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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-11-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 22,537
Posted By tomkk
Tried that - didn't work. Finally gave up and...

Tried that - didn't work. Finally gave up and switched to the S-H VR. So far, so good ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 08:01 AM
Replies: 148
Views: 16,052
Posted By tomkk
I ordered mine from the web store on Jan 30. Got...

I ordered mine from the web store on Jan 30. Got an email a few days later that said they expect to ship in 6 - 8 weeks.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-06-2020, 07:56 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,229
Posted By tomkk
You can dump that data out of Skyview and look at...

You can dump that data out of Skyview and look at it offline ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-05-2020, 02:37 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 3,229
Posted By tomkk
How much fuel did you have in the tank?

How much fuel did you have in the tank?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 06:27 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,988
Posted By tomkk
It seems like the water will migrate to the...

It seems like the water will migrate to the gascolator if you leave the fuel valve open. Not sure how long that takes though.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-01-2020, 09:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,031
Posted By tomkk
If you didn't do the aerobatics in Phase I what...

If you didn't do the aerobatics in Phase I what do you have to do to subsequently place it back into Phase I for the aerobatics?
Forum: Glass Cockpit 01-31-2020, 06:48 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 721
Posted By tomkk
Mine seem to be working OK this morning ......

Mine seem to be working OK this morning ... albeit slowly ...
Forum: Autopilots 01-27-2020, 07:03 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 597
Posted By tomkk
Normally open momentary for Dynon servos.

Normally open momentary for Dynon servos.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-25-2020, 06:47 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,562
Posted By tomkk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRvQxGl4kt4

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fRvQxGl4kt4
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-25-2020, 06:31 AM
Replies: 89
Views: 34,917
Posted By tomkk
Where are you hosting your pictures? If Google...

Where are you hosting your pictures? If Google Photo, these instructions have always worked for me: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1247873&postcount=7
Forum: Florida (Central) 01-19-2020, 02:06 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By tomkk
Point taken. My point was more that it wasn't...

Point taken. My point was more that it wasn't required before the inspection.
Forum: Florida (Central) 01-19-2020, 12:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 711
Posted By tomkk
I've used Absolute Aviation in Edgewater....

I've used Absolute Aviation in Edgewater. 727-415-7999.

Also, I don't think the transponder check has to be done before the inspection either, just before first flight.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-17-2020, 06:45 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 514
Posted By tomkk
That's how I ran mine. Seems to work fine ...

That's how I ran mine. Seems to work fine ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2019, 07:42 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,226
Posted By tomkk
I just use Google Photo. Don't post all that many...

I just use Google Photo. Don't post all that many photos but never had a problem that I'm aware of ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-22-2019, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,841
Posted By tomkk
Yeah, forgot about that. I use a single bead of...

Yeah, forgot about that. I use a single bead of red silicone down the outside of each spring and a loose safety wire down the center ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-22-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,841
Posted By tomkk
I've been flying my RV-12 for 4 1/2 years, almost...

I've been flying my RV-12 for 4 1/2 years, almost 700 hours. Not sure exactly but I think I've broken two springs. I've replaced probably 3 or 4 that have shown wear, I keep those just in case I...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-14-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,647
Posted By tomkk
I did my canopy way before the rear window was...

I did my canopy way before the rear window was in. I put off attaching the tailcone until after the engine was installed. Installed the avionics before the engine or tailcone attachment so I could...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-11-2019, 01:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,647
Posted By tomkk
It took me about twice as long to build my...

It took me about twice as long to build my fuselage as it did my wings (Empennage+wings were about 25% of my build, fuselage about 25%, Finish Kit about 25% and Engine+Avionics+Options+Finishing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-23-2019, 07:42 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
I think my last sinkers were the new ones with...

I think my last sinkers were the new ones with the short sleeves ... Mogas with ethanol used exclusively.
Forum: Interiors 11-23-2019, 01:00 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,492
Posted By tomkk
Can't see the picture ...

Can't see the picture ...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-21-2019, 12:24 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,115
Posted By tomkk
Thanks. It was something I wanted to experiment...

Thanks. It was something I wanted to experiment with and it was fun project. I've heard talk about a "Show" paint job and a "10 foot" paint job. These pictures show it at about 20 feet. I'm sure not...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-21-2019, 07:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,115
Posted By tomkk
Not an RV story but does relate to the vinyl...

