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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-13-2019, 11:01 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 448
Posted By rongawer
Having built a few airplanes and recently flown...

Having built a few airplanes and recently flown my RV12 across the US and back (almost twice if you include the trip to KOSH in July as well), it's a lot of fuel stops, but generally three hours is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-13-2019, 10:41 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 603
Posted By rongawer
For that one screw on each side that is blocked...

For that one screw on each side that is blocked by the canopy, I use this:

Neiko 03044A Mini Ratcheting Offset Screwdriver and Bit Set, Pocket Size Close-Quarters ,1/4-Inch Drive
by Amazon.com
Learn...
Forum: RV-10 11-07-2019, 12:06 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 4,240
Posted By rongawer
As a "belt & suspenders" option, I put some UHMW...

As a "belt & suspenders" option, I put some UHMW tape along the push-rod tube to provide some rub protection just in case the spring were to contact the tube.
Forum: RV-10 11-06-2019, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 523
Posted By rongawer
Congrats Tim, lookin' good! Love the prop.

Congrats Tim, lookin' good! Love the prop.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-03-2019, 11:12 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 847
Posted By rongawer
Aside from all the braking fun, Cooper's BBQ is...

Aside from all the braking fun, Cooper's BBQ is worth the trip alone. Llano is on my "crossing Texas" flight plan.

And they have a courtesy car too!
Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines 11-02-2019, 01:04 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 14,152
Posted By rongawer
Old Thread

This is an old thread, but want to make sure folks have all the information. According to Loctite 515 Technical Documentation Sheet, the cure time is 24 hours on aluminum, with full strength at 72...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-02-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,443
Posted By rongawer
I always just say I'm using them on my RV... no...

I always just say I'm using them on my RV... no one ever seems to ask further on that. And hey, I'm not lying. :cool:
Forum: Fuel Injection Systems 10-28-2019, 11:25 AM
Replies: 88
Views: 14,878
Posted By rongawer
Fault light

Ross, I really like your new programmer and look forward to implementing the EM-6 on my airplane.

For the fault light, do you provide a discrete output as well? I would prefer to have that fault...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,749
Posted By rongawer
I too think XM is expensive, so I've just stopped...

I too think XM is expensive, so I've just stopped using it. Inferring to your comment about "Why do I now need XM weather?", I'm guessing you're on the fence about it.

If you really need weather...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,624
Posted By rongawer
That is a huge number, but at the time of this...

That is a huge number, but at the time of this post, there are 18 leaks reported in the poll. A 20% leak rate would be a drastic production failure rate in any business, but I haven't seen what data...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2019, 08:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 292
Posted By rongawer
If you don't have Gauge Vibration Dampers...

If you don't have Gauge Vibration Dampers installed, they will work very well to stop fluctuations you're describing. I use ones from McMaster-Carr:

Brass, 1/8 NPT Male x Female, 0.004" Orifice...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-12-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,941
Posted By rongawer
The change over point is at 16,000'. Below that,...

The change over point is at 16,000'. Below that, it's IAS, above that, it's TAS; it's not intended to observe the most limiting all the time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-05-2019, 01:26 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 884
Posted By rongawer
If you have some 5606H fluid, itís s great...

If you have some 5606H fluid, itís s great hydraulic fluid for riveters, and jacks too.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-03-2019, 11:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,941
Posted By rongawer
Just in keep in mind that Vne for the RV12 is 136...

Just in keep in mind that Vne for the RV12 is 136 KIAS below 16,000' and 136 KTAS 16,000 and above.

I don't know how many folks are flying their -12's above 16,000, but I'd guess for the vast...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-03-2019, 04:16 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 565
Posted By rongawer
I use my VA-400 Ablescope with my macbook and get...

I use my VA-400 Ablescope with my macbook and get good results with photo booth. I capture HD quality video through photo booth as well.

I also agree the idea of cleaning the lens with a little...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 02:08 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,250
Posted By rongawer
As an upstanding taxpayer...line 95 on the CA 540...

