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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 10:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 391
Posted By rongawer
SB 16-05-23

I did the SB in 2018 and did not receive a new front fairing half, nor did I need it. Seemed pretty straight forward to me.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Today, 08:46 AM
Replies: 415
Views: 275,653
Posted By rongawer
Congrats Don! Glad to see you're airborne!...

Congrats Don! Glad to see you're airborne!

Congrats to N112DR as well!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 06:40 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 629
Posted By rongawer
De-natured alcohol

I just wipe down the surface with alcohol, let it dry a minute. Then warm up and apply the wing walk.

My most recent walks are in good shape as far as adhesion goes...showing a little wear in the...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2020, 04:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,445
Posted By rongawer
Mark is the engineer for his PSRU's and states...

Mark is the engineer for his PSRU's and states that he has many of these in service, with multiple thousands of hours on some units.

If you want more detail, you can contact him here: AeroMomentum...
Forum: RV-10 04-02-2020, 08:20 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,445
Posted By rongawer
A fully installed IO-540 is about 505 pounds with...

A fully installed IO-540 is about 505 pounds with all accessories, mount and oil.

The AM20T should be about 360 pounds for the same installation, so a lot lighter and is shorter than an IO-540 with...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-28-2020, 07:48 AM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,735
Posted By rongawer
My business is considered an essential service...

My business is considered an essential service and I'm still commuting to work by air, so I'm personally quite happy the airports are open for business.

Normally when I'm heading in to work, the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-22-2020, 12:52 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,014
Posted By rongawer
I use VNAV all the time in my -12 and do about...

I use VNAV all the time in my -12 and do about 160 approaches annually with it. With the latest software update for my setup, which is the GTN650 and G3X, I can program the approach, pre-select VNAV...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-22-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,315
Posted By rongawer
And the corollary of that is you can register a...

And the corollary of that is you can register a crate of parts LONG before airworthiness is even a possibility....not recommended, as you might not finish the thing creating a problem about where the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-19-2020, 08:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,357
Posted By rongawer
I have dual Garmin G3X Touch displays, which I am...

I have dual Garmin G3X Touch displays, which I am quite fond of.

My wig-wag is automated by my Vertical Power unit and go solid at 70KIAS, which is a great feature.

The lights are bright, but...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 08:33 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,357
Posted By rongawer
Highly recommend dual

Aside from the excellent wig-wagging, the extra light is great for night landing and navigating around a dimly lit airport.

Incidentally, here's those two lights in action during the morning...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-16-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,062
Posted By rongawer
I agree, the extra 15 hours passes pretty quick...

I agree, the extra 15 hours passes pretty quick and I simply use the time to work out bugs and fine tune the performance of the airplane. Oh, and enjoy flying...
Forum: California 03-16-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 372
Posted By rongawer
Richard Ortenheim is in Tracy at Skyview...

Richard Ortenheim is in Tracy at Skyview Aviation. Good guy and easy to work with. I’ve known him many years and recommend him. You won’t be able to get Oakland FSDO to do an inspection. The one guy...
Forum: RV-10 03-06-2020, 11:39 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 577
Posted By rongawer
Big Crank

I've used and recommend the Big Crank line of batteries. The compatible one is the ETX20L. And it's actually made in the US...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 03-04-2020, 08:49 AM
Replies: 121
Views: 15,355
Posted By rongawer
Yes, it's time to let it go. "let it go, let it...

Yes, it's time to let it go. "let it go, let it go" - sing along with me.

I haven't experienced an actual GPS outage, meaning RAIM failure, since 2007. Only issues I've seen, and I fly a lot, have...
Forum: RV-10 03-02-2020, 09:28 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,520
Posted By rongawer
Congrats! Looks good. Your 3,000 hours gives me...

Congrats! Looks good. Your 3,000 hours gives me hope...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-29-2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,786
Posted By rongawer
Rubber seal

Create a rubber seal.

Use permatex black silicone to form a seal. Put a good coat of mold release on the airframe, I use maguires mold release, but any good wax will do the job. Then place a thick...
Forum: Glass Cockpit 02-28-2020, 08:04 AM
Replies: 331
Views: 108,959
Posted By rongawer
I like the idea. The only downside, IMHO, is...

