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Forum: Safety Today, 10:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 564
Posted By AlpineYoda
I don't have much advice on the route, but I...

I don't have much advice on the route, but I would vote for a BRS. I'm building one into mine. Depending on where you fly, there aren't many places to land. I've flown from Boulder to Steamboat,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-20-2020, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 609
Posted By AlpineYoda
I can't give any perspective here - mine are in a...

I can't give any perspective here - mine are in a box awaiting installation.

One of our cars is 11 years old and the seats are still as comfortable as the day we rolled off the lot. Car seats and...
Forum: RV-10 10-15-2020, 01:10 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 597
Posted By AlpineYoda
Thanks for all the input, everyone. I appreciate...

Thanks for all the input, everyone. I appreciate the thoughts and comments. If I can manage it, it sounds like the best plan is to shore up the base a little and complete the cabin top, then jack...
Forum: RV-10 10-15-2020, 10:56 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 597
Posted By AlpineYoda
It looks like 2 or 4 rivets (1 or 2 per side)...

It looks like 2 or 4 rivets (1 or 2 per side) will be too close to buck with the engine mount attached. I've been pretty religious about bucking where I'm told to buck, rather than using pull...
Forum: RV-10 10-15-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 597
Posted By AlpineYoda
RV-10 Build Order / Panel Installation Question

I'm working my way through the plans generally in order, and the next two sections coming up for me are the installation of the cabin top / doors and the wings.

I'm working in a shared hangar and...
Forum: RV-10 10-14-2020, 02:57 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,500
Posted By AlpineYoda
They make an effort to ship all the backordered...

They make an effort to ship all the backordered pieces from a kit together, to save on shipping since they are paying it for back orders.

Iím still waiting on my ailerons for my QB wings and I ran...
Forum: RV-10 10-14-2020, 01:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,500
Posted By AlpineYoda
Back orders seem to be hit or miss. I received...

Back orders seem to be hit or miss. I received my finish and firewall forward kits a week ago with several back ordered pieces, and they are being delivered today.

Iím still waiting on back ordered...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-12-2020, 10:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 491
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm in CO, not CA, so I cannot comment in...

I'm in CO, not CA, so I cannot comment in specific. But at my last physical, I brought my Basic Med form with me and my GP signed off. She said she had seen it once or twice before. No big deal -...
Forum: RV-10 10-09-2020, 10:22 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,189
Posted By AlpineYoda
Greg - how recently were the kits updated for...

Greg - how recently were the kits updated for these new parts and instructions? My finish kit was boxed in late August, shipped in September, and was received last week. Wondering if I'm up to date...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-05-2020, 11:40 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,110
Posted By AlpineYoda
Maybe consider doing it yourself? Even if you...

Maybe consider doing it yourself? Even if you have to replace a few pieces, thatís cheaper than hiring someone. There are lots of threads here and videos on YouTube about how to do it.

Iím...
Forum: Painting your RV 10-02-2020, 02:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 948
Posted By AlpineYoda
$0.25 beer? I should have returned that fuel...

$0.25 beer? I should have returned that fuel tank test kit in person and stocked myself up!
Forum: VAF Classifieds (posts in here deleted after 30 days) 10-01-2020, 12:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,120
Posted By AlpineYoda
Iím making three main deviations from the...

Iím making three main deviations from the plans.

1, BRS parachute system
2, TS Flightline braided hoses for all fuel and brake lines
3, Aveo zip tips.

Happy to discuss any of the above, but all are...
Forum: Tools 09-25-2020, 09:19 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 781
Posted By AlpineYoda
I've been using 3 drills for mine - a Dewalt 18v...

I've been using 3 drills for mine - a Dewalt 18v drill that can do 2000 rpm, a JET drill press that gets a little more than 3000 rpm, and the pneumatic that comes with the PlaneTools builder kit. ...
Forum: RV-10 09-23-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,258
Posted By AlpineYoda
The tunnel and strap install kit was about $8k. ...

The tunnel and strap install kit was about $8k. The balance is the rocket and parachute. Don't know what the repack will be. Haven't asked - not sure I want to know yet. I figure it will be one...
Forum: RV-10 09-23-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,258
Posted By AlpineYoda
Haven't been on in a couple of days... Yes, 10...

Haven't been on in a couple of days...

