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Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 06-23-2022, 07:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,797
Posted By bruceh
I flew into Garden Valley for the Eclipse in...

I flew into Garden Valley for the Eclipse in August of 2017. Did a day of whitewater rafting which was great. The camping there was really nice. Saw the total solar eclipse (epic!) and took off back...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 07:36 PM
Replies: 108
Views: 10,901
Posted By bruceh
N5771H Read it backwards and upside down ->...

N5771H
Read it backwards and upside down -> HILLS
Website is Over The Hills dot com.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 03:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,224
Posted By bruceh
I just put it in the center!

I just put it in the center!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-23-2022, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,224
Posted By bruceh
I cut the 6" length down until it was perfect,...

I cut the 6" length down until it was perfect, then used 3M VHB tape to stick the wedge to the underside of the aileron for my heavy wing issue.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-22-2022, 08:05 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,966
Posted By bruceh
Page 9-18, Paragraph 9-30 (a).

Page 9-18, Paragraph 9-30 (a).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 10:18 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,067
Posted By bruceh
Ditto! I always wanted to build an airplane but...

Ditto! I always wanted to build an airplane but thought of it as an impossible task. Along comes the internet and after researching every build log I could find (and reading VAF daily) I came to the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2022, 10:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,966
Posted By bruceh
FAA guidance in AC43.13-1B says if the tube is...

FAA guidance in AC43.13-1B says if the tube is flattened more than 75% of the original diameter, it is not usable.

The kink in that line looks terrible.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-21-2022, 09:59 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 660
Posted By bruceh
You'll need a new sender. Thankfully, they aren't...

You'll need a new sender. Thankfully, they aren't expensive.

Inside is a wire that is soldered on to the screw base, and once the base loosens, then you will just spin the wire until it twists too...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-21-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 465
Posted By bruceh
We had an old motorhome that had a cracked water...

We had an old motorhome that had a cracked water tank that was HDPE. The official solution was to "weld" the plastic with some sort of heat gun device that laid down new plastic. There was no way to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-15-2022, 08:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 374
Posted By bruceh
I just built a trim tab and elevator for an...

I just built a trim tab and elevator for an RV-14A. It is good to have a wide variety of squeezer sets. I found that I needed to add a thin washer under the set to clear the hinge eyes. The next size...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-15-2022, 10:38 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,337
Posted By bruceh
I wasn't implying that you need any significant...

I wasn't implying that you need any significant pressure with the scraper to see if there was excess resin on the fiberglass. Yes, be gentle and don't tug on the fibers to bunch them up.

Also, I...
Forum: RV-14 06-15-2022, 10:35 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,478
Posted By bruceh
I've had timing divergence warnings with the EIC....

I've had timing divergence warnings with the EIC. The engine runs just fine and without the EIC you would never know there was any divergence.
Most often when doing touch and goes where you go from...
Forum: Fiberglass 06-14-2022, 02:02 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,337
Posted By bruceh
One technique learned in A&P school is to get...

One technique learned in A&P school is to get some of the small plastic scrapers they use for basic spreading of Bondo on auto bodywork. Cut it to the size you need and use it to press and scrape on...
Forum: RV-14 06-14-2022, 09:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,478
Posted By bruceh
I just pulled my P-mags at 981 hours and sent...

I just pulled my P-mags at 981 hours and sent them in for new bearings. Both of them had play in the bearings. Right side was much more than the left side.

Short video of it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-14-2022, 09:44 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,073
Posted By bruceh
Shiny'ed up the bottom side of the wings. Annual...

Shiny'ed up the bottom side of the wings. Annual inspection in progress.

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Phase-2/i-znzD4jn/0/832f7f0b/M/IMG_2456-M.jpg
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-13-2022, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 562
Posted By bruceh
Check out my build log (link in my signature). I...

Check out my build log (link in my signature). I tried to document most every discrepancy I came across. After a while, you won't worry about every little thing. The plans get pretty light on...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-12-2022, 05:22 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 927
Posted By bruceh
For me, I replace all 8 NGK BR8ES plugs every...

