I am building a VANS RV-4 aircraft. If your not involved in homebuilt aircraft it wont be too interesting, but if you are a part of that elite group it just might be. My intention is to include ONLY the interesting details, so the rate of change will be quite slow!

Sunday, April 13, 2008


The panel is complete.

Here are a couple of pictures of the panel. Double click them to enlarge.

In fact it is not quite complete. The canopy warning light is missing, and there are some nuts to buy and install, and wiring and pneumatics to complete around the back. One label for the two switches on the left below the panel is missing. The LH one, OFF - Master ON - Alternator ON. The RH one, OFF-Strobe ON - Start.

I am pleased it has worked out well. None of the off-panel switches need to be touched in flight, leaving just flaps and fuel pump in front of the throttle quadrant, and trim, PTT and A/P disconnect on the stick. That should let me concentrate on flying.

The instrument below the ASI is a TruTrak AP.

Thought for the day.
"A lot of times in politics you have people look you in the eye and tell you what's not on their mind." George Bush, April 6, 2008

Saturday, April 05, 2008


Firewall forward is nearly complete.

The wife has been away a few days so progress has been dramatic even if I am loosing weight!

My oil cooler /cabin heat system was completed today, and the carb heat system a few days ago.

You can see details of both if you go here, together with mounting details of the pressure sensors and the short RV4 oil dipstick.

At this stage it is nearly complete at the front. I need to hook up the ignition leads, terminate a couple of wires where I ran out of parts, and I guess it would be a good idea to bolt the prop on soon. Oh. and before anyone worries. there are quite a few nuts/bolts/washers to sort out yet!

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