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Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) Yesterday, 05:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 102
Posted By N546RV
A clarification for interested parties: the...

A clarification for interested parties: the SV-GPS-250 is not a compliant ADS-B Out position source.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-19-2020, 10:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 399
Posted By N546RV
Be aware that the well-known seat suppliers are...

Be aware that the well-known seat suppliers are running pretty long lead times right now. As of a couple weeks ago, these are the lead times I was quoted:


Cleaveland Tool (DJ): 2-3 months
...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 10:27 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,748
Posted By N546RV
I'm also curious about this, but in the generic...

I'm also curious about this, but in the generic (ie no make/model experience) case. I'm maybe nine months from flying, no time in type, and working on picking up TW time whenever I have the chance. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-19-2020, 07:30 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,290
Posted By N546RV
Among other things, finished up the small wiring...

Among other things, finished up the small wiring harness for my switch console. Rather satisfying to turn this rat's...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-15-2020, 10:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 591
Posted By N546RV
That's what I did with mine. Didn't seem to make...

That's what I did with mine. Didn't seem to make any sense to me to go to the trouble of riveting those nutplates in assembly with the floors, so I riveted them to the braces/angles way back when...
Forum: Texas (South) 10-14-2020, 01:08 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 290
Posted By N546RV
Houston monthly lunch for October 2020 - sort of

Well, I was thinking of suggesting another trip up to Hooks this Saturday, but it turns out EAA 774 is doing a fly-in burger burn at my neighbor's hangar. Seems like a good way to add some variety to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-14-2020, 01:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,572
Posted By N546RV
Just to chime in, I've always received prompt...

Just to chime in, I've always received prompt responses from the kit@ email address, including in the past couple weeks as I pulled the trigger on my finish kit.
Forum: Propellers 10-12-2020, 10:01 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,991
Posted By N546RV
So, any more thoughts on the new prop? Not that...

So, any more thoughts on the new prop? Not that it matters to me in particular since I already ordered a 300-72, but I can dream of my finished plane in data. :-)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,232
Posted By N546RV
Made the first of many Skyview network cables.

Made the first of many Skyview network cables.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,504
Posted By N546RV
I made a couple attempts at plans holders - both...

I made a couple attempts at plans holders - both vertical rolling things that clipped the plans in place - and never really used either of them. Then I got an idea from watching one of the...
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 09:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,656
Posted By N546RV
Honestly, it's kind of that thought that got me...

Honestly, it's kind of that thought that got me thinking about this. My general intent has been to hopefully have the airplane flying by March or April, which would leave me 3-4 months to do Phase 1....
Forum: Flight Testing 10-09-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,656
Posted By N546RV
How much did you trust your aircraft by the end of Phase 1?

OK, I'll start with some background. I currently have a goal to finish the -8 next year. I also have a goal, once it's done, to do a big trip - flying to NC to pick up my dad, and taking him up to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-09-2020, 09:08 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,504
Posted By N546RV
Also in the small bench-mounted department: a...

Also in the small bench-mounted department: a bench grinder. HF quality works here as well, I bought mine there in 2012 and it's still going strong. I use it a ton with a scotchbrite wheel for edge...
Forum: Reviews 10-08-2020, 04:33 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 740
Posted By N546RV
Whirl Wind

Given some of the things I've read about Whirl Wind on here, and the expectations I developed as a result of them, I want to be sure to share my experience here.

I've read more than a few stories...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-06-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
Posted By N546RV
It's challenging, but in a fun way. I have to...

It's challenging, but in a fun way. I have to engage my brain a whole lot more and think 439 steps ahead, but there's the motivational aspect because I'm doing the stuff that's turning an aluminum...
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-06-2020, 04:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By N546RV
Thank you, this is a godsend...it never occurred...

