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Forum: Rocket 11-03-2017, 12:50 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,968
Posted By f1rocket
My top concern would be Vne. If you are going to...

My top concern would be Vne. If you are going to mount a 4-banger, then the -8 wing would be okay but you still have to be careful. If you are mounting a 6-banger, the -8 wing is out IMHO.
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 11-02-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 73
Views: 6,737
Posted By f1rocket
"Think garden tractor, not space shuttle" - Mark...

"Think garden tractor, not space shuttle" - Mark Fredericks
Forum: RV-14 09-26-2017, 04:20 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,379
Posted By f1rocket
It has been a pleasure to know Tom for over 15...

It has been a pleasure to know Tom for over 15 years. He is one of the true gentlemen of our sport. Congratulations buddy!
Forum: RV-12 09-12-2017, 12:53 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,811
Posted By f1rocket
I find all the discussion regarding the range of...

I find all the discussion regarding the range of the -12 somewhat amusing. I'm not picking on anyone, but if you fly the -12 much cross country, you find that the ACTUAL range on any particular leg...
Forum: RV-12 09-11-2017, 04:12 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,915
Posted By f1rocket
As far as I know, the tractor regulator I put in...

As far as I know, the tractor regulator I put in my -12 is still going strong in the Texas heat 300 hours later.
Forum: RV-12 09-02-2017, 02:36 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,866
Posted By f1rocket
Good question. I rarely burped mine because it...

Good question. I rarely burped mine because it didn't leak a drop nor did it burn any. I checked the level cold because I knew where it would line up.

I'm not sure the Rotax docu would approve but...
Forum: RV-12 08-21-2017, 02:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,525
Posted By f1rocket
I agree. I always flew with both enabled all the...

I agree. I always flew with both enabled all the time.
Forum: RV-12 08-15-2017, 06:40 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,946
Posted By f1rocket
I'm lost. Upper banjo bolt and valve? Where is...

I'm lost. Upper banjo bolt and valve? Where is this? I don't recall any of this during my build. Can you elaborate a little further? Thanks.
Forum: Fiberglass 08-04-2017, 06:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 962
Posted By f1rocket
Ha, ditto. I spent two years building my Long-EZ...

Ha, ditto. I spent two years building my Long-EZ and TWO YEARS sanding and painting it.
Forum: Midwest 08-04-2017, 06:23 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 359
Posted By f1rocket
There are a number of RV builders in the New...

There are a number of RV builders in the New Albany, IN area, right across the river. Greg Gruniger (sp?) is a Golden Lindy winner and has built many airplanes. I believe they all belong to the...
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 02:26 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,507
Posted By f1rocket
You can go to the aviation isle at Ace Hardware...

You can go to the aviation isle at Ace Hardware and find black plastic plugs that fit nicely in the end of the steps. A little two-part epoxy is all that's needed to firmly secure them.
Forum: RV-12 08-02-2017, 08:37 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,507
Posted By f1rocket
Once you hang the engine, you will want to do the...

Once you hang the engine, you will want to do the same thing to the pitot tube sticking out of the nose. It is stainless and doesn't bend. I have a 4" scar on my left forearm to remind me.
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2017, 11:16 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 6,876
Posted By f1rocket
It's a great cross country machine. I flew mine...

It's a great cross country machine. I flew mine almost 300 hours and to 42 states in a little over two years.

You have to adjust the auto pilot settings to your personal preference. A lot of...
Forum: RV-12 08-01-2017, 11:11 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,216
Posted By f1rocket
Perhaps. However, from what I've seen, just the...

Perhaps. However, from what I've seen, just the opposite is true. I've seen SLSA RV-12 priced tens of thousands less than what they cost just to sell them. I don't think your potential pool is...
Forum: Trip Write-ups 08-01-2017, 11:06 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 5,662
Posted By f1rocket
I still get tired of getting run over by golf...

I still get tired of getting run over by golf carts and gators, even in the areas where they are supposed to be restricted during show hours. Worst part of the show.
Forum: RV-12 07-23-2017, 10:05 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 17,844
Posted By f1rocket
Very nice.

