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Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2019, 09:02 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By tomkk
I think it'll be hard to use regular auto fuel...

I think it'll be hard to use regular auto fuel without any coloring. If you can't get 100LL you might try one of the UV fuel dye kits or something like that.
Forum: RV-8/8A 05-17-2019, 05:29 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 767
Posted By tomkk
I'm not a big fan of the balloon test. Most...

I'm not a big fan of the balloon test. Most balloons gradually lose air even with no leaks. I make a homemade manometer (just a loop of clear tubing partially filled with water). The pressure will...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-14-2019, 07:48 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 669
Posted By tomkk
Looks like it would work great. I've just never...

Looks like it would work great. I've just never had occasion to jack up both sides at the same time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-02-2019, 08:59 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By tomkk
OK, thanks. There's apparently one later than the...

OK, thanks. There's apparently one later than the F4118 - mine is a F4122. I looked at the stepping curve on their website and it looks like I got to step 4. Might just take a bit longer to get to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 05-01-2019, 06:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 628
Posted By tomkk
Silent Hektik Voltage Regulator

I just installed a SH VR. I've read about the stepping nature of this VR getting to max voltage. Mine started at around 12.7v. After 1/2 hr it was up to 13.6 and 13.8 after an hour.

I was expecting...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-23-2019, 05:52 PM
Replies: 332
Views: 317,624
Posted By tomkk
I have no idea. All I know is that draft is very...

I have no idea. All I know is that draft is very welcome down here in Florida in the summer :) and very unwelcome up north in December when it's sub-zero :(
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-22-2019, 03:08 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 295
Posted By tomkk
My move was only about 25 miles but I rented a...

My move was only about 25 miles but I rented a Penske 26' or 28', don't remember for sure. I think it was their largest box truck. Built ramps for the main gear and used the truck ramp for the nose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-22-2019, 11:07 AM
Replies: 332
Views: 317,624
Posted By tomkk
I added those gear fairings as well. I was...

I added those gear fairings as well. I was actually mostly interested in the upper intersection fairings in an attempt to reduce the "breeze" between the seats from back to front. I had upper...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 04-07-2019, 05:55 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
I have almost 35 hrs on my MS floats so far, no...

I have almost 35 hrs on my MS floats so far, no problems so far. I'll be doing a 600 hr inspection, probably later this week. I'll be doing a carb overhaul as part of that and I intend to look at the...
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 03-20-2019, 10:43 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,950
Posted By tomkk
One data point

I have two 500-5, 6 ply rating, Desser Elite 2 groove retreads that I have not mounted. They weigh 6.372 lbs and 7.346 lbs.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-25-2019, 04:51 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
That was actually what I was thinking that...

That was actually what I was thinking that prompted me to experiment with the MS floats. Fuel has got to be sloshing around inside the bowl just from normal engine vibration, although there could be...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-25-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
See post #57 in this thread. I'm up to about 15...

See post #57 in this thread. I'm up to about 15 hrs with the MS floats without any ill effects that I can see. I've tried various altitudes & throttle settings. I have noticed about a 30 deg EGT...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-21-2019, 05:37 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
I've heard that before ... :(

I've heard that before ... :(
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2019, 02:53 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
$125 for two floats, $250 for both carbs. Plus...

$125 for two floats, $250 for both carbs. Plus something like a $7 processing fee and $30 shipping.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2019, 11:35 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
I'm frankly tired of replacing my floats - my 4th...

I'm frankly tired of replacing my floats - my 4th set just went bad (almost 600 hrs on the engine). I'm certainly not impressed with the quality of the Bing floats, or rather, I'm highly negatively...
Forum: Reviews 01-23-2019, 10:19 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 15,970
Posted By tomkk
Just another data point. My Desser retreads were...

Just another data point. My Desser retreads were heavier and slightly larger. They required some balancing but not excessive. I flipped the tires at mid-tread and are still using them. I'm happy with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-22-2019, 08:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 557
Posted By tomkk
Not sure I exactly understand the problem but you...

Not sure I exactly understand the problem but you can do the Trim Calibration by simultaneously pressing and holding buttons 7 & 8 to get into Setup. Scroll down to Hardware Calibration then TRIM...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-21-2019, 05:58 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,468
Posted By tomkk
I take the straight section of a coat hanger and...

I take the straight section of a coat hanger and run it through the gap in the wingtip into the corresponding gap in the flaperon to do the same thing. It's also my aileron gust lock.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-15-2019, 11:51 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,652
Posted By tomkk
When you sealed the gap around the vert stab,...

When you sealed the gap around the vert stab, what did you do with the small removable nose piece that gives access to the VS forward attach bolts? Just not seal there?
Forum: Reviews 01-15-2019, 11:17 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 10,270
Posted By tomkk
I don't care for the foam plugs so I've been...

