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Forum: RV-12 08-10-2018, 03:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 405
Posted By rongawer
Bob, I built a tray and mounted it behind the...

Bob,
I built a tray and mounted it behind the baggage compartment, essentially the same as the RV-10 is mounted. Access is pretty simple, just pull the bulkhead panel and itís right there at...
Forum: RV-12 08-07-2018, 08:33 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 840
Posted By rongawer
You won’t use a squeezer as much as you would on...

You won’t use a squeezer as much as you would on a -10, but you will have plenty of opportunities. I have a longeron yoke, but I haven’t used it on the -12; like you said, lots of nut plates, and...
Forum: RV-12 07-21-2018, 05:50 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,017
Posted By rongawer
Iíve never used an engine lift, but that does...

Iíve never used an engine lift, but that does seem innovative and should work fine if youíre doing one wing at a time. Iíve considered using a strong back and lifting the airplane from both wings...
Forum: RV-12 07-18-2018, 07:33 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 395,864
Posted By rongawer
Nice paint scheme. It has a very Cessna 195...

Nice paint scheme. It has a very Cessna 195 flavor to it.
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2018, 06:58 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,564
Posted By rongawer
Interesting feedback. Personally, I’ve been...

Interesting feedback. Personally, I’ve been pretty successful with them. I recently formed just about every line on my RV-12 with them that needed to be done in place. I do recommend lubricating the...
Forum: RV-12 07-15-2018, 06:24 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,564
Posted By rongawer
Hand bending

I highly recommend these - a low cost, easy to use tool set to have the tool bin:

General Tools S106 Tubing Bender Set https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00004T827/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_tai_uu-sBbM08W6HE

It makes...
Forum: RV-12 07-09-2018, 05:50 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,307
Posted By rongawer
Well, ok, let’s suppose your airport stocks your...

Well, ok, let’s suppose your airport stocks your favorite brand and you’re happy with that and you plan for that specific fuel usage. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as Mobil vs Shell vs Swift. ...
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 08:29 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,307
Posted By rongawer
I disagree that the PAFI project has failed. The...

I disagree that the PAFI project has failed. The FAA states that the completion date has been extended to December 2019, which is to fulfill what was previously discussed.
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 06:25 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,307
Posted By rongawer
Most airports I know only have one set of tanks...

Most airports I know only have one set of tanks for AVGAS; that being the argument at my local airport as to why they don’t sell MOGAS. That alone would be the economic reason for a single standard....
Forum: RV-12 07-08-2018, 10:26 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,307
Posted By rongawer
Having read the PAFI update, it doesn’t appear to...

Having read the PAFI update, it doesn’t appear to be a “back to the drawing board” statement, but rather a mitigating the differences between the two fuels to create a common standard.

I expect...
Forum: RV-12 07-04-2018, 09:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 918
Posted By rongawer
Depending on the size of your pinholes and...

Depending on the size of your pinholes and imperfections, you might try a little peanut butter epoxy with microballoon mixture; itís the ďaviatorís bondoĒ and works very well. Then sand smooth, prime...
Forum: RV-12 07-03-2018, 07:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 545
Posted By rongawer
Excellent crimpers

Hereís the crimpers Iíve used for everything molex, even the straight-from-china Hilitchi molex-copies. Itís a low priced, very accurate tool that ratchets nicely. IWISS makes good stuff.

IWISS...
Forum: RV-12 06-21-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
Included with the Garmin PilotPak subscription is...

Included with the Garmin PilotPak subscription is the IFR premium package for Garmin Pilot that I use on my iPhone or iPad at no additional cost, so I do have Flitecharts on both handheld devices,...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:42 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
I hear you. I bought the Garmin PilotPak, which...

I hear you.

I bought the Garmin PilotPak, which provides all database updates for my G3X PFD/MFD and GTN. Itís about $600 a year; not inexpensive, but noting that I fly daily, I think itís worth it.
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 09:40 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
Thanks for compliments. The RV12 has a wing...

