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Forum: RV-12 Yesterday, 07:58 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had fairings on my plane since it was...

I have had fairings on my plane since it was licensed in 2012, and they look great, but itís a pain to check pressure or add air, so I plan on removing them at next oil change when I usually go...
Forum: RV-12 05-19-2018, 08:34 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 905
Posted By RFSchaller
Mine stopped working ó- canít say I miss it!😜

Mine stopped working ó- canít say I miss it!😜
Forum: RV-12 05-19-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,880
Posted By RFSchaller
Is this an initial startup, or did the problem...

Is this an initial startup, or did the problem develop. Initial startup after construction suggests a wiring error or wiring damage (cut though insulation to ground?). If it developed at least you...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 10:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 816
Posted By RFSchaller
My first annual I found one poly sleeve detached...

My first annual I found one poly sleeve detached on one cable. I reattached it with safety wire and never had any other issues with the cables after 6 years and 720 hours.
Forum: RV-12 05-11-2018, 08:19 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 688
Posted By RFSchaller
Get a pneumatic rivet gun and an offset ivet set...

Get a pneumatic rivet gun and an offset ivet set to drive them.
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2018, 08:32 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,003
Posted By RFSchaller
I have been flying in PHX summer since 2012. I...

I have been flying in PHX summer since 2012. I routinely see 234F climbing out. I end up pausing at each 2000 FT to throttle back to 4800 RPM to cool back down below 230F before the next 2000 FT step...
Forum: RV-12 05-07-2018, 10:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,328
Posted By RFSchaller
The serial number suggests it had the D180...

The serial number suggests it had the D180 EFIS/EMS. Doesnít it include a data logger? I wonder why that info wasnít included.
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 09:07 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, The jump I was referring to was during the...

Jim,
The jump I was referring to was during the vapor lock, not the increase due to increased return flow.

Rich
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 11:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,223
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a switched pump too. I see fuel flow go up...

I have a switched pump too. I see fuel flow go up about 1 GPH when I turn it on.

I had the same symptoms last summer without the gas smell. It turned out to be vapor lock from old auto gas. I...
Forum: RV-12 05-04-2018, 11:09 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
Brent, I agree it is certainly not a...

Brent, I agree it is certainly not a comprehensive sample from which positive conclusions can be made. Thatís why I thought it would be helpful to know if the Vans prototype had bracket failures....
Forum: RV-12 05-03-2018, 03:37 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
Brad, everything you said about vibration causes...

Brad, everything you said about vibration causes is correct. However, what does not make sense to me is that all LSA models with 912s should have the same issues, but from the two ROTAX mechanics I...
Forum: RV-12 05-01-2018, 09:18 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
My German cousin is a ROTAX mechanic. He got me a...

My German cousin is a ROTAX mechanic. He got me a couple of replacement brackets, and he said this issue is not common to other aircraft types. Seems weird we are so ďblessedĒ in the RV-12 world.

I...
Forum: RV-12 05-01-2018, 09:13 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,348
Posted By RFSchaller
When I was a junior naval officer they told us...

When I was a junior naval officer they told us donít discuss women, politics or religion at the ward room table. Probably a good rule for Internet blogs too!😜
Forum: RV-12 04-28-2018, 07:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,348
Posted By RFSchaller
FORMER colony! ó- We won fair and square!😝

FORMER colony! ó- We won fair and square!😝
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2018, 07:45 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,348
Posted By RFSchaller
Defined in my Navy Nuke days as the finest...

Defined in my Navy Nuke days as the finest discernible adjustment possible!😜
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2018, 07:39 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
I have had some success putting a magnet on the...

I have had some success putting a magnet on the bolt head after partial insertion and getting the washer to stay put on the bolt shank. This job needs all the tricks!
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 797
Posted By RFSchaller
My personal limit is 5 gallons, but I flew it to...

My personal limit is 5 gallons, but I flew it to 4 before annual to simplify draining the tank for removal at annual. The nice thing is that my fuel level sensor is extremely accurate at low levels.
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 764
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a lot of crazing on my lexan rear window,...

I had a lot of crazing on my lexan rear window, so at 5 years I decided to bite the bullet and do the aileron bellcrank, window and baggage bulkhead split mods all in one annual. After 18 months I am...
Forum: RV-12 04-23-2018, 08:07 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,875
Posted By RFSchaller
Chris, My first project was a WAR half size...

Chris,

My first project was a WAR half size FW-190 that was a wood structure with fiberglass over it. In those days (early 90ís) the epoxy resin was horrible. I acquired the epoxy allergy about half...
Forum: RV-12 04-21-2018, 07:48 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,007
Posted By RFSchaller
When I cut a cable I thread it through the...

When I cut a cable I thread it through the attachment and then put heat shrink over the cut point. Then causing cable cutters I cut in the middle of the heat shrink for a nice clean end.
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,497
Posted By RFSchaller
Wow, John! I thought I had bragging rights with...

