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Forum: RV-12 Today, 09:21 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 555
Posted By DaleB
I can't imagine that any wind limitation doesn't...

I can't imagine that any wind limitation doesn't just refer to surface winds only. It's not unusual at all to see 40 to 50+ knot winds aloft around here, even at relatively low altitudes. I have a...
Forum: RV-12 06-10-2018, 08:17 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,198
Posted By DaleB
Rainbow was the only one I found. I went down to...

Rainbow was the only one I found. I went down to Denton TX for the weekend when they had it there.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 06-08-2018, 07:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 885
Posted By DaleB
Another angle on this. I did a pre-buy...

Another angle on this. I did a pre-buy inspection of the RV-12 I ended up buying. I took along a very well qualified person (ME, EAA tech counselor, multiple builder including RV-6 and RV-12). ...
Forum: RV-12 06-04-2018, 08:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,791
Posted By DaleB
Trust me, the breakout force adjustment in the...

Trust me, the breakout force adjustment in the manual is correct. Having the friction too high makes it VERY difficult to steer in any wind conditions (including calm). I let mine get too stiff due...
Forum: RV-12 06-03-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 438
Posted By DaleB
I have the Silent Hektik regulator. It's very...

I have the Silent Hektik regulator. It's very stable and electrically quiet, as it certainly should be given its price. The only thing I don't like is that it's designed for Li batteries, and steps...
Forum: RV-12 05-15-2018, 09:09 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,246
Posted By DaleB
If there is one thing my airplane is not short...

If there is one thing my airplane is not short of, it's paint. Trust me.
Forum: RV-12 05-14-2018, 08:31 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 5,246
Posted By DaleB
Nice! Thanks for posting that. It’s about time...

Nice! Thanks for posting that. It’s about time to commence the condition inspection on ours. Perfect time to stick in some foam blocks.
Forum: RV-12 05-10-2018, 01:09 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,695
Posted By DaleB
If nothing else, you were able to blow a...

If nothing else, you were able to blow a considerable amount of dust off the canopy. :-)
Forum: RV-12 05-08-2018, 07:08 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,217
Posted By DaleB
Mine doesn't have a lot of clearance between the...

Mine doesn't have a lot of clearance between the oil cooler and muffler either. I don't worry if the oil temp nudges into the yellow a bit during climb. It's not too high, just the low end of the...
Forum: RV-12 04-29-2018, 06:59 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,789
Posted By DaleB
I bought this one...

I bought this one (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JR8XBG). It claims 0.05 degrees resolution with +/- 0.2° accuracy. Needless to say I was skeptical and ready to return it.

What I have...
Forum: Safety 04-27-2018, 07:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,096
Posted By DaleB
Tom, I'm glad you and the doc caught it in time...

Tom, I'm glad you and the doc caught it in time to prevent something more serious. I won't bore you all with my story, but yeah... don't shrug off unusual things happening, they may be symptoms of...
Forum: RV-12 04-27-2018, 07:43 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,720
Posted By DaleB
And worth every penny when you need them.

And worth every penny when you need them.
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 07:30 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By DaleB
John, congrats -- I only hope I live long enough...

John, congrats -- I only hope I live long enough to see ours pass the 1200 hour mark. Only about 800 more to go.
Forum: RV-12 04-17-2018, 03:48 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,623
Posted By DaleB
So is the prototype still running the 912ULS, and...

So is the prototype still running the 912ULS, and if so has it been overhauled? Or is that the one that's been morphed into the IS?
Forum: RV-12 04-13-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 3,867
Posted By DaleB
Neither could I. A small (like, 125# or so)...

Neither could I. A small (like, 125# or so) pilot could. I'm not in any danger... ever. Interestingly, when I played around with the numbers I don't think I could get the CG too far forward...
Forum: RV-12 04-12-2018, 09:28 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,193
Posted By DaleB
Now, there's a slick idea. Thanks!

Now, there's a slick idea. Thanks!
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 04-11-2018, 11:18 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 802
Posted By DaleB
I did the same. When I realized that I had about...

I did the same. When I realized that I had about $20K worth of airplane parts and tools in the garage and storage unit, I asked and found that my homeowner's policy wouldn't cover it. Nor would it...
Forum: RV-12 04-06-2018, 02:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 7,118
Posted By DaleB
When I do use flaps for takeoff I almost always...

When I do use flaps for takeoff I almost always have them raised before the end of the runway. It's not always a guarantee, though. I have just developed the habit of glancing out along the wing...
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 12:10 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,510
Posted By DaleB
Yeah, I think we'll do that as well. The raw...

Yeah, I think we'll do that as well. The raw glass / epoxy doesn't look great. Since we're using Sika for the canopy, black seems like a good choice.
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 11:22 AM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,720
Posted By DaleB
I'd definitely call and ask about it. They...

I'd definitely call and ask about it. They shipped mine in less than a week.
Forum: RV-12 04-04-2018, 11:20 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,510
Posted By DaleB
Thanks for the feedback, guys. I've done a tiny...