As an upstanding taxpayer...line 95 on the CA 540 tax form is where you get to write in and provide the "use" tax for everything you bought out of state you owe taxes on. it's all subject to tax....
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,007
Posted By rongawer
DITTO! They work on bigger wheels too.

DITTO!

They work on bigger wheels too.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-02-2019, 01:59 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 679
Posted By rongawer
I agree with doing it ahead of time. I think the...

I agree with doing it ahead of time. I think the FAA asks for about 90 days, but there's no reason you can't do it 6 months ahead if you already have the paperwork you need from Van's. For that...
Forum: RV-10 09-18-2019, 10:05 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 600
Posted By rongawer
Zero...but then again, I donít prime anymore than...

Zero...but then again, I donít prime anymore than what is absolutely necessary either though. :cool:
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-17-2019, 09:42 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,452
Posted By rongawer
I agree; cleco that sucker up and install rivets....

I agree; cleco that sucker up and install rivets.

Definitely take a good look at all the metal around it to ensure no deformation of adjoining structures.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 10:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 747
Posted By rongawer
https://www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/products/categor...

https://www.mcfarlaneaviation.com/products/category/controls-push-pull/

They’ll make just about anything you can imagine with a control cable. Great quality at a very fair price.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 03:20 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,453
Posted By rongawer
You may know that, but I don't have enough...

You may know that, but I don't have enough information to make that determination. As far I know, someone claimed they were torqued, but operation, vibration or inadequate torque could result in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-16-2019, 11:22 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,711
Posted By rongawer
The advisory circular for experimental aircraft...

The advisory circular for experimental aircraft testing 80-99B, states to do flow testing at 5º above the highest anticipated climb angle. Understanding that Van's designed the RV12 for E-LSA, so...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,299
Posted By rongawer
Ok, I'm biased... but, I very much enjoy my...

Ok, I'm biased... but, I very much enjoy my RV12isH. I can fly 3 hours at 118-120KTAS with me and another 6'2" 200 pounder and bags with over an hour reserve. It's fun and easy to fly and it took me...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-16-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,453
Posted By rongawer
Several points to be made here. 1. Torque check...

Several points to be made here.

1. Torque check indicator is just that; it's a tamper or inspection indicator that the fastener indicated was torqued. There is absolutely a time an a place for...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 09-13-2019, 10:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 483
Posted By rongawer
G3X v8.40

Although this update was announced in the G5 thread, I just want to point that Garmin slipped in a pretty nice update that now allows the G3X to sync EIS data to your iPhone, and the to the website...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2019, 07:40 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By rongawer
Ok, Walt, I'll continue, although I don't...

Ok, Walt, I'll continue, although I don't actually consider it a debate... first, re-read my previous posts; I haven't told anyone not to use an antenna or not perform an installation; in fact,...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2019, 04:10 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By rongawer
Walt, I don't see any contrary information here...

Walt, I don't see any contrary information here or anything to be changed from what has been said, although it's nice to hear that the GNX 375 can provide that data to the GSU 25, as that's what I'm...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-13-2019, 11:04 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,373
Posted By rongawer
I'm in the Rust-Oleum camp. I've used their...

I'm in the Rust-Oleum camp. I've used their self-etching metal primer, followed up with their High Performance enamel in satin gray with great results.

It has held up under daily use.

I suspect...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2019, 10:55 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By rongawer
I'm not Stein, nor G3Xpert, so my advice is...

I'm not Stein, nor G3Xpert, so my advice is probably only worth what you're paying for it.... however, I can confirm the G5 will use a GA26C antenna. Below is an excerpt from the G5 installation...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2019, 09:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By rongawer
Exactly; if you don't have an external GPS...

Exactly; if you don't have an external GPS source, then you need to connect an antenna directly to one of GDU's, but the OP has an external navigation source, along with a G5 to provide a redundant...
Forum: RV-10 09-13-2019, 12:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By rongawer
No, they work just fine with input from either...