Very nice.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 07-19-2017, 11:42 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 9,797
Posted By f1rocket
I'm with you on this one. I had a hard enough...

I'm with you on this one. I had a hard enough time grabbing the flap handle. I can't imagine a center console. I also liked being able to put my feet on the passenger floor and stretching out. ...
Forum: RV-12 07-19-2017, 11:38 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 16,162
Posted By f1rocket
Oh, I really don't think so. There will always...

Oh, I really don't think so. There will always be a segment of buyers interested in the "latest and greatest", but the value proposition of the -12 remains the same. Some will not be interested in...
Forum: Safety 07-16-2017, 08:41 AM
Replies: 130
Views: 53,123
Posted By f1rocket
Also, don't forget to reset your altimeter prior...

Also, don't forget to reset your altimeter prior to entering over Ripon.
Forum: RV-6/6A 07-16-2017, 08:29 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,321
Posted By f1rocket
Van's has the final say in resolving this but I...

Van's has the final say in resolving this but I would bet that if you measured from tip to nose on most RV-6s, you would find that the measurements are not the same.
Forum: RV-14 07-06-2017, 06:30 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,975
Posted By f1rocket
Wow, that looks super nice. Nice metal work and...

Wow, that looks super nice. Nice metal work and attention to detail.
Forum: RV Ongoing Maintenance Issues 06-26-2017, 05:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 537
Posted By f1rocket
I had this error. After ripping apart my wiring...

I had this error. After ripping apart my wiring and finding nothing, it turned out to be a defective engine monitor unit from Dynon. Sent it in to them even though they protested for testing and...
Forum: Rocket 06-25-2017, 08:21 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 26,912
Posted By f1rocket
Well, thanks for the compliments. Not sure if...

Well, thanks for the compliments. Not sure if I'm a master builder or not, but I am a persistent one. ;)

I'm making plans to stop by one day during show week. I'd like to talk to you and see what...
Forum: Rocket 06-21-2017, 03:44 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 26,912
Posted By f1rocket
Vince ole buddy ole pal, Still plan to have a...

Vince ole buddy ole pal,

Still plan to have a completed fuselage at this year's AirVenture? If so, what are you doing for the wing center section station? Are you using the old Rocket bolt pattern...
Forum: RV-12 06-21-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 4,175
Posted By f1rocket
Both are available at your local NAPA auto parts...

Both are available at your local NAPA auto parts store. No need to lug either of them around.
Forum: Interiors 06-17-2017, 06:41 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 2,618
Posted By f1rocket
I've had reasonable luck gluing down the strips...

I've had reasonable luck gluing down the strips with a hot glue gun.
Forum: RV-12 06-10-2017, 07:25 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,216
Posted By f1rocket
I found a hot glue gun will do the trick to hold...

I found a hot glue gun will do the trick to hold the Velcro to the polyethylene. It will eventually tear out of the foam but I just hot glue it back every annual. Stiffer carpets are probably the...
Forum: RV-12 03-17-2017, 11:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,461
Posted By f1rocket
You can go to my website and see pictures and...

You can go to my website and see pictures and instructions on how to lay up the fairing and finish it off of the airplane. Pretty easy and the results are very good. Email me if you have any...
Forum: RV-12 02-28-2017, 06:49 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 5,476
Posted By f1rocket
In looking at Jean-Pierre's original title to...

In looking at Jean-Pierre's original title to this thread, I think the best compliment to the Moeller gauge is a rope. That's so when you throw it overboard to use as an anchor, you can haul it back...
Forum: RV-14 02-27-2017, 07:02 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,461
Posted By f1rocket
A quick tip when fitting your baffles to your top...

A quick tip when fitting your baffles to your top cowl, line the sides of the baffle with paperclips and lower the cowl into place. This will give you a great indication of the gap between the...
Forum: RV Friends Who Have Passed On 01-28-2017, 11:11 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,536
Posted By f1rocket
Sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, sepsis is...

Sorry to hear of your loss. Yes, sepsis is serious stuff. I've had two bouts of it the past two years, both blood infections caused by blocked bile ducts. Each one was a near death experience for...
Forum: RV-12 01-23-2017, 05:02 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,198
Posted By f1rocket
I always carried toothpicks in my cleaning kit to...

