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Forum: RV-10 Today, 07:07 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 302
Posted By flion
Tunnel cover, section 35, page 6. Callout is for...

Tunnel cover, section 35, page 6. Callout is for AN509-8R8 screws to attach it.
Forum: RV-10 Today, 06:59 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 143
Posted By flion
Avoid pulled rivets in the firewall. Those...

Avoid pulled rivets in the firewall. Those rivets are best set by backriveting. Any bucking bar should work with the manufactured head and a mushroom set (not the type with the rubber ring) will get...
Forum: RV-14 Today, 06:43 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,393
Posted By flion
WD-40 is not a lubricant. It is a penetrating...

WD-40 is not a lubricant. It is a penetrating solution, with volatiles that will evaporate, leaving behind little in the way of lubrication. Use for breaking free 'stuck' screws and nuts. Afterward,...
Forum: RV-14 10-18-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 658
Posted By flion
Order your engine sometime before the first...

Order your engine sometime before the first flight... ;)

Ok, with the silly answer out of the way, be aware that there are some tasks to do to the engine before you hang it, so plan for a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-18-2020, 11:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 702
Posted By flion
Congratulations!

Congratulations!
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 10-18-2020, 11:19 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 147
Posted By flion
Aside from the solvent solutions you were given...

Aside from the solvent solutions you were given on FB, you might try drilling a large hole in the backplate on either side of the prop. Through this you might be able to reach with a tool to the...
Forum: RV-10 10-13-2020, 08:55 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 242
Posted By flion
If it were one of the wing tips, I'd worry...

If it were one of the wing tips, I'd worry because, yes, they can sag when not attached to the wing. The cabin top, on the other hand, has major structural elements molded into it. Mine sat on the...
Forum: RV-6/6A 10-07-2020, 08:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 473
Posted By flion
Since Van's still offers the fuselage and finish...

Since Van's still offers the fuselage and finish kits for the 6/6A, they can probably sell you a conical mount.
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By flion
Yes, that is what I was describing in the first...

Yes, that is what I was describing in the first part of my post. Make the adjustments before drilling the elevator horns.
Forum: RV-14 10-05-2020, 08:47 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By flion
It's hard to tell from that photo, but I'm not...

It's hard to tell from that photo, but I'm not sure you have achieved a good bend on the leading edge. That's a difficult bend to make in assembly, especially with the spar getting in the way as you...
Forum: RV-10 10-05-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 403
Posted By flion
There's plenty of room to work in that first...

There's plenty of room to work in that first tailcone section with the rear skin on. On the other hand, you will want to have anything behind that (wire routing, elevator trim servos, etc.) done...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,390
Posted By flion
I remember that build being mentioned in the...

I remember that build being mentioned in the RVator at the time. Where there's a will, there's a way!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,063
Posted By flion
Nothing escapes from where the CHT probes go. If...

Nothing escapes from where the CHT probes go. If you only had one CHT, the other three cylinders would be fine, so there's no need to seal or lock those. I recently changed the bayonet adapters that...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-04-2020, 08:17 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,278
Posted By flion
At first I thought that was polished and a...

At first I thought that was polished and a reflection. Very neat. I didn't prime mine (uh-oh! Here we go! :rolleyes:) but I did powder coat and added waterslide decals of my RV-10's proposed paint...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 08:05 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 734
Posted By flion
Do you have a photo of the elevator leading edge,...

Do you have a photo of the elevator leading edge, edge-on? It sounds like the leading edge may have been under-bent (it can be difficult to get a smooth bend all the way back to the spar). But...
Forum: RV-14 10-04-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 428
Posted By flion
Is that 1/16" along the entire length of the...

Is that 1/16" along the entire length of the counterweight? If it is 1/8" at the back of the horizontal stab and narrower near the front, you can adjust the hinges to make it straighter. Inboard...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 10-03-2020, 10:23 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 697
Posted By flion
Super important! It can get very hot in the dead...

