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Forum: RV-7/7A 02-26-2012, 09:27 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By JoeG
Until I started building, I never realized we end...

Until I started building, I never realized we end up assembling and disassembling the airplane about 5 times before it's complete.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2012, 07:11 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,946
Posted By JoeG
Does the inside of the cap that slides over the...

Does the inside of the cap that slides over the splined part of the shaft have matching splines? Since the arm/tab is fixed to the shaft, this part probably doesn't rotate 360 degrees. Looks like...
Forum: RV-7/7A 02-25-2012, 11:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,266
Posted By JoeG
I'm right there with ya, Mike. Just started up...

I'm right there with ya, Mike. Just started up building again after about a two year pause. Working away at the second wing and looking forward to the fuselage build.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-31-2012, 11:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By JoeG
Almost there!

All I lack is finishing :cool:
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-27-2012, 10:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By JoeG
Drilled Left Fuel Tank Skin, Ribs, and...

Drilled Left Fuel Tank Skin, Ribs, and Baffle...

http://www.flyrv.com/2012/Pics/Wings/Left_FT.jpg
Forum: Texas (North) 01-22-2012, 11:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,295
Posted By JoeG
I'm In.

Yes. Definitely.
Forum: RV-7/7A 01-22-2012, 04:37 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,356
Posted By JoeG
Back At It...

Back to Work. Match-Drilling the Left Leading Edge Assembly.

http://www.flyrv.com/2012/Pics/Wings/Left_LE.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-03-2012, 12:13 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 810
Posted By JoeG
I remember this place...

After too many years of being out-prioritized, my RV-7 build is underway once again...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-14-2009, 10:15 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,014
Posted By JoeG
yup N6DJ. Registered to Don Jordan of Arlington....

yup N6DJ. Registered to Don Jordan of Arlington. An RV-6A according to the FAA site.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-01-2008, 12:50 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,723
Posted By JoeG
Tail First

Even with your mechanicial experience, If you haven't built before, I would build the tail first.

The primary reason; the way the build instructions are written. The tail kit instructions take you...
Forum: Texas (North) 11-05-2007, 06:26 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By JoeG
Is anybody else planning to attend? I look...

Is anybody else planning to attend? I look forward to meeting some local RV folks in person, and seeing a bunch of great RVs!

Should be a great day.
Forum: Aircraft Camping 11-05-2007, 06:10 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 4,447
Posted By JoeG
One of these days

There I was....

At the hangar (At FWS) Sunday morning - prepping materials for a tank build, when over the Icom I hear a call to ground for taxi clearance; flight of two.

Well, whenever there is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2007, 06:05 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,875
Posted By JoeG
Tail-Draggers Baby!

My first 20 hours were "free" (See response to last Iron-Poll). First solo in a Citabria. Since then, mostly pay-by-the-hour and half of my current total time (~350 hours) is in a hand-propped...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-29-2007, 05:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,645
Posted By JoeG
Sign me up for a few of them

Sign me up for a few of them
Forum: Texas (North) 10-29-2007, 01:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,764
Posted By JoeG
Fort Worth Spinks (KFWS) Fly-In

The Spinks Fall Fly-in is being held Saturday, November 10th, from 0800 to 1400.

I had lunch with the airport manager last week and told him about Doug's call-in number. He called in and left an...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2007, 11:13 AM
Replies: 129
Views: 14,515
Posted By JoeG
The Summer of my youth

I was 17, had just graduated from high school, and didn't know what I really wanted to do in life. I had two uncles who worked at a small airport called Moraine Air Park near Dayton, Ohio. One of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2007, 06:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,680
Posted By JoeG
It Takes Time

I have worked on a number of DoD projects over the last 25 years where ITT was the vendor/developer. Some of their products performed; but most were marginal.

Years ago, on one of my first...
Forum: Safety 07-15-2007, 07:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By JoeG
Very sobering final words...

From NTSB report.... When the pilot contacted Albuquerque Approach Control at 1526:06, he verified that he was at 17,600 feet, and added, "We've lost both our vacuum pumps, and I think we just went...
Forum: Safety 07-14-2007, 09:48 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,192
Posted By JoeG
Don't put your life in ATC's hands

Amazing. I NEVER plan to put myself in a situation where I have to rely on ATC to save my life! This happened a few years back, but seems pertinent after the recent report on DFW...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-26-2007, 11:23 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,920
Posted By JoeG
You win some, you lose some, and some get rained...

You win some, you lose some, and some get rained out...

Got up at 0630 this morning to see all the rain. Drove over to the airport and found Don Christiansen; and then Mel and Ann showed up a...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-23-2007, 07:41 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,629
Posted By JoeG
Frequencies

Spinks Frequencies are as follows:

AWOS 120.025
Tower 124.625
Ground 119.475
Forum: Texas (North) 05-22-2007, 04:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,629
Posted By JoeG
Early birds get the....

breakfast goodies...