I always carried toothpicks in my cleaning kit to clean up the rings.
Forum: Electrical Systems 01-15-2017, 04:05 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 3,883
Posted By f1rocket
Typically, the airframe logbook. Remember that...

Typically, the airframe logbook. Remember that the JD regulator charges ar a higher rate than the Ducati so if you have a high voltage alarm limit set, you may need to bump that up a little. I did on...
Forum: RV-12 01-06-2017, 02:18 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,474
Posted By f1rocket
Short piece of fishing line works good too.

Short piece of fishing line works good too.
Forum: RV-12 01-04-2017, 04:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,606
Posted By f1rocket
This is the RV-12 forum and burping is what we...

This is the RV-12 forum and burping is what we lovingly do to our Rotax engines before we put them to bed. It is slowly turning the prop so that the compression leaks will pressurize the crankcase...
Forum: Florida (Central) 12-24-2016, 03:59 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,382
Posted By f1rocket
Dynon also has a series of instructional videos...

Dynon also has a series of instructional videos on their website on how to leverage various aspects of the Skyview. I viewed most of them and learned a few things I didn't know.
Forum: Safety 12-24-2016, 02:57 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 11,249
Posted By f1rocket
In an off-field landing, the goal IS NOT to land...

In an off-field landing, the goal IS NOT to land at the slowest forward speed, it is to land at ZERO vertical speed. Keep that in mind and you have a chance.
Forum: Painting your RV 12-17-2016, 06:12 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,172
Posted By f1rocket
Believe it or not, we had a RV-3 in our group...

Believe it or not, we had a RV-3 in our group where the owner painted the entire airplane with a roller and latex house paint. From 5 feet, it didn't look bad. I wouldn't recommend it obviously,...
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2016, 07:33 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 6,440
Posted By f1rocket
You need a category for zero. I have no slop...

You need a category for zero. I have no slop whatsoever.
Forum: RV-12 12-16-2016, 04:09 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 15,537
Posted By f1rocket
Are you talking about your Rotax? Does the...

Are you talking about your Rotax? Does the heater go on the oil reservoir or on the engine? To pre-warm the oil, it would need to go on the reservoir which would make the condensation issue moot...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2016, 04:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,961
Posted By f1rocket
I was strictly VFR but I used the taxi diagrams,...

I was strictly VFR but I used the taxi diagrams, airport data, and the sectional charts.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 12-16-2016, 07:21 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 9,961
Posted By f1rocket
Angry Seattle Avionics Strikes Again

I questioned whether I should post this. It is a rant and I don't often do that so if a moderator deletes this post, I understand. I'm doing this because Seattle Avionics is a significant...
Forum: Rocket 12-10-2016, 03:49 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 26,912
Posted By f1rocket
Just delivered the RV-12 to its new owner in...

Just delivered the RV-12 to its new owner in Arizona. Just looking at some possible projects. The F-4 intrigues me.
Forum: Rocket 12-09-2016, 10:13 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 26,912
Posted By f1rocket
Hey Vince, How are the F1 fuselage parts...

Hey Vince,

How are the F1 fuselage parts provided? Do you have kits for them? I can source the wings and empennage.
Forum: RV-12 12-04-2016, 06:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,222
Posted By f1rocket
Local auto parts store has them. If you have a...

Local auto parts store has them. If you have a NAPA store, they generally carry more stuff and better stuff than some of the other national chains. JMO. YMMV.
Forum: RV-12 11-28-2016, 06:23 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 2,944
Posted By f1rocket
I attached the stabilator once and never removed...

I attached the stabilator once and never removed it again. I also attached the tailcone to the fuselage with the stabilator and vertical stabilizer attached AND I did it by myself. It can be done...
Forum: RV-12 11-20-2016, 12:34 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 3,265
Posted By f1rocket
I bought mine at Napa when the original failed on...

