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Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 85
Posted By RFSchaller
I get an occasional drip from that area. When it...

I get an occasional drip from that area. When it hits the muffler I smell it in flight. I checked the case plug for torque and have concluded itís seeping past the plug threads. Found it two years...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS Yesterday, 09:29 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By RFSchaller
I hear ya, guys, but I still got some water...

I hear ya, guys, but I still got some water intrusion. Not a lot, but a few ccís.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-28-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 593
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, Are you operating off unpaved runways?...

Jim,

Are you operating off unpaved runways? Just wondering if that is a factor.

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2020, 08:20 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 344
Posted By RFSchaller
Canít you weld repair it?

Canít you weld repair it?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-24-2020, 08:18 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 666
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a folding electric kickscooter by McWheel....

I have a folding electric kickscooter by McWheel. It has a range of 18 miles with a top speed around 15 MPH using a 350KW MOTOR. I bought it intending to use it in the RV, but have found it a great...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 10:00 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By RFSchaller
The only downside I see to a drilled cap is water...

The only downside I see to a drilled cap is water intrusion. I have been surprised to see how easily it gets in when my 12 has been on the ramp overnight in the rain during cross countries. The good...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 09:55 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 974
Posted By RFSchaller
Jim, I noticed the green label on your ignition...

Jim,

I noticed the green label on your ignition module. Isnít that the older version without soft start? I thought the new ones have yellow labels, or have have I got that backwards?

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 12:34 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,570
Posted By RFSchaller
Wheel fairings look great, but made maintaining...

Wheel fairings look great, but made maintaining air pressure a chore for me. I took mine off after 6 years.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 12:29 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 696
Posted By RFSchaller
Happy to send a copy of my logs to anyone who is...

Happy to send a copy of my logs to anyone who is interested just drop me a PM with an email address and Iíll send you the EXCEL file.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 12:20 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 974
Posted By RFSchaller
I know I will anger the thunder gods and end up...

I know I will anger the thunder gods and end up with a VR failure to say this, but my first VR lasted almost 500 hours and the second one has almost that much time on it now in spite of Phoenix...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-23-2020, 12:10 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 938
Posted By RFSchaller
Itís pretty simple. No vent line means you either...

Itís pretty simple. No vent line means you either put one in as per the latest design or drill the cap per the original design. Iíve been flying 8 years with a hole in the cap and no vent line with...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2020, 08:04 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 696
Posted By RFSchaller
I keep my logs in an EXCEL spreadsheet that...

I keep my logs in an EXCEL spreadsheet that includes a page each for: airframe, prop, engine, modifications (ELSA), VANS SBs and notifications, ROTAX notifications and life limited part replacement...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2020, 07:55 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,053
Posted By RFSchaller
I like your mug, J3, but probably not for reasons...

I like your mug, J3, but probably not for reasons you would agree with!😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2020, 07:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By RFSchaller
Oops! Pipe, not pie!

Oops! Pipe, not pie!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-21-2020, 07:49 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By RFSchaller
Tough to answer without looking at the actual...

Tough to answer without looking at the actual pipe. What I was suggesting is welding strips longitudinally along the outside of the pie in the area that cracks, not just a patch over the crack. If...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-20-2020, 08:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By RFSchaller
If the cracks keep occurring at the same location...

If the cracks keep occurring at the same location consider having your repair shop weld doublers in that area.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-18-2020, 09:32 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Greg. I was just posting a data point. In...

Thanks, Greg. I was just posting a data point. In the end each EAB and ELSA owner has the responsibility for making decisions regarding these issues. I just decided this was best for me and wanted to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 11:33 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,221
Posted By RFSchaller
I am reminded of the aviation gallows humor: If...

I am reminded of the aviation gallows humor:

If you have to make an emergency landing at night always turn on your landing light. If you donít like what you see.....Turn it off!😜
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,134
Posted By RFSchaller
Never been a Dad, but first flight seems to be...

Never been a Dad, but first flight seems to be the closest I will be ever be to watching my new born. Congrats, itís quite an accomplishment only a relative few can boast about!👍
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 11:26 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,550
Posted By RFSchaller
I have a ULS, so my comments should be taken with...

I have a ULS, so my comments should be taken with a grain of salt. Wouldnít you have a negative battery load indication if the generator really went Tango Uniform (technical term😝)?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 11:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 397
Posted By RFSchaller
Ditto, I did.

Ditto, I did.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-17-2020, 11:18 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
I am doing my annual now (ELSA). I decided to...

I am doing my annual now (ELSA). I decided to defer nose gear leg replacement to next year. I put a bore scope down the leg to examine it, but the results are not definitive. Maybe a professional NDE...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-15-2020, 08:49 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 722
Posted By RFSchaller
If you use oil donít freak out if you see small...