I like the idea. The only downside, IMHO, is that the sensors "wake up" when in motion and may take up to 30 seconds of motion to reconnect. Maybe they'd work while taxiing around, if so that would...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-26-2020, 10:52 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 5,786
Posted By rongawer
Very nice. Do you have access from there to reach...

Very nice. Do you have access from there to reach to the center around the F-1045 and 1044 ribs?
Forum: RV-10 02-26-2020, 10:19 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 8,308
Posted By rongawer
Although I'm not anywhere near "done", I have...

Although I'm not anywhere near "done", I have done, or doing, many mods, most of the one's listed here. I would highlight the Matco brakes, Plane Around mods (I did all of his -10 mods, including the...
Forum: Electrical Systems 02-25-2020, 08:50 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,233
Posted By rongawer
Just going on your statement about going off, and...

Just going on your statement about going off, and then immediately back on, I agree with checking the master switch and battery relay. Circuit breakers and fuses don't auto reset (at least not the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-22-2020, 08:40 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,249
Posted By rongawer
2500 rpm is pretty high speed for bare metal...

2500 rpm is pretty high speed for bare metal polishing and might put swirl marks, but if you use a cotton cloth as a barrier it might work; test it on an out of way spot or spare piece of aluminum...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-21-2020, 05:37 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,249
Posted By rongawer
I use Blue Magic metal polish and my Cyclo...

I use Blue Magic metal polish and my Cyclo Orbital polisher to get it shining, but then once it's shiny, I use Wash-Wax All as my cleaner/wax to keep it clean and shiny. Works well. A good...
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2020, 11:15 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,393
Posted By rongawer
I would say unequivocally YES. You're essentially...

I would say unequivocally YES. You're essentially just tying down the airframe.

If you use regular aircraft jacks, the lifting points are under the wings, but the tail is the hold down and should...
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2020, 11:08 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,393
Posted By rongawer
This is the crux of my issue, you're stating the...

This is the crux of my issue, you're stating the design criteria as a statement of fact and I'm simply wondering what you're basing that on.

But Scott already chimed in and I consider that a...
Forum: RV-10 02-20-2020, 10:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,393
Posted By rongawer
What? Where did you get that information? The tie...

What? Where did you get that information? The tie down should be designed to hold about 3,000 pounds force in all external directions - the wind blows in all directions; 3,000 pounds is the strength...
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2020, 09:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
Thanks Mike. The short version is that to...

Thanks Mike.

The short version is that to create a ground loop, you need to have a difference in potentials between both ends of the circuit, which in this case would be one of end of the shielded...
Forum: RV-10 02-19-2020, 06:46 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
Amperages and wire

I decided to hook up both wingtips last evening with my Fluke meter and do some testing and validation. I also did a thorough inspection of the entire tips and am pleased with the quality of design...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2020, 09:39 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
He told me they were hoping to do an update to...

He told me they were hoping to do an update to the VP-X later this year, but look for any new features, which adjusting pulse time is on the list, in 2021 sometime. In the meantime, I'm going to...
Forum: RV-10 02-17-2020, 08:54 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
I added some photos of the tips lit up with a...

I added some photos of the tips lit up with a power supply and also short video of the strobes going. My synopsis of the lights, albeit in the garage - on my substantially messy workbench, is that...
Forum: RV-10 02-12-2020, 08:22 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
I turned them on using a using my 12V ground...

I turned them on using a using my 12V ground power supply and didn’t notice any delays, although truthfully, my eyes may not be able to perceive a 1/4 of a second delay.

On my current RV, I use my...
Forum: RV-10 02-12-2020, 05:15 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
Right...they do a little more than just light up...

Right...they do a little more than just light up the runway, although they do that with more directed light than any other landing light I’ve seen available for an RV - these do replace all of the...
Forum: RV-10 02-11-2020, 12:14 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
The cost was $2990 with $200 shipping. These...

The cost was $2990 with $200 shipping.