Super important! It can get very hot in the dead space behind the panel and having a tip-up doesn't help when the aircraft is parked. I've come back from lunch a couple of times to find the cockpit...
Forum: Painting your RV 09-27-2020, 07:34 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 500
Posted By flion
I had mine hydro-dipped in a carbon-fiber...

I had mine hydro-dipped in a carbon-fiber pattern. I intend for them to be masked for paint. I'm not sure how they were prepped for the dipping process but after drilling and countersinking for...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 883
Posted By flion
I'd suggest panel nuts but I'm not sure if they...

I'd suggest panel nuts but I'm not sure if they are ferrous or not. Since they are made for panel installations, I'm guessing that they wouldn't be a huge factor in any case. That would let you keep...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-24-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,390
Posted By flion
It depends on the apartment construction, mostly....

It depends on the apartment construction, mostly. I built the tail and wings of my RV-6A in the living room of a 2-bedroom apartment in Ann Arbor. The main structure of the building was concrete...
Forum: Tools 09-24-2020, 08:09 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 712
Posted By flion
Faster speeds make better holes for aluminum, but...

Faster speeds make better holes for aluminum, but that's not the whole story. If you are building a pre-punched kit, you will be fine with a slower drill and reamer for much of it, though I would...
Forum: RV-14 09-24-2020, 07:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,015
Posted By flion
Those should go in or be linked in the...

Those should go in or be linked in the modified/made tools thread.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-18-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,815
Posted By flion
And there is nothing that prohibits an 03...

And there is nothing that prohibits an 03 departure. I didn't mention it to be critical but to point out that RVs easily do what other aircraft have difficulty with. Sedona, though, will teach you to...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 09-17-2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,815
Posted By flion
Yes, and they are even taking runway 03, which is...

Yes, and they are even taking runway 03, which is right into the ridge. Not a problem for RVs though you have few options if you have an engine problem. Most lesser aircraft land 03 and take off 21...
Forum: Safety 09-13-2020, 08:22 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,604
Posted By flion
My Airworthiness Certificate contains the...

My Airworthiness Certificate contains the approved aerobatics for my aircraft and there is a log entry stating that those maneuvers were performed during Phase I. If the aircraft you are considering...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-11-2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,772
Posted By flion
I bought a bunch of extension screws with knurled...

I bought a bunch of extension screws with knurled knobs (https://www.amazon.com/10-PACK-Screws-Parallel-Serial-Connectors/dp/B016S7OBOE) so I could tighten and verify tightness by touch. I replace...
Forum: Tools 09-11-2020, 04:19 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,959
Posted By flion
Last ones, for now. These are made tools. The...

Last ones, for now. These are made tools. The first is a simple rest for round stock, made quickly with scrap angle and a few rivets. The second takes a bit of explanation, for those of you...
Forum: Tools 09-11-2020, 03:57 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,959
Posted By flion
Thinking of modded tools, wrenches come easily to...

Thinking of modded tools, wrenches come easily to mind. I have two, shown in the first photo, that serve to handle fluid fittings in tight places. The short one, especially, I did not regret buying...
Forum: Tools 09-11-2020, 03:45 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,959
Posted By flion
Neat stuff! I'm glad I thought to start this. ...

Neat stuff! I'm glad I thought to start this. It took me a couple days to find or make photos of the tools I wanted to show and I won't put them all in a single post. I'll start off with squeezer...
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By flion
The picture on the right is most correct, though...

The picture on the right is most correct, though I don't think it's a problem if you have the bottom skin between the tailcone's bottom and side skins as in the first picture. It looks like you are...
Forum: Tools 09-09-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 4,959
Posted By flion
Tools you modified/made

From another thread, but it made me think. Pristine tools are a joy, no doubt about it. But I have a handful of specially made or modified tools and have seen more in the shops of other mechanics. ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 718
Posted By flion
Drill a #40 hole at 1" mark on a tape measure and...

