 04:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 699
Posted By fixnflyguy
Not much

Tighten by hand with a short wrench until snug and back off to nearest cotter pin hole. You do not "torque" them per say, but remove all the play is a better term. If you have them too tight, they...
Forum: RV-4 01-07-2022, 04:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 701
Posted By fixnflyguy
What I did..

Chris, seemingly 100 years ago (pre-internet era) when I built my fuselage I fabricated a laminated square that fit the carrythrough slot as well as the vertical frame sides. I wanted all this to be...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-06-2022, 11:01 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,937
Posted By fixnflyguy
Have you looked at the PH (Pat Hatch) actuators?

I see your point in the savings, but just curious if you have looked at the PH aviation replacements. They are way less than OEM, and better quality.Pat Hatch is a straight up good guy and advertiser...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-06-2022, 04:45 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,785
Posted By fixnflyguy
A couple 10/14 builds in central NC

I have a friend building a -10 in Greensboro in his detached garage shop, working on the tailcone now, setting up for wings. I have another friend who just finished his -14 in Greensboro, built in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2022, 06:36 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,043
Posted By fixnflyguy
RV Ownership/training/older dudes

I'm an older dude now like you, soloed in Cherokee back in 1976 and didn't get my PPL til the early 80's..in a Cessna. Built an RV-4 (loooong, slooow build) during which time I bought an old beat-up...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-05-2022, 04:43 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,114
Posted By fixnflyguy
Interesting, and confusing at the same time..

I have used both, but switched to the graphite several years ago because its less messy to me. I have changed a zillion plugs in my 42 years of aviation, and have never heard of this Lycon...
Forum: RV-4 12-16-2021, 04:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,454
Posted By fixnflyguy
Done did that too

Always good to save weight ! I did that when I built mine also.
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