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Forum: Traditional Aircraft Engines Today, 10:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 302
Posted By DHeal
Sorry but the engine is 44 years since reman with...

Sorry but the engine is 44 years since reman with an average of 18 hours per year (with long periods of non-use) and is evidencing signs of wear / distress -- it deserves an overhaul. I would...
Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 07:24 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,080
Posted By DHeal
Here are a few more thoughts: Are the two carbs...

Here are a few more thoughts: Are the two carbs fully seated in their respective rubber sockets? Spark plug wires properly routed to plugs? Were you careful when removing / replacing the spark...
Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 11:46 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,080
Posted By DHeal
Are carb bowl gaskets properly seated? Did you...

Are carb bowl gaskets properly seated? Did you blow air through the orifice in the lower corner of the carb bowl to clean out any debris (I believe that orifice is part of the start/idle circuit but...
Forum: RV-12 04-18-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 689
Posted By DHeal
IMHO, this gusset is a real enhancement -- a...

IMHO, this gusset is a real enhancement -- a number of us installed our own versions of this gusset over the past years in response to bent rails. I suggest that if you build your own version you...
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 09:54 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,590
Posted By DHeal
Effect on ADHRS? I recall that the plans suggest...

Effect on ADHRS? I recall that the plans suggest squeezing the canopy handle mounting tube a bit to keep the handle from flopping around. I added an O-ring or two as well to increase turning...
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 08:03 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By DHeal
As I recall, the Dynon Skyview Installation...

As I recall, the Dynon Skyview Installation Manual has installation templates and wiring information. See Sections 18 and 19 of...
Forum: RV-12 04-09-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 606
Posted By DHeal
Most likely a loose or corroded wire or...

Most likely a loose or corroded wire or connection. Wiggle the CHTL sensor connection (under left front cylinder head) to see if you can duplicate the erratic reading.
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 09:21 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 25,003
Posted By DHeal
I guess I might be a bit concerned about...

I guess I might be a bit concerned about potential galvanic reaction with the mix of aluminum /steel / stainless but I can't say for sure. I used a piece of thin but stiff plastic sheet bent over...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 09:07 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,042
Posted By DHeal
- Follow Van's suggested procedure per plans. - ...

- Follow Van's suggested procedure per plans.
- Don't think that more resin is better. Less is more as long as the glass is fully saturated and the excess resin is squeezed out.
- Strive for a...
Forum: RV-12 04-02-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,014
Posted By DHeal
OK, here's my take on it: One of the functions...

OK, here's my take on it: One of the functions of the carb springs is to maintain a consistent tension on the two throttle cables -- this serves to reduce any free-play or slack in the two cables...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 09:44 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,304
Posted By DHeal
Check with your home insurer; typically they do...

Check with your home insurer; typically they do not cover aircraft under construction in a house. And what Kyle said.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-27-2018, 04:41 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 793
Posted By DHeal
Van's might have some -- they are used in Van's...

Van's might have some -- they are used in Van's RV-12 tow bars.
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By DHeal
In addition to the RotaxOwner videos, there are a...

In addition to the RotaxOwner videos, there are a couple of videos on YouTube that depict the servicing of Bing carbs -- not necessarily by the book but they do have some good visuals of the carb's...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2018, 05:54 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By DHeal
I've had many overweight floats in my RV-12. In...

I've had many overweight floats in my RV-12. In my experience, overweight floats do not create much of an issue at high-power settings -- the engine runs fine. The high fuel flow at high-power...
Forum: RV-12 03-22-2018, 05:22 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,953
Posted By DHeal
Sure sounds like a bit of debris in one of the...

Sure sounds like a bit of debris in one of the fuel bowls temporarily blocked a jet. Right after the event, did you pull off the two fuel bowls and look for debris? Since the engine is now running...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-21-2018, 09:18 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By DHeal
Larry -- If you are interested in the "pop-rivet"...

Larry -- If you are interested in the "pop-rivet" AOA sensing port used in the RV-12 I suggest that you SEARCH the VAF / RV-12 website -- there is a lot of discussion as to its location, plumbing,...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-20-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,444
Posted By DHeal
On the RV-12, we just drill a strategically...