If you use oil donít freak out if you see small drops form in flight where the upper cowling mates to the avionics bay cover. Gave me a bit of an uncertain moment first time I saw it.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2020, 09:21 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 722
Posted By RFSchaller
A thin coating of oil helps. I also took a hinge...

A thin coating of oil helps. I also took a hinge wire and put it in my drill while I ran it in and out. I had to use weld wire (thinner diameter) on one for the first 200 hours, but be careful...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2020, 12:13 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,243
Posted By RFSchaller
OOPS, I mean 0.028Ē, of course!😱

OOPS, I mean 0.028Ē, of course!😱
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-14-2020, 12:12 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 3,243
Posted By RFSchaller
I have found the gap out of the box to be about...

I have found the gap out of the box to be about 0.28Ē. For the last four annuals I have just verified that and used as is. Seems to work great. I replace all 8 every annual.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-13-2020, 09:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 804
Posted By RFSchaller
You might get a weld shop to do a repair that...

You might get a weld shop to do a repair that spells you until you can get a new one. Assuming you are EAB or ELSA.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-12-2020, 11:57 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 871
Posted By RFSchaller
Is it a plug and play for the Ducati or does it...

Is it a plug and play for the Ducati or does it require any connector/mounting hardware changes?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-12-2020, 11:55 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,765
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve been using a Harbor Freight battery powered...

Iíve been using a Harbor Freight battery powered hand drill with adjustable torque clutch and Phillips insert. I can use it on 90% of the screws. The other 10% require the ďArmstrongĒ method.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2020, 09:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By RFSchaller
Scott, Gomen nsai, Sempai!😜 Grasshopper😝

Scott,

Gomen nsai, Sempai!😜

Grasshopper😝
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2020, 09:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 882
Posted By RFSchaller
I donít know about Dynon, but Garmin causes the...

I donít know about Dynon, but Garmin causes the GPS DERIVED glide path marker to disappear at about 3/4 mile on final to keep users from flying faux glide slopes. Might be a similar function on Dynon.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-11-2020, 09:28 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,404
Posted By RFSchaller
That does seem to be a lot for mismatch. I had to...

That does seem to be a lot for mismatch. I had to trim about 1/8Ē of the wing skin, but it was obvious what the interference was. There are profile measuring tools that are a line of stacked pins...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-10-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By RFSchaller
Ernie, I had a wiring issue with my sensor that...

Ernie,

I had a wiring issue with my sensor that gave me random and persistent low oil pressure alarms including ďBitchiní BettyĒ screaming ďOil pressure lowĒ in my ear. I changed out the sensor and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-09-2020, 08:54 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 840
Posted By RFSchaller
Had I seen a transient in oil pressure I probably...

Had I seen a transient in oil pressure I probably would have chalked it up to sensor or wiring issue. Good catch!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2020, 10:26 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,096
Posted By RFSchaller
No house guests! 😱 But if you are interested in...

No house guests! 😱

But if you are interested in a good paint job call ďGusĒ at Wickenburg airport, AZ (E25) 928-684-4926.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2020, 08:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 750
Posted By RFSchaller
Took me 8 hours. For legal purposes I would want...

Took me 8 hours. For legal purposes I would want at least 5 hours on the tach before leaving my test area in case anything happened. My first hour was spent orbiting the airport 1000 feet above the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-05-2020, 08:09 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,096
Posted By RFSchaller
$10,500 for a Navy T-34 paint scheme with 6...

$10,500 for a Navy T-34 paint scheme with 6 separate colors (red, blue, yellow, black, white and green) They quoted me $5500 for a two color spam can scheme.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 03-03-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,068
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve been flying GA since 1985 and only...

Iíve been flying GA since 1985 and only encountered fuel contamination twice. Once coming out of the pump at an FBO and once when some lineman decided it was a good idea to fuel the plane in a...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-27-2020, 07:11 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,068
Posted By RFSchaller
I never see anything in my samples. I saw a tiny...

I never see anything in my samples. I saw a tiny bit of particulate in my gascolator at first annual. Coming up on my 8th annual and have never seen anything more in the gascolator.

I helped a new...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-26-2020, 11:53 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
My annual is due 3/31. I havenít decided yet what...

My annual is due 3/31. I havenít decided yet what I am going to do. I want to put an endoscope down the gear leg and see if itís possible to get a good look at the area where the crack initiates....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-24-2020, 07:20 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,206
Posted By RFSchaller
In the ROTAX service and maintenance courses the...

In the ROTAX service and maintenance courses the instructor said that the 912s he overhauled frequently looked like new when he tore them down if they ran unleaded fuel.

As I recall ROTAX does not...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2020, 08:30 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,206
Posted By RFSchaller
Congrats, John. Good solid build job!

Congrats, John. Good solid build job!
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-23-2020, 08:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,667
Posted By RFSchaller
My standard landing whether itís a touch and go...

