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Forum: RV-12 04-05-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,020
Posted By rongawer
I considered the Viking canopy skirt, but then I...

I considered the Viking canopy skirt, but then I discovered itís nearly $400 with delivery and decided to do it myself. Iím pretty happy with it and realize that it was more mental than physical and...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,020
Posted By rongawer
Log time

I spent 17 hours total, which includes 2 hours of time researching how to do the job and then buying the right materials; this was the first time Iíve built something from fiberglass.

The first day...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By rongawer
Glad to help. The ETX BMS does a lot, but the...

Glad to help.

The ETX BMS does a lot, but the output fault only provides two indications, excerpt: “The fault output has two states; slow flashing (5 second on/ 5 second off) or solid.” That’s all...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By rongawer
Battery Fault on G3X

DISCLAIMER: my advice is for E-AB or E-LSA that is already airworthy.

I’m not familiar with any special widgets, however the instructions to define a discrete input is in Section 34.4.26.2.2...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 743
Posted By rongawer
Irregardless of the airplane, the EarthX...

Irregardless of the airplane, the EarthX batteries with BMS have a single output that provides a “fault” signal that you can configure to a discrete input. On the GEA24 (engine monitor for the G3X),...
Forum: RV-12 03-11-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,583
Posted By rongawer
Affected Aircraft

Guys, it’s pretty clear in the “Affected Models” paragraph of the Notification:

“RV-12 ELSA Aircraft that have not received an airworthiness certificate but have received an RV-12 DOC PACKET shipped...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 814
Posted By rongawer
Talking Understanding that there are S-LSA RV-12ís, they...

Understanding that there are S-LSA RV-12ís, they would require the inspection rating, but for experimental, itís the owner. Although technically, your drinking buddy could sign it off, assuming you...
Forum: RV-12 02-15-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 984
Posted By rongawer
Good photos. Very informative. I like the dual...

Good photos. Very informative. I like the dual heater valve ports, at least thatís what they look like to me.
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 756
Posted By rongawer
Mine look like Paulís. I measure my gap at 1/32Ē.

Mine look like Paulís. I measure my gap at 1/32Ē.
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,637
Posted By rongawer
Other airplanes for reference

12:1 sounds reasonable to me with the prop stopped; probably closer 10:1 if the prop is still spinning (due to the extra drag).

For reference, my Baron B58 with feathered props is 10.5:1 and the...
Forum: RV-12 02-02-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,550
Posted By rongawer
Jacks

A very common cause of radio noise is the headset jacks. It could be that youíre getting a temperature induced ground, or it could just be movement of wires or shielding. Iíd check the jack...
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
I can't speak to power from a Rotax, but I can...

I can't speak to power from a Rotax, but I can share what my avionics package uses for reference. With everything turned on, it pulls about 7.6A in steady state with a peak of bout 9.3A when...
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,173
Posted By rongawer
New, old fork

I have an unused, old style fork. PM me if you want it.
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. I chose to use a single piece and cut it...

Thanks. I chose to use a single piece and cut it out myself, but retained all of the factory mounting holes and braces. It is admittedly a little overkill for an RV-12, but I thought, "why not?".
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
VERY helpful! Thank you!

VERY helpful! Thank you!
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
Sorry for the image size; it’s quite a silly...

Sorry for the image size; it’s quite a silly dance you have to go through to post a photo on this forum. My one request would be to allow just posting photos here.

Soap box statements aside, here’s...
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
I installed a GTN625, which is physically the...

I installed a GTN625, which is physically the same size. The 650 needs a second power supply and antenna set and would be very doable.
Forum: RV-12 01-03-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,857
Posted By rongawer
I think youíre going to find multiple threads...

I think youíre going to find multiple threads that discuss this topic, however the short synopsis is that you can alter an E-AB airplane out of LSA configuration and keep flying it E-AB - just not by...
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,394
Posted By rongawer
Stall Warner

As others have said, the stall horn is pretty much useless if you have an AOA and ANR headsets, however, I’d still recommend installing the stall warner itself, but ditch the horn and just wire it as...
Forum: RV-12 01-01-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,084
Posted By rongawer
Itís a struggle

Itís 57 here today...itís a struggle, but weíre making it through. ha.
Forum: RV-12 12-27-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,581
Posted By rongawer
As noted, it does work on flush rivets. The...

As noted, it does work on flush rivets. The serrated nose piece bites in well, just place it firmly before you start the drill. The more expensive tool that ACS sells comes with the serrated tips;...
Forum: RV-12 12-26-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,581
Posted By rongawer
I second the blind rivet removal tool. Itís made...

I second the blind rivet removal tool. Itís made by ATS and works very well. The tool head bites into the rivet head and holds the rivet from spinning while you drill out the center. Iíd give it five...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
I have the GTN625; nice unit. Although it may...

I have the GTN625; nice unit. Although it may seem pricey, I bought it for about $4900 when I got a G3X at the same time. I’d guess you can still get a deal if you talk to a major Garmin dealer, like...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 11:50 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,020
Posted By rongawer
I have not experienced this, however, I recommend...