Thanks for the feedback, guys. I've done a tiny bit of fiberglass work, but not for a long time. I have the fabric and peel-ply on hand, as well as what I think/hope will be plenty of West Systems...
Forum: RV-12 04-03-2018, 10:47 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,510
Posted By DaleB
Time to finish canopy?

For those of you who keep track of such things... How much time did you spend finishing your canopy? I'm talking specifically about the fiberglass work, not the frame and canopy attachment.

I...
Forum: RV Building Tips/Techniques 03-30-2018, 02:39 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 684
Posted By DaleB
I've been using CitriStrip with pretty good...

I've been using CitriStrip with pretty good results. No adverse effects on the fiberglass, removes the paint well unless it's over body filler. Need to wear gloves when using it, but no adverse...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-30-2018, 07:35 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 5,778
Posted By DaleB
Quit agonizing over it, buy the bloody thing and...

Quit agonizing over it, buy the bloody thing and get your flight review and transition training at the same time. You know you want it, so just do it!

:)
Forum: RV-12 03-30-2018, 07:31 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,766
Posted By DaleB
Allan, The stabilator and anti-servo tab SBs...

Allan,

The stabilator and anti-servo tab SBs both gave a time of compliance of, "Before further flight". That's pretty clear and unambiguous. This one doesn't say that it needs to be done right...
Forum: RV-12 03-29-2018, 02:52 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,766
Posted By DaleB
Doesn't say before flight...

Doesn't say before flight...
Forum: RV-12 03-27-2018, 10:59 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 4,085
Posted By DaleB
While we're on the subject of 912ULS carb...

While we're on the subject of 912ULS carb inspections/rebuilds...

We're approaching 400 hours. We suspect that the carbs are in need of some attention, and they certainly need inspection. We can...
Forum: RV-12 03-26-2018, 01:26 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,420
Posted By DaleB
It does sound as though there may be an assembly...

It does sound as though there may be an assembly and/or rigging issue. I'd follow the advice given. Pull the floor panels and inspect. Lock the controls per the assembly instructions, and see if...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 05:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,288
Posted By DaleB
In theory... You could add a relay to disconnect...

In theory...

You could add a relay to disconnect your alternator from the rest of the system, and a fuse or breaker for that relay's coil, and a "crowbar" overvoltage module. Now you have added...
Forum: RV-12 03-21-2018, 03:15 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,288
Posted By DaleB
That assumes an electrical system different from...

That assumes an electrical system different from the Rotax/RV-12, I think.

The Rotax doesn't use an alternator with a field winding, so you can't "crowbar" the field winding and shut down the...
Forum: Safety 03-20-2018, 02:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,968
Posted By DaleB
If only that water would stay under the slab. It...

If only that water would stay under the slab. It tends to not.
Forum: RV-12 03-20-2018, 02:38 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 5,288
Posted By DaleB
My only (relatively minor) gripe about the...

My only (relatively minor) gripe about the stepped voltage regulator is the amount of time it takes to step up to full voltage. Mine takes a good 45 minutes before it reaches its max, and it sits at...
Forum: Primers 03-20-2018, 08:35 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 584
Posted By DaleB
How much do you need? I have a quart spray...

How much do you need? I have a quart spray bottle, and will be in Marion this weekend.
Forum: RV-12 03-16-2018, 02:14 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,011
Posted By DaleB
Deburring and breaking the edge are different. ...

Deburring and breaking the edge are different. "Breaking" the edge means putting a very slight inward bend on it, so that it will lay up tight against another sheet where there's an overlap. All...
Forum: RV-12 03-13-2018, 07:27 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,720
Posted By DaleB
One tip: We found that by putting the stabilator...

One tip: We found that by putting the stabilator in place with the HS-1210 hinge stops contacting the F-1211C hinge bracket (upper or lower, whichever works for you), the bearing bracket holes were...
Forum: Alternative Engines 03-13-2018, 11:59 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 7,689
Posted By DaleB
For those of use who are unfamiliar... what's...

For those of use who are unfamiliar... what's the flight-ready weight and HP of that setup?
Forum: RV-12 03-12-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 31,720
Posted By DaleB
We got the stab re-installed and cables...

We got the stab re-installed and cables reattached tonight. We'll need to install some washers between the brackets and bearings, but I'm pretty sure I'll be able to get them in with my washer...
Forum: RV-12 03-09-2018, 01:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 722
Posted By DaleB
I haven't installed my new fork kit yet... when...

I haven't installed my new fork kit yet... when I do, I'll be happy to save the old axle and send it to you.
Forum: RV-12 03-08-2018, 01:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 688
Posted By DaleB
Facet 40105, according to my construction manual.

Facet 40105, according to my construction manual.
Forum: Primers 03-08-2018, 01:08 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By DaleB
Speaking of... I just pulled out my two tonight...

Speaking of... I just pulled out my two tonight to alodine some parts. I've had the stuff since 2014, I think, and it still works fine. The Aluma-Prep and a maroon Scotch-Brite pad also did a...
Forum: Primers 03-07-2018, 01:31 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 636
Posted By DaleB
I've had both in plastic jugs (ex windshield...