For me, I replace all 8 NGK BR8ES plugs every year. It cost just $27 this year for 8 new plugs. They do look fine, especially the upper plugs. The lower plugs get some big lead deposits, but you can...
Forum: RV-9/9A 06-11-2022, 11:11 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 357
Posted By bruceh
Here's a picture from my build...

Here's a picture from my build log:

https://photos.smugmug.com/RV-9A-Project/Empennage/Elevators-1/i-t4sLkCk/0/8218df31/M/IMG_7230-M.jpg

Don't be afraid to really peel apart the skin top from the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-09-2022, 07:42 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,642
Posted By bruceh
I called Emagair today and left voicemail but did...

I called Emagair today and left voicemail but did not get a call back. I've downloaded the repair request form and will be sending both of them in for the flat fee checkup.

I don't know if the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 06-08-2022, 10:04 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 7,642
Posted By bruceh
Doing my annual condition inspection at 981...

Doing my annual condition inspection at 981 hours. I have pulled off both P-mags and on my right one, there is more play in the bearings than I think might be acceptable. The left one has just a real...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-03-2022, 08:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,077
Posted By bruceh
Yep, I've always done the "ripple" test on the...

Yep, I've always done the "ripple" test on the rotors.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-03-2022, 08:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,077
Posted By bruceh
Condition inspection at 1000 hours

I'm coming up due for an annual condition inspection this month and am just shy of 1000 hours and 8 years of flying my RV-9A.

Other than the usual oil change and new auto spark plug for the P-mags,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 06-03-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 633
Posted By bruceh
You mean like...

You mean like this?
https://photos.smugmug.com/Airplanes/Panel-Update-for-Josh/i-Sp5jPGs/0/7f774af7/M/IMG_8732_heic-M.jpg
RV-9A (not mine), top of VS (got hit by a hangar door somehow).

Thankfully,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-02-2022, 06:49 PM
Replies: 245
Views: 190,804
Posted By bruceh
Come out to Borrego Springs, CA. They have a...

Come out to Borrego Springs, CA. They have a whole menagerie of prehistoric and mythical beasts (https://www.travelyesplease.com/travel-blog-borrego-springs-sculptures/) throughout the city.
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 06-01-2022, 04:33 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,715
Posted By bruceh
The Coastal Route keeps you up inside the Bravo....

The Coastal Route keeps you up inside the Bravo. ATC is expecting you to stay on the route from entrance to exit. If you want to get into HHR from the North, then the VFR special flight rules...
Forum: Visual Flight Rules 05-31-2022, 11:17 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 4,715
Posted By bruceh
Just get VFR flight following as you approach LAX...

Just get VFR flight following as you approach LAX airspace. ATC will ask you how you want to transition the Bravo. If you say the Special Flight Rules corridor, they will tell you when to squawk 1201...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-31-2022, 10:48 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,184
Posted By bruceh
I noticed with the earlier Skyview version that...

I noticed with the earlier Skyview version that my autopilot was hunting around +/- 100 feet on the altitude, which I had never seen prior.
I downloaded the Skyview autopilot in flight calibration...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-31-2022, 10:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 411
Posted By bruceh
I had 6 of the older Dynon probes and had many of...

I had 6 of the older Dynon probes and had many of them fail. I've got a 4 cylinder, so I ended up using my 2 spares as replacements. Still had a couple of those fail, so I bought some of the newer...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-30-2022, 01:20 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,184
Posted By bruceh
I updated my 10" Classic and Touch screens...

I updated my 10" Classic and Touch screens earlier in the week. Flew yesterday and no issues noted.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-27-2022, 05:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,531
Posted By bruceh
Also note that if you move the hole inboard, it...

Also note that if you move the hole inboard, it is infinitely harder to get a cotter pin in there since the wheel flange prevents a straight shot.

My A&P instructor shared a tip on getting the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-25-2022, 04:06 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,554
Posted By bruceh
It is best to use a drill size that is one (or...

It is best to use a drill size that is one (or two) sizes smaller than the original hole. Get a #42 drill, set a depth stop and center punch lightly each rivet before you drill them off.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-24-2022, 09:48 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 709
Posted By bruceh
Download the AC43.13-1B document for free from...

Download the AC43.13-1B document for free from the FAA website. (https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_43.13-1B_w-chg1.pdf)

Go down to Figure 4-16 on page 173 of the PDF and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-24-2022, 09:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,293
Posted By bruceh
EAA usually schedules an Oshkosh Arrival webinar...