Not an RV story but does relate to the vinyl discussion. I just finished wrapping my new aircraft, a SPA Panther, with the new 3M 2080 film. For size comparison, the Panther is a single seater, maybe...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 11-05-2019, 09:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 747
Posted By tomkk
My Dynon interfaces with my android tablet via...

My Dynon interfaces with my android tablet via WiFi easily. I use (free) Fltplan GO on my android tablet. I usually do my flight plans using fltplan.com and download it to my tablet at home then...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-16-2019, 12:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By tomkk
Thumbs up Yup, nice pics. Quite a trip ...

Yup, nice pics. Quite a trip ...
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-16-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 860
Posted By tomkk
I can't see any pictures, just circles with...

I can't see any pictures, just circles with dashes in them ...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 10-07-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,316
Posted By tomkk
The quality of my squeezed rivets improved...

The quality of my squeezed rivets improved dramatically after I sprung for a Cleveland Tools Main Squeeze. I found I had to apply so much force to a conventional single stage squeezer (for lack of a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-04-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By tomkk
I think those are the requirements for flying...

I think those are the requirements for flying under those conditions, not for the airworthiness inspection by the DAR. At least it wasn't required for either of my inspections.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 02:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,601
Posted By tomkk
I didn't think the transponder & pitot static...

I didn't think the transponder & pitot static certifications had to be done prior to DAR inspection, just prior to first flight.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
Yeah, I waffled around with oil change intervals...

Yeah, I waffled around with oil change intervals for a while but decided that oil is cheap, relatively speaking :), and 50 hr oil change intervals would keep my engine happy. Rotax says 100 hr is OK,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-11-2019, 06:26 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
The vast majority of my flying has been with...

The vast majority of my flying has been with ethanol Mogas, don't know about others ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-10-2019, 12:29 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
I experimented with the MS blue floats for almost...

I experimented with the MS blue floats for almost 35 hours some time ago. Did not see any definitive bad effects but had the perception that the ran a bit rich at low power settings. I have Bing...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-09-2019, 09:56 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,367
Posted By tomkk
Some time ago I had a nose wheel tire with very...

Some time ago I had a nose wheel tire with very low pressure but it wasn't visible until I got into the aircraft and added my weight to the nose tire. I didn't see anything unusual in the preflight...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 12:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 865
Posted By tomkk
Cleaveland Aircraft Tool also has canopy covers...

Cleaveland Aircraft Tool also has canopy covers (http://www.cleavelandtool.com/searchprods.asp). I haven't used my RV-12 cover much but it did fit nicely and seems good quality.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2019, 05:48 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,413
Posted By tomkk
That's true but a piece of masonite, MDF or...

That's true but a piece of masonite, MDF or whatever is easy to find, is inexpensive and really does work well.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2019, 05:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 709
Posted By tomkk
I see that on my #1 cylinder (front right). Don't...

I see that on my #1 cylinder (front right). Don't remember if the #2 is typically black or not. #2 & #4 cylinders always clean.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-05-2019, 11:39 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,413
Posted By tomkk
Nice clean cut easily and accurately on straight...

Nice clean cut easily and accurately on straight or pretty intricate cuts: https://www.amazon.com/Fiskars-195210-1001-Comfort-Rotary-Cutter/dp/B000B7M8WU
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-01-2019, 08:07 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,966
Posted By tomkk
The link to the photos doesn't work for me.

The link to the photos doesn't work for me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 07-23-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,552
Posted By tomkk
I just insulated mine and tucked it away.

I just insulated mine and tucked it away.
Forum: Glass Cockpit 07-16-2019, 08:27 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,816
Posted By tomkk
I'm flying one of each and actually mostly prefer...

I'm flying one of each and actually mostly prefer the Skyview Touch. Having the flight plan tape on the right side is OK but I was OK with it being the translucent overlay on the map on the SV Touch....
Forum: RV-10 06-25-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,011
Posted By tomkk
Yeah, I do the same with tongue depressors. Can...

Yeah, I do the same with tongue depressors. Can trim to most any shape ...
Forum: Painting your RV 06-24-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,849
Posted By tomkk
Did you do any special prep on the fiberglass?...

Did you do any special prep on the fiberglass? Just wondering about the relative adhesion of the vinyl on fiberglass & aluminum.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-10-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 874
Posted By tomkk
I have to slide the carb throat out of the rubber...

I have to slide the carb throat out of the rubber sleeve to make room to drop the bowl. Loosen the clamp around the rubber sleeve, rotate the carb a bit to break it loose from the rubber and slide it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-08-2019, 05:44 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,108
Posted By tomkk
What he said. I have found it's still difficult...