My standard landing whether itís a touch and go or full stop in my Rv-12 or Cherokee is with one (RV-12) or two notches (Cherokee) of flaps. I save full flaps for short or soft field landings. My...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2020, 11:50 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,570
Posted By RFSchaller
I probably lost a knot or two, but honestly I...

I probably lost a knot or two, but honestly I didnít notice any speed change.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2020, 11:43 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,147
Posted By RFSchaller
I recommend doing the ROTAX Line Maintenance and...

I recommend doing the ROTAX Line Maintenance and Heavy Maintenance courses put on by ROTAX through Lockwood, CPS and others. Each is two days long and will give you the knowledge and confidence to...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-20-2020, 11:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,257
Posted By RFSchaller
I just dip it with a length of translucent brake...

I just dip it with a length of translucent brake hose, put my thump over the end and see what the level is when I pull it out. I calibrated mine during initial tank fill at 5. 10, 15 and 20 gallons....
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2020, 12:39 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 993
Posted By RFSchaller
John, Why did you change flywheels? Was it to...

John,

Why did you change flywheels? Was it to address an issue or just an upgrade. If the latter it seems it validates the old rule ďIf it ainít broke donít fix it.Ē

Rich
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-17-2020, 12:23 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 3,570
Posted By RFSchaller
I took my wheel pants off after I saw a 12 with a...

I took my wheel pants off after I saw a 12 with a flat tire and realized what would happen to the pants. I also got tired of the hassle of removing the front half to add air. I was never able to make...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-13-2020, 09:41 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 15,212
Posted By RFSchaller
Iíve thought about replacing my 396 with an Aera....

Iíve thought about replacing my 396 with an Aera. I swapped the 396 in when the 496 needed repair. Since I have the 496 spare and the 396 operates so well it is hard for me to justify the cost and...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2020, 07:14 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Greg, for a complete and definitive...

Thanks, Greg, for a complete and definitive answer. Vanís is a class act, and Iím glad I picked them for my build choice.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-12-2020, 10:25 AM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Bob, After your question on my post I went back...

Bob,
After your question on my post I went back and reread a lot of the thread to see if I had missed something. What Iím not clear on is did the failed gear leg failure initiate at the predicted...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-10-2020, 06:41 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Since Joe opened this door, Iíll add a question:...

Since Joe opened this door, Iíll add a question: Did the revised FEA predict an interior wall circumferential crack like the one that was found in the failed gear leg without a preexisting flaw? We...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2020, 08:00 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 7,669
Posted By RFSchaller
Thatís a heartbreaker, Jim.

Thatís a heartbreaker, Jim.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-08-2020, 07:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,888
Posted By RFSchaller
I know this is a jinx saying this, but my...

I know this is a jinx saying this, but my original sensor has had no issues in 8 years and 950 hours (bound to break now that I said that). I did, however, have issues with my oil pressure sensor so...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-06-2020, 08:45 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Always thought ďcertificatedĒ referred to having...

Always thought ďcertificatedĒ referred to having a type certificate not airworthiness certificate, so I donít see how EAB, ELSA or SLSA could be considered ďcertificatedĒ.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 10:06 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Greg, Being an engineer I have a geeky question....

Greg,

Being an engineer I have a geeky question. Everything Iíve learned makes me expect a crack to initiate on the outside radius of a bend, so when you said the accident failure initiated on the...
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-03-2020, 09:49 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 812
Posted By RFSchaller
Iím with Scott on this one: why remove it if itís...

Iím with Scott on this one: why remove it if itís a no never mind. Every maintenance activity carries a risk of screwing up something, so why remove one?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 02-02-2020, 07:53 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 3,477
Posted By RFSchaller
I use a piece of the nylon brake line to sound my...

I use a piece of the nylon brake line to sound my tank. Itís easy to push down the filler neck and gives a clear sounding. I calibrated it when I filled the tank the first time.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-31-2020, 05:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 933
Posted By RFSchaller
I figure there are only so many times you can...

I figure there are only so many times you can operate any valve before either the stem or seat leaks, so I only close it for maintenance or if there is an emergency.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-30-2020, 10:20 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Thanks, Greg. You are creating a lot of good will...

Thanks, Greg. You are creating a lot of good will for the mothership by being so open.

I never would have thought the crack would start on the inside wall.
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-29-2020, 08:08 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Without a photo of the failure itís difficult to...

Without a photo of the failure itís difficult to visualize why crack initiation canít be determined visually at annual inspection. Any insight on that?
Forum: RV-12/RV-12iS 01-28-2020, 07:37 PM
Replies: 162
Views: 20,396
Posted By RFSchaller
Just reread the SB and realized the SLSA serial...

Just reread the SB and realized the SLSA serial number format is different.
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