On the RV-12, we just drill a strategically located hole under the leading edge of the wing, put a pop-rivet in the hole, and plumb an AOA air line to the ADHRS.
Forum: RV-14 03-19-2018, 08:56 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 962
Posted By DHeal
On my plexiglas and lexan canopies, I generally...

On my plexiglas and lexan canopies, I generally use a small UniBit for the majority of the holes. Sometimes it results in a hole that is ever so slightly larger than the plans-specified hole -- but...
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 597
Posted By DHeal
Gotta move fast or you'll end up with a...

Gotta move fast or you'll end up with a swept-wing RV-12! 😉
Forum: RV-12 03-13-2018, 05:33 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 25,003
Posted By DHeal
Just completed my Stab SB and offer a few...

Just completed my Stab SB and offer a few observations on the stab reinstall:

1. Van's suggestion to instant-glue the original configuration washers to the new brackets worked great -- be sure to...
Forum: RV-14 03-12-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,690
Posted By DHeal
I used @ 1/8" thick orange silicone baffling...

I used @ 1/8" thick orange silicone baffling sheet cut into very small squares with an appropriately sized rivet hole punched in the middle -- worked great in compressing the aluminum parts together...
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 08:44 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,070
Posted By DHeal
Another thought: Be sure that whichever sealant...

Another thought: Be sure that whichever sealant you use for your fuel line fittings, that it is compatible with the ethanol in your fuel (if you use ethanol-poisoned auto gas). As I noted earlier,...
Forum: RV-12 03-08-2018, 08:16 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 12,070
Posted By DHeal
MATCO recommends Loctite 567 for their brake...

MATCO recommends Loctite 567 for their brake fittings. I have had very good success with 567 on all of my RV-12's threaded (oil, gas, brake, etc.) NPT fittings. My local hydraulics supplier had it...
Forum: RV-12 02-17-2018, 05:05 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,792
Posted By DHeal
Data point: I installed the pitot bushing in...

Data point: I installed the pitot bushing in 5/2013 using "blue Loctite" per Van's plans. Four years and 600 flight hours later the bushing is doing very well with no sign of loosening.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 02-17-2018, 08:51 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,010
Posted By DHeal
I asked Matco's service rep and he said to just...

I asked Matco's service rep and he said to just keep them clean and dry. In my experience, any form of lube is generally bad in that it attracts and holds dirt and grit leading to wear and sticking...
Forum: RV-12 02-07-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,644
Posted By DHeal
And don't forget, that at least on the Skyview,...

And don't forget, that at least on the Skyview, the size of the glide arc is influenced by the aircraft's GPS-determined height above the ground directly under the aircraft. This is important to...
Forum: RV-12 02-01-2018, 07:36 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,699
Posted By DHeal
Just as a reminder, the Cherry Max rivets look...

Just as a reminder, the Cherry Max rivets look different from standard pull-rivets after installation. See Van's Chapter 5 - Page 05-07 for photos of Cherry Max rivets at: ...
Forum: RV-12 01-30-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 874
Posted By DHeal
SEARCH this site: ...

SEARCH this site: http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=153840&highlight=handle
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-30-2018, 11:32 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 930
Posted By DHeal
Welcome! Good advice above. Also give careful...

Welcome! Good advice above. Also give careful thought as to whether you are a "builder" who is willing to develop the skills, put in the time and money, and enjoy the journey of building your own...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 01-28-2018, 06:54 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 4,408
Posted By DHeal
I had a Lyc 0-360 in my Starduster Too that had a...

I had a Lyc 0-360 in my Starduster Too that had a strange miss. It went away after I checked the valve lash and adjusted the push rod lengths to meet spec. Its an easy check.
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2018, 08:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,699
Posted By DHeal
Setting Cherry Max Rivets

FYI -- A new video from Van's regarding the setting of Cherry Max rivets at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lb9miRllZDo
Forum: RV-14 01-17-2018, 11:17 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,151
Posted By DHeal
I tried to find some sticky vinyl material that...

I tried to find some sticky vinyl material that is similar to the "fading dots" matrix that is used on car window borders -- no luck. If anyone out there has found such material, let me know.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-10-2018, 06:45 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,009
Posted By DHeal
As a data point, we have an unpainted RV-4 in our...

