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Forum: Primers Yesterday, 08:24 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 249
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

It appears to be laid down too heavy.
Wait 3 days and see what it looks like; I bet it is all even once it has "aged"

I have had a similar appearance when just sprayed; but came out fine once it...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) Yesterday, 08:20 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,966
Posted By PilotjohnS
Agree

I am not sure what is in the RV15, but even if Van's says it is a 320, you know everyone is going to stuff a 390 in it anyway. ;-)

I am sure any 4 place will have the 540.

Can't wait to see the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News Yesterday, 08:13 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 234
Posted By PilotjohnS
Rotor Blade

A hangar near me has a ceiling fan made out of an old Hughes 269 rotor head and blades.
Forum: Temp / Test / Misc. (posts deleted after 2 weeks) Yesterday, 06:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 250
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ugly vertical stabilizer

So there i was, 5 years into my build and pulled out the vertical stabilizer so i can put the tips on. It is UGLY.

So I am asking, how hard would it be to build a new vertical stabilizer and match...
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 03:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By PilotjohnS
Background

Just a little background on gad27. It has three potentiometer inputs toadjust three different sets of lights or instrument backlights. Any of those three can be mapped to a PWM dimmer or analog...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) Yesterday, 03:13 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,966
Posted By PilotjohnS
I wanna know

Just wanna know if it is a 320, 390, or 540?
Forum: RV-10 Yesterday, 03:09 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,140
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I guess I should place my order for the RV15 tail kit.
Forum: RV-7/7A Yesterday, 01:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 102
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

So with the gad27, the on off of the nav ligths is controlled by switchibg a pin to ground. Either on or off.
For the panel lights, most of us have those on a dimmer, not just on or off.

So think...
Forum: RV-8/8A Yesterday, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,449
Posted By PilotjohnS
Red October

As Sean Connery’s character said, “We all have are reasons”
Forum: RV-10 12-03-2021, 08:29 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,140
Posted By PilotjohnS
History

The history I remember says this doesnt usually happen; even in tough times airplane kits dont tend to have cancelations. Maybe a slow down in new orders might happen.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2021, 12:34 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,081
Posted By PilotjohnS
Way off topic

Greg,
Your signature says you have been building the 8 since 2014. Isn't it about time you finish it? If I am not mistaken, I think there are some people at your work who have built a few.
Forum: RV-8/8A 12-02-2021, 01:24 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,449
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup

Yup, this is why I went with fixed pitch Catto. Except for showing off on climb out, my flying doesnt entail 500 foot strips with 150’ trees at each end. But I am sure once I visit Johnson Creek with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-02-2021, 01:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,081
Posted By PilotjohnS
Xmas shopping

Ok ok I wil bite.
What do I need to run this new flight sim for IFR training?
Specifically what joy stick, pedals, least expensive computer, monitor?
Does it support touch screen monitor?
I am a...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 04:29 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,966
Posted By PilotjohnS
Believe

Some of us believe "dino juice" is constantly being created (re generated) in the earth's crust. so for us "far out" guys, the question becomes are we consuming it faster than it is being created?
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-30-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,966
Posted By PilotjohnS
Huh?

I hope you are kidding.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2021, 12:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,688
Posted By PilotjohnS
did they win?

I wonder if the shipping team won the prize for the most damage to the box without destroying contents?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-30-2021, 12:44 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,259
Posted By PilotjohnS
JR

Japanese Radio. had mine since I was , like 20. Mid last century.
Forum: GPS 11-30-2021, 11:03 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 284
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I am using a 5A breaker and only a dual feed, but using the three pins on connector interface as per GNX375 manual.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 08:57 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 494
Posted By PilotjohnS
1.5

The splash page estimates 1.5 completions per day. That’s 500 per year. So for the USA, we should be able to plot completions per year based on FAA registrations. Has anybody done this? I expect to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 10:22 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,010
Posted By PilotjohnS
Like it

I like the boat jack idea. Very clever.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-28-2021, 10:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,010
Posted By PilotjohnS
Harry Potter Seats

I am working on covering the Vans seat foam.
This is Harry Potter stuff.
Hocus pocus. Magic Happens Puff! Its done

All i got was the foam, a set of templates and Van's instructions that said it was...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-27-2021, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 173
Posted By PilotjohnS
Either but

Either one but the one facing back cannot be installed once the engine is installed. The one on the side has more clearance and still best tobe installed prior to engine going in the plane.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 03:28 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 777
Posted By PilotjohnS
Note

