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Forum: RV-12 08-28-2018, 08:55 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,481
Posted By rgmwa
I take a couple of these with me:...

I take a couple of these with me: http://www.liquidcontainment.com.au/product/16/20-Litre-Jerry-Can#.W4YK4OSQwSs

I believe they're available in the USA as well.
Forum: RV-12 08-26-2018, 11:26 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,481
Posted By rgmwa
Nice write-up and I enjoyed the video too.

Nice write-up and I enjoyed the video too.
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 05:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,114
Posted By rgmwa
That's not so easy to answer reliably because it...

That's not so easy to answer reliably because it depends on so many factors like DA, prop pitch, rpm, weight, etc. I usually cruise between 5,200 and 5,300 rpm at around 2,500'-3,500' and typically...
Forum: RV-12 08-20-2018, 04:00 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,114
Posted By rgmwa
I installed RV-8 leg fairings plus upper and...

I installed RV-8 leg fairings plus upper and lower transition fairings. Added at least 10 kts just sitting on the ground. ;)
In the air, I've never tested the difference, but I doubt that they would...
Forum: RV-12 08-13-2018, 03:59 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,811
Posted By rgmwa
John, check your PM's

John, check your PM's
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-06-2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks for all the comments. We've heard that...

Thanks for all the comments. We've heard that Vlad's running out of room in the US, Canada and Russia, and understand that he's thinking of putting his nearly worn-out RV in a suitcase and bringing...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
Hi Vlad, The roadhouses will typically have...

Hi Vlad,

The roadhouses will typically have basic accommodation - what we call dongas -prefab rooms that you usually find on minesites, for around $60 per night. These are bare rooms, usually with...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 05:15 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
John, I flight plan on 19 lph and 112 kts. I...

John, I flight plan on 19 lph and 112 kts. I think that's pretty realistic at those power settings. Flat out my plane will do 128 kts straight and level at about 1000', but obviously prop pitch...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-05-2018, 12:42 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks John. I averaged 17.2 lph overall, but...

Thanks John. I averaged 17.2 lph overall, but that's misleading in terms of consumption airborne, which I estimate is more like 19 lph at 5200-5300 rpm. I generally flew between 3,500' and 6,500'. My...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 11:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
The flight to Sandfire Roadhouse across the...

The flight to Sandfire Roadhouse across the desert was just as it should be - uneventful, and I landed on the gravel strip adjacent to the roadhouse (visible running diagonally on the far side of the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 10:19 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
After eight days of leisurely travel, flying...

After eight days of leisurely travel, flying typically 2 to 5 hours per day, I arrived in Katherine, or more correctly RAAF Tindal. I normally don't need to fly into controlled airspace very often,...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
Flying from Kulgera to Ti-Tree township, passing...

Flying from Kulgera to Ti-Tree township, passing to the west of Alice Springs, and over-flying the MacDonnell Ranges. Highest peak here is around 4,500'. In fact our highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 10:25 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
Coober Pedy - one of Australia's richest opal...

Coober Pedy - one of Australia's richest opal mining centres. The area resembles a moonscape with hundreds of mineshafts and spoil heaps. Many people have made comfortable homes underground, and you...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-04-2018, 10:03 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,960
Posted By rgmwa
Central Australia Trip

I recently flew my RV-12 from my home airfield near Perth in Western Australia, east along the coast into South Australia, and then up into the Northern Territory, finally coming back home through...
Forum: RV-12 07-29-2018, 07:32 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 5,069
Posted By rgmwa
I remove them. Probably not much chance that they...

I remove them. Probably not much chance that they would work loose and fall out but why risk it? Less drag too, although it wouldn't be noticeable. Should add that I don't often use them as my plane...
Forum: COMM 06-24-2018, 12:36 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 546
Posted By rgmwa
Problem fixed! I pulled the DB connector off the...

Problem fixed! I pulled the DB connector off the back of the intercom this morning (Flightcom 403), thought “well that won’t do much”, and plugged it back in again. No noise and clear reception! I...
Forum: RV-12 06-23-2018, 06:06 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 742
Posted By rgmwa
Post #19 in this thread has some useful...

Post #19 in this thread has some useful information for one aircraft anyway. http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=80578&highlight=deflection+angles&page=2
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 546
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks for all the replies. I should have added...

Thanks for all the replies. I should have added that it makes no difference whether the engine is on or off.
Forum: COMM 06-23-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 546
Posted By rgmwa
Radio transmit problem

Looking for some Comms 101 troubleshooting assistance.

I have an RV-12 with a Garmin SL-40 and standard com antenna installed as per the plans except for using nutplates to secure the antenna rather...
Forum: RV-12 05-30-2018, 06:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,853
Posted By rgmwa
I put some in a while back....

I put some in a while back. http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showthread.php?t=64145&page=24 Posts 238 and 239. Lots of options as others have suggested.
Forum: RV-12 05-16-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,056
Posted By rgmwa
Get a couple of microstop countersink cages so...