No, they work just fine with input from either external source and sharing that data, using the GTN. And having the G5 with it's own valid antenna, it can share GPS data with the G3X, much like a...
Forum: RV-10 09-12-2019, 06:49 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,667
Posted By rongawer
If you’re not going buying a G3X with the...

If you’re not going buying a G3X with the built-in XM receiver, you can use a GA 56, which can be had used for about $50 from eBay. It’s the same as a 57 without XM.

I have a GA 35 for my GTN and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-11-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 838
Posted By rongawer
I agree; I've used Aircraft Engravers several...

I agree; I've used Aircraft Engravers several times with an excellent product.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-09-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,927
Posted By rongawer
Nice and quiet

I don't have any carpet or interior, other than my seats and some Amazon rubber floor mats. Like Catbird, I used the Decibel X app, but only get 86db recorded near my head. With Bose A20 headsets,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-09-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,449
Posted By rongawer
The affinity laws, a.k.a pump laws are generally...

The affinity laws, a.k.a pump laws are generally known, where N= speed, V= velocity, H=headloss (drag) and P=power. Noting that N⍺V, N⍺H^2 and N⍺P^3. So, if you want to go faster 3 knots will take...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 10:25 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,449
Posted By rongawer
My low tech solution for this is to put a bright...

My low tech solution for this is to put a bright paint dot at the bottom of the tire sidewall to mark when the stem is lined up. Yes, you do need to move the plane a little bit, but this works fine...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 05:56 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,449
Posted By rongawer
Tire pressure

What I did is install these on each pant:
Tube Access doors (https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/hapages/accessdoors.php)

If you note, the wheel pant brackets have 1" holes in the forward and aft...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-08-2019, 10:04 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,449
Posted By rongawer
Regarding the speed gains, understanding that...

Regarding the speed gains, understanding that speed is proportional to drag squared, the faster normal cruise speed, the greater improvement in speed drag reductions make. For example, an RV10 that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-07-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,449
Posted By rongawer
Wheel pants and landing gear fairings

I've read many different posts on the value, or non-value, of wheel pants and gear fairings. So, I've been experimenting and collecting some data and finally have a full report now that I finally...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-07-2019, 12:20 PM
Replies: 65
Views: 7,858
Posted By rongawer
Now that's a very true statement. I had a midair...

Now that's a very true statement. I had a midair collision with a helicopter years ago in my Debonair; it smacked my right wing and ripped it open, but I was still able to make it back to the airport...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-06-2019, 01:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 684
Posted By rongawer
Or you could just blow off the priming...

Or you could just blow off the priming altogether... :cool:
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-05-2019, 06:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,249
Posted By rongawer
I use the travel cover outside and uncovered in...

I use the travel cover outside and uncovered in the hangar.

On higher wind days, tree branches and other debris get blown around the airport; the cover gives the canopy a better chance of not...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-03-2019, 09:28 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By rongawer
It works very well easing metal drain valves into...

It works very well easing metal drain valves into rubber bladders. I have experienced NPT fittings leaking from aluminum fuel tanks many years ago when I used it for tapered thread sealant and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-02-2019, 08:02 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,233
Posted By rongawer
Truly discussed at length here on VAF. If you...

Truly discussed at length here on VAF. If you read section 5.27 of your drawings from Van’s, they list Permatex #2 and Tite-seal, but also suggest “others with success”. You can’t go wrong with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-28-2019, 08:53 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 9,841
Posted By rongawer
Pondered and decided to not install a NAV unit. I...

Pondered and decided to not install a NAV unit. I haven't looked back or missed it in over 300 approaches since.
Forum: RV-10 08-27-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 11,056
Posted By rongawer
A: Less trimming, but certainly the same adhesion...

A: Less trimming, but certainly the same adhesion issue.

B: This is a very good point. Statistically speaking, 1 failure is an anomaly. Speaking as nuclear engineer - it's an issue that needs...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-26-2019, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,149
Posted By rongawer
this is a great idea. I have flat black in my...

this is a great idea. I have flat black in my current airplane, but I'll ponder either this or Ironflight's fuzzy cover; both do the job of reducing glare, but I like the fuzzy aspect too....
Forum: RV-10 08-23-2019, 06:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,016
Posted By rongawer
If you've got the money, these folks have the...