Yes, 10 year repack on the RV version, too. If you are building new, they will sell you the installation kit separately from the rocket and 'chute. You buy...
Forum: Tools 09-22-2020, 11:26 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,914
Posted By AlpineYoda
I've had no problems with JIS bits. I stripped...

I've had no problems with JIS bits. I stripped out a number of screws removing my tanks from my QB wings with a standard bit.

I used a JIS bit in both a slow power screwdriver and my handheld...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-17-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By AlpineYoda
Those look really interesting. But at $4 to $8...

Those look really interesting. But at $4 to $8 per nutplate, that will add up quickly! You mentioned a wingtip kit - all Iíve been able to find are loose nutplates at a shop in Utah or a $30 kit at...
Forum: Fiberglass 09-17-2020, 11:14 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 807
Posted By AlpineYoda
Aveo Zip Tips III - How are you attaching?

Started working on my ZipTips. I've read through about 50 threads about them on this site, but I didn't see any comments on how people are attaching the access panel. I'm planning to do the...
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,437
Posted By AlpineYoda
The pdf you just posted says it may damage...

The pdf you just posted says it may damage rubber. So keep it away from any seals you care about.
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 09-15-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,437
Posted By AlpineYoda
Petco might sell live mice as food for pet...

Petco might sell live mice as food for pet snakes. I guess you get a very small bucket and milk the mouse.

Or, you can go to www.mousemilk.com and learn about their penetrating oils.
:D
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,073
Posted By AlpineYoda
I keep hearing stories about towns suing the...

I keep hearing stories about towns suing the local airport over noise violations. I know that locally there have been a few people with binoculars that routinely report tail numbers that are too...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2020, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 532
Posted By AlpineYoda
Oh, yeah! I've been wondering what those were...

Oh, yeah! I've been wondering what those were for. Will do. thanks!
Forum: RV-10 09-08-2020, 12:54 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 715
Posted By AlpineYoda
I recall using a flush rivet set with very low...

I recall using a flush rivet set with very low pressure, and tilting the flush head a few degrees so I could hit them not with the dead center of the flush head, but somewhere between the center and...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2020, 11:29 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 532
Posted By AlpineYoda
Thanks - I will look again in the box. Maybe I...

Thanks - I will look again in the box. Maybe I missed them. I'm guessing they are rather small.

Worst case, I have the old skin from my vertical stabilizer on hand since I bought a re-do skin. I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-08-2020, 10:10 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 532
Posted By AlpineYoda
Question on fuselage piano hinge shim

I'm working on adding the piano hinges to the front end of the fuselage of the RV-10, where the cowl will attach.

Page 41Q-7 says to cut a number of shims from 0.020 thick 2024-T3 aluminum. I don't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2020, 09:15 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,774
Posted By AlpineYoda
Have you given any thought to offering it...

Have you given any thought to offering it on-line? Plenty of conferences in my industry (and many others) have shifted to on-line attendance.

The idea of traveling to a state with an active...
Forum: Electronic Ignition Systems 09-02-2020, 12:55 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,225
Posted By AlpineYoda
I ordered my -540 on August 3. I spoke directly...

I ordered my -540 on August 3. I spoke directly with the Lycoming factory around 8/10 to confirm a few details.

Lycoming is currently testing a p-mag but has not approved it for delivery from them....
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 09-02-2020, 09:52 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,240
Posted By AlpineYoda
82 pounds? That's about 3 times the weight of...

82 pounds? That's about 3 times the weight of the battery in my car, and my car needs enough juice to start a V-10 engine.

That's 12 pounds more than my Field Labrador Retriever.

I'm planning to...
Forum: RV-10 09-01-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,081
Posted By AlpineYoda
If it comes from a harmonic in the firewall, is...

If it comes from a harmonic in the firewall, is it possible to attach some kind of foam or other material to reduce the vibration? If your foot can stop it, it seems like some kind of sound...
Forum: RV-10 08-31-2020, 10:39 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,651
Posted By AlpineYoda
Even with the Aveo wingtips, you can still add a...

Even with the Aveo wingtips, you can still add a taillight. It isn't required, but it can be done (I know because I'm doing it...)

The Aveo tail strobe has a sync wire where you can get all three...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-27-2020, 10:36 AM
Replies: 643
Views: 202,820
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm relatively new to the Van's world (building...

I'm relatively new to the Van's world (building since late 2019), but it is quite apparent to me how similar all the Van's planes are. Yes, some are single seat, some are tandem, some are side by...
Forum: RV-10 08-26-2020, 09:16 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 754
Posted By AlpineYoda
Well, I'm building a -10. I had some knee...