I bought mine at Napa when the original failed on a cross country. IIRC, it is off a 2000 Nissan pickup. I looked it over and it was identical in every way to the one I took out. It's not as cheap as...
Forum: RV-12 11-17-2016, 04:52 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,112
Posted By f1rocket
That's an excellent suggestion. It would cause a...

That's an excellent suggestion. It would cause a problem like mine. However my -12 uses the JD Air vent fitting which has a secondary vent AND my fuel cap is also vented so I don't think that's it....
Forum: RV-12 11-17-2016, 04:45 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,738
Posted By f1rocket
I have my doubts that will fix your problem. I...

I have my doubts that will fix your problem. I say that because I never turn off my switches. I just use the master and leave all the others on. I've not had a problem with the ID that I know.

It's...
Forum: RV-12 11-17-2016, 06:57 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,112
Posted By f1rocket
I'm going to fill up with Mogas this morning and...

I'm going to fill up with Mogas this morning and go flying to see if I can narrow this down a bit. Thanks to all for your ideas. Today is the last 70 degree day before Winter comes tomorrow to the...
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2016, 05:34 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,112
Posted By f1rocket
That's curious. I've replaced the red cube over...

That's curious. I've replaced the red cube over 100 hours ago. Not sure how that would affect the fuel pressure unless it was completely blocked. In my case the fuel flow went to zero but the...
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2016, 03:59 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,112
Posted By f1rocket
Yes. Starts around 4.0 if memory serves me...

Yes. Starts around 4.0 if memory serves me correctly. Drops to 1.5 at run-up then back up to normal.
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2016, 02:25 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,112
Posted By f1rocket
Yes, and I've replaced mine already but it seems...

Yes, and I've replaced mine already but it seems to go up and down accurately with pulling the fuse of the electric fuel pump and with the engine RPM. I would expect it to do crazy jumping around at...
Forum: RV-12 11-16-2016, 01:15 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 6,112
Posted By f1rocket
Fuel Pressure Drop at Runup

I just started having this issue. Cold start-up is normal. The engine oil is warming as I slowly taxi out to the end our runway. Once oil temp is green, I do a mag check and the fuel pressure...
Forum: RV-12 11-14-2016, 07:24 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,438
Posted By f1rocket
That's one of the most significant differences...

That's one of the most significant differences between a lycoming and a rotax. My engine does not drip a single ounce of any kind of fluid. My firewall is as clean now (245 hrs) as it was new.
Forum: RV-12 11-12-2016, 05:58 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,033
Posted By f1rocket
Mine gave off fumes as the bottom of the VR...

Mine gave off fumes as the bottom of the VR melted. I have no intention of putting that device inside the cockpit with me.
Forum: RV-12 11-09-2016, 08:09 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 8,033
Posted By f1rocket
My original lasted about 110 hours. My JD has...

My original lasted about 110 hours. My JD has lasted 140 so far. I changed the cooling shroud because I think heat is a factor. YMMV.
Forum: RV-12 11-07-2016, 12:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,438
Posted By f1rocket
Ahh, okay. That makes sense. Thanks.

Ahh, okay. That makes sense. Thanks.
Forum: RV-12 11-07-2016, 10:46 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,438
Posted By f1rocket
I have to admit that I've never really understood...

I have to admit that I've never really understood why sealing the rivets is a big deal when you have that big cabin heat door in the firewall. It's kind of like "spitting on a fire". I'm not saying...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-06-2016, 01:27 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,365
Posted By f1rocket
Thanks. He's definitely my go to guy if I end up...

Thanks. He's definitely my go to guy if I end up selling the airplane.
Forum: Primers 11-05-2016, 12:58 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 5,680
Posted By f1rocket
From your signature, I see you're in central...

From your signature, I see you're in central Alberta. No salt water oceans in Alberta that I'm aware of. Lots of fresh water lakes though.

Is your RV going to be on floats?

Will it be tied down...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 11-05-2016, 12:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,365
Posted By f1rocket
Looking for Possible Ferry Pilot Florida to Puerto Rico

I am just in the investigation phase at this point, but I might be looking for a pilot in Florida who would be willing to ferry an RV-12 from Florida to Puerto Rico. If you have an interest in doing...
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