I don't care for the foam plugs so I've been using Shure EATFL1-6 - Triple Flange instead on my Clarity Aloft set for 4 years. The triple flange plugs fit the CA headset perfectly, last quite a long...
Forum: RV-14 01-12-2019, 07:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,148
Posted By tomkk
That happened to me on an RV-12 canopy. I had a...

That happened to me on an RV-12 canopy. I had a small cone shaped grinding tool for my Dremel. I used the tip of that to grind the broken tap down below the upper surface of the Plexiglas. Doing that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-11-2019, 06:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,959
Posted By tomkk
Thanks Andrew for the part numbers & extra pics....

Thanks Andrew for the part numbers & extra pics. Are these Van's part numbers? I couldn't find when I searched the Van's site. Or maybe they're available and just not listed online and need a phone...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-10-2019, 06:36 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,959
Posted By tomkk
Do you know Van's name for the Quick Release or...

Do you know Van's name for the Quick Release or their part number? I checked Van's site and couldn't find it.

Also, what do you have behind the rib to secure the 1/4" tubing?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-30-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
Yeah, I had the same problem. No response to any...

Yeah, I had the same problem. No response to any of my queries. Sure would like to have an option other than the standard Bing floats. I think I'm on my 4th set ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-29-2018, 06:05 AM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
How about the Marvel-Schebler floats? Anyone have...

How about the Marvel-Schebler floats? Anyone have any new information about them?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-29-2018, 06:01 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By tomkk
Don't remember the size (#27 seems to ring a...

Don't remember the size (#27 seems to ring a bell) but all my drilling in Plexiglas was with a special Plexiglas drill.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-27-2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 3,630
Posted By tomkk
Just black out your SSN on the DD-214 copy you...

Just black out your SSN on the DD-214 copy you send them. They said that would be OK ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-22-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By tomkk
I did with no problem at all. I actually delayed...

I did with no problem at all. I actually delayed attaching the tailcone until way late, after engine and avionics were installed. I did move the tailcone close to the forward fuse, angled so there...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-21-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,405
Posted By tomkk
Did ours way late on both RV-12s ...

Did ours way late on both RV-12s ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 12-07-2018, 05:30 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,329
Posted By tomkk
Dynamic prop balance? Also, I had a similar...

Dynamic prop balance? Also, I had a similar problem and I found one of my throttle cables was sticking slightly in mid-throttle range. I rerouted it slightly near the carb and secured it better so it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-25-2018, 08:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 888
Posted By tomkk
I don't remember any specific document that did...

I don't remember any specific document that did that. IIRC, that happens in Skyview Setup. Hardware Calibration > EMS Calibration.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-19-2018, 01:49 PM
Replies: 135
Views: 15,803
Posted By tomkk
I've emailed them twice about this - they're not...

I've emailed them twice about this - they're not responding ...
Forum: Painting your RV 11-16-2018, 07:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,818
Posted By tomkk
Do you happen to know the exact product was used...

Do you happen to know the exact product was used on yours? I didn't find anything useful when I Googled Airline Grade vinyl. Thx

EDIT FROM SCROLL: I’ll look next time I’m at the hangar.

FOLLOW-UP...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2018, 12:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,575
Posted By tomkk
Is the bubble an actual spirit level? My digital...

Is the bubble an actual spirit level? My digital level has a bubble but it's just an electronic picture of the digital readout, not a spirit level that's independent of the digital value. If my...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 11-04-2018, 05:47 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,575
Posted By tomkk
I also use Van's fixture and haven't had any...

I also use Van's fixture and haven't had any trouble setting my pitch but I can't visualize the two measurements you're referring to when you say there's a difference.

My digital level has both a...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-30-2018, 11:39 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 2,755
Posted By tomkk
Sorry for a slight thread drift, but how can I...

Sorry for a slight thread drift, but how can I use Skyview to tell what I'm drawing in flight? I thought what I was looking at with Skyview's "Battery Amps" widget was charge rate not total load....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-26-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,013
Posted By tomkk
I don't use ForeFlight but I do a similar process...

I don't use ForeFlight but I do a similar process with FltPlan & FltPlan GO. At least with that, the offline planning and upload into Skyview with the WiFi dongle is very smooth and, IMHO, I wouldn't...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-25-2018, 04:08 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,589
Posted By tomkk
... whose proceeds goes to the agency issuing the...

... whose proceeds goes to the agency issuing the plate, not a middleman.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-25-2018, 11:30 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,920
Posted By tomkk
Not sure. The body is not metal so some sort of...

Not sure. The body is not metal so some sort of plastic with a metal handle. The Professional model seems durable enough. As I said earlier, I had problems with the Premium model leaking through the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-25-2018, 09:46 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,920
Posted By tomkk
I don't know, maybe 5 or 6 seconds. 1/2 minute or...

I don't know, maybe 5 or 6 seconds. 1/2 minute or so for 5 gallons. It's not strenuous either, it's a pretty easy pump.
Forum: Safety 10-24-2018, 11:11 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,469
Posted By tomkk
I generally have a pretty good eye when finding...