Well, I'm building a -10. I had some knee surgery a week ago that was supposed to have a 5 day recovery, but the problem wasn't what they thought it was on the MRI, and, long story short, I'm in a...
Forum: RV-14 08-24-2020, 01:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,195
Posted By AlpineYoda
They must be seriously backlogged. I received my...

They must be seriously backlogged. I received my QB -10 fuselage and wings in mid-April with several parts backordered. Some complex QB parts, some simple one-off parts.

None have been received...
Forum: RV-10 08-23-2020, 04:45 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Posted By AlpineYoda
I built mine with both sets. For the FT-60,...

I built mine with both sets. For the FT-60, which seems like the more likely part for me, although I havenít gotten to that installation yet, I put in both required nutplates. For the other one,...
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2020, 01:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 348
Posted By AlpineYoda
Yes, the right side gets trimmed flush. The...

Yes, the right side gets trimmed flush. The right side of the plane joins to the fuselage along the bulkhead in a straight line.

The baggage door on the left side isnít a square, itís five sided. ...
Forum: RV-4 08-21-2020, 09:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By AlpineYoda
As I said above, I used Tom, too. And I...

As I said above, I used Tom, too. And I completely vouch for him. Super responsive, very very helpful. They can do the whole kit, or individual pieces. It you want to keep the fixed lines plastic...
Forum: RV-4 08-20-2020, 11:30 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,722
Posted By AlpineYoda
There are alternatives, but they are pricey. I...

There are alternatives, but they are pricey. I bought a full set of braided SS and Teflon brake and fuel lines from TS Flightlines / Aircraft Specialty. They are absolutely beautiful and fit...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 08-18-2020, 12:40 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,930
Posted By AlpineYoda
The great existential debates of our time.... 1,...

The great existential debates of our time....

1, Prime or do not prime?
2, Is there a God?
3, Tricycle gear or tailwheel?
4, Is being told to wear a mask an infringement of my freedoms?
5, C Frame...
Forum: RV-10 08-18-2020, 09:53 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,725
Posted By AlpineYoda
There are few decisions that cannot be reversed...

There are few decisions that cannot be reversed later on. You may not think that rudder trim or an autopilot or a special door latching mechanism are important to you today, but you might change...
Forum: RV models of the future (RV-??) 08-04-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 643
Views: 202,820
Posted By AlpineYoda
250 mile range for a 2 place jet? Seems low to...

250 mile range for a 2 place jet? Seems low to me. This one has two seats and a 3,450 mile range.
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2020, 08:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,258
Posted By AlpineYoda
I installed the parachute case and the rocket...

I installed the parachute case and the rocket tunnel for the BRS in my RV-10 yesterday. As I note in my EAA blog, the instructions are not on par with what we RV-10 builders are used to from Van's. ...
Forum: RV-10 08-04-2020, 08:15 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 934
Posted By AlpineYoda
I see where you are now. I don't see anything...

I see where you are now. I don't see anything about enlarging those holes, either. A few basic things to check (not to insult anyone's intelligence - we all make avoidable mistakes). Are the...
Forum: RV-10 08-03-2020, 11:54 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 934
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm unclear where you are in the build - can you...

I'm unclear where you are in the build - can you cite a page and step number?

As I recall, the VA-101 threaded inserts were really hard to insert into the pushrods, especially after priming the...
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2020, 11:32 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,258
Posted By AlpineYoda
Yup - ever look at a topographical map of...

Yup - ever look at a topographical map of Colorado? Few places to put it down anywhere west of the Front Range. I once heard former governor Hickenlooper say that if you could spread a piece of...
Forum: RV-10 07-29-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,258
Posted By AlpineYoda
BRS Parachute or not is the new "to prime or not...

BRS Parachute or not is the new "to prime or not to prime" debate.

Maybe the new "2 bladed prop or 3 bladed prop debate."

If you decide to add one, you will get a lot more negative reactions than...
Forum: RV-10 07-28-2020, 02:46 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By AlpineYoda
I have an RV-10 with QB wings. I installed the...

I have an RV-10 with QB wings. I installed the aileron trim about a month ago. Closed or not closed doesn't matter, since the trim servo installs in the bay in the underside skin that was already...
Forum: RV-10 07-28-2020, 11:12 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,258
Posted By AlpineYoda
I'm in the process of installing one in an...

