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Forum: RV-4 01-30-2008, 11:45 AM
Replies: 394
Views: 318,467
Posted By pmercier
Well done.

I've also been looking at the same parts wondering what to do. Now I have the inspiration to move forward and complete this step on mine as well. Well done and thanks for the photos.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-30-2007, 06:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,356
Posted By pmercier
adjuster creep.

One thing to watch for is the adjuster can change setting when squeezing a long set of rivets. I usually like to monitor a particular face on the adjuster to see if it's rotating at all. I've had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-06-2007, 06:10 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,023
Posted By pmercier

Ah!! the memories...
I purchased my RV-4 "QB" including an O-320 from a great bunch of guys in Phoenix AZ, loaded it all in a 27' International and drove it to Vancouver BC. Customs was a breeze as...
Forum: RV-4 02-06-2007, 11:57 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,995
Posted By pmercier

The com antenna is mounted on the belly midway in the passenger section and the elt forward of the spar on the right side.
Forum: RV-4 02-06-2007, 01:08 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,995
Posted By pmercier
elt antenna.

I mounted mine on the cockpit side rail by the roll bar. I know the roll bar blocks it a bit but otherwise pretty easy setup.
Forum: Propellers 01-20-2007, 08:40 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 13,266
Posted By pmercier
tall gearing.

I don't know Mel, Those old Norton Commando's with the 3 speed transmission, I could have commuted to work and never get out of 1st. :)

I think I'll stick to my 1 speed RV-4 over the constantly...
Forum: RV-4 01-20-2007, 08:23 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,877
Posted By pmercier
Congratulations, I can see the smile from here. :)

Congratulations, I can see the smile from here. :)
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-20-2007, 08:19 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,058
Posted By pmercier
second gps.

Good idea Paul. I've stopped using my palm with its portable gps since I got my Garmin 196. I was going to wire the 196 to the dynon D100 for it HSI input but maybe I'll try the portable gps first...
Forum: Reviews 01-12-2007, 11:09 PM
Replies: 127
Views: 28,714
Posted By pmercier

Could you add me to the list as well. I might have 2 RV's to paint.

pmercier at
Forum: Safety 01-09-2007, 12:25 AM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,599
Posted By pmercier
Assumed risk.

We speak of safety and possibly the lack thereof in experimental flying. I and I hope many others understand the risk of flying and even as others make poor decisions and suffer as a result of them,...
Forum: RV-4 01-02-2007, 11:37 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,590
Posted By pmercier

I opted for the D-100 with a eis4000 for engine monitoring simply because I've had experience with this configuration building my brothers 7-A. I simply have a Garmin 196 for backup purposes since...
Forum: Safety 01-02-2007, 11:28 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 6,599
Posted By pmercier
If I worried that much about dying I couldn't...

If I worried that much about dying I couldn't move out of my house. I would have missed the joy of racing motorcycles, sailing, flying, the list goes on. I agree that we can learn not to make...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2006, 11:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,229
Posted By pmercier
sexy looks.

I chose my 4 purely on looks. My brother is about to start flying his 7-A that I helped build, but I can't wait to fly the 4 and it looks great even on the ground. Enjoy whatever you chose.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-29-2006, 12:25 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,029
Posted By pmercier

Congratulation Dayton,

nice to see another 4 off the ground. Hopefully I can add to that number soon enough.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-21-2006, 11:12 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 763
Posted By pmercier
Happy Holidays

Tis the season to be Jolly, but also to be very thankful for knowing such a great group as this. Always ready with a helping hand whether it be a snag building or a resource like the RV hotel. I...
Forum: RV-7/7A 12-11-2006, 03:12 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 1,169,610
Posted By pmercier
Waiting for final inspection

Here is Mark checking the work on the windshield. We're waiting for the final inspection and in the meantime trying to tie up loose ends. It feels great to be that...
Forum: Canada 12-09-2006, 12:06 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,508
Posted By pmercier
mdra inspection

Congratulations Paul, I know the feeling of relief and accomplishment when my inspector gave mine the clean bill of health (expect for 2 rivets in my case). Now the fun works begin.
Forum: RV-4 12-07-2006, 11:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,470
Posted By pmercier
Here is the info I posted for Steve. I'm showing...

Here is the info I posted for Steve.
I'm showing SK-54 giving the location of the static port as 18" forward of the HS centered on the fuse.
Forum: RV-4 12-05-2006, 01:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,672
Posted By pmercier
RV-4 panel

That's the panel I opted for Dynon, 196 and eis4000 (to be installed). Trio autopilot to be installed on the left.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-03-2006, 11:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,061
Posted By pmercier
fwf hoses.

I used the parts supplied by Vans and found it very useful and easy to assemble. Cheaper than pre-made hoses and perfect for getting that custom fit. One suggestion I made is the use a fiber...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-23-2006, 10:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,577
Posted By pmercier

No wonder the forum was quiet. We Canadians have already celebrated and we/re not always aware of this date. :)

Happy Turkey day,
Forum: Instrument Flight Rules 11-23-2006, 12:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,414
Posted By pmercier
Risk Assesment.