I have not experienced this, however, I recommend pulling all of the tunnel covers and inspecting the the system before you fly again. If there isnít anything that has obviously worn or is binding,...
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2017, 01:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By rongawer
I love my washer wrenches; I have the Avery set -...

I love my washer wrenches; I have the Avery set - now sold by Cleaveland Tools - itís a great purchase. The problem is that on the HS, itís a real pain to do unless you have other folks to help hold...
Forum: RV-12 12-20-2017, 01:16 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 6,857
Posted By rongawer
It’s almost to the point of humorous... a guy...

It’s almost to the point of humorous... a guy asks if anyone has experience with a prop and immediately there is a flurry of activity by the LSA police...without actually answering the...
Forum: RV-12 12-19-2017, 10:19 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,624
Posted By rongawer
Close tolerance fit

It is a snug fit, by design. You don’t want your HS flopping about. ;)

About the only advice I can offer is to use 416L washers, and if that’s still too snug, then remove the paint you have where...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2017, 10:56 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,721
Posted By rongawer
Yes. Dimple away...

Yes. Dimple away...
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 08:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,717
Posted By rongawer
Probably not the answer youíre looking for, but I...

Probably not the answer youíre looking for, but I just used a good olí rivet gun and bucking bar. Worked like a champ and only took a few minutes to do them all.
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 04:26 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,020
Posted By rongawer
I'm not familiar with Stein's kit, but likely a...

I'm not familiar with Stein's kit, but likely a good one. However, directly to your question regarding molex pins at the pitch trim servo, these are inexpensive, yet very good quality and will do all...
Forum: RV-12 12-11-2017, 06:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 972
Posted By rongawer
Sounds like you’re on the right track. The SB...

Sounds like you’re on the right track.

The SB is for fuselages from sometime in 2014 and earlier. I just saw the drawing and remembered it; you should be fine.
Forum: RV-12 12-10-2017, 08:34 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 972
Posted By rongawer
You do need to dimple nutplate holes, which are...

You do need to dimple nutplate holes, which are #40, not #30; you’ll want to dimple every hole that matches up with the baggage floor, except for the screw holes. Later on, you’ll find out that...
Forum: RV-12 12-06-2017, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,267
Posted By rongawer
Nice Joe. When does the engine show up?

Nice Joe. When does the engine show up?
Forum: RV-12 12-03-2017, 08:38 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 5,480
Posted By rongawer
Iwiss Crimper

With the right tool, the micro molexís go together fairly easily and are a reliable connector thatís easy to assemble and disconnect. The right tool for this job is available for about $23 on Amazon....
Forum: RV-12 12-02-2017, 05:10 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,327
Posted By rongawer
ok, I’ll bite, it’s divergent from the thread,...

ok, I’ll bite, it’s divergent from the thread, but you keep making statements that don’t appear to be factual. Both the 912iS and the UL Power engine use a permanent magnet alternator, both use a...
Forum: RV-12 12-02-2017, 03:18 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,327
Posted By rongawer
I donít believe I misunderstood. Your statement...

I donít believe I misunderstood. Your statement appears to be in reference to the UL Power engine, stating that it is dependent on the airframe electrical system. Whether intended purposefully or...
Forum: RV-12 12-02-2017, 02:06 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,327
Posted By rongawer
This is misleading in the that UL engine is...

This is misleading in the that UL engine is powered by a permanent magnet alternator that requires no external input. If the airframe electrical system fails, the engine keeps running. The battery is...
Forum: RV-12 12-02-2017, 08:06 AM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,327
Posted By rongawer
Iím hoping to move it out at the airport (Byron)...

Iím hoping to move it out at the airport (Byron) in January; youíre very welcome to come on by. I have quite a few thoughts/comments on ECUís and reliability/backup, but we can discuss separate to...
Forum: RV-12 12-01-2017, 09:26 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,327
Posted By rongawer
That’s really disappointing to hear Jim. And I...

That’s really disappointing to hear Jim.

And I completely understand the cost to change to a different engine; it would definitely not be a simple swap out, but would be cost effective if you were...
Forum: RV-12 12-01-2017, 08:59 PM
Replies: 150
Views: 21,327
Posted By rongawer
I appreciate the information. Itís no fun getting...

I appreciate the information. Itís no fun getting the run-around indeed. Iím admittedly not that familiar with Rotax, but why do you need to get a whole new engine if itís one cyclinder that failed?...
Forum: RV-12 12-01-2017, 05:32 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,438
Posted By rongawer
Very interesting. What is the condition of the...

Very interesting. What is the condition of the other three pistons?
Forum: RV-12 11-29-2017, 07:22 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,438
Posted By rongawer
Sounds like a good deal for someone.

Sounds like a good deal for someone.
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,268
Posted By rongawer
I have pneumatic puller from Isham...

I have pneumatic puller from Isham (planetools.com). I normally run around 70psi, but for the CMís, I run it up to 90 psi and it works very well.
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,438
Posted By rongawer
Not flying yet, but I have the engine, UL350iS,...

