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Forum: RV-12 11-24-2017, 06:34 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,136
Posted By 2johns
refueling my RV12

I'm tired of hauling 5 gallon cans of gas. My airport car is a 2001 Chrysler van has a 20 gallon gas tank and internal pump that can put out 5 GPM. Is it a pipe dream to try to tap into it?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 05:53 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 4,250
Posted By 2johns
14,000 feet in my RV12. Not legal you say. ...

14,000 feet in my RV12. Not legal you say. Believe it was. 2000 feet over a 12,000 ft mountain.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-09-2017, 05:34 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,731
Posted By 2johns
supply and demand. I can buy a new brass...

supply and demand. I can buy a new brass radiator for my 1915 Ford Model T if I want to pay $1500. However not from Ford Motor Co. Van's or someone else will continue to provide parts as long as...
Forum: Canada 10-20-2017, 06:02 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,953
Posted By 2johns
I have been flying my RV12 since 2010. It is a...

I have been flying my RV12 since 2010. It is a wonderful plane. It is about as fast as my 1956 Cessna 182 was and is much better at passing the gas stations. The advantage over most other home...
Forum: Nosewheel vs. Tailwheel 09-12-2017, 09:33 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 5,170
Posted By 2johns
You need to set your limits. I learned mine 55...

You need to set your limits. I learned mine 55 years ago in my first solo flight in a Piper colt. I was slowly drifted off the runway. My thoughts were "no big deal" until I hit the soft dirt and...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 09-09-2017, 05:35 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,736
Posted By 2johns
Exactly! At our airport a normal approach is not...

Exactly! At our airport a normal approach is not always possible. "Keep your speed up - you have two F16's behind you on a 5 mile final" or "extend your downwind for traffic" or "make a short...
Forum: RV-10 09-03-2017, 08:04 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 884
Posted By 2johns
Depends on what you want to use them for. If you...

Depends on what you want to use them for. If you want folding bikes for gravel roads and mountain trails we suggest Friday bikes made in Eugene Oregon ninety miles south of Vans. I'm sure they...
Forum: RV-12 08-28-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 23,899
Posted By 2johns
Agreed! This is a safety issue that costs less...

Agreed! This is a safety issue that costs less than 1% of what you paid for the plane. Suck it up and replace it even if you haven't even used the original yet.
Forum: RV-12 08-28-2017, 11:09 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 23,899
Posted By 2johns
Best way to take care of the problem is to buy...

Best way to take care of the problem is to buy the new heavy duty fork. That's what I did. Years ago I made a bad landing with my Long Ez, broke the lighter duty nose fork that I had not replaced...
Forum: Texas (South) 08-22-2017, 08:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 631
Posted By 2johns
This reminds me of the time I tried to pin down...

This reminds me of the time I tried to pin down the local forecaster about his 20% chance of rain as any rain at all would ruin our weed spraying. His response was was yes there is a 20% chance of...
Forum: RV-12 07-14-2017, 09:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,232
Posted By 2johns
I think it is a very good idea to change the fuel...

I think it is a very good idea to change the fuel vent location as Van's has suggested in 37-01 Rev 5 due the possibility of the hole in the cap being plugged or a new owner being unaware of the hole...
Forum: RV-12 06-30-2017, 05:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,307
Posted By 2johns
Very dangerous if you are a senoir citizen. In...

Very dangerous if you are a senoir citizen. In my case I'd probably jump in the car and go for a cup of coffee.
Forum: Safety 06-22-2017, 07:04 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 12,710
Posted By 2johns
You are exactly right. I have a spare fuel valve...

You are exactly right. I have a spare fuel valve and checked this out... Three dedents - Left, right, off. If you stop between left and right, it feeds from both tanks.
Forum: RV-12 05-18-2017, 11:19 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,002
Posted By 2johns
cross wind landings

I've read that it is a normal practice to land a 747 in a crab to touch down to avoid dragging the engine pods. Since the CG is forward of the main gear it straightens out on its own to the runway...
Forum: RV-12 02-21-2017, 06:24 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 17,925
Posted By 2johns
exceptions, exceptions! Operating legally under...

exceptions, exceptions! Operating legally under sport pilot rules I have flown my RV 12 up to 14,000 feet. It was still climbing 400 fpm when I stopped.
Forum: RV-12 02-13-2017, 05:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 23,783
Posted By 2johns
I tend to agree with Scott. The locking jaws on...