These units were tested against a GTN with no noise, so I'm hopeful. According to Damien at Aveo, the noise issue with the first version was specific to...
Forum: Alternative Engines 02-11-2020, 08:59 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 8,145
Posted By rongawer
It looks interesting. I'm always hopeful that...

It looks interesting. I'm always hopeful that someone comes along with a better mouse trap. However, it looks a lot like a UL Power UL350iS, which is 123 hp at 2800 rpm continuous (130hp at 3000 5...
Forum: RV-10 02-10-2020, 08:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,739
Posted By rongawer
My Zip Tip III wingtips arrived!

I ordered these things back 2018 and was surprised and happy to get a shipping notice last week. The units look great and with a reported 175,000 candela of landing lights, I expect they’ll do the...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-10-2020, 02:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,298
Posted By rongawer
Wisdom... BTW, there is no requirement for a...

Wisdom...

BTW, there is no requirement for a "return to service" entry except for the items covered by part 91, which is essentially the ELT service.
Forum: RV-10 02-10-2020, 12:16 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,880
Posted By rongawer
The military concluded that ~500 nm light (a...

The military concluded that ~500 nm light (a green with with hint of blue) is the best for contrast in low light conditions and for things like reading a map. However, long term low light exposure is...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-07-2020, 08:01 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,880
Posted By rongawer
Wax? What's that? Ha. I started polishing my...

Wax? What's that? Ha.

I started polishing my bare aluminum with my fancy schmancy Cycle Toolmakers polisher, but soon decided that was too much work for what is essentially my work truck...so, I use...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-07-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 3,368
Posted By rongawer
There when you need 'em

The thing about tie-downs is that when you will need them, it will likely be raining, windy or some other ugly weather and then you'll be standing there with the canopy open looking for where you had...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 11:34 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,140
Posted By rongawer
It’s just English. Certificated simply means...

It’s just English. Certificated simply means issued a certificate. And if you are flying an aircraft without an airworthiness certificate, go ahead and mention that to the FAA...let me know how that...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 11:12 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,140
Posted By rongawer
Easy enough: check out the bold words in the...

Easy enough: check out the bold words in the header of the linked file, “Light-Sport Aircraft Airworthiness Certification”. Note the last word.



All aircraft issued an airworthiness certificate...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 02:29 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,140
Posted By rongawer
This is what I refer to as creating a point of...

This is what I refer to as creating a point of contention. It has the appearance of making a service bulletin fulfill the role of a safety directive. If it's an airworthiness issue, it should be a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 10:26 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,140
Posted By rongawer
Hmm... a service bulletin is not a Safety...

Hmm... a service bulletin is not a Safety Directive. While part 91.327 does require compliance with Safety Directives for S-LSA's, Van's issues Safety Alerts and Directives as well as Service...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 10:04 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 21,140
Posted By rongawer
Are service bulletins mandatory?

Legally, you don't have the do the SB even if it is an S-LSA. Service bulletins are not mandatory by law under part 91, so even if Beechcraft issues an SB for the Baron, the Baron owner operating...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-04-2020, 03:29 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,536
Posted By rongawer
Good deal. You might consider using a little...

Good deal.

You might consider using a little DC-4 (Dow Corning #4) silicon grease on the large o-ring and a shot of a medium weight spray lube on the center stem once in a while (I do it monthly)...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 02-03-2020, 10:45 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 14,629
Posted By rongawer
91AKI with ethanol

I've been running 91AKI pump gas here in Wackinfornia...yup, straight from the local Quick Stop, meaning 10% ethanol.

I have a tank in my truck bed that I fill at the gas pump, and fill my airplane...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 10:13 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,536
Posted By rongawer
Although it appears that this issue is being...

Although it appears that this issue is being addressed through other testing, I want be sure no misunderstanding occurs with the use of Decalin.

Decalin has a high affinity for dispersing, meaning...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-27-2020, 08:56 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,865
Posted By rongawer
I've used the escape hammer to break both lexan...

I've used the escape hammer to break both lexan and regular acrylic. It works fine. You can't expect to hit in one point and shatter the window like you would glass, you have to hit it a couple...
Forum: RV-10 01-27-2020, 08:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,116
Posted By rongawer
Aside from needing to have an unexpired kit...