Please note, as I mentioned in another post, the GRD on the switch does not have a connection to the aircraft structure ground. You do not want the aircraft structure ground connected to this...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-25-2021, 12:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 800
Posted By PilotjohnS
Switch ground

I think it is important to make sure the switch is only grouned to the mag and not grounded to the airframe too. This way, if the engine ground falls off, the alternator and starter return current...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 06:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,635
Posted By PilotjohnS
Me thinks

I as thinking of getting first start done and then pulling wings off and send to paint before first flight
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2021, 03:03 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,318
Posted By PilotjohnS
Jingle

All i want for Christmas is my first flight.....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-23-2021, 12:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,635
Posted By PilotjohnS
Very Good Question

Very Good Question. Ideally i am in the same boat. i would like to do first engine start with hardware store bolts, and then pull wings and move to flight test airport where I will install proper...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-22-2021, 09:59 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,966
Posted By PilotjohnS
Bummer

I think we are saying nearly the same thing.
I hope the 16 is announced at the same time as the 15. It would be a shame if people started the 15 kit, and then realize the 16 is what they really...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 12:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By PilotjohnS
misunderstood

Sorry if you misunderstood me. I don't know anything about the plane, but I was just hoping my friend has not decided to sell his. That is what I meant.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2021, 11:40 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 423
Posted By PilotjohnS
Hope

I hope it is not the one I am thinking of......
Forum: Flight Testing 11-22-2021, 09:54 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,491
Posted By PilotjohnS
otto

Or just program the autopilot to fly this maneuver with the next fix at a lower altitude. I personally would let Otto fly.
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 11-21-2021, 02:50 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 3,966
Posted By PilotjohnS
RV16

I think during the RV15 announcement, I thought I heard Greg say he RV16 is in the works.

So my take:
RV15 cessna 170
RV16 cessna 180
Forum: My RV Build Project 11-21-2021, 12:36 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 99,814
Posted By PilotjohnS
Firewall forward

Lots of progress in the last few months. Here is a summary:

The engine is in and wired. At this stage, the instructions get a little sparse so it takes some time to figure out what others have done...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-21-2021, 11:50 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,793
Posted By PilotjohnS
Finished up engine wiring

Finished up engine wiring.

Was going to do air-box and baffles next but seems I need cowling for that. So onto getting the last top skin on and starting the fiberglass work.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-20-2021, 03:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,110
Posted By PilotjohnS
Final location

Thanks for all who responded and a big thank you to Larry Vetterman for the phone call and education. Here are my final locations (as shown in the pictures). I tested them all with a heat gun and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-20-2021, 12:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,441
Posted By PilotjohnS
Adel vs tie base

Anything firewall forward are Adel clamps, except small wires attached to firewall I used tie bases. Everything behind firewall is tie bases with sho glue, except control cables are Adel per plans.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-18-2021, 12:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,269
Posted By PilotjohnS
failure

The most concerning thing to me is how it failed. Did one manufacturer have more sudden failures leaving the pilot stranded, rather than a gradual failure where the voltage started dropping or such...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 11-17-2021, 09:10 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 829
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sorry

Sorry for your loss.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,776
Posted By PilotjohnS
Sky writing

Gary,
What happened to all the sky writing I used to see on Flightaware?

I am hoping to start seeing the "art" again.

Your old friend,
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-15-2021, 11:57 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,110
Posted By PilotjohnS
Thanks for pictures

I noticed you ran the CHT/EGT probes and spark plug wires together.
Is that OK, or should I keep temp sense wires separate?
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-15-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 463
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just My Opinion

I have an old WW2 electric motor / generator training manual. It shows how the rotating armature drags the field lines around in the direction of rotation. I think that there might be some tweaking...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-15-2021, 03:43 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Posted By PilotjohnS
Ask Vlad

We should ask Vlad. He has one of the highest time RV9A's out there.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2021, 12:00 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 754
Posted By PilotjohnS
Cabin heat

I think you also need to consider the cabin heat muff. Maybe there is a difference there that would force a decision??
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-15-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 476
Posted By PilotjohnS
Golden rule

Just a curious observation, when the previous God's of aviation were making the three letter designators, it seems that they would never use the first three letters in a name.