Thanks for compliments.

The RV12 has a wing loading is light, but so is a 172, yet thatís a very common IFR trainer. The issue is less about wing loading and more about roll rate. The advantage of...
Forum: RV-12 06-20-2018, 08:33 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. The MFD is redundant to the PFD, but yes,...

Thanks. The MFD is redundant to the PFD, but yes, I also have a second GSU 25. Noting how CAN bus works, both ADHRS units are available to either PFD/MFD.
Keep in mind, I still only have one pitot...
Forum: RV-12 06-19-2018, 08:28 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
Here's photos of my panel with the 625 in the...

Here's photos of my panel with the 625 in the center.

http://www.vansairforce.com/community/showpost.php?p=1181327&postcount=16
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 395,864
Posted By rongawer
Itís an airplane

Today, my RV12 passed its airworthiness inspection; it was so easy that it was almost anti-climatic to the 711 hours I spent crafting the little bird. So, now itís on to flying.
Forum: RV-12 06-18-2018, 06:02 AM
Replies: 631
Views: 395,864
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. Itís a UL350IS engine and a WhirlWind...

Thanks. Itís a UL350IS engine and a WhirlWind GA-UL350-2B.
Forum: RV-12 06-17-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 631
Views: 395,864
Posted By rongawer
I finally got my little bird moved to the...

I finally got my little bird moved to the airport.
https://office365stanford-my.sharepoint.com/:i:/g/personal/rgawer_stanford_edu/EV27aA-8VX9LjNARbKQyGy4BVCr0bq53zD7msh6f7EeNIg?e=vLNIP1
Forum: RV-12 06-15-2018, 11:11 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,515
Posted By rongawer
I used 5 washers on each side, so youíre on track.

I used 5 washers on each side, so youíre on track.
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 11:14 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 813
Posted By rongawer
If it is maintaining the 12.9VDC during the...

If it is maintaining the 12.9VDC during the flight and carrying normal amp loads, then most likely yes - a VR issue. To confirm, you could borrow an alternator/regulator tester from your local auto...
Forum: RV-12 06-02-2018, 02:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,227
Posted By rongawer
Very nice Paul!

Very nice Paul!
Forum: RV-12 06-01-2018, 10:45 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,607
Posted By rongawer
This is good feedback and the type of information...

This is good feedback and the type of information I was looking for - thanks.
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 03:57 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,607
Posted By rongawer
Question That's essentially my question - what is the...

That's essentially my question - what is the limit of the RV12's control authority?

Normally, most POH's will state a Maximum Demonstrated Crosswind number, that is not a limit, but defined as, for...
Forum: RV-12 05-31-2018, 08:19 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,607
Posted By rongawer
Crosswinds!

I was landing yesterday at Byron with turbulent winds coming down off the Altamont mountains at 38 gusting to 44 KT from 200ļ, making runway 23 the favorable one with a crosswind component of...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 11:40 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,073
Posted By rongawer
Here's an updated

I'm going to be moving my airplane to the airport in a couple weeks, but it's essentially done.

This is my panel with the canopy...
Forum: RV-12 05-29-2018, 06:14 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 844
Posted By rongawer
That’s a good question to ask. Aeroquip has a...

That’s a good question to ask. Aeroquip has a nice explanation right here:
https://www.vansaircraft.com/pdf/Torque_Spec_Aluminum_Fittings.pdf

The easiest way to remember, and the one I use, is the...
Forum: RV-10 05-28-2018, 10:20 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,025
Posted By rongawer
It might be that the stops are configured in the...

It might be that the stops are configured in the VP-X different than the PFD (Iím assuming you have an EFIS).

The VPX software has a trim configuration tool. I recommend connecting a laptop to the...
Forum: RV-12 05-23-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,190
Posted By rongawer
Wait a second...