Aside from needing to have an unexpired kit on-hand and having to work with it, pro-seal does the job.

But a gasket and fuel sealant works very well too with less hassle at a lower cost. Life is...
Forum: RV-10 01-26-2020, 09:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,116
Posted By rongawer
Another very good, long term, solution that...

Another very good, long term, solution that doesn't involve Pro-Seal is a flat Buna-N gasket (as opposed to natural rubber, Buna-N resists ethanol and 100LL) coated on both sides with Hylomar Blue...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2020, 09:24 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,865
Posted By rongawer
My personal experience is that it works very...

My personal experience is that it works very well. Just swing away. A couple good whacks and you will have a nice crack. A good demonstration is in the video posted earlier - here it is again for...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-26-2020, 07:32 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,865
Posted By rongawer
I have this: Lifehammer Brand Safety Hammer...

I have this:
Lifehammer Brand Safety Hammer...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-22-2020, 08:45 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 12,484
Posted By rongawer
True, but doesn't include the really cool 1" nut...

True, but doesn't include the really cool 1" nut and safety wire holes in a top flange...:D
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-20-2020, 09:39 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By rongawer
It’s the tread depth. At 10/32 vs 8/32 OEM tread...

It’s the tread depth. At 10/32 vs 8/32 OEM tread depth, the overall height would be 4/32 taller than OEM tires, so yes 1/8” larger tire diameter
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2020, 06:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 579
Posted By rongawer
Monster 500x5 retreads are 10/32" vs the 8/32 on...

Monster 500x5 retreads are 10/32" vs the 8/32 on standard tires, so you do need to open the forward and aft ends of the wheel pant a little if you have them.

You might also consider Wilkerson...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-19-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 80
Views: 12,484
Posted By rongawer
K&P Engineering

If you call K&P engineering and tell them that you want a filter for an experimental aircraft, they will sell you one. If you want to order one online, then go to http://usaoilfilters.com and buy...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-13-2020, 11:19 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,737
Posted By rongawer
It's definitely a sporty little bird, thanks. I...

It's definitely a sporty little bird, thanks.

I think the right engine for the RV-9A would be the UL520i, which makes 160 hp at 2800 rpm (180 hp at 3300 for 5 minutes, if you want to run let 'er rip...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-08-2020, 07:07 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,737
Posted By rongawer
I don’t remember those exactly, but OAT was about...

I don’t remember those exactly, but OAT was about -17ºC, so I’d guess about 110-115KTAS; I was more focused on indicated airspeed and altitude, but I do remember I was climbing into the wind.

I’ll...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-08-2020, 12:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 8,737
Posted By rongawer
17,999

Just saying... ok, I didn't document it with anything fancy like a video, but it was just for fun and I was still doing about 150 fpm @85 KIAS when I leveled off. (solo at about 1100 lbs). Oh, and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-08-2020, 06:37 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,968
Posted By rongawer
Yup, same stuff. It turns lead clinkers into lead...

Yup, same stuff. It turns lead clinkers into lead phospate, which is more like a white powder residue. You may see it on your tail pipe and if you have an O2 sensor, then you would want to clean it...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-07-2020, 03:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,968
Posted By rongawer
Noting that I have a UL350iS and not a Rotax in...

Noting that I have a UL350iS and not a Rotax in my -12 and burn 91 AKI here in wackifornia with 10% ethanol on a daily basis, however I burn 100LL traveling.

I flew to Oshkosh and back in July,...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-05-2020, 06:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,961
Posted By rongawer
If you're interested in the airplane, then I...

If you're interested in the airplane, then I wouldn't pass on it solely because of what is listed as the gross weight on the W&B sheet. Unless you require an LSA to fly with your license, then it...
Forum: RV General Discussion/News 01-05-2020, 11:00 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 5,876
Posted By rongawer
I modified my air intake

Ok, so it's not earth shattering, or even sexy in any way, but I've been slowly modifying my intake to get the best performance, which I measure by air intake temperature and by manifold pressure....
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