Does anybody know if...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-15-2021, 08:22 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 486
Posted By PilotjohnS
Just me

I use a countersink by hand for the inside. Sandpaper for the outside. The tubing Vans uses is really soft. Just make sure you dont scratch the inside of the tube away from the end; poor technique...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2021, 11:13 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,457
Posted By PilotjohnS
Careful

I would be careful using an solvent in the system. The solvent might be trapped and then cause problems. If it was me, i would remove the fluid one more time, and try and get everything out, and then...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,313
Posted By PilotjohnS
Mine

This my passenger warning. I think it meets the spirit of the rules.
Forum: Primers 11-14-2021, 09:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By PilotjohnS
Today

Today I painted the last pieces for the interior. I used PG60G2 and JetFlex paint.
Did the simple scothbrite scrub and acetone wipe. sprayed primer, let it dry while I mixed the paint, sprayed the...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-14-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,409
Posted By PilotjohnS
Deal?

I wonder if you can get a two-fer. Paint and engine for one low price?

If you want to splurge for a case of Rustoleum in your choice of color, I will host a painting party for you.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Posted By PilotjohnS
design Life

These RVs are designed for thirty years. I think one is better off using the tried and true EC2216. easy enough to get, and is a known quantity for structural work.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2021, 03:54 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 15,400
Posted By PilotjohnS
So it wasnt filter material but paper towel?

So it wasnt filter material but paper towel?
Forum: Tools 11-14-2021, 10:48 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,500
Posted By PilotjohnS
Some People

Some people use shadow boxes where every tool has a form fitted place. If I did that, my whole wall would be nothing but tool boxes.
But I do have two sets, one for my mistress (plane) and one for...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-14-2021, 10:07 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 842
Posted By PilotjohnS
Serious Stuff

A shear coupler failure is very serious. Something needs to be done differently besides just changing the coupler. I would be inclined to change alternator's manufacturer unless I found a smoking gun...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 11-14-2021, 09:56 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 809
Posted By PilotjohnS
Answer

I am using the Garmin GEA24 for trim relays. It has priority to pilot’s trim inputs. And the circuit breaker is in front of the pilot, not part of the CB “stack”
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2021, 08:50 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,727
Posted By PilotjohnS
Easy

Ec2216 is the industry standard, but prep is everything. So bonding airplane parts is not like model airplane building, be informed.
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 11:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,320
Posted By PilotjohnS
Yup not very good

The ones from Marine supply are much better, like this one:
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-13-2021, 10:41 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,110
Posted By PilotjohnS
Great Pictures- Really helpful

Thanks for the pictures; I noticed you did your #1 on a bend. I was worried about sealing when the clap is tweaking around a bend. I need to think about this some more.

Turns out the seal for the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 11-13-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,320
Posted By PilotjohnS
But I bet you are not buying from California...

But I bet you are not buying from California "aviation aisles". At least aircraft paint is the same through out the country, even in CA. But for Home Depot aviation stuff, like paint, CA is an...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-12-2021, 08:28 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,110
Posted By PilotjohnS
Revival

I am reviving and old thread. I cant seem to fine a location where all probes are the same distance from flange. Number 1 has a tight bend near cylinder so I need to be 3” away. Number 3 has a boss...
Forum: Primers 11-12-2021, 04:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 612
Posted By PilotjohnS
Over thinking this

You are overthinking this.
1) never had primer harden in gun.
2) it is not "reducer" just a catalysis. So use 1.3 to 2:1. adding more doesn't make it noticeably "thinner"
3) used lacquer thinner to...
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 11-12-2021, 11:53 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 596
Posted By PilotjohnS
Kool Aid

So welcome to the club; you too drank the Kool Aid. The good news is the plane will be lighter... because the wallet hold your money will be lighter.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 11:51 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,741
Posted By PilotjohnS
Earl's still great

Earl's is still a top shop. Very good service and very good quality hardware. But you should state it is for aircraft and he will make sure you get the good stuff. He has stuff for the car guys who...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 10:12 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,741
Posted By PilotjohnS
Funny, i bought a firewall forward kit from Vans....

Funny, i bought a firewall forward kit from Vans. One of the fuel hose had fittings stamped "AN". One hose had fittings that were not marked. Turns out the unmarked hose end fitting had a big burr...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-12-2021, 10:06 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,741
Posted By PilotjohnS
Stainless Steel Galling

I would avoid using stainless steel fitting in a stainless steel housing. Stainless steel will gall.
I thought it would be a good idea to use stainless steel screws and stainless steel locking nuts...
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