Two throttle controls for the same engine? Even if you could come up with a “rube goldberg” type spring & lever assembly, which throttle control would be the master? Disregarding any means that it...
Forum: RV-12 05-22-2018, 08:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,884
Posted By rongawer
While I like Cleaveland Tools, I want to put a...

While I like Cleaveland Tools, I want to put a plug in for Planetools.com. Isham has excellent customer support and will work with you to put together any package of tools you may want. He has...
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2018, 03:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,499
Posted By rongawer
Sounds like the spray solution worked, so good....

Sounds like the spray solution worked, so good. For the bushings at the very aft end of the empennage, you'd have to either cut in a new access port or remove the HS counterweight to allow access...
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,499
Posted By rongawer
Yes, it is. Also, you can buy the bushings for...

Yes, it is.

Also, you can buy the bushings for about 15Ę each; I recommend replacing them every couple years as itís very easy to do .
Forum: RV-12 05-13-2018, 07:48 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,499
Posted By rongawer
The rudder cables on an RV lay slack when not...

The rudder cables on an RV lay slack when not under tension, so contact with the bushings is normal.

You might try wiping the cable down with something like LPS-2 or other heavy lubricant, and then...
Forum: RV-12 05-12-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,141
Posted By rongawer
Thatís B-E-A-utiful Paul!

Thatís B-E-A-utiful Paul!
Forum: RV-12 05-10-2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,938
Posted By rongawer
That's what I was going to say... Inspirational...

That's what I was going to say...

Inspirational Mike! Congratulations! Nice grass too.
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2018, 07:29 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 5,141
Posted By rongawer
Paul - that is gorgeous! Glad you finally got it...

Paul - that is gorgeous! Glad you finally got it home. Canít wait to see it in person.
Forum: RV-12 05-06-2018, 09:01 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,468
Posted By rongawer
I have my checklist “N975G_Checklist.ace” file,...

I have my checklist “N975G_Checklist.ace” file, saved to the root folder of my SD card, which I keep in the PFD. On startup, the G3X reads the file and makes it available for the checklist tab. Works...
Forum: RV-12 04-29-2018, 05:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,048
Posted By rongawer
iPhone...works great with level app; accurate to...

iPhone...works great with level app; accurate to 0.1 degrees.
Forum: RV-12 04-05-2018, 06:59 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By rongawer
I considered the Viking canopy skirt, but then I...

I considered the Viking canopy skirt, but then I discovered itís nearly $400 with delivery and decided to do it myself. Iím pretty happy with it and realize that it was more mental than physical and...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 06:27 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,656
Posted By rongawer
Log time

I spent 17 hours total, which includes 2 hours of time researching how to do the job and then buying the right materials; this was the first time Iíve built something from fiberglass.

The first day...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 07:57 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By rongawer
Glad to help. The ETX BMS does a lot, but the...

Glad to help.

The ETX BMS does a lot, but the output fault only provides two indications, excerpt: “The fault output has two states; slow flashing (5 second on/ 5 second off) or solid.” That’s all...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 06:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By rongawer
Battery Fault on G3X

DISCLAIMER: my advice is for E-AB or E-LSA that is already airworthy.

I’m not familiar with any special widgets, however the instructions to define a discrete input is in Section 34.4.26.2.2...
Forum: RV-12 03-18-2018, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,046
Posted By rongawer
Irregardless of the airplane, the EarthX...

Irregardless of the airplane, the EarthX batteries with BMS have a single output that provides a “fault” signal that you can configure to a discrete input. On the GEA24 (engine monitor for the G3X),...
Forum: RV-12 03-11-2018, 03:07 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,007
Posted By rongawer
Affected Aircraft

Guys, it’s pretty clear in the “Affected Models” paragraph of the Notification:

“RV-12 ELSA Aircraft that have not received an airworthiness certificate but have received an RV-12 DOC PACKET shipped...
Forum: RV-12 02-24-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 978
Posted By rongawer
Talking Understanding that there are S-LSA RV-12ís, they...