Wow, John! I thought I had bragging rights with 700 HRs on mine, but now ďIím not worthy!Ē😜

Congratulations!
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 11:02 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,428
Posted By RFSchaller
I just built a spreadsheet in Excel and use it.

I just built a spreadsheet in Excel and use it.
Forum: RV-12 04-08-2018, 06:18 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
Seems like steel and aluminum are in contact at...

Seems like steel and aluminum are in contact at many points in an aircraft. Iíve never heard of it being a problem. Has anyone else?
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 07:43 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
FYI my prop was dynamically balanced and the...

FYI my prop was dynamically balanced and the little bugger still broke!
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2018, 08:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,744
Posted By RFSchaller
No, a Cherokee. I mentioned it only because it...

No, a Cherokee. I mentioned it only because it was a life lesson in not jumping to conclusions.
Forum: RV-12 03-23-2018, 10:22 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,744
Posted By RFSchaller
Beware of assuming throttle cable resistance is...

Beware of assuming throttle cable resistance is just a lube problem. One annual I listed a hard to move throttle as a squawk. Turned out that the cable strands had broke and balled up inside the...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 08:02 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Brad. None of the suggestions are an...

Thanks, Brad. None of the suggestions are an obvious problem. I wonder if there are many RV12 owners who have experienced this. As I said my cousin, the ROTAX mechanic says he has not seen it as a...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 07:50 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,130
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím tempting the electrical gods here, but V/R...

Iím tempting the electrical gods here, but V/R failure has not been a huge problem for me. I replaced one at about 300 Hours based on a low voltage alarm after start. I now have 400 hours on the...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 05:20 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
My German cousin is a light sport mechanic in...

My German cousin is a light sport mechanic in Germany. I asked him if the failure of the coil bracket is common, and he said he has not seen any. It's not obvious to me as to why this would be an...
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,678
Posted By RFSchaller
If you don't have Nav lights the Nav light...

If you don't have Nav lights the Nav light circuit works great for the fuel pump. I did mine that way about 5 years ago and haven't regretted it. I took the old fuel pump power and put it to a new...
Forum: RV-12 03-15-2018, 10:06 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 6,430
Posted By RFSchaller
John, In the first 200 hours of operation my...

John,

In the first 200 hours of operation my engine was smooth at all RPM. Then it developed a slight roughness when I pull back the power to idle for descent and landing. Iíve swapped out my spark...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 17,966
Posted By RFSchaller
Well, two years later in annual my bracket was...

Well, two years later in annual my bracket was cracked again. Again I made a beefier bracket out of 3/16Ē aluminum. My guess is Iíll be addressing this again in the future. Has anybody found a final...
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:40 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 9,983
Posted By RFSchaller
This was tough to do without loosening the...

This was tough to do without loosening the mounting bolts, but with an endoscope I was able to see the top little bit of the markings.
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,824
Posted By RFSchaller
Regulation - the fifth force involved in flight...

Regulation - the fifth force involved in flight óó usually along the same axis as drag!😝
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
I got the bolts in from the top using forceps to...

I got the bolts in from the top using forceps to get them into the hole. I set up my endoscope so I had a good view to manipulate the bolts. It also helps to chamfer the last 1/8Ē of the bolts so you...
Forum: RV-12 03-10-2018, 08:11 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,824
Posted By RFSchaller
Before you go changing any placards check your...

Before you go changing any placards check your operating limits. As I recall the wording of the warning is included. My DAR took pictures of the nameplate and placards, so Iím leaving them alone...
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 09:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,824
Posted By RFSchaller
Read the warning labels on household products if...

Read the warning labels on household products if you really want a scare!😁
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 09:27 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
I got the stab back on today and the end of...

I got the stab back on today and the end of travel seemed ďsquishyĒ. Then I realized the issue brought up here about the fairing interference was the problem. The fairing was stopping the stab travel...
Forum: RV-12 03-05-2018, 08:27 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
I finished the mod today, and now need to...

I finished the mod today, and now need to reinstall the stabilator. I see what you mean, John. The gussets would be tough if not impossible to install after the stab is back on. I really hate messing...
Forum: RV-12 03-04-2018, 08:51 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
I havenít got to thes skin doublets yet. Would it...

I havenít got to thes skin doublets yet. Would it be easier to put the stabilator back on and then install the skin doublets?
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,535
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a really tough paint to remove. I went to...

I had a really tough paint to remove. I went to Home Depot and asked for their strongest stripper to deal with polyurethane paint. Works pretty well, but you have to use several applications. On the...
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 3,009
Posted By RFSchaller
Is gas stealing really a concern? Dude where do...

Is gas stealing really a concern? Dude where do you live!😜

I guess I canít throw stones. I thought I lived in a nice neighborhood until one day the DEA knocked at my door and asked if they could...
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 09:08 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
Oops, sorry, I meant that post to be on the HS...