Get a couple of microstop countersink cages so you only need to set up #30 and #40 cutters at the right depth once.
Forum: International 04-24-2018, 05:20 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 980
Posted By rgmwa
Visit the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka,...

Visit the Aviation Heritage Centre in Omaka, South Island, while you're there. No RV's but a lot of other good stuff. http://www.omaka.org.nz/
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By rgmwa
Snow you say, John? I've heard of it so it...

Snow you say, John? I've heard of it so it probably exists, but you won't come across any down here. However, we do have the distinction of being the most isolated capital city in the world, so it...
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 04:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By rgmwa
40-45 airports within 125 mile radius? That's...

40-45 airports within 125 mile radius? That's impressive. We'd have closer to 5 down here that you might call an airport. ie an sealed strip and one or more hangars. Mind you we do have the Indian...
Forum: RV-12 04-11-2018, 01:22 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 6,379
Posted By rgmwa
Probably a little unfair to compare the Sling 2...

Probably a little unfair to compare the Sling 2 and the RV-12 too closely as the Sling is not primarily an LSA since it's designed to the VLA standard. It can meet the LSA criteria but has to give up...
Forum: RV-12 03-19-2018, 07:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,874
Posted By rgmwa
Check Modifications thread for various pump...

Check Modifications thread for various pump switch solutions.
Forum: RV-12 03-15-2018, 10:11 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,348
Posted By rgmwa
Interesting question. I would guess maybe 80%...

Interesting question. I would guess maybe 80% would go with the iS. Those staying with the ULS are probably doing so mainly to save some money or because they see the iS as being more complicated to...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-09-2018, 03:43 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,530
Posted By rgmwa
It may be cheaper to shop around for a decent,...

It may be cheaper to shop around for a decent, older flying RV than building a new one from bargain basement or abandoned sub-kits where you may not be sure of the quality of workmanship. It would...
Forum: RV-12 03-05-2018, 04:13 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Ordered today. Thanks Tony and Hal and all other...

Ordered today. Thanks Tony and Hal and all other responders. I suspect Vans may be getting a few more orders soon. It looks like a very nice product and I'll feel happier leaving the plane unattended...
Forum: RV-12 03-03-2018, 06:12 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Well I'm sold - very classy! Thanks Tony! I'll...

Well I'm sold - very classy! Thanks Tony! I'll wait for Hal's comments, mainly because in my experience ACS will typically charge about $45 postage even for a small item like that. Van's shipping...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2018, 03:29 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Above and beyond the call Tony. Many thanks!

Above and beyond the call Tony. Many thanks!
Forum: RV-12 02-27-2018, 05:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Vlad. I was thinking more or less along...

Thanks Vlad. I was thinking more or less along those lines myself as an alternative to a locking cap. Haven't decided which way to go yet.
Forum: RV-12 02-27-2018, 04:55 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Julian and all for your replies. Good to...

Thanks Julian and all for your replies. Good to know the Vans cap will work.
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 11:25 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
I live in the best country in the world.:D ...

I live in the best country in the world.:D

However, I have in mind to visit some out of the way places where tampering with aircraft to get fuel for sniffing purposes is not unheard of, and...
Forum: RV-12 02-25-2018, 03:30 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Crashley, but that one won't work on the...

Thanks Crashley, but that one won't work on the RV-12 unfortunately. I have a simple idea for making the standard cap tamper-resistant, but a lockable cap would be better still.

Edit: On a closer...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 10:35 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,378
Posted By rgmwa
Locking fuel cap for RV-12

Has anyone found a locking fuel cap for the RV-12 or made the standard one lockable in some way?
Forum: RV-12 02-18-2018, 05:05 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 34,363
Posted By rgmwa
... and maybe a wee dram to celebrate a...

... and maybe a wee dram to celebrate a successful operation?. ;)
Forum: RV-12 02-16-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,693
Posted By rgmwa
A bag of worms?? That's a bit harsh, and I don't...

A bag of worms?? That's a bit harsh, and I don't think the cost of a few upgrade parts to fix or prevent problems that generally come to light as the result of real-world experience counts for much...
Forum: RV-12 02-15-2018, 10:08 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 34,363
Posted By rgmwa
That's if you can actually see any cracks. They...

That's if you can actually see any cracks. They would be very easy to miss judging by the photos in the SB. I wonder what prompted Vans to look there, although I guess it's an obvious potential...
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 10:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,677
Posted By rgmwa
No, pure altruism. :D I just think the RV-12...

No, pure altruism. :D I just think the RV-12 would look very nice hanging up beside the Spirit of St Louis or the X-15.
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 04:41 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,028
Posted By rgmwa
It can be done. I speak from experience....

It can be done. I speak from experience.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RcjEd7lR4Q

Edit: beat me to it by milliseconds
Forum: RV-12 02-08-2018, 07:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,828
Posted By rgmwa
Maybe check the hose located under the filler cap...