I tend to agree with Scott. The locking jaws on my regulator don't hold the plug all the way in. I ended up making provisions to safety wire mine so they would be fully inserted.
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2016, 06:46 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,552
Posted By 2johns
On the grounds that it might incriminate me, I...

On the grounds that it might incriminate me, I can not answer that question.
Forum: RV-12 07-13-2016, 10:47 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 33,688
Posted By 2johns
http://i63.tinypic.com/2sacc91.jpg I believe once...

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I believe once the canopy rises to a certain level, nothing is going to stop it, including the new steel struts. I suppose most of us are guilty of leaving the...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 07-04-2016, 11:12 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,179
Posted By 2johns
Bruce- You have no idea what you witnessed...

Bruce-

You have no idea what you witnessed today. Darrell has been building his RV 4 for 24 years and today was his first flight. It is a beautiful plane and he is an excellent builder. The...
Forum: RV-12 06-26-2016, 04:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,917
Posted By 2johns
I used magnetic switches ala original spar pin...

I used magnetic switches ala original spar pin switches purchased from Van,s. They work fine but were a hassle to get adjusted. If I had it to do again, I would use regular mechanical micro...
Forum: RV-12 06-26-2016, 09:15 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,917
Posted By 2johns
I have installed micro switches on the canopy...

I have installed micro switches on the canopy handle and throttle position wired in series with the spar pin switch. The throttle position is set to allow 4000 rpm before activating to allow for a...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 06-04-2016, 06:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,179
Posted By 2johns
Bruce- Good advice on using Mike and Front Range...

Bruce-

Good advice on using Mike and Front Range aviation. In fact that is where our EAA chapter is headquartered. We have lots of RV's in our chapter - some flying and some under construction. ...
Forum: RV-12 04-26-2016, 01:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,525
Posted By 2johns
cross wind experience

How do you land a 767 and a757 in a 40 kt direct cross wind without dragging an engine. Do you actually land them in a crab?
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2016, 04:57 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,300
Posted By 2johns
use allen head screws and a "T" allen wrench -...

use allen head screws and a "T" allen wrench - makes it much easier
Forum: RV-12 04-22-2016, 10:21 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 6,518
Posted By 2johns
I agree that Van's should not install a fuel pump...

I agree that Van's should not install a fuel pump switch in their design. Their Job is to make the design as idiot proof as possible. That being said, I have a fuel pump switch. My reasons are...
Forum: RV-12 03-29-2016, 01:59 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,202
Posted By 2johns
I certainly agree that a different fuel tank...

I certainly agree that a different fuel tank venting system is needed. I installed the new venting system recently. I have an automatic shut off on my fuel nozzle and found that now the shut off...
Forum: RV-12 03-25-2016, 05:00 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,171
Posted By 2johns
Adding a GPS to my RV-12

Stein Air made a wiring harness for my RV12 with a transfer switch so I could use either my Garmin 496 or my 696 to feed my D180 and auto pilot. It also allows the 696 to be fed thru the avionics...
Forum: RV-12 02-29-2016, 08:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,759
Posted By 2johns
tso'd vs non tso'd gps receivers

Question. Are non TSO'D GPS receivers unable to accurately receive WAAS signals. The local WAAS here is very accurate and we use it for seeding, spraying, and harvesting using our non TSO'D John...
Forum: ADS-B 02-10-2016, 01:12 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,929
Posted By 2johns
Another option. I mounted my 696 on the top of...

Another option. I mounted my 696 on the top of the map case between the two seats. Stein made me a wiring harness with a switch that connects either the 496 or the 696 to the D180 and autopilot. ...
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2016, 06:44 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,013
Posted By 2johns
how reed switches work

I am not changing mine. no problems in five years . I am using them on my canopy warning systems as well.
Forum: RV-12 01-24-2016, 01:36 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 9,033
Posted By 2johns
take one apart

John, I did take my old pump apart. I agree that at least our original fuel pump is not a positive displacement pump, has a telescoping plunger, has two springs- the lighter one to control pressure....
Forum: RV-12 01-15-2016, 02:13 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 696
Posted By 2johns
King KN53 w/GS for RV-12

I have a King KN-53 w/GS that I am thinking about installing in my RV 12 to feed my Dynon D180 and autopilot. I have been told this will not work. Anyone have experience with this combination?
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-30-2015, 02:24 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,612
Posted By 2johns
You are not yet in the "dumbest mistake club" To...