As a data point, we have an unpainted RV-4 in our hangar that was completed over 10 years ago and has been regularly flown in our somewhat salty west coastal air (Santa Rosa, CA). There is no...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-09-2018, 06:57 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,009
Posted By DHeal
Have heard that one should avoid using any...

Have heard that one should avoid using any surface cleaning products containing silicone. Also, lingering residue from most of the spray-on anti-corrosion treatments (e.g., Corrosion X, BoeShield,...
Forum: RV-12 01-05-2018, 01:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,067
Posted By DHeal
It has also been suggested that the somewhat...

It has also been suggested that the somewhat heated cowling air breathed by our RV-12 carbs serves to reduce the potential for carb ice. I'm not sure how much this helps, but IMHO it can't hurt in...
Forum: RV-12 12-27-2017, 09:07 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 4,832
Posted By DHeal
I balanced my RV-12 with the spinner ON (you...

I balanced my RV-12 with the spinner ON (you really have to since the spinner is part of the balance equation and the pitot tube needs to be supported). I added a very small amount of weight under...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 12:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,023
Posted By DHeal
Also make sure that appropriate Bearing Bracket...

Also make sure that appropriate Bearing Bracket Brace SB (http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/sb14-12-06.pdf) has been complied with.
Forum: RV-12 12-23-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,348
Posted By DHeal
Generic torque values in Rotax's Heavy Maint...

Generic torque values in Rotax's Heavy Maint Manual and some specific values in Illustrated Parts Manual at: http://rotax-owner.com/en/support-topmenu/engine-manuals
Forum: RV-12 12-18-2017, 07:54 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,150
Posted By DHeal
In addition to Service Bulletins, go through the...

In addition to Service Bulletins, go through the list of Notifications on Van's website at: http://www.vansaircraft.com/public/service-rv12.htm

There are many enhancements and upgrades noted on...
Forum: RV-12 12-06-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,080
Posted By DHeal
RV-12 ULS Winterization Kits from Van's

FYI see: http://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Notifications/Notification-2017-03-01.pdf
Forum: RV-12 11-23-2017, 05:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,242
Posted By DHeal
I suspect that virtually all RV-12s are...

I suspect that virtually all RV-12s are "equipped" with a transponder (likely Mode S). If this transponder is "operable" it must be ON during ALL flight in ALL controlled airspace unless otherwise...
Forum: RV-12 11-21-2017, 09:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,923
Posted By DHeal
A great video and a very useful tool for...

A great video and a very useful tool for prospective and current RV-12 builders. Nice job!
Forum: RV-12 11-04-2017, 04:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,590
Posted By DHeal
Unibit worked great on my Lexan rear window as...

Unibit worked great on my Lexan rear window as well. It has the added advantage of nicely chamfering the edge of the hole -- use a careful touch. It also produces a slightly larger hole which in my...
Forum: California 11-02-2017, 10:40 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 580
Posted By DHeal
I have been very happy with Northcoast Services...

I have been very happy with Northcoast Services (John Shutzbaugh at 707-451-9421) for my company and personal aircraft static/transponder checks.
Forum: RV-12 10-18-2017, 03:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,411
Posted By DHeal
You may find that the fuel return line sticks up...

You may find that the fuel return line sticks up from the tank into the filler tube and interferes with the sideways movement of the tank -- that is why the filler tube has to be removed. Believe it...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 08:20 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,953
Posted By DHeal
Thanks Top Cat for the kind thought -- we are...

Thanks Top Cat for the kind thought -- we are fine but a number of our RV family here in SR have lost theirs homes, cars, household contents, etc. The fires have been horrific.

Electrons are funny...
Forum: RV-12 10-15-2017, 07:53 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,953
Posted By DHeal
A big red X usually means you have an electrical...

A big red X usually means you have an electrical circuit problem. If you did in fact lose OP then the reading would likely go to @ 0 psi (+ 2-3 PSI) without a red X. Check all of your OP and FP...
Forum: RV-12 10-14-2017, 02:00 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,176
Posted By DHeal
I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel...