Maybe check the hose located under the filler cap to make sure it's seated properly and the hose end is not split. I had a similar leak a while back when the hose developed a split.
Forum: RV-12 02-08-2018, 02:51 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,677
Posted By rgmwa
One day when I have to give up flying, I'll...

One day when I have to give up flying, I'll donate my 12 to the Smithsonian. All they have to do is drill out 2 rivets and hang it up. Vans think of everything. ;)
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 06:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,677
Posted By rgmwa
I believe it was to facilitate hoisting the plane...

I believe it was to facilitate hoisting the plane up if that was going to be a useful feature for some builders. There's a #30 hole in the top wing skin just above the tie-down point, but as far as I...
Forum: RV-12 02-01-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,934
Posted By rgmwa
The Sling was designed to meet the EASA CS-VLA...

The Sling was designed to meet the EASA CS-VLA (Very Light Aeroplanes) Specification which allows a MAUW of 700 kg (1540 lb).
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,737
Posted By rgmwa
You can set up the Skyview to show round dials if...

You can set up the Skyview to show round dials if you prefer, but it doesn't take long to get used to the tape display. With that RV as motivation and flying left seat, your air sickness will...
Forum: RV-12 01-19-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,383
Posted By rgmwa
One feature of the 12 that I liked was knowing...

One feature of the 12 that I liked was knowing pretty accurately what it was going to cost me to build a fully optioned plane before I ordered the first kit. When it was finished I'd spent about...
Forum: RV-12 01-16-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,031
Posted By rgmwa
Notwithstanding the problems the OP is having,...

Notwithstanding the problems the OP is having, every time I have to remove the wings I'm still amazed that Vans can fabricate and kit wing spars and fuselage with holes that line up so accurately...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-12-2017, 10:51 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,646
Posted By rgmwa
I suspect VAF is a double-edged sword for Vans....

I suspect VAF is a double-edged sword for Vans. Even if it's not directly a factor in a builder or buyer choosing an RV, it helps to focus attention on RV's and third party suppliers. It's also a...
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2017, 10:23 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,670
Posted By rgmwa
I ended up buying the expensive Cherrymax. The...

I ended up buying the expensive Cherrymax. The other two hand riveters I had didn't work.
Forum: Canada 11-23-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,580
Posted By rgmwa
The nice thing about RV's is having so many...

The nice thing about RV's is having so many choices. I built a 12 because it ticked all the right boxes for me, but I wouldn't want a 10 or an 8 for example.
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 02:50 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,323
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Boyd. It might be your first VAF post, but...

Thanks Boyd. It might be your first VAF post, but if you bought an RV3 kit made by Van himself at his house, you've been around RVs far longer than I have. I'm impressed! Thanks for the tip. I had...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 06:49 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 2,069
Posted By rgmwa
Hard to say. They probably already go well past...

Hard to say. They probably already go well past the point where less customer oriented companies might have withdrawn support for their oldest designs based on purely economic grounds. The fact that...
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2017, 06:04 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,323
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks John. My plan was to use mineral spirits,...

Thanks John. My plan was to use mineral spirits, but was curious to know what others do when re-packing these bearings.
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,957
Posted By rgmwa
I'm happy with the ULS, but if I was building...

I'm happy with the ULS, but if I was building again I'd choose the iS. The extra cost will translate to a higher resale value, if that's a concern. My only hesitation would be the scarcity of...
Forum: RV-12 11-06-2017, 12:27 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,323
Posted By rgmwa
What's the best way to remove the old grease...

What's the best way to remove the old grease prior to re-packing the bearings?
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-03-2017, 06:07 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 8,084
Posted By rgmwa
"I think you should do it". Wife's advice, so...

"I think you should do it". Wife's advice, so who was I to argue?
Forum: Trip Write-ups 10-29-2017, 06:43 AM
Replies: 85
Views: 126,440
Posted By rgmwa
Is there going to be a conclusion to this trip...

Is there going to be a conclusion to this trip across the USA, which has been interesting so far, or are we just waiting for the end of everything? I don't mind which it is, but I'd just like to know.
Forum: Canada 10-18-2017, 11:23 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,580
Posted By rgmwa
Different country, but I went through the same...

Different country, but I went through the same comparison between the 12 and the 9. I chose the 12 mainly because the kit was so complete, but also for the other reasons you mentioned. It's also...
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2017, 03:54 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,592
Posted By rgmwa
Thanks Dave, I've just taken the wings off for...

Thanks Dave,
I've just taken the wings off for the annual and will try your suggestion.
Forum: Safety 10-15-2017, 06:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,731
Posted By rgmwa
Maybe a triangular bandage. Lots of different...

Maybe a triangular bandage. Lots of different uses.
Forum: RV Photo/Video URLs 10-11-2017, 11:37 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,249
Posted By rgmwa
`Junkyard Special' has a nice ring to it,...

`Junkyard Special' has a nice ring to it, although it definitely looks more special than junk in the photos. `Phoenix' is good too, but it didn't end too well when Jimmy Stewart flew it in the...
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