You are not yet in the "dumbest mistake club" To do that you must start your engine without finding the nut.
Forum: RV-12 12-10-2014, 10:18 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 4,279
Posted By 2johns
Way to go John. It's good to know our RV12's...

Way to go John. It's good to know our RV12's should hold together for at least 700 hours. I have 200 hours on mine. At my current rate of flying I'll reach 700 hours in the year 2025 and be 90...
Forum: RV-12 09-20-2014, 03:38 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 915
Posted By 2johns
Good question, Rich. By having egt probes in all...

Good question, Rich. By having egt probes in all cylinders and using one ignition module at a time, you should be able to pinpoint a spark plug that might be miss firing. Also if one ignition...
Forum: RV-12 09-19-2014, 05:45 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 915
Posted By 2johns
cht and egt on 912

Is it possible to install egt and cht probes on the remaining two cylinders and have the temperature readings shown on my D180?
Forum: RV-12 08-31-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 5,064
Posted By 2johns
Originally I had my prop set in more of a climb...

Originally I had my prop set in more of a climb mode. I flew my RV12 to 14,000 feet over 12,000 foot mts (legally) and the climb rate was still 400 fpm.
Forum: RV-12 05-30-2014, 09:01 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 895
Posted By 2johns
Do you have the plane in trim? I notice that...

Do you have the plane in trim? I notice that once in awhile if I don't have the plane in trim.
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2014, 05:21 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,070
Posted By 2johns
Jim- The first thing I would check is to make...

Jim-

The first thing I would check is to make sure the plug into the voltage regulator on the lower engine side of the firewall is pushed in all the way.
Forum: RV-12 05-11-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 6,468
Posted By 2johns
I have been refueling my RV12 with a hand pump...

I have been refueling my RV12 with a hand pump mounted in a 30 gallon tank. My suggestion is to invest in an automatic shut off nozzle. Have been refueling for 200 hours and never spilled a drop. ...
Forum: RV-10 05-04-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,246
Posted By 2johns
From where I sit your age does seem a little too...

From where I sit your age does seem a little too young.....I can't even remember when I was fifty-ish and I'm still flying and building. Go for it!
Forum: RV-12 01-14-2014, 09:26 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,981
Posted By 2johns
I agree. I have a fuel flow meter and a quick...

I agree. I have a fuel flow meter and a quick shut off nozzle on my fuel supple tank. The quick shut off nozzle shuts off at precisely the same spot every time and the amount of fuel added never...
Forum: RV-12 11-08-2013, 09:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,844
Posted By 2johns
30 years ago I owned a Cessna 152 and still have...

30 years ago I owned a Cessna 152 and still have the pilot's handbook. It had an empty weight of 1138 lbs or 400 lbs more than my RV12. It would have been quite a stretch to get it exempted into...
Forum: RV-12 10-16-2013, 09:57 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 6,699
Posted By 2johns
The serial number listed on my engine log book is...

The serial number listed on my engine log book is listed as 5652551. This does not jib with any of the numbers on the service bulletin. What am I missing?
Forum: RV-12 08-19-2013, 06:30 PM
Replies: 300
Views: 263,820
Posted By 2johns
Mounting for Drift HD Camera on RV-12

This is a quick detach mounting for a Drift HD camera, mounted to the bottom of the wing on our RV-12. Rather than leave it on Video, I normally set it to take a picture every 10 seconds. My longest...
Forum: RV-12 06-08-2013, 07:47 PM
Replies: 94
Views: 27,788
Posted By 2johns
Just installed the stabilizer tips on my rv12. ...

Just installed the stabilizer tips on my rv12. Very satisfied with the installation. Haven't noticed any difference in the flying qualities, but it sure looks faster!
Forum: RV-12 04-16-2013, 09:13 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,848
Posted By 2johns
I have added sound proofing to the back side of...

I have added sound proofing to the back side of the fire wall and front side panels. It was a foam layer of about 1/4" with a aluminum foil covering with a sticky side to adhere to the fire wall and...
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2013, 08:30 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,900
Posted By 2johns
Question - Since there is a balancing tube...