If you've got the money, these folks have the time...
http://www.ac-aero.com/gladiator-centurion/

I'm not using the above, but...



stay tuned :cool:

BTW, even though folks keep talking about...
Forum: RV-10 08-23-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,016
Posted By rongawer
Think liquid cooling to solve CHT issues....

Think liquid cooling to solve CHT issues.

Regardless of your altitude, the heat load from a fixed horsepower is the same; yes, thinner air requires more flow to obtain the same mass flow rate. And...
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2019, 11:56 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,016
Posted By rongawer
That's only true for developing more power than...

That's only true for developing more power than 260hp with a turbo. Maybe the OP only wants to maintain 260 in the climb well into the teens. I personally am targeting 18,000 as a max operating...
Forum: RV-10 08-22-2019, 12:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 5,016
Posted By rongawer
And this gets to the heart of the OP. If you tend...

And this gets to the heart of the OP. If you tend to operate at high altitudes, or need to climb from SL to 16,000 (say, if you live around the Sierra's), a turbo will definitely help - especially on...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-22-2019, 11:53 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 512
Posted By rongawer
I put anti-seize on my CHT probe threads, but...

I put anti-seize on my CHT probe threads, but have not ever done that on EGT probes. I've never had an issue removing EGT probes, and I've done many, so see no need to use AS on these.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-21-2019, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,078
Posted By rongawer
I got the cloth covered seats from Flightline...

I got the cloth covered seats from Flightline with the comfor foam. I just flew to Oshkosh and back with my older brother and put about 40 hours in the seats over the week and felt very comfortable...
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2019, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By rongawer
Thanks guys. Kyle, I just saw this, so Iíll call...

Thanks guys. Kyle, I just saw this, so Iíll call tomorrow evening if that works. Otherwise, Iíll get with you Bob.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,159
Posted By rongawer
You nailed it. For the record, I always carry...

You nailed it.

For the record, I always carry my handheld radio...because I no longer fly a twin.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-21-2019, 01:07 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,159
Posted By rongawer
Ooh Rah. Just be sure to have that extra hand...

Ooh Rah. Just be sure to have that extra hand held radio so you can say "mayday, mayday, mayday" and inform others of your plight come the event one of those fail. ;)

Personally, I do two batteries...
Forum: RV-10 08-21-2019, 12:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 372
Posted By rongawer
Engine & Mount dimensions

I don't have my engine mount yet, but need some dimensional info. What is the length from the FW to forward tip of the engine mount?

Also, the overall length for the IO-540-D4A5 is 39.3", but what...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 08-20-2019, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 953
Posted By rongawer
26'9" wing span. 48" wide fuselage... ~11' 5" per...

26'9" wing span. 48" wide fuselage... ~11' 5" per wing tip to root, but ~15' from wing tip to tip of carry through spar.

If you're looking for overall length to determine construction room, it's...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2019, 09:44 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 755
Posted By rongawer
This little fun toy removes pulled rivets in...

This little fun toy removes pulled rivets in about two seconds with no "oops" required. https://www.aircraft-tool.com/shop/detail.aspx?id=1341S

Not HF cheap, but it's not cheap either... nice...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 08-17-2019, 09:36 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,038
Posted By rongawer
Doin' it...both again and with an RV10. Only real...

Doin' it...both again and with an RV10. Only real issue so far has been the kabuki dance required to shuffle things around to get the canopy fitted all the while not touching mamma's Explorer (which...
Forum: RV-10 08-16-2019, 11:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 966
Posted By rongawer
Another option is the HRT series from Whirlwind...

Another option is the HRT series from Whirlwind Aviation. The 375HRT is perfect for the IO-540 260hp and about $16K with the governor, spinner and hardware. Plus it's composite, meaning the blades...
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