Not flying yet, but I have the engine, UL350iS, mounted and just finishing up the cowl fitting. I'm hoping to be flying soon...that's a relative term. ;)

I think you mean, "go E-AB", and that is...
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,438
Posted By rongawer
Itís not too late to install a nice...

Itís not too late to install a nice electronically fuel injected/ electronic ignition UL Power engine... ;)
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 06:26 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
That’s interesting Bob. I’m happy to report that...

That’s interesting Bob. I’m happy to report that the G3X shows the ADHARS with it disconnected. I’m not sure about blocked as of yet, but I’ll save that for a future “experience”. ha.
Forum: RV-12 11-27-2017, 06:22 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
I completely agree; glad you made it through that...

I completely agree; glad you made it through that lesson!

One of the nice features of the Garmin pitot is that (if you buy the regulated heated one), it actually provides an annunciation on the G3X...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 08:57 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,699
Posted By rongawer
According to my filter label, it’s 50 microns, so...

According to my filter label, it’s 50 microns, so I have no idea where you got your information. And the average paper element oil filter is 50-100 microns. Additionally, no paper element maintains...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 05:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By rongawer
Bob, I think youíre trying to refer to the AIM,...

Bob, I think youíre trying to refer to the AIM, section 1Ė1-17 regarding IFR navigation, but youíre really getting off topic. Thereís nothing in the AIM or FARís that require specific equipment for...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By rongawer
I disagree. Assuming you have a current...

I disagree. Assuming you have a current navigation database in your VFR GPS unit, if you want to load the approach waypoints in a VFR navigator and fly the route, it will be the exact same route as...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 04:47 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By rongawer
Iíd like to know what your legal reference is for...

Iíd like to know what your legal reference is for that. Thereís nothing in the FARís limiting performing RNAV approaches with a non-WAAS GPS unit. You just cannot do the LPV portion. Hereís a little...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By rongawer
The first GPS approaches were overlays of VOR or...

The first GPS approaches were overlays of VOR or NDB approaches, which were not Area Navigation (RNAV) approaches. Approaches created using area navigation rules (complicated, but available online if...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 01:08 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,747
Posted By rongawer
Great question Paul. For the Garmin GPS units,...

Great question Paul. For the Garmin GPS units, yes, you would select the approach and all of the waypoints will be populated. I canít comment on the Skyview system, but you can definitely select and...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 08:45 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 16,876
Posted By rongawer
OL’s: that’s good news Mel - thanks for the...

OL’s: that’s good news Mel - thanks for the update. I’m glad to hear there’s still some common sense at the FAA.

Pitot Heat: this was yet another reason I built E-AB. I wanted an airplane I could...
Forum: RV-12 11-26-2017, 08:31 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,699
Posted By rongawer
I use a Mr. Funnel too, the 5gpm model....

I use a Mr. Funnel too, the 5gpm model. Definitely recommended to get any water or particulate out. BTW, I’ve tested mine with a gallon of fuel containing 1qt of water and it really does a good job...
Forum: RV-12 11-25-2017, 09:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,699
Posted By rongawer
I am doing UL. But much like the Rotax, the UL is...

I am doing UL. But much like the Rotax, the UL is rated to run on regular unleaded 91AKI fuel with up to 15% ethanol (I think the Rotax is only for 10%). It’s difficult for me to understand what...
Forum: RV-12 11-25-2017, 07:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,699
Posted By rongawer
If the engine is rated for the fuel, where is the...

If the engine is rated for the fuel, where is the loss of twenty thousand dollars?? You’re not making any sense. Just sayin’.

I’m in Wackifornia. Current price 100LL is $4.05/gallon and 91AKI is...
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 09:18 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,699
Posted By rongawer
A few cents?

Let’s see, at 36 gallons a week for 100LL @$4.05/gallon, that’s $145 a week. The same amount in 91UL @$2.80/gallon is $100.80. So, assuming 46 weeks a year, that’s roughly $2,000 a year. Plus, I...
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 06:45 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,699
Posted By rongawer
Not a pipe dream, but a slightly better option is...

Not a pipe dream, but a slightly better option is to build a “portable unit”.

I got a 30 gallon fuel tank out of a junk yard. It had the pump internal to the tank (I think it was a Chevy tahoe). I...
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 12:37 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,240
Posted By rongawer
ADS-B Check

To check the operation of your ADS-B transmitter, just go here:
https://adsbperformance.faa.gov/PAPRRequest.aspx

Itís your tax dollars at work.:D
Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,240
Posted By rongawer
Although not the OP’s question, my response was...

Although not the OP’s question, my response was directed at getting to an avionics shop with an out of date transponder. You can fly through the mode C veil without a working transponder. The point...
Forum: RV-12 11-23-2017, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,240
Posted By rongawer
Wow, that sounds so ominous ;) ...but that would...

Wow, that sounds so ominous ;)

...but that would still be C, B or A airspace... Anywhere else, not required.

Aside from that, yup, simple check. Can’t help with finding an avionics shop in Mn. But...
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