Drill a #40 hole at 1" mark on a tape measure and cleco it in place. But I have to admit, I like this method, too. Clever thinking.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2020, 09:57 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,563
Posted By flion
I don't land with the nose that high and just aim...

I don't land with the nose that high and just aim to keep it off the ground, similar to my takeoff technique. It slows down pretty quickly and when the stick is all the way back, it doesn't have...
Forum: Electrical Systems 09-08-2020, 09:50 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,997
Posted By flion
Similar to above, I've been using a Battery...

Similar to above, I've been using a Battery Tender Plus. I discovered them for my motorcycle when I moved from California to Michigan and the battery lost charge over the winter. My RV-6A has dual...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2020, 07:09 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,241
Posted By flion
Nope, sorry, still side scrolls on my iPhone......

Nope, sorry, still side scrolls on my iPhone... :p My point being, that since there is no resolution standard for browsers, pick a reasonable size. 800 to 1024 isn't bad for tablets, with height...
Forum: RV-10 08-31-2020, 08:16 PM
Replies: 813
Views: 617,022
Posted By flion
Because a few people had asked, here is the...

Because a few people had asked, here is the latest on my fuselage (see attached photo). This shows the right mid skin drilled off and I have since removed the left skin as well. Also the floor skins...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-31-2020, 07:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,241
Posted By flion
It's always a good idea to resize images for...

It's always a good idea to resize images for online work, and it's not very hard to do. My old Sony digital cameras produced native images at 2048x1535 pixels for a file size of about 1.08Mb. Oddly,...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-31-2020, 03:53 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,515
Posted By flion
I went with Garmin because, after my experience...

I went with Garmin because, after my experience with Blue Mountain, I wanted a company that would be there for a while. However, after further experience with glass panels, it doesn't really matter...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-25-2020, 04:37 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,667
Posted By flion
Sorry to prove you wrong, but I'm attaching a...

Sorry to prove you wrong, but I'm attaching a clip of Adobe Reader DC (not Pro) showing the print dialog not disabled. Also a photo of the browser plug-in printing the first three pages, with the...
Forum: Polishing your RV 08-24-2020, 08:48 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,294
Posted By flion
You could have the fiberglass parts hydro-dipped....

You could have the fiberglass parts hydro-dipped. But any imperfection in the parts will show up in the finish.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,667
Posted By flion
Maybe I didn't understand the original question,...

Maybe I didn't understand the original question, but it is printable on my system. Would be a bit expensive in ink, though. Someone on Facebook complained that a PDF could not be annotated or...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2020, 07:39 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,515
Posted By flion
Amazing that our (semi)official greeter hasn't...

Amazing that our (semi)official greeter hasn't chimed in yet. Anyway, I can't speak for others, but I found the avionics to be the challenging part. The engine install on my -6A was a piece of...
Forum: RV-10 08-17-2020, 08:12 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,298
Posted By flion
It's been a while since I did this part, but I...

It's been a while since I did this part, but I reviewed the plans to be sure my memory was correct. The E-903 ribs are shaped so that the elevator skin over the counterbalance skin lies flat. ...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-16-2020, 08:35 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 551
Posted By flion
Transponder Tests

I'm hoping Mel or someone equally knowledgeable will chime in to answer this dumb question. For the purpose of doing transponder checks, do I count as the manufacturer per 91.413? Not sure I want to...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-16-2020, 06:59 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,346
Posted By flion
The windows app uses the browser to download the...

The windows app uses the browser to download the files, so I'm guessing that he means the browser cache. I don't see anything in the app to tweak. As an additional datapoint, I had no problem...
Forum: Electrical Systems 08-11-2020, 07:59 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,763
Posted By flion
The VP-200 had a fob and could be programmed for...

The VP-200 had a fob and could be programmed for what circuits it would activate. I would not want to remotely start an airplane, but I had planned to have it drop the flaps and activate the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-09-2020, 05:28 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,573
Posted By flion
:eek: How does removing an ear make it easier to...

:eek: How does removing an ear make it easier to hear? (Though I admit those helicopter guys probably have no problem removing body parts with those dangerous swing-wings... :p)
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 08-08-2020, 11:06 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,730
Posted By flion
Funny you should say "any rubber part". When I...

Funny you should say "any rubber part". When I did my panel change, I found the grommets under the firewall shields were brittle and cracked. I replaced two of the five with CPCs but the others are...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 10:56 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,573
Posted By flion
They were not designed for foot traffic. Even...

They were not designed for foot traffic. Even the wing skins are too light for that, which is why the wing walk area has a doubler skin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 10:47 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,833
Posted By flion
From a safety perspective, if the main longerons...

From a safety perspective, if the main longerons aren't bent then the rest is a matter of how much work you want to put into it. If they are bent, you could probably replace them but I personally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-08-2020, 01:44 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,573
Posted By flion
You might want to participate in a FOD walk from...

You might want to participate in a FOD walk from time to time. It's amazing what our certificated brethren leave behind them on the runway ... :p

And now we have a new topic for when the primer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-07-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,573
Posted By flion
I don't like them down when I'm on the ground and...

I don't like them down when I'm on the ground and engine running (short-field TO is an exception). Too much chance of picking something up. I raise them just before engine start. If they ever...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-05-2020, 07:21 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,990
Posted By flion
There's a few RVs in the shades at KFLG. Mine's...

There's a few RVs in the shades at KFLG. Mine's been in a hangar while I did the panel change but it'll go back under a shade soon. It snows here in winter, which is a pain whether you are in a shade...
Forum: RV-10 08-05-2020, 07:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By flion
Welcome to VAF! (It's rare that I get to be the...

Welcome to VAF! (It's rare that I get to be the first to say that.)

You should also check with EAA.org to find the nearest tech counselor and EAA chapter. Tampa is bound to have many resources.
Forum: RV-10 08-05-2020, 07:06 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,023
Posted By flion
Only use sealant on NPT threads. Flared fittings...

Only use sealant on NPT threads. Flared fittings should be dry. (Sorry, wasn't sure what you meant by 'all connections'.)
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2020, 08:31 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 905
Posted By flion
Don't be quick to enlarge those holes. Lots of...

Don't be quick to enlarge those holes. Lots of builders and no one else has been reporting an issue. And it's unlikely that Vans has changed anything. My guess (already mentioned by another poster)...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 08-03-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,441
Posted By flion
How are you managing ADSB? In the face of that, I...

How are you managing ADSB? In the face of that, I finally pulled the trigger and switched to a G3X.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 08-03-2020, 07:58 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,491
Posted By flion
If you use the Airwolf remote, it won't be a...

If you use the Airwolf remote, it won't be a problem at all, though the adapter might cause problems with other things. On my IO-540, it is a *very* close fit to the backup alternator and made it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-03-2020, 07:43 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,230
Posted By flion
Sad, I agree. It might still be worth it if you...

Sad, I agree. It might still be worth it if you have the time to send it to EI and see if they will repair it. If you are in a rush, I could send you one and you could send me that one after it is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-23-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,126
Posted By flion
My skins inside were already painted with primer...

My skins inside were already painted with primer and I just took some aluminum foil, cut to shape, sprayed the back with adhesive (dull side), and burnished it into place. That was in '97, well...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-22-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 43
Views: 6,837
Posted By flion
Lucky for me, the G3X works with the VDO senders...

Lucky for me, the G3X works with the VDO senders that were installed with the Blue Mountain EFIS that I was replacing. However, the BMA system read MAP from the ignition box(es) so I had to plumb...
Forum: RV-14 07-20-2020, 08:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,092
Posted By flion
Better still, put a piece of spare hinge in...

Better still, put a piece of spare hinge in place. If you rivet with the hinge open 60 degrees (or so, depending on your squeezer clearance and direction does not matter), the hinge half being...
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