Understanding that there are S-LSA RV-12ís, they would require the inspection rating, but for experimental, itís the owner. Although technically, your drinking buddy could sign it off, assuming you...
Forum: RV-12 02-15-2018, 06:13 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,139
Posted By rongawer
Good photos. Very informative. I like the dual...

Good photos. Very informative. I like the dual heater valve ports, at least thatís what they look like to me.
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 01:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 843
Posted By rongawer
Mine look like Paulís. I measure my gap at 1/32Ē.

Mine look like Paulís. I measure my gap at 1/32Ē.
Forum: RV-12 02-04-2018, 12:47 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,027
Posted By rongawer
Other airplanes for reference

12:1 sounds reasonable to me with the prop stopped; probably closer 10:1 if the prop is still spinning (due to the extra drag).

For reference, my Baron B58 with feathered props is 10.5:1 and the...
Forum: RV-12 02-02-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,997
Posted By rongawer
Jacks

A very common cause of radio noise is the headset jacks. It could be that youíre getting a temperature induced ground, or it could just be movement of wires or shielding. Iíd check the jack...
Forum: RV-12 01-25-2018, 03:40 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
I can't speak to power from a Rotax, but I can...

I can't speak to power from a Rotax, but I can share what my avionics package uses for reference. With everything turned on, it pulls about 7.6A in steady state with a peak of bout 9.3A when...
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2018, 07:12 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,634
Posted By rongawer
New, old fork

I have an unused, old style fork. PM me if you want it.
Forum: RV-12 01-10-2018, 12:49 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
Thanks. I chose to use a single piece and cut it...

Thanks. I chose to use a single piece and cut it out myself, but retained all of the factory mounting holes and braces. It is admittedly a little overkill for an RV-12, but I thought, "why not?".
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 08:58 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
VERY helpful! Thank you!

VERY helpful! Thank you!
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 08:24 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
Sorry for the image size; it’s quite a silly...

Sorry for the image size; it’s quite a silly dance you have to go through to post a photo on this forum. My one request would be to allow just posting photos here.

Soap box statements aside, here’s...
Forum: RV-12 01-07-2018, 02:06 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
I installed a GTN625, which is physically the...

I installed a GTN625, which is physically the same size. The 650 needs a second power supply and antenna set and would be very doable.
Forum: RV-12 01-03-2018, 07:40 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 8,048
Posted By rongawer
I think youíre going to find multiple threads...

I think youíre going to find multiple threads that discuss this topic, however the short synopsis is that you can alter an E-AB airplane out of LSA configuration and keep flying it E-AB - just not by...
Forum: RV-10 01-02-2018, 09:29 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,678
Posted By rongawer
Stall Warner

As others have said, the stall horn is pretty much useless if you have an AOA and ANR headsets, however, I’d still recommend installing the stall warner itself, but ditch the horn and just wire it as...
Forum: RV-12 01-01-2018, 12:35 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,451
Posted By rongawer
Itís a struggle

Itís 57 here today...itís a struggle, but weíre making it through. ha.
Forum: RV-12 12-27-2017, 09:14 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,965
Posted By rongawer
As noted, it does work on flush rivets. The...

As noted, it does work on flush rivets. The serrated nose piece bites in well, just place it firmly before you start the drill. The more expensive tool that ACS sells comes with the serrated tips;...
Forum: RV-12 12-26-2017, 07:20 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,965
Posted By rongawer
I second the blind rivet removal tool. Itís made...

I second the blind rivet removal tool. Itís made by ATS and works very well. The tool head bites into the rivet head and holds the rivet from spinning while you drill out the center. Iíd give it five...
Forum: RV-12 12-25-2017, 12:06 PM
Replies: 101
Views: 23,318
Posted By rongawer
I have the GTN625; nice unit. Although it may...

I have the GTN625; nice unit. Although it may seem pricey, I bought it for about $4900 when I got a G3X at the same time. I’d guess you can still get a deal if you talk to a major Garmin dealer, like...
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