What he said. I have found it's still difficult to remove and I've found those rubber disks found in the kitchen to remove caps from containers to be useful to grip the gascolator body.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-06-2019, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,141
Posted By tomkk
For me, my lighting system is less for me to see...

For me, my lighting system is less for me to see at night but more for the million students we have around here to see me during the day ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2019, 12:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,430
Posted By tomkk
Oh, sorry, I meant 1/2 oz per 10 gal. I was...

Oh, sorry, I meant 1/2 oz per 10 gal. I was actually trying to correct the orig. post that indicated 1-2 oz per 10 gal.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 06-05-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,430
Posted By tomkk
That's 1/2 oz per gallon, right?

That's 1/2 oz per gallon, right?
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2019, 10:02 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,919
Posted By tomkk
I think it'll be hard to use regular auto fuel...

I think it'll be hard to use regular auto fuel without any coloring. If you can't get 100LL you might try one of the UV fuel dye kits or something like that.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2019, 06:29 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,919
Posted By tomkk
I'm not a big fan of the balloon test. Most...

I'm not a big fan of the balloon test. Most balloons gradually lose air even with no leaks. I make a homemade manometer (just a loop of clear tubing partially filled with water). The pressure will...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2019, 08:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,293
Posted By tomkk
Looks like it would work great. I've just never...

Looks like it would work great. I've just never had occasion to jack up both sides at the same time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2019, 09:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By tomkk
OK, thanks. There's apparently one later than the...

OK, thanks. There's apparently one later than the F4118 - mine is a F4122. I looked at the stepping curve on their website and it looks like I got to step 4. Might just take a bit longer to get to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-01-2019, 07:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,143
Posted By tomkk
Silent Hektik Voltage Regulator

I just installed a SH VR. I've read about the stepping nature of this VR getting to max voltage. Mine started at around 12.7v. After 1/2 hr it was up to 13.6 and 13.8 after an hour.

I was expecting...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2019, 06:52 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 342,279
Posted By tomkk
I have no idea. All I know is that draft is very...

I have no idea. All I know is that draft is very welcome down here in Florida in the summer :) and very unwelcome up north in December when it's sub-zero :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2019, 04:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 415
Posted By tomkk
My move was only about 25 miles but I rented a...

My move was only about 25 miles but I rented a Penske 26' or 28', don't remember for sure. I think it was their largest box truck. Built ramps for the main gear and used the truck ramp for the nose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2019, 12:07 PM
Replies: 335
Views: 342,279
Posted By tomkk
I added those gear fairings as well. I was...

I added those gear fairings as well. I was actually mostly interested in the upper intersection fairings in an attempt to reduce the "breeze" between the seats from back to front. I had upper...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
I have almost 35 hrs on my MS floats so far, no...

I have almost 35 hrs on my MS floats so far, no problems so far. I'll be doing a 600 hr inspection, probably later this week. I'll be doing a carb overhaul as part of that and I intend to look at the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-20-2019, 11:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,663
Posted By tomkk
One data point

I have two 500-5, 6 ply rating, Desser Elite 2 groove retreads that I have not mounted. They weigh 6.372 lbs and 7.346 lbs.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-25-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
That was actually what I was thinking that...

That was actually what I was thinking that prompted me to experiment with the MS floats. Fuel has got to be sloshing around inside the bowl just from normal engine vibration, although there could be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-25-2019, 12:55 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
See post #57 in this thread. I'm up to about 15...

See post #57 in this thread. I'm up to about 15 hrs with the MS floats without any ill effects that I can see. I've tried various altitudes & throttle settings. I have noticed about a 30 deg EGT...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-21-2019, 06:37 AM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
I've heard that before ... :(

I've heard that before ... :(
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2019, 03:53 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
$125 for two floats, $250 for both carbs. Plus...

$125 for two floats, $250 for both carbs. Plus something like a $7 processing fee and $30 shipping.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2019, 12:35 PM
Replies: 180
Views: 30,985
Posted By tomkk
I'm frankly tired of replacing my floats - my 4th...

I'm frankly tired of replacing my floats - my 4th set just went bad (almost 600 hrs on the engine). I'm certainly not impressed with the quality of the Bing floats, or rather, I'm highly negatively...
Forum: Reviews 01-23-2019, 11:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 18,064
Posted By tomkk
Just another data point. My Desser retreads were...

Just another data point. My Desser retreads were heavier and slightly larger. They required some balancing but not excessive. I flipped the tires at mid-tread and are still using them. I'm happy with...
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