I see where Tony has attached his nose wheel balance weights to the rim of the wheel. I chose to place the self-adhesive weights inside of the wheel hub assembly so that centripetal force helps to...
Forum: RV-12 10-13-2017, 10:47 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,128
Posted By DHeal
Typically the rivnut has a small tang under its...

Typically the rivnut has a small tang under its head that indexes into a matching slot filed into the base hole. This serves to keep the rivnut from turning. With a bit of finagling, you may be...
Forum: RV-12 10-03-2017, 09:36 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,954
Posted By DHeal
The November '17 issue of KITPLANES has a nice...

The November '17 issue of KITPLANES has a nice set of pictures of the new RV-12iS including two pictures of the new-style canopy latch.
Forum: RV-12 10-03-2017, 09:32 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,840
Posted By DHeal
I find it desirable to "fly the nose wheel down...

I find it desirable to "fly the nose wheel down to the ground" following touch-down on the mains. If you hold the stabilator full aft throughout the roll-out, the nose wheel has a tendency to plop...
Forum: RV-12 10-01-2017, 02:13 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,676
Posted By DHeal
Hi John -- As I recall someone installed a nice...

Hi John -- As I recall someone installed a nice drawer pull handle from Home Depot at the top of their RV-12 front panel -- I think it may be in the Modifications thread? Snowing yet at the Lake? ...
Forum: RV-12 09-29-2017, 07:15 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,450
Posted By DHeal
If your RV-12 is an S-LSA you must have Van's...

If your RV-12 is an S-LSA you must have Van's approval to install the second fuel flow cube. If you are E-LSA (post certification) or E-AB you can do what you want without Van's approval.
Forum: RV-12 09-29-2017, 09:21 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,983
Posted By DHeal
I'm with Tom and GWZ on this. Main wheel weights...

I'm with Tom and GWZ on this. Main wheel weights easily and securely stick onto the hub's inner surface once you have given the weights a slight curve. The nose wheel is a bit more problematic in...
Forum: RV-12 09-25-2017, 08:49 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 12,801
Posted By DHeal
Could be the sensor or the wiring. My money is...

Could be the sensor or the wiring. My money is on the wiring having a loose connection -- check that first, its cheaper!
Forum: Probable Cause Documents Discussed 09-17-2017, 05:02 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,969
Posted By DHeal
Mike -- Why did you "hold on to the canopy"...

Mike -- Why did you "hold on to the canopy" during your approach and landing? Were you concerned that it would rise up further than the initial 12" and depart the airframe or interfere with aircraft...
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 3,744
Posted By DHeal
Perhaps a loose flap of liner material within the...

Perhaps a loose flap of liner material within the carb fuel supply hose intermittently interfering with fuel flow? Are your carb bowl vent lines properly routed between the side of the float bowl...
Forum: RV-12 09-17-2017, 02:03 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,953
Posted By DHeal
You, your dog, and anyone else can do any and all...

You, your dog, and anyone else can do any and all of the "maintenance" on your RV-12 E-LSA or E-AB. However, to do the annual Condition Inspection on an E-LSA owned by you, you need to have taken...
Forum: RV-10 09-11-2017, 12:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,852
Posted By DHeal
If you use a "hangar floor mounted winch", be...

If you use a "hangar floor mounted winch", be sure to have a secondary way to quickly depower the winch. Nothing gets the heart racing like releasing the winch's primary remote control switch and...
Forum: RV-12 09-09-2017, 09:18 AM
Replies: 76
Views: 30,732
Posted By DHeal
I have no pictures, but one pad gets easily glued...

I have no pictures, but one pad gets easily glued onto the exposed lower front portion of the oil tank. The pad is sufficiently flexible to match the curvature of the tank. The second pad gets...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 04:25 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 439
Posted By DHeal
Welcome to the "Always carry a spare Ducati RR"...

Welcome to the "Always carry a spare Ducati RR" club! :D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-08-2017, 09:04 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,753
Posted By DHeal
BTW, our EAA chapter worked out a "bulk buy" deal...

BTW, our EAA chapter worked out a "bulk buy" deal with a local oil distributor wherein a group of us members purchased a bunch of cases of oil every six months resulting in a nice price discount. ...
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