There will be some Sausage biscuits, Breakfast burritos, Banana Nut Bread, OJ, Coffee, and Water available. No charge, but cash donations gladly accepted.

For lunch, there...
Forum: Texas (North) 05-12-2007, 02:04 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,629
Posted By JoeG
Texas RV Fly-in Update

Just a reminder that the Texas RV Fly-in is just around the corner; Two weeks from today on Saturday, May 26 at Spinks Airport (KFWS) in South Fort Worth.

The Spinks controllers are very friendly...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-25-2007, 10:50 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,844
Posted By JoeG
I made the tip-up decision months ago, but this...

I made the tip-up decision months ago, but this just reaffirms it for me. :D

It was also a great motivator to get the project flying!

Thanks Allen
Forum: RV-7/7A 03-23-2007, 12:18 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 1,170,778
Posted By JoeG
Status of 72601

After spending waaaaay too much time finishing ribs, here is what I did tonight. The right top skins are clecoed and ready to drill!

Everything fit very well. I guess all the time spent on the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-19-2007, 03:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 966
Posted By JoeG
VAF Ads

Doug,

I noticed a Dove Anti-Perspirant ad on the banner column...

There MUST be a story there!

Do tell....
Forum: Safety 01-29-2007, 12:37 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,461
Posted By JoeG
Descent Rate

45 seconds to loose about 4500 feet. 100 feet per second = 6000 feet per minute! I guess that's why its called a stall - because at that rate, you're not really flying any more!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2006, 08:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,048
Posted By JoeG
Gimme a call

Dan,

I'll be working on the project all this coming week. I'm off work until the day after new year's.

Call me at 817-798-3042 if you want to come out to the hangar. I'm at Spinks (KFWS) in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2006, 11:24 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,048
Posted By JoeG
I forgot...

Hydroguy's post reminded me of one other thing. We built the Vans practice kit wing section in the class we took.

I also agree that there is nothing magic about a "professional" course in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2006, 11:10 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,048
Posted By JoeG
Welcome to the club

Dan,

Congratulations on your decision! I recommend taking a building class. I took the weekend course offered by George Orndorf (http://www.fly-gbi.com/). I don't know if he is still offering the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2006, 09:41 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 920
Posted By JoeG
Sign me up!

Sign me up!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-24-2006, 09:12 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 920
Posted By JoeG
Fuselage Order

Well, I've done it.

The fuselage is on order to beat the New Year's price hikes. This is also a good motivator for me. Even though I'm still in wing rib Hades, I know the fuselage will be here...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 12-16-2006, 07:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,581
Posted By JoeG
Grant, I beveled the top side of the bottom skin...

Grant,

I beveled the top side of the bottom skin where it fits between the upper skin and the rib flange. This keeps the transition of the overlap fairly smooth and prevents a big "Bump" where all...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-15-2006, 11:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,590
Posted By JoeG
Wings

I picked up my wing kit at the ABF terminal. This saved me 60 bucks in delivery fees. My total paid for terminal pickup was $242.07
Forum: RV-4 12-12-2006, 11:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,526
Posted By JoeG
Same as the -7?

I'm building a -7 but it sounds like the HS-410 is a lot like the HS-710. Here's how I did mine... By hand with help of a vise...

http://www.flyrv.com/Pages/Empennage/060224.htm
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-09-2006, 10:34 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 8,595
Posted By JoeG
I'm Interested...

I'm interested in either model depending on the price break...
Forum: Tools 12-06-2006, 06:34 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,275
Posted By JoeG
I bought 4 yokes...

I have a pneumatic squeezer, a 4 inch C, a 2-inch C, and 3-inch longeron, a 3-inch no hole, and an Avery hand squeezer (uses the same yokes). I also got the adjustable set for the squeezers.

I...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 12-06-2006, 06:26 PM
Replies: 75
Views: 7,735
Posted By JoeG
I'm in

Add another RV-7 buyer to the list...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-01-2006, 11:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 818
Posted By JoeG
The "dash"

I googled it and here's what I found. Not the most eloquent prose, but certainly thought provoking.


I read of a man who stood to speak, at the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-30-2006, 07:00 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,690
Posted By JoeG
This is about the closest I will get to a...

This is about the closest I will get to a sky-car...

http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/8696/dase1fn1.jpg
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-29-2006, 09:30 PM
Replies: 436
Views: 119,973
Posted By JoeG
My favorite is...

Kelly...More than my share of it all.

The autobiography of Clarence L Johnson; the father of the skunkworks. Designed and built the F-80 in 143 days.

A great read.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-29-2006, 09:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 893
Posted By JoeG
Thanks all for the comments. Looks like I will...

Thanks all for the comments. Looks like I will not order the Vans steps.

However, I am interested in seeing your design Mel. If the roads aren't iced over this weekend, maybe I could take a...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-28-2006, 11:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 893
Posted By JoeG
The Moment of Truth

The time has come...