I've had both in plastic jugs (ex windshield washer jugs) for a few years now. No problems. I wrapped the alodine jug with tape to block light.
Forum: RV-12 03-06-2018, 11:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By DaleB
Not Dynon, but Van's unless the RV-12 was built...

Not Dynon, but Van's unless the RV-12 was built as E-AB and the builder decided to move it.
Forum: RV-12 03-06-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 796
Posted By DaleB
It's attached to the top of the F-1208 bulkhead...

It's attached to the top of the F-1208 bulkhead back in the tailcone. I hope the plane in question has the split baggage bulkhead.
Forum: COMM 03-05-2018, 08:14 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 932
Posted By DaleB
This. I've looked for the "Yeah, I see the big...

This. I've looked for the "Yeah, I see the big green thing a few miles off and I don't plan to fly into it" button. Haven't found it yet.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2018, 08:52 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,747
Posted By DaleB
Come see mine, you'll feel much better. I can't...

Come see mine, you'll feel much better. I can't post pictures, the camera looks away in horror.
Forum: RV-12 02-22-2018, 02:00 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,308
Posted By DaleB
If it's an older one (not sure about the new...

If it's an older one (not sure about the new ones), there is a magnet glued into the top of each latch pin. One of mine came loose, and would occasionally cause that symptom. All I have to do is...
Forum: Safety 02-19-2018, 02:01 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,968
Posted By DaleB
Got my results back via email today. I used a a...

Got my results back via email today. I used a a short term test, left it for three days with the basement mostly closed up since that's how we normally keep it. 3.1 pCi/L. Is radon is the devil...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2018, 12:03 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,139
Posted By DaleB
No, in fact I didn't know that. I'll shut up...

No, in fact I didn't know that. I'll shut up now. :)
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-19-2018, 07:58 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 5,139
Posted By DaleB
Not to mention Sonexes, Zeniths, the odd Thorp...

Not to mention Sonexes, Zeniths, the odd Thorp here and there, and who-knows-how-many others.
Forum: RV-12 02-17-2018, 06:51 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By DaleB
Don't get me wrong, I also appreciate the amount...

Don't get me wrong, I also appreciate the amount of time and effort Van's is investing to make sure the RV-12 is a solid long term airframe. Improvements have been continual, and as potential weak...
Forum: RV-12 02-16-2018, 04:06 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,563
Posted By DaleB
Sigh... another SB or two and my hopes of a...

Sigh... another SB or two and my hopes of a quick condition inspection this year will be fading. At least we'll have the whole stabilator assembly on the bench anyway.

</grump>
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-14-2018, 01:03 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 2,048
Posted By DaleB
Easy to swap in a pin-compatible regulator with a...

Easy to swap in a pin-compatible regulator with a better max supply rating. I'd suggest a series diode on the supply input to protect against reversed power; you have no idea how many people managed...
Forum: RV-12 02-12-2018, 09:55 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,216
Posted By DaleB
I found that the same wrench I use for the filter...

I found that the same wrench I use for the filter on my Harley works great for the RV-12 also. I use a 3/8 extension and flex handle with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-12-2018, 08:21 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,698
Posted By DaleB
I like to do a few laps around the pattern,...

I like to do a few laps around the pattern, preferably somewhere no one is watching. Special attention to centerline alignment and touchdown point. I figure if I have to touch the throttle after I...
Forum: Safety 02-09-2018, 10:41 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,968
Posted By DaleB
I may just be completely ignorant, but after...

I may just be completely ignorant, but after doing so I'm more inclined to remediate radon in the house if the levels are elevated. I really have virtually no formal education in chemistry, but...
Forum: Safety 02-06-2018, 03:06 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,968
Posted By DaleB
Another thanks for the thread. My $13 short term...

Another thanks for the thread. My $13 short term test kit arrived today, and the little tray of charcoal is now sitting in my basement... where I've been spending a lot more time lately building...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-04-2018, 10:05 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,558
Posted By DaleB
There is a pretty sound argument for using a...

There is a pretty sound argument for using a different brand of backup for an EFIS or other critical system. For the same reasons, I'd think about different battery chemistry for the backup if you...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 09:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,423
Posted By DaleB
That was my exact philosophy as well. :) But...

That was my exact philosophy as well. :) But yeah, airsickness is probably not a big danger sign.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-23-2018, 06:02 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,423
Posted By DaleB
Speaking from personal experience -- that, my...

Speaking from personal experience -- that, my friend, can a highly dangerous attitude. If you think you might need to talk to your doc, then by all means talk to your doc.
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 04:25 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,550
Posted By DaleB
Hey, in the 70s and 80s we thought electric...

Hey, in the 70s and 80s we thought electric powered cars were impossible too. If you'd described the current crop of batteries back then you'd have been regarded as a crackpot. My cell phone has...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2018, 01:36 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 2,550
Posted By DaleB
And don't forget recharge time. I can refuel...

And don't forget recharge time. I can refuel with mogas or 100LL in five minutes. How long would it take to charge an electrical power source with enough power for a couple of hours' worth of...
Forum: RV-6/6A 01-21-2018, 06:21 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,207
Posted By DaleB
I think "naptha" is a generic term used to...

I think "naptha" is a generic term used to describe a wide range of petroleum products.
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