EAA usually schedules an Oshkosh Arrival webinar that goes over the NOTICE (no longer a NOTAM?) in great detail. Highly recommended for anyone flying in, and it is usually available after the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 08:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 769
Posted By bruceh
Pressure test with Van's leak check kit (~1psi in...

Pressure test with Van's leak check kit (~1psi in the tank). Spray soapy water and pinpoint the leaks. Buy the tank repair kits from Van's and get inside where you need to to reseal as necessary....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 05-23-2022, 07:27 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,421
Posted By bruceh
I think you want a 5" hole. The cover plates need...

I think you want a 5" hole. The cover plates need some overlap (1" larger perimeter). I used the Harbor Freight hole saw set which has the largest one as 5". Works fine. You will need to file the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-20-2022, 04:05 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,707
Posted By bruceh
Blackstone Labs has a podcast and this episode...

Blackstone Labs has a podcast and this episode seems relevant.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_6RNjAx5Ms

TL;DR, sample was contaminated with auto oil and set off all sorts of red flags.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 05-20-2022, 03:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,063
Posted By bruceh
I did this with a large offset box wrench. Just...

I did this with a large offset box wrench. Just use the cutting wheel to slice into the box section. Plenty strong enough to torque the jam nut tight enough.
...
Forum: Autopilots 05-18-2022, 02:24 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,131
Posted By bruceh
It isn't hard to add the servos. The pitch servo...

It isn't hard to add the servos. The pitch servo lives back in the fuselage behind the baggage bulkhead. The roll servo is mounted in the right wing. Roll servo is a little tighter space to work in,...
Forum: Propellers 05-16-2022, 05:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By bruceh
I have the Sensenich GA prop. The spinner is...

I have the Sensenich GA prop. The spinner is Carbon fiber. I sold the Van's spinner here on VAF.

Inspections on the prop are annual, and at 2000 hours they recommend retiring the bolts and lock...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 05-15-2022, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,437
Posted By bruceh
Spent a wonderful weekend camping and hiking in...

Spent a wonderful weekend camping and hiking in Escalante, Utah with my daughter. Ethan also flew out in his RV-10.

We got to fly back home over the Grand Canyon after having breakfast in Page,...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 05-12-2022, 01:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,044
Posted By bruceh
Boy, unleaded is the way to go. Wish we could get...

Boy, unleaded is the way to go. Wish we could get it here without ethanol.
Forum: RV-14 05-01-2022, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 720
Posted By bruceh
We hauled a partially built Emp and unbuilt Tail...

We hauled a partially built Emp and unbuilt Tail cone for an RV-14 in an Explorer with no problems.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-29-2022, 10:20 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,345
Posted By bruceh
I have 8 years and 965 hours on my SikaFlex...

I have 8 years and 965 hours on my SikaFlex bonded canopy. It still looks like new.
I made up some test samples and did some destructive testing on them way back when... I can't imagine it...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-29-2022, 10:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,310
Posted By bruceh
On my RV-9A I copied what I saw in Van's factory...

On my RV-9A I copied what I saw in Van's factory demonstrators. Just a simple aluminum sheet metal hangar pop-riveted to the fuselage...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-24-2022, 08:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,531
Posted By bruceh
Weather was perfect for flying, so my son and I...

Weather was perfect for flying, so my son and I flew up to Columbia, CA to camp and see the gold rush town. On the flight back today, we diverted over...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-22-2022, 10:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,867
Posted By bruceh
Put two tiny holes in the ribs directly over the...

Put two tiny holes in the ribs directly over the pushrod. String some safety wire tightly as a guide wire or bridge over the pushrod. Put something on the safey wires for anti-chafing (heat shrink...
Forum: My RV Build Project 04-17-2022, 10:52 PM
Replies: 205
Views: 122,184
Posted By bruceh
Try contacting the EAA chapter at Cable. You can...

Try contacting the EAA chapter at Cable. You can finish off the airplane there and do Phase 1.
Forum: RV-9/9A 04-17-2022, 10:49 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,039
Posted By bruceh
I have written a bunch about flying and...