I generally have a pretty good eye when finding airplanes in the air but there have been many times when my ADS-B has detected one that I never could find, even knowing where it was. It's a great...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2018, 10:56 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,920
Posted By tomkk
If you go with Flo-Fast, I'd definitely recommend...

If you go with Flo-Fast, I'd definitely recommend the Professional model instead of the Premium model. I started with the Premium and kept getting leaks around the handle shaft. The Pro model is more...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-24-2018, 08:24 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 3,920
Posted By tomkk
I don't like lifting the 5 gallon cans up to the...

I don't like lifting the 5 gallon cans up to the tank opening so I got a Flo-Fast pump and one of their 5 gallon cans. The pump has a grounding cable that I attach to the aircraft. I transfer the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,589
Posted By tomkk
Yeah, did that too, Congress not the...

Yeah, did that too, Congress not the Administrator. Not holding my breath ... :(
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-23-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,175
Posted By tomkk
IIRC, that's about the range recommended in the...

IIRC, that's about the range recommended in the rotaxowner forums.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-23-2018, 08:38 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,589
Posted By tomkk
Foolish me - I actually tried contacting the FAA...

Foolish me - I actually tried contacting the FAA about this. They didn't bother to respond ...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 10-22-2018, 11:46 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,589
Posted By tomkk
Yeah, agree with that. Same for...

Yeah, agree with that. Same for short-n-numbers.com. Thought I had an N number with my initials. short-n-numbers.com got it. I could get it from them ... for $2000. Such a deal :(

I wish they would...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-17-2018, 11:26 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,788
Posted By tomkk
+1 I do this as well, works great.

+1 I do this as well, works great.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-16-2018, 10:42 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,505
Posted By tomkk
The MM indicates flushing the fuel pressure hose...

The MM indicates flushing the fuel pressure hose at Annual or 100 hrs.

I read about the rationale some time ago but can't to find it now. I think it had something to do with the fuel pressure...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-15-2018, 01:33 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 735
Posted By tomkk
I was able to easily get mine through a 36"...

I was able to easily get mine through a 36" doorway but it was a straight shot on both sides of the doorway - I didn't have to make any turns.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-15-2018, 12:09 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 4,505
Posted By tomkk
Not sure a bad Floscan would create a low fuel...

Not sure a bad Floscan would create a low fuel pressure symptom. I had a low fuel pressure problem some time ago and, in my case, it was a bad fuel pressure sensor.

You might check the fuel hose...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-13-2018, 07:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 946
Posted By tomkk
I don't think there's anything editable up there...

I don't think there's anything editable up there in the way you're describing. My guess it's going to have to go back to Dynon.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2018, 02:44 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,902
Posted By tomkk
I seem to remember reading somewhere that a lot...

I seem to remember reading somewhere that a lot of the Rotax testing was done in Brazil where they have something like E25 and the engines had no problem. No first hand knowledge of that tho ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-10-2018, 11:07 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,902
Posted By tomkk
Agreed but the purpose of checking the pin...

Agreed but the purpose of checking the pin position, and the weight, is to figure out whether the floats are floating at an appropriate level inside the bowl. Just wondering whether that's been...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-09-2018, 07:49 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 5,902
Posted By tomkk
I ran across an alternate way of checking the...

I ran across an alternate way of checking the floats some time back. It was from a British Rotax distributor who had gotten authorization from Rotax for the procedure. Simply put, if the pin in the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,428
Posted By tomkk
I'd start by checking the carb floats.

I'd start by checking the carb floats.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-06-2018, 09:21 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,569
Posted By tomkk
Same here but I did spring for a Cleveland Tools...

Same here but I did spring for a Cleveland Tools Main Squeeze. A bit pricey but, to me, worth every penny ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-02-2018, 01:22 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,681
Posted By tomkk
My ground idle was originally set at 1800 RPM and...

My ground idle was originally set at 1800 RPM and it was real hard to slow down. Now I set my ground idle to 1550 - 1600 and that really helped. IIRC, that put the idle RPM at 60 kts at around 2100...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 10-02-2018, 06:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,681
Posted By tomkk
I did mine as well. I had a friend who let me fly...

I did mine as well. I had a friend who let me fly his -12 for a couple of hours before I flew mine. Not real transition training but was really useful and let me get used to a lower approach and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-29-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 16,740
Posted By tomkk
Low voltage was the symptom that has caused me to...

Low voltage was the symptom that has caused me to replace the voltage regulator, at least 3 times. Replacing the VR corrected my low voltage each time. My opinion is heat is killing my VRs. Mine is...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-23-2018, 07:59 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,407
Posted By tomkk
Excellent! Thanks ...

Excellent! Thanks ...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 09-23-2018, 05:09 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,407
Posted By tomkk
How can I tell which hoses are which on my -12?...

How can I tell which hoses are which on my -12? Fuel, oil or whatever?
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