I'm going to order my fuselage kit within the next week or so. I am ordering the tip-up version even though I haven't flown one yet. (Big Leap of Faith). But I was wondering...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2006, 11:13 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,348
Posted By JoeG
Well....

Actually I'm finally getting around to building some updated pages for the site.

Can't believe how fast the last few months have flown by. Clearly, I'm traveling too much and working too much. I...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2006, 09:52 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,838
Posted By JoeG
The original post

Found the first version...

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?p=61681#post61681
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-25-2006, 08:56 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,348
Posted By JoeG
Hey, I was gonna say that...

How funny.

I was just getting ready to post the link and John did it for me.

Like John said Ryan, good job on noticing that little detail. While it is possible to cut the notch after assembly, I'm...
Forum: RV-9/9A 11-24-2006, 11:38 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,151
Posted By JoeG
Platenuts work great

I recently finished this task. I used Van's method of using the platenuts as the guide. It worked great. Here's a shot of my work in...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-16-2006, 01:23 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,986
Posted By JoeG
Here are the JTR guidelines that my company...

Here are the JTR guidelines that my company uses...

https://secureapp2.hqda.pentagon.mil/perdiem/faqpovpast.html

Looks like the same schedule as the GSA site.
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-16-2006, 01:04 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,261
Posted By JoeG
Picture added...

Picture added...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2006, 12:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,261
Posted By JoeG
Excellent John! BTW, what is the move status? ...

Excellent John!

BTW, what is the move status? Did you decide to keep your project, or did you end up selling it?
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-15-2006, 12:12 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,261
Posted By JoeG
Thumbs up Major Score!

For quite some time I have been pondering how to best build my wing jigs. I've moved to a hangar now, so the 4x4x8 post was not as easy an option, because there is no place to anchor the tops. The...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-14-2006, 11:51 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,020
Posted By JoeG
I actually did my rudder AEX by holding it in my...

I actually did my rudder AEX by holding it in my left hand and drilling with the right. Keep a finger on either side of the hole being countersunk and there is no flexure to worry about. Worked...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-14-2006, 11:41 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,986
Posted By JoeG
Not all Aeronautics are created equal

While an employee of Lockheed Martin AERONAUTICS Comapany, I looked into this. Sadly, even though the government Joint Travel regulations (JTR) allow and reimburse the use of personal aircraft,...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-13-2006, 11:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,020
Posted By JoeG
Hmmm

Now that's the finest example of southern engineering I've seen in quite a while :D

Hey, whatever works!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-10-2006, 12:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 34,342
Posted By JoeG
An oldie but goodie

I first saw this list back in the early 80's while working in the Air Force. It was attributed at that time to various writeups within the wing as recorded in the doofer log. I think somebody...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2006, 11:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,396
Posted By JoeG
The 3rd Grade Version

Here's a variation on the theme

http://www.pibmug.com/files/map_test.swf
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2006, 08:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 7,326
Posted By JoeG
B-52 Parts

I have a Fire Axe, a First Aid kit, and a wind-up clock from the last D-model B-52 to fly from Carswell Air Force base. I was an Electronic Warfare Technician and we had the task of stripping all...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2006, 07:39 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,169
Posted By JoeG
What I meant to say...

Yes, Jigs are what I was referring to. Thanks for the offer though.

Seems like it's taking me longer to prepare for the wing build than it will take to actually build them!
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-05-2006, 09:32 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,169
Posted By JoeG
Free standing?

Mel,

Is it a free-standing configuration or does it need to be anchored at the top?

I'm in a hangar now and the ceiling is about 15 feet high. I have a way to anchor the top if necessary, but I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-04-2006, 10:54 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,169
Posted By JoeG
Wing Stands Needed

I'm getting ready to fabricate 2 sets of steel wing stands. I'll be working on my wings in parallel.

If anybody in the D/FW area has a couple of wing stand sets laying around that you could part...
Forum: RV-7/7A 11-04-2006, 10:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,783
Posted By JoeG
Get the lead out

I had problems with one of my elevators as well. The counter-balance skin wouldn't fit over the ribs, just as you described. The problem turned out to be the counterbalance weight. The portion of...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2006, 08:13 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,467
Posted By JoeG
Lakeland would seem to make the most sense to me,...

Lakeland would seem to make the most sense to me, if this is true. Just think, they wouldn't have to travel cross-country to get to Sun N' Fun. And OSH would be closer too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-24-2006, 08:28 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,758
Posted By JoeG
Is the EIS even needed?

So Paul,

Are you suggesting that the EIS is not really needed with the Dual GRT setup? I'm all for eliminating cost and weight where possible.
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 10-24-2006, 08:03 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,165
Posted By JoeG
Gleim

I went with the Gleim Test Prep Software/Books.

I could barely endure the corniness of the Kings; but Martha's Minnie-Mouse-scratch-your-nails-on-a-chalkboard-til-you-draw-blood-voice :eek: just...
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