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Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 07:01 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,499
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, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,499
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, 01:42 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,499
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, 12:53 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 13,410
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, 12:38 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,661
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, 08:15 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,661
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, 06:04 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,661
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, 12:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,661
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, 01:07 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,661
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 11-21-2017, 12:32 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 806
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, 06:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,181
Posted By pstraub
Hi Jim, sent you a PM. Paul

Hi Jim, sent you a PM. Paul
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,336
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, 10:05 AM
Replies: 77
Views: 13,410
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, 08:28 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,336
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, 01:00 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,336
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, 05:04 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,336
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, 04:13 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,336
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, 06:57 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,646
Posted By pstraub
Wow, great screenshots, thanks for sharing Tony!!

Wow, great screenshots, thanks for sharing Tony!!
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2017, 04:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,994
Posted By pstraub
I will try to be there :)

I will try to be there :)
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2017, 02:49 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,508
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, 01:49 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,028
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, 01:43 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,650
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, 07:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,042
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, 07:07 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,042
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, 05:09 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,042
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, 04:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,475
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, 09:32 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 214,206
Posted By pstraub
SN 120971, first flight May 5, 2017

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Forum: RV-12 05-06-2017, 09:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,475
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, 03:00 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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 04-25-2017, 12:03 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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, 09:10 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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, 08:37 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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, 09:43 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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, 09:20 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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, 08:55 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,470
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, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,464
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!
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2017, 02:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,464
Posted By pstraub
Fuel Calibration Question...

Hi all, tried a search with no luck. I am confused about the fuel system calibration on PAP G8-1. Roll main wheels onto 2" blocks (this would give me a slight 'nose down' attitude??) Then add 4...
Forum: RV-12 02-23-2017, 02:40 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,602
Posted By pstraub
Thanks Jean-Pierre, that is helpful for me. I am...

Thanks Jean-Pierre, that is helpful for me. I am just getting ready to calibrate my tank for the first time. I can certainly see the benefit to having a visual reference in addition to the Moeller...
Forum: RV-12 02-21-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,687
Posted By pstraub
Thanks to all for the great advice. I was not...

Thanks to all for the great advice. I was not aware of the oil system priming kit, I am going to buy one. The initial air purge of the oil system was not confidence inspiring, so I was not happy that...
Forum: RV-12 02-20-2017, 09:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,687
Posted By pstraub
Thanks David, I did hold that boss with a wrench...

Thanks David, I did hold that boss with a wrench and torqued the drain plug just in case it was loose. I think the tank was compromised when they made the hole in the boss. At least now I know what...
Forum: RV-12 02-20-2017, 09:35 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,687
Posted By pstraub
Ahh, that would make sense. I guess you would...

Ahh, that would make sense. I guess you would safety wire the drain bolt to that? I am guessing it was cut a little too deep and punctured the threaded hole for the drain plug. Looks like I need a...
Forum: RV-12 02-20-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,687
Posted By pstraub
New Rotax Oil Tank Weeping??

Hi all, I could use some advice....I received my new Rotax from Van's a couple months ago. In preparation for the first engine start, I have been adding all the fluids, etc. I noticed a random drop...
Forum: RV-12 01-05-2017, 03:47 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,243
Posted By pstraub
Wow Don, fantastic. I am so happy for you! I have...

Wow Don, fantastic. I am so happy for you! I have watched your project from afar with great respect, I really admire your gumption (have not used that word for about 30 years but it really applies...
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2016, 07:11 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,422
Posted By pstraub
Great suggestion Joe, that would pretty much turn...

Great suggestion Joe, that would pretty much turn it into a one man job once the nose wheel dolly was securely in place. Thanks.
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2016, 05:48 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,422
Posted By pstraub
Hi Rob, it's easy to move out of the garage. The...