Thank you, this is a godsend...it never occurred to me to look in the OP drawings folder.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-05-2020, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 787
Posted By N546RV
Photo request: firewall layouts

OK, I am seriously tying myself into knots trying to mentally juggle all the decisions required for laying out my engine compartment, particularly the items mounted to the firewall and the...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-05-2020, 09:58 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
Posted By N546RV
Good food for thought. You've kind of driven to...

Good food for thought. You've kind of driven to one of the challenges of this process - namely, that FWF routing is something of a mystery to me right now. Without an engine or even mount on hand,...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-05-2020, 03:24 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
Posted By N546RV
Resurrecting this one for a sanity check, since...

Resurrecting this one for a sanity check, since it's time to place this order. I think I'm settled on the coil locations - one on a mag pad, the other on a top case mount - but the harness lengths...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 10-05-2020, 01:25 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 5,852
Posted By N546RV
The switch in this case is controlling the power...

The switch in this case is controlling the power supply to the CPU unit; that is, it's between the ship's power distribution and the CPU. There is no switch between the CPU and the coils.
Forum: Safety 09-24-2020, 04:21 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 4,536
Posted By N546RV
nods I'm glad that I had in instructor who first...

nods

I'm glad that I had in instructor who first demonstrated, and then had me fly, real-world turnbacks. This was during my initial tailwheel training, in a Citabria...we did them from 350'.

I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2020, 02:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 890
Posted By N546RV
Well that's a stunningly simple solution... I'll...

Well that's a stunningly simple solution... I'll just be hiding over here in the corner if anyone needs me...

:p
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-23-2020, 01:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 890
Posted By N546RV
Non-ferrous nutplates

Do such things exist? I'm planning my ADAHRs mount, back in the tail of the -8, and thinking about maintainability. If I have to crawl back there to pull an ADAHRS unit, it sure would be nice to just...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-23-2020, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
Posted By N546RV
My first inclination was to just go with mag pad...

My first inclination was to just go with mag pad mounts for both coils. Seeing some installs with one coil atop the case got me thinking about that. For one thing, the top plugs now only require a...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-22-2020, 07:01 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,344
Posted By N546RV
All of them. OK, I kid, but you will find...

All of them.

OK, I kid, but you will find yourself needing assorted sizes as the build progresses. Tungsten bars are worth the extra $$$ as well; when I started I bought a secondhand tool set that...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-22-2020, 04:03 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,115
Posted By N546RV
Talk to me about your SDS CPI2 install (especially in an -8)

OK, so I've got a pile of avionics on hand, and I'm finalizing all my little black box layouts and getting shelves fabricated, all preparatory to starting to build harnesses with a vengeance. The one...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-20-2020, 07:35 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,004
Posted By N546RV
Definitely good seeing some of the guys again,...

Definitely good seeing some of the guys again, especially Dave and Bjorn. I'm thinking I may host at my place again in October. I thought a bit about waiting til November but since it'll be the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-20-2020, 06:13 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 967
Posted By N546RV
Interesting, I would have assumed the...

Interesting, I would have assumed the installation would be similar, but it doesn't sound like it is. In the -8, the feed fitting for the flop tube is drilled through the nose of the inboard tank...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-15-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,004
Posted By N546RV
Alright then, let's make it official: Hooks at...

Alright then, let's make it official: Hooks at 11:30.

I was going to fly up in the Citabria I've been renting out of TME, but it appears they've randomly decided to move it to their Hooks location....
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 09-15-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 646
Posted By N546RV
If the terminals on the plates weren't sealed,...

If the terminals on the plates weren't sealed, I'd think that *maybe* that could be the source. I covered the plate connections as well as the BNC when I did my tanks.

Unfortunately I don't think...
Forum: Texas (South) 09-14-2020, 10:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,004
Posted By N546RV
Houston lunch this Saturday?

I'm doing this Jeopardy-style again, phrasing this as a question. Anyone interested in a lunch at Hooks this Saturday? For the moment, weather looks good for flying in.
Forum: Tools 09-13-2020, 08:46 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,992
Posted By N546RV
Am I allowed to count some of the creative ways I...