I've followed this thread with interest. I'm not a high time pilot but I have participated in my share of risky ventures (Racing motorcycles). I see one common thread to any such activity and in fact...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-22-2006, 09:40 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 3,870
Posted By pmercier
glass panel

I've got a Dynon D-100 and a Garmin 196 in my panel. I still have to add my GRT-4000 for engine monitoring. I'll have a Day-night VRF cross-country glass-panel setup.
Forum: Canada 11-15-2006, 07:18 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,455
Posted By pmercier
tail time.

My RV-4, though unfinished, is located at the Abbotsford airport. I'll ask around and see if someone can provide you with some tail time.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-08-2006, 10:30 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,097
Posted By pmercier
tank bolts

Bob, we had the same problem on my brothers 7-A. Even after I had test fit the tanks and put every bold in place prior to final assemby. It may be that some tweeking is going on and causing the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-04-2006, 09:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,934
Posted By pmercier
2 leaks

One leak was fixed with proseal through the access cover. The over was a lower skin rivet leak that was fixed with green loctite.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2006, 01:26 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,520
Posted By pmercier
reading plans.

I imagine that my years of reading model airplane plans as well as technical drawings his helped me considerably in understanding the plans from vans. My brother however, without the same...
Forum: RV-4 11-03-2006, 01:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,202
Posted By pmercier
mount fit.

Steve, I didn't measure mine but the fit was spot on. I'll go measure mine this weekend if I get a chance and see how it comes out.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-01-2006, 02:14 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,076
Posted By pmercier
Good news/Bad news.

I've update my blog with the current status of my projects.

Lessons in life, just keep putting one foot in front of the other.
Forum: RV-8/8A 10-24-2006, 09:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,534
Posted By pmercier
90% filter

Do you have a spacer on your 90% filter adapter? They're available with a selection of spacers to move it away from the engine for clearance around the mount. I checked ECI's web site and they list...
Forum: Places To Fly...Things to See...Things to Eat 10-21-2006, 03:53 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 13,074
Posted By pmercier
Abbotsford BC

Another airport stop you can make if you're headed to the Vancouver area is the Abbotsford airport ( We are one of the custom clearance points for flights into...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2006, 04:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,390
Posted By pmercier
proseal method

We went with the quart can and instead of using the syringe method we simply put the mixed proseal in small ziplock bags. Seal the bag and cut the cormer of the bag (start small until you get the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-11-2006, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,510
Posted By pmercier
new prop extensions

Saber has in fact produced new prop extensions for even 2.5" extensions. They are called 12 hole extension and are now carried by vans. The advantage is they require shorter bolts that, as you see,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2006, 03:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,308
Posted By pmercier
Can't beat the look of the 4

There might be more room in an 8 and it's a full pre-punch kit now but you simply can't beat the looks of the 4 (except maybe the 3 but I plan on the occasional passenger). They lost the sexy lines...
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-24-2006, 05:21 AM
Replies: 1,865
Views: 1,169,610
Posted By pmercier
Finish kit updates.

The empennage fairing is completed.

We fitted one piece canopy skirts after struggling with the aluminium...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-21-2006, 10:57 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,366
Posted By pmercier
Garmin flush mount.

I created a flush mount using the standard Garmin mount that is screwed to a bracket behind the instrument panel.
Forum: RV-7/7A 09-07-2006, 12:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,766
Posted By pmercier
building slowing up.

Things happen to us that impact our projects. I'm putting my project on hold for some time as I try and get a job and try and find a hangar again to work in. The project will sit outside until...
Forum: RV-4 09-04-2006, 09:29 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,797
Posted By pmercier
elevator weights

I poured my own as the plans indicate. Old tire weights work very well. You simply create a foil pocket on each of the elevator tip. I then filed and drilled the...
Forum: RV-4 09-03-2006, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,261
Posted By pmercier
pitot right side

Mine happens to be on the right side, don't ask why, just stupid not knowing left from right but I don't expect a problem.
Forum: RV-4 08-31-2006, 09:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,708
Posted By pmercier
cowl work

I managed to fit my polyester cowl without too much work 15-20 hours. Then spent 10 hours with the fab airbox. Lots of fiddling taking the lower cowl on and off multiple time. Now I bit the bullet...
Forum: RV-4 08-30-2006, 11:45 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,397
Posted By pmercier
static port location

Steve, I'm showing SK-54 giving the location of the static port as 18" forward of the HS centered on the fuse.
Forum: RV-4 08-28-2006, 01:01 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,466
Posted By pmercier
rv4 wing build

Did you check your wing sweep before installing the flaps, that may affect the clearance you would have available.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2006, 02:25 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,587
Posted By pmercier
folding paint booth

Since we built the RV7-A in a 1 car garage we had little space to dedicate to a paint booth. This is why I made mine foldable. It's 4X8X8 and only takes 6 inches of space along the wall when...
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-24-2006, 01:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,164
Posted By pmercier
I would prime the counterweight tube inside and...

