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Forum: RV-12 06-07-2018, 07:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,672
Posted By pstraub
I really enjoyed Bob's story, quite a journey!...

I really enjoyed Bob's story, quite a journey! And what a great thing to do for a fellow RV-12 owner, fantastic. It took me a few minutes to realize what I was reading, but once I figured out that...
Forum: RV-12 06-04-2018, 08:43 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 886
Posted By pstraub
Hi Leon, not sure if I will make it this year,...

Hi Leon, not sure if I will make it this year, too much going on but I will try.

Thanks to all for the nice comments!!
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 10:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 886
Posted By pstraub
Follow on video, first year and paint

I forgot to post this last week....if anyone is interested, I have a follow on video to the documentary about building the RV-12. This covers my first year of flying, including some upgrades to the...
Forum: RV-12 05-27-2018, 12:28 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 75,725
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Pat!!!

Thanks Pat!!!
Forum: RV-12 05-26-2018, 11:01 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
OK, I can finally answer this question. I did a...

OK, I can finally answer this question. I did a new weight and CG calculation today. Since my original weigh-in last year (741.3 lbs, 81.38 inches), it looks like I have gained about 46 lbs!! (787.4...
Forum: RV-12 05-25-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 68
Views: 75,725
Posted By pstraub
Just painted....

http://i65.tinypic.com/k4ijv4.jpg

Flying a neighbor over Lake Camanche in Northern California!!
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 03:11 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
You guys did a great job, it was obviously my...

You guys did a great job, it was obviously my inspiration. I think both 'versions' are beautiful. I did have John design an RV-12 scheme based on the 1970 Martini Porsche Le Mans 917, but I chickened...
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 01:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
Exactly...I didn't care for the solid wheel...

Exactly...I didn't care for the solid wheel pants, or the way the copper color on the wings and stab died directly into the dark fuselage. I also wanted a different line on the checkered flag and a...
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 10:14 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 752
Posted By pstraub
Hi Joe, completely agree, very nice addition. I...

Hi Joe, completely agree, very nice addition. I got lucky and installed it just before getting the plane painted!!

http://i64.tinypic.com/fxbdwh.jpg
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 09:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Jerre!!

Thanks Jerre!!
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2018, 08:38 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 842
Posted By pstraub
Outstanding Leon, congratulations!! You must be...

Outstanding Leon, congratulations!! You must be on cloud 9 (or 12) tonight, would love to see a few pictures, hint, hint. Way to go!!!
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 01:42 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Ron!!! I designed it, but I must admit...

Thanks Ron!!!



I designed it, but I must admit that it's heavily based on the new RV-12iS that Van's showcased at OSH last year. I made several adjustments and chose my own colors. The other great...
Forum: RV-12 05-12-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
My first aerial shot....

http://i65.tinypic.com/k4ijv4.jpg
Forum: RV-12 05-10-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,698
Posted By pstraub
Congrats Mike! I did my first hour of engine...

Congrats Mike! I did my first hour of engine testing without wings installed (since we don't have wing tanks, that really helps!) However, I didn't have a beautiful backdrop like you, just my...
Forum: RV-12 05-09-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
Absolutely, I am excited to recommend them! You...

Absolutely, I am excited to recommend them! You won't find much info about painting on their website yet, since they are just going public with it. But they are definitely in the business. Here is...
Forum: RV-12 05-08-2018, 06:10 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
I painted the interior while I was building the...

I painted the interior while I was building the fuselage. I just scuffed all the panels and used Rustoleum 2x satin granite.

http://i66.tinypic.com/34ez055.jpg
http://i65.tinypic.com/opr9jn.jpg
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2018, 04:46 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
Very good question, I also installed all my...

Very good question, I also installed all my leather and carpet interior panels while I was up there. I guess about 40 lbs total, but I will be weighing the plane this weekend and will post it here.
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2018, 10:36 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
Thanks very much...

Thanks very much guys!!

http://i66.tinypic.com/33cywiw.jpg
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2018, 07:14 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,157
Posted By pstraub
My RV-12 is painted!! Finally!

Well, almost a year to the day after my first flight, my RV-12 is finally painted! A huge thanks to Synergy Air, they did such a great job. Nobody will believe I built the plane, it looks too good! I...
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 12:59 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,839
Posted By pstraub
Wow, already painted and matching rivets....nice...

Wow, already painted and matching rivets....nice Jim :)
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 12:53 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,839
Posted By pstraub
I had the same confusion. I decided not to drill...

I had the same confusion. I decided not to drill those 6 holes into the spar cap. I cleco'd everything in place and drilled the 6 holes thru the horn, just deep enough to mark the doubler, then took...
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,750
Posted By pstraub
They should turn on with the Master Switch, but...