I have written a bunch about flying and maintaining my RV-9A in my blog (link in my signature).
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-04-2022, 09:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,488
Posted By bruceh
I used the pop-rivet dimple dies with good...

I used the pop-rivet dimple dies with good success.

Another technique would be to do draw dimpling. You take a hunk of steel maybe 1" X 1" X 3". Drill #40 and #30 holes in each end. Use your...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 04-03-2022, 11:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,478
Posted By bruceh
I also had a heavy wing. I tried all of the...

I also had a heavy wing. I tried all of the slotting of the brackets which had zero effects. I ended up just using a small wedge under the right aileron. I started with a 6 inch wedge and eventually...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2022, 09:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,097
Posted By bruceh
Just did a quick up and back to Corona where I...

Just did a quick up and back to Corona where I picked up my Will Call order from Aircraft Spruce. Usually, I would hang out at the Corona Airport Cafe and have lunch, but the winds were getting up....
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-20-2022, 05:54 PM
Replies: 108
Sticky: Baffle Mod
Views: 118,307
Posted By bruceh
My CHT issues weren't terrible on #1 and #3, but...

My CHT issues weren't terrible on #1 and #3, but in level flight my #2 ran hot compared to #4. I did a similar mod to the front of the baffle on #2 and it cured my temperature imbalance with #4. Now...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-13-2022, 07:53 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,864
Posted By bruceh
That would be me! Got my wife to go flying for...

That would be me! Got my wife to go flying for the first time in about 6 months. A friend of ours from high school and college and a groomsman in our wedding passed away recently. His family...
Forum: RV-8/8A 03-13-2022, 07:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,901
Posted By bruceh
For future builds, you can order UV blocking...

For future builds, you can order UV blocking plastic canopy material from Van's for installation. Well worth the additional cost (minimal). I can fly all day and not get sunburned or have to slather...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 03-04-2022, 01:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,961
Posted By bruceh
I have the Vetterman exhaust with the mufflers....

I have the Vetterman exhaust with the mufflers. If I were to do this again, I would skip the mufflers. They take up a lot of space, and need the cooling air SCAT tubing, which also takes up space. In...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-27-2022, 06:28 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,335
Posted By bruceh
Finally got some weekend flying in. Just a quick...

Finally got some weekend flying in. Just a quick run down to the ocean along the coast from Del Mar to La Jolla and back to...
Forum: Fiberglass 02-25-2022, 02:30 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,721
Posted By bruceh
The scarf joint should be much wider. AC43.13-1B...

The scarf joint should be much wider. AC43.13-1B says 50x the thickness of the material for some structural repairs on composites. It certainly wouldn't hurt to use several orientations of the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2022, 04:56 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,428
Posted By bruceh
So is it Captain Doug now? Congrats!

So is it Captain Doug now?
Congrats!
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-14-2022, 09:29 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 600
Posted By bruceh
Panel layout opinions for IFR upgrade?

My RV-9A is currently outfitted with a very nice Dynon Skyview VFR panel. I want to add an IFR GPS and autopilot control panel.
It has two 10" EFIS displays. One in front of the pilot and one for the...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-14-2022, 08:23 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 511
Posted By bruceh
Here are some photos of what I used. I modified...

Here are some photos of what I used. I modified (slightly) someone else's plans found on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-14-2022, 08:16 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 6,093
Posted By bruceh
My A&P instructor shared some really good tips....

My A&P instructor shared some really good tips. Take a small 1" square block of wood and with a drill press, put a 3/8" hole in the center. You can then slide in the end of the 3/8" tubing you are...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-13-2022, 01:43 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 575
Posted By bruceh
I used 3M heavy duty clear packaging tape. Worked...

I used 3M heavy duty clear packaging tape. Worked great on flush rivets. Doesn't leave any residue. Cut a piece about 2-3 inches long, and fold back one edge on itself to make a tab so it is easy to...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 02-08-2022, 04:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,235
Posted By bruceh
I use lots of foam padding pieces from an old...

I use lots of foam padding pieces from an old mattress topper.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2022, 08:17 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,857
Posted By bruceh
Programmed into your EFIS so they are displayed...

Programmed into your EFIS so they are displayed on the airspeed indicator tape.
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