Hi Rob, it's easy to move out of the garage. The low point is my front garage door at about 7', the tip of the VS is over 8'. When I push the tail down, I can easily get the tip of VS down to 6',...
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2016, 08:39 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,422
Posted By pstraub
Thanks very much! Ron, are you in NorCal...

Thanks very much!



Ron, are you in NorCal Brentwood? I lived there for 15 years (off Balfour and Fairview) If so, where do you keep your RV-12?
Forum: RV-12 12-17-2016, 12:01 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,422
Posted By pstraub
Thanks for all the encouraging words. I started...

Thanks for all the encouraging words. I started building in March, my goal was one year, so I am probably on track. My garage is about 1200sf, so makes a pretty nice airplane workshop. I set it up 5...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2016, 03:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,422
Posted By pstraub
Engine installed, panel complete

I don't have a blog, but I wanted to share. I so appreciate this VAF community and all the wisdom and help I have received this past year. Still a long way to go but it's getting exciting. I got a...
Forum: RV-12 12-13-2016, 09:45 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 29,928
Posted By pstraub
Beautiful job Tony, it really came out great. I...

Beautiful job Tony, it really came out great. I like your rationale, a net cost of about $8800 for a brand new panel is a bargain. Thanks so much for your photos and documentation, I am installing...
Forum: RV-12 11-15-2016, 06:18 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 29,928
Posted By pstraub
Great, thanks Tony. I did not countersink the...

Great, thanks Tony. I did not countersink the panel holes in anticipation of using the carbon fiber overlays. I am hoping the CF panels don't put me outside of ELSA parameters. These are the same...
Forum: RV-12 11-15-2016, 02:00 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 29,928
Posted By pstraub
Looking great Tony, I am definitely borrowing...

Looking great Tony, I am definitely borrowing your 'USB ports in the map box' idea. Can you share the source and specs of the black panel screws, I need to order them for my install. Thanks!!
Forum: RV-12 11-11-2016, 04:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,719
Posted By pstraub
Same result for me, the link looks good but the...

Same result for me, the link looks good but the pdf is not found.
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2016, 03:02 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 29,928
Posted By pstraub
Best of luck with the upgrade Tony....with your...

Best of luck with the upgrade Tony....with your attention to detail, it's going to be great. Have fun back in the tunnel :)
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2016, 12:09 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,434
Posted By pstraub
Nice story Jim, thanks for sharing. I am...

Nice story Jim, thanks for sharing. I am impatiently waiting for my Finish Kit, should have timed the order better. I have been without parts to work on for 4-5 weeks and going crazy! Wishing you...
Forum: RV-12 09-08-2016, 12:42 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,429
Posted By pstraub
For what it's worth, I just tested my...

For what it's worth, I just tested my nav/pos/strobe and landing lights with a small 9 volt battery at the wing root connector and everything worked, so seems like a valid...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2016, 01:39 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,189
Posted By pstraub
OK, thanks very much for the replies.

OK, thanks very much for the replies.
Forum: RV-12 05-20-2016, 03:52 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,189
Posted By pstraub
Rear spar receptacle question

Hi all, I have tried a search but couldn't find the answer. I am building the fuselage without the wing kit, so I ordered the rear spar and stub spar pieces from the wing kit to properly fit the...
Forum: RV-12 05-17-2016, 12:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,905
Posted By pstraub
Thanks John! Definitely encouraging to me, just...

Thanks John! Definitely encouraging to me, just drilled 73 holes in fuse Center Section last night. So far to go, but great to keep the end goal in sight!

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Forum: RV-12 05-17-2016, 11:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,992
Posted By pstraub
Hi Pat, great seeing you and your -12 last...

Hi Pat, great seeing you and your -12 last week....here are a few pics.

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Forum: RV-12 05-16-2016, 12:35 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,992
Posted By pstraub
Big thanks to Joe and his family, it was a great...

Big thanks to Joe and his family, it was a great event. A pleasure to meet everyone and very inspirational as I have just started my fuselage kit :)
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