They should turn on with the Master Switch, but if you have the 5A fuel pump fuse removed, they won't run (same circuit).
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 08:56 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,839
Posted By pstraub
I agree Kevin, I think it's just implied based on...

I agree Kevin, I think it's just implied based on the AN426 rivet callout.
Forum: RV-12 03-17-2018, 11:10 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,839
Posted By pstraub
My pleasure guys. Here is another one that may...

My pleasure guys. Here is another one that may help. This is the bottom view. By the way, great to see your name Joe! It's been almost 2 years since your 'open house' at LVK, and your RV-12 was...
Forum: RV-12 03-16-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,839
Posted By pstraub
Hi Kevin, no detailed write up here, but I can...

Hi Kevin, no detailed write up here, but I can tell you it took me about 12 hours, it involved more than I initially thought. Here is the completed image, this is the top view, the bottom is...
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 12:23 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 815
Posted By pstraub
Hi Rob, not sure if this is what you are...

Hi Rob, not sure if this is what you are referring to, but both of mine look like this, I think it's normal.....

http://i66.tinypic.com/b6stw2.jpg
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 06:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,839
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the very informative comments....

Thanks to all for the very informative comments. Like I said, there is a great depth of knowledge out there and I had a feeling there were not any simple answers, but I am taking it all in. Maybe I...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,839
Posted By pstraub
Thanks for the replies guys, that pretty much...

Thanks for the replies guys, that pretty much answers my questions. I had some pipe dream that I might be legal in some way, having the SkyView system as primary with a Stratus 2S/Foreflight as...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 12:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,839
Posted By pstraub
Ignorant RV-12/IFR/GPS question...

Hi all, I hope this is not too far off-topic for the RV-12 forum, but I feel comfortable asking it here and I am continually amazed by this group's knowledge. It's embarassing to ask, since I was a...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 11:53 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 19,256
Posted By pstraub
Thanks very much Mel, that is a very encouraging...

Thanks very much Mel, that is a very encouraging 'unofficial' interpretation!! I used to love flying IFR/IMC back in the '80s and would be sad if I couldn't use my RV-12 in that environment 'just a...
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,073
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the very kind words. By the 4th...

Thanks to all for the very kind words. By the 4th time I watched this, I started thinking that this video was probably not interesting or helpful, especially to this community!! Thanks again for the...
Forum: RV-12 11-22-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,073
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the nice comments. I especially...

Thanks to all for the nice comments. I especially wanted to encourage anyone with a medical condition that could be safely managed! When I was considering getting current again, I never considered...
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 05:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,073
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Don, I understand your frustration. I was...

Thanks Don, I understand your frustration. I was prepared to roll the fuse into the street and install the wings, but the inspector said it wasn't needed. He did scrutinize the wings in the wing...
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,073
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the very kind comments, if it...

Thanks to all for the very kind comments, if it helps any future builders, or just sparks some good memories in past builders, it was worth it. :)
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 12:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,073
Posted By pstraub
RV-12 Documentary??

Don't know what else to call it....I never did a 'blog' but now that my build is over, I wanted to document the story somehow. When I was considering building an RV-12 a couple years ago, I watched...
Forum: RV-12 11-20-2017, 11:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 941
Posted By pstraub
Hi John, thanks so much for doing this. I've had...

Hi John, thanks so much for doing this. I've had this on the back burner for several months, so kind of you to take the time and post the links. This will save me a ton of time....I owe you :)
Forum: RV-12 11-17-2017, 05:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,314
Posted By pstraub
Hi Jim, sent you a PM. Paul

Hi Jim, sent you a PM. Paul
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 09:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,709
Posted By pstraub
Could you just use the old rear window as a...

Could you just use the old rear window as a template for drilling the holes in the new one? That way, you could keep the drill away from the rollbar. It might be a little challenging on the curved...
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 09:05 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 19,256
Posted By pstraub
Hi Mel, I noticed that too, I was hoping what...

Hi Mel, I noticed that too, I was hoping what they meant by 'Flight Maneuvers' had to do with spins, aerobatics, etc. Flying IFR or in IMC would be a little strange to call a flight maneuver. Anxious...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 07:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,709
Posted By pstraub
Thanks for the update, I will be removing the...

Thanks for the update, I will be removing the rear window soon to have the plane painted, so I will final drill those tapped holes before putting on the sealant and re-installing.
Forum: RV-12 11-04-2017, 12:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,709
Posted By pstraub
Thanks for the clarification Scott, that makes...

Thanks for the clarification Scott, that makes sense. I have not sealed my rear window yet, so the next time I have it off, I will final drill those tapped holes in the plexiglass. I think that I...
Forum: RV-12 11-03-2017, 04:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,709
Posted By pstraub
Ahh, OK. I definitely missed that. I did see that...