Am I allowed to count some of the creative ways I taped random objects to bucking bars? I've got a few good examples of that.

At one point I wanted a sort of miniature footed bucking bar; this was...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-12-2020, 10:54 PM
Replies: 708
Views: 780,278
Posted By N546RV
Yup. I went into my panel-planning process fully...

Yup. I went into my panel-planning process fully intending to have two radios, but after really thinking about it critically, about the only real use case I had for this was monitoring two...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,679
Posted By N546RV
I've definitely been having some "to smoke or not...

I've definitely been having some "to smoke or not to smoke" internal debates as of late. It's just part of my attempts to preplan every possible system as I approach the finishing stage.

Marv's...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-09-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 720
Posted By N546RV
Same here; I just used a tape measure, hooked...

Same here; I just used a tape measure, hooked onto a corner of the stab. IN my case, I used the corner of the elevator counterweight cutout. Measure from there to a spot forward, do it on both sides,...
Forum: RV-8/8A 09-08-2020, 03:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 741
Posted By N546RV
Pros/cons/other thoughts on trimming the bottom of the panel

OK, I've seen at least one other case where someone did this, but the thing that got me thinking about it was watching some Stu's Aircraft Factory vids on Youtube this past weekend, where he's added...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-04-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By N546RV
Of course it's that simple. I like it when the...

Of course it's that simple. I like it when the answer to a question is rather obvious in retrospect.

It's especially amusing that you mention the portable PTT, because the Citabria I've been flying...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-03-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 950
Posted By N546RV
PTT wiring: a sanity check, please

OK, so I've done a ton of searching and read a bunch of posts here on this topic, and I'm 95% sure I have the right idea, but the other 5% of my brain simply won't shut up. The question regards how...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 10:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 562
Posted By N546RV
Grove or other alternative wheels

OK kids, time for more fun questions. The day is fast approaching when I'll be ordering the finish kit for my -8, and so I'm thinking through possible deletions.

The first thing that comes to mind...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 04:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 420
Posted By N546RV
Easiest thing to do is to just modify the set you...

Easiest thing to do is to just modify the set you have. I sanded the sleeve down on one side, so it's now kind of D-shaped. This way, if I'm back riveting a stiffener, I can orient the flat side to...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-02-2020, 01:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 870
Posted By N546RV
I, too, like the idea of solid-state...

I, too, like the idea of solid-state components...I just don't like it to the tune of $1500...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-29-2020, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,678
Posted By N546RV
I took a long look at the fuselage canoe that I...

I took a long look at the fuselage canoe that I put so many hours into, then took a deep breath and started making holes in it. Felt weird but you gotta put the antennas...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-25-2020, 10:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 975
Posted By N546RV
I tinkered with several different options when I...

I tinkered with several different options when I was getting going on my schematics, and I ended up settling on KiCad (https://kicad-pcb.org/). It's open-source and totally free; like ExpressPCB...
Forum: GPS 08-25-2020, 09:59 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,019
Posted By N546RV
After reading lots of success stories about the...

After reading lots of success stories about the FWF location for GPS antennas, I'd long intended to go that route for my -8. But I attended the Dynon systems planning webinar a few weeks ago (during...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 10:14 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,521
Posted By N546RV
You sound a lot like me, I think - I'm extremely...

You sound a lot like me, I think - I'm extremely comfortable wrenching on cars/motorcycles/etc, so that sort of abstract mechanical aptitude is there, but it's just a different world in the aircraft...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-18-2020, 10:49 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 691
Posted By N546RV
Yup...if there's a theme to the wings, it's...

Yup...if there's a theme to the wings, it's "hopefully you enjoyed deburring that rib, because there are 53 more to do..." I found some of the wing work (especially the rib prep alluded to here) to...
Forum: Propellers 08-17-2020, 04:17 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,991
Posted By N546RV
Keep in mind there's also a light composite...