Oops, sorry, I meant that post to be on the HS spar crack mod thread. Senior moment, I guess!
Forum: RV-12 02-26-2018, 09:06 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 7,535
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím just starting the mod. A couple of things I...

Iím just starting the mod. A couple of things I noted:

1. I only loosened one control cable turnbuckle which I hope will allow me to reconnect with only having to wrestle in one set of turnbuckle...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 10:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,279
Posted By RFSchaller
I helped a guy fix his. It was actually a bad...

I helped a guy fix his. It was actually a bad reed switch, so I recommend putting a strong magnet up against the switch first to be sure itís not magnet position that is causing the issue.
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 10:20 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím not going to bother with looking for racks,...

Iím not going to bother with looking for racks, just install the fix. If you find cracks the solution is the fix, so whatís the point in inspecting if you just put in the mod?
Forum: RV-12 02-20-2018, 07:35 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 30,189
Posted By RFSchaller
About a year ago like a dummy I pushed my 12 back...

About a year ago like a dummy I pushed my 12 back into the hangar without first removing my car. CRUNCH on one AST. Well at least thatís one AST with the new ribs!:D
Forum: RV-12 02-16-2018, 06:47 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,514
Posted By RFSchaller
Labor intensive SBs are always frustrating, but...

Labor intensive SBs are always frustrating, but itís still a great airplane and my all up costs are a third of my Cherokee 180 hourly cost. Iíve fortunately dodged some expensive ADs on my Cherokee...
Forum: RV-12 02-13-2018, 06:15 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,199
Posted By RFSchaller
Tom, you must have Schwarzeneggerís arms to get...

Tom, you must have Schwarzeneggerís arms to get that off with your bare hands!
Forum: RV-12 02-12-2018, 09:02 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,199
Posted By RFSchaller
I bought an assortment of oil filter hex sockets...

I bought an assortment of oil filter hex sockets for 3/8Ē drive at Harbor Freight a few years back. One of them slips right over the end of the filter. Works great.
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,507
Posted By RFSchaller
Always looking for a tax dodge, Bob?!

Always looking for a tax dodge, Bob?!
Forum: RV-12 02-11-2018, 06:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,578
Posted By RFSchaller
I had a tiny leak develop after hose change out -...

I had a tiny leak develop after hose change out - about 1/2Ē overflow bottle level in 50 Hours. The fluorescent dye didnít show anything except around the weep hole on the bottom of the water pump....
Forum: RV-12 01-26-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,072
Posted By RFSchaller
Nobody ever built a perfect airplane. I built 4...

Nobody ever built a perfect airplane. I built 4 imperfect ones that still allowed me to make the miracle of flight and defy death!😜
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2018, 09:57 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,207
Posted By RFSchaller
Vic, Iíll second that óó cocaine would have been...

Vic,

Iíll second that óó cocaine would have been cheaper over the last 30 years, but not half as much fun!😜

Rich
Forum: RV-12 01-21-2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 5,349
Posted By RFSchaller
I can usually get my fuel burn down to 4.5 GPH AT...

I can usually get my fuel burn down to 4.5 GPH AT 5100 RPM and about 21ĒMAP, but I agree that in high cruise (>5300 RPM) 5.2 GPH is probably more accurate.
Forum: RV-12 01-19-2018, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 890
Posted By RFSchaller
Try a gel cushion like they sell for stadium...

Try a gel cushion like they sell for stadium seats. I bought one at Costco for $20 and it works great for long cross countries.
Forum: RV-12 01-18-2018, 07:05 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 13,368
Posted By RFSchaller
Wherever it came from itís scary. I blew out out...

Wherever it came from itís scary. I blew out out my fuel lines with air and a flush cloth over then end when I installed them. I never got anything on the cloth. That amount of debris is just bizarre!
Forum: RV-12 01-17-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 4,778
Posted By RFSchaller
Nice video. No beach party!?

Nice video. No beach party!?
Forum: RV-12 01-13-2018, 07:25 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 4,697
Posted By RFSchaller
Have you checked the spar pinhole to see where...

Have you checked the spar pinhole to see where the misalignment is? My wing skins had to be trimmed about 1/8Ē to get mine all the way in.
Forum: RV-12 01-12-2018, 06:29 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 557
Posted By RFSchaller
The method I used on an aluminum spinner for...

The method I used on an aluminum spinner for another homebuil was to slip the front bulkhead in and mark one hole center. I drilled the hole and put in a machine screw and nut to hold it while I...
Forum: RV-12 01-02-2018, 07:22 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 963
Posted By RFSchaller
A guy on our field got an SLSA with wandering...

A guy on our field got an SLSA with wandering fuel level indication. He found a bracket in the avionics bay that was used for ground, but the contact surface had been primed. After removing the...
Forum: RV-12 01-02-2018, 12:36 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,031
Posted By RFSchaller
Was it dragging a brake on the left side?

Was it dragging a brake on the left side?
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