I would prime the counterweight tube inside and out to be sure. This isn't much trouble and the piece of mind you get alone is worth it.
Forum: RV-8/8A 08-24-2006, 01:26 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,027
Posted By pmercier
HS/VS skins

The standard method is to dimple the skins. Countersinking .032 skins is marginal, it can be done but dimpling is recommended. Dimpling is also much less stressful and quicker than countersinking. ...
Forum: RV-4 08-23-2006, 11:31 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,830
Posted By pmercier
My choice.

This just confirms to me that I did pick the best RV kit to build and hopefully will be flying next year if all goes well.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-23-2006, 11:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,062
Posted By pmercier
Finish kit options

I didn't order the complete finish kit instead I purchase pieces that I needed to finish the kit. Some changes I made include the hoses where I opted to make my own rather then buy the premade ones....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2006, 03:35 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,493
Posted By pmercier
screw up.

All you need to know is that with all the other builders out there you can bet that someone's been there before, of course after 2 rv's I've not made any mistakes myself. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2006, 07:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,027
Posted By pmercier
I use the same samsung phone and found this...

I use the same samsung phone and found this adapter ( to convert to regular headsets.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2006, 04:06 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,169
Posted By pmercier
It depends on your comfort with your building...

It depends on your comfort with your building skill. When we started the RV7-A we welcomed the input from our inspector after the empennage was done. If you're ok with your work then you can try...
Forum: RV-4 08-16-2006, 05:03 PM
Replies: 394
Views: 318,467
Posted By pmercier
After being away from the project for almost 5...

After being away from the project for almost 5 month, I've been back at it and worked on a variety of small projects. this includes the FAB airbox, making and fitting my fluid lines including...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2006, 12:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,499
Posted By pmercier
Aerobatics in Canada

I plan on having one of our local aerobatic pilots fly on the required maneuvers for an all positive G aerobatic routine on my RV-4. There are restrictions on who can perform this test phase, check...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-16-2006, 12:06 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 7,887
Posted By pmercier
53 coming up next month. started the engine on my...

53 coming up next month. started the engine on my brothers 7-A after 4 years of work and getting close on my RV-4.
Forum: RV-4 08-15-2006, 12:46 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,329
Posted By pmercier
trim wiring

I have a polyethylene tube running from the mac servo bay out through the elevator horn side of the elevator. The tube is long enough to run down between the horns were I have the connectors. The...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2006, 09:55 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 934
Posted By pmercier
Missing states.

I think you are missing Arkansa, Mississippi, New Mexico, Oklahoma.

That from a Canadian.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2006, 01:50 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,644
Posted By pmercier
cutting cables

If you need to cut cables and hoses I would recommend using a dremel with a fiber cutting wheel. It will give you the cleanest cut possible.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-22-2006, 03:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,011
Posted By pmercier
Long distance move.

I moved my RV-4 from Phoenix to Vancouver BC. I tied the fuse down securely. The wings were store flat on the floor and the tail components were in a rack or tied to the the truck side with...
Forum: RV-4 07-21-2006, 05:16 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,980
Posted By pmercier
quadrant position


I mounted my quadrant in the same place by sitting in the front seat and trying out different positions. I originally had it mounted higher but decided to move it due to a restricted fit. ...
Forum: RV-4 07-20-2006, 01:53 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,044
Posted By pmercier
Forward baggage

I wanted to have a forward baggage area much like the rv-8 to allow me to modify my c/g. I didn't like the baggage tray but since I put the battery on the firewall I decided to use the forward...
Forum: RV-7/7A 07-09-2006, 10:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,441
Posted By pmercier
extraction tool

You might also need one of these specialized custom extraction tools.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-09-2006, 10:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,072
Posted By pmercier
Rv Total cost.

We've gone through this before but here we go.
RV-4 Day-Night VFR
Partial time 0-320
wood prop
Vetterman exhaust
EIS 4000
Dynon D100
Garmin GPS 196
Garmin GTX-320 Transponder
Trio EZ-Pilot
Forum: Canada 07-09-2006, 11:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,753
Posted By pmercier

The best thing I can say is get your paperwork into MD-RA and get an inspector assigned. You can then work with your inspector and work out the details on how best to proceed.
When my brother had...
Forum: RV-4 07-07-2006, 11:52 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,572
Posted By pmercier

Steve, I used the bracket because pf were I positioned the throttle quadrant. It was a little too far from the F-403 bulkhead to mount the cables there. I put the quadrant were it was most...
Forum: RV-4 07-06-2006, 03:03 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,572
Posted By pmercier
Project status.

After being away from the project for 5 months I'm finally back at it. Here are the latest updates.
I Installed the Battery ( on...
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