Ahh, OK. I definitely missed that. I did see that step 6 said to 'Final drill' the #30 holes, so just assumed that was all. It's kind of funny, the forward rear window holes get 'final' drilled...
Forum: RV-12 11-03-2017, 03:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,709
Posted By pstraub
Hi Scott, I was just going to try and put the OPs...

Hi Scott, I was just going to try and put the OPs mind at ease, I remember tapping all those holes in the plex rear window and it worked out fine, just as it says on page 25A-03, step 2. When I read...
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2017, 05:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,760
Posted By pstraub
Wow, great screenshots, thanks for sharing Tony!!

Wow, great screenshots, thanks for sharing Tony!!
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,306
Posted By pstraub
I will try to be there :)

I will try to be there :)
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2017, 01:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 5,200
Posted By pstraub
Wow...impressive Ron, congrats!! I remember all...

Wow...impressive Ron, congrats!! I remember all those times back in the '80s where I couldn't get home to PAO because of the marine layer. I was stuck shooting an approach into SJC and waiting until...
Forum: RV-12 06-05-2017, 12:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,307
Posted By pstraub
Fantastic, congrats on a great accomplishment!...

Fantastic, congrats on a great accomplishment! You look relaxed...or at least relieved. I just finished Phase 1 last week, carried my first passenger yesterday. Have fun and be safe.
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2017, 12:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,856
Posted By pstraub
Congratulations!! Exciting times for sure....I...

Congratulations!! Exciting times for sure....I just finished my Phase 1 yesterday. Your photo sure makes me want a paint job!! Have fun.
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2017, 06:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,264
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Tony, you are right, I was looking at a...

Thanks Tony, you are right, I was looking at a ver 14.0 user guide. I am OK with just seeing the visual boundaries on the map, so I think I will turn off proximity for now. I will ask Dynon if the...
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2017, 06:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,264
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Rich, I will check it out as soon as I get...

Thanks Rich, I will check it out as soon as I get back to the airport. I searched the Skyview user and install guides and the term 'airspace proximity' does not exist!! I did find a reference to it...
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,264
Posted By pstraub
Skyview Map Question..

I tried a search and the Skyview user guide with no luck....does anyone know how to turn of the displayed items I have outlined in red? They are on the right side of the map screen, but they are not...
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2017, 03:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,946
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the kind words! I have a...

Thanks to all for the kind words! I have a slightly heavy right wing, it will be fun to get it dialed in. Other than that, I was thrilled with the performance and feel. All EMS data looking great at...
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2017, 08:32 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 225,927
Posted By pstraub
SN 120971, first flight May 5, 2017

http://i67.tinypic.com/2gv9f0h.jpg

http://i64.tinypic.com/mv1b2h.jpg

http://i63.tinypic.com/2re1krs.jpg
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2017, 08:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,946
Posted By pstraub
First Flight, N917PB on 5/5/17

After almost 14 months since opening that first empennage crate, it flies!! We all believe that it will really happen, but until that first flight, it's just an expensive conversation piece. Thanks...
Forum: RV-12 04-26-2017, 02:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
That would be great Ron....I still have not been...

That would be great Ron....I still have not been through Brentwood/Oakley for quite awhile. I was planning on flying to Byron as part of my phase 1 testing. I will let you know.
Forum: RV-12 04-24-2017, 11:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
Hi Lars, the hangar is at Lodi (1O3), which is...

Hi Lars, the hangar is at Lodi (1O3), which is only about 4 miles from home.
Forum: RV-12 04-24-2017, 08:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
Moving Day!

Last Thursday was moving day, the little RV-12 finally got a peek at a real runway...
Forum: RV-12 04-16-2017, 07:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
Oh, I have no intention of flying it, I just want...

Oh, I have no intention of flying it, I just want to taxi around. Flying is dangerous and insurance is very reasonable for a "taxi only" policy!! ;)
Forum: RV-12 04-15-2017, 08:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Kevin, I doubt it's a record but I was...

Thanks Kevin, I doubt it's a record but I was really happy to finish in a year. I screwed up the timing of ordering the Finish Kit, so I ended up having about 10 weeks without anything to work...
Forum: RV-12 04-14-2017, 08:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the nice comments. Yes, I was...

Thanks to all for the nice comments. Yes, I was fortunate, this FAA inspector did not cost me a penny. He was telling me that it will most likely be 'DAR only' in the near future, at least for...
Forum: RV-12 04-13-2017, 07:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,285
Posted By pstraub
Airworthy!! (well, on paper anyway)

After just over a year of building, I am officially airworthy. A huge thanks to all the VAF members that have provided advice and direction over the last year. I had an FAA Inspector from the...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,644
Posted By pstraub
Thanks John....that makes sense. I just wanted to...

Thanks John....that makes sense. I just wanted to be sure I wasn't misunderstanding the PAP procedure. I appreciate the response!
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