Question - Since there is a balancing tube running between the two intake manifolds, would this allow the engine to continue to run in somewhat of a normal manner if one carb were to go to either...
Forum: RV-12 02-08-2013, 09:35 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,317
Posted By 2johns
Apparently there is a Rotax requirement to...

Apparently there is a Rotax requirement to replace all rubber hoses on all 912 equipped SLSA planes after 5 years in service. Don't know if it applies to ELSA's or not. A local SLSA equipped with...
Forum: RV-12 01-28-2013, 05:03 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,088
Posted By 2johns
Bob - Are you the same Bob Bogash listed in this...

Bob - Are you the same Bob Bogash listed in this month's "Air and Space" as the project manager for the Museum of Flight's effort to get the very first Boeing 727 airborne again - Scheduled for a...
Forum: RV-12 01-24-2013, 03:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 2,493
Posted By 2johns
Very interesting article on the blended wing...

Very interesting article on the blended wing tips. I'm sold. How do we adapt them to our RV12's
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2013, 08:19 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,572
Posted By 2johns
This is my reason for converting to stainless...

This is my reason for converting to stainless steel lines on the RV 12. Better flexibility, ease of maintenance, and its easier to adapt fairings to the landing gear. As an example, I didn't have...
Forum: RV-12 01-21-2013, 04:58 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 6,572
Posted By 2johns
bonoco brake lines

I installed bonoco brake lines on my RV12. I believe the left side needs a little longer length. I ordered one 33" long for the right side and 34" for the left side. You might recheck that to...
Forum: RV-12 01-02-2013, 05:31 PM
Replies: 296
Views: 60,685
Posted By 2johns
How to do it 1. First you need to purchase a...

How to do it
1. First you need to purchase a Craftsman ½” MAX AXESS socket, a ¼” x6” extension, and a ¼” to 3/8” adapter. Cost is about $12.

2. As viewed from the 2nd picture, use a bench grinder to...
Forum: RV-12 12-01-2012, 06:44 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 23,126
Posted By 2johns
Just finished the landing gear mod. We used the...

Just finished the landing gear mod. We used the wing tie down eye bolts screwed into the top of the wings to raise the landing gear one side at a time using our engine hoist. This worked well as you...
Forum: RV-12 07-22-2012, 09:53 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,150
Posted By 2johns
One theory for the increased flow indicated but...

One theory for the increased flow indicated but not accaully being used by the engine is that the excess fuel is beiong returned to the tank in the return line. Maybe this is caused by the reduced...
Forum: RV-12 07-16-2012, 04:30 PM
Replies: 268
Views: 56,079
Posted By 2johns
Very interesting. Maybe there is a way to tell...

Very interesting. Maybe there is a way to tell just how much force our RV12's have been subjected to with a hard landing. The "G" meter in the Dynon 180 retains the Maximum "G" force recorded until...
Forum: RV-12 06-14-2012, 10:18 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 104,039
Posted By 2johns
I really like nordlock washers. It takes more...

I really like nordlock washers. It takes more torque to loosen them than what you have them torqued to. If the engine mount bolts are torqued to 30 ft lbs it takes at least 33 ft lbs to loosen...
Forum: RV-12 05-17-2012, 09:47 PM
Replies: 214
Views: 104,039
Posted By 2johns
I also used nord lock washers with 30 ft-lbs of...

I also used nord lock washers with 30 ft-lbs of torque. 75 hours and still tight.
Forum: RV-12 05-01-2012, 10:07 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,016
Posted By 2johns
Garmin 796 GPS

How much work would it be to hook up a new Garmin 796 to the D180 instead of the 496. I understand the 796 is geo referenced and the 496 is not. With the 796 hooked to the dynon 180 would my dynon...
Forum: RV-7/7A 04-12-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 4,309
Posted By 2johns
Reminds me of 30 years ago while building a Long...

Reminds me of 30 years ago while building a Long Ez. I had the canard off and a couple if lead shot bags in the front seat to make up for the weight of the canard. I was under the engine pulling...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2012, 07:50 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,247
Posted By 2johns
My suggestion. Don't use flaps for a cross wind...

My suggestion. Don't use flaps for a cross wind landing in a flaperon equipped RV12. With the flaps down obsrve how little down pressure on the upwind tire is afforted by the upwind flaperon with...
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