Keep in mind there's also a light composite Hartzell option. Not as light as the 300, but much better than the metal one.

As an added benefit, it'll also reduce the weight of your wallet...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-17-2020, 04:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,025
Posted By N546RV
Paging Dan Horton to the engineering lounge...

Paging Dan Horton to the engineering lounge...
Forum: Propellers 08-17-2020, 11:52 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,991
Posted By N546RV
Interesting. Could you provide details on your...

Interesting. Could you provide details on your engine and mission? I'm curious what may have driven WW to point you to the HRT vs the 300.
Forum: Propellers 08-17-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,991
Posted By N546RV
Very interested in how this works out. I've been...

Very interested in how this works out. I've been eyeing the 74HRT for my -8 build, though the IO-370 is barely into the HP range WW seems to recommend. (but WW told me it'd be fine) Seeing as how the...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-17-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By N546RV
Makes perfect sense. I did have an unfocused...

Makes perfect sense. I did have an unfocused feeling that the shim addition would change the nature of the joint and how the rivets would be stressed, but couldn't quite put it into words. I think...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2020, 10:02 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By N546RV
Just to clarify what I'm talking about, I made...

Just to clarify what I'm talking about, I made some diagrams. Top shows the anchors per plans, with a relief filed for the bulkhead flange. Bottom shows my alternative idea, leaving the anchor...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-16-2020, 04:41 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 805
Posted By N546RV
Using shims with the shoulder harness anchors?

OK, so I'm working on fitting my upper aft skin, which includes fitting the F-858-1 shoulder harness brackets. These rivet primarily to the skin, but the aftmost rivet holes go through an upper...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-14-2020, 11:02 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 680
Posted By N546RV
Looking back at my build log, it sounds like...

Looking back at my build log, it sounds like you're correct - the prepunched holes are only on the forward center section half, which means they get match-drilled from beneath. It seems from what I...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-13-2020, 10:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 968
Posted By N546RV
Appreciate all the feedback. I'll stay home...

Appreciate all the feedback. I'll stay home Saturday and build on, and we'll see about regrouping in September.
Forum: Texas (South) 08-10-2020, 04:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 968
Posted By N546RV
Houston area monthly lunch for August?

Yep, this time I posed it as a question. The third Saturday is coming up, but I'm curious who would be up for lunch.

What this really means is that I'd like to go up to Hooks for a burger this...
Forum: Flight Testing 08-10-2020, 09:00 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,498
Posted By N546RV
Just watched this last night; as mentioned above,...

Just watched this last night; as mentioned above, this is a very different test-flying regime from us RV builders, but I was really interested in seeing the nuts and bolts.

I'll say that I've been...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-09-2020, 03:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 980
Posted By N546RV
Hmm...it's been a while since I was fitting this...

Hmm...it's been a while since I was fitting this area, but I don't seem to recall any alignment issues like this. I can't really see anything from the photos that seems like a red flag.

Whereabouts...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-09-2020, 03:44 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,399
Posted By N546RV
I was hoping I had photos of this on my build...

I was hoping I had photos of this on my build log, but I don't. To my vague recollection (keeping mind this was ~7 years ago), there was a surprising amount of overlap to be trimmed out. I realize,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-06-2020, 09:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,338
Posted By N546RV
Yeah, I believe the flop tubs does have a service...

Yeah, I believe the flop tubs does have a service life. We'll see if I eventually end up regretting the decision to install one...

As Goeff mentioned, there are prefab servo install kits you can...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-06-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,338
Posted By N546RV
Something to keep in mind is that you don't have...

Something to keep in mind is that you don't have to completely close up the wings before moving on, and in fact it might be a solid idea not to do so. As you're seeing, closing the wings means at...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 10:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,238
Posted By N546RV
Still says NIB in the thread title, though:...

Still says NIB in the thread title, though: https://vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=185195

One thing I'll point out is that his profile shows the last time he was online was 7-30, two...
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