I'm in the process of installing one in an under-construction RV-10. Happy to discuss what's involved. I'm sure it's a bit easier to do it while the plane is still half built, but the kit was...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-28-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,256
Posted By AlpineYoda
The above advice is right - put a cleco in each...

The above advice is right - put a cleco in each open hole to clamp pieces together. On top of that, I sometimes find that using clamps to hold pieces together is necessary, too. If the pieces have...
Forum: Close Calls / Lessons Learned 07-28-2020, 08:19 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,971
Posted By AlpineYoda
I was flying on a checkride for a multiengine...

I was flying on a checkride for a multiengine rating several years ago and we were coming into Erie airport (KEIK) just north of Denver to do a single engine landing. The field is untowered and we...
Forum: Safety 07-27-2020, 09:47 AM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,620
Posted By AlpineYoda
Congrats on a great outcome. Sounds like you...

Congrats on a great outcome. Sounds like you made some great decisions and did some excellent aviating.

I suggest sending this story to AOPA Pilot and Flying Mag for their regular "I learned...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-24-2020, 11:41 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,672
Posted By AlpineYoda
Would the tip of a file reach the hole? A fine...

Would the tip of a file reach the hole? A fine file rubbed over the surface might debur.

I've also found that a good scrubbing with purple scotchbrite pads debur decently, as long as you don't mind...
Forum: RV-14 07-24-2020, 09:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,848
Posted By AlpineYoda
I wish I could help! Mine have been on order for...

I wish I could help! Mine have been on order for several months - they have been having some supply chain and shipping problems due to the pandemic and are months backlogged.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 07-24-2020, 08:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 637
Posted By AlpineYoda
I am building a -10, not a -14, so I'm assuming...

I am building a -10, not a -14, so I'm assuming that these are similar in many ways.

Not sure exactly what you are asking - but there will be two fiber glass fairings at the end of the hor stab -...
Forum: RV-8/8A 07-21-2020, 02:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 875
Posted By AlpineYoda
A little trick I discovered - the rudder is...

A little trick I discovered - the rudder is really hard to align by yourself (if, like me, you do the vast majority of your work on your own) with the tiniest of tolerances that all these parts...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-20-2020, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,605
Posted By AlpineYoda
I had thought that snakes preferred...

I had thought that snakes preferred Ssssssssssssssirrussssssssssessssssssss
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2020, 11:18 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By AlpineYoda
Thanks for the addition - I forgot to mention...

Thanks for the addition - I forgot to mention that the rivet hole they say to leave open and drill wider for the pitot probe was riveted normally, per your list.

I didn't re-do that work because I...
Forum: RV-10 07-20-2020, 10:44 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 610
Posted By AlpineYoda
RV-10 - Notes for Quickbuilders

I ordered a set of QB wings and fuselage for my RV-10. As many know, there are no instructions for quickbuilders which are separate from the standard instructions. Every builder is strongly...
Forum: RV-10 07-15-2020, 09:42 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 568
Posted By AlpineYoda
By coincidence, I happened to install mine about...

By coincidence, I happened to install mine about 10 days ago. They fit fine - 3/8 in length, extended just enough outside the hinge brackets that they provide maybe 0.5mm of clearance on both sides....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-10-2020, 11:21 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 749
Posted By AlpineYoda
I had read someplace, maybe here, that mounting...

I had read someplace, maybe here, that mounting the engine earlier rather than later is a good idea as the engine mount tends to settle/sag/bow a little bit over time. Fitting the cowl and other...
Forum: RV-9/9A 07-07-2020, 08:23 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,497
Posted By AlpineYoda
I recently finished reading "Growing up Boeing",...

I recently finished reading "Growing up Boeing", about some of the Boeing test pilots in the post-war era and the early development of the 707, 727, 747, 737, and 757.

No one publicly admits it, but...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-29-2020, 01:21 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 6,337
Posted By AlpineYoda
Only 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 14s? There go all my...

Only 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 14s?

There go all my plans for rolling my future -10, mock dogfights, and sustained inverted flight.
Forum: Reviews 06-18-2020, 03:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 767
Posted By AlpineYoda
Stewart shipping my QB wings and fuselage to my...

Stewart shipping my QB wings and fuselage to my hangar in Colorado. They could NOT have been nicer or more professional. The backed the truck